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Luis Miguel Wins The Latin GRAMMY For Album Of The Year For

first_img Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY luis-miguel-wins-latin-grammy-album-year-%C2%A1m%C3%A9xico-por-siempre Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Legendary vocalist takes home one of the Biggest Night In Latin Music’s most coveted honorsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2018 – 6:06 pm Luis Miguel won Album Of The Year for ¡México Por Siempre! at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Earlier in the night, Miguel’s 20th album also took home the award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album.Miguel, a Puerto Rican-born Mexican powerhouse singer burst onto the pop music scene at a very young age, releasing his debut album at age 11. He won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” at the 27th GRAMMY Awards. An internationally acclaimed artist, Miguel went on to enjoy immense success, playing a significant role in the Latin explosion of the ’90s and bringing bolero music to a wider audience.¡México Por Siempre! marked a triumphant return for Miguel, his first new album since 2010’s self-titled release. ¡México Por Siempre! climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and even cracked into the Billboard 200. Album Of The Year is one of the most anticipated honors each year at the Latin GRAMMYs comes from the coveted category. This year’s competition was especially stiff, with nine other nominees vying for the win.Other nominees include Pablo Alborán’s Prometo, the Spanish singer/songwriter’s fourth studio album, J Balvin’s Vibras, the Columbian reggaeton star’s fifth album features an impressive list of collaborators, and Rozalén’s Cuando El Rio Suena…, which also earned a Song Of The Year nomination for “La Puerta Violeta.” Chico Buarque was also nominated for Caravanas, which won the award for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album and Best Portuguese Language Song for “As Caravanas,” as was another winner earlier in the night, Jorge Drexler, who’s Salvavidas De Hielo won Best Singer-Songwriter Album. El David Aguilar’s Siguiente, also received a nom, as did Kany García’s Soy Yo, her fifth album and only the second album to ever debut in the top five on Billboard’s Top Latin Album chart.Natalia Lafourcade was also nominated for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latioamerican En Marcorinos), Vol. 2, which won the Mexican singer/songwriter the Latin GRAMMY for Best Folk Album earlier in the evening. Monsieur Periné’s Encanto Tropical, the Columbian group who won Best New Artist just two years ago, was also nominated. Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs News Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Twitter Facebook ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? 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SILVER LAKE TRAGEDY Town Manager Responds Police Offer Free Counseling Town Beach

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington continues to cope with the drowning death of a 19-year-old in Silver Lake on Wednesday night.Town Manager Responds“This young man’s drowning is an incredibly tragic incident,” Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull told Wilmington Apple. “Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends.”“Many thanks go out to the entire rescue team – Police, Fire and Dispatch personnel all worked tirelessly in an effort to save this young man,” continued Hull. “Additionally, I would like to extend my acknowledgement and sincere ‘thank you’ to the many residents around Silver Lake who assisted the rescue team by identifying the swimmer’s location and supporting this valiant effort.Police Department Responds“Thank you to all community members, families, and first responders who assisted in efforts to help the young man who passed away at Silver Lake,” Wilmington Police said in a statement. “We understand this is a difficult time for many and would like to offer emotional support for those seeking those services.”The Police Department offered free counseling to the witnesses, bystanders and beachgoers involved in Wednesday’s tragedy at the Public Safety Building on Thursday night.The Police Department also plans to offer free counseling to the members of the community at large, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, form 3:30pm to 7pm, at the Public Safety Building.“Counselors will be available for one-on-one private conservations about coping, witnessing a trauma, and how to hold age appropriate conversations with young children,” reads the statement. “If you would like to speak to someone privately or cannot make [Tuesday night], please reach out to WPD Social Worker Samantha Reif at 978-658-5071.”The Police offered the following resources from the Riverside Trauma Center:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic EventsTalking With Your Children About Traumatic EventsThings To Think About And How To Care For Yourself During Times Of Disaster/High StressSilver Lake ClosedAccording to police, the Town Beach at Silver Lake will remain closed until Saturday morning.Lowell Sun ReportKori Tuitt, of the Lowell Sun, interviews Town Manager Jeff Hull, Recreation Director Karen Campbell, and Police Chief Michael Begonis about Wednesday’s fatal drowning for today’s paper. Read the article HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo courtesy of Anne Gilardi.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 Highlights Here is FM Arun Jailtleys speech key takeaway

