British Airways BA has announced that it will re

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has announced that it will resume flights between Heathrow and Saudi Arabia from March 29th next year.The airline will fly five times a week from Terminal 5 to the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, with tickets having gone on sale on Wednesday (November 26th).Commenting on the return of the routes, a statement on the BA website said: “We are able to restart flights because the aviation market between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently been liberalised.”BA suspended flights between Heathrow and Saudi Arabia in March 2005 due to commercial performance.The airline will operate Boeing 777 aircraft to and from Riyadh, while a Boeing 767 will be used to and from Jeddah.Bmi recently announced that it would double the number of flights to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh from January 15th next year, increasing their number of services to the city from three a week to six. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBMI to double number of flights to RiyadhBMI to double number of flights to RiyadhQatar Airways increases frequency of flights on key routesQatar Airways has increased the number of flights on its Doha to Jeddah and Riyadh to Dammam routesMore Saudi flights planned by bmiMore Saudi flights planned by bmilast_img read more

Over 30 of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multime

first_imgOver 30% of Portuguese pay TV operator Zon Multimedia’s triple-play customers now take its Iris advanced TV product, according to chief operating officer Luis Lopes.Zon recently launched Timewarp, a personal cloud recording system that records all programmes that viewers want to see for seven days. About 95% of customers use it, with 70% using it every day. it has a satisfaction score of 9.1 out of 10, wiuth 10% of customers using at the same time at peak times.The system is available for 80 channels currently. Viewers can select channels they want to record and then search the channel for content to view. They can also search by genere or look for a specific programming asset directly.Lopes, speaking on the second day of the Cable Congress in London yesterday, said that the service had attracted stronger usage than video-on-demand or any other advanced TV service.last_img read more

Les Moonves The majority shareholder of Viacom and

first_imgLes MoonvesThe majority shareholder of Viacom and CBS has urged the US media giants to re-merge.National Amusements has sent an open letter to CBS Corp. chairman, president and CEO Les Mooves and the Viacom board of requesting they “explore a potential combination”.CBS and Viacom operated as one company between 1999 and December 2005, but split ahead of the retirement of National Amusements chief Sumner Redstone, who in fact remains in his post today depsite conflicting reports over the 93-year-old’s health.That saw the previous Viacom become broadcasting business CBS, with the new Viacom taking on the MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon cable networks. National Amusements became controller of both companies, but kept them separate.However, the open letter reverses that train of thought. “We believe that a combination of CBS and Viacom might offer substantial synergies that would allow the combined company to respond even more aggressively and effectively to the challenges of the changing entertainment and media landscape,” Sumner Redstone and his daughter, National Amusements president Shari Redstone, wrote.“As a result, we would like both companies’ boards to consider a potential combination of the companies. Our tentative view is that optimal structure would be an all-stock transaction on which the stockholders of each company would receive shares in the combined company of the same class as they currently hold.”The letter added National Amusements would not be willing to accept “any acquisition by a third party of either company”, or any deal that would result in the Redstones “surrendering” their controlling position in either company. National Amusements owns 80% of the voting shares in Viacom and CBS.Furthermore, Viacom’s board had made good on a recent promise to access debt markets to improve the company’s precarious financial situation.In a statement released yesterday, Viacom revealed it had agreed to sell US$400 million in senior notes due in 2022 and US$900 million in senior notes due in 2026. The sales were expected to close in October 4.The developments come after Viacom’s interim CEO, Tom Dooley, announced he would be leaving the company in November. He had succeeded Philippe Dauman, who lost a protracted and bitter boardroom war with the Shari Redstone this year and subsequently left the company after failing to persuade the board to sell 49% of film studio Paramount Pictures to a Chinese media group.Shari Redstone is now a key power-broker in the companies’ futures, but will need to convince Moonves of the benefits of a merger. While Viacom has a sprawling international business that would benefit CBS, it also has a big debt pile and would initially drive the CBS share price down.CBS had not publicly responded to the open letter at press time this morning.Meanwhile, Viacom’s search for a new CEO continues, with Dooley remaining in his post to help with the process for the time being.last_img read more

