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first_imgI note that gold made it all the way to it’s 50-day moving average before it got sold down.Both gold and silver blasted off the moment that Comex trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and JPMorgan Chase et al threw tonnes of paper at these rallies to prevent them from getting out of hand.  Volumes by noon in Hong Kong were enormous in both metals.The gold price peaked in Far East trading at exactly 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and then slid a bit until the London a.m. gold fix was in at 10:30 a.m. BST.The subsequent rally didn’t do much until around 1:00 p.m. in London…twenty minutes before the Comex open…when the rally gained more strength.  From there, the gold price rose to its high of the day…$1,341.10 according to Kitco…which came shortly before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  It got sold down to the $1,335 spot price mark from that point…and then traded in a very tight range around that price right into the 5:15 p.m. EDT close of electronic trading in New York.Gold closed at $1,335.20 spot…up $38.50 on the day.  Net volume was around the 140,000 contract mark, with a big chunk of that coming in Far East trading.It was very much the same story in silver, except the high tick…$20.72 spot…came at 12:30 EDT in New York.  Other than that, the price pattern was the same.Silver closed at $20.54 spot…up $1.01 on the day.  Gross volume was a very hefty 53,000 contracts…net of July and August numbers.It was pretty much the same story in platinum, but it’s high came around 11:45 a.m. in New York.  Palladium‘s rally attempt ran into opposition at the Comex open.  Here are the charts… The dollar index closed at 82.62 late Friday afternoon in New York…and it was pretty much all down hill to its low of the day [82.10] which came shortly after 10:30 a.m. in New York.  After that, the index rallied a bit into the close…finishing the Monday trading session at 82.22…off 40 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks gapped up five percent at the open…and hit their zenith when gold did, just before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and then sold down a bit along with the metal itself.  At its high, the HUI was up well over 7 percent…but still finished up a respectable 6.08%.The silver stocks did very well for themselves…but considering the metal was up about 5 percent on the day, one would have thought that the stocks would have done better.  As it was, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.49%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 3 gold and 57 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  In silver, 40 of those contracts were issued by JPMorgan out of its client account…and JPMorgan stopped 41 contracts out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The beat goes on…and the link to Monday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.It was another down day for GLD yesterday.  This time it was only 38,646 troy ounces, but a decline nonetheless.   And as of 9:43 a.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV.Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List posted an update on this website for SLV activity as of the close of trading on Wednesday, July 17th…and this, in part, is what he had to say… “Analysis of the 17 July bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list: 5,524,756.4 oz. were added…4.8M oz. to Brinks London…0.8M o.z to Via Mat.  No bars were removed or had a serial number change.”  The link to his website is here.There was sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They only sold 4,000 ounces of gold eagles…and no one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  But they did sell a very decent 925,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 3,456,500 silver eagles, so they should break through the 4 million mark with ease, unless they hold back some July sales and stick them in August…just like they did for some silver eagles sales for June…the held them back until the first day of July.  The games children play!It was a very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  In silver, they reported receiving 599,622 troy ounces…all of it into JPMorgan Chase.  But they also reported shipping out a whopping 2,215,278 troy ounces to parts unknown as well, with half of that coming from the Brink’s, Inc. depository.  Here’s the link to all the action…and it’s worth a peek.There was a decent amount of gold shipped out of these same warehouses on Friday.  All of it…103,484 troy ounces…came out of the HSBC USA depository.  The link to that activity is here.Here are a couple of charts that Nick Laird over at sharelynx.com sent me…and if you have any questions or comments, all of them should be sent to him, not me!  The first is for silver futures spreads going back to 1975.  Nick notes the times that silver has been in backwardation on these charts.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s the one for gold, but it only goes back to the year 2000…as Nick is still working on these charts.  It shows that gold has never been in backwardation over the last thirteen years…at least not the way he describes it.(Click on image to enlarge)I asked Nick this question after I had looked at the above gold chart… “So the fact that the current cash price in gold is higher that the near futures, doesn’t mean a thing? That’s what you’re saying.”  Nick’s reply…”Yes – that’s not real backwardation.”Let you and him fight!Being a Tuesday, I have a decent number of stories for you today, so I hope you can find the time to wade through them all.But I do acknowledge that with JPMorgan so massively positioned on the long side of gold, anything can happen that JPMorgan wishes or desires. If JPMorgan wants to put it to the shorts, the shorts will have it put to them. If JPMorgan desires for there to be a large demand for delivery difficult to fulfill by those required to make delivery, there will be a large delivery demand. If JPMorgan wishes for gold to jump many hundreds of dollars per ounce, thereby enriching the bank, gold (and silver) will jump as high as that enrichment requires. Conversely, if JPMorgan desires none of these things, then the odds of any occurring, at least in the short term, are much longer. My point is that JPMorgan has…and has had…an unnatural dominance of the gold and silver market; the bank is the sole determinant for gold and silver pricing. In terms of a rational and free financial market, that is absolutely absurd. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…20 July 2013I was happy to see gold and silver prices blast off at the New York open on Sunday night…but wasn’t happy to see the heavy artillery show up and crush the rallies in very short order…and it’s hard to tell whether they were new longs coming into the market, or whether it was short covering.  Volume was way up there, but since it occurred on Monday, all the volume data should be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.After the initial price spikes, things settled down quite a bit and became far more orderly…and I’m sure that JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders had something to do with that, as gold volumes were more ‘normal’ for a summer trading day once London began to trade…although silver volumes were pretty chunky.We’ll have to wait until Friday to find out for sure.I note that gold made it all the way to it’s 50-day moving average before it got sold down just before the Comex close yesterday.  Silver still has a way to go in that department.  Here are their respective 6-month charts.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)It will be interesting to see what JPMorgan Chase allows to develop from here.The meetings on commodities…and the bullion banks involvement in them…is the subject de jour in Washington today, so we’ll see what comes out of that, if anything.There was absolutely no follow-through in the Far East or early London trading to yesterday price action in New York,  which certainly surprised me a bit.  As I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:15 p.m. EDT, gold is down about five bucks…and silver is down about 30 cents.  Volumes are already pretty heavy in both metals, but I can tell that it’s mostly of the HFT variety…and the dollar index isn’t doing much, not that it matters greatly.I have no idea what might happen during the New York trading session today…and nothing will surprise me when I switch my computer on later this morning.That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated at 3:20 p.m.The first of more than 1,600 lawsuits pending against Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid OxyContin, has been settled. The drugmaker has agreed to pay $270 million to fund addiction research and treatment in Oklahoma and pay legal fees.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed suit two years ago alleging Purdue helped ignite the opioid crisis with aggressive marketing of the blockbuster drug OxyContin and deceptive claims that downplayed the dangers of addiction. Hunter had sought $20 billion dollars in damages against Purdue and other pharmaceutical firms.The settlement comes one day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Purdue’s appeal for a delay of the trial. It is expected to begin on May 28, with the remaining defendants, including Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals. A judge has said the trial can be televised.”We see this agreement with Oklahoma as an extension of our commitment to help drive solutions to the opioid addiction crisis,” said Purdue Pharma CEO Dr. Craig Landau, in statement. “We pledge Purdue’s ongoing support to the National Center and the life-saving work it will do for generations to come.”Landau refers to a new National Center for Addiction Studies and Treatment to be housed a Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. It will be funded by $102.5 million from Purdue and $75 million from the Sackler family, which owns the drug company.”The agreement reached today will provide assistance to individuals nationwide who desperately need these services — rather than squandering resources on protracted litigation,” the Sackler family said in a statement. “We have profound compassion for those who are affected by addiction and are committed to playing a constructive role in the coordinated effort to save lives.”Members of the Sackler family, some of whom were expected to be called to testify at trial, are reportedly contributing to the settlement. Court documents filed in Massachusetts show the Sacklers made more than $4 billion on opioid sales between 2008 and 2016.The settlement also includes $20 million for medicines to be used by patients in the center, $12.5 million for counties and municipalities in Oklahoma and $60 million for legal fees.Some lawyers suggest the deal in Oklahoma is the beginning of many more in cases that stretch across the nation. Attorneys representing more than 1,600 lawsuits consolidated in a federal court in Northern Ohio say the resolution in Oklahoma reflects the strength of claims against Purdue.”We have long alleged that Purdue Pharma ignited today’s epidemic by starting the disturbing practice of deceptive opioid marketing, convincing both doctors and the American public to trust that these drugs were safe and virtually non-addictive,” said plaintiffs’ attorneys Paul J. Hanly Jr., Paul T. Farrell Jr. and Joe Rice, in a statement. “Purdue’s wrongdoing, however, does not stand alone.”There are nearly two dozen defendants named in the consolidated opioid lawsuits.The U.S. and individual states are beginning to tally health care, incarceration and law enforcement costs tied to epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the burden based on prescription drug misuse alone, in 2013, was $78.5 billion. Oklahoma estimated the opioid crisis would cost the state nearly $9 billion, according to the Washington Post. In Massachusetts, the costs, along with lost productivity, were $15.2 billion in 2017.The CDC says a record 47,600 people died after an opioid overdose in 2017. Purdue’s CEO has said the company is exploring bankruptcy amid rising pressures. The U.S. House Oversight Committee has asked Purdue to produce a trove of documents by April 4 about the marketing and sales strategies for OxyContin.Members of some families that lost loved ones to an opioid overdose say they are disturbed by the settlement. Rhonda Lotti, of Watertown, Mass., had planned to attend the trial with other members of an opioid overdose grief group. Lotti’s daughter Mariah suffered a fatal overdose in 2011 at age 19.”I’m disgusted,” said Lotti in an email.”How many lives were worth $270 million?”This story is part of a reporting partnership between WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2019 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more

