WILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, announced it will make its popular CMD+CTRL cyber range available to the public for free for a limited time. With approximately 90% of attacks occurring at the software layer, and research indicating that skilled personnel is a primary reason organizations can’t adequately defend themselves, this initiative helps solve both problems.A primary goal of Security Innovation’s Hack Through the Holidays event is to educate users about the benefits of using Cyber Ranges to build and maintain skills in an engaging way. Unique to the industry, CMD+CTRL is a simulator where users compete to find vulnerabilities in business applications in real-time. Unlike many holiday promotions, there are no strings attached: no credit cards, commitments, or software to download.The CMD+CTRL Cyber Range opens up at 9am ET on Friday, December 21. Those looking to learn more about Cyber Ranges can find info in our series of blog posts, starting with Getting Started with a Cyber Range.Videos, blogs, and tip sheets will help those with limited security background; yet, there are plenty of challenges for even the most advanced hackers. Real-time scoring tracks user progress so you can track progress moving up the leaderboard. There are dozens of challenges of varying levels of difficulty. No one has found them all yet – can you?Summary Details:Runs from Friday 12/21 until Wednesday 1/2No tools needed – just an internet connection, browser, and attitudeRegister: https://web.securityinnovation.com/hackingthroughtheholidaysAbout Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the software layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA. For more information, visit www.securityinnovation.com or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation via Globe Newswire.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Honored For Security Computer-Based TrainingIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation & ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent ShortageIn “Business”read more
Walmart India to open 30 stores in next 3 years Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The biggest American multinational retailer Walmart Stores Inc is reportedly in the advanced stages of discussions to acquire a significant minority stake in Flipkart, India’s biggest e-commerce company. The move could give a sturdy competition to their rival Amazon.According to the sources close to the matter, the deal could be finalised by March this year. Key officials from both Walmart and Flipkart held a meeting last week in Bengaluru, on the same matter, the Economic Times reported.IBTimes could not independently verify the report and the officials of Walmart and Flipkart have not given any confirmation on the matter.A spokesperson of Walmart, however, told Economic Times that as per the company policy they do not comment on rumours or speculations.However, if the deal fructifies, it will reinforce Flipkart’s cash pile and help it compete with its biggest rival Amazon. The deal may also involve primary and secondary sales by some long-standing investors.The sources said that Walmart may acquire about 15-20 percent stake in Flipkart.”For Walmart, India is an exciting and priority market. Walmart is deeply committed and proud of creating shared value for local communities, kiranas, small farmers and our local supplier partners in India,” said the spokesperson. The logo of India’s largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015.REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoThe deal could be a gamechanger as it will be very easy for Flipkart to step into the food and grocery business which the e-commerce player has been trying to introduce in India for a long time in a bid to compete with Amazon.Besides benefitting Flipkart, the deal would also lead Walmart to gain access to Flipkart’s database. Both the companies have no online presence in selling any grocery items to the people in India.Walmart India, the local arm of the world’s largest retailer, owns and operates 21 wholesale stores. Recent reports suggest that the company is also set to expand its store network besides focusing on the online presence in the country. It is targeting to open 30 stores in the next three years.read more
Rohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned that more than 380,000 children were at a risk of losing their future as the Rohingya crisis in southeast part of Bangladesh would be prolonged.”With an uncertain future and no solutions in sight, the world must not let these children lose their future,” said secretary general, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society M Feroz Salah Uddin.IFRC warned the situation would be more fragile in the coming monsoon and cyclone season or a disease outbreak could trigger a disaster within a disaster, said a press release.To help protect children and their families in the displaced and host communities, the Red Cross Red Crescent is prioritising contingency planning and preparedness to respond to new challenges, and building community resilience to threats including disease, cyclones and the monsoon, along with continued humanitarian assistance for 200,000 people.According to the release, the scale and speed of the displacement and the severe vulnerability of many of those displaced has created one of the most critical and complex humanitarian crises in the Asia Pacific region in decades.
