Treatment for Dormant Malaria Shows Promise

first_imgThe first new drug in half a century to target malaria parasites in one of their best hideouts is showing encouraging results. The researchers developing the drug, called tafenoquine, said today that data from a recently completed phase II trial were promising enough that they will soon start a phase III trial—the last step before asking drug regulators for approval.Tafenoquine kills the malaria parasite when it is lurking in liver cells, in a form called the hypnozoite, or “sleeping parasite.” Hypnozoites don’t cause any symptoms and are impossible to detect with blood tests. But when triggered by signals that aren’t fully understood, they can reactivate to cause a new bout of malaria—which can then be picked up by mosquitoes and passed on to new victims. Five species of Plasmodium can cause malaria in humans. Two of them—Plasmodium vivax, which is widespread, and the relatively rare P. ovale—can form hypnozoites. This ability to hide is one of the things that makes P. vivax so difficult to eliminate from a region.Now, the only treatment that can cure vivax malaria—hiding parasites and all—is a 14-day course of a drug called primaquine, which was developed in the 1940s. It works fairly well, but it is difficult for people who don’t feel ill to complete the whole 2 weeks. “The compliance with the current regimen is really a problem,” says JP Kleim, director of clinical development for the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). “The acute malaria is gone after a few days [of treatment],” so patients’ motivation to continue taking drugs is low. That’s why GSK decided to develop tafenoquine, together with the Medicines for Malaria Venture, a Geneva-based nonprofit. 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The trial involved 329 patients in Brazil, India, Thailand, and Peru. In patients who received either a 300 mg or 600 mg dose of the drug, 90% had no relapses after 4 months. The partners will now go forward with a phase III trial, testing the safety and efficacy of the 300 mg dose in 600 patients, says Marcus Lacerda of the Fundação de Medicina Tropical Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado in Manaus, Brazil, who helped coordinate the study and presented the results at the meeting today.A single-dose drug would be a huge advantage in the fight against vivax malaria, says Ric Price of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Australia, and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “One of the biggest challenges we face is how can we adequately and reliably treat the hypnozoite stage.”last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant script 3-0 sweep over West Indies in T20I series

first_imgShikhar Dhawan bounced back to form with a 62-ball 92 while Rishabh Pant blasted his maiden T20I half-century as India crushed West Indies by 6 wickets to sweep the series 3-0.In a dominating show, India had won the Test series 2-0 and taken the five-match ODI series 3-1. India had gone into the T20I series without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni but Rohit Sharma led the charge for the hosts who won all three matches in Kolkata, Lucknow and Chennai.On Sunday, West Indies had opted to bat after winning the toss and looked set for a massive total after their openers Shai Hope and Shimeron Hetmyer took control following a watchful start. But Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play the first two matches, snared both Windies openers quickly to bring India back in the game.Darren Bravo then anchored the innings while young Nicholas Pooran exploded late as the West Indies got back on track again. Eventually they finished with 181 for 3 off their over 20 overs. Barring Rohit, the form of the other Indian batsmen was a concern before tonight and the West Indies would have hoped for a consolation victory.India vs West Indies 3rd T20I: Highlights | ScorecardAnd when Rohit and KL Rahul departed cheaply, the Windies were right in the game. India were under pressure as was Dhawan, who had had an ordinary ODI series and was yet to fire in the T20Is. But it was the perfect platform for Dhawan to show his class and he led a steep chase admirably in the company of a gutsy Pant.advertisementThe two were watchful after two early wickets but took off in the second half of the innings as the run rate kept climbing. Dhawan was the first to get to his fifty; he was aggressive as well as calculative and was happy to run the quick singles and twos whenever the opportunity presented itself.Pant, at the other end, did Pant things and played some breathtaking shots. He has already proven his mettle for India in Test cricket and on Sunday, he showed the kind of belligerence that has helped him thrive with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.It did not take long for Dhawan and Pant to ensure there were no nerves in a big chase. The pair pierced the gaps for boundaries, hit some outrageous sixes and ran hard to leave the Windies clueless.West Indies are world champions in the shortest format but they were completely outplayed without Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the side.India, on the other hand, were clinical, professional and ruthless after a top-order stutter at the Eden Gardens.India will next be seen in action in Australia for a T20I series followed by four Tests and then an ODI series.last_img read more

