The Costa Rican artist and muralist Elizabeth Argüello designed theGoogle doodle (logo) for Sunday’s World Cup match against Serbia, the daily La Nación reported.For the design she decided to focus on the celebration at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, faces painted with the Costa Rican colors, La Sele‘s jersey, a traditional chonete (Costa Rican hat), and of course a nod to the country’s lush nature. Costa Rican artist Elizabeth Argüello. Via La Nación Facebook Comments Related posts:Tamarindo gears up for Art Wave Festival W22 Galería hosts ‘Escazú Project’ exhibit 5 questions for US painter Suzahn King 5 questions for a Canadian punk rock band in Costa Rica
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Over the last few weeks it seems like there have been a million Kevin Kolb rumors involving the Arizona Cardinals (alright, maybe not a million, but a lot). Most of them provided little to no new information and even less reasoning on why the move would work.On Wednesday ‘The Professor’, ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton, provided an entire thousand word lesson on why Kolb to Arizona is the right fit. The main reason being, he’s better than anything they had last year. The Cardinals play in the highly suspect NFC West. Plugging in Kolb and his 60 percent accuracy should put the Cardinals — at the very worst — in the middle of the league for quarterback play. Clayton may be all for the Cardinals acquiring the young Eagles quarterback, but he does caution fans that history has taught us it doesn’t always work out the way people think it will.History shows, though, a Kolb trade would be a short-term success. The debate is more the degree of the success. In the past four seasons, teams have traded for quarterbacks with moderate success.While he doesn’t give any definitive answer on whether or not Kolb will be under center for the Cardinals when the season begins, Clayton provides one of the more well thought out synopses of why such a move would work out. What it still all comes down to is cost.Clayton says a first round pick or two second rounders is what it’s going to take to get a deal done. The question is, how much is too much to give up for the Cardinals to acquire Kolb? That’s one question Clayton and every other analyst can’t answer. We’ll have to wait for the lockout to end in order to find out. Comments Share
The new Apple TV boxUS broadcast networks NBC and CBS are launching app-based programming services on Apple TV.The NBC service will allow Apple TV owners to access shows such as broadcast shows Chicago Med and Heroes Reborn unauthenticated, though much of the other content will require a pay TV subscription.NBC has also launched its app on Xbox One games consoles, and will next aim to put it on Amazon’s Fire TV and Google Chromecast, according to Variety.CBS’s launch will see SVoD platform CBS All Access made available to the upcoming next generation Apple TV, which Apple CEO Tim Cook this week claimed would help fix the “terrible, broken process” of finding and selecting TV shows.CBS All Access launched in October last year, a move taken by industry watchers as a sign broadcast networks were accepting some younger demographics were unlikely to continue viewing linear TV or take traditional pay TV subscriptions.Most of the broadcast network appear to be taking this line now, with NBC just last week revealing the launch of comedy-focused SVOD platform SeeSo.All four major broadcast networks now have apps on Apple TV, which has also unveiled an exclusive fashion-themed network, M2M.The next-gen Apple TV launches on Monday (October 26).
Youth broadcaster The QYou is expanding its Dutch footprint after agreeing a deal with Tele2.Tele2 is adding The QYou’s linear network to its IPTV programming line-up, marking its third deal in the Netherlands following agreements with Ziggo and T-Mobile Netherlands’ OTT service Knippr.“The Netherlands is one of the most evolved markets in the world when it comes to digital-first content. On YouTube alone Dutch creators collectively account for almost 3 billion views a month,” said The QYou’s executive vice-president of sales, Amory Schwartz.“Harnessing that popularity for millennial audiences on television is something Tele2 understands and embraces. We’re delighted to partnering with them and further growing our presence in the region.”
South Africa’s MultiChoice is planning to lay off over 2,000 employees, according to press reports.According to Reuters, the pay TV outfit has launched a consultation to cute 2,194 positions, principally in customer care call centres and walk-in centres. The company said it was restructuring its customer care operations in response to changes in consumer behaviour and competition from OTT TV services.MultiChoice has seen a decline in the use of call centres and walk-in centres in favour of online contacts with customersA South African trade union had previously been reported as saying that the pay TV outfit last week notified workers that it intended to lay off 1,790 employees.As reported by Reuters, the Information Communication and Technology Union said that it had not been informed about the redundancies in advance, which made the process “unlawful”.
