Woman issues cry for help after losing boyfriend at Epcot

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgTags: Disney World, Epcot Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Woman issues cry for help after losing boyfriend at Epcotcenter_img Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Share ORLANDO — You would probably find a wide assortment of items at the Lost & Found at Walt Disney World. Keys, phones, wallets, umbrellas and… boyfriends?That’s what one woman was probably hoping to retrieve during a recent visit to the park. According to People, Brittany Blake and her boyfriend Regory Turco became separated at Epcot while on a couple’s vacation. To make matters worse, Turco’s cell phone ran out of battery, making it impossible for the pair to contact one another.So, rather than wait all day at Lost & Found for someone to deliver her boyfriend (we kid, we kid), Blake took matters into her own hands and posted a cry for help in the Disney Annual Passholders Facebook group.“Weird post but lost my boyfriend in Epcot today and haven’t been able to find him for hours because his phone is dead. If anyone sees him can they tell him to meet us at the Mexican pavilion?”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Blake also ended the note with: “P.S. I’m the one who’s nervous here because I hate being alone lmao. He’s probably off drinking.”She included a photo of Turco taken earlier that day, wearing a bright red Hawaiian shirt, in hopes that someone – anyone – would recognize him.Well, as you can imagine, Facebook responded in full, with over 1,300 comments in just two hours. One commenter was quick to point out to Turco’s shirt resembled that of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, and went so far as to post a photo of Stitch to prove it.“I did not see him but Stitch has a similar shirt on,” the commenter wrote.Other people left very ‘helpful’ suggestions as to where Turco could possibly be, including “napping on spaceship earth”, “drunk in Mexico” and “in line for Frozen”.And then, there were commenters who urged Blake to take advantage of her newfound ‘freedom’ and start living it up at the park.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“At some point you need to give up and take the gift that’s in front of you. You’re now a single rider and that’s almost like having a Fast Pass. His loss,” one commenter wrote.Nearly three hours after she first posted her message, Blake reported on Facebook that she eventually found her boyfriend. So where was he?Sure enough. Turco was spotted in line for Frozen!Blake, who also noted that her boyfriend was “drinking all day” while looking for her, made sure to thank everyone for their “nice comments”. We hope she wasn’t all that mad at Turco and was able to just ‘let it go’.last_img read more


Rising Rates Inventory Drive Down Buyer Competition

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first_img July 11, 2013 418 Views Share While summer temperatures are now consistently rising into the triple digits in many parts of the country, bidding wars for homes continue to cool, “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ said in its Real-Time Bidding Wars report for June.[IMAGE]Nationally, the percentage of offers written by Redfin agents that faced multiple bids fell for the third straight month to 68.6 percent, down from 69.5 percent in May and 75.7 percent in March. Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle attributed the continued decline to rising mortgage interest rates and the ongoing easing in the inventory crunch.””You can thank rising inventory and, gulp, higher interest rates for the ease in competition,”” Haberle said. “”Homeowners who have been waiting to sell are entering the market in greater numbers as prices–which were up [COLUMN_BREAK]17 percent in May from the year before–continue to recover. Moreover, home builders are ramping up construction of new homes to seize on buyer demand and rising prices.””Haberle also noted many agents have reported a drop in competing offers since interest rates spiked. She offered as evidence a report from John Venti, an agent in the Los Angeles market.””Each of the last three offers I wrote was accepted without a counter-offer, which has been unheard-of in Los Angeles, where a home in a popular neighborhood has typically attracted 30 or 40 offers over the last several months,”” Venti said.The reduced competition also helped buyers by bringing offers closer to list prices. Nationally, the average difference between winning offers and list prices fell from 1.4 percent above the list price to 0.9 percent in June.””In welcome news for buyers, these developments suggest that the real estate market is embarking on a new, more balanced chapter,”” Haberle said. “”Furthermore, as the market rebalances, homebuyers are likely to be less inclined to use risky strategies like waiving an inspection or financing contingency in order to secure a deal.””Reports were mixed across the country, however. While markets like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., saw bidding wars drop off by as much as 10 percentage points from May to June, areas like San Diego, Orange County, and Boston reported a ramp-up in competitive buying. Rising Rates, Inventory Drive Down Buyer Competitioncenter_img in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2013-07-11 Tory Barringerlast_img read more


Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 18 The Arizona Cardinals’ defensive struggles with tight ends have been well-documented, and it seemed the Cardinals were likely on their way to another long Sunday against future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons. But the Cardinals held Gonzalez to just 26 yards and three catches on eight targets — something that went a long way toward limiting the Falcons to 55 percent passing and holding them without a touchdown until the late stages of the fourth quarter in Arizona’s 27-13 win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Opposing tight ends had torched the Cardinals to the tune of six catches and 88 yards per game, and had accounted for eight touchdowns in eight games. The Cardinals used a mix of cornerback Jerraud Powers, linebackers Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby and safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Yeremiah Bell and Rashad Johnson to slow down the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Gonzalez. In fact, the biggest contribution a Falcons TE made was from Levine Toilolo, who drew a questionable pass interference call in the end zone to wipe out a fourth-and-goal incompletion in the fourth quarter. Mathieu said the Cardinals were aided by the fact that the Falcons were without their top two receivers in Roddy White and Julio jones. “Obviously, we knew Matt Ryan was going to target Tony more than he had in their previous games,” Mathieu said. “We just took it as a challenge. Everybody stepped up.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the defense tried to switch up coverage looks in an attempt to pressure Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and keep Gonzalez in check. Both worked, as Ryan was sacked four times and threw four interceptions. “It was a team effort … playing with great technique, the line getting pressure,” Dansby said. “We did it together. That’s the only way we can stop or slow down these tight ends.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


The Russian online video market is set to grow dra

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgThe Russian online video market is set to grow dramatically over the next five years, but take up of Netflix-type subscription VoD services will be slower, according to a new white paper compiled by leading players in the market.Speaking at a panel session in London to highlight the White Paper’s findings, Egor Iakovlev, CEO and founder of leading online advertising-supported video-on-demand site Tvigle said he expected the online video advertising market to grow from a relatively low base of US$100 million (€73 million) this year. The white paper envisages growth to US$270 million by 2015, and Yakovlev said he believed this figure was conservative.Piracy remains a problem across the country, but Iakovlev said he believed recent legislation would enable legitimate service providers to tackle this more effectively. Currently, he said, 10 billion video streams were consumed annually in Russia but only one billion of those were legitimate. “What we have to do is move from piracy to legal [sites],” he said.Iakovlev said he was confident the new legislation would have an effect. He said that 50 illegal sites had been closed down since August, although there was still a struggle between content rights holders and large internet companies with different interests for the ear of legislators.Speaking at the same event, Maxim Melnikov, CEO of investment company Media3, which backs Tvigle, said that he expected advertising-supported online video to grow as people began to look to digital alternatives to over-the-air TV. “We see that the VoD advertising market has doubled this year and will double again next year,” he said. Tvigle, with 25 million unique viewers a month, is well placed to capture a significant share of this growth, he said, adding that the company would also look to monetise content in other ways.Iakovlev said he believed advertising supported models would continue to dominate in the near term as the public still had to be educated about the merits of subscription and transactional services. Nevertheless, Tvigle plans to develop transactional VoD next year to test the market. Speaking to DTVE after the session, Iakovlev said he planned to develop an offering based on rights to series from Russian and international content providers such as Fox and BBC Worldwide. He said Tvigle would implement the service via connected TV apps rather than as a purely online service.Tvigle will also likely launch in Ukraine next year, said Iakovlev, with Kazakhstan also identified as a possible territory for the next stage of growth, However, he said, it was important to acquire local content for launches outside Russia.Iakovlev said Tvigle also planned to commission its own content for the service. Tvigle currently commissions short-form cartoons but he said that over time it could move on to half-hour episodes of shows. “What we do will depend on the speed the market develops,” he said.Iakovlev said that smart TV would play a more significant role in the development of the market than in western Europe. He said the number of connected smart devices in the Russian market had achieved “critical mass” in the fourth quarter of last year, with up to 45% of homes with smart TVs connecting them to the internet.“We have skipped a stage of set-tops and pay TV and also what helps is that providers of smart TVs are providing smaller TVs with the technology built in that can be put in other rooms in the house,” he said.Iakovlev’s comments on the relative strength of advertising based models was echoed by Angela Yakovleva, regional manager, Russia and CIS at Fox International Channels. “AVoD is working right now,” said Yakovleva, speaking at the same event. “Piracy means people are used to watching on free platforms, so the first stage is to get people on legal free platforms and then think about SVoD.”Last week, FIC announced a deal with Tvigle to bring the fourth season of The Walking Dead to the platform straight avfter it aired on Fox’s own channel.last_img read more


