Go back to the e-newsletterFollowing the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, New Orleans is a city reinvigorated. The 300-year-old Crescent City long ago established itself as one of America’s great cities by creating its own distinctive mark in literature, art, cuisine and – of course – music. Hurricane Katrina could not halt its momentum, instead inspiring a wealth of new ideas that has kept the city’s tourism afloat.In the words of Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, addressing IPW 2016’s attendees, “Please, relax and allow yourself to be immersed in our unique culture, cuisine, music and laissez-faire spirit … We think you will quickly recognise that you are in a special place, and begin to understand why New Orleans is knows as, “the city that care forgot” and the “Crescent City” among others.“There has never been a better time to experience New Orleans … Thanks to the dedication of locals and visitors alike, New Orleans is experiencing an amazing economic and cultural renaissance. As we prepare for its tricentennial celebration in 2018, our city is bustling with progress and innovation. From the opening of a new airport in 2018, a billion-dollar revitalisation project taking place along the riverfront, to small independent businesses in the historic neighbourhoods of Treme, Bywater, Magazine Street and Faubourg Marigny, business is robust and our joie de vivre has never been more passionate.”Perry likens a visit to New Orleans to a sensory reshuffle: “When you come to New Orleans, its like your molecules rearrange a little bit.”At the IPW 2015 press conference, Perry promised a variety of unique, only-in-New Orleans experiences, “If you haven’t been to New Orleans in the past few years, you’re going to be astonished … It looks different, it feels different. And the great thing about our tours and tour guides is that, instead of ‘normal tours’, in New Orleans you get to do things like take a voodoo tour at midnight, and literary tours to see where Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, great literary artists have written.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Categories: News,Yaroch News State Rep. Jeff Yaroch joined his fellow representatives during a Capitol press conference today, adding to the bipartisan support for an 11-bill package geared toward expanding government transparency.“Government that truly works for the people is also accountable to the people,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “What we do to help the citizens of Michigan must be open to public review whether you’re the governor, a state senator or a representative from the city of Richmond.”The House legislation seeks to make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) while also creating a disclosure system for the House and Senate called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). LORA would keep specific private records exempt, such as a legislator’s communication with a district resident and records involved in an ongoing litigation.The package was assigned to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.“We have listened to the public’s call for greater accountability and transparency,” Yaroch said. “I hope to vote on this soon.”### 01Feb Rep. Yaroch keeps promise to be accountable
The first rule of soccer is pretty obvious: don’t use your hands. But soccer’s signature move, heading the ball, can cause a detectable impact on players’ brains. And according to a study published Tuesday in Radiology, female players are more sensitive to the impact than males. The study authors found that female amateur soccer players who frequently head balls showed more white matter brain alterations than their male counterparts. The study included 49 women and 49 men, ages 18 to 50, and examined MRI imaging of players’ brains. Each female player was compared to a male player of a similar age and with other similar characteristics including frequency of heading exposure. Lead author Michael Lipton, a neuroradiologist and neuroscientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, says white matter in the brain can be compared to fiber optic cable, which connects a network of computer. White matter is made up thread-like axon nerve fibers that connect neurons to each other, and their protective covering, myelin. Heading causes these brain tissues to become disorganized, Lipton says. His previous research found that these abnormalities accompany poorer cognitive function associated with memory or attention issues when associated with heading. “The most important finding here is that we see that in women’s brains, actually looking at brain tissue, there seems to be a greater sensitivity to repetitive, very low-level injury relative to men,” he says. An important note about this research, Lipton says, is that it isn’t about concussions. Instead, it’s measuring “sub-concussive injuries,” or repeated impacts that don’t cause any immediate, acknowledged problem for the player, but could be problematic in the long-term.”It’s actually more important to define what’s happening in people that are not yet symptomatic, because that’s where there’s still an opportunity to head off long-term problems,” he says.It’s already known that female soccer players are at a higher risk of concussion than males. Wellington Hsu, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University, led a decade-long study of injuries among high school athletes that found this. But the current study gives additional evidence that women are more susceptible to the impact of heading, and shows more areas of women’s brains are susceptible to potential injury than men’s. Hsu, who was not involved in the current study, says while it’s not possible to draw firm conclusions from the study alone, it suggests a path forward for making the sport safer.”What I think this paper may lead to is further research in the preventative mechanisms of concussions, whether or not it’s a brace or a helmet or heading technique or a different way we think about this in men and women,” Hsu says. Women are more likely to report concussion-related symptoms than men, but Lipton says there has been debate