Structures threatened in growing El Cajon fire

first_img#VistaFire [update] Evacuation warnings are in effect for the streets of Trafalgar Rd., Calle De Nicole, and Vista De La Montana in the community of Dehesa. pic.twitter.com/Hh2LkbHuTY— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) July 18, 2019 Posted: July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego (KUSI) – An 8 acre vegetation fire near El Cajon off Vista De La Montana in the Dehesa area is spreading at a moderate rate. According to Cal Fire/ San Diego County fire there is report of structures threatened.Evacuation warnings are in effect for the streets of Trafalgar Rd., Calle De Nicole, and Vista De La Montana in the community of Dehesa, according to Cal Fire. July 17, 2019center_img Structures threatened in growing El Cajon fire #VistaFire [update] The fire is 2 acres with a moderate rate of spread. There is a report of structures threatened. pic.twitter.com/CegjMvtxeM— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) July 17, 2019 Updated: 5:13 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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UBM TechWeb Buys Online Marketing Summit

first_imgWhile the 2011 OMS event generated about $1.1 million in revenues, the value of its gross assets at time of acquisition were about $200,000. UBM says it expects to exceed the cost of capital of the deal in its first full year of ownership.On the surface, the summit is a good fit with TechWeb, given the group’s push into marketing-as-a-service. TechWeb’s audience consists mostly of CIOs and IT executives and managers. InformationWeek and Interop are two core brands, but the group also produces the Black Hat event, among many others, and information and event brands in the telecommunication and gaming markets.But TechWeb’s marketing services group could leverage OMS as a brand for its digital marketing clients who use TechWeb as a provider of integrated marketing services to reach its audience. According to TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff, OMS could provide some integration opportunities with the group’s other events, especially overseas. “Our mission at UBM TechWeb is about all things technology,” says Uphoff. “We see marketing as the next big tech frontier. The acquisition of Online Marketing Summit is the perfect addition to other successful UBM properties, and we’re hoping to integrate with these brands like Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) in India, China and the UK, Internet World in the UK, and E-Commerce Expo in the UK. Finally, Online Marketing Summit perfectly complements our Marketing-as-a-Service business. Online Marketing Summit’s deep education, world class library of online tutorial, and a first time show floor delivers on all principles of Marketing-as-a-Service, fusing quality content, engaged audiences, user experience, and business analytics with the latest digital technologies to cost-effectively deliver sustainable marketing programs.” UBM TechWeb has acquired the Online Marketing Summit. The event, with its next edition taking place early February in San Diego, attracts approximately 1,500 attendees and generates about $1.1 million in revenues.The Online Marketing Summit grew out of the Online Marketing Institute, an organization providing training and certification programs for the various permutations of online marketing-email, social media, SEO, demand generation, and so on. The summit, the OMI’s main event, launched in 2007.OMS co-founder Aaron Kahlow will continue on as conference director and the Online Marketing Institute will remain an independent organization.”With UBM TechWeb, the Online Marketing Summit will grow to serve our audiences with an even more world class content, deep educatioal workshops and a first ever Expo showcasing the hottest new tools and solutions,” Kahlow says in a prepared statement. last_img read more

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Pivotshare Raises 1 Million Series A Round

first_imgCustomers can set up a channel, complete with social tools, and also get other publishers to contribute content to the channel. Channels can also be networked to provide greater scale within a particular vertical. The company is targeting entertainers as a customer category, but it’s also going after conference speakers and event producers themselves to upload and sell video or audio-based content back to attendees. The platform also has b-to-b applications in that industry experts can also set up a channel to hawk their expertise or consultancy content. The company does not charge a set-up fee or ongoing licensing fees, but rather takes a cut of revenues. Pivotshare, an Irvine, California-based startup that provides a turnkey platform for selling digital content direct to consumers, has raised $1 million in a series A round, led by Townsgate Media.If the Web has been the great democratizer in allowing anyone to be a publisher and disrupting, to a degree, traditional media’s dominance in audience and content, it’s services like Pivotshare that are now chipping away at the revenue side of the equation—at least for publishers of multimedia content. The service allows independent content producers to upload and stream or otherwise make their content available directly to consumers on a platform that also handles subscription or pay-per-view sales, user accounts, payment processing and analytics. last_img read more

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Dunkins Halloween Costume Contest Offers A Chance To Win A Years Worth

