June 5 2013The CARPETBAG BRIGADE BICULTURAL ROAD

first_imgJune 5, 2013The CARPETBAG BRIGADE BI-CULTURAL ROADSCHOW consists  of three main groups, acrobats with the ‘Carpetbag Brigade’, another group of acrobats from Nemcatacoa Teatro from Bogota Columbia, musicians with “Hojarasca” from Bogota Columbia and spoken word performer from ‘Verbo-Bala’.[The introduction of Sunday nights performance with the audience in the background on the Lab Building stairs, photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]All 20 people stayed here at Arcosanti for five weeks. It was wonderful to listen to the flutes and guitar of the ‘Hojarasca’ musicians, and to watch intense practice sessions on the ground and on stilts, in the amphitheater and the Vaults.There was a chance to get to know some of the people; the group helped with various activities [some on stilts], they volunteered in the kitchen with meal preparation, helped carry and mount the 16 foot scroll drawing back into the archives, helped with work in the archives and many other activities.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The subject of Sunday nights performance “Dios de la Adrenalina” was the Cocaine Superhighway between Columbia and the USA, with focus on the pain experienced by communities at its opposite ends. It was an emotionally charged event and a highly skilled performance, enhanced by the spoken word of Logan Phillips. It was really an incredible performance.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The group moved on to Prescott and will be part of ‘Tsunami on the Square’ line-up on 6/15/2013, then continue on to Flagstaff. Check their web-site at diosadrenalina.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]Thank you Adam Cooper -Teran for sharing your photos.Additional photos of this performance will be posted on Friday, 6/7/2013.last_img read more

Interactive TV games specialist Playjam has launch

first_imgInteractive TV games specialist Playjam has launched a new platform to provide Adobe’s developer network with access to PlayJam’s platform APIs and enable developers to provide games to Adobe-AIR-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.Using PlayJam’s SDK, developers will be able to integrate global billing, CRM and game servers to add features such as cross-network tournaments, leaderboards and real-time mass participation events, according to Playjam. Adobe AIR for TV enables developers to build 2D and 3D games using GPU acceleration available on LG’s range of Smart TVs.The SDK will initially be made be made available to members of PlayJam’s closed beta developer partner programme ahead of general release in December.last_img read more

Sébastien Janin OTT videoondemand provider Wuaki

first_imgSébastien JaninOTT video-on-demand provider Wuaki.tv has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development. Janin has worked for iTunes , where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he has headed up iTunes’ international independent film business, securing day and date releases for movies across European countries. Before the joined Apple, Janin spent 12 years as vice-president of home entertainment at Studiocanal.Wuaki.tv has set a target of being available in 10 European contreis by the end of this year. The service launched in Italy in February and plans to roll out in Ireland and Austria in the second quarter.“Our European rollout is the key factor in this year’s plans for Wuaki.tv. We’re determined to bring our consumer friendly, video-on-demand service to everyone. However, we recognise that in order to do this we need to bring experienced people into the Wuaki.tv family. The hire of Sébastien reinforces Wuaki.tv’s commitment to enhancing our team with passionate executives who share our vision of delivering on demand, quality home entertainment to homes and mobile devices across Europe. We’re delighted to have him on-board and look forward to celebrating his successes internationally,” said Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv.last_img read more