Qatarbased BeIN Media Groups channels have been

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first_imgQatar-based BeIN Media Group’s channels have been restored to UAE telecom operator Du’s TV service after a brief absence after the pair were able to strike a last-minute agreement, according to a statement released by the Dubai-based service provider.The agreement comes ahead of BeIN Media’s coverage of the World Cup from Russia in two weeks.BeIN Media yesterday published a statement in which it stated that “after lengthy negotiations” it had “not been able to reach to this day an agreement to continue its services over Du’s Network“ and had ceased broadcasting on Du on Saturday.BeIN said it had “acted in good faith” by granting Du an extension of 24 hours following the end of its previous contract but that attempts to conclude the renewal process had been “to no avail”. It said its services would continue to be available via satellite and the BeIN Connect live-streaming service.However, Du this morning released a statement in which it said that it would be able to offer BeIN’s four exclusive chanbnels for the Woirld Cup after the pair reached a deal. The company said that it s customers would be able to view all 64 matches from the tournament on the BeIN channels with a subscription to cost AED551.““We are delighted to offer this incredible event to our valued customers and add life to life by screening all 64 football matches across our dedicated BeIN Sports channels. We continue to offer complete transparency of service for our customers, here enabling them to enjoy the biggest showpiece in the football calendar,” said Fahad Al Hassawi, deputy CEO, telco services at Du parent company EITC.The UAE, in common with other Gulf countries, cut ties with Qatar and blocked access to BeIN Media’s services a year ago. However, unlike other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE restored BeIN’s ability to air in the country shortly afterwards.BeIN Media has recently complained vociferously about pirating of its services across the region by a service provocatively branded BeoutQ. The Qatar media group slammed Saudi satellite operator Arabsat for facilitating the transmission of the service, which it said had pirated sports competitions to which BeIN has the exclusive rights.last_img read more


Luisa Affuso UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom

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first_imgLuisa AffusoUK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Luisa Affuso as its new chief economist.Affuso joins the regulator from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she is a director in the economics group leading the competition economics team. She has advised on a number of high-profile competition policy matters, covering UK and international markets and including cases relevant to the sectors Ofcom regulates, according to the watchdog.Prior to joining PwC, she consulted for organisations including the World Bank and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and worked as an academic at the University of Cambridge and London Business School.She will take up her post on October 8, replacing current chief economist Peter Culham, who is retiring.Affuso said: “I am very excited to be joining Ofcom. Communications markets are extremely important both for the performance of the economy, and in people’s everyday lives. I look forward to making a positive contribution to ensuring they work well for everyone.”Sharon White, Ofcom CEO, said: “I am delighted to appoint Luisa. The Chief Economist plays an important role at Ofcom, helping to ensure our decisions are underpinned by expert economic analysis. Luisa brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the role, and we look forward to welcoming her to Ofcom. I would also like to thank Peter Culham for his significant contribution to Ofcom during his time here.”last_img read more


