Office Depot today revealed the next phase of its multi-faceted anti-bullying partnership with One Direction by announcing sponsorship of the band’s summer movie premiere.The One Direction: This is Us premiere event will take place in New York City and will help benefit the anti-bullying educational component of the strategic partnership.The private after-party will include a Charitybuzz silent auction featuring exclusive celebrity items and experiences. Each band member will donate a personal item, and never-before-seen, life-size signed prints will be among the available items. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Office Depot Foundation’s anti-bullying education efforts, launching in schools this fall.“We’re excited to be part of a program that promotes such an important message: bullying must stop,” said Zayn Malik of One Direction. “From the start of the collaboration, we’ve partnered with Office Depot to create incredible products that communicate our anti-bullying message. The money raised at our movie premiere event will help spread the message to ‘Live Unique’ and to treat each other with respect in schools across America.”“Through our partnership with One Direction and our work with the Office Depot Foundation, we are developing a truly meaningful, anti-bullying program,” said Bob Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer for Office Depot. “We’re excited to join with One Direction to make a difference in students’ lives and appreciate Sony Picture’s partnership in premiering this movie for such an important cause.”“With our premiere event, we not only wanted to celebrate the movie, but find a way to reach out and make a difference. After all, the film is as much about the boys themselves as it is about their music – their humble, compassionate natures shine through,” said George Leon, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing. “That’s why we’re gratified that Office Depot will be sponsoring the event as part of their anti-bullying campaign – this issue is personal to the boys, and we’re thrilled that the event will support it.”A select number of tickets will be available for public purchase via Ticketfly for $500, allowing access to the red carpet premiere and private after-party. For those who would like to meet One Direction, Charitybuzz is auctioning off five event VIP packages, each including two tickets to the red carpet premiere and private after-party, including a photo opportunity with One Direction. The opening bid will start at $675. All proceeds from Ticketfly and Charitybuzz will support the Office Depot Foundation’s anti-bullying education.Office Depot is also giving fans the chance to meet One Direction and attend the movie premiere and private after-party through the One Direction: This Is Us Movie Premiere Sweepstakes currently in stores and online*. Customers can visit an Office Depot store, purchase limited edition items from the 1D + OD product collection and enter the code from their receipt at www.officedepot.com. Five lucky recipients will win a pair of tickets to the movie premiere and private after-party, travel and accommodations to New York City, a $250 stipend and a once-in-a-lifetime photo op with the band. Winners will be announced through early August.The 1D+OD Together Against Bullying back-to-school campaign consists of a limited edition product line helping to raise $1 million for anti-bullying education in schools across America. It also includes an integrated marketing campaign featuring 30- and 70-second PSAs, viral videos and digital assets found at www.officedepot.com/together, a concert ticket sweepstakes, and sponsorship of the One Direction: This is Us movie premiere and private after-party.
The Security Council today voiced grave concern at persistent reports that the arms embargo along the Lebanese-Syrian border has been breached, militias in Lebanon are re-arming and there have been increasing Israeli violations of Lebanese air space, and urged all sides to cooperate fully with the United Nations to achieve a permanent ceasefire. In a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Pascal Gayama of the Republic of Congo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel stressed the need to work for the region towards a long-term solution in line with the resolution ending last year’s war between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah. The statement reaffirmed the Council’s “full support for the legitimate and democratically elected Government of Lebanon” and condemned any attempts to destabilize the country. But it said it was concerned by recent reports that the arms embargo on the Lebanese border has been breached and that both Lebanese and non-Lebanese armed groups and militias have rearmed. The statement reiterated the call for all militias and armed groups in Lebanon to disband and disarm after noting recent Lebanese Government information about the activities of such groups, especially the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) and Fatah Intifada. Council members also expressed concern about Hizbollah’s statement that it retains the military capacity to strike all parts of Israel, and calls on all parties to refrain from statements and activities that could jeopardize the cessation of hostilities.” They added that Hizbollah is yet to return the two Israeli soldiers it abducted last year before the war began, and called for the soldiers’ immediate return, as well as for greater efforts to settle the issue of Lebanese prisoners detained in Israel. Today’s statement also welcomed the recommendations of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team (LIBAT), which travelled to the region earlier this year. The Council said it looked forward to implementation of those recommendations. The statement also referred to an increase in Israeli violations of Lebanese air space, and appealed to all parties to respect the cessation of hostilities imposed after last year’s conflict and the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel. Turning to border delineation issues, the presidential statement took note of recent progress on the Shebaa Farms, including Mr. Ban’s announced intention to hold talks with the parties on that question and the “solid progress made by the cartographer towards a provisional determination of the geographical extent of the Shebaa Farms.” 3 August 2007The Security Council today voiced grave concern at persistent reports that the arms embargo along the Lebanese-Syrian border has been breached, militias in Lebanon are re-arming and there have been increasing Israeli violations of Lebanese air space, and urged all sides to cooperate fully with the United Nations to achieve a permanent ceasefire.
