Panel Launches Study of Precollege Role for NIH

first_imgThe deck may be stacked against his panel in terms of its narrow focus and limited resources available. But Clyde Yancy thinks he still has a few cards to play in tackling the politically sensitive question of whether the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should wade into the swirling waters of precollege science education.Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University’s medical school and a former president of the American Heart Association, is leading a new NIH-sponsored study into how the agency might improve the pool of talent going into biomedical research. The panel’s relatively fuzzy charge from NIH Director Francis Collins is to “optimize NIH’s precollege programs” so that they “both align with the NIH mission and ensure a continued pipeline of biomedical science students and professionals.” So the first job of the panel, a working group of a permanent advisory body made up of NIH institute directors and prominent outsiders, will be to identify the connection between precollege activities and strengthening the pipeline and then define NIH’s role in both spheres.The panel’s work marks something of a departure for NIH. For decades, the agency has argued that its primary mission is to fund research that will enhance the nation’s health, and it has focused its education and training efforts at the graduate and undergraduate level. The daunting challenge of improving a K-12 educational system that fails to deliver basic scientific literacy to millions of students, and lags behind much of the industrial world, has typically fallen to other U.S. science agencies, which have much smaller annual budgets than the $30 billion NIH receives. Last year, NIH even eliminated its tiny Office of Science Education, and it took an act of Congress to preserve the Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA), NIH’s sole program aimed at precollege students. 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In response, they debated whether the panel should look into some likely causes, from inadequate teacher preparation and scant in-school training to a subpar curriculum and flabby standards.In brief opening comments, Collins warned them away from going in that direction. “We do not have a congressional mandate to do general science communications,” he told the panel. Principal Deputy NIH Director Lawrence Tabak made an even more pointed plea. “It’s important to make the whole world scientifically literate,” he told them. “It feels good, and it’s the right thing to do. But that’s not your charge. We can’t boil the ocean.”At the same time, Collins told the panel that his concerns about the quality of the workforce are rooted in the fact that “we are missing out … on attracting the best minds” into the scientific enterprise. That problem arises, he believes, because “way too much science is taught in a dull way” and fails to hold the attention of students in secondary school, when they are beginning to think about possible careers.Members of the panel, officially called the working group on Pre-College Engagement in Biomedical Science, also weighed how much emphasis to place on the need to diversify the scientific workforce to sustain U.S. global leadership in science. While Collins told the panel that he’s worried about attracting enough smart students into science because “we have a mandate to ensure a strong pipeline,” the charge doesn’t specifically discuss ways to attract minorities and women into the field.One NIH institute director and panel member said the need to focus on diversity was clear to him. “There is no compelling evidence that we don’t have enough people who want to go into biomedical research,” asserted Alan Guttmacher, head of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “I also don’t think that the quality of the pipeline is a problem. It’s really a question of who these people are, and how do we use the K-12 lever to do something to diversify the biomedical workforce.”After the meeting, Tabak said that the omission of diversity was not meant to play down its importance. “We haven’t explicitly mentioned underrepresented minorities in the charge, but the data are unambiguous,” Tabak told ScienceInsider. “There are true gaps in the educational opportunities afforded to them. And if you make the pipeline more diverse, you’re going to strengthen it.”Yancy, the panel’s chair, thinks the two issues are distinct but related. “Diversity is not central to our study, but it’s a necessary component for our deliberations,” he told ScienceInsider after the meeting. “I think the real driver for our initiative is the realization that the most talented U.S. students are inclined to waive careers in traditional science and math, and that we need to do better to attract our most talented K-12 students to consider careers in STEM fields.”In his talk, Collins also added a third constraint to the panel’s activities: NIH hasn’t set aside any new money for any initiative the panel might recommend. NIH officials are hoping that SEPA will become the vehicle for NIH’s precollege activities. Right now the primary goal of its 67 projects, as the program’s website explains, is to “improve student understanding of the health sciences in K-12 education, and increase the public’s understanding of science.”Yancy says he is impressed with some of the data presented by SEPA’s Tony Beck on projects that have helped grease the path into science and engineering for students. He would like the panel to look at the feasibility of scaling up those projects with an eye toward building up the workforce. And while Yancy thinks that cost “is an important filter that should be introduced on day one,” he says it should not limit the panel’s thinking.“I agree that $18 million a year is pretty sparse,” he says about SEPA’s current budget. “But as a clinician, if there are randomized data that would allow us to go from a pilot study to a phase 3 clinical trial, and if the results are good, then we would have to come back to Francis Collins, and say, ‘This needs to be exported to other communities and ramped up.’ Now there will be an additional cost, but that cost will generate the outcome you are looking for. …  But we may also discover that it won’t cost any more money.”The panel is expected to produce its report by the end of the year. And Collins acknowledged the problems they will face when he reminded them that he counts on the advisory board “to tackle challenging topics without easy answers.”last_img read more

