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Parting Thoughts on OutBound 2019

first_imgThis was our third OutBound Conference, and what is now an annual event held in Atlanta. In 2017, we did this conference (the “we” being Mike Weinberg, Mark Hunter, Jeb Blount, and me) we had about 9 weeks to prepare and had almost 400 people in a conference room in a hotel. The second year, 2018, we moved to a larger hotel and gave ourselves a little more time to put the program together, ending up with 600 attendees. This year we had just over 1,000 attendees in a Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Conference Center, with a second-to-none production.There are a few things that make OutBound special.First, the event is more of a show, a cross between a rock concert and Cirque de Soleil. It’s fast-paced, high energy, with music, lights, and an audiovisual production like no other conference. There is no emcee, and the production has one person leaving the stage and another entering without delay. We believe that entertainment and education result in greater engagement and better experience.Second, and equally important, is the fact that OutBound is a content-driven conference, which is to say that it is not a pitch fest. The content is practical, tactical, and actionable. All of the speakers delivered real and relevant content for sales professionals. There is a list of speakers from the 2019 OutBound on this post.My Gratitude for the AudienceWhat I was struck by at this OutBound Conference was the audience. Because all the speakers were accessible, shaking hands, answering questions, and signing books, we had the opportunity to listen to the audience who were all generous with their gratitude, grateful for the conference, the content, and our commitment to being there with them.Their gratitude was only exceeded by our appreciation for their decision to come and spend two or three days with us. Most of us who speak find ourselves in a room of people who, no matter how much they enjoy or benefit from the experience, are required to attend. The audience at OutBound chose to participate in this conference, deciding to spend their time and money, taking time away from their families to show up at a sales conference.The Next OutBoundWe are right now nailing down details on the next OutBound Conference, and we are already making plans to make it even bigger, badder, and better than 2019 (which will not be easy). To keep it intimate, we are going to limit tickets to some number close to 1,000, which will likely go on sale this week.last_img read more

AP source: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

first_imgFILE – In this March 25, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose stands on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a contract with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The team is discussing a one-year deal with Rose, said the person who spoke Thursday, July 20, 2017, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)CLEVELAND — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard.Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has struggled with knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the agreement.ADVERTISEMENT Jarata, Quitara bag triple PPS Sta. Rosa titles Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The deal is expected to be finalized and announced Tuesday.Rose played for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old Rose’s role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or even start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIrving’s demands have complicated things for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who were beaten by Golden State in the Finals. They’ll certainly find interest in Irving, but it may be challenging to find comparable talent in return.That’s where Rose comes in. If healthy, Rose is a dynamic scorer capable of taking over a game, and paired with LeBron James, he could be even more dangerous. Not long after reports surfaced of Rose’s agreement, James posted a message on Twitter with five rose emojis followed by, “Let’s Rock G!!”Rose drew interest from other teams. He met with Cleveland’s front office on Monday, when the team promoted Koby Altman to be its full-time general manger after he served as the interim GM since mid-June.Rose just completed his eighth since being drafted first overall by Chicago in 2008. He was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Bulls. Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 season following knee surgery.Because the Cavaliers are so far over the salary cap, they could only offer Rose a one-year deal. But the possibility of playing alongside James, who can become a free agent next summer, and to contend for a title will offset any financial concerns for Rose.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Manoj Tiwari on Delhi CM ambitions: Did you see how BJP selected Kovind for president?

first_imgBhojpuri film superstar-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari tasted instant success after he was appointed as president of Delhi BJP unit as the party swept the MCD elections in April winning 184 seats as against AAP tally of 47 and 30 of Congress.The saffron party’s MP from North-west Delhi is now preparing the party for the 2020 Assembly elections to end “a 20- year drought” in the national capital.Amid reports of internal conflicts in the party, Tiwari’s first priority is to set the house in order.On the eve of a party meeting to hold discussion with all the former office bearers of Delhi BJP, Tiwari sat for an exclusive interview with India Today. Excerpts from the interview.Q. You have won the MCD. What will be your immediate priorities?A. We want to create a garbage-free Delhi and the drains of Delhi must be clean. We must protect our citizens from the diseases spread by mosquitoes. Our primary focus for the next three months will be on these issues, however, there are several other issues too. MCD is crippled by fund crunch at present. For the last 10 years, while MCD has been under BJP while the state had been ruled either by Congress or AAP. Because of the political game of one-upmanship, the state governments have always created obstacles in funding the MCD.The situation has worsened after AAP came to power. However, we will continue to fight. On the World Environment Day, we pledged to plant 10 lakh trees. Another major issue of concern is the ground water level in Delhi. We have already started several long-term steps for ground water conservation.advertisementQ. After the success in the MCD polls, do you think BJP will be able to repeat the performance in the next Assembly elections?A.  You will be surprised to know that when I became president, party members told me that BJP never offered a strong fight in 20 seats. These were seats with large number of minority and SC voters. I keep following the working style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. They always try to connect with those who have not been touched by the party. That is the basic principle of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. So during the MCD election campaign and even after that I have visited most of these places.Several of these places have slums, which have remained a big focus. I got support from Shah and even he visited one of the slums with me. We are doing talent hunts for slum children. We are going to organized a big event just before the Independence Day. Children from slums will perform and will be awarded in that event. We got tremendous response from these places in MCD elections. People have shown faith in us.Q. Do you see yourself as the BJP chief ministerial candidate in next Assembly elections?A. This question puts me in an awkward position. As a party president, my job is to strengthen the party in the state. Decisions such as who would become the CM are taken at the last moment. If someone works with a plan to become a CM, then he is moving in the wrong direction. Did you see how the BJP presidential candidate was chosen?Q. You have called for a meeting of all former office bearers of Delhi party unit. Is this an effort to resolve the reported infighting in the party? Are you trying to bridge the divide between new team and old team?A. Yes, I have called a meeting of former office bearers. Whenever a new team is formed, the old team feels left out. There is a lot of work to be done and we need involvement of every member. One does not necessarily need a designation to work.So we will distribute workload and this will make every member feel involved in the process. Nobody should feel that only those with designations can influence party decisions. The party belongs to every member. We also need to refresh our executive committee. So nobody will feel left out.Q. But will this end your reported turf war with Vijay Goel?A. That is a baseless report. The day TV channels ran the news of a rift between him and me, I was sitting with Goel. So where is the fight? There was a miscommunication between him and me over a small issue of discipline in the party. But that was resolved instantly.Q. You were absent in slum run programme organized by the ministry of youth affairs and sports.advertisementA. I had another engagement that day. So I could not attend.Q. You have recently urged Lt Governor of Delhi to order seizure and sealing of files pertaining to purchase of medicines, ambulances and other equipment by the health department besides those related to desilting of drains by the Delhi Jal Board and PWD. What are your charges?A. You have seen the Shunglu report. You have heard what former AAP minister Kapil Mishra said. There have been several RTI reports. Based on all these, we can say that a lot of financial irregularities have happened in health ministry and all other ministries held by Satyendra Kumar Jain. If these files are not seized, there is a possibility of a cover up. That’s why I have made that request.Q. You are going to play the role of Angad in Ramlila. Is it the acting bug or another way to connect with people?A. Both. We all must contribute towards spreading Ramlila across the country. One who cannot read Ramayana can learn about Ram through Ramlila. The story of Maryada Purushottam Ram is the basis of our cultural identity. It’s my small effort to popularize our cultural legacy.It also helps me keep alive the artist in me. After all, I have reached till this point because of my acting skills. Being the BJP president, I cannot play romantic roles in films any more.Also read:Manoj Tiwari to reshuffle Delhi’s BJP unit team, indisciplined office-bearers to be shown the door Delhi BJP stages protest against Kejriwal government over water, power crisis Poor appraisal: Rejig underway in Delhi BJP after top bosses point corrupt, under-performersWATCH | Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s house attacked, 4 arrestedlast_img read more