Altice PortugalMeo has added an exclusive Disney

first_imgAltice Portugal/Meo has added an exclusive Disney-branded pop-up channel to its line of TV services.Meo launched Disney Channel Forever to its schedule on Friday. The channel is set to run until September 17 and will be available free of charge to all Meo customers over ADSL, fibre, satellite and also the Meo Go multiscreen service.The channel will focus on teen-friendly content, offering series including Soy Luna, Good Luck Charlie!, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana and Shake it Up.Meo said that the launch was an example of its commitment to air special Disney channels made available at different times of the year.last_img

US cable operator Charter Communications has becom

first_imgUS cable operator Charter Communications has become the latest operator in the market to launch a low-cost OTT TV offering, in its case targeted exclusively at its own broadband-only subscribers.Spectrum TV Essentials is targeted at Charter subscribers that don’t take the operator’s pay TV services. The service, to be launched at the end of March, will include over 60 channels and access to associated on-demand content. Charter has struck agreements with programmers including Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC and Hallmark to populate the service.Tom RutledgeThe service will be available for US$14.99 a month plus tax, with no fees or installation charges. The line-up will be available through the Spectrum TV App on devices including iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Smart TVs and computers via the coming months, Charter plans to introduce a Cloud DVR service on the Spectrum TV App.In addition to the channels on the service, from May Spectrum Originals will be available to Spectrum TV Essential customers.Viacom is a key partner in the venture, which chimes with Viacom CEO Bob Bakish’s strategy of targeting skinny bundle offerings in the US as an underserved market for content.“Spectrum TV Essentials is an OTT offering designed to provide Spectrum Internet-only customers a new low-price, high-value video option. As we began to assemble the rights for this new video service, we received great enthusiasm and encouragement from these key programming partners, who share our view and embrace creating an innovative video offering we believe will resonate with our internet customers. Notably, Viacom shared its strong belief and research that suggests there is a large untapped opportunity for a low-priced, entertainment-only bundle unencumbered by the high cost of broadcast retransmission consent fees and expensive sports programming,” said Tom Rutledge, Charter chairman and CEO.“We’re thrilled to expand and deepen our relationship with Charter. They share both our commitment to the evolution of the the Pay TV ecosystem as well as our understanding of the changing needs of consumers. As the video marketplace continues to segment across price points and offerings, we believe a high quality, lower priced option for internet-only subscribers is very important.   We’re excited to have our global brands as part of Spectrum TV Essentials at launch,” said Viacom’s Bakish.last_img read more

