Sony A6400 touts improved autofocus and object tracking

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_imgThe A6400 Sony When Sony announced the A6500 APS-C mirrorless in 2016, I took it as the successor to the A6300, despite the fact that that camera had only launched about six months earlier. Why? Because the A6300 lacked one incredibly important feature — in-body image stabilization — and I figured Sony was moving quickly to rectify that. But it turns out the new A6400 is the update for the A6300, packing what sounds like high-performance autofocus (AF) and improved photo and video quality, but in pretty much the same old body, lacking in-body image stabilization and using the (deservedly) much-maligned short-lived battery.It’s slated to ship in February at $900 for the body, in a kit with a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,000 or in a kit with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens for $1,300. The new hybrid autofocus system has the same 425 phase-detection points as the A6300, but bumps the contrast-detection areas from 169 to 425. That’s important, because contrast AF is what the A6400 (like most other cameras) uses for subject tracking. In addition, Sony threw in some AI to help with object recognition, and now the company claims it handles real-time eye tracking and has improved object recogition and faster AF subject lock. Win-win-win. Animal eye tracking will come in a future firmware update. Share your voice Crutchfield Sony’s new portable wireless speakers at CES 2019 Amazon $1,148 Mentioned Above Sony a6300 (with 18-135mm lens, black) 50 Photos The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 See it Best Buy Comment Now playing: Watch this: Review • Sony A6300 review: The A6300’s best-in-class images marred by annoying operation 1center_img $1,148 $1,149 See It $1,148 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony A6300 1:49 Cameras See It See It Tags An update to the latest image processor also boosts the features and image quality — it usually does — offering a higher maximum native sensitivity of ISO 32000 (both movie and still), an HLG Picture Profile for shooting HDR video, a 1080/120fps slo-mo speed and (finally!) an intervalometer for time-lapse.Sony also managed to upgrade the LCD, using a vertical flip-up touch screen this time. And unusually for a nonprofessional camera, the company now says its shutter life is rated for 200,000 cycles.Otherwise, the specs are similar, from the 11fps maximum continuous-shooting rate (with AE/AF) to its 24.2-megapixel resolution.It feels petty to complain, since you’ll still be getting a whole lot of camera for the money. But the lack of in-body IS, which was barely understandable three years ago, is doubly disappointing today, especially given the focus on shooting action and the camera’s prosumer orientation; OIS lenses are bulkier and more expensive than those without. As is sticking with the 360-shot NP-FW50 battery rather than giving us an improved, more efficient Z series like what debuted with the A9.The A9, by the way, is getting a big firmware update to support the new eye-tracking capabilities and more, starting in March; the A7 III and A7R III will be getting it in April.The A6500 is due for an update — likely the rumored A7000 — and you can bet it will get all the autofocus and image processor improvements and more, so the A6500’s price will probably drop from its current $1,200 level. At which point the decision of which to buy will get kind of confusing.Correction, 6:03 p.m. ET: Corrects animal eye-tracking availability. Sonylast_img read more


Houston Seeks to Expand Skilled Workforce through Investment in Poorer Schools

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img X Office of Houston City Council Member Karla CisnerosHouston City Council Member Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, will chair the City’s new Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.Houston has long wrestled with a shortage of skilled workers. The city’s latest solution is a long-term one that aims to tap a source that’s all-too-often neglected. It’s trying to steer more investment into the schools of its poorest neighborhoods.Companies have tried to address the workforce problem by luring new residents with higher wages and by building up training programs with community colleges. Now Houston City Council is launching a new Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.Council Member Karla Cisneros, who chairs the subcommittee, says there’s an important link between a child’s quality of life and the opportunities available when that child grows up.“It really comes down to equity,” Cisneros says. “Children that are living in traditionally unsupported neighborhoods, the opportunity doesn’t exist for them as [for] another child someplace else in our city that’s getting a chance to learn and grow right from day one.”The group will work with schools, private companies, and other partners to develop policies and recommend projects to fund. Its first meeting will take place Wednesday afternoon. 00:00 /00:50 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more


