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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 27, 2017 – Providenciales – A long standing tradition for CIBC FirstCaribbean has been to support the National Cancer Society of the Turks and Caicos; 2017 was no exception and the bank stepped up in a major way to present a significant gift to the organisation which supports families and people living with the dreaded disease.Larry Lawrence is Country manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean and he turned over a cheque for $15,000.“We are very proud to announce that the TCI team has raised $15,000 this year to support the work of the Natioanal Cancer Society in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Their educational programs, that is the National Cancer Society are critical to helping generate awareness, and of course early detection, treatment and prevention of cancer.  So this is a very important initiative that the National Cancer Society has undertaken in the Turks and Caicos Islands and we of course are very happy to facilitate that.  Several of our team members and their families have been affected by cancer throughout the years, and that there is much public awareness throughout TCI, in other words, this is very close to our hearts.”Rosemary Jolly is the president of the Natl Cancer Society and she along with Elaina Patrick, the Society’s protocol officer accepted the cheque and explained the use of the donation derived from the Walk for a Cure event and bake sale fundraisers held by the bank during the year.“Over teh last six weeks, we have had six or seven persons, whether just diagnosed or diagnosed some time ago, but have just reached out to us for support, and so our work continues and our commitment continues.  So contributions like this really puts us in a better position to help those who are counting so much on us.  So once again thanks very much First Caribbean and thanks for your staff’s commitment to this cause and thanks to our corperate sponsors.”#MagneticMediaNews#CIBCpresentschecktoTCICancerSociety Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CIBCpresentschecktoTCICancerSociety, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s unlikely that Aston Martin’s no-deal Brexit survival plan includes building further V8 Cygnets, unfortunately. Aston Martin While we’re up to our ears here in the US with partial government shutdowns and wall talk, the folks over in the UK are staring down the barrel of a possible no-deal Brexit, in which Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. The prospect has companies such as Aston Martin taking emergency measures to stay afloat, Reuters reports.The UK is set to leave the EU on March 29. The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated a trade deal with the EU but has yet to win support for it in Parliament. Her government on Tuesday suffered defeat over a related finance measure, The Guardian reports. Without a deal, shipments to and from Europe are likely to be severely delayed.The Aston Martin top brass decided at a board meeting in December to enact its no-deal Brexit contingency plan — one which we can only imagine is called something super cool like Condition Aubergine or the Condor Contingency. It will mean major changes to the way the company operates on a day-to-day basis, according to Reuters.Specifically, Aston Martin will use ports other than Dover in an effort to avoid customs delays, and it has authorized its procurement people to use air freight when shipping components from certain vendors.Aston Martin — like many automakers — runs on a just-in-time manufacturing system when it comes to getting the materials it needs to build its cars. Naturally, having the kinds of delays that are expected if a no-deal Brexit happens would pee in Aston Martin’s Wheaties, figuratively speaking. This would likely cause massive production upset, something which a relatively small independent company like Aston Martin can’t afford.The company is also holding on to an inventory of cars in Germany that it will likely augment in the coming weeks, in an effort to avoid post-Brexit costs and paperwork.Aston Martin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 25 Photos Aston Martin Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Car Industry Luxury cars Exotic Cars Performance Cars Aston Martinlast_img read more

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 18, 2008 shows Indian writer Arundhati Roy smiling at an event at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. AFPArundhati Roy’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from poverty and globalisation to the conflict in Kashmir in essays that were often highly critical of India’s ruling class.Her campaigning earned her the wrath of many in the Indian establishment and has clearly influenced her latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, which she has said took 10 years to produce.Publisher Penguin says it takes the reader “from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis” and on to the troubled Kashmir Valley and the jungles of central India, wracked by a long-running Maoist rebellion.”There was this huge sense of urgency when I was writing the political essays, each time you wanted to blow a space open, on any issue,” Roy told The Hindu daily in an interview published last week.”But fiction takes its time and is layered… It is not