Is Publishing Becoming a Minimum Wage Trade

first_imgThe memo received by BNP Media staffers this week alerting them to 25 percent salary cuts for the foreseeable future includes a line that jumps off the page almost as much as that “25 percent” figure: “Minimum wage will be the floor for this reduction.”It’s a line that assures employees the company won’t be cutting below minimum wage (which of course, would be illegal), and only applies to those support positions that may be hovering around minimum wage after the 25 percent cuts. But still, are things so bad that we have to be assured now that salaries won’t be cut to minimum wage? Salary cuts usually start at the top and the Henderson family (who owns BNP) have taken theirs as well. However, an associate editor making $40,000 who is hit with a 25 percent salary cut is suddenly making $30,000. Forget trying to live on that in publishing capitals like New York City-that’s a tough hit anywhere (BNP is based near Detroit).As publishers continue to make cuts to keep their businesses alive, they need to be mindful of labor rules and regulations in their state, particularly with employees below a certain salary level. As Southern Breeze editor Mark Newman noted in FOLIO:’s March issue, many high level employees (particularly editors) need to “stop being figureheads and do some work.” But for those entry and associate level employees, for whom the historic trade-off has always been “low pay but great experience,” the returns are getting harder to justify.  The company leaders who impose these cuts will need to balance their contribution margins against the eventual pushback: The unwillingness of their teams to tolerate major pay cuts even as they’re being asked to do significantly more work. It’s a dangerously narrow line to walk.last_img read more

MediaNext Show Thriving in the Age of Transformation

first_imgNEW YORK—Relevancy and innovation will help brands, and especially magazine publishers, not only stay afloat in the age of digital transformation, but also enable them to thrive. That was the message delivered by keynote speaker and Meredith Corporation’s National Media Group president Tom Harty during the final day of the MediaNext Show, FOLIO:’s annual conference. “Change plus innovation equals sustained growth,” said Harty, who took the stage this morning at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. “Change plus innovation has allowed us to go from a traditional publishing company to a national marketing and communications company across a variety of platforms. At Meredith, that means building and maintaining the ability to connect. We reach 100 million U.S. women, about half of this is through a digital channel.”Speaking to about 200 media professionals from a variety of industries, Harty laid out four principals for thriving in the age of digital transformation: 1. Focus on your core business.2. Leverage technology, but not at the expense of your core business.3. Stay relevant. Keep innovating.4. Be accountable. Capitalize on the power of magazines.“[Innovation] means remembering who you are not,” he said. “We are not a technology products company, we are a content company and a sales and marketing organization.”Harty added that by expanding the ways a brand can connect with audiences, publishers can extend revenue opportunities. By embracing technology and a variety of platforms, a magazine then helps to create relevancy among readers, which will help them to thrive.One way Meredith is doing this is both through organic growth and acquisition activity. Harty said Meredith felt threatened for a period of time by Allrecipes.com, but was able to stay relevant and continue to thrive by acquiring the online giant.“We acquired Allrecipes.com, the leading website for food around the world, and it doubled our digital footprint,” he said. “Thinking back to what Meredith is made of, we didn’t have a lot of food brands, but it was the number one content topic.”In addition to expanding their online presence, Harty says that the brand addition presented the company with a variety of new revenue opportunities because of the Allrecipes.com audience: 50 percent of the traffic to the site is mobile, and 50 percent of that traffic is happening in-store—presenting unique opportunities for advertisers to target buying-empowered consumers.“Being a public company means our shareholders demand growth—technology enables us to reach audiences across 1 billion touch points,” he said. “It’s a slow progression, but we are believers.”last_img read more

UBM Revenue Up 26 Percent In First Half

first_img But as Advanstar and UBM’s events portfolio marched ahead, PR Newswire’s performance was flat and its Other Marketing Services businesses declined 8-percent. The losses there were mainly due to a cut in online revenue, “reflect[ing] a decision to focus on Tech products with higher quality leads.” Amid a series of major changes, UBM’s revenue shot up 26 percent in the first half of 2015. The gains were largely driven by the integration of Advanstar and the progression of its “events first” strategy, the company says. All of that change came as several executive leadership positions were vacated, then filled with new personnel. UBM has appointed a new CFO, and new CEOs of PR Newswire and its Americas division in recent months. In fact, as a whole, UBM’s 120-plus major events performed similarly well. Driving almost two-thirds of the company’s revenue, events grew 3.3 percent, with much of that growth attributable to the events first strategy put into place in late 2014. As part of that shift, the company has focused on its larger shows, selling or closing almost 40 events and several related lines of business in order to consolidate resources. UBM also bought three events during the period, and is in the process of rolling out a number of operational changes.center_img While underlying revenue actually declined 4.1 percent to about $710 million, the October acquisition of U.S. event producer and publisher, Advanstar, accounted for a significant portion of UBM’s additional $148 million through June. The division boosted its events revenue—totaling almost three-quarters of its total income—by 2.9 percent in the first half. Integration efforts with its new parent company are ahead of schedule, as well, UBM reports. A favorable foreign exchange environment also added to top line growth in the first half, the company notes.last_img read more

Dayton Development Coalition Ohio Partnership Enhances Support for WrightPatt

first_imgThe P4 Partnership Program, a collaboration among the Dayton Development Coalition, several Ohio agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has shaved operating costs for the Air Force at the same time it has improved support for the installation.The partnership brought together the Coalition, the governor’s office, the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Administrative Services, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Veteran’s Affairs, JobsOhio and Sinclair Community College (SCC). The partners have focused on projects that provide education, job training and employment search opportunities; leverage resources to reduce costs on large commodity purchases; and permit the mutually beneficial use of emergency response facilities and equipment, and recreation facilities.To provide job training and networking opportunities, the partnership launched “Ohio Means Internships,” a website that promotes internships at Wright-Patterson and throughout the state. The installation and the state are working together to help veterans take advantage of resources offered by universities as well. On base, Wright-Patterson’s transition assistance manager helps transitioning members connect easily with “Ohio Means Veterans Jobs,” a free online job search resource, thanks to assistance from the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.Wright-Patterson and SCC also have teamed up to offer a hands-on, site-specific education exchange program. Last year, 2,000 students in SCC’s Fire Protection Technology program used the base’s fire department, burn tower and equipment to practice firefighting techniques. In return, SCC provided professional development training to base employees and hazard waste and emergency response training to base fire department personnel. The wholesale cost of the exchange was $129,000, but the base avoided more than $464,400 in costs it would have incurred to meet federal regulations. SCC realized savings of $178,400 over five years from this project.The P4 Partnership Program is helping Wright-Patterson to cut costs in other ways. The base used the state’s managed services program to obtain low-cost licenses for specialized radios that are used by first responders and public safety personnel. The base also is using the state’s cooperative purchase program to save up to 30 percent on commodity purchases.By leveraging shared resources to meet individual and collective goals, Wright-Patterson, the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio have developed a broad, mutually beneficial and cost-effective partnership. Its success has prompted the secretary of the Air Force to ask other installations to replicate it. For their initiative to work hand-in-glove with the base on a variety of projects, the Dayton Development Coalition in partnership with the state of Ohio earned ADC’s Community Excellence Award. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS New Finance Director Town Accountant Appointed

