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Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blazers have now lost six of their last seven games to drop to 3-10.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Navarro 16, Calisaan 11, Costelo 10, Bulanadi 8, Valdez 8, Baetiong 7, David 5, Ilagan 3, Calma 2, Mercado 2, Gayosa 1, Baytan 0, Capobres 0, Quipse 0.ST. BENILDE 61 – Leutcheu 15, Naboa 15, Castor 7, Belgica 5, Domingo 5, San Juan 4, Young 4, Johnson 3, Mercado 2, Dixon 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0.Quarters: 13-10, 30-20, 51-42, 73-61.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Lyceum refuses to be content with Final Four spot MOST READ Michael Calisaan chipped in a double-double with 11 markers and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Costelo got 10 for San Sebastian, as it kept itself in the Final Four race with its 6-6 record and forcing a three-way logjam at fourth place with Letran and EAC.“I guess the boys really want to be here. Hopefully, everybody will step up so that we won’t have a difficult time getting to the Final Four,” said coach Egay Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Golden Stags had a hard time pulling away against the Blazers before Navarro drilled back-to-back triples in the payoff period to grab a 70-52 lead with 3:34 remaining.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde with 15 points and nine rebounds against eight turnovers, while Unique Naboa also had 15 markers and three boards. Renzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro waxed hot in the fourth quarter as he led San Sebastian to a 73-61 win over St. Benilde Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points, 12 of which coming in the payoff period to help the Golden Stags hold off the Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Iowa Releases 6-Minute Tribute Video To Roy Marble, Who Passed Away Friday

first_imgA game ball for the NCAA Tournament.LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: A detail of an official NCAA Men’s Basketball game ball made by Wilson is seen on the court as the Iowa State Cyclones play against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)It’s been a tough week for Iowa fans. This past Tuesday, former football star Tyler Sash passed away at the age of just 27 years old. Friday, former basketball player Roy Marble, the leading scorer in Hawkeyes history, died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 48 years old.Friday afternoon, Iowa released a touching six-minute tribute video in Marble’s memory. You can view it below.A Tribute Video to Roy Marble http://t.co/EyoS82ilVl— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) September 11, 2015Our thoughts and prayers are with Marble’s friends and family during what’s surely been a tough week.last_img read more

BC First Nations clash with commercial fishing boat caught on camera

first_imgAPTN National NewsA clash between First Nations and a commercial fishing boat was recently caught on camera along the northwest central coast of British Columbia.The battle was over the provincial government’s decision to open up the herring fishery.It’s something First Nations people say will further deplete an already failing fishing stocks.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Meet the commissioners that will lead the MMIW National Inquiry

first_imgCommissioner Qajaq RobinsonAssociate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLPIqaluit, NunavutQajaq Robinson is a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law Program – a partnership between the University of Victoria and Nunavut Arctic College. Born in Iqaluit and raised in Igloolik, Ms. Robinson is a strong Northern advocate, who is fluent in Inuktitut and English . She articled at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik, clerked with judges of the Nunavut Court of Justice under the Chief Justice  at the time, Beverley Browne, and then became a Crown prosecutor who worked the circuit court in Nunavut for four years.Ms. Robinson is presently an Associate with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works on Team North, a multi-disciplinary team of 70 lawyers who do a variety of work for First Nation communities in the northern parts of central and western provinces and the territories.  She has worked on a wide range of issues affecting Indigenous rights. Most recently, Ms. Robinson worked as legal counsel at the Specific Claims Tribunal, travelling to First Nations communities across Canada. In addition, Ms. Robinson is the Vice President of Tungasuvvingat Inuit, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural and wellness programs to Inuit in Ottawa Commissioner Marilyn PoitrasAssistant ProfessorSaskatoon, SaskatchewanMarilyn Poitras was appointed Assistant Professor in the College of Law, at University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She obtained her L.L.M from Harvard and herL.L.B from the University of Saskatchewan.Prior to being appointed Assistant Professor, her professional life was a fusion of law, governance, community and institutional education. Her expertise and passion is around constitutional/Aboriginal law with a life study of customary laws. Ms. Poitras was a Native Court Worker and moved into the area of constitutional law after articling with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice. She has developed a number of legal education initiatives, including the precursor to the Akitsiraq Law School in Nunavut, where she has been a professor, and the Indigenous People’s Resource Management Program at the University of Saskatchewan.Ms. Poitras has worked in private practice and litigated in every level of court in Canada. She has significant experience in the development of self government with the Beaufort Delta Agreement, treaty implementation with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Treaty Table Justice Portfolio as well as the revisions to the Saskatchewan Métis Election Process. Ms. Poitras also works on CIDA funded research on ancestral domain and land conflict in Central Mindanao. Ms. Poitras is also the film producer of 7 Minutes, a film about an Indigenous woman from Saskatchewan who was stalked and chased. She is also the editor of numerous Elder’s books for various First Nations in Saskatchewan who tell their own stories of life, residential school and traditional teachings. Chief Commissioner, the Honourable Marion BullerProvincial Court Judge, British ColumbiaMistawasis First Nation, SaskatchewanThe Honourable Judge Marion Buller was appointed the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia in 1994. Prior to being appointed to the Provincial Court bench, Judge Buller worked as a civil and criminal lawyer (1988-1994). Judge Buller served as both a director and president of Canada’s Indigenous Bar Association and has been a member of the B.C. Police Commission and the Law Court Education Society. She was the Commission Counsel for the Caribou-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry and published reports and articles dealing with Aboriginal rights and legal services for First Nations in British Columbia. Judge Buller was instrumental in starting the First Nations Court of British Columbia in 2006.Judge Buller received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria, and went on to study law there as well. Judge Buller is currently resident in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, where she sits on the Provincial Court Bench, but maintains band membership with the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. Commissioner Michèle AudetteFormer President of Femmes autochtones du Québec (Québec Native Women’s Association)Mani Utenam, QuébecBorn to a French father and Innu mother, in the Innu community of Mani Utenam in Québec, Michèle Audette is a native long-time Innu speaker. She began her political career very early having been elected one of the youngest-ever Presidents of the Québec Native Women’s Association (QNWA), a Native Women’s Association of Canada member organization, where she has advocated actively to support women’s issues. She was instrumental in helping Ecole Nationale D’Administration Publique create an innovative program in the field of Aboriginal public policy. Additionally, from 2004-2009, Ms. Audette served as Deputy Minister at the provincial Secretariat of the Status of Women in Québec. She was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.center_img APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett released the names of the five commissioners that will lead the country to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls for the next two years. Here are the biographies that were provided by the department of Indigenous Affairs. Commissioner Brian EyolfsonActing Deputy Director, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Legal ServicesCouchiching First Nation, OntarioBrian Eyolfson holds a B.Sc. in psychology, an L.L.B from Queen’s University and an L.L.M, specializing in administrative law, from Osgoode Hall Law School.Mr. Eyolfson was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994 and has served as a Senior Staff Lawyer with Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto and as Counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission .  He was Counsel to Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto at the Ipperwash Inquiry, and practiced human rights, Aboriginal and administrative law before a variety of tribunals and courts. He is a Vice Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, where he adjudicated and mediated human rights applications, from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Eyolfson is currently acting as the Deputy Director in the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.last_img read more