over whether women actually are more sensitive or just more likely to speak up. This study confirms that there are changes in the tissue of women’s brains after these repetitive hits from the soccer ball that are different from men in a similar situation. “This is the first time anybody has put a definitive piece of information behind what has been a contentious dispute as to whether women’s brains are intrinsically more sensitive, or whether it’s an artifact of reporting of symptoms,” Lipton says.It’s unclear why women more biologically likely to be affected by repetitive heading. Lipton says it could have to do with sex hormones, or with the fact that women typically having less body and muscle mass than their male counterparts.Thomas Kaminski, a professor of kinesiology and applied physiology at the University of Delaware, who was not involved in the study, says that the differences in these changes in the brain could have to do with neck strength. Women typically have weaker necks and smaller heads than men. Does this research mean women should hang up their cleats forever? Probably not, says Lipton. There are a lot of brain health benefits to getting active, and women are actually okay to head the ball up to a certain point.”We’re not saying that you head the ball and then you’re brain injured,” Lipton says. “The data consistently shows that there seems to be some level of exposure to these repeated impacts which is pretty well tolerated by most people. It’s really a matter of figuring out how much is too much.”Lipton says he hopes to find out if there’s a safe threshold on heading impact for women. The latest FIFA data shows 265 million people play soccer across the globe, and Lipton says, adverse effects when multiplied by that many people “potentially [pose] a huge public health concern.” “The problem isn’t that [soccer is] creating all kinds of vegetative, brain damaged people,” he says. “But what’s the potential benefit of athletics that’s being given up by the effect of this kind of repeated head injury? And is there a way to strike a balance so that people can benefit maximally and not incur the adverse effects?”Kaminski says it would be interesting to take this research one step forward and explore this problem in youth. In the U.S., youth players can start heading the ball at age 11. He thinks it’s worth questioning whether that age cutoff should be older. Parents are faced with the issue of wanting their kids to be active but safe at the same time, he says.”What happens if [children] head the ball ten times, or a hundred times?” he says. “Would you see these changes? Those are the big question marks I have.”Carla Garcia, a Brooklyn resident and participant in the study, has been playing soccer since she was five. Now 52, she says these results probably won’t change the way she plays, but if she were younger, she would consider heading the ball a bit less. She joined the study as a way to give back to the sport she loves — and she even wants to donate her brain to science to help researchers understand brain injuries. “I think it probably over the long term will have an effect on the way that younger women and younger people play, and I got involved for that reason,” she says. “I thought that Dr. Lipton and his colleagues could find the way to make it safer for kids to play.”Sara Kiley Watson is NPR’s Science desk intern. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Even as it faces setbacks with its high-flying drone, Facebook is looking toward other efforts to beam internet from the sky to under-connected areas of the world. Next Article 4 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. After Facebook’s Aquila internet-beaming drone crashed during a test flight last year, the company’s engineers realized it would take years before its key strength — the ability to beam internet signals via millimeter wave technology — would be ready.The reasons for the delay are as much regulatory as they are technical, according to Yael Maguire, the head of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. Speaking at the company’s annual f8 developers conference here on Wednesday, he explained that it could take up to 10 years before Facebook can realize the full potential of the drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but weighs less than a Toyota Prius. Besides building a reliable plane, the company also has to secure the permits to use the millimeter wave spectrum that will connect it to the ground.So even as the Connectivity Lab forges ahead on the drone project — it is still testing Aquila prototypes, one of which was on display here (above) — it is turning towards other rapid-deployment aeronautical innovations that could help connect more of the 4.1 billion people who Maguire claims don’t have reliable internet access.One of them, nicknamed “Tether-tenna,” is a small autonomous helicopter equipped with a tether to a fiber line that can stay aloft for more than a day. It’s one of a few tools in Facebook’s arsenal to solve the problem that Google, Verizon and other companies have experienced in their fiber buildouts: delivering fiber to individual homes and businesses is incredibly costly and complicated.”Connectivity starts with fiber, but it doesn’t end there,” Maguire said. “Fiber is the backbone,” he explained, but it’s too expensive and takes too long to expect it to deliver fast and reliable internet in the rural and remote areas where it’s needed most. So the idea is that those zones will get wireless links to the closest fiber infrastructure via the Tether-tenna, among other wireless bridges.Maguire said the Tether-tenna is “just a few years out” from commercial deployment, unlike the 10 years that Aquila will take. It will complement the previously announced Terragraph project, which aims to bring low-cost, ground-based antennas to the rural areas of developing nations. If a Terragraph-served area is affected by a flood or other natural disaster, for instance, the Tether-tenna could quickly step in to fill the void created by the damaged antennas or other internet infrastructure.Of course, flying helicopters (even pilot-less ones tethered to the ground) costs much