Shiva PatibandaTV technology provider SeaChange International’s technology chief Shiva Patibanda is to leave the company. SeaChange has also named a new chairman.SeaChange said that Patibanda, whose full job title is chief technology officer and general manager of in-home products, has resigned. His responsibilities will transition to other members of the management team, and SeaChange does not intend to fill the CTO role in the near term.Patibanda was responsible for the development of the SeaChange Nucleus video gateway software for cable operators.Separately, SeaChange has elected Steve Craddock to Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective from July 15.Craddock joined SeaChange’s board in 2012. He is president of The Del Ray Group, an independent consulting firm and previously worked with Comcast, last serving as Senior Vice President of Technology, and as Vice President for Bell Atlantic, focused on television and broadband initiatives.Craddock replaces Tom Olson, who will remain a member of the board.“I’m pleased to have Steve in the role of chairman. With his history in television operations, he’ll provide guidance that will help us to deliver new opportunities for our customers. SeaChange is extremely grateful for Tom’s long-term board leadership and contributions to our strategy and successes. I look forward to our ongoing collaboration,” said SeaChange CEO Jay Samit.“We also appreciate Shiva’s accomplishments. Now that Nucleus is deployed commercially and on a trajectory for new markets, it’s the right time for Shiva to turn his focus to family and other interests. We have a strong management team dedicated to delivering on our exciting product roadmap and I’m confident in their ability to execute on our Nucleus design wins.”
Timothy HoettgesDeutsche Telekom wants to be a “content aggregator” rather than an exclusive media rights-holder and will use its forthcoming launch of a new TV platform to support its aggregator strategy, according to CEO Timothy Hoettges, speaking to analysts after the company reported quarterly earnings at the end of last week.Hoettges said that Telekom’s main aim was to make life simpler for consumers by acting as an aggregator for the proliferating online video services and TV channels available, making as much as possible available via a single platform.He said that Telekom had a “partner strategy” for video, and that “our new TV platform, which is coming out soon, supports this idea”, without giving further details.Hoettges said that Deutsche Telekom would “have a look” at the forthcoming auction of Bundesliga rights and that the company had “not taken any final decision” on whether to bid. However, he said, a strategy of spending big on exclusive rights in a market with numerous free-to-air services, on the model of what BT has done in the UK, would “not be the appropriate answer” in Germany.Deutsche Telekom posted strong domestic TV numbers at the end of last week, growing its IPTV and satellite TV base in Germany by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter, taking its total to 3.768 million, an additional 27,000 over the three months since March. Year-on-year growth was 11.2%. Germany also saw strong retail broadband growth in the period.
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 27 2019A study led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has analyzed the pattern of skin cancer rates in kidney transplant patients, which suggests the increased risk is related to the anti-rejection medications.The research is published in JAMA Dermatology and was a collaboration between the National Cancer Registry Ireland and the National Kidney Transplant Service in Beaumont Hospital.Patients who receive a kidney transplant are at increased risk of cancer, in particular skin cancer. The study found that this skin cancer risk falls when the transplant fails and the patients return to dialysis but rises again when they receive another transplant. However, the rate of skin cancer is still higher in patients with failed transplants than pre-transplant patients on dialysis.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryDue to this pattern of skin cancer rates, the data suggests that the cancer risk is related to the stopping and starting of anti-rejection medications.”In recipients of multiple kidney transplants, the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer fell during periods defined by transplant failure, but there was still an elevated risk. The incidence of cancer overall highlights the need for continued cancer surveillance during graft failure,” said the study’s lead author Dr Donal Sexton, Department of Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation, Beaumont Hospital, RCSI.The study analyzed the rates of cancer in 3,821 individual deceased and living kidney transplant recipients. Of the patients analyzed, 3,215 recipients had one transplant, 522 recipients a second; and 84 recipients had three kidney transplants.During the patient’s first kidney transplant, the rate of skin cancer rose 15 times higher than before the procedure. That skin cancer rate fell by half when the transplant failed and the patient returned to dialysis; however, the rate was still seven times higher than the pre-transplant patient’s rate. When they received a second transplant, the rate of skin cancer rose again to 12.8 times more than pre-transplant rate.”Our study has provided a comprehensive analysis of cancer risk over multiple kidney transplants in the same individuals. However, the retrospective nature of the analysis makes it difficult to capture the effect of the lag between exposure, cancer development, presentation, and diagnosis, and which may vary by treatment period,” said Professor Peter Conlon, Associate Professor of Medicine at RCSI.RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2%) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations. It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. RCSI has been awarded Athena Swan Bronze accreditation for positive gender practice in higher education. Source:https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/news-and-events/news/news-article/2019/02/rcsi-research-suggests-that-anti-rejection-medications-for-multiple-kidney-transplants
