first_img Explore further Citation: Volkswagen shows all-electric four-seater at Wolfsburg meet (2013, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The vehicle has been designed as a four-seater, with a top speed of 84mph (135km). The e-up! all electric car is being suggested as a vehicle for daily use in the city, for daily commuting, and as a second car.Other selling points will be that it operates with almost no noise; there are stylish LED running lights and machine-polished wheels. The interior design features light gray seat covers with blue top-stitched seams. “Leather and chrome accents” convey “a puristic impression,” according to the company release. The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the ‘fuel door’. The Combined Charging System is presented as an option. The system was standardized by the company along with other car makers. ( —The Volkswagen e-up!, an all-electric city car, is not for sale just yet, but this week the first-ever Volkswagen production electric vehicle was “unveiled” at a press and investors gathering in Wolfsburg, Germany, company headquarters. The news that EV watchers will want to know most about this new vehicle, as with any EV announcement these days, will center around practical concerns such as how long does it run before the battery power is depleted, and charging requirements. As for the e-up! it has an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a 93-mile range (150km) and provides the driver with a dual charging system. The battery is integrated under the floor area. A “Combined Charging System” supports AC and DC charging. The advantage of this, said the company, is that the driver can more easily charge the car at any charging station without worrying about the right power source. Also, it can be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LAcenter_img More information: … oeffentlichkeit.html This year the e-up! will have another debut, this time its “fair premiere” at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt later this year. Orders will start up after that. At the time of this writing, expectations were that the car would be sold outside the US. © 2013 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

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) and (c) show numerical states in real space. (b) and (d) show examples of the analogue “magnetic states” on a torus in momentum space. Credit: Price, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society More information: Hannah M. Price, et al. “Quantum Mechanics with a Momentum-Space Artificial Magnetic Field.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.190403 ( —Normally, the strength of a magnetic field increases as you get closer to a magnet and decreases as you move further away—a concept easily understood when placing magnets near a refrigerator, for instance. But recent research has shown that exotic “momentum-space artificial magnetic fields” can be created where the strength of the magnetic field depends on how fast a particle moves, instead of where the particle is. In other words, the roles of position and momentum are swapped. Electrons moving in a magnetic field exhibit strange quantum behavior “However, what if we could find equations in terms of ‘momentum states’ that had an analogous mathematical structure? Then we could draw an analogy with magnetism: we would get the same quantum physics but where the ‘position’ must be swapped everywhere with the ‘momentum.'”The equations could be understood as describing a particle in an ‘artificial momentum-space magnetic field.'”As has been previously shown by other physicists, it turns out that momentum-space magnetic fields are indeed real. They occur when energy bands with Berry curvature are created, and a weak additional external potential is added. “A key message in our paper is to say, ok you have found this quantum equation with a’momentum-space magnetic field,’ so why don’t you solve it to look at the quantum dynamics of a particle?” Price explained. “You have all the ingredients that you need to study the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field (because the mathematical structure is the same), but now with position and momentum swapped. In this way, we will go from this complicated system that physicists find hard to understand (the geometrical energy bands with an additional potential) to one that we find easy to understand (magnetism).”While scientists have previously made a similar point about the semiclassical physics, this is the first time that it has been understood in general about the quantum physics. “One of our main contributions is to say that experimentalists can use this analogy to study magnetism in new ways,” Price said. “Momentum space can sometimes be very different than real space, as, for some systems, momentum space is like a torus or a doughnut. Then if you increase your momentum enough, eventually you will end up in the same momentum state that you began in. So now when we study our equations, the analogy is with a particle in an artificial magnetic field in momentum space on a torus. The quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field on a torus has never been studied experimentally before in any context (but it has been studied theoretically), and we propose exactly how it could be done in current experiments by exploiting a momentum space magnetic field.”To experimentally demonstrate these concepts, the scientists propose to use ultracold gases, as a weak harmonic trap could be added with laser beams or magnetic fields. Experimentally, it won’t be easily possible to switch the momentum-space magnetic field on and off. However, by switching the harmonic trap on and off, physicists will still be able to study the system. The scientists explain that, in the analogy with magnetism, this is like changing the particle’s mass, where no harmonic trap is like having an infinitely large mass. When a particle is infinitely heavy, it won’t have any kinetic energy in momentum space, meaning it won’t be able to move in momentum space. Since magnetic fields affect a particle as it moves, if it has an “infinite mass” in this analogy, the particle won’t feel the momentum-space magnetic field. “Our work is about exploring old answers to new questions, to the benefit of both the old and new research field,” Price said. “Scientists know a lot about magnetism and have been studying the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field for decades; it’s often considered textbook physics. However, scientists are still learning a lot about geometrical energy bands with additional potentials. In particular, this is a really new and important field in ultracold gases and photonics where there are many relevant recent experiments, all at the cutting-edge. We’re talking to that community, and hopefully showing them that they will be able to study and understand much more than they might expect. We want to emphasize that there are lots of interesting connections with magnetism that can be revealed by studying the quantum physics of single particles.”We are currently working on demonstrating how other experiments [besides realizing magnetism on a torus] would be able to study other analogue quantum magnetic phenomena in momentum space. There are many more possibilities still to be explored.” Now in a new paper, physicists have explored these ideas further, especially at the quantum level. They show how current experiments can be modified to