Armed men on rampage in Blue Hills two new cases under investigation

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 – Police confirm the armed robbery of a woman, just off Millennium Highway in Blue Hills on Saturday night, Sunday morning; the home owner said she opened the door to a knock and four masked, armed men rushed in and demanded money. They took jewelry and cell phones and cash.The four robbed two women in that residence.  Magnetic Media got reports of outrage and grave concern from friends of both the women robbed by armed men.  It is now clarified that there was one armed home invasion, but two women, living at the residence were robbed at gunpoint.Police explain an investigation is launched from the weekend into the shooting around 12:30am on Sunday when a man came outside after hearing screams.  That man came face to face, he said with three masked and armed men, who fired shots and struck him in the ear.The woman who had screamed, told Police that she ran back into her home at the sight of the men, standing in her apartment corridor with guns; she is unhurt.   The male was treated and has since been released from hospital.Police are asking for help in these and all other outstanding investigations; remember if you know anything please contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-TIPS.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Middlesex District Attorneys Office Receives Grant For Insurance Fraud Investigations

first_imgWOBURN, MA – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance, to fund investigations and prosecutions of automobile insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.The grant was presented to District Attorney Ryan by Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The $50,000 grant is funded by Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, as part of a program in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Insurance Fraud Bureau which has been used to fund insurance fraud investigations across the state since 2003.The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates cases of fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, white collar crimes and related illegal activity. The Unit includes a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives.The grant money received yesterday will pay for continued investigations by prosecutors in the Special Investigations Unit of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.Middlesex District Attorney’s Office(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police Ask For The Public’s Help Identifying Vehicle In Fatal Motorcycle Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Wilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA Marian Ryan and State AG Healey Launch Recertification Course For Online Mandated Reporter TrainingIn “Government”last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 7, 2019 to July 14, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierRink planning flexibility limited by Lizzie McDermottOpen space plan update by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunFinding ‘A happy accident’ by Emma MurphyNot your mother’s roller derby by Alana MelansonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

After Tik Tok PUBG to be banned in India Twitter cant keep

first_imgPUBG moon mapPUBGAfter the Tik Tok app was banned recently in India, there is a likelihood of multiplayer video game, PUBG, also being banned especially since the civil societies and state administrations in various parts of the country have raised the alarm on the serious health consequences the video game can have on youth.The Rajkot Police in Gujarat has submitted an application to Google to take down PUBG from its play store citing the reason of detrimental effects the game has on the youth. Google, although is yet to respond formally to the Rajkot Police’s request. Recently after a Madras High Court directive, the Apple and Google took down PUBG from their play stores after a complaint that the youth are using the mobile app to spread pornography and other illicit activities. Both Tik Tok and PUBG have millions of users in India and a particular favourite among the youth.Rajkot recently said that it has banned the PUBG game in the city and asked Google to take down the online multiplayer battle royale game from its play store. “We have said we have banned this, so if possible, if in any IP of this area they are downloading the game then we have said, stop it if you can,”  Manoj Aggarwal,  Rajkot police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal, told Firstpost.The Gujarat Police had booked 10 people in March for playing PUBG under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and warned that any person found playing the game will be prosecuted.Amid the reports of PUBG ban after Tik Tok, Twitter seemingly cannot keep calm.The parents and the educationists have expressed fears that these mobile apps are creating a bad precedent before the young kids and affecting their academics.Plz dont pubg and tiktok becoz of them so many are happy make them happy plz ban exams pic.twitter.com/CqRRlZdhXO— 『Deadshot☣︎ ヅ』 (@karthik85893273) April 19, 2019″I am totally fed-up with this game #Pubg. Last 2 months my nephew is note even sleeping properly he start talking in sleep and some time start walking, He got addicted for this #PUBG game..Please ban this game @narendramodi ji..there are lots of family facing the same prblm,” tweeted Gaurav Pandit.”It’s not about TikTok. It’s about the larger message. Today it’s TikTok, PUBG’s ban is imminent, porn & Reddit have already been banned by Jio. Every goddamn thing is getting banned in the internet. India doesn’t have freedom of speech. We have a China like censorship,” Ankit Sharma said in a tweet.”A kind request to Prime Minister Modi @narendramodi… Sir I have seen my friends wasting their time playing Pubg , the time which they would have utilised doing something productive. They do not listen to me or to their parents. Please sir, ban Pubg for their good,” Saumyanta Sharma tweeted.India may soon join Nepal and Iraq as the countries who have taken a lead to ban PUBG.last_img read more