NFL Coaches Yell At Refs Because It Freakin Works

In the first quarter of a scoreless 2016 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos faced third-and-6 from their own 44-yard line. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ran a 15-yard out, breaking toward the Broncos’ sideline. He did not catch Manning’s wobbly throw, but there was contact on the play, and Denver’s players and coaching staff appealed to the official for a pass interference call on Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan. They got one, and the Broncos got a first down, scoring the game’s opening touchdown four plays later.On the ensuing drive, the Patriots faced third-and-3 at their own 27-yard line. Rob Gronkowski ran a wheel route up the Broncos’ sideline with T.J. Ward in coverage. As the Patriots tight end turned to look back for the ball, the defender made contact and shoved him, preventing a catch. Both Gronk and Tom Brady yelled for a penalty. The flag did not come, and the Patriots were forced to punt.Similar plays led to different outcomes that benefited the team on the sideline closest to the on-field action. Most NFL refs would likely say they are immune any sideline bias. “If I make a call because a coach is screaming at me on one side of the field and it’s wrong, that’s a bad day for me,” former NFL official Scott Green told us. (The NFL declined to comment.)But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal fouls and unnecessary roughness, and offensive holding calls, based on where the offensive team ran its play.1Some of this research was published in March in Economic Inquiry.For three common penalties, the direction of the play — that is, whether it’s run toward the offensive or defensive team’s sideline — makes a significant difference. In other words, refs make more defensive pass interference calls on the offensive team’s sideline but more offensive holding calls on the defensive team’s sideline. What’s more, these differences aren’t uniform across the field — the effect only shows up on plays run, roughly, between the 32-yard lines, the same space where coaches and players are allowed to stand during play.The following graphs show the penalty rates per 1,000 plays for defensive pass interference and aggressive defensive penalties, which include unnecessary roughness, personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct, and horse-collar tackles.2The data includes regular-season games between 2010 and 2014, and uses coin-toss information provided by Football Outsiders and play-by-play data from Armchair Analysis. To estimate penalty rates, we used a model of penalty outcomes that depends on yard line and which sideline (offensive or defensive team’s) the play was closer to. Additional methodological details can be found here. Refs throw flags for defensive infractions at significantly higher rates when plays are run in the direction of the offensive team’s sideline; near midfield, defensive penalties are called about 50 percent more often on the offensive team’s sideline than the defensive team’s. Close to the end zone, where the sidelines are supposed to be free of coaches and players, these differences are negligible.For offensive flags, that association is reversed, at least on holding penalties.3Offensive pass interference calls didn’t vary by proximity to either team’s sideline. Here’s the rate of holding calls made on outside run plays, which shows how the defensive team’s sideline can help draw flags on the offense. Around midfield, offensive holding gets called about 35 percent more often on plays run at the defensive team’s sideline. So what could be causing this phenomenon?Refs are faced with a near-impossible task. They make judgment calls in real time, relying on just their eyes and their experience. Deprived of the advantages, like instant replay, that we enjoy from the couch, refs have less information to help them resist the normal subconscious urge to draw on external cues for assistance in making borderline calls. In psychology terms, this process is called cue learning. It’s why we laugh longer in the presence of other humans laughing,4Which, in turn, is the reason that many TV comedies use a laugh track. why we eat more in the presence of overweight company, and why our judgment of persuasive speeches is influenced by the audience’s reaction.The most common cue in sports is crowd noise, and because crowd noise almost always supports the home team, the way the fans sway the referees is the No. 1 driver of home-field advantage in sports. And one notable experiment suggests that how loud a crowd is helps refs decide whether an interaction should be penalized. A pair of German researchers showed actual referees old video clips of possible soccer infractions, with crowd noise played at high or low volume. Refs looking at the exact same interactions were more likely to hand out a yellow card when they heard a lot of crowd noise than when the volume was low.It follows, then, that screaming and hat-throwing football personnel may also have an effect on referee choices. In football, this sideline bias even seems to supersede refs’ tendency to support the home team: The differences in the penalty rates from sideline to sideline are several times larger than the differences in penalty rates between the home and away teams.That bias can affect the outcome even when officials have time to confer. In a 2015 playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford threw a third-and-1 pass to Brandon Pettigrew. Officials initially called defensive pass interference on the Cowboys’ Anthony Hitchens.But the flag occurred right in front of the Cowboys sideline. This led to some confusion. It also led to a helmetless Dez Bryant yelling at the official.After conferring with each other, the officials picked up the flag, a decision that Mike Pereira, Fox Sports’ rules analyst and the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, said was incorrect. Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calculates that when the official picked up the flag, the Lions’ chances of winning that game dropped by 12 percentage points.Dallas won 24-20.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Scott Sinclair condemns racial abuse supports need to kick it out

