Some Canadian media organizations ready to cope with Facebooks changes to feeds

first_imgSome members of Canada’s media industry say they expect to be able to weather the potential setback created by the latest change to Facebook’s content sharing priorities.The social network recently announced that user feeds will now feature less news and other public content and more of the personal photos and status updates that first fuelled its popularity.Facebook says it made the change in order to promote conversation and make time spent on the platform more meaningful.As a result, Facebook says it expects pages that produce what it described as more passive content, including news and pre-edited videos, to receive fewer clicks.News outlets have frequently used social media to drive traffic to their sites in recent years, but some Canadian organizations say Facebook is just one piece in an increasingly varied puzzle.Andree Lau, editor-in-chief of HuffPost Canada, said the effect on the industry may be more muted now than if the change had come a few years earlier.“Media outlets have already seen a big drop in Facebook results due to other algorithm tweaks, so this isn’t a big shock,” Lau said. “We have been adjusting our priorities and strategies long before today’s announcement.”Facebook’s shift toward promoting conversation plays to the HuffPost’s existing focus, Lau said, adding that the media outlet has always tried to foster discussion among its readers.Conversation is at the centre of Facebook’s new approach, according to the organization’s explanation for the change.Founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined the rationale in a Facebook post, saying content from “businesses, brands and media” had begun to crowd out the more personal moments which he said are at the core of the network.Those personal updates will therefore become more prevalent in user newsfeeds, he said, adding that posts from other sources will still get promoted if they help encourage social interactions.Those interactions, Zuckerberg said, can be good for a user’s well-being.“We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health,” he wrote. “On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos — even if they’re entertaining or informative — may not be as good.”Zuckerberg said he fully expected some “measures of engagement” to decline as a result of the changes.The prospect didn’t appear to weigh too heavily on Global News, an early and frequent adopter of Facebook as a distribution channel.“While we are a dominant news publisher on Facebook, we also employ strategies for diverse social media referral so as not to be dependent on any one source,” said Ron Waksman, vice president of digital and editorial standards and practices for Global News and Corus Radio.“As a high quality journalistic source that users depend on, we are confident we can weather these changes while continuing to diversify our content streams with strong referrals from other social platforms.”HuffPost, too, said other platforms are already filling any potential void left in the wake of Facebook’s changes, and said digital products like mobile apps can’t be ignored.But Gavin Adamson, who teaches digital media courses at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, said outlets will also have to rely on changes in reader behaviour if they hope to make up potential losses caused by Facebook’s new focus.He said the impact could be “devastating” in certain cases, citing research suggesting some outlets get as much as half their traffic from Facebook.Organizations with an exclusively digital presence could be especially hard-hit, he added, saying it will be hard to train readers accustomed to using Facebook as an aggregator to make a point of visiting their favourite news sites directly.“Maybe (news organizations) need to get more involved in community groups and posting news within those groups, or interacting more directly with interest groups within Facebook,” he said.The outlets themselves, however, say the best way to secure loyal readers is to produce content that will keep them coming back for more.“Quality journalism remains a key driver of audience, regardless of the distribution channel,” said Lau.last_img read more

Status of Women Canada gets ready to grow and change with the

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government has given Status of Women Canada a major role to play in its feminist agenda and, now that the federal agency is set to grow into a full-size department, it could also be changing its name.“It’s a possibility,” Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said in an interview when asked whether the department would be shedding its 1970s-era name for something that better reflects a more inclusive vision of equality.The 2018 federal budget, for the first time in Canadian history, went through a full gender-based analysis, which involves looking closely at how every spending and taxation measure would impact men and women, or girls and boys, in different ways.The analysis does not stop there, however, as it also takes other aspects of identity, such as age, ethnicity, religion and disability into account.The broader approach recognizes the fact that the biological or socio-cultural differences associated with sex and gender might not be the biggest factor in figuring out whether something the government is planning to do would make things better or worse for certain groups of people.“The lens applied to the budget has been an intersectional gendered lens because our brand of feminism is based on the belief that feminism is as diverse as Canada itself,” Monsef said.“We need to make room for the people in the shadows — the women and trans persons who too have a vested interest in this country and also are deserving of equal opportunity,” Monsef said.“That intersectional gendered lens is something we’ve applied to every decision cabinet has made since we formed government. It is what our stakeholders in the feminist community has asked for and it’s the right thing to do,” she said.A change in name, perhaps with language more in line with the new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics that the budget announced would be set up at Statistics Canada, could better reflect that evolving approach.“We will be consulting, as we do with all our efforts, with stakeholders to make sure that if there is a change, we get it right,” Monsef said.Meanwhile, Monsef said moving Status of Women Canada out from under the umbrella of Canadian Heritage — and giving it a larger, as yet unspecified operating budget — reflects the bigger role the agency will play, especially once gender-based analysis of budgets is enshrined in legislation.“We are being asked to do more than the agency has ever been asked to do and having the capacity to deliver on that additional work is going to be a big part of our success,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Calls sounding for boycott and reset for MMIWG inquiry

