Sensex down 190 points Nifty below 11800

first_imgMumbai: After opening on a flat note, the benchmark Sensex fell over 190 points during the early trade on Friday.Investor sentiment took a hit after oil prices rose sharply.Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, surged over 5 per cent on renewed tensions in the Middle East after Iran shot down a US military drone.At 10 a.m., the Sensex traded 190.27 points or 0.48 per cent lower at 39,411.36.The Nifty was 44.80 points or 0.38 per cent down to 11,786.95.On Thursday, Indian shares rose sharply, taking cues from firm global markets after the US Federal Reserve hinted at a rate cut.last_img

Soccer Aid For UNICEF Raises £55 Million For Children

first_imgSoccer Aid for UNICEF 2018, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV, has raised a record-breaking £5,540,259 so far for Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.This amount was raised thanks to the generous support of the UK public, ITV and STV viewers, and the UK government who have matched all donations so far pound for pound. This figure has smashed all previous records for money raised on the night.The eagerly anticipated match took place at a packed out Old Trafford which saw the highest ever Soccer Aid for Unicef attendance – a whopping 71,965 people turned up to watch the match. The match ended in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out with England beating the World XI 7-6 in a sudden death contest with Blake Harrison scoring the winning penalty.Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams’ England side, captained by Olly Murs, went head to head against a Soccer Aid World XI captained by Olympic hero and Player of the Match Usain Bolt. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona made a historic return to Old Trafford, which also saw new and returning players including Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Paddy McGuinness, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Damian Lewis and Mark Wright battle it out on the pitch.Highlights of this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef included two heart-breaking attempts on goal by Usain Bolt – one ruled offside and another that grazed the line, Robbie Keane tapping a goal in past a baffled David Seaman, Lee Mack’s missed opportunity to bring it home for England in penalties and the deafening roar of the Old Trafford crowd as King Eric pulled up his collar and stepped back onto the pitch in the Theatre of Dreams.Tonight’s show was presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, with Unicef UK Ambassador Jessie Ware and Jonas Blue giving musical performances. Jessie joined fellow Unicef UK Ambassador James Nesbitt to provide match punditry alongside comedian Tom Davis.Throughout the ITV show, short appeal films presented by Unicef UK Ambassadors and supporters Michael Sheen, Olly Murs, Nicole Scherzinger, Dermot O’Leary, Keeley Hawes and David Harewood highlighted where the money raised by Soccer Aid for Unicef goes to help protect children in danger around the world.Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose and International Development Minister Lord Bates presented the Soccer Aid for Unicef shield to the victorious England side.Robbie Williams, co-founder of Soccer Aid and England Assistant Manager said: “Tonight we showed that Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 truly is bigger and better than ever before! The passion and commitment of all the players, coaching staff and teams across both World XI and England meant the match raised an incredible, record-breaking £5.5m. I’m truly speechless! Being on the side lines this year, managing the England boys and watching them put in a match winning performance, has really opened my eyes to the place this game now has in the UK public’s hearts. It makes people stand up and take notice. It changes children’s lives! Thank you so much to everyone that came to Old Trafford tonight or watched the match at home and most importantly to all of you who so generously donated. With the UK government matching every pound you have given, children in danger all around the world will see double the impact.”Usain Bolt, Soccer Aid World XI Captain said: “Tonight was such a momentous occasion for me. It was quite simply incredible! I fulfilled my childhood dream by playing a full 90 minutes of football at Old Trafford, I got to play against some seriously good footballers and scored the first penalty for the World XI, despite being robbed of my first goal. I would have loved to have headed home to Jamaica with the Soccer Aid for Unicef trophy under my arm, but my team and I are so proud to know that all of our hard work in training this week has meant that a record-breaking, life-changing amount of money was donated to Unicef tonight. Thank you to everyone who came to Old Trafford and an even bigger thank you to every single person that donated. Trust me, you really have made a difference to so many children’s lives around the world.”Unicef works in more than 190 countries and ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. The money raised through Soccer Aid 2018 will help Unicef to vaccinate children to protect them from deadly disease, provide life-saving food for malnourished children, train teachers and provide education, protect vulnerable children from violence and abuse and deliver humanitarian aid for children in danger from war and disaster around the world.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “I am enormously proud that the British public responded with characteristic generosity to this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef. The UK government is matching public donations pound-for-pound, meaning that, together, we can double the difference for children around the world.”Soccer Aid for Unicef was produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV and was broadcast live on Sunday 10th June 2018. Over the last twelve years the seven Soccer Aid events have now raised more than £29.5 million for Unicef’s work for children.All donations to this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef are being matched by the UK government, doubling the difference for children in danger around the word.JD, the global retailer of sports fashion, was the official Event and Broadcast Partner of Soccer Aid for Unicef. Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Global Sports Brand PUMA served as Official Soccer Aid World XI Partners, with both brands acting as kit sponsors for the Soccer Aid World XI team.last_img read more

