1205676 TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against When the Los Angeles Rams win, nobody else in the division does.At least that’s held true through three weeks of the NFL season. The Rams scored a wild 41-39 win over the 49ers on Thursday Night Football, then got a chance to watch the Seahawks and Cardinals flounder on Sunday and Monday.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the NFC West in Week 3.Dallas Cowboys 28, Arizona Cardinals 17One of the big questions entering this week’s Monday Night Football offering was whether or not Dallas’ dynamic duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott would/could have another lackluster performance. Top Stories 21010775 San Francisco, much like the crazed murderer in a horror movie, still wasn’t dead. Robbie Gould’s onside kick was recovered by Raheem Mostert, giving the Niners another chance. The didn’t do anything with it, though. Hoyer was sacked on 4th and 20 by Aaron Donald to finally preserve the win in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the early season.Stat of the Game: The Rams scored 41 points — the second time they’ve scored 40 or more in a game so far in 2017. They’ve scored 107 points in three games. It took Los Angeles until its sixth game to reach that same level in 2016.He Said It (LA): “You see a lot of playoff teams win games like this. I’m not saying that we’re going to the playoffs, but when you can get a win like this you can just feel it.” — Rams defensive lineman Michael BrockersHe Said It (SF): “This has only been our third game together. For us to be down 15 and still stay in there, stay fight … that’s one of the things that we can take from this game. You see the potential. You see where we can go. We just have to learn how to win, learn how to play a full game. And we’ll be where we want to be.” — 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share What’s Next for the Rams: Los Angeles hits the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium Sunday.What’s Next for the 49ers: The winless Niners play another division foe, traveling to Glendale to face the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday afternoon.Tennessee Titans 33, Seattle Seahawks 27A three-touchdown outburst in a six-minute stretch of the third quarter carried the Tennesee Titans (2-1) to a win over the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.Trailing 14-9 midway through the third, Marcus Mariota hit Rishard Matthews, who took a screen pass and weaved through defenders for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 16-14 lead. They weren’t nearly done.After the Seahawks went three-and-out on their next possession, Mariota hooked up with tight end Jonnu Smith on a 24-yard touchdown. Seattle punted again, leading to DeMarco Murray’s 75-yard touchdown jaunt on the first play of Tennessee’s next possession.Russell Wilson spearheaded a comeback attempt with fourth quarter touchdown passes to Luke Willson and Paul Richardson, but it was too little, too late for the Seahawks.Stat of the Game: Tennessee ran for 195 yards on Seattle’s defense, which has uncharacteristically struggled against the run this season. The Seahawks rank 30th in the league against the rush, giving up an average of 146 yards per game through three weeks. They ranked seventh in the league last season, giving up only an average of 92.9 yards per game. He Said It: “Block better.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians when asked what his offensive line needs to do to improve.What’s Next for the Cardinals?: Arizona will play a second consecutive home game as they host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium.Los Angeles Rams 41, San Francisco 49ers 39What was this? An entertaining Thursday Night Football game? And from two the league’s least-likely participants?That’s exactly what transpired in Santa Clara last Thursday night, with the Rams’ suddenly potent offense lighting up the scoreboard (and the stat sheet) in a two-point win over the Niners at Levi’s Stadium.Jared Goff threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Todd Gurley scored three times in helping the Rams to a 41-26 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But to their credit, the 49ers (0-3), who hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown before Thursday, rallied. Brian Hoyer hit Trent Taylor on a 3-yard touchdown pass to make the score 41-33. Then, LA’s Pharoh Cooper fumbled on the ensuing kick-off, setting the Niners up at the Rams’ 30-yard line.Eight plays later, on fourth down, Carlos Hyde scored from a yard out, giving San Francisco a chance to tie with a two-point conversion. However, Hoyer’s pass to Taylor was deflected and intercepted by Michael Brockers, thwarting the attempt. Special Teams Player of the Week: Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers — Mostert recovered an onside kick and had a 20-yard kickoff return.Standings Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) scores a touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) The answer, unfortunately for the Cardinals, was a big, fat ‘no.’Prescott threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and Elliott responded with 80 yards on the ground and a touchdown as the Cowboys broke a four-game losing streak to the Cardinals in Glendale.Carson Palmer had his best game of the year for Arizona (1-1), throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns, but Arizona’s running game was not a factor.Questions that have yet to be answered by the Cardinals so far in 2017 were very much prevalent on Monday? Like, can the Cardinals block anyone — or more to the point — can they field a healthy offensive line. Guard Alex Boone left the game late and it’s being reported to be a pectoral muscle injury. Daniel Munyer, a surprise member of the Cardinals’ 53-man roster when training camp ended, finished the game at guard. He’s the eight different lineman Arizona has been forced to use so far through three games.Stat of the Game: The Cardinals dominated the time of possession, keeping the ball for 36:15 to Dallas’ 23:45, but then again, the Cowboys didn’t have to go far. Three of their four touchdown drives were 50 yards or less. 0305176 He Said It: “Eliminating the frustration. Eliminating the bickering with other teams, eliminating the extra exertion of energy that we don’t need. Need to conserve the energy for each play so your brains can think. That, and just tackling better.” — Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor on what needs to happen for the team.What’s Next for the Seahawks: Seattle returns home to the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field to host the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) Sunday afternoon.