Sharad Yadav to retain bungalow

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed disqualified Rajya Sabha member and rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav to retain his official bungalow for the time being after he agreed to forego the monetary benefits of office during the pendency of his challenge against disqualification in the Delhi High Court.The direction given by a Vacation Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan was based on a petition filed by JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ramchandra Prasad Singh against an order passed by the Delhi High Court on December 15 last year.High court orderThe high court, in that order, though refusing to grant an interim stay on Mr. Yadav’s disqualification, had allowed him to draw his salary, allowances, perks and retain the bungalow till the pendency of his plea.During the hearing, the Bench questioned the propriety of Mr. Yadav partaking the salary and perks of office, drawn from the public exchequer, when the very question of his disqualification under the stringent anti-defection law was still under consideration in the high court.The court’s scepticism drew Mr. Yadav’s lawyers, senior advocate Guru Krishna Kumar and Devadatt Kamat, to concede that their client would abstain from accepting the perks and allowances of office till the high court takes a final call.The court then asked a Division Bench of the high court to decide the matter by July 12.Mr. Yadav has alleged in the high court that he was not afforded an opportunity to present his case against disqualification by the Rajya Sabha Chairman.Mr. Singh has pressed his case against Mr. Yadav and another disqualified JD(U) leader, Ali Anwar, on the ground that they attended a rally of the Opposition parties in Patna in violation of the party’s directives.Mr. Yadav had aligned with the Opposition after JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left the alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in the State to join hands with the BJP in July 2017.Mr. Yadav was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 till 2022. Mr. Anwar’s term expired in April.‘New low in politics’Mr. Yadav’s faction accused the JD(U) of plunging to a “new low” in politics by targeting him in such a manner.Arun Kumar Srivastava, an aide of Mr. Yadav and former JD(U) general secretary, said political rivalry has never played out in such a “personal and vindictive” way.“It never happened in politics that you go after a rival’s bungalow and salary,” he said.Mr. Srivastava cited the examples of Amar Singh, a Rajya Sabha member expelled from the Samajwadi Party, and Pappu Yadav, expelled RJD MP, to say that their parent parties never targeted them in the way the JD(U) has gone after Mr. Sharad Yadav.“Sharad Yadav’s residence and salary are a matter between him and the Central government but still the JD(U) approached the Supreme Court against the benefits he is getting,” Mr. Srivastava said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

ADLINK: extreme rugged VITA 75 computing platform for military and aerospace

first_imgADLINK Technology released its latest Extreme Rugged, SWaP-optimized VITA 75 COTS computing platform, the HPERC-KBL, designed for mission-critical applications such as C4ISR and use in the world’s most demanding military and aerospace environments. ADLINK will showcase the new platform in joint exhibition with its channel partners Steatite and Acal at the upcoming DSEI 2019.With many years of experience in manufacturing computing solutions for the toughest military environments, ADLINK formed its Small Form Factor Tactical Edge Server (SFF-TES) solution group to better optimize products for one of the most in-demand and mission-critical computing needs: small systems that can handle both the data loads and physical stress common in edge and fog deployments. As a strategic line of the SFF-TES solution group, ADLINK’s HPERC exemplifies how the company’s integrated research, design, and manufacturing capabilities can yield exceptionally versatile solutions for military and aerospace needs.The HPERC-KBL, focusing on balancing SWaP constraints against high compute performance and scalability, significantly strengthens ADLINK’s SFF portfolio by bringing an intelligent solution with its accelerated computing capabilities. Like all HPERC solutions, the new platform features VITA 75 standard mounting, silent passive cooling, and measurements of only 223.7 x 177.8 x 98.7 mm  for the conductive cold plate “MC” variant, and 304.8 x 150.0 x 130.0 mm for the finned passive convection “MH” variant. Despite its diminutive size, the HPERC-KBL contains a quad-core Intel® Xeon processor combined with 16GB of ECC DDR4 memory to provide ample processing performance, which can be further enhanced with an optional NVIDIA Quadro MXM module for GPGPU-accelerated applications. Removable SATA and SD storage provide data collection capabilities, while four Gigabit Ethernet and six USB ports via MIL-DTL-38999 connectors offer all the network and device connectivity required in demanding edge settings. An IP67-rated sealed enclosure small enough to mount under a vehicle seat or carry in a backpack, along with a MIL-STD-461F/810G/704F/1275E certified design makes the HPERC-KBL a literal perfect fit in highly mobile environments where neither constant movement nor debris ingress can be allowed to interfere with demanding data processing tasks.ADLINK provides military and aerospace system integrators with fully-integrated, highly cost-effective, military standards-compliant COTS/MOTS products. Built with uncompromised integrity and security, ADLINK designs and manufacturers its solutions in-house. Our vertically integrated production framework provides customers with fast development and deployment of reliable, long-lifecycle products that enable rapid data-to-decision and end-to-end solutions for mission-critical applications. ADLINK’s approach to operations also facilitates system upgrades and technology insertions through unmatched customer proximity, best-in-class ODM capabilities, and industry-appropriate supply longevity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Sorting out the state of play of AI chipsNext Acceed extends software services for IIoT projectslast_img read more

