Shenhua open to Tevez extension despite struggles

first_imgCarlos Tevez Shanghai Shenhua open to Tevez extension despite struggles Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 15:24 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Tevez Shanghai Shenhua Chandan Khanna Shanghai Shenhua FA Cup The Argentine star flew home upon learning he wouldn’t dress for the Chinese FA Cup final, but the club isn’t closing the door on a possible return Shanghai Shenhua are open to signing Carlos Tevez to a contract extension, despite an apparently fractured relationship between the Argentine star and his club.Tevez has struggled with form and fitness since joining the Chinese Super League side in December for a deal worth £615,000 per week.The striker was not named to the game-day squad for either match of Shenhua’s recent triumph over Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese FA Cup final, with the 33-year-old abruptly flying home to Argentina upon learning he wouldn’t dress for Sunday’s second leg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although the club acknowledged that Tevez has failed to meet expectations, Shenhua aren’t ruling out a return in 2018.”We decided to buy Tevez because the AFC Champions League qualifying phase was about to begin and at that time the new rules [to curb expensive signings] did not come to light,” Shenhua deputy general manager Zhou Jun told Shanghai TV.”Tevez was playing quite well in both Boca Juniors and Juventus. And since there was an arms race going on [in the CSL], our club needed a player who has a reputation and universal appeal.”Of course, in the end, he is not living up to those expectations. But he keeps working very hard to be in contention to play.”As for whether or not to extend his contract next year, it has to be a mutual choice. His future hinges on the outcome of further negotiations between the two parties.”Tevez has scored four goals in 16 CSL matches for Shenhua.last_img read more

9 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi. last_img read more

Videos: Louisville Owned SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays After Dominating Syracuse

first_imgDonovan Mitchell throws down dunk against Syracuse..Twitter/@theACCDNMidway through the second half of Wednesday night’s 72-58 home win over Syracuse, the Louisville Cardinals were doing whatever they wanted on offense. The dominant display was heavily featured on SportsCenter this morning, where the Cardinals had three of the Top 10 plays of the day.First up, at No. 7, this beautiful behind-the-back assist by Chinanu Onuaku.Nanu droppin’ dimes. pic.twitter.com/7MFnoY0qRb— LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 18, 2016Next, at No. 4, another Onuaku assist—this time to Jaylen Johnson for a powerful alley-oop.It’s like Louisville found a “if you make the other team cry they have to let you play in the tournament” loophole pic.twitter.com/m4kMWmXva4— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 18, 2016And finally, Louisville took home the top play, with this ferocious alley-oop from Damion Lee to Donovan Mitchell.If you look close enough, you can see a smile on Donovan Mitchell’s face as he slams this one home for @GoCards!https://t.co/xlTSYEXZ08— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 18, 2016That one was just mean. Mitchell liked it so much, he made it the header photo for his Twitter profile. donovan mitchell twitterIt’s been a rough few weeks for the Cardinals. Last night’s big win had to be pretty cathartic.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Says No To Using Live Elephants In Parade In India

first_imgIn the wake of the Animal Welfare Board of India’s (AWBI) determination that Kerala officials must leave live elephants out of the much-anticipated Thrissur Pooram parade, PETA India patron and PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson has written to the chief minister of Kerala, offering to pay to provide 30 life-sized faux elephants handcrafted from bamboo and papier-mâché instead.The realistic elephants would replace live elephants, whose use is coming under increasing scrutiny. In recent years, hundreds have run amok, killing spectators after being frightened by loud noises and having yellow powder thrown into their eyes.If Anderson’s offer is accepted, this year’s Thrissur Pooram would be the third such progressive parade using faux elephants ever held in the country of India.“My friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India know that the well- being of elephants is close to my heart, so they’ve let me know that the Animal Welfare Board of India has advised Kerala officials that real elephants cannot be used for the upcoming Thrissur Pooram on April 29 since they’re not registered with the board,” wrote Anderson. “I support this decision with every fibre of my being, and I’d like to offer my support for what is a wonderful opportunity to make a stunning, humane spectacle that everyone would talk about and that would garner international praise.“To respect both the spirit of the festival and elephants who are held captive for human use — a practice that started long ago, before we knew of their intelligence and complex social nature — I would like to contribute the cost of providing 30 elephants made of bamboo, wood and/or papier- mâché to replace the live elephants who would have been paraded at an estimated cost of 10,000 INR per elephant. As you may know, when the Confederation of Tamilnadu Malayalee Associations wanted to celebrate Thrissur Pooram, it used such delightful faux elephants when it was denied permission to use real ones and aroused everyone’s admiration, joy, amusement, and delight. It would be exciting to celebrate Thrissur Pooram that way again.“Since Kerala is a major tourist destination that I plan to visit one day, I’m sure you know that both Indian and international public opinion is turning solidly against the use of elephants in captivity. Seeing elephants in chains and forced to walk on hot pavement under the threat of an ankush or other weapon makes people sad and can ruin their holiday. I hope you agree that — given that there have been more than 500 human deaths in the last 15 years in Kerala alone from elephants who retaliated against this abuse — it’s time for a change.”Capturing an elephant is prohibited under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, yet many captive elephants are thought to have been captured illegally from the wild, separated from their mothers as babies, and transported to Kerala — something PETA India is working to stop.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

Ranieri We deserved more

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri is left disappointed after their 1-1 draw with Wolves as they lost their lead in the late stages of the game.After a goalless first half, Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead in the 74th minute, but with five minutes to go, Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mitrović had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”last_img read more

Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano

first_img Discovery of rare moss boosts research via BBC Nature The find of course aroused curiosity in the researchers so they looked closer at the nitrogen and found that it was nitrogen-15, an isotope that is commonly found in seabird excrement. This led them to look a little closer at the immediate environment which led to the discovery that the moss was actually growing on what used to be the site of a large penguin colony. The researchers found not just skeletons but the tiny pebbles that penguins use for building nests. As it turns out the area had been the site of a large colony of Adelie penguins that had vacated the premises some three to eight thousand years ago, leaving behind a small mountain of guano.But how could moss today be living on bird dung left thousands of years ago? Turns out that because the environment in which the moss are living gets so cold and so dry, the guano stays nearly frozen all the time and the plants are actually freeze dried each winter, a state that would of course kill most plants. But not the varieties found in Antarctica. Instead the cycle forms the basis of a relationship that allows the plants to thrive thousands of years after the penguins left the site; and because the moss is able to live there, so too are other organisms such as insects and other small creatures. The moss will likely be able to endure for quite awhile as penguins tend to produce a lot of excrement as recent reports have indicated that modern penguin colonies create so much that it can be seen from space.What’s also interesting is how the moss is able to survive being freeze dried every year. Further study will hopefully shed some light on which chemicals it produces to achieve such a feat, which could in turn help researchers in other sciences discover new ways to store food or medicine. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Researchers studying moss in an elevated site in East Antarctica recently began wondering how it is that the fuzzy green plants are able to not just survive in the barren landscape, but to thrive. In that part of the continent, there isn’t much soil, just sand and rock; yet the moss, like virtually all other plants needs nutrients to survive, specifically nitrogen. To find out, they took a closer look at the material in which the moss grew and to their surprise found plenty of nutrients in it, including nitrogen. More information:center_img Antarctic Moss. Image: ANSTO Citation: Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano (2012, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-antarctic-moss-survive-due-ancient.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Jeffrey Epsteins Criminal Case Closed Af

first_img Scott Heins by NPR News Colin Dwyer 8.29.19 4:30pm Less than three weeks after Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison, a federal judge has formally closed the sex trafficking case against the wealthy financier. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York approved a request filed by prosecutors to dismiss the charges.”Because Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed under rule of abatement,” Berman wrote, referring to the rule under which, if a defendant dies midway through a case, their indictment is wiped clean.The decision brings an unsatisfying end to a criminal case that captured the attention of the country — but it does not close the door on future legal matters involving his estate or his associates. Several of Epstein’s accusers have filed major lawsuits against his estate since he was discovered unresponsive in his cell earlier this month, and federal authorities have repeatedly vowed to pursue the co-conspirators who supported his alleged operation.Prosecutors and accusers say that from at least the early 2000s, Epstein and his network of friends recruited girls as young as 14 years old, misled them, and forced them to have sex with him and other prominent men. Though suspicions long lingered around the financier, he eluded attempts to get him to stand trial — including in 2008, when he accepted a lenient plea deal that meant only about a year in jail for the sex crime he admitted.The deal was so lenient, in fact, that after its details surfaced, the controversy led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who negotiated the agreement back when he was a U.S. attorney in Florida.This time around, Epstein’s accusers at least got the opportunity to tell their stories in an unusual hearing on Tuesday. At that hearing, more than a dozen women came forward to tell stories of how Epstein tricked, coerced and sexually assaulted them, often when they were still underage.”Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me,” said one accuser, who signed her statement “Jane Doe” and released it through her attorney, Lisa Bloom. “The far reaching consequences of that day [that I was recruited] ruined my family’s lives.”Another accuser, Teala Davies, succinctly summed up the hearing for reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse afterward: “All I’m going to say is today was a day of power and strength.”It was also a day of disappointment. Many of the women in the courtroom expressed just how devastated they were to receive the news that he had taken his own life and once more avoided trial.But it’s not over. At the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors vowed that the dismissal of charges “in no way lessens the government’s resolve to stand up for the victims in this case.” The next day, the FBI released a new call for his alleged victims to contact the agency with their stories.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Case Closed After His Death… last_img read more

Karen Gushue convicted on two counts

first_imgKaren Gushue convicted on two counts MISSISSAUGA — A Fort Erie woman has been convicted on two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson was previously charged by TICO in 2017 while operating in Fort Erie and elsewhere in Ontario.She was also charged with a number of counts of fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019. Travelweek Group Tags: Conviction, Fraud, TICO Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Contrast this with senators and congressmen who st

first_imgContrast this with senators and congressmen who stay in office for decades on end, selling all sorts of favors, amassing multi-million dollar campaign funds, and making themselves rich in the process. Most of them never really go away. At this point, our philosophical forefathers would be looking for places to buy torches… and they would be ready to beat anyone who called a system that supports such shenanigans a democracy.#4: Citizens chosen for positions like overseer of the marketplace were chosen completely at random. The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval. People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth! But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down. As many problems as they had (and they had plenty), they were not fools, and it wouldn’t take them a day to condemn what the West now worships. Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up: #1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final. Have you paid attention to the DC crowd lately? Have you noticed that they never leave? Instead, they slide back and forth between congress, commissions, agencies, lobbying firms, mega-corps and media. Have you noticed how often their children marry each other? Imagine choosing the boss of the IRS at random. We all know what would happen: You’d get a housewife from Portland one year and a plumber from Topeka the next. And they’d act like humans, rather than unfeeling automatons. The sanctimonious abuser state would crumble.#5: At the beginning of their democracy, the citizens of Athens were divided into ten tribes (and NOT along regional or family lines). This was done specifically to break the power of the aristocratic families. Because of this, the Greeks would be insulted when you assured them that we have “the rule of law.” They would say that when people can’t know the law, they are living in a tyranny, and no amount of fancy argumentation would convince them otherwise. And, again, they would be right. If you are ignorant of the law (80,000 pages of government-speak) but are still subject to punishment under the law, you are living in a tyranny. The founders would have no confusion about that.#3: A Council oversaw the daily affairs of the democracy. Each of ten tribes provided 50 men. But, only one tribe’s men (50 of them) served at any one time, and only for one month. (The Greeks had ten months in their year.) And once any person served as a Councilor, they were forbidden from serving again for ten years. That’s called “aristocracy.” However, people who are emotionally bound to the system can’t see it. The Greeks certainly wouldn’t be fooled.Losing Our Religion Do you remember a haunting song from the 90s called Losing My Religion? If so, cue that up in the back of your mind, because that’s what stands in front of the people of the West. The majestic “Democracy” that was supposed to be our savior is actually an abusive fraud. It’s time to let it go. That’s not easy, I know, but it needs to be done. Will you take the first step? Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comcenter_img Under this arrangement, playing tricks became almost impossible: as soon as the first of the month came along, the next tribe could turn your tricks around and do worse to you. If you were to take an ancient Greek to see “our laws,” they’d be looking at more than 80,000 pages of almost indecipherable language. (And those would be only the Federal laws.) The citizen is clearly unable to participate or even to understand what’s going on. Just this fact would cause the “fathers of civilization” to pronounce our system a fraud, and rightly so. The citizens are non-participants.#2: Laws were inscribed on stone pillars (stelae) and posted in prominent locations so that everyone would see them. Contrast that with what passes for (American) democracy now: Only special people are allowed to attend the assemblies. On top of that, there are far, far more meetings than anyone could hope to follow: General sessions, meetings for dozens of committees, party caucuses and more, running at all hours. No one person can come remotely close to keeping up with it all. Greek laws were accessible to every Greek. Not only were they required to be posted, but this requirement also guaranteed that there couldn’t be too many of them. Look at the Presidential lineup: Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – Clinton? – Bush?last_img read more