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a meeting last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen appointed Bryan Perry, the current City Auditor for Lowell, as the town’s next Finance Director/Town Accountant, by a 4-1 vote.Perry beat out fellow finalist Jennifer Finnegan, the current Town Treasurer/Collector for Tyngsboro. Both were publicly interviewed by Selectmen on May 15.“I think both candidates did an outstanding job and have great resumes,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “I was impressed by both, but was more impressed by Brian Perry,” said Selectman Kevin Caira. “He has Munis experience and was part of a conversation. He’s also familiar with the Board of Assessors. He’s an auditor. I think either candidate is good. We win with either one of them. For my flavor, I’m partial to Brian Perry.”“Mr. Perry has well-thought out answers to questions he couldn’t have been prepared for in a setting that was not your typical job interview,” added Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “What really differentiated the two is that Mr. Perry is currently managing a $300 million+ budget for the City of Lowell, which is three times our budget.”“I was partial to Mrs. Finnegan,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton, who noted Finnegan has nearly 20 years more experience in municipal finance than Perry. “I felt the fraud she uncovered in her prior employment was very impressive. I do feel that she would fit in with the other finance offices here than Mr. Perry might… Experience matters a lot. I’m not going to go home disappointed if Mrs. Finnegan doesn’t get the position. I do think she’s my preference.”“I agree these were two highly qualified candidates. Very educated. Impressive resumes… They’re pretty equal when you look at them side by side. Both did well in the interviews,” said Selectmen Chair Greg Bendel. “I thought Mr. Perry had the edge when it came to interviewing. We can’t wrong with either one.”“Both could perform the job very well. They offer a different set of strengths. Mr. Perry’s municipal accounting experience and as a member of the Board of Assessors gives him a bit of an edge with respect of understanding the Board,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull, when asked for his opinion. “In terms of learning curves, Mr. Perry does not seem to be familiar with the municipal borrowing process, which is certainly something that can be learned… There will be an adjustment for Mr. Perry from going to a city-form government to a Town Meeting/Board of Selectmen… [Mrs. Finnegan] has been a Treasurer/Collector and Town Accountant, which perhaps gives her a greater breadth of experience as Mr. Perry, so there’s pluses and minuses on both sides…. In the end, whichever way the board goes, we’re in a good situation.”On a motion made by Selectman McCoy and a second on Selectwoman O’Mahony, Brian Perry received 4 votes. Selectman Eaton was the lone no vote.Hull told Selectmen he will discuss the terms and conditions for employment with Perry. Perry’s term will expire annually.Current Town Accountant Mike Morris is retiring on July 12.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan Perry (Part 2)In “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

