OMERS and partner selling plastics firm Husky in US385 billion deal

first_imgTORONTO – The private equity investment arm of the OMERS pension plan says it and Berkshire Partners are selling plastics firm Husky IMS International Ltd. to Platinum Equity for US$3.85 billion.OMERS Private Equity says that since buying the Bolton, Ont.,-based injection molding company in 2011 they have increased its earnings by investing in product development and expanding its customer base.Husky, with manufacturing operations in eight countries and customers in more than 100, develops and maintains injection molding machines for a range of plastic products including drink containers, packaging and medical applications.Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity says John Galt, who has served as Husky CEO since 2005, will stay on to lead the business.The deal, still subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the second quarter of next year.OMERS Private Equity had about $11 billion in capital invested at the end of 2016 as part of the assets controlled by the pension plan of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.last_img read more

American War Veterans Show Support for Muslims at New England Rally

By Jonathan WalshRabat – Military Veterans in Boston showed their support for their local Islamic community on Saturday, February 27, by holding a rally at the states’ largest mosque in opposition to the rising anti-Islamic rhetoric created by the Republic candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.Around 200 members of the group ‘Veterans for Peace’ carried out the demonstration, carrying signs reading “Muslims are not our enemy”, and waving flags with the group’s emblem of a white dove painted across them. According to organizers, the message of the day was to add balance to the Islamophobia created from people like Donald Trump.“When you listen to what’s going on in presidential politics there is a lot of misinformation and some people are really misrepresenting what this religion is,” said US Army veteran Bob Funke. “They’re using it as a wedge issue and they’re scaring people. It’s the politics of fear.”Veterans for Peace, founded in 1985, aims to ‘build a culture of peace’ by using their experiences in war, and aims to work towards an ‘end of all wars’ according to their mission statement. Saturday’s rally was one of many events that will take place across the country as part of a campaign called “Veterans Challenge Islamophobia”.Speaking at the rally, local police commissioner William Evans spoke of his belief that Muslims and non-Muslims alike share a greater common goal. “We all yearn for peace; we are all Muslims deep down.” He said“I don’t think we can tolerate bigotry toward the Muslim population. They’re an important part of our city. I just want to reassure them that we’re here for them,” he added.The words are a welcome message in America, a country where hate-crimes against Muslims have become worryingly commonplace in recent months read more

Top UN officials in Sudan call for more political support in year

14 June 2010The most senior United Nations officials in Sudan told the Security Council today that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the recent national elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referendum on possible southern secession, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region. The most senior United Nations officials in Sudan told the Security Council today that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the recent national elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referendum on possible southern secession, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region. “Sudan needs to be encouraged and assisted to expand the democratic space opened by the recent elections and establish a broad-based system of national governance that leads to a more equitable society and durable peace,” Haile Menkerios, head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), told the 15-member UN body.“The international community must not only encourage and urge the parties to stay the course to ensure the timely conclusion of the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] implementation and continue peace and mutual benefit, but also to assist,” he added.The planned referendum on self-determination in the south is meant to be the final phase of the 2005 CPA, which ended a two-decade-long civil war in the African country.Mr. Menkerios said that the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – both signatories to the CPA – have separately informed UNMIS that they “desire UN engagement at a much greater level” than in April to help ensure a fair vote, but have yet to provide Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with detailed requests.Mr. Menkerios cautioned that with the UN is ready to extend technical and logistical support to the local referendum bodies, “parties need to be encourages, indeed urged, to push on with the necessary preparations without further delay.” Formal negotiations between the parties are scheduled to start on 21 June in Ethiopia, with the assistance of the African Union (AU).Also speaking to the Security Council, the head of the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, briefed the body on the upsurge in violence in Darfur where 447 people were killed in May alone. “The fighting between the two belligerent parties is still continuing, and the security situation in parts of Darfur remains tense and volatile,” Mr. Gambari said, detailing the recent “serious escalation” of hostilities between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Government forces.“The military confrontations may continue for some time unless urgent efforts at ensuring a ceasefire are made by the international community,” Mr. Gambari warned. UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur, whose mandate is focused on protection of civilians, is boosting its military and police patrols among camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The recent fighting has caused up to 50,000 people to flee.The blue helmets are also working with Government officials to open up more roads to increase access for the humanitarian community. In the days before today’s briefing, Mr. Gambari met with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha in Khartoum. He said the Government had agreed to instruct its agencies to allow greater aid access, and a ban on helicopter flights was lifted on 13 June. The Security Council also heard from the Joint AU-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur Djibril Bassolé, who said a major meeting with civil society will be held in the first two weeks of July, and from the Chairperson of the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) Thabo Mbeki. read more