CASEY Severe but survivable event coming

first_img CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. Is it time to buy beaten down energy stocks? Energy prices have collapsed over the past 19 months. Last week, oil closed below $27 for the first time since 2007. Oil is now down 70% since June 2014. The price of natural gas has dropped 53% over the same period. Last month it hit $1.74, its lowest price since 1999. Shares of giant U.S. energy companies have crashed… Since June 2014, Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, has fallen 25%. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the largest U.S. natural gas company, has plummeted 89%. Halliburton (HAL), the largest U.S. oil services company, has plunged 56% since June 2014. Oil services companies sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry. •  Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) stock has tanked… Kinder Morgan is the largest U.S. pipeline company. It operates 84,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. Companies pay Kinder to transport oil and gas through its pipelines. In the early stages of the energy collapse, brokers sold Kinder stock as a less-risky way to invest in energy. Investors looking for safe income piled in. In 2014, Kinder Morgan paid a 4.8% annual dividend yield…2.5 times higher than the S&P 500’s dividend yield of 1.92%. Big energy companies’ profits depend on oil and gas prices. But as a “toll road” that makes money based on the volume of oil and gas it moves, Kinder should be able to withstand low oil and gas prices. At least that was the theory… In reality, crashing oil & gas prices have slammed Kinder’s business. Last year, the company’s first-quarter sales dropped 11% from the year before…second-quarter sales dropped 12%…and third-quarter sales dropped 14%. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan’s stock hit an all-time low of $12.01. That’s a 73% decline in less than two years. •  After Wednesday’s close, Kinder Morgan reported an 8% drop in fourth-quarter sales… The company lost $0.29 per share. It was the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history. •  Many investors were caught off-guard when Kinder Morgan’s stock tanked… Market Watch reported last month: Pipeline and fuel storage companies have been prized by many investors as the safest way to invest in the U.S. shale boom. But the companies paid out most of their available cash to shareholders eager for reliable dividends, which left many of them with large debt loads and at the mercy of lenders’ and investors’ willingness to continue lending to fund new projects. Until recently, borrowing or raising more money hasn’t been a problem. The fees that pipeline companies charge brought in steady, toll road-like revenue, and the companies were much loved by yield-hungry buyers, often wealthy retirees, who wanted steady dividends with little risk. Now that oil and gas prices have plummeted to less than half their 2014 peak, lenders could be tightening their requirements to tap more capital. •  On its earnings call, Kinder Morgan announced major spending cuts… The company slashed this year’s capital spending budget from $4.2 billion to $3.3 billion. Last month, the company cut its quarterly dividend by 75%. It was the first time in company history that Kinder cut its dividend. As Casey readers know, Kinder Morgan is one of many major energy companies to cut spending recently. According to banking giant Barclays, global energy producers cut spending by 23% last year and plan to cut another 15% this year. New Law Cracks Down on Right to Use Cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think…According to leaked evidence, it’s much, much worse. We’ll let you know when oil and gas stocks start to carve out a bottom. Chart of the Day Are gold miners carving out a bottom? Today’s chart shows the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks the performance of major gold mining stocks. Gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. When the price of gold jumps, shares of major gold miners can jump two or three times more. GDX has been in a downtrend since gold peaked in 2011. In the summer of 2015, it started to carve out a bottom. As you can see, the price held above $13 for about six months. However, GDX recently broke below $13 and hit a new low. Although it didn’t drop much below $13, this is a reason to invest with caution. It’s a possible sign that the carved bottom won’t hold. We’re optimistic on gold miners. GDX has fallen 80% since 2011, making gold stocks extremely cheap. When gold stocks rally, the gains could be huge. However, we’re taking a cautious stance for now while we wait to see if this recent bottom holds. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 25, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img •  Investors were happy with Kinder’s cost-cutting plan… Kinder Morgan’s stock jumped 15.6% on Thursday. It was the stock’s best day ever. And it climbed another 11% on Friday. The rally has many investors calling a bottom in Kinder stock. Barron’s published a story over the weekend titled “Kinder Morgan Hits Bottom”… We think these calls are premature. The chart below shows the performance of Kinder Morgan’s stock since the start of 2014. You can barely see the recent spike in Kinder’s stock price… •  The energy market is highly cyclical… It goes through huge booms and busts. Today, the energy market is in a major bust. As Casey readers know, large oil and natural gas deposits (and the companies that own oil & gas infrastructure) are some of the most valuable assets on the planet. Owning these top resource companies can make you rich…if you buy at the right price. Buying top resource companies at bargain prices is a key strategy we use to build lasting wealth. •  But we’re not buying Kinder Morgan stock yet… Kinder Morgan stock is still plummeting. And it’s extremely risky to buy a stock that’s plummeting. Instead, we like to buy stocks that have “carved out a bottom.” “Carving out a bottom” is a simple concept. A stock in a downtrend carves out a bottom when it stops falling, forms a bottom for a period of time…and then starts climbing higher. A stock that’s carving out a bottom should hold above a certain price for a significant amount of time. This is a key signal that buyers are stepping in at this price, giving the stock a floor. The chart below shows video streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) carving out a bottom. It traded in a range for 17 months before finally breaking out in January 2013. The stock went on to gain 257% over the next 11 months. – —last_img read more