first_img(NOTE: Wilmington has EIGHT Dunkin’ locations — 195 Main Street, 321 Main Street, 586 Main Street, 357 Middlesex Avenue, 66 Concord Street, 211 Lowell Street, 316 Lowell Street, and 206 Ballardvale Street.)CANTON, MA — As the brand that delivers delight each Halloween with special donuts and more, Dunkin’ has seen its own fans in turn celebrate the spirit of the season by sharing hundreds of homemade Halloween Dunkin-themed costumes to social media. Dunkin’ is joining the fun this year by rewarding its fans’ imagination and inspiration, launching a special costume contest for the chance to win some treats without having to ring a single doorbell. Beginning today, a Dunkin’ costume could equal free coffee and cash, as fans who post a photo of their Dunkin’-inspired Halloween costume on Instagram using the special hashtag #DunkinDressUpContest will have the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 and a year’s worth of Dunkin’ coffee. Plus, one winner each week will receive $100 Dunkin’ gift cards to help them keep running on Dunkin’ long after the Halloween fun is over.Dunkin’s costume contest launches today, October 17, and continues through November 1. No purchase necessary; 18+ US only. For full rules and details please visit http://www.ddsweeps.com.Dunkin’ restaurants are already helping people across the country enjoy a few moments of Halloween joy any time of day with seasonal treats sure to bring a smile to kids of all ages. For a frightfully fun donut design, Dunkin’s Spider Donut is frosted with orange icing and topped with a glazed chocolate MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat decorated to look like a sweet-never-scary spider. Dunkin’ is also giving its classic donuts a Halloween look, with decorations including orange and purple icing drizzles and sprinkles.OREO cookies are dressing up as Dunkin’ for Halloween this year with the OREO Donut, filled with vanilla buttercreme and topped with chocolate icing, crumbled OREO cookie topping and an orange icing drizzle. For a sweet sip to lift spirits, OREO Hot Chocolate with the rich flavors of cookies and cream is available as part of Dunkin’s selection of hot winter beverages, which also includes Original Hot Chocolate and Dunkaccino.Guests can sink their fangs into the Spider Donut at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide through Halloween. The OREO Donut and OREO Hot Chocolate are both available into November.To learn more about Dunkin’, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.About Dunkin’Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.DunkinDonuts.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Dunkin’.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDunkin’s Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21In “Business”Dunkin Donuts Introduces New Almond Joy Hot ChocolatesIn “Business”Dunkin’ Donuts Launches New Dunkin’ Go2s (New $2, $3 & $5 Value Menu )In “Business”last_img read more

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Husband allegedly kills wife in city

first_imgHusband allegedly kills his wife over family feud at Maddha Badda in the city on Friday noon.Family sources said the couple — Suma Aktar, 25, and her husband Manir Hossain — had been in loggerheads over family feud triggered by conjugal dispute.As a sequel of the feud, they locked in an altercation at noon.At one stage, locals rushed to their house after hearing the scream of Suma and found the couple lying in a pool of blood on the floor.Later, they took the couple to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) when doctors declared Suma dead.Manir might have strangulated Suma and later tried to kill himself as injury marks were found at his hand and throat, said DMCH police camp in-charge sub-inspector Bacchu Miah.Manir was admitted to the hospital under police custody, the SI added.last_img read more

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PM Hasina fears country may turn dysfunctional if antiliberation forces return to

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.”If the anti-liberation forces and patrons of killers return to power, the country will become a failed one again,” she said while addressing a reception here on Sunday.Canada Awami League arranged the event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The prime minister said today Bangladesh is marching forward and the trend of this progress should continue. “The country can’t be developed unless there is continuation of the government.”Talking about her party’s election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina said they did much more than what they wanted to do. “As Bangladesh is making progress, it now gets invitation to join the G7 Outreach Session.””When our country makes progress, we get such invitations,” she said adding that she also got invitations and joined G7 Outreach Session in 2001 and 2016.Hasina said her government is working aiming to ensure the development and welfare of the country’s people.She said her government has placed a Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, but once the budget size was only Tk 610 billion.In the proposed budget, the size of the annual development programme (ADP) is Tk 1.73 trillion, which was only Tk 190 billion. Some 90 per cent of ADP cost now comes from government funds, she added.In the past, the prices of essentials used to go up with the announcement of national budget. “But, now the prices remain under control as the present government has been able to bring down the inflation at 5.6 per cent.”Now, she mentioned, the per capita income in Bangladesh has increased to $1752.Coming down heavily on BNP, the prime minister said they do not see any development of Bangladesh, but they enjoy the benefits of the development.About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she was convicted in the court after the trial process continued for 10 years. “But, big lawyers failed to prove that Khaleda didn’t embezzle orphans’ money.””A comfortable environment has been arranged for her in jail. I’ve no right to release Khaleda Zia from jail as it’s the jurisdiction of the court. Their (BNP’s) big lawyers should solve it moving to the court,” Hasina said.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also addressed the reception event presided over by Canada Awami League president Golam Mohammad Mahmud Miah.last_img read more

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Khaleda faces arrest warrant in 4yr old case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA court on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by 18 February on execution of the arrest warrant.The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with chief metropolitan magistrate court on 21 October, 2014.According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on 14 October, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh police station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.Later, the IO submitted the report on 30 June, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.last_img read more

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CHECK OUT How To Help Houston And Its Victims Get Through Harvey

first_imgRed Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. Share The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some things you should consider. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly.last_img read more

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UM Reverses Course Fires Durkin

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comTwo weeks after Jordan McNair, a sophomore offensive tackle for the University of Maryland collapsed during a team workout in May, he died after suffering a heatstroke.Nothing can bring back McNair, the 19-year-old beloved son of Tonya Wilson and Marty McNair. But, perhaps yesterday’s decision by the University of Maryland to reverse course and fire UM football coach D.J. Durkin for his role in their son’s death may help them feel some sense of comfort or justice.In a reversal, the University of Maryland decided to fire UM football coach D.J. Durkin for his role in the death of sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair in May. (Photo: Facebook)Durkin, who had been suspended by the University of Maryland Board of Regents in the wake of McNair’s death, was reinstated on Oct. 30, causing shockwaves of anger among many. However, on Oct. 31, Maryland reversed its original decision and fired the embattled football coach.“The overwhelming majority of stakeholders expressed serious concerns about coach Durkin…a departure is in the best interest of the university,” said Wallace Loh, University of Maryland President in a statement.“Relief, surprise, a level of gratitude that the right thing was done, so far,” said Marty McNair, in response to the firing of Durkin during an interview on “Good Morning America,” Nov. 1. “The decision that Dr. Loh made, this is a step in the right direction,” McNair added.Hassan Murphy, one of the attorneys for Jordan McNair’s parents said their focus will turn to the legacy of their son.“Our fight now is about getting justice for this family and for Jordan’s name and in his memory,” Murphy said. “Well hopefully, this will mark a change and an end. I think part of why Jordan died was as a result of the culture (within UM athletics). As Jordan was literally in the early stages of death, they were calling him names,” Murphy added.Marty McNair had a message for all student athletes like his son, in order to prevent another tragedy.“Know your bodies and to know when your body tells you to stop, stop,” he said. “Because you only have one body and I don’t wish anyone to be in the situation that we’re in right now with Jordan.”last_img read more

