Liberia Deserves Nobel Prize

first_imgThough two astute daughters of Liberia won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for their roles in bringing peace to their country during the 14 year civil crisis that claimed over 300,000 lives, an official of the United Nations (UN) has begun an advocacy for the country, as a whole, to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.This time, it is for Liberia’s role in virtually bringing a global threat, the Ebola pandemic, to an end.Mr. Peter Dalglish from the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), said that the world needs to appreciate Liberians by awarding them a Nobel Peace Prize for halting the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that could have become a universal catastrophe.The EVD drew global attention when it went out of control after claiming over 3,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and in Nigeria, where a few cases were also reported.  The World Health Organization, which responded belatedly to the reality of the deadly epidemic, was brought under intense pressure and subsequently declared the outbreak a global health emergency.Liberia was soon considered the epi-center of the virus, with more than half of the overall casualties. But in less than seven months the tide began to turn with Liberia being referenced as a success story by the international community for its robust efforts in combating the scourge.Speaking in Monrovia last week, UNMEER’s Montserrado County Crisis Manager, Dalglish, said the people of Liberia deserve the Nobel Prize for the courage, resilience, determination and perseverance they have shown in combating the deadly Ebola virus disease.It has been an extraordinary international effort, but in the end, he declared, it is the people of Liberia that made the difference.He spoke at the start of a two-day Community Leaders’ Conference under the theme: “Ebola’s Impact on Communities: Learning from Their Experiences to Plan for the Future.”The conference was in support of the Liberian Government’s desire to strengthen communities that took responsibility and ownership of the fight against Ebola, organizers said.The event which took place at a local resort in Monrovia was sponsored by IREX, NAYMOTE and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Giving his opinion on government’s decision to reopen schools throughout the country as Ebola declined, Mr. Dalglish said though it may have been perceived as a little risky, it is in the right direction.He said reopening schools served as a morale boost for the country, indicating that Liberians are going about their normal activities.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her remarks said special commendation must be given to all the community people across the country who took on the leadership and ownership in the fight against the disease.“Let me say to all of you how proud we are about this role that you have played that has brought us to this point of progress. We are encouraged by the commitment of this initiative that will take you one step further to support this spirit of volunteerism and selflessness that has characterized the various interventions made by scores of young people to save lives and livelihoods,” she said.When the unknown enemy struck, the entire nation was overwhelmed, she recalled.  But the nation’s resilience, backed by community ownership, empowerment, political leadership and technical expertise from international and local partners, ensured the progress that Liberia currently celebrates.United States Ambassador, Deborah Malac, praised the efforts of the community leaders who have ensured that Liberia would have begun the 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola free, which was however interrupted with confirmation of a new case in the country.She said though the U.S. Government and others provided support to Liberia, community leaders are the ones that made it happen. “It would not have made any difference without all of you, your willingness, your courage, to step up and organize and mobilize the communities,” she told the community leaders.IREX Chief of Party, Bill Burke, said the USAID-funded Civil Society and Media Leadership program implemented by IREX was born out of the desire to sustain Liberia’s hard won peace by strengthening civil society organizations and the independent media.Mr. Burke said as government and its partners focused on containing the virus, they turned their attention to working with communities to sustain the peace amid the confusion and chaos during the height of the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice man stabbed to death by friend

first_imgPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Berbice labourer who was reportedly stabbed to death by his friend.Dead is Elvis Benedict of Sand Hills, Upper Berbice River. Reports are the man’s body was taken to New Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon by boat.Police have since confirmed that a suspect was arrested by residents and handed over to Police in New Amsterdam along with the body.Up to press time, Police were still trying to find out the circumstances surrounding the death of Benedict. Details surrounding what transpired are sketchy.last_img read more