Obama income inequality a threat to American social cohesion

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Obama says that combined trends of increased income inequality and decreased mobility pose a fundamental threat to American dreamUS President Barack Obama speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said on Wednesday that they would take measures against income inequalities in the US, one of which would be to raise the minimum wage which is currently below where it was when Harry Truman was in Office in the 1940s.Obama states that the US often accepts more income inequality than many other nations, “because we are convinced that America is a place where, even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.”“But starting in the late ‘70s, this social construct began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world led companies to ship jobs anywhere,  and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost their leverage; jobs paid less and offered fewer benefits,” declared President Obama.Obama stated that since 1979 the US economy has more than doubled in size, but most of the growth has laned with the fortunate few, “The top 10 percent no longer take in one-third of our income; it now takes half,” he said.Obama referring to recent studies said that growth is more fragile and recessions are more frequent in countries with greater inequality.“The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality and trying to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of a minority concern. And we have to reject  politics that suggests any effort to address it in a meaningful way somehow pits the interests of a deserving middle class against those of an undeserving poor in search of handouts,” added Obama.last_img read more

Somalia food security threatened by floods UN agency warns

Recent rains in the Ethiopian highlands have caused an overflow of rivers in southern Somalia, displacing large number of people and aggravating an already serious food supply situation, the UN agency said in a special alert issued at its headquarters in Rome.According to FAO, a recovery in food production in the previous two cropping seasons had eased to some extent food supply difficulties, but the current poor harvest has offset the temporary respite because of an earlier succession of droughts and years of insecurity. The continuing ban on livestock imports from eastern Africa by countries in the Arabian Peninsula due to Rift Valley Fever is causing substantial loss of income, particularly in northern Somalia. The ban imposed in September 2000 is estimated to have cost the country hard currency earnings of some $120 million.Reflecting a grim food outlook, the FAO alert says cereal prices have increased sharply and are expected to rise further, eroding the purchasing power of a large section of the population. As a result of the global economic downturn, remittances, which normally contribute up to an estimated $500 million to the economy compared to about $60 million in foreign aid, are expected to dwindle significantly. Large numbers of households depending on remittances will have their access to food seriously affected. FAO also noted that the assets of Somalia’s biggest remittance company, Al Barakat, have been frozen following the events of 11 September. read more

Security Council must condemn Israeli attack demand cessation of hostilities Annan says

