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10 months ago​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front five

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front fiveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has spoken about the prospect of facing Manchester United at the weekend.Since the last round of league games, United have fired Jose Mourinho, hired former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will now be a different proposition.The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.And Warnock knows United have many attacking players that can hurt his side.”The likes of Rashford will probably play up front, with Lingard, Mata, Martial,” he said in his press conference. “They’ve got pace and power coming from everywhere. “Pogba is Pogba, as good as anyone on his day. The front five is frightening really.” last_img read more

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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer may not be a good idea

first_imgOne of the studies came from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that has already stopped minimally invasive hysterectomies for women with cervical cancer. Dr. Joe-Alejandro Rauh-Hain, a gynecologic cancer specialist at MD Anderson and a co-author to one of the studies says that the team was surprised with the results of the study. He said that they had expected survival rates for both kinds of surgeries to be around the same.Due to the drastically reduced risk of bleeding, pain, infections and surgical complications with keyhole surgeries, they are increasingly being preferred in the US. Rauh-Hain said that after these two studies, the surgeons can no longer recommend minimally invasive surgeries to patients with early stage cervical cancer.Dr. Alexander Melamed of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School was another co-author of the study. He said that personally he would now refrain from offering “minimally invasive radical hysterectomy” in cervical cancer patients until more research shows that the risks are absent.This first study looked at 2,461 women who were diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer between 2010 and 2013. Around half of these women (1225) underwent minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomy while the other got open surgeries. Of the women who underwent keyhole surgeries, 79 percent had be operated using robotic assistance. Authors wrote, “Over a median follow-up of 45 months, the four-year mortality was 9.1 percent among women who underwent minimally invasive surgery and 5.3 percent among those who underwent open surgery.” Women undergoing minimally invasive surgeries were 65 percent more likely to die within the four years following the operation compared. In comparison to 70 women who died within four years after surgery after an open surgery, 94 women undergoing minimally invasive surgery died during the same period.Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsIn the second study the researchers randomly assigned 631 women to undergo either open surgery or minimally invasive hysterectomy. These procedures were conducted at 33 hospitals across United States, Brazil, Columbia, Italy, Peru, Australia, Mexico and China. At 4.5 years post-surgery, 95 percent women undergoing traditional open surgeries were disease free compared to 86 percent women undergoing minimally invasive surgery.Dr. Pedro Ramirez, a professor in gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson and one of the researchers on the study explained that for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, usually carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdomen to visualize the surgical field. He said that this carbon dioxide gas could play a role in causing the cancer cells to be implanted in different parts of the abdominal cavity while operating.Dr. Shohreh Shahabi, chief of gynecological oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was one of the researchers on one of the study teams. He emphasized that these findings are true for cervical cancers alone as of now and there are several other cancers that are being surgically treated using laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries.Dr. Amanda N. Fader, director of the Kelly Gynecologic-Oncology Service at Johns Hopkins University wrote an editorial accompanying the studies saying that these results were a “great blow” to minimally invasive surgical approaches for cervical cancer. She said Johns Hopkins has since this stopped keyhole surgeries for cervical cancers and reverted back to open surgeries. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 1 2018New research shows that keyhole surgery or minimally invasive laparoscopic robotic surgery could be dangerous in the long run for women with cervical cancer. Unlike open surgeries, minimally invasive surgeries are being increasingly conducted and preferred because of their minimal tissue damage, minimal pain and risk as well as faster recovery. Both studies have been published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.The researchers however found that women who were undergoing minimally invasive hysterectomies including some that use robotic surgery for example with the Da Vinci device, are at a greater risk of their cancers coming back compared to women who have had an open surgery. Cervical cancer development. Image Credit: Double Brain / Shutterstockcenter_img Source:https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1804923 and https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1806395last_img read more

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Volkswagen workers secure big pay bump