study the motion of a quantum particle in a momentum-space magnetic field. They explain that these systems will be able to experimentally realize a “wonderland of new physics,” such as magnetism on a torus, for the first time.The physicists, Hannah M. Price, Tomoki Ozawa, and Iacopo Carusotto at the INO-CNR BEC Center and the University of Trento, Italy, have published their paper discussing momentum-space magnetism in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Magnetism is fundamental in many areas of physics, and it leads to many fascinating phenomena,” Price told “Physicists use mathematical equations to capture the behavior of a quantum particle in a magnetic field. These equations have a particular, beautiful mathematical structure. But we can also reverse this logic. If we engineer or find an equation with this particular mathematical structure, the behavior of a particle will be like that of a particle in an ‘artificial magnetic field,’ even if the ‘field’ has a completely different underlying physical origin. As has been known for a long time, this beautiful mathematical structure can be found or created in many different physical contexts. This is a really powerful tool that physicists use to engineer and learn more about magnetism.”As the scientists explain, one of the ideas that physicists use a lot in quantum mechanics is the deep connection between the position and momentum of a particle. “We can either view our problem in terms of all the possible ‘position states’ of a particle or equally in terms of all the possible ‘momentum states,'” Price explained. “Depending on the viewpoint we choose, our mathematical equations will have a different form, and so we usually choose the viewpoint that gives us the easiest equations to solve and understand. The beautiful mathematical structure described above appears when we have a magnetic field and we look at our equations in terms of ‘position states.’ Citation: Physicists study magnetism with the roles of position and momentum reversed (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Kalyan Rudra, chairman of West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said on Tuesday that the permissible levels of particulate matter is reasonably high, contributing to poor air quality in Durgapur.”The main reasons for this are not just industries, but also automobile emissions and construction sites,” Rudra said, speaking at a discussion forum on “Ecological Sustainability in the Industrial Region” in Durgapur, jointly organised by WBPCB and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe WBPCB chairman said that analysis of data about air quality of almost all cities of the nation has revealed that air quality deteriorates specifically in winter. He maintained that the WBPCB has not achieved the prescribed standards and admitted that they have much work to do.”As far as water pollution is concerned, the earlier belief of controlling the water flowing into the river has now undergone transformation as letting water flow into rivers is needed. Damodar looks like a desert. We need to harmonise how much water can be restricted and allowed to flow into the rivers,” Rudra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe WBPCB chairman further raised concerns over plastic pollution. “India produces 26,000 tonnes of plastic daily, which is not properly disposed. Modern life makes use of plastic necessary but it should be bio-degradable,” he added.It may be mentioned that Durgapur, which has been recognised as one of the biggest industrial zones of Eastern India, has been listed as one of the six most polluted industrial cities of India.”We are making a continuous endeavour to focus on sustainable development and to disseminate information and educate business, industry and society about the need for balancing industrial growth with ecological stability,” said Aloke Mookherjea, former president of BCCI.Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor of Durgapur Municipal Corporation, also spoke at the programme.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found hanging in her own flat in Sahid Nagar area of Dhakuria on Sunday morning.Police said the victim Dipti Moitra (65) used to stay alone at her flat as her two sons live in Mumbai.The victim’s younger sister Kajol Das stays on the top floor of the same residential building. Das went to the victim’s flat on Sunday morning when she found her hanging.The victim’s younger sister immediately informed the matter to Garfa police station. After being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the body. The investigating officers found a suicide note from her room. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, the suicide note that has been recovered from her room says that none was responsible for her death.The victim’s younger sister told police that she came downstairs as she wanted to go to a local shop.As she was going down stairs, she saw the deceased standing at the door and by the time she went closer, she figured that the victim was not standing but hanging from the front door.During interrogation, the younger sister claimed that she had called other inmates of the residential apartment immediately after the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are awaiting the post-mortem report which might throw some light on the nature of her death. Police are examining the suicide note.The investigating officers are not ruling out a foul play behind the death of the victim.Some of the circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that the elderly woman have committed suicide.The reason behind her suicide is yet to be determined by the police.They are interrogating some of the neighbours of the victim and looking into if the victim had been suffering from depression. A case of unnatural death has been started by the police.last_img read more

first_imgBalurghat: International trade through Hili Border in South Dinajpur has resumed on Wednesday.Following the tug-of-war between Hili exporters association and Bangladesh importers association on the issue of stone export from India, the trade halted since Monday.It was due to an internal conflict for which the exporters had stopped exporting stones since September 23 through Hili Internationalcheck-post.As a consequence, the Bangladesh importers had boycotted receiving Indian goods and threatened to stand rigid on their decision unless resuming stone export from India. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs both countries was facing a huge revenue loss for the stalemate, the local administrations of two countries intervened to restore normalcy.Following the initiatives, a high-level meeting was conducted between the exporters and importers on Tuesday.On Monday, the importers had delivered a letter to their Indian counterpart requesting to remove the jolt immediately so that the trade resumes.South Dinajpur District Magistrate Deepap Priya P had also intervened and requested the exporters to start exporting stones. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSecretary of Hili exporters association, Subrata Saha said: “We had spoken to the conflicting exporters many a times so that stone export starts. We had also received a letter from Bangladesh importers urging us to resume the trade. The local administrations of two countries had also come forward for a solution.”According to a local source, around 400 trucks from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand used to carry stones to export daily for Bangladesh.The stalemate began after a group of exporters raised the issue of inappropriation while loading and unloading of stones. One group of exporters had decided not to export the same unless intervention by higher authorities.Hundreds of trucks were stranded since Wednesday morning for clearance in Hili International check post in both sides.last_img read more