Mission Mangal celebrates imagination curiosity Akshay Kumar

first_imgMumbai: “Mission Mangal” is a film that celebrates imagination and curiosity, actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday said. The movie, touted as India’s first space film, follows scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission. Akshay said he took up the project to familiarise his daughter, Nitara and children of her age with the true story of India’s first interplanetary expedition. “‘Mission Mangal’, a film which I hope will inspire as much as entertain. A film which I’ve done specially for my daughter and children her age to familiarise them with the incredible true story of India’s mission to Mars,” he tweeted. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The National Award-winning actor shared a poster about the film in Hindi and English. He hopes the film will be a landmark in Indian cinema like the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” series are in Hollywood. “For several years Hollywood has made movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, Gravity, etc, this inspired an entire generation of inventors, scientists and explorers. “I have always wanted to be part of one such movie… A movie that inspires our future generations. One that celebrates imagination and curiosity. ‘Mission Mangal’ is that film for me, a film that I hope, will inspire as much as it will entertain,” Akshay said in the poster. Set to be released on August 15, the film also stars Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, and Kirti Kulhari.last_img read more

Catalyst Paper Corp agrees to sell mills to Paper Excellence

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its operations to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.Catalyst CEO Ned Dwyer says when the transaction is complete it will benefit customers, employees, suppliers, communities where it operates and B.C.’s pulp, paper and forest products industries.Details of the transaction have not been released, but it will need the approval of the B.C. Supreme Court and at least two-thirds of Catalyst shareholders in a vote at a special meeting.The B.C. government says the purchase secures the livelihoods of about 1,500 provincial forest workers at Catalyst Paper facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River.Paper Excellence has close to two million tonnes of pulp production capacity at five Canadian mills and two in France.In August, the United States issued a final decision on anti-dumping and countervailing duties totalling 20.26 per cent on Cataylst’s printing- and writing-grade paper exports, and Dwyer says those duties were punitive and without merit.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous headline said Catalyst had mills in France.last_img read more

US to extend exemptions to Lanka

Washington’s most ambitious tactic has involved pressuring countries around the world to cut commercial ties with Tehran or likewise face a series of restrictions on what type of business they can conduct in the United States, the world’s largest market.  (Colombo Gazette) The Obama administration has introduced a series of new measures over the past week to step up the pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, which Washington suspects is aimed at making weapons but Iran insists is for generating electricity and medical research. Washington hopes the pressure will force Iran to come clean on its nuclear activity so that the U.S. and its allies don’t have to engage in any military intervention to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining an atomic arsenal. The Obama administration will extend six-month sanctions exemptions to Sri Lanka and several other countries for significantly reducing oil imports from Iran, the Associated Press reported today.The waivers will be announced Wednesday, according to officials quoted by the news agency, who demanded anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.  Banks in China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan will be exempted from any U.S. penalties. read more

Sri Lanka to expedite development projects funded by China

The Government has decided to expedite development projects funded by China, the State Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said today.The Ministry said the decision was taken following talks held between a Chinese Government delegation and State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera. The State Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said that at the talks it was proposed to finalise a trade and economic pact between China and Sri Lanka. Zhou Liujun, Director-general of the Department of Trade in Services and Commercial Services met the State Minister and discussed Chinese investments in Sri Lanka. Both sides had also discussed the Colombo port city project and a proposal to open a Chinese bank in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