Convening a meeting today of the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it must condemn last night’s Israeli bombing of a village in southern Lebanon which left scores dead, and must call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, warning that a failure to act decisively would undermine the United Nations itself.In his address to the Council, Mr. Annan also reported on demonstrations against the UN in Beirut, and appealed to all people everywhere to respect UN personnel.“We meet at a moment of extreme gravity – first and foremost for the people of the Middle East, but also for the authority of this Organization, especially this Council,” said the Secretary-General, who, under Article 99 of the Charter, “may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”He said the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) no longer operates in Qana, which was bombed by Israel last night, and therefore had no personnel nearby at the time of the attack – “though Chinese engineers and two medical teams have now managed to reach the area.” They are helping to clear the rubble and giving treatment to survivors. Citing preliminary reports from the Lebanese authorities, he said at least 54 people have been killed, among them at least 37 children “We must condemn this action in the strongest possible terms, and I appeal to you to do likewise,” said the Secretary-General, voicing dismay that his earlier calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities were not heeded.“I repeat that call once again from this Council chamber, and I appeal to the Council to do likewise. And I send my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of violence – in Lebanon, in Israel, and in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Gaza.” He said the tragedy “has, rightly, provoked moral outrage throughout the world,” and expressed regret that some Lebanese broke into the UN headquarters in Beirut and briefly set fire to it. Three staff members were reported injured, none critically, and the fire was extinguished. The Secretary-General expressed gratitude to for the Government of Lebanon for its assistance with the response. “The UN House is the hub of our humanitarian activities in Lebanon,” said Mr. Annan, pledging: “These will continue throughout the country.” At the same time, he expressed fear that similar reactions could occur elsewhere in the region or in the wider Islamic world. “I appeal to the authorities and people in all countries to respect and ensure the safety of UN personnel. I appeal to everyone to understand that we are doing our best to help – through diplomacy, through humanitarian action and by the efforts of UNIFIL, which as you know itself suffered tragic losses only a few days ago,” he added. Four UN Military Observers lost their lives at Patrol Base Khiyam, in Southern Lebanon, on 25 July during an Israeli bombardment.“The tragic events in Qana remind us that, ten years ago over 100 people who had taken refuge in this same village suffered a similar fate. We must deliver the region from this seemingly endless cycle of violence,” the Secretary-General told the Council, noting that in the last 18 days, several hundred Lebanese citizens have been killed – the vast majority of them civilians, and at least a third of them children. During the same period, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have had to flee their homes, many of them under heavy shelling. Meanwhile over 50 Israelis have died, including 19 civilians, and the population of northern Israel has been subjected to intense and continuous rocket fire, and thousands are now in shelters, he noted. “It is important to stress that both sides in this conflict bear a heavy responsibility, and there is strong prima facie evidence that both have committed grave breaches of international humanitarian law.”While “no one disputes Israel’s right to defend itself,” the Secretary-General pointed out that “by its manner of doing so it has caused, and is causing, death and suffering on a wholly unacceptable scale.” He recalled that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reminded all parties that they may he held accountable for any breaches of international humanitarian law. At the same time, he said the most urgent need now is to bring the fighting to a halt without further delay. “For that, this Council has a solemn responsibility,” he said, reiterating his call for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian relief to reach the victims. “While that is happening, we can work together on the political framework needed for a lasting ceasefire and a sustainable solution: the strengthening of Lebanon’s Government, the disarming of all militias, and the implementation of all Security Council resolutions.”The Secretary-General pledged to work with the Council in the development and deployment of a stabilisation force to support the Government of Lebanon in its decision and responsibility to extend its authority throughout the country. “I know there are differences among the Council’s members about the precise sequence of actions needed. I beg you to set those differences aside, and come together on the most urgent point – the immediate cessation of hostilities,” he said. Mr. Annan also reported that Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said the country’s Government will no longer engage in further diplomatic discussions, and efforts to find a solution, without a ceasefire.In addition, the Secretary-General informed the Council that the Israeli Defence Forces have told UNFIL that they want the population of two villages, Ramyah and Ayta ash-Shab, to be evacuated before sunset today.“Of course UNIFIL has refused to evacuate the villages indicating that they don’t have the capacity and these requests have come where the assistance is required from the government of Lebanon,” he said. “This is something I thought you should know to let you understand the dynamics in the region and in the south.” In closing, the Secretary-General framed the problem in the larger context of UN legitimacy. “The authority and standing of this Council are at stake. People have noticed its failure to act firmly and quickly during this crisis,” he said, offering the example of the attacks today on the UN in Beirut. “For the sake of the people of the region and of this Organization, I urge you to act, and to act now.” read more

Burger Kings next conquest Hot dog king

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King’s next conquest: Hot dog king NEW YORK, N.Y. – Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu.“This is probably the most obvious product launch ever,” said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America.With the launch, Burger King says it will offer hot dogs at all 7,100 of its U.S. restaurants — more U.S. locations than any other chain. Smaller chains that sell hot dogs include Dairy Queen and Sonic Drive-In.The move comes as Burger King works to push up sales amid intensifying competition, with McDonald’s offering breakfast items all day to spark a turnaround, while Wendy’s offers a “4 for $4” deal to get customers in the door. In 2014, Burger King’s sales rose 2.1 per cent at established locations in the U.S. and Canada. Parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. reports results for 2015 next week.The hot dogs are being supplied Kraft Heinz, which owns Oscar Mayer. Investment firm 3G Capital manages both Restaurant Brands and Kraft Heinz, which also supplies ketchup to Burger King.Macedo said hot dogs would build on Burger King’s momentum given their growing popularity, including at trendy eateries.Tests of the hot dogs in a handful of cities last year resulted in unspecified sales increases, according to Burger King. The food-review website The Impulsive Buy noted the hot dogs seem “small and not quite substantial enough” but otherwise gave them a positive review.Still, fast-food history is riddled with menu flops, and Burger King is no exception. In 2013, for instance, the chain launched lower-calorie fries called “Satisfries.” They failed less than a year later.Macedo recalled another Burger King failure from the past.“At some point, they tried popcorn. They would give it away for free to guests in the restaurants. I wasn’t here, but I hear a lot about the popcorn days,” Macedo said.Burger King’s “Grilled Dogs” will come in two varieties. The “classic” hot dog will be topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, and 310 calories. The company suggesting franchisees sell it for $1.99. A chili cheese version has 330 calories, with the suggested price of $2.39.To get workers excited, Burger King says it enlisted Snoop Dogg and Charo to star in training videos for making the hot dogs. The company says they’re internal videos, but allowed reporters to record them on their phones, meaning they’re likely for marketing purposes.___Follow Candice Choi at This Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, photo, shows a Burger King “chili cheese” hot dog at a media event to introduce the restaurant’s new menu item, in New York. Burger King plans to start selling the hot dogs in the U.S. on Feb. 23. The company says it will offer two options of grilled dogs, the “chili cheese” and “classic” that has relish, onions, ketchup and mustard. (AP Photo/Candice Choi) read more

