Accomable joins with Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

first_imgSource = Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney Accomable joins with Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney www.radissonblu.com/en/plazahotel-sydneyAccomable joins with Radisson Blu Plaza SydneyAccomable, a pioneering global platform for finding adapted hotels and vacation rentals for disabled and elderly people, has teamed up with the five-star Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney as the first metropolitan hotel on the website to offer guests innovative, design-led and accessible accommodation in the heart of Sydney.Through the Accomable website, disabled travellers will be able to see and book Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney’s new accessible hotel rooms, which have been upgraded as part of the hotel’s $12 million re-design, and feature trademark large windows and high ceilings, as well as larger showers, an accessible toilet and an adjusted bed, desk and basin height.Currently featuring over 500 specially adapted properties for disabled and elderly people worldwide, Accomable worked with popular Australian blogger, Julie Jones of Have Wheelchair Will Travel.  Julie, who writes about travels with her family and son who has cerebral palsy, recommended Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney, and advised the hotel during its re-design project.Accomable’s CEO and Co-founder, Srin Madipalli, said “We are delighted our guests can now book accessible stays at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney through Accomable. Many people think accessible rooms will be boring, but our customers love boutique-style hotels and design-led rentals. The hotel’s incredible location, just a couple of minutes from the iconic harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Botanical Gardens, is also ideal for disabled travellers.Accomable joins with Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney to offer new design-led accessible stays for disabled guestsRadisson Blu Plaza Sydney’s General Manager, Peter Tudehope, said “Catering for guests who need accessible accommodation has been part of the hotel’s service philosophy since it opened.  This not only includes the guest rooms but providing easy access at the hotel’s entrance and also guest facilities such as the swimming pool.  We are excited to be featured as the first Sydney hotel on the Accomable website which we think serves a vital need in the hospitality industry.”Accomable, based in London, UK, was founded by disabled entrepreneurs Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley. Friends since childhood and regular travellers, Madipalli (who now serves as the company’s CEO) and Sibley are both wheelchair users due to a disability called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Frustrated at the lack of travel information available for disabled people, they launched Accomable in the summer of 2015.The company received funding from the US-based Skoll Foundation and Oxford University (where Mr Madipalli studied) via an initiative to support ventures that deliver social impact.Since then, Accomable has grown into one of the largest platforms of adapted properties with a presence in 36 countries worldwide. The company was also a part of an award-winning documentary that premiered in December 2015 at a UN sponsored film festival in New York City. The film charts Mr Madipalli’s journey to teach himself to code in order to launch Accomable.The price for an accessible double starts from AUD238.00 per night. Book at www.accomable.com or visit www.radissonblu.com/en/plazahotel-sydneyAbout Radisson Blu Plaza SydneyRadisson Blu Plaza Sydney is a stylish five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building and features 336 guest rooms, 28 suites, signature Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Fax lobby bar, eight meeting rooms including two heritage-style rooms, the Lady Fairfax tea room and a Health Club and Spa.Located at 27 O’Connell Street in the heart of Sydney it offers easy access to major transport links, attractions and shopping precincts.All guests at the Radisson Blu receive complimentary internet access with wireless access available throughout the hotel. All guestrooms offer an ensuite bathroom with marble vanity, separate shower and extra deep tub, plus additional amenities including pillow menu, iPod dock, gourmet mini bar, 24-hour room service, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, in-room safe and a daily newspaper. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydneybook your accommodation herelast_img read more

