Search off Puerto Rico for missing MSC cruise ship passenger

first_img SAN JUAN — Authorities are searching near Puerto Rico for a French citizen suspected of going overboard from a cruise ship north of the U.S. island territory.The U.S. Coast Guard says the 74-year-old was reported missing by his wife while the MSC Divina was en route to San Juan. Lt. Leah Roach says a Coast Guard plane and cutter were searching a wide area Tuesday about 24 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico.Roach says Jean Pierre Knorr awoke before dawn Monday and told his wife he was stepping outside for some fresh air. She got up several hours later and realized he had not returned.MSC Cruises said company officials are working with the Coast Guard to determine the circumstances that led to his apparent disappearance. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Search off Puerto Rico for missing MSC cruise ship passenger Posted by Tags: MSC Cruises, Puerto Ricocenter_img Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Flight Centre Independent agents Discover the Undiscovered in Tulum

first_imgFlight Centre Independent agents ‘Discover the Undiscovered’ in Tulum Posted by Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere Travelweek Group center_img The recently-rebranded Flight Centre Independent host agency division is not just a Canadian focus, but also a global focus for Flight Centre, says Flight Centre Founder Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner. “Flight Centre as a whole are right behind our Independent Agents and they’re going to be a very, very important part of our future,” said Turner.Last month Flight Centre Independent agents were hosted by Air Transat and AMResorts for their annual conference and gala awards. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Welcome To The Jungle: Discover The Undiscovered’ with FCI agents in attendance exposed to new product, new systems and new information about their businesses and the Flight Centre Independent (formerly Flight Centre Associates) brand as a whole.FCI agents are having fun with the new name, nicknaming themselves ‘Indies’ in recent months, says FCI General Manager Lee Zanello.Flight Centre Independent attendees at FCI’s annual conferenceAs a result, he says, FCI support staff couldn’t help but have some fun of their own when planning this year’s conference and gala awards. “We had already been working with the jungle theme for the last ten months,” says Zanello. “It was a perfect fit to throw in the Indiana Jones references.”Agents donned Indiana Jones fedoras throughout the week and earning ‘Indy Bucks’ and ‘Snake Idols’ for participating in various aspects of conference.The money and idols then factored into a Survivor-style auction at the end of the week where over $10,000 of trips and prizes were given away.“The support we are seeing from the company both nationally and globally is unprecedented,” says Zanello, “and this only means more investment, more resources and more support for our Independent Agents.”FCI says its support-to-agent ratio is 10:1 and with the new introduction of the Regional Leader role at this year’s conference, support is getting stronger at the local level.“Our Regional Leaders are the Independent way to run with Flight Centre’s time-tested philosophy around Family, Village and Tribe groupings,” says Zanello. “Within this structure, support truly is everywhere and our six new Regional Leaders will only add to that.”Over the course of the week agents took in shows, fine dining and had the opportunity to build relationships with many of Flight Centre’s preferred tour partners, an area where many agents were wanting and needing more training, notes Zanello.There was also a lot to celebrate as a mock wedding evening turned into a celebration of an agent’s recent 25-year wedding anniversary with her partner, who was also present, and the week started with one agent receiving (and accepting) a wedding proposal of her own.Top agents from the previous fiscal year were also recognized and agents who contribute positively to the culture of FCI were honoured in the evening’s top awards.Attendees also heard that Flight Centre Independent Agents are now not only eligible for the annual Preferred All-Stars Trip – an all-expenses paid trip for the top agents who support Flight Centre’s Preferred Partner strategy – but several spots are also open to attend Flight Centre’s Global Gathering taking place in Berlin next July. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line to return to Greece for Summer 2020 season

