10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompany

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompanyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt fortune wasn’t with them for defeat at Manchester City.Klopp was also left angry that City captain Vincent Kompany escaped dismissal for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.He said, “It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.”It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Dabo Swinney Yelled At Refs In The Tunnel After First Half Clock Controversy

first_imgDabo Swinney celebrates and talks to an ESPN reporter.dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.last_img read more


This man picks bike locks but only during a ride

first_imgNew Delhi: Beware! if you are keeping any valuable items in the storage box of motorcycles, then you might be in trouble as criminals are now able to steal these from running bikes. The motorcycle rider will only notice the missing items after reaching his destination. Police have now arrested one person, specialising in such daredevil crimes, from Bara Hindu Rao locality in North Delhi.DCP (North) Monika Bharadwaj confirmed the incident and said that, while the probe is on, they have been able to identify the accused as Chintu, a native of Bihar. His modus operandi was unique as he, with the help of small precision tools, broke open the locks of storage boxes of running motorcycles. “After taking out the valuables from the box Chintu hands over the stolen items to his associates and flees the spot,” said an officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe team formed under SHO (Bara Hindu Rao) Sanjay Kumar arrested the accused after he was found to be loitering suspiciously in the area. Police claimed that Chintu, during interrogation, confessed that he learnt the trade from the elders in his village. He had purportedly committed more than a dozen such thefts. Revealing details about Chintu’s modus operandi, the police said that before coming to the city, he would prepare a fake identity card from a different state. With the help of this forged identity card, he would then purchase a second-hand bike to start his crime spree. “He had planned that if police caught him during checking he would show the vehicle documents and the fake ID card,” one officer said. The accused later took rooms in hotels close to industrial areas or markets. He would conduct detailed reccee during the day and then Chintu and his associates would steal after having zeroed-in on their target. “The accused parked his vehicles in parking areas and fled the city. The gang , in some incidents, also punctures the tyres before committing the crime,” added an investigator.last_img read more


Riding Profile DesnethéMissinippiChurchill River

first_imgAPTN National NewsDesnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is one of the largest ridings in Canada.It’s bigger than the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.There are more than 43,000 eligible voters in the riding and more than half are Metis or First Nation.The incumbent is Conservative Rob Clarke.As APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports, the election is shaping into a bitter battleground between the Liberals and Conservatives.last_img


Jefferson Elementary library earns top status

first_imgState Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, with officials from Jefferson ElementaryJefferson Elementary School Media Center has achieved exemplary status from the Library of Michigan and state Rep. Jeff Farrington today delivered congratulations to Media Specialist Stephanie Staub and Principal Jennifer Davis for the accomplishment.To achieve the highest status in the state’s Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools (SL21) program, the school completed 38 measurement criteria in the areas of learning, environment and leadership.“The endorsement Jefferson Elementary has earned from the state library reflects the commitment to excellence its staff and administration have for giving our children one of the greatest gifts possible – a quality education,” said Farrington, R-Utica. “The successful learning environment they have created will go a long way in preparing our young people for the challenges of tomorrow.”SL21 is part of voluntary management school improvement standards program that assists and recognizes K-12 libraries by setting benchmarks in the areas of instruction, student achievement, technology, facility, staffing, budget, instructional materials, curriculum development, school improvement, community engagement, advocacy and additional applicable criteria.Jefferson Elementary is in the Warren Consolidated Schools district.##### Categories: Farrington News,News 25Jan Jefferson Elementary library earns top statuslast_img read more


Netflixs international subscriberbase will overt

first_imgNetflix’s international subscriber-base will overtake its US customer count in 2018, according to new independent research.The Digital TV Research report claims that the subscription video-on-demand giant will have almost 118 million global paying subscribers by 2021, accounting for 27.5% of the world’s SVOD market.By 2021, the US will contribute 44% of Netflix’s subscriber numbers but North America will still account for 52% of its subscription revenues, according to the research.It predicted that Netflix’s overall revenues will double from US$6.37 billion in 2015 to US$13.14 billion in 2021“We estimate that Netflix has distribution partnerships with 79 pay TV, telco or mobile operators across 44 countries. These partnerships include multinational deals with Liberty Global, Millicom/Tigo and Telia,” said Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray.The figures were part of a wider study into the global SVOD market in which Digital TV Research predicted that the number of SVOD homes across 200 countries is expected to climb by 72.6% between 2016 and 2021.The report claims that the number of SVOD households will grow by 70 million in 2016 alone. The figure is tipped to increase from 177 million in 2015 to an expected 248 million by end-2016, reaching 428 million by 2021.“North America supplies most of these subscribers at present, but Asia Pacific will become the top region by 2019,” said Murray.“This comes despite Netflix being unlikely to secure direct access in China and only making a limited impact in other major population centers such as India and Indonesia.”The report claims that the US will have 127 million SVOD subscribers by 2021, while China will have 74 million.Global SVOD revenues are tipped to reach US$32.18 billion in 2021 – up from the US$12.2 billion recorded in 2015 and an expected US$17.46 billion in 2016.last_img read more


