Bengal records 100 dengue cases

first_imgAt least 100 cases dengue have been reported from West Bengal’s Birbhum district.“We have received reports of at least 100 cases of dengue since July 23. While about 60 of these cases are from the Dubrajpur town in the district’s Suri Sadar sub-division, the rest are from other areas such as Bolpur and Rampurhat towns. But no one has died so far,” Chief Medical Officer of Birbhum, Himadri Ari, told The Hindu. He also said that no cases of dengue have been reported from the flood-affected Labhpur block in the district. According to district officials, a large-scale awareness campaign has been undertaken.last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.” FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game.center_img MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the first winter edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for 2005… * CHEAP FLIGHTS FOR ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT: Both Virgin Blue and Qantas have current specials and Red-e-deals at the moment for flights to Christchurch New Zealand. So if you’re a senior player or spectator yet to book your airfare, it may be worth checking out prices now. If you are wanting our travel provider to manage your travel for you, simply use this link to go to a story with all of their contact details and information: IST SPORTS TOURS STORY * The June edition of the Touch-e-Talk newsletter is on the ATA website, simply click on the story on the homepage or use the `Newsletters’ link on the left hand side of the homepage. It’s full of stories and info and is even bigger than the May edition, including the new Volunteer of the Month. * The Editors of the newsletter are keen to recognise some of the countless volunteers at all levels of the sport, so if there is someone who has been serving your local or regional area please send some short details to ata_newsletter@hotmail.com * If you would like to join the mailing list for the newsletter, simply send a quick email to media@austouch.com.au and let us know, then you’ll receive the July edition direct to your email address. * Rachel’s latest article is also up on the Sports News website, simply go to http://www.austouch.com.au//index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1296&sID=46 for the link to the latest story and the link to all of the past Touch stories Rachel has written for the website. From the reports of the website editor, the Touch articles are one of the most popular on the website, so make sure you keep checking them out and proving to the sporting world that there’s a large group of Touch lovers out there keen to see Touch written about and published in the sporting arena. * The ATA has announced the Special General Meeting (SGM) will be held on June 25, with the focus on the proposed constitutional changes for Australian Touch. It’s certainly going to be a big day at the office on that Saturday with a lot of work to be done, if you’re interested in all of the proposed changes and what they mean for you check out this link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=1294&sID=46 for all of the documents relating to the proposed changes and the meeting on June 25. Exciting times ahead for Touch around Australia! * The NSW Country sides have been announced for the Country vs City tournament in September 2005. The full list is on the NSW Touch website. * Queensland are firing with the AusTouch program, with Chinchilla (one of the latest centres to take off) having 117 kids take part in the program. Thank you Terry McSweeney, Philip Gyemore and Brenda Rackeman for their hard work in setting up and administering the centre. Congratulations to all involved at Chinchilla Touch for making this the largest centre so far! The AusTouch program is bringing huge numbers of junior players into the Touch Footy stream and is helping us ensure a bright future for the sport. For more info on AusTouch in your state contact your relevant State Association. * The ACT Touch Association is running a level 1 coaching course on Saturday June 18. Give ACT Touch a call on (02) 6285 4977 if you’re interested. * Touch SA have kicked off their State League for 2005. Good luck to all involved, it’s great to see another successful start to the season for Touch in South Australia. * Touch in Victoria is looking for applications for several coach, assistant coach and manager positions. The sides include both Mens and Womens in various divisions such as Under 15’s, Under 18’s, Opens and Over 30’s . Make sure you go to www.victouch.com.au * TouchWest held their North West Championships over the weekend, with Karratha and Broome looking the goods. For all the info on results check out: http://www.touchwest.com./nwchamps/index.html For a State with such a large region to cover with a lot of desert land between Touch towns and centres, the Touchies from WA are proving they’re fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Australian Touch. * ATA merchandise staff are currently stocktaking all merchandise from recent events and supplies, so keep an eye on the website because there will be specials and discounts offered soon. * Remember, Rachel is keen to help your local players and associations grab some media coverage whenever possible. With events such as the All Nations fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to promote our people and the sport. Already Suzy Barrett, Matt and Maree Curran, Rachel Holden, Andrew Baggio, Phil Gyemore, Bo De La Cruz, Mary-Anne and Lawrence Fisher and Renee Sealey are just some of the players who have had stories published about them in their local papers for being selected in Open squads or Senior sides for the All Nations tournament. If you are interested in trying to gain some media coverage contact Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Moylelast_img

Meet Sting Backstage And Help Charity

first_imgLegendary rock musician Sting and Omaze.com have partnered together to offer one lucky fan the summer concert of a lifetime.Meet Sting with Omaze.comCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor the next four weeks, anyone can enter to win a chance to see Sting on his critically acclaimed world tour, Back to Bass, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on June 22nd. Not only will you and guest of choice get to spend the night singing along in prime seats, but you also get to meet Sting himself backstage before the show. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.last_img read more

