Healthy Business

first_imgIn the past, U.S. President Barack Obama has singled out India for what he sees as the country usurping American jobs and business. In May 2009, he removed some tax incentives for U.S. companies who allegedly preferred to outsource rather than create domestic jobs. “Buffalo before Bangalore” was his rallying call at the time. Now, India is back in his crosshairs. In April 2011, he told a town hall gathering in Virginia that Americans shouldn’t have to go to India or Mexico for “cheap” health care. “I would like you to get it right here in the U.S.,” he said.“It’s a 100% political statement,” Gopal Dabade, convener of the All India Drug Action Network, told weekly newsmagazine India Today. Others in India were equally critical and dismissive. But some have taken more serious objection. “Not acceptable,” says federal health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Affordable health care does not mean our medicine is inferior to any superpower’s. I would like to say our medicines are indigenous, they are superior, and superiority does not come by escalating costs.”The bone of contention is the word “cheap.” Obama probably used the term in the sense of less expensive. But Indians have interpreted it as meaning “tawdry and inferior.” Analysts don’t expect Obama’s political posturing to make any difference to the flow of U.S. medical tourists into India. But there is a lurking fear, nevertheless, that a nascent sector could be hamstrung at birth.There Is No Choice“Patients do not travel to India for health care services because they have a choice and they choose to go to India,” says Ravi Aron, professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. “They travel to India because they have no choice.” Adds Rana Mehta, executive director, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India: “If patients see value in what India has to offer, they will continue to come.”Indians feel aggrieved that they have been singled out. In medical tourism, the country is still a bit player. According to a report by the Delhi-based RNCOS, which specializes in Industry intelligence and creative solutions for contemporary business segments, India’s share in the global medical tourism industry will reach around 3% by the end of 2013. The December 2010 report — titled “Booming Medical Tourism in India” – says that the industry should generate revenues of around US$3 billion by 2013. “The Indian medical tourism industry is currently in its early growth stage,” says RNCOS chief executive Shushmul Maheshwari.Guess who’s the biggest beneficiary of medical tourism? It’s the U.S. “The largest segment, with 40% of all medical travelers, seeks the world’s most advanced technologies,” says a McKinsey & Co paper titled “Mapping the market for medical travel.” “These men and women take their search for high-quality medical care global, giving little attention to the proximity of potential destinations or the cost of care. Most such patients travel to the U.S.” What worries the Indian industry is that this is not the first attack on Indian medical tourism. In August last year, leading medical journal The Lancet had published an article about a new superbug which it called the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1). “The potential of NDM-1 to be a worldwide public health problem is great, and coordinated international surveillance is needed,” said the article. Later, a co-author noted that some material had been inserted into the article without his knowledge; the editor of The Lancet had to apologize for naming the bug after New Delhi, and the Indian ministry of health had to weigh in. “The conclusions are loaded with the inference that these resistance genes/organism possibly originated in India and it may not be safe for U.K. patients to opt for surgery in India,” said the ministry. “The medical journal’s claim is not supported by any scientific data and thus tarnishes the reputation of the country.” Rightly or wrongly, the government and many in India’s medical establishment believe that naming the superbug New Delhi was to keep U.K. medical tourists at home. “The superbug certainly garnered a lot of media attention given its name,” says Preetha Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals.It won’t keep medical tourists at home, just as Obama’s appeal is likely to be ignored. “People will always weigh the cost and the benefit,” says Reuben Abraham. “If there is a 10% saving and there is a danger of the superbug then chances are that people will not want to take it. But if you are offering an 80% discount, it is a different matter. If India continues to offer high quality health care at one-tenth the cost in the U.S. then these things will not make an impact.”The Next Big ThingIf all this is going to have limited impact, why is India getting so agitated? The answer lies in the potential of medical tourism. It could easily be the next big thing. Unlike business process outsourcing (BPO), which is on the whole very low-tech, health care — particularly sophisticated procedures — is very high-tech. India has not been able to set up an adequate health care infrastructure for its own citizens and it doesn’t have the money to do so. Creation of a sophisticated medical tourism structure will have a trickle-down effect.“India has the highest potential in medical tourism in the world,” says Maheshwari of RNCOS. “Factors such as low cost, scale and range of treatments differentiate it from other medical tourism destinations. Moreover, growth in India’s medical tourism market will be a boon for several associated industries, including the hospital industry, the medical equipment industry, and the pharmaceutical industry.”His study shows that CAGR (compound annual growth rates) in revenue in 2011-13 will be 26%. In terms of medical tourists, the number would touch 1.3 million by 2013 at a CAGR of 19%. “Medical tourism can be considered one of the rapidly growing industries in the Indian economy on the back of various factors,” he says. “However, the industry is at a nascent stage and requires a few years to reach the platform already established by the IT sector.” “India has been ranked among the top five destinations for medical tourism,” says Rana Kapoor, founder, managing director and CEO of Yes Bank, which has recently done a study on health and wellness tourism in India along with apex chamber of commerce FICCI. The ranking by Nuwire Investors, an online source for news on alternative investments, puts Panama on top, followed by Brazil, Malaysia and Costa Rica. “India is looking at exponential growth as far as tourism is concerned,” continues Kapoor. “Yes Bank forecasts that there will be an increase in domestic tourist movements over the period (2008-2020) by 118% and foreign tourist inflows over the same period will increase by 71.87%. What the potential for medical tourism from within this growth rate of 71.87% will be depends upon government policies, faith of the patients and many other external factors. We truly believe that this sector will play a significant role as a contributor towards the overall tourism growth in India.”“I strongly believe that many developments across the world will put India in a fantastic position,” says Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya. “We produce the largest number of doctors, nurses and medical technicians in the world. Also, we have been traditionally linked with western health care because of the British influence on our medical education and the ability to speak English. This is extremely important for developing [global] health care. Our greatest asset is our ability to produce the largest number of technically-skilled individuals. We also have the largest number of USFDA (U.S. Food and Drugs Administration)-approved drug manufacturing units outside the U.S.”Differences over TerminologyShetty doesn’t like the term medical tourism. “Medical care is something that is very stressful and people consider this under tremendous pressure,” he says. “It is an event where people are scared of losing their lives. It may not be appropriate to call it tourism. Tourism is a different business altogether.” Adds Mehta of PwC: “The tourism component is really very weak. Most foreign patients come to India for chronic and serious medical treatment and I would call it medical value travel.” Aron of Johns Hopkins has yet another view. “The world over it is known as the global health care delivery system,” he says. Reddy of Apollo agrees with Mehta. Says she: “At Apollo Hospitals, we prefer to term this business opportunity as ‘medical value travel’ as people travel to our hospitals for serious life threatening health conditions, which essentially need highly skilled doctors and medical infrastructure and not mere minor treatments like cosmetic enhancements, dental work or wellness which can be coupled with holidays, as the term ‘medical tourism’ implies.”The multiplicity of names is accompanied by a wide range of numbers. The confusion was started by the McKinsey study on Mapping the Market mentioned earlier. The May 2008 report said that “medical travel has captured the world’s attention and imagination”. But it went on to explain that the McKinsey definition of medical traveler was very different from what many others thought him to be. The first to be knocked off were expats looking for health care in their country of stay. That accounted for 25-30% of the traditional medical tourist pool. Then was the segment categorized under emergencies. These were ordinary tourists caught up in accidents. That eliminated another 30-35%. McKinsey estimated the remaining at “between 60,000 and 85,000 inpatients a year”, much lower than generally accepted numbers. For instance, a 2008 Deloitte Center for Health Solutions report on “Medical Tourism: Consumers in Search of Value” put the number of Americans who had traveled abroad for medical care in 2007 at 750,000. McKinsey excludes “wellness” tourists (acupuncture, spas, yoga, aromatherapy and the like), patients from neighboring countries, and outpatients — those who don’t need to check into hospital.The Deloitte report says that India is stepping on the gas; the medical tourism sector is expected to grow 30% annually up to 2015. An update on the report says that the U.S. recession is driving more people out of the country for health care; U.S. outbound medical tourism is projected to increase 35% annually from 2010-2012. “Medical tourism [today] represents the maturation of a cottage industry,” the report sums up.Maheshwari of RNCOS agrees that economic problems are driving more Americans abroad for health care. “Under almost stagnant salary increments, the disposable income and saving considerations of U.S. citizens are still well below the pre-crisis levels,” he says. “In this scenario, the low cost treatment and nearly zero waiting time coupled with its proven track record offer convenient procedures for tourist arrivals from various geographical locations including the U.S.”“Over the past few years, the medical tourism story has changed dramatically in India,” says a recent Cover Story in weekly business magazine BusinessWorld. (That it made it to the Cover is a reflection of the growing importance of the sector.) “Not because the government has figured out the solution. But purely because of private enterprise — with a few corporate hospitals, chemists and freelance agents all working in tandem to build a thriving ecosystem that educates, facilitates and ferries medical tourists from across the world. Last year, this ecosystem was responsible for about 600,000 patients travelling to India and spending US$1 billion in getting treated here. (The numbers are industry estimates as the government does not have any official statistics on the subject.) Corporate hospitals such as Apollo, Fortis Hospital and Max as well as business associations estimate that the business is growing by 40% year-on-year.” (Obviously, the growth numbers vary depending on who you talk to.)Other Markets Will Turn to India“India’s potential is huge,” says Mehta of PwC. “Some 80% of foreign patients coming to India are from the neighboring countries and from Iraq, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, etc and now increasingly from Africa. But now with India proving itself as a credible provider of value health care, the western population ageing, and health care becoming more difficult there, I expect more people to come from the U.S. and the U.K.”Mehta says that some things went wrong with the earlier planning. “We expected most patients to come from the U.S. and Europe. We expected people to come for cosmetic and regenerative treatment and this is where there is more potential for tourism. But the majority actually came for cardiac treatment, cancer treatment, knee replacement and other serious ailments. Therefore, tourism was not really of importance. We did not get the cost factor right. We thought that typically in India it costs one-tenth of that in the U.S., so we could cost at 5X. But hospitals have not been able to charge very much. At present, with a foreign patient, there is around 20% more earning.”Cost is, of course, being underplayed in the marketing efforts; this is why the word “cheap” rankles. “The patient is usually acutely aware of the difference in the sticker price for care,” says Aron. “There is no reason to draw attention to this.”That’s an area where India enjoys an advantage over other countries too. According to the BusinessWorld report, a heart bypass surgery costs US$144,000 in the U.S., US$25,000 in Costa Rice, US$24,000 in Thailand, US$20,000 in Mexico, US$13,500 in Singapore, and US$8,500 in India. “The quality is excellent,” says Maheshwari. In India, there is also less waiting time and personalized services.Becoming an IndustryMedical tourism is also taking shape as an industry, though there are some who feel that it will eventually fall in many buckets. (The recent FICCI-Yes Bank study talks of wellness tourism, health tourism…) “There are over 3,371 hospitals and around 750,000 registered medical practitioners,” says Maheshwari.Shetty says it is easier to get loans these days. “Earlier, it was difficult for us to mobilize huge financial support to create large hospitals. However, things have changed now,” he explains. Indian companies are also taking over hospital chains in Asia — Fortis has gone on a shopping spree, though it’s not been entirely successful — and setting up front-ends in other countries for marketing purposes. Apollo has facilitation centers in Oman, Nigeria and the U.S. Max is present in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Says Reddy of Apollo: “There are several key players. Apollo Hospitals continues to attract the largest numbers of international patients followed by Max, Fortis and Workhardt.”“Another opportunity that Indian operators are now seeing is that you don’t have to offer these health care services from India,” says Abraham of ISB. “For instance you can offer it from say, Cayman Islands or the Bahamas. Ultimately, the innovation is in the process and as long as you can bring the same process innovation, even if the cost goes up a little as compared to offering it from India, it will still be a substantial saving for the patient.”This is one area where China is no threat. Foreigners in China still rush to Hong Kong when they need treatment because they cannot communicate with local doctors.But what the budding sector will have to contend with is the Indian government. Take one example. With the intention of making things smoother, the government introduced a medical visa (M visa), which was faster and easier to get. In its wisdom, however, it added a peculiar clause — “Foreigners coming on M visa will be required to get themselves registered mandatorily well within the period of 14 days of arrival with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Office.” The end result: even patients who have to be carried into India on stretchers are coming on tourist visas. If the government wants medical tourism to be the next big thing, it has to put its house in order.As for the immediate controversies, Shetty is very clear. “President Obama’s statement or the New Delhi superbug will not affect medical tourism development in India,” he says. “First of all, he was not criticizing India. He was just trying to put his house in order.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova in US Open semis

