22 days agoBelgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatment

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatmentby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens has urged Real Madrid to rethink their management of Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.Comparing his compatriot’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea’s form slump with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: “They have to treat him differently.”He’s a special boy and it’s unusual that he’s always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.”If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.”He’s a great goalkeeper and he’ll try to make Real Madrid happy again.” last_img read more

unite4good And Variety Announce Honorees For 2nd Annual unite4humanity Event

first_imgunite4:good, the global movement for humanity, and Variety announce the 2015 honorees for the 2nd annual unite4:humanity event to be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 19.The entertainment industry’s brightest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will be recognized and honored for their philanthropic commitment, alongside seven community heroes and leaders who are using their voices and platforms for positive change.Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenesee Center; global film star Ewan McGregor will receive the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK; Lauren Paul and three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul will receive the unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign; three-time Grammy-winner Pink – who will also perform at the exclusive soiree – will receive the Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry; Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will receive the Young Humanitarian Award for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Emmy-winner Christina Applegate will receive the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award for her work with Right Action for Women.The unite4:humanity event will serve as a pre-cursor to the conference4:change, which will take place on March 14 at the University of Southern California, and will explore ways in which media makers can integrate and inspire social change through their projects. Hosted by unite4:good, Variety and USC’s Media Institute for Social Change, the conference will bring together writers, producers, directors, actors, musicians and studio, network and broadcast executives into discussions and breakout groups aimed at transforming the enthusiasm for change generated at unite4:humanity into measurable action.“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said Anthony Melikhov, global philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”U4G Group is the presenting sponsor of the exclusive soirée. Premier sponsors include Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage. Official sponsors include Jet Edge International.For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit unite4good.org/unite4humanity/.last_img read more

Lemieux plays outstanding role for Buckeye field hockey in Ohio return

Ohio State field hockey junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletic DepartmentSarah Lemieux never thought she would get another chance to play field hockey after having to transfer back home prior to her third year of college.Lemieux, a Columbus native, was forced to leave Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and come back to Dublin, Ohio, to be with her family. She never expected she would be lucky enough to wear her goalkeeper gear again, let alone be part of the Ohio State field hockey team.“I had to come home for like financial, like family issues,” Lemieux said. “I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore.”However, Lemieux’s passion for the game never faltered, and when she heard OSU needed a goalkeeper, she decided to reach out to the coaches.“I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore and then I heard they needed a goalie, so I was like, ‘I guess I will email them,’ and I did, and they were like, ‘oh my God, like we really need a goalie,’” Lemieux said.The junior was a big part of the team during her time at IUP, but was not sure what her playing time would look like when she came to Columbus. She felt confident in her knowledge of the sport, but was shocked to see how much of a difference just one division made.“I was a starter. I played every game,” Lemieux said. “I had game experience, but it’s a completely different game. Like, it’s a lot quicker, like skill level’s a lot higher, so it’s different but it’s cool.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said Lemieux is a “very mature player” and has already made huge contributions this season.“She came in with some experience,” Wilkinson said. “She is confident, but she’s not over confident and I think she really plays an outstanding role on this team.”When OSU upset then-No. 20 ranked New Hampshire in its second game of the season, Lemieux claimed the Big Ten Player of the Week award in what was her first career start. The game went into double overtime, ending in a shootout. Lemieux denied UNH three times to preserve the victory.So far this season, Lemieux has tallied 28 saves, and Wilkinson said she has great talent as a goalkeeper and understands what is happening when the ball is coming her way.“She can come out so well on the ball,” Wilkinson said. “Her timing is really very good, and she reads the play. She anticipates well, she can handle a scramble, she can handle a lot of people in front of her, in front of the net, she can get down and she can stay focused on the ball. She is able to fight and if she can get to it, she will.”Wilkinson credits her goalkeeper’s strong mindset as a main proponent of her ability to keep her composure, even when things get rough.“She is just so even-keel,” Wilkinson said. “Whether she has a bad game or a good game, I just think she is mentally very strong.”Lemieux not only helps her teammates, but she has a passion for helping children as well. In the past, she has been a nanny to children and enjoys being part of their lives. She still keeps in contact with them and loves when she sees them in the stands at every home game.Lemieux said she was also a nanny for two children with autism a few years ago and babysits a child who has Down syndrome regularly. Her work with children is something she looks to continue after she finishes at OSU.“I am actually going into physical therapy to work with kids with special needs,” Lemieux said. “It was either occupational therapy or physical therapy. I don’t really know yet, but basically just working on everyday tasks in general with special needs kids is something I’ve always been interested in.”While Lemieux loves to spend her time with children, she also enjoys the time she has spent with her teammates at OSU. She said the team’s enthusiasm about the game is great and fun to be around.“Here it’s like everyone (gives) 100 percent like all the time and it’s a lot of fun to play with,” she said.Lemieux and the Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday to take on Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Son to sign new deal at Tottenham