Footballs Premier League will break a pledge that

Posted On Jul 31 2019 by

first_imgFootball’s Premier League will break a pledge that all of its stadiums would be accessible to disabled football fans by next August, despite its clubs spending more than a billion pounds on player transfers this summer.The Premier League, the governing body for the top 20 club sides in England and Wales, delivered a high-profile pledge last year that every one of its members would meet strict access standards by August 2017.But peers heard last week that seven Premier League clubs were set to break the pledge to meet standards laid out in guidance 12 years ago in The Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG).ASG includes guidelines on car parking, accessible information, the minimum number of wheelchair spaces for spectators, location of viewing areas for disabled supporters, and staff training.And today (Thursday), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) revealed that the Premier League had acknowledged in meetings that many clubs would miss the August deadline.Lord [Chris] Holmes, EHRC’s disability commissioner and himself a retired Paralympian, said: “All clubs agreed to make the minimum recommended improvements for disabled fans over two years.“We are now at half-time, and for many teams, the performance is simply unacceptable.“Football teams are legally obliged under the Equality Act to ensure disabled fans are not disadvantaged.“Where it is found that little or no progress has been made toward improving accessibility, we will consider using all our strong legal powers to ensure compliance; all options are on the table.“We will be writing to each club to ensure they do not go back on their commitment given last year, and we will be receiving a report every six months from the Premier League on progress being made.”He added: “The English Premier League is the richest league in the world; in a year when club signings are reaching stratospheric levels, Premiership clubs simply cannot continue to leave disabled fans by the sidelines.”Joyce Cook, chair of the disabled supporters’ charity Level Playing Field, said there had been improvements by some clubs.She said: “Just like last season on the pitch, champions Leicester City are leading the way, while many other teams such as Manchester United have shown clear commitment towards reaching the ASG standards of accessibility by next year.”But she told Disability News Service (DNS): “It is quite simply time for Premier League clubs to do the right thing by its disabled fans.“You made us a promise and we are now counting on you to stay true to your words.“All we want is the right to follow the game we love – surely that is not too much to ask of some of the richest clubs in the world.”The Premier League’s promise to act on access – following a series of embarrassing media reports into the discrimination faced by disabled supporters – was welcomed last year as a “huge achievement” by the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson.The Premier League also promised to deliver a progress report to the government by July this year.But Home Office minister Baroness Williams admitted last week that the government was “disappointed” by the progress report it had now received from the Premier League and would be asking for “a far more detailed report, giving a club-by-club breakdown”.Tomlinson, who has since been sacked, had promised that the government would publish the report.This week, nearly two months after the report was sent to his successor, Penny Mordaunt, the Department for Work and Pensions said it did not yet have a publication date and “can’t yet comment on the contents”.The Labour peer Lord Faulkner, LPF vice-president, has led parliamentary efforts to improve access to sporting events.He said he had been told that the progress report “says very little and contains no detail about the real progress at each club”.He told fellow peers last week: “The excuses being put forward by clubs as to why they will not meet this are, frankly, unacceptable.”He was particularly critical of three Premier League clubs: Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace.Last weekend, Liverpool opened its new main stand, which it says is “one of the largest all seater single stands in European football” and features “premium facilities for fans inside the stand”.But Lord Faulkner said the club “seems far more interested in providing general hospitality places than in installing sufficient disabled fans’ seats to comply with football’s own minimum standards”.He said Watford “seems to be removing disabled fans’ seats at a time when we should be seeing an increase”, while Crystal Palace “believes that it needs only to come up with a plan by August 2017”, rather than comply with the access guidelines.He said: “It is more than 20 years since the introduction of [the Disability Discrimination Act]: it is law that they are required to provide that accommodation, and it is disgraceful that they have not done so.”And he said it was “clear that the Premier League appears to have no intention to penalise or sanction clubs that do not meet the pledge”.Cook said today that some of the most “shocking” concerns were around the availability of wheelchair-accessible seating at West Ham United, even though the club has this season moved into the stadium which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, and athletics, at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was widely-praised at the time for its access.She added: “With the Paralympic Games taking place currently in Rio, how can we talk of the positive legacy of London 2012 for disabled people in the UK when even the Olympic Stadium will no longer be fully accessible? It truly beggars belief.”A Premier League spokesman told DNS that the report it sent to the government “gave a general progress update without naming individual clubs”.He said: “We are not currently able to say what the situation will be in 11 months’ time.“Clubs are aware of the commitments they made and are working hard to improve disabled access in a variety of ways.“Clubs are working hard to improve their disabled access provisions at stadia and will continue to do so in the coming months and years.”When asked whether the Premier League would punish clubs that did not meet the pledge, he said: “We are not able to second guess what the position will be in August 2017.“Each club’s situation will be carefully considered at that time.”A spokesman for Watford said: “Watford Football Club is very confident in its ability to be fully compliant with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017.“The club has worked and continues to work very hard to ensure that its stadium facilities can be enjoyed by all supporters visiting Vicarage Road.“We are fully focused upon delivering our part of the Premier League’s public commitment.”A Crystal Palace spokeswoman said: “Crystal Palace Football Club are fully aware of their obligations to meet the requirements of the Accessible Stadia Guide (ASG) and the deadline of August 2017.  “The club has met with architects, is working diligently on all aspects of the ASG and will continue to do so over the coming months.   “We have recently appointed a disability liaison officer who is maintaining regular contact with [the club’s disabled supporters’ association] and Level Playing Field and will work closely with them on this matter.”West Ham United and Liverpool had not commented by 11am today (15 September).15 September 2016last_img read more