first_img Share CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line is heading back to Greece, among other popular destinations, for its summer 2020 cruise season.Along with its long-awaited return to Greece and the addition of five first-time ports of call in Europe, the cruise line has announced an expanded European season aboard the Disney Magic as well as sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and Bahamas.Bookings open to the public on March 7, 2019.Here’s an overview of what’s on offer in 2020:EUROPEAfter a five-year hiatus, the Disney Magic will return to Greece as part of three special Mediterranean voyages departing from Rome. During one 12-night and two nine-night cruises, guests will visit Piraeus, Katakolon and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Each of these Med itineraries combines a selection of stops in Greece with visits to other notable cities in the region. Two of the sailings include a new port of call in Messina, Italy, while a third features a return to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time in five years.Additional new ports of call in Europe include: Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. This new collection of destinations is part of the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe in summer 2020, which begins with sailings through the Mediterranean and Greek Isles before heading to northern Europe for cruises to the Baltic, British Isles and Norwegian fjords.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upALASKAIn 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with seven-night itineraries departing from Vancouver. Stops include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier.CARIBBEAN & BAHAMASIn addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout the summer of 2020. These include five- and nine-night Caribbean sailings, along with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, three of which feature two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.The Disney Dream will provide even more opportunities for guests to visit Castaway Cay in the summer of 2020 with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, including a series of sailings with two calls on the private island paradise. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, February 28, 2019 GUIDED EXPERIENCESIn summer 2020, Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their cruise vacation with a variety of add- on packages from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations. Highlights include brand-new ways to experience the Caribbean, a return to Alaska and popular packages in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America PREMIUM CRUISE PACKAGESWith Adventures by Disney, guests can book the ultimate Disney cruise experience on select sailings in Alaska, Europe and—new for 2020—the Caribbean. Throughout the voyage, knowledgeable Adventure Guides will lead guests on specially curated excursions and interactive activities. Onboard the ship, guests enjoy unique experiences and premium amenities exclusive to Adventures by Disney, such as a talkback session with Walt Disney Theatre cast members followed by a behind-the-scenes costume and prop activity. Travelweek Group PRE-CRUISE ESCAPESAdventures by Disney also offers popular pre-cruise vacations in Rome; London; Barcelona, Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark. These two- to three-night Escapes feature unforgettable experiences in iconic cities, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Disney Cruise Line to return to Greece for Summer 2020 seasonlast_img read more

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A rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of th

first_imgA rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of the greenhouses. After harvesting, the agriculture crew sells greens and other items from the garden at the farmer’s market at the Arcosanti Cafe. Fresh lettuce from the greenhouse are also available at the Cafe salad bar. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] March 2, 2005Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] A new crop of garlic grows in the garden. It will be ready to harvest in the middle of May. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

first_img November 14, 2013 Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Technology –shares Catherine Clifford Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watson’s ‘Brain’ for Everyone Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

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WhatsApp CoFounders Reaction to Snapchat I Dont Give a Sht About This

first_img Ah, competition. It inspires us to work harder, to develop new tools and features that customers will drool over — not to mention give you a leg up on the guy who’s trying to steal those customers from you.Competition also gets us fired up. Sometimes with entertaining results.Like many of us, I’ve been reading all the “inside stories” on the founders of WhatsApp, the mobile messaging company that was just acquired by Facebook for an astounding $19 billion in cash and stock. A passage in one of those stories gave me a good laugh.In a feature in Wired magazine, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton goes off about Snapchat, another messaging service that Facebook tried to buy. Oh, right, you might recall that Facebook offered $3 billion to buy Snapchat last November, but was turned down.Related: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From Facebook”I don’t give a shit about this,” Acton told Wired when asked about Snapchat. But that’s not all he had to say. Here’s the excerpt from that article. It’s worth a read (and a chuckle):”It’s not 100 percent clear to me what’s working about Snapchat,” Brian Acton says. “Great, teenagers can use it to get laid all day long. I don’t care. I’m 42, essentially married with a kid. I don’t give a shit about this. I’m not sexting with random strangers. I send the ‘I love you’s in text. She’s sending me photos of our baby. These are memories. It’s not clear to me that being goofy with Snapchat necessarily creates that level of intimacy. Clearly [Snapchat cofounder] Evan Spiegel only has his pulse on one part of the world. We have a whole wall of stories about people who got to know each other long distance and eventually got married. You’re not going to do this over Snapchat. And people want chat histories. They’re a permanent testimony of a relationship.”Related: Facebook Buys WhatsApp in Whopping $19 Billion Deal Next Article February 20, 2014 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Jason Fell WhatsApp Co-Founder’s Reaction to Snapchat: ‘I Don’t Give a Sh-t About This’ 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img –shares Technology Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

