WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 24, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue resident called to report his mailbox was vandalized sometime overnight. (6:43am)Animal Control Officer responded to reports of an injured turkey on Boutwell Street. Officer transported turkey to Tufts in Grafton. (7:40am, 9:56am)A NAPA employee reported a deceased mother opossum with its babies still alive. Animal Control Officer responded. (3:14pm)An anonymous caller reported 2 quads on the roadway on Wabash Road. (3:59pm)A juvenile walked after from the Milestone Group Home on High Street and was entered into NCIC. (4:56pm)A white 2015 Honda Civic and a white 2016 Chevy Cruze were involved in a crash on Main Street. Both vehicles towed. One party complained of head, neck and back pain and was transported by the Fire Department. (5:14pm)A passerby reported a man sitting on the bench on Main Street, near the dog groomer, waiving what appeared to be a hand gun. Police responded. Dog walker in the area did not see anything. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”
Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi. (Photo UNB)Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital due to serious health complications on Monday night, reports UNB.Physician Mosaddek Hossain said she was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long and recently she was attacked by pneumonia.The freedom fighter was admitted under the observation of medicine specialist Nazmul Islam, said Mosaddek adding she was later shifted to the intensive care unit under the observation of physician Sabyasachi Roy.A medical board will be formed on Wednesday for her treatment, he added.In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army.She fearlessly took part around 20 direct wars.She sustained bullet wounds on her leg at the Ambari fight. Bibi still bears the bullet marks on her body.At present, Kakon Bibi along with her family is living at Jirargaon of Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district.
A Pallas’s long-tongued bat, representing one of six species used in the new study. Bat researchers from the biology departments of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Ca) theorized that the amount of ethanol in the fermented fruit and nectars that the bats ingested was likely to induce intoxication.The researchers gave “sobriety tests” to 106 bats, representing six species of New World Leaf-nosed bats, after the bats had consumed enough ethanol to bring their blood alcohol content (BAC) up to 0.3 or higher. (The legal limit of BAC for human drivers is .08!) The bat BAC levels were attained by feeding the test bats ethanol mixed with sugar water. Their control group counterparts received just the plain sugar water.The bats took flight in a researcher-constructed obstacle course in which the bats would have to navigate according to five standard identifiable flying behaviors of phyllostomide bats. Otherwise, they would betray their drunkenness. Additionally, the biologists expected the alcohol to alter the bats’ echolation, or calling behavior, so they recorded the bats with ultrasonic condenser microphones.”We went into the study fully expecting that some of the species wouldn’t be able to hold their drink,” study co-author Brock Fenton, from the University of Western Ontario, told National Geographic News.But once the bats went through the test – some, mind you, with three times higher BAC than a drunk driver – the researchers found no measurable change in either flight or calling behaviors. A prior study conducted with Old World bats dieting on seasonal fruit and nectar reported signs that bat motor skills and echolation were clearly affected by the ethanol content in their diets. Apparently, the New World bats, exposed to high-ethanol products all year round, have developed an alcohol tolerance that has “afforded them an evolutionary edge.” Fenton and his colleagues are now trying “to find a company that sells alcoholic refreshments who will sponsor an expanded study.” (PhysOrg.com) — New World Leaf-nosed bats (Chiroptera Phyllostomidae) are thriving in the tropical forests of Central and South America, even though their diets consist of more fruits and nectars than their counterparts in the Old World. Strange thing is the phyllostomide bats are drawn to fruits and nectars even after they have fermented. More information: Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? Citation: Orbach DN, Veselka N, Dzal Y, Lazure L, Fenton MB (2010) Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? PLoS ONE 5(2): e8993. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008993 Study looks at metal baseball bat safety © 2010 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 further Citation: Drunk Bats Manage To Pass Sobriety Tests (2010, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-drunk-sobriety.html