How body image concerns in young men contribute to increase in hospital

first_img Source:https://www.hud.ac.uk/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 4 2018″Recent media reports highlighting NHS statistics which show a rapid increase in the number of boys and young men being admitted to hospital suffering from eating disorders are welcome, if only for helping to draw attention to this issue. Although girls and young women are still around seven times more likely to be treated for an eating disorder, prevalence rates are increasing much more rapidly in males.Some of this increase may be explained by boys and young men simply being more willing to seek help. Although the stigma surrounding mental illness is decreasing for both sexes, historically men have been much less willing to admit to having psychological problems. Stereotypes surrounding masculinity have contributed to a culture where young men often feel compelled to conceal their distress, and this is reflected in the fact that suicide is much more common, and actually the primary cause of mortality in this group. If young men are increasingly feeling more able to seek help, then this can only be welcomed.However, the wider concern is what is causing the increase in eating disorders in young people, and especially young men? For many sufferers, poor and distorted body image is clearly implicated, and researchers and clinicians have started to focus on the potential negative influences of social media in this regard. Although the evidence is far from conclusive, it seems likely that, at least for some vulnerable individuals, social media may contribute to their body image concerns and associated eating disorders. A culture of social media use which encourages young people to constantly post updates and images of themselves, which are often then judged by their peers, puts them under extreme pressure to focus on their appearance, and equates this with social acceptance and worth. At the same time, young people are bombarded with images which depict often unrealistic or unattainable standards of attractiveness.This social comparison aspect of social media is reflected in sex differences in the body image concerns of young men versus young women. In contrast to a typical female drive for thinness, young men are often driven towards achieving greater and more defined muscularity (a phenomenon which has been labeled “bigorexia”). Although it might seem that spending a bit more time in the gym might not be too much of a problem, for some, this can become a pathological obsession, and, especially where it is associated with related issues such as steroid abuse and extreme fasting, this can have dangerous consequences.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeClearly, social media play a central role in the lives of many young people, and efforts by parents and teachers to ban or drastically cut down on their use are likely to be futile or even counter-productive, given their benefits in terms of allowing individuals who might otherwise be socially isolated to connect with each other. Instead, educating young people about the reality and potential hazards of social media may help to address some of these negative effects. Studies have shown that educating young women about the techniques used to manipulate images of “size-zero” models in mainstream media advertisements decreases the negative effects of these on their body image. Similarly, educating young people about the artificial and manipulated nature of social media, and the pitfalls of unquestioningly comparing themselves to others in their social networks, could help to protect young people from their potentially negative effects.Psychologists also know that eating disorders are often fundamentally about control. Young people who have experienced abuse, bullying, trauma or social isolation, or who simply feel powerless to live up to the standards set by others, may feel that the only thing they can take control over is their body. Developing a culture in which we encourage and support young people to accept rather than judge themselves and each other, instead of pressurizing them to constantly strive for perfection, will help them to become more balanced and healthy individuals, and address this rising tide of eating disorders.”last_img read more

High prevalence of multiresistant intestinal bacteria in Vietnamese hospitals

first_imgRelated StoriesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workNon-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from withinRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsThe researchers conclude that there is an epidemic spread of multiresistant intestinal bacteria in Vietnamese hospitals with rapid transmission to hospitalized patients.”The extensive spread of carbapenem-resistant intestinal bacteria means that forceful measures must be taken to reduce the transmission of infection in hospitals, by improvements to hand hygiene, the use of sterile working methods during surgery and when handling venous catheters, and by isolating patients who have been affected by multiresistant intestinal bacteria. It is also important to have effective follow up when patients are discharged from hospital, in order to reduce the spread of these bacteria in the population. But even if we do everything right, it will take a long time to get infections down to an acceptably low level”, says Håkan Hanberger.In the case of Sweden, the presence of carbapenem-resistant bacteria so far is extremely low.”Sweden is one of the countries in the world where the situation with respect to carbapenem-resistant intestinal bacteria is most favorable. It is one of the countries that can probably delay the spread the longest, but we must improve hygiene in the healthcare services also in Sweden”, says Håkan Hanberger.The study has received support from, among other bodies, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University, Region östergötland, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance, and the participating hospitals. Source:Linköping UniversityJournal reference:Tran, D M. et al. (2019) High prevalence of colonisation with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae among patients admitted to Vietnamese hospitals: Risk factors and burden of disease. Journal of Infection. doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2019.05.013 The sub-study looked at the most vulnerable patients, new-born children who needed intensive care, and showed that mortality was five times higher in those who had a hospital-acquired infection and were carriers of the multiresistant CRE bacteria.”Håkan Hanberger, Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019Around half of patients admitted to hospital in Vietnam are carriers of multiresistant intestinal bacteria, which are resistant to carbapenems, a group of broad-spectrum antibiotics. This is the conclusion of a study by Swedish and Vietnamese scientists led by Linköping University, published in the Journal of Infection.”In our study, we see a high prevalence of multiresistant intestinal bacteria in Vietnamese hospitals. The longer the patients are in hospital, the greater is the risk that they have been infected by intestinal bacteria resistant to carbapenems”, says Håkan Hanberger, professor in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University and consultant in the Infection Clinic at Linköping University Hospital.There are several reasons why carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are a serious problem. They are resistant to nearly all broad-spectrum antibiotics, which means that infections caused by these bacteria are difficult to treat. In addition, CRE can pass antibiotic-resistance genes to other bacteria, causing these to become resistant to the carbapenem group of antibiotics. Intestinal bacteria spread easily, such as on hands and furniture used in the care of infants. They cause various types of infection, primarily urinary tract infections, sepsis and pneumonia. These multiresistant intestinal bacteria are spreading rapidly around the world, and WHO has given the highest priority to measures to control the spread of CRE and to develop new antibiotics against these bacteria.The study reported in the Journal of Infection included more than 2,200 patients admitted to 63 different wards at 12 hospitals in various parts of Vietnam. Rectal swabs were taken from the patients and investigated for the presence of CRE. Being a carrier is a risk factor for contracting a clinical infection with the bacteria, but not all carriers become sick.Risk factors for becoming a carrier of multiresistant intestinal bacteria were a longer stay in the hospital and contracting an infection during the stay, known as a “hospital-acquired infection”. One of eight patients (13%) were carriers at admission, which had increased to seven of eight patients (87%) after two weeks in hospital. Another risk factor for patients in the study was being treated with carbapenem, which contributes to the carbapenem-resistant bacteria being selected.In a sub-study of 328 new-born children in a neonatal intensive care unit, the scientists showed that mortality is linked to being a carrier for CRE and to having a hospital-acquired infection when admitted to the unit (odds ratio 5.5, p<0.01).last_img read more