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Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform Beeswax to Extend Identity Resolution

first_imgIntegration Allows More Brands and Media Companies Access to Cross-Device Analytics as They Continue to In-House Their Programmatic StrategiesTapad, a global leader in digital identity resolution announced that it has added Beeswax, the industry’s first extensible programmatic buying platform, to its ever-growing roster of media buying partners. Beeswax is unique in that it offers Bidder-as-a-Service™ capabilities, which when partnered with The Tapad Graph, allows sophisticated buyers to make the most out of their programmatic spend.“Digital identity resolution is key to enabling independent DSP providers to be more efficient in digital marketing,” said Chris Feo, SVP of Global Data Licensing and Strategic Partnerships at Tapad. “By partnering with Beeswax, we are able to extend our cross-device capabilities to Beeswax’s client base, allowing their customers to better connect with target audiences at scale.”Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipThrough the partnership, Beeswax’s brand and media customers in the US will have the option to access The Tapad Graph’s privacy-safe digital identity resolution insights via the Beeswax platform. Identity resolution provides clients with a holistic view of the consumer journey across devices, which in turn, enables marketers to streamline messaging and to increase campaign ROI through targeting analytics and attribution.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms“After evaluating many of the solutions in the market, we’re thrilled to have landed on Tapad as our first identity partner and cross-device graph,” said Ari Paparo, Co-Founder & CEO at Beeswax. “Brands and media companies that use our platform will now have expanded digital identity resolution capabilities, allowing them to make smarter bidding decisions, and maximize their programmatic spend.”Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform, Beeswax, to Extend Identity Resolution PRNewswireJuly 5, 2019, 3:54 pmJuly 5, 2019 BeeswaxBidder-as-a-ServiceMarketing TechnologyNewsprogrammatic buying platformtapad Previous ArticleCustomer Experience Transformation Will Attract 23% of 1.68 Billion Dollars Invested in Digitalization in 2019Next ArticleConverge Technology Solutions Acquires Nordisk Systems, Inc.last_img read more

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Molecular mechanisms behind therapeutic action of ancient herbal medicine discovered

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for a therapeutic action of an ancient herbal medicine used across Africa to treat various illnesses, including epilepsy.The herbal medicine, a leaf extract from the shrub Mallotus oppositifolius, was previously found to be effective in controlling seizures but the mechanism was unknown. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, found that two components of the Mallotus leaf extract activate KCNQ2/3, a potassium ion channel essential for controlling electrical activity in the brain. The two components were somewhat effective alone, but in combination were highly effective both at activating KCNQ2/3 channels and at preventing life-threatening seizures.The UCI research team, comprising postdoctoral fellow Rían Manville, PhD and principal investigator Geoffrey Abbott, MSc, PhD, screened individual compounds from the leaf extract for channel opening activity, and then combined the two most active compounds to discover the therapeutic synergy contained in an African folk remedy used for centuries. Strikingly, one of the two compounds identified, isovaleric acid, is also a main component of valerian root, an herb used in ancient Greece as an insomnia sleep remedy, and for centuries by the English and also native Americans as an anticonvulsant. Valerian root is still used by as many as 2 million people each week in the United States as an herbal remedy for anxiety and insomnia.”We are very interested in taking a molecular approach to ethnobotany – the study of plants and their use by local populations – to discover the molecular mechanisms for ancient remedies and to use this knowledge to create safer and more effective drugs. The KCNQ channels we study are typically opened by electrical activity, but we know that they are also incredibly sensitive to the presence of small molecules, including neurotransmitters, but also molecules from outside, such as drugs, and constituents of food and herbal extracts,” said Abbott. “Some folk medicines are in danger of being lost, either because traditional practices are being forgotten, or because the plant species used are endangered. Species loss can arise from over-collecting, habitat destruction, or climate change. There is a race against time to prevent this incredible resource being lost forever.”Related StoriesIT Faces the Digital Pathology Data TsunamiMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionMarijuana isn’t a great choice for glaucoma treatment, says expertThe UCI team found that the herbal extract they studied had different channel subtype preferences than modern drugs that activate the KCNQ2/3 channel, such as the anticonvulsant drug, retigabine. Because of this, by combining the herbal compounds with retigabine, they were able to completely lock open the channel, a feat not previously achieved.”Locking open the channel is a neat trick, but it could also have clinical implications. Retigabine was removed from the market last year because of a surprising side effect: it turns the skin and whites of the eyes blue. However, by combining retigabine with the herbal components, we found we could greatly reduce the retigabine dosage required for activity. This type of strategy might one day enable us to use drugs like retigabine at dosages low enough to be safe, whilst retaining or even enhancing their efficacy by combining them with natural booster compounds derived from plants,” said Abbott.In addition to the booster effects of the herbal extract, identification of the ability of specific chemicals within plants to activate influential ion channels such as KCNQ2/3 may lead one day to new epilepsy, anxiety and pain drugs that exploit the alternative chemical spaces offered by the molecular constituents of ethnobotanicals. Source:https://uci.edu/last_img read more

