International Yoga Day: Rajasthan creates Guinness record

first_imgRajasthan created a world record on Thursday by bringing more than a lakh people together at a yoga session.Two representatives from Guinness World Records watched as yoga guru Baba Ramdev put the gathering, which included Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, through a series of asanas. The international private organisation then handed over a certificate to Ms. Raje and Baba Ramdev, saying it had been the largest gathering worldwide of people performing yoga. Enthusiasts perform yoga during an event to set the Guinness World Record for the largest yoga lesson during the International Day of Yoga at Kota in Rajasthan on June 21, 2018.  | Photo Credit: PTIlast_img

SMB must prepare hard for slam

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “We have to be ready and we have to prepare hard.”Austria is aware of the challenge they are about to face in seeking the franchise’s second Grand Slam since 1989. He believes that the wheeling and dealing among the teams in the off-season was done with his Beermen in the crosshairs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“There are so many teams that built up their rosters,” said Austria, whose squad will parade the stocky Wendell McKines for the final conference starting July 19.A dynasty has certainly been established with the Beermen’s Game 6 series-clinching win over TNT KaTropa. It was San Miguel’s 24th title overall and the Beermen’s fifth in the last eight conferences—all under Austria. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Castro says TNT’s young players will learn a lot from finals loss LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena “Nice that you said that,” Austria said in jest. “[My contract] is expiring at the end of the season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Leo Austria and Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot celebrate on center court —AUGUST DELA CRUZThe euphoria has certainly died down a bit, and with less than three weeks before the last PBA jewel is put up for grabs, San Miguel Beer will have its work cut out.“It (Grand Slam) is in the minds of so many people,” coach Leo Austria said on Sunday night after the Beermen lined themselves up for a shot at a Triple Crown sweep, just the sixth in the pro league’s 42-year history.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

How to avoid the wrong kind of shady when it comes to

first_imgAs excitement on social media about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.“The problem with the back of the eye is that there’s no pain sensors, so all this damage can occur without you even knowing about it until it’s far too late … the next morning they wake up and the photo receptors at the very centre of their vision are damaged and they suddenly realize they can’t see their faces in the bathroom mirror,” he said. The person will have to wait an anxious three months to know whether the damage is permanent, Chou said.Regular sunglasses just won’t cut it during the direct viewing for an eclipse because they allow in thousands of times more sunlight than is safe to reach your eyes. NASA says special solar eclipse glasses should be marked with the “ISO 12312-2” international safety standard on the label. Make sure there are no scratches on the lenses.These glasses cost only a few dollars but are becoming hard to find as we inch closer to eclipse date.This week, Amazon pulled potentially shady glasses from its site and issued refunds to customers who had already purchased them. In an email to buyers, the company said it could not get confirmation from the supplier that the glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email said.The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable sellers of solar eclipse glasses on its website. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, some universities and science centres will be distributing free eclipse glasses at viewing parties across Canada. Science museums and stores that sell telescopes may also have stock left.With ads for eclipse glasses for sale on Kijiji and social media it can be hard for armchair astronomers to track down where they were made and whether they meet the standards recommended by NASA.The Canadian Press asked the University of Toronto to test two pairs of eclipse glasses using an ellipsometer. The machine sends a wave of UV and visible light though the glasses’ lens and uses a sensor to measure how much of the light makes it through.The first pair, bought at one of the stores on the American Astronomical Society list, blocked out more than 99.9 per cent of UV and visible light. The pair was labelled as conforming to the ISO 12312-2 standards for direct observation of the sun.The second pair, purchased online did not have the ISO mark and did not perform as well. It let through more than 0.1 per cent of visible and UV light.The ISO standard allows a maximum of 0.0032 per cent of light to be allowed to pass though. The equipment used could not give a sensitive enough reading to verify if the glasses conformed to the standard.In both cases, the machine was not able to determine if the glasses met the ISO 12312-2 standard. Both pairs did let through less than one one-thousandth of the light that you’d see with the naked eye.“Results show us that the two sets of glasses are most likely safe for observing the sun,” said Herman Wong, a University of Toronto engineering and photonics PhD student who tested the glasses. He said the machine found that there was almost zero transmission of light that passed through the lenses, but added that there’s really no way to know if they meet NASA recommendations, especially if they are not labelled.“They are not standardized by any means so use at your own risk,” he said.Chou, who has travelled as far as Africa and Asia to view more than 25 eclipses in person, says you shouldn’t let fear deter you from enjoying the event as long as you take precautions. He said he gets an emotional rush when seeing the sun’s corona, which appears differently every time.“There are some times when you get sort of a uniform halo around the sun. There are other times when you get these spectacular elongated streamers of corona shimmering in the sky around the sun,” he said.“This is sort of the giant astronomical clock at work and it’s just the way the universe ticks, or at least the solar system ticks as you see the movement of the earth around the sun.”———On the web:Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s list of solar eclipse events in Canada: http://rasc.ca/solar-eclipse-2017American Astronomical Society list of reputable eclipse glasses sellers and manufacturers: http://bit.ly/2hZzB7JFor more safety tips, visit NASA’s dedicated solar eclipse safety website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety———Follow @marygazze and @lucastimmons on Twitterlast_img read more