Its Official Caron Butler Heading Home to the Milwaukee

The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks closed on a deal that would send veteran forward Caron Butler to the Bucks in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.A person close to the deal confirmed it on the condition of anonymity, because neither ball club made the information public.Butler, who grew up in nearby Racine, Milwaukee, has been outspoken about playing for his hometown Bucks, but was unable to until now. Butler will join Brandon Knight, Brandon Jennings, and Larry Sanders, giving the team a fighting chance in the Eastern Conference.Butler’s contract value will likely become public when the official announcement is made.

Researchers record malaria parasite entering a red blood cell

first_imgAs humans we all know what infections are. We’ve all had colds, treated wounds to stop them getting infected, and a few of us have suffered worse such as contracting malaria. But most of us only understand that some parasite or bug gets into our body and causes us to get ill. We’ve never been able to visualize it. That is, until now.Dr. Jake Baum, from the Infection and Immunity Division, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, managed to capture the moment a malaria parasite invades a red blood cell. The recording was made possible through the use of transmission electron microscopy and 3D immunoflourescence microscopy.In order to capture the invasion, Dr. Baum had to control it. He used two drugs to block and then enable the malaria parasite to invade one of the cells, giving the camera more chance of seeing an invasion happen while it recorded.The end result is a 30 second attack and win for the parasite. According to Baum it quite literally drills into the cell:The parasites produce a protein called the tight junction marker and use it to attach to and drill into red blood cells. At the beginning of invasion it’s a dot, as the parasite enters the cell it becomes a beautiful circle, and then the marker is behind the parasite. Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

Geek deals 344 off Dell Inspiron 15z 15inch ultrabook Galaxy Tab 2

first_imgWhen you hear the term “ultrabook”, you probably think of a smaller, thin, and light aluminum laptop with good battery life at a decent price point. And you would be right, most ultrabooks offer 13-14 inch screens and of course meet the requirements around thickness, performance, and battery life set forth by Intel.Most manufacturers have at least a couple different ultrabook models, but we have yet to see one larger than 14-inches until Dell released their Inspiron 15z. That’s right, this machine uses an ultrabook chassis wrapped around a 15.6-inch HD screen. Far more portable than your average 15-inch laptop, the 15z measures under an inch thin and just 4.7 lbs, despite offering an impressive number of features and even a built-in DVD drive.A total of four USB 3.0 ports are included, impressive for an ultrabook, along with gigabit ethernet, HDMI video output, media card reader, Wireless-N, HD webcam, and Bluetooth 4.0. But this model isn’t here just for play; our deal today includes a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 32GB mSATA SSD, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M switchable graphics.This model takes the standard ultrabook formula and adds a lot of oomph to it, letting you have the performance AND portability you need to work just about anywhere. Normally such a machine runs over $1200 and after the nearly $400 in savings we found it’s a good deal at just $899.99. But what really sweetens this offer is the extra $150 Dell e-gift card you get for free, which is good for anything sold by Dell and is perfect for picking up some new accessories or a nice discount on a monitor or HDTV.This is the best offer we have seen on a high end ultrabook in a long time, coming out to just $799 if you use the gift card, but don’t wait too long to grab this one as the gift card offers tend to end quickly.Dell Inspiron 15z Non-touch w/ Core i7, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 630M + FREE $150 gift card for $899.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,243.99 | use coupon DCRXHQXTZRV5WT | ends soon)Our other deals:Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 16GB Android 4.0 Tablet (refurbished) for $259.98 + $2.97 shipping (reg. $299.98)Microsoft Office365 Home Premium (5 PCs, 1 year) [download] for $89.99 (reg. $99.99 | use coupon VZQG7WPT?PJ4C4)last_img read more

