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first_imgKabel Deutschland is using technology from customer service specialist Jacada to provide the operator with a single view of its customers.“Customers demand a positive and productive experience every time they engage with a company. We are committed to delivering customer service technology that enables a company to achieve an effective and consistent customer experience,” said Gideon Hollander, CEO of Jacada. “Kabel Deutschland sought out leading technology solutions to help deliver a better customer experience and as a result they’ve shown their customers they value their business and will continue to make their needs a priority.”Jacada said the operator had been able to reduce average handling time by almost 30% as a result of the implementation of its technology.last_img read more

first_imgShenzhen-based smart home solutions provider, Skyworth Digital, will showcase its vision for the connected home at IBC.The company will showcase the “digital home of the future” at the show, highlighting how tomorrow’s trends can be integrated and packaged for end-users in the future.Skyworth’s vision will illustrate the company’s answer to the “Internet of Everything” that will incorporate new technologies and concepts like Ultra-High Definition, integrated social media, multi-screen/TV anywhere solutions, home automation and mobile integration.Skyworth said that it will demonstrate the integration of mobile applications and home network control, such as security, heating and lighting – showing how everyday tasks can be enhanced via a single remote control and the TV as a central hub.Skyworth’s vision will explore new ways of managing traditional services such as PVR, catch-up/start-over TV and streamed content, according the firm.Skyworth Digital will exhibit at IBC on stand 5.A31last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Art exhibition to be held at Tower Museum this monthTWO special talks will take place this month focusing on a diverse and informative collection of art works currently on show at the Tower Museum.The Collecting Art exhibition is running until June 30, featuring an eclectic mix of pieces from an array of emerging and established artists from across the world gifted to the museum or purchased over the years. On Thursday evening, May 23rd, the Museum will host a panel discussion featuring some of the best known names on the local arts scene, chaired by Declan Sheehan and including artists Phillip Napier and Locky Morris. They will be taking a look back at the time of the Orchard Gallery and some of the innovative and unique projects curated by the Orchard in the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s, when the gallery was a renowned centre for contemporary Irish art.Philip Napier and Locky Morris will discuss their many exhibition projects with the Orchard Gallery, including their projects focusing on Bloody Sunday featured both in gallery exhibitions and in distinctive offsite projects in the Bogside. The talk will offer some background on how artists have engaged with the visual culture of the city during the Troubles and in the years since. On May 30th artist and curator Declan McGonagle will give a keynote lecture delving into the civic collection and considering the development of the Orchard Gallery and related issues around arts programing. ‘The City is the Gallery – The Orchard Gallery, A Civic Collection and the Issue of Public Value!’ will look at the initial steps in creating a Civic Collection and the responsibilities of publicly funded organisations and institutions. Declan has curated independent exhibitions in Ireland, the US and the UK and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. He is currently serving as the Minister of Arts nominee on the Board of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020, and is curator of Dublin Port’s Art Engagement Programme.Archivist with the museum Bernadette Walsh, said the talks would offer further insight into the value of the civic collection and issues around public art. “Here at the Tower we collect, record, conserve and curate art works with a view to making our collections available to the public,” she explained.“Much of our art collection is retained in storage so this is a great opportunity to view and appreciate the pieces that usually remain behind the scenes. “There are works from some notable artists and many representations of historical moments in time, so the collection will be of interest to both history and art lovers.“The discussions will offer the chance to find out more about the origins of the Council collection and how art is actually collected and curated.”The Council’s art collection could certainly be described as varied, dating back to the late 1970s when the City Council was putting together plans for a gallery and museum space for the city. The Orchard Gallery opened in Derry in 1978 and from its outset aimed to exhibit a range of emerging and established artists. Until its closure in 2003 the gallery maintained a high profile in the art world, and today the city is served by a number of ground breaking visual art galleries.The Tower Museum itself opened in 1992 as a community facility offering a forum for the understanding of the diverse history that exists in our region and collecting art is part of that focus.Both events will take place at 7 pm and places are free, but should be booked in advance by calling 02871 372411.Experts to reveal more about civic art collection was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: artist and curator Declan McGonagleDerryDerry and Strabane CouncilExperts to reveal more about civic art collectionThe Orchard GalleryTHE TOWER MUSEUMlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Premature babies with low levels of platelets (thrombocytes) in their blood run a greatly increased risk of being afflicted with a severe variation of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease that can cause blindness, according to