Navy Pursuing Water Contamination at Former PhiladelphiaArea Bases

first_imgThe Navy said it is taking aggressive actions to address elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds found in about 100 public and private wells near two former installations in suburban Philadelphia — Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster.The Navy’s March 22 statement came in response to questions from three Philadelphia-area congressmen about how the Navy dealt with the discovery of drinking water contamination believed to be caused by chemicals used in firefighting foam.The Navy said it is taking “aggressive, proactive actions to identify potential release sites, eliminate unacceptable exposures and conduct cleanup actions where the Navy is responsible for the contamination,” reported the Morning Call. The Air National Guard is responsible for some of the cleanup, the Navy said, as an Air Guard unit has been located at Willow Grove for decades.The chemicals discovered — PFOA and PFOS — in ground and drinking water near the former installations in 2013 and 2014 are being assessed as “emerging contaminants” by the Environmental Protection Agency.The Navy and Air National Guard Bureau previously agreed to pay about $19 million for cleanup efforts, including installing filtration systems on public wells affected by the contamination, paying for public water purchases from surrounding water authorities to offset lost production, and providing bottled water and paying for hook-ups to public water to affected private well owners, according to the story.Earlier this month, the Defense Department said its plans to conduct tests at 664 sites across the nation where chemicals from firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater and possibly spread to drinking water. Tests at two of 28 Navy sites indicated elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds — Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress, Va. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of LGBTQ pride

first_img Online Tech Industry Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice Tags Google Doodle Google Comments 99+ 49 Photos Google’s Pride Doodle depicts the growing size of the Pride celebration over the past half century. Google Fifty years ago this month, New York police launched an early morning raid on a small Greenwich Village bar popular with members of the gay community, sparking the Stonewall riots and ushering in the modern battle for LGBT rights in the US.To celebrate the 50 years of Pride celebrations that followed, Google published a Doodle sideshow on Tuesday that offers a taste of Pride parades from each of the five decades. Google’s Doodlers wanted the Doodle to underscore how the Pride parade has grown in size and momentum over the past half century, empowering a bright and vibrant community along the way.Over the years, Google has taken a high-profile stance in support of gay rights. In 2008, the company announced its opposition to Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage measure that California voters ultimately approved. To mark June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month, Google has traditionally added a rainbow to the right side of the search bar when users search for “gay,” “lesbian,” “transgender,” or related terms. This year’s return on those search terms is a graphic depicting Pride celebrations around the world.For this year’s Doodle, Doodler Nate Swinehart said he decided to use strips of cut paper to depict the people and the setting. By adding multiple layers of paper, which by its nature is flat, the Doodle grows to reflect the community’s expansion. Color, of course, is a key symbol of Pride.google-doodle-2009-june-4-pride-2019Color is a key symbol of Pride. Google “While everything begins with shades of grey, we first see the rainbow through a community space,” Swinehart explains. “Color then begins to spread, first in individual people, then to the city around them, until it finally overtakes the entire composition.”I also wanted the progression of color to be meaningful, beginning with the initial pink triangle that was reclaimed by the community as a symbol of liberation. From there, we go backwards through the rainbow from purple to red, until we see all the colors come together harmoniously in the final image.”Swinehart writes that, as a member of the LGBTQ community, this Doodle was a very personal project for him, especially because he’s well acquainted with the struggle to feel included and accepted.”Before I joined Google in 2014, I remember opening up the Google homepage to see a Doodle celebrating the Winter Olympics, depicting the colors of the Pride flag. I was completely blown away,” Swinehart writes. “Looking at the front page of Google, I was filled with hope and a feeling of belonging. “That moment was a large part of why I wanted to become a Doodler. I recognized the opportunity we have to make a positive impact on the world, and to help make people feel seen, heard, and valued.”last_img read more

Louisville MBB Postgame Notes vs Lipscomb

first_img Louisville moved to 2-0 all-time against Lipscomb with Wednesday’s win, which marked the first meeting between the schools since 1936. The Cardinals have a 9-1 record all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.TEAM NOTES SERIES NOTES Jordan Nwora registered 20 or more points for the third straight outing and the sixth time this season with Wednesday’s game-high 22 points overall. Louisville is 137-21 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. The Cardinals have a 79-5 record all-time against non-conference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center, including wins in 35 of the last 37 games. Through its first 10 games this season, Louisville has produced 17 runs of 8-0 or better, including an 11-0 run in the second half against Lipscomb. The Cardinals pulled down a season-high 49 rebounds, their highest total since registering 49 rebounds against Southern Illinois on Nov. 21, 2017. Louisville was +14 in rebounding against Lipscomb for their highest margin on the glass this season and the largest overall since finishing +17 (44-27) against Virginia Tech on Feb. 24, 2018. The Cardinals are 6-2 this season when they outrebound their opponent. The Bisons were 23-for-65 from field (35.4), the second lowest for a Louisville opponent this season behind only the 25.0 percent (16-for-64) by Central Arkansas. Wednesday’s marked the fifth time this season the Cardinals have limited an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting from the field.PLAYER NOTES Nwora scored Louisville’s first 11 points of the game en route to earning his 18th career double-figure scoring game, including the ninth in 10 games this season. Nwora matched a season high with eight made field goals. With a trio of three-point baskets on Wednesday, Nwora has made three or more trifectas in five games this season, including each of the last three. The 13 rebounds more than doubled his previous rebounding high mark of six achieved on two occasions. Williams had 13 total rebounds in his last three games combined. Williams registered a career high eight field goal attempts, three more than his previous high. With his two three-point baskets, Williams matched his career high achieved against Seton Hall earlier this season. Wednesday’s outing marked the second double-figure scoring performance this season for Williams and the fifth of his collegiate career. Ryan McMahon had nine points, including one three-pointer. The junior has at least one three-point basket in eight of 10 games this season.Print Friendly Version Dwayne Sutton delivered his fourth double-figure scoring outing of the season and the seventh time in his two seasons with the Cardinals after totaling 14 points against Lipscomb. Sutton equaled season highs with nine rebounds and three assists on Wednesday. Story Links Malik Williams registered his first collegiate double-double after the sophomore finished with 10 points and a career-best 13 rebounds.last_img read more

One for the earth

first_img5 June is celebrated as World Environment Day. The date marks the day on which the United Nations Conference on Human Environment (the Stockholm Conference) began in 1972 when countries of the world came together to discuss global environmental issues for the first time.Respect for the environment has been an integral part of India’s glorious culture. The relationship between the earth and human beings has been likened to that between a mother and her child. From the Rig Veda to the Yagyavalkya Smriti, the ‘Panch Tatvas’ or the five elements are mentioned.  These are prithvi (earth), pavan (wind), jal (water), tej (solar energy) and nabh (sky). We are taught to live in harmony with the environment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Environmental sustainability is also a moral issue. In this context, ‘I have been deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his concept of ‘trusteeship’. This may be interpreted as the present generation acting as trustee for the future by enjoying the wealth of nature in a way that it benefits the next generation,’ says Jitendra Padam Jain- Curator of the show.  The choice in front of us is clear. Either we allow environmental degradation to continue unchecked or we take remedial steps to ensure happiness of the future generations. Government action alone is not the key to the environment changes that are required. No strength is mightier than people’s participation. It is the small steps we take in our daily lives that will make a big difference in the quest for an environment friendly planet. Through art, our show would highlight environmental awareness, and bring together all fraternities in working towards this cause. We should adopt a plant and nurture it to become a tree, as we do with our children.last_img read more

