North, South Korea hockey players team up for Olympics

first_imgThe players were sharing the same locker room and the lockers of the North Korean players were deliberately placed between those of their South Korean teammates so that they could become close quickly, according to Yonhap news agency.The Koreas fielded a single team to major sports events only twice, both in 1991. One event was the world table tennis championships and the other soccer’s World Youth Championship. But this is the first time they’ve assembled a single team for the Olympics.The Koreas explored how to cooperate in the Olympics after the North’s leader Kim Jong Un abruptly said in his New Year’s address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. As part of the rapprochement deals, the Koreas also agreed for their athletes to march together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. Some experts say North Korea may want to use improved ties with the South as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.The International Olympic Committee has allowed 22 North Korean athletes, including the 12 hockey players, to compete in Pyeongchang in exceptional entries given to the North, which initially had none for the games. The 10 others will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. They will come to South Korea on Feb. 1.The joint hockey team deal has triggered a backlash in South Korea, with a survey showing about 70 percent of respondents opposing the idea because it would deprive South Korean players of playing time. The IOC-brokered agreement requires at least three North Korean players to suit up for each game, meaning that three from South Korea’s original roster cannot play in those games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments North Korean women’s ice hockey players arrive at the South Korea’s national training center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Jincheon, South Korea. Twelve North Korean female hockey players have crossed the border into South Korea to form the rivals’ first-ever Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games. (Song Kyung-Seok/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other Thursday to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare reconciliation steps following a period of nuclear tensions.A dozen North Korean hockey players wearing white-and-red winter parkas crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea earlier Thursday, as about 30-40 conservative activists shouted anti-Pyongyang slogans at a nearby border area.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The North Koreans traveled on to a national athletes’ village in southern South Korea, where they were welcomed by their South Korean teammates and Canadian coach Sarah Murray, who presented them flower bouquets in an outdoor welcoming ceremony.“I sincerely welcome your arrival,” Lee Jae-kun, head of the athletes’ village, told the North Koreans after they got off a bus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPark Chol Ho, a North Korean coach who arrived with the 12 athletes and two support staff, told reporters that he’s happy to team up with South Koreans. “I’m very pleased with the fact that North and South are united as one to participate in (the Olympics). I expect we’ll see good results if we unite our efforts … though we don’t have much time,” he said.The Korean players later shouted “We are one!” and took a group photo. North and South Korean players plan to practice separately for several days as Murray needs time to learn about the North Koreans. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Murray has said that the North Koreans’ hard-hitting style would make them suited to be her fourth line, a group of players who are typically asked to provide strong physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest.Murray, who examined the North Koreans first hand during an event in Gangneung last year, has identified five players as memorable, but among them, only forwards Jong Su Hyon and Kim Hyang Mi made the trip for the Olympics.The unified Korean team will open their group action against Switzerland on Feb. 10. It will then face Sweden on Feb. 12 and Japan on Feb. 14. What draws attention is its Japan match, as many in both Koreas still harbor bitter resentment against Japan’s 35-year colonial rule that ended in 1945, three years before two different governments were formally established on the Korean Peninsula.Conservatives in Seoul have held a series of small-scale rallies in recent days. On Monday, activists burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag as the head of the North’s popular girl band passed by them during a visit to the capital. North Korea responded Tuesday by warning similar actions could disrupt ongoing reconciliation efforts.South Korean officials hope an Olympic-inspired mood of detente would serve as a stepping stone to the resumption of diplomatic talks that could slow down North Korea’s nuclear advancement. North Korea, however, has insisted it won’t discuss its nuclear program during its ongoing talks with South Korea, and some experts warn that tensions could flare again after the Olympics. 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Greek Community Members React as Giannis Has Milwaukee Dreaming of 1st Title Since ’71