Credit Applications Decrease Reflecting Consumers Credit Fears

first_img Share March 20, 2017 601 Views Increasing numbers of U.S. consumers are becoming discouraged concerning their access to credit as shown in a Survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday. Compared to a similar survey release in October, the proportion of “discouraged” consumers rose, resulting in a decrease in numbers in both credit applications and rejections. The SCE Credit Access Survey results are released every four months.The survey revealed that the amount of respondents likely to apply for at least one type of credit over the next 12 months decreased. Consumers were generally more pessimistic of future approval rates, while involuntary account closures rose to their highest level since the series’ start.  No clear patterns emerged in the changes noted in the likelihood of applying for specific kinds of credit over the next 12 months, with the average likelihood increasing for some credit types and decreasing for others. The most notable change was a drop in the average likelihood of applying for a mortgage refinance, which dropped from 12.2 percent in October to 8.4 percent. For those who did apply for a mortgage refinance loan, most were approved as rejection rates declined. On the other hand, rejection rates increased for new home loan applications.The expectations component of the survey presented a subdued picture of credit access and the need for credit.  It included two areas that measure the financial fragility of U.S. households: (1) the probability of needing $2,000 for an unexpected expense in the next month, and (2) the probability of being able to come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month. Answers to the above areas of concern revealed that there was little change in the financial fragility of U.S. households since the series began in October 2015. (1) The average probability of needing $2,000 for an unexpected expense in the next month was 32.5 percent, in the general range in which it has prevailed since the series began.  (2) The average probability of coming up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month rose from 65.9 percent in October to 67.2 percent. Many consumers were too discouraged to even apply for credit. The survey revealed that the share of these respondents who were too discouraged to apply over the past 12 months, despite needing credit, rose to 7.1 percent from 5.7 percent in October 2016. This was the highest level since June 2014. Credit application rates declined from 42.3 percent in October to 39.9 percent, the lowest level since the series’ start in October 2013. The drop in application rates was broad-based across all credit scores and age groups.The proportion of respondents who applied and were granted credit over the last 12 months continued to decline, dropping to 31.5 percent, the lowest level since February 2015. The proportion of respondents who applied for credit and were rejected also dropped, from 9.9 percent in October to 8.5 percent.The survey showed that rejection rates declined. The per applicant rejection rate dropped from 23.3 percent in October to 21.2 percent. The drop was driven by younger (age 40 or less) respondents and those with higher credit scores (scores of 680 or more). The per application rejection rate also declined, from 39.3 percent in October to 35.1 percent. Other results revealed in the survey include:Application rates declined for all credit types except for auto loans. However, for those who did apply for auto loans, rejections rates increased. The decline was most notable for younger respondents. Rejection rates declined for applications for credit cards (and limit increases). approval Credit 2017-03-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Voluntary account closures declined slightly. On the other hand, involuntary (lender-initiated) account closures rose to 5.0 percent, their highest level since the series started in October 2013. The increase in involuntary closures was driven by respondents age 60 or less, and with credit scores of 760 or less. Credit Applications Decrease, Reflecting Consumers’ Credit Fearslast_img read more

November 5 2008 The Sept 28 workshop partici

first_imgNovember 5, 2008 The Sept. 28. workshop participants graduated last Friday, October 31. 2008. Congratulations to: [from left] Amy Bunker, Asako Kitazawa, Hortense Sestito, Elvire Callaghan, Giorgio Bologna, Alyssa Blumstein and Aarthi Janakiraman. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitol

first_img 13-year-old Charles Williams, Jr. attends meetings, session with lawmakerTecumseh resident Charles Williams, Jr. today joined state Rep. Nancy Jenkins in Lansing to job shadow the lawmaker.“Charles is very interested in politics and how things work at the Capitol, and I was excited to have him join me,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “It’s always great when young people are interested in what goes on in Lansing, and I hope that Charles learned a lot today.”Williams met with Jenkins and other state representatives to learn more about the state budget, sat in on meetings with Jenkins and was recognized on the House floor.“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Not many kids get the chance to experience something like this. I know it’s a hard job, but I’d like to be a representative someday. It would be tough but worth it.”### Categories: News 31Jan Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitollast_img read more

Michigan Legislature approves Rep Idens plan making schools safer OK2SAY permanent

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 20Dec Michigan Legislature approves Rep. Iden’s plan making schools safer, OK2SAY permanent The OK2SAY webpage tip system can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/ok2say.The school safety package includes House Bills 5828-29 and 5850-52, along with Senate Bills 882, 982-83 and 990-91.center_img The state Legislature today gave final approval to Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal making the OK2SAY program a permanent part of Michigan’s strategy to improve school safety.OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service programs and others – receiving more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014.Under Iden’s plan – which is headed to the governor for his consideration — the OK2SAY program would become permanent. An expiration date included in current state law would be eliminated.“OK2SAY has proven its worth, and is becoming a more important piece of our school safety strategy every day,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township in Kalamazoo County. “Kids across the state have a way to help keep themselves and their classmates safe because of this program.”The Legislature previously authorized an expansion of OK2SAY with increased funding.Iden’s measure is part of a comprehensive school safety proposal headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for review. The plan establishes a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools.###last_img read more