House vandalised on Lovers Lane

The last thing any homeowner wants to wake up to is walking out the front door to find that your house has been vandalized. That was the reality for one Ancaster family and they’re now trying to clean up the mess after their house was covered with hateful graffiti overnight. The crime happened sometime between 10pm when Julie Hall’s mother and father went to bed and 3am when her mother noticed smudges on one of their windows. At the time, she wasn’t sure what it was and in the morning, upon discovering the graffiti she called her daughter.Despite the sparkly pink hue and the fanciful, curly writing style, the words are ugly “I should burn this house. This tree is worth 10,000 of you.” Not only on the garages, but the driveway, windows and door, patio stones and stucco.The tree in question was an oak that once stood on the city-owned setback on Lovers Lane and was deemed a hazard by a certified arborist. It had to be remobed before it fell on something or worse, someone. That work finished on Thursday. It was on city property and it was damaged and dangerous, when looking at the stump up close it was obvious that it was rotting in the middle. The fact that there were bright pink markings on the stump proves that who ever committed this crime could see that for themselves.The family is still trying to figure out how to clean up the paint, in fact they may have to repaint the entire house to fix the vandalism. To make matters worse, two months ago Julie’s father unexpectedly underwent surgery to remove a tumor, and he’s trying to recover. With their recent medical crisis the family’s financial situation has suffered and they’re feeling very overwhelmed.Hamilton Police were on the scene Friday to take a statement but haven’t said anything regarding what they can do about it, if anything, especially since there doesn’t appear to be any surveillance footage. read more

UN is Africas unwavering partner on road to stability and growth –

“The United Nations is your unwavering partner in this pursuit,” he said at the opening session of the 22nd session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “There is hardly any higher priority for the United Nations than tangible and sustainable development in Africa.” “We support African-owned and African-led efforts to achieve this objective. Peace, development and human rights as well as the rule of law are inextricably linked. Conflict-shattered economies can take a quarter of a century to recover. The United Nations aims to deepen our partnership with the AU Peace and Security Architecture.” Mr. Eliasson noted that Africa lags in achieving many of the UN’s anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, stressing the essential role that agriculture and food security in reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs.But he also noted the strides that have been made towards some of the Goals, especially education, maternal and child health, and gender equality, and cited Africa’s “advancement and impressive growth” at a time when the rest of the world is struggling to recover from the global economic crisis. “Now this growth should be translated into transformative economic development, more jobs, greater equality and better living conditions,” he declared. “Investing more in education, health, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship will permit the acceleration of development on the whole continent and offer new opportunities.” Turning to conflicts in various African countries, Mr. Eliasson voiced deep concern at the situation in South Sudan, calling for “our combined efforts” to focus on protecting civilians, preventing gross human rights abuses and facilitating humanitarian aid, while urging the parties to strictly fulfil the cessation of hostilities accord signed last week, and intensify efforts for reconciliation.In the Central African Republic (CAR) he said the common AU-UN goal must be to end the “atrocious confrontation” between Christians and Muslims and restore the harmony that had for long marked relations between the two communities, and he called on all UN Member States to offer generous donations for the “seriously underfunded” AU peacekeeping mission known as MISCA that is trying to restore stability in the country. “As we address crises facing African countries, we celebrate Africa’s impressive progress,” Mr. Eliasson concluded. “The United Nations stands firmly at the side of the African Union and its Member States as you advance for the benefit of all the people of this great continent, offering them a better future and a life of dignity.” read more