VW’s 120,000 workers in Germany will see their pay increase by 4.3 percent in May Citation: Volkswagen workers secure big pay bump (2018, February 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-volkswagen-workers-big.html “After a long night of talks we’ve achieved a result employees at Volkswagen can be very happy with,” chief negotiator for union IG Metall Thorsten Groeger said in a statement.VW’s 120,000 employees in Germany will see a 4.3-percent pay boost from May this year and tripled contributions to their company pension fund.But the car-making giant did not match other employers’ offer of the option to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week.Instead, some groups of employees, such as those with young children or caring for relatives, can choose to take up to six additional paid days off per year instead of an annual bonus.”This decision is effectively in line with the contract renegotiation across the metalworking industry. That was an important goal for us to secure Volkswagen’s competitiveness” in the labour market, VW human resources chief Karlheinz Blessing said in a separate statement.During the wider pay talks between IG Metall and other employers’ groups earlier this year, thousands of workers down tools in 24-hour “warning strikes” across Germany.Fearing labour shortages in an already tight job market, business leaders held out long and fiercely against the demand for a working week of 28 hours.The employee representatives—negotiating on behalf of some 3.9 million metalworkers nationwide—eventually secured most of their demands including higher pay and the temporary shorter week. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Workers at the world’s largest carmaker Volkswagen said Wednesday they had secured a big pay bump, in line with the rest of Germany’s powerful metalworking sector. © 2018 AFP Explore further Carmaker PSA picks new head of British unit Vauxhall read more

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How to improve communication between people and smart buildings

first_img In a new study, researchers found that subtle changes in design of virtual assistants results in behavioral changes that can help the environment. The researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management. They found that social banter between machine and people gets better results.The findings underscore how personal connections and social interactions key to human relations also foster cooperation between people and machines.The study, “Establishing Social Dialog between Buildings and Their Users,” appears in the Dec. 27 International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. It’s the latest study by USC scientists focused on the human-machine dynamic and is a product of convergent disciplines at USC, including engineering, communications and behavioral sciences. The study authors are from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.Virtual assistants key to communication between people and smart buildingsVirtual assistants are as new as Alexa or Siri and as old as HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The proliferation of smart buildings laden with automated systems for heating, cooling and lighting is important to improve worker health and productivity, conserve energy and protect the environment.”You can think of things like the computer interface on the Star Trek ship Enterprise as closer to reality than science fiction,” said Gale Lucas, research assistant professor at USC Viterbi and corresponding author of the study. “We’re beginning to explore where the line is between people and buildings that perform as machines. We are trying to get people to feel more comfortable and make smart buildings perform better.”Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside buildings, either working or sleeping or shopping or studying. Comfort, quality of life, worker productivity and safety directly affect the operation of buildings.According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. In California, the state Air Resources Board ranks the building sector as the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and has targeted the sector for an 80 percent emissions reduction by 2050. The board has identified behavior practices as an important influence for energy consumption in buildings. When it comes to buildings and their occupants, USC researchers see a failure to communicate, yet improved dialogue between the two can help smart buildings work better for a sustainable society. More information: Saba Khashe et al. Establishing Social Dialog between Buildings and Their Users, International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction (2018). DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2018.1555346 Citation: How to improve communication between people and smart buildings (2019, January 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-people-smart.html Explore further Improving indoor air quality to increase health and well-beingcenter_img Provided by University of Southern California USC research shows people help smart buildings conserve energy when they dialogue with a computer persona nicknamed Ellie, who represents the building management. Credit: Diana Molleda; iStock Communication between people and smart buildings improves performanceYet the promise of smart buildings often doesn’t match their performance. Despite automation, human actions inside four walls or office floors can compromise a building’s energy efficiency capabilities. Buildings work more efficiently when people inside cooperate.”If a building spoke to you, it could ask for things that might help the environment, like ‘turn off lights’ or ‘open windows’ or ‘save energy,'” Lucas said. “If the building were to ask people, ‘Why don’t you do something environmentally-friendly?,’ we might get people to engage in healthy behaviors for themselves and the environment.”To accomplish that goal, people and buildings need better cooperation, and people need to trust the technology while computers need to use proven behavioral change interventions to nudge people to act. The USC research explored how best to accomplish this.The scientists selected 200 participants, mostly college students, of mixed race and ethnicities. First, subjects were exposed to an office setting using virtual reality, followed by a real office setting for a smaller group of participants. The researchers crafted pro-environmental messages for a virtual assistant, an agent nicknamed Ellie, to ask questions, such as “If I open the blinds for you to have natural light, would you please dim or turn off the artificial lights?” They then observed if participants cooperated with these pro-environmental requests.Who is involved in communication between people and smart buildings?Replicating similar previous research by the USC team, the results showed that people responded better when Ellie, the virtual human, acted on behalf of the building manager, rather than when she performed as a personification of the building.People were also more cooperative when the messages were part of a social dialogue rather than monologue. This element proved critical, the study indicates. For example, subjects responded better to small talk, such as, “Hi, how are you? …. What’s your name?… I’m glad to see you.” Social dialogue helped overcome bias against the avatar. The researchers found people responded well to Ellie when she used social dialog, regardless if she functioned as the face of the building or an agent of the building manager.According to the study, “Including a social dialog may have helped to overcome the difference between personas by making the building persona more relatable. Indeed, people associate monologue with strangers and dialog with closer relationships.”The scientists noted similar results whether study participants operated in an actual office or virtual reality simulation. They also found that when they repeated the experiment one week later, the subjects responded more positively, suggesting familiarity due to repeated interactions helped.”We are trying to build a relationship between buildings and their users, akin to a friendship, so users are empowered to improve individual performance as well as building performance,” said Burcin Becerik-Gerber, associate professor of engineering in the USC Viterbi School.The findings demonstrate that design decisions that account for the human-machine dynamic will be important to achieving the potential for smart buildings.”Our research contributes to the fundamental understanding of human-machine teamwork,” said Becerik-Gerber: “The impact is beyond just smart buildings. The work changes the way we perceive and experience today’s built environments and artifacts, environments and artifacts that are attentive and have an identity that can have two-way interactions with people.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Canada panel slams Zuckerberg Sandberg for hearing noshow

