How to Securely Collect Data for Personalized Medicine

first_imgIn my last blog, I discussed the rationale for applying privacy and security best practices to enable the benefits of personalized medicine while minimizing risks of breaches and other types of security incidents. One of these best practices involves walking through each step of the information lifecycle, from collection, to use, retention, disclosure and disposal. In this blog I take a look at the collection stage of the information lifecycle.Collecting information for personalized medicine requires informed patient consent. Patients must be informed about the benefits, risks, who will have access to their data, how their data will be processed, and choices they have regarding their personal healthcare information. This includes both physical samples collected, such as saliva and blood samples, as well as the raw genome sequence data.Research is needed to further the science of analyzing and deriving meaning from genetic information, and this research needs genetic data. Patients are typically presented with a choice of whether to participate in this type of research, and whether they want to authorize sharing of their genetic data, most often in de-identified form, with such researchers. Choices presented to the patient are typically either opt-in or opt out. Opt in is where the patients data by default will not be shared with researchers unless they explicitly opt into sharing their data. Alternatively the patient may be presented with an opt-out choice where the default is for their data to be shared with researchers unless they explicitly opt out. These basic “all or nothing” opt-in / opt-out types of choices are often overly simplistic and don’t give the patient much control over their data. More sophisticated consent and choice mechanisms are required in the future for the patient to have greater control over who should have access to their data, for what purposes, how they can get access and participate, and so forth. Some types of genetic research require more than fully de-identified data. An example is phenotype research which requires information about the patients environment, for example their zip code. This is location information about the patient and therefore Personally Identifiable Information (PII) which, when associated with healthcare information such as genetic information can cause the combination to be classified as Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA and subject to legal and regulatory requirements, for example breach notification in the event of loss or theft.  For this reason, tokenization is often used in the collection of genetic information for patients. Right from the time physical saliva or blood samples are taken they are often bar-coded to associate them with the patient, in contrast to labeling the samples with elements of the patient PII such as names, date of birth and so forth. Tokenization may also be used later to enable authorized access to limited PII, in addition to de-identified genetic data, in order to support more sophisticated research such as phenotype research.Encryption may be used to protect the confidentiality of collected sensitive data at rest and in transit, including elements of PII stored in secure databases. Genetic data can take the form of very large data sets. For example a single raw genome sequence data can be several hundred GB or larger in size. Encrypting a volume of data such as this, while maintaining performance, requires hardware acceleration, such as Intel® AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard – New Instructions).What types of privacy and security challenges and solutions do you see with the collection of data for personalized medicine?last_img read more