more than flying a fixed-wing craft like the Aquila. Maguire claimed that the Terra-tenna and other projects will improve the price, performance and speed of internet connections, but one thing Facebook hasn’t talked much about in its infrastructure unveilings is the profitability of its designs, other than to say they’re part of the company’s general mission to connect more people to the internet.And even as Facebook continues to experiment with planes, helicopters and Terragraph (which is now in testing mode here in San Jose, just a few blocks from where Maguire was speaking), it still cannot avoid the need to build more fiber. So it is doing that, too: a recently announced project in Uganda involves building a 448-mile fiber line to provide backhaul connectivity covering more than 3 million people.But perhaps more than any technical or regulatory challenge, the company’s mission to deliver better internet access to underserved areas is also threatened by broader social and economic factors. By some estimates, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, up from just over half today. So many of those 4.1 billion people without access will simply move to better-connected urban areas over the next 10 years, before Aquila and Terra-tenna get the chance to really soar. Tom Brant News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Add to Queue Facebook Really Wants to Beam Internet From Planes April 20, 2017 Facebook Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Image credit: via PC Mag
Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Erin Andrews Reportedly Reaches Settlement With Nashville Marriott Owner April 25, 2016 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 06: Sportscaster Erin Andrews attends DirecTV Super Saturday Night Co-hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on Reuters Television personality Erin Andrews has reached a settlement with the owner and operator of the Nashville hotel where a nude video of her that went viral was secretly recorded, according to media reports on Monday.Terms of the agreement are confidential and the matter is now over, according to newspaper the Tennessean, the ABC TV affiliate in Nashville and E! News — all of which cited Andrews’ lawyer. He could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.A jury in March found the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University liable for the video and awarded Andrews $55 million in damages to be paid by the hotel and the man who shot the video.The settlement was reached hours before lawyers were expected to return to court for an issue that could have left the hotel companies paying more, the Tennessean reported.Andrews sued the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University over a 2008 video taken by a stalker in an adjoining room and posted on the Internet in 2009. Andrews, a Fox Sports personality who formerly worked for ESPN, had sought $75 million in damages.The video was taken by Michael David Barrett, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to stalking Andrews and making the video. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.Barrett asked the hotel to put him in a room next to Andrews’ after an employee confirmed that she was staying there on a certain date. He rigged a peephole to shoot the video of Andrews while she was changing.The parties who were found liable were West End Hotel Partners, the investment group that owned the Nashville Marriott, and the operating company of the hotel at the time, Windsor Capital Group. Marriott International Inc. was originally named in Andrews’ lawsuit, but the judge removed it.The jury found that the hotel is liable for 49 percent of the $55 million in damages, or $26.95 million, while Barrett is liable for 51 percent of the damages, equivalent to $28.05 million.(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis) Image credit: (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for DirecTV Reuters 37shares erin andrews Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5
The sensor can also be used in agriculture research to monitor the root tip growth under high-salinity environments.”This might shed more light for salt-tolerant crop research,” Dr Pei said. Source:University of AdelaideJournal reference:Pei, J.V. et al. (2019) Development of a Photoswitchable Lithium-Sensitive Probe to Analyze Nonselective Cation Channel Activity in Migrating Cancer Cells. Molecular Pharmacology. doi.org/10.1124/mol.118.115428. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 22 2019A new fluorescent sensor developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide can detect migrating cancer cells and could be used to target medication to stop metastasis in aggressive cancers.Metastasis – the uncontrolled migration of cancer cells which creates new tumours at different locations in the body – is a major cause of cancer-related deaths.Research at the University of Adelaide has shown mammalian proteins known as ‘aquaporins’ are essential for enabling rapid migration in certain classes of aggressive cancer cells.Aquaporin-1 (AQP1) facilitates movement of water and small solutes like ions across membranes. The levels of AQP1 in cancers rise as the severity of the disease worsens.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessarySugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe new photoswitchable ion probe was developed by University of Adelaide researchers from the Adelaide Medical School, Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.It allows real-time imaging of AQP1 function in living cells as they move, creating a new capability for streamlined drug discovery for these channels using optical screening.Postdoctoral researcher Dr Victor Pei, from The Aquaporin Physiology & Drug Discovery Laboratory at The University of Adelaide, said the discovery was applicable to many types of cancer, especially aggressive types like lung, bowel and brain cancers. This valuable tool will enable the possibility to screen drugs targeting AQP1 in a fast-paced way.We are currently developing a fast and efficient drug screening method by incorporating the new sensor. By using this method we can screen hundreds and thousands of drugs and identify potential drugs that might slow down cancer cell migration.We have already made significant progress in developing our drug screening method. At the same time, we also have designed a library of novel drug candidates ready to be screened using this method.”Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Victor Pei, The Aquaporin Physiology & Drug Discovery Laboratory, The University of Adelaide
