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Developing New Standards in Clinical Care through Precision Medicine

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first_imgToday I gave a presentation to the NHS England Health and Care Innovation Expo alongside Dr. Jonathan Sheldon, Global VP Healthcare at Oracle where we discussed the role of precision medicine. I wanted to be able to share some of our thoughts from the session with a wider audience here in our Healthcare and Life Sciences community.More specifically we talked through trends impacting healthcare and population health, what’s driving innovation to enable the convergence of precision medicine and population health and how we at Intel are working with Oracle on a shared vision.Delivering Precision Medicine to Tackle Chronic ConditionsI’d like to underline all of what we discuss in precision medicine by reinforcing what I’ve said in a previous blog, that as somebody who spends a portion of my time each week working in a GP surgery, it’s essential that I am able to utilise some of the fantastic research outcomes to help deliver better healthcare to my patients. And for me, that means focusing in on the chronic conditions, such as diabetes, which are a drain on current healthcare resources.The link between obesity and diabetes is well-known but it’s only when we see that 1/3rd of the global population are obese and every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world can we start to grasp the scale of the problem. The data we have available around diabetes in the UK highlights the scale succinctly:1 in 7 hospital beds are taken up by diabetics3.9m Britons have diabetes (majority Type 2, linked to obesity)2.5m thought to have diabetes but not yet diagnosedTo combat the rise of diabetes there is some £14bn spent by the NHS each year treating the condition, including £869m spend by family doctors. What role can precision medicine play in creating a new standard of clinical care to help meet the challenges presented by chronic conditions such as diabetes?Changing Care to Reduce Costs and Improve OutcomesI see three changing narratives around care, all driven by technology. First, ‘Care Networking’ will see a move from individuals working in silos to a team-based approach across both organisations and IT systems. Second, ‘Care Anywhere’ means a move to more mobile, home-based and community care away from the hospital setting. And third, ‘Care Customization’ brings a shift from population-based to person-based treatment. Combine those three elements and I believe we have a real chance at tackling those chronic conditions and consequently reducing healthcare costs and improving healthcare outcomes.How do we achieve better care at lower costs though from a technology point of view? This is where Intel and Oracle,with industry and customers, are working together to make this possible by overcoming the challenges of storing and analysing scattered structured and unstructured data, moving irreproducible manual analysis processes to reproducible analysis and unlocking performance bottlenecks through scalable, secure enterprise-grade, mission-critical infrastructure.Convergence of Precision Medicine and Population HealthCurrently we have two separate themes of Precision Medicine and Population Health around healthcare delivery. On the one hand Population Health is concerned with operational issues, cutting costs and resource allocation around chronic diseases, while Precision Medicine still very much operates in silos and is research-oriented with isolated decision-making. Both Intel and Oracle are focused on bringing together Precision Medicine and Population Health to provide a more integrated view of all healthcare related data, simplify patient stratification across care settings and deliver faster and deeper visibility into operational financial drivers.Shared Vision of All-in-One Day Genome Analysis by 2020We have a shared vision to deliver All-in-One Day primary genome analysis for individuals by 2020 which can potentially help clinicians deliver a targeted treatment plan. Today, we’re not quite at the point where I can utilize the shared learning and applied knowledge of precision medicine to help me coordinate care and engage my patients, but I do know that our technology is helping to speed up the convergence between healthcare and life sciences to help reduce costs and deliver better care.Keep up-to-date with our healthcare and life sciences work by leaving your details here.Intel Health and Life Sciences: WebsiteOracle Health and Sciences: WebsiteNHS England Health and Care Innovation Expo: Pop-Up Universitylast_img read more

US Cops Leave Indian Temporarily Paralyzed

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first_imgThe US has the largest number of incarcerated people in the world and it hardly seems embarrassed about its awful record. Related Itemslast_img

