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Hospital registers fewer child abuse cases

first_imgNational Children’s Hospital officials announced this week that cases of child abuse showed a slight decrease in the first quarter of 2012, although they emphasized that more needs to be done to combat the problem.Rodolfo Hernández, director of the medical center, explained that last year that hospital received an average of seven cases of child abuse per day, a number that had decreased to 5.8 in the first three months of 2012.Hernández noted that in 2011, the National Children’s Hospital launched a campaign against abuse that was supported by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the Bank of Costa Rica and private sector firms.According to Social Security System statistics, child abuse cases registered at the hospital include – in order of prevelance – negligence, psychological abuse, lack of attention and sexual assault. In most cases victims are children under 6 years old, and aggression occurs mostly in their own homes.Hernández said that this is caused by numerous factors including poverty, low education levels and lack of employment opportunities. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Flames focuses spotlight on tropical north

first_imgSource = Flames of the Forest –SPICE Best Venue Finalist, Second Year Running-For the second year running, Port Douglas and the Tropical North is represented in this year’s prestigious 2010 Australian Event Awards that were announced this week with Flames of the Forest named one of three finalists in the SPICE Best Venue category.Natalie Johnson, Flames of the Forest Sales Manager for Business, Events and Leisure said the team was thrilled to learn the good news.“I feel that we have already won! To be selected for the second year running and be vying for the title against such amazing venues as Doltone House Darling Island Wharf and Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre speaks volumes.“In 2008 Flames of the Forest moved to a much bigger and more versatile rainforest venue – add to this the hard work and dedication of our team and news like this pays everyone back in spades.”Natalie and owner, Amelia Hannaford will attend the national awards in Sydney on October 7.Building on the high calibre of winners and finalists from 2009, the co-chairs of the judges Johnny Allen and Sandy Hollway said that the quality and creativity of entries was outstanding and that events were particularly rewarded for innovation in event techniques, ideas and practices across all categories.Flames of the Forest is continually evolving and improving it’s ‘experience’ and operation and earlier this year, announced it had established a reduced carbon footprint.According to Natalie, the stunning events and dining venue had introduced environmentally friendly LED lights to further enhance the special effects of an evening of entertainment in the Tropical North Queensland rainforest.“State-of-the-art lights have been installed in the black silk-lined ceiling allowing the creation of a range of looks to suit client requirements.The new system uses 30 per cent less power and is included in the venue hire so there are no extra charges for lighting,” she said.“Seven new custom-made crystal bud light and glowing orb chandeliers complement the lighting, creating an unmatched elegance in off-site events.Combined with thousands of twinkling bud lights these create a look reminiscent of the night sky with planets and stars.”Ms Johnson said Flames was also delighted to introduce three custom designed and locally manufactured bi-ethanol flaming vessels which were clean burning with no fumes.“This renewable fuel has allowed us to bring the flames closer to the marquee to enhance the magic of the rainforest, at the same time lowering our carbon footprint,” she said.“Combined with the roll-out of low voltage lighting to the surrounding rainforest, a solar hot water system for the kitchens and our continuing commitment to the One Person, One Tree, One World tree planting program, Flames of the Forest offers a true environmentally positive experience to clients.”Tucked away in a fairytale pocket of rainforest, Flames of the Forest has a banquet seating capacity of 900 with all the infrastructure and comfort clients need, but with the magic only an off-site event can provide.Since 2003, Flames of the Forest has gained an international reputation for its rainforest experience which combines a magnificent six course banquet dinner in a spectacular candlelit setting with a traditional and authentic Aboriginal performance featuring story telling, music and song from brothers who spent their childhood in the surrounding valley.Flames of the Forest has won awards for its innovation and cuisine including being a finalist in the 2009 Australian Event Awards and recently was listed in Australian Traveller Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Things to do in Australia….that you’ve never heard of!’Flames of the Forest is an enchanting and dramatic venue for group entertaining including weddings and corporate groups. Every event is different but features the same stunning rainforest setting as its backdrop. Recent clients have included Toyota, which featured Flames of the Forest with the addition of a performance by Leo Sayer as the finale event of its new Landcruiser launch.Just 15 minutes from Port Douglas, 40 minutes from Palm Cove and one hour from Cairns, Flames of the Forest is a world away from the everyday.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Travel management company Travel Beyond Group (TBG) has announced a joint venture with inbound travel company, Exclusive Travel Group – a specialist in upmarket travel in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific – to bring a new luxury brand to the Australian market.The partnership sees Exclusive Travel Group’s local operations now positioned as a brand under TBG in Australia, joining its established units, Sport and Entertainment Travel Management, Corporate Travel Management, Events Beyond and Escape Beyond.Travel Beyond Group’s Managing Director Tim Lane told LATTE the JV gives Exclusive Travel Group “the opportunity to market, promote and use the resources and infrastructure of TBG, and now staff to drive high-end inbound into the Australian market”.TBG, which is a member of the Virtuoso luxury travel network, has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as an outpost in New Zealand’s commercial gateway city, Auckland.Exclusive Travel Group has branches in Sydney and New Zealand.“We will continue to develop and strengthen the partnerships within Australia’s luxury travel market,” Lane said of the deal.“We will work with TMC’s globally to help manage their high-end customers needing the ultimate experience in Australia and also have a direct channel for long-standing repeat and referral customers. For TBG it continues our strategy of being agile and boutique enough to ensure customer experience and service is maintained. A joint venture with an already established brand makes that happen.”Established in 2001, the privately owned TMC is growing and diversifying its business “to remain relevant for our partners and customers,” Lane said. Through the joint venture with ETB, Travel Beyond Group will now span 48 staff across five brands and four offices around Australia and New Zealand, with a total transaction value (TTV) of $75 million.“Our company ethos is centred around working with people who have a passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences and service. Rob, Stephen and the team at ETG do exactly that.”Exclusive Travel Group’s Managing Director Rob Young said his company was “excited” to enter into the partnership with the TBG. “It gives our business the resources and infrastructure to further expand into the Australian market,” Young said.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Russian telco Rostelecom has named Maxim Gornostae

first_imgRussian telco Rostelecom has named Maxim Gornostaev as director for the Republic of Tatarstan, replacing Evgeny Danilov, who was appointed to the post in July but has now resigned.Gornostaev was previously Rostelecom’s commercial director in the Republic of Udmurtia.last_img

