What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The cornerback has heard the talk, and discussed the rumors on Philadelphia radio station WIP, which had quotes transcribed by AZCardinals.com“I’m waiting until it all plays out,” DRC said. “I ain’t getting too antsy yet.” Asked about his desire to play for the Eagles, DRC made clear he still had a fondness for the Cards because they were the team that drafted him and gave him his start. “But if they’re talking about trading me, I can’t do nothing about that, because it’s a business,” he added. This can’t really be easy for Rodgers-Cromartie, though he seems to be handling the speculation well, and was careful not to burn any bridges should a deal involving him not materialize. When Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s name was first brought up in trade rumors the idea seemed silly, at most. After all, why would the Cardinals trade a 25-year-old former Pro-Bowler who was expected to play a key role in the Cards’ revamped defense?But, if the saying is “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” then the smoke from the DRC to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb rumors are the equivalent of a massive forest fire. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The BBC iPlayer Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the

first_imgThe BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the services offered by the Playstation 4 console when it launches on Friday.A total of 18 services will be available from launch, with another following on December 4. An additional 20-plus apps are scheduled to launch on the platform by Spring next year.Launch apps available to Playstation Pluscustomers include the BBC iPlayer in the UK, Amazon-owned Lovefilm in the UK and Germany and Netflix in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.Emerging on-demand platform Wuaki.tv will be available in Spain, while MTG’s Scandinavian service Viaplay will be offered across that region.German Playstation Plus subs will be able to access the Watchever and Maxdome platforms, with the latter also available in Austria.Demand5, the Channel 5 on-demand service, is to go out in the UK, along with another pair of BBC apps, BBC Sport and BBCNews.Belgian pubcaster RTBF is offer programming in that territory. Belgium also gets Ximon, along with the Netherlands. Spanish users will be able to access Total Channel.Streaming service Quickflix will be added to users in Australia and New Zealand in December.Other apps available from launch include Video Unlimited, VidZone, IGN, NOS Sports and Music Unlimited.last_img read more

ITV said that its total revenue climbed by 12 yea

first_imgITV said that its total revenue climbed by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter to £754 million, thanks to gains across broadcast and online and at its ITV Studios production arm.In a trading update published ahead of the company’s annual general meeting this morning, ITV said that its broadcast business has made “a very strong start to the year” with net advertising revenues up 12% in Q1 and growth across all the major categories.“Online, pay and interactive continues to grow strongly, helped by growth in online advertising and by our pay channel ITV Encore, which launched last June,” said ITV CEO Adam Crozier.However, he added that share of viewing across ITV’s portfolio of channels was down 3% year-on-year, despite audience growth at its digital channels, with share of viewing remaining “a key focus for the year.”“We are firmly focused on the main channel where we expect to see improvement in the second half of the year when we will have the benefit of the exclusive rights to the Rugby World Cup,” said Crozier.Broadcast and online revenue came to £530 million, up 10% year-on-year, while revenue from ITV Studios was up 17% to £224m.“ITV Studios returned to organic growth [of 8%], which contributed around half of Studios revenue growth, while our acquired businesses remain on track,” said Crozier,“We remain focused on building a global scripted business, with a number of high profile dramas this year including Thunderbirds Are Go, The Good Witch, Texas Rising, Aquarius, Raised by Wolves and Jekyll & Hyde. Looking forward to the rest of the year we have a healthy pipeline of new drama to come.”Looking ahead, ITV said that it expects net advertising revenues to be up by around 5% in in the first half of the year. It said ITV Studios remains on track to increase revenue by around £100 million on a constant currency basis with the benefit of its acquisition of Talpa Media, which closed last month, still to come.last_img read more

Wide colour gamut displays are expected to be pres

first_imgWide colour gamut displays are expected to be present in 17% of the total area size of display shipments in 2018, according to IHS stats.The research firm said that the shipment area of wide colour gamut (WCG) displays is expected to reach 32 million square meters in 2018 – including organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and quantum dot technologies.“As competition in the display market intensifies, display and TV manufacturers are looking for new and emerging technologies to differentiate their offerings from competitors and to provide consumers with higher screen resolution. WCG technologies are therefore becoming more popular,” said Richard Son, senior analyst, IHS Technology.last_img read more

Liberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its

first_imgLiberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its Adrenalin multi-screen video technology to support the latest version of the cable giant’s Horizon advanced TV service.SeaChange said that Adrenalin would be a ‘key element’ of the Horizon 4 platform.Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers across both broadcast and IP video delivery networks on Liberty’s latest Horizon set-top boxes.The Horizon platform is based on the Comcast-driven RDK standard, which SeaChange is a strong supporter of.“We are pleased to be chosen as a key contributor to Liberty Global’s next-generation video platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video solution enables video delivery at the massive scale needed to support customers such as Liberty Global. As video platforms transition to virtualized cloud infrastructure and enable advanced capabilities such as replay TV and network DVR to multiple devices, SeaChange will continue to support customers like Liberty Global to monetize their video assets and modernize their video delivery platforms,” said Ed Terino, SeaChange’s CEO.Olivier Philippe, vice president of entertainment within Liberty Global said: “We have had a long relationship with SeaChange as a key technology provider within our video ecosystem. As the industry continues to evolve its video platforms to support advanced consumer experiences that are truly device agnostic, we need solution providers who can provide a rich set of capabilities and stay relevant in those platform ecosystems. This helps us to continue to innovate and rapidly evolve our video services so that they truly resonate with our customers. Our selection of SeaChange as a key part of our video platform reflects their continued development of leading video delivery technologies and their relentless commitment to operational excellence.”last_img read more