Michigan Called Out For Using “Alternative Facts” In Recruiting Graphic

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Having sent several tight ends to the NFL over the last few years, the Michigan Wolverines are attempting to use their recent success at the position as a recruiting tool. Unfortunately, their use of “alternate facts” in one particular recruiting poster is getting the team raked over the coals.A new graphic released by Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis refers to the team as “Tight End U,” and points out how often Michigan tight ends get the ball compared to other top programs like Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Clemson, and LSU.However, Iowa assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell was quick to point out that Wolverines were seriously misconstruing the facts with their graphic.While the 167 catches and 2,157 receiving yards were higher than any of the teams listed, the numbers aren’t even the highest among tight ends in Michigan’s own conference – let alone the rest of college football.Michigan football uses alternative facts in a recruiting graphic. Iowa football answers off the top rope.??? pic.twitter.com/d4WindAO0i— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 4, 2019The moniker “Tight End U” is most frequently attributed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. As Bell pointed out, Iowa’s tight ends had 178 catches for 2,559 yards and 32 touchdowns in that span.One clever fan decided to “fix” the graphic for Michigan’s coach:@CoachK_Bell @gkittle46 It’s ok, I fixed it for them! #Hawkeyes #TEU pic.twitter.com/2ZVk25FK4a— TOE CMOHAWK (@CMO_HAWKEYE) February 4, 2019Another factor that does give Iowa the edge in the “Tight End U” conversation is how well their tight ends perform upon reaching the NFL.While the Hawkeyes have had fewer tight ends drafted by NFL teams than Michigan, Iowa’s have arguably had better success.No Michigan tight end that has been drafted has ever made the Pro Bowl, while three Iowa tight ends have.The most recent Iowa tight end to make the Pro Bowl was George Kittle, who represented the 49ers in the game this past year.last_img read more

Keel Laid for Crowley’s First LNG-Powered Ship

first_imgzoom The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime’s liner services group was laid yesterday at VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss. The vessel is the first Commitment Class ship, which will exclusively serve the US-Puerto Rico trade lane.The Commitment Class, Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet in the South Atlantic trade. These new ships, which will be named El Coquí (ko-kee) and Taíno (tahy-noh),  are scheduled for delivery during the second and fourth quarter 2017 respectively.VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula on October 22, 2014.“This keel laying is a major milestone event in the construction schedule for the Crowley Commitment-Class program,” said Bill Skinner, chief executive officer, VT Halter Marine.The Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade.The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tons.Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Roll-on/Roll-off garage.The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a leading Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.last_img read more