Pål Suren explains: “We generally want both sensitivity and specificity to be as high as possible. There isa trade-off between the two. If the threshold for testing positive is lowered, sensitivity increases but usually at the price of decreasing specificity – and vice versa”.Related StoriesTransgenerational BPA exposure may contribute to autism, study findsBullying in children with ASD gets worse with ageHigh levels of acid in processed foods could affect fetus’ developing brainLanguage delay is a common symptom of autism. However, most of the children (76 per cent) with autism had developed phrase speech at 36 months and did not have significant cognitive delays. For these children, screening scores largely overlap scores in those without autism, meaning it is hard to distinguish these children from children with normal development.The results and methods are presented in more detail in BJPsych Open.BackgroundAutism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by persistent impairment in reciprocal social communication and interaction, and restricted, repetitive behavioural patterns. Symptoms usually appear by the second year of life. ASD is often referred to as just “autism”.Current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics state that ASD screening should be included in general developmental check-ups at ages 18 and 24 months. British guidelines, however, do not recommend universal autism screening. The benefits and disadvantages of such screening have never been assessed in population-based studies.Sensitivity and specificitySensitivity is the proportion of individuals with a condition who test positive. This is a measure of the test’s ability to detect those who have the condition.Specificity is the proportion of individuals without a condition who test negative. This is a measure of the precision of the test, i.e. the test’s ability to distinguish between those with and without the condition.Source:Norwegian Institute of Public HealthJournal reference:Surén, P. et al. (2019) Sensitivity and specificity of early screening for autism. BJPsych Open. doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2019.34 Current available evidence does not support universal early screening for autism.”Dr Pål Surén, lead author of the study Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 17 2019Screening for autism at three years of age only identifies those with significant developmental delay, and not those with less severe autism. Early screening may therefore not be as beneficial as previously thought, according to data from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study.This study measured the extent with which a commonly used screening tool could identify children with autism at 36 months. It found that the tool identified only one in five children who had autism.The screening identified individuals with autism spectrum disorders with significant development delay well but captured very few children with autism who have cognitive skills in the normal range.The authors of this study therefore question whether the benefits of nationwide screening outweigh the costs. Of the 385 children with autism, only one out of five children with autism tested positive at age three. In other words, screening sensitivity was 20 per cent. Screening captured only a minority of the children with autism and mainly those with significant developmental delay. Overall, screening specificity was 99 per cent. This means that the instrument has high precision because there were relatively few “false positives” (only 1 % children without autism tested positive). By lowering the cut-off score in the screening tool, sensitivity improved but led to a considerable increase in the number of false positives. About this studyThis study investigated the “sensitivity” and “specificity” of population-based autism screening at three years of age (see background). A total of 58 520 mothers from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study participated. They answered the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a 40-item screening instrument for autism spectrum disorders. The children were followed up until the end of 2015, when they were aged from six to 14-years-old. By the end of the follow-up, 385 children (0.7 per cent) were identified as autistic.Findings
NASA has been working with other agencies, industry and organizations to test technologies that can help drones navigate safely beyond visual-line-of-sight. Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart “The new space act agreement broadening Uber’s partnership with NASA is exciting, because it allows us to combine Uber’s massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of subject matter experience across multiple domains that are key to enabling urban air mobility, starting with airspace systems,” said Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer.As small aircraft enter the marketplace, NASA wants to ensure they do so safely, with acceptable levels of noise, and without burdening the current national air traffic control system. To this end, the agency is leveraging ongoing aeronautics research in areas including: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) traffic management at low altitude; UAS integration in the National Airspace System; all-electric, general aviation class aircraft development; vertical take-off and landing aircraft; system-wide safety; and more. These activities will generate the data necessary to support the creation of industry standards, Federal Aviation Administration rules and procedures, and other related regulations. NASA will make the research available to the broader UAM community. NASA has signed a second space act agreement with Uber Technologies, Inc., to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas. An artist’s conception of a future where different aircraft – vertical takeoff, traditional takeoff, crewed, uncrewed – safely perform a variety of daily missions in rural to urban environments. Credit: NASA/Advanced Concepts Laboratory NASA’s definition of “urban air mobility” is a safe and efficient system for vehicles, piloted or not, to move passengers and cargo within a city. Credit: NASA Citation: NASA, Uber to explore safety, efficiency of future urban airspace (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-nasa-uber-explore-safety-efficiency.