Syria Life living nightmare for children in East Ghouta UNICEF chief warns

“The violence shows no sign of abating,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore in a statement. “For children who remain trapped under siege and under wanton, heavy violence across Syria, life is a living nightmare. They are struggling just to stay alive.”Violence is intensifying in several parts of Syria, and in East Ghouta alone, hundreds of children are in urgent need of medical evacuation, she said, noting that four years of siege have crumbled health and other basic services and over the past few months, malnutrition has increased five-fold.Evacuation of sick children ‘not a bargaining chip’“Children, wherever they are in Syria, must have access to healthcare. The evacuation of sick and wounded children from besieged areas should be a given, not part of bargaining efforts,” she warned.“I am heartbroken by what the children of Syria continue to suffer because of actions taken by adults – actions that show total disregard for the protection, safety and wellbeing of children,” she added.Protection of children must be paramount at all times, and schools, hospitals and playgrounds should be places of safety, never targets, she stressed, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria. read more

Reports Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to have shoulder surgery

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs away from a Clemson defender during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorTwo days after receiving his second Silver Football as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller is set to have surgery on his throwing shoulder, according to media reports.The procedure is minor and is for an injury he sustained during OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson Jan. 3 in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.Set for Friday, the surgery should not greatly affect Miller’s status for spring practice, according to the reports.An OSU spokesman did not immediately return The Lantern’s request for comment Thursday evening.When asked about his shoulder after the Orange Bowl loss, Miller said he thought his injury only affected his ability to run the ball against the Tigers.“Throwing-wise, it was cool. I don’t know what happened,” Miller said in the locker room after the game. “I landed on my elbow, but it shot up right through my shoulder. It was hurting real bad.”The injury was not the first for Miller in 2013.Miller completed 162 passes for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions in 2013, despite missing nearly three games for a sprained MCL in his right knee suffered in the Buckeyes’ 42-7 victory against San Diego State Sept. 7. Miller suffered the injury in the first quarter against the Aztecs.The Buckeye signal caller rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 scores on 171 carries this past season, down from his team-leading 227 carries and 1,271 yards in 2012.Miller and the Buckeyes are set to start their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