“This event builds upon the success of events like Culture Tech and Sippy of Culture in celebrating the best of Beer and Cheese from across the North West and beyond featuring quality cheese producers and craft brewers.“The craft brewing industry is definitely on the rise and we already boast some great local success stories including the Walled City Brewery and Northbound Brewery here in the city. And passionate food producers such as Tamnagh Foods have been championing local cheese scooping an array of awards for their efforts in recent months, including 3rd in the World Cheese Awards for their Dart Mountain cheese. Food lovers will be able to sample some of the fantastic ranges being produced, and taste the difference when it comes to beers and cheeses crafted from the very best local ingredients.“The daytime programme will include a large market hall where there will be opportunities to try and buy, while on the evenings of 15th and 16th the venue transforms into a cabaret style event with live music, hot food with cheesy themed menus and the best of local beer on tap. I think the quality will speak for itself.”The Expo will take place over three days and feature an array of events geared towards all ages, from family friendly, cheesy themed activities, to adult only beer tasting and food sampling. The Festival Marquee will have plenty of daytime family fun with pop up puppeteers, face painting, culinary themed arts and crafts plus lots more. In the evening adults can sample the best of the region’s craft beers, and enjoy local cheese and beer inspired dishes accompanied by some of the very best local performers.Eddie Rowan, Tourism NI’s Events Manager, said: “We are pleased to support the Big Cheese and Beer Expo as part of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. The event is a perfect platform to showcase our local food and drink suppliers alongside award winning produce. I wish everyone a very enjoyable and memorable weekend.”The event is also supported the NI Regional Agri Food programme and Louise Millsopp, Head of Supply Chain, is delighted to see the commitment to local Agri Food development programmes which support local food development and supply.All the action will take place on Friday 15th April – 5pm to 10pm; Saturday 16th April – 1pm to 6pm and 7pm to 11pm; and Sunday 17th April – 1pm to 5pm.To find out more about the event go to www.derrystrabane.com/foodAPPETITE BUILDING FOR BIG CHEESE AND BEER EXPO was last modified: April 6th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: APPETITE BUILDING FOR BIG CHEESE AND BEER EXPO “I’m really pleased to see businesses in the North West benefitting from another opportunity to showcase local produce, and some of the innovative work which is transforming the food industry here.“We have some extremely talented individuals who are dedicated to the development of the craft food and drink industry. This event will open them up to new audiences and give people the chance to sample some of the finest locally crafted products.”One of the highlights of the programme will be a number of live demonstrations by former Corrie star turned Cheese champion Sean Wilson, aka Martin Platt, who has swapped the TV set for the kitchen, developing his own range of award winning cheeses. He will be joined by a whole host of local culinary talents for cook offs and demos throughout the weekend.Tourism Officer with Council, Mary Blake, said the Expo was a highlight in the NI Year of Food and Drink Calendar. “I am absolutely delighted that the city will be hosting its first Cheese and Beer Expo as part of the NI Year of Food and Drink programme. ShareTweet BIG LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion pictured on Tuesday launching the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 Festival at the Guildhall. Included at back from left are Jennifer O’Donnell, Rural Tourism Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Louise Millsop, Supply Chain Development Officer, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mary Blake, Tourism Officer, DCSDC, Kevin Hickey, Dart Mountain Cheese and Martina Rodgers, Northbound Brewery.FOOD fans will be thrilled to hear that Derry will be hosting a major celebration of two of the North West’s most popular indulgences – cheese and beer – as the Big Cheese and Beer Expo gets set to take over the Guildhall Square, April 15 – 17.The event was launched this week by Derry City and Strabane District Council as a major highlight of the NI Year of Food and Drink programme, shining a spotlight on some of the finest craft beers and cheeses being produced locally as part Brewing & Distilling month.The expo is supported by Tourism NI and DARD under the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said that following the recent major success of the Legenderry Food Festival, she was delighted to see the announcement of another fantastic food event.