Work and pensions ministers have refused to explai

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first_imgWork and pensions ministers have refused to explain why plans for new social security legislation were dropped from last week’s Queen’s speech.Disability News Service reported last week how a Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appeared to have been abandoned when it failed to appear in the Queen’s speech, which covered legislation that will be introduced over the next two years.The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, had told a national disability hustings event a few days before the general election that a Conservative government would “legislate to reform the work capability assessment”, which “treats people like they are part of a sausage factory”.And she said that ministers had “managed to get into the manifesto a legislative commitment to dismantle the work capability assessment”.The manifesto did not mention replacing the WCA but it did promise that a Conservative government would “legislate to give unemployed disabled claimants or those with a health condition personalised and tailored employment support”.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman denied this week that the failure to include a social security bill in the Queen’s speech meant ministers had abandoned its reforms.She said: “We have comprehensively consulted on reforms to the work capability assessment as part of the Improving Lives: Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, and have committed to introducing more personalised and tailored support to help people stay in work and the unemployed to return to work.”She added: “We remain strongly committed to help people with disabilities and health conditions get into and stay in work and are considering next steps in response to the green paper.”When asked why the commitment to new legislation was missing from the Queen’s speech, she said: “We don’t take decisions on the content of the Queen’s speech.“As I’ve said below, we have committed to introducing more personalised and tailored support to help people stay in work, and the unemployed to return to work.”Asked if she could ask the relevant ministers – or their special advisers – why the bill had not appeared in the Queen’s speech, she said the press office had “nothing further to add”.last_img read more