81yearold man sentenced in Social Security fraud

first_imgHere is a press release from U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holden in Portland, Ore.81 YEAR-OLD PORTLAND MAN SENTENCED IN SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUDPORTLAND, Ore. – Lafayette Frederick Keaton was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for defrauding the Social Security Administration and the Department of Human Services for the past 13 years.Judge Garr M. King advised Keaton that his criminal conduct justified a sentence of incarceration but also noted that Keaton’s age and health warranted a sentence at the lowest end of the 12 – 18 month sentencing guidelines range.Keaton pled guilty in July to using his dead brother’s identity to collect more than $139,000 in social security, food stamps, and Medicare benefits. Keaton was also ordered to pay full restitution.Keaton’s case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Investigations in Salem and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Cooper as part of a partnership venture between the Seattle Region, SSA Office of the General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Aldridge named to NBA AllStar team

first_imgThis is what you’d call one of those “good problems.” Like he does every year, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge purchased an airplane ticket to his home city of Dallas during the All-Star break. After all, he was denied selection to the All-Star Game in each of his first five NBA seasons, so perhaps in an act of self-defense, he kept his hopes low and planned on heading back to Texas. Then the word came from the NBA on Thursday afternoon: For the first time in his career, Aldridge had been selected as an All-Star team reserve. Dallas will have to wait. This time, he’s Orlando-bound. “I’m going to have to see if I can get that money back,” Aldridge said on a conference call. “I was planning on not making it. I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Aldridge’s thoughts stood in stark contrast to the rumors circling around the league. The 26-year-old’s 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game are fifth and 10th in the NBA, respectively — which might be why Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, Denver coach George Karl, and New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams had each said that Aldridge earned their vote before the results were announced. Even so, Aldridge made sure to keep his optimism in check. It was just a year ago that he was considered a strong candidate to earn the final spot on the Western Conference roster, only to watch Minnesota’s Kevin Love be selected in front of him. So when he got the nod this year, he made sure to pinch himself before patting himself on the back.last_img read more

Gamers spent 25 billion in America alone in 2010

first_imgA new study coming from market research Newzoo puts the pecuniary fortunes of the North American gaming market in 2010 in perspective: gamers spent almost $25 billion on games during the last year alone, but it wasn’t quite a banner year… that number’s down a smidge from 2009’s revenues.According to Newzoo’s report, video games brought in about $24.7 billion in 2010, which is a 2% drop from 2009. These numbers don’t include device or console sales, but refer to software only. That 2% drop isn’t ideal for game devs, but it’s no cause for concern: games are clearly still bringing in tons of money.More interesting than the actual sales amounts, though, are the way that the pie slices resized themselves compared to 2009. It’s true that console games still take up the vast majority of that $24.7 billion, commanding a 43% slice at $10.6 billion in revenues, but social network based gaming (Facebook games) and mobile devices saw huge increases in revenue over 2009. Social network games alone saw a projected $1.5 billion in total sales within 2010, a meteoric 66% rise over the numbers of the year before. Meanwhile, mobile device saw an increase of 46% over 2009, selling over $1.6 billion.Also chipping away at consoles’ dominance? Game downloads on the PC and Mac through digital delivery services like Steam, which saw sales increase by 60% to a target of $2.5 billion.I wonder how the pie will redistribute itself again in 2011, as the likes of Facebook, the App Store and Steam continue to grow.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

New Option for Online Backup Offers USB Ease Without the Fear of

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the January 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » January 19, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Web-based data storage services such as Dropbox, and other cloud options are starting to replace the trusty–but easily misplaced–portable, solid-state flash drive. But limits on the amount of data that can be stored online, the cost of such storage and nagging security issues limit how small firms tend to use these backup services.Boston-based iTwin is attempting to ease the pain of the online backup process by combining the strengths of web-based data storage with (now) old-fashioned flash drives. The company’s new USB-based file-sharing tool lets users pass data between two internet-connected computers without using a dedicated web storage service or remote access software.Related: This Cloud-Based Storage Service Offers Deep Features for BusinessesThe iTwin is clever, but not completely intuitive: Users plug the $99, two-part device–which looks like a normal USB flash that can be snapped in half–into a computer. The software launches from the iTwin automatically, and users designate which files or folders should be shared. Next, users detach one half of the iTwin, leaving the other half plugged into the main computer. Then they just plug the detached half into the USB port of any other web-connected Mac or PC, and voilà: the remote PC has direct access to shared files back at the office.The effect, we found, was a bit like having a very large, web-connected flash drive but with an incredible benefit: If the iTwin gets misplaced, there won’t be any data lost.Brian Chamberlain, iTwin’s vice president of marketing, says the service is particularly useful for employees who need a secure way to share large, confidential files (such as accounting data) with remote clients.Related: How Many Bytes Do You Need for Your Data-Storage Buck?One knock against iTwin: For now, it allows sharing between only two computers. But Chamberlain says the company is working on enhancements, set to roll out later this year, that will allow the device to access multiple computers running on the same office network.Either way, for on-the-go entrepreneurs looking for a way to bypass the headaches of web storage or potential data loss, the iTwin is worth a look. last_img read more