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first_img And note that I am making no comment here on the quality of government spending – you can make that determination for yourself – I am merely stating its cost. You’ll have to decide what you think about this. If you’re unsure, look up the numbers and run them for yourself. That will give you a better understanding. The Non-Monetary Value of Life Human lives, of course, have far more than simple monetary value. The most important things in life are not measured in dollars. That, however, only makes the damage worse. Why worse? Because we are limited, physical beings. When we’re sick, or sleeping, or far away, or falling-down tired, those “more valuable than money” things seldom show up. When people are forced to work double shifts to pay the government, their energy for the things that transcend monetary value is sucked away. Most working Americans go from morning till night. Even when they go on vacation, they are really only recovering from their workload – getting back to even. That means that most of the super-monetary value of their lives is lost; they have no time and energy left over to do the more important things. Leviathan Has a Cost Governments always present themselves to people as saviors, but everything they do is paid for with money. And the ultimate source of all that money is the people who are supposedly being saved. In order to pay that price in the United States (others are similar), the entire earnings of several million lives are required every year. No, three million people are not beheaded in the town square, but that many lives are spent every year – by people paying half their life, every year, for their entire working lives. Leviathan eats several million lives per year, and no matter how we spin it, the numbers remain. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Total US government spending: $3.55 trillion So, dividing total government spending by average lifetime earnings, we arrive at the following: Government spending consumes the lives of 2.27 million people, annually. Properly, we should say, “The US government consumes the entire life earnings of 2.27 million people, every year.” It may seem a bit dramatic to express the numbers this way, but these are real numbers, and they reflect the situation accurately. These figures, of course, are only for the national government. State and municipal governments consume plenty as well. In all likelihood, total government consumption in the US is somewhere between 3 and 5 million lives per year. If these numbers seem impossible to you, run them yourself. It’s not hard. The plain truth is that, every year, government in the United States consumes the entire lifetime efforts of several million human beings. Talk of so-many trillions, percentages of GDP, quintiles, and age brackets are confusing. This is the simple truth: Several million lives are sacrificed every year to feed the US Leviathan. Perhaps a motivated statistician could find some fault with my numbers, but still, there they are. And if my amateurish calculations are off by 10%, should we really feel better, knowing that only 2.043 million of us are sacrificed to Leviathan every year? The next time you hear confusing talk from a politician, think of these numbers. Millions of lives are being drained dry – cradle to grave – every year, to keep their beast fed. That cannot honestly be denied. What Does This Mean? It is for you to decide what this means. I suspect that you’re rather horrified, which sets you up for a classic choice on how to deal with this new idea: I like to look at things from an outsider’s viewpoint – to notice things that most people pass over. And I usually find these things more or less by accident. For example, take a quick look at this formula: This looks like physics or economics, but I actually ran across it in a legal case. As it turns out, this is the formula to determine the monetary value of your life. That may sound crazy, but it’s absolutely true. Officially termed “the monetary value of human capital,” this calculation is used every day in courts of law to help determine various awards – typically when someone is injured and prevented from working. What struck me as interesting is that this formula could also be used in other ways… like for government for example. Government is the biggest business on the planet – by far. (We examined how in FMP #32.) And government functions with money. So, I decided to use arithmetic to determine the cost of government – not measured in dollars, but in human lives. Think of this as a currency conversion: dollars-to-lives, rather than the usual dollars-to-euros or dollars-to-yen. And, again, this is not a new trick; it’s done every day in courtrooms across the globe. The Numbers The figures I’m using come from the US government (mostly the Census), between the years 2008 and 2010. (Spending is for 2010.) Everything shown below is plain old math, not fancy statistical analysis. Here are the necessary figures: Average per capita income: $39,138 Per capita lifetime income (income times years) = $1.5655 million Fight (“That’s wrong!”),center_img Flight/Evasion (“That’s a conspiracy theory!”), or Average number of working years: 40 Freeze (“I don’t understand”).last_img read more

The development of antibiotics in the middle of th

first_imgThe development of antibiotics in the middle of the 20th century was one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Penicillin and its pharmaceutical cousins saved millions of lives. But like a magic potion given to the world by a stern fairy, antibiotics come with a catch — If you abuse them, you lose them.For decades, scientists have been warning that antibiotic resistance is on the rise globally because of misuse of the drugs.But a new report makes it clear that the world is not listening.Between the year 2000 and 2015 human consumption of antibiotics globally rose 65 percent — to an astounding 42 billion doses a year. “We wanted to examine global use of antibiotics because once resistance emerges in one place it can spread anywhere,” says Eili Klein, a fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Washington and the lead author of the new report, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Along with his colleagues Klein found that there was a dramatic rise in antibiotic use over the last 15 years in low- and middle-income countries.”A place like India, which has one of the highest populations in the world, saw enormous gains in antibiotic use both overall and on a per capita gain basis,” says Klein.Antibiotic use more than doubled in India between the year 2000 and 2015. It was up 79 percent in China and 65 percent in Pakistan. Some of that increase was due to population growth but it wasn’t just that. Overall sales were up.So the report makes it clear that the average person in India, China or Pakistan is taking far more antibiotics now than they were a decade and half ago.Western countries didn’t see the sharp rise in antibiotics but they also failed to cut overall consumption.”In high-income countries reducing inappropriate use has not really … in most countries … driven down per capita use rates in the last 15 years,” Klein says.Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University, is concerned about this increase in antibiotic use.”The biggest driver for the evolution of superbugs is the use of antibiotics,” Price says. Every time a bacteria is exposed to an antibiotic but isn’t killed by it, it has the potential to develop resistance. The evolutionary math is fairly simple. “The more we use antibiotics,” he explains, “the more we are going to encourage the growth of these bacteria that are resistant to them.”Hospitals around the world increasingly have been reporting bacterial infections that don’t respond to traditional antibiotics.”Then you have these extreme cases like the woman [in Nevada] just about a year ago who died of an infection that was resistant to 26 different antibiotics,” Price says. “So the bacteria are out there that are resistant to everything, and they are becoming more and more prevalent.”Health officials worry about so much growth in antibiotic use in low- and middle-income countries because these drugs are often available there without a prescription. So the potential for misuse is high. Also Price notes that poor sanitation in impoverished nations adds to the problem. If a superbug develops in a patient who only has access to an outhouse, that bug is far more likely to spread into the local water supply than if that patient had access to a toilet connected to a sewage treatment plant.So the antibiotic fairy is not happy: If we don’t change our ways she’s going to slowly make the potion less and less powerful until one day it disappears. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Disabled people from across Europe have called for

