Too much shuteye can be bad for the brain shows new study

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 10 2018Preliminary results from the world’s largest sleep study have shown that people who sleep on average between 7 to 8 hours per night performed better cognitively than those who slept less, or more, than this amount.Neuroscientists from Western University’s renowned Brain and Mind Institute released their findings today in the high-impact journal, SLEEP.The world’s largest sleep study was launched in June 2017 and within days more than 40,000 people from around the world participated in the online scientific investigation, which includes an in-depth questionnaire and a series of cognitive performance activities.”We really wanted to capture the sleeping habits of people around the entire globe. Obviously, there have been many smaller sleep studies of people in laboratories but we wanted to find out what sleep is like in the real world,” says Adrian Owen, Western’s superstar researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging. “People who logged in gave us a lot of information about themselves. We had a fairly extensive questionnaire and they told us things like which medications they were on, how old they were, where they were in the world and what kind of education they’d received because these are all factors that might have contributed to some of the results.”Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryApproximately half of all participants reported typically sleeping less than 6.3 hours per night, about an hour less than the study’s recommended amount. One startling revelation was that most participants who slept four hours or less performed as if they were almost nine years older.Another surprising discovery was that sleep affected all adults equally. The amount of sleep associated with highly functional cognitive behaviour was the same for everyone (7 to 8 hours), regardless of age. Also, the impairment associated with too little, or too much, sleep did not depend on the age of the participants.”We found that the optimum amount of sleep to keep your brain performing its best is 7 to 8 hours every night and that corresponds to what the doctors will tell you need to keep your body in tip-top shape, as well. We also found that people that slept more than that amount were equally impaired as those who slept too little,” says Conor Wild, Owen Lab Research Associate and the study’s lead author.Participants’ reasoning and verbal abilities were two of the actions most strongly affected by sleep while short-term memory performance was relatively unaffected. This is different than findings in most scientific studies of complete sleep deprivation and suggests that not getting enough sleep for an extended period affects your brain differently than staying up all night.On the positive side, there was some evidence that even a single night’s sleep can affect a person’s ability to think. Participants who slept more than usual the night before participating in the study performed better than those who slept their usual amount or less.last_img read more

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Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation in 30 Seconds

first_imgSponsored Content by AliveCor, Inc.Oct 11 2018 insights from industryGlyn BarnesMarketing DirectorAliveCorAn interview with Glyn Barnes, Marketing Director for AliveCor, about Kardia Mobile and the Kardia Band, the FDA approved devices which can provide a diagnostic quality ECG reading in 30 seconds.Image Credit: Avector / ShutterstockWhy is it important to monitor your heartbeat regularly if you think you may have Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?If a doctor or nurse suspects that you may be suffering from atrial fibrillation or AFib, you will typically undergo two tests. Firstly, a simple pulse check which looks for an irregular heartbeat. If this is found to be positive, a patient may undergo a 12 lead ECG and then be given a 24 hour ECG monitor to wear at home.A healthy ECG has a particular shape, denoted by the letters PQRST. The P wave is a small bump at the start of the trace. Typically, in a patient with AFib, this wave is missing.A missing P wave, combined with an irregular heartbeat, is a strong indication that AFib is present. Doctors also use a scoring system to test how likely you are to have the condition.Irregular electrical pulses in the upper chambers of the heart (atria) are characteristic of AFib and they prevent the heart from contracting properly. This can cause blood to pool in these chambers, which in turn increases the risk of clot formation.If these clots break away from the heart, they pass quickly into the connecting large blood vessels. From there, they can travel upwards and lodge in the narrower vessels of the brain. This causes ischemia (a lack of oxygen to the tissue) and thus a stroke.Strokes of this magnitude can be debilitating for patients, who often fail to make a full recovery assuming they survive the initial event.Hence, monitoring your heartbeat regularly is highly important if you have (or are at risk of) AFib.What is Kardia Mobile, and how does it work?Kardia Mobile is a miniature clinical-grade ECG device that can be used to monitor the electrical activity of the heart and it works with most smartphones and tablets. Typically, an ECG involves attaching wires and electrodes to your body in a clinical setting.The Kardia Mobile has only two of these electrodes, which are encompassed within a slimline device that’s smaller than a credit card.When you feel your heart behaving unusually such as beating faster than normal or exhibiting palpitations, all you need do is activate the app on your phone and place fingers from each hand of the electrodes. The app then counts down 30 seconds after which, the device will have completed an ECG recording.The results of your ECG are automatically analyzed, and if AFib is present, you will be notified by the app immediately.You can then instantly email the results to your doctor or nurse. As the recording is of diagnostic quality, they can confirm the diagnosis of AFib upon receipt. You may then be given medication such as an anticoagulant, which will dramatically reduce your risk of stroke and could save your life. One of the challenges with atrial fibrillation is that can be what’s known as paroxysmal, or intermittent. You may only have an event once a fortnight for example, which makes it incredibly difficult for doctors and nurses to make a diagnosis.It is not very often that a patient has an episode of AFib whilst in the hospital at an appointment, so a diagnosis of AFib can take months or even years to make. During this time, you are five times more likely to have a stroke than a person of a similar age who doesn’t have AFib.AFib is a huge health concern. It’s the most commonly diagnosed arrhythmia and places a heavy financial burden on health services. In England alone, the AFib costs the NHS £2.2bn per year, once you add in the after-care costs for patients who’ve had a stroke.We’re not by any means replacing the ECG machines used in hospitals, as they provide a much greater amount of information than Kardia does. However, the Kardia Mobile is a fantastic low-cost device that enables patients to carry out an ECG anytime and anywhere.You might be on the London underground, or in a supermarket, and you can take a real-time measurement of your heart’s activity, capturing events as they happen.What is the Kardia Band, and how does it differ from Kardia Mobile?The Kardia Band is a watch strap for the Apple Watch that allows you to take an ECG measurement. This displays on the screen of the watch as you use it. There’s a small, square sensor in the middle of the strap that’s double-sided.When you need to take an ECG measurement, you place your right thumb on the top sensor and ensure that the bottom of the sensor is touching the skin on your left arm, as it should be when you are wearing the watch. From here, you will see a diagnostic quality ECG reading scrolling across the watch screen.Like Kardia Mobile, a measurement using Kardia Band takes just 30 seconds and can be sent straight to your GP or cardiologist.The added benefit of the Kardia Band is that it can be used to monitor your heart rate all day, and from this it makes predictions using AI about what your heart rate should be, relative to your current activity.For example, if I’m busy and running between meetings in London, my heart rate should be higher than normal. However, if I’m sat at home having a cup of coffee and suddenly my heart rate spikes, the app will detect that, and prompt me to do an ECG there and then. How is the technology useful for patients with conditions such as heart palpitations?When Kardia Mobile and the Kardia Band were first launched, we focused on patients with AFib. However, it very quickly became apparent that the product could be used to monitor several other arrhythmias.For example, when it comes to heart palpitations, we know that the vast majority of patients (80-85%) have nothing wrong with them. They are just experiencing normal palpitations that can be brought on by stress or too much coffee.For these patients, being able to purchase a low-cost device such as the Kardia Mobile can give them piece of mind, while reducing the burden on the healthcare service.They can then take the recordings to their GP, who, once confirmed ‘normal’ can reassure the patient and tell them that there is nothing to worry about. This can help to free up time for cardiologists and help to reduce waiting times for appointments.Image Credit: catshila / ShutterstockIt is clear that Kardia Mobile and the Kardia Band will help patients identify when their heartbeat is irregular, but how will it help clinicians?More and more doctors are becoming interested in employing the Kardia Mobile in their clinics, and they’re also finding new uses for the devices. Some clinics are using the device to screen patients at routine appointments, whereas others are loaning it to patients so that they can capture the data they need to make a diagnosis.The devices can also be used to monitor patients after surgery. For example, patients with AFib will sometimes undergo a procedure called ablation, where a wire is passed into the atria of the heart and, using heat or freezing, creates more direct channels of electrical activity. This helps the atria to contract properly and therefore blood to flow freely.The procedure isn’t always successful, and it’s important to be able to detect this early. Even after a successful procedure, the symptoms of AFib may return with time. Some doctors now monitor their patients’ post ablation using KardaiMobileto check their progress.A different and creative example of a hospital clinician using the device was an anesthetist. Sometimes, patients arriving in theatre are discovered to have an arrhythmia when hooked up to the monitor.The case may then be canceled, causing unnecessary stress on the patient and wasting valuable operating time. So, this doctor now uses the Kardia Mobile to carry out ECG’s on every patient before they go down to theatre, saving time and resources.Where can readers find more information? Glyn BarnesGlyn has spent over twenty-five years working in the medical device industry holding senior roles in companies such as GE Healthcare and Spacelabs. With a passion for healthcare technology, he believes significant changes are underway with the provision of care in this country.‘The NHS understands that we have to look at new technologies, empowering patients to be involved with their own care, and ultimately achieving efficiencies in the process. I joined AliveCor as I could see the company had developed exciting new devices to match this need and current product developments will further enhance our offering to the market.’center_img Sponsored Content Policy: publishes articles and related content that may be derived from sources where we have existing commercial relationships, provided such content adds value to the core editorial ethos of News-Medical.Net which is to educate and inform site visitors interested in medical research, science, medical devices and treatments.last_img read more