Gap in broadband Internet technology hurting poorer nations says UN report

Broadband Internet technology has become so valuable to businesses that developing countries with scarce access or a lack of infrastructure to provide it at reasonable cost are suffering a major competitive disadvantage, according to a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The annual report on the state of the information economy around the world, released yesterday, found that broadband directly boosts competitiveness and productivity and could contribute hundreds of billions of dollars a year over the next few years to the gross domestic products (GDPs) of developed countries.Broadband – which offers users a much higher rate of data transmission than a dial-up connection – has become so vital to companies that it is now being compared to utilities such as water and electricity, according to the report. It allows companies to engage in more sophisticated e-business processes and deliver a greater range of products and services.But the gap between rich and poor is widening, with the number of broadband subscribers in affluent countries surging by 15 per cent to 158 million in the last half of 2005, and the greatest rise in connectivity reported by business users. In the European Union (EU), 63 per cent of businesses now have broadband.However, less than 1 per cent of enterprises in 48 of 71 developing countries studied had broadband rather than dial-up Internet connections.The report states that while the growth of broadband is due mainly to competition and falling prices, it also depends on available infrastructure and many poorer nations lack the economies of scale to make expanding broadband an attractive proposition for investment, particularly in rural areas.Meanwhile, in Rome today, the UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) inaugurated the office of the Global Centre for Information and Communication Technology in Parliament.The centre will try to help parliaments modernize their processes to increase their effectiveness, openness and transparency and to promote inter-parliamentary cooperation through information and communication technology.At the launch Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo said the centre “will serve as a clearing house for analyzing and disseminating information and experiences, and act as a catalyst to promote partnerships and joint initiatives in this field.” read more

Statement from John Suk Chair Brock University Board of Trustees

It is with great regret that I am announcing that Dr. Wendy Cukier and the Board of Trustees of Brock University have arrived at a mutual decision to not proceed with her appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University.Dr. Cukier is an outstanding alumnus and scholar, with a well-established record as a university leader. We greatly appreciate her contributions to the University since her appointment was announced last December. The long transition process gave both parties an opportunity to work together and many positive developments ensued. Dr. Cukier brought to the University new opportunities that will be part of her legacy. However, both parties have determined through this process that it was best not to proceed with her appointment.Dr. Cukier will continue her work on innovation, on diversity and her active engagement with industry and community organizations. We wish her all success in her future endeavours.Details regarding the formal search for Brock University’s President and Vice-Chancellor will be announced at a later date.John Suk,Chair, Brock University Board of Trustees read more

GRA reportedly intercepts vessel with guns ammo illegal fuel

This publication was reliably informed that law enforcement officers at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday intercepted a vessel which was suspected to be carrying  several illegal items including weaponry in the Abary Creek.GRA officials found a quantity of illegal guns and ammunition aboard the vessel.It was also reported that a large quantity of suspected illegal fuel was also discovered during the operation at Abary Creek.The police were reportedly called in and are investigating the matter.More details will be provided in a subsequent report. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGEA says over 9,000 gallons of gasoline, diesel seized so far for 2018April 25, 2018In “Business”Over 80,000 litres of diesel fuel seized from modified ‘fishing vessel’- GRAOctober 3, 2018In “Crime”GEA seizes 1900 gallons of illegal fuel in Mahaica operationApril 12, 2017In “Business” read more

CRC grilling powercuts and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgOrder of Business begins at its usual time of 10.30am.The Credit Reporting Bill, which would establish a Central Credit Register,  will be discussed at 11.45am.Two Ministers will be in the chamber during the afternoon, Minister Alex White at 1.15pm for the committee stage of a Health Bill, and Minister Michael Noonan at 3pm for discussion of the Finance Bill.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Ambassador of South Africa to Ireland will attend the Foreign Affairs committee for expressions of sympathy for Nelson Mandela at 2.30pm in Room 1. After, Marie-Claire McAleer from the National Youth Council of Ireland will be in to discuss a report on emigration.Have you noticed your energy bills creeping up? The Transport and Communication Committee want to know why this is happening, and will be questioning the Commission for Energy Regulation in Room 4 at 9.30am.A wide range of special needs, religious and cultural groups will be attending the Education committee in Room 4 at 1pm to discuss the a draft Education Bill.At 2.30pm in Room 2, the Transport sub-committee will be discussing the Road Traffic Bill, a Fianna Fáil proposal partly accepted by government.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Dáil: Leaders’  Questions – Enda Kenny will be up and at ‘em at 12pm to answer any questions TDs might have.Committees: Public Accounts – Representatives from the Central Remedial Clinic have been called before the committee following recent salary top-up controversies. Chief Executive Brian Conlan has already stated that he won’t be in attendance. That’s at 10am in Room 3.Seanad: Critical Utilities Bill – Senator Feargal Quinn will table a Bill at 6pm that would make any disruption of essential utilities such as water and electricity illegal.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilMinister for Defence Alan Shatter will be taking questions on his portfolio at 9.30am. Recent incidents involving Irish troops in Syria are likely to be raised.We’ll have the final stages of two Bills involving health insurance and local government reform from 10.45am, followed by continued discussion of the Assisted Decision Making Bill, which aims to enable those with who “lack or may shortly lack capacity” to retain some level of legal autonomy.TDs can raise any issues which been bothering them during Topical Issues at  12.51pm.Sinn Féin’s Private Members Motion on Bethany Homes continues at 7.30pm.Everything else that’s happening in the Seanad Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?center_img WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye onlast_img read more