first_imgDisabled people from across Europe have called for the closure of long-stay institutions, after the latest in a long series of abuse scandals was uncovered by the BBC.Four European disability organisations – including the umbrella organisation representing 80 million disabled people across the continent – have joined UK disabled activists in calling for action to end institutionalisation and forced treatment.A Panorama documentary, which included undercover footage shot at the private Whorlton Hall hospital for people with learning difficulties and autistic people in County Durham (pictured), caused outrage after it was broadcast last week.Seven men and three women – all members of staff – have been arrested by Durham police and are being questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect, while the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and care watchdog, was criticised for failing to spot and halt the abuse.Now disabled people and their user-led organisations have called again for the government to take action and close all such long-stay institutions.Disabled activist Simone Aspis, director of the consultancy Changing Perspectives, who campaigns to free disabled people from institutions, said: “There is something very fundamentally wrong about these institutions and they have to close down.”She added: “We can’t make a fundamentally flawed system work better by simply having a better ratio of staffing, more resources put in, or more training, or better recruitment practices.“A system that compels people into treatment they don’t want and denies them their fundamental human rights cannot train people to deprive people of their human rights in a positive way.“What we need is the transferring of resources into support that people need to be part of their communities.“It is an absolute disgrace that in this country we are allowed to have such barbaric torture and practices going on.”She said there was no “political will” to find a solution and no urgency from the NHS to remove people from institutions.Instead of “thinking creatively” about new placements, she said, NHS commissioners “just want to shove people in wherever there is a bloody bed, not thinking creatively about how we can support these people to live in the community”.Aspis also said she was “very disappointed” with the failure of CQC and the Children’s Commissioner to recommend the closure of such institutions in their latest reports earlier this month.People First (Self Advocacy), which is run and controlled by people with learning difficulties, said it was horrified to learn of the new abuse scandal.It pointed out that promises were made after a previous scandal at Winterbourne View in 2011 to close all such institutions, and that the government had failed to live up to its promises or meet targets set by NHS England after Winterbourne View.It is calling on the government to introduce a legal right to independent living for disabled people, by incorporating article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law.People First’s #CloseATUs campaign is calling for the closure of all assessment and treatment centres and for people to have the advocacy and support they need in their local communities, as well as for the government to draw up a national action plan for all ATUs to be closed within two years.Andrew Lee, director of People First (Self Advocacy), said: “As with Winterbourne, the news of Whorlton Hall brought tears, upset and anger to me and many other people I know.“Our thoughts go to all of the people who experienced this abuse. We need to make sure this does not happen again.“Moving people to other closed institutions like Whorlton Hall is obviously not the answer.“People are being sent far away from friends and family at great cost to the authorities and at even greater and more tragic cost to people with learning difficulties and their loved ones.”Kat Humble, communications officer for Autistic UK, which is run by and for autistic people, said the latest revelations were “horrifying, though unsurprising”.She said: “Whether it’s Winterbourne View, Whorlton Hall or who knows how many others, there is a level of contempt that we face as autistic people and people with intellectual disabilities when it comes to our long-term health that is shortening our lifespans and damaging the lives that we live.“There is a very good reason why the suicide rate amongst autistic people is nine times higher than the national average.”She called for “ground up” reform of CQC, which she said was “ineffective” and had “no protective instinct”.In a joint statement, the European Disability Forum – an umbrella organisation of disabled people’s organisations – and three European disability organisations (Inclusion Europe, Autism Europe and European Down Syndrome Association), also called for the closure of such institutions.They said: “This kind of treatment and abuse is widespread in institutions.“Too many times, we have heard and seen footage like this. Too many times we have witnessed attacks on the most basic human rights of persons with disabilities. Too many times we have witnessed governments failing to act.“Institutionalisation has to end. Forced treatment has to end. These flagrant abuses of the most basic human rights have to end.”But Whorlton Hall is only the latest in a long line of such scandals that stretches back to the 1940s.Calls to address the scandal of people with learning difficulties living “inappropriately” in long-stay institutions date back more than 70 years to when the National Council for Civil Liberties launched a campaign against eugenicist laws that led at their peak to the institutionalisation of more than 50,000 people in long-stay hospitals.A series of scandals through the late 1960s and 1970s highlighted concerns similar to those uncovered by Panorama and other more recent scandals, with inquiries reporting cruel ill-treatment, inhumane and threatening behaviour towards patients (at Ely Hospital), the “harmful over-use of drugs” (Farleigh Hospital) and the use of tranquilisers and “side-rooms” – or solitary confinement facilities – at South Ockendon Hospital.They were followed by the Longcare abuse scandal, uncovered by the media in 1994, and others including allegations of neglect at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield in 2004, and of abuse at the Solar Centre in Doncaster in 2010, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust in 2006, Winterbourne View near Bristol in 2011, Mendip House in Somerset in 2016 and Atlas Project Team in 2017.Cygnet Health Care said in a statement that it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the allegations made against members of staff at Whorlton Hall, part of the Danshell Group, which Cygnet recently acquired.“We take these allegations extremely seriously, have suspended all members of staff involved, and informed all relevant authorities including the police, who have instigated an inquiry, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation.“We have a zero tolerance of this behaviour. This appalling behaviour is entirely inconsistent with our values and high standards, and we have transferred all the patients to other services.“Until the conclusion of the police investigation, we are unable to comment further.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Introducing American football to Rices new international students

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Sept. 8, 2014) –Last week during Rice football’s week off, head football coach David Bailiff took time to hold his annual football camp for Rice University’s new international graduate and undergraduate students.The evening, which was attended by more than 200 students, included lessons on the basics of American football, food, games and on-the-field drills with Bailiff and Rice football players.This year’s incoming freshman class comes from all over the world, and they make up 12 percent of Rice’s class of 2018.The following video, which can be embedded into online stories or downloaded for broadcast, captures the spirit of the evening.The Owls travel about 100 miles north to College Station Saturday to face the No. 7-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.The Owls can be followed all season long at riceowls.com, on Twitter @RiceFootball1 and on the football Facebook page.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.The video is available for download at http://youtu.be/d_vtrjMrZU4Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Faster Food This Restaurant Delivers Burgers to Your Table at 90 MPH

first_img January 21, 2014 Guest Writer Technology Add to Queue Faster Food: This Restaurant Delivers Burgers to Your Table at 90 MPH 2 min read Next Article Technology Writer Fast food burgers are no match for the high-speed burgers being created at one New Zealand restaurant. C1 Cafe in Christchurch has created a new system that delivers burgers to restaurant goers’ tables at an astounding 87 mph.Think of it this way: a burger that moves faster than your car on the freeway.The pneumatic tube food delivery system is the creation of owner Sam Crofskey who originally saw the idea on the cartoon Futurama. With the system, sliders are stacked inside a metal tube, and are then shot from the kitchen directly to a diner’s table. “Pneumatic” means the tubes are transported using air pressure.”We want to be really memorable,” Crofskey told New Zealand’s The Press. ”This is a world first.'”The process is similar to how some bank tellers send paper out to cars at a traditional drive-through teller window. C1 started out using the system to send orders back to the kitchen as a trial, and installed extra-large tubing to handle the heavier burger load.Burgers will arrive on tables in a stainless steel tube. Each tube is capable of holding three sliders, as well as a small side of fries. A custom air-brake system also slows down your food before it reaches your table, so the only injury you’re likely to get from your food is a larger waistline.Installing the system at every table in the restaurant is a gargantuan task. For tables along the wall, the burgers will arrive from above, but for center tables the restaurant is looking at ways to have the burgers arrive from below the table.Installing the entire system will take more than a year, with three new tables coming online each month. The first six tables are expected to start launching high-speed burgers to the public later this month.If these guys can deliver burgers in their restaurant at highway speeds, how can you supercharge your product delivery?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below.   Emily Price Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Digital Media May Be Hindering Your Ability to Think Abstractly Study Says