Building a Car or Fixing a House These YouTubers Can Help

first_img Apply Now » Guest Writer Building a Car or Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 41shares Not long ago, I found a YouTube video that provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the lid on a kitchen trash can that’s supposed to open when you step on the pedal. Whether you need to learn how to play a bass or fillet a bass, chances are there’s at least one video on YouTube that will provide a detailed how-to for the task at hand.It’s reminiscent of the podcast explosion. If you search for a podcast about heavy metal bands who only sing about fly fishing, chances are you’ll find one.For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. The guy can fabricate anything out of wood, steel and synthetic materials. Diresta has a million-plus YouTube subscribers who watch him work magic in a 5,000-square-foot Catskills Mountain work space. His toolset includes everything from rusted, century-old lathes to state-of-the-art CNC machines such as routers and plasma cutters.”Everything I’ve ever done for a living was making something,” said Diresta, who started making and selling signs to other kids when he was in elementary school.As an adult, Diresta spent 18 years building prototypes for the toy industry Then he started doing TV shows for Fox and the Discovery Channel. But he soon grew frustrated bending to the will and whim of his producers and clueless executives. So he turned to YouTube and hasn’t looked back. Diresta estimates he’s done more than 400 videos at this point, including exclusive content for Make magazine (the journal of the maker movement), the industrial design website Core77 and Rockler, which sells woodworking tools.Diresta says the key to a successful a maker video channel is producing content that your audience will want to share. Twenty-five of his videos, including videos about a sword that is concealed in a cane (below) and a hollow log treasure chest, have had more than a million views on YouTube. A few, including one in which he attached a multi-tool to a bowie knife, have have been viewed more than 5 million times.Diresta’s fans come from all over the world to visit him in New York. And some who don’t make the trek send him handmade stuff with the Diresta logo stenciled on it, a hat tip to his YouTube videos, which conclude with Diresta spray painting his surname on his projects with a stencil. In another nod to YouTube tradition, Diresta unboxes gifts from his fans on camera.The man receives a continuing stream of emails from other makers who initially express admiration for his video handiwork and then write back to alert him to their first videos. “My style has been stolen a million times to Sunday,” he says, “but I don’t mind. I like it.”Building houses and making gnocchiOne of Diresta’s admirers, who is starting to make a name for himself on YouTube, is Gardner Waldeier, a 34-year-old woodworker, auto mechanic and gourmet chef in Waterford, Maine. Waldeier is known as Bus Huxley on YouTube, a name he says just came to him. His videos are often made with the help of both a 60-year-old Ford tractor and a brand-new iMac.Waldeier has been cutting down trees on his land, milling them nearby, and building a new house with the lumber. There are 21 episodes so far in his A House Built from Trees series, with no end in sight. But he doesn’t limit himself to building in his videos. His eclectic channel offers screen time to baby raccoons, recipes for tacos and pickled jalapenos and such wacky endeavors as using a chainsaw to propel himself across a frozen lake.When he started making videos, Waldeier used an iPhone with a cracked screen someone gave him and a low-resolution garden cam that allows you to record video one frame at a time by setting the interval between frames.Waldeier’s videos do not yet have the reach of similar videos from Diresta. His four-minute video on fixing the brakes on a Toyota Corolla garnered fewer than 100 views. But his tutorial on changing a gas tank on a 1996 Ford pick-up truck had 12,000+ views. Waldeier’s most widely seen video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to make gnocchi, which accrued some 21,000 views.”I get many comments from people who say, ‘I’m trying this [recipe] tonight,’ and then the next day they write and say, ‘This is a great recipe. It worked just as the video said it would.’ That is hugely satisfying to me,” Waldeier tells PCMag.Diresta says he gets feedback from his subscribers every day. “Sometimes it’s someone who never thought to work with metal, but because I’ve been doing a lot of metal projects, they say, ‘I finally got my first welder. I never, ever was interested in welding but I see the combination of wood and metal you do, so now I’m going to try and do that.'”Diresta says his videos appeal to people who are not makers.”I always strive to make sure my videos include a transformation. If it shows a transformation, I think people become entertained and educated,” he said. “They say, ‘I didn’t know that pile of wood could become that beautiful piece of furniture.’ Or, ‘I never understood how a giant chunk of metal gets machined and turned into this other shape.'”Pushing gadgets to the limitThe makers on YouTube couldn’t do what they do without a GoPro or other small so-called action cameras.”You can plop them and drop them everywhere,” says Diresta, who owns a bunch of GoPros and swaps them out when the batteries drain. “GoPros just open up a whole new world of looking at things from underneath, inside, outside.”Waldeier has positioned his GoPro in some strange places: on shears he used to prune an apple tree (below), on the steering wheel of a cross-country ski trail groomer, in a pot into which he was ricing potatoes, on the scoop of an excavator he used to pull tree stumps out of the ground. It’s not surprising, then, that his GoPro has been subjected to more than a fair share of abuse.”I’ve dropped it from a 90-foot pine tree. I’ve run it over with my tractor. I’ve hit it with a hockey stick,” he says. “It’s incredible. It’s cracked but it’s holding up.”Not all Waldeier’s creative attempts to provide his YouTube followers with a birds-eye view pan out. Footage he recorded with a GoPro submerged in sap wasn’t used in his video about making maple syrup.These maker videos often violate some of the cardinal rules in filmmaking. Jump cuts abound, and what might be deemed as hokey attempts at magical realism also pass muster. During editing, Waldeier can take a tire off a car in an instant with the magic of his cursor, while vegetables seem to dance across a cutting board.Most of the time, the action in these step-by-step video are sped up. The first task in a project may be shown in real time but then the footage zooms by to give the viewer a sense of the project’s entirety. But there’s also a time for slowing things down.”If I’m holding up something that’s important, I’ll literally grab those three seconds and slow it down to… six seconds so that people can absorb it,” says Diresta. “I slow things down so people can do a frame grab on it and look at it and see what it is. So, I’ll show a bottle that I’m using only for an instant of a second, knowing that someone will just click through the frame rate and then, ‘Oh, I see it. Okay, that’s edge coat for leather. Let me write that down and go find that.'”The technique of speeding up or slowing down footage is as old as motion pictures themselves, but Waldeier says slow motion can have a powerful effect.”You can see the ax going into the piece of wood and see the wood splitting apart,” observes Waldeier. “And the same with sawdust shooting out. You see things happening [in slow motion] that you’re not aware of in regular life. It’s a whole unseen world.”Two other YouTube channels worth checking out are Tim Sway, a Connecticut-based maker who specializes in upcycling discarded objects into furniture, and a Swedish immigrant in Oregon who uses the nom de YouTube Darbin Orvar. Her maker career started in second grade in Sweden, where she was required to study wood-working and sewing in school. Among her YouTube projects are a concrete vase, a Bluetooth speaker, an upholstered headboard for a bed and a camera bag. Jon Kalish Writer Next Article July 24, 2017 For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. YouTube Image credit: YouTube via PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min readlast_img read more

