August 16, 2019 Air India owned subsidiary launches new flights to boost Connect India programme

Air India owned subsidiary launches new flights to boost Connect India programme

first_imgAlliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, has introduced new flights on Delhi–Jammu, Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors. The flights on the Bengaluru–Vijayawada and Kolkata–Agartala sectors have started operations. The ATR 42-320 aircraft will be operated on the Bengaluru– Vijayawada–Bengaluru and Kolkata–Agartala– Kolkata routes.The flight AI9507/9508 will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) departing from Bengaluru at 16:00 hrs and will arrive Vijayawada at 17:30 hrs. On the return, AI-9508 will depart from Vijayawada at 17:50 hrs and reach Bengaluru at 19:20 hrs.The evening frequency from Kolkata to Agartala will operate five days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). AI9715 from Kolkata will depart at 17:10 hrs and will reach Agartala at 18:15 hrs. The return flight AI9716 will depart from Agartala at 18:35 hrs and will reach Kolkata at 19:40 hrs.Air India has started operating additional frequency thrice a week on its existing route of Delhi– Jammu–Delhi. Operating with Bombardier jet aircraft, the flight AI9613 will depart from Delhi at 07:45 hrs and will reach Jammu at 09:00 hrs. The return flight from Jammu, AI9614 will depart at 09:30 hrs and will touchdown at Delhi at 10:45 hrs.last_img read more

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August 11, 2019 Fans celebrate with UCLAs Josh Rosen center righ

Fans celebrate with UCLAs Josh Rosen center righ

first_imgFans celebrate with UCLA’s Josh Rosen, center right, after Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) The Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback of the future and No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen was widely considered as one of the two best quarterback prospects in the draft for most of the college football season.Rosen was a Freshman All-American at UCLA and thrived as a sophomore and junior, gaining momentum as a quarterback prospect who could do it all.Related LinksCardinals trade with Raiders, select QB Josh Rosen in 2018 NFL DraftCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusWhy then, did Rosen fall all the way to 10th — where the Cardinals traded up from No. 15 with the Oakland Raiders — and go after the likes of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen? November 2017 – Second concussionIn the season finale against Cal, Rosen had his second concussion of the season and would sit out the rest of the game.December 2017 – Sits out bowl gameStill dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen sat out his team’s bowl game against Kansas State. He declared for the NFL Draft. In an interview with ESPN in April, Rosen said he regretted having a woman with him in the picture.“I enjoy making people laugh, but what I find funny and put online, others might misconstrue and find jerkish,” he said. “I need to refine my message but not lose who I am.”April 2016 – (Expletive) Trump hatRosen took to Instagram again for his latest controversy, this time sporting a hat that read “(Expletive) Trump” while he was golfing on a Donald Trump golf course. Rosen would delete the post. josh rosen snapped on em pic.twitter.com/NVqYk6b7M2— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 24, 2018 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo May 2016 – Calls out UCLAUpon seeing the news that his school had signed a $280 million shoe deal with Under Armour, Rosen took to Instagram to criticize the news.November 2016 – Ruled out after shoulder injuryRosen would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.August 2017 – Another shot at NCAA amateurismRosen once again spoke out against the NCAA amateurism rule in an interview with Bleacher Report.Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes and then the product on the field suffers.October 2017 – First concussionRosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one start and played the rest of the regular season. Rosen was asked after being drafted as to why he thinks he fell and he responded by saying, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”Rosen’s injuries and outspokenness off the field reportedly played a factor. Here’s a timeline of all those events off the field.October 2015 — Hot tub RosenRosen’s dorm room when he was a freshman included a hot tub and there were a few social media posts to go along with it. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On topic of Josh Rosen’s concussion and sitting out Bowl game. Claims he really only has had 3 in his life. UCLA policy – 2 concussions in 4 weeks meant he must sit out minimum 6 weeks #Cardinals— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018April 2018 – Wants to win the most Super Bowls everIn an interview with ESPN, Rosen stated how much greatness he really wants to achieve in the NFL.I want to be great — in everything I do. As far as football, I always looked up to Kellen Moore of Boise State. I thought it was the coolest thing that he was the winningest QB of all time. I thought that was a cool word: winningest. So I want to be the winningest QB in NFL history. I want to win the most games and most championships. I’d say six titles, but if Tom Brady gets six, I’ll say sevenApril 2018 – Not shy about taking shots at other quarterbacksWhen speaking about the adversity he has faced in his career and being ranked No. 2, Rosen wasn’t afraid to reference other quarterbacks to make his point. Comments   Share   Top Stories – / 97 LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Michigan State Police official joins Rep Iden for Sept 11 ceremony

