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

Happy Day for Turks and Caicos Southwest Airlines marks first flight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 6, 2017 –  It could easily be described as the happiest moment for the Turks and Caicos, as a country, since hurricanes Irma and Maria when a #SouthwestAirlines 737 touched down at the #ProvidencialesInternationalAirport on Sunday afternoon for the first time.The inaugural flight, with 103 passengers aboard marked a significant milestone and the beginning of a long pursued relationship with America’s biggest airline company.Underscoring the significance of the freshly forged commute between Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos were three events to mark the milestone.  A welcome reception held Saturday at #iHeartRadio and #SouthwestSoundstage in Miami, Florida where Turks and Caicos, the #DominicanRepublic and #CostaRica were all welcomed to South Florida and introduced as the three newest Caribbean/Latin America flights for the airline.A take off press conference held at the gate of flight 618, the Provo gate within the A terminal, a new Southwest Airlines wing of the #FtLauderdaleHollywoodInternationalAirport.  Conch shells, balloons, interviews, photographs, regional and Turks and Caicos media, and brief remarks punctuated the excitement where the first passenger turning in her boarding pass and entering the flight was Premier, Hon #SharleneRobinson – all smiles, all congratulatory and all thankful. The Premier said Southwest holding to the November 5 start of the flight is a true testament of their commitment and Turks and Caicos’ allure as a destination.  The nation’s leader explained that it would have been understandable had the airline company decided to postponed launch of the route given the seriousness of the September storms, but Southwest is now here and will run daily flights delivering to guests and islanders their no baggage fees and no change fees policies – she called it a happy day for the islands.Tourism Minister, Hon #RalphHiggs said the pursuit of Southwest started some seven years ago, when the airline was flying limited flights only in the US. More seriously, four years ago significant talks began and the deal was inked and now this leading carrier will broaden the options for travelers into the Turks and Caicos.#SteveGoldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality at #SouthwestAirlines agreed, and said there is a demand for the destination and Southwest is ready to deliver on a unique service; Goldberg also made this first flight in. #JohnSmith, CEO of the Airports Authority attributed the success of securing this airlift to tripartite teamwork; the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board were all highly instrumental in making the Southwest connection happen. On board, prizes were given away with the help of the Junior Tourism Minister, #ZariahIngham and each passenger has a miniature TCI flag and gift from the tourist board as a keepsake and reminder that they were aboard the very first flight of Southwest airlines to this leading regional destination.And yes, there was water canon salute for the new Southwest flight as it taxied into the PIA. Related Items:#premiersharlenerobin, #providencialesinternationalairport, #southwestairlinesprovidenciales, #southwestairlinesturksandcaicos, #tciopenforbusiness, #tcistrong PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIA Recommended for you Editorial: Not decimated but badly bruisedlast_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of October 7, 2018:Address: 7 Bailey RoadPrice: $517,500Buyer: Dennis Williams & Preethi JeyasekaranSeller: Geeta ChakravarthyDate: 10/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 12,197sfAddress: 6 Kendall StreetPrice: $689,000Buyer: Mary KrupinskiSeller: Jobeal Capital LLCDate: 10/9/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 13,504sfAddress: 2 Moore StreetPrice: $420,000Buyer: Charles McCauley & Barbara McCauleySeller: Robert A. Marino & Carol A. MarinoDate: 10/12/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651sfAddress: 23 Oakdale RoadPrice: $306,900Buyer: Debra A. Goldberg, Trustee for Golden RTSeller: David J. Winston & Maura E. FinchDate: 10/10/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

7member panel to probe DUCSU polls irregularities

first_imgFile PhotoDhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has formed a seven-member probe panel to look into the allegations of irregularities in the elections to DU Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall unions, reports UNB.Sajeda Banu, a supernumerary professor of the Mathematics department, has been made chief of the committee while assistant proctor of the university M Maksudur Rahman its member secretary, said a DU press release on Thursday.The other members of the investigation committee are dean of Biological Science faculty Imdadul Hoque, provosts of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall Mohiuddin, chairman of Economics department Shafique uz Zaman, syndicate member Mohammad Humayun Kabir and professor Sharmin Rumi Alim of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.last_img read more