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams — It could have been any number of winners from L.A., but Gurley had 113 yards on the ground, 36 yards in the passing game and visited the end zone three times. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 14 of his rookie season in 2015, when the then-St. Louis Rams beat Detroit, 21-14.Defensive Player of the Week: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams — There wasn’t a lot of defense played in the division (NFC West teams gave up an average of 35.3 points in Week 3), so we’ll give it to the player who made the most impactful play. Donald came up with a sack on fourth down late against San Francisco to preserve the Rams’ second win of the year. 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Brian is pouring a batch of plaster. 67% consistency, a ratio of 2 lbs of water to 3 lbs of plaster, hand mixed mindfully. This photo illustrates the multiple stages of our process, and Paolo gracing our moment, Grazie! Creative Genius!, it is an honor to continue this work, with his blessing, his input and insight. Paolo Soleri wind bells, Bravissimo! Creative process … nothing quite like it. Working with energy that comes from within and through our hands into form, into the world. March 9, 2012Paolo Soleri is an inspiration to me. His foundational approach to ceramics is rooted in an understanding of elemental materials. EARTH AIR WATER FIRE / ALCHEMY. Combining ideas, impulse, creative spark … designing with materials ancient, timeless, present and lasting.[text by David Hutchens]
Dexter GoeiAltice is to pause in its acquisition drive to focus on cutting costs and working on the integration of its existing properties, according to CEO Dexter Goei.Goei told Bloomberg Business that the company owed it to its investors, whether creditors or shareholders, to pause, particularly in relation on large acquisitions, following its purchase of US cable operators Suddenlink and number Cablevision.Goei said the company could hold off on major acquisitions for up to two years to focus on organic growth and the consolidation of existing assets. However, he said, the company could make an exception of US number four operator Cox is put up for sale.Altice has built up a large amount of debt through its acquisition, in rapid succession, of France’s SFR, Portugal Telecom, Suddenlink and now Cablevision. Goei told Bloomberg that the acceleration of free cash flow from the group’s properties could see it reducing its leverage ratio significantly next year.Altice chairman Patrick Drahi recently said that the group could buy more cable operators in the US and would like to acquire mobile assets.
Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in heeding Doug’s advice. This is because it’s a fundamental step towards minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain… especially those under a desperate (fiscally or otherwise) government. Here are the top six reasons why everyone needs a second passport. Reason #1: More Internationalization Options Obtaining a second passport can literally open the door to a world of internationalization options for your assets and income that are off limits to citizens of certain countries. This is especially true for Americans, who are often treated as if they have the plague when they attempt to open foreign financial accounts and are increasingly being forced to close the ones they already have. Due to the ever-growing pile of regulations, foreign banks and brokerages are making the logical business decision that the costs of compliance outweigh any benefits of having Americans as clients. Opening a foreign financial account as an American citizen ranges from being impossible to very difficult in most circumstances. When you consider the totality of it, these vast regulations amount to a soft form of capital controls, which will likely turn into overt capital controls at some point in the future. Obtaining a second passport can also make purchasing real estate in foreign countries easier. For example, while it is an excellent place to consider for a bolt-hole, Switzerland is a notoriously difficult place for a foreigner to purchase real estate. However, certain foreigners (EU citizens) have fewer restrictions imposed on them others. Reason #2: More Visa-Free Travel One characteristic of a good passport is how much visa-free travel it allows. Applying for a visa that has to be approved before your trip (as opposed to being able to obtain it at the border) is a real hassle. Having to jump through hoops in advance of a trip can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and costly process. Brazil, Chile, and Argentina all collect a visa fee (of about US$160) from travelers who present a US passport. According to a recent study, Finnish and Swedish passports offer visa-free travel to the most countries. Not surprisingly, a country like Afghanistan has one of the least useful passports. You can find more information on this study as well as the rankings of countries according to the visa-free access of their passports here. Reason #3: Avoid Foreign Policy Blowback If your home government has developed a bad habit of sticking its nose in the internal affairs of other nations, it could make you a target should you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like an upscale shopping mall in Kenya in late September 2013. There are, of course, passports that have minimal foreign policy blowback risk. For example, when was the last time you saw Swiss passport holders targeted? Reason #4: Preempt Travel/People Controls A second passport can also come in handy when a government decides to starting treating its own citizens as beef cows instead of milking cows (i.e., when they need more soldiers for war) or if passport restrictions and other