Electronics giant Philips posts mixed results in Q3

first_img 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. Explore further Dutch electronics giant Philips, which is focusing its business on medical equipment and services, on Monday posted higher third quarter sales but profits dipped due to currency headwinds. Citation: Electronics giant Philips posts mixed results in Q3 (2018, October 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-electronics-giant-philips-results-q3.html © 2018 AFP Electronics giant Philips posts 27% drop in Q1 profits Sales rose 4.0 percent to 4.3 billion euros ($4.9 billion) year-on-year and orders for the Amsterdam-based group’s medical diagnostic and treatment machines grew 11 percent.Net profit in the three months to September fell to 292 million euros from 423 million euros a year earlier.”While I am pleased with the continued strong 11 percent order intake growth in the quarter, operational improvements were partly offset by foreign exchange headwinds,” Philips chief executive Frans van Houten said.Philips chief financial officer Abhijit Bhattacharya told a teleconference Philips was particularly hit by falls in the Turkish lira and Argentine peso.Best known for the manufacture of light bulbs, electrical appliances and television sets, Philips has gradually pulled out of these activities in face of fierce competition from Asia.It focuses now more on high-end medical and health technology, such as computer tomography and molecular imaging, as well as household appliances.The group, which sold its first light bulb a few years after it was founded in 1891, moved to list its Philips Lighting division, now known as Signify, in mid-2016 which joined the Amsterdam stock exchange, the top-tier AEX, in March this year.Philips reiterated its objective of increasing sales by 4.0-6.0 percent in the 2017-2020 period.The group however said in view of growing tensions in international trade, it planned to promote local production further, for instance in China, to try to avoid the fallout from tit-for-tat trade wars between Beijing and Washington.”It’s good to know that Philips distributes production activities in a uniform way around the world, with about one-third in Europe, one-third in China and one-third in the US,” Philips spokesman Ben Zwirs told AFP.”This creates flexibility.”last_img read more

Consolidation of core voters not Muslim vote to benefit Mahagathbandhan in western

