Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgHe says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.” The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 percent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. CALGARY, A.B. – A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.last_img read more

Airfares soar over 100 as airlines cancel flights

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Air passengers face the grim prospects of high air fares and fewer flight choices as several airlines cancel operations due to a number of reasons including the grounding of 737-MAX aircraft. According to industry insiders, some sectors have shown a rise of more than 100 per cent in last minute bookings. “With an unprecedented number of planes now grounded due to various factors, reduction in seat capacity has led to an increase in fares overnight. Last minute airfares on Wednesday increased to more than 100 per cent on some key routes like Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Kolkata and Mumbai-Bengaluru as compared to same time last year,” said Aloke Bajapi, CEO and Co-founder, ixigo. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “Spot fares for Mumbai-Chennai are touching Rs 26,073 as opposed to Rs 5,369 the same time last year. High airfare patterns are expected to continue in the short term with Holi and summer school holidays round the corner, resulting in an increased demand.” Operations of airlines like SpiceJet and Jet Airways have been hit due to the government’s Wednesday decision to join a global grounding of 737-MAX aircraft following a crash in Ethiopia. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs In India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways operate 17 Boeing 737-800 MAX aircraft – Spice (12) and Jet (5). A part of Jet fleet has already been grounded due to other reasons. The grounding led SpiceJet to cancel 14 flights on Wednesday. This number is expected to touch 32 on Thursday. Apart from SpiceJet, Jet Airways, which faces financial challenges, has already grounded four more aircraft over non-repayment of dues to lessors, taking the total to 32. The company in BSE filings has said that its 19 aircraft were grounded in February over non-repayment of dues to lessors, while 13 aircraft were grounded this month, taking the total to 32. The Jet Airways Group operates a fle et of 123 aircraft. However, around 50 planes are said to be non-operational due to a host of reasons, including lack of spare parts. IndiGo faces massive turbulence of pilot shortage, leading to truncated flight schedule Earlier, the airline said that 30 of its flights which have been affected represent only 2 per cent of its network. It has decided to curtail its schedule till March 31, by about 30 flights a day. “As a proactive measure, IndiGo has decided to continue its curtailment until the end of March. This measure has already been implemented and passengers informed,” the airline said in a statement. “These medium term cancellations have been made to minimise the impact on passengers as alternative travel options have been offered well in advance. The operations will be normalised by the start of the summer schedule.” For sometime now, Air India has grounded 17 aircraft due to technical reasons. On Wednesday, the government had advised domestic airlines not to go in for predatory air fare pricing as several 737-MAX aircraft were grounded due to safety reasons. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said: “We have advised the airlines… that they should not use it (grounding) as a reason to jack up their fares.” “They have promised they will go as per normal routine. DGCA has just said that it will be monitoring all the sectors very closely.”last_img read more

EC lets off Union minister Naqvi with warning for Modiji ki sena

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Thursday let off Minority Affairs Minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with a light rap for his ‘Modiji ki sena’ remark and “warned” him against using the armed forces for political propaganda. It also asked him to be “careful in the future” with his utterances. Addressing an election rally in Rampur on April 3, Naqvi had used the phrase ‘Modiji ki sena’ or Modi’s army. State election authorities had issued him a show cause notice. In his response, the minister had agreed that he had used the phrase. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Commission … hereby warns Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to desist from using the references to defence forces for political propaganda and to be careful in future,” the order read. It reminded the BJP leader of its March 19 instruction asking politicians “to desist from using any reference to defence forces in their political campaign/propaganda”. A similar remark by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earned him the ire of the poll panel on April 5. He too was asked to be careful in future with his utterances.last_img read more

