Cipla launches platforms for healthcare professionals and patients

first_img Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Cipla launches platforms for healthcare professionals and patients Cipla has launched two digital assets, one aimed at healthcare professionals and the other at patients, Ciplamed and BreathefreeThe all new Ciplamed is a uniquely designed comprehensive medical portal for healthcare professionals, available as a mobile app (Android and iOS) and a mobile-responsive website. Ciplamed offers a range of scientific resources such as eCMEs, infographics, presentations, medical news, patient education material and much more across specialities to keep oneself updated with the new advances in the medical field. Ciplamed aims to offer reliable medical information on-the-go to the time-crunched physicians, to promote best clinical practice and improved health outcomes.The new Breathefree website will continue to be a complete and comprehensive source of patient information tool relating to breathing disorders and is also designed to be a powerful, closely connected community of people suffering from various breathing ailments. So, while anyone can, of course, learn everything about a breathing issue that may be bothering them, it also provides a powerful platform for people to share experiences, insights and stories of personal triumphs.Nikhil Chopra, Head India Business, Cipla, “Continuing Cipla’s commitment towards patient centricity and innovation, we are happy to bring to life two great educational efforts delivered through a digital route. We hope these assets will empower better healthcare decisions and outcomes.”Kiran Pai, Head Digital Marketing, Cipla, “Simplified content and great user interface is the hallmark of new age digital education platforms and we have tried to do just that with Ciplamed & breathe free platforms. Needless to mention that both platforms are mobile responsive to fuel consumption across the mobile first segment.”Dr Jaideep Gogaty, Chief Medical Officer, Cipla “Cipla has always partnered with the medical fraternity towards enhancing patient care. Ciplamed and Breathefree are two unique initiatives in this continuing endeavour. While Ciplamed provides a wide range of comprehensive and practice-oriented medical resources and updates for the busy healthcare professional, Breathefree aims to enhance patient awareness on asthma, COPD and allergic rhinitis in a lucid and user-friendly format.” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Sharecenter_img News By EH News Bureau on December 14, 2017 Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Southdown’s dealership becomes Chartwell

first_imgWest Sussex dealership and operator to split in September, but business as usual before and after, says MDSteve Swain will run the Chartwell sales business after the businesses splitCopthorne, West Sussex-based Southdown PSV has announced that its dealership and operating arms will be split from 1 September.As part of the change, the bus sales undertaking will trade as Chartwell Bus and Coach Sales. It will be headed by current Southdown PSV Managing Director Steve Swain, who will resign from his existing position from the date of the change to focus on Chartwell.Mr Swain says that while the contact number will remain the same, he will no longer be involved with the operating arm – which will continue to be known as Southdown PSV – as he shifts all of his attention back to sales.“The driving force behind this change is that while I have always handled sales for Southdown PSV, I want to take a back seat to other parts of the business. As MD it is not easy to do that, hence my decision to resign and concentrate on Chartwell.“My industry background is in sales, and this change will allow me to continue doing what I love, which is buying and selling buses and coaches.“Southdown PSV has grown continually since we established it in 2002 and now has 60 staff. Peter Larking, who was also a founding Director of the business, and Operations Director Gary Wood will remain with Southdown, while Operations Manager Steve Wallis will step up to become Managing Director.”Mr Swain stresses that it remains business as usual for operators who currently work with Southdown PSV in its dealership capacity, both before and after the transition to Chartwell.“We have some very loyal customers, and I will continue to deal with them on the same basis as before. Stock vehicles will remain at the Copthorne premises and I will be delighted to meet customers there to view them.”last_img read more