first_img Citation: Canada panel slams Zuckerberg, Sandberg for hearing no-show (2019, May 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-canadian-lawmakers-blast-facebook-execs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Explore further The panel also adopted a motion to serve the pair with a formal summons to appear before the Canadian parliament’s ethics committee should they ever travel to Canada.”Together, we represent over 402 million citizens,” said Bob Zimmer, chair of Canada’s privacy and ethics committee, which is hosting the meeting.”Mark Zuckerberg’s unwillingness to appear before us and give personal testimony is further evidence that his public comments about working with lawmakers rings hollow.”Although Zuckerberg and Sandberg were no-shows, Facebook’s policy directors Kevin Chan and Neil Potts did appear and faced a grilling.The international committee on big data, privacy and democracy is holding hearings this week in Ottawa to consider ways to prevent social media abuses including privacy breaches, spreading fake news and elections meddling.It met for the first time last year in London, and this round included lawmakers from Argentina, Britain, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Mexico and Singapore.The panel invited testimony from representatives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and Google, as well as privacy and elections officials, ahead of recommending regulating social media companies in the wake of last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.The now-defunct British political consulting firm is alleged to have accessed the personal data of 87 million Facebook users as it worked for US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Canada’s privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien last month accused Facebook of breaking the law for its role in the worldwide data scandal. He is now taking the company to court to force it to comply with Canada’s privacy law.British lawmaker and panel member Damian Collins blamed the business models of social media companies for such data breaches and the spread of harmful content.”That’s why we cannot rely on companies like Facebook to solve them,” he said.Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus added: “We are going to move forward with or without Mark Zuckerberg’s input.”Prior to the start of the hearings on Monday, Facebook, Google and Microsoft signed onto a declaration pledging to protect the integrity of Canada’s October federal election—including working to remove sham social media accounts and content.But other tech giants, including Twitter, have not signed the pledge.Critics noted that these undertakings are voluntary and as such are unenforceable.center_img A panel of politicians from Canada and several other nations criticized Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for ignoring subpoenas Tuesday to appear at a hearing on protecting privacy and democracies online. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg failed to appear at a hearing in Canada, angering lawmakers UK, Canada seek to question Facebook’s Zuckerberg on fake newslast_img read more

