New State Funding Expands Students Exposure to Manufacturing Careers in the Commonwealth

first_img December 04, 2018 New State Funding Expands Students Exposure to Manufacturing Careers in the Commonwealth Economy,  Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to expand the statewide ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ student video contest. The grants were approved for the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) in the Lehigh Valley and the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC).“This administration has placed an incredible emphasis on developing Pennsylvania’s manufacturing workforce,” Governor Wolf said. “One of the best ways to do that is by getting the next generation excited about these careers. The ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ student video contest has steadily grown over the years. We’re excited to see it continue to grow in the years ahead supported by this funding.”The ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ contest is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes in Pennsylvania about advanced manufacturing careers. The contest pairs teams of middle school students with local manufacturers. The student teams then create a video profile that shows what the manufacturers produce, how they make their products, and why the manufacturer is a great place to work. The contest grew from only one contest in the Lehigh Valley to a series of 15 contests statewide in this upcoming year. These new grants will provide $134,200 to DVIRC and $169,000 to MRC to further expand the contest to more schools, more students, and more manufacturers in the years ahead.“The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” competition is a unique way to simultaneously promote the value of STEM education and the exciting future of manufacturing to the region,” said Barry Miller, President and CEO of DVIRC. “We’re really excited to be able to expand the contest and reach so many young people, who are the future of modern manufacturing in the Philadelphia area. The response of educators and manufacturers to this program is outstanding.”“The students and their teachers put an amazing amount of work into their projects, meeting with manufacturers, filming and editing their videos,” said Jack Pfunder, president & CEO of MRC. “The success of this program across the state of Pennsylvania, and the country, validates its design, which is to raise awareness about manufacturing career opportunities for our students.”Funding was provided from the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant. The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.The ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ contest also aligns with Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which invests $30 million to build the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce. The initiative includes $20 million for expanding STEM and computer science education and $7 million for supporting apprenticeships across the commonwealth.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‘Nazarene march continues to deepen Filipino faith’

first_img Meanwhile, devotees in Quiapo already reached more or less 130,000 to 100,000 estimated inside the Quiapo Church, while more or less 30,000 devotees are outside the church. Devotees jostle one another as they try to touch the Black Nazarene replica during an annual procession in Quiapo city, Metro Manila, Philippines January 7, 2018. REUTERS The yearly Translacion commemorates the first procession transferring the life-size image of Jesus Christ from a church in Intramuros to the Minor Basilica in Quiapo on Jan. 9, 1767. Father Douglas Badong, vicar of Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, said that the procession is expected to reach the Church of the Black Nazarene faster because of the shorter route compared to the 2019 gathering. “Sana makabalik within Thursday night,” Badong said. “Maraming deboto ‘yung may pasok ngayon. ‘Pag naabutan kami, dodoble ‘yung bilang ng tao.” “The stories of conversion and miracles surrounding this important occasion attest to the richness of our religious and cultural heritage,” Duterte said.  “Together, let us work towards achieving a better and more inclusive future for all Filipinos.”center_img MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said the annual procession or Translacion of Black Nazarene has continued to strengthen the faith of the Filipino people. Close to 220,000 devotees of Black Nazarene have joined the crowd near the image, according to the estimation of the Manila Police District. Duterte is hopeful the image of Christ will inspire everyone towards a progressive nation as he called for compassion and selflessness of Filipinos in his message during the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Thursday. The procession draws up more than 15 million devotees, many clawing and climbing over each other as they attempt to touch or wipe towels on the statue of Christ bent under his cross, which is believed to be miraculous./PNlast_img read more