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan buried

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoZayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:40pm. His body was then taken to their Banani residenceThe namaz-e-janaza of Zayan was held at Banani Club Field after Asr prayers.Later, he was buried at the Banani Graveyard around 6:00pm.Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to her paternal cousin Sheikh Selim’s Banani residence to console the family members of the victim.Sheikh Hasina stayed there for over an hour and consoled the family members of Zayan Chowdhury. A heart-rending scene was created at that time.Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Zayan.A second grader of an Uttara school, Zayan is a son of Moshiul Haque Chowdhary and Sheikh Sonia.Zayan and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.Moshiul also suffered splinter injuries in his kidney and liver in the deadly terror attack in Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday.last_img read more

New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle

first_imgThe hemisphere with the “preferred” direction on the left, in contrast to the opposite hemisphere on the right. The color of the dots represents the sign and magnitude of the anisotropy level. Image credit: Cai, et al. Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic acceleration But a few recent studies have found the possible existence of cosmological anisotropy: specifically, that the universe’s expansion is accelerating at a faster rate in one direction than another. In the most recent study, scientists have analyzed data from 557 Type 1a supernovae and found, in agreement with some previous studies, that the universe’s expansion seems to be accelerating faster in the direction of a small part of the northern galactic hemisphere.The researchers, Rong-Gen Cai and Zhong-Liang Tuo from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, have posted their study at arXiv.org. A valuable tool for cosmologists, Type 1a supernovae serve as “standard candles” due to their consistent peak luminosity, allowing researchers to measure their distance with high accuracy. Observations of these supernovae famously revealed in 1998 that the universe is not only expanding, but is doing so at an accelerating rate. And now, some observations of Type 1a supernovae at different locations in the sky hint that the acceleration is not uniform in all directions.In their analysis, Cai and Tuo looked at the deceleration parameter, q0, to quantify the anisotropy level of the northern galactic and southern galactic hemispheres. As the scientists explain in their study, the direction with the smaller value of q0 is expanding faster than the direction with the larger value. The researchers analyzed the data using both a dynamical dark energy model and a standard model without dark energy, and found that both models revealed similar results: an anisotropy deviation of 0.76 and 0.79, respectively, and a preferred direction of (309°, 21°) and (314°, 28°), respectively. As noted by the Physics arXiv Blog, this direction of greatest acceleration is in the faint constellation of Vulpecula in the northern hemisphere.But as Cai and Tuo note in their study, the case is far from closed. In contrast with the current results, some previous analyses of Type 1a supernovae data have not found any statistically significant evidence for anisotropies. And many other data – such as that for the cosmic microwave background radiation, galaxy statistics, and dark matter haloes – strongly support the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy on the cosmic scale. Yet considering that the cosmological principle is one of the pillars of modern cosmology whose fundamental importance is difficult to exaggerate, threats to its credibility won’t be taken lightly. If the cosmological principle turns out to be wrong, it would dramatically change the way we look at the world. (PhysOrg.com) — According to the cosmological principle, there is no special place or direction in the universe when viewed on the cosmic scale. The assumption enabled Copernicus to propose that Earth was not the center of the universe and modern scientists to assume that the laws of physics are the same everywhere. Due to the cosmological principle, scientists also assume that the universe is “homogeneous” – having a uniform structure throughout – and “isotropic” – having uniform properties throughout. More information: Rong-Gen Cai, et al. “Direction dependence of the acceleration in type Ia supernovae.” arXiv:1109.0941v2 [astro-ph.CO]via: Physics arXiv Blog 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-evidence-spacetime-cosmological-principle.htmllast_img read more

Dancing on strains of poetry

first_imgSufi Kathak Foundation presents under the 22 Khwaja Project series, a programme dedicated to the Sufi Saint Hazrat Deva Sharif ‘Bedam Shah Warsi’, writing under the pen name of Bedam whose shrine is situated in a small village – Dewa of Barabanki, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.The programme  features Sufi Kathak by Manjari Chaturvedi to Sufi Music, performed by Khanqahi Qawwals, Janaab Noorul Hasan and Janaab Arshad Hussian Chisty from Awadh.Hazrat Deva Sharif popularly known as Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi of Sarkar Waris Pak was a Sufi saint from Dewa, a small village situated in Barabanki, India, who was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedant Hindus. Shah was popular with English-educated youth and English-speaking men flocked to him and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi Darvesh to visit Europe and to have attract English-speaking followers. Manjari Chaturvedi is the creator and the only performing artist of Sufi Kathak. Conceptualised and created by Manjari, Sufi Kathak has taken 13 years of her intense work in Sufi music and classical dance.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIntroducing the mystique of Sufism in dance, she traveled to countries like Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan and worked with artists from Iran, Turkey and Morocco to study the music and dance forms related with Sufi thought. The Sufi qawwali musicians that will perform, trace their roots to traditional Sufi thought and music. The proposed Qawwal goups from Awadh Uttar Pradesh are led by Janaab Nurul Hassan, and Janaab Arshad Hussain Chishty representing the unique syncretic traditions of the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Awadh, singing the poetry of Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi.last_img read more