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Trying to spark some critical thinking? It may be a good idea to forego digital media.The medium could be hindering your cognitive ability to think and analyze in the abstract, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. On the plus side, using laptops, smartphones or tablets for reading could help in the memorization of more concrete information.With more than 300 participants ranging in ages from 20 to 24, the assessment consisted of four studies. One had subjects read a David Sedaris short story, one group digitally and the other in print, followed by a quiz testing concrete and critical understanding. Another grouping read information on fictitious Japanese cars, some digitally and others in print, and were also quizzed after.Related: How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills and Make Better Business DecisionsThe group that read Sedaris in print had better recall of more abstract information while the digital readers proved to remember more specific details. The same proved true for the group that read about cars when asked which was the more superior model. Roughly 66 percent of print readers gave the right answer compared to 43 percent of digital readers.It’s not the first time scientists have questioned the impact digital consumption has on the mind’s functionality. The PEW Research Center, for example, released a study describing how digital tools impacted kid’s writing skills and how they learn. A study conducted by UCLA’s Children’s Digital Media Center also looked into the issue, finding that as technology use rose in popularity, critical thinking declined.“Given that psychologists have shown that construal levels can vastly impact outcomes such as self-esteem and goal pursuit, it’s crucial to recognize the role that digitization of information might be having on this important aspect of cognition,” says Dartmouth study author Geoff Kaufman, an assistant professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, in a press release.Related: Why Technology Is Affecting Critical Thought in the Workplace and How to Fix ItAs Mary Flanagan — Sherman Fairchild distinguished professor in digital humanities at Dartmouth and founding director of Tiltfactor — points out, understanding digital media’s impact could also help the development of tech tools of the future.”Sometimes, it is beneficial to foster abstract thinking, and as we know more, we can design to overcome the tendencies — or deficits — inherent in digital devices,” she says.In the meantime, it may be a good idea to invest in a good printer to get those PDFs in hand and buy a few more physical books to keep your abstract mind sharp.  Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Add to Queue 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. May 9, 2016 Lifestyle 3 min read 84shares Image credit: Guido Mieth | Getty Images Digital Media May Be Hindering Your Ability to Think Abstractly, Study Says Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Lindsay Friedmanlast_img read more

Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty

first_img Behavioral MarketingBest Digital MarketingBrandingcontent marketingGartnerGen Z MarketingNewsSocial Previous ArticleMicroStrategy Scores Highest in Four Use Cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms ReportNext ArticleUsabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019 Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty? Sudipto GhoshMay 22, 2019, 6:15 pmMay 22, 2019 Gartner says, marketers must focus on boosting Gen Z’s personal brand to make them loyal customers. In their latest report on Gen Z Marketing, Gartner found out the  top strategies for marketers that are looking to connect with Gen Z consumers. Gen Z characteristics during shopping are putting marketers and retailers in a fix.Generation Z (Gen Z) consumers are 1.5 times more likely to follow a brand that provides content that boosts their own image, according to Gartner, Inc. Where previous generations were concerned with fitting in, Gen Z consumers are breaking that mold by creating and enjoying greater freedom to test and shape an identity that stands out.How Gen Z respond to new-age marketing?Positively. New-age Gen Z Marketing strategies using tactile experiences, AR/ VR and Live video marketing are successful ways to engage younger generations. However, Gen Z marketing is difficult because of the radically different ways these young consumers think.Gen Z, iGeneration (iGen) or Net Gen, this cohort is massive and influential. In U.S. alone, there are 65 million of them. By 2020, Generation Z will account for 40 percent of all consumers in the U.S.Over 50% of Gen Z reads at least three ratings or reviews before making a first time purchase. A majority of Gen Z consumers find it very difficult to stay away from their smartphones for more than 30 minutes. There lies an opportunity for marketers to build and delivery an engaging, personalized brand experience on smartphones. That’s exactly what Instagram and Netflix have managed to achieve with the Gen Z population.According to a report, “Gen Zers, with vast amounts of information at their disposal, are more pragmatic and analytical about their decisions than members of previous generations were.”It finds, sixty-five percent of the Gen Z’ers in the survey said that they particularly value knowing what is going on around them and being in control. This generation of self-learners is also more comfortable absorbing knowledge online than in traditional institutions of learning.via McKinsey InsightsRecommended:MarTech Interview with Mike Orr, Co-Founder at Grapevine6Secret to Gen Z Marketing: Build Informative and Inspirational Content Across ChannelsAccording to Jack Mackinnon, senior principal analyst at Gartner, “Gen Z consumers are the most diverse generation ever and the most digitally savvy. As digital natives, Gen Z is highly critical of the benefits and ROI of too much internet and social media use. Because of this, and the fact that two-thirds of marketing budgets are invested in digital channels to target this audience, CMOs must be evermore mindful of how they are engaging Gen Z.”In fact, Gartner research reveals that 81% of Gen Z consumers report they follow friends online, but only about 30% are following brands. However, Gen Z consumers also report that they do look to brands for social content that is informative and inspirational.Brands looking to truly connect with this generation need to perfect two aspects of their digital campaigns — an effective strategy and resonant content that piques Gen Z interest.MarTech Blogs:Three Quarters of Retailers Believe Their Model Needs to Change for …Gen Z Marketing to Boost Personal BrandingGen Z consumers take communicating on social media seriously, as they view it as a way to build their own personal brand. Forty-six percent of Gen Z consumers agree with the statement, “the more ‘likes’ I receive on social media, the better I feel” — all with the intent of adding value to their followers’ online experience. When looking for informative and inspirational content to share, they want it to meet one of three requirements: 1) it interests/excites me; 2) it will make my friends laugh; and 3) it expresses how I’m feeling.“If you want Gen Z as loyal customers, you have to let them do the driving,” said Mr. Mackinnon. “Effective marketers need to embrace the sidecar role with enthusiasm and position their brand strategy around boosting Gen Z’s own personal brand. It’s not about you, it’s about them.”Read Also:How to Close the Gap Between Sales Forecasting and RealityAnother essential part of reaching Gen Z is knowing where to reach them. Given the generation’s affinity for routinely changing social media apps, marketers must ensure their strategy has balance across social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube must all have a unique and relevant engagement strategy.Gen Z Content Marketing: Understanding Value-Driven BrandingEvery effective digital strategy needs relevant and compelling content, and the content that is most relevant for Gen Z is rooted in their personal values. Identity, creativity and passion are still in the top 20 values for Gen Z, but new priority values that have emerged for this generation include tenacity and expertise, according to Gartner research.Gen Z consumers are the first to report that “fun” is now less important than it once was for previous generations.Jack added, “This is indicative of a much more serious generation than what we’ve seen in the past. Gen Z values the concept of not quitting until they’ve achieved their goal. They put the adult in young adult.”Recommended: MarTech Interview with Damon Henry, Founder and CEO, KORTXWhile they don’t expect brands to save the world, Gen Z does expect brands to engage with social and political issues, according to Gartner research. Being able to take a stance on an important and relevant social issue that is appropriate for the brand, is key to capturing the attention, loyalty and wallet share of Gen Z.“Brands will need to demonstrate Gen-Z-level seamless movement across digital and in real life, hone thoughtful and personal messaging, and be willing to speak out on relevant social issues. Failing at any of these points means falling out of step with these important tastemakers,” added Mr. Mackinnon. “Individuality, discernment and openness will continue to be the name of the game for this large, diverse and adaptable generation.”Gartner for Marketers clients can access relevant research and insights in the report “Best Digital Marketing Practices for Gen Z.”Gartner for Marketers provides the objective, expert advice and proven tools CMOs and other marketing leaders need to seize the right opportunities with clarity and confidence, and stay ahead of the trends that matter. With in-depth research and analysis, Gartner for Marketers helps you focus on the opportunities with the greatest potential to deliver results.Recommended Gen Z Marketing Blog: It’s All In The Stories: How To Attract Millennials And Gen ZConclusionSo, it’s important for Marketing Technology users to align their strategy toward Gen Z population. To grow reputation and sales, marketing teams should understand Gen Z’s mindset, attitude, behavioral drivers, as well as their affinity toward technologies. To answer every marketer’s doubt about the future of Gen Z Marketing — Don’t wait. Start Gen Z Marketing campaigns today.last_img read more