Should You Farm out Your Data Protection

first_img As a smart entrepreneur, the biggest problem to contend with in regards to cyber criminals is that they’re smart entrepreneurs, too. They’re highly motivated and technically proficient hard workers.What they’re after isn’t fame or notoriety. It’s about money. Specifically, that means stealing data–personal and business facts and figures that can be used to generate illegal profits. It also means hijacking the computing power of your PCs and servers to steal other people’s data in order to generate more profit.It’s true that businesses of all sizes are at risk and successful hacks at large corporations can pay off in a big way, but multinationals can also put up better defenses. Smaller businesses, by contrast, typically have limited IT resources, and the sheer number of firms in this category makes them irresistible. Even if your online transactions don’t involve money or billing, you’re still a fair target just by being connected to the internet.So how do business owners avoid becoming another statistic?Get in the cloud. Cloud-security’s value proposition is focused on saving money by scaling to your business needs and improving productivity; it also allows you to stay connected wherever you are, whether you’re using a laptop, desktop, or smart phone.By working in the cloud, you get faster, more responsive protection without overburdening and slowing down your computers, especially as the volume of threats increase. Cloud security uses the internet and the security company’s computers (data centers) to shoulder security technologies instead of relying on your PC’s storage space.But not all cloud-security is created equal. Before you make the final decision on which security product to purchase, I’d encourage you to ask these questions either to yourself, your channel partner or to the security vendor you’re considering:Does the vendor offer cloud-security products that can actually stop online threats before they even hit your office, and without slowing down your computers? Many vendors claim to do this, but unless the technology is integrated in the products that’s specifically tailored for your business, their claims can come up empty.Does the vendor have the size, expertise, and experience to not only invest, but maintain a cloud security infrastructure? An effective cloud security vendor needs global reach, a brigade of security experts, and multiple datacenters that can continue to scale to stop hundreds of millions of threats per hour around the globe.Is the technology mostly organically developed or through acquisitions? This is important because a big component of cloud security is how the technologies involved all work together. Companies that “grow” and develop their own technologies have a higher success in making sure they all meld together seamlessly which equals more effective protection.The idea of the most effective protection not completely residing on your PC, but floating somewhere out there can be a hard concept for some self-sufficient business owners to accept. But, in today’s borderless, electronic universe, relying on security outside of your businesses wall can be the safest measure of all. Should You Farm out Your Data Protection? Now, even your security can be handled by cloud computing software–but consider these factors before you get on board. 3 min read Dal Gemmell Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article March 18, 2010 Dal Gemmell is a senior global product marketing manager in the Trend Micro Small Business solutions team. As a global product marketing manager, he works in partnership with regional leaders to drive sales and marketing efforts. Technology –shares 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. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