It’s time these players took the next career step and agreed a loan move

first_img 8 Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – Woodburn’s name has been thrown into the limelight for Liverpool this season, with Jurgen Klopp displaying his trust in the youngster’s ability in the first team. But while this term will have been exciting for him, the prospect of new attacking signings to add to an already formidable front line means he isn’t in for much playing time. A loan deal would be a sensible decision and by no means ends his time at Anfield. 8 8 8 Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Gomez’s first season at Anfield was sadly disrupted by a serious knee injury, which has affected his position in the first team. He’s returned to fitness, but hasn’t been close to senior action. The 19-year-old will be growing frustrated with his role at Anfield and Bournemouth are reportedly interested in a deal. The Reds are unlikely to want to cash in on him yet, so a loan deal could suit all. Sam Byram (West Ham United) – The right-back position has been a problem for the Hammers this season. Byram missed 16 games between October and January in all competitions with a hamstring problem and since returning to fitness he doesn’t seem to have the full trust of Slaven Bilic. He’s struggling for consistency in the Premier League, with plenty unconvinced over his ability in the top flight. At 23, however, he still has time to prove his critics wrong and could benefit from a loan move. A lack of playing time brings up worrying questions for a footballer.Plenty are torn between patiently waiting for an opportunity in the first team or considering their options outside of the club.For some in the Premier League, the challenges of this season could result in significant decisions concerning their future in the summer.So who ought to be considering a loan move when the campaign comes to a close?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at six players we believe should be looking to seal a temporary spell away from their club. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – Loftus-Cheek is making minimal progress at Chelsea and it has to be this summer that he makes his first step away from Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte has used the midfielder sparingly in cup competitions, suggesting he isn’t convinced he’s yet got what it takes to perform in the top flight. It’s worrying that he’s been content with a bit-part role over the past two seasons. He simply has to test himself elsewhere if he is to have a future in the Premier League. 8 8 Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at five other players we believe should move on loan this summer – Iheanacho has been immensely reliable in front of goal when called upon by City, but the arrival of Gabriel Jesus has seen the 20-year-old drift further down the pecking order. Pep Guardiola will have recognised his potential and might well encourage the forward himself to gain first team experience elsewhere. He won’t be short of offers. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs through and through, having graduated from their academy, Onomah is patiently waiting to take his place in the first team. There was talk of a loan move for the 20-year-old last summer, but Mauricio Pochettino insisted he’s key to his plans. With only one FA Cup start to his name this season, though, it might be foolish if Spurs were to keep their young talent on the sidelines. 8 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – It’s not been a bad season for Iwobi, as far as playing time is concerned. He’s started 18 in the Premier League – a figure much higher than expected at the start of the campaign. The last month and a half has seen him lose his place, however, and it might be wise for him to consider a loan move, particularly if new attacking signings are made. 8 Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) – Jose Mourinho has introduced Tuanzebe to his team this month, with the 19-year-old starting against Arsenal and Tottenham. His keeping of Alexis Sanchez quiet in the 2-0 defeat to the Gunners was a promising sign of his future. It could be beneficial to see how he performs with regular first team football next season.last_img read more


first_imgMORE than 2,000 students in Co Donegal are getting their Leaving Cert results today.And the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre will be providing a Leaving Cert results phone helpline for them.Staff at the centre will be available today from 10am-6pm and daily for young people and parents to bring along any queries that may arise following students receiving their results. The Youth Information Centre will be able to give young people details on how to calculate points, how to go about having papers re-checked, how to go about accepting an offer from your college, or how to access other training courses.The Youth Information Centre has a booklet available called “Flying the Coop”, which has advice and useful contacts and information for those who will shortly be leaving home for the first time.Youth Information Coordinator, Gareth Gibson, says the important thing is to take time to decide what you want to do.“If you don’t get the results you want it is not the end of the world. You could repeat, take on a Post Leaving Certificate course, take on an apprenticeship, or find a career path through a state training agency. We have information available on all these options so feel free to come in and have a talk to one of the staff or phone us in the centre.” The Youth Information Centre will also be holding a series of seminars in the week beginning August 26th in the Youth Information Centre Letterkeny, Planet Youth Ballybofey, Buncrana Youth Drop In and the Yard Falcarragh for young people and parents of those who will be leaving home for the first time, with advice on managing finances, how to make the most of college and how to stay safe. For further details on these seminars contact the YIC on 074 91 29640The phone number to call for the Leaving Cert results helpline is 07491-29640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road, you can even email your query to or not? Send your Leaving Cert pix to 2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily newsLeaving certResultslast_img read more