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first_img This shows transverse gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted MR images obtained superior to the carotid artery bifurcation in a 72-year-old man. L = ICA lumen. (a) Low-signal-intensity calcium (arrow) and lipid core (arrowheads) can be seen. (b) Note contouring of the ICA. The outer adventitial wall (red), lipid core (blue), calcification (green), and vessel lumen (purple) are visible.Credit: Radiological Society of North America November 17, 2009 – Scientists have created a one-step, point-of-care diagnostic test based on a silicon chip that uses a smaller blood sample, is significantly faster, portable, and easier to use than current testing devices used to detect disease markers.IBM said its new technology can test for many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. The company said the results are so quick and accurate that a patient’s serum or blood sample can be tested immediately following a myocardial infarction to enable the doctor to take a course of action and predict the patient’s survival rate. As reported in Lab on a Chip, December 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 23, IBM Research-Zurich scientists Luc Gervais and Emmanuel Delamarche, in collaboration with the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland, developed a new diagnostic test using capillary forces to analyze tiny samples of serum or blood for the presence of disease marker proteins. Capillary action is the tendency of a liquid to rise in narrow tubes or to be drawn into small openings. IBM scientists have encoded the forces of capillary action on a microfluidic chip made of a silicon compound, similar to those used in computer chips, leveraging IBM’s experience in developing and manufacturing silicon semiconductor wafers. The chip, which measures 1 by 5 centimeters, contains sets of micrometer wide channels where the test sample flows through in approximately 15 seconds, several times faster then traditional tests. The filling speed can be adjusted to several minutes when the chip requires additional time to read a more complex disease marker. The microfludic chip consists of a microscopic path for liquids with five innovative stages: • Stage 1: A 1 microliter sample, 50 times smaller than a tear drop, is pipetted onto the chip, where the capillary forces begin to take effect. • Stage 2: These forces push the sample through an intricate series of mesh structures, which prevent clogging and air bubbles from forming.• Stage 3: The sample then passes in a region where microscopically small amounts of the detection antibody have been deposited. These antibodies have a fluorescent tag and similar to the antibodies within our body, they recognize the disease marker and attach to it within the sample. Only 70 picoliters (a volume 1 million times smaller than a tear) of these antibodies are used, making their dissolution in the passing sample extremely fast and efficient. • Stage 4: The most critical stage is called the “reaction chamber” and it measures 30 micrometers in width and 20 micrometers in depth, roughly the diameter of a strand of human hair. Similar to a common pregnancy test, in this stage the disease marker that was previously tagged is captured on the surface of the chamber. By shining a focused beam of red light, the tagged disease markers can be viewed using a portable sensor device that contains a chip similar to those used by digital cameras, albeit this one being much more sensitive. Based on the amount of light detected, medical professionals can visually confirm the strength of the disease marker in the sample to determine the next course of treatment. • Stage 5: Less a stage and more a part of the entire process is the capillary pump. The capillary pump, which has a depth of 180 micrometers, contains an intricate set of microstructures, the job of which is to pump the sample through the device for as long as needed and at a regular flow rate, just like the human heart. This pump makes the test accurate, portable and simple to use. IBM scientists have developed a library of capillary pumps so that tests needing a variety of sample volumes or test times can still be done without having to re-engineer the entire chip.Due to its small size, the chip can be embedded in several types of form factors, depending on the application, including a credit card, a pen or something similar to a pregnancy test. Besides diagnosing diseases, the test is also flexible enough to test for chemical and bio hazards. For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 read more News | May 06, 2011 FDA Announces New Device Approvals from March 2011 May 6, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its list of pre-market approval (PMA) decisions for… read more News | April 08, 2011 FDA Releases February PMA Device Approvals The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week released its February list of device and technology premarket… read more The smallest point-of-care ultrasound platform available is the V-Scan, released earlier this year by GE Healthcare. The devices is about the size of a pocket personal digital assistant (PDA). Computed tomography scan of the heart, allowing 3-D views of cardiac anatomy, including the coronary arteries. Feature | March 27, 2015 Imaging Tests Detect Coronary Artery Disease Long Before it Strikes Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely… read more Technology | April 14, 2011 Portable Imaging Device Bring Automated Arterial Imaging to Clinicians April 14, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a portable cardiovascular imaging system. 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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Dr. Leung, pictured, says having an efficient system is key to minimizing patient wait times and handling a large volume of patients.When your practice sees an average of 150 women a day, efficiency is key to ensuring that each patient receives the best possible care. For the past several years, the Breast Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network, has chosen to standardize on Hologic equipment, from its Selenia digital mammography systems and SecurView workstations to the majority of the elements used in its biopsy practice, including the Multi-Care Platinum breast biopsy guidance system; Eviva, ATEC and Celero vacuum-assisted breast biopsy devices, and biopsy site markers.