9 days ago​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debut

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debutby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBilly Gilmour has spoken about the advice that he received from Frank Lampard before making his Chelsea debut.The 18-year-old got his chance to shine with the senior side against Sheffield United in August. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw.Gilmour has now revealed the words he exchanged with boss Lampard before the match.”The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family were coming down and saying make sure they come,” the Scotland U21 international told reporters.”We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be good’, but it was 2-1 when I came on. “That shows you how much trust he has in the younger players to put you on in such a tight game.”It finished 2-2, which wasn’t the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true of playing in the Premier League.” last_img read more

CANADIANS STEPHAN JAMES AND WINNIE HARLOW ARE ELLE CANADA COVER STARS FOR

first_imgActor Stephan James and model Winnie Harlow may have careers that have led them far away from home, but their connection to Toronto is stronger than ever. In our cover story, shot on the streets of Little Jamaica, we find out what it takes to walk a path of your own creation and go up against the odds and win.WINNIE HARLOWWinnie Harlow is striding down Eglinton West in Toronto’s Little Jamaica like she’s on a runway in Paris. She’s wearing a floor-length houndstooth Chanel coat and not much else. Traffic has come to a halt as our photographer orbits her, and people passing by are scrambling for their phones so they can capture the moment. And this is definitely a moment. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Aecon Group receives approval to rejoin Gordie Howe bridge consortium

first_imgTORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. says it has received approval to rejoin the group selected as the preferred proponent to build and operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge.Aecon’s request to rejoin its partners as part of the Bridging North America team was approved following a review by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Crown corporation responsible for the project.The consortium, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Fluor Canada, was selected as the preferred proponent for the project in July.Aecon was initially part of the group but pulled out in May as it was undergoing a federal review about a proposed takeover by a Chinese state-owned company that was ultimately blocked by the Canadian government.Before the takeover by China Communications Construction Company was rejected, the federal government had reportedly decided that Aecon couldn’t work on the bridge for security reasons and opposition from the U.S. administration.The group’s plan for the bridge calls for a six-lane, 2.5-kilometre cable-stayed design. The cost, design details and expected construction schedule are expected to be announced once the contract has been awarded and signed in September.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)last_img read more

Journalist group says years 94 killings end recent decline

first_imgBRUSSELS — An international trade association says killings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half- dozen years.The International Federation of Journalists said in an annual report set for release on Monday that the number of media industry workers slain around the world rose to 94, 12 more than in 2017.Before the now-ended downward trend, the news industry saw 121 staff killings in 2012 and as many as 155 in 2006.The deadliest country for people who work in the news media this year was Afghanistan, where 16 of the killings occurred. Mexico was next, with 11. Yemen had nine media slayings and Syria eight in 2018.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive huge success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 21st Annual Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive was a huge success on Sunday as volunteers collected food items for the Salvation Army.Members of the Fort St. John Huskies, along with other volunteers, went around town collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Once the items were collected, they were brought back to the North Peace Arena to be sorted and packed into boxes.After being packed, the boxes were loaded into the Huskies coach bus and delivered to the Salvation Army. Packed boxes as they awaited to be loaded onto the bus. Photo by Scott BrooksCampaign Organizer, Allen Karasiuk, says the Food Drive was a big success.“The Food Drive was very successful this year as we did significantly better this year than last. As usual, the community was extremely generous in their donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank. In particular, ConocoPhillips was a lead corporate sponsor with a $1500 donation and the Burgher family (Paul, Mollie and Teri) donated approximately two pickup truckloads of food. The kids at Alwin Holland Elementary School also collected a significant amount of food.”Karasiuk also says they had approximately 60 volunteers to help out with the campaign.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army says the timing for Food Drive is perfect as they prepare for food hampers.“It’s really going to have an impact on our community over the Christmas season. We already have 140 people registered for food hampers in the community that we will be giving out in mid-December. So, the timing of this Food Drive is perfect because it comes right into when we have to prepare these food hampers.”last_img read more

