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Nicki Minaj Awards 37 College ScholarshipsNicki Minaj Awards 37 College Scholarships


first_imgNicki Minaj has announced 37 college scholarships via social media.The announcement was made as part of the rapper’s Student Of The Game initiative, an on-going commitment to education.The chosen students will receive funding for loan repayments and tuition payments.This is the second time Minaj has awarded scholarships as part of the initiative, which she launched in 2017. For information, visit her Social Media accounts.last_img


Kinder Morgan Canada shares tick higher after deal to sell Trans MountainKinder Morgan Canada shares tick higher after deal to sell Trans Mountain


first_imgThe company estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax. It expects its approximately 30 percent share of after-tax proceeds to be approximately $1.25 billion.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.The company had ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares traded higher after the federal government announced it would buy its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion.The shares were up 47 cents or about three percent at $17.06 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as $18. The company’s stock had been halted prior to the announcement.Ottawa is acquiring the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and the expansion project.last_img read more


Sotheby’s and Array soar while Align and Tyson Foods dipSotheby’s and Array soar while Align and Tyson Foods dip


NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Sotheby’s, up $20.74 to $56.13The New York auction house is being sold to French Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi for almost $3.7 billion.Array BioPharma Inc., up $16.85 to $46.44Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is buying the cancer treatment developer for $10.6 billion.C&J Energy Services Inc., up $2.15 to $12.87The oilfield services company is being bought by rival Keane Group in an all-stock deal.Tyson Foods Inc., down $3.38 to $78.53The food maker lagged the market as investors moved away from safe-play holdings in the consumer staples sector.UniQure NV, up $8.59 to $81.14The gene therapy developer is considering putting itself up for sale, according to media reports.LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc., up 66 cents to $38.88The bank is being sold to U.S. regional bank Prosperity Bancshares for $2.1 billion in cash and stock.Facebook Inc., up $7.68 to $189.01The social media company gained ground as investors shifted to more risk-heavy internet and technology stocks.Align Technology Inc., down $17.02 to $288.68The medical device company and Straumann Group ended discussions over a potential distribution deal.The Associated Press read more


Ottawa says deficit shrinking but warns that trouble loomsOttawa says deficit shrinking but warns that trouble looms


OTTAWA — The federal government says its budget is closer to balance than it was a year ago, but warns that its solid fiscal performance may not last.The Finance Department’s Fiscal Monitor says the deficit for the first three months of the 2012-13 fiscal year was $2 billion — less than half the $4.2-billion recorded for the same period last year.The department says that’s consistent with its plan to reduce the 2012-2013 deficit to $21.1 billion.[np-related /]But it also warns that a weak economy poses a mounting risk for the fiscal situation.The economy has been sluggish and Statistics Canada is reporting that growth in the second quarter of 2012 was just 1.8% at an annual rate.From April to June, federal revenues rose 4.7% because of higher income tax payments and a hike in the Employment Insurance rate, while expenses rose at a more modest pace.For the month of June alone, the deficit was $1.1 billion, compared with $2.3 billion for June 2011. read more


25 million needed to save great apes from extinction UN agencies say25 million needed to save great apes from extinction UN agencies say