first_imgCeltic winger Scott Sinclair believes racism is becoming acute in football and should be exposed and kicked out and never to be ignored.Earlier this month, Sinclair was subject of racial abuse but was defended by his club’s coach Brendan Rodgers and thanked the winger for handling the case maturely.Sinclair condemned football racism and adds that football should adopt a zero-tolerance approach to racial abuse.“It’s unacceptable, not just in football or sport but in society generally,” said the 29-year-old via Scotsman.“I think it needs to be kicked out. It needs to stop and to be shown that it’s unacceptable to use racial slurs or to abuse the ethnicity of players.“The cup final incident was on social media. I was flicking through some things and came across it.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s one of those things that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018.”“This is what I don’t understand,” he added“When I tweeted I called them uneducated and that’s what they are. They are uneducated in this area; they have black players in their team so it’s very confusing.“Why would someone use that sort of slur towards black players? It’s embarrassing. It’s not acceptable for anyone in society to even think they can use that sort of language, whether they are at a football game or in the street. But it’s always around and it’s such a shame to keep hearing the racial slurs.“I think there’s more of a spotlight on racial abuse now, especially with [Manchester City’s] Raheem Sterling experiencing it down south and speaking out,” he said.last_img read more

Smoking Ban Continues To Advance In The Legislature

first_imgSenator Micciche, speaking to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday afternoon, said he refers to the bill as the “take it outside” act. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 26th, 2018 at 04:09 pmA proposal to ban smoking in bars and restaurants across Alaska gained wide support in the Alaska Legislature. If signed into law, the bill would restrict smoking in public places. One Republican state Representative Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage, the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, killed the same bill in the 2015-16 Legislature. LeDoux, continues to voice her opposition for the bill, and is in a key position that allows her to decide whether it comes up for a final vote. Senate Bill 63, is sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen). SB 63 reads, “An Act prohibiting smoking in certain places; relating to education on the smoking prohibition; and providing for an effective date.” Micciche: “Senate Bill 63 does not prohibit outdoor smoking except where near it affects others, such as building entrances and exits. The Bill does not legislate the employment of smokers and nonsmokers, and local government will retain their ability for more restrictive local provisions than the statewide law.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-smoking-ban.mp3VmJennifer-on-smoking-ban.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Borough Assembly To Approve KPBSD Budget

first_imgKPBSD submitted their budget for approval to the assembly on April 3, and the assembly is required to determine the total amount of money that will be given to the district within 30 days of the receipt of the budget request. It would also draw $1.3 million from the district’s fund balance to cover the FY19 expenditures of $143.5 million. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “Now it’s a lot of work with the assembly and also our public, but I’m confident that everyone will believe that our school district does great things and is a good investment for our kids.” KPBSD asked the borough for $52 million in order to fund the school district to the maximum level. The budget is primarily made up of funding from the borough and the state. The borough assembly will meet tomorrow evening, May 1, at 6 p.m., at the George A. Navarre Borough Building. According to the resolution, the borough is proposing that school funding from local sources for FY2019 be $46,738,432. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A resolution approving the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Budget is on the consent agenda for the Tuesday, May 1, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.last_img read more

Lessons from an Entrepreneurial Editor

first_imgWhile the initial show was a success, Kirkpatrick had to reassess the model going forward. “We had five equal partners and the decision-making process was structured on a consensus basis,” he says. “The democratic model doesn’t really work.”Kirkpatrick said he’s been approached by number of media companies seeking partnerships (and one interested in acquiring Techonomy). Last month, Forbes Media struck a strategic partnership with Techonomy, taking a minority investment in the venture. The partnership with Forbes includes media sponsorship of the Techonomy 2011 conference. Other partners in Techonomy Media today include former Fortune publisher Mike Federle, and Simone Ross, former program director for Fortune’s conference division. Going forward, Kirkpatrick wants to create more conferences for additional verticals and bolster the content side of the business (with help from Forbes), with a mix of blogs, video and other channels. For Kirkpatrick, one of the most impressive tech content models out there is IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, which offers articles, rich media, data reports and more across a variety of sectors. “For content to be successful it has to be well-created (if it’s video, it has to be well-produced),” says Kirkpatrick. “You need to think about what’s useful, what’s most likely to be picked up. It’s not just about producing the best content anymore but producing things that will be repurposed.” In 2010, former Fortune editor David Kirkpatrick teamed up with other ex-Fortune colleagues to form Techonomy, a new media business aimed at convincing leaders from all sectors that technological and social invention is critical.“I’ve been a wage slave at larger media companies and the journalists who don’t have one of the very few high-paying editorial jobs have to be entrepreneurs,” he says. “For people in journalism today, it shouldn’t be, ‘how do I get a job,’ it’s ‘how do I create a business.’”Kirkpatrick actually owned the Techonomy URL for 15 years before launch (he acquired it from an acquaintance whose business folded).  The original vision for Techonomy was a hybrid of original reporting, opinion, aggregated content and contributed long form journalism, as well as a combination of publishing, teaching, consulting and partnerships. The startup’s debut conference took place in August 2010 featuring speakers such as Bill Gates and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.Live Events Key To Profitable launch A successful live event can be the building block for an editorial venture. “Look at some of the startups out there—Technorati, paidContent, GigaOM—all started as blogs and became very successful but they initially weren’t highly profitable because it’s hard to support quality digital journalism with digital advertising,” says Kirkpatrick. “It wasn’t until they added a conference component that they became profitable. Conferences are a good business. They can be profitable from the start with minimal capital investment.” The second Techonomy conference will take place Nov. 13-15.last_img read more