Round-up: QPR eye double deal and sign Anastasiou, Whites want Mancienne, Oskan-Clarke reaches final

first_imgQPR are close to signing two players who helped Watford win promotion to the Premier League last season.Rangers are poised to bring in Italian centre-back Gabriele Angelli, 26, from the Hornets, while 30-year-old midfielder Daniel Tozser (pictured above), who was on loan at Vicarage Road from Parma, is due to undergo a medical on Friday.The R’s today signed 17-year-old midfielder Michael Anastasiou, who was previously on Tottenham’s books, on a contract until the end of the season.And Sandro is finally returning to the club after being issued with a work permit – but Chris Ramsey says the Brazilian will not walk straight into the team.Sandro is due to arrive back in London on FridayFulham are also looking to add to their squad – they’ve made a bid for Nottingham Forest’s former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, who spent two seasons at QPR on loan.As for Chelsea, boss Jose Mourinho will make a return to Porto after the Blues were drawn against his former side in the Champions League.Mourinho will return to Porto in the Champions LeagueThere continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, with Turkish side Besiktas reported to be interested.And West Drayton’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke produced the finest performance of her career to make the final of the women’s 800 metres at the World Athletics Championship.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortuna’s David Henderson beats field to win Super 6 at Redwood Acres Raceway

first_imgEureka >> Fortuna’s David Henderson outlasted a 22-driver field to win the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series main event on Saturday at Redwood Acres Raceway, his second series win of the season.Dane Nissen grabbed the lead before giving way to Mic Moulton on lap four. Moulton led until lap 30 until it appeared a right front tire went down on his car. Moulton pitted under yellow handing the lead to Henderson. When the race resumed, it was clear that Henderson had one of, if not the best car …last_img read more

Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump My Best Bet?