“$25 million is the bare minimum we need, the equivalent of providing a dying man with bread and water,” the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, told the conference at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. “The clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes, animals that share more than 96 percent of their DNA with humans. If we lose any great ape species we will be destroying a bridge to our own origins, and with it part of our own humanity,” Mr. Toepfer said. Every one of the great ape species is at high risk of extinction, either in the immediate future or at best within 50 years, the agencies noted in a news release. Under UNEP and UNESCO auspices, representatives from the 23 great ape home “range states” in Africa and South-East Asia as well as donor governments, UN agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners of the Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP), are meeting to draw up nothing less than a survival plan for the world’s remaining gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. “Great apes form a unique bridge to the natural world,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told the meeting. “The forests they inhabit are a vital resource for humans everywhere, and for local people in particular a key source of food, water, medicine as well as a place of spiritual, cultural and economic value. Saving the great apes and the ecosystems they inhabit is not just a conservation issue but a key action in the fight against poverty.” The great apes are under increasing threat of extinction as the result of various human activities. Growing human populations encroaching on their habitat, civil wars, poaching for meat, the live animal trade, and above all, the destruction of forests are increasingly taking their toll. According to a recent UNEP report, “The Great Apes – the road ahead”, less than 10 per cent of their remaining forest habitat in Africa will be left relatively undisturbed by 2030 if road building, construction of mining camps and other infrastructure developments continue at current levels. Findings for the orangutans of South East-Asia appear even bleaker. The report indicates that in 28 years time there will be almost no habitat left that can be considered “relatively undisturbed.” Research indicates that the western chimpanzee has already disappeared from three African countries – Benin, the Gambia and Togo. UNEP and UNESCO, coordinators of GRASP, fear that if urgent action is not taken, the next wave of country-level extinction could occur in Senegal, where a mere 200 to 400 wild chimpanzees remain. Other countries where the fate of the western chimpanzee hangs in the balance include Ghana, which has just 300 to 500 left, and Guinea-Bissau where the population is down to less than 200 individual animals. Since it was launched in May 2001, GRASP has seen 16 of the 23 great ape range states apply new conservation measures. Policy making workshops have already been held in six of these countries, bringing together stakeholders from government, academia and private industry as well as NGOs and the UN. These have lead to the drafting of national plans that show exactly how the necessary funds can be applied to make a real difference to ape numbers on the ground. read more


Local celebration of migrant workers at Brock this SundayLocal celebration of migrant workers at Brock this Sunday


Troy Ebanks is one of the local migrant workers whose story will be part of Sunday’s presentation.This Sunday, Brock students will team up with performers from Niagara’s migrant worker community, St. Catharines-based NeXt Company Theatre and Niagara Dance to stage an event focusing on the lives and experiences of migrant workers in our region.The hour-long community-based event, Growing Together: A Celebration of Migrant Workers, features the stories of migrant workers told in short theatrical scenes and film accompanied by dance and music.It takes place Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at Brock.“This will be a vibrant and poetic representation of migrant worker life in Niagara,” said David Fancy, professor of Dramatic Arts and co-artistic director of NeXt.“It features heartfelt and hard-hitting stories of travel, adjustment and the working realities of these workers, which are based on real-life testimonials from local farmers and workers.”Thousands of migrant workers come to work in Niagara every year. Hailing from Mexico, the Caribbean and elsewhere, they are an integral part of the region’s annual $2.8 billion agricultural industry.The show is about an hour long and is suitable for all audiences. Tickets are $12 and available through the Centre for the Arts Box Office by calling 905-688-5550 x3257.All proceeds from the production will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children of migrant workers organized by Brock and Niagara College, and administered by the Niagara Community Foundation.The production is presented by NeXt in collaboration with the Brock Centre for the Arts, In the Orchard Arts, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the 25 member organizations of the Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group.• Click here to download a PDF of the poster read more


Scotlands underpressure police board chief resignsScotlands underpressure police board chief resigns