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Hunter Trimmel couldn’t give away his season tickets to Milwaukee Bucks games five years ago.Losing season after season made the Bucks almost an afterthought in Wisconsin, where most teams live in the shadow of the Green Bay Packers. But now the Bucks are the hottest ticket in town, with a glittery new arena and a young superstar that has the team knocking on the door of the NBA Finals. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against Toronto is Wednesday night.Trimmel, 37, was among hundreds of fans flocking to the plaza outside Fiserv Forum last week before the Bucks faced Boston in Game 5 of the conference semifinals. The plaza, with plenty of bars and jumbo TV screens for fans who can’t get inside, is part of an atmosphere that Trimmel — a Bucks fan since 1992 — said is a new experience.“I hate to say it but we felt like a minor league team for a while,” Trimmel said.It’s a golden era in Milwaukee: The Bucks are in contention just a year after the Brewers came within one game of going to the World Series, shifting the focus of this sports-crazed state from the beloved Packers to two long-neglected teams suddenly on the rise.In this May 8, 2019 photo, Lou Liapis, left, and brother Pete Liapis hold the “Gyro Step” at their restaurant Georgie Porgie’s in Oak Creek, Wis. They created the Greek-inspired sandwich, which includes a burger patty, gyro meat, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, in honor of the fancy footwork of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was born in Greece. It will be available during the playoffs. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)The last Wisconsin professional sports team to win it all was the Packers in 2011.The Bucks’ success has been a long time coming. Their only NBA title came in 1971, when a team featuring legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson beat the Baltimore Bullets.The Bucks were solid in the 1980s, putting up several 50-win seasons behind stars like Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson and Junior Bridgeman before things got brutal in the ’90s — six losing seasons, including four where they didn’t win more than 30 games.“There was a generation when they stumbled through the wilderness, and a lot of fans lost interest,” said Drew Olson, a longtime Milwaukee sports reporter who now hosts a sports talk radio show on 97.3’s The Game. “It was almost to the point that people went to the Bucks games to see the other team.”Olson traced the turnaround to Herb Kohl selling the team in 2014 to Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, two hedge fund managers from New York, and said it paralleled the Selig family’s sale of the Brewers to Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio in 2005.“In both cases the locals were skeptical whether we should trust these guys — whether they’re buying the team to move the team,” Olson said. “As it turns out, they’ve been really good stewards of these franchises.”Leading the Bucks’ resurgence is MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, a fan favorite and a source of pride for Milwaukee’s Greek community. Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece. He is just 24.“It’s important for the Greek community to be able to gather together as a unit and celebrate him. And he in turn celebrates us,” said Tim Stasinoulias, 61, a Bucks fan since the team came to Milwaukee in 1968.File-This May 8, 2019, file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo driving past Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)The Bucks host an annual “Greek Night” event where fans get a Q&A session with Antetokounmpo. Since his arrival in Milwaukee in 2013, Antetokounmpo’s been known to sing the Greek national anthem during those events.“It’s a bit of a renaissance in Milwaukee sports, just in general with the success recently of the Brewers and now we have the Bucks,” said Stasinoulias. “Who would have thought that the Packers would be third on the totem pole at this point?”Rather than ranking each team’s success, others take another view.“This is the best Wisconsin sports has ever been as a whole,” said Steven Slack, 35, a resident of Sun Prairie who was waiting for the game outside the arena.“We’ve never had three teams actually in contention before simultaneously. Because we have, we literally have the MVP in all three leagues,” he said, referring to reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, Antetokounmpo’s potential to win it this year, and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback who has won two MVPs and is in frequent contention.The Bucks’ success is also a financial boon for the city. Each playoff game is estimated to have a $3 million economic impact on downtown businesses — everything from hotels to transportation and food and beverage, according to Visit Milwaukee, an agency that promotes tourism to the city. It only helps that the Bucks are playing in their new half-billion-dollar arena for the first time this year, attracting dedicated and casual fans alike to the restaurants and bars in the plaza outside the stadium. Taxpayers contributed about $250 million to the arena’s construction.Away from the arena, the city has been expressing its pride for the team, too, with buses and streetcars flashing “Fear the Deer” and “Go Bucks” on their digital displays. The city’s Public Market has a banner under its name with the same phrase, which is the team’s rallying cry. Billboards on the highway are counting down the number of victories needed to win the championship.Longtime season-ticket holder Rod Johnson, 55, went to games with his father back when tickets cost $5 and the Bucks played in what was called the MECCA Arena. He saw Abdul-Jabbar play and remembers the 1971 championship season. It’s been an agonizing wait for another title.“We’re hoping for one more now,” he said. “This could be the year.”By: Ivan Moreno, Associated PressTweetPinShare147147 Shareslast_img read more