first_imgFor the second straight year Serena Williams saw her bid for a seventh US Open title halted in the semi-finals with a 6-2, 7-6(5) loss to Karolina Pliskova on Thursday that also ended her long reign as world number one.A year ago Williams went into the semi-finals on the cusp of a rare calendar-year grand slam but was the victim of one of the biggest upsets in tennis history when Roberta Vinci, a 300-to-1 longshot, prevailed.This year it was Czech 10th seed Pliskova, who until this week had never played beyond the third round of a grand slam, delivering the upset as she swept Williams off an Arthur Ashe Stadium court she claims as her own in one hour, 26 minutes.”I dont believe it. Actually, I do believe it,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview. “I always knew I have a chance to beat anybody if Im playing my game.”But this is something amazing. (Kerber beats Wozniacki in US Open semis) “Serena, she’s a champion so it’s never easy to play her. You saw even when she was down a break she’s still fighting so it’s very hard.”There was no calendar-year grand slam up for grabs this year but history continued to beckon Williams, who would have stood alone as greatest grand slam champion in the professional era if she had claimed a 23rd title and moved past Steffi Graf.And while there was no title to win on this day Williams stepped onto the court with something to lose.advertisementAfter 186 consecutive weeks as the world’s top-ranked player, Williams, who needed to reach the final to have any chance of retaining top spot, will relinquish the ranking to Germany’s Angelique Kerber.After a punishing three-set quarter-final against Simona Halep on the same court 24 hours early, Williams appeared sluggish against the towering Czech.But a clearly annoyed Williams refused to use fatigue as an excuse for her loss and instead blamed her sluggishness more on left knee problems that limited her mobility.”OK, I’m not going to repeat myself. I wasn’t tired from yesterday’s match,” said Williams. “If I can’t turn around after 24 hours and play again then I shouldn’t be on tour.”I have been having some serious left knee problems. I wasn’t tired. Fatigue had absolutely nothing to do with it.”I wasn’t able to move the way I wanted to move.”With the two biggest hitters in women’s tennis standing across from each over the match was expected to be an explosive affair filled with booming serves.Williams opened the contest with an ace but in the end it was the American’s serve that ultimately let her down as she committed six double faults, including the deciding point in the tiebreak.Pliskova, who has led the WTA Tour in aces the last two seasons, kept the 34-year-old American under pressure almost from the start and had break chances on all but one of Williams’ service games in the first set and converting twice.Showing the heart of a champion, Williams battled back from a break down to force a tiebreak where she clawed back from 3-0 down to take a 4-3 lead.But a cool Pliskova would not buckle and earned the victory when Williams double faulted.With the victory Pliskova completed a Williams family double having also beaten Serena’s older sister, sixth-seeded Venus, in the fourth round.last_img read more

