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Prostate medicines linked to Type2 diabetes

first_imgMedicines prescribed to reduce the symptoms of prostate diseases increase the likelihood of developing Type-2 diabetes. A study found that the drugs increased the risk of developing the disorder by about 30 per cent. In addition, a similar effect was seen when repeated with health records from a group of Taiwanese men. Men with enlarged prostates are commonly prescribed the drugs called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors that reduce the production of hormones called androgens. These help treat symptoms such as reduced urinary flow. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe findings of the sudy suggested that men taking these medications may need additional health checks to monitor warning signs of diabetes so that their prescriptions can be altered if necessary. “We found that commonly prescribed medications for prostate disease can increase the risk of Type-2 diabetes. These findings will be particularly important for health screening in older men who are already typically at a higher risk of Type-2 diabetes,” said Ruth Andrew, Professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “It is important that all patients are made aware of the risks and benefits of their medications,” noted Li Wei, Associate Professor at the UCL School of Pharmacy in Britain. For the research, the team studied health records from around 55,000 men who were prescribed 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.last_img read more


First CEO at R Lauren not named Ralph Lauren is unsaddled

First CEO at R. Lauren not named Ralph Lauren is unsaddled by Anne D’Innocenzio And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, designer Ralph Lauren, right, poses in his office with Stefan Larsson in New York. Larsson, CEO of Ralph Lauren Corp., will be stepping down from the post in May 2017, less than two years after taking over the role. Founder Ralph Lauren says he and Larson had different views on how to run parts of the business. Shares plunged 10 percent in Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 premarket trading. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stefan Larsson, who took over as CEO at Ralph Lauren Corp. less than two years ago in hopes of revitalizing the iconic brand, is leaving the company.The namesake founder, who said at the time that Larsson “understands what dreams are,” maintains that he pushed the company in the right direction.However, the two clashed largely over creative control. Lauren says the decision to part ways is mutual. Larsson — who also serves as president — will remain with the New York company until May. The search for a new chief executive is underway. The company’s chief financial officer, Jane Nielsen, will lead the company’s plan to turn around its business while a successor is found.“Stefan and I share a love and respect for the DNA of this great brand, and we both recognize the need to evolve,” said Lauren, executive chairman and chief creative officer, in a statement. “However, we have found that we have different views on how to evolve the creative and consumer-facing parts of the business.”During a conference call Thursday with investors, Larsson said that the differences came down to different views on product, marketing and the shopping experience. He noted that he spent his entire career in family-controlled businesses and “worked hard to find common ground.” That didn’t happen and that’s what led the mutual decision, he said.Prior to joining Ralph Lauren, Larsson was global president of Gap’s Old Navy business, transforming the brand into a bright spot within a couple of years. He also worked at Swedish fast-fashion chain H&M for 15 years, moving swiftly through the ranks of the company to serve as head of global sales.Ralph Lauren shares, which have fallen more than 20 per cent in the past year, dropped more than 11 per cent Thursday.The announcement overshadowed Ralph Lauren’s fiscal third-quarter results that showed the company was making some inroads. Its adjusted profit of $1.86 per share easily beat the $1.64 that Wall Street had expected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research expected. Revenue fell to $1.71 billion.Lauren started the company half a century ago selling ties and built a vast empire that includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, home decor, accessories and now restaurants. It became the arbiter of preppy cool. But after years of surging growth, Ralph Lauren has seen its revenue slow down as the brand has lost its cachet, particularly with younger shoppers as the name can be found everywhere. Clothing companies like Ralph Lauren have also struggled because of different shopping behaviour and preferences. Increasingly, shoppers are buying online and spend more on experiences like beauty treatments. Like other traditional brands, Ralph Lauren has also wrestled with sluggish performance at major department stores like Macy’s — its main distribution channel — as shoppers increasingly go to Amazon.com or discounters like TJ Maxx to buy name brands. The iconic label got attention when First Lady Melania Trump wore a pale-blue dress and jacket combination by the designer on Inauguration Day.When Larsson took over as CEO in late 2015, he was the first chief executive at the iconic company not named Ralph Lauren. He acted quickly, slashing costs to improve the balance sheet and tightening the company’s focus on the brands that made Ralph Lauren known worldwide. The company made strategic changes, lowering inventories and reducing early commitments to major retailers so that it could better react to trends. But, Larsson didn’t have free rein over the creative process.“This sudden departure gives the impression of a brand in crisis, and we believe it signals significant internal wrangling over the future direction of the firm,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. “It also demonstrates the founder’s continued dominance over the business. As much as Ralph Lauren should be respected for his significant achievements and his undeniable design talent, we are concerned by the orthodoxy of his leadership, under which questioning and fresh thinking are relatively rare. This, in our view, is not the way to reinvent a brand that has clearly lost its way.”Shares dropped $10.43 to $76.94 in afternoon trading.______Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio read more