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The Ghost Guns

first_imgA soldier firing an M-4 carbine.Nearly three years ago, Amethi’s young MP Rahul Gandhi unveiled the foundation stone for a Rs 408-crore factory in his constituency. The Gandhi scion commended the jawans of the Indian Army for laying down their lives to defend the country in regions as geographically diverse,A soldier firing an M-4 carbine.Nearly three years ago, Amethi’s young MP Rahul Gandhi unveiled the foundation stone for a Rs 408-crore factory in his constituency. The Gandhi scion commended the jawans of the Indian Army for laying down their lives to defend the country in regions as geographically diverse as the Siachen Glacier and the dunes of Rajasthan. “It is our duty to ensure that top-of-the-line and world-class equipment be made available to them,” he added. There was also a history to his statement. Just two years earlier, the army projected a requirement for over 4 lakh sophisticated 5.56 mm carbines, a compact automatic weapon meant for close quarter combat. Two types of carbines were required-2 lakh close combat carbines to be imported and licence produced and 2 lakh protective carbines would be made by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). These would equip nearly half the 1.1 million-strong army. The deal was worth Rs 6,583 crore, easily the world’s single largest contract for importing small arms. With an assured order for nearly three lakh carbines, including 1.6 lakh imported weapons that would follow from the close quarter battle (CQB) contract, Amethi was set to become India’s hub for sophisticated small arms.Over two-and-a-half years later, Rahul would be embarrassed to be associated with the project. The factory buildings at what will be the OFB’s 41st plant are just a year away from inauguration. It turns out that putting up the buildings was the easy part, for the defence ministry does not have a carbine to build in the Rs 13.6-crore plant. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and OFB designed weapon have failed to pass the army’s tests. Its plans to import carbines continues to be stuck in red tape. “Without a weapon being selected, we cannot order the specialised machinery required to build them,” says an OFB official. The factory is a testimonial to bureaucracy, bungling and delays in the defence public sector and a yawing capability gap staring at foot soldiers fighting Maoists in central India, insurgents in the North-east and in Jammu and Kashmir.advertisementRahul laying the foundation stone of the Rs 408-crore factory at Amethi.The factory project has drawn heavy fire from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) whose report calls it ‘ill-conceived and tardy’ and has asked the government for an urgent review. But the clump of empty factory buildings is only part of the story. It will be at least five years before a jawan in either Siachen or Rajasthan can hold a weapon that rolls out of the plant. With the army unhappy with the indigenous INSAS rifles and using the sturdy but ageing AK-47 for its counter-insurgency operations, the requirement for new assault rifles and carbines remains as important today as it was five years ago: “Right now, the infantry is utterly neglected and is desperate for a modern assault rifle or a carbine,” says a senior infantry official.The need was first felt in October 2005, when the army cited an ‘urgent operational requirement’ for a new close quarter carbine. This is officialese for a virtual alarm. The army was progressively phasing out the British designed 9 mm 1A1 ‘Sterling’, a weapon with a distinctive banana shaped magazine developed after the Second World War and mass produced by the OFB since the 1960s. The DRDO designed compact INSAS carbine (among a troika including an assault rifle and light machine gun) had been rejected a decade earlier. In April 2006, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) green-lighted the proposal for a new carbine producing factory and a site-selection committee zeroed-in on two sites: the OFB’s Field Gun Factory (FGF) in Kanpur and surplus land at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plant in Korwa, Amethi.The DRDO’s 5.56 mm MSMC (left) and the OFB’s Amough carbine.It is still unclear why the OFB wanted to set up a new factory when three of their small arms factories at Tiruchirapalli, Kanpur and Ishapore near Kolkata were running at less than half their capacity. Even its busiest Rifle Factory at Ishapore, with a capacity of 80,000 assault rifles had been producing just 50,000 rifles for the past three years. “Producing small arms to expand the facilities at any of these three locations would mean spending just Rs 50 crore,” says an OFB official. It was not the first time that a factory was being set up for political considerations, but the OFB did not even learn from its earlier experience of setting up its 40th factory, the ordnance factory in Nalanda, then defence minister George Fernandes’ gift to his constituency. The project was to be completed in 2005 but despite a spend of over Rs 2,160 crore, it is yet to be commence production.advertisementThe Korwa factory will