Chinas Fosun to acquire Indias Gland Pharma for 13 Billion

first_imgThe Hyderabad-based Gland Pharma will be acquired by the Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group for $1.3 billion, in what could be India’s largest acquisition by a foreign firm in 2016.A supplier of variety of injectabes, Gland, is largely (96 percent) owned by its founders Ravi Penmetsa and family along with U.S. based private equity firm KKR. Fosun, sources told Reuters, will acquire complete stake from both.The Chinese firm is expected to benefit from Gland’s technology used in the formulation of the hard to manufacture injectables, which the firm has pioneered over the years. Gland’s acquisition in turn will add more shine to India’s numerous low cost pharma manufacturers, said the news agency.It cited an ICRA report that said the opportunity in the U.S. was abound as nearly $16 billion worth patents on injectables will expire by 2019, while the market for these medicines were slated to grow 10 percent annually over five years there. The total market for injectables is estimated to be $144 billion with manufacturers benefitting the largest.Anticipating the growing need for this medicine, the pharma giant Pfizer acquired U.S. based injectable manufacturer Hospira last year, and in 2013, Mylan NV bought India-based Strides Shasun’s injectable business.Gland Pharma owns seven manufacturing facilities in India that manufacture the medicine which are primarily administered through vials, syringes, bugs and pumps said the news agency.The acquisition will also help Fosun to spread its manufacturing network in the country. This would also be China’s biggest acquisition in the pharmaceutical space, said ET.In June, the Indian government relaxed its foreign direct investment rule in the pharmaceutical space to allow 75 percent investment under the automatic route. The Fosun Gland deal, therefore, will need the approval of government.last_img read more

For the love of art

first_imgWhen you glide up a staircase adorned with flowers and a beautiful madhubani painting welcomes you at the entrance, your face beams up as you know that you are in for a celebration. Indeed it was a celebration of craftsmanship of artists from across the country put on display in Cottage Emporium as a part of Navkriti exhibition. The exhibition that is open for display cum sale till 4 July was inaugurated by Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister of Textiles on Thursday in august presence of Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Textiles at Cottage Emporium, Janpath. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walk into the hall and a confluence of ethnic and contemporary styles of design opens up to you. Launching new designs by master craftspersons, Navkriti has an array of collections at display tucked into a corner of the vibrant six level Cottage emporium.  Inverted multicolored umbrellas drop down from the high cielings of the emporium, creating an impression of a sky bursting out with colours. Take a sneak peek of the collection: wooden crafts of Saharanpur, Hyderabadi Kalamkari on fabric, Kantha embroidery from Santiniketan,block printing from Jaipur and integrated mettalic designs from national award winners on display. What caught our eye were the covetous and innovatively designed mantlepieces made by amalgamating ceramic with copper and brass and the tribal works from Bastar region comprising jewellery, amazingly crafted vegetables and fruits, and miniatures from tribal life. Most of the exhibits are prototypes that can be ordered on demand. Delve into the exotic        delights of India, we say!last_img read more