University Of St Thomas Announces New 4Year Campus In Conroe With A

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaConroe Mayor Toby Powell, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon, center, presenting University of St. Thomas President Richard Ludwick, right, a proclamation calling April 29 “Univerity of St. Thomas Day” in Conroe.Officials from the city of Conroe and the University of St. Thomas announced plans to build a satellite campus in Conroe at a joint press conference held Monday. Though the University of St. Thomas is primarily known for the liberal arts and humanities, nursing will be a major focus for its Conroe expansion. The campus will offer a traditional bachelor’s degree and an accelerated nursing program for those who already have a bachelor’s. Richard Ludwick, president of the University of St. Thomas, said the school’s focus is designed to mirror Conroe’s needs.“We think it makes sense, with the growing healthcare needs of the community and the terrific hospitals in this area for us to expand our Carol and Odis Peavey School of Nursing,” Ludwick said. “We have BSN [bachelor’s of science in nursing] programs, and we’ll have additional programming for accelerated bachelor’s of science in nursing and some other programs, too.”Ludwick also mentioned business, technology and aviation as areas of focus for the Conroe campus. In recent years, the university has focused on professional programs in an effort to reduce budget deficits.Conroe city council member Jody Czajkoski spearheaded the effort to bring a four-year university to the city. He thinks this new campus will help Conroe retain talented students and recruit new companies.“People look at Austin, Texas, and they say, ‘Hey, why do tech companies go to Austin, Texas?’ Well, they go to Austin, Texas because the University of Texas provides the employees for them,” Czajkoski said. “We’re going to create the same kind of incubator here in Conroe, and 10 years from now, you’re going to look at Conroe as a major medical and technology hub.”While the permanent campus is under construction, classes will be taught from a municipal building in Conroe, starting in 2020. Its permanent home hasn’t been finalized yet, but the university is considering Conroe’s Deison Technology Park.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaThough the location hasn’t been finalized, this concept shows a campus at Deison Technology Park.last_img read more


Cardinals Fall to Nebraska

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Cardinals play Wichita State in Lincoln on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.   Doubles competition1. Marina Cozac/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Raven Neely/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-22. Claire Reifeis/Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Sena Suswam/Diana Wong (LOU) 6-23. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Hayley Haakenstad/Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 7-5 Story Links Raven Neely evened the score at 1-1 with a win at No. 3 over Marina Cozac, who bowed out 6-1, 6-3.  Cardinal Diana Wong fell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6.   Nikolina Jovic tied the score at two for the Cardinals at No. 4, beating Jeannie Lozowski 6-3, 7-6.  Aleksandra Mally fell 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 1 to Claire Refeis to put Nebraska up 3-2.  Chloe Hamlin fell 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Jessica Aragon at No. 5 to tip the match to Nebraska. At No. 2, Sena Suswam battled Vasanti Shinde, winning  the first set 6-1, falling 6-4 in the second and leaving the third set tied at four when the match was clinched. Despite Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin winning 7-5 at No. 3, the Cardinals dropped the doubles point when Raven Neely and Nikolina Jovic fell 6-2 at No. 1 to Marina Cozac and Vasanti Shinde.  Sena Suswam and Diana Wong fell 6-2 to Claire Reifeis and Jessica Aragon at No. 2. Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 4-2 at Nebraska for its first loss of the season Friday night in Lincoln. The Cardinals, 9-1, dropped the doubles point and took three singles positions to a third set before bowing out.center_img Tennis Match ResultsLouisville vs NebraskaFeb 15, 2019 at Lincoln, Neb.(Dillon Tennis Center)  Singles competition1. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-12. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Sena Suswam (LOU) 1-6, 6-4, 4-4, unfinished3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Marina Cozac (NEB) 6-1, 6-34. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)5. Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-46. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3 Nebraska 4, Louisville 2 Match Notes:Louisville 9-1Nebraska 6-5Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,4,1,5)T-2:59  A-41  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Fatalities in dengue due to improper treatment dont panic over falling platelet

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the state Health department on Saturday attributed fatalities in dengue due to wrong treatment and made it clear that there is nothing to panic over fall in platelet count when somebody is affected with the vector-borne disease. The message from the state Health department was delivered during a workshop on prevention and control of the vector-borne disease organised by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department at Rabindra Sadan. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The platelet count of people in South-East Asia is normally a bit low than in other parts of the world. There is nothing to panic over platelet count when a patient is affected with dengue. Administering platelet to raise the count of a dengue patient in an indiscriminate manner may result in development of other serious complications in the patient,” said Pradip Mitra, director of Medical Education, state Health department. Doctor Bibhuti Saha of the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) reiterated that a dengue patient should not be administered platelet until his/her count falls below 10,000 and there is major bleeding from nose or other body parts. “We strictly adhere to this practice at our critical care unit at STM and doctors should remember that administration of platelet is required only for a few patients with dengue,” he asserted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDeputy Mayor of KMC Atin Ghosh said sustained awareness drives have brought down dengue cases in the city and some deaths took place because of improper treatment. “Many doctors and nurses of private hospitals lack training and do not abide by the protocol of the World Health Organisation in treating dengue,” he added. State Director of Health Services Ajay Chakraborty cautioned the health establishments treating dengue patients to be very careful and vigilant for at least two days even when fever of a patient goes down. “These two days after the remission of fever is extremely critical. Registering saline in a customised manner and monitoring of blood pressure, urine, pulse rate and respiration of the patient every four hours is very much necessary,” Chakraborty said. He added that the state Health department has already circulated a treatment protocol on its website and has commenced training of doctors and nurses to handle dengue patients in an efficient manner. “Our main focus will be to ensure that there is not a single death due to dengue as we believe that it is not at all a fatal disease,” he maintained.last_img read more