What American Tourists Need to Know About Canadian Marijuana Legalization

Posted On Jul 26 2019 by

first_img Guest Writer Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. 4 min read It’s true marijuana is nationally legal in Canada but the local rules vary. Add to Queue Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Image credit: Kazyaka | Getty Images dispensaries.com Based on the experience of places such as Colorado and Nevada, Canada is about to see a significant increase in the number of tourists.Legalized marijuana can do that. For example, Colorado had a record 86 million visitors in 2017, pulling in more than $1.2 billion in local and state tax revenue. Also in 2017, cannabis sales hit a record $1.5 billion, according to the Denver Post. Sales increased in border towns, with visitors from New Mexico and Texas driving sales.Will the same thing happen in Canada? The government has not yet released any estimate on potential “marijuana tourism” revenue. However, it’s logical to expect cannabis tourists. Some will be tourists wanting to buy legal marijuana. Others will be entrepreneurs, curious about investment opportunities and seeing how a nationwide legalized system works – it’s one of only two on the whole planet (Uruguay is the other).But before visiting Canada, it’s important to know the rules governing adult-use marijuana sales. Here’s a look at some of the issues for Americans traveling north of the border.Keep in mind that governments at all three levels – federal, provinces and territories, and cities and towns – have the right to set their own rules. Read up thoroughly on local laws before planning a trip.Related: Marijuana Wins Big in the MidtermsCan Americans buy cannabis in Canada?With Canada making adult-use marijuana legal Oct. 17, travelers from the U.S. and other parts of the world can buy marijuana. However, while Canada legalized marijuana nationwide, the rules and regulations differ in each province or territory, as well as in each city. For example, while the province of Alberta has some of the country’s most liberal laws on marijuana, the city of Calgary has banned public cannabis use, according to Canada-based Global News.What can you buy in Canada?Canada is different than the U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Currently, dried cannabis flower, tinctures, capsules and seeds are available. The notable omission from that list are marijuana edibles, although they may be allowed as soon as 2019. The liquid concentrates used for vaping and other forms such as hash or shatter are not legal to sell.How old do you have to be?The original Canada Cannabis Act allowed marijuana sales to those 18 or older, but most provinces and territories have set the age at 19, the legal drinking age in most of Canada. Alberta and Quebec have kept the legal marijuana buying age at 18, according to the New York Times, but Quebec leaders are considering raising it to 21. Keep in mind that everyone in a group must be of legal age. Sharing marijuana with a minor is a crime.How much can I buy?The Cannabis Act set a 30-gram limit on how much marijuana a person can buy at once or possess in public.Related: 3 Hottest Trends In Cannabis Start-UpsWhere in Canada is best for marijuana tourists?Toronto-based financial advisory firm Grizzle recommends British Columbia and Alberta for marijuana tourist, as both provinces have liberal marijuana laws. For example, British Columbia allows public consumption in many public places, but not anywhere near where children gather (schools, skate parks, playground, sports fields). Also, you can be arrested if an officer judges you as intoxicated in a public place.Some major don’ts.Here are some things not to do.Drive while high. It’s a crime in Canada like it is everywhere else.Give marijuana to a minor. As noted above, that’s a major no-no.Bring pot into Canada. Even if you’re coming from a state where adult-use marijuana is legal, it’s a crime to bring it over the border.Bring Canadian weed into the U.S. The U.S. Border Patrol will at least fine you for this, and possibly arrest you.Keep these rules in mind and read up on the details of marijuana laws where you plan to visit. It’s a unique opportunity to see what a nationwide cannabis legalization effort looks like, up close and personal — as long as you follow the rules.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Green Entrepreneur Podcast What American Tourists Need to Know About Canadian Marijuana Legalization –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Canada November 12, 2018 Next Article Listen Nowlast_img read more


City of Hope receives 75 million in grant awards to study cutaneous

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first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 21 2019City of Hope recently received $7.5 million in grant awards to study a rare type of blood cancer that affects the skin: cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL).The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded two grants valued at $6.3 million over five years to City of Hope’s Steven Rosen, M.D., and Christiane Querfeld, M.D., Ph.D., so that they can develop improved therapies for CTCL, a disfiguring, incurable cancer that affects about 3,000 new individuals each year. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) also gave the pair two individual grants totaling $1.2 million over three years. Rosen and Querfeld will approach the problem from different angles in their respective laboratories.”City of Hope is creating a national model for how to treat CTCL,” said Rosen, its provost, chief scientific officer and the Morgan & Helen Chu Director’s Chair of the Beckman Research Institute. “Symptoms can include large, disfiguring plaques and tumors on the skin or a red rash that may cover the entire body. You can’t imagine the joy in patients’ eyes when our experimental treatments mollify CTCL symptoms. We are grateful for the trust the federal government and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have in us and our results.”A world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer and diabetes, City of Hope has one of the nation’s most distinguished skin lymphoma programs, which is housed in the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center. Established by donors Emmett and Toni Stephenson, along with their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand, the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center attracts experts to City of Hope and drives life-giving research and care. Its multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma Program includes dermatologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dermatopathologists, nurses, social workers and supportive care services.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerQuerfeld, chief of dermatology and director of City of Hope’s Cutaneous Lymphoma Program and a Schwartz Ward Family Foundation LLS Scholar, has been studying and treating patients with CTCL for 17 years. She will use her grants to advance her clinical phase 1/2 trial that looked at immune checkpoint PD1/PD-L1 inhibition. Her team will map the communication network among the disease’s cellular, molecular and immunological microenvironment. Blocking or silencing certain communication networks could eliminate tumors or cancers, she said.”The result of this newly funded study will allow physicians to use personalized medicine for certain patients with CTCL,” Querfeld said. “We will identify potential therapeutic targets and correlative markers that help guide immunotherapy treatments.”Querfeld was mentored by Rosen, City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair, when she first entered the research world. CTCL has been one of Rosen’s research foci since the 1980s. He has identified novel groups of targets to advance the development of therapeutic compounds for this disease. His NCI and LLS grant awards will build the foundational knowledge scientists need to develop targeted drug therapies for people with CTCL. Specifically, he will look at molecular regulators like p38γ, a protein kinase that is overexpressed in CTCL cells, but not in healthy immune T cells.Conventional treatments for CTCL work for a few months, and only about 30 percent of patients respond to treatment, Querfeld said.”The goal Dr. Rosen and I have in our respective labs is to develop life-changing treatments for people who have CTCL,” said Querfeld, who sees these patients at City of Hope’s Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center every Wednesday.Source: http://www.cityofhope.org/last_img read more