Kolkata: Six persons were killed after being struck by lightning in three separate incidents in the districts of Nadia, Bankura and Howrah. The incident took place on Wednesday morning when a thunder shower lashed various South Bengal districts. Lightning struck four persons including two brothers in Nadia leading to their deaths. While in separate incidents of lightning, two persons were killed in Bankura and Howrah each.According to Nadia police, the victims were all working in a field at Noamile in Nadia on Wednesday morning when the thundershowers started. The victims are Kalachand Seikh (60), Kamal Seikh (50), Najizul Seikh (30) and Azizul Seikh (25). Najizul and Azizul were two bothers. In another incident, a 58-year-old Kartin Soren was ploughing in Bankura’s Sarenga when he was struck by lightning. The third incident occurred in Howrah’s Panchla. The victim has been identified as Urmila Mondal (42) who was returning home from field work. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district administrations took prompt action to restore normalcy following the incidents. There was heavy rainfall in some districts for hours causing water logging. Some of the roads became inundated. Nadia and Murshidabad witnessed a storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rainfall causing inconvenience to the commuters. It started raining from 11 am in some districts. The rain accompanied by storm, however, provided relief to the people in these districts as it brought down the temperatures by a few notches. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe sky remained overcast in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and also in the city in the morning hours. The city also received light rainfall on Wednesday morning.According to the weather office, a cyclonic circulation formed over the state that caused rains in the districts. There is also a possibility of thundershowers in the South Bengal districts during the evening in the next few days, the Met department predicted.It may be mentioned here that rain lashed some parts of North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Hooghly and Kolkata on Wednesday evening. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that it may rain in the city and adjoining areas, accompanied by storm in the next 24 hours. According to a weather expert, a strong moisture-laden wind which is blowing from the sea, turned the conditions favourable for a storm.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the current cycle of the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. But even if their prediction doesn’t come true, it’s a good idea to prepare your business for a potential data emergency.Pete Khanna, CEO of the Denver-based software company TrackVia, says entrepreneurs face a whole host of potentially dangerous situations every day.”Sometimes an emergency can appear small, like the executive employee who loses his laptop or smart phone containing sensitive information,” he says. “Other emergencies are larger and more obvious, such as the recent storms in the northeast that flooded offices and buildings, and destroyed equipment and data for thousands of businesses.” Related: How to Create a Disaster Plan for Your BusinessWhether it’s the end of the world or a lost cell phone, entrepreneurs should be prepared. Khanna offers these three steps for protecting your information, and your sanity. December 19, 2012 First, take inventory. Khanna says most businesses don’t know what information they have, let alone what information needs protection. “For example, a sales employee may have a spreadsheet containing all of the company’s key customers, their contact information, and maybe even sensitive information like credit card numbers or buying history,” he says. “Start by identifying what information you have, what information is critical to the business, where it’s located, and who’s in charge of managing or maintaining it.”Next, develop a plan. Once you’ve identified your critical information, protect it with physical security and internal processes.”Physical security may be as simple as knowing who has office keys,” says Khanna. “It may also include employee badges, which secure and track access in and out of a facility. Internal processes may be something simple, like outlining steps for granting or limiting access to key documents. Another example is defining a process for destroying and dealing with paper copies of sensitive data.”Finally, back up your data. The technology you choose should fit your data protection needs, says Khanna. On-premise back-up solutions range from making copies of information onto CDs to having back-up servers on premise. However, the obvious disadvantage of this approach is that it doesn’t protect against natural disasters that occur in the immediate area.”If you’re protecting critical information that people need to safely and securely access to do their work, cloud solutions are key,” he says. Many cloud providers use military-grade reinforced data facilities dispersed around the world, so if the disaster is more localized, you data will have a better chance of survival. Related: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Storage Apps for Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » min read