Group M is forecasting a 64 increase in global a

first_imgGroup M is forecasting a 6.4% increase in global advertising spend in 2012 driven by a resurgent ad sector in Japan, the Olympics, European soccer championships and US presidential elections. However the growth rate is lower than the media buyer’s previous 2012 forecast of 6.8%, which was made in July.Accordingly, forecasts for key markets including the US and the UK have been downgraded. Japan is one exception as the economy recovers from the effects of the natural disasters that hit the country earlier this year.A 6.4% increase across the 70 countries that Group M covers would mean that advertising revenues will total US$522 billion (€390 billion) in 2012.“Japan’s advertising recovery has proved substantially more vigorous and resilient than we forecast in our mid-year report,” said GroupM Futures Director Adam Smith. “Additionally, the so-called ‘quadrennial effect’ of the American elections, the Olympics and European football are worth an estimated one per cent of incremental growth in 2012.”last_img read more

Gerhard Zeiler Turner Broadcasting System is repos

first_imgGerhard ZeilerTurner Broadcasting System is repositioning its Boomerang kids channel as an all-animation youth and family-targeted network.The news was announced by both Gerhard Zeiler’s international division, which runs Boomerang in 13 territories, and Christina Miller, president and general manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, and means Boomerang is positioned as a ‘second flagship’ channel after Cartoon Network.Classic Turner-owned animated series such as Tom & Jerry, The Powerpuff Girls andScooby-Doo will run on the new-look Boomerang, though the rebooted Powerpuff Girls is set for Cartoon Network.Time Warner-owned TBS said Boomerang will also feature a slate of newly-acquired contemporary series from around the world, and an on-air refresh.The official roll out of the refresh began on September 29, will continue with Australia on November 3 and completes in other territories next year.“The re-launch of Boomerang as a second flagship channel is a testament to its global appeal,” said Zeiler. “We are extremely proud to see this channel move into its next incarnation – with a look and feel that conveys its quality and contemporary position. This represents a further step in our strategy to build on the success of our international kid’s network.”“Boomerang has always been a timeless favourite with multi-generational appeal,” added Miller. “We see this as a unique opportunity to not only redefine the family co-viewing experience, but to grow and leverage our overall global kids portfolio and position it across all platforms in conjunction with Cartoon Network.”The news comes after Miller replaced Stu Snyder as Turner’s kids channels executive earlier this year. Former RTL chief Zeiler has been with TBS since 2012.Turner is currently in the process of axing just under 1,500 staff as part of an effort to reduce costs, news that emerged earlier this month.last_img read more

SDLP Derry Councillor Brian Tierney has said that

first_img SDLP Derry Councillor Brian Tierney has said that those who set fire to a car near the blackpads area of Galliagh last night cannot be allowed to hold a community to ransom.Locals reported the car being driven around the area before it was torched at Knockalla Park,Fire crews were called out to extinguish the blaze.Cllr Tierney said: “The people who set fire to a car along the backpads last night continue to give a bad name to the vast majority of young people in our community who want no part in this criminal behaviour.“People in this community deserve a break. Residents just want to get on with their lives free from the threat of this kind of behaviour.“The last thing any family needs is to wake up to new that their car has been stolen and set on fire. BLACKPADSFIRE CREWSgalliaghKNOCKALLA PARKPSNITIERNEY CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND CAR FIRE IN GALLIAGH “I have been in touch with local police and I will be raising this issue at the next community safety team meeting.“I will also be contacting Council to have this car removed as soon as possible.“If anyone has any information, I would urge them to come forward as soon as possible,” added Cllr Tierney,TIERNEY CONDEMNS THOSE BEHIND CAR FIRE IN GALLIAGH was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Where is the sand at Balluta Bay

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Signs of a beach are now scarce at Balluta Bay.This comes only seven months after a project to expand the beach at the bay.  In August, the Ministry for Tourism inaugurated the beach project costing €110,000.However, within one month, the beach had begun to disappear, only worsened by a storm in the September.Newsbook.com.mt visited the scene today where it appears that the beach is all but gone.Speaking to a spokesperson for the Ministry for Tourism, the Times of Malta was told that despite visible pebbles and rocks, the majority of the sand had not been washed away.WhatsApplast_img read more

