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first_imgShareTweetSharePinThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains united in its desire for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Venezuela.Underscoring that point, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia the Honourable Allen Chastanet said despite the differences on certain aspects of the issue, the Community’s guiding principles were supported by all Member States.These principles which the Community reiterated in a statement on the situation in Venezuela issued on Friday are non-interference and non-intervention in the affairs of states, prohibition of threat or use of force, respect for sovereignty, the constitutional framework, human rights and democracy and adherence to the rule of law.Prime Minister Chastanet was speaking at a press conference following a Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Security, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.His view was supported by the host Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, who stated that regardless to which group individual countries were aligned, the interests of CARICOM remained central to their approach.Speaking on the issue of the regulation of cannabis, the Prime Minister of Barbados the Honourable Mia Mottley stated the Community had the benefit of the recommendations of the report produced by the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana. While each country would be dealing with the issue according to its own national realities, Prime Minister Mottley said there was need for model legislation to guide the process.CARICOM Chairman Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, indicated that his country was moving forward with legislation on the issue  and cited the Jamaican example as providing guidance for the way forward.last_img read more

first_imgHow to Keep PII Safe Unencrypted check-in links from the named airlines direct passengers to a site where they automatically are logged in to the check-in feature for their flight. In some cases, they can make certain changes to their booking and print out their boarding pass.Once a passenger accesses the vulnerable check-in link, a hacker on the same network can intercept the credentials that allow access to the e-ticketing system.Using those credentials, a hacker can visit the e-ticketing system at any point, even multiple times, prior to the flight taking off and access all the personally identifiable information associated with the booking.”This vulnerability does not require a man-in-the-middle attack or malware installation in order to be exploited,” Covington said. “Anyone using the same network as the passenger — wireless or wired — would be able to intercept the credentials for the e-ticketing site.”Airlines “should never give out links in email which present PII data without authentication,” said Anthony James, chief strategy office at CipherCloud.”This just doesn’t make sense to us,” he told TechNewsWorld.Different airlines’ systems expose different types of data.The exposed data could include the following:Email addressesFirst and last namesPassport or ID information — including the document number, the issuing country and the expiration dateBooking referencesFlight numbers and timesSeat assignmentsBaggage selectionsFull boarding passes Partial credit card detailsDetails of booking travel companies Wandera identified the vulnerability in early December, after learning that a customer who accessed the e-ticketing system of one of the eight airlines had been sent travel-related passenger details without encryption.It then looked at whether other airline e-ticketing systems were similarly vulnerable.Wandera notified the airlines affected as it was documenting the vulnerability.It also shared its findings with government agencies responsible for airport security. Vulnerability Details Discovering the Flaw Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. The e-ticketing systems of eight airlines, including Southwest Airlines and Dutch carrier KLM, have a vulnerability that can expose passengers’ personally identifiable information (PII), mobile security vendor Wandera reported Wednesday.They use unencrypted links that hackers can intercept easily. The hackers then can view and, in some cases, even change the victim’s flight booking details, or print their boarding passes.Air France, Vueling, Jetstar, Thomas Cook, Transavia and Air Europa also have this problem, according to Wandera.”Wandera investigated the e-ticketing systems in use by over 40 global airlines,” said Michael Covington, the company’s VP of product.”Only those organizations that had adequate time to respond to our responsible disclosure are included in the list of affected airlines at this time,” he told TechNewsWorld.Wandera gives vendors up to four weeks to provide a patch or relevant fix before publicly disclosing a vulnerability.The company has been communicating with “some of the affected airlines” but has not been able to verify that any fixes have been implemented, Covington said. Clear and Present Network Dangerscenter_img Coming to America Security experts for years have advised travelers to avoid using public WiFi networks and hotel networks for important communications.”Network traffic is more easily intercepted on an unencrypted wireless network or on a typical wired hotel or office network,” Wandera’s Covington pointed out.It is “more challenging for an attacker to observe connections taking place over a carrier network,” he noted, but airlines should “address some fundamental security issues” themselves. Dangers Posed Following are some steps Wandera recommended that airlines should take:Encrypt the entire check-in process;Require user authentication for all steps where PII is accessible, especially when it can be edited; andUse one-time tokens for direct links within emails.”If the link takes you directly to the passenger name record without login, it’s absolutely a potential problem,” CipherCloud’s James said. “You must always require login and authentication.”Users should have an active mobile security service deployed to monitor and block data leaks and phishing attacks, Wandera advised.Passengers on the eight airlines named “should print their boarding pass at home,” Lucy Security’s Bastable suggested, “and avoid using mobile check-in at the airport.” After accessing a passenger’s check-in, the hacker not only gains access to the victim’s PII, but also can add or remove extra bags, change allocated seats, and change the mobile phone number or email associated with the booking.The questionable quality of boarding pass screening at the gates of some airports raises the possibility that a hacker or criminal could print a victim’s boarding pass and try to board a scheduled flight with it, Wandera said.On the other hand, hackers go for targets that offer a high return on investment, CipherCloud’s James pointed out. “Intercepting the email with the ticket link gets the PII of just one traveler.”Further, “everything depends on a boarding and a picture ID to get past security,” James noted. “The picture ID remains the backstop of the security procedure.” KLM and AirFrance “are closely integrated as part of the same company,” noted Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security.They partner with Delta Airlines through SkyTeam, “introducing a potential third-party risk to the United States domestic market via Delta’s eight U.S. hubs,” he told TechNewsWorld.Code-sharing with Air France and KLM “might have expensive consequences for Delta should a data breach occur as a result of this problem” said Bastable, because GDPR regulations “take a bite out of global earnings for data breaches.”Further, new compliance regulations proposed in the U.S., such as the American Data Dissemination Act and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 may make vendors liable for penalties and violations if they expose PII data without requiring authentication, CipherCloud’s James said.