I can feel the warmth from the woodburning oven j

first_imgI can feel the warmth from the wood-burning oven just over my shoulder and catch myself intermittently gazing off into a heat-induced trance from the blaze.Despite the place feeling crowded (probably another reason for the heat), it’s eerily quiet inside: My table of five occasionally lowers our voices as if we were in the library. But a library this is not: Mozzeria is one of the most talked-about pizzerias in the heart of a vibrant San Francisco neighborhood, where wait times on Saturday nights can extend as long as two hours.The reason for the unnaturally reserved ambiance might be because every staff member employed at Mozzeria identifies as deaf or partially deaf. For the roughly 95 percent of hearing guests who aren’t fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), putting in an order means either pointing to the pizza of choice from the menu or writing it down on a piece of paper.Melody and Russ Stein, owners and founders of the 50-seat restaurant, have done more than open an authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza joint (it’s one of only two Neapolitan pizzerias in San Francisco that’s a member of the international organization Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.) They also are only two of a few restaurateurs in the country using innovative technology that allows them to entirely employ deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals — like the deaf-owned video relay system Convo, which allows hearing guests to call and speak to a staff member over the phone via an interpreter.As Andrea Strong has reported for Skift Table, Mozzeria isn’t the first restaurant in the nation to be entirely owned and operated by a deaf and hard-of-hearing staff. (That title might go to Crepe Crazy in Austin, Texas, which was opened as a stall in 2007 by Vladimir and Inna Giterman.) But Mozzeria is one of the most successful. Not only does the 7-year-old Mozzeria have a brick-and-mortar storefront, food truck and catering business, but in December it was selected as the first business partner of the Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) Social Venture Fund (SVF).There are few employment opportunities for individuals who identify as deaf. According to a study by the National Deaf Center (NDC) in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, only about 48 percent of the deaf community is employed in the United States (compared with 72 percent of hearing individuals). Mozzeria’s partnership with the CSD has the potential to change that.The social-impact fund, which was created to address unemployment rates among the deaf and those with partial hearing loss, will create ASL-centered training programs, resources and mentoring support for the roughly 48 million people living in the United States who identify as having severe hearing loss.The partnership will also allow Mozzeria to franchise. The Steins are currently set to expand their West Coast empire, with an Austin location in the works for later this year. “We envision that each Mozzeria location will be looked at as a source of both local and national pride,” Melody Stein wrote in February for Upserve.For many deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs, like Melissa Greenlee, CEO and founder of, and Crepe Crazy CEO Sergei Giterman (who took over from his parents), unemployment is an issue in their community that has long needed to be addressed.Greenlee explains that her growing frustration with people’s lack of understanding of how to serve her, and her own inability to find meaningful work, lead to, a consumer review site for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. “There were times when people refused to serve me at all,” she wrote to me in an email. “No one should be turned away in a place of business due to their disability.”Giterman, who four years ago had just six employees and now operates two locations and two food trucks with 30 employees, adds: “Finding employment as a deaf individual can be difficult. Out there, [employers] are less inclined to hire [deaf individuals], which sends all of us flocking to deaf-focused establishments. We started [Crepe Crazy] to provide a working opportunity where others wouldn’t.”But deaf-focused restaurants are few and far between. While there’s no way of knowing the exact numbers, Deafdigest lists just eight restaurants currently operating in the U.S.Perhaps the case for hiring and serving deaf individuals might no longer seem like such an issue, thanks in part to Starbucks. In July, the global coffee chain announced plans to launch its first ever deaf-friendly store in the United States. Set to open in Washington, D.C., in October, the “Signing Store Project” will be the company’s second, modeled after their first in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Unlike the Malaysian store, which puts partners — or employees — through a 10-week sign language course, the D.C. location will hire individuals who identify as deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing but fluent in ASL. Starbucks also plans to hire an additional 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing partners proficient in ASL in other stores across the country later this year.But of the more than 350,000 Starbucks employees who wear the green apron globally, only about 200 currently self-identity as deaf or with partial hearing loss.Still, it’s a step in the right direction, says Nick Buchanan, who co-owns Austin’s Pepperbox Coffee, a deaf-owned and operated business. “It is so nice seeing other businesses showing how communication is possible,” he says about Starbucks’ plans. Like Mozzeria, Buchanan has tried a variety of methods for ease of communication with the hearing community, including a generic point-of-sale touchscreen system.”This Signing [Store Project] is a great exercise in forcing people to think outside the box in how they will communicate effectively with someone who doesn’t hear,” says Greenlee.With Mozzeria’s franchise plans and Starbucks’ “Signing Store Project,” the hope is that the deaf and those with partial hearing loss will soon be served just like the hearing population.And as anyone lucky enough to have tried the pizza at Mozzeria knows, sometimes simply producing a great product is all one needs to attract an audience. My recommendation would be Mozzeria’s Peking Duck pizza — you’ll forget about the paper-and-pad ordering system with your first bite.Meaghan Clark Tiernan is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Munchies, ExtraCrispy, Racked, and Atlas Obscura. Follow her on Twitter: @meaghanclark. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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first_imgOn Tuesday, Burton could be found working at The Christmas Mouse, a popular destination for holiday decorations, moving merchandise to the second floor in case of flooding.She says most businesses, including grocery stores, have already closed. Some pharmacies are still open.Burton says her own home is situated on one of the highest points on the Outer Banks, so she’s not concerned about flooding.“There’s always the chance of wind damage,” she says. “But the house has been through several storms and hasn’t suffered any damage, you know, there’s always a first time, so that’s a chance you take. But the people who live here are hardy stock and most everybody who’s a resident is staying.”Burton is taking precautions to secure her home and has stocked up on storm essentials.Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Thursday. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has called it a “dangerous, life-threatening, historic Hurricane.” Some will stay to ride out the storm. One of them is Kitty Hawk resident, Marissa Burton. Local and state government officials have issued mandatory evacuations for coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Florence. But that doesn’t mean everyone has cleared out.last_img read more