first_imgThe letter said Mr Flanagan appeared to treat Ms Ali in an “inappropriate manner. MSPs said the SPA’s “problems” lay with transparency and accountability and they criticised decisions to hold private “members’ meetings” to discuss governance without producing any public notes.Ms Ali told the committee last month that when she objected to proposals to hold meetings in private, Mr Flanagan wrote to her on Christmas Eve to express dissatisfaction with her views, and to suggest it would not be fair for her to continue to attend meetings.She said she had been told that expressing disagreement about the meetings in public was a resignation matter, and her “removal” from the board was “punishment for speaking out”.Mr Flanagan said in his statement on Wednesday: “I take pride in being a part of this chapter of policing history in Scotland and for the personal successes I have had since taking up the role in 2015 – in particular shaping a long-term strategy for Police Scotland, recruiting a new Chief Constable and senior leadership team, and setting a clear direction for bringing financial sustainability.”As a result, I am confident that the single police service in Scotland now has a solid platform from which to build an even better service for the people of Scotland. I hope that is a position on which we can build both consensus and momentum.” Andrew Flanagan at the justice sub-committeeCredit:Corbis News Mr Matheson said he was grateful to Mr Flanagan for his contribution as he announced a review of the support provided to the SPA board. Michael Matheson with Nicola Sturgeon at HolyroodCredit:Corbis News MSPs have been conducting an inquiry, alongside a probe by Derek Penman, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, into governance at the authority. He added: “Together with the Chief Constable, Andrew has led the development of the future strategy for policing, including extensive public consultation through the draft 2026 strategy.“However, he has acknowledged that mistakes have been made. He has offered a full and very public apology and made clear changes to transparency and governance in light of the concerns raised.“I have agreed that he will stand down from his role once a successor is identified and recruited through the public appointments process.”center_img michael matheson andrew flanagan The under-fire chairman of Scotland’s police watchdog has announced he is to stand down amid ongoing controversy over his conduct and the governance of the organisation.Andrew Flanagan is resigning from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), which oversees Police Scotland, after facing criticism from a former colleague and MSPs on two Holyrood committees.He said he would leave the role once a replacement was found to avoid being a distraction to the new 10-year policing strategy, adding: “Recent events have focused on my disagreement with a board member and perceptions of a wider lack of transparency in the SPA.”I have apologised to the former board member and put in place changes to the governance processes of the SPA.”There are many serious challenges faced by policing in Scotland but the continued media and parliamentary debate on these issues risks coming a prolonged distraction.”Mr Flanagan, chairman of the oversight body since September 2015, said he had concluded it was in the “best interests of policing” that he stand down.Last month, Jackie Baillie, convener of the public audit committee, wrote to Michael Matheson, the justice minister, the day after Moi Ali, a former board member of the SPA, accused Mr Flanagan of bullying her. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


High fibre diet can cut risk of early death by one thirdHigh fibre diet can cut risk of early death by one third


A diet rich in fibre can cut the risk of early death by up to a third, a study published in The Lancet suggests. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The analysis, which tracked dietary habits for nearly 40 years found that those who ate plenty of foods like fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread and pasta, and high fibre breakfast cereals, had far lower rates of major diseases. Overall, those eating such foods saw their risk of early death reduced by up to 30 per cent, the study found. High intake appeared to reduce incidence of heart disease, cancer, stroke, type two diabetes by up to 24 per cent. And it was associated with lower body weight and cholesterol levels, which experts said was likely to contribute to the improvements… read more


Leau du robinet ne serait pas toujours conforme selon lUFCQue ChoisirLeau du robinet ne serait pas toujours conforme selon lUFCQue Choisir


first_imgL’eau du robinet ne serait pas toujours conforme, selon l’UFC-Que ChoisirSelon l’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir, près de deux millions de personnes en France reçoivent une eau non conforme aux réglementations. Celle-ci est trop polluée et l’association accuse l’agriculture d’être à l’origine de 70% des contaminations.C’est une découverte préoccupante que vient de révéler une enquête menée par l’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir. Celle-ci souligne qu’environ deux millions de Français reçoivent aujourd’hui une eau du robinet qui ne respecte pas la législation en vigueur dans ce domaine. Pour arriver à un tel résultat, l’association a étudié six critères “traduisant les principales contaminations” : la qualité bactériologique et les teneurs en aluminium, radioactivité, pesticide, nitrates et sélénium. À lire aussiDe l’eau rendue potable par l’énergie solaire, c’est possible !”Le cocktail des principaux polluants décelés (pesticides, nitrates, sélénium) met en évidence les graves menaces que la pression agricole fait peser sur la ressource”, ajoute l’association. En effet, l’étude montre que les départements les plus touchés se situent “dans les zones où l’agriculture est la plus intensive : Bassin Parisien (Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Seine-et-Marne, Yonne), le Nord (Pas-de-Calais) et la Champagne (Marne, Aube)”. L’association souligne par ailleurs que l’utilisation des pesticides “n’a pas diminué en 10 ans”.Toutefois l’agriculture n’est pas la seule responsable de cette pollution de l’eau. Ainsi, 31% de la contamination serait à imputer “au défaut de traitement (qualité bactériologique, aluminium) et aux contaminations naturelles (radioactivité)”. Selon l’UFC qui publie la liste sur son site, “elles touchent 1.500 communes et 500.000 consommateurs”.Quelques réclamations font évidemment suite à ce constat et l’UFC demande de son côté “une protection efficace de tous les captages”, “une application du principe pollueur-payeur dans le domaine des pollutions agricoles” et que “les aides de la politique agricole commune (PAC) soient réservées aux modes de production s’inspirant des agricultures intégrées et biologiques”.Le 20 mars 2012 à 18:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