Bengal PrePuja Exposition 2015 opens at Dilli Haat

first_imgAdding to the festive ambience ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja and Dussehra, a two week-long exhibition to showcase an array of beautiful and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftsmen of rural Bengal was opened in the national capital today.The 4th Edition of the ‘Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition’, organised by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, from September 16 to 30, was formally inaugurated at Dilli Haat, INA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’RD Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner and other senior officials of the Government of West Bengal were present at the occasion. Around 50 artisans from various districts of West Bengal will take part in the exposition, which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the craftspersons before the festive season.Special cultural soirees will be organised during the fair at Dilli Haat on September 19 and 26, with a focus on Bengali songs, Purulia Chhau dance and Rabha folk dance of North Bengal.last_img read more

Dum Dum Park pandals set to amaze people

first_imgKolkata: While the Puja committees in Salt Lake are trying to stand out this year, Puja committees in Dum Dum Park are also trying their best to attract pandal hoppers with unique themes.This year, Dum Dum Park Bharat Chakra Puja committee’s theme is Ghore o Baire. The theme is based on women empowerment. According to members of the Puja committee, women are not staying behind at home in modern times. Based on the theme, the pandal has been constructed in two parts. One of the part is open. In this area, several models of women driving different vehicles can be seen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the second part, the idol of Goddess Durga will be seen on a shivlinga. “Our concept is that women are not staying behind or being dominated by men anymore. On the contrary, men in the present society are helping women to go ahead and make their mark in society. Inside the second part, we have tried keep a spiritual environment. Several paintings of Goddesses from different countries will be there to portray the dominance of women in the past,” said Arjun Goon, secretary of the Puja committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNot far from Bharat Chakra, Dum Dum Tarun Dal is also doing their best to outshine other pandals in the area. This year, Tarun Dal’s theme is Abahon. While entering the pandal, people will see children running through a bush of kash flowers. After that sunflower petals with face of children will be seen cascading down from the ceiling of the pandal. On the top, people will see Shiv and Parvati welcoming the children. “Everyone loves children. So do the Gods and Goddesses. Also, activities which children usually do such as painting and playing, will be portrayed through paintings,” said Biswajit Prasad, secretary of the Puja committee.last_img read more

With Big Solar Power Deal Apples Market Cap Closes Over 700 Billion

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Apple Inc will buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday as its stock market value closed above $700 billion for the first time.The First Solar Inc plant, with the capacity to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes, will be used to supply electricity for Apple’s new campus in Silicon Valley, and its other offices and 52 stores in the state, Chief Executive Tim Cook said at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco.Cook addressed investors as Apple’s stock market value closed at $710.74 billion for the first time, buoyed by record sales of big-screen iPhones and a December-quarter profit that was the largest in corporate history.Apple was already the world’s largest publicly traded company by stock value.The plant in Monterey County, California will also power an Apple data center in Newark, California that already relies on solar power.”We expect to have a very significant savings because we have a fixed price for the renewable energy, and there’s quite a difference between that price and the price of brown energy,” Cook said.”We know in Apple that climate change is real. The time for talk is passed,” he added. “The time for action is now.”First Solar, based in Tempe, Arizona, manufactures solar panels and builds solar power plants, many of which it sells to power producers.Construction of the 2,900-acre California Flats Solar Project is expected to start in mid-2015 and finish by the end of next year, First Solar said in a statement.Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts of capacity under a 25-year purchase agreement, the largest in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user, First Solar said. Output of the project’s remaining 150 megawatts will go to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.Apple will not receive an equity stake in the project and will make the payments over the lifetime of the deal rather than all at once, First Solar spokesman Steve Krum said.”The reason that they made this choice is because they saw a way to save economically,” Krum said. “You won’t have price volatility from other fuel sources. The fuel is free. It’s competitively priced from other options they would have.”The project could not have gone forward without Apple’s participation, Krum said.Apple already uses renewable energy to power its data centers. Last week, it said it would invest $2 billion over 10 years to convert a failed sapphire glass plant in Arizona into a data center that would be powered mostly by solar energy.”Apple still has work to do to reduce its environmental footprint, but other Fortune 500 CEOs would be well served to make a study of Tim Cook,” Greenpeace said in a statement following Tuesday’s announcement.Shares of Apple ended up 1.92 percent at $122.02. First Solar rose 3 percent in extended trade after closing up 4.77 percent at $48.54.(Aditional reporting and writing by Noel Randewich; Editing by Richard Chang) Register Now » February 11, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton Halifax Winnipeg routes

first_img Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CALGARY — Hamilton will be seeing a lot more of WestJet next year – 40% more exactly. The airline has announced that it will be increasing capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40% in 2017 with the return of nonstop service to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a new route to Winnipeg.Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28, while daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 and ends on Oct. 26.By January, WestJet will offer 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFrom Halifax Stanfield International this winter, the airline will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes. Year-over-year in January, the airline will have added more than 15% additional capacity out of Halifax.“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year. Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.With the addition of the nonstop Winnipeg-Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 nonstop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75% more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, passengers in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different destinations to choose from.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAll flights will be operated on Boeing 737NG aircraft. For more information go to westjet.com/hamilton. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton, Halifax & Winnipeg routes Tags: Edmonton, Halifax, WestJet, Winnipeg << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Qatar Airways inaugural flight to Penang Malaysia

