UK economy probably shrank for first time in seven years Related News 0 Comment(s) UK’s Boris Johnson declines to comment on plan to facilitate a no-deal Brexit Advertising Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson gestures during the launch of his campaign in London, Britain. (Source: REUTERS)Since Theresa May stepped down as the UK Prime Minister after failing to deliver a favourable Brexit deal, the race to deliver a new deal has gotten tougher. The Conservative Party is looking for a replacement as PM and prominent among the list of contenders to succeed her is former foreign secretary Boris Johnson. By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2019 7:38:47 pm There is a chance that in a repeat of last year, the MPs could try to take control of the Commons timetable on June 25, allowing them to introduce a law that might stop “no deal”.Win for Labour Party’s Jeremy CorbynThe ruling Conservatives fear that a loss in the next election could bring leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in power.Though Corbyn has been vocal in his support to the ‘remain’ camp he has promised to work for both the ‘Leavers and Remainers’ and has also demanded either a general election or a second referendum to resolve the impasse, according to a report by Financial Times.Johnson attacked Corbyn’s stand calling it a ‘real threat’ to our way of life. He added, “Delay means defeat, delay means ruin.” He also claimed that Corbyn is determined to hike taxes and attack wealth creation. Aegean lessons Advertising The Brexit deal has been delayed twice, during May’s tenure the most recent deadline being October 31. The failure to deliver the deal through this time could mean that there might be a no-deal exit from the European Union.No-deal BrexitJohnson has said that he will deliver on the result with or without a Brussels deal. He was quoted as saying by AFP ahead of his official campaign launch. He said, “After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31.” He added that ‘it is astonishing to think that anyone could suggest dispensing with that vital tool in the negotiation’.There are fears that severing ties overnight with the European Union, Britain’s biggest trading partner, would bring huge economic disruption.
By New York Times | Published: July 2, 2019 3:50:38 pm More Explained Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visits kin of exchange student killed in US school shooting Texas shooting: Eight persons killed in Santa Fe, gunman arrested A makeshift memorial in 2018 at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed 10 people and wounded 13 others, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Loren Elliott/The New York Times)By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs Taking stock of monsoon rain Advertising Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield “I barricaded the door with desks and tables and shut the lights,” CNN quoted him as saying. In an article that has since been updated to remove Briscoe’s account, CNN also reported that he said he had “heard what sounded like a student getting hit by a bullet.”The story fell apart when The Texas Tribune began making inquiries following a phone interview in April and discovered that it appeared Briscoe was never at the site of the shooting.“We can confirm that there has never been an employee (part-time or full-time), substitute, vendor, contractor or intern working in Santa Fe ISD named David Briscoe,” Lindsey Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Sante Fe Independent School District, said in an email.The district’s superintendent, Leigh Wall, said Monday that the apparent hoax was an example of how fast misinformation can spread, “especially when the amount of detailed information available is limited.” “We are extremely disappointed that an individual that has never been a part of our school community would represent themselves as a survivor of the mass violence tragedy that our community endured on May 18, 2018,” she added.Wall said that the district was thankful for the people correcting the record and was continuing to focus on the needs of its students.Social media posts indicate that a Twitter account under Briscoe’s name continued to seek out reporters this year by claiming to have survived the shooting.“I’m not too sure if you remember me but I was actually was apart of the Santa Fe shooting last year,” the account tweeted in April in response to a CNN reporter. “You briefly wrote about me in an article last year and it was great. 🙂 However, I was wondering if you were interested in doing a follow-up article? In light of the recent suicides.” Best Of Express Related News US school shooting: ‘Quiet’ student shoots and kills 10 at his Texas high school Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan The operator of the Twitter account under Briscoe’s name did not immediately respond to a direct message. Briscoe is listed as the chief executive of a social media marketing agency, but an email sent to the listed address was returned with a message saying it could not be delivered.The Tribune reported that the Twitter account with Briscoe’s name stopped responding to the news organization’s messages when it began asking for a follow-up interview in May. In direct messages posted by the news outlet, the Twitter account told a reporter that he had never lived in Texas, that one of his employees had stolen his identity and that the employee had been the one quoted by other news outlets.Time magazine, which also updated its article to remove the man’s quotations, wrote at the time that “Briscoe’s reality — though, he says, it still feels like a dream — is a nightmare for any teacher.”Alexandra