You Need To Be Reading Power Rangers from BOOM StudiosYou Need To Be Reading Power Rangers from BOOM Studios


first_imgStay on target There is no better time to be a Power Ranger fan than now. Today sees the release of the Power Rangers movie, and you can check out Geek.com’s review from MovieBob here, and the comic series,  launched a little over a year ago from BOOM! Studios have been perfectly capturing the spirit of the show. Luckily, with the release of the movie, Comixology is having a sale on the main series, which you can find here. So in anticipation for the movie, we’re gonna take a look at the great series that BOOM! has been putting out over the past year.The main series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, by writer Kyle Higgins and primary artist Hendry Prasyeta, follows the team after Tommy, the Green Ranger, has recently joined their ranks. Jumping right into the lore of the Power Rangers, and their villains, the series quickly set out to establish its place in the Power Ranger continuity with the introduction of the Evil Ranger, known as Lord Drakkon, in its second arc. Higgins and Prasyeta do something special with the Power Rangers franchise here, blending the characters and mythology of the show with more western superhero comic ideals. I don’t want to talk about it too much out of fear that I’ll spoil something, but just know that if you’re a fan of the Power Rangers series, superhero comics, or just a fun story, Mighty Morphin’ is the book for you.Writer Kyle Higgins is underrated to me, always putting out stellar work. He worked a lot on the Batman family during the New 52 relaunch, and his Nightwing run never got the love that I felt it deserved. His recent works for Image, C.O.W.L. and Hadrian’s Wall, showed that he could do a lot with a story and not rely on the bombastic energy of a superhero comics to keep readers interested.  Higgins’ tone and Prasyeta’s art find a balance between western superhero art and more manga-influenced eastern comics, which is super appropriate given that they are adapting a TV show that was brought to America by splicing up clips of a Japanese children’s show. The artwork always reminds me of a slightly grittier Legend of Korra, which I am not complaining about. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers legitimately feels like special, though, unlike many other licensed series, so Higgins and Prasyeta must be fans of the franchise for this book to be as good as it is.via BOOM! StudiosLaunched in June of last year, about six months after the main series started, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink followed the original Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart, as she struggles with her identity as both a superhero and as a member of the team. Written by Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Tini Howard, with art by Daniele Di NiCuolo, it was a mini-series only lasting six issues, with the book being consistently enjoyable. It felt like it shared the same passion and energy for the characters/franchise as the main series. The six issues have since been collected into a trade paperback, both of which are available in print or online.via BOOM! StudiosLastly is Justice League/Power Rangers, the first crossover that has been released since BOOM! took over the series. Written by Tom Taylor and with art by Stephen Byrne, the series follows the two teams colliding after their respective villains accidentally cause their universes to merge. Tom Taylor, the writer of the Injustice comic book based on the video game, seems to have a knack for getting his hands in a toybox and running wild with it, which clearly shows here. Artist Stephen Byrne is one of my favorite creators in comics, with a great style that lends itself especially well to the colorful chaos that this series has. The first three issues are out so far, and available in stores and online at Comixology. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) last_img read more