Everyone Is Talking About WikiLeaks Massive CIA Data Dump Heres Whats Going

first_img Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. Everyone Is Talking About WikiLeaks’ Massive CIA Data Dump — Here’s What’s Going On –shares Image credit: Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite via BI 6 min read Add to Queue Kif Leswingcenter_img Security Register Now » March 8, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. An intelligence source confirmed to The Wall Street Journal some of the contents of the documents.The files seem explosive at first glance. Internal CIA files are rarely seen, and WikiLeaks has used them to claim that the agency has “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.”Image credit: WikiLeaksBut some of the claims that WikiLeaks presented along with the documents have been criticized by security researchers as being exaggerated or overblown. WikiLeaks has claimed that secure messaging apps have been broken and that the CIA can hack into iPhones, which have widely been seen as a more secure choice than Android phones.Although the documents themselves are a rare and fascinating possible look into the CIA, there isn’t much in there that should worry people for now, security researchers and professionals told Business Insider.Here’s what you need to know as an iPhone or iPad user about the WikiLeaks “Vault 7” dump.1. False: The CIA was able to break into Signal and WhatsApp.Apps like Signal and WhatsApp are commonly cited as secure messaging apps, meaning the government, companies or hackers can’t intercept messages in transit and read them.That’s what security professionals call “end-to-end encryption.”If the CIA were able to break into Signal, as several outlets and commentators have claimed, that would be a big deal. Even WikiLeaks is phrasing its claims to make it sound as if this is the case.The good news is that there is no evidence in the WikiLeaks dump that suggests the math that keeps messages secure — called “crypto” — that’s behind either WhatsApp or Signal has been broken, as suggested by WikiLeaks.Instead, the claim is more fundamental. If the CIA were able to hack into an end user’s iPhone or Android device, then Signal’s crypto wouldn’t matter. The CIA would be able to read what users are seeing and sending before it was encrypted by the software.If your computer or operating system, such as iOS, is already compromised, it doesn’t matter how secure your messaging system is.Basically, the CIA “has some expensive, targeted ways to hack phones, and if your phone is hacked, well, your apps won’t save you,” Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times contributor and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, told Business Insider.The CIA/Wikileaks story today is about getting malware onto phones, none of the exploits are in Signal or break Signal Protocol encryption.— Open Whisper Systems (@whispersystems) March 7, 2017Signal’s underlying technology remains secure, it says.”End-to-end encryption has pushed intelligence agencies away from undetected and unfettered mass surveillance to where they have to use high-risk and targeted attacks,” Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of Signal, told New York Magazine.Strafach said, “WikiLeaks has an interest in getting big hype for their leaks, obviously, so it blurs what is and is not a concern.”2. The CIA did not release a tool that can hack an up-to-date iPhone.Although WikiLeaks claims the CIA has exploits that can work on iPhones, the tools and code needed to implement those hacks was not included in the document release, according to Strafach and other security experts.”I do not believe any iOS user running iOS 10+ has any cause for concern” stemming from the WikiLeaks files, Strafach said.The documents refer to iOS exploits — commonly called “zero days,” or bugs that have not been publicly found — but they tend to be threads and hints about a working exploit instead of what’s needed to verify the CIA’s capabilities. And many of the exploits in the leaked files have already been found and squashed.”While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue to work rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” an Apple representative said in a statement.What WikiLeaks is claiming the CIA can do is scary — basically, that by using expensive undiscovered bugs, it could take over a target’s phone if it got them to click on a link or another attack vector.Using exploits, hackers can “make [a phone] appear to be off when it’s really on, and enable your microphone, and be able to listen to conversations you’re having with other people,” Kevin Mitnick, an exploit vendor and well-known hacker, told Business Insider last month.Strafach said that, after perusing the WikiLeaks files, “if you are an average iOS user and you are worried about a malicious party downloading this leak and using information from it to hack your iOS device, you can rest easy.”This is not possible from what has currently been released,” he said.Strafach said that much of the files seem to show tools that do “not appear to be incredibly ‘production-ready'” and are experimental in nature. Many of the files released look like a small team’s work on experimentation and R&D and resemble how iPhone jailbreakers and small security companies put together research and internal wikis, he said.”I can’t rule out that there is not a single live vulnerability at all mentioned, but I at least have been able to ascertain that this leak does not have anything which can pose a threat to an everyday user,” he said.3. WikiLeaks hasn’t published everything it has.WikiLeaks said that it removed code and other parts of its leaked data that could be used by hackers. But it has said that Tuesday’s dump is the first of many — it’s possible that WikiLeaks is planning to publish exploit code in the future.But that might end up being a good thing for iPhone and iPad users, because when an exploit becomes public, it gets patched by Apple and other big tech companies. Once it’s patched, hackers and organizations like the CIA can’t use them anymore.Apple pays up to $200,000 for a working iOS exploit. Mitnick said the going rate for an iOS exploit can be up to $1,500,000.If any exploits are revealed by the WikiLeaks files, it’s possible that it just made millions of dollars of CIA software useless. The CIA “have to use these [attacks] very carefully,” Marlinspike told New York Magazine. “Every time they use one, there’s a chance it’ll be detected, which costs millions of dollars to them.”For maximum security, you should update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad in Settings > General > Software Update. Contributing Writerlast_img read more

