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A Father’s War, A Son’s Toxic Inheritance

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Stephen M. Katz for The Virginian-Pilot and ProPublicaThe package from my father arrived in 2009, a few months after my latest heart surgery. The yellow envelope contained a two-inch stack of documents: handwritten notes, old photographs, newspaper clippings, medical files and military service records.Together, they told the story of a man I barely knew. I hadn’t heard from my father, Al Weigel, in more than 20 years.At first, I didn’t read any of it. Why would I want to rip open that wound? I tossed the envelope onto a shelf in a closet, and there it sat for years, forgotten behind a pile of clothes. I didn’t know it held information that would link my life — and health — to a war waged before my birth.It wasn’t until 2012, not long after I’d become a father, that I remembered the envelope. I pulled it back out, figuring someday I would want to tell my son where he came from.I studied pictures of Al, noting our shared features: I have his smile and broad shoulders. I learned that his family was part Irish and part German. That my grandfather had been a college track star — and later an alcoholic. That my dad had grown up in a middle-class New Jersey town before attending the U.S. Naval Academy and going off to fight in Vietnam.The package also delivered a warning: A handwritten note attached to a stack of Veterans Affairs medical records. During the war, before I was born, Al had sprayed Agent Orange along riverbanks in Vietnam, often soaking his uniform in the herbicide. The exposure, he wrote, had caused him serious health problems, including a neurological disorder, and he believed it also might have harmed me.My mind raced as I thought of my own troubled medical history. A heart defect diagnosed at birth. An underactive thyroid. Problems with my nervous and immune systems. More recently, type–2 diabetes, hypertension and a nerve disorder that severely limits the use of my right hand.I’m now 46. A lean 6-foot–2 and 190 pounds. I don’t smoke. I try to eat healthy. But the number of pills I swallow everyday would make you think I’m twice that age. As a teenager, I was sick so often, I joked that my healthy brother and I couldn’t be related. He’d been born before the war, before Agent Orange.“There really is nothing that can be done now, as far as I know,” Al had written in 2009, “except be aware of the ravages of A.O.”What my father didn’t know was that I’d already become familiar with Agent Orange and its consequences.I’d made several trips to Vietnam by then, photographing people with much worse health problems than my own. They were descendants of the Vietnamese who’d come in contact with the chemicals — those on the other end of my young father’s fire hose.I’m a photographer for The Virginian-Pilot, and I often spend my time off traveling overseas to document the work of humanitarian charities and working on other projects. When I finally opened Al’s package, I’d been working on a documentary film set in Vietnam about a second-generation victim of Agent Orange.Now I wonder: Could I be one, too?I’m not the only one asking the question, it turns out. Thousands of adult children of Vietnam veterans are wrestling with the possibility.Researchers, too, are wondering.My father was one of at least 2.6 million U.S. veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. The military sprayed it by the millions of gallons across Vietnam, aiming to kill thick brush and trees and make it harder for the Viet Cong to spring out of the jungle. In the years since, the Department of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged the chemical harmed those who came in contact with it and compensates them for a growing list of illnesses.A small number of veterans’ children — those born with spina bifida — are also eligible for Agent Orange payments. So are the children of female vets born with about a dozen other defects, though the vast majority of Vietnam veterans are men. Researchers have long been cool to the idea that a man’s exposure to chemicals could hurt children fathered later.Recent studies, though, suggest it’s at least plausible. Male rats exposed to dioxin — the most hazardous component of Agent Orange — have passed genetic mutations on to their babies in lab tests. But researchers say more work is needed to prove what many Vietnam vets have long feared — that their children have inherited the burden of a war they had no part in.Members of Vietnam Veterans of America have hosted town hall meetings across the country in recent years, urging vets to pass on medical and service records to their children, even if they’re no longer in touch with them. That way, veterans advocates say, children of vets will be prepared to fight for disability benefits if the science someday proves Agent Orange can impact a man’s children.VVA is backing a bill in Congress, the Toxic Exposure Research Act, that would require the VA to study the effects of wartime exposures on children and grandchildren of vets — from Agent Orange in Vietnam to burn pits in Iraq.My father sat in on one of those Agent Orange meetings in New Jersey. Soon afterward, he put together the package of information and sent it to my brother, who passed it on to me.For years, I had no interest in reconnecting with the man.Agent Orange brought us back together.My childhood recollections of my father are like hazy dreams.I remember going with him to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. He lifted me on his shoulders to see above the crowd. Another time I recall watching a boxing match with him. Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks, I think.I was too young then to understand the problems brewing between my parents. They separated when I was 7. Dad had returned from the war a different person, and over time they’d drifted apart. He would come home late some nights and say he’d been out on his boat; Mom would call him a liar. I remember closing the door to my room and slipping under my covers to drown out the yelling.I didn’t see him much after the divorce. My brother and I were told he was a deadbeat, that he didn’t want to be part of our lives. I accepted that as fact.Growing up in New York in the years after, I used to search for him in crowds, wondering if we’d bump into each other. Hoping.I was sick often back then. I took antibiotics like they were vitamins. After I turned 13, the murmur I was born with worsened. Caused by a defect known as aortic stenosis, blood had begun back-flowing into my heart, straining it. After months of feeling nauseated and lightheaded, my pediatric cardiologist told me I needed open-heart surgery.I didn’t know it at the time, but as they wheeled me into the operating room, my father showed up. He’d learned of my surgery and wanted to make sure I was OK.He wasn’t there when I woke up, though.My family, I’d learn years later, had told him to leave.I was feeling unusually ill during my first trip to Vietnam in early 2009.I’d traveled with a group of dentists who’d set up a free clinic in a remote village. The charity that sent them paid for my travel, and in exchange, I photographed their work for use in promotional materials.I pressed on despite feeling lightheaded, short of breath and nauseated for much of the two weeks there, not wanting to squander a chance to explore a new country. On a previous trip to the Philippines, photos I took of children with untreated hydrocephalus led a pharmaceutical company to donate thousands of dollars’ worth of medical supplies and send a surgeon to treat the kids.In Vietnam, I hired a local guide and asked him to find an orphanage like the one in the Philippines, figuring I might be able to recreate that effort. Something got lost in translation. He drove me to a rural orphanage, but as we stepped inside the darkened building, I didn’t see anyone suffering from hydrocephalus.The sound of moaning and the stench of feces filled the air. Dozens of children sat atop metal beds without mattresses. Some were hitting themselves. Some were chained to the the beds — to protect themselves and others, I was told. Many had severe physical deformities.“What is this place?” I asked a worker.The orphanage was for those believed to have been harmed by a parent’s exposure to Agent Orange. I didn’t know anything about the chemical before then, but I’d soon learn Vietnam is full of places like this. Vietnamese parents who can’t afford to care for a child with disabilities often face an unthinkable choice: abandon the child at one of these orphanages, or let their other children go hungry.I watched as a father made that decision. The sadness in his eyes as he walked away from his screaming son haunts me, especially now that I’m a dad.I asked my guide if he knew anyone who suffered because of a parent’s Agent Orange exposure who was capable of speaking. He drove me a few miles to the town of Cu Chi to meet Thanh Thao Huynh.The woman, known as Thao, was born with crippling deformities — a shrunken body, stunted legs, brittle bones — that prevented her from attending school. But she’d taught herself to read and had created a small library in the shed where her father, a pig farmer, stored feed and fertilizer. Many neighborhood children visited her library to read or borrow books.I asked Thao, “If you could have anything, what would you ask for?” Her answer surprised me: just a few hundred dollars to buy more books to share with children.Months later, after I’d returned home, that short story and a photograph I made of Thao would inspire a friend of mine and lead to the start of the documentary project, which would span several years.But first, I needed to take care of myself. I was feeling even more nauseated and short of breath as we left Vietnam. Back home, my cardiologist conducted tests and came back with an urgent diagnosis. Blood was again back-flowing into my heart.I needed surgery, and right away.A few years later, after my son was born and I’d begun grappling with what it means to be a father, I finally opened the package from Al. I read through the documents over several sittings. I noticed, mixed in with his records, a letter of recommendation from his commanding officer in Vietnam. It was dated April 4, 1969. Al was being considered for a job with the CIA:“I know Mr. Weigel personally,” the letter stated, “and highly recommend him to you for any position.”Signed: “Bud” (E. R. Zumwalt, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy)My father, it turns out, had served as an assistant to the man who had commanded naval forces in Vietnam and who later became the youngest to serve as chief of naval operations.Zumwalt’s legacy is also tragically entwined with Agent Orange. He’d given the order directing river boat crews like my father’s to spray the herbicide along riverbanks. Among those who carried out that work: Zumwalt’s son, Lt. Elmo Russell Zumwalt III.A decade after handling the chemical, the younger Zumwalt was diagnosed with lymphoma, and later Hodgkin’s disease, another deadly form of cancer. He died in 1988 at age 44, leaving behind a wife and two children — including a son born after the war with a severe congenital dysfunction that confused his physical senses.The elder Zumwalt had been misled about Agent Orange, he said years later. He’d been told it posed no threat to humans, though the chemical companies that made it — Monsanto and Dow — already had plenty of evidence that wasn’t true.Despite all that, the admiral said he had no regrets: His decision likely harmed his son and grandson, he acknowledged in an interview with The New York Times in 1986, but it also probably saved the lives of countless U.S. service members, he said.