QA How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment

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___WHAT IS BITCOIN?Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has fluctuated significantly in value over the past year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of paying for things that would not be subject to central banks that are capable of devaluing currency. The sustainability concerns about bitcoin, voiced by economists and environmentalists, stem from the process of “mining” that is central to its existence.The “miners” use computers to make complex calculations that verify transactions in bitcoins. This uses a tremendous amount of energy via computers and server farms all over the world, which has given rise to concerns about the amount of fossil fuel-dependent electricity used to power the computers. Some estimates say bitcoin’s energy impact is more than that of a small country.___WHY IS BITCOIN ATTRACTIVE?Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government, and its value rose swiftly in the second half of 2017 before falling early this year. It’s volatile. The value of one bitcoin was about $16,500 in late December 2017, compared with about $1,000 in March 2017, and then it dipped to about $7,700 in the first week of February this year. A bitcoin itself is essentially a line of computer code. It’s signed digitally when it goes from one owner to another.___WHY ARE CRITICS CONCERNED ABOUT BITCOIN ENERGY USE? The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue: In this photo taken on Jan. 17, 2018, a worker walks along a row of computer rigs that run around the clock ‘mining’ bitcoin inside the Genesis Mining cryptocurrency mine in Keflavik, Iceland. Hand in hand with the rise of bitcoin is a soaring cost of “mining” the cryptocurrency. The energy demand has developed because of the soaring cost of producing the cryptocurrency, which requires computers solving math formulas to mine the 4.2 million coins still available. (AP Photos/Egill Bjarnason) Citation: Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment? (2018, February 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-qa-growth-bitcoin-affecting-environment.html Bitcoin can’t exist without computers, which can’t exist without a source of electricity. And the number of computers and the energy needed to power them is rising.The growing value of bitcoin is directly tied to the amount of energy it uses. The miners unlock bitcoins by solving complex, unique puzzles. As the value of bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them.Some estimates say more than 60 percent of the processing power used to mine bitcoin is in China, where it relies heavily on the burning of coal. The Chinese government revealed plans in January to shut down bitcoin mining, partly because of concerns about energy consumption. 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. In this photo taken on Jan. 18, 2018, large clouds of steam rise into the sky from the Svartsengi geothermal power station in Grindavík, Iceland. With massive amounts of energy needed to obtain bitcoins, large cryptocurrency mining companies have established a base in Iceland, a cold North Atlantic island with an abundance of renewable energy from geothermal and hydroelectric power plants. (AP Photos/Egill Bjarnason) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this photo taken on Jan. 17, 2018, Helmut Rauth, the director of Genesis Mining poses for a portrait next to a row of computer rigs that run around the clock ‘mining’ bitcoin in Keflavik, Iceland. Hand in hand with the rise of bitcoin is a soaring cost of “mining” the cryptocurrency. The energy demand has developed because of the soaring cost of producing the cryptocurrency, which requires computers solving math formulas to mine the 4.2 million coins still available. (AP Photos/Egill Bjarnason) Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment? Explore further Coal and other fossil fuels are also the largest generator of electricity for the rest of the world, and coal is a significant contributor to manmade climate change. Burning it produces carbon dioxide, a gas that is a primary contributor to global warming.This reliance on fossil fuels has given rise to speculation that bitcoin’s energy consumption will continue to rise as it grows in popularity.___HOW MUCH DOES BITCOIN REALLY AFFECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION?Estimates vary, and a true figure could be impossible to come by because of the intentionally anonymous nature of bitcoin use. But Dutch bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, who operates a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index on the website Digiconomist, has produced estimates he believes are alarming.If bitcoin miners are using the most efficient machines possible, the lowest amount of electricity they could possibly be using is 13 terawatt hours, de Vries said in an interview. That’s about as much as the entire country of Slovenia. De Vries said less conservative estimates make it entirely possible that bitcoin is using as much energy as Ireland, which consumes about twice as much as Slovenia, or about 0.7 percent of the U.S. total.The problem is getting worse, said de Vries, who estimated the annual amount of energy consumed by bitcoin rose by a fifth in the final weeks of 2017. On the other hand, Oscar Lafarga, co-founder of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, technology company that consults on cryptocurrency, said bitcoin’s growth could spur interest in green energy.”In a way, it could be the driving force for breakthroughs on renewable energy,” he said.In Iceland, an abundance of renewable energy from geothermal and hydroelectric plants has helped spawn bitcoin mining.___WHO IS RIGHT IN THE BITCOIN DEBATE?The extent of bitcoin’s impact on the environment, and how much that should matter to people who use it, is a source of debate.While de Vries says bitcoin is consuming an “insane amount of energy,” both on its own and relative to older payment systems such as credit cards, others think the situation is not so dire.Bitcoin investor Marc Bevand, of St. Louis, has written that bitcoin likely uses close to four or five terawatt hours, less than the annual electricity consumption for Christmas lights in the U.S. He said that he believes bitcoin’s benefits, such as making payments more efficient and helping people escape inflation, outweigh the environmental toll.However, he added: “We don’t have exact data to say how much we are benefiting from bitcoin.” read more