first_imgHeat Pumps: The Basics Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead Ground-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyAll About Radiant Floors Ground-source heat pumps are not the cheapest optionDalmeida has provided no details about the house, or the climate zone where it’s located, and as a result, it would be impossible to provide any specifics on a heat pump. But, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, “In general, ground-source heat pumps are quite expensive, and aren’t the most cost-effective way to heat or cool a home.”In an energy retrofit, work typically starts with air-sealing, followed by an insulation upgrade and possibly improvements to existing windows, Holladay says, and heating and cooling loads should be determined with a Manual J calculation. RELATED ARTICLES Cathleen Dalmeida is budgeting for a heating and cooling system as part of an energy retrofit and is wondering whether a heat pump is part of her future. An obvious question: How much do they cost?“Is there a general rule of thumb for pricing of a ground-source heat pump and air-to-water heat pump for a medium sized installation?” she asks in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.She wants to know whether anyone can offer an estimate in dollars per ton of heating and cooling, and whether there would be any drawbacks to using a ground-source heat pump in a climate that doesn’t require much cooling.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Radiant system are unfairly malignedNot all radiant system have to “suffer the doomsday scenario,” writes Richard McGrath. When properly designed, and when it takes solar heat gain into consideration, “it is the finest system available.”There are a couple of caveats, he says. Rooms on the south side of the house, where solar heat gain is strongest, should never be zoned with rooms on the north side. In a tight house, water temperatures circulating in the floor should be well below any temperature the floor could reach from radiant solar energy.But given some care, these systems don’t have the shortcomings that Holladay suggests in his article “All About Radiant Floors.”“The title of Martin’s paper should have been ‘All About Cheap, Poorly Designed Radiant Floors on a Budget,’ ” McGrath writes. “I say this because every time this paper is referenced and I read it just to remind myself how bad a name creeps without proper knowledge have given radiant heat.“Research ‘radiant ceilings,’ ” he adds. “It’s been done for decades successfully and is not just for commercial applications any more, as if it should only have been there to begin with.”As to coming up with a ballpark price, McGrath says, forget it. “I don’t believe there is a set per-ton price and I would even say that if someone is willing to give you that price without first performing a proper heat loss and having a good idea about the [airtightness] of the home, you should not even consider him a candidate to perform the work,” McGrath says. But consider solar thermal as the source of heatOne problem with conventional ground-source heat pumps, McGrath says, is the amount of energy it takes to pump fluid through heat-exchange tubing buried in the earth or submerged in a well or pond. Energy consumption for pumps, he says, is “huge” and not included in many estimates of system efficiency.Instead, McGrath promotes a system built around a solar thermal system. He argues that a heat pump getting 70-degree fluid rather than fluid at 50 degrees or less (from the ground) is far more efficient. Tanks for holding hot water can be buried.“When there is no sun for an extended period, it can take up to a week before the stored fluid drops 10 degrees and enters the heat pump at 60 degrees, at which point you’re still far better off than at 50 degrees with a ground-source heat pump,” he writes.Is solar thermal really dead? Not according to McGrath. “I cannot still understand what aversion there is on a website such as this to technologies that meet the definition of passive by many published standards,” he says. “Long ago this movement started because of things that were bad for the environment. Now it seems common practice to put those bad things like refrigerants right in the house with the folks we began to save the planet for.“What exactly is an environmentally friendly refrigerant, and is there really such a thing?” “In most cases,” he says, “you won’t be using a ground-source heat pump for this type or project.”Cathleen then asks a follow-up question: “If someone already has radiant floor heating, or wants to install radiant floor heating, what type heating technology would you use?”Holladay answers that these systems usually include a boiler, which can run on one of several types of fuel. It’s also possible for a radiant-floor system to be built around a water heater, he says, noting, “some of these installations [radiant floor heating systems that operate off a water heater] are successful, while others are glitchy and problematic.” Ground-source heat pumps aren’t always too expensiveWhile ground-source heat pumps are often one of the more expensive heating and cooling options, the difference is apparently not always dramatic.C. Maglio recently priced a ground-source heat pump, a conventional heat pump, and minisplits for his (or her) new house. After applying the 30 percent federal tax credit, the “high end” ground-source heat pump installed by a reputable company was about $1,000 more than the conventional heat pump, Maglio says.After the tax credit, the system would cost about $21,400, or $5,355 per ton of capacity. “There is a good argument that I could put half that money in equipment and the other half in shell (insulation, etc.), thus reducing my load and making minisplits a better option, but frankly I’m not comfortable risking it,” Maglio says. “I’m already getting everything I can from our local trades in terms of shell. Mention exterior foam insulation around here and people look at you like you have two heads.”In southern New England, Dana Dorsett says, ground-source heat pumps typically run between 2 and 6 tons, with a 3-to-4-ton system being typical. The cost in the region is about $9,000 per ton.“I’ve never seen a quote for a 2-ton system less than about $28,000, and that was a handful of years ago,” he said. “Even after the 30 percent income tax credit, it’s still $20K. By contrast, modulating ductless minisplit systems run $3,500 to $4,000 per ton. The amount of design and engineering required to do a 2-ton GSHP system right is about the same as doing a 10-ton system, and every GSHP system is a highly customized design.”When retrofitting an older home with a 50,000 to 60,000 Btu/hour design heat load, Dorsett says, it’s usually more effective to reduce the heat load to less than 40,000 Btu/hour with air sealing and insulation, and possibly window upgrades, rather than pay for the extra 1 or 2 tons of heat pump capacity.“As a general rule, building envelope efficiency provides more comfort than mechanical systems efficiency,” he adds. “And the life cycle of building envelope efficiency measures is 2 to 4 times longer than any HVAC system.“When in doubt, spending the real money on lowering the load is usually going to be a better long-term deal than highest efficiency systems to support that load.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to add:I followed up with Dalmeida to get more details about her situation and learned that her home is located in Coupeville, Washington (not far from Seattle). It’s about 1,500 square feet, and indeed she has a radiant floor heating system that includes a propane boiler. Checking weather sources, we learn that Coupeville typically has about 5,500 annual heating degree days and just 22 cooling degree days.In general, it makes the most sense to consider ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) when the space conditioning loads — heating and cooling — are both significant; that’s hardly the case in Coupeville. And when the two loads are this different for any closed-loop system, there is the risk of progressive cooling of the soils in the vicinity of the underground piping, robbing the system over time of some of its efficiency. Of particular importance is not undersizing the ground loop; it can hurt the performance of any system, but in the case of a heating-only system, it can be disastrous.Another generality for GSHP systems is they better serve larger rather than smaller buildings, particularly given the sunk costs of the underground loop work. Researchers from Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) suggested that going with a GSHP (and particularly with a more complex ground source-to-water rather than the more familiar ground source-to-air) is likely to add up to as much as $10,000 to a system for a basic single-family home; that’s a pretty steep starting point to work from. How does solar thermal figure in this?We learned, too, that Dalmeida is interested in adding a solar thermal system. I figured I really needed “adult supervision” on this one, since integrating, or not, a GSHP system with solar thermal for domestic hot water can get pretty complex. Here is what engineer Dan Cautley of Seventhwave had to say:“From a purely thermal point of view, adding solar thermal to boost the input of a GSHP isn’t wrong-headed, since a) the solar panels will be heating cool ground water, and the cooler the water, the better they perform, and b) any temperature increase on the GSHP intake will increase heat pump performance. (Side note: it wouldn’t be a good idea to run the ground water loop through solar panels at all times, since they’d just dump energy back to the environment under colder nighttime conditions.)“Economically, however, it is probably not a good idea; can a several thousand dollar investment in added solar really pay for itself? This is a thermally complex system, and a good quantitative answer would require field study and/or some pretty sophisticated modeling (maybe TRNSYS, for example). But my intuition is it wouldn’t pay off.“A separate solar domestic hot water system might be a fit, but again I’m skeptical. Most GSHPs have either a desuperheater, which heats water when the unit is in cooling mode, or a dedicated domestic water heating cycle. The desuperheater might not get them much if they don’t use cooling, but a water heating cycle could heat all of their domestic hot water (assuming there are no unusual loads). I’m guessing that the added cost of a water heating cycle to a GSHP would be much less, and would deliver more energy, than a separate solar water heating system. The electric energy input works against the GSHP, though — figure a COP of maybe 4 for water heating by GSHP, while a solar system has only a little pumping power and a COP of maybe 10 to 20.”last_img read more