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read Enroll Now for Free March 7, 2014 If you own a Pebble and have it connected to an Android-powered smartphone, you’ve probably felt left in the dark compared with your iPhone-touting friends. When Pebble unveiled the slimmer, more stylish Pebble Steel smartwatch at CES in January, the Pebble app store also went live — but only for iPhone users.It has taken two months but, today, Android users can rejoice. Pebble has unveiled its dedicated app store in the Google Play app marketplace.Additionally, Pebble announced new app partnerships with companies like eBay and Evernote, to name a couple. The Evernote app allows Pebble users access to “core” Evernote features like checklists, reminders and notebooks directly from the smartwatch. The eBay app, meanwhile, lets Pebble users to access eBay feeds, browse products and add items to a wish list for later purchase via your smartphone.Related: Pebble’s $10 Million Crowdfunding Secret: Keep It Simple This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
08Sep Rep. Barrett welcomes commanding officer to Capitol for 9/11 ceremony Categories: Barrett News Maj. Randall Knowles (right) joins state Rep. Tom Barrett (left) in the Capitol rotunda as his guest during the annual House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.State Rep. Tom Barrett today welcomed Maj. Randall Knowles of the Michigan Army National Guard to the House floor for the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday.House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors first responders and military members who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan during the past year. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015.“Maj. Knowles has been my commander for several years,” said Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville. “I’m proud to bring one of my colleagues here and have the opportunity to highlight the work of our military and the important role they play in our security. Maj. Knowles knows the stakes that our nation faces in the continued War on Terror and the responsibility of leading troops in a combat environment. I’m pleased to have him with me here today and for the opportunity to show our respect and appreciation for our fallen heroes.”After graduating Army flight school in 2007, Maj. Knowles was assigned to the Security and Support Unit flying the OH-58 Kiowa. In 2009 he was deployed to Iraq as a MEDEVAC platoon leader flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. After later serving in Afghanistan in 2013, he returned home to serve as the flight operations officer of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Ledge.Rep. Barrett is a U.S. Army veteran, previously serving in Iraq. Today he serves as a helicopter pilot in the Michigan National Guard in addition to his role of state representative. He also holds the position of chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs.
The Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care.The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, and Tory Alistair Burt – were all ministers of state, senior ministers one level below the secretary of state.But David Mowat, appointed in the ministerial reshuffle that followed the replacement of prime minister David Cameron by Theresa May, will only be a junior minister.His brief as minister for community health and care includes adult social care, carers, community services, cancer, dementia, learning difficulties and primary care.Mowat, MP for Warrington South since 2010, is a former global managing partner with the consulting firm Accenture, and describes his parliamentary interests as “energy policy, economic growth and job creation, occupational pensions and banking”.Other appointments under health secretary Jeremy Hunt include Philip Dunne as minister of state for health, and Nicola Blackwood as junior minister for public health and innovation, while Lord Prior remains as a junior minister covering all aspects of health in the House of Lords.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said that downgrading the role of social care minister “has to be a serious backward step”.He said: “Symbolically it is important; it communicates lowered priority for social care, when many experts and service-users thought it couldn’t get much worse.“We need committed, skilled ministers for social care. Truth is this should be a cabinet post, not a further downgraded one.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “I share the concerns that others have expressed about what would appear to be the political downgrading of social care, both in the ministerial responsibility being more junior and the restructuring of the Department of Health itself, which means there is no longer a specific senior social care responsibility. “Those of us involved in social care need to have a serious think about how we get over to the public the terrible experiences many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are having as a result of funding cuts – being virtually institutionalised at home – given that the message is clearly not getting through to government.”Lamb said on Twitter that the decision to downgrade the ministerial role seemed “quite extraordinary” because “confronting [the] massive challenge in social care will be critical in sustaining [the] NHS”.A Department of Heath spokesman said the decision to make Mowat a junior minister “doesn’t mean social care is of any less importance to this government”.He said: “It doesn’t mean there has been a downgrading of social care just because that minister has been given a different job title.