be completed by 2011 but has no weapons to produce because the army and MoD are yet to finalise a design. The OFB’s Tiruchirapalli small arms plant had 1,300 acres of surplus land that was fenced but it wasn’t even considered. The OFB’s FGF in Kanpur had 200 acres of surplus land. This was not to be. The OFB rolled out a number of excuses why its Kanpur factory could not be used to manufacture the carbine. Why Amethi was chosen is anybody’s guess because the MoD specifically instructed its site selection committee to ‘use only available surplus defence land to avoid problems like land acquisition and rehabilitation and to avoid overall expenditure’.BREECH LOCKThe world’s largest procurement of small arms-over 6 lakh carbines and rifles worth over Rs 11,000 crore-for the army and police forces has been delayed by over five years due to development delays and bureaucratic hurdles in the defence ministryWhat: Close Quarter Battle CarbineHow many: 43,318 to be purchased, 1.6 lakh to be manufacturedHow much: Rs 4,400 croreStatus: Cleared by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in February 2006. RFPs issued twice and cancelled. Army yet to issue fresh RFPs.What: New Generation Protective CarbineHow many: 2,18,320 carbines to be designed and made indigenouslyHow much: Rs 2,183 croreStatus: Cleared by DAC in February 2006. OFB design rejected by army in 2009. DRDO design selected with modifications. Trials slated for early October 2010.What: New Generation Assault RiflesHow many: 2,00,000 weapons to be imported off the shelfHow much: Rs 4,949 croreStatus: Cleared by DAC in November 2009. It was meant to replace the 5.56 mm INSAS rifles in frontline army service. RFPs to be sent out to manufacturers. When HAL offered the OFB 34 acres, it did not take into account the fact that this land was barely sufficient for the factory. The OFB ended up asking the Uttar Pradesh government for more land to build houses for the factory employees, a request that is still pending. Meanwhile, DRDO and OFB efforts to design carbines for the huge army order hit road blocks. The OFB’s ‘Amough’ a 5.56 mm carbine that superficially resembled an AK-47 was rejected outright by the army several times between 2006 and 2009. The DRDO-designed 5.56 mm modern sub machine carbine (MSMC) was also pronounced unfit for induction by the army. The OFB and DRDO were asked to work together on a new design. Last year, the two partners modified the DRDO’s MSMC carbine and now plan to hand it over to the army for trials in early October. DRDO officials say the carbine could be ready for production within a year but only if it passes the army’s stringent trials. If these delays weren’t enough, the carbine deal was nearly scuppered last year by a whiff of corruption when former OFB chairman Sudipta Ghosh was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Ghosh had allegedly received bribes from several vendors including Singapore Technologies, a bidder for the army’s carbine contract as well as a prospective collaborator to build 48,000 weapons in India for the home ministry.The army, meanwhile, is having troubles of its own trying to import a new CQB carbine which it had so desperately wanted five years ago. It sent out a request for proposals (RFPs) to several global small arms manufacturers like Heckler and Koch, Colt and FN Herstal in April 2007 but withdrew it a few months later. A fresh proposal was sent out in April the next year but withdrawn in June 2009. Army officials say a series of factors repeatedly scuppered the contract: insisting on weapon sights (not made by small arms firms), disagreements with other partners like the OFB, and offset clauses mandated for purchases over Rs 300 crore. If fresh RFPs are issued today and all goes well, army officials estimate at least two more years just to acquire new carbines.advertisement”The problem is a cumbersome acquisition procedure involving the army, the ministry, defence production ministry and defence acquisition council, each with their own bureaucracies,” says defence analyst Brigadier Rahul Bhonsle (retired). OFB officials say part of the problem has to do with the army’s vacillation. “The army is not clear on what it wants. Their last carbine RFP did not even specify the calibre of the weapon,” says B.S. Bhatia, former member of the OFB. With the carbine import-and-build proposal now buried under a pile of pending requests for infantry modernisation bulletproof jackets, helmets and night sights-the army plans to float yet another RFP for two lakh assault rifles worth nearly Rs 5,000 crore. One more proposal to add its already bloated pending wishlist.With no weapon in sight to make at a plant which is fast nearing completion, the OFB made a last ditch attempt to make it relevant. Last year, they suggested that the plant be used to manufacture sporting rifles, another fact heavily criticised by the CAG. In the current stalemate the CAG has questioned the necessity for continuing with the Korwa project and asks for a cost-benefit analysis of setting up a new factory, now just an academic argument. The world’s largest small arms buy is already a big embarrassment for the MoD.last_img read more