There are billions of barrels of oil and trillions

first_img There are billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas that could be trapped beneath the ocean floor. Its importance also means that the countries in the area are all vying for a piece of the action, sometimes even leading to armed confrontations: In May of 2011, Chinese patrol boats harassed a Vietnamese oil exploration ship, disrupting a seismic exploration program being done by PetroVietnam. In a time where big oil and gas deposits are becoming harder to come by, the oil and gas wealth of the South China Sea becomes even more attractive. Unlike North Korea, China is absolutely unafraid to project its economic and military might upon its neighbors. But the Southeast Asians are no pushovers either – they will take every advantage they can to push China out of their waters. So isn’t it a matter of time before someone takes this game of chicken too far and leads into a full-scale war? But more important, where does this lead for energy investments? Additional Links and Reads Taiwan Expects Rare Break in Dry Search for Natural Gas (Forbes) Germany is an unexpected ally to Taiwan, but it brings a lot of money and knowledge to the table. It appears that the energy situation in Germany is more ominous than expected, and it has been looking at countries without a lot of exploration. Production is very far in the future, but the two countries are expecting by then that supply will tighten and make extraction economic. Turkey Dismayed at Lack of US Partnership on Second Nuclear Plant (Hürriyet Daily News) Turkey has tried to alleviate some of its dependence on Russia in terms of nuclear energy. We do not know the exact terms, but the United States declining a partnership with Turkey means that the Putinization of Europe continues. Turkey’s energy minister was right in saying they could not be accused of being too dependent on Russia. South Africa Looks Nearly Set to Start Building New Nuclear Power Plants (Engineering News) Not to beat a dead horse, but here is another example of Putin’s dominance in the nuclear sector. Russia has a dedicated South Africa representative to ensure it will have a foothold in the African country. Unlike most of Russia’s other partners, South Africa is a more developed nation, which just shows you that many countries are willing to accept Putin as an energy savior. North Korea has been rattling its sabers once again, even producing some videos that threaten attacks on US forces using “powerful weapons of mass destruction” and show an invasion of Seoul where thousands of American citizens are taken hostage. American senators are already up in arms about how a “major war” is brewing on the Korean peninsula. But as usual, American lawmakers are completely missing the point. The real war will not be launched by the hungry, demoralized troops of North Korea, but rather the warships of China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. And unlike a North Korean invasion that could likely be thwarted in days, a war in the South China Sea would have far bigger implications. Let us explain. The South China Sea contains approximately 150 uninhabited islands off the southern coast of China. It is important for two main reasons: It is the second most-used sea lane in the world, as it is the shortest sea route between the Middle East and Asia. If there were conflicts in the South China Sea, it would cause half of the world’s fleet to detour around Indonesia.last_img read more