AFN keynote Haida master weaver talks on family heritageAFN keynote Haida master weaver talks on family heritage


first_imgAlaska Natives from all over the state are in Anchorage for the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Oct. 15-17. The keynote speaker is Haida master weaver Delores Churchill and her grandson, Haida master carver Donald Varnell. This fall, Churchill was in Petersburg to hold a weaving workshop.Download AudioDelores Churchill shows a photo album of her weaving during a recent visit to Petersburg. Photo/Angela DenningDressed in black with her silver hair neatly parted to one side Delores Churchill sits on a couch surrounded by photos of her work. Some are in albums and others are spread out on the seat and she can remember details of each one.Delores Churchill was born on Canada’s Queen Charlotte Islands. She started weaving at age five at school as a way for Haida speaking children to learn English. The weaver was Churchill’s mother, Selina Peratrovich.“And because she was my mother I wouldn’t listen,” Churchill said. ” I just kept making my own style basket.”She doesn’t remember the details but the basket wasn’t cylindrical like her mother wanted. The school’s baskets were sent to a contest in Victoria, British Columbia where Churchill’s won first place. The prize was a whopping $5.“In 1930 $5 was like a hundred now,” Churchill said. “So, my mother called me to the front. She gave me the blue ribbon. And then she called my best friend up and she gave her the $5. I was so angry the blue ribbon she had pinned on me I threw on the ground and I stomped on it and said, ‘I hate basketry anyway’ (laughs).”Delores Churchill wove this hat out of spruce root. Photo shared via kfsk.org.Churchill didn’t try weaving again until she was an adult. She realized that the only Haida weavers left were her mother and sister so she decided to take a class at the community college in Ketchikan where her mother was the teacher. At first her mother didn’t want her in the class but the head of the art department convinced her otherwise. Learning the craft was a good thing too because now Churchill is known all over the world as an expert Haida weaver of baskets, robes, hats, and other regalia. She uses spruce root and red cedar bark.“With the cedar bark all you do is pull the bark off the tree, you split it in several layers and then you could pull it through a stripper so that you have even warp and even weft,” she said.Spruce root weaving is even more difficult starting with finding the right tree roots. Then the roots have to be split and graded uniformly, with the same width and thickness.Churchill says preparing materials for weaving takes a lot of practice.“Especially spruce root because you’re putting it in your mouth when you split it and you’re holding it between your teeth,” Churchill said. “I still have a lot of my mother’s warp that she split and they’re paper thin. I still can’t do that paper thin. I never will.”Learning from her mother who was a nationally recognized weaver was no small thing.“It really took me like two years before she thought I was ready. In fact, when I start weaving she burned my baskets for like three or four years,” she said, “because she thought they weren’t good enough because she said, ‘if you tell somebody I taught you and you have a lumpy bumpy basket, I don’t want you to tell them I taught you,’ (laughs) so she burned them.”Now, at age 86, Churchill doesn’t hold it against her mother.“I think I’m a lot like her and so she always was very independent and did things her own way,” Churchill said.Delores Churchill made this basket showing the different techniques of the cresting wave.Although Churchill is Haida she’s mastered other styles of weaving beyond her own tribe. She said it’s not the pattern or the material that makes it one tribe or another. It’s the technique.“Haida’s hold it upside down and then the Tsimshian hold it right side up and the Tlingit’s hold it right side up,” she said.Tlingit’s also use maiden hair fern and grass to decorate. But the knowledge of how to create it, that’s the part that Churchill worries is on its way out. There are efforts to keep it alive though and Churchill is a part of that. But it takes a special motivation…“You know you get so little for your weaving it actually has to be somebody really dedicated to weaving,” she said. “You could make more being a secretary. You could make more even being a maid.”Even though weaving can take years to master Churchill feels hopeful. She says there are some excellent weavers around, like in Hoonah, and if they teach others the skills that they know, then the intricate craft will not die out.last_img read more