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Researchers replicate supershear earthquakes in the lab

first_imgAerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Researchers replicate supershear earthquakes in the lab (2013, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-replicate-supershear-earthquakes-lab.html (Phys.org) —A team of geology researchers working in France has for the first time recreated the conditions in a lab that lead to a phenomenon known as a supershear earthquake. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they found that compressing granite under certain conditions caused ruptures to propagate faster than shear waves leading to an observable supershear event. Explore further Earthquake acoustics offer hint that a tsunami is imminent, researchers find More information: From Sub-Rayleigh to Supershear Ruptures During Stick-Slip Experiments on Crustal Rocks, Science 7 June 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6137 pp. 1208-1211 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235637ABSTRACTSupershear earthquake ruptures propagate faster than the shear wave velocity. Although there is evidence that this occurs in nature, it has not been experimentally demonstrated with the use of crustal rocks. We performed stick-slip experiments with Westerly granite under controlled upper-crustal stress conditions. Supershear ruptures systematically occur when the normal stress exceeds 43 megapascals (MPa) with resulting stress drops on the order of 3 to 25 MPa, comparable to the stress drops inferred by seismology for crustal earthquakes. In our experiments, the sub-Rayleigh–to–supershear transition length is a few centimeters at most, suggesting that the rupture of asperities along a fault may propagate locally at supershear velocities. In turn, these sudden accelerations and decelerations could play an important role in the generation of high-frequency radiation and the overall rupture-energy budget.center_img In a “normal” earthquake, seismic waves are generated as a result of faults in the Earth’s crust that rupture. At the same time, deep within the Earth, shear waves are generated that also propagate but are not felt on the surface. Shear waves tend to move much faster than seismic waves. Sometimes, though, in very rare instances, seismic waves gain a boost in speed and wind up propagating faster than sheer waves. The result is what geologists call a sonic-boom type of earthquake that can be far worse than its magnitude would indicate. Supershear earthquakes have been recorded occurring in nature just a few times, but until now have never been reproduced in the lab.To recreate the special conditions that lead to a supershear earthquake, the researchers subjected slabs of granite to very high pressure—pushing them together while also applying sideways pressure until they slipped against one another—releasing a wave of energy. It’s the same type of experiment used to study various types of earthquake conditions. In this instance, the researchers replicated the experiment 200 times—each time taking careful measurements with acoustic sensors. The team found that by manipulating the pressure exerted they could induce supershear like conditions. Their experiment was the first ever to succeed in recreating a supershear earthquake-like event in the lab. More importantly, it also shows that supershear earthquakes can occur at a much smaller level than researchers had believed. This means, they say, that such earthquakes should be able to occur much more often in the real world.The results obtained by the researchers aren’t a sign that people should worry, however, because it’s quite possible that the conditions in the lab were optimal for the creation of supershear earthquakes, most specifically the presence of smooth even granite surfaces—this is generally not the case in nature, and likely why they occur so seldom in the real world. The researchers suggest it’s possible that many supershear earthquakes happen in nature, but we don’t know about them because they occur in sections of faults that don’t move. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Promotion of equilibrium in society the need of the hour

first_imgKolkata: The biggest challenge before India is its unequal development of the country and the only way it can be addressed is by promoting equilibrium in society, Piyush Goyal, Union minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, said on Monday.”Mutual trust and consensus is a key area for ensuring success of GST in a federal structure like India”, he said.Speaking at an exclusive interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at a city hotel, Goyal elaborated on the “Vision for 2022” for India and the role that all sections of the society, including industry and industry associations, can play in fructifying the objective of attaining development for all. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGoyal felt that the government and industry can join hands to effectively reach out to the developmental needs of the bottom of the pyramid through meaningful and well strategised CSR initiatives, in particular for the 115 identified aspirational districts of India.He mentioned that though India has made rapid strides in many sectors post-independence, significant room for progress still remains.He justified the fact that one single uniform GST tax rate is not tenable for India, as it would nullify the very concept of progressive taxation and the tenets of equitable distribution of income. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPFocussing on the rapid development witnessed in India over the past 4 years of the Modi regime, Goyal termed the single most important factor of change as the “change in mindset,” which has led to monumental changes in infrastructure, connectivity, macro economy and human capital development in the country, to name a few.He spoke on the important changes being brought about in energy efficiency, distribution and transmission in the power sector in India. He spoke of the government’s commitment to provide rural electrification and ensure availability of LPG and subsequently solar-powered cookers for all households in the country, including the remotest corners.Goyal reiterated that augmented MSP for farm produce would not impact the fiscal deficit, as defaults on loans would have directly led to increased NPAs and affected billions of people engaged in farming in the country.Shashwat Goenka, president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcome address, calling Goyal a “thought provoking and dynamic leader”.Rudra Chatterjee, senior vice-president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, offered the formal vote of thanks.last_img read more