first_imgUber came out with an open source data ingestion and dispersal framework for Apache Hadoop, called “Marmaray”, yesterday. Marmaray is a plug-in based framework built and designed on top of the Hadoop ecosystem by the Hadoop Platform team. Marmaray helps connect a collection of systems and services in a cohesive manner to be able to perform certain functions. Let’s have a look at these functions. Major Functions Marmaray is capable of producing quality schematized data via Uber’s schema management library and services. It ingests data from multiple data stores into Uber’s Hadoop data lake. It can build pipelines using Uber’s internal workflow orchestration service. This allows it to crunch and process the ingested data along with storing and calculating the business metrics based on this data in Hive. Marmaray serves the processed results from Hive to an online data store. This allows the internal customers to query the data and get close to instant results. Other than that, a majority of the fundamental building blocks and abstractions for Marmaray’s design were inspired by Gobblin, a similar project developed at LinkedIn. Marmaray Architecture There are certain generic components such as DataConverters, WorkUnitCalculator, Metadata Manager, ISourceand ISink in Marmaray that facilitates its overall job flow. Let’s discuss these components. Marmaray Architecture DataConverters DataConverters are responsible for producing the error records with every transformation. It is important for all the raw data to conform to a schema before it is ingested into Uber’s Hadoop data lake, this is where DataConverts come into picture. It filters out any data that is malformed, missing required fields, or has other issues. WorkUnitCalculator Uber introduced the concept of WorkUnitCalculator in order to measure the amount of data to process. At advanced levels, WorkUnitCalculator analyzes the type of input source and the previously stored checkpoint. It then calculates the next work unit or batch of work. The WorkUnitCalculator also considers throttling information when measuring the next batch of data which needs processing. Metadata Manager The Metadata Manager is responsible to cache job level metadata information. The metadata store is capable of storing any relevant metrics which are useful to track, describe, or collect status on jobs. This helps Marmaray to cache job level metadata information. ISource and ISink The ISource consists of necessary information from the source data required for the appropriate work units, and ISink comprises all the necessary information on writing to the sink. Marmaray’s support for any-source to any-sink data pipelines can be applied to a wide range of use cases both in the Hadoop ecosystem and for data migration. “We hope that Marmaray will serve the data needs of other organizations, and that open source developers will broaden its functionalities,” reads the Uber Blog. For more information, check out the official Uber Blog. Read Next Uber open sources its large scale metrics platform, M3 for Prometheus Uber introduces Fusion.js, a plugin-based web development framework for high performance apps Uber’s, an open source toolbox for GeoSpatial Analysislast_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Florida, New Terminal We are ‘Go for Launch’: Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3 breaks ground Posted by Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Mari Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, will be the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It will feature a wealth of amenities and services, including the first roller coaster at sea, 20 passenger decks, six theme zones of fun, the first restaurant at sea created by famed chef Emeril Lagasse and the Ultimate Playground.After a special eight-day cruise to the Caribbean on Oct. 16, 2020, Mardi Gras will commence year-round, seven-day cruises on Oct. 4, 2020, alternating weekly to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Eastern voyages will take Mardi Gras to San Juan, Amber Cove and Grand Turk, while Western sailings will travel to Cozumel, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan).center_img PORT CANAVERAL, FL — Outer space met the deep blue sea at a groundbreaking ceremony for Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex, slated to be the home of the new Mardi Gras ship beginning in 2020.Port Authority Commissions and Carnival Cruise Line executives gathered at the new terminal – dubbed the Launch Pad – for a ceremonial groundbreaking complete with a space theme and a ‘pre-launch mission’ news conference. The ‘Go for Launch’ event theme was a nod to the Port’s key role with the U.S. space program and the terminal’s futuristic design, which was inspired by nearby Kennedy Space Centre. The US$163 million terminal – the largest in the Port’s 65-year history – is scheduled for completion in May 2020 and will be ready for the arrival to Mardi Gras in October 2020.“We began our operations from Port Canaveral nearly 30 years ago, coincidentally with our original ship of the same name,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy. “We’ve had a great relationship with Port Canaveral during that time and we’re proud, honoured and excited that our newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, will sail from the new Terminal 3. We are pleased to be the port’s number one cruise line and Mardi Gras promises to be a spectacular addition to the Space Coast.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterUpon completion, the terminal will feature a high-tech baggage processing facility and a state-of-the-art check-in and security area on the second floor, as well as kiosks and seating for 1,700 guests. The six-storey, 692,000 square-foot parking garage will accommodate 1,800 vehicles. Tweet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 12, 2007 Paolo Soleri traveled to Albuquerque on 9/7/07 at invitation of the The lecture drew a full house with standing room only for some participants. Paolo always has a question and answer period at the end of a lecture. September 7. was declared Paolo Soleri Day with a Joint Proclamation by Lemoyne F. Blackshear, AIA, State of New Mexico Staff Architect, and Isaac Benton, AIA, City Counselor for City of Albuquerque. [Photo: tt & text: sa] The Monday evening lecture took place at Pulliam Auditorium in the Burton Barr Central Library on 1221 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ. Paolo spoke again to a room filled to capacity. [Photo: tt & text: sa]last_img