Delhi Fire Services (DFS) and Delhi police personnel stand outside Hotel Arpit Palace after extinguishing a fire that broke out on its premises in New Delhi on 12 February 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 17 people died on Tuesday as a fire tore through a budget hotel in Delhi before dawn, in the latest disaster to raise concerns over fire safety in India.The fire broke out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor.”We have confirmed with hospital authorities, the toll is now 17 including a child,” Sunil Choudhary, a fire brigade official, told AFP.Local media reports said the woman and the child died as they tried to escape by jumping from a window.G.C. Misra, Delhi fire brigade director, said the blaze had been brought under control and that 35 people were rescued by firefighters in an operation lasting several hours.”There was wooden panelling on corridors because of which people could not use corridors to evacuate,” another fire officer told reporters.Images showed thick smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of four-storey hotel, popular with budget travellers.Police said they were investigating the cause.The blaze was extinguished in the early hours with the help of at least 25 fire engines, with the top floors being gutted.Fires are common across India because of poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations.Activists say builders and landlords often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy.Fire disasters are particularly frequent in Mumbai, India’s financial capital where millions live in cramped and dilapidated properties because of high rents.In December, eight people were killed when a fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai.In 2017, 14 people were killed, also in Mumbai, when a huge blaze tore through a popular restaurant.read more
Julián Aguilar / The Texas TribuneDACA supporters held a press conference in front of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, after the Trump administration announced the program was ending.Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress.Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Trump’s signature immigration pledge to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just under half — 49 percent — oppose construction while 32 percent support it.On Sunday, Trump told lawmakers his hardline immigration priorities, including the wall, must be approved if he is to go along with protecting the young immigrants from deportation.About 800,000 young immigrants had been given a deportation reprieve under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, until Trump ended the program last month. He’s given Congress six months to act.Houston Public MediaAbout 60 percent of Americans favor allowing those young immigrants, commonly referred as “Dreamers,” to stay in the U.S. legally, compared to 22 percent who are opposed. Just 19 percent of respondents say all these childhood arrivals should be deported.Sixty-eight percent of Hispanics, 61 percent of blacks and 57 percent of whites favor extending protections. Eight in 10 Democrats favor allowing the young immigrants to stay legally. So do more than 4 in 10 Republicans.“For the ones who are already here, there should be a way for them to stay because it wasn’t their fault,” said Nik Catello, a 57-year-old independent film producer from Orange County, California. “But you have to give them a path to citizenship.”Showing sympathy for the young immigrants does not always translate into softer views on immigration. Catello, for example, favors the construction of a wall along the Mexican border.Among those who favor a border wall, 38 percent also favor allowing “Dreamers” to stay.“What you see is growing support within the voters overall in giving Dreamers a path to citizenship,” said Todd Schulte, president of FWD.us, an immigration advocacy group founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Giving Dreamers the ability to earn citizenship is the most popular bipartisan, not just immigration, issue, the single most united issue in the country.”When Trump ordered the phase-out of the DACA program last month, he gave 150,000 young immigrants the chance to quickly renew permits that are to expire before March 5. Officials say that more than 35,000 didn’t make his Oct. 5 deadline. And many others will see their status begin expiring after March 5, unless Congress acts before then.Trump suggested at the time that he was eager for a deal to settle the matter, telling reporters, “I have a love for these people and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.” He also tweeted that if Congress was unwilling to find a fix, he would “revisit this issue!” in six months.Joe Brueggeman | Houston Public MediaHouston dreamers protest against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who was visiting Houston on August 8th, 2017.Trump had previously said he wanted a DACA deal to include significant money for border security and eventual funding for the wall. But the priorities released by the White House this week went far beyond that.The White House’s demands include limiting green cards to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, hiring 10,000 more immigration enforcement officers and making it easier to deport unaccompanied children. The White House says the measures are to soften the impact on the U.S. caused by granting benefits to DACA recipients.Carolyn Kurtz, a 62-year-old retired engineer from Monument City, Colorado, who wants protections for young immigrants, said Trump hasn’t done “the research necessary” on immigration.“Do I believe that immigration should be more carefully monitored and maybe limited? Yes. But the way he wants to go about it is not the way to do it,” Kurtz said. She called the president’s stance “very close-minded.”Two-thirds of Americans — 64 percent — say they disapprove of Trump’s handling of immigration, and a similar percentage — 65 percent — say the same of his handling of foreign policy. Both of those are similar to Trump’s overall approval rating.The poll also revealed more Americans favor than oppose another aspect of Trump’s immigration policy — his latest travel ban. Forty-four percent favor it compared to 37 percent who say they are against the new rules.In September, the administration announced the most recent restrictions which affect citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — and some Venezuelan government officials and their families. They are to go into effect Oct. 18. It was the administration’s third try at limiting travel after a broader ban sparked chaos in January and was challenged in courts across the country.The AP-NORC poll of 1,150 adults was conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.___Gomez Licon reported from Miami. Follow Gomez Licon and Swanson on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/agomezlicon and http://www.twitter.com/EL_Swan___Online:AP-NORC Center: http://www.apnorc.org/ Shareread more