UN warns of urgent humanitarian situation as Boko Haram attacks spill over

“We are extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation, as several thousand people are at present without any assistance,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in a press release. “We are working with authorities to securely deploy aid workers as soon as possible and at the same time we are preparing for rapid evaluation and response assessments.”In December, the first results of a continuing Nigerien Government census, organized with UNHCR’s technical support, revealed that at least 90,000 people, including Niger nationals previously living in Nigeria, had found refuge in Niger’s Diffa region since May 2013. Many have chosen to remain close to the border, hoping to return to their home villages when the situation calms down.Some 200,000 people have fled Nigeria to neighbouring countries, including Chad, Cameroon and Niger, according to figures from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), due to ongoing violence in Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states caused by armed insurgents reportedly associated with extremist group Boko Haram. The fighting, however, has spilled over into neighbouring regions, further threatening those refugees who initially escaped Nigeria. In the southern Nigerien region of Diffa, for instance, Niger armed forces have already engaged with the Boko Haram insurgents in running battles. In retaliation, Boko Haram has waged a series of attacks in Diffa town against civilians, including suicide bombings.“This situation is being further exacerbated, as shops remain closed and humanitarian actors have had to significantly reduce their activities in the Diffa region because of the general insecurity,” Mr. Edwards continued. “At present there are no humanitarian actors left in Bosso.” Meanwhile, the UNHCR spokesperson warned that the situation in Cameroon was just “as worrying,” citing reports of killings, abductions and violence in the country’s Far North region near the border with Nigeria. Insecurity was also making it increasingly difficult for UNHCR teams to access the border areas where refugees arrive before relocation to Minawao refugee camp, some 120 kilometres away, he added.“The violence in Cameroon’s Far North is affecting tens of thousands of local residents too,” Mr. Edwards said. “UNHCR is working closely with the government of Cameroon and humanitarian partners to determine the scope and evaluate the situation on the ground, identify and locate the IDPs and to draw up a humanitarian response.” read more


Former OSU running back living his dream after NFL

It takes a great athlete to reach his dream of playing in the NFL. It takes a special kind of person to move on after accomplishing that lifelong goal. Described as a “finisher” by his high school football coach, Michael Wiley, a former Ohio State football player and Dallas Cowboy for four years, has moved forward with life toward new goal after living out his dream of playing in the NFL.  Whether it is teaching young teenagers about the importance of school or developing business ideas, Wiley’s ambition is allowing him to find his place in a world outside of sports.  After cementing himself as the best player Ed Carberry ever coached at Monte Vista High School, Wiley found success on the field at OSU.  Wiley did well on and off the field and realized his dream in 2000 when the Dallas Cowboys drafted him. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry, but injuries ended his career.  “I still feel like I left with something to prove,” Wiley said.  At the age of 25, his dream was over.  After football, Wiley went back to school because he promised his mom he would get his degree. But after getting married, having two kids, and opening the After Five Lounge restaurant and bar in 2007, school was not a priority.  One evening, his wife of seven years, Quiana Wiley, asked him: “How would the kids look at you without a college degree?”  Those words triggered something in Wiley. Nearly a decade after leaving school for the NFL, while working full-time and raising a family, he finished what he had started and graduated in 2008 with a degree in sociology. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Wiley said. “It is definitely my proudest accomplishment.” “I was very proud of Michael for going back,” Quiana Wiley said.  Dee Miller, a former college teammate, said Wiley remains the same confident individual he first met.  “Wiley came here with a California swag, but it was well deserved,” Miller said laughing. “He was confident but not cocky.”  Miller went through the same difficult transition from being an NFL player to living in the “real world.” He said he was happy Wiley went back for his degree.  “It’s fulfilling to see him grow as a young man to a mature, older man,” he said.  Wiley closed the After Five Lounge in 2009 but is currently brainstorming business ideas for the future. He wants to be seen as “Michael Wiley: the businessman,” not as a former athlete in business, he said.  When asked what he still has left to accomplish, he answered: “Everything.”  Wiley,32, is currently a store manager at Kroger grocery store. He said he enjoys his job because he gets to help employees and meet fans. He said he never has a dull moment and learns something new every day. Chris Masten, another Kroger employee, said, “They always take the good people. If he gets a store, I told him to call me. I’ll be the first one to work for him.”  Wiley promotes the importance of school to his younger workers. He sees it as “coaching younger kids.” Wiley has “lessons of the day” where he asks each of them what they learned in school that day. Wiley knows first-hand that education opens more doors, and he hopes to help his workers realize that. Despite having to leave behind a sport that he dedicated much of his life to, Wiley said he would not have done anything differently except “go to USC and get out of this damn cold,” he said.  “The game has been good to me. I appreciate what Ohio State gave to me. I appreciate what Monte Vista gave to me. I appreciate what Dallas gave to me. They showed me something that otherwise I wouldn’t have experienced, and for that I am thankful,” Wiley said.  His Facebook “about me” box reads “Lived 1 Dream Now Living Another 1!” He hopes to finish life strong. Wiley would like to be remembered as a “fun guy, honest person. From day one to now, I’ve never changed,” he said. “What you see is what you get.” read more


