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Vast fatberg found in sewer and the photos are a complete horror

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice $999 $210 at Best Buy 0 See it 10 Photos $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It Welcome to sewer hell.  South West Water The fatberg menace continues to haunt the UK. South West Water, which services an area in southern England, discovered a fatberg clogging up the sewers in Devon, and it’s a whopper. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) When fatbergs attack Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Random,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express It will take a sewer team about eight weeks to remove the massive fatberg using high-pressure jets, shovels and pickaxes.In case you’re not grossed out enough already, you can tour the horrifying lump in 360 degrees on Facebook. Want more? The Museum of London offers a live video feed of a chunk of fatberg to feed your nightmares. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Wacky science images from the Getty (pictures) $60 at Best Buy $999 Turo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Tags Rylo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon Amazon The Cheapskate Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET The 210-foot (64 meter) fatberg is part of a modern problem where old sewer systems get packed full of congealed lumps of cooking oil, diapers, wipes and grease. London unveiled a particularly epic fatberg in 2017. The monstrous masses have to be physically removed from their lairs.”Fortunately, the fatberg has had no impact on Sidmouth’s excellent bathing water quality and has been discovered in good time,” South West Water reported Tuesday.. The utility reminded customers to only flush the “3Ps”: pee, paper and poo. See It $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Help name this disgusting 140-ton sewer fatberg Putrid fatberg is museum’s ‘most disgusting display ever’ See It Comments Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.last_img read more

Redmi Note 7S price in India confuses buyers Is it worth buying

first_imgXiaomi released the Redmi Note 7S in India on Monday, making it their third Redmi Note this year. This budget smartphone comes as a rebranded version of Redmi Note 7, which was released in China recently. The Redmi 7S starts at Rs. 10,999 and comes in three colours – Ruby Red, Onyx Black and Sapphire Blue.Redmi Note 7S retains the 48-megapixel camera from the Redmi Note 7 and looks nearly the same, barring the notch. Considering the specs, it provides good value for the money. However, Xiaomi has faced some scepticism from the public because of their recent launches. Just Rs. 1,000 apart, the Note 7S sits right between the Rs. 9,999 Redmi Note 7 and the Rs. 11,999 Redmi Note 7 Pro.Redmi Note 7S sports a glass back with the Aura design. The 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2340 resolution) drop notch display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, clocking up to 2.2GHz and an Adreno 512 GPU takes care of the graphics. A large 4,000mAh battery backs up the phone and ensures a day-long charge, but real-world tests are subject to change. Its top-end model is priced at Rs. 12,999 and sports 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64GB storage capacity. The cheaper model shaves RAM to 3GB and storage to 32GB. The Xiaomi Redmi 7S has about the same specs as the Note 7. Here’s what is Xiaomi up to.Redmi India – TwitterIt has been reported that the 48-megapixel camera takes only 12-megapixel photos on Auto mode. Its potential is unlocked in the Pro mode, which has a smattering of dials and cranks to change the aperture and other variables. The front camera sits in a drop notch and features a 13-megapixel sensor with AI portrait mode support.The phone connects using a Type-C port and supports Quick Charge 4. The hybrid dual SIM/microSD slot is a neat addition. The Redmi Note 7S features a fingerprint sensor on the back, AI Face unlock and an IR blaster. A P2i splash-resistant coating means the phone can handle light rain but don’t consider dropping it in a bucket full of water. Additionally, it ships with dual channel Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, GPS, and an FM radio. It has a light sensor, a proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.Is it worth buying?If considering between the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7S, we would recommend saving the extra Rs. 1,000 and going for the Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a pretty good option for those willing to shell out Rs. 13,999 for the better processors and camera. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