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 26 2018Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB, Nasdaq:MESO) today announced that Mesoblast’s proprietary allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cell (MPC) heart failure product candidate MPC-150-IM for use in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) was featured at the First Cardiac Regenerative Symposium for Congenital Heart Disease in Baltimore, Maryland on the weekend. The symposium focused on the potential for using cellular therapies in the treatment of complex congenital heart conditions.A randomized, placebo-controlled 24-patient trial is ongoing at Boston Children’s Hospital and combines an injection of MPC-150-IM into the left ventricle with corrective heart surgery in children under the age of five with HLHS. To date there have not been any cell-related safety concerns in the trial. Consequently, this trial has the potential to extend the safety profile of MPC-150-IM beyond adults, where it is being studied in two complementary late-stage clinical trials in patients with advanced and end-stage chronic heart failure, to children with congenital heart disease.Dr Sitaram Emani, Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the trial’s Principal Investigator, said: “We believe that a direct injection of Mesoblast’s cellular medicine into the hypoplastic left ventricle as an adjunct to surgical rehabilitation has the potential to promote growth and regeneration of that ventricle and recruit it back into the circulation. This provides a chance for the patient with this congenital disease to regain normal two-ventricle circulation commensurate with improved quality of life and longevity.”The underlying mechanism of action by which MPC-150-IM is thought to exert its therapeutic effects in both pediatric and adult patient populations, based on preclinical evidence, is through reduction of damaging inflammation, maturation of the vasculature, reduction in fibrosis, and cardiac repair.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsA Phase 2b trial comparing an injection of MPC-150-IM or placebo into the left ventricle in 159 adult patients with end-stage heart failure receiving a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant completed enrollment in September 2017, with all patients having a planned follow-up of at least one year. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Mesoblast a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation for use of MPC-150-IM in these patients based on prior Phase 2 trial results showing improved heart function, prolonged time to re-hospitalization and improved early survival after a single intra-myocardial injection of Mesoblast’s MPCs at the time of an LVAD implant. Full results of this Phase 2b trial will be presented by the trial’s independent investigators at an upcoming conference.A Phase 3 trial in approximately 600 patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II/III chronic heart failure is also being actively conducted in the United States, with over 85% of patients enrolled. The objectives of this Phase 3 events-driven trial are to evaluate the ability of a single catheter-based injection of MPC-150-IM to reduce heart failure-related major adverse cardiac events (HF-MACE) in patients with left ventricular dysfunction, as well as delay or prevent disease progression to end-stage heart failure and terminal cardiac events. In a prior Phase 2 trial, HF-MACE events were significantly reduced by a single intra-myocardial injection of MPC-150-IM. This trial has previously been successful in a futility analysis of the primary endpoint. Source:https://rubenstein.com/last_img read more

first_imgThe Trick This creates an interesting line for Amazon. If you want to try out the Echo, the Echo Dot at $50 is a good entry point. If you want to give Echo as a gift, then the $100 version is good enough. If you want better sound and to start at the ground floor with home automation, then move up to the Echo Plus at $150. Finally, if you want to add video conferencing and movie watching, go for the Echo Show at $229.Oh, and if you want video but want it for a gift, then you have the Echo Spot at $129. Finally, if you really want the best sound, then go to the Sonos One with Alexa for $199.It is getting close to shopping time, and Amazon clearly wants to own your gift list if you are focused on music. The Echo Plus is a moderate update on the original Echo — not enough to force a replacement or upgrade, but enough to be competitive with what is coming from Apple, Google and Microsoft. When you are the market leader, that’s all you really need, and the Amazon Echo Plus is my product of the week. The news cycle since President Trump was elected seems to have been a whirlwind of mistakes and errors. We seem to move from crisis to crisis, tweet to tweet. Much of what we see is tied to facts that are so obviously false that many of us are left scratching our heads.However, what happens with these false facts is that they engage the various reporters and pundits who gleefully point out that the obviously fake information is fake. They seem to relish doing it, in the belief that this makes them seem much more intelligent than the president or his staff.If it is all a con, though — in other words, intentionally done to control the news cycle — none of these folks are being smart at all. In fact, they’re all being tricked into doing exactly what they are doing.What Scott Adams argues is that our need to feel superior drives us to focus on these false facts and ignore the very real information that surrounds them. Let’s take the wall between Mexico and the U.S.It is a truly stupid idea, because much of the terrain doesn’t lend itself to a wall. Regardless of how high and deep the wall is, getting over or under it in remote areas would still be relatively trivial for folks who currently build massive tunnels under the existing walls. Arguing about the wall keeps Donald Trump in the news, though, and it implies that he is working on protecting the borders, and it confirms him as a major voice on the topic of illegal aliens.If you look at the wall less as an actual wall and more as a mechanism to control dialog, you can see that it has been very successful and instrumental in getting him elected, regardless of the fact that it is a truly stupid idea. Protection From Manipulation We’ve been having a lot of interesting weeks since the presidential election, making more than a few of us wish for simpler times. One of the most interesting things I’ve read of late is by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, who predicted the election outcome and tied it to Trump’s brilliant use of intentional false facts, which he used to dominate the news up to the election.It is an interesting argument: Use false facts to engage the audience and drive home the bigger message. The implication is that fake facts — fake news, if you will — are potentially more powerful than the truth. This implies a very frightening future, when the truth no longer matters.I’ll share some thoughts on that and close with my product of the week: the new Echo hub from Amazon. I’m one of the first Echo users, and I’ve been a fan since day one. The only thing I really would like the company to fix is to allow me to change the name “Alexa” to anything else I want — currently you can change it to “Echo,” “Computer” or “Amazon” — because the Echo in my office seems to want to interrupt my phone call with comments any time she hears “Alexa.” (The other choices wouldn’t be much, if any, better.)The new Alexa Plus has three things going for it. It has better sound than the original Echo — not enough better to swap them out, but much better than the Dot or new cheaper Echo. It is reasonably