Indian fashion duos Exciting19 year Journey

first_imgOne of the renowned Indian fashion duo- Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna has completed 19 years of creative partnership this year. The designers have made their mark in contemporary prêt wear for both men and women who wish to break the stereotype in clothing and experiment with distinct textures and engineered designing. Their designs pay great emphasis on silhouettes and detailing which draw inspiration from in ear structures, geometrical lines and are greatly influenced by modem contemporary art. They also specialise in BeSpoke men’s couture with a precision fit for the modern men. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The partners have been awarded the ‘Best Pret Collection’ for Men and Women apparel on numerous platforms on various occasions. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have also been awarded the prestigious ‘GQ- Designers of the year’ title. Apart from showcasing their work in every season at the Indian Fashion Week, they are also regulars at several international trade fairs, namely Coterie in New York, Tranoi and Who’s Next in Paris.The label retails through their three stand-alone stores along with multiple boutiques and multi-designer stores across the country. The duo is the only Indian design label to collaborate with leading corporate apparel brwands, namely Van Heusen and Wills Lifestyle with an extended reach of over 100 stores all over the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInternationally the labels available at leading stores like Harvey Nichols, VAKKO, Tootsies, Sun Motoyama, Anthropologic, Salma, Ere, Lilian Rome among others. Their collection was even displayed at the show windows of prestigious Selfridges London.Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna clentele’s vary from all walks of life. Their label is also the most preferred brand when it comes to styling prominent faces of national and international celebrities from the film and music industry. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna beieve in curating garments which are timeless and elegant. They believe in them and their potential to change people’s lives.last_img read more

Zeros world premiere at Kolkata Film Festival

first_imgKolkata: Zero, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film, will have a world premiere show at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.SRK and Amitabh Bachchan will be staying at a 5-star city hotel. The inaugural function will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and its duration will be of an hour. SRK has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to extend it as he wants to show the trailer of Zero and say a few words on the cinema. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe film will be released in December but SRK wants the Kolkata International Film Festival platform for the world premiere. SRK is a regular at the event and is the brand ambassador of the state government. Apart from King Khan and Big B, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Biswajit and Nandita Das are likely to be present at the inaugural session of the KIFF. Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh, Ranjit Mullick along with many others from Bollywood will be present at the show. One hundred and seventy-one full-length feature films and 150 short films will be screened in 16 halls. Famous Bengali feature film Antony Firingee featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja will be screened at the inaugural session. Last year films were screened in 14 halls. The focus country in KIFF is Australia. Australian cinema will celebrate its centenary in 2018.last_img read more

Children with asthma less likely to finish school

first_imgPeople who suffer with persistent asthma from a young age are more likely to lag behind in studies and drop out from school or university, a study has found. The research also suggests that when this group of children grow up, they are less likely to work in certain non-manual occupations such as police officer, clerk or foreman. “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and we know that it can interfere with daily life and affect school attendance,” said Christian Schyllert, a clinician at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”However, we know a lot less about the impact childhood asthma has on subsequent life chances in adulthood,” said Schyllert, a PhD student at Umea University in Sweden. The research was based on children living in three districts in Sweden. In 1996, all children aged between seven and eight years were invited to participate in the study and 97 per cent agreed. Participants were followed-up at age 11– 12, 19 and 27 – 28 years. By 2015, researchers were still in contact with 2,291 (59 per cent) of participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the start of the study and at each follow-up, researchers noted whether children had asthma. This meant they had been diagnosed with the condition by a doctor, and suffered wheezing or had taken asthma medication during the previous 12 months. Children were considered to have ‘early-onset, persistent asthma’ if they were first diagnosed before the age of 12 years and were still suffering with asthma at 19 years old. Researchers then compared this information with data on when children left education and which occupations they entered. They took into account other factors, such as sex, body weight and smoking, that could have an influence on education and work. The analysis showed that children with early-onset persistent asthma were three and half times more likely than children without asthma to leave school at the age of 16 with only basic education. In terms of their careers, children with early-onset persistent asthma were less than half as likely to enter non-manual occupations, including clerk, nursing assistant, police officer, musician and foreman. “This study suggests that children who are diagnosed with asthma when they are young and continue to suffer with the condition as they grow up have worse life chances when it comes to their education and their future jobs,” Schyllert said.last_img read more