Samuels, the reporter who broke the story for The Texas Tribune, said she first questioned Briscoe’s account while reviewing notes from a phone interview she conducted with him. His comments, she said, were strikingly similar to those she had read in his interview with Time magazine.As Samuels continued reporting for a series on Santa Fe High School one year after the shooting, her suspicions only grew stronger. After last year’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a man calling himself David Briscoe described how he had heroically barricaded the door of the classroom he was teaching in and instructed students to lie down and cover their mouths as gunshots rang out nearby.But the school district said Monday that the story was false, and no one by that name had ever worked for the school.Multiple news organizations included quotations attributed to Briscoe after the May 2018 shooting that killed 10 and wounded 13. He said he was a substitute English teacher and that the massacre took place on only his third day teaching at the school. Advertising “When I mentioned him, no one knew who he was,” she said. Post Comment(s)
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 30 2018Women with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to the brain need more treatment options, and City of Hope and Mustang Bio Inc. are meeting that challenge. A new City of Hope chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell trial – the first to focus on HER2-positive breast cancer patients with brain metastases – is now enrolling potential participants.The phase 1 trial will be conducted in an outpatient setting and will also be the first to use intraventricular delivery of CAR T cells directly to the brains of these patients. It will test the safety and effectiveness of the CAR T cell therapy for patients who have tried other types of treatment that are no longer effective. HER2 refers to a cancer-causing protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor-2, which is found on the cell surface of breast cancer cells, as well as some lung, colon and other cancer cells, and some melanoma cells. About 20 percent of breast cancer patients are HER2-positive, according to the American Cancer Society.”For a woman who already has breast cancer, learning that a brain tumor has developed can be a frightening diagnosis because there are few treatment options available. CAR T cell therapy may be another tool in our fight against this devastating disease,” said Jana Portnow, M.D., City of Hope associate clinical professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research and associate director of the Brain Tumor Program. Portnow and Saul Priceman, Ph.D., assistant research professor in City of Hope’s T cell immunotherapy program, who conducted preclinical research that led to the trial’s development, are leading the CAR T cell trial.”Our hope is that the HER2-specific CAR T cell therapy will target and kill HER2-positive cancer cells, and safely and effectively treat brain metastases in these patients,” Priceman added.CAR T cell therapy is a type of cell-based immunotherapy in which a patient’s own T cells are reprogrammed to actively seek out and destroy cancerous cells. For this trial, the patient’s T cells will be isolated from the blood and genetically engineered to express a CAR that allows these immune cells to target and eradicate HER2-positive cancer cells.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyCity of Hope, a recognized leader in CAR T cell therapies, has treated more than 200 patients since its CAR T program started in the late 1990s. The institution continues to have one of the most comprehensive CAR T cell clinical research programs in the world – it currently has 16 ongoing CAR T clinical trials, including a trial that opened recently for patients with primary glioblastoma that expresses the HER2 protein. The institution plans to open a trial in the coming months for patients with bone metastatic prostate cancer.Mustang Bio Inc., a company focused on the development of novel immunotherapies based on proprietary CAR T technology and gene therapies for rare diseases, licensed the HER2 technology from City of Hope in 2017.The HER2 trial meets a crucial need – it is estimated that nearly half of all women with HER2-positive breast cancer will eventually develop brain metastases. The current standard of care for treating brain metastases uses HER2-targeted drugs and/or radiation.”Targeted agents don’t always work because of the blood-brain barrier, a semipermeable membrane that often prevents easy access of potentially effective therapeutic drugs to the tumors,” Portnow said. “Likewise, radiation has its limitations in durably controlling disease. These patients are in desperate need of safe and more effective therapies.”City of Hope researchers were the first to use intraventricular delivery of CAR T cells in patients with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest types of brain tumors. They found that injecting engineered CAR T cells locally into a patient’s brain, or regionally through infusion in the ventricular system, has the potential to eradicate brain tumors.”Because this type of CAR T cell delivery was found to be safe, City of Hope will now also use this route of administration for patients on this trial,” Priceman added. Source:https://www.cityofhope.org/