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Son Heung-min has been in scintillating form for Tottenham Hotspurs and is expected to sign a new deal even though he had put pen to paper on a new 5-year agreement in July.Since October, the South Korean forward has already scored 16 goals in 23 games in all competitions for the English side. The new deal will enable the former Hamburg and Bayern Leverkusen player to pocket £150,000 per week.The 26-year-old has now scored in four consecutive matches since returning from the Asian Cup in January, helping to fill the gap left by injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli.WhatsApplast_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

FreeWheels Blockgraph Outlines New Path for Building the Future of DataDriven TV

first_imgPresents New Research That Shows Advertisers Eager to Apply Data to TV Advertising; Survey Finds Advertisers Expect 40% of Their TV Advertising Will Be Data-Enabled by 2020Blockgraph, an industry initiative spearheaded to date by FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, in partnership with industry partners, released a new whitepaper entitled Building the Future of Data Driven TV: The Quest to Create a Safe Identity Layer for the Industry.“At Blockgraph, we spend our days helping the TV industry realize its full data-driven potential. Chief among our objectives is making data both easy to use by marketers and safe for data owners and their audiences”The paper offers practical advice for companies moving towards the data-driven future and explores the current approaches for data sharing in the TV industry. The publication also presents the findings from a new research survey of over 150 advertisers and agencies, commissioned from Advertiser Perceptions, on the challenges, opportunities and importance of bringing advanced data to television advertising.According to the survey, the mean percentage of advertisers’ total TV spend that is data-enabled (using data to improve planning, targeting and/or analyze attribution) has grown at a 42% three-year compound annual growth rate. Moreover, it appears that data-enabled TV growth is about to accelerate in 2020, as evidenced by these key findings from the whitepaper below:2018: 20% TV spend data-enabled2019: 29% TV spend data-enabled2020: 40% TV spend expected to be data-enabledMarketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty?Yet historically, the TV advertising ecosystem has faced a number of challenges, as substantiated by the survey:Identity Resolution (Low Match Rates) in The New TV Ecosystem: An increase in content options and distribution channels makes it difficult to build a 360-degree view of an advertiser’s targeted audience. Among advertisers, over one-third (36%) said identity resolution was one of the top three barriers preventing them from using data to build audience profiles; only 20% said that they could “easily develop a 360-degree view” of their audience.Industry Dynamics in the Media Supply Chain: Audience relationships and advertising rights are split between a number of distributors and content owners, creating a complex ecosystem of data ownership and sharing. Our survey indicated that 54% of advertisers were concerned about competitive leaks when sharing information with media partners (even via a trusted third-party provider), and only 5% had no concerns about sharing data with media partners.Privacy, Compliance and Data Security: This supply chain complexity places greater demands on companies to ensure consumer privacy and data security. Among advertisers, 79% said protecting consumer privacy was a top concern in 2019, up 10% over 2018.Data Matching and Operational Inefficiencies: As mentioned above, data matching is facilitated by trusted third-party providers outside of the supply chain; however, operational and coordination challenges can make this process inefficient in terms of turnaround time and expenses. In fact, 38% of advertisers cited this as a top-three barrier preventing them from using data to build audience segments for TV.“The findings confirmed that advertisers are eager to bring additional data to TV, similar to their use of data in digital media. Yet, there is also the recognition that TV is different,” said Jason Manningham, General Manager, Blockgraph. “So, while they are bringing more data to TV, the growth, albeit strong, is actually tempered a bit by today’s challenges.”“At Blockgraph, we spend our days helping the TV industry realize its full data-driven potential. Chief among our objectives is making data both easy to use by marketers and safe for data owners and their audiences,” he added. “But it’s always helpful to understand how advertisers are thinking about data holistically, and the challenges that they are facing when it comes to data-driven TV. That was the impetus for our research.”Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019The whitepaper explains how Blockgraph creates industry-wide value in The New TV ecosystem by addressing many of the key challenges of data sharing and identity resolution. By connecting data across the entire TV ecosystem while protecting data ownership and safeguarding consumers’ privacy, Blockgraph will enable TV to pair its exceptional ability to reach and engage mass audiences efficiently, with the breadth and depth of data insights necessary for robust data-driven TV planning, execution, measurement and attribution.“Considering that data is the cornerstone to almost all of the innovation that will make TV a smarter, more efficient, more effective advertising vehicle, we need to solve the sizable challenges that still surround data sharing and activation,” said Dave Clark, General Manager, FreeWheel. “What’s so exciting is that when I talk to clients, and hear their challenges and concerns around data, I know that FreeWheel is uniquely positioned to collaboratively provide solutions on behalf of the entire TV ecosystem. Our Blockgraph initiative offers both an example of our collaborative approach, and a path that can accelerate the growth trajectory of data-driven TV advertising. And it’s here.”Marketing Technology News: AI-Driven Weather Data: New to Some, But It Has Been Driving CustomWeather’s Success for Years BlockgraphData Driven TVFreewheelMarketing Technology NewsNewsSafe Identity Layer Previous ArticleAgari Taps Doug Jones to Drive Corporate Development and StrategyNext ArticleTiVo Names Dave Shull as President and CEO and Provides Improved Business Outlook FreeWheel’s Blockgraph Outlines New Path for Building the Future of Data-Driven TV PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 7:45 pmMay 31, 2019 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