FACT CHECK How Does Paul Ryans Case For Tax Cuts Match The

first_imgHouse Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is moving close to victory. After a frustrating year in which Republicans who control Congress failed to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is moving closer to approving its first major legislation of 2017.The House and Senate have passed differing versions of the measure — the Senate narrowly passed its bill early Saturday morning. The two bills now are to be reconciled and sent to President Trump’s desk.In an NPR interview Thursday, Ryan offered a detailed defense of the tax bill. What follows are some of Ryan’s statements, in bold — and some of the facts behind them.“We wanted a middle-class tax cut. We wanted to have a system that’s more fair, much simpler.”There is no reason to doubt that this was one of Ryan’s goals. Helping the middle class is the lodestar for politicians in both parties. Ryan rarely misses a chance to note his roots in blue-collar Janesville, Wis., and the bill does reduce tax rates for the middle class.However, Ryan was working with President Trump, who wanted a tax cut for corporations. Ryan said the bill was “designed” as a middle-class tax cut, but the core of the resulting bill is really the corporate tax cut. Republicans also were determined to lower tax rates for the wealthiest individuals and abolish the estate tax, paid only by individuals who leave more than $5.49 million to their heirs.Because congressional rules limit the overall size of the tax cut, tax relief for businesses and the wealthy leaves fewer savings to spread around to everyone else.“The average tax cut for a middle-class family is going to be $1,182.”The key word is “average.” Some middle-class families will indeed see a tax cut. Others in the very same income brackets will not. Why the difference? It’s because of how the House went about that goal of making the tax code “much simpler.”The bill increases the standard deduction for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. That amounts to a tax cut for them. But the bill also eliminates deductions taken by many who itemize. Those people may face higher tax bills.For example, NPR recently reported on the effect of eliminating a tax deduction for medical expenses. In our interview, Ryan downplayed the effects of this change.“[The person claiming it] is typically a higher-income person. … You have to make a pretty good amount of money before you can even enjoy the ability to use that tax deduction.”NPR health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak has reported otherwise. In a Nov. 17 report, Kodjak noted that the deduction — which can only be claimed when medical expenses not covered by insurance exceed 10 percent of your income — is commonly used by many parents of disabled children and the elderly on fixed incomes.“The IRS says about 9 million people take the deduction,” she reports. “And their median income is about $55,000 a year.”Eliminating deductions like this are what make room for big items like the corporate tax cut — and remember, it’s all connected. Tax cuts tend to increase the federal deficit, and congressional rules limit how much Republicans can do that. So a tax cut in one part of the economy may need to be offset by higher taxes in another.“This [tax bill] is going to produce economic growth. The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, showed that because of the tax relief in this bill and the pro-growth provisions in this bill, particularly for businesses to expense and hire and build more factories in America, that will lead to about $1 trillion in additional revenue because of faster economic growth.”First, the Tax Foundation is not a “nonpartisan think tank,” as Ryan suggests. It’s actually right-leaning.David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and the The Wall Street Journal — who also questioned the Tax Foundation’s point of view (it’s “nominally nonpartisan,” he said, but “clearly anti-tax”) — noted there is “general agreement” among economists that some parts of the tax plan will “encourage more business investment.”A provision making it easier to write off new investments should be particularly helpful, for example. What about a plan to cut the top business tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent? That’s “probably a plus for investment,” Wessel said, “but it rewards profits on old investments — not what we should want to do. It is also creating a huge [budget] hole that will have to be filled with tax hikes or spending cuts down the road.”In other words, no, it won’t pay for itself. Ryan claims $1 trillion in additional revenue, but the Joint Committee on Taxation says the bill will actually cost $1 trillion.“I come from Wisconsin. The biggest company … headquartered in Wisconsin used to be Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls is now an Irish company. Their worldwide tax rate is 12.5 percent, because they became an Irish company, not 35 percent. … We better get competitive with the way we tax our businesses.”Here, analyst David Wessel acknowledges the problem, but questions the solution.“Yes, the current tax code encourages companies to move abroad,” Wessel said. “That’s why do many are doing it. But is the right strategy the race to the bottom? They cut their tax rates, so we cut ours, so then what do they do?”“I don’t think [the tax bill] will increase the deficit.”Ryan can only say that this is what he thinks. It is very hard to prove that tax cuts produce so much economic growth that people end up paying more taxes than they were before.Congressional budget scorekeepers are now using “dynamic scoring,” in which they attempt to forecast the effects of tax changes on tax revenue, but analyses of the Senate bill showed it would come up far short of paying for itself.In fact, not a single nonpartisan analysis — from the Joint Committee on Taxation to the Tax Policy Center to the Congressional Budget Office — has found this to be the case for the bills going through Congress.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has also promised the tax cuts will pay for themselves, but his department was unable to produce an analysis to back him up.For all of his faith in tax cuts and growth, Ryan could only go so far in our interview.“I’m telling you, that’s what I believe will happen,” he said. “I’m not going to tell you I’m sure.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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Baytown Police Officer Fatally Shoots Woman After Struggle Over Taser