LinManuel Miranda Releases New SalsaRemix Of Almost Like Praying To Benefit Hurricane

first_imgAward winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda has unveiled a new Salsa-music remix of “Almost Like Praying,” his all-star benefit single recorded last Fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico.“The benefit single ‘Almost Like Praying’ has had tremendous success with audiences worldwide,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As we now continue to help establish long-term self-sustainable initiatives to rebuild Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to bring this new version to Salsa-music fans. Although it has been over four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island still needs much help to get its most basic infrastructure up and running – including electricity, roads and bridges, healthcare and other vital programs.”The original “Almost Like Praying” was released for download and streaming on October 6, 2017. Within its first week, it hit number one in digital sales in 17 countries. 100% of the proceeds have gone to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, which has sponsored hundreds of initiatives to assist in the relief, recovery and now rebuilding of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898.“Lin-Manuel Miranda fans couldn’t be more excited about the release of ‘Almost Like Praying,’ and we’re incredibly thrilled that LaMusica’s App partnership gives our subscribers early access to this long-awaited Salsa-Remix,” said Raúl Alarcón, Chairman, President, CEO of SBS. “Together, SBS and LaMusica App are connecting people who are passionate about music with the world’s most iconic artists through unique experiences like this – and there are many more to come.”“We have a long history of collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda in innovative ways over the years,” said Jesus Salas, EVP of Programming of SBS & Multiplatform Coordinator. “He’s once again proved that he’s a true innovator, and we are honored to partner with him on the historic launch of his new Salsa-Remix. Our nationwide world premiere of ‘Almost Like Praying’ will reach millions of Lin-Manuel’s fans across the country – while creating millions of new ones.”Both the original (dancehall beat) and the new Salsa-remix of “Almost Like Praying” are distributed by Atlantic Records.The lyrics of “Almost Like Praying” are a rhyming arrangement of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico….78 hometowns, 78 communities, 78 sets of individuals who together make up the Puerto Rican culture. The track also samples “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY in order to reclaim the name of the hurricane which destroyed everything Puerto Ricans know and love on their island.To download and streaming “Almost Like Praying,” click here.For more information about the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, click here.last_img read more

Loonie recovers following dovish interest rate hike Dow soars past 26000

first_imgTORONTO – The loonie rebounded from its earlier losses following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement Wednesday, as Wall Street soared to new highs.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.48 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent, recovering from greater losses earlier in the session after the central bank said it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.While the rate hike was widely expected, investors were initially taken aback by the central bank’s cautious tone about future rate hikes.“Typically when markets are uncertain, a rate hike will lead to a stronger loonie. But in this case the rate hike itself was already reflected in market prices … so the real question on investors’ minds was would the Bank of Canada provide more hawkish guidance about future rate hikes?” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.“In this case the Bank of Canada highlighted a number of reasons why it would be cautious going forward, which led to the market seeing it as a dovish rate hike.”While the central bank signalled more rate increases are likely over time, it noted the unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — and the potential negatives for Canada — were casting a widening shadow over its outlook.The bank said “some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed” to keep the economy operating close to its full potential.The central bank pointed to unexpectedly solid economic numbers as key drivers behind its decision to hike the rate to 1.25 per cent, up from one per cent. The increase followed hikes in July and September.In equity markets, U.S. stocks moved broadly higher, as the Dow Jones industrial average surged 322.79 points to 26,115.65, closing above 26,000 for the first time. The S&P 500 index was up 26.14 points to 2,802.56 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 74.59 points to 7,298.28.With Wall Street reaching records so often, 1,000-point moves in the Dow have become increasingly commonplace. It’s been just eight trading days since the Dow had its first close above 25,000.Technology and health-care companies accounted for much of the U.S. gains.North of the border, it was a fairly muted day on the S&P/TSX composite index, which rose a modest 27.82 points to 16,326.70, with the health-care, base metals and energy sectors among key advancers.“The TSX is underperforming the U.S. markets,” said Mattina. “It’s really a story of the stronger U.S. marketplace and a bit of a trickle down effect for the TSX.”In commodities, the February crude contract was up 24 cents to US$63.97 per barrel and the February natural gas contract added 10 cents to US$3.23 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$2.10 cents to US$1,339.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.19 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Next 3 games pose no easy task for undefeated Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team has managed to remain unbeaten through its first 24 games this season. But maintaining an unblemished record through their remaining seven games might prove to be a more difficult task for the Buckeyes. OSU picked up a road win at Minnesota — a place where no current Buckeye, except fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, had won in his career — on Sunday. Now the team will travel to a place where no Buckeye, including Lighty, has won: Madison, Wis. Following their matchup with No. 13-ranked Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will return to Columbus for their lone matchup of the season with Michigan State. After starting off as the No. 2 team in the nation, the Spartans are in the midst of a disappointing season, having fallen out of both The Associated Press‘ Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls. Still, MSU, which appeared in the past two Final Fours, remains a threat to the Buckeyes’ undefeated record. The Spartans tout an experienced roster, led by the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. MSU also has players with size — 6-foot-7, 230-pound Draymond Green and 6-foot-9, 270-pound Derrick Nix — who could present matchup issues for OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger, named Monday the conference’s Freshman Player of the Week for the 11th time this season. Michigan coach John Beilein, who has faced both the Spartans and the Buckeyes this season, said he’s been impressed with the Buckeyes, but thinks they’re susceptible to losing a game. “Anyone can get you anytime. It’s never been easy, but home or away, you are in for a battle,” Beilein said. “Ohio State is really good. There is a reason why they are undefeated.” After their matchup with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 14 Purdue. The Buckeyes dominated the Boilermakers, 87-64, during their first matchup this season, Jan. 25 in Columbus. Playing the Boilermakers on the road, however, could yield a different result, as OSU will again face the Big Ten’s leading scorer and shot blocker, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson. Johnson scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in Purdue’s first matchup with the Buckeyes. “JaJuan Johnson, I don’t know if I could say enough about him,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the Buckeyes’ first game against Purdue. “You watch him make those shots on film and you say, ‘He’ll never do that against us,’ and sure enough, he did.” With the difficult challenges that lie ahead in OSU’s next three games, Matta is aware that on any given night his team’s winning streak could come to an end. “These guys are smart enough to know that if we don’t come to play, if we’re not tuned in to what we need to do, we’ll lose,” Matta said. “It’s probably as simple as that.” read more