The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

first_imgOivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Getty ImagesA health savings account works much like a personal savings account — with a difference. Any money in it that we use to pay for certain medical expenses isn’t taxed.Spending your own money on health care might mean that you’ll be more frugal with it. That’s the theory behind health savings accounts, a decades-old GOP concept that’s sparking renewed interest on Capitol Hill as Republican lawmakers look for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act.HSAs are like personal savings accounts — with a difference. As with a retirement account, money put into an HSA can be invested, and any growth in the fund accumulates tax-free. Withdrawals can be made at any time, and they are tax-free, too — but the money can be used only to pay for certain medical expenses, such as health insurance deductibles, or for copays for hospital care or a visit to the doctor.Currently, HSAs are only available to people who have high-deductible health plans, meaning they usually pay a few thousand dollars for medical care each year before their insurance kicks in to pay its share. While HSA participation is growing, only about 20 million people out of the 176 million who have health insurance participate in these savings accounts, according to a 2015 report by the Association of Health Insurance Plans.Why don’t more people who are eligible for HSAs have them? For one thing, not everyone has money to contribute upfront. But psychologists and behavioral economists point out that even many people who have the extra cash on hand confront big psychological barriers to saving.“How we think and feel is directly tied to our ability to make ‘good’ financial decisions,” says Alycia DeGraff, a board member and secretary of the Financial Therapy Association. DeGraff says when faced with financial decisions about the future, many people simply get stressed out.“These stressors can become so overwhelming that … we can become debilitated and ignore the situation altogether,” she says. “Or we can practice any kind of defense mechanism — entitlement, suppression, overcompensation, isolation, etc. — to try and deal with [it].”This may explain, at least in part, why middle-class Americans are pretty bad at saving money in general. Only about half of us have money in any sort of retirement account. And those of us who are parents have only saved, on average, enough to pay for about one year at an in-state college for our kids.Saving money is hard. It means setting aside what we want now for something we think we’ll want or need later. And we live in a culture that offers a lot of pretty, shiny, things to buy RIGHT NOW.Plus, we all pretend we won’t get old or sick.“People are predictably irrational,” says Dr. Mitesh Patel, especially when it comes to money. He’s a behavioral economist, physician and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.But many of us really hate to lose money, Patel says, which is what makes the concept of HSAs is so appealing.For example, he and his colleagues published a study last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine on what motivates people to lose weight, and found that the way a financial incentive was framed made all the difference.The researchers observed three groups of people for 13 weeks. They told one group to walk 7,000 steps a day. About 30 percent of the group did so. Meanwhile, people assigned to the second group were told they’d be paid $1.40 every day they walked 7,000 steps. About 35 percent of the second group did so.Here’s the kicker: Each person in the third group was paid $42 upfront and was docked $1.40 each time they failed to meet their goal. Forty-five percent of that group met the assigned goal, Patel says. People hate to lose money.Another way to encourage more saving might be to make HSAs operate more like the 401(k)s that required people who didn’t want to participate to actively opt out of the plan — rather than requiring people who want to contribute to opt in. “This creates a path of least resistance,” Patel says.Of course, setting up and overseeing such a plan would likely cost the government some money, he notes.People with HSAs do use less health care than those without such plans, a recent study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute suggests. But it’s unclear whether they actually improve their health. Prescription drug costs went down for people enrolled in HSAs in the EBRI study, but emergency room visits went up — particularly for lower-income families.Then there’s the issue of figuring out how much you, as an individual or a family, would need to save for health care — it’s not easy to find out the average price for a medical test or procedure in your town, let alone how much that price varies from doctor to doctor or hospital to hospital.“If you want to save for a house, you can pretty much figure out the math,” Patel says. “But if you go to a doctor, they don’t give you a menu for prices.”To really increase their health savings — or any savings — we’d all need to change our mindset, says Degraff, the financial therapist.“People would have to first take a dose of reality and get real about their future selves,” she says. Naturally, we think our future selves will be “better, healthier, more financially secure,” she adds. But, for many of us, health and income eventually decline with age. We need to save more now for later.HSAs can be useful, Degraff notes, but only for those who have enough cash to pay their day-to-day expenses — plus a little left over.“A lot of people don’t even have a regular emergency fund savings,” DeGraff says, “especially those that are already struggling to pay for health insurance.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

DC Celebrates Nikki Giovanni as She Celebrates the Greatness of Black People

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comDubbed “The Poet of the Black Revolution”, the legendary activist, poet and educator Nikki Giovanni received a warm welcome from the D.C. community as she shared excerpts from her new book, A Good Cry on October 26 at Busboys and Poets located on 450 K St N.W.“A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter”, is Giovanni’s newest book- which is an introspective exploration of her life and the people who have had significant impact and influence along her journey.Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni spoke at Busboys and Poet 450 K St N.W. about her new book “A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter.”Giovanni is a proud native of Knoxville, Tennessee and is an alumna of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. where she received her B.A. in History. As both a revolutionary and literate, she initially gained notoriety in the 1960s during the Black Arts Movement where she began establishing herself as a premiere poet and author. Giovanni’s expansive body of work ranges from poetry to children’s books. In 1967, she established the first Black Arts Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. Giovanni is the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Awards, has authored 3 New York and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends.”  She currently serves as a “distinguished professor” at Virginia Tech University.The wise yet fiery spirit of Giovanni kept the audience captivated for the evening as she shared excerpts from her new book, social commentary on the current state of affairs in the world as well as invaluable, yet funny, takeaways from her own life experiences. In the not so typical style of a bookstore event, Giovanni started off the evening with the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” using the opportunity not only as a teaching moment, but to build the feeling of community in the space. “So many of our young Black people…and maybe other people you know too…they don’t know the spirituals, they don’t know the hymns,” Giovanni said.The celebrated poet shared her critiques on Donald Trump and when speaking on the racialized hate Black people have experienced in America, she talked about the beauty of Black people finding love and happiness in the midst of adversity. The audience laughed and cheered as she said, “I think they’re jealous because all that we went through somehow we found a way to laugh, somehow we found a way to dance, somehow we found a way to sing.” She took the time to positively affirm all the Black people in the room, reminding them that “We are a great people from a great people.”Throughout the night she shared intimate moments about her life, family and the backstory behind her new book and its title. She revealed that she has had a hard time with processing emotions through moments of hardship and trauma. “I never learned how to cry,”Giovanni shared. “The problem is I have held in things and I need to learn to cry.”During the Question and Answer portion of the night, Giovanni shared what distinguishes her as a poet.“What makes me a really good poet is that I have written some excellent poems, I have written some good poems, I have written some bad poems, what makes me truly almost brilliant is I know the difference.”She continued to share advice for young writers,“Somebody’s gonna ask you, ‘What’s your favorite poem?’ You must never answer that because what you are doing is fighting against yourself.”At the end of the evening, founder of Busboys and Poets Andy Shallal came to the stage to thank Giovanni and shared that Busboy’s would be celebrating the poet by officially naming their reading room the Nikki Giovanni Reading Room at their 450 K st NW location.last_img read more