first_img[Representational Image]PIB IndiaAmid uproar over Narendra Modi’s government continuing with the Union Budget 2017-2018, following the death of E Ahmed, Congress MP from Kerala had raised doubts over the possible postponement of Budget speech. However, the House Speaker, Sumithra Mahajan gave the go ahead following a tribute and few minutes silence in respect of the deceased MP. The highlights below let us have a peek into the government’s focus for the next fiscal year, until the fine print of the Budget reaches everyone. Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: MP Ahamed’s death creates uncertainty; FM Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament, Union Cabinet to meet shortlyFinance Minister, Arun Jailtley started his Union Budget 2017 at 11 pm as planned. Top highlights of Union Budget 2017-2018:We have moved from a discretionary administration to a policy-based administration.Focus will be on energising our youth, to reap benefits of growth and employment.International Monetary Fund estimates that the world GDP will grow by 3.1 percent in 2016 and 3.4 percent in 2017.Demonetisation is a bold and decisive measure, for many decades tax evasion was a way of life for many.Pace of remonetisation has picked up and will soon reach comfortable levels. Effects of Demonetisation  not expected to spill over to next year.Have done away with planned and  non-planned allocation.Agenda is to transform, energise and clean India.Surplus liquidity in the banking system will aid in lower cost of lending and credit.Committed to double farmer income in five years. Agriculture is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in the current year.Overall approach in this year’s Budget has been to spend more in rural areas.Farmers will benefit from 60-day interest waiver announced by PM.Target of agricultural loans to farmers set at record Rs 10 lakh cr in 2017-18Fasal Bima Yojana coverage will be increased to 40 percent.Issuance of soil health cards has gathered momentum.Pledges to setup a mini lab in krishi vigyan kendrasWill support NABARD to digitise 63,000 primary agri co-operatives.To set up Rs 5,000 cr worth dedicated micro irrigation fund by NABARD.Long term irrigation fund set up in NABARD, additional corpus Rs 20,000 cr.Dairy processing fund initial corpus at Rs 2,000 cr.Pledges to bring one crore households out of poverty by 2019.National agricultural markets to be expanded to 585 markets.Cabinet approves extension of tenure of loans under credit linked subsidy scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana from 15 to 20 years.Budget allocation to MNREGA increased to a record Rs 48,000 crore for 2017-18 from Rs 37,000 cr in 2016-17.Total allocation for rural, agricultural and allied sectors for 2017-18 is Rs 187223 cr, which is 24 percent higher than last year.100 percent village electrification will be achieved by May 1, 2018.Proposes to introduce a system of measuring annual learning, science to be given more focus.To complete 1,00,00,000 houses by 2019 for houseless and those living in kaccha house.Open defecation free villages are now being given priority for pipe to water supply.Safe drinking water to cover 28,000 arsenic and Fluoride affected habitations in the next four years.For senior citizens, Aadhar cards giving their health condition will be introduced.Two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat.Steps will be taken to launch dedicated trains for pilgrimage and tourism.Rail safety fund with corpus of Rs 100,000 crore will be created over a period of five years.A new metro rail policy will be announced, this will open up new jobs for our youth.At least 25 stations are expected to be awarded during 2017-18; 500 stations are to be made differently abled-friendly by providing lifts and escalators.By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio-toilets.Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.Transport sector allocated Rs 2.41 lakh crore and Bharat Net Project allocated Rs 10,000 cr.The Foreign Investment Promotion Board has been abolished.Action plan to eliminate Kala Azar and Filariasis by 2017, Leprosy by 2018, Measles by 2020 and Tuberculosis by 2025.Mission Antyodaya to bring 1 crore households out of poverty and to make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty-free.During 2017-18, another 5 lakh ponds will be constructed, for drought-proofing.Railway related state-run companies like IRCON and IRCTC to be listed on stock exchanges.3.5 crore youth will be trained under Sankalp program launched by the government.Propose to double the lending target of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and set it up at Rs 2.44 lakh crore for 2017-18.Unmanned railway level crossings to be done away with by 2020.Government to commission 3,500 km of railway tracks in 2018.Propose to feed 7000 solar railway station in medium term.Government proposes 1 lakh cr corpus for Railway ministry’s safety fund over five years.Chandigarh and eight districts of Haryana have been declared kerosene free.Pace of construction of roads has increased to Rs 133 km/day in 2017.2,000 km of coastal roads have been identified for development.National Highway allocation now stands at Rs 64,000 cr.FM proposes Rs 2.41 lakh cr allocation.Rs 3.96 lakh cr have been allocated for infrastructure.Government to take up second phase of solar power development for additional 20,000 mw.Government to launch Adhaar Pay soon.Rs 10,000 cr allocated for recapitalisation of PSU banks.New rules for pricing medical devices to benefit common man.Government considering introduction of new law to confiscate assets of offenders who escape the country.Aadhar enabled payment system to be launched soon. Banks have targeted to introduce additional 10 lakh Point-of-Sale terminals by March 2017.Total expenditure of budget 2017-18 has been placed at Rs 21.47 lakh cr.Defence expenditure excluding pension at Rs 2.74 lakh cr.Total resources being transferred to the states andunion territories with legislature is Rs 4.11 lakh cr.Fiscal deficit target for 2017-18 is 3.2 percent. Proposes to create a payment regulatory board at RBI.Government to launch two new schemes to promote BHIM App.Government to take steps to promote digital payments at petrol pumps, hospitals.Government to set up new crude oil reserves.Web-based pension distribution system for defence will be established.We are largely a tax non compliant society, when too many people evade taxes burden falls on those who are honest.Out of 3.7 crore who filed tax returns in 2015-16, only 24 lakh persons showed income above Rs 10 lakh.Due to demonetisation advance tax on personal income tax has been increased by 34.8 percent. There is an urgent need to protect the poor from chit fund schemes, draft bill placed in public domain.The net tax revenue grew by 17 percent in 2015-16.Capital gains tax to be exempted, for persons holding land from which land was pooled for creation of state capital of Telangana.Holding period for land and building will be reduced to 2 years from 3 years.Income tax for small companies with an annual turnover of 50 crore, now to pay 25 percent, a 5 percent reduction.Not to remove Minimum Alternative Tax in 2017-18; Propose to allow a carry forward of MAT for a period of 15 years as against 10 years now.Proposes to reduce basic customs duty on LNG from 5 percent to 2.5 percent in 2017-18.To cut presumptive turnover threshold for companies with turnover up to Rs 2 cr to 6 percent.SIT has suggested no cash transaction above Rs 3 lakhs. Government has accepted this.Maximum cash donation any party can receive will be Rs 2000 from one source.Political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or in the digital mode from their donors.Political parties will need to file income tax returns.Proposes transparency in political party funding.Proposes to amend RBI Act for issue of electoral bonds for political funding.Government abolishes Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), more easing of the FDI policy on the anvil.Propose to reduce existing rate of taxation of those with income between 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh from 10 percent to 5 percent.Surcharge of 10 percent for those whose annual income is Rs 50 lakh to 1 cr.Finance minister to exempt some foreign portfolio investment from indirect transfer provisions.Tax foregone from deduction in tax rate at Rs 15,500 cr.Net revenue loss in direct tax could be Rs 20,000 cr due to exemptions.FM concludes his speech. Lok Sabha adjourned.  (Source: EY India, ANI, CII)last_img read more

Undocumented Student Arrested After Incident At Local High School Might Request Asylum

first_imgPhoto: United We Dream Houston via TwitterDennis Rivera Sarmiento (left) poses with Cortez Downey (right), his college counselor. Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney who is representing Rivera Sarmiento, says requesting asylum is one of the options they are considering in order to avoid his deportation to Honduras.Dennis Rivera Sarmiento, an undocumented student whose arrest caused controversy after an altercation at a Houston high school back in February, has been released and his attorney said he might request asylum in order to stay in the United States.Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney that represents Rivera Sarmiento, told Houston Public Media his client was released from an ICE detention facility located in Livingston, about 80 miles north of Houston, on April 4th on a $2,500 bond.Roche added that Rivera Sarmiento, who is 19 years-old and originally from Honduras, “plead certain immigration charges and he now has to seek immigration relief before a judge.”The attorney emphasized there is no definite plan regarding the defense of Rivera Sarmiento, but he commented some of the options they are “exploring” are “things like asylum, like a U visa, like special immigrant juvenile status.”“He fears persecution if he is returned to Honduras,” Roche noted, although he didn’t provide details about why his client has such fear. The attorney admitted the chances of Rivera Sarmiento are slim and commented that “the odds are stacked against him.”Roche is currently waiting for a notification regarding the next date when Rivera Sarmiento will have to appear before an immigration judge.In addition to his immigration case, Rivera Sarmiento has an ongoing criminal case because of the assault he was charged with due to the altercation, which happened at Austin High School, which is part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), in February.United We Dream (UWD), the largest organization of undocumented youth in the United States, has been very involved in advocating for Rivera Sarmiento’s release and actually organized a walk out at the high school.Roche detailed Rivera Sarmiento contends that the day of the incident a female student called him a “(expletive) wet back” and through a bottle of liquid at him, and that his client “defended himself by pushing her away.”A statement from HISD said that a “verbal exchange” between a female student and Rivera Sarmiento led to a “physical confrontation.” The statement added the female student was treated at a hospital and subsequently released.Damaris Gonzalez, one of UWD’s leaders in Houston, said in a written statement that Rivera Sarmiento’s release “shows us that our voices matter and that an organized community is a powerful one when it comes to protecting one another.”Nonetheless, Gonzalez added “the fight for Dennis’s freedom is far from over.”Here are a few words from Dennis from our Community gathering yesterday! We are so excited to have him released from detention and thankful to all of those who signed his petition!But the fight is not over! Donate to his legal fund! https://t.co/xiFohaO4d8 #FreeDennis pic.twitter.com/EfxbwE1m3i— United We Dream (☎️ 888-872-5316 #DreamActNow) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) April 6, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

