16 July 2008Vodacom, South Africa’s largest cellular network by subscriber numbers, has diversified into the multimedia market with the acquisition of a 40% stake in Zoopy.com, a local social networking and community website.Zoopy.com, which was launched in March 2007, allows its users to upload and share videos, photographs, podcasts and blogs.Vodacom said that the social networking website had taken less than a year to establish itself as a significant player in the user-generated content space in Africa.Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer, selected Zoopy.com as their regional imaging partner for South and West Africa, while more recently, the Mail & Guardian chose the website as its online video delivery partner.Vodacom Ventures MD Tlhabeli Ralebitso said the investment was an important move, which came at “just the right time” for both parties.“Zoopy.com has established itself as a key role-player in the online social media arena and has a growing community that will now be able to grow bigger, better and faster,” he said in a statement last month.“Vodacom puts great value in what has been achieved online thus far, and we look forward to combining mobile and internet strengths to create an even more valuable destination for all Zoopy.com users.”Perfect partnerZoopy.com CEO Jason Elk said that the website had been looking for a specific partner to help the fledgling company implement its strategy to the fullest.While funding was an important requirement, Elk said that they also wanted to ensure that the new investor would add value to the overall Zoopy.com user experience.“With Vodacom at our side, we’ll be able to bring many new features and opportunities to both their users and ours,” he said. “This is exactly what we were looking for and we can’t wait to make it happen.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
17 January 2014The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos provides an excellent platform to network and market South Africa to potential investors, President Jacob Zuma told a delegation of business people on Thursday ahead of their departure for Switzerland.“Each year, we do all we can as South Africa to put our best foot forward and present our country to the world,” Zuma said at a sending-off event in Johannesburg, adding: “South Africa is easy to sell. Our country is successful, with lots of potential.“Although some challenges still remain given our history, these are being attended to,” Zuma said. “We remain a nation at work for a better life, striving each day to do better. Our founding president, Tata Nelson Mandela, and the first democratic administration laid a firm foundation, and we continue to build on that foundation to take the country forward.”Zuma said that while South Africa’s economy had taken a knock after the 2008 global meltdown, shedding a million jobs by the time the recession peaked in 2009, the country had recovered well and created many jobs.He said he National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030, identified the main drivers for economic growth: agriculture, mining, tourism, the green economy, manufacturing and infrastructure development.“As you engage the world, you will be able to say: We know exactly where we want to be by 2030 and we are working very hard to get there as South Africans. We are busy factoring the NDP into the draft Medium Term Strategic Framework that will be discussed by the Cabinet that will be appointed after elections in its first lekgotla.“In a few months, the plan will have been mainstreamed in the work of every government department,” Zuma said, adding: “We do trust that the private sector will also factor the NDP into its own strategic plans in every company so that we move seamlessly together.”The 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum takes place from 22 to 25 January.Source: SAnews.gov.za
In the same way that Picasa web albums offer facial recognition and tagging, Picasa 3.5 automatically scans all of your photos and groups similar faces together. From there users can add names to their photos in bulk and upload them to their web albums. One of the interesting features of this program is that names auto-complete from a user’s Google contacts. While services like Face.com offer facial recognition-based tagging on Facebook, the Picasa 3.5 desktop software allows users to organize friends and groups of friends with a simple offline hard drive scan. After a couple minutes of scanning you can create name-based collages, slideshows and geo-tagged albums. The bottom line is, if you’re going to get tipsy at a bachelor party, you better hope your friends have the good sense to uncheck those photos before they start uploading your Coyote Ugly bar dance antics to the wedding slideshow. Other new features include drag and drop geo-tagging over a Google map and simultaneous uploading and sharing. In the past, photo uploaders have had to go through the additional act of selecting specific contacts to share albums. Now users can alert their contacts to an album as it’s going up. Your coworkers and family may get an eyeful. At this point, facial recognition software and batch tagging is making it tougher to put on the facade of being a respectable human being. It looks like underground speakeasys are about to see a resurgence. To download the new Picasa visit Picasa.google.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web dana oshiro Say goodbye to your controlled web presence and say hello to Picasa 3.5. Google released Picasa 3.5 with a slew of new features including facial recognition and name-based batch tagging, faster geo-tagging and better web uploading functionality. The service is so good at finding your mug and tagging it that wild photos from yesteryear can resurface and wreak havoc on your reputation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Pakistan its place by abrogating Article 370 and 35A and established that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.Mr. Shah also said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tell people of Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana, when he goes there, whether he was with the decision to abrogate Article 370. Assembly elections are due in these States this year.Addressing a public meeting after launching the BJP’s ‘Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra’, the BJP national president said his party stood in favour of removing Article 370 ever since it had been there, and asked why the Congress felt a “stomach ache” following its annulment.Located in Santhal Paragana near Dumka, Jamtara is more than 250 km from the capital Ranchi. Johar is a tribal salutation.Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, who is BJP’s in-charge of Jharkhand, were present on the occasion. “Removing Article 370, Modi ji showed Pakistan its place, and established that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Mr. Shah said.Making a scathing attack at the Congress, he said the party had also opposed and sought evidence after surgical strike. “They (Congress) should tell the people which direction they want to go,” he added.Mr. Shah said even while being in the opposition, his party leaders had supported the government on important issues.“Atal Bihari Vajpayee had supported former prime minister Indira Gandhi after winning the Bangladesh Liberation war.“Atalji also put India’s side at the United Nations on Kashmir issue when former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao asked him to go and put India’s side,” Shah said.With Assembly Election in Jharkhand expected shortly, the BJP president sought to know what the Congress-led UPA government had given to the State in terms of developmental initiatives.The BJP president said that the Congress had not accepted Jharkhand people’s decades-old wishes for a separate state, but it was for prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had fulfilled their dreams.“I don’t hesitate to say that Atalji created Jharkhand and Prime Minister Narendra Modiji nursed it towards development during the last five years,” Mr. Shah said.Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar and made a separate state in 2000 by the then NDA government. Referring to how the previous Arjun Munda-led governments in the State had been overthrown due to lack of majority, Mr. Shah said the people had given a stable government in 2014 under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the State government worked for their development.“There is Modi government above and Raghubar Das government below. The double engine governments have changed Jharkhand, and the evidence is that the people of Jharkhand gave 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats to Modi government in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mr. Shah said.“Naxalism was there, but now Jharkhand is headed towards almost naxal-free state and moving forward with developmental initiatives,” he said.Mr. Shah gave an account to the people of how the central and state governments developed the sectors like electricity, housing, health care, toilet construction, free of cost gas connection and drinking water, two battalions comprising Paharia tribes and setting up nearly 70 Eklavya schools the current regime, and demanded that the Congress should also give an account what it had done during its ten years rule.“I would like to ask what has the UPA given in its ten years rule to Jharkhand? While the 13th Finance Commission had given only 55 thousand and 200 crore to Jharkhand, the 14th Finance commission under Narendra Modi gave 2.5 times more funds, giving one lakh and forty-five thousand crore,” Mr. Shah said.He said after the “Johar Jan Ashirwad Yatra” of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, which he kicked off Wednesday from Jamatra, will criss-cross all the 81 assembly constituencies and when it reaches Ranchi, the BJP would once again form a majority government. “The double engine governments will make Jharkhand the number one state in the country,” Mr. Shah promised.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.”
The STELLAR study is an important step forward in expanding treatment options for atrial fibrillation patients in the United States. The burden of atrial fibrillation on quality of life, morbidity and mortality is significant and we are committed to developing innovative and life-enhancing technologies that fill important clinical needs, improve care and reduce this burden.”Uri Yaron, Worldwide President, Biosense Webster, Inc. The HELIOSTAR catheter design has the potential to overcome the limitations of current balloon ablation catheters, result in fewer catheter exchanges and, most importantly, shorter procedure times. HELIOSTAR is an exciting technology and we look forward to seeing the final study results,”Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center “This new balloon catheter is unique because it conforms to any pulmonary vein anatomy and allows me to control electrodes individually to deliver tailored energy when ablating around pulmonary veins,” said cardiac electrophysiologist Rodney Horton, M.D., who treated the first patient in the study with Dr. Andrea Natale at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center. Related StoriesDePuy Synthes launches nerve assessment platform for spine proceduresBiosense Webster enrolls and treats first AF patient in clinical study of new RF balloon catheterJohnson & Johnson announces FDA clearance to expand indication for Acclarent AERA deviceThe HELIOSTAR RF Balloon Ablation Catheter has 10 electrodes, which allows electrophysiologists to deliver different levels of energy depending on the tissue during lesion creation. In addition, the balloon design makes it possible to achieve pulmonary vein isolation with a single application of RF energy. The device is compatible with the Biosense Webster CARTO 3 Mapping System, an advanced imaging technology that enables creation of real-time 3D maps of a patient’s cardiac structures. The use of the CARTO 3 System during an ablation procedure can reduce exposure to radiation from fluoroscopy.It is estimated that 33 million people worldwide are living with AF, or an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Dec 4 2018Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies announced today that Biosense Webster, Inc., a worldwide leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart arrhythmias, has enrolled and treated the first patient in its STELLAR U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study. The study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of HELIOSTAR Multi-electrode Radiofrequency (RF) Balloon Ablation Catheter in treating symptomatic drug refractory recurrent paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial fibrillation (AF). Up to 640 patients will be enrolled in as many as 40 clinical sites worldwide. Source:https://www.biosensewebster.com/