India U-18 girls rugby team to take part in Paris World Games

first_imgMumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) The Indian Under-18 girls rugby team, led by Odishas Sumitra Nayak, is all set to take part in the Paris World Games 2017 commencing on July 7.This is the second international tournament for the U-18 girls team after they bagged a bronze at the inaugural Asian U-18 Rugby Sevens held in UAE, it was announced at a media conference today.”We had a selection camp where 25 girls took part out of which 12 girls, five each from Odisha and West Bengal (and the other two from Delhi and Mumbai), were selected,” said team coach Nasser Hussain. Hussain said five girls – Sumitra, Rajni Sabar, Basanti Pangi, Lija Sardar (all Odisha) and Gargee Walekar (Maharashtra) – were part of the squad in the Asian tournament held in UAE. “So far, seven teams have confirmed their participation for the rugby event,” said the coach, adding it was a fairly young side.Apart from rugby, the World Games – conducted with an eye on France winning the bid to host the 2024 Olympics – will see competitions in volleyball, football, badminton, basketball and handball.The Games will see participation of around 15,000 athletes from over 60 countries.Hussain said that team members will be meeting members of both the French womens national rugby team and under 18 team during their visit.Sumitra Nayak said the team will try their best to clinch a gold medal in the tournament. “We have been training since the past one month under Hussain Sir and we have practised a lot for the tournament and will give our best,” said Nayak, who initially trained at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Bhubaneshwar.advertisementMumbai girl Gargee said she got acquainted with the sport through an initiative of the Rugby India.She assured that she will give her best in the teams bid to emerge victorious in the tournament.”My parents have supported me, but it is difficult to balance academic life and sports,” said Gargee, who is studying in a city-based college. PTI NRB SSR RMT BASlast_img read more

Samsung’s next wearable will be a Gear S3, Gear Fit 2 hybrid

first_imgSamsung is now said to shift its focus on wearables from phones for sometime. The South Korean company has reportedly been working on a wearable device for quite some time, which will mainly be like a fitness tracker and not exactly a smartwatch, so this is for sure it’s not going to be the Gear S4. A lot has already revealed by the ‘unknown’ device after its FCC certification. Samsung has now revealed some more details about the upcoming wearable device.Looks like, the company is over enthusiastic about the upcoming device. As per Sammobile, Samsung has started sending out a survey to the members of its SmartLab Plus program. In the survey, the company is basically asking for opinions from the members on some ‘taglines’ that can be used to promote the new product.The survey doc read: “Samsung needs your opinion on some taglines that are being considered for when promoting the below product. By tagline we mean a phrase that becomes identified or associated with a product as a result of promotion or advertisement.”Later in the note, Samsung reveals some details about the device. The company writes, “The new product concept takes the best bits from Gear S3 and Gear Fit 2.” Further explaining about the new product, the company says, “The product is in the form of a smartwatch (rather than an active tracker) and offers maximum comfort with a smaller body and thinner watch straps.” It further highlights that the watch straps will be replaceable which will allow customers to personalize their watch as they see fit. This clearly indicates that the upcoming wearable by Samsung will be much like a fitness tracker, which the company said earlier.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ now support Google Daydream VR”The product offers great peace of mind,” says Samsung. Furthermore, the device is said to be water resistant, and hence can “withstand water to the point where it is swim proof, allowing all forms of fitness tracking.” It is also going to offer all-round fitness for everyone starting from beginners to experts. The product will be focused around – activity tracking, weight or calorie management, active sports and coaching.Further, it will also feature a revised user interface for improved widgets which will also include options like – “progress towards your goals.” It will also include smart inactivity option. This feature is already available on the existing Samsung smart watches. The smart inactivity alerts the user when inactivity.  It gives reminders to active while on a flight, or even asks you to take a break while driving and so much more.”Whilst having a wide range of fitness features, the product is designed to be something you wear all day from work to gym,” says Samsung. With this it can be concluded that the upcoming wearable by Samsung – whatever the company may call it will be a fitness tracker cum smart watch. The company is basically trying to blur lines between fitness tracker and smart watch. Hence, it is still unclear if the new product will be added to the Gear S or Gear Fit lineup.last_img read more