Medias W N05E in wings as twoscreen smartphoneMedias W N05E in wings as twoscreen smartphone


first_img © 2013 Phys.org IPhone to get larger screen: A report to take with a grain of salt? Credit: Diginfo.tv As for text entry, the carrier is promoting the keyboard feature as easy to use and ideal for users keen on action on social networking sites, along with those who like the idea of a having a new sort of mini-tablet. Turned on its side, the bottom screen can behave as the keyboard.Outside Japan, bloggers are already posing questions about what a two-screen form factor could mean with regard to predictions that the “phablet” form factor is poised for takeoff. The nuance is in bigger smartphones biting into established lines of smaller tablets. Estimates so far point to 2018 as the year phablets will show their strength in accounting for 25 percent of smartphone sales. At the same time, tech watchers have noted that power issues could keep two-screen form factors from marketplace takeoff right away, but the new Medias W is worth watching nonetheless. Explore further (Phys.org)—Springtime will spring a new two-screen smartphone in Japan from NTT Do Como, and there is a lot of talk in the air already about what the new Medias WN-05E will spell for a rising tide of form factors now dubbed “phablets.” The two-screens in this phone are hinged back to back and provide the user with the opportunity to use the screens independently of each other—playing a game on one screen, for example, while checking out a map on the other screen—or having the two screens behave as one bigger screen. The smartphone is slated for an April release; pricing and a time frame to launch the phone outside Japan are not yet known. Citation: Medias W N-05E in wings as two-screen smartphone (2013, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-medias-n-05e-wings-two-screen-smartphone.html The two-screen Medias W, with an 8.1MP camera, is an Android 4.1 smartphone; there are two 960 x 540 4.3-inch screens displays, and it has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor. The LCD screens are on the outside of the clamshell rather than the inside. The clamshell-shaped device, when unhinged, has screens that can operate side to side if you wish to multitask, or can be combined into a larger screen. DigInfo TV has carried a video showing the phone and its functions. A map is shown on both screens; a user could check out a map on the bigger screen, putting up with the line seam in the middle, but would be able to pinch and zoom across the pair of screens. More information: www.nttdocomo.com/pr/2013/001624.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


AI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It Heres a Look atAI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It Heres a Look at