The Toronto stock market moved higher Wednesday morning while a profit warning from package delivery giant FedEx added to worries about a slowing economy and what central banks can do about it.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 22.4 points to 11,964.1 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 0.14 of a point to 1,242.72.The Canadian dollar was 0.49 of a cent lower at 100.95 cents US as the Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at one per cent while warning that rates will have to rise at some point in the future. The central bank also said that there is a widespread slowing of activity across most economies.The loonie seemed unaffected by Tuesday’s Quebec election which saw the pro-independence Parti Quebecois win the contest, but only securing a minority government.“Last night’s victory by the sovereign PQ party in Quebec has had little impact in currency markets, with election results largely foreshadowed in opinion polls,” said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian FIC strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.New York markets shed early losses and the Dow Jones industrials advanced 32.26 points to 13,068.2, the Nasdaq composite index was up 3.34 points to 3,078.4 while the S&P 500 index gained 1.22 points to 1,406.16.Nervousness about a slowing global outlook was heightened after FedEx cut its first quarter earnings guidance, pointing to weakness in the global economy. Its shares were down 2.2 per cent in New York to US$85.63.Both FedEx and larger rival UPS have warned about the impact of slower economic growth on their results. In July, UPS said customers were worried about what’s in store in the second half of the year. The delivery companies have cut or reduced the frequency of flights in Asia, as shipments both within the region and to Europe and the U.S. have slowed.Traders anxiously awaited Thursday’s interest rate announcement from the European Central Bank amid hopes the ECB will move to ease the eurozone debt crisis by addressing the high borrowing costs that have bedevilled some of the weakest members of the monetary union, particularly Spain. It is expected some sort of bond-buying program will be announced but it would come with strings attached.To be eligible for the central bank’s help, for example, countries would likely have to formally apply for assistance from the eurozone’s rescue facility and accept conditions on their budget policies, which many governments would be reluctant to do.Investor sentiment improved somewhat as Bloomberg News reported Draghi’s bond-buying program involves unlimited purchases of government debt.Europe’s economy also remains fundamentally weak. A survey of the eurozone’s services sector on Wednesday showed the sector continued to contract in August. The so-called purchasing managers’ index fell more than earlier estimated, suggesting the currency bloc is headed for a sharp drop in GDP in the third quarter.Markets also looked ahead to Friday’s release of the August non-farm payrolls report to see if a weak report would persuade the U.S. Federal Reserve to embark on another round of stimulus.The base metals sector led advancers, up 0.65 per cent while December copper on the Nymex was up five cents at US$3.52 a pound. Inmet Mining (TSX:IMN) gained 78 cents to $44.25 while Major Drilling Group (TSX:MDI) lost 26 cents to $8.72.The energy sector gained 0.37 per cent with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 66 cents to US$94.64 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) climbed 12 cents to $13.86.Tech stocks were also supportive as Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) improved by 11 cents to $6.65.The gold sector was slightly higher as December bullion lost 30 cents to US$1,695.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) added 16 cents to $40.23. Utilities led decliners as TransAlta (TSX:TA) fell 47 cents to $14.21.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.26 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.45 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was ahead 0.43 per cent.Earlier, in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.1 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.5 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.7 per cent while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.6 per cent.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), whose members are fighting with each other in the capital, Juba, “to impose discipline on their forces and to exercise maximum restraint in the use of force.” “It is essential that the Government guarantees the security of all civilians,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement released last night, noting the risk of targeted violence against certain communities.In a telephone call this morning with Salva Kiir, Mr. Ban urged the South Sudanese President to make sure that all security forces operate in full compliance with international humanitarian law. According to his spokesperson, the UN chief told Mr. Kirr that he was counting on him to “exercise real leadership at this critical moment, and to instill discipline in the ranks of the SPLA to stop this fighting among them.”He also called on the entire Government to extend an offer of dialogue to its opponents and to resolve their respective differences peacefully, adding that the UN was ready to assist the Government in managing this difficult situation. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is continuing to provide protection to an estimated 10,000 people at two of its compounds, according to the latest figures from Juba. The clinic at the Tomping compound has already passed its maximum capacity with at least 39 people admitted for medical treatment and three babies born overnight, according to the latest information. “The Mission is taking every possible step to ensure their safety while they are staying on UNMISS premises,” it stated in a news release. The head of UNMISS and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, today warned against hate speech in relation to the inter-communal violence, cautioning that it is paramount that it does not assume ethnic dimensions. “At a time when unity among South Sudanese is more needed than ever, I call on the leaders of this new country and all political factions and parties, as well as community leaders to refrain from any action that fuels ethnic tensions and exacerbates violence,” she said.“As South Sudan struggles to overcome the current crisis, the Mission urges all of its citizens and leaders to guard against any incendiary actions or violence against particular communities,” UNMISS added.It also echoed Mr. Ban’s statement, stressing that “discipline, command and control in the security forces are more important than ever.”Media reports say over 60 soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in Juba, following what the Government says is an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July.
The Buckeyes earned some doubters with their early season play after losing to each of their first three ranked opponents. But Sunday, No. 15 Ohio State – at least temporarily – silenced those doubters while simultaneously bringing to life a roaring crowd at the Schottenstein Center, some of which had been camping out for the game since Friday. The Buckeyes’ 56-53 victory against No. 2 Michigan, who with a win against OSU would have been crowned the top team in the land, gave OSU its first win over a ranked team this season. All of that though, was almost taken away when Player of the Year candidate and Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke’s 3-pointer rimmed out with 14 seconds left in the game. The Buckeye lead was just two at the time – down from the 21-point cushion they had earlier in the game – and free throws secured the victory for the home team. The performance was a stark contrast to OSU’s previous contests against No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Kansas and No. 12 Illinois when the Buckeyes never shot better than 35 percent and struggled to find an offensive rhythm outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against Michigan, it was far more than Thomas that helped the Buckeyes jump out to a commanding 20-point advantage about 10 minutes into the first half. Junior guard Aaron Craft, who has been criticized for a lack of production on the offensive end, attacked the basket early, scoring from both the outside and in. He stepped into a three in the game’s opening minutes and followed it up by twice slicing to the basket. He finished with nine points and four assists. Sophomore forward Sam Thompson added a spark as well, equaling his season average of seven points before the nine minute mark of the first half. Then there was Thomas, who continued his high-level of offensive play this season, with 20 points including two 3-pointers in the first half – one of which fueled him and many of his teammates to pound their chests on the way down court. The biggest contributor of all though, might have been the Buckeye defense, which smothered the Wolverines from the opening tip. Led by Craft, OSU forced five turnovers in the first eight minutes and nine by halftime, which led to 16 OSU points. By the time the teams headed into the locker room for intermission, Michigan had chipped away at the big lead, but the Buckeyes still held a 34-22 advantage. That lead would shrink to eight early in the second half as the Wolverines threw at least three different defensive looks at the Buckeyes in the period. The switches appeared to slow the Buckeye offense down, but Michigan’s attack wasn’t faring much better. With 10:35 left in the game Michigan had outscored OSU 9-8. It wouldn’t take long for the game’s pace to quicken, though. Out of a media timeout Thomas grabbed Craft’s missed jumper and dunked it in a forest of Wolverine defenders. The play gave OSU an 11-point lead, but Michigan, led by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., would respond by scoring the next 10 points to cut the lead to one. The Buckeyes ended the streak when sophomore guard Shannon Scott lobbed a pass to Thompson, who grabbed the ball with one hand in midair and threw it down. Michigan was not finished, though. A 3-pointer on the following possession knotted the score at 46 with 5:59 remaining. But it was OSU that would write the game’s final chapter. Senior forward Evan Ravenel scored back-to-back buckets and Thomas added another to extend OSU’s lead to six. Michigan had a chance to take the lead when it called timeout down two points with 30 seconds left, but Burke’s misfire and crucial free throws from junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft sealed the win. The Buckeyes are now 13-3 on the year and Michigan drops to 16-1. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing.