Measurement precision beats standard quantum limit

first_imgFor physicists, measuring the precise magnitude of a physical quantity is a key to understanding quantum mechanics. However, there is a limit to how precise a measurement can be made, which is governed by quantum mechanical laws. Explore further A connection between quantum correlations and spacetime geometry 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.center_img In search of a more precise measurement of quantum phases, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China have demonstrated a new measurement method that relies on multi-photon entanglement and the interference effect it generates.“High resolution quantum phase measurements will help to measure other related physical parameters with high precision, such as time shift, distance, etc.,” physicist Fangwen Sun told PhysOrg.com. Sun is currently with the Optical Nanostructure Laboratory at Columbia University in New York.In their study, which is published in a recent issue of Europhysics Letters, Sun and his colleagues describe an experiment where they achieve a phase measurement precision that surpasses the standard quantum limit, and nearly reaches the Heisenberg limit. “The scheme can be generalized to high-photon-number states,” Sun said. “There is no fundamental obstacle to achieve the precision approaching the Heisenberg limit.”As the researchers explain, the standard quantum limit is not the ultimate limit for measurement precision of quantum phases. Using a technique called squeezed-state-based interferometry, previous studies have already surpassed the standard quantum limit. However, the Heisenberg limit is considered the ultimate limit. Although researchers have proposed a number of schemes to approach this limit, none have been realized due an effect called loss.“The standard quantum limit is achieved with a regular source of light such as a laser,” Sun explained. “It goes as 1/N1/2 for N photons. The Heisenberg limit goes as 1/N for N photons. It can be achieved with quantum sources of light that exhibit special entanglement properties.” But, he added, “It has been proven that the Heisenberg limit is the true quantum limit and cannot be surpassed.”In their experiment, the researchers designed a method that is not as sensitive to loss as the previous proposals, and so it has a higher probability of resulting in an extremely precise measurement. First, the physicists generated an entangled state by injecting a two-photon Fock state into a beam splitter. Then, the entangled photons traveled through a line of optical elements including a half-wave plate, interference filter, and phase shifter. At the end, the physicists used a recently developed method called quantum state projection to extract the phase information from the entangled photons. “It is the collective effect of all the photons that improves the precision,” Sun said, explaining why better photon entanglement results in higher precision measurements. “The higher entanglement, the more collective effect.”With their new measurement technique, the researchers achieved a phase measurement precision of 0.506 for a two-photon state and 0.291 for a four-photon state. By contrast, the precision values set by the standard quantum limit are 0.707 and 0.5, respectively. For comparison, the Heisenberg limit has values of 0.289 and 0.25, which are thought to be impossible to achieve.Nevertheless, the physicists hope that, with anticipated improvements in technology leading to more efficient multi-photon detectors, the measurements might yield even more precise results. More information: Sun, F. W.; Liu, B. H.; Gong, Y. X.; Huang, Y. F.; Ou, Z. Y., Guo, G. C. “Experimental demonstration of phase measurement precision beating standard quantum limit by projection measurement.” Europhysics Letters, 82 (2008) 24001. Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Measurement precision beats standard quantum limit (2008, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-04-precision-standard-quantum-limit.htmllast_img read more

Research group creates longer lived and more efficient quantum memory

first_img Spin waves are where the electronic spin of one atom is transferred to another and then to another and so on propagating through a group. In this new research, the team found that by embedding information in a spin wave, and then retrieving it later, they could take advantage of the time it takes for the propagation to occur all the way though all of the atoms, thus allowing for holding onto quantum state information for a specified period of time.To make this come about, the team built a magneto-optical trap that first slowed atoms down using a laser beam. Once slowed, the atoms were held steady using magnets in a vertical triangular trap. When a photon was introduced, it caused a spin that was propagated through the atoms, creating a spin wave. At the other end, another laser fired at the same frequency as the first but with the opposite polarization caused the spin to be converted back into a photon, which revealed the quantum state information that had been held first in the original photon, and then conveyed through the wave. Using this technique, the team found that they could hold on to the quantum state information for 3.2 milliseconds and that the process was between seventy one and seventy five percent efficient.What’s more, the team believes that if optical lattices were introduced into the trap, i.e. crossed laser beams with different frequencies, they could make the whole system even more efficient. They also believe that this new process could be used as a means for creating memory storage in an actual quantum computer. More information: Efficient and long-lived quantum memory with cold atoms inside a ring cavity, Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2324AbstractQuantum memories are regarded as one of the fundamental building blocks of linear-optical quantum computation and long-distance quantum communication. A long-standing goal to realize scalable quantum information processing is to build a long-lived and efficient quantum memory. There have been significant efforts distributed towards this goal. However, either efficient but short-lived or long-lived but inefficient quantum memories have been demonstrated so far. Here we report a high-performance quantum memory in which long lifetime and high retrieval efficiency meet for the first time. By placing a ring cavity around an atomic ensemble, employing a pair of clock states, creating a long-wavelength spin wave and arranging the set-up in the gravitational direction, we realize a quantum memory with an intrinsic spin wave to photon conversion efficiency of 73(2)% together with a storage lifetime of 3.2(1) ms. This realization provides an essential tool towards scalable linear-optical quantum information processing.via Arstechnica 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. Quantum memory for communication networks of the future Journal information: Nature Physics (Phys.org) — One of the main sticking points to creating a true quantum computer capable of performing meaningful work, is the problem of storing quantum state information in memory. Recent efforts have resulted in highly efficient memory that lasted only a short time or low efficient memory that lasts longer. Now, a combined group of two teams, one from China and one from Germany, have come up with a way that appears to offer the best of both worlds. As they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, they found that they were able to store quantum information in atomic spin waves. Citation: Research group creates longer lived and more efficient quantum memory (2012, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-group-longer-efficient-quantum-memory.html © 2012 Phys.Org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Hindi translation of Ghalib Danger unveiled

first_imgNational award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee launched the book ‘Ghalib Danger’ written by a famous writer, director, and producer Neeraj Pandey and published under the publication house Prabhat Prakashan. The book launch event took place in Constitution Club, Rafi Marg.Owing to the positive response towards the English translation of ‘Ghalib Danger’ – which was released in 2013 – the Pandey decided to launch its Hindi version. This book is about the life of a young man named Kamran Khan, a cocky young taxi driver of Mumbai, who aims to become highly famous. The story revolves around how the life of the protagonist changed when he saved a don named Mirza from being killed. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring the event, Pandey said, “Readers loved and appreciated the English translation of ‘Ghalib Danger’. After seeing such a phenomenal response from the readers, I am presenting the Hindi translation of this book and hope that the audience will like it too.” “I am proud to be a writer before being a director,” he added. On this propitious evening, Manoj Bajpayee congratulated Neeraj for his another big achievement and said, “I had the pleasure to work with him quite a few times in the past. We had a nice time together and I feel lucky to launch the book of my dear friend.” The event was moderated by famous Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntshir.last_img read more