Michigan State Police official joins Rep Iden for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 06Sep Michigan State Police official joins Rep. Iden for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo Township, is joined by Inspector Dale Hinz, Assistant Commander of Michigan State Police’s 5th District, on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img

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August 7, 2019 BT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure a

BT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure a

first_imgBT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure arm Openreach’s continued operation as part of the BT Group and has highlighted what it says are continuing problems in the pay TV market as a result of Sky’s dominance in its submission to Ofcom’s Digital Communications Review.Under assault from Sky over Openreach’s alleged lack of progress in rolling out ultra-fast broadband amid calls for the infrastructure unit to be separated from its parent organisation, BT said it was vital that Openreach remained part of the group to enable it to benefit from BT’s capital and the £500 million a year that the telco spends on research and development.BT cited data that it said showed the UK currently leads the EU biggest five nations in super-fast broadband coverage, take-up and competition, as well as pricing.BT called for changes to the UK’s regulatory regime including a long-term commitment from Ofcom to provide certainty and clarity, polices to encourage large-scale investment, support for consolidation when it benefits competition and brings about investment, a better balance between service quality and price, a level-playing field in pay TV and simplification of current regulations.BT said that regulation of pay TV had been “lopsided”, with Sky being given highly-regulated access to the Openreach network while BT has struggled to obtain similar wholesale deals with Sky for content.In particular, BT called for Ofcom to focus on the pay TV market, where it said “competition has failed” and to enfource the ability of consumers to switch bundled product providers, enabling them to easily transfer from one multi-play provider to another.BT highlighted its commitment to aim for a new minimum breoadband speed of 5-10Mbps for every home and business, to extend the reach of fibre beyond the government’s 95% target, and to deliver 300-500Mbps broadband to 10 million premises by 2020 and to the majority of UK premises by 2025.Other commitments include one to improve on-time delivery for consumer customers to 95% by 2017.“We are now at a critical point in the development of the UK as a digital nation. Broadband has become central to our economic and social life today and the industry must therefore invest to meet this growth in customer expectations and demand,” said BT CEO Gavin Patterson.“BT is driving the transformation of Britain’s digital infrastructure but we need the right regulatory regime that supports fair competition for all and large scale investment. With this in place, there is no doubt that we can meet the challenges of the next decade, fulfilling the needs of consumers and businesses, driving the growth of the UK economy and supporting social progress for the whole country. Ofcom has the opportunity to level the playing field by tackling Sky’s dominance of Pay TV. That dominance has led to poor outcomes for UK consumers and it is about time that converged regulation was introduced to deal with a converged market. The current lop sided approach isn’t serving customers well.”last_img read more

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August 6, 2019 Net Insight a leading provider in streaming medi

Net Insight a leading provider in streaming medi

first_imgNet Insight, a leading provider in streaming, media transport and resource scheduling, has announced a new organisational structure.Henrik SundThe company says the shake-up will deliver “a sharper customer focus and a clearer division of product and business responsibilities”.The new organisational structure, effective from October 4, 2018, is based on the existing group-wide sales organisation. As a result, the new management will comprise Henrik Sund, interim CEO; Pelle Bourn, CFO; Maria Hellström, COO; Marcus Sandberg, VP Strategy & MarCom; Alan Ryan, VP Sales; Ulrik Rohne, VP Media Networks; Gustav Grundström, VP OTT and Judy Fick, VP Resource Optimisation.Sund said: “Technological progress and changing customer behaviours mean we need to step up our rate of change. This has led us to introduce a more streamlined organisational structure, focused on increasing growth and profit by a clearer division of business and product responsibilities, but mainly a sharpened customer focus.”Net Insight’s offerings cover the entire media chain from TV cameras and TV studios, right through to the TV consumers. It has more than 500 customers in 60 countries and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.last_img read more

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August 6, 2019 Disneyowned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced

Disneyowned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced

first_imgDisney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN has announced the launch of EXP, an esports event series.The company said that EXP competitions will be a mix of professional, collegiate and pro-am formats, with multiple game IP and genres featured across the series. Live event distribution will be via multiple digital platforms including the ESPN app, and a tape-delayed show focused on key moments and storylines will debut across ESPN/ABC linear networks after each event. “Leaning in to esports represents ESPN’s focus on serving sports fans and expanding audiences,” said Justin Connolly, executive vice president of Disney & ESPN affiliate sales and marketing. “We remain committed to serving gaming fans across all platforms and content types, and Apex Legends is a great title to showcase EXP’s vision of offering world-class live esports events anchored by storytelling and multi-platform distribution.”The next confirmed event of the EXP series will be based around the Electronic Arts (EA) published title Apex Legends, which has over 50 million players worldwide. The EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition will take place during the week of July 1. Following that will be the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis, held August 1-4 at US Bank Stadium. Apex Legends will be the only esports event showcased at X Games Minneapolis 2019. John Lasker, vice president of digital programming at ESPN“We are proud ESPN continues to be at the forefront of the growth and popularity of esports, collaborating with some of the top publishers in the industry including EA for our first-ever esports event series. EXP, short for experience, has been central to gaming history, and giving fans a great experience is central to our strategy at ESPN.”John Needham, Riot GamesElsewhere in the world of esports, Riot Games has promoted John Needham to the role of global head of League of Legends esports.  He previously served as the company’s managing director of Europe and North America. Needham will oversee the company’s efforts to expand internationally with the accelerated growth of regional leagues.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019 Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

first_imgDisabled activists have criticised a council for pushing ahead with “discriminatory” plans for a memorial to victims of the Peterloo massacre – who died 200 years ago in the cause of equality – that will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people.The new memorial is set to be unveiled on 16 August, the 200th anniversary of the attack by paramilitary and military forces on more than 60,000 peaceful, pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters in Manchester, which led to 18 deaths and nearly 700 serious injuries.The memorial (pictured) will be positioned near what was known in 1819 as St Peter’s Fields, the site of the massacre, and will be outside the current Manchester Central Convention Centre, which just a few weeks after the unveiling will host the Conservative party’s annual conference.It has been designed by artist Jeremy Deller as a series of concentric circles, with members of the public encouraged to climb the steps to a flat top.But the memorial, which has been funded by Manchester City Council, will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people, even though it has been designed to allow it to be used as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, mirroring those who spoke during the protest in 1819.Now a string of disabled activists from Manchester have attacked the council’s refusal to ensure that the memorial is accessible.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “Manchester City Council (MCC) is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.“Their chosen stepped design purposefully excludes disabled people.”In March, the designs were approved by Manchester City Council’s planning department, despite objections from GMCDP and others during the consultation and planning process and meetings with council leader Sir Richard Leese.Hilton said: “Manchester has a reputation of pulling together and lining up shoulder to shoulder in defiance of injustice, ignorance and segregation.“We are certain that once the campaign message is more widely heard the public will be as outraged as disabled people are and the council will be forced to listen and make the necessary changes.”Mark Todd, a former city council access officer, who started a Facebook page to protest at the design of the memorial – and who calls it “a monument to discrimination” – said the group was “angry and shocked” that it was going ahead “despite it being inaccessible to disabled people and others who cannot climb steps”.They believe this is “an act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination”, with the memorial “set to become a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the memorial, literally being talked down to”.The group has called for a “major reworking” of the memorial by Manchester City Council (MCC), to make it accessible to those unable to climb steps, with options “explored in a full, open, transparent and public manner”.The group said that anything less would be a “breathtaking act of hypocrisy” and “an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peter’s Fields on 16th August 1819”.Dennis Queen, from Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We think MCC choosing to deliberately create a platform inaccessible for all speakers – or signers – sends a clear message against democracy for all in Manchester – the exact opposite of the aims of the memorial.”Flick Harris, chair of Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, said she and her colleagues were “shocked” that the council had approved the “newly designed inaccessible and unsafe Peterloo monument”.She said: “Any new designs and projects should be accessible for everyone or no-one.”Alan Holdsworth, a former Manchester resident who now lives in the US, where he is a member of the ADAPT grassroots disability rights organisation, said: “As a former Mancunian on behalf of ADAPT we are appalled that in 2019 we still have to fight against segregation and exclusion from the Peterloo massacre memorial.”Holdsworth, who founded the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) in the UK, said: “What makes us more angry is that although disabled people were part of the consultation process their voices, ideas and reservations were ignored.“We call on the council to halt the process and include disabled people and accessibility in the design.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “While DPAC realise that the new Peterloo memorial is to celebrate the martyrdom of 19th century activists it remains totally unacceptable in what is now the 21st century for any sector of our society – in this case disabled people – to be deliberately excluded from access to that memorial.“We are appalled that disabled people’s concerns have been repeatedly ignored by Manchester City Council and call for an immediate redesign of this structure, together with disabled people, so that all citizens are able to access it equally.”Although some changes have been made as a result of concerns about access, including the addition of a handrail, it appears that wheelchair-users will still only be able to reach the height of the lowest of the circles via a ramp.But the council made it clear to DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that it was unlikely that any further major changes would now be made, stating: “We are happy to continue dialogue and explore whether anything further can be done to address concerns but it is unlikely there could be any fundamental changes.”A council spokesperson said earlier: “We have engaged, and will continue to engage, with people who are disabled in order to make this memorial accessible while recognising that this is not a building or similar structure but a piece of public art.“Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.“The specific design elements which provide information about Peterloo are all accessible.“We have taken these considerations seriously. While we respect the fact that some people feel that these changes still do not go far enough, we believe we have done the best we realistically can allowing for the constraints of the site, and this is the only feasible site in the original Peter’s Fields area.“Further mooted changes to the approved and already amended design would require new planning approvals and mean the project couldn’t be completed in time for the 200th anniversary commemorations.”Deller, whose work often focuses on political and social themes, expressed sympathy with the position of disabled campaigners and told Disability News Service: “I take responsibility for not considering enough the needs of people in wheelchairs.”He said further changes were suggested to improve access after the memorial secured planning permission, but he said the council had decided they were “so substantial it would have meant total redesign” and so were “not practical” because work had already begun.He said he still hoped that “once the memorial is built there might be a way to adapt it for wheelchairs”, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday) to the council’s position that it was probably too late for further major changes.A spokesperson for the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, which campaigned for years for a memorial to be built, said disabled people were “right to be frustrated and angry about the lack of access to the monument”.He said: “In addition to commemorating the massacre, the memorial has been designed as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, but people using wheelchairs or unable to climb steps cannot use it fully.”He added: “We accept our share of responsibility for not immediately spotting this issue when the design was unveiled. “We have worked with the council, the artist and disabled people involved in or supportive of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to try and find a ‘retrofit’ solution.“We are disappointed to be informed by the council that no solution is viable in the limited time left available.”The names of those who died, and the villages and towns of the protesters, will be engraved on the memorial, while those visiting will be shown the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland.A smaller circle at ground-floor level will reproduce the information so that those who cannot climb the steps will be able to read it.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