I accidentally spent a day using my phone as my wallet Heres

first_img Sprint Best Buy Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay 7:31 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (64GB, Lilac Purple) Tags See it $699 See It Read next: Everything we know about Samsung’s foldable phone for Feb. 20Read also: New phone designs aim to shake up MWC 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 11 Photos See It I was 30 miles from home when it hit me that my purse was at home, and I’d have to spend the day without my credit cards, ID or any cash. The only thing I had — apart from my backpack and puffy purple jacket — was my Samsung-loaned Galaxy S9 Plus review unit as my only source of money and ID. Good thing that months before I had loaded my credit card number into Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile wallet for contactless payments. That would have to do.Samsung Pay and I are old friends. More powerful and more forgiving than Google Pay and Apple Pay, it works on almost every terminal that reads a payment card’s magnetic stripe, which means I’d be able to pay for more things in more places than with either mobile payment rival alone. Only one thing worried me. I’ve used Samsung Pay all over the US, Asia and Europe, but I’ve never been forced to use it solo. I’ve always had the benefit of my credit and ATM cards as backup, and my driver’s license for ID. Being forcibly removed from them, without any sort of safety net, would be a real-life test of mobile payment’s power and influence. The best thing about ride-hailing services like Lyft is that you don’t need to carry a card or cash. Lyft We always talk about leaving the wallet at home, but does the infrastructure exist to make that work? Could I really get through a day using Samsung Pay and nothing else? It’s not Samsung’s fault that the answer was no, not quite.The ride, checkMorning travel wasn’t a problem, and that’s probably why I didn’t discover my mistake until I was 30 miles from home. Ordinarily, I’d have realized my purse wasn’t with the rest of my stuff a few minutes after leaving, slapped my forehead and sheepishly gone back to fetch it. Not this time. Share your voicecenter_img Phones Online You can only do these cool things with Samsung Pay in Korea — for now (pictures) Preview • Why the Galaxy S9 Plus is the ‘better’ Samsung phone this year Amazon $349 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review • Galaxy S9 Plus is still worth buying, but wait a month — here’s why Mobile payments Samsung Comments 24 $699 $354 Now playing: Watch this: This time I’d called a Lyft to take me where I needed to go. That requires just my phone, not a travel card like the Bay Area’s Clipper system for the trains, ferries and buses. Already, that’s a sign of the phone standing in for the contents of my purse.Breakfast, checkI obviously needed something to clear the cobwebs clouding my sanity: coffee. I could have tried Samsung Pay with the classic-style swipe reader at the Marriott-owned Starbucks franchise across the street, but the Starbucks app on my phone did the trick simply and quickly. Whew. No purse needed there, either.google-payPortable payment terminals make tableside mobile payments easy. Google Lunch, not so muchFast-casual eateries around the Bay Area have gotten good at outfitting their point-of-sale terminals with mobile payment readers. There’s often an attachment on top of the customer-facing payment terminal, or a white plastic puck from Square that you can hover your phone over. But there was no mobile payment option at my lunch spot, a sit-down affair I had planned with a friend.Restaurants here that value traditional service seem to keep their swipe terminals out of sight from customers. When I asked if this business could accommodate mobile payments, our server shook his head. No, no it could not. I didn’t want to press the matter, offering to go back to the cash register so I could activate Samsung Pay. But I did wish the US followed Europe’s model, where servers bring a handheld payment terminal to your table, a method that nearly always works with Samsung Pay (often to the server’s surprise).Fortunately my friend was there to foot the bill. Well, I suppose this is what peer-to-peer payment services such as Zelle and Venmo are for. The Zelle mobile app lets you send money from one bank account to another.The Zelle mobile app lets you send money from one bank account to another.  Zelle Cash withdrawal: Genius strikes, then fizzlesLeaving lunch on the way to pick up supplies at the Walgreens pharmacy and convenience store, I spied an outpost of my bank. That’s when I remembered that I could use the banking app on the Galaxy S9 to initiate an ATM withdrawal. If I could take out some cash, I wouldn’t feel so unilaterally reliant on my phone, especially if it lost battery power. Feeding the bank card from Samsung Pay to my banking app wasn’t a problem. There was a clear method for that in the Wallet subsection of the app itself, and a bank attendant was there to get me started on the right path. There was just one problem — I had set up Samsung Pay with a credit card, but not my ATM account, so a cash withdrawal through the credit card would come with a hefty penalty if I went that route. Not worth it. That’s when my lunch companion shoved a $20 bill into my hand, just in case. Put it on my tab.Shopping at Walgreens is all winwalgreens-balance-rewards-apple-pay.jpgWalgreens terminals accept payments when you hover the phone near the top. Not all US stores have this feature turned on, even if the terminal is capable. Scott Stein/CNET I’ve used mobile payments at the Walgreens store multiple times, but as I stood in line with my arms full of tissue paper, cards and gift bags, a part of me wondered what would happen if the terminal was offline today. This has actually happened to me before, but I’ve always had the contents of my purse to back me up when a card reader was down or the point-of-sale terminal was simply too old to work with the phone. That’s something I was worried about even though I’ve witnessed Samsung Pay working with readers when Google Pay and Apple Pay wouldn’t.  Mobile payments did work this time, smooth as butter. Now all I had to worry about was how to get home.The commute back, big failThe time was coming to reunite with my purse, but the train still stood in my way. This wasn’t the first time I wished my Clipper transit card worked on my phone, as transit cards do in so many places. And it wasn’t the first time I wondered why you can’t tap the transit card reader to charge the payment card stored on your phone, as you can on the London Underground.Still, I wanted to see if I’d overlooked a way to buy my ticket through NFC, the near field communications system that makes contactless mobile payments work. When I got to the BART station, I checked the contactless pad that lets you tap your Clipper card to add more value, but tapping a phone against it does nothing. Because it’s clear that trying to do that is as futile as trying to buy a bagel with a key card: You’ve got to fully insert your credit card into the hungry mouth of the ticket machine to pay for your fare. What hurts most is that this system is so close to contactless. Grateful for the $20 stuffed into my jeans pocket, I inserted the cash, praying the machine wouldn’t immediately spit it out. These are old rigs, prone to monetary indigestion. I didn’t even realize I was holding my breath until the machine coughed up dollars worth of change in quarters. If I hadn’t been able to buy my ticket with the machine, I’d have had to find another way home, probably at great expense.bart-no-mobile-payment-credit-cardNoooooope. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Saved? Mobile payments over NFC aren’t a slam dunk yetMy purse and I are reunited now, and after a severe self-scolding, I can think about the state of mobile payments around me: Apps on my phone can shuttle me around by car and keep me fed. Once I add my ATM card to Samsung Pay, I’ll also be able to get to my cash. So long as the phone’s battery is charged and I’m connected to a data or Wi-Fi network, I know I’ll never be truly stuck. (You can use mobile payments offline as long as you have active “tokens,” which contain your encrypted identity verification, but you need a connection to update these periodically. I once got stuck in South Korea for running out of tokens on a phone in airplane mode.) And even in the event of a large purchase, mobile payments already verify your identity, so you don’t need to fish out your ID.But there were problems during my few purse-less hours that could have led to a sadder ending. If my phone had run out of battery or hit a dead data or Wi-Fi zone, I’d have found myself in a tight spot. And with no way to verify my identity on my phone, I wouldn’t be able to get into a bar or buy a bottle of wine for dinner if I chose to leave my wallet at home.The fact that I couldn’t buy a train ticket or a sit-down meal without cash or card, the fact that I worried whether the NFC terminal was on the fritz, all speak to a larger insecurity. My day wasn’t unlike many of the city’s commuters’, but the infrastructure isn’t robust enough for us to rely on mobile payments alone. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wind my purse around the front door knob so I can’t forget it. Because I’m not ready to venture forth without my wallet again. And neither is San Francisco.Originally published Feb. 12 at 5 a.m. PT.Update, 8:11 a.m. PT: Added more detail on payment tokens.Update, Feb. 15 at 3:00am PT.last_img read more

