2013 NSW Junior State Cup

first_imgwww.facebook.com/nswtouch And don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ NSWTA their social media pages: The 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup event is the first to be held in Port Macquarie, after having been played in Wollongong for the past 12 years. The Junior State Cup will be held in Port Macquarie for the next three events, from 2013-2015. New South Wales’ best junior Touch Football talent will be on display in Port Macquarie this weekend when they compete in the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior State Cup. Round games will be played on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, before finals are played on Sunday afternoon. www.twitter.com/nsw_touch www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net center_img Highlights of the event will be uploaded to the NSWTA YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/nswta Related LinksNSW Junior State Cup Teams from across the state will compete in the following divisions – 10’s Boys and Girls, 12’s Boys and Girls, 14’s Boys and Girls, 16’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Boys and Girls. 288 teams will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct for the event, coming from all areas across the state for the two day event, which will be played on Saturday, 16 February and Sunday, 17 February 2013. For all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup, please visit the NSWTA event website:last_img read more

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OK Should The Cavs Start To Worry Now

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (April 16, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris recap the first games of the NBA playoffs. They focus on the weekend’s big storylines: The Pacers trounced the Cavs in Cleveland, the Blazers had no answer for Anthony Davis, and the Sixers looked like real contenders.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote about how Ben Simmons is outsmarting his defenders.

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Mens volleyball set to open season in Hawaii

Then-sophomore middle blocker Grayson Overman attempts to block an opposing spike during a match against Lewis March 4, 2011, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Cody Cousino / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to start the 2014 season in a location where the climate is quite the contrary to what Ohio has been facing lately.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Honolulu for the fifth straight year to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.In what marks the 20th anniversary for the tournament, No. 12 OSU is slated to take on top teams in No. 14 Hawaii, No. 7 UCLA and No. 11 Penn State.“The Outrigger Volleyball Invitational is one of the oldest non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball. It traditionally includes Hawaii and a team from the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) in its four-team field,” said Nancy Daniels, the director of public relations for Outrigger Hotel and Resorts.The Buckeyes have made five appearances, Penn State has made 19 appearances with two titles, UCLA has made 13 appearances with a record eight titles and Hawaii has played in all 20 tournaments, winning six times, Daniels said.OSU is set to kick off play Thursday facing the host of the tournament, Hawaii. Hawaii leads the overall series with OSU, 3-1. The Buckeyes picked up their first win over the Rainbow Warriors last year, beating Hawaii in five sets during the first round of the 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational. Friday, OSU is set to take on UCLA at 9 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to finish the invitational Saturday against Penn State at 9 p.m.The Buckeyes are coming off a 2013 season in which they finished 19-8 overall and 9-5 in MIVA conference play, good for third.OSU hosted the first round of the MIVA Tournament, falling in five sets to Grand Canyon. To end the 2013 season, OSU lost seven seniors, including experienced middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman.In coach Pete Hanson’s 28th season at the helm, the Buckeyes are led by a pair of experienced redshirt juniors in setter Peter Heinen, opposite Andrew Lutz, junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt-junior middle blocker Shawn Herron.Upon returning from Hawaii, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Lees-McRae in Columbus, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. read more

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Baseball Ohio State returns home to face Cincinnati

Ohio State redshirt senior pitcher Thomas Waning (14) prepares to throw a pitch during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will return to Bill Davis Stadium, the place where the Buckeyes have won seven of nine games in 2019, after beginning its Big Ten season against Rutgers on the road. On Wednesday, Cincinnati (10-16, 3-3 American Athletic) will take its struggling offense up against an Ohio State (16-12, 2-1 Big Ten) pitching staff that has been in a groove. The Bearcats are coming off a series loss to Tulane at home, in which Cincinnati was outscored 33-12 throughout the three-game series. Averaging 3.96 runs per game, the Bearcats have had trouble keeping up with opponents. The low run average can partially be explained by the team’s low batting average. Cincinnati has hit .227 as a team, with only one player hitting above .265. Cincinnati junior shortstop Joey Bellini leads the team with a .292 batting average. Bellini has started 17 games for the Bearcats, and is tied for sixth on the team with seven RBI. Cincinnati does not have the power to make up for its insufficient hitting. With only 11 home runs on the season, the Bearcats struggle to tally runs in quick fashion. The Bearcats do excel, however, in their ability to steal bases. With 48 stolen bags on the season, the Bearcats rank in the top 50 in the nation. Cincinnati redshirt junior center fielder Jeremy Johnson and junior second baseman Jace Mercer have combined for 25 stolen bases. Mercer also leads the team with 21 walks on the year. The Buckeyes have caught only seven of the 30 baserunners that have attempted stealing this season. Junior pitcher Jake Vance will likely receive the start Wednesday. Vance has allowed four steals on the season, the most of any Ohio State starter. Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler has the arm to keep the Bearcats honest. The co-captain has thrown out 3 of 4 runners who have tried to steal on him. After allowing 15 runs in a loss to Hawaii, Ohio State has allowed only 12 runs in the past four games. In this same stretch, the pitchers have combined to strike out 40 batters. Cincinnati’s pitching has not been as successful, allowing 5.77 runs a game. Despite striking out more than eight batters a game, the Bearcats walk an average of 5.69 batters per contest.Ohio State will take on Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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Xhaka Nothing is finished yet

first_imgArsenal’s Grant Xhaka has admitted that is “unbelievable” that 10-man Atletico Madrid managed to escape with a 1-1 draw against them, but he remains certain that “nothing is finished” yetThe Swiss midfielder started for the Gunners in what was Arsene Wenger’s final European home match in the first leg of their semi-final tie against the Spanish side.Due to Sime Vrsaljko’s 10th-minute dismissal, Arsenal dominated the game and looked set to take a lead to Madrid next week when Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front.But Antoine Griezmann then took advantage of some poor defensive work to score a vital away goal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I think we played a great match… Atletico had one shot on our goal and scored. It’s unbelievable because we didn’t want that today, we wanted to have a good result at home. But it’s 1-1 and now we must focus on next week.” Xhaka told the club website.The 25-year-old feels that Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak proved to be crucial in keeping his side in the game.“No, I don’t think so. We had a lot of chances. We were a bit unlucky with the amazing match of the goalkeeper of Atletico. A 1-1 draw isn’t the result we wanted but nothing is finished,” analysed Xhaka.On the return leg, he added: “We know we must score one goal. We must play like we did today, we must focus for over 90 minutes because you can see it’s always dangerous against Atletico.”last_img read more