first_imgQatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Penang, MalaysiaQatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Penang, MalaysiaQatar Airways’ first non-stop flight to Penang touched down today at Penang International Airport, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s second destination in Malaysia, as it continues its robust expansion plans throughout South East Asia.Qatar Airways flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, departed Hamad International Airport on Tuesday at 02:30 and arrived at Penang International Airport at 14:30 on 6 February 2018.The delegation was led by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, and was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the Malaysian Ambassador to the State of Qatar.The VIP delegation was greeted in Penang by His Excellency Mr. Essa Bin Mohamed Al-Mannai, Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia; His Excellency Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang; Datuk Badlisham Bin Ghazali, Managing Director, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Mr. Ooi Chok Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Global Tourism.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch direct flights to Penang, a long-anticipated addition to our global route network. Our Kuala Lumpur service started in 2001, and it has since grown to a triple-daily direct non-stop service to and from Doha. We are tremendously pleased to now be able to offer our passengers another exciting destination to experience in this beautiful country.“The addition of Penang to our global network comes as part of our continued expansion plans throughout Eastern Asia, as we have recently launched direct services to Thailand’s Chiang Mai and Pattaya, as well as adding additional services to Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.”His Excellency Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, said: “We offer a UNESCO World Heritage city that is captivating in not only our cultural diversity and religious harmony but also in offering our natural beauty and world class tourism products. Let your senses be invaded by sights, sounds and smells that will entice you to come back for more.”Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said: “With the current triple-daily frequencies to Kuala Lumpur catering to the many passengers travelling to destinations in North America and Europe, we believe that the same demand for these destinations from Penang is growing rapidly. As one of the busiest airports in Malaysia, Penang International Airport recorded seven million passenger movements last year.“It is without doubt that the airport is the hub for northern Malaysia, bearing potential for increased connectivity. Having worked together for the past 17 years, we take pleasure in welcoming Qatar Airways, which will be another great addition to the existing internationalairlines at Penang International Airport. With this new route, Qatar Airways will be the first Middle Eastern carrier to offer non-stop flight service from Doha to Penang, a city well known for being a UNESCO World Heritage City. The long haul flight to Penang will also bring a great expansion in tourism opportunities in Malaysia. We definitely look forward to creating many more memorable moments with Qatar Airways.”At a press conference held at the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang shortly after the inaugural flight arrival, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, announced the Penang route will be boosted to a four-times-weekly frequency effective 1 July 2018.Until then, Qatar Airways will fly three times a week to Penang with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.From ornate temples to tropical gardens, the sights and sounds of Penang reflect the city’s rich cultural heritage. Holidaymakers and business travellers alike will be enchanted by the country’s magnificent scenery. Penang, known as the gourmet capital of Malaysia, offers a host of culinary delights to please the palate. Penang is also the most frequented destination for retirees in Malaysia.The award-winning airline first launched service to Malaysia in December 2001, and currently operates a triple-daily service to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.Qatar Airways seamlessly connects passengers from Malaysia to more than 150 destinations across six continents via its award-winning Hamad International Airport. As part of its continued expansion plans, the airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting route launches for 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece; Canberra, Australia and Cardiff, United Kingdom, to name just a few.The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines operating a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. In addition to being voted ‘World’s Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Middle East Airline,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’Flight Schedule:Tuesday, Thursday and SaturdayDoha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR850 departs: 02:30 arrives 14:30Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) QR851 departs: 20:30 arrives 23:20Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

Liberty Globalbacked Belgian cable operator Telen

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has acquired the local cable network of the Brussels municipality of Etterbeek.Telenet has offered TV, internet and fixed telephony services over the Etterbeek network since 1997 through a contract with the municipality. The latter decided to sell the network on expiration of this contract at the end of 2018, leading Telenet to take the decision to acquire it.The operator said its ownership of the Etterbeek network would give more end-to-end control over its current and future quality, as is the case in other municipalities in Brussels where it is already present.Telenet, which principally operates in the Flemish part of Belgium, said that the acquisition meant it is now the owner of all cable infrastructure over which it provides services in the Belgian capital.The operator also provides services in the Brussels municipalities of Ganshoren, Koekelberg, Jette, Schaerbeek, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and Forest. Through the acquisition of the SFR/Numericable network in 2017, it additionally operates in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, City of Brussels, Watermael-Boitsfort, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Anderlecht and Molenbeek-Saint-Jean.last_img read more

An international coalition of brain researchers is

first_imgAn international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way of looking at Alzheimer’s.Instead of defining the disease through symptoms like memory problems or fuzzy thinking, the scientists want to focus on biological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s. These include the plaques and tangles that build up in the brains of people with the disease.But they say the new approach is intended only for research studies and isn’t yet ready for use by most doctors who treat Alzheimer’s patients.If the new approach is widely adopted, it would help researchers study patients whose brain function is still normal, but who are likely to develop dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.”There is a stage of the disease where there are no symptoms and we need to have some sort of a marker,” says Eliezer Masliah, who directs the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging.The new approach would be a dramatic departure from the traditional way of looking at Alzheimer’s, says Clifford Jack, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Mayo Clinic Rochester.In the past, “a person displayed a certain set of signs and symptoms and it was expected that they had Alzheimer’s pathology,” says Jack, who is the first author of the central paper describing the proposed new “research framework.”But researchers began to see the flaws in that approach when they took a close look at the brains of people receiving experimental drugs for the disease, Jack says. “About 30 percent of people who met all the appropriate clinical criteria did not have Alzheimer’s disease.”Their memory or thinking problems were being caused by something else.So researchers have been looking for more reliable ways of determining whether someone really has Alzheimer’s. And they’ve focused on the two best-known brain changes associated with the disease.”What we’re seeing now is that Alzheimer’s disease is defined by the presence of plaques and tangles in your brain,” Jack says. And in this way of thinking, he says, “symptoms become the result of the disease, not the definition of the disease.”Once it was virtually impossible to detect plaques and tangles in a living person. But over time, scientists have developed a number of ways to spot the abnormalities using special brain scans or tests of spinal fluid.These tests for what are known as biomarkers of Alzheimer’s are allowing scientists to do experiments that would have been impossible relying on symptoms alone. “One could, let’s say, start preventive treatment five years before the onset of the symptoms,” Masliah says.The new approach has detractors, who argue that it’s not yet a reliable replacement for clinical symptoms in research. And proponents have responded to these complaints by including symptom measures in their proposal, and acknowledging that biomarkers are still in an early stage of development.Proponents have also stressed that the biomarker approach is not yet the right tool for most doctors who treat Alzheimer’s patients.”It’s a research framework meant to be tested, a tool for researchers, not for the doctor’s office,” says Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.But Carrillo hopes that when drugs to prevent Alzheimer’s finally arrive, biomarker tests can show who should get them.The proposal, and several commentaries supporting it, appears Tuesday in the April 2018 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Long before he began studying for a career in heal