CWG: Narang, Sayyed win gold, Bindra, Sarnobat bag silver

first_imgIndian shooters fired their way to five medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Wednesday, with Gagan Narang and Anisa Sayyed grabbing gold and Abhinav Bindra and Rahi Sarnobat clinching silver.World champion Narang fired a perfect 600 to equal his world record and win the men’s 10m individual air rifle title. His compatriot and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra finished second.Narang’s overall tally was 703.6 while Bindra shot a total of 698. UK’s James Huckle settled for the bronze medal.Narang and Bindra had teamed up on Tuesday to get India the gold in the 10m air rifle pairs event. It was the country’s first gold medal in CWG 2010.More glory came India’s way on Wednesday when Sayyed shot to the gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sarnobat won the silver.Sayyed ended with a total score of 786.8, a new Games record, while Sarnobot got 781. The two had on Tuesday won the gold in the women’s 25m pairs event.In the double trap men’s pairs event, Ronjon Singh Sodhi and Asher Noria clinched the silver medal. Sodhi scored 95 while Noria secured 93. The gold was taken away by UK.  Sodhi had recently clinched the gold in the world double trap shooting championship in Italy while Noria was crowned as the junior world champion.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

After note ban, GST dents India Inc profits: Icra

first_imgMumbai, Aug 29 (PTI) Introduction of the GST has hurt revenue growth and led to a major contraction in profit margins for India Inc, which was just coming out of the demonetisation reverses, a report said today.The growth in aggregate revenues of 448 companies slowed down to 5.3 per cent over the preceding January-March period as against the 8.3 per cent growth witnessed for the quarter-ago period and 10.6 per cent in the year-ago period, said the report by domestic ratings agency Icra.It was a much pronounced impact on the bottomlines, with the margins contracting by as much as 1.80 per cent to 15.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis, one of the slowest in many years, the report said.”Lower primary sales ahead of the GST roll-out and discounts offered by companies to clear pre-GST inventory, played a key role in depleting earnings, especially in sectors like automobiles, consumer durables and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG),” it said, explaining the margin impact.The impact in performance has happened when corporate India “had started showings signs of recovery from the demonetisation move,” Icra said.This was largely because consumption-oriented sectors witnessed a de-stocking ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) — the biggest indirect tax reform — from July 1, it said.Apart from the GST, recovery in raw material prices, especially metals and rubber also led to contraction in earnings across few sectors, while sector-specific dynamics like increasing competitive pressure in telecom and regulatory hurdles in pharmaceuticals played a spoil sport, it said.advertisementA recovery in raw material costs also contributed to margin pressure, especially in the automobile sector, which also had carry over impact of transition to BS-IV, the ratings outfit said.For the telecom sector, it was the aggressive play by new entrant Reliance Jio that impacted other companies, it said, adding cost of data services tumbled by up to 50 per cent during the quarter. PTI AA RSY SDMlast_img read more

England cricketer Will Jacks smashes 25-ball hundred, 6 sixes in an over in T10 game

