Warriors’ Jacob Evans: ‘Last year was disappointing for me’

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In the manner the Warriors want him to lead, Jacob Evans spoke in a commanding voice with a mix of self-accountability and defiance about his rookie season.“Last year was disappointing for me. But I don’t really care how anyone else looks at it,” Evans told the Bay Area News Group. “Knowing what I can do on the basketball court, I wasn’t able to do that at the level I know I could.”In the manner the Warriors want him to play, Evans sounded passionate and aggressive toward those …last_img read more

South Africa set for new growth path

first_img27 October 2010 South Africa is to embark on a new economic growth path in a bid to create five-million jobs and reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% over the next 10 years. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane. Chabane was speaking to journalists in Pretoria following a special Cabinet meeting called by President Jacob Zuma on Monday, and ahead of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday.Job creation at the centre of economic policy Chabane said the new growth path aimed to address unemployment, inequality and poverty by unlocking employment opportunities in South Africa’s private sector. “The new growth path is a broad framework that sets out a vision and identifies key areas where jobs can be created. The growth path we are announcing today places employment at the centre of economic policy.” Critical to the plan, he said, would be the partnering between key social players, business and government to address structural challenges in the economy.Regulatory reforms The government had realised that the economic growth and commodity price boom experienced over the past years had not seen revenue being sufficiently applied to promote economic spread and skills development in the country, Chabane said. The government also agreed that while South Africa’s economy was among the first to show signs of recovery following the global recession, regulatory reforms that encouraged employment and fought poverty were needed. The recession, which claimed more than a million jobs in 2009, took a heavy toll on South Africa’s economy, with households suffering from falling incomes and high levels of debt. The domestic economy further contracted by an estimated 1.8 percent as a result of a decline in consumption spending and weak investment growth. Chabane said the new growth path would exploit some of the opportunities that arose from the recession.Building an integrated African economy He cited China, India and Brazil as examples of countries with growth prospects similar to those of South Africa. The country could use its influence and experience to gain similar ground on the continent. “The new growth path commits South Africa to work with other countries on the continent to build a single African integrated economy, embracing one billion consumers, and to focus immediately on expanding economic links with the rest of the continent.” At least six key sectors, including infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, the “green” economy, manufacturing and tourism, had been identified as having potential to unlock employment opportunities. Partnerships Chabane and Economic Development Minister Ibrahim Patel agreed that it would probably take more than the government and the business sector for the country to achieve the new growth plan. Patel’s department is behind the Industrial Action Plan, which initially paved a way for the country’s new growth path. “Implementation and setting clear targets will remain a critical part of our work, and that is why we will be engaging all partners from all walks of life, and Cabinet will play a big role in coordinating all stakeholder commitments in this regard,” Patel said. The Cabinet Economic Team is headed by Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti, who is also at the centre of speeding up economic growth in the country’s remote parts through various land reform policies. Nkwinti said that, through agricultural and land reform programmes, several employment opportunities that supported the new growth part were already in the pipeline. These included a special fund that had been created to assist emerging farmers in at least five of the country’s provinces. “Our area of focus will be on identifying skills, with the hope of using the funding to create more self-reliant businesses through partnerships of small and big commercial farmers,” Nkwinti said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Events scheduled to help youth fight Ohio opioid epidemic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four regional Hope for Ohio events will welcome youth, parents, advisers and others interested in helping young people fight the opioid epidemic. A project of Ohio Farm Bureau and other supporting organizations, Hope for Ohio works with 4-H and FFA members to encourage peer-to-peer prevention measures. At each event, speakers will share stories and information that will provide youth with tools needed to be prevention leaders in their communities.The regional events are: Sept. 29: Beck’s research farm facility, London, Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 3: FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10: Spencerville High School, Spencerville, Noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, Batavia Community Center, Batavia, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.These regional events are a follow-up to last year’s statewide Hope for Ohio event held on the campus of Ohio State University and is one of several projects by Ohio and county Farm Bureaus to combat Ohio’s opioid crisis.For more information, or to register, visit ofb.ag/2018hopeforohio.last_img read more