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 26 2018Using patient records from 210,289 hospital visits between 2013 and 2016, Drexel University researchers have identified the specific symptoms that put patients at the greatest risk of dying from sepsis – and they’re not what many clinicians might think.Sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection, is one of the most frequent causes of death in the hospital and one of the most expensive conditions to treat. Early recognition can save lives, but patients require close, consistent monitoring, and providers can easily miss the insidious, gradual signs of the disease. Complicating matters, the definition of sepsis is in dispute amongst experts. This can lead to muddied treatment guidelines and a lack of care for patients whose symptoms do not fit the standard checklist for a sepsis diagnosis, but who, in fact, may be at high risk for death.The new study by Drexel researchers, published this month in Critical Care, shows that impaired kidney function is one of the leading predictors of sepsis patient mortality. The data offers an advanced analytical model for detecting early warning signs of sepsis and for differentiating between different organ dysfunctions’ contribution to in-hospital morality.”We now have large-scale evidence that many of these organ system failures that are typically underappreciated – particularly the renal and respiratory systems – actually have the highest association with death,” said study co-principal investigator Ryan Arnold, MD, an emergency medicine doctor and faculty member at Drexel College of Medicine. “That means that symptoms related to these systems need to be raising a red flag for doctors. We’re saying, ‘Hey, this is the type of patient you need to be paying more attention to.'”The researchers found that the more well-known symptoms of sepsis, such as low blood pressure, were linked to lower mortality rates in the population they studied.”That likely speaks more to the health care providers’ response to the symptom, than the low blood pressure itself actually being a protective factor,” Arnold added. “With sepsis, patients generally don’t fall off of a cliff. Instead, it’s a day by day, gradual deterioration. Maybe someone has a small increase in creatinine today, and tomorrow it’s a little worse. Those subtle changes that don’t get detected, we found, lead to death.”To quantify the association between organ dysfunctions and health outcomes, the research team used retrospective Electronic Health Record data for adult patients hospitalized within Delaware’s Christiana Care Health System from July 2013 to April 2016. They analyzed the relationship between in-hospital mortality and symptoms with seven organ systems: cardiovascular, metabolic, hematopoietic, nervous, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory.Related StoriesStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedEUSEM expresses concerns about the low level of evidence that underlies 1-hour sepsis bundleNew sepsis detector uses photonics to make accurate diagnosis in less than thirty minutesOf the 210,289 visits during the study period, 62,057 patients (30 percent) were treated for an infection, and 48,680 (78 percent) experienced organ dysfunction. Of the patients treated for an infection, 1,955 (3 percent) died during this period. Patients with worsening kidney function (increase in creatinine levels by 50 percent from baseline) had the highest mortality rate (17 percent), followed by mechanical ventilation requirement (13 percent). Patients with hypotension had the lowest incidents of death. The researchers also found that treating patients for an infection within 24 hours of being admitted to the hospital significantly lowered their risk of dying.The study paves the way for the creation of a clinical decision support system that can give providers real-time alerts about patients that might be high-risk for dying from sepsis, according to study co-principal investigator Muge Capan, PhD, an associate clinical professor at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.”The integration of analytics and clinical, translational research provides insight into developing smart and connected systems that support data-driven and personalized management of sepsis,” Capan said.The research team is now building a model that assigns different “weighted risk” to individual organ system dysfunctions that are observed simultaneously, allowing clinicians to plug in combinations of symptoms and create an individualized picture for each sepsis patient. For instance, a patient with dysfunction of both kidney and respiratory systems, would require more close monitoring than a patient suffering from kidney dysfunction and low blood pressure.”Now, when a new patient
Shutterstock | Mircea MoiraThis amazing conclusion allows researchers to work out an effective method to selectively fight the bacteria that predispose or trigger preterm birth, while sparing or encouraging the protective natural flora of the cervix.Spontaneous preterm birth is one of the leading causes of death in infancy all over the world, including the USA. By definition, this is when the baby is born at less than 37 completed weeks of pregnancy.The chief contributor to these deaths is the immaturity of multiple body systems leading to a host of potentially disabling complications in the newborn. These include respiratory difficulty, infections and metabolic aberrations.Apart from infant deaths, these complications result in survivors with serious medical disorders such as cerebral palsy, loss of vision, and mental disability, which require lifelong care and enormous health-related expenditure.While the caregiving burden is immense, the economic burden is no less formidable. The National Academy of Sciences puts the expenditure in this sector at $26 billion, in the USA alone.Yet, the difficulty of understanding what causes spontaneous preterm birth has so far prevented the development of any reliable risk prediction or preventive measures.The