The Deal Pipeline Debuts Updated App

first_imgThe Deal, the business arm of digital financial media company TheStreet, launched the second generation of its The Deal Pipline app for the iPad and for the first time, the iPhone. “We’re taking The Deal Pipeline’s user experience to the next level by offering mobile access to our top reporting in a variety of ways,” says Michael Crosby, chief operating officer for The Deal, in a statement. The updated app, on sale starting today, will offer both iPad and iPhone users a breaking news tool, a twice-daily feature story about industry movers and shakers accompanied by a slideshow and nine sector-focused pages covering consumer & retail, energy, healthcare, industrials, private equity, real estate, regulation, restructuring and telecommunications media & technology.Users of the iPad edition will also receive daily and weekly industry reports and access to an IPO center powered by NYSE Euronext 9, which provides comprehensive information and analysis of recent filings.last_img read more

Paramore Announce Summer Tour With Foster The People

first_img Twitter Facebook Paramore Announce Summer Tour With Foster The People Hayley Williams won Best Rock Song at the 57th GRAMMY Awards for writing “Ain’t It Fun” from Paramore’s 2013 self-titled album. The band’s third festival cruise Parahoy! sets sail next month and sold out quickly. More easily obtained is the singer’s new 2017 line of wash-and-wear temporary hair-coloring dye, Poser Paste.Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale registration for the tour is open now through Sunday and regular ticket sales to the general public begin March 16 on Live Nation’s website. Announcement of an additional musical guest is anticipated.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more well…..this summer’s gonna be a fun one. come out & watch us play with @paramore 🎩 details below for tix! https://t.co/rr3WOT2DJ1 pic.twitter.com/PZ5IyWJm5a— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) March 8, 2018 Paramore, Foster The People Summer Tour paramore-announce-summer-tour-foster-peoplecenter_img “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5)” promises summer excitement across North America in June and July Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2018 – 12:24 pm Paramore announced its 2018 North American tour on March 8, kicking off right after their performance at Bonnaroo Festival on June 8. With the exception of the June 15 and July 1 dates, Foster The People will be performing with them on the “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5)” through its July 24 finale at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Paramore’s 2017 album After Laughter went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts and ended the year on many 2017 favorite-album roundups.Foster The People’s 2017 album Sacred Hearts Club presents fresh beats and soul influences, and the band recently wrapped up its supporting world tour. Their first studio album Torches was nominated at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for best Alternative Music Album with another nomination that same year for “Pumped Up Kicks” and a third nom at the 55th for their single “Houdini”‘s music video. Email News https://twitter.com/fosterthepeople/status/971765011008782336last_img read more

Cryonic freezing What is the process that could bring us back from

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 … A 14-year-old schoolgirl from London has won a landmark case to have her body cryogenically frozen in a bid to live again should a cure for the cancer that killed her be found. She will be the first British child to have her body frozen.The girls divorced parents disagreed over her wish to be frozen, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked the High Court to step in and give her a chance to have a life even if it meant it could take place centuries later.I dont want to die but I know I am going to … I want to live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance, she wrote in a moving letter to the court.I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years time. I dont want to be buried underground, she continued.The girl, known as JS in court papers, had asked the court to allow her mother, who she lived with in London, and who supported her wish to be cryogenically preserved, to be the only person to be allowed to decide on the disposal of her body.JS was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2015 and by August 2016 was told that her illness was terminal and active treatment stopped. After researching cryonic preservation online, she decided that she wanted to be frozen after her death.Due to her age, she was unable to make a legally recognised will and had to get the permission of both her parents to sign up for the process which involves the freezing of a dead body in the hope that resuscitation and a cure may one day take place.Her father, whom she had not seen for eight years and himself has cancer, was against the move when she contacted him with her decision, reports The Mirror. Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, lets say, 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things. She may be left in a desperate situation — given that she is still only 14 years old — and will be in the United States of America, he argued.The Telegraph noted that the father was also concerned about the moral and ethical implications of the process and whether he could be pursued for payments at some point in the future despite living on benefits.He eventually changed his mind and told the court that he respected her decision. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.Justice Peter Jackson, who visited the girl in hospital as she was too ill to attend court, granted her last request on 6 October, noting that the prospect of her wishes being followed will reduce her agitation and distress about her impending death.JS lost her battle with cancer on 17 October. In his ruling, Justice Jackson publication of the case for a month until after her death and that the identities of both JS, her parents and other specific details of the case be withheld.He added that he was not making a decision on the rights and wrongs of cryogenic science but on the disagreement between the parents.Justice Jackson also noted that although the hospital trust was willing to help, it was not endorsing cryonics. On the contrary, all the professionals feel deep unease about it.The Telegraph said that the £37,000 cost for the cryogenic process was paid for by JSs maternal grandparents as her parents were unable to raise the necessary funds. The cost covers freezing the body and taking it to a storage facility in the US, which is only one of two countries — Russia being the other — that has the facility to store frozen bodies.center_img Cryonic freezing: What is the process that could bring us back from the dead?last_img read more