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. More information: For more information about NASA’s Urban Air Mobility initiative, visit go.nasa.gov/2I04Ec1 Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network. NASA will use the latest in airspace management computer modeling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft – from delivery drones to passenger aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability – in crowded environments.This is NASA’s first such agreement specifically focused on modeling and simulation for UAM operations.”NASA is excited to be partnering with Uber and others in the community to identify the key challenges facing the UAM market, and explore necessary research, development and testing requirements to address those challenges,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. “Urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle much like smart phones have.”At its research facility at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, NASA will use the data supplied by Uber to simulate a small passenger-carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic. Analysis of these simulations will identify safety issues as these new aircraft take to the air in an already crowded air traffic control system. Explore further Taking air travel to the streets, or just above them Provided by NASA
Provided by Rice University Citation: Low-speed electric vehicles could affect Chinese demand for gasoline and disrupt oil prices worldwide, says expert (2019, May 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-low-speed-electric-vehicles-affect-chinese.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. Low-speed electric vehicles could reduce China’s demand for gasoline and, in turn, impact global oil prices, according to a new issue brief by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain The electric vehicle revolution will come from China, not the US “Low-Speed Electric Vehicles: An Underappreciated Threat to Gasoline Demand in China and Global Oil Prices?” is authored by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute.”Disruptive innovation is typically a Silicon Valley buzzword and not one commonly associated with discussions of gasoline markets,” Collins wrote. “Yet the past several years in China have seen the emergence of a potential disruptor: low-speed electric vehicles. These little vehicles typically lack the aesthetic appeal of a Tesla, but they protect drivers from the elements better than a motorcycle, are faster than a bicycle or e-bike, are easy to park and charge, and, perhaps most endearing to emerging consumers, can be purchased for as little as $3,000 (and in some cases, less).”The International Energy Agency estimated there were 4 million low-speed electric vehicles in China as of midyear 2018, representing about 2 percent of the country’s passenger cars, Collins said. Low-speed electric vehicle sales there appear to have slowed in 2018, but manufacturers still sold nearly 1.5 million of them, roughly 30 percent more units than conventional electric vehicle makers did.”Depending on how proposed government regulations of the sector unfold in 2019 and beyond, sales could rise significantly as low-speed electric vehicles penetrate deeper into lower-tier markets where motorcycles and bicycles remain the prevalent means of transport, as well as into the increasingly crowded urban areas where space is at a premium and many residents still cannot afford larger vehicles,” Collins wrote.If a million low-speed electric vehicles displaced a million gasoline-powered midsize sedans from the market, about 15,000 barrels per day of gasoline demand could effectively be lost, Collins said. At the current estimated low-speed electric vehicle fleet size, the potential fuel demand displacement could exceed 60,000 barrels per day—2 percent of current total Chinese gasoline demand.”Low-speed electric vehicles (and other electric vehicles) are even more impactful when it comes to capturing incremental demand for transport services that might otherwise be served by gasoline-burning motors,” Collins wrote. “Here, 4 million low-speed electric vehicles could capture an amount of incremental gasoline usage equivalent to the nearly 64,000 barrels per day of gasoline demand growth in China between 2016 and 2017.”Collins concluded: “The fact that low-speed electric vehicles in China have thus far been the only electric vehicles worldwide that have successfully sold at industrial scale without unsustainable levels of government financial support suggests that they are a wild card worth watching. This is particularly true given China’s outsized importance as the global ‘oil consumer of last resort,’ as well as the fact that if low-speed electric vehicle manufacturing capacity scales up in China, manufacturers are likely to begin targeting export markets in Africa, India and Southeast Asia. These regions have many of the same characteristics as rural China in terms of no prior car ownership history and low-income levels that often make ‘conventional’ cars prohibitively expensive for most consumers.”Collins conducts a range of globally focused commodity market, energy, water and environmental research. In addition to his research on shifts in China’s domestic oil consumption structure, he focuses on oil field water issues, evolutions in the global gasoline market, water governance and groundwater valuation in Texas and the nexus between food, water and energy. More information: Low-Speed Electric Vehicles: An Underappreciated Threat to Gasoline Demand in China and Global Oil Prices? www.bakerinstitute.org/media/f … 19-ces-chinalsev.pdf