Fast growth at its US mobile unit should help boost earnings in 2018, Deutsche Telekom said Wednesday Citation: Deutsche Telekom confident after Q1 profit bump (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-deutsche-telekom-confident-q1-profit.html © 2018 AFP Deutsche Telekom rings up big profits thanks to US tax reform Germany’s Deutsche Telekom lifted its earnings forecast for 2018 on Wednesday as it presented first-quarter results, saying fast growth especially in US arm T-Mobile would juice its operating income. 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. Net profit at the firm increased 32.8 percent year-on-year between January and March, to 992 million euros ($1.2 billion).The group reported falling revenues, down 3.9 percent at 17.9 billion euros, as currency headwinds from the strong euro clouded the growth picture.Operating, or underlying profit also fell 11.6 percent, to 5.3 billion euros.Nevertheless, “we will remain on course for success in 2018,” chief executive Tim Hoettges said, pointing to Telekom’s “unique” growth and slightly increasing the group’s annual forecast for adjusted operating profit to 23.3 billion euros.In the first quarter, the former state telecoms provider passed a milestone of 10 million German customers connected to the internet via its fibre-optic lines.And Telekom booked continuing growth at carrier T-Mobile US, with 1.4 million net new customers and a double-digit year-on-year increase in adjusted operating profit.But it offered was no new information about its proposed merger of the unit with competitor Sprint, which would combine the third- and fourth-largest mobile operators in America. Analysts and observers fear the tie-up could be blocked by US antitrust regulators. Explore further
Illustration of Tonn’s new antenna. Credit: Troy Carter/TechLink On New Year’s Day, 2019, Navy engineer David A. Tonn received his twenty-eighth U.S. patent, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 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. Patent talk: Wireless charging using Wi-Fi routers Titled “Dual Mode Slotted Monopole Antenna,” the novel antenna design could soon be connecting your cell phone to the internet. (U.S. Patent 10,170,841)Slotted antennas are commonly used in telecommunication towers and television broadcast antennas. Unlike a standard antenna, the slots allow the antenna to be pointed in a particular direction. The Navy uses these types of antennas for radar applications and communicating with towed sonar buoys.Until now, slotted cylinder antennas have been limited by what’s called a cutoff frequency, beyond which the antenna effectively shorts out. Tonn’s work has successfully given cylinder slot antennas the ability to also act as a monopole antenna beyond the cutoff frequency by “floating” the antenna above the ground plane with a capacitor.Tonn, an expert in maritime antennas at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, tested his design using a 12-inch copper prototype, but the patent notes that it “can be scaled to other portions of the RF spectrum, making it useful in the realm of commercial communications, e.g., digital television, cellular telephone service, etc.”Businesses that want to bring the antenna to market can now acquire it by applying for a patent license from the Navy. Under the business-friendly umbrella of technology transfer, patent license agreements allow federal laboratories to assign their intellectual property rights to a business or entrepreneur and facilitate access to inventors and technical data.TechLink, a nonprofit organization that specializes in federal technology transfer, helps companies prepare a commercialization plan and patent license application at no charge. Since 1999, TechLink has helped hundreds of companies, large and small, realize commercial success with federal inventions through the development of new and improved products and services. Explore further Citation: Navy engineer gets New Year’s Day patent for dual mode slotted antenna (2019, January 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-navy-year-day-patent-dual.html Provided by TechLink
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Chhattisgarh: Man fined, ordered to throw feast for marrying off son at Arya Samaj templeRamesh Kumar married off his son to a woman of his community at an Arya Samaj temple due to poverty.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:22 IST Ramesh Kumar said that a few people of his community ill-treated him as they were not happy with the wedding. (Photo: ANI)A man in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh was imposed a fine and ordered to organise a feast by a few people of his community after he married off his son at an Arya Samaj temple. The man, identified as Ramesh Kumar of Tumgaon village, belongs to Dhobi community.Ramesh Kumar married off his son to a woman of his community at an Arya Samaj temple due to poverty. He later filed a complaint after a few people from his community harassed him.In his complaint, Ramesh Kumar said that a few people of his community ill-treated him as they were not happy with the wedding. The victim has alleged that he was boycotted from his reason for the same reason.Santosh Singh, SP Mahasamund, said, “Ramesh Kumar from Tumgaon filed a complaint that a few people of his community ill-treated him as they were not happy with the wedding. They fined him and he was boycotted as well.”An FIR has been registered in connection with the case and an investigation is underway.Also Read | Unity march in Hauz Qazi as temple gets new statuesAlso Read | Make law that allows having only 2 children: Giriraj SinghFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next