THE best of local artistic talent are getting a un

first_img THE best of local artistic talent are getting a unique platform to exhibit their work as part of the City and District’s biggest ever youth arts festival.The Rewire Festival – an action packed 12 day celebration of youth culture from June 26th to July 7th will feature hundreds of events and include performances, exhibitions and discussion forums.It is the flagship event of Youth 19, Council’s year long programme of events and activities focussed and dedicated to young people aged 12 – 24. “The festival is offering an ideal platform for young people who have never exhibited their art before as well as some of the more up and coming artists who are studying artistic disciplines as part of their education and training.“Art takes a wide range of forms including painting, sculpture, photography and film and can play a key role in helping people develop mentally, socially and emotionally so I would encourage as many young people as possible to visit the venues and explore the what’s on show.”From today, Monday July 1 to Sunday, July 7, the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street will host the eagerly anticipated ‘Dig The New Breed’ exhibition which explores racism, identity and cultural relativism through the work of up and coming local art students Jack Collins, Liam Bradley, Naomi Ferguson, Jude McCandless and Molly McFadden.Also from July 1st – 7th the Rewire Open Arts Exhibition at the Gasyard Centre in Lecky Road will host a showcase of work by young artists of all disciplines and abilities as part of the Bluebell Arts Project’s second Empowering the Art Exhibition of 2019.The Void Gallery in Patrick Street will has issued an open call to young people aged 18-24 to exhibit in the process room at Void Art Centre from June 26th to July 6th for their ‘This Must Be The Place’ exhibition which will explore how five local young artists work in Derry today. The full Rewire Festival programme will be accessible at www.youth19.com while you can keep up to date with news by following the Youth 19 social media channels on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.Rewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talent was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet The celebration will include an eclectic range of activities and events including music gigs, a spoken word/hip-hop festival, film screenings, discussions, fashion masterclasses, street art and digital.The art element of the programme will include exhibitions in the Garden of Reflection in Bishop Street, the Gasyard Centre on Lecky Road and the Void Gallery on Patrick Street.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council said the events will not only offer exposure for up and coming artists but can inspire more young people to get creative and create art of their own in the future.“I am delighted that the Rewire Festival has placed such a strong emphasis on art by hosting exhibitions of exclusively local young people’s work,” she said. Derry and Strabane CouncilMayor Michaela BoyleRewire Festival to showcase the best of young local art talentThe Rewire FestivalYouth 19last_img read more