Citation: Renault and Fiat Chrysler stuck over merger terms: report (2019, May 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-renault-fiat-chrysler-stuck-merger.html Renault’s share price has been punished since the November 2018 arrest of its former chief executive Carlos Ghosn (pictured May 23, 2019) An AFP source close to FCA said “the offer is balanced in terms of valuation, governance and industrial strength.”A deal would hold advantages for both carmakers as FCA is widely seen as a latecomer to the electric vehicle market, where Renault is strong. But the French firm doesn’t have a presence in North America, where Chrysler is strong in the SUV and pick-up sectors.Taking into account Renault’s alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi, the enlarged group would be the world’s largest carmaking group by a wide margin. Talks between Fiat Chrysler and Renault have hit a roadblock over the financial terms of the proposed merger between the Italian-US and French carmakers, the French business daily Les Echos reported online Thursday, citing sources close to Fiat Chrysler. Renault said earlier this week it is studying “with interest” a 50-50 merger proposal from Fiat Chrysler (FCA), a deal that would forge the world’s third-largest automaker.The newspaper reported on its website that a source close to FCA said several Renault board members believe the terms of the offer need to be sweetened.But that is not how FCA sees things, said the source.”The offer seems fair, it was approved by the board. It is take it or leave it, and fast!” said the source.Meanwhile, the daily said Renault is unhappy as the offer is based on its share price on May 24, the day before the offer was announced, or 51.70 euros.Renault’s share price has been punished since the arrest last November of its former chief executive Carlos Ghosn. Before then it rarely fell below 70 euros per share.An AFP source close to the negotiations said such merger offers are rarely take it or leave it.”These type of offers are certainly negotiable,” said that source.A source close to Renault told AFP that without the carmaker’s board having adopted a position it was difficult to comment on rumours. Renault said it is studying “with interest” a 50-50 merger proposal from Fiat Chrysler, which would forge the world’s third-largest automaker Renault tries to reassure partner Nissan on Fiat plans © 2019 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
NEW DELHI: Not happy with thin attendance late in the evening, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday appealed to the members to spend maximum time in the House and benefit from the debates on important issues. Birla made these remarks during a discussion on demands for grants of Ministries of Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. The attendance was thin as several members and leaders of various political parties left though it was decided the House would sit late into the night to complete the discussion. He appealed to the political parties to request their members to be regular in attending the proceedings and spend maximum time in the House. Birla also called on the members to telephone their colleagues and urge to them to participate in discussions. He further said that while listening to the members from different parts of the country, one can get the sense of what is happening in the nation. He even said in a lighter vein that those who leave the House after their address will not be given the opportunity to speak again. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you
Next Siraj Qureshi AgraJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:25 IST Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019The people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identityAadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led governmentThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will allow the voluntary use of the 12-digit identification number as identity proof for Indians to open bank accounts and also get a mobile phone connection.Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past due to privacy concerns or logistical issues in getting a new card.With the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.However, sources said modifications in the cards made earlier are proving to be very difficult in the absence of an adequate number of Aadhaar Kendras.Although the banks and the post offices have been asked to fill in as Aadhaar centres, it is a fact that most of these banks and post offices do not have the facility of making a new card or rectifying an old one.Commenting on the passing of the Aadhaar Bill, social activist Deep Sharma said that it will be a major relief if simple tasks like opening a bank account or getting a new phone number could be accomplished without showing an Aadhaar card.Deep Sharma also said that the UPA government had introduced Aadhaar as a way to transfer subsidies and other government benefits directly to the people, but the BJP government made it a universal identity document and there were many cases of security breach.Jan Suvidha Kendras, opened to make Aadhaar cards, were closed without any announcement and the task was given to banks and post offices where the government employees were already overburdened with work that they showed no interest in making or modifying Aadhaar cards.Only 10 per cent of the people who went to the post office or the bank for a modification in their Aadhaar card or for a new card, actually got it done, the social activist further said.ALSO READ | Aadhaar Bill seeking its use as ID to open bank accounts passes in Lok SabhaALSO WATCH | All you need to know about the recent Aadhaar updateFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill, allows to file complaint in case of security breachWith the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.advertisement