Commentary Wisconsin Badgers loss is Ohio State Buckeyes gain as Big Ten

When Michigan State football wide receiver Keith Nichol hauled in quarterback Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary pass in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday night, the Wisconsin Badgers’ Bowl Championship Series title hopes may have come to an end. Back in Columbus though, Ohio State football’s hopes of appearing in the inaugural Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis may have been revived. While it seems completely improbable, the truth is that the road to Big Ten title game looks like it once again leads through Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes currently stand at 1-2 in Big Ten play, which is merely good for fifth place out of six teams in the Leaders Division. Yet dates with three of the teams they trail — Wisconsin, Purdue and Penn State — still remain on OSU’s schedule. The other team ahead of them is Illinois, whom the Buckeyes upset on Oct. 15 and who now has two conference losses as well. The Badgers and Boilermakers each have one loss in conference play, meaning that if the Buckeyes can defeat both of them, they will each have two losses along with the Buckeyes, with OSU holding the tiebreaker. The wildcard is Penn State, who is undefeated in conference play, but is about to begin a brutal stretch after what was arguably a light start to its conference schedule. The Nittany Lions will host Illinois and Nebraska in the upcoming weeks, and then travel to the ‘Shoe on Nov. 19 and then to Camp Randall Stadium to play the Badgers on Nov. 26. Wisconsin hasn’t lost at Camp Randall since Oct. 17, 2009, and currently boasts a 14-game winning streak on its home field. If the Nittany Lions can survive that stretch and win 3-of-4 or even all of those games, they will be very deserving of a trip to Indianapolis in the first week of December for the conference championship game. For Penn State, a team that has been rotating quarterbacks all season, and lost to the only ranked team it faced — a 27-11 loss to Alabama on Sept. 10 — the Nits have their work cut out for them. After all of the turmoil that’s arisen this season for the Buckeyes, from the array of suspensions, to the quarterback controversy, to the blown lead at Nebraska, a little help from their other Big Ten teams and a clutch performance or two, OSU could have a chance to go to Indianapolis and compete for the Big Ten Title. Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson, junior running back Montee Ball and the rest of an angry Badgers team will have something to say about that, but with more than 100,000 fans behind them in the ‘Shoe next weekend, the Buckeyes will have an opportunity to shock the college football world. Kickoff for OSU’s Saturday game against Wisconsin is set for 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State field hockey aims to turn around 02 start

Then-redshirt-junior Logan Jones holds his follow-through after a tee shot at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on April 12 in Columbus. OSU placed 6th on the first day of play and 5th after the second round.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State field hockey team could not pull out a victory over its opening weekend, but some players said they are still full of confidence heading into Friday’s scheduled face-off with Miami (Ohio).“I think we’re all determined to come out hard after this (last) weekend,” junior forward Peanut Johnson said. “I have a sour taste in my mouth after this weekend so I’m definitely going to come out hard.”The Buckeyes (0-2) are looking to bounce back after being shutout, 4-0, by the Albany Great Danes on Monday afternoon.Much of the team’s woes may have come from a lack of posession. In all, the Buckeyes were outshot 58-14 in their first two matchups against Syracuse and Albany.“We’re able to complete a couple passes,” coach Anne Wilkinson said. “But then we’re having a rough time stringing longer passes together.”The Buckeyes may have to improve their offensive efficiency to help keep pressure off freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro. The Phoenixville, Pa., native made 25 saves in her first two collegiate starts.Tamburro’s 14 saves Monday against Albany were the most in a single game by a Buckeye since 2003.OSU has been focused on sustaining a constant attack in recent practices, Wilkinson said.“When we get it up there we’re very good at executing and finishing,” she said.The Redhawks (0-2) are also set to come into Columbus Friday in search of their first win after falling to Syracuse, 5-1, in the Buckeye Classic to open the season, and then losing to Northwestern at home by the same score.Miami’s senior back Ali Froede scored her 15th career goal in the loss to Northwestern on Tuesday.The Redhawks return 14 letter winners, including Froede and junior midfielder Bea Dechant. Both players earned First Team All Mid-American Conference honors last season.Defending set plays will be the key to slowing down the Redhawks’ attack, Tamburro said.“We need to start with defensive corners,” she said. “Focusing more and trying to get the ball out (of the corner).”OSU has defeated Miami in three of the last five meetings dating back to 2009, but the Redhawks have won the last two. Wilkinson said Miami’s ability to play together as a unit is what makes it so tough.“They’re a very systematic team,” Wilkinson said. “We need to be able to break them down one at a time.”Ultimately the game will come down to which team is able to possess the ball and capitalize off those possessions, Wilkinson said.“They (the Buckeyes) have really been working hard as far as finishing what they start,” she said. “Finish their passes. Finish their tackles.”OSU and the Redhawks are set to face-off at 5 p.m. read more

