Renault: Strategy intact, to double volume, mkt share in 5 yrs

first_imgGreater Noida, Feb 7 (PTI) Renault India, which unveiled a slew of models from its global portfolio at the Auto Expo here today, said it is hopeful meeting its both medium and long-term targets wherein it plans to double the volume and market share.With around 5 per cent market share, the French auto major with just four models ? Kwid, Duster, Captur and the Lodgy ? is the largest European car brand and the seventh largest overall in the country. Its medium-term volume target is to sell over 1 lakh annually and also to consistently retain 5 per cent market share.”While we have been hitting 5 per cent market share often, we havent yet closed a full year with that pie. So meeting that is the immediate priority.”Over the next five years, we have set a target of doubling our volumes, from a little over 1 lakh now, as well as market share to 10 per cent,” Sumit Sawhney, managing director and chief executive at Renault India, told PTI.He said that will continue with its strategy of building on brand by brand and will add one new model to its portfolio annually, thus explaining the lack of a new launch at the Expo as its 2018 model is already on the road in the Captur, which is a premium SUV.At the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo, the company today unveiled the Trezor, which is an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car; the Zoe e-Sport concept that defined by its expressive design, with sportiness taken to the extreme and is the best-bestselling EV in Europe.advertisementIt also unveiled a racing car with a Formula 1 RS 17, which is the first car put together from scratch by the Renault Sport Formula One Team.The two-seater electric coupe Trezor has been awarded the most beautiful concept car at several global platforms, said Fabrice Cambolive, senior vice-president and chairman for India and Africa, Middle East.On the countrys EV push, Sawhney said, Renault is a leader in EVs in Europe and as and when the market is ready they will have enough models to serve them.”But infrastructure is the key concern. While the industry is looking at the government for support and policy clarity, they are looking at us for infrastructure, which is not feasible for us. We also need clarity on incentives for going into EVs in terms of R&D sops, etc,” he said.On the market response to the Captur, he said the vehicle is not yet nationally available and that its petrol version is yet to reach the dealers.Sawhney downplayed the dip in its volume, saying he will still maintain the overall target of 1 lakh units and that the reason for the dip in volume is primarily because the Kwid segment is degrowing.”The Kwid segment, which is our volume topper, had degrown 2 per cent last year and is slipping this year as well. Yet we are selling around 8,000 units a month. So I will be able to meet my target of 1 lakh units a year.”On the MPV model Lodgy, he said, the company is nowhere near its target of 1,000 units a month, and is trending at under 500 now. PTI BEN MKJlast_img read more

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CASA of LA Evening to Foster Dreams Gala to Honor Kathy Hilton

first_imgCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles will honor its first-ever CASA of LA Ambassador: actress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and designer Kathy Hilton, at the 6th Annual “Evening to Foster Dreams Gala”, April 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Mrs. Hilton, the notable matriarch of the Hilton Family, will join CASA/LA at the glamorous event, which features the comedy of host Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), a silent auction and gourmet fare all to support the thousands of children in foster care served by the organization.The million-dollar fundraising event brings together volunteers and dedicated community members to honor Los Angeles leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children, including children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. Previous honorees include actor Mario Lopez, the Honorable Judge Michael Nash and Freeform Network’s “The Fosters.”This year’s event will honor Kathy Hilton with the Robert Morrison Community Service Award for her role as CASA of LA’s first official Ambassador. In the role of Ambassador, Mrs. Hilton will speak out as a voice for the organization and its children, as well as for her ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Mrs. Hilton’s passion for philanthropy is widespread amongst many worthy causes including The Make a Wish Foundation, and The Starlight Children’s Foundation for which she received an award in 2011. Kathy is married to Rick Hilton the Chairman of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and together they are parents to four children: Paris, Barron and Conrad Hilton, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild. Mrs. Hilton began her early career as an actress, and in the 1980’s opened an antique store on Sunset Plaza. In 2002 she debuted a line of home décor items on QVC and later a beauty line on HSN. Mrs. Hilton hosted the NBC show, I Want To Be a Hilton, and also appeared on The World According to Paris. In 2012, she designed a line of evening dresses.“I’m honored to join CASA/LA as its first Ambassador and to support the mission of this vital organization,” said Kathy Hilton. “Helping the literally tens-of-thousands of children in Los Angeles foster care is a massive task. CASA volunteers are our best hope for changing tragic outcomes, letting children know they aren’t forgotten, and delivering a voice to the voiceless.”“Kathy Hilton will act as a powerful voice for our organization and inspire others to do the same,” said CASA of Los Angeles CEO Wende Nichols-Julien. “I want to thank and commend Mrs. Hilton for taking on a mantle of leadership in helping CASA broaden its presence in the minds of Angelenos, and in the courtrooms where our volunteers change, and save, the lives of future generations every day.”CASA of LA will also fete longtime volunteer and philanthropist Judy Beckmen with the Bob Frandzel Memorial for her decades of service to CASA of Los Angeles as a CASA volunteer, Board Member, donor and Court Assistant. Judy has fiercely advocated for children in foster care and humbly led the organization with her philanthropic vision and generosity. “It is my great pleasure to be able to put the spotlight on Judy this year to thank her for her extraordinary service over many decades to CASA and the children we serve,” said Wende Nichols-Julien.The April 18th Evening to Foster Dreams Gala includes a red carpet cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA’s advocacy programs that support children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. The event’s red carpet reception begins at 5:30pm.Additional information, tickets and sponsorship packages for the Evening to Foster Dreams Gala are available through CASA of LA’s website at read more