An elastomer that behaves like an artificial muscle

first_imgThe polymer’s self-healing properties were tested by first cutting it into two pieces and then allowing it to re-from. The authors found that the cut on the polymer film was not discernable after being allowed to “heal” at room temperature for forty-eight hours. The polymer spontaneously healed at low temperatures, -20oC, without the addition of additives that would promote polymerization, something that is unprecedented for an autonomous, self-healing polymer. Finally, the Fe-Hpdca-PDMS polymer showed excellent potential as a model system for artificial muscles. Li, et al. punctured the polymer with a sharp object and marked the area of damage. They then let the polymer self-heal for seventy-two hours. After this time, they applied a square-wave high-voltage signal through electrodes with a high enough potential that the polymer began to deform. However, despite the damage, the polymer did not show a dielectric breakdown, even at the location where it was punctured. This polymer has many properties that make it a compelling model system for an artificial muscle. It displays high stretchability and flexibility. It self-heals and has a high dielectric strength. The polymer can be tuned by changing the ligand-to-metal molar ratio as well as adding functional groups to the ligand, two things that the authors report could be explored in future studies. Image of a stretchable autonomous self-healing polymer. Credit: Zhenan Bao Play Self-healing artificial muscle. Credit: Zhenan Bao The Fe-Hpdca-PDMS polymer showed remarkable mechanical strength, stretchability, and recovery. When the polymer was stretched, then allowed to rest for an hour, and then stretched again, it showed almost full recovery of its original shape. It also showed recovery after a cyclic stress test. When the polymer was subjected to stretching for an hour, it took a little longer to recover and did not quite return to its original state. Notably, the authors report that their polymer can withstand a much higher strain before breaking than typical crosslinked PDMS polymers or reported elastomers. 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. (Phys.org)—Animal muscle needs to be strong enough to endure strain; it must also be flexible and elastic; and it is self-healing. Finding a polymer that has all of these properties has proved challenging. However, researchers from Stanford, Nanjing University, UC Riverside, Harvard, and the University of Colorado have reported the synthesis of an elastomer that mimics the properties of animal muscle. Their polymer, is also stable at room temperature and not sensitive to water. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry. Efforts to create polymers that mimic the properties of biological muscle have come short of being practically useful. Often the bonding involved in making these polymers must be sufficiently strong to serve as actuators, but weak enough for reversible self-healing. Many models, to date, involve hydrogen bonding, but hydrogen bonds are sensitive to water. Li, et al. have, instead, exploited metal-ligand interactions as a way to mimic muscle properties.The ligand 2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide (pdca)binds to Fe(III) via the pyridyl nitrogen and the nitrogen and oxygen on the carboxamides. Two pdca molecules coordinate to one Fe(III) atom through six coordination sites. Two of the sites are strong bonds (the pyridyl), two sites are “medium” strength bonds (the amides), and two are weak bonds (the carboxyl). Calculations of bond strength show that the strong bonds are similar to covalent bonds, while the weak Fe-O bonds are similar to hydrogen bonding. This multi-bonding structure, as it turns out, provides an excellent framework for making an elastomer.The ligand was then tethered to a poly(dimethylsiloxane), or PDMS, polymer backbone. Two of these polymer strands were held together through a coordinated Fe(III) atom. Force calculations of the PDMS-tethered, crosslinked polymer confirmed that by having bonds of multiple strengths next to each other, the weaker bonds can readily break and re-form, which is conducive for stretching and self-healing. But the Fe(III) can remain near the ligand through the stronger coordination sites, allowing for rapid re-formation after unfolding. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: An elastomer that behaves like an artificial muscle (2016, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-elastomer-artificial-muscle.html More information: Cheng-Hui Li et al. A highly stretchable autonomous self-healing elastomer, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2492AbstractIt is a challenge to synthesize materials that possess the properties of biological muscles—strong, elastic and capable of self-healing. Herein we report a network of poly(dimethylsiloxane) polymer chains crosslinked by coordination complexes that combines high stretchability, high dielectric strength, autonomous self-healing and mechanical actuation. The healing process can take place at a temperature as low as −20 °C and is not significantly affected by surface ageing and moisture. The crosslinking complexes used consist of 2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide ligands that coordinate to Fe(III) centres through three different interactions: a strong pyridyl–iron one, and two weaker carboxamido–iron ones through both the nitrogen and oxygen atoms of the carboxamide groups. As a result, the iron–ligand bonds can readily break and re-form while the iron centres still remain attached to the ligands through the stronger interaction with the pyridyl ring, which enables reversible unfolding and refolding of the chains. We hypothesize that this behaviour supports the high stretchability and self-healing capability of the material. © 2016 Phys.org Researchers create super stretchy, self-healing material that could lead to artificial muscle Journal information: Nature Chemistrylast_img read more