Australian Open Super Series: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal reach quarters

first_imgRio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu produced a spectacular performance as she fended off Chen Xiaoxin of China in straight games to cement her place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Super Series on Thursday.The fifth-seed remained dominated throughout the match as she clinched a comfortable 21-13, 21-18 win over Xiaoxin in a second-round women’s singles clash that lasted 46 minutes at the Sydney Olympic Park. (Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth progress to Australian Open quarter-finals)With the win, Sindhu has now set up a clash against top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan for a place in the last-four.In another women’s singles clash, Indian tennis ace Saina Nehwal also secured a last-eight berth in the tournament after beating Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah.After comfortably winning the first game, Nehwal went down in the second before she bounced back to clinch a 21-15, 20-22, 21-14 triumph over her Malaysian opponent.Nehwal will now meet sixth-ranked SUN Yu, who made it to the quarter-finals following a 21-14, 21-17 win over Jang Mi LEE of Korea.Meanwhile, the Indian women’s double pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy suffered a major blow as they bowed out of the tournament after going down 21-18, 18-21, 13-21 against the Japanese team of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an encounter that lasted one hour and five minutes.last_img read more

Digi: high-speed continuous connectivity for transportation and industrial

first_img Continue Reading Previous PLS: UDE 5.0 with hypervisor awareness supports development of virtualized applicationsNext SEGGER: MIDI class support for USB host stack emUSB-Host Digi International unveiled the Digi WR54, an extremely reliable, secure, high-performance wireless router for complex mobile and industrial environments. With dual cellular interfaces, Digi WR54 provides immediate carrier failover for near-constant uptime and continuous connectivity, especially as vehicles move throughout a city or for locations with marginal cellular coverage. Together with a hardened milspec-certified design and built-in Digi TrustFence security framework, this LTE-Advanced router is designed specifically to meet the connectivity challenges inherent in multi-location, on-the-move conditions, from rail and public transit to trucking fleets and emergency vehicle applications.While these data-intensive applications are ready to take advantage of the increasing speed capabilities of cellular networks, many industrial routers have not kept up. LTE-Advanced technologies with carrier aggregation are pushing theoretical download speeds to 300 Mbps, and the next generation of cellular radios is capable of aggregating three or more channels for capabilities up to 600 Mbps. Additionally, it is anticipated that 5G deployments this year will push the demands for performance and edge computing even further. Digi WR54 brings an LTE-Advanced cellular module built on a platform that supports higher speeds to optimize bandwidth today while also being positioned for the future as network capabilities improve.Multiple transit system use cases require rugged, reliable, high-speed connectivity solutions to carry mission-critical data and communications. Transit system integrators require connectivity for fleet tracking, logistics, engine and driver performance monitoring, fare collection and video monitoring; rail companies that are building in wayside data capabilities need constant visibility into complex systems; industrial corporations like utility companies need to monitor high-value assets.The Digi WR54 architecture supports these performance requirements with not just the aforementioned LTE-Advanced cellular module, but four Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired systems and the latest 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. For users looking to add high-speed passenger Wi-Fi to mass transit systems, the recently launched Digi WR64 dual LTE-Advanced cellular and dual 802.11ac Wi-Fi router offers an all-in-one mobile communications solution for secure cellular connectivity between vehicles and a central operations center. It offers a flexible interface design with integrated Wi-Fi for client and access point connectivity along with USB, serial, a four-port wired Ethernet switch, GPS and Bluetooth in order to consolidate multiple transit or industrial applications into a single, consolidated router.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