A new low for nofrills flying easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger

first_imgTags: easyJet, Funny Wednesday, August 7, 2019 LUTON, ENGLAND — Hello, welcome to easyJet. Would you like a window seat, aisle seat, or a backless one?Sounds odd, we know, but for one woman a seat without a back was her only option on a recent easyJet flight from Luton to Geneva.In a photo uploaded to Twitter by fellow passenger Matthew Harris, the unidentified woman is seen sitting onboard the plane in an aisle seat that was completely missing a back. In his tweet, Harris wrote: “#easyjet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. This is flight 2021 Luton to Geneva. How can this be allowed.”#easyjet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. @IATA @EASA this is flight 2021 Luton to Geneva. How can this be allowed. @GeneveAeroport @easyJet_press @easyJet pic.twitter.com/EthMoWRR8P— Matthew Harris (@mattiasharris) August 6, 2019The airline responded to his tweet, thanking Harris for bringing the situation to their attention. It then asked Harris to remove the photograph and direct-message them before they investigate further.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaHarris refused to take down the photo, replying with: “One has to wonder how safe the rest of the plane was. This was her seat. The lady was moved to a spare seat once the flight was fully boarded. Not sure what would have happened if the flight was full.”Hi Matthew, thanks for bringing this to our attention, before we can investigate this could I ask you to remove the photograph & then DM us more info regarding this, so we can best assist you. Ross https://t.co/Qq2zhBAizh— easyJet (@easyJet) August 6, 2019In a follow-up tweet, easyJet assured passengers that despite what the photo may suggest, its main focus is safety.“Be assured safety is our highest priority and passengers would have never been allowed to fly in these seats as they were inoperative. If the flight had been full then two passengers would have been offered an alternate flight as they would not have been permitted to travel in these seats,” tweeted the airline.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portaleasyJet further clarified in a statement reported by Mashable that the woman was not “permitted” to sit in the seat as it was waiting for repairs.So, we guess they’re chalking it up to one big mix-up? Or is this the new standard for no-frills flying? Travelweek Group A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengercenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Satellite operators are becoming more aggressively

first_imgSatellite operators are becoming more aggressively competitive and are seeking to diversify away from broadcast to invest in high-throughput satellites and low and medium-Earth orbit constellations as capacity prices tumble and debts continue to mount, according to a new report by Northern Sky Research (NSR).According to NSR’s Satellite Operator Financial Analysis 7th edition, top line operator revenues declined by just under 3% in US dollar terms last year. Operators saw revenues per transponder fall, driven down by a declining market for data in particular, while operators ate through their cash reserves to pay for acquisitions or wind down debts.The declining prices for traditional capacity sales are leading operators to adopt higher-risk strategies by investing in HTS, LEO and MEO projects, according to NSR. SES, for example, took full control of O3b Networks and RR Media, moves that contributed to a four-point decline in its EBITDA margin, according to the research group.Gagan AgrawalOther operators looking to diversify include Intelsat, which is planning to merge with OneWeb, Telesat, looking to invest in LEO and HTS projects, and APT Satellite, which is planning to create a GEO-HTS mobility constellation through a Chinese joint venture.According to NSR, Eutelsat stands alone, maintaining its focus on video hotspots and satellite broadband.”2016 also saw operators becoming more competitive in their respective international data/mobility markets, with heavy discounts on bulk contracts for customer acquisition. This was well complemented with an emphasis on curbing CAPEX and OPEX to offset pressure on top line revenues, and, more importantly, checking their debt profiles with majority of them undertaking partial or full debt refinancing,” said Gagan Agrawal, analyst at NSR and a report co-author.“This cost savings trend is expected to continue, giving leeway to operators to manage their cash flow better and hedge against lower EBITDA margins arising from service oriented businesses un-commoditising capacity, which itself became necessary due to downward pricing pressures in data and mobility markets. It’s truly a paradigm shift, as satellite operators look for growth in other parts of media and connectivity value chains.”last_img read more