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Chinas premier reassures region on growth South China Sea

first_imgSINGAPORE — China’s premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbours that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea.Premier Li Keqiang said his government will favour reforms in the world’s No. 2 economy over temporary boosts from economic stimulus as China copes with a gradual slowing of growth and a trade war with the United States.China can energize its slowing economy by adjusting policies, such as streamlining procedures like business registrations, taxes and fees, Li said in a lecture on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that brings together leaders from the U.S. and across the region.“Despite the downward pressure, we will not resort to massive stimulus. We will make adjustments as appropriate. We want to energize the market, in particular, market entities, and we have the conditions to do that,” Li said in the wide-ranging speech that touched on China’s role in regional development.Li said the government also will “crack down harshly” on businesses that infringe on patents and other intellectual property rights and engage in “other cheating activities.”“China will not stop in its opening up. The door will only open wider and China will continue to deepen reform. Reform and opening up have brought China to where it is today,” Li added.China and the U.S. are locked in a trade dispute over Washington’s complaints that China uses predatory tactics to acquire technologies that could undermine U.S. industrial leadership. The two countries have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.While they have rebuffed U.S. demands that Beijing tone down its technology ambitions, China’s leaders have sought to enhance their own market opening credentials by lowering tariffs and easing access for foreign companies operating in China for some industries.In the quarter that ended in September, China’s economic growth slowed to 6.5 per cent from a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 6.7 per cent. The deceleration reflects long-term efforts to guide the economy toward a more sustainable model of growth and away from excessive reliance on construction spending and exports. But the trade tensions with Washington are adding to the challenges for the Communist leadership, with the two countries imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.Li expressed hopes for a compromise. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are to meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this month.“We hope that negotiations will be carried out on the basis of mutual respect, balance, mutual benefit and good faith, so that a solution can be found acceptable to both sides,” he said.The meetings in Singapore this week will be followed by an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea.Both gatherings address similar concerns about trade, economic integration, regional security and development.Li also said China was hoping to see within three years a regional “code of conduct” governing activities in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.Over U.S. objections, Beijing has moved to cement its claim to most of the South China Sea, including by building artificial islands and military airstrips atop coral reefs. Talks on a code that would belatedly constrain such activities have made slow progress.“China and ASEAN countries will benefit in that process. It will also be conducive to free trade and go on to serve the interest of other parties,” Li said.“I want to reaffirm here that China will stay firm on the course of peaceful development,” he said. “What we hope is to have a harmonious relationship with our neighbours and together, we benefit from our good neighbourliness.”Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort Nelson First Nation getting grant from WWF Canada for water quality

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — The Fort Nelson First Nation will be getting a grant from the World Wildlife Fund Canada – which administers the Loblaw Water Fund – to help monitor water quality in the region.The grant was one of 11 announced by WWF Canada on Friday. In total, $250,000 will be going towards the 11 community projects to improve freshwater health in ecosystems across Canada. “The Loblaw Water Fund provides essential financial support to help local conservation and community groups take action to right the course of Canada’s freshwater future for people and wildlife,” said WWF Canada vice-president of freshwater conservation Elizabeth Hendriks. “The projects WWF selected will help address threats identified in WWF’s Watershed Reports and contribute to a better understanding of the health of our waters where data isn’t available. Ensuring healthy waters across Canada is an enormous task, but one we can accomplish together.”Using a mix of traditional and scientific knowledge, the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands and Resource Department will develop a community-based monitoring initiative to detect changes in the water quality of rivers downstream from major industrial sites in the Fort Nelson area watershed.“We are proud to support this year’s recipients and commend them on the important work they’re doing to preserve and protect Canada’s freshwater,” said Loblaw senior vice-president for corporate affairs, Bob Chant. “Through the Loblaw Water Fund, and our partnership with WWF, we are finding more opportunities to engage Canadians across the country in environmental protection and the Fund ensures greater support for those working to conserve our natural environment.”last_img read more

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The North Peace Ride for the Disabled Meeting Monday February 25th

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An informational meeting regarding the future of the North Peace Ride for the Disabled will be held at the Northern Lights College Room 144 on February 25th at 7 pmThe NPRD is at risk of closing its programs for adults and children with disabilities because they cannot find volunteers and board members. The NPRD is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill board positions and participate in the fundraising functions that are necessary to keep this organization going.The NPRD was founded in 1986 and the program is an asset to the riders that are able to participate in the 30 minutes guided riding program to help work and develop their gross-motor and sensory systems. The program operates out of the Light Horse Arena on Wednesdays between 5 pm and 7 pm.For more information about the program; email efcalder@gmail.comTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Marrakech Atlas Etape supports Education for All