Youth apprentices possess the drive to succeed – ExxonMobils Country Manager

ExxonMobil and the Centre for Local Business Development teamed up on Tuesday August 15, to host twelve of the sixteen students currently participating in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme.Business officials and youths involved in the Ministry of Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme attending the Business Centre for development’s open house, yesterday.The students were given a tour   to ExxonMobil’s office, the offshore rig and the Centre for Local Business which held its first open house for local manufacturers.“These folks seem to have the drive to succeed in the future” remarked Rod Henson, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager. According to Henson the students showed great interest. “They were not afraid to get out there and touch the equipment, try to understand a bit of what’s going on, they talked about how a lot of the mechanical part of it.”He explained that “it has been said that our industry is nothing more that glorified plumbing, there is a little technology involved but essentially that is kind of it. Many of the students are interested in plumbing, and petroleum engineering.“We are really happy to do this because these young people are the future for Guyana”, the Country Manager added.Saskia Daniels, one of the student participants said prior to the visit she did not have much information about the offshore rig, or even the Business Centre. However, despite having a preference for forestry, she felt it was an honour be part of such a programme, and appreciated all that she has learnt regarding the emerging oil and gas sector.“I have never been so excited; I have been to places that I would have never thought I would have gone,” enthused Zion McPherson.  For her, the most exciting part of the programme has been the trip to Iwokrama, Region Eight.Fatima Karen only began the Apprenticeship programme yesterday because she was out of the country, participating in an innovation in science and engineering project. She hopes to someday be a petroleum engineer and looks forward to the rest of the programme.Essequibo resident, 15-year-old Noel Sukhai, said after hearing of the programme, he was overwhelmed mainly because “Guyana is such a beautiful country and there are not many opportunities for youths to explore and see the real Guyana not only the city”.He said that although he is from Region Two, it was quite a “breathtaking” experience travelling to Iwokrama, and exploring the oil and gas industry.Most of his life he wanted to become a doctor, however after learning about the oil and gas industry, he plans to pursue a career in petroleum engineering.An additional part of the students’ package was a tour of the Centre for Local Business Development which afforded them the opportunity to interact with manufacturers, and members of the Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association (GMSA), who were themselves benefitting from an open house held by the Centre.Members were educated on the functions of the Centre which included registering businesses in the supplier registration portal, informing members of upcoming Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy training sessions, and registering members for courses.The Centre which opened last July, is funded by Exxon Mobil and managed by DAI Global. It provides a space for local firms to learn about opportunities in the oil and gas industry, strengthen their competitiveness and prepare them to supply the oil and gas industry with various services.Project Director of the Centre and DAI Representative Patrick Henry explained the Centre’s Offshore Oil and Gas Literacy courses, which are made up of four sessions: Introduction to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry; the Local Content in Guyana’s Emerging Offshore Petroleum Sector; Basics of Health Safety and the Environment and Introduction to the Procurement for local suppliers.The centre will offer basic training through its partners the Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED), EMPRETEC, BrainStreet and Food Management Services.ExxonMobil country manager pointed out that “Engaging the business associations is a critical step to ensure Guyanese businesses are included in the opportunities that the oil and gas sector brings to Guyana both directly and indirectly”.Through the Centre Exxon Mobil will work with existing suppliers, potential new suppliers and other stakeholders to develop local companies and encourage an increasingly competitive industrial base.GMSA Shyam Nokta said that they were extremely pleased to be part of the Centre, while noting that members from across seven sub sectors will benefit from the open house.  The seven sub sectors include Agro processing, services, forestry, wood products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and fast food.Nokta explained that the members will not only benefit from training for the oil and gas sector, but in building medium and small-scale businesses. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOther operators in oil and gas sector ‘positive’ for Guyana says ExxonFebruary 8, 2018In “Business”President receives courtesy call from ExxonMobil’s Senior VPJuly 12, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil expanding local workforce- Country ManagerJune 13, 2018In “Business” read more


Could building up immunity be the key to fighting peanut allergy

first_imgSAFELY TREATING CHILDREN allergic to peanuts with peanut protein could build up their immunity to a point where they are safe from contaminated snacks and meals.New research published in The Lancet journal has shown that almost 90 per cent of children who underwent a new trial could tolerate at least 25 times as much peanut protein as they could before the therapy.Peanut allergy is the most common cause of severe and life-threatening allergic reactions related to food and the trial at Cambridge University Hospitals aimed to find a way to prevent these severe reactions.Currently the only way to do so is to avoid foods that contain peanuts and accidental reactions are common in this method.“This treatment allowed children with all severities of peanut allergy to eat large quantities of peanuts, well above the levels found in contaminated snacks and meals,” according to lead researcher Dr Andrew Clark.“This frees children them and their parents from the fear of a potentially life threatening allergic reaction. The families involved in this study say that it has changed their lives dramatically.”As part of the trial, 99 children aged 7 to 16 years with varying severities of peanut allergy either received 6 months of oral immunotherapy using gradually increasing doses of peanut protein or received no treatment at all and avoided peanuts as per usual.Both the children treated and the control group then took part in a supervised blind food challenge during which they consumed increasing amounts of peanut protein until they experienced allergic symptoms.ResultsAfter 6 months of therapy, 62 per cent of the children who received the oral immunotherapy passed the challenge and tolerated a daily dose of 1400 mg of peanut protein, roughly equivalent to 10 peanuts. None of the control group were able to tolerate that dose.Researchers say that a daily dose of 10 peanuts is unlikely to be encountered accidentally.A fifth of those who undertook the treatment reported side affects during the treatment with oral itching being the most common. One patient withdrew from the trial due to the adverse affects.While describing the results as promising , Matthew J. Greenhawt from the University of Michigan Food Allergy Center said that the experiment is years away from clinical use:OIT is not ready for clinical use until the short-term effects have been comprehensively proven, and the long-term side-effects, mechanism of action, and outcomes are known.“It is unknown if OIT produce lasting tolerance, a key outcome,” he added.Read: Appeal for Irish to take part in global food allergy study >Read: Babies born by Caesarian more susceptible to developing allergies >last_img read more