For some older adults private Medicare Advantage

first_imgFor some older adults, private Medicare Advantage plans next year will include a host of new benefits, such as transportation to medical appointments, home-delivered meals, wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars, or air conditioners for asthma sufferers. But the new benefits will not be widely available, and they won’t be easy to find, during this fall’s enrollment period.Of the 3,700 plans across the country next year, only 273 in 21 states will offer at least one. About 7 percent of Advantage members — 1.5 million people — will have access, Medicare officials estimate. That means even for the savviest shoppers it will be a challenge to figure out which plans offer the new benefits and who qualifies for them. Medicare officials have touted the expansion as historic and an innovative way to keep seniors healthy and independent. Despite that enthusiasm, a full listing of the new services are not available on Medicare’s web-based “plan finder,” the government tool used by beneficiaries, counselors and insurance agents to sort through dozens of plan options. Medicare officials see the added benefits as a key to helping Advantage members prevent costly hospitalizations. Federal approval of new supplemental benefits is “one of the most significant changes made to the Medicare program,” said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at an insurers’ meeting last month. She added that she expects plans to expand the number of services in coming years.Medicare Advantage plans, which are an alternative to traditional Medicare, serve 21 million beneficiaries and limit their out-of-pocket expenses. But they also restrict members to a network of doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. They often offer benefits not available in traditional Medicare, such as dental and vision care, hearing aids and gym memberships. The federal government pays the plans to help cover the cost of each member. Enrollment is underway now for choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, as well as for people in traditional Medicare who want to buy a policy for drug coverage. The deadline for both plans is Dec. 7.Among the new benefits that some Medicare Advantage plans said they will offer are:Trips to the pharmacy or fitness centerin addition to doctor’s appointments for plan members, depending on where they live or their health conditions.A monthly or quarterly allowance for over-the-counter pharmacy products such as cold and allergy medications, eye drops, vitamins, supplements and compression stockings. Doctors or other health care providers who make housecalls, under certain conditions.A home health care aide for a limited number of hours to help with dressing, eating and other daily activities, sometimes including household chores and light housekeeping.However, plans offering these services will likely have only some of the options and will have different eligibility criteria and other limitations. Advantage members will need a recommendation or referral from a health care provider in the plan’s network. Then they may need to have a certain chronic health problem, a recent hospitalization or meet other eligibility requirements.Also, the same services likely won’t be available in every county the plan serves. For example, next year Humana Medicare Advantage members in Texas and South Florida in just two of the 43 states Humana serves will be able to get a free in-home personal care aide for up to 42 hours a year if they can’t be left alone at home. And more than half of the members in Cigna-HealthSpring Advantage plans will have access to free transportation services in all but five of the 16 states and the District of Columbia where the company sells coverage. To find these supplemental benefits, seniors can go to the online plan finder. After they enter their Zip code and get a list of plans available locally, they can click on a plan name. That will take them to another page that offers more details about coverage, including a tab for health and drug plan benefits. That page might say whether the new services are offered. But often the website will simply say that some benefits are available and advise consumers to contact the plan for more information.”There is a lot of information on the plan finder, but there is a lot of information missing that requires beneficiaries to do more research,” says Deb McFarland, Medicare services program supervisor at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.There are also other variables to be considered when choosing an Advantage plan, such as which health care providers and pharmacies participate in a plan’s network, what drugs are covered and costs. Where available, however, several insurers say the services will be free with no increase in monthly premiums. “We certainly believe that all of the ancillary benefits we provide will help keep our members healthy which is good for them and it’s good for us in the long run,” said Steve Warner, head of the Medicare Advantage product team at UnitedHealthcare, which insures about 5 million seniors or one out of every four Medicare Advantage members.Insurers are betting that services will eventually pay for themselves.Dawn Maroney, consumer president at Alignment Healthcare, which serves eight counties in Southern California, says it’s much cheaper to give an air conditioner to someone with congestive heart failure to keep that patient healthy than to pay for expensive medical treatment. But if the new benefits are such a good idea, they should be available to the majority of older adults in traditional Medicare, says David Lipschutz, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Medicare Advantage plans have extra money to spend on benefits next year because the federal government increased its payments an average of 3.4 percent, seven times more than the rate of increase in 2018. For free help with Medicare Advantage and drug plan enrollment, contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (www.shiptacenter.org) or the Medicare Rights Center (800-333-4114 or www.medicareinteractive.org). Find Medicare’s Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx or call 800-633-4227.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. 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An unusual species of human apparently lived on th

first_imgAn unusual species of human apparently lived on the island of Luzon in the Philippines as recently as 50,000 years ago. Based on teeth and bones found there, scientists suspect that these early humans probably stood less than 4 feet tall and had several apelike features. Yet, the researchers say, the bones are distinctly human — from a previously undiscovered species. The first clue was a bone that surfaced in 2007. Archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares was digging in a cave on the island of Luzon and found a toe bone. He says it didn’t look like a modern human bone. “There’s something peculiar with this bone,” he recalls thinking. But one bone wasn’t enough to say for sure who or what it belonged to.Mijares, who’s with the University of the Philippines, was part of a team looking for bones of early humans. They kept digging for four more years. In 2011, they hit pay dirt — more toe bones, as well as finger bones, part of a thigh bone and seven teeth. And none looked like it belonged to modern humans. “We agreed that this could probably be a new species,” Mijares says.Discovering a new species of ancient human is a career-maker in anthropology — or career-breaker, if you’re wrong. So the team spent another eight years studying the bones and teeth. They now conclude that the skeletal fragments are from three individuals who lived sometime between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago. Writing this week in the journal Nature, the scientists call them Homo luzonensis, after the island.And, says paleoanthropologist Shara Bailey of New York University, these three are pretty unusual.”We tend to define species based on unique combinations of traits,” Bailey says, “and that seems to be what’s going on here.” She says it’s “super-surprising” how the teeth and bones exhibit some “very primitive traits” along with modern ones.For example, one toe bone is more curved than modern human toe bones. In fact, it looks just like the toe of a tree-climbing, ape-like creature, Australopithecus, that lived millions of years ago — well before the first humans evolved.Even the mouth combines an unusual mix of past and present: Some of the teeth look much like ours, while others are more like the teeth of ancestors that lived millions of years ago.Bailey calls the find a “mosaic” species: “I think it just opens up so many new questions,” she says. “It’s exciting.”One question is: Were these creatures related to the Hobbits (no, not the movie characters).”Hobbit” is the widely used nickname for another tiny, primitive human species that lived on an Indonesian island from about 100,000 years ago until 50,000 years ago. More formally called Homo floresiensis, the Hobbits were discovered 15 years ago. They, too, had a surprising mix of primitive and humanlike bones and teeth.Paleoanthropologist Matt Tocheri at Lakehead University in Canada is an expert on the Hobbits. “Here we are not that much later, and now we’ve got a similar thing popping up on an island in the Philippines,” Tocheri says. “They’re living out on these oceanic islands — and they’re essentially there at the same time [as] our species is, you know, conquering the world.”With two puzzling species in Southeast Asia, scientists are also wondering what it tells us about the migration of human ancestors out of Africa.The standard view holds that the first species of human to leave Africa was a large-bodied, fairly big-brained group called Homo erectus, almost 2 million years ago. Homo erectus spread through Asia and Europe.One possible explanation for the existence of Homo luzonensis is that a population of Homo erectus got to the Philippines long ago — maybe hundreds of thousands of years ago — and stayed put. As they evolved, some of their physical traits became more like those of modern humans — some of the teeth, for example. But other traits, like toes, did not evolve or may even have regressed to a more primitive form.That’s the view of Florent Détroit, a paleoanthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and one of the discoverers of the new species. He says evolution plays some unusual tricks, especially on organisms that live in isolation.”This is yet another piece of evidence to show that the features [of the body] definitely do not evolve at the same speed,” Détroit says, “especially in different species in different geographical places.”But Tocheri says there may be another explanation: a different migration out of Africa, not by Homo erectus but by some other more apelike species that settled in remote parts of Asia.”That’s where it gets exciting,” Tocheri says. “Because, if it’s true that the other species of early Homo also made it out [of Africa], it means that what we’re finding in Asia is even more complex and more interesting than we ever dreamed of.”With two oddball species of early human turning up in the past two decades, paleontologists are wondering what the findings mean for the history of humanity.”The evolution of Homo is getting weirder and weirder,” says Rick Potts, head of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. “Species are fluid entities, which makes them highly malleable, subject to change,” he says.These discoveries, Potts says, “are going to play havoc with any easy classification” of our ancestors and with the notion that there was a fairly orderly progression from primitive to more “modern” traits.What is becoming clearer, anthropologists say, is that early humans came in a lot more shapes and sizes than scientists once thought. 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Its a brand new rankingCalled the Sustainable De