In first grade I was hospitalized with pneumonia

first_imgIn first grade, I was hospitalized with pneumonia for over a week. I remember having to take an antibiotic syrup that gave me acid reflux. Immediately after I swallowed it, my Korean immigrant mother spoon-fed me a homemade liquid with small pieces of boiled Korean pear (bae), spices, and honey. This was her take on baesuk, a Korean fruit punch/tea, that she brought to the hospital in a thermos. I remember it lulled my stomach and soothed my throat and chest. The Korean-American pediatrician who oversaw my treatment at the hospital told my mom that he wished he had thought about feeding me this concoction first. After I was discharged, I vomited for several days with an upset stomach from all the medicines I had to take. My mom would stay up late, soaking rice in water to make me jook, Korean rice porridge, in the morning. I always associated jook with medicine, as it always magically made my stomach feel better. My mom trusted Western medicine, but she also looked to Korean food remedies to help with prevention and treating my symptoms. Cooking foods to soothe sick children is a ritual for mothers around the world. But in Korea, some foods are widely believed to help treat ailments, boost health and prevent disease.Koreans have been using foods as remedies since the days when monarchs ruled Korea. The best-known written documentation of these culinary remedies is found in Donguibogam (동의보감), edited by the royal physician Heo Jun during the Joseon dynasty in the 17th century. Donguibogam, which translates as “a priceless book of medicines,” consists of 25 volumes — an encyclopedia of sorts — that explore how ailments affect organs and what can be done to treat and prevent diseases. This book is still highly regarded and widely used by Eastern Medicine doctors all over Asia and was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2009.While the research on the medicinal powers of many of these foods is scant, belief in their curative properties is widespread. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Korean healing dishes.Samgyetang (삼계탕), chicken with ginseng soup: Samgyetang is a soup made with a whole small chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, garlic, red dates (jujube), peeled chestnuts, and ginseng. (Scroll down for the recipe.) It is traditionally consumed hot by Koreans in the summer on the warmest days of the year, because it is believed to help regulate body temperatures. (There is some science to back up this idea.) Many Koreans strongly believe that ginseng warms up the body, especially the stomach, though the science doesn’t seem to support this claim.Kongnamul-guk (콩나물국), soybean sprout soup: This can be served two ways, with Korean chili flakes for a spicy kick or without. It is commonly believed to help cure hangovers in adults. My mom always said the saltiness of the soup, combined with the natural vitamins found in soybean sprouts, helped “clean” the liver and stomach. While the idea of detox diets isn’t backed up by science, scientists in Korea have found some evidence — in rats — that soybeans reduce blood concentrations of acetaldehyde (what alcohol breaks down to as you metabolize it).Miyeok-guk (미역국), seaweed soup: Miyeok-guk is made with a protein broth, most commonly beef broth, and miyeok (미역), or seaweed. In Korea, new moms are given this as part of their recovery diet in the hospital. (It’s why miyeok is symbolically enjoyed on birthdays.) As certified food scientist Jessica Gavin notes, seaweeds can be rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine – all of which are indeed considered important during pregnancy and lactation. In the U.S., my mom has brought thermoses to the hospital filled with this soup to my aunts after childbirth — and I am sure she’s not the only Korean immigrant who’s done this.Jook (죽), rice porridge: You could compare jook to chicken noodle soup. It’s a Korean staple for the sick, especially those with stomachaches. It’s made by slow-boiling rice that’s been left out to soak in water for many hours. The soft, moist texture of the porridge is easily swallowed and digested — my mother would force-feed me this whenever I was nauseous and couldn’t keep other foods down. Jook would always calm my stomach. Many Koreans mix in different ingredients, such as pumpkin and abalone, and it is often enjoyed for breakfast or when recovering in the hospital.Kimchi (김치), Korean fermented vegetables: Kimchi comes in hundreds of variations. Two types commonly consumed for health benefits are ggakdugi, or spicy radish kimchi, and mul-kimchi, or