Justin Bieber set to leave Earth aboard Virgin Galactic flight

first_imgIf you’re a fan of Justin Bieber you may be a bit concerned to hear he’s leaving Earth, for the rest of us who at first thought he might be returning home, the bad news is he’s only leaving temporarily.Bieber has been confirmed as the latest celebrity to put his name forward for a flight on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic service. The space tourism venture aims to make long haul flights a thing of the past by jetting you into space in order to get you to your destination much more quickly.Of course, guaranteeing a seat aboard one of the first Galactic flights takes a little more than being a pop idol. You also need $250,000. Money is something the successful 19-year old is sure to have in abundance, and let’s face it, if he didn’t then a quick collection from giddy teenage girls at his next concert would probably cover most of the bill.Branson has already acknowledged the singer’s sign up via Twitter, but Bieber might actually make it to space before Virgin Galactic is ready to take him. Back in February the teen idol tweeted that he wanted to do a concert in space. NASA responded saying they may be able to help him with that. We can recommend a good backing singer and guitarist who also happens to be an astronaut he can take with him.Having recently surpassed Bieber on YouTube with most watched video of all time, I’d much rather see Psy making the trip and creating his next hit outside of the confines of gravity.last_img read more


NYCC Prepare Yourself Emotionally Black Mirror is Back

first_img Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 NYCC fans of Black Mirror were treated to the teaser trailer, plus an exclusive clip from the upcoming season of Black Mirror. Season four is due sometime soon (hopefully), but we can’t wait to be shaken and devastated by the six new episodes premiering on Netflix.If you guys aren’t Black Mirror fans, you’re missing out on something extraordinary. I’m the biggest dork for series like Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside and House of Horrors. If you’re as big of a dork as I am, you’re going to love this anthology. Black Mirror takes a darker turn in its anthology series.The series takes our modern age and technology, twisting it onto itself and making it so much worse than we can ever imagine.The show has run for three seasons now, gaining momentum and fans since its partnership with Netflix. Since then, the show has found a home, even collecting awards for its outstanding storytelling. The episode titled “San Junipero” won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie, and creator Charlie Brooker won for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. This show is nothing seen on TV today, capturing something that is both terrifying and real, but modern and authentic.via NYCCThis NYCC panel was a bit different than the last. We didn’t get an exclusive episode, but instead, a fantastic panel that consisted of moderator and director of the episode “Archangel” Jodie Foster joined by show creator and writer Charlie Brooker with executive producer Annabel Jones talking about what to expect from the upcoming season.Jodie, Charlie, and Annabel dive into the conversation without spoiling anything because… how can they? The series works best when it’s entirely in secret and show creator Charlie Brooker expresses how hard it is to keep a season under wraps and tell what it’s about.“It’s a really tricky show to promote in many ways because there are no recurring characters from previous seasons. So, I can’t tell you… “I’ll tell you what Jon Snow is up to now.” Can’t-do any of that. And also you don’t want to know. It’s kind of like an unboxing video, isn’t it?” They can guarantee audiences they’ve “…delivered lots of different genres and lots of different tones.” Brooker mentions the season has “… tackled different words than before.” Also, they tease the playful side of the episodes mixing in with the horrid darkness in true Black Mirror fashion, especially following that of the news in the world today.via Black Mirror / NetflixThe teaser clip from the season comes from Foster’s episode, written by Charlie Brooker titled “Archangel” starring Rosemarie Dewitt, Brenna Harding, and Owen Teague. Dewitt plays a mother who implants her child with a chip from the company Archangel, which seems to be a child protection type service. This episode already has the implications of going very very wrong. Especially with the knowledge that her daughter’s chip comes with a filter to shield her from things that are undesirable. Foster says the episode is between the mother and daughter with a relationship that is “…partly handicapping, partly not letting the child have freedom.”I’m wicked excited for season four of this brilliant show. If you haven’t watched or caught up, you can view all the episodes on Netflix. I don’t suggest binge-watching altogether. Please go outside and get some ice cream. Season 4 is coming out soon with six brand new stories that will entirely have you on edge.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more


Third strike sticks in 1999 Clark County case

first_imgComplete Clark County data on the number of inmates serving life sentences with “strike” convictions for second-degree robbery were unavailable Tuesday.However, John Douglas Letellier, 67, who’s featured in the Associated Press’ story, was convicted of second-degree robbery — his third strike — in Clark County. Court records show Letellier pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1999 by then-Judge Barbara Johnson for robbing a Subway restaurant on May 21 of that year.Letellier, who was homeless at the time, said he held up the shop to purposely receive a third strike, because he felt more comfortable in prison, according to Columbian archives. Letellier later wrote a letter to The Columbian saying he no longer held that “fatalistic” attitude.“The crime itself was the epitome of idiotic, senseless stupidity, and I can only emphasize at this belated juncture sorrow and remorse for my inexplicable behavior,” he wrote to The Columbian.Letellier is one of 62 inmates with “strikes” for second-degree robbery who will continue serving life sentences, despite the crime being removed from the state’s list of three-strike crimes. An amendment pushed by the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys made it nonretroactive.As of June 2008, the most recent statistical data available online, there were at least 10 inmates from Clark County, including Letellier, serving persistent offender sentences with second-degree robbery strikes. (The data were compiled by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission but are now overseen by the Caseload Forecast Council.) One inmate has since died, and the status of another was unclear.The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is in the process of gathering data on how many of the affected inmates received second-degree robbery strikes locally.last_img read more