current study was distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature, which produced new insights into this complex clinical condition.Here, 2,000 pregnant women were tested at three distinct points in pregnancy, using vaginal swabs to collect samples of bacteria and immune factors from their cervices. No previous study of the microbiome of the cervix and vagina in pregnant women has ever involved such a large number of women.Related StoriesStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerNovel modeling techniques generated a clear picture of the cervicovaginal microbiome. This showed that there were seven bacterial species whose presence signaled an increased risk of preterm birth. The effect was stronger in African-American women.At the same time, the study revealed that the risk associated with these organisms fell in inverse proportion to the level of peptide β-defensin-2, which is an antimicrobial molecule that plays a part in innate immunity. This association was also dependent upon the ethnicity of the woman.University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reese comments that this throws light upon one reason for the known disparity between white and African-American women in terms of preterm birth rate. Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoms-bai032119.php Predicting prematurity has been a riddle that has troubled researchers and clinicians for years, but we are finally shedding light on a path toward offering treatment to women we can identify as being at risk. Previous studies, including ours, were limited by low sample size. In establishing this large cohort, we aim to identify factors early in pregnancy that could be used to predict the risk to spontaneous preterm birth,”Jacques Ravel, co-senior author By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDMar 22 2019A new study from the University of Maryland reports that knowing which bacteria lurk in the mother’s cervix, as well as whether she possesses a particular type of immune factor, could hold the key to telling doctors how likely she is to enter premature labor, and in turn allow them to take preventive measures. These results could lead to the evolution of accurate diagnostic tests for women at high risk of preterm birth. They also suggest new interventional therapeutics for this difficult condition, such as immunomodulatory drugs, and probiotics, or other measures to manipulate the microbiome of the cervix and vagina.This study involved specialists in obstetrics as well as microbiology, and came from the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. It was published on March 21, in the journal Nature Communications.
Volkswagen looks set to hold on to the title of world’s largest carmaker, beating both Japan’s Toyota and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in terms of sales in 2017. BMW drives to new sales record but still lags Mercedes Some 10.74 million vehicles from VW or its subsidiaries ranging from Porsche and Audi to Skoda and Seat rolled out of dealerships last year—an increase of 4.3 percent over the previous year, the carmaker said.”We are grateful to our customers for the trust these figures reflect,” chief executive Matthias Mueller said in a statement.VW’s sales look likely to outstrip Japanese rival Toyota’s, whose annual figure for last year is expected to stand at around 10.35 million units.Nevertheless, the Wolfsburg-based group is still facing a growing challenge from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, which is targeting 10.5 million combined shipments in 2017.VW’s strong performance underlines its recovery from the blow it was dealt two years ago, when it admitted in September 2015 to cheating regulators’ emissions tests on millions of diesel cars worldwide.It has since begun to rebuild its reputation in some of the world’s most important markets, with Chinese sales adding 5.1 percent to 4.2 million vehicles last year and US sales rising 5.8 percent to 625,000 vehicles.Growth was more spectacular in South America, at 23.7 percent, but sales only reached 522,000 units in absolute terms.Meanwhile, sales in Central and Eastern Europe including Russia rose by 13.2 percent to 745,000 vehicles.But growth in Western Europe was more sluggish, with shipments up 1.4 percent at 3.6 million units.Looking to the group’s different brands, generalist VW booked an increase of 4.2 percent to 6.2 million units, while Skoda added 6.6 percent to 1.2 million and Seat 14.6 percent to 468,000 units. Luxury Porsche shipped 246,000 cars, up 3.6 percent on the year, while Audi fell behind high-end rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz with 0.6-percent growth to 1.9 million sales.Truckmaking units MAN and Scania both reported 11.6-percent growth.Looking to the future, Mueller said VW was making “decisive investments in the mobility of tomorrow”.VW announced in November that it would invest more than 34 billion euros ($41 billion) in future vehicles and technologies—such as electric and hybrid cars, autonomous driving and digitalisation—by 2022. © 2018 AFP Citation: Volkswagen clinches record sales in 2017 (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-volkswagen-clinches-sales.html German carmaker Volkswagen said Wednesday it sold a record number of vehicles in 2017, putting it on track to hold on to the title of world’s largest carmaker two years after its “dieselgate” emissions scandal. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further Amazon remains the company with the best reputation, but several other tech brands including Apple and Google saw their reputations drop in the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll, out Tuesday. Citation: Amazon maintains top brand reputation, Apple and Google reps dip (2018, March 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-brand-reputation-apple-google.