Former Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin. (Twitter Photo)Former Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin has halted her campaign for the House of Representatives seat in the state’s 8th District.Ervin, the first Black woman elected to Montgomery County’s council, cited a lack of funds as the reason for ending her campaign.In an e-mail sent to supporters, the Democrat detailed the struggle she faced while attempting to get her campaign moving.“In politics today, fundraising is the sign of a campaign’s viability,” she wrote. “Not your ideas about how to serve your constituents, not your track record of service, not even the groundswell of grassroots support—but your ability to raise money. And unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to raise enough.”Ervin announced July 1 that she would run for the seat after its current holder, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, began a campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Mikulski plans to retire when her term ends.Ervin served on the Montgomery County Council from 2006 until 2014. She left the Council to become the executive director of the New York-based Center for Working Families, where she remained for 14 months.Ervin has not detailed her future plans. State Sen. Jamie Raskin, William Jawando, State Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Kathleen Matthews remain in the race for the seat.read more
Did you know…?A student-athlete must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for practice, financial aid, and competition. If a student-athlete drops a class and becomes less than full-time, he or she is immediately ineligible for practice and competition. When adding a course to become full-time, the student is eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head and submitted to the registrar. See Bylaw 14.2 below for more information. Print Friendly Version 14.2.2 Requirement for Competition. To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, which shall not be less than 12 semester or quarter hours. (Revised: 6/1/07)220.127.116.11 Exceptions. The following exceptions to the minimum 12-semester or 12-quarter-hour enrollment requirement are permitted:18.104.22.168.1 Competition Prior to Initial Enrollment. A student-athlete may compete during the official vacation period immediately preceding initial enrollment, provided the student has been accepted by the institution for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies at the time of the individual’s initial participation; is no longer enrolled in the previous educational institution; and is eligible under all institutional and NCAA requirements. (See Bylaw 22.214.171.124.)126.96.36.199.2 Eligibility Between Terms. To be eligible for competition that takes place between terms (including competition between a student-athlete’s final term as an undergraduate student and first term as a graduate or post baccalaureate student), the student-athlete shall: (Revised: 1/11/89, 3/27/18) (a) Have been registered for the required minimum full-time load (see Bylaw 14.2.2) at the conclusion of the term immediately preceding the date of competition, if the student is continuing enrollment; or (b) Be accepted for enrollment as a regular full-time student for the regular term immediately following if the student is either continuing enrollment or beginning enrollment (see Bylaw 188.8.131.52).184.108.40.206.3 Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. Thereafter, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports, unless the student completes all degree requirements during that semester or quarter and is eligible to receive the baccalaureate diploma on the institution’s next degree-granting date. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 2/1/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08, 1/14/12, 8/21/12, 3/27/18)220.127.116.11.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible to compete while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for regular-season competition that occurs after the term and any postseason event that begins within 60 days following the term. A student-athlete who attends a quarter-system institution and who graduates at the end of the winter quarter may compete in any postseason event (and preceding regular-season competition) that occurs during the same academic year following the completion of the winter quarter. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, Revised: 3/27/18) Story Links 14.2 Full-Time Enrollment.14.2.1 Requirement for Practice. To be eligible to participate in organized practice sessions, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as defined by the regulations of the certifying institution. (See Bylaw 18.104.22.168.) [D] (Revised: 1/10/92, 10/28/99,3/27/18)22.214.171.124 Drop/Add Course. A student-athlete no longer shall be considered enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (after dropping a course that places the student below full-time status) when the dropped course becomes official in accordance with procedures determined by the institution for all students. A student who is adding a course to reach full-time status shall become eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head (or designated representative) and submitted to the registrar. (Adopted: 1/10/92)126.96.36.199 Exception—Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete with athletics eligibility remaining may participate in organized practice sessions while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements, as determined by the faculty of the institution. (Revised: 3/27/18)188.8.131.52.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible for practice while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for practice during the remainder of the institution’s season, including postseason events. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 3/27/18)184.108.40.206 Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)read more
Forrest finished 22nd in discus with a throw of 49.47m/162-03. It was her second event of the competition after placing 15th in hammer throw on Wednesday, collecting second team All-American honors. AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore Makenli Forrest wrapped up the University of Louisville’s 2019 track and field season with honorable mention recognition in discus on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the University of Texas. NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ChampionshipsMike A. Meyers Stadium | Austin, TexasJune 8, 2019 In her outdoor season, Forrest threw a season best of 63.08m/206-11 in hammer throw and set a new personal-best mark of 55.76m/182-11 in discus. Women’s Discus22. Makenli Forrest – 49.47m/162-03 Print Friendly Version As a team, the Louisville women finished tied for 55th with two points. Story Linksread more