SeaEnergy Joins Forces with Go Offshore

first_imgzoom SeaEnergy PLC has announced that its subsidiary SeaEnergy Ship Management Limited (SEASM) has entered into a 51:49 joint venture (JV) with Go Offshore (Asia) Pte Ltd (GO) a Singapore based shipping company, with SEASM having 51%.The JV called GOSeaEnergy Ship Management Limited (GOSeaEnergy) will manage GO’s vessels in U.K., European and adjacent waters. The JV commences business by assuming the management of the MV Surf Ranger, which was already under SEASM management.A second vessel, the GO Pegasus, an anchor handler (AHTS), is scheduled to arrive in Europe from the Far East during the summer and other GO vessels are expected to come under the JV’s management during the course of this year.SeaEnergy and GO are also focused on the construction and operation of accommodation and maintenance vessels for offshore wind farm and oil & gas support using SeaEnergy’s high performance dynamically positioned walk-to-work designs.SeaEnergy and GO are already actively tendering together for the provision of such vessels to clients, combining SeaEnergy’s detailed knowledge of offshore wind and specialised vessel design expertise with GO’s operational experience and financial strength and SEASM’s extensive management experience of these vessel types.Mike Comerford, SeaEnergy’s Operations Director and first Chairman of GOSeaEnergy said: “We are delighted to be managing GO’s vessels in the region and look forward to working closely with GO over the years to come both in the ship management joint venture and in advancing our plans and aspirations for offshore wind farm support vessels, where we are seeing an increase in tendering activity.” June 11, 2014last_img read more

Palaniswami welcomes Keralas water offer says daily supply will help

first_imgChennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday urged his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan to extend cooperation to store water to the full level in the Mullaperiyar dam. Welcoming Kerala’s gesture to supply water to Tamil Nadu, the chief minister said the neighbouring state had only offered two MLD (million litre per day) for a day whereas every day supply would help. “I thank the Kerala Chief Minister, but 2 MLD water will not be sufficient. We are everyday supplying 525 MLD water (in Chennai) and if 2 MLD water could be given everyday, it will be useful for the people,” he said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Poondi, Chembarambakkam, Sholavaram and Red Hills reservoirs here have dried up and despite that supplies were being made to the people, he said. Pointing to the Supreme Court judgement on the Mullaiperiyar dam which had said that water could be stored to the full level of 152 ft after carrying out strengthening works, he alleged that Kerala, however, scuttled refurbishment works. “We need every drop of water,” he said addressing a press conference here adding people in five districts, including Theni and Ramanathapuram were dependent, on Mullaiperiyar water for their livelihood. He appealed to Kerala to extend cooperation to store full water in the Mullaiperiyar dam. Also, he appealed to the people to use water judiciously in view of the shortage situation.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends May 13-May 17.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAdams Resources .24 from .22Arbour Realty Trust .28 from .27Barings BDC .13 from .12CNO Financial Group .11 from .10Cardinal Health .4811 from .4763Conn. Water Services .3275 from .31250Curtiss-Wright .17 from .15First Merchants .26 from .22HopFed Bancorp .23 from .07IDEX Corp .50 from .43Legg Mason .40 from .34ManpowerGroup 1.09 from 1.01Marriott International .48 from .41Materion .11 from .105National Bank Holdings .19 from .17Newmark Group .10 from .09Northrop Grumman 1.32 from 1.20Penske Automotive .39 from .38Ralph Lauren Cl A .6875 from .625Southwest Airlines .18 from .16Southside Bancshares .31 from .30Tractor Supply .35 from .31United Fire Airline .33 from .31Wynn Resorts 1.00 from .75SPECIAL DIVIDENDSFox Cl A & B .23STOCK DIVIDENDSHawthorn Bancshares 4pcg- Canadian fundsREDUCED DIVIDENDSAGNC Investment .16 from .18Ciner Resources .34 from .567OTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKVisink Technologies Inc 1 for 10 reverse splitNEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEMayville Engineering Co IncParsons CorpPostal Realty Trust Inc (IPO)NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSAxcella Health Inc (IPO)STOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEBraskem SA (to OTC)Bristow Group Inc (to OTC)Weatherford International plc (to OTC)NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSIndium Communications Inc 6.75pc pfd BCORPORATE NAME CHANGESAmpliPhi Biosciences Corp to Armata Pharmaceuticals IncBison Capital Acquisition Corp to Xynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings IncBison Capital Acquisition Corp warrants toXynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc warrantsNortheast Bancorp to Northeast BankThe Associated Press read more

Fintrac found significant deficiencies at nearly 500 real estate firms data

TORONTO – Canada’s anti-money laundering agency conducted on-site examinations of more than 800 real estate companies over four-and-a-half years and found “significant” or “very significant” deficiencies during 60 per cent of those visits, new data shows.A document obtained by The Canadian Press through an Access to Information request shows that Fintrac conducted 823 examinations of companies in the real estate sector between 2012 and mid June of this year.The federal anti-money laundering watchdog found “significant” deficiencies with the anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing controls at 468 of those companies, while 28 companies had “very significant” deficiencies.Meanwhile, 324 companies had only “limited” deficiencies. None of the companies were named in the document.When asked what constitutes a “limited deficiency,” the agency said it includes instances where the deficiencies are minor or the regulations are only partially being followed.According to the watchdog, an example of a significant deficiency is when there is a “excessive number” of minor deficiencies found, or a number of more severe issues.Very significant deficiencies include instances where there is an “unacceptable” number of minor and serious issues, or infractions that are “very serious” in nature.Federal anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws require companies in certain sectors — including banks, casinos and real estate firms — to identify their clients, keep records and report large cash deals and other suspicious transactions to Fintrac.There are roughly 20,000 companies in the real estate sector that fall under the regulations.If violations are found during an on-site examination, that could lead to fines of up to $100,000 per violation for individuals and up to $500,000 per violation for companies, depending on severity.However, the federal watchdog issued monetary penalties only nine times during the almost five-year time span, the document shows.When asked why more penalties weren’t issued, Fintrac said it considers several factors when deciding whether or not to fine a company. Those factors include the business’s compliance history, the seriousness of the violation and the extent to which the company has taken steps to correct the problem.There are a number of avenues the watchdog can pursue besides a fine, the agency said, such as establishing an action plan or conduction a follow-up exam.“In the nine cases identified, it was determined that the most appropriate course of action was to issue an administrative monetary penalty,” Fintrac spokeswoman Renee Bercier said in an email.“For the remainder, other enforcement actions were undertaken.”According to the federal agency’s website, Pickering, Ont.-based Countrywide Generations Realty was fined $11,440 in July 2015 for six violations including incomplete record keeping and failing to identify clients in some instances.In another case, Mississauga, Ont.-based ReMax Active Realty was fined $6,770 back in 2013 for four violations, including failing to develop and apply policies and procedures to detect money laundering.In total, Fintrac has issued 12 monetary penalties in the real estate sector since Dec. 30, 2008, though in the vast majority of instances the companies were not publicly identified.Jack Bensimon, the anti-money laundering adviser at Toronto-based Securefact, said he wasn’t surprised to hear about the results of the examinations, given the lack of knowledge about best practices amongst real estate professionals.“There are very, very few real estate brokerage firms that I’ve come across that actually have dedicated compliance staff,” Bensimon said.The low levels of compliance in the sector are problematic because real estate is highly vulnerable to money laundering, according to Bensimon.“Canada is known to be a safe haven for parking investment capital,” he said, adding that it’s fairly easy for criminals to disguise the initial source of the cash by transferring several times, a process referred to as the “layering approach.”The Canadian Real Estate Association said it has provided training for its members with regard to preventing money laundering.Pierre Leduc, a spokesman for CREA, said the organization has asked Fintrac for information about the results of examinations but the federal watchdog has not provided it.“Since we aren’t getting audit information from Fintrac we don’t know specifics of compliance challenges, which makes it incredibly difficult for us help our members address any shortcomings,” Leduc said in an email.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fintrac found ‘significant’ deficiencies at nearly 500 real estate firms: data read more