The overwhelming majority of subjects has come to see the current order as the best possible way to order life. (In this, the Westphalian states succeeded magnificently.) Each prince would have the right to determine the religion of his own state, with the options being Catholicism, Lutheranism or Calvinism. (Of course they gave it a pompous Latin name: cuius regio, eius religio, which simply means “whose region, same religion.”) Christians were guaranteed the right to practice their religion in public during allotted hours and in private at will, whether or not it was the same religion as the ruler. The signers agreed to recognize each other’s sovereignty over territories, their agents abroad (to grant them diplomatic immunity), and not to interfere with each other’s shipping. As Rome devolved, sovereignty went back to the king, but only as authorized by the Roman church. This is what we often call the divine right of kings. If the states leave their model and their sanctified image, legitimacy is likely to break. And if it does, everything could fall apart. So, the states are prevented from adapting to the threat. They are trapped. This leaves Al Qaeda, et al, with a hedge to hide behind. God only knows what kind of damage will come of this. Westphalia has a big problem. (In Westphalia’s End Part 2, we’ll cover the information revolution.) Paul Rosenberg Westphalia’s End Part 1: The Sovereignty Trap FreemansPerspective.com But, as the Right of Kings collapsed, a new order of rulership was required; we are calling that the Westphalian order, and all of us in the West have been living under it since the 17th Century. Cometh Hobbes, Cometh Rousseau There was one thing missing from this arrangement, however: With rulership no longer sanctified by God and his Church, what made a ruler ‘legitimate’? Simply seizing power wasn’t enough. People had to see the ruler as legitimate: if not, many would cease to obey. This gap was rapidly filled by people who began to be called intellectuals. Two of them in particular (Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau) rose to prominence by filling this gap with what is called the social contract. Both Hobbes and Rousseau, in different ways, provided secular legitimacy to replace the Divine Right of Kings. Both did this by imagining a contract between the rulers and the ruled. This social contract idea legitimized Westphalia’s new form of rulership. As a result, Hobbes and Rousseau are revered to this day. But, as I say, that form is fracturing, and I shall now begin to explain how: Al Qaeda’s Hedge As mentioned, the system of Sovereign States is held with religious fervor by the operators of nation states: They respect borders, and do not cross them without publicly declaring and defending their reasons for doing so. Criminal groups have begun taking advantage of this strategy. By hiding in a state that can’t or won’t hurt them, they are insulated from the other states of the world. Al Qaeda, for example, hid for a long time in Sudan, then they hid in Afghanistan, and they seem now to be hiding in Pakistan. National borders protect them. This is probably best defined as a hollow state strategy. A hollow state is one that exists in all outward ways, but that is ‘hollowed-out’ and used by criminal organizations for cover. Criminal organizations need safe havens, and hollow states provide them. These organizations make massive amounts of money from data theft operations, product piracy, traffic in illegal drugs or in other ways. They can afford to create and support corrupt states, and do so. Aggrieved nations might want to stop criminals that are stealing their data and pirating their goods, but they are not going to bomb another sovereign nation that has committed no aggression. Essentially, criminal groups rent a hollow state’s infrastructure and hide behind their sovereignty. One way to obtain this is to destabilize a small state, so that it is easy to deal with. Renting France might not be possible, but renting a war-torn African nation can be affordable. The ideal hollow state is one with a clear international standing, but with massive internal problems. Sovereign states, if they take over another state, become responsible for it, and must be seen to maintain their social contract. No such requirements face the criminal organization that creates or finds a hollow state and moves in. So long as a titular government remains in place, nothing else is required. The Trap Devotion to the Westphalian ideal of sovereignty and the social contract gives the confirmed criminals of the world a hedge to hide behind. This strategy was held in check under a bi-polar US/Soviet world, but it has since become viable. The criminals are adapting and are using sovereignty as cover… very effectively. The states cannot adapt. They are caught in a trap of their own making. It looks like this: They have held up their ruling ethos (sovereign states, the social contract) as the inevitable end of civilized existence. The current world order of nation states is in trouble. In fact, it may be doomed. In this series of articles, I will explain this arrangement (briefly) and then how it is being broken, for reasons both good and bad. Westphalia The agreement that created sovereign states as we know them was called the Peace of Westphalia. This agreement was made between churches and rulers as the Divine Right of Kings was failing, Protestantism was ripping Europe apart, technology was revolutionizing the economic order and new continents were being settled. In other words, the old order had broken apart and a new arrangement was not an option: either the rulers cooperated and adapted or their game fell apart entirely. I’ll spare you the details and simply explain that the agreement was signed in 1648, after the first modern diplomatic congress. The main tenets of the Peace of Westphalia were: A king of the ancient world was sovereignty personified. This agreement is the foundation of the modern state and is held to (fervently) by almost every ‘authority’ on the subject – from Henry Kissinger (by whom I was first acquainted with it) down to your local Poly-Sci instructor. What, Exactly, Is Sovereignty? Sovereignty is one of those words that is seldom understood clearly. Nonetheless, the definition is simple. Sovereignty is this: A right to rule that is held to be legitimate. For example: The Greeks (followed by the Romans) broke sovereignty into thousands of pieces and made each citizen a partial holder of sovereignty.