Sensyne collaborates with University of Oxfords Big Data Institute to find solutions

first_imgJan 29 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Sensyne Health plc (“Sensyne”), the British Clinical AI technology company, today announces a three-year collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute (BDI) to establish a world-leading research alliance to develop and evaluate the use of clinical artificial intelligence (clinical AI) and digital technology to understand the complexities of chronic disease. No financial terms were disclosed.Initially, the collaboration will focus on chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, diseases with significant and growing burdens on society with the potential for the discovery and development of new medicines and improved pathways of patient care within the NHS. The program may extend into other chronic diseases in the future.The three-year research program will draw on BDI’s expertise in population health, clinical informatics and machine learning and will be facilitated by access to anonymized longitudinal datasets for those patients in the NHS Trusts which builds on Sensyne Health’s existing capabilities through its Clinical AI and Strategic Research Agreements, as well as the data generated by Sensyne’s digital health applications for the management of chronic disease.It will also draw on the expertise of researchers in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in developing technology for collecting clinical-grade healthcare data at scale.The research will focus on two major elements to derive new datasets that capture vital information from patient-clinician consultations during long-term management of chronic disease. This work will facilitate the use of clinical AI to understand the complexities of chronic disease and hence derive insights to accelerate drug discovery and development and improve pathways of patient care. Source: https://www.sensynehealth.com/news/sensyne-health-and-the-university-of-oxfords-big-data-institute-to-establish-world-leading-research-alliance-using-data-science-and-clinical-ai-for-the-patient-centred-management-and-treatment-of-chronic-disease Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorNew imaging probe allows earlier detection of acute kidney failureIn addition, the alliance will explore the clinical associations and consequences of diurnal changes in blood pressure, extending Sensyne’s in-house project, SH-001, which identified nocturnal surges in blood pressure in a sub-set of hospital inpatients.Alongside this, the alliance will foster the development of an effective R&D and commercialization pathway between the two organizations and a growing network of collaborating NHS Trusts.Under Sensyne’s unique business model the commercial value created from the research will be shared with the participating NHS Trusts and the University of Oxford via a shared equity ownership in Sensyne Health and a shared royalty on revenues.Research will be undertaken to the highest standards of information governance and data security in accordance with NHS principles and data protection legislation. Automated, real-time translation of physician notes into a longitudinal, semantic structure suitable for analysis by clinical AI. Remote patient monitoring using digital health tools and wearables to assess disease progression and inform clinical care.center_img This new collaboration sets out to improve our understanding of common chronic diseases, identify opportunities for better treatment, and enhance the quality and efficiency of clinical care. This work will provide benefits for individual patients, the NHS, and population health.”Professor Martin Landray, Deputy Director of the Big Data Institute This new collaboration with the BDI is designed to apply world-class data science to the growing burden of chronic disease on society, and create an effective partnership between the NHS, industry and academia that delivers scalable improvements to patient care, accelerates the discovery and development of new medicines and shares the commercial value created with our partner NHS Trusts and the University of Oxford.”Lord (Paul) Drayson, CEO of Sensyne Healthlast_img read more

Transparent hospital pricing exposes wild fluctuation even within miles

first_imgKHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby and California Healthline’s Barbara Feder Ostrov recently wrote about this new rule and found price lists befuddling to most anyone without an advanced medical degree.This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 4 2019The federal government’s new rule requiring hospitals to post prices for their services is intended to allow patients to shop around and compare prices, a step toward price transparency that has generated praise and skepticism.Kaiser Health News examined the price lists — known in hospital lingo as “chargemasters” — of the largest acute care hospitals in several large cities.Prices varied widely on some basic procedures, even for basic charges. For instance, the list price on a liter of basic saline solution for intravenous use ranged from $56 to $472.50, nearly seven times as much. A brain MRI with contrast was priced from $1,7210 to $8,800 at the hospitals. And they varied widely even when comparing nearby hospitals.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryStudy looks at impact of hospital readmissions penalties on targeted surgical conditions’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesThe new rule mandates that the chargemasters be available on the hospital website in a machine-readable format, but not all hospitals make them easy to find, and understanding them is a bigger obstacle. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Study reveals hidden risks of diarrheal disease in children