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsCriticisms of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls continues to pile up.Especially in the wake of last week’s announcement that scheduled advisory meetings are postponed.There are now calls to boycott, or reset the inquiry.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more

UN turns to social media to raise awareness about Holocaust

29 March 2010The United Nations launched today a Twitter campaign for students in memory of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who died in the Holocaust 65 years ago but whose wartime diary has endured to become one of the world’s most widely read books and teaching tools. In a joint effort with the Anne Frank Center USA, students are asked to travel back in time and write to Anne through “tweets” – which allow only 140 characters or fewer – as though she could communicate with the world in secret from her family’s hiding spot in Amsterdam.“This exercise is meant to help young people make a meaningful connection to the Holocaust through the words of a courageous young girl,” said Kimberly Mann, Manager of the Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme in the Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division.If young people today were isolated from the world, they would certainly be online using all forms of social media to remain in contact with each other, she added.Students are asked, “What messages of support would you have sent Anne?” and “What would you have told Anne that you have learned from her life and experience?” Anne and her family hid for two years in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam before their location was discovered. She was taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany, where she died at the age of 15.Throughout her time in hiding, she kept a journal in which she struggled to make sense of World War II and why the Jewish people were being persecuted. She also shared her personal thoughts about the people she loved, her fear of death and her hopes and dreams.“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart,” reads an excerpt from an entry dated 15 July 1944.The Twitter campaign will run through 11 April, which will mark Yom Ha Shoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day on the Jewish calendar. The tweets will be posted online and exhibited at the Anne Frank Centre USA in New York.Each year the Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme organizes activities and develops information materials in partnership with civil society to raise awareness of the Holocaust and its underlying causes, to help prevent genocide. Established by a General Assembly resolution in 2006, the programme encourages young people to respect diversity and learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. read more

Brock launches dual degree partnership with German university

While also enhancing its European connection, Brock University recently increased its offerings for students looking to earn two degrees for the price of one.The Goodman School of Business has established a new partnership with Reutlingen University’s ESB Business School in Germany for its Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op International Dual Degree program.Reutlingen, a German-language public university near Stuttgart, joins EBS Business School, also in Germany, NEOMA Business School in France and Ireland’s DCU Business School as partners in the program, which offers undergraduate students the chance to study and work abroad, and earn degrees from two universities for the price of tuition at Brock.Brock is the only Canadian university to offer such a program.“This partnership extends our strengths and differentiates Goodman from other business schools by offering a dual degree that provides students a work opportunity in another country,” said Goodman Dean Andrew Gaudes. “It really is an incredible opportunity for students and we’re thrilled to be able to offer it.”Students starting the dual degree program in September will be the first cohort to choose Reutlingen as their preferred international university and will attend in their third year of study.Those who select Reutlingen will first prepare for the experience at Brock.Reutlingen is in a region of Germany touted as Europe’s leading location for innovation and technology. World-famous companies, including Bosch, Porsche, Daimler and Stihl, have their headquarters there.Students in the Reutlingen track will experience and understand the study and work culture of one of the largest economies in the world while the international management degree they earn there will provide them with access to tuition-free master’s programs in Germany.By the time they graduate, students should also be able to navigate the German language, making them attractive to multinational corporations in North America and Europe.“Reutlingen is well situated because it has fantastic industrial connections, so it will provide really great work opportunities for our students,” said Meredith Heaney, Goodman’s manager of international exchanges and partnerships.Though the agreement was just signed with Reutlingen, it was years in the making.Reutlingen is one of Goodman’s 46 partner universities for regular exchanges. It’s currently in the process of receiving accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and approached Goodman about a dual degree partnership.“That’s one thing that’s really important for us. We require our partners to have the same level of accreditation as us,” Heaney said.The dual degree program fosters a greater connection to the global community, Gaudes noted. “It helps Goodman students understand people with whom we interact and trade around the world while the students from partner universities studying at Brock enrich our communities here at home.”Studying and working abroad also gets students out of their comfort zones, even when doing everyday activities, like grocery shopping or negotiating cell phone contracts. That builds resilience and independence, preparing them for the challenges they’ll face in their careers, he said.“Once they navigate one or two of these life experiences, they start building confidence. ‘I can do this. I’m agile and able to navigate these things,’” Gaudes said. “We really do prepare graduates to hit the ground running and feel confident when they enter into their next chapter in life.” read more