The Future of Healthcare Is Mobile

first_imgFrank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Like nearly everything before it, healthcare is turning to mobile. But unlike nearly everything before it, healthcare has long been viewed as a hands-on industry, one where interactions happen in person, allowing healthcare providers to use both their clinical knowledge and intuitive senses to treat the patients before them.Despite healthcare’s hands-on history, Zebra’s “The Future of Healthcare: 2022 Hospital Vision Study” observes that the mobility trend has taken the healthcare industry by storm, noting that forward-thinking hospitals are already seeing the benefits. Nearly three-quarters of the survey’s respondents said mobile technology had resulted in higher-quality patient care, and more than half indicated that patient care also costs less when mobile technology plays a role.But perhaps the biggest harbinger of what’s to come is patients’ reactions: A full 95 percent of patients said they were comfortable sharing health stats provided by wearables, and 77 percent thought the use of mobile devices in healthcare was a positive development. With this kind of support from the people who would have to use the technology in order to benefit from it, mobile tech has a definite opening to shape the future of healthcare.What Needs to Happen NextThe beauty of mobile technology is that it changes quickly, enabling it to streamline processes, synthesize information, and provide real-time updates. The hitch is that healthcare has become increasingly bureaucratic in recent years. The time it takes to “work the system,” fill out the required paperwork, and jump through endless hoops makes the introduction of a quickly moving technology seem difficult at best and worthless at worst.But with 95 percent of Americans owning a mobile phone — 77 percent of which are smartphones — the opportunity to incorporate mobile tech is one healthcare can’t pass up. The industry, which once relied on house calls, has never before had such instantaneous access to patients’ states of being or habits. Mobile phones have become instruments of accountability and preventive care.To take advantage, however, the industry has to get out of its own way. Each provider needs to revisit its definition of healthcare and identify what mobile solutions would be most valuable — both for the provider and the patient. “Many companies find themselves pressured into an mHealth strategy because the competition is doing it, and the easier way to move forward is by developing an app,” explains TechCrunch’s Sunny Ahn. “Yet, often they either copy what others have done or completely replicate what they are currently doing online or in person.” Neither strategy is likely to deliver much value.The second step is to realistically assess what patients will use. If a hospital has a large number of elderly patients who have been tech-resistant in the past, implementing a complex app isn’t likely to result in high conversion rates. Likewise, launching an app that only works with one type of wearable — without providing the wearables themselves or vouchers to purchase them at a discount — is a provider’s exercise in futility.How Tech Is Meeting the ChallengeTaking these considerations into account, technology companies are working — independently and with healthcare and insurance providers — to meet the challenge of collecting data in a user-friendly way. Epharmix, a digital health startup based in the Cortex Innovation District in St. Louis, has developed SMS- and phone-reliant technology to connect underserved populations with healthcare providers. Its technology, focused on patient engagement and chronic disease management, addresses issues impacting patients with a wide range of conditions, from heart failure to depression.Perhaps its most interesting — and most impactful — application of remote patient monitoring is its EpxSubstanceUse system. This opioid-focused product utilizes Epharmix’s evidence-based approach to product development, as well as text messaging, to help opioid-dependent patients fight addiction. Dozens of studies and clinical trials have been successfully completed with thousands of patients, in combination with Washington University School of Medicine, to underscore how patient-reported outcomes can play a role in combating addiction.Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Hahnemann Hospital launched a pilot program that used mobile tech to cut down on the number of 30-day readmissions it was seeing among chronic heart failure patients. By using text messages and email to remind patients of upcoming follow-up appointments, the hospital was able to reduce its 30-day readmissions by 10 percent. Even patients who were ultimately readmitted went longer periods between discharge and readmission.To streamline patient care across a hospital’s departments, PatientKeeper’s computerized physician order entry system comes with a mobile app that enables providers to do everything from order labs to secure radiology appointments for patients. All of the procedures and medications that have been ordered for a single patient are maintained within the app, eliminating the need to rebuild lists or complete new sets of data entry. Some hospitals have used the platform as a replacement for time-consuming phone orders.Even tech behemoths like Apple have gotten into the mobile healthcare game. Apple’s ResearchKit was developed to help providers develop apps of their own and recruit subjects for trials and research; its CareKit followed to help people manage medical conditions through care plans carried out through the app. This includes monitoring their medication use and symptoms, empowering patients to track their own health as diligently as their providers do.Tech’s bolstering of healthcare offers the promise of what Apple calls the “democratization of research and medicine,” and it also fuels hope for a future in which patients and providers are on the same page — or screen — more than ever. Mobile phones live in our hands these days, and it’s time we embraced them as the tools of our future health. Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts center_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Frank Landmanlast_img read more