The traditional dhol, wedding songs and impromptu dances at home once defined the typical sangeet, a key function in most big fat Indian weddings. Not any more. The celebrations have just gotten bigger and bolder with brides and grooms signing up for classes to train for a joint performance designed to dazzle.Be it Bollywood masala or western salsa, young couples are going out of their way to put on their dancing shoes to add that special edge to the revelry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sometimes the bride can’t dance, or the groom has two left feet; and then there are those families who are conservative and not in favour of their ‘to-be bahus’ shaking a leg on stage. But that’s changing. And that’s where dance instructors step in.‘Couples have preferences in terms of specific songs and often they want to depict their personal story through a dance performance,’ Atul Jindal, director, Big Dance Centre, told.‘Props and audio visuals are included in sangeet performances to give a spectacular look. Couples usually come to learn dance forms like salsa, freestyle and Bollywood that involve fun and partner work. In these dance forms, couples enjoy dancing with each other,’ he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAce choreographer Shiamak Davar agreed there was an upswing in the number of people who come to his institute just to learn how to groove for their special day. And he is all for the trend.‘I have so many people who want to dance at their wedding and we encourage them to do so. They love our choreography and we encourage them. They get excited to learn anything new and interesting,’ Davar told.Wedding choreographer Rahul Verma, who runs dance institute Bollywood Nach here, specialises in arranging special acts and training couples for weddings. Couples prefer dancing together rather than giving solo performances. ‘Some time back, brides and grooms used to give solo performances, but now families have become quite broad-minded, frank, and couples prefer to present a joint act. To support the couples, dancers are also provided to work as fillers,’ Verma said.‘Sometimes we use fillers also. Dancers stand in the background with props and perform while the bride and groom dance in the centre,’ he added.It costs quite a packet – ranging from anything over Rs 2,500 an hour to even packages that go up to Rs 100,000 for choreographing a complete act for the family.‘When there are family and friends, we charge Rs.100,000 for 15 days because they are not professionals at dance and want to put up a perfect performance, and enjoy it as well. For couples alone, who want private classes, we charge Rs 5,000 per hour,’ said Jindal.People are more than willing to spend.Swati Chaudhary, an animation designer by profession, and Sanjeet Chahal, who works as a relationship manager with a bank, are tying the knot 7 December. They have signed up for one such class, and feel it will also help them come closer to each other.‘We are very excited about our special day. Since our marriage is arranged, it was very important for us to know each other better. And what better than learning dance together and spending some quality time with each other,’ Chahal said.For Swati, dancing with her fiance has also helped her overcome her fear of dancing.‘I always feared dancing, but the idea of spending time with him convinced me to join the dance classes. Now I am enjoying each day and, on the other hand, our bond has strengthened,’ she said.read more
As we evolve the human race attains refinement and greater spiritual heights, so believes the artist Mahendra Kumar Aggarwal who is showcasing his premier solo art exhibition in the Capital from 20 July. With spirituality as its essence, he brings forth artworks that are of universal nature. Mahendra gave up on his IT job in early 2000 to become a serious collector of Indian art. Then on started his journey into the world of modern and contemporary art. His works stem from the subconscious which he believes is the real mode of perceiving reality than depending upon rational thoughts and senses. His work is centered on the human figure with face as the focal point depicting it as the mirror of the soul.
Men with more grey hair – irrespective of age – may be at increased risk of heart disease, warns a new study.”Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair greying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk,” said Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University, Egypt. Atherosclerosis, build-up of fatty material inside the arteries, and hair greying share similar mechanisms such as impaired DNA repair, oxidative stress, inflammation, hormonal changes and senescence of functional cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age,” Samuel added. This study – presented at EuroPrevent 2017, annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), being held at Malaga, Spain from April 6-8 – involved 545 adult men.The researchers assessed the prevalence of grey hair in patients with coronary artery disease – usually caused by atherosclerosis – and whether it was an independent risk marker of disease. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe amount of grey hair was graded using the hair whitening score – one referring to pure black hair, two to black more than white, three to black equals white, four to white more than black, and five to pure white. Data was collected on traditional cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, dyslipidaemia and family history of coronary artery disease.The researchers found that a high hair whitening score (grade three or more) was associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease independent of chronological age and established cardiovascular risk factors. Patients with coronary artery disease had a statistically significant higher hair whitening score and higher coronary artery calcification than those without coronary artery disease.”A larger study including men and women is required to confirm the association between hair greying and cardiovascular disease in patients without other known cardiovascular risk factors,” Samuel said.”Further research is needed, in coordination with dermatologists, to learn more about the causative genetic and possible avoidable environmental factors that determine hair whitening,” she add.read more
More than two decades after South Africa ousted a racist apartheid system that trapped the vast majority of South Africans in poverty, more than half the country still lives below the national poverty line and most of the nation’s wealth remains in the hands of a small elite.”The country was very unequal in 1994 [at the end of apartheid] and now 25 years later South Africa is the most unequal country in the world,” says Victor Sulla, a senior economist for the World Bank in charge of southern Africa. “There is no country that we have data about where the inequality is higher than South Africa.”Sulla is the lead author of a new report on poverty and inequality in South Africa.There are various ways to look at economic inequality and South Africa scores terribly on all of them. Income inequality looks at the gap between what the lowest paid workers earn each day versus the salaries of top employees.”The people at the bottom in South Africa, they get wages comparable to the people who live in Bangladesh. It’s very, very poor. Wages of less than $50 a month,” Sulla says. “If you take the top ten percent, they live like in Austria. So it’s very high level even by European standards or even by U.S. standards. And we are talking just about employees, people who are getting paid.” And not the super-rich who are earning income from factories or property or other investments.In addition to a huge problem with income