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Glen Barretto’s ‘Dusty to meet Rusty’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, “Dusty to meet Rusty”. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. “Dusty to meet Rusty” will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and “Bole Chudiyan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img read more

Million Dollar Memo enters final round

first_img20 companies from up to 11 countries could see themselves spending up to AU$1 million in Australia’s sunshine state’s incentive experiences after making it through to the final round of Tourism Queensland’s MICE campaign.Delivering the good news earlier this week, Minister for Tourism Jan Jaratt said the Million Dollar Memo campaign has already generated up to $12 million worth of publicity for Queensland to the world and reached an audience of up to five million people.The Minister said even though the final group will experience the AU$1 million incentive, shortlisted companies have undertaken “creative promotional activity”.”These promotional activities have in effect been fantastic mini-campaigns for Queensland and the overall aim to promote Queensland as a leading incentive travel destination is certainly being achieved,” Ms Jaratt explained.The finalists range from small and larger businesses and include companies from Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, China, Germany, Korea, India, UK, US and New Zealand.  Moving on to the next round, Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes explained that the finalists will work off previous methods used to promote Queensland’s message including social media and cinema ads.He said the final 20 will participate in an Incentive Challenge Event from 24 August this year, which will be used to showcase key incentive experiences, destination and products to a global audience. “The eight day Incentive Challenge Event will involve the 20 finalists travelling to amazing locations on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland,” he highlighted.”We envisage that the finalists will be accompanied by a domestic and international media contingent who will cover the event and broadcast images of our amazing Queensland destinations and incentive experiences around the world.” After eight days of trekking around the state, the winning company will be announced on 31 August this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Local residents can meet with Rep McCready on May 7

first_img Categories: McCready News State Rep. Mike McCready will host an open office hour on Monday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham.“I always encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns on matters of state government,” Rep. McCready said. “As a legislator, I continue to strive for solutions that help us work toward a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. McCready at 517-373-8670 or via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov. 25Apr Local residents can meet with Rep. McCready on May 7last_img read more

AsiaSat 7 the Hong Kongbased satellite operator

first_imgAsiaSat 7, the Hong Kong-based satellite operator’s latest satellite, is scheduled for launch on November 26 onboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.AsiaSat 7, with 28 C-band and 17 Ku-band transponders, will replace the AsiaSat 3S satellite at 105.5° East, and will deliver C-band services over the Middle East and central Asia as well as Australasia, with Ku-band coverage over East Asia and South Asia, as well as via a steerable beam.last_img

One third of all TV channels and videoondemand s

first_imgOne third of all TV channels and video-on-demand services in the EU specifically target foreign markets, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.According to the report, the relevant services belonged to 44 parent companies, 26 of which were of European origin, 15 of US origin, and three of ‘other’ origin.According to the European Audiovisual Observatory, the market power of these channels is significant in a number of cases. In seven European countries ­­– Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, the French Community of Belgium and Denmark, the French-speaking part of Switzerland and Norway – the cumulated audience market share for targeted TV services was greater than 20% of the overall audience market share.The UK is by far the leading European hub for linear and on-demand audiovisual services targeting foreign markets. Other major hubs for both types of services include the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.The UK is home to 758 TV channels primarily targeting other markets, compared with 91 in the Czech Republic, the second largest source.The UK also houses 152 on-demand services primarily targeting other markets, compared with 64 in the Netherlands, the number two provider, and 30 in Ireland.The EU was home to 4,063 TV services and 2,207 VOD services, including catch-up services, last year. Half of these were concentrated in the UK, France and Germany. About one in 10 services was a public broadcast service, and about a third of services were in the HD format.Sports was the leading channel genre, accounting for 15% of services, followed by entertainment, accounting for 13% and film, accounting for 9%. Kids, documentary and generalist channels accounted for 7% of the total each.Among on-demand services, 17% were generalist; 17% were for film; 11% were kids; 9% documentary; 7% film and TV fiction; 7% entertainment; and 6% sport.One fifth of television services established in the EU were accessible via digital terrestrial television, and the rest via cable, satellite, or internet protocol television. The majority of television channels were pay and/or premium services while 30% were available free-to-air.Some 77% on-demand audiovisual services based in the EU were accessible via online access only, followed by access through set-top boxes at 14% and access through set-top boxes complemented by OTT applications, accounting for 9%.Catch-up TV and free-on-demand accounted for 71% of the total number of on-demand services.last_img read more

Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickard

first_img Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickards, Editor, Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence May 22, 2015 One of the most persistent story lines among gold bugs and market participants who foresee the collapse of the dollar goes something like this: I’m doing something a bit different in addition to today’s Gold & Silver Daily… I consider Jim Rickards to be one of the brightest minds in the financial markets today. He’s worked with many of the largest financial institutions and government agencies—and as you know, he’s also written two New York Times best-sellers about the problems with today’s monetary system: Currency Wars and The Death of Money. In today’s piece, Jim explains why one of the most dearly held beliefs of gold bugs is simply not true. It was originally published in the May issue of Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence. I hope you enjoy. China and many emerging markets, including the other BRICS, are looking for a way out of the global fiat currency system. That system is dominated today by the US dollar. This dollar dominance allows the US to force certain kinds of behavior in foreign policy and energy markets. Countries that don’t comply with US wishes find themselves frozen out of global payment systems and find their banks unable to transact in dollars for needed imports or to get paid for their exports. Russia, Iran, and Syria have all been subjected to this treatment recently. China doesn’t like this system any more than Russia or Iran but is unwilling to confront the US head-on. Instead, China is quietly accumulating massive amounts of gold and building alternative financial institutions, such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB, and the BRICS-sponsored New Development Bank (NDB). When the time is right, China will suddenly announce its actual gold holdings to the world and simultaneously turn its back on the Bretton Woods institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. China will back its currency with its own gold and use the AIIB, NDB, and other institutions to lead a new global financial order. Russia and others will be invited to join the Chinese in this new international monetary system. As a result, the dollar will collapse, the price of gold will skyrocket, and China will be the new global financial hegemon. The gold bugs will live happily ever after. The only problem with this story is that the most important parts of it are wrong. As usual, the truth is much more intriguing than the popular version. Here’s what’s really going on. As with most myths, parts of the story are true. China is secretly acquiring thousands of tons of gold. China is creating new multilateral lending institutions. No doubt, China will announce an upward revision in its official gold holdings sometime in the next year or so. In fact, Bloomberg News reported on April 20, 2015, under the headline “The Mystery of China’s Gold Stash May Soon Be Solved” that “China may be preparing to update its disclosed holdings …” But the reasons for the acquisition of gold and the updated disclosures—if they happen—are not the ones the blogosphere believes. China isn’t trying to destroy the old boys’ club—it’s trying to join it. China understands that despite the strong growth and huge size of its economy, the yuan is not ready to be a true reserve currency and will not be ready for years to come. It is true that usage of the yuan is increasing in international transactions. But it is still used for fewer than 2% of global payments, compared with over 40% for the US dollar. Usage in payments is only one indicium of a true reserve currency… and not the most important one. The key to being a reserve currency isn’t payments, but investments. There needs to be a deep, liquid bond market denominated in the reserve currency. That way, when countries earn the target currency in trade, they have someplace to invest the surplus. Right now, if you earn yuan trading with China, all you can do with the money is leave it in a bank deposit or spend it in China. There is no large yuan-denominated bond market to invest in. In addition to a bond market, you need the “plumbing” of a bond market. This includes a network of primary dealers; hedging tools such as futures and options; financing tools such as repurchase agreements, derivatives, clearance, and settlement channels; and a good rule of law to settle disputes, secure creditors, and deal with bankruptcies. China has none of these things on the needed scale or level of maturity. When it comes to true reserve-currency status, the yuan is not ready for prime time. China is also not ready to launch a gold-backed currency. Even if it has 10,000 tons of gold—far more than it currently