Police seeking tips on location of City Heights man after wife found

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police today reached out to the public for help in locating a City Heights man who has been at large since his wife was found slain in their apartment near Teralta Park.Investigators believe 45-year-old Abdiaziz Kerow murdered his wife, 36-year-old Muna Salad Kuri, then fled the area, according to San Diego police.Kuri’s sister discovered the victim’s bloodied body in a bed at the couple’s rental residence in the 4000 block of Van Dyke Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.Kuri, whose most recent contact with her family had been on Saturday, had suffered suspicious wounds to her upper body, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Police have not disclosed a suspected motive in the slaying.Kerow is described as a 5-foot-9 black man weighing around 145 pounds. He is believed to be driving a white Ford Explorer SUV with California license plate 8CVK537.Anyone with information about Kerow’s whereabouts is asked to call the homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:02 PM March 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: March 7, 2019 Police seeking tips on location of City Heights man after wife found dead KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Pollachi sexual assault Actress Sindhu calls for legalising prostitution in Tamil Nadu

first_imgAngadi Theru Sindhu.PR HandoutActress Sindhu of Angadi Theru fame has made a controversial statement after she urged for “legalising” prostitution in Tamil Nadu in wake of the Pollachi sexual assault of several women.In a video doing rounds on the internet, Sindhu has vented her anguish on the culprits and wants them to be brutally killed for their acts. “These inhumane dogs should be hanged. I can use filthy language against them, but I don’t want to damage my own reputation,” she said.”Do they deserve to live? If it had happened abroad, the culprits, by now, would have been cut into pieces. Why such severe punishment is not being brought in India to safeguard our girls,” she adds.Sindhu further demanded that prostitution should be legalised in Tamil Nadu. “Like in Hyderabad and Mumbai, it has been legalised. And very rarely we hear about rape incidents in those places. If prostitution is legalised, our girls can be considered safe to some extent, from such sexual predators,” the actress adds.However, prostitution is not legal in India under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956.The Pollachi sex assault-cum-blackmail issue of over 60 women has come as shock to Tamil Nadu. Four persons – Senthil, Babu, Mani alias Manivannan and Vasanthakumar – have been arrested following a complaint filed by one of the victim’s family members.The FIR has been filed under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force against woman with intent to disrobe), and 392 (robbery) of the IPC; section 66E of the IT Act (violation of privacy); and section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Women Act (sexual harassment). Now, the case has been handed over to the CBI.Coming back to Sindhu, she also puts some amount of blame on the girls for such incidents. “Don’t their parents aware of their responsibilities and know when to get their girls married? Why do they fall prey to such men? This incident should be a lesson to all of them,” Sindhu claims.last_img read more