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Teenage night owls at high obesity risk

first_imgIf your teenage kid loves to spend night time with gadgets, ask him or her to reduce this habit as this may make him fat in just five years’ time.According to research, teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier.“The results highlight adolescent bed times, not just total sleep time, as a potential target for weight management during the transition to adulthood,” said Lauren Asarnow, lead author and doctoral student in University of California-Berkeley. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, the researchers analysed data from a nationally representative cohort of more than 3,300 youths and adults. They found that for every hour of sleep they lost, they gained 2.1 points on the body mass index (BMI). This gain occurred roughly over a five-year period.The results show that many teenagers do not get the recommended nine hours sleep a night and report having trouble staying awake at school.The human circadian rhythm, which regulates physiological and metabolic functions, typically shifts to a later sleep cycle at the onset of puberty.The results suggest that adolescents who go to bed earlier will “set their weight on a healthier course as they emerge into adulthood”, Asarnow added. The paper appeared in the journal Sleep.last_img read more

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IISWBM setting new benchmarks in management

first_imgEstablished in April 1953, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), the first management institute in India, still stands out to be one of the most reputed and acknowledged management institutions of the country. Enlightened Indians like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal and Prof DK Sanyal set up the institution keeping a unique dimension in mind. With social welfare programmes and management courses under the same roof, this institute has earned numerous accolades to its name. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver the decades, IISWBM has successfully kept its intellectual tradition alive by recruiting imminent faculty members, preserving the learning environment, nurturing intellectual minds, and maintaining infrastructure facilities. With sixty four years into management, its journey has been studded with glorious achievements. Being one of the highest ranking B-schools since its inception, the institute might soon get upgraded to a University and with the new campus coming up in the satellite city of Kolkata (Newtown), the institute has plans to start some academic programmes there by 2019. Involved in research and consultancy work, several faculty members have won many prestigious awards and the Institute itself boasts of alumni in various prestigious organisations both in India and abroad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProf (Dr) Amitava Sarkar, the Director of IISWBM, who has long been associated with the institute, opens up about their success story, uniqueness and big plans ahead.What separates IISWBM from other management institutes?This is the first management and social welfare institute that started in India. We have our heritage. When we started, the concept of bringing social welfare programs and business management courses together was one of a kind; a concept alien to many. After all, social welfare programs in order to survive, need to be managed well and similarly, if management studies are devoid of any ties to social welfare, it will fail. I don’t think there are institutions where these two fields are together under the same roof and even if there are such institutions, they definitely did not start back at the time we did. From early 1950s onward, we have always tried to remain relevant, keeping in tune with upcoming demands. What should be done so that more people get access to education?I believe we have quite a number of good institutions offering programmes in various fields. And the lack of access that we have faced a couple of decades back has gone down to a great extent. We have not been able to match up with the demands in certain fields with openings in higher education institutions. I don’t want to blame the planners or the government but this happens because it is a fast changing world. We don’t know which particular field is going to occupy the centre stage two years down the line or what particular demands are going to come up and we are always a couple of steps behind in supplying the required academic programmes and institutions. That’s where the mismatch happens. This is mainly due to fast changes and our inability to forecast. Which are some of the offbeat courses that are offered in your institution?Apart from the flagship programs like Master of Business Administration, Master of Human Resource Management, the Institute also conducts full-time programmes in affiliation with the University of Calcutta in Sports Management, Media Management, and Retail Management among others. We offer programmes in fire safety management as well. We have also condensed our three years MBA evening program into 2 years and the response has been amazing. We are the first institution to start with a two -year full time MBA evening program. In addition, the Institute introduced an M Phil programme since 2014, and plans to commence a PhD programme, affiliated to University of Calcutta to match demands for higher/research studies in management, social welfare and public systems.Our faculty is very actively involved in research and projects. We offer our expertise in number of projects for various government and non-government institutions. We also work very closely with NTPC, Adani and Reliance among others. We are also collaborating with the Reserve Bank of India as they want us to conduct a training program on induction, and mentor their senior as well as junior officers.Is there any new collaboration with a foreign university on its way?I have a different view with regard to collaboration. If we look into collaboration itself carefully, we will see that many foreign institutions are coming here for students and they try to use institutions as agents. But essentially what they do is that Indians and foreign institutions train the students for two terms each and give them a joint certificate. However, there are only a few who can afford it. In my opinion, I would like to collaborate in terms of research, in terms of faculty and students exchange and not in terms of just offering a joint programme. As a matter of fact, the collaboration that I’m talking about in terms of research has always been there. We share ideas, articles and invite each other, which is much more effective. Otherwise collaborations do not serve any real purpose. Probably, there is some flamboyance in collaboration, but if looked into carefully, it doesn’t serve much purpose. What, in your opinion, distinguishes the Indian system of education, from those abroad?I believe that the distinction which we used to face three or four decades back, is not there that much. There’s a usual kind of complaint that comes from the industry that our syllabus/ curriculum is often outdated; the curriculums do not match the industry requirements, particularly in India. But I don’t think that’s totally true. I agree that it used to be like that a few decades ago but not any longer. I ask industry people whether they have actually taken a look at the curriculum and in most cases the answer is ‘no’. 90 per cent of those who criticise blindly our education systems, saying that it is not up to the mark or lagging behind from what are offered abroad, particularly in the West, don’t see them carefully. I know for a fact that there’s no significant difference in the programmes. The question should be about deliverance. They may have better teachers there or better systems of deliverance, or better students who can accept what is taught but we are no less. Yes, there are problems of delivery. Although I agree that it is acute in India, western countries also face this at some level or the other. Look at how eagerly they look for Indian software developers. Given the recent happenings, if all the Indian software developers have to come back, then I don’t know what they will do. So this problem is not unique to India or the developing countries. Lack of funding also leads to several problems. Many colleges can’t afford proper equipment at labs or other means of technology needed for better learning. But it is not that we do not know about these problems. I really hope people start looking beyond the surface level. Tell us about the new campus…We have our new campus coming up in Rajarhat (Newtown). It’s been a year that work has started and the entire foundation piling has already been completed. Situated in the so called academic hub, it will have a 12 storey academic building, separate girls’ and boys’ hostels, and staff quarters. In fact, last week we had a meeting with HIDCO and it was decided that by 2019 it would be at least partially complete so that we start teaching some of the courses there. We would like to do it a bit sequentially. Of course the entire establishment is not going to shift at one go as it is neither desirable nor possible. Our USP is this location.last_img read more