ASA Brings Succession Planning Workshops for Farmers to Moline Ill

first_imgAre you concerned about protecting your family farm’s legacy? Planning for your farm’s future, or succession planning, is more than just creating a will. If you want to transfer your farm to the next generation, they’ll need the right leadership and business management skills to ensure financial security. Now you can learn more about how to successfully transition your farm and protect your legacy at the ASA Succession Planning Workshop this winter in Moline, Ill. The American Soybean Association (ASA), in partnership with eLegacyConnect, is hosting the workshops to help farmers through the succession process.“ASA is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the livelihoods of soybean producers. Today’s tax laws and regulatory landscape are making it harder to keep the farm in the family,” said Bob Worth, ASA membership and corporate relations chairman. “Succession planning is a watershed issue facing all soybean producers and these workshops will provide soybean producers with the basics in getting a succession plan started.”The Moline, Ill. workshop is Dec. 4 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center . The session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes by 3 p.m. Lunch is provided.Register online by clicking here and selecting Moline, Ill. There is a minimal registration fee for each attendee. ASA members are $50 for the first registrant and $30 for each additional family member/guest. Non-ASA members are $90 for first attendee and $70 for each additional family member/guest.The workshops are taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.The Succession Planning Workshops, titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning” are sponsored by Farm Credit, AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association Michigan Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association.For more information about these workshops visit the ASA website. For more information about eLegacyConnect click here.last_img read more


UPDATE Washington plans to extradite homicide suspect from Oregon

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington authorities plan to extradite a man caught in Oregon who’s suspected of killing his grandparents after they picked him up from prison and hosted a welcome home party for him.King County prosecutors in Seattle expect to file charges against Michael Chadd Boysen, spokesman Dan Donohoe said Wednesday.Boysen, 26, is accused of killing Robert R. Taylor, 82, and Norma J. Taylor, 80, after they welcomed him to their Renton home after his release from prison Friday.He is held on a no-bail warrant from the Washington Department of Corrections for violating terms of his release, Donohoe said. Boysen remains at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland in serious condition, spokeswoman Amber Shoebridge said Wednesday.He had been in critical condition after he was found with self-inflicted cuts when police entered the motel room Tuesday to arrest him.Investigators don’t know why he went to Lincoln City, said King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindy West. They also don’t know what may have motivated him to allegedly kill his grandparents. They aren’t saying exactly how the two were killed, except they weren’t shot.Boysen checked into the WestShore OceanFront Suites on the Oregon Coast Monday night under his own name and was recognized by an employee who called police.last_img read more


Caribou Hills Open To Snowmachine Use

first_imgFor additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge officeduring regular business hours at (907) 262-7021. According to Refuge Manager Andy Loranger: “Higher elevations in the Caribou Hills have recently received snowfall allowing for this limited opening. Our preference is to open all designated snowmachining areas on the Refuge concurrently, but that is not possible at this time. We are asking snowmachiners to assist us by familiarizing themselves with the boundaries of the area in the Caribou Hills now open and respecting the closure still in effect on the remainder of the Refuge.” Users are advised to use existing parking off of Oil Well Road at the roadhouse, gravel pit trail or the last pad. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened the Caribou Hills area within Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachine use. No other areas of the Refuge are currently open to snowmachines due to inadequate snow cover. Due to the lack of snow and presence of open water at lower elevations, access to the Caribou Hills is limited.last_img read more