water kimchi. Mul-kimchi is often served in the summer, chilled, and the light but salty brine is drunk as a refreshment — it is said to hydrate and replenish the body with salts you sweat out. (American athletes have been known to do something similar, despite a lack of scientific evidence to back up the practice.) Ggakdugi often accompanies soups, such as seolleongtang, or oxtail soup, consumed when hungover. My mom always says the spice of kimchi will “wake up your body and mind.”Baesuk (배숙), Korean pear punch/tea: Baesuk is a traditional Korean punch/tea made by poaching or steaming Korean pear (bae; 배) with black peppercorns, honey, and ginger. If served hot, it is commonly used as a remedy for the common cold, sore throat, or cough. The ginger is believed to aid with keeping the body warm, the honey is thought to soothe the throat, and the Korean pear is said to help with digestion. As The Salt has reported, there’s not much science into the healing properties of tea with honey, but doctors speculate that warm drinks might be comforting because they loosen throat phlegm.Yuja-cha (유자차), yuja tea: Yuja-cha is a tea made with yuja marmalade in hot water. Yuja (유자) the fruit is mostly cultivated in Asia, but the marmalade, called yuja-cheong, can be easily found at Korean grocery stores or on Amazon. Yuja fruit tastes a bit like a hybrid between a lemon, an orange and grapefruit; yuja marmalade is both sweet and bitter. The tea is often enjoyed in the winter, to warm you up, or when you are sick with a cold, because it is believed to be especially high in vitamin C. My mother made her own variation of the marmalade at home, substituting lemons for yuja, because according to her, if it was “fresh” it had more vitamin C. (On this point, mom was wrong: According to Gavin, yuja has 2.3 times as much vitamin C as the equivalent amount of raw lemon juice.)Doraji (도라지), bellflower root: My mother used to feed me doraji root cut up into tiny cubes and drowned in honey. When raw, doraji has an incredibly bitter taste and smells somewhat like ginseng. Many grocery and departments stores in Korea sell doraji paste in jars, and it’s often culturally associated with cough relief. Mom made me down a spoonful every day to combat my severe asthma. (My mother might’ve been onto something here: Research into the therapeutic potential of bioactive isolates derived from bellflower root has been increasing.) In Korea, doraji is cooked in myriad ways. It’s believed to help with maintaining a healthy diet and often used in herbal medicines. If you like Korean bibimbap, you’ve most likely eaten doraji – it’s one of the seasoned vegetables commonly used in the dish. (Once cooked and seasoned, it is no longer bitter.)As a child, I questioned why my mother was feeding me all these unusual Korean dishes. But now, I see the true healing properties she stirred into her Korean food remedies: selfless love.Jenna Cho’s Samgyetang Recipe(courtesy of the author’s mother)Ingredients:1 “young chicken” (we use Cornish hen)1 cup glutinous rice, rinse and soak in water for at least 1 hour!Small piece of 1 ginseng root (fresh preferred)5 small dried jujubes5 garlic cloves2 peeled Korean chestnutsBlack pepperSalt for dippingGreen onion, chopped (optional)(Note: Most Korean grocery stores sell a samgyetang dry kit with jujubes, rice, chestnuts and dried ginseng — you just need the chicken and garlic cloves.)Directions:Strain glutinous rice that has been soaked for an hour. Set aside.Remove inside (giblets) of young chicken and wash the chicken, especially the inside, thoroughly.Stuff the chicken with prepared rice, 3 jujubes, 3 garlic cloves, 2 peeled chestnuts and the piece of ginseng. The chicken will be well stuffed, but if you have rice left over, feel free to add it to the broth.Once chicken is stuffed, use wooden toothpick to close the chicken shut. (Sew the toothpick through. You can use multiple toothpicks.)Place the prepared, stuffed chicken in a pot. Add 1 liter of water (until chicken is covered) and throw in the remaining jujubes and garlic cloves. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes.Turn down the heat and cook for an additional 20 minutes. You can check to see if it is ready by seeing how cooked the rice is — the rice should be soft.Remove the toothpick(s) from the chicken. Garnish with chopped green onion (optional) and black pepper. Serve the soup with chicken in a bowl, with a side of salt to dip the chicken meat. Kimchi is never a bad idea.Eileen W. Cho is a Korean-American photographer and writer based in Paris, France. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


