(CNN)A government website in the state of Washington is the latest victim of a hacking attack that plants what appears to be pro-ISIS propaganda.
(CNN)A government website in the state of Washington is the latest victim of a hacking attack that plants what appears to be pro-ISIS propaganda.
(CNN)As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out.
Washington (CNN)A member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday morning after an audio recording of him surfaced on YouTube saying he was “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game practice and wished the Louisiana Republican was dead.
President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017
They might not be perfect, but they’re winners.
In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick.
Let’s be clear: Kalanick is, in form and function, nothing like Trump. Kalanick is a legitimately successful entrepreneur who created a massive company out of thin air. Kalanick’s also got plenty of faults, but he hasn’t been accused of a fraction of the improprieties that Trump has (personally, and professionally).
They share, however, in a cult of personality among their supportersas do other tech figures (see: Elon Musk). Their supporters look at these figures and their faults, and see greatnessnot just alongside these faults, but because of these faults.
Kalanick, they’d have you believe, is a genius businessman and leader. Maybe Uber wasn’t a perfect company, but a perfect company wouldn’t have become Uber. He succeeds because of his faults, so Uber succeeds because of those faults.
A petition circulated among Uber employees and signed by more than 1,000 of them made it clear.
“TK, no matter his flaws (everyone has them) was one of the best leaders I have seen,” the petition reads. “He worked day night(sic) in creating this company to what it is today.”
“Uber is TK and TK is Uber,” it continues.
Other public postings about Kalanick have a similar sensibility. Uber product manager Margaret-Ann Seger posted a lengthy response, including her view that Uber was a good place for women like herself who had struggled at other companies.
“So thank you. Weve mis-stepped at times- Ill be the first to admit that Uber is not perfect. But the positive impact youve had on this company, and the world, is truly inspirational,” she wrote.
First of all, we’re talking about Uber, not the International Rescue Committee. Kalanick didn’t even invent the concept of ridehailing/ridesharing. He was just the guy who broke enough rules and played enough dirty tricks to win. And even then, nobody’s so sure that Uber’s a net positive for society, so, let’s cool it with the visionary-benefactor mythos.
Second: Yes, people make mistakes. People are fallible. Travis Kalanick’s not perfect. But that’s not the issue at hand. The issue’s that his company had a rotten culture that, by many accounts, came from the top. Kalanick once received the health records of a rape victim, and then used them to fuel his own conspiratorial ideas about Uber’s competitors. Kalanick and Uber so brazenly flaunted the ruleseven making software to do sothat Uber’s under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and numerous states.
And it’s not to say Uber employees who liked Travis are repugnant for applauding his accomplishments, or remembering him fondly. He’s got plenty of Silicon Valley folks who’ve tweeted out that he’s not the monster that the media’s portrayed him as (more on that in a bit). His personal reputation in SV is relatively positive, and he clearly had a positive impact on some of his employees.
But if “Uber is TK and TK is Uber,” then it’s hard to fully buy into the idea that Kalanick somehow got a raw deal. The facts speak for themselves.
Or maybe they don’t. Trump supporters have perfected the art of blocking out anything that doesn’t fit their worldview. All the horrible stuff Trump’s done, does, and will do? That’s the price of success. It’s all besides the point. “Everyone’s arguing about trees while ignoring the forrest,” might be a charitable way of phrasing their argument.
If Kalanick’s great, but everyone’s focusing on Uber’s flaws, then there must be some reason.
And that’s where the media comes in. Trump supporters love to blame the media anytime Trump screws up. Kalanick supporters are also finding that it helps them reason away their former boss’s indiscretions.
“EMPLOYEES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN MEDIA!!!” the petition adds, noting that Mike Isaacthe New York Times reporter who, along with Recode’s Kara Swisher, lead the way in reporting on Uberis one of the “shadiest” reporters.
At least Isaac’s a good sport about it.
This is the playbook now. Faults are features, and anybody who disagrees? A charlatan. The ends justify the means, unless you’re a snowflake. That’s how you change the world.
Silicon Valley loves this posturing. And while it’s heartening to see that a single blog post from a former engineer could eventually lead to Kalanick’s ouster, his minions are ready to burst forth in his place.
“Youve launched a thousand of us, your disciples, out into Silicon Valley. Lets fucking do this. Game on,” wrote one anonymous Uber employee in a public post about Kalanick.
Let’s hope that those disciples have a bit more discipline to realize that Kalanick’s faults aren’t what made Uberthey’re what might destroy it.
So… you know how everyone’s been saying wearables are on the way out, or already dead?
You should probably call off the funeral. If new projections pan out, the market for the gadgets is heating up, and it’s only going to get hotter.