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Shortage of specific gene silencing molecules linked with pediatric lowgrade gliomas

first_img Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/decrease-in-specific-gene-silencing-molecules-linked-with-pediatric-brain-tumors Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 12 2018Experimenting with lab-grown brain cancer cells, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have added to evidence that a shortage of specific tiny molecules that silence certain genes is linked to the development and growth of pediatric brain tumors known as low-grade gliomas.A report of the findings was published this fall 2018 in Scientific Reports, and supports the idea of increasing levels of microRNAs as a potential means of treating these tumors.An estimated 1,600 cases of pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGGs) are diagnosed annually in the United States, and the vast majority of these slow-growing tumors are treatable and curable mainly by surgical removal, although in some cases surgery has the potential to damage critical nearby brain tissue, depending on tumor location. Unlike high-grade glioblastomas such as the one that took the life of Arizona Senator John McCain, PLGGs mostly affect school-age children and young adults.”It has long been known that microRNAs play a role in controlling various tumor properties such as growth,” says Fausto Rodriguez, M.D., associate professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study’s senior author.”Our findings identified a subset of microRNAs that, in sufficient quantity, seem to decrease the growth and invasion of cancerous cells in pediatric low-grade gliomas.”MicroRNAs are tiny molecules that, in ways similar to how an orchestra conductor controls the flow of each instrument group, command the expression of entire gene networks that make proteins by essentially silencing them, and are responsible for regulating biological processes such as nutrient intake, cell growth and cell death. Altered levels of specific microRNAs can disrupt entire biological pathways just as a misguided section of an orchestra can unsettle an entire score.”One microRNA can target multiple genes and have a profound effect on cell processes, and the alterations are dynamic,” notes Rodriguez, who says PLGGs are good candidates for analyzing microRNA types and levels because genetically PLGGs are stable compared with other tumors. That makes it relatively easier, he says, to identify any relevant genetic abnormalities and potential targets for therapy.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryFor the new study, the researchers first analyzed previously gathered microRNA subtype data in two studies. They examined tumors from 125 patients with low-grade gliomas for levels of a specific microRNA, known as miR-125b, using chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH), a technique that is applicable to routinely processed tissue in pathology and allows for identification of specific microRNAs in the cells of interest. Levels of this microRNA were lower in 43 pilocytic astrocytomas (the most common subtype of PLGG) when compared with 24 diffuse astrocytomas and normal brain tissues.Rodriguez and the research team next looked at eight cancerous cell lines derived from brain (glial) tumors in children for levels of microRNA 125b-p using a method that can rapidly make thousands to millions of copies of a genetic sequence for easier analysis of how much of a gene is expressed. Although levels of microRNA 125b-p varied across the lab-grown cell lines, they were significantly and uniformly lower in cancerous cell lines than noncancerous cell lines, Rodriguez reports.In further experiments designed to identify the role of these microRNAs in cell growth, the investigators increased levels of miR-125b in cancerous cell lines by introducing a DNA segment in the tumor cells using specific viruses, and saw a decrease in cell division and growth. To check whether cell death contributed to this decrease in cell growth, Rodriguez stained cells containing high levels of microRNA 125b and noted cell death in all cell lines, suggesting that increasing levels of microRNA 125b can stop the growth of PLGG.”These findings are an example of where advances in precision medicine might take us, and show how, someday, increasing levels of specific genes and microRNAs might be a targeted treatment for PLGGs,” says Rodriguez.last_img read more