Artificial intelligence learns teamwork in a deadly game of capture the flag

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first_imgDeepMind’s bots work in pairs to capture the opposing team’s flag on indoor and outdoor maps in Quake III Arena. Artificial intelligence learns teamwork in a deadly game of capture the flag By Edd GentMay. 30, 2019 , 2:00 PM Human gamers know just how hard it is to win a new spin on the classic computer game Quake: In a mazelike arena, they must work with other players to capture floating flags—all while dodging deadly gunfire. Now, for the first time, artificial intelligence (AI) has mastered teamwork in a complex first-person video game, coordinating its actions with both human and computer teammates to consistently beat opponents.“The scale of the experiments is remarkable,” says Michael Littman, an AI expert at Brown University. Getting AI agents to work together is incredibly tough, he says.Although AI can drive cars and easily defeat the world’s greatest chess and Go players one on one, researchers have struggled to get it to master teamwork. The practice may seem intuitive to us, but predicting how others will behave—a crucial component of working on a team—adds a whole new level of complexity and uncertainty for AI to deal with.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the new study, researchers got AI bots to teach each other to work as a team. Their classroom was a simplified version of 1999 first-person shooter, Quake III Arena. The game involves two teams that navigate around a 3D map to retrieve a flag from their opponent’s base and return it to theirs. The team with the most captures after 5 minutes wins. Players also fire a laser to tag enemies, sending them back to their home base.To train the AI to work as a team, the scientists created 30 different bots and pitted them against each other in a series of matches on randomly generated maps. The bots trained using brain-inspired algorithms called neural networks, which learn from data by altering the strength of connections between artificial neurons. The only data the bots had to learn from was the first-person visual perspective of their character and game points, awarded for things like picking up flags or tagging opponents.center_img Initially the bots acted randomly. But when their actions scored points, the connections that led to the behavior were strengthened through a process called reinforcement learning. The training program also culled the bots that tended to lose and replaced them with mutated copies of top performers inspired by the way genetic variation and natural selection help animals evolve.After 450,000 games, the researchers arrived at the best bot, which they named For The Win (FTW). They then tested it in various matches with a mirror FTW, an FTW bot missing a crucial learning element, the game’s in-built bots, and humans. Teams of FTW bots consistently outperformed all other groups, though humans paired with FTW bots were able to beat them 5% of the time, they report today in Science.The FTW bots learned to play seamlessly with humans and machines, and they even developed classic cooperative strategies, says study co-leader Max Jaderberg, an AI researcher at Google-owned DeepMind in London. Those strategies included following teammates in order to outnumber opponents in later firefights and loitering near the enemy base when their teammate has the flag to immediately grab it when it reappears. In one test, the bots invented a completely novel strategy, exploiting a bug that let teammates give each other a speed boost by shooting them in the back.“What was amazing during the development of this project was seeing the emergence of some of these high-level behaviors,” Jaderberg says. “These are things we can relate to as human players.”The approach is still a long way from working in the real world, Jaderberg adds. But the advance is good for more than computer games. If AI can learn to work in teams, it could make everything from self-driving cars that avoid crashes by coordinating with each other to robotic surgical assistants that help out doctors during procedures.Still, Littman warns against extrapolating too much from a relatively simple computer simulation. “It could be that the details of this particular game require only a very narrow slice of what we think of as teamwork,” he says. And that, he says, means there’s no guarantee the same approach would teach AI to work as a team on other tasks. DeepMind last_img read more

Formua One 2011: What makes Ayrton Senna the greatest F1 driver?

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first_imgAyrton SennaSheer genius, ruthless passion and the burning desire to be the fastest on the track. Ayrton Senna’s legendary association with Formula One earned him the title of the greatest ever. His obsessive dedication to the sport and his manic understanding of the machine earned him this title. He was,Ayrton SennaSheer genius, ruthless passion and the burning desire to be the fastest on the track. Ayrton Senna’s legendary association with Formula One earned him the title of the greatest ever. His obsessive dedication to the sport and his manic understanding of the machine earned him this title. He was only 34 when his career was tragically cut short at the Imola circuit in 1994. He inspired us to make a film, Senna, which explores what made him the legend he was. Man vs MachineAn F1 car has a cramped cockpit and is almost touching the ground. Senna didn’t mind and would repeatedly tighten his seatbelt until he felt he was one with the car. To him, driving was feeling. They say of all sportsmen that the ultimate quality required is total commitment and that aspect of Senna was unquestionably his greatest quality. His bitter rival Alain Prost once said of Senna, after his death, “If I was committed 99 per cent to the sport, with the missing 1 per cent my wife or my children, Senna was committed 110 per cent.” While other drivers were partying, Senna would be with his mechanics late into the night, working on changes to his car. THE GREATEST EVERAyrton Senna won three world championships and 41 races in a 10-year career.He had 65 pole positions.He holds the record for most number of consecutive pole positions, eight in 1988-89.Hunger to WinThe other key attribute that all great champions possess is competitiveness. Senna’s most astounding pole-position laps and victories came in the intense heat of competition when he would dig deeper and harder.advertisement The Eyes Have ItEyesight is very important to a Formula 1 driver, especially because he needs to make instant decisions. Senna could read the small letters on a road sign (designed to be read at 50 m) at 300 m. Real SteelThe noise of a Formula 1 engine is over 100 decibels and, sustained over a Grand Prix, can shatter the nerves of most people. The temperatures in the cockpit reach 40-50 C. Senna managed almost meditative levels of concentration. Fit to EndureTo race for 90-120 minutes under forces of over five times the force of gravity requires drivers to be athletes. Senna ran 20 km in intense heat, and worked on key muscle groups. In Complete SyncGreat driving is about rhythm. Senna constantly compared his driving to the stopwatch and made ultra-fine adjustments.last_img read more