Morgan State University Awarded 2M Grant from UNCF

first_imgAfter months of planning, Morgan State University this week made a joint announcement with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) detailing the award of a five-year $2-million grant from the UNCF to create the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The initiative is designed to assist and guide university graduates as they make their way into the real world and begin to look for jobs to jumpstart their careers. Morgan State is one of the 24 colleges and universities in the country currently awarded grants that reach a grand total of $35.3 million. As a recipient of this award, Morgan State will now work alongside Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University in improving job outcomes for all their graduates.The entire program is possible thanks to a grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. The UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative is a unique pilot program for select historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) to assist them in enhancing the career readiness of their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of students are from low-to-moderate–income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.Morgan State’s goal for the initiative is for students to readily attain academic success, obtaining degrees on time and be prepared to fulfill the needs of future career opportunities. Morgan State University President David Wilson echoed that objective, in stating “We are very pleased to have Morgan included as one of the select universities to participate in the implementation of the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative; further expanding our value proposition as an institution dedicated, not only to graduating our students with a high-quality education, but also assisting their transition into sustainable careers afterwards.” In believing an initiative like this is something which is greatly needed, Wilson went on to say: “The resources made available as a result of this grant will provide much-needed support in our ongoing efforts to prepare students to meet the growing needs of employers, particularly in high-demand career areas, while increasing their likelihood of future success beyond degree attainment.”last_img read more

Khadi soot mala A unique ticket for Charkha Museum

first_imgIn the heart of Delhi, you can buy a ticket that, apart from giving you some pleasure, can give you a chestful of pride. For a mere Rs 20, you can buy a colourful Khadi mala at the Heritage Charkha Museum in Connaught place and can view charkhas that spun the earth fabric nearly a hundred years ago and helped determine the path of self reliance, which the father of the nation tread along with thousands, to secure us as an independent country and a free civilization. Over a dozen heritage charkhas are exhibited and a glimpse of the history of over a hundred years is showcased at this museum situated at Palika Bazar Park, just opposite Khadi India outlet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you take a deep look down this veneer of pleasure, you will realize that the ticket you bought is a building block of someone’s well-deserved livelihood. The ‘Khadi soot mala’ is made of wasted material drawn from Khadi and Village Industries Commission’ s (KVIC) Central Silver Plant. It may be noted that in a land from where Mahatma Gandhi kicked off his Satyagraha, i.e., in the silver plant at Hazipur in Patna, as many as 30 women are making these ‘soot malas’. Back in the heart of the national Capital, as many as 10 women are engaged in making these ‘soot malas’, better known as ‘Khadi Gundi’ as an entry ticket for the Museum at Gangaben Kuttir. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKVIC Chairman, V K Saxena has some socio-economic perspective behind this act of making ‘soot malas’, he says, “With a simple effort to bring out positive changes in the lives of artisans, we are providing direct employment to altogether 45 women, i.e., 10 in Gangaben Kutir, 30 at Hazipur and five in the dying work for the ‘soots malas’.”Every time you buy this ticket, you have a memento that provides momentous support to an artisanal family. Besides, even the women inmates of Tihar Jail, under its reformation programme, also get benefited from your purchase. Between May 2017 and January 2018, these ticket sales have fetched over Rs 20 lakhs. Nearly a lakh people have bought these tickets already. In a nutshell, a ticket at the heart of the Capital – besides giving satisfaction to the visitors of Charkha Museum, also builds some people’s lives elsewhere. And KVIC plans to turn the corpus secured from the sale of these tickets into a trust for the welfare of poor Khadi artisanal families, as this is a unique ticket of pride, sympathy and an invisible purpose of national support. There was never a ticket that so directly sustained livelihoods of most deserving people.last_img read more

Sponsored Post GAELFORCE North takes place on the

first_img Sponsored PostGAELFORCE North takes place on the 21st of September and celebrates 9 years of adventure racing in Donegal.We want YOU to join us on a 62KM, 43KM or relay adventure race immersed in the natural glory of Donegal. ShareTweet To celebrate the event, we have an exciting competition with a prize of one night’s accommodation at An Cuirt Hotel and entry into Gaelforce North for 2.To enter, simply like and share this Facebook post (click here) and let us know who you would bring with you on this epic adventure!!The winner will be announced on the 29th of July…it could be you.Get more details of the Gaelforce North 2019 and book your place here: http://bit.ly/2JtUUJccenter_img COMPETITION: Win a night at An Cuirt Hotel plus two Gaelforce North entries! was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by RachelRachellast_img read more

