December 16, 2019
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first_imgPlayers of Call of Duty: Black Ops II will now be able to livestream their gameplay to YouTube directly from their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. While casual players may be interested in posting their games, this is big news for the lucrative gaming-commentary industry on YouTube, and for the eSports scene as a whole.Good For the Gaming-Commentary IndustryAnnounced in a press release Friday by Call of Duty game publisher Activision, the new feature will go live along with the game’s release on November 13. The feature not only livestreams gameplay, but also the player’s webcam and audio commentary, as long as the gamer has a YouTube account in good standing (to use YouTube Live) and a Call of Duty Elite membership. With this feature, video game commentators won’t have to worry about recording, and then uploading, their videos anymore, as it will upload automatically to YouTube. Calling it a time-saver is an understatement.“With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, people can live stream their gameplay directly from the game or watch the best players live on YouTube, which is an awesome next step for the eSports community,” said Sang Kim, YouTube’s Head of Game Partnerships in a statement to ReadWrite. The gaming commentary and esports scene on YouTube has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, both in terms of popularity and profit. Machinima, the video-game focused network on YouTube, is so popular that Google pumped $35 million into the company in May. David Lawee, Google’s head of mergers and acquisitions, told Forbes the main reason for the investment was the “financial return” potential. Machinima’s official channel is currently the fourth most popular channel on YouTube, according to YouTube statistics site VidStatsX, as well as being one of the largest and oldest networks.Top Commenters Can Make Six Figures A YearBig investors aren’t the only ones rolling in video-game-commentary cash, little guys can get a piece of this pie too. YouTuber and ex-Machinima partner Shaun Hutchinson, considered to be one of the “Founding Fathers of the Call of Duty YouTube scene,” was making an easy six-figures a year from YouTube at the height of his popularity. PewDiePie, the fastest growing video game commenter this year, who currently sits at number 12, is likely making a similar amount.The question now is, when will this feature be made available for every video game? 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#black ops ii#Call of Duty#esports#games#gaming#YouTube Related Posts fruzsina eordoghcenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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first_imgIs AI Really a Threat to Traditional Jobs? The Significant Role of Smartphones in Human Lives Related Posts Tags:#App#app building#app development#gamification#kid-friendly gaming They might not look much alike, but smartphones are tools just like axes and hammers: They can build, but they can also destroy. A student can use her smartphone to study for a test, but she can also use it as a replacement for social interaction. It’s that second kind of smartphone use that concerns companies like Mappen. Because appmakers are incentivized to maximize retention, many use gamification, in-app purchases, and design tricks to keep users engaged. Although those techniques may not harm adults, a growing body of research shows that they endanger the mental health of children and teens. Addiction, believe it or not, may not be too strong of a word: Pew Research Center found that teens feel a variety of negative emotions, from anxious (42%) to lonely (25%), when separated from their phones. Even when they have their phones, though, they feel uncomfortable, with 90% claiming excessive online time is a problem in their age group.For better or worse, teens aren’t about to stop using digital devices. Rather than turn parents into the smartphone police, software companies should be more responsible in how they build and market their products to teens. Essentials of Kid-Friendly AppsKids and teens don’t know to treat apps, and social apps in particular, with the caution they deserve. To build an app that’s safe for them:1. Limit gamification.When an app like Candy Crush plays an exciting noise and awards you a badge for completing a level, it’s downright difficult to not click through to the next one. You may know when it’s time to take a break, but you can’t assume kids and teens have the same sense of responsibility. What if your boss won’t let you cut out gamification completely? Build in a break reminder. Although multiple standalone apps offer the functionality, few social networking or entertainment apps do. Differentiate yours while doing good for the world by incorporating one. 2. Avoid in-app purchases.Another potentially addictive element in apps is purchased content. Young children, in particular, don’t understand the idea that they can spend real money in virtual games. “Black hat” designers can and do take advantage of that innocence, but those gains never last long. Parents inevitably learn about the purchases, at which point they delete the app.  If you must offer in-app purchases in apps for children, make the opt-in process obvious and adult-oriented. Let the parents decide whether the added value is worth the extra dollar.3. Segment communication channels.If your app has a chat feature — even if it’s limited to those in a certain game or room — be sure to segment minors from adults. Although some apps use algorithms to check for inappropriate comments or requests, filters only go so far. Instead, take your cue from social network Yubo. Not only does Yubo confirm the age of its users, requiring those between the ages of 13 and 17 to get their parents’ permission, but it also provides separate chat spaces for minors and adults. Anything less is an open door to predators. 