Gold ore processing the latest ideas

first_imgThe August issue of International Mining magazine will include the annual article on advances in gold extraction. Mike Adams provided some ideas in gold processing and his new book Gold Ore Processing: Project Development and Operations, 2nd Edition was released by Elsevier in May. Key FeaturesIncludes several new chapters presenting established, newly implemented, and emerging technologies in gold ore processingCovers all aspects of gold ore processing, from feasibility and development stages through environmentally responsible operations, to the rehabilitation stageOffers a mineralogy-based approach to gold ore process flowsheet development that has application to multiple ore types.The book brings together all the technical aspects relevant to modern gold ore processing, offering a practical perspective that is vital to the successful and responsible development, operation, and closure of any gold ore processing operation. This completely updated edition features coverage of established, newly implemented, and emerging technologies; updated case studies; and additional topics, including automated mineralogy and geometallurgy, cyanide code compliance, recovery of gold from e-waste, handling of gaseous emissions, mercury and arsenic, emerging non-cyanide leaching systems, hydro re-mining, water management, solid-liquid separation, and treatment of challenging ores such as double refractory carbonaceous sulphides. Outlining best practices in gold processing from a variety of perspectives, Gold Ore Processing: Project Development and Operations is a must-have reference for anyone working in the gold industry, including metallurgists, geologists, chemists, mining engineers, and many others.Editor :  M AdamsImprint: Elsevier SciencePrint Book ISBN : 9780444636584Pages: 1,040Dimensions: 276 X 216last_img read more

Tesco to increase staff pay by up to 3

first_imgTesco is to increase the pay of its UK store-based staff by up to 3% as part of a two-year pay deal.The retailer will pay its established store workers a base pay rate of up to £7.62 an hour from 3 July 2016.The increase from the current hourly rate of £7.39 will apply to staff of all ages.The new rate is 42p higher than the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour due to come into force for workers aged 25 and over from April.New store-based employees at Tesco will see their pay increase from £7.02 an hour to £7.20 an hour from March, and then to £7.24 from July.The organisation has also implemented a new approach to premium payments, which means all staff will receive time and a half for Sunday and bank holiday shifts from July this year. Any employees who are negatively impacted by the changes will be supported with a lump sum transition payment worth 18 months of the difference in their pay.Tesco established the deal alongside trade union Usdaw and staff representatives.Matt Davies, chief executive officer at Tesco UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve spent a lot of time working with Usdaw and colleague representatives to understand what’s important to colleagues. Together, we’ve agreed one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail for store colleagues, and introduced a simpler pay structure, including one approach to premium payments.“As well as an increase in pay which puts our hourly rate well above the government’s national living wage, we remain absolutely committed to rewarding our colleagues with a pay and benefits package they really value, including a pension, colleague discount and 5% turnaround bonus.“I’d like to thank colleagues for their customer focus, passion and hard work in serving our customers a little better every day.”last_img read more

2 stranded boaters rescued off Key Biscayne

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were rescued off Key Biscayne after a boater spotted them floating in the water, early Sunday morning.According to good Samaritan Jimmy David, he and his family were out fishing when they saw the stranded men in the distance, about four miles off shore.David said one of the men was waving his life jacket in the air. The good Samaritan pulled alongside the men and helped them into his boat.David said he was happy to be in the right place, at the right time. “They are very lucky. We were happy we were able to see them,” said David. “There were no other boats around, and the way the wind and tide was going, they were getting pushed out to sea, out to the Gulf Stream, and once they got caught in that, they would have been swept up the coast, so it’s very fortunate we were able to see them.”The men told David they were on a fishing boat that sank. They said they were in the water for about half an hour before help arrived.David and his family gave the men towels and water and brought them ashore safely. They are said to be doing OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Veto blocks cruise funding for Marine Exchange