Senior day send-off leaves Badgers happy

first_imgWith all of the playoff uncertainties surrounding the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, Sunday’s senior day game could be the last in the Kohl Center in the careers of four UW seniors. Should that be the case, those seniors certainly went out on a positive note.Wisconsin bounced back in the series finale against Minnesota State, winning 6-0 after losing Friday’s meeting 5-3.On a day where teammates, coaches, friends and family honored all the effort the seniors had given over the years, the small group of seniors responded with standout performances.Senior captain Jasmine Giles tallied two goals and an assist while forward Kyla Sanders recorded another goal and an assist herself. Senior goaltender Alannah McCready, meanwhile, did away with the Maverick offense in registering her fifth career shutout.“It was nice to see people rewarded for years of effort, time and sweat,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I’m just really happy it was able to end this way at the Kohl Center for our players, for the fans — a lot of families travel to see us. It was a textbook day for senior day.”After the Badgers experienced a disappointing finish on Friday, in which the Mavericks jumped out to a 3-0 advantage 12 minutes into the first period, the entire Wisconsin crew strengthened its play, as the underclassmen were motivated not to spoil the day for the seniors.Freshman Alev Kelter knocked back a goal just three minutes into the game to give Wisconsin an early lead. Though the goal was the first of her career, Kelter was just happy to help make the day special for her senior teammates.“We love them so much, and we just want to keep this momentum going into next week against Minnesota,” Kelter said.The Badgers held the Mavericks to 17 and 14 shots on goal in the weekend series, though they allowed five goals in the first game before recording a shutout in the finale. DeKeyser credited MSU’s goals to a few defensive breakdowns and shots that hit sticks and redirected.On Sunday, however, the rest of the defense upstaged Minnesota State’s offense. McCready could not take all the credit as her teammates limited shots on goal and prevented offensive rebounds.“They were really solid today,” she said. “We had really good breakouts, and if I had a rebound they were clearing it out right away, so that always helps out a lot.”In honoring the seniors, the Badgers’ camaraderie was aglow and as the Badgers continued to increase their lead, other players who do not normally receive much playing time got the call and increased the team’s energy.“There was a lot of good chatter on the bench. They were encouraging, and they were all happy,” DeKeyser said. “They were all equally happy when we had players that don’t normally see much ice time got a couple shifts here and there. It was good to see them working with each other and be[ing] happy for one another.”Sunday’s game also displayed a preview of what is to come of the Badgers in the future, as two freshmen recorded goals.Sanders’ goal in particular was a mark on how far she and her freshman prot?g?, Kelter, have come this season as Sanders redirected a shot from Kelter for the team’s third score.“She’s my mentor so it’s good to have that,” Kelter said. “We get buddied up — each player has a buddy — so to have that little connection going we were super pumped about that.”After Friday’s loss, the win on Sunday was crucial in the efforts to clinch one last home series for the playoffs.The Badgers now find themselves tied for third place with St. Cloud State and one point ahead of Bemidji State. Whether the seniors and the rest of the Badgers will return for one last homestand will be decided next week against No. 2 Minnesota in the regular season finale.While Giles — who recorded her 100th career point on Sunday — is determined to secure a favorable playoff seed, she would rather not think of it as a matter of whether she will play in the Kohl Center one last time or not.“I don’t want to think about it that muchl if I do it’ll just make me sad,” she said. “I just want to remember the great times we had out here — the Harvard game is something I’ll never forget, [and] the Dartmouth game we played.“Just so many wins here, so many great memories, great goals.”last_img read more