Thousands of disabled students are being forced to

first_imgThousands of disabled students are being forced to choose between having food to eat or having the equipment they need to study, because a new government rule means they must pay £200 towards the cost of computers they need for disability-related reasons.The government introduced the new rule as part of its controversial reform of the disabled students’ allowance (DSA) system, a non-means-tested grant that assists with the extra costs a disabled student faces during higher education study.Universities minister Sam Gyimah admitted in a parliamentary answer that introducing the new rule – with disabled students in England having to pay £200 towards the cost of a computer and assistive software obtained through the DSA system – had seen the number of recipients of DSA equipment funding fall by 4,600.This appears to refer to a drop from 28,000 to 23,400 in the number of students receiving DSA for equipment, comparing those who began their courses in 2014-15 with those who began in 2015-16, when the new rules were introduced.Gyimah said the drop was “expected, because we knew the numbers would fall once students had to pay £200 towards the cost of computer equipment”, but he said that an evaluation of the impact of the change was “under way”.Marsha de Cordova (pictured), the disabled Labour MP and shadow minister for disabled people, who had asked the question, said the number of students receiving DSA for essential equipment had fallen by nearly 30 per cent since the £200 up-front fee was introduced (the latest figures show the number of students receiving DSA for equipment have fallen even further than Gyimah’s figures, to 19,700).She said the charge was “clearly preventing disabled students from accessing the essential equipment they need to further their studies” and she called on Gyimah to scrap the new rule.The minister claimed that the fall in the number of students receiving DSA for equipment did not mean they were “lacking in equipment” because he said “computer ownership is now common among all students, with students spending on average around £250 on computers”.He said: “As DSAs are not intended to cover all student costs, we think it is reasonable to ask students to contribute towards the cost of computer equipment.”De Cordova told Disability News Service (DNS) afterwards: “I thought [the minister’s] response was really weak.“It demonstrates a lack of understanding and awareness of the support needs of disabled students.”She received DSA when she was studying at university, which paid for a support worker and the assistive technology she needed.She said: “It certainly enabled me to carry out my studies effectively.“Without it, I would have been put at a disadvantage, without a shadow of a doubt.”Piers Wilkinson, from the National Union of Students’ Disabled Students’ Campaign, said they had “consistently opposed” the DSA reforms, because the union believed they would “not only put us at a greater disadvantage in accessing education but also force disabled students out of education”.He said: “Disabled students face astronomical costs of attending university, with higher accommodation costs, additional costs for transport, food and support equipment.“A laptop can be a vital piece of equipment; this £200 charge is causing hundreds of vital laptops to be locked away from the student, even after the assistive technology software and hardware has been paid for.“The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that a disabled person cannot be asked to pay for disability adjustments, and yet our government has been charging disabled students £200 for the privilege of accessing the same education opportunities non-disabled students have.“This charge is making disabled students choose between having food to eat or having the equipment essential for them to study for their £9,000-a-year course.“So disabled students are left in a paradoxical limbo, unable to study because they can’t afford the £200 charge and unable to afford the charge because they are a disabled student.”Meanwhile, The Alliance for Inclusive Education has condemned the government’s announcement that it is spending £50 million to expand places in grammar schools in England.Disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population.And disabled children without statements or EHCPs still make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.Simone Aspis, ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said: “The expansion of grammar school provision is another government attack on comprehensive and inclusive education and disabled pupils’ rights to a good and well-resourced mainstream school placement as set out in Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”DNS revealed last year that the government had been forced to admit that it failed to assess the impact on disabled children and young people of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools.Aspis pointed to last year’s conclusion of the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which was highly critical of the UK government’s approach to inclusive education and the “persistence of a dual education system” that segregates increasing numbers of disabled children in special schools.Figures last year showed the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who attend a special school in England had risen from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent in 2016, with the proportion in independent specialist settings rising from 4.5 to 6.3 per cent.ALLFIE said that the introduction of greater selection by ability in the education system through the expansion of grammar school provision meant “choice for SEND pupils and their parents is in danger of becoming non-existent”.last_img read more