Young children in lowincome rural areas at higher risk for second and

Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to new Penn State-led research.As many as 15 percent of children tested had levels of cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine, comparable to those of adult smokers. About 63 percent of children in the study had detectable levels of cotinine, suggesting widespread exposure to smoke. The study appears in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.”This is one of the first studies to explore the risks of very young children, especially infants, for second- or third-hand exposure to smoking,” said Lisa M. Gatzke-Kopp, professor of human development and family studies and lead author of the study. “Our findings suggest that moving frequently, having more adults in the home, and spending less time in center-based, daycare facilities may increase a child’s exposure to smoke or smoke residue.”The researchers analyzed data from the Family Life Project, a long-term study of rural poverty in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. For the study, saliva samples of over 1,200 children were tested for cotinine. The samples were collected from children at age 6 months, 15 months, 2 years and 4 years. The presence of cotinine indicates that the child was exposed to second- or third-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke comes from a lit tobacco product, an electronic smoking device, or the smoker. Third-hand smoke is an invisible residue from smoke that settles onto floors, furniture and clothing.The researchers classified the children into three groups based on their cotinine levels. Fifteen percent of the children were in the high exposure group, with cotinine levels comparable to active adult smokers, while 48 percent were in the moderate exposure group and 37 percent were in the low exposure group. These values are higher than those seen in data previously reported in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which found that only one-third to one-half of children’s blood samples had detectable cotinine.Related StoriesPotential benefits and risks of using e-cigarettesRecreational cannabis legalization could impact alcohol industry, research showsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”One of the reasons we may have found higher levels of exposure is that we looked at much younger children, starting when they were only 6 months old,” stated Gatzke-Kopp, who is also a Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member. “Because infants often put objects into their mouths and crawl on floors, they may be more likely to ingest smoke residue or get it on their skin, compared to older children.”The study team evaluated independent factors that may influence a child’s probability of being in one of the three exposure groups. They found that lower income, less education, frequent residential moves and fluctuations in the number of adults within the home were associated with high smoke exposure, whereas time spent at a center-based daycare was associated with lower smoke exposure.”Our results, if supported by future studies, can help educate parents and caregivers, as well as improve prevention programs that seek to reduce children’s smoke exposure,” said Clancy Blair, professor of cognitive psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the senior author of the study. “For instance, nonsmoking families may not be aware that nicotine can be present in their child’s environment if their home was previously occupied by a smoker or if smoking is permitted at the workplace.”Source: https://news.psu.edu/story/550773/2018/12/06/research/low-income-rural-kids-higher-risk-second-or-third-hand-smoke read more

New study establishes how stress favors breast cancer growth and spread

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 19 2019Cancer: The word alone evokes dread, anxiety, and fear. Accordingly, many women living with the disease and undergoing treatment experience chronic stress and depression. Scientists have demonstrated, in studies with rodents and humans, that stress can exacerbate cancer’s progression, but it wasn’t clear how.A new study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, establishes that the stress hormone epinephrine sets off a cascade of biochemical reactions that favor breast cancer growth and spread.In the study, the researchers first demonstrated the effects of chronic stress on cancer stem cell growth, a novel twist on previous research that did not specifically focus on these self-perpetuating cells.”You can kill all the cells you want in a tumor, but if the stem cells, or mother cells, are not killed, then the tumor is going to grow and metastasize. This is one of the first studies to link chronic stress specifically with the growth of breast cancer stem cells,” says Keith Kelley, emeritus professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois, and an author on the study.To do this, they induced chronic stress in mice, by placing them in small enclosures that limited their movement. All the mice were stressed for a week before being inoculated with either human or mouse breast cancer cells. After inoculation, the mice were split into two groups: controls, which were moved into large cages; and stressed, which stayed in the small enclosures for an additional 30 days.Confirming the researchers’ expectations, the mice experiencing chronic stress showed behavioral changes consistent with anxiety and depression. They also had bigger, faster-growing tumors and more cancer stem cells than mice in control conditions.Having demonstrated the link between chronic stress, mood changes, and enhanced growth of breast cancer stem cells, the scientists went on to investigate the underlying biochemical underpinnings that caused stress to increase growth of cancer cells.”The direct signaling network between stress pathways and a cancer-propagating system remains almost completely unknown,” says Quentin Liu of the Institute of Cancer Stem Cell at Dalian Medical University in China and principal investigator on the study. “A better understanding of the biochemistry that causes stress to increase the growth of cancer cells could lead us toward targeted drug interventions, one of which we discovered in this work.”Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryMultiple lines of evidence led the scientists toward epinephrine, one of the body’s major stress hormones. First, epinephrine levels were significantly elevated in mice that experienced stress for the duration of the experiment. Second, in stressed mice that received treatments to inactivate the receptor for epinephrine – ADRB2 – tumors were significantly smaller and fewer stem cells were found.”When most people think of stress, they think it’s cortisol that’s suppressing the immune system. The amazing thing is cortisol was actually lower after a month of stress,” Kelley says.Once epinephrine binds to one of its two receptors, ADRB2, it elevates levels of an enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase. In normal situations, this enzyme delivers quick energy to muscles in a fight-or-flight situation and produces lactate as a byproduct. But cancer cells need lactate for energy. With excessive amounts of lactate dehydrogenase in chronically stressed individuals, cancer-causing genes are activated and cancer cells proliferate.”These data provide a novel pathway that explains how elevated epinephrine caused by chronic stress promotes breast cancer progression by acting directly on cancer stem cells,” Liu says.To evaluate the clinical significance of their findings with mice, the scientists measured epinephrine in the blood of 83 human breast cancer patients. Women with high levels of the stress hormone also had high levels of lactate dehydrogenase in biopsied breast cancer tissue, compared with adjacent non-cancerous tissue. Importantly, and consistent with findings in mice, patients with high serum epinephrine had significantly lower overall survival and disease-free survival compared to patients with low epinephrine levels.In a final test, the researchers grew breast cancer cells in the lab and introduced a wide variety of FDA-approved cancer drugs. Several treatments, including vitamin C, suppressed lactate dehydrogenase production. When vitamin C was injected into stressed mice, tumors shrank.Scientists have suspected Vitamin C’s cancer-fighting potential for decades, and several clinical trials have demonstrated positive results. This study contributes a new understanding of the vitamin’s action in biochemical pathways relevant to chronically stressed breast cancer patients.”Taken together, these findings show that vitamin C might be a novel and effective therapeutic agent for targeting cancer in patients undergoing chronic stress,” Liu says. Source:https://aces.illinois.edu/news/mouse-study-reveals-how-chronic-stress-promotes-breast-cancer-stem-cells-identifies-vitamin-clast_img read more