United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson (21) heads the ball away from goal during a World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The USMNT won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor months, my mind has been singularly focused on this year’s FIFA World Cup. Ever since the calendar turned to 2014 it’s seemed so close, but in truth it’s always been comfortably out of reach. That situation has changed, however, and the world’s greatest sporting event is now right around the corner.The first event announcing that the tournament is imminent – the World Cup herald, if you will – is the naming of the rosters. Competing nations had until Tuesday to name a provisional squad of 30 players to take to a pre-tournament training camp. Each country has until June 2 to provide FIFA with a final list of 23 players whom it will take to Brazil.Some countries – England, Brazil, Mexico and others – elect to skip the 30-man squad and go straight to the 23. But a majority of the nations still name preliminary squads.One of those countries to name its 30 players this week: the United States.Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his selection of players on Monday, and while the names didn’t cause shock among the American soccer public, the omission of striker Eddie Johnson did raise a few eyebrows.Johnson scored the winning goal in the U.S.’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Sept. 10 at Columbus Crew Stadium. Even though his goal effectively clinched World Cup qualification, Johnson’s failure to score in his first eight games of the season with D.C. United is probably the reason Klinsmann decided against selecting him.There’s a very good chance that Columbus will be represented in Brazil with Crew captain Michael Parkhurst included in the preliminary roster. Parkhurst may have been on the outside looking in a year ago, but his performances since then for the national team have been exemplary, and I’d be very surprised if he didn’t wind up with a seat on the plane to South America.Other than that, the squad picks itself – meaning the real test will be seeing who makes the final 23. In my opinion, there are roughly 20 “locks,” while the final three spots will be decided over the coming weeks.The team will gather for the first time on Wednesday at Stanford University. Once there, they’ll participate in a training camp and ultimately compete in three friendlies: against Azerbaijan on May 27 in San Francisco, against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, N.J., and then with the final roster against Nigeria on June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.The prize awaiting the players who make the cut? A shot at playing against some of the best players in the world during games against Ghana, Portugal and Germany in the opening round at the World Cup.I’d argue that the U.S. has one of the most talented squads in its history, with an array of talent from the goalkeeping position all the way to the forward line. It may not include a world superstar, but then that isn’t a prerequisite to succeeding in a World Cup – just ask Argentina forward Lionel Messi.The doubters will rightly point to the standard of opposition, a group that deserves it’s moniker as the “group of death.” Germany and Ghana have both overcome the U.S. twice in World Cup play, while Portugal fell to the Americans in 2002 with arguably the most disappointing squad in its history. Thank goodness this year’s World Cup isn’t being played in Panem, because the odds certainly aren’t in the U.S.’s favor.But having said that, I don’t see why many are so quick in writing off the U.S. team’s chances.For starters, having a tough group at the World Cup shouldn’t be a blow to morale. It should be expected. After all, the competition isn’t held in high esteem for nothing. It takes the best teams on the planet and puts them in one place to find an eventual winner.In 2010, it could be argued that the U.S. was handed an “easy” draw against England, Slovenia and Algeria. Even though the Americans navigated that group successfully, it’s not like it came easy. If you’re hoping to face a second-rate, low-quality side at the World Cup, you’ve come to the wrong place.That’s why I think the prospect of facing these talented countries shouldn’t be seen as a doomed exercise. Instead, it should be recognized as a tremendous opportunity to showcase just how far soccer in this country has come since the days when barely any matches were shown on television. The world’s best teams become the world’s best teams because they overcome difficult opposition, and that’s the only way the U.S. is going to move up world soccer’s ladder.The U.S. has never made it out of the group stage in consecutive tournaments, and if that trend continues it won’t necessarily signal a failure, but more of an indication that the national team’s growth still has a long way to go.But if it can reverse that trend, and bury the demons of the past three World Cups against the countries that eliminated them, it will be an epoch-defining achievement.Believing in an outcome like that sounds a lot more fun to me than dismissing the national team’s efforts before they even begin.If you want a place on the bandwagon there’s still time. We’ve got plenty of room.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Shafted again…June 3, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Heritage…August 30, 2018Similar postEYEWITNESS: Independence…May 27, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …with our oil!Every expert opinion solicited (and unsolicited!) on what to do with our expected oil revenues has emphasised watching the politicians and bureaucrats in charge of the sector.This advice was proffered over at jolly old La Jolla in Calif, at the conference convened by Exxon, down to the recent symposium of the African Business Roundtable. This isn’t surprising, is it?After all, of all the countries in the world, politically, we most resemble our fellow ex-colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa — with which we share our post-WWII “coming-of-age” independence experience. And look how they’ve squandered their oil revenues!! Nigeria’s as good an example as any.Oil was discovered just before that country got independence in 1960; they experienced the OPEC post-1973 oil boom, but yet most ordinary Nigerians see their oil as a “curse”. Today, they see it as an “evil spirit” that corrupts and eventually destroys everything it comes in contact with.Why? First and foremost, because very little of the hundreds of billions of dollars earned from oil flowed down to the poor.In fact, very quickly, the agricultural sector, which provided a livelihood for most pre-independence Nigerians, was destroyed. By 1974, Nigeria had moved from food self-sufficiency to being a net food importer. Billions and billions were expended on food importation, which couldn’t be reversed by several programmes like their “Operation Feed the Nation”. Too late was the cry!!How different are we with the PNC-led govt’s wilful destruction of our agricultural lands on the coast that’s being removed form sugar? These lands were carved out from mangrove swamps by the sweat and blood of our forebears, yet we’re placing house lots on them in a world that’s literally starving for its produce. For all the talks about “diversification” of agriculture, what has this government done concretely? Zilch!!Then, of course, there’s the massive corruption, theft, outright looting of the government treasury, and endemic fraudulent practices that followed the Nigerian Government getting involved in the oil and its ancillary businesses.And Trotman’s proposed that Guyana follow suit with his ridiculous US$500 million oil services’ facility on Crab Island!It is conservatively acknowledged that the equivalent of 250,000 barrels a day is siphoned off from the Nigerian treasury, and ends up in bank accounts in places like Britain, the US and the EU.When then British PM, David Cameron, was caught telling his Queen that Nigeria was “fantastically corrupt”, Nigerian President Buhari said he didn’t want an apology — just that Britain reveal the accounts hiding illegal funds, and that they be repatriated to Nigeria.We’ve got to understand it ain’t gonna be easy to “watch de govt”, when the watchers are in bed with them!!Who will watch the watchers?…being “post-racial”Your Eyewitness still can’t get over the RISE folks saying they’re “Post-racial”. What’s that? Since their proposed constitutional change includes dealing with our “racial” voting here, does their existence before these changes imply we don’t really need the said changes? Or are they simply some more evolved beings? Your Eyewitness is quite skittish about this “post-racial” talk, after what happened after Barack Obama’s election — which was supposed to usher in that blessed state in “the land of the free and home of the brave”.Rather than paraphrasing, why doesn’t Barrack speak for himself – as he did this January: “I think any talk of it being a post-racial America after my election was never realistic. African-Americans and other minority groups might have felt as if the problems that have built up over centuries, a wealth gap, an education gap; you know, significant poverty; that those things could be addressed overnight.“(Some) also made an unrealistic notion that somehow, ‘Okay, that means discrimination’s over.”Only those who feel it can know it, to fight it!…at the CCJDo we have Jurists of the calibre of Belize’s Abdulai Conteh, who can comprehend the doctrine of “basic structure”, to rule on this case?Or just the usual pedestrian plodders?