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Organonchip systems offered to AsiaPacific regions by Sydneys AXT

first_img Source:www.axt.com.au CN Bio is a leading lab-on-a-chip company, based in London. It’s flagship PhysioMimix device is being used by pharmaceutical, consumer goods companies and regulators globally.Related StoriesAXT and Griffith University announce installation of first arktic biospecimen storage system at MenziesHIQAXT introduces super-resolution fluorescence microscope capable of single molecule imaging in Australia and NZAXT makes magnetic particle imaging technology available to researchers in AustraliaThe PhysioMimix Organ-on-Chip platform enables researchers to work with a wide range of cell types (iPSCs, primary cells, etc.) and commercial inserts to mimic human physiology in vitro. This improves the efficiency of preclinical studies or industrial screening that require reliable human-relevant data.CN Bio Commercial Director Paul Davies said: “PhysioMimix allows researchers to run single- and multi-organ human-tissue based studies, in parallel, on a compact lab-benchtop device”.”For teams who need human-relevant data as part of their research, preclinical testing, and to assess the safety or toxicity of new compounds, Organ-on-Chip studies are becoming absolutely invaluable. They provide comprehensive, 3D tissue-culture-based data and enable real-time monitoring and analysis.””AXT provide equipment to many of these teams already. A lot of groups in Australia and New Zealand are looking forward to adding the latest Organ-on-Chip techniques to their labs, and we’re delighted that they will have friendly faces to demonstrate and set up the CN Bio devices.”Richard Trett, Managing Director of AXT said, “We are excited to bring CN Bio on board. Their addition to our existing portfolio continues our commitment to put the latest technologies in the hands of Australian researchers.”AXT has a diverse range of solutions for life science researchers. They cover areas such as cell biology, proteomics, genomics pharmacology, translational research etc. For more details, please visit www.axt.com.au. May 2 2019Organ-on-Chip specialist CN Bio has signed a distribution agreement with Sydney-based AXT Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading supplier of high technology scientific equipment. The agreement will see AXT distribute CN Bio’s innovative bioengineering products to medical researchers in academia and industry throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.last_img read more

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OU Health Sciences Center awarded federal grant to enhance dementia care across