priced, at around US$150, and it has a more advanced home automation hub. This last sounds better than it now is, because it is still limited, but setting up lights does seem to be easier — so think of this last as a work in progress. AmazonEcho Plus Wrapping Up: Fake News as Manipulation While I was aware that fake news was part of a manipulation scheme, it wasn’t until I read the Scott Adams piece that I considered that it isn’t just the content but the methodology of its use that is important.What is particularly scary is the level of manipulation going on today, from Russia in our elections to Isis and recruiting attackers, like the one in New York last week. We all likely should be undergoing regular training not only to prevent being manipulated ourselves, but also to help protect our kids or aging parents from being tricked and manipulated as well.We aren’t — and I’m suggesting that we should start stepping up and resisting this manipulation more aggressively ourselves. Eventually, our lives may depend on a critical mass of us not being so easily fooled.Yep, I know, we are pretty much screwed… I can’t speak for you, but I sure as hell don’t like being manipulated, and regardless of party affiliation or interest, this goes to the fact that we’re all being manipulated all of the time. Given the Russian influence over the last election, the folks doing it largely don’t have our best interests at heart.Here are some steps you can take to resist fake news distractions:First, you should realize that we all can be manipulated. You should start paying more attention to why things are happening and focus a bit less on the what. For instance, it is likely far more important to understand why the president claimed he was the only one who ever called Gold Star families, than to know that what he said was clearly false. Rather than falling for the distraction, you should start looking harder to see what it is covering up.Second is to realize that one of the most successful ways to trick you is to tell you what you want to hear. If you suddenly find yourself saying “yes” a lot — even to yourself — learn to put up a red flag and check to see if you are being manipulated to do or say something you otherwise wouldn’t want to do or say.It is becoming very clear that Russia used these techniques very effectively during the last election. (By the way, this is often how telemarketers trick you into signing up to buy stuff.)Third, you don’t have to be right about everything. If it isn’t important, let it go. However, if false news is being used as a distraction, you might want to point out that part, rather than just the falsehood itself.Finally, watch for charismatic behavior in the audience. If you are in a group that suddenly stops displaying emotion and is listening to a speaker in what appears to be a daze, maybe it is time to leave and cover the material a different way. Now just any false fact won’t accomplish this. In order to work it at least needs to seem like it could be a truth, because you need people who will argue the point to give you the media coverage and control you need.For instance, if someone were to post that the sun is blue, you’d blow them off as an idiot and likely wouldn’t even bother to respond. Yet if that same person were to post that the sun is entering a cooling cycle, and that global warming is a way to save humans, then there is enough of a foundation of truth to cause folks to disagree.That wouldn’t be enough to really fire people up, though, so perhaps arguing that a mini-ice age is coming would help. Given that both of those links go to coverage that at least looks credible, why aren’t we arguing about mini-ice ages now?In part, it’s likely that other things, like a possible North Korean nuclear attack, have consumed our attention. It’s also likely due to the fact that you need someone who is charismatic to make the claim.Coincidentally, a recent article speaks to the power of charisma, and how our behavior changes when we’re faced with a charismatic speaker or leader.The article relates the experience of a researcher who viewed a talk in person by then President Obama and watched the audience basically turn into zombies (they mostly stopped showing emotion). Since most of the related research focused on leaders rather than followers, the researcher then went on to study the audience. He eventually coined the term “awestruck effect.” Personally, I like my term, “zombies,” better.I personally test as unusually resilient to influence like this, but I can recall a presentation by Steve Jobs after which my entire group, including me, raved about his amazing pitch — only to realize it was all smoke and mirrors. There was no “there” there. Jobs was off the charts when it came to charisma, and that experience showcased that even I could be vulnerable to it. How We Are So Easily Manipulated Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has undergrad degrees in merchandising and manpower management, and an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Today, ASH announced the names of eight investigators who have each been awarded $150,000 through the ASH Bridge Grant Program. Designed to support promising hematology research, ASH Bridge Grants will ensure that innovative research continues at institutions across the country.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s top provider of medical research grants. Though congressional leaders recognize the importance of funding NIH, the regular threat of continuing resolutions and government shutdowns in recent years has led to an unpredictable, unstable environment in which appropriations are delayed and investigators are unsure of when their grants might be funded. Without reliable funding, some spend valuable research time attempting to identify alternative funding sources, and others stop their important studies altogether.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerTo sustain promising research amid the uncertainty, the ASH Bridge Grants are designed to serve as a one-year bridge for researchers facing such gaps in multi-year funding, giving them financial support to continue their studies and strengthen their grant applications without the need to pare down laboratory staff or to pause or end their work.Since April 2013, ASH has awarded over $15 million in Bridge Grant support to 115 investigators. More than 70 percent of these recipients have gone on to receive R01 funding from NIH within three years.”Limitations in the federal research budget continue to impact investigators who are submitting proposals for research studies that are deemed meritorious yet are not funded.,” said ASH President Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “The ASH Bridge Grants are critical to advancing this important research while maintaining America’s biomedical workforce and our competitive edge in biopharmaceutical technology.”Encompassing a host of basic, translational, and clinical hematology research, projects funded in this 11th round of the ASH Bridge Grant Program include work that will increase the safety of bone marrow transplants and advance our understanding of why some leukemia patients relapse after treatment.Source: http://www.hematology.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2018/9053.aspxlast_img read more