Trump Slump Canadians are still going but US sees 4 drop overall

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_img WASHINGTON D.C. — Has the Trump slump that the travel industry warned about finally hit?The number of international visitors arriving in the United States declined nearly 4% in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2016, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Travel and Tourism Office in Washington.Many sectors of the travel industry have been warning that President Donald Trump’s anti-foreigner rhetoric and immigration policies would lead to a drop in tourism here.Fewer visitors came from nearly every region of the world, with declines in arrivals from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.The only region that sent more visitors in the first six months of 2017 compared with 2016 was Canada, up 5%.The overall drop was even higher in June alone than for the six-month period, with a 6.7 per cent decline in June 2017 compared with June 2016, the NTTO data showed.All told, some 33.8 million non-resident international travellers entered the U.S. between January and June of this year, a 3.9 per cent decline from the same period in 2016, the NTTO said.A few numbers stood out. The decline from the Middle East was substantial at nearly 30 per cent, January to June, year over year. Visitors from Mexico in June dropped 16 per cent compared with the previous June, and there was a 9.4 per cent decline in visitors from Mexico in the six-month period. Visitors from Western Europe were down just 1.8 per cent for the six months.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“The latest government travel data is deeply concerning not just to our industry, but to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States,” Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit representing the travel industry, said in a statement. “Travel is our country’s No. 2 export and supports more than 15 million American jobs. These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority.”NYC & Company, the tourism marketing agency for New York, also expressed dismay over the data. NYC & Company predicts that New York will lose up to 100,000 international visitors this year, its first drop in overseas arrivals since 2009. “The data released by the National Travel and Tourism Office underscores the concerns we have had this year about the international tourism landscape in the U.S.,” said NYC & Company CEO Fred Dixon. The city has launched several promotions around the world to try to counter what Dixon described as the country’s “vulnerability.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthOther possible factors in the decline include the strength of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, which makes it expensive for travellers to vacation here, and a series of mass shootings – including the October attack in Las Vegas that left 58 dead – that may lead some travellers to choose other destinations out of fear for their safety.Arrivals data takes about five months for the government to compile, so it’s hard to measure the impact of U.S. policies on tourism in real time. In addition, travellers tend to plan international trips well in advance, so their concerns about a destination may not show up in arrivals data until months later. Travel experts like Arthur Frommer of the Frommer’s guidebook company warned months ago that Trump’s rhetoric and policies would lead to a “Trump slump” in travel, but earlier in the year, the data was mixed, possibly reflecting trips that had been planned by travellers before Trump took office.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Share Trump Slump? Canadians are still going, but U.S. sees 4% drop overall By: Beth J. HarpazSource: The Associated Press Thursday, November 30, 2017 Tags: America, Donald Trump, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