first_imgIt’s a brand new ranking.Called the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index, it gives 129 countries a score for progress on achieving gender equality by 2030.Here’s the quick summary: Things are “good” in much of Europe and North America.And “very poor” in much of sub-Saharan Africa.In fact, that’s the way it looks in many international rankings, which tackle everything from the worst places to be a child to the most corrupt countries to world happiness.And there are a lot of rankings. Alexander Cooley, a professor of political science at Barnard College and the author of Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance, used to keep track but stopped counting.”It’s so hard to keep up. I’ve just sort of given up,” he says. In 2015, he counted 95 different indexes, with over two-thirds launched after 2001.”Countries can get index fatigue, not know where to prioritize, become complacent and refuse to pay attention to them,” notes Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, an international lawyer based in East Africa.And you do have to wonder: What’s the value of creating so many indexes to measure human and economic development when they usually come to the same predictable conclusions?Why we love to rankIt’s easy to understand why groups like to rank. “Rankings appeal to our notion of who’s on top, who’s below. And they generate competition,” says Cooley.Even though the top and bottom countries are often markedly similar, international groups believe that there are benefits to the sorting and ordering.For starters, a ranking can “name and shame” countries into trying to do better, says Cooley.Consider the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, which measures how easy it is for a company to set up shop in a given country. It looks at everything from construction permits to access to electricity. It’s not a ranking that the general public has likely heard of. But it’s a big deal in the world of economic development.In fact, it’s so influential that Vladimir Putin in 2012 vowed publicly to move Russia up from 120th place in the Doing Business index to 50th by 2015.Russia did not quite succeed (it landed in 62nd place that year). But the index has spurred real-life policy change.From June 2017 to May 2018, for example, the World Bank found that 128 governments “introduced a record 314 reforms” to benefit small- and medium- business entrepreneurs, enable job creation and spur private investment. Another index that has moved countries to action is the African Development Bank’s Africa Visa Openness Index. It shows which African countries are making improvements that support free movement of people across the continent.”Since this index has been in place, several countries, including Ghana and Ethiopia, now allow Africans to get visas on arrival at a border post,” says lawyer Musiitwa.The researchers with Equal Measures 2030, the new gender index, hope their new index can also inspire change: positive steps for laws and policies that benefit girls and women.Sarah Hendriks, director of gender equality at the Gates Foundation (a funder of this blog and NPR), worked on the index. She says the goal was to “put data in the hand of gender advocates” so they can inform their government ministers “where their country is doing well, where they are falling behind and how the country is performing in meeting [women’s] needs.”To ensure that the index reflects the priorities of those advocates, the researchers teamed up with local organizations in countries like El Salvador, India, Indonesia and Tanzania, and drew from surveys from nearly 600 policymakers and gender advocates.And that’s the way things should go, says Dapo Oyewole, an Aspen New Voices fellow working within the Nigerian government. He says that rankings are only useful if there’s local buy-in. “The rankings are only relevant if there’s a local champion willing to drive the local changes — and an appetite from the government itself,” says Oyewole.The rankings gameOf course, there is a potential risk when countries try to move up. They can game the rankings.Cooley cites an example in a 2015 piece for Foreign Affairs. In 2006, Georgia was in 112th place in the World Bank’s Doing Business index. The country put together a working group to “rapidly pass laws and promulgate administrative rules” to shoot the country to 37th place in 2007.”The evidence suggests that the change was more cosmetic than structural,” Cooley wrote of Georgia’s rise up the index. He found that the country’s ranking had not improved on “comparable” indexes, nor did Georgia produce “a sustained increase in foreign investment.”In response to this criticism, World Bank spokesperson Chisako Fukuda told NPR: “To improve their scores, substantive legislative changes need to be made, which require a strong commitment by governments to improve their business environment.”Squishy dataOther rankings come in for criticism of another type: They’re just kind of vague.Consider Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, which attempts to rank the world’s countries by how corrupt their public sectors are. “A fuzzy concept like corruption isn’t amenable to unpacking,” says Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the author of Results Not Receipts: Counting The Right Things In Corruption.A long-standing criticism from the international community is that the index relies on the perception of corruption to create its rankings.The rankings are based on questionnaires with “experts and business leaders,” according to the group. They’re asked about a wide range of factors, from evidence of bribery to protections for whistleblowers.That vagueness can make it difficult for local anti-corruption advocates and nonprofits to figure out what they need to do to fight the scourge in their countries: “Should I try to make the police less corrupt or should I join a government partnership to reduce corruption?” says Kenny.When NPR asked Transparency International if it has seen any direct links to reform, spokesperson Ferenc Gaál responded: “It is difficult to draw clear causal links between the Index and concrete impact in the form of improvements of the corruption situation in any one country’s public sector.”The group, however, has seen its index make an impression. Advocates against corruption in Nigeria, for example, have cited the country’s poor ranking (144th place out of 180 in 2018) in op-eds calling for government reform.Same old stories — but some surprisesAs for the fact that many rankings look the same at the top and bottom, one reason has to do with money. Many indexes are correlated with GDP per capita, a measure of a country’s prosperity, says Kenny. That includes the World Bank’s Human Capital Index, which measures the economic productivity of a country’s young people; and Freedom House’s Freedom in the World index, which ranks the world by its level of democracy, including economic freedom.And countries that have more money can spend more money on health, education and infrastructure.Musiitwa says it “annoys” her when countries in Africa get poor ratings. It can have a negative effect on a country’s financial opportunities, she says.”I know that when investors are looking to do business in Africa, they look at indexes,” she says, citing the Doing Business index and the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. “The rankings provide some kind of guide to show that a country is well-placed to receive an investment, to figure out how stable the environment is.”But what is more frustrating, she says, is “when these countries and others that have been good performers slide back.”Perhaps the true value of the rankings, says Kenny, lies in the outliers: The surprising stories of countries that “demonstrate that there’s space to do better.”Rwanda, for example, is often at the bottom of economic rankings. But in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2018, which ranked countries by how equal its men and women are, the country was in the top 10.Even for wealthy countries, there are lessons to be learned about what they need to address.Consider the U.S. in Equal Measures 2030’s new gender equality index.Although the U.S. is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, when it comes to creating fair policies for women and girls, the country is nowhere near the top. The U.S. comes in at 28th place, in between Bulgaria and Greece. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Apple Urges Government to Form Commission on Encryption Issues

