first_imgRangers boss Gerrard won’t keep Ejaria from returning to Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard won’t hold onto Ovie Ejaria against his will.The on-loan Liverpool midfielder could seek a return to Anfield in January.Asked what was behind the issue, Gerrard said: “That’s what I’m going to try and find out during the conversations. “At times, he has looked fantastic but I think his form has dipped slightly in the last couple of days, so I need to find out.”Ovie is a very quiet kid, he doesn’t give you much. I might have to dig deep to try and find out what’s going on. “He’s a young kid, he’s living away from his family. There might be other stuff going on in his life that I’m not aware of yet.”The reality is he’s a Liverpool player and Liverpool have almost got to take charge of this.”Yes, we’ve got a loan situation with Ovie but we wouldn’t keep a kid who was unhappy. I wouldn’t stand in any kid’s way whether he was signed with us or on loan.”I want players here who are committed and want to help and want to play here.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has received approvals for crosstie-less design for very large crude carriers (VLCC).The shipbuilder applied for the patents from 8 countries for a new type of cargo hold structure without crosstie (horizontal stiffeners) which has been applied to the VLCC since 2010.Starting with patent registration in Japan in 2015, it was approved in the United States, Greece, UK, Norway, France and China in 2016.DSME revealed that the final approval needed was received from the Korean Intellectual Property Office in July 2019.The shipbuilder has been developing the crosstie-less concept since 2009, and has applied this design concept to VLCCs since 2011 for the first time in the world, according to DSME.The crosstie-less concept is to secure the required strength for design loads including sloshing by enhancing the existing vertical structural members.DSME said it had delivered 47 of the total of 71 VLCCs without crosstie so far, whith another 24 VLCCs without crosstie currently being built.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsMontreal’s police force is looking into whether officers properly responded to an assault complaint.Jeannie Icebound was Christmas shopping when she was attacked.A bystander called police, but the did little to help.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season is unusually strong, which suggests that, come October, we may be watching the the most stacked playoff fields in memory. That’s great news for fans — but it’s also really bad news for the wannabes and would-be Cinderellas that are currently chasing the front-runners.One easy way to visualize the power balance of a league is to look at how its teams at any given ranking slot measure up to those from other seasons in the past. For example, the Dodgers have the best Elo rating (1602) of any top-ranked team through July 20 of a season in the expansion era (since 1961). Likewise, the Astros are by far the best second-ranked Elo team of the expansion era.Go down the line, and each of Elo’s top six teams carries one of the strongest ratings in modern history for its slot. The third ranked Washington Nationals, for instance, are more like the top team in an average season than a mere third wheel. The Boston Red Sox would be running a strong third most seasons; this year, they’re a distant fourth. The Indians and Cubs can both tell similar stories. As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a championship push. According to Elo, we haven’t seen a stronger crop of elite teams in the expansion era than this season’s top six.1The top six teams of 2017 carry an average Elo rating of 1562.5, which beats out 1998 (1557.9) for the highest average for the top six teams through July 20 of a season since 1961.As recently as a few years ago, you could have lamented the lack of dominant teams at the top of the major leagues. At this same time in 2015, for instance, the leading Elo teams were among the weakest at their slots in the expansion era. But baseball’s era of parity seems to be officially over, with the game moving back toward imbalance. While a top-heavy MLB might never look like its basketball equivalent,2Even this season, the Dodgers’ winning percentage works out to a mere 57-win pace in the NBA — which would have only bought them the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. it’s still going to be tougher than usual for aspiring contenders to break through — a fact you can bet every GM is keenly aware of in the lead-up to the deadline. read more

Sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the finalset of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 MIVA) added a fourth conference win  after defeating Quincy (8-6, 0-4 MIVA) in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-15).The first set began as a blowout for the Buckeyes, who started the set with a 10 point lead, 12-2. In the next 20 plays, however, the Hawks made a comeback through a series of kills by Quincy senior outside hitter Anthony Winter and sophomore outside hitter Omari Wheeler. The Hawks also capitalized on Ohio State’s errors and pulled within one point, trailing 18-17.“It was a little disappointing the way we came out and got a big lead in set one and then just kind of gave them some runs of points on our errors,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said.The Buckeyes scored seven more points and kept the Hawks at bay to win the set 25-22. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hit a .556 and contributed six of the team’s 14 kills in the opening set. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson came alive in the second set, helping out the team both in defense and offense with three blocks and two kills. Ohio State hit a .526 and won the second set 25-15.The third set of the match was another struggle for the Hawks, who hit .000 for the second-straight set. Quincy had a total of four kills compared to the Buckeyes’ 15 kills. Dominating the set, Ohio State spread out its offense with consistent attacks across the board, leading to another 25-15 win to seal the match.Hanson said he felt his team did well responding to the rough first set, bouncing back to dominate the final two sets of the match.“It was nice to see that the guys understood that’s not acceptable, and they played a much cleaner game in sets two and three and did what we’re capable of doing,” he said.Throughout the match, Hervoir and ’ sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss stood out offensively. Hervoir led the team with 11 kills and Devilbiss had a team-high 13.5 points. Leeson topped the blocking leaderboard with four total blocks.The Buckeyes have not lost a conference game and Quincy has not won a conference game, so the Buckeyes had to deal with the threat of remaining focused despite the difference in the level of competition. “I knew it would be a team that if we fell asleep, it would be hard,” Hervoir said. “Like you have seen, in the first set, they came back. We were way ahead and they came back slowly just because we fell asleep. Because of that, I was ready to put energy on the court and help everybody to talk, talk, talk, talk.”Despite winning, Hervoir said Ohio State did not play as aggressively as he felt it should. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun shoots a free throw during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLast season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team averaged 85 points per game.As it looks ahead to the 2018-19 season, only 6.5 of those points will be returning to the roster.Having lost one of the greatest basketball players ever to don a scarlet and gray uniform in Kelsey Mitchell and three other regular starters for the Buckeyes, Ohio State had already been gutted of enough of its roster. On Tuesday, that escalated further when Rutgers announced that Ohio State redshirt senior guard Sierra Calhoun — the only remaining starter from last season — would be heading east to wear a new kind of scarlet as a graduate transfer.During the 2017-18 season, Calhoun was fourth on the team with an average of 11.6 minutes per game. She also was the team’s second-best 3-point shooter among the starters, having made 77-of-215 shots for a 35.8 percent success rate. She started all 35 games with Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper. Guard Asia Doss started in 30 games, but forward Alexa Hart filled in for the other five due to an ankle injury to Doss late in the year.Calhoun’s departure leaves Ohio State without much of any experience to turn to from the prior season.Redshirt senior Makayla Waterman is the only returning player to have averaged more than 10 minutes over the course of the season. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.The top returning guard and the player with an inside shot at cracking the starting five is former five-star recruit Jensen Caretti, who averaged 8.7 minutes, 2.4 points and 0.6 assists per game in her freshman campaign with Ohio State. This means Ohio State’s lineup, expectedly, will take on a completely different look. The Buckeyes will have unfamiliar players at guard, but the team still has a plethora of other options. Ohio State received five graduate transfers, all of whom were guards for their former schools: Adreana Miller from La Salle, Najah Queenland from Pacific, Carly Santoro from Bowling Green, Ashanti Abshaw from Cleveland State and Carmen Grande from Bowling Green.It also added four-star guard recruit Janai Crooms, who is listed as the No. 62 overall recruit by ESPN.Grande, who has compiled the second-most assists in the country over the past three seasons, could be counted on to become one of the team’s top ball-handlers while Abshaw leaves the Vikings having become the third-fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 points. That guard depth could be tested by an Ohio State team that has traditionally used four starters at guard as opposed to a more traditional three- or two-guard lineup. Last season, head coach Kevin McGuff started four guards in 30 of the team’s 35 total games. That could again be the case in 2018-19 given the team’s lack of forward depth. Outside of Waterman, Ohio State will have only three-star freshman Aaliyah Patty, four-star freshman Dorka Juhasz and former walk-on Savitha Jayaraman at forward. Patty is listed as the No. 17 overall forward in the 2018 class according to ESPN, while Prospects Nation lists Juhasz as the No. 12 overall international prospect coming to the U.S. to play in 2018. This season will be a trial by fire for most of Ohio State’s roster. Now with Calhoun leaving, the Buckeyes face the prospect of putting out a team with little to no existing chemistry, relying on a roster that returns four players in total and sees nine new players entering the fold.Finding another Mitchell will be difficult if not impossible for McGuff in this this new-look roster. But, he will hope to find a group that can at least come close to the 85 points of last season. read more