first_img State Rep. Bruce Rendon has been selected as an executive committee member for the 2015-16 Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC), a bipartisan group of lawmakers from eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that focuses on Great Lakes protection and restoration issues.The caucus is operated in conjunction with the Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments, and includes representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec.“The Great Lakes are important to our communities and all of Michigan, whether you live near a coastline or not,” Rendon said. “It’s a privilege to be able to serve state residents in this way, so I’m looking forward to having a leadership role in listening to experts and sharing ideas with other policymakers from around the Great Lakes region.”The legislative caucus’ three primary goals are to exchange ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues, strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the policymaking process and promote the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes.As an executive committee caucus member, Rendon will be able to propose and vote on GLLC resolutions and policy statements concerning Great Lakes issues, and serve as a caucus or committee officer, as well as on committees or task forces. He also receives a quarterly e-newsletter and periodic detailed updates on state and federal bills that may have an impact on the Great Lakes. 13Nov Rep. Rendon selected to serve on Great Lakes caucus leadership committee Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 15 2018To protect neurons and limit the damage after a stroke, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Caen-Normandie, University Paris-Est Créteil, and the company OTR3 have pursued an innovative path: targeting the matrix that surrounds and supports brain cells. Their results, just published in the journal Theranostics, have confirmed this strategy on rats, and will lead to a clinical study between now and late 2019. With over 300 cases per day in France, stroke is the leading cause of handicap among adults, and the second cause of death. 80 to 85% are caused by the occlusion of a cerebral artery by a blood clot (ischemic stroke), with nearby neurons dying because of oxygen deprivation. The only existing treatment involves eliminating the blood clot, which is only possible during the first few hours following a stroke, and consequently available only for a minority of patients. Moreover, brain lesions can persist and worsen long after the start of a stroke, with no treatment being currently available to slow them, or to improve functional recovery.Related StoriesPeople who worked long hours have higher risk of stroke, shows studyUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsStem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatmentNumerous avenues of research are studying how to protect neurons from this degeneration. However, treatments attacking this degeneration have only met with clinical failure, which prompted a team led by a CNRS researcher, Myriam Bernaudin, to take an interest in a little explored domain: the environment of the cells, known as the extracellular matrix. This matrix, which offers the cells structural support and houses growth factors, ends up being disorganized following a stroke, thereby amplifying neuronal death. The team from the laboratory Imagerie et stratégies thérapeutiques des pathologies cérébrales et tumorales (CNRS/UNICAEN/CEA) thus approached colleagues specializing in the extracellular matrix at the laboratory Croissance, réparation et régénération tissulaires (CNRS/UPEC), along with the biotechnology company OTR3, which had already brought to market “matrix therapy” treatments for the healing of cutaneous or corneal ulcers.The researchers demonstrated on rats the effectiveness of this new approach in protecting the brain and improving functional recovery after an ischemic stroke. The intravenous injection of an agent that mimics certain structural components of the extracellular matrix, known as heparan sulfates, protects and reconstitutes this matrix, promotes the development of new neurons and the regeneration of blood vessels, and improves the recovery of sensory and motor functions.It is therefore a promising avenue for limiting the aftereffects of a stroke, one that would complement existing techniques for eliminating blood clots. Pilot clinical trials should begin between now and late 2019.last_img read more

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018A federal court ordered a Michigan-based food manufacturer to discontinue selling food products until the company complies with federal regulations and other requirements. This action follows several inspections conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which found Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) in the company’s food preparation area.U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney for the Western District of Michigan entered a consent decree of permanent injunction on Nov. 30, 2018, between the U.S. and Saranac Brand Foods, and the company’s co-owners, Dennis M. Nowak and Daniel R. Nowak. Saranac Brand Foods specialized in manufacturing a variety of 35 different ready-to-eat foods including prepared salads, dips and sauces.The consent decree prohibits the defendants from receiving, preparing, processing, packing, holding, labeling and/or distributing foods at or from their facility, or any other facility, until certain requirements are met. The defendants told the court they discontinued all food operations in August 2018 and intend to dissolve the company. If the defendants choose to resume operations, the consent decree requires them to notify the FDA and take corrective actions before resuming operations.”The FDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have documented a pattern of food safety violations at this facility. The inappropriate and unsafe practices of Saranac Brand Foods. not only violated the law, but also put consumers in harm’s way,” said FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda Plaisier. “This type of behavior is unacceptable to the FDA and is why we took action to prevent the defendants from introducing contaminated or potentially contaminated food products into the marketplace.”Related StoriesLean manufacturing methods spur innovations in the testing of drug delivery devicesNew personalized prosthetic liners could help more amputees walk againResearchers improve training modules for future surgeons with 3D printingAccording to the complaint, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA, FDA and state officials inspected the facility several times since 2012 and found L. mono in the facility during three separate inspections. The inspections also documented that the defendants were processing food under insanitary conditions, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). L. mono is a pathogenic bacterium that can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially life-threatening illness. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women and developing fetuses are particularly susceptible to listeriosis.In August 2016, the FDA issued the defendants a Warning Letter, informing them of the L. mono contamination and objectionable conditions at the facility. The Warning Letter emphasized the serious nature of the deficiencies and stated that it was the defendants’ responsibility to ensure that their products comply with the FD&C Act. In November 2017, the FDA’s investigators issued the defendants a list of inspectional observations that identified insanitary conditions observed during a follow-up inspection.Consumers are encouraged to contact the FDA to report problems with any FDA-regulated products.The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. Source: read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 1 2019For patients undergoing “tummy tuck” surgery (abdominoplasty), satisfaction with the aesthetic outcome is the main factor affecting whether they write a positive or negative online review for their plastic surgeon, reports the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).But interactions with office staff and postoperative follow-up by the surgeon also influence plastic surgery ratings on online review sites, according to the study by ASPS Member Surgeon John Y.S. Kim, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues.Just Three Percent Rate of Negative Online Ratings after AbdominoplastyThe researchers analyzed ratings of plastic surgeons on three popular review sites: Google, Yelp, and RealSelf, which is dedicated to plastic/cosmetic surgery ratings. The study included nearly 800 reviews written by patients who underwent abdominoplasty in six metropolitan areas: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Miami.Dr. Kim and colleagues performed a quantitative analysis to identify statistically significant themes affecting patient satisfaction after abdominoplasty. Across the three sites, 86 percent of reviews were positive (4 or 5 stars) and 14 percent were negative (1 or 2 stars). Source: Good aesthetic outcomes were the “dominant driver” of positive reviews. “No patient who reported being happy with their aesthetic results left a negative review, indicating that a good aesthetic outcome virtually guarantees a positive review,” the researchers write. Interactions with office staff were the next most important factor – all reviews mentioning negative staff interactions were negative reviews.t Postoperative care and follow-up by the plastic surgeon was also associated with patient satisfaction. In some cases, patients who were satisfied with follow-up care left good reviews despite cosmetic problems or complications.center_img Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusRewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and handsOther factors – including surgical complications and the costs of surgery – were classified as “nondominant” factors. “Performance on these factors, while influential to satisfaction, is overshadowed by other factors,” Dr. Kim and coauthors write. “Because online reviews are few and polarizing,” the researchers note, “they are unlikely to be representative samples of a surgeon’s total practice.”In a previous qualitative analysis of online ratings after breast augmentation, Dr. Kim and colleagues found that reviews were affected not only by aesthetic outcomes, but also by interactions with the plastic surgeon and staff. The new study is the first quantitative analysis of factors affecting patient satisfaction after cosmetic surgery.While identifying cosmetic outcomes as the predominant factor, the study shows that interactions with office staff also contribute to positive reviews of plastic surgeons. “The fact that interactions with staff and postoperative care were almost as important as the actual aesthetic outcome speaks to the importance of the ‘service’ aspect of plastic surgery,” Dr. Kim comments. “In essence, patients have expectations for quality of care that go beyond the operating room.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 3 2019With summer break and longer days ahead, parents of young teens may be wondering whether to let good sleep habits slide over the next couple of months. New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there are more benefits to a good night’s sleep than simply feeling refreshed. Related StoriesUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepSleep decline in one’s 50s, 60s increases risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseSleep quality linked to memory problems in new studyThe study, published in Preventive Medicine, looked at 3,104 students in British Columbia aged 13 to 17 over a period of two years.”Even if these teens had difficulty falling asleep just one night a week, if that was a regular occurrence over two years, it really seemed to affect their overall health,” added Conklin. “What was particularly interesting was that the relationship between chronic, poor-quality sleep and health outcome was stronger in the boys than it was in the girls.”However, the research found no relationship between poor health outcomes and those who chronically had less than eight hours sleep a night.As an observational study, this research does not look into cause and effect, but the researchers say the findings signal that cumulative sleep problems matter for the health of young people.”It shows that there’s definitely a link between poor health and chronic poor-quality sleep, which may be gender-specific, and I’m looking forward to seeing more research explore that connection,” said Conklin.She added that the findings highlight the need for parents to work on the many recommendations around about sleep hygiene practices. “Other studies have specifically shown that late-night screen use and caffeine consumption have harmful consequences for falling sleep. Young people’s health may benefit from parents enforcing sleep schedules and placing restrictions on screen time,” Conklin said.Source:University of British ColumbiaJournal reference:Conklin, A.I. et al. (2019) Chronic sleep disturbance, not chronic sleep deprivation, is associated with self-rated health in adolescents. Preventive Medicine. Chronic, low-quality sleep was associated with poorer health outcomes among young B.C. students. Kids who regularly had trouble falling or staying asleep were almost two and half times as likely to report sub-optimal or less than excellent health, compared to those who did not.”Study author Annalijn Conklin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UBC and a scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluations and Outcome Scienceslast_img read more

first_imgSeltzer notes that manufacturing jobs are not inherently family friendly. But in the post-War era, they have tended to provide low- and middle-skill workers with secure, middle-income positions. Without subsequent growth in middle-skill, middle-income service sector jobs, the decline in manufacturing¬ has left many workers worse off.”In the U.S. right now, there’s this sense that the economy is growing, unemployment is down,” says Seltzer. “Despite these positive economic indicators, we’re still going through this transition of deindustrialization that leads to more precarious work for many people.” Source:University of Wisconsin-Madison Once you account for the share of goods-producing businesses in an area, you find that it better explains declines in fertility than the unemployment rate does.”Nathan Seltzer, a doctoral candidate in the sociology department, University of Wisconsin-Madison This is the first study to compare how structural changes in the economy and cyclical changes in unemployment rates affect fertility nationwide. Earlier studies had identified transient effects on fertility based on a glut of foreign imports or the effects of local oil booms. Most previous research focused on links between cyclical recessions and fertility without accounting for long-term economic trends.It remains to be seen whether the record-low TFR represents delayed or foregone childbearing. A full account of a generation’s fertility is only possible after women pass their childbearing years, designated as ages 15 to 49. But even a temporary drop in childbearing can reduce lifetime fertility for a particular population.Fertility, in turn, affects many social and economic factors, such as the available workforce and the support of social welfare programs such as Social Security. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 19 2019As the Great Recession wiped out nearly 9 million jobs and 19 trillion dollars in wealth from U.S. households, American families experienced another steep decline — they had fewer children.Yet as employment eventually climbed and wages rose, fertility did not. The fertility rates for American women have continued to decline in the years since the recession ended and reached an all-time low of 1.7 children per woman in 2018.This continuous decline puzzled scientists, who had previously observed that economic recoveries tend to buoy fertility rates that decline during recessions. The Great Recession seemingly halted that trend.New research by University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Nathan Seltzer identifies a link between the long-term decline in manufacturing jobs — accelerated during the Great Recession — and reduced fertility rates. Analyzing every birth in America at the county level across 24 years, Seltzer found that the share of businesses in goods-producing industries better predicted a metropolitan area’s fertility rate than the region’s unemployment rate.The link between manufacturing jobs and fertility rates was especially strong for Hispanic women, a larger share of whom work in goods-producing industries than do women from other racial or ethnic groups. Manufacturing business activity was a stronger predictor of fertility than the unemployment rate was for all racial groups.The results suggest that fertility rates are unlikely to return to pre-recession levels as manufacturing businesses continue to represent a decreasing share of the American economy.”These structural trends are driving this increased financial precarity and influencing women and couple’s decisions to have children,” says Seltzer, who published his findings this week in the journal Demography. “Metro areas that experienced steeper declines in goods-producing businesses were more likely to experience steeper declines in fertility rates.” The link between manufacturing businesses and fertility remained even when adjusting for other factors that affect fertility rates, such as education levels, marriage rates and the share of Hispanic women in the U.S. who were born in Mexico, which has been declining.Seltzer analyzed births from the National Vital Statistics System across all 381 Census Bureau-designated metropolitan areas from 1991 to 2014, an area representing 85 percent of the U.S. population. He converted that data into a measure called the total fertility rate, or TFR, a calculation of the expected number of children the average woman will have in her lifetime based on current birth rates. A TFR of about 2.1 children per woman is required to maintain a stable population size without any immigration.The Census Bureau provided data on the proportion of goods-producing or service sector businesses in an area. Business numbers provide the most reliable information about job opportunities in an industry.From 1991 to 2014, goods-producing businesses declined from 18.3 percent of all businesses to 14.2 percent. Seltzer found that this decline accounted for a loss in TFR from a low of 0.08 for white women to a high of 0.21 for black women.Related StoriesMaternal smoking and pre-eclampsia may affect fertility of offspringExposure to EDCs can affect sexual development and reproduction of future generationsStress during early pregnancy may reduce future fertility of offspringThroughout the Great Recession and subsequent recovery, from 2006 to 2014, manufacturing businesses declined by 2.4 percentage points. Over the same period, Hispanic women’s fertility fell 24 percent. Other racial groups saw a fertility decline of 7 to 8 percent.Seltzer found that the loss of goods-producing businesses during this period accounted for a quarter to almost half of the decline in TFR for women, depending on their race or ethnicity. The unemployment rate explained a much smaller fraction of these fertility declines. U.S. manufacturing is what built the middle class. As those industries have declined, there’s been little growth in jobs at a comparable skill and income level. Increasingly, people have to find work in the service sector that provides worse pay and less financial stability.”Nathan Seltzer, University of Wisconsin-Madison last_img read more

VPNs give users in China a way to see blocked websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Western news outlets Chinese people and foreign firms are girding for a weekend deadline that will curb the use of unlicensed software to circumvent internet controls, as the government plugs holes in its “Great Firewall”. © 2018 AFP The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has dismissed concerns that using state-approved providers could jeopardise the security of private data, saying they “are not able to see information related to your business”.’At the mercy of regulators’A member of China-based anti-censorship group, which tracks internet restrictions, said the new rules are aimed at wiping out low-cost Chinese VPN providers and increasing control over access to information. “Are foreign companies at the mercy of Chinese regulators? Yes, probably. Will there be more surveillance? Absolutely,” said the member, who uses the alias Charlie Smith. Under the new licensing regulations, it is unclear whether companies or individuals will be punished for using unauthorised VPNs, or if the software will be blocked.But on December 21, Chinese citizen Wu Xiangyang from the south Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was given a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence and 500,000 yuan ($76,000) fine.Wu “illegally profited” from setting up VPN servers and selling software “without obtaining relevant business licenses”, according to a news site managed by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.It was the most severe known VPN-related conviction. Last September, a 26-year-old man from Guangdong province was sentenced to nine months in prison in a similar case.Samm Sacks, who researches China’s technology policy at the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it is likely that China will be lenient to most foreign companies.”We will probably see selective enforcement. So far, there have not been many foreign companies that have experienced problems with their company VPNs,” Sacks said. “It just adds a new layer of uncertainty at a time when foreign companies are already facing a host of challenges to doing business in China,” she said.In the European Chamber of Commerce in China’s 2017 survey of its members, companies reported suffering from restricted internet and slow and unstable connections in China, before new VPN restrictions were announced.”Poor internet connectivity not only damages China’s efforts to portray itself as an innovative society, it also impacts overall productivity,” chamber president Mats Harborn told AFP. “Some reported losses of more than 20 percent of their annual revenue as a result.” ‘No, we don’t sell VPNs’Earlier this month, in the southern trade hub of Guangzhou, a small shop with the letters “VPN” painted in red on its wall said they no longer offered them.”No, we don’t sell VPNs,” a Chinese shopkeeper said curtly, refusing to explain why. But it was business as usual for a nearby store that was licensed to sell VPNs from