The Patriots Super Bowl Path Is The Easiest In Modern NFL History

1Patriots2017Titans77.2%Jaguars71.0%54.8%? The Patriots’ Super Bowl cakewalkThe teams with the easiest roads to the Super Bowl, based on how their opponents would have fared against a generic conference finalist 1990-2017 12Jaguars1999Dolphins74.1Titans58.343.2 14Bears2010Seahawks84.3Packers50.842.8 9Giants2000Eagles67.2Vikings66.044.3✓ 21Bills1990Dolphins64.4Raiders61.639.7✓ 2Eagles2004Vikings75.6Falcons72.254.6✓ 8Bills1993Raiders73.8Chiefs61.145.1✓ Generic Team’s Chances 18Seahawks2014Panthers70.5Packers57.540.5✓ 10Patriots2016Texans76.2Steelers56.943.4✓ 24Cowboys1995Eagles70.6Packers54.638.5✓ 4Patriots1996Steelers68.7Jaguars77.853.4✓ 15Saints2009Cardinals69.4Vikings60.942.3✓ 23Bills1991Chiefs62.4Broncos63.339.5✓ 6Packers2007Seahawks68.6Giants67.746.5 13Vikings1998Cardinals80.2Falcons53.743.1 20Patriots2012Texans64.7Ravens61.439.7 22Steelers2001Ravens61.9Patriots63.839.5 11Steelers1994Browns65.0Chargers66.643.3 Game No. 1Game No. 2 17Eagles2002Falcons70.9Buccaneers57.941.0 3Bears2006Seahawks74.6Saints72.754.2✓ On Sunday, the New England Patriots will make their 12th AFC Championship Game appearance under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the legendary coach/QB combo will be gunning for a record eighth Super Bowl appearance together against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cut through all the drama, the speculation about Brady getting old and questions about the Pats’ defense, and it has been a pretty vintage championship-caliber season in Foxborough: another year, another seemingly effortless trip to the Super Bowl.They’ve had a little help, though. According to our Elo ratings, which estimate a team’s strength at any given moment, the Pats will have faced the easiest pair of opponents of any conference title-game participant with a first-round bye since 1990 (when the NFL established its current playoff structure). Given who they’ve played, it would have been much more surprising for New England to not make the Super Bowl than to return to it for a third time in four seasons.For one thing, the AFC was exceptionally weak this year. In inter-conference play during the regular season, NFC teams went 41-23 against their AFC counterparts, which was the second-best record for one conference against the other in a season since 1990. (Only the 2004 season, in which the AFC went 44-20 against the NFC, saw a wider split.) As a result, the AFC playoff field contained only two teams with more than 10 regular-season wins, as opposed to five in the NFC. That meant a path was already forming for the top-seeded Pats to sail through to another Super Bowl.Then a few key upsets boosted New England’s advantage. First, the Tennessee Titans toppled the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card game, setting up a huge divisional-round mismatch at Gillette Stadium. According to Elo, the Pats were favored by 12, since Tennessee rated at 1499 — below the league average rating of 1505 — even after knocking off K.C. That made it the third-most lopsided divisional matchup since 1990, trailing only the Pats vs. the Tim Tebow Broncos in the 2011 season and Minnesota vs. Arizona in 1998. The Titans hung with the Pats for about a quarter, but New England eventually dropped 35 unanswered points on Tennessee and rolled to victory.The next day, another upset further cleared the way for New England. The Jaguars went into Heinz Field and took a quick 28-7 lead over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers, then hung on for a 45-42 win. Elo had only given the Jags a 24 percent chance of winning — even lower than Tennessee’s chances at Kansas City — and it still only ranks Jacksonville as the 12th-best team in football, below five teams that were knocked out of the playoffs and three that didn’t even make it to the playoffs.Just like that, the two AFC teams Elo thought had the best chance of beating the Pats going into the playoffs — the Chiefs and the Steelers — were gone, and in their place were a below-average team and another that doesn’t rate much higher. According to Elo, New England is a 10-point favorite to beat Jacksonville, with an 81 percent chance of winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy yet again.If we multiply together the Patriots’ pregame odds of beating the Titans (85 percent) with that of the Jaguars (81 percent), we could say they had a staggering 69 percent chance of making the Super Bowl before they ever played a game. (This is assuming we’d somehow know that both of their opponents would pull off the upsets they did.) That’s easily the best number for any conference title-game participant since 1990.Of course, some of that is also because the Patriots are a very good team; they went into the playoffs with the sixth-best Elo of any Pats season since the Brady Era began in 2001. We shouldn’t penalize them for being so darned good that they created some of their own easy path. There’s an easy fix for this, though. We can swap out the Patriots’ Elo ratings for a generic rating of 1646, which represents the average for all conference title-game teams since 1990, and then recalculate the odds of reaching the Super Bowl against the opponents a team faced.For our generic NFL “final four” team, that requires multiplying together a 77 percent chance against the Titans and a 71 percent chance against the Jaguars, which gives a 55 percent Super Bowl probability. In other words, that number represents the relative ease of any good team making it through the Pats’ specific path to the Super Bowl — and it’s the easiest of any championship-game entrant since 1990. 7Patriots2011Broncos81.4Ravens57.046.4✓ 5Steelers1995Bills74.2Colts69.951.9✓ 16Eagles2003Packers59.9Panthers69.841.8 25Dolphins1992Chargers62.6Bills61.338.4 Note that the Pats’ situation this year — with several upsets leading to easier-than-expected playoff matchups — is a pretty common thread across all of these smooth-sailing runs from the past. Being lucky enough to face a low-seeded opponent in one or both conference playoff games is a major advantage, and it’s no coincidence that eight of the nine teams below New England on the list above went on to represent their conference in the Super Bowl.In these topsy-turvy AFC playoffs, that’s not exactly guaranteed for the Pats, despite their seemingly straightforward path to Minneapolis. Jacksonville was one of the most inconsistent teams in football this season, so it’s difficult to predict which version of the Jags will show up Sunday. If it’s the one that torched the Steelers for 45 points last weekend, New England’s relatively unimpressive defense could be in real trouble.But the odds are that Brady, Belichick and company will punch that return ticket to the Super Bowl. And if they do, they can be thankful that one of the softest playoff red carpets ever was rolled out in front of them. 19Redskins1991Falcons67.7Lions59.640.4✓ The generic team has an Elo rating of 1646, which is used to generate probabilities against each opponent.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com TeamSeasonOpponentWin %OpponentWin %Super Bowl %Made SB? read more