Top Stories

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_img Top Stories Starting Sunday in Atlanta.“When you’re on the field and you lose a game, you want to make sure you bounce back the next week and I mean, you just have a little more desire, a little more chip on your shoulder,” he said. “But for the most part, we don’t have to do anything special. Just play football, play with energy and play with good technique and discipline, and we’re a tough team to beat.”Things to Watch ForDoes the record belie the talent?The Falcons are a strange team in that they are 4-7 but tied for first in the NFC South. To a man, everyone on the Cardinals offered plenty of respect for their opponent, saying the record is not indicative of the talent on the roster. But do they really believe it?Who will be there to catch the ball?Each team could be without a key receiver Sunday, as Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald is listed as “questionable” after practicing on a limited basis Friday and Atlanta’s Roddy White has the same designation after not practicing at all during the week. Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals in receptions and receiving yards while White is second on his team in both categories.Not much of a test for the run D? Need more from the QBFor the most part, when called upon this season, Drew Stanton looked like someone who could lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Last Sunday in Seattle, however, he looked more like a backup quarterback. Asked how much of the offensive struggles he places on Stanton, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, “None.”But that does not mean he can’t get better.“I think sometimes I could have tried to stay in the pocket a little bit more, a half second trying to just reset my feet as opposed to getting out and trying to push the ball down the field, and trying to be more accurate underneath, obviously, with Dre (Andre Ellington), giving him a chance to catch and run and some other things,” Stanton said of his performance in Seattle. “It was difficult. Obviously, it’s a great defense going up there, and they presented a lot of problems like we thought they would. Cognizant of some of the things I’m going to try to improve on this week, and focus on that.”Sacks, sacks and more sacksMuch was made of the Cardinals’ inability to get after the quarterback through the first eight games, in which they tallied just eight sacks. They have 17 over the last three games, however, with Campbell and second-year pro Alex Okafor leading the way with six apiece. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Right now, Arizona is 9-2 and holds a 1.5 game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West, as well as a one-game lead over Green Bay for the NFC’s best record. While the loss in Seattle did nothing to help their record, it’s possible they could have gained something from it. After all, while the Cardinals have kept the right mentality all season, focusing on one game at a time and treating the next game as the most important game of the season, losing can help a team refocus. “I think sometimes when you win, especially when you put like six, seven wins together like we were doing, you can overlook some of the small things,” linebacker and captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “Often times when you win, that’s what happens. When you lose, every little detail is kind of examined and re-examined. So I think it’s good at some point to do it now versus later so we can correct those things and get back on the winning streak and end the season the right way and have a chance to get into the playoffs.”That’s not to say the Cardinals wanted to lose or even that they will surely be better off for it. Calais Campbell, another captain, said it’s tough to win as many games in a row as Arizona did, so eventually there could be a lapse, but as long as they keep “respecting the process” things will be fine. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “At this point in the year, they’re getting a lot more familiar with each other,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said about his players and why the numbers are rising. “They do come in bunches, and we just keep working at it.” Finally, a big backThe Cardinals have been looking for a big, short-yardage back ever since losing Jonathan Dwyer, and may have found one in veteran Michael Bush. Signed early in the week, it’s possible he will be active Sunday with a handful of packages and plays for him to run. A little more CoopLast week, guard Jonathan Cooper was on the field for five offensive snaps. The team liked having him in at tight end, giving them an extra blocker. That’s something that the team may turn to more in the future.“He did pretty good last week, he did pretty good,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “I was proud of him. The biggest thing with him is, I tell him, ‘When your time comes, just make sure you’re ready, because you don’t want to fail.’ He’s getting closer and we’ll see what happens as far if he’ll be out there at tight end again.” Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Just two years ago, the Cardinals at one point lost nine in a row, four of which were by seven points or less. There is often a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL, and being on the wrong side of it can have disastrous implications. While no one would expect this Cardinals team to start stacking losses, until they get back into the win column, it will remain a possibility. Head coach Bruce Arians has often stressed the importance of not losing back-to-back games, adding it’s up to the team’s leaders to make sure everyone has the right mindset going forward. Last season, Arizona lost consecutive games just once — in Weeks 6 and 7, against the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks.“They come to work and keep it a daily process,” he said. “The Seattle game is over with. To me, it was a month ago. It’s that far in the rearview mirror already, and you’re always ahead coming to work getting ready for what you control. You don’t control that game anymore. You control today.”“Always, especially when you lose one ballgame, the main focus is not to drop two,” cornerback and captain Patrick Peterson said, pointing to the team’s division lead. “We want to make sure we keep that distance between us and our opponents in our division. Our main focus is to definitely not drop two games.” The Cardinals have now gone 21 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, and don’t figure to get much of a test from Steven Jackson, whose highest single-game rushing total this season is 81 yards. In fact, after facing off with the likes of Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy over the last handful of games, Jackson may seem like a walk in the park.Oh offense, where art though?Arizona has gone seven quarters without a touchdown. When asked about it early in the week, Bruce Arians said he wasn’t overly concerned because the team has had its chances, but just shot itself in the foot too many times. While true, continued struggles in Atlanta — which comes in ranked 31st against the pass and 23rd against the run — would be moderate cause for concern.Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin thinks the offense is not far off, though. “To me, we’ve got to; we’re too far to turn back. We know where we’re headed and we know what’s coming. We can’t turn back,” he said. “We’re on a mission, and in order for us to deliver on that mission, offensively we’ve got to do a better job. I told the guys the other day, defensively they’re holding up their end of the bargain, we’ve got to hold up ours too.” TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals won six consecutive games before dropping last week’s contest to the Seattle Seahawks 19-3.Now, the goal is to not let that losing “streak” reach two.“Some of us have learned how easy it is to snowball a bunch of losses,” center Lyle Sendlein said. “In saying that, it’s just as easy to stack up wins when you have that confidence, and that’s why you don’t want to lose two in a row.”last_img read more