‘Indians have a subliminal urge to turn everything into a circus’

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first_imgDilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the,Dilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the evening press conference at BJP and Congress headquarters. The tentacles of the tamasha trend extend everywhere. Cricket, our substitute for religion, is now more spectacle than sport, thanks to sponsors and advertisers. Weddings have started to resemble a Bollywood film set, while cine awards, too numerous to tally, are bereft of dignity and value. Even the process of disbursing personal loans by financial institutions are now officially called loan melas.The crucial issue about the tamashafication of Indian society revolves around events that are meant to be personal and intensely private. Like board examinations. Till a few years ago, the individual triumphs and tragedies of students sitting for board examinations were restricted strictly to family, friends and classmates.Nowadays, the media circus accompanying board exams is unreal. The day the exams started, newspapers ran full-page stories and it was the lead item on television news, complete with interviews with agitated parents, stressed out students, teachers, counsellors and, for variety, innocent bystanders.The media is to blame for much of the current hype and hysteria, but parents have also become willing participants in turning exams into a public spectacle. They gladly grant television interviews while waiting outside examination centres, exposing to the world via satellite not just their innermost hopes and fears, but their family background, who cooks dinner and why they have worn that particular sari. If that is surreal, blame it on our subliminal urge to turn everything into a tamasha. A recent article in the British press focused on a similar trend called “recreational grieving”. Much of the public show of collective mourning the writer argued, stemmed from a desire to be seen in the act of showing simulated grief. We suffer from the same syndrome, except, in India, we have many more occasions and events to find our five column inches of fame or, even more coveted, our face on television screens, however ludicrous the circus act we are part of.advertisementlast_img read more

Felt like committing suicide after losing to India say Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur

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first_imgAdvertisementPakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, was on the verge of committing suicide after the team lost to India last week. This is Pakistan’s seventh straight World-Cup loss against their arch-rivals.Image courtesy: WIONPakistan lost the match by a margin of 89 runs (D/L method) on the 16th of June in Manchester. The entire team along with the skipper and the team management drew a lot of criticism on social media. The way the team played had left the fans bitterly disappointed.Pakistan, however has managed to bounce back in the tournament and keep their hopes alive. They defeated South Africa by 49 runs, thereby ending the tournament for Faf du Plessis and men.While talking to the press after the win against the Proteas, Pakistan coach revealed, “Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide. But it was, you know, it’s only one performance.”“It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there,” he added.The coach also mentioned that the loss against India had “burnt” the guys in the team.Currently, Pakistan occupies the seventh position in the points table with 5 points in 6 games. If they have to qualify for the semi-finals, they will have to win all of their remaining 3 games. Not only that, but Pakistan will also have to hope that the results of the other teams also go in their favour.Another fact that comes up after such claims from the Pakistan coach is the death of a former Pakistan coach. Bob Woolmer died under mysterious circumstances after Pakistan got eliminated in the group stages of the 2007 World Cup.Advertisementlast_img read more