“The government is committed to social care. The commitments in place before the reshuffle are still there. The commitment to social care remains as strong as ever.”He added: “When it comes down to it, it is probably because Philip Dunne [who was previously a minister of state in the Ministry of Defence] has had more experience across government during the time he has been elected as an MP.”Picture: The Department of Health offices in Whitehall
News reporter Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data Add to Queue Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read –shares February 24, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: amazon via PC Mag Tom Brant Prosecutors in an Arkansas murder trial claim that an Amazon Echo could hold data crucial to the case, but Amazon says that data is protected by the First Amendment and is refusing to give it up.The case involves a Bentonville, Ark., man accused of first-degree murder. It received national attention in December when authorities issued a warrant for data stored on the defendant’s Echo, powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. In a lengthy court filing last week, Amazon said that Echo voice commands as well as Alexa data stored on the company’s servers cannot be subject to a search warrant, Forbes reports.In the filing, Amazon explains that it records Echo users’ voice commands and a transcript of Alexa’s responses. “Both types of information are protected speech under the First Amendment,” Amazon’s lawyers write.Because of that protection, the government must show a compelling need for the data. It failed to do so in this case, Amazon writes, arguing that the judge should quash the warrant. “Such government demands inevitably chill users from exercising their First Amendment rights to seek and receive information and expressive content in the privacy of their own home, conduct which lies at the core of the Constitution,” the company says.An Amazon spokesperson told PCMag in December that it will not release customer information without a “valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”As Amazon wrangles with the government over Alexa in court, the voice service’s features continue to grow, with Wired reporting this week that more than 10,000 Alexa skills are now available, just a year and a half after Amazon opened the platform to third-party developers. Alexa skills allow users to tap a variety of external services using voice commands, from controlling smart light bulbs to accessing smartphone notifications. Amazon Amazon is refusing to give authorities investigating a murder access to data from Alexa. Register Now »
Elon Musk Elon Musk Drops New Twitter Bomb on the SEC –shares Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Dan Bova Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Um, maybe someone needs a little social media detox? October 4, 2018 Image credit: Joshua Lott | Getty Images Editorial Director Enroll Now for $5 What do you do after the SEC forces you to step down as chairman of your company and fork over a $20 million fine? Call them big fat dumb-dumb heads on Twitter, if you’re Elon Musk.On Friday, the billionaire Mars-enthusiast blasted out the following to his 22.8 million followers:Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2018In case you don’t get it, we’ll break it down:”Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!” So Elon has rebranded the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Shortseller Enrichment Commission. (He also seems to have left out a word in the beginning of the sentence, but we’re not here to nitpick.) “Short sellers,” as you may know, are investors who basically place bets that the stock they sell will drop in price. Short sellers are generally disliked because they make money when everyone else loses money. Got it? So when he says “great job” he doesn’t really mean it. He’s being sarcastic! Then he basically makes the same joke about their names. We’ll wait for you to catch your breath from laughing.Related: Elon Musk Is Basically the Villain of the ‘Venom’ MovieTime will tell if this has any effect on Tesla’s stock prices, but in the meantime, Elon, can we make a suggestion? If you’re going to insist on attacking people and institutions on Twitter, maybe use some of your billions to hire a comedy writer? Don’t get us wrong, we love the mission to Mars, self-driving Teslas — you’re so good at so many things, but maybe leave the jokes to Carrot Top and that guy with all the puppets? 2 min read Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.