first_imgHuman-adapted strains of parasites can evolve and emerge readily within just a few decades by exchanging genes with each other.You could say that these hybridizing pathogens are cheating the co-evolutionary arms race by sharing genes with one another. That way, they can use genes that are adapted to infect one species for infecting another species – and in this case, humans were in their crosshairs.” Identifying this emerging subspecies of Cryptosporidium could be extremely significant to public health bodies tasked with stopping the spread of disease.Although they are genetically more akin to the species normally contracted from livestock animals, these forms are typically passed from person to person, so preventing their spread will require a different public health focus – putting resources into improving sanitation, or issuing advice to boil water before drinking it, rather than improving the separation of people and animals.” Mar 5 2019A rapidly evolving new subspecies of the cryptosporidium parasite – a leading cause of diarrheal disease in children worldwide – has been revealed by scientists at the University of East Anglia. The team is now putting together a “diagnostic toolbox” to specifically discriminate the different forms, enabling public health bodies to identify the new form of Cryptosporidium, and design local strategies to prevent the spread of infection.Dr Tyler said: Using the data we provide in the paper it will be possible for these kinds of Cryptosporidium to be identified in microbiology laboratories using specific probes and standard techniques – facilitating straightforward, but effective interventions to be planned. Understanding what approach is likely to be most effective, particularly during outbreaks, will help public health organizations concentrate resources and deliver the best outcomes.”center_img The study, published in Nature Microbiology, sheds new light on how this parasite has evolved the ability to spread more easily between people.Researchers sequenced and compared whole genomes from over 20 different cryptosporidium cases to find out more about the parasite and how it infects people.Their work will help public health interventions aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.The Cryptosporidium parasite is one of several microorganisms that cause diarrheal disease. It is responsible for around 57,000 deaths each year, 80 per cent of which are among children under five years old.The vast majority of these are in low-income countries, but outbreaks also occur in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. There is no effective drug or vaccine available, so understanding the transmission of this parasite is critical in tackling outbreaks.Spread primarily through contact with feces, Cryptosporidium can be contracted either from animals or from people. Scientists had previously thought there were just two main species of the parasite – one transmitted between humans and one from animals to humans.In this study, the UEA team report their discovery of a recently evolved, human specialized subspecies.Dr Kevin Tyler, one of the senior authors of the study from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: Related StoriesNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careMost remarkably, the team showed that the new subspecies has evolved rapidly by hybridizing with another Cryptosporidium species. The genetic exchange happened only recently, probably around the time of the Industrial Revolution when urbanization became widespread.Since then, the new genes that were incorporated into the genome of the new subspecies have evolved rapidly, adapting themselves to their new human host.Prof Cock van Oosterhout, from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: Source:https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/scientists-expose-hidden-risks-of-diarrhoeal-diseaselast_img read more

US investigating CenturyLink internet outage 911 failures

first_img 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. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called the outage that began Thursday “completely unacceptable” because people who need help couldn’t use the emergency number.”Its breadth and duration are particularly troubling,” he said.The commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will investigate the cause and effect of the outage, he said.The Monroe, Louisiana-based telecommunications giant is one of the largest in the United States. It offers communications and information technology services in dozens of states. Customers from New York to California reported outages.CenturyLink spokeswoman Debra Peterson said the outage “is not related to hacking,” but she declined further comment.The company said on Twitter that it’s working to restore service and appears to be making progress. It hasn’t provided a cause for the problems.”Where CenturyLink is the 911 service provider 911 calls are completing,” the company said in a tweet.Regulators in Washington state also said they were opening an investigation into an outage of its statewide 911 service.The state Utilities and Transportation Commission said interruptions began about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The commission’s regulatory services division director, Mark Vasconi, said the system appeared stable Friday but the agency was monitoring it.In Idaho, Emergency Office Management Director Brad Richy said he didn’t receive any reports of 911 service failures, but some state agencies, including the state Department of Correction, lost service on internet-based phones.Some businesses in Idaho also lost the ability to make credit card sales, and some ATM machines weren’t working in Idaho and Montana.Due to sporadic 911 outages in Massachusetts, public safety officials recommended individuals looking for emergency help use the 10-digit telephone number of the fire or police departments they wanted to contact.In Greeley, Colorado, the Weld County Regional Communication Center on Friday said 911 calls were being dropped, but callers should keep trying and emergency dispatchers would try to call back.The 911 dispatch center and emergency management in western Missouri’s Johnson County were hit by the outage, county Emergency Management Director Troy Armstrong said Friday. He said the 911 lines were not affected, but the internet was down at the dispatch center and phone services also were spotty. U.S. officials and at least one state said Friday that they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service. Report: Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US investigating CenturyLink internet outage, 911 failures (2018, December 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-centurylink-internet-outage-failures.htmllast_img read more