Kansas revenue director notes low unemployment rate, tells NEJC Conservatives that new revenue drop ‘makes no sense’

first_imgOn the same day the state announced February revenues fell $53 million short of estimates in Kansas, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan addressed the issue at a gathering of the Northeast Johnson County Conservatives group.Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan“It makes no sense,” Jordan said of the February numbers. “This has got us a little bit baffled.” Jordan cited a number of trends that show positive results from the state’s current tax policy. Chief among those is a 3.9 percent unemployment rate that Jordan said is the lowest in 14 years.Jordan said the current tax policy has reduced income tax rates by 30 percent for individuals, families and small businesses and that 71 percent of the tax savings have gone to individuals and families while only 29 percent have gone to small businesses.Individual income taxes have been growing year over year, Jordan said, until it hit the February downturn. Corporate income taxes are running under estimates by $11.4 million and sales tax receipts are down 1.7 percent, he said.Jordan told the group of about 20 conservatives gathered for the monthly meeting that economic declines in agriculture and oil are hurting Kansas and surrounding states. That aside, he said Kansas has added 18,340 small business tax filers. He said 81 percent of those new filers have a net income of less than $25,000. “Most small businesses stay where they are started,” he said.“I spent most of the afternoon with media folks,” Jordan said, referring to the release of the new revenue estimates. The state is approximately $84.2 million under estimates for state general fund receipts.Everyone knew the governor wanted lower taxes from the day he was elected, Jordan said, but you can’t get there right away. He said Governor Brownback has “a heart for the poor.” Citing the tax credits for lower income Kansans, he said, “I don’t know how you can say that is pounding on the poor.”“The purpose of the tax plan is to put more money in (your) pocket,” Jordan said. “You won’t have as much revenue.”Appearing with Jordan at the event was Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave.  He said the 3.9 percent unemployment rate now is making it hard to fill some jobs. “That shows that our policies have been very effective,” he said. Quality of life is the selling point for the commerce department, he said. “Johnson County is the best place that I’ve ever lived.”last_img read more

Miami’s Zack in line for ABA presidency

first_img April 1, 2008 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Miami’s Zack in line for ABA presidency Senior EditorAsk Steve Zack why he wanted to become a lawyer 36 years ago and why he now wants to be president of the ABA.Both answers emerge from the same frightening night when he was a 14-year-old boy fleeing Cuba in 1961, separated from his family, locked in a dark, windowless room, searched, and placed under house arrest.Zack — a Miami civil trial lawyer and former Florida Bar president — said he publicly told the harrowing story for the first time in a speech at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February.The occasion was his nomination by Ben Hill (another former Florida Bar president),and now Zack is running unopposed as president-elect designate of the ABA. The actual election occurs at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in February 2009, and Zack is expected to officially become president-elect in August 2009.“I knew I wanted to be a lawyer because I never again wanted to feel so helpless, so ignorant of my rights, and I realized how important it was to be protected by the law,” explained Zack, who was born in Detroit and moved with his Cuban mother and Jewish father back to Cuba when he was a two-week-old infant.