admits—the market value of that gold is only about $385 billion. China’s M1 money supply as of April 2015 is about $5.4 trillion. In other words, even on assumptions highly favorable to China, its gold is worth only about 7% of its money supply. Historically, countries that want to run a successful gold standard need 20–40% of the money supply in gold in order to stand up to bank runs in the market. China could reduce its money supply to get to the 20% level, but this would be extremely deflationary and throw the Chinese economy into a depression that would trigger political instability. So that won’t happen. In short, China can’t have a reserve currency because it doesn’t have a bond market, and it can’t have a gold-backed currency because it has nowhere near enough gold. So what is China’s plan? China wants to do what the US has done, which is to remain on a paper currency standard but make that currency important enough in world finance and trade to give China leverage over the behavior of other countries. The best way to do that is to increase its voting power at the IMF and have the yuan included in the IMF basket for determining the value of the special drawing right. Getting those two things requires the approval of the United States, because the US has veto power over important changes at the IMF. The US can stand in the way of Chinese ambitions. The result is a kind of grand bargain in which China will get the IMF status it wants, but the US will force China to be on its best behavior in return. This means that China must keep the yuan pegged to the dollar at or near the current level. It also means that China can have gold but can’t talk about it. In order to “join the club,” China must play by club rules. The rules of the game say you need a lot of gold to play, but you don’t recognize the gold or discuss it publicly. Above all, you do not treat gold as money, even though gold has always been money. The members of the club keep their gold handy just in case, but otherwise, they publicly disparage it and pretend it has no role in the international monetary system. China will be expected to do the same. It’s important to note that China will not act in the best interests of gold investors; it will act in the best interests of China. Moreover, just because the grand bargain is in sight does not mean it will be easy to realize. Both sides are jockeying for leverage. Beijing launched its own development bank to put pressure on the IMF. The US Treasury blames the Tea Party for delays in approving China’s new votes at the IMF. Meanwhile, the White House does nothing to break the logjam in Congress. The White House is happy to let China twist in the wind while the game goes on behind closed doors. Meanwhile, China will probably announce its increased gold holdings later this year. But don’t expect fireworks. China has three accounts where it keeps gold: the People’s Bank of China (PBOC); the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE); and the China Investment Corp. (CIC). China can move enough gold to PBOC when it’s ready and report that to the IMF for purposes of allowing the yuan in the SDR. Meanwhile, it can still hide gold in SAFE and CIC until it needs it in the future. China will also probably be admitted into the SDR basket later this year. Far from launching its own gold-backed currency, China will be acknowledging that the SDR is the true world money as far as the major powers are concerned. Why would China want to give up on fiat money any more than the Fed or the European Central Bank? All central banks prefer paper money to gold because they can print the paper kind. Why give up on that monopoly of power? Gold is still the safest asset, and every investor should have some in his portfolio. The price of gold will go significantly higher in the years ahead. But contrary to what you read in the blogs, gold won’t go higher because China is confronting the US or launching a gold-backed currency. It will go higher when all central banks—China’s and the U.S.’s included—confront the next global liquidity crisis, which will be worse than the one in 2008, and individual citizens stampede into gold to preserve wealth in a world that has lost confidence in all central banks. When that happens, physical gold may not be available at all. The time to build your personal gold reserve is now. P.S. Buying gold and silver is only one way to profit from the current distortions in currency markets. While most investors will be caught completely off guard by the result of this money manipulation, a small group of informed participants could make a fortune. Jim Rickards developed his proprietary “IMPACT” from huge swings in the manipulated currency markets. If you haven’t already heard about Jim’s new system, I encourage you to learn more herelast_img read more