TerraSource Global lands crushing and screening deal with Uralkali

first_imgTerraSource Global has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to supply a crushing and screening system to Uralkali at one of its potash processing plants in Russia. The system will include three Gundlach brand crushers, three screens from sister company Rotex and other process equipment provided as part of a package. Terrasource stated: “Uralkali expects to improve production efficiencies through better crushing capabilities and improved screening efficiency maximising their potash production. Uralkali has recognised both TerraSource Global and Rotex as leaders in this industry for this type of equipment.”“This is the beginning of what we expect will be a long and happy relationship with Uralkali,” said Sam Farman, Director, CIS, TerraSource Global. “We have been working closely with Uralkali over the last couple of years, and have demonstrated how our TerraSource Global and Rotex equipment can improve their process through better crushing and screening efficiency.” TerraSource Global supports the Russian market out of its office located in Moscow and provides technical engineering, service and spare parts support to the region.The group also recently announced that it is expanding its Belleville, Illinois manufacturing facility, investing $5.1 million and increasing its workforce by 12 %. TerraSource Global is constructing a new 9,000 ft2 building near its current plant to accommodate office space, training areas and meeting rooms. Site preparation began in early May with the project slated to be completed by October 2013. TerraSource Global, formerly known as Gundlach Equipment Corp, has been in Belleville since the 1920s.last_img read more

HOMBRADOS IN HISTORY New record holder with 607 matches in ASOBAL

← Previous Story Golden League in Paris Bercy a week before EHF EURO 2016 start Next Story → EHF CL 2015/2016 opening match: Dream start for IFK Kristianstad 1990–19931993–19981998–19991999–20002000–20022002–20112011–20132013–20152015 –SAFAAtlético MadridCantabriaTeucroAdemar LeónPortland San AntonioCiudad RealAtlético MadridHSG Wetzlar Jose Javier Hombrados The legendary Spanish goalkeeper Javier Jose Hombrados set the new record in number of the matches in Spanish ASOBAL. The 43 years-old member of BM Guadalajara has played his 607th match in the domestic Championship last weekend against BM Ademar Leon. The match is ended 25:25, but moreover, amazing record of the former BM Ciudad Real and HSG Wetzlar goalie was in minds of all people in the hall.Hombrados won four EHF Champions League trophies. The first one with Teka Cantabria in 1994, and three others with amazing team from La Mancha, BM Ciudad Real.Hombrados’ career: read more

Online grocer focuses on bringing local foods to west Vancouver

first_imgWhat: An online grocery business that aims to provide access to locally farmed and produced foods and home goods to underserved west Vancouver communities at affordable prices.Owners: Heather Lehman and Laura Cole.Web: Hearth of VancouverOwners of a west Vancouver grocery startup want their customers to be more than just thankful for food.They should also know where it came from, say Heather Lehman and Laura Cole, who started the Hearth of Vancouver two years ago with a goal to provide convenient access to fresh groceries on the west side of town. The small online business began by selling local produce and a few essential pantry items.Today, the grocery company fills orders and delivers produce, meats, grains, baked goods, dairy foods and cleaning products to about 30 customers per week. Many of the products are local.“We try to create ties between rural Clark County and our community,” Lehman said.Based in the Fruit Valley neighborhood, Hearth of Vancouver does not have a storefront, but a residential-area storage and processing facility. The company’s deliveries are focused on west Vancouver neighborhoods, an area with few brick-and-mortar grocery stores.“There’s very little access to food in west Vancouver, nor any desire for the larger grocery stores to come here,” said Lehman, who was originally a member of the Vancouver Food Cooperative, a nonprofit collectively owned by about 320 members.last_img read more