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 19:43 IST Will Jacks (@Wjacks9 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWill Jacks’ 25-ball hundred helped Surrey clinch a big win over Lancashire in the pre-season T10 gameFormer England U-19 cricketer Jacks went from 62 to 98 in a span of six ballsJacks could have gotten to the three-figure mark earlier as he had reached 98 in just 22 ballsFormer England U-19 batsman Will Jacks smashed a hundred in just 25 balls during a pre-season T10 match for Surrey against Lancashire in Dubai. Jacks clobbered the Lancashire bowlers at will to all parts of the park, reminding fans of cricket video games wherein scoring can be ridiculously easy.Jacks also smashed six sixes in an over when he took Stephen Parry of Lancashire to the cleaners in the fifth over of Surrey’s innings. The 20-year-old went from 62 to 98 in a span of six deliveries and got to his hundred in the following over.Jacks could have gotten to the three-figure mark earlier as he had reached 98 in just 22 balls. However, he faced a couple of dot balls against Croft before reaching his hundred with a crisply-timed cover drive.Jacks eventually was dismissed in the ninth over for 105 off 30 balls. He perished while trying to clear the long-on boundary. Thanks to Jacks superhuman hitting, Surrey finished with 176 for 3 in their 10-over quota. off just 25 balls, including 6 sixes in an over! We caught up with @Wjacks9 after the @surreycricket youngster became the first player to hit a century in a T10 game, against @lancscricket today at the @ICCAcademy! pic.twitter.com/qJGA8LF4Ad ICC (@ICC) March 21, 2019In reply, Lancashire got off to a flyer, reaching 48 runs in three overs but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals as the asking rate was climbing steeply. Lancashire were eventually bowled out for 81 in just 9.3 overs as Surrey clinched a 95-run win in the T10 match.advertisementWhile T20 cricket is helping cricket boards fill their coffers, the sport’s newest format, T10 cricket is grabbing eyeballs as well. The T10 league, organised by Emirates Cricket Board, was sanctioned by the International Cricket Council during the league’s second season in 2018.The ICC’s move came in a bid to use T10 cricket as a tool to promote cricket and take the sport to newer markets across the globe. Superstar cricketers from across the globe had taken part in the eight-team league last year.Also Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Bharat Army’s 8000 fans from 22 countries to converge in UKAlso Read | Middle order will be India’s underbelly at the World Cup: Sanjay ManjrekarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow T10 cricketFollow Will JacksFollow T10 leagueFollow Will Jacks SurreyFollow Surrey vs Lancashire England cricketer Will Jacks smashes 25-ball hundred, 6 sixes in an over in T10 gameWill Jacks smashed 105 runs from 30 balls and helped Surrey clinch a 95-run win against Lancashire in a pre-season T10 game. Lancashire were bowled out for 81 in 9.3 overs in chase of 177.advertisementlast_img read more

Jury resumes deliberating mans guilt in Calgary mother of fours death

first_imgCALGARY – Jurors are continuing to deliberate the guilt of a man accused of raping and killing a Calgary mother of four.The jury was given instructions by Queen’s Bench Justice Charlene Anderson on Thursday evening and they deliberated until 9 p.m. without reaching a verdict.The Crown says Curtis Healy, who is 29, should be found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Dawns Baptiste.Crown prosecutors say Healy became enraged when Baptiste told him to leave her alone and that he stomped her head, dragged her into a back yard, raped her and struck her in the head with a large rock.The Crown says it was first-degree murder because the murder, sexual assault and unlawful confinement happened together early on Feb. 11, 2015.The defence asked the jury to convict Healy of the lesser charge of second-degree murder because the sequence of events was unclear.last_img read more

BCs mental health services failed First Nation youth who committed suicide report

first_imgAPTN National NewsA 16-year-old Indigenous youth who committed suicide in a forest was failed by British Columbia’s mental health services, says a new report by the province’s children and youth representative.The boy, who was identified as “Chester” in the report to protect the privacy of his family and community, exhibited signs of serious mental health issues before his 2013 death but received little in any help from the organizations created to provide the help he needed, said the report.The report titled, A Tragedy in Waiting, said little has improved with the province’s mental health services since the tragedy which the report said was the result of non-existent proper assessments for the boy.The report said miscommunication and lack of follow-up created the perception treatment through Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Services would be hampered by extremely long wait lists along with a false sense that the youth was already receiving enough support.“One might think that when faced with a tragedy such as a teenager taking his own life, providing treatment for mental illnesses for Aboriginal children and youth would become a top priority for government, but that has not happened,” said Children and Youth Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, in a statement. “In May 2013, we lost a bright and creative young man who should still be here. Three years later, wait lists for services in this youth’s area—close to an urban centre—are still on-average 270 days, or nearly nine months. This is nothing short of cruel.”The report said that the Aboriginal agency in the youth’s area was operating below an acceptable standard and was not being properly supported by the Minister of Children and Family Development.The report said the agency couldn’t help the youth adequately because it was more concerned with organizing its records for a ministry audit and quality review.“This DAA had been struggling for years with little aid from the ministry, which is required by law to support it,” said Turpel-Lafond. “Actions taken by MCFD did not adequately address the lack of capacity in the DAA until well after Chester’s death and it remains unclear whether these issues have been resolved in a sustainable manner.”The report called on the government to increase resources to reduce the wait list for Aboriginal children and youth mental health services.It also called for the creation of a “proactive lead agency” in conjunction with Ottawa and First Nations to deliver Aboriginal and youth mental health services.“There has been much talk about reconciliation and placing children at the centre, but so little has been done to make improvements that it is impossible to say the system has progressed at all since Chester died,” said Turpel-Lafond. “Children are waiting and waiting and waiting. Even now, some children in Chester’s region are waiting as long as 12 months for services in a major urban area. This is essentially a denial of service. Quite simply, we must do better.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Hungry Malagasy children win boost from expanded UN school meals operation