IEML reelects Chairman for the third time

first_imgAt the 86th Board of Directors meeting of India Exposition Mart Limited (IEML), Rakesh Kumar has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman for third consecutive term on November 2. On the occasion, the entire Board of IEML appreciated the milestones achieved by Rakesh Kumar during his previous tenure and further welcomed him for the third consecutive term. And,rakesh Kumar thanked the Board for showing continuous trust and confidence in him.He has served in various professional associations in the field of exhibitions and convention sector and also handicrafts exports. He is also the Executive Director of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH]. Not only this, Rakesh has also been the President of Indian Exhibition Industry Association [IEIA] and is also on the Board of various National and International Associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring his past tenure of four years, he did commendable work not only for IEML but for the society of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. Through his vast vision, he commissioned 3MW solar rooftop project which is not only beneficial for IEML but as well for the society. To expand and cater the needs of major Exhibition Organisations of the Asia and World, Six additional halls have been built and also hard standing of 140000 SQM have been built during his tenure only.Beside above, IEML is also going to unveil the hotel project for the Exporters and Exhibitors of the IEML. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnown for his new ideas and innovative thoughts and by working on his own innovated ideas, Kumar launched the India International Hospitality Show [IHE] and also various new shows in collaboration with other organisation like Mega Trade Fair, Escalator and Elevator Expo, among others. During his tenure only, IEML succeeded to host IHGF-Delhi Fair duly declared as world’s largest handicrafts fair by Limca Book of World records and other biggest shows of Asia like Auto Expo, ELECRAMA, GES, Re-Invest Submit, COP-7 etc. In the field Social Welfare, Kumar is working very hard for upliftment of education in Government schools at preliminary level through primary school and mobile education van and also providing sanitation facilities at School level for boys and girls. This year, Rakesh Kumar has been felicitated with MICE Person of the year award by TRAVTOUR MICE and International Hospitality and Travel Award 2018. During his tenure IEML has been honoured as Best MICE Venue.last_img read more

The Golang team has started working on Go 2 proposals

first_imgYesterday, Google engineer Robert Griesemer published a blog post highlighting the outline of the next steps for Golang towards the Go 2 release. Google developer Russ Cox started the thought process behind Go 2 in his talk at GopherCon 2017. The talk was about the future of Go and pertaining to the changes that were talked about, the talk was informally called Go 2. A major change between the two versions is in the way design and changes are influenced. The first version only involved a small team but the second version will have much more participation from the community. The proposal process started in 2015, the Go core team will now work in the proposals for the second version of the programming language. The current status of Go 2 proposals As of November 2018, there are about 120 open issues on GitHub labeled Go 2 proposal. Most of them revolve around significant language or library changes often not compatible with Go 1. The ideas from the proposals will probably influence the language and libraries of the second version. Now there are millions of Go programmers and a large Go code body that needs to be brought together without an ecosystem split. Hence the changes done need to be less and carefully selected. To do this, the Go core team is implementing a proposal evaluation process for significant potential changes. The proposal evaluation process The purpose of the evaluation process is to collect feedback on a small number of select proposals to make a final decision. This process runs in parallel to a release cycle and has five steps. Proposal selection: The Go core team selects a few Go 2 proposals that seem good to them for acceptance. Proposal feedback: After selecting, the Go team announces the selected proposals and collects feedback from the community. This gives the large community an opportunity to make suggestions or express concerns. Implementation: The proposals are implemented based on the feedback received. The goal is to have significant changes ready to submit on the first day up an upcoming release. Implementation feedback: The Go team and community have a chance to experiment with the new features during the development cycle. This helps in getting further feedback. Final launch decision: The Go team makes the final decision on shipping each change at the end of the three-month development cycle. At this time, there is an opportunity to consider if the change delivers the expected benefits or has created any unexpected costs. When shipped, the changes become a part of the Go language. Proposal selection process and the selected proposals For a proposal to be selected, the minimum criteria are that it should: address an important issue for a large number of users have a minimal impact on other users is drafted with a clear and well-understood solution For trials a select few proposals will be implemented that are backward compatible and hence are less likely to break existing functionality. The proposals are: General Unicode identifiers based on Unicode TR31 which will allow using non-Western alphabets. Adding binary integer literals and support for_ in number literals. Not a very big problem solving change, but this brings Go up to par with other languages in this aspect. Permit signed integers as shift counts. This will clean up the code and get shift expressions better in sync with index expressions and built-in functions like cap and len. The Go team has now started with the proposal evaluation process and now the community can provide feedback. Proposals with clear, positive feedback will be taken ahead as they aim to implement changes by  February 1, 2019. The development cycle is Feb-May 2019 and the chosen features will be implemented as per the outlined process. For more details, you can visit the Go Blog. Read next Golang just celebrated its ninth anniversary GoCity: Turn your Golang program into a 3D city Golang plans to add a core implementation of an internal language server protocollast_img read more

Facebook releases DeepFocus an AIpowered rendering system to make virtual reality more

first_imgFacebook released a new “AI-powered rendering system”, called DeepFocus yesterday, that works with Half Dome, a special prototype headset that Facebook’s Reality Lab (FRL) team had been working on over the past three years. HalfDome is an example of a “varifocal” head-mounted display (HMD) that comprises eye-tracking camera systems, wide-field-of-view optics, and adjustable display lenses that move forward and backward to match your eye movements. This makes the VR experience a lot more comfortable, natural, and immersive. However, HalfDome needs software to work in its full potential, that is where DeepFocus comes into the picture. “Our eyes are like tiny cameras: When they focus on a given object, the parts of the scene that are at a different depth look blurry. Those blurry regions help our visual system make sense of the three-dimensional structure of the world and help us decide where to focus our eyes next. While varifocal VR headsets can deliver a crisp image anywhere the viewer looks, DeepFocus allows us to render the rest of the scene just the way it looks in the real world: naturally blurry,” mentions Marina Zannoli, a vision scientist at FRL. Facebook is also open-sourcing DeepFocus, making the system’s code and the data set used to train it available to help other VR researchers incorporate it into their work. “By making our DeepFocus source and training data available, we’ve provided a framework not just for engineers developing new VR systems, but also for vision scientists and other researchers studying long-standing perceptual questions,” say the researchers. DeepFocus A research paper presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 explains that DeepFocus is a unified rendering and optimization framework based on convolutional neural networks that solve a full range of computational tasks. It also helps with enabling real-time operation of accommodation-supporting HMDs. The CNN comprises “volume-preserving” interleaving layers that help it quickly figure out the high-level features within an image. For instance, the paper mentions, that it accurately synthesizes defocus blur, focal stacks, multilayer decompositions, and multiview imagery. Moreover, it makes use of only commonly available RGB-D images, that enable real-time, near-correct depictions of a retinal blur. Researchers explain that DeepFocus is  “tailored to support real-time image synthesis..and ..includes volume-preserving interleaving layers..to reduce the spatial dimensions of the input, while fully preserving image details, allowing for significantly improved runtimes”. This model is more efficient unlike the traditional AI systems used for deep learning based image analysis as DeepFocus can process the visuals while preserving the ultrasharp image resolutions that are necessary for delivering high-quality VR experience. The researchers mention that DeepFocus can also grasp complex image effects and relations that includes foreground and background defocusing. However, DeepFocus isn’t just limited to Oculus HMDs. Since DeepFocus supports high-quality image synthesis for multifocal and light-field display, it is applicable to a complete range of next-gen head-mounted display technologies. “DeepFocus may have provided the last piece of the puzzle for rendering real-time blur, but the cutting-edge research that our system will power is only just beginning”, say the researchers. For more information, check out the official Oculus Blog. Read Next Magic Leap unveils Mica, a human-like AI in augmented reality MagicLeap acquires Computes Inc to enhance spatial computing Oculus Connect 5 2018: Day 1 highlights include Oculus Quest, Vader Immortal and more!last_img read more