Whats best for Malaysia Airlines and can it be saved

first_img Airlines , MAS Tags / Keywords: Related News One of the billion dollar questions facing the Malaysian government today is to figure out which party to pick as the partner to revive the national airline. It is a billion dollar question because going by one analyst’s view on the matter, the incoming white knight for Malaysia Airlines will have to fork out a lot of money to fix the airline. Khair Mirza, a one time well quoted equity analyst covering the airline industry and now associate director of Modalis Infrastructure Partners, a transport infrastructure consultancy, tells StarBizWeek this: “Based on reported Malaysian Airlines financials, we expect a RM3bil price tag for the 49% stake sale with board and management control. Besides that we expect that around RM500mil per year would be needed to be pumped in for working capital needs. This is on the assumption that they do not take on new planes and there is no asset disposal,’’ Khair adds.Pricing aside, another crucial aspect in the turnaround of Malaysia Airlines would be the willingness of the government to cease control over the asset to the new party coming in. AdChoices广告Notably, not many national carriers around the world are sold to private parties. One exception would Philippines, which sold a 49% stake in the national airline to San Miguel Corp initially, and later to Lucio Tan’s group. The airline swings between a loss and breaking even today.Malaysia’s Prime Minister said this week that four parties have made offers for Malaysia Airlines. While some of these parties are keen to buy over the airline, other parties are keen to only come in to manage operations. Brendan Sobie chief analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation, a global airlines research and consultancy firm, reckons that a strategic investor seems to be the preferred option for the Malaysian government at this point. “But it is not necessarily the only option as Malaysia Airlines embarks on yet another restructuring.“The challenge will be to find an investor (strategic or otherwise) with the right qualifications and experience,’’ Sobie says.What is more interesting is Sobie’s view on how the government should have to come to a decision on control over Malaysia Airlines. “The government needs to decide if it is willing to fully relinquish control and not interfere once an investor is selected and initiates a new turnaround attempt. It will not be easy for the new investor to succeed at turning around the airline and a successful turnaround becomes virtually impossible if there is again any government interference. The chances of success also depends on whether the selected investor has the necessary capabilities and credentials,’’ Sobie says.Meanwhile, Khair questions if selling the airline to private owners is the best option.“Let the new board and management at Khazanah do the job. Why sell the family silver when no other government has sold their flag carrier except for the failed experience of Philippines Airlines.“Let independent Mavcom do their job and set a level playing field that the Barisan government was not able to prioritise,’’ Khair says, adding that “there should be a clean break from the past.’’ Sobie adds that “there is no point in selling a controlling stake in the airline unless the government has full confidence in the new investors, their level of funding and their turnaround plan. The last thing the government would want is to have to reassume control and/or again bail out the airline in a few years’ time.’’The Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed is the chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the government’s investment agency which owns Malaysia Airlines.The PM has said they need “someone who is experienced” to come into Malaysia Airlines.