18 September 2008Tens of thousands of poor children across southern Madagascar will start receiving nutritious daily meals in their classrooms under a new United Nations-backed effort to expand school feeding programmes in the Indian Ocean country. The World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it will now supply meals to about 150,000 children in 883 schools in Toliara province after a $2.4 million injection of funds from the national Government.This is a major improvement on the current figure of 60,000 children and 272 schools that receive meals under the WFP scheme.Krystyna Bednarska, the agency’s representative in Madagascar, said the expanded school feeding programme will help the country move closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education.Daily meals offer an enormous incentive for poor families in the developing world to send their children to school and commonly lead to drastically improved attendance rates.“WFP strongly supports the Government’s policy of ‘Education for All’ and this generous contribution shows how committed it is to ensuring that children have access to one of their fundamental rights – education,” Ms. Bednarska said. read more

TPP would dilute powerful position Canadian business has in US market memo

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TPP would ‘dilute’ powerful position Canadian business has in U.S. market: memo by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 12:55 pm MDT OTTAWA – On the day Canada agreed to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, an internal federal analysis warned the deal threatened to water down the country’s powerful business position in the crucial U.S. market.The October briefing note, prepared for then-finance minister Joe Oliver, framed Canada’s participation in the 12-country Pacific Rim pact as a defensive manoeuvre, at least in part.The memo said that arguably the most-important benefit for Canada in the not-yet-ratified deal would be allowing it to “stay in the tent” with the U.S. and Mexico — its partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement.Joining the TPP would enable Canada to continue its participation in the North American supply chains that “underpin the economy,” said the note, obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act.On the positive side, the “secret” document also noted the pact would expand Canadian trade opportunities in Asian countries like Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia and ensure a level playing field with U.S. exporters.Through the TPP, Canada would also become one of the few countries to have free-trade deals with the U.S., Europe and East Asia, the memo said.Closer to home, however, the agreement would swing open the doors to the crucial American market, it warned.“Canadian businesses will also face intensified competition as nine more countries will essentially enter the ‘NAFTA tent’ and dilute Canada’s privileged position in the U.S. market, ” said the document, dated Oct. 5 — the day the deal was announced, two weeks before the federal election.Canada signed the treaty in February, but International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland described the move at the time as a “technical step” that didn’t necessarily signal it was a done deal.Freeland has vowed that only a vote in Parliament would ratify the agreement, which was negotiated under the former Conservative government.Supporters of the TPP argue it would open foreign markets and could bring significant benefits for Canadian sectors like forestry, manufacturing and agriculture, especially canola, beef and pork production.Opponents of the pact have warned it could eliminate Canadian jobs and damage some sectors of the economy. Law experts and business leaders have been deeply critical of the deal’s intellectual property provisions.Last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz urged Canada to abandon what he described as a “badly flawed” deal.Stiglitz said in an interview that the TPP could hamper the Liberal government’s efforts in two key areas of its agenda: fighting climate change and rebuilding relations with Aboriginal Peoples. The deal, he added, would benefit big business at the expense of working people because it would drive down their bargaining power as well as their wages.Stiglitz said he personally shared some of his concerns with Freeland in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Regardless of Canada’s eventual decision, the future of TPP is in doubt.U.S. presidential hopefuls from both the Democrats and Republicans have said they would reject the treaty following a groundswell of public opposition to the deal.However, the current U.S. administration remains committed to the TPP. Last fall, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the importance of ratifying the deal.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Some foreign buyers get break from tax they face on Vancouver real