HOOQ Streams Live and OnDemand Video Content on Brightcove Video Platform

first_imgHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video Platform PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:17 pmJune 24, 2019 brightcoveBrightcove SSAIBrightcove video platformHOOQMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleRazer and Visa Announce Partnership to Transform Payments in Southeast AsiaNext ArticleRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC Brightcove, the leading provider of cloud services for video, announced that HOOQ, Asia’s leading OTT service, has selected the Brightcove Video Platform as the underlying streaming solution to power its live and video-on-demand service to subscribers across Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and India, serving a market size of over one billion consumers.Launched in 2015 in partnership with Sony Pictures, Warners Bros, and Singtel, HOOQ is a premium subscription-based OTT video service. Since its launch, the company has added over 20 channels to its offering in partnership with some of the biggest brands in the industry, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Hits, as well as local and regional channels.The underlying streaming technology of the HOOQ platform is powered by Brightcove video platform technology, allowing the company to seamlessly stream live and on-demand content at scale, on any device, and monetise content using a combination of payment tiers including: ad-supported, subscription and transactional-video on demand, as well as a freemium layer with over 20 free-to-air (FTA) channels. HOOQ also serves ads on its live streamed content with server-side ad insertion technology powered by Brightcove SSAI. With SSAI technology, HOOQ seamlessly integrates ads into the video stream, delivering a premium viewing experience without buffering or disruptions.Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Team“HOOQ serves multiple countries with large population sizes, so our streaming technology must be uncompromisingly robust, reliable, highly scalable, and easy to integrate into our proprietary architecture,” said Michael Fleishman, Chief Technology Officer of HOOQ. “Brightcove met all of our criteria and provided us the flexibility to quickly roll out new service features, including the ability to seamlessly stitch ads into our live streams. Brightcove’s in-region presence, deep understanding of the media industry in Southeast Asia, and the ability to tap into support resources was also a key factor in our decision to partner with them.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of Directors“HOOQ is a regional powerhouse vying to capture a sizeable portion of the Asian consumer market,” said Sara Larsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Brightcove. “We are proud to power HOOQ’s service and support the company’s mission to tell one million stories to one billion people. We have worked diligently with HOOQ to deliver a platform that satisfies the demands of consumers who want access to content on any device, at any time, with an exceptional viewer experience.”HOOQ delivers over 10,000 hours of Hollywood blockbusters and television series as well as popular local movies and programs, plus over 50 live channels to customers.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019last_img read more

Shorter course of trastuzumab could be an option for women with HER2

first_img low risk (pathologic tumour size [pT] < 2cm and N0), accounting for 37.5% of patients intermediate risk (pT < 2cm and any N category), accounting for 51.9% high risk (pT > 2cm and N4+), accounting for 10.5% of the patient population. Results showed that patients with low and intermediate risk had similar five-year DFS with a nine-week course of trastuzumab (88%) as with one year (89%; hazard ratio 1.02, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.78-1.33) but their risk of cardiac events was nearly three times lower (4.5% vs 12.8%, relative risk 2.88 95% CI 1.85-4.47). Women at low and intermediate risk of relapse accounted for 89% of patients in the study.”The study was underpowered because of difficulties in recruiting patients in a reasonable time so non-inferiority could not be claimed based on the results,” said lead author Pierfranco Conte, Professor of Oncology at the University of Padua and Director of the Division of Medical Oncology at the Instituto Oncologico Veneto, Padua, Italy. He added: “Based on our data, one year trastuzumab remains the standard treatment for women with HER2-positive early breast cancer,”However, Conte added: “Physicians can stop trastuzumab before one year in patients who develop a cardiac event during treatment without compromising efficacy and can consider shorter-duration trastuzumab treatment in patients at risk of cardiac toxicity and a low or intermediate risk of breast cancer relapse.” He suggested that consideration of shorter-duration trastuzumab may also facilitate access to patients who cannot afford a longer course.Commenting on the study for ESMO, Prof. Nadia Harbeck, Head of the Breast Center, University of Munich, said: “The results of this analysis showed that patients with a high tumor load definitely derive substantial benefit from longer duration trastuzumab.”She added: “The results may impact on clinical decision-making, although it is an exploratory analysis of a negative trial so does not meet the criteria to be practice changing. I think it will influence clinicians and patients in that if patients cannot complete one year of trastuzumab, those patients with low tumour burden can feel reassured that they have not lost out on efficacy.”Six-month course of trastuzumab saves nearly £10,000 per patientA second study showed that a six-month course of adjuvant trastuzumab was cost-effective compared to 12 months, giving an average cost saving of nearly £10 000 (Euros 11,300) per patient with no evidence of detriment to quality of life (2).Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerAI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is workingNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearchers analyzed the cost-effectiveness of a six-month course of adjuvant trastuzumab compared to the standard 12-month course in patients with HER2 positive early breast cancer taking part in the PERSEPHONE trial. This is the largest phase 3 randomised trial to compare six months with 12 months of trastuzumab and demonstrated non-inferiority of reduced-duration trastuzumab (5).The new study analyzed health service activity and costs in addition to quality of life in 4009 patients who were disease free at six months; 250 were excluded due to lack of data. In a landmark analysis six months into treatment the researchers estimated the cost-effectiveness of six months of trastuzumab compared to a 12-month course of trastuzumab from the perspective of the health and social care sector over two years of follow-up.Results showed the average costs for an individual patient treated with trastuzumab for six months were £2,538.64 (95% confidence interval [CI] £2,383.38-£2,700.72) compared to average costs per patient of £12,333.83 (95% CI £12,098.58-£12,562.27) in those treated with trastuzumab for 12 months.Treating for six months gave an average cost saving of £9,793.25 (95% CI £9,515.86-£10,071.64) per patient. Trastuzumab treatment and administration accounted for the vast majority of this cost saving, with the remainder arising from cardiac assessment and treatment costs and inpatient days.The average Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) for an individual in the 6-month arm and 12-month arm were 1.146 (95% CI: 1.131 – 1.161) and 1.128 (95% CI: 1.113 – 1.144), respectively, giving an average QALY difference of 0.018 (95% CI: – 0.003 – 0.039). Thus the 6-month treatment arm dominated, with a probability of being cost-effective of 100%.”A six-month duration of adjuvant trastuzumab with chemotherapy was found to be cost-effective compared with 12 months, which is currently the standard of care,” said lead author Claire Hulme, Professor of Health Economics at the Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.She added: “The results, alongside the clinical effectiveness results demonstrating non-inferiority, are the first steps in the safe reduction of treatment for many women with HER-2 positive breast cancer. They present an opportunity for significant cost savings for health service providers.”Hulme acknowledged that a limitation of the study was that it was a landmark study, which meant the researchers looked only at a specific timepoint from six months into trastuzumab treatment. She said the research group intends to carry out further sensitivity analysis and to assess the financial costs of treatment to patients rather than only from the perspective of health service providers.Harbeck commented: “Showing that it was more economical to treat with six months of trastuzumab versus 12 months is an important contribution for global access to treatment.” But she added: “The subgroup analysis of PERSEPHONE could not exclude a benefit of one year trastuzumab in clinically relevant subgroups, so one year remains the standard duration. And we now have biosimilars, which could also help to increase access to treatment in countries where there is no general access.”Looking to the future, she said: “We should not do these trials assuming ‘one size fits all’ for the whole population but we should take into account patients’ individual responses to neoadjuvant anti-HER2 therapy and ask the question whether patients who have sufficient response may forgo further therapy.” She noted that recent research has also shown that high-risk patients benefit from two HER-2 antibodies, such as trastuzumab and pertuzumab, more than one. Source:https://www.esmo.org/center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 22 2018Women with HER2-positive early breast cancer with small tumors have similar disease-free survival and lower risk of cardiac toxicity with a nine-week course of adjuvant trastuzumab compared to those treated for one year, according to a subgroup analysis of the Short-HER trial reported at ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich.A second study showed that a six-month course of adjuvant trastuzumab was cost-effective compared to 12 months, with an average cost saving of nearly £10,000 (Euros 11,300) per patient.Current guidelines recommend one year of anti-HER2 antibody therapy as part of standard adjuvant treatment for HER2-positive early breast cancer patients based on the duration of treatment used in pivotal registration trials. There is interest in whether a shorter course of trastuzumab could potentially achieve similar efficacy with lower risk of side-effects and costs.The Short-HER trial randomized 1254 HER2-positive early breast cancer patients to either nine weeks or one year’s treatment with trastuzumab, with both groups also receiving chemotherapy. Results after a median of six years’ follow-up showed the short course did not achieve non-inferiority but was associated with a reduction in the rate of severe cardiac toxicity.The researchers have now analyzed whether there are subgroups of patients where a shorter course of trastuzumab may be non-inferior to a longer course. Multivariate analysis showed that pathologic tumour size (pT) and nodal status (N) were independent prognostic factors for disease-free survival (DFS).They identified three prognostic groups:last_img read more