Last Saturday while I was visiting Fattys Tattoo

first_imgLast Saturday, while I was visiting Fatty’s Tattoos and Piercings, a college-aged woman in a hoodie walked in and asked for a tattoo, her first, right on the spot.”I want a red-tailed hawk feather,” she told the artist on duty at the Washington, D.C., tattoo parlor.He peppered her with questions: How big? What style? She alternated between a blank stare and a furrowed brow: “I … have a photo on my phone of the feather that I like, I could show you that?”The artist rubbed his beard and told her he didn’t do realistic tattoos. Maybe they should set up an appointment for her sometime next week, with another artist, he offered. Between the lines, he seemed to say, “This will be permanent, so I don’t want to give you the wrong tattoo.”But considering how many changes skin weathers — burns heal, scars fade and wrinkles set in — it’s sort of unbelievable that tattoos do stick around.Recently, a group of French scientists looked into how that works, hoping to use the knowledge to improve tattoo removal.So, first, of course, they gave some mice tattoos.The mice didn’t get Mom tattoos on their tiny biceps. Instead, they got tail tats — three stripes of green ink — for researchers to study.”The thing is, the mouse skin can be super fragile, much more fragile than human skin,” says Sandrine Henri, an immunologist at the Centre d’Immunologie Marseille-Luminy.If you zoom way in on any tattoo, it’s really just a bunch of cells holding tight to ink particles. From the mice’s tail tattoos, Henri and her colleagues identified one type of cell that captured ink particles and stayed in place, the dermal macrophage.The researchers thought they might be able to disrupt the tattoos by destroying the macrophages that had locked up the ink. So they engineered mice whose macrophages — and only those cells — would shrivel in the face of a specific toxin, and then injected that compound into these special, tattooed mice. But it didn’t work.The messed-up macrophages released their ink particles, but the color persisted. It turns out that new macrophages quickly took over the job of holding the tiny flecks of ink in place, and the mice kept their sporty green-striped tails.But if it were possible, Henri says, to use an ointment, or a drug, to delay those replacement macrophages, it might improve tattoo removal for mice — and humans. The researchers’ fingings appeared Tuesday in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.To think about removing ink from human shoulders, rather than mouse tails, it helps to know how tattoos appear. In broad strokes, we understand this process, says Bruce Klitzman, a biomedical engineer at Duke who once worked on creating an erasable tattoo.As a tattoo artist outlines a yin-yang symbol on someone’s shoulder, a solid needle loaded with ink pierces the tattoo-ee’s skin, or epidermis, and the needle’s exit lets pigment flow into a second layer of skin, the dermis, Klitzman says.But any self-respecting immune system treats all visitors — including the ink particles meant to create a wolf’s face on your forearm — as unwelcome. So skin cells mount a multilevel attack on the ink particles.First, the cells that weren’t hit by the tattoo needle block out guests, Klitzman says. Only a fraction of the ink an artist lays down actually makes it into the dermis, and this is also why new tattoos tend to leak ink as they heal.Newly tattooed skin swells, the same way it would respond to any other wound, and blood and lymph ferry away the smallest bits of ink. For the remaining pigment particles, the next order of the immune system’s business is consuming the foreign invaders, to try to destroy them.That’s where the macrophages, the cells Henri studied, come in. They’re specialized immune cells — their name means big eater in Greek — and their job is to slurp up interlopers, says Klitzman. “Macrophages can basically swallow many, many tattoo pigment particles, almost like a vacuum cleaner, just go along and suck up all those particles,” he says.Usually, a macrophage digests the invaders it devours, using acid to rip its enemy apart. It’s a good strategy for killing bacteria and viruses, but not for tattoo pigments. Acid has little effect on the ink ingredients.That means a macrophage that has gorged on ink has no way to finish its job. Eventually, the pigment-filled macrophages dial back their attack, content to contain the threat, even if they can’t completely neutralize it. “They just sit there like a full vacuum cleaner bag,” says Klitzman.Another type of cell, called a fibroblast, is also known to take in some ink particles in human skin. Together, the macrophages and fibroblasts bind enough ink for the image of, say, a carrot or feather to appear on your calf.Those cells and the pigment inside them can hang around for years. But all cells die eventually, which brought Henri and her team to their question: How do tattoos stay put as individual cells die?Their work confirms that even when macrophages die and release their pigment particles, other macrophages quickly gobble up the ink, keeping it in place.Even when the researchers grafted one mouse’s tail tattoo onto another mouse’s back, the second mouse’s own macrophages carried the skin graft’s tattoo. “The cells from the graft died and released the ink, and the host mouse’s cells captured it,” Henri says.All of that, basically, underscores why tattoo removal is really, really difficult.Laser removal is an option, says Jared Jagdeo, a dermatologist at University of California, Davis. Tuned to a wavelength specific to a tattoo’s colors, “lasers are able to break apart tattoo particles,” he says. The bursts of energy bust ink “from larger boulders into smaller rocks, and then into fine pebbles which then can be swept away by the lymphatic system.”But laser removal is far from perfect. The process of blurring ink beyond recognition can take many sessions, spaced weeks apart, at a couple hundred dollars a visit.Laser pulses irritate skin, and people show re-uptake of ink similar to Henri’s mice, Jagdeo says. He uses anti-inflammatory drugs to help tame that response, but it’s really difficult to remove all evidence of a tattoo. “Tattoos are at their baseline permanent, so if [someone gets] a tattoo they should plan on having it for a while,” he says.Back at the tattoo shop, I don’t know if the woman with the red-tailed hawk feather ever managed to get her tattoo. Either way, I hope she’s happy with her decision. For now, tattoo removal is still a challenge. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