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Icy Conditions Persist On The Seward Highway

first_imgDOT: “We ask that every driver use caution, drive the posted speed and get to where you are going safely. Please watch for all non-motorized users and give them room.” DOT is paying extra close attention to MP 113, just before the Potter Creek viewpoint, of the Seward Highway for signs of melt. In an effort to reduce hazards in that area DOT is working to push traffic away from the cliff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has issued a snow and ice melt advisory for a portion of the Seward Highway. According to DOT because the traffic control devices shift the highway into a pull out area, speeds are reduced in this area.center_img As daytime temperatures rise, we get snow and ice melt throughout our transportation network, according to the advisory. DOT is currently monitoring and pushing snow further into ditches, scraping any pack ice, and thawing culverts on the stretch of the highway.last_img read more

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Trumps Immigration Policies Stress Baltimore Students

first_imgFor many immigrant students in Baltimore the Trump administration’s focus on deporting illegal immigrants has lead to constant praying that they or their family will not get picked up and deported by police.Franca Mueller Paz (right) outside with activist Yesenia (left) protesting recent deportations with their dance group Naciones Unidos (United Nations). (Photo credit: Casey McKeel)This fear has infiltrated the school system, from students and parents alike, leading to a spike in absences among immigrant students. This fear has also caused more distractions in the classroom, such as more texting in class so students can keep abreast of their family’s whereabouts. A delayed response has caused panic for more than one student this year, according to Franca Muller Paz, the adviser for Latinx Rising, a Latino/an organization at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.According to a memo distributed by Baltimore City Public Schools, school police and personnel are not allowed to ask a student’s status. The memo also states that Baltimore City Police are not supposed to ask for anyone’s legal status while patrolling the streets.However, due to an increased focus by the Trump administration on any immigrant in America illegally, almost any trip out of this house is a cause for alarm.Muller Paz said that an immigrant parent confided in her that she was uncertain where to purchase her child’s poster board for a class project. Undocumented immigrants, she said, are afraid that ICE raids may occur at stores such Walmart and Walgreens. In addition, absence rates among children of immigrants are rising.During a recent parent-teacher conference, one of the undocumented parents confided in her, teary-eyed, that she did not know how much longer she could continue to live in such conditions.Muller Paz said in an email to the AFRO, “The fear cannot be alleviated as long as systematic deportations of innocent people continues.”According to CNN, ICE removed 54,564 individuals, including 30,667 convicted criminals and 23,897 non-criminals, during the first three months of the Trump presidency. This is slightly lower than the number removed during the Obama administration during the same time period in 2016.While the number of deportations are currently lower under Trump, the president has vowed to increase them substantially. In an effort to fight back, the Latino students within the Baltimore City Public School system have formed Organized Youth in Education (OYE) to rally for students’ rights and to promote policies that supports immigrant families and students.last_img read more

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The November 2018 release of Visual Studio code v130 is now available

first_imgThe November 2018 release of Visual Studio code (version 1.30) is now available. This version has multiline search improvements, custom tile bars for Linux, a simplified debug configuration and other changes. We take a look at the major updates in the November 2018 of Visual studio code. Multiline search input In the October release, support for multiline search was added. Now, the search UX has been improved for easier usage. Users can search with multiline text without writing a regular expression. Press Shift+Enter in the search box to insert a newline. The search box will grow to show the full multiline query. Users can also copy paste multiple lines from the editor into the search box. Custom title and menu bar on Linux by default The accessibility and themability of menus has been improving over the past releases on Windows through the custom title and menu bar. This was optionally available on Linux, it will now be enabled by default. You can use the native title bar by setting the window.titleBarStyle to native. References view The References view has moved out of preview and is now available generally. There are two commands: Find All References: Opens the References view. Peek References: Opens references in a Peek view. Hidden on startup, the References view will remain visible once it has been used. When all search results are cleared, a history of previous searches is shown. Snippet comment variables New snippet variables are available that insert line or block comments to honor the current language. BLOCK_COMMENT_START and BLOCK_COMMENT_END for using block comments and LINE_COMMENT for lines. JavaScript and TypeScript callbacks look better Any JavaScript and TypeScript anonymous callbacks were previously labeled as . This was in the Outline view, breadcrumbs view, and document symbol list. Due to this, it was impossible to tell which function a developer was really after. TypeScript 3.2+ allows VS Code to display more context for callback functions, so now they can be differentiated from one another. Markdown elements in JSDoc comments are highlighted Fenced code blocks and other Markdown elements within JSDoc blocks are now syntax-highlighted. Initial debug configuration is simplified In this release, an area of improvement was to simplify the generated launch.json file for the most popular debug extensions. The goal was to encourage users to start and configure debugging. Unnecessary launch configuration attributes were hidden. Using the Quick Pick UI for better user interaction while generating the initial launch.json was also a part of this. Run on folder open A task that users always run on opening a folder can now be configured to run automatically. This can be done by configuring its “runOn” property when that folder is opened. This was done to make sure no one breaks the new strict null checks in the VS Code repository. On adding “runOn”: “folderOpen”, everyone who allows tasks to be run automatically will get markers the strict null check is violated. Install previous versions A previous version of an extension can be used if the current version has problems. An Install Another Version action is provided on an installed extension, on clicking it, a dropdown of available versions is shown. Preview Features HTML custom tags / attributes support is added which allows developers to specify a list of tags and attributes that VS Code loads during startup. Network proxy support for extensions for enabling network proxy support for all extensions by using Http: Proxy Support. Read next Code completion suggestions via IntelliCode comes to C++ in Visual Studio 2019 Microsoft Connect(); 2018 Azure updates: Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code, GitHub releases and much more! Neuron: An all-inclusive data science extension for Visual Studiolast_img read more