first_img Apple Urges Government to Form Commission on Encryption Issues Apple Next Article Apple Inc., fighting a demand by the U.S. government that it unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, has called for the creation of a government commission or panel of experts to discuss the implications of the demand on issues such as national security and personal freedoms.”Apple would gladly participate in such an effort,” the company wrote in a post on its website entitled “Answers to your questions about Apple and security.”Apple said “the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands” to unlock the phone.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the company’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone by disabling some of its passcode protections.Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, killing 14 people and injuring 22. The pair were killed later in a shootout with police.Apple argues that while it is technically possible to bypass the security features of the iPhone by building a new operating system, such a move would set a dangerous precedent.The company said it has not unlocked iPhones for law enforcement in the past but has extracted data from an iPhone running older operating systems under a “lawful court order.”The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple to comply with a judge’s order to unlock Farook’s iPhone.”We’ve handed over all the data we have, including a backup of the iPhone in question,” Apple said in the blog post. “But now they have asked us for information we simply do not have.”Representative Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, said last week that the complex issues raised by the Apple case “will ultimately need to be resolved by Congress, the administration and industry, rather than the courts alone.”Some victims of the attack will file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s attempt, a lawyer representing the victims told Reuters on Sunday.Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.(Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr) February 22, 2016 Image credit: Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queuecenter_img 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reuters –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