Are physical examinations by family doctors still needed

first_imgPhysical examinations aid in early detection of diseaseA team of researchers at Calgary, Alberta wanted to determine if physical examinations are still necessary in the modern world and what do family physicians think about the process.To land to their findings, they conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 16 family doctors in Canada. They include those who have 20 years of practice experience, a recent family medicine graduate, a public health doctor, and a retired internist.The researchers explored the clinical experiences of doctors in conducting a physical examination. The respondents include 7 men and 9 women, whose clinical experience varied widely from both rural and urban locations.The team recorded the interviews, transcribed, and determined initial themes using template analysis.The study, which was published in the Annals of Family Medicine, revealed that physical examinations, according to physicians, is an important part of being a doctor. Moreover, they found that physical examinations gather data from patients, in addition to diagnostic laboratory procedures.Physical examinations are important in the doctor-patient relationshipRelated StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRGood health goes beyond having a doctor and insurance, says AMA’s equity chiefStudy finds link between healthcare utilization practices and relative levels of threat sensitivityThe participants were asked to describe two aspects of the physical examination – diagnosing and estimating prognosis and responding to patient’s illnesses. These procedures form relationships between the two parties, the doctor and the patient. The procedure allows doctors to use their bodies to experience their patients’ illnesses.The doctors also said that aside from diagnostic data gathered during physical examinations, the process helps with empathy, as laying on hands during the procedure strengthens the role of doctors as healers. Physical examinations also strengthen the relationships between doctors and patients, developing trust and establishing rapport.“Physical examination is part of the identity of family physicians. It not only contributes diagnostic information but is a therapeutic intervention in and of itself. Physical examination contributes to relationship-centered care in family practice,” the researchers concluded in the study.However, the researchers also said the study has limitations.“We do not know what patients experienced or what they expected. However, previous studies indicate that patients expect to be examined and are less satisfied when physicians do not examine them,” they explained.“We did not directly observe participants’ physical examinations and relied on their self-reports, sometimes long after the events they described. A key feature of this type of work, its interpretive nature, limits its generalizability,” they added.What happens during a physical assessment?Physical assessment or examination involves many procedures. All these contribute to a diagnosis that can be confirmed through diagnostic tests. First off, the doctor may need to conduct an interview for updated health history.The physician will ask certain questions related to healthy history, changes, and developments in health. These may include questions about the job, relationships, allergies, family history of illness, recent surgeries, supplements, and medicines.During the physical examination, the doctor will also check the patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse rate, and temperature. A visual exam will follow, which involves reviewing the patient’s appearance for any signs of possible conditions. A head-to-toe examination is done involving the head, eyes, beck, chest, abdomen, musculoskeletal system and nervous system functions.Aside from a visual exam, the doctor conducts palpation or touching parts of the body such as the abdomen, to determine abnormalities. Motor functions and reflexes are also included in the examination. Journal reference:Kelly, M.A, Freeman, L.K., and Dornan, T. (2019). Family Physicians’ Experiences of Physical Examination. Annals of Family Medicine. http://www.annfammed.org/content/17/4/304.full By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 10 2019Are you wondering if an annual or regular physical examination is still necessary? A new study reveals that it’s an integral part of relationship-centered care and detection of diseases early on.The increased availability of state-of-the-art and modern diagnostic technologies has sparked debate on whether the conventional physical examination is still needed in the clinical practice. One of the procedures done in clinics is physical examinations.Physical examination is a requirement not only in school admission, employment opportunities, or sports activities but also, in families. Family doctors play an important role in the conduct of these examinations to diagnose and treat many diseases.Otherwise known as medical examination or physical assessment, it’s a process that ensures that individuals stay in good health. Aside from this, it’s mainly a preventive process. Early detection and diagnosis of diseases will eventually lead to immediate treatment. Hence, it helps improve prognosis. As technology has gained ground in medicine and critics have called into question the diagnostic accuracy of physical examinations. Image Credit: Zetar Infinity / Shutterstocklast_img read more

UK bank bans bitcoin purchases via credit card

Citation: UK bank bans bitcoin purchases via credit card (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-uk-bank-bitcoin-credit-card.html Lloyds Banking Group on Monday joined major US banks in banning purchases of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via credit card amid debt and security concerns. Explore further © 2018 AFP Hold your horses on those card bitcoin purchases 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. An LBG spokesman said the ban was across its Lloyd Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA branded credit cards.In a brief statement, he said LBG does “not accept credit card transactions involving the purchase of cryptocurrencies”.Over the past few days, US lenders Bank of American, Citigroup and JPMorgan each introduced the same ban.There is a concern that customers who bought bitcoin late last year when crytocurrencies in general surged in value have been left with big losses following massive declines in recent weeks.On Monday, the price of bitcoin tumbled to $7,950, two months after breaking through the $20,000 mark.It comes as China plans to stamp out all remaining cryptocurrency trading in the country by blocking access to overseas-based websites and removing related applications from app stores.The international value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have plunged this year amid fears of a crackdown in Asia and concerns that many currencies’ rapid rise in value last year could reflect an bubble.-Bloomberg News contributed to this story – China looks to stamp out cryptocurrency trading read more