Blokes less likely to show vulnerability in front of women says father

But a few months later “it turned full circle,” he says. Efrem Brynin, a Commercial Fitter from Pulborough in West Sussex, remembers being on holiday in Singapore early in 2013 thinking how good life was with a happy marriage and two grown up children settled in their careers. Competitive and strong mentally and physically, James had always wanted to be on the ground, so it… On October 15, 2013, around six weeks after deploying on his second tour of Afghanistan, Mr Brynin’s son, James, a soldier in the Intelligence Corps attached to 14 Signal Regiment, was involved in an operation in the Kakaran District of Helmand; “Not somewhere Trip Advisor would recommend,” Efrem, 47, manages with a smile. 

fischer fixings making a name in Africa mining sector

first_imgChemical fixings manufactured by fischer and used mainly as anchors to secure conveyor-belt systems, crushers, and piping systems, as well as for the installation of ventilation systems in underground mines are catching on in Africa’s mining sector, according to distributor Upat.The fixings are popular due to their high-performance, safety benefits and quick installation, Upat, the official fischer distributor in southern Africa, said. All of these avoid costly downtime.The chemical fixings used at mines comprise chemical mortar, glass-encased chemical capsules and epoxies, all with studs and accessories.Upat Mining and Exports Manager George Williams says fischer’s products are the best option for mines because, apart from their high strength, they are supplied with service guarantees of up to 50 years – a major advantage for long-life mining operations.Before supplying any products to mining companies, fischer undertakes load tests to assess their suitability for the application required. Those available cure to a strength of 180 MPa, almost double the strength of concrete, affording increased protection from the possibility of structural failure.“The safety features, combined with the reduced maintenance required for these anchoring systems, are the two main priorities for mines,” Williams said.He adds that fischer also undertakes regular mine-site inspections to ensure its products are all in working order. This is particularly important as seismic events can result in ground movement anywhere from 5 m to 25 m a month, heightening the risk of fall-of-ground incidents.“Our assessment is undertaken in conjunction with the mine’s resident rock engineer. For example, with the installation of a conveyor-belt system, we will determine the rockfall pattern, which is of critical importance in determining the depth of the anchors needed,” he said.Another critical feature of the heavy-duty anchoring systems required by mines is the two-hour fire rating provided by fischer products, one of the highest in the industry. This provides for ample time to evacuate underground mine workers in the event of any fire incident.“We even offer combination anchoring systems to support headgear stabilisation, which can weigh up to 65 t, and typically require 12 anchoring bolts,” Williams said. In order to ensure the correct installation of its products, fischer provides training for mine engineers, and also issues certificates upon its successful completion.last_img read more