types of people controls are implemented. In any case, it prevents your home government from basically placing you under house arrest by revoking or cancelling your passport for any reason it sees fit. The Syrian government, for example, previously refused to renew the passports of Syrians abroad whom it suspected of being associated with the opposition. This is not surprising and should have been completely predictable. Any government could and would behave in a similar manner as they all have the ability to revoke the citizenship and/or passport of their citizens at a moment’s notice under any pretext that they find convenient. Just look at how the US cancelled Edward Snowden’s passport by fiat. It is not inconceivable that the US government would make it more difficult for Ron Paul supporters and libertarians to travel internationally one day in the future. Heck, they have already taken the first step and labeled them potential domestic terrorists. The bottom line is that if you hold political views that the establishment of your home government does not like, don’t be surprised when they decide to restrict your travel options. In this case, having the political diversification that comes from having a second passport is even more important. Reason #5: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee It’s like how the old Tom Petty song goes… “You don’t have to live like a refugee.” Having a second passport ensures that you will always have another place to potentially call home, another place where you will always have the legal right to live and work. In worst case scenarios, a second passport guarantees that once you get out of Dodge, you won’t have to live like a refugee. Having citizenship in another country gives you the legal right to live and work there and possibly other countries. EU citizens have the right to live and work in the 28 member countries. Reason #6: Renunciation In all likelihood, you will need a second passport should you decide to take the drastic step of renouncing your citizenship. This allows you to reap huge tax and regulatory benefits if your home country burdens its citizens with suffocating and inescapable tax policies. It should be noted that the US has what amounts to an “exit tax” for citizens who renounce and meet certain conditions. This puts a premium on renouncing before you qualify to be stung with the “exit tax.” It is an especially attractive option for entrepreneurial and internationally-mobile young Americans who have a large portion of their potential earnings still in the future. Of course, few will actually follow the path of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin or singer Tina Turner and take the extreme step of renunciation. And you certainly don’t need to. There are MANY other ways you can internationalize and reduce your political risk. Not Easy, But Necessary Unfortunately, there are no paths to obtaining a legitimate second passport that are at the same time fast, easy, and inexpensive. However this does not diminish the necessity of doing so. Political risk is growing in most parts of the world (especially the West). This is especially true for countries in deteriorating fiscal health, which will predictably turn to increasing measures to squeeze their citizenry for every penny they can get away with. You have probably noticed there is a lot of misinformation and bad advice out there regarding second passports, which, if followed, could likely end up causing you significant problems and limiting your options. Your goal should be the opposite: minimizing your problems and expanding your options. It is essential in these shark-infested waters to have a trusted resource like Casey Research to provide you with reliable information. You can find our top picks for the best countries to obtain a second passport in and how to do it here.
The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.”If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone,” says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She’s talking about the man she married when she was 12.”But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me,” she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they’re often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.In the highlands, one betel nut costs 1 kina, the equivalent of 30 cents. People take it with a mustard stick and slacked lime powder, which turns the mixture bright red and compels the chewer to spit — often onto the ground or into a small plastic bag.People chew it to relax and to get to know one another. “It’s the fruit of love!” one Goroka resident exclaims.Men lashing outWhen men react violently because their wives are earning money on their own, it’s because they see power as a zero-sum game, says Richard Eves, an Australian National University anthropologist who has published several studies on masculinity based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s highlands.”So any powerful woman is seen as a loss for men,” Eves says. “Basically, they want to keep the status quo of them being the powerful person in the household. So that entails bullying their wives, and beating them up.” While aid groups trying to stop violence against women may default toward focusing on female survivors, he says they should spend time with both sexes.”There’s strong social pressures on the masculine role model there, to be assertive, to be in control, to be dominating,” Eves says. “One of the things we need to do is challenge those rather toxic notions of masculinity that are at work.”Patty, a 27-year-old betel nut seller in Goroka, dropped out of school in second grade. At the time, her family struggled to pay for school fees and decided to educate her brothers instead.When she got older, she started selling betel nut at night, when there’s less competition and plenty of customers — people heading out to bars and nightclubs. But it is also a time when most Goroka residents stay home, fearing the high crime rate and armed raskol gangs that patrol the streets.”For other women, it’s risky for them, they feel frightened. But for those of us who grew up in the settlement, it’s safe for us,” Patty says.Her sister-in-law Joyce runs a small market, selling cookies and canned tuna. Both she and Patty asked that only their