Source:https://news.utk.edu/2019/01/28/high-rates-of-opioid-prescriptions-may-be-linked-to-poor-labor-force-participation/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 29 2019Prescription opioids may be negatively affecting labor force participation and unemployment nationwide, according to findings in a new study co-authored by economists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and published in The Journal of Human Resources.The study, which looked at county-level data from across the US, found that a 10 percent increase in opioid prescriptions per capita led to a 0.6 percentage point drop in labor force participation rates and a 0.1 percentage point increase in county unemployment rates.The study, measuring causal effects of opioids on the labor force, is the first of its kind to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, said Matt Harris, assistant professor in UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic research and co-author of the study.Related StoriesResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemRaman Spectroscopy as a Universal Analytical Technique for Bodily FluidsAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy”The effects are really large,” said Harris. “Prescription opioids may explain up to half of the decline in labor force participation since 2000.”Harris co-authored the paper, “Prescription Opioids and Labor Market Pains,” with UT’s Larry Kessler, Matt Murray, and Beth Glenn, now a postdoctoral scholar at Tulane University. The researchers were prompted to investigate a link between labor markets and opioid usage after employers began asking why no one was applying for job openings.”We found that opioids have this strong adverse effect on labor force participation but only a marginally significant effect on the unemployment rate, which leads us to believe that opioids are leading individuals to exit the labor force entirely,” said Kessler.Tennessee is among the states with the highest number of heavy opioid-prescribing practitioners. On average, providers in Tennessee write 1.4 opioid prescriptions per person per year. At the average dosage per prescription, this rate is equivalent to prescribing 80 opioid doses to every man, woman, and child in Tennessee each year.The researchers emphasize that addressing the opioid epidemic is going to require considerable funding and an increased focus on treatment therapy. In addition to quelling the adverse health effects of the epidemic, they said, there are considerable economic gains to be attained from addressing the core issue of addiction.”The results suggest that in Tennessee, you could effectively boost income among residents by $800 million per year if you reduce opioid usage 10 percent,” said Harris.Other key findings include:* The detrimental effect of prescription opioids on labor markets holds true for both rural and nonrural counties.* Prescription opioids have the strongest adverse effects in counties with higher labor force participation rates and lower unemployment rates, perhaps suggesting that opioid-related damage has already been done in areas with low labor force participation.
Superbugs are becoming steadily more resistant to antibiotics, causing an ‘antibiotics crisis’ and a serious threat to public health. In Europe alone 25,000 deaths were linked to antibiotic resistance in 2014. The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050 this figure will rise to 392,000 and that, worldwide, 10 million people will die from untreatable superbugs.Speaking at the World Economic Forum earlier this year Matt Hancock, the UK Secretary of State for Health, said: Now computational scientists from STFC’s Scientific Computing Department (SCD), STFC Hartree Centre and IBM Research are working together to understand how antibiotic agents operate at the molecular level, and enable the first steps in the efficient design of next generation drugs and treatments. Their findings are published in Physical Review Letters.Using ultra-largescale computer simulations, which were run on the Scafell Pike and IBM Power 8 supercomputers at the Hartree Centre, the team has shown that mechanical stresses on cells can affect the apparent potency of simple antibiotics. Some antibacterial agents kill microorganisms by attacking their cell membranes, leading to leakage and death of the cell. But the amount of tension in the cell membrane can make a difference.SCD’s Dr Martyn Winn explains: Jun 6 2019Hospital superbugs such as MRSA or E.coli could soon be under attack from a new generation of drugs designed with the help of advanced computing technologies from STFC and IBM Research. Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesChildren’s Colorado granted IAC’s Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditationThis penetration of the membrane also allows for drugs to infiltrate the cell. Lead author Dr Valeria Losasso from SCD said: “How antibiotic molecules penetrate and disrupt bacterial membranes is closely related to the permeation of membranes, required to deliver drugs to targets inside the cell. Both require the membrane barrier to be overcome. Our results may therefore have a wider impact on drug delivery, for example how molecules cross cellular barriers before they reach the circulatory system.”The design of drugs which target microbial membranes is seen as a promising strategy, which scientists will continue to investigate.Source:STFCJournal reference:Crain, J. et al. (2019) Modulation of Antimicrobial Peptide Potency in Stressed Lipid Bilayers. Physical Review Letters. doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.208103. Antimicrobial resistance is as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare.” Imagine the cell as a balloon, where the balloon ‘skin’ is the membrane protecting the bacterium inside. As the bacterium grows the membrane stretches and, like a balloon, it’s easier to poke holes into it. Agents such as antimicrobial peptides, naturally occurring molecules that our bodies produce as a first line of defence against bacteria and viruses, are then more able to launch a successful attack, tearing holes in the membrane and causing the bacterium to leak and effectively bleed to death.” The left-hand figure shows a side view of a normal bacterial membrane at the atomic scale. The right-hand figure shows two changes: 1) the membrane is stretched, making it thinner; 2) the antimicrobial peptide (in green) has punctured the membrane letting in water (blue). The paper investigates how 1) and 2) combine together, to kill the bacterium more effectively. (Credit: SCD/STFC)
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. 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 news