Judge In Opioid Trial Rules Johnson John

first_imgJudge In Opioid Trial Rules Johnson & Johnson Must Pay… Sue Ogrocki https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2019/08/20190826_atc_oklahoma_opio…center_img by NPR News Jackie Fortier, Brian Mann 8.26.19 6:31pm Updated at 6:00 p.m. ETAn Oklahoma judge has ruled that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped ignite the state’s opioid crisis by deceptively marketing painkillers, and must pay $572 million to the state.Oklahoma sought $17.5 billion, blaming Johnson & Johnson for fueling the crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in the state.It’s the first ruling to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.Judge Thad Balkman delivered his decision from the bench, after presiding over a seven-week civil trial in the college town of Norman, Okla.”The defendants caused an opioid crisis that is evidenced by increased rates of addiction, overdose deaths and neonatal abstinence syndrome in Oklahoma,” Judge Balkman said in a statement.Johnson & Johnson immediately released a statement saying that the company “plans to appeal the opioid judgment in Oklahoma.”Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s suit alleged that Johnson & Johnson, through its pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen, helped ignite a public health crisis that has killed thousands of state residents.Balkman said in the ruling that the state made its case that Johnson & Johnson contributed to the state’s opioid crisis, affirming the key legal argument of the state’s case, that the drugmaker had created a “public nuisance.””The state met its burden,” Balkman said, proving the company acted improperly with its “misleading marketing and promotion of opioids.””This is a temporary public nuisance that can be abated and the proper remedy for the public nuisance is equitable abatement,” he said in a statement.Johnson & Johnson argues that the facts don’t support the judge’s finding.”This judgment is a misapplication of public nuisance law that has already been rejected by judges in other states,” said Michael Ullmann, executive vice president, general counsel for Johnson & Johnson, in a statement. “The unprecedented award for the state’s ‘abatement plan’ has sweeping ramifications for many industries and bears no relation to the company’s medicines or conduct.”Attorney General Hunter celebrated the state’s win, despite the discrepancy between the $572 million award and the billions the state had asked for.”It’s going to be an important step forward in dealing with the epidemic,” he told reporters. “Certainly we would have liked to walk out of here with $17 billion, but realistically we’ve been able to get together almost a billion dollars to help Oklahoma.”Initially, Hunter’s lawsuit included Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In March, Purdue Pharma settled with the state for $270 million. Soon after, Hunter dropped all but one of the civil claims, including fraud, against the two remaining defendants.Just two days before the trial began, another defendant, Teva Pharmaceuticals of Jerusalem, announced an $85 million settlement with the state.Both companies deny any wrongdoing.Johnson & Johnson marketed the opioid painkillers Duragesic and Nucynta. Lawyers for the company say its products were highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies, and that the state did not provide any evidence showing the company’s sales practices helped fuel the crisis. It argued these branded opioid products made up less than 1% of total opioid prescriptions in Oklahoma.As NPR reported in July, during the trial the state’s expert witness, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, testified that Johnson & Johnson also profited by manufacturing raw ingredients for opioids and then selling them to other companies, including Purdue, which makes Oxycontin.Speaking on behalf of Janssen and Johnson & Johnson Monday, attorney Sabrina Strong told reporters that “litigation is not the answer” to the opioid crisis.”Johnson & Johnson did not cause the opioid crisis. Although it includes some diversion of prescription medicine, it’s largely driven by illegally manufactured drugs that are coming into the country from Mexico and elsewhere,” she said.The case is being closely watched by plaintiffs in other opioid lawsuits, particularly the roughly 2,000 cases in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation which is pending before a federal judge in Ohio. That consolidated lawsuit includes 22 defendants — opioid manufacturers and distributors, including Johnson & Johnson.In a statement, the co-lead plaintiff attorneys of the Ohio litigation called today’s ruling a “milestone,” saying the ruling in favor of Oklahoma’s public nuisance claims is a “critical step forward” for the communities they represent.”The ruling in favor of the State of Oklahoma’s public nuisance claims confirms what communities have been saying for some time: the opioid epidemic significantly interfered with public health,” said the attorneys, Paul T. Farrell Jr., Paul J. Hanly, Jr., and Joseph F. Rice.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Promoting art for all

first_imgArt is nothing but expression. We as the most evolved creatures of this universe are in a continuous dialogue- at times with our own selves and often with those around. Impressions of what we think and what we perceive is what we communicate. This is what is the concept behind Arts Unlimited’s Great Masters of Europe in High Renaissance exhibition is all about. The exhibition started on 3 and will continue till 9 November at the capital’s Rabindra Bhavan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Showcasing the works of ten upcoming artists, the exhibition is curated by Poonam Rana. It is also supporting the works of some artists from modest backgrounds. . A discerning jury will be awarding the best artist. The guests of honor include personalities from the world of fitness, fashion, art and NGOs while the participating artist are- Subrata Ganguly, Poonam Rana, Jamal Ahmed, R.YogeshwarArt is a means of a dialogue between man and man.  And what better can it be, when this dialogue serves a noble cause too. Arts Shows Unlimited believe in expanding the horizons and providing a worthy platform to display their artworks to some very promising artists, who have stayed away from display of their works, due to their modest financial backgrounds. The idea is make art accessible for everyone.Where: Lalit Kala Akedemy, Rabindra Bhawan When: On till  9 Novemberlast_img read more

Spot the unusual Rukshaan art

first_imgSanjay Barot’s canvasses come alive with the beauty of fine details and meticulous moorings. Treatment and finesse are paramount in these works brought by Ruskshaan Art Mumbai. Barot’s eight works at are an epitome of devotion and distinct allegories in time. “Every canvas is enclosed or mounted with a wooden frame (differently constructed for each canvas) that has been lovingly treated with images, color, layers and texture ,” says Rukshaan Krishna . ” For example, people known and unknown, particularly those that have managed to make a mark in society and rise through the legacy of life have been portrayed on the frame. These wooden frames work as frames of construction for the work and also as the entry point of the society that Sanjay has painted for his viewers.” The artist asserts that these can be read as the ‘final impressions’ that have been culled out from the chaos in the canvas. The chaos on the canvas is patterned by bold lines that have been layered almost a hundred times along with passages that provide space for the playing out of truths that are personal to the artist. And some, we as viewers may empathize with.Barot speaks of his sensibility, and says: ” My creative process is really like my beliefs. They have travelled with me from when I moved from my village in Kapadvanj to the city that I now live in and love, Baroda. Layers and layers. I return to my hometown every 6 months and with every visit, the roots get stronger and help me cope with the chaos of city life.” However, it is only upon drawing closer to the canvas that one can experience the interesting interplay of man and his moments, architectural forms and objects from his beloved hometown and socio-political incidents that have had a bearing on the artist.Rukshaan Art has credentials of commitment rare to see in the modern day art world practices where greed and commerce drive every act. Rukshaan Art hosts works of contemporary artists who are based in or have studied at or work in Baroda, Gujarat. Gallery owner Rukshaan Krishna is the reason behind Baroda March, a decade-old tradition wherein close to 50 ‘Barodian’ contemporary artists showcase their works at the Coomaraswamy Hall, at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya every March. Artists from Baroda, opines the brilliant and deeply admired and respected, Rukshaan have high integrity. Recently she had a historic culling of the works of the 80 year old doyen Jyoti Bhatt who is a legend in the world of intaglio as well as photography. “These artists are in constant conversation with each other. As a result, there’s learning and encouragement. They are not proud but have their pride. They also care about the career graphs of one another,its unheard of in the art community elsewhere.”last_img read more