“That does not ease the sorrow I feel.”In 1985, the same year that Zumwalt’s son got his second cancer diagnosis, tens of thousands of Vietnam War veterans put on their combat fatigues and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and down Broadway in the biggest parade in New York’s history to that point.The ticker-tape march was advertised as a belated “welcome home,” 10 years after vets returned to protests.I was 15 and living on Long Island. I pestered my mother to take me to the parade that May, secretly hoping to spot my father. I hadn’t seen him in more than five years but still thought of him often.If I saw him that day, I didn’t recognize him.A few months later, we met at a lawyer’s office. My brother and I were filling out paperwork to take our mother’s maiden name, Katz. Because I was a minor, I needed my father’s permission. I stared at the ground as I explained my decision. He said he understood.I told him that we’d gone to the veterans parade, trying to change the subject. He said he’d marched in it and was sorry he missed me.We shook hands, and he left.I wouldn’t see him again for nearly three decades.It’s incredible what fathers pass on to their children, even when they’re not around. Even when they don’t mean to. Last year, a groundbreaking study found that the children of men drafted to fight in Vietnam are worse off today than the children of men who stayed home.On average, according to the study, we earn less than our peers and are less likely to have steady jobs. There are many possible reasons for the disparity, but researchers suspect the psychological impacts of the war play a major role. When someone suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder — as was the case for many Vietnam combat veterans, including my father — it affects the whole family, research shows, and can cause behavioral problems in children.The economists who conducted the study didn’t look at the generational impacts of Agent Orange. That isn’t surprising, though.When I’ve asked doctors if my father’s exposure to the chemical could be affecting my health, they typically look at me as if I’ve asked if they believe in aliens.Heather Bowser, the president of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, knows the feeling. Her father was exposed to Agent Orange. A few years later, she was born premature, missing a leg, a big toe and several fingers. She leads a group of more than 3,700 other children of Vietnam veterans who believe their health has been affected by Agent Orange.Most doctors have no clue about the herbicide, Bowser told me. But neither do most children of veterans, she said.Many in Bowser’s group suffer from problems with their spinal cords. Heart conditions like mine and problems with the thyroid, immune and nervous systems are also common. Not everyone has obvious physical conditions like her, she told me.Bowser, 43, recognizes that not every illness can be blamed on Agent Orange. And she acknowledges the science hasn’t proven a generational impact, though the anecdotal evidence she’s gathered seems significant. She agrees more research is needed.I asked her how I could help.She told me to tell my story.I finally picked up the phone and called my father a few years ago. He seemed shocked to hear from me.He told me he’d always wanted to be a part of my life, but that others in my family kept him away. He said that he’d sent birthday cards that apparently never reached me. He told me he’d remarried and had been a good dad to his step-daughters.After nearly an hour, I realized he was afraid this would be his only chance to talk to me. “Al,” I said, cutting him off, “this won’t be the last time we speak. I’ll call you again and we can stay in touch.”“Promise me,” he said.He drove to Norfolk three years ago to meet my wife and his grandson, Sawyer. It was hard to reconcile the tall, strapping figure from my memories with the hunched and frail man who came to visit.He’d recently moved into a condominium in Hackensack, N.J., because he was tired of falling down the stairs at his home of 25 years, he said. He’d had six spine operations before he learned he had peripheral neuropathy, among other debilitating conditions tied to Agent Orange exposure.He’s 73, younger than some grandfathers, but was too feeble to hold his grandson.In 2015, my family and I visited him on my birthday. I felt like a small boy as he joined the chorus singing to me before I blew out candles.Last year, the documentary I helped make, “Thao’s Library,” was released and won the top award at a major film festival. It was later screened at AMC theaters across the country.I traveled to New York for the premiere in Times Square and invited my father.He’d told me he was proud of the work I do and couldn’t wait to see the film. He talked about it for weeks. I was excited for him to be there.But a couple hours beforehand, he called and said he was sorry. His health had worsened, he said. He didn’t think he could handle the hour-long drive into the city.He sounded heartbroken. I felt the same as I settled in to watch my film on the big screen that evening.Agent Orange brought my father back into my life.I fear it’s also left us too little time together.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