first_imgDementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, is much more prevalent in older adults. As the number of older Oklahomans increases, this disease will become more common. We don’t want people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to become isolated. We want communities and healthcare systems that are friendly to people with cognitive impairment and memory loss. We want people to thrive as long as they can, as best they can, with the support that they need.”Lee Jennings, M.D., OU College of Medicine Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 3 2019The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, working with partners across the state, has been awarded a $3.75 million federal grant to enhance the care and support of a growing group of Oklahomans – those who suffer from memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 65,000 Oklahomans currently live with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow. An especially cruel disease with heartbreaking cognitive decline and no cure, Alzheimer’s requires a circle of support so that people with the disease can live as well as possible for as long as possible.The program established by the grant will focus on two overarching objectives: educating the current and future workforce to better care for people with dementia, and creating dementia-friendly health systems. Unfortunately, Oklahoma ranks near the bottom in several quality of life and health rankings for older adults. Lee Jennings, M.D., a geriatrician with the OU College of Medicine who is leading the grant, said she hopes the upcoming efforts will improve those numbers. The structure of the program is uniquely opposite of most academic grants. Rather than working solely with physicians and students on campus, the program will engage primary care clinics around the state, direct-care providers such as nursing home staff, organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, and family members and caregivers of people with dementia.Most of the medical care for patients with dementia is provided by primary care clinics, but that only accounts for a short medical visit. That means families and other caregivers are taking care of loved ones the majority of the time. And because Oklahoma is largely a rural state with not enough primary care physicians, the need is great to increase support and knowledge for everyone helping a person with dementia.Hudson OU College of Public Health department chair Thomas Teasdale, who holds a doctorate in public health, is co-leading the program with Jennings. Through an existing partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Teasdale already works with the state’s 300-plus nursing homes, where 70 percent of residents live with some type of dementia. The grant also will allow him to enhance dementia care education for new audiences, including community health workers, in partnership with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Another partner agency, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, will provide quality improvement consulting as the program evolves.Related StoriesDementia patients hospitalized and involved in transitional care at higher ratesA program of therapy and coping strategies works long-term for family dementia carersUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsJennings and her team also will work with OKPRN, the Oklahoma Practice-Based Research/Resource Network, a large group of physicians who conduct ongoing research to improve the care they provide. In addition, the grant will allow OU dementia specialists to provide tele-consultations for rural physicians who might need help treating patients with complications.”We want to offer rural providers the expertise in our university setting. They may need new strategies for managing a patient’s neuropsychiatric symptoms or treating difficult diagnoses related to dementia,” Jennings said.The grant’s second objective — to create dementia-friendly health systems – covers everything from the physical layout of a clinic to the community resources that are available for people and their caregivers. Clinics can improve their environments by ensuring signs are understandable, exam tables are easy to use for older adults, and sensory aids like hearing amplifiers and large-print materials are available.A dementia-friendly practice also means both clinical providers and staff can connect patients and families with community resources where they live. Support groups, for both caregivers and the person living with dementia, are often crucial in helping people cope. They also can help reduce the stigma that is still associated with the disease.”We want to let people know that there are resources, and we don’t want caregivers to feel stigmatized,” Jennings said. “It can be isolating if caregivers don’t feel like they can go out into the community with their loved one. We want to help people live with dignity and be as independent as possible while they age with this disease.”The effort also extends to Oklahoma’s Native American tribes. The Choctaw Nation in particular is working not only within its own geriatric clinics, but beyond the healthcare setting to transportation access for people with dementia.”This grant and program would not be possible without our many community partners,” Jennings said. “We are putting these federal dollars to use in our communities throughout Oklahoma to improve the health and quality of life of people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.”This federal grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the award number 1 U1QHP330820100. Source:University of Oklahomalast_img read more

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Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

first_imgIn this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File) In this Dec. 30, 2006, file photo with the Capitol in the background, American flags fly at half-staff at the foot of the Washington Monument in Washington. Microsoft has uncovered new hacking attempts by Russia targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate.Microsoft didn’t offer any further description of the fake sites, although it has previously outlined in court filings how this hacking group operated a network of fake sites designed to trick victims into installing malicious software.Russian officials dismissed the company’s claims as unfounded. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cited the lack of detail on the hack, and said it wasn’t clear “who the hackers in question are” and how they could distort the U.S. electoral system.The revelation of new hacking efforts arrives just weeks after a similar Microsoft discovery led Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to reveal that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network. The International Republican Institute is led by a board that includes six Republican senators, and one prominent Russia critic and Senate hopeful, Mitt Romney, who is running for a Utah seat this fall. Explore further Citation: Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-microsoft-uncovers-russian-midterms.html In this April 28, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Microsoft has uncovered new hacking attempts by Russia targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.This time, more than helping one political party over another, “this activity is most fundamentally focused on disrupting democracy,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, said in an interview this week.Smith said there is no sign the hackers were successful in persuading anyone to click on the fake websites, which could have exposed a target victim to computer infiltration, hidden surveillance and data theft. Both conservative think tanks said they have tried to be vigilant about “spear-phishing” email attacks because their global pro-democracy work has frequently drawn the ire of authoritarian governments.”We’re glad that our work is attracting the attention of bad actors,” said Hudson Institute spokesman David Tell. “It means we’re having an effect, presumably.” The group’s president, Daniel Twining, said in a statement that the apparent hacking is “consistent with the campaign of meddling that the Kremlin has waged against organizations that support democracy and human rights.””It is clearly designed to sow confusion, conflict and fear among those who criticize (Vladimir) Putin’s authoritarian regime,” Twining wrote.Microsoft calls the hacking group Strontium; others call it Fancy Bear or APT28. An indictment from U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has tied it to Russian’s main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and to the 2016 email hacking of both the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. “We have no doubt in our minds” who is responsible, Smith said.Microsoft has waged a legal battle with Strontium since suing it in a Virginia federal court in summer 2016. The company obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the group. It has so far used the courts to shut down 84 fake websites created by the group, including the most recent six announced Tuesday.Microsoft has argued in court that by setting up fake but realistic-looking domains, the hackers were misusing Microsoft trademarks and services to hack into targeted computer networks, install malware and steal sensitive emails and other data.Smith also announced Tuesday that the company is offering free cybersecurity protection to all U.S. political candidates, campaigns and other political organizations, at least so long as they’re already using Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity software. Facebook and Google have also promoted similar tools to combat campaign interference. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Campaigns on their own as cyber threats roil midterms In this July 9, 2018, file photo, the U.S. Capitol dome is seen in Washington. Microsoft has uncovered new hacking attempts by Russia targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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AP CM lays foundation stone for Machilipatnam port works