Outernet Global Worldwide Co-production and Innovation Partnership with Technicolor Inc Paves Way for Future of Immersive Entertainment PRNewswireMay 14, 2019, 3:09 pmMay 14, 2019 AIARMarketing TechnologyNewsOuternetPhilip O’FerrallVR Previous ArticleNewsy Expands Pay-TV Distribution, Adding Full Slate of News Programming to fuboTVNext ArticleNinthDecimal Accelerates Its Enterprise SaaS Business In 2018 Outernet Global has announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Technicolor as they bring to fruition the world’s first high capacity, immersive media space to a global city centre. Set to open initially in London in 2020, the multibillion-pound project is a revolutionary step in the creation of location based experiences at iconic destinations.The Outernet is a global network of central city hubs designed to elevate the culture and commerce of the world’s great cities through the largest, most immersive digital experiences. Technicolor merges industry-leading artistry with the most innovative technology to unleash extraordinary experiences for audiences everywhere and anywhere. The partnership unites stellar creative talent and leadership, who collectively bring top media, branding, property development, and entertainment experience. Together they will be delivering boundary-pushing mixed reality, VR, AR, and AI environments to the globe’s ultra-high footfall areas – with a goal of making them into a powerhouse network of connected retail and cultural hubs.The crown jewel of The Outernet London will be The Now Building – which will bring epic scale to storytellers and content providers via 360-degree, 8K floor-to-ceiling screens. Every day will be a new experience for locals and tourists alike, as the Outernet is refreshed with a rotating carousel of broadcasters and advertisers, video artists and live performance events, and exclusive digital offers and experiences. Because it’s always on and never switches off, the Outernet aims to be a constant and timely source of news, entertainment, and immersive digital experiences to whomever passes by – an expected 400,000 visitors per day.The partnership will be led operationally by Outernet London and Technicolor’s MPC and The Mill.Marketing Technology News: Captify and Publicis Media Release New Research Revealing Global Beauty Trends That Will Transform The Larger FMCG Ecosystem“We’re building the largest capacity entertainment venue in London since the 1940s, with the highest resolution screens anywhere in the world,” said Philip O’Ferrall, Outernet Global President & CEO. “Our location at the very heart of this global capital is the perfect stage to launch this revolutionary new platform – which also includes a 2,000 capacity live music venue that aims to re-energise the rock ‘n’ roll pedigree of the surrounding Soho area, [while] acting as a catalyst for the next wave of reinvestment in this iconic part of London.”“Outernet is at the forefront of the global media economy, taking brand experiences to a whole new level,” added Frederic Rose, CEO at Technicolor. “As a company that unites creativity with technology to push the boundaries of what entertainment can be, we’re truly excited to be a part of this journey. Our partnership is a natural fit, helping brands to realise the increasing value of immersive media environments.”Marketing Technology News: iQIYI Launches World’s First Professional Interactive Video Guideline and Video Platform to Standardize Interactive Content CreationConcluded O’Ferrall: “The unique physical and logistical challenges of The Outernet London require best-in-class partners. Technicolor has an impressive track record of delivering future-facing technology and innovation. Inpartnership with storytellers and leaders across multiple industries, they find new ways – whether through virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, or beyond – to tell compelling stories and engage with audiences. This makes them a natural partner for Outernet Global as we roll out our strategy worldwide.”While The Outernet London is the first in a series of connected city centres offering this truly unique experiential destination, plans are already underway to develop similar sites in other global hubs, including New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Dubai.Marketing Technology News: RainFocus Recognized as Account-Based Marketing Thought Leader
Source:https://news.llu.edu/for-journalists/press-releases/two-year-study-finds-healthy-elders-consuming-nearly-300-calories-of-walnuts-daily-show-no-negative-effects-body-weight-composition Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 16 2018Researchers at Loma Linda University Health found that walnuts can be incorporated into the daily diet of healthy elders without having a negative impact on weight gain or weight management.Their findings, published September 18 in the journal Nutrients, expand the knowledge of how nuts can affect the independently living, predominantly healthy, elderly cohort.The study’s lead author, Edward Bitok, DrPH, MS, RDN, assistant professor at Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Allied Health Professions, said there is a widespread fallacy that the fats in nut cause weight gain, and therefore could lead to issues such as obesity, or other weight-related health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. The research, however, shows that nuts are a healthful snack.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Because of their high energy content, many people have believed the misconception that nuts cause unwanted weight gain, and avoid them altogether,” Bitok said. “This study helps us understand more about good fats versus bad fats.”The study was titled, “Effects of Long-Term Walnut Supplementation on Body Weight in Free-Living Elderly: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,” and was a sub-study of the Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study (WAHA), the first large study to test if walnuts play a part in healthy aging.The WAHA study was a two-year trial supported by a grant from by the California Walnut Commission, which tested how daily consumption of walnuts was associated with age-related cognitive decline and macular degeneration in seniors. “We wanted to provide research disproving the idea that the fats in nuts are unhealthy and cause weight-gain,” Bitok said. “We conducted this study mainly to determine if subjects eating walnuts were at greater risk of weight gain compared to those who didn’t consume walnuts.”Prior studies examining walnut consumption and body weight have focused on younger individuals and for shorter durations. “Research on long-term intake of walnuts and their effect on body weight in older adults has been lacking, and we wanted to close that gap,” Bitok said.Bitok, who was a doctoral student at LLU School of Public Health at the time of the study, worked closely with co-author Joan Sabate, MD, DrPH, executive director of the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle & Disease Prevention Center at the School of Public Health, and the principal investigator for the WAHA study.”Our hope was that seniors would be able to include nuts in their diet without concern for weight gain,” Sabate said. “Indeed, this was demonstrated in the study.”The study looked at 307 participants between the ages of 63 and 79 who were healthy, free-living seniors residing within a 60-mile radius of Loma Linda University. The study began in October 2012 and ended in July 2016.