Breaking free from patriarchy

first_imgArt will never be the same again- India International Centre (IIC) has come up with an alluring presentation of installations and sculptures. The exhibition will seamlessly occupy India International Centre’s Gandhi Plaza with art works free from the constraints of a patriarchal/commercial art history. An aristocratic Gandhi Plaza with natural trees and a dramatic natural skylight will behold installations as well as magical yet thoughtful free standing pieces like Neeraj Gupta’s Divine Love, Arun Pandit’s Mask Seller, Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s 12 foot bronze Krishna, Vineet Kacker’s Buddhist Pillar, Tapas Biswas’ Innocence and Mukesh Sharma’s magnificent Shesh Nag. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“iSculpt is a revolution in the making of public exhibitions and public art that expresses fidelity to the idea of a ‘sculpture of one’s own’– in this case, a series of literal and metaphorical works dedicated to material experimentation and innovation- and in doing so provides a plethora of works for the history of ingenuity among sculptors to take root,” says curator Uma Nair.  The exhibition will be an evolution in the making which will adopt a generous stance that exults form, materiality, and process alongside the history of art discourse, which allows for a breadth of new readings and understandings to occur, both between artists and generations of artists. Neeraj Gupta’s Divine Love is a testimony to the warmth of human relationships and the eternal quest for a civilization to live and procreate for posterity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMadhab Das’ National Award winning work An Inconvenient Truth of a deer with iron, bricks and tall iron rods is a statement on the loss of habitat for the beautiful animal whose world is threatened because of large scale deforestation. Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s tall and stately Krishna as a flute player will be the cynosure of all eyes as will be Arun Pandit’s powerful bronze Mask Seller, a work that looks at the many faces of the human predicament.From Kolkata is the gifted Tapas Biswas, whose works Innocence I and III are a network of leaves and twigs created in metal –while one work looks like an intricate network of leaves and twigs with a resonance of nature the second work with the face of a little girl- it has many suggestions of the attention needed for the girl child. Mukesh Sharma’s Shesh Nag was part of the Venice Biennale and is a testimony to the uselessness of waste and the degree of conspicuous consumption. Created out of computer boards and styrofoam packaging materials this is a head turner. Puneet Kaushik’s wire spiral of a metaphoric spider, talks to us at different levels about the beauty of nature, the fragile eco system. Vineet Kacker’s Buddha Pillar is a statement of charismatic contours and the felicity of weaving spiritual fervour into the textural terrain of ceramic ware. Atul Sinha’s wooden carved work with sleek textural contours sets him apart as a sculptor of deep reverberations. The show will be a mélange of installations and sculptures that create their own rhythms in the beauty and setting of the Gandhi Plaza which Nair believes is the best in the capital city to garner as a sculpture court. The show will be inaugurated by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on December 6 at 5PM at India International Centre and will be put on public view from December 7 – 21.last_img read more

9 Tools That Can Help Grow Your App Business

first_img 4 min read August 6, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Make stuff people want. This is how Paul Graham or Y-Combinator defines growth hacking.Brian Halligan of Hubspot elaborates — to be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.Growth hacking, the much talked-about term, is grossly misunderstood and misrepresented by many. Growth hacking can be touted as a subset of marketing that focuses purely on achieving growth.Related: 12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for EntrepreneursGrowth alone doesn’t come through marketing, but by learning from your mistakes, testing on what works (A/B testing for example), product iteration, intuitive product design and studying and analyzing conversion metrics.Let’s look at some such tools that will help you as an app entrepreneur to build a better app.1. Intercom (30-day free trial, plans start at $49 a month). If your app requires users to sign up, Intercom is a fantastic product that tells you which of your users are using your product in real time, along with their activity. It also allows you to reach out to your power users or others based on filters, through in-app messaging and email. It’s a great tool to engage and retain customers.2. Taplytics (Free trial available. Plans start at $32 a month). This is an A/B testing tool, but for mobile apps. Taplytics allows you to test different experiences and quickly push out fixes based on your findings. Fixes can range from visual bugs and typos to colors for call-to-actions.3. Mailchimp (Free up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers/month). One of the most popular email marketing tools out there, it allows you to send targeted emails based on segmented lists. You can also set up automated emailers for new signups.4. Foster.fm (14-day free trial. Plans start at $19.99 a month). One of the challenges in social-media marketing is finding relevant content to share with your followers. Foster.fm helps you to discover that content and lets you share live or schedule updates for up to a week.Related: 5 Content-Management Tools Marketers Can Use (No Technical Skills Required)5. Pop.co (14-day free trial. Plans start at $5 a month). Instantly launch a web presence or a micro-site for your mobile app. Pop.co offers a domain name, an email address (supported by Google Apps), a starter page where you can connect your social-media accounts, capture emails and customize the template.6. Crittercism (Free for up to 30,000 monthly active users). This tool gives real-time, actionable crash reports for your mobile app. By knowing where users are facing an issue in your app, you can make sure you retain and engage them to deliver a great user experience.7. Helpshift (30-day free trial. Plans start at $20 at month). The only way to build a loyal following for your app is to offer outstanding customer service. A happy customer will not only stay with you but also brings in many more through word of mouth. Helpshift helps you integrate a customer-service module into your app so you can resolve problems as they happen. App users are typically not forgiving and instantly delete the app or never go back to it if unsatisfied.8. Mention (14-day free trial. Plans start at about $29 a month). If people are talking about your app on social media or blogs, you’ve got to know what’s being said to be able to interact with and engage them.9. SensorTower (14-day free trial. Plans start at $79 a month). Use SensorTower for complete app store optimization (ASO). It lets you discover the most valuable keywords, which can impact organic downloads for your app. You can track daily ranking of your keywords as well as that of your competitors. Essentially, a complete app-intelligence platform for ASO.Which tools do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