Yasiel Puig, Dodgers show up late for home-opening loss to Giants

first_img“I felt the same way I would for any other start. No excuses there,” Ryu said. “I feel unfortunate to my team and my coaches. The first two starts went pretty good. I disappointed the fans and also my teammates.”An apologetic Puig was wise to the fact he disappointed his teammates from the moment he arrived late to batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. He could only watch from the bench as Matt Kemp made a first-inning error and let a second-inning fly ball carom off his glove in his 2014 debut. Kemp was the outwardly unhappy odd man out of the lineup before Puig’s tardiness forced Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to insert Kemp in his first game since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him part of last season.The Dodgers unanimously insisted Puig’s circumstances weren’t a factor in the lopsided loss. The 23-year-old outfielder said he was confused about the time he was supposed to arrive. “I guess it’s a big deal because it’s Yasiel, but it was a situation where he was late today,” Mattingly said. “I think he truly thought it (the game) was later. That doesn’t keep him from being responsible, but I think he was humbled by everything that happened today. I thought he handled it well.”Once Ryu exited after two innings having faced 18 batters to whom he gave up eight hits and three walks, the Dodgers mounted a spirited rally. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES – Yasiel Puig was the only one who technically showed up late. The rest of the Dodgers were missing in action until an hour into their home opener Friday afternoon.By the time cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzales came to the plate in the second inning, the Dodgers faced an eight-run deficit, one from which they never recovered in an 8-4 loss in front of a 53,493 at Dodger Stadium.Making his third start in six games, Hyun-Jin Ryu was tattooed for eight runs — six earned — in two innings. After not allowing a run in his first two starts of 2014, Ryu put eight consecutive batters on base in the first inning.center_img Gonzalez and Andre Ethier’s back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning awakened a crowd that was stunned into submission by the first two innings.A couple of innocent runs turned into tangible momentum for the Dodgers when Carl Crawford led off the fifth inning with a single before Kemp collected his first hit of 2014, an RBI double to pull the Dodgers within 8-3.Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single cut the original eight-run deficit in half and ended the day for Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. After giving up only Dee Gordon’s bloop single in the first three innings, Vogelsong pitched into the fifth inning, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks.“Just chip away, keep chipping away,” said Gordon, who is hitting .412. “That’s what we were trying to do. We just ran out of innings.”Outside of the fourth and fifth innings, Gordon was the only Dodger to reach base without being thrown out on the base paths. The second baseman, who went 2 for 4, led off the sixth inning with a bunt single and reached third on an error, but was stranded in what signified the end of the Dodgers’ momentum.The Giants didn’t so much as collect a hit over the final seven innings off four Dodgers relievers, but the eight-run hole proved too deep for the Dodgers. “I think we all feel bad and I feel bad because this was the first look that our Dodger fans got of us in those first two innings,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “But I’m proud of the ways our guys battled and I’m really proud of our bullpen. … But I don’t believe in moral victories or silver linings. We lost the game. They played better.”Ryu’s earned-run average jumped from zero to 3.86 with Friday’s dismal performance. Of his three starts in the first six games of the season, none have been on less than a regular four days’ rest. The second-year pitcher’s five scoreless innings on March 22 in Sydney, Australia led to a 7-5 Dodgers win before Brian Wilson negated his seven shutout innings on Sunday by giving up three runs in the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Friday began much the same for Ryu, who struck out Angel Pagan and drew a fly out from Hunter Pence to begin the game.With two outs, the 27-year old unraveled. Pablo Sandoval was the first of nine consecutive Giants to reach base. Buster Posey’s double was a couple of feet from clearing the left-field wall before a Michael Morse two-run single began the avalanche of six first-inning runs.Kemp misplayed Morse’s single for the only error of the inning, but the most embarrassing moment of the sequence was Brandon Hicks’ pop-up that fell on the edge of the infield dirt toward right field between a confused trio of Dodgers. Ryu’s second walk of the inning was of the intentional variety, but backfired when Vogelsong dropped a two-out bloop single in short left field to swell the Giants’ lead to 5-0.The bleeding didn’t stop in a second inning that began with shortstop Hanley Ramirez short-hopping a routine throw to first, the second Dodger error of the game.Kemp followed with his second miscue in as many opportunities in center field when Hicks’ double caromed off his glove, what appeared to be a catchable ball before Kemp made contact with the center-field wall. The Giants plated their second run of the inning to take an 8-0 lead when Joaquin Arias’ RBI single made him the seventh member of the Giants to collect at least one hit in the first two innings.Kemp bristled after the game about his suspect defense, claiming he not only wasn’t rusty, but felt good.“It just so happened that the first ball hit to me, I kind of booted it a little bit,” Kemp said. “There’s no rust. I expected to be able to play the way I know how right off the bat.”last_img read more

Manchester United’s on loan forward comes closest to breaking the deadlock at Deepdale

first_img1 Preston 0-0 Middlesbrough Newly promoted Preston North End drew 0-0 with last season’s Championship play-off losers Middlesbrough, in a tame opening game of the season at Deepdale.On-loan Manchester United forward Will Keane was closest to breaking the deadlock, but the Preston man’s first half effort was cleared off the line by Boro’s George Friend.For the visitors, a Grant Leadbitter effort that flew narrowly wide was the sum total of their goal threat, with Stewart Downing, deployed in the ‘number 10 role’, failing to inspire Middlesbrough in the first match of his second stint with the club.last_img