Research firm IDC’s latest wearables report estimated that global wearable vendors will ship a whopping 125.5 million devices this year, a 20.4 percent increase from the 104.3 million units thought to have shipped in 2016. But this year is just the start of the wearable renaissance IDC forecasts major growth in the space going forward, predicting that the international market will nearly double to 240.1 million shipments by 2021.
The year-over-year growth comes as the gadgets evolve from novelties to more fully realized, useful devices. The release of Android Wear 2.0 and the continued success of the Apple Watch, as it pivots to focus on health, are the two biggest examples.
IDC research manager Ramon T. Llamas thinks the segment is at the dawn of a new age. Since the markets inception, its been a matter of getting product out there to generate awareness and interest,” he said in the release touting the report’s highlights. “Now its about getting the experience right from the way the hardware looks and feels to how software collects, analyzes, and presents insightful data.”
Llamas thinks the market will expand in the future as these next-gen devices are made available, giving wearers functions far beyond the quaint step-tracking of earlier wearables. He expects that the features on our smartphones will come to our wrists (and other places we can wear stuff) in the future, like AI assistants and network connectivity, while base prices drop.
So where will we wear these smarter, cheaper gadgets? IDC guesses that your wrist will still be the most common place to put your tech in 2021, with watches and wristbands taking up 88.7 percent of the markets. Notably, the firm projects smartwatches won’t perform as well as hybrid watches, so some of the shade that has been thrown toward them can be justified at least until 2019, when cellular connectivity is expected to improve.
Other types of wearables will gain market share, too. Smart clothing could be the biggest space to see improvement, with an expected 76.1 percent growth rate.
There could be a wild card here to drive the success of wearables even further: Apple. The current king of the market’s best-selling Apple Watch could ascend to even greater heights if it continues to evolve into a health-first device.
The company is rumored to be developing an innovative new feature for the watch that could make it an essential medical device for millions of people around the world. Reports claim Apple has a crack team of medical experts working to develop a non-invasive glucose monitor, which could come in the form of a specialized band. Tim Cook himself was reportedly spotted wearing a prototype back in May, and he has talked about the potential for the space and Apple’s interest in its development.
If Apple can introduce the world’s first non-invasive glucose monitor for the Apple Watch, the wearable would likely shift in the eyes of consumers with diabetes from a gadget to an essential medical device. There are 422 million people in the world with the disease, according to the most recent numbers from WHO. All those people obviously aren’t guaranteed to buy an Apple Watch if it adds the new glucose tech but they’re just one example of a massive new consumer base in this new age of wearables.
President Trump celebrated two more Republican victories in congressional special elections Wednesday and talked up the prospect of legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare at a campaign-style rally in Iowa.
I hope we are going to surprise you with a really good plan, Trump told a crowd of just under 6,000 people in Cedar Rapids. Ive been talking about a plan with heart. I said, Add some money to it!
Trump had called the Houses version of the legislation mean in a meeting with several Republican senators last week. He spoke hours before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was scheduled to roll out a so-called discussion draft of the upper chambers health bill.
Trump reminded his supporters that Republicans have a very slim majority to pass a healthcare bill in the Senate and basically cant afford to lose anybody. He also slammed congressional Democrats as obstructionists and repeated his line that if we got the single greatest health care plan in the history of the world, we would not get one Democratic vote.
However, the president also suggested that he would be amenable to altering the legislation if Democrats would come on board.
If we could just get a few votes from the Democrats, Trump said, it would be so easy and so beautiful.
Trump’s evening in Iowa began with a tribute to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, whom he had just appointed the United States’ ambassador to China.
Trump hailed Branstad, the longest-serving governor in U.S. history and an early Trump backer, as “a legend” and “one great man.”
At the rally, Trump coupled his praise of Branstad with muted acclaim for China and its president Xi Jinping.
“Weve had a very good relationship with China,” Trump said, “and I do like President Xi. I wish we would have a little more help with respect to North Korea from China, but that doesnt seem to be working out.”
The president spoke two days after the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma last week. Warmbier had been arrested 17 months earlier for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda banner.
Trump also praised Republicans Karen Handel and Ralph Norman, who won special congressional elections Tuesday in Georgia and South Carolina, respectively.
“We’re 5-0 in special elections,” the president said. “The truth is, people love us … they haven’t figured it out yet.”
He also mocked Handel’s challenger, Jon Ossoff, saying the Democrats “spent $30 million on this kid who forgot to live in the district,” and even offered some free advice for Democratic campaign managers.
“They need to be positive. They cant continue to be obstructionists,” Trump said. “Thats all they have going.”