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Your complete QA guide to Karnataka crisis How it started who stands

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 16:21 IST Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy (right) and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah (left). (Photo: PTI)It has been nearly a week since a political pandemonium struck Karnataka and threatened the survival of the HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government. The battle for Karnataka is being fought on three fronts — in Bengaluru, Mumbai and in the national capital New Delhi.On one hand Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy claims his house is in order and that his government faces no threat, while on the other, 16 MLAs from his own party and the Congress remain unmoved on their stand – no ghar wapasi (homecoming) to camp Congress-JD(S). To add to Kumaraswamy’s worries, the lone KJKP MLA and one Independent who were supporting his government too have withdrawn their support.WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN KARNATAKA?Simply put, the chaos in Karnataka is about power. Will the ones currently in power retain it or will someone else attain it, is the question that everyone is wondering aloud.The latest news from Karnataka is that 16 MLAs of the ruling parties (13 of Congress and three of JD (S)) have tendered their resignations as MLAs. If their resignations are accepted, the HD Kumaraswamy government’s majority in the state assembly will become questionable and the government will have to win a trust vote – a task which will not be easy in the prevailing circumstances.To make matters worse for the Congress-JD (S) government, KJKP MLA R Shankar, who was a minister, along with an Independent candidate have withdrawn support to the government. Thus the government’s tally in the state assembly will be reduced by 18 if the Speaker accepts all resignations.Hectic parlays are on within the Congress and JD (S) as its leaders try to survive this challenge. Meanwhile, the BJP too has upped the ante as it senses a chance of ousting the present government and form its own.The BJP has been claiming it has nothing to with the mass resignation in Congress and JD (S). It has however been mounting pressure on the Speaker for not accepting the resignations and has also been attacking the Congress after Congress leader DK Shivakumar tore resignation letters of some Congress MLAs inside the Speaker’s office.The Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the present crisis is the BJP’s brainchild.WHY DID THE MATTER REACH SUPREME COURT?On Tuesday, Speaker KR Ramesh examined the 11 resignations that were submitted to his office last Saturday. He confirmed that between Saturday and Tuesday, two more resignations had been submitted, taking the total number to 13.The Speaker said after examining the resignations, he found that eight of them were not in proper order. His office thus returned their resignations and asked the MLAs to send them in prescribed form if they still wanted to resign.For the remaining five MLAs whose resignations were found to be in order, the Speaker asked them to meet him in person to discuss their resignations.Speaker KR Ramesh also wrote to the Governor saying none of these MLAs met him.Unhappy with the Speaker’s decision, the rebel MLAs decided to move the Supreme Court to challenge his decision of rejecting their resignations.WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SUPREME COURT?While the battle for Karnataka is mainly being fought in state capital Bengaluru, the national capital too has become abuzz as the Karanataka crisis has reached the Supreme Court.The rebel JD (S)-Congress MLAs have moved the Supreme Court to challenge Speaker KR Ramesh’s decision where he rejected some resignations. Hearing the pleas, the Supreme Court on Friday said status quo should be maintained in Karnataka till Tuesday when it will hear the case again. The Supreme Court said the Speaker should not take any decision until Tuesday.So, at the moment the Congress-JD (S) government is in power in Karnataka. None of the 16 resignations are effective until Tuesday and the government has a majority.Will this status change on Tuesday? That is something that will be answered only on Tuesday.Meanwhile, on Thursday the Supreme Court asked the rebel MLAs to meet the Speaker and also said the Speaker must decide on the resignations by midnight. In response, the Speaker’s counsel pleaded the court that he would need more time to decide on the matter and that he cannot work at “lightning speed”.The counsel for the rebel MLAs have also