Google tacle Windows Phone 7

first_imgGoogle tacle Windows Phone 7États-Unis – Alors que Windows Phone 7 sort officiellement aujourd’hui des usines de Microsoft, Google n’a pas hésité à donner son avis sur l’OS de son rival. Pour le géant américain, le nouveau système d’exploitation n’est tout simplement “pas nécessaire”.Dévoilé aujourd’hui, Windows Phone 7 s’annonce comme le nouveau produit vedette de Microsoft. L’OS mobile doit lutter contre les systèmes d’exploitation Android de Google et iOS d’Apple. Google a rapidement réagi à cette annonce. Andy Rubin, vice-président de l’ingénierie Google, a modéré cette arrivée sur le marché : “Je trouve que les captures d’écran sont intéressantes mais franchement, nous n’avons pas besoin d’une autre plateforme. Android est gratuit et ouvert.” Le marché de l’OS mobile est très convoité et les différents systèmes ne manquent pas. Ce phénomène est un gros problème pour les développeurs, pas toujours avertis à temps des dernières modifications pour rendre compatibles leurs applications avec les derniers OS.Le 11 octobre 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Two teens face allegations in Gaiser Middle School disturbance

first_imgTwo teenagers appeared Monday in Clark County Juvenile Court to face allegations stemming from their refusal to leave Gaiser Middle School on Friday night at the direction of law enforcement officers.A 13-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of failure to disperse, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A probable cause affidavit alleges the boy pushed and punched a school security officer.He was not in custody when he appeared in court. Commissioner Carin Schienberg allowed the boy to remain in the care of his parents before his April 1 arraignment hearing, court records state.The second defendant who appeared on allegations tied to the incident at the middle school is a 14-year-old girl. Two separate probable cause affidavits assert there is enough evidence to charge her with fourth-degree assault and failure to disperse, or third-degree assault and criminal mischief. An affidavit says she spat in an officer’s face and used racial slurs.Her arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday. She was ordered jailed because her parent was either unwilling or unable to take her home, court records state.last_img read more

Oceanside Fundraiser for DUI Crash Victims

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter February 16, 2019 Updated: 9:04 PMcenter_img Oceanside Fundraiser for DUI Crash Victims 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -A fundraiser was held today in North County for three victims of a DUI crash. Residents from the area came together to show their support for the family whose loved ones were lost.El Camino high school’s “Latino Leadership” hosted a fundraiser at Buccaneer Beach to raise money for the three victims of the crash. Rufina Rodrigues,74, and her two daughters, Petra and Eloina Arango were killed earlier this month.All the money that was raised today will be used to fund funerals for the victims. The Go Fund me ages can be found here Posted: February 16, 2019last_img read more

Miami Police reveals memorial to honor fallen officers K9s

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police have unveiled a memorial to honor fallen officers and K-9s.Family members of the fallen officers attended the event at Miami Police headquarters, at 400 NW 2nd Ave., at around 11 a.m., Monday.The memorial was donated by volunteer Miami Police Reserve Officer and radio personality Enrique Santos.The memorial is meant to immortalize the officers and police dogs killed in the line of duty and pay tribute to them, not only during the May remembrance month but every day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