ENGLAND bounced back from their openingday defeat

first_imgENGLAND bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Australia with a convincing win over Ireland in front of a stadium-record crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, writes Liam Williams.England controlled the game from the first minute to the last, and got off to a perfect start when Ryan Hall scored after two minutes. He completed a first half hat-trick and further tries from Tom Briscoe and Brett Ferres to give England a 30-0 lead at half-time.Ireland restored some order to their defence in the second half, conceding just two more tries from Kallum Watkins and Rangi Chase, but they weren’t able to crack England’s impressive defence.The hosts got off to a blistering start, and capitalised on an error by Tyrone McCarthy, Leroy Cudjoe sending in Hall to open the scoring. Sinfield’s conversion attempt rebounded off the post before another Irish handling allowed them to go further ahead. Rory Kostjasyn spilled the ball, allowing Brett Ferres to link up with his Giants team-mate Cudjoe, who again found Hall to score his and England’s second, Sinfield converting this time.Cudjoe was in the thick of the action once more when he held off several Irish defenders before finding Rangi Chase whose kick was well taken by Briscoe to notch up England’s third try of the game.Briscoe scored his second when Sam Tomkins broke through the Irish line before passing to the Leeds-bound winger who ran on unchallenged to the try-line.This was followed by the try of the game. A fantastic move involving Watkins, Ben Westwood, Sinfield ended with Cudjoe again finding Hall who collected his hat-trick with an impressive finish.Soon after Tomkins again broke through the Irish line and found Ferres, who went over to score on his home ground to give England a 30-0 lead at the break.Ireland started the second half with more resolute defending and some good attacking combinations but failed to break through. England then increased their lead when Watkins crossed after he took the palmed-down ball from Briscoe.Chase was next to add his name to the score sheet when he latched onto Tomkins’s grubber, following some smart play from the full-back.Damien Blanch came close to registering points for Ireland when he looked to latch onto Liam Finn’s kick out wide, but he failed to take the high ball and the chance went begging.England1 Sam Tomkins2 Tom Briscoe3 Kallum Watkins4 Leroy Cudjoe5 Ryan Hall6 Rangi Chase7 Kevin Sinfield8 Chris Hill9 James Roby10 George Burgess11 Brett Ferres12 Ben Westwood13 Sean O’LoughlinInterchange14 Gareth Widdop15 Carl Ablett16 Thomas Burgess17 James GrahamIreland1 James Mendeika2 Damien Blanch3 Stuart Littler4 Apirana Pewhairangi5 Pat Richards6 Ben Currie7 Liam Finn8 Brett White9 Rory Kostjasyn10 James Hasson11 Simon Finnigan12 Dave Allen13 Tyrone McCarthyInterchange14 Bob Beswick15 Luke Ambler16 Danny Bridge17 Anthony MullallyReferee: Thierry Alibert (France)England 42Tries: Hall 3, Briscoe 2, Ferres, Watkins, Chase; Goals: Sinfield 4, WiddopIreland 0Attendance: 24,375last_img read more