In her 20 years of researching menstrual health C

first_imgIn her 20 years of researching menstrual health, Chris Bobel has run across a lot of myths — that menstruation makes a girl unclean, that menstrual pain isn’t as bad as women claim. But she has also seen a lot of myths spread by the very people seeking to fight those misconceptions.That is what she explores in her new book, The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South. Bobel finds that a surprising amount of misinformation is fueling the work of charities and nonprofits in the menstrual health sector.The goal for many of these organizations is to fight the stigma and negativity surrounding periods, especially in low- and middle-income countries, says Bobel. The idea is that if menstruation is seen as a neutral bodily function rather than something to be ashamed of, girls can be more confident and society will treat them more equitably.”Stigma compromises healthy engagement with one’s body. It undermines self-care, critical thinking and informed decision-making. It also hurts self-esteem and social status,” says Bobel.In recent years, Bobel, an associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, says a major movement has emerged to support these girls.But some of the activists’ efforts have been misguided, says Bobel. “While these [groups] are busting [some] myths about menstruation, they’re perpetuating other myths,” she says.Here are some of the misconceptions about menstrual health that Bobel investigates in her book.Myth 1: Girls in Africa skip school during their periodsIt’s a popular claim that Bobel has seen used by nonprofits like Save the Children and Plan UK over and over in policy documents, advertising and fundraising materials: One in 10 girls in Africa doesn’t go to school during her period because there’s no safe place, like a clean bathroom, to change pads.Menstrual health researchers are dubious, says Bobel. Africa is a huge continent with 54 countries. It would be hard to do a study at that scale. And to Bobel’s knowledge, there has not been a continentwide assessment.The misconception about skipping school has been attributed to a 2006 UNICEF document and is sometimes also attributed to UNESCO, Bobel writes in her book.In 2016, the fact-checking group Africa Check investigated the statistic. A representative from UNESCO told Africa Check that “no one knows where this number comes from.” Bobel herself tried to find the UNICEF document but could not locate it.And how do the groups respond to her assertion? Jeanne L. Long, a senior specialist in school health and nutrition for Save the Children, told NPR: “We don’t use that statistic anymore and discourage our country programs from using it in proposals because it undermines [the menstrual health movement’s] legitimacy. However, it does crop up occasionally [in Save the Children literature] … because it is a UNICEF citation.”When NPR asked Plan UK why it still uses the statistic, the group credited it to UNICEF.”The citational practices revealed here, ranging from the total omission of a reference to an egregious misattribution, are fishy, though certainly not conspiratorial,” writes Bobel. She understands why: It seems to make sense, and [nonprofits] “do not feel compelled to dig beyond what ‘feels right’ or ‘feels true,’ ” she writes.Myth 2: Cloth pads are not good for menstrual hygieneBobel has observed that menstrual health advocates are pushing for girls in the developing world to use single-use menstrual products like disposable pads instead of cloth pads.Some groups, for example, fund projects to give out free disposable pads. Some manufacture inexpensive pads using local materials. Others look for ways to distribute these pads more widely across the developing world.Bobel doesn’t doubt that disposable sanitary pads are more convenient and absorbent than cloth pads, which must be washed and dried between use. In some places, it can be hard to find clean water and soap to wash the cloth with or to find a private, sunny place to dry the cloths, writes Bobel.But she questions the assertion by menstrual health advocates that unsterilized cloth pads can lead to infections.For example, a 2008 document from UNICEF asserts: “One in three girls fail to change their cloths frequently or wash them with soap after use. … Low standards of menstrual hygiene lead to widespread vaginal and urinary infections.”There is no causal link between using cloth that has not been properly washed and dried and these infections, writes Bobel. “We don’t have data that verifies that assumption,” she writes.A systematic review of 41 papers on reproductive-tract infections in India found that the data “does not establish a clear causal link between how menstruators manage their menses and rates of infection, at least not to the degree alleged in [the movement’s] discourse,” she writes.Bobel believes that the best strategy is to teach girls to properly clean and care for these cloth pads. That may make more sense than pushing them to rely on disposable pads, which may be expensive and hard to obtain.”If cloth is changed when needed and properly washed and dried, it can be a suitable menstrual care option,” Bobel writes.What’s more, says Bobel, the anti-cloth rhetoric is the opposite of what menstrual health activists in the West are championing: environmentally friendly and organic menstrual products like reusable cloth pads.Myth 3: A great number of girls use primitive materials such as sand and ash to absorb their periodsA widely cited statistic comes from a 2010 study by the Nielsen Corp., a market research company. It says that 12 percent of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins and 88 percent use cloth. “No other absorbent is mentioned,” Bobel notes. Yet when some advocacy groups refer to the report, they say that the women not using sanitary napkins are turning to such alternatives as rags, sand, ash and wood shavings. “There are certainly anecdotes in dire poverty and emergencies where women need to use what they need to use,” she says. That includes toilet paper and socks, which Bobel has used herself in a pinch. “But generally speaking, it’s cloth,” she says, referring to the most common alternative to disposable pads.A lot of what’s perpetuating these misquotations is the “shock and awe” factor, says Bobel. She believes that nonprofits like to share shocking anecdotes like these to make donors feel a sense of urgency and desperation to help.Myth 4: Menstrual products are the answer to the menstrual crisisDisposable and cloth pads, menstrual cups and tampons are not the solution to the menstrual crisis, argues Bobel in her book. “They manage the body, but they will not erase stigma,” she says.What’s more, nonprofits that tout products as a solution are only “priming the pump” for manufacturers of commercial menstrual products to swoop in, she says.”Eventually, [products] will let you down. Your flow will change; you’ll leak and you’ll be soaked in shame,” she says. “Until we make menstruation neutral — something that doesn’t challenge someone’s respectability or likability — it doesn’t matter what we provide people.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Facebook Launches YouTube Competitor