just a human rights report about how many people have been killed and where. How do you describe the psychosis of what is going on? Except through fiction.”Roy was lauded at home when she became the first resident Indian to win the Booker for her novel about twins growing up in the southern state of Kerala. Previous Indian winners had lived outside the country.The Times of India in an editorial titled “Novel Indian” quoted a “prophecy” by James Joyce — “The East shall wake the West awake/And ye shall have night for morn” — which it said “seems to be coming true”.Roy recalled in a recent BBC interview how she was suddenly on the cover of every magazine — until she spoke out against India’s nuclear tests a year later.”Not that I had a say in it, but I was being marketed as this new product of the global India,” she said.”And then suddenly the government did these nuclear tests… And I wrote this essay condemning the tests, and at that point the fairy princess was kicked off her pedestal in a minute.”- ‘Scarring’ -Roy, now 55, went on to become one of India’s most famous and polarising authors.She was briefly jailed for contempt of court over her activism and still faces a sedition charge for challenging India’s right to rule over the disputed Kashmir region in 2010.She argues that India’s economic boom has made a small minority rich on the suffering of the poor, and has spent time researching the work of Maoist rebels fighting for land rights in the resource-rich jungles of central India.Her criticism of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been particularly fierce. She once called for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be put on trial over the deadly anti-Muslim riots that occurred in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when he was chief minister.Modi has been dogged by accusations he turned a blind eye to the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2012.Internationally she remains a huge draw, lauded both for her activism and her writing, and the reviews for her second novel have been broadly — though not universally — positive.The Financial Times said it was “as remarkable as her first”, and promised her admirers would not be disappointed, while The New Yorker called it a “scarring novel of India’s modern history”.But some critics were sceptical about her attempts to introduce her political causes into her fiction.”‘Ministry’ is two decades of polemic distilled into one book, with a superstructure of fiction to hold it together,” said The Economist. “It does not work.”last_img read more

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore on 4 August 2018The United States will continue to hold accountable those responsible for what he described as the “abhorrent ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.Pompeo’s statement came on the one year anniversary of the conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh.“A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma,” Pompeo said on Twitter, using an alternative name for Myanmar.“The US will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed.”The military ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years after seizing power in a 1962 coup and retains considerable powers under a 2008 constitution.Myanmar government spokesmen Zaw Htay was unavailable for comment on Sunday.The government, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied refugees’ allegations of atrocities, saying security forces lawfully suppressed Muslim militants in Rakhine.Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.Thousands of refugees marched prayed and chanted slogans in events across the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. Many wore black ribbons to commemorate what they said was the start of the “Rohingya genocide”.Across the border in Myanmar, the government said security patrols had been increased in the conflict area ahead of the anniversary for fear of further violence. Members of the mostly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group and Hindus from Rakhine state said they would hold events to remember those killed by Rohingya militants in attacks that triggered the crisis.Earlier this month, the United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.International pressure on Myanmar has been growing as UN-mandated investigators are set to publish a report on the crisis on Monday and the United Nations Security Council will hold a briefing on Myanmar on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /50:40 On Monday’s Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the continuing fire at a Deer Park petrochemical facility. The fire has spread to include eight tanks, including some holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner.Also this hour: Officials from the Houston Airport System answer listener questions about travel to and from the three airports in Greater Houston. Plus, the PBS show No Passport Required is visiting Houston to explore the culture of our city’s Nigerian community.And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports, from the UH Cougars landing a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament to the Rockets winning 11 of their last 12 games.