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Its been clear to anyone paying attention that th

first_imgIt’s been clear to anyone paying attention that the October “rollout” of Obamacare has been a turbulent, confusing disaster. Sloppy IT systems and technological failures combined to cripple Obamacare’s sign-up systems. Security flaws put Americans at risk for identity theft. In an almost comical understatement, President Obama summarized these massive failures as “a few glitches.” I think that Luke Chung, IT expert and president of database solutions firm FMS, explained the situation much more accurately: “What should clearly be an enterprise quality, highly scalable software application felt like it wouldn’t pass a basic code review. It appears the people who built the site don’t know what they’re doing, never used it and didn’t test it.” Chung went on to call it a “technological disaster.” Think about what this ineptitude means in the bigger debate about Obamacare. The administration spent 3½ years and $698 million of taxpayers’ money to develop this software. They’ve known since earlier this year that the system wasn’t ready to support the rollout of the exchanges. Yet they proceeded anyway, apparently unconcerned about their faulty software costing Americans millions of hours of frustration and lost productivity. These same bureaucrats continue to assume more and more control of our medical care. What does their incompetence say about how they will handle making life-or-death medical care decisions? Like a parasite taking over its host, Obamacare will commandeer almost 20% of our economy, crowding out private options. With 2014 fast approaching, what should we expect in its next phase? Here’s my list Top Ten list for 2014: 1. The expansion of Medicaid, with increased cost burden for taxpayers. Medicaid is a combined state-federal program initially designed to help the neediest among us. But it has burgeoned to cover medical costs for about one in every five people. Today, Medicaid pays for two of every five babies born in the United States, and three of every five people in long-term care facilities in the US. Obamacare will add another 20 million new Medicaid dependents. According to the Kasier Family Foundation, that Medicaid expansion will add an average of 13% to state budgets in costs for 2014 alone. Even though Medicaid was designed to help the poor, studies have consistently shown that Medicaid recipients receive worse medical care than people without any health insurance at all! Medicaid patients have longer waits to see a doctor, fewer specialists to choose from, and poorer medical outcomes overall. A particularly morbid piece of evidence is that on average, Medicaid patients die sooner after surgery than people who have no medical insurance. Essentially, Obamacare is forcing 20 million more Americans into second-class medical care with Medicaid. 2. “Sticker shock” as the reality of higher health insurance premiums hits home. The majority of Americans, especially those who are young and healthy and therefore have paid low premiums in the past, are seeing their health insurance premiums rise between 50% and 150%. Further, employers are cutting full-time workers back to part-time by reducing employees’ hours per week from 40 to 29 or less, to avoid having to provide those employees with expensive, Obamacare-compliant coverage. The “Affordable Care Act” has become anything but affordable for most people. 3. Large and small employers are cutting health insurance benefits. Obamacare expands the requirements for what all health insurance policies must cover. So it’s no mystery why premiums have risen: Americans now must pay for a host of features, whether they want to or not. For example, in my office, the women employees are all menopausal. Yet Obamacare requires our small-business health insurance policy to cover pregnancy and maternity care! That means our policy costs more. These higher premiums force employers to pass on the costs to employees (in the form of higher co-pays and deductibles) and/or customers (in the form of higher product costs). 2014 will bring even higher premiums for most individuals and businesses. To deal with this onslaught of rising costs, businesses have a series of bad options: fire or lay off workers, cut health insurance benefits for everyone in the company, or reduce full-time employees to part-time so they don’t qualify for health insurance benefits, as I mentioned above. Unfortunately, some businesses will be forced into the worst option of all: going out of business. 4. The employer-based health insurance policies that remain will have higher out-of-pocket costs for employees. Because businesses must pay more to purchase Obamacare-compliant plans, they will require employees to pay higher co-pays and deductibles before coverage begins. 5. Fewer types of health insurance policies can be offered under Obamacare. Many small-business plans and existing physician networks are being terminated due to the expanded coverage requirements under Obamacare. We just received notice that our own small-business plan is being terminated. Candidate and then President Obama promised, “You can keep your insurance plan.” Nope. 6. Many people cannot keep their doctors. Candidate Obama promised, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But many patients who like their doctors are being forced to find new ones due to changes in physician networks, as well as doctors leaving insurance plans to start fee-for-service or “concierge” practices. Sadly, when a patient is pushed out of a long-standing relationship with a physician who understands their medical history, medical outcomes often deteriorate. This is especially true for special-needs patients, who often fall between the cracks when doctors are pressured to see 40 or 50 patients a day in five-minute visits. 7. Further destruction of Medicare. In 2014, Medicare patients will discover several unwanted changes: higher premiums for their supplemental policies fewer types of Medicare supplement policies available more cutbacks in Medicare-covered services longer delays to see doctors, because many doctors are closing their doors to Medicare patients due to the cuts in reimbursements fewer cancer care specialists taking Medicare patients higher costs for hospital-based cancer treatments, as private offices with lower costs are closed due to reimbursement cutbacks fewer hospital-based surgeries being approved because as of October 2012, Obamacare rules incentivize hospitals (i.e., paid more by Medicare) to do fewer surgeries and procedures. Medicare patients who sign the Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) agreeing to pay for services Medicare does not cover will find that they now have higher out-of-pocket costs to pay for these non-covered services. Patients over 80 are already finding reduced approvals for certain procedures and medicines. Expect to see more of this age-based rationing as the Medicare cuts increase over the next decade. 8. Loss of ownership of your medical records. Your doctors, hospitals, and other health professionals are being pressured to adopt electronic medical record systems and send patient information to the federal government’s medical database by 2015. If they don’t comply, they’ll be penalized with reduced payments for services. This means the government will own your personal, private information, and you have no say in the matter. I consider this a complete loss of your privacy, as well as a violation of the Constitution’s 5th Amendment “Takings” clause. 9. More waivers and exemptions for the political elites and Democrat cronies. The Obama Administration and its political appointee, HHS Secretary Sibelius, have granted over 1,000 waivers and special exemptions to various Democrat donors, political allies, unions, and others. Obama’s politically connected friends are the only Americans who won’t suffer under Obamacare’s onerous regulations, ballooning costs, and 20 new taxes. 10. On January 1, 2014, the Individual Mandate to purchase Obamacare-compliant health insurance goes into effect. “Mandate” may sound benign, but it carries the force of law. Those who do not comply face another Obamacare tax (as the Supreme Court defined it), though called a “penalty” by Democrats when they forced the healthcare law through Congress on a partisan vote. At the end of the day, Obamacare shifts a bigger burden onto taxpayers and increases the number of people on the dole. In other words, it pushes the US in the exact opposite direction it needs to go to solve its massive debt problems. The most serious problems of Obamacare, however, will be felt at the individual level. You’re going to wait longer to see a doctor, you’re going to pay more for fewer treatment options, and healthcare quality will deteriorate as doctors and hospitals go out of business. Obamacare seeks to replace the adaptability and efficiency of our free markets with heavy-handed government control and micromanaging by bureaucrats who don’t have a clue about what really helps patients. We need the opposite: patient-centered, free-market reforms. Such programs have been successfully implemented in states like Indiana and businesses like Whole Foods and Safeway. They used health savings accounts and other incentives to empower consumers to make their own medical spending decisions. It’s possible to reform and improve the broken payment system while keeping our excellent medical care and innovative atmosphere that relieves suffering and improves quality of life. Unfortunately, Obamacare is pushing our country in the wrong direction. Dr. Vliet writes as an independent practicing physician with medical practices in Tucson and Dallas focused on issues of endocrine aging in men and women from puberty to late life. Dr. Vliet is a registered political Independent, and is also medically independent of all health insurance contracts since 1986. Her allegiance is to and for patients. Dr. Vliet is the 2007 Voice of Women Honoree by the Arizona Foundation for Women for her pioneering work on the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health, and she is the author of six consumer books on health topics. She has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and TV shows discussing the healthcare law as well as a variety of health topics for women and men. Dr. Vliet was one of the speakers at the just-concluded 2013 Casey Research Summit. (Click here to pre-order the complete Summit Audio Collection and save $100 off the normal price. This discount offer ends tomorrow.) Dr. Vliet’s medical websites are www.herplace.com and www.InternationalHealthStrategiesLtd.com. Follow Dr. Vliet on twitter @healthandcentslast_img read more