first_imgMarine Exchange technicians Jason Hort, left, and Rick Sypek work a July 22 morning shift monitoring ships across 1.5 million square miles of Alaska waters. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska) The Marine Exchange offers real-time vessel tracking — for a fee — to the maritime industry. That’s everything from cargo ships, to cruise liners, to oil tankers and the fishing fleet. CLIA’s members are already dues-paying members. Marine Exchange of Alaska’s Executive Director Ed Page says the nonprofit planned to use the $400,000 to upgrade its roughly 140 ship tracking stations. (Photo by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau) “A lot of people candidly have said that they’re very happy to see that they’re able to afford a very nice facility that they have, and a lot of people see it as time that these funds go back into the communities as they were intended,” he said. Page says the nonprofit does have about $2 million in savings. It recently dug into reserves during the federal government shutdown when the U.S. Coast Guard stopped paying its contractors. He says they shouldn’t be punished for fiscal responsibility. “We think it’s beneficial to the state and to maritime commerce and that’s why all of our members are participants in it,” Binkley said. Shuckerow, in the governor’s office, also noted the Marine Exchange has cash reserves on hand to draw from.  Alaska’s primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost 11 percent of its funding. That’s following a line item veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2020 capital budget. After Gov. Dunleavy’s first round of vetoes, the legislature re-inserted the $400,000 in cruise ship passenger revenue to support the Marine Exchange of Alaska’s network of ship tracking stations. That money was to be drawn from the $34.50 head tax paid by every cruise ship passenger that visits Alaska.  But that $400,000 isn’t going to be used elsewhere in the state’s budget any time soon. That’s because head tax money is restricted and has to be appropriated by the legislature.  The vetoed state funding would have been used to upgrade its roughly 140 existing tracking stations.  It would also add additional transmitters to reduce the number of dead zones where vessel tracking is spotty or non-existent.  The second time around, the governor vetoed it again. The cruise industry hasn’t weighed in publicly over whether it supports head tax funds going to the Marine Exchange.  He suggested that the head tax revenue be redirected in future years to port projects across coastal communities. “This is one organization that, while they have done good work, they seem to be an organization that has unspent funds that can begin looking at new ways to operate,” Shuckerow said. “There’s an examination happening on all types of spending,” Dunleavy’s spokesman Matt Shuckerow told CoastAlaska. He says the Marine Exchange has received about $2.8 million in head tax since 2013 and the governor feels it should look elsewhere. Cruise Lines International Association Alaska President John Binkley told CoastAlaska it’s understandable for the Dunleavy administration to press the Marine Exchange to rely more on member fees. “It’s the worst budget model possible,” Page said. “We carry reserves so we can ride through the storms, you don’t hope that a budget is going to be passed, and whether you’re going to exist the future.” Unlike state and federal government agencies, Page says nonprofits don’t zero out their fund balances at the end of each year. Page says the Juneau-based nonprofit will avoid layoffs by digging into savings. But the funding loss will also delay upgrades to its infrastructure. The Marine Exchange’s annual budget is about $4 million. Nearly half of its funding comes from dues paid by private industry. The U.S. Coast Guard makes up the rest. “If we don’t spend the money, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just sits and piles up,” said Ed Page, the Marine Exchange’s executive director. “It’s not a fund that could be used for other public services or for schools or for housing or drug programs or what-have-you, it’s restricted to maritime application.“last_img read more

Fidel Castros Crocodile Wreaks Havoc at Swedish Aquarium Party

first_imgJust when you thought the Cold War was over, Fidel Castro’s crocodile shows up. Communist countries and democratic Western nations have had a historically bumpy relationship. Usually, however, they can agree on one thing: animals rarely attack people unless provoked or sorely tempted by behaving stupidly and almost acting as bait. Dangling one’s arm in front of a crocodile’s snout no doubt qualifies as the latter. A man who was attending a party at the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden, recently found out the hard way that the animals are not just famously territorial, they’re carnivorous, too. And an arm hanging over the edge of their tank must have appeared like nothing more than a tempting evening snack to one crocodile on display at the aquarium.CrocodileOne wonders what on earth the gentleman was thinking, or even if he was thinking at all. Either way, he found out the painful way that when these biters with razor-like teeth see food, or anything that even remotely resembles food, they bite. The unfortunate individual was in attendance to give a speech and probably arrived in a limo, but left the party by ambulance after his painful bout with the croc. Party goers were aghast at what had transpired and numerous cocktail napkins were quickly used to clean up the mess left by the encounter.How does this odd incident relate to communists and democracies? As it happens, the ‘Cold War Era’ croc, as it’s been dubbed by the media, was once owned by Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He gave two of them to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov in 1978 as a one-of-a-kind but rather weird present to demonstrate affection between the two Communist countries.Cuban Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, arriving at MATS Terminal, Washington D.C. (1959)However, Castro’s crocodile soon became too big, unwieldy and – no doubt – not litter trained, and the space jockey had to find other, more suitable accommodations for them. Called Castro and Hillary, the husband and wife pair were soon housed at the aquarium in Stockholm, where they happily produced many offspring together, according to Jonas Wahlstrom, head zoologist.Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov. First recipient of Castro’s crocodiles.“Nothing like this has ever happened with these crocodiles before,” he was quick to assure the press and police, “and we’ve had them for more than 40 years.”Castro’s crocodile has, indeed, lived a comfortable and nurturing existence in Sweden all these decades. So much so, in fact, that Castro and Hillary’s romance produced 10 babies that Wahlstrom personally took back to Cuba, in 2015, to help restore that country’s dwindling population.Jonas Wahlström with snake. Photo by Daniel Åhs Karlsson CC by 3.0Like many other nations, hunting crocodiles for sport and industry, particularly the fashion industry, was commonplace in Cuba for years. Consequently, the swamp where Castro and Hillary’s offspring were released, Zapata Swamp, is one of only two locations in Cuba where crocs exist. (The other location is the Isle of Youth).  Although protected by law now, that population was severely inbred, and suffering from disease and habitat loss. Wahlstrom’s hope, and the Cuban government’s hope, was that the new arrivals could introduce “fresh” genes and regenerate the population.When Wahlstrom took the offspring to Cuba for relocation, he explained to an eager press just how Castro and Hillary came to live at his aquarium.Related Video:The cosmonaut, Shatalov, initially tried to keep the water-loving beasts as pets, much to his wife’s dismay. “He (Shatalov) brought them back to Moscow and he had them in his flat, until his wife said, ‘no more!’” He then tried to give them to the Moscow Zoo, but there was no room at that inn, either. That’s when the Skansen Aquarium stepped up and offered them a home.Once Castro and Hillary felt comfortable, they got down to the business of building a family, and by 1984, were breeding contentedly. When Wahlstrom took the 10 little ones to Cuba, it was hoped that the breeding program would prove successful enough to restore the Cuban Crocodile, an endangered species. It was the first time that members of that rare breed had been raised in the West and then taken home to their country of origin, but Wahlstrom had little doubt they would flourish.He told the guardian back then, “A crocodile is always ready for the wild,” he assured reporters. “They are always aggressive.”Related Article: An alligator, a cursing parrot, a pair of white mice, a badger, and opossums–the weirdest pets of U.S. presidentsIf only someone had reminded his party guests of that this month, perhaps the bitten man would have had only a hangover instead of stitches. It does seem, however, like something no one should really need reminding of, but whenever man and animal are in close proximity, the possibility of injury – and stupidity – is high.last_img read more