Gerrard satisfied with first Rangers win

first_imgSteven Gerrard was left satisfied with Rangers’ 2-0 win over FK Shkupi in a Europa League qualifier, but insisted that they have still got “a lot of work to do” ahead of the second legThe Ibrox side put in a controlled display in their first qualifying round tie with a Jamie Murphy first-half goal and James Tavernier’s penalty in the latter stages of the game securing Gerrard a 2-0 win in his first ever competitive game in charge at senior level.While pleased to have got a critical clean sheet, Gerrard was left to rue the missed opportunities Rangers had.“I think there are a lot of positives to take from the game,” he told Rangers TV, via Sky Sports.“We’ve won it, got a clean sheet, I thought we defended really well.“We got the second goal in the end but one concern would be that we didn’t win the game a lot more comfortably and put the whole tie to bed tonight. I thought we created enough to win more convincingly so we’re still in a tie, we’re still in a game and there is still a lot of work to do.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.The clean sheet is a big advantage heading into the return leg at Macedonia.“I think the clean sheet is very important and it was nice to get a bit of relief with the second goal,” added Gerrard.“I don’t think we can create any of the players’ effort or commitment or application tonight, I thought they gave it everything and the fans stayed with them all the way through so I’m very pleased about a lot of it. The only thing is we didn’t win the game more convincingly.“We controlled a lot of it, most of it, we were a bit careless at times in a few moments but it’s the first real game and people are trying to over-impress, people are a bit tense and are still searching for that full sharpness and full fitness. All in all though, yes, I’m satisfied.“We all have to look forward to Tuesday and realise that we’re still in a game, it’s not over and there is still a lot of work to do.”last_img read more

Terrorists planning attack on Buddha Purnima in West Bengal Bangladesh Intel inputs

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.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 Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government.Representational image | ReutersWest Bengal is on high alert after an Intel agency has warned of the possibility of terror attacks on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Sunday, May 12. The warnings came ahead of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections which is on Sunday. The alerts issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) states that a possible fidayeen attack might be carried out by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (ISIS).Along with the warning, IB mentioned that the attacks might be carried out in Hindu or Buddhist temples by fidayeen, who could be impersonating as a pregnant lady in undivided Bengal – which includes India’s eastern state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government. According to sources in the intel agency, the attack might take place in West Bengal or Bangladesh, reports Zee News.In the aftermath of the Sri Lanka attacks, Bengal should take precautionary measures to avoid the sort of unpleasant events that have unfolded in the neighbourhood.The West Bengal Police has reportedly beefed up security across the Hindu and Buddhist temples in and other parts of the state after receiving inputs from the Intel agency.On April 27, a Bengali poster was released by a pro-Islamic State Telegram channel which had these two words – “SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]”. International Business Times had reported the story on the given date. The poster was reportedly hugely circulated and also had the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Close United Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristcenter_img Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes IN Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes INlast_img read more

Satish Kumar Gupta Former SBI Deputy General Manager takes over as Paytm

first_imgPaytm Payments Bank service goes live in India; all you need to knowPaytm via Twitter (screen-shot)Satish Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Paytm Payments Bank. The banker had earlier served as the deputy general manager for State Bank of India and as the chief products officer at National Payments Corporations of India.Gupta had worked at State Bank of India for more than three decades after which he worked at the National Payments Corporations for six years.He was made the CEO of Paytm Payments Bank after Renu Satti stepped down to take on the role of the Chief Operating Officer for the company’s retail sector. Gupta is the third CEO of the bank since its inception in May 2017.In a statement, Gupta said, “Having been a part of the banking and payments industry for close to four decades, I’ve been fortunate to experience the disruption and growth that the Indian economy has witnessed in promoting digital payments. I look forward to leveraging my understanding of banking and payments at Paytm Payments Bank and aligning myself to its vision of bringing financial inclusion through digital payments.””Gupta comes with over 35 years of experience in the field of banking and I am extremely delighted to welcome him. His expertise will help us realise the vision that we have set out for our payments bank,” Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the CEO of Paytm, told Economic Times.last_img read more

A piece of Bangladesh in the sea

first_img.Red crabs scuttle across the sandy beach. Thousands of birds soar above the island newly emerged off the Kuakata coast, 40 kilometres from the southeast corner of Gangamoti. It appears to be a ‘little’ Bangladesh within Bangladesh.The new island was discovered by a group of tourists recently. They went to visit the island after hearing about it from fishermen on 5 December.The local fishermen named it ‘Hairer Chor’. ‘Hair’, in local dialect, refers to the boundary determined for the fishermen for fishing.The tourists have named the island ‘Chor Bijoy’ (Island of Victory) as it has been discovered in the month of victory. They hoisted a national flag in the island..The island has been officially named ‘Chor Bijoy’ by the municipal administration of Kuakata. Officials of the local administration, forest department and other organisations visited the island on Wednesday.Tourists Shima Akhter and her husband were among those who visited the island for the first time. She told Prothom Alo, “We have travelled to so many places, but such a beautiful island in the middle of the sea was beyond our imagination. We were overwhelmed. The beauty was out of this world.”According to the fishermen, the island goes under water during the monsoons and reappears in winter. The marginal fishermen go to the island then and set up temporary abode. They stay there for three months to catch fish and dry them.The island stretches is 10 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide, stretching from the east to west. The length and breadth reduce to 3 kilometres and 1 kilometre respectively during high tide..Fisherman Altaf Hossain said, generally the fishermen from Gangamoti and Kawar Char go to this island. The island first started to appear around four years ago and finally emerged and became visible two years ago. The fishermen then started to go to the island to fish and process dried fish. The tourist group of ‘Kuakata Sea Tourism’ went to the island recently. Kuakata Bangabandhu High School’s head master and the assistant headmaster visited the island along with tourists from Dhaka.”We did not know about such a beautiful island near Kuakata. We only came to know about it from the fishermen and went there. We called this enchanting island ‘Chor Bijoy’ as it has been discovered in the month of victory,” Johnny Alamgir, an official of Kuakata Sea Tourism, told Prothom Alo.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