Des Bishop sings Come Out Ye Black and Tans on Chinese TV

first_img Source: YouTubeIn the latest episode Des attempted to woo a whole host of lovely girls with his language skills, delivering what we can only assume were some seriously funny lines.However, it was his singing that really made an impression on the ladies, who really seemed to love his take on Irish classic Come Out Ye Black and Tans.Catch all the action here from around the 23 minute mark. Source: 百里挑一 BaiLiTiaoYi | 东方卫视/YouTubeMore: Irish insults translated into English>Read: Commuter pens least charming lonely hearts ad of all time> COMEDIAN DES BISHOP spent a year in China learning how to speak Mandarin for a new RTÉ show, but did you know he made an appearance on a dating show while he was there?Bishop popped up on ‘One out of 100′ or ‘Cream of The Crop’, a popular matchmaking series that sounds rather similar to Take Me Out.last_img read more

Simeone backs Costa to end goal drought

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has backed Diego Costa to break his LaLiga goal scoring drought.The Brazil-born Spanish international striker has failed to find the net in his last 17 top-flight appearances, but he scored against Monaco in the Champions League in September and hit a brace in Atletico’s UEFA Super Cup victory over rivals,Real Madrid.“Of course, he is working so that the goals return,” Simeone said at a post-match news conference after his side bounced back from a crushing 4-0 Champions League loss away to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad.“He is extraordinary and very important for us, for all the things he does in the dressing room. If you play like he did [against Sociedad], you are very close to scoring. It is the way.”Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez was withdrawn at half-time in the game against Sociedad as a precaution due to muscle fatigue, with Filipe Luis replacing him.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“At first [Lucas] started to feel a little pain, we knew that if he started feeling more, we would stop before there was anything worse,” Simeone said, according to FourFourTwo.“He has an extraordinary present and future and has Godin and Filipe that will not let him rest.”“They do not stop fighting. It is the strength of the team in recent years.”Simeone also revealed he is looking forward to watching Sunday’s El Clasico, although Atletico will be overtaken in the table by Barcelona if they avoid defeat against Madrid at Camp Nou.“I care about today,” he added. “[El Clasico] is a great game with two extraordinary teams, hopefully an encounter that we can all enjoy.”last_img read more