DeepMasterPrints master key fingerprints made by a neural network can now fake

first_imgNew York University researchers have found a way to generate artificial fingerprints that can be used to create fake fingerprints. They do this by using a neural network. They have presented their work in a paper titled DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution. The vulnerability in fingerprint sensors Fingerprint recognition systems are vulnerable to dictionary attacks based on MasterPrint. MasterPrints are like master keys that can match with a large number of fingerprints. Such work was done previously at feature level, but now this work dubbed as DeepMasterPrints has much higher attack accuracy with the capacity to generate complete images. The method demonstrated in the paper is Latent Variable Evolution which is based on training a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) on a set of real fingerprint images. Then a stochastic search is then used to search for latent input variables to the generator network. This can increase the accuracy of impostor matches assessed by a fingerprint recognizer. Small fingerprint sensors pose a risk Aditi Roy, one of the authors of the paper exploited an observation. Smartphones have small areas for fingerprint recording and recognition. Hence the whole fingerprint is not recorded in them at once, they are partially recorded and authenticated. Also, some features among fingerprints are more common than others. She then demonstrated that MasterPrints can be obtained from real fingerprint images or be synthesized. With this exploit, 23% of the subjects could be spoofed in the used dataset at a 0.1% false match rate. The generated DeepMasterPrints was able to spoof 77% of the subjects at a 1% false match rate. This shows the danger of using small fingerprint sensors. For a DeepMasterPrint a synthetic fingerprint image needed to be created that can fool a fingerprint matcher. A condition was that the matcher should also match that fingerprint image to different identities in addition to realizing that the image is a fingerprint. The paper presents a method for creating DeepMasterPrint using a neural network that learns to generate fingerprint images. A Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES) is used for searching the input space of the trained neural network. The ideal fingerprint image is then selected. Conclusion Partial fingerprint images can be generated that can be used for launching dictionary attacks against a fingerprint verification system. A GAN network is trained over a dataset of fingerprints, then LVE searches the latent variables of the generator network for a fingerprint image that maximize the matching chance. This matching is only successful when a large number of different identities are involved, meaning specific individual attacks are not so likely. The use of inked images and sensor images show that the system is robust and independent of artifacts and datasets. For more details, read the research paper. Read next Tesla v9 to incorporate neural networks for autopilot Alphabet’s Waymo to launch the world’s first commercial self driving cars next month UK researchers have developed a new PyTorch framework for preserving privacy in deep learninglast_img read more

Fix the immigration crisis at its root

first_imgThe plight of the terrified Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their homelands has launched a passionate and often bitter debate in Washington. However, most U.S. leaders are missing the real lesson of this crisis, at their own peril. The conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funds for the crisis criticize him for dealing only with the symptoms and not with the “root cause” of the problem. They are half right — but the half that’s wrong is very, very wrong. For them, the root cause is a lax immigration law, weak protections or insufficiently severe punishments. But no punishment, no wall and no army can solve this problem.I often say that poverty needs no passport to travel. If these children — some of whom are supported in their quest by their families, some of whom make the trip of their own accord — are willing to risk their lives atop the infamous train through Mexico known as La Bestia (“the beast”), face the rape and abuse that many children experience during the journey, sell their possessions and their bodies, and give their life savings to unscrupulous smugglers, what else could possibly deter them? What can the United States do to these children that would be worse than what they are already suffering? And why is such a great country even asking that question?The root cause of this crisis is not U.S. immigration law or the policies of one U.S. president. The root cause is the violence and poverty that make these children’s lives at home intolerable. The root cause dates to the parents and grandparents of the young people fleeing their countries today — our region’s “lost generation,” those who were children and teenagers in the 1980s. Back then, two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager to help Central America transform students into soldiers. They were eager to provide the weapons while we provided the dead.When Central America’s leaders found a way to end those conflicts, I thought that our achievement would be rewarded with aid and with support to help us make the transition from war to peace, to get our young people back in school, to retrain soldiers and to rebuild families. However, once the bullets stopped flying, the two superpowers lost interest.All of us — the United States and its neighbors to the south — are paying the price for this lost opportunity. In Central America’s Northern Triangle, soldiers and guerrillas have been replaced by gang members. Civil wars have been replaced by street wars. Mothers no longer cry because their children are marching off to battle. They cry because their children are falling victim to another kind of violence or because they have to send them in search of a better life. Central American immigrants board “La Bestia” (“The Beast”) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-U.S. border, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico on July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Ruíz/AFPThis cycle of violence will not end until all those with an interest in, and responsibility for, the crisis demonstrate a new commitment to addressing these problems before they begin. For the nations of Central America, this means asking the wealthy to do their part. It is unforgivable that countries so poor, with income inequality so drastic, have some of the lowest tax burdens in the world. We must ask more of our richest citizens.But the United States also has a role to play. If it continues to direct its minimal aid to Central America with the goal of merely putting out wildfires that spill into its own territory, the inferno of poverty and illiteracy will continue to burn across the border. The current discussion should make room for aid strategies that treat Central America as more than a pawn in the war on drugs and that seek to reduce poverty and improve education — the only real way to avoid another lost generation.One highly cost-effective strategy would be for the United States to bolster the region’s cash-transfer programs, which help families keep their kids in school. For only $62 million, a monthly scholarship program similar to the one I implemented in Costa Rica could be offered for a full year to all 52,000 young people apprehended at the border so far this year. With Obama asking for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address a tiny fraction of the symptoms of the disease, it is crazy not to consider much smaller investments that could help cure it at the root.This kind of sanity, however, is a tall order in a country where some voices are calling for all aid to Central America to be cut off. Such thinking is wrong on a moral, ethical and practical level. These children are Central Americans. They are also Americans, in the geographically accurate sense of that term: Their tragedies belong to all of us, including the paragon of wealth and opportunity to which they have turned in desperation.Most of all, they are children, which means that none of us can turn a blind eye. The world must not fail them as we failed their parents and grandparents. If we do, their hell will increasingly become our own.The writer was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrantslast_img read more