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Say hello to Sequoia a new Rust based OpenPGP library to secure

first_imgGnuPG developers have recently begun working on Sequoia, a new OpenPGP implementation in Rust. OpenPGP is an open, free version of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) standard. It defines standard formats for emails and other message encryption and is based on the original PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software. Sequoia is an OpenPGP library that provides easy-to-use cryptography for applications. It helps you protect the privacy of your users and is easy to incorporate into your application, no matter what language you use. It helps you manage your keys better as its keystore stores keys and updates them so that new keys or revocations are discovered in a timely manner. It is currently in development led by three former GnuPG developers, Neal H. Walfield, Justus Winter, and Kai. The project is funded by the  p≡p foundation, where each of the aforementioned developers has been working since fall 2017. What motivated the developers for this new implementation was their experience with GnuPG, a free software replacement for Symantec’s PGP cryptographic software. PGP or Pretty Good Privacy is a program which is used to encrypt and decrypt texts, emails, files, directories, etc. to increase the security of data communications. According to Neal H. Walfield, GnuPG posed several problems as “it is hard to modify due to lack of unit tests and tight component coupling”. He also mentioned other reasons like how a lot of developers are unsatisfied with GnuPG’s API and that GnuPG can’t be used on iOS due to GPL. The developers also have major social and technical goals in mind for Sequoia. “The social goals are — to create an inclusive environment in our project, it should be free software and — community-centered,” says Neal. Here’s the video of Neal introducing the new OpenPGP library: Sequoia On the technical side, the team is taking a different approach. They are putting the library API first, and a command-line interface tool, second. Neal says that the team “encourages” the users to use the library. They also aim to create an API which is friendly, easy to use and supports all modern platforms such as Android, iOS, Mac, etc. Let’s have a look at how Sequoia is built. Starting at the bottom level, we have the OpenPGP library which provides the low-level interface. There are two services built on top of this library, namely, Sequoia network service ( helps with accessing keyservers) and Sequoia-store which is used for accessing and storing the public keys along with the private keys. Architecture of Sequoia On top of these three, there is a Sequoia library, a high-level API. If it’s a rust application, then it can use this library directly or else it can access the library via FFI ( foreign function interface). Apart from this, the vision for Sequoia is “a nice OpenPGP implementation — with focus on user development, and its community” says Neal. For more information on Sequoia, check out the official Sequoia documentation. Read Next Will Rust Replace C++? Mozilla is building a bridge between Rust and JavaScript Perform Advanced Programming with Rustlast_img read more

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Imagine your house is gone And yet the TV set is

first_imgImagine your house is gone. And yet the TV set is still standing.That’s one of the scenes that photojournalist Tommy Trenchard documented as he visited parts of Mozambique hit by Cyclone Kenneth on Thursday.Winds reportedly blew up to 174 miles per hour.More than 20 inches of rain fell over a couple of days — and another 20 inches is forecast this week.Houses were obliterated, roads turned into rivers and the death toll now stands at 38.The storm struck some six weeks after Cyclone Idai, touching down in a different part of the country — in the north. Both cyclones are rare events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “there is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season.” And so a country already in the throes of a humanitarian disaster — the World Bank puts a $2 billion price tag on the recovery effort for Idai — is reeling again.Trenchard traveled north from the city of Pemba to Macomia and surrounding villages, “where the destruction is incredibly severe,” he says. “It was overwhelming to see the visual chaos — the mess of fallen trees, belongings, collapsed homes.”Despite the destruction he saw people “calmly getting their lives back in order. Of course there’s shock and despair, but you also see incredible stoicism and resilience. Amid the carnage there are even small glimpses of normal life going on. In Macomia, two days after the storm, some shops had already reopened even though they no longer had a roof or four walls.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Updated at 1113 pm ETNew York Gov Andrew Cuomo