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Google tops Harris corporate reputation poll It’s just the latest evidence of a burgeoning backlash against some of the technology giants that impact consumers’ lives daily. Among the factors, which have spawned the hashtag #Techlash: Apple’s recent Batterygate crisis, which found many iPhone users with slowed devices, and concerns about how Google-owned YouTube and Facebook were manipulated by Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential race.As recently as 2016, Apple and Google were No. 2 and No. 3 behind Amazon in the poll. And the two tech companies were in the top ten list year, Apple was No. 5 and Google was No. 8. Facebook falls much lower on the list at No. 51, but is up from No. 66 last year.Even though some consumers have growing concerns that big tech companies have control of too much personal information, Amazon maintains an “excellent reputation,” the Harris report says.It is the third consecutive year, and the fourth out of the last five, that the Seattle-headquartered online retailer has held the top spot in the annual poll of the 100 most visible companies, out Tuesday. In 2015, Wegmans edged out Amazon for the top spot, pushing the retailing powerhouse to No. 2.This comes as Amazon mixes business expansion—more homes are welcoming its Echo speakers powered by digital voice assistant Alexa and it’s acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion—with so-called moonshot projects such its initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to improve lower health care costs.Also gaining in reputation: Tesla Motors, which moved up to No. 3 from No. 9 last year. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk is the current master of moonshot projects with plans to send people to Mars—with rockets built by his other company SpaceX—and build high-speed transportation tunnels in high-traffic metro areas.The Top 10 1. Amazon 2. Wegmans 3. Tesla Motors 4. Chick-fil-A 5. The Walt Disney Co. 6. HEB Grocery 7. UPS 8. Publix Supermarkets 9. Patagonia 10. AldiFor the 19th annual poll, 25,880 people were interviewed between Dec. 11, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018.
Researchers of the Biomedical Neuro-engineering group of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche, Spain, have developed a robotic exoskeleton which, attached to a robotic wheelchair, helps people with varying degrees of disability carry out daily activities including eating, drinking or washing. Provided by Asociacion RUVID This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: Asociación RUVID Explore further Bionic suit helps paralyzed patients stand and walk again The main goal of the project, which was carried out in collaboration with nine institutions and companies from Italy, Germany, Great Britain and Spain, is to contribute to improvement in the user-technology interface to increase the degree of self-reliance. To that end, a system has been developed that includes several modules designed to help disabled people cope with their daily activities. A key element of the project is the development of an interface that allows the user to easily and independently control the technology. Thanks to this multimodal and adaptable interface, it is possible to combine the various devices to adapt the system to the user’s needs. The artificial intelligence of the algorithms that control the AIDE system enable adaptive modification of the level of assistance provided by the robotic exoskeleton according to the specific needs of the user.Furthermore, the AIDE system will allow people with disabilities to improve communication with their family and friends through the use of services such as the Internet, e-mail, Skype, WhatsApp and social networks. It can also allow them to turn on light switches, the television, make or answer a phone call. Citation: Robotic exoskeleton allows disabled people to eat or drink by themselves (2018, July 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-robotic-exoskeleton-disabled-people.html The AIDE system has been evaluated by 17 people with varying degrees of disability at the Cedar Foundation in Belfast (United Kingdom) with excellent results. The project began on February 1, 2015 and was completed on May 31, 2018. Today, July 4, the official presentation of the AIDE system took place in Elche, with the user asking the exoskeleton to take him to the cafeteria, then asking for some water, and drinking it with help from the device.Currently, the development of assistance technology to help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as mobility or communicating is geared toward merging the user’s capabilities with the assistance technologies. However, current assistance devices do not adapt to users with different capabilities, and there are no robotic exoskeletons that enable the user to interact with their surroundings and carry out certain tasks by themselves.Approximately 80 million people in the EU (a sixth of the entire population) have some sort of disability. This typically entails a series of physical, psychological and social barriers that hamper their participation in social and economic activities. According to article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the rights of people with disability, signed by the European Commission in 2010, “accessibility” is a basic right for all people with disability. The objective of accessibility is to enable people with disability to live independently and take part in all aspects of life.