“We have changed the management of the airline many times. Everyone promises they will turn around the airline but in the end, they all fail. This time, we don’t want to give without really studying the capability of the people who may want to takeover the airline,’’ the premier said. Sobie says managing the airline is a hard task regardless of whether it is a local or foreign party managing it. The key factor is that there is “no more government interference and having a person with the right qualifications and support”.The four parties keen to come into Malaysia Airlines are Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim of Weststar Group, Datuk Pahamin Ab Rajab of Najah Air Sdn Bhd, Feriz Omar of Jentayu Danaraksa Sdn Bhd and Shahril Lamin together with some former employees of MAS.Industry sources say there are also interested foreign parties however they are not keen to buy up to 49% of Malaysia Airlines, preferring a smaller strategic stake. When contacted, Syed Azman says “we have written to the government to register our interest more than a week ago,” but declines to elaborate. Syed Azman is no newcomer to the world of aviation, having successfully built an empire in the form of his Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd which is today South-East Asia’s largest offshore helicopter service provider.Global investment firm, KKR & Co bought a 40% stake in Weststar Aviation five years ago at RM640mil. Since then, the valuation of Weststar is said to have gone up, raising significantly the value of KKR’s stake. The other interested party for Malaysia Airlines is Datuk Pahamin Ab Rajab, of Najah Air Sdn Bhd and his five partners who met PM more than a week ago. They want permission to conduct a due diligence to prepare a comprehensive proposal to turn the airline around. He was once the chairman of AirAsia Group but in this deal, he claims there is no connection with AirAsia. Pahamin says he comes equipped with an experienced team and has investors with him, with funding in place.Feriz Omar, the managing director of Jentayu, when contacted said “yes, we have submitted our proposal but we cannot share any details”. This is not the first time Jentayu wanted to buy into Malaysia Airlines. It was reported that five years ago, Jentayu submitted a RM8.75bil offer for Malaysia Airline, but the offer was not accepted.“This is a suitor that has persisted in wanting to get involved in Malaysia Airlines for some time now. Their proposal is a comprehensive one, that involves funding and strategic foreign partners who are involved in airline operations and running maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services,” says an industry expert.Yet another interested group is led by corporate lawyer Shahril Lamin and comprises several former employees of the airline. This group is said to be have years of expertise and experience in aviation and are very familiar with Malaysia Airlines. Sobie points out that there are a number of challenges to overcome in the turning around of an airline. He says multiple prior restructuring attempts have failed and that this highlights how difficult it is to successfully turn Malaysia Airlines.This needs to be coupled with current challenging market conditions and the lingering legacy issues at the airline.Tie-ups with other airlinesExperts are saying that partnerships with airlines such as Japan Airlines (JAL) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) would be good for Malaysia Airlines. “We know that the Qataris are keen and they may be seen as strategic investors with 10-15% stake in the airline. That in itself will be good for Malaysia Airlines,’’ says a source. 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Future wars would be more violent unpredictable Army chief Bipin Rawat