Decoded Questions over EVMs after 10K glitches EC swears by machines

first_imgElection staff prepare Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines and Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) ahead of India’s general election at a warehouse in Ahmedabad, March 6, 2019.Reuters file [Representational Image]In the midst of the election season, questions are being raised by various Opposition parties over the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after about 10,000 of these machines malfunctioned at different places during the first three phases of Lok Sabha polls.The Election Commission (EC) has deployed 23.4 lakh EVMs for balloting at 10.5 lakh polling stations across the country.Of these, the actual deployment of EVMs is 20.07 lakh, with the poll panel having kept 2.5 lakh units as a buffer for replacements. Further, the EC strong rooms have 0.83 lakh units which are “locked” with previous election petitions, said sources.EC sources said they have noticed three types of malfunctioning in the EVMs — the paper rolls in the VVPATs getting stuck, keys getting jammed and EVMs and VVPATs (paper trail) suffering lack of synchronisation just as a computer needs to be connected to the printer.They said two types of machines, M2 and M3, are being used in the Lok Sabha polls. Out of the total 23.4 lakh units, 5.5 lakh are M2 type and 17.9 lakh M3 type. The M3 is an improved version of M2 and is better designed to handle any attempt to tamper with the EVM. EVM facts and managing the Lok Sabha polls(IANS Infographics)Insisting that the EVMs are tamper-proof, the EC sources said the machines have gone through rigorous checks and the representatives of various political parties are involved at all the stages when the machines are used.”The EC is conducting the national polls with the help of around 10 lakh government staff. Lack of training or mishandling of the machine by some persons could be the reason behind these complaints,” the sources said.EC sources said a technical review committee is looking into these issues and has suggested some changes in the specifications of paper rolls which are of a certain thickness and have been designed to carry the imprint for five years, but sometimes face problems in humid conditions.Though the percentage of the units replaced is small, it has given the Opposition a handle to slam the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and question the credibility of the entire process.The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have all questioned the credibility of the EVMs.The charge by various Opposition parties is based on two points — that the BJP allegedly tampers with the machines to get votes and that the malpractice goes against the basic tenet of democracy and fails to provide a level playing field to all the contestants.The Opposition parties have urged the EC to go back to the old paper ballot system while claiming that the EVMs have been rejected by many developed countries.”It is the responsibility of the poll panel to clear the doubts in the minds of the voters over the credibility of EVMs. Therefore, we had asked for 50 per cent VVPATs to be matched with the votes polled,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.”EVMs are developing snags across states,” Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar said and asked, “Is it mere coincidence?”Congress’ Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor charged that votes polled for other parties were all going to the BJP by default.Tharoor flagged that the Congress key in the EVM in polling station No. 151 in Kovalam was jammed on April 23.The EC sources said the machines were replaced after the fault was detected.Former EC official S.K. Mehndiratta, who was involved in the introduction of EVMs, backed the machines, saying the Opposition’s charges were not based on evidence.He pointed out that the political parties were part of the testing process.last_img read more

As Perry Visits The Energy Corridor How Is The Oil And Gas

first_imgListen 00:00 /04:37 U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is visiting Houston’s Energy Corridor today. His itinerary includes a roundtable discussion with oil and gas executives about how the industry’s faring. He’ll also visit BP to learn how that company is recovering nearly a year after Harvey.In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen learns more about today’s visit and how the industry’s doing almost a year after the storm from Loren Steffy. He keeps tabs on developments in the energy industry as the managing director for 30 Point Strategies, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, and a columnist for Energy Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img

Investigation reveals birds on roads adapt to speed limits

first_img Journal information: Biology Letters New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight to become better swimmers Explore further Most drivers upon encountering birds in the roadway assume that the birds are attempting to gauge their speed and then take flight just before they arrive. This new study by the pair in France suggests that’s not how it works at all—instead, birds note how fast cars travel over many days, weeks, months, etc. and build a memory map based on the average speed of such vehicles. When a car approaches, they then pull that data from their brains and use it to decide when to fly away when a car approaches.The researchers found this out by using a stopwatch to measure how much time birds took to take off from the roadway ahead of them as they drove, which they called the Flight Initiation Distance (FID) and then by stopping to measure the distance traveled. They then set about changing their speed relative to the speed limit, sometimes driving under, over or at the set limit. They also tested birds on different roads with different posted limits, from 20 to 110 kmph. In so doing, they found that the birds studied did not try to guess how fast an individual car was traveling, but instead relied on average speed estimates they’d learned from observing traffic patterns on different roads. They also found that the birds tended to take flight earlier if they were standing in the middle of the road rather than to the side.In all the team recorded 134 instances of birds taking flight, with over 20 species measured. They noted that larger or heavier birds tended to have longer FIDs then did small agile birds and that FIDs grew longer for all species as the speed limit increased. They suggest most collisions with birds on roadways come about due to drivers exceeding the speed limit, catching the birds by surprise. Citation: Investigation reveals birds on roads adapt to speed limits (2013, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —Two biologists from Canada working in France have found that birds that land on roads adapt to average highway speeds—the higher the speed limit, the sooner they take flight when a car approaches. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Pierre Legagneux and Simon Ducatez of the University of Quebec and McGill University respectively, describe the field study they conducted timing birds on roads in France. More information: European birds adjust their flight initiation distance to road speed limits, Biology Letters, Published 21 August 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0417AbstractBehavioural responses can help species persist in habitats modified by humans. Roads and traffic greatly affect animals’ mortality not only through habitat structure modifications but also through direct mortality owing to collisions. Although species are known to differ in their sensitivity to the risk of collision, whether individuals can change their behaviour in response to this is still unknown. Here, we tested whether common European birds changed their flight initiation distances (FIDs) in response to vehicles according to road speed limit (a known factor affecting killing rates on roads) and vehicle speed. We found that FID increased with speed limit, although vehicle speed had no effect. This suggests that birds adjust their flight distance to speed limit, which may reduce collision risks and decrease mortality maximizing the time allocated to foraging behaviours. Mobility and territory size are likely to affect an individuals’ ability to respond adaptively to local speed limits. © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Your body image is influenced by people around you