Anyone who owns a cat knows the furry beasts can s

first_imgAnyone who owns a cat knows the furry beasts can spend an inordinate amount of time grooming themselves. Cats take that sandpaper tongue of theirs and just lick and lick and lick and lick for literally hours a day. But researchers are discovering more about what that tongue, with its hundreds of tiny, backward-facing spines called papillae, is doing. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Georgia Tech found that papillae are not cone-shaped and solid, as previously thought, but instead scoop-shaped and hollow. “It allows the cat to store and hold saliva in these tiny little spines,” says Alexis Noel, a researcher at Georgia Tech. She and her colleague David Hu used high-speed video and CT scans to observe how the papillae on a cat’s tongue wicks saliva from its mouth onto its fur.”When the cat goes to groom, the spines penetrate the fur and redistributes their cleansing saliva throughout all of their hairs,” she says. The team also studied different kinds of cat tongues and discovered that papillae are the exact same size and shape on every cat.”Tigers actually have the exact same spines on their tongue as your house cat would, they just have a lot more of them,” says Noel. While all papillae may be created equal, a cat’s ability to clean itself effectively is not — and it all has to do with fur. For a cat to have optimal grooming, Noel says, the papillae need to penetrate through the fur layer and reach the skin so that the saliva can get to the root of the hairs.”We found that for all of these different animals, from tigers, bobcat to snow leopard, the minimum fur height that you can compress to is always going to be less than the height of the papillae,” she says. “Which makes us think that the papillae height and the papillae shape is actually optimal for a whole bunch of different types of fur.”Only one cat in their experiment was termed “un-groomable”: the domestic Persian. The fluffier the cat, the harder it is for the cat to keep itself clean. Noel says this is why many long-haired cats get matted fur and have to be brushed daily.”The cat is physically unable to get its little tongue spines all the way down to its skin,” she says.The researchers used this new information to 3D print a cat-tongue-inspired brush that is said to perform better when removing allergens from cat fur and is easier to clean. Noel says these findings can be used to make cleaning pets — and carpets — more efficient. So what does this new research mean for cat owners the world over?They’re a fantastic species that has managed to optimize their tongues to be able to clean themselves better than any other animal, Noel says. “I guess, quantitatively speaking, you know your cat never really smells, but your dog does.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Elon Musk Reveals SpaceXs Spacesuit

first_img We’re used to hearing about astronauts making the trip to the International Space Station, but humans are soon set to travel beyond ISS once again to the moon and eventually Mars. For SpaceX, that means astronauts jumping on board the Crew Dragon spacecarft, but in order to do that they need to be wearing a suitable spacesuit. Elon Musk just revealed what the SpaceX suit looks like.Using Instagram, Musk shared the very first image of the SpaceX spacesuit. He was keen to point out this isn’t a mockup. The suit you see is fully-functional and is “already tested to double vacuum pressure.”Interestingly, Musk mentions that the design is a balance between functionality and aesthetics. Clearly he wants the spacesuit to look great as well as protecting the person wearing it, but doing so was “incredibly hard to balance.”Until recently, our idea of a spacesuit was the large NASA spacesuits we’ve seen for decades, but that is changing. This first shot of the SpaceX suit was preceded by NASA unveiling the Boeing Blue spacesuit back in January. That suit looks a little more bulky and certainly isn’t as stylish as the SpaceX design. The most important thing is that they both function correctly in all possible scenarios!Musk promised more details, and hopefully more images of the spacesuit in the days to come. As to when we’ll actually see the suit used, 2018 looks most likely.SpaceX is planning to launch the Crew Dragon later this year followed by an automated and then a crewed mission to ISS in the first half of next year. The company also plans to fly tourists around the moon in 2018. In both cases, this SpaceX spacesuit will probably be used if it continues to pass all tests. SpaceX Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag –shares Add to Queue Register Now » Matthew Humphries The image is of a fully-functional spacesuit SpaceX will use during its first crewed missions.center_img Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX’s Spacesuit 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Senior Editor August 23, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

Gannett Splits Broadcast and Publishing Into Two Separate Companies

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business August 5, 2014 Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Virginia-based media giant Gannett announced today it will split its publishing business from its broadcasting and digital properties, creating two separate publicly-traded companies.Gannett’s publishing business will take in USA Today as well as 81 other local papers around the country, while broadcast and digital company will be comprised of the company’s 46 TV stations, and sites like CareerBuilder and Cars.com.Related: What Does a Multibillion-Dollar Corporation Want With Crowdfunding?Gannett CEO Gracia Martore will oversee the digital and broadcasting company and the company’s president of U.S. community publishing Robert J. Dickey will become the publishing company’s CEO. In a release, Martore characterized the decisions as “bold actions” that would lead to the newly split companies being “among the largest and strongest in their peer groups.”The establishment of the publishing business will take place with a tax-free distribution of the company’s assets to its shareholders. The company has noted the publishing business will be “virtually debt-free.”Related: Facebook Pilots ‘Buy’ Button as Twitter Snaps Up Payments Startup CardSpringGannett isn’t the only media giant to spin off or split apart its holdings in an effort to remain solvent and maintain relationships with advertisers. Last month, Tribune Media made a similar move, following Time Warner’s spinoff of its Time Inc. magazine unit and News Corp’s separation of its newspaper arm and 21st Century Fox. Gannett also announced today that it is buying the rest of Cars.com from Classified Ventures for $1.8 billion. The company already owned about 27 percent of the car research website, but purchased the remaining stake for full ownership.Last year, the company purchased Belo Corporation, a broadcast media competitor based out of Dallas, for $2.2 billion.  Related: Instead of Hoping Your Startup Will Be Acquired, Maybe You Should Be Acquiring Add to Queue Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Gannett Splits Broadcast and Publishing Into Two Separate Companies 2 min read Nina Zipkin Growth Strategies –shares Register Now »last_img read more