a study from Sweden and US published in the journal JCI Insight. In experiments on mice, injections of blood platelets reduce the pathological development of retinal vessels.”I believe this paves the way for completely new therapeutic possibilities and also for new research domains for both pathological and normal vascular development,” says Ann Hellstrom, professor of pediatric ophthalmology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a chief physician at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearchers conclude that EnChroma’s glasses do not improve results of color-blind participants’Google Maps’ for cancer: Image-based model accurately represents blood traffic inside tumorsRetinopathy of prematurity (ROP) mainly affects children born before 28 weeks of pregnancy whose retinal vessels have not finished growing at birth. The children run the risk of permanent vision impairment and in severe cases blindness due to retinal detachment.The current study points to a correlation between low levels of platelets, whose main task in adults is to inhibit bleeding in blood vessels, and a fourfold increased risk of severe ROP in infants. Observational studies on a total of 202 premature babies with ROP have been conducted in Gothenburg and Stockholm.The experimental parts of the study, conducted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, indicate that the pathological vascular development in the retina of young mice increased by 30 percent when platelet levels were lowered by means of antibodies. When platelets from adult mice were introduced instead, the pathological vascular development declined by 19 percent.”Platelets in the bloodstream contain factors that are like nannies for vascular development. But babies who are born prematurely consume much of their platelets in connection with infections, and an imbalance of these factors arises in the bloodstream and out in the tissue that can lead to pathological vascular development, in this case in the retina,” Ann Hellstrom explains.Both Ann Hellstrom and her colleague in Boston, Lois Smith, maintain that the findings in the study point to a new direction and potential strategy for treating premature infants at risk of vision impairment caused by ROP.”Purely hypothetically, it’s conceivable that a transfusion of platelets could be administered to restore balance and calm everything down if there are signs of a growth of pathological blood vessels if the child is found to have low levels of platelets,” Ann Hellstrom says. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article/?languageId=100001&contentId=1587990&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Researchers have discovered two distinct subtypes of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors – known as pNETs – that have dramatically different risks of recurrence following surgical treatment [or surgery]. The finding could yield predictive tests, ease anxiety in patients whose tumors are found to be unlikely to recur, while focusing vigilant follow-up monitoring on patients with pNETs having a higher rate of recurrence.Until now, these pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors were viewed as relatively identical from a clinical point of view. While some pNETs never develop recurrent metastases following removal of the primary tumor, other patients experience recurrence within a few years, and there has been no specific way to predict these outcomes. Physicians use tumor size as a guideline, with non-functional pNETs larger than 2 centimeters considered the most likely to metastasize following surgery.Reporting in Nature Medicine, scientists led by Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital identified molecular information that may help predict the likelihood of recurrence of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Non-functional pNETs do not secrete hormones and are often discovered incidentally. This finding moves us closer to being able to identify patients with a high risk for metastasis at diagnosis and initial treatment. These patients can be monitored vigilantly for recurrent cancers, which may be treatable if detected early, while patients with the less aggressive kind of pNET can be advised that their prognosis is excellent – we can say, ‘you are probably cured.”Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute The researchers used molecular analytical methods to describe new subtypes of pNETS that differ in the expression of specific regulatory proteins and found that the differences correlated with the risk of recurrence following surgical treatment. The regulatory proteins, ARX and PDX1, are epigenetic modifiers that are involved in development of the pancreas. The scientists found that tumors whose cells exclusively expressed the protein ARX had more than a 35 percent risk of recurrence following surgery, compared to less than a 5 percent risk if the tumor lacked ARX but expressed another regulatory protein, PDX1. Among study participants whose tumors showed high ARX levels, cancers recurred in the liver within one to four years, compared to the rare recurrence of tumors that expressed PDX1.