Telecommunications equipment maker CommScope is paying $5.7 billion for Arris International as it prepares for the entrance of faster 5G service to the wireless market. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. CommScope buying some of TE Connectivity ops for about $3B Arris makes modems and boxes for the wireless industry, including cable operators. Equipment makers and telecommunications companies like Verizon are all gearing up for 5G, which is expected to allow for higher and faster data rates and better connections between multiple devices.Under the deal announced Thursday, CommScope Holding Co. will pay $31.75 per share for Arris International Plc. and assume the company’s debt, bringing the total buyout price to about $7.4 billion. Also, asset manager The Carlyle Group is helping to finance the deal with a $1 billion investment in CommScope. Citation: CommScope, getting ready for 5G, spends $5.7B for Arris (2018, November 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-commscope-ready-5g-57b-arris.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Code of ethics doesn’t influence decisions of software developers Barbara Grosz has a fantasy that every time a computer scientist logs on to write an algorithm or build a system, a message will flash across the screen that asks, “Have you thought about the ethical implications of what you’re doing?” Provided by Harvard University Grosz and her philosophy colleagues are at the center of a movement that they hope will spread to computer science programs around the country. Harvard’s “distributed pedagogy” approach is different from many university programs that treat ethics by adding a stand-alone course that is, more often than not, just an elective for computer science majors.”Standalone courses can be great, but they can send the message that ethics is something that you think about after you’ve done your ‘real’ computer science work,” Simmons said. “We want to send the message that ethical reasoning is part of what you do as a computer scientist.”Embedding ethics across the curriculum helps computer science students see how ethical issues can arise from many contexts, issues ranging from the way social networks facilitate the spread of false information to censorship to machine-learning techniques that empower statistical inferences in employment and in the criminal justice system.Courses in artificial intelligence and machine learning are obvious areas for ethical discussions, but Embedded EthiCS also has built modules for less-obvious pairings, such as applied algebra.”We really want to get students habituated to thinking: How might an ethical issue arise in this context or that context?” Simmons said.David Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science, teaches a wide-ranging undergraduate class on topics in algorithmic economics. “Without this initiative, I would have struggled to craft the right ethical questions related to rules for matching markets, or choosing objectives for recommender systems,” he said. “It has been an eye-opening experience to get students to think carefully about ethical issues.”Grosz acknowledged that it can be a challenge for computer science faculty and their students to wrap their heads around often opaque ethical quandaries.”Computer scientists are used to there being ways to prove problem set answers correct or algorithms efficient,” she said. “To wind up in a situation where different values lead to there being trade-offs and ways to support different ‘right conclusions’ is a challenging mind shift. But getting these normative issues into the computer system designer’s mind is crucial for society right now.”Jeffrey Behrends, currently a fellow-in-residence at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, has co-taught the design and ethics course with Grosz. Behrends said the experience revealed greater harmony between the two fields than one might expect.”Once students who are unfamiliar with philosophy are introduced to it, they realize that it’s not some arcane enterprise that’s wholly independent from other ways of thinking about the world,” he said. “A lot of students who are attracted to computer science are also attracted to some of the methodologies of philosophy, because we emphasize rigorous thinking. We emphasize a methodology for solving problems that doesn’t look too dissimilar from some of the methodologies in solving problems in computer science.”The Embedded EthiCS model has attracted interest from universities—and companies—around the country. Recently, experts from more than 20 institutions gathered at Harvard for a workshop on the challenges and best practices for integrating ethics into computer science curricula. Mary Gray, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research (and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society), who helped convene the gathering, said that in addition to impeccable technical chops, employers increasingly are looking for people who understand the need to create technology that is accessible and socially responsible.”Our challenge in industry is to help researchers and practitioners not see ethics as a box that has to be checked at the end, but rather to think about these things from the very beginning of a project,” Gray said.Those concerns recently inspired the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society, to update its code of ethics for the first time since 1992.In hope of spreading the Embedded EthiCS concept widely across the computer science landscape, Grosz and colleagues have authored a paper to be published in the journal Communications of the ACM and launched a website to serve as an open-source repository of