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:39 IST The Indian Army is fully ready to repel any misadventure by Pakistan, Bipin Rawat said.Stating that cyber attacks would dominate future warfare, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said future wars would be more violent and unpredictable.”Major armed forces must be prepared for future warfare with these changed characteristics as future wars would be more violent and unpredictable,” General Rawat said while speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS).He said despite this change the soldiers would remain the primary assets.Gen Rawat said cyberspace was likely to be fiercely contested in future wars with threats of cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure.He said one of the key battle zones would be the information domain, with the constant battle of these narratives attempting to shape perceptions across the world.He said in future even the conventional conflicts were likely to have large asymmetric components as technologies become the key drivers of future wars.Gen Rawat said, the response to Uri and Balakot have amply demonstrated India’s political and military resolve against terror, adding that any act of terror would not go unpunished.The Indian Army is fully ready to repel any misadventure by Pakistan, he said.Speaking on the occasion, former Army Chief General (retd) V.P. Malik said the Kargil conflict happened due to a failure of surveillance and intelligence.Referring to Kargil, Gen Malik said one cannot fight the same war that was fought 20 years ago but despite uncertainty one has to be prepared for that.Referring to post-Uri and Balakot surgical strikes, the general said that after Kargil there has been a huge change in mindset and that he hopes India does not go back to the situation before Uri.ALSO READ | Let there be no doubt: No act of terror will go unpunished, says Army chief General RawatALSO WATCH | Army better prepared to tackle 26\11-like attacks, says General Bipin RawatFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Next Future wars would be more violent, unpredictable: Army chief Bipin RawatGeneral Bipin Rawat said cyberspace was likely to be fiercely contested in future wars with threats of cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure.advertisementlast_img read more

Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill allows to file complaint in case

first_img Siraj Qureshi AgraJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:25 IST Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019The people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identityAadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led governmentThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will allow the voluntary use of the 12-digit identification number as identity proof for Indians to open bank accounts and also get a mobile phone connection.Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past due to privacy concerns or logistical issues in getting a new card.With the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.However, sources said modifications in the cards made earlier are proving to be very difficult in the absence of an adequate number of Aadhaar Kendras.Although the banks and the post offices have been asked to fill in as Aadhaar centres, it is a fact that most of these banks and post offices do not have the facility of making a new card or rectifying an old one.Commenting on the passing of the Aadhaar Bill, social activist Deep Sharma said that it will be a major relief if simple tasks like opening a bank account or getting a new phone number could be accomplished without showing an Aadhaar card.Deep Sharma also said that the UPA government had introduced Aadhaar as a way to transfer subsidies and other government benefits directly to the people, but the BJP government made it a universal identity document and there were many cases of security breach.Jan Suvidha Kendras, opened to make Aadhaar cards, were closed without any announcement and the task was given to banks and post offices where the government employees were already overburdened with work that they showed no interest in making or modifying Aadhaar cards.Only 10 per cent of the people who went to the post office or the bank for a modification in their Aadhaar card or for a new card, actually got it done, the social activist further said.ALSO READ | Aadhaar Bill seeking its use as ID to open bank accounts passes in Lok SabhaALSO WATCH | All you need to know about the recent Aadhaar updateFor 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 byPrakriti Sharma Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill, allows to file complaint in case of security breachWith the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch Rajouri

first_img Press Trust of India JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:30 IST The Indian Army is retaliating beffitingly, the officer said, adding that there was no casualty or injury to anyone in the firing and shelling. (File Photo)The Pakistan Army on Friday violated ceasefire by firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in three sectors of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts, drawing befitting retaliation from Indian troops, a defence PRO said.”At about 0800 hours today, Pak army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation with firing of small arms & later shelling with mortars along LoC in Mankote, Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district and Nowshera sector of Rajouri district,” Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) told PTI.The Indian Army is retaliating beffitingly, he said, adding that there was no casualty or injury to anyone in the firing and shelling.Pakistan troops also targeted civilian areas in Mankote area triggering fear psychosis among them, the officials said.It may be recalled that Pakistan army resorted to firing and shelling of mortars along LoC in Nowshera Sector in Rajouri district last Friday.The Indian Army reported 1,248 cases of ceasefire violations (CFVs) and four casualties along the Line of Control this year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said that January saw 203 cases of CFVs, followed by 215 in February.There were 267 cases of CFVs in March and the army reported three casualties, he said. April and May reported 234 and 221 cases of CFVs, respectively. June recorded 108 cases of CFVs with one battle casualty.Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by the Indian Army, Singh said.ALSO READ | Villager injured in Pakistan firing along LoC in J&K’s RajouriALSO WATCH | Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s PoonchFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Next Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch, RajouriPakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation with firing  of small arms & later shelling with mortars along LoC in Mankote,  Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district and Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, Defence Public Relations Officer said. Pakistan troops also targeted civilian areas in Mankote area.advertisementlast_img read more