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul to play in Masters Champions League

first_imgFour West Indies cricketers including the recently retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul have been given permission to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 scheduled to start on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Tuesday that so far No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been granted to Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie.All four players have written to the WICB indicating that they have retired.The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for players who have retired from international cricket.However the players are still eligible to compete for their respective franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues.The exception is Barbadian Edwards, who is a Kolpak player, having opted to play for Hampshire in the United Kingdom, after giving up his right to play for his member country.The West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and Andrew Symonds are also among stars to feature in the MCL.The MCL, which will feature six franchises, is set to run from Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, February 13 in the United Arab Emirates.MCL T20 will showcase 18 matches including the semi-final and the final at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

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Ferrari’s 812 Superfast is Ridiculously Super Fast (Even for a V12)

first_img The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Get ready to need a cold shower.Somewhere in Maranello, Italy, someone at Ferrari’s headquarters said hey, let’s make an even faster car. So that’s exactly what the luxury sports car manufacturer did in its 812 Superfast.This 12-cylinder berlinetta packs a new 6.5-liter V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv and goes from 0-100 kilometers (or 62.13 miles) in exactly 2.9 seconds. NBD. “The engine’s power is underscored by a full, rich exhaust sound that exploits the acoustic clout delivered by its increased displacement,” says experts at Ferrari.So in other word, it purrs real sweet.The 812 Superfast was made as an ode to the Prancing Horse heritage of Ferrari, since the company’s first-ever branded car was released 70 years ago in 1947. This won’t be a one-and-done special edition automobile, but a new standard to which Ferrari will hold its 12-cylinder makes.The Superfast builds on the legacies of two other 12-cylinder Ferrari gems that came before it; first the 2012 F12 berlinette (which was formerly the most powerful and high-performance piece in the 12-cylinder range, and four year after its debut was still considered the wildest V12-powered gran turismo ever released on the market); and the F12tdf that pulls its bumblebee inspiration from the Tour de France, which Ferrari used to dominate in the 50s and 60s. In 2016, Top Gear named the F12tdf the scariest car in the world … and they know because they test drove the beast through Italy. Lucky dudes.The cabin is hyper-sporty with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops around the central air vents for a luxury, sculptural look.We’re not sure if it makes more sense now to think of someone at Ferrari wanting to make an even faster V12 for 2017, or if they’re completely off their rocker to try and top the former models. All that really matters though is that they did what they set out to do (loco or no).The new 812 is geared at clients who demand the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in existence. I mean, the thing has a max power output of 8,500 rpm, which translates to a power output of 123cv— a figure no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering. This is what gives the Superfast its thrilling agility.Engineers wanted the final product to be ace for both the road and race track, encompassing a build that is both luxurious and sporty. Oh, it’s also built for those who don’t mind dropping more than half a million on a box on wheels.Yes, we feel somewhat ashamed using such an ordinary descriptor for this rouge beauty (launched in a new color dubbed Rosso Settanta). I mean look at her. And just imagine the thrill of going 0-60+ in less than three second. Oonf.Photos courtesy Ferrari A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

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Azam Khan booked by ED in moneylaundering case

first_imgLucknow: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has booked Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Mohammed Azam Khan and others in a money-laundering case in connection with a number of alleged land grab cases registered against him in Uttar Pradesh. The ED filed its case under the criminal section of Prevention Money Laundering Act (PMLA) taking cognisance of at least 26 FIRs registered against Khan by the UP police for alleged land grab. PMLA is a predicate offence and a case is registered only after taking cognisance of a subject offence under the Indian Penal Code or the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On July 24, the agency had sought details of the FIRs against Khan from Rampur Police and registered a PMLA case after finding prima facie merit for slapping money laundering charges against him. According to the FIRs, Khan is alleged to have grabbed land from farmers with the help of a former circle officer Alay Hasan. Khan has denied the allegations and maintained the cases are an outcome of political vendetta. The Uttar Pradesh government has already formed a nine-member committee to investigate the cases lodged against Khan. Last month, the Rampur district administration has declared Khan a land mafia with the ‘anti-land mafia’ portal of district mentioning his name.last_img read more

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Federal public prosecutor asks court to strike SNCLavalin plea for deal

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal director of public prosecutions is officially asking a court to toss out a plea from SNC-Lavalin to spare the company from criminal proceedings.The director’s court filing is the latest twist in a dispute at the heart of high-profile allegations the Prime Minister’s Office leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene on the engineering firm’s behalf.SNC-Lavalin faces legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.The company unsuccessfully pressed the director of prosecutions to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a legal means of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt.The director told SNC-Lavalin in October that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this particular case, prompting the company to ask the Federal Court for an order requiring negotiations.The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Thursday that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Trudeau’s aides for a remediation deal and that his office pressed Wilson-Raybould to make it happen, bumping her from the attorney general’s post after she refused.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Weekly Flight Route Connects Tangier and Palma

Rabat – Spanish company Alba Star has launched a new route connecting Tangier to Palma de Majorca, running weekly.Taking 90 minutes, the trip will connect the 40,000 Moroccans based in the Balearics to their homeland.The flight runs on Thursdays at 4p.m., and the inaugural flight took place on June 15. Flights start from EUR 81.34.