HBOs Elizabeth Holmes Theranos documentary exposes American health care

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags 50 Photos Nobody likes having a needle stuck in their arm. And nobody likes having money sucked out of their wallet, either. So when smart young entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes emerged from Silicon Valley claiming to have a cure for a broken health care system, politicians and journalists and investors couldn’t wait to shower her with praise and money.But the story of Holmes’ company comes with a sting. Her black outfits helped create an image of a new Steve Jobs-esque voice in Silicon Valley, but after faking demos and lying about patient treatment Holmes and her partners are now awaiting trial on charges of fraud.The Theranos fraud exposes fundamental problems with Silicon Valley, the health care industry and the myth of the genius inventor from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs. New documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, now available to stream on HBO, reveals the whole bloody mess.I asked the film’s Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney, if we fetishize the idea of a genius inventor. “We do,” he told me by phone from San Francisco, “and it’s bullshit.” Having tackled corruption and deceit in films about Enron, the Church of Scientology and the White House, Gibney describes Holmes as “a variation on a theme” of the type of people he’s seen before. “Elizabeth was afflicted with the notion that the end justifies the means,” Gibney says. “She thought she was entitled to make mistakes because her intention was pure and worthy and socially vital. But the mind plays tricks with you when you start down that path, as you rationalize your behavior in ways that can become quite dangerous and delusional.” That was a line Elizabeth crossed. When she put people at risk, that was the problem. Alex Gibney Silicon Valley has adapted the credo of “move fast and break things,” which means iterating and making mistakes until you find the right path. But you can’t make mistakes when people’s lives are at stake. And real people were put at risk when Theranos pushed ahead with a contract with Walgreens to carry out blood tests for ordinary people.”That was a line Elizabeth crossed,” says Gibney. “If she had just wasted a lot of investors’ money on a machine that didn’t work, there wouldn’t really be a story here. It was when she put people at risk, that was the problem.”Gibney is concerned that Holmes will be portrayed as a one-off, “one rotten apple in an otherwise pristine barrel.” But he thinks the Theranos fraud shows cracks across Silicon Valley, the health care industry and capitalism as a whole. “I tried to indicate there are bigger problems in Silicon Valley in terms of lying, in terms of becoming disruptors in ways that may make people a lot of money but may not always be a good thing.” The controversy surrounding CRISPR gene-editing Theranos documentary The Inventor diagnoses Silicon Valley schadenfreude Theranos doc’s director: Elizabeth Holmes is like Steve Jobs, Scientology, Enron Within Theranos, a culture of silence and paranoia couldn’t suppress the lies forever. And so Theranos employees blew the whistle on the deceit.”I think all of us should be aware that there are certain cultural, and also legal, impediments to hearing the bad news,” says Gibney, who highlights the use of nondisclosure agreements to gag employees. These legal contracts are supposed to protect trade secrets, but they can also be used to prevent insiders from calling out corruption. “Look at Harvey Weinstein,” Gibney says. “NDAs are rapaciously used by people to cover up misdeeds.” Yet for some reason, we have a strange relationship with those insiders who do come forward. “It’s sort of like they’re showing us up,” says Gibney. He recalls being asked the same two questions over and over after making The Smartest Guys in the Room, his film about the corruption within Enron: “One was about this guy who got away with it, sailed off with $200 million and married a stripper. But the other question was about Sharon Watkins, the whistleblower, and it was always, ‘Who does she think she is? How come she’s so holier-than-thou?’ Of all the lessons to take away from Enron, she’s not really the malefactor, but it seemed to really get under people’s skin.”Gibney has made a career out of exposing corruption from the business sector to the CIA to the White House. “Part of us is secretly thrilled by people who are conning the game,” he says. “But we always at the end want to see them punished, so it’s kinda like a double pleasure. You wanna see ’em sneak around — and then you wanna see the hammer come down.””I’ve been spending a lot of time on problems,” Gibney says as we wrap up the interview. “I’m starting to think about doing films about people who are coming up with solutions.” 2019 movies to geek out over 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 2:55 77 Photos HBO TV and Movies 10 Share your voice Big-name investors from both inside and outside Silicon Valley fell for Holmes’ delusion, including Rupert Murdoch, who invested $125 million into Theranos. But the question remains whether the profit-driven private sector is even suited to solving health care problems. “Reports show the health care system in the US has become horribly perverted,” says Gibney, “through this patchwork system of insurance and private enterprise and then also government legislative initiatives. Medicare is not allowed to negotiate directly with drug companies, how crazy is that?”Everyone can agree that fixing problems in health care is a noble cause, but relying on Silicon Valley and the private sector also lined up with other political agendas for the politicians who backed her. “This notion of the entrepreneur lets government off the hook,” Gibney says.Enlarge ImageThis might sting: Elizabeth Holmes is profiled in The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley. Sundance The director does credit Holmes with highlighting problems in the laboratory testing industry. “They’re incredibly opaque with their pricing,” he points out. Patients don’t pay directly for blood tests, so depending on the circumstances, the illness or even the state, lab companies can charge outrageous prices to insurance companies to complete the test.The health care system “is designed to enrich companies rather than to serve the health of patients,” says Gibney. “It’s full of all sorts of bad incentives.”While things clearly need to be improved, the Silicon Valley style of disruptive innovations may not be what we as patients need. Taking control of your own health is a “a very cool-sounding libertarian notion,” but Gibney cautions that “we’re not doctors.” He’s concerned about the idea of treating patients as customers, seducing us with promises of competitive prices and greater choice. “That’s good for sneakers,” he says, “but I’m not sure a consumer/producer relationship is necessarily good for health care. You want a patient/doctor relationship, and blood testing is part of it.” Comments This might hurt a littlelast_img read more


Twitter Makes First Indian Acquisition ZipDial a MissedCall Service Provider

first_imgTwitter acquired ZipDial, a missed-call marketing platform, which is also the first-ever acquisition of an Indian company by the San Francisco-based micro-blogging company.The Bangalore-based company has been valued at $30-$40mn, about 185-247 crore. However, no official figures have been stated.Twitter vice president Christian Oestlien said, “Over the next several years, billions of people will come online for the first time in countries like Brazil, India and Indonesia. For many, their first online experience will be on a mobile device – but the cost of data may prevent them from experiencing the true power of the Internet. Twitter, in partnership with ZipDial, can make great content more accessible to everyone.”ZipDial connects brands with their relevant target audience by leaving a missed call. India has more than ₹90 crore mobile phone users, including multiple phone users, for whom the device has acted as a leveller of economic parity.ZipDial’s innovative platform has seen robust usage across South Asia, South East Asia and Africa. The deal with Twitter will help ZipDial expand globally, Valarie Wagoner, Founder and CEO of ZipDial told India Today.The deal also sees Twitter setting up an engineering team in India, a first for the US-based company.last_img read more