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The governments scheme aimed at encouraging emplo

first_imgThe government’s scheme aimed at encouraging employers to take on disabled staff is “trivially easy to abuse” and allows organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they do not comply with anti-discrimination laws, new research suggests.Disability Confident was relaunched this month, but disabled researcher David Gillon says his analysis shows it is little better than the scheme it has replaced, the much-criticised Two Ticks.The scheme has also been criticised this week by a leading organisation of employers, the Business Disability Forum.Gillon’s analysis comes just days after Disability News Service revealed that many of the organisations that have signed up – and have declared themselves “disability confident” – have troubling track records when it comes to their attitudes to disabled people, including outsourcing giants Capita and Maximus, as well as Northampton police, which has had to refer two separate incidents involving young autistic men to the police watchdog.Gillon says Two Ticks was “a sham” and “rarely policed”, but Disability Confident was even weaker in some key areas.He says: “The reality for disabled people was that employers would sign up to Two Ticks, add the logo to their headed paper in order to impress their customers and the great and the good, and then carry on not employing disabled people in just the same way they always had.”He says employers will be able to do exactly the same if they sign up to Disability Confident.Research published in 2014 by academics at two business schools showed that less than one in six (15 per cent) organisations that displayed the Two Ticks symbol kept all five of its commitments, while almost one in five (18 per cent) carrried out none of them.But Gillon says that employers can get away with keeping fewer commitments than under Two Ticks and still display the Disability Confident logo, while any pretence at monitoring by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been dropped.Under the newly-relaunched scheme, employers can apply for three levels: Disability Confident Committed (level one), Disability Confident Employer (level two) and Disability Confident Leader (level three).Employers can reach the first two levels simply by assessing themselves on their own performance, after which DWP will send them a badge and a certificate that they can use to promote their “disability confidence”.It is only if they want to become a Disability Confident Leader that their self-assessment has to be “validated” by another organisation.Gillon says employers can declare themselves Disability Confident by doing less than under Two Ticks, because at level one – the level likely to be chosen by most employers – there is no longer a requirement to provide disability equality training for all staff, and no annual self-assessment of how to improve.And he says that the new commitments that were not offered by Two Ticks, and which an employer must make under Disability Confident level one  – such as making reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and jobseekers, and ensuring an inclusive and accessible recruitment process – are no more than are required under the Equality Act.Of the nine level one options, of which they have to to choose only one, an employer could become Disability Confident simply by offering unpaid work experience.At level two, employers must make more commitments, but most of them would be considered reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act, says Gillon, while there are still no checks on whether the employer is carrying out these pledges.One of the few strong new measures is to encourage suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident, and to identify and share good practice with them, he says.But employers can still assess themselves as level two – and be assessed successfully by another organisation as a level three employer – if they have an inaccessible environment for both employers and customers.This is because “providing an environment that is inclusive and accessible for staff, clients and customers” is only an “option”, and so an employer can choose another option instead.Gillon says this suggests that membership as high as level three can therefore be granted to employers that are still breaching the Equality Act.And he says it is also possible to achieve Disability Confident level three – becoming a Disability Confident Leader – without employing a single disabled person.He concludes: “We were promised a stronger scheme with increased external supervision, [but] we have been delivered a weaker scheme with no external supervision.“The replacement for Two Ticks turns out to be worse in almost every respect.“It is trivially easy to look at the way that Two Ticks was abused and see that Disability Confident further enables that abuse rather than preventing it.”The Business Disability Forum, a membership organisation, formerly known as the Employers’ Forum on Disability, which “makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people”, is also critical of aspects of Disability Confident.George Selvanera, the forum’s strategy and external affairs director, said the process of improvement on disability employment was “not straightforward” and requires “strong leadership and must always be grounded in the lived experience of disabled candidates and employees themselves”.The forum runs its own Disability Standard, a “best practice management tool that helps employers plan and measure their disability improvements across 10 functional areas of any organisation”.Selvanera said that Disability Confident was “helpful in drawing light on the benefits for employers from recruiting and retaining disabled people”, but he said the forum believed that level two status should “only be available to employers that are experienced at employing disabled people”.He said: “It seems risky to the scheme to have employers self-assess and then publicise that they’re confident at recruiting and retaining disabled people when they don’t have any actual experience, whether in the past or currently, of doing so.“We think as well that it will be helpful to make sure only organisations with appropriate expertise are validating organisations as Disability Confident Leaders.”He added: “It’s not yet clear what metrics Disability Confident will use to measure success and its own contribution to the recruitment and retention of the one million plus extra disabled people the government aims to have in paid employment as part of halving the disability employment gap.“So we think it’s important also we must not have excessive expectations of what Disability Confident on its own [will] deliver.”A DWP spokeswoman dismissed Gillon’s analysis.She said: “The researcher appears to have misunderstood the scheme. The scheme was developed by a task group that included employers, disability charities, and disabled people*. “This has helped ensure a balance between a scheme that is accessible and straight-forward for employers to use – particularly smaller employers – whilst being rigorous and commanding the confidence of disabled people.”And she suggested that Disability Confident could not be compared directly with Two Ticks.She said: “The new scheme is fundamentally different and explores a whole range of employer practices to ensure disabled people can be successfully recruited, retained and developed.“Building on the previous two ticks scheme, we have worked with employers and disabled people to develop a new Disability Confident assessment and accreditation scheme, that is both accessible for employers, particularly smaller ones, and rigorous enough to command the confidence of the disabled community.”Asked whether employers could call themselves Disability Confident while still breaching the Equality Act, she said: “Legally all employers must comply with the Equality Act.“The DC scheme is about encouraging employers to be inclusive and to do more in recruiting, retaining and training disabled people.”And asked if employers could achieve level three status with no disabled employees and an inaccessible environment for staff and customers, she said: “The scheme has been designed so that all employers, regardless of size or sector, can sign up.“Some employers may not be in a position to take on permanent employees but can still offer opportunities including apprenticeships, training or supported internships.“‘Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required’ is a core action within the Disability Confident Employer level (page eight) and ‘Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff’ is also a core action (page 19).”But Gillon said in response to the statement: “As a replacement for Two Ticks, Disability Confident is confused, opaque, and has gaps so wide you could sail a supertanker through.“It could have been so much better, and could easily be reworked to address its flaws.“But ultimately, the disability employment gap will only be filled when employers treat disability as normal and employ disabled people as they would any other.”*In July, Mike Adams, the disabled chief executive of Purple (formerly ecdp) – and a member of the task group – said he would have liked to have seen the new version of Disability Confident “much stronger and more ambitious”.Picture: David Cameron speaking at the original launch of Disability Confident in 2013last_img read more