first_img Watch is the social network’s new platform for watching shows, and it’s clearly trying to compete with YouTube. Image credit: Facebook via PC Mag Facebook When you visit Facebook, it’s Mark Zuckerberg’s intention that you never have to leave the social network to interact or be entertained with images and video. But there are still plenty of reasons to visit other services, and that’s especially the case with video. So this week, Facebook launched Watch.Watch is Facebook’s new platform for watching shows on desktop, mobile or through Facebook’s TV apps. Those shows can be all kinds of videos, which form episodes and can either be live or pre-recorded. They can follow a theme or storyline, and there’s a big emphasis on interaction while watching, so comments and reactions form a key part of the Watch experience.To help Facebook users keep track of the shows they like there will be a Watchlist. And as you’d expect, Facebook intends to personalize what you see available in Watch based on what your friends are watching, as well as what’s most talked about and what’s making people laugh the most at any given time.Facebook sees Watch as offering a diverse range of content from online personalities creating their own series to celebrities streaming live video and even major sports broadcasts streamed live. Although not mentioned specifically, the fact Facebook is emphasising episodes and series suggests Watch could turn into a destination for new commercial TV shows, too.Watch looks like Facebook’s answer to YouTube. It wants users posting original content, building up followers, asking for reactions, shares and generating comments. Add to that live streaming, an open door for commercial partners and lots of potential for new advertising (creators can even monetize their shows through Ad Breaks), and you effectively have another YouTube — only this version requires a Facebook account to access. 101shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read Senior Editorcenter_img Facebook Launches YouTube Competitor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Register Now » Matthew Humphries August 10, 2017last_img read more

Wisconsin Governor Backs Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana

first_img The governor is a cancer survivor who favors access to medical cannabis. Green Entrepreneur Podcast Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: Scott Olson | Getty Images 3 min read dispensaries.com Legal Marijuana Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. February 28, 2019 Add to Queue Wisconsin Governor Backs Effort to Decriminalize Marijuana There’s a Democrat in the governor’s mansion in Wisconsin and, perhaps unsurprisingly, that has led to a swift change in the government’s approach to legalizing marijuana — that is to say, now they are actually for it.Newly elected Gov. Tony Evers announced this month a proposal to decriminalize marijuana in Wisconsin and, at the same time, make medical marijuana legal. Scott Walker, the former Republican governor who Evers defeated in the November 2018 election, opposed legalizing marijuana.Evers, a cancer survivor, said he well knows the side effects that cancer patients suffer, both from the disease and the treatment. He said in a news release that  “people shouldn’t be treated as criminals for accessing a desperately needed medication that can alleviate their suffering.”Related: New Jersey Inches Closer to Legalizing Marijuana Without Voter ReferendumMarijuana in the MidwestIf it happens, Wisconsin will join Upper Midwest neighboring states Minnesota and Illinois in making cannabis legal for medical use. In Michigan, where medical marijuana is already legal, voters approved marijuana for recreational use in the November election.Currently, Wisconsin law calls for a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months for possession of marijuana when it’s a first-time offense. The new proposal would decriminalize marijuana “possession, manufacturing or distribution” for 25 grams or less.Importantly, the proposal would also block local jurisdictions from establishing ordinances that make possession of less than 25 ounces illegal. That avoids the potential for a patchwork of laws on cannabis possession across the state.Evers, in the news release, specified that marijuana would need to be prescribed by a physician or a practitioner “under the direction of a physician.” Cannabis would be allowed to alleviate the symptoms related to various medical conditions including cancer, chronic pain, severe nausea, seizure, glaucoma and post-traumatic stress disorder.Related: Cannabis Social Equity Programs Are Imperfect but Critically ImportantVoters Voice ApprovalEvers undoubtedly felt emboldened by the results of the 2018 election. A host of referendums on whether to legalize marijuana were on the ballot in 16 counties and two cities. Wisconsin voters approved every one of them. As noted by the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, the state’s voters were closely divided on who should be governor, but “they agree in overwhelming numbers on pot.”Part of the reason is that minorities face a much higher chance of getting arrested for marijuana possession than whites. The news released reported that Wisconsin “has the highest incarceration rate in the country for Black men.”Evers added, “Too many people, often persons of color, spend time in our criminal justice system just for possessing small amounts of marijuana. That doesn’t make our communities stronger or safer.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook –shares Guest Writer Listen Nowlast_img read more

GoPro Pins Hopes on Drones as Revenue Forecast Takes a Hit

first_img 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. January 14, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Reuters GoPro Pins Hopes on Drones as Revenue Forecast Takes a Hit GoPro Inc.’s disappointing fourth-quarter revenue forecast showed that its action cameras are losing traction with customers, with analysts expecting the company’s fortunes to turn only after a successful launch of commercial drones.Shares of the company are set to open down 26 percent at $10.80 on Thursday — a huge drop from the high of $98.47 it touched in July 2014.The wearable camera maker said on Wednesday it expects revenue of about $435 million for the fourth quarter, well below the average analyst estimate of $511.9 million.Wall Street’s reaction was severe — JMP Securities slashed its price target on the stock to $21 from $90, while J.P. Morgan halved its target to $21 from $42.Cowen & Co. was the most bearish with a $11 price target, which it revised from $18.GoPro said quarterly revenue was hit by a price cut meant to boost demand for its Hero4 Session cameras. The company launched the flagship camera in July for $399.99, but slashed its price by $100 two months later.”We expect a temporary pause in growth to persist for at least a quarter or two as the firm burns through lower margin Session inventory,” J.P. Morgan analysts wrote in a note.GoPro’s helmet- and body-mounted cameras are popular with surfers, skydivers and other adventure sports enthusiasts, but recent advancements in video-shooting capabilities of smartphones is likely eroding GoPro’s consumer base.Some analysts said they expect investments made in 2015 to develop new products to help the company in the latter part of this year.”We believe the next positive catalyst for GPRO may not arrive until Q2 at the earliest, with the introduction of the quadcopter and other potential product updates, including Hero 5 and the company’s long-awaited new editing and sharing platform,” Baird Equity Research analysts wrote in a note.GoPro plans to introduce quadcopters in the first half of 2016 and has been putting out teaser videos to gauge the landscape before a full launch.The company, which said on Wednesday it plans to trim its workforce by 7 percent, is also expected to launch virtual reality technologies and update its editing software this year to reaccelerate growth.”A long-awaited major software platform revision remains key, in our view, to improve the user experience and cut the time commitment to create and share edited videos, especially to attract more casual users,” Cowen & Co. analysts wrote.(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty) GoProcenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Ryan McGuire | GRATISOGRAPHY Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Heres How Letting Employees Work From Home Can Harm Your Company