4. Don’t collect data unnecessarily. Because adults are consumers, companies are champing at the bit to gain all the insights they can about how those adults shop and spend. But time and time again, those data stores are breached by people looking to sell or steal the information inside. Not only do companies have comparably little to gain by collecting demographic and usage data about children, but they put both themselves and those kids at risk. When TeenSafe, an app parents use to track their teenagers, suffered a breach last year that exposed the data of minors, the media wasn’t kind. Had a child been abducted, TeenSafe may have been legally liable as well. Apps for children shouldn’t just be simpler versions of apps for adults. Kids use their phones to connect, explore, and grow. They deserve safe spaces to do. As you design your app for kids, keep safety and simplicity top of mind. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 5 Trendy Gift Ideas for the Secret Santa Exchan… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more

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first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Insignificance, February 24, 2008]When cultural values (such as the importance of family) conflict with other demands, the resulting stress can lead to a mental health issue. Alamilla, Kim, and Lam examined ethnic identity, cultural change, and mental health in a group of 130 Latino/a students at a predominately European American university to determine what influence cultural change would have on symptoms of anxiety, hostility, and somatization (complaints about physical symptoms not caused by physical disease) [1].The 130 students of Latino background (74 women and 56 men), 31% were first generation, 59% were second generation, 5% were third generation, and 5% were fourth, fifth, or did not report generation status. The students were assessed to determine:Adherence to traditional Latino/a values such as an emphasis on family, respect, dignity, and cultural prideOrientation towards a traditional Latino value system compared with a traditional Anglo cultureEthnic/minority student stresses (e.g., social climate, interracial relationships, discrimination)Perceived racismPsychological symptomsThe results of the study indicated that the higher the perceived racism, the higher the levels of anxiety, hostility, and somatic symptoms, regardless of level of acculturation. Minority student stresses were also found to predict psychological symptoms. Interestingly, level of acculturation or type of values did not seem to predict adjustment. This means that, while level of acculturation and type of values might be important in some regards, sense of racism, or stressors relating to being a minority can have a much greater impact. As a therapist, it will be important to be aware of the role that these sorts of stressors can play for Latino clients.References[1] Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, N. A. (2010). Acculturation, enculturation, perceived racism, minority status stressors, and psychological symptomatology among Latino/as. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(1), 55-76. doi:10.1177/0739986309352770This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family evelopment (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.What is the DVBIC?The Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) was founded by Congress in 1992 to serve as the pathway of care manager for traumatic brain injury (TBI) within the Military Health System (MHS). The center provides quality care for individuals ranging from initial injury to reintegration for service members, veterans, and their families to reduce the impact of mild to severe TBI.A Head for the FutureOne of the initiatives of the DVBIC is “A Head for the Future”, which provides resources to the military community prevent, recognize, and recover from TBI. The website’s page on prevention details ways in which individuals can protect themselves from TBI during non-combat situations, including details on helmet safety. Recognize describes what TBI is and provides details on common causes, signs and symptoms, and possible effects on mental health. Finally, Recover presents information on the rehabilitation and treatment process for TBI.TBI ChampionsIn addition to providing information on prevention, recognition, and treatment, “A Head for the Future” hosts several video testimonials of individuals who have experienced TBI, called “TBI Champion Stories”. These videos provide glimpses into the lives of a variety of people just like us who have suffered TBI themselves or cared for someone with TBI. These videos alone are a valuable resource because they provide support and hope for individuals going through similar battles, and when taken together they provide a resounding message: you are not alone.Want to Learn More?To learn more about traumatic brain injury and its effects on families, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Heidi Knock, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Knock provides individual, marital, and group psychotherapy to veterans and their families. She also treats individuals on the polytrauma unit and the inpatient rehabilitation unit who have a combination of complex mental and physical health issues, such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, amputation, and posttraumatic stress disorder.The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more

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first_imgIn the old days, to describe someone with sales skills people would say things like “He could sell ice to an eskimo.” That phrase was used to describe sales acumen, especially overcoming objections. But selling has changed. You would never sell ice to an eskimo. He doesn’t need ice. Selling someone something they really don’t want, don’t need, and can’t benefit from makes you selfish, self-oriented, and manipulative.If you want to make a sale to an eskimo today, you sell him a vision, a factory, and transportation so he can do something with the ice already surrounding him. That’s a bigger, more valuable sale for both you and your proverbial eskimo.last_img