Some foreign buyers get break from tax they face on Vancouver real estate VICTORIA – A tax on foreign home buyers in Metro Vancouver is being changed to exempt people who have come to British Columbia as part of the provincial nominee program.Premier Christy Clark says the exemption is aimed at helping attract skilled workers to the province, particularly in the technology sector.“Our growing tech sector depends on the provincial nominee program, and that’s why we’re removing barriers, so they can get to work, create jobs, and help build B.C.,” Clark said in a news release.The exemption is available to people who purchase a principal residence in Metro Vancouver.The government brought in the 15 per cent tax last August in the Vancouver area after months of scorching house sales. Prices and sales have cooled since the tax came into effect, but some analysts have said the market was already showing signs of softening.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver pegged the benchmark price for detached properties at about $1.47 million in February, down 6.5 per cent over the previous six months. The price of condominiums rose in February as the board reported high demand for them.People who came to B.C. under the provincial nominee program and who purchased a principal residence on or after Aug. 2, 2016, will also be able to apply for a retroactive exemption.The province has also made rebates available to foreign nationals who became permanent residents or Canadian citizens within one year of purchasing a principal residence. To be eligible, those people must continuously live in the property as their principal residence for a full year.The provincial government says 6,000 people arrived in B.C. under the provincial nominee program in 2016, and the same number has been allocated to the province for this year.The program, available across Canada, selects and fast-tracks permanent residence applications for certain individuals who have already expressed an interest in settling in a specific province.Nine-hundred of the spots in B.C.’s program last year were intended to benefit the tech sector.The province says employment growth in the tech sector outpaced the general jobs growth rate last year, rising by 2.9 per cent.Finance Minister Michael de Jong said the tax on foreign buyers is achieving the government’s goals in the Vancouver area.“Together with other housing affordability initiatives introduced by the provincial government, the additional property transfer tax has helped moderate prices and create the conditions that are allowing housing supply to catch up to demand,” he said in a news release. “We are now in a position to provide targeted relief to help ensure our province continues to attract skilled workers and entrepreneurs who want to invest and start businesses here.” by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2017 12:37 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

School targeted by animal rights activists after vegan parents criticise decadelong pig

first_img“We will consult the school community, send a letter to all parents and give them the opportunity to have a say about what we do in the future. As it stands, we have not had a single parent contact us to say they are unhappy with what we are doing.”Mr Cook, who is understood to have turned vegan around three months ago,  said he started the petition when Mr Willsher told him the animals would be slaughtered to teach children about where their food comes from. Chris Willsher, the school’s executive head, declined to acquiesce to Mr Cook’s demands, telling him in an email: “I was a vegetarian for 25 years and still struggle to accept the practices of the meat industry. He said the school was “endorsing the act of killing animals” when it “should be teaching how bad eating meat is for you and the environment.”Mr Cook, who runs his own yacht-building company had hoped to have the pigs sent to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary – a farm run by vegan ultramarathon runner Fiona Oakes and her partner Martin Morgan.A spokeswoman for Priestlands School, which has 1,200 pupils, said: “We respect the vegan philosophy but Priestlands School is proud to serve the whole community.”We want to educate our students about where their food comes from and to do this in a sustainable way.”Our preferred outcome was for this year’s cohort of pigs to enter the food chain as planned and for us then to sit down and have a rational discussion about whether or not we continue to have pigs in the future.” “We should be teaching children compassion towards animals,” he said.”The pig programme may have had its place in the past but we live in a more enlightened world now and it has to end.”I find it difficult to see how we can teach them to be compassionate to all around them when we choose to exploit the most vulnerable in the most hideous of ways.”We can teach children where meat comes from without engaging them in the slaughter process.” Ed Winters, AKA Earthling Ed, a vegan parent who is petitioning Priestlands School in Lymington on Change.org to prevent the slaughter of their Tamworth & Gloucester Old Spot pigs A school has caused outrage by allowing four piglets cared for by pupils to be sent to a slaughterhouse despite a parent starting a petition against the plan which has more than 30,000 signaturesCredit: Solent News & Photo Agency Ed Winters, AKA Earthling Ed, a vegan parent who is petitioning Priestlands School in Lymington on Change.org to prevent the slaughter of their Tamworth & Gloucester Old Spot pigscenter_img In 2008, Prince Charles gave the project a royal seal of approval by placing an order for a batch of sausages made by pupils from pigs reared at their farm. A rural secondary school was targeted by animal rights activists after a newly vegan parent raised concerns about a pig rearing project.Priestlands School, in Lymington, Hants, had allowed four female piglets due to be sent to the slaughterhouse next month to be cared for by pupils since their birth.Their meat would then have been served in the canteen and sold back to the school to teach children about the food chain.But the project, which until now had been conducted without complaint every year for ten years and has been supported by Prince Charles, angered the father of an 11-year-old pupil so much he started a petition which garnered more than 36,000 signatures and led to school staff verbally abused by campaigners.Vincent Cook, 45, also found an animal sanctuary that would take the Tamworth & Gloucester Old Spot piglets and look after them for free. A school has caused outrage by allowing four piglets cared for by pupils to be sent to a slaughterhouse despite a parent starting a petition against the plan which has more than 30,000 signatures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “When one speaks to Year 7 students who believe sausages are vegetables, there is clearly work to be done educating some members of our community about where food comes from.”The pigs we have in school are borrowed from a farm. They are already destined for the food chain.”I cannot pretend to be entirely comfortable with the arrangement but, realistically, we live in a community where the meat-eaters outnumber the vegetarians and vegans.”He told the Telegraph that he had decided to returned the piglets to the farmer after office staff started to receive abuse.“We could have kept them and fought the good fight but we had to ask was it worth it?last_img read more