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 10 2019Sun safety practices for attendees at skin cancer screening events differ from the general public, according to findings published by researchers from the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center. The study was published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Proper sun safety practices, like wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing sun-protective clothing are critical to reduce the risk for skin cancers like squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.Through a survey randomly administered at six locations in Washington, D.C., and to attendees of a free skin cancer screening event at GW, a team led by Emily Murphy, a research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, found that respondents from the screening group were significantly more likely to always wear sunscreen, always seek shade, and always or sometimes wear sun-protective clothing than the public group.These data suggest that individuals who do not typically attend free screenings may have greater gaps in sun protective knowledge and behavior, highlighting the need to reach these populations through different mechanisms. Survey responses were also analyzed by age and race to identify additional disparities. Participants who identified as white were more likely to always or sometimes wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing than non-white participants. Patients over 61 years were more likely to always seek shade and wear sun-protective clothing than those younger than 31 years.”These findings highlight the importance of tailoring free skin cancer screening events for non-white and younger populations,” said Adam Friedman, MD, interim chair of the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of the Supportive Oncodermatology Clinic at the GW Cancer Center, who also served as senior author on the study. “While free screening events are important, we also have to think about comprehensive, community-based solutions that reach broader demographic populations than skin cancer screenings alone.”Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsWhite participants in the study reported more blistering sunburns than non-white participants, as well as more indoor tanning uses. However, indoor tanning use was equal among the screening and general public groups, indicating that all patients need to be educated on indoor tanning risks. The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, non-federal panel of public health and prevention experts, recommends multicomponent interventions that combine individually focused strategies, educational campaigns, and environmental or policy changes to influence sun safety behaviors. Other recommendations include education and policy approaches in primary school and outdoor recreation settings. Source:George Washington University This study also highlights the importance of reaching non-white populations with skin cancer prevention messages. We have to address the myth that skin cancer only affects fair-skinned individuals. Skin cancer does not discriminate and therefore we need to encourage sun safety practices among all individuals.”Adam Friedman, MD, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
ERICA is an android created by Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University and ATR, specifically designed for natural conversation through incorporation of human-like facial expressions and gestures. The research team demonstrated the updates during a symposium at the National Museum of Emerging Science in Tokyo.”When we talk to one another, it’s never a simple back and forward progression of information,” says Tatsuya Kawahara of Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Informatics, and an expert in speech and audio processing. “Listening is active. We express agreement by nodding or saying ‘uh-huh’ to maintain the momentum of conversation. This is called ‘backchanneling,’ and is something we wanted to implement with ERICA.”The team also focused on developing a system for “attentive listening.” This is when a listener asks elaborating questions, or repeats the last word of the speaker’s sentence, allowing for more engaging dialogue. Deploying a series of distance sensors, facial recognition cameras and microphone arrays, the team began collecting data on parameters necessary for a fluid dialog between ERICA and a human subject.”We looked at three qualities when studying backchanneling,” continues Kawahara. “These were: timing—when a response happens; lexical form—what is being said; and prosody, or how the response happens.”Responses were generated through machine learning using a counseling dialogue corpus, resulting in dramatically improved dialog engagement. Testing in five-minute sessions with a human subject, ERICA demonstrated significantly more dynamic speaking skill, including the use of backchanneling, partial repeats, and statement assessments.”Making a human-like conversational robot is a major challenge,” states Kawahara. “This project reveals how much complexity there is in listening, which we might consider mundane. We are getting closer to a day where a robot can pass a Total Turing Test.” Explore further Citation: Talking to an android: Meet ERICA (2018, August 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-android-erica.html Technique allows AI to learn words in the flow of dialogue We’ve all tried talking with devices, and in some cases they talk back. But, it’s a far cry from having a conversation with a real person. Now, a research team from Kyoto University, Osaka University, and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, or ATR, has significantly upgraded the interaction system for conversational android ERICA, giving her even greater dialog skills. Provided by Kyoto University The experimental set up when the subject (left) talks with ERICA (right) Credit: Kyoto University / Kawahara lab 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.