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Srilankan turns Chinese to boost rapidly growing market

France+339-7518-1999 Malaysia+603-7724-3155 India+9122-7127-9158 Japan+8150-6864-8188 The expanded list of local direct-dial numbers now available for other SriLankan online destinations is as follows: Hong Kong+852-3051-2822 SriLankan Airlines today announced it has enhanced its services for customers in China with the launch of a local direct-dial number for the airline’s customers throughout China recently, which will connect them directly with Mandarin-speaking customer service staff at its Global Contact Centre.Customers within China can simply dial 0400 120 1979 and Mandarin-speaking agents will be available from 3.30 p.m.–10.30p.m. Colombo time 365 days of the year, which will shortly be expanded to 3.30 p.m.–7.30 a.m. Mandarin-speaking travelers outside China, can dial (+86) 400 120 1979 to speak to a SriLankan agent in Mandarin. UK+4433-0808-0800 Thailand+66-2018-2444 The Global Contact Centre’s main contact number (+94) 11 777 1979, email and other contact details will remain the same as at present. CountryDirect Dial number Singapore+65-3158-0580 SriLankan has in recent times rapidly expanded its global route network throughout Asia and the Middle East, and currently serves 104 cities in 48 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines. SriLankan now provides local direct-dial services in a number of languages for customers to make inquiries regarding a wide range of services that include flight schedule queries, ticketing and reservations and FlySmiLes frequent flyer information. Germany+4969-9073-2333 Pakistan+9221-3879-9836 China+86 400 120 1979 Kuwait+965-2220-5030 China is one of the most rapidly growing travel markets into Sri Lanka, which is currently witnessing a boom in visitor arrivals.A total of 271,577 Chinese visited Sri Lanka in 2016, according to Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority statistics, making China the second-largest country of origin with a 13% share, behind only India. Chinese arrivals have continued to grow by over 4% during the first five months of 2017, with 117,539 arrivals. Sri Lanka also receives significant numbers of Mandarin-speaking travelers from other countries in the Far East. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Usain Bolt Wins Final Race of 2013 at Memorial

Usain Bolt wrapped up the season Friday by winning the 100-meter race in 9.80 seconds at the Memorial Van Damme track meet in Brussels.The Jamaican can now rest, spend time with family and enjoy soccer with friends, before getting back to work preparing for the 2014 season.“I’ve been smiling ever since I got to the stadium, because I know it’s the last one,” Bolt said about his final race of the year.Michael Rodgers of the United States came in second with 9.90–a season’s best for him. Jamaica’s Nesta Carter, finished third in 9.94.American Justin Gatlin, who is the only sprinter to beat Bolt this year, began quickly, but could not keep up with Bolt’s power to the finish line. Gatlin fell to fourth with a 9.94.Watch Bolt’s final race of 2013 in the video below. read more

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MDL launches new technical website for mine laser survey

first_imgLaser specialist Measurement Devices Ltd (MDL) has announced the launch of its new Technical Services website. The company states that the new site is set to broaden its horizons as MDL as it will not only offer product sales and service, but a complete package of technical and project support, as part of an aim to be a complete solutions provider to customers.Jonathan White, a 3D laser scanning veteran with more than ten years of experience in mining and other industries, has been hired to manage the new division in the Americas. Mark Reid, a Geomatics Engineer with 11 years experience in the LiDAR industry, has been hired to spearhead the UK and remaining regions for the new division. Both have been involved with some of the world’s largest laser scanning based engineering projects. Obtaining information such as volumetric data, 3D models of underground abandoned mines and cavities, and rock face profiling have become easier and safer to obtain through advances in technology from groups such as MDL, says the company, but still with a reduced price point within the market. MDL has also made significant efforts toward making vital hardware such as Dynascan, its portable mobile mapping solution, available to wider audiences.The Technical Services division makes the benefits of laser measurement technology available to all, according to MDL. From product hire for mapping land and sea based applications to project management, data processing and technical support, the options are becoming more varied. The Technical Services website is live and can be accessed at the main website www.mdl-laser.comlast_img read more