Pokémon Sword and Shield Release Date Gameplay and Legendaries

first_imgThe 2019 Kindle OasisThe 2019 Kindle OasisMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:2601:26 Nintendo also revealed the identities of the Legendary Pokemon that the games get their namesake from. There’s Zacian (Sword) and Zamazenta (Shield), which literally look like dogs dressed up in Sword and Shield cosplay.Pokémon Sword and Shield Trailer: How does it look?In the snippets that the company revealed of Sword and Shield, the graphics are reminiscent of Pokemon Let’s Go.Game Freak dubs the newest region Galar. It has a somewhat modern, Industrial-esque aesthetic, as the video took us through a factory town and a mine. Yet, the games also feature lush open fields and snowy-capped mountains. The Galar region isn’t scattered like Alola, but rather everything sits on a narrow island.Despite that, the giant open area in the center, dubbed the Wild Area, is basically an open word space that features Pokemon roaming around in the wild, which is similar to the Let’s Go series, but the Pokemon look much more natural and less cramped.Pokémon Sword and Shield Gameplay: New and returning featuresThe player now has full 360 degree control over the camera, and the series’ patented turn-based combat returns, but with new and better animations. Catching Pokemon will work as it did in classic titles, as opposed to the motion-based Pokemon Go mechanics from Let’s Go.The newest feature is called Dynamax, which is reminiscent of Mega Evolutions in that it is a temporary transformation that boosts a Pokemon’s stats. However, Dynamax specifically makes the Pokemon gigantic in size. Dynamaxing your Pokemon can only be done once per battle and it’ll last just three turns. To accommodate for this literally huge feature, all of the gyms in the Galar region are giant stadiums that are packed with hundreds of onlookers.A new mode was introduced as well, called Max Raid Battle, which involves a four player cooperative battle against a Dynamaxed Pokemon. Game Freak stated that you’ll be able to play Max Raid Battles via local wireless play as well as online. But, it wasn’t stated whether or not you could create a lobby for your friends to join. After you win the Max Raid Battle, you can capture the Pokemon, and in fact, participating in Max Raid Battles is the only to get some of the Pokemon to appear in the Wild Area.Galarian Forms and MoreFirst there were Alolan forms, now the Galar region introduces Galarian forms. There’s Galarian Weezing, which is a Poison/Fairy type with a Levitate ability.And there’s everyone’s least favorite tradable Pokemon: Galarian Zigzagoon, which is a Dark/Normal type with a Pickup/Gluttony ability, and that evolves into Galarian Linoone, which inherits the same types and abilities. Pokemon Sword and Shield is actually adding a third evolution: Obstagoon, which is also the same type but has the abilities Reckless/Guts.On top of that there’s a form-changing Pokemon called Morpeko (Type: Electric/Dark — Ability: Hunger Switch) which has two modes: Full Belly and Hangry (literally me).The new trailer also introduced a few new rivals, such has Bede and Marnie. Marnie is backed up by Team Yell — a group exclusively filled with Marnie’s wild fans.New Pokémon MovesIn the latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Game Freak showcased several new abilities and items.The trailer showed off Galarian Weezing’s Neutralizing Gas. Its move neutralizes all other abilities in the field. There’s two new held items. One is Room Service, which lowers the Pokémon’s speed during Trick Room, and the other is Eject Pack, which switches out the Pokémon if its stats are lowered. There’s also what looks to be a new TM, called Breaking Swipe, which can hit at least two targets at a time and lowers the attack of all targets hit.Corviknight’s hidden ability, Mirror Armor, was shown in action as well, which can reflect any stat-lowering effects.It was revealed that Dynmaxed Pokémon can shrug off moves that cause flinching, and that max moves have powerful secondary effects.Pokémon Sword and Shield Story: What’s it about?There hasn’t been much revealed about the story of Sword and Shield. All we know is that this Dynamax phenomenon has spread across the Galar region and that Professor Magnolia and her assistant Sonya are studying the matter. Of course, your goal is to simply adventure in order to become the champion and defeat Leon, the current champion who is also the older brother of your rival, Hop.Game Freak did reveal the Grass-type gym leader, Milo, who looks like a jacked up monster with the face of a four year old.We still haven’t seen the evolutions of the starter Pokemon, so maybe that will be unveiled closer to launch, which isn’t too far away. I’m also personally thrilled to virtually snuggle that Grookey.Credit: NintendoBest Nintendo Switch Deals in FebruaryThe Best Nintendo Switch Multiplayer GamesSwitch vs. 3DS: Which Nintendo Console Is For You? Nintendo’s latest Pokemon RPG, Sword and Shield, has been detailed, revealing its three 8th Gen starter Pokemon (they are just adorable), the two new legendaries and the rest of the Galar region. Here’s what we know so far:Pokémon Sword and Shield Release Date: When is it coming out?Pokemon Sword and Shield will be dropping in your Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. Of course, each game will be available for $60, and while there will be a bundled pack, we’re unsure if you’ll actually save any money from it.What new Pokémon and Legendaries will be in Sword and Shield?The starter Pokemon are made up of Scorbunny, which is described as an energetic fire-type bunny, Sobble, a timid water-type reptile, and Grookey, which is a mischievous grass-type chimp Pokemon that’s already a plushie somewhere in my future home.Some new Pokemon that were introduced are Wooloo (a sheep Pokemon), Drednaw (a bite Pokemon that looks like an angry turtle) and Corviknight (a raven Pokemon that acts as a flying taxi for the player). There’s also Gossifleur, which is a flowering Pokemon that eventually evolves into Eldegoss, a cotton bloom Pokemon.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

