OBITUARY Marie J Ciampa Cummings 81

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, age 81, of Reading, passed away on August 17, 2019.Marie was the beloved wife of Richard D. Cummings, devoted mother of Richard D. Cummings, Jr. & his wife Lisa, Maria Cummings & her wife Jean Cummings and Gina M. Cummings & her husband Andrew J. Gioia, Jr. all of Wilmington, loving “Grandma” of Richard D. Cummings, III & his wife Kristen, Eric Cummings & his wife Sakara, Joseph M. Cummings, Maria R. Cummings, Anthony R. Cummings and Nicholas W. Cummings, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Aurora (Andriotti) Ciampa, dear sister of Nicholas Ciampa of Cambridge and the late Aurora Campana. Marie is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, August 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wood End Cemetery, Franklin Street, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, August 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452.Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Trash can redux Reexamining the legacy of the 2013 Apple Mac Pro

first_img $4,689 Now playing: Watch this: Adorama 4 Computers Desktops Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iMac Pro Preview • iMac Pro puts the soul of a Mac Pro in an iMac body CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $4,999 $4,649 Apple Apple $4,999 Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? The 2013 Apple Mac Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET In London last week to speak at a video games industry conference, I found myself in Harrods, the famously extravagant department store with everything from gourmet food to expensive suits to collectible coffee table books the size of actual coffee tables. (Editor’s note: Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro at WWDC on Monday.)Naturally, I had to check out the technology section, a long series of corridors filled with high-end gear, from £700 David Lynch Edition Bang & Olufsen speakers to a £1,200 Alligator skin iPhone case.Read more: Meet the new Mac ProIn the dedicated Apple nook of the store, I saw an old friend that I had not expected to. Right next to all the relatively new iPad Pros and Apple Watches, I saw a prominently displayed Mac Pro desktop. It looked just as it had in 2013, when that bold design launched, and yes, Harrods was selling it at its full price ($3,000 and up). Long before butterfly keyboards and Touch Bars, the Mac Pro was the Apple design it was popular to hate on. The design was radical for 2013, coming after years of traditional desktop towers. At the time, I found the change bold and forward-looking, but in hindsight, it was too focused on aesthetics and not enough on functionality. With extremely limited upgradability compared to the old tower design, the Mac Pro could not keep up with the growing demands of creative power users in an evolving world of 4K/8K video, HDR photography and VR/AR development. Apple Mac Pro (2013)Get a look at that interior. Sarah Tew/CNET At the time, I said, “Apple’s new Mac Pro is a stunningly fresh take on the desktop computer. But it’s probably not for you.” One reason was that nearly any expansion would have to happen via externally attached Thunderbolt devices, and even in casual use, all those cables quickly added up to a cluttered workspace.From my original review: “Components are built around something Apple calls a unified thermal core. A small lock switch is moved to the unlocked position, and the entire outer sleeve of the system lifts off, exposing the interior… the idea being promulgated here is that your expandability should flow outward, not inward.”But it was that very thermal core that prevented the Mac Pro from keeping up customers’ needs, especially for graphics power. By 2017, the company had essentially thrown up its hands in the matter, giving the same trash can chassis a reasonable spec upgrade, but then shifting the conversation to a completely different future version of the Mac Pro desktop that would trade the now 6-year-old design for something new and modular. Apple Mac Pro (2013)The 2013 Mac Pro next to an even older tower Mac Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET We’ve been waiting ever since, and in the meantime, Apple execs have dropped a handful of hints, most centered on a “not now,” “not yet,” “maybe next year,” message. An upgraded all-in-one desktop, called the iMac Pro, has attempted to fill some of that marketplace hole, but that system has similar expandability limitations and is also based on a very mature iMac design (plus you’re stuck with a computer and display built into a single unit). This week’s WWDC keynote may be where that wait ends. While the Harrods sales staff may not have read into it yet, the Apple rumor mill is all-in on a new the Mac Pro at least making a preliminary appearance at Monday’s keynote. Follow along with us at our Apple WWDC 2019 keynote liveblog and video stream, starting Monday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. PT. Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad See It Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDCcenter_img reading • Trash can redux: Reexamining the legacy of the 2013 Apple Mac Pro Hands-on with Apple’s new Mac Pro desktop See also See It Apple iMac Pro See All Share your voice See It Tags WWDC 2019 See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Comments WWDC 2019 3:15 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now •last_img read more

Is Allu Arjuns ICON a remake of Filipino film Kita Kita Here

first_imgAllu ArjunFacebookThe story of stylish star Allu Arjun’s ICON, which is directed by Venu Sriram, has been leaked on the internet and fueled speculations that it is going to be a remake of Filipino film Kita Kita.On this date, Dil Raju announced on April 8 that he is teaming with Allu Arjun for the fourth time. He also released the logo of the movie titled ICON, which is produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations. He tweeted, “#ICON – కనబడుట లేదు Happy to announce our 4th collaboration with Southern Star @AlluArjun. Written and Directed by Sriram Venu #HBDAlluArjun.”Since then, there has been a lot of speculations on various aspects of ICON. It was rumoured that the film would be a remake of the Filipino film Kita Kita. But sources close to the film unit leaked its storyline and denied this claim. It is titled after Allu Arjun’s bike ICON. “The film’s poster depicts Allu Arjun riding a bike, and for good reason. The story revolves around the bike,” the source told Deccan Chronicle.”Basically, Allu Arjun ends up losing his bike and reports it in a police station, but they ask him to file the complaint at another police station. The officers at the next police station, too, throw excuses at him and ask him to report to another one. An exasperated Allu Arjun decides to teach a lesson to the cops, and begins to play mind games with them,” added the source. Allu Arjun’s next movie IconTwitterDirector Venu Sriram is said to have already completed the script of the first half of ICON and he is currently working on its second half. “The actor seems enthralled by the subject. Venu Sriram is currently working on improving the second half of the script,” the source told DS.After the release of Naa Peru Surya, Allu Arjun has signed three new projects. He is expected to start shooting for Trivikram Srinivas’ upcoming movie. Directors like Sukumar and Venu Sriram are also getting ready their script for Bunny. It is not clear on whose project he will take up after completing Trivikram’s film.last_img read more

What happens to humans after death NDE victim says people live after

first_imgPixabayA near-death experience (NDE) is one of the most perplexing conditions that have been perplexing medical experts and spiritualists for years. While many people consider NDE as proof of life after death, medical experts claim that the survival technique of the human brain to combat life-threatening conditions is causing visual hallucinations.The latest news from the corner is regarding a mysterious NDE testimonial shared by a woman named Adriana on the NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) website.In the testimonial shared, Adriana revealed that she experienced something heavenly following a life-threatening event due to complications of lupus. As per Adriana, during the NDE, she saw herself as light and floated in a universe filled with colours. Adriana also revealed that she saw a female figure whom she later identified as her aunt who was deceased a few months back.”I had left my body and began to return home. I suddenly saw myself as a light, floating in a universe full of colours and forms that opened and closed, and I entered them and went through them full of joy, of happiness, of peace—a joy which there are no words to explain–until I came to another portal, so to speak, in which there was a female figure. She was only a light, but when she spoke, she identified herself as an aunt who had died four months before,” wrote Adriana on the NDERF website.Later, her deceased aunt who appeared in the form of light informed her that she will not be able to return to the physical world if she passed through there.”She told me, “Adriana, if you pass through here, you will not be able to return.” I understood that she was giving me a choice. I was still me, Adriana. I was not my body, but I was my essence, and I began to ask myself what there was to return to?” added the NDE victim.The testimonial shared by Adriana has now gone viral on the internet, and it has made many people believe that life after death is real, and people used to continue their journey in the form of souls. Spiritualists also claim that life is just the beginning of the human journey, and the real eternal trip starts once we take our last breath.last_img read more