first_imgThis extended agreement builds on the strong partnership we have with Accord in providing access to its medicines for use in clinical trials.The launch of our ‘on demand’ offering demonstrates the ability we have across the Group and the specialisms we have in the supply and distribution of medicines. These capabilities enable us to provide the best possible service to those running clinical trials.” We are delighted that the strong collaboration Accord and Clinigen have built over the past six years continues to expand with the agreement to include solid dose oral products.The scope of this partnership is a first for the industry, allowing us to ensure that our products are available as comparators in a variety of vital clinical trials, helping to further medical knowledge and the identification of new treatment options to improve patient care.” Jan 11 2019First of its kind, ‘on demand’ supply service for clinical trials to be offeredClinigen Group plc (‘Clinigen’), the global pharmaceutical and services company, announces that its Clinical Trial Service (‘CTS’) business has extended its exclusive European clinical trial supply agreement with Accord Healthcare (‘Accord’). Clinigen is also offering pharma companies an ‘on demand’ service to Accord’s products, a first for the industry.Clinigen and Accord have been partnered since 2012 to deliver oncology Injectable Products, including carboplatin, cisplatin and paclitaxel, into clinical trials. The extended agreement now covers Accord’s European Solid Dose Products, including those in the central nervous system, autoimmune, diabetes and anti-viral therapy areas.Related StoriesAn Introduction to Specialty PharmaceuticalsFDA approves Clinigen’s Foscavir sNDA to treat HIV/AIDS-related CMV infections and herpesCambridge Consultants help Clinigen Group to breathe new life into old drugsThe CTS team is the sole point of contact for all clinical trial supply enquiries, ensuring an effective and secure supply chain in the distribution of Accord’s European product portfolio to pharmaceutical manufacturers, contract research organizations (CROs), clinical trial contract packagers and other specialist service providers. The drugs are supplied for use as comparator, co-therapy, rescue and adjunctive drugs in clinical trials.The ‘on demand’ supply service will be available for any Clinigen client running clinical trials. They will be offered instant access to key products from Accord’s generic oncology Injectable Product portfolio. Products will be held in large batch sizes on consignment ready for instant dispatch to new and existing clinical trials.This is the first type of dedicated service providing instant access to products solely for clinical trials in the industry and directly tackles the constant timeline and flexibility challenges experienced when running clinical trials.Shaun Chilton, Group Chief Executive Officer of Clinigen, said: Phill Semmens, Senior Vice President Commercial, Accord Healthcare, EMENA, said: Source:https://www.clinigengroup.com/last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 29 2019The Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP), the first precision medicine trial in lung cancer supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is undergoing a major expansion to include patients with all non-small cell lung cancers — which make up about 85 percent of all lung cancer diagnoses in the U.S.The trial previously tested treatments for people with advanced stage squamous cell lung cancer. Opening the trial to all types of advanced stage non-small cell lung cancers means that thousands of new patients will be eligible to enroll in this landmark trial and benefit by taking new investigational drugs to fight their cancer.”We have more than 200,000 new cases of non-small cell lung cancer in the United States each year, and we desperately need new treatments,” said Lung-MAP principal investigator Dr. Vali Papadimitrakopoulou, chief of thoracic medical oncology and professor of medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “When most people are diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, their cancer has already grown and spread to other organs. If standard therapies don’t work for these patients — and often they don’t — they need alternatives. Lung-MAP provides those alternatives.”Lung-MAP features other key changes. These include: Source:https://www.swog.org/news-events/news/2019/01/29/lung-map-precision-medicine-trial-expands A new screening protocol to include the addition of liquid biopsies, as well as a streamlined informed consent form that combines screening and prescreening — a step that will make it easier to enroll patients. One new drug sub-study, testing a PARP inhibitor, is open. Another sub-study is scheduled to open in spring 2019, and another one will open in summer 2019. A new mandate that requires hospitals, clinics, and other sites that open the trial to use the NCI’s Central Institutional Review Board to oversee trial changes, another move to speed the process of opening the trial at sites and registering patients.center_img Lung-MAP is the first large-scale precision medicine trial in lung cancer backed by the NCI and the first major NCI cancer trial to test multiple treatments, simultaneously, under one “umbrella” design. Lung-MAP is also a groundbreaking public-private partnership, one that includes the NCI and its National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) including SWOG Cancer Research Network, Friends of Cancer Research, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), Foundation Medicine, pharmaceutical companies which provided their drugs for the study, and several lung cancer advocacy organizations.Since the trial is offered at more than 650 U.S. medical centers and community hospitals under the NCTN and the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), Lung-MAP makes it easier for patients to participate and receive investigational treatments to fight their cancer. Lung-MAP is more flexible, and faster, than traditional clinical trial models. Where typical trials require the development of individual studies for each new drug tested, Lung-MAP uses a single “master protocol,” which is amended as drugs enter and exit the trial, preserving infrastructure and patient outreach efforts. This makes Lung-MAP more efficient and cost-effective, allowing researchers to quickly answer the critical question: Does this new drug work?Related StoriesChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsAre physical examinations by family doctors still needed?Since it launched in June 2014, Lung-MAP has registered more than 1,800 patients across the country. Trial leaders have worked with 10 pharmaceutical partners, in coordination with the FNIH, to launch nine studies, six of which are completed. The new trial is also addressing questions about the efficacy of immunotherapies and immunotherapy combinations and the validity of new biomarkers. The trial has also produced critical insights into the conduct of large-scale precision medicine trials, including tissue sampling and banking, genetic screening, and patient communication.”The Lung-MAP trial has already proven its value by successfully completing trials with new targeted agents in selected, molecularly defined subsets of squamous cell lung cancer. This amendment to the trial will allow patients with all types of non-small cell lung cancer to potentially benefit,” said Dr. Meg Mooney, acting associate director of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. “Checkpoint inhibitors have produced a major advance in this refractory cancer, and Lung-MAP now intends to build on the success of these immunotherapy agents by adding new agents to further increase the effectiveness of this approach.””The changes to Lung-MAP are excellent for both patients and science,” said Ellen Sigal, chair and founder of Friends of Cancer Research. “These additions to the trial mean patients will have a much easier time enrolling, so they may start fighting their cancer more quickly with investigational therapies better suited for them. Additionally, through these new procedures being introduced, researchers will be able to conduct more streamlined research and get answers to the important questions faster.””Our industry and advocacy partners have been integral to Lung-MAP’s success,” said Dr. Maria C. Freire, president and executive director of the FNIH. “They bring extensive knowledge, experience, and financial resources to the trial. This exciting expansion allows us to engage new industry partners to bring promising new treatments to a broader group of lung cancer patients.