40 arrested in Sherpur

first_imgPolice in a special raid arrested 40 people, accused in different cases, from different areas in the district on Tuesday, reports UNB.The raid was conducted from Monday evening to Tuesday morning, said additional police superintendent of Sherpur Sadar Circle Md Aminul Islam.The arrestees will be produced before the district court as there are nine cases against them.last_img

CTA announces its first ARVR Standard terminology

first_imgEarly this month, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) published its first set of standards for the augmented reality ( AR) and virtual reality ( VR) technologies. Now with AR/ VR added in the library, it will be able to provide support to an even larger number of audiences. CTA’s decision to include AR/VR within its free standard library is due to the ever-increasing popularity of AR/VR among the gamers across the globe. Also, the market for AR/VR accessories is quite competitive and continually improving. Brian Markwalter, senior VP of research and standards CTA, said that their first standard for AR/VR represents an important step in addressing key emerging technology areas. Brian pointed out that the reason for creating this standard is to promote the definitions created by the CTA’s AR/VR working group to spread awareness regarding different technologies and experiences. This standard helps the industry create a blueprint which can support the AR/VR technologies more effectively. The CTA-2069 publication or “Definitions and Characteristics of Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies”,  introduces various terms based on the evolving and upcoming technologies such as Augmented reality (AR), Mixed reality (MR), Virtual reality (VR) videos and images, X reality, outside-in tracking and room-scale VR. You can find the free standards library easily online for free. This library gives you complete transparency and insight on the standards being used across the industry. Standards which cover and improve the accuracy of the key aspects of the consumer tech industry including audio, video, health, fitness, closed captioning, etc. The new standard has made it to market at the right time. CTA Sales and Forecasts report states that VR has become a $ 1 billion sector in the U.S and 4.9 million units will be sold in 2018 which is a 25 percent bump from 2017. It will also generate $ 1.2 billion in revenues. CTA accredits the boost to the growing popularity and market among AR/VR gamers within the sector. According to David McIntyre, the Senior Vice President of strategy and standards, Xperi Corporation, “Standardized, market-centric definitions are an important first step for the industry”. He also said how he’s looking forward to increased industry involvement while CTA works on other areas of XR (which is any hardware that combines aspects of AR, MR, and VR) standardization in service of the industry and consumers. For more coverage on CTA’s first AR/VR standard, check out the official CTA press release. Read Next Game developers say Virtual Reality is here to stay Adobe glides into Augmented Reality with Adobe Aerolast_img read more

ATE hailed as great success

first_imgFor the first time ever, the Australian Tourism Exchange was held in Cairns and it has been hailed as a big success by Tourism Australia and Tourism Queensland.Over 1800 international and domestic delegates have given positive feedback for the event in a survey that was provided after the event.A number of success factors were highlighted by the survey, however the main point of feedback surrounded the city of Cairns and how it exceeded the expectations of delegates.As it was the first time the city hosted the event it was not expected to be a huge success, the survey however clearly pointed out how well Cairns did.Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said bringing the event to Cairns portrays Australia’s versatility.“This year was the first time the event had ever been held in a regional destination in its 35 year history, and Cairns really rolled out the red carpet, the people of Cairns were all aware and interested in the event and delegates,” Mr O’Sullivan said.Jann Stuckey, Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events said the event in Cairns as the best Australian Tourism Exchange in its 35 year history.“The result is testament to the tourism industry and Cairns community who are to be congratulated for their extraordinary efforts in staging this important world-class event,” Ms Stuckey said.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman read more