first_imgMarrakech – The Moroccan NGO Education for All (EFA) was formed to help young girls living in rural areas have the chance to pursue their education. However, many of them have to give up their schooling to help their families in the tough working conditions in the Atlas Mountains, particularly during the winter months when roads can be impassable. Illiteracy amongst rural girls remains very high, as much as 80% according to EFA.The NGO works under the belief that if you educate women you will ultimately educate the whole family, as the girls become mothers and pass on what they have learned to their children. EFA identified a need to provide accommodation for girls close to where their schools are located. Colleges in urban areas were too expensive and too far for rural families So secure houses with dormitories were built near to schools. such as Dar Asni, Dar Asni II, Dar Ouirgane and Dar Tinmal. It used to be unheard of for rural girls to have a chance at a college education and the chance of a professional career, such as medicine. They were, and many still are, tied to the isolated rural communities where they were born. When the first project, a boarding house in Asni was undertaken by EFA in 2007, the aim was to provide 36 girls living in the High Atlas mountains with secondary education so that they had the chance to go on to college.In September 2009 EFA opened a second boarding house in a remote area of the High Atlas, 100km from Marrakech in the town of Talaat n’Yacoub. This provides the opportunity of college education for 36 more girls, who would otherwise not have had this opportunity. Last year there were five girls who, as a result of being in EFA houses for the full 5 years of secondary and lycée, are now at university. It only costs EFA 1000 Euro to fund a girl for a whole year at an EFA house near the school which, given that illiteracy rates for girls in rural Morocco is estimated to be as high as 80%, is a vital investment.Apart from a paid housemother and cook, there are no administrative expenses as the EFA committee and staff work on a voluntary basis, allowing 100% of all donations to go directly to the project.EFA was the brainchild of Mike McHugo, owner of the famed Kasbah Toubkal. Mike and his brother Chris renovated the Kasbah, with its stunning views of surrounding mountains and Jebel Toubkal, together with the local community as partners. This led them naturally to work on projects to help the local Amazigh mountain communities.In 2013 the EFA committee hit on the idea of a bicycle race from Marrakech to Oumkaimeden. Kasbah Toubkal often arranges bicycling events in Toubkal National Park. The Atlas Etape is a 40 km dash to the foot of Oumkaimeden, with a body crunching punishing 30 km climb up to Oumkaimeden at 2426 meters at the summit. Then the joy of a 70 km downward sprint all the way back to Marrakech with medals for the first frontrunners to make it back. The 2013 Atlas Etape saw a heavy fog draw in on Oumkaimeden, preventing some riders from getting back to Marrakech for safety reasons.Training on the road between Ourika and Tahanaout in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Copyright ©Alan Keohane/Sill ImagesThis year, with temperatures at a hot 35 degrees, this is unlikely to be a problem. The race is already attracting professional bicycle racers, a chance to visit Marrakech and a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause. Three older participants are bicycling from England to Marrakech to take part in the event, and they have already raised over £80,000 for EFA. They call themselves the “fat dads on bikes” after a much-loved UK TV series, The Fat Ladies, who used to ride motorbikes to different locations to do their cooking programs on TV. They were a wonderfully irreverent pair.Marrakech Atlas Etape, April 28 2013, Photo by Alan Keohane & Terry Munson www.still-images.netHer Majesty’s Ambassador Clive Alderton will be on hand to present medals when the tired winners roll in at the Etape’s final destination. The Ambassador has recently become a patron of the EFA. Later on in the evening, there will be a fundraising dinner which is open to all, and some of the girls from EFA’s houses in Asni and the university will attend, which will be a great opportunity for friends and supporters to meet them. It should be a great evening.His Excellency Mr Clive Alderton LVO, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and Education For All Morocco Patron, talks about EFA© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Dont Be Fooled By Baseballs SmallBudget Success Stories

The Houston Astros currently sit on top of the American League West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, a team paying Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and the rest of the squad a combined $146.4 million. The Astros, meanwhile, will spend less than half that figure on players in 2015. Their total payroll comes in just north of $69 million, 29th out of 30 MLB teams and a remarkable $158 million less than the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending to field a team this year.The success of the Astros and the (comparatively) minuscule payrolls of other plucky small-budget teams is often cited by people trying to advance an egalitarian narrative: that the amount a team spends does not matter. In recent years, Time called the Royals the future of baseball. The New York Times went with Smaller Markets and Smarter Thinking. Baseball America wrote an article asserting, “if you look at competitive balance as the opportunity for teams to make the playoffs and legitimate runs at titles, baseball is truly in a golden era.” Sports Illustrated argued that the average payrolls of playoff teams show that money isn’t the factor it used to be and the Providence Journal offered, “money can’t buy success.” Andrew McCutchen, 2013 National League MVP, is the poster boy for what small-budget teams can accomplish, saying, “Payroll doesn’t mean everything. If that was the case, the Yankees would win every year.”That’s all heart-warming, but evidence suggests that the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Check out the figure below, which shows the relationship between spending and win percentage during each of the three 10-year spans since 1985.1Salary and win percentage were standardized within each season to account for the league’s financial growth and changes in league competitiveness. Data collected from Each team season is one dot in the figure, and the red line reflects a smoothed curve fit through the points. The smoothed curves represent the general relationship between spending and performance for each team season in each decade; aggregating all the decade’s data points shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.The line gets steeper going from left to right, implying that in recent seasons, jumps in salary have been associated with larger gains in win percentage. Altogether, none of the 20 teams with the highest relative salaries since 1985 have finished below .500. GRAPHIC: Using data from the last 30 years, we created win-pay curves for every team in Major League Baseball. Click here to see how well your favorite team spent its money.J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, found that winning more increases revenue exponentially. “Going from 85 wins to 90 is worth more than 80 wins to 85,” he says. As a result, while it might cost more per win for a team that wins 90 games than 85, it makes financial sense because the revenue reward will be higher as well. This leads to a self-perpetuating cycle. Additionally, fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so. For a team like the New York Yankees, paying 10 percent more than anyone else for a second baseman who is only 5 percent better than his closest peer is worth the money (and they can afford it).But though the current narrative revolves around small-budget success stories as an argument against the importance of salaries, baseball has always had small-budget overachievers. “Just because you don’t spend money doesn’t mean you can’t win,” Bradbury says. As long as there has been baseball, there have been teams with low payrolls that have exceeded expectations in the win column.Perhaps one reason for the renewed focus on the success of small-budget teams is the importance of playoff success versus the regular season. Postseasons in American sports offer a smaller sample size than, say, soccer’s English Premier League, where the winner is determined by 38 games. In baseball, the better team (the one with the higher payroll) is less likely to prevail over the course of a short playoff series than they would be over an entire season. That, combined with the expansion of the playoffs, means it’s easier for a small-budget team to reach the World Series, as the Kansas City Royals did in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. Winning a playoff series can come down to a few factors — a couple of good pitchers and luck — that are less important during the regular season. “The formula seems to be: limp through regular season, get into playoffs, then win,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.Fort, however, also thinks that the case for the relationship between payroll and wins is overstated. “When have we ever been satisfied that a simple relationship between one variable and another variable tells the whole story of the determination of winning?” he says. “What you really need to do is stop and think about what are all the other things: nothing about coaches, nothing about front office/GM acumen.” In Fort’s view, equating payroll and wins leaves out too many other variables.He has a point, as the relationship between salary and winning can be drastically different among different franchises. Some teams don’t get results when they spend more — the New York Mets frowny face is almost too perfect given their fortunes.For a few small-budget teams such as the Cleveland Indians and the Royals, though, there’s a strong relationship between spending and winning.As you can see in the chart of every team’s win-pay curves, spending usually helps, but incompetent spending gets a team nowhere. It’s a waste.Click here to see every team’s win-pay curves. read more