Trump also touted his administration’s efforts to roll back regulations, mused about putting solar panels on a Mexican border wall, and derided wind power for killing birds in a state that uses a lot of it. He also avoided any discussion of the investigations surrounding his presidential campaign, other than one brief reference to the “witch hunt,” which is what he has dubbed the probes into his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Trumps Cedar Rapids rally was the fifth held in his first five months in office. He held a Des Moines rally in December as part of his transition-era “thank you” tour of states he had won, but has not been back to Iowa since.
Trump also visited nearby Kirkwood Community College, where he toured agriculture technology innovations intended to draw attention to the school’s advancements in high-tech agriculture.
He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as part of the administration’s effort this week to highlight the importance of technology.
Trump later touted the wealth of Ross and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, saying: “Those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Failure to monitor properly baby heart rates during labour is one reason why some newborns are dying on UK maternity wards, an investigation has found.
The Each Baby Counts inquiry, by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, looked at more than 700 recent neonatal deaths and injuries.
It says three in every four of the babies may have had a different outcome had they received different care.
The detailed report outlines how to prevent such tragedies in future.
“Although the UK remains one of the safest places to give birth, serious incidents do occur, some of which could be prevented if different care were given,” says the report.
The report looked at all 1,136 stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred on UK maternity units during 2015:
Local investigations into a quarter of the cases were not thorough enough to allow the report authors to do a full assessment of what might have gone wrong.
In many of the 727 cases that could be reviewed in-depth, problems with accurate assessment of foetal wellbeing during labour and consistent issues with staff understanding and processing of complex situations, including interpreting baby heart-rate patterns (on traces from CTG machines), were cited as significant factors.
Parents were invited to be involved in only a third of the local reviews, the report found.
Alfie Field was left with brain damage and later died after doctors failed to spot problems with his heart rate during labour.
His mum, Kym Field, from Cambridgeshire, recalls: “As soon as Aflie was born he was handed to paediatric doctors. He was then briefly shown to us before being whisked away.
“The next morning we were told there was nothing more they could do for our perfect baby boy.
“Details were sparse but we were told he had no brain activity. We had to say goodbye before we even had the chance to say hello. It was, to this day, the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Instead of organising a date for family to come and meet our perfect new bundle, we arranged his funeral.”
An inquest into Alfie’s death at Addenbrooke’s Hospital heard opportunities to deliver him sooner were missed.
“Our baby’s death was down to a collection of errors and negligence.
“No family should ever have to go through what we have.”
The Each Baby Counts report recommends:
Co-principal investigator, Prof Zarko Alfirevic, consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said: “We urge everyone working in maternity care to ensure the report’s recommendations are followed at all times.”
Prof Lesley Regan, president of the RCOG, added: “The fact that a quarter of reports are still of such poor quality that we are unable to draw conclusions about the quality of the care provided is unacceptable and must be improved as a matter of urgency.”
Janet Scott, from the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said the report findings were deeply concerning.
“We urge trusts, health boards and governments across the UK to ensure the levels of support and resourcing needed to bring this about urgently.”
In October 2016, the government launched a Maternity Safety Action Plan to provide resources for trusts to improve their approach to maternity safety, including an 8m fund for maternity safety training.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “While maternal and neonatal deaths are falling, together we need to do even more to make sure fewer families suffer the heartache of losing a baby – and this vital work will help.”
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40339024
There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Its new report calls for them to be rewritten to give a more balanced view.
A survey by the academy found the public was confused by information on medicines and did not trust scientific research.
Scientists said clear communication with patients was a priority.
The side-effects listed on patient information leaflets (PILs) are often very long and off-putting, the report says.
They make people unduly anxious about taking medicines and could be the reason why fewer than 50% continue with drugs they have started taking.
The likelihood of the side-effects occurring is also rarely explained – instead they are labelled “possible” or “serious”.
And the benefits of the medicines are usually understated, taking up much less space on the leaflet than potential harms.
Prof Sir John Tooke, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences report, says there is too much “impenetrable” scientific language on leaflets.
For example, the leaflet inside a box of paracetamol says that possible side-effects from taking the tablets are the chance of developing pancreatitis or hepatitis.
However, there is no information on what the conditions are or how big the risk of getting them is in reality.
Rather than clearly explaining how symptoms will reduce, too many leaflets describe what the medicine does in complicated biological terms.
“They aren’t written from a consumer’s perspective,” Prof Tooke says.
Patients should feel confident about the medicines they are taking, rather than uneasy.
If they do not understand the information provided, they are less likely to feel good about taking them.
For legal and regulatory reasons, there is a lot of information provided – but the report asks whether it is really there to help the public.