The BBC said that mobile and tablet traffic accoun

first_imgThe BBC said that mobile and tablet traffic accounted for a record high of 37% of programme requests to its iPlayer catch-up service in October.According to the BBC’s October iPlayer performance pack, mobile device requests were almost in line with PC viewing, which accounted for 39% of iPlayer traffic.Overall in the month, the BBC logged 261 million iPlayer requests – up 23% compared to the same time last year.TV requests accounted for 199 million requests, the third highest figure ever recorded on the service, with radio show streams accounting for the rest of the traffic.Bad Education and Some Girls, the first BBC Three comedies to premiere on the iPlayer – were among the most watched shows in the month, with other BBC shows also rating highly including The Great British Bake Off, The Wrong Mans, Atlantis and Waterloo Road.“The profile of BBC iPlayer users has evened out over time in terms of male/female ratio, but remains strongly under-55 in terms of age, which is younger than the typical TV viewer or radio listener’s profile – although more in line with home broadband users,” said the BBC.The corporation said that the catch-up service was used for TV at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, though there is “proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.”In October there was an average of 7.8m daily requests, with weekly requests peaking in the first week of the month and the last week of the month at 57m.last_img read more

In a refrigerator in the coroners office in Mario

first_imgIn a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye.In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators.”We send that off to a toxicology lab to be tested for what we call drugs of abuse,” said Alfie Ballew, deputy coroner. The results often include drugs such as cocaine, heroin, fentanyl or prescription pharmaceuticals.After testing, coroners typically write the drugs involved in an overdose on the death certificate — but not always.Standards for how to investigate and report on overdoses vary widely across states and counties. As a result, opioid overdose deaths aren’t always captured in the data reported to the federal government. The country is undercounting opioid-related overdoses by 20 to 35 percent, according to a study published in February in the journal Addiction.”We have a real crisis, and one of the things we need to invest in, if we’re going to make progress, is getting better information,” said Christopher Ruhm, the author of the paper and a health economist at the University of Virginia.Data from death certificates move from coroners and medical examiners to states and eventually the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which publishes reports on overdose counts across the U.S. According to the CDC, more than 42,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, a 30 percent increase from the year before.But that number is only as good as the data states submit to the CDC. Ruhm said the real number of opioid overdose deaths is closer to 50,000. He came to the higher estimate through an analysis of overdoses that weren’t linked to specific drugs.On a death certificate, coroners and medical examiners often leave out exactly which drug or drugs contributed to a death. “In some cases, they’re classifying it as a drug death, but they don’t list the kind of drug that was involved,” said Ruhm. In the years he reviewed in his paper, 1999 to 2015, investigators didn’t specify a drug in one-sixth to one-quarter of overdose deaths.Some states do worse than others. In 14 states, between 20 and 48 percent of all overdose deaths weren’t attributed to specific drugs in 2016, according to a breakdown from FiveThirtyEight.Many overdoses not linked to a specific drug were likely opioid-related, Ruhm says, so the lack of specificity leads to undercounting. According to Ruhm’s earlier research published in 2017, Indiana’s opioid overdose fatality rate is especially far off. He estimated the state’s rate in 2014 was 14.3 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, twice as high as the rate reported that year.In some states such as Indiana, independent county coroners investigate deaths. Coroners are usually elected, and they aren’t necessarily medical professionals. Other states, though, have medical examiners, who are doctors. Some even have a chief medical examiner who oversees death investigations for the whole state.”States that have centralized oversight with medical examiners tend to do better than those with coroners,” said Ruhm.In some places, death investigators don’t list substances on a death certificate because they haven’t tested for them. Brad Ray, a policy researcher at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said toxicology reports cost hundreds of dollars each, which could strain county budgets.Additionally, toxicology reports are currently optional for Indiana coroners. “So if you’re not required to pay for it, and you’re not required to report it, why would you?” said Ray.Indiana’s legislature recently passed a bill to standardize how coroners handle suspected overdoses, and Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign it. Starting in July, coroners will have to run toxicology screens and report the results to the state health department. The state will also help cover the added costs.More accurate data will likely make the opioid problem look worse as the numbers go up. But Ray said realistic data could help the state access federal funds to tackle the opioid epidemic and keep better track of drug problems.”So we can see when trends are happening. We can see when there tend to be increases in cocaine and meth and decreases in opioids, if that happens,” said Ray.Marion County’s Ballew learned at a conference last year that she could help improve the state’s data. Her office was already getting toxicology reports for all suspected overdoses, and now her team will list the drugs involved in an overdose on the death certificate.”We’ll say ‘drug overdose’ or ‘drug intoxication,’ and then we identify the drugs,” she said. “So if it’s five drugs that have caused or contributed to the death, then we put those five drugs down.”Ballew plans to travel the state and train other coroners to do it the same way.This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a reporting collaborative focused on public health, in partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. You can follow Jake Harper on Twitter: @jkhrpr. Copyright 2018 Side Effects Public Media. To see more, visit Side Effects Public Media.last_img read more