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Report Chelsea to begin talks with Higuain this week

first_imgChelsea are reportedly set to meet with Gonzalo Higuain’s agent this Wednesday as they continue with their pursuit of the Juventus forwardThe Blues’ newly-appointed head coach Maurizio Sarri is keen to add a proven goalscorer in Higuain at Stamford Bridge this summer ahead of his maiden campaign with the futures of both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud currently uncertain.Sarri enjoyed an excellent relationship with Higuain at Napoli with the Argentina international even scoring an impressive 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances in his last season at the club before making the move to Juventus in 2016.Now Italian journalist Giulia Stronati has revealed that a reunion between the Sarri and Higuain is set to take place with Chelsea set to begin negotiations with the player’s agent and brother Nicolas Higuain on Wednesday in a €60m deal.The 30-year-old’s sale from Juventus this summer is likely due to the fact that the club have just agreed to pay €112m for Cristiano Ronaldo.“On Wednesday there will be new contacts between Higuain ‘s agent and Chelsea to finalize the deal,” she wrote on Twitter.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s ready a 3-years contract (€7,5M a year add bonuses).“Blues will pay €60M to Juventus.”On Wednesday there will be new contacts between #Higuain ‘s agent and #Chelsea to finalize the deal. It’s ready a 3-years contract (€7,5M at year adds bonus). Blues will pay €60M to #Juventus. #transfers #CFC— Giulia Stronati (@GiuliaStronati) July 15, 2018last_img read more

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Prosecutors Say Jury Pool For Texas AGs Fraud Trial Tainted

first_imgtexasattorneygeneral.govTexas Attorney General Ken PaxtonSpecial prosecutors want Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal trial on securities fraud charges moved elsewhere over claims that his hometown supporters have tainted the jury pool.The request Thursday comes as Paxton awaits trial in May on charges of defrauding wealthy investors in a tech startup. The Republican has pleaded not guilty and faces 5 to 99 years in prison if convicted.Paxton was indicted in 2015 in Collin County, a conservative Dallas suburb. Prosecutors accuse his supporters of waging a “two-year long crusade” of lawsuits, social media posts and ads in an effort to derail the case.Paxton attorney Bill Mateja didn’t immediately comment.A Dallas court last month temporary halted $200,000 in prosecutor fees after a former Paxton donor sued over the case’s mounting costs to taxpayers. Sharelast_img read more

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Criminals have no place in Bengal CM

first_imgBajkul (East Midnapore): BJP has connived with CPI(M) and Congress to create trouble in Bengal with the help of Left-backed goons, alleged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was addressing a gathering here on Wednesday afternoon.She said through a series of movements, Trinamool Congress was successful in putting an end to the misrule of CPI(M). But the goons who used to receive patronage of the party are now working for BJP. She warned them that they will be thrown out just like CPI(M), as “criminals have no place in Bengal.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The CPI(M) harmads have joined BJP to become ustads. They will be thrown out as criminals have no role to play here in Bengal,” the Chief Minister said. “How can the people of Midnapore forget the days of red terror unleashed by CPI(M) in Nandigram and other places? Many people had been killed and their bodies thrown into Haldi river. Fourteen people are still missing,” she said, adding: “I was not allowed to enter Nandigram as CPI(M) goons had put up blockades. I travelled on a motorcycle and finally reached the trouble-torn areas.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee said BJP has ruined the country “economically and socially.” The country is yet to come out from the trauma of note ban. People lost their jobs and small traders were badly hit. Referring to the recent incident in Bulandshahr, she said a police officer who had been investigating an important case, has been killed. “By spreading hate politics, BJP is trying to destroy the social milieu. They have driven people out of Gujarat. In Assam, names of 40 lakh people have been kept out of the National Register of Citizens, of which 23 lakh are Hindus. Their only business is to incite Hindus against the Muslims, Christians against the Sikhs and thus destroy our social fabric. After ruining the country, they have now connived with CPI(M) and Bengal Congress to create trouble here,” she said and urged people not to get swayed by the rumours and canards spread by BJP. She urged people to ask BJP “why 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in their states and why they are inciting one community against the other.” The Chief Minister said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot and in a few years, it will attract more tourists than Goa. Roads have been built and infrastructure improved there. She regretted that the Centre is yet to clear the Ghatal Master Plan meant to control floods. A drinking water supply project at an estimated cost of Rs 2,300 crore has been taken up and superspecialty hospitals have come up in the district. “Midnapore has produced some of the finest human beings. The state government has set up a committee and the bicentenary of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar will be observed in a befitting manner,” she said, urging students to study well and uphold the legacy of the district.last_img read more

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Rep Bizon lists priorities following governors address

first_img23Jan Rep. Bizon lists priorities following governor’s address State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today said he has a list of priorities for the current legislative session following the governor’s State of the State address in Lansing.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said no-fault automobile insurance reform and continuing to grow the state economy top his list of key issues the Legislature should focus on in the next 11 months. He also puts priority on relieving the tax burden on senior citizens.“Just a few years ago Michigan was on top of every list no state wants to be on – high unemployment, weak budget, zero dollars in a contingency account,” Bizon said. “Through responsible budgeting and legislative reforms we have turned that around, and today Michigan is thriving. We must work hard to continue that recovery.”Bizon said one reason for Michigan’s good economic standing is tax relief for Michigan families and senior citizens. He has championed tax reduction and will continue to fight for lower taxes.“We have made significant headway in reducing the tax hardship for families, but more can be accomplished,” Bizon said. “I am particularly focused on easing taxes on seniors, who have already been impacted by the so-called pension tax that was enacted in 2011.”Bizon said he supported legislation that would have given drivers choices in no-fault coverage and reduced rates and will continue to fight for no-fault reform.“Our auto no-fault system is broken, and it’s time we eliminate sky-high premiums and medical procedure costs that are far above costs for identical procedures outside the no-fault system,” Bizon said. “Michigan has one of the highest premiums for insurance, and that’s simply unacceptable.”##### Categories: Bizon News,Newslast_img read more