dApp Development Will Help the Healthcare Industry

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz @Mobile Application Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot. eSparkbiz has reached greater heights with his immense contribution in calculating the Cost To Make An App. Harikrishna KundariyaCEO Tags:#dApps Development#dApps in Healthcare Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Why is Bitcoin Soaring? How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… From time to time, technology will come along that can be counted on to disrupt many industries. Blockchain is one such technology. Blockchain has started to make inroads into many business sectors. Blockchain will bring only thoughts of cryptocurrencies to many people. dApp development will help the healthcare industry.However, technology has invaded industries as varied as healthcare and transportation. The dApp is one product that uses blockchain technology. These are applications or programs that run without centralized control. A central entity controls all applications. Blockchain technology is what facilitates the creation of dApps, so why does healthcare need blockchain technology?What is blockchain technology?It is not a technology that is used only in cryptocurrency transactions. The Blockchain is an open-source technology. In this technology, transactions get recorded on a decentralized ledger. Transactions get spread across the chain. There are no centralized agencies which control the operations. This technology cuts out the need for a middle man. Alternatively, it uses consensus from all involved parties to validate a transaction.It is almost impossible for someone to make a transaction without the other entities knowing about it. It allows total transparency of all transactions. Though initially, people use this technology for transactions of cryptocurrencies, many industries are looking at ways to adopt this technology. There are many advantages of using this technology, especially where there is an exchange of data between many people.Advantages of blockchain technology.Before we see how Blockchain helps the healthcare industry, we should look at the benefits of using this technology. Any technology may get used if it adds value to the existing system. Let us see how blockchain technology is beneficial. The first and most significant advantage of Blockchain is that there is no central authority to validate transactions. Every transaction gets distributed to all the members of a chain.Hence there is no way any tampering can happen. The fact that every transaction gets accepted by consensus will prevent any fraud. Every transaction is recorded and validated by everyone. It means that there is total transparency in the system. It improves trust in the system. Every member of the group can see the details of every transaction. In earlier systems, the data was stored in a centralized location.In Blockchain, it gets spread among the various servers in the system. It makes it almost impossible for anyone to enter the system and steal the data. There is no central data store for hackers to target. As there is no central agency checking or approving each transaction, the cost of transactions become much less. It results in a considerable saving of money. The system itself takes care of the job. It also saves time.The Blockchain is a system that checks and approves the transactionsAs there is no single agency supporting the transactions, there is no way tampering can take place. All purchases need the consensus of all members.There is total transparency and trust because everyone can see all the transactions.There is more trust as everything is out in the open for everyone to seeThere is no centralized data storage for hackers to target.Money and time savings as there is no need to wait for someone to approve the transactions.What ails the healthcare industry?Before we see how Blockchain can play an essential role in the healthcare industry, we must look at the problems that the healthcare industry faces. There are many issues concerning sharing of medical information, treatment of patients, and distribution of medicines which can use the blockchain technology. One of the primary reasons for the theft of data from EMR (electronic medical records) of patients is that they are all stored in a centralized location.It makes it easy for any hacker to access the data and use it for illegal purposes. Another problem with the medical record of patients is the delay in getting the data. The patient may have undergone treatment in one facility. If another health organization wants these data, they have to wait to get it. It may take longer if these facilities are located in locations far apart.There is always difficulty in compiling the medical details from various sources. It may be possible to integrate the medical records from wearable devices of a patient with other data. But it certainly is not easy. Today more and more people are using wearable devices to record body activities.Theft of EMR is rampant as data gets stored in one locationHackers need only to open one storage device to get access to all data. These hackers sell these medical data for money.Sending data from one health organization to another can take a lot of time.Compiling of medical records from different sources is difficult.Integration of data from wearable devices with other medical records is a lengthy process.Using Blockchain in the healthcare industry.While Blockchain will help solve the above problems, it also finds a use for many purposes in the healthcare industry. Let us first see how Blockchain helps to solve the above issues. The first advantage of Blockchain is that it is fully decentralized. The system does not store any data in centralized storage devices. The data is available in a distributed manner across the whole network. There is no way hackers can target one source and get all the information.When the data gets distributed across the whole chain, it is easy to access the data. The patient can own the data and decide who has access to the data. It means that when the patient goes to a different healthy facility, even in a different country, he or she can show the data to the new doctor. There is no time delay or the need to wait for someone to share the data.Blockchain helps to merge the data from wearables to be integrated with other medical records available. Users will generate IoT data which they can consolidate with other healthcare organization data. Blockchain can help to secure IoT data with the utmost ease. Apart from the above, the main advantage is the formation of dApp, which are very helpful in the healthcare industry. Let us see how dApp can play a significant role in the industry. Before that, we need to look at what is a dApp.What are dApps?dApp stands