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Survey finds high prevalence of HTLV1 infection among teens and adults in

first_img“HTLV-1 Virus”. Credit: CDC, Wikimedia Commons, 2007 Related StoriesExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionStudy: Megakaryocytes play an important role in cell migrationComprehensive cell atlas of the human liverHTLV-1 infections affect approximately 5 to 10 million people globally and can cause adult T-cell lymphoma, myelopathy, and a variety of other diseases. Thirty years ago, researchers conducted an epidemiological study in Gabon, revealing an HTLV-1 infection prevalence of 5%-10.5%. To evaluate current disease distribution, the authors collected blood samples, medical histories, and sociodemographic data from 4,381 participants, aged 15-90 years old, living across all 9 provinces of Gabon over a three-year period. Of the 4,381 people tested, 320 were positive for HTLV-1, contributing to 7.3% prevalence country-wide. Additionally, the authors measured for geographic distribution, behavioral and sociodemographic risk factors that may contribute to disease transmission.Importantly, the study did not include children under the age of 15, so further epidemiological research is required to gain a better understanding of transmission and prevalence rate in child populations. According to the authors, the results indicate that, “preventive measures to decrease spread and transmission of this human retrovirus are urgently warranted.” Among their recommendations are nationwide sexual health programming, systematic HTLV-1 screening of potential blood donors, and screening and educational outreach among pregnant women to decrease risk of mother-child transmission. Source:https://www.plos.orgcenter_img Oct 19 2018Researchers find that the retrovirus is highly endemic and widely distributed across GabonA study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Mirdad Kazanji, of the Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville in Gabon, and the Institut Pasteur de la Guyane in French Guiana, suggests that 30 years after the first epidemiological survey of the seroprevalence of Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infections in Gabon, the country remains highly endemic, with a seroprevalence of 7.3%.last_img read more

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Researchers assess trends in efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis regimens for surgical procedures

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Antibiotic prophylaxis regimens are becoming less effective at preventing surgical site infections following colorectal surgery, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy and Princeton University determined through a systematic review of available literature. The researchers also found that the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis in preventing infection following appendectomy, cesarean section, and transrectal prostate biopsy (TRPB) procedures has remained statistically unchanged, although this analysis was challenged by small sample size.Following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, researchers identified 74 randomized control trials for final analysis to assess trends in the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis regimens in preventing infection following four surgical procedures.Related StoriesResearchers investigate how antibiotic produced by the microbiome kills bacteriaAntibiotic susceptibility pattern of Enterobacteriaceae found in GhanaFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDOf the 74 randomized control trials selected, 9 were for appendectomy, 11 were for cesarean section, 15 were for TRPB, and 39 were related to colorectal surgery. When considering several currently recommended prophylactic antibiotic interventions for each procedure, the overall proportion of infection was 3 percent for appendectomy, 4.1 percent for cesarean section, and 1.2 percent for TRPB. These infection rates did not change significantly overtime.Prophylactic antibiotics used for colorectal surgery included cefoxitin, cefotetan, and cefazolin plus metronidazole. Between 1980 and 2005, the overall infection rate for colorectal procedures and all prophylactic drug treatments was 14 percent. During that time, there was a statistically significant increase in infection rate from about 10 percent in 1980 to about 25 percent in 2005. This trend remained significant even after adjusting for the type of surgery and antibiotic used. The researchers called for additional research to determine how antibiotic prophylaxis recommendations should be modified to address declining antibiotic efficacy for colorectal surgery.”There were over 300,000 colorectal surgeries performed in the United States last year. An increase in infection rates and a decline in the efficacy of prophylaxis may be a reflection of growing antibiotic resistance, which needs to be tackled urgently,” according to CDDEP director and study co-author, Ramanan Laxminarayan.last_img read more

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RUDN medics first to gather scattered data on hepatitis morbidity in Somalia

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 13 2018Viral hepatitis means liver inflammation caused by viruses and is among top-10 mortality factors in the world. It is passed with contaminated food and water, through contact with infected blood, via common use of household appliances such as manicure or shaving sets. There are numerous viruses that can cause this disease. Some of them, such as hepatitis A virus, can be fought with efficient vaccines, while some, such as hepatitis C, are almost untreatable with medicinal drugs. Due to all these factors different types of hepatitis are widely spread, especially in Central Asia and Africa.”After my graduation, I have been working with Internal Medicine Hospital in Somalia under my beloved Professor Osman Dufle. During my work, I have realized that after the collapse of the central government in 1991 the research studies on liver diseases and others were declined. Hence, I started my researches which finally brought me to Russia for my specialization. There I analyse molecularly the hepatitis in my country thorough reviewing of earlier hepatitis studies in the country,” said Mohamed Hassan-Kadle, author of the study and member of the Center for Liver Studies at RUDNRUDN medics were the first to gather together scattered data on hepatitis morbidity in Somalia. Numerous studies have been dedicated to the spread of particular types of hepatitis in this country, but this is the first work to describe the rate of viral hepatitis in Somalia in general.”There is no state program in Somalia to monitor and control hepatitis or prevent this disease. Our study and the obtained data may help launch such initiatives on the state level. We expect to raise awareness among the public, health care professionals, and politicians,” said Mohamed Hassan-Kadle, author of the study and member of the Center for Liver Studies at RUDNRelated Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustNovel biomarker-guided approach has potential for treatment of common liver cancerAt the initial stage of their research RUDN medics found out 504 studies about the spread of hepatitis in Somalia. After careful selection 29 works were chosen for analysis. These studies contained data on hepatitis morbidity in all age and social groups including pregnant women and infants less than 1 year old. Using mathematical statistics methods, medics obtained disappointing result. 18.9% of Somalia residents were infected with hepatitis B. According to the World Health Organization, if a disease is spread across over 5% of populations it is considered an endemia. To compare, people with hepatitis B account for 4% of population of the world and 9% of Africa. The numbers for hepatitis A and E are much higher – 90.2% and 88.2%.”Our research showed that all types of viral hepatitis are present in Somalia. This should become a burning issue for the country’s health care system. Measures should be taken immediately. In particular, excessive levels of hepatitis A and B morbidity may be reduced with available vaccines,” added Pavel Ogurtsov, a co-author of the study, and head of the Center for Liver Studies at RUDN.”Additionally, our research recommended further studies are needed to fully understand the population factors underlying the high prevalence of all forms viral hepatitis, particularly in underrepresented regions and among adults, children, blood donors and high-risk groups, to offer better perspectives on all forms of the viral hepatitis burden in Somalia.” said Mohamed Hassan-Kadle.Source: read more