inequality, South Africa also has a significant problem with wealth inequality. Wealth inequality looks at the range of a person’s assets. So a businessman in Johanesburg might own real estate, factories or other investments while a farmer in KwaZulu Natal might not even own the land she’s tilling.This new report from the World Bank finds that the top 1 percent of South Africans own 70.9 percent of the nation’s wealth. The bottom 60 percent of South Africans collectively control only 7 percent of the country’s assets.”How is that possible? Someone must explain this to me!” exclaims 30-year-old Phiwe Budaza, reached on her cellphone in Cape Town. “How is that even possible?”Budaza, who grew up in the township of Khayelitsha, says inequality is part of life in South Africa.”There’s always been a difference between the white and the black but I think it’s getting worse now,” she says. Before her cellphone battery dies Budaza says she doesn’t have a permanent job. She freelances as a photographer and in her words “hustles” to cover her bills.”I work as a bartender and I work for a rental company that rents cameras and film equipment,” she says.”It’s hard for someone like me who doesn’t have a full-time job to survive in Cape Town. The rent for an apartment [in the city] is like three times what I earn in a month.” She says she ends up living outside the city, which makes it harder to get to some jobs.Budaza is not alone in struggling to make ends meet every month in South Africa. The nation’s official unemployment rate is currently at 27 percent compared to roughly 4 percent in the United States.”South Africa is really facing the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” says the former head of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, about the report. Dlamini-Zuma is a long-time anti-apartheid activist who now heads up a national planning commission in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet.”We are a relatively rich country but with a lot of poor people,” she says.If things don’t change dramatically in South Africa, Dlamini-Zuma adds, the country will fail to reach its goal of eliminating extreme poverty (people earning less than $1.90 a day) by the year 2030.South Africa has been focused on trying to bring down poverty and reduce inequality. And it’s had some success. Post-apartheid, the government launched a significant Black Economic Empowerment program to promote the transfer of white-owned business to black investors. South Africa has invested heavily in social programs including free primary education, a plan for universal health care, infrastructure projects to expand access to clean water and minimum income grants to parents.Sulla at the World Bank says South Africa under the post-apartheid ANC government has been a leader on social programs.”Their social protection programs in terms of different grants and support for the poor are working very well,” he says. “This country is one of the best in the world in terms of the efficiency of its social protection system.”Yet despite these efforts the number of South Africans living below the national poverty has actually been increasing since 2011. In 2015, 55.5 percent of South Africans or more than 30 million people were surviving on less than $5 a day.Sulla says the lack of progress against poverty is partly due to what he calls “opportunity inequality.” Some people have more access to opportunity than others. And the people who’ve traditionally had wealth and economic opportunities continue to enjoy those benefits.Dlamini-Zuma says the legacy of the apartheid regime still casts a long shadow over the opportunities available for millions of South Africans.”We should not shy away from acknowledging that apartheid was a system that systematically excluded black people from the economy, from skills, from everything. So overcoming that has to be a big part of what we do.”She says South Africa’s progress will be measured on the progress it makes against the “dehumanizing scourge” of poverty.”Poverty stops us from reaching our full potential individually and collectively,” she says. “It’s not good to be the country with the highest inequality in the world. We need to get ourselves out of that space. But it’s not going to be easy.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.read more
There’s new evidence that mild pulses of electricity can relieve depression — if they reach the right target in the brain.A study of 25 people with epilepsy found that those who had symptoms of depression felt better almost immediately when doctors electrically stimulated an area of the brain just above the eyes, a team reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology. These people were in the hospital awaiting surgery and had wires inserted into their brains to help doctors locate the source of their seizures.Several of the patients talked about the change they felt when the stimulation of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex began, says Kristin Sellers, an author of the paper and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. One person’s response was: “Wow, I feel a lot better. … What did you guys do?” The stimulation only lasted a few minutes. After it stopped, the effect on mood quickly faded. To be sure that the effect was real, the researchers also pretended to stimulate the lateral OFC in the same patients without actually running current through the tiny wires implanted in their brains. In those sham treatments, there was no discernible change.The results add to the evidence that patients with depression can be helped with an approach known as deep brain stimulation.DBS is an approved treatment for tremors, including those associated with Parkinson’s disease. But results with depression have been less consistent, and DBS isn’t approved for this purpose by the Food and Drug Administration.The latest study represents “another piece in a very complicated puzzle, a very important piece,” says Dr. Helen Mayberg, a pioneer in the use of DBS to treat depression. The study also offers strong evidence that stimulating the OFC can temporarily improve the mood of a person who is feeling depressed, says Mayberg, who directs the Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, which is part of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. But it’s unclear whether the stimulation can produce long-lasting changes, she says. Also, the study couldn’t answer a critical question because it only looked at people who were reporting transient symptoms of depression. “What happens if you did this in people who actually have failed every kind of treatment for a major depressive episode and are chronically and intractably ill,” Mayberg says.Meanwhile, her own team has been able to help about 80 percent of those patients by stimulating a different area of the brain — one that happens to share many connections with the OFC. The latest study offers “more evidence that [DBS] is something that is real and will work for depression,” says Al Fenoy, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Fenoy is part of a team that has had success treating depression by stimulating yet another brain area that shares connections with the OFC. “We’re all (working) along