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:43 The Brixton Apartments via Google MapThe fatal incident happened on the evening of May 13, 2019, at The Brixton Apartments complex, located at 1601 Garth Road, in Baytown. Listencenter_img A Baytown police officer fatally shot a woman who police said grabbed his Taser and used it against him. The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston.Baytown Police DepartmentBooking photo of Pamela Turner.The Baytown Police Department said the woman’s name is Pamela Turner and she was 44 years old. Although Turner seemed to say she was pregnant during the incident, which was recorded on video, the Police Department said on Tuesday afternoon that the autopsy determined she wasn’t pregnant.Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest Turner, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because he knew she had outstanding warrants.Dorris said the officer, an 11-year veteran of the police department, opened fire after Turner grabbed the officer’s Taser and used it against him.In the video, Turner is heard saying “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house.” Turner is on the ground and appears to reach toward the officer when she seems to be heard saying “I’m pregnant.” Moments later the officer fires five shots, killing her. Dorris said the officer didn’t suffer serious injuries.“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” Dorris said. “Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer.”Dorris added that police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting. Xlast_img read more

Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule

first_img Explore further Toshiba Announces 51GB Triple-Layer HD DVD-ROM Disc (Phys.org)—Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen, part of a group known as Creative Time, has created a gold-plated crystalline silicon disc with bit mapped re-creations of photographs etched onto its surface. The disc is to serve as a form of time capsule that will orbit Earth for billions of years—if all goes according to plan. The disc, containing 100 images and referred to as the “Last Pictures” project, has been attached to the EchoStar XVI satellite, scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime over the next few months. © 2012 Phys.org The idea behind the project is to provide a record of human existence to intelligent life forms—as yet undiscovered—from other parts of the galaxy. The group at Creative Time notes on their website that they expect human civilization to disappear long before the disc is destroyed by the Sun, five billion years from now when the Sun becomes a red giant. They believe the disc, along with its images, will survive. Because, unlike the copper discs sent with the Voyager spacecraft, it’s made of silicon which has a crystalline structure.Paglen has been assembling the collection of pictures for nearly five years, speaking with scientists, artists, geologists, philosophers and mathematicians about ways in which to represent the history of Earth’s people. Despite his work, Paglen has also spoken publicly about his belief that no one will ever find the disc and view his work. Also, his assumption that the disc will survive in orbit for billions of years might have one fatal flaw: it’s quite possible that scientists will develop a method to clear the space debris circling the planet, consequently removing the EchoStar XVI satellite from its geosynchronous orbit long before we as a civilization go extinct. Which, of course, is also not a certainty. The pictures aren’t meant to offer a chronological history of the planet or of the human beings that evolved to become its dominant species. Instead, they are meant to convey a sense of who we are in the event that “anyone else” ever wants to know. Citation: Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule (2012, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-artist-picture-disc-orbit-capsule.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Last Splash at Wet n Wild Orlando as famed water park

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img ‘The Last Splash’ at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando as famed water park closes Dec. 31 Tags: Florida, Orlando, Universal Studios ORLANDO — Thrill seekers are taking their last rides down the waterslides at Wet n’ Wild Orlando as the longest-operating water park in the U.S. gets ready to permanently close its doors Dec. 31.“For more than 30 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been the water park where endless numbers of families and friends have created memories that will last a lifetime,” says Ashley Reyes, Marketing Manager for Wet n’ Wild Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay, in a Universal Orlando Resort blog post.Opened in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando was bought by Universal in 1998.Reyes added that “the excitement and thrills Wet ‘n Wild has offered will continue at Universal’s Volcano Bay, a next-generation water theme park opening next summer.”There’s speculation that many of the newer attractions at Wet n’ Wild will reappear in a new format at Universal’s Volcano Bay, located just across the street.Universal’s Volcano Bay is scheduled to open in early summer 2017, spread across 30 acres. At the heart of Volcano Bay there’s the 200-foot-tall volcano Krakatau. By night the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAccording to a report by the Themed Entertainment Association, Wet ‘n Wild ranked fourth among the Top 20 water parks in North America, bringing in nearly 1.3 million visitors in 2014.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