Facebook announced on Thursday it is taking steps to combat the spread of anti-vaccine information across the social media platform by reducing the distribution of misleading medical advice and relying on vetting from leading global health organizations that “have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes.”The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic, Monika Bickert, vice president of global policy management said in a statement. “If a group or Page admin posts this vaccine misinformation, we will exclude the entire group or Page from recommendations, reduce these groups and Pages’ distribution in News Feed and Search, and reject ads with this misinformation,” Bickert explained. Additionally, ads that contain false facts about vaccines will be rejected and removed. If ad accounts continue to spread misinformation, Facebook said it will disable the account. It will also bar vaccine misinformation from Instagram, which Facebook owns. The decision follows a Tuesday Senate hearing on how to stop the outbreak of preventable diseases in which an 18-year-old boy testified that he was immunized against the wishes of his mother, who he said had developed anti-vaccine beliefs through her involvement with various Facebook groups.”For certain individuals and organizations that spread this misinformation, they instill fear into the public for their own gain selfishly, and do so knowing that their information is incorrect,” Ethan Lindenberger said.Last month, in a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also addressed Facebook’s shortcomings in counteracting the dissemination of inaccurate facts. In it, he expressed concern that Facebook and Instagram, which the company also owns, are “surfacing and recommending messages” that discourage children’s vaccination. He called it a direct threat to public health that reverses medical progress. There is overwhelming consensus among scientific and medical communities that vaccines are effective and safe in preventing potentially deadly diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. But despite ample available data some groups continue to lobby against mandatory vaccination, gaining significant traction on social media sites.To mitigate the reach of false information on its platform, Facebook said it is partnering with prominent global health organizations, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to create factually accurate content. Facebook’s new stance also comes as public health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., that has wreaked havoc on the community there. More than 70 cases have been confirmed since January — 66 “were found in people 18 and younger and the vast majority were not immunized,” The Seattle Times reported. YouTube and Pinterest have also taken steps to tackle the spread of anti-vaccine information. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Add to Queue dispensaries.com Next Article CBD Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Image credit: Emilija Manevska | Getty Images Study Finds CBD Oil Helped Dogs Suffering Seizures –shares 3 min read April 23, 2019 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Subscribe Now A new study involving a small number of animals in Japan has found that cannabidiol (CBD) may offer potential treatment to lessen the severity of epileptic seizures in dogs.Researchers from the Yamazaki University of Animal Health in Japan conducted the study. The journal Pet Behavior Science published the report. The study found that dogs can respond to CBD in much the same way that humans do.A CBD-infused oral drug, Epidiolex, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year for treatment of seizures in humans associated with two severe and rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.Knowing the potential for CBD with humans, the study in Japan set out to “investigate the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of CBD” when used as a treatment for dogs suffering from epileptic seizures.Related: Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?How they conducted the study.The researchers gave CBD oil to three dogs over a period of eight weeks. Each of the dogs had routinely experienced epileptic seizures. As the report notes, epilepsy is the “most common chronic neurological disorder” found in dogs.A reduction is seizure intervals was found in two of the dogs. In the third dog, there was no difference.The three dogs, all males, were:A three-year-old Labrador Retriever who had been suffering seizures since he was about six months oldAn 11-year-old Papillon who had first started having seizures when he was almost four years oldA 10-year-old Chihuahua who first started having seizures when he was three years oldEach was given a “plant-derived formulation” of CBD-containing hemp extract in organic coconut oil. The oil was given twice a day on an empty stomach. The dogs were assessed every two weeks during the eight-week testing period.RELATED: Was That CBD Gum Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Chewed During the Masters?The findingsThe Labrador Retriever had only two seizures during the eight weeks. He also had one five days after the treatment was stopped at the end of the eight weeks. He slept more during the day and barked less “even when other dogs were excited,” the owner told researchers.The Chihuahua had just one seizure during the treatment period. The owner also reported that the Chihuahua showed less “seizure-like behavior” during the attack and showed “less aggression” toward familiar people.Both the Chihuahua and Labrador Retriever owners felt both dogs showed improvement with CBD treatment.The Papillon’s owner felt there was no improvement. The dog had eight seizures during the treatment period. The owner did note that the dog ate more willingly and “settled down and slept longer during the day.”The researchers said that given the small number of dogs, more research is needed. But they write that, “In this study, the seizure frequency improved considerably, and owners reported a positive impression.”Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaThey also noted that CBD is effective in humans because it lessens anxiety that can trigger an epileptic seizure. Whether that is the case with dogs is unknown, according to the report, and “further research is needed for better understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of CBD.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Guest Writer The study, while small, is another indication that medical cannabis has veterinary uses.