Age doesnt define us

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Halle Berry doesnt like to be defined by her age, and wants to prove women can do anything. Berry, 52, feels working on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a step towards that goal. “There is nothing I wanted to do more than to prove that women of my age can do exactly what we want to do. Age doesn’t define us,” Berry said in a statement. Keanu Reeves will be back as the remorseful assassin John Wick. He has teamed up with Berry for another mission. Talking about the role, she said: “I never worked harder for a film role in my entire career. I had to work through some injuries, but I kept at it because quitting was not ever an option. Now I have the bug, and I just want to keep going and going.” The third chapter in the franchise will pick up in the immediate aftermath of John Wick 2, with Wick excommunicated and on the run, having to defend himself against a host of equally skilled assassins looking to scoop up the bounty for killing him. The film is being brought to India by PVR Pictures. It will release on May 17. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski. In addition to Berry, new cast members include Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon and Jerome Flynn. “I loved how real the action felt in the first movie… I looked forward to Chapter 2 as soon as I saw the first. When my manager told me that Chad was looking for a female assassin, I knew I had to play the part. When I first met with Chad he had not yet finished writing my role, but I didn’t care, I said, ‘Sign me up…I’ll do it’!”last_img read more

Despite Targeted Attack on Turkish Outpost Syria Claims No Hostile Intentions

Rabat – On June 13, a Turkish observation tower was hit by mortar shells in Idlib, a supposed buffer zone in northwestern Syria still under rebel control. The attack wounded three Turkish soldiers and damaged facilities and equipment. Turkey’s Defense Ministry has called this a deliberate attack by Syrian government forces. Days after the attack, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem announced that Syria does not want to see fighting with Turkey.“We hope that our military and the Turkish military do not fight. This is our principled stance,” al-Moualem said to reporters in Beijing. “What we are fighting is terrorists, especially in Idlib, which is Syrian territory–part of our country.”The Turkish outpost in Idlib originally emerged under a deal with Russia in which Turkey deployed forces at various posts around the northwestern province to prevent escalations between regime and rebel forces.Read also: Turkey Arrests 2 Spies for UAE in Investigation of Khashoggi MurderIdlib is occupied by jihadist rebel group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Turkish-backed rebels, and approximately three million civilians.Syria and Russia have been putting pressure on Turkey to assist in the disarmament and removal of the dominant HTS force from Syria’s northwest. Syria and Russia claim that rebel violations in Idlib have prompted heightened military operations, resulting in the attack on the Turkish outpost. Shortly before the June 13 attack, Russian news agencies reported that Russia and Turkey had successfully arranged a ceasefire in Idlib. The establishment of a de-escalation zone in the region significantly reduced violence, according to the Russian military. However, rebel forces in the area denied the claim, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had previously said that a full ceasefire in Idlib would be impossible. The Russian reports of a ceasefire have since been disproven, as Idlib faces mounting violence from Syrian and Russian offensives. “The question now is: what does Turkey want to do in Syria? Turkey is occupying part of Syrian soil, and has a military presence in certain parts of Syria,” al-Moualem said in his Beijing statement. Turkey has not announced intent to retaliate against Syria for the outpost attack. read more

UN Standing Police Capacity unit to train in United Kingdom ahead of

“This is a key stage of the unit’s training and will focus on all aspects of global policing, peacekeeping and team building. We are especially grateful to the UK, Germany and Sweden for partnering the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in running this course,” Police Adviser Andrew Hughes told the UN News Service. Between 12 to 17 Standing Police Capacity (SPC) officers will attend the course, which will mark the last stage of their training before they leave for their first mission which is expected to be in Chad sometime later this year, said SPC Chief Walter Wolf. “SPC officers come from all parts of the world and so the objective of this course is to build on the policing expertise already in the group by providing everyone with the key concepts and latest thinking on peacekeeping and building institutional capacity among the police in post-conflict countries. This will put us in good stead for upcoming missions,” said Mr. Wolf. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Police Division has been working since last year to put together an initial team of 25 SPC officers, chosen for their skills in all aspects of policing and law enforcement and recruited based on merit, geographic diversity and gender balance. The initiative was first called for in 2004 by a blue-ribbon group of experts brought together by the UN to examine security threats in the 21st century. Member States endorsed the concept of the SPC during their World Summit in September 2005 as a way to deal with the unprecedented demand for peacekeepers in general and police officers in particular. Mr. Wolf said that once operational the SPC will have two main roles. Firstly, to provide immediate start-up capability on the ground for the police components of new UN peacekeeping missions, and secondly to provide rapid support and technical assistance to existing UN operations. 28 September 2007Officers from the United Nations Standing Police Capacity will undergo two weeks of training in transitional justice and other aspects of peacekeeping at the top police leadership centre in the United Kingdom from 8-19 October ahead of deployment to their first mission, senior UN Police officers said today. read more