Samsung has rolled out an update to its TecTile app, allowing even more smartphone functionality through the use of near field communication (NFC) tags. The app is targeted specifically at owners of the Galaxy S3 as well as the brand new Galaxy Note 2.The whole TecTiles idea is a very interesting test for the acceptance of NFC technology in America. NFC is known usually used as a technology to enable mobile payments — for turning your smartphone into a virtual credit card of sorts. That is not its only purpose, though.NFC simply refers to the ability to trigger an action by placing an electronic chip within range of a receiver that can interact with the chip. It is a very secure form of data transmission which is why the mobile payment concept is so intriguing, but NFC is also what powers the Galaxy S3’s ability to quickly share photos with other Galaxy S III smartphones.The TecTile app is another use of that technology. They are high-tech stickers that you can place on your desk, on your nightstand, on your purse, or wherever, to easily enable certain phone functions. If you swipe your phone over one of these tags, it can, for example, put the phone into silent mode, or launch the Foursquare app, or enable Bluetooth.The updated version of the app adds even more flexibility, giving users the opportunity to create their own complex functions for each tag and to save their own TecTile programs. The update also makes the app available on the Galaxy Note II.NFC’s adoption will no doubt skyrocket as soon as it becomes an integral part of the iPhone, but unfortunately it was not included in the iPhone 5 so there’s probably at least another year of waiting.Google Play via TechCrunchMore reading: How to automate your life with NFC
Yesterday it was rumored and then confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox One chief Don Mattrick had decided to leave the company to become CEO of Zynga.Many gamers angry about the limitations imposed by the Xbox One, which Microsoft later backtracked on and removed, will hold Mattrick to blame. With him now gone, what Microsoft needs is a replacement chief who knows games well and at least has the respect of gamers from their past achievements. Without that, the Xbox One could continue to lose ground to the PS4.Whether Microsoft realizes that or not, it seems they aren’t in any rush to hire someone new or promote an existing Xbox team member. In fact, Don Mattrick is being replaced, but not by a games person. Instead, Steve Ballmer will be taking on his role and handling all communication with the rest of the Xbox management team.Ballmer’s self appointment was revealed in an email he sent to Microsoft staff yesterday detailing Mattrick’s decision to leave the company. The key sentence reads:“Don’s directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.”Steve Ballmer is CEO of Microsoft and in no way a video games person. He’s also not well liked among the public in general, and therefore really not a great person to have fronting the launch of the Xbox One. He’s the guy Microsoft wants talking to business leaders, not standing in front of a camera convincing gamers to pre-order an Xbox One.There’s every chance this is a temporary solution until Microsoft completes its wider management restructuring. But that really needs to happen fast. The Xbox One launches in four months, and they need a new Xbox chief in place with at least two of those months still remaining in my opinion, sooner if possible. [Image credit: jdlasica]
Share2 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4520021 Des Cox By Des Cox Mar 2nd 2019, 6:16 AM Opinion: ‘E-cigarettes may be an effective tobacco cessation tool but at what cost to society’? ‘We don’t want to solve the problems of current smokers by creating a whole new generation of smokers that the tobacco companies can prey on,’ writes Dr Des Cox. 21,284 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article More importantly, we don’t have long-term data on the health impact of chronic e-cigarette use.The main thrust of the argument for the use of e-cigarette devices has been that they are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.Many scientific studies would support this argument but that doesn’t mean that they are harmless. In the same week as the above paper was published, a study from Australia demonstrated that the vapour from e-cigarettes causes damage to lung cells in a laboratory setting.Similar studies have been published corroborating the finding that e-cigarettes have toxic effects on lung cells.This creates a dilemma for health professionals. How can we advise our patients on the use of a tobacco cessation device when we have little or no long-term data on its safety?Is it good enough to simply state to our patients that they’re safer than tobacco products?You must remember that it was a number of decades before the deadly effects of tobacco smoking came to light.This delay was largely down to the nefarious tactics of tobacco manufacturers who hid the truth at every opportunity.Once again, large tobacco companies are flexing their muscle in an attempt to influence the current playing field.Last year, the largest e-cigarette seller in the US was bought out by one of the biggest tobacco manufacturers in the world.Apart from making money, what are tobacco companies trying to achieve with this investment strategy?Tobacco lobbyists want us to believe that tobacco firms aim to create a smoke-free world and switch everyone over to e-cigarettes. One tobacco manufacturer even produced an anti-smoking advertisement last year.According to recent media reports, the tentacles of tobacco lobbyists recently attempted to infiltrate the corridors of Dail Eireann in order to get them to buy into this idea. Or could there be another agenda afoot?As a paediatrician, I am concerned that non-smokers, in particular adolescents, are at risk of taking up e-cigarettes in increasing numbers.There has been a rapid rise in the number of US teenagers using e-cigarettes in the past year. This phenomenon has not yet reached these shores yet but vigilance is needed.We don’t want to solve the problems of current smokers by creating a whole new generation of smokers that the tobacco companies can prey on.The newer devices being marketed by the e-cigarette industry are swish, cool looking and of course, come in multiple different flavours. Some of these flavours are clearly aimed at teenagers. Would a 60-year-old man who wants to quit smoking really go for a banana milkshake or strawberry bubblegum flavoured e-cigarette?Also, the fear remains that the increased use of e-cigarettes may renormalise smoking as a behaviour.So yes, e-cigarettes may be an effective tobacco cessation tool but at what cost to society?Certain countries are adopting differing stances. The Australian government has now banned the sale of e-cigarettes while the UK has adopted a softer approach to the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.Yet the smoking prevalence rates in both countries are similar measuring 14% and 15% respectively. In light of emerging evidence, the Department of Health needs to clearly set out their position on e-cigarettes.A comprehensive review of the current evidence on the topic is needed to inform the public of ongoing developments in the area.Dr Des Cox is the Chair of the Policy Group on Tobacco at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Short URL THERE HAS BEEN a significant discussion regarding e-cigarettes in media outlets recently. The renewed interest comes as a result of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine on the topic.The research study conducted in the UK examined tobacco cessation rates using e-cigarettes compared with regular nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as patches, sprays and gum.The report is the largest of its kind to date and demonstrated that those who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were almost twice as likely to remain off tobacco cigarettes a year later when compared to those who used NRT.The two groups were also given behavioural support in the form of face-to-face counselling sessions throughout the study.The number of people who quit smoking on e-cigarettes in the study was 18%, which is close to the success rates published on other tobacco cessation therapies.Interestingly, four out of five quitters in the e-cigarette group were still using them one year out.This may imply that most people who successfully manage to quit smoking using e-cigarettes fail to kick their nicotine addiction. The study concludes that e-cigarettes are a more effective way of quitting smoking when compared with other Nicotine Replacement Therapies.However, the data published only covers one year so we don’t have any long-term data on quit rates. 51 Comments Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM
Portrait mode: Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad line out for unique tournament pen pics INPHO’S Dan Sheridan has tried to capture the people behind the Ireland crest in these brilliant images. https://the42.ie/4808252 Share87 Tweet Email5 Sat 7:01 AM Jonathan Sexton with his son Luca and daughter Amy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOGarry Ringrose Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOConor Murray with his girlfriend Joanna Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOLuke McGrath Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOTadhg Beirne with his family; mum Brenda girlfriend Harriet sisters Caoimhe, Jennifer, Alannah dad Gerry and dog Luna Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHORhys and Ciaran Ruddock with their dad Mike, mum Bernadette, sister Katie and dog Buddy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJosh van der Flier with his dad Dirk and mum Olly Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAndrew Conway with his fiancee Liz and dog Sadie Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJack Carty with his dog Willow Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Head coach, Joe Schmidt with his son Luke Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHODave Kilcoyne with his dad Pat, brothers Alan and Paraic Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJames Ryan with his dad Mark and brother Mark Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIain Henderson with his wife Suzanne, daughter Lana and dogs Lola and Baily Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOTadhg Furlong with his father JamesJacob Stockdale with his father GrahamKeith Earls with his daughters Laurie and Ella May Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHORobbie Henshaw with his dad Tony and dog Buster Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHORob Kearney (right) with his brother DaveJoey Carbery with his dog Tutu Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCian Healy with his wife Laura Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHODefence Coach, Andy Farrell with his wife Colleen, daughters Gracie and Elleshia, son Gabriel and dog Walter Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAndrew Porter with a picture of his mum Wendy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOPeter O’Mahony with his wife Jess, daughter Indie and son Theo Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJean Kleyn with his dogs Rambo and Heidi Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCJ Stander with his daughter Everli Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHONiall Scannell with his fiancee MaeveJohn Ryan with his wife Zita and son Felix Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOChris Farrell with his girlfriend Estelle Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSean Cronin with his twin sons Cillian and Finn Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJack Conan with his dog Jess Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOJordan Lamour with his dad Ian and brother Adam Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Short URL Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48 Comments By Adrian Russell Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM 47,298 Views
Need for Speed: Payback is Perfect for Those Who Want a Burnout ParadiseThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in November As you may know, I’m a fan of the recently released Need for Speed: Payback. It has just about everything I want from a Need for Speed game and is the closest thing we have to a new Burnout Paradise. With that said, I’m not exactly enamored with how in-game progression works. Though not egregious, it certainly does take some time and effort to unlock upgrades for vehicles if you aren’t willing to spend real-world cash to unlock them faster. In light of the backlash Star Wars: Battlefront II got over its microtransactions, EA has decided to change how loot crates and progression works in Need for Speed: Payback.Developer Ghost Games detailed changes in a Reddit thread over the weekend. “We’ve been using Community feedback, along with our own in-game data and have come up with a number of changes, many of which are in the process of going live,” reads the post. “Our aim with these changes is to make the progression, especially around the ownership of cars a much more enjoyable experience.”Now, players will earn increased REP and Bank simply by participating in events. Bait crates also reward extra REP and Bank. The same applies for competing against Roaming Racers. Air Suspension now appears more often in Shipments, while REP and Bank are increased even if you don’t finish an event in first place. The post concludes by saying additional changes and updates are coming soon. This includes changes to the way tune-up shops work, specifically, the quality and level of parts shops stock.Given how loot crates and microtransactions are viewed lately, it’s wise for EA to change similar items in Need for Speed: Payback. Hopefully, these changes will give the title a second lease on life. As I said in my write up, I believe this is a better racing game than both Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 since it’s, you know, actually fun. With changes to loot crates and progression, Payback has only gotten better. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
In what could be a bonanza for lakhs of government employees, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to submit its recommendations to the finance ministry “soon.”Last month, the union cabinet had extended the deadline for the Seventh Pay Commission to submit its recommendations by four months, to 31 December. “The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon,” sources told PTI.Appointed by the UPA government in February 2014, the Commission was given 18 months to submit its report. The finance ministry estimates the central government’s expenditure on employees’ salaries to rise by nearly 16% to Rs 1.16 lakh crore in the financial year 2016-17 upon the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.The recommendations will benefit about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.The Commission, headed by Justice AK Mathur, is expected to recommend a 40% hike in salaries, according to an analyst at global financial services firm Credit Suisse.Earlier in August, an official with the Commission told Livemint that the Commission would like to keep the retirement age of central government employees unchanged at 60 years.”If we lower the age limit, the pension burden will bust the government’s medium-term fiscal targets,” he had said.The official also said the Pay Commission’s recommendations “need to be effective from 1 January 2016, or by April 2016 at the latest.”
NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target One episode into the new season of Gotham and it’s off to a much stronger start than last year’s. This is a show that knows what we want and isn’t afraid to give it to us. We want crazy villains; this show’s got crazy villains. We want ridiculously improbable storylines; this show’s got those in spades. We want Batman; this show’s got Batman… or a reasonable approximation thereof! Gotham will never be an actual Batman show. Once Bruce Wayne actually dons the cowl, it’s not about the city anymore; it’s about Batman. That’s why this is the closest we’re going to get. And you know? It’s close enough that I don’t mind.After nearly losing Alfred at the end of last season, Bruce has taken to fighting street criminals to train for Ra’s al Ghul’s return. (Of course, Ra’s is already in Gotham, watching Bruce’s every move, but Bruce doesn’t know that yet.) Bruce stops a very similar crime to the one that killed his parents, but one of the criminals complains he has a license. Yes, criminals now have licenses to commit crimes in Gotham. It’s Penguin’s latest plan to Make Gotham Safe Again. (Man, that joke was a lot funnier before November of last year.) By licensing crimes and getting the GCPD to agree to leave licensed criminals alone, Penguin has more than cut Gotham’s crime rate in half. He’s also taking in a cut of any money received and passing along a tiny percentage to the commissioner to keep the police on board.Maggie Geha (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Now, this is the kind of hilariously corrupt, terrible idea you can only find on Gotham. This is the show embracing its insanity. It’s not trying to be a serious drama. It’s just finding new exciting ways to pit criminals, cops and the occasional vigilante against each other. It’s a very expensive version of smacking action figures together. Crime is legal now, but only if you have your criming license! It’s almost as bad an idea as blocking off an entire section of the city to serve as a prison. And I wouldn’t put that past this show either.As you might expect, Gordon isn’t too keen on the idea of letting organized crime run Gotham. Especially ones that rob the bar where he gets his coffee. He argues that under the new system, Gotham’s citizens would begin to trust Penguin instead of the cops. When Penguin’s plan inevitably falls apart, it’ll be harder to get the people on their side again if the GCPD spent their time doing nothing. Most of the department though, is just happy cops aren’t getting shot anymore. Gotham gets points here for at least giving complicit cops a reason to cooperate with Penguin beyond plain corruption. You can even see their position. If I were a police officer in Gotham City, I’d welcome any break from supervillains trying to kill me.Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Of course, supervillains are exactly where Penguin’s licensing scheme falls apart. And boy, does the first half of the season have a great Batman villain in store for us. The unlicensed criminals kidnap the son of Dr. Crane, the inventor of the fear toxin from last season. They use the fear toxin to rob a bank and get away with it before trying to use it against the Penguin at his new club. They also lock Jonathan Crane in a room with the scarecrow he’s terrified of. See where this is going. As villain origins go, this was one of the more fun ones Gotham has given us. It was quick, simple and gave the episode a terrifying ending. This version of Scarecrow might even be scarier than the one in Batman Begins. Speaking of which, I kind of love how shamelessly this season is just remaking that movie. We have Bruce learning how to accomplish his goals as both Batman and Bruce Wayne, Ra’s Al Ghul is hidden somewhere in the city, and now Scarecrow is running around. They even had Bruce pull the disappearing act on Gordon in the middle of a sentence. Gotham has always been Fanservice: The TV Show, and it’s great to see them embrace it so fully like this.The episode fell apart a little bit at the end. Once it got all its characters in the same room, it didn’t really know what to do. There was an awkward, kinda funny flirtation between Bruce and Selina. It didn’t do much except give Alfred a great exasperated line. Penguin captured the criminals before they could use the fear gas, and he would have killed them if Ivy hadn’t cut the power. Her motivations for doing that are… unclear. Is it just because he pissed her off? So Penguin would have killed the men, and the GCPD would still look utterly powerless if Penguin had been a little more patient with Ivy? It doesn’t make a ton of sense, and as a climax to an episode, it’s a little unsatisfying.Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Gotham is back, and it’s just as joyously stupid as ever. The season four premiere didn’t move the overall story forward much, but it set some exciting things in motion for the rest of the season. Selina’s relationship with Tabitha is cute, and watching them become partners in crime should make for some entertaining TV. Robin Lord Taylor’s performance still puts a gigantic smile on my face, and his new hairstyle is perfect for the villain he’s turning into. The Riddler being encased in ice is a nice Chekhov Gun for the rest of the season. We know he’ll thaw out and come after the Penguin sometime this season. It’s just a question of when. That tension alone gives this season a ton of potential. Finally, there’s Bruce Wayne captured by the police right at the end. That should give us at least one interesting storyline next week. As far as Gotham episodes go, it didn’t reach the crazy highs this show is capable of, but it’s not hard to see how this season could get there. Mostly, I’m just happy it’s back.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: Two persons have been arrested for beating up a youth to death at Kalighat. The son and father duo has identified as Kanai Patra and Bapi Patra.According to sources, Bapi was arrested earlier. But later from his statement and local witnesses police came to know that Kanai was the prime accused. He had badly beaten up Sankar Mondal (25). Kanai confessed to crime on Sunday morning. Police came to know that a few persons had threatened Mondal on Sunday and in the next morning his body was found. Police also came to know from local witnesses that a few local residents tied Mondal to a tree and asked him to return a mobile phone. A source of police identified Kanai from the CCTV footage. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMondal was beaten around 2:30 am on Saturday night. He was tied to a tree and assaulted by more than one person. Some locals informed the police about it. Sleuths found the CCTV footage but it was not clear enough to identify any person, sleuths are trying to find who were present there at that point time. Some locals alleged that he was being beaten for allegedly stealing a mobile phone. But no mobile phone was found on Saturday night when Mondal was beaten up.