first_imgSHARE Published on Andhra Pradesh February 07, 2019 COMMENT Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naiducenter_img The deep water port at Machilipatnam in Krishna district which will be completed in the next few years will lead to all-round development of the region and the State, according to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.He was speaking near the port town, Machilipatnam, the headquarters of Krishna district, on Thursday afternoon, after unveiling a plaque to mark the inauguration of the works on the deep water port.He said the Navayuga Engineering Company, taking up the port work, was also taking part in the construction of the mega Polavaram irrigation project on the Godavari in West Godavari district. “The company has set up a world record in executing Polavaram project and I am sure the works on the port will also be completed with the same speed. A deep water port at Machilipatnam is the dream of the people of this region and at last it is coming true, after crossing many hurdles. This is a historic occasion,” he said.The port would not only serve the interests of Andhra Pradesh, being the nearest port to the capital city of Amaravati, but the States of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra are only in its hinterland, he said, adding that he would take personal interest in speeding up the works. The port will be constructed on 4,800 acres of land, including an industrial park, and it is estimated that the port and park would lead to 80,000 direct and indirect employment. ports SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Ministry wants to delay departure levy

first_imgUnpopular move: Lawmakers from both sides of the political divide had questioned the need for the levy, arguing that it would affect tourist arrivals. — Reuters Tags / Keywords: Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Finance Ministry allocates RM5mil for matching grant fund for tourism promotion Nation 11 Jul 2019 Tourism Ministry wants departure levy deferred to after VMY 2020 THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry wants the implementation of the departure levy to be delayed until after Visit Malaysia 2020, says Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.The Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister said he would personally raise the matter with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.“I very much agree (to the proposal to defer the levy implementation) but the question raised should be directed to the Finance Minister,” he said.“However, because I had agreed with it, I will try to discuss the matter with him.” AdChoices广告Datuk Jalaluddin Alias (BN-Jelebu) had suggested the delay, saying that Opposition MPs had been appro­ached by an airline over the issue.“They said that the departure levy on Sept 1 would affect in-bound tourists.“They asked us to ask Pakatan Harapan to defer the levy until after Visit Malaysia 2020 so that we can attract as many tourists during the period,” Jalaluddin said.The Departure Levy Bill 2019 was passed in Parliament on April 10, for implementation on June 1, before it was deferred to Sept 1.Lawmakers from both sides of the political divide had questioned the need for the levy, arguing that it would affect tourist arrivals.The levy on air travellers leaving the country was aimed at encouraging domestic tourism.center_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 02 Jul 2019 Govt considers imposing departure levy in September At the Dewan Rakyat Related Newslast_img read more

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