first_imgUpdated at 11:13 p.m. ETNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, the latest attempt to address the growing measles outbreak, the worst the U.S. has experienced in decades. Cuomo said plugging the loophole should help contain the spike in measles cases in New York, the state the hardest hit by the uptick in the contagious virus due to low vaccination rates in ultra-Orthodox communities. “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe,” Cuomo said after signing the bill. “While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.” The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the measure, which also eliminates other nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren across the state.”We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, the legislation’s sponsor. “The atrocious peddlers of junk science and fraudulent medicine who we know as anti-vaxxers have spent years sowing unwarranted doubt and fear, but it is time for legislators to confront them head-on.”The exemption, which exists in some form in most states, allows parents of schoolchildren to cite their religious beliefs in opting their kids out of required vaccines. Supporters of keeping the religious exemptions say religious freedom should not be overpowered by state laws. After the final vote tally was announced in the assembly, howling protesters, including the parents of unvaccinated children, filled the chamber, hurling expletives and chanting “shame on you,” until lawmakers moved to recess.Some backers of the bill have seen the measles outbreak up close, both in their districts and in their own homes, such as Assembly member Kenneth Zebrowski, who represents Rockland County. There, he noted, there have already been more than 266 confirmed measles cases, including 16 hospitalizations. His 1-year-old daughter had to get her first vaccine shot at six months old before her regularly scheduled immunization when she turned 1 recently. “We had to get our kids over-vaccinated,” he said of his and other families in the district. “Because of this epidemic,” Zebrowski said. “I’m not particularly thrilled.” To those who question whether the recent measles outbreak in New York is indeed an epidemic, Zebrowsky said that should not be the focus. The job of lawmakers, he said, is not to react to epidemics. “Our job as legislators is to prevent epidemics,” he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the number of new measles cases this year has exceeded 1,000, the highest count in 27 years. Most of those new measles cases have been concentrated in ultra-Orthodox areas of New York, including Rockland County and parts of Brooklyn, adding urgency to the statewide debate around religious exemptions to vaccines. The New York Assembly narrowly passed the bill by a 77-53 vote. It needed 76 votes for passage. Lawmakers in the state Senate advanced the measure by a tally of 36-26.A small number of other states including California, Mississippi and Arizona have already passed laws banning vaccine exemptions on religious grounds. In New York, about 96% of students have been immunized against measles, mumps and rubella, yet “a measles outbreak continues to affect communities in several parts of the state where the rate is lower,” according to state health officials. In the 2017-2018 school year, 26,217 students in New York, including those in public and private schools and children in day care and prekindergarten, had religious exemptions from vaccinations, officials said. “Although the state can claim high immunization rates overall, preventable diseases like measles remain a public health threat when administrative loopholes allow children to go unvaccinated, carrying the potential to harm communities — and especially our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the state Department of Health.New York state Sen. John Liu, who represents Queens, said while he thinks removing the religious exemption is the right move, he has heard from constituents who hold “deep and sincere” religious beliefs who would be “absolutely outraged that anyone would suggest that they don’t care about the health of their children.” Liu suggested that the tenor of the debate on both sides could be more civil. “We can respectfully disagree,” Liu said. The law eliminating religious exemptions takes effect immediately. Unvaccinated students will have up to 30 days to show school officials they have received their first dose of each required immunization. In April, New York City health officials declared a public health emergency because of the measles outbreak. Parents of unvaccinated children could be fined $1,000 for not complying with the order. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Three leading disabled campaigners have backed a p

first_imgThree leading disabled campaigners have backed a petition that calls on the government to force all new large buildings to include a Changing Places toilet.The petition, launched by Lorna Fillingham, who has a disabled child, has now been signed by more than 50,000 people, and will soon be delivered to the prime minister.The campaign has been boosted by support from the crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – herself a regular user of Changing Places toilets – Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, and journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet.There are currently only about 1,060 Changing Places toilets (pictured) – facilities with extra space and equipment for disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets – across the whole of the UK, even though there are believed to be more than 250,000 disabled people who need them.Guidance provided under British Standard 8300 recommends that such facilities should be included in larger buildings and complexes such as motorway services, sports stadiums, shopping centres, airports, town halls, schools and hospitals.But Fillingham, who is working closely with Wafula Strike on the campaign, wants the government to make changes to building regulations to ensure that planning permission cannot be granted for such developments unless they include a Changing Places toilet.The call in Fillingham’s petition mirrors a recommendation in last year’s report on disability and the built environment by the Commons women and equalities committee, which called for all large building developments to include a Changing Places toilet.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “I completely support the campaign.“I heavily rely on Changing Places facilities and their absence does hamper my ability to accept certain engagements far from home or work.“Parliament has an excellent Changing Places facility which means I can carry on with my work to the early hours.”Wafula Strike said: “Every human being has a right to access a toilet and it’s very sad that a section of the disabled community are not able to use suitable facilities to change in.“It breaks my heart that in the 21st century disabled people, their parents and carers are denied this basic right.”Scarlet said he also supported the petition.He said Changing Places facilities were “essential for a forward-looking business that wants to future-proof any major project.“Imagine if every train and bus station in every town had a Changing Places toilet, how that would change lives.”But he said that for too long the building industry had provided only those facilities that had to be included under building regulations.He said: “Changing Places toilet provision has to be put into building regulations or we’ll see no real change.“But it would be nice if architects and developers put them in before this happens, to future proof and do the right thing.”Fillingham says in her petition that her seven-year-old daughter is now “too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified.“I don’t know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone’s shoes or wheels.“This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to.”She told DNS this week: “It really is time for change.“I’ve heard too many harrowing stories now, of disabled children being changed on toilet floors and of disabled adults having surgery to have suprapubic catheters fitted in order to avoid having to use the loo when they are out and about as there is such a lack of Changing Places facilities.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We know that providing these accessible toilets is very important for some people with disabilities so we have worked with Mencap and the Changing Places campaign to improve facilities. “There are now 1,060 of these toilets across the UK, up from just 140 in 2007, and we have helped fund the development of a new website so people know where to find them.” He said the department was committed to promoting accessibility and had commissioned research to assess whether guidance in the building regulations “adequately meets the needs of disabled people when new building work is carried out.“We will consider the findings of that research as they relate to Changing Places toilets and how to promote their provision further.”Asked if the department would consider making the inclusion of a Changing Places toilet compulsory for new larger buildings and complexes, he declined to comment further.last_img read more