Ericsson India files insolvency case against Reliance Communications

first_imgA worker cleans a mobile store of Reliance Communications Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, in Kolkata, India, September 10, 2016.Reuters fileEricsson’s Indian subsidiary has filed insolvency petitions against Reliance Communications and two of its companies to recover unpaid dues, the Indian mobile operator said in a stock exchange filing on Wednesday.The Swedish telecoms equipment maker, which signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage Reliance Communications’ nationwide network, is seeking a total of $180 million from the three companies, the filing said.Reliance Communications said it planned to challenge the insolvency petitions. The filing said the Ericsson case would go before the National Company Law Tribunal, the designated court for bankruptcy cases in India, on September 26.”Ericsson has done this as a last resort in order to resolve an issue regarding debt that Reliance owes to Ericsson for services provided under a contract. As the legal process is ongoing, we don’t have any further comments at this point,” the Swedish company said.The petitions come as the Indian phone company controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani races against time to seal deals to sell a stake in its tower assets to Canada’s Brookfield and to merge its mobile services business with rival Aircel.Reliance Communications reported its third quarterly loss in a row last month and is trying to find ways to cut its debt after creditors gave it a reprieve on loan repayments until the end of 2017.The Brookfield and Aircel deals are expected to reduce its debt burden by 250 billion rupees. Ambani said at the time of the loan reprieve that he expected to complete the deals by September.The company’s losses are, in part, a result of competition from free voice and cut-price data plans offered by Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom start-up backed by Ambani’s elder brother and India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani.Ericsson is aiming to recover Rs 4.91 billion from Reliance Communications, Rs 5.35 billion from Reliance Infratel and Rs 1.29 billion from Reliance Telecom, the filing said.Reliance Communications shares closed 4 percent lower on Wednesday before the filing was released, after local media reports said Ericsson had filed an insolvency plea.India last year revamped its bankruptcy laws to help cut a record $150 billion in impaired bank loans. The rules allow financial as well as business creditors to trigger bankruptcy proceedings against a company which has defaulted on payments.last_img read more

26 BNP men sued over attack on Fakhruls motorcade

first_imgFakhrul sustained injuries as his motorcade heading towards landslide-hit hilly districts came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia in Chittagong on 18 June. File PhotoA case has been filed against 26 leaders and activists of BNP as a vehicle of the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir allegedly hit a CNG-run auto rickshaw on their way to Rangamati, reports UNB.Auto-rickshaw driver Md Mohsin filed the case with the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Chittagong on Thursday afternoon against 26 named BNP leaders and activists, including Rangunia upazila BNP president Shawkat Ali Yunus, and 10/15 unnamed people, said Mohsin’s lawyer Nikhil Kumar Nath.Additional chief judicial magistrate ASM Shahidullah Kawser ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit a report after investigation.Earlier on Sunday, Fakhrul and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked his motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Enamul Haq, former public prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong court and a BNP leader, filed a case with the same court on Wednesday morning accusing 26 leaders and activists of Awami League in connection with the incident.Earlier on Tuesday, another case was filed by former public prosecutor of Chittagong court Enamul against twenty six unknown people in connection with the attack on the motorcade.Read more:Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics‘Attack an arrogant bid of govt to erase last sign of democracy’BNP to stage countrywide demo tomorrowMirza Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Ctglast_img read more

Trump says he would intervene in Huawei case

first_imgUS president Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US on 11 December. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene with the US Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing.”If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in the Oval Office.Trump expressed optimism that he could strike a trade deal with Chinese president Xi Jinping as the two countries struggle to resolve a dispute that has contributed to recent US stock market declines and raised questions about whether economic turmoil could beset the president in the new year.At the request of US authorities, Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested earlier this month in Vancouver on charges of violating US sanctions against Iran.The arrest came the same day Trump and Xi declared a 90-day truce in their trade war during summit talks in Buenos Aires.Trump, who wants China to open up its markets to more American-made products and stop what Washington calls the theft of intellectual property, said he had not yet spoken to Xi about the case against Huawei’s executive.Over the course of the 30-minute interview, Trump also addressed the controversy surrounding the 2 October killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he stood firmly beside Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman despite accusations that he was the mastermind of it.Trump refused to comment on whether the crown prince was complicit in the murder, but he provided perhaps his most explicit show of support for MbS, as the prince is known, since Khashoggi’s death more than two months ago.”He’s the leader of Saudi Arabia. They’ve been a very good ally,” Trump said. Asked if standing beside Saudi Arabia means also standing by the crown prince, Trump said, “Well, at this moment, it certainly does.”While Trump has condemned the murder of Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist who was often critical of MbS, he has given the benefit of the doubt to the prince with whom he has cultivated a deep relationship.Trump again reiterated on Tuesday that MbS “vehemently denies” involvement in a killing that has sparked outrage around the world.Despite Trump’s desire to maintain close ties to Saudi Arabia, several of his fellow Republicans have joined Democrats in blaming the crown prince for Khashoggi’s death and backing legislation to respond by ending US support for the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen, imposing new sanctions and stopping weapons sales.Last month, the CIA assessed that MbS ordered the killing.China Trade Talks UnderwayIn the wake of his meeting with Xi in Buenos Aires, Trump said during the interview that trade talks with Beijing were under way by telephone, with more meetings likely among US and Chinese officials.He said the Chinese government was once again buying large quantities of US soybeans, a reversal after China in July imposed tariffs on US supplies of the oilseed in retaliation for US duties on Chinese goods.”I just heard today that they’re buying tremendous amounts of soybeans. They are starting, just starting now,” Trump said.Commodity traders in Chicago, however, said they have seen no evidence of a resumption of soybean purchases by China, which last year bought about 60 percent of US soybean exports in deals valued at more than $12 billion.Already fraught, relations between the United States and China have been further complicated by the arrest of Meng, 46. She faces US accusations she misled multinational banks about Huawei’s control of a company operating in Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions and incurring severe penalties, court documents said.If extradited to the United States, Meng would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. A Canadian court on Tuesday granted Meng bail while she awaits an extradition hearingTrump has intervened on behalf of a Chinese company before. Earlier this year he revisited penalties for Chinese company ZTE Corp for lying to the US after the company pleaded guilty to violating US sanctions on trade with Iran, saying the telecom maker is a big buyer for US suppliers.Trump said Meng could potentially be released.”Well, it’s possible that a lot of different things could happen. It’s also possible it will be a part of negotiations. But we’ll speak to the Justice Department, we’ll speak to them, we’ll get a lot of people involved,” he said.Asked if he would like to see Meng extradited to the United States, Trump said he wanted to first see what the Chinese request. He added, however, that Huawei’s alleged practices are troubling.”This has been a big problem that we’ve had in so many different ways with so many companies from China and from other places,” he said.On the domestic front, Trump waved off concerns that he could face the possibility of impeachment when Democrats, intent on greater oversight of the president, take command of the US House of Representatives in January.”It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” he said. “I think people would revolt if that happened.”Trump said the accusations in the probe on whether his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016 amounted to “peanut stuff.” Payments that he allegedly made to an adult film actress and a former Playboy model through then-lawyer Michael Cohen were not a violation of campaign finance law, he added.”Michael Cohen is a lawyer. I assumed he would know what he’s doing. You rely on somebody. Hey, he was a lawyer. Number one: it wasn’t a campaign contribution. If it were, it’s only civil. And even if it’s only civil, there was no violation based on what we did,” Trump said.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