A disabled lawyer has launched a groundbreaking l

Posted On Jul 31 2019 by

first_imgA disabled lawyer has launched a ground-breaking legal case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over his claim that it deliberately discriminated against him in rejecting his claim for disability benefits.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), founder of the Scottish social enterprise law firm Legal Spark, believes DWP has chosen to discriminate against him and other people with mental health conditions in the way it has dealt with their personal independence payment (PIP) claims.He says DWP disregarded the evidence relating to his mental health – and focused instead on other impairments – and made no attempt to seek medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, while his assessor lied about his medication.He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.He said: “The DWP refused to accept anything from me, and thereafter I had to appeal and wait. “In the meantime, debt, frustration and stress ensued. My health deteriorated – they actually made it worse.”He believes that people with unseen impairments, such as mental health conditions, have been “left playing second fiddle” in the PIP claims process.Donaldson points to the recent legal case in which the high court found that regulations that came into force last year were “blatantly discriminatory” because they meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP.DWP later decided not to appeal against that court decision.Donaldson said he hoped that other PIP claimants in Scotland, and across England and Wales, will follow his lead and take legal action if he is successful, which he believes “would make DWP think twice before playing a discrimination game”.He had been receiving PIP from 2013 until it was removed following a reassessment in November 2016.It was only reinstated last October, after he took his appeal to the social security tribunal.It was, he said, a “year of hell”, in which he fell into debt and struggled to maintain his independence.His case will be heard by Glasgow Sheriff Court, and he is seeking nearly £5,000 in damages, to cover bank charges, the removal of his bus pass, and £4,000 in compensation for the discrimination.Donaldson is also taking legal action under the Equality Act against the Scottish government, because it failed to take on responsibility for PIP from DWP when it had the powers to do so from 2016.Although the Scottish parliament last week approved legislation to set up a new social security system for Scotland – which will include the delivery of PIP and other benefits – Donaldson says it should have done this sooner.He said: “The Scottish government must take urgent action to stop the discrimination in the administration of PIP.“To ignore the problem and place the blame elsewhere is totally unacceptable.”Donaldson also argues that the Scottish government should have altered the eligibility for free bus passes to ensure that claimants could continue to use them while appealing against losing their PIP.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on this individual case as the legal action is ongoing.“We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that disabled people and people with health conditions get the right support they need, and we want every person to feel they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“Everyone has the right to appeal a decision if they are unhappy and additional information can be provided to support a claim.”A Scottish government spokesman said: “We have repeatedly called on the UK government to halt the roll-out of PIP in Scotland, most recently following the report of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which called for a review of PIP due to the damage it is causing people.“When the Scottish government begin delivery of disability benefits, we have categorically ruled out requiring anyone to undergo a disability benefit assessment by the private sector.“We will also listen to the independent disability and carers benefits expert advisory group and our experience panels to ensure our system is fairer.“We want to remove unnecessary barriers to those entitled to make a claim and reduce the amount of face-to-face assessments carried out.”He had not commented on the bus pass issue by noon today (Thursday).Donaldson said the UK government had created “a hostile and degrading environment for disabled people” by “using public policy to strip people of their statutory entitlement to benefits”, including PIP and employment and support allowance (ESA).He said: “The ESA payments are a lifeline for disabled people who cannot work or cannot find suitable work.“PIP is there to support disabled people who require financial support to maintain their independence. They are statutory entitlements.”He said the only way the government can avoid paying “this essential support is by denying all the evidence that is put before them”.He added: “This is why the majority of cases are overturned on appeal at the social security tribunal.“There is no place for disability discrimination in the provision of public services, and it is important that both the UK and Scottish governments are reminded of that.”last_img read more