a very similar pathway,” he says. “One of the common denominators might be this orbitofrontal area.”But it’s also possible that different types of depression will require different targets, Fenoy says.All of the research on brain stimulation reflects a move away from the long-held view that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. “A more sort of modern conception is thinking of depression as a circuit dysfunction, meaning that there’s something about the way cells in the brain are talking to each other that is not quite right,” says Dr. Vikram Rao, an author of the new study and an assistant professor of clinical neurology at UCSF.So researchers have been trying to identify faulty circuits and make them work better using electrical pulses. The challenge has been to find areas that have a really good connection to the malfunctioning circuit”The way that I like to think about it is we’re trying to get onto a highway and there’s a lot of different on-ramps,” Sellers says.The UCSF team took a novel approach to this task by studying patients with epilepsy who were awaiting surgery. That meant they already had wires inserted into their brains to help doctors locate the source of their seizures.In a previous, related study, UCSF researchers had used a different group of epilepsy patients to identify circuits in the brain that indicated whether people were happy or sad. This time, they were able to use these wires to not only monitor various brain circuits involved in mood but also electrically stimulate some of those areas.The researchers were able to use the technique in many different areas in the brain. And Sellers says they got an immediate response when they stimulated the OFC. “What we found was that consistently, stimulation in the lateral OFC was improving mood in symptomatic patients,” Sellers says. What’s more, more powerful stimulation produced a more dramatic improvement in mood, she says. There were no issues with side effects, including mania, which has been seen in some previous experiments with brain stimulation.That’s probably because the OFC offers a really good on-ramp to brain networks involved in depression, Rao says. “It does seem to be a crossroads for connecting many different brain regions that had been implicated in regulating our mood.”And Rao says the results suggest that stimulation of this area is improving the function of a faulty circuit, rather than just making everyone happier.”Only the people who had symptoms [of depression] to start with improved their mood, which suggests that perhaps the effect of what we’re doing is to normalize activity that starts off abnormal,” Rao says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.read more
Football’s Premier League has been branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, over its attitude to access and inclusion.Lord [Chris] Holmes told MPs that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and in Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.He said the Premier League “needed a completely different mind-set” and pointed to the “pages and pages” devoted to broadcast arrangements in the Premier League rule book, compared with “just one line” on access.He said that changes required for television broadcasters, when new technology was introduced, were carried out “within weeks” rather than the “decades” it has taken to make access improvements.Lord Holmes, disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and himself a retired Paralympian, was giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee as part of its inquiry into access to sports stadiums for disabled people.He contrasted the Premier League’s attitude to that of Premiership rugby union and county cricket, which had both worked closely with the watchdog to improve access and inclusion.Asked by Tory MP Nigel Huddleston what he saw in those sports that was different to football’s Premier League, he said they were “collaborative, open, honest, prepared to share”.He then added, in response to a follow-up question from Huddleston, that it would be “delightful” in the future to be able to use the same words to describe the Premier League.Lord Holmes said that some clubs had done “as good as nothing” for more than 20 years to improve access.And he warned that the commission could take legal action under the Equality Act against individual clubs, and even against the Premier League itself, depending on the progress demonstrated in the next few months.He said: “I don’t think we have an inclusive culture. We don’t even have a culture of compliance from Premier League clubs and the Premier League.”The Premier League’s executive director, Bill Bush, had earlier told the committee that he could not yet name the clubs that were set to break their promise that they would meet guidelines on access laid down 13 years ago in the Accessible Stadia Guide.The Premier League said last year that all of its clubs had promised to meet the guidelines by August 2017, but Lord Holmes told the committee that probably more than a third of the clubs would fail to meet that pledge.Bush said he was not “hiding” the names of the clubs, but that it would not have been fair to name them at this stage because the Premier League had so far only carried out a “dipstick test” of their accessibility, which was not “definitive”.He said the Premier League would publish a club-by-club account of progress in January.Lord Holmes said that this refusal to release the names of individual clubs until January was “not entirely helpful”.He also pointed to a new mobile phone app that has been launched for football fans by the Premier League, even though it was not accessible.He said: “It clearly demonstrates that if that thinking is going on, there is no sense of an inclusive culture and there’s no sense of embracing the positive opportunity that exists here.”Lord Holmes praised smaller clubs like Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, both in the fifth tier of English and Welsh football, and both of which have improved access despite their grounds being more than 100 years old.Bush claimed that Premier League clubs took the issue of access “very, very seriously” and none of them had ever said they could not afford to carry out access improvements.He claimed that any delays were due to other factors, such as the “disruption” caused by the major building work necessary to put in lifts and viewing platforms.read more
Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Airbnb Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business News reporter Sweden Lists Itself on Airbnb for Free –shares Image credit: Airbnb via PC Mag Forget about a tiny, expensive Manhattan studio apartment: Why not reserve an entire rustic forest on Airbnb for your next camping trip? Or maybe your own private island? Perhaps you’d like to pitch a tent on a secluded beach with huge limestone columns jutting out of it?As long as you’re willing to make Sweden your destination, you can find all of that and more on Airbnb starting on Tuesday, and best of all, it’s free. The listings are actually a marketing gimmick devised by Sweden’s tourism agency to highlight the country’s “freedom to roam laws,” which allow anyone to access and camp on public lands for free, according to the country’s Airbnb profile. “Allemansrätten — or the freedom to roam — is a principle protected by Swedish law that gives all people the right to be free in Swedish nature,” the profile explains. “In other words, Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs — it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have.”You can’t actually book any of the listings — each one simply includes a “Visit Sweden” link that takes you to the tourism agency’s website instead of a booking button. You also aren’t guaranteed to have the spot you select all to yourself, but considering that Sweden is among the least densely-populated countries in Europe, your odds are pretty good.The Swedish public lands listing is a much-needed bright spot for Airbnb. Critics claim the company strains the supply of affordable housing in major cities, and municipal governments worldwide have passed legislation that restricts the types of listings on the site. Those laws have resulted in years of litigation, especially in the U.S.Perhaps to counteract some of the negative attention, Airbnb appears to have agreed to the Swedish campaign as a goodwill gesture: Fast Company reports that neither the tourism agency nor Airbnb is getting paid. Register Now » Next Article May 24, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Tom Brant 2 min read The marketing gimmick is designed to draw attention to the ‘freedom to roam’ law that allows anyone to visit Swedish public lands for free. Add to Queueread more
Reporter Add to Queue –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Chocolate Kate Taylor Dark Chocolate Today in horrifying news: the world is running out of chocolate.Chocolate makers Mars and Barry Callebaut are anticipating chocolate shortages in coming years, reports The Washington Post. The industry already can’t keep up with how much chocolate the world wants to eat – and it’s only going to get worse.Last year, the demand for chocolate was roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than produced – a difference the industry expects to widen. In fact, by 2020, Mars and Barry Callebaut predict that we will want 1 million more metric tons of chocolate than the industry will be able to churn out. By 2030, the figure could swell to 2 million metric tons, the paper reports.Why can’t chocolate makers keep up the cocoa-hungry customers? Crops of cocoa have been suffering due to dry weather in West Africa, where most cocoa is produced, and a fungal disease that has wiped out around a third of global coca production. The problems are similar to the coffee industry, where a fungus threatens to drag down the global production of coffee by as much as 40 percent.Related: What the Devastating Coffee Fungus Means for U.S. Coffee ShopsIncreased demand has also played a role in potential shortages. With chocolate consumption increasing in countries like India and China, demand for cocoa beans in Asia has risen 29 percent over the last five years. Plus, the Washington Post says the rising popularity of dark chocolate means more cocoa is used per serving than ever before in the era of the milk chocolate bar.The long-term future of chocolate looks even more treacherous. The chocolate industry relies primarily on small farms with increasingly elderly farmers and disease-prone aged trees. If the next generation wants to enjoy chocolate, a new generation of farmers is going to have to step up.Already, chocolate makers are raising their prices. Hershey announced a price hike for the first time in three years in July, and the candy company’s competitor Mars followed suit soon after. Related: Hershey Raises Prices for First Time in 3 Years as Cocoa Costs Spike November 17, 2014 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Image credit: Pixabay Next Article Get Ready for the ‘Achocolypse’: The World Is Running Out of Chocolate Enroll Now for $5read more
1.Knowledge discovery and hypothesis generation 2.Target identification 3.Compound generation 4.Virtual screening 5.ADME/Tox 6.Predicting the outcomes of clinical trials and clinical trials enrollment 7.Personalized medicine 8.Real-world evidence analysis and actuarial pharmacology Source:https://insilico.com/ Related StoriesAdvances in artificial intelligence could shed light on aging processNew natural product fractions library to advance drug discovery effortsResearchers report new way for creating tracers used with medical imagingThe advent of artificial intelligence in the pharmaceutical industry is expected to enable the countries that did not previously engage in early-stage drug discovery and innovative medicine to leapfrog years of pharma R&D and contribute to the global push for better health. With 1.4 billion people and the government push for innovative medicines, China is expected to become the major force in the pharmaceutical industry. The authors hope that trade wars do not impact this important field. Cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases do not discriminate by the nation. Until there is a clear set of cures, a trade war in biotechnology R&D is equivalent to a war on all people. Advances in biomedicine require massive international collaborations, diversity, and data sharing initiatives.”We are very happy to partner with the leading scientist in China and globally, Dr. Jianfeng Pei of the Peking University on this research topic and welcome scientists from all over the world to collaborate and contribute to it”, said Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., Founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc.The Research Topic covers new AI algorithms and (or) applications in a wide range of areas such as drug target identification, systems biology, pharmacogenomics, network pharmacology, chemical property prediction, synthesis planning, molecular design and generation, protein-ligand interaction, drug-target interaction network, drug-related knowledge graphs, big data analysis for drug information, and image recognition. This Research Topic will highlight the most recent advances and perspectives on all kinds of artificial intelligence technologies used in drug design.In this Research Topic, the authors welcome Perspective and Policy papers proposing the paths for the development of innovative medicines using AI and accelerating pharma R&D in the developed and developing countries. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 19 2019The advances in Artificial intelligence (AI) have successfully propagated into the many areas such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing. AI is now rapidly propagating into the areas requiring substantial domain expertise such as biology, chemistry promising to speed up, improving the success rates, and lower the cost of drug discovery and drug development.The laboratories of Jianfeng Pei at Peking University and Alex Zhavoronkov at Insilico Medicine partner with Frontiers in Pharmacology, a leading open science platform on the research topic “AI for drug discovery and development”. This Research Topic will highlight the most recent advances and perspectives of all kinds of artificial intelligence technologies used to accelerate and improve pharmaceutical R&D.”Artificial intelligence is rapidly propagating into life sciences resulting in a wave of academic publications in the field of AI-powered drug discovery, a plethora of startups developing new strategies and pursuing innovative business models to transform pharmaceutical research and development. The pharmaceutical industry is also strengthening its internal capabilities in this area by centralizing the previously segregated data sources, hiring data scientists and investing in infrastructure,” said Jianfeng Pei, Ph.D., Peking University, Beijing.”The integration of machine learning with ever-more extensive biological data-sets promises to accelerate advancement in the field of human health in an unprecedented manner, not least to assist in tackling the ‘failure to fail’ in current drug development pipelines, previously highlighted by our Translational Pharmacology section Chief Editor Prof Alastair Stewart. We in Frontiers in Pharmacology are excited to partner with Dr. Zhavoronkov and Dr. Pei, to develop a broad-scope, open-access article collection aiming to reflect and catalyze leading-edge developments in this field globally,” said Brian Boyle, Journal Development Manager, Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal.The applications of AI in drug discovery are very broad and can be classified into several areas:read more
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 22 2019Cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a median of 6.5 years to go from the first clinical trial in adults to the first trial in children, according to a study at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The study was published in the May issue of the European Journal of Cancer. Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsThe team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s conducted a systematic analysis of the time from first-in-human trials to first-in-child trials of agents first approved by the FDA for any oncology indication from 1997 to 2017. The investigators utilized clinical trials registry data, published literature and oncology abstracts to identify relevant trials and start dates.Delayed pediatric trialsIn that timeframe, 126 drugs received initial FDA approval for an oncology indication. After excluding hormonal modulators (not relevant to children’s cancers), 117 agents remained for analysis. Fifteen of 117 drugs (12.8%) had not yet had a pediatric trial, while 6 of 117 drugs (5.1%) included children in the initial FDA approval.The data showed a median 6.5-year lag between first-in-human and first-in-child clinical trials, with a range of 0 to 27.7 years.”Some may argue that this lag is appropriate to ensure safety of a vulnerable pediatric population and to only study agents in children that are on a path to FDA approval, based upon activity in adults with cancer,” says DuBois. “Others may argue that this lag is too long for children with life-threatening diseases and that some agents that fail in adult indications may nevertheless prove to be important drugs for pediatric indications.”In the U.S., the recent RACE for Children Act strengthens the requirement that new cancer therapies with potential biological relevance to pediatric cancers be evaluated in children. This study can serve as a benchmark as this new policy is enacted, says DuBois.Source:Boston Children’s HospitalJournal reference:DuBois, S. et al. (2019) Timing of first-in-child trials of FDA-approved oncology drugs. European Journal of Cancer. doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2019.02.01. Despite knowing that these agents are effective anticancer drugs, it’s taking too long to even start studying these therapies in children. As a doctor taking care of young cancer patients, this is tremendously frustrating. If I were a parent of a child with cancer, I wouldn’t stand for this.”Steven G. DuBois, MD, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, corresponding author on the studyread more
SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT TDP tries hard to keep folks together; Naidu dials leaders politics The former CM terms the move political, vengeful If the Telugu Desam Party was hit by a crisis with four of its six Rajya Sabha MPs defecting to the BJP, its leader N Chandrababu Naidu found the annexe to his official residence Praja Vedika demolished by the new Jagan Mohan Reddy government, on grounds of it being ‘illegal’.All this happened within a week of Naidu’s family trip to Europe. As the former CM of Andhra Pradesh returned to Vijayawada on Tuesday night, he had to face the simmering discontent and looming defections in his party and be a mute witness to the razing of a part of his residence. Praja Vedika or ‘people’s forum’, was the annexe of the official residence — a guest house owned by the industrialist Lingamaneni (who ran Air Costa) and was situated on the banks of the river Krishna in the upcoming capital city of Amaravati. It was used by Naidu to hold meetings in the later part of his tenure, having moved from Hyderabad completely from early 2017. At the maiden ‘collectors’ meet’ held at the Annexe on Monday, the new CM said the structure should be razed as it was built illegally. He declared that all buildings without permissions should not be spared.‘Political, vengeful move’ The TDP leadership was huddled in a meeting with the former CM terming the move “political and vengeful”.On Tuesday, Jagan also announced the constitution of a Committee to examine all constructions taken up by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), which was constituted to develop Amaravati.Minister for municipal administration, Botsa Satyanarayana, exerted pressure on Naidu, saying “It is on Naidu to take a decision on vacating his official residence. He is a seasoned politician and knows the best. There was no vengeance in the CM’s decision as the structure was was illegal”, he said. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao, too, said Naidu should vacate the official residence in the face of the government findings.Corruption chargesIn the background of a bitter election campaign in which Jagan and Naidu traded serious charges of corruption — on personal and government level — Jagan, immediately after assuming charge, reviewed all major projects such as the Capital City, Polavaram, and contracts awarded by the Naidu government, to investigate and take action. This in a way would put sustained focus on the alleged ‘irregularities, scams’ during Naidu’s governance. Pawan Kalyan reactsReacting to the developments, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan said, “The Jagan Mohan Reddy government should take action on illegal constructions, whether owned by the powerful or commonman, to prove its intent that bringing down the former CM’s residential annexe was not a case of vendetta.” Meanwhile, the popular notion remained that the TDP chief should vacate his residence to move to a new one. national politics Workers carry out demolition of Praja Vedika, a convention hall built by the Telugu Desam Party government in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh – – June 26, 2019 RELATED COMMENTS SHARE Published onread more
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