first_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! TagsAmnesty International King Salman male guardianship Quran Saudi Arabia Saudi women Saudi women’s rights,You may also like By: The Associated Press News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts The Associated Press,Load Comments,‘Skin’ filmmaker shares story of real-life racism and the road to redempti … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: The Associated Press News • Photos of the Week Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday (Aug. 2) published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women’s freedom of movement.The new laws, a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights, are to go into effect by the end of the month.The kingdom’s legal system has long been criticized because it treated adult women as minors, requiring they have a man’s consent to obtain a passport or travel abroad. Often a woman’s male guardian is her father or husband, and in some cases a woman’s son.The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, with many posting memes showing people dashing to the airport with luggage and others hailing the 33-year-old crown prince believed to be the force behind these moves. But the changes also drew backlash from conservatives, who posted clips of senior Saudi clerics in past years arguing in favor of guardianship laws.Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce or a child’s birth, and obtain official family documents, which could ease hurdles women faced in obtaining a national identity card and enrolling their children in school.Women are now also allowed to be legal guardians of their children, a right previously held only by men.Still in place, however, are rules that require male consent for a woman to leave prison, exit a domestic abuse shelter or marry. Women, unlike men, still cannot pass on citizenship to their children and cannot provide consent for their children to marry.Under the kingdom’s guardianship system, women essentially relied on the “good will” and whims of male relatives to determine the course of their lives. There were cases, for example, of young Saudi women whose parents are divorced, but whose father is the legal guardian, being unable to accept scholarships to study abroad because they did not have permission to travel.Amnesty International said Friday a lot remains to be done for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia but that the new laws could ease the guardianship system. Guardianship laws have “been a stifling system in the daily lives of women in Saudi Arabia,” said Lynn Malouf, Mideast’s research director at Amnesty.“These reforms really are a testament to the work of the brave activism and the suffering and the ordeals” Saudi women and men fought for in their calls for reform, she added.Saudi women fleeing domestic abuse and the guardianship system occasionally drew international attention to their plight, as 18-year-old Rahaf al-Qunun did before Canada granted her asylum. The stories of runaway women have created a flurry of negative headlines for the kingdom.To leave the country, some Saudi women say they had to hack into their father’s phone and change the settings on a government app to allow themselves permission to leave the country. There were calls in Washington for Google and Apple to block access to the app entirely.In a lengthy study of Saudi male guardianship laws in 2016, Human Rights Watch criticized it as “system that was ripe for abuse.”The new rules, approved by King Salman and his Cabinet, allow any person 21 and older to travel abroad without prior consent and any citizen to apply for a Saudi passport on their own.The decrees, issued Wednesday, were made public before dawn Friday in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. The government said Friday the new rules would be in effect by the end of August.A number of sweeping changes have been promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he drives an ambitious economic reform plan that encourages more women to enter the workforce. He was behind lifting the ban on women driving last year, loosening rules on gender segregation and bringing concerts and movie theaters to the country.He has also led a simultaneous crackdown on activists, including detaining the country’s leading women’s rights activists who had demanded an end to the very male guardianship rules now being curtailed. The women, among them Loujain al-Hathloul, are facing trial and allege they were tortured in prison.The crown prince continues to face widespread international criticism over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement by the prince but its own investigation acknowledged the operation was planned by two of the prince’s top aides.Saudi newspaper Arab News noted that in the segment on travel, the new decree were written in gender-neutral language rather than outright stating that women no longer need male consent.News of the changes had been teased in state-linked Saudi media for weeks, possibly to ready the public and gauge reaction.The way the decrees were announced and the language used signal how sensitive these moves are among conservatives in the country. For years, state-backed preachers told the Saudi public that women should not travel longer than a night alone, claiming this was rooted in Islamic practice.Other Muslim countries, however, don’t have similar restrictions on women’s travel. Still, Saudi clerics have supported the imposition of male guardianship based on a Quran verse that states men are the protectors and maintainers of women.Other Islamic scholars argue this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts like equality and respect between the sexes.___Aya Batrawy writes for The Associated Press. Writer Fadi Tawil in Beirut contributed to this report. Share This! Leaders of religious right balk at labeling Trump a racist By: The Associated Press The Associated Presslast_img read more

WATCH Residents Demand Answers At Harvey Recovery Meeting

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:50 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Davis Land/Houston Public MediaResidents gather at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in west Houston to learn more and ask questions about Harvey recovery efforts.What started out as a quiet meeting quickly became tense as a residents of west Houston questioned how officials responded to flooding during Harvey.While many speakers tried to focus on FEMA grants and Small Business Administration loans, all most residents wanted to talk about was the releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which flooded homes in the area.Many residents near the reservoirs are now joining in lawsuits which allege the Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for flooding their homes which would have otherwise been left unharmed.“I know people feel all the water in their home came from Addicks and Barker,” said Colonel Paul Owen, Commander of the Southwestern Division of the Army Corp of Engineers, as he defended the Corp. “It was!” many in crowd yelled in response.Owen tried to provide comfort to the audience as well, saying residents near Addicks and Barker dams, “should not be concerned of any structural damage.” Owen and other officials including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick say a third dam needs to be constructed in the area.Also in attendance were Texas State Senators Joan Huffman and Paul Bettencourt. The two addressed concerns that flood victims will have to pay full taxes on property that is no longer worth what it was originally assessed calling on Harris County to trigger a property value reassessment. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick says if Harris County doesn’t reconsider property values, he will push the Texas legislature to pass a law forcing reassessments after future disasters.Have a look at what the meeting was all about here: last_img read more

Second Day Of Harvey Conference Focuses On Lessons Learned And New Flood

first_img Share David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.We’re continuing to follow developments from a major conference on Harvey happening now at Rice University. It’s held by the SSPEED Center, which stands for Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation from Disasters. Global experts are there to talk about lessons learned from the storm and to discuss the best ways to move forward.News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik fills us in on what he’s learned from officials regarding how new policies will help Greater Houston prepare for future severe storms and flooding. And Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with David Conrad, a policy consultant with the Association of State Floodplain Managers who has worked with the federal government on flood-related projects. Conrad says before Harvey there was another major disaster that was pivotal in shaping flood policy.last_img read more

Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Rural Congo on Monday Ministry

first_imgBy SALEH MWANAMILONGO, Associated PressKINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ebola vaccinations will begin Monday in the two rural areas of Congo where the latest deadly outbreak was declared this month, the health ministry said Saturday, as the number of confirmed Ebola cases rose to 35, including 10 deaths.A vaccination campaign is already under way in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million on the Congo River where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. About 100 health workers have been vaccinated there as front-line workers face high risk from the virus, which is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.In this photo taken Friday, May 25, 2018, UNICEF staffer Jean Claude Nzengu, center, talks with members of an Ebola vaccination team as they prepare to administer the vaccine in an Ebola-affected community in the north-western city of Mbandaka, in Congo. (Mark Naftalin/UNICEF via AP)The vaccination campaign will begin Monday in the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko in the country’s northwest, health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told The Associated Press.“The health minister can be found at this moment in Bikoro for assessing the preparations for the vaccination campaign,” Ilunga said.Of the 10 confirmed Ebola deaths, five have occurred in Bikoro, two in Iboko and three in the Wangata area of Mbandaka.In addition to the confirmed Ebola cases there are also 13 probable cases and six suspected ones, the health ministry said.The World Health Organization emergencies chief has said the next few weeks are crucial in determining whether the outbreak can be brought under control. Complicating factors include its spread to a major city, the fact that health workers have been infected and the existence of three or four “separate epicenters” that make finding and monitoring contacts of infected people more difficult.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a meeting in Geneva on Saturday that “I am personally committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to stop this outbreak as soon as possible.”This is Congo’s ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified.There is no specific treatment for Ebola. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding. The virus can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases, depending on the strain.WHO is using a “ring vaccination” approach, targeting the contacts of people infected or suspected of infection and then the contacts of those people. More than 600 contacts have been identified.WHO also is accelerating efforts with nine neighboring countries to try to prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading there, saying the regional risk is high. It has warned against international travel and trade restrictions.___Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.last_img read more

Of wrinkles and wires Capillarityinduced skin folding spontaneously forms aligned DNA nanowire