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Smart furniture transforms spaces in tiny apartments into bedrooms work spaces or

Architectural roboticsIn 2011, Larrea joined the Media Lab’s City Science research group, directed by Principal Research Scientist Kent Larson, which included his three co-founders: Chad Bean ’14, Carlos Rubio ’14, and Ivan Fernandez de Casadevante, who was a visiting researcher.The group’s primary focus was tackling challenges of mass urbanization, as cities are becoming increasingly popular living destinations. “Data tells us that, in places like China and India, 600 million people will move from towns to cities in the next 15 years,” Larrea says. “Not only is the way we move through cities and feed people going to need to evolve, but so will the way people live and work in spaces.”A second emerging phenomenon was the Internet of Things, which saw an influx of smart gadgets, including household items and furniture, designed to connect to the Internet. “Those two megatrends were bound to converge,” Larrea says.The group started a project called CityHome, creating what it called “architectural robotics,” which integrated robotics, architecture, computer science, and engineering to design smart, modular furniture. The group prototyped a moveable wall that could be controlled via gesture control—which looked similar to today’s Ori system—and constructed a mock 200-square-foot studio apartment on the fifth floor of the Media Lab to test it out. Within the group, the unit was called “furniture with superpowers,” Larrea says, as it made small spaces seem bigger.After they had constructed their working prototype, in early 2015 the researchers wanted to scale up. Inspiration came from the Media Lab-LEGO MindStorms collaboration from the late 1990s, where researchers created kits that incorporated sensors and motors inside traditional LEGO bricks so kids could build robots and researchers could prototype. Drawing from that concept, the group built standardized components that could be assembled into a larger piece of modular furniture—what Ori now calls the robotic “muscle,” “skeleton,” “brains,” and the furniture “skins.” Specifically, the muscle consists of the track, motors, and electronics that actuate the system. The skeleton is the frame and the wheels that give the unit structure and movement. The brain is the microcomputer that controls all the safety features and connects the device to the Internet. And the skin is the various pieces of furniture that can be integrated, using the same robotic architecture.Today, units fit full- or queen-size mattresses and come in different colors. In the future, however, any type of furniture could be integrated, creating units of various shapes, sizes, uses, and price. “The robotics will keep evolving but stay standardized … so, by adding different skins, you can really create anything you can imagine,” Larrea says.Kickstarting OriGoing through the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship’s summer accelerator delta V (then called the Global Founders Skills Accelerator) in 2015 “kickstarted” the startup, Larrea says. One lesson that particularly stood out: the importance of conducting market research. “At MIT, sometimes we assume, because we have such a cool technology, marketing it will be easy. But we forget to talk to people,” he says.In the early days, the co-founders put tech development aside to speak with owners of studios, offices, and hotels, as well as tenants. In doing so, they learned studio renters in particular had three major complaints: Couples wanted separate living areas, and everyone wanted walk-in closets and space to host parties. The startup then focused on developing a furniture unit that addressed those issues.After earning one of its first investors in the Media Lab’s E14 Fund in fall 2015, the startup installed an early version of its system in several Boston apartments for renters to test and provide feedback. Soon after, the system hit apartments in 10 major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, Miami, and New York. Over the past two years, the startup has used feedback from those pilots to refine the system into today’s commercial model.Ori will ship an initial production run of 500 units for apartments over the next few months. Soon, Larrea says, the startup also aims to penetrate adjacent markets, such as hotels, dormitories, and offices. “The idea is to prove this isn’t a one-trick pony,” Larrea says. “It’s part of a more comprehensive strategy to unlock the potential of space.” Preventing childhood accidents at home MIT Media Lab spinout Ori is developing smart robotic furniture that transforms into a bedroom, working or storage area, or large closet — or slides back against the wall — to optimize space in small apartments. Credit: Ori Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Citation: Smart furniture transforms spaces in tiny apartments into bedrooms, work spaces, or closets (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further Imagine living in a cramped studio apartment in a large city—but being able to summon your bed or closet through a mobile app, call forth your desk using voice command, or have everything retract at the push of a button. More information: 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. Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology “These technologies can evolve for kitchens, bathrooms, and general partition walls. At some point, a two-bedroom apartment could turn into a large studio, transform into three rooms for your startup, or go into ‘party mode,’ where it all opens up again,” Larrea says. “Spaces will adapt to us, instead of us adapting to spaces, which is what we’ve been doing for so many years.” This story is republished courtesy of MIT News (, a popular site that covers news about MIT research, innovation and teaching. MIT Media Lab spinout Ori aims to make that type of robotic living a reality. The Boston-based startup is selling smart robotic furniture that transforms into a bedroom, working or storage area, or large closet—or slides back against the wall—to optimize space in small apartments.Based on years of Media Lab work, Ori’s system is an L-shaped unit installed on a track along a wall, so can slide back and forth. One side features a closet, a small fold-out desk, and several drawers and large cubbies. At the bottom is a pull-out bed. The other side of the unit includes a horizontal surface that can open out to form a table. The vertical surface above that features a large nook where a television can be placed, and additional drawers and cubbies. The third side, opposite the wall, contains still more shelving, and pegs to hang coats and other items.Users control the unit through a control hub plugged into a wall, or through Ori’s mobile app or a smart home system, such as Amazon’s Echo.Essentially, a small studio can at any time become a bedroom, lounge, walk-in closet, or living and working area, says Ori founder and CEO Hasier Larrea SM ’15. “We use robotics to … make small spaces act like they were two or three times bigger,” he says. “Around 200 square feet seems too small [total area] to live in, but a 200-square-foot bedroom or living room doesn’t seem so small.” Larrea was named to Forbes’ 2017 30 Under 30 list for his work with Ori.The first commercial line of the systems, which goes for about $10,000, is now being sold to real estate developers in Boston and other major cities across the U.S. and Canada, for newly built or available apartments. In Boston, partners include Skanska, which has apartments in the Seaport; Samuels and Associates, with buildings around Harvard Square; and Hines for its Marina Bay units. Someday, Larrea says, the system could be bought directly by consumers.Once the system catches on and the technology evolves, Larrea imagines future apartments could be furnished entirely with robotic furniture from Ori and other companies. read more

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Banks dont want to be weakest link in blockchain revolution