Childbirth delivery mode linked with womans risk of developing pelvic floor disorders

first_imgNew study considers a woman’s risk to develop one of four pelvic floor disorders based on childbirth delivery method. Credit: iStock We knew that these disorders are more common after childbirth, but now after following these women for 10 years, we have a good sense of how delivery mode impacts a woman’s risk of developing a pelvic floor disorder.”Victoria Handa, M.D., M.H.S., professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Dec 20 2018Decade-long study identifies women at highest risk for incontinenceResearch completed at Johns Hopkins and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center has demonstrated that vaginal childbirth substantially increases the probability a woman will develop a pelvic floor disorder later in life. Pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse, afflict millions of women in the United States. However, until now little was known about who will develop these conditions and how they progress over time. In this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins and Greater Baltimore Medical Center researchers report results of a 10-year study showing that some delivery modes, including spontaneous vaginal delivery, are associated with higher risk of some types of pelvic floor disorders. This study considered a woman’s risk of developing one of four pelvic floor disorders: stress urinary incontinence (urine leakage during with activities that increase abdominal pressure), overactive bladder (frequent and urgent urination), anal incontinence (involuntary loss of solid stool, liquid stool or gas) and pelvic organ prolapse (when the uterus and vaginal walls fall downward into the vagina, protruding beyond the vaginal opening when bearing down).The research team enrolled 1,528 women within five to 10 years of their first birth. These women were followed annually for up to nine years. Of the women, 778 delivered all of their children via cesarean birth, 565 had at least one spontaneous vaginal delivery and 185 had at least one delivery involving forceps or vacuum-assistance, also called operative vaginal delivery. The median age at enrollment was 38.3—the youngest study participant at enrollment was 22.7 years old and the oldest participant at the end of the study was age 61.7.Related StoriesLow maternal education linked to high risk of infant mortalityHistory of eating disorders associated with future depressive symptoms among mothersQueen’s researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing countriesThe team collected information from the women at the time of enrollment, including date of first birth, age at first birth, body mass index, whether they had developed any pelvic floor disorder already, birth delivery mode, and genital hiatus size— the distance between the urethra and the posterior hymen. The team then collected information at follow-up visits—the cesarean birth group made 4,039 visits, the spontaneous vaginal delivery group made 2,817 visits and the operative vaginal delivery group made 948 visits. Some women already had developed pelvic floor disorders at the time of study enrollment while others developed the conditions over the course of the study.In all, the researchers found that cesarean delivery substantially reduced the risk of pelvic floor disorders, most notably pelvic organ prolapse, while operative delivery increased the risk. And for pelvic organ prolapse, the magnitude of these differences grew over time. For example, by 15 years after a first delivery, prolapse of the uterus or vaginal wall beyond the vaginal opening was seen in 9 percent (7–12 percent) of women who had delivered by cesarean, 30 percent (25–35 percent) who had at least one vaginal delivery and 45 percent (37–53 percent) of those who had at least one operative delivery. The researchers also found that a large percentage of new cases of urinary and bowel incontinence developed in the first five years after delivery, while pelvic organ prolapse tended to develop many more years after childbirth. A third discovery was that the genital hiatus size is significantly associated with all pelvic floor disorders but most significantly with pelvic organ prolapse.  This suggests that the genital hiatus size is a marker that might identify women at high risk of developing pelvic floor disorders with aging.center_img While this study was limited to one community hospital and might not accurately reflect populations nation- or world-wide, it is the first time we have been able to gather data over a significant period of time. These data help us understand which women might be at highest risk to develop these conditions. Ultimately this research will help us identify which women should be targeted for prevention strategies, and will hopefully improve our ability to deliver the right type of care to the right person.”Victoria Handa Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/delivery-method-associated-with-pelvic-floor-disorders-after-childbirthlast_img read more