Prepared by WFWP Cameroon The WFWP Cameroon was re

first_imgPrepared by WFWP CameroonThe WFWP Cameroon was represented by one of its members, Mrs. Olivia Gonzalez Tching-Bobe at a round table conference that took place at Government Bilingual High School Logpom under the theme “The Fight Against Drugs in the School Premises for the Promotion of Clean School.” The conference was organized by the school authorities and the participants included, all the students, parents, judicial personnel and medical personnel. WFWP representative, Mrs. Olivia Gonzalez Tching-Bobe, was among the main speakers on the panel.The Program started on October 17, 2018 at exactly 12 noon. After the National Anthem, the moderator welcomed everybody and explained the purpose of the said event, then the representative of the Principal read the message of the Principal. Immediately after it, the different panelists were asked to present their respective topics.Mrs. Olivia Gonzalez Tching-Bobe spoke on the prevention of the illegal use of drugs. She explained that prevention of illegal drugs begins in the family. Good communication between parents and children is very the basic requirement for children not to get involved in drugs. Mutual respect in the family, engagement in productive activities are essential to avoid the stress and isolation that sometimes pushes children to seek for solutions to fill the emptiness and void from isolation. Next she explained the consequences of the illegal use of drugs at school, the society, health wise and legal consequences.The program ended at 3:45 p.m. after students presented entertainments such as traditional dance, modern dances, skit and songs.last_img read more

New review points to statistically small link between childrens screen media use

first_img Source:http://www.uva.nl/en/content/news/press-releases/2018/10/much-still-unclear-about-relationship-between-screen-media-use-and-adhd-in-children.html?origin=kUP%2Byx6UTZqvuJiCJKnnEQ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 4 2018There is a statistically small relationship between children’s screen media use and ADHD-related behaviors. This is the finding of an extensive literature review on this subject carried out by researchers from the UvA’s Center for research on Children, Adolescents and the Media (CcaM). The review also reveals several shortcomings. For example, the effects of program pacing and violent content on ADHD-related behaviour is still not clearly understood, and much remains unknown about how individual differences in temperament, development and social factors influence such behaviours. As a result, the researchers call for a systematic series of empirical studies on the relationship between screen media use and ADHD. Their results were recently published in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. Over the last four decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of children and adolescents diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This has led scholars and healthcare professionals alike to repeatedly attribute the increase to the violent, arousing and fast-paced nature of screen media entertainment. However, the degree to which screen media use and ADHD are linked remains a point of debate.Four decades of researchTo throw light on the current body of knowledge and to open the way for future research, UvA researchers Ine Beyens, Patti Valkenburg and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski decided to do a systematic review of four decades of scientific research on the relationship between children’s screen media use and ADHD-related behaviour such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and attention problems. The researchers used the so-called Differential Susceptibility to Media effects Model (DSMM) to systematically organize the literature, identify possible shortcomings and to point the way for future research.Related StoriesNew curriculum to improve soft skills in schools boosts children’s health and behaviorRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThe scientific literature revealed evidence that points to a statistically small relationship between screen media use and ADHD-related behavior. It also showed that individual differences such as gender or aggressive traits can influence this relationship. On the basis of their findings, the researchers therefore recommend that future research on the relationship between screen media use and ADHD-related behavior focus on causality, underlying mechanisms and individual differences in susceptibility.Cause or consequence?’Up till now little attention has been paid to causality in the relationship between screen media use and ADHD. This makes it difficult to determine whether media use is the cause or consequence of children’s ADHD-related behaviors, or both’, says Beyens. ‘We also need to take a closer look at the role of violent media content and pacing (the tempo of media content) in the emergence of ADHD-related behaviour and examine associations of different types of media use with executive functioning skills, including working memory, inhibitory control and attention, that have been linked to ADHD-related behaviours.’ In addition, the researchers believe it is important to seek further evidence for possible differences in susceptibility to media-effects on ADHD by examining age differences, dispositional susceptibility and social sensitivity. The development of a child, his or her temperament, character and the social context in which the child is raised all have an influence on the type of media (and media content) the child uses and how he or she responds to it. Beyens: ‘Studying individual differences is crucial for determining who is or isn’t susceptible to screen media effects. Only by carrying out more empirical research will it be possible to better understand the relationship between screen media use and ADHD.’last_img read more