MadHive Inscape Partner To Enable CrossPlatform Linear OTT Planning Activation and Attribution

first_img Adam HelfgottInscapeMadHiveMarketing TechnologyNewsTEGNA’s PremionTV advertising solutions Previous ArticleReelTime VRs New ReelTime Virtual Room May Be Coming to a Hotel or Home Near YouNext ArticleStudy Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior Service Ad Platform Known for Powering OTT Advertising for Station Groups Integrates Data from 11 Million Smart TVs to Deliver the First Local TV Market Solution at National ScaleMadHive, the advanced TV advertising solutions company best known for delivering evidence-based accountability with cryptography, today announced a strategic relationship with Inscape, the leading provider of smart TV viewing data. Integrating Inscape’s glass level TV viewing data from more than 11 million smart TVs into MadHive’s proprietary AI advertising platform enables broadcast networks to sell linear advertising alongside data enriched OTT inventory, as well as providing brands with the ability to easily plan, target, measure and optimize cross-platform linear and OTT campaigns in real-time.MadHive is currently powering linear to OTT reach extension, targeting, and fraud detection in 95%+ of the DMAs across the United States, giving local broadcasters the ability to offer addressable advertising and enabling brands to reach local markets. By incorporating Inscape’s data, Madhive can now deliver the ability to plan, buy, and analyze OTT performance against linear TV data, allowing true optimization across screens at the local level, translating to significant incremental reach.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsors“OTT allows advertisers to leverage the precision targeting of digital on the TV screen, but at the same time it’s also contributing yet another platform to an already fragmented media landscape,” said Adam Helfgott, CEO at MadHive. “This partnership enables advertisers to holistically analyze cross-screen linear and OTT campaigns, while calibrating audiences to drive real business outcomes.”“Advertisers are increasingly looking to take advantage of optimized OTT ad buys especially using local broadcaster inventory,” said Jodie McAfee, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Inscape. “This deal brings optimized cross-platform advertising to all local TV markets in the U.S. regardless of what service provider a home uses to bring OTT into the home”.Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech TechnologyThis partnership comes on the back of TEGNA’s Premion announcing integration with MadHive, leveraging the advanced advertising company’s full stack solution to generate better targeting for advertisers and cryptographic proof for buy-side transactions. “OTT not only has the capacity to extend an advertisers reach, but working with MadHive we are able to measure a campaign’s impact on select business outcomes,” said Jim Wilson, President of Premion.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in Analytics MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and Advertisers MTS Staff WriterJune 13, 2019, 8:03 pmJune 13, 2019 last_img read more