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reached a deal with US stock market regulators over his use of social media Explore further The settlement, which allowed Musk to remain as CEO, required him to obtain pre-approval from Tesla counsel before making written communications “that contain, or reasonably could contain, information material to Tesla or its stockholders.”The SEC cracked down after Musk tweeted on February 19 that Tesla would make 500,000 cars in 2019—up from the 400,000 that the company had estimated until then, an apparent increase on a benchmark tied to profitability.Musk corrected himself four hours later, saying that Tesla would indeed produce about 400,000 cars this year.SEC attorney Cheryl Crumpton argued that the February 19 tweet and the fact that Musk had not submitted any tweets for pre-publishing review showed he had made no serious effort to follow the requirement.John Hueston, an attorney representing Musk, had countered that Musk’s February 19 tweet was not consequential to investors, and that the language in the settlement was ambiguous on what types of information needed to be reviewed prior to publication. He also argued that the SEC had been hasty in seeking a contempt ruling without first trying to confer with Musk.Sputtering deliveriesWord of a settlement came just days after Tesla disclosed a heavy loss in the first quarter as car deliveries sputtered overseas and a US tax credit that made its prices more attractive was reduced.The California-based company reported a loss of $702 million in the first three months of this year after two consecutive quarters of profit.Tesla produced about 63,000 Model 3 vehicles in the period, an increase of three percent from the same quarter a year earlier but fewer than had been anticipated. The company attributed its disappointing financial results to Model 3 shipping delays, particularly in Europe and China.Overall company revenue in the period rose 33 percent to $4.5 billion in a year-over-year comparison, but fell far short of Wall Street forecasts.Tesla was confident it would get past the financial speed-bumps and into a smoother road to improved fortune.The company expected to remain on course to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 vehicles in total this year, topping 2018 numbers by at least 45 percent.Tesla shares that finished the official trading day down five percent regained a little ground to $237.31 in after-market trading. The settlement between Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission sets out clearer guidelines on topics Musk should avoid on Twitter or other social media, including statements about acquisitions, mergers, new products and production numbers.Musk would have to adhere to Tesla rules regarding potentially significant comments by executives, and have tweets or other social media posts pre-approved by “an experienced securities lawyer employed by the company,” according to the proposed settlement.”The parties have reached an agreement to resolve the commission’s pending contempt motion,” a joint court filing said.A Friday deadline set by US District Judge Alison Nathan was extended until April 30 after Musk and the SEC asked for time to have a final version of the settlement ready to submit for court approval.The SEC said in the filing that the settlement “is fair, reasonable, and in the interest of the parties and investors because the proposed revisions will provide additional clarity regarding the written communications for which the defendant is required to obtain pre-approval.”SEC officials had originally argued Musk should be held in contempt of court for allegedly violating an earlier settlement on tweeting potentially market-sensitive information without having it reviewed by counsel.At a hearing earlier this month, Nathan ordered both sides to try to work out their differences, suggesting she could rule on the case if the talks failed.The judge appeared sympathetic at times with some of the government’s arguments, but she also expressed significant reservations about finding Musk in contempt, which she said was “serious business” and a ruling that placed a “significant burden” of proof on the government. Truce?If approved, the settlement would mark a truce in Musk’s dispute with the SEC after an October agreement required him to step down as chairman and pay $20 million to settle charges he defrauded investors with false claims on Twitter in August
Next Post Air India incident, DGCA bars off-duty crew members from travelling in cockpitAviation regulator DGCA barred airline officials, including pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers, from travelling in the cockpit after an off-duty pilot of Air India was tested positive in a pre-flight alcohol test on Saturday.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 03:16 IST The DGCA said all airline operators were directed to ensure that no travel in cockpit is permitted in violation of AIC 3 of 1997.Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday barred airline officials, including pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers, from travelling in the cockpit when they were off-duty or on leave.The regulator’s directions came after an off-duty pilot of Air India tested positive in a pre-flight alcohol test on Saturday when he was scheduled to travel in the cockpit of a plane from Delhi to Bengaluru.