“I also learned from that evening why today I want to be president of the American Bar Association. Because I want to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of our association to the millions of people around the world who are locked in dark, windowless rooms of injustice, poverty, and discrimination — and let them know that we are here and that we care.”A couple of years earlier, when Zack ran in a contested election for chair of the ABA House of Delegates, he had told his colleagues about arriving in America and how selling footwear at Snappy’s Shoe Store taught him the people skills necessary for that job akin to vice president of the ABA, heading the unicameral legislature that sets policy.But there was no laughter this year, when he described “one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, night in my life.”Earlier that day, the military took over the family business and the Zack family went to the airport, hoping to flee Castro’s regime.Enduring insults from the guards, people were forced to shed wedding rings and wristwatches before being seated in the “fishbowl,” a glass room where people sat huddled against each other, some crying and some silently dazed. When their names were called, Zack, his mother, his brother, and his sister were escorted out of the room.“We turned around to see my father, but he had left. We were then taken into separate windowless rooms where we were questioned and searched. This was long before I ever heard of the words ‘habeas corpus,’ but I knew what was happening was just wrong. The only thing I didn’t know is whether anybody cared and whether there was anybody who would do anything about it,” Zack said.“You might think that your first thought is of yourself when something like this happens, but frankly you wonder whether you will ever see your family again and what is happening to them, and, finally, what will happen to you.“The next morning, the door of this windowless, dark room was unlocked, and I was again joined by my family, and we were taken to the G2 headquarters downtown. G2 is the Cuban version of the KGB. We had been held in the G2 offices at the airport the night before.“When we arrived downtown, my father was waiting there with what was left of the American interest section of the American Embassy. We were released to their custody and put under house arrest for two weeks and finally allowed to come to the United States.”Quoting his grandfather, twice a refugee — from Russia to Cuba and then from Cuba to the United States — Zack exclaimed: “What a country! What a country!”While his grandfather could not speak English well, that trio of words “meant that he knew how fortunate he was to enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.. . . He knew that he would never be a refugee again when he came to the United States, because if the United States failed, there would be no place to go.”America has been a place of prosperity for Zack — a 60-year-old partner at the Miami firm of Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, where he now practices with another former Florida Bar president, James Fox Miller.“The fact that Steve Zack will be president of the American Bar Association is on the one hand a miracle because he is not in the mold of any other prior ABA president and, on the other hand, it is perfectly predictable,” Miller said. “If Steve sets out to do something, he almost always gets it done. He will do a great job and he will do it with great charm and aplomb. There is no one better on his feet and he has the perfect skill set to be an outstanding ambassador for the legal profession both nationally and internationally.”Among the highlights of Zack’s long, impressive resume are serving as general counsel to former Gov. Bob Graham, representing former Vice President Al Gore in Gore v. Bush, and representing the Florida Senate in the State of Florida congressional redistricting lawsuit.“The American Bar Association’s commitment to ‘pursuing liberty and defending justice’ has never been more important,” Zack said. “We are the informed and authoritative voice, and often the only strong and organized defense, against the encroachment upon fundamental legal rights and liberties by the expedient winds of the moment.. . . “We never know what the crisis of the moment will be, but every president has had to be prepared to respond on our behalf, and has done so effectively.”When Zack is sworn in as president of the ABA in 2010, he will become the fifth Florida Bar member to hold that post after the late Chesterfield Smith, Wm. Reece Smith, Sandy D’Alemberte, and Martha Barnett. Miami’s Zack in line for ABA presidencylast_img read more

YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs

first_img February 15, 2011 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs Associate Editor The Young Lawyers Division held its annual government symposium at Florida State University College of Law in January, tackling a tough topic: “Florida’s JNC Composition — the Past, Present, and Future.”Panelists for the symposium drew a record-breaking online audience of nearly 200, a number due in large part to the panelists themselves: former Bar President Alan Bookman of Pensacola, former Florida State University and ABA President Sandy D’Alemberte, and Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez, former general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush. The panelists were led in discussion by moderator and former state representative Dudley Goodlette. “We consider what we’ve assembled to be the dream team,” said YLD President Renee Thompson.The three panelists addressed the topic in two parts: first with individual expert remarks, then with a discussion on current issues facing the 26 statewide JNCs, including whether a governor has the prerogative to request additional nominees from a nominating commission.D’Alemberte provided some historical perspective, detailing the JNCs’ institution by former Gov. Reubin Askew in 1972, and the decision to allow the composition of JNCs to be changed by law — rather than be established in the constitution.“The judicial revision in 1972 included that the JNCs be put into the constitution,” explained D’Alemberte, a former representative and member of the Judiciary Committee in 1972. “So you have now a ‘constitutionalization’ of the JNCs in the 1972 adoption of Article 5.“But in that provision, the composition of the JNCs was not set in stone. So, in fact, the JNCs are in the constitution, but the composition of the JNCs is left to be changed by law.“That was a terrible mistake,” he said, “not the worst mistake I made as a legislator, but we shouldn’t have done it.”Members of the panel also shared their thoughts on the number of names a JNC should submit to the governor, a topic of particular interest to Rodriguez, who “served on the ultimate JNC” as general counsel to Gov. Bush.“The JNCs’ creation was a great way to try to bring some rationality to the process of appointing judges,” said Rodriguez, now a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Miami. “First, judges were elected by popular vote, then we had a process by which the governor appoints and Senate confirms, like the federal system, and we had judges who served for life.“It was, as Sandy said, a complete mess. Not just all the different courts, but all the different methods of judicial selection.”When the constitutional revision went into effect in 1972, the names of all judges who qualified for a position were to be submitted to the governor. But in 1996, the Legislature amended the constitution, calling for a minimum of three and a maximum of six names to be submitted. It’s a change D’Alemberte has a hard time understanding.“My view of the function of the JNCs is if you have 18 qualified people, send 18 names,” said D’Alemberte. “The function of the JNCs ought to be to screen out people who are not qualified, but to leave to the governor his prerogative to appoint who he wants to from a longer list.“Once you screen out all the people who ought not be on the bench, send him all the names. That’s still my philosophy. That’s the way I think the constitution ought to work.”In 2009, D’Alemberte represented retired Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Pleus in Pleus v. Charlie Crist, after the former Florida governor waited more than three months to appoint Pleus’ replacement, asking the Fifth DCA JNC to submit the names of additional nominees. The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously in July 2009 to require the governor to fill judicial appointments from a JNC’s submitted list of three to six candidates.“I think the Pleus decision is horrible, from the point of view that we didn’t need to have that kind of decision infringing on the governor’s power,” said Rodriguez. “I would have been very happy had that decision never been issued….“And I do think that Gov. Crist overstepped his authority. I think Sandy’s position was exactly right, and that the decision did more to hurt executive power than to support the cause of diversity on the bench,” she said.Gov. Askew’s institution of the JNCs was prompted not only by a desire for greater diversity in the courts or for a more organized system overall, but, as Bookman pointed out, to eliminate the politics of the process.“One of the principal purposes behind the provision for a nominating commission in the appointment process was not to replace the elective process, but to place restraint on the pork barrel process of purely political appointments,” said Bookman, who serves on the JNC for the First District Court of Appeal.“We’re all human beings; we all have our biases; we all have our likes and dislikes.. . . But we expect, and the citizens of Florida expect — and quite frankly, should receive — a judge who leaves his or her prejudices and biases at the door when they put their robe on.”Symposium panelists took the time to answer online viewers’ questions, including whether the JNCs are subject to Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.“They’re not subject to the Sunshine Law,” said Bookman. “They’re confidential; they’re sensitive. My thought is that they should not be subject to the Sunshine Law. That will allow the commissioners to have a full and free way of discussing what their thoughts and their opinions are about candidates. You won’t have to worry about what gets out in the public.”Of course, Bookman said, this only applies to deliberations of the JNCs. “Everything about the JNC process is wide open to the public.”The panel also briefly discussed SJR 140, a constitutional amendment that would require county or circuit court judges to have 10 years of experience as Florida Bar members instead of the currently required five. The amendment would also adjust the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. “Frankly, I don’t think that five years as a practicing lawyer gives you nearly as many opportunities for the broad experience and perspective that you need in today’s world as a judge,” said Rodriguez. “I think 10 years is a very reasonable time to have somebody truly become an expert in their field.”D’Alemberte disagreed.“I’m in the minority. I don’t see any reason to change that,” said D’Alemberte.“There’s a problem with age, but that’s at the other end of the age,” referring to the current mandatory retirement age.Panel attendees earned 2.5 CLE credit hours, and video footage from the entire web-cast will be available this month on the YLD website, www.flayld.org. Symposium materials — including panelists’ bios and copies of the executive orders establishing the JNCs — are also available online.last_img read more

Finals of FIVB Beach Volleyball Challenger this weekend

first_imgFor more information on the tournament, contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd at Tel: 02-3113414/5 or via the website at www.pentanglepromotions.com Pattaya is currently playing host to some of the world’s finest female beach volleyball players who are competing in the FIVB Beach Volleyball Challenger tournament from November 5-9. Players from across the world have congregated in Pattaya to vie for the US$50,000 in prize money.  The action is taking place just off Pattaya Beach Road adjacent to the Tropicana Hotel and the opranizers are offering free admission to all spectators throughout the duration of the tournament.Witness some world-class beach volleyball action this weekend in central Pattaya.CTH TV, Sports Spirit channel are also providing extensive “live” coverage of the main draw matches throughout the tournament from 6- 9 November, including the semi-finals and finals which will be held on Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November respectively from 15.30 onwards.last_img read more