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July 26, 2019

Hey Writers Need an Idea The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read January 4, 2019 Associate Editor –shares Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Joan Oleck Hey Writers, Need an Idea? The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics Have Expired and Are Ready for the Zombie Treatmentcenter_img Next Article Add to Queue If you’ve ever longed to write a novel or a play or a poem or a blog and are hurting for an idea, sharpen that quill pen or fire up that digital device — your opportunity has arrived! Depending on how you stand on the whole re-imagined vs. ripoff debate, a shelf-load of classic works are now in the public domain and ready to be mined.As the New York Times reported over the weekend in a front-page story, Congress passed a law in 1998 lengthening copyright protections by 20 years over and above the 75-year protection assigned works published between 1923 and 1977. That meant 95 years of protection, followed by the current free-for-all each January as a new set of works lose their protected status.This January 1, 2019, works in this category, dating from 1923, included greats from authors ranging from Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and D. H. Lawrence to P. G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost and Virginia Woolf — to name just a few.Related: What Businesses Should Know About Copyright and Twitter UseZombies not your thing? Perhaps a business book would be more up your alley. The Curious Case of Elon Musk, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is totally up for grabs. Get to typing!Got some more ideas for redos of works from 1923 or earlier? Put them in the comments section. Copyrights Image credit: Lionsgate In 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith scored big with ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ when the Jane Austen classic became public domain. Apply Now »last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Finding homeless patients a place to heal