Blockchain technology has powered trading in cryptocurrencies, but experts say it could be used to speed up and make cheaper trading in other assets While banks could reduce their costs, the gains could eventually shift to consumers who could benefit from quicker and cheaper services.”Any disruptive shock—be it technology, economic or political—tends to result in winners and losers, and blockchain is no different,” Colin Ellis, managing director for credit strategy at Moody’s, told AFP.”It could reduce costs for banks but at the same time could foster more competition that would put downward pressure on fees.”A shared, encrypted “ledger” that cannot be manipulated, blockchains offer the promise of secure transactions that allow anyone to get an accurate accounting of money, property or other assets.Much like it underpins trading in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain or so-called distributed ledger technology could also support trading of other assets, thus posing a risk to banks who earn hefty fees helping their clients trade currencies and other assets.Key areas of financial services where blockchain could have an impact are the settlement and clearing of transactions.But a recent report by Moody’s found that while blockchain technology could slash cross-border transaction costs for financial institutions, it would likely ramp up competition among banks.Anish Mohammed, a cryptography expert and academic at Berlin University, told AFP that the losers would be those who failed to adapt to the latest technological trend.”There will be winners and losers, the losers will be those who do not make any changes.” The world’s biggest financial institutions are already experimenting with blockchain, although recent data indicates that they risk lagging behind other sectors in its use.’Cheaper and quicker’Two months ago, Dutch bank ING and its Swiss peer Credit Suisse successfully traded securities through a blockchain-style network.The pair transmitted 25 million euros of bonds almost instantaneously. The deal would normally have taken one day or more.Ellis believes that international transactions are an area where banks could cut their costs by using blockchain technology. Currently international bank transfers often take several days as several banks are often needed to act as intermediaries.But a blockchain could eliminate the need for those intermediaries, thus speeding service and reducing costs.Santander last month began using a blockchain to allow its retail customers in Spain, Britain, Brazil and Poland to complete international transfers the same or following day.”One Pay FX uses blockchain-based technology to provide a fast, simple and secure way to transfer money internationally—offering value, transparency, and the trust and service customers expect from a bank like Santander,” the bank’s chief executive Ana Botin said at the launch of the service.One Pay FX uses a blockchain service for banks developed by Ripple, a start up firm with offers a cryptocurrency with the same name.Around $2.1 billion (1.8 billion euros) will be invested via blockchain globally in 2018, according to US-based consultancy IDC.One third of that will represent the financial services industry, IDC said. Other notable sectors using blockchain include distribution and services, retail and professional services, and manufacturing and resources.”The technology is still at a relatively early stage” so “it is too soon to know what the final impact will be,” said Ellis.”But it could ultimately make banking cheaper and quicker for consumers,” he concluded. France to allow trading of securities via blockchain Blockchain, the cutting-edge technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin, has the potential to play a disruptive role in the global finance sector, experts say, as banking behemoths seek to connect with its opportunities. Explore further © 2018 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. Citation: Banks don’t want to be weakest link in blockchain revolution (2018, May 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

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Regulating social platforms has dangers like punishing content creators

Provided by University of Southern California Demonetisation has already hurt themThe capacity of online cultural leaders to pursue these agendas is vulnerable to the new appetite for regulation, and the need for the platforms to put their houses in order. Both The Guardian and CNN criticised YouTube for placing mainstream brands’ advertising alongside extremist videos. In response, Google implemented a filtration algorithm that would flag content deemed “brand-safe” for advertisers. Though it may have been well-intentioned, the resulting “adpocalypse” led to the demonetisation of many of these progressive creators – including DeFranco – due to their use of language and content choices. In another instance, Casey Neistat and #LoveArmy filmed a fundraiser for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. However, it was removed from YouTube because of the platform’s improper flagging mechanism, which was created in an attempt to minimise the spread of conspiracy videos about the event. When The New York Times highlighted the rise of trending conspiracy videos about Parkland survivor, David Hogg, it failed to mention the numerous other videos created in support of the teens. These videos scaled five times faster and were likely also demonetised by YouTube’s filtering system. One video by DeFranco directly addressing these “disgusting conspiracy videos” has close to two million views. Regulation shouldn’t stifle voices for goodAs the call for greater regulation of these platforms gains momentum worldwide, it is critical to acknowledge that existing government regulation has already imposed greater constraint on many of these creators’ practices than those rules applied to more traditional media like television. The US Federal Trade Commission regulation demands that online creators be transparent about sponsorship and branded content. But traditional celebrities are able to flaunt their own brands on the red carpet, on the court, and across their own online channels without prohibition. For decades, Fox News operated with the tagline “fair and balanced” without any regulatory constraint. This despite the years of academic media research that nailed the channel as a purveyor of media disinformation with a staunch conservative bent. These concerns are at their greatest in the policing and censorship of Chinese creators (known as “Wang Hong”). Operating on Chinese owned-and-operated platforms, their ability to raise critically sensitive societal issues is firmly surveilled. In China, as in many parts of the world, LGBTQ content and creators remain forbidden in mainstream media. The only hope for this community rests on the ability of these creators to express and fund themselves across social media platforms. Whether because of hubris or poor internal governance, the platforms deserve what is coming at them. Our hope is that those regulators in a position to demand that platforms behave more responsibly will not implement policy at the expense of those young online leaders harnessing these platforms for good. Using their cellphones and laptops, they’ve not only organised a march on Washington, but built a digital network of supporters who are putting unprecedented pressure on legislators. Social media platforms such as Facebook have richly earned our distrust. From Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election, to the spread of fake news and the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, the news just keeps getting worse. But the Parkland movement reminds us that digital platforms have also provided the infrastructure to give a new generation voice and influence for civic good. Recent attempts to deal with the proliferation of fake news and extremist content on platforms has seen some creators lose both audience and revenue. Now that the pitchforks are out for the platforms, their facilitation of new voices should not be overlooked in the push for further regulation. Millions of creators and countingThe Parkland teenagers were influenced by established online creators like Philip DeFranco. DeFranco owns and operates his own social media brand, producing a daily vlog featuring commentary about topical events that are of interest to his online fan communities. And he’s just one of a number of young online leaders who are using social media platforms for good. There are an estimated 1.8 million YouTube creators, as well as 3 million using Instagram, in the US alone. The top 5,000 YouTube channels each have more than 1.2 million subscribers and over 360 million video views. US creators earned an estimated US$5.9 billion across nine digital platforms in 2016. We have been researching this rising global creative industry of social media entrepreneurs and entertainers – called variously influencers, YouTubers, micro-celebrities, or just creators. It is radically more diverse and egalitarian than mainstream media, and has brought new voices to the public. In many instances, these online leaders have engaged in or facilitated social activism, raising civic awareness and funding for progressive causes. Videogame player and YouTuber, Markiplier, secured 20 million subscribers while also raising over $US3 million for charity.The Green Brothers’ annual Project4Awesome campaign has encouraged dozens of online content creators to dedicate their time and efforts to raise funds and awareness for social causes for over a decade. Ben Stiller, Colin Kaepernick, and Jerome Jarre’s #LoveArmy have raised millions for Mexican earthquake victims, Somalian famine sufferers, and Rohingyan refugees. At the corporate level, YouTube, through its Creators for Change program, has provided millions of dollars in support of the collective creative efforts of global multicultural creators. Citation: Regulating social platforms has dangers, like punishing content creators (2018, May 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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. Facebook is testing ways to compensate video creators so it can cut into YouTube’s dominance By harnessing social media, the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida massacre in the United States have started a movement that might finally shift the dial on gun control. Explore further read more