Your average sex tips and advice magazine these days may be filled with super silly suggestions on what you should and shouldn’t do in bed with your partner, but this is nothing new.In fact, since times immemorial people have been writing about sex. An ancient piece of evidence that originates from the Hindu tradition is the Kama Sutra. Still widely known today, the Kama Sutra was written sometime between the fourth and second centuries B.C. Though this was not exclusively a manual on how to have sex, the Kama Sutra provides the reader with useful information, as well as depictions of various sex positions.Only the missionary position is “natural”In the 13th century, when a German philosopher by the name of Albertus Magnus had his take on sexual positions, he was less liberal in his views than the author of the Kama Sutra.Albertus Magnus was a noted bishop of his era, and the church later canonized him as a Catholic saint. He was also called “Doctor Universalis,” hence it might make sense why he shared his expertise on sex positions alongside taking care of church business.Albertus MagnusAs news.com.au also tell us, Magnus advised that only the missionary position is an entirely “natural” style to embrace in sexual intercourse. Any other position is misbehavior.Doctor Universalis even created a list in which he ranks the top five sex positions from the most to the least acceptable.Erotic plaque depicting an intercourse between a male and a female in a missionary position. From Iraq, Old Babylonian Period, 2000-1500 BCE. Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul Photo byOsama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) CC BY-SA 4.0Progressively more sinful positions, after the preferred missionary, he lists side-by-side, sitting, and standing. Lowest scoring turns out to be the “tergo” one — Magnus’ more preferred way of saying “doggy style” in Latin.Whether Albertus Magnus empirically proved his rank list with personal experiences, we don’t know.Ladies, don’t “tantalize” your man with a handWeird, bizarre, or bad sex advice keeps showing up in different epochs. The year 1680 saw the publication of The School of Venus, or the Ladies Delight Reduced into Rules of Practice. In the book, the curious 17th century reader is introduced to a charming young virgin by the name of Katherine, and Roger, who appears to have his fair share of desires to “deflower” her.FlirtationSome of the advice contained in the lewd and raunchy language of the book is not in favor to hand jobs: “I would have no Woman tantalize a Man with her hand, since she hath a more proper place to receive and bestow his instrument.”pistachiosNext follows a strange piece of advice regarding food. We learn that Roger is not such a bad fellow after all, as — after the act — he offers Katherine some pistachios to eat. The young woman is then informed that after sex, pistachios are “the best restorative in the World.”It’s no good if “his thoughts wander”Food-related sex tips keep showing up in The Book of Nature (1861) penned by James Ashton, a lecturer on sexual physiology. Te major advice here? Check the grocery store for lima beans, tomatoes, onions, or asparagus. These are cited as the best aphrodisiac foods to boost action in the bedroom.Eugen de BlaasBefore we are informed about the wonderful properties of these vegetables, we are also told about other options we should consider: “the particular food which is calculated to stimulate the sexual organs is shell-fish, or sea fish of any kind, and turtle, as these generally contain phosphorus.” So, eat your turtle people!Baby turtle eat flowerOther than this, The Book of Nature provides the reader also with some philosophical advice, such as how to ensure healthy procreation and a healthy offspring. It seems one should be really concentrated when having sex, as: “When a man is performing this act, if his thoughts wander, the product will be feeble, and if his wife become pregnant the offspring will be inferior.This fact is applied to the offspring of great geniuses, who are supposed to be thinking of something else when they beget their children, and hence their descendants are often much below them in intellect.”Masturbating is badAn abundance of bad sex advice can also be dug out from the Victorian days. One common sentiment is against men masturbating.While it is suggested that some foods and drinks should be avoided in order to prevent the shameful act (such as mustard, wine or beer), according to author Henry Hanchett, the habit should be tamed from youth. Parents should “run their children around throughout the day in wild play so the children would be too tired to masturbate before bed.”The advice is particularly applicable to boys as girls have a “low, almost nonexistent sex drive, so only truly deranged females would succumb to the temptations of masturbation.”Don’t share your bed nor room with a spouseThe 1900s brought the advice that wedded partners should not share a bed together if they want to retain a hot sex life, as shared by redbookmag. This advice comes from a 1902 book entitled What a Young Wife Ought to Know.The passage reads: “The custom in many English homes of each having a room, which is peculiarly one’s own, may seem to our freedom-loving natures, a cold custom; but is not this better when a proper self-control seems difficult, than a freedom which degenerates into license?”:Jan Steen – The Sleeping CoupleIt further says: “True, the door between these two rooms should seldom be shut, but the fact that there are two rooms relieves of many temptations, and prevents the familiarity, which even in married life breeds content.”Further, according to the book, women are advised to engage in sexual intercourse only when they wish to have a baby.Never, ever use lubeThe tips were no better some 15 years later when British writer and sex education pioneer Walter Gallichan published his The Psychology of Marriage in 1917. One of the main messages the book has to share with the reader? It sounds familiar. Again, don’t masturbate, because if you do this you will get sick, develop a mental disease, and eventually this will lead to the “destruction of society.”The best tip on how to save society from masturbation? It’s again in the hands of parents, who need to take proper care of their children, including to provide them with a “non-stimulating diet” and “rational clothing.”Two years later, in 1919, American physician H.W. Long advised in his Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living to never, ever use lubricants. Applying any lubes is “filthy” according to this author, adding a comparison that using lubes for your private parts is “like greasing the mouth to make food slip down easily.”Floor-scrubbing is great for the female figureLast but not least, the year 1963 saw Ann Landers’ Talks to Teen-agers about Sex hit the bookshops. According to this author, “Housework, particularly floor-scrubbing, is not only great for the female figure, but it’s good for the soul. And it will help you take the edge off your sexual appetite.”The same writer advising boys how to kill their their sexual temptations? “Don’t sit around and read junk that fires your imagination and stimulates you sexually. Channel your energies into constructive outlets. Go out for football, basketball or baseball. Play tennis, golf, ping-pong, soccer or handball. Improve your swimming, wash the car, paint the garage, practice the trombone, build a boat, do your homework, mow the lawn, clean the attic.”Read another story from us:“Nature never intended that woman’s waists should be like wasps”- Victorian advice to single womenTranslated? Boys, just do anything but don’t have sex. Bonus points for “practicing the trombone.”