VOD technology specialist SeaChange has integrated

first_imgVOD technology specialist SeaChange has integrated its Infusion advanced advertising platform with Envivio 4Caster C4 encoders, enabling multi-screen operators to monetise video delivered to Apple devices. The Infusion platform enables targeted advertisements to be dynamically inserted into linear and on-demand video streams. 
It can scale to 150,000 insertable channels and millions of ad assets.Operators deploying Envivio encoders in the video headend or IT datacenter can deliver broadcast TV, HTTP adaptive streaming and 3GPP mobile video services. Envivio’s 4Caster software-based architecture supports various functions including encoding, transcoding, packaging, encryption, publishing and ad insertion.“Our open Infusion platform is providing the flexibility for operators to work quickly with the widest range of video formats and devices in their monetisation strategies,” said Aseem Bakshi, general manager, advertising, SeaChange.  “SeaChange has been collaborating with Envivio to help operators establish advanced video services and we’re pleased to now extend integrated HLS encoding to our advertising customers.”last_img read more

Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are comm

first_imgStimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what’s known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs.That’s partially because more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. But the new Netflix documentary Take Your Pills focuses on the use of these drugs to boost cognitive performance in college classrooms and the workplace.”What the film really looks at is really: What do these pills promise, and what do people desire?” says director Alison Klayman. “And these drugs are associated with keeping better focus — it’s better attention, it’s better productivity — in this moment when people are all really feeling squeezed, feeling pressure to perform.”Klayman, a former All Things Considered intern and now a filmmaker, spoke with us from NPR’s studios in New York City.Interview HighlightsOn what Klayman generally heard from adult users of these drugsThere were at least two different camps. There are some adults who were using it since high school and even earlier. And then there were some who found it for the first time as an adult. And there was a cycle that people go through where at first, it seems like something that’s jet fuel that gets you everything you want. And slowly, people report needing more and more — higher doses in order to keep the efficacy. And then, people report different side effects, and also kind of an identity issue — of wondering, you know, is it correct that I am associating my success with a need for this as a tool, as a supplement? I think for people who grew up on the medication, a lot of the people that we talked to — and we talked to well over 100 people — they want to see if they can go off of it.On the reasons interview subjects cited for taking these pillsSometimes it’s because they feel like everyone else is doing it — that was the experience of the anonymous worker from Goldman Sachs. Same thing in coding — that’s another environment where it’s expected that you’re going to do these long runs. [The coder in the film] describes the first time he took it was 1 a.m., given to him by another person at this coding bootcamp. It’s a big thing for high-functioning and successful people in America.On the cited research suggesting that these drugs don’t actually improve cognitive performance, but do make people feel as if they’re performing better While we were shooting the film, people who use Adderall, Ritalin, these drugs regularly — I was surprised how many young people would say, “So, you’re working on this film — does it work?” … I think they could tell it was doing something, but again this identity question of: How much is me, how much is the drug and how much is it really helping?And what’s amazing is that one of the effects of Adderall — which is, you know, amphetamine, mixed amphetamine — is that it makes you feel like you are doing better. But the idea that these are “smart pills” or that they’re cognitive enhancers is a little bit misguided.On potential harm in the widespread use of these stimulants, whether long-term or otherwiseI think the harm that is most urgent, that applies to the most people, is what the film focuses on, which is a little bit more of the identity questions of, you know: What is lost if we are all in an Adderall world? What does it mean to feel like you need it to succeed? It’s just — it’s true, we don’t know what the impact is. And that’s part of the reason why I see this film as a real conversation starter. Is this the kind of world we want to live in? And then we’ll continue to do research from there.Denise Guerra and Emily Kopp produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death