Why the business model of social media giants like Facebook is incompatible

Facebook, Google warn Singapore against ‘fake news’ law Provided by The Conversation Facebook has had a bad few weeks. The social media giant had to apologise for failing to protect the personal data of millions of users from being accessed by data mining company Cambridge Analytica. Outrage is brewing over its admission to spying on people via their Android phones. Its stock price plummeted, while millions deleted their accounts in disgust. Explore further This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 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. Read more: #MeToo is not enough: it has yet to shift the power imbalances that would bring about gender equality The bad and the uglyBut the social media “free speech” machines can create human rights difficulties. Those newly empowered voices are not necessarily desirable voices. The UN recently found that Facebook had been a major platform for spreading hatred against the Rohingya in Myanmar, which in turn led to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Video sharing site YouTube seems to automatically guide viewers to the fringiest versions of what they might be searching for. A search on vegetarianism might lead to veganism; jogging to ultra-marathons; Donald Trump’s popularity to white supremacist rants; and Hillary Clinton to 9/11 trutherism.YouTube, via its algorithm’s natural and probably unintended impacts, “may be one of the most powerful radicalising instruments of the 21st century”, with all the attendant human rights abuses that might follow.The business model and human rightsHuman rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade. Essentially, those models are based on the collection and use for marketing purposes of their users’ data. And the data they have is extraordinary in its profiling capacities, and in the consequent unprecedented knowledge base and potential power it grants to these private actors.Indirect political influence is commonly exercised, even in the most credible democracies, by private bodies such as major corporations. This power can be partially constrained by “anti-trust laws” that promote competition and prevent undue market dominance. Anti-trust measures could, for example, be used to hive off Instagram from Facebook, or YouTube from Google. But these companies’ power essentially arises from the sheer number of their users: in late 2017, Facebook was reported as having more than 2.2 billion active users. Anti-trust measures do not seek to cap the number of a company’s customers, as opposed to its acquisitions. Power through knowledgeIn 2010, Facebook conducted an experiment by randomly deploying a non-partisan “I voted” button into 61 million feeds during the US mid-term elections. That simple action led to 340,000 more votes, or about 0.14% of the US voting population. This number can swing an election. A bigger sample would lead to even more votes. So Facebook knows how to deploy the button to sway an election, which would clearly be lamentable. However, the mere possession of that knowledge makes Facebook a political player. It now knows that button’s the political impact, the types of people it is likely to motivate, and the party that’s favoured by its deployment and non-deployment, and at what times of day.It might seem inherently incompatible with democracy for that knowledge to be vested in a private body. Yet the retention of such data is the essence of Facebook’s ability to make money and run a viable business.MicrotargetingA study has shown that a computer knows more about a person’s personality than their friends or flatmates from an analysis of 70 “likes”, and more than their family from 150 likes. From 300 likes it can outperform one’s spouse. This enables the micro-targeting of people for marketing messages – whether those messages market a product, a political party or a cause. This is Facebook’s product, from which it generates billions of dollars. It enables extremely effective advertising and the manipulation of its users. This is so even without Cambridge Analytica’s underhanded methods.Advertising is manipulative: that is its point. Yet it is a long bow to label all advertising as a breach of human rights. Advertising is available to all with the means to pay. Social media micro-targeting has become another battleground where money is used to attract customers and, in the political arena, influence and mobilise voters. While the influence of money in politics is pervasive – and probably inherently undemocratic – it seems unlikely that spending money to deploy social media to boost an electoral message is any more a breach of human rights than other overt political uses of money. Yet the extraordinary scale and precision of its manipulative reach might justify differential treatment of social media compared to other advertising, as its manipulative political effects arguably undermine democratic choices. As with mass data collection, perhaps it may eventually be concluded that that reach is simply incompatible with democratic and human rights.’Fake news’Finally, there is the issue of the spread of misinformation. While paid advertising may not breach human rights, “fake news” distorts and poisons democratic debate. It is one thing for millions of voters to be influenced by precisely targeted social media messages, but another for maliciously false messages to influence and manipulate millions – whether paid for or not.In a Declaration on Fake News, several UN and regional human rights experts said fake news interfered with the right to know and receive information – part of the general right to freedom of expression. Its mass dissemination may also distort rights to participate in public affairs. Russia and Cambridge Analytica (assuming allegations in both cases to be true) have demonstrated how social media can be “weaponised” in unanticipated ways.Yet it is difficult to know how social media companies should deal with fake news. The suppression of fake news is the suppression of speech – a human right in itself. The preferred solution outlined in the Declaration on Fake News is to develop technology and digital literacy to enable readers to more easily identify fake news. The human rights community seems to be trusting that the proliferation of fake news in the marketplace of ideas can be corrected with better ideas rather than censorship.However, one cannot be complacent in assuming that “better speech” triumphs over fake news. A recent study concluded fake news on social media: “… diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.”Also, internet “bots” apparently spread true and false news at the same rate, which indicates that: “… false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.”The depressing truth may be that human nature is attracted to fake stories over the more mundane true ones, often because they satisfy predetermined biases, prejudices and desires. And social media now facilitates their wildfire spread to an unprecedented degree. Perhaps social media’s purpose – the posting and sharing of speech – cannot help but generate a distorted and tainted marketplace of fake ideas that undermine political debate and choices, and perhaps human rights.What next?It is premature to assert the very collection of massive amounts of data is irreconcilable with the right to privacy (and even rights relating to democratic governance). Similarly, it is premature to decide that micro-targeting manipulates the political sphere beyond the bounds of democratic human rights. Finally, it may be that better speech and corrective technology will help to undo fake news’ negative impacts: it is premature to assume that such solutions won’t work. However, by the time such conclusions may be reached, it may be too late to do much about it. It may be an example where government regulation and international human rights law – and even business acumen and expertise – lags too far behind technological developments to appreciate their human rights dangers. At the very least, we must now seriously question the business models that have emerged from the dominant social media platforms. Maybe the internet should be rewired from the grassroots, rather than be led by digital oligarchs’ business needs. Facebook has also faced scrutiny over its failure to prevent the spread of “fake news” on its platforms, including via an apparent orchestrated Russian propaganda effort to influence the 2016 US presidential election.Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance. But it might be that its business model – and those of its social media peers generally – is simply incompatible with human rights.The goodIn some ways, social media has been a boon for human rights – most obviously for freedom of speech. Previously, the so-called “marketplace of ideas” was technically available to all (in “free” countries), but was in reality dominated by the elites. While all could equally exercise the right to free speech, we lacked equal voice. Gatekeepers, especially in the form of the mainstream media, largely controlled the conversation. But today, anybody with internet access can broadcast information and opinions to the whole world. While not all will be listened to, social media is expanding the boundaries of what is said and received in public. The marketplace of ideas must effectively be bigger and broader, and more diverse.Social media enhances the effectiveness of non-mainstream political movements, public assemblies and demonstrations, especially in countries that exercise tight controls over civil and political rights, or have very poor news sources. Social media played a major role in co-ordinating the massive protests that brought down dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as large revolts in Spain, Greece, Israel, South Korea, and the Occupy movement. More recently, it has facilitated the rapid growth of the #MeToo and #neveragain movements, among others. Citation: Why the business model of social media giants like Facebook is incompatible with human rights (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-business-social-media-giants-facebook.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain read more