Rep Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities

first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak last week introduced a bipartisan measure requiring the governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to open all of their meetings to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students that university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”Rep. Howrylak said informal meetings allow public university governing boards to meet in private with a voting quorum in order to make collective decisions without the input of the public. House Joint Resolution O will add language to the constitution to ensure that these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.Rep. Howrylak said: “This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan. This will help ensure that the boards partner with residents and students in crafting the highest quality public policy.”The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR O has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for consideration.### Categories: Howrylak News 24Apr Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universitieslast_img read more

South African pay TV operator MultiChoices digita

first_imgSouth African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s digital-terrestrial pay TV service GOtv has launched in Rwanda.Rwandans who purchase a GOtv set-top will receive two months’ subscription bundled in.The service faces competition in Rwanda from China’s StarTimes. MultiChoice’s DStv platform is also available in the country.The GOtv service is being launched in partnership with local media group Tele 10, which last year unveiled plans to launch a mobile TV offering in association with Net-M, a German NTT Docomo affiliate, France’s Mobibase and Germany’s Cyberroute.GOtv is currently available in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.last_img

Danish telco and cable operator TDC is to make its

first_imgDanish telco and cable operator TDC is to make its Telmore Play on-demand service available to viewers throughout the EU from April 1, when new EU rules on trans-frontier content portability come into force.TDC said that it would make all entertainment services available across Europe, including TV and movie streaming to mobile devices.The EU has so far restricted enforcing content portability to news and current affairs programming, following decisions by the European Parliament and Council that fell short of more far-reaching changes demand by the European Commission.TDC said that Telmore Play customers would be able to stream HBO Nordic, TV 2 Play, CMORE and My Bio content across EU frontiers from April.Jens Grønlund, director of Telmore, said that Play customers would be able to enjoy all their entertainment packages anywhere in the EU. The service will also be available in Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.Users will also be able to access the Telmore Music, Flipp and Bookmate e-reaching services.Viewers will be able to access their packages for up to 30 days at a time outside Denmark. They will be able to access the content again for the same period after returning to the country between trips.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet POLICE have appealed for information after a vacant house in the Feeny area of Co Derry was attacked last weekend.The PSNI say that at around 7.50 pm on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, officers received a report that all the windows in the property at Cherry Lane had been smashed in.Investigating officer Constable Brendan Dallat has appealed to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police at Limavady on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1119 24/12/16.Constable DallatL “Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.” THUGS HUNTED AFTER WINDOWS IN VACANT CO DERRY HOME ALL SMASHED was last modified: December 29th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img AN DALLATCHERRY LANECHRISTMAS EVECONSTABLE BRENDlimavadyTHUGS HUNTED AFTER WINDOWS IN VACANT CO DERRY HOME ALL SMASHEDlast_img read more

Great Panther Silver Limited TSX GPR NYSEA GP

first_imgGreat Panther Silver Limited, (TSX: GPR NYSE.A: GPL)headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is a profitable primary silver producer operating two 100% owned mines in Mexico.  Over 94% of revenues are derived from unhedged precious metals production with approximately 74% generated from silver sales and 20% from gold.  Since entering production in the first quarter of 2006, the Company has seen five consecutive annual increases in revenues and provides strong leverage to future rises in precious metals prices. The Company has also been growing its resource and reserve base at both 100% owned operations. A new resource/reserve estimate is expected for the Guanajuato Mine Complex and the San Ignacio Project in the second quarter of 2012 and a new resource/reserve estimate for the Topia Mines during the third quarter of 2012. Great Panther continues to replace mined ounces, grow resources and reserves at both operations, and is targeting a 10 year mine live at each.For more information, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bennetto, VP Corporate Communications, toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or by email at rbennetto@greatpanther.com. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.Gold traded within a five dollar price band through most of the Friday trading day on Planet Earth…exceeding it only briefly between 8:10 a.m. at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time.  Those two times represented the high and low price ticks of the day…such as they were.I was particularly impressed by the fact that ‘free-market forces’ were able to thread the needle by closing gold on Friday in the 60 cent price gap between the Wednesday close and the Thursday close.  I hope there was a prize for doing that.Gold closed on Friday at $1,642.40 spot…down twenty cents from Thursday.  Net volume, at 77,000 contracts, was the lightest since I can’t remember when.Silver’s price action was rather similar to gold’s, but the price was more ‘volatile’…with the high and low price ticks come at approximately the same times as gold.  The silver price actually broke through the $32 price mark on its high tick [$32.01 spot] for the second day in a row but, as you can tell, it wasn’t allowed to close anywhere near that price.Silver closed at $31.70 spot…down a dime from Thursday.  Net volume was a shockingly light 19,000 contracts.The dollar index hung in around the 79.60 mark until about 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and then rolled over.  Most of the decline was in by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in New York…and the index basically traded sideways from there.  The dollar index closed down about 34 basis points at 79.14.Four out of the five days this week, gold stocks opened in positive territory…and then quickly got sold off into negative territory regardless of the price action in gold that followed…with stock prices continuing to erode all day along.  The Friday trading action was exactly that as well. The HUI closed on its low of the day, down 0.97%.  In my twelve years of watching this market, I’ve never seen anything like this.  It’s unnatural.Virtually all of the silver stocks finished down on the day as well…including all the stock represented in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  It closed down 0.17%…the same amount it closed up on Thursday.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a yawner, as only 11 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but over at the SLV ETF an authorized participant withdrew 1,262,086 troy ounces of silver.For the third day in a row there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 732,023 troy ounces of silver on Thursday…and shipped only 4,966 ounces out the door.  Since Wednesday, JPMorgan’s precious metals warehouse has added another million ounce of silver to their stash, which now sits at 14.0 million ounces.  The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report that came out yesterday [for positions held a the close of Comex trading on Tuesday] was basically a non-event.  There was virtually no change in the Commercial net short position in silver…less than a hundred contracts but, as Ted Butler pointed out to me, the total open interest blew out by almost 7,000 contracts, so a lot of spread trades were put on during the reporting week.In gold, the Commercial traders increased their net short position by a hair over 5,000 contracts, or 500,000 ounces.  Nothing to see here, folks.As expected, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with the March numbers…and they showed that they had purchased 500,000 ounces of gold to add to the 28.3 million ounces they already held.  I must admit that after seeing nothing added in January…and 100,000 ounces sold in February…I was relieved to see this number.  I thank Nick Laird for his wonderful chart below.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent our way yesterday.  It’s entitled “Total Credit Market Debt Owed“…and needs no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s an interesting story that appeared in an Australian newspaper just the other day.  It includes a photo of the Perth Mint’s 10 kilogram “Year of the Dragon” gold and silver ‘coins’.  I thank Australian reader Brad Ellett for sending it to me…and Australian reader Wesley Legrand for putting it in a format that I could use in this column.  You’ll certainly need the ‘click to enlarge’ feature for this one.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday, including a bunch that I’ve been saving all week for today’s column.  I hope you have the time to run through them all over the weekend.Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber…and as deadly as a hit man. – President Ronald ReaganToday’s ‘blast from the past’ isn’t really from the past at all…but a “60 Minutes” video that was sent to me by my father-in-law, Bill Radtke.Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style. Derek, a musical genius and nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, plays the piano like you’ve never heard. Yet, he doesn’t know his age, nor does he know how to hold up three fingers! Also, he is blind!Having taken seven years of classical piano classes…plus having sat on the Programming Committee of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for eleven years…I know greatness when I hear it.This is one of the most amazing videos that you’re ever likely to watch.  It runs 14:22 minutes…and is posted over at youtube.com…and the link is here.Well, it was a very quiet Friday and, for the most part, a very quiet week in both gold and silver.  But it wasn’t quiet because that’s what the markets in the precious metals wanted to do…it was quiet because, as Jim Rickards pointed out in his commentary above, these markets are managed.Where we go to from here is the $64,000 question for which I have no answer at the moment.  Of course, if left to their own devices, the precious metals would explode the outer edges of the known universe almost instantly…and the current economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business day…as I have pointed out on many occasions.But since that won’t be allowed to happen, at least not while ‘da boyz’ have any say in the matter, we’ll probably get something quite a bit less than that.I doubt very much that this current oversold condition in the precious metals and their shares will last much longer…and it only remains to be seen how high and fast gold and silver will be allowed to rise once they break through the key moving averages.And, as Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.  Will they immediately become the short seller of last resort once again, or will they step aside and let the metals run for a bit?That, and only that, will be the deciding factor…and all we can do is wait it out.  A lot of investors have already voted with their feet and their wallets and have exited the precious metals market…and as we know, any bull market tries to shake off as many non-believers as it can before making its next big move…price-managed or not.  This is certainly the case here.I’m still “all in”…so nothing has changed from my end.Before signing off for the day and the week, I have this little announcement that the nice ladies over at Casey Research sent my way yesterday…and I’d like you to run through it, if you wouldn’t mind.Next week Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100.  To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.I’m outta here!  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you on Tuesday.last_img read more