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85 per cent in debt deals are families with children

first_imgGRANT THORNTON DEBT Solutions today announced it has submitted its first batch of 20 applications to the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) with the vast majority of cases dealing with families that have children.These cases have been pre-approved by banks and have now moved to Protective Certificate under the new legislation introduced this year.This comes after the first debt settlement arrangement was agreed yesterday with a debtor based in the north west of the country. The borrower had 70 per cent of a six-figure debt written off as part of the deal.Figures from the company show that more than half of the cases were for debts such as mortgage debt while 45 per cent were deals on unsecured debt on personal loans or credit cards.Click here for larger imageHanding back the keysGT Debt Solutions said some 25 per cent of the cases opted to voluntarily hand over the keys of their properties to the bank, allowing them to leave behind an unsustainable mortgage.Most of the first 20 cases – 85 per cent of them in total – are families with children with the largest proportion married with two children.Click here for larger imageThe 20 individuals come from a cross section of occupations including public servants, office workers, sales assistants and tradesmen.GT Debt Solutions said that in the cases of DSAs – where a person has unsecured debt like a personal loan – many of these families are living on less than the reasonable living expenses as pressures from creditors put them under “great financial stress”.MilestoneCommenting on the first cases today, GT Debt Solutions’ Stephen Tennant said it was an “important milestone” for those looking to avail of the new legislation.“We can see that the market is now starting to find its feet, and that industry protocol is beginning to develop,” he said. “There is a realisation that the legislation, while not perfect, offers a strong basis for individuals with multi creditor exposures to deal with their financial problems in a systematic fashion.”The personal insolvency practitioner said more cases will follow closely behind this first batch.Related: Most of borrower’s debt written off in first deal under new insolvency regime>Read: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISI>last_img read more

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Accoucher à la maison trop risqué

first_imgAccoucher à la maison : trop risqué ?Royaume-Uni – De nombreuses mères revendiquent le droit d’accoucher à la maison. D’après les médecins, cette pratique implique cependant trop de risques pour être généralisée. The Lancet, l’une des plus célèbres revues médicales britanniques, a publié un article dans lequel on estime que les femmes ont le droit d’accoucher à la maison à condition de ne pas mettre leur bébé en danger. Les droits du nouveau-né, dont celui d’être en bonne santé et de bénéficier des meilleurs soins possibles, supplantent les possibilités de choix de la mère. En effet, il a été démontré que naître à la maison présente trois fois plus de risques pour l’enfant que naître à l’hôpital. Par conséquent, les accouchements à domicile doivent être réservés aux grossesses et aux délivrances qui ne promettent aucune complication. En outre, les mères doivent être informées de tous les risques inhérents à leur décision et être suivies par une sage-femme agréée. Le 8 août 2010 à 09:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les réseaux sociaux vous souhaitent bon appétit