YouTube and Netflix are now UKs third and fourth most popular channels

Calling the UK a “national of streamers”, Ofcom found traditional television is in decline despite British public service broadcasters showing more than 100 times the original, UK-made shows than their global streaming competitors.The figures will raise concerns about the dominance of US shows made for a global audience, with industry leaders previously warning distinctive British programmes are an important part of national life. “The pace of change in television raises questions about how UK viewers will be served in the future,” the report said. “Online content delivery and the emergence of global video providers, notably Netflix and YouTube, are driving fundamental shifts in viewing habits and industry structures.”The internet is massively increasing the choice available to UK viewers.” The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was the most-watched broadcast across all channels The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was the most-watched broadcast across all channelsCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. BodyguardCredit:BBC Love Island accounted for half of ITV2 viewers When it came to complaints, under 34s care least about bad language, but are twice as likely as those aged 55 and over to “have found a perceived form of discrimination to be offensive”. Yih-Choung Teh, strategy and research group director at Ofcom, said: “The way we watch TV is changing faster than ever before. In the space of seven years, streaming services have grown from nothing to reach nearly half of British homes.”But traditional broadcasters still have a vital role to play, producing the kind of brilliant UK programmes that overseas tech giants struggle to match.”The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the most-viewed broadcast across all channels with an average of 12 million people watching it at any one time and nearly 25m watching at least 15 minutes. The four most popular television channels in Britain now include YouTube and Netflix, an Ofcom report has found, as the streaming giants eclipse BBC Two and Channel 4 in a drastically changing media landscape. British adults now watch an average of 34 minutes of YouTube and 18 minutes of Netflix a day, beaten only by BBC One at 48 minutes and ITV at 37. A study of young adults, categorised as being aged 18 to 34, placed the two video services as the most-watched viewing platforms, with one hour and four minutes dedicated to YouTube and 40 to Netflix per day. The findings were reported in Ofcom’s second annual “Media Nations” report, which tracks the viewing and listening habits of the UK. Nearly half of homes now subscribe to TV streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or NOW TV, with average daily viewing rising by seven minutes last year to 26 minutes.Reporting “rapid shifts in the nation’s viewing habits”, the study found the total number of UK subscriptions rose by a quarter in 2018, from 15.6m to 19.1m. But, the report noted, “overall numbers were lower than those watching the 2011 royal wedding” of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which saw 34.2 million – or 60 per cent all individuals – tune in. Seven of the men’s football World Cup games made it to the top ten programmes of 2018, while the BBC’s Bodyguard was the most watched drama in 2018 with 14.3 million viewers tuning in for the finale. British-made dramas Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Killing Eve were particularly successful for the BBC, while Love Island accounted for half of all viewers on ITV2. Friends, the US sitcom now on Netflix, remained the most popular show on streaming services, followed by The Grand Tour on Amazon.   Bodyguard Noting that the traditional broadcasters still account for majority of viewing, it found that people watch on average 3 hours 12 minutes of broadcast television in 2018: 49 minutes less than in 2012.Four in ten viewers now say that online video services are their main way of watching television and film, it said. “Change is not new to the television sector,” the report said. “However, the rate at which young audiences in particular are embracing new online video services from global internet platforms in place of linear services from incumbent UK-based broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV, suggests that these changes may have a more profound long-term impact on viewing habits.”  Game of Thrones Line of Duty Game of Thrones suggested appointment-to-view television is still alive and kicking Ofcom said “a few popular drama and entertainment programmes are not enough on their own to stem the overall decline in broadcast TV viewing”, warning: “To counteract the overall drop in broadcast viewing since 2017, about 34 additional series of Bodyguard would need to have been broadcast in 2018.”More than a million homes, a “small but growing proportion”, do not have a television set. While YouTube consumption has risen slightly for under 34s at five more minutes a day, the average increase for all adults was six minutes – suggesting “recent YouTube growth is as much among over-34s as among younger people”.  The report comes after the BBC and ITV announced that streaming subscription service BritBox will launch later this year at £5.99 a month. 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Asus introduces two new netbooks with AMDs Fusion APU