Disabled activists are planning a return to parlia

first_imgDisabled activists are planning a return to parliament next week, just a fortnight after they caused national headlines by trying to invade prime minister’s questions.Last week, members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) attempted to occupy the main Commons chamber (pictured), after lobbying MPs to reverse the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Now DPAC is planning to attend a debate on the impact of the closure on ILF-recipients that has been secured by the Labour MP Nic Dakin, on Wednesday (8 July).That will take place hours after chancellor George Osborne unveils details of his budget, which is expected to include further austerity measures affecting disabled people, as the government has already announced plans to cut a further £12 billion from the social security budget.DPAC will also be protesting with supporters of the Parkinson’s Disease Society about the budget, outside the Houses of Parliament.Activists will then head inside the Palace of Westminster for the short ILF debate.Last week, Westminster was the scene of DPAC’s most high-profile direct action protest.Two activists made it as far as the doors to the members’ lobby, an area directly outside the Commons chamber, but were stopped by police and parliamentary staff before they could interrupt prime minister’s questions.Linda Burnip, a co-founder of DPAC, said: “We just think we should build on what we achieved last week.“Obviously there are some people who are not expecting to be allowed back in, but it would be very interesting if they actually stop disabled people going into parliament.”Burnip said: “We have always said that the really important thing is that disabled people do not become invisible.“We cannot be ignored, and where better to be seen than in the home of democracy?”Picture by DPAClast_img read more

A young campaigner has called on other disabled pe

first_imgA young campaigner has called on other disabled people to share their experiences of successful employment in order to help narrow the disability employment gap.Lauren Pitt told a fringe meeting at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool that she wanted to see disabled people use social media to share their good experiences in the workplace.Pitt (pictured, right) has contributed an essay to An Inclusive Future, a new publication by the Fabian Society, Scope and the union Community.In her essay, she writes about her experiences of graduating with a 2:1 degree, and then applying unsuccessfully for more than 250 jobs in which she disclosed in nearly every application the fact that she was blind.She says in her essay: “Many of the people told me I was inspirational, but that was not what I wanted to hear.“I wanted to be looked at like any other person who had applied for that job.”She eventually secured a job with a social enterprise that had never previously employed a disabled person.But she told the fringe meeting that it had taken four weeks for the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme to provide the assistive technology equipment she needed to do her job, and that AtW had originally warned her that it would take eight weeks.She said: “Every time I phoned up AtW I was treated like a burden.”Pitt told the meeting: “We need to have disabled people using their experiences and showing what they are doing.“We are never going to change attitudes unless we share our experiences. If we are not confident, we are never going to convince other people that we are worth taking on.”She said her “dream” was to see more disabled people in work, and added: “I want what people currently see as extraordinary to be seen as ordinary.“Use the people who are in work and who are having a good experience. We need to be using those experiences that are positive to educate employers and potential employers.“Currently all we hear is bad stories, and that destroys people’s confidence.”Debbie Abrahams (pictured, second from left), the shadow work and pensions secretary, told the event that the government was “failing miserably” in its efforts to halve the disability employment gap.She said there was a need to change the culture of the out-of-work disability benefits system, including the work capability assessment – which Labour introduced, but she said it would now scrap if it won the next general election – and the use of sanctions, “so it is about support, so it is not a punitive system that so often makes people feel so worthless”.She agreed with Pitt that there was a need for role models who will “trail blaze” and show “what can be done”.Wayne Blackburn, a disabled councillor with Pendle Borough Council, said he believed the party should “lead by example and have more disabled MPs, more disabled representatives across the whole spectrum”.Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured, left), a member of the Commons work and pensions committee, said the current and previous governments had presided over “dramatic reductions in support” for disabled people seeking employment over the last six years.He said there had been a fall in the proportion of working-age disabled people in work, while the number of people receiving Access to Work was still below the number in Labour’s last year in government, there had been cuts to the budget of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and to legal aid, and to the number of specialist disability employment advisers in jobcentres.Coyle, a former director of Disability Rights UK, who also worked at a senior level for the Disability Rights Commission, said there “absolutely must” be an awareness-raising campaign to show what disabled people can do in work.In his own essay in the publication, Coyle says the shift from manual, industrial labour to service and financial sector jobs “increases opportunities for many more disabled people to play a more active part in mainstream workplaces”, while the growth in home working and advances in IT and accessibility software have also increased opportunities for disabled people.He told the fringe event that the government had wasted money through its short-term approach – including a failure to invest more in Access to Work – and he heavily criticised the move away from having a disabled people’s minister with a cross-government role.He said: “We have lost that cross-government approach because we have had a minister sitting in the Department for Work and Pensions as a minister for disabled people as an apologist for Iain Duncan Smith.”last_img read more