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019Marking the 10th anniversary of the landmark federal act that encouraged hospitals, clinics, and physician offices to adopt electronic health record systems (EHRs), MedStar Health experts in patient safety and health information technology are collaborating with the American Medical Association (AMA) to push for changes to address the known risks to patient safety and clinician burnout that stem from poor EHR usability.In their latest joint effort, MedStar and the AMA are making available for the first time videos from the clinician’s point of view that demonstrate the risks and challenges caused by poor EHR usability, which is the extent to which the technology can be used efficiently, effectively, and satisfactorily. The videos have just been made available on a new website, EHRSeeWhatWeMean.org, that presents compelling evidence for the need to act. The site specifically calls out what multiple stakeholders–policymakers, healthcare providers, EHR vendors and patients–can do. The theme of the website and campaign is ‘Everybody Has Responsibilities’ to stress the need for increased collaboration.The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in February 2009 to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs to ultimately improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of patient care. As a result of this legislation and the $40 billion investment supporting it, EHRs are now used by the vast majority of hospitals, clinics, and physician offices in the United States.As part of the push for EHR usability and safety on the HITECH Act anniversary, MedStar is gathering signatures on a letter to the elected leaders of the United States Senate and House committees encouraging them to prioritize EHR usability and safety in their oversight of new policies being put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services. Central to this effort is a program that would allow for the open reporting of usability and safety challenges by both providers and patients so that common themes can be identified and addressed more rapidly.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes research”EHR safety must be a priority for all stakeholders. Nearly every high-risk industry promotes the sharing of safety information to foster improvement, and health information technology should be no different,” said Raj M. Ratwani, PhD, a leading EHR safety researcher and director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare.MedStar built the video website based on research they conducted recently on the usability of Cerner and Epic products, which comprise more than 50 percent of the market. The research findings, “A usability and safety analysis of electronic health records: a multi-center study,” were published July 2, 2018, in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.For the study, 12 to 15 emergency physicians from four health systems (two using Cerner and two using Epic) were given common tasks mimicking real patient cases–placing orders for medical imaging, lab tests and medications. Researchers collected data pertaining to the variability of performance at each site.”The results of this study reinforce the assessment that ensuring the usability and safety of EHRs is a joint responsibility between physicians, technology vendors and technology purchasers that requires collaboration with these stakeholders at each stage of design, development and implementation,” said AMA CMIO Michael Hodgkins, M.D. “The health care system must have confidence in the EHR systems used to manage patient care.”Dr. Ratwani and MedStar Health have worked extensively with the AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts and other collaborators on EHR safety and usability over the past several years.Source: https://bcw-global.com/last_img read more

first_img Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 7 2019The affordability of healthy food is often cited as a barrier to low-income families eating nutritious meals. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that with menu planning and access to stores selling items in bulk, the average daily cost for serving healthy meals to a family of four was $25 in 2010 dollars. This cost was consistent with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) low-income cost of food meal plan, but higher than the cost of the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan is the meal plan used by the USDA to determine food assistance benefits.”This study determined the likelihood that families living in low-income households could create meals that meet the USDA dietary guidelines presented in MyPlate nutrition education materials,” said lead author Karen M. Jetter, PhD, Agricultural Issues Center, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Davis, CA, USA. “In addition to food cost, the other factors considered were access to stores, time for meal preparation, and whether the menus included culturally appropriate foods.”This research was part of a larger study to train community members in research methods using community-based participatory research principles. This project was conducted in collaboration with Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc., and the Mechoopda Indian Tribe (MIT) of Chico Rancheria where 88 percent of the population surveyed lived in households with an income of less than or equal to $35,000 a year. The menus were created to feed a household with a father, mother, and children ages 7 and 10 with foods the MIT community liked to eat; met USDA guidelines for healthy eating; and had realistic portions. Menus did not rely on processed foods to reduce the amount of fat and salt in the family diet; were varied so the family would not become bored eating the same foods; did not always require hot meal preparation; and were affordable.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyBy working closely with the MIT community researchers, two-weeks of daily menus were developed using meal plans provided by the MIT community. Although these plans did not meet the nutritional guidelines every day, all categories achieved the recommended levels on average at the end of a two-week period. “These menus showed that a healthy diet on a budget was achieved by balancing daily targets over two weeks, not every day. This focuses healthy eating on balance rather than being deprived,” said Dr. Jetter.Once the menus were determined, the MIT community researchers visited 13 grocery stores in Chico, CA to ascertain menu costs. The stores visited were within a 10-minute car ride of 76 percent of the MIT community members and were classified as bulk supermarket, general supermarket, discount market, or specialty market such as a local co-op.Both bulk and general supermarkets had the highest availability of the items needed for a two-week shopping list, whereas specialty and discount markets lacked as many as 52 of the items needed. Bulk and discount market baskets had the lowest average daily cost of $25, while the specialty market had the highest average cost of $39 per day.One limitation of the study was the focus on the actual cost of food without considering transactional costs such as the time needed to plan menus, develop shopping lists, research store advertisements, and travel to the bulk supermarket that offered the lowest cost. All of these factors influence a family’s ability to sustain a healthy eating plan.”This research demonstrates that menus that meet USDA guidelines can be purchased by a family of four when shopping at a bulk supermarket, but any reduction in SNAP benefits or increase in food costs would make it difficult for these economically vulnerable families to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” stressed Dr. Jetter.