for Decentralized Application. It is a web application meant for sharing of information between the users. Unlike other apps, there is no central ownership or managing body. All the users of the app maintain the app. Any new addition or change is made through mutual consent. A copy of the app gets stored in the computers of all the users. It doesn’t matter how many people are there in the network.Bitcoin is probably the first dApp which runs on the Blockchain. It is a dApp for financial transactions. There is no central financial institution controlling the transactions. Each person adds an entry to the ledger.Healthcare and dApps.Apart from helping in financial transactions, dApps have been useful in many other industries. But healthcare is an industry which can get a lot of help from this technology. Let us see how the healthcare industry can use dApps.Sharing of data.It is probably the best use for dApps in the healthcare industry. When a patient is undergoing treatment, the details get entered in the app. dApps can connect the pieces of information in a shared network. It means that the treatment detail will be available at any time if the patient is visiting another hospital for treatment.Another benefit is that such exchanges can help in patients getting better treatment. Sometimes patients of similar symptoms can be treated with different medication. If the data is updated, doctors can know which treatment was more beneficial and start using that medication.Secure data storage.It is another important use of dApps in the healthcare industry. The dApp can store the data and spread it across all members of the group. It means that there is no central storage server which hackers can target.Hospitals store a considerable amount of data on secure servers. However, these are all vulnerable to attacks by hackers who will steal the personal data of patients. Having the data spread across an app will frustrate the hackers as there will be no target for them.Public Health.If there is a dApp which gets shared between various health practitioners and organizations, they can share information about an epidemic. It will help in treating the epidemic faster. Everyone in the network can add their knowledge about different treatment methods. It is right in the case of research too. If the research details get shared in a dApp, this can help different researchers involved in similar studies. They will know the results of various trails which have been conducted by their colleagues.An important fact here is that all the users in the dApp verify every entry. There is no way to make a wrong entry can. Nobody can claim ownership wrongly as every entry has to be authenticated by mutual consent. The study is safe, and everyone who has contributed will get his or her credit.Patient Health data.Instead of storing the health details of patients in a centralized electronic health record, they can store in a dApp which is owned and controlled by them. They can decide who can view the app. Patients cannot access EHR now. In a dApp, the patients can integrate their medical details from wearable devices. They can also use other tools and include that data in the medical records. It will help the doctors to give a complete picture of the patients’ health.Agreements and contracts.It is a very time-consuming process getting the family members to sign the deal when someone has to undergo surgery. There are forms to be completed and signature affixed. These have to be sent to a centralized authority for approval. In the case of a dApp, the patients’ relatives and the hospital can manage this without any central authority. It is possible because the others in the group authenticate every entry. It saves a lot of time.A secure on-demand model.The on-demand service app has made its presence felt in the healthcare industry. There are apps which help in the supply of medicines. There are also apps which help you get a doctor when you want. But there was no secure app for this purpose. dApps are the solution. They can help in a very secure network of doctors and medical suppliers. If there is a problem, it is straightforward to find out where it has happened and correct it.As all the users of the app have to authenticate, any data entered is immediately known to all the people concerned.Doctors treating patients who got treatment elsewhere can have instant access to patient’s records.Doctors can arrive at the best cure for a condition as treatment methods for similar symptoms are shared.Patient data is very secure as there is no central storage server for hackers to target.Epidemics can be treated quickly as information about treatment is readily available on the dApp.Researches researching similar diseases can share information and have access to details about various trials and results.Researchers are safe when sharing information as every entry needs authentication. Nobody can make the wrong claims.Patients can integrate all medical records in a dApp which they have access and can control. It is better than EHR.You can integrate medical results from wearable devices and other sources in one dApp.The signing of agreements and contracts are fast and secure.On-demand services become safer as mistakes can be immediately located and corrected.Obstacles and Difficulties in Using Blockchain Technology.Different regions have different medical guidelines. In a blockchain network, nobody knows whether everyone is following the directions correctly. It is because there is no central authority controlling the information. Another difficulty that occurs when storing medical data is storage capacity. Each user generates a considerable amount of data. It is much more than what can get stored in a blockchain because of the size restrictions of the block.The time taken for data to be loaded on to the Blockchain is another matter. The process is prolonged. It is because of the number of consents that are required before it can get recorded. There is a need to find a better system than the proof-of-work method. Data cannot be changed once it gets entered in the Blockchain. It adds to the security of the data because no one can change it. But this also makes it impossible to scale the data.ConclusionThe technology is still in its nascent state. There are many difficulties in using blockchain technology in the healthcare industries. There are unclear areas concerning data privacy. There is doubt about who should get access and who shouldn’t. The cost of technology is another obstacle to using it very widely. The main problem, however, would be to convince the various parties to adopt the technology and prove that it is useful and safer than present systems.The fact that it keeps patients’ data safe and gives them control should be enough reason to push forward this technology.last_img read more