first_imgThe mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges.Jill Gant says work and pensions ministers should be tried for misconduct in public office for failing to take action that could have saved the life of her son, Mark Wood.She spoke out after signing a letter, drawn up by the Green Party and backed by Disabled People Against Cuts, that calls on work and pensions secretary Damian Green to order an independent inquiry into the links between his department’s procedures and the deaths of benefit claimants.The party has produced a dossier of 50 cases in which the deaths of benefit claimants have been linked to decisions taken by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Mark Wood (pictured) starved to death in 2013 after being found ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA), even though he had never been able to cope with the demands of a job and his GP had said he was completely incapable of working.The decision to find him fit for work caused him extreme anxiety and distress and exaggerated his eating disorder.He died in the summer of 2013, apparently from natural causes and as a result of becoming dangerously underweight, four months after his incapacity benefit was stopped.Because of his complex mental health condition and other impairments, including the eating disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and multple chemical sensitivity, he had not provided the evidence needed in his ESA application, or at a face-to-face work capability assessment (WCA).But he had stated in the ESA form that he had problems with anxiety and depression, while the assessment was carried out at the cottage where he lived alone, rather than at an Atos assessment centre in Oxford, because of the severity of his panic attacks.Because of his complex mental health issues, he was unable to cope with either support workers or help from his family, and his mother says he was unaware of the purpose of the WCA.She said that neither the Atos assessor nor the DWP decision-maker made any attempt to secure further medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, who would have told them that he was unable to work.His GP told his inquest in February 2014 that he had handed Mark a note, explaining that he was extremely unwell and completely unfit to work, but the note does not appear to have reached his local jobcentre.The GP also told the inquest: “Something pushed him or affected him in the time before he died and the only thing I can put my finger on is the pressure he felt he was under when his benefits were removed.”His death came three years after ministers had been warned by a coroner – following the death of Stephen Carré in January 2010 – that they needed to review their policy not to seek further medical evidence from the GPs and psychiatrists of ESA claimants with mental health conditions.And a year after Mark Wood died, another letter was sent to DWP by a coroner, raising the same concerns and making almost identical recommendations, this time following the death of a disabled man from north London.But nearly seven years after the Stephen Carré inquest, these safety concerns have still not been addressed, despite many other deaths, and a DWP promise to a tribunal that it would test ways to collect further medical evidence through a pilot project, although a DWP spokesman said today (Thursday) that the pilot project had now been completed.Former DWP ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling have been heavily criticised for failing to act on the coroner’s advice in 2010, for covering-up that report, and failing to pass it to Professor Malcolm Harrington – the expert they had commissioned to review the WCA – as well as failing to show Harrington secret DWP reports linking the WCA with the deaths of benefit claimants.Attempts by the user-led grassroots group Black Triangle (BT) to secure a prosecution of Duncan Smith and Grayling in Scotland – over the deaths of three Scottish benefit claimants – have so far failed because of resistance from the Scottish criminal justice system, although BT is seeking legal representation to help push for a case to be taken in the Scottish courts.Mark Wood’s mother, Jill Gant, said she would like to see ministers held accountable by the criminal justice system for their failure to act on the Stephen Carré coroner’s report, which she believes led to her son’s death.The retired education social worker, now 78, and from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, said: “Quite honestly, I think they have failed in their duty. They doggedly refused to consider and act on this very clear, simple suggestion.”She said it would be “stunning” if a case could be brought against ministers, and added: “They certainly need to be called to account.”She secured a meeting with the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, in March 2015, but said that he had “a heart of stone” and had made no effort to be “friendly or understanding”, and when she asked him about the need to secure further medical evidence “he refused to answer the question directly”.She said it was “shocking” that Harper now chaired the all-party parliamentary group on learning disability.Her search for answers following her son’s death had quickly focused on the single issue of why further medical evidence had not been sought.Confronted by the refusal of Conservative ministers, including Harper and employment minister Priti Patel*, to answer her questions, she has now told her Tory MP, Nicola Blackwood, that the refusal to act was “not fair and in my view it is not moral or legal”.The final letter from Patel was sent to her last July and said that DWP was still working with Maximus – the discredited US outsourcing giant now carrying out WCAs – to “expand the current guidance” on securing further medical evidence and “ensure that evidence is gathered in more circumstances than at present, especially for those claimants with a mental health condition”.She said: “They must have no conscience at all. Each of these stories, each of them, is a massive tragedy and a painful time for these poor people.“In the end I [told my MP] that I looked forward to having a government where there was compassion and understanding and which would seek to protect the most vulnerable.”A DWP spokesman said this morning (Thursday): “The department will respond to the [Green Party] letter once it has been received.“The pilot has been completed, and the outcomes of that will help to inform training and staff guidance.”It is not yet clear what action DWP will take following the pilot project.*Both of them have now left the departmentlast_img read more

A disability charity that has signed up to the gov

first_imgA disability charity that has signed up to the government’s Disability Confident scheme for employers has been forced to pay more than £3,000 to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed.Tmara Senior (pictured) worked for Cloverleaf Advocacy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for more than three years, before she says she was forced out after her year-long research project ended.After learning that she was facing redundancy, she applied for another position with the charity, only to be sent a print letter telling her when to attend an interview, even though she is blind.It later sent her other print letters in connection with her application, she said, even after she complained that she could not read them.She said that she was rejected for one position she applied for with the charity because she failed to describe in the interview how she would use visual forms of communication in that job.And she said that her own personal assistant was able to shadow advocates working for the charity, when she was not given similar opportunities until after she had left her job.Senior has also told how the charity refused to publish her research report, which detailed the views of disabled people about the barriers they faced in accessing social and leisure opportunities in the Kirklees area.Cloverleaf also prevented the report being shared with the local council.She said: “I never got to present it to anyone because they decided nothing was going to be done with it.”She believes the charity failed to publish it because she had refused to remove criticisms made by disabled people she had spoken to about local organisations that Cloverleaf worked with.She said: “I didn’t alter what was said because I wanted it to be accurate and reflect the views of disabled people.“How can you advocate on behalf of disabled people and not want their views to be taken into account?“Why wouldn’t you want to publish a report to the council saying these are the reasons disabled people are not happy? That’s not advocacy.”After Senior took legal action against Cloverleaf, the charity tried to convince her to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of its settlement of her claim, but she refused to do so because she wanted to speak out about the way she had been treated.Although Cloverleaf did not admit liability for Senior’s claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, it has agreed to pay her £3,250 to settle her claim, as well as paying for her to take an advocacy course.She said she believed she was discriminated against, and blames the “culture” of the charity.She said: “My work had always been very good but in the end it is almost as if what I did was not really valued very highly.“It really does hurt because I worked there for quite a while. I loved my job and I never wanted to leave.“I feel like I was just pushed out.”She also said the charity failed to deal with two members of staff who had confronted her in the office, shortly before she was made redundant, leaving her too frightened to return to work and “feeling extremely anxious for some weeks afterwards”.Suzi Henderson, Cloverleaf’s chief executive, said the charity did not want to respond to the individual allegations because it would not be “fair” to Senior to do so due to “confidentiality” reasons, although she said they “very strongly feel that the allegations she has made are untrue”.She said that all of the issues raised by Senior have been “reflected on by the organisation as part of the process of reaching the settlement” and that “all the actions we have taken were fair and lawful and appropriate”.But she admitted that “in terms of our reflections, we have updated all of our application forms now to accommodate additional communication needs, alternative communication needs”.She declined to discuss any more of the allegations, but she said in a statement: “Since 1995 our core values have driven us to be passionate about equality.“We firmly believe that every individual should be an equal member of society: everyone has the right to plan their own life, to be listened to, taken seriously and to be respected.“We constantly review all our activities to help ensure that we are doing everything possible to support all our 160-plus staff while providing the best possible service for thousands of individuals.“Regarding the specific issues, we remain confident that our actions have been right. “We do not tolerate any incorrect behaviour and take immediate action wherever appropriate.“The settlement made was a commercial settlement by our insurers and does not indicate any liability.”The charity, which says it offers “high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers”, is a member of the government’s Disability Confident scheme that aims to promote the employment of disabled people.Cloverleaf secured its status as a “Disability Confident Employer” – the middle of the government scheme’s three levels – through self-assessing its own policies and procedures.As a Disability Confident Employer, it is supposed to “make a commitment to employ and retain disabled people”, “make sure all documentation is available in different formats”, “make sure people involved in the recruitment process are Disability Confident and know how to support disabled applicants”, and provide “a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process”.Senior said that Cloverleaf’s claim to be a Disability Confident Employer was “just laughable”.She said: “If they can do what they have done to me, why wouldn’t they do it to anybody else who was disabled?“They should not be a member of that scheme when you consider what they have done to me and the way I have been treated.”She added: “I really believe in disabled people being heard and the voices of disabled people being heard but I don’t believe they believe in that.”Disability News Service reported last November how analysis by disabled campaigner David Gillon suggested that Disability Confident was “trivially easy to abuse” and allowed organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they failed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.last_img read more