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Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems Update

first_imgSo what does he make of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent appearances before Congress in Washington and, this week, before the European Parliament?”It’s probably the 51st ‘we are so sorry for what we did’ tour,” he said with a wry smile.The fact that Zuckerberg is now facing the music personally, rather than sending spokespeople, is probably a positive sign that pressure is rising on the company, he said.But nevertheless, he is clear that bringing the giants of the tech world to heel will be a long process.”It will probably take 20 years until they don’t have to argue… because they’re finally complying with stuff, but it is a first step, I guess.” The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal information. Facebook’s ‘apology tour’According to Schrems, despite “a lot of legal uncertainty, mainly out of the industry lobbying that tried to water the law down”, the GDPR represents “a good start” and reflects the high importance already given to privacy in European regulations.”The laws are pretty much the same as we had before—the big difference that we have now is that they’re enforceable,” he said, pointing to the high financial penalties envisaged under GDPR, which for large companies like Google or Facebook could run into billions of dollars.When the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Schrems pointed out that the controversial data harvesting methods used by the company were at the heart of the case he brought against Facebook back in 2011.And Facebook’s claims that it had been betrayed were “laughable”, he said. 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. Citation: Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems (Update) (2018, May 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from © 2018 AFP WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app Max Schrems is launching new cases against Google on Android, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebookcenter_img Schrems says bringing the giants of the tech world to heel will be a long process Explore further So, as a new EU law—billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy regulations since the birth of the web—comes into force Friday, Schrems might be forgiven for thinking his work is done.Far from it. In fact, he has chosen the day to file four complaints with regulators under the new legislation against some of the tech world’s biggest names.”One is in France against Google on Android, the other one is on Instagram in Belgium, the third one is in Hamburg against WhatsApp and the fourth one is in Austria against Facebook,” Schrems told AFP, adding that the complaints were being brought by his new NGO None of Your Business.The problem with all these sites, he said, is with the pop ups that have been appearing on them in recent weeks, asking users to agree to new terms of use. He says this amounts to a system of “forced consent” from users.”All of them basically have a situation where you have to consent to the privacy policy otherwise you’re not allowed to use their service.”It’s clear in the law—there are decisions by European data protection authorities and guidelines that this (practice) is prohibited,” he said. Schrems says the GDPR represents “a good start” and reflects the high importance already given to privacy in European regulations As a young Austrian law student, Max Schrems took on Facebook and won, and seven years ago he was already raising the alarm over the flaw Cambridge Analytica allegedly exploited to obtain the data of millions of users for political purposes.last_img read more

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Preview Marvel Powers United VR lets players be the superheroes

first_img Superhero ‘Deadpool’ opens fire in virtual reality Now, as virtual reality becomes more prevalent, Marvel fans are closer to making that childhood fantasy feel more real. With “Marvel Powers United VR” on Oculus VR, Foster City-based Sanzaru created a four-player co-op experience that lets gamers take on the role of 18 Marvel heroes, including Black Panther, Captain America, Storm, Spider-Man, Star Lord, Wolverine, Black Bolt and Deadpool.Players will team up to battle Thanos and a cadre of wide-ranging villains. They’ll visit locales such as Knowhere, Wakanda and Asgard. Because it’s VR, there’s a striking level of immersion. The experience feels like players are in some version of the Marvel universe. It’s a world closer to Earth-616 rather than Earth-199999 or in mainstream parlance, it’s closer to the comic books than the Marvel Cinematic Universe.In “Powers United VR,” fans are essentially thrown in with three other players and they battle relentless waves of foes. It’s almost like a siege mode, but the combat has a remarkable array of diversity. Each hero has four to six different moves with some being more intuitive than others.As Captain America, players use the Oculus Touch to reach at their back as if they’re grabbing a shield and then they can throw it at enemies like a Frisbee. Of course, flinging can be tiring so Sanzaru also offers alternate controls where players just point at enemies and pull the hand-trigger. It’s a lot like using a pistol.The movement controls, which has been a hurdle to any VR experience, is manageable. Players can turn using the right analog stick. This shifts the perspective in stuttered increments preventing some motion sickness. Players move about the world with the left stick. The A button is used for a jump, which acts almost like a teleport.The Captain America intro teaches players those basics. This tutorial sets up the conflict. Once players get into the main game, it’s up to them to start running by picking any of the superheroes and choosing the levels.Each of character has a distinct way of playing. Hulk can jump and barrel through enemies. His basic attack is a powerful punch but he’s slow. Thankfully, if enemies get too close, he can grab and rip them apart or toss them like ragdolls at other adversaries. With all that strength and stamina, he can snatch explosive barrels and toss them like grenades. He’s not invincible though, and the Hulk can go down and teammates will have to revive him. ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. After watching “Spider-Man” cartoons or reading “X-Men” comic books, nearly everyone—at one point or another—imagines that they had superpowers. They run through the house pretending to swing around Manhattan like a favorite web slinger or they play-act as Wolverine cutting through Sentinels. 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 Explore further Citation: Preview: ‘Marvel Powers United VR’ lets players be the superheroes (2018, August 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from On the other hand, Spider-Man is a completely different animal. He’s built more on quickness and strategy. He can swing through the air and land atop spindly towers. (That’s something the Hulk can’t do.) He can survey a scene and drop down in the middle of the action, binding foes in webs and working almost as crowd control. He’s also one of the more intuitive heroes to use. Sanzaru did a fantastic job of making you feel like Spidey.I joined a four-player session that took place on Jotunheim. The mission was to defend these devices on the planet while also fetching batteries later in the quest. For the level, I picked Iceman, and at first I hated him. It was mostly because I wasn’t sure how to use the Omega-level mutant.I expected him to work like Spider-Man and I had a rough time at it. The thing about Iceman is that he’s more strategic to use. He can toss icicles at foes almost like Spider-Man throws webbing but it’s done with the Oculus Touch’s index-finger trigger. The other issue is that his other move, which draws ice from the ground, is motion-based. Players have to hold the down hand-triggers and gesture up like he were pulling weeds from the ground. It’s more powerful move that freezes foes instantly but it takes longer to do.After figuring out how to actually use Iceman, I warmed to him. Like Captain Marvel and Storm, he can fly and hover in the air. From there, he can rain down ice on foes and create a super ice blast by collecting his icicles in a ball and firing. On the ground, he can combine his freeze ability with more offensive-oriented heroes for combo attacks. It’s not exactly Thor hitting his hammer on Captain America’s Shield to create a concussive force or having the Colossus toss Wolverine into foes, but it does the job.Don’t expect any fast-ball type attacks in “Powers United VR.” According to Mike Doran, executive producer with Oculus Studio, having those type of combo moves would be disorienting to players. Plus, the combat is geared to be fast-paced and having to coordinate a move like that takes away from the action. The game reminds me a lot of a more advanced “Raw Data.”From what I played, “Powers United VR” is a fun experience. There is a progression system that rewards players after every mission. Some of the progression opens up moves. Others reveal new costumes for characters. With 18 heroes to master, the game could be an addictive distraction for some and a fantasy nearly come to life for true believers.”Marvel Powers United VR” launched on the Oculus Rift on July 26.last_img read more

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Hungary Opposition party seeks Microsoft graft case probe

first_img Austria sues over EU approval of Hungary nuclear plant 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 further A Hungarian opposition party is formally asking authorities to investigate an alleged corruption scheme involving the sale of Microsoft products to state clients. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Hungary: Opposition party seeks Microsoft graft case probe (2018, August 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Gabor Vago of the green Politics Can Be Different party said Monday that “it is untenable that in a corruption case affecting Hungary, an investigation is launched only in the United States.”The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into the discounted sale of Microsoft software to middlemen who resold it to the Hungarian government at full price.Vago said the U.S. may ban Hungarians involved in the case from entering the country, as it did in 2014 with six officials suspected of involvement in corruption, including the head of Hungary’s tax authority.last_img read more