ARC Creates Strategic Team to Advance Airline Retailing and Distribution Goals

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first_imgCompany Will Increase Collaboration with Customers and Partners to Offer Unique Solutions ARLINGTON, Va. – April 9, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today the creation of the Airline Retailing and Payments Team, comprised of diverse subject matter experts focused on ensuring ARC is providing its customers with the products, services, and technology necessary to advance global airline distribution strategies. The team personifies ARC’s “Distribution: Evolved” vision introduced at the company’s Travel Connect 2018 conference. The Airline Retailing and Payments Team members include Shelly Younger, senior manager of airline retailing strategy and ARC’s head of NDC, Sarah Boyd, formerly with United Airlines and now ARC’s senior manager of airline retailing solutions, and Jennifer Watkins, director of payments. “I’m very excited to integrate these capabilities onto one team and leverage the diverse experience each team member brings,” said Chuck Fischer, managing director, airline retailing and payments at ARC. “Shelly has made a name for herself within the industry as a New Distribution Capability (NDC) expert and has been at the forefront of ARC’s NDC initiatives. Sarah brings airline distribution experience to the team and will help boost ARC’s efforts to deliver channel agnostic solutions focused on advancing airlines’ NDC and ONE Order capabilities. And Jennifer, whose acumen around payments is second to none, will continue to ensure ARC’s payments processing capabilities support the payment strategies of ARC’s airline and travel agency customers. The Airline Retailing and Payments Team is part of ARC’s overall effort to harness its industry expertise and continue to bring solutions to customers that support the full travel lifecycle beyond the company’s traditional payment, settlement and data products. ARC expects to develop new solutions and partner with third-party technology providers, when appropriate, to deliver best-in-class solutions for its customers. This was recently demonstrated by ARC when it partnered with Blockskye and United Airlines to create a private blockchain for settlement of direct ticket sales. “The Airline Retailing and Payments Team is another way ARC supports the accelerated growth of the air travel community. As our customers develop and execute on their NDC strategies, ARC remains committed to helping them realize their visions. By forming this team, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to helping customers harness ARC’s expertise and providing the opportunity to work with a known and trusted partner.”  About ARC:An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.last_img read more

NDP wants Libs to drop pension bill which they say puts minister

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government seems intent on proceeding with a pension bill which opposition parties maintain puts Finance Minister Bill Morneau in a blatant conflict of interest.New Democrats gave the government a chance Wednesday to withdraw the bill, but Liberals denied the unanimous consent necessary to shelve it.Morneau introduced Bill C-27 a year ago, while he still held about $21 million worth of shares in his family’s pension administration and human resources firm, Morneau Shepell.The bill, which has languished on the order paper since it was introduced, would allow pension administrators to convert direct benefit pension plans to targeted benefit plans — a change for which Morneau Shepell had lobbied.NDP pension critic Scott Duvall moved Wednesday to have the bill withdrawn but Liberals in the House of Commons refused to give the motion unanimous consent.NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen called Duvall’s motion “an olive branch” that would have gotten rid of a bad bill and allowed Morneau to extricate himself from the worst ethical tangle resulting from his failure to divest his Morneau Shepell shares or place them in a blind trust when he was appointed to cabinet two years ago.“Liberals seem unwilling or unable to help themselves and Canadians,” Cullen said after the motion failed.According to Cullen, the value of Morneau Shepell shares rose in the days immediately following the introduction of C-27, earning the minister some $2 million in just five days.Morneau is now in the process of selling off his shares and placing his other considerable assets in a blind trust. He has promised to donate to charity any gains in the value of his shares since taking office in 2015.Two years ago, federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson advised Morneau that he wasn’t required to place the shares in a blind trust because they were indirectly held by a holding company owned by the minister. She recommended that he set up a conflict of interest screen to prevent his involvement in any discussion or decision that could benefit Morneau Shepell.Morneau followed her advice but last week, in response to a complaint from Cullen, Dawson said she has concerns about the minister’s involvement with Bill C-27 and would follow up with him on the matter.In the meantime, Dawson has posted a notice on her website indicating that she fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose a private corporation, in which he is a director, that owns a villa in France. The notice indicates that Morneau has paid the fine.Morneau had disclosed ownership of the villa to Dawson but, due to what his office calls an administrative oversight, failed to disclose that ownership was through a corporation.In the Commons, Conservative MPs pounced on the fine to repeatedly charge that Morneau had “broken the law.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed the “personal and nasty attacks” on his finance minister as opposition “noise.”New Democrats repeatedly asked Trudeau if he would withdraw Bill C-27. He never directly answered.last_img read more