Brent Adamsoncontent marketingcustomer experienceGartnerGartner Marketing SymposiumMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalization Previous ArticleSAP Offers Partners Free Access to Test and Demo Systems on SAP S/4HANA Cloud and the SAP C/4HANA SuiteNext ArticleNimble Delivers Contact Unification, Automated Data Enrichment for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Partners and Customers Experts Discuss How B2B and B2C Marketers Can Drive Commercial Outcomes by Helping Customers During Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo, Taking Place April 29-May 1, in San DiegoBig data and analytics allow marketers to know their target audience better than ever. However, in a world of information overload, marketers must focus campaigns on actually helping customers accomplish their objectives, according to Gartner, Inc.Gartner expert @brentadamson explains to marketing leaders why the brands best able to help customers either do something or feel something will win customer loyalty. #GartnerMKTG #CMO #marketingResearch findings on B2C and B2B marketing, brand and corporate communications revealed during the Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo keynote here today, centered on one key theme: the brands best able to help customers either do something or feel something will win customer loyalty.“Connecting with customers in a valuable, relevant manner is as old as marketing itself. But we’ve seen a shift recently in how, exactly, customers want to connect with brands,” said Brent Adamson, distinguished vice president at Gartner. “Customers find themselves lost in today’s world — sifting through overwhelming amounts of information, adjusting to rapidly changing technology, struggling with relentless economic fragility, among other polarizing issues. It’s no wonder customers are overwhelmed and worried about the decisions they are making. Because of this, they are now looking to brands for that reassurance and help in making the right decision.”Gartner research shows that 44% of customers worry they’ve missed a better option every time they make a purchase. To mitigate this feeling of uncertainty, brands must focus on building stronger relationships between customers and their brand by helping customers — understand their options, make a purchase, give them confidence and reassure their decision.“Ultimately, we need to help customers build stronger, healthier, more productive relationships between themselves and their world,” added Mr. Adamson.The theme of helping customers echoes throughout Gartner research from every industry and across every marketing function over the last year — from personalization and content marketing, to improving the customer experience.Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to MarketPersonalization Efforts Must Focus on Helping CustomersGartner research on personalization shows more than half of customers report they will unsubscribe from a company’s communications and 38% will stop doing business with a company if they find personalization efforts to be “creepy.”On the other hand, that same research reveals that messaging designed to provide valuable assistance or support, while using as few data dimensions as possible, delivers the greatest commercial benefit. In fact, messages focused on helping the customer accomplish something increases the predicted impact of the commercial benefit index (e.g., brand intent, purchase, repurchase and increased cart size) by nearly 20%.“It’s a fine needle to thread between being too inaccurate and too creepy,” added Mr. Adamson. “At the end of the day, consumers don’t just want you to show them that you know them, they want you to help them get something done.”B2B Content Marketing Must Help Customers BuySimilarly, B2B buyers today will also reward suppliers who make the purchase process easier. Gartner research shows that customers who receive helpful information that eases the purchase process are three times as likely to buy the bigger, more expensive option, with less regret.B2B marketers must rethink their content marketing strategies to focus on “buyer enablement” — the provision of information and/or tools to customers that support the completion of specific buying jobs throughout the purchase process. This content must help to guide customers through critical buying tasks, geared toward overcoming challenges they encounter throughout the buying process. “Bottom line, we get paid when we help buyers buy,” said Mr. Adamson.Customer Experience Efforts Must Help Reassure CustomersThe concept of helping customers also emerges in how brands improve the customer experience (CX). When looking at the CX investments most likely to positively impact customer loyalty and build long-term relationships — from improving service rep skills, to faster response times and website design — Gartner research finds that while customers will punish brands for underperformance, they are highly unlikely to reward brands for exceptional performance. Instead, when customers feel a sense of self-affirmation, they are more likely to reward the brand that generated that feeling.