Snowden Designs iPhone Case to Detect Snooping

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Image credit: PC Mag Tom Brant Snowden Designs iPhone Case to Detect Snooping 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. Edward Snowden Add to Queue –shares 3 min read July 22, 2016 When the government listens to most of our phone conversations, all it learns is how frustrated we are at the cable company or how much bread our spouse asked us to pick up at the grocery store. But for the few people who discuss deep, dark secrets over the phone, there’s now an Edward Snowden-designed iPhone case that can detect eavesdropping signals sent to the phone’s internal antennas.It’s called an “introspection engine,” and it can sniff out the government-surveillance signals Snowden is famous for revealing.”If you have a phone in your pocket that’s turned on, a long-lived record of your movements has been created,” Snowden explained during a speech at MIT today, presented remotely. “As a result of how the network functions, your devices are constantly shouting into the air, via radio signals, a unique identity that validates you to the phone company. This is not only saved by the phone company, but can be observed as it travels, by independent, even more dangerous third parties.”Developed in collaboration with fellow security expert Andrew Huang, Snowden’s introspection device operates on a simple principle: if someone puts their phone in airplane mode, there should be no signals going in or out. If there are, the device alerts the user.The introspection device, currently just a prototype and not available for sale, is user-inspectable and relies on open-source software, according to Huang’s description. It performs its signal monitoring independently of the phone’s processor, to avoid false positive readings, and is undetectable by the operating system. In addition to cellular signals, it can also detect unwanted Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.The pair conducted their research on a shoestring budget, but Huang said they could seek the necessary funding to develop and maintain a supply chain if the prototype is successful in field trials.Snowden sees the invention as primarily useful for journalists, who he said are most at risk of snooping using these signals when they are reporting on atrocities committed by governments during conflict zones, for instance.”Typically in such circumstances, a journalist wouldn’t file reports until after they had left the conflict area, to avoid reprisals,” Snowden said, referring to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad’s surveillance of foreign reporters. “But what happens when you can’t wait? When there are things a government is sort of arguing aren’t happening, but are happening?”last_img read more

Microorganisms on explanted pedicle screws could be potential cause for spinal implant

first_imgWhen asked about the importance of the study, Dr. Vajkoczy said: Possible low-virulent implant infection was not revealed by standard preoperative tests. There was a significant association between pedicle screw loosening and the presence of low-virulent pathogens on spinal implants. Coagulase-negative staphylococci were the most commonly found pathogens colonizing the implants. There was a significant association between long surgery times and a higher rate of implant infection. Source: Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group The results of our study will add to a paradigm shift in spine surgery, if not more generally, to the common handling of medical hardware implants. Our increasing awareness of slow virulent infections as a cause of late hardware failure has changed our concept of prevention and treating this unfortunate complication of spine surgery. Today, strategies are needed to prevent perioperative implant colonization, disrupt biofilms, and actively search for implant infections by using sonication and advanced microbiological analysis at the time of re-operation. The good news is that infection is a complication that can be treated successfully, if properly diagnosed.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 28 2019Pedicle screws are often used to secure surgically implanted hardware to the spine in patients with spinal disease or spinal trauma. In some cases, these screws loosen over time, leading to spinal instability and consequent pain. This is a common complication of spine surgery. One reason suggested for pedicle screw loosening is implant-associated infection, but until now there has been little clinical evidence to support this theory.In the article “High frequency of low-virulent microorganisms detected by sonication of pedicle screws: a potential cause for implant failure,” published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, Vincent Prinz, MD, and colleagues recount their detection of microbial colonization of surgical implant hardware in patients with no apparent clinical signs of infection.The study focused on 82 patients who underwent surgery during which a spinal hardware implant had to be removed. None of these patients had clinical or laboratory evidence of active infection, and there was no obvious sign of infection during surgery. Following surgery, sonication was used to detect the presence of microbial biofilms on the extracted hardware. This application of sound wave energy breaks apart any sticky biofilm covering surgical implants, separating microorganisms that inhabit it. The microorganisms that had colonized the implants were then examined to specify what types were present.The authors found evidence of pedicle screw loosening in 54 of the 82 patients; the other 28 patients formed a control group. Sonication verified microbial colonization of extracted hardware with one or more bacteria in 22 (40.7%) of the 54 patients with pedicle screw loosening. Sonication found no microbial colonization in hardware removed from the 28 patients in whom there was no pedicle loosening.The most commonly found microorganisms were identified as coagulase-negative staphylococci (specifically Staphylococcus epidermis, S. hominis, S. lugdunensis, S. haemolyticus, S. cohnii, and S. saprophyticus). These commensal bacteria are part of the normal flora covering human skin and mucous membranes, where they rarely cause harm to their hosts. The second most commonly found microorganism was Cutibacterium acnes, which, as its name indicates, causes acne and is also commonly found on human skin. All these bacteria carry a low level of virulence. When they aggregate on medical devices implanted within a patient, they form biofilms and can produce infections that show no clinical symptoms and are not easily detected.Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredLoose double-stranded RNA molecules spur skin rejuvenationThe authors examined patient files to find the durations of the initial surgeries in which spinal hardware had first been implanted in the spine. They found a significant difference between the length of surgery in patients in whom microbial colonization of hardware was detected (mean 288 ± 147 minutes) and patients in whom no microbial colonization was found (mean 201 ± 103 minutes).Based on the relationship between pedicle screw loosening and microbial colonization, the authors suggest that patients in whom infected hardware is replaced would benefit from “systemic biofilm-active antibiotic therapy to prevent new screw loosening.” “Alternatively,” they add, “local antibiotics may be applied, such as the antimicrobial coating of screws or application of local antimicrobial hydrogel or bone substitutes.”The authors summarize their findings in four take-away points:last_img read more