first_img , Nanotechnology Fig. 2. Capillarity-induced skin folding. (A) Optical microscope image of an array of wrinkles and folds around the boundary of a water droplet placed on a wrinkled surface (t = 20 min, ε ≈ −0.03). The blue arrow indicates a water filament. (B) Schematic illustrations of the wrinkle-to-fold transition of the skin due to surface tension forces of water. Representative AFM images and the line profiles are shown below the illustrations. (C) Schematic illustrations and optical microscope images showing the evolution of localized folds with increasing ε (t = 10 min). A water droplet was placed on the surface before compression; the blue arrow and red triangles indicate the formation of a water filament and localized folds, respectively. (D and E) The peak-to-peak distance of wrinkles (LW) and folds (LF) and the length (l) and spacing (s) of the folds as a function of t. (E, Inset) Schematic illustration showing the top view of an array of folds at the boundary. (F) LW and LF as a function of |ε| (t = 3 min). (F, Inset) Line profiles of the folds for |ε| ≈ 0.02, 0.08, and 0.17. (Scale bars: A, 10 μm; B, 5 μm; and C, 50 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “This phenomenon can be considered a lithography-free method that allows for ready fabrication of arrays of nanomaterials, where their size, length, and periodicity could robustly be tuned,” he continues. “Moreover, not only water but other liquids could be used to carry nanomaterials and to induce the wrinkle-to-fold transition.”Moon describes several examples of potential de novo fabrication and analysis techniques, including nanoscale lithography, nanoimprint, growth by chemical vapor deposition, and chemical reaction. “Our method can potentially be used for the fabrication of 1-dimensional nanowires or nanoarrays for application to DNA analysis with very dilute or small amounts of DNA; DNA templates as new metal or ceramic nanostructures; and DNA treatment devices for healing modified DNA. In addition, one can adopt this technique to handle protein, blood, or nanoparticles at nanoscale.”Košmrlj and Stone tell Phys.org that one area of planned research is focused on nonlinear analysis and modeling for improved quantitative understanding of the capillarity-induced wrinkle-to-fold transition. “Since our system is composed of the mechanical behavior of the fold transition triggered by liquid surface tension, the wrinkle-to-fold transition that we’ve found is associated with large deformations where conventional linear elasticity theory does not apply. While the basic mechanisms can be explained within the linear theory, quantitative comparison with experiments can only be achieved by taking into account geometrical and material nonlinearities. We are therefore performing numerical simulations by coupling liquid surface tension and solid deformation, as well as performing analysis with perturbation series, where nonlinearities of elastic structures can be studied systematically.””I also think that the challenges ahead are to find how to achieve larger areas for DNA pattern formation,” Moon says. “In fact, our latest results—obtained after this PNAS article was accepted—shows some impressive progress for the region with wrinkle-to-fold transition in larger areas, such as the entire area underneath a water droplet. Another area to be studied, Moon continues, concerns the fact that biological morphogenesis of skin–substrate systems are ubiquitous in organisms where water is a major constituent. “We’re trying to find situations where our findings are applicable. Active collaborations with experts in the field would be helpful.” The researchers might also investigate materials other than PDMS. “Yes. other polymers can work if they possess the basic factors to govern the fold transition, these being the thinness of the nano-skin and soft body materials, and surface hydrophilicity to ensure sufficient surface reaction with liquid,” Moon notes. Assistant Professor and lead author So Nagashima, Assistant Professor Andrej Košmrlj, Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor Howard A. Stone, and Principal Research Scientist Myoung-Woon Moon discussed the paper they and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “I think that the most challenging aspect of devising our method for utilizing a thin skin template that responds to water by dynamically changing its surface morphology was finding the conditions where the wrinkle-to-fold transition occurs,” Moon tells Phys.org. “The critical conditions as a function of the applied strain, initial wrinkle geometries, and thickness of the skin layer determined by oxygen plasma treatment duration were difficult to find.” Moon adds that the observation technique for the dynamic transition was limited to only optical microscopes whose highest optical resolution falls between 100 to 1000 nm in the width of nanowires, this being due to the dynamic transition taking place at the submicron scale.When inducing a template surface wrinkle-to-fold transition by exploiting the capillary forces of water containing DNA molecules, Stone points out, the observation that water changes the wrinkle-to-fold transition is new. “As far as we know, ours is the first study to show this effect, as is demonstrating one use of such folds for the alignment of DNA. Moreover, control of surface tension or resultant capillary forces and the area for fold formation is relatively hard—and by adding DNA molecules to water, it appears that the surface tension is changed, so the fold transition length was shorter.”Template preparation used an oxygen plasma treatment of prestretched polydimethylsiloxane (or PDMS, a polymeric organosilicon compound) substrates for varying durations. “In fact,” Moon explains, “the manipulation of PDMS with prestretching strain is a relatively well-developed method as is the oxygen plasma treatment: both have been discussed in the literature. We can make the samples with various sizes of a few millimeters to a few centimeters, which can be also made on much larger area.” Moon notes that the researchers can also vary polydimethylsiloxane’s mechanical properties—to make it more stretchable, soft or flexible—by changing the ratio of elastomer and cross-linker for PDMS preparation. Fig. 1. Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires. (A) Schematic illustrations of the spontaneous formation of an array of DNA nanowires by the skin folding induced by water filaments containing DNA molecules. (B) Sequential optical microscope images of a droplet of DNA solution spreading over wrinkles (t = 5 min, ε ≈ −0.03); the wrinkle-to-fold transition occurs at the boundary and propagates with the edge of the droplet. (C) AFM image of an array of DNA nanowires extending from the boundary (t = 2 min, ε ≈ −0.02). The line profiles for each region are shown next to the image. (Scale bars: B, 50 μm and C, 4 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. Citation: Of wrinkles and wires: Capillarity-induced skin folding spontaneously forms aligned DNA nanowire (2017, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-wrinkles-wires-capillarity-induced-skin-spontaneously.html Other possible future research interests and additional innovations mentioned by the authors include:- theoretical analysis to elucidate the underlying physics related to the water-induced surface folding- exploit the underlying physics to develop a robust and mass fabrication method for inducing the wrinkle-to-fold transition- find and discuss morphological changes in nature where water is likely a key factor- apply the current study’s results to DNA analysis or DNA drug devices- 2-D/3-D sensors, diagnostic tools, and drug-release systems- templates for fabricating 1-dimensional nanomaterials- methods for local patterning”I believe that this work is beneficial to materials science for nanowire templates, mechanics for fluidic channels, and biology for quantitative analysis of DNA or other biomolecules,” Moon concludes. Explore further , Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnologycenter_img More information: Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding, PNAS (2017) 114:24 6233-6237, doi:10.1073/pnas.1700003114Related:1DNA nanowire fabrication, Nanotechnology (2006) 17:R14m https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/1559975.pdf2DNA-Templated Self-Assembly of Protein Arrays and Highly Conductive Nanowires, Science (2003) 301:5641 1882-1884, doi:10.1126/science.10893893Nanowire-Based Sensors for Biological and Medical Applications, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience (2016) 15:3 186-199, doi:10.1109/TNB.2016.25282584DNA-Based Applications in Nanobiotechnology, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology (2010) Article ID 715295, doi:10.1155/2010/7152955Nanowire nanosensors, Materials Today (2005) 8:5, doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(05)00791-1 A key aspect of the study was confirming that the new method reliably manipulates DNA nanowire size, geometry, and alignment. “By adjusting the conditions for stretching strain, plasma treatment duration, and post-compression of the stretched PDMS, DNA nanowires can be a half cylinder, a perfect cylinder, or undulated wire shape,” Moon tells Phys.org. “By changing the wrinkle geometries such as the amplitude—which is governed by the strain—one can control the distance between wires in the fold channel.” Wider distances between wires, he continues, can be accomplished by compressing the PDMS less, while compressing the substrate more yields smaller distances.To address these challenges, the scientists discovered a transformation resulting from capillary forces that act at the edge of a water droplet that can, with only 1% compression, transform wrinkles into folds, which in the absence of a liquid drop form only at very high (~30%) compression. In addition, Moon adds, smaller substances such as biomolecules or nanoparticles can follow the water channel to form aligned 1-dimensional nanostructures. “Smaller is better. Less is more. We’ve found that the wrinkle-to-fold transition takes place more easily when the following factors become smaller: compression level, skin thickness, droplet volume, size of the sample surface, and static contact angles of droplets.”Based on their findings, the authors stated that their approach could lead to new ways of fabricating functional materials. “Our key finding is that one can change wrinkles into localized folds by simply exploiting the capillary forces of water on wrinkled surfaces under very small strain of about 1% in compression,” Nagashima tells Phys.org. “Recent studies reported in the literature have demonstrated that such wrinkle-to-fold transitions can help develop systems that dynamically change their properties according to the surface morphology. However, inducing the transition in the absence of water is difficult to achieve in practice because, in general, large compression needs to be applied to the skin-substrate system, which hinders wider applications. Our study reveals that even 1% of compression, which is the critical level for creating wrinkles in our case, is large enough to trigger the transition to folds locally when water is present.” Nagashima notes that while the compression level required to induce the transition might differ according to the skin-film system used, only a small compression level would be necessary in combination with water. Observation of the phase transition of liquid crystal defects for the first time Fig. 3. Tunable DNA nanowires. (A) Bright- and dark-field optical microscope images of DNA nanowires created by the capillarity-induced wrinkle-to-fold transition. After evaporation of the droplet, the strain was adjusted to see the structure inside the folds. (B) Confocal microscope images of an array of DNA nanowires extending from the boundary to the locations indicated by the yellow triangles. (C) AFM images of DNA nanowires obtained using wrinkles prepared with various ε (t = 10 min). After the folds were formed, the strain was adjusted to ε ≈ 0.00. The line profiles of the nanowires indicated by the green dotted lines are shown in the images. (D) Height of the nanowires as a function of t (ε ≈ −0.03). (E) Changes in shape of a DNA nanowire from straight to wrinkled with an increase in tensile strain. (F) The wavelength (black symbols) and amplitude (orange symbols) of the wrinkled DNA nanowires as a function of applied tensile strain. (G and H) The line profiles of the DNA nanowire and the skin surface before and after application of the tensile strain (i.e., ε ≈ −0.02 and 0.05, respectively). The color of the profiles corresponds to that of the dotted lines indicated in the AFM images shown in E. (Scale bars: A and B, 10 μm; C, 2 μm; and E, 1 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. , Science (Phys.org)—Nanowires fashioned from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)—one of several type of molecular nanowires incorporating repeating molecular units—are exactly that: Geometrically wire-like DNA-based nanostructures defined variously as having a 1~10 nm (10−9 m) diameter or a length-to-diameter ratio >1000. While nanowires can be made from several organic and inorganic materials, DNA nanowires have been shown to provide a range of valuable applications in programmed self-assembly1,2 of functional materials—including metallic and semiconductor nanowires for use in electronic devices—as well as biological, medical, and genetic analysis applications3,4,5. That being said, DNA nanowire adoption has been limited due to historical limitations in the ability to control their structural parameters—specifically, size, geometry and alignment. Recently, however, scientists at Korea Institute of Science and Technology and Princeton University leveraged the capillary forces of water containing DNA molecules to demonstrate size-controllable straight or undulated aligned DNA nanowires that were spontaneously formed by water entering wrinkled channels of a compressed thin skin on a soft substrate, which subsequently induced a wrinkle-to-fold transition. © 2017 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