Was lucky enough to get a wicket, admits Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on Test debut

first_imgMarnus Labuschagne was picked by Australia to make his debut in the first Test against Pakistan for his batting, with his part-time leg-spin seen only as a bonus. But with his team struggling to break a crucial partnership, Labuschange made a key breakthrough on day two to bring Australia back into the contest in Dubai on Monday.Pakistan had been cruising, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail adding exactly 150 to take the score onto 410/4. They looked set for a mammoth total, but, the ball after bowling a big full toss which was hit for four, Labuschagne bowled the perfect leg-break, which spun and bounced and took Shafiq’s outside edge before nestling in Tim Paine’s gloves.The dismissal was the start of a slide of 72/6 with Pakistan eventually bowled out for 482 as Australia surged back into the game. Labuschagne credited technical work on the speeds and lengths he bowls as helping him have a productive spell.”I’ve been working on my bowling for a long time but the last three months specifically, just getting a bit faster through the air and making sure I’m bowling the right length,” Labuschagne said.Pakistan vs Australia – Report | Highlights | Scorecard”I’ve been working really hard with Sri [Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right. So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well.”It felt like a day when Australia captain Tim Paine would need to shuffle his pack constantly in hopes of getting a breakthrough. Having a leg-spin option to call upon helped in this regard too.advertisement”It was a change-up, a change in momentum, a change in the rhythm of the batsmen and just making them think a little bit differently about how they want to play shots and stuff like that,” Labuschagne said.Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test wicket! #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/ujvUGOMBdUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 8, 2018″That’s probably the key, trying to get them to think a little bit differently with someone who bowls a bit of leg-spin.”Australia ended the day with their openers having taken them to 30/0, 452 behind Pakistan’s first innings total. Sometime tomorrow, Labuschagne’s main job, with the bat, will begin. But without his part-time skill, his side would surely be much further behind in the game.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 14:30 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero, Man City Getty Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Saturday evening Manchester City have come through the international break largely unscathed but Sergio Aguero could miss Saturday’s game at Everton.City’s game at Goodison Park kicks off a hectic period containing a Manchester derby sandwiched between two Champions League games with Liverpool.Should City beat Everton they will be able to clinch the title by beating Manchester United next weekend, and it seems Pep Guardiola will have plenty of players to choose from in the coming weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN CITY INJURIES Aguero missed Argentina’s two international friendlies as he recovers from a knee injury and Saturday’s game could come too soon.John Stones has a concussion, which he sustained in England’s game with Italy, and he will miss out.Fabian Delph has not played since February 19 and is doubtful for Saturday’s game. Delph sustained a knee injury against Liverpool in January, returned for the Champions League last-16 clash in Basel and the FA Cup game at Wigan, but was sent off at the DW Stadium, banned for three matches and then, having served his suspension, picked up another muscle injury, which has kept him out for the last six weeks.David Silva was granted compassionate leave by Spain over the international break but that was always planned, and as it stands he will be available for City’s decisive run of matches.Benjamin Mendy is back in training following his knee injury but he is not in contention to make a first-team return just yet.David Silva Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS City do not have any suspensions but Ashley Williams is banned for Everton.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Guardiola will likely start Gabriel Jesus up front if Aguero misses out. The Argentine has upped his performances considerably over recent weeks and could be a key man against Liverpool and United. Jesus started City’s last game in Aguero’s injury enforced absence, and he also scored for Brazil against Germany in midweek.Should Delph not feature at left-back Danilo could be selected ahead of Oleksandar Zinchenko.Vincent Kompany was substitued at half-time of Belgium’s game against Saudi Arabia but it the decision is not believed to have been taken as a result of any injury. Should the captain be fit, he is likely to partner Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back following his fine form for City in recent matches.Man City possible XIEVERTON TEAM NEWS The Toffees have a number of injuries to contend with, as well as Williams’ suspension.Gylfi Sigurdsson could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while James McCarthy is out with a broken leg.Mason Holgate left the England U21 camp last week to undergo minor surgery on an ankle injury, and Eliaquim Mangala is both injured and ineligible, given he is on loan from City.Idrissa Gueye will be assessed before the game, having struggled with a muscle injury recently. Tom Davies sustained a head injury on March 17 but is thought to be ready to return. OPTA MATCH FACTS Everton have won six of their last nine home games against Man City in all competitions (D1 L2), winning 4-0 last season under Ronald Koeman. Man City are winless in their last four Premier League matches against the Toffees (D3 L1), last going five league games without a win against them in December 1989 (a run of eight). The Toffees haven’t won three consecutive Premier League games since January 2017. Everton have only won three of their 38 Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the table (D8 L27), with two of those sides going on to win the title anyway (Chelsea in 2009-10 and Man City in 2011-12). Man City could become only the third team to beat all other teams in a single Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester United in 2010-11.   Pep Guardiola is currently on 49 Premier League wins from his 68 games in the competition. If he wins here, he’ll be the second quickest manager to reach 50 wins in the Premier League, after Jose Mourinho (63 games).   Guardiola has faced Everton more often without winning than any other opponent as a manager (three games).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:00 ET) on Saturday March 31, and will be shown on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Books and music: A summer reading list for kid-lit