‘Completed Sports-city Swimming Pool to be Part of Buhari’s One-year Anniversary…

first_imgOn the use and maintenance of the pool, the minister indicated that it will not be business as usual as it was in the past.“This pool has been left unattended for the almost 20 years. We have not completed it for it to be returned speedily to status quo ante. We must ensure that this facility is put to maximum use. It must be well managed, kept neat and maintained. Anybody that is found culpable with regards to the maintenance of the facility should is to face stiff sanction.The minister also ordered that similar rehabilitation work should be commenced on the children’s section of the pool to avail kids opportunities to learn and train.“The children pool should also be completed for children to learn and train in swimming. We must not deny children the opportunity of expressing their talent,”  concludes the minister.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said that the rehabilitated Olympic-size swimming pool at the National Stadium in Lagos will be part of the achievements in sports to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office.The minister gave the indication on a recent inspection visit of the facility on which he ordered resumption of rehabilitation immediately on assumption of office.Satisfied with the progress of works he commended the contractor, Mr Joseph Odebeatu, the managing director of Jonac Engineering Services, for his commitment and requested him to tidy up whatever is leftwithin two weeks so that a date could be fixed for the commissioning.“I am indeed overwhelmed by the level of work. We can safely say the swimming pool has been completed. All that is left is just final touches for us to commission the project for Nigerians to begin to use it. The contractor has lived up to expectation and has defended his integrity. He may not have made monetary profit but money cannot buy the name he has made here,” Dalung enthused.“In maximum two weeks, we should be through with the issue of the swimming pool so that it can be part of our celebration of one year in office.”The minister stressed that the contractor has justified the reason for delaying the project before he (Dalung) came into office.“His reason for the delay in the job before I came in has been justified. There were no funds for him to make progress. Even when we restarted, we hadn’t money to give him but there was the commitment that if you start we will try and provide funds and he indeed went out of his way to show commitment,” observed Dalung.last_img read more

Fnatic forges partnership with DreamHack Spain

first_imgFnatic, an esports organisation stationed in London, has partnered with DreamHack Spain to have a merchandising presence at both DreamHack Valencia and DreamHack Sevilla.Merchandise, gaming peripherals, and exclusive items will all be part of Fnatic’s offering at the upcoming festivals.As part of this new deal, the organisation will host meet and greets with some of the personalities – as well as giving away special Fnatic-themed prizes to people who participate in, and win, in one-versus-one League of Legends and CS:GO tournaments.Erik Londre, Head of Events at Fnatic discussed the partnership in a statement: “Fnatic has always had strong ties to Spain since the days of Xpeke, so we are of course very excited about our partnership with DreamHack! With LCS Summer Split in Madrid just being announced we are really looking forward to making 2018 a year of Spanish focus2!”“Our goal is that it should always be better to be a Fnatic fan. That’s why we’re on site at as many gaming events as possible around the world trying to make people’s experiences even better,” continued Londre. “We know we have quite a big following in Spain, so we hope to make some of these happy!”In early May, Fnatic signed an exclusive deal stateside that meant its new gaming equipment – dubbed Fnatic Gear – would be stocked in over 300 Best Buy stores nationwide. The range includes the STREAK and miniSTREAK keyboards, as well as CLUTCH 2 and FLICK 2 mice.Arturo Castelló, Director of DreamHack Spain commented: “We’re very happy to welcome DreamHack Spain to Fnatic, one of the greatest and well-supported esports teams around the world. We have been working at DreamHack Spain since 2010 to bring the best competitions and the best players on the planet to Spain; it’s great news that DreamHack Valencia and DreamHack Seville visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Fnatic universe for themselves.”Fnatic is currently partnered with Chillblast, Deezer, DXRacer, Newzoo, Strafe, and AMD. DreamHack Valencia takes place on July 12-15th, while DreamHack Sevilla spans over 13-16th December. Esports Insider says: Fnatic made a big move with its Best Buy deal, and now having a physical shop at both Valencia and Sevilla seems like a natural extension of its push into selling items beyond merchandise.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Qantas jumps into bed with Airbnb