10 killed as plane crashes into hanger at airport in Texas

first_imgHouston: Ten people were killed after a private aircraft crashed into a hangar at a local airport in the US state of Texas on Sunday (local time). The incident took place at the Addison Municipal Airport when a Beechcraft King Air 350 veered into a hanger after taking off, and caught fire, killing all ten on board, said Mary Rosenbleeth, a spokeswoman for the city of Addison. There was no one at the hanger at the time of the incident, reported CNN. An investigation into the matter has been initiated. Further details are awaited.last_img

Will Record Fundraising And Star Power Be Enough To Give Beto ORourke

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTDemocratic Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke.Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke wants to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke’s campaign has enjoyed record fundraising success, and he’s a star among national Democrats. But to win in Texas, he needs to generate excitement among potential voters, especially those who don’t normally turn out to vote in Texas elections.Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist, who frequently writes for the Texas Observer. He’s spent the past few months traveling with the O’Rourke campaign. He says the candidate’s star power, and even the new fundraising numbers announced this week, won’t necessarily translated into victory in November.“He’s probably the best statewide candidate the Democrats have had in 20 years,” Hooks says. “I think his problem really is that the Democratic coalition in Texas is emaciated, it’s weak.”Another natural advantage for O’Rourke, his connection to the Hispanic community in Texas, hasn’t yet been translated into voter enthusiasm, Hooks says. O’Rourke speaks Spanish, and represents El Paso in Congress. But even in the Rio Grande Valley, which is critical to success for any Texas Democrat. O’Rourke has yet to catch fire.“The Democratic vote is underdeveloped in these areas,” Hooks says. “Particularly in the Rio Grande Valley, people often vote in the primary, because that’s where local elections are decided. And they don’t necessarily come out in the general election.”Hooks says O’Rourke has hired more field organizers in the area.O’Rourke is fond of touting the fact that he has visited all of Texas’ 254 counties during his campaign. Hooks says. And the candidate has made the most of his stardom,both in terms of fundraising and presence within the political zeitgeist. And he may be in a better place than gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who had a similarly high-profile in 2014, only to lose to Gov. Greg Abbott by 20 points.“I think the major dynamic here is a little bit like what we saw in the NBA finals recently,” Hooks says. “LeBron James is maybe the greatest basketball player in history. All he needed was for the team behind him to be OK enough to let him with the championship. for them. And they couldn’t do it.”But even if O’Rourke loses, while keeping the race with Cruz close, Hooks thinks some Democrats could see benefits down the road.“Ted Cruz is not particularly popular in Texas, compared to what he probably ought to be as a Republican,” he says. “I think if [Cruz] has a single digit margin on Election Day, I think a lot of Democrats would be really, really thrilled with that.”Written by Shelly Brisbin. Sharelast_img read more