first_imgIt’s sad to say, but netbooks are pretty much dead. They had a good little run as smaller laptops with nearly all day battery life that almost anyone could afford, but after staying clear of them for several years, Apple killed netbooks off with the one-two punch of the iPad and MacBook Air.Companies who have made a lot of money in netbooks are obviously disappointed. Intel and ASUS, for example, have racked in hundreds of millions in the last few years thanks entirely to the demand for netbooks. I think they understand that all good things must come to an end, though.It’s sadder for companies like AMD. Intel’s foe in the x86 architecture market has spent years trying to get its own netbook architecture out the door. Now it has, courtesy of the Fusion APU, and the two netbooks ASUS have put together with the chip look fantastic. But, you know… for netbooks. And that just doesn’t cut it anymore.As usual, there’s a ten-incher and a twelve-incher. The 1015B is the 10-incher running at a stock resolution of 1024 x 600 , and it can be specced with either AMD’s 1.2GHz single-core C30 or 1GHz dual-core C50, along with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. The 1215b, on the other hand, comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution, a 1.6GHz dual-core E350 CPU and allows for the choice of Radeon HD 6310 graphics.Otherwise, these are pretty typical Eee PC netbooks: 500GB of hard drive space, WiFi b/g/n, 3 USB 2.0 ports, up to 2GB of RAM on the ten-incher and 4GB of RAM on the 12-incher, Bluetooth and WiFi. Interestingly, both netbooks have a USB 3.0 port, which is unusual for a netbook, as is the stock HDMI out. Battery life is about 8.5 hours on a 6-cell battery, or 3.5 hours on a 3-cell battery, which is fairly typical.Like I said, pretty interesting for a netbook, and I’m curious about the performance on AMD’s Fusion platform… but it’s an academic interest. These netbooks are dead in the water, and while there’s no word on pricing or availability yet, does it even matter? AMD’s a couple years too late to market, and ASUS’s Eee PC line is gasping its last.last_img read more

Volkswagen still recommends Internet Explorer 6

first_imgIn 2011, Internet Explorer 6 should be a distant memory for everyone connected to the web. There is absolutely no reason to keep using it, and many reasons to stop, not least of which being even Microsoft highly recommends upgrading to IE9 as soon as you can.It seems that some people really can’t take a hint, though. In the case of well-known car manufacturer Volkswagen, it seems as if everyone who works with them as business partners is being urged to us IE6 as their browser of choice.If you head on over to the Volkswagen Suppliers website (link below) you will find a page entitled “Security and technology”. On that page VW talks about how it treats data confidentially, and uses 128-bit SSL encryption to ensure logins are secure. But when it comes to browsing the web, Microsoft’s decade-old browser is apparently the only choice.Here’s the blurb from the site:VW uses IE6 for displaying websites across the entire group, which must mean thousands on PCs based on their size as a company. They also recommend everyone uses IE6, going so far as to suggest others browsers, including Firefox, Opera, and even Netscape are full of “security gaps.”Hopefully VW just hasn’t updated this page in quite a few years, but then that also shows a major oversight on the part of the company’s web team. Why advertise IE6 as the go-to browser on a supplier-facing web page? It does nothing to reassure about the security of VW’s system.Check out the page for yourself at Volkswagen Group Supplyvia HNlast_img read more

Le Sénat lève lanonymat des donneurs de gamètes

first_imgLe Sénat lève l’anonymat des donneurs de gamètesLe Sénat a modifié aujourd’hui le texte de révision des lois de bioéthique. Parmi les modifications : l’instauration de la levée de l’anonymat des donneurs de gamètes et l’autorisation de la recherche sur embryon sous conditions.A la suite de la réunion du Sénat qui s’est tenue aujourd’hui, le texte de révision des lois de bioéthique a été sensiblement modifié. Désormais, à partir du 1er janvier 2013, les donneurs de spermes ou d’ovocytes devront décliner leur identité. La disposition avait été initialement incluse dans le projet de loi par Roselyne Bachelot, ancienne ministre de la Santé. Elle avait ensuite été rejetée à l’Assemblée nationale sur demande du gouvernement.Concernant la recherche sur l’embryon et les cellules souches, la commission a tranché sur une “autorisation réglementée”. Selon le sénateur UMP Alain Milon : “L’image qu’on donne aux chercheurs du monde entier, c’est que c’est autorisé et non plus interdit”.Le 30 mars 2011 à 18:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ringing in Red Kettle Season

first_imgCarol Bua, left, the city of Vancouver’s communications manager, donates money to Salvation Army bell ringers Amy Ohara, center, and Eric Sawyer, who are on the board of directors for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday at the Grand Central Station Fred Meyer in Vancouver. Wednesday was the annual Kettle Kickoff, which pits the Chamber of Commerce against the city of Vancouver to see who can raise the most money. The chamber has won the last three years.The Salvation Army has 78 red kettles stationed in spots around Clark County that raise money for the nonprofit’s local programs, such as rental, food and housing assistance, and its annual Christmas Center, where food and toys are given to 800 local families. However, coordinator Dewey Webber said he’s down 15 paid employees, and volunteer hours dropped 30 percent this year from last year. “It’s a big hit to us,” Webber said. He added that donations are down from where they would normally be this time of year.last_img read more