19 days agoSheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd to bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkinsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United are eyeing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, says The Sun.United have fancied Watkins for years as he can play anywhere across the front line.And his run of scoring in a new central role confirmed their belief in him.Crystal Palace wanted Watkins in the last window but he was priced too high for their liking. last_img

Manitobas top chief fights back over rising evacuee numbers

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba was forced to evacuate due to flooding last spring.Since then, the number of evacuees has inexplicably risen.This has raised concerns in Ottawa.However, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs say it’s much ado about nothing.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

Russian broadcasting infrastructure provider RTRS

first_imgRussian broadcasting infrastructure provider RTRS has selected the system integrators that will be responsible for building the country’s second digital-terrestrial multiplex.The winning bidders in the tender process were TD Svyaz Engineering, NPP Triada-TV, TekhnoServ AS, Rossiyskiy Institut Moshchnogo Radiostroyeniya, Almaz-Antey Telekommunikatsii, Moshchnaya Apparatura Radiovesshchaniya I Televideniya, Telekom-Proyekt-5 and Soyuz-Telefonstroy.TD Svyaz Engineering will act as the lead integrator on the project, with a RUB14.5 billion contract to supply engineering services and equipment.RTRS plans to construct a DVB-T2-based network based on 4,956 sites.last_img

Sundance Channel Global has launched in Costa Rica

first_imgSundance Channel Global has launched in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay for the first time.The channel, part of the AMC Networks International stable, has secured carriage with a range of pay TV platforms.In Panama the standard and high definition versions of Sundance will be carried on Cable Onda, the country’s largest pay TV platform.The SD channel will roll out on Millicom’s Tigo in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala and in HD on Tigo in Paraguay.In Colombia and the Dominican Republic, it will roll out on the Claro pay TV platform and in Peru on Telefonica’s Movistar.The channel launched in the region last year.Ed Palluth, executive VP of global distribution, AMC Networks International said: “Sundance Channel continues to experience strong growth since last year’s South American launch and will now be widely available in Central America on the leading subscription television platforms in the region.”last_img read more

Uber Stole Trade Secrets Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges

first_img News reporter February 24, 2017 Tom Brant Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving car project, says its trade secrets are now in Uber’s hands. Uber Stole Trade Secrets, Alphabet Subsidiary Alleges Uber A former employee stole trade secrets from Google’s self-driving car project and brought them to a startup that was later acquired by Uber, according to a complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.Waymo, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet that took over the search giant’s self-driving car project last year, filed a complaint against Uber’s subsidiary Otto, claiming trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement and unfair competition.The complaint alleges that Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 proprietary design files — 9.7GB worth of data — for Waymo’s Lidar system in late 2015 before he left the company to found Otto.Those designs showed up in an email that Waymo received from one of its circuit board suppliers in December, according to the complaint. The email, which apparently was referring to Uber’s own Lidar design, confirmed Waymo’s earlier suspicions that Levandowski had given Waymo’s trade secrets to Uber, which acquired Otto in August 2016.”As of August 2016, Uber had no in-house solution for LiDAR — despite 18 months with their faltering Carnegie Mellon University effort — and they acquired Otto to get it,” Waymo wrote in the complaint. “By September 2016, Uber represented to regulatory authorities in Nevada that it was no longer using an off-the-shelf, or third-party, LiDAR technology, but rather using an ‘[i]n-house custom built’ LiDAR system.”Waymo investigated the matter further, and said it discovered that additional former employees — now working at Otto and Uber — also downloaded confidential Lidar information.”Our parent company Alphabet has long worked with Uber in many areas, and we didn’t make this decision lightly,” Waymo said in a statement regarding its lawsuit. “However, given the overwhelming facts that our technology has been stolen, we have no choice but to defend our investment and development of this unique technology.”An Uber spokesperson told PCMag that “we take the allegations made against Otto and Uber employees seriously and we will review this matter carefully.” Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Synspiras abstracts accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual NACFC