first names be used so they could speak openly about private, sensitive issues involving work and home life.Their husbands, who are brothers, began to demand a share of their profits. A few months ago, the women saw that their earnings were missing again.”Both our husbands are unemployed and don’t work. We do sales, earn enough money and save some aside,” Patty says.”Then they come and take our money to go and drink,” Joyce interjects. “So we fight. We become upset and we fight.”They confronted their husbands in a public market, brandishing a knife. The confrontation ended without major injuries, but the abuse didn’t stop.Domestic violence is illegal in Papua New Guinea, but it is rarely prosecuted. Instead of turning to police, survivors are much more likely to turn to family members or their community for retribution.”I am not happy, but this is life”The settlement where the betel nut sellers live is a maze of homes built with brush material, over streams and gullies. Extended families often live together in a collection of homes they built themselves, the houses facing each other across a courtyard of hard-packed soil.Increasingly, Papua New Guineans are leaving ancestral lands in search of jobs and education in cities and towns. But the cost of living in urban areas is far higher than in the countryside, and many people make their homes in informal squatter settlements like this one.About 62 percent of adults can read and write in Papua New Guinea, according to UNICEF. Jobs are scarce for those without a formal education, pushing many people into an informal economy of selling goods on the street.One of Patty’s childhood friends, who asked not to be named out of concern for her family’s privacy, is quieter than the others. She’s 21, with bright blue braids woven into her hair. At night, she sells betel nut and loose cigarettes.”When we sell properly, we make 4 kina [$1.20] profit from a pack of cigarettes. But if the drunks come and destroy our market, we have a loss,” she says through an interpreter.Her parents forced her to marry when she got pregnant at 15. But her husband was controlling, and would accuse her of having affairs when she sold betel nut.”I asked him why,” she recalls. “‘I loved you and I married you. Why are you mistreating me like this, belting me up?’ And my husband said, ‘I don’t want you go out and seeing other men.’ That’s why he was hitting me.””Belting” is a term used to describe repeated strikes with an open hand or closed fist — generally not a belt, despite the name — and is often seen as a form of discipline.She left her husband, returned to her parents’ village and married again. But she came back when she got word that her first husband had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.”He has mistreated me badly. But now that he’s sick, you know, I have compassion for him. I’m taking care of him because there are no other people that can support him,” she says.Many of the women who sell betel nut left school early and married young — out of family pressure, financial necessity or both. When faced with abuse, they adapt in different ways. Some file for divorce. Others, for various reasons, fear leaving their husbands.Patty decided to remain in her marriage. Her husband once beat her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she decided to fight back.”I got a knife and chased him. He slept outside for two nights and didn’t come home,” Patty says. “If he hits me in public, I beat him up as well. So he can feel the pain I’m feeling.”Joyce, Patty’s sister-in-law, says she got a court order to stop her husband from hitting her.”If he does it again, I can report him to be locked up for 10 years. Or he’ll have to pay 10,000 kina [about $3,000] in compensation,” she says. “So he’s finally reforming himself.”She says she’ll stay in her marriage because she has two children, and because her husband paid a customary bride price to her family equal to $1,000.”He has fulfilled the custom and my people accepted the bride price payment, so I can’t go back,” Joyce says. “I am not happy, but this is life. So I just endure it and stay.”As for Mala, she went to court and got a divorce from her husband. But when she sat down on a friend’s porch a couple of months later to talk about it, she was ashen.”My mind is troubled when I’m alone,” she says. “I don’t have healthy thoughts.”Her ex-husband remarried, but that wasn’t the end of it.In the early spring, Mala walked to the market to sell fried eggs. Her ex-husband saw her, and beat her in the middle of the street.”I brought my eggs back to the house, and I told him that he ruins and stops every hope of running my business,” Mala says. “So I stay at home.”That day, she says, she decided to move to a bigger city. Now, she’s going to try and make it on her own. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
There’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives.Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize spines and broken bones.But implanted devices can also do serious damage, as happened to Mechel Keel, who lives in Owosso, Mich.To fix her leaky bladder, an OB-GYN stitched a flexible mesh strap inside her pelvis in 2004. But within months the mesh hardened and started cutting her insides.The pain kept her from returning to her job as a hairdresser. The injuries and scar tissue that developed required multiple surgeries to correct and also resulted in chronic infections.Keel says she understands why her doctor in Tennessee thought the high-tech mesh would help. But she also now feels like she was “a guinea pig.””We were the testers,” she says. “There was no animal testing done. We were the animals.”Thousands of cases of complications from surgical mesh have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration. More and more ailments are being treated these days with medical devices, including implants. And most of these medical devices, unlike pills in a medicine cabinet, don’t go through human testing before being offered to patients.But some devices break down or malfunction in people’s bodies, and reports about sometimes debilitating injuries have led the FDA to rethink how it assesses medical devices before allowing them to be sold.For devices in which failure is obviously life-threatening, regulators have