first_img Try to conceptualize all the medical knowledge in the world. How many books would it fill? How many topics would it cover? How many years would it take to learn in its entirety?Now, imagine it doubling.In 1950, researchers predicted it would take about 50 years for all available medical knowledge to double. But in 2020, estimates peg it at just 73 days.Enter artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not humanly possible for medical professionals to keep up with the influx of constant new information about health conditions, treatments and medical technology. That’s why the healthcare industry is a real growth opportunity for AI and machine learning — and the companies creating smart tools. Healthcare’s artificial intelligence market should increase elevenfold between 2014 and 2021, according to research from Accenture — that’s $600 million to $6.6 billion.The difference between AI and machine learningFirst, a quick detour to define AI and machine learning. Remember your elementary school teacher telling you that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? AI and machine learning have a similar relationship: Machine learning is one application of AI, and it operates on the premise that machines can use extensive amounts of data to learn for themselves and eventually recognize more of the unknown. AI — the advancement of computer systems to perform tasks usually limited to humans — is a broader concept that can be used for other applications besides machine learning. This has constantly developing implications for both consumer health and the healthcare industry as a whole.How AI is transforming healthcare todayMachine learning easily integrates with aspects of the healthcare industry that have extensive data sets and past examples readily available. The software can learn patterns to help detect tumors, recommend diagnoses and even predict details of a patient’s hospital stay. For example, Google recently introduced a new algorithm for a certain type of software called a neural network. The company’s new algorithm aims to predict hospital patient outcomes such as length of stay, chances of readmission and odds of death.But it’s not all about poring over data sets: AI tools can also serve as consultants for medical professionals. Take IBM’s Watson supercomputer, for example. Introduced in 2010, it combines AI with analytical software to answer questions — and the company says it’s processed more than 115,000 patients and consumers. Researchers are constantly publishing new information and breakthroughs on certain conditions, so many doctors use Watson to stay up to date on the latest findings, says Alan Smeaton, professor of computing at Dublin City University. The software is in use in hospitals around the country to help doctors gauge the impact of certain symptoms, come to a diagnosis and make decisions.As for how doctors feel about the new tools available? It all depends on whether something improves their work with respect to their ultimate authority, says Robert Kaul, CEO of Cloud DX, a medical device technology company. As long as medical professionals have the final say on a diagnosis, “we found clinicians are actually excited about the concept,” he says. But AI and machine learning tools in healthcare have a high bar to meet. Although human error is one of the principal reasons AI is being introduced to healthcare in the first place, one wrong turn with an AI tool could mean setbacks in the public eye and the industry itself — especially when it comes to potential bias.“We know people of color are much less likely to get good healthcare, as are low income people in rural areas,” says American civil rights activist Maya Wiley. “Is the data essentially biasing outcomes because of insufficient data? And what does it mean to collect that data?”Opportunities for entrepreneursIBM’s Watson is a more-or-less unique industry tool with minimal competition, Smeaton says. Entrepreneurs looking to break into AI should know that 30 percent of businesses are predicted to incorporate AI before 2019. That’s up from just 13 percent last year, according to Spiceworks, an information technology company. And a foray into AI for healthcare could mean even more growth. That’s because in the modern world, “data is currency,” Kaul says. In an industry where every individual’s health data could fill 300 million books during their lifetime, there’s plenty of financial opportunity in making sense of that information.In that same vein, some entrepreneurs are incorporating AI into wearable health devices to save consumers time and money. These tools could democratize some aspects of healthcare that used to require a hospital visit — think assessments for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and more. One example is Sensoria Fitness, a company that creates AI wearables for runners. Currently, postural sway (or likelihood of falling) is measured by expensive in-hospital machinery. But research published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) shows that Sensoria’s “smart sock” embedded with sensors could be a viable substitute to help predict balance impairment in a low-cost way.Similarly, some AI wearables allow individuals to share real-time health data with doctors. Qardio, an AI health company, introduced an ECG/EKG wearable that promises a higher diagnostic yield — or a better chance of collecting the information necessary for a diagnosis — in a much shorter amount of time. That, in turn, could lead to shelling out less money for health insurance premiums.Related: Who Needs Smartwatches? These 7 AI Wearables Can Boost Focus, Fitness and Health.Why this field could be the futureOver the past decade, the healthcare industry has focused on digitizing medical records. Now, the problem is managing those massive data sets — so any infrastructure that can make that possible should be in high demand over the coming years.“[Using AI], we can take a run at solving some of the hard and some of the previously impossible-to-solve problems in healthcare and in life sciences in general,” says Zachary Bogue, co-founder and co-managing partner of DCVC, a deep tech and AI venture fund. He says he believes the value of the field will “increase materially — and likely increase exponentially” over the next five years.Bogue says he sees entrepreneurs in his company’s office every week claiming to have the world’s best AI algorithms, but he asks them, “How long will that lead last?” It’s important to have something to carry you past the initial idea. Bogue’s fund invests in entrepreneurs with three elements, he says: world-class AI algorithms, deep industry experience and a proprietary data set (or access to one). He says it’s a “huge opportunity right now” because the healthcare industry has many proprietary or semi-proprietary data sets that entrepreneurs can access through partnering with different organizations.One more tip for entrepreneurs looking to break into the space? Founders should be both experts in AI and in healthcare — and if you’re one or the other, it’s a good idea to seek out a co-founder whose experience complements yours.“Healthcare is such a huge, lumbering industry and [so] incredibly complicated,” Bogue says, “that a plucky young AI expert is going to have a very hard time solving any hard problems without … aligning him- or herself with someone with deep industry experience, and vice versa.” July 11, 2018 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min readlast_img read more