first_imgAnother shot has been fired in a growing battle for customer loyalty with Qantas Frequent Flyer members now able to earn points when they book accommodation with Airbnb as part of a world-first partnership between the two companies.The Australian airline group’s  11.4 million frequent flyer members can earn one Qantas point for every dollar they spend when they book their Airbnb accommodation through Qantas.com.Airbnb has been one of the great success stories of the Internet revolution and now offers 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.  The popular peer-to-peer service allows property owners to make money from short-term rentals of all or part of their properties while providing a wide range of often cheaper accommodation to travellers.However, it has not been without its controversies with the traditional hotel industry lobbying for stricter regulations on its operations, crackdowns by some local authorities and allegations of users applying disciminatory practices.The Qantas partnership marks the first time Airbnb has worked with an airline in this way to and is part of a move by the Australian carrier to form partnerships with innovative digital and technology businesses.Others include include a strategic stake in Data Republic, a secure data sharing platform, and launching  health insurance venture Qantas Assure with partner nib.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said Qantas had always looked for ways to reinvent the airline and executives were excited about the potential for the partnership.“The way that people around the world plan, book and experience travel is changing rapidly with the digital revolution,” Mr Joyce said in a statement.“We know many of our customers are just as likely to arrange an Airbnb as they are to book a hotel, and we wanted to recognise and reward them for that.’’Airbnb boss and co-founder Brian Chesky said the announcement with Qantas highlighted “the rapidly growing movement towards the personalised and unique experiences available through the Airbnb community”.“We’re focused on connecting people with the hospitality of locals, welcoming travellers into their communities so they can truly belong anywhere,’’ he said “There are just a handful of global brands who understand that travel is now changing for the better. Qantas is one of those brands.”Qantas is running a competition to highlight the new partnership and QFF members who book on Airbnb via its website by the end of October can win a business class trip to San Francisco with add-ons that include first class lounge access, cash and accommodation.Frequent flyers can earn points by visiting qantas.com/stay, choosing the Airbnb option and entering their Frequent Flyer details when prompted. Members are then redirected to airbnb.com.au to complete their booking.The QFF announcement comes after rival Velocity Frequent Flyer announced that it teamed up with ticketing company  TEG Live to give members exclusive access to concerts and other events while earning points.Both loyalty programs are broadening their base as they become significant contributors to the airlines’ revenue streams.QFF reported record underlying earnings of $A346 million in 2015-16, up 10 per cent on the previous year, as revenue increased 6.7 per cent.About 45 per cent of the revenue growth came from new ventures.last_img read more

GMSA begins exporting to Kenya

first_img13 March 2012 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) began exporting Isuzu KB pick-ups to Kenya on the weekend, and is looking to further expand its exports of the locally assembled light commercial vehicles – both right- and left-hand drive – into key sub-Saharan Africa markets. GMSA already exports the popular pick-up, assembled at the company’s Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth, to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius – all right-hand drive markets.Both right- and left-hand drive GMSA exports manager and East Africa MD Rita Kavashe told Engineering News, however, that when the company begins production of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB in the first half of 2013, this would be the first time that the vehicle is built in South Africa in both right- and left-hand drive. “This will open up new opportunities for us to export the Isuzu KB beyond our existing markets to rapidly growing countries like Angola and Nigeria,” Kavashe said. “With all the development happening in sub-Saharan Africa as countries improve road infrastructure, agriculture and invest in the construction of new buildings, there is an opportunity to sell our tough commercial vehicles in these markets.” R1-billion investment According to Business Report, GMSA is currently investing R1-billion in three new vehicle assembly programmes – for the Chevrolet Utility, which began production at the end of 2012, the new Chevrolet Spark, due later this month, and the new-generation Isuzu KB. Engineering News notes that increased export volumes will help the company reach the incentive threshold – of 50 000 units a year – under the government’s new Automotive Production and Development Plan, which comes into effect in 2013. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