US woman sues Facebook claims website enabled sex trafficking

first_imgFacebook is accused of enabling sex trafficking Flickr CommonsA Texas woman, claiming that she was raped, beaten and sex trafficked at the age of 15 by a pimp who posed as a Facebook “friend,” has filed suit against the social network, alleging its executives knew minors were being lured into the sex trade on their platform.The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in court papers filed in Harris County District Court in Houston on Monday, also named as defendants the now-shuttered classified ads website Backpage.com and its founders.Facebook did not respond to a request by Reuters for comment.Attorneys for Backpage.com and the former employees named in the lawsuit as defendants also did not return calls for comment.According to the lawsuit, the woman was “friended” on Facebook in 2012 by a user who appeared to know several of her real-life friends. The man messaged her through Facebook, according to the lawsuit, which was seen by Reuters.The lawsuit alleges that at one point following an argument with her mother, the trafficker offered to console her, but after picking her up from her home he beat and raped her and took pictures that were posted on Backpage.com.The lawsuit says Facebook did not do enough to verify the user’s identity, which the lawsuit said was false, and that Jane Doe was never warned that sex traffickers were operating on the social media network.The plaintiff’s attorneys, David Harris and Louie Cook of the law firm Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP in Houston, did not reply to requests for comment.Backpage.com was shut down by authorities earlier this year after a Justice Department investigation into allegations that the website was used primarily to sell sex.last_img read more


Judge Delays Trials Of Terry And Chauna Thompson For The Murder Of

first_img Share Photos provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO)The trials of Terry Thompson (left) and his wife Chauna Thompson (right) for the murder of John Hernandez have been re-scheduled.District Judge Kelli Johnson has delayed the trials of Terry and Chauna Thompson for the murder of John Hernandez in May 2017 during an altercation at a Denny’s restaurant because of the lack of courtroom space, Mary Leal, court coordinator for Judge Johnson, informed Wednesday.Back on April 13, Judge Johnson denied a change of venue the Thompsons had requested and, according to Leal, the judge told the couple’s attorneys that same day it was likely the trials would be re-scheduled.Terry Thompson’s trial was scheduled to start on May 18 and it has been re-scheduled to June 8.The trial for Chauna Thompson, who worked as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office when the fatal altercation with Hernandez happened but was subsequently fired, was scheduled to begin on June 1 and has been re-scheduled for October 19.Leal detailed that Judge Johnson notified the parties with an email her court sent them on May 2.Due to the damage Hurricane Harvey caused in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, Johnson and other judges are having to temporarily work at the Civil Courts Building, which is located at 201 Caroline Street, in downtown Houston.Leal said one reason they need a large courtroom is the selection of a jury for this “high profile” case.last_img read more


Facebook Streaming All Episodes of Joss Whedons Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel

first_imgFacebook is streaming all seven seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (144 episodes), five seasons of “Angel” (110 episodes) and the single season of “Firefly” (14 episodes). The company declined to disclose how long the shows will be available on Facebook or discuss other terms. The episodes of the shows will include Facebook’s midroll ad breaks, with ads sold by Facebook.Facebook has been trying to steer users to Watch, where it can monetize video ads more effectively compared with videos in users’ News Feeds. But according to a survey conducted this spring, half of U.S. adult Facebook users had never even heard of Facebook Watch.“Video is a critical part of the future. It will end up being a large part of our business as well,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts on the company’s Q3 earnings call last month. He also admitted, “We are well behind YouTube.”Initially, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly” will be available on mobile and web platforms, with plans to later make them available on Facebook’s connected-TV apps.“We want to make sure we’re presenting the best social experience to start, and where people interacting are on mobile and web,” Henick said. “What we’re looking for are meaningful connections between fans.” Popular on Variety Facebook is playing the nostalgia card in its latest bid to drive up video viewing and video ad sales: using TV reruns.The social-media giant is launching every episode of Joss Whedon’s supernatural drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and spinoff “Angel” along with sci-fi show “Firefly” on Facebook Watch for free to users the U.S. All 268 episodes of the shows will be available to watch starting Friday, Nov. 30, under a licensing pact with 20th Century Fox Television.Facebook has set up dedicated show pages for each of the series: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will be available at this link; “Angel” is available at this link; and “Firefly” is streaming here.The trio of shows, which aired on TV more than 15 years ago, is not exclusive to Facebook: All seasons of the three also are available on Hulu’s subscription service. But Facebook believes the cult-favorite shows — particularly “Buffy” — will drive up watch time by letting fans experience the series in a brand-new, social way (along with the fact they’re free to watch). This week it expanded the Watch Party co-viewing feature to everyone on Facebook, making it possible for users to start Watch Parties from their Timeline or from any public video on Facebook. The company’s hope is that “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly” will spawn thousands of Watch Party sessions.“What we’ve been focused on Watch is building a people-centric video platform, creating a social viewing experience where you can connect with other people who love the shows, and even the creatives who worked on them,” said Matthew Henick, Facebook’s head of content planning and strategy for media partnerships.The three shows from Joss Whedon in particular “have incredibly dedicated fanbases that have persisted and even grown online,” Henick said, noting that a TV reboot of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is in development at 20th Century Fox Television. “This is great content to experiment with.”Facebook also is enlisting talent from the shows to promote the free streaming — including Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series. On Friday, Gellar announced the free streaming of the show in a video on her Facebook Page, which has nearly 1 million followers, in which she underscored the platform’s co-viewing features to watch along with other “Buffy” fans on Facebook.“It’s time to slay all day,” Gellar says in the announcement.Other talent from “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly” are expected to participate in live conversations via Watch Party, according to Facebook. Facebook has scheduled Watch Parties for each show: The “Buffy” co-viewing will kick off at 3 p.m. PT on Friday (Nov. 30); “Angel” will start on Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. PT; and “Firefly” will launch Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. PT.Asked whether Facebook is seeking other TV show to bring the platform, Henick said, “I wouldn’t say we have a huge licensing plan… We have a balanced portfolio.”First launched in the U.S. in August 2017, Facebook Watch includes original series and other content, live sports, and programming produced by independent creators. The deal with 20th Century Fox TV is “part of our larger strategy,” Henick said. “We have lots of different ways to get content onto the platform, and we’ll find a variety of ways to do that.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Cancun increases security for summer break tourists