Silvia Kirk is a mother of two from London, who took part in public workshops for the report.
“I don’t always read the information leaflets in medicine packs, unless it’s for my children – one of whom has asthma,” she says.
“Usually my heart is all over the place as I’m reading them, because I’m wondering whether the risks outweigh the benefits.
“Some of the information doesn’t make sense at all. When you’re poorly you don’t want to feel anxious too – and I think it’s particularly confusing for older people.
“I understand it all needs to be on the leaflets, but there’s too much crammed into one space. I tend to go by what the GP has said and written on the prescription.
“I only check side-effects listed on the Yellow Card website [suspected adverse reactions to licensed drugs], which I find are useful.
“A link to more detailed information online on individual medicines would be useful for me.”
The report is also calling for:
The survey of about 2,000 British adults and 1,000 GPs found that a third of the public trusted evidence from medical research while two-thirds trusted the experiences of family and friends when it came to taking medicines.
Doctors said they also needed better information to help them judge the benefits and harms of medicines for patients.
In general, they welcomed the whole idea of making information on medicines clearer – for patients and doctors.
But they recognised that a degree of uncertainty was inevitable in medicine, because scientific research was always evolving.
Dr Louise Brown, senior statistician at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, said there were other challenges to face in the shape of the internet and social media.
“We are all bombarded with an unrelenting stream of new information that is overwhelming and very difficult to process.
“Unsurprisingly, this leads to feelings of scepticism and mistrust,” she said.
Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said providing accurate and accessible information on new treatments was vital.
“It is only by working in close partnership with patients, clearly and honestly explaining the scientific evidence, that we can fully realise the huge potential that 21st Century medical science offers.”
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40329418
My grandparents adopted me. They raised me since I was a baby. The only drawback to this is that they were already well in their 40’s-50’s when I was born, so I have less time with them compared to what others have with their birth parents.
My father is 72. My mother is 68. Even as a child I was already aware how old my parents were. Since I was so attached to them, Id often worry about their well-being.
One time, when I was 4 or 5, my mother took me with her during a doctor check-up of some sort. She was groaning in pain as the doctor did the routine. After they were done, I was so angry and scared for my mother that I balled my tiny fists and punched the doctors legs. I huffed, which got a laugh out of them.
20 years later and I can see time marked on my parents faces when I skype them. I live in a different country now and while Im fulfilled, I sometimes find myself being unnerved at the idea of them getting sick or even suddenly passing while I am miles away. I get scared shitless if my father just catches a fever or a cough or a cold.
My worrying strengthened recently when my friends father was laid to rest. It got me fretting more than usual –
How do we cope with our parents getting older? How do we prepare ourselves emotionally with the fact one day they will die (and probably soon)? How do we come to terms with the looming possibility of losing them?
I guess theres no simple way to answer these questions. If we think about it, all of us reach the age 70, 80, 90 or even 100 eventually. Right at this moment, we, too, are aging.
Our parents are growing old and so are we. Death is unavoidable. We cant really solve something as inevitable as aging. I guess all we can do is live our life as best as we know how and cherish our loved ones while they are still here.
I searched for a solution, specifically a clear-cut method I could follow, yet there was no straightforward answer. It seems bleak, but when that time comes we just have to accept the situation as it is and hopefully remember people are capable of surviving tragedy (even more than we know).
In case you are still struggling, too, take note of the following:
– Spend time with your parents, especially if youre often busy.
– Open up to them about how you feel.
– Let them know how much you love them, both in actions and words. This can be difficult if you have a strained relationship with your parents or if you/your parents arent much for vocal vulnerability, but try so you know youve said everything you wanted to say to them.
– Support your parents. Not only when theyre struggling with their health or growing older, but also when theyre celebrating their wins in life, too. You cant control their aging process, but you can care for them and help make it easier for them.
– Prepare yourselves, literally. What do they want when theyre proper old? Do they want to stay at their house, with you, or at a home for the aged? What are the arrangements when they pass away? When youve planned out the trivial matters, then you will have more time to be with them now as well as space to grieve in the future.
– Regard grieving as healing. Yes, it is difficult to see your parents slip from you and the loss later will be painful. But in time you will be okay, again, especially if you find and surround yourself with a support group.
– Dont be ashamed of what you are feeling. Don’t shut out your emotions and remain in denial as itmay only make things harder for you. Hopelessness, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger – whatever youre going through right now is normal so find a way to accept it rather than sneak your way around it.
– Forgive each other.Is there anything you want to ask forgiveness for? Is there anything your parents did that warrants your forgiveness? Talk it out – not to simply rid yourself of guilt, but to free yourselves from any unresolved issues, and hopefully build a better relationship together.
(CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.