Apple needs to fix the iPhone 11s buttons so accidental screenshots go

first_img See it All the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max rumors Apple iPhone XS See It Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone 11: The top 5 rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 14 hidden iPhone features in iOS 13 you need to know about 12 Photos See All Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 14 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple Pencil Mini for iPhoneOn Aug. 7, Samsung launched the absolutely stunning Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. A key feature of the Note is its S-Pen stylus. Over a decade ago, when companies first released capacitive touchscreen phones like the iPhone, a big selling point was that you didn’t need a stylus to navigate them. Though I have fond memories of using a stylus on the resistive touch display of my Palm Treo 680, as soon as I tried that screen on the original iPhone, I was immediately hooked on the fact that my finger became, to quote Steve Jobs, “the best pointing device in the world.”iphone-x-apple-pencil-compatibleIn its current form, the Apple Pencil might be a bit unwieldy to use on an iPhone. But a mini version might not. Oscar Gutierrez/CNET But it’s no longer 2007 and despite Jobs’ stand against the stylus, there’s now the Apple Pencil, which provides a fantastic experience on the iPad. As the iPhone’s screen has grown over the years, I can’t help but imagine how wonderful an Apple Pencil Mini would be. Doubly wonderful would be if I could also use it on an iPad.Symmetrical buttons have got to goThe button layout on the iPhone X, XS and XS Max is a one-handed obstacle course. Whenever you don’t have a solid hold on the phone or want to change the volume, you risk dropping the device. Recalling the iPhone 4 “antennagate” controversy, I wonder if I’m holding it wrong. But I’m not. The volume buttons don’t need to be directly across the screen from the power button. Seriously, I take so many accidental screenshots, my gallery is full of images of my lock screen. Stagger the buttons so there’s room to put a finger for the extra leverage I occasionally need to change the volume.Or place all of the buttons on one side. Google took a similar approach with the Pixel 3 and I’ve never had issues on it.Backside reverse wireless chargingNow that Apple has wireless charging for the iPhone and on certain AirPods cases, it makes sense that the back of the iPhone 11 could have reverse wireless charging to juice up your headphones.apple-airpods-2Imagine being able to juice up your AirPods on the back of your iPhone. Angela Lang/CNET Of course, if Apple added this feature, the natural progression would be to wonder about the Apple Watch. Imagine how wonderful it would be to only need only one charger while traveling. You’d charge your iPhone and simply place your Apple Watch on the back to top off the battery.A rainbow of colors or high-end finishesThe iPhone XR, besides being the best value iPhone you can currently buy, comes in six colors just like Apple’s original logo. But it would be great for the flagship models to come in more colors and finishes, too. Yes, most people keep their phones in a case, so who cares about colors? I do and I know I’m not alone.I’m not saying the iPhone 11 needs to be offered in the same bold colors as the iPhone XR line, but what about trying out something other than black and white? Sure there are the occasional variations of gold or Product Red models, but those still aren’t quite enough. And there’s a fine line between pushing Apple to look past its tasteful black-and-white scheme and pushing the company to offer a powder blue version like a tuxedo maker in the ’70s. Luckily Apple’s design team has much better taste than a ’70s tuxedo maker.samsung-galaxy-note-10-plus-13The back on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Angela Lang/CNET But when I see the gorgeous finish on the Huawei P30 Pro or the vibrant iridescence of the Galaxy Note 10, I have to wonder what Apple could bring to the table for the iPhone Pro. Maybe it’s not coloring at all. Maybe it’s materials like ceramic, which was used on a special edition of the Apple Watch several years ago, or titanium and ceramic like we saw on the stunning Essential Phone.I hate the notchI get it. Since late 2017/early 2018, every new phone has seemed to adopt a notch. The idea behind it was to increase the amount of screen and reduce bezels. The iPhone notch’s utility and the way the screen wraps around it are an incredible feat of engineering. But it’s ugly. I get used to it in daily use, but there are still moments when I see a video or photo of the phone and realize how ridiculous the notch is.I don’t think iPhones will keep the notch forever. But when companies such as OnePlus and Samsung offer better options, there must be a notchless future for Apple at some point. Years from now when we look back at photos and videos of the iPhone X and XS we’ll wonder, “What the hell happened in 2017 to cause this?” iCloud basic storage needs to grow upThe smallest storage capacity of the current generation of iPhones is 64GB. And yet, the free tier of iCloud comes with only 5GB,  which isn’t enough to back up most iPhones. I’m not saying Apple needs to offer unlimited iCloud storage or even 64GB. But give us enough to back up a full iPhone to iCloud for free. Another option would be to include upgraded iCloud storage as part of an Apple Music subscription or maybe even the Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade subscriptions when those finally roll out. There are a handful of features I want Apple to add to the next iPhone to make it more convenient and have more utility. Angela Lang/CNET The iPhone 11 doesn’t need a radical redesign to do well financially, critically or culturally, but it will take several significant improvements and upgrades for it to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded phone industry. Despite the fact that iPhone sales were down 12% in the last quarter, Apple still made $26 billion. It’s as if Steph Curry didn’t make 300 three-pointers in a single season and somehow the Golden State Warriors still got to the playoffs.There will be an Apple event in the second week of September and it doesn’t take a mind reader to know that it’s to launch the next iPhone. And as I sift through last-minute rumors and ponder the possibilities, I realize that there is a lot I want Apple to add to the iPhone 11 to make it more convenient and give it better value and utility. Best Buy See It 17 Photos Tags $999 Apple Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sprint USB-C on the iPhoneApple’s most recent iPad Pro came with a significant surprise: the lightning port was swapped for a USB-C. This move seemed like it was the company pushing the iPad Pro into the realm of laptops. But it would be lovely and convenient if the iPhone had a USB-C port, too.In-box ‘cheap’ Bluetooth AirPodsWhat’s most shocking about the loss of the headphone jack across most phones is that Bluetooth isn’t ready to be a viable replacement on its own. Apple and its W1 chip make Bluetooth more reliable, but AirPods cost $159 for a pair — $199 if you want a pair with a wireless charging case.If Bluetooth audio connectivity is the future, there should be an affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones in every iPhone box. For years, Apple included a pair of earbuds that sold separately for $29. But Apple also sold a higher end version with dual drivers and swappable ear tips for $79. I’m not sure what the affordable version of AirPods is, but it still seems like we need something. See It $999 Originally published Thurs. Aug. 22 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 3:47 • Share your voice Boost Mobile reading • Apple needs to fix the iPhone 11’s buttons so accidental screenshots go away Comments Mobile Phones Bluetooth Google Huawei Samsung Apple OnePluslast_img read more