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A measles outbreak in Washington state prompted Go

first_imgA measles outbreak in Washington state prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency on Jan. 25. As of Thursday, 55 cases have been confirmed this year, most of them in unvaccinated children under age 10. The outbreak’s epicenter is Clark County, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can result in brain damage, deafness and, in rare cases, death. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated from the United States, thanks to widespread vaccination campaigns. Yet cases have popped up in 11 states so far this winter, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking three outbreaks (defined as three or more confirmed cases) in New York City, New York state and Washington state. Vaccination rates around 90 to 95 percent are generally enough to prevent an outbreak, according to health officials, but rates have fallen across the United States. One factor is the spread of misinformation about the measles vaccine, which is considered safe and effective by health authorities.Vaccination rates in the Pacific Northwest are among the lowest in the nation. While all school-age children are required to receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, Washington is among the 17 states that allow “philosophical exemptions,” meaning a parent can excuse a child from being vaccinated for virtually any reason. Currently the vaccination rate across Clark County is 78 percent, but some schools in the area have rates under 40 percent, according to the Clark County Public Health website. Such low rates have public health officials working around the clock to contain the outbreak.NPR’s Ari Shapiro spoke with Dr. Alan Melnick, director of public health for Clark County, about the situation. Here are highlights from the interview, which has been edited for length and clarity.Are parents to blame for this outbreak?I don’t want to point the finger at anybody. I think there’s a lot of misinformation on social media and elsewhere that looks pretty sophisticated. And I think some parents who are otherwise well meaning are scared and they don’t know what to do, and some of them choose not to vaccinate their kids.But bottom line, this was preventable?This problem was 100 percent preventable. What we’re seeing here does not need to be happening. We should have eradicated measles not only from the United States but from the world by now.Tell us about how dangerous it is. I know it’s highly contagious.First of all, there is a lot of misinformation out there on social media, from people who are opposed to vaccination, about how serious this is. Measles is not a benign disease. It is a potentially deadly disease. Before we had routine vaccination in the United States in the early 1960s, we had 400 to 500 deaths from measles every year. There were close to 50,000 hospitalizations every year for measles, and we had about 4,000 people who had measles encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain that can lead to permanent damage, including deafness. It’s an incredibly serious disease that can have a lot of complications, and we’ve already had one child hospitalized out of the cases here.It is also highly contagious. If you’re susceptible and you haven’t been vaccinated, you can be in a room two hours after somebody with measles left and still catch it. If somebody with measles is around a bunch of people who are unvaccinated, 90 percent of them will become ill.The early symptoms of measles are runny nose, cough, fever and red or pink eyes, which are very common symptoms this time of year. And those symptoms occur several days before the rash appears. You’re exquisitely contagious at that time, and you may not even know that you have measles. You’re also contagious after the rash starts. But for a few days before the rash starts, if you go out in public with those symptoms, you can spread the disease without knowing it. The only way to know that you’re not going out and spreading that disease is to be vaccinated ahead of time.What’s happening to the children who come back with a positive diagnosis for measles?Because you’re contagious for four days after the rash onset, children would be kept home until then. Four days after the rash begins, you’re generally not contagious.When we are able to identify a child who’s got measles, [from a public health perspective] we are concerned with identifying where they’ve been during the period they were contagious, because we want to prevent it from spreading. We’ve got to be concerned about the people who were exposed who aren’t immunized.Your department has put out a list of public exposure locations in Clark County that includes doctors’ offices, schools, day cares, churches, a Trader Joe’s and a Walmart. Are you saying any unvaccinated people who are at those places during a particular window of time could become infected?Yes. This is one of the most contagious viruses known to mankind. It’s airborne spread and can linger in an area up to two hours [after] somebody leaves.If the exposure site is in a school, we have to work with the school to identify any children and staff at that school who are unvaccinated. And we have to exclude them from school for 21 days, which is the amount of time it could take to develop measles. We are particularly concerned if the exposure is in a doctor’s office or an emergency department, because the people most at risk of getting measles are infants who are too young to be vaccinated, people with immune suppression who you might run into in an emergency room or doctor’s office and pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated. Washington is one of 17 states that allow a philosophical exemption for vaccinations. Do you think that’s a mistake?I’m supportive of changing that exemption. In Washington state, there are three ways to exempt your child from the immunization requirements in school. One is a medical exemption, which is really rare. There are very few medical contraindications to immunization.There is a religious exemption that’s also rarely used, because there aren’t many religions I can think of that say, “Thou shalt not vaccinate your child.” So the vast majority of exemptions are personal or philosophical. California got rid of their personal exemption a few years ago after the Disneyland outbreak, and I’m hoping that the Washington State Legislature does the same.You can actually go on the Washington State Department of Health website and look at our interactive map to see immunization rates at any school in the state.The average overall immunization rate in K through 12 in Clark County is about 78 percent, and for measles, for herd immunity to stop transmission, you need something like around 90 to 95 percent. The 78 percent average is bad enough, but there are schools within Clark County with immunization rates far below that. That really keeps me up at night, because if you introduce measles to a population like that, it can spread very rapidly.You trained as a family physician at a time when measles was not considered a threat because people were getting vaccinated. What is it like to see this disease threaten American lives once again?There is no reason we should be experiencing an outbreak like this anywhere anymore. Having a child hospitalized is horrible enough, but to think that we could have a death from this, or a severe complication like measles encephalitis, is unconscionable.Could I ask you to just speak for a moment to parents in the United States who have not vaccinated their children? What is your message to them?One message is that this disease is horrible. We need to protect our children. And … regardless of what you hear on some of the social media sites, the vaccine is safe, effective, and it’s inexpensive. Besides [thinking of the safety of] yourself and your children, we need to think about protecting those around … us who might not be able to get the vaccine, like infants who are too young or people with severe immunosuppression. Immunize your children not just to protect them, but to protect anyone they might come in contact with. Already in Clark County, we’ve had to give immunoglobulin to a number of infants too young to get vaccinated who were exposed. We’re hoping the immunoglobulin works. It’s not the first choice, but it’s the only thing we have for those infants.Why do you think the campaign to get people to vaccinate their children hasn’t worked?I think we’ve been complacent, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. … Measles is still out there, and it’s only a plane ride or bus ride or a car ride away. Jonathan Lambert is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. You can follow him on Twitter: @evolambert.‏ Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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10 DataSecurity Measures You Cant Do Without