state-owned telecommunications operator China Telecom. “We’ve had no problems. Our clients are mostly Chinese and African traders who want to keep in touch using Whatsapp,” a technician said. Citation: Foreign companies in China brace for VPN crackdown (2018, March 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from A virtual private network (VPN) can tunnel through the country’s sophisticated barrier of online filters to access the global internet.VPNs give users a way to see blocked websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Western news outlets, as well as certain business network tools such as timesheets, email and directories.But new government regulations unveiled last year sent chills among users of the software, with a March 31 deadline for companies and individuals to only use government-approved VPNs.Currently, many foreign companies have their own VPN servers in locations outside of China. But in the future, dedicated lines can only be provided by China’s three telecom operators. Critics have slammed the new policy as a revenue grab that will eliminate cheaper VPN options and make internet users more vulnerable to surveillance.But some companies are still planning to comply. “We will apply for a VPN line with (the government),” the chief executive of a foreign-owned technology company told AFP. “As a company that is globally-focused based in Beijing, I think that’s the best option… because we don’t want to break the rules or have our VPN access disrupted,” she said, requesting anonymity. Some embassies in Beijing experienced disruptions to their communications due to restrictions on VPN usage late last year, prompting the European Union delegation to send a letter to the government to complain, diplomatic sources told AFP.American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai President Kenneth Jarrett warned that foreign companies and their employees could “bear the brunt of the new policies”. “Foreign companies, especially entrepreneurs and smaller companies rely on overseas platforms such as Google Analytics and Google Scholar,” Jarrett told AFP.”Limiting access to affordable VPNs will make it harder for these companies to operate efficiently and just adds to the frustration of doing business in China.” Explore further 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. 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first_img © 2019 AFP Rideshare drivers for Uber and Lyft stage a strike and protest at the LAX International Airport, over what they say are unfair wages in Los Angeles, California Citation: Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Lyft’s loss in the past quarter widened to $1.1 billion, according to its first financial report as a public company.Revenue for California-based Lyft nearly doubled from a year earlier to $776 million and the number of active riders grew to over 20.5 million. Uber is expected to launch its initial public offering (IPO) on Friday at an estimated valuation of some $90 billion.The launch will be a major milestone for the company, which has raised billions and disrupted the taxi industry in cities around the world.It will also come in the rear-view mirror of a troubled market debut for Uber’s largest US rival Lyft, which has lost more than 15 percent of its value since its March IPO.Strikes that took place Wednesday highlighted a dilemma for rideshare firms, which have faced challenges from regulators and traditional taxi operators for using a business model relying on independent contractors.One group protested outside the New York Stock Exchange, where Uber is set to list shares, with some signs reading “Invest in our lives—Not their stocks.”Similar actions took place in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington and in Uber’s home town, San Francisco.Protests were held in Britain as well with drivers in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow called on to log off apps and demonstrate outside Uber offices, according to the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain.Rideshare companies maintain that drivers are able to thrive and maintain work flexibility, and that their business model would not work if drivers were treated as wage-based employees.Uber and Lyft did not immediately comment on the job actions.”While we aim to provide an earnings opportunity comparable to that available in retail, wholesale, or restaurant services or other similar work, we continue to experience dissatisfaction with our platform from a significant number of drivers,” Uber said in a filing with securities regulators.”In particular, as we aim to reduce driver incentives to improve our financial performance, we expect driver dissatisfaction will generally increase.”Lyft shares skidUber’s debut as a public company will follow the rocky market debut for Lyft. Uber aiming for stock market debut value of up to $90 bn: report Explore further Lyft said its losses deepened as a result of $894 million in costs that included stock-based compensation and related tax expenses in connection with its IPO.Lyft shares finished the formal trading day Wednesday down 10.8 percent to $52.91.Uber last month pulled back on its ambitious valuation target, while still pricing its share offering in a range that would make it one of the largest tech market debuts in recent years.The ride-hailing firm said in a securities filing it would sell 207 million shares in a range of $44 to $50 dollars, raising up to $10 billion.That would give Uber a market value of between $74 billion and $84 billion. Some media reports said the figure could be up to $90 billion accounting for restricted stock options.But the pricing target—still subject to change—fell below earlier ambitions of a valuation of more than $100 billion for the firm operating in some 700 cities around the world.Uber will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “UBER” sometime next month.”We continue to view Lyft as a one-trick pony domestic ride sharing player and ‘little brother’ to Uber,” Wedbush Securities equity research managing director Daniel Ives said Thursday in a note to investors.Uber is “paving a similar road” to what Amazon did to e-commerce and Facebook did for social media, he contended, expressing confidence in the company.Amazon of transportUber envisions becoming the “Amazon of transportation” in a future where people share instead of owning vehicles.If all goes to plan, commuters could ride an e-scooter to a transit station, take a train then grab an e-bike, ride share or e-scooter at the arriving station to complete a journey using the Uber smartphone app.Of course, shared car rides would be an option, eventually driven by computers instead of humans.Uber is also taking to the sky with an Elevate project to have electric aircraft carry people between “skyports,” taking off and landing vertically.Uber’s platform moves cargo as well as people, with a “Freight” service that connects truckers with shippers in a way similar to how drivers connect with people seeking rides.Uber is also seeing growing success with an “Eats” service that lets drivers make money delivering meals ordered from restaurants. Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers turned off their apps in a US-wide strike Wednesday over pay and working conditions, casting a shadow over this week’s keenly anticipated Wall Street debut of ride-hailing leader Uber. Members of the Independent Drivers Guild rallied at Uber and Lyft headquarters in New York as part of a protest to press demands for better pay and working conditions for the independent contractors 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