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Cancun security is being increased as the city gets ready for the summer travel season which is expected to begin over the coming days.The Ministry of Public Security says they will be adding additional tourist police to Cancun streets to strengthen surveillance and crime prevention making Cancun a safe place to travel.Head of Benito Juarez Public Security, Darwin Puc Asosta, said that they will also be carrying out coordinated work with elements of the fire brigade, federal police, the Navy and state police.The coordinated efforts, he explained, will be to increase patrols in the areas of beaches and specific busy zones around the city.The Directorate of Civil Protection will be focused on beach surveillance and increasing its workforce of lifeguards, eventually adding 15 elements to ensure tourists and locals enjoy a safe vacation.Puc Asosta added that in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, Civil Protection is prepared with an emergency plan to shelter and / or evacuate if necessary.The city of Cancun is anticipating the arrival of tens of thousands of summer break domestic and international visitors from now until September.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


President Chinchilla appoints three new ministers

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s government confirmed Thursday the exit of Labor Minister Sandra Piszk and Housing Minister Irene Campos. Chinchilla also confirmed Pedro Castro as the new Minister of Public Works and Transport.President Laura Chinchilla appointed Olman Segura as new Labor Minister, since Sandra Piszk resigned her post to be with her husband, Jaime Feinzaig, who was named the Costa Rican ambassador to Italy last August. Segura was the National Training Institute executive’s president.Housing Minister Irene Campos also resigned her post but the reasons of her exit were not disclosed. Government officials confirmed that Guido Monge, son of former President Luis Alberto Monge (1982-1986), will take over the post.Monge is a former lawmaker and ex-Housing Ministry vice minister and current board member of the National Housing Mortgage Bank.Castro takes over for Luis Llach who left the role for health reasons. Llach replaced the ousted Francisco Jiménez, who was dismissed in May amid allegations of corruption.While the other two ministers begin their roles immediately, Castro takes over the Public Works and Transport Ministry next Thursday.In addition, the head of the National Women’s Institute, Maureen Clarke, was promoted into a Cabinet position. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians calls a

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians calls a play during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo And that’s just how Arians, GM Steve Keim and the rest of the organization drew it up a few years ago. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Since Bruce Arians arrived in 2013, the Arizona Cardinals’ offense has steadily evolved into one of the NFL’s best.In 2013, the Cardinals ranked 12th in the NFL in total offense while scoring 23.7 points per game.The numbers dropped in 2014 to 24th in offense with just 19.4 points per game, but that can be attributed to injuries at quarterback. It was believed that, heading into 2015, a healthy Carson Palmer would lead to big things for the Cardinals’ offense. It came early in the third quarter, and Palmer — following a fake handoff to running back Chris Johnson — stepped up in the pocket and found J.J. Nelson deep down the field. The throw was on the money, and the rookie held off the defensive back just enough to reach the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown reception.The play’s design, Bowen noted, illustrated how Arians finds ways to expose whatever coverage a defense lines up in. In this case, having Fitzgerald run deep down the sideline occupied the closest safety, which then allowed the speedy Nelson to run free down the middle of the field as the other safety was unable to make up ground.Given the max protection off play-action, the bait set by Fitzgerald and the speed of Nelson, this is a prime example of Arians scheming his opponent — a true deep shot to beat the coverage. And Palmer tosses this ball more than 50 yards in the air before dropping it right in the bucket to Nelson.Bowen went on to note that Palmer’s play dropped off in the playoffs, but that does not erase what he and the Cardinals were able to accomplish during the regular season. He added that Arizona’s offense “tests defenses consistently with the creativity in the passing game and the physicality to run the ball.” Indeed.Last season the Cardinals ranked first in the NFL in total offense while scoring 30.6 points per game. They set all kinds of franchise records, and scored fewer than 20 points just four times in 18 games.Arizona’s offense was easily a strength, with an effective running game supplementing a dynamic and sometimes unstoppable passing attack.The Cardinals were led by a talented group of players, yes, but their offense would not go the way it does without Arians. The coach has earned a reputation for being an aggressive and quality coordinator, and in an Insider piece, ESPN’s Matt Bowen listed Arians as one of the five most creative playcallers in the NFL.Arians is an aggressive playcaller, and with his receiver personnel, the Cards love to test opposing defenses vertically. As a defensive back, you better bring your track shoes when Carson Palmer targets John Brown, Michael Floyd and J.J. Nelson. Oh, and don’t forget about Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, who caught 36 passes out of the backfield as a rookie. Add in the movement, the bunch formations, the stack looks and the clean releases — that’s a long day of work to try and limit this offense. And when Arians wants to run the rock, the Cards will reduce the formation and hit you in the mouth with players who aren’t afraid to block, Fitzgerald included.Bowen highlighted a play in the Cardinals’ Week 11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more