How AtTask is Reshaping the Industry Part 3

first_imgDuring a conference, leaders from AtTask gathered on-stage to present their social team management software, Stream. Through role playing, the team introduced the software and its benefits. The stream software itself is reminiscent, on purpose, of Facebook. The interface is smooth and streamlined. Essentially, what Stream allows a company to do is monitor its employees and their work, allowing them to coordinate future projects and teams.Being able to track each employee’s progress and undertakings can be crucial to maximizing productivity. For this reason, Stream is a handy program.A key component of Stream is its ability to allow the users to monitor each other’s work. For instance, in the example used in the video, a large-scale assignment is passed from a product manager to a team leader. The product manager understands that the team leader has a firm grasp on the skills of his team and is better-suited to accomplish the goals of the product manager, in this instance. And that is how tasks are divided up and accomplished using AtTask’s Stream software.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Trouble In Arkansas Judge Throws Out Medical Marijuana Licenses

first_img –shares Add to Queue Listen Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Image credit: LPETTET | Getty Images 3 min read Arkansas voters approved medical marijuana but old-fashioned favoritism by regulators who ignored the rules has stymied the program. Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 27, 2018 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. A judge in Arkansas has ruled that the state commission assigned to award licenses for growing legal medical marijuana awarded the contracts in an unfair manner. It’s led to a legal quagmire in Arkansas, one of only two southern states to legalize medical marijuana. For practical purposes, it’s left Arkansans who want to try medical marijuana out of luck for the foreseeable future.In his decision, Judge Wendell Griffen barred the state Medical Marijuana Commission from issuing any licenses until the situation is sorted out. That may take some time, as Griffen found the commission was biased and did not follow the proper rules when it awarded five contracts to grow marijuana.“The Court takes no joy in reaching or declaring this conclusion, nor should anyone else treat the conclusion as anything other than disappointing and sobering,” the judge wrote.Related: What Better Conditions to Raise Money for Cannabis Businesses Means for Marijuana EntrepreneursAn Exception In The SouthArkansas voters approved legal medical marijuana in November 2016. The state is allowing its use only for specific medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis and to combat the pain and discomfort of cancer treatments. Voters in Arkansas passed medical marijuana legalization by 53 percent.The state would allow patients to only use marijuana grown in Arkansas. So far, more than 4,700 people have applied to the program, which will require issuance of a state card. Arkansas and Louisiana are the only two states in the South to approve medical marijuana (unless you count Florida as a southern state).Essentially, the two states are an island of marijuana legalization in the middle of a large swath where marijuana is not legal for any purpose, medical or recreational. That includes Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.Related: How Mainstream Is Marijuana? Cannabis Franchises Are Available in ColoradoRule Of Law ViolatedGriffen, who issued a 28-page order, was ruling on a lawsuit filed by an unsuccessful applicant who wanted to grow marijuana in the Natural State. The lawsuit charged that the application process contained scoring irregularities, bias, conflicts of interest and violation of rules.Griffen, on the whole, saw it that way, too. He said the process did not respect the rule of law. He stopped the awarding of the five contracts, which was supposed to happen in March. The five applicants had paid $100,000 in fees to apply and put up a $500,000 bond.The state can appeal the decision, but even marijuana advocates don’t want that. David Couch, the Little Rock attorney who helped get medical marijuana legalized, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he wanted the state just to restart the application process.That way, medical marijuana patients could legally get cannabis faster, Couch said. Even Griffen noted that no matter what the state chooses to do, the fact that Arkansans will now have to wait even longer for access to medical marijuana “should be unpleasant to anyone concerned about providing relief to people who suffer from serious illnesses.”Follow on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Trouble In Arkansas: Judge Throws Out Medical Marijuana Licenses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Cannabislast_img read more

GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter Riding New Consoles Wave

first_img Geoff Weiss Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter, Riding New Consoles Wave Earlier this year, GameStop was reporting plummeting share prices and a weaker-than-expected financial forecast. Today, the company says it is experiencing a sales surge thanks to demand for new gaming consoles.Given ravenous customer demand for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, GameStop reported a soaring 25 percent sales increase in its second quarter — news of which uplifted shares by roughly 6 percent this morning.Hardware sales grew 124.8 percent, next to software sales growth of 15.6 percent, the company said. Consumers clamored for new titles like Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8.Related: Gadgets, Apps, Video Games and Social Media: All Things Tech With Veronica BelmontWhile GameStop has faltered in past quarters ahead of new console releases, when consumers typically shy away from purchasing games, “the second quarter demonstrates the power of the new console cycle,” said GameStop CFO Rob Lloyd in a statement.GameStop is foreshadowing additional growth through the rest of the year. Company president Tony Bartel said that the 24 major games slated to be released for the holiday season represents “the best lineup in history.”Other factors contributing to a doubling of the company’s net earnings over last year’s second quarter include 5.5 percent growth in its most lucrative category, pre-owned and value video game products. GameStop also reported 85.1 percent growth in the mobile and consumer electronics category.Related: The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World August 22, 2014 Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Earnings Reports Former Staff Writerlast_img read more

Air Maltas Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft

first_imgAir Malta’s Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:10 pmApril 30, 2019 Air MaltaAPIArtificial IntelligencecrmMarketing Technology NewsMulesoftNewspersonalizationSalesforce Previous ArticleOrganizations Demand More from Their Data, Despite Achieving 118% Return on Data Management InvestmentsNext ArticleInfor Helps Organizations Meet Demands of the Emerging Workforce Anypoint Platform Enables Air Malta to Tap Into the API Economy to Extend its Digital Presence and Improve Operational EfficiencyMuleSoft, provider of the leading platform for building application networks, announced that Air Malta, which carries two million passengers annually, is using MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform to broaden its reach in a highly competitive market and to improve operational efficiency through APIs. Anypoint Platform enables Air Malta to build an application network, so the airline can quickly connect new technologies with existing legacy systems – making it easier than ever to add new airline partners for growth and to create new opportunities to better serve customers. With MuleSoft, Air Malta is able to extend its digital presence and increase profitability by participating in the API economy, which enables business capabilities to be monetized using APIs.Air Malta operates a modern fleet of aircraft to more than 40 destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. The airline also offers travel to an additional 170 destinations through code-share partnerships with other airlines. To thrive in a competitive industry and exceed customer expectations, Air Malta embarked on a digital transformation journey with MuleSoft. Air Malta engaged MuleSoft consulting partner Ricston to build an application network using Anypoint Platform, connecting third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS), e-commerce platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) and airline booking systems.“Air Malta recently reported profitability for the first time after two decades, growing operating revenue by €5.3 million to €197.5 million in the last fiscal year,” said Alan Talbot, CIO, Air Malta. “Technology investment has been a critical driver of this success, with MuleSoft at the center. With Anypoint Platform, we have created a sandbox for innovation across the organization without affecting core operations. MuleSoft provides a unified platform that enables even non-technical personnel to quickly create integrations. By democratizing access to data from legacy systems and across our enterprise, we are able to create new operational efficiencies and identify opportunities to better serve our customers.”Marketing Technology News: RCN Chooses TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform to Give Subscribers a Superior User ExperienceThe Airline Industry Is on a Turbulent Ride to DigitizeAccording to the recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, 59 percent of IT leaders say their legacy infrastructure makes it hard to introduce new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the internet of things (IoT). Airlines are struggling to innovate, operate efficiently and offer personalized services. With valuable data trapped across siloed legacy systems, the industry is challenged to access the right information at the right time to move faster and deliver on customer demands. Its aging IT infrastructure is no longer fit to operate in the modern digital world, hampering growth and profitability.“We couldn’t afford to stand still and remain as we were. We needed to change our business and IT operating model to survive,” said Talbot. “Technology has become the ultimate enabler for the business, so we can drive and create change. MuleSoft’s hybrid integration platform with API capabilities allows us to connect to the latest cloud technologies and differentiate our services.”MuleSoft Provides Air Malta the Foundation for Speed and Innovation By developing an application network of reusable APIs, Air Malta is able to distribute its commercial relations and flight operations information more effectively and securely within the organization and with partners. For example, Anypoint Platform empowered Air Malta to improve customer service through a closer integration among the airline’s reservation system, e-commerce platforms and its Salesforce instance. This connectivity enables sales staff to easily roll out joint offers with other airlines, provide customers with the most relevant “just-in-time” information, and make modifications to flight arrangements faster.One of Air Malta’s significant projects was the introduction of best-of-breed flight planning solutions from Lufthansa to optimize route planning, improve flight operations management and handle reservations more quickly. Previously, it would have taken 18 months to deploy the solutions. Instead, it took one-third of the time with reusable APIs built on Anypoint Platform. Similarly, Air Malta used some of the existing APIs to integrate with Ryanair, one of the biggest airline brands in Europe. The integration allows Air Malta to sell its flights from the Ryanair website and meet customers where they are. The project took only 11 weeks, reducing the standard delivery timeline by almost two-thirds.Marketing Technology News: SalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales TechnologyAir Malta’s Application Network Opens Up New Opportunities in the API EconomyAccording to Talbot, “We want to launch a platform to help anyone who wants to do business with us. MuleSoft allows us to leverage the API economy to broaden our reach in a hugely competitive market. With an application network built on Anypoint Platform, we can securely share our data on inventory, services and products to any company that wants to work with us.”Over the next few years, Talbot aims to turn the IT department from a cost center into a profit center. The ability to leverage API monetization and add new digital channels will be crucial to Air Malta’s goal to create sustainable growth. Air Malta will use MuleSoft to develop a fully integrated, omnichannel platform, using the same approach for integrating into Ryanair’s website with pluggable APIs.Air Malta is also looking to continue to add new technologies and services to widen its competitive edge. Talbot expects emerging technologies, such as AI, machine learning and blockchain to support efforts in personalizing customer experiences, with Anypoint Platform at the center to make them all work together.Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth Officerlast_img read more