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the national carrier to take strict action against the pilot.This practice of off-duty or on leave officials is in violation of the Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 3 of 1997, it said.The DGCA also said this practice “provides cover to officials who are authorised to travel in the cockpit while on leave or off-duty and detected BA (breath-analyzer) positive.”In an order, the regulator said it has come to its notice that the Operations Manual Part-A of Air India permits travel of airline officials such as pilots and AMEs (aircraft maintenance engineers) in cockpit “even when they are on leave or have not been assigned any duty whatsoever prescribed in AIC 3 of 1997.”The regulator added, “The portion of the Operations Manual Part-A so far as it is in violation of AIC 3 of 1997, is void ab-initio and stands repudiated with immediate affect.””All airline operators are hereby directed to amend their Operations Manual Part-A to align with AIC 3 of 1997 with regard to travel in cockpit and submit to the DGCA for approval,” it said.The DGCA said all airline operators were directed to ensure that no travel in cockpit is permitted in violation of AIC 3 of 1997.AIC 3 of 1997, issued by the DGCA, clearly states that airline official can take the extra seat (called jump seat) in the aircraft only in certain specific conditions such as “when necessary for safe operation of aircraft” or “better practical understanding and knowledge of the functions of the instruments.”Also Read | DGCA suspends Air India pilot for six months for physical altercation with cabin crew memberAlso Watch | Plane with Justice for Kashmir banner flies over Headingley stadium during India-Sri Lanka matchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow Air India
COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Srikanth Bolla, the-27-year-old visually-challenged entrepreneur, is all set to take a political plunge.Sources close to the development said he will formally join the YSR Congress, the main Opposition in Andhra Pradesh.From childhood, Bolla has had defied all odds. An alumni of MIT, he had also set up a successful manufacturing unit. Young changemakerChosen as Young Changemaker by BusinessLine, Bolla swam against the tide during his student days, leading to his graduation at MIT in the US after being rejected by various Indian institutes for being visually-challenged.He is the CEO of Bollant Industries Ltd, which makes eco-friendly disposable products and packaging solutions. It has 600 employees with more than half being differently-abled. During interactions in the past, Bolla had showed interest in joining politics.Financial backingThe company founded by him has had the financial backing of the likes of Ratan Tata. Initial supporters include Ravi Mantha, who was part of The Indus Entrepreneurs; SP Reddy, a serial entrepreneur; Srini Raju of Peepul Capital; Satish Reddy of Dr Reddy’s; Kiran Grandhi of GMR Group; and Arun Alagappan of TI Cycles.When contacted, Srikanth said he will announce his entry into politics at an appropriate time. Published on March 06, 2019 Srikanth Bolla, CEO of Bollant Industries (File Photo) – THE HINDU SHARE
Karnataka BL Interview Prajwal Revanna, grandson of former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda , is contesting from Hassan Lok Sabha seat, a constituency represented by his grandfather. Speaking to BusinessLine, Prajwal shares information regarding his candidature, campaign and political scenario in Hassan district. Excerpts:How is the campaign going on in Hassan as there is speculation that Congress workers are not keen to work with the JD(S)?Yes, initially it was chaos but now I see stability. As days progressed, our leaders have sorted issues plaguing the joint campaign. So far I have met and sought the support of Congress leaders. After all these efforts, the alliance is in a good shape.There is distrust over where the alliance will lead post-elections, especially after Congress leader being given a ticket to contest against you. How do you see it?For the past 10 months, we have been observing the BJP. What they are doing. All we could see was they are trying to break the alliance and disrupt our move. Taking this into consideration, we have already checkmated them. Election results will be in our favour.Both the grandsons of JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda are testing waters, what is the pulse of the people?See, the pulse of the people is definitely good, they are supporting us now and will continue to do so after the elections. So let’s see what happens on May 23. I hope everyone supports us.People are talking about dynasty politics and your family. How do you see this?I think Shivamogga has this problem right now. If you go towards North India, dynasty politics is everywhere. Why Deve Gowda and his family alone are being targeted?What is the message for the constituency and priority for Hassan?I am here to work for the people. So I want to stay with the people. I have been working for my father for the past eight years. First thing is that we are concentrating on job generation. And today, the major problem of any district or any rural area is unemployment. So, I want to bring more industries to Hassan. As Congress is supporting the party, will you be working whole-heartedly for their candidate as well?Definitely. Because the Congress is supporting us, so we are supporting them whole-heartedly. Dinesh Gundurao is with us now….Parameshwar is with us now. So definitely, the team will be stronger. These senior leaders have promised to support me by taking part in rallies. April 01, 2019 Published on Prajwal Revanna, son of Janata Dal (Secular) legislature party leader H.D. Revanna, and grandson of JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda. Photo: K. Murali Kumar – THE HINDU national elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hassan COMMENT SHARE COMMENTS
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