first_imgLong before he began studying for a career in health care, Marlon Munoz performed one of the most sensitive roles in the field: delivering diagnoses to patients.As an informal interpreter between English-speaking doctors and his Spanish-speaking family and friends, Munoz knew well the burden that comes with the job. He still becomes emotional when he remembers having to tell his wife, Aibi Perez, she had breast cancer.A few days after Perez underwent a routine breast biopsy 17 years ago, Munoz received an unexpected call from her physician. The doctor spoke no Spanish and Perez spoke little English, so they called Munoz, who could act as a go-between. But when the doctor said the biopsy had revealed stage 1 breast cancer, Munoz hedged.Without delivering the bad news, he left work and drove to a park near the family’s home in Pennsauken, N.J. He sat on a bench and sobbed. When he finally mustered the strength to go home, knowing Perez and their children were preparing for the next day’s Thanksgiving feast, he struggled to find the words. “You don’t have to tell me,” Munoz recalls his wife saying. “I already know.””That’s when I broke into tears,” says Munoz, who now works in the radiology department — and as a volunteer medical interpreter — at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.Perez survived and is cancer-free today, but the family has never been the same. Being the bearer of bad news strained Munoz’s relationship with his wife at this most vulnerable time, and years later, they say they still wish it could have been handled differently.Census data suggest that as many as 1 in 10 working adults in the U.S. has limited English-language proficiency. Meanwhile, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and subsequent orders and laws require hospitals and other facilities that offer medical services and receive federal funds to provide “meaningful access” to patients, so they can make informed decisions about their health. With few exceptions, this means that providers must offer qualified interpreters, as well as translations for prescriptions and other medical documents.”It’s the law,” says Munoz.Previous research has suggested that such accommodations improve clinical outcomes and reduce persistent disparities in health care overall. And yet, despite the law, and despite the obvious benefits, thousands of hospitals and other medical facilities continue to fall short, leaving patients — if they are lucky — relying on family members and friends to be ad hoc interpreters of maladies and medical care. It’s an informal and imperfect form of triage that unfolds in clinics across the country every day, with potentially harrowing consequences should something be lost in translation.Gaps in communicationNo one really knows how widespread the problem actually is, but even the scattered data that are available paint a bleak picture — and one that has persisted for decades. Just 39 percent of hospitals, for example, reported collecting any kind of data on the language proficiency of patients in a 2004 survey of 272 hospitals.Last year, a study published in Health Affairs suggested that little had improved. Despite requirements for data collection on race, ethnicity and language needs outlined in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the researchers determined that such data availability in commercial, Medicaid and Medicare managed care plans “remained largely incomplete.”A 2016 survey of 4,586 hospitals by the American Hospital Association, meanwhile, suggested that only 56 percent offered some sort of linguistic and translation services, a very slight improvement over the 54 percent recorded five years earlier. Yet, another survey suggests that 97 percent of physicians see at least some patients who have difficulty understanding English.”The reality is, if you can’t communicate with a patient, you can’t provide care,” says Mara Youdelman, managing attorney at the National Health Law Program in Washington, D.C., who works on language-access issues.”It shouldn’t be an add-on,” she says. “It should be a required part of providing high-quality health care.”Gabriela Jenicek, the director of language services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, remembers one young mother-to-be who was eight months pregnant and at high risk. The woman had been referred to Jenicek’s hospital from another clinic, which had allowed the woman’s sister-in-law to interpret her doctors’ words.Providers at the clinic told the sister-in-law that the woman’s fetus was at risk of heart damage. But the sister-in-law never told the mother-to-be, Jenicek says. In blissful ignorance, the pregnant woman had enjoyed her baby shower and even prepped a nursery.When they arrived at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “she had to be told the child would not make it,” Jenicek recalls. “She had no time to prepare.”Misunderstandings, and bad resultsResearch over the past 15 years has established that language errors and misunderstandings are common when professional interpreters aren’t used.A 2010 report by the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and National Health Law Program found that of 1,373 malpractice claims, at least 35 were linked to inadequate language access.In one case, a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl was rushed to the emergency room with what appeared to be a bad case of the stomach flu. Her parents spoke no English, and no on-staff interpreters were used — even when the doctor prescribed a medication that isn’t usually recommended for children. Instead, hospital staff communicated in English with the girl and her 16-year-brother, and the family was sent home with written instructions — also in English — to return to the hospital immediately if the girl experienced certain side effects.The girl had an adverse reaction to the drug, suffered a heart attack and died. The physician and hospital settled the malpractice claim for $200,000.Even short of death and injury, more recent research indicates that without trained interpreters, patient satisfaction and outcomes can plummet. A 2016 review of palliative care services, for example, concluded that patients who struggle with English don’t adequately grasp their diagnoses without professional interpreters and also had more pain and anxiety. A 2017 survey showed that 46 percent of dental students do not feel adequately prepared to treat patients whose primary language is not English; 44 percent said their dental school clinic did not have formal interpreter services.Perhaps most alarming, today’s medical school students appear to be getting the message that language-access issues aren’t important and that they will be easily forgiven for a lax approach, according to a recent study published in Academic Medicine. That study, co-authored by Dr. Alexander Green, a physician and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, concluded the problem stems from “a learning environment and organizational culture that value efficiency over effective communication.”In an essay published in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics, which devoted its entire March 2017 issue to language access, Green called for a “major culture shift” in medicine, on par with the shift in expectations of hand-washing.”It needs to be not only easy,” Green said in an interview, “but an expectation.”A lack of enforcementFiston Laka Bondjale was given political asylum in the U.S. almost two years ago after living in Congo, but he knew the language barrier would make it difficult for him to seek treatment for chronic stomach pain.”Every time I think, ‘What can I tell the doctor?’ In French, I can explain it easily,” he says. “But I’m afraid to go to the hospital because maybe I’ll get the wrong medicine.”The one time Bondjale did go to a hospital in Washington, D.C., he and the doctor struggled to communicate because no French interpreter was on site. “I asked him to use simple words, but that was hard for the doctor,” he says.When he moved to Minnesota, he couldn’t sleep, but he still resisted seeking medical help because of his rudimentary English. Finally, a fall on the ice prompted a trip to a clinic, where he was able to use a phone-in French interpreter.For such patients, success in navigating the medical system depends on a variety of factors: Which state you live in; whether you are in an urban or rural area; how many people speak your language nearby. As it stands, there are no universally agreed-upon standards for training or licensing interpreters. Patients and providers often don’t understand the law, and there is little funding for enforcement.Recent surveys of doctors show that expectations for language access are far from the norm. Of 1,563 physicians surveyed between 2011 and 2016 by Critical Measures, a consulting company in Minneapolis, roughly half were “relatively unfamiliar” or “unfamiliar” with the legal requirements of working with interpreters.Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s tougher stance on immigration has created an atmosphere in which immigrants have become more hesitant to speak out, according to Flores of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”The policy landscape is as bleak as it’s ever been,” Flores says.Even in big city hospitals that are more likely to offer language services, getting a professional interpreter isn’t a given, and for patients, there’s little in the way of recourse. Filing a complaint requires knowing about the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights and having the communication skill, or the assistance, to report a violation and seek a remedy. The office received just 210 language-access complaints during the five-year span ending in 2017, an HHS spokesman reported.But according to Leon Rodriguez, the former director of the Office for Civil Rights from 2011 to 2014, such numbers mask the real contours of a problem that is difficult to address.”When you think about housing discrimination, it’s sort of clear: You don’t want to get caught renting to one family and not another,” Rodriguez says. “Language access is softer. It doesn’t have the same shock value.”Resources at the agency are also stretched thin. Roughly 120 investigators on staff cover all civil rights issues, including discrimination on the basis of gender, disability, age or race. Administrators there do have the power to withhold federal funds for failing to provide adequate language services, but virtually everyone agrees that too many cases slip through the cracks — even though language services have real financial benefits, too.Worth the priceWhile a true cost-benefit analysis hasn’t been done in the United States, some studies have identified an association between the availability of language and translation services and fewer readmission rates and fewer malpractice claims. A 2017 study, for example, found that an academic hospital could save an estimated $161,404 each month by avoiding 119 readmissions when patients had consistent access to interpretation.”The larger, forward-looking health care providers understand that language access benefits bottom lines,” says Bill Rivers, executive director at the Joint National Committee for Languages.But they may also be the only facilities that can really afford it.One day last fall, interpreter Muhiyadin Aden navigated the labyrinth of hospital buildings at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis — a big, urban hospital known for its language services — and eventually arrived at the blue- and orange-hued halls of the emergency department.Aden opened the door to a windowless exam room, where a Somali woman wearing a hijab and a floral skirt was lying on the exam table, her left ankle encased in a walking boot. Her sister sat across from her.A nurse walked in with good news: The X-ray hadn’t shown a major fracture. As Aden interpreted, the woman’s face lit up. “Good, I’m happy!” she said in Somali. The nurse, looking at the patient, continued: “You can sleep on it, you can walk on it; it’s for comfort,” she said of the boot. Aden’s voice was animated and he used gestures as he interpreted. The patient’s face showed relief: “Ah, ah!”Although naproxen is an over-the-counter medication, the nurse gave the patient a written prescription, highlighted and folded so she could hand it to the pharmacist. Depending on the time of day, the nurse knew that there might or might not be a Somali-speaking pharmacist working at the center’s pharmacy.The thorough approach takes time. One survey showed that 85 percent of community health centers spend more time on patients with limited English. At Hennepin County’s hospital, former interpreter services manager Michelle Chillstrom, who now works at the University of Washington Medical Center, estimates exams with interpreters take 50 percent longer.In other words, hospitals and clinics need to be comfortable with the idea of doctors seeing fewer patients per shift. A movement known as value-based care, in which providers are paid for outcomes instead of the frequency of services, could pave the way for improved language access, says Green, the researcher who studied med students’ perceptions of language access.Such a system would provide rewards based “not just on the number of visits each day, but on the quality of care and outcomes,” Green says. In such a scenario, hospitals would be penalized if a patient had to return more than once because a language barrier led to a treatment problem.Technology is helping to address language barriers — though it remains imperfect. One study, for example, pointed out that in some British medical contexts, having seizures is sometimes referred to as “fitting” — as in, “having a fit.” But one Swahili language app translated the English “Your child is fitting” to “Your child is dead” in Swahili.At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, locally referred to as CHOP, staff members say that the app translates the phrase “Please come to CHOP” as “Please come to be cut into pieces.”There is no doubt in Marlon Munoz and Aibi Perez’s minds that their health care has been compromised because of language barriers. Some services simply weren’t available in Spanish when Perez was being treated for her breast cancer — no Spanish-speaking psychologist to help Perez understand how the chemo worked, for example, and no Spanish-capable pain manager.Worse, though, was the confusion and pain that ensued after Perez finished chemotherapy. She had been given a choice between a variety of medications for controlling the hormones relevant to her type of breast cancer or surgery to remove her ovaries and accomplish the same. Not understanding much about the pros and cons of each choice — and feeling too young to have her ovaries removed — Perez opted for one of the medications.”That was our first mistake, just to take everything they told us and just take all the information — a lot of information with medical terminology about something you didn’t know,” Perez now says. “You don’t know what they’re giving you, the side effects you’re going to get.”That first medication caused blue and purple marks all over her stomach and violent mood swings. “In the morning she’d be happy, and then later I’d say, ‘Hey, how do you feel?’ and she’d break into tears,” Munoz remembers.Next, they tried a medication that made her skin feel so tight that she would shriek at the accidental touch by one of her kids. Finally, they tried a medicine that had to be injected monthly to her stomach with a needle “as thick as a pen,” Munoz says, leaving her stomach blue. After a year of experimenting, Perez decided to have the surgery.”If we had understood [the consequences],” Munoz says, “we wouldn’t have had to go through that year of pain to make the same decision in the end.”Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer.This story was produced by Undark, a nonprofit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A disabled woman has told how her local council is