Boy with cancer named sheriff for a day

first_imgClark County’s soon-to-be new sheriff, Carter Harris, was sitting in the corner of the sheriff’s office headquarters in downtown Vancouver Wednesday morning playing with a plastic toy barn. Nearby a crowd of sheriff’s office personnel, some wearing specialized equipment, were waiting for their new boss to take center stage.Carter, 4, who was wearing a department-issued uniform, was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2010 and was waiting to become Clark County’s latest participant in the Washington State “Chief for a Day” program.“I think you’re ready to go, bud,” said Sgt. Shane Gardner, who was pinning a name tag on the boy’s white button-up shirt and several stars on his collar.Gardner introduced Carter to Sheriff Garry Lucas, who was wearing a white shirt, green tie and pants that matched Carter’s.“He has the same stars you have,” Gardner said. “Nobody else does.”Gardner explained to the boy that he would soon be the boss of the dozens of employees waiting in the lobby, including a deputy in SWAT gear and several others with specialty uniforms.The boy took it all in while staying close to his mom, Robin Harris.“Are you ready?” she whispered into his ear.After a quick family introduction by Sheriff Lucas, Carter promised to uphold the laws of the United States and state of Washington. He then signed his name on a certificate. Things were official after his mom pinned on his sheriff’s badge.last_img read more

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar to endorse Nutrilite

first_imgBollywood actor, producer and screenwriter Farhan Akhtar has been signed by Amway India to endorse its vitamin and dietary supplement Nutrilite.  “We needed a strong and credible face who could help people understand the role of supplementation in addition to balanced diet and exercise as part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Farhan Akhtar was an obvious choice,” Amway India CEO Anshu Budhraja said in a statement, reports IANS.Direct-selling company Amway was in trouble in May this year when a local court in Uttar Pradesh ruled that making “false and misleading health claims” about its vitamin supplement Nutrilite Daily.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the company, which obtained a stay order from Food Safety Appellate Tribunal.The complaint was filed by Indian food safety regulator, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).last_img read more

Tour the Hubert V Simmons Museum

first_imgThe Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball on September 11 at 10:30 a.m at the Community College of Baltimore County, Owings Mills’ campus, 10300 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117. View displays of photographs and memorabilia that tell the stories of Negro baseball from the 1800’s to 1949. Lunch will be served. To register call (443) 840-4700.last_img

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. Former WBC light heavyweight champion and Tamarindo resident Donny Lalonde has put together an initiative called TKOOO that will help fighters with health concerns after their careers. According to Lalonde, he organized TKOOO after seeing a lot of great retired boxers struggling with life. “When you have been hit in the head all your life, it’s hard to live,” he said.A proponent of natural medicine, which helped him first recover from boxing injuries and then became a way of life, Lalonde’s initiative offers reflexology and cranial sacral therapy as a way to bring more oxygen to the body and promote healing. He also recommends a product called Cellfood for boxers because it oxygenates the blood, providing amino acids, vitamins and minerals.Lalonde is seeking funding for TKOOO from within the boxing industry. For more information, go to www.TKOOO.org.Waves Costa Rica, in conjunction with Tiki-Hut Bar and Restaurant and with the support of Quiksilver, Skullcandy and Marbella Costa Rica Real Estate, is putting on the Surf for Youth Guanacaste Surf Series on May 5. With respect for a Costa Rica secret surfing spot, the location will only be given through the Waves Costa Rica Facebook page. The contest is for Costa Rican pros, by invitation only. But aside from cheering the surfers on, there are other events and activities that will cater to the public.At-risk youth from CEPIA have been invited to take surf lessons, and organizers are requesting donations of surfboards, leashes, decks, shorts and bathing suits, new or used.The Surf for Youth Guanacaste Surf Series will have an art center in which attendees can paint, draw and create sculptures using recycled materials. Works of art will be exhibited after the contest, and judges will pick the best piece for a prize. In addition, recognized photographers will display their latest works.To learn the event’s location, score an invitation to compete in the surf contest or obtain more information, email info@ateneamarketing.com. –Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more