New method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivors

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 14 2019A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation.The technology, called electrocardiomatrix, goes further than standard cardiac telemetry by examining large amounts of telemetry data in a way that’s so detailed it’s impractical for individual clinicians to attempt.Co-inventor Jimo Borjigin, Ph.D., recently published the latest results from her electrocardiomatrix technology in Stroke. Among stroke patients with usable data (260 of 265), electrocardiomatrix was highly accurate in identifying those with Afib.”We validated the use of our technology in a clinical setting, finding the electrocardiomatrix was an accurate method to determine whether a stroke survivor had an Afib,” says Borjigin, an associate professor of neurology and molecular and integrative physiology at Michigan Medicine.A crucial metricAfter a stroke, neurologists are tasked with identifying which risk factors may have contributed in order to do everything possible to prevent another event.That makes detecting irregular heartbeat an urgent concern for these patients, explains first author Devin Brown, M.D., professor of neurology and a stroke neurologist at Michigan Medicine.”Atrial fibrillation is a very important and modifiable risk factor for stroke,” Brown says.Importantly, the electrocardiomatrix identification method was highly accurate for the 212 patients who did not have a history of Afib, Borjigin says. She says this group is most clinically relevant, because of the importance of determining whether stroke patients have previously undetected Afib.When a patient has Afib, their irregular heartbeat can lead to blood collecting in their heart, which can form a stroke-causing clot. Many different blood thinners are on the market today, making it easier for clinicians to get their patients on an anticoagulant they’ll take as directed.The most important part is determining Afib’s presence in the first place.Related StoriesNew discovery may explain some forms of strokeNew promising approach repairs system of blood vessels following strokeMeasuring blood protein levels in diabetic patients to predict risk of strokeMuch-needed improvementBrown says challenges persist in detecting intermittent Afib during stroke hospitalization.”More accurate identification of Afib should translate into more strokes prevented,” she says.Once hospitalized in the stroke unit, patients are typically placed on continuous heart rhythm monitoring. Stroke neurologists want to detect possible intermittent Afib that initial monitoring like an electrocardiogram, or ECG, would have missed.Because a physician can’t reasonably review every single heartbeat, current monitoring technology flags heart rates that are too high, Brown says. The neurologist then reviews these flagged events, which researchers say could lead to some missed Afib occurrences, or false positives in patients with different heart rhythm issues.In contrast, Borjigin’s electrocardiomatrix converts two-dimensional signals from the ECG into a three-dimensional heatmap that allows for rapid inspection of all collected heartbeats. Borjigin says this method permits fast, accurate and intuitive detection of cardiac arrhythmias. It also minimizes false positive as well as false negative detection of arrhythmias.”We originally noted five false positives and five false negatives in the study,” Borjigin says, “but expert review actually found the electrocardiomatrix was correct instead of the clinical documentation we were comparing it to.”More applicationsThe Borjigin lab also recently demonstrated the usefulness of the electrocardiomatrix to differentiate between Afib and atrial flutter. In addition, the lab has shown the ability of electrocardiomatrix to capture reduced heart-rate variability in critical care patients.Borjigin says she envisions electrocardiomatrix technology will one day be used to assist the detection of all cardiac arrhythmias online or offline and side-by-side with the use of ECG.”I believe that sooner or later, electrocardiomatrix will be used in clinical practice to benefit patients,” she says. Source:Michigan Medicine – University of MichiganJournal reference:Brown, D.L. et al. (2019) Electrocardiomatrix Facilitates Accurate Detection of Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients. Stroke. doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.025361.last_img read more