Nina Martinez just became the worlds first living

first_imgNina Martinez just became the world’s first living HIV-positive organ donor. In a medical breakthrough, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital late last month successfully transplanted one of her kidneys to a recipient who is also HIV positive. “I feel wonderful,” Martinez, 35, said in an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, 11 days into her recovery. The patient who received her kidney has chosen to remain anonymous, but is doing well, Martinez is told. “They’re doing wonderfully and they got an organ they desperately needed to get and that’s all I could ask for,” Martinez said.HIV advocates are celebrating the achievement as an important step towards lifting the stigma around a disease that affects some 1.1 million Americans. In 2017, an estimated 18 patients died each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Many of these deaths involved HIV positive patients who have traditionally had access to a much smaller pool of potential organ donors. The decision to donate Martinez contracted HIV through a blood transfusion when she was an infant in the early 1980s. “I do think that my lack of discomfort in talking about HIV does make people more comfortable with the idea, and I do attribute that to being diagnosed at such a young age,” she said. “I didn’t know HIV was supposed to be something that I was ashamed of.”She said she first looked into becoming a donor last year, when Johns Hopkins became the first hospital in the United States to announce plans to perform organ transplants for HIV patients from donors who are HIV positive. Previously, doctors had only transplanted organs to HIV-positive recipients from deceased HIV donors.”Like most living kidney donors, I did start this process for a friend that I knew who needed a kidney,” said Martinez.Then her friend died in November, when Martinez was in the middle of a rigorous evaluation process. “I knew that this was a lot of medical spending not to try and do something with,” she said. So Johns Hopkins found another recipient.Explaining why she felt compelled to share her story, Martinez pointed to when Johns Hopkins performed the first transplants from deceased HIV-positive donors to two anonymous patients in 2016. “It was important to me to be able to put a name and a face to that story to show that the need for HIV-positive organs is real and actually benefits everybody,” she said. “My taking somebody off the deceased donor waitlist who is HIV positive means that everyone moves up the waitlist whether they’re HIV positive or not.” Currently, more than 113,000 people in the U.S. — including those living with HIV — are waiting to receive an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). A years-long drive Last month’s surgery marked the culmination of a years-long drive to expand access to organ donors for patients with HIV. In 2016, UNOS gave Johns Hopkins approval to carry out the first transplant from an HIV positive donor to an HIV positive patient, capping a two-year push by Martinez’s surgeon, Dorry Segev, to legalize such procedures. Before that, Segev, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, helped draft the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act signed by President Obama in 2013. The measure reversed a 1988 law preventing doctors from procuring HIV-infected organs regardless of the recipient’s HIV status.Segev, speaking with NPR in 2016, said he was motivated to address the “antiquated law” when he saw that the need for organ transplants among HIV patients had swelled since the start of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Segev said he grew frustrated as he watched potentially life-saving organs going to waste. In one 2011 study, he and his colleagues projected that an estimated 500 to 600 would-be organ donors with HIV die each year. Had they been allowed to donate while they were alive, they could have been saving more than 1,000 lives annually. “We were throwing away organs that were infected with HIV that could be used to help people with HIV,” Segev said. Today, an HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was. “People live their lives with it,” said Segev. “They just need to take antiretroviral medication.” But patients who use those antiretroviral treatments — along with other drugs used to treat the disease — are also at higher risks of kidney and liver failure and often end up on the organ waiting list. Keeping transplants safe Given the risk of kidney disease that’s associated with HIV, the medical community has until relatively recently considered it unsafe to leave a would-be donor with just one kidney. But newer medications are thought to be both more effective and safer, and to guard against potential complications, Martinez was made to go through months of rigorous testing to ensure success for her and her recipient. “They determined that my future risk of kidney disease was really, really, small,” Martinez said. Martinez hopes her visibility and openness about her disease encourages others to realize they can be a part of advanced new treatments that allow HIV-positive people to live a healthy life. “I hope that people who are not living with HIV who wouldn’t normally consider themselves to be potential living kidney donors would actually consider it in earnest, as well as people living with HIV who are on great treatment.”NPR’s Emma Talkoff produced this story for broadcast. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