first_imgLes réseaux sociaux vous souhaitent bon appétit ! Avec l’avènement des réseaux sociaux, tout est à une portée de clics. Apparemment, même la nourriture. Planifier, acheter, cuisiner, déguster, les réseaux sociaux viennent de plus en plus s’immiscer dans votre repas. Et en tant que consommateurs, chacun se tourne de plus en plus vers bloggeurs et autres experts en cuisine en ligne pour élargir leurs expériences culinaires. Internet est devenu le livre de recettes des 18-32 ans, qui ne consultent presque plus ceux de leurs grands-mères.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avant, vous appreniez à cuisiner grâce à votre mère et tout le monde mangeait ensemble autour d’une table. Actuellement, la tendance s’inverse, de nouveaux goûts font leur apparition et nos habitudes culinaires se basent sur les recommandations d’amis, les émissions de cuisine, les blogs… Et de plus en plus, vous avez tendance à manger en tête à tête avec votre tablette, smartphone, ordinateur ou télévision, et souvent sans table ! En effet, selon l’étude, menée par le Hartman Group et Publicis Consultant, 49% des internautes ont découvert la cuisine grâce aux réseaux sociaux.Désormais, plus moyen de manger vraiment “seul”. En effet, 32% des personnes interrogées dans une étude, affirment avoir utiliser Twitter au cours du dernier mois alors qu’ils mangeaient. Et pour les 18-32 ans, ce chiffre atteint même les 47%. Laurie Demerrit, président de Hartman Group précise que si quelqu’un mange tout seul, “il y a de fortes chances qu’il envoie en même temps des textes à des copains qui vivent à des kilomètres ou bien qu’il poste des photos de ce qu’il mange sur un site de critiques”.  Et les consommateurs deviennent de plus en plus exigeants. 42% d’entre eux sont à la recherche de recettes en ligne et 47% de réductions. Les cuisiniers en herbe et les gourmands cherchent avant tout des applications faciles d’utilisation qui permettent d’acheter, de cuisiner, de planifier et en plus de faire des économies en même temps. Alors qu’ils sont en train de déguster un bon petit repas, les internautes ont tendance à chercher d’autres nouvelles recettes en ligne (21%), à discuter de nourriture (24%) ou même à chercher des réduction (21%). Ou comment payer moins cher le repas que vous êtes en train de manger… Le 3 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Portland equipped with 100 tons of road salt for snow storm

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland is stepping up its snow response in anticipation of another winter storm.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that a storm is expected to hit the city Thursday afternoon.If the forecast materializes, the city will expand its use of road salt and the number of plow routes along city streets.Commissioner Dan Saltzman says the city purchased 100 tons of rock salt for $20,000. That’s only enough to treat three roads, but officials say the salt will be used early in the storm to prevent sheets of ice similar to those seen earlier this winter.Officials are urging Portland residents to avoid travel or take transit, particularly if snow is followed by freezing rain.Portland’s transportation bureau is also requesting $1 million for snow-clearing equipment to have during future storms.last_img read more

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Wave Energy Test Delivers Power to Navy Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A test of the potential for wave energy to power onshore facilities has begun generating electricity at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu.The Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department are working with a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter (WEC) device to produce electricity from the motion of the choppy ocean waters, reported ClickGreen.Last week’s success represents a major step for the emerging American marine and hydrokinetic energy industry, as the Azura is the first grid-connected wave energy device producing power in North America to be validated by a third party — in this case, the University of Hawaii.The first-generation prototype WEC device was designed to maximize energy capture but also to withstand the challenging ocean environment, according to the story. Northwest Energy Innovations designed the Azura to extract power not just from the bobbing, or “heave” motions of the waves, but from back-and-forth “surge” motions as well.The demonstration project is expected to advance the nation’s progress in validating wave energy as a viable source for renewable energy. Technologies that convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into electricity can be used by homes and businesses throughout the nation — and especially near coastlines, where 50 percent of America’s population resides.last_img read more

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White Houses election fraud commission suspends request for Alaska voter information

first_imgSecrecy folders for ballots and “I Voted” stickers at a polling place in the State Office Building for early and absentee voting, Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Alaska will not be providing voter information to the White House for the time being.Listen nowThe Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has suspended its request for voter information from the Alaska Division of Elections. The commission’s nationwide voter fraud investigation has been put on hold because of a pending lawsuit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.The lawsuit alleges that the commission failed to ensure that submitted data would be secure. It also said the request for voter information is a violation of citizens’ Constitutional right to privacy.On June 28th, the election integrity commission’s vice chair Kris Kobach sent a letter to Alaska Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, requesting all publicly-available voter information.Under state law, some information — such as a voter’s driver’s license number, social security information and date of birth — is confidential. The State had been preparing a response that only contained information available under the Alaska Public Records Act.According to the governor’s Deputy Spokesperson Jonathon Taylor, the commission has functionally withdrawn their original request for data, and the state will not be providing any.NBC News reports that 19 states had refused the original request for data. 26 other states, including Alaska, agreed to only provide data that was already publicly available.last_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolies latest divorce update