The Fortnite Dance Lawsuits Are Close to Falling Apart

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Documents suggest that Alfonso Ribeiro can’t copyright his signature move, the ‘Carlton Dance.’ Next Article The ‘Fortnite’ Dance Lawsuits Are Close to Falling Apart Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Epic Games has found itself slapped with a flurry of lawsuits, all alleging the company of stealing people’s dance moves and selling them on for a profit. These dances are incorporated into its world-conquering game Fortnite, which are bought by players for a quantity of in-game currency (costing real money). That’s angered a number of musicians and viral video stars, who feel that they’ve been ripped off, but in one high-profile case, the law might be on Epic’s side.Alfonso Ribeiro, star of early ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was one of the plaintiffs arguing for a slice of Epic’s cash. Ribeiro claimed to be the creator of the “Carlton Dance,” a goofy routine that Epic sold as a Fortnite emote — unsubtly named “Fresh” — inside the game. Sadly, documents uncovered by The Hollywood Reporter reveal that Ribeiro’s application to copyright his sway has been denied.According to the US Copyright Office, Ribeiro’s claim to copyright the “Carlton Dance” has failed because it is just a “simple dance routine.” That puts it beyond the protections of s102(4) Copyright Act 1976, which requires dances to be “a related series of dance movements and patterns organized into a coherent whole.” Not to mention that, if basic motions were copyrightable, nobody would be able to walk down the street without facing a potential lawsuit.Ribeiro was always on shaky legal ground to begin with, given that he often admitted that the “Carlton Dance” was inspired by others. In 2015, he told HuffPost Live (amongst other news outlets) that he was inspired by both Eddie Murphy and Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video. Specifically, the moment when a pre-fame Courtney Cox is invited on stage to dance, which Ribiero says he adopted.There was also the more nuanced legal fact that Ribeiro initially performed on a televised sitcom, his employer at the time. Which meant that, if the dance had been copyrightable (which it isn’t), NBC, rather than Ribiero, would be the owner. Now, while the lawsuit hasn’t been thrown out (yet), it doesn’t sound too good for the actor, or anyone else who’s trying to get a cut of Epic’s epic windfall.This week has also seen Epic Games request for another lawsuit, brought by rapper 2 Milly, to be thrown out. Kotaku reports that the company says that the allegedly infringing emote is too short to be copyrighted, as above. And Epic adds that the Swipe It dance is different enough from the Milly Rock to avoid infringement, even though fans have said that they’re pretty similar. It remains for the courts to determine the validity of that position, but it’s interesting to see what new precedent will be created. Add to Queue Daniel Coopercenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on Engadget February 15, 2019 fortnite Alfonso Ribeiro Image credit: Chris Trotman | Getty Images via engadget Register Now »last_img read more

Warby Parker CoFounder Launching Growth Equity Firm

first_img March 3, 2015 –shares Andy Hunt and Jeremiah Daly have stepped down as partners with Highland Capital Partners, in order to launch their own growth equity firm, Fortune has learned.Hunt is a co-founder and director with eyeglass upstart Warby Parker, and joined HCP back in 2011. He currently serves on the board of Scopely, and has been involved with such HCP portfolio companies as Gemvara, Harry’s and SessionM.Daly joined HCP in early 2012 as a principal, after having spent three years with Accel Partners. He was promoted to partner the following year, and serves on the board of Malwarebytes.News of Hunt and Daly’s pending departure first came earlier today in a letter sent to HCP’s limited partners. It was confirmed by HCP partner Sean Dalton in a phone call with Fortune. Both of their board seats are expected to be filled by other HCP staffers.Neither Hunt nor Daily has yet responded to requests for comment.In other HCP news, longtime chief financial officer Kathy Barry is expected to transition into an advisory role this May, while director of finance Jessica Pelletier will be promoted to senior vice president of finance. Dan Primack Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article 1 min read This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Warby Parker Co-Founder Launching Growth Equity Firm Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Warby Parkerlast_img read more

4 Tips for Successfully Launching a New Product From the CoFounder of

first_imgMarketing Tom Morse knows something about launching products that explode into national best-sellers. The savvy marketer is the co-founder and former president of Living Essentials, the company that put 5-Hour Energy on store shelves everywhere.Before helping to springboard the popular pocket-sized caffeine jolt to a staggering $1.25 billion in estimated yearly sales, Morse worked his product marketing magic on a different kind of pick me up — Chaser, a homeopathic hangover-helper. It, too, sold exceptionally well. Tom Morse, CEO of InstavitImage credit: InstavitNow the Detroit native is the CEO of Instavit, maker of a new line of oral spray health supplements. The flavored supplements, priced at $15.99 per bottle, are designed to enhance sleep, boost energy and fulfill daily multivitamin needs.Related: 3 Essential Stories You Need on Your Website to Attract CustomersMorse says the products are off to a promising start. Launched in the U.S. this past January, he says sales of the supplements at national drugstore chains were up 51 percent during the first two months of this year, month over month in same-store sales. He did not, however, provide specific sales dollar amounts. Here are the veteran marketing wizard’s four top tips for successfully launching a new product:1. Schmooze with retail product buyers at industry trade shows.The first step to getting your product in front of consumers is to put it directly in the hands of retailers’ buyers. They’re typically the people who have the power to sell it at big-box stores throughout the country. One of the best ways to chat your wares up with these key players is to exhibit your product at leading merchandising industry trade shows.“It’s always worth it because you never know who you’re going to meet pacing the expo aisles,” he says. “Talk to everyone because, soon enough, you’ll connect with the right people.”He should know. Soon after 5-Hour Energy’s launch, Morse attracted buyers for the buzzy drink from Walmart and a host of other major multinational retailers while rubbing elbows at back-to-back industry conferences.To find an expo that best fits your product, check out the World Alliance For Retail Excellence and Standards’ list of annual international retail trade shows.Related: 7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Exhibiting at a Trade Show2. Be sure your product solves a common, highly relatable problem.Generally speaking, products that sell like gangbusters simply make consumers’ lives easier. “To create a sales phenomenon, make sure your product fits easily into people’s lives and fixes a problem that a lot of us have,” Morse says. “Make a connection that runs deep with them.”As an example, he points to the original inspiration for Instavit. British surgeon Dr. Jatin Joshi created the product line after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. To combat the digestive tract disorder, Joshi had a large portion of his colon removed. Unable to absorb nutrients from food properly post-surgery and fast losing feeling in his fingertips, the doctor was forced to endure routine vitamin injections.Fed up with his painful needle regiment and sick of popping vitamin pills, he invented the micronutrient spray as an alternative. A common problem was solved and a highly marketable product was born.Image credit: InstavitRelated: The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor3. Publicize your product’s inspiration story for free. Joshi’s real-life product creation backstory is something his target customers — anyone who takes vitamin supplements but doesn’t like swallowing them — can easily relate to. One way the doctor strategically shared that highly relatable story with potential customers, Morse says, was to strategically broadcast it through a myriad of publications they likely read.“The most brilliant entrepreneurs seek out ways to create demand for product,” he says, “and the most efficient and cost-effective way is to earn coverage from premiere magazines and media outlets. You don’t have to spend any money like you would on ads, yet you’ll still have a big impact.”Related: 4 Ways to Get Publicity on a Budget4. Be ready for sales to take off. It’s not enough to just create a big buzz around your product, in the media and amongst potential retailers and customers. When that buzz catches fire and your product takes off, you have to be prepared to start selling to the masses and hard.“When you have the opportunity to go big, you have to be able to act on it right away,” Morse says. “That means having the resources and know-how to scale up production and having the team to execute.” That way you can hit the ground running and sell, sell, sell.    4 Tips for Successfully Launching a New Product From the Co-Founder of 5-Hour Energy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Spencer Platt / Staff | Getty Images Register Now » –sharescenter_img 5 min read Next Article Add to Queue Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor March 22, 2016last_img read more