first_imgAre you surrounded by people who are not that body conscious? Then there is good news for you as a new study suggests spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body image. In this study, examining how social interactions influence body image, researchers found that in addition to the previous findings that being around people preoccupied with their body image was detrimental, spending time with people who were non-body focused had a positive impact. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNon-body focused people are those who are not preoccupied with their body weight or shape or appearance. “Our research suggests that social context has a meaningful impact on how we feel about our bodies in general and on a given day. Specifically, when others around us are not focused on their body it can be helpful to our own body image,” said Kathryn Miller, postdoctoral student at the University of Waterloo in Canada. For the study, the team involved nearly 100 female undergraduate students aged 17 to 25. They measured the participants’ frequency of daily interactions with body focused and non-body focused people, their degree of body appreciation (how much one values their body regardless of its size or shape), and body satisfaction, and whether they ate intuitively in alignment with their hunger and cravings rather than fixating on their dietary and weight goals.last_img read more

Does it make sense to talk about DevOps engineers or DevOps tools

first_imgDevOps engineers are in high demand – the job represents an engineering unicorn, someone that understands both development and operations and can help to foster a culture where the relationship between the two is almost frictionless. But there’s some debate as to whether it makes sense to talk about a DevOps engineer at all. If DevOps is a culture of a set of practices that improves agility and empowers engineers to take more ownership over their work, should we really be thinking about DevOps as a single job that someone can simply train for? The quotes in this piece are taken from DevOps Paradox by Viktor Farcic, which will be published in June 2019. The book features interviews with a diverse range of figures drawn from across the DevOps world. Is DevOps engineer a ‘real’ job or just recruitment spin? Nirmal Mehta (@normalfaults), Technology Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, says “There’s no such thing as a DevOps engineer. There shouldn’t even be a DevOps team, because to me DevOps is more of a cultural and philosophical methodology, a process, and a way of thinking about things and communicating within an IT organization…” Mehta is cyncical about organizations that put out job descriptions asking for DevOps engineers. It is, he argues, a way of cutting costs – a way of simply doing more with less. “A DevOps engineer is just a job posting that signals an organization wants to hire one less person to do twice as much work rather than hire both a developer and an operator.” This view is echoed by other figures associated with the DevOps world. Mike Kail (@mdkail), CTO at Everest, says “I certainly don’t view DevOps as a tool or a job title. In my view, at the core, it’s a cultural approach to leveraging automation and orchestration to streamline both code development, infrastructure, application deployments and subsequently, the managing of those resources.” Similarly, Damian Duportal (@DamienDuportal), Træfik’s Developer Advocate, says “there is no such thing as a DevOps engineer or even a DevOps team.  The main purpose of DevOps is to focus on value, finding the optimal for the organization, and the value it will bring.” For both Duportal and Kail, then, DevOps is primarily a cultural thing, something which needs to be embedded inside the practices of an organization. Is it useful to talk about a DevOps team? There are big question marks over the concept of a DevOps engineer. But what about a specific team? It’s all well and good talking about organizational philosophy, but how do you actually affect change in a practical manner? Julian Simpson (@builddoctor), Neo4J’s Global IT Manager is sceptical about the concept of a DevOps team: “Can we have something called a DevOps team? I don’t believe so. You might spin up a team to solve a DevOps problem, but then I wouldn’t even say we specifically have a DevOps problem. I’d say you just have a problem.” DevOps consultant Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) has a similar take, saying: “DevOps Engineer as a title makes sense to me, but I don’t think you necessarily have DevOps departments, nor do you seek that out. Instead, I think DevOps is a principle that you spread throughout your entire development organization. Rather, you look to reform your organization in a way that supports those initiatives versus just saying that we need to build this DevOps unit, and there we go, we’re done, we’re DevOps. Because by doing that you really have to empower that unit and most organizations aren’t willing to do that.” However, Red Hat Solutions Architect Wian Vos  (@wianvos) has a different take. For Vos the idea of a DevOps team is actually crucial if you are to cultivate a DevOps mindset inside your organization: “Imagine… you and I were going to start a company. We’re going to need a DevOps team because we have a burning desire to put out this awesome application. The questions we have when we’re putting together a DevOps team is both ‘Who are we hiring?’ and ‘What are we hiring for? Are we going to hire DevOps engineers? No. In that team, we want the best application developers, the best tester, and maybe we want a great infrastructure guy and a frontend/backend developer. I want people with specific roles who fit together as a team to be that DevOps team.” For Vos, it’s not so much about finding and hiring DevOps engineers – people with a specific set of skills and experience – but rather building a team that’s constructed in such a way that it can put DevOps principles into practice. Is there such a thing as a DevOps tool? One of the interesting things about DevOps is that the debate seems to lead you into a bit of a bind. It’s almost as if the more concrete we try and make it – turning it into a job, or a team – the less useful it becomes. This is particularly true when we consider tooling. Surely thinking about DevOps technologically, rather than speculatively makes it more real? In general, it appears there is a consensus against the idea of DevOps tools. On this point Julian Simpson said “my original thinking about the movement from 2009 onwards, when the name was coined, was that it would be about collaboration and perhaps the tools would sort of come out of that collaboration.” James Turnbull (@kartar), CEO of Rethink Robotics is critical of the notion of DevOps tools. He says “I don’t think there are such things as DevOps tools. I believe there are tools that make the process of being a cross-functional team better… Any tool that facilitates building that cross-functionality is probably a DevOps tool to the point where the term is likely meaningless.” When it comes to DevOps, everyone’s still learning With even industry figures disagreeing on what terms mean, or which ones are relevant, it’s pretty clear that DevOps will remain a field that’s contested and debated. But perhaps this is important – if we expect it to simply be a solution to the engineering challenges we face, it’s already failed as a concept. However, if we understand it as a framework or mindset for solving problems then that is when it acquires greater potency. Viktor Farcic is a Developer Advocate at CloudBees, a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author. His big passions are DevOps, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).last_img read more