Sweden shows greatest improvement in saving extremely preterm babies

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019The survival rate among extremely preterm babies has greatly improved in Sweden, a country that offers top-class neonatal care, a study led from Karolinska Institutet published in the esteemed journal JAMA reports.The researchers have analysed survival among Swedish babies born over 3.5 months prematurely in week 22-26 and compared the statistics from 2014-2016 to those from 2004-2007. All Swedish hospitals participated in the study, which included 2,205 women who had had complications during pregnancy leading to extremely preterm births.Between these two time periods, the stillbirth rate dropped from 30 to 23 per cent, while the survival rate rose from 70 to 77 per cent. Further, the higher survival was not achieved at the cost of more complications during the neonate period; on the contrary, the researchers observed a reduction in the number of brain and lung damage in the babies born between 2014 and 2016, while the number of other problems, such as eye and abdominal complications, remained unchanged.World class survival rate”Even if there are individual hospitals around the world that have been able to show similar results for selected patients, the survival of an entire population and for a whole country is world class,” says Mikael Norman, professor of paediatrics at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the researcher responsible for the study.By way of comparison, the survival rate for babies born in week 22-26 is around 50 per cent in the UK, France and the USA. And in many comparable countries, it is still rare for babies born in week 22-23 to survive.Greatest improvement in week 22Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsThe Swedish study found the greatest improvement in survival in babies born in week 22 (from week 22+0 days to week 22+6 days) with birth weights of between 290 and 730 grams. Fifty-eight per cent of those from this group who were admitted to neonatal intensive care between the years 2014 and 2016 survived to at least one year-of-age.The results suggest that central care support initiatives are effective. In recent years, amendments to laws, guidelines and national recommendations have strengthened healthcare provision and the status of extremely preterm babies. Ultimately though, says Professor Norman, the results of the study are testimony to the capabilities of all the midwives, nurses and doctors who provide pregnant women and their babies the best available care 24 hours a day.”The profession and the authorities are both good at taking on board new knowledge and translating it into practice,” he says. “Even if certain problems related to adverse events and long-term complications amongst extremely preterm babies remain as vital areas for improvement, I really think that that Swedish neonatal care should fill us with a sense of pride and joy.”National collaborationLong-standing national collaboration between researchers and clinicians, and the establishment of the national neonatal quality register are other important contributors.”It has been essential to make available knowledge on how neonatal care has developed in Sweden,” says Professor Norman. Source:https://ki.se/en/news/sweden-leads-the-world-in-saving-extremely-preterm-babieslast_img read more

Amazons Bezos finalizes divorce with 38 bn settlement report

first_img © 2019 AFP Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos, pictured here in February 2017, finalized their divorce at $38 billion 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. Amazon’s Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce deal in history (Update) Citation: Amazon’s Bezos finalizes divorce with $38 bn settlement: report (2019, July 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-amazon-bezos-divorce-bn-settlement.htmlcenter_img Under the agreement, MacKenzie Bezos, 49, will receive approximately 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, giving her a four percent stake in the company valued at $38.3 billion, and landing her at 22nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the news service said.A judge in Washington state’s King County finalized the divorce. Jeff Bezos, 55, will retain a 12 percent stake and remain the world’s richest man.MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, has said she would give all of her stake in The Washington Post and the space exploration firm Blue Origin to her husband as well as voting control of her remaining Amazon stock.She has also promised to donate half her fortune to charity, joining the ranks of the world’s ultra-wealthy philanthropists as a signatory of the Giving Pledge.The personal life of Jeff Bezos was thrust into the spotlight with the announcement in January that he and his wife were divorcing after 25 years of marriage and the revelation by the National Enquirer that he had been having an affair with a former news anchor, Lauren Sanchez.Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos married in 1993 and have four children. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in their Seattle garage in 1994 and turned it into a colossus that dominates online retail. Explore further Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos finalized their divorce Friday to the tune of a $38-billion settlement, Bloomberg News reported.last_img read more

People voted for Congress with a heavy heart says BSPs Mayawati

first_imgBSP Chief, Mayawati (file photo)   –  PTI SHARE December 12, 2018 Published on state politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Agreeing that the Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh verdicts were against the BJP, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) decided to support the Congress governments in the three States. The offer from the party supremo Mayawati made on Wednesday comes in handy for the Congress, that fell one seat short of the majority in Rajasthan and in Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan, the BSP got six seats while in Madhya Pradesh it secured two.Mayawati said in a statement that her party’s performance was not satisfactory and the people wanted to see the end of BJP’s rule. “People were so unhappy with the BJP that they wanted to keep that party away from power at any cost. So, with a heavy heart, people voted for the Congress, which had ruled those States for years and ignored Dalits, tribals, minorities and backward classes during their long tenure,” Mayawati said.She said the primary motive of the BSP was to defeat an “arrogant and anti-people” BJP. “But in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is still trying to form government. That is the reason why we have decided to extend support to the Congress. In Rajasthan too, we will support the Congress if such a need arises,” she said.She said the BSP does not subscribe to the ideology of the Congress and added that had the Congress took the path as advised by BR Ambedkar, the country’s fortunes would have been different. “We fought elections to keep the BJP out of power … We do not agree with the philosophy of the Congress. But to keep the BJP out of power we will extend our support,” she said.She added that Janata Congress Chhattisgarh leader Ajit Jogi’s statements during the campaign worked against the alliance as people thought it will help the BJP to return to power. “It was a general statement, but it was twisted against us,” she said. “Now, the Congress will not require our help in government formation in Chhattisgarh,” she added. COMMENTSlast_img read more