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Synspira, a privately held company developing a new class of inhaled glycopolymer-based therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary disease, today announced that three abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC), occurring October 18-20 in Denver, CO. The three presentations detail the results of research undertaken with polycationic glycopolymer poly (acetyl, arginyl) glucosamine (PAAG) that is being developed by Synspira as SNSP113, an inhaled treatment designed to improve lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).Related StoriesScientists highlight advances and uses of organoids in gastroenterology and hepatologyPlastic surgeons and scientists develop synthetic soft tissue substitute with fewer side effectsFDA expands approval of cystic fibrosis treatment to include pediatric patients as young as 6 years oldResults of all three studies will be presented at Poster Session I.Presenter: Courtney Fernandez Petty, Ph.D.Title: PAAG Improves Mucociliary Transport in CF RatsDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Fernandez Petty’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborators Steven Rowe, M.D. and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Guillermo Tearney, M.D., Ph.D. at the Tearney Lab in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The presentation will focus on the beneficial mucoactive effects of PAAG on mucociliary transport in the trachea and lungs of CF rats.Presenter: Dixon Johns, B.S.Title: Novel Disruption of an Alginate Biofilm Infection Model of CF Respiratory DiseaseDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDixon Johns’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborator Dr. Rowe and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham investigating the ability of PAAG to reduce respiratory biofilm integrity.Presenter: Bryan Garcia, M.D.Title: Poly Acetyl-Arginyl Glucosamine Has Anti-Biofilm and Anti-Pseudomonal Effect In-VitroDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Garcia’s presentation will highlight work led by collaborators Drs. Rowe and Swords, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The presentation will focus on the anti-biofilm and anti-pseudomonal properties of PAAG. Source:https://www.synspira.com/news/synspira-announces-abstracts-evaluating-new-treatment-options-for-cystic-fibrosis-complications-accepted-for-presentation-at-the-32nd-annual-north-american-cystic-fibrosis-conference/last_img read more

New project will develop biomarkerbased system to send personalized advice on dietary