Social Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product

Posted On Jul 24 2019 by

first_imgVideo evidence recently surfaced that well known Internet sites and services have been using wording similar to the SohoStar Corporation’s trademark to shadow-ban, deboost, and censor posts, including product announcements and advertising.David Roland, SohoStar’s president, claims the launch of the security product “The Red Pill” has been censored by many Internet applications by blocking searches, posts, and even suggesting false reports of potential data theft, what do they fear? The Red Pill is a US made personal Internet appliance (PCS) designed to provide privacy, cyber-security and enhanced social media.SohoStar developed The Red Pill family of products to make Internet communications more convenient, secure, and private. The PCS not only provides a single point of control for your email and social media, but the built-in social media application – Fifth, coordinates all of your contacts, sharing, web hosting, email, VoIP, and chats in a single easy to use interface which stores your information in your Home or Small Business network where it is legally protected.Roland goes on to say, “we are being trained to accept insecurity as the status quo, but not at SohoStar! We have designed products to change the paradigm – to put the user back in control of who has access to information and content.”Marketing Technology News: Fishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue Officer“The way to keep pedophiles and identity thieves away from your home and family is to not store information on third party servers and not give unprotected access to social media where your personal information is sold on the open market – and that includes sharing Geo-located posted photos of your children, their schools, and their friends,” Roland states.Marketing Technology News: New Social Trust Index Measures Automotive Brand Trust in a #Fakenews Era“People don’t realize that the sites you use most often have collaborated to build a complete financial, social and political profile on every user. This is exploited to sway your perceptions of political candidates, influence elections, affect your buying decisions, and shame you into actions, compromises, and practices you wouldn’t do without social pressure. To claim ‘I have nothing to hide‘ is pure ignorance when the Mueller investigation’s indictments are mostly based on prior-evidence perjury traps. Shouldn’t you care about protecting your home, family and reputation?”Marketing Technology News: Deskforce Announces First Investment Round Social Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 2:15 pmApril 26, 2019 Social media has censored posts and access to the Innovative Privacy Product, The Red Pill® by limiting access and blocking previews to the SohoStarcenter_img The Red Pill is a complete Internet Communication Appliance for Home or Small Business which protects your information and offers an alternative to Facebook, MeWe and other compromised Social Media platforms Marketing TechnologyNewspersonal Internet applianceSocial MediaSohoStar CorporationThe Red PillVideo evidence Previous ArticleMany Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data, Says New L.E.K. ReportNext ArticleEdge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf Performancelast_img read more


Study reveals increase in adverse outcomes for people taking aspirin and warfarin

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img Source:https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/lab-report/more-than-one-third-of-patients-risk-major-bleeding-by-doubling-up-on-blood-thinners Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019A daily aspirin is a commonly used, generally safe therapy for people who need help preventing heart attacks or stroke.But new Michigan Medicine research finds more reason to reconsider aspirin use when a patient is also taking an anticoagulant.The study, just published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals a significant increase in adverse outcomes for people taking both aspirin and warfarin, a long-popular anticoagulant often prescribed for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolic disease. Both groups of people need to avoid developing blood clots that could lead to stroke or pulmonary embolism.”Nearly 2,500 patients who were prescribed warfarin were taking aspirin without any clear reason, over a seven-year period,” says senior author Geoffrey Barnes, M.D., M.Sc., a vascular cardiologist at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and an assistant professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School. “No doctors really own the prescribing of aspirin, so it’s possible it got overlooked.”Some patients could have been taking aspirin already when they began anticoagulation with warfarin for a new issue like Afib or VTE, and they didn’t stop the aspirin. Others may have started aspirin for other reasons while already taking warfarin, which is easy to do because it’s over the counter, researchers say.More bleeding without more benefitIn this study, 5.7 percent of those using combination therapy experienced major bleeding events after one year, compared to 3.3 percent of those on warfarin only. The combination group that was using aspirin without a clear indication also visited the emergency department and/or were hospitalized for bleeding significantly more often.Yet, there wasn’t a difference in stroke or heart attack outcomes that are typical uses for aspirin, Barnes says. The mortality rates at one year were similar between both groups, and 2.3 percent of those on both medications had a thrombotic event at one year compared to 2.7 percent of those on warfarin alone. The study cohort included 6,539 patients who were enrolled at six anticoagulation clinics in Michigan between 2010 and 2017.Related StoriesScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksBlood stem cell breakthrough could spare some patients from side effects of cancer treatmentsMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behavior”Clinicians should ask their patients who are anticoagulated with warfarin if they’re taking aspirin as well,” says first author Jordan Schaefer, M.D., a hematologist at Michigan Medicine and assistant professor of internal medicine. “For the patients who are on both therapies, clinicians should review their medical history to determine if it’s really necessary to be on both drugs.”Although 37.5 percent of the patients in this study were receiving combination warfarin and aspirin therapy without a clear indication, the combination does make sense for a small number of people. Barnes says patients who may need to be on both medications include those who have had a recent heart attack, recent coronary stent placement or bypass surgery, prior mechanical valve surgery, or known peripheral artery disease.Part of a larger problemIt’s the latest research on the risks of improper anticoagulant use from Barnes, who recently published findings on the use of multiple blood thinners and risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. That Vascular Medicine study, with U-M gastroenterologist Jacob Kurlander, M.D., M.Sc., found more than one-third of patients in a large study could benefit from either stopping one of their multiple blood thinners, or adding another medication (a proton pump inhibitor like Prilosec) to suppress acid production in the stomach and reduce the risk of dangerous GI bleeding.Based on these findings, researchers are leading the charge for change in Michigan. They’re working with anticoagulation clinics to help identify people who are using multiple blood thinners, and then determine if both are truly necessary, or if aspirin should be stopped.”There’s been some hint of this being an issue for a long time,” Schaefer says. “Now based on these new findings, we’re working to reduce the number of patients on aspirin without a clear reason for both drugs.””We think this is an important area to address, and we’re trying to make a change at the system level,” says Barnes, a member of U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.last_img read more