USA Today published an opinion column by President

first_imgUSA Today published an opinion column by President Trump Wednesday in which the president falsely accused Democrats of trying to “eviscerate” Medicare, while defending his own record of protecting health care coverage for seniors and others.The column — published just weeks ahead of the midterm elections — underscores the political power of health care to energize voters. But it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims.Here are 5 points to know1. The political context: Health care has emerged as a dominant issue on the campaign trail in the runup to the November elections. According to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks congressional advertising, health care was the focus of 41 percent of all campaign ads in September, outpacing taxes (20 percent), jobs (13 percent) and immigration (9 percent). Democrats are particularly focused on health care, devoting 50 percent of their ads to the issue, but health care is also a leading issue in Republican commercials (28 percent), second only to taxes (32 percent).Perhaps sensing that Democrats are gaining traction, Trump has decided to go on the attack, targeting the Democratic proposal known as “Medicare for All.”2. Cost of the plan: Trump claims that expanding the federal government’s Medicare program would cost $32.6 trillion over a decade. But as Business Insider reports, that would actually be a discount compared with the nation’s current health care bill.Trump’s figure was calculated by the libertarian Mercatus Center, but he fails to note that total health care spending under Medicare for All would be about $2 trillion less over the decade than currently projected. The federal government would pay more, but Americans on the whole would pay less.Remember that the U.S. already spends far more per person on health care than does any other country. And when you count the tax break for employer-provided insurance, the federal government already pays about two-thirds of this bill. But because of the fragmented private insurance system, the government gets none of the efficiency or buying power that a single-payer system would provide.3. Health care rationing: Trump claims — with no supporting evidence — that “the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care. Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business. Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors. There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied.”Detailed implementation of any single-payer plan would of course be subject to substantial negotiation. But the Medicare for All bill drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., states explicitly that “Nothing in this Act shall prohibit an institutional or individual provider from entering into a private contract with an enrolled individual for any item or service” outside the plan.4. Pre-existing conditions: Trump notes that as a candidate, he “promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.” In fact, Trump and his fellow Republicans tried — unsuccessfully — to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. GOP plans would leave it up to the states to craft alternative protections. In addition, Republican attorneys general have sued to overturn Obamacare’s protections, and the Trump administration has declined to defend them.America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for the insurance industry, warns that ending the Obamacare guarantee could result in hardship for the estimated 130 million Americans under 65 with pre-existing conditions.”Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019,” AHIP said in a statement in June.5. Strength of Medicare: Trump writes that “Democrats have already harmed seniors by slashing Medicare by more than $800 billion over 10 years to pay for Obamacare. Likewise, Democrats would gut Medicare with their planned government takeover of American health care.”He is repeating a claim that was widely debunked during the 2012 election. The Affordable Care Act actually strengthened the solvency of Medicare, but it has since been weakened again by the GOP tax cut.The president is trying to play on the fears of seniors — who vote in large numbers — with the claim that any effort to improve health security for younger Americans must come at their expense. But that is a false choice. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The American Medical Association is suing North Da