Patnaik announces monetary relief for people hit by Cyclone Titli floodsPatnaik announces

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Orissa Published on cyclones October 13, 2018 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a monetary relief on Saturday to be paid for 15 days to people affected by Cyclone Titli and the resultant flooding in Ganjam and Gajapati districts and Gunupur sub-division of Rayagada district.Patnaik made the announcement after an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts earlier on Saturday.“On an average a family of four will be assisted with more than Rs 3,000 as relief,” Patnaik told reporters in Bhubaneswar.He said the relief amount will be provided at the rate of Rs 60 per adult and Rs 45 per child per day for 15 days.He said the cyclone did the maximum damage to agriculture crops, roads and trees, adding a damage assessment will begin after immediate relief and restoration measures are completed.The Chief Minister said road connectivity and power supply to 90 per cent of cyclone-hit areas will be restored within 48 hours. Power supply to rest of the affected-areas will be ensured in four-five days, he added.He said safe drinking water will be provided in all block areas within two days and all tube wells will be repaired by Sunday.“In next 24 hours water supply will be restored in all urban areas. Generator sets will be used wherever required,” Patnaik said SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

The 124th Amendment A look at the factsThe 124th Amendment A look

first_imgRELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The recent law provides 10 per cent reservation for economically backward sections Rajya Sabha clears Reservation Bill January 14, 2019 SHARE The Reservation Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on January 9, 2019center_img COMMENTS Lok Sabha passes Bill providing reservation to forward castes Published on ‘10 per cent reservation another poll gimmick’ Reservation The recent law that provides 10 per cent reservation for economically backward sections is said to benefit poor upper castes as well as some farming communities. But, could this be a step towards a more meaningful reservation policy?Understanding the 124th Constitutional AmendmentThe 124th Constitutional Amendment received the President’s assent on January 12.This amended two fundamental rights:Article 15, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, caste, sex or place of birthArticle 16 which prohibits discrimination in employment in government officeThe amendment provides for the advancement of the “economically weaker sections” of the society.It also makes a note of the Article 46, which asks the government to promote the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the society.Moreover, it provides reservation for:1. People who have an annual income of less than Rs 8 lakh, or2. People who own less than five acres of farm land, or3. People who have a house less than 1,000 sq feet in a town (or 100 sq yard in a notified municipal area).Reworking reservation?This is not the first time the Modi-administration talked of a change in the reservation policy.In May 2018, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The government wants the most backward in OBCs to benefit more from reservation within the given limit. We have formed a commission to look into sub-categorisation of the OBCs.”To safeguard the interests of the backward classes, the NDA government even amended the Constitution (via the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017) to give more powers to the National Commission on Backward Classes. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 2, 2017 and by the Rajya Sabha on August 6, 2017.Debatable problemsThe major hurdle for the implementation of the recent Act is the legal scrutiny. The Supreme Court has ruled multiple times against exceeding its 1992 formula of a maximum of 50 per cent reservation.However, there are States like Tamil Nadu that go beyond this limit and the Supreme Court has upheld the state’s policy many a time. Currently, the State has a ‘69 per cent quota system’.The Tamil Nadu exampleTamil Nadu has had a quota policy from the pre-Independence period. By the 1980s, the quotas in the State were as high as 68 per cent.The top court’s verdict in the Indira Sawhney v. Union of India (Mandal Commission) Case made this policy untenable and the then government led by J Jayalalithaa amended the Ninth schedule of the constitution by passing the Tamil Nadu Backward Classes, Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of seats in educational institutions and appointments or posts in service under the state) Act, 1993 to keep the policy.This act was amended in 2007 to add backward class Muslims and in 2009 for the Arunthathiyar Community.last_img read more