Quarterback deficient Redskins say they discussed Kaepernick; why he didn’t get a tryout

first_imgWashington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said team personnel discussed giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick a tryout, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.Before you get all fired up, it’s not happening.“Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice,” Gruden told the AP. “So he’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”Hail to the Redskins. Mark Geragos, …last_img

Accretion: The Missing Link in Planetary Evolution

first_imgEvery school child has seen artwork of planets evolving from a disk of dust and gas around a star like our sun, but there’s a missing link in the story.  How did the dust particles stick together?Once a clump of material is massive enough, it can attract more material by its own gravity.  The moon, for instance, pulls meteors in.  They stay there and don’t bounce off, except in the unusual case of a high-speed glancing blow.  From the well-understood law of gravity, a planetary body needs to be about 1-10 km in diameter to grow by accretion.  From there, this “planetesimal,” according to theory, would experience runaway growth as long as there is material around to feed it.  Getting the body to this size is the problem.  Smaller bodies do not have sufficient gravity to pull in neighboring material.  A disk around a star, however, starts out with dust and ice grains much smaller, even microscopic in size.  It is estimated that the original dust particles in the primordial solar nebula were a tenth of a micrometer in diameter, too small to see.  How could these grow into planetesimals a mile across?This problem is not new.  Planetary evolutionists have wrestled with it repeatedly.  In the February issue of Icarus,1 Sin-iti Sirono of Nagoya University, Japan, tries to identify the requirements for colliding particles to stick together rather than bounce or smash each other apart.  He certainly respects the problem; in his introduction, he asks with a Japanese accent, “There is a immense gap of 13 orders of magnitude between the grain size and the size of a planet.  How planets are formed across this gap?”  Behold the missing link of planetary evolution.Accretion is a complex problem with many variables.  Think of firing a bullet at a rock.  A small bullet might form a crater, catastrophically disrupt the rock, or merge with the rock, if the rock is porous and able to absorb the blow.  What physical laws govern the outcome?  Sirono, after a great deal of modeling and computation, arrives at three constraints:The target must have low compressive strength relative to shear strength and tensile strength.Impact velocity must be 0.4% the speed of sound of the medium.The bodies must be made of materials that allow the “restoration of damage” effect.  This is an automatic “repair” mechanism that occurs if a ruptured material can rebound such that interatomic forces can partially heal the breach, as if little magnets in the pieces pull them back together.It should be evident with a little thought that other variables can also be important.  To visualize this, imagine two astronauts, Chuck and Tom, having a snowball fight in the cargo bay of a space shuttle.  Let’s say they both have good timing and aim; they always make their snowballs collide in the space between them.  Since gravity is not a factor in the weightlessness of space, what factors would make the snowballs stick together (accrete) instead of bouncing off each other or fragmenting into smithereens?  Here are a few of the variables:Temperature.  Soft, wet snowballs are more likely to stick than hard, icy ones.Density.  Low-density snowballs are more likely to stick than packed ones.  The compressive strength of snowballs can vary by a factor of 1000, Sirono says: “As the density of an aggregate goes lower, the strength becomes lower and vice versa.  For example, the strength range due to density variations is more than three orders of magnitude for a bed of snow.”  So if our astronauts tightly pack their snowballs, they well be less likely to stick, but also more subject to disruption.Relative size.  A small snowball might stick more readily to a large one, than would two of equal size.  Sirono’s simulations suggest that the threshold ratio for optimum chance of sticking is 3/10 or lower.Glancing angle.  A small impactor is more likely to stick to a target in a direct bulls-eye hit rather than a glancing blow.Differentiation.  Let’s say Chuck and Tom throw rocks coated with snow.  They might accrete if the relative velocity is low and the snow coating absorbs some of the energy.Glue.  If our astronauts have access to some kind of adhesive with which to saturate their weapons, the snowballs might glue themselves together.  Sirono thinks interstellar organic molecules might just do the trick.  He cites earlier work that suggests organics might comprise a significant fraction of the material (silicate:ice:organic mass ratio of 1:1:1.6), and that the organics might form a viscoelastic fluid between the particles.  “It may be possible that the organic materials play a role of glue which connects grains and fragments,” he suggests.If our astronauts perfect the art of getting their snowballs to stick together, new problems arise as the wad of snowballs grows.  Earlier models often assumed that the properties of an accreting mass scaled uniformly upward, but Sirono reminds us that the aggregate of particles is subject to new forms of catastrophic rupture.  Sirono explains,There are voids and cracks inside a large aggregate that significantly lowers the strength of an aggregate.  