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless, crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their station wagon.Trumbla spent six months at the nursing home, Skyline Healthcare Center, while social workers sought housing vouchers and scouted rental leads. But nothing panned out. When he finally left Skyline in mid-February, he stayed at a motel for a night before heading back to his boss’s shop.”We might just have to leave this area. I don’t want to, but I also don’t want to live on the streets,” Trumbla said from his bed at Skyline in early February, citing the San Francisco Bay Area’s astronomical rents.Skyline allocates 15 beds to the Santa Clara hospital for patients who are homeless or have no one to care for them at home. It’s part of a year-old partnership born of necessity. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, like many other hospitals in the state, has struggled to find suitable accommodations for a growing number of homeless patients who need follow-up medical attention after they’re discharged, said Dr. Raymond Chan, co-director of the hospital’s program at Skyline.In Santa Clara County, the number of homeless patient discharges from hospitals jumped 42% from 2015 to 2017, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.Statewide, hospitals discharged homeless patients nearly 100,000 times in 2017, a 28% increase over 2015. The discharges include 2,608 deaths in hospitals from 2015 to 2017.As hospitals contend with the dramatic growth in homeless patients, they must comply with a new state law, implemented in January, which requires them to provide homeless patients a meal, clothes and vaccine screenings before discharging them.Hospitals also must try to find the patients a bed at a safe destination, offer them transportation there and document the steps they have taken to do so.Skyline Healthcare Center, a nursing home in San Jose, provides 15 beds to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center primarily for its homeless patients upon discharge. This allows patients to fully recover before finding housing or returning to the streets. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)If a hospital cannot find a bed for a patient, or if the patient refuses help, he can go to a location of his choice, including back to the streets.The requirements expand on July 1. Starting then, hospitals will have to keep a log of the homeless patients they discharge and where they go, among other mandates.Legislators passed the law in response to reports that hospitals were dumping homeless patients on the streets with little more than their hospital gowns. One Sacramento woman who had undergone a double mastectomy was sent to a Salvation Army shelter after her discharge, only to find there were no available beds. She had to sleep in her car, The Sacramento Bee reported.Several California hospitals have settled lawsuits in response to such allegations.But finding a suitable place for each patient isn’t as easy as calling a shelter and securing a cot. There simply aren’t enough places — or, in some cases, the right places — to send these individuals, hospitals say.Some patients need more follow-up care and monitoring than might be available in a basic shelter.”We knew that the challenge for our hospitals would be what to do with patients who require services when there are few programs, spaces and beds available for post-acute care,” said Peggy Wheeler, vice president of rural health at the California Hospital Association, which initially opposed the legislation.If appropriate settings aren’t available for homeless patients who need to heal from a wound or require follow-up treatment, some of them may stay in the hospital longer than necessary, Wheeler said.Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections”This puts hospitals in a situation where they don’t have a bed available for someone who does need acute care,” she said.Homeless patients with complex medical needs are especially difficult to place in rural communities because of a lack of adequate services, said Brenda Robertson, care management regional director for Adventist Health hospitals in central California.”Most shelters will not accept a patient on oxygen, and a subset of younger, aggressive behavioral health patients are not appropriate to be placed in a skilled nursing facility amongst frail elders,” Robertson said.Many of these patients need transitional care where they can rest and recover before being on their own again, she said. “But in central California there really isn’t much.”Bigger cities have more resources — but also more homeless patients.Last year, the nonprofit National Health Foundation opened a 62-bed facility in downtown Los Angeles for discharged hospital patients who need less intensive medical oversight than a nursing home provides. Patients at that facility have access to case managers who arrange for transportation and food, and try to find them permanent housing.Area hospitals often reserve beds at the facility for discharged homeless patients, said Jennifer Bayer, vice president of external affairs at the Hospital Association of Southern California. At least one health plan also leases beds there for its enrollees.Dr. Huy Ngo (left) helps oversee 15 beds at a nursing home in San Jose where some homeless patients are sent to recover after being discharged from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Physician assistant Claire Rai (center) and Dr. Pamela Sebastian join him to check on these patients, most of whom have chronic illnesses. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)In San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center sent 55 patients, including Trumbla, to Skyline Health Care Center in the first 10 months of the partnership, said Dr. Huy Ngo, who oversees the program along with Chan. Medical services for those patients are primarily covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.During that period, Skyline discharged 42 of the patients, the majority into long-term housing programs or to family members and friends, said Ngo. Of those, six were readmitted to the hospital — a low number for this population, Ngo said.That was encouraging, he said, but “we know 15 beds don’t even begin to meet the needs” of the homeless population in Santa Clara County.The homeless count in 2017 showed 7,394 homeless people in the county, with the majority in San Jose.A month after his discharge, Trumbla still lives in his boss’s shop. But his toe has healed, and he credits the six months at the nursing home for helping him control his diabetes. He planned to start working again in construction this month.But his wife, Manda Upham, is now in a hospital because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, Trumbla said. It’s possible she might be transferred to a hospital outside of San Jose.”More hospitals and no housing in sight yet,” Trumbla lamented. “It’s getting complicated again.”This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

UMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first time

first_imgHCMV stays asleep inside our cells. Then one day, you get stressed, you have too much going on, and your immunity decreases allowing the virus to spring up again.”Xiaoping Zhu, professor and chair in Veterinary Medicine at UMD This is the case with all strains of the herpes virus like HCMV, chickenpox, and herpes simplex. HCMV can present similar symptoms to the flu virus. But unlike the flu, it persists in your body, and your immune system has to work harder than normal to combat the virus and keep it at bay.It can also be passed through the placenta to a pregnant mother’s unborn child, not only affecting the child’s immune system, but also potentially causing birth defects. “When the mother gets infected, the virus spreads from mother to baby and can cause mental disabilities, vision loss, and deafness. People are aware of this concern with Zika virus for instance, but Zika doesn’t stay in your system for life like HCMV, and it isn’t present in 50 to 80 percent of the population globally depending on where you live,” says Zhu.This makes the study of HCMV and the mechanisms that contribute to its persistence and transmission a high priority for the medical community, with National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding Zhu’s work. The immune system has two arms of immunity, at the cellular and antibody levels, to specifically destroy bugs. The mechanisms of the US11 protein that allow HCMV to evade white blood cells that kill viruses on the cellular level are well known, but in this latest publication from Zhu, he and his colleagues discuss a newly discovered function of the same protein that impairs antibody immunity. Antibody immunity normally prevents viruses from entering and infecting uninfected cells and labels the infected cells to be destroyed by the white blood cells. But US11 attacks a specific receptor that not only naturally bolsters your immunity, but also directs protective antibodies from the mother to be transferred to the fetus. With this receptor impaired, HCMV may reduce transmission of these critical antibodies, resulting in vulnerability to all sorts of birth defects, and at the very least compromising the child’s immunity throughout their life.Related StoriesStudy reveals how protein mutation is involved in Christianson syndromeProfessor Sara Linse highlights Fluidity One-W as key technique for protein interaction analysis at FEBS 2019Scientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution study”This is the first time that we discovered that this virus, or any pathogen, has this strategy to destroy this receptor function and reduce antibody functionality,” says Zhu. “Antibodies are also used to treat diseases like AIDS, cancer, and make vaccines, and this mechanism makes that less effective. By understanding this function, we can hopefully figure out methods to block that mechanism in the future.”Beyond prevention for birth defects and immune system dysfunction, Zhu sees another potential treatment benefit for this mechanism for patients struggling with autoimmune diseases. “Humans have many autoimmune diseases, and in these cases like with lupus, it is actually our immune response that causes the disease, which is regulated by antibodies,” explains Zhu. “In these patients, we are concerned with how to reduce autoimmune antibodies, because their overproduction causes damage on our own tissues and cells, swelling in the joints, and substantial pain. Since this protein US11 can facilitate antibody degradation and suppress antibody function, it could be used in humans to treat autoimmune disease and target these disease-causing antibodies to indirectly benefit patients with immune diseases.”This therapeutic prospect is being patented by UMD through Zhu and Xiaoyang Liu, who stress the importance of directly translating basic research like this into applied outcomes and treatment options, not just for humans, but for animals that are infected with similar viruses as well. “Human and animal health research is interconnected,” says Zhu. “Similar knowledge can be used to promote animal and human health, and diseases pass directly from animals to humans and vice versa.”With humans and animals standing to benefit from this work in many different ways, the applications of this discovery are widespread. The full paper, entitled “Human cytomegalovirus evades antibody-mediated immunity through endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation of the FcRn receptor,” is available through Nature Communications. Source:University of MarylandJournal reference:Liu, X. et al. (2019) Human cytomegalovirus evades antibody-mediated immunity through endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation of the FcRn receptor. Nature Communications. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10865-y. Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 10 2019Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) may not be a household name as far as viruses go, but according to Xiaoping Zhu, professor and chair in Veterinary Medicine at UMD, half of the population walking around campus is likely to be a carrier. Once contracted, it lays dormant in your body for the rest of your life and can flare up whenever your immune system is severely compromised, giving you flu-like symptoms.This becomes a severe problem for people who already have weakened immune systems, for example the very young, old, pregnant women, organ transplant recipients, or HIV/AIDS patients. More concerning, however, is that HCMV is the number one infectious cause of congenital birth defects in the world, including developmental disabilities and deafness. But how can a protein be a major contributor in the development of birth defects, and also hold the potential to provide symptom relief from autoimmune diseases like lupus? In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Zhu and his colleagues are helping to answer this question and uncover the mechanisms that will lead to multi-faceted prevention and treatment.last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Airbus to offer sleeping berths down in cargo hold