A young disabled woman has been unable to leave a

first_imgA young disabled woman has been unable to leave a residential home for nearly three weeks because its managers are trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured), who has spinal muscular atrophy, says she has been “fighting non-stop” for seven years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a young woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another since she turned 21.  Her current care home has raised objections to her organising birthday parties, and occasionally inviting friends over for late-night drinks.It has also objected to the 28-year-old’s demands that she be supported by female staff who are properly trained to assist with her personal care needs.Because she has nowhere else to go, and fears moving to another care home that she believes is unsafe for her – which her council insists is suitable – Kaur is refusing to leave the building.Managers at the home say they will change the security code on the entrance if she leaves the building, and have already tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.The care home’s threat – and her lack of a support package – means she is unable to attend the funeral of her cousin, who died last week in Wales.She has also now been told that staff will only provide her with reheated frozen food – which puts her health at risk – until she leaves.Kaur says the forced move to a second care home would put her social life, her job – and her life – at risk.She is being supported by the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida and two of its co-founders, Michelle Daley and Eleanor Lisney.They say her “shocking” story “raises serious questions about not just the quality and services of many care homes across the country – particularly for people who are scared to speak out about their conditions – but about how their customers are respected and valued”.All she wants, she says, is to live in her own home with her own tenancy, with a package of direct payments that reflects her significant support needs and allows her to employ and manage her own well-trained support staff.But she is now being forced to move to yet another care home, one she believes is so inaccessible that it puts her safety at risk, and even though its managers have said they do not believe they can meet her high support needs.In a complaint she has lodged with Newham council, she says: “As an Asian disabled woman, being forced to live in a care home or supported living dehumanises me and disconnects me from my community and the everyday life of society, and hinders any aspirations and life chance opportunities I may have.“This is my cry for help – I refuse to move from one care home to another care home.”She currently receives just three-and-a-half hours of support a day, and another one-and-a-half hours at night, which means she only has enough support while at work for care home staff to take her there, support her to use the toilet just once, and then bring her home again at the end of her shift.She was even told by her social worker that instead of receiving the support she needs to use the toilet, she should use incontinence pads or have a catheter fitted, even though she does not have a problem with incontinence.The care home where she currently lives wants to evict her because it cannot cope with her demand that the staff who provide her care must be appropriately trained, which involves learning the strict, step-by-step routines that are needed to keep her healthy and safe.Managers at the home have also said they cannot cope with her attempts at enjoying a social life.They complained that she organised a birthday barbecue last year, which took place in the building’s car park and was attended by friends and fellow residents.They also complained that she invited 20 friends to her flat for a late-night party, and that she has had friends visit her after her “curfew”.Kaur said: “They have given me a ‘curfew’ of midnight, but I work, my friends work and sometimes we finish at 11pm.“It has happened three times while I have been here that my visitors have left at 4am.“I am 28 years old, not 12. I feel like I have lost out on my 20s.”She fears the council’s failure to provide her with the support package she needs will make it impossible to continue with her customer service job in the hotel industry.Her boss – who she says has been very understanding – has placed her on annual leave while she tries to secure a reasonable support package and an accessible place to live.The care home that the council want her to move to is even further from her friends and family, and she says it is unsafe and inaccessible.The bathroom is too small for the equipment she uses, and has no step-free shower, and the system to call for assistance is inaccessible to her, so she will be unable to call to be turned in bed at night, which must be done to prevent fluid draining into her lungs and causing potentially fatal chest infections.There is also no specialist bed, which she needs to support herself, and she would be unable to operate the locking system on the door to her room.Even the main entrance to the home would be inaccessible to her without assistance.Daley and Lisney told DNS that, as a young disabled Asian woman, the discrimination she is facing “crosses many equality strands”, and violates both article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.They said they believed that her experience was “not a one-off” and “reinforces what we already know, that when residents speak up about poor and unfair services they are highly likely to be evicted. “It’s easy to evict a care home resident because they have no tenancy agreement. They are basically living under a hotel service.“The reality is that a care home owner does not want complaining customers.”They questioned why she was not being offered the opportunity “to live in her own home and have her own care package, which she has control of”.They added: “The worrying thing here is the local authority appears to be not taking its responsibilities seriously.“Their recommendation is to refer Laki to another care home, which Laki believes will put her health and safety at risk.“Laki is a young disabled Asian woman who has particular concerns, based on her needs and identity, which must be taken seriously and should not be ignored.“One of the things which led to her eviction was that she requested female staff, and for them to be trained in assisting with her personal care needs.“By doing so she has been labelled as problematic – this is shocking!”They said they feared the situation she is facing increases the risk of harm to her health and well-being, and could lead to her losing her job.They said: “She is in fear that if she leaves the care home she will not be able to regain access because the key code will be changed.“She has been told to present herself as homeless, but how can she do this when her care package is locked into the care home and she fears that she will have no-one to assist with her personal care needs?“This is a horrible story which we would not be expecting to read about in the UK.“Newham is a flagship borough for its work on inclusion and in this case we are disappointed that it has seriously let down one of its residents.” A spokeswoman for the care home said in a statement: “Providing residents with the most appropriate package of care is core to the ethos of our business.“In this case the needs of one service user need to be balanced with the safe and efficient operation of the home for all other users.“We have been working closely with the local authority which has found alternative accommodation with the necessary support that better suit the service user’s needs.”A Newham council spokeswoman said: “We have been working closely with Ms Kaur to ensure the care and support she receives meets her needs.“She has an allocated social worker who has been supporting her to review all her options.“We know she wants to live independently and this is something we are actively exploring. “She has highly complex care needs and finding a solution to enable her to live independently in the community is not easy.“We are investigating whether direct payments could assist with this and will update Ms Kaur once we have completed all our assessments.“The current accommodation we have found for her is an interim measure until there is a long-term plan in place.“A full assessment has been completed on the interim accommodation sourced for her and was found by the provider to be suitable for her needs. We will carry out an additional review of this accommodation.”But Kaur said: “I am totally devastated by the way my case is being treated.“I am being placed out of borough and being forced to live in a care home with people three times my age, placing me at risk of losing my job and forcing me to compromise my health, safety and well-being.”last_img read more


Researchers reveal method to produce the perfect cheese fondue

first_img Source:https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2019/acs-presspac-february-20-2019/a-scientific-method-for-perfect-fondue.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 20 2019Cheese fondue is an icon of Swiss cuisine and a dinner party staple. While it may seem like a simple dish, getting the texture right can be a challenge for optimal mouthfeel, dipping and flavor release. This requires the perfect balance of cheese, wine and starch. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Omega reveal how to use these key ingredients to produce deliciously melted fondue.Once a fad of the 1970s, fondue has made a resurgence in recent years. And on a cold winter night, there’s nothing better than dipping a piece of bread into warm, gooey cheese. But that’s only part of the picture. Traditional versions also include wine and seasonings, as well as starch for cohesion. Chemically speaking, fondue is a multiphase system of colloids that require just the right inputs to achieve cheesy perfection. One wrong move could leave the preparer with an unappetizing bowl of separated cheese solids and oils. So, to gain further insight into the flow of fondue, Pascal Bertsch, Laura Savorani and Peter Fischer wanted to assess the effect of starch and wine on the dish.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTThe researchers started with equal amounts of two traditional fondue cheeses — Gruyère and Vacherin — in water. The addition of a potato starch slurry prevented irreversible separation of the dish. To mimic the effects of wine, they added a mixture of water and ethanol. This decreased the viscosity of the fondue, which is required for optimal mouthfeel and dipping coverage. They also incorporated acid to study the effect of lowering the pH, and this generally had the effect of lowering the fondue’s viscosity. The researchers also explored alternative thickening agents. Less carrageenan and xanthan gum were required compared to the amount of potato starch needed, but it was carrageenan that provided the creamiest results. Overall, the study shows that a few minor tweaks can result in cheesy perfection every time the fondue pot is brought out.last_img read more