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first_imgNorthern Knights batsman Kane Williamson celebrates after completing his century against Cape Cobras during their Champions League Twenty20 match at Raipur on Friday. Photo: PTIRain took some sheen off Kane Williamson’s record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights defeated Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method in Raipur on Friday.Opening batsman Williamson produced a sensational show as he batted through the innings with a 49-ball 101 not out, the first hundred of this edition, to guide his side to a huge total of 206 for five after being put into bat.Chasing a huge target of 207 for a win, the Cobras struggled to get going and they were 44 for two when rain arrived at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.Rain continued and after a long wait, the umpires decided to end the Group B match and the Knights emerged victorious under the D/L method.As five overs had been completed before the rain came, the match was counted as complete and the par score under D/L method at that stage was 77.The Knights kept their winning momentum in the tournament as they had won all their three qualifying round matches.The Cobras run chase began on a disastrous note with their opening batsman Stiaan Van Zyl (0) dismissed in the first delivery of the innings bowled by Trent Boult.The other opener Hashim Amla (20) tried to keep his side on track but the asking rate kept on rising and he fell in the sixth over in his bid to accelerate the innings.advertisementRobin Peterson and Omphile Ramela were batting on 17 and four respectively when rain came in the eighth over, though the Cobras were looking down the barrel at that stage as the asking rate had risen over 12 an over.last_img read more

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first_imgIn a chapter titled Inspired by India, de Villiers In a chapter titled Inspired by India, de Villiers writes that “this great country has provided me with so many opportunities and has become so important in my career.” Commenting on his participation in the Indian Premier League, de Villiers writes about how the tournament has suddenly changed the game forever as players who were used to being rivals on the international stage became friends and teammates. But he was “embarrassed” about the price Vijay Mallya paid for him to play in the Royal Bangalore Challengers franchise in January 2011. “A few well-timed performances…may have increased my value, but whatever the reason, I was surprised and, frankly, a little embarrassed when the list of annual player salaries was published after the auction and USD 1.1 million appeared beside my name,” de Villiers wrote. “The IPL will surely continue to grow and develop, leading the evolution of the game in many respects, and I hope to participate for a few more years…not least because, taking into account the size of the crowds, the noise and the atmosphere, the most inspiring place to play cricket is India,” De Villiers wrote in the concluding chapter of his book. AB ? The Autobiography will also be launched in Australia and England later this month. PTI FH SSC SSClast_img read more

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first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the heritage experience in Falmouth is being leveraged to enhance the town as a major destination for cruise-ship and stopover visitors. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the heritage experience in Falmouth is being leveraged to enhance the town as a major destination for cruise-ship and stopover visitors.He noted that the rich history of the town, with the Georgian architecture and various attractions, makes the Falmouth capital “a wonderful tourism asset”.The Minister was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the new Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Falmouth on February 6.He noted that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has spent some $385.2 million on rehabilitation and beautification projects in Falmouth, inclusive of renovation of the Trelawny Parish Church, the Falmouth Post Office, Falmouth Courthouse and Water Square; streetscape improvements at Market Street, Harbour Lane and Falmouth Street; as well as rehabilitation of heritage buildings and the Jewish Cemetery as part of the Falmouth Heritage District.“In addition, we have another $629.3 million in projects on stream, inclusive of the artisan village at the old Hampden Wharf. We look forward to the completion of Ocean Coral Spring, which will strengthen Falmouth’s appeal as a destination by expanding its hotel offerings and raising the town’s room count,” the Minister said.Ocean Coral Spring Hotel is a 1,000-room property being developed by the Spanish Hotel chain, H10.The developers are investing US$250 million in the project and the first 500 rooms are expected to be completed by the end of the year. H10 operates 50 hotels in 18 destinations. The Minister was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the new Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Falmouth on February 6. He noted that the rich history of the town, with the Georgian architecture and various attractions, makes the Falmouth capital “a wonderful tourism asset”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgSeniors in Nova Scotia will have more opportunities to participate in specially designed literacy and learning programs as a result of a $40,000 government investment in the Seniors’ Literacy and Learning Initiative. The Seniors’ Secretariat and Department of Education each invested $20,000 to enable communities to implement literacy and learning programs