Gut microbiota can help predict occurrence of colorectal cancer

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 1 2019Gut microbiota – the population of microbes that live in our intestine – can be used to predict the occurrence of colorectal cancer, the second most common type of cancer in women and the third in men.Research by an international team of scientists including Brazilians has found a link between colorectal cancer and changes in gut microbiota patterns that do not depend on the dietary habits of the populations studied. The discovery paves the way to the development of non-invasive tests capable of predicting emergence of the disease.The study is published this Monday, April 1, in the journal Nature Medicine. Its first author is Andrew Maltez Thomas, who has a PhD in bioinformatics from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. Thomas was supported by São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP via a scholarship for a research internship at the University of Trento in Italy.In one of the largest and most varied surveys ever conducted on the topic, the researchers combined metagenomics, bioinformatics and machine learning (with the use of artificial intelligence) to correlate the occurrence of colorectal cancer with gut microbiota data for 969 people in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and the United States.The findings identified groups of microorganisms associated with colorectal cancer in all the populations studied, and signatures in the microbial metabolism (patterns of metabolites produced by microorganisms) that can be used to predict the occurrence of the disease. The research had two other important outcomes. One is the discovery in the intestines of colorectal cancer patients of a specific species of bacterium which is commonly found in the mouth and airways. The other is a correlation between colorectal cancer and the presence of the gene for a microbial enzyme that degrades choline, an essential vitamin B group nutrient.The study found higher levels of the bacterial species Fusobacterium nucleatum in colorectal cancer patients than in healthy individuals. This bacterium normally inhabits regions of the mouth, and the acidity of other parts of the gastrointestinal tract was thought to be fatal to it.”Larger numbers of oral bacteria tend to travel to the intestine in colorectal cancer patients. This migration may cause inflammation in the intestine, giving rise to the tumor,” Thomas said. “However, we don’t know the actual reason for the migration, only that there’s a link between the presence of these bacteria in the intestine and colorectal cancer and that the link deserves to be investigated further.”The other discovery, a significant presence of the gene for the microbial enzyme choline trimethylamine-lyase (cutC) in fecal samples from colorectal cancer patients, reinforces the possibility of a carcinogenic link between gut microbiota and a fatty diet, indicated by previous research. “When the enzyme cleaves choline, which is abundant in diets containing large amounts of red meat and other fatty foods, it releases acetaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen,” Thomas said.In the study, the researchers used data on the composition and abundance of all bacteria found in 969 fecal samples. To develop a simple method of analysis that can be widely used by clinics and hospitals, they selected the statistically significant bacteria.”Our results from 16 species of bacteria were comparable to those from analyses using all species. This is an important step in the development of a simple diagnostic tool that dispenses with the need to sequence the entire microbiota yet has the necessary precision,” Thomas said.Association is not a causal linkResearch on the links between gut microbiota and human health has grown in the last ten years, but the new study innovates by conceiving of bacteria as markers of the development of disease.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer”Markers are typically looked for directly in association with tumor cells. We use a different concept. Our analysis is based on changes in a relatively small set of bacteria in a spectrum of hundreds of bacteria that live in the gut and may indicate the presence of a disease,” said Emmanuel Dias-Neto, a researcher at A.C. Camargo Cancer Center’s International Research Center (CIPE) and a co-author of the article.Sequencing of DNA obtained from gut microbiota enabled the researchers to identify the bacteria present in each fecal sample, to measure the quantity of each bacterium, and to identify variants in their genomes that may be linked to different outcomes, such as a heightened risk of colorectal cancer.It should be stressed, however, that the study did not show that alterations in gut microbiota cause colorectal cancer.”We detected an association, but that doesn’t necessarily imply a causal link. The question is whether specific bacteria can cause cancer or cancer creates a different environment in the colorectal duct and thereby favors certain bacteria over others. We don’t yet have an answer, which would be fundamental for the results of the research described in the article to help develop therapies to treat colorectal cancer,” said João Carlos Setubal, Full Professor in the University of São Paulo’s Biochemistry Department, coordinator of the same university’s Interunit Graduate Program in Bioinformatics, and also a co-author of the article. Setubal and Dias-Neto supervised Thomas’s PhD research.Computational analysisAccording to the researchers, this may be the largest-ever study of colorectal cancer based on data from fecal samples and such diverse populations. The group analyzed data from five public studies and two other studies by researchers at the University of Trento.With the data from these seven studies they were able to identify enzymes and bacteria, and to work out how gut microbiota can predict the development of colorectal cancer. They used data from two other studies with 200 samples to validate their findings.”DNA sequencing of the samples, which required distinguishing between microbiota DNA and human DNA, was a means of identifying and quantifying the species of microorganisms and their genes present in the samples,” Thomas said. “We extracted DNA from the fecal samples and sequenced it. We then used computational methods to analyze the data. As a result we were able to identify and quantify the species and gene abundance.”Because the data came from different studies, the researchers used sophisticated statistical methods to analyze them as an ensemble.”We used meta-analytical statistical methods and machine learning techniques to find out how predictive the results were,” Thomas said.The findings were validated by Nicola Segata, a computational biologist at the University of Trento and supervisor abroad for the project, and reinforced by another study performed at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Germany on the links between gut microbiome and cancer. An article on the EMBL study is published in the same issue of Nature Medicine.”While preparing the articles, we exchanged data and information with the other group in a partnership that proved highly important to reinforce our findings. Although we used machine learning techniques and different statistical methods, we arrived at the same conclusion that the gut microbiome can predict the presence of colorectal cancer in different populations and studies,” Thomas said. Source:http://agencia.fapesp.br/intestinal-bacteria-can-be-used-to-predict-occurrence-of-colorectal-cancer/30148/last_img read more

New intervention improves healthy behavior among South African adolescents study finds

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 27 2019In Sub-Saharan Africa, the leading causes of death are changing. Fewer people are dying of infectious diseases like malaria or tuberculosis, but non-communicable diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, are on the rise. The situation is particularly grim in South Africa, where citizens are just as likely to die from a non-communicable disease as from anything else.A healthy diet and regular exercise can greatly reduce the risk of developing most non-communicable diseases. But many South Africans, like many Americans, are overweight or obese due to poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Researchers interested in public health have sought to address these issues with little success.However, a new study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that a specially designed health intervention given to South African youth improved healthy eating and exercise, with effects lasting at least 4.5 years.Administered to sixth grade students, the intervention consisted of 12 one-hour educational modules, implemented over six sessions and given on consecutive school days. Students participated during their extracurricular time at school, in lieu of some other leisure activity.Aimed at teaching students the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly, the modules were taught by trained facilitators, not the students’ regular teachers, and consisted of interactive lessons and games, including “Health Jeopardy.” The researchers also developed a series of comic books addressing health issues that were used in the modules.”We spent years developing the intervention before launching the study,” says Annenberg professor John B. Jemmott III, lead author on the paper. “We conducted a series of focus groups with local South Africans to ensure we created something culturally relevant. It was also important to us that the intervention be conducted in isiXhosa, the local language.”Related StoriesOverweight and obese adolescents have similar increased risks of heart disordersNew review shows a clear gap in understanding of cancer in LGBTI adolescentsPrecision medicine for pediatric tumors can now be a reality, shows studyMore than 1,000 students from 18 schools participated in the study voluntarily and with parental permission. The study was extremely popular among students, so much so that at some schools the demand could not be met due to space constraints. In addition, the study had more than 90% participation for the duration of the data collection period, even at the final follow up, which occurred 4.5 years after the initial intervention.”We had extremely high attendance rates at the intervention sessions and at all the follow-up visits,” Jemmott says. “I’ve never had attendance rates and return rates for data collection as high as this study.”Immediately before and after the intervention, students completed questionnaires, self-reporting on their eating and exercise habits. Researchers later returned to collect self-reported data at 3, 6, 12, 42, and 54 months.Participants in the intervention had greater odds of meeting guidelines for healthy eating and physical activity than the control group. They also reported consuming more servings of fruits and vegetables and fewer servings of fried food, and engaging in more days of aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity, than those in the control group.”The results of the study are impressive,” Jemmott says. “One six day intervention creating behavior change that lasts for 4.5 years is quite promising, and I’d like to see additional research to better understand how we can encourage healthy behavior.” Source:https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/news/new-study-develops-intervention-increase-healthy-behavior-among-south-africanlast_img read more