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 29 2019The PREVENTOMICS European project will develop, from this November and for 3 years, personalized plans for nutrition and lifestyle habits to improve the health of people, based on individual traits such as physical and behavioral traits, lifestyle, genotype, preferences and physical condition. The personal health plans, which will consider consumers’ needs and requirements, will reach the recipients in the form of behavioral prompts, thanks to the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools.PREVENTOMICS (Empowering consumers to PREVENT diet-related diseases through OMICS sciences) could be applicable in the future to the personalization of any type of treatment or health condition and represents a unique service, given that “it can be validated for specific diseases or for well-defined life situations where the combination of genetic, biological, nutritional and psychological factors is relevant”, explains Josep Mª del Bas, director of the Nutrition and Health unit of Eurecat, the technology center coordinating the consortium.It is expected that PREVENTOMICS, which has 19 European partners from 7 different countries, will conclude with the introduction of six new products on the market, both in the application of new technologies to improve health (e-business) and in the form of food products intended for human consumption.To achieve this, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach in exploiting the potential of omics techniques, especially metabolomics, to know the state of metabolic health and will focus on techniques to induce a change in behaviour in people in order to deliver preventive personalized nutrition tools, accessible to everyone, that promote changes in current habits and achieve the improvement of personal health in a sustained and lasting manner.One of the innovations of the project, as explained by the scientific coordinator of the biotechnology area of Eurecat and technical coordinator of the project, Antoni Caimari, “is that it is based on a unique integration of genetic, metabolic, nutritional and psychological data”, with the application of computational modelling techniques of the metabolism, which will enable the evaluation and characterization of the most relevant physiological processes—the sustained lack of control of which can lead to the onset of different diseases, and enable the modulation of these deviations to prevent their development”.At the social level, the research carried out by PREVENTOMICS will help to sustain new healthy lifestyle habits, increase user satisfaction and confidence in a more personalized diet and promote greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet as a healthy dietary pattern in line with the recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).Related StoriesScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThe project involves innovations at the research level, in interoperability and use of open source data to feed future research; at the social level, in the search for sustainable solutions with more precise information; in terms of health, by harnessing the capabilities of Information and Communications Technology to manage data from different sources; and finally, at the business level, offering more personalized services in line with the growing demand from society.To demonstrate the potential for personalization at different levels of the food value chain, PREVENTOMICS will be validated in three different scenarios using three different companies carrying out intervention studies with both healthy volunteers and volunteers with abdominal obesity who are at moderate risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.Evolution of personalized nutrition In recent years, “the expectations around personalized nutrition have grown, but there haven’t been sufficiently precise tools nor sufficient understanding of which individual variables are affected or what the behavioral barriers are that prevent the individual from acquiring healthier habits”, explains Caimari.It is estimated that the personalized nutrition market will grow from 81 billion euros in 2015 to 110.5 billion euros in 2020, due to the increase in key trends in society, such as the growing concern for health, a better understanding of the physical condition, the ageing of the population, the increase in disposable income, changes in lifestyle and growth in emerging markets.In this regard, experts agree that the food industry should provide solutions at the individual level, in fields such as nutraceutical and health, sports nutrition, food services or mHealth.Aside from Eurecat, the following is a list of the 19 partners of PREVENTOMICS: ALDI, Alimentòmica, Onmi; Simple Feast; METEDA; Carinsa and Practio; and the research centres and universities Università di Parma, University ofa Southampton, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Leitat, Wageningen University, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow and Universiteit Maastricht, as well as the osteoarthritis patients association Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI), the Spanish Consumer Organization (OCU) and the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE). 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UK guidelines for tests drastically differ from those in the US reports