for seniors. “We know that active participation by seniors in all forms of learning is essential to maintaining independence and self-esteem,” said Angus MacIsaac, chair of the Seniors’ Secretariat. “This investment will help deliver more literacy and learning programs to a wider group of seniors, resulting in a better quality of life for older Nova Scotians.” Over the last year, seniors’ literacy and learning pilot projects took place in five Nova Scotia communities. Projects were based on the Seniors’ Secretariat’s learning resource kit for seniors, which includes sections on story telling, computer learning, health and safety. The new funding will help extend these projects and support new activities. “Many seniors don’t have a chance to maintain the literacy skills they need to function easily in today’s text-focused world,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “We are focused on providing literacy and learning opportunities for Nova Scotians of all ages. This investment will give older Nova Scotians a chance to upgrade their skills, which will improve their self-confidence, health and overall enjoyment of life.” As part of one of the pilot projects, 11 seniors in the Kentville area collected their own stories to produce a book called Stories That Bind Us Together. The book sold out in the community, and three of the participants have since volunteered to tutor others through the Community Learning Network. “The seniors in our program definitely became more self-confident, and recognized many skills, such as writing, public speaking and reading comprehension,” said Carol Boudreau, facilitator, Kings County project. “Although their lives seem ordinary, they are filled with wisdom that needed to be passed on to family and community. Without the support of Kings County literacy programs, their stories would have gone unspoken, unwritten and unheard.” Through the Seniors’ Literacy and Learning Initiative, Community Learning Networks can apply for grants of up to $3,000 to implement senior-friendly literacy programs in their communities. More information about the Seniors’ Literacy and Learning Initiative is available by calling 1-800-670-0065 or by e-mail at mcmillma@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgSriharikota (AP): “We bounced back with flying colours… success is coming after a hallow”, a beaming Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman said after the successful launch of Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, which was hit by a technical snag last week.Addressing the gathering at the mission control centre after the GLSV-MKIII-M1 injected the three-module spacecraft in a precise launch from this sport, he also said not only ISRO and India but the entire world was waiting for the launch. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier technical snag. Success is coming after a hollow,” he said crediting the entire Team ISRO for the success. “Immediately after the technical snag was observed in an intelligent way one week back, the entire team swung into action. The work done in the next 24 hours to bring the vehicle back to normal was mind-boggling,” he said. The Rs 978 crore mission was called off on July 15 barely an hour before the lift-off after the scientists noticed a glitch in the three-stage rocket during the propellant filling phase. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, after quick remedial action it was rescheduled for Monday and launched successfully. “I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV Mark III successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 in the defined orbit, infact the orbit is 6,000 km more than what was intended” Sivan said. The ISRO chief said the success of the mission marked the beginning of historical journey of India towards moon to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments. “Not only ISRO and India, but the entire globe was waiting for this mission’s success, which we achieved now,” he said. The geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle lifted-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here into cloudy skies at 2.43 pm Monday and successfully placed the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 into the earth orbit about 16 minutes later, completing the first phase of the mission. Noting that mission was yet to be completed, Sivan said that Chandrayaan-2 team was tasked with 15 “very crucial” manoeuvres in the next one-and-half months before the rover is landed on the lunar surface. “After the D Day comes we are going to experience 15 minutes of terror to ensure the landing is safely done near the Moon’s south pole,” he said. He was referring to the most complex phase of the mission when the scientists will carry out the soft landing of the rover on the Moon’s surface, expected around September 6-8. Crediting the Chandrayaan-2 team for “burning midnight oil” in the last one-and-a half years, he said it was his duty to “salute” all of them who have worked for the mission’s success. Sivan expressed hope the space agency would work together, as always, for the missions in the pipeline, including Cartosat 3.last_img read more

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The dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon centres on an island which has oil resources. In 2004 both sides agreed to exploit it jointly and continue to work on the border problem.Mr. Annan hosted a mini-summit between President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea in Geneva this morning and said both leaders had “agreed to press ahead with immediate negotiations on the delimitation of their maritime and land borders.”“They showed incredible flexibility, good will and determination to press ahead and resolve this issue in the next few months and definitely before the end of the year,” Mr. Annan told the press after the meeting.“I think it will be important for them to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and it will also be a good message for the continent, a continent wracked by conflicts and tensions, that two leaders come together and resolve their differences very, very peacefully.”The Secretary-General also said that both sides had agreed that technical teams would meet in Geneva on 15 March to continue the discussions, adding that he intended to meet with the leaders again sometime in the course of next month in Africa to further pursue efforts towards resolving the border issue. read more