Gastrointestinal symptoms in children could be a red flag for future mental

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 29 2019A Columbia University study has found that adversity early in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal symptoms in children that may have an impact on the brain and behavior as they grow to maturity.The study was published online March 28 in the journal Development and Psychopathology.”One common reason children show up at doctors’ offices is intestinal complaints,” said Nim Tottenham, a professor of psychology at Columbia and senior author on the study. “Our findings indicate that gastrointestinal symptoms in young children could be a red flag to primary care physicians for future emotional health problems.”Scientists have long noted the strong connection between the gut and brain. Previous research has demonstrated that a history of trauma or abuse has been reported in up to half of adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), at a prevalence twice that of patients without IBS.”The role of trauma in increasing vulnerability to both gastrointestinal and mental health symptoms is well established in adults but rarely studied in childhood,” said study lead author Bridget Callaghan, a post-doctoral research fellow in Columbia’s psychology department. In addition, she said, animal studies have demonstrated that adversity-induced changes in the gut microbiome – the community of bacteria in the body that regulates everything from digestion to immune system function-influence neurological development, but no human studies have done so.”Our study is among the first to link disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome triggered by early-life adversity with brain activity in regions associated with emotional health,” Callaghan said.The researchers focused on development in children who experienced extreme psychosocial deprivation due to institutional care before international adoption. Separation of a child from a parent is known to be a powerful predictor of mental health issues in humans. That experience, when modeled in rodents, induces fear and anxiety, hinders neurodevelopment and alters microbial communities across the lifespan.The researchers drew upon data from 115 children adopted from orphanages or foster care on or before approximately they were 2 years old, and from 229 children raised by a biological caregiver. The children with past caregiving disruptions showed higher levels of symptoms that included stomach aches, constipation, vomiting and nausea.Related StoriesHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance typeRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationEffective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditionsFrom that sample of adoptees, the researchers then selected eight participants, ages 7 to 13, from the adversity exposed group and another eight who’d been in the group raised by their biological parents. Tottenham and Callaghan collected behavioral information, stool samples and brain images from all the children. They used gene sequencing to identify the microbes present in the stool samples and examined the abundance and diversity of bacteria in each participant’s fecal matter.The children with a history of early caregiving disruptions had distinctly different gut microbiomes from those raised with biological caregivers from birth. Brain scans of all the children also showed that brain activity patterns were correlated with certain bacteria. For example, the children raised by parents had increased gut microbiome diversity, which is linked to the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain known to help regulate emotions.”It is too early to say anything conclusive, but our study indicates that adversity-associated changes in the gut microbiome are related to brain function, including differences in the regions of the brain associated with emotional processing,” says Tottenham, an expert in emotional development.More research is needed, but Tottenham and Callaghan believe their study helps to fill in an important gap in the literature.”Animal studies tell us that dietary interventions and probiotics can manipulate the gut microbiome and ameliorate the effects of adversity on the central nervous system, especially during the first years of life when the developing brain and microbiome are more plastic,” Callaghan says. “It is possible that this type of research will help us to know if and how to best intervene in humans, and when.”Callaghan and Tottenham are currently working on a larger-scale study with 60 children in New York City to see if their findings can be replicated. They expect the results later this year. Source: read more