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Dark Data Research Reveals Widespread Complacency in Driving Business Results and Career

first_img AIDark DataDark Data ReportfundingMarketing TechnologyNewsSplunkTRUE Global Intelligence Previous ArticleThe Trade Desk Partners with Samba TV to Unify Digital and TV Media Strategies for the World’s Largest AdvertisersNext ArticlePimcore Launches Data Hub To Strengthen Content-As-A-Service Capabilities For Enhanced Data Delivery and Consumption Survey Finds New Skill Sets and AI to Be the Future; Organizations Not Turning Massive Data Opportunity into Meaningful Business OutcomesSplunk Inc., delivering actions and outcomes from the world of data, released research that shows organizations are ignoring potentially valuable data and don’t have the resources they need to take advantage of it. The research reveals that although business executives recognize the value of using all of their data, more than half (55 percent) of an organization’s total data is “dark data,” meaning they either don’t know it exists or don’t know how to find, prepare, analyze or use it.“the organization that has the most data is going to win.”The State of Dark Data Report, built using research conducted by TRUE Global Intelligence and directed by Splunk, surveyed more than 1,300 global business managers and IT leaders about how their organizations collect, manage and use data. In an era where data is connecting devices, systems and people at unprecedented growth rates, the results show that while data is top of mind, action is often far behind.76 percent of respondents surveyed across the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Japan, and Australia agree “the organization that has the most data is going to win.”60 percent of respondents said that more than half of their organizations’ data is dark, and one-third of respondents say more than 75 percent of their organization’s data is dark.Business leaders say their top three obstacles to recovering dark data is the volume of data, followed by the lack of necessary skill sets and resources.More than half (56 percent) admit that “data-driven” is just a slogan in their organization.82 percent say humans are and will always be at the heart of AI.Marketing Technology News: Snap Inc. Names Kenny Mitchell Chief Marketing Officer“Data is hard to work with because it’s growing at an alarming rate and is hard to structure and organize. So, it’s easy for organizations to feel helpless in this chaotic landscape,” says Tim Tully, chief technology officer, Splunk. “I was pleased to see the opportunity people around the world attach to dark data, even though fewer than a third of those surveyed say they have the skills to turn data into action. This presents a tremendous opportunity for motivated leaders, professionals and employers to learn new skills and reach a new level of results. Splunk can help those organizations feel empowered to take control of identifying and using dark data.”Respondents are Slow to Seize Career and Leadership OpportunitiesWhile respondents understand the value of dark data, they admit they don’t have the tools, expertise or staff to take advantage of it. Plus, the majority of senior leaders say they are close enough to retirement that they aren’t motivated to become data-literate. Data is the future of work, but only a small percentage of professionals seem to be taking it seriously. Respondents agree there is no single answer, though the top solutions having potential included training more employees in data science and analytics, increasing funding for data wrangling, and deploying software to enable less technical employees to analyze the data for themselves.92 percent say they are “willing” to learn new data skills but only 57 percent are “extremely” or “very” enthusiastic to work more with data.69 percent said they were content to keep doing what they’re doing, regardless of the impact on the business or their career.More than half of respondents (53 percent) said they are too old to learn new data skills when asked what they were doing to educate themselves and their teams.66 percent cite lack of support from senior leaders as a challenge in gathering data and roughly one-in-five respondents (21 percent) cite lack of interest from organization leaders as a challenge.Marketing Technology News: Factual Launches Measurement Intelligence to Track Real-World Conversions and Optimize Campaigns Across New and Emerging Digital ChannelsAI is Believed to Be The Next Frontier for Data-Savvy OrganizationsGlobally, respondents believe AI will generally augment opportunities, rather than replace people. While the survey revealed that few organizations are using AI right now, a majority see its vast potential. For example, in a series of use cases including operational efficiency, strategic decision making, HR and customer experience, only 10 to 15 percent say their organizations are deploying AI for these use cases while roughly two-thirds see the potential value.A majority of respondents (71 percent) saw potential in employing AI to analyze data.73 percent think AI can make up for the skills gaps in IT.82 percent say humans are and will always be at the heart of AI and 72 percent say that AI is just a tool to solve business problems.Only 12 percent are using AI to guide business strategy and 61 percent expect their organization to increase its use of AI this way over the next five years.Regional Differences Fuel Range of Opinions: China Furthest Ahead in Understanding the Potential of Dark DataThe research also discovered some distinct differences in attitude and opinion between the seven countries polled. For example, French, German and Japanese respondents seem less concerned about the value of data skills to their careers, with affirmative answers roughly 25 percent lower on average, than their counterparts in other countries. Respondents in China overwhelmingly voice the most enthusiasm and confidence in AI but their current adoption is only slightly higher than the global average. (20 to 16 percent)Marketing Technology News: Mobile Is Key to Boosting Guest Experiences Say HoteliersAustralian respondents implied the lowest AI adoption rates among all countries surveyed with 43 percent saying AI is already – or will in the near future be – an important part of their organizations’ operations compared to the global average of 52 percent.Although China leads response rates on the value and impact of AI across the research, 93 percent of Chinese respondents also believe machines can never replace human qualities like curiosity, creativity and initiative – the highest of any country.Only 64 percent of French respondents think data is a central component of an organization’s success compared to 81 percent globally.Only 58 percent of German leaders think data will grow more valuable over the next decade compared to 71 percent globally.Nearly four out of ten people in Japan (38 percent) say they are excited about working with data, lagging behind the global response of 57 percent.39 percent of people in the United Kingdom strongly believe AI can make up for the skills gap versus only 27 percent globally. Dark Data Research Reveals Widespread Complacency in Driving Business Results and Career Growth PRNewswireMay 2, 2019, 6:31 pmMay 2, 2019 last_img read more