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In an interview with UN News, Hanan Ashrawi, an Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, described the deaths and injuries of Palestinians at the Gaza border on Monday as a “massacre”, adding that Palestinians everywhere were one people, who “share the same pain, the same sorrows, the same aspirations, the same hopes”.The veteran peace negotiator and legislator, is at UN Headquarters in New York, to take part in a forum organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Following the United States decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this week – and act which she described as “becoming complicit in the occupation” – she said Palestinians “want a new multilateral mechanism; we want a new international engagement.”She said that peace negotiations with Israel since the early 1990s, brokered by the US, had not worked: “The US certainly has joined Israel as a partner in crime. It has joined Israel in violating international law and the resolutions of the Security Council on Jerusalem and so on. So, what we need to do is to bypass these obstacles…and to find a sort of global forum for the solution,” she said.    Asked if a two-state solution with both countries living side-by-side in peace, was still possible, Ms. Ashrawi said: “This is very much in doubt, it’s very questionable. Unless there is the will to engage, to intervene effectively – not just to end settlement activities but to begin to dismantle settlements – Israel will have succeeded in super-imposing Greater Israel on all of historical Palestine.”Asked for her view on calls from senior UN officials for Hamas in Gaza to stop inciting any violence at the border, she said the militant group was being used as a “convenient scapegoat” to deflect blame and accountability away from Israel.“It is not Hamas who is responsible for the killing fields that Israel has carried out in Gaza. The people who are on this march to return; these unarmed civilian protests against the moving of the American embassy…these are expressions of will by the Palestinian people, who are protesting, demonstrating on their own lands”, she said, adding that “they are sending a message not just to Israel but to the rest of the world that we are a people who are alive and we want to live, and we want our freedom and we want our rights. This is not a sort of incitement or instigation by Hamas.” read more

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Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during OSU’s 38-10 win over Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter eight wins in as many tries to begin the 2015 college football season, Ohio State is the third-best team in the country.That at least comes in the mind of the College Football Playoff selection committee, which released its first rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes opened the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll and have held that spot throughout the season, though their number of votes has dwindled from the start.OSU is joined by four Big Ten counterparts in the top 25: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 17 Michigan and No. 21 Northwestern.Alongside the Scarlet and Gray, the other three teams rounding out the current four-team playoff are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama.Last season, OSU appeared at No. 16 in the first CFP Poll after a 6-1 start to the season, including a second-week loss at home against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes ended up winning their next six games to earn the fourth seed and went on to win the national championship after playoff wins against Alabama and Oregon.The College Football Playoff selection committee is made up of 12 members and is currently in its second season. New rankings are released each Tuesday until the end of regular season, followed by the final rankings on Dec. 6, the day after the end of the conference championship games.The complete top 25 of the first iteration of the rankings can be found below:1. Clemson2. LSU3. Ohio State4. Alabama5. Notre Dame6. Baylor7. Michigan State8. TCU9. Iowa10. Florida11. Stanford12. Utah13. Memphis14. Oklahoma State15. Oklahoma16. Florida State17. Michigan18. Mississippi19. Texas A&M20. Mississippi State21. Northwestern22. Temple23. UCLA24. Toledo25. Houston read more

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The painful condition, suffered by around 1.5 million women in the UK, is difficult to diagnose, with the average sufferer waiting more than seven years before it is identified. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect up to 90 per cent of cases of endometriosis. The test, developed by MDNA Life Sciences and experts at the University of Oxford, will be available privately within nine months at a… The new test looks for tiny DNA fragments in the blood, providing a diagnosis with in days, meaning women can be offered treatment far sooner. Often, patients need to go undergo keyhole surgery to identify tissues around the ovaries and fallopian tubes in order to diagnose the condition. 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. read more