These three contestants in Bigg Boss are intentionally staying away from controversies

first_imgBaba BhaskarTwitter/StarMaaBigg Boss is all about controversies between 15 people who live together in a house for 100 days. Of course, one contestant gets eliminated every week. But each contestant competes with the other and that is something we all are interested in seeing.The Telugu Bigg Boss season 3 has been in the middle of controversies since its beginning. In the third week of the show, with 2 contestants have been eliminated and a wild card entry, the total count stands at 14 people now.While all the contestants are involved in some argument, fight and controversy, there are three contestants in this house who are least bothered about what is happening around them. Wondering who they are? Let us tell you that it is none other than Baba master, Himaja and Ashu Reddy.The three contestants have been playing the game really well. Well, Baba master is in fact the hero of the house for being a really good person. He takes care of everyone in the house and does all the possible house chores. In fact, he even cooks for everybody.Himaja and Ashu Reddy have both been courteous with the contestants and are making sure that they don’t get into unnecessary arguments and fights. Himaja ReddyTwitter/StarMaaThough contestants call Himaja an aggressive person, she has explanations for being so and is pretty much clear about what she wants, what she bears and what she doesn’t.Ashu Reddy also looks plain hearted and is not getting into any unnecessary fights. She is completing her tasks, doing the assigned work and is genuine with everyone without grudges for her fellow contestants.These people, especially in Bigg Boss house, are pretty rare to find. This is why these people have a special place in the audience’s heart.last_img read more

Gavaskars criticism to Gangulys strong message Virat Kohli responds about frequent changes

first_imgVirat Kohli does not mind making changes to his playing XI on a regular basis and he does not even hesitate in tweaking personnel around even after a win. While this method is not an established one, the skipper is confident that the benefits of the side should take precedence.”We have a group discussion and then we decide what’s best for the team. There will always be opinions about the XI, but people will know that it’s in the interest of the team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli made few brave calls in Antigua Virat KohliBCCI TwitterWhen the skipper announced his side after the toss, there was huge surprise when R Ashwin was benched and Ravindra Jadeja was included as the lone spinner in the team. However, the left-hander vindicated the decision with a superb half-century in the first innings. He was also extremely frugal with the ball and also picked up a wicket for his efforts.India also went in with Hanuma Vihari instead of the experienced Rohit Sharma and the right-hander looked extremely solid in both the innings. This pleased the skipper who was chuffed to see all his calls bearing fruits.Kohli was also asked about the workload of Indian pacers and the skipper conceded that managing the faster bowlers was the biggest priority for him as the skipper of the side. He also said that this was the main reason why Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour. File image of Indian cricket teamIANS”Bumrah’s workload is most important which is why he didn’t play any white-ball games (vs WI) after the World Cup. He will be a key factor for us as long as the World Test Championship continues,” Kohli said. “Shami is the same and Ishant is a banker, always reliable. Umesh is there too and Navdeep is waiting in the wings. We are settled as our bowling options, but managing workloads will be important,” the captain further added.He always keeps the interests of the team above any individual and the captain said that as a leader of the side, it gives him great satisfaction that all his decisions bear fruit as the players are putting their hands up and making the opportunities count.”It’s a blessing that I am in a position where I can contribute to the team in more than one way, but nothing is possible without your team. I don’t think the credit can be taken away from the team at all,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Womens March Unprecedented mass protests against Trump

first_imgMASS TURNOUTSHundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Boston, adding to a public outpouring of mass dissent against Trump unmatched in modern U.S. politics for a new president’s first full day in office.So-called Sister March organizers estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, one of the largest of Saturday’s gatherings. Police said the turnout there was as big or bigger than a 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000.Some 400,000 marchers assembled in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, though organizers put the number there at 600,000.The Chicago event grew so large that organizers staged a rally rather than trying to parade through the city. Police said more than 125,000 people attended, while sponsors estimated the crowd at 200,000, the same tally they reported for Boston, and Denver..Smaller protests were held in such cities as Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Madison, Wisconsin, and Bismarck, North Dakota.The protests, mostly peaceful, illustrated the depth of division in a country still reeling from the bitterly fought 2016 election campaign. Trump stunned the world by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady who made history as the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.Pam Foyster, a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, said the atmosphere in Washington reminded her of mass protests during the 1960s and ’70s against the Vietnam War and in favor of civil rights and women’s rights.”I’m 58 years old, and I can’t believe we are having to do this again,” Foyster said.Although Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress, Trump faces entrenched opposition from wide segments of the public, in contrast with the honeymoon period new presidents typically experience when first taking office.A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any incoming U.S. president since the 1970s. Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration.Women activists, outraged by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of marches in the United States and sympathy rallies around the world on Saturday.Organizers said they drew nearly 5 million protesters in all, far surpassing crowd expectations.The demonstrations also highlighted strong discontent over Trump’s comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and environmentalists.In contrast to the heated, often shrill tone of the presidential campaign, and the grim imagery of “American carnage” Trump evoked in his inaugural address, the mood during Saturday’s protests was largely upbeat, even festive.Chanting such slogans as, “We need a real leader, not a creepy tweeter,” and “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” many marchers wore knitted pink cat-eared “pussy hats” in a reference to Trump’s boast, in a 2005 video made public weeks before the election, about grabbing women by the genitals.While women constituted the bulk of the demonstrators, many were accompanied by husbands, boyfriends and children.The planned centerpiece of the protests, a Women’s March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump’s swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.No official estimates of the turnout were available, but it clearly exceeded the 200,000 marchers projected in advance by organizers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall. AROUND THE WORLDWomen-led protests against Trump, who has vowed that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of “America first,” also were staged in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia.Sister March sponsors boasted some 670 gatherings around the world in solidarity with the Washington event, estimating a global turnout of more than 4.6 million participants tallied through online march registrations, although those numbers could not be independently verified.Trump, in a Twitter post on Saturday, wrote, “I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!”Attending an interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral before visiting the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Trump made no mention of the protests.But he angrily attacked media reports, including photos, showing that crowds at Friday’s inaugural were smaller than those seen in 2009 and 2013, when Barack Obama took the oath of office for his first and second terms as president.”I made a speech, I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” Trump said at his CIA visit. “They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.”Saturday’s march in Washington overwhelmed the city’s Metro subway system, with enormous crowds reported and some stations temporarily forced to turn away riders.The Metro reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day, and eight times normal Saturday volume.The peaceful atmosphere of Saturday’s march contrasted sharply with unrest the day before, when groups of black-clad anti-establishment activists, among hundreds of anti-Trump protesters, smashed windows, set vehicles on fire and fought with riot police, who responded with stun grenades.Washington prosecutors said about $100,000 in damage had been done and 230 adults and five minors had been arrested.Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election by around 2.9 million votes and exceeded Trump’s support among women voters by more than 10 percentage points. Trump, however, easily prevailed in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that actually determines the outcome of the race.Trump offered few if any olive branches to his opponents in his Friday inauguration speech.”He has never seemed particularly concerned about people who oppose him,” said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.But the lawmakers who Trump needs onside to achieve his policy goals may be more sensitive to the show of mass opposition demonstrated by the anti-Trump rallies, Levesque said.”Members of Congress are very sensitive to the public mood, and many of them are down here this week to see him,” Levesque said.last_img read more