This huge selfimprovement ebook bundle is a steal at 15

first_img See All Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X reading • This huge self-improvement ebook bundle is a steal at $15 $999 Share your voice See It $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it Amazon Apple Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Sprint These are just seven of the 22 books included in Humble’s amazing self-improvement ebook collection. Humble New year, new you, am I right? You’re going to eat better. Learn to meditate. Maybe even train for your first marathon.Lofty goals, to be sure, but commendable ones. If you need help getting started with any or all of them, you’ve come to the right ebook bundle. For just $15, you can get the entire Humble Book Bundle: Blood, Sweat and New Year’s by Callisto. See it at HumbleActually, you can get the first seven books in the collection for just $1. The next tier (seven more books) unlocks at $8. But at $15, you net all 22 titles, which have a combined value of $168.Best of all, a portion of your payment goes to Little Free Library and your choice of several thousand other charities.The books here cover a wide range of self-improvement topics: Overcoming anxiety, practicing mindfulness, building mental toughness, learning pilates, learning yoga, cooking clean, cooking keto and so on. You’ll also learn to train for that marathon, build strength via bodyweight exercises and stretch to keep your body feeling young.All the titles are provided DRM-free and in your choice of formats: Epub, Mobi or PDF. You can read them pretty much wherever and however you like. (Just take note that if you want to read on, say, your phone or a Kindle, there’s a bit of hoop-jumping involved.)I love this deal. For about the price of two to three self-improvement books, you get nearly two dozen and help worthy causes at the same time.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: It’s 2019, and Apple’s AirPower charging pad is still MIA. Fear not: You can charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time and for a lot less money.ipm-2-in-1-charging-pad-with-phone-and-watchNo, this isn’t Apple’s long-awaited AirPower. It’s a third-party product that can charge your Apple Watch and phone simultaneously — for $25. iPM For a limited time and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the iPM two-in-one wireless charging pad with Apple Watch charger for $24.99 shipped. That’s after applying promo code CHPSKTPAD at checkout. It’s normally $50, and the last time I ran this, the deal price was $35.See it at Daily StealsThis isn’t one of those Apple Watch pads or stands that just uses your existing charger. It has its own dedicated, built-in Watch charger. Alongside that: a fast-charging (7.5-watt max) Qi pad for your iPhone. (Android users can use it as well, though obviously this is meant for the Apple crowd.) Alas, you’ll have to BYO wall plug.I haven’t tried this myself, so if you happened to grab one the last time around, hit the comments and let me (and your fellow cheapskates) know what like and what you don’t!Bonus deal No. 2: Speaking of wireless charging, are you still using a cord to plug your phone into your mobile charger? How 2017. Why not grab a portable power bank that’s also a Qi charging pad, like this one for $22?  Bonus deal No. 3: All the best Black Friday deals are over, right? Nah. You can still get an Amazon Echo Dot (third-gen) for $30 and an Apple HomePod for $250. Granted, the former was $5 less on Black Friday, but it’s still a great buy at that price.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Digital Media Mobile Accessories Tags Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 See It See It • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $999 Best Buy Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend

first_imgGoogle also hinted that more celebrity cameos could be on the way thanks to the company’s WaveNet tech — a speech synthesis program that helped bring John Legend to your countertop smart speaker. In the meantime, here is Google’s list of questions you can ask to hear a reply from John Legend: Easter eggs: “Serenade me.” “Sing me a song.” “Are you John Legend?” “Do you know Chrissy Teigen?” “How are you?” “Sing Happy Birthday.” “Tell me a joke.” “Who’s your celebrity crush?” “What’s your favorite song?” “What’s your best pickup line?” “Compliment me.” Ordinary questions: “What’s the weather?” “How far away is the moon?” “What are jazz hands?” “How do you cook bacon in the oven?” “Is there an atmosphere on the moon?” “Is Venus the same size as the Earth?” “Why is the sky blue?” “What’s the temperature outside?” “Do I need an umbrella today?” $99 Smart Home Culture Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2019: Here’s everything announced so far 6:59 See it Walmart Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $79 reading • Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Almost a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new voice options for the company’s digital helper, simply known as Google Assistant. Singer and songwriter John Legend headlined the group of voices, which were otherwise of the AI-generated variety. The rest launched shortly after the May announcement, and finally, starting Wednesday, Google’s first celebrity cameo for Google Assistant goes live. John Legend’s voice will be available in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant — smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the  Google Home Hub and smartphones. You can enable it in the settings of the Google Assistant app or by telling your device to “Talk like a Legend.” (Here’s more detail on how to give Google Assistant John Legend’s voice.) Note that your default Google Assistant will still respond to most of your queries. John Legend’s voice will respond only to certain relevant questions like, “What’s your favorite music?” as well as some more general ones like, “What’s the weather?” And apparently, John Legend’s voice will be available only for a limited amount of time. $69 Now playing: Watch this: • See It Mentioned Above Google Home Comment Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See It Google Assistant makes your Android texts smarter Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected How To • Make Google Home get your groceries CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 1 24 Photos Tags Crutchfield See All Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