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. David Niu Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. May 18, 2016 Add to Queue Here’s How Letting Employees Work From Home Can Harm Your Company Next Article Guest Writer CEO of TINYpulsecenter_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Do you get anxious when you hear that one of your employees is choosing to work at home for a day? It’s an understandable reaction because it’s easy to picture your employee binging on Netflix on their couch rather than working.But if slacking off is what you’re worried about, you’re overlooking the real danger of letting employees work at home. The problem isn’t whether they are getting work done, it’s that letting employees work from home too often destroys your company culture.In fact, there’s lots of evidence showing that workers get more done at home. TINYpulse recently released a poll evaluating the work habits and job satisfaction of remote workers. We talked to more than 500 remote workers in the U.S. and found that, on average, they were happier and felt more valued compared to non-remote workers. Ninety-one percent of them said they got more done at home, and the happiest ones worked shorter hours over a seven-day week rather than a typical Monday to Friday schedule.Related: 4 Ways to Create Effective Standards for Remote WorkersThat’s great news for companies like Hilton and Xerox, which actively hire remote workers. But it might not be a model that works for everyone.At TINYpulse, we allow a certain level of remote work, particularly when employees need to be up early or late talking with clients around the world. But I would never allow my staff to go completely remote. Sure, we’d save on rent, but I firmly believe that a strong company culture determines your success, and you can’t have a strong culture without people working together in an office setting.There are, of course, exceptions. Last year, an employee got an opportunity to live in New Zealand for a year. She was such an important part of our company culture, and already indoctrinated in it, we decided to allow her to work remotely while she traveled. Despite the time difference, we kept her involved in our culture by allowing her to run meetings and participate in events via Skype. When she returned to Seattle in December, the transition from remote to in-office was seamless because we kept her involved in our culture.A strong workplace culture is an organization’s No. 1 competitive advantage because you need enthusiastic, excited employees to build great products and delight your customers. When a majority of your employees work remotely, you lose the ability to build that culture.Related: 5 Ways to Ensure Remote Employees Feel Part of the TeamDespite the benefits of allowing remote work (including our own polling), there’s evidence remote workforces detract from company culture. A study published last year in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries found that when a culture of offsite work took hold, the employees that craved the social aspect of working in an office suffered because the workplace became unpredictable.Famously, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer restricted the practice of working remotely and was criticized heavily for it. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that she did it to boost morale and innovation. For Yahoo to reemerge as a leader, she believed that employees had to come together in a central location.In our own poll of remote workers, nearly one-third of them reported having a problem with a coworker due to the remote arrangement. It’s easier to communicate, solve problems and have casual collisions with co-workers in person. You can’t do that over email or Slack. Remote workers we talked to rated their company culture lower than the average of non-remote workers.Related: Are Remote Workers Changing the Way Business is Done?Leaders should forget their anxiety about whether employees are being productive when they work at home. There’s evidence that suggests they are. The real problem with remote work is that it can erode your company culture. Allow employees to work remotely when it matters, like if they’re sick or need to be up late to talk to someone in a different time zone. In all other instances, a tight knit company culture should be your priority. –shares Remote Workers 4 min read Image credit: Shutterstock Register Now »last_img read more

Sleep disturbances linked to mental health problems among survivors of natural disaster

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 8 2019Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the event.The researchers surveyed survivors two years after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Results show that 94% reported experiencing subsequent insomnia symptoms after the disaster. Two years later, 42% showed clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and nearly 22% had symptoms of depression. There were significant positive correlations between sleep disturbances and peritraumatic distress (i.e., emotional reaction during and immediately after the event), PTSD, and symptoms of depression. Resilience did not appear to be a buffer against sleep disturbance. This is one of the first epidemiological studies to investigate the prevalence of sleep disturbances among survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Our study underscores the strong association between common trauma-related disorders and comorbid sleep conditions among a group of survivors.”Lead author and principal investigator Judite Blanc, Ph.D., an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change within the Division of Health and Behavior in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine The study involved 165 participants with a mean age of about 31 years; 52% were men. Participants were living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of the areas affected by the 2010 earthquake. According to the authors, it was the most devastating earthquake in the country’s history, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing more than 1 million residents.Related StoriesNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersMeasures included demographic factors, the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory, the PTSD Checklist Specific, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. Spearman correlations and multilinear regressions were used to explore associations among resilience, PTSD, depression, and sleep disturbances.”Findings from our study highlight the need to assess and treat sleep issues among disaster survivors, as they are highly prevalent after a natural disaster and are related to mental health conditions,” said Blanc. “Our work supports the importance of sleep in disaster preparedness programs globally.”Blanc added that sleep is often neglected in the aftermath of traumatic events, but in these situations, sleep should be considered an important target of mental and physical health interventions.”Our results make the case that sleep health should be a major component of all public and global health programs and specifically in humanitarian crises,” said Blanc.Source:American Academy of Sleep MedicineJournal reference:Blanc, J. et al. (2019) Is Resilience A Protective Factor For Sleep Disturbances Among Earthquake Survivors? Sleep. doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz067.883.last_img read more