Security Council recommends Kofi Annan for second term at UNs helm

In making the announcement, the Council President Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury of Bangladesh, said the decision was taken “by acclamation, with the support of all members of the Council.” Calling the decision “momentous,” Ambassador Chowdhury said the Council’s action had been unprecedented. “The Council, as a gesture of its recognition of the very excellent work that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has done, has decided months ahead to recommend him for a second term.” Past decisions by the Council on the appointment of the Secretary-General were taken much later in the year. The Council President said he would convey the decision to the General Assembly, which is expected to act on this recommendation on Friday. Mr. Chowdhury also described Mr. Annan’s reaction upon hearing the news of the Council’s decision, saying, “he’s elated and he’s very happy that the Council has joined in this unanimous action by acclamation.”For his part, the Secretary-General told a news conference this afternoon that he was “deeply honoured” by the Security Council vote. “I’m grateful for the trust and support they have given me,” he said. Mr. Annan’s priorities as Secretary-General have been to revitalize the UN through a comprehensive programme of reform and to strengthen the Organization’s activities in the traditional areas of development, the maintenance of international peace and security and the promotion of human rights. He also worked to advocate the rule of law and the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity found in the UN Charter; and to restore public confidence in the Organization by reaching out to new partners and, in his words, by “bringing the United Nations closer to the people.” read more

World Cup US Manages Scoreless Tie With Mexico

With Brad Guzan defending America’s goal with a fervor, the United States pulled out a scoreless tie against heavily favored Mexico Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.The tie moved the U.S. into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos, who earlier Tuesday lost their appeal over Friday’s loss to the United States in a Colorado snow storm, are ahead on goal difference.Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw, which dropped El Tri to second-to-last place in the standings. Mexico had plenty of chances, but El Tri was plagued by poor finishing and dismal execution on set pieces. Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the last two minutes of stoppage time, and Guzan body-blocked a dangerous shot by Angel Reyna.Azteca is one of the world’s most imposing venues, and the Americans have a miserable track record there. They are 0-13-2 in World Cup qualifiers in Mexico, with their only other point — also from a 0-0 draw — coming in 1997.But the Americans got a boost of confidence from their win in an exhibition last summer, and not even a patchwork — and inexperienced — lineup could shake them. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann gambled by starting Matt Besler at center back, only the second appearance for the Americans by the young defender. But he and Omar Gonzalez  — the last two Major League Soccer defenders of the year — looked like grizzled veterans as they repeatedly snuffed out shots by Javier Hernandez, Javier Aquino and Jesus Zavala.Mexico dominated possession, and Aquino, Hernandez and Zavala repeatedly tested the inexperienced American defense, picking on DaMarcus Beasley in particular after he picked up a yellow card in the eighth minute. But Gonzalez came up with one big play after another, and Besler looked quite comfortable in the Azteca pressure-cooker.But they got some help from El Tri, which blew numerous chances, including what should have been a couple of gimmes for Hernandez.Read more: ESPN read more