CM flags off Rath Yatra in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister prayed for world peace while inaugurating the Rath Yatra festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Kolkata on Saturday.She pulled the rope and marked the beginning of the seven-day festival. “Religion is personal but people from every faith take part in the festival of peace and harmony,” she maintained.Thousands of people gathered at the Radha Govinda temple on Albert Road to pull the rope which is considered to be extremely auspicious on Rath Yatra. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner, Moon Moon Sen and Subrata Bakshi, party MPs and Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Squares) were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Rath will reach maidan where a temporary mashir bari (aunt’s house) has been set up via Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, Asutosh Mookerjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. There will be week-long celebrations at Maidan where there will be religious discourses on Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtans and bhajans in which devotees of the ISKCON who have come from all over the world will take part.ISKCON has been celebrating the Rath Yatra in Kolkata for the past 46 years. It was started on July 12, 1972, in which Bhagavan Prabhupada was present along with his Western devotees like Jaipataha Swami and Achyutananda Swami. While Prabhupada sang Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Jaipataka Swami played the cymbals and Achyutananda Swami played the drums. It was the first time when Kolkatans saw Western devotees dancing and chanting Hare Krishna. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Rath Yatra festival was observed with great enthusiasm at Mayapur. Lakhs of people coming from different caste, creed and religion pulled the rope and enjoyed prasadam served by the ISKCON monks.Rath Yatra festival was also observed at Mahesh in Hooghly district where thousands of devotees pulled the rope. There is a fair organised along GT Road where elaborate police arrangements have been made for smooth manoeuvre of the Rath.In Balaram mandir, a unit of Ramakrishna Mission, hundreds of devotees pulled the rope. A special puja was also observed. Swami Vagishanandaji, one of the presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Mission pulled the rope to mark the beginning of the festival. It may be recalled the Sri Ramakrishna had pulled the rope of the chariot along with his devotees over a century ago at Balaram Basu’s house which is now known as Balaram Mandir.last_img read more