first_imgBooks and music: A summer reading list for kid-litChildren’s literature has evolved in India. We have a variety of books for children these days: From edgy fiction to reference books that do not just aim to ‘educate’ kids.advertisement Next Antara Raghavan New DelhiJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 03:00 IST Despite the myriad claims on children’s attention spans reducing and the numerous distractions such as YouTube and Netflix, the reading habit has managed to stay alive. In fact, many children can look forward to a variety of books this summer.This is the considered opinion of a cross-section of children’s publishers and writers in Delhi, though warning notes are also being sounded. According to well-known children’s author Paro Anand, best known for The Other and Wild Child, the number of children reading has not decreased.”Despite the new internet distractions, when I go to schools for workshops to talk about books, the level of interaction and engagement is often quite phenomenal.” She adds that schools across India have shown great interest in author visits, and therefore reading.She describes how many students ask critical questions on books ranging from transgenders to bullying. Anand adds that children do not accept things at face value. Echoes Deepa Agarwal, author of more than 50 books including Caravan to Tibet, and Blessed, “The Internet actually enables children to find a wider choice of reading material. With the proliferation of websites such as Amazon and Flipkart, online forums, and other social media disseminating information about new titles and many literary festivals celebrating books are booming.”Anand agrees, saying “My book sales, and that of many others, are actually going up, and a lot of that is due to digital over the past 5-10 years. “Is it enough? No. But it has increased.”Agarwal adds, “Parents and educators are now more conscious of the benefits of leisure reading. And, because of the demand, publishers are bringing out a vast variety of titles. This translates to more choice in terms of genre. Trends in Indian children’s books have undergone a sea change. There is much more imaginatively written non-fiction, historical fiction, and mythology retold in engaging new styles, as well as sports stories and fiction that reflects the lives of children.”advertisementSharon Fernandes, author of The Mystery of The Missing Crown- A Goa Story, agrees, saying, “Kids are reading more regional stories, with local history and mythology thrown in to the mix.” She adds, “Young minds today love nuanced stories, more than what we give them credit for.”Harper Collins Children’s Books publisher, Tina Narang dwells on the impact of technology. “There’s a wider variety of books to choose from and greater access online, but there are also a greater number of distractions. The challenge today is not so much creating books as it is creating readers. But, that’s not to say that young readers are not charmed by books anymore.”Despite this generally optimistic stance, Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, Publisher of Hachette, Children, has a slightly different take. “Children in India tend to get their cues early from the adults around them and very often they are directed to read more non-fiction and reference books that, it is hoped, will translate into marks, prizes or enhance exam performance.”While this is certainly true, the fact is that children’s writing has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Acclaimed children’s writer Subhadra Sen Gupta, author of many books, including Lets Go Time Travelling, calls herself, “a battle-scarred veteran” in the area of children’s writing in India.According to her, it all began with a “magical magazine called Target [published by India Today]. It had an extraordinary editor, Rosalind Wilson, who was responsible for the move away from producing copies of Enid Blyton to doing more Indian stories.Sen Gupta adds, “Indian writing has evolved and it began with a change in the attitude of publishers. We were treated like bored housewives doing cutesy picture books about smiling crocodiles.”The trends in children’s writing in India are indeed encouraging. Sohini Mitra, associate publisher of Puffin, at Penguin Random House India, points to a new custom, which also enhances the reading habit.”There is a lot more focus on doing more parent-child books/activities where they are able to spend quality time together.” She goes on to add, “With a flourishing market for quality children’s books now, especially with so many fabulous new voices and ideas around us, we have a variety of children’s books these days -from edgy fiction to reference books that do not just aim to ‘educate’ kids.”As Anand says, “The bottom line is children want well-written and gripping books, beyond categorising of age groups and genres.” She concludes, “I for one refuse to be all gloom and doom about kidlit.”Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Bookslast_img read more

Research suggests T Rex was covered in scales instead of feathers

first_imgEDMONTON – Research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex and some of its close relatives were covered in tiny scales and not feathers as many scientists previously thought.An international team of researchers, including University of Alberta paleontologists, studied fossilized skin from massive carnivorous lizards known as tyrannosaurids.Their ancestors, which were about the size of wolves or leopards, were coated in feathery fuzz, but somewhere along the way their descendants seem to have lost that attribute, said paleontologist Scott Persons, who contributed to the study.“What we see here is actually evidence of feathers evolving and then being lost — or at least greatly reduced in terms of their number — in this one lineage of dinosaurs, which is strange,” he said.A completely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree included an uninterrupted line of feathered carnivores, including the Velociraptor, that are related to today’s birds.Persons’ interest was piqued when his U of A colleague and mentor, renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, showed him a skin sample from a specimen found in Alberta.A team of U of A researchers got to work, but soon got wind of another group studying a different skin fossil.“Rather than competing with each other in a rush to see who could be the first to publish on it, we all pooled our resources and, as a result, we have a really cool study that talks about skin in multiple species of tyrannosaurids, which is pretty gosh darn cool.”The combined team included researchers from Canada, the United States and Australia.It’s rare to find fossilized dinosaur skin, but advances in preparation techniques are making discoveries more common. Often, a researcher won’t even know there is skin attached to a fossil until after it’s taken back to the lab.The scientists can’t say for certain why feathers went by the wayside in tyrannosaurids, but Persons said he suspects it has to do with the animals’ size, as the bigger you are, the harder it is to stay cool.He notes elephants and rhinos today have little in the way of hair.“You’re better off not being out in the savannah in the hot sun while wearing a down jacket.”Because the skin specimens were relatively small, it’s impossible to say whether the dinosaurs were entirely featherless, or if they had isolated patches on their bodies, such as a crest atop their heads.To know for sure, Persons said paleontologists would need to find a tyrannosaurid that had been completely mummified.“They’re probably buried somewhere out there and it’s really just a matter of time before we get lucky enough and uncover one.”The paper is to be published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Site preparation work begins for new school in Fort St John

first_imgSloan said that crews have been levelling out the property and preparing it for construction to begin on the new school’s foundation, with the goal of having the first concrete poured before the ground hardens up later in the fall.He explained that initial work has been proceeding at a faster pace than on the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on the City’s west side due to a number of factors, including better preparedness and different geological properties of the site.“We weren’t sure when we were going to get approval, so we had the plan on the shelf. I wouldn’t say this is ahead of the game, but this is our new reality in terms of making sure that we construct to schedule. ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is the expression, and we had enough interesting experiences with weather on the ‘Ma’ Murray site that once we got the go-ahead we had the plan on the shelf for how to prep the site.”Sloan said that the land for the new school differs in several aspects from that of ‘Ma’ Murray including in ground slope and composition, which makes it easier to prepare for laying the building’s foundation.The provincial government announced on June 28th that it is providing up to $30.8 million to build the school, while the School District will contribute $300,000. Full-scale construction is set to begin next summer, with the school scheduled to open in fall 2021, with 505 spaces for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 says that site preparation work has begun on a new elementary school on the northeast side of Fort St. John, less than two months after the provincial government announced funding for the project.SD60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that construction crews began preparation work at the site of the new school, which is located across 112th Avenue from the Fort St. John Hospital, less than a week ago.The School District posted photos of the construction work on its Facebook page on Sunday.last_img read more