Galway Tribesmen Qualify for ROI Grand Final

first_imgThe game began with the typical fiery challenges between both sets of forwards with Andrew Atonio and Sean O’Gorman making the yards for the Tribesmen. The first penalty of the game occurred as early as the 4th minute, awarded to the Tribesmen. However, the men from the west failed to capitalize on any advantage and the first try came from the Exiles on the 13th minute. With the conversion missed, the Exiles led by 4 points. This lead didn’t last for long though, with Jacob Spargo striking back on the 18th minute for the Tribesmen and with the conversion secured by the reliable boot of Peter O’Neill, the Tribesmen were ahead by 6 points to 4. Around the 20 minute mark the Tribesmen made a couple of key substitutions introducing Patrick Curran and Jason East, both of whom made a massive impact, particularly the big prop forward Jason East who made a 40 metre dash up the touchline brushing aside any obstacles in his way. The Tribesmen further extended their lead on the 22nd minute through Colm Neary, which was once again converted by Peter O’Neill, this gave the Galway men a lead of 12-4.The rest of the first half saw a period of dominance by the Exiles who crossed the white wash three times without any reply and with two conversions secured this gave them a lead of 20-12. The Exiles were further boosted by two yellow cards shown to the Tribesmen in quick succession, firstly to Conor Mackey for a shoulder charge and the second being shown to Peter O’Neill for holding down in the tackle. This meant that the Tribesmen were down to 11 men as the half time break approached and it was against the odds that fullback Eaton Maloney scored for the Tribesmen in the dying seconds of the half, and with the 2 points from the resulting conversion, the scores at half time was 20-18 to the ExilesAs play resumed for the second half, the Exiles should have made their numerical advantage count as the two Tribesmen in the sin bin waited to rejoin the action, but the Galway men managed to hang on and avoid conceding during this period.  With the full compliment restored, the Tribesmen pressed on and scored again with Eathon Moloney registering his 2nd try. With Peter O’Neill scoring the conversion this gave the Tribesmen a lead of 24-20.With a place in the final at stake, both teams tried everything in their respective repertoires’ to gain the ascendancy, and it was the Exiles who struck next with a try out wide. With the conversion missed this put the scores at 24 points each.  The tension in the air was palpable as the clock ticked down, and faced with the prospect of extra time if the score remained the same, which neither team was relishing after this high octane encounter, both team were desperately looking for that one last score.The deadline was broken with just two minutes left on the clock, when the Exiles conceded a penalty in a kickable position. Peter O’Neill kept his nerve to slot over the kick to give to the Tribesmen a two point lead. The lead was further cemented when Conor Mackey crashed over from close range in the last minute of the game to give the Tribesmen a six point lead. This made the score 30-24 to the Tribesmen and this was the final score.The Tribesmen now sail forward into unchartered waters next Saturday when they take on Athboy Longhorns in the Republic Of Ireland final. Should they be successful in this challenge, they will then take on the best that Northern Ireland has to offer in the All Ireland final in Bray, Co Wicklow the following week.  Kick off on Saturday for the Republic Of Ireland final is at 2pm at Ashbourne Rugby Club, Co Meath.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Tribesmen were the eventual winner against perennial title challengers, The Dublin City Exiles, in a pulsating, nail biting contest in Ashbourne Rugby Club last Saturday. A defeat would have meant an abrupt end to the 2016 campaign whilst now, after winning the game, the Tribesmen extend their season by at least one more game in a mouth watering clash against the Athboy Longhorns next Saturday in the Republic Of Ireland final.last_img read more