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Technology 6 min read Brought to you by Business Insider Data security should be an important area of concern for every small-business owner. When you consider all the important data you store virtually — from financial records, to customers’ private information — it’s not hard to see why one breach could seriously damage your business.According to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF], an estimated “285 million records were compromised in 2008.” And 74 percent of those incidents were from outside sources.We consulted Roland Cloutier, Chief Security Officer for ADP and a board member for the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Matt Watchinski, Senior Director of the Vulnerability Research Team for cybersecurity provider Sourcefire, to find out the key security measures every small business should be taking.1. Establish strong passwordsImplementing strong passwords is the easiest thing you can do to strengthen your security.Cloutier shares his tip for crafting a hard-to-crack password: use a combination of capital and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols and make it 8 to 12 characters long.According to Microsoft, you should definitely avoid using: any personal data (such as your birthdate), common words spelled backwards and sequences of characters or numbers, or those that are close together on the keyboard.Use their convenient password checker to see how strong yours is.As for how often you should change your password, Cloutier says that the industry standard is “every 90 days,” but don’t hesitate to do it more frequently if your data is highly-sensitive.Another key: make sure every individual has their own username and password for any login system, from desktops to your CMS. “Never just use one shared password,” says Cloutier.And finally, “Never write it down!” he adds.2. Put up a strong firewallIn order to have a properly protected network, “firewalls are a must,” Cloutier says.A firewall protects your network by controlling internet traffic coming into and flowing out of your business. They’re pretty standard across the board — Cloutier recommends any of the major brands.3. Install antivirus protectionAntivirus and anti-malware software are essentials in your arsenal of online security weapons, as well.”They’re the last line of defense” should an unwanted attack get through to your network, Cloutier explains.4. Update your programs regularlyMaking sure your computer is “properly patched and updated” is a necessary step towards being fully protected; there’s little point in installing all this great software if you’re not going to maintain it right.”Your security applications are only as good as their most recent update,” Watchinski explains. “While applications are not 100 percent fool-proof, it is important to regularly update these tools to help keep your users safe.”Frequently updating your programs keeps you up-to-date on any recent issues or holes that programmers have fixed.5. Secure your laptopsBecause of their portable nature, laptops are at a higher risk of being lost or stolen than average company desktops. It’s important to take some extra steps to make certain your sensitive data is protected.Cloutier mandates “absolutely: encrypt your laptop. It’s the easiest thing to do.”Encryption software changes the way information looks on the harddrive so that, without the correct password, it can’t be read.Cloutier also stresses the importance of never, ever leaving your laptop in your car, where it’s an easy target for thieves. If you must, lock it in your trunk.6. Secure your mobile phonesCloutier points out that smartphones hold so much data these days that you should consider them almost as valuable as company computers — and they’re much more easily lost or stolen. As such, securing them is another must.The must-haves for mobile phones:Encryption softwarePassword-protection (Cloutier also suggests enabling a specific “lock-out” period, wherein after a short amount of time not being used, the phone locks itself)Remote wiping enabledRemote wiping is “extremely effective,” Cloutier says, recounting the story of one executive who lost his Blackberry in an airport, after he had been looking at the company’s quarter financials. The exec called IT in a panic, and within 15 minutes they were able to completely wipe the phone.7. Backup regularlyScheduling regular backups to an external hard drive, or in the cloud, is a painless way to ensure that all your data is stored safely.The general rule of thumb for backups: servers should have a complete backup weekly, and incremental backups every night; personal computers should also be backed up completely every week, but you can do incremental backups every few days if you like (“however long you could live without your data,” Cloutier explains).Getting your data compromised is a painful experience — having it all backed up so you don’t completely lose it will make it much less so.8. Monitor diligently”All this great technology […] is no good unless you actually use it. You have to have someone be accountable for it,” says Cloutier.One good monitoring tool Cloutier suggests is data-leakage prevention software, which is set up at key network touchpoints to look for specific information coming out of your internal network. It can be configured to look for credit card numbers, pieces of code, or any bits of information relevant to your business that would indicate a breach.If you don’t monitor things, warns Cloutier, “it’s a waste of time and a waste of resources.” And you won’t know that you’ve been compromised until it’s far too late.9. Be careful with e-mail, IM and surfing the WebIt’s not uncommon for a unsuspecting employee to click on a link or download an attachment that they believe is harmless — only to discover they’ve been infected with a nasty virus, or worse.”Links are the numbers one way that malware ends up on computers,” says Cloutier. “Links are bad!”As such, never click on a link that you weren’t expecting or you don’t know the origination of in an e-mail or IM.You have to “be smart when surfing the Web,” Watchinski warns. “[You] should take every “warning box” that appears on [your] screen seriously and understand that every new piece of software comes with its own set of security vulnerabilities.”10. Educate your employeesTeaching your employees about safe online habits and proactive defense is crucial.”Educating them about what they are doing and why it is dangerous is a more effective strategy than expecting your IT security staff to constantly react to end users’ bad decisions,” Watchinski says.It’s not easy: “One of the most difficult things to do is protect end users against themselves,” he adds. But ultimately, prevention is the best approach to handling your data security.Make sure your employees understand how important your company’s data is, and all the measures they can take to protect it. Using these simple methods can protect your business and your peace of mind. November 4, 2010 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article Add to Queue –shares 10 Data-Security Measures You Can’t Do Without Register Now »last_img read more