Samsung lance deux nouveaux Windows Phone Focus S et Focus Flash

first_imgSamsung lance deux nouveaux Windows Phone : Focus S et Focus FlashLe fabricant coréen vient d’annoncer deux nouveautés dans sa gamme Windows Phone (version 7.5 Mango).Tout d’abord, le Samsung Focus S (en photo) proposera un écran tactile de 4,3 pouces (technologie appelée Super AMOLED) affichant 800×480 pixels. Equipé d’un processeur simple cœur Qualcomm d’une cadence de 1,4 GHz et de 1 Go de mémoire vive, le Focus S sera compatible avec la 4G (cette technologie n’est pour le moment pas accessible en France). On retrouvera un appareil photo de 8 mégapixels à l’arrière du téléphone ainsi qu’un autre en façade (1,3 mégapixels).À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Quant au second modèle, le Samsung Focus Flash, la taille de son écran (toujours un Super AMOLED) perdra en taille pour atteindre les 3,7 pouces. De même pour son capteur photo qui ne dépassera pas les 5 mégapixels. Le processeur reste cependant le même et les deux smartphones devraient embarquer Mango,  la dernier version du système d’exploitation Microsoft pour mobile.Samgung propose donc ici deux produits très ressemblant. Mais rapidement, l’un se démarque “haut de gamme”, le Samsung Focus S, et l’autre “milieu de gamme”, le Samsung Focus Flash. Certainement disponibles d’ici la fin de l’année aux Etats-Unis, aucune date ni de prix n’ont été communiqué pour une quelconque commercialisation sur notre territoire. Encore une fois, la patience est de mise.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 19:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CTran fares routes will change Sunday

first_imgWith nearly 375 affected bus stops on 18 impacted routes and several rider fare adjustments, C-Tran is about to make the largest change to its services in a decade — and it’s all happening in the first week of September.“Mak(ing) transit really more accessible to everyone, that’s the reason why we do this,” said C-Tran Spokeswoman Christine Selk of the service changes that take effect Sunday.The majority of route changes are adjustments to existing routes. Perhaps the greatest change comes to Portland-bound commuters. Route 44 is being discontinued completely. Route 4 will no longer serve Delta Park or Jantzen Beach. Instead riders will have to get off in downtown Vancouver and transfer onto the new Route 60.“Making another connection will increase commute times from Delta Park. However, it’s also the nature of the route itself,” Selk said in an email. “When you have a route that goes off-schedule due to traffic and bridge lifts, it can be a challenge to keep all those buses on time.”Part of those changes is to prepare for The Vine, Vancouver’s bus rapid transit system which is supposed to come online at the end of the year.last_img read more

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gamescom update takes us on a lovely walk

first_img Tags Nintendo revealed a bunch of indie games during its pre-Gamescom showcase on Monday, but its most anticipated upcoming Switch title was conspicuous by its absence. Pokemon Sword and Shield hits the hybrid console on Nov. 15, so game director Shigeru Ohmori brought us on a quick tour of a town in the UK-inspired Galar region on Tuesday.Hopefully you’ll use a Cloyster Card to travel in the Galar region. Pokemon/Screenshot by Sean Keane/CNET Surrounded by plush Pokemon pals, he shows off the research lab (where Professor Magnolia tries to figure out the new Dynamaxing phenomenon), a train station (which you can use to travel to other towns) and the new-look Pokemon Centers.We got a battle-focused update during last weekend’s Pokemon World Championships, when Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda revealed that the 2020 event (which is happening in London) would transition from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to the new games. First published at 5:29 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:05 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Video Games Now playing: Watch this: 2:13 The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switchcenter_img 0 29 Photos Post a comment Share your voice Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

Taliban twin attack kills 9 injures 30 in Pakistans Dera Ismail Khan

first_imgReuters File PhotoAt least nine persons were killed and 30 injured in twin attacks at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province’s Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, on Sunday, July 21. District Police Chief Saleem Riaz said four gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at a police post that killed two policemen on Sunday morning. The militants fled the scene.A suicide bomber then detonated seven kilograms of explosives at the hospital where the bodies of the police officers were brought in. The second attack killed another two police officials and three civilians who were visiting their relatives, reported AFP.Riaz said the blast damaged the emergency ward. All the 30 injured, including eight police officials, were moved to the military hospital and many of the wounded are in critical condition.While the police claimed that the suicide attacker was a female, the Pakistani Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the attack, said that the attacker was a man named Abu Obaida Ghazi. A statement released by Taliban revealed that the attack was “in revenge” for the killing of a Taliban commander by police in Dera Ismail Khan, reported Al Jazeera.The Pakistan military has carried out several crackdowns against the Pakistan Taliban over the past few years restricting terror activities that are carried along the porous border near Dera Ismail Khan with Afghanistan.last_img read more