IoT in Action: Enabling Intelligent Healthcare Solutions

first_imgTags:#health care#IoT Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions Justin is part of the Microsoft IoT Channel Marketing team and is responsible for developing channel marketing programs – such as IoT in Action – that target Microsoft’s IoT partner ecosystem & build awareness of Microsoft IoT solutions. Space is filling up fast for the IoT in Action event in Orlando. Make sure you register for free today!At a Missouri hospital, babies born with congenital heart disease benefit from remote monitoring solutions that allow doctors to see their vital signs within two minutes of the data being collected. If there are any issues with their heart rate, weight or oxygen saturation, care teams can act quickly and provide proactive care in a secure way. Since the hospital built their own Internet of Things (IoT) solution, no baby under its care with HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) has died.Many healthcare organizations are turning to intelligent healthcare to transform care by engaging patients, empowering care teams and optimizing organizational effectiveness. To learn more about how you can transform your own healthcare system with intelligent IoT solutions, reserve your seat for the IoT in Action event in Orlando on February 11, 2019.Overcome industry challenges with intelligent healthcare.The opportunity for using IoT to transform healthcare is immense, with the potential IoT healthcare market projected at $158 billion by 2022. Many hospitals are turning to intelligent healthcare using IoT technology to overcome the many challenges facing the healthcare industry — an aging population, increased patient expectations, chronic diseases, and increased regulations. Organizations using IoT solutions must also ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility. Additionally, all solutions must meet regulations such as GDPD and HIPAA. To help organizations deal with sensitive and regulated data deals, Azure Sphere provides a secure, end-to-end foundation and helps ensure a HIPAA- and HITRUST-ready environment.Use intelligent health solutions to improve the patient experience and outcomes.Today’s patients and providers have higher expectations for outcomes as well as the patient experience. IoT and data-driven insights allow providers to provide personalized care and help increase patient engagement by giving them control of their health. Plus, with intelligent cloud solutions, patients can strengthen relationships with their providers through secured communications. By using solutions that that empower care teams to efficiently coordinate and easily share patient insights, organizations can deliver improved patient-centric care while supporting secure, compliant, and timely communications.Healthcare systems can also drive better diagnoses and treatments by optimizing clinical and operational effectiveness. IoT solutions help organizations identify patterns and trends, connect data systems, and remotely monitor critical systems. By tracking equipment and supplies – from bandages to open or available beds – organizations can improve efficiency and reduce costs. Organizations can even monitor if employees are following hand-sanitizing protocol. Healthcare is no longer confined to within the walls of healthcare facilities. Providers can now use remote monitoring and data insights to provide precision medicine with individually tailored treatment plans. Remote monitoring also reduces expenses by lowering readmissions and eliminating unnecessarily appointments. By using devices to collect and manage data, providers can spend more time caring for patients. Employees can also see the status of their patients remotely with solutions providing real-time insights to the care team – regardless of if the provider is in another location or at home. Learn how to transform your healthcare organization with intelligent healthcare.If you are attending HIMSS, learn how your healthcare system can transform your own organization at the IoT in Action event in Orlando on February 11, 2019. You’ll gain actionable insights, deepen partnerships and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud for healthcare.Unable to make it to the in-person event? You can still learn about tools and strategies for driving revenue with intelligent healthcare. Sign up for the IoT in Action webinar Safer, Happier, Healthier: Your Life Sciences Digital Transformation with IoT on February 20, 2019. You will learn how IoT can provide actionable insights, deepen partnerships, and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud for healthcare, without leaving your office. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Justin Slade Related Posts last_img read more