first_imgA disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if planned cuts to her care package will meet her needs.The woman, Jane*, a survivor of serious sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and a former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipient, spoke about the council’s “violation” at a parliamentary campaign meeting this week.The meeting was held to launch Inclusion London’s report on the impact of last year’s ILF closure, as part of the Rights Not Games week of action organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)**.The report, One Year On: Evaluating The Impact Of The Closure Of The Independent Living Fund, includes information from all 33 London local authorities, and concludes that there has been a “dramatic postcode lottery” in the support provided to former ILF recipients since the fund closed.In four local authority areas, more than half of former ILF recipients have had their care packages cut since it closed.In all, at least 185 former ILF recipients have so far seen their support cut, out of a total of about 1,300 across London.The report calls for a national, needs-led system of support, independent of local authorities, free at the point of delivery and paid for through taxation.Jane told the meeting, which was hosted by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell, that as an ILF recipient she had received 84 hours of support a week (including 35 paid for by the council), but the local authority wanted to cut this by 46 hours a week.The 84 hours support – together with unpaid care provided by her personal assistants that means she is supported almost 24 hours a day – has enabled her to participate in her local community, chair three disability organisations, and even attend the Glastonbury festival to deliver a talk about disability rights.After the ILF closure, her council initially wanted to cut her care from 12 to three hours a day, but is now suggesting a package of 38 hours a week.It has already suggested that she could survive on microwave meals – which she says would both damage her health and be unaffordable – and use incontinence pads for up to 12 hours a day.But at the last meeting with council officials earlier this summer, she was told that once the cuts to her package were in place, they wanted to send a team of people to observe the impact on how she uses the toilet, showers, gets in and out of bed and her wheelchair, and feeds herself.She was in tears as she told this week’s parliamentary meeting: “That really breaks me. I can’t bear the thought of having a team of people invade my privacy, come to my toilet, my bedroom.“It was bad enough when they suggested I use nappies, incontinence pads; to feel so violated in the name of saving money… I want every single person to stand up and stop this.”She had earlier described in a post on DPAC’s website that such action would be an “incredible, humiliating, dehumanising invasion of my privacy and home” and a “stripping away of every last vestige of my dignity”.Jane said this made her feel like “a goldfish in a bowl, lacking privacy, freedom, spontaneity, rights, dignity; dreading when the plug is going to be pulled by people who think it’s okay to leave one without the funds and care and mobility support which keep me afloat”.She told Disability News Service after the meeting: “When they cut, these cuts will be hurting people who are already struggling. It is so inhuman.“They don’t consider the mental and psychological effects of what they are doing, let alone the physical.“It is torture that they are putting people through and it can be so far-reaching. They have no idea of what people are living with.”*Not her real name**DPAC has set up a legal fund to help former ILF recipients like Jane challenge cuts to their support packagesPicture: Protesters performing outside Downing Street after the Inclusion London meetinglast_img read more