first_img(AP Photo) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh yeah, it’s fantastic. To have been gone so long — two preseason and regular season games — and finally get home, and it is Monday night. There should be an unbelievable atmosphere in the stadium. So yeah, you couldn’t ask for anything more as a player and a coach.”On what made him think that WR J.J. Nelson could play in the NFL when he scouted him in college:“Because he was a very, very fast guy that could change direction easily and stop easily. A lot of very fast guys, you go way back to (Olympic medalist) John Carlos and all those guys that tried to play football, they couldn’t stop, and they couldn’t turn. He did it fluidly. He had a great high speed. (Ravens WR) Mike Wallace was the same, just a little bit bigger. So, those traits usually show up as a pretty good wide receiver, and he’s doing a good job of catching balls over the middle now. Just don’t try to put him in too much harm’s way.”On if Nelson has shown improvement off the press and getting away from defenders:“Oh yeah. He’s always had it, and he’s gotten better and better. The bigger ones, Pat (Peterson) gives him a little problem, but there aren’t many Pats around.” 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to game day.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Nothing injury-wise to report. Everything was a walkthrough today. It was a very, very good learning day. I think it was a good start to the week as far as getting used to a little bit different offense and, obviously, a very different defense that they play that we’ve been seeing. So, we’ll put the pads on tomorrow and, hopefully, the breeze keeps up and we’ll get outside. Looking forward to building as this week goes on.” On what part of the Cardinals’ defense has impressed him most:“Just the effort and the communication has been so good. The mental errors are way, way down. Maybe they’re 70 percent down from last year.”On how many defensive mental errors there were against the Colts:“Four.”On whether he saw a different Elliott in the Cowboys-Broncos game:“No. I saw a team that got behind. Then obviously, you’ve got to start throwing it. That changes everything when you’re down.”On if he was in Arizona very long before he recognized the Cowboys’ local popularity:“Oh yeah. I was here about a week. I heard all the stories, and rightfully so. They had no team they could root for, so obviously, they’re not going to change their allegiance.”On the wild finishes in prior Cardinals-Cowboys games:“Yeah. Yeah. That history is fantastic and having been a part of only one, it was nice.”On whether he’s ever pounded on the podium at the press conference at the end of a game:“No. I don’t think so.”On whether he’s more encouraged today about the possibility that WR John Brown will play:“No, not really. I have to see him run before I can get encouraged.”On having the home-opener on a national stage:center_img Top Stories On whether it benefits the team to have an extra practice:“Oh yes, indeed. In the past, we probably would have gone a lot harder, but having judged those things in the last two years, working four days in a row probably wasn’t the best thing physically. It is mentally, rather than practicing a day, being off a day and practicing a day.”On if Strength and Conditioning Coach Buddy Morris had to convince him to alter the practice schedule:“Yeah, it really did, because we’ve had success the other way. They had good numbers of our guys. Once you see the data, it’s probably easier.”On the Broncos’ success against the Cowboys and using that as a blueprint for this Monday’s game:“Well, if I could have (Broncos LB) Von Miller, I’d be happy. He’s special. We’ve got a pretty good one, so yeah. It’s a copycat league, but you can’t change what you do. They have some unique stuff that they run that you have to be very aware for. Hopefully our matchups are pretty solid.”On how he prepares for the game with the possibility that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott may not play:“It doesn’t matter. They’re not changing what they do. Just like the (Colts) quarterback last week. Whoever that running back is, they’re not putting in a different offense.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On the possibility that $LB Deone Bucannon will play:“Yes. There is a chance, yes.”On what Bucannon’s return does for the rotation:“Just adds him to the mix. Finding a role for him right now. He’s basically learned everything while he’s been out. He can play just about any position – mike, dollar, whatever it took.”On when and where specifically he saw the road trips wear the team out:“In practice last Friday, mostly. It hit me, and I knew it hit them.”On churning the bottom of the roster with LB Philip Wheeler’s return, and what he says to a player when the team keeps moving him:“He’s a pro. He gets a paycheck. It was a matter of possibly being inactive or getting a player that was going to be active because of injury. He understands this. He knows his situation.”On why players like WR Larry Fitzgerald and Cowboys TE Jason Witten can play at a high level for so long:“They take great care of themselves. They’re not guys that are abusing their bodies. Larry gets plenty of rest, and so does Jason. Jason’s a great guy. When you look at what they do in the community, you know why they have longevity as a player.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgItalian broadcaster Mediaset has moved to distance itself from an emerging scandal surrounding Emilio Fede, the former head of the broadcaster’s news service TG4.According to La Stampa newspaper, Fede is being investigated for allegedly being in possession of compromising photos – which may have been a photomontage – of Mediaset’s head of information, Mauro Crippa, in the company of transsexuals, that he may have used to attempt to blackmail his former employers.The discovery of the photos emerged when police searched the home of Fede’s personal trainer, a former convict called Gaetano Ferri. That search was carried out in relation to audio files Ferri allegedly possessed containing material about disgraced former prime minister and Mediaset chairman Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian senator, Berlusconi adviser and convicted Mafia associate Marcello Dell’Utri and Karima El Mahrough, known as ‘Ruby the Heartbreaker’.Prosecutors have now reportedly instructed the police to acquire copies of documents related to Fede’s dismissal by Mediaset as part of their investigation.Mediaset said that Fede’s dismissal in 2010 and the subsequent agreement of a severance payment was determined in line with the company’s practice and in accordance with Italy’s labour laws. Acknowledging that Fede is being investigated for blackmail, it said that this had clearly not prevented his dismissal. The company said it would look to take further action, possibly including civil action against the perpetrators of the offence, once it had access to the investigation’s documents.last_img read more