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will come up with a centre of excellence on Blockchain in collaboration with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).The centre of excellence will be imparting advice and training in blockchain technology to all stakeholders. “We are expecting to come up with such a centre of excellence on Blockchain by the end of this financial year. We are also holding talks with Calcutta University for a centre of excellence on Quantum Computing,” a senior official of state IT& E department said on the sidelines of the two-day Global Blockchain Congress that kicked off at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Brazil is the only country in the globe that has an academy on Blockchain. Industries including IT professionals seek advice and look for solutions from this academy. Kolkata will be the second place in the world which will come up with a centre of excellence on this emerging technology. The government has taken a focused approach toward leveraging Blockchain technology to establish Bengal as a front-runner in becoming an emerging Technology Hub. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAmong all the financial institutions, almost 50 percent of the banks are expected to use this technology by 2020 and there is a huge transformation expected to take place in the non-financial sector as well within next few years. “Blockchain is expected to create a significant impact in the job market as knowledge of this disruptive technology is in high demand in numerous sectors of the industry,” a senior official of IT&E department said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more

first_imgCloud TV service Magine TV has partnered with Thailand-based cable network CTH, marking its first entry into the Asian mobile TV market.Magine TV will power CTH’s over-the-top offering, distributing CTH’s entertainment and sports channel packages – including Barclays Premier League coverage – across Thailand.Magine CEO, Ambuj Goyal, hailed the deal as a “major step” for the company. “Live sports events such as Premier League football matches are integral to CTH’s offering, and create a huge demand on OTT platforms in terms of the number of users streaming concurrently.”Amarit Sukhavanij, CEO of CTH, said: “We are delighted to partner with Magine, a truly best in class in the OTT space, to move CTH into an area of offering which is becoming more and more relevant in Thailand.”Sweden-based Magine launched commercially in its home market in March 2013 and in Germany in April 2014. The firm delivers live linear TV channels and catch-up content over the web to all screens – including mobiles and tablets – and last month acquired Nordic streaming service Plejmo to allow for greater VoD development within the Magine TV platform.last_img read more

first_imgThere should be significant declines in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver in today’s reportThe gold price chopped around a few dollars either side of the $1,645 spot mark through all of Far East and early London trading yesterday.  There was a bit of a sell-off at the Comex open, but that reversed itself in short order.But thirty minutes the afternoon London gold fix was in at 3:00 p.m. GMT…10:00 a.m. in New York…the bullion banks’ high-frequency traders went to work.  Gold’s low price tick [$1,632.10 spot] came fifteen minutes after the Comex close…and from there, gold more or less traded sideways into the electronic close.The spike high of the day…$1,650.80 spot…came about 9:05 a.m. Eastern time.Gold closed the Thursday trading session at $1,634.40 spot…down another $8.20.  With a new low price set for this move down, volume was very chunky at 189,000 contracts, give or take.The price action in silver was similar…but far more ‘volatile’…   After trading around the $30.80 spot mark for twelve hours and change, the silver price jumped up shortly after 11:00 a.m. in London…and then, like gold, hit its high tick of the day [$31.16 spot] at 9:05 a.m. in early Comex trading in New York.A slightly negative price bias developed from there until after the London p.m. gold fix was in…and then the usual engineered price decline began.  Silver’s low price tick [$30.14 spot] came a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time…and the subsequent rally wasn’t allowed to get far.In case you missed it, silver had an intraday move of over a buck.  With their big short position covered in SLV…now JPMorgan Chase is now working on their short position on the Comex in earnest.Silver closed at $30.40 spot…down 38 cents on the day.  Net volume was very respectable…around 40,000 contracts.The dollar index opened on Thursday in the Far East at 80.07…and began to chop higher from there.  The zenith…80.58…came shortly after 10:00 a.m. in London…and then began a long, slow decline right into the close of electronic trading in New York.  The index finished the day at 80.39…up 32 basis points.It should be more than obvious to anyone, that the currency moves yesterday were no factor in the prices of the precious metals on world markets.Much to my amazement, the gold stocks gapped up at the open…and almost made it to the 400 mark on the HUI.  But once the engineered price decline began in the gold, the gold stocks sold off a bit.  However, the HUI still managed to finish in positive territory…up 0.69%.The silver stocks finished mixed despite the pounding that JPMorgan et al gave the metal itself…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a tiny 0.19%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 127 gold and 66 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, the two largest short/issuers were JPMorgan and Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia with 97 and 21 contracts apiece.  