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 17 2019Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is being touted as beneficial for many health conditions, ranging from anxiety to epilepsy. Although much more research is needed to verify these claims, scientists have now shown that CBD could have a different use as a “Trojan horse”: helping slip medications across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and into mouse brains. The researchers report their results in the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.The BBB consists of a layer of tightly linked cells that line capillaries in the brain, preventing substances from exiting the blood and entering the brain. However, the BBB does permit some molecules to pass, such as glucose and certain amino acids and neurotransmitters. For example, a class of neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids bind to proteins called cannabinoid receptors in the BBB, and the receptors help transport the molecules across the barrier and into the brain. Ana Torres-Suárez and colleagues wanted to make use of this system to sneak drug nanocarriers into the brains of mice.To do so, the researchers attached CBD, which resembles endocannabinoids made by both mice and humans, to the outside surfaces of lipid nanocapsules. Instead of loading the nanocapsules with a medication, the researchers packaged them with a fluorescent molecule so they could track the particles. In experiments with human brain cells that mimic the BBB, the researchers showed that the CBD-displaying nanocarriers caused more of the fluorescent molecule to pass through the cells than nanocarriers of equal size that lacked CBD. Similarly, when injected into healthy mice, the CBD-nanocapsules targeted about 2.5 times more of the fluorescent molecule to the animals’ brains.Source: https://www.acs.org/last_img read more

first_img Source:B. Braun Medical RCS centre accreditation is only awarded where there is a clear demonstration of the quality, and a broad confidence in, facilities, resources, faculty, education portfolio, infrastructure and management processes and we are so proud the visitors from the RCS found that right here at Aesculap Academia.It is a testament to the hard work of the team at Aesculap Academia over the last two decades – from the delivery of a single course to the administration, delivery and management of a full portfolio of medical education, endorsed by the RCS!Being able to use the RSC accreditation and logo on materials related to the centre underlines and emphasizes the quality of that course portfolio as well as the high standards of our teaching.The Royal College of Surgeons is a leading national and international centre for surgical education, training, assessment, examination and research. This partnership and accreditation will enable us to ensure the highest standards of education in surgery are met.”Hans Hux, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, B. Braun Aynsley Pix, Business Development Manager Aesculap Academia and Paul Steel, Managing Director Aesculap AcademiaThis award of excellence means that Aesculap Academia is now accredited as an official RCS centre following several review visits, after which it was recognized as ‘efficient’ with ‘quality teaching’ and ‘dedicated senior leadership’.The education centre started in the 1990s with a single course created in response to requests from developing surgeons looking for assistance in expert medical educational training.Following successful early pilot events, B. Braun formalized the area of the business and in 1996 it officially became known as Aesculap Academia UK.In 2016, Aesculap Academia held a special anniversary event at the Royal College of Surgeons in London to celebrate 20 years of education and training for healthcare professionals.Today the centre enjoys a world-wide reputation for providing continuing education for health-care professionals, including surgeons, physicians, nurses and anesthetists, with courses accredited by medical societies, international medical associations and now the RCS.Following assessment, Professor Paul O’Flynn of the RCS wrote to Aesculap Academia Managing Director Paul Steel saying: “We were all very impressed with the quality of teaching at events, and efficient organization.“The dedication of senior leadership and faculty towards course delivery and development is commendable, as is the highly professional manner in which courses are developed.”center_img May 24 2019In recognition of outstanding surgery-related education provision by a surgical education centre, Aesculap Academia UK, the educational subsidiary of B. Braun Medical Ltd, has been awarded a prestigious quality mark by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS).last_img read more

“For a long time, the answer of many digital companies has been to say: we are only the software, the platform, but technology now penetrates every aspect of our lives, our trades, our homes, our relationships,” said Zvika Krieger, who leads digital projects for the World Economic Forum, the organiser of the Davos meeting. 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. It’s a depressingly blunt statement for anyone to make, but even more so as it is the prediction of Jack Ma, CEO of the Chinese online sales giant Alibaba. The rise of AI—its huge potential and fears over its potentially negative consequences—is just one of the big issues discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, along with breaches of personal data and fake news.But it is probably artificial intelligence and the ability of machines to not only interact with, but manipulate human beings that raises the most suspicion. Aware of growing governmental and public distrust, the giants of tech are trying to address the issues.”Technology should always give people new opportunities, not remove them,” Ma said.But when IBM President Ginni Rometty admits that “100 percent of jobs will be somehow affected by technology,” it might be a tough sell.It’s not just about jobs.”People want to trust technology, as long as they know who is behind it,” said Neelie Kroes, now a member of the Open Data Institute, after having been for years the European commissioner in charge of digital issues. In recent months, US-based Uber, which connects individuals with drivers through an application, found itself in the hot seat after several murders perpetrated by its chauffeurs, notably in the United States and in Lebanon.”You have to remember that the rating of a driver evaluates his driving but cannot predict if he is a serial killer,” Uber director Dara Khosrowshahi told a panel at this week’s economic gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos.”In this situation, who is responsible, the individual or the platform?” wondered Rachel Botsman, an expert on the issue and author of the book “Who Can We Trust?”Uber is the best known example of a fast-growing company with a bruised reputation: accused of bad working conditions and sexual harassment it has faced chaotic legal proceedings and massive data piracy, which have sapped the firm. Google to open AI research centre in Paris Uber is the best known example of a fast-growing company with a bruised reputation Machines’ ability not to only interact with but also to manipulate human beings causes deep suspicions  “Artificial intelligence and robots will kill many jobs.” Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: ‘Job-killing’ robots, AI under scrutiny in Davos (2018, January 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-job-killing-robots-ai-scrutiny-davos.html “Our response is no longer audible,” he said.’Too slow’In Davos, there was also concern about Internet giants hoovering up huge amounts of personal data, sometimes illegally and sometimes sharing it with authorities.”The danger is that we are too slow and that the world is destroying us while we are still asking who really owns our data,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her Davos speech.In the same way, attitudes towards social networks and search engines are changing. “The main question is whether Facebook and Google are technology companies or editorial companies, it is a question that remains unresolved,” said Martin Sorrell, CEO of the British advertising giant WPP. Amid the mistrust, Davos heard unique proposals from the digital world, which mostly rejects too much oversight by governments, believing it would stifle innovation.Marc Benioff, the outspoken CEO and founder of Salesforce, a major cloud services company, called plainly for more regulation of the sector.”We’re the same as any other industry,” Benioff told CNBC in Davos.Much like “financial services, consumer product goods, food—in technology, the government’s going to have to be involved,” he said.Observers hailed what they saw as a change of heart by the titans of tech.”Regulatory authorities in Europe have been complaining for years that big digital companies are not responding when they’re called,” said WEF’s Zvika Krieger.”Let’s say they’re picking up the phone now.” read more

first_img 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy The 11 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Dark Matter Can a chameleon build a galaxy? According to new computer models, yes. This isn’t a surrealist joke but rather the implication of recent simulations that aim to explain the inner workings of dark energy, a mysterious force that is driving apart everything in the universe. The findings, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, lend support to a model of dark energy known as Chameleon Theory. Hints of dark energy were first discovered in the late 1990s, when cosmologists measured the light from distant supernovas and realized that the stars were dimmer than expected, suggesting that the fabric of spacetime was not only expanding, but accelerating in its expansion. Physicists proposed the existence of a force that worked in opposition to gravity, pushing things away from one another, rather than pulling them together. [The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65919-chameleon-theory-explains-dark-energy-maybe.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Most researchers subscribe to the idea that dark energy is what’s known as the cosmological constant, a type of energy pent up in the vacuum of space itself, Baojiu Li, a mathematical physicist at Durham University in the United Kingdom, told Live Science. “This simple model works very well practically, and it is a straightforward addition to the cosmological model without having to modify the law of gravity,” he said. The problem is that leading physics theories predict that the value of the vacuum’s energy should be 120 orders of magnitude higher than what cosmologists observe from actual measurements of dark energy in the universe, said Li. So physicists have sought out alternate explanations, including Chameleon Theory. The theory proposes a new force, atop the four already known, mediated by a particle called the chameleon particle, according to an explainer in Sky and Telescope magazine. The chameleon force would act like dark energy, driving apart galaxies in the cosmos. But having an unexpected fifth force comes with its own dilemma — how come our instruments have never before seen such a particle? The theory suggests that chameleon particles, like their reptilian namesakes, can blend into their surroundings to evade detection. Rather than changing color, these particles change mass. In high-density environments, such as that near Earth, they have a high mass and are therefore difficult to detect. This is why we don’t see the effects of chameleon particles on our solar system, but rather only on extremely large cosmological scales, where, overall, matter is sparse, according to the theory. In order to test Chameleon Theory, researchers have run powerful computer simulations, spinning virtual dark matter — an as-yet-unknown substance vastly outweighing visible matter in the universe — with the four known forces plus chameleon particles to create celestial structures like our solar system, according to a statement. But until now, processing-power limitations have meant that the models could not include ordinary, visible matter, like protons and electrons. Li and his colleagues used supercomputers to finally include the ordinary particles alongside everything else and produce galaxy-scale structures. “The simulations show that realistic galaxies, like our own Milky Way, can form despite the complicated behavior of gravity in [Chameleon Theory],” Li said. The team hopes further modeling will reveal ways to distinguished the theory from other hypotheses about dark energy, he added. So do these ideas challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity, as has been widely reported? “Challenge is a strong word,” Jeremy Sakstein, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who was not involved in the work, told Live Science. To test general relativity, it’s useful to have competing theories, he added, and this new research represents a step toward making predictions about what these alternatives might see on cosmological scales. 8 Ways You Can See Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in Real Life Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoCNETMeet the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraftCNETUndolast_img read more

first_imgpolitical candidates BJP marches into JD(S)-Cong turf Published on COMMENTS SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Indian National Congress In a sign of growing tensions in the ruling alliance in Karnataka, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda Friday said there was no doubt there would be mid-term polls to the state assembly.Gowda also said he did not know how long the Congress-JD(S) government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the senior coalition partner.“There is no doubt that there will be mid-term polls. They (Congress) had said they will give support to us for five years. I am watching all the developments and their behaviour. Our people are intelligent enough. We need not have to teach them,” he told reporters here.Gowda’s salvo came amid reports that the Congress Legislature Party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah had conveyed to party president Rahul Gandhi that the alliance was causing damage to the grand old party and it became clear in the recent Lok Sabha polls’ outcome.The BJP had crushed the Congress and JD(S), winning 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats and leaving only one seat each to the two alliance partners. The BJP-backed independent candidate had won the Mandya seat.Gowda said he has started the exercise of strengthening the party by conducting various meetings with the leaders.“We will continue doing our work… these programmes will go on. I don’t know how long this government will stay. It is in the hands of Congress leaders and not Kumaraswamy,” the JD(S) supremo said.He also reminded the Congress leaders again that it was they who had approached the JD(S) to form the government with Kumaraswamy as the chief minister.“I was not after the formation of the coalition government. It is they (Congress) who came to us. I don’t know whether they agreed for it or the Delhi high command directed them to do so,” he added.Gowda, who was defeated from Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency, also spoke about how he has been blamed for it.