“Having an efficient system is key for us to do everything well and minimize patient wait times, while being able to handle a large volume of procedures,” says Jessica Leung, M.D., medical director of the CPMC Breast Health Center. “Using one vendor for the most part that supports us at many levels of care and provides a seamless integrated product line is an important part of this.”The Breast Health Center is one of the largest single-site practices in the region and, as such, it sees an exceptionally diverse cross-section of patients.“We need devices that allow us to choose the most appropriate imaging modality for the patient, whether that modality is stereotactic X-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or even tomosynthesis in the future,” says Leung. “Plus, five of our seven radiologists who specialize in breast imaging and perform biopsies have his or her own individual preferences. Hologic provides multimodality systems that allow us to be prepared for virtually any patient who comes through our doors, as well as features other options for specialized needs.”As one example, the Eviva breast biopsy petite needle design accommodates many patients who would otherwise require surgical excisions due to the location of the lesion and size of their breast.It isn’t simply the breadth of products on which Leung and her team place a high priority. Technological advances are just as critical and, says Leung, a key reason she chose Hologic in the first place. For example, Hologic was the first to come out with a closed tissue collection chamber. “Everything is collected at once instead of piecemeal,” notes Leung.That original piece of equipment was the ATEC breast biopsy and excision system. The tissue collection chamber of the ATEC — and now the Eviva device — is closed, with all tissue specimens collected at the back of the hand piece. This eliminates the need for the operator to manually handle each biopsy core as it is acquired, so there is no need to continuously stop and re-start the procedure to remove or review samples.“There’s a debate about collecting tissue samples together. From our years of experience, the distance between each successive tissue sample is quite small, such that it usually makes little clinical difference to collect tissue samples as separate and distinct pieces,” says Leung, who adds that many of the biopsy device manufacturers are following Hologic’s lead by adopting a closed tissue collection chamber because of its time-saving benefit. The Eviva device’s integrated end-deploy biopsy site marking solution further streamlines the process, because there are no calculations required at the end of the procedure to accurately mark the biopsy area.Leung notes that one of the most valuable recent advances from Hologic in the biopsy arena isn’t designed to streamline workflow, but rather to improve patient care: the pneumatic mechanism for rapid needle advancement, which was incorporated when Hologic introduced the Eviva device.Stereotactic X-ray guided biopsy devices have traditionally utilized a spring-loaded adapter system to advance the needle into the breast, resulting in a loud noise that sounds much like the firing of a staple gun. Says Leung, “The average patient should not feel much sharpness or pain after we administer the Lidocaine. But the loud noise tells them something is piercing the breast and sends a pain signal to the brain, essentially a psychological versus physiological response. They also get so startled when they hear that noise, they often jump as a reflex. The quiet deployment — it sounds like a little puff — is a big advance in patient comfort.”The Eviva device offers another feature that makes a significant difference to Leung’s patients and saves time: the inclusion of a continuous pain management system, which was first introduced with the ATEC device. Pain medication is delivered directly into the cavity in a radial pattern, covering the necessary area to anesthetize the tissue with each biopsy cycle. This eliminates the need to stop the procedure should a patient feel pain and inject the anesthetic into the cavity before continuing. The result is a faster procedure that minimizes the time the patient spends on the biopsy table with her breast in compression and maximizes room turnover for the Center.For a busy facility like the CPMC Breast Health Center, the service and support built into its equipment can make or break a practice. As Leung notes, its service contract with Hologic provides a dedicated technical support team that’s available around-the-clock to keep them up and running at all times.Case study supplied by Hologic Inc.Hologic, ATEC, Celero, Eviva, MultiCare, SecurView and Selenia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.The comments included in this article are the opinions and personal stories of the individuals quoted and not necessarily those of Hologic.This information is intended for medical professionals and/or specific product users residing in the United States and other countries and should not be considered as a solicitation or promotion of any product or of an indication of any product that is not authorized by the laws and regulations of another country where the reader resides. This article could refer to products that are or may not be available in any particular country and/or may not have received market clearance by a governmental regulatory body for indications and restrictions in different countries. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more read more Case Study | May 03, 2012 Products From a Single Vendor Pave the Way to Efficient, Effective Patient Care The Breast Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more last_img read more