Nissan to Develop EthanolBased Fuel Cell Technology by 2020

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Environment Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Issei Kato Nissan Motor Co. said on Tuesday it was developing fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology using ethanol as a hydrogen source in what would be an industry first, and planned to commercialize its system in 2020 as part of efforts to develop cleaner cars.The Japanese company said using ethanol, produced from crops including sugar cane and corn, to generate hydrogen-based electricity inside vehicles would be cheaper than fuel cell technology developed separately by rivals Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co.”The cost and energy required to produce hydrogen can be very high, and it also requires significant investment in (fuelling and storing) infrastructure,” Nissan Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto told a media briefing. “Compared with that, ethanol is very easy to procure, it is safer to store and lower cost. These are its merits.”Nissan said its technology would be ready for use in vehicles in 2020, adding it could be used to extend the range of larger, electric vehicles such as delivery vans.It would target a cruising range of around 800 kilometers per fueling, more than the range for gasoline-powered vehicles of just over 600 kilometers.The automaker said running costs for the FCVs would be roughly similar to those of electric vehicles, while declining to give details on vehicle pricing.Ethanol is used as a fuel source for vehicles in countries including Brazil, but Nissan is planning to use it to generate electricity in fuel cell stacks to charge batteries which would power vehicle motors.In developing its FCV technology, Nissan joins Toyota and Honda in a national, government-backed drive to develop a “hydrogen society”, in which the zero-emission fuel would be used to power homes and vehicles, and reducing Japan’s reliance on imported fuel sources and nuclear power.Toyota began marketing the Mirai, its hydrogen FCV, in late 2014, while Honda earlier this year began sales of its Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle. Initial production for both models has been limited due to their relatively high cost and limited fueling infrastructure.Unlike its rivals’ offerings, Nissan’s technology does not require hydrogen to be stored in vehicles, reducing the need for expensive bulky hydrogen tanks, and would not require fueling stations, which have been slow to spread globally.(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Mark Potter) June 14, 2016center_img Register Now » Next Article Nissan to Develop Ethanol-Based Fuel Cell Technology by 2020 Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters 67shareslast_img read more