Russia against foreign intervention in Myanmar

first_imgRussian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. AFP File PhotoAttempts at intervening in Myanmar’s internal affairs may have only one net effect – still deeper interreligious discord, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday, reports Russian news agency Tass.“It is essential to remember that the wish to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state may merely bring about further inter-religious discord,” she said.Moscow supports “efforts for promoting the inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar among the spiritual leaders of all confessions.”“In that connection we took note of the collective statement by the leading organizations representing Myanmar’s multi-ethnic Muslim community who condemned armed actions by radical elements in that region (Rakhine),” Zakharova said. “We express support for the government and urge the coreligionists to avoid yielding to provocations by extremist forces.”Zakharova said Moscow welcomed the government of Myanmar in its efforts “to implement recommendations made by the commission under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.”“In part, a special committee has been created for this purpose under the minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement, which incorporates officials of the law enforcement and economic agencies,” Zakharova said.Also, she pointed out that Myanmar authorities were “providing assistance to the internally displaced persons in returning to their homes.”“According to the available data about two thousand people have returned to their homes,” Zakharova said. “We expect that similar measures will be taken in relation to other persons affected by the migration crisis.”On the situation in the countryZakharova said Myanmar’s military transport aircraft were delivering foods, medicines and other relief aid to that area (Rakhine).“Mobile medical centers have been set up to provide assistance to the local population. Ruined infrastructure facilities are being repaired. A tour of the northern part of that area has been arranged for correspondents of local and foreign mass media,” Zakharova said. “We hope that journalists’ humanitarian access to the violence-stricken areas will become standard practice,” she said.Tensions in the state of Rakhine flared up on 25 August, when hundreds of militants of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army raided 30 police posts, the Tass report added.Clashes claimed 400 lives and another 391,000 Rohingya migrants had to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh.The Rohingya people professing Islam reside in Myanmar’s State of Rakhine. The authorities regard them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Rakhine has repeatedly been a scene of religious conflicts between Muslims and local Buddhists. Violence there has left thousands dead over the past few years. According to the United Nations, The Rohingya people are one of the “most friendless” ethnic minorities in the world. Myanmar’s authorities refuse to recognize their citizenship although many generations of the Rohingya people have been resident in the country.last_img read more

Man attempts suicide after killing wife son

first_imgA man tried to commit suicide allegedly after killing his wife and daughter in Magura’s Parnanduali village following a family feud on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were Punya Rani, 25 and her 10-month old son Manob.Confirming the incident, Tarikul Islam, Magura additional superintendent of police, said being informed by locals, police went to the rented house of Bitu Mazumder, 40, and found the throat-slit bodies of his wife and daughter lying in a pool of blood.Bitu, who sustained injuries on throat following a suicide attempt, was admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital, he said.The bodies were sent to hospital morgue for autopsy and a case has been filed in this regard, he added.last_img read more

China could tighten grip over Hong Kong

first_imgProtesters break into the Legislative Council building during the anniversary of Hong Kong`s handover to China in Hong Kong, China on 1 July. Photo: ReutersChina on Tuesday deplored violence in Hong Kong that saw protesters ransack the city’s legislature, fuelling expectations it will take a tougher line on the territory, even as details of the scenes of vandalism went largely unreported on the mainland.Massive protests in the former British colony that began early last month came to a head overnight on Monday, prompting predictions that the police would take a harder stance, the city would be forced into a tighter embrace with the mainland and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam would be forced out.Beijing called the violence an “undisguised challenge” to the “one country, two systems” model under which Hong Kong was granted a high degree of autonomy when it was returned to China in 1997.”We express outrage about this and strongly condemn it,” China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said in a statement.Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets in recent weeks to protest against a now-suspended extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.The backlash comes amid growing resentment over what many in Hong Kong see as declining freedoms as China tightens its grip over the territory under the leadership of president Xi Jinping, who warned two years ago that Beijing would not tolerate any challenge to its authority in Hong Kong.The official China Daily newspaper, published in English and often used by Beijing to get its message out to the rest of the world, said that the best way to deal with Hong Kong was yet further economic integration with the mainland.”The only way for (Hong Kong) to sustain economic growth and maintain stability is for it to further integrate its own development into the nation’s overall development, especially by playing its part in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area,” it said in a Tuesday editorial. Belt and Road is a string of ports, railways, roads and bridges and other investments connecting China to Europe via central and southern Asia.”Both development programmes serve as practical platforms for Hong Kong to generate more growth momentum that can be translated into practical benefits for local residents.”Tougher LineKenneth Ka-Lok Chan, an associate professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and a former Hong Kong lawmaker for the pro-democracy Civic Party, expects Beijing to back Hong Kong to crack down even further.”They will rely heavily on the police force to restore so-called law and order, so the police will be further reinforced in terms of aggressiveness against protesters,” he said.Mathew Wong, an assistant professor of social sciences at the Education University of Hong Kong, said Beijing was likely to let the protests peter out.”Like the Umbrella Movement, the protest cannot keep up the intensity forever, especially when the option of letting the police put them down is readily available,” he said, referring to the pro-democracy “Occupy Central” movement that lasted 79 days in 2014 before police cleared protesters.He also said Lam was unable to retain her job, even if Beijing keeps her in place for the time being to save face. The central government has repeatedly expressed its support for Lam and for her decision last month to suspend the extradition legislation.”Regardless of whether the initiative was her idea or Beijing’s, the fact that it turned out to be a mess is fatal.”One Beijing-based Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was significant that Xi himself had not come out and offered public support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader yet, keeping a low profile while the territory convulses.Foreign ‘Black Hand’China has blamed the “black hand” influence of foreign governments, especially the United States and Britain, for the unrest in Hong Kong, a view that one Chinese official told Reuters was reinforced by the destruction in the legislature.”It’s the Western countries who are encouraging them. It’s very obvious,” the official said, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.On Chinese social media, users flooded the comments sections of state media posts condemning the violence, calling for Beijing to respond harshly, although the unrest was not fully covered in state media and footage was blocked on the mainland’s heavily censored internet.”Declare martial law or Hong Kong has had it,” wrote one on the Twitter-like Weibo site, though there has been no sign People’s Liberation Army forces based in Hong Kong have been put on standby should things get totally out of control.”Send in the tanks to wipe them out,” wrote another.On the streets of Beijing, some people said they had not seen news of what had happened in Hong Kong.Nursing graduate Zoey, 26, said she hadn’t paid much attention to Hong Kong’s “problems”.”Have you seen anything of Hong Kong’s demonstration? No, I haven’t heard of anything. Because we normally read Weibo, but if it didn’t get to the hot topics on Weibo then we wouldn’t see it. Sorry.”last_img