Common metric may not accurately assess kidney function of Indian patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A common metric for monitoring kidney health may not accurately represent the kidney function of Indian patients. However, tweaks to an older assessment formula may better measure kidney health in this patient population, according to new research presented today at the 2019 American Physiological Society (APS)/American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Conference, Control of Renal Function in Health and Disease in Charlottesville, Va.Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well the kidneys remove waste from the blood. It is used in clinical settings as an indicator of chronic kidney disease. The gold standard to measure GFR requires use of radioisotopes. Because of that, doctors usually test patients’ blood for a waste product called creatinine and then enter those results into a formula with other factors such as age, sex and weight to determine an estimate of GFR. There are multiple formulae to estimate GFR, but the most common are based on data from Western populations.Related StoriesOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patientsMetabolomics may be key to identifying diabetes-related kidney diseaseNoting that many developing populations have higher fat-to-muscle tissue ratios for a given body mass index, researchers sought to determine the more accurate method to estimate GFR in Indians. They used the gold standard radioisotope method to measure GFR in 24 healthy Indian volunteers, 11 men and 13 women. They then evaluated different estimation formulae based on the radioisotope results. This included variations of the formulae using measures of lean mass in place of body weight. They determined lean mass via dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. DEXA scans measure tissue density and are also commonly used to measure bone density and test for osteoporosis.The researchers found the closest agreement to the radioisotope results came from the Cockcroft–Gault formula, with a substitution of lean mass in place of weight. The Cockcroft–Gault formula was developed in 1973 and is less used today than two newer formulae called the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation, neither of which provided results that were as accurate in this study as the modified Cockcroft–Gault formula.The researchers note that a larger study is necessary to fully validate this method, especially considering the added use of a full-body scan. However, “use of body composition parameters for estimating GFR may improve clinical practice in Indian patients,” they said.Anjali Kulkarni, MD, of BARC Hospital in Mumbai, India, will present the poster “Improvement in estimates of GFR by using lean mass as compared to body weight in Indians: pilot study” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Pavilion III of the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Va. Source:American Physiological Societylast_img read more


BMW to recall 323700 diesel cars over fire danger report

first_img The recall is to fix a faulty component that was aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said in its edition for Wednesday.Of the total recall, around 96.300 vehicles are in Germany, the newspaper said, claiming it had confirmation from BMW.No spokesman for the group was available for comment on the press report late Tuesday.But BMW has already recalled around 100,000 cars in South Korea over the engine fire danger, after more than 30 BMWs—mostly the 520d sedan model—caught fire this year.Earlier this month South Korea opened an investigation into an alleged delay by BMW in announcing the recall.On Monday, the German motor titan apologised at a press conference for the spate of engine fires in South Korea, and said the country was not alone.BMW blamed a faulty component called the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler that generated excessive sediment and caused engines to catch fire, and said the problem was “not Korea specific”.”A similar rate (of failure) was observed in other jurisdictions,” said Johann Ebenbichler, vice president of BMW for quality, without listing other countries where such accidents had been reported.The carmaker used the same software and hardware for its vehicles sold in Europe, he said, adding that the firm had decided to undertake the “same campaigns” there as in South Korea. Explore further © 2018 AFP Germany’s luxury automaker BMW is going to recall 23,700 diesel cars in Europe over an engine fire danger, following a similar action in South Korea, a German media newspaper reported Tuesday. 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.center_img S. Korea to launch probe into BMW over alleged delayed recall Citation: BMW to recall 323,700 diesel cars over fire danger: report (2018, August 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-bmw-recall-diesel-cars-danger.html BMW is to recall 323,700 diesel cars in Europe, according to the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitunglast_img read more