first_imgEven after all the attempts and delays, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to end their marriage in September 2016. Ever since then, a lot has been said and published about the private lives of these two and their close ones. In addition to this, Jennifer Aniston’s name has always been linked with these two stars.Earlier this week, a court announced that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are legally single and many were wondering what Jennifer Aniston will have to say about all the latest update. Well, as it turned out, Jennifer Aniston has remained quiet when it comes to Brad Pitt. The acclaimed actress is currently busy with several of her ongoing work and has no time talking about the private lives of her first husband.Just like any other actress, Jennifer Aniston is pretty busy with her work. At the same time, she is focusing her positive energies on herself. After Jennifer’s divorce with Justin Theroux, she had to visit a therapist and it is totally understandable that she wishes not to comment on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s latest divorce update. Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are legally single now, which means that soon there will be reports of them dating other celebrities. Brad recently attended his first wife, Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party. So, what Jennifer has to say on all the latest update about Brad and Angelina’s personal lives?Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were in a loving relationship for a long time. Their offscreen PDAs made fans crazy and everyone knew that this marriage is going to last forever. However, everything changed when the duo decided to end their marriage in 2005. Following which, Brad started seeing his Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s co-star Angelina Jolie, whom he later got into a serious relationship.Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie remained a couple for more than a decade. During their time as a couple, they acted in one feature film titled, By The Sea, which was directed by Jolie herself. The movie followed the lives of a couple who tries to repair their marriage while staying at a hotel in France.Many even speculated that the movie was reportedly based on Angelina Jolie’s married life with Brad Pitt. Even Angelina stated in one of the earlier interviews that she has thought that By The Sea movie would help her and Brad Pitt’s marriage.last_img read more

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Boeing eyes new partnerships at Dubai Airshow

first_imgBoeing expects to announce new industrial partnerships with an emphasis on defence at the Dubai Air show, expanding on tie-ups in the commercial aerospace, executives said on Saturday.The US plane-maker signed a strategic agreement with Abu Dhabi state-owned investment fund Mubadala in 2009, and boosted it with a $2.5-billion composites production deal in 2013.It has a similar strategic deal in place with India’s Tata Sons.Gulf-based sources have said they expect Boeing to expand its ties with both companies at the 8-12 November air show.”There will be a couple of announcements at the show related to increased partnerships, and I’ll leave it at that,” Bernard Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, told a news conference, declining to elaborate.Boeing predicts strong demand for commercial jets in the Middle East despite a slowdown expected at this year’s air show, following record orders at the last edition in 2013.It expects the Middle East to require 3,180 new airplanes worth $730 billion over 20 years, about a third of which are already in the order books of Boeing and Airbus.While production of some large jets is slowing, Boeing sees room to increase single-aisle jet production after Airbus recently announced a 20-percent increase in A320 production to 60 aircraft a month from 2019.Boeing currently plans to raise output of its 737 model to 47 a month in 2017 and 52 a month in 2018, compared with 42 now.”It has been a very strong and resilient marketplace,” said Randy Tinseth, vice-president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Is there a potential for our rates to go up? There is a potential if the market is there and we are assessing that.”He declined to say when Boeing expected a decision, but added: “We have the capability to do more and we do see pressure upwards.”Sales chief John Wojick said Boeing would only raise 737 output on the basis of orders from “strong creditworthy” airlines, an apparent attempt to defuse Airbus’s lead over Boeing in the latest order cycle for such jets.Boeing supporters have questioned the quality of Airbus’ order backlog for the A320neo, compared with the competing 737 MAX, saying it relies too heavily on unproven airlines. Airbus insists its order pipeline is robust.Wojick said he doubted that Boeing would decide to increase 737 output by 20 percent in one fell swoop.last_img read more

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