Tensile stress concentrates in regions around the cracks, and fracturing starts from contacts between such grains.  An aggregate will be broken by much smaller stresses than those expected by direct extrapolation from interaction forces between grains.So until the aggregate is large enough for gravity to compress and homogenize the insides, it is even more subject to disruption than were the original starting grains.  Even if a lucky aggregate forms, all Tom needs to do is lob a high-speed ice ball at it and it could splinter into small fragments again.  Better luck next time.It seems, therefore, that many special conditions are required to keep the hopeful aggregate growing up to a size where gravitational accretion can take over.  Sirono does not estimate how likely this is to occur in a real stellar nebula.  He just points out that any accretion needs to obey the laws of physics.1Sin-iti Sirono, “Conditions for collisional growth of a grain aggregate,” Icarus Volume 167, Issue 2, February 2004, Pages 431-452, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2003.09.018.Observation 1: planets around a star, with a little dust.  Observation 2: a lot of dust around a star, with no planets.  What are appropriate conclusions based on this data?There are two possibilities.  One is that the second star is a young star with a dust disk that is on the way to becoming a new solar system, and the first is an old star with mature planets.  But there’s another possibility.  Maybe the first star has widely spaced, mature planets with stable orbits and few collisions, and the second star started out with mature planets in erratic orbits, which since collided and ground each other to dust.  The conclusion you reach has a lot to say about your world view and your respect for observation.While no one can rule out all possibility of dust and ice grains sticking together, the probability seems rather low.  Sirono invokes several ad hoc conditions to increase the odds.  Maybe if they are as soft as silly putty and infused with some sort of organic glue, with the right angle of attack, slow enough collision speed and the right temperature, they just might stick instead of bouncing off each other.  But the organic glue cannot get too warm, because Sirono says, “It has been found that the shear modulus of the organics decreases by five orders of magnitude as temperature increases from 200 to 300 K.”  This means the glue loses its elasticity real fast as the temperature rises: “The consequence of decrease in elasticity by a factor of 10 is severe fragmentation,” he says.  For particles in the warmer parts of the nebula, this seems to be a problem, yet we observe Mercury in our solar system baking in the heat of the sun, and gas giants bigger than Jupiter in even closer orbits around other stars.  Also, even if the conditions are lucky enough for the particles to start sticking to each other, they become even more subject to disruption as the aggregate grows.Perhaps Sinoro’s constraints don’t seem too outlandish, and one can envision scenarios in which all the right conditions might be met.  It could be argued that out of uncounted myriads of particles, some might reach the threshold of runaway gravitational accretion.  All it takes is a few to get a planetary system, right?  (Actually, our solar system is filled with many thousands of gravitationally accreting bodies, like asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects, comets, and small moons, in addition to the planets and larger moons.  Some of them appear to have been busted apart by collisions.)Regardless, the fact remains that no one has observed grains accrete into a planetesimal, but astronomers have abundantly observed the opposite: bodies fragmenting into smaller bodies and dust.  Small bodies show abundant evidence of cratering and erosion, even the recently-photographed comet Wild-2 (see 01/02/2004), a fact that surprised scientists because this was supposed to be a pristine object from the quiet deep freeze of the outer solar system.  We observe ongoing processes of fragmentation, catastrophic collision, erosion to dust and de-evolution, but accretion exists only in the minds of theorists.  Which principle is more in accord with the second law of thermodynamics?One would think that scientists would err on the side of conservatism, and not make claims beyond the evidence.  But the disruption view implies starting conditions that are philosophically repugnant to a naturalist: if the planets were already there, they must have been created.  So strong is the urge to have a universe that evolves upward from a bang to galaxies to planets to life, that philosophical naturalists will sneak glue and fudge and whatever else is needed to fill in the gaps.  You can believe that the dust around Vega is a young solar system in the making, but be sure your model particles obey the laws of physics.  After all, a naturalist should respect the laws of nature, by definition.  Better yet, perform realistic lab experiments.  We’ll wait till you get particles that stick before worrying you with all the other problems, such as the Kuiper capers (10/05/2003), small moon mysteries (09/29/2003), turbulent stress in planetesimals and in scientist minds (09/22/2003), the rarity of sunlike solar systems (07/21/2003), declining popularity of the planetesimal hypothesis (06/03/2003), migration woes (05/16/2003), the war of the worlds (04/17/2003), the tweak Olympics (11/22/2002), etc., and so forth, and so on.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Malaria cases halved in SA