Smart solutions to join carbon fiber reinforced plastics and metal

first_imgTo produce the part, researchers drew on an additive manufacturing technique that uses a laser beam to form components out of a metal powder. The rear-wheel support is connected to the CFRP footboard using a screw system – making it easy to remove and disassemble for maintenance. CFRP recycling—into the battery instead of the garbage Citation: Smart solutions to join carbon fiber reinforced plastics and metal (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-smart-solutions-carbon-fiber-plastics.html Whether it is buses, cars, scooters or bicycles, it seems certain that electromobility will power the future. One of the biggest hurdles at the moment, however, is how to increase vehicle range – a challenge that will depend on making vehicles as light as possible. The lighter the vehicle or transporter, the longer the energy storage lasts. In this domain, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics, or CFRP for short, are the material of choice – as strong as steel and yet some eight times lighter, and even three times lighter even than aluminum. The general practice is to manufacture individual components, the vehicle frame for instance, using CFRP, and then join them to the function-bearing metal components using screws or adhesives. In other words, components that connect long expanses and transfer loads can be manufactured using CFRP, while metal is reserved for the functional components and attachment points for the steering mechanism, for example.Weight savings of up to 50 percentNow, researchers from the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV at the Technology Center in Augsburg have come up with a variety of innovative new techniques to join conventionally cast components with those made of CFRP. Looking beyond the thoroughly established foundry technology, there is a lot of potential in modern manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing and 3-D printing. “We’ve combined the various new joining techniques in an electric scooter demonstrator. The goal is to cut down on the number of mechanical attachment points and simplify the joining process as much as possible,” explains Dr.-Ing. Daniel Günther, who heads the project at Fraunhofer IGCV. “There’s a lot of potential in combining metal and CFRP components, with a potential weight saving of up to 50 percent depending on the part.” The engineering of lightweight vehicles requires manufacturers to combine functional metal components with lightweight, highly durable carbon fiber reinforced plastics. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a variety of solutions for joining such disparate materials – and will be showcasing their technology at this year’s Hannover Messe on April 1-5, 2019 using an e-scooter demonstrator (Hall 17, Booth C24). Smart solutions to join carbon fiber reinforced plastics and metal. Credit: Fraunhofer IGCV Connecting piece prior to lamination, showing the novel pin structure that helps create a positive bond with the CFRP prepreg. Credit: Fraunhofer IGCV This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Smart use of materials. G= Casting; C= Composite; V= Processing Technology. Credit: Fraunhofer IGCV Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Clamping technique to join rear-wheel supportThe rear-wheel support of an electric scooter contains a lot of parts integral to its functioning and, for that reason, it is made out of metal. To make it as lightweight as possible, the research team produced the part out of highly durable steel, optimizing the topology so the material is restricted solely to the places it is needed to support the functioning. Adhesively bonded hybrid steering headThe steering head of the scooter is a hybrid component, with an aluminum base frame linking to the footboard behind and the handlebars at the front.This part of the scooter is full of parts integral to its functioning, with a significant expanse to bridge in-between. Using CFRP parts ensures the necessary rigidity. The two different materials are joined together using adhesive bonding. “In terms of a baseline load, we assumed a person weighing one hundred kilograms performing jumps with the scooter. To support that sort of load using a pure aluminum cast part, you would need a huge amount of material to ensure sufficient rigidity,” says Günther. To manufacture the part, Günther and his team began by analyzing the available installation space. As a rule of thumb, the more room used, the larger the cross-section of the component – and the better its rigidity. The material has to be kept as thin as possible, however, to ensure that the component does not become overly heavy. The solution to this is to use CFRP in combination with cast metal. As a further step, the researchers calculated the load at various points of the component. The splices have been precisely positioned at the points with the least load. Rigidity is guaranteed thanks to the shaping of the CFRP component.’Fork’ system: The joining technology of the futureThe load-bearing capacity and durability of CFRP comes from the fibers contained within it. Here, the main challenge lies in transferring the force acting on a component so it is absorbed by these same fibers. On top of this, engineers need to ensure that any metal parts are as securely attached to the CFRP components as possible, without any gaps or cavities. In response, the researchers have developed a completely new joining technique – best explained by taking a look at the components involved. In the example of the electronic scooter, you have a cylindrical piece connecting to the handlebars, a steel component made using an additive manufacturing technique. The bottom of the component has a plate that works as a base with small pins sticking out from its surface. Researchers then overlay this base plate with the prepregs for the CFRP component, made out of fibers coated with synthetic resin. Afterwards, they apply vacuum and increase the temperature. The resin encloses the carbon fibers, flows downwards and closes the gap with the metal plate, hardening to form an adhesive bond. Here, not only does the resin stick to the plate, the protruding pins are also enveloped and held in place by the fibers. This interlocks the components and supplies a solid bond – without the need for screws or additional adhesives. “The technique is fast, industry-ready and can easily be scaled up for mass production,” says Günther.Fraunhofer Researchers will be showcasing the e-scooter and the joining techniques described in this article at the Hannover Messe from April 1 to 5, 2019 (Hall 17, Booth C24). For anybody interested, there will be the opportunity to take a test drive and find out more about the design and manufacture of the individual components.last_img read more