Weird But True Microsoft Is Developing a StressMonitoring Bra

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now » Women who are concerned about stress-induced overeating already have a lot of reasons to stress out, and now they have to another thing to worry about: their undergarments tattling on their moods.Or, maybe it’s a good thing.Researchers at Microsoft have developed a bra that they claim helps to regulate stress eating by monitoring the wearer’s vital signs and moods. The goal of the high-tech underwear is to help reduce stress eating by making the woman wearing it more aware of when she is anxious and likely to overindulge in an effort to make herself feel better.The high-tech bra uses sensor pads with battery-powered microprocessors that sample up to eight bio-signal channels simultaneously, gathering information such as heart rate and respiration, skin conductance and movement, according to a report from Discovery. The pads use EKG sensors, electrodermal activity sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to gather data, which is then streamed to a smartphone app and the researchers’ computer.The test subjects recorded their own moods on the smartphone app, and the scientists used that data, along with the data collected from the bra-sensors, to predict physiological changes that accompany eating and stress.Mary Czerwinski, a cognitive psychologist and senior researcher in visualization and interaction at Microsoft, presented her findings at the Society for Affective Computing’s recent conference, in a paper titled “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating.””It’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, and it turns out that a bra is perfect for measuring EKG (electrocardiogram),” she said. “We tried to do the same thing for men’s underwear but it was too far away (from the heart).”The other problem the researchers encountered was that the sensors’ batteries only lasted about four hours before needing to be recharged. Czerwinski’s next focus will be to find another part of the body that can be used to monitor moods with similar physiological accuracy, but requiring less work.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. –shares Next Article 2 min read December 10, 2013 Katherine Gray Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Weird But True: Microsoft Is Developing a Stress-Monitoring Bralast_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

Genesys Calls All Customer Experience Professionals to Denver June 10 to 13

first_imgGenesys Calls All Customer Experience Professionals to Denver June 10 to 13 to New Signature Event, Xperience19 PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 2:28 pmMay 3, 2019 Make Every Moment Count at the Premier Customer Event of the YearGenesys, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, has announced its new signature event, Xperience19, will kick off June 10 in Denver, Colorado. This annual conference unites experts from organizations of all types and sizes who share a commitment to transforming mundane customer service into remarkable experiences.If there was ever an expert in creating magical moments, it’s world-renowned photographer and Xperience19 keynote speaker, Platon. Throughout his exceptional career, Platon has captured history-making moments for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and TIME. On the Xperience19 stage, Platon will take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions – from laughter to tears – with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos. He answers the question, “Who is this person?”Also speaking is Dave Carroll, a Canadian songwriter, author, social media pioneer and the creator of a one-in-a-billion story, United Breaks Guitars. Carroll will address why empowering people to deliver moments of connection is so important in a digital world.Marketing Technology News: NICE Workforce Management AI Based Strategic Planner Receives CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year AwardIn addition, several marquee Genesys customers will present, including Uber, Whirlpool, Ticketmaster, Voya Financial and Alberta Motor Association. These companies will share how the cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital channels are helping them connect every touchpoint in the customer journey and driving business performance. Xperience19 will also shine a spotlight on the human side of customer service by recognizing agents from MyBudget, Crisis Services Canada and Bradesco Next, who are Genesys CX Heroes for going above and beyond to make a real difference in people’s lives.The immersive event enables attendees to create their own customer experience curriculum by choosing from more than 80 educational tracks, breakouts and activities. Business leaders, sales and marketing professionals, contact center managers and developers can delve into topics including predictive capabilities, customer and employee experience, cloud and more. Deep-dive breakout sessions will also cover the importance of blending the human touch with disruptive technologies to provide optimal service.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Says Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers in Order to Remain Competitive TodayCo-located with Xperience19 is the annual Genesys DevCon, a hands-on technical conference for the developer community. Led by Genesys developers, DevCon is designed to help customers quickly innovate through the company’s software development kits (SDK) and open APIs.“Our new conference name, Xperience19, is reflective of our goal to make every moment count. This year, we’ll show attendees how immersive, experiential service is the new standard for every customer, every time,” said Merijn te Booij, chief marketing officer of Genesys. “No other event gives attendees a more comprehensive playbook to empower their employees and turn conversations with customers into the best-connected moments across marketing, sales and service.”Register for Xperience19 and DevCon before May 15 and save $300! Spend June 10 to June 13 at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center learning, connecting and sharing all things related to customer experience. Follow the excitement on popular social networks and stay connected with the hashtag #Xpr19.Marketing Technology News: Enterprise Bank & Trust Partners with Bounteous and Acquia to Launch Brand New Marketing and Technology Experience Artificial Intelligencecustomer experienceGenesysGenesys CX HeroesGenesys DevConMarketing TechnologyNewsXperience19 Previous ArticleNew Mavenlink Study Finds Business, Competition, and Customer Expectations Rising Significantly for Services FirmsNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Dr. Vasco Pedro, CEO, Unbabellast_img read more