Bat Week: the super powers of bats (photos)

first_imgPale Spear-nosed Bats, Phylbostomus discolorPowers: Omnivory and Speaking BatThe pale spear-nosed bat is widely distributed from Mexico to Brazil. They like to mix up their diet, eating nectar, fruit, flowers, pollen, insects, and even frogs. These bats also communicate with each other displaying vocal learning and turn taking, which are fundamental hallmarks of human language, with sonic and ultrasonic vocalizations.Pale Spear-nosed Bats, Phyllostomus discolor. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Animals, Bats, Environment, Mammals, Photos, Wildlife This photo post comes via Mongabay’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wild View blog.Under this partnership, we publish occasional original contributions from Wild View that highlights an animal species or group.In this post, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Sarah H. Olson and Julie Larsen Maher write about bats on the occasion of Bat Week, which runs from October 24-31. Sure, you may know that bats echolocate to control insect populations, but bats have other offbeat super powers. According to fossil records, bats have been around for at least 50 million years, and over that time, they evolved different survival strategies and abilities.Currently bats represent 20% of all mammal species known on earth, but they are increasingly being threatened by human activities. For example, an introduced fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, affects hibernating bats and can destroy entire colonies. Conservationists are exploring ways to protect the world’s only flying mammal by preserving rural and urban bat habitat and using scientific studies to gain new insights.When bats inevitably come up in conversation this Halloween, you can help spread the word about unsung bat super powers – and be a hero for bats.Celebrate Bat Week 2018 from October 24-31.Hammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus. Photo: Sarah OlsonHammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosusPowers: Sonic Attraction The males of this species tend to gather at a lek, a site in the forest canopy where they compete for females, attracting them with their honking calls. Their moose-like nose and lip-folds help create the harmonics of love for this species and also illicit human adoration.Hammer-headed Bat, Hypsignathus monstrosus. Photo: Sarah OlsonIndian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteusPower: Supersize VegetarianAs the species name suggests, this giant of a bat has a wingspan that can reach nearly five feet across. Despite their size, these bats are frugivorous (fruit-eaters) or nectivorous (nectar-eaters) and in India, they’ve documented these bats help propagate 21 species of plants.Indian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteus. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherIndian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteus. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensisPower: Immovable Endemic to a small, isolated island in the Indian Ocean, this bat has survived on Rodrigues since its arrival hundreds of thousands of years ago. Deforestation and overhunting exacerbated natural population declines from cyclones leading to a tiny population of about 70 bats in 1970s. Thanks to conservation efforts to restore habitat and captive zoo populations, the bat population on the island has recovered to 20,000 individuals, and is hopefully here to stay.Rodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherRodrigues Flying Foxes, Pteropus rodricensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherProboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris nasoPower: CamouflageThese bats range through Central and South America. When roosting, they form a line and are hidden against the bark of trees.Proboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris naso. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherProboscis Bats, Rhynchonycteris naso. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendiiPowers: Arial Acrobat This bat has an unusually small mass to wing surface area ratio making it highly maneuverable in its pursuit of moths and other insects. Young pups can fly within a few weeks of birth in early summer. As adults, this agile bat can hover in a stationary position and fly at speeds of 12 mph to capture prey. Their gigantic ears are pointed forward during flight, providing highly sensitive directional echolocation, and possibly contribute to aerodynamic lift.Townsend’s Big-eared Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii. Photo: Nathan FullerMore information at www.science4bats.orgAuthor biosSarah H. Olson, PhD, is an Associate Director of Wildlife Health for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Julie Larsen Maher is WCS Staff Photographer and editor of Wild View. She takes photos at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s five New York-based wildlife parks and global field locations.Editor’s note: Sharp-eyed readers caught a few errors in the original version of this post, including misspellings of Pteropus giganteus, Desmodus rotundus, and Phyllostomus discolor as well as Rhynchonycteris naso being identified as Balantiopteryx infusca. These have been corrected. Additionally, there was considerable debate over the first photo captioned “common vampire bats” — mammalogists and biologists suggested no less than five different species, so we changed the photo to a bat we know is a vampire. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Madagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensisPowers: Aerial Seed Bombing This fruit bat eats forest figs, seeds and all. Combine that with a fast gut transit time of around 30 minutes that doesn’t appear to affect the germination rate of the seeds, and an ability to poop midflight, and this bat is a talented Johnny Figseed. They are near-threatened on the IUCN Red List.Madagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherMadagascan Rousette Bats, Rousettus madagascariensis. Photos: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvumPower: First-class Flyer Straw-colored fruit bats hang out in huge colonies. They are tireless travelers when foraging with a tendency to fly beyond local food sources to find their favorite fruits and flowers. Near-threatened on the IUCN Red List, their numbers are decreasing in some areas due to heavy harvesting for bushmeat.African Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen MaherAfrican Straw-colored Bat, Eidolon helvum. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher Article published by Rhett Butler Common Vampire Bat, Desmodus rotundusPower: Super-powered Saliva The saliva of this cave-dwelling bat contains proteins that stop blood from clotting while it is feeding on a host. One of the major anticoagulants in the saliva of this bat also reduces inflammation. Researchers are investigating properties of vampire bat saliva to help inform the development of therapies for stroke patients.Vampire bat. Photo courtesy of WCSlast_img read more