Video Editing Timelines from Gravity, Kick Ass 2, Network TV Shows and More

first_imgOver 6 hrs and 45 minutes of footage with 5 audio channels and #PluralEyes is working it’s tail off… — Kanen Flowers (@iamKanen) December 3, 2013 Ever wondered what the editors timeline looks like on an Oscar winning film? Check out these images to get a closer look!Oscar winning editor Mark Sanger showed off this screengrab from his timeline of the opening sequence to Gravity, in a talk he gave at the Avid booth during NAB 2014.It’s interesting to see how many layers of video are involved in keeping the timeline together, the extensive use of markers and the native filters and effects he’s used too. For a really, really extensive round up of the making of Gravity, check out this post.Tons of TimelinesWe’ve taken to Twitter to roundup the following timeline screenshots from our favorite editors. Click on the embedded images to get a look at these timelines in all their glory!last_img read more

Soldier killed, another injured in Kupwara

first_imgA solider was killed and another injured in a militant attack near the Line of Control (LoC) at Keran sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday morning.“A stand-off attack was launched (by militants) on our link patrol ahead of the LoC fence in the Keran sector. Two soldiers suffered injuries. Own troops retaliated. The operation is in progress,” Army’s Srinagar- based Defence Ministry spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia said.Reports said a group of around five militants, “opened indiscriminate fire upon the Army’s party. “A group of infiltrators was intercepted near the Kacchal Post in Keran Sector adjacent to Chowkibal forests,” said an offcial.The injured soldiers were shifted to military hospital at Drugmulla for treatment, where one jawan died. “The operation is on in the area,” said the police officials.Hideout bustedIn a separate operation, Army busted a militant hideout in Bandipora. “One AK 47, two Chinese pistol, five Chinese grenades, binocular, telescope and two radio sets were seized,” said the Army.The police said it also foiled an attempt to loot the J&K Bank cash van in Shopian. “Suspected militants fired at the cash van at Chidipora area of Zainapora and tried to loot the money. The alert security guards foiled their attempt and the robbers fled from the spot,” said the police.last_img read more