European aircraft giant Airbus announced on Tuesday that it is teaming up with Zodiac Aerospace to develop and market lower deck sleeping facilities for passengers that could be operational in A330 wide-body jets from 2020.The sleeper compartments “would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments,” Airbus said in a joint statement with Zodiac, a subsidiary of the French aerospace company Safran.The modules “will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers,”the statement said. “Airlines will initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330,” for the sleeper pods, with the possibility of fitting them into A350 XWB airliners also being studied.Airbus and Zodiac said the sleeping berths would not only improve passenger comfort, but also enable airlines to add value for their commercial operations.”This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort,” said Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus’ cabin and cargo programme.”We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups.” Christophe Bernardini, head of Zodiac’s aerospace cabin division, said the project “reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.” In November 2016, the Air France-KLM had put forward the idea of sleeping berths for passengers in the economy class, either down in the hold or above the cabin in aircraft of the group’s new low-cost subsidiary, Joon. Explore further Airbus wants to offer airlines the possibility of installing passenger sleeping berths in the cargo holds of its A330 jets from 2020 Soon when you fly in an Airbus jet and you fancy a bit of shut-eye, all you will need do is make your way down to the cargo hold. Citation: Airbus to offer sleeping berths down in cargo hold (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-airbus-berths-cargo.html American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, cancels A350 order © 2018 AFP 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. read more

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July 18, 2019

Swiss Guards Worlds oldest standing army gets new headgear

The world’s oldest standing army is getting some new headgear. The Swiss Guards plan to replace their metal helmets with plastic PVC ones made with a 3-D printer, giving the pope’s army cooler and more comfortable headgear when standing guard for hours at a time.The Swiss Guards unveiled the helmet prototype before their annual swearing-in ceremony Sunday. Thirty-two new recruits—all of them single Swiss men under age 30 and upstanding Catholics—will join the small corps for a minimum two years by pledging to protect the pope and his successors.Guard spokesman Sgt. Urs Breitenmoser says the new helmets won’t be used Sunday. The army is looking for sponsors for the 880-euro ($1,050) helmets, which cost about half as much as the old metal ones. Explore further Citation: Swiss Guards: World’s oldest standing army gets new headgear (2018, May 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-swiss-world-oldest-army-headgear.html Could soccer headgear reduce concussion risk? First-ever ratings say yes. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. read more

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July 18, 2019

Two injured several vehicles damaged in landslide at Arunachal Pradesh

first_img Next Press Trust of India ItanagarJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 22:51 IST Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured government support to the two injured persons. (File photo)Two persons were seriously injured and many vehicles damaged in a massive landslide on Wednesday, officials said.Triggered by incessant rain for the past few days, the mud slips occurred at around 8.45 AM along NH-415 near the police headquarters.The arterial highway was blocked for several hours because of the huge amount of debris.The two injured persons — Tarin Mosu and Biri Tath — were admitted to Ramakrishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) with hand and head injuries, Capital Superintendent of Police (SP) Tumme Amo said.The debris was cleared and no one else was found trapped under it as had been feared earlier, Home Minister Bamang Felix said after visiting the site.Dozens of cars, most of which were parked along the roadside and inside a nearby garage, were damaged as rocks and boulders rolled down the hill and rammed into them.The highway remained blocked for over five hours at that spot and cars remained stuck on both sides, Tumme Amo said.NH-415 is the lifeline for residents in the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun, which are 14 kilometres apart, as the road connects the north-eastern state with neighbouring Assam.It was cleared for traffic at around 2.30 pm after five excavators were pressed into service along with personnel from the State Disaster Response Force, the National Disaster Response Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police.Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured government support to the two injured persons.Chief Minister Pema Khandu also urged the people travelling on landslide-prone zones to be extremely careful and to strictly adhere to the instructions issued by the administration.”The government is privy to the situation and has put in place measures to tackle any untoward incident. Though we may not always succeed in tackling nature’s fury, with people’s co-operation, many precious lives and valuable properties can be saved,” Pema Khandu said in a statement.The home minister extended his gratitude to the people who came forward and volunteered in saving precious lives and appealed to the people to be vigilant during the monsoon.On July 11, two girls were buried in their sleep and three others were injured when a landslide caused a boundary wall to collapse on the hostel building of a school in Tawang district of the state.ALSO READ | Incessant rains trigger landslides, bring life to a standstill in Arunachal PradeshALSO READ | Landslide kills five in Arunachal PradeshALSO WATCH | Several dead as landslide hits Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow ItanagarFollow LandslideFollow Arunachal PradeshFollow Pema KhanduFollow Rain Two injured, several vehicles damaged in landslide at Arunachal PradeshChief Minister Pema Khandu assured government support to the two injured persons. He also urged the people travelling on landslide-prone zones to be extremely careful and to strictly adhere to the instructions issued by the administration.advertisementlast_img read more

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