Four Malaysian drug convicts face execution after Singapore rejects clemency petitions

first_img Related News Nation 18 May 2019 Surendran urges S’pore to spare M’sian drug mule, citing strong grounds for clemency Tags / Keywords: Malaysian , drug convicts , Singapore Nation 26 May 2019 Liew denies interfering with Singapore court decision to stay execution of Malaysian death row prisoner PETALING JAYA: Four Malaysians convicted of drug-related offences in Singapore face imminent execution after its president rejected the clemency petitions of up to 10 prisoners over the past week, says Lawyers For Liberty.Its adviser N. Surendran said in Singapore, the rejection of clemency petition is usually followed soon after by the prisoner’s execution.Hence, he said it is probable that the prisoners will be executed within weeks from now.Surendran said of the 10 prisoners, the four Malaysians were Datchinamurthy Kataiah, Gobi Avedian, Abdul Helmi Ab Halim and Rahmat.center_img Nation 23 May 2019 Malaysian on death row in Singapore granted stay of execution {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News “The large and sudden number of clemency rejections are unprecedented and shocking. It indicates that Singapore is preparing for an execution binge, in total disregard of international legal norms and decent world opinion.”Singapore is doing so despite irrefutable evidence that hanging drug mules does not deter drug trafficking syndicates,” he said in a statement on Friday (July 12).Surendran also said he believed that there were more clemency petitions rejected than the information on the 10 prisoners that he has received.He added that the unusual number of simultaneous clemency rejections raises questions as to whether each prisoner’s case was duly considered by its Cabinet and president.Surendran also claimed that statements made by Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam suggested that Malaysian prisoners were being targeted, adding that it also showed that the Singapore government had already decided not to spare any drug offenders from execution.”This is illegal, as each clemency petition must be considered upon its individual merits,” he said.Surendran urged the Singapore government to halt the executions and to impose a moratorium upon all executions pending a thorough review of all the clemency rejections.He also called on the government to urgently make necessary representations to Singapore on behalf of the four Malaysians facing imminent execution.”The Malaysians form the largest group of foreign nationals now facing execution in Changi,” he said.last_img read more

Supreme Court orders commencement of work for Phase 4 of Delhi Metro

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:44 IST The EPCA report said that there was a “stalemate” in discussions between the central government and Delhi government on certain financial aspects of the project. (File Photo)The Supreme Court Friday ordered implementation of the 103.94 km, Phase 4 of the Delhi metro and directed the authorities concerned to commence construction work on the project.A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go ahead to the Phase 4 of the Delhi metro.The apex court was hearing a matter in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recently filed a report stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014.The EPCA report said that there was a “stalemate” in discussions between the central government and Delhi government on certain financial aspects of the project.”There is a stalemate in the discussions between the Union Government and the Delhi government on different financial aspects of the project. The Delhi government has on April 10, 2019 communicated its direction that DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) would not start work of Delhi Metro phase-IV till these issues are resolved,” it said.The stalemate came under the apex court’s scanner which said it would pass order in the matter as the “project cannot wait”.The court was also told by the apex court that the project was “critical” and the pending issue should be resolved soon.The Centre had told the court that project financing has been done in consonance with the Metro Rail Policy of August 2017 and metro projects of other cities like Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Patna and Agra have been sanctioned on the same financial pattern as of Delhi metro phase-IV.The EPCA report had said that the project is “critical as it will add another 104 km to the network” and “it is designed to join the current network and will densify it and make the system more viable and attractive to commuters”.ALSO READ | Delhi Metro snag: Thousands stranded, traffic chokes Delhi-Gurgaon highway as Yellow Line collapsesALSO WATCH | Arvind Kejriwal announces free travel for women in Delhi Metro, busesFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Supreme Court orders commencement of work for Phase 4 of Delhi MetroA bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go ahead to the Phase 4 of the Delhi metro. The apex court was hearing a matter in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recently filed a report stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014.advertisement Nextlast_img read more