Ricoh Deepens Relationship with Amazon Web Services to Empower Digital Workplaces with

first_img Amazon Web ServicesIntelligent Voice ControlMarketing TechnologyNewsRICOHSmart Integration Platform Previous ArticleKakao’s Blockchain Project ‘Klaytn’ Announces 8 New Initial Service Partners to Drive Mainstream Adoption of BlockchainNext ArticleEurope-based Ovum Names Demandbase an ABM Leader in their Analyst Report Technology Giants Unite to Drive Seamless Information Sharing and Accessibility, Establish Pilot Program at an Ivy League UniversityRicoh announced RICOH Intelligent Voice Control, the result of working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that delivers intuitive voice-activated controls for Ricoh’s intelligent devices, starting with its IM Series of intelligent multifunction printers (MFPs). A pilot program of these MFPs is currently underway at an Ivy League university, leveraging Amazon’s AWS Alexa for Business service combined with Ricoh’s Smart Integration Platform technology. Available summer 2019, the university community will benefit from the enhanced accessibility and collaboration features this platform will deliver.University decision makers sought to create a more welcoming, accessible environment for the entire college community, and they knew they could rely on Ricoh’s legacy of innovation to deliver. According to the American Community Survey, just 30.5 percent of Americans with a visual disability had full-time, full-year employment in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available. At a time when Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely as those without a disability to never go online, making connectivity and collaboration accessible and intuitive is vital to bringing people of all abilities into the digital workplace. Through this pilot, Ricoh is committed to delivering an accessible, easy-to-use solution that could benefit all members of the campus community, ultimately enabling them to work smarter, and more seamlessly.Ricoh is leveraging AWS’ signature low-touch ease of use capabilities to develop the right solution to address these challenges. AWS has a long, proven history of helping organizations grow via its secure cloud services. Specifically, its voice service, Amazon Alexa Voice Service, is available today on more than 100 million devices, from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. Amazon Alexa provides a trusted, proven, hands-free interface between users and Ricoh MFPs’ various capabilities, without the need for navigating visual menu options.Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019“I am delighted to hear Alexa for Business is going to be utilized in RICOH’s new voice-controlled operation service the RICOH Intelligent Voice Control as a new user interface for all-in-one printers. “Alexa for Business” is a service that enables organizations and employees to use Alexa to get more work done. We look forward to drastically improving productivity through our collaboration,” said Collin Davis, General Manager for Alexa for Business, Amazon Web Services Inc.“Ricoh firmly believes in making education accessible for all, regardless of disability. When this university approached us with the idea of voice controls for visually impaired users, we were excited to play a role in the important work of helping open the door for anyone with more diverse abilities,” said Steven Burger, Head of Engineering and Vice President, Portfolio Management, Ricoh USA, Inc. “This technology has the potential to change the way millions of people collaborate and learn – and it has a myriad of office applications, as well. With the introduction of voice enablement, we’re expanding the ways our customers interact with their work. That means streamlining and ease of use, so people with different workstyles operating in the same environment can all get the most out of their Ricoh technology. In a results-driven world full of fast-turn demands, voice controls’ flexibility and efficiency are immense value-adds.”Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportRicoh’s work with AWS is another example of the Digital Workplace Intelligence approach Ricoh introduced earlier this year, which is focused on delivering continual improvements and helping to ensure capabilities evolve in parallel with customer requirements. Currently, the new voice-controlled technology is being developed as part of the Ricoh Smart Integration Platform. The RICOH IM Series of intelligent devices can take full advantage of the new platform and its features. Future innovation is anticipated for other workplace services offerings, including Ricoh’s interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) and projectors, to a name a few.Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty? Ricoh Deepens Relationship with Amazon Web Services to Empower Digital Workplaces with Cutting-Edge Voice-Activated Technologies PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:09 pmMay 31, 2019 last_img read more