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Smart pill bottle keeps drugs safe

first_img Explore further Provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Scientists improve sensitivity and stretchability of room-temperature liquid metal-based sensor A flexible computer inside a medication bottle can send wireless SMS messages when someone attempts to tamper with it. Credit: Muhammad M. Hussain A smart pill bottle that sends wireless alerts when it detects tampering, overdose or unsafe storage conditions is just one of many potential health applications for new sensor technology being developed by a team at KAUST.Digital technology offers opportunities to improve traditional approaches to issues threatening human health. For example, networks of tiny wearable sensors deployed in hospitals can be used to track influenza outbreaks in real time. But the high costs associated with electronic manufacturing means that these sensors aren’t available where they’re needed most—to the low-income populations that suffer disproportionately from epidemics.Muhammed Hussain, doctoral student Sherjeel Khan and colleagues are working to make sensors more accessible using cheaper materials. For example, they recently demonstrated that it is feasible to create temperature and humidity sensors from paper by with conductive ink.The team has now developed a stretchy sensor—an anisotropic conductive tape with a range of touch-sensitive applications. Assembled by sandwiching tiny silver particles between two layers of adhesive copper tape, the new material is nonconductive in its normal state. But when pressed by a finger, the double-layered tape makes an electrical connection that sends a signal to an external reader.”Similar devices have been used in flat panel displays,” explains Khan, “but we’ve made them simple to build and easy to use by almost anyone.”The researchers used their technology to create a smart pill bottle to help fight the problem of prescription drug abuse. After 3D-printing a lid that uses light-emitting diodes to count the number of pills dispensed, they taped paper-based humidity and temperature sensors to its underside. The bottle was then sealed with an outer layer of conductive tape that acts as a touch sensor.If someone attempts to break into the bottle, or the insides become dangerously moist, a flexible control module inside the bottle analyzes the signals and delivers warnings to cell phones via a Bluetooth connection. The conductive tape could be used on its own or as part of a modular sensor system, and so Hussain envisions it could help groups looking for quick tests of innovative health sensors.This sensor development that is easy to build also opens up broader possibilities for researchers. “If you give researchers a ‘do it yourself opportunity,’ there is a good chance they will use it to expand the horizon of electronics and empower humanity with better technology,” Hussain adds. Citation: Smart pill bottle keeps drugs safe (2019, May 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Low-cost, stretchy sensors can be assembled inside the lid of a drug container to help monitor patient safety. More information: Sherjeel M Khan et al. Do-It-Yourself integration of a paper sensor in a smart lid for medication adherence, Flexible and Printed Electronics (2019). DOI: 10.1088/2058-8585/ab10f5 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

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AI robots data software helping create new approach for planning cities of

first_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. Purdue’s AutoIC Lab develops and leverages advanced technologies to support construction engineering and management, construction automation, and sustainable infrastructure, including building information modeling (BIM). Credit: Purdue University Explore further AI technology improves critical crack detection in nuclear reactors, bridges, buildings The system they use, called building information modeling (BIM), takes all the data points and information to develop plans at all stages of construction—from planning to maintenance to demolition. Purdue University researchers have come up with a novel way to approach the data, simplify the BIM software and help in creating future city layouts.The Purdue team created a new method for better understanding and using industry foundation classes (IFC), which is the term given to the data used to create the BIM software.”It normally requires a large amount of effort when manually interpreting IFC data due to its large number of entities and the complex connections between one entity and another,” said Jiansong Zhang, an assistant professor in Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute, who leads the research team. “Our technology helps BIM software developers create IFC-based solutions for any task in the life cycle of an AEC project.”Zhang said the new technology allows for full software development based on IFC data.”We created a visualization algorithm and implemented it based on the new method we developed,” said Zhang, who also leads Purdue’s Automation and Intelligent Construction Lab. “The new method can help eliminate missing or inconsistent information during software development.”The data covers all sectors, functions and life cycle phases of software development for construction projects.center_img Provided by Purdue University Citation: AI, robots, data software helping create new approach for planning cities of the future (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Artificial intelligence and robots are playing significant roles as planners develop the cities of the future. The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is facing a major shift in balancing the massive amounts of data available through advanced technologies.last_img read more

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Why Blue Fireworks Are So Rare

first_img Paul E. Smith, Lecture Demonstrator for Chemistry, Purdue University In the earliest days of the United States, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail about the celebration of independence, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” “Bonfires and illuminations” refer directly to what we know as pyrotechnics and firework displays. I’m a chemist and also president of Pyrotechnics Guild International, an organization that promotes the safe use of fireworks and using them here in the U.S. to celebrate Independence Day and other festivals throughout the year. As a chemist, and someone who leads demonstrations for chemistry students, I consider fireworks a great example of combustion reactions that produce colored fire. But the invention of colored fireworks is relatively recent and not all colors are easy to produce. Early history of fireworks Firecrackers were first invented serendipitously by the Chinese in 200 B.C. But it wasn’t until one thousand years later that Chinese alchemists developed fireworks in 800 A.D. These early fireworks were mostly bright and noisy concoctions designed to scare evil spirits — not the colorful, controlled explosions we see today. Fast forward another millennium and the Italians figured out how to add color by introducing various elements to the flammable mix. Adding the element strontium to a color pyrotechnic mix produces a red flame; copper, blue; barium, green; and sodium for yellow.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Too much or too little of the chemicals make significant changes in the temperature and thus the wavelength of color seen. The proper mixture of chemicals when ignited produce enough energy to excite electrons to give off different colors of light. Even though the chemistry of these colors isn’t new, each generation seems to get excited by the colors splashed across the sky. We now have a wide range of flame colors: red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and variations of these. Each color works the same way. As different elements ignite they release different wavelengths of light which translate as different colors. Making that perfect blue firework Not all colors of fireworks are equally easy to create. I believe several of my colleagues in pyrotechnic research and development would agree with me that blue is the most difficult color to produce. That is because the evening sky is a shade of blue, which means that most blues do not show up as well. If you try to make the blue brighter to contrast with the background it can look washed out. The right balance of copper and other chemicals in the flame or combustion reaction produce the best blue color flame in a firework. I have taken this into account when trying to create the best blue flame color, which I call pill box blue. It is just bright enough to stand out against the night sky but still a rich blue. I have over 20 blue pyrotechnic formulas and I have found one that comes very close to this elusive hue. Another difficulty in creating an intense blue color is that the chemistry is not simple. It requires a combination of several chemicals and the element copper. When copper ignites, the electrons surrounding the copper atoms get excited and energized in the flame. When the electrons release this energy, it appears to observers as blue light. Each color works the same way. As different elements ignite they release different wavelengths of light which translate as different colors. So when you see blue-colored dots of light creating a pattern in the night sky, you really are seeing excited electrons releasing energy as blue light. [Expertise in your inbox. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter and get a digest of academic takes on today’s news, every day.] This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndolast_img read more