Fireside Chat with Mitch Ratcliffe Marketing Partner at Metaforce

first_img Know My TeamWhich personality trait has helped you excel as a Marketer? Skepticism is essential for a good marketer. While they need to believe what they are communicating on behalf of a client, marketers cannot be too accepting of the assumptions a client brings to customer engagements. If we don’t apply active and constructive skepticism about client assumptions, agencies reinforce the client’s worst decisions. Being ready and willing to ask questions on behalf of the customer, about the benefits customers will get from the product or service, and the best way to simplify the customer’s journey will help refine the resulting story and sharpen campaign messaging.How big is your Marketing team and what drives them to succeed in meeting small-term and long-term goals at Metaforce?Metaforce takes the same approach it does with clients when building its own marketing programs. We assembled a team of partners and associates of seven and then eight to design, produce, and launch the company, each of us contributing across several areas.For example, Co-Founder Allen Adamson, who previously was chairman of Landor, brought his branding expertise and years of management and organization-building experience that complements my entrepreneurial, editorial, technology development, and storytelling experience. David Camp, Allen’s Co-Founder, is an exemplary execution-focused former C-level leader who has launched products with Microsoft, Amazon, and his own startups. Together, we identified a set of work necessary to close our target number of clients each year, then outsourced some work while onboarding new partners to contribute creative assets, brand imagery, and a production cadence to make Metaforce a familiar name. Building on that, we use owned and earned media as the foundation of customer engagement and have never spent on paid media. We would encourage spending in targeted client campaigns when it makes sense, but the first step is making a direct connection with the customer and potential customers with your own story, straight from the heart.People work with us for brands and causes they believe in because they have the experience to work at the senior level of any marketing organization. We’re building a movement, not a traditional agency, that provides exactly the right message to the customer at the right time, based on a clear, simple brand and design language. We bring the best people to solve the client’s challenge.How tech-savvy have the Marketing, Sales and Branding teams been that you have worked with in your career? How do you rate them on a scale of 1-10?There is a large enough sample in my background that I think of the ratings as distributed on a power curve, with very few high-performing teams at 10, assuming that is best, and the rest spread on a slightly declining curve from nine to one, where most teams fall. Microsoft has some great marketers and a lot of average ones, but the good ones are among the best I’ve known. For the most part, marketing teams tend to skew toward non-technical strengths, but in an era when new channels are appearing daily, it is essential to understand how technology modulates messages. The same message in one channel may not work in another because, for instance, there is no mechanism for answering a call-to-action in a voice interaction or on the dashboard screen of an auto navigation system.Thinking past the UX we know, especially designing for interaction beyond the screen, is essential. Today we go mobile-first because mobile phones were the last big growth market. Today, Voice-assistance, In-car entertainment, and mapping, OOH, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality are evolving rapidly, and they don’t restrict the user’s world to a six-inch mobile screen.How do you think young Sales Professionals should train themselves to master MarTech skills?In addition to MarTech, learn higher maths to ensure you can understand and collaborate with analysts to improve the targeting of messages, optimizing interaction before, during, and after the sale to build a repeat and growing revenue. Math skills will help them keep up with Machine Learning and AI developments so that they can leverage these tools to make their skills more valuable. Learn MarTech and keep adding to your Mathematical knowledge. It is not necessary to be a savant, but now one must be able to think in models to understand what AI is doing, to the extent it can be understood.Author David Weinberger’s new book, Everyday Chaos, encapsulates what marketers need to be prepared to embrace when he writes: “We are at the beginning of a great leap forward in our powers of understanding and managing the future: rather than always having to wrestle our world down to a size we can predict, control, and feel comfortable with, we are starting to build strategies that take our world’s complexity into account.” Thinking across multiple models is the well-spring of innovation.What is Gig Economy and how should Marketing Professionals keep refining their strategies?I’ve gigged for decades. But like other adoption curves, gig work is spread unevenly and has only entered common discourse since the cloud made the model scalable. In a nutshell, the gig economy is a local on-demand marketplace facilitated by logistics and customer experience software. We all think of Uber, which unfortunately focused on commodifying the worker, but the future of gig work is about differentiating our services and delivering them for a reasonable price, not the lowest price, that fits our need to earn or passion to work toward our clients’ goals – to join projects for a while, even as an FTE. There will be no Gig Economy, the organizational model itself is fracturing and realigning, making it more important that companies have the right team composition for each project. The era relying on one fixed team trying to do everything, but inevitably a part of their time is spent on the bench waiting for the next relevant project, is ending.Think of the early online dating environment and how it blossomed from Match.com, which was one dating site for all, into myriad specialized dating sites and open markets like Tinder. These have changed the nature of dating, which has also become hooking-up and a group activity facilitated by software. Work is changing in similar ways.B2B Marketing Strategy and Customer Acquisition ModelsTell us about your role at Metaforce and how you got here.I am an early partner in the company responsible for technical and creative communications design. Throughout my career, I’ve worked at every level of the technical product stack, from explaining hardware and software to building it, organizing creative and Editorial teams using content management tools to deliver multi-channel experiences. My forte is process-solving, finding the most efficient way to deliver quality experience through text, graphics, video, aural, and information design.David Camp and I are long-time friends and have worked together several times. When he and Allen started Metaforce, we began talking about a role and I joined late last year.Are Marketing Technologies pushing the boundaries of present-day Brand Engagement and Customer Experience? How often do you measure the performance of your Marketing Analytics and Sales Reporting tools? If you are not measuring in order to adjust resources, budgets, and messages, the tools will push you into a repetitive and unproductive direction. Metrics are not simply reporting thresholds, they are the feedback that makes a conversation with the customer possible. We need to be studying our customers with the same care given to a face-to-face conversation in order to be responsive to their needs and values.Using technology today, we can customize messaging to address people personally. Eventually, we will address everyone personally and the “mass market” will become a thing of the past. Right now, marketers tend to ignore the “noise” that doesn’t fit into their campaign metrics, but I’ve worked on examples of AI-assisted content customization increasing sales rates by 60% – that noise is full of buying signs, objections, and other feedback that can be used to create an enduring relationship with customers.What are the most critical Marketing Problems that need immediate actions?We need to deal with privacy using realistic and fair policies that prevent the customer from feeling like they will be stripped of personal data like a hillside is stripped of coal. Unfortunately, the extractive thinking that got us into the climate crisis was applied to people on the Web, and the result is a depletion of trust, of the sense a company values the individual customer.We also need to embrace transparency, so that companies share more information with customers to prove that their businesses align with people’s values. This is the flip-side of the privacy debate and is essential to the sense of accountability that builds trust in any relationship. Information asymmetries due to unequal access to information about a marketplace have created huge fortunes but at the cost of social trust. I spend a lot of time evangelizing openness about supply chain environmental impacts, for instance.Why are the two important? When people can trust a company to keep their information private and use it only in service to them, they will share more information – in the form of future buying plans and the values they want to achieve with those purchases. When companies publicly disclose their CSR and environmental performance, they build confidence among consumers that they share common goals – when consumers can support a goal, such as reducing atmospheric CO2 or reducing the use of toxins in production processes, they will become customers. The circular economy will be viable when privacy and transparency are upgraded for our digital times.How can technology help to solve these problems?For the past 40 years, the internet has been adding to the volume of information we can access as individuals and organizations. Now, technology can help us filter out the dross and focus on what matters – in far greater detail than before. Experience is speciating, diverging into more specialized channels and exotic forms of interaction that allow us to be with customers, and for customers to tap into any company or service, an intimate partnership. Technology can provide automated contracts to extend trusted relationships into new channels, such as voice, AR, and VR that will allow more personalized interaction.The next 10 years will be about rebuilding trust, which is shattered like a plate glass window and still shedding shards noisily onto the floor of history. We’re going to talk about this era for centuries.What are the dynamic elements driving your B2B Customer Engagement model? How do you execute Engagement Economy vision, Strategy, Product and Corporate development at Metaforce?Here’s the basic mechanism for engagement: Questions. Not statements, though they set the stage for questions, the give-and-take that characterized face-to-face interaction for millennia. Listening closely to prospective customers, customers, and former customers can be accomplished through a variety of channels, from email and a website to the new voice and virtual environments we’re building.When we begin a branding or strategy project, we interview dozens of customers at every level of spend to understand what has captured their imagination and how they use the product or service to accomplish their goals. After that, we have a reliable map with which to start building relationships through different channels. Depending on the client’s goals, the limitations and future capabilities of each engagement channel, we design a go-to-market strategy and communication process for building relationships. We start with the message and express it through measurable interactions that help our client develop a trusted relationship with groups first, then individuals. We also coach the client’s sales and marketing teams about how to make the most of the digital engagements for campaigns and product feedback. Telling customers the story about how they changed a company is a powerful message that they are in charge of.How does Metaforce help customers to choose a reliable partner in the age of disruption?We rely on our hundreds of years of experience at the C-level and on hundreds of projects to perform a review similar to our customer engagement interview process: we identify the client’s strong suits and weaknesses, digging into how they work to connect them with the right technology partners or service providers. Our teams are built for the customer’s needs. We will provide services for the long-term or transfer the team to the client depending on what’s best for the client.Marketing and Sales Alignment: Social Media and Content Marketing StrategiesWhat are the tools and strategies you use to create effective B2B content at Metaforce? Could you provide us a sneak peek into your MarTech Acceleration strategies?Ideation and composition begin with the right data flows. We subscribe to feeds related to the customer’s industry and follow influential sources, competitors, and scientific writing that is shaping the industry. Each of these yields material that can engage customers. We either embed an editor in the organization or deliver content to support the client’s communication, but encourage internal use of the ideas we provide. At Microsoft, I worked on a project that removed a half-dozen layers of reviewers between an executive in charge of a product and the audience that ultimately consumed the executive messages. We used a blogging platform, nothing complicated, and equipped leadership to speak directly to the market.Metaforce amplifies that human-sourcing with content management, distribution, metrics, and the appropriate advanced technology to make and build relationships. We don’t encourage a client to embrace advanced technology until we can show how it will cultivate a deeper customer engagement. Our special sauce is prepared from our collective experience for each client, not served cafeteria style.What are the types of content (web and social) you prefer to read and retain/share in a day, week, month, and a quarter?I read hundreds of sources across tech, peer-reviewed journals in cognitive and Social Science, MarTech, and the general press to keep up with what’s next. As a former journalist during the rise of the Net, my skepticism about the hype applied to any new technology verges on the jaded. So, I rely on reading the experience of marketers, coders, and business leaders who have used, for example, Augmented Reality in their business. Vendor content comes last in most cases.Out of all marketing collateral, including the whitepaper, brochures, e-book, playbook, case studies, webinar, research reports, and infographics, which ones resonate the most with your customers? All of these resonate under different circumstances at points along the customer journey. An infographic can catch attention and link to a whitepaper download offer. Our clients’ customers habits, per our market explorations during the launch phase, determines which we suggest they invest in.Customer Success and Technology InsightsFrom a tactical standpoint, how often does your organization revisit the automation stack? Every project. We have different stacks that we rely on, such as WordPress and its eco-system or Adobe Experience Manager and its supporting services, but always seek to integrate with what a client has used in the past unless it is so antiquated that it is unserviceable. Why that tenacious attention to the past? It’s where the client’s existing relationships are consolidated at the beginning of a project.Tell us more about Verizon’s Customer Journey story and how Metaforce delivered its promises on Marketing Packaging, and Online Activation? Every few years, Verizon customers come into the store to upgrade or buy a new phone. Often the customer will also need new accessories to work with their new device. From cases to screen protectors to car chargers and headphones. While they wait for their new phone to be configured customers often wander around the store. Research indicated that Verizon’s own private label accessory packaging and merchandising were extremely difficult to shop.  By strengthening packaging and merchandising communications and branding, Verizon was better able to capitalize on the key accessory buying opportunity that occurs when customers upgrade their phones.How does the technology involved impact your customer building/partnership model?We compose the team differently based on the existing technology and build for marketing outcomes with the appropriate technology. My concern is always to provide the client with a path forward to integrate new capabilities and channels as they emerge.How do you see the technology you use impact the Customer Acquisition and Success Rate?Well, it’s a combination of technology and message. The right tech delivering the right messages can transform sales and customer engagement. My favorite example of how to combine content and AI, which was developed by a startup I Co-Founded, Gig Economy Group, we identified the most effective language used by salespeople when sharing branded content and propagated those suggestions to the entire sales network. Salespeople are not forced to accept the suggested language, but the coaching resulted in the adoption of more effective messaging. And as each salesperson continued to develop their customer relationships, their good ideas are made available to other members of the organization.Do you see Sales and Marketing Technologies unifying or evolving together to deliver higher ROI to CMOs? Yes. Marketing without sales is just talking to an undefined audience. Sales, however, will be more automated and I think the challenge on that side of the equation will be delivering human touches when most appropriate.What is that one piece of advice you received that you would like to pass on to the MarTech industry?I’m a convinced adherent to David Weinberger, Doc Searls, Chris Locke, and Jim Sterne’s advice in The Cluetrain Manifesto: Markets are conversations. People talking to people in our economy and society in action. Machines will help optimize, but without the people, it’s all noise.Tag a living person from the industry that you would like to read answers from, in our Fireside Chat: Doc Searls (@dsearls) and David Weinberger (@dweinberger)Thank You, Mitch, for answering all our questions. We hope to see you again at MTS, soon. Mitch Ratcliffe talks about how Sales Professionals should train themselves to master MarTech skills customer engagementcustomer experienceFireside ChatMetaforceMitch Ratcliffe Previous ArticleZendesk Expands Amazon Web Services Support to Make Customer Data More ActionableNext ArticleSharpSpring Named Top Marketing Resource Management Software by G2 Crowdcenter_img Fireside Chat with Mitch Ratcliffe, Marketing Partner at Metaforce Sudipto GhoshJuly 12, 2019, 1:30 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