Employers face long delays for temporary foreign workers as demand spikes

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OTTAWA — Some employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are experiencing significant delays due to an increase in demand this year for migrant workers in Canada.The federal government says the volume of applications is up almost 25 per cent over last year — a development it says is partly because of Canada’s low unemployment rates.Employers who want to hire migrant workers in the “low-skill stream” are now waiting more than 100 days to find out if their labour market impact assessments (LMIA) will be approved. These assessments are necessary to prove the employer needs to hire temporary workers and that there are no Canadian workers available for the jobs.Processing times for the “high-wage stream” are 85 days.“Unemployment is at a historic low, reaching levels that have not been seen since 1976. While this economic success is good for business, it is also creating challenges for employers who are struggling to find enough workers to meet demand,” said Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.“The temporary-foreign-worker program continues to experience an increased volume of labour market impact assessment applications across Canada. Recognizing the urgency of the labour shortage in Quebec and the rest of Canada, our government is taking steps to improve service delivery for the TFW program.”Jerry Amirault, a spokesman for the Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, says seafood processors across Atlantic Canada have been experiencing acute shortages in labour, which is why the sector has been increasingly reliant on migrant workers.A recent study, funded in part by the federal government, shows the situation is projected to worsen if nothing is done. In 2017, 1,800 job vacancies went unfilled in the region due to the lack of fish-plant workers and an additional 2,500 workers will be needed over the next five years to replace retirees, according to the report.“There’s no large families in rural areas with eight and 10 children, so there’s nobody filling in for the workers that have been there for some time, so our dependence on bringing in foreign workers is greater,” Amirault said.“When (government) makes it difficult to get them, what are we left with? We’ve got situations that you wouldn’t believe.”He said one seafood processing plant recently had to use its office workers to help out on the processing floor and the owner of the company had to help weigh lobsters as they came in from fishermen’s boats.“That’s how short-staffed they are. They couldn’t open one of their plants in Nova Scotia for the crab season because (the migrant workers) hadn’t arrived.”Amirault says his industry has been experiencing additional delays on the immigration side, due to a recent change that has seen migrant workers having to submit to biometric screening. He says the labour and immigration departments don’t communicate with each other on these files, which causes further frustrations.Leah Nord of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says delays in getting temporary foreign workers will have significant financial consequences for some companies.Canadian business across the country and across sectors use migrant workers, but they have a lot of frustration with the red tape involved, Nord said.“If there are even more delays, that’s just going to increase the frustration.”The group has been calling for a modernization of the application process, including the introduction of a “trusted employer” program, which could streamline applications for businesses with a proven record of following all the rules of program.In 2017, former auditor general Michael Ferguson flagged concerns about the management of the foreign-worker program, including employers who often hired migrant workers without first demonstrating they had exhausted all other options for finding local workers and applications that were frequently approved without being challenged.In response, the government has been stepping up employer inspections and has been publishing the names of those caught breaking the rules. To date, 168 companies have been cited for infractions and given fines or bans on using the program for a set length of time.Nord says the vast majority of Canadian companies follow all the rules and should not be counted among the “few bad apples.” She says businesses are experiencing increased labour shortages as more Baby Boomers retire, which means employers are increasingly turning to skilled migrants to fill job vacancies.Hajdu’s department says it is addressing the processing delays, including spending $3.4 million to hire more employees to process applications.Simard says the department is considering the chamber’s request for a trusted-employer program and is developing an online application portal to modernize and streamline the application process.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press read more

Ebola UN emergency response mission winds down as WHO announces possible game

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Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (right), speaks with staff at the Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in Bamako, Mali (January 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Pierre Péron The body of a suspected Ebola case in Sierra Leone is taken by an International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) team on 24 December to the cemetery where it was buried in a dignified way (December 2014). UN Photo/Martine Perret As cases of Ebola continue to decline and Liberia prepares to reopen schools nationwide, UNMEER is working with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and other partners to ensure that schools are safe (February 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Aalok Kanani Four hundred cooler box-equipped motorbikes for the Ebola Response were officially handed over to the UN Humanitarian Response Depot by German Ambassador to Ghana Ruediger John, and will be used to bring blood samples to labs in the most affected areas of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea (December 2014). UNMEER Photo/Martine Perret Some 20,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Japan Disaster Relief Team for the Ebola response are offloaded in Ghana (December 2014). Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf Former head of UNMEER Anthony Banbury and Ambassador Samantha Power (USA) hold a joint press conference on the latest developments in the response to the Ebola crisis (October 2014). Photo: Aaron J. Buckley/UNMEER ‹ ›“The Mission has achieved its core objective of scaling up the response on the ground and establishing unity of purpose among responders in support of the nationally led efforts,” Mr. Ban said, adding that as of 1 August, oversight of the UN system’s Ebola emergency response will fully be led by WHO under the direct authority of its Director-General, Dr. Chan.“The United Nations remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in getting to and staying at zero cases,” the UN chief said. His Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, who will continue to provide strategic guidance for the response, told reporters in Geneva that the UN mission “was always designed to be a temporary measure, and when it was no longer needed, the UN system would go back to its more normal disposition in responding to the outbreak.”UNMEER, the first-ever UN emergency health mission, was established on 19 September 2014 to meet immediate needs related to the unprecedented fight against Ebola. The Mission deployed financial, logistical and human resources to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to support the push to zero cases.In the WHO announcement, Dr. Chan said the credit for the Ebola vaccine development goes to the Guinean Government, the people living in the communities and WHO’s partners in this project.The trial is being implemented by the Guinean authorities, WHO, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, with support from a broad partnership of international and national organizations.Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, who leads WHO’s Ebola Research and Development effort, described the pace of the development as “record-breaking” that “marks a turning point in the history of health R&D.” According to WHO, the vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The vaccine was licensed to NewLink Genetics, and on 24 November 2014, Merck & Co., Inc and NewLink Genetics Corp. entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement wherein Merck assumed responsibility to research, develop, manufacture, and distribute the investigational vaccine. In WHO’s announcement and in results it published today in the medical journal, The Lancet, the UN health agency said the results from an interim analysis of trials in Guinea show that the VSV-EBOV vaccine is highly effective against Ebola, which has killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, as well as Guinea, in an epidemic that has proved devastating for the region.The agency said that while the vaccine up to now shows 100 per cent efficacy in individuals, “more conclusive evidence is needed on its capacity to protect populations.”The Guinea vaccination trial began in affected communities on 23 March 2015 to evaluate the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of a single dose of the vaccine VSV-EBOV by using a so-called ring vaccination strategy, the agency said.“To date, over 4,000 close contacts of almost 100 Ebola patients, including family members, neighbours, and co-workers, have voluntarily participated in the trial,” it said.Describing the initial results as “promising” and “exciting,” WHO Executive Director said Dr. Margaret Chan told reporters: “I would like to say that if proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer. It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks.”Meanwhile, saying the world had reached an important milestone in the global Ebola response, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response – UNMEER – will close today and hand over its leadership role to WHO. read more