How to Give Yourself More Time

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Productivity is not a measurement of how much you do. It doesn’t matter how many tasks you can cross off a list each day or each week. Productivity is a measurement of results, of outcomes. Busyness, often seen as proof that one is productive is more likely to be evidence a lack of production.If you want to be truly productive, you must give yourself more time, time spent doing what is most important to your results.There is a reason to use three 90-minute blocks for your most important work each day.First, 90 minutes is enough time to make real progress on a project, a result, or an outcome. It gives you enough time to focus on the task at hand, and that focus is now the currency of effectiveness in an age of distractions.Second, three 90-minute blocks provide you with 4.5 hours to focus on what’s most important. If you look back over your last week, you might struggle to find a single day when you spent 4.5 hours on your most important tasks, let alone a week that resulted in 22.5 hours of intentional work.Those 90-minute blocks each day provide you with 4.5 hours of work. Assuming you work an 8-hour day, you are taking just over half the day for your real work, leaving you almost half the day to respond to the needs of your clients and your company. If you have money come out of your paycheck to be invested every week, you are already practicing this by paying yourself first. You need to pay yourself first each day when it comes to doing work that matters, work that makes a difference, work that moves the needle.By giving yourself more time, you give your most important projects and tasks the time and focus that moves them forward, task by task, day by day, and week by week. These focused blocks of work start to stack up, your productivity—and your results—skyrocket.No one is going to give you more time. If you want to do work that matters, you must give yourself the time.last_img read more

Deserted farm houses in South Delhi dens of rave parties

first_imgNew Delhi: Farm houses located in the hidden corner of south Delhi have become the favourite dens for rave parties where drugs and other illegal activities are carried out. According to the Delhi Police officials, hundreds of farm houses located in Fatehpur Beri, Chattarpur and Bhati Mine village in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area are commonly used for booking of these illegal raves, casino, private and high profile parties. During late nights, long queues of high-end cars can be seen entering these farm houses. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “The youth from royal families and majorly businessmen from Gurugram, Central Delhi, Faridabad and Noida facilitate through a common group on ‘WhatsApp’. The organisers usually take Rs 10,000 for per couple entry. While for single person entry, they charge Rs 15,000,” a senior police officer told IANS. “From fine quality imported party drugs to liquor and sex deal, everything is available in at giveaway offers behind the doors. Women are hired to entertain guests. Private rooms are arranged for immoral practices,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Generally, such parties are organised during the last weekend of every month. The party organisers give huge bribe to local police in a bid to run it secretly, he added. “A dedicated team of Crime Branch headed by DCP, ACP’s, Inspectors level officers including 15 officers of different rank have been formed for the prevention of these high profile parties in national capital where drugs are supplied by drug peddlers. The team is making efforts in all possible ways to neutralise the supply of drugs,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) G Ram Gopal Naik told IANS. On July 16, a team of STARS of Crime Branch headed by DCP, G Ram Gopal Naik and ACP, Arvind Kumar arrested a south Delhi-based drug peddler, Karan Khanna, with California Marijuana (Green Ice Hashish) party drugs that valued Rs 25 lakh in international market. “Karan Khanna was arrested near Tivoli Garden in Chattarpur, while he was going to supply Green Ice Hashish to rave party organisers in a farm house located in the same area. During interrogation, Khanna disclosed that he used to supply imported drugs on demand to high profile parties in south Delhi and NCR in his SUV to dodge the police late night,” Naik said. The drugs supplied by the peddlers to rave parties in south Delhi are brought from Himachal Pradesh. Kasol is a place from where peddlers bring drugs through a secret network. They then supply the same to their party mongers and friends to organise private parties in farm houses of South Delhi. “Invitation to these parties is strictly on basis of reference by the friends and no outsider is allowed to join the party,” he said. Earlier this year, South Delhi Police busted a secret party at a farmhouse located in Chattarpur area in which illegal liquor party was organised by violating the excise norms. In 2017, an illegal casino-cum-bar operating from a farm house in South Delhi’s Fatehpur Beri area was busted by the South Delhi Police in which 30 people, including 14 men and five women attendants, were arrested and 13 luxury cars seized during the raid. Casino tokens worth crores, liquor bottles and hookahs were recovered. The 13-acre farm house located on the Dera Mandi Road was also being used for shooting TV shows and films. Casinos are illegal in the country except in the states of Goa, Sikkim and Daman. Earlier, Sanik farm area was the hub of organising such secret parties but following back-to-back raids, the party organisers shifted their base to farm houses located in Chattarpur, Mehrauli, Dera and Fatehpur areas, according to the police. Noida police on May 6 busted a rave party being held illegally at a farm house at sector-135. A total of 161 men and 31 women were arrested.last_img read more