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Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means Youll Have More Time to Work on

first_img In the same way the first iPhone changed how we viewed cellphones, Google Duplex, a new digital voice assistant that can make calls and sets up appointments on our behalf, is showing us that voice assistants can do more than just purchase laundry detergent and play music.Duplex reframes our view of voice assistants from a clever user interface meant for consumers only, into a powerful business tool that can get almost anything done, independently of you.  Of course, as the intelligence of assistants grows, so do people’s anxiety. HAL 9000’s red eye hovers over any discussion of AI assistants like a menacing cyclops. And the advance of AI certainly poses serious questions about automation and work. The ethical concern raised over Duplex mimicking a human assistant isn’t needless handwringing. Fortunately, these anxieties are neither new nor unanswerable. Because thankfully, as AI get smarter, we entrepreneurs get smarter right along with them.  Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymThe future of AI looks more like cooperation than competition.The power to increase your mental horsepower comes from harnessing AI assistants to do two distinct tasks:  Carry out brain-taxing, menial tasks for you so you can focus on higher-level workCombine your natural abilities with tasks that machines do better, like analyzing massive datasetsTo imagine how AI can immediately be integrated into daily life, consider a typical office meeting. Now, instead of every important decision made during that meeting evaporating the moment it ends, imagine an AI assistant using natural language processing to transcribe the meeting notes. Instead of everyone leaving with a fuzzy idea about what to do next, imagine an AI assistant using machine learning to process that transcription to pull out and assign the action items for each attendee. The current AI revolution digitizes such mundane tasks and spoken work done in our offices — making us smarter by collecting, storing and analyzing the kinds of information we don’t normally give to computers.  Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedAI assistants will continue, like Duplex, to be narrow in scope, typically serving a single purpose, and be very good at what they do. Rather than using a single voice assistant for everything, a team of these programs likely will share the burden of the 1,000 menial brain tasks we do every day. They will not be human replacements, but they will be tools for driving specific outcomes.  A 2017 survey by PwC found that 31 percent of business and IT leaders name AI assistants as the top innovation they expect to change their business. For comparison, automated data analysis (29 percent) and automated communications (28 percent) came second and third. Around 80 percent of those same executives see huge potential in AI to alleviate repetitive tasks like paperwork, scheduling and timesheets.  In fact, PwC estimates that AI could be worth $15.8 trillion in increased global GDP by 2030.  Incorporating AI assistants into a team requires some work.Teaming up with AI requires knowing how to cooperate with a different type of intelligence. Many people don’t know how to team up with AI assistants because they misunderstand how they work. The mystery surrounding AI leads people to think of it as some magical machine consciousness — often one that many suspect has bad intentions (see the half-joking/half-serious news articles about Alexa’s maniacal laugh for proof).  And it may be this misunderstanding that’s holding some entrepreneurs back from leveraging these powerful new tools. Yet, for entrepreneurs asking themselves, “Where do we even start?” — the answer couldn’t be simpler: just start.  Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientCompanies that begin using AI now will, in the long run, significantly outperform those that do not.  After all, as most entrepreneurs know, first-mover advantage is everything and the best education comes from direct experience. Google proved their commitment to be an AI-first company this year. They even rebranded Google Research as Google AI. But they’re not the only ones driving AI forward. As Google was demoing Duplex, Microsoft presented their own vision of an AI assistant that could turn meeting chatter into notes and actions. Amazon continues to build out Alexa as a platform for voice assistants, and the applications for IBM’s Watson keep growing as well. As these companies turn their AI technology into platforms for other developers to use, the amount of AI-powered tech will explode. Alexa already has more than 10,000 skills added by other companies, and Google just made some of its AI tools available to developers through ML Kit. Whatever the long-term fate of Duplex and other new AI business offerings, they definitely signal the transition of such assistants from convenient novelties to serious tools for amplifying work.   Dave Damer AI can do brain-draining menial tasks flawlessly, so you can focus on the higher-level work no machine can do. Next Article 5 min read Founder & CEO of Testfire Labs Add to Queue Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means You’ll Have More Time to Work on Your Business Technology –shares June 27, 2018 Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Image credit: Busakorn Pongparnit | Getty Images 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.last_img read more

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Miller Heiman Group Enhances Coverage as International Demand for Sales Performance Solutions