The leverage to stand out

first_img Education 23 Jun 2019 Newcastle teams tackle issues Nation 08 Jul 2019 Soo Wincci makes it to Malaysia Book of Records once again with two new entries With such impressive standings, graduates from Newcastle University are highly sought-after, with 95% of graduates being employed or venturing forth for future study. In fact, it is one of the top 20 universities targeted by graduate employers in the UK. Now Malaysian students who wish to study medicine and the biosciences can be part of this establish circle, in a fully-owned international campus concentrating on medicine locally in Johor. The NUMed edgeCalled Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, or NUMed Malaysia in short, developed projects in a hub-and-spoke model with Newcastle University UK — that is research programmes done locally are shared with the UK-side as a translational and education research. Expert researchers can work in partnership to deliver high quality studies that will benefit the educational needs of students at NUMed Malaysia and health care needs of patients in South-East Asia. The impact of NUMed Malaysia’s research has contributed to some of Newcastle University’s ground-breaking discoveries, such as the development of new treatments in the field of ageing, cell and molecular biosciences, cellular medicine, health and society, genetic medicine, neurosciences and even cancer. NUMed Malaysia students are entitled for double accreditation from General Medical Council (UK) and Malaysian Medical Council.The medical and biomedical education offered at NUMed Malaysia begins at the foundation level, leading up to undergraduate degrees and postgraduate studies in clinical research, oncology and palliative care studies and postgraduate certification in medical education.Acclaimed health-related studiesNUMed Malaysia’s Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme was designed as a 12-month pre-undergraduate foundation course for Malaysian students who wish to study medicine, biological or biomedical sciences or science at the undergraduate level at NUMed Malaysia, or in another local higher education institution, depending on their final grades. NUMed Malaysia’s five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme is identical to that of Newcastle University, UK and offers a general medical education that is suitable for all types of doctor and serve as the foundation for later career specialisation. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} All subjects for the whole programme are delivered in NUMed Malaysia, although students are given opportunities to study at the medical school in Newcastle during the fourth year. Its Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours is a 2+1 programme that covers a diverse range of subjects relating to medicine and is similar to the one delivered at the Newcastle University’s medical school in the UK,This programme offered at NUMed Malaysia has two academic years that mirrors the programme offered in the UK but delivered at the custom-built 5.26ha NUMed Malaysia campus in Iskandar Puteri, Johor and an academic year at the Newcastle UK campus.The postgraduate courses offered at NUMed Malaysia are e-learning programmes delivered by Newcastle University through a virtual learning environment.They include the Master of Clinical Research (MClinRes, PG Dip; PG Cert), Oncology and Palliative Care MSc studies, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. The NUMed Malaysia focuses on medical and biomedical education at its custom-built 5.26ha campus located at Iskandar Puteri, Johor. Tags / Keywords: Sponsored , Newcastle University , NUMed Malaysia , Higher Education , Branded Students who wish to study medicine and the biosciences can be part of a fully-owned international campus concentrating on medicine locally in NUMed Malaysia, Johor, NUMed Malaysia’s research has contributed to some of Newcastle University’s ground-breaking discoveries. AS a member of the reputable Russell Group of universities well-known for intensive research, Newcastle University in the UK has been one of the leading academic institutions that attract over 27,000 students from around the world.It ranked 171 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings last year and a global leader in ageing and health, data, energy, cities, and the creative arts. Many of its 214,000 alumni headline diverse industries, from digital technology to finance and fine art. Newcastle University stands out in its instruction in Medicine, coming in as one of the UK’s top 20 subjects areas listed in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2020.Reputable research AdChoices广告The university developed a strong and vibrant interdisciplinary research base in medicine and the physical sciences since the 19th century.Its academics and researchers have been providing solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, collaborating with other institutions that share a similar vision in developing new treatments or technologies. The Research Excellence Framework placed the university 16th in the UK, with 78% of its research was renowned for its high reputation. It is consistently ranked within the top three for impact excellence in areas as diverse as computing science, environmental science and English. Education 07 Jul 2019 Steady climb on world’s young universities ranking Related News Related News NUMed Malaysia is currently accepting applications for the September intake, in its Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).Those interested can apply today, or during the NUMed Malaysia’s Open Day, held on Aug 17 and 24.For details, you can email to admissions@newcastle.edu.my, call 07-555 3800, WhatsApp to 011-1231 5411 or 012-7849456, or visit the NUMed Malaysia website.last_img read more