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 8 2019Dr. Sunita Sah practiced general medicine for several years in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. When she came to the United States, she noticed something strange.The U.K. guidelines for tests such as mammograms and colon cancer screenings drastically differed from those in the U.S. – even though they were based on the same medical evidence.”Having colonoscopy at the age of 50 – that struck me as rather odd when I moved to the U.S., because you don’t really hear about people having colonoscopies as a screening procedure in the U.K.,” said Sah. “It’s much less invasive to test for blood in the stool. It’s also less costly and doesn’t have the risks of undertaking a colonoscopy.”Now an assistant professor of management and organizations at Cornell, Sah and Ismail Jatoi of the University of Texas Health, San Antonio, say the treatment guidelines recommended by medical specialist organizations are more likely to call for greater use of health care services and exacerbate overdiagnosis, overtreatment and spiraling health care costs. Their commentary, “Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Overuse of Health Care Services: Need for Reform,” appeared March 18 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.The implications are significant, she said, because guidelines are supposed to provide standard evidence-based treatment practices for all doctors.”The recommendations put out by specialty organizations – like the American College of Cardiology or the American College of Radiology – show specialty bias in recommending more aggressive and/or more frequent screening procedures,” said Sah, an expert on conflict of interest. “In the U.S. in particular, where the fee-for-service compensation model dominates medicine, which is different from countries like the U.K., you see even more recommendations for greater use of health care services.”Specialty bias refers to the tendency of physicians to recommend the treatments in which they are trained to deliver. For example, localized prostate cancer can be treated with either surgery or radiation.”If you go to a surgeon, chances are that they are more likely to recommend that you have surgery; if you go to a radiation oncologist, they are more likely to recommend that you have radiation,” she said. “They each often believe that the treatment that they’re trained in is the better one.”Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsIn the case of screening for colorectal cancer, the American College of Gastroenterology’s panel – all of whom were gastroenterologists – recommended colonoscopy as the best strategy.But the United States Preventive Task Force, with no gastroenterologists or gastrointestinal surgeons, recommended testing the stool, sigmoidoscopy (an exam of only the lower part of the colon) or colonoscopy as a last resort. Stool testing was also recommended by the European Society of Medical Oncology panel, which consisted of six medical oncologists, no gastroenterologists and one gastrointestinal surgeon. The panel said there was limited evidence that screening colonoscopy is effective.”Colonoscopies are more invasive than stool testing and come with potentially greater risks and costs for patients – but increased clinical volume and profits for gastroenterologists,” Sah said.Specialty guidelines are also subject to fee-for-service bias, according to the commentary. Doctors who receive a payment for each treatment may tend to recommend that treatment more often, because they have a financial interest in it.”The bias is not necessarily malicious or intentional,” Sah said. “In a fee-for-service environment, they may be biased to do more rather than less, so it becomes a habit.”But more is not necessarily better, she said. “Sometimes the risks of those procedures are just not worth the benefits.”The authors call for a reduction in conflicts of interest in the fee-for-service model, and more professional diversity in the makeup of the guideline committees. “You need a variety of different voices on those committees,” Sah said.And patients could ask their doctors which guidelines they follow and why. “Ask them questions,” she said. “Ask your doctor to explain their thought process in recommending the particular guideline and the advantages or disadvantages of one guideline versus another.”Cornell University has dedicated television and audio studios available for media interviews supporting full HD, ISDN and web-based platforms. Source:http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/03/sah-medical-guidelines-may-be-biased-overly-aggressivelast_img read more

ATT admits big mistake in hiring Trump fixer Michael Cohen

US telecom giant AT&T said it was a mistake to hire Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, as a consultant Explore further AT&T chief says merger would boost value of Time Warner Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and chief executive, also told employees in a message that the company’s policy chief Bob Quinn would be retiring following the disclosures of payments to lawyer Michael Cohen, the focus of a series of investigations.”There is no other way to say it—AT&T hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant was a big mistake,” Stephenson said.”To be clear, everything we did was done according to the law and entirely legitimate. But the fact is, our past association with Cohen was a serious misjudgment. In this instance, our Washington DC team’s vetting process clearly failed, and I take responsibility for that.”AT&T recently acknowledged paying some $600,000 to Cohen, who is under scrutiny for accepting payment from companies and others seeking access to the White House, and for making a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.”Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our reputation has been damaged,” Stephenson said.Stephenson said general counsel David McAtee would be taking over the functions of Quinn following his retirement.AT&T, which is in the midst of a contentious court battle over its mega-deal for media-entertainment group Time Warner, acknowledged hiring Cohen’s firm under a one-year contract at $50,000 per month, from January through December 2017.The company said it hired the firm among “several consultants to help us understand how the president and his administration might approach a wide range of policy issues important to the company, including regulatory reform… tax reform and antitrust enforcement, specifically our Time Warner deal.””Companies often hire political consultants, especially at the beginning of a new presidential administration, and we have done so in previous administrations,” a statement added.It said Cohen approached AT&T in the transition period between Trump’s November 2016 election and his January 2017 swearing-in. Cohen “said he was going to leave the Trump Organization and do consulting for a select few companies,” AT&T explained.”Our contract with Cohen was expressly limited to providing consulting and advisory services, and it did not permit him to lobby on our behalf without first notifying us (which never occurred),” it added.”We didn’t ask him to set up any meetings for us with anyone in the administration and he didn’t offer to do so.”The Justice Department sued in late 2017 to block the AT&T-Time Warner deal, and the case is pending in federal court following a seven-week trial. © 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: AT&T admits ‘big mistake’ in hiring Trump fixer Michael Cohen (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-att-big-hiring-trump-fixer.html AT&T’s top executive said Friday it was a “big mistake” to hire a Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a consultant after the presidential election, but maintained that the telecom giant’s actions were legal and “entirely legitimate.” read more

Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook

first_img © 2018 AFP US activist groups launched a campaign to break up Facebook, claiming it has too much power over people’s lives A coalition of activist groups on Monday announced a campaign to break up Facebook, arguing that the huge social network “has too much power over our lives and democracy.” 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 makes major management overhaulcenter_img Explore further The groups created a website, and a Facebook page, to garner support for a petition to the US Federal Trade Commission to require the social media firm to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into competing networks, and to “impose strong privacy rules.”The effort was launched by a handful of groups focusing on digital rights, privacy and other social causes.”Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power,” the groups said on their website.”Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day. It buys up or bankrupts potential competitors to protect its monopoly, killing innovation and choice. It tracks us almost everywhere we go on the web and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world.”The effort comes with Facebook under fire in the US and elsewhere over the hijacking of private user data on some 87 million users, adding to concerns on how internet platforms were manipulated to spread misinformation during the 2016 US election.Responding to the campaign, a company spokesman said Facebook “is in a competitive environment where people use our apps at the same time they use free services offered by many others.”The spokesman said in an emailed statement that “the average person uses eight different apps to communicate and stay connected.”Chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a US congressional panel last month that it “doesn’t feel like” Facebook is a monopoly.Facebook has an estimated two billion users worldwide, and its Messenger and Whatsapp messaging services each have more than one billion.Any breakup would require a lengthy investigation by US authorities and a potentially long court battle as well.The latest campaign was launched by the activist organizations Demand Progress, MoveOn, and SumOfUs, along with the groups Citizens Against Monopoly, Jewish Voice for Peace and Muslim Grassroots Movement.It comes as Zuckerberg prepared to appear before European Parliament members to answer questions on the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, which obtained Facebook user data while working on the 2016 Donald Trump campaign. Citation: Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook (2018, May 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-activist-groups-campaign-facebook.htmllast_img read more