first_imgThe American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.But, said AMA President Patrice Harris in an interview, the organization felt it had to take a stand because new laws forced the small number of doctors who perform abortions to lie to patients, putting “physicians in a place where we are required by law to commit an ethical violation.”One of the laws, set to take effect Aug. 1, requires physicians to tell patients that medication abortions — a procedure involving two drugs taken at different times — can be reversed. The AMA said that is “a patently false and unproven claim unsupported by scientific evidence.” North Dakota is one of several states to pass such a measure, even as researchers who study the procedure say it’s not effective.The AMA, along with the last remaining abortion clinic in the state, is also challenging an existing North Dakota law that requires doctors to tell pregnant women that an abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The AMA said that law “unconstitutionally forces physicians to act as the mouthpiece of the state.”It’s the second time this year the AMA has taken legal action on an abortion-related issue. In March, the group filed a lawsuit in Oregon in response to the Trump administration’s new rules for the federal family planning program. Those rules would, among other things, ban doctors and other health professionals from referring pregnant patients for abortions.”The Administration is putting physicians in an untenable situation, prohibiting us from having open, frank conversations with our patients about all their health care options — a violation of patients’ rights under the [AMA] Code of Medical Ethics,” wrote then-AMA President Barbara McAneny.It’s an unusually assertive stance for a group that has taken multiple positions on abortion-related issues over the years.Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University who has written several books about abortion, says that the AMA’s history on abortion is complicated. In general, she says, the AMA “didn’t want to get into the [abortion] issue because of the political fallout and because historically there have been doctors in the AMA on both sides of the issue.”In recent years, the AMA has taken mostly a back seat on abortion issues, even ones that directly addressed physician autonomy, leaving the policy lead to specialty groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has consistently defended doctors’ rights to practice medicine as they see fit when it comes to abortion issues.Ziegler says it is not entirely clear why the AMA has suddenly become more outspoken on women’s reproductive issues. One reason could be that the organization’s membership is skewing younger and less conservative. Also, this year, for the first time, the AMA’s top elected officials are all women.In its earliest days, the AMA led the fight to outlaw abortion in the late 1800s, as doctors wanted to assert their professionalism and clear the field of “untrained” practitioners like midwives.Abortion was not an issue for the group in the first half of the 20th century. The AMA became best-known for successful fights to fend off a national health insurance system.Leading up to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, the AMA softened its opposition. In 1970, the AMA board called for abortion decisions to be between “a woman and her doctor.” But the organization declined to submit a friend-of-the-court brief to the high court during its consideration of Roe.In 1997, the AMA, in a surprise move, endorsed a GOP-backed measure to ban what opponents called “partial-birth abortions,” a little used procedure that anti-abortion forces likened to infanticide. A year later, however, an audit of the AMA’s leadership found its trustees had “blundered” in endorsing the bill and had contradicted long-standing AMA policy.One reason the organization may be moving on the issue now could be the shifting parameters of the abortion debate itself. In 1997, the abortion procedure ban that the AMA endorsed “polled well and allowed abortion opponents to paint the other side as extremist,” Ziegler says.Exactly the opposite is true today, she says, as states pass abortion bans more sweeping than those seen at any time since Roe. Yet most public opinion polls show a majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal in many or most cases.”As abortion opponents take more extreme positions, the AMA is probably a little more comfortable intervening” Ziegler adds.Molly Duane, a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights who is arguing the case for the AMA and North Dakota’s sole remaining abortion clinic, says the laws being challenged are “something all doctors should be alarmed by. … This is an unprecedented act of invading the physician-patient relationship and forcing words into the mouths of physicians.”Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Tesla Misses Delivery Target Again Following Rough Month Start Up Your Day

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Contributor Grace Reader Add to Queue –shares Start Up Your Day Tesla Misses Delivery Target Again Following Rough Month — Start Up Your Day Roundup Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Under fire. Tesla is having a rough month — the company missed its delivery target for the third consecutive quarter.Technology for good. Apple is encouraging organ donation by making it easy for users of the upcoming iOS 10 software to add themselves to the national registry list.That’s the stuff. Hostess Brands is getting a new owner and going public.Sneak peek. Microsoft is adding a wheelchair avatar option for Xbox, along with other visual updates.A new way to pay. Walmart Pay, intended to make the checkout process faster with QR codes, is now active in 14 states.Spacing out. NASA’s Juno space probe successfully started orbiting Jupiter. Put on this music to celebrate.More money. The Mega Millions jackpot is now $449 million, the seventh-largest prize in U.S. history.center_img July 5, 2016 Image credit: Jim Dyson / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer 1 min read Next Article last_img read more

Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce

first_imgInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 6:48 pmJune 21, 2019 B2B CommerceBrand EnhancementsEmail List ReminderInsite SoftwareInsiteCommerce 4.5.0Marketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesNext ArticleLeading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth Leader in B2B Commerce Software Releases Insitecommerce 4.5.0 With Additional Functionality for Email, List Share, Search, Security and MoreInsite Software, a leading provider of powerful digital commerce solutions architected for manufacturers and distributors, announced it has launched InsiteCommerce 4.5.0, the latest version of Insite’s industry-first eCommerce platform. InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 includes several major new updates based on both customer feedback and Insite B2B commerce innovation. In addition to improving Insite’s already powerful search capabilities, version 4.5.0 provides new functionality that enables email list reminders, provides multiple customer list share features, enhances security for commerce sites and delivers integration with inRiver cloud products.“Insite has stayed in front of the B2B commerce industry by prioritizing new features and functionality based on customer feedback combined with the deep expertise of Insite’s development team,” said Steve Shaffer, Chief Executive Officer of Insite Software. “We’re dedicated to listening to our customers’ needs and wants and responding with continuous improvement of our eCommerce solutions. InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 is a reflection of that powerful approach.”Marketing Technology News: Cerebri AI named a 2019 Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence for Customer Analytics by GartnerInsiteCommerce 4.5.0 includes new features within six major areas of the solution including:Email List Reminder functionality allows customers to set email reminders to reorder items on a recurring basis and at regular intervals from a specific list. Insite’s robust list management capabilities already increase efficiencies for buyers and sellers. This new functionality is designed to boost productivity even further with daily jobs that generate emails based on the schedule defined by a storefront user.With List Share for Multiple Customers, Insite’s list functionality has been enhanced to serve the needs of customers who share lists with large groups of customers. The tool now allows users to create, manage and share lists with multiple customers from the Admin Console. This provides manufacturers and distributors with the capability to promote specific products, highlight recommended or approved products, or streamline access to their most in demand products.InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 provides Search Enhancements that make search results even more relevant to their customers.  There are additional options that enable business users to configure search logic to better match customers’ expectations. Users have more control to improve multi-word and phrase search logic, improve part number matching when part numbers have special characters or include manufacturer part numbers, and prevent ‘did you mean’ logic from being applied to part numbers.Marketing Technology News: Elixirr and Usermind Partner to Help Brands Get More Value from Customer Experience InitiativesThe Insite platform now provides new security capability in terms of Bad Actor Prevention, giving customers the ability to decide who can be on their site while preventing visitors from scraping information from the site for other purposes.Shop by Brand Enhancements allow users to configure search, boost and bury by brands and product lines, offers a new brand gallery widget, improves SEO for brand pages and provides stronger ability to highlight specific brands. This update gives distribution customers the ability to easily raise the visibility of certain brands, a desirable feature for promotion and partnership purposes.InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 now seamlessly talks to inRiver cloud implementations with its updated inRiver Connector. This connector allows all product, item, resource and channel information to be synchronized directly from inRiver to the InsiteCommerce platform. Insite’s integration with inRiver leverages the rich data that a PIM can provide and allows manufacturers and distributors to seamlessly update product content with the flexibility to deploy inRiver either on premise or in the cloud.Marketing Technology News: Publicis Sapient Announces John Maeda as Chief Experience Officerlast_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

New ddPCR technology helps detect quantify TERT promoter mutations linked to many

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 31 2018A recent study published online in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics demonstrated that Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) technology can be used to detect mutations in a region of our DNA that is linked to many cancer types, paving the way for the development of new cancer diagnostics and therapies.Two mutations in the promoter region of the TERT gene, where gene expression is initiated, are highly prevalent throughout many cancer types. The mutations range in frequency from 10 to 70 percent in melanoma, glioblastoma, and thyroid and liver cancers among others, and could serve as potential biomarkers in diagnosing and monitoring patients.”We wanted to develop ddPCR assays for these TERT promoter mutations since they are very frequently mutated in melanomas, including the one third of melanoma patients who are lacking BRAF and NRAS mutations,” said Dr. David Polsky, MD, PhD, a professor of dermatologic oncology at NYU Langone and a senior investigator on this study. “We hope that multiple groups can use these assays in various cancer types and that detecting and quantifying these TERT promoter mutations will be useful in the evaluation and management of cancer patients.”Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNext-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has commonly been used to detect disease biomarkers. However, NGS has not proven to be successful at accurately detecting TERT promoter mutations because complexities in the DNA sequence in and around the TERT promoter make amplification by PCR extremely difficult. This limits the read depth of NGS and reduces its sensitivity in detecting mutations. While other detection methods such as quantitative PCR (qPCR) exist, they are not sensitive or precise enough for clinical applications such as monitoring cell-free DNA in plasma.To overcome these challenges, Dr. Polsky and his colleagues at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Perlmutter Cancer Center and scientists at Bio-Rad’s Digital Biology Group used ddPCR technology, which can reliably detect and quantify rare mutations with high sensitivity (<0.1 percent) independent of a reference standard.The researchers developed two ddPCR-based assays to specifically detect the TERT C228T and C250T mutations in clinical samples. The limits of detection for the two assays were 0.062 and 0.051 percent.In addition, the researchers evaluated the clinical application of the ddPCR assays by testing them in both formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues and plasma samples from patients with metastatic melanoma. They found that the assays detected the mutation in 78 percent of samples and yielded no false positives. The test was able to detect mutation frequencies as low as 0.06 percent, demonstrating its high sensitivity."We have found the ddPCR workflow to be quite simple, and we estimate that the cost of the assays would be amenable to patient monitoring, where it would need to be repeated periodically as part of medical care," said Dr. Polsky.Source: http://www.bio-rad.com/last_img read more