Second man cured of HIV

first_imgRelated StoriesEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defensePatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsLead researcher Ravindra Gupta of University College London explained that they hoped that this transplant would help the cancer as well as the HIV infection. He said it was an “improbable event” and “has not been observed more frequently.” After the transplant the patient developed a resistance to the HIV infection. He stopped the anti-HIV drugs voluntarily to see if the cancer was coming back. In usual cases the virus tends to resurface within two to three weeks after stopping the drugs. Even after 18 months since he stopped the medication, the virus has not returned say the researchers.Dr. Gero Hutter, who treated the first German patient and cured him of HIV applauded this second case and said that it was a “piece in the HIV cure puzzle.” Prof Ravindra Gupta cited the unethical research by the Chinese scientist where he created designer babies with the CCR5 gene-editing to make them immune to HIV. He said, “A field was generated as a result of the Berlin patient. You may have heard of the Chinese babies that were having experimental knockout of that particular gene…What this second case says is this is a bonafide research target and probably the most promising we have for any HIV cure.” “It’s important because there are 36 million-odd people with HIV worldwide. The aim is to get everybody on treatment for the rest of their lives and that’s a huge undertaking both for drug delivery but also making sure people can stay on medication for decades. There is a cost issue for developing countries,” he said in a statement. Source:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1027-4 By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 5 2019A man in London, England is now free of HIV/AIDS after stem cell transplant therapy. This is the second such case after Timothy Ray Brown from the United States was cured of HIV in Germany some 12 years ago. This new case in London also used a stem cell transplant. Experts have warned that stem cell transplant in these cases may not be free of danger and could be fatal or ineffective. This new success however has shown that it may work in some patients. The results of this new case and its details were published this week in the latest issue of the journal Nature. It will be presented at an HIV conference in Seattle.According to the report, the patient was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and was on anti-HIV drugs since 2012. That same year, he developed Hodgkin lymphoma and was treated with stem cell transplant for the cancer in 2016. The physicians treating him found a donor marrow that contained a gene which is naturally resistant to HIV infection. They had found that northern Europeans descendents possess a genetic make-up that make them immune to HIV infection. The donor marrow for this case had a double copy of this mutation at the CCR5 gene. HIV Virus – Illustration Credit: Liya Graphics / Shutterstocklast_img read more