7 AI tools mobile developers need to know

first_imgAdvancements in artificial intelligence ( AI) and machine learning has enabled the evolution of mobile applications that we see today. With AI, apps are now capable of recognizing speech, images, and gestures, and translate voices with extraordinary success rates. With a number of apps hitting the app stores, it is crucial that they stand apart from competitors by meeting the rising standards of consumers. To stay relevant it is important that mobile developers keep up with these advancements in artificial intelligence. As AI and machine learning become increasingly popular, there is a growing selection of tools and software available for developers to build their apps with. These cloud-based and device-based artificial intelligence tools provide developers a way to power their apps with unique features. In this article, we will look at some of these tools and how app developers are using them in their apps. Caffe2 – A flexible deep learning framework Source: Qualcomm Caffe2 is a lightweight, modular, scalable deep learning framework developed by Facebook. It is a successor of Caffe, a project started at the University of California, Berkeley. It is primarily built for production use cases and mobile development and offers developers greater flexibility for building high-performance products. Caffe2 aims to provide an easy way to experiment with deep learning and leverage community contributions of new models and algorithms. It is cross-platform and integrates with Visual Studio, Android Studio, and Xcode for mobile development. Its core C++ libraries provide speed and portability, while its Python and C++ APIs make it easy for you to prototype, train, and deploy your models. It utilizes GPUs when they are available. It is fine-tuned to take full advantage of the NVIDIA GPU deep learning platform. To deliver high performance, Caffe2 uses some of the deep learning SDK libraries by NVIDIA such as cuDNN, cuBLAS, and NCCL. Functionalities Enable automation Image processing Perform object detection Statistical and mathematical operations Supports distributed training enabling quick scaling up or down Applications Facebook is using Caffe2 to help their developers and researchers train large machine learning models and deliver AI on mobile devices. Using Caffe2, they significantly improved the efficiency and quality of machine translation systems. As a result, all machine translation models at Facebook have been transitioned from phrase-based systems to neural models for all languages. OpenCV – Give the power of vision to your apps Source: AndroidPub OpenCV short for Open Source Computer Vision Library is a collection of programming functions for real-time computer vision and machine learning. It has C++, Python, and Java interfaces and supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS and Android. It also supports the deep learning frameworks TensorFlow and PyTorch. Written natively in C/C++, the library can take advantage of multi-core processing. OpenCV aims to provide a common infrastructure for computer vision applications and to accelerate the use of machine perception in the commercial products. The library consists of more than 2500 optimized algorithms including both classic and state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms. Functionalities These algorithms can be used for the following: To detect and recognize faces Identify objects Classify human actions in videos Track camera movements and moving objects Extract 3D models of objects Produce 3D point clouds from stereo cameras Stitch images together to produce a high-resolution image of an entire scene Find similar images from an image database Applications Plickers is an assessment tool, that lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. It uses OpenCV as its graphics and video SDK. You just have to give each student a card called a paper clicker, and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Also check out FastCV BoofCV TensorFlow Lite and Mobile – An Open Source Machine Learning Framework for Everyone Source: YouTube TensorFlow is an open source software library for building machine learning models. Its flexible architecture allows easy model deployment across a variety of platforms ranging from desktops to mobile and edge devices. Currently, TensorFlow provides two solutions for deploying machine learning models on mobile devices: TensorFlow Mobile and TensorFlow Lite. TensorFlow Lite is an improved version of TensorFlow Mobile, offering better performance and smaller app size. Additionally, it has very few dependencies as compared to TensorFlow Mobile, so it can be built and hosted on simpler, more constrained device scenarios. TensorFlow Lite also supports hardware acceleration with the Android Neural Networks API. But the catch here is that TensorFlow Lite is currently in developer preview and only has coverage to a limited set of operators. So, to develop production-ready mobile TensorFlow apps, it is recommended to use TensorFlow Mobile. Also, TensorFlow Mobile supports customization to add new operators not supported by TensorFlow Mobile by default, which is a requirement for most of the models of different AI apps. Although TensorFlow Lite is in developer preview, its future releases “will greatly simplify the developer experience of targeting a model for small devices”. It is also likely to replace TensorFlow Mobile, or at least overcome its current limitations. Functionalities Speech recognition Image recognition Object localization Gesture recognition Optical character recognition Translation Text classification Voice synthesis Applications The Alibaba tech team is using TensorFlow Lite to implement and optimize speaker recognition on the client side. This addresses many of the common issues of the server-side model, such as poor network connectivity, extended latency, and poor user experience. Google uses TensorFlow for advanced machine learning models including Google Translate and RankBrain. Core ML – Integrate machine learning in your iOS apps Source: AppleToolBox Core ML is a machine learning framework which can be used to integrate machine learning model in your iOS apps. It supports Vision for image analysis, Natural Language for natural language processing, and GameplayKit for evaluating learned decision trees. Core ML is built on top of the following low-level APIs, providing a simple higher level abstraction to these: Accelerate optimizes large-scale mathematical computations and image calculations for high performance. Basic neural network subroutines (BNNS) provides a collection of functions using which you can implement and run neural networks trained with previously obtained data. Metal Performance Shaders is a collection of highly optimized compute and graphic shaders that are designed to integrate easily and efficiently into your Metal app. To train and deploy custom models you can also use the Create ML framework. It is a machine learning framework in Swift, which can be used to train models using native Apple technologies like Swift, Xcode, and Other Apple frameworks. Functionalities Face and face landmark detection Text detection Barcode recognition Image registration Language and script identification Design games with functional and reusable architecture Applications Lumina is a camera designed in Swift for easily integrating Core ML models – as well as image streaming, QR/Barcode detection, and many other features. ML Kit by Google – Seamlessly build machine learning into your apps Source: Google ML Kit is a cross-platform suite of machine learning tools for its Firebase mobile development platform. It comprises of Google’s ML technologies, such as the Google Cloud Vision API, TensorFlow Lite, and the Android Neural Networks API together in a single SDK enabling you to apply ML techniques to your apps easily. You can leverage its ready-to-use APIs for common mobile use cases such as recognizing text, detecting faces, identifying landmarks, scanning barcodes, and labeling images. If these APIs don’t cover your machine learning problem, you can use your own existing TensorFlow Lite models. You just have to upload your model on Firebase and ML Kit will take care of the hosting and serving. These APIs can run on-device or in the cloud. Its on-device APIs process your data quickly and work even when there’s no network connection. Its cloud-based APIs leverage the power of Google Cloud Platform’s machine learning technology to give you an even higher level of accuracy. Functionalities Automate tedious data entry for credit cards, receipts, and business cards, or help organize photos. Extract text from documents, which you can use to increase accessibility or translate documents. Real-time face detection can be used in applications like video chat or games that respond to the player’s expressions. Using image labeling you can add capabilities such as content moderation and automatic metadata generation. Applications A popular calorie counter app, Lose It! uses Google ML Kit Text Recognition API to quickly capture nutrition information to ensure it’s easy to record and extremely accurate. PicsArt uses ML Kit custom model APIs to provide TensorFlow–powered 1000+ effects to enable millions of users to create amazing images with their mobile phones. Dialogflow – Give users new ways to interact with your product Source: Medium Dialogflow is a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) platform that makes it easy for developers to design and integrate conversational user interfaces into mobile apps, web applications, devices, and bots. You can integrate it on Alexa, Cortana, Facebook Messenger, and other platforms your users are on. With Dialogflow you can build interfaces, such as chatbots and conversational IVR that enable natural and rich interactions between your users and your business. It provides this human-like interaction with the help of agents. Agents can understand the vast and varied nuances of human language and translate that to standard and structured meaning that your apps and services can understand. It comes in two types: Dialogflow Standard Edition and Dialogflow Enterprise Edition. Dialogflow Enterprise Edition users have access to Google Cloud Support and a service level agreement (SLA) for production deployments. Functionalities Provide customer support One-click integration on 14+ platforms Supports multilingual responses Improve NLU quality by training with negative examples Debug using more insights and diagnostics Applications Domino’s simplified the process of ordering pizza using Dialogflow’s conversational technology. Domino’s leveraged large customer service knowledge and Dialogflow’s NLU capabilities to build both simple customer interactions and increasingly complex ordering scenarios. Also check out Wit.ai Rasa NLU Microsoft Cognitive Services – Make your apps see, hear, speak, understand and interpret your user needs Source: Neel Bhatt Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs, SDKs, and services to enable developers easily add cognitive features to their applications such as emotion and video detection, facial, speech, and vision recognition, among others. You need not be an expert in data science to make your systems more intelligent and engaging. The pre-built services come with high-quality RESTful intelligent APIs for the following: Vision: Make your apps identify and analyze content within images and videos. Provides capabilities such as image classification, optical character recognition in images, face detection, person identification, and emotion identification. Speech: Integrate speech processing capabilities into your app or services such as text-to-speech, speech-to-text, speaker recognition, and speech translation. Language: Your application or service will understand the meaning of the unstructured text or the intent behind a speaker’s utterances. It comes with capabilities such as text sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, automated and customizable text translation. Knowledge: Create knowledge-rich resources that can be integrated into apps and services. It provides features such as QnA extraction from unstructured text, knowledge base creation from collections of Q&As, and semantic matching for knowledge bases. Search: Using Search API you can find exactly what you are looking for across billions of web pages. It provides features like ad-free, safe, location-aware web search, Bing visual search, custom search engine creation, and many more. Applications To safeguard against fraud, Uber uses the Face API, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, to help ensure the driver using the app matches the account on file. Cardinal Blue developed an app called PicCollage, a popular mobile app that allows users to combine photos, videos, captions, stickers, and special effects to create unique collages. Also check out AWS machine learning services IBM Watson These were some of the tools that will help you integrate intelligence into your apps. These libraries make it easier to add capabilities like speech recognition, natural language processing, computer vision, and many others, giving users the wow moment of accomplishing something that wasn’t quite possible before. Along with choosing the right AI tool, you must also consider other factors that can affect your app performance. These factors include the accuracy of your machine learning model, which can be affected by bias and variance, using correct datasets for training, seamless user interaction, and resource-optimization, among others. While building any intelligent app it is also important to keep in mind that the AI in your app is solving a problem and it doesn’t exist because it is cool. Thinking from the user’s perspective will allow you to assess the importance of a particular problem. A great AI app will not just help users do something faster, but enable them to do something they couldn’t do before. With the growing popularity and the need to speed up the development of intelligent apps, many companies ranging from huge tech giants to startups are providing AI solutions. In the future we will definitely see more developer tools coming into the market, making AI in apps a norm. 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Reactive programming in Swift with RxSwift and RxCocoa Tutorial