AI Accurately Predicts Heart Attacks More Often Than Humans

first_imgStay on target Aside from the almost-instantaneous warning signs—chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea—heart attacks are notoriously hard to predict.Scientists at the University of Nottingham, however, may have a new way of anticipating heart failure among patients.According to Stephen Weng, an epidemiologist at the UK university, established risk assessment techniques—those recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC)—no longer cut it.Standard models, he explained, tend to “oversimplify” cardiovascular disease (CVD); eight core baseline variables—gender, age, smoking status, systolic blood pressure, blood pressure treatment, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, diabetes—don’t automatically foretell a heart attack.“There remain a large number of individuals at risk of CVD who fail to be identified” by current tools, “while some individuals not at risk are given preventive treatment unnecessarily,” Weng and his colleagues explained in a recent research paper.“Approaches that better incorporate multiple risk factors, and determine more nuanced relationships between risk factors and outcomes, need to be explored,” the study said.Machine learning offers that alternative approach, exploiting big data to minimize human error.Using four computer-learning algorithms, Weng and his team input data for 378,256 CVD-free patients, aged 30 to 84, from nationwide medical practices. More than 295,000 served to train the machines, while the remaining 82,989 subjects provided validation.Nearly 25,000 fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular events were documented over the study’s 10-year period (Jan. 1, 2005 to Jan. 1, 2015)—about 75 percent of which were accurately predicted by Weng’s algorithms.The neural network formula tested highest, beating existing guidelines by 7.6 percent. In fact, the MVP algorithm correctly identified 355 more patients than human doctors, proving its ability to help save lives.“Unlike established approaches to risk prediction, the machine learning methods used were not limited to a small set of risk factors, and incorporated more pre-existing medical conditions,” the research paper said.“Machine learning approaches offer the exciting prospect of achieving improved and more individualized CVD risk assessment,” the team continued. “This may assist the drive towards personalized medicine, by better tailoring risk management to individual patients.” Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Eighthour sleep may boost academic performance

first_imgWorried that your son or daughter sleep more even during final exams week? If so, take heart. According to a study, students who sleep for eight hours are more likely to perform better. “Better sleep helped in final exam performance, which is contrary to most college students’ perceptions that they have to sacrifice either studying or sleeping,” said Michael Scullin, Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor improvement in academic performance, a student does not have to be an ‘A’ grade, the researchers said. The findings showed that whether a student was an A, B, C, or D student before their final exam, sleeping eight hours was associated with a four-point grade boost. “It is worth noting that one student who had a D-plus grade before the final but slept more than eight hours for a week during finals week remarked that it was the first time her brain worked while taking an exam,” Scullin said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePoor sleep is common during finals as students cut back on sleep, deal with more stress, use more caffeine and are exposed to more bright light, all of which may disrupt sleep. Fewer than 10 per cent of undergraduates maintain the recommended average of 8 hours a night or even the recommended minimum of 7 hours, the researchers said. In the study, the students were given extra points if they met “the 8-hour Challenge” – averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week. The participants included undergraduate interior design students and students in upper-level psychology. They wore sleep-monitoring wristbands for five days for accurate results.last_img read more

Submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016 now open

first_imgThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is now accepting submissions for PATA Face of the Future 2016.The winner will receive a round-trip economy flight with hotel accommodation to attend the Association’s Dinner and PATA Awards Presentation during the PATA Annual Summit 2016 on May 19, 2016 at Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Guam, USA.The winner will also benefit from global media exposure via PATA’s far-reaching communication channels and will be invited to join the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer. Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016.PATA is dedicated to human capital development across the broad spectrum of travel and tourism. Each year the Association presents this special award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry.Past winners have exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating a commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission.“Human capital development is amongst one of our greatest challenges, as noted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The PATA Face of the Future award provides us the perfect occasion to recognise a young tourism professional making an impact in the travel and tourism industry,” said PATA CEO Mario Hardy.“If you are young travel professional who has exhibited initiative, leadership and demonstrated a commitment to the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region, this is the perfect opportunity to build your career and networks through the PATA Face of the Future award.”ELIGIBILITYAn individual is eligible to enter the 2016 PATA ‘Face of the Future’ Award if he or she is:Aged 35 and below as of March 4, 2016Working for a PATA member organisation (in good-standing as of March 4, 2016) or undertaking post-graduate travel and tourism studies at a PATA member educational institutionJUDGING CRITERIAThe judges will seek to identify an individual who has best:Exhibited initiative and leadership in the implementation of local, regional and/or international tourism initiatives (including research projects)Demonstrated commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in a spirit compatible with PATA’s missionThe finalists will be judged by former PATA Face of the Future winners, external judges and members of the PATA management team. More details hereSource = acific Asia Travel Associationlast_img read more