Beyond communal lines

first_imgThe General Election this time has been marked by a significant amount of violence in the run-up to the polls in several parts of the country. The bitterness amongst the contesting parties in states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra precipitated clashes between rival workers testing the efficacy and impartiality of the local police. The institution of the State Electoral Officer did not seem to be strong enough in monitoring the performance of the district police officials and taking action against those who showed serious dereliction of duty. Violence around polling booths is a negation of democratic rights of the voters and by now India should have been able to practice zero tolerance towards this malaise. It is high time a commission examined the ways and means of ensuring peace during elections and defined specific policy measures in this regard for the future. It is highly regrettable that the largest democracy in the world cannot liberate the election process of street-level violence. Clearly, in the federal scheme of things, it is the state police chief who has to take direct responsibility for it and demonstrate his or her apolitical credentials while handling law and order during elections with an iron fist. There should be no delay in the implementation of the Supreme Court order issued last year against the practice of appointing officiating DGPs – that also clearly laid down that the UPSC will draw up a panel of three names in consultation with the state government and that the state government will make one of them the DGP of the state on the basis of merit-cum-seniority. This is the single most important Police reform that the Centre must put in place at once. Another area of political violence that showed up during and outside of elections, concerns the injurious fallout from public speeches that tended to instigate caste, communal or regional conflicts. Pungent wit and some name-calling without violating the law of defamation could be a legit part of electioneering but deliberately indulging in identity politics and questioning the symbols of nationalism became much too obvious in the poll fray this time. India is vulnerable to communal and caste tensions and freedom of expression cannot be allowed to cross the legal limits put on it by the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1972 that created Sections 153A & 153B to define cognizable and non-bailable offences pertaining to sectarian speeches. The police machinery of the districts has to be strengthened a great deal with manpower and technological equipment to enable it to handle this rampant criminality committed by the people in public life today. Follow up on the blatant violations of law noticed in this General Election should continue even after the poll process is over. The most dangerous form of political violence that is steadily permeating our nation, however, is the rise of new terror emanating from faith-based motivation. Terrorism by definition is the resort to ‘covert violence for a perceived political cause’. In the absence of such a ’cause’, the violence will just be sheer criminality; and terrorism is not that, certainly. A cause demands ‘commitment’ which in turn is rooted in ‘motivation’. India has seen diverse motivations behind terror movements and insurgencies – ‘ideological’ that sustained Maoism or assertion of ‘ethnic identity’ that was the case with North-East insurgent groups – but the new global terror that is now afflicting the world and becoming a prime security threat to India is a class apart since it is linked to the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or Jihad. This is an outcome of the complications connected with the ‘war on terror’ launched against the Islamic radicals by the US-led West post 9/11 on the one hand and the cross border terrorism started by Pakistan to settle scores with India using India- specific terror outfits under the ISI control, on the other. Developments in recent times have made Pakistan the world repository of Islamic militancy and the agencies in that country are now manoeuvring the entire spectrum of militants from Al Qaeda-Taliban combine and ISIS at one end to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen at the other. The keenness of the US to work for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan has given a lot of residual advantage to Pakistan in terms of its plans to use Islamic militants as a strategic resource for furthering its foreign policy objectives. India has much to feel concerned about the way the US was relying on Pakistan to reach a settlement with the Taliban. While this is the scene in Afghanistan, the recent terror bombings against Christians and Western tourists in and around Colombo have been claimed by ISIS. What is more significant, the local radical outfit, the National Towheed Jamaat, complicit in this covert offensive in Sri Lanka is found to have links with Pakistan and South India. It is already known that Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operating out of Pakistan with patronage from ISI has the avowed aim of establishing Islamic State in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India, unlike the US, is directly in the arc of Islamic militancy and needs to strategise for national security against this new threat of faith-based terror. It is extremely disquieting that political discourse in India – and this became sharper in the election campaign – has tended to drag Pakistan into the discussions on minorities here. This trend has started from Jammu and Kashmir where the regional parties have openly advocated a communally-based ‘solution’ by talking of the Valley and not about the integral state of J&K that is home to many religions. They have strengthened the hands of Pakistan which finds it convenient to project Kashmir as a Muslim issue and create a communal divide in the domestic politics of India. The same effect is produced by some opposition leaders at the national level who criticised the ‘muscular’ policy of the Modi government towards Pakistan but maintained deliberate silence on the infiltration of terrorists by Pakistan’s ISI across the LOC to create violence in the state. The campaign for General Election this time has deepened the communal antagonism on majority-minority line and left the country vulnerable to Pak machinations to generate militancy as a byproduct of communal disharmony. In the initial decades after Independence, India witnessed communal riots primarily because of the legacy of Partition but these subsided as the democratic processes took firm root and equality of rights played out for everybody. The rise of new global terror that invokes the cause of Islam has made it possible – particularly because of the mischief of Pak agencies – for radicalisation to seep into India, howsoever small may be its spread in the country so far. The events at Colombo come as a wake-up call for our security set-up. Various communities of India at the level of average citizens want to lead a peaceful life and make use of whatever opportunities of economic advancement that would become available to them. It should not be difficult to achieve a convergence amongst all communities on the external threats to national security if the leaders of the communities did not seek political power by dividing the people. Our laws and security policy should provide for quick punishment for those who tried to gain from the advocacy of violence in course of projection of religion into politics. Our ruling dispensation should be upfront about it – this seems to be the major learning from the 2019 national election. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Historical Facts Confirm Algerias Role in Western Sahara Conflict El Khalfi

Rabat – Morocco’s government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, has reiterated Algeria’s responsibility in the Western Sahara conflict, emphasizing that this responsibility is supported by historical facts, data, and positions that date back more than forty years.After Thursday’s cabinet meeting, El Khalfi told the press that Algeria is responsible for several issues, including the founding of the separatist front, and the continued representation the Polisario at the African Union.El Khalfi also condemned Algeria’s provision of arms, financing, and accommodation to the separatists, deploring Algeria’s hostilities to undermine Morocco’s territorial and national integrity at the international level. France will Not Oppose Morocco’s Military Intervention Against PolisarioAccording to El Khalfi, Algeria’s position is contradictory to its claims of defending the right to self-determination and exposes an intention to undermine the territorial integrity of the country, adding that the Moroccan people, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, have been firmly facing this hostility.El Khalfi also referred to Algeria’s position in opposition to former UN Personal Envoy Peter Van Walsum, who characterized the Western Sahara independence as unrealistic, emphasizing that an “independent Western Sahara is not an attainable goal.” His statement angered Polisario and its main supporters, including South Africa and Algeria.In 2008, Van Walsum also expressed his support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, noting that it is the right way to end the conflict.On April 4, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, calling on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibility in the search for a solution to the regional conflict.Algeria Bears ‘Full Responsibility’ in Western Sahara Conflict: King Mohammed VI“It is Algeria that hosts, arms, backs up, and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario,” said the King in his letter, which was personally delivered to the UNSG by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita in New York.Algeria, however, has been denying and ignoring its responsibility, claiming that it should not cooperate in finding a solution for the regional conflict.During an interview given to French TV channel France 24, Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said that Morocco “claims” that the Western Sahara conflict is “a matter between Algeria and Morocco, whereas it is not the case. It is a case between Morocco and the Sahrawi people, and between Morocco and the decisions of the United Nations.”“Negotiations” on this situation have always been between “the Polisario representatives and Morocco, it will not change,” he claimed.Over the past months, Polisario’s escalation in the east Morocco’s defense wall has intensified tensions in the region, with Morocco calling on the UN and the Security Council to pressure the separatist group to withdraw from the region.Morocco has also warned that its army militias  will not hesitate to repel any further escalation from the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.Earlier this week, an Algerian military plane crashed while it was on its way to the Tindouf camps, laying bare Algeria’s deep involvement in the Western Sahara dispute. Among the 257 people who were killed in the crash, 26 people were Polisario members.Algeria’s Foreign Minister Claims His Country Shouldn’t Be Involved in Western Sahara Negotiations read more