WATCH LIVE Clinton To Address Supporters Wednesday Morning

first_img Share Broadcast live streaming video on UstreamHillary Clinton will speak to her supporters this morning in her first public remarks since her stunning defeat by Donald Trump. Her campaign says Clinton will speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel (at 9:30 a.m. CT) Clinton didn’t make a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early today to congratulate him on his victory.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Gage Skidmore/FlickrHilary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 Election.last_img read more

Otto Warmbiers Parents Sue North Korea Alleging Torture Of Their Son

first_img Share Photo by Reuters/PBS NewsHourThe parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea, saying its government tortured and killed their son.Updated at 5:45 p.m. ETThe parents of an American college student who died after more than a year in North Korean custody have sued North Korea, accusing the regime of torture and mistreatment.Otto Warmbier was returned to the U.S. last June in a coma. He died soon afterward. A coroner concluded that his death was “due to an unknown insult more than a year prior to death.”North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier, whom they accused of trying to steal a poster and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Pyongyang says the student’s coma was caused by botulism.Cynthia and Fred Warmbier, his parents, say that’s a lie.In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., they say North Korea “brutally tortured and murdered” their 22-year-old son.The Cincinnati couple accuses the regime of hostage-taking, torture, extrajudicial killing, wrongful death, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery.“North Korea’s conduct was willful, outrageous, extreme and dangerous to human life, and violates applicable criminal law and all international standards of civilized human conduct and common decency,” the lawsuit states.The Warmbiers are asking for punitive damages. The lawsuit comes just weeks before President Trump is due to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, an extraordinary and unprecedented meeting. And it was filed just days after the administration announced that Mike Pompeo — then CIA director, now secretary of state — met with North Korea earlier this month.In general, countries are immune from lawsuits in other countries. “We prefer that disputes between sovereigns really be resolved at the diplomatic stage, as opposed to the private civil litigation stage,” law professor Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas explained to NPR in 2016. And then there’s the question of reciprocity, he said: “Otherwise you’d have a race to the bottom where countries would hail each other into each other’s courts.”But there are exceptions — including, in the U.S., an exception for countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. That’s what allowed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to sue Iran for torture in 2016.North Korea was on that list until 2008, when it was removed by the George W. Bush administration. But Trump put Pyongyang back on it in November, making the Warmbiers’ lawsuit possible.Theirs is not the first lawsuit against North Korea. Several U.S. citizens sued in the 2000s — and won default judgments, after Pyongyang declined to show up to defend the cases.The brother and son of Kim Dong Shik, a U.S. permanent resident who was abducted in China and disappeared, sued, alleging that North Korea was responsible. The U.S. District Court in D.C. ordered North Korea to pay $330 million.Relatives of two Americans who were killed in a 1972 terrorist attack in Tel Aviv sued North Korea for providing material support to the terrorist group behind the attack. The U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico awarded a judgment of $378 million.Thirty American citizens injured in or affected by a Hezbollah strike in northern Israel sued North Korea and other entities over the attack, receiving a total judgment for some $169 million.Members of the USS Pueblo and their families sued North Korea over the 1968 torture of the crew, receiving a $65 million judgment.Of course, getting a judgment is one thing. Getting money is another. Federal courts would have the right to seize North Korean assets to pay the judgments — if there were any North Korean assets on U.S. soil not already frozen.The crew of the Pueblo never managed to collect their money from Pyongyang, but they ultimately received $9 million from the U.S. Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism fund. The relatives of the victims in Tel Aviv have attempted to collect that money by seizing North Korean assets related to the registration of Internet domains; so far, that has been unsuccessful.As for the family of Kim Dong Shik, the last entry in that case’s court docket is an attempt to mail a notice of default judgment to North Korea.The envelope was returned as undeliverable.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Political Roundup Second Senate Debate And HISD Leadership Changes

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: From Tuesday’s Senate debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, to the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, to the rescheduled debate between Congressman John Culberson and challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, to the HISD Board playing politics with the interim Superintendent position, our experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Joining host Craig Cohen for this week’s discussion are David Branham, professor of political science at the UH-Downtown, and Mark Jones from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. X Listen 00:00 /25:43last_img read more