Capgemini Cognizant layoff buzz fails to dampen share prices of Infosys Wipro

first_imgShare prices of IT stocks such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra and Mindtree were trading with little change from their previous close, on Tuesday, amid yet another buzz of layoffs, this time at Capgemini. Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) was in the news for laying off employees and earlier, it was Wipro that reportedly “sacked” many employees.On Tuesday, at around 10 am, TCS was up 0.60 percent at Rs 2,356, Wipro was flat at Rs 503, Infosys was up 0.33 percent at Rs 948, Tech Mahindra was up 0.49 percent at Rs 423 and Mindtree was flat at Rs 503.Read: TCS, Infosys, Wipro go slow on hiring laneThe BSE Information Technology Index was up 0.44 percent as against the Sensex’s 0.06 percent gain at around 10.06 am.Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) was reportedly looking at layoff about 6,000 employees in India in the context of increasing hiring in the US. Capgemini is also reportedly going the CTS way, though the company denied large-scale layoffs. “The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to Igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” the company said in a statement.”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” Capgemini added.In the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, TCS — India’s largest IT services exporter — added 8,726 employees, followed by Wipro at 1,305 (IT services) while Infosys ended up adding just 601 employees, on a net basis.last_img read more

BCL men commit excesses admits AL

first_imgObaidul QuaderPrime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is aware of the excesses committed by the activists of ruling party-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League during the recent quota protests.Saying this on Sunday, Bangaldesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said Sheikh Hasina has also warned the BCL leaders and activists of stern actions, should there be complaints like their role in the students’ demonstration demanding reforms in public service quota.Quoting the prime minister, Quader said at a press briefing at the secretariet that Hasina issued a note of warning when the BCL leaders approached her as she was getting down from the stage of the party’s reception accorded to her on Saturday.“I have received many complaints of excesses against Chhatra League over the quota issue. I don’t want to hear such complaitns any longer,” Quader said quoting Hasina.On more than one occasions recently, BCL men attacked the students and teachers of various educational institutions including Dhaka University, who were demanding reform in existing quota system in public services.Dwelling on the next general election likely to be held on December, Quader said an election-time government will be formed any time in October. A small cabinet comprised of the parties representing in parliament would be formed, he iterated.Refering to the BNP’s insistance that it would not go to polls without release of its jailed chairperson Khalaeda Zia, Quader said, his party will prevent any attempt to foil the election.He also said, the BNP has given conditions to contest the election which are not likely to be met. The election would be held as per constitution, he added.Professor Emajuddin Ahmed, a former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, on Saturday said, the next general elections would be held only if four conditions including release of former prime minister Khaled Zia are met.Quader, however, said that the BNP will participate in the elections for their own sake. ‘It’s their right to participate in the elections but democracy would take its own course if they don’t take part,’ he added.Regarding public sufferings in mass reception accorded to the prime minister on Saturday, Quader said, “We organised the rally on Saturday so that the people don’t have to suffer. Still, I am seeking apology had there been any incidents of public suffering.”last_img read more

Leopard beaten dead

first_img.A wild leopard was beaten to death by villagers in presence of police and forest department officials beside Pathraj river in Doulotpur of Boda, Panchagarh on Saturday, reports UNB.Ismail Hossain, a resident of Bashuniapara village, said his daughter first spotted the leopard near the river in the noon. Eventually, hundreds of people gathered following her screaming.Being frightened by the gathering, the leopard took shelter in a nearby bush filled with water spinach. But the villagers started hurling stones toward the animal.Being informed, policemen from nearby the police station along with members of forest department rushed in, but the villagers beat the endanger animal mercilessly and killed it, said Gamiruddin and Nur Islam, residences of the same village.Moynadighi Union Parishad Chairman Md Abdul Jabber said at least four people sustained minor injuries while trying to have a look at the leopard.“Police did not go to the spot for saving the animal, but to protect the villagers from it and the villagers killed the animal when it tried to get out of the bush in the evening,” Boda police station officer-in-charge Abu Haider Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman said.Later, police recovered the body and took it to the police station, said the OC.Boda Upazila forest department officer Anwar Hossain said, “We tried to stop the mob, but failed to save the leopard.”Meanwhile, the dead leopard was handed over to the forest department, said Boda Upazila Nirbahi Officer Syed Mahmud Hasan.last_img read more

Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap

first_imgFinal configuration of the robotic VFT with embedded trigger hairs and sensing signal integrated with a solid-state relay on board and a dynamic voltage signal generator to actuate the robotic VFT. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 At first glance, the creation of the robot might not seem like much more than a fun little project for an engineer who likes to tinker. On closer inspection however, it becomes clear that the robot Venus Flytrap is actually a demonstration of a new kind of technology that may lead to advances in medical applications. A refined application, for example, could perhaps one day lead to human muscle replacements or help with sensory applications. One example might be restoring facial expressions to people who lose the ability due to a stroke.Also, because Shahinpoor’s robot Flytrap has demonstrated an ability to catch flies it’s possible that such technology could also one day be used as a means for allowing robots to feed themselves, thus alleviating the need for a power supply. More information: Biomimetic robotic Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) made with ionic polymer metal composites, Mohsen Shahinpoor, 2011 Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004AbstractThe work described in this paper is a novel design of a robotic Venus flytrap (VFT) (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) by means of ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC) artificial muscles as distributed nanosensors and nanoactuators. Rapid muscular movements in carnivorous plants, such as VFT, which are triggered by antenna-like sensors (trigger hair), present a golden key to study distributed biomolecular motors. Carnivorous plants, such as VFT, possess built-in intelligence (trigger hairs), as a strategy to capture prey, that can be turned on in a controlled manner. In the case of the VFT, the prey that is lured by the sweet nectar in the VFT pair of jaw-like lobes has to flip and move the trigger hairs, which are colorless, bristle-like and pointed. The dynamically moved trigger hairs then electro-elastically send an electric signal to the internal ions in the lobe to migrate outwardly for the jaw-like lobes to close rapidly to capture the prey. The manner in which the VFT lobes bend inward to capture the prey shows a remarkable similarity with typical IPMCs bending in an electric field. Furthermore, the mechano-electrical sensing characteristics of IPMCs also show a remarkable resemblance to mechano-electrical trigger hairs on the lobes of the VFT. The reader is referred to a number of papers in connection with sensing and actuation of IPMCs in particular. Thus, one can integrate IPMC lobes with a common electrode in the middle of one end of the lobes to act like a spine and use IPMC bristles as trigger finger to sense the intrusion of a fly or insect to send a sensing signal to a solid state relay which then triggers the actuation circuit of the IPMC lobes to rapidly bend toward each other and close. The two lobes, which form the trap, are attached to the midrib common electrode which is conveniently termed the spine. The upper surface of each lobe is dished, and spaced along the free margins of the lobes with some 15–20 prong-like teeth. These are tough and pointed, and are inclined at an inward angle so that when the trap is sprung shut they will interlock. We have been experimenting with the VFT closing of its jaw-like lobes that close in about 0.3 s and have gained a lot of knowledge to report on the ionic and electrical mechanisms involved in the operation of such intelligent distributed biomolecular motors.via Discovery To make the robot, Shahinpoor fashioned two “leaves” out of the material he’d created to mimic the mouth-like appearance of the Flytrap. He then created a spine from a roll of copper. Then to copy the tiny hairs on the Flytrap that function as the sensors, he added very small strips of the IMPC material. The rest of the robot was constructed as a normal relay and voltage generation system.The new material in the robot works in two ways. First, because of the unique properties of the IPMC material, simply touching it causes a very small voltage to be generated. The second is the muscle type flexing or bending, exhibited by the material when given a charge. With the robot, the small strips serve as sensors, that when touched, relay a tiny charge to the voltage generator which sends a little bit bigger charge to the “leaves” causing them to bend inwardly towards one another, or in viewing it, as a mouth closing on its prey.The material Shahinpoor invented bends when given a charge due to the redistribution of ions. The trap snaps shut: Researchers isolate the substance that causes venus flytraps to close Side view design of the robotic VFT in open (a) and closed (b) configurations. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 (PhysOrg.com) — Mohsen Shahinpoor, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine has created a robot version of the infamous bug eating Venus Flytrap, using a material he invented himself several years ago. Named ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC), it’s a nanomaterial that can be used to mimic muscle function. Shahinpoor describes in his paper published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, how he used this material to recreate the sensing and closing abilities of the Venus Flytrap. Citation: Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap (2011, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-mechanical-robot-venus-flytrap.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more