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first_imgData Protection Commission to seek enforcement action over government’s refusal to comply with PSC findings The government is challenging the findings of a landmark report into the legality of the card. Share189 Tweet Email2 33 Comments THE DATA PROTECTION Commission has said it plans to proceed with enforcement action following the government’s refusal to comply with recommendations made in a report about the legality of the Public Services Card (PSC).The government is set to appeal the findings of the DPC’s landmark report, which found that there is no lawful basis for a person to be required to get a PSC for anything other than social welfare payments and benefits. The government has yet to publish the report, despite numerous calls to do so. Graham Doyle, the DPC’s Head of Communications, told TheJournal.ie the Commission has declined the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s (DEASP) request for a meeting and plans to proceed with enforcement action. “I can confirm that we have this evening responded to the Department and have declined their request for a meeting. We have once again called on the Department to publish the final report immediately in the public interest. Finally, then, in August 2019 the report was finalised and sent to the department. Dixon made three main findings:There’s no lawful basis for a person to be told they must have a Public Services Card to access a State service, except for social welfare and benefits.The DEASP has no lawful basis for keeping documents provided, such as utility bills, for the 3.2 million cards issued so far. That data must now be destroyed.And the department also hasn’t been sufficiently transparent in terms of the personal data it processes in the context of the PSC.Also included in these findings was a direction to the department for a progress report within 21 days (ie tomorrow) on the removal of the PSC as a requirement for non-welfare related services and an implementation plan for the second finding on the retention of documents within six weeks. Although it took several weeks to respond, the government signalled this week that it will be challenging these findings. A joint statement from the DEASP and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said: Following very careful consideration of the report and having taken the advice of the Attorney General’s Office, the ministers informed government that they are satisfied that the processing of personal data related to the PSC does in fact have a strong legal basis, the retention of data is lawful and that the information provided to users does satisfy the requirements of transparency.“On this basis the Ministers believe that it would be inappropriate, and potentially unlawful, to withdraw or modify the use of the PSC or the data processes that underpin it as has been requested by the DPC.”With reporting by Órla Ryan Sep 5th 2019, 7:14 PM Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 7:14 PM 05.09.19 Why is the government set for a showdown in court over the findings of the PSC report? Short URL 03.09.19 ‘A mistake government doesn’t need to make’: Refusing to publish PSC report ‘absurd’, activists claimcenter_img Image: DEASP 25,717 Views 16.08.19 No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds https://jrnl.ie/4797429 Image: DEASP By Sean Murray As for next steps, we have informed the Department that due to their stated refusal to accept the findings of our final report we will now proceed to enforcement action.A spokesperson for the DEASP told TheJournal.ie: “The Department has received the correspondence from the DPC this evening and is considering its contents.”Yesterday, Minister Regina Doherty said the government would be challenging the findings of the landmark inquiry in court.Furthermore, she signalled the government would be defying the direction from the DPC and continue to retain the data of people who apply for the PSC.“My legal advice is incredibly strong,” Doherty told RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, adding that this advice says there is a “clear and unambiguous legal basis” to continue operating the card as has been done up to now.“We believe that we do have legal rights and legislation to underpin exactly what was anticipated,” she said.Months of controversy The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon began her investigation into the legality of the PSC in October 2017, after months of controversy over the card. The spotlight was put firmly on the PSC back in August 2017, when the Irish Times reported that a woman had her pension cut because she refused to get a card.Over the past three years, TheJournal.ie has also highlighted other cases such as when a woman was asked for an adoption cert when applying for a PSC; another where a woman was asked how long she’d been living with her partner when applying for one; and people even being denied one because they were adopted.Dixon gave the DEASP a draft of the report in August 2018. She told TheJournal.ie last month that the main findings in this draft aren’t significantly different from the main findings in the finished report.In any case, the department sent back its response to the draft in November 2018 addressing what was in the report.  Related Reads Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share16 Tweet Email1 46 Comments 19,854 Views https://jrnl.ie/4798145 We are advising the Taoiseach to be very cautious in way in which he approaches subject…In the end, Fitzgerald did raise the matter, but the Department of Foreign Affairs said the issue was “couched very carefully” so as not to upset Mugabe. Dinner plans Expenses receipts from the time show that a lunch for Mugabe hosted by the Fine Gael Taoiseach set the state back £1,500. Flowers came to £323, while a dinner in the leader’s honour had cost £6,600. The state papers, released under the thirty year rule in 2013, show there was considerable tension behind the scenes ahead of preparations for the state banquet. Fitzgerald had decided that he and his wife should choose the wine list – but he took too long, leading to delays in printing the menus. A further problem arose as the dinner began after 30 unexpected guests showed up and had to be accomodated. On a related note, it’s clear the dietary requirements of Mugabe and his wife, Sally, were an important consideration for officials. The couple had very specific requests about everything from cakes and breakfast cereals to jam and non-alcoholic beverages: fruit juice was okay, Ribena was out.    