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANBERRA, Australia – The new boss of Australia’s postal service will be paid less than half the 5.6 million Australian dollar ($4.3 million) salary package that made her predecessor Australia’s highest-paid public servant.Christine Holgate was named as the new managing director and chief executive officer of Australia Post on a salary of AU$1,375 000 plus a performance pay of up to the same amount, a government statement said Tuesday.Her predecessor Ahmed Fahour announced in February he would quit the government-owned corporation, two weeks after his pay was made public by a Senate committee and sparked a political furor.Holgate has been chief executive of Blackmores Group, the Australian manufacturer of vitamins and dietary supplements, since 2008, and in 2015 was named Australia’s CEO of the Year by the Melbourne-based CEO Institute.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who complained that Fahour had been paid too much, welcomed Holgate’s appointment.“It is a great Australian and a great hire,” Turnbull told Melbourne RadioTriple M, before Holgate was officially named.Her pay raises will be decided by the Remuneration Tribunal, the same independent statutory authority that sets the pay for federal lawmakers, judges and senior bureaucrats. Fahour’s pay had been decided by Australia Post’s board of directors.The tribunal has awarded Turnbull an AU$10,350 pay rise which will take his salary next week to AU$527, 854.Fahour leaves Australia Post on July 28. Holgate take up her appointment in October, after leaving Blackmores on Sept. 29.The highest-paid Australian public servant after Fahour was Bill Morrow, chief executive of Australia’s government-owned NBN Co., who was paid AU$3.6 million last year, including an AU$1.2 million bonus. NBN is rolling out Australia’s national broadband network.By contrast, U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive and Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s salary was $286,137 last year. read more

Harry Potter star reveals he is no longer recognised by children because

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed children no longer recognise him as the boy wizard as he approaches his 30th birthday.Radcliffe, 29, told MSNBC talk show Morning Joe new generations of Potter fans were often “disbelieving” of their parents when he is introduced to them.The actor first appeared as the fictional young wizard in 2001 when the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in UK cinemas.The eight-part film series, which culminated in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, spawned one of the world’s most successful film franchises, grossing an estimated £6 billion worldwide, according to Forbes.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But the 29-year-old admitted he is not immediately associated with J.K Rowling’s most famous character among younger fans of her books.Radcliffe said: “I do have a thing sometimes where I meet kids now and their parents will bring them up to me and they’ll be like ‘this is Harry Potter’ and the kids will be like ‘no it’s not’.”Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book in the US, 15 months after it hit the shelves in British bookshops.Radcliffe, who turns 30 next July, was 11 when he was cast in the first installment of the franchise, which catapulted him to global fame.He added: “It is very strange but also genuinely lovely when somebody comes up and says ‘you were a huge part of my childhood’.”For me The Simpsons was a massive thing and the idea that I could occupy a similar place in someone’s else life is so crazy and wonderful.”I always say I’m incredibly lucky to have got famous with Harry Potter because it is a genuinely beloved thing.”Radcliffe is currently based in New York where he is performing in new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, based on a 2012 book of the same name about an essay examining the suicide of a 16-year-old boy in Las Vegas.  read more

Scrap metal trade to be reopened on a limited basis again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt promises new legislation governing scrap metal exportation before year-endJune 18, 2018In “Business”Passage of scrap metal legislation likely next yearDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”Scrap metal trade to resume soonSeptember 27, 2018In “Business” Meanwhile, on another issue, Gaskin said that his Ministry is trying to determine the legitimacy of the newly formed Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association (GMD&GEA). The Association has since took the Government to task for the continued ban on the scrap metal trade.According to Gaskin however, Government recognizes the GMRA and they are still trying to understand who the new association really represents, and whether there is some conflict between the two groupings.“I am just trying to find out who the body is before I engage them because I don’t want to enter any discussion with a body that represents the industry and then find out that it is not so or represent the members. I really need to get a better sense of who they are and who their members are,” he added.Gaskin said that until such time that it is sorted out Government will continue to recognize the GMRA only. (Samuel Sukhnandan) Minister of Business Dominic GaskinAfter several months of delays, Government has decided to reopen the scrap metal trade next month on a limited basis to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the resumption of the trade has not been announced, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin told this media group on Monday that the date depends on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers a few weeks ago to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry is trying to implement.According to him, it is a software system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumes, creating a level playing field for all.“We’ve met with them, we’ve discussed it with them and we have arranged some training sessions for them to familiarize themselves with how the system will work and we are looking to do a little resumption starting next month. I can’t give you an exact date because it depends on a lot of things,” he explained.Gaskin said with the resumption of the trade, it will give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that its working and also that it will help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired from some of the exporters or dealers yards.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that. The main reason for this, was to allow exporters, to ship out the existing stock for a limited period of three months, and ensure that there is no pile up of these materials. read more

Windows 81 brings 3D printing to the masses

first_imgThe 3D printing revolution is already well under way, and Microsoft is adding fuel to the fire. Windows 8.1 is going to ship with a number of features designed to deliver a seamless, hassle-free 3D print experience to its users.It’s a very progressive (and proactive) move by Microsoft. 3D printing hasn’t quite gone mainstream, after all. The hardware — although much more affordable now than in years past — is still expensive by most peoples’ standards. There are also some very valid questions people struggle to answer, like “what exactly would I do with a 3D printer?”Still, with prices falling and things like the downloadable Pirate Bay ship and printable gun (for better or worse) generating interest, what better time to make sure Windows is ready to play nice with 3D printers when consumers do start bringing them home en masse?Microsoft may also have been thinking about the needs of its businesses customers here. It was, after all, Microsoft’s General Manager of the Startup Business Group Shanen Boettcher who penned the official blog post.3D printers have made rapid prototyping an in-house phenomenon, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes to go from a concept to a marketable product in many cases. Microsoft itself utilized Stratasys Objet printers to develop the Xbox One’s new controller.Product development and 3D printing will become inextricably intertwined, and the technology’s tendrils will spread elsewhere in the corporate world, too. Who knows, maybe one day soon you’ll be able to print out new parts based on HP’s own specs to replace the stripped gears in your aging LaserJet instead of overpaying for replacements.last_img read more