Selfie Medicine Phone App Encourage People To Take Their Pills

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @emochaHealthBaltimore-based emocha app lets patients film video of themselves taking their medication, which is sent to a doctor or nurse to review.Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns.Selfie medicine works like this: Open an app on your phone, show your pills, put them in your mouth and swallow. Don’t forget to show your empty mouth to the camera to prove today’s dose is on its way. Then upload the video proof to the clinic.Fans say the technology addresses a big problem: About half of drugs for chronic conditions aren’t taken as prescribed because of cost, side effects or patient forgetfulness.With treatment for opioid addiction, a skipped dose can mean a dangerous relapse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding research to tailor a smartphone app for those patients and see if they’ll use it.“If we can keep patients engaged, we can keep them in treatment longer,” said lead researcher Dr. Judith Tsui of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.Photo via Twitter @emochaHealthBaltimore-based emocha app lets patients film video of themselves taking their medication, which is sent to a doctor or nurse to review.The next phase of her research will compare a group of patients who use the monitoring app called emocha with those who don’t to see if there’s a difference.At one Tennessee treatment center, some patients with opioid addiction are already using the app to upload selfies of their daily dose and answer questions about how they’re doing.“Every time they sign on, it allows us to capture data. Are they having cravings? Suicidal tendencies?” said Scott Olson, CEO of Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare, which is trying the app at its Jackson, Tennessee, site. “Maybe a phone call from a counselor might make the difference between staying clean and a relapse.”Olson thinks insurers will pay for the service with more evidence. For monitoring tuberculosis patients, health departments pay roughly $35 to $50 per patient each month for systems that include encrypted data storage. A small health department might pay as little as $500 a month.The idea of watching someone take their medicine — called directly observed therapy or DOT — has roots in tuberculosis where one person’s forgetfulness can be serious for everyone. If patients don’t take all their antibiotics, their infectious TB germs can get stronger, developing drug resistance and endangering the broader community.But taking a handful of pills daily for up to a year is difficult, so public health departments traditionally sent workers to people’s homes and workplaces to watch them take their doses. Today, many TB patients prefer remote monitoring. Nurses like it too.Nurse Peggy Cooley has used Skype for years to chat live with patients taking TB medicine.“We can accomplish in a two-minute phone call something that might have taken an hour to do and most of that hour was in the car,” said Cooley, who works for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Washington state.The new uploaded selfies don’t need an appointment. They are a daily routine for many tuberculosis patients in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston, where savings on mileage and worker time amounted to $100,000 in a recent year.Esther Dyson from @waytowellville shares how nurses and coaches can use technology to help patients #mhealth #healthyreturns @cnbc @cnbc events https://t.co/puVrvTEDjV pic.twitter.com/8hbI4fknDN— emocha (@emochaHealth) March 28, 2018In Boston, Albuquerque and five other cities, researchers are studying whether the technology works for hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that’s surging among a new generation of injection drug users. New drugs for hepatitis C can cure, but they’re expensive — $75,000 for a 12-week course of treatment — so insurers want to make sure patients take them.“I think it holds a lot of promise,” said researcher Dr. Alain Litwin of University of South Carolina School of Medicine, who’s testing whether patients do better when someone watches them take their pills.What’s next? An insurer in Maryland plans to use the technology in diabetes and high blood pressure to make sure Medicare and Medicaid patients take their medicine. Startups selling the apps say they could be used by faraway adult children monitoring an elderly parent’s daily pill-taking.Experts worry about privacy, data security and penalties for poor pill-taking.“That’s the biggest ick factor,” said Carolyn Neuhaus, a medical ethicist at the Hastings Center in New York. “You can imagine a program where benefits are tied to compliance and the insurer says, ‘We won’t pay for medication anymore unless you’re taking it correctly.’”Globally, the rapid spread of smartphones creates an opportunity to eradicate TB, say the app developers.But eliminating TB may take simpler, cheaper technologies that can be scaled for millions of cases, said Dr. Daniel Chin, who leads TB efforts for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The group supports research in China and India on two homegrown technologies. China’s tool, about the size of a child’s shoebox, reminds patients to take their pills and saves data for review. In India, the government favors a blister pill pack printed with phone numbers; a patient punches out a daily pill, then calls the revealed number.Worldwide, TB kills more than 1.6 million people annually, even though most deaths are preventable with treatment.“If we are going to eliminate the disease, we need technology,” said Dr. Richard Garfein of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, who helped develop one of the smartphone apps, SureAdhere.last_img read more