Chile tests floating solar panels to power mine save water

first_imgLos Bronces is about 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and is 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the country’s capital, Santiago. In 2018, the mine produced 370,000 tons of fine copper and 2,421 tons of molybdenum.Almost 20 percent of the energy currently produced and used in Chile comes from renewable sources, up from 6 percent in 2013. A worker on a boat approaches a floating island of solar panels at Los Bronces mine, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Los Bronces is about 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level. In 2018, the mine produced 370,000 tons of fine copper and 2,421 tons of molybdenum. (AP Photo / Esteban Felix) The experimental “Las Tortolas” power-generating island is being run by the giant Anglo American mining company at its Los Bronces mine, and the initiative comes as the government pushes to put Chile at the forefront of renewable energy use in Latin America and the world.The 1,200-square-foot array of solar panels was inaugurated Thursday by Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica. Officials said that if the test is successful, the $250,000 plant could be expanded to cover 40 hectares, or nearly 100 acres.The array floats in the middle of a pond that is used to contain the refuse from mining, known as tailings, and it is expected that its shadow will lower the water temperature and reduce evaporation by 80 percent. Thus, the mine would retain more of that water for its operations and could reduce the amount of fresh water it pumps in the dry mountainous region where water is a scarce commodity.”With this system, we can make our fresh water consumption more efficient, in line with our goal of re-imagining mining and reducing Anglo American’s fresh water consumption by 50 percent by 2030, as well as the CO2 emissions by producing non-polluting energy,” said Patricio Chacana, Los Bronces’ vice president of operations. Workers stand on a floating island of solar panels on a pond at Los Bronces mine, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. The 1,200-square-foot array of solar panels was inaugurated Thursday by Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica. Officials said that if the test is successful, the $250,000 plant could be expanded to cover 40 hectares, or nearly 100 acres. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A floating island of solar panels is being tested in Chile as a way to generate clean energy and reduce water loss at mine operations, a cornerstone of the Andean country’s economy that uses huge amounts of electricity and water. Ten towns hit by river pollution from Brazil dam disaster If the yearlong experiment works as planned, the solar panel island could be expanded and new ones could be installed at other mining ponds. Experts say there are approximately 800 such ponds in Chile.”It is an excellent idea for the traceability of the mining industry and especially in terms of more efficient use of water. This is a company that recycles 76 percent of the water it uses in its processes,” the mining minister said at the unveiling and he encouraged other mining companies to follow suit.In addition, Prokurica said the Mining Ministry is working on a plan to improve the safety of the mine holding ponds, to guard against failures such as one at an iron ore mine recently in Brazil that unleashed a wall of mud that killed at least 186 people and polluted hundreds of miles of river. Many of the tailing ponds in the north of the country are near urban centers. A worker stands on a floating island of solar panels at Los Bronces mine, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. If the yearlong experiment works as planned, the solar panel island could be expanded and new ones could be installed at other mining ponds. Experts say there are approximately 800 such ponds in Chile. (AP Photo / Esteban Felix)center_img Explore further A worker stands on a floating island of solar panels at Los Bronces mine, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. If the yearlong experiment works as planned, the solar panel island could be expanded and new ones could be installed at other mining ponds. Experts say there are approximately 800 such ponds in Chile. (AP Photo / Esteban Felix) An island of solar panels floats in a pond at the Los Bronces mining plant, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. The array floats in the middle of a pond that is used to contain the refuse from mining, known as tailings, and it is expected that the island’s shadow will lower the water temperature and reduce evaporation by 80 percent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) 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: Chile tests floating solar panels to power mine, save water (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-chile-solar-panels-power.html An island of solar panels floats in a pond at the Los Bronces mining plant, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. The island of solar panels could give purpose to mine refuse in Chile by using them to generate clean energy and reduce water evaporation.(AP Photo / Esteban Felix) An island of solar panels floats in a pond at the Los Bronces mining plant, about 65 kilometers (approximately 40 miles) from Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 14, 2019. The array floats in the middle of a pond that is used to contain the refuse from mining, known as tailings, and it is expected that the island’s shadow will lower the water temperature and reduce evaporation by 80 percent. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)last_img read more

New rural development ministry office to come upNew rural development ministry office

first_img The Union government has decided to make a new headquarters for the Ministry of Rural Development here, which will also house offices of other related departments and organisations. The move aims to have a single operations centre for planning and implementation of rural development schemes. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was assigned the responsibility to build the ministry’s head office –‘Grameen Vikas Bhavan’– at the Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi. A ‘green building’ with proper arrangements for water and energy conservation, the building will not only generate 250 kilowatt of solar power, but also reuse 200 kilolitres of water everyday for gardening and cleaning purpose. The building will also have other facilities such as a Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary, bank, post office and a creche for the employees’ children. A senior official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said after completion of the planning work, all necessary approvals for the construction had been taken and the CPWD would begin the project in July. The construction of the building will be completed by July 2021 with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore. There will be a cafeteria offering regional cuisines in the basement. Currently the ‘Krishi Bhavan’, the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, houses the offices of Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, along with offices of other departments of the Centre. The CPWD recently completed work on the headquarters of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and before that it made ‘Jawahar Bhavan’ for the Ministry of External Affairs. The building will also have offices for ministers and officials to fast-track formulation and implementation of rural development schemes. To be built following international standards on an area of around 14 thousand square metres, the building will also have meeting rooms and a grand auditorium for conferences. The walls of the nine-storey building will display the rich cultural heritage and daily life in villages. SHARE COMMENT Published on June 16, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more