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL April 24, 2019 COMMENTS If the BJP’s sweep in 2014, in the three neighbouring constituencies of Moradabad, Sambhal and Rampur, where 48-52 per cent of the electorate is Muslim did not point to the phenomenon of fragmentation in the minority vote, the massive popular response to a young poet who debuted in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket from Moradabad confirms that the “Muslim vote monolith” is a bit of a myth.Imran Pratapgarhi, the Congress’ fresh-faced candidate from Moradabad, is a popular poet. An outsider to this massive constituency with about 19 lakh voters, Pratapgarhi’s campaign was mainly run by friends and a handful of idealists from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who believe in the triumph of the proletariat (working class) in the Hindi heartland.And yet, Pratapgarhi’s fresh appeal has convinced many people, especially in Moradabad town, that the youngster should get a chance. A conversation started on the need for young idealists in Parliament. The SP, which holds two of the five Assembly constituencies that constitute the Moradabad Lok Sabha seat, scurried around and unleashed all the local stalwarts to stop the “division of votes”.“Just because people come to hear a poet, it does not mean they would vote for him. This time, the Gathbandhan (an alliance of the SP, the BSP and the RLD) would sweep the seat,” said SP MLA from Moradabad(Rural) Haji Iqram Qureshi. Anxiety among supportersOthers supporting the alliance were anxious till the last minute. “Muslims are divided among caste lines and different choices. That is why the BJP won from here last time. What is different this time is that the Gathbandhan’s core voters — the Jatavs, the Yadavs and the Jats — will vote on one side and the SP can be somewhat certain of victory,” said Nadeem Khan, a handicraft exporter in Moradabad.In Rampur, with over 52 per cent Muslim voters, the BJP’s Nepal Singh trounced his nearest rival Naseer Ahmad Khan of the Samajwadi Party by 23,435 votes in 2014. This time, the BJP has fielded former MP and actor Jaya Prada from the constituency. She is confident of winning not just because a lot of people are upset with the SP strongman Azam Khan but because she believes that the Muslim vote “is not one block”. There were others who agreed with Jaya Prada but believed that the Gathbandhan arithmetic still tilted the scales in Azam Khan’s favour.“Azam Khan is a Pathan, who has managed to annoy the Turks. Their vote is about 1.5 lakh and they are not going to support him. Then there are the Shias, who traditionally support the Congress because it has always fielded members of the family of Nawab of Rampur who is a Shia. They may still vote for the Congress even though it has fielded a Khatri, former MLA Sanjay Kapoor. Still, just because Azam Khan is standing in elections and there is 52 per cent Muslim vote, you cannot say he would win. He is helped by the core vote of Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ajit Singh,” said Tamkeen Faiyyaz, a journalist in Rampur. Uttar Pradesh national electionscenter_img COMMENT Lok Sabha Published on SHARElast_img read more

Citigroup disappointed by South Africa investment

first_imgJohannesburg: Citigroup Inc invested to expand in South Africa. Now all the New York-based bank needs is deals.“We have in the two last cycles appropriated additional capital to continue to grow our business, but we haven’t seen as big a deal flow to be able to execute against that,” said Citigroup chief country officer Peter Crawley. “We’re very much sitting on the side and battening down the hatches, planning for a difficult scenario. But hands on today, eyes on tomorrow.”President Cyril Ramaphosa’s slow progress in returning the continent’s most industrialised economy back to growth is stunting takeovers and bond issuance and causing equity-related deals to plummet to record lows. His administration is also grappling with how to deal with power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, which has debt equal to about 8% of gross domestic product.South Africa is one step away from falling out of the World Government Bond Index, with only Moody’s Investors Service assessing the nation’s debt as investment grade — a rating due for review in November. The economy has shrunk four out of the past nine quarters, weighing on business and factory confidence. Spending by households, which accounts for 60% of GDP, remains weak, while the government’s expenditure continues to outpace income. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: World 29 May 2019 South Africa’s Ramaphosa to announce new cabinet – presidency A number of foreign investors are “sitting on the sidelines” waiting for clarity on Eskom and Moody’s, Crawley said. More also needs to be done to appease foreign direct investors on property rights, he said, as the country debates how to give the majority black population greater land ownership. “Challenges are policy certainty and growth.”While the value of mergers and acquisitions in the first half of this year rose 25% to 2.25 billion rand (US$160mil) from the same period in 2018, there were no deals of over US$100mil in the second quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.— Bloomberg Related Newscenter_img Banking , Investment , Citigroup World 25 May 2019 S&P keeps South Africa in ‘junk’ status, sees post-election reforms Related News Business News 11 Jul 2019 London beats New York in drawing Saudi ETF investor billionslast_img read more