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Tellius and Snowflake Partner to Deliver CloudNative Augmented Analytics at Scale

first_imgTellius and Snowflake Customers Benefit from Modern AI-Powered Analytics Leveraging the Data Warehouse Built for the CloudTellius, a leading provider of AI-powered augmented analytics software, today announced a partnership with Snowflake, Inc, the data warehouse built for the cloud. Through the partnership, the Tellius Search and AI-Powered Analytics platform is certified to natively connect to the Snowflake data warehouse, allowing customers to discover insights at scale without worrying about analytics performance.Organizations leverage Tellius as a fast, simplified, and collaborative approach for business users, data analysts, citizen data scientists, and data engineers to visualize enterprise data using natural language and voice, discover insights assisted by AI, and automate machine learning across all their business data.“With our partners at Snowflake, we are delivering cloud-native data analytics to accelerate business impact from AI and machine learning,” said Ajay Khanna, Founder and CEO of Tellius. “Business users and data professionals can now focus on deriving insights across their multiple data sources and enterprise applications and on taking action based on automated recommendations without compromising on analytics performance.”The Snowflake Data Warehouse is a modern cloud data-warehouse-as-a-service offering. Snowflake’s ability to analyze data from diverse sources along with automatic tuning and scaling removes the headache of monitoring and fine-tuning data warehouse manually. By integrating Tellius natively with Snowflake, users can now get exceptional performance on data insights of any scale without worrying about maintaining the data warehouse infrastructure.“Our customers need cutting-edge analytics to get meaningful insights to their critical data questions,” said Hardik Chheda, Head of Product at Tellius. “With our integration with Snowflake, they can now build modern business intelligence and predictive analytics applications at scale.”Tellius + Snowflake advantages:In-database Augmented Analytics – Analyze petabytes of live data securely without moving it out of Snowflake’s data warehouse.Insights Across Data Sources – Discover insights from a multitude of sources on Snowflake data warehouse by analyzing disparate structured and unstructured data.Blazing Fast Data Collaboration – Democratize data access across your analytics team without any worrying about performance or IT maintenance.Tellius for Snowflake is now available. To learn more, schedule a demonstration of the Tellius Search and AI-Powered Analytics Platform. Tellius and Snowflake Partner to Deliver Cloud-Native Augmented Analytics at Scale PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 22, 2019 Augmented AnalyticscloudNewsSnowflakeTellius Previous ArticleThe Wild Releases Oculus Quest Support, Opening The Door To Team-Wide VR Collaboration For Architecture and DesignNext ArticleDods Group Plc Acquires Meritgroup Limited, a B2B Data and Technology Specialistlast_img read more

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PAC1R mutation in children with autism may be linked to severity of

first_imgRelated StoriesNew gene-editing protocol allows perfect mutation-effect matchingTransgenerational BPA exposure may contribute to autism, study findsProblem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autismAll told, the project is the fruit of six years of painstaking research and data collection, say the researchers. That includes banking patients’ saliva samples collected during clinical visits for future retrospective analyses to determine which genetic mutations were correlated with behavioral and functional brain deficits, Corbin adds.”Lauren Kenworthy, who directs our Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and I have been talking over the years about how we could bring our programs together. We homed in on this project to look at about a dozen genes to assess correlations and brought in experts from genetics and genomics at Children’s National to sequence genes of interest,” he adds. “Linking the bench to bedside is especially difficult in neuroscience. It takes a huge amount of effort and dozens of discussions, and it’s very rare. It’s an exemplar of what we strive for.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 8 2019A mutation of the gene PAC1R may be linked to the severity of social deficits experienced by kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), finds a study from a multi-institutional research team led by Children’s faculty. If the pilot findings are corroborated in larger, multi-center studies, the research published online Dec. 17, 2018, in Autism Research represents the first step toward identifying a potential novel biomarker to guide interventions and better predict outcomes for children with autism.As many as 1 in 40 children are affected by ASD. Symptoms of the disorder – such as not making eye contact, not responding to one’s name when called, an inability to follow a conversation of more than one speaker or incessantly repeating certain words or phrases – usually crop up by the time a child turns 3.The developmental disorder is believed to be linked, in part, to disrupted circuitry within the amygdala, a brain structure integral for processing social-emotional information. This study reveals that PAC1R is expressed during key periods of brain development when the amygdala – an almond-shaped cluster of neurons – develops and matures. A properly functioning amygdala, along with brain structures like the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum, are crucial to neurotypical social-emotional processing.”Our study suggests that an individual with autism who is carrying a mutation in PAC1R may have a greater chance of more severe social problems and disrupted functional brain connectivity with the amygdala,” says Joshua G. Corbin, Ph.D., interim director of the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Health System and the study’s co-senior author. “Our study is one important step along the pathway to developing new biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder and, hopefully, predicting patients’ outcomes.”The research team’s insights came through investigating multiple lines of evidence: Source:https://childrensnational.org/center_img They looked at gene expression in the brains of an experimental model at days 13.5 and 18.5 of fetal development and day 7 of life, dates that correspond with early, mid and late amygdala development. They confirmed that Pac1r is expressed in the experimental model at a critical time frame for brain development that coincides with the timing for altered brain trajectories with ASD. They looked at gene expression in the human brain by mining publicly available genome-wide transcriptome data, plotting median PAC1R expression values for key brain regions. They found high levels of PAC1R expression at multiple ages with higher PAC1R expression in male brains during the fetal period and higher PAC1R expression in female brains during childhood and early adulthood. One hundred twenty-nine patients with ASD aged 6 to 14 were recruited for behavioral assessment. Of the 48 patients who also participated in neuroimaging, 20 were able to stay awake for five minutes without too much movement as the resting state functional magnetic resonance images were captured. Children who were carriers of the high-risk genotype had higher resting-state connectivity between the amygdala and right posterior temporal gyrus. Connectivity alterations in a region of the brain involved in processing visual motion may influence how kids with ASD perceive socially meaningful information, the authors write. Each child also submitted a saliva sample for DNA genotyping. Previously published research finds that a G to C single nucleotide polymorphism, a single swap in the nucleotides that make up DNA, in PAC1R is associated with higher risk for post-traumatic stress disorder in girls. In this behavioral assessment, the research team found children with autism who carried the homozygous CC genotype had higher scores as measured through a validated tool, meaning they had greater social deficits than kids with the heterozygous genotype.last_img read more