Mobile Users Are Spending More Time Playing Pokémon Go Than on Facebook

first_img Image credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN / Staff | Getty Images Mobile Users Are Spending More Time Playing Pokémon Go Than on Facebook — Start Up Your Day Roundup 1 min read Start Up Your Day Add to Queue 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. July 14, 2016 Guest Writer Contributorcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Cha-ching. Amazon’s Prime Day sales exceeded last year’s by 60 percent, with more than 600 items sold per second.VIP. Starbucks has plans for a new chain of upscale coffee shops.Taking over. Mobile users are spending more time playing Pokémon Go than scrolling through the Facebook app. The game also has more daily users than Twitter — just one week after its release.Family oriented. Google Play’s family plan, which will allow sharing among up to six people, is ready to launch.Record breaking. Airbnb hit 100 million guests amid controversy regarding racism among users.Updated. Facebook Messenger now supports 3D touch, but only on the iPhone 6S.Offset. Tesla has ended its Model S resale value guarantee but also unveiled a less pricey crossover Model X 60D.Beyond prototyping. Daimler Trucks, the world’s largest truck manufacturer, will soon use 3-D printing to produce spare parts. Grace Reader Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Diet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosa

first_imgBy Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 15 2019Diet is important in maintaining human health, but its underlying mechanism is not yet fully understood. Now, a team of researchers sheds light on the connection of diet and health, and it has something to do with the microbiome composition in human colonic mucosa.The investigators at Baylor College of Medicine report the link between diet quality and microbiome structure and composition in the colonic mucosa, providing insight into the mechanism behind how diet impacts health.It is known that the intestinal microbiome plays an important role in modulating chronic disease risk. The study, which was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that diet plays an equally significant role in shaping the microbiome, hence, affects overall health.The researchers found that a high-quality or a healthy diet is associated with potentially beneficial bacteria and in contrary, a poor diet is linked to an increase in potentially pathogenic bacteria. Hence, they encourage that one way to modify the microbiome is through diet, which can be an approach to lower chronic disease risk.  The gut microbiomeThe human gut microbiome consists of tens of trillions of resident microorganisms, including bacterial There are more than 1,000 different species of bacteria with more than 3 million genes, which is 150 times more than the human genes. Recently, a growing body of knowledge proves the benefits of gut microbiome to health. There is also a growing interest in the capability to modify the gut microbiota. For instance, a change in diet alters the microbial composition.Diet is a major factor affecting the microbial community structure in the gut. In turn, it can affect the ability of both the beneficial and harmful microorganisms to colonize it. Aside from that, the human gut flora can impact nutrient uptake, energy harvest, vitamin synthesis, carcinogen metabolism, chronic inflammation, metabolic response, and body’s immune system response. All these factors impact the risk of developing chronic diseases.Related StoriesStudy emphasizes need for prioritizing nutrition care for home health patientsInvitation to attend Microbiome Movement – Drug Development & Nutrition Summit in SingaporeBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer”One new contribution to this work is that we looked at the microbiome associated with colonic mucosa. Most other studies of the human gut microbiome have used fecal samples,” Dr. Li Jiao, associate professor of medicine-gastroenterology and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, explained.“We looked at colon mucosal-associated microbiome because we know that this microbiome is different from that in the fecal samples, and it is said to be more related to human immunity and the host-microbiome interaction than the microbiome in fecal samples,” she added.Dietary quality affects gut floraTo land to the findings of the study, the researchers utilized modern sequencing techniques to study the bacterial community composition living in colonic mucosal biopsy samples. They analyzed the bacterial structure using the 16S rRNA gene (V4 version) sequencing in 97 colonic mucosal biopsies obtained from colonoscopy samples of different colon segments from 34 patients. These patients, who were healthy and polyp-free, underwent colonoscopy at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston from 2013 to 2017.The team found that a good quality diet, which is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, positively impacts the abundance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. These bacteria species are those with anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating a diet with most of the calories from grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products.On the other hand, eating a poor-quality diet has been linked to the abundance of potentially-harmful bacteria, including Fusobacteria, a type of bacteria associated with colorectal cancer.The team also wants to investigate how a potentially harmful gut microbiome in people who consume an unhealthy diet would benefit from diet modification and use of prebiotics or probiotics.The researchers said that nonmodifiable factors like aging ang genetics also influence disease risk, but they can’t be modified. Meanwhile, diet is an excellent factor that can be modified, providing a good tactic to develop a microbiome to promote overall health. Journal reference:Liu, Y., Ajami, N., El-Serag, H., Hair, C., Graham, D., White, D., Chen, L., Wang, Z., Plew, S., Kramer, J., Cole, R., Hernaez, R., Hou, J., Husain, N., Jarbrink-Sehgal, M., Kanwal, F., Ketwaroo, G., Natarajan, Y., Shah, R., Velez, M., Mallepally, N., Petrosino, J., and Jiao, Li. (2019). Dietary quality and the colonic mucosa–associated gut microbiome in humans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Microbiome in human gut. Image Credit: Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics / Shutterstocklast_img read more