Acquia Unveils Faster Easier Personalization for Marketers

first_img AcquiaAcquia Engage Europedata-driven personalizationDrupalMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalization Previous ArticleConnatix Announces Launch of Elements, the First Online Video Platform with Built-in Revenue for PublishersNext ArticleAdobe Experience Platform Taps AI-Triggered Analytics to Boost Real-Time CXM Acquia Unveils Faster, Easier Personalization for Marketers Business WireJune 18, 2019, 4:44 pmJuly 2, 2019 Announced at Acquia Engage Europe; the Only Personalization Tool Optimized for Drupal Helps Marketers Build and Launch No-Code Personalizations for Superior Digital ExperiencesAcquia announced the all-new Acquia Lift, the only personalization tool optimized for Drupal, now available as a no-code application to help marketers quickly and easily optimize customer experiences. The new product was unveiled at Acquia Engage Europe, where attendees got a first look at Acquia’s data-driven personalization solution.“As a non-profit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates, we pride ourselves on offering convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes”To meet customer expectations, marketers recognize the need to offer more personalized experiences. However, research shows nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of marketers globally feel like technology has made it harder, not easier, to do this.The latest release of Acquia Lift addresses this challenge head-on with a unified and marketer-ready interface, allowing users to execute all profile management, segmentation, and personalization activities in a single place. Anyone — regardless of technical acumen — can point, click, and personalize without any code.“In this competitive, fast-paced market, we know how important it is for businesses to be agile enough to quickly deliver relevant, customized content to users,” said Shareen Campbell, Head of Global Partnerships & Alliances, EPAM. “As an Acquia Global Select Partner, we’re excited to leverage Acquia Lift’s new capabilities and continue to enhance our clients’ digital platforms and customer experiences through personalization.”Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“As a non-profit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates, we pride ourselves on offering convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes,” said Debbie Kenemer, Executive Director, Digital Marketing at Community Health Network. “Our digital properties have to be equally focused on our patients and their needs. Acquia Lift helps us better understand our site visitors and put more relevant and specific information and services in front of them, increasing the opportunities that help them live healthier while also securing the care and information that’s important.”New key capabilities for Acquia Lift include:Simple campaign creation — enabling marketers to create complex personalization campaigns in three simple stepsTesting and targeting with no code — powering the creation and launch of website personalization without technical skillClearly defined personalization campaign types — users can launch A/B tests, target personalizations to specific audiences, or recommend content across a series of sessions to deliver the best possible experienceEnhanced scheduling — helping marketing teams align personalizations to events, promotions, sales, and press activitiesReal-time dashboards and advanced analytics — providing the ability to quickly review activities and metrics for both optimizing and validating marketing investmentMarketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference“In today’s world, personalization is at the core of successful customer experiences. As a result, we have seen rapid adoption of Acquia Lift, which is now used by leading brands like Wendy’s, Bayer, and BlueCross BlueShield,” said Dries Buytaert, Acquia co-founder and CTO. “Most organizations know that personalization is no longer optional, but put it off because it can be difficult. Acquia Lift, in combination with our other solutions, solves that. It provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use, platform that drives real business results – helping you understand your customers, and improve engagement with relevant, personalized content.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customerslast_img read more

boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the

first_img boostrcrmNewsPatrick O’LearySiloed Ad Sales Previous ArticleBlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ AwardsNext ArticleBlackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS) PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 10:05 pmJuly 16, 2019 boostr, the first of its kind, next-generation CRM platform designed specifically for media & advertising companies, announced that its omni-channel order management system (OMS) is officially out of beta and generally available, enabling media companies to improve their revenue management.boostr’s OMS solves challenges with order management across insertion order (IO) and programmatic sales, enabling margin protection, simplified media planning, efficiencies trafficking orders and month end close. The boostr OMS also allows for single IO across multiple ad tech systems and trafficking automation with integrations to leading ad tech platforms, including: Google Ad Manager, Rubicon, SpotX, AdX and Netsuite.Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketing“We’d been searching for a holistic system that would serve the needs of Sales, Revenue Operations and Finance. We were thrilled to finally find that solution in boostr’s CRM+OMS platform.” – John Price, VP Revenue Operations, Complex Mediaboostr is the only end-to-end platform covering pre and post sales with a complete, omnichannel CRM and OMS. With boostr’s revolutionary platform media companies can achieve higher profitability by creating sales efficiency, improving forecast accuracy and growing revenue.Marketing Technology News: Relationship Intelligence Platform Affinity Hires Four New Vice Presidents“Publishers have suffered long enough dealing with too much complexity across direct and indirect channels. Over 75% of publishers are running at average or below average efficiency and their teams spend 40% less time selling than their peers in other industries. Their operations and siloed systems haven’t been able to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the advertising industry until now,” said Patrick O’Leary, CEO of boostr. “Finally, ad sales and operations teams can manage the pitch to pay process end-to-end in one platform and see real time how the business is performing across all channels.  The days of managing silo’d systems, dealing with integration headaches and inconsistent data across CRM and OMS are over!”O’Leary continued, “We couldn’t be more excited by the market reception for our groundbreaking solution, partnering with industry leaders who’ve chosen boostr, such as Complex Media, Electronic Arts, Draft Kings, Trusted Media Brands, Gear Patrol and Clique Media.”Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Marketlast_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