Laws that prevent jobsharing MPs are discriminati

first_imgLaws that prevent job-sharing MPs are discriminating against disabled people who can only work part-time because of their impairments, a parliamentary meeting has heard.The meeting marked the publication of Open House?, a pamphlet by the Fawcett Society, which makes the case for a change in the law to allow two people to share the job of an MP, which the charity believes would lead to more disabled people, parents with children, and carers entering parliament.Edited by Professors Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs, the report includes chapters written by job-sharing experts, parliamentary candidates, and lawyers, and is endorsed by MPs Tom Brake (Liberal Democrats), Caroline Lucas (leader of the Green party), Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservatives) and Dame Margaret Hodge (Labour).Clare Phipps (pictured), the disabled chair of the Green party’s national executive, who has co-authored one of the chapters, told the meeting that she was only able to work part-time because her impairment – she has a chronic sleep disorder – means she sleeps 12 hours a day.She said: “It is physically impossible, no matter what adjustments are made for me, to work in parliament as an MP on a full-time basis. That simply would not be possible.“It is not clear to me why there is such a big barrier in place, which means I literally cannot be an MP.”She added: “There are a significant number of people who are disabled and who do need to work part-time and would need to job share to be in parliament.”Phipps and fellow Green party member Sarah Cope – who has caring responsibilities for her two disabled children – attempted unsuccessfully to stand as job share candidates at the 2015 election.They subsequently lost a high court bid to seek a judicial review of that decision, having argued that the current law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Equality Act.But they were encouraged that the judge suggested that it was an issue that parliament needed to address.Phipps told the meeting that if parliament now failed to act, there was a much stronger chance that the next legal case would be successful.And she said that the obstacles raised by those opposed to allowing job-sharing MPs were “not insurmountable”, as they had been overcome across the private and public sector, including in senior positions in the Civil Service.Phipps told Disability News Service (DNS) after the meeting that it was “sad” that parliament, the institution responsible for drawing up equality legislation, was “not following its own rules”.She said: “It is incredibly discriminatory. I literally cannot do this without a job share.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, which campaigns for MPs to be allowed to job share, and who herself was prevented from standing for parliament on a job share basis in 2010, welcomed the report.She told DNS: “We’ve had a number of people who have tried to stand as job share candidates for MP and had their nominations rejected.“In response, we’ve had a paper petition, two online petitions, letters to the national press, a private member’s bill, a high court case and now a pamphlet.  “Two parties, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats, now have job-sharing for MPs as party policy.“We therefore need to change the policy of Labour and the Conservatives and other parties, including the SNP.“I would encourage all readers to study the pamphlet, and send the link to the report firstly to their own MP and secondly to a member of the shadow cabinet or the cabinet, and ask them to change the law.“People need to visit their own MPs in their surgeries and say how important this change is.“Eventually we will get the law changed and the Commons will become more representative.”Emily Brothers, the first blind woman to stand for election to parliament, when she fought the Sutton and Cheam seat in 2015, has also written a chapter for the Fawcett Society pamphlet, in which she says the representation of disabled people in parliament is “woeful”.She says that only six MPs have self-identified as disabled people, whereas proportionate estimates by the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggest there should be 65 disabled MPs.She argues that job-sharing is one of a range of measures that would improve disabled people’s participation in political and public life.But Brothers told DNS after the meeting that introducing job-sharing would be “in many ways pointless” for disabled people if the government failed also to introduce measures to address the extra campaigning costs faced by many disabled candidates, following the closure of the Access to Elected Office Fund in 2015.She added: “It is an idea in the making and it will come in time but I don’t think it will come any time soon, unfortunately.”last_img read more

CBD Is Just the First Huge Benefit From Legal Hemp

first_imghemp Add to Queue Download Our iOS App Next Article Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. Hemp has vast potential as an environmentally benign source of many fundamentals of modern life. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. is on the brink of a hemp revolution that could affect industries ranging from construction to healthcare. By legalizing hemp the Farm Bill removes obstacles that have kept a versatile and economical crop down for decades.Here’s how the Farm Bill will create a multi-billion dollar industry, play a crucial role in the U.S. trade war with China, and help struggling farmers across the country.Related: Hemp Hemp Hooray! U.S. Legalizes HempThe Farm Bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.First and foremost, the 2018 Farm Bill nationally legalized hemp. Before, hemp with more than 0.1 percent THC was classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, on par with heroin and ecstasy. This legislation dates back to the 1970s, but cannabis prohibition has deep roots going back to the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.Before this legislation, there was no legal distinction between hemp and marijuana. Though both are varieties of the cannabis plant, hemp contains only traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, meaning that it cannot get you high. As stated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “Cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), and cannabinols (CBN) and cannabidiols (CBD) are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the CSA definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves.”By signing the Farm Bill, Trump removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Specifically, hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC now has legal standing distinct from psychoactive cannabis, or weed. This means that the DEA and U.S. Department of Agriculture can no longer curb, or prosecute, hemp farmers.Related: The Next Big Thing in ‘Green’ Packaging Is Hemp BioplasticMajor hemp farming and sale restrictions have disappeared.Even when hemp was a Controlled Substance, hemp farming across the country did exist. This is thanks to industrial hemp pilot programs legalized by the 2014 Farm Bill. For example, New York’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural and Research Pilot Program allows universities to apply for licenses to research hemp cultivation. Businesses can also farm industrial hemp, with the proper licensing, per this new program.But hemp farming is in its infancy. In 2017, 19 states were farming hemp under pilot programs. Thanks to hemp’s shaky legal status, cross-state hemp trade is difficult and hemp farmers do not have access to government subsidies or traditional methods of financing. Hemp farmers had to approach normal business considerations just like anyone in the cannabis industry — until Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill.The Farm Bill replaces DEA restrictions with USDA regulations. This would mean that farmers can certify their hemp crops as organic or American grown and trade nationally and internationally. In broad terms, hemp can become like wheat, corn, and cotton in the eyes of the government, banks, researchers, and farmers.Related: The Coming International CBD Boom and How it Will Disrupt the Marijuana BusinessThe U.S. hemp market could be worth over $10 billion by 2025, by conservative estimates.Hemp product sales reached $820 million in 2017, up 16 percent from $688 million in 2016. This is only the beginning of the hemp boom: The entire hemp market will be worth $10.6 billion in 2025, according to Grand View Research. However, other estimates show the CBD market growing to twice that size in less time. By contrast, $10.6 billion appears conservative.CBD sales could reach $22 billion annually by 2022.CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid otherwise known as cannabidiol that is found in hemp and marijuana, is one of the biggest contributors to hemp market growth. Today, CBD sales account for 23 percent of hemp product sales by market share.Though cannabis research is still nascent, studies and personal accounts have already shown that CBD can dramatically reduce seizures, chronic pain, acne, anxiety, depression, nausea, addition, sleep disorder, and more. For all these reasons, medicinal and medical CBD oil and hemp oil use is growing.And the fact that CBD cannot get you high makes it an incredibly versatile form of cannabis. In other words, a growing number of adults and children use CBD day-to-day.CBD is only one of many types of hemp-derived products.The Farm Bill could transform the way we make fuel, paper, textiles, building materials, plastics and much more.Hemp is the strongest natural fiber in the world. Virtually anything can be made using hemp, including fuel, clothing, packaging, concrete, cosmetics, fiberglass, and other essential products. Hemp also contains nourishing omega-3 fatty acids, making it an increasingly popular dietary supplement.Not only is hemp a stronger material than many of those it could replace, but it’s also more environmentally friendly and economical to farm. Cultivating hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides. Cotton farming takes 50 percent more water to farm and 400 percent more water to process than hemp. One acre of hemp yields as much dry materials as four acres of forest. For all these reasons, hemp is one of the oldest and most-versatile crops in existence. Hemp prohibition is a modern invention.Hemp’s various applications are nothing short of revolutionary. Today, industrial hemp only accounts for 18 percent of the market. Textiles and food derived from hemp account for 13 and 17 percent, respectively. Though a CBD market explosion may be the most immediate consequence of the Farm Bill, it’s only a fraction of what the hemp market could become. Cars, fuel, buildings, and other necessities of modern life can all be made more cheaply and sustainably with hemp.Growing hemp could lift some of the burden placed on farmers by Chinese tariffs.  U.S. farmers, now more than ever, are in desperate need of an economical crop like hemp. Trump’s tariffs have caused major disruptions in U.S. trade with China. Specifically, China has levied a 25 percent tax on American soybeans, wheat, corn and sorghum in response to Trump’s $50 billion worth of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods in early 2018.As a result, American farmers have taken a major hit. China bought $14 billion in U.S. soybeans in 2017. In July 2018 alone, the price of soybeans fell 14 percent as farmers struggled to sell off their crops. Though Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to postpone the $267 billion worth of tariffs to be levied against China on January 1, the still-existent 25 percent tax on American goods is still hurting U.S. farmers.The Farm Bill gives farmers a viable alternative to soybean, wheat, corn and other commonly exported crops. And from the White House’s perspective, American-grown hemp puts a dent in Chinese hemp production. Since the U.S. has been unable to meet its hemp demands yet, we import around $60 million of hemp per year. Much of it comes from China, the world’s leading cannabis producer and researcher.The Farm Bill benefits consumers, farmers — and Trump.We’ve only scratched the surface of hemp’s many uses, not to mention its ability to curb some of America’s most pressing health and political problems. To name a few:Research has shown that CBD can help patients struggling with addiction, or serve as an alternative pain medication.Hemp fuel could be a viable alternative to fossil fuel.Hemp farming is more sustainable, versatile,and economical than any other large-scale crop farming.The only thing that stands between the U.S. and a booming hemp market is outdated perception. Now that Trump has signed the Farm Bill, the hemp market is poised to change. CBD Is Just the First Huge Benefit From Legal Hemp –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. December 24, 2018 7 min read Free Green Entrepreneur App Contributor Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: MysteryShot | Getty Images Scott McGovernlast_img read more

Gamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its Door

first_img We’ve seen plenty of media and video game-related acquisitions this past year, including Ziff-Davis’ sale of popular gaming site 1UP to Hearst Corporation’s UGO Entertainment and the closing of the fabled Activision/Vivendi (and, by proxy, Activision/Blizzard) merger. You can now mark your scorecards for the second big gaming media acquisition of 2009, as Gamefly has picked up the gaming journalism site Shacknews.Judging by forum comments Internet-wide, including those found on Shacknews itself, the purchase came as a bit of a surprise to industry pundits. But it doesn’t appear that Gamefly is hurting in the financials–the company just opened two new distribution centers in Austin and Tampa last year, and has plans to open its fifth center in Seattle in the first half of 2009.According to Shacknews founder Steve Gibson, the purchase wasn’t made because Shacknews suffers from any of the financial difficulties that have been plaguing publishing as of late.”We are confident Gamefly will protect the legacy and community we’ve established, while at the same time providing much needed resources to expand into new and exciting areas that would not otherwise be possible,” said Gibson in a news release on Shacknews.While Gamefly co-founder Sean Spector maintains that Shacknews will keep the same voice and feel as it’s had pre-acquisition, we’ve all heard this news before. So what’s Gamefly planning? It would make more sense for the rental service to jump into digital territory by launching a direct download service of its own, analogous to Valve’s Steam platform or Stardock’s Impulse. Or better yet, offer console-based integration of its rental services a la Microsoft’s partnership with Netflix for the Xbox 360 console. Though I honestly doubt the latter would happen, as it would directly compete against… well, the entire platform.Since Shacknews does incorporate a large amount of PC coverage into its gaming news, perhaps this is a sign that Gamefly is ready to look beyond the living room and begin offering some kind of rental or purchasing service for PC titles. That’s bitter speculation at this point, but I can’t think of any other reason–aside from increasing brand awareness–as to why Gamefly would want to purchase a media hub and its accompanying video hub (Shackvideo) and file-archive (Fileshack). Something big is afoot, and hopefully we’ll see the inklings of it before too long.Chris Morris, who writes the Game On column for Forbes.com , has conducted an interview with Gamefly regarding the qcquisition news. Not much gleamed from that one in regards to future busines plans, as Gamefly is playing its hand with what it intends to do about Shacknews. One interesting glimmer: the move doubles the traffic for Gamefly’s chief property, provided the company is able to successfully combine all the 2.5-to-3 million users that flock to each individual site every month. Gamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its Door Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The Netflix of the gaming world aquires gaming journalism site Shacknews, adding media to its list of specialties. Next Article David Murphy February 6, 2009 Add to Queuecenter_img –shares Technology 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musks Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer

first_img Elon Musk’s Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer August 16, 2016 –shares Huang onstage at an Nvidia even in San Jose. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Image credit: Image credit: Kim Kulish—Corbis via Fortune Jonathan Vanian 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. 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand OpenAI non-profit gets a powerful new toy to research AI.An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research group just got a brand new toy from chip maker Nvidia.Nvidia said on Monday that it had donated one of its new supercomputers to the OpenAI non-profit artificial intelligence research project. OpenAI debuted in December with financial backing from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk along with money from other high-profile technology luminaries like LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.OpenAI’s goal is partly to create a non-profit outside the corporate sector that could research artificial intelligence technologies without a financial incentive. The concern is that many companies like Google and Facebook that are researching artificial intelligence technologies would horde talent and only work on projects beneficial to their financial interests.Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang personally delivered the supercomputer, the newly introduced DGX-1, last week to OpenAI’s San Francisco office. A photo accompanying the press announcement shows both Huang and Musk looking at the supercomputer, which Huang signed.“To Elon and the OpenAI Team!” wrote Huang on the supercomputer’s body. “To the future of computing and humanity. I present you the world’s first DGX-1!”Would like to thank @nvidia and Jensen for donating the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer to @OpenAI in support of democratizing AI technology— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2016OpenAI and Nvidia did not explain what exactly the supercomputer would be used for. Nvidia announced plans for the machine, described as equivalent in power to “250 servers in a box” and costing $129,000, in April. At the time, the company said that universities like MIT, University of California at Berkeley and Stanford would get access to the supercomputers.Nvidia has marketed the DGX-1 as a supercomputer built to specifically handle a trendy artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, which has been adopted by in recent years by companies like Google and Facebook. For example, they have used deep learning to train computers to recognize objects in photographs.Nvidia has been benefiting from a current boom in artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies with its lineup of computer chips known as GPUs that can power both technologies. In August, Nvidia reported that it had $1.43 billion in second quarter revenue, a 24% year-over-year increase.“Strong demand for our new Pascal-generation GPUs and surging interest in deep learning drove record results,” Huang said in a statement at the time.In June, OpenAI said that one of its goals involves building an “off-the-shelf” robot and releasing its blueprints for other companies and organizations to manufacture.Last week, OpenAI research scientist Ian Goodfellow explained on the question and answer website Quora that both Musk and OpenAI backer and Y Combinator president Sam Altman were “quite involved” with the non-profit and that “both are in the office each week.”In June, OpenAI released some results of its artificial intelligence research into what’s known as unsupervised learning, which generally refers to the ability of computers to learn from so-called unlabeled data that have not been refined by humans. Elon Musk Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Sri Lankan Student Hacks Presidents Website to Delay Exam