Modeling human behavior with Airbnb

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Citation: Modeling human behavior with Airbnb (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further Airbnb takes steps to welcome travelers with disabilities Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Researchers at Idiap and EPFL have been working with psychologists to understand how people form first impressions from photos. They focused on how people respond to properties available on Airbnb. Better analysis of human behavior should allow scientists to program machines capable of making more “human” decisions. More information: Laurent Son Nguyen et al. Check Out This Place: Inferring Ambiance from Airbnb Photos, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2017). DOI: 10.1109/TMM.2017.2769444 With just a few clicks on TripAdvisor or Airbnb, you can book a romantic apartment for a weekend away with your partner, or a stylish restaurant for a business lunch. The rapid decisions involved, based mainly on images, are far from trivial given their commercial importance and the economic revolution represented by the advent of on-demand economy websites like Airbnb. But what is it about an image that prompts us to describe an interior as “trendy”, “colorful” or “practical”? To answer that question, researchers at Idiap Research Institute and at EPFL have been working with psychologists from the University of Lausanne. They want to gain a better understanding of social media users’ perceptions and behavior and then use this knowledge to program computers capable of making decisions in a more human way. “In the era of big data, machines are increasingly behind a large number of decisions,” explains Daniel Gatica-Perez, adjunct professor at EPFL School of Engineering and Digital Humanities Institute. “Our aim is to make them as similar as possible to human decisions.”A collaboration between psychologists and engineersTo understand how a first impression is formed, researchers first carried out interviews with guests and travelers, asking them how they select accommodations. They used 350,000 images of 22,000 properties listed on Airbnb in Switzerland and Mexico, and applied to them an algorithmic analysis to check that they were images of interiors. They then selected 200 properties at random and sent a list of adjectives to online observers. Those observers had to decide how accurately the adjectives described each property, on a scale of 1 to 7. Some adjectives were more factual (such as “clean” and “cluttered”), while others were more subjective (such as “bohemian” and “charming”). That stage, carried out in collaboration between psychologists and engineers, revealed which characteristics all participants agreed on and which ones they disagreed on. For properties described as “colorful” or “dark,” most respondents agreed with those adjectives and the scores were very similar. Scores for other adjectives, such as “relaxed” or “traditional,” varied widely depending on the property. 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. Analyzing human perception onlineThe scientists then carried out modeling based on the data obtained. They tried to detect which characteristics of the photos prompted the participants to describe them using a given adjective, in order to program computers to recognize them. Next, they looked at the extent to which the adjectives were interrelated. Will people describing a property as “colorful” also associate the adjective “clean” with that property? What is the connection between “pretentious, “trendy,” “organized” and “large”? How are positive and negative adjectives, and factual and subjective adjectives, interrelated? And why is the adjective “romantic” more closely associated with “sophisticated” than with “trendy”? “We might expect ‘large’ and ‘spacious’ to be very close together in people’s minds, and ‘cluttered’ and ’empty’ to be very far apart,” says Gatica-Perez. “But the relationships are more complex. Using our system, if we recognize one characteristic, we can also associate other adjectives connected to them in people’s minds.”Machines helping humansFinally, the researchers took the property images and applied algorithms used in the field of deep learning, comparing the results with those obtained from humans. Eventually, professionals such as architects or designers could apply the results to photos of interiors. The laboratory is also monitoring the development of image sharing sites which, for a given place, display very different photos – professional and amateur – leading to widely varying perceptions. However, the scientists’ main goal is to understand the characteristics of images and the connections that determine the way we form impressions, so that they can program computers to imitate them. “We often hear that machines perform better than humans,” concludes Gatica-Perez. “Our aim is different: we want to train machines to recognize these subtleties that humans perceive and express in their day-to-day lives, and to use them to support people’s real needs.””Check Out This Place: Inferring Ambiance from Airbnb Photos” is published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. read more