The only two long/stoppers were Deutsche Bank and HSBC USA.  They stopped 82 and 45 contracts respectively.In silver, Jefferies was the sole short/issuer once again…and the Bank of Nova Scotia stopped 62 of them.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant withdrew 96,790 troy ounces of gold yesterday.  But the big surprise was SLV, as an authorized participant deposited 870,194 troy ounces.  Go figure!The U.S. Mint had no sales report yesterday.Wednesday was another busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories as 1,247,060 troy ounces of silver were deposited…and only 215,978 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.Joshua Gibbons, the Silver Bar Guru of SLV, updated his website with the latest in/out activity in all of SLV’s bullion vaults for the week that was…and it’s always worth checking out.  The link is here.Yesterday I ran a story headlined “Houston city council passes ordinance to fingerprint, photograph precious metal sellers“.  The story is true, but only up to a point.  I got an e-mail from reader Joseph Kahn…”and the by-law only applies to jewellery, not bullion and coins, so no Social Security Number has to be provided when you’re selling that.  The law was passed to satisfy the city.”[As an aside, we have a similar law in the city of Edmonton…all precious metal sellers have to provide two pieces of I.D…one of which must be a government picture I.D…no photo or fingerprint…and any jewellery purchased has to be held for forty-five days in case the police wish to examine it.  A smart crime-prevention move which should be adopted everywhere.  So take the blue pill and call me in the morning. – Ed] I have a fairly large number of stories for you today, so I hope you can find the time to wade through the ones that interest you.My advice is to hold all gold positions and wait patiently for the correction to end.  Just before the huge 1979-80 surge, we saw a big ‘clean out’ correction in gold.  I believe history is about repeat. – Richard Russell on King World NewsOnce again it was another day of “da boyz” slicing the salami to the downside and, as usual, all the price/volume action that really mattered occurred during the Comex session in New York.  It was ever thus…as Allan Fotheringham used to say.Yesterday was another big volume day in gold…and for the first time in a while, silver volume was elevated, although not spectacular.  The large volume levels always occur on new low moves to the downside, as the high-frequency traders that work for JPMorgan et al, start the price ball rolling down hill…and the technical fund liquidation always follows as sell stops are hit.  Ted Butler has been pointing out this sequence of events for years now…and it was obvious for all to see in yesterday’s New York price action.Based on yesterday’s price activity in both gold and silver, I was more than surprised to see their associated equities do as well as they did.  However, I have mixed feelings when I see this sort of dichotomy.  Either some prescient buyer is scooping up shares on the cheap…or “da boyz” are buying them to unload them later to cap any run-away rally in the HUI.  And as I always say at this juncture…I may be looking for black bears in dark rooms that aren’t there…but I don’t think so…and John Embry, plus others, are of the same mind on this.Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with yesterday’s price doji.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)You’ll note that even though we’re at new lows for this move down in both silver and gold, the Relative Strength Indicators [RSI] in both metals are still in neutral territory…but heading for oversold rather quickly.  It would be my guess that we should hit rock bottom during the next few trading days…but that all depends on the bullion banks…and Blythe Masters still isn’t returning my calls.Too bad that yesterday’s price and volume activity won’t be in today’s Commitment of Traders Report that comes out later this afternoon.  But just eye-balling the Tuesday-to-Tuesday reporting week, I’d guess there should be significant declines in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver in today’s report. But from very recent past experience, I’m not prepared to bet the ranch on it.And, without question, there’s been even more improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold since the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time cut-off on Tuesday.I note that the ‘slicing of the salami’ has continued in early Far East trading on their Friday…and also shortly after London opened at 8:00 a.m. GMT…3:00 a.m. in New York…as several new lows price ticks have been engineered in both metals by the high-frequency traders.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, gold volume is already north of 35,000 contracts…and silver’s volume is around 5,500 contracts.  The dollar index is chopping sideways in a very tight range.JPMorgan et al may take the opportunity to smack the precious metal prices pretty hard when Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. in New York.  They passed on that opportunity the other day…and neither Ted Butler or myself could figure out why.  