PolyU develops multifunction nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia

first_img Source:https://www.polyu.edu.hk/web/en/media/media_releases/index_id_6581.html Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 9 2018The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed eNightLog, a multi-function nighttime monitoring system for elderly with dementia, to track their respiration and activities in bed for preventing fall or wandering away. The safe and non-restraint system, particularly designed for coping with the typical environment of nursing homes in Hong Kong, will help greatly improve the elderly’s quality of life, while enhancing the efficiency and lessening the workload of healthcare personnel.It is projected that the number of people aged 65 and above in Hong Kong will reach around 2.5 million by 2040, about one-third of the overall population then. Among the elderly at that time, around 332,700, or one out of 10, would suffer from dementia, triple of the figure in 2009. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, characterized by gradual deterioration in one’s mental capacities including memory, judgment and communication ability, as well as usual symptoms of depression, agitation and sleep disturbances.The eNightLog system, developed by a research team led by Ir Professor Zheng Yongping, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at PolyU and Henry G. Leong Professor in Biomedical Engineering, was awarded Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva this year. Members of the research team include Dr Eric Tam, Dr James Cheung, Mr Will Lai and Mr Alex Mak.”PolyU has profound history of applying the assistive and rehabilitation health technologies developed by our faculty members to cope with social needs. By helping various nursing homes to set up the eNightLog system we developed, we hope to contribute our expertise for helping create an age-friendly society,” said Professor Zheng.He is glad that the government has pledged support towards constructing “Smart Living” for all citizens especially for the disadvantaged, and planned to roll out a HK$1 billion fund this year for subsidizing elderly service units to make good use of gerontechnology. He hopes that with such support, eNightLog can bring benefits to not only more elderly with dementia, but also other elderly in need and other disabled groups.eNightLog system provides safe and non-restraint monitoring The non-contact and non-invasive eNightLog system is embedded with event sequence tracking and different kinds of remote sensing and imaging technologies, based on innovative algorithm developed by the BME team of PolyU. This innovative technique has already been patented.Related StoriesWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementiaUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsOU Health Sciences Center awarded federal grant to enhance dementia care across OklahomaSeventeen systems have been installed and tested in a nursing home for 2 months this year for nighttime monitoring. During this period, 380 incidences of elderly leaving bed alone were recorded, with all them being successfully detected (100%), and only 2 times of false alarm occurred (0.5%). In addition, the system recorded 525 events of caregivers visiting elderly and accompanying the elderly leaving, and accuracy rate is 100%.The eNightLog system includes following sensors to detect different activities of the elderly in bed:1.Near Infrared 3D sensor tracts the resident’s positions and postures (lying down, sitting on bed or bedside, standing beside the bed, bed-leaving) and caregivers’ visits. It thus helps prevent the resident from falling and wandering, and improve staff response time. The algorithm can also detect caregivers paying night visits to the elderly, thus avoiding false alarm.2.Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Impulse Radar sensor detects small motions even under quilt, including respiration rate, to identify the resident’s health condition and sleep quality.3.Environment sensor provides various ambient measurements and controls, such as room temperature and light control.The activity status and alarm of multiple residents are transmitted in the form of text, icons or processed infrared image, to display on the caregivers’ computer stations or mobile devices. Signals detected beyond the pre-set normality range will trigger alarm for caregivers to take immediate actions.The research team will soon extend the functions of eNightLog system to detecting heart rate and body temperature, and connect the system with different kinds of smart devices such as electronic diaper. In addition, the system can also link with an ultrasound bladder volume detector to facilitate caregivers to take better care of their residents, especially in handling urinary incontinence. The team is exploring big data analysis to provide more preventive information for health care of elderly.”Being a multi-sensing system and platform, eNightLog is greatly scalable in connecting with other devices, including wearable, non-contact or remote-control ones. The further applications and development of eNightLog with advancing rehabilitation health technologies can be very promising,” said Dr Eric Tam.last_img read more

How to avoid shoulder injury related to vaccine administration

first_img Source:https://uwaterloo.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 24 2018A study by researchers at the University of Waterloo reiterates the need for health care professionals, including pharmacists, to take certain precautions to minimize the risk of their patients suffering shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).SIRVA is an uncommon and understudied phenomenon that people may experience after receiving an improperly administered vaccination. It occurs when an injection is administered too high in the arm, and the vaccine is delivered to the shoulder capsule instead of the deltoid muscle.”With flu season underway and flu vaccinations widely available, both the public and health care providers should understand how to recognize and respond to SIRVA,” said Kelly Grindrod, a professor in the School of Pharmacy at Waterloo. “There are strategies we can adopt to decrease the likelihood of experiencing SIRVA.Related StoriesResearchers develop improved vaccine for meningitis and bloodstream infectionsGeorgia State researcher wins $3.26 million federal grant to develop universal flu vaccineVaccine drama on display in California’s Capitol”When going for your flu shot, wear a sleeveless shirt or a shirt where the sleeves can easily be rolled up. Don’t pull the neck of your shirt down as this can lead to a vaccine being injected into the shoulder instead of the arm. Putting your hand on your hip with your elbow out and away from the body will also help relax the deltoid muscle where the injection is going.”It is common to experience a dull muscle ache after a vaccine injection, but that pain disappears within a few days. By contrast, SIRVA will result in pain that begins within 48 hours of vaccine administration and does not improve with over-the-counter painkiller medications”In patients who experience SIRVA, months may pass by, and patients will still complain of increasing pain, weakness, and impaired mobility in the injected arm. Simple actions like lifting your arm to brush your teeth can cause pain,” said Grindrod. “It’s important that we learn to recognize these signs of SIRVA so that we can access appropriate treatment.”People experiencing these symptoms should talk to their doctor. An ultrasound scan is necessary to diagnose SIRVA and determine the level and type of damage. Treatment includes a corticosteroid injection to the shoulder or physiotherapy.Though SIRVA is fairly uncommon, it also often goes undiagnosed. Improved awareness about SIRVA is necessary for health care providers as well as patients. Grindrod and co-authors conducted a review of the literature to develop resources that teach health care providers about SIRVA and how to avoid it by using proper vaccination landmarking techniques.last_img read more