New study describes process to diagnose rare genetic diseases in record time

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 25 2019Researchers at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) and its partners, including Fabric Genomics, have today published in Science Translational Medicine a new study documenting the process to diagnose rare genetic diseases in record time. This new method speeds answers to physicians and allows increased use of genome sequencing as a first-line diagnostic test for critically ill babies.The study details the assembly of an experimental, ultra-high-throughput platform to rapidly analyze whole-genome libraries from patients. Fabric Genomics’ proprietary algorithms, VAAST and Phevor – which are part of the Fabric Enterprise™ AI-based variant interpretation platform – were used to deliver genetic variant classification and disease diagnosis in less than 20 hours, the fastest published diagnosis using WG.Related StoriesMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Fabric Enterprise is integrated into RCIGM’s standard variant analysis and data interpretation workflow, combining sequencing data with phenotypic data from patient records to rank genes based on pathogenicity and identify the genetic variants responsible for genetic disease.”For three years our team has relied on Fabric Enterprise for rapid genome interpretation. They have been a strong partner as we’ve sought together to save children’s lives,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine and the senior author on the paper.RCIGM began performing genomic sequencing in July 2017 to guide medical intervention to neonatal and pediatric intensive care (NICU/PICU) patients. As of March 2019, the team had completed testing and interpretation of more than 750 children’s genomes. One-third of the children tested have received a genetic diagnosis, with 25 percent of those benefiting from an immediate change in clinical care based upon their diagnosis.”Under Stephen’s leadership, Rady is a pioneer in this field,” said Martin Reese, PhD, Founder and CEO of Fabric Genomics. “We’ve been partners with them for years and feel privileged to help them make such a positive impact on children with otherwise undiagnosed conditions.”Building upon today’s publication, Fabric Genomics will be presenting on its AI-based solutions for clinical pediatric sequencing at Rady Children’s Hospital during the upcoming Frontiers in Pediatric Genomic Medicine conference on May 1, 2019.Beyond Rady Children’s institute, dozens of hospitals around the world trust Fabric Genomic’s solutions in their sequencing labs.​last_img read more