CIC directs govt to publicise ‘Classified’ documents on Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death Former Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu on Monday wrote to the President to ensure that the new Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners have independence with regard to the ‘term, status and salary’ as provided by the Right to Information Act.In his letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, Acharyulu urged that their term, status and salary shall not be “as prescribed by the central government” as contemplated by the present government in the proposed amendment to the RTI Act.The RTI Act provides for a term of five years or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier, for the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners. The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of the Chief Election Commissioner and an Information Commissioner shall be the same as that of an Election Commissioner.The Centre had recently contemplated to alter the service conditions which was strongly objected to by the civil society and former commissioners. “Their term, status and salary shall not be ‘as prescribed by the Central Government’ as contemplated by the present Government in the proposed amendment to RTI Act,” Acharyulu said.“The government shall ensure that it will not interfere in the functioning of Central Information Commission and also to insulate the office of Chief Information Commissioner or Individual Commissioner from direct or indirect pressures or interferences from any of its offices such as PMO or the Ministry of DoPT,” he said. Acharyulu also urged the President to ensure that the new Chief Information Commissioner, likely to be chosen soon by the government, was not from the administration field.Citing section 12 (5) of the RTI Act, he said the Act provides for selecting people of eminence having experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.“As the Chief Information Commissioner in all these 13 years was selected from the field of administration only, at least, this time an eminent person from the field other than administration may be selected,” he urged.Acharyulu, who gave several path-breaking verdicts during his five year tenure in the Central Information Commission (CIC), said with experts from various fields, there will be no scope for bureaucratic majority or domination in its administration, besides accommodating different viewpoints.If the government selects more number of former bureaucrats for these posts, it will be a breach of the letter and spirit of the transparency law and more particularly that of Section 12(5) of RTI Act, which may not stand the scrutiny by the judiciary, he argued. HeadlessAcharyulu, former law professor, retired as the information commissioner on November 21. Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur and Information Commissioners Yashovardhan Azad and Amitava Bhattacharyya also retired in quick succession, leaving the panel headless.Acharyulu said the Commission had experienced absence of administration for several months when the government failed to appoint the Chief Information Commissioner, three years ago, after the retirement of the then chief.“Leaving seven positions of CICs will also lead to increase in pendency of second appeals or complaints,” he said. The delay in information amounts to denial of information and delay in information justice also means its denial, he said.Speaking at the annual convention of the Central Information Commission on October 12, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh had taken a dig at the former UPA dispensation for causing vacancies in the Commission. He had said it was the first time that the Commission attained full strength as under the previous government, sometimes only three commissioners were left. Meanwhile, the CIC is again left with only three information commissioners as against the full strength of a chief information commissioner and 10 information commissioners.“The situation is becoming same again…We are conscious of the situation and we will not hold back such appointments,” Singh had said in October. This is the third time that the Commission, the highest adjudicating authority in RTI matters, is without a head since the NDA government took over in 2014. The Commission remained headless for 10 months between August 22, 2014 to June 10, 2015 after the retirement of Rajiv Mathur, then CIC. Again, the panel was headless for nearly a month after the retirement of then CIC Vijay Sharma on December 1, 2015. He was succeeded by R K Mathur on January 2, 2016. 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