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Nine new AIADMK members take oath as MLAs

first_imgPublished on Tamil Nadu Nine new AIADMK members today took over as legislators – a day after 13 members of the opposition DMK took oath as MLAs. The 22 MLAs won in the recently held by-polls.Speaker P Dhanapal administered the oath of office to the new members in his chamber in the presence of Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami and AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam.The nine new AIADMK legislators are P Kandhasamy (from Sulur constituency); G Sampath (Sholinghur); A Govindasamy (Pappireddipatti); V Sampathkumar (Harur); S Thenmozhi (Nilakkottai); S Nagarajan (Manamadurai); MSR Rajavarman (Sattur); P Chinnappan (Vilathikulam) and N Sathan Prabhakar (Paramakudi).With the addition of nine new MLAs, the ruling party now has a majority strength of 123 legislators in the 234-member Assembly while the DMK has 101 members and its allies – Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League – with eight and one legislators respectively. TTV Dhinakaran is the lone independent MLA.Nanguneri by-pollMeanwhile, H Vasanthakumar, the Congress MLA representing the Nanguneri constituency today resigned as a legislator following his election as Member of Parliament from Kanyakumari constituency. Vasanthakumar’s resignation will warrant a by-poll in Nanguneri constituency, and it is not yet clear if Congress will field its candidate or allow its ally DMK contest the seat. COMMENT May 29, 2019 SHARE politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Wee gives further details on RM15mil grant to Kojadi

first_img Related News PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has further clarified the events surrounding the RM15mil grant given to Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) by Yayasan 1MDB.Listing a chronology, he stated that in August 2012 Kojadi had informed the Co-operatives Commission (SKM) of the RM15mil grant to implement a micro-credit scheme for the youth.Later that month, SKM replied Kojadi that it had no issues concerning the grant, he said.”A few days after Pakatan Harapan won the general election (on May 18), the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) issued a letter for Kojadi to pay taxes, including penalties and fines on the RM15mil grant received from Yayasan 1MDB in 2012. The total amount to be paid was RM1,031,606.44. Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr Wee: Kojadi has written to MACC over RM15mil grant “The Kojadi board of directors complied with IRB’s instruction and paid off the sum (on June 11),” he said in a Facebook posting on Saturday (July 13).Dr Wee said in December 2018, Kojadi failed to get the RM50mil allocation for Budget 2019, with the reason given that Kojadi and MCA were not separate organisations.”It is true that Kojadi was founded by MCA, but not all in the party is a member of the co-operative.”A person has to contribute to Kojadi and only then they are eligible for membership. Now, the co-operative is rated five stars and has about 60,000 members from different races. How can it only be for MCA members?” he said.He said on Dec 26, 2018, Kojadi chairman Datuk Ng Peng Hay wrote a letter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner regarding the grant, asking for advice.”I was informed by Ng that he acted in line with what was agreed with the Kojadi board of directors who took their own initiative to write to Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull,” he added.Dr Wee questioned why Ng had sent a copy of a letter that he wrote to the MACC to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as well.”Yayasan 1MDB is under the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry whereas the Co-operative Societies Commission (SKM) is under the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.”What has this got to do with the Finance Ministry?” he asked.Dr Wee said MACC replied to Kojadi’s letter on Jan 30 this year.The MACC, he added, told Kojadi that the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) case was still under investigation, and had said nothing of Yayasan 1MDB.”The letter also stated that the MACC would inform Kojadi if it needed further assistance or cooperation.”So, what is wrong if Kojadi acts according to the rule of law? Fourteen board members have clarified that what was decided in a meeting on June 27, 2019 was to follow up the matter in writing with MACC, not to return the funds to them without referring to lawyers and the leadership,” he said.center_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 12 Jul 2019 Wee: Kojadi wrote to MACC over RM15mil grant Nation 28 Jun 2019 Kojadi will write to MACC over RM15mil grantlast_img read more

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Marine police step up efforts to combat blast fishing

first_img Related News Related News “The team also monitored the market area to detect the selling of fish caught through blast-fishing,” ACP Mohamad Pajeri said.The operation was carried out in waters off the coast of Pulau Bakungan Kecil and Pulau Selingan, as well as the market in Batu 8.ACP Mohamad Pajeri said the marine police would continue working closely with the Fisheries Department to stop fish-bombing activities in Sandakan waters. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Authorities crack down on trading of fish from bombing method {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Nation 08 Jul 2019 Sabah marine police record 30 cases linked to fish bombing in first six months of 2019 SANDAKAN: In an effort to stop the long-standing problem of fish bombing, marine police are aggressively mobilising their assets for increased patrols as well as to inspect markets to stop the selling of fish caught using this method.Marine Police Region 4 commander Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali said a three-day special operation was conducted to intercept and inspect boats in Sandakan waters from Thursday (July 11) to Saturday (July 13).Two patrol vessels were deployed, with 17 marine police officers and four personnel members from the Sandakan Fisheries Department taking part in the operation.”The purpose of the operation is to check if they have valid permits and fishing licences. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fish-bombing cases rise to 30 in six monthslast_img read more