first_imgThe basic idea behind Reactive Programming (RP) is that of asynchronous data streams, such as the stream of events that are generated by mouse clicks, or a piece of data coming through a network connection. Anything can be a stream; there are really no constraints. The only property that makes it sensible to model any entity as a stream is its ability to change at unpredictable times. The other half of the picture is the idea of observers, which you can think of as agents that subscribe to receive notifications of new events in a stream. In between, you have ways of transforming those streams, combining them, creating new streams, filtering them, and so on. You could look at RP as a generalization of Key-Value Observing (KVO), a mechanism that is present in the macOS and iOS SDKs since their inception. KVO enables objects to receive notifications about changes to other objects’ properties to which they have subscribed as observers. An observer object can register by providing a keypath, hence the name, into the observed object. This article is taken from the book Hands-On Design Patterns with Swift by Florent Vilmart, Giordano Scalzo, and Sergio De Simone.  This book demonstrates how to apply design patterns and best practices in real-life situations, whether that’s for new or already existing Swift projects. You’ll begin with a quick refresher on Swift, the compiler, the standard library, and the foundation, followed by the Cocoa design patterns to follow up with the creational, structural, and behavioral patterns as defined by the GoF.  To follow along with the examples implemented in this article, you can download the code from the book’s GitHub repository. In this article, we will give a brief introduction to one popular framework for RP in Swift, RxSwift, and its Cocoa counterpart, RxCocoa, to make Cocoa ready for use with RP. RxSwift is not the only RP framework for Swift. Another popular one is ReactiveCocoa, but we think that, once you have understood the basic concepts behind one, it won’t be hard to switch to the other. Using RxSwift and RxCocoa in reactive programming RxSwift aims to be fully compatible with Rx, Reactive Extensions for Microsoft .NET, a mature reactive programming framework that has been ported to many languages, including Java, Scala, JavasScript, and Clojure. Adopting RxSwift thus has the advantage that it will be quite natural for you to use the same approach and concepts in another language for which Rx is available, in case you need to. If you want to play with RxSwift, the first step is creating an Xcode project and adding the SwiftRx dependency. If you use the Swift Package Manager, just make sure your Package.swift file contains the following information: If you use CocoaPods, add the following dependencies to your podfile: pod ‘RxSwift’, ‘~> 4.0’ pod ‘RxCocoa’, ‘~> 4.0’ Then, run this command: pod install Finally, if you use Carthage, add this to Cartfile: github “ReactiveX/RxSwift” ~> 4.0 Then, run this command to finish: carthage update As you can see, we have also included RxCocoa as a dependency. RxCocoa is a framework that extends Cocoa to make it ready to be used with RxSwift. For example, RxCocoa will make many properties of your Cocoa objects observable without requiring you to add a single line of code. So if you have a UI object whose position changes depending on some user action, you can observe its center property and react to its evolution. Observables and observers Now that RxSwift is set up in our project, let’s start with a few basic concepts before diving into some code: A stream in RxSwift is represented through Observable, which is equivalent to Sequence, with the added capability of being able to receive new elements asynchronously. An observable stream in Rx can emit three different events: next, error, and complete. When an observer registers for a stream, the stream begins to emit next events, and it does so until an error or complete event is generated, in which case the stream stops emitting events. You subscribe to a stream by calling ObservableType.subscribe, which is equivalent to Sequence.makeIterator. However, you do not use that iterator directly, as you would, to iterate a sequence; rather, you provide a callback that will receive new events. When you are done with a stream, you should release it, along with all resources it allocated, by calling dispose. To make it easier not to forget releasing streams, RxSwift provides DisposeBag and takeUntil. Make sure that you use one of them in your production code. All of this can be translated into the following code snippet: let aDisposableBag = DisposeBag() let thisIsAnObservableStream = Observable.from([1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6])let subscription = thisIsAnObservableStream.subscribe(onNext: { print(“Next value: \($0)”) },onError: { print(“Error: \($0)”) },onCompleted: { print(“Completed”) })// add the subscription to the disposable bag// when the bag is collected, the subscription is disposedsubscription.disposed(by: aDisposableBag)// if you do not use a disposable bag, do not forget this!// subscription.dispose() Usually, your view controller is where you create your subscriptions, while, in our example thisIsAnObservableStream, observers and observables fit into your view model. In general, you should make all of your model properties observable, so your view controller can subscribe to those observables to update the UI when need be. In addition to being observable, some properties of your view model could also be observers. For example, you could have a UITextField or UISearchBar in your app UI and a property of your view model could observe its text property. Based on that value, you could display some relevant information, for example, the result of a query. When a property of your view model is at the same time an observable and an observer, RxSwift provides you with a different role for your entity—that of a Subject. There exist multiple categories of subjects, categorized based on their behavior, so you will see BehaviourSubject, PublishSubject, ReplaySubject, and Variable. They only differ in the way that they make past events available to their observers. Before looking at how these new concepts may be used in your program, we need to introduce two further concepts: transformations and schedulers. Transformations Transformations allow you to create new observable streams by combining, filtering, or transforming the events emitted by other observable streams. The available transformations include the following: map: This transforms each event in a stream into another value before any observer can observe that value. For example, you could map the text property of a UISearchBar into an URL to be used to query some remote service. flatMap: This transforms each event into another Observable. For example, you could map the text property of a UISearchBar into the result of an asynchronous query. scan: This is similar to the reduce Swift operator on sequences. It will accumulate each new event into a partial result based on all previously emitted events and emit that result. filter: This enables filtering of emitted events based on a condition to be verified. merge: This merges two streams of events by preserving their ordering. zip: This combines two streams of events by creating a new stream whose events are tuples made by the successive events from the two original streams. Schedulers Schedulers allow you to control to which queue RxSwift operators are dispatched. By default, all RxSwift operations are executed on the same queue where the subscription was made, but by using schedulers with observeOn and subscribeOn, you can alter that behavior. For example, you could subscribe to a stream whose events are emitted from a background queue, possibly the results of some lengthy tasks, and observe those events from the main thread to be able to update the UI based on those tasks’ outcomes. Recalling our previous example, this is how we could use observeOn and subscribeOn as described: let aDisposableBag = DisposeBag() let thisIsAnObservableStream = Observable.from([1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]) .observeOn(MainScheduler.instance).map { n in print(“This is performed on the main scheduler”) }let subscription = thisIsAnObservableStream.subscribeOn(ConcurrentDispatchQueueScheduler(qos: .background)).subscribe(onNext: { event inprint(“Handle \(event) on main thread? \(Thread.isMainThread)”)}, onError: { print(“Error: \($0). On main thread? \(Thread.isMainThread)”)}, onCompleted: { print(“Completed. On main thread? \(Thread.isMainThread)”) })subscription.disposed(by: aDisposableBag) Asynchronous networking – an example Now we can take a look at a slightly more compelling example, showing off the power of reactive programming. Let’s get back to our previous example: a UISearchBar collects user input that a view controller observes, to update a table displaying the result of a remote query. This is a pretty standard UI design. Using RxCocoa, we can observe the text property of the search bar and map it into a URL. For example, if the user inputs a GitHub username, the URLRequest could retrieve a list of all their repositories. We then further transform the URLRequest into another observable using flatMap. The remoteStream function is defined in the following snippet, and simply returns an observable containing the result of the network query. Finally, we bind the stream returned by flatMap to our tableView, again using one of the methods provided by RxCocoa, to update its content based on the JSON data passed in record: searchController.searchBar.rx.text.asObservable() .map(makeURLRequest) .flatMap(remoteStream) .bind(to: tableView.rx.items(cellIdentifier: cellIdentifier)) { index, record, cell in cell.textLabel?.text = “” // update here the table cells } .disposed(by: disposeBag) This looks all pretty clear and linear. The only bit left out is the networking code. This is a pretty standard code, with the major difference that it returns an observable wrapping a URLSession.dataTask call. The following code shows the standard way to create an observable stream by calling observer.onNext and passing the result of the asynchronous task: func remoteStream(_ request: URLRequest) -> Observable {return Observable.create { observer inlet task = URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request) { (data, response, error) indo {let records: T = try JSONDecoder().decode(T.self, from: data ?? Data())for record in records {observer.onNext(record)}} catch let error {observer.onError(error)}observer.onCompleted()}task.resume()return Disposables.create {task.cancel()}}} As a final bit, we could consider the following variant: we want to store the UISearchBar text property value in our model, instead of simply retrieving the information associated with it in our remote service. To do so, we add a username property in our view model and recognize that it should, at the same time, be an observer of the UISearchBar text property as well as an observable, since it will be observed by the view controller to retrieve the associated information whenever it changes. This is the relevant code for our view model: import Foundationimport RxSwiftimport RxCocoaclass ViewModel {var username = Variable(“”)init() {setup()}setup() {…}} The view controller will need to be modified as in the following code block, where you can see we bind the UISearchBar text property to our view model’s username property; then, we observe the latter, as we did previously with the search bar: searchController.searchBar.rx.observe(String.self, “text”) .bindTo(viewModel.username) .disposed(by: disposeBag)viewModel.username.asObservable().map(makeURLRequest).flatMap(remoteStream).bind(to: tableView.rx.items(cellIdentifier: cellIdentifier)) { index, record, cell incell.textLabel?.text = “” // update here the table cells}.disposed(by: disposeBag) With this last example, our short introduction to RxSwift is complete. There is much more to be said, though. A whole book could be devoted to RxSwift/RxCocoa and how they can be used to write Swift apps! If you found this post useful, do check out the book, Hands-On Design Patterns with Swift. This book provides a complete overview of how to implement classic design patterns in Swift.  It will guide you to build Swift applications that are scalable, faster, and easier to maintain. Read Next Reactive Extensions: Ways to create RxJS Observables [Tutorial] What’s new in Vapor 3, the popular Swift based web framework Exclusivity enforcement is now complete in Swift 5last_img read more