Loonie continues to climb reaching highest level in more than two years

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Loonie continues to climb reaching highest level in more than two years The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Canada, Trend Watch Thursday, September 7, 2017 TORONTO — The loonie closed at its highest level in more than two years after the Bank of Canada raised its interest rate.Wednesday’s surprise hike of the central bank’s overnight lending rate to 1.0 per cent comes less than a week after the latest data for economic growth showed an impressive expansion of 4.5% for Canada in the second quarter.The loonie soared on the news, jumping more than a cent to over 82 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 80.83 cents US. The dollar is now up about three per cent over the past month and up 14 per cent from its low of roughly 73 cents in April.It’s the first time the loonie has closed above 81 cents US since June 26, 2015.Analysts widely anticipated a second rate hike in the coming months, but the timing of Wednesday’s move came sooner than most had predicted – most experts had expected the bank to wait until its next scheduled rate announcement in late October.last_img read more

Kids hospital charity unable to make donation because of red tape

first_imgA charity trying to make a donation to Makarios Hospital in Nicosia for over a year has written an open letter to the state questioning why it is so difficult to do so.Cans for Kids said despite donating ‘much needed equipment for the last 28 years without problems’ worth over €250,000, it has now been waiting for the relevant permissions to donate new equipment for over a year.The charity said it wished to donate equipment to the children’s ward at Makarios Hospital in memory of its late chairwoman, Olga Demetriades, who died in December 2016.Since then, Cans for Kids said it has been informed that it can no longer just get permission from the health ministry as it had previously done, but that it now needs approval from the finance ministry.Nonetheless ‘every phone call or e-mail seems to need at least a month – and often two or three – to elicit a reply’, the charity said.That means that for over a year, despite having the will to make the donation, Cans for Kids has been unable to do so.Meanwhile ‘doctors are being deprived of the equipment they need to be able to offer the best treatment possible to the children in our hospitals’, the letter said.The finance ministry was not immediately available to comment on the case.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more