required some sort of human testing as part of the most stringent path — known as premarket approval. But most medical devices enter the market after manufacturers provide technical information and show that the devices are similar to others that have been legally sold previously.The FDA has acknowledged that some seemingly safe devices have caused major problems, and the agency has elevated the risk level of those products following reports of injuries, as it did with urogynecologic surgical mesh for some uses in 2016. “Unfortunately, the FDA cannot always know the full extent of the benefits and risks of a device before it reaches the market,” the agency said in a recent statement.”We have things like metal-on-metal hips,” says health journalist Jeanne Lenzer about a kind of orthopedic implant. “Outside the body, [they] seem to function just fine. They put them in little machines, rack them back and forth — they don’t break. [But] put them inside people, and something very different happens.”There have been massive recalls of hip implants, for example, due to devices causing swelling and pain. And there have been problems with weakened bones in patients who received hip implants that contained plastic.Lenzer wrote a scathing book titled The Danger Within Us about the device industry and says she was “dumbfounded” to find out how many devices never went through human testing the way drugs do.That’s in part because of a regulatory review process known as 510(k) for a section of the FDA law covering medical devices. Manufacturers typically show their product has “substantial equivalence” to a “predicate device” that has already been legally marketed.That standard can perpetuate problems. “You just say your device is like an old device, and the old device was never tested nor was your device,” Lenzer says.In practice, sometimes the basis for a whole family tree of devices turns out to be defective. Pelvic mesh is a relevant example, with much of what’s on the market being based on mesh that was around prior to implementation of FDA regulations for medical devices in 1976. One study found that 16 percent of mesh on the market was designed like products that had been pulled from the market because of safety concerns.Thousands of women, including Keel, have filed suit — or reached settlements — with medical device companies that manufacture pelvic mesh.”I would want nothing if you could just give me my life back,” says Gloria Jones of Hillsdale, Mich., who is one of thousands who’ve settled with device manufacturers over faulty mesh. “They could have given me millions, but all I needed was my life back.”Jones, who has struggled to continue working through crippling abdominal pain as a middle school special education teaching assistant, has had four surgeries to remove pieces and continues to require intravenous drugs to control infections.”It seems like I get off one antibiotic, and three days later, I have another one,” she says. “I would beg anybody who is even thinking of putting mesh in their bodies to stop and get a second opinion.”In response to problems reported with mesh, the FDA started requiring human testing for some of these products in recent years. The agency held an advisory committee meeting on Feb. 12 to discuss the safety and effectiveness of mesh and how it should be regulated.Manufacturers by and large have said they don’t oppose what the FDA is trying to do, calling the changes reasonable. But they have pushed back against calls to bring regulation of medical devices in line with that of pharmaceuticals.”If you’re treating someone for high cholesterol, the testing that you go through to ensure safety and effectiveness on a chemical that’s going to be used in your body to control your cholesterol is just very different than it would be for the implantation of a heart valve,” says Scott Whitaker, CEO of AdvaMed, a trade association for medical device companies. “Honestly, it’s apples and oranges.”Whitaker dismisses the idea that devices, which range from tongue depressors to surgical robots, should all go through human trials.”Testing should be as complete and as thorough and as ethical and as appropriate as possible. But it doesn’t all fit the same and can’t all fit the same standard,” Whitaker says. “And while we always strive for 100 percent, there are times when something might not go according to plan. It could also be because the surgery didn’t go as was planned.”The FDA declined NPR’s request for an interview. But the agency has released some written justification for the regulatory revamp.”We believe firmly in the merits of the 510(k) process,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a November statement, noting that applications have more than doubled in size to an average of 1,185 pages. “But we also believe that framework needs to be modernized to reflect advances in technology, safety and the capabilities of a new generation of medical devices.”In the same statement, the agency addressed some specific shortcomings and charted plans to make changes to the process over the next few months:Pushing back on manufacturers that base any new device’s marketing application on one that’s more than 10 years oldMore actively watching how devices perform once they’re on the market, rather than relying on patients to report problemsScrapping the 510(k) name for something more descriptive, the “Safety and Performance Based Pathway”Dr. Michael Matheny, a Vanderbilt University professor who tracks medical devices, approves of the FDA’s incremental approach and calls it thoughtful.”It would really be unfortunate if patients wouldn’t consider any medical devices at all to be used in their bodies,” Matheny says. “But I do think being aware that there’s nothing without risk is also important.”Matheny notes, though, that in some ways the risks can be more profound for devices than medication. If the FDA recalls pills, a patient can at least stop taking them immediately, he says. With implanted devices, patients are sort of stuck, at least for a while — and that’s if surgeons can even safely remove them.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes Nashville Public Radio, NPR and Kaiser Health News. You can follow Blake Farmer on Twitter: @flakebarmer. Copyright 2019 WPLN. To see more, visit WPLN.