Chinas HNA Group to buy 25 stake in Hilton worth 65B

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> China’s HNA Group to buy 25% stake in Hilton worth $6.5B Posted by Monday, October 24, 2016 NEW YORK – China’s HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 per cent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion USD.HNA will have a stake in Hilton and its planned spinoffs of Park Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Grand Vacations, which are expected to take place by the end of the year. As part of a stockholders agreement with Hilton, HNA will appoint two directors to Hilton’s board. This brings the Hilton board to 10 members.HNA Group runs hotels, airlines, airports and financial services and real estate businesses. Earlier this year one of its units agreed to buy Carlson Hotels. Chinese companies have been looking to diversify abroad to counter slowing growth at home while also scooping up foreign expertise and technology.Blackstone will now have an approximately 21 per cent interest in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. Blackstone will continue to have two seats on Hilton’s board.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe deal is expected to close in 2017’s first quarter.Shares of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. rose 46 cents, or 2 per cent, to $23.37 in morning trading Monday while the Blackstone Group LP shares rose 69 cents, or 2.9 per cent, to $24.76. The Canadian Press last_img read more

Sunwings daylight savings sale ends tonight plus earn double STAR points

first_img TORONTO – To make the end of daylight savings a little less depressing, Sunwing is offering up to 50% off a wide selection of all-inclusive vacation packages to top-rated resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.The offer is available until midnight today (Nov. 7). Included in the sale is the recently renovated and refreshed Playa Dorada Beach Resort, one of Sunwing’s most popular Smile Resorts featuring a kids club, two pools and complimentary activities. Clients can also take advantage of a 20% discount on spa treatments at the on-site spa, while golfers have the option of pre-booking their tee times at the nearby golf course with Sunwing for a discounted price.In addition, from now until Nov. 30, Sunwing is offering agents double the STAR points when they confirm vacation packages to Be Live Hamaca properties between Dec. 12, 2016 and April 30, 2017.What’s more, agents who book vacation packages to Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach can win a seven-night all-inclusive vacation for two to any of the three Be Live Experience Hamaca properties. Each booking made throughout November to Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach, Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden, or Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites will earn agents more chances to win.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backPlus, agents can earn 10% commission at source when they book vacation packages or air to La Romana throughout November.To sweeten the deal for clients who book Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach between Nov. 1-10, Sunwing is including a free excursion to explore Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The resort is easily reached with Sunwing’s twice weekly flight service from Toronto to La Romana.For more information go to sunwing.ca. The Canadian Press Share Posted by Sunwing’s daylight savings sale ends tonight, plus earn double STAR pointscenter_img Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 7, 2016 last_img read more

Watch Car crash at Birżebbuġa 2 severely injured

first_img SharePrint Two persons, suffering from serious injuries after a car accident in Birżebbuġa,were admitted to. The condition of the third person has not yet been confirmed.A spokesperson for the Police told Newsbook.com.mt that the accident occurred at around 9:00am, at Triq Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa.One of the vehicles was being driven by a 21 year old male from Kalkara. The other car was being driven by an 80 year old man, who was accompanied by a female, 72. The latter two are both suffering severe injuries. They are both residents of Birżebbuġa.Footage sent to Newsbook.com.mt shows that due to the crash, one of the cars ended up crashing into a wall.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

New implant could restore the transmission of electrical signals in injured central

first_img Source:http://www.fetfx.eu/story/can-nanotechnology-rewire-injured-spinal-cord/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 21 2019The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system.According to the World Health Organization, up to half a million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Often caused by road traffic crashes, accidents or violence, the loss of motor control or paralysis significantly impacts quality of life and requires years of treatment and care. Spinal cord injury is also associated with lower rates of school enrolment and economic participation, and carries substantial individual and societal costs.Current methods for spinal cord injury treatment involve cumbersome brain-machine interfaces, with many cables linking the patient and a computer to restore limited motor functions. Other methods to map brain activity, such as magnetoencephalography, require very large machinery and particularly low-temperature working conditions.Related StoriesNovel technique that uses nanotechnology and photonics prevents bacterial infections on surgical implantsTexas A&M researchers receive grant to develop super-repellent, anti-fouling food surfacesMultifunctional nanoparticles could revolutionize treatments for complex bone diseasesTo improve the quality of life of those suffering a spinal cord injury, ByAxon – an EU project funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme – is bringing together a consortium of researchers from across Europe (Spain, Italy, France and Germany) to devise a new generation of spinal cord treatments. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is seeking to create implants that restore sensory functions.Project Co-coordinator Dr Teresa González from IMDEA says they are focusing on recovering sensitive functions. “We want signals that start from the extremities go back to the brain. This is very important since it has been shown that therapies focused on recovering the sensitive part as soon as possible are usually more successful in recovering also the motor part.”The new nanotechnology implants called ‘nanowire-coate electrodes’ can act as a neural interface coupled with sensors able to read the magnetic signals of neurons. Special nanomaterials used in conjunction with the nanoelectrodes, such as carbon nanotubes, would also serve as a supportive framework for nerves cells, enabling them to pass signals over the spinal cord injury, effectively creating an active bypass. The nanotubes or ‘neuronal prosthetics’ could promote neuroplasticity processes and, as a final goal, contribute to the restoration of neural activity in the spinal cord.If successful, ByAxon could have a huge medical and social impact in the long term. Not only would it enable sufferers of spinal cord injuries to regain sensory functions, but the technology could also serve as a basis for a new applications. Advanced neural interfaceswith utility in retinal implants, brain-recording systems for patients with epilepsy, and deep brain stimulation devices for Parkinson disease could all benefit from the project’s research. The new sensors could be used beyond medical applications in a variety of everyday brain-machine interfaces that, for example through wireless communication, can be used to control computers, drones or robots using thought alone.last_img read more

Parents mental health problems associated with reactive attachment disorder in children

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 22 2019Children’s risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) increases if parents are diagnosed with any type of mental health disorder, discovered researchers from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry of the University of Turku, Finland. Particularly parents’ alcohol and drug addiction and mother’s depression were associated with reactive attachment disorder in children. The nationwide population-based study is the most extensive study on the risk factors of RAD. Reactive attachment disorder is a disorder of social functioning where the child’s ability to form normal attachment relationships is disrupted. RAD is characterised by ambivalence about seeking comfort from a caregiver, emotional withdrawal, lack of social approach, reduced positive affect, and unexplained fear or irritability. If left untreated, the disorder will affect the course of the child’s entire life, ability to function, and later relationships.The study showed that, if both parents had a psychiatric diagnosis, the child’s risk of RAD diagnosis was 51 times higher than that of children whose parents were not diagnosed with a disorder. Mother’s mental health diagnosis increased the child’s risk of RAD by nine-fold and father’s diagnosis by six-fold.- The most common combination of psychiatric diagnoses in parents whose children were diagnosed with RAD was both parents diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction or abuse, which was among 20 percent of RAD cases. The second common combination was mothers’ diagnosed with depression and fathers’ diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction or abuse, met in approximately 17 percent of RAD cases, says lead author, researcher Subina Upadhyaya from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry.All the 614 children diagnosed with RAD in Finland between 1991-2012 participated in the study. In earlier studies, the association of reactive attachment disorder with risk factors has generally been studied in unusual circumstances, such as children in institutional or foster care or in maltreated children.Related StoriesNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in life- Our results are in line with the previous studies with a more limited data. Furthermore, we discovered in our population-based study that RAD is connected with maternal smoking during pregnancy, single motherhood, and advanced paternal age, says Upadhyaya.Screening and Low-threshold Care Needed for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems during Pregnancy Even though the disorder affects under a percent of the entire population, it is a significant and expensive problem according to Professor in Child Psychiatry Andre Sourander.- The disorder is connected with later child protection issues, other psychiatric disorders, and social exclusion. The treatments are exacting and expensive and the evidence of their effectiveness is very limited, stresses Professor Sourander from the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry of the University of Turku.He leads a research group focusing on risk factors during pregnancy which are associated with mental disorders.- When compared with our earlier results in several other psychiatric disorders associated with parents’ psychiatric diagnoses or substance abuse, the connection is unusually strong in reactive attachment disorder. This means that RAD is strongly associated with prenatal brain development and being subjected to intoxicants, Sourander explains.According to him, the results should be taken into consideration when planning mental health care services. Parents’ substance abuse and mental health disorders should be actively screened during pregnancy and low-threshold services based on research results should be developed for treating these disorders.Source: https://www.utu.fi/en/news/press-release/parents-mental-health-problems-increase-risk-of-reactive-attachment-disorder-in-childrenlast_img read more