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Chinas LeEco Unveils AllElectric Concept Car

first_img Reuters Electric Cars Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters China’s LeEco Unveils All-Electric Concept Car Add to Queue April 20, 2016center_img Image credit: Reuters | Damir Sagolj Jia Yueting, co-founder and head of LeHoldings Co. Ltd. China’s Le Holdings Co Ltd., also known as LeEco and formerly as LeTV, on Wednesday unveiled an all-electric battery concept car whose production version the company hopes will compete head-on with Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S.The concept car, called LeSEE, which hints at a production version of the car LeEco is widely expected to launch in the future, is one of an array of similarly positioned premium electric vehicles (EVs) due to hit the market in the next few years from more than half a dozen Chinese-funded EV start-ups. LeEco said the concept car, which will be displayed at next week’s Beijing auto show, is not only fully electrically propelled but has been engineered to be a “smart”, “connected” and “automated self-driving” car.Jia Yueting, co-founder and head of LeEco, said he hopes that when the car hits the market it will help China’s auto industry reach the forefront of the global auto sector.”When everyone is questioning us over our ability to develop a car like this and is laughing at us, we are still able to be here and show you this car … I am so emotional,” Jia said at a LeEco launch event for several products in Beijing on Wednesday.Jia said LeEco is also developing a car-sharing business in connection with its green car efforts.He said one day LeEco cars would be offered free of charge to consumers because the company aims to make money on content and other services it sells through those connected cars. Jia did not say when that day might come.”Our cars’ pricing model will be similar to pricing models for cellphones and tv sets we sell today,” he said. “One day our cars will be free … We are getting there some day.”LeEco’s electric vehicle unit and other EV startups in China proliferated after the government, looking to fuel a more determined switch to electricity as the ultimate alternative to petrol, liberalized and opened its automotive industry to allow deep-pocketed tech firms to invest as long as they dabble in electric cars.Aside from LeEco, the likes of Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Xiaomi Inc, Tencent Holdings Ltd and other tech firms have funded more than half a dozen EV start-ups, which include NextEV and CH-Auto.Those new players have been emboldened by the government’s all-out support for all types of electric cars, which includes generous incentives to buyers.They also expect industry policymakers to mandate providers of public transportation such as bus companies, taxi operators and even courier services to purchase electric vehicles and invest in charging infrastructure to usher in an electric future.(Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu, editing by David Evans) 3 min read 42shareslast_img read more

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FBI Paid Less Than 1 Million to Unlock San Bernardino iPhone Sources

first_img 2 min read Image credit: Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List April 29, 2016 FBI Reuters The FBI paid under $1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters — a figure smaller than the $1.3 million the agency’s chief initially indicated the hack cost, several U.S. government sources said on Thursday.The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be able to use the technique to unlock other iPhone 5C models running iOS 9 — the specifications of the shooter’s phone — without additional payment to the contractor who provided it, these people added.FBI Director James Comey last week said the agency paid more to get into the iPhone than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job, suggesting the hack cost more than $1.3 billion, based on his annual salary.The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone in March with the help of the contractor after Apple Inc. refused to bypass the device’s encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.The FBI, not the contractor, has physical possession of the mechanism used to open the phone but does not know details of how it works, one of the sources said.The identity of the contractor is so closely-held inside the FBI that not even Comey knows who it is, one of the sources said.The FBI is still examining the contents of the iPhone in the hope they will help fill gaps in their investigation of the shooting last December which killed 14 people and wounded 22, two U.S. government sources.Investigators are looking into whether shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, had associates or co-conspirators, the sources said.The FBI are also trying to understand what the shooters were doing during an 18-minute gap in a timeline investigators have put together tracking their movements on the day of the shootings, the sources said.An FBI spokesman had no comment.(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Don Durfee and Andrew Hay)center_img Add to Queue FBI Paid Less Than $1 Million to Unlock San Bernardino iPhone, Sources Say –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

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Gawker Parody Site Emerges to Skewer Startup Clichés

first_img Nina Zipkin Gawker Parody Site Emerges to Skewer Startup Clichés ‘There is one thing that stands between the people who live in Silicon Valley and the future, and that is: the people who live outside of Silicon Valley,’ writes ‘Peter Theil.’ 4 min read The long, strange saga of Gawker Media, Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan came to an end last month when Univision purchased the media outlet for $135 million at auction. While Univision bought the company’s entire portfolio of sites, the frequently controversial shuttered shortly after the sale. If you’re unfamiliar with the events leading up to Gawker’s demise, here’s a quick primer.In 2012, Gawker published a sex tape involving Hogan, who then levied an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the company and its founder Nick Denton. The judge in the case ruled in favor of Hogan to the tune of $140 million in damages, which led the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Amid these developments, it was revealed this spring that PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel bankrolled Hogan’s lawsuit. Gawker Media outed Thiel as gay in a post on Valleywag, the company’s now defunct Silicon Valley gossip site, in 2007. Got all that?While Gawker is no longer with us, a parody site called Gawken has recently emerged. Emulating the biting style of Gawker, its satirical articles skewer some of the clichés that we — including us here at Entrepreneur on occasion — use when we talk about entrepreneurs and innovation. Society should collectively instate a moratorium on using the word “disruptive,” for example, to describe the work of any new startup until the end of time. We often resort to familiar, over-the-top descriptors and mantras, weakening their meaning.Related: Elon Musk’s Alleged Imposter Gives Reason 5,736 Why You Should Be Careful With Your EmailGawken’s mysterious “founder” is Peter “Theil,” who wants to assure you that he has no relation to a certain Facebook investor. And in an introductory post titled, “We’re Going To Open Your Mind To The Future,” he explains what inspired him to create the site.”There is one thing that stands between the people who live in Silicon Valley and the future, and that is: the people who live outside of Silicon Valley. This is because the people living outside Silicon Valley are terrified of the future…But what if there was a way for the people in Silicon Valley to open those people’s minds for them, using technology?”The mild condescension continues apace as Theil describes what readers can expect from Gawken. “At times, what you read on Gawken may rile, provoke or disorient you. At times, it will seem completely fucked up. But as I tell all of the young entrepreneurs I meet, and also everyone else I meet, doing something that feels weird or wrong can be a sign that you’re on to something truly unique and great.”Related: Stock Photos of Entrepreneurs Looking Thoughtfully Into the DistanceI know I’m guilty of providing this kind of tried and true entrepreneurial advice every so often. As recently as a couple of days ago, I wrote a story that included calls to “go off the beaten track,” and “don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out new solutions to old problems.” I promise it was relevant at the time. Gawken’s mocking theme extends to its other fictional authors, including Gawken News Algorithm, Tim Cook’s Toaster and Elon Musk’s Tesla. Headlines such as “Awesome: They Made A Drone That Can Vape” populate the site.Silicon Valley and other tech hubs around the world are home to some very bright people with legitimately great ideas. But the startup world can also devolve into a feedback loop of insular self-regard. So when someone comes along and points out the relentless convention-flouting and buzzword-using, it keeps us in check and gives us an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.  Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Gawken Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 15, 2016center_img Humor 41shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