first_imgFriday’s showdown with Algeria in Cairo ends a season which has lasted close to 12 months for the 27-year-old, who also featured for his nation at the 2018 World Cup.Watch Premier League in August 2019 | Soccer Live Streaming | DAZN CALiverpool’s season starts on August 4 with the Community Shield clash against Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley.Newly promoted Norwich City then travel to Anfield on August 9, in the opening Premier League fixture of 2019-20.And Klopp acknowledged his concern over Mane’s readiness for the new season, confirming Liverpool are yet to decide when Mane will return to the fold.”With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.”It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”While Mane’s return date is yet to be established, Klopp – whose squad are on tour in the United States – revealed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson will return for a training camp in Evian later in July.The trio have all been afforded extended breaks following their participation in the AFCON and Copa America respectively, with Klopp confident they will have enough time to prepare for the City fixture. Jurgen Klopp is wary of Sadio Mane’s lack of rest heading into the new season, with the Liverpool star’s campaign yet to come to an end.On the back of a gruelling 2018-19 campaign, Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner Mane has scored three goals to help Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final. “It means we have nearly a week until City, a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup],” Klopp said.”We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot. “I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense. So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.”last_img read more

first_imgAugust 18, 2018 Over 2.5 lakh people in Kerala displaced by worst floods in 100 years At least 14 deaths reported today The historical flooding in Kerala has reached a critical stage with rescuers recovering four bodies found floating near Pandanad, in the worst-hit Chengannur in Pathanamthitta district. At least 14 deaths have been reported today amidst heightened fears about the fate of thousands of people in the interiors, who have remained beyond the reach of relief and rescue missions thus far. NEW AREAS FLOODEDMeanwhile, floodwaters have entered new areas following heavy rain in Kottayam, with storm waters flooding Thalayolaparambu, Vaikom and low-lying Kuttanad areas. Intermittent showers have been lashing Pathanamthitta as a result of which the Pampa and Achenkoil rivers remain in spate. The currents over their new-found course over land are so strong that even experienced sea-going fishermen drafted from Thiruvananthapuram are finding it difficult to navigate their huge boats. Airlifting stranded people is the only option, but gusty winds and lashing rain in the morning have effectively prevented rescue and relief teams from operating to capacity. However navy helicopters were able to carry out sorties to these areas later in the morning. The enormity of the task before them, especially in the inaccessible interiors, is overwhelming. BOATS FLOWN INEarlier this morning, a massive Army aircraft carrying 25 fibre boats landed in Thiruvananthapuram. These have been despatched by road to Chengannur and Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district. Several container loads of relief material, including dry food, medicines and clothes, are also being moved from Thiruvananthapuram to the flood-hit areas. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a review meeting in Cochin, and made an aerial assessment of the damage caused due to floods. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Governor S Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of State K.J. Alphons, and officials. The Prime Minister expressed his grief and sorrow on the unfortunate deaths and damage caused to life and property in the floods.  After the review, he announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the state. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh after his visit here on August 12. INTERIM RELIEFChief Minister Vijayan had made a demand for immediate relief of Rs 2,000 crore against an estimated loss of Rs 20,000 crore suffered by the state in the rains. The Prime Minister also assured the state government that relief material, including foodgrains and and medicines, would be provided as requested.He has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. He has directed insurance companies to hold special camps for assessment and timely release of compensation to the affected families/ beneficiaries under Social Security Schemes. The National Highways Authority has been directed to repair the main national highways damaged due to floods on priority. Central public sector undertakings such as NTPC and PGCIL have been directed to be available to render all possible assistance to the state government in restoring power lines. HELP FROM CENTREVillagers whose kutcha houses have been destroyed would be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin houses on priority irrespective of their priority in the Permanent Wait List of PMAY-G.Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, 5.5 crore person days have been sanctioned in the labour budget 2018-19. Any further request for incurring person days would be considered in line with the requirement projected by the state. Under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture, farmers would be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops. The Centre is closely and continuously monitoring the flood situation in Kerala and all help is being provided to the state to deal with the adverse situation. The Prime Minister has been in constant touch with the Chief Minister regarding the flood situation. FORCES ON DEPLOYMENTAt least 57 Teams of the National Disaster Response Force, involving about 1,300 personnel and 435 boats have been deployed for search and rescue operations. Five companies of BSF, CISF and RAF have been deployed in the state to carry out rescue and relief measures. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are also deployed for assisting the state in search and rescue.  A total of 38 helicopters have been deployed. Twenty aircraft are also being used to ferry in resources. The Army has deployed 10 columns and 10 teams of the Engineering Task Force, involving around 790 trained personnel. The Navy is providing 82 teams and the Coast Guard, 42 teams, two helicopters and two ships.The Prime Minister complimented the state government for the efforts made in meeting the challenges of the unprecedented situation. Rescue of marooned people must remain the topmost priority, he said.           Consider bringing down Mullaperiyar dam water level by 3 feet: Apex court to panel Modi in Kerala; Left, Cong want ‘national disaster’ label natural disasters RELATED COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Relief and rescue operations stepped up in Kerala as rains relent SHARE Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducts an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Kerala on Saturday.   –  PTI Published on flood COMMENTS Telecom companies chip in to help flood-hit in Kerala Keralalast_img read more