Uber Pledges to Enlist a Million Female Drivers by 2020

first_imgGender Gap Apply Now » Uber Pledges to Enlist a Million Female Drivers by 2020 Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez –shares Add to Queue Reuters center_img Ride-hailing app Uber, under the microscope due to a handful of driver assaults on passengers in some cities, pledged in a blog post to sign up one million female drivers globally by 2020.The ride service did not provide comparable figures for how many women drivers are on the Uber service globally today. In the United States, about 14 percent of its 160,000 drivers are female, the company said, and the company adds thousands more drivers each month.”Uber does not require (minimum) hours, and it does not require a schedule,” said Salle Yoo, Uber’s general counsel, in an interview Monday about why women might find working for Uber attractive. “It offers the chance to be entrepreneurial, the chance to balance work and family.”Women passengers won’t yet have the ability to request women drivers, Yoo said. She stressed the app’s safety features, including the notification of who a driver is, and the ability to share an estimated arrival time with others.The pledge comes as the rapidly expanding company deals with fallout over incidents of assaults by drivers from Boston and Chicago to New Delhi.In the highest-profile case, an Indian woman said in December her driver raped her in Delhi, leading to outcries and a temporary ban of Uber in that city.The female driver initiative is timed to a United Nations gathering in New York Tuesday evening celebrating women’s rights, where Yoo will speak.Uber screens drivers, including using background checks that vary from country to country, but doesn’t hire them as full employees. Instead, it lets drivers use its smartphone-based app to connect them to passengers looking for a paid ride, and takes a cut of the fare.(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) This story originally appeared on Reuters March 10, 2015 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

IBMs Global Supply Chain Transformation Wins 2019 NextGen Supply Chain Leadership Award

first_imgWorld’s First Enterprise Computer Hardware Partnership Recognized for Using Disruptive Technologies to Achieve End-to-End Supply Chain SecuritNextGen Supply Chain Conference — IBM announced, that its global supply chain transformation has won a 2019 NextGen Supply Chain Leadership Award for the innovative use of blockchain and IoT. The distinction recognizes the world’s first enterprise computer hardware partnership using these disruptive technologies to achieve end-to-end supply chain security. Using IBM Blockchain and IoT, IBM’s supply chain improved traceability and single source-of-truth to each network partner to improve product authentication and reduce warranty costs.IBM’s supply chain organization manages the critical supply chain operations of engineering, logistics, manufacturing, and sales transaction support. It digitized physical assets such as hard disk drives, while registering asset transactions throughout the product life cycle into an immutable shared ledger using blockchain and IoT as part of this award-winning initiative. One key project began as a Proof-of-Concept in 2018 between IBM and Seagate Technology, which came to a successful conclusion in March 2019. Both companies are now working toward a potential pilot deployment that may be expanded to include more suppliers.Marketing Technology News: Reviving Retail with AI: 5 Benefits of Adopting AI in Retail Operations“Industry 4.0 is an end-to-end industrial transformation, in which mastering the 21st century digital supply chain – enabled by blockchain, IoT, and AI technologies – is a critical success factor for enterprises to gain a competitive business advantage,” said Ron Castro, VP of Supply Chain, IBM. “With these innovative technologies revolutionizing the entire supply chain by lowering transactional costs and accelerating processes, harnessing their transformative power is imperative for executives to build transparent, intelligent and predictive supply chains at scale.Our Resources: IBM on How to Building Intelligence into BuildingsIBM’s supply chain transformation initiative contained three separate, yet complimentary project use cases to make a positive business impact as blockchain was infused into IBM’s supply chain. The three application cases include:Parts Provenance – The initial impact for this blockchain application in IBM’s supply chain included GDPR risk mitigation, improved compliance for data erasure, product authenticity, and reduced part and shipping costs. This encompassed capturing parts data as they proceed through the supply chain from suppliers and system integrator to customer.Internet of Things (IoT) – The Supply Chain IoT Blockchain project focused on improving products lifecycle traceability in IBM’s complex global supply chain. This resulted in an increase in product traceability, while also achieving improvement on cost avoidance for parts provenance. By equipping each inbound and outbound shipment asset with an IoT enabled tracking device to provide near-real-time visibility of assets, IBM’s supply chain can predict each asset’s behavior to reduce the risk or loss or damage liability.Customs Declaration – IBM’s supply chain group focused on improving efficiencies by decreasing compliance risks during import and export processes, while reducing delays and stoppages in supply chain logistics with improved data integrity and improved visibility of assets within the network. With the shared ledger in IBM’s supply chain accessible to each key stakeholder involved in the customs declaration process and automated interfacing of data to customs’ system, time and cost savings were achieved in the logistics and customs process.Marketing Technology News: Formstack Acquires WebMerge, Enhances Document Creation and Automation Capabilities“The success of IBM’s initiative can enable extremely effective confirmation of provenance and authenticity of assets, while optimizing security and efficiencies by simplifying and accelerating documentation exchanges between supply chain partners, ” said John Morris, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Seagate Technology. “Additionally, it potentially increases productivity by eliminating redundant processes, while helping to strengthen regulatory compliance and build trust among all key stakeholders.”Marketing Technology News: New Sales Activation Tools from Engagio Help Revenue Teams Quickly Act on Account Intelligence IBM’s Global Supply Chain Transformation Wins 2019 NextGen Supply Chain Leadership Award for Blockchain and IoT PRNewswireApril 18, 2019, 5:54 pmJuly 16, 2019 IBMIBM BlockchainMarketing TechnologyNewsNextGen Supply Chainproduct authenticationRon Castro Previous ArticleFreshworks Integrates with the WhatsApp Business Solution to Empower Brands to Offer Scalable Online Support to 1.5 Billion Messaging UsersNext ArticleQuantum Metric Unveils First of its Kind Feature for Real-Time and Automatic Response to Enhance Digital Experienceslast_img read more