Kensington count suspended after tellers left exhausted

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first_imgThe election count in the London constituency of Kensington was suspended on Friday morning after council tellers were sent home exhausted following two recounts.What should have been a relatively safe Conservative seat was too close to call – with just 36 votes between Tory and Labour.But officials decided the tellers were so tired after staying up all night counting ballot papers that they needed a break before starting again on a third count. A teller slumped in her chair at the Kensington countCredit:@wnettleford A teller slumped in her chair at the Kensington count But it is also a constituency of contrasts, taking in the affluent neighbourhoods of Kensington, Holland Park and Notting Hill, along with several deprived pockets in the north of the borough.Early indications at around 12.30am from the constituency,  which voted to remain during the EU referendum last year suggested a Labour gain.But a Labour source later played down speculation that the party was on the brink of a spectacular success, suggesting the vote share might be up but the seat was “probably not in play”.center_img As a result the count was suspended without a result and will resume at 6pm on Friday.Returning officer Tony Redpath said: “The provisional result of the election was known at approximately 2am. That result was very close and a recount was therefore requested.”The result on that recount also remained very close.”A request for a third count was therefore made. At this stage staff had been up all night and were becoming visibly tired. In order to have confidence in its accuracy, the recount has been suspended to allow staff to rest and recuperate.”The count will recommence as soon as possible and details will be posted on our website and on social media.”The seat has been Conservative since its creation in 2010. Victoria Borwick took the constituency in 2015 with a majority of 7,361. In its previous incarnation it was also a traditional Tory seat, held in 2010 by Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Milkshake tax proposals included in green paper despite Boris Johnsons opposition to

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And it proposes overhauling a system of “MOT” health checks currently offered to those 40 and over, targeting efforts on those at greatest risk, and reviewing the evidence for new checks, aimed at those approaching retirement age. It also calls for supervised toothbrushing in schools. The British Dental Association said the paper looked “more like a fire sale” than an attempt to tackle public health, while the Royal College of Nursing questioned why the plans has been issued in the “dying days” of the current Government. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ministers have published a green paper suggesting that a milkshake tax “may” be introduced – just hours before the likely election of a Prime Minister opposed to such levies.A long-awaited green paper on prevention of ill-health was published on Monday night, without fanfare, setting out a host of policies aimed at tackling causes of ill-health.The cautiously-worded, 78 page document suggests such taxes “may” be extended to sugary milk drinks, if the food industry does not make enough progress cutting the sugar content of common drinks.The timing of the report –  just hours before Boris Johnson is expected to be elected as Tory leader, and without any public backing from the Health Secretary – provoked scepticism about what will become of such measures. Mr Johnson recently vowed to end the “continuing creep of the nanny state” if he becomes prime minister, starting with a review of so-called “sin taxes” on sugary, salty and fatty foods. The green paper was expected to outline a number of policies to tackle Britain’s soaring obesity rates. But instead it promises a third chapter, at some point in the future, to detail such plans, The document also sets out plans to make Britain “smoke-free” by 2030, threatening an ultimatum to the tobacco industry to make cigarettes obsolete. read more