“Suppliers and brands win the battle for long-term customer loyalty not so much by changing the way customers perceive their company, but by materially impacting the way that customers perceive themselves,” explained Mr. Adamson. “It’s an indirect result of brands helping customers to feel differently about themselves, first, and only through that difference feel differently about the brand, second.”Marketing Technology News: Madison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations GloballyBrand Initiatives Must Help Customers Feel GoodLastly, when looking at the potential value of a brand connection, Gartner research reveals that the common approach of “shared values” has little impact on brand connection for customers. Instead, irrespective of what a brand believes, customers are three times more likely to feel a strong brand connection when they perceive that brand to deliver a range of personal benefits — how a brand helps them achieve their goals, present themselves to others or feel about themselves.“Strong brand connections are less about whether or not the brand presents itself in a way that is consistent with customer values, and far more about whether or not the brand helps customers present themselves in a way that’s consistent with their own values,” added Mr. Adamson.Regardless of the investments in technology, data and analytics, marketers that don’t make helping customers an integral part of their overall strategy miss a massive opportunity to drive commercial outcomes and provide material help.“Today is a rare magical moment for all of us in marketing, where doing the right thing for consumers, for our business and, frankly, for the world are all in 100% alignment,” said Mr. Adamson.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaders Gartner Says Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers in Order to Remain Competitive Today PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 1:27 pmMay 8, 2019
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019Researchers have shown that targeted silencing of microRNA-132, which is over-expressed in type 2 diabetes, can result in improved insulin secretion and reduced blood glucose in mice and increased insulin secretion in isolated human islet cells. The new study and promising findings are reported in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers.”In Vivo Silencing of MicroRNA-132 Reduces Blood Glucose and Improves Insulin Secretion” is the title of the article coauthored by Roel Bijkerk, Johanne Ellenbroek, Yu Wah Au, Maaike Hanegraaf, Eelco de Koning, and Anton Jan van Zonneveld, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands and Jonathan Esguerra and Lena Eliasson, Lund University and SIS Malmö, Malmö, Sweden.Related StoriesMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusIntermittent fasting may protect against type 2 diabetesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesThe researchers treated mice systemically, and mouse and human islets with an agonist designed to block the expression of microRNA-132, called antagomir-132. They reported that blood glucose levels remained low in treated mice for three days following the injection of antogamiR-132. The authors encourage additional studies of this new treatment approach in additional animal models of type 2 diabetes.”This paper provides the first proof-of-principle demonstration that in vivo silencing of microRNA-132 with antagomirs could be used as therapeutic intervention for diabetes, improving insulin secretion and decreasing blood glucose,” says Executive Editor Graham C. Parker, PhD, The Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI.Source: https://home.liebertpub.com/news/anti-micrornas-are-possible-new-therapeutic-target-for-type-2-diabetes/3504
Feb 21 2019Sepsis Alliance and NAEMT survey finds that increased sepsis education is urgently needed for EMS personnel. Today, Sepsis Alliance and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) released the results of their Sepsis and EMS survey. The survey results find that only 52% of the more than 1,300 EMS practitioners surveyed are very confident in their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis – the body’s life-threatening response to infection. The survey was conducted from January 17, 2019 to January 29, 2019.Each year in the United States, 1.7 million people are diagnosed with sepsis and 270,000 of them die. EMS practitioners transport more than 50% of all sepsis cases to the hospital emergency department. Despite the prevalence of sepsis and their proximity to the condition, one in five EMS practitioners reported that their organization does not have a sepsis-specific protocol and about one in three reported that their organization is not well prepared to address a patient with sepsis. These survey results highlight the vital need for increased sepsis education and awareness among first responders, their in-hospital counterparts, and the general public.”Thomas Heymann, President and Executive Director, Sepsis Alliance Related StoriesResearchers find lower ER triage scores are linked to delayed antibiotics for sepsis patientsStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedNew sepsis detector uses photonics to make accurate diagnosis in less than thirty minutesEven when patients are showing signs of sepsis, 58% of respondents reported that not all hospitals initiate a sepsis protocol and 25% said that physicians don’t like to diagnose patients with it. This reluctance to diagnose and treat sepsis patients could cost lives. Mortality from sepsis increases by as much as 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed.“Although sepsis alerts are being implemented more widely, these survey results make it evident that EMS professionals still need to advocate for their patients and say, ‘I suspect sepsis!’” said Rom Duckworth, award-winning EMS educator, career fire captain, and EMS coordinator with 30 years of experience. “First responders who are trained to recognize and treat sepsis in the field can save lives.”Source: https://www.sepsis.org/sepsis-alliance-news/sepsis-ems-survey/ Prehospital sepsis care should be a priority for every EMS organization. Through our partnership with Sepsis Alliance, NAEMT is committed to providing prehospital clinicians with the education to recognize and treat sepsis in the field.”Dr. Craig Manifold, Medical Director, NAEMT