Let’s see what they have in store for us today…considering the fact that its Friday.And as I mentioned before, I think we’ll see a bottom put in during the next couple of trading days…and my thoughts on this were reaffirmed yesterday when Dennis Gartman said he was shorting gold.  When Dennis starts trashing the ancient metal of kings like that, the rest of us should be buying with both hands.Enjoy your weekend…or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019Researchers have provided the first evidence that mass drug administration (MDA) can grant community-level protection against Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) malaria.Their findings, published today in eLife, suggest that malaria elimination programs intending to use MDA as part of their efforts should approach communities in a way that encourages high levels of buy in and participation.The global burden of malaria has decreased over the last decade and many nations are aiming to eliminate the disease altogether, but a major challenge to this goal is people carrying malaria parasites without showing any symptoms.One method to help clear all infections in a community is MDA, whereby everyone is asked to take antimalarial drugs at the same time, regardless of whether or not they feel ill. This approach should be used only after routine malaria control measures are established, such as the distribution of mosquito nets and treatment of clinical cases.Related StoriesScientists identify malaria’s Achilles’ heelMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionMalaria free status for Algeria and Argentina”Several studies have shown that MDA is a promising approach for reducing malaria burdens, but its success depends largely on community buy in,” explains first author Daniel Parker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, US. “If enough community members participate, then even those who aren’t treated, such as young children or pregnant women, should be better protected as the number of infections are reduced – otherwise known as the ‘herd effect’. However, the idea of a herd effect providing additional levels of population protection against malaria has not yet been observed.”To explore this, Parker and his team used detailed data from an MDA trial in Kayin State, Myanmar. Their study covered four villages, which were selected based on P. falciparum malaria prevalence surveys, over the period from May 2013 to June 2015. A total of 3,229 villagers, including both males and females, were included in the analysis.Their findings revealed that individuals who lived in a neighborhood with high participation in MDA were less likely to have malaria. Meanwhile, those from neighborhoods with low MDA adherence had an almost three times higher chance of contracting malaria following treatment. In both cases, these results were regardless of whether or not the individuals took antimalarial drugs themselves, meaning that community participation is crucial to MDA success.”MDA is an important tool in the fight against malaria, and our work paves the way for further research and improvements to current practices concerning this method,” Parker concludes. “In particular, it highlights the importance of approaching communities in an engaging and appropriate manner if we are to encourage their involvement in MDA.” Source:https://elifesciences.org/for-the-press/27be0947/mass-drug-administrations-can-grant-population-protection-against-malarialast_img read more

Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Bioinformatics professors Anthony Gitter and Casey Greene set out in summer 2016 to write a paper about biomedical applications for deep learning, a hot new artificial intelligence field striving to mimic the neural networks of the human brain. Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. More information: Opportunities and obstacles for deep learning in biology and medicine, Journal of the Royal Society Interface (2018). rsif.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsif.2017.0387 Explore further They completed the paper, but also triggered an intriguing case of academic crowdsourcing. Today, the paper has been massively written and revised with the help of more than 40 online collaborators, most of whom contributed enough to become co-authors.The updated study, “Opportunities and obstacles for deep learning in biology and medicine,” was published April 4, 2018 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.Gitter, of the Morgridge Institute for Research and University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Greene, of the University of Pennsylvania; both work in the application of computational tools to solve big challenges in health and biology. They wanted to see where deep learning was making a difference and where the untapped potential lies in the biomedical world.Gitter likened the process to how the open source software community works.”We are basically taking a software engineering approach to writing a scholarly paper,” he says. “We’re using the GitHub website as our primary writing platform, which is the most popular place online for people to collaborate on writing code.”Adds Gitter: “We also adopted the software engineering mentality of getting a big team of people to work together on one product, and coordinating what needs to be done next.”The new authors frequently provided examples of how deep learning is impacting their corner of science. For example, Gitter says one scientist