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its not in any way a response to online criticism or any other type of criticism” Weiss was in agreement adding that online commentary had in no way affected the storytelling of the upcoming season: “I can literally say that not one word of the scripts this season have been changed in any way shape or form by what people said on the Internet or elsewhere” Game of Thrones returns April 24th on HBO Write to Megan McCluskey at meganmccluskey@timeinccomAbout 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder each year Rates are rising among young people and the use of anti-anxiety drugs is soaring What can be done to reverse this mental health crisis Part of the answer soon may be to start putting more at-risk preschoolersand their parentsin therapy A growing body of research is suggesting that treating kids who are at risk for anxiety disorders and depressionand their familiesearly may help keep mental illnesses at bay And the move with the biggest impact (both in dollars saved and misery averted) will likely be to focus on anxiety Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues and are among the earliest to arise; they can set in as early as age three They are also increasingly being thought of as gateway illnesses Depression substance abuse and even suicidal behavior often begin as out-of-control anxiety Theres a good chance that my eight-year-old daughter will struggle with anxiety Having a first-degree relativea parent or sibling for examplewith an anxiety disorder bumps a persons risk of developing one up to five times that of the general population When I was a twenty-year-old college junior I was diagnosed with panic disorder an illness characterized by repeated episodes of a racing heart shortness of breath and blinding terror In a period before my diagnosis I had been nearly paralyzed by fear: I skipped my finals dropped classes and spent more than a month shaking on my parents sofa Ive grappled with anxiety ever since My father deals with depression; my aunt bipolar disorder My grandmother heard voices and plagued by paranoia once tried to burn down her own home with her husband and children inside She spent three years in a psychiatric facility TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news plus: burning questions and expert tips View Sample Sign Up Now Id certainly like to spare my own daughter the pain of mental illness And now researchers are developing programs with the aim of preventing anxiety disorders At-risk children are usually taught social skills and how to approach the situations (asking another kid to play doing show-and-tell) they already fear This "exposure" is the main component of cognitive behavioral therapy the most evidence-based non-drug treatment for anxiety disorders The research is still in its early stages and it could be years before the programs are widely available to families but some results are encouraging Researchers at the University of Connecticut and Johns Hopkins University tested an eight-week therapy for healthy kids who each had at least one parent with an anxiety disorder During the following year 31% of kids who didnt receive the therapy developed an anxiety disorder whereas only 5% of kids who received treatment developed one Researchers are also developing programs for preschool children who because of their shy socially reticent temperaments are at greater risk of developing anxiety About one third to one half of these "behaviorally-inhibited" children will go on to have anxiety disordersmost often social anxiety disorderby adolescence In the prevention programs parents are often treated too Parents of anxious kids often become controlling and overprotective in an attempt to ease their childrens distress The trouble is this sends the message that the world is a dangerous place and that kids cant cope on their own Also when parents allow their children to avoid scary or distressing situations the kids have fewer opportunities to learn to master their fear So parents are taught to refrain from rescuing their anxious children and to push them to confront scary situations MORE: Don’t Tell Anxious Kids That Everything Will Be OK I recently spent a spring Saturday morning at the University of Maryland sitting in on the final session of a program for behaviorally inhibited children Six preschoolers sat in a circle legs crisscrossed on colorful foam mats It was the final meeting of the "Turtle Program" and a shiny gold sign exclaiming Congrats Grad hung on the wall "Can anyone remind us about some of the new things weve learned in circle time" asked Danielle Novick one of the programs leaders Marie a little girl with curly brown hair and silver sneakers shyly raised her hand "Being brave" she says "Good job" replied Novick "Thank you" She leaned over and put a sticker on Maries knee a reward for speaking up I watched this exchange from an adjacent room via a one-way mirror The program is actually a study being conducted by researchers on the efficacy of an eight-week treatment to prevent anxiety disorders in behaviorally inhibited kids The children in this group had all scored in the top 15% on a scale of behavioral inhibition Many already had difficulties making friends going to birthday parties and speaking up in preschool In the group the children practiced introducing themselves asking another kid to play and asking and answering questions They learned to express their emotions and to negotiate conflictfirst using puppets which can be less stressful The children also learned deep breathing or what the program calls "balloon breathing" to help cope with anxiety Ken Rubin one of the lead investigators of the study says that even as early as age four behaviorally inhibited kids often have poor social skills are being rejected by their peers and are internalizing negative feelings about themselves "Were trying to interrupt that whole process" said Andrea Chronis-Tuscano the other principal investigator MORE: Inside The Mindful Classroom While the children were in circle time their parents were in a room across the hall where they were taught to ignore anxious and avoidant behavior and to praise brave behavior Parents are also coached on how to create a fear hierarchy for their children consisting of incremental steps culminating in an ultimate goal For example if the ultimate goal is to ask another child to play a first step might be to say hello to another child The idea is for each step to be achievable so that children have success and can gain confidence The parents are coached on how to set up bravery practice (which is basically exposure therapy) They help their children to practice things like talking to a teacher or doing show-and-tell during the group Therapists coach parents in the moment via earpieces secret service style The researchers take pains to emphasize that they are not trying to change these kids personalitiesto turn shy and introverted children into extroverts "Impairment is really the key" says Chronis-Tuscano "We know how important social relationships are to peoples happiness and success in life and we dont want their inhibition to hold them back from doing anything" In an earlier small pilot study the Turtle Program reduced anxiety symptoms in behaviorally inhibited kids Before the treatment nearly three-quarters of the kids met criteria for social anxiety disorder Afterward less than a third did As a preschooler my daughter was spirited and joyful obsessed with Mary Poppins and her hot-pink scooter She was also reserved and cautious She hovered along the perimeter of birthday parties and music classes But in the last couple of years shes become markedly more confident Still if theres anything that worries me its her outsize fear of many kids movies Shes not only petrified of movie monsters and villains but also hates it when anyone in a movie is nasty or mean We got through only a few minutes of The Wizard of Oz She made me turn it off at the appearance of Miss Gulch the nasty woman who snatches Toto and later transforms into the Wicked Witch I worry that these fears are an omen of greater anxiety to come Researchers have found that phobias raise the risk of developing other anxiety disorders and depression I myself had a childhood phobia of clowns So Ive tried some of the prevention strategies On the advice of child psychologist Ronald Rapee a pioneer in the prevention of anxiety disorders in preschoolers I took my daughter to see the movie Paddington the movie about the talking bear that loves marmalade (A free online version of Dr Rapees "Cool Little Kids" program is available at coollittlekidsorgau) But by the first scenes when an earthquake levels the wayward bears home in Peru and kills his uncle my daughter had scrambled onto my lap When the evil taxidermist played by Nicole Kidman captured Paddington and threw him into a black van my daughter began sobbing We can go" I said and moved to get up "No" she wailed So we stayed But when the lights finally came up at the end another mother shot me a judgmental look and proclaimed loudly "That poor kid was so scared" I felt awful and embarrassed like I was a terrible parent I told my daughter how proud I was of her At the time I wasnt sure what if anything I accomplished As with everything else in parenting Im winging it But just a few weeks ago my daughter husband and I watched the original Ghostbusters from 1984 And when the demons attacked I was the only one who had to close my eyes Adapted from the book On Edge: A Journey through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen now available from Amazon Contact us at editors@timecomAbidjan: Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on 11 November The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four However Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006 2010 and 2014 File image of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha AP "The Elephants" trail Morocco by two points in Group C with just the group winners assured of making the finals in Russia Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has also recalled Gervinho Max-Alain Gradel and Seydou Doumbia after being sidelined by injury However Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss the game through suspension Squad Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD) Ali Badra Sangaré (Free State Stars/RSA) Hortalin Blé Zadi (Africa Sports/CIV) Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG) Wilfried Kanon (Den Haag/NED) Adama Traoré (Goztepe/TUR) Joris Gnagnon (Rennes/FRA) Ghislain Konan (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR) Franck Kessié (AC Milan/ITA) Simon Déli (Slavia Prague/CZE) Mamadou Bagayoko (OH Louvain/BEL) Ismal Traoré (Angers/FRA) Midfielders: Cheick Doukouré (Levante/ESP) Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel/SUI) Seko Fofana (Udinese/ITA) Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz/GER) Habib Maga (St Etienne/FRA) Attackers: Maxwel Cornet (Lyon/FRA) Gervinho (Hebei Fortune/CHN) Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER) Seydou Doumbia (Sporting Lisbon/POR) Roger Assalé (Young Boys Berne/SUI) Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG) Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse/FRA) Washington: Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington President Donald Trump stared down the prospect of endless House investigations stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition But as midterm election results rolled in he celebrated GOP success in the Senate and distanced himself from any blame Trump stayed quiet for much of election night as Republicans maintained their hold on the Senate and Democrats were on track to claim the House — a shift all but certain to redefine his presidency Late in the evening he offered a brief tweet that simply read: "Tremendous success tonight Thank you to all" File image of US president Donald Trump AP Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump’s presidency Tuesday’s results offered a split decision that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate — distances that could easily widen during two years of divided control Trump’s aggressive campaign blitz which paid off in some key victories suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray Control of the House would give Democrats the ability to launch investigations into the president and stifle his agenda But White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders minimised the magnitude of likely Democratic gains "Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don’t think that there’s a blue wave" she told reporters pointing to several early Republican wins As for Republicans retaining control of the Senate she called it "a huge moment and victory for the president" White House aides called on Democrats to work with Republicans in the next Congress Said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway "I don’t know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating instigating trying to impeach and subpoena people" In addition to the call to Pelosi Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race the White House said Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race his focus on boosting Republicans in states that he carried in 2016 Of the three races he targeted in the final day Trump’s picks all won Tuesday night with Republican Mike Braun defeating Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for Ohio governor The White House has been stressing the historical headwinds it faced: in the last three decades 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats And only twice in the past eight decades has the president’s party picked up House seats in the midterms Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House his shadow looming large over the results Nearly 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president according to AP VoteCast a national survey of the electorate while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations In turn Trump began trying out defensive arguments ahead of Election Day noting that midterm losses are typical for the party in the White House pointing out a high number of GOP retirements and stressing that he had kept his focus on the Senate Aides set up televisions in the White House residence for Trump first lady Melania Trump and their guests to watch election results come in with the sets tuned to different cable news channels Among those expected were Trump’s adult children White House aides Republican officials and presidential friends The election served as a referendum of sorts on Trump’s racially charged appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White House — a group he will need again in just two years Overall more voters disapproved of Trump’s job performance than approved — a finding that is largely consistent with recent polling Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing up "for what he believes in" But the 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