first_imgRSCC’s Zheleznogorsk satellite control facilityRussian satellite operator RSCC’s new Express-AM8 satellite has become operational at the 14° West orbital slot.Express-AM8 is designed for TV broadcasting services including those distributed nationally across Russia under the country’s Federal TV development programme, as well as data and internet access, corporate and agency-owned communications networks. Express-AM8 also provides communications services for marine and mobile applications.The coverage zones of Express-AM8 in the С- and Ku-bands include Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.“By commissioning the Express-AM8 satellite, RSCC completes the implementation of the Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation in 2009-2018 Federal Target Programme in respect of the orbital constellation deployment,” said RSCC Director-General Yuri Prokhorov.“Thanks to satellite technologies, 98% of Russia’s residents have access to digital broadcasts. Our Company has fulfilled its obligations to build the space segment and terrestrial infrastructure for distributing generic TV/radio digital packages across Russia.”last_img read more

first_imgVirgin Media has claimed victory in an appeal hearing relating to the eleventh and final outstanding patent case brought against it by Rovi.The Court of Appeal dismissed Rovi’s claims in a ruling delivered last week, upholding a May 2014 High Court ruling that found Rovi’s claims to be invalid.Rovi had sued Virgin Media over a patent related to sending two signals to a TV or set-top box – one prompting a viewer to request more information on-screen, the other providing the information.Rovi has made 11 patent claims against Virgin Media since 2008, but the UK pay TV operator claims that all of these have now either been revoked by a court ruling or by the European Patent Office.“Virgin Media’s staunch defence of Rovi’s meritless patent claims has been vindicated in every single case heard by the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Each and every Court decision has confirmed that our position regarding Rovi patents has been justified,” claimed Brigitte Trafford, chief corporate affairs officer at Virgin Media.last_img read more

first_imgAndroid Provides Flexibility to Users in Terms of Hardware, International Availability, and Customization Options for Both Non-Touch and Touch Display PanelsSkykit LLC, an Agosto Holdings company and the first digital signage content management system (CMS) built on Google Cloud and integrated with G Suite and Drive, announced the availability of Skykit for Android. The Android offering gives customers an expanded choice of hardware devices that Skykit can support. It also makes Skykit available to organizations that may not be using Chrome.Android provides more options for specialized player deployments, including off-the-shelf media players, integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) players, and customized options for both touch and display panels. SoC displays eliminate the need to purchase a media player, saving space and power usage, which is especially beneficial to high volume enterprise installations as it reduces installation times, field service costs, and the overall capital outlay.“Skykit on Android amplifies the product’s inherent flexibility by supporting a variety of devices running Android all while using our existing cloud services,” said Irfan Khan, CEO of Skykit. “This is simply an expansion of Skykit’s ability to serve our customers’ digital signage requirements.”Marketing Technology News: Ping Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust DeploymentsSkykit is debuting its Android version at InfoComm, North America’s largest trade event for the audiovisual industry, taking place in Orlando, Florida. Skykit can be found from June 12-14 in the Exhibit Hall on West Level 2 (see map here) in the following partner booths: Agosto Holdingscontent management systemIrfan KhanMarketing TechnologyNewsSkykit for AndroidSystem-on-Chip Previous ArticleAltran expands European Data Science and AI capabilitiesNext ArticleCapgemini and ISAI Announce the Launch of a Fund for B2B Start-Ups and Scale-Ups PartnerBoothFocus Elo249Corporate communications use cases, best practices and branding. Skykit Launches Android Version of Digital Signage Product at InfoComm Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 7:14 pmJune 12, 2019 Peerless3429Education industry use cases, best practices and branding. “The Philips partnership with Skykit reflects our ability to bring innovative products and solutions to our clients,” said Joseph King, Senior Director Commercial Displays, North America at Philips. “System-on-chip (SOC) displays powered by Android allow users to tap into the power of the graphics processor in Philips displays, which are strong enough to handle complex multimedia output.”Marketing Technology News: OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale SystemsSkykit is a fully managed SaaS built on Google Cloud Platform which means there is nothing to install, update, or patch for the CMS, device administration, or reporting applications. Its media players are supported by cloud services that are built out on the infinitely scalable Google Cloud. The CMS web-based interface lets users create and edit content with tools they already use—such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Slides, YouTube videos, web streams and more—and easily publish content to one screen or thousands with the click of a button.Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform Philips3421Transportation industry use cases, best practices and branding. AOPEN220Skykit Meeting Manager (beta). Preview capabilities that let users book meeting rooms and manage conference room devices using Skykit.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019Caring for someone with dementia is one of the most challenging caring roles in today’s society. A new Health and Social Care in the Community study has explored the support and social networks of family carers of people with dementia towards the end of life and the role of the internet in supporting them.In interviews with 20 current and former family carers aged 65 and over in England, carers described a separation of two worlds: their internal caring world and the outside world of society, with varying networks of support. Carers discussed experiencing a spectrum of losses but also a process of reconstruction of life as a carer. The internet helped to provide support, including options to develop new relationships and networks. The internet alone was not enough, however, and human interaction was still needed.”The findings from our work suggest that family carers can feel separated from society, and have to develop new social and support networks,” said lead author Dr. Nathan Davies, of University College London. “As our population ages and internet savvy groups age and become carers themselves, I think we will increasingly see the internet being used by carers as a source of support for them in this difficult caring role. With this we need to emphasize the use and benefits of the internet for social networking for carers whilst also remembering it cannot replace face to face human contact.”​ Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/health-and-social-care-community/study-examines-support-those-caring-loved-one-dementilast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 20 2019A new tool to help physiotherapy students master complex fine motor skills needed to assess and treat patients suffering physical conditions, such as back pain and spinal cord injuries, is being used at the University of Melbourne.Developed by researchers in the University’s School of Computing and Information Systems and the Department of Physiotherapy, the device – SpinalLog – looks and feels like a human spine.Using smart foam sensors, SpinalLog measures the pressure being applied to the spine by the student’s hand or fingers during a simulated assessment.Related StoriesWoman who does not feel painSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyCompounded pain relief creams not effective finds studyThis information is then displayed on a 3D spinal model depicted on-screen, providing real-time visual feedback on the pressure pattern and technique used to mobilize the spine.University of Melbourne Human-Computer Interaction lecturer Eduardo Velloso, who helped design the device, said SpinalLog offers students a safe way of practicing their skills.”Traditionally, to teach these skills, the instructor demonstrates a force pattern on a volunteer and asks students to practice on each other by replicating the moment,” Dr Velloso said.”However, because these movements are very subtle, it is difficult for students to obverse them fully. Similarly, when students perform the movements themselves, it is difficult for instructors to provide feedback based on what they can see.”Preliminary tests show the visual feedback has a huge impact on students’ ability to replicate the force pattern demonstrated by the instructor.University of Melbourne physiotherapy senior lecturer David Kelly said SpinalLog represents the real-life conditions of a human spine suffering different levels of stiffness, bringing the clinic, to the classroom.”Students get clear and immediate feedback on an authentic feeling spine,” Dr Kelly said.”This means they get a better experience; they learn faster and are able to mimic what the instructor is teaching them, making them better prepared for the sorts of techniques that they’ll need as practitioners.”​ Source:https://www.unimelb.edu.au/last_img read more

first_img Source: https://www.idsociety.org/news–publications-new/articles/2019/BACTERIA-IN-URINE-DOESNT-ALWAYS-INDICATE-INFECTION/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019Doctors should think carefully before testing patients for a urinary tract infection (UTI) to avoid over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic treatment, according to updated asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.ASB – the presence of bacteria in the urine without the symptoms of an infection – is quite common and has been identified as a contributor to antibiotic misuse, which promotes resistance. While the updated guidelines follow previous recommendations to avoid testing certain groups of patients who don’t have symptoms (called screening) – including healthy non-pregnant women, the elderly, people with diabetes and those with spinal cord injuries – they also include groups that weren’t previously addressed, such as infants and children, people who have had joint replacement or other non-urologic surgery and those who have had organ transplants.Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections’Scissors’ component of CRISPR/Cas9 sometimes gets stuckNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they work”Screening these patients is far too common and leads to the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics, which some studies suggest may actually increase the risk of a UTI, as well as contribute to other serious infections such as Clostridioides difficile,” said Lindsay E. Nicolle, MD, FIDSA, chair of the committee that developed the guidelines and professor emeritus at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. “Generally, physicians should not obtain urine cultures unless patients have symptoms consistent with an infection, such as burning during urination, frequent urination or abdominal pain or tenderness on the back near the lower ribs.”Some symptoms that people assume indicate a UTI – such as urine odor and confusion in the elderly – are usually caused by other conditions that should be ruled out before testing, Dr. Nicolle said.About 3 to 7 percent of healthy women have ASB at any given time, especially those who are sexually active, she said. About 50 percent of people with spinal injuries and 30 to 50 percent of people in nursing homes have ASB.The updated guidelines follow previous guideline recommendations to screen and treat only patients who are at risk of developing complications of ASB, including pregnant women and those undergoing endoscopic urologic procedures.last_img read more

first_imgPersonal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained. Citation: German politicians’ data posted online, govt probes source (2019, January 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-german-politicians-reportedly-hacked-online.html Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The data breach hit politicians at all levels, including the European, German and state parliaments as well as municipal officials, said Martina Fietz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel.”The German government takes this incident very seriously,” she said Friday, adding that the country’s cyber-defense center was investigating the breach.Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said an initial analysis suggests that the material was obtained from cloud services, email accounts or social networks. He said there was no indication that federal government or parliament computer systems were compromised.Fietz told reporters that “it appears, at first sight, that no sensitive information and data are included in what was published, including regarding the chancellor.”Public broadcaster RBB, which first reported on the issue Friday morning, said there appeared to be no method to what was posted via a Twitter account.Although the data reportedly include information such as cellphone numbers, addresses, internal party communications and in some cases personal bills and credit card details—some of the data years old—RBB said there appeared to be no politically sensitive documents.The German news agency dpa reported that the information included a fax number and email address belonging to Merkel and several letters to and from the chancellor.The Twitter account in question, which was still online early Friday with about 17,000 followers but was later suspended, had been active since mid-2017.The links it posted suggested that information on politicians from all parties in parliament except the far-right Alternative for Germany had been shared in daily batches before Christmas along with data on YouTubers and some other public figures. The last post was on Dec. 28.The head of Germany’s IT security agency, Arne Schoenbohm, said authorities had been aware of individual cases in December but material was posted online on a large scale Thursday evening. He said the agency believes data on about 1,000 people were involved, and confirmed that one party in parliament wasn’t affected—though he wouldn’t name it.Schoenbohm said there had been “a high two-digit number of attacks which were very successful” in which accounts were infiltrated and data and documents, such as copies of ID cards, extracted.”Via this infection, it seems that other data could be tapped, such as first and last names but also cellphone numbers,” he added.In many cases, he said, the information was limited or already publicly available. Schoenbohm’s agency was still working to figure out how the attack started and who was behind it.Schoenbohm said checks on some of the information shared in this case showed it was genuine, but authorities couldn’t rule out fake data having been mixed in.Germany has seen cyberattacks on government and parliament computer systems in recent years in which Russian-backed hackers were suspected. Berlin has been a leading backer of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine.German officials didn’t comment Friday on whether there were any indications foreign intelligence services were involved, citing the ongoing investigation.Tom Kellermann, the chief cybersecurity officer of Carbon Black, said the latest hack had all the hallmarks of Russian state-backed hackers.He said it made perfect sense that none of the targets in this hacking campaign was from Germany’s far right, and that it appeared aimed at “undermining the German political process and essentially stoking fires of the mob.””It’s in Russia’s best interests for the far-right politicians to be successful,” Kellermann added.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this picture taken Nov.21, 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks in the Bundestag. (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP) German Parliament chief to OK probe of WikiLeaks documentslast_img read more