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

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

Airbus Boeing fly into lucrative services market

Boeing announces service orders worth nearly $1 billion ‘Very intense’ fightThe fierce rivals play up their intimate knowledge of the aircraft they produce as an advantage in providing after-sales support over others who could provide the services, including the airlines themselves.”We know best our aircraft because we have designed it,” Airbus head of services Laurent Martinez told AFP.”We have all the capabilities to support the airlines’ operations and to have the competitive edge in terms of spare parts.”Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the US firm currently only has a seven percent market share in the sector, and there was plenty of room for growth.”The products we have today can only address about 30 percent of this market,” he said at the recent Singapore Airshow. 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. Airbus’ Martinez said the Asia-Pacific is expected to account for 40 percent of the services market over the next two decades, with the region’s aircraft fleet set to almost triple by 2036 In Singapore, Airbus’s wholly-owned subsidiary Satair Group has an 11,000 square metre (118,000 square foot) warehouse to house spare parts While booming demand for air travel across has seen the world’s top plane makers ramp up production, it is the multi-billion-dollar after-sales service market that is taking an increasing amount of their attention.The aircraft titans are aggressively expanding their presence in the sector, which is dominated by maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft but also covers other services, from training to parts supply.The European and American firms have long done some business in after-sales support, but they are now moving to win greater market share and take on other players like Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and US-based AAR.”The services market is more lucrative than actual aircraft sales because it has more potential and it covers many different spectrums,” said Shukor Yusof, an analyst with aviation research firm Endau Analytics in Malaysia.”Boeing and Airbus—they have to be part of it. When you sell an aircraft, it’s in your interest to have a full package of after-market services.”Boeing predicts that the value of the approximately 41,000 planes that will be delivered worldwide over the next 20 years will be around $6 trillion—while the demand for services to support this fleet will be worth around $8.5 trillion. The European and American firms have long done some business in after-sales support, but they are now moving to win greater market share and take on other players like Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and US-based AAR Citation: Airbus, Boeing fly into lucrative services market (2018, May 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-airbus-boeing-lucrative.html Parts are arranged on towering shelves in brown, yellow and orange boxes, and range from a main landing gear for an A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a washer worth one cent Both Airbus and Boeing also have major pilot training centres in Singapore. Airbus and Boeing may have built their global success on the back of the transcontinental airliners but they are now eyeing a lucrative if rather less glamorous side of the aviation sector in their battle to dominate the skies—parts and repairs. In Singapore, Airbus’s wholly-owned subsidiary Satair Group has an 11,000 square metre (118,000 square foot) warehouse to house spare parts.They are arranged on towering shelves in brown, yellow and orange boxes, and range from a main landing gear for an A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a washer worth one cent. They can be dispatched from the warehouse—Airbus’s biggest such facility in Asia, and second-biggest in the world—within four hours of receiving an order, with plans to further slash the waiting time.Airbus, whose revenues from services hit $3.2 billion in 2017, 18 percent higher than the previous year, plans to expand the facility by 8,000 square metres next year. Explore further “So if this market grows about five percent per year as we focus more on developing new products, we expect to see dramatic growth in our business.”The Singapore Airshow highlighted the growing importance of the sector.The largest deals at the show, the biggest in Asia, were not plane orders but contracts worth nearly $1 billion signed by Boeing’s dedicated global services unit, which was launched last year as its vehicle to expand into the after-sales market.Both companies are focusing on Asia-Pacific due to explosive growth of the aviation sector in an increasingly affluent region where many people are flying for the first time.Airbus’ Martinez said Asia-Pacific is expected to account for 40 percent of the services market over the next two decades, with the region’s aircraft fleet set to almost triple by 2036.The fight for after-sales services market share between Boeing and Airbus will likely be every bit as fierce as their battle for aircraft orders.Competition “is going to be very, very tough—very intense”, said analyst Shukor. © 2018 AFP 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

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