Mortality risk from cardiovascular disease higher for people with osteoarthritis

first_imgRelated StoriesEating blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseaseSofrito cooking technique releases healthy nutrientsDeaths from cardiovascular disease have risen by 4 percent in the last 5 yearsThis means that for every 100 000 inhabitants who have had osteoarthritis for 9-11 years, 40more die of cardiovascular diseases per year, compared with the population without osteoarthritis (in corresponding gender and age distribution).The study did not investigate the mechanisms behind osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease and the causal link is not fully known. However, Martin Englund has a theory on the reason behind the results.”Osteoarthritis causes pain, which often results in people not being as mobile and becoming sedentary instead. Thus, there is a risk of weight gain, which we know leads to secondary diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. There are also other background factors in common for osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease. Inflammation can be a contributory cause of osteoarthritis, and can also lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Regardless, it’s important to be physically active and keep body weight in check. In many countries there are special education programs for those suffering from osteoarthritis where you can get information on the disease as well as help and exercise advice”, concludes Martin Englund. Source:Lund UniversityJournal reference:Turkiewicz, A. et al. (2019) Cause-specific mortality in osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2019.02.793. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 16 2019Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have investigated the link between osteoarthritis and mortality in an epidemiological study. It was shown that the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was higher for people with osteoarthritis than for the rest of the population.Using population registers, the researchers studied approximately 469000 people living in Skåne, Sweden, who in 2003 were between 45 and 84 years old and followed them through to 2014. The group included 16000 patients with knee arthritis, 9000 with hip arthritis, 4000 with wrist arthritis and 5500 with other forms of osteoarthritis. They had all been diagnosed in 2003 or before. We looked at the cause of death for those who died between 2004 and 2014 and who had previously been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and compared the results with the rest of the population in the same region. The groups were not different in terms of most causes of death, but we saw the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease was higher for those with an osteoarthritis diagnosis. The risk did not increase in the short term after the osteoarthritis diagnosis, but the longer a person had had osteoarthritis, the higher the risk of mortality from cardiovascular diseases compared with the background population, e.g. if a person had a knee arthritis diagnosis for 9 to 11 years, the risk was 16 per cent higher.”Martin Englund, professor at Lund University and physician at Skåne University Hospital, who led the studylast_img read more

Need your yard mowed Uber for lawn care coming to Sacramento

Need someone to care for your lawn? There’s an app for that. ©2018 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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. Nashville-based GreenPal launched this month in the Sacramento area. The app connects homeowners with local, vetted lawn care professionals.”After successfully launching in 20 other markets, we are excited to help homeowners in Sacramento find reliable, local lawn care,” said co-founder Gene Caballero.Caballero said GreenPal “has been described as Uber for lawn care.”The app enables homeowners to list their lawns with service dates and specific lawn-care needs. From there, local lawn-care professionals can bid on the respective properties.The company says lawn professionals have been pre-screened, and the bidding process is based on Google street and aerial images, plus details provided by the homeowners.Homeowners can select service providers based on vendor ratings, review and price.Once lawn service is completed, homeowners are sent a time-stamped photo of the finished work. Payment can be done via the app.In a recent email, Caballero said the service is available in an area stretching “from Elk Grove to Roseville.”GreenPal currently operates in in Fresno, San Jose, and San Diego, plus major cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri.The service area and more details can be found at https://www.yourgreenpal.com/local/lawn-care-sacramento-ca . Explore further Mowing the lawn less often improves bee habitat Citation: Need your yard mowed? ‘Uber for lawn care’ coming to Sacramento (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-yard-uber-lawn-sacramento.html read more

Ringgit extends upward momentum on shift towards emerging currencies

first_img Related News Banking 11 Jul 2019 AmBank not expecting more interest rate cuts Related News Forex Tags / Keywords: Forex 08 Jul 2019 Ringgit, Asian currencies close lower versus US$center_img Forex 09 Jul 2019 Ringgit opens lower against US$ as attention shifts to safe haven currencies KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit continued its upward momentum to open higher against the US dollar today, driven by investors’ shift towards emerging currencies including the ringgit due to persistent doubts over the global economic outlook, said a dealer.At 9.15 am, the local note stood at 4.1090/1120 versus the greenback compared with yesterday’s close of 4.1140/1170.He said that investors remained on the sidelines, awaiting a clearer signal from the US Federal Reserve on possible US interest rate cuts as well as the release of US inflation data later today.The local note also traded higher against a basket of major currencies. It rose against the pound to 5.1494/1548 from 5.1565/1619 on Friday and strengthened versus the Singapore dollar to 3.0251/0278 from 3.0339/0373.The ringgit also appreciated against the euro to 4.6267/6305 from 4.6348/6390 and went up against the Japanese yen to 3.7895/7934 from 3.8029/8060 previously. – BernamaAmbank research believes the latest US inflation data would be unlikely to change the Federal Reserve’s expectation for a rate cut later this month.”We feel the bounce in June’s core-inflation was due to volatile items like vehicles and apparel, both were in the negative region for the last few months. “June’s rebound was due to previous weakness than to a change of the trend,” it said.It added that it has a 60% chance of a 50bps cut at the Fed’s July FOMC meeting while full factoring in a 25bps cut.The research house forecasts the ringgit to trade between a support level of 4.0939 and 4.1039 while resistance is pinned at 4.1277 and 4.1335.  {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more