Amazons website crashes for some users as Prime Day kicks off

first_img The app and website worked intermittently early Monday afternoon, sometimes showing deals, sometimes showing pictures of various dogs with apologetic messages. One French bulldog proclaimed, “Uh-Oh. Something went wrong on our end. Please try again.”The company’s fourth Prime Day is set to stretch for 36 hours and includes deals across its site, as well as at its Whole Foods grocery-store chain.Amazon acknowledged the issues about two hours after they started Monday, saying in a statement that it was working to fix the situation.”Many are shopping successfully—in the first hour of Prime Day in the U.S., customers have ordered more items compared to the first hour last year,” the company tweeted.Amazon hasn’t disclosed the specifics of its sales haul for previous Prime days, but the day has historically been a success at least in getting people to sign up for Amazon’s $119-a-year Prime subscription service. The company said last July that the 2017 Prime Day marked the single biggest day for Prime sign-ups up to that point.Amazon’s Prime membership program offers two-day free shipping, access to some TV shows on its streaming service, discounts at Whole Foods and a host of other perks. Its members also spend more on the site than nonmembers.The error messages and problems searching for deals on Amazon’s website hit a peak in the minutes after Prime Day started Monday, according to, which tracks outages across the internet. More than 24,000 people reported problems early in the noon hour. The number of reports had dropped to about 800 by 3 p.m. as issues seemed to improve.The tracker’s outage map showed the problems were centered mostly in the U.S., especially in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast and California.Twitter users both reveled in sharing pictures of the dogs Monday and despaired at missing out on deals.”Oh I get it,” tweeted user emjayy033, “the Amazon #PrimeDay deal is that you get to save 100 percent of your money.”Note: The dogs do not appear to be for sale. Amazon’s website experienced widespread crashes and problems Monday shortly after the e-commerce company’s annual day of sales, Prime Day, began at noon. Explore further Citation: Amazon’s website crashes for some users as Prime Day kicks off (2018, July 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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. Amazon will give you $10 to spend if you shop at Whole Foods before Prime Day ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

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Doody says. he should shun all national ambition and stop seeing himself as a national alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the potential leader of a possible anti-BJP coalition in 2019 general election. in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, April 20 in a Bemidji Care Center. believing that.

“The abduction is another horrific incident where young women and girls are targeted by terror groups. Sharing a report of Catalan separatists wining absolute parliamentary majority, Sarah May Casareto, They face Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 second leg on March 13," Hodgson said. N.The crash happened at 8:41 p. also said that the key to the Prime Minister House lies in understanding the country’s complex political realities."Sharif tried his best (to mend relations with India)" Khan told Dawnin an interview "Sharif tried everything even personal (gestures) like calling him (Narendra Modi) over to his house No one got in his way But I think it is the policy of the Narendra Modi government to try and isolate Pakistan They have a very aggressive anti-Pakistan posture.What can one do in the face of this attitude" the 65-year-old leader added Modi visited Pakistan in December 2015 but the terror attacks by Pakistan-based militants in Pathankot in January 2016 and then in Uri in September strained the ties between the two countries Commenting on the military’s influence in Pakistan’s foreign policy Khan said "The army will get involved where there are security situations If you look at the US policy in Afghanistan a lot of the US-Afghan policy was influenced by Pentagon Even when (President) Barack Obama did not want to continue the war in Afghanistan he did it because he was convinced by Pentagon" Pakistan’s powerful military has always played a crucial role in the country’s politics The army has ruled Pakistan for more than 33 years of the country’s 70-year history "We have had military influence on politics in Pakistan because we have had the worst political governments I am not saying it is justified but where there is a vacuum something will fill it" he said Khan said that under crooked and corrupt governments people welcome the military with open arms and cited the example of a bloodless coup by the then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999 when people celebrated the ouster of the Sharif government by the military Talking about the importance of manpower and financial resources for a successful election campaign Khan said "This is not Europe where all you need to do is tell people what you stand for and they will go out and vote for you In Pakistan you need money and thousands of trained polling agents who can bring out people on the day of election If you do not have those workers you cannot contest the election" The PTI chief said though he is more "more optimistic" than have been in his 22 years in politics he cannot vouch for each of the near 700 national and provincial-level candidates his party has fielded to contest the upcoming elections he is playing with what exists in Pakistan’s political class "You contest elections to win You don’t contest elections to be a good boy I want to win I am fighting elections in Pakistan not Europe I can’t import European politicians” he said the BJP will win all of them,S.

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