demanded that the Speaker must face contempt action as he failed to comply with the Supreme Court’s order to decide on the MLAs’ resignations.BUT WHY IS MUMBAI INVOLVED?Good question. Mumbai ideally has nothing much to do with the power struggle in Karnataka.The only reason why the city has become one of the theatres of action in the battle for Karnataka is that the rebel MLAs are camping in a posh Mumbai hotel.After tendering their resignations on Saturday and meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, the rebel MLAs reached Mumbai in a chartered flight. Since then they have been in Mumbai, reportedly to ensure that the Congress-JD (S) leaders are unable to “influence” and “intimidate” them.The chartered flight on which these MLAs flew to Mumbai is owned by a company related to BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.On Wednesday, Congress’s troubleshooter and state minister DK Shivakumar reached Mumbai in a special flight. He wanted to enter the hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying.Reason for his visit?Well, he said he is in Mumbai just to have coffee with his friends (the rebel MLAs). Not for politics.While Shivakumar said he flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai to have coffee with his “friends”, the visit’s unsaid purpose was clearly to try and convince the MLAs to withdraw their resignations.To placate and lure them, all Congress ministers in Karnataka have resigned so that the MLAs can be adequately accommodated.But this attempt seems to have failed.Apprehending Shivakumar’s visit, the rebel MLAs wrote to Mumbai Police and requested security cover saying they feel “threatened”. The MLAs requested Mumbai Police that DK Shivakumar should be prevented from entering their hotel and meet them. We don’t want to meet him, they said bluntly.When Shivakumar reached the hotel, police were in position to prevent his planned meeting.The hotel too cancelled his reservation citing emergency circumstances.WHAT IS THE GENESIS OF KARNATAKA’S POLITICAL DRAMA?For this, we need to travel back to 2018.In the 2018 Karnataka state assembly election, no party was able to attain majority on its own. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party with 105 MLAs in the 225-member assembly but fell short of the majority.During the campaign, the BJP, JD (S) and the Congress had fought and campaigned against each other. But following the election results, the Congress and JD (S) stitched a post-poll alliance and formed the government in Karnataka with HD Kumaraswamy of the JD (S) as chief minister.The BJP thus missed the chance to return to power in Karnataka by a whisker. In fact, even in 2018, the government in Karnataka was formed after much political drama and even saw a midnight hearing in the Supreme Court.The drama was such that BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa earned the not-so-good record of becoming the chief minister with the shortest term ever. After the assembly election results were announced, the Governor invited the BJP to form government on the ground that it is the single largest party.Yeddyurappa was sworn in but the Supreme Court made it clear that he can’t appoint any minister, nominate the lone Anglo-Indian nominated MLA nor take any decision before proving his majority on the floor of the state assembly.When the assembly met to vote, Yeddyurappa resigned even before the motion for trust vote was taken up. This was because the BJP had failed to secure the numbers needed to cross the majority mark.Since then, Karnataka has been ruled by a coalition government of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). In the past one year, stability is one aspect that has remained conspicuously absent in the government in Karnataka. Controversies and instability have hampered the functioning of the HD Kumaraswamy government putting it always on the brink of a collapse.As for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it remains ever vigilant to pounce and grab the slightest opportunity to try form its government.ALSO READ | SC asks Speaker not to take decision on rebels resignation till TuesdayFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow Karnataka crisisFollow Congress JD(S)Follow HD KumaraswamyFollow congress Your complete Q&A guide to Karnataka crisis: How it started, who stands where, what next and moreKarnataka crisis: 16 MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) have resigned and remain unmoved on their stand that they won’t withdraw their resignations. This has threatened survival of the one-year-old HD Kumaraswamy govt.advertisement Nextlast_img read more