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Study Pathogenetic downregulation of adenosine linked to restless leg syndrome

first_img Source:https://home.liebertpub.com/news/is-adenosine-the-missing-link-in-restless-leg-syndrome/3534 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 4 2019Researchers have identified a common mechanism implicating adenosine in the cause of restless leg syndrome (RLS) symptoms — the periodic limb movements characteristic of RLS and the state of enhanced arousal that both disrupt sleep. Preclinical findings in a rat model of RLS and clinical results in humans together suggest that targeting the pathogenetic downregulation of adenosine A1 receptor (A1R) may be a promising therapeutic strategy, according to an editorial published in Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Click here to read the full-text article free on the Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research website until May 3, 2019.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sRLS is a common disorder, with about 5% of individuals in the U.S. and Europe reporting symptoms, as described in the article “The Adenosine Hypothesis of Restless Legs Syndrome”. More than one pathogenetic mechanism likely underlies the spinal cord-related and non-spinal cord-related aspects of the disorder, and researchers have long looked for a biochemical link that could serve as a new therapeutic target. A combination of preclinical and clinical findings has shown that brain iron deficiency (BID) is an early factor in the pathophysiology of RLS and that BID in rodents causes downregulation of A1Rs in the brain.”Based on these results,” Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research, Sergi Ferré, MD, PhD, and his research colleagues in the Integrative Neurobiology Section, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (Baltimore, MD), “have hypothesized that a hypoadenosinergic state secondary to A1R downregulation could be mostly responsible for the hyperglutamatergic and hyperdopaminergic states of RLS that determine the sensorimotor symptoms of RLS as well as the hyperarousal component.” They add, “We, therefore, predicted that inhibitors of equilibrative nucleoside transporters, by increasing the striatal extra-cellular levels of adenosine, could provide a new therapeutic approach for RLS.”last_img read more

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Fivehundred fifty million barrels of oil discovered off Ghana coast

first_img Explore further A ‘new outlook’ for the economy Ghana flooding kills 34 during heavy rains Norway’s Aker Energy on Thursday said it had discovered oil in commercial quantities off Ghana, which the government welcomed as a potential boost to the economy. The oil and gas operator said exploratory drilling indicated an “estimated 450-550 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe)” in the Pecan field, 166 kilometres (100 miles) off Takaradi.Further exploration could increase total volumes to 600-1,000 mmboe, the company said in a statement.Ghana’s government said the announcement was “good news” that could bring “a new outlook to the economy” and alternative funding for social projects in the future.Aker Energy began operating the Pecan field last year. It holds a 50 percent stake. Others include Russian energy firm Lukoil and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.Ghana first discovered oil in 2007 and became a producer in 2010, helping to speed up the rate of economic growth. It is believed to have five to seven billion barrels in reserves.The resolution of a long-standing maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and neighbouring Ivory Coast sparked predictions the country would see an oil boom.President Nana Akufo-Addo said the favourable ruling opened up “possibilities of development, progress and prosperity”, which would help boost funding for schools, hospitals and roads.center_img Citation: Five-hundred fifty million barrels of oil discovered off Ghana coast (2019, January 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-five-hundred-fifty-million-barrels-oil.html © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Criminal cybersquatters