Chennai child rape case HC rejects plea for CBI probe

first_imgOctober 31, 2018 The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted several times by the accused over seven months courts and legal COMMENTS COMMENT Children sexual harassment Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chennai SHARE crime against women The Madras High Court Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by 14 accused in the Ayanavaram child rape case, seeking transfer of the probe to the CBI.Rejecting the petition, Justice A D Jagadish Chandira said, “No specific material fact has been averted in the petition regarding mala fide exercise of power by the Inspector of Police who is the investigated the case. “The petitioners have not made out any extraordinary or special grounds for transfer of investigation or for further investigation.” The matter relates to the rape of an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl by a group of 17 people working at an apartment complex in Ayanavaram locality here, as plumbers, housekeepers, security guards and lift operators.The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted several times by the accused over seven months.All 17 were first arrested, and then detained under Goondas Act.Recently, the Goondas Advisory Board also confirmed the detention of the 17 under the Act.Claiming that the allegations against them were false, the petitioners said it was very strange that the minor girl was still alive despite the claim of her having been “raped” on multiple occasions.Noting that they had no bad antecedents, the petitioners alleged that all of them have lost their jobs and were forced to vacate their house by the landlords.Adverse media reports had prejudiced the minds of police and others, they claimed.The horrific incident had led to shock and outrage and the arrested had been attacked by some lawyers in the court when they were produced on July 17.According to police, the girl was sedated with injections, drug-laced soft drinks and made to sniff a powder by the accused before sexually assaulting her repeatedly.The incident had come to light after the victim, a class seven student, narrated her ordeal to her elder sister, who then informed their parents.Following this a police complaint was lodged on July 15. last_img read more

Malaysia to exceed its 2019 investment goal by making friends

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “We don’t want to be competing or pinching from each other, we want to complement each other,” Abdul Majid, who took the post in April, said at his office in Kuala Lumpur. “Each country has its own niche and strengths. That’s the ecosystem we are working on.”Malaysia borders regional giant Indonesia and manufacturing stronghold Thailand, so it mustn’t directly compete with them, he said. Instead, the country will seek to draw in higher-technology investments in sectors including medical devices, aerospace, and biotechnology.Malacca StraitMalaysia will position itself as a regional supply hub, taking advantage of its location near maritime routes like the Strait of Malacca that connects India to Southeast Asia to China. The country has many ports, a growing infrastructure network and robust rule of law, which makes it an attractive jumping-off point for multinational companies, he said.Investments have been a bright spot amid Malaysia’s slowing growth outlook. The central bank warned this week of downside risks to its 4.3% to 4.8% forecast, even as trade diversions could add about 10 basis points to this year’s expansion. The country seeks to attract investors fleeing trade tensions by offering incentives, simplifying processes and ensure returns.”We promise them it’s a profit center,” Abdul Majid said. “We’d like to assure the investors, if you come here, you’d not only be able to sustain, but reinvest and expand.” – Bloomberg Nation 09 Jul 2019 ‘Partner with Chinese firms in third countries’ Economy Malaysia expects to beat its approved investments target this year by working with, rather than competing against, its neighbours, says MIDA chairman Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan. Tags / Keywords: Corporate News 26 Apr 2019 Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan appointed MIDA chairman Nation 08 Jul 2019 M’sian companies encouraged to partner China corporations to open up business ventures, says MIDA chairman Related News KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia expects to beat its approved investments target this year by working with, rather than competing against, its neighbours.The Southeast Asian country has already reached 47% of its full-year goal of 113.5 billion ringgit ($27.6 billion) in the first quarter, with the following two months showing increases compared to 2018, Malaysia Investment Development Authority Chairman Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan said in an interview. The target is a drop from the 201.7 billion ringgit achieved last year.The region, which has a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion, is seeking ways to withstand the impact of a trade war that has widened beyond the U.S. and China.last_img read more

Assam flood death toll reaches 11 Barpeta worst affected district

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