Tuberculose larrêt de la vaccination na pas eu dimpact négatif

first_imgTuberculose : l’arrêt de la vaccination n’a pas eu d’impact négatifSelon une étude publiée dans le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), l’arrêt en 2007 du vaccin obligatoire anti-tuberculose BCG pour les nourrissons n’a pas fait augmenter le nombre de cas chez les enfants en France.D’après l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), la tuberculose est la deuxième cause de mortalité par infection, après le VIH, avec 1,3 millions de décès en 2010. Pour cette même année, ce sont ainsi quelque 8,8 millions de cas qui ont été recensés dans le monde dont 40% en Asie du Sud-Est et 26% en Afrique subsaharienne. La France, elle, est considérée comme un pays à faible incidence. Néanmoins, certaines régions notamment l’Ile-de-France (IdF) montrent des taux bien plus élevés que d’autres.En 2007, l’obligation de vaccination par BCG chez tous les enfants et l’adolescent a ainsi été suspendue pour laisser place à une forte recommandation de vaccination pour les enfants considérés comme les plus exposés à la maladie, notamment ceux résidant en Ile-de-France et en Guyane. Il y a peu, les autorités sanitaires françaises ont donc lancé une étude pour connaitre l’impact de cette modification sur le nombre de cas. Des travaux dont les résultats viennent juste d’être publiés dans le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH). Selon ceux-ci, l’arrêt de la vaccination n’a eu aucun impact négatif en France.”Le nombre de cas de tuberculose chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans, en 2010, est stable par rapport à la période 2000-2005″, soulignent les chercheurs de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) cités par l’AFP. Ainsi, ce sont 120 cas de tuberculose qui ont été recensés chez des enfants de moins de cinq ans, contre 129 en moyenne par an sur la période 2000-2005. De même, la proportion de cas de tuberculose pédiatrique sur le total de la population touchée en France reste à la fois faible et stable avec 2,3% des cas en 2010 contre 2,2% des cas en 2000/2005. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Globalement, la part des cas de tuberculose survenant chez les moins de 5 ans est stable et le nombre de formes graves de l’enfant reste très faible en France, ce qui constitue un élément rassurant”, estime l’étude qui note même une diminution des cas de tuberculose chez les enfants en IdF.Ne pas relâcher les efforts Concernant la vaccination elle-même, les données montrent que près de 80% des enfants de moins de neuf mois ont été vaccinés en IdF en 2010. Cependant en dehors de cette région, la couverture vaccinale reste insuffisante pour les enfants considérés comme à risque, à savoir principalement ceux nés dans une zone de forte endémie ou bien d’un parent venant d’une telle zone, jugent les chercheurs de l’InVS. Pour la population générale, les données en matière de tuberculose en France témoignent d’une baisse des cas déclarés en 2009 et en 2010 avec 5.187 cas en 2010, en baisse de 1,7% sur 2009. Malgré tout la vigilance reste de mise selon l’étude. “L’augmentation des taux de déclaration dans un certain nombre de départements franciliens, même si elle est très limitée, et les taux élevés retrouvés parmi les personnes nées à l’étranger et récemment arrivées en France doivent inciter à ne pas relâcher les efforts de lutte antituberculeuse dans un contexte de fortes disparités”, souligne ainsi le BEH.Le 12 juin 2012 à 12:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

In Our View Gov Inslee Must Veto Public Records Bill

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee should veto the Legislature’s shameful attempt to make state government more secretive and less responsive to the public. He must send a strong reminder to lawmakers that they work for the people of Washington and that such a role does not place them outside the reach of the law.This issue carries such weight that The Columbian, in concert with other newspapers throughout the state, is publishing this editorial in the lead position on our web page and on Page A1 of the print edition. We believe it is essential for the public to be aware of and to understand the lengths to which lawmakers have gone to keep that public in the dark.On Friday, in action appalling in both intent and process, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation to circumvent a recent court decision. That ruling, in Thurston County Superior Court, determined that information such as lawmakers’ emails and schedules are subject to public disclosure laws — the same laws that must be followed by city and county officials throughout the state.Rather than recognize their duty as public servants, legislators cynically responded by creating and passing a bill to retroactively protect that information. Instead, the bill would make limited information available beginning July 1.In other words, a duly elected judge ruled that the Legislature has been violating the law regarding public records, so the Legislature changed the law. The action is an indefensible power play that poorly serves the citizens of the state.last_img read more

NBB Calls on Members to Speak Up for RFS

first_imgIn a letter to members this week, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe called on NBB members to stand up in defense of the Renewable Fuels Standard in response to calls by petroleum groups for its repeal.“The oil industry is pulling out all the stops to get the RFS repealed. While we do not expect a repeal vote in the near term, efforts to undermine or severely weaken the program could gain momentum at any moment, and we don’t know where that could lead given the unpredictable nature of Congress,” Jobe wrote.Jobe also called on NBB members to visit the group’s Fueling Action advocacy site, from which visitors can send a letter to the Obama Administration calling for a 2014 volume increase.“This is not a drill,” Jobe added. “The RFS is under attack, and we have to raise the volume of our advocacy to defend it.”last_img read more

Caesars steps up Japan IR campaign with Celine Dion concert in Tokyo

first_img Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors RelatedPosts Breaking Barriers Load More More importantly, the Tokyo show was seen as a specific opportunity to highlight the company’s non-gaming proficiency directly to the Japanese market.“Caesars Entertainment is the global leader in creating world-class live entertainment experiences and we are delighted that we helped bring Celine Dion back to Japan for the first time in 12 years,” said Caesars President and CEO Mark Frissora.“Live Entertainment has been key to our success as the preeminent IR operator. With the IR legislation reaching its final stages, we hope this concert demonstrates our commitment to developing meaningful partnerships in Japan.”The concert was attended by a number of key Caesars executives including President of International Development Steve Tight, Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility Jan Jones Blackhurst, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Korea and Japan William Shen as well as members of Caesars’ Japan Advisory Council.“Entertainment for the whole family is at the core of Caesars Entertainment and it was a delight to see such a wide range of people enjoying Celine’s concert,” Tight said. “Shows like this take place at Caesars Entertainment Integrated Resorts every day, so I hope this concert gave the audience a real taste of the type of entertainment you can expect at a Japanese Entertainment Resort.”In its announcement, Caesars reiterated its vision to build “a world-class integrated resort which would bring world-class entertainment to Japanese audiences while also showcasing Japanese culture and entertainment to visitors from all over the world.” Caesars Las Vegas hosts celebration of Japan’s Reiwa era Caesars Entertainment Corporation has stepped up its campaign to win a Japan integrated resort license with superstar singer Celine Dion launching a 22-city Asia-Pacific tour inside the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday night.The tour has been touted as the latest milestone in the 15-year history of collaboration between Caesars and Dion, who began her first residency at Caesars Palace in 2003 and recently launched a new residency titled “Celine.”last_img read more