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 1 2019While the proportion of women entering plastic surgery residency programs has increased in recent years, numbers of Black and Hispanic trainees are declining or unchanged, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”Despite increases in all three of these groups amongst medical student graduates, Black representation has decreased amongst plastic surgery trainees and Hispanic representation has made minimal changes amongst applicants and residents,” concludes the new research by ASPS Member Surgeon Amanda Gosman, MD, and colleagues of University of California, San Diego.Call for Plastic Surgery to Address Barriers to Minority RecruitmentThe researchers analyzed data on medical student applications to and resident enrollments in accredited US plastic surgery training programs from 2010 to 2016. The study focused on trends in gender and racial/ethnic representation, as well as possible barriers to increased diversity among plastic surgery trainees.The proportion of women in plastic surgery residency programs increased during the study period, despite a decrease in female applicants. The number of women residents increased by 2.23 percent per year in integrated plastic surgery programs (where trainees stay in the same program for both general and specialty surgical training) and by 0.7 percent per year in independent programs (where residents train in plastic surgery after general surgery training elsewhere).The increased representation of women in plastic surgery training programs was similar to trends in other specialties, including general surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology.In contrast, the overall proportion of Black plastic surgery residents decreased during the study period, despite an increase in Black residents in independent programs. This mirrored the trend in other specialties, where the percentage of Black applicants was higher than the number of Black residents for the same year.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence”Given that Black medical student representation has consistently neared six percent from 2012 to 2016, the decrease in Black representation in integrated plastics as well as other specialties is alarming,” Dr. Gosman and coauthors write.Hispanic representation among applicants and plastic surgery residents showed little or only marginal change during the years studied. The number of Hispanic medical students has also increased in recent years.Past studies have shown under-representation of Black, Hispanic, and female medical school graduates training to become plastic surgeons, compared to other surgical fields. The new study shows an encouraging increase among women in integrated plastic surgery programs – although “there is room for further growth to see gender equality in the field,” Dr. Gosman and coauthors write.Black and Hispanic representation in plastic surgery training programs has not followed the same trajectory. The researchers believe this lack of progress may reflect barriers beginning as early as medical school including an absence of mentors, lack of access to plastic surgery resources, or implicit bias.”We must acknowledge and address these barriers to minority recruitment with the proposed solutions to increase diversity in the workforce,” Dr. Gosman and coauthors conclude. “By doing so, plastic surgery can serve as an example for other specialties with similar barriers to recruitment, and ensure future diversity amongst surgeons to meet the needs of our patients.”Source: http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2019/02/28/more_women_are_train-0EVS.html
©2019 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Google workers, labor advocates, and local community members rallied outside parent company Alphabet Inc.’s annual meeting of company shareholders here on Wednesday, calling on the technology company to change its labor practices. Explore further 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. Employees, including several who presented investor-backed proposals inside the meeting, called on Google to listen to its workforce following a series of walkouts demanding better policies related to sexual misconduct allegations, discrimination, and contract workers.Silicon Valley Rising, a group of labor unions and activist groups, organized the rally. “The company needs to focus on listening to employees from marginalized backgrounds, many of whom could have warned it about many of the major disasters it’s faced, many of whom tried to and weren’t listened to,” said Irene Knapp, a Google employee of more than four years, in an interview with CQ Roll Call at the rally.Knapp, who is transgender, told protesters that employees should have been part of the discussion from