Meet Spruce a Telemedicine App Designed to Stop Acne in Its Tracks

first_img 5 min read Baring your acne to a dermatologist in person can be a painful and embarrassing experience. Painful because there’s almost always some wince-inducing poking and prodding of problem spots involved. Embarrassing because society — and confidence-killing skin care marketers — excel at shaming people with acne vulgaris.But a clever new app called Spruce seeks to help acne sufferers avoid face-to-face dermatologist visits, allowing them to seek treatment quickly and relatively easily from the privacy of their own phone.Founded by Ray Bradford, a former partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, Spruce has raised $2 million in seed funding and officially launched in the App Store in September, with plans to expand to Android soon. The free-to-download telemedicine tool, which is available only for residents of California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania, digitally connects users with board-certified dermatologists. (There is a per virtual doctor visit cost, which we’ll explain in a moment.)Related: This Smart Skin-Scanning App Could Save Your LifeWith the FDA estimating that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using health care-related apps by 2015, apps like Spruce are only the beginning.Here’s how it works:The basicsTo use Spruce, start by snapping selfies of the parts of your body where you have acne. Following the app’s helpful prompts and visual guidelines, you can take close up photos of your face, chest, back and any other affected areas. These are the pics that will be shared with a Spruce-contracted board-certified dermatologist, 10 of whom are listed on Spruce’s website.You’ll then be asked a pretty long list of questions, starting with basic Qs about how your face looks in comparison to the pics you provided. Do you have more or fewer blemishes? Is your skin normal, oily, combo, etc.? What do you think is making your acne worse (stress, hormonal changes, makeup, etc.)?Related: This Health App Does Everything But Go Jogging For YouThen you’ll be asked which acne medications you’ve ever taken, if any, and how effective they were or if they caused adverse reactions. Hang in there because up next are yet more questions about which over-the-counter acne treatments you’ve used and how they fared.Once you jump through Spruce’s acne history hoops, it’s time to clear a few medical history hurdles, too. Which skin-related and other conditions have you been diagnosed with in the past? Are you allergic to any medications? Imagine answering the same kinds of questions you’d see on a basic medical history form at a doctor’s’ office and you’re there, minus the pen and paper. While the Q&A process is a bit tedious, it’s critical to your diagnosis and treatment.Finally, to seal the deal, you’ll be asked to pay with your credit card and click “Submit Visit.” And, voila, within 24 hours, you’ll receive a step-by-step personalized treatment plan “with appropriate prescriptions.”Related: Stay Healthy With These 3 Free iPhone and iPad AppsYour detailed skin care instructions are all neatly tucked into the app, complete with morning and nighttime regimens and prescription directions. If you have any questions about your plan, or experience any issues with your medication, simply fire up the app and ask your care team via message.The fine printWhile the app itself is free, the cost of a Spruce doctor “visit,” plus comprehensive acne care, will put you back $40, which you’ll be asked to pay within the app via credit card. Unfortunately Spruce doesn’t accept health insurance, so it’s an out-of-pocket deal. The company explicitly states that it won’t process insurance claims and neither do its dermatologists. So, it’s on you to check with your insurance provider to seek reimbursement for the $40 fee, if applicable.Also, should your Spruce doc prescribe medication, you’ll be responsible for paying for it upon pickup at your local Spruce-contracted pharmacy. You can find and select one using the app’s GPS-enabled map. Spruce says your prescription coverage for drugs prescribed through the app “will be the same as if the same drugs had been prescribed at the doctor’s office.”Related: Just How Long Has ‘Selfie’ Been Around, Anyway?  Finally, users have to agree to the usual — and not so usual — fine print privacy policy stuff. After all, you’re dealing with a bleeding edge telehealth app. When you check the box, you’re saying that you’re at least 18 years old (anyone younger need not apply). You understand that Spruce isn’t for 911-worthy medical emergencies and you’re okay with your Spruce health-care provider making decisions about your medical skin care and treatment. You’re also perfectly fine with electronically sharing your medical records, personal health information and images, etc.Signing up also means providing identifying information such as your name, birthdate, phone number and gender.To see how Spruce works for yourself, check out this video walkthrough:Related: How a Biomed Tech Company Raised $35.7 Million Before Going to Market November 3, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