SPOILERS 1219 WWE Main Event taping results from Columbus Ohio Goldust Curtis

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first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The Hardy Boyz relinquish the Smackdown Tag Team Championships; Jeff undergoing surgery Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Khloe Kardashian wanted therapy with Tristan Thompson Google+ 7/20 WWE Live Results: Columbus, Georgia (Kingston defends the title, Kevin Owens appears) Now Playing Up Next WWE 205 Live Results – 4/30/19 (Tony Nese takes on Drew Gulak in the main event)center_img Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Action-Packed Trek Through The Blue Ridge Mountains The following was taped on Monday night in Columbus, Ohio.12/19 WWE Main Event taping results:* Goldust def. Curtis Axel.* Tony Nese def. Lince Dorado in a Cruiserweight Division match.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.18%0:04Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ben Roethlisberger Now Playing Up Next NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Pinterestlast_img read more

San Diego named one of Yelps Top 10 Foodie Destinations

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first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter March 5, 2019 Posted: March 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, San Diego named one of Yelp’s Top 10 Foodie Destinations KUSI Newsroom 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) – If you love eating out in San Diego, you’re not alone.America’s finest city has just been named one of Yelp’s Top 10 Foodie Destinations.The rankings were based on the number of new restaurant openings, restaurant ratings, reviews, diversity of cuisine and percentage of food photos posted with reviews in 2018.San Diego took the number five spot and other cities that made the list include San Francisco, St. Louis, Missouri, Honolulu, Hawaii and Plano, Texas.Check out the full list:Yelp Names Top US Destinations for Food Loverslast_img read more

Democrats want to claim middle class

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first_imgDelegates to the Washington State Democratic Convention on Saturday cheered U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Democrats in Congress, applauded the call to create clean-energy jobs, differed on whether to endorse a marijuana legalization initiative, nominated two of their own in this year’s congressional races — and managed to squeeze in most of the World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana during their lunch break.A total of 714 voting delegates attended the convention proper at the Clark County Events Center, a cavernous venue that left plenty of empty space around the folding chairs. In contrast, nearly 1,200 delegates attended the state GOP convention at the Hilton Vancouver Washington two weeks ago.Two messages dominated the day: Democrats are the party that represents the middle class, and Americans can’t afford to turn back the clock to 2008.“Voters are anxious and confused,” said Washington Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz. “Americans are looking for answers. I truly believe Americans are trying to decide which party cares about the middle class.”“We cannot go backward,” said U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver. “The last time it happened, we had a young, charismatic president,” Baird said, invoking 1994, when six of Washington’s then eight congressional seats shifted from Democrats to Republicans midway through President Clinton’s first term.last_img read more

Southcentrals only meat packing plant up for grabs

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first_imgSouthcentral Alaska’s only federally-approved meat packing plant, Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage in Palmer, is up for sale or lease.Listen NowThe Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage in Palmer (Photo by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The state Board of Agriculture and Conservation issued a request for proposals for bids on the plant in late October. The deadline for the bids was Monday of this week. Amanda Swanson, with the state division of agriculture, said two bids were received. Mike’s Quality Meats, Inc. of Palmer and Delta Junction-based Mt. McKinley Meat Co-op have expressed interest in acquiring the plant.Amy Petit, executive director of Alaska Farmland Trust, said response to the RFP proposal is a hopeful sign for agriculture in the state.“It’s a positive step, in my opinion, that there are two very different groups interested in seeing this move forward,” Petit said. “So for me, this is a good thing.”The state has operated the plant since 1986 as an asset of the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund. But dwindling state funds have prompted lawmakers to decide to privatize the slaughterhouse. Or shut it down. Shutting it would hurt fledgling livestock businesses in the Matanuska Valley, Copper Basin and the Kenai, Petit said. Livestock producers cannot commercially sell meat unless it has the USDA stamp from an approved slaughterhouse.During the RFP process, preference will be given to bidders who plan to continue slaughter and processing operations at the property.The state Board of Agriculture and Conservation meets Thursday in Palmer to discuss the next step in the process.last_img read more