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MGH researchers identify potential markers of lung cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 16 2019By examining both blood samples and tumor tissues from patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified markers that can distinguish between major subtypes of lung cancer and can accurately identify lung cancer stage. Their proof-of-concept test accurately predicted whether the blood samples they examined came from patients with shorter or longer survival following lung cancer surgery, including patients with early-stage disease.Their findings could eventually help physicians decide whether an individual patient with lung cancer can benefit from standard treatment or may need more aggressive therapy. The study is published in the open-access journal Scientific Reports.The US Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that middle-age and older persons with a history of heavy smoking be screened annually for lung cancer with low-dose CT. Low-dose CT is effective at detecting small lung tumors, but the cost of CT screening and risks of repeated radiation exposure prevent its use for screening of the general population. This points to a need for a low cost, minimally invasive method for identifying people who may require further CT screening to catch the disease at earlier, more readily treatable stages, says co-principal investigator Leo L. Cheng, PhD, an associate biophysicist in the departments of Pathology and Radiology at MGH. Along with co-principal investigator David C. Christiani, MD, MPH, a physician in the Department of Medicine at MGH, Cheng and other colleagues studied paired blood samples and tumor tissues taken at the time of surgery and looked for unique metabolomic markers using high-resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), a sensitive technique for characterizing the chemical composition of tissues.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerCheng says that although other research groups have used MRS to identify potential biomarkers of lung cancer in serum, “the uniqueness of our study is that we have paired samples from patients obtained at the same time as surgery.”The paired specimens came from 42 patients with squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the lung, and 51 patients with adenocarcinomas of the lung. The investigators also examined blood samples from 29 healthy volunteers who served as controls. The patients included 58 with early (Stage I) lung cancer, and 35 with more advanced disease (Stage II, III, or IV).The experiments were designed to see whether blood samples and tumor tissue samples from the same patient had common features that would identify the presence or absence of lung cancer, discriminate between cancer subtypes, and confirm the diagnostic accuracy of a simple blood test.The investigators identified specific profiles of metabolites common to both types of samples and showed the differences between the profiles could signal whether a patient had SCC or adenocarcinoma, which require different treatments. They also found that the profiles could distinguish between early-stage disease, which is often highly treatable, and later disease stages which require more aggressive or experimental treatments.Importantly, the tests also identified whether the samples came from patients who lived an average of 41 months after surgery, or from those patients who lived longer than 41 months. This finding, if validated in further studies, could identify early on those patients at especially high risk for early death, who might benefit from clinical trials of new drugs.The ultimate goal of the study is to develop a blood test that could be included as part of a standard physical and could indicate whether a specific patient has suspicious signs pointing to lung cancer. Patients identified by the blood screen would then be referred for CT. Source:Massachusetts General HospitalJournal reference:Berker, Y. et al. (2019) Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy-based Metabolomic Biomarkers for Typing, Staging, and Survival Estimation of Early-Stage Human Lung Cancer. Scientific Reports. You cannot use CT as a screening tool for every patient or even for every at-risk patient every year, so what we’re trying to do is to develop biomarkers from blood samples that could be incorporated into physical exams, and if there is any suspicion of lung cancer, then we would put the patient through CT.”Leo L. Cheng, PhD, associate biophysicist, MGHlast_img read more

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3 Congress rebels one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa Ministers

first_img Next Asian News International Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:18 IST Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar (in pic), switched to the BJP on Wednesday. (Photo: ANI)Four legislators, including three Congress defectors, on Saturday took oath as ministers in Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led BJP government here.The three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.This comes soon after four ministers — Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Vinod Paliencar, and Jayesh Salongakar were sacked from the ministry to accommodate the Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP.BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker, also joined the government as a minister.Earlier, Sawant had sought the resignation of four of his ministers — three of Goa Forward Party and an independent, but they refused.Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has said that the Assembly will function as the per schedule.”Though new ministers have been inducted, the Assembly will go on as per the schedule. The new ministers will have to study their portfolios while answering questions on the floor of the House.””As far as I am concerned, there is no rescheduling of the Assembly and the Congress party will have to give the name of Leader of Opposition by Monday,” Patnekar told ANI.On the night of July 10, Chief Minister Sawant had gone to Delhi along with 10 MLAs to meet senior BJP leaders including working president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the development.Following this, the rebel MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.With 10 MLAs changing the sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House has been reduced to five.The MLAs who defected include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.ALSO READ | Hours before Goa Cabinet reshuffle, CM Pramod Sawant drops four ministersALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow Goa 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersThe three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.advertisementlast_img read more

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