Gray Wants More Doctors in Eastern DC

first_imgD.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) wants more physicians to set up their practices in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. He recently authored legislation to make that happen.Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray has introduced a bill to bring more doctors to the eastern side of D.C. (AFRO File Photo)On March 7 Gray, chairman of the Committee on Health, introduced the “Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund Act of 2017.” The bill creates a fund for the purpose of attracting physicians and increasing the capacity of existing providers whether they practice in primary care, specialty care, or community-based care in eastern Washington, D.C.“One of my main priorities coming out of the Ward 7 Summit I convened in Ward 7 three months ago is making sure the residents of the East End of the city have access to a world-class integrated health care system,” Gray, District mayor from 2011-2015, said. “There is a gap in the system – the physicians that are providing the care are absent from the areas of our city that have the greatest need.”Monies in the fund would be loaned to practitioners in medically underserved areas and can be used for costs associated with opening or modernizing a health care practice. All income and interest payments made pursuant to the loan agreements between the administrator of the fund and participating borrowers would be paid back into the fund for future use.Gray said, “Wards 7 and 8 lead the District in almost every conceivable negative health outcome and that needs to change.”The Department of Health published a Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce study in September 2015 that showed Wards 2 and 5 have the highest numbers of doctor’s offices followed by Wards 1 and 3. The study also showed that Ward 7 is medically under-served and Ward 8 also, despite the presence of the United Medical Center in its boundaries. Ward 8, the poorest ward in the city economically, has the lowest number of primary care and specialty doctors.Gray’s bill is co-sponsored by council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), Robert White (D-At Large), Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), which constitutes a super-majority of the legislative body.The Medical Society of the District of Columbia is the city’s arm of the American Medical Association. Pia Duryea is the director of communications and she told the {AFRO} that her organization hasn’t taken a position on the Gray bill.But, there is community support for Gray’s bill.“I support it,” Ward 8 community activist Sandra “S.S.” Seegars told the {AFRO}. “I recently needed the services of an orthopedic doctor and I googled to find one that is close to me. The closest one is on H Street N.E. and, of course, that isn’t Ward 8.”Seegars said that the UMC’s presence hasn’t increased the number of doctors practicing in her ward, either. She notes that some Ward 8 residents travel to Prince George’s County to visit a doctor.“This legislation isn’t anything new,” Patricia Howard-Chittams, who lives in Ward 7, told the {AFRO}. “It has been discussed before and included nurse practitioners. I would agree that just as there are food deserts, Wards 7 and 8 are healthcare deserts.”Howard-Chittams noted that many doctors are affiliated with hospitals and UMC is the only comprehensive medical facility east of the Anacostia River. She also said doctors might be reluctant to relocate east of the river for other reasons.“There is not a lot of space for a doctor in Wards 7 or 8 to set up a medical office,” she said. “We had a center at Penn Branch but it is in a derelict state now. Even if a doctor wanted to set up in this area, there is no place for them to go.”last_img read more

Bengal in sight as part of our move to boost bilateral ties

first_imgKolkata: Vietnam is looking at Bengal as a major gateway in its stride for developing trade relations with the Eastern states of the country, Ambassador, Embassy of Vietnam in India, Ton Sinh Thanh said on Wednesday.”Vietnam has received investment of 320 billion US dollars from across the world for 25,000 projects. But investment from India has been only 1 billion US dollars for 130 projects. This is a small amount and we want things to move. We want to attract more tourists to Vietnam from India as well as Bengal,” Thanh said at an interactive session on “Bila-teral Trade between India and Vietnam: Prospects and Way Ahead” at MCCI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSadhan Pande , state minister for Consumer Affairs, Self Help Group and Self Employment, who was the special guest at the event, urged the Ambassador to consider making Bengal a hub for the country. “Bengal is at the crossroad of South East Asia and you can move to any Eastern state from here. So, you may consider making Bengal a hub as part of your efforts to develop relationship between the two countries,” Pande said.He added that Vietnam needs to play a more positive role in attracting tourists from the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”People from the country as well as Bengal travel a lot to Bangkok and Bali. Vietnam should also come in the picture of wooing tourists from here,” he added.According to the Ambassador, only 1,10,000 Indians visited Vietnam, while a little over 1 million Indians went to Thailand. Pointing out connectivity as a constraint, he said, “We are working on improving connectivity between the two countries. A direct flight from Delhi to Vietnam is going to commence in September 2018. Bengal is also very much on our radar. The Indian government is promoting a Look East policy and developing closer business ties with South East Asia and Bengal is the gateway to the Eastern states,” Thanh said.last_img read more

Remote monitoring of implanted defibrillators in heart failure patients prevents hospitalizations

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 18 2019Remote monitoring keeps heart failure patients out of hospital, according to late-breaking findings from the RESULT trial presented today at EHRA 2019, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. The set-up is so effective that it has won reimbursement from the national health system.Study author Dr Mateusz Tajstra, of the Silesian Centre of Heart Disease, Zabrze, Poland, said: “The trial showed that remote monitoring of implanted defibrillators in patients with heart failure leads to prompt treatment when a problem occurs and prevents hospital admissions.”Around 1-2% of adults in developed countries have heart failure, a clinical syndrome characterized by breathlessness, ankle swelling, and fatigue. A high proportion of deaths in these patients, especially those with milder symptoms, occur suddenly due to ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D) are recommended for some patients to correct potentially lethal arrhythmias and reduce the risk of sudden death.The number of heart failure patients with implanted devices is growing, and hospitalizations and outpatient appointments are common. This trial examined whether remote monitoring of the devices reduces the rate of hospitalization and death.A total of 600 heart failure patients with an ICD or CRT-D were randomly allocated to remote monitoring or standard care with face-to-face appointments. During the subsequent 12 months, the researchers recorded deaths from any cause and hospitalizations for cardiovascular reasons (the composite primary endpoint).The rate of the primary endpoint was significantly lower in the remote monitoring group (39.5%) compared to the standard care group (48.5%; p=0.032). When the researchers looked at the components of the endpoint separately, they found that the rate of all-cause mortality was similar between groups (6% versus 6%; p=0.9), whereas the hospitalization rate for cardiovascular causes rate was significantly lower in the remote arm (37.1%) compared to the standard arm (45.5%; p=0.045).Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeDr Tajstra said: “The death rate may have been similar between groups because the trial was not powered to show differences in survival alone.””It is important to stress that remote monitoring is not effective as a plug and play gadget,” he continued. “It will only be successful with a specified workflow to act on data retrieved from the devices, performed by a dedicated team.”In this study, remote monitoring was conducted from an office in the hospital, open for ten hours daily Monday to Friday, with three levels of staff. Two electrophysiology nurses checked device transmissions, contacted patients if further information was needed, and decided the course of action. Cardiology residents investigated suspected arrhythmias or device malfunctions and took action if indicated. A clinical cardiologist and electrophysiologist were available for difficult clinical situations.”Our pragmatic approach facilitated rapid clinical reactions to data from the devices,” said Dr Tajstra. “This prevented heart failure decompensation, where symptoms suddenly get worse and patients are often hospitalized. Even though there is no reimbursement for remote monitoring in Poland, our results have convinced the health authorities to pay for this service.” Source:https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Remote-monitoring-keeps-heart-failure-patients-out-of-hospitallast_img read more