contributed a section on cryo-electron microscopy, a new must-have tool for biology imaging, that is using deep learning techniques. Others rewrote portions to make it more accessible to non-biologists or provided ethical background on medical data privacy.Deep learning is part of a broader family of machine learning tools that has made breakthrough gains in recent years. It uses the structure of neural networks to feed inputs into multiple layers to train the algorithm. It can build ways to identify and describe recurring features in data, while also being able to predict some outputs. Deep learning also can work in “unsupervised” mode, where it can explain or identify interesting patterns in data without being directed.One famous example of unsupervised deep learning is when a Google-produced neural network identified that the three most important components of online videos were faces, pedestrians and cats—without being told to look for them.Deep learning has transformed programs like face recognition, speech patterns and language translation. Among the scores of clever applications is a program that learns the signature artistic traits of famous painters, and then transforms everyday pictures into a Van Gogh, Picasso or Monet.Greene says deep learning has not yet revealed the “hidden cats” in healthcare data, but there are some promising developments. Several studies are using deep learning to better categorize breast cancer patients by disease subtype and most beneficial treatment option. Another program is training deep learning on huge natural image databases to be able to diagnose diabetic retinopathy and melanoma. These applications surpassed some of the state of the art tools.Deep learning also is contributing to better clinical decision-making, improving the success rates of clinical trials, and tools that can better predict the toxicity of new drug candidates.”Deep learning tries to integrate things and make predictions about who might be at risk to develop certain diseases, and how we can try to circumvent them early on,” Gitter says. “We could identify who needs more screening or testing. We could do this in a preventative, forward thinking manner. That’s where my co-authors and I are excited. We feel like the potential payoff is so great, even if the current technology cannot meet these lofty goals.” Provided by Morgridge Institute for Research New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable Citation: Scholarly snowball: Deep learning paper generates big online collaboration (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-scholarly-snowball-deep-paper-big.html read more

first_img The only way to go was up. In 2016, amid Russian meddling, federal officials first were accused of being too tight-lipped on intelligence about possible hacking into state systems and later criticized for trying to hijack control from the states.National security officials have said that heading into the Nov. 6 midterms, they haven’t yet seen the type of large-scale infiltrations that happened in 2016. They say the real test of this new-and-improved partnership possibly won’t come until the 2020 presidential election.States are responsible for running elections. Federal officials can offer support but have no way to compel states to change how they count ballots. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Microsoft hopes to protect candidates without skirting laws Citation: States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes (2018, October 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-states-feds-election-clashes.html Election officials and federal cybersecurity agents are touting improved collaboration aimed at confronting and deterring efforts to tamper with elections. 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

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim, jailed twice for what he says were trumped-up sodomy charges, said on Thursday he has the support needed to become prime minister and denied calling for a potential challenger to resign over a new gay sex scandal. FILE PHOTO: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim speaks during the Singapore Summit in Singapore, September 15, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar SuIndications of divisions in Anwar’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) surfaced after a series of videos circulated among politicians and journalists in June, allegedly showing Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali and another man having sex. Gay sex is illegal in Malaysia, and carries penalties of jail and whipping if convicted. Azmin, the deputy head of PKR and seen as close to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said he was not in the videos which he called a “nefarious plot” to end his career. Anwar denied news reports that he had called for Azmin to resign if the videos were proved to be authentic. Anwar said his comments were taken out of context. “On the issue of the sex video, from the beginning we expressed disgust at the manner the gutter politics has been played,” Anwar told reporters in parliament on Thursday. Anwar brushed aside talk of a challenge from Azmin for the premiership. “I’ve got the numbers, I’ve got the support of Pakatan Harapan and the prime minister,” he said, referring to the ruling coalition of which PKR is the biggest party. “It is not fair to me or to Azmin to indicate otherwise.” Anwar was earlier rebuked by more than 20 members of PKR’s supreme council over his comments reported on Wednesday. “We urge (Anwar) as the Party President to stop making such divisive statements,” the council said in a statement. “We call upon him to work instead to unite the party in the interest of our members, Pakatan Harapan and our country.” Anwar said he accepted the criticism, which he said was a call for him to strengthen party unity. Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