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. President’s Day Electronics Sales: TVs, Laptops and More Sales February 16, 2017 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Save big ahead of President’s Day with these deals from our partners at TechBargains. 3 min read –shares Next Article Featured dealsDell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 1080p 15.6″ Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $899.99 (use code: M51GTMF?VFBFP3 — list price $1350).Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core Win10 Pro Desktop for $499.99 (use code: XPS499 — list price $749.99).Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Head & Eye Tracker PC Gaming & Input Periphral (Works on Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex & more) for $109.99 (use code: EYE40 — list price $149.99).Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + Bonus Controller for $249.99.Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + $50 Dell Gift Card for $249.99.See Dell’s Entire Presidents’ Day Sale with Doorbuster and moreBose SoundTrue Around Ear Wired Headphones for $89.99 (list price $119.99).Nucleus Anywhere Video Intercom with Amazon Alexa for $149 (list price $249).Laptop and desktop computersDell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i3-5005U 15.6″ Win7 Pro Laptop for $299.00 (use code: LT299 — list price $475.85).New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ 4GB GTX 1050Ti for $849.99 (list price $899.99).Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop with Windows 10 for $149.99 (list price $249.99).Dell PowerEdge T130 Intel Celeron G3900 Dual-Core Server Desktop (4GB/500GB) $229.00 (use code: SERVER200 — list price $429).1-Year NordVPN Anonymous VPN Service (PCmag Editor’s Choice) for $48 (use code: GEEK50 — list price ).Ultimate Web Hosting Package: Domain, Hosting, and Unlimited Email for $3/month at HostGator.For more Computer deals, visit TechBargains.HDTVs and home entertainmentVizio M50-D1 50″ 4K 120Hz Effective HDTV w/ HDR + Tablet Remote + $250 Dell Gift Card for $649.99.Vizio P55-C1 55″ 4K 120Hz HDR Full-Array LED Home Theater Display w/ 126 Dimming Zones + $400 Dell Gift Card for $1099.99.LG 32LH550B 32″ 720p LED LCD HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card for $209.Vizio SB4051-D5 Smartcast 40″ 5.1ch Slim Sound Bar System w/ Wireless Subwoofer + $150 Dell GC for $429.98.Electronics and componentsKingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Annke 720p Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio for $45.59 (use code: GL9KXACE — list price $59.99).Seagate SkyHawk 2TB 3.5″ Internal SATA Surveillence Hard Drive for $63.99 (list price $98.89).WEme Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 to DVI Adapter for $3.96 (use code: QD5RL8F7 — list price $9.99).10 LED Solar Waterproof Wireless Motion Sensor Lights (2-pk) for $11.99 (use code: I8PFAJ4E — list price $18.99).Magicfly Wireless Doorbell w/ 52 Chimes & Remote for $9.74 (use code: YPIAWTUS — list price $12.99).For more Electronics deals, visit TechBargains.Home and miscellaneousUdemy $10 Online Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games, iOS or Android Apps, Project Management, Network Certifications and more.Bosch Icon Windshield Wiper Blades Sale – from $12.29 to $20.23 with 15% off Subscribe & Save (Lowest prices of the season).Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Gooloo Portable DC 12V Car Air Compressor Pump for $23.75 (use code: IP84QAXY — list price $32.99).For more great deals, check out TechBargains.
Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 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. Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Technology Image credit: ThingSpace via PC Mag Add to Queue ThingSpace at Columbia University’s Teachers College is rethinking how to merge technology and art in one space. Digital Strategist and Technology Columnist –shares Sophia Stuart It seems obvious once you think about it. But if STEAM (which adds art and design to the usual science, technology, engineering and math mix) is really going to take hold in the education system, classrooms themselves need an overhaul. The current setup, with desks facing a teacher and whiteboard, doesn’t allow the mind to roam or hands-on experimentation to take place.Those within the Arts and Humanities Department at Columbia University’s Teachers College are already thinking about this issue with a prototype learning environment known as ThingSpace, located deep in the basement of Macy Hall.It’s all part of a new approach for next-gen educators at the venerable Manhattan institution. A new crop of students have signed up for Advanced Certificate: Creative Technologies to learn how to preside over these new spaces, and they’ve all just arrived for the fall semester.PCMag went to the ThingSpace to meet Angela Allmond, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College specializing in art classroom design strategies, as she put up and painted the last shelves (Federated Blue HGSW1322, Sherwin Williams and a custom mix of what was left from last semester).”I’m actually writing my dissertation on studio spaces and how they meet the needs of students and teachers,” Allmond told PCMag. “My interest in this emerging discipline is also why I was hired to renovate this phased project as we re-imagine this whole venture.”The first thing that strikes you as you enter the ThingSpace is the lighting. It’s bright but there are no buzzing fluorescents overhead. “We switched out traditional strips for daylight sustainable energy bulbs,” confirmed Allmond.Though it previously served as a traditional sculpture studio, ThingSpace doesn’t look anything like a single purpose workshop. Remember those? Instead, everything is on display at ThingSpace. You can pick up Arduinos and fiddle with old electrical casings from vintage TVs. Maybe you paint or sculpt, but it’s all there, in a wide open airy space, carefully marked and on open shelves, from Makey Makeys to an assortment of steampunk and Maker Movement hand-craft tools.There’s a flexible work area for computer stations (loaded up with SketchUp for 3D modeling), a Poulan industrial size chain saw, DeWALT table saw, drill press, laser cutter and 3D printers; a CNC router is on its way. There are digital sewing machines for textile creation (cue the conductive thread possibilities) alongside very traditional tools (such as chisels) if students want them.”It’s all about creating a space that invites students to try new materials,” Allmond said. “Or that compels them to explore the range of possibility that exists across media choices, often tempting them to bridge the gap between ‘tried and true’ traditional materials and the many new and emerging possibilities brought about by the ever-changing and advancing digital technologies that permeate the 21st century.”As an educator in the classroom, I’ve often delighted in watching a student start an art class with no real idea of what to do, but eventually be drawn in by the ‘stuff’ of artmaking, from clay to pastels, found objects to 3D printing, and an vast array of compelling materials.”It’s not always easy to think out of the box when it comes to education spaces. As part of her PhD study, Allmond spent time at the Amesbury School in England as it embarked on a multi-million dollar building program.”I’d already started working on defining my research interests and shaping the proposal for my dissertation project, on how students flourish in well-designed creative spaces,” said Allmond. “And it was so useful to be at Amesbury. What I learned there is that if you don’t create these spaces with careful consideration of nuanced use patterns and organize it in a way that invites curiosity and exploration, you’ll get a fabulous building, but will still be cramming in all the same stuff into an area that’s not fit for purpose.”You have to grow into a space, especially a space you’re trying to change to become something else,” Allmond continued. “You have to understand the use of the space and how students are going to move around, generate desire to try new things and work on projects.”The ThingSpace is an imaginative way to inspire a whole new generation of educators and their students. Considering Teachers College is where Georgia O’Keeffe studied from 1914 to 1915, it’s great to know it is still forging individual minds and creative spirits within a future-ready learning environment. September 26, 2016 What You Can Learn About Creativity From This Future-Ready Classroom Enroll Now for $5
Continuous Diary MeasurementiHeartMediaMarketing Technology NewsNewsNielsenNielsen Media Impact Previous ArticleSellozo Releases Campaign Studio: Drag-and-Drop Ad Management and Optimization Tool for Businesses Selling on AmazonNext ArticleSisense Brings Power to the Builders With New Cloud-Native Linux Platform, Insights to Everyone With Predictive AI Technology iHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary Measurement PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:02 pmJune 13, 2019 Nielsen Moves Ahead with Continuous Diary Measurement in Four Book MarketsNielsen announced that iHeartMedia, Inc., the number one audio company in the US, will advance radio attribution by supporting Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) and Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) in Nielsen Audio’s four book markets.With this agreement, Nielsen moves forward with its decision to implement Continuous Diary Measurement as planned in radio markets currently measured four times a year. In addition, iHeartMedia’s support boosts the momentum of Nielsen’s national cross-media planning tool, Nielsen Media Impact.