New laser treatment aims to stop the development of agerelated vision loss

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first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 19 2019There are 200 million people in the world living with AMD, and in approximately a fifth of these cases, the disease progresses to an advanced stage, leading to visual impairment. Advanced AMD is divided into wet and dry forms. While wet AMD can be treated with medical injections, approximately four-fifths of advanced AMD cases are of the dry form, for which there is currently no medical treatment.Professor Ari Koskelainen explains: The new Maculaser heat treatment developed by Aalto University researchers involves heating the retinal pigment epithelium at the back of the eye (at the fundus) with near-infrared laser and precise temperature control. The objective is to halt the development of the condition in its early stages and to prevent it from progressing to the dry or wet form.’Heat treatment of the fundus is not a new invention, but until now, it has not been possible to monitor the temperature of the retinal pigment epithelium while the treatment is administered. This is essential in order to avoid damage to the tissues being treated’, explains researcher Teemu Turunen.In the Maculaser heat treatment, the temperature elevation of the fundus is determined from the acceleration of electrical signaling of retinal nerve cells in response to light stimuli and the signals can be registered in real-time from the surface of the eye using electroretinography. With this method, the voltage change caused by light flashes is measured using electrodes placed on the surface of the eye and the skin near the eye.Testing of the new treatment device will begin next yearThe temperature determination method has been shown to work in tissue research on mice and pigs, and preclinical tests for the heat treatment have begun. The goal of the Maculaser commercialization project is to enable the use of heat treatment in humans, and the design and construction of the treatment device is currently under way.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairStudy explores the effects of near-miss experiences associated with 9/11 terrorist attacksThe objective is to enable the heat treatment to be carried out within a temperature range, which is both effective and safe. The target temperature is estimated to be approximately 42-43 degrees celcius. At this temperature, the treatment has a therapeutic effect without causing damage.’The treatment consists of heating the fundus by directing a near-infrared laser through the pupil utilizing a slit lamp biomicroscope. The treatments, which are given every few months, usually last for a minute and can take care of the entire target area in one go’, Turunen adds.The goal is that ophthalmologists would get to try out the new treatment device in 2020.Solutions for treating AMD are being sought around the world using methods such as laser treatments, medicines, stem cell and gene therapies, and dietary supplements. A plant-based diet, giving up smoking, and taking vitamin supplements all help to hinder the development of AMD, but are not sufficient on their own. The condition develops gradually with age, and it is estimated that the worldwide direct healthcare system cost of treating the disease is over €200 billion.’An effective heat therapy would generate huge healthcare savings. The size of the market for medicines used to treat wet AMD alone is currently around €10 billion, and it is growing rapidly’, explains Jani Tirronen, who is in charge of project commercialization.Business Finland is supporting the Maculaser project with the total budget being €900,000. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate that precise temperature determination of the fundus is also possible with humans and using such a technique will make it possible to administer individualized, safe and effective heat treatment of the fundus for the first time. Source:Aalto University The causes of AMD include oxidative stress and the resulting protein misfolding and aggregation, so we are developing a heat treatment for the back of the eye, which strengthens the defense mechanisms of retinal cells. These mechanisms help proteins refold back into their correct forms, and at the same time stimulate the natural healing process”.last_img read more


Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

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© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon will stream AVP beach volleyball tour next 3 summers Explore further 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. Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games. Citation: Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-amazon-1st-season-nfl-streaming.html The question looking ahead is how aggressively will Amazon be in the sports streaming landscape?”It’s too soon to say,” said Jim DeLorenzo, the head of Amazon Sports. “We’re just in the early stages here. We were definitely pleased with the way things played out. It was great to partner with the NFL on this and we were really happy with how our customers reacted to it. But it’s too soon to say this impacts our strategy going forward.”Amazon.com Inc. already had smaller deals with the ATP Tour to air last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals and the rights to show some men’s tennis tournaments to customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as an upcoming deal to show beach volleyball events.But the NFL is the biggest endeavor Amazon has made so far after paying $50 million for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games and an additional one on Christmas.Amazon built on the audience Twitter had in 2016 in the first year of streaming on Thursday nights, with the averaging per-minute audience for the 11 games hitting 310,000, a 17 percent increase from Twitter’s numbers.On a per capita basis, the biggest audience was in the District of Columbia, followed by Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Prime members in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and North Carolina watched for the longest amount of time.Viewers who already are used to watching movies and scripted shows on Amazon’s various platforms stayed longer on the NFL, with the average viewer watching for 63 minutes.The feed was usually much cleaner than on Twitter or some other streaming services and was delivered even faster than some cable systems, as opposed to the usual delay for online streaming.”This was really our first step into distributing live sporting events at scale on a global basis,” DeLorenzo said. “Of course there was learning. Because we’re so early on in that process of distributing this kind of content to our customers, there are a number of things we can look at along the way.”Even though television audiences for the NFL dropped for the second straight year as people cut the cord and drop cable or satellite service, the streaming audience on Amazon was still a small fraction compared with the more than 10 million viewers who watched on average the Thursday night games on NBC, CBS or the NFL Network. CBS and NBC pay about $45 million per game for the rights to their Thursday night broadcasts.The NFL will decide soon its plans for Thursday night games next season, but it is expected to once again split the package between a broadcast and streaming partner.Amazon offered alternate language feeds for the broadcast to cater to some of the fans from more 220 countries who tuned into the games, with feeds in Spanish, Portuguese and “U.K. English,” for those less familiar with the American version of football.”That was a fun component of what we were doing and we were glad to see customers reacted well to that as well,” DeLorenzo said. read more


What an MIT professor learned analyzing 1 million credit card offers

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first_img Explore further 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. Retirement investment fund conflicts cost Americans Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Shopping for a new credit card? MIT Sloan finance professor Antoinette Schoar has some advice: Read the fine print, or at least the Schumer box. And double-check that your financial adviser is looking out for your well-being.center_img Provided by MIT Sloan School of Management Why investing in analytic infrastructure is important to your work”Intellectually and from a science perspective, I’ve always been really interested in understanding how people’s psychology and behavior influence all the decisions and choices they make, and it’s very exciting in economics and finance nowadays that we’re trying to model the human decisions much more realistically and much more holistically than ever before. And the big data that we have now that gives us so many dimensions of what people do also allows us to do that.”Right now there’s a huge rat race going on that all financial service companies, and companies in general, are now really trying to catch up in building internal teams, in building this analytic capability, to mine the data and to compete on all these dimensions.”I think on the one hand it actually means that products will be more and more tailored to our needs, which is a good thing, right?”Data that matters “What we seemed to find in our study is that the [credit card] offers that are offered to less educated people rely in their pricing much more on these additional fees. Late fees, over limit fees, maybe default APRs that switch on once you’ve had a default. While people that are more educated, their cards seem to rely much more on the quite straightforward features, like they are paying an annual fee, and they’re paying an interest rate, but they are relying much less on these late fees and over limit fees.”We did differentiate or compare financial advisers who are what is called fiduciary standard advisers, so they are abiding by a fiduciary standards rule that means they have to put their client’s interest first. And we compared those to advisers who are actually just brokers. And brokers in the U.S. only have to abide by a rule that forces them to not defraud the customer, but that’s a very low bar if you think about it, right? And so we actually found that the fiduciary standard advisers were giving better advice than the brokers.”What should you focus on in the future?”The more companies can model our behavioral biases, the more they can use them in extracting rents from us or catching us in moments when we’re inattentive or when we are not necessarily focused enough on choosing the right credit card, the right mortgage, or any of these products.” Citation: What an MIT professor learned analyzing 1 million credit card offers (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-mit-professor-million-credit-card.htmllast_img read more


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