Researchers find suctioncupshaped circular bristles give male diving beetles a mating advantage

first_img Explore further The spatula setae, showing oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Researchers find suction-cup-shaped circular bristles give male diving beetles a mating advantage (2014, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-suction-cup-shaped-circular-bristles-male-beetles.html Dorsal view of the spatula setae, showing stalks, oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen Parallel channels on the spatula setae from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in Taiwan has found that certain types of diving beetles have a mechanical advantage over other less evolved types of diving beetles. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes how they compared the suction-cup type bristle gripper mechanisms used by males of one type of beetle to latch onto females, with the less evolved spatula type gripper and found the former to be a much better approach than the latter. To mate, male diving beetles use specialized hairs or bristles on their bodies to latch onto a part of the forewing of the female. Latching on is important because the female moves around a lot, making copulation difficult. In this study, the research team looked to compare the latching abilities of four types of diving beetles—three that have what are described as suction-cup shaped bristles and a fourth which have what are believed to be older, less evolved spatula shaped bristles.Studying the gripping techniques of diving beetles helps researchers understand the complex mating behavior of the beetles—prior research has shown that the females appear to be evolving in a way that makes it more difficult for males to latch on, forcing the males to develop better mechanisms.To find out which type of mechanical mechanism is superior, the researchers clipped samples from both types of beetles and allowed both to latch onto glass cover slips in their lab. They then used a scale to measure vertical suction strength and sensors to measure shearing force. In so doing they found the two approaches yielded approximately the same suction force. When factoring for body size however, the suction-cup mechanism proved to be the superior gripper—it also proved to be better at resisting shearing forces, which likely is just as important, as the females tend to twist and turn at times during mating, possibly as a means of warding off weaker suitors. SEM image of the spatula setae, showing oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chencenter_img Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface The findings by the team suggest that the suction-cup type approach is an improvement over the older spatula type gripper and gives males an advantage during copulation. It also provides new ideas for engineers working on the development of underwater attachment devices. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Paper: rsif.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsif.2014.0273 Play Attachment-detachment process of a circular seta from male H. pacificus at a preload of 0.45 mN and pull-off velocity of 75 µm/s (~0.25 seta length per second, LST/s). This event was filmed laterally at 24 fps and played back at its original speed. Credit: © Ying Chen , Kai-Jung Chi Seed beetle ‘kicks’ sign of antagonistic coadaptation 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

VIDEO Steph Curry hooping it up on a South Korean game show

first_imgRT SInow “This is the only way to stop Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/BtVYQrHIaN“— Dak (@dak2zeke) August 5, 2017h/t SI Steph Curry has been dominating the NBA offseason viral video highlights like Gronk does in the NFL. He’s playing in his first pro golf tournament this weekend, but this clip comes from an appearance he and his brother Seth made on a South Korean game show during their recent Asian basketball trip.In what appears to be the simulation of a bad acid trip, the Curry’s take on an inflatable giant and a bunch of other weird props, while their opponents have the advantage of shooting on a hoop that’s 5 times wider than a regulation bucket.This whole thing is just freakin’ weird. Maybe the Cavs could sign the creepy inflatable giant. He still probably couldn’t check KD.If anyone can explain to us what the hell is going on in this Steph Curry video it’d be much appreciated pic.twitter.com/mWgLimWRT8— 12up (@12upSport) August 5, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