Google and Mozilla to remove Extended Validation indicators in Chrome 77 and

first_imgLast year, Apple removed the Extended Validation (EV) certificate indicators from Safari on both iOS 12 and Mojave. Now, Google and Mozilla are following suit by removing the EV visual indicators starting from Chrome 77 and Firefox 70. What are Extended Validation Certificates Introduced in 2007, Extended Validation Certificates are issued to applicants after they are verified as a genuine legal entity by a certificate authority (CA). The baseline requirements for an EV certificate are outlined by the CA/Browser forum. Web browsers show a green address bar when visiting a website that is using EV Certificate. You will see the company name alongside the padlock symbol in the green address bar. These certificates can often be expensive. DigiCert charges $344 USD per year, Symantec prices its EV certificate at $995 USD a year, and Thawte at $299 USD a year. Why Chrome and Firefox are removing EV indicators In a survey conducted by Google, users of the Chrome and Safari browsers were asked how much they trusted a website with and without EV indicators. The results of the survey showed that browser identity indicators do not have much effect on users’ secure choices. About 85 percent of users did not find anything strange about a Google login page with the fake URL “accounts.google.com.amp.tinyurl.com”. Seeing these results and prior academic work, the Google Security US team concluded that positive security indicators are largely ineffective. “As part of a series of data-driven changes to Chrome’s security indicators, the Chrome Security UX team is announcing a change to the Extended Validation (EV) certificate indicator on certain websites starting in Chrome 77,” the team wrote in a Google group. Another reason behind this decision was that the EV indicators takes up valuable screen space. Starting with Chrome 77,  the information related to EV indicators will be shown in Page Info that appears when the lock icon is clicked instead of the EV badge: Source: Google Citing similar reasons, the team behind Firefox shared their intention to remove EV indicators from Firefox 70 for desktop yesterday. They also plan to add this information to the identity panel instead of showing it on the identity block. “The effectiveness of EV has been called into question numerous times over the last few years, there are serious doubts whether users notice the absence of positive security indicators and proof of concepts have been pitting EV against domains for phishing,” the team wrote. Many CAs market EV certificates as something that builds visitor confidence, protects them against phishing, and identity fraud. Looking at these advancements, Troy Hunt, a web security expert and the creator of “Have I Been Pwned?” concluded that EV certificates are now dead. In a blog post, he questioned the CAs, “how long will it take the CAs selling EV to adjust their marketing to align with reality?” Users have mixed feelings about this change. “Good riddance, IMO. They never meant much, to begin with, the validation procedures were basically “can you pay the fee?”, and they only added to user confusion,” a user said on Hacker News. Many users believe that EV indicators are valuable for financial transactions. A user commented on Reddit, “As a financial institution it was always much easier to just say “make sure it says in the URL bar and it’s green” when having a customer on the phone than “Please click on settings -> advanced settings -> security -> display certificate and check the value subject”.” To know more, check out the official announcements by Chrome and Firefox teams. Read Next Google Chrome to simplify URLs by hiding special-case subdomains Flutter gets new set of lint rules to build better Chrome OS apps Mozilla releases WebThings Gateway 0.9 experimental builds targeting Turris Omnia and Raspberry Pi 4last_img read more

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Presidents from Central America Mexico call for new regional drug policies

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Monday met with leaders of Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras to reiterate the need for new policies against drug trafficking, including the possible legalization of marijuana.Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with Calderón in the absence of Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina, unable to attend due to his country’s emergency following last week’s devastating earthquake.Following the meeting, Calderón acknowledged that international organized crime is still “the greatest threat” the region is facing.The presidents called for a special session in the United Nations General Assembly to be held no later than 2015 on the growing scourge of illicit drugs. Regional leaders hope “to assess the limitations of current drug policies.” Last week, the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington became the first political jurisdictions in the Western Hemisphere to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Mexican officials did not say why the presidents of Nicaragua and Panama, Daniel Ortega and Ricardo Martinelli, respectively, did not attend.The regional presidents also expressed their solidarity with Pérez Molina and victims of the magnitude-7.4 earthquake that shook Guatemala last Wednesday, killing 42. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