first_imgMiller Heiman Group Enhances Coverage as International Demand for Sales Performance Solutions Intensifies PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 7:00 pmMay 9, 2019 Byron MatthewsIndependent Distribution PartnersMarketing TechnologyMiller Heiman GroupNewssales performance solutions Previous ArticleLemnisk Partners With Infosys Finacle to Co-Innovate on Digital Marketing Solutions for BanksNext ArticleZeta Global and AUDIENCEX Enter Into Strategic Partnership Global Sales Performance Powerhouse More Closely Integrates with Regional Independent Distribution Partners to Drive Worldwide GrowthMiller Heiman Group, the global leader in improving sales performance through training, technology, consulting and research, announces plans to align the company’s regional Independent Distribution Partners (IDPs) under the Miller Heiman Group brand. These developments position the company to meet the growing demand for sales performance solutions worldwide.Miller Heiman Group plans to more closely integrate the company’s regional partners in Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain and Sweden throughout the next 12 months. Four of these partners—India, Italy, Spain and Sweden—are already represented under the millerheimangroup.com URL in native language. Additionally Scout, Miller Heiman Group’s sales analytics platform, supports French, German, Italian and Latin American Spanish languages.According to President and CEO of Miller Heiman Group Byron Matthews, offering sales performance solutions on a regional level is driven by marketplace demand. “Today’s global sellers must manage intense competition and pricing pressures while they are simultaneously urged to decrease time spent out in the field,” he says. “These challenges require Miller Heiman Group, now more than ever, to partner with our clients locally to help them build world-class sales and service functions.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to MarketOffering this breadth and depth of service, in region, was a challenge in the past; many of the IDPs sold only a limited number of Miller Heiman Group offerings. Now, each partner will be able to sell the entire Miller Heiman Group product portfolio in their local language, offering customers proprietary research, technology, consulting and training programs. This also means access to all the resources of the global organization, including more robust sales, marketing and customer service support.Miller Heiman Group is making a difference for global sales organizations through these enhanced regional partnerships. Allen Mueller, chief revenue officer of Miller Heiman Group, explains, “For years, Miller Heiman Group has worked with trusted partners based in each of the local markets we serve. These partners began inquiring about how they could sell a wider portfolio of products, support a broader set of resources and expand their territories. By deepening these relationships, we now ensure that these sellers, and their clients, will receive what they need to achieve success now and in the future.”The integration comes at an opportune time, according to Richard Hilton, managing director of the EMEA region for Miller Heiman Group. He says, “Miller Heiman Group’s regional growth, layered on top of our investment in technology and our established methodology, will help drive success for sellers across EMEA. This is of particular importance as many sales organizations in EMEA face an uncertain economic climate in a rapidly changing geopolitical environment.”Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersTim MacCartney, managing director of the APAC region for Miller Heiman Group, adds, “Asia now accounts for nearly two-thirds of global economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund. This expansion marks a pivotal step forward for Miller Heiman Group in helping organizations harvest the opportunity that awaits them in APAC.”Following the successful launch of Scout and Strategic Selling with Perspective (the company’s updated core methodology) this past summer, this international advancement catapults Miller Heiman Group into a technology-driven global powerhouse. With the full weight of the company’s resources behind them, Miller Heiman Group sellers around the world now possess the tools to help clients deliver remarkable change while revolutionizing seller behavior.Marketing Technology News: Demandbase ABM Ecosystem Launches to Connect Technology, Software and Data Providers for Better ABM Executionlast_img read more

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Pitt research team explores whether active wrinkles may help improve synthetic graft

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018Sachin Velankar, Edith Tzeng, and Luka Pocivavsek study naturally anti-thrombotic wrinkled surfaces in arteries to improve synthetic vascular graft designDuring a coronary bypass procedure, surgeons redirect blood flow using an autologous bypass graft, most often derived from the patient’s own veins. However, in certain situations where the patient does not have a suitable vein, surgeons must rely on synthetic vascular grafts which, while life-saving, are more prone to clot formation that eventually obstructs the graft.To improve the success rate of synthetic grafts, a research team led by the University of Pittsburgh are investigating whether the “active wrinkles” on the interior surface of arteries may help improve synthetic graft design and create a better alternative to autologous grafts for bypass surgery.The research is being conducted by Sachin Velankar, associate professor of chemical engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering; Edith Tzeng, professor of surgery in the School of Medicine; and Luka Pocivavsek, a former resident in the Department of Surgery. Together with Pocivavsek, who is now a vascular surgery fellow at the University of Chicago, Velankar and Tzeng took inspiration from arteries to find a way to improve blood flow in synthetic grafts.”The inner surface of natural arteries, known as the luminal surface, is heavily wrinkled,” said Velankar. “We wanted to explore the effects of this wrinkling to see if the transition from a smooth to wrinkled state will prevent clot formation. We call this dynamic topography.”Pocivavsek, Velankar, and Tzeng worked with a team of Swanson School of Engineering undergraduate students to create a model to test the idea that such surface “topographical” changes can play an anti-thrombotic role. They also enlisted the help of William Wagner, Director of Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, whose lab has expertise on how to measure fouling – the accumulation of unwanted material on surfaces. The team discovered that surfaces that repeatedly transition between a smooth to wrinkled state resist platelet fouling, a finding that could lead to thrombosis-resistant bypass grafts.Equipped with a strategy to improve the effectiveness of synthetic grafts, Velankar and Tzeng are eager to apply this research to clinical applications and received a $454,539 R56 award from the National Institutes of Health to fund clinical translation work.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell research”Our arteries expand and contract naturally, partially driven by normal fluctuations in blood pressure during the cardiac cycle,” said Tzeng. “Our hypothesis is that this drives the transition between smooth and wrinkled luminal surfaces in arteries, and this dynamic topography may be an important anti-thrombotic mechanism in arteries. Our goal is to use this novel concept of a purely mechanical approach to prevent vascular graft fouling by using the heartbeat as a driving mechanism.”They are also interested in examining the biomechanics of the luminal wrinkling in actual arteries and recently received a three-year, $341,599 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their study both in vivo and with animal specimens. Through a combination of simulation and experimentation, they hope to gain a better understanding of the functional role of luminal wrinkling.”We know that arteries appear wrinkled in a microscope”, said Velankar. “But what are the underlying biomechanics? And what’s happening when the artery is not under a microscope, but still carrying blood in the living animal?”Pocivavsek, Velankar, and Tzeng recently detailed their research findings in a Biomaterials article titled “Active wrinkles to drive self-cleaning: A strategy for anti-thrombotic surfaces for vascular grafts” (DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.11.005). It is the first practical application of the concept that they described earlier this year in the Nature Physics article titled “Topography-driven surface renewal” (DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0193-x).”We hope that our novel strategy to reduce fouling will lead to the development of medical devices that will improve the treatment of injured or diseased arteries,” said Velankar.Confident that their research may provide a positive outcome, the group created Aruga Technologies, a spin-off company from Pitt’s Innovation Institute. The company aims to develop synthetic vascular grafts that can be used for surgical procedures, such as a coronary artery bypass.Source: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2018/Active-Wrinkles/last_img read more

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