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Cybersquatting was rife in the early days of the World Web of the 1990s. An individual would register a domain name that was perhaps associated with an organisation or company and even a trademarked term. The cybersquatter might then use the domain for their own purposes whatever they might be or endeavour to sell the domain to the organisation. At first, it was unclear whether cybersquatting was illegal. Laws were tightened, domain registrars would take a dim view of such activity and commonly the domain would be handed over to what would appear to be the more legitimate owner. However, there are blurred lines when it comes to generic terms rather than company names or trademarks. Provided by Inderscience Citation: Criminal cybersquatters (2019, June 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-criminal-cybersquatters.html Explore further More information: Manik Lal Das et al. Privacy-preserving targeted online advertising, International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems (2019). DOI: 10.1504/IJSCCPS.2019.10021908 Cybersquatting disputes grow in 2010 Some pundits perceive cybersquatting as unethical. It still goes on. Others suggest that it is beyond unethical it is criminal. Writing in the International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems, a team from India suggests that cybersquatting, rather than being an artefact of an immature Web of a quarter of a century ago, is still rife and exploitative. The team offers many examples of cybersquatting and highlights how the activity is detrimental to the growth of the internet and society as a whole.There may well be instances where cybersquatting was intentional. This author can point to a US government website that has essentially hijacked the name of a well-known personal and commercial website for its own use by using the domain with the .gov suffix where the .com already existed!The team points out that there are no useful methods to prevent cybersquatting and in India and elsewhere it is increasing on a daily basis as new companies emerge only to find that the most pertinent domain for the website has been taken by a third party. There is a need to increase awareness of the problem before algorithms could be implemented at the registrar level to help preclude this unethical and often criminal activity on the internet. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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James Gate Brewery,C. before the news of meeting came to light, Mr Faruk Akanbi and his Trade Union Congress counterpart Mr Israel Adebisi; as well as the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Ilorin chapter Mr Rafiu Balogun have unanimously reacted to the ongoing rumour that the FG may soon increase fuel price Their reaction was a total rejection of a complete removal of fuel subsidy when Nigerians are already facing difficulties as a result of the initial increment In an interview with journalist today Akanbi gave reasons why fuel price cannot be increased at the moment he said “Whatever is the decision of the NLC at the headquarters that decision is binding on NLC in Kwara State We also do not subscribe to removal of total subsidy because it will create more problems for Nigerians We want to enjoin Nigerians to do everything lawful that will make the Federal Government see reasons why it must not add to the pains of Nigerians” “You know we said we suspended the strike if they do it again we will go back on strike We will support whatever measure or decision our national body takes” Adebisi said Balogun who warned the Federal against any further increment stated that no increment woukd be possible until the rot in the oil industry is tackled in the most professional way According to him “If the rumour of another increase in pump price of fuel is anything to go by then our government is ill advised What should be of paramount importance to government is the consideration and implementation of Faruq Lawan Committee’s report on fuel subsidy” But nothing else had worked for the US Air Force retiree in his battle with the pain that had been accumulating since a 1972 injury in the service that left one leg 3 inches shorter than the other When he was told during a visit to the VA Clinic in Minneapolis that he should try acupuncture he was willing to give it a try Brown said But he wasn’t enthused about making the necessary twice-weekly trips to the clinic during the first phase of treatmentHe looked for an option closer to home"I searched all over and I just happened to stumble on St Luke’s" Brown saidSpecifically he found Dr Like He the health system’s first acupuncturistHe 43 came to St Luke’s a little more than a year ago as a family practice specialist working out of the St Luke’s Medical Arts Clinic downtown But He who has a master’s degree in Oriental medicine earned in Los Angeles as well as a medical degree earned in his native China soon offered his skill in acupuncture to St Luke’s Although qualified he still had to go through the hospital’s in-house accreditation process"It took some time; maybe a couple of months to get it started" He said "But I think that’s still pretty quick for an organization"He claims St Luke’s hired him because the hospital really sought his wife Dr Leslie Cavazos who was finishing a fellowship in cancer rehabilitation Cavazos can practice acupuncture too — the pair met in Oriental medicine school — but doesn’t have time to do so He saidNatural treatmentAlthough his life’s travels have taken him from China to Iowa to California He has used his hobby to quickly become familiar with Duluth In the clinic where he works it’s hard to look at a wall without seeing a framed photograph of a Northland scene taken by He a passionate landscape photographerOnce He’s availability to perform acupuncture was established it took little time for patients like Brown to discover him Now 80 percent of his work is in that area He saidAs a family practice doctor He focuses on preventive medicine and favors natural treatment — such as nutrition supplements and herbs — to medications He said Nonetheless he wants patients to have tried more traditional Western solutions to issues such as intractable pain migraine headaches gastrointestinal illness and morning sickness before turning to acupuncture "I think to see patients I should have them maximize their medical treatment" He said "And if none of the medication is working then I should start acupuncture"Brown already had tried other things He had experienced increasing pain over time as his hips compensated for the different lengths of his legs and as arthritis set in he said He hadn’t tried quite everything — he rejected what would have been extensive surgery He didn’t like the way pain medication made him feel Brown said Steroid shots helped but their effectiveness quickly diminishedHe was reassured when the VA authorized acupuncture from He "They don’t authorize you to go to any quack out there" Brown saidGaining acceptanceUnlike with steroids the effectiveness of acupuncture increases over time He told Brown But even after his first four sessions Brown said the amount of pain he experienced had been cut in half"I was amazed that acupuncture actually would do that for me" Brown saidLike Brown Brian Rinker had tried various approaches to the chronic pain he has experienced since an accident suffered while he was transporting log cabins from Superior to Bayfield in 2009"I stopped counting at 23 doctors" Rinker saidRinker had even tried acupuncture with three different practitioners before he turned to He"He’s the only person who actually made me feel better" said Rinker who recently moved from Duluth to Knoxville Tenn "I had been on every narcotic every medicine and I’m actually clean off everything"Acupuncture seems to be gaining acceptance in Western medicine as alternatives are sought to opioid pain pills and the addictions they can lead to He saidIn fact acupuncture was included as one of the options in new standards of care for patients with chronic pain adapted early in 2016 by Essentia Health St Luke’s and other area health providers in response to concern about abuse of prescription painkillersInsurers generally cover acupuncture for treatment of pain He said Ninety percent of his patients are covered he said and many plans don’t put limits on itThe deqi effectIn the East acupuncture dates back for millennia He said Markings on an Iceman found in Italy that was more than 5000 years old suggest a primitive form of acupuncture he notedBut although it’s ancient how acupuncture works still isn’t clearly understood He said although there are some theoriesHe subscribes to the idea that it may have something to do with the fascia the white fibrous membrane covering the surface of our muscles The acupuncture points appear in the spaces between the fascia layers When properly placed they seem to generate electrical impulses known as deqi They in turn appear to trigger chemical reactions that stimulate healingSome theorists believe acupuncture is simply an elaborate placebo working on the mind rather than on the body But He rejects that ideaHe points out that if he doesn’t initially find the right point to place a needle his patient won’t experience any sense of healing When he does find the right point the same patient might experience instantaneous healing If it were merely a placebo he said it wouldn’t matter whether he found the right pointBesides He said it’s hard to argue with something that works"People think ‘Hey it’s a placebo’" He related "But hey the placebo has no side effect If it helps you I don’t see the down side"For their part patients need to beware of unrealistic expectations Rinker said"Everybody thinks there’s a magic pill and there’s really no magic pill out there" Rinker said "But (acupuncture) relieves everything If it makes me feel even a quarter better than I did before that’s help to me But He made me feel like it was worth getting up again" The days are March 26 and 27; 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