India wages hitech war on ancient TB scourge

first_imgThe program can automatically send medicine to health centers running low and streamline payments to counselors who now complain they are getting paid two years late.Kumar hopes to use the system to monitor treatment given by private doctors, whose poor care is contributing to drug resistance.“Many times they are not giving the right dose, they are not giving complete treatment, they are not following the patient,” he said.Kumar is more cautious in modernizing the government’s 13,000 testing centers, where technicians with microscopes use a TB test first developed in the 19th century that only catches about half the cases and can’t determine if they are drug resistant. Kumar has bought 46 GeneXperts that use new technology to detect TB in less than two hours and also test for resistance to an important anti-TB drug. But the machines are expensive and won’t work in India’s summer heat or its routine power outages.BigTec, in the southern city of Bangalore, is working to overcome those problemsDirector Chandrasekhar Nair said his team developed a handheld, battery-operated machine that works in high temperatures and would allow minimally trained health workers to give a TB test in even India’s most remote villages. Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – Shammo Khan walks into a dusty courtyard that reeks of garbage, searching for the fingerprint of a man exhausted by HIV, drug withdrawal and the tuberculosis lesions hijacking his lungs.She opens her laptop on his rope bed, prods the emaciated man to log in on a fingerprint reader and watches him slowly and painfully swallow a handful of TB drugs in an experimental program harnessing new technology to combat an ancient killer still ravaging India. Tackling a disease that kills 300,000 people a year in a country of 1.2 billion required a concerted effort from everyone involved, said Ashok Kumar, the government’s TB czar.“There cannot be one single solution. There have to be buckets of solutions,” he said.India is struggling with more than a quarter of the world’s new tuberculosis cases and has become an epicenter of new drug-resistant strains. Last year, doctors in Mumbai reported 12 cases of TB that had mutated into a nearly untreatable strain because of mistreatment and missed doses.Despite the array of new tools, Zarir Udwadia, a Mumbai doctor who uncovered some of those mutant strains, said he remained pessimistic about India’s ability to conquer drug-resistant tuberculosis. He doubted the government could exercise enough control over a health system where quacks with no training treat TB patients, and pharmacists routinely give out antibiotics without prescriptions.Operation ASHA is working to prevent the creation of more new strains by fortifying the centerpiece of India’s traditional anti-TB campaign, a program that pays counselors and private groups to verify patients are taking their medicine. Private companies, aid groups and the government have embarked on a flurry of innovation to modernize India’s archaic anti-tuberculosis campaign and fight the spread of frightening new drug-resistant strains threatening to cause a public health nightmare.The government is replacing its haphazard paper system of registering TB patients with a Web-based database that theoretically could track every dose of medicine given to patients _ and send them text messages when they miss one.New tests powered by computer chips are being rolled out that can quickly identify drug-resistant patients so they can be given the proper treatment with a longer course of different medicines. And Operation ASHA, an independent health group, is using its fingerprint verification program to ensure patients take their full course of medicine to prevent the disease from mutating into a stronger strain.“There’s more innovation in the last year than in the prior decade in TB control,” says Peter Small, a tuberculosis expert at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offices in India.In addition, the government is proposing to quadruple tuberculosis funding, is expanding its lab network and has ordered doctors for the first time to report all new TB cases. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In August, after missing sporadic doses over his first four months of intensive treatment, he finally returned, saying he could now deal with the easier-to-bear maintenance phase of the treatment. It’s not clear if his spotty compliance created a mutated strain.Even so, Batra said fingerprinting has lowered her default rate to 1.5 percent. Now she wants to replace the computers with smartphones.“We have to go the extra mile, we have to find the foolproof method,” she said.The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which is MIT-affiliated, is studying the program and if it can confirm its results it will encourage the government to expand it to India’s 640,000 other tuberculosis counselors, said Chand Tulal Mazumdar, a research associate with the lab.The government is already deep into its own tech overhaul.Ashok Kumar, who took over India’s tuberculosis program last year, is working to transfer a haphazard system of cardboard charts and booklets to a new database that would enable the government to track each of its 1.5 million patients.The database will have details of the patient, the counselor and the treatment, down to the last dose taken, Kumar said. It will take advantage of the 900 million cellphones in the country; If patients miss a day, the database will send them a text message, he said. When patients move _ which often interrupts or ends their treatment _ they can be electronically transferred to a new center. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Many patients resist the drugs’ harsh side effects. They fall through the cracks by moving before their treatment is done or stop once they feel better.Counselors only get paid for those who complete the standard six-month course of treatment, giving them an incentive to lie when patients drop out. Government statistics provided by the counselors show only 6 percent of patients don’t finish treatment. Independent studies show defaults ranging from 15 percent to 33 percent. Some patients diagnosed with TB never start treatment in the first place.“There is no transparency, no accountability in the work they are doing. There is no one to verify what they are doing,” said Shelly Batra, president of Operation ASHA.To make sure counselors do their jobs, her group joined Microsoft Research and the nonprofit Innovators in Health to develop a program that uses cheap fingerprint readers to ensure patients actually meet with the counselors to take their medicine.“Health data can be fudged,” Batra said. “A fingerprint can’t be fudged.”From the porch of a tailor shop in a southern New Delhi slum, Shammo Khan was running one of the 35 Operation ASHA centers using fingerprint-monitoring in the capital and two other cities. Top Stories “Our device is basically something that you can put in a backpack and go around,” Nair said.The Truelab Micro PCR System uses a computer chip to run a TB test in under an hour. Another chip can test for drug sensitivity, he said.The World Health Organization cautions it has yet to endorse the test and is awaiting further studies, and the $12 per test _ double that if the drug sensitivity is run as well _ is outside the government’s price range. Nair said he hoped to bring down the cost.Nevertheless, public health experts say the device could stand as testament to the type of innovation India can bring to major health problems of the developing world.“It’s a very promising technology,” said Dr. Ken Simiyu, a program officer with Grand Challenges Canada, a Canadian government-funded group that gave the project a $1.3 million grant.If Indian health experts can make full use of all this new technology, “they can really turn the tide,” said Small, the TB expert at the Gates Foundation. “And if they don’t, it’s scary.”___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ravinessman Children, the elderly and hip, young men logged in by pressing their fingers onto the glass of a print reader connected to a handheld computer. Khan, 22, then handed them their medicine and watched them wash it down.She checked the computer throughout her shift to see who had yet to come, and at the end of each day got an automatic text message telling her whom to chase down. She made house calls to the bedridden, such as the HIV patient.Ravi Kumar, 28, said it was difficult as a wedding photographer with irregular hours to make it to the clinic, but the fingerprint reader kept him honest.“If this would not have been here, I’d have sent someone else to take the medicine,” he said, pointing at his little brother.Most patients only need to be caught once. Others need a few lectures on the risks they are taking.“I keep explaining. I tell everybody that if you miss doses you will have to get injections, instead of six months it will be two years (of treatment), instead of a handful of medicines it can be 12,” Khan said.A few still don’t listen.Rahul Kumar, 19, said he stopped showing up at counselor Neema Mehta’s clinic down a narrow lane outside a colony of garbage sorters because he couldn’t tolerate the drugs, which can cause nausea and headaches. When Mehta called him, he shut off his phone. When she went to his home, he wasn’t there. Mehta called her supervisor, who begged Kumar’s parents to send him back. Still he didn’t come. Then he went back to his family’s village. Quick workouts for men 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more