New Technology in Retail Offers Many Possibilities

first_imgNew technology in retail loss prevention emerges regularly. In this profession, it’s important to stay abreast of any new technologies that may show potential and could help reduce theft and fraud.[text_ad use_post=’2383′]Industry conferences and events are a great place to scope out the latest solutions. For example, Tom Meehan, CFI, witnessed some new technology in retail at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show in January. He comments on the connection between loss prevention and the Internet of Things (IoT) in a column for the May-June 2017 issue of LP Magazine:- Sponsor – RFID is commonly used for inventory tracking. RFID in an omni-channel environment is a no brainer as it allows you to know where your inventory is and helps get it into the customer’s hands. For every three to five percent improvement in inventory accuracy, you can expect a 1 percent sales improvement.Ned McCauley, director of retail strategic accounts at Tyco Integrated Security, said, “Success in omni-channel retailing is not possible without precise data, and RFID is the single greatest enabler of this capability. From operators to loss prevention, retailers are starting to reap the benefits of item-level visibility in a way that was just not possible in the past.”RFID has many applications from “RFID as EAS.” Instead of installing a tradition EAS system, retailers are using RFID tags as opposed to EAS tags. This allows them to be ready for the future. Some retailers are using RFID in an effort to track organized retail crime and dishonest employees. It doesn’t end there. Imagine customers using RFID to help pair a dress with a handbag. All of that is possible today.Check out the full column, “When Ordinary Things Get Smart,” to see what a ski jacket has to do with the Internet of Things. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the May–June 2017 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Eddie Redmayne to Narrate Audiobook Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find

first_imgAudible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced that the Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling as Magizoologist Newt Scamander and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, is available for the first time as a digital audio book, and can be preordered now.Featuring six new beasts, a new foreword by Newt Scamander, and elaborate sound design, the recording will be released by Pottermore on March 14, 2017. Visit audible.com/FantasticBeasts to order the audiobook in advance.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.This essential companion to the Harry Potter stories has been revised by JK Rowling, bringing the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in her Wizarding World, with the release of the movie event of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was inspired by the original edition of the book.“Before I was cast in the film, David Yates told me about Newt and this textbook. I found it so funny and so enchanting and really wittily written. But it wasn’t until I started reading it out loud for the audiobook that I realized how tricky and poetic J.K. Rowling’s use of sounds and language can be. There are some really great tongue twister words in here! Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle. I enjoyed the challenge and hope listeners can sense that in my narration,” said Redmayne, who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the 2016 film inspired by the original edition of this Hogwarts library book.“We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners, the most voracious readers there are, the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet another essential component of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World seamlessly through the Audible service. We look forward to bringing even more listeners to this richly imagined universe through our effortless and affordable service,” said Andy Gaies, Audible Chief Content Officer. “Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available on Audible in 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated, most downloaded, and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”Pottermore will make a proportion of the proceeds from this audiobook available to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.Pottermore, the digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company from J.K. Rowling, is the publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks. The Pottermore Shop, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.last_img read more