Treating gum disease could help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their

first_imgOur findings suggest preventing and treating gum disease could potentially be a new and important way to help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their condition, and reduce their risk of its serious complications.The improvement in blood glucose control we observed, in people who received intensive treatment, is similar to the effect that’s seen when people with Type 2 diabetes are prescribed a second blood glucose lowering drug.We now need to determine if the improvements we found can be maintained in the longer-term and if they apply to everyone with Type 2 diabetes.” Source:https://www.diabetes.org.uk/ Prof John Deanfield, senior investigator of the study at the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, said: Oct 25 2018A study funded by Diabetes UK has found that treating periodontitis (gum disease) could help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, and may reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications.Researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute recruited 264 people with Type 2 diabetes, all of whom had moderate to severe periodontitis. Half of the participants received intensive treatment for their gum disease, which involved deep cleaning their gums and minor gum surgery. The other half received standard care, involving regular cleaning and polishing of their teeth. The treatments were provided alongside any Type 2 diabetes medications being taken.After 12 months, participants receiving the intensive treatment had reduced their blood glucose levels (HbA1c) by on average 0.6 per cent more than the standard care group. This suggests that intensive gum disease treatment could help some people with Type 2 diabetes to improve their blood glucose levels.Gum disease affects almost half of the UK population and people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing it. Gum disease sets in when the levels of bacteria inside the mouth are out of balance, and it causes chronic inflammation inside the body. This inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular and kidney complications, as well as insulin resistance.The findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, are the first to link intensive gum disease treatment to improvements in kidney and blood vessel function and chronic inflammation. While more research is needed to explore this connection, the findings suggest that treatment may help to reduce the risk of serious diabetes-related complications, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, in people with Type 2 diabetes.The researchers also observed a link between the treatment and improved quality of life.Professor Francesco D’Aiuto, lead researcher of the study, said: Currently people with Type 2 diabetes aren’t given oral health advice or treatment as part of their routine diabetes care.While more work is needed to fully understand how good oral health could help with blood glucose management, this research gives us important insights into the potential benefits of looking after your oral health if you have Type 2 diabetes.” Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: Inflammation may be part of the biological pathways that lead to several health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer.Our findings that reduction in periodontitis, which is a common cause of inflammation, improves vascular, renal, as well as blood glucose control, in people with Type 2 diabetes, are exciting and could lead to new strategies to improve care. Large-scale clinical outcome trials should now be designed.”last_img read more

Study reveals longterm benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgery

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 15 2019One of the most commonly performed surgeries to treat stress urinary incontinence in women may have better long-term results than another common surgical technique, according to a study led by Mayo Clinic researchers.The retrospective study of more than 1,800 cases at Mayo Clinic from 2002 to 2012 found that the need for additional surgery was twice as high after a transobturator sling surgery compared with a retropubic sling procedure.Reoperation rates within eight years after surgery were 11.2% for patients in the transobturator group compared with 5.2% in the retropubic group, according to the study, which will be published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in August. The failure rate for the transobturator procedure was even higher among women who had the sling combined with vaginal prolapse repair.These findings would suggest that the retropubic procedure has better long-term results compared to the transobturator sling.”Emanuel Trabuco, M.D., Mayo Clinic urogynecologist Stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine associated with daily activities, such as exercise, and simple incidents, such as coughing or sneezing, is common among middle-aged women and can greatly affect quality of life. Physical therapy or vaginal inserts are helpful for some women, while others choose to have surgical repair. The two most common surgeries are the retropubic sling, which involves placing a mesh sling under the urethra and behind the pubic bone, and the transobturator sling, which places the sling at a less acute angle by placing the mesh through the thigh area.Related StoriesEarly adversity could make individuals more vulnerable to stress-related drinking during adulthoodStudy explores the effects of near-miss experiences associated with 9/11 terrorist attacksEarly life adversity and high levels of FKBP5 protein amplify anxiety-like behaviorThe study found that both procedures were safe with few complications. “Given that in the U.S. alone, 200,000 procedures are performed each year to treat stress urinary incontinence, the data in this study should help guide informed discussions with women who are considering surgical treatment, especially if the patient also is having prolapse repairs,” says Dr. Trabuco, a surgeon who specializes in vaginal prolapse and urinary and fecal incontinence in women.The Food and Drug Administration has issued two public health warnings regarding the use of vaginal mesh kits for treating pelvic organ prolapse, which Dr. Trabuco says has created confusion and anxiety regarding the use of mesh for procedures, such as retropubic and transobturator slings. The FDA ban does not apply to midurethral slings for treating urinary incontinence.The extremely low complication rates that necessitated reoperation — 3.2% due to problems with bladder emptying and 1.9% due to mesh exposure in the vagina — should reassure providers and patients of the safety of midurethral slings, according to the study.Both urinary and fecal incontinence have been underreported in the medical literature because of embarrassment or stigma, Dr. Trabuco says. “We’re hopeful that the findings in this study will encourage women to talk to a provider about the surgical and nonsurgical options to treat their conditions, which can greatly affect a woman’s daily activities.” Source:Mayo Cliniclast_img read more

Stevie Wonder wows crowd on smart piano at tech show

CES tech show stuffed with gadgets we don’t need – or do we? Trying to distinguish your product among the thousands at the CES gadget show is no easy feat, so it helps when music legend Stevie Wonder pays an unexpected visit. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, photo, musician Stevie Wonder plays a so-called “smart” piano, an internet-connected device designed to teach people how to play, while piano teacher Gabie Perry stands next to him at The One Music Group’s CES booth in Las Vegas. Wonder spent about 15 minutes playing tunes as a crowd gathered at the booth. Wonder says he likes to visit the conference to see new things and meet people. (AP Photo/Matt O’Brien) Explore further Citation: Stevie Wonder wows crowd on ‘smart’ piano at tech show (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-stevie-wows-crowd-smart-piano.html Especially when your product is a “smart” piano designed to teach people how to play.Piano teacher Gabie Perry was demonstrating the internet-connected device, made by a California startup, when someone told her that Wonder asked to try it. She thought it was a joke.Wonder spent about 15 minutes playing tunes as a crowd gathered at The One Music Group’s CES booth in Las Vegas. Wonder says he likes to visit the conference to “see new things” and meet people. He’s among several celebrity musicians attending, including rapper Iggy Azalea and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.CES runs through Friday. read more

Suicide bomber kills five at wedding party in eastern Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber on foot targeted a wedding party in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring 40, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said a boy set off his explosives inside the house of a pro-government militia commander in Pacheragam district.Khogyani said 40 wounded men and women were rushed to hospital and local residents said 10 people were killed.Pro-government militias often work with overstretched Afghan security forces to prevent territories falling into the hands of the Taliban and Islamic State fighters. Last month, Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in northern Afghanistan.No group has claimed responsibility for the wedding party attack but Islamic State militants have carried a string of suicide bombings and attacks on government offices, schools, and aid groups in recent years in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s main city. (Reporting by Rafiz Sherzad, Ahmad Sultan in Jalalabad, Editing by Michael Perry) World 13 May 2019 Triple blasts in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad kill at least three {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 24 Apr 2019 Heavy fighting flares between Taliban, Islamic State in Afghanistancenter_img World 13 Jun 2019 Suicide bomber kills nine in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad Related News Related Newslast_img read more