“Nielsen Audio is thrilled to be collaborating with iHeartMedia on these important, forward-looking industry level initiatives,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Billion dollar advertisers are telling us with absolute clarity that fresh data and cross-platform media analytics are of paramount importance. These are critical inputs which fuel the marketing mix models — the same models that guide vast marketing and ad spend budgets.”Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value Creation“The advertising ecosystem is evolving quickly,” continued Kelly. “Nielsen Audio and the radio industry must keep pace. The advancement of Continuous Diary Measurement in combination with Nielsen Media Impact will allow both buyers and sellers of radio to better evaluate, react, and adapt to marketplace changes. We are confident these tools will help level the playing field and bring radio’s attribution metrics on par with other media.”“Marketing Mix Models need fresh data to get a full understanding of how radio drives sales results and Continuous Diary Measurement enables better attribution with more current data in the larger diary markets,” said Greg Ashlock, President, iHeartMedia Markets Group. “We also look forward to using Nielsen Media Impact to show clients how iHeartMedia substantially improves advertising results in optimized cross media campaigns.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One PlatformContinuous Diary Measurement will start with the July 2019 survey in the 46 Nielsen Audio markets that are currently measured four times a year. The survey period covers April 25 to July 17 and the reports will be delivered between August 14th and August 23rd. Effective with the launch of CDM, 94 metros will have monthly reporting (48 PPM markets and 46 CDM markets) representing ~80% of radio’s ad spend and population in Nielsen Audio markets. Nielsen will pause its plans to introduce CDM in two book markets while it continues to work with clients to determine the best path forward to evolve radio measurement and establish attribution metrics in the small and mid-size markets.Nielsen Media Impact is a cross-platform media planning and optimization solution that helps clients understand total campaign reach, frequency and duplication using advanced audience segments. NMI will enable iHeartMedia to demonstrate the value that its broad audience brings to an advertiser’s media plan and illustrate their substantial incremental reach.Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises
Indelible mark A group of women at Hajipur in Bihar’s Vaishali district after casting their votes on Monday West Bengal May 06, 2019 SHARE 0 66% voter turnout in third phase for LS polls Our Bureau Violence and heavy polling in West Bengal contrasted sharply with a shockingly low voter turnout of just 3 per cent in the Anantnag seat in Jammu and Kashmir as the fifth phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections recorded an overall 62.56 per cent voting on Monday. The provisional voting percentage this time was slightly higher than the 61.75 per cent in 2014 in the 51 Lok Sabha seats across seven States.Elsewhere in the Hindi heartland — Uttar Pradesh (14 seats), Bihar (five seats), Madhya Pradesh (seven seats), Rajasthan (12 seats) and Jharkhand (four seats) — electioneering was spiced up by sharp exchanges. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again attacked “Bofors accused” late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a public rally in Jharkhand and Union Minister Smriti Irani accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of “booth capturing” in Amethi.Gathbandhan vs BJPMonday’s polling saw Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh contest from Lucknow, Rahul against Irani in Amethi, Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli and former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran in Bihar. In the 14 seats across Awadh and the eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, the Gathbandhan of SP/BSP/RLD is locked in a direct and keen contest with BJP. In 2014, the BJP had bagged 12 of the 14 seats. Polling percentage for these seats was slightly higher at 57.33 per cent, against 56.92 per cent in 2014.The situation was volatile in West Bengal, which recorded a higher voter turnout of 73.97 per cent and much street violence. Violence in West BengalAt least three BJP candidates were attacked and intermittent violence was reported across seven seats — Howrah, Uluberia, Hooghly, Serampore, Arambagh, Barrackpore and Bongaon. The seats comprise a stronghold of the Trinamool Congress, which is locked in a hostile fight with the BJP.In Barrackpore, BJP candidate and local strongman Arjun Singh suffered injuries on his face after an alleged attack by TMC workers. Singh, a TMC dissident miffed at not being given a party ticket, is taking on former Railway Minister and sitting TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi. In Hooghly, BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee was heckled and her car vandalised, allegedly by TMC workers, in the Dhanekhali area. Chatterjee is taking on TMC’s Ratna De Nag. The border seat of Bongaon saw a TMC worker suffer head injuries after motor bike-borne miscreants hurled crude bombs at Himli.In Anantnag, the Lok Sabha seat in J&K where polling is being held in three legs in view of the security threats, a shocking 3 per cent voting was reported with over 25 per cent stations not recording any polling. Polling there ended at 4 pm, two hours before the scheduled time for other seats. The final count of 3 per cent included even migrant votes in six Assembly segments across two districts, Election Commission (EC) officials said.The EC had clubbed many polling stations at one location to ensure minimal dispersion of security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts, where deserted roads and the heavy presence of armed forces marked polling day.More reports p14 RELATED 62.5% polling in 51 LS seats across seven States as against 61.7% recorded in 2014 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Lok Sabha polls 2019: In phase 4, Bengal records highest turnout of 76.4%; overall turnout at 64% national elections Published on Lok Sabha COMMENTS
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