Millions of PCs Targeted by CryptocurrencyMining Malware

first_imgCybersecurity 3 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Register Now » Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag The hackers behind the malware appear to have been selling the hijacked computing power on the mining platform NiceHash, according to Palo Alto Networks. Millions of PCs Targeted by Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Malware is increasingly developing an appetite for cryptocurrency mining. One newly discovered strain has tried to infect millions of Windows machines, all in an effort to siphon their computing power and possibly sell it for mining purposes.The operation has been going on for over four months, and may have targeted around 15 million machines or more, security firm Palo Alto Networks said Wednesday.To spread the malware, the hackers have been disguising the code as EXE files made to look like file-sharing downloads with names such as “File4org,” “RapidFiles” and “Dropmefiles.” Those EXE files have then been circulated online via shortened URL links through services like Bitly and possibly Adfly. It isn’t clear where the hackers have been posting the links, but they’ve generated at least 15 million clicks, according to Palo Alto Networks.Once the malware infects, it will secretly run an open-source utility called XMRig, which mines Monero, a digital currency now worth about $310 per coin.”In this case the attackers set it to never use more than 20 percent of (CPU) resources,” said Josh Grunzweig, a malware researcher with Palo Alto Networks, in an email. As a result, most victims probably won’t notice that the mining is taking place.However, the hackers may be less interested in generating the Monero for themselves than helping others mine it. The malware’s code actually contains a reference to NiceHash, an online marketplace for people to buy and sell computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.”In our research, we’ve seen that the attackers using it as the marketplace where they ‘sell’ the hash processing power of the systems they’ve loaded XMRig on,” Grunzweig said.Palo Alto Networks doesn’t know how much Monero the hackers have mined with their malware, but it’s been targeting computers mainly in Southeast Asia, North Africa and South America.The scheme is among the latest hacking threats to capitalize on the rising value of Monero, which was worth only $13 a year ago. Last month, F5 Networks reported that hackers were using leaked NSA cyberweapons to take over Windows and Linux systems, and download malware to mine Monero.Meanwhile, other cybercriminals have been hijacking websites to run Monero mining scripts over internet browsers. Victims may notice a hit in their computer’s processing power when they load the affected websites. Fortunately, antivirus software and browser add-ons can block the activity. Reporter January 26, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Michael Kan Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And

first_imgMMNA’s New “Small Batch” Philosophy Debuts With Crossover Family Marketing Effort Ahead of Far-Reaching Changes to the Brand’s Go-To-Market Strategy Mitsubishi Motors thinks small for its latest advertising strategy, and that’s a good thing. “Mitsubishi has enjoyed significant and sustained growth in the US over the last six years, and from new vehicles to new dealers, there are a lot of exciting changes coming,” said Kimberley Gardiner, who joined MMNA as vice president and chief marketing officer in January. “But we have to admit to ourselves that, in this market, we’re a niche player in an industry that is expected to be relatively flat in the near future, so if we want to maintain our momentum and grow, we’re going to have to change the way we think and act as a brand.” Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the fastest-growing Asian brand in the US for the second consecutive year, is on the rise, but in order to accelerate that growth, the company is thinking small. But not small as in diminutive, small as in “Small Batch,” a term that speaks to carefully crafted products, thoughtfully curated collections and a proudly independent mindset. BSSP-produced assetsFestival of CreativityKimberley GardinerMarketing Technology NewsMitsubishi MotorsNews Previous ArticleAdslot Delivers 467% Increase in ROI Through Programmatic Guaranteed SolutionNext ArticleShoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good Thing PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 4:15 pmJune 14, 2019 Gardiner and her team, including Ad Age 2018 Small Agency of the Year, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP), and Adweek Global Media Agency of the Year 2019, OMD, looked to modern, tech-savvy direct-to-consumer brands for inspiration across categories as diverse as eyewear, fitness, mattresses and travel gear.“The best D2C (direct-to-consumer) brands have found ways to differentiate themselves from their more traditional competitors while making the discovery, shopping, purchase and ownership experience easy and fun; we need to find our own way to do the same,” said Gardiner. “And we need to own who we are. Mitsubishi may be a small brand in the U.S., but our spirit is mighty. We might not be for everyone – and our customers tell us they love that about us.”Marketing Technology News: MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and AdvertisersBecause of this unique, outside-the-auto-industry thinking, Gardiner also will be traveling to Cannes, France, to participate in the Cannes Lions “Festival of Creativity” week June 17-21. Invited to speak on multiple panels, Gardiner will share her perspective on the value of agency creativity and the changing face of the agency/client relationship and the way challenger brands must present their unique messages. She will also debut with media partner Teads a custom version of ‘Small Batch’ creative as part of their L’Atelier interactive workshop.“We’re looking outside of the automotive industry, rather than just within it, to find new ways of thinking and engaging,” said Gardiner. “We’re seeking technology and partnerships that are new to the category, enabling us to transform our business.”The “Small Batch” vision celebrates the marque’s adventurous and ambitious spirit as a challenger-brand. It’s based on a mindset expressed by Mitsubishi owners, who look at uncommonness as cool and see their own confident, independent choices as key to their own success in life.Marketing Technology News: Study Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior ServiceAs the first manifestation of the “Small Batch” strategy, the Crossover Family marketing effort debuted first on social media in late April with a heavy focus on digital distribution before expanding to video and broadcast. Creatively, “Small Batch” features black vehicles in front of a black background for a distinctly premium look. Bold, bright white copy superimposed across the image succinctly conveys key brand and product messages and maximizes engagement, particularly when viewed without sound as most digital messages are today.BSSP-produced assets include multiple cross-carline 15-second and six-second videos, model-specific “featurettes,” as well as more traditional 30-second television spots. Moreover, a new relationship with Team Velocity of Herndon, Virginia, will help translate MMNA’s new marketing vision to dealer-level communications.Media is structured for an always-on, hyper-targeted approach that is platform agnostic. Additional changes in agency scopes of work and areas of responsibility will facilitate full integration across earned, owned and paid channels.Additional “Small Batch” creative will debut throughout the summer, but the strategy is intended to reach far beyond advertising alone. It will incorporate partnerships and experiential marketing, and ultimately touch all aspects of Mitsubishi’s business in the United States.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and Peoplelast_img read more

Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

first_imgNewborn baby being breastfed, study on breastfeeding and handedness. Image Credit: Lumen Photos / Shutterstock Hujoel noted that children who were bottle fed were more likely to develop their left hands as their dominant hands. While children who had been breast fed for nine months or more had a greater prevalence of right handedness. The reason the researcher says could be in the dominant side of the brain that controls the hand. Hujoel, a dentistry professor at the UW School of Public Health said, “We think breastfeeding optimises the process the brain undergoes when solidifying handedness… That’s important because it provides an independent line of evidence that breastfeeding may need to last six to nine months.”Related StoriesResearch questions whether tongue-tie surgery to improve breastfeeding is neededRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpThe study looked at 62,129 mother-child pairs from five nations (including United States, United Kingdom and Ireland) for this study and found that breastfeeding could be classified as; By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 8 2019Babies who are breast fed for a longer duration are more likely to be right handed finds a new study. The study titled, ‘Breastfeeding and handedness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’, by Philippe P. Hujoel of the University of Washington is published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. The research found that babies who breast fed for less than one month had a 9 percent decreased chance of left handedness compared to bottle fed babies. This was raised to 15 and 22 percent respectively among babies who were breast fed for one to six months and over six months respectively. Breastfeeding for more than six months reduced the chances of left handedness from 13 to 10 percent, they found.The author writes, “Breastfeeding for more than 6 months, when compared to bottle feeding, was associated with an absolute 3 per cent decreased prevalence for nonrighthandedness, from 13 per cent to 10 per cent, respectively. Twenty-two percent, or about one in five cases of non-righthandedness among bottle-fed infants may thus be attributable to a lack of breast feeding for more than 6 months.”Hujoel emphasised that the study does not say that breast feeding can lead to right handedness. He explained that handedness is predominantly set while the baby is still within the womb and is influenced by genetics. He said that the reasons behind these findings could be the nutritional content of breast milk and formula that could be influencing the hormones of the baby. For less than one month For one to six months For more than six monthslast_img read more

Peripheral nerve injury can trigger the onset and spread of ALS shows

first_img Source:https://today.uic.edu/can-a-nerve-injury-trigger-als Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 20 2019A growing collection of anecdotal stories raises the possibility that nerve injury in an arm or a leg can act as a trigger for the development amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous New York Yankee who died of it in 1941.The connection between ALS and athletes runs deeper than a single ballplayer; people who engage in intense physical activities, such as professional athletes and people in the military, are more likely to be affected by ALS. In some, the disease seems to start after an injury — muscle weakness at the site of the injury slowly spreads to new areas until weakness in the muscles responsible for breathing causes suffocation.Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to demonstrate that a peripheral nerve injury can trigger the onset and spread of the disease in an animal model of ALS. Their findings, published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, show that rats genetically engineered to develop ALS-like symptoms have an abnormal inflammatory response in the region of the spinal cord associated with an injured peripheral neuron. As the spinal cord inflammation and other damaging processes spread, they cause progressive muscle weakness throughout the body.”We know that in some patients with ALS the weakness starts in a hand or leg, and the disease spreads. Coincidentally, the patient will describe a recent or remote injury to that same hand or leg that matches the location of their disease onset. We wanted to study how environmental contributions, such as a focal nerve injury, affects how the ALS starts and spreads,” said Dr. Jeffery Loeb, the John S. Garvin Endowed Chair in Neurology and Rehabilitation in the UIC College of Medicine and corresponding author of the paper.”Our results show that a single nerve injury, which is small enough that it only causes temporary weakness in normal animals, can start a cascade of inflammation in the spinal cord that initiates and causes the disease to spread in genetically-susceptible animals,” said Loeb. “The ability to precipitate the disease through injury gives us a new animal model we can use to identify treatments for ALS that focus on stopping the spread of the disease after it first starts. The medical community has no therapies that significantly slow or stop the progression of the disease and we are currently putting all of our efforts on developing a drug to do this.”Related StoriesEndogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MSScientists find ragweed compounds as potential neuroprotective agentsNon-invasive vagus nerve stimulation improves disease symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritisWhile a growing number of genes have been associated with the development of ALS, only about 10 percent of ALS patients have one or more of these gene mutations and none can explain why the disease presents with localized weakness or how it spreads. Ninety percent of ALS patients develop the disease for unknown reasons.”This raises an important question of the relative contributions of environment versus genes or nature versus nurture,” Loeb said.One of the most highly-studied gene mutations in ALS is in a gene called SOD1. In their study, Loeb and colleagues used rats with mutated forms of the SOD1 gene, which causes the animals to have higher levels of the SOD1 enzyme and to develop ALS-like symptoms, including progressive muscle weakness, starting at 15 weeks of age.The researchers surgically injured a single nerve in the leg of both SOD1 and wild-type rats at 10 weeks of age. While all rats had reduced strength in the injured leg post-surgery, the wild-type rats recovered almost completely within a few weeks. The SOD1 rats never returned to normal and also experienced weakness in their other leg.They also found that surgically-injured rats had elevated and prolonged inflammation, and higher numbers of microglia and astrocyte cells in areas of the spinal cord associated with the injured neuron, and the inflammation and presence of these other cells spread to adjacent neurons.”This spread of inflammation could potentially explain how the disease spreads once it first starts from the site of injury,” Loeb said. “Microglia have many roles, but one role is to prune or eliminate synapses that connect one nerve cell to another. These connections are critical for normal functioning and for survival of neurons during development. Where there was increased inflammation and microglia in the spinal cord, we saw up to a two-fold reduction in the number of synapses.”Loeb explained that once a nerve loses connections with its neighbors, the neighboring cells tend to die off.”This chain reaction of cell death could be what causes the progressive spread of muscle weakness we see in ALS,” Loeb said.last_img read more