FDA DHS announce memorandum of agreement to address cybersecurity in medical devices

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 17 2018As part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to strengthen cybersecurity in health care, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a memorandum of agreement to implement a new framework for greater coordination and cooperation between the two agencies for addressing cybersecurity in medical devices.”As innovation in medical devices advances and more devices are connected to hospital networks or to other devices, ensuring that devices are adequately protected against cyber intrusions is paramount to protecting patients. The FDA has been proactive in developing a robust program to address medical device cybersecurity concerns,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “But we also know that securing medical devices from cybersecurity threats cannot be achieved by one government agency alone. Every stakeholder has a unique role to play in addressing these modern challenges. That’s why this announcement is so important. Our strengthened partnership with DHS will help our two agencies share information and better collaborate to stay a step ahead of constantly evolving medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities and assist the health care sector in being well positioned to proactively respond when cyber vulnerabilities are identified. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to confronting cybersecurity risks and the unscrupulous cybercriminals who may seek to put patient lives at risk.””Ensuring our ability to identify, address and mitigate vulnerabilities in medical devices is a top priority, which is why DHS depends on our important partnership with the FDA to collaborate and provide actionable information. This agreement is another important step in our collaboration,” said Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. “DHS has some of the top experts on control systems technology, and we look forward to continuing to leverage this expertise for the sake of improving the lives and safety of people across the country. DHS has enjoyed a great working relationship with the FDA for several years and look forward to this agreement making that working relationship even stronger and more effective.”The agreement, between the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, is meant to encourage even greater coordination and information sharing about potential or confirmed medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats. Such collaboration can lead to more timely and better responses to potential threats to patient safety.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesThe two agencies have already worked together on many aspects of medical device cybersecurity, most notably around coordination of vulnerability disclosures. This helps medical device manufacturers receive technical information from cybersecurity researchers regarding identified vulnerabilities in their products in a way that enables all parties to respond to potential threats in a timely way. The agencies have also collaborated on planning, executing and conducting after-action reviews of DHS-led exercises that simulate real-world cybersecurity attacks and enable the government and stakeholders to practice and improve their responses to these threats. The goal of the agreement is to expand these types of collaboration by increasing the sharing of information between the two agencies to enhance mutual awareness of potential or known threats, thereby heightening coordination when vulnerabilities are identified. And to enhance shared technical capabilities, such as conducting collaborative assessments regarding the level of risk a potential vulnerability may pose to patient safety and coordinate testing of devices as warranted.Under the agreement, DHS will continue to serve as the central medical device vulnerability coordination center and interface with appropriate stakeholders, including consulting with the FDA for technical and clinical expertise regarding medical devices. The DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will continue to coordinate and enable information sharing between medical device manufacturers, researchers and the FDA, particularly in the event of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices that are identified to the Department of Homeland Security. The FDA will continue to engage in regular, ad hoc, and emergency coordination calls with DHS and advise DHS regarding the risk to patient health and potential for harm posed by identified cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.The agreement formalizes a long-standing relationship between the FDA and DHS. Through this agreement, both agencies are renewing their commitment to working with not only each other, but also all stakeholders to create an environment of shared responsibility when it comes to coordinated vulnerability disclosure for identifying and addressing cybersecurity risks. This kind of coordination and information sharing can ultimately help protect patients who rely on lifesaving medical devices. Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm623574.htmlast_img read more

Scoring models underestimate risk of hospital readmission in neurocritical care patients

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 29 2018Scoring models used to predict 30-day readmission risk in the general hospital population may not accurately predict readmissions for patients in the neurocritical care unit, reports a study in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, official journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.”In analyzing the current readmission tool at our institution, we found that it underestimated the risk of readmission in our neurocritical care patient [population],” according to the research by Sarah Peacock, APRN, and colleagues of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. They believe that developing risk scores specific to the neurocritical care unit could have important implications for patient care as well as financial reimbursement.Calculator Doesn’t Predict 30-Day Readmissions in Neurocritical Care PatientsThirty-day hospital readmission risk has become an important measure of the quality of hospital care. Medicare and other healthcare payers have implemented “pay for performance” programs including financial penalties for patients with unplanned readmissions. In response, hospitals have developed risk calculators to identify patients at high risk for readmission and target them for efforts to prevent adverse outcomes.But there is concern that risk calculators based on the overall hospital population may not accurately reflect readmission risk in neurocritical care patients. Neurocritical care units – sometimes called neuroscience ICUs – provide specialized care for patients with conditions such as stroke and brain or spinal cord injuries. While previous studies have evaluated risk factors for readmission in neurocritical care patients, there are currently no specific models to predict readmission risk in patients with neurological conditions.The researchers evaluated their institution’s hospital-wide risk calculator using data on 279 patients admitted to the neurocritical care unit over one year. The study included only patients who were alive and not in hospice care when discharged from the hospital. The most common diagnoses were stroke and central nervous system cancers.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryIn this sample, only 38 neurocritical care patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge. The readmission rate of 13.6 percent was consistent with national trends. But based on the hospital-wide risk calculator, nearly two-thirds of the readmitted patients were labeled at “low risk” for readmission.Emergency admission was the single strongest risk factor for readmission for neurocritical care patients, but received relatively low weight on the hospital-wide readmission score. The risk calculator did not account for the presence of brain or spinal cord cancers, which were another major risk factor; or infection, the most common reason for readmission in the neurocritical care population.The results suggest that the risk calculator used for the hospital’s general population is not accurate for neurocritical care patients. Because of differences in patients’ characteristics and risk factors, the hospital-wide tool underestimates readmission risk in the neurocritical care group.”Because Medicare payment is directly tied to readmission, having an accurate scoring model is essential,” Ms. Peacock and coauthors write. Noting that their findings won’t necessarily apply to every institution, they encourage hospitals to develop customized “neurological-specific” readmission risk scales, based on local data and practice.”The development of a readmission risk calculator specific to neuroscience patients would provide the bedside nurse an accurate scoring tool that identifies patients at a high risk for hospital readmission,” the researchers conclude. “The tool would enable bedside nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physicians to be alerted if a patient is at a high risk for readmission and the specific characteristics of the patient that make him/her high risk.” Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2018/11/29/hospital-wide_scores-iiFY.htmllast_img read more