Enabling fabrication beyond 7nm

first_img Provided by IBM Journal information: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces My team at IBM Research – Almaden in Silicon Valley has invented several new materials and material science processes that help address these issues. Our work, published recently in Applied Materials & Interfaces, shows a method of selectively depositing a material on feature sizes as small as 15nm (that’s 75,000x smaller than the diameter of a strand of hair) by simply growing a film in a selected area. With traditional methods of fabrication, this would require coating a substrate with resist, patterning the resist through an exposure step, developing the image, depositing an inorganic film and then stripping the resist to give you a patterned inorganic material. We found a way of depositing this inorganic film much more simply, using a self-aligned process, where we immerse a prepatterned substrate in a solution containing a special material and then add that coated substrate it to a deposition chamber and you’re done. We are literally able to grow a component of a device in a controllable manner at the nanoscale.This simple process of self-alignment is one tool required to continue scaling as it promises to simplify complex processes, saving money and reducing errors in final devices.  In addition, our ability to compute complex problems is rapidly advancing, fueled by emerging technologies like AI and neuromorphic computing, each of which have very different hardware requirements in comparison to traditional semiconductor processes. Our self-alignment process provides an additional tool to fabricate non-traditional hardware that may require three dimensional structures such as cross-point arrays.The idea of a selective deposition is not new. What is new is the synthesis and demonstration of a new material that enabled us to do this at a scale relevant for the semiconductor industry. We’ve primarily drawn from a depth of knowledge in the synthesis of new materials and the ability to tailor a chemical structure for demanding applications;1 in my time at Almaden, we’ve demonstrated this in the development of unique polymerizations,2 materials3,4 and characterization methods5,6. Once we develop methods of scaling this process, we can begin to integrate it as we build next generation hardware, whether it is for new AI hardware or making devices at the 7nm technology node or beyond. The thought of being a part of a technology advancement that could be in every smart phone or AI hardware in the future is an incredibly exciting endeavor. How did we get from the Palm Pilots of the 90s to the ultra-powerful smart phones of today? In large part, because of scaling, where integrated circuits are made with smaller feature sizes fitting more and more circuit elements in the same area of silicon at each technology generation. This sets our expectations that in 20 more years, our mobile devices of today will look like the Palm Pilot of yesterday. However, as current semiconductor fabrication processes are nearing fundamental limits, and the emergence of AI is driving demand for non-traditional computing architectures, new methods to fabricate at the nanoscale are required. Scanning Electron Micrograph of a large field region showing low defectivity in a selectively deposited film, highlighted region is a large area with 100nm line spaces. Inset, enlarged area of a prepatterned tungsten surface where highlighted (blue) areas contain an inhibitory molecule synthesized at IBM Research – Almaden. Credit: IBM More information: Rudy Wojtecki et al. Fifteen Nanometer Resolved Patterns in Selective Area Atomic Layer Deposition—Defectivity Reduction by Monolayer Design, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b13896center_img Delivering pressure with an unconventional crystal interface Citation: Enabling fabrication beyond 7nm (2018, November 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further 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

Rain hits DelhiNCR brings much needed relief

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 18:23 IST The rain hit Delhi after a long dry spell and hot weatherRain hit Delhi and the larger National Capital Region, cooling temperatures and bringing much needed relief to the parched capital. Heavy rain was reported in Central Delhi, East Delhi and some parts of neighbouring Noida.The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall, however, was brief and stopped after around 15-20 minutes.The rain hit Delhi after a long dry spell and hot weather. Rain was also expected in parts of Uttar Pradesh with monsoon clouds covering capital Lucknow on Sunday.Earlier, the IMD had predicted rain over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall was predicted to continue until Thursday.Delhi: Rain lashes parts of the city; #visuals from Akbar Road. #DelhiRains (@ANI) July 15, 2019″The sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected. The city is likely to receive light rain till Thursday,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.Private weather forecasting agency Skymet echoed the IMD, saying rain was expected to commence from Monday.”Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains will commence by today evening. Intensity will increase gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather said.(With inputs from IANS)WATCH | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 byDev Goswami Next Rain hits Delhi-NCR, brings much needed reliefThe rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR.advertisementlast_img read more

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