the start, rather than needing to protest.Knapp presented a shareholder proposal on behalf of an investor during the meeting, which asked the company to incorporate sustainability goals, including metrics for senior executive diversity into executive pay plans.During the rally, protesters held signs demanding “good jobs now” and “affordable housing now.”Employees who participated told CQ Roll Call they believe Google leaders are listening to workers but not understanding or addressing concerns, and they called for employee board representation.Marie Collins, an employee of Google for more than six years, said in an interview that she attended the rally and supported worker walkouts because she believes trust between workers and leadership broke down at least a year ago.Collins said she no longer feels leadership genuinely works to address employee concerns.”What they need to be thinking about is a systemic solution that involves giving workers a genuine voice in the decisions the company is making both about our working conditions and the people we work with, all the temps vendors and contractors that are treated like second class citizens, essentially, and in the product decisions that affect our users,” Collins said in an interview.She joined the rally after attending the shareholder meeting and asking a question regarding employee board representation.Google’s press team didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.During the annual meeting, which was streamed on Alphabet-owned YouTube, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat spoke about the company’s social responsibility efforts, including initiatives to offset greenhouse gas emissions, invest in Bay Area housing and offer digital skills training.Alphabet has two types of stock with differing voting power, a structure that gives company founders CEO Larry Page and President Sergey Brin control of the company. Alphabet leadership opposed the 13 shareholder proposals up for a vote at the meeting, meaning they’re all likely to fail.A handout from organizers of the rally expressed support for seven of the measures, including requests Alphabet nominate a non-executive employee to its board, report on oversight of risk related to sexual harassment and share how median pay to male employees compares to the median pay for female workers.”What brings us together is a belief that it doesn’t have to be this way and that we’ve seen companies take action on specific issues,” said Silicon Valley Rising Campaign Director Maria Noel Fernandez, who led the rally, in an interview. “We know it’s possible.” Citation: Google workers, labor advocates confront parent Alphabet over practices (2019, June 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-google-workers-labor-advocates-parent.html Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent Credit: CC0 Public Domain
Next After LS poll Congress faces financial crisis. Unpaid salaries, cost cutting become normCongress has reduced monthly budget of Congress Seva Dal from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. It has asked its women’s wing, NSIU and Youth Congress to explore ways to reduce their expenses.advertisement Kumar Vikrant Singh New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:47 IST After his party’s failure in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress president. (Photo: Getty Images file)HIGHLIGHTSCongress asks NSUI, women’s wing, others to cut expensesMany workers have not received salaries for past months20 members of social media team have left since election resultsResults of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have not only hit the Congress just electorally but the party is also facing financial crisis. Many wings are reportedly facing difficulties in running their operations. Sources in the Congress party say some departments have already been asked to cut their expenses.The party has reduced the monthly budget of Congress Seva Dal from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.Similarly, the Congress has asked its women’s wing, NSUI and Youth Congress to explore ways to reduce their expenses.Speaking to India Today TV, Congress sources said deliberations are on within the party whether it needs the data intelligence wing anymore. Beside this, many who are working at the Congress headquarters have not received their salary for some months now.The financial crisis in the Congress can also be understood from the fact that 20 people who were part of Congress’s social media team, have resigned after Lok Sabha election results were announced on May 23. There were 55 members in the teams but at present there are only 35.Sources say those who are still working in the social media team get delayed salaries. The party’s media team too is in a similar state.The 2019 Lok Sabha election results announced Congress’s second-worst performance in general elections. It was able to win only 52 of the 542 seats where elections were held. In 2014, the Congress had won 44 seats.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Leaderless Congress becoming easy target? What it could have learnt from BJP | OpinionALSO READ | BJP toppling govts with money power, threats: Rahul GandhiALSO READ | Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?ALSO WATCH | Will fight 10 times harder than I did in past 5 years, says Rahul GandhiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow congressFollow Rahul Gandhi