Friday 6 Sep 2019, 1:06 PM Sep 6th 2019, 1:06 PM center_img Acceptable in the 80s: Ireland once regarded Mugabe as a respected statesman and honoured guest The Zimbabwe leader was viewed as a pariah by the West for decades. Things were different in 1983. By Daragh Brophy Apparently Mugabe responded ‘fiercely’ to British High Commissioner… View the documents: Cornflakes and Ribena among foods banned during Mugabe’s 1983 visit to Ireland > It would appear that UK is attempting to use Mugabe’s Irish visit to exert maximum leverage. Elsewhere the 1983 papers show that, compared to previous visits by overseas leaders, security had to be heightened significantly ahead of Mugabe’s arrival. Arrangements “are very much greater” than previous such occasions, one document noted – adding that many threats had been made against Mugabe both “inside and outside  Zimbabwe” due to his policies and leadership.The document adds:The implications of any ‘unfortunate event’ for Ireland’s international reputation do not, I think, need to be spelled out.Mugabe jetted off for a meeting with US President Ronald Reagan immediately after his Irish sojourn. In what was regarded at the time as a bid to restore his reputation in the West it was announced before his US arrival that two of the detained airmen were to be deported from Zimbabwe. The New York Times reported that the two leaders met for a working lunch in the White House. “We didn’t always agree, but have all gained much from hearing your views, Mr Prime Minister,” Reagan told him after a meeting lasting around 90 minutes. Mugabe said that in spite of areas of difference “generally we have looked at issues through the same glasses, one might say”. Back home in Zimbabwe in the years that followed Mugabe cemented his grip on power. In 1988, after a change to the country’s constitution, he became president – a role with vastly expanded powers. In the 1990s he was still being feted by governments in the West. He was even knighted by the Queen during a 1994 state visit to London. “Through your personal commitment to economic reform… your economy seems to be well on the way to recovery and sustainable growth,” the monarch told him at a state reception.  Mugabe is hosted by Bill Clinton in the White House in 1995. Source: AP/PA ImagesThree years later, he was hosted again in Ireland for a two-day visit – holding talks with President Mary Robinson at the Áras and joining Taoiseach John Bruton and invited guests for lunch at Iveagh House. Speaking to The Irish Times, he told of his long-standing Irish links and mentioned a priest who had been his school principal. The priest, he said, had run a strict regime and was known for striking students with a flexible rod. “That is what made us, Irish discipline,” Mugabe told the paper.The list of guests at the lunch shows he was still held in high esteem within the highest echelons of Irish society. Sitting down to dine with Mugabe were former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, senior academics from Trinity and UCD, the Garda Commissioner, the Army Chief of Staff, current ministers and the chairman and editor of the Irish Times.The decline Mugabe’s reputation went off a cliff in the years that followed – beginning at the turn of the millenium when his supporters violently took over white farms in land reforms that were widely condemned.Mugabe slammed Tony Blair – who had been outspoken in his criticism of the farm raids – as a liar and an “arrogant little fellow”. Ramping up his inflammatory rhetoric on western leaders he called then-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice “that girl born out of the slave ancestry” echoing “her master’s voice”.Tension between Mugabe and the West escalated in 2002 when the veteran leader kicked out European Union election observers ahead of a presidential vote, which was marred by violence and condemned by the US as “fundamentally flawed”.The EU and the US imposed sanctions – including travel bans on Mugabe and his henchmen – for violence, electoral fraud and undermining democracy (some sanctions were later eased, after something of a rapprochement was detected by observers during Mugabe’s final few years in power).  Zimbabwe’s economy had entered a downwards spiral after the land invasions. Mugabe consistently blamed those Western sanctions for the economic collapse, even though they were targeted at him and his inner circle personally, not at the economy.  Zimbabweans living in Dublin march to demand an end to the humanitarian crisis gripping the southern African state, in 2008. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesZimbabwe suffered the nadir of its economic implosion in 2008 when hyperinflation reached 500 billion per cent and millions fled the country. Mugabe lost that year’s presidential election but won the run-off after his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew citing nationwide attacks against his supporters.In Ireland, as elsewhere in the international community, Mugabe’s reputation was on the floor. Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin told the Seanad he wished to place on the record of the House “our shared and utter condemnation of that situation and our rejection of the sham re-election of Robert Mugabe after a campaign of violence and other gross abuses that made free and fair elections impossible and forced the withdrawal of Morgan Tsvangirai from the race”. Martin went on to refer to the “reign of terror” being perpetuated by Mugabe, who he said had displayed a “callousness and disregard for human suffering”. The White House lunches, carefully-choreographed state dinners in Dublin and London and the kind words from the Queen were now firmly, permanently, consigned to the past.