first_imgHacks Next Article That’s one way to get out of a test. Contributing Writer Register Now » Sri Lankan Student Hacks President’s Website to Delay Exam –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuecenter_img August 31, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: Shutterstock 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Don Reisinger There are the usual ways to get out of a test, and then there are the interesting ways to skip a test. One teenager from Sri Lanka allegedly chose the latter.A 17-year-old Sri Lankan is being detained on charges of hacking the website of President Maithripala Sirisena, according to the BBC. After taking over the site on Thursday and Friday, a group called the Sri Lanka Youth requested that national exams, scheduled for April, be rescheduled so as not to conflict with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations, the report says.News of teenagers doing dumb things isn’t all that Earth-shattering, but the teen took things up a notch. He, or whoever carried out the attack, added a message on the president’s site read that urged him to “take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites” or face the possibility of “a cyber war.”According to the BBC, the unidentified teen was detained until law enforcement could determine the extent to which the threats were real. It’s unknown whether he was actually behind the hack or if he worked alone.President Sirisena’s site was first hacked last Thursday with the aforementioned message, but was soon reclaimed after officials realized it was breached. The group again hacked the site on Friday, but didn’t display a message. As of this writing, the president’s site is back up and running.last_img read more

Adobe and Software AG Partner to Advance Customer Experience Management

first_imgAdobe Experience Platform and Marketo Engage Combined with Software AG’s Technology Helps Companies Stitch Customer Data from Across SystemsAt Adobe Summit EMEA, Adobe and Software AG announced a partnership to help companies transform their customer experience management (CXM) by bringing together customer data from across multiple enterprise systems into a centralized and actionable real-time customer profile. Adobe and Software AG will create integrations between Adobe Experience Platform and Software AG’s webMethods Integration and API management services.Adobe Experience Platform eliminates data silos by stitching together data from across the enterprise, enabling real-time customer profiles that are fueled by Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Software AG’s technology establishes enterprise-wide connectivity between CRMs and applications, as well as multiple backend systems. This connectivity comes with ready-to-use integration recipes and easily configurable data connectors. The combined offering lets brands move a customer’s key enterprise data into Adobe Experience Platform via Software AG’s integration platform, resulting in a more complete view of the customer journey, making personalization at scale a reality for enterprises.Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy RegulationsLeveraging Software AG’s strength in developing integrated SAP solutions, the partnership will also introduce a new data connector between Marketo Engage and SAP solutions that will seamlessly sync account scoring behavior (e.g. visited key web pages, opened email, attended an event) and other marketing data with sales activity and pipeline data.“Adobe and Software AG are coming together to deliver a solution that will enable enterprises to harness and action large volumes of customer data to deliver personalized, real-time customer experiences at scale,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe.Marketing Technology News: Modulr Raises £14 Million in Scale-up Capital to Fuel Growth“At Software AG, we help thousands of businesses turn their data into value each day,” said Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO of Software AG. “Our partnership with Adobe will unlock even greater value by connecting the customer journey to core enterprise data. This integration is the foundation of greater visibility, transparency, and customer intimacy – all in real time.”Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for Hotels Adobe and Software AG Partner to Advance Customer Experience Management PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 8:04 pmMay 23, 2019 AdobeAdobe Experience Platformcrmcustomer experience managementMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSoftware AG Previous ArticleSalesforce.org Launches foundationConnect, a Complete CRM and Grants Management Solution for GrantmakersNext ArticleSalesforce Ventures Launches New $125 Million Europe Trailblazer Fundlast_img read more

New technology aims to boost wind energy efficiency in Europe

first_img Explore further Citation: New technology aims to boost wind energy efficiency in Europe (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-technology-aims-boost-energy-efficiency.html Provided by CORDIS First US offshore wind farm to begin production within days The EU has set an ambitious goal to become a world leader in renewable energy. Given that this is a relatively young industry, renewable sources aren’t exploited as efficiently as they could be in the future, given time and experience. However, there is progress in the sector. For example, offshore wind energy is becoming more and more competitive and is gaining importance as a part of the power system.One of the main obstacles in the use of offshore wind energy is the high cost involved in operations and maintenance (O&M). O&M costs make up a big share of the total cost of a wind turbine, often totalling around 30 % of its total life-cycle cost. To boost wind energy in Europe, offshore wind farms need to become more efficient, a problem that the EU-funded project ROMEO is tackling head-on.ROMEO is developing useful tools that will allow wind farm operators to improve their decision-making processes and shift from corrective, calendar-based to less costly condition-based maintenance strategies. Its advanced monitoring systems will be able to detect key failures in major components of wind turbines. Models are also being developed to diagnose and predict failures in existing turbines, thus minimising downtime. An interoperable cloud-based and Internet of things platform will be providing an advanced analytics system for such diagnosis and prognosis models to better understand how turbine components behave in real time. Operators will therefore be able to maximise the turbines’ lifespan and minimise O&M costs.Pilot tests at German and UK wind farmsThe newly developed technology will be tested on three European offshore wind farms next year. The pilot phase test site located in the German waters of the Baltic Sea has a power capacity of 350 MW generated by 70 turbines. The two UK-based facilities are a 27-turbine 62-MW-capacity farm off the North Yorkshire coast and a 108-turbine 714-MW farm off the east coast of East Anglia, both in the North Sea.”The models and tools that we are developing will be tested … from mid-2020″ reported Cesar Yanes of project coordinator Iberdrola Renovables Energía in a news item published in the ‘Offshore Wind Journal’. “The pilot projects will show us how successful we have been and will enable us to test technology that will monitor turbine components such as the gearbox main bearing and transformer and the substructure of a turbine.”Yanes added that by testing their system on different wind farms with dissimilar turbines and environmental conditions, they will be able to prove that their technology can be transferred to other offshore and onshore projects. This, he explained, “will be required if our overall goal of reducing the cost of wind energy is to be met. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of component failure and unplanned maintenance while increasing reliability.”ROMEO (Reliable OM decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on Offshore wind) is harnessing the wide-ranging expertise of its 12 project partners, including turbine component manufacturers, service providers, wind farm operators and IT market leaders. The pilot phase of ROMEO is expected to last until the end of the project in 2022. Credit: pauljrobinson, Shutterstock More information: ROMEO project website: www.romeoproject.eu/ Researchers are developing tools to substantially reduce the operations and maintenance costs of wind farms. The novel tools will be tested on three European wind farms in 2020. 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.last_img read more