Going teetotal shown to improve womens mental health

first_img Journal reference:Yao, X. I., et al. (2019). Change in moderate alcohol consumption and quality of life: evidence from 2 population-based cohorts. CMAJ. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.181583. The change in mental well-being was more favorable in female quitters, approaching the level of mental well-being of lifetime abstainers within 4 years of quitting in both Chinese and American populations.” The idea that a little alcohol is good for your longevity, that’s not really considered the take-home message now.” The authors say it is not clear why abstinence has this impact, but it is possible that quitting reverses alcohol-related brain injury or decreases stress factors such as family conflict.The sober-curious trendThe finding comes amidst a growing public health concern over the increasing use of alcohol among women in recent years. It also follows the advent of movements such as Dry January and the “sober-curious” trend that have prompted many Americans to try the alcohol-free bars and events that have popped up across the country.Professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, James Garbutt, who was not involved in the study says: “When people get sober, they a lot of times will feel calmer, their anxiety diminishes and there’s less irritability. They just say, ‘Wow, that’s a better place to be.’”Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsCombat veterans more likely to exhibit signs of depression, anxiety in later lifeGarbutt has observed this beneficial impact among both men and women. He says that although alcohol can relieve stress initially, it also induces systems in the brain that worsen anxiety at a later stage. This leads to a cycle of “needing” more alcohol to relieve anxiety, which only worsens anxiety still and increases the need for more alcohol to further relieve it.Eventually, alcohol use can lead people to feel depressed and experience difficulty sleeping and stress sensitivity.Garbutt also thinks it is difficult to say exactly why the favorable changes in mental well-being were observed for women in particular. However, he notes that women tend to have higher rates of depression than men and that they tend to have more physical adverse effects from alcohol that happen faster, at lower levels, than men, which could be factors.Many women are now trying sobriety movements such as Dry January or visiting the alcohol-free bars that have popped up as a result of the sober-curious trend, a shift in perspective that Garbutt thinks is very much a positive in heavy drinking cultures. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jul 10 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong has provided new evidence that women who stop drinking alcohol experience improved mental health.DeepMeaning | ShutterstockMany women drink alcohol as a way to relax and unwind, but the new study suggests that stopping drinking altogether may be a better way to improve mental health.“Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life,” says study author Herbert Pang. “The risks and benefits of moderate drinking are not clear.”Co-author Michael Ni suggests that quitting alcohol altogether may be a better way to relax and feel calm and peaceful.Reporting this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the team writes that although the link between moderate alcohol consumption and certain health problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer has been well documented, the broader effect on health-related quality of life is less clear.  “Our objective was to examine the association of drinking patterns with changes in physical and mental well-being across populations,” writes the team.For the study, Pang and team examined the association between alcohol drinking patterns and self-reported changes in physical and mental well-being among more than 10,000 people in Hong Kong and 31,000 people in the U.S. The analyses were stratified by gender and heavy drinkers were excluded from the study.In both study populations, men and women who had abstained from drinking any alcohol across their lifetime reported the highest levels of mental well-being.When those who were not abstainers were followed over time, which was around two years for the Hong Kong participants and around 3 years for the U.S group, giving up alcohol was associated with better changes in mental well-being among women, but not among men. The women who stopped drinking even reported levels of mental health that almost reached the levels reported by lifetime abstainers.The team write: Abstinence improves sleep, helps weight loss and improves liver healthIn one Dry January study that took place in 2016, nearly all of the 850 British participants reported feeling a sense of achievement as the month ended, with 62% saying their sleep had improved and almost half of them having lost weight.According to Aaron White, senior scientific adviser to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, another study conducted in the Netherlands found that even people who drank about two drinks a day had livers that were less stressed after spending one month abstaining from alcohol.White called this finding “surprising,” saying that we all know it’s a bad idea to drink heavily every day or regularly, but this study is among the first to show that the body can do well to have a break from even moderate drinking.Aside from the impact on mental health, many studies have focused on the negative effects that alcohol can have on physical health. Some researchers have suggested that drinking on a daily basis can shorten lifespan, while others believe that moderate drinking can help increase lifespan.However, Garbutt is skeptical: We really want to have more spaces and occasions where being dry is something that’s encouraged and completely casual. Alcohol really does have a monopoly on how we socialize.”Lorelei Bandrovschi, Founder of the alcohol-free Listen Bar in New Yorklast_img read more