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first_imgFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 43 commentsThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Microsoft never failed to mention that the company’s Windows 10 operating system was the fastest growing operating system the company ever produced.Considering that Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to any customer running a machine with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is not really that much of a surprise.More interesting is the question how Windows 10 would do once the free ride is over. Statistics for September 2016 indicate that the system is not doing that well.If you check the stats over on Netmarketshare you will notice that the service recorded a decline in use between August and September 2016.For August, it recorded an all-time high of 22.99%, and for September a decline to 22.53%. Third-party tracking services are never accurate though but growth slowed down considerably especially if you consider that Netmarketshare recorded a growth of 1.86% from July to August.Microsoft ended the free offer officially at the end of July, but upgrades to Windows 10 are still free despite Microsoft’s claims that they are not.The monthly updated statistics of Valve’s gaming platform Steam show a similar picture. Valve recorded an increase by 0.04% for Windows 10 in September 2016 to 47.48%.Windows 10 has been the most popular operating system on Steam for a while likely because gamers are more inclined to upgrade their computer systems than other user groups.StatCounter statistics confirm the observation. The company saw a rise of 0.05% in September 2016 for Windows 10 to 22.24%.CausesIt is pretty clear that the effect of the ending of the free upgrade offer have caused growth to slow to a crawl. The one month delay can be explained by how and when stats are updated by the services.It seems likely that growth won’t pick up pace any time soon. While it may get a boost during the holiday season when more PCs get sold, it seems likely that the impact will be minimal.There are not many events in the future that could accelerate growth again. Microsoft plans to end extended support for Windows Vista in 2017, but Vista is hardly relevant anymore these days. Even if that would be the case, users might consider staying on Vista like XP users did years ago, or upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 instead.Microsoft could consider running another promotion but has not made any announcement yet in this regard.Now You: Is Windows 10’s growth period over? What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawlDescriptionThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgSearch engine Ixquick.eu redirects to Startpage.com by Martin Brinkmann on April 02, 2018 in Internet – 35 commentsThe search engine Ixquick.eu will start to redirect to the search engine Startpage.com later today.The privacy-focused search engines are maintained by the privately owned Dutch company Surfboard Holdings B.V. One of the company’s main goals is to deliver “the most relevant search results under the largest possible umbrella of privacy” to users.The motivation behind the move is to focus on a single brand and domain to increase efficiency.We reviewed Ixquick Search back in 2012 for the first time and followed the rise of privacy-focused search engines like Ixquick, Startpage or DuckDuckGo since.Ixquick and Startpage used two different sources for search results initially. Whereas Startpage used Google as its source, Ixquick used a number of sources and used ranking algorithms to rank the data it retrieved from its sources.Ixquick was merged with Startpage back in 2016. While the service maintained its own domain address, name and design, it delivered the same set of results as Startpage as of 2016.The redirect of the Ixquick.eu domain to Startpage.com marks the next step in the process. Ixquick will redirect to Startpage automatically; the change won’t impact search results, as those are already identical.In fact, the only change that Ixquick users may notice is that searches run on startpage.com now and that the search engine’s name changed from “Startpage by ixquick” to “Startpage”.Company engineers have implemented the quick answers feature on Startpage which returns direct answers or information to queries directly. Startpage plans to expand the functionality by adding more sources in the coming months.The company has big plans for Startpage. It plans to launch a new look and new features this year, and improve existing features such as the service’s privacy proxy which you may use to access results through a proxy to protect your privacy.Startpage announced the change last week on the official company blogNow You: Which search engines do you use?Related articles10 Quick tips to improve StartPage Search furtherFive Startpage Tips to improve your search experienceIt may be time to switch to DuckDuckGo or Startpage for web searchStartpage and Ixquick search engines improve user privacy furtherUse the Startpage Proxy to browse websites anonymouslySummaryArticle NameSearch engine Ixquick.eu redirects to Startpage.comDescriptionThe search engine Ixquick.eu will start to redirect to the search engine Startpage.com later today. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


Czechs to ease ban on spirits salesCzechs to ease ban on spirits sales


first_img Check your body, save your life Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix PRAGUE (AP) – The Czech prime minister says his government will ease a ban on the sales of spirits that was adopted because of methanol poisoning that has killed 26 people.Petr Necas says hard liquor that was produced before Jan. 1 is considered safe and can be sold again starting Thursday.Necas said any other alcohol needs to have a certificate of origin, and newly made spirits need new government stamps.The government banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content Sept. 14. Those spirits that had to be removed from shelves after the ban will have to have a new safety certificate. The announcement came after police discovered the source of the poisoning.Necas said Wednesday a ban on exports to the EU should be lifted soon.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more


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