New UAF research could help scientists develop an early warning system for

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first_imgThere may be a way to predict some earthquakes.Listen nowA University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has discovered unusual precursor activity along the Minto Fault west of Fairbanks. UAF associate professor of geophysics Carl Tape says seismometers in the region recorded minor shaking before an earthquake.”A low, building-up process that becomes an earthquake,” Tape said.Tape says that type of warning signal has never been detected anywhere else in the world. Tape says the motion and another type of pre-quake movement, were picked up on two occasions prior to moderate earthquakes.”Three-and-a-half and four. These events would be felt by lots of people in Fairbanks, and yet we have to remind ourselves in 1995, there was a magnitude six on this fault zone,” Tape said.Tape cautions that the preliminary shaking doesn’t prelude many other earthquakes which occur along the Minto Fault.”If people remember, in 2014 there was a magnitude five out toward Minto and some magnitude four-and-a-halves,” Tape said. “Those were just regular earthquakes. Nothing special happening before them.”Tape says understanding the pre-cursor signal is valuable because the fault will most likely continue to generate similar activity in the future.”That’s one thing exciting about seismology, and also a little scary, is that what happened in the past will very likely happen in the future,” Tape said.Tape says precursor shaking is likely particular to the Minto Fault, which has unique characteristics. Tape’s research is being published this month in the journal Nature Geoscience. It’s funded by the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Singapores Changi Airport Hainan Airlines AirAsia bag awards at World Travel Awards

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first_img1/2 Passengers walk in Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 August 17, 2016.Reuters filePassengers wait to check in at AirAsia counters for their flights at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, June 14, 2016. The AirAsia Group won awards in two categories.Reuters filePreviousNextSingapore’s Changi Airport, China’s Hainan Airlines and Malaysia’s AirAsia Group are among the winners at this year’s World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia held in Vietnam last week.Changi Airport was adjudged Asia’s Leading Airport and Hainan Airlines was awarded Asia’s Leading Airline.AirAsia, the Malaysia-based low-cost carrier that runs services in Asia and Australia through subsidiaries in Thailand, Indonesia, India and Philippines, said on Tuesday that it bagged two awards at the recent World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia held in Vietnam last week.The airline won the awards in the Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline and Asia’s Leading Inflight Service categories.”It’s an honour to be named Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth time. This is further affirmation that we are, without a doubt, the best budget carrier in the region,” Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, said in a statement.The AirAsia Group serves 120 destinations with its fleet of 170 aircraft and has operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan.AirAsia (India) Limited is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and AirAsia Investment Limited. The airline currently operates flights from Bengaluru and Delhi to Chandigarh, Goa, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Kochi, Pune and Visakhapatnam.last_img read more

Petition seeks stay on election schedule announcement

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first_imgA petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) seeking a stay on the announcement of the schedule for the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akanda filed the supplementary application on 16 September which sought a restriction on the announcement of the election schedule until the disposal of a rule issued earlier about taking signatures of 1 per cent voters for an independent candidate.The petition was placed before the vacation bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Ahmed Sohel which kept it for hearing when the Supreme Court starts its regular activities after the vacation, Eunus Ali said.In 2011, the Election Commission (EC) published a gazette notification asking the independent candidates to submit a list of signatures of 1 per cent voters of his/her respected areas in the nomination paper while the party nominated candidates need not to submit such a list.In 2014, Eunus Ali filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the EC directive terming it discriminatory and contradictory with the Constitution while the court issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the gazette notification of EC would not be declared illegal.The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and law ministry and home secretaries were asked to respond to the rule within 9 June 2014.The rule was yet to be disposed of as the respondents have yet given their replies, Eunus Ali said.last_img read more

Mother Of Texas Newborn Whose Death Is Related To Zika Had Travelled

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first_img X 00:00 /01:17 Al OrtizDoctor Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County’s Public Health (Left), and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (Right) reported that the first Zika-related death registered in Texas happened in Harris County.Harris County officials reported Tuesday the first death related to the Zika virus in the state of Texas.Doctor Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County’s Public Health Department, explained the victim was a female newborn who was born with microcephaly and other birth defects.“This was a child who was born to a mother who was in a Zika affected area, in Latin America, and travelled to Harris County in her second trimester. The child, unfortunately, died shortly after birth,” Doctor Shah explained in a press conference held with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.Doctor Shah specified the mother had travelled to El Salvador and authorities believe that is where she became infected.Emmett attended a meeting of the State Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response on Monday and made clear the county is not waiting for federal funding in its fight against Zika.“We’re just going on with our business and if we have to address this then we will,” said Emmett and added: “and then there could be a point at which we would accumulate our expenses and then submit those for reimbursement from the federal government, like we do on any other emergency.”The National Institutes of Health is working on a vaccine against Zika. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more