“We had got eight seats in the seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress. I told Rahul Gandhi that if you think you do not want a particular seat then give us the one you had lost. Did I ask for Tumkur? No. Siddaramaiah had told me. He said he did it for Mysuru (to win Mysuru seat). They have openly said that I am responsible for the defeat in Tumkur and Mysuru. Leave it now,” he said.As Gowda’s remarks raised alarm bells within the coalition, Kumaraswamy went into a damage control mode and said his government was safe. He asserted that his father has been misunderstood.“What he has said is that be prepared for the urban local body elections. Deve Gowda has not said that the assembly election will take place. He has given a clarification also. There is no question of mid-term polls. The government will continue for the next four years,” he said.He also said the government would focus on rectifying the mistakes. Reacting to Gowda’s remarks, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa said there was no need for the mid-term poll and people would not like it.He asserted the BJP would not let it happen and, if required, it would form the government. “I want to make it clear that we will not let the mid-term poll to happen. We are 105 (MLAs). If they have the capability, then let them continue or else, let them go. We will run the government. People will not accept election within a year and there is no need for it,” Yeddyurappa said.Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said he did not know in what context Gowda said so but he insisted that the government would continue.“Small discrepancies, discord and differences of opinion surface when we run a coalition government… The coalition dharma calls for taking everybody along ignoring the differences,” Parameshwara told reporters. June 21, 2019 RELATED COMMENT Deve Gowda: There is an undeclared emergency in the country Karnataka Lok Sabha election results 2019: HD Deve Gowda, Muniyappa, Moily likely to bite the dust JDS-Cong govt initiate moves to stick together despite drubbinglast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:33 IST Mukul Roy said all the 107 MLAs are in contact with the BJP. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSMukul Roy did not say when the MLAs would join the BJPRoy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadershipHe said that the party has a list preparedBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said that a total of 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party. He, however, did not reveal when the MLAs would join the BJP.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.In Goa, 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP on Thursday. On Saturday, three of the 10 Congress MLAs were inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.To induct the new ministers, Pramod Sawant had asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry so that the new ministers could be inducted.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.In Karnataka, a total of 16 MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) submitted their resignation to the Karnataka assembly Speaker. According to the latest reports, five more MLAs have moved the Supreme Court, alleging the Speaker has not been accepting their resignation.Meanwhile, MTB Nagaraj has said that he will withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar also takes it back. Nagaraj’s statement came hours after DK Shivakumar and some other Congress leaders met the MLA at his residence. He is expected to address the media later in the day.Also Read | Karnataka crisis LIVE | Will withdraw resignation, MTB Nagaraj tells SiddaramaiahAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoySpeaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next Mumbai: Unable to locate 3-year-old Divyansh who fell into gutter, search teams call off operationsThe search for a three-year-old boy who fell into an open stormwater drain here on Wednesday has been stopped, a civic official said on Friday night.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:06 IST Divyansh Singh, who fell into a drain at Ambedkar Chowk in Malad East around 10 pm Wednesday, remained untraceable even after 48 hours.The search for a three-year-old boy who fell into an open stormwater drain here on Wednesday has been stopped, a civic official said on Friday night.Divyansh Singh, who fell into a drain at Ambedkar Chowk in Malad East around 10 pm Wednesday, remained untraceable even after 48 hours.The search was finally stopped around 10 pm, the spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.The search team covered over 10 km of drainage line but in vain, another official said.The team of 50 BMC, Fire Brigade and National Disaster Response Force personnel searched the drain line by opening all manholes along the stretch.The child’s fall into the drain near Goregaon-Mulund Link Road was captured by CCTV cameras.Divyansh’s father Suraj Bhan Singh had alleged earlier that the authorities were not doing enough to trace his son.”The BMC, fire brigade and NDRF are not showing any intent to find my son. The fire brigade team did not even have a torch. NDRF jawans came and went back after marking their presence. Our family wanted to protest but were stopped by the police,” Singh had claimed.He also hit out at Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar for not bothering to meet him or other members of the family.ALSO READ | 20 hours on, no trace of Mumbai toddler who fell down gutter, family inconsolableALSO WATCH | 2-year-old falls into open drain in MumbaiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Mumbailast_img read more

first_img Vidya MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:29 IST Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court.Sheena Bora murder-accused Peter Mukerjea is currently being treated in a private hospital and is recovering from his bypass surgery, his doctor in Mumbai has said.The doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court. His lawyer Shrikant Shivde, while seeking bail asked the court to allow Peter to stay under observation in JJ Hospital in South Mumbai for at least two weeks after completing his treatment.Shivde said, “Peter has gastro problems due to which he is required to be shifted to JJ Hospital.” Peter’s medical treatment post his heart operation is scheduled to be completed by July 17.The court recorded the medical reports which were presented in the hearing today by Dr Siddhesh Mali, who is responsible for Peter Mukherjea’s medical treatment at the private hospital.After going through the report, Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere pointed to the reports and said, “According to the medical reports, the patient seems to be fit and responding well to the treatments.”In addition to this, the court also ordered a doctor from JJ Hospital to be present along with a supplimentary medical report on the next date of the hearing.The lower court had earlier rejected Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea,who was seeking interim bail on medical grounds.Peter along with his former, wife Indrani Mukerjea are accused in the killing of her daughter Sheena Bora in April, 2012. However, the former media head honcho and Indrani, both have ostensibly denied the charges.After the hearing, the court adjourned the hearing of Peter’s bail application to July 16, one day prior to the completion of his medical treatment.Meanwhile, in the lower court, witnesses are being presented by the CBI and the trial is underway.Also Read | Sheena Bora murder case: In court, CBI terms Peter Mukerjea silent killerAlso Read | Sheena Bora murder case: 7 years on, cause of death unknownAlso Watch | Sheena Bora murder: Peter Mukerjea hospitalised after complaint of chest painFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Sheena BoraFollow peter mukherjee Sheena Bora murder: Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery, says doctorThe doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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