Oh the things I would do to get this cardboardstyle Nintendo

first_imgNintendo is building on its strange but wonderful cardboard Labo platform with some sweet Mario Kart integration and a truly fabulous limited edition Switch with a faux-cardboard finish. It really is just the greatest thing and I would do terrible things to have it. Unfortunately some smart kid will probably get it, because you have to win it by designing something cool with Labo.So, first the Mario Kart stuff. If you have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, and you really should because it’s excellent, you can now use the Toy-Con (buildable with the Labo Variety Kit) as a sort of real-world controller. You twist the right “handlebar” to accelerate and rotate the whole thing to turn.This is the first game to get its own special Labo support, but the company says more are on the way. Splatoon 2, perhaps?If you’re a creative type and you have a Labo set, you’re in luck. There are two new contests you can enter, and entry puts you in the running to win the amazing neutral-colored Switch shown up top. I really don’t know why I love it so much, but I do. And if you do too, you should enter. (If you’re in the U.S. or Canada. Sorry, world.)The first challenge is to create a musical instrument with the Toy-Con pieces and “craft materials.” You’ll have to document its creation and show it working on video; it’ll be judged on “Quality, Creativity, Spirit, and Sound.” Caps Nintendo’s.The second challenge is to create a game or game-like experience using Toy-Con Garage. Same judgment categories as before, minus Sound.There will be one grand prize winner and four runners up per contest. Grand prize is that amazing Switch (approximate retail value $1,000?!), plus a cool (?) Labo jacket. Runners up get a pair of cardboard style Joy-Cons and a jacket. Respectable.If you’ve been looking for a reason to pick up that Labo kit again or use some random pieces you never tried, this is surely that reason. Now get to work!last_img read more

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first_imgNews | April 05, 2011 Study Shows Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Spares More Healthy Tissue April 5, 2011 – The volume of normal brain tissue exposed to radiation during treatment for multiple metastases appears to depend on which stereotactic radiosurgery system is employed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Comparing treatment plans developed for use by three different treatment systems for a single patient (already previously treated with Leksell Gamma Knife), researchers found that Gamma Knife plans would result in “much smaller normal brain volumes receiving any particular dose” than the two other systems’ plans.The study compared treatment plans by Washington Fremont Hospital’s (Fremont, Calif.) Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the University of Utah’s (Salt Lake City) BrainLAB Novalis system and the University of California San Francisco’s Accuray CyberKnife system and involved a patient with 12 metastatic brain lesions. “The discrepancy in normal brain volumes exposed between the Gamma Knife plans and those from CyberKnife and BrainLAB was generally on the order of two to three times lower for the Gamma Knife plans,” says David Larson, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncologist and co-medical director at Washington Fremont Hospital’s Gamma Knife Program. “You could expect that patients and physicians would look more favorably on any radiation therapy treatment option that can demonstrate lower unintended radiation exposure to normal tissues.”This study is particularly compelling given trends in cancer survival and incidence. A major outcome of improved cancer therapies is that patients are living longer, which in turn may result in a higher incidence of patients experiencing recurrent brain metastases. Accordingly, for this growing population of cancer survivors, effective treatment of multiple brain metastases is increasingly essential. For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

Industry Leaders Address Housing Finance Affordability and Supply

first_img November 1, 2017 731 Views On Wednesday, the Urban Institute and CoreLogic hosted the 5th Annual Housing Finance Symposium with this year’s theme being “Housing Finance, Affordability, and Supply in the Digital Age”. Questions posed during the event included:How can we better understand the challenges of income variability, different age cohorts, credit scoring, and access to down payments?What are the obstacles to increasing the residential housing supply?How is the adaptation of regulation and technology shaping customer acquisition strategies?What will technological innovation in financial services mean for the diverse borrowers of the future, and how can technology reduce loan defects and advance industry safety and soundness?In addition to representatives from the Urban Institute and CoreLogic, executives from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the National Association of Homebuilders, Terwilliger Center, Docutech, FormFree, and Blend were also among the speakers. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharecenter_img Industry Leaders Address Housing Finance, Affordability, and Supply CoreLogic Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Housing Policy Urban Institute 2017-11-01 Rachel Williamslast_img read more