Riskier male sex pushes Europes syphilis rates up 70 since 2010

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Syphilis cases have soared in Europe over the last decade and become, for the first time since the early 2000s, more common in some countries than new cases of HIV, health experts said on Friday.Reported cases of the sexually transmitted disease are up by 70% since 2010, a report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed – with the rise driven by more unprotected sex and riskier sexual behaviour among gay men.”The increases in syphilis infections that we see across Europe … are a result of several factors, such as people having sex without condoms and multiple sexual partners, combined with a reduced fear of acquiring HIV,” said Andrew Amato-Gauci, an ECDC expert on sexually transmitted infections.The European report comes after the World Health Organization said last month that around a million people each day worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection. Related News Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Birth control injections given to protect Orang Asli women from unsafe pregnancies, says Health Minister Nation 11 Jul 2019 Health Ministry: Back up allegations of forced birth control with evidencecenter_img World 08 Jul 2019 Man wakes up at own funeral after doctors declared him dead {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Left untreated, syphilis can have severe complications in men and women, including causing stillbirths and newborn deaths and increasing the risk of HIV. Syphilis was one of the leading causes of baby loss globally in 2016.The Stockholm-based ECDC, which monitors health and disease in Europe, said that overall, more than 260,000 syphilis cases were reported from 30 countries from 2007 to 2017. In 2017, syphilis rates reached an all-time high with more than 33,000 reported cases, the ECDC said. This meant that for the first time since the early 2000s, the region reported more cases of syphilis than new cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.But the problem varied significantly by country, with rates more than doubling in five countries – Britain, Germany, Ireland, Iceland and Malta – but dropping by 50% or more in Estonia and Romania.Close to two-thirds of the cases reported between 2007 and 2017 where sexual orientation was known were in men who have sex with men, the ECDC report said, while heterosexual men contributed 23% of cases and women 15%. The proportion of cases diagnosed among men who have sex with men ranged from less than 20% in Latvia, Lithuania and Romania to more than 80% in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Britain.Amato-Gauci said complacency among men who have gay sex and seem unconcerned about HIV risks appeared to be fuelling the problem. “To reverse this trend, we need to encourage people to use condoms consistently with new and casual partners,” he said. (Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)last_img read more

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and that it is curious that in spite of not meeting requirements, This was, also was formally charged Thursday as a party to the crime Like Andrews he was in St Louis County custody and is awaiting extraditionThree additional suspects — Teah J Phillips 17 of Superior; Kane M Robinson 20 of Duluth; and Dallas E Robinson 18 of Duluth — are at the Douglas County Jail The three are expected to be formally charged and arraigned Friday afternoon according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s OfficePolice planned to speak more on the case at a press conference Friday afternoon Department officials did not respond to a request for comment ThursdayAccording to the criminal complaint:Velin’s body was discovered by his girlfriend who was upstairs at the time of the shooting She told police that Velin sold marijuana and knew of at least one person who owed him about $300Following the announcement of Velin’s death police received numerous tips and monitored social media comments which mentioned Andrews and Phillips who are in a relationshipA man who lives in rural Duluth told police on Wednesday that Andrews and his mother had been to his home and wanted to hide their car behind his house He said Andrews also showed him a small handgun The man said he did not want to get involved and contacted policeA Superior police detective saw the car on the road and initiated a traffic stop He held the car at gunpoint until back-up arrived and Andrews the passenger was arrested Phillips approached the school liaison officer at Superior High School on Wednesday wanting to talk about the homicide She came with a friend and they reported to the officer that they were together the entire evening Phillips stated she had broken up with Andrews on Friday and had not seen him since SundayInvestigators spoke with several other students who reported that Phillips was involved in the incident One student said Phillips told him that she was with Andrews when Velin was killed The student said Phillips told him that “Garth has weed and they were looking for money” She allegedly reported that Andrews pulled a gun a struggle ensued and the gun dischargedInvestigators re-interviewed the 16-year-old girl who accompanied Phillips to the earlier meeting with the school liaison officer This time she reported that she was only with Phillips for part of the evening The girl said she stayed in Duluth while Phillips left in a car with Andrews Dunn Dallas Robinson and Kane RobinsonThe student said she did not hear about the shooting until later in the evening When she read about it on Twitter she had a brief conversation with Phillips The girl stated that Phillips told her that Andrews shot Velin and that it was an accidentOn Wednesday the two exchanged text messages throughout the day Phillips wrote to her at one point: “I might as well have done it myself”In a later message Phillips wrote: “I haven’t seen Chance since Sunday after he broke up with me on Friday” The girl said she believed that was the information she was supposed to tell police if askedPhillips and her mother voluntarily came to the Superior police station at 2 pm Wednesday Investigators told her that she “needs to start telling the truth”Phillips admitted that the evening of the incident she picked up Andrews Dunn Kane Robinson and Dallas Robinson She said they drove back to Superior and she was ordered to park behind the Subway restaurant at 38th Avenue EastPhillips said Andrews told her they were “going to get some money” She was directed by Andrews to walk to Velin’s house and knock on the door She did so and told the man that answered that she was looking for a lost puppyPhillips said she returned to the car and they showed her a Facebook picture of Velin She confirmed that he was the one that answered the doorPhillips said she remained in the car with Kane Robinson while Andrews Dunn and Dallas Robinson left on foot to go to Velin’s house They returned a short time later and told her that “it went bad”Andrews told her that he had pulled a gun on Velin but that Velin grabbed it Phillips said The gun accidentally discharged and Velin was struck by the bulletPhillips said she drove back to Duluth with the four passengers and Andrews told everyone in the car that “what happened does not leave this car” or he would kill them Phillips dropped the friends off and returned to SuperiorPolice received several other tips in relation to the incident One neighbor on the 3700 block of East First Street called and reported that three males in their teens to early 20s were walking on the block wearing bandanas over their faces about 15-20 minutes before the shootingA driver also reported seeing the three men on East Second Street at the time of the shooting The three men were running until they crossed behind the Subway station where they slowed to a walk the person saidAll five suspects were taken into custody WednesdayThe teasing never ended but Chauvin eventually learned to overlook the shallow criticismsNow 43 years old the Oakdale woman is competing to be Mrs Minnesota America 2018"I just knew that for myself I was better than what people made me out to be" Chauvin said "I know it took me a long time to realize that but it’s never too late"She will face off against seven others later this month in Bloomington If she wins she’ll be the first "Mrs Hmong" as she calls it to score a victory in the pageant nationally One other Hmong woman from Minnesota is also competing this yearRefugee from LaosChauvin was born in Laos in 1974 during a time of war In 1977 her family fled to safety in Thailand where they lived in a refugee campChauvin still remembers the challenges of being a refugee Their only possessions were the ones they could carry on their backs She watched people die from illness To this day she avoids eating oatmeal because it takes her back to her days at the campAfter three years there Chauvin and her family moved to Eau Claire Wis It was a cold October and Chauvin had to wear a boy’s jacket because that’s all that was availableEven in America Chauvin said she felt like she was still in a refugee campTen years old she was placed in a kindergarten class where she knew less about reading and writing English than her younger classmates"They say ‘land of the free’ but I still didn’t feel like we were free" Chauvin said "We didn’t know English My parents didn’t want us leaving the house because they didn’t trust the world You land into this brand-new world and you don’t know what to expect and so we were always kept inside"Chauvin’s parents found her a husband when she was 17 years old and they married before she turned 18 She hardly knew him"As a Hmong woman if you’re not married by 18 . 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