Opera Power Saver launches by Martin Brinkmann on May 12, 2016 in Opera – 6 commentsOpera Power Saver is a new feature implemented in Opera 39 designed to improve battery life of mobile device when Opera is used as a web browser.A new Power Saver icon appears in Opera’s main toolbar when the power cable of the laptop is unplugged from the device, This indicates that power saver mode is ready for use.A click on the icon reveals whether the feature is enabled or not, and a toggle lets you switch its state easily.The browser will suggest to enable the power saver mode automatically when battery of the device is running low so that you can squeeze additional minutes of screen time out of the device before it runs out.Opera Power Saver ModeYou find an option in the settings under browser to always show the power icon, but there does not seem to be a preference right now to always enable power saver mode when the device is unplugged.The power savings come from optimizations such as reduced background tab activity, video playback parameter tuning and an adaptive page-redrawing frequency according to Opera.How good is Opera Power Saver?Opera ran tests to compare the power saver mode of the Opera browser to other browsers, and in particular Google Chrome and Opera without power saving mode.According to the company’s test, Opera 39 Developer Edition was able to run 3 hours longer than “browsers like Google Chrome” on a laptop running a 64-bit version of Windows 10.While this has to be confirmed by independent tests and especially on more devices, it is quite an impressive feat. Still, mileage may vary depending on the laptop in question, the web activity and other activity on the device.The new feature does not keep track of statistics currently which makes it difficult to judge its effectiveness when it comes to the power saving functionality on individual devices.It would be great if the browser would make some calculations in the background to provide information about the average power consumption when power saver is enabled and when it is not.All in all, it is an interesting new feature that sets Opera apart from competing browsers. I wish it would offer more options and statistics though.The new power saving mode is just one of the new features that Opera Software added to the web browser this year.The company launched a native ad blocker in Opera Stable this month for instance, making it the first major web browser (from a market share point of view) to do so.Another first was the integration of a browser proxy in Opera which improves privacy while Opera is being used.Opera Developer can be downloaded from the official Opera website, and it can be installed alongside the stable version of the web browser.SummaryArticle NameOpera 39 Power Saver ModeDescriptionOpera 39 ships with a new Power Saver feature designed to improve battery life of mobile device when Opera is used on systems running on battery.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Technology | December 03, 2010 Acceletronics – A Single Source for Radiation Therapy Parts, Service Related Content The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Acceletronics offers service, spare parts and used/refurbished equipment for the radiation therapy market. At ASTRO 2010, the company also launched its TheraView Classic (CL) electronic portal imaging system. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. May 3, 2017 — Epsilon Imaging Inc. announced a research study using EchoInsight was presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017 Annual Scientific Session and Expo conference from a team at Northwestern University. The study, “Strain Imaging in Breast Cancer Patients treated with Current Non-Anthracycline, Trastuzumab-Based Regimens,” was presented by Grier, EA, Akhter N, et al. Until now, trastuzumab is known to increase the risk of cardiotoxicity when combined with anthracycline agents. This study assessed the independent effects of trastuzumab in current non-anthracycline-based regimens on left ventricular function using echocardiographic strain imaging.Thirty-four patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer who were treated with non-anthracycline trastuzumab-based regimens at a single center underwent standard echo studies prior to starting chemotherapy, and again at three-month intervals during therapy. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking strain was retrospectively obtained using EchoInsight software. The results of the study showed 10 patients developing cardiotoxicity during therapy. A significant reduction in global longitudinal strain (GLS) preceded the decrease in LVEF. A significant decrease in global circumferential strain (GCS) was demonstrated after a change in GLS.”Our study demonstrated that trastuzumab-based regimens demonstrate a risk of cardiotoxicity that is independent of anthracyclines,” said Nausheen Akhter, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University and director of cardio oncology at Northwestern Medicine. “Close cardiac surveillance with current non-anthracycline trastuzumab-based regimens is still needed in cardio oncology management.”For more information: www.acc.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Cardio-oncology | May 03, 2017 Strain Imaging Improves Cardiac Surveillance of Certain Breast Cancer Patients ACC study finds echocardiographic strain may improve management for HER2 breast cancer patients on non-anthracycline trastuzumab-based regimens Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more
AI is everywhere and now it’s helping monitor kid’s activities to maintain safety across different schools and prevent school shooting incidents. An AI startup called Securly, co-founded by Vinay Mahadik and Bharath Madhusudan focusses on student safety with the help of features such as web filtering, cyberbullying monitoring, and self-harm alerts. Its cloud-based web filters maintain an age-appropriate internet, monitors bullying and ensures that schools remain CIPA-compliant. Another feature called ‘auditor’ in Securly uses Google’s Gmail service to send alerts when the risk of bullying or self-harm is detected. There’s also a tipline feature that sends anonymous tips to students over phone, text, or email. The machine learning algorithms used by Securly are trained by safety specialists using safe and unsafe content. So, once the algorithms find any content as disturbing, the 24×7 student safety experts evaluate further context behind the activity and reach out to schools and authorities as needed. Securly raised $16m in Series B round of funding last month. The company managed to raise $24 million and was led by Defy Partners. The company now wants to use these funds to amp up their research and development further in K-12 safety. Moreover, Mahadik is also focussing on technologies that can be used across schools without hampering kids’ privacy. He told Forbes, ”You could say show me something that happened on the playground where a bunch of kids punched or kicked a certain kid. If you can avoid personally identifying kids and handle the data responsibly, some tech like this could be beneficial”. Securly currently has over 2,000 paid school districts using its free Chromebook filtering and email auditing services. However, public reaction to the news isn’t entirely positive as many people are criticizing the startup of shifting the focus from the real issue ( i.e. providing kids with much-needed counseling and psychological help, implementing family counseling programs, etc ) and is instead promoting tracking every kid’s move to make sure they don’t ever falter. Securly is not the only surveillance service that has received heavy criticism. Predictim, an online service that uses AI to analyze risks associated with a babysitter, also got under the spotlight, over the concerns of its biased algorithms and for violating the privacy of the babysitters. Read Next Babysitters now must pass Perdictim’s AI assessment to be “perfect” to get the job Center for the governance of AI releases report on American attitudes and opinions on AI Troll Patrol Report: Amnesty International and Element AI use machine learning to understand online abuse against women