Turrialba Volcano eruption spreads ash across northeastern San José

first_imgVolcanologists from the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN) reported a new eruption of Turrialba Volcano at 6:58 a.m. on Thursday.The explosion expelled ash and vapor more than 1 kilometer high above the crater and lasted for about 10 minutes.RSN volcanologist Mauricio Mora said minutes before the explosion, instruments at various nearby stations recorded a strong tremor around the Turrialba area. Ash continued to spew from the crater during most of the morning, RSN reported.Wind direction at the time was heading west and southwest from Turrialba, therefore ashes from the explosion reached communities in the northeastern part of the San José metropolitan area, including Guadalupe, Sabanilla and Coronado.The National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) said ash was expected to spread throughout a 50 km (31 mile) radius around the volcano, which is located some 50 km east of San José.Activity at Turrialba Volcano had been muted in recent weeks following a very active period that started after strong explosions on April 30. Facebook Comments Related posts:Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano spews ash, vaporlast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Tick Up Ahead of FOMC Meeting

first_imgMortgage Rates Tick Up Ahead of FOMC Meeting Despite soft housing news, mortgage rates experienced a moderate increase ahead of next week’s economic policy update from the Federal Open Market Committee.According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate came up to 4.33 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending April 24, up from 4.27 percent in the previous week. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.40 percent, almost a full point lower.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.39 percent (0.6 point), moving up from 3.33 percent.Meanwhile, the average rates for 5- and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were unchanged at 3.03 percent (0.5 point) and 2.44 percent (0.5 point), recorded similar upticks in its own national survey, with the 30-year fixed shifting up 5 basis points to 4.43 percent and the 15-year fixed sliding up to 3.54 percent. Unlike Freddie Mac, Bankrate observed a slight increase in the 5/1 ARM, which was up to 3.34 percent.“The economy has started to shake off the brutal winter that held back the pace of recovery, but Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s comments about inflation remaining too low is helping to keep a lid on bond yields and mortgage rates,” the finance site said in a release.With Fed leaders scheduled to meet at the end of April to discuss the shape the economy’s in and determine what’s next for monetary policy, half of commentators in Bankrate’s weekly survey expect opportunities for more hikes ahead.“Investors have been misconstruing every Fed statement since Janet Yellen assumed the chair, and they’ll need a few more repetitions before they wise up,” commented Holden Lewis, assistant managing editor for “I expect them to freak out over some innocuous statement by dumping mortgage bonds onto the market and causing yields to rise, and with them, mortgage rates.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Janet Yellen Mortgage Rates 2014-04-24 Tory Barringercenter_img Share April 24, 2014 398 Views last_img read more

FILE In this July 27 2010 photo Aretha Franklin

first_img FILE- In this July 27, 2010 photo, Aretha Franklin performs at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Franklin’s 4,148-square-foot brick Colonial-style house in Bloomfield Township, Mich., is listed for $800,000. It offers five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and access to the gated community’s pool and tennis courts. Franklin was 76 and living in downtown Detroit when she died in August from advanced pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2018 8:35 am PDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2018 at 12:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The suburban Detroit home of the late “Queen of Soul” is for sale.Aretha Franklin’s 4,148-square-foot (385-square-meter) brick Colonial-style house in Bloomfield Township is listed for $800,000 . It offers five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and access to the gated community’s pool and tennis courts.There also is a three-car garage, jetted tub with sauna and multiple decks.Franklin was 76 and living in a riverfront apartment in downtown Detroit when she died in August from advanced pancreatic cancer. Her songs “Think” and “Respect” are R&B classics.Franklin died without a will . Her tangible assets include several pieces of property in the Detroit area that according to tax assessors’ estimates are worth at least $2 million, with a market value that could easily be twice that.center_img Home of late music icon Aretha Franklin listed for salelast_img read more

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