first_img Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoCNETMeet the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraftCNETUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo The 11 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Dark Matter There are voids in the universe, and we can’t see them properly. And that’s a good thing. These voids — giant, irregular gaps in space that are empty of galaxies — are all over the cosmos. But, because they are empty, astronomers can’t directly observe them. Instead, they spot them by mapping galaxies across space, and then marking the areas in between these areas. However, from our perspective on Earth, all those voids look distorted. These areas appear stretched in some places and squished in others. That’s a consequence of “redshifting” of galaxies at their borders, a visual distortion caused by the movement of these systems: As they move away from the viewer (Earthlings, in this case), the galaxies’ wavelengths appear to stretch, becoming more red; those moving toward us would look more blue as their wavelengths get shorter. Dark energy is the name astronomers have given to an invisible force stretching our universe and causing galaxies to move away from one another.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65928-stare-into-the-fuzzy-dark-void.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  That distortion turns out to be a good thing, according to a paper published July 9 in the journal Physical Review D. Until now, researchers have relied on precise measurements of the redshifts of individual galaxies to figure out how fast the universe is expanding, and in turn, how much dark energy is present to drive that expansion. But measuring the distortions of voids turns out to be a much more precise technique, allowing the researchers to narrow down that expansion even further. [From Big Bang to Present: Snapshots of Our Universe Through Time] “What we are actually measuring is the distortion in the positions of galaxies around void regions,” said Seshadri Nadathur, a researcher at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, and lead author of the paper. “The cool thing about voids is that they are regions of space around which we can very accurately model galaxy motions.” That’s because the math needed to precisely determine the motions of galaxies becomes a lot simpler inside these voids, Nadathur told Live Science. (In this case, the research team studied voids about 5.5 billion light-years from Earth.) “Galaxies move because of gravity pulling them toward regions of excess matter, and the problem generally is that our theory of gravity — Einstein’s general relativity — is very complex, and the equations are hard to solve exactly,” he said. “So most of the time in cosmology we use approximations — known as ‘perturbation theory’ — to help make the problem tractable. This perturbation theory works a lot better in void regions than it does in regions where there is lots of matter, so our predictions are simpler to make and a lot more accurate in voids.” The upshot of that added accuracy is that, using the technique pioneered in this paper, scientists can make much more precise estimates of the expansion rate of the universe, and better confirm that observed expansion rates line up with astronomers’ preferred theories for why the expansion is happening . The new result also further limits the scope of some alternative theories that are floating around out there. The previous best measurements of galactic motion did all this too, but about four times less well, according to Nadathur. Those previous best measurements of the redshifts of galactic voids came from a study of the sky called the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). This void-distortion measurement also relied on BOSS data, but vastly improved on its conclusions applying this new analysis technique to the data from BOSS. The improved measurement of the universe’s expansion conformed to existing theories of how dark energy works in the universe, the researchers wrote in the paper: that we live in a “flat” universe with constant dark energy driving its expansion. “By putting our results together with those from the BAO [Baryon Acoustic Oscillation] technique, we are able to get a much better measurement of the cosmic expansion rate 5.5 billion years or so ago,” Nadathur said. “And this in turn is very important because it tells us what dark energy has been doing during that time, as well as other things like the curvature of space — which is what gets us cosmologists excited.” The researchers also pointed out in the paper that there are several upcoming efforts to scan the sky more precisely than BOSS, in order to understand dark energy even better. This same technique, the researchers wrote, should vastly improve the precision of those surveys as well. 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