Report details how islamic state supporters use Telegram

first_img More information: Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram. extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/file … cryptedExtremism.pdf Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) want to use social media to share propaganda and their extremist narrative, but they also want to coordinate operations without being detected by law enforcement and investigative agencies. These two goals are fundamentally in conflict, according to a new report from the George Washington University Program on Extremism. Seamus Hughes (left), Bennett Clifford, Helen Powell and Nicholas Rasmussen discuss how Islamic State supporters use the encrypted messaging application Telegram. Credit: GW Program on Extremism Citation: Report details how islamic state supporters use Telegram (2019, June 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-islamic-state-telegram.html Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram Provided by George Washington University The Program on Extremism released its newest report, “Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram,” on Thursday. The report, authored by the program’s research fellow Bennett Clifford and GW Presidential Fellow Helen Powell, provides a comprehensive look at how IS sympathizers build global online networks, disseminate propaganda and guide operations using the encrypted messaging application Telegram. The report examined more than 630 pro-Islamic State channels and groups containing English-language content collected between June 2017 and October 2018.The authors participated in a panel discussion at the Elliott School of International Affairs following the release of the report. The event featured Mr. Clifford, Ms. Powell, and Nicholas Rasmussen, senior director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The event was moderated by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism.Telegram allows users to communicate through closed groups and forums, where content is not regulated by the platform. These closed groups limit members’ ability to recruit, but external approaches like public file sharing and use of public social media risk operational security and user privacy, according to the report.”When supporters do that, they potentially release information that could provide a link between their Telegram account and their presence elsewhere online, such as an IP address,” Mr. Clifford said.Over the past few years, companies like Twitter and Facebook have been pressured to crackdown on the spread of extremist content on social media platforms. The result means IS supporters are largely marginalized on Telegram, which is less accessible to the public compared to Twitter. How governments and the tech industry move forward from here should be carefully considered, Ms. Powell said.”Instead of trying to chase [IS supporters] from platform to platform… we should think a little smarter about how we can limit and confine extremism,” she said.Because supporters are continuously trying to conduct outreach and recruit new members, there will always be a public window into their online activities. Pushing users from Telegram to other platforms where monitoring might be more difficult may not be the best plan of action, Ms. Powell said.Governments should encourage Telegram to participate in industry-led forums and share insights and trends they observe with other tech companies to assist in their own monitoring. Telegram should also alert smaller companies when they observe IS supporters, known for their online adaptability, are increasingly linking to other platforms, Ms. Powell said.The report looked at hashtags used by IS supporters on Telegram and found that discussion of terrorist attacks in the west was notably absent. Supporters fundamentally focused on what was happening on the ground in Syria and Iraq in light of the territorial collapse of the caliphate, Mr. Clifford said. Supporters have refocused on Islamic State military activities, attempts to ensure online network resilience and supplementing official propaganda with user-produced content.Mr. Rasmussen said this report will arm governments with useful and publicly-available information to tackle the challenges they face with isolating online extremism.”ISIS continues to represent a global enterprise…the physical defeat of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria does not change that reality,” he said. “I think it’s important to bring that home to the public and the broader policy community so that’s not lost even amidst the success we’ve enjoyed against ISIS.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

After This Young Monkey Got Hit by a Car Monkey Strangers Comforted

first_img Left: Pipo screams from the tree days after being abandoned. Right: Pipo sits on the ground. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) This seemed to attract the attention of another group of macaques. “At 14:40, a neighbouring group (MonkeyWatch Group) arrived,” Campbell wrote. “A juvenile approached Pipo, inspected his injuries, and groomed him. Approximately 20 min later, an adult male also approached and groomed Pipo. When MonkeyWatch Group left the area later in the day, Pipo left with them. He did not scream again after MonkeyWatch Group arrived.” Image Gallery: Sneezin’ Snub-Nosed Monkeys Precious Primates: Images of Chimeric Monkeys Even monkeys know it’s right to care for strangers in need. (Or maybe their parents just didn’t teach the helpers about “stranger danger.”) In a new paper published in the July issue of the journal Primates, scientists document for the first time Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) fostering an older juvenile macaque — a stranger to them — after finding him lost and hurt on the side of the road days after he had been struck by a car inside a park in Morocco. The monkeys groomed and cared for the injured juvenile, named Pipo and almost 3 years old, and socialized with him until he was healed and ready to return to his own group. The observation was surprising, study author Liz Campbell, a zoologist at the University of Oxford, wrote in the journal article, because “intergroup encounters at this [national park in Morocco] range from immediate withdrawal by one group to lengthy, sometimes aggressive, contests.”Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65917-macaque-comfort-monkey-child.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Researchers had never seen monkey strangers getting along like this before. [8 Human-Like Behaviors of Primates] That was good news for Pipo. After a car struck him on March 20, 2018, Campbell wrote, he retreated to a nearby tree while other members of his home group looked on. “Several group members displayed affiliation towards him, and a juvenile sat with him and groomed him as he appeared to be losing consciousness,” she wrote. “At approximately 17:35 (1 hour before sunset), his group left for their sleeping trees, but Pipo was left behind in the tree.” The next day, Pipo was nowhere to be found, Campbell wrote, and she and her colleagues assumed he had died. But on March 22, she wrote, “he was found in the same tree, alone and screaming repeatedly. He later left the tree to feed on the ground but continued screaming intermittently, then returned to the trees.” Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo Photos: Adorable and Amazing Guenon Monkey Faces The young monkey from the neighboring group grooms Pipo and appears to inspect his injuries. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Pipo ended up hanging out with the MonkeyWatch group for four months, long after his injuries appeared to have healed, according to Campbell. During that time, he was “fully integrated” into the new group’s social structure and got along with them before eventually departing and returning to his home group. This finding is also good news for Barbary macaques as a species, Campbell wrote. There are only about 10,000 individuals left in the wild, and their numbers have fallen significantly in recent years. Poaching is a significant problem, with monkeys removed from the wild and sold into the pet trade at 150% the rate the population could sustain, according to a 2008 study in the journal Traffic Bulletin. Efforts to restore wild Barbary macaque populations rely on the hope that young poached macaques, often very young monkeys, can be returned to groups they weren’t born into, where strangers can take care of them. (Adult males of this species especially love babies and often “sandwich” them in three-way male-baby-male group hugs, Campbell wrote.) But up until this point, researchers had assumed that only baby monkeys and very young juveniles were candidates for this sort of rehabilitation. Pipo’s case suggests, Campbell wrote, that older juveniles might also be able to return to the wild to live with groups of strangers.last_img read more