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantPancreatic neuroendocrine tumors develop from cells of the same hormonal system within the pancreas that controls blood sugar levels. They are relatively rare, making up only one to two percent of all pancreatic tumors. Many pNETs are benign, while some are malignant. Some pNETs secrete hormones and are termed functional, but the majority are considered non-functional.Shivdasani and his colleagues studied molecular findings first in about a dozen pNETs and then analyzed the molecular profiles of another 142 pNET specimens. They found that about half of the pNETs expressed the regulatory protein ARX and resembled normal alpha cells in the pancreas, while the other half expressed the PDX1 regulatory protein and resembled normal beta pancreatic cells. The presence or absence of those proteins was strongly correlated with outcomes: among 103 cases the researchers studied, distant metastatic relapses occurred almost exclusively in patients whose tumors expressed the ARX protein but not the PDX1 protein.”This robust molecular stratification provides insight into cell lineage correlates of non-functional pNETs, accurately predicts disease course, and can inform postoperative clinical decisions,” the authors wrote.On the basis of these findings, said Shivdasani, pathologists could easily test specimens of pNET tumors to classify them as type A (expressing ARX) or type B (expressing PDX1). “Now you can tell patients with type B that your recurrence risk after surgery is very small – you’re practically home free,” Shivdasani said. “Knowing that is very comforting.” For patients whose tumors are type A, with a higher risk of recurrence, close follow-up could be undertaken to detect new metastases, which may be able to be treated with chemotherapy or other methods. “And even with metastatic disease,” he added, “people can live more than five years, in some cases even 10 years or longer,” he said. Source:Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteJournal reference:Shivdasani, R et al. (2019) Enhancer signatures stratify and predict outcomes of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Nature Medicine. doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0493-4.last_img read more

first_imgTesla is experiencing “a massive wave of deliveries” throughout Europe, China and North America © 2019 AFP Tesla chief Elon Musk on Thursday urged workers to make helping with the “biggest wave” of deliveries in the electric car maker’s history their top priority, Business Insider reported. The news website posted a copy of an internal email from Musk rallying Tesla troops to pitch in with “a massive wave of deliveries” throughout Europe, China and North America.”This is the biggest wave in Tesla’s history,” the email read. “For the last ten days of the quarter, please consider your primary priority to be helping with vehicle deliveries. This applies to everyone.”The firm is experiencing the kind of tremendous increase in delivery demand seen in North America last year in Europe and China, according to the email, which added the situation was exacerbated by component supplier shortages in Europe.Musk was reportedly seeking volunteers to drive Tesla cars to destinations such as shipping points, but said he did not expect the delivery crunch to recur in future quarters.Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.Meanwhile, a message from Tesla’s official Twitter account on Tuesday said that due to trouble processing an unusually high volume of online orders, a planned slight increase in prices of some models was postponed a day.Tesla currently makes all its cars at a plant in the Northern California city of Fremont and aimed to deliver 400,000 cars this year.The firm recently introduced a new electric sports utility vehicle slightly bigger and more expensive than its Model 3, pitched as an electric car for the masses.Tesla last week showed the all-electric Model Y with a starting price of $39,000 for a version with a 230-mile (370-kilometer) range. Deliveries were expected to begin late next year that model, with the standard-range version likely to get to buyers by spring 2021, according to the company.Musk, 47, is a visionary and inventive boss but also highly unpredictable, especially on social network Twitter, where he has often communicated in defiance of rules imposed on executives of publicly-traded companies. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Tesla chief Musk calls on workers to help deliver cars (2019, March 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-tesla-chief-musk-workers-cars.html Tesla sets March 14 ‘Model Y’ unveiling 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

first_img The Gujarat Government has constituted an inquiry commission under a retired High Court Judge to probe the alleged multi-crore scam at the groundnut warehouse fires in the State. Announcing the constitution of a probe commission, the Minister of State for Home, Pradipsinh Jadeja, said, “The Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, has decided to take strong action against those guilty. Under his direction, a probe commission is constituted under the Commissions of Inquiry Act. A judicial inquiry commission under the retired High Court Judge justice HK Rathod has been set up for the same.”Notably, the State Government faced severe criticism after four godowns containing groundnuts, procured between October 2017 to February 2018, caught fires under suspicious conditions. Also, there were allegations of adulterated stocks of groundnut where pebbles and sand were found in the groundnut sacks. The Opposition Congress had launched a massive protest campaign under the leadership of Paresh Dhanani, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, who sat on a hunger strike alleging scam worth about Rs 4,000 crore in groundnut procurement and seeking probe for the same.The CID, which is currently investigating the alleged scam, will handover its findings before the commission. Jadeja further said, “The Government will not spare anybody involved in the scam. So far, 30 people have been arrested and others will be face the action as per the law. The commission report will bring out the truth.”In October 2017, the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation (Nafed) through State nodal agencies such as Gujarat State Co-operative Cotton Federation and others had started procurement of groundnut after the prices fell much below the MSP of RS 4,450 a quintal. The State Government had announced additional bonus of Rs 50 per quintal.After the bumper crop of 32 lakh tonnes, agencies had procured about 8.30 lakh tonnes of groundnut worth about Rs 3600 crore. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Gujarat groundnutcenter_img crime, law and justice August 19, 2018 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more