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Citation: Miami’s airport wants to read your face. You might be happy about that (2018, March 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-miami-airport-happy.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Miami International Airport hopes that using new technology that is already familiar to millions of smartphone users could reduce some of the bother.MIA celebrated its newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international travelers. One of its main features: passport screening via facial recognition technology to verify travelers’ identities by matching them to the documents they present.”While other airports and airlines are partnering with (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection to test biometric exit screening for departing flights, MIA has the first facility fully dedicated to biometric entry screening for international arrivals,” said Greg Chin, communications director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.A pilot program at MIA began in November. That was a few months after JetBlue, with help from U.S. Customs, experimented with the technology in June for flights from Boston to Aruba. Delta also experimented with facial recognition at the baggage drop location at Minneapolis-St. Paul.During the pilot program, cameras in the boarding area capture travelers’ faces, which were scanned against the Customs database to locate a matching passport, visa or immigration photo.Singapore’s Changi Airport opened its new 21-gate Terminal 4 in October and it, too, uses the modern technology. In a November article in Travel Weekly, Sean Farrell, head of the biometrics team for the travel technology company SITA, said interest in the use of facial recognition at airports has grown globally.MIA said its new technology-driven facility in Concourse E has been able to screen as many as 10 passengers per minute. The airport also offers passport clearance via Global Entry kiosks and is one of 24 airports and one cruise port (Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale) that now accepts the Mobile Passport Control app.At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and new aviation director Lester Sola, MIA also touted other aspects of its refurbished Concourse E to help reduce congestion at the busy airport. The new federal inspection facility reduces walking distance for Concourse E and F passengers who previously only had access to the Concourse D passport hall. Credit: Petr Kratochvil/public domain ©2018 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. JetBlue, Delta will test biometric boarding passes Face it, going through airport security is a vital, but time-consuming pain in the you-know-where. read more