- Includes reporting from – © AFP 2019 Supporters of Mugabe in the build-up to the 1980 Rhodesian General Election. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIT MAY SEEM unthinkable at this remove that Robert Mugabe was once welcomed to Ireland as an honoured guest and toasted at a state reception.  For the last two decades the strongman, whose death was announced this morning, was increasingly viewed as a pariah in the West.Anyone who lived through the years of headlines about rigged elections, farm seizures and human rights abuses may have trouble envisioning a Taoiseach happy to be seen raising a glass alongside the longtime Zanu-PF leader. Mugabe was viewed differently in the early 1980s. He had been hailed for his negotiating skills in the run-up to Zimbabwean independence, and after he took over as prime minister the tone of his early public statements reassured many of his opponents as he called for an end to the enmity between the races. In 1981 he was even nominated for the Nobel prize for his work on the peace settlement that ended the black nationalist guerilla war against white rule in Zimbabwe, but was passed over. Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Lenihan Snr paid tribute to Mugabe’s leadership in the Dáil in May 1981. Mugabe had survived at the helm, at that point, “for more than a year in the difficult initial stage of nationhood”.Lenihan added: “All the indications are that Zimbabwe will survive and will be a nation with a real leadership role within the African community.”Compared to that hopeful, positive statement, Mugabe’s sheen had already begun to wear off by the time he landed for his Irish visit just over two years later.In 1982 he had deployed troops trained by North Korea to crush an insurgency in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces. Thousands of civilians would be killed over the following years. Irish state papers from 1983 show officials here were agonising over how to handle talks with Mugabe, ahead of his visit.There was particular deliberation over how to deal with the case of six white Zimbabwe Air Force officers detained over the sabotage of 13 planes the previous year, in a case which had made headlines internationally.  The six were acquitted in court weeks before the scheduled Irish visit but they continued to be detained, with no retrial. Throughout the men’s trial it was claimed torture had been used to extract false confessions.  Then-Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald Source: Rollingnews.ie The question of whether then-Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald should raise the issue with his honoured guest was further complicated by reports received by the Department of Justice that as many as five of the airmen were entitled to Irish citizenship. The British Embassy had also been in touch on the issue. Notes from officials give an insight into the expected demeanor of the soon-to-arrive guest. Despite reports to the contrary on the international news wires, an official document noted that the Irish government “did not, repeat not, say we would raise this issue”. last_img read more

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first_imgiPad : l’Ultrathin Keyboard Cover conjugue smartcover et clavierCompatible iPad 2 et 3, cette couverture aimantée contient un clavier et se connecte en Bluetooth pour pousser la tablette dans un statut intermédiaire, plus proche de l’ordinateur portable.Les touches sont disposées façon Mac, ressemblant à s’y méprendre à un clavier officiel Apple. Même les touches de fonctions sont là. Lorsqu’il soutient l’iPad, on se méprendrait facilement pour un netbook noir. Un MacBook air noir ? Ce blasphème est en réalité un accessoire Logitech, le « Ultrathin Keyboard Cover » qui sortira au prix de 99,99 € dans le courant du mois. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme une smartcover, qui était de loin l’ajout le plus intelligent (lien non disponible) fait par Apple sur l’iPad 2, le périphérique se clipper instantanément et solidement par aimantation sur la tablette et protège l’écran des rayures. (Quoique le Verre « gorilla glass » de nos appareils modernes se raye sans doute moins facilement que leurs dos aluminium.) Le clavier est connecté en Bluetooth à l’iPad et alimenté par une batterie interne supposée n’avoir besoin d’une recharge que tous les 6 mois, à raison de 2 heures par jour. La fonction Marche/Arrêt allume automatiquement l’écran à l’ouverture de la coque et le met en veille à sa fermeture. Avec sa finition noir piano, l’Ultrathin Keyboard Cover offrira frappe et protection avec style. Seuls des tests pratiques révéleront si le mécanisme des touches est assez bon, avec assez de feedback, pour vraiment valoir 99,99 €. Le 20 avril 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgWashington State Patrol identified a pedestrian killed in a Thursday night crash on Interstate 5 near La Center as a 20-year-old man from Ridgefield.Billy N. Griffith was pronounced dead at the scene, near the La Center city limits at Milepost 17.3 on the northbound lanes of the freeway, according to a trooper crash memo.Troopers have told Griffith’s family about his death.Lili Shi, 25, of Irvine, Calif., was northbound in a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV at about 8:40 p.m. when she struck Griffith as he was crossing the freeway from west to east, troopers said.Shi pulled over on the freeway beyond the crash, Trooper Will Finn told The Columbian on Thursday night. Her vehicle was reportedly totaled and towed from the scene.All northbound lanes were closed for an investigation. Traffic was detoured at Exit 16 through downtown La Center into Woodland on the former Pacific Highway.last_img read more

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