OpenAI team publishes a paper arguing that long term AI safety research

first_imgOpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research firm, published a paper yesterday, arguing that long term AI safety research needs social scientists to make sure that AI alignment algorithms succeed when actual humans are involved. AI alignment (or value alignment) refers to the task of ensuring that AI systems reliably do what humans want them to do. “Since we are trying to behave in accord with people’s values, the most important data will be data from humans about their values”, states the OpenAI team. However, to properly align the advanced AI systems with human values, many uncertainties that are related to the psychology of human rationality, emotion, and biases would have to be resolved. The researchers believe that these can be resolved via experimentation where they train the AI to do what humans want them to do (reliably) by studying humans. This would involve questioning people about what they want from AI, and then training the machine learning models based on this data. Once the models are trained, they can then be optimized to perform well as per these models. But, it’s not that simple. This is because humans can’t be completely relied upon when it comes to answering questions related to their values. “Humans have limited knowledge and reasoning ability, and exhibit a variety of cognitive biases and ethical beliefs that turn out to be inconsistent on reflection”, states the OpenAI team. Researchers believe that different ways that a question is presented can interact differently with human biases, which in turn, can produce either low or high-quality answers. To further solve this issue, researchers have come out with experimental debate comprising only of humans in place of the ML agents. Now, although these experiments will be motivated by ML algorithms, they will not involve any ML systems or need any kind of ML background.OpenAI “Our goal is ML+ML+human debates, but ML is currently too primitive to do many interesting tasks. Therefore, we propose replacing ML debaters with human debaters, learning how to best conduct debates in this human-only setting, and eventually applying what we learn to the ML+ML+human case”, reads the paper. Now, as all of this human debate doesn’t require any machine learning, it becomes a purely social science experiment that is motivated by ML considerations but does not need ML expertise to run. This, in turn, makes sure that the core focus is on the component of AI alignment uncertainty specific to humans. Researchers state that a large proportion of AI safety researchers are focused on machine learning, even though it is not necessarily a sufficient background to conduct these experiments. This is why social scientists with experience in human cognition, behavior, and ethics, are needed for the careful design and implementation of these rigorous experiments. “This paper is a call for social scientists in AI safety. We believe close collaborations between social scientists and ML researchers will be necessary to improve our understanding of the human side of AI alignment and hope this paper sparks both conversation and collaboration”, states the researchers. For more information, check out the official research paper. Read Next OpenAI’s new versatile AI model, GPT-2 can efficiently write convincing fake news from just a few words OpenAI charter puts safety, standards, and transparency first OpenAI launches Spinning Up, a learning resource for potential deep learning practitionerslast_img read more

Faster path to 2022 World Cup for Costa Rica United States

first_imgNew-look North American qualifiers for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2022 will retain a six-team hexagonal round-robin showdown in the final round while revamping the path for others, CONCACAF said Wednesday.A two-part system will take place during FIFA match windows in 2020 and 2021 with the region’s six highest-ranked teams in the June 2020 FIFA rankings playing for three direct berths, the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean said.Costa Rica is currently CONCACAF’s third-ranked team, behind Mexico and the United States.CONCACAF nations ranked seventh to 35th in the region in those same rankings will be divided into five groups of four and three groups of three and play round-robin matches in 2020.The eight group winners advance to a knockout phase with matches in March, June and September 2021.The knockout winner will face the fourth-place finisher from the hexagonal group in a two-game home and away playoff in October 2021 to decide CONCACAF’s spot in an intercontinental playoff for a World Cup berth.“The love for the game in this region is growing rapidly and our diverse and dynamic communities want a clear pathway to world-class football,” CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said.“Through our freshly designed formats … we are staging more competitive international matches than ever-before to help these communities fulfill their potential.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico Costa Rica’s La Sele stays on World Cup track with 1-1 tie against Honduraslast_img read more

Malaysia Airlines American Airlines codeshare

first_imgMalaysia Airlines has launched a new codeshare agreement with American Airlines on flights between Kuala Lumpur and several Eastern cities in the USA.Effective 25 March 2013, the agreement will spread across 136 weekly connection options between Kuala Lumpur and the US Cities of Chicago, Dallas, New York, Miami and Raleigh through any one of the its 3 European stations namely London, Paris and Frankfurt.Malaysia Airlines Group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the agreement was in line with the airline’s cooperation as a oneworld alliance member, and expects it to be an “excellent opportunity” for the carrier’s to expand its business across the US “without having to mount” its own flights.“As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from other parts of the US will use this code share and visit Malaysia,” Mr Yahya added.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The two airlines share codes between KualaLumpur and Eastern cities in the US.last_img read more

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