first_imgMalaria nets play a crucial role in reducing the spread of the disease. (Image: Malaria No More) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fadéla ChaibWHO communications officer +41 22 791 3228 or +41 79 475 5556RELATED ARTICLES • Malaria vaccine in final testing • Fruity treatment for malaria• Swaziland to wipe out malaria • Scientists abuzz over mosquito• Adventurer spreads his net wideJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of nine African countries that has managed to slash malaria-induced illness and death by half, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).This was revealed in the WHO’s World Malaria Report 2009, released in December. The document profiled the status of malaria in 108 countries around the world.The nine African nations are Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia. The semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania also achieved a 50% reduction. This can be attributed to the use of insecticidal nets and proper treatment of patients, said the WHO.Aggressive malaria control strategies have been implemented across the continent, according to WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan. This is due to a drastic increase in funding for malaria control and prevention, which gives health workers the opportunity to cover greater areas with preventive measures.Between 2003 and 2009, global funding rose from $US300-million (R2.2-billion) to $1.7-billion (R12.6-billion) – although this falls short of the estimated $5-billion (R37-billion) needed annually to successfully combat the disease.Chan said the world health body is cautiously optimistic that the spread of malaria is slowing, and the main beneficiaries are the children of sub-Saharan Africa.The report said that four of the 31 African nations considered to be high-burden, as well as five of the seven low-burden countries, have achieved more than a 50% reduction in malaria cases compared to 2000.The report also showed that incidence of the disease has been halved in 29 of 56 countries surveyed outside the African region.One of the aims of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals is to reduce the under-five mortality rate by 66% between 1990 and 2015. According to the WHO, the survey shows that some countries are on track to meet this significant goal, as well as other malaria targets set.Download the World Malaria Report 2009 (PDF, 1.16MB).More nets and better treatmentThe report revealed that, compared to 2006, more insecticidal nets and treatments were made available to those in need during 2007 and 2008.More African households, 31% in 2008 compared to 17% in 2006, own at least one insecticide-treated net. Consequently, more children under five years of age were able to use this life-saving item. In 13 high-burden countries, more than 50% of households owned at least one net.The use of rapid diagnostic tests as well as artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which are well tolerated by patients and are most recommended by experts, are on the rise.However, the percentage of African patients with access to these vital therapies is still unacceptably low, said the report. Although the World Health Assembly has set a target of 80%, in 11 out of 13 countries surveyed, fewer than 15% of young patients were treated with ACTs.Resistance to anti-malarial drugs is a continuing threat to achieving control of the disease, but the WHO and other agencies are working hard to prevent the spread of drug resistance. Steps to be taken include reducing the spread of the disease itself, ensuring that malaria outbreaks are correctly diagnosed and treated, doing away with artemisinin monotherapies in favour of combination therapies, and monitoring medication so that any sign of resistance will be detected immediately.The report documented the significant impact of the combination of effective treatment and bed nets, and suggested that the Millennium Development Goal for malaria is not out of reach, provided these key strategies become more widely available. It also said the two-thirds reduction in infant mortality can also be achieved with a sustained effort to control malaria.Funding needs to be spread more evenly. At the moment many funding sources concentrate on smaller countries with lower infection rates. More attention must be given to bigger countries with a higher malaria burden, said the report.Preventable diseaseMalaria is caused by the transmission of parasites of the genus Plasmodium into the blood. P. falciparum is the most deadly of the four human-infecting species, being the only one that kills. The vector, or carrier, is the female Anopheles mosquito.An Anopheles bite results in large numbers of parasites moving through the bloodstream into vital organs, which become vulnerable to damage and failure. Patients with low immunity can die from organ failure, and in pregnant women and children the disease contributes to anaemia, low birth weight, premature birth and neurological damage. Cerebral malaria is a particularly dangerous form of the disease.Malaria is both preventable and curable, but can only be successfully combated using a multi-faceted approach. This involves not only effective treatment of patients, but also insecticide-impregnated bed nets, indoor spraying, bite prevention and the development of an effective vaccine by 2015. The ultimate goal is the development by 2025 of a vaccine that would provide more than 80% protection and last for more than four years.With about half of the entire global population at risk of contracting malaria, it is not surprising that a staggering 243-million cases and almost 863 000 deaths were registered in 2008. Of the deaths, around 767 000, or 89%, occurred in Africa. Malaria kills one child under the age of five every 30 seconds.last_img read more

NAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control Systems

first_imgDJI also showed off its new Force Pro as another solid wireless camera movement control system to consider. Built for similar precision synchronization and accuracy, the DJI Force Pro offers communication latency as low as 10 milliseconds. It also offers an embedded compass and high-precision IMU for keeping your gimbal steady and safe when moving. The Force Pro uses a similar 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system which can operate at a distance of up to 3 kilometers.The DJI Force Pro is compatible with all sorts of accessories, monitors, and video transmission systems. It also comes with an adapter that makes it easy to mount on a tripod. Check out DJI’s Force Pro’s page for more information. The DJI Force Pro is available for pre-order for $1,200.For more news from the NAB 2018 floor, check out some of these articles below.NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look.DJI, the Chinese technology company known for drones and gimbals, surprised some with its NAB 2018 major announcements being focused on camera control. Still, these two new camera control systems could be game changers for digital filmmakers looking for high-end precision controls.Let’s look at DJI’s Master Wheels and Force Pro’s announced tech and specs.Master Wheel As far as wireless camera movement controls go, DJI has delivered a plumb with their Master Wheels setup. The controller, which looks like something out of a 2024-version of Mario Kart, uses high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state of the art product design to detect subtle movements and transmit them to your connected gimbal system. The rig allows lots of manual adjustments for a more intuitive and interactive design and features a dual-frequency 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system.For DJI users, the Master Wheels are compatible with the Ronin 2, Ronin S, and third-party gimbals through its S-BUS connection. You can read more on it here and preorder the one you need. Choose between the $8,000 level (3-Axis Model), $6,000 (2-Axis Model), or $2,500 (Single Wheel Control Module).Force Prolast_img read more

Chennai take on Rajasthan in crucial IPL tie

first_imgRajasthan Royals would bank on their formidable winning record at home and look to exact revenge of their first leg loss when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in a crucial Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday. Both the sides are coming into the match after losing their previous matches and any slip up could prove costly for either team for a place in the play- offs.Chennai are on 12 points from 10 matches, third in the IPL table and they come into Monday’s match after their four- game winning streak was snapped by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match.Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are on 11 points from 10 matches and a win will take them closer to a play- off berth. Besides, the Shane Warne- led side has a formidable record at home, having won 12 games out of 15 in the IPL. They have won four out of five games in Jaipur this year.Chennai, on the other hand, have been poor travellers having won only one out of their five away games this season and they would look to breach the Rajasthan Royals stranglehold at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.The match will be played on a new strip after the pitch controversy generated by the remarks from Sachin Tendulkar, the skipper of Mumbai Indians who were restricted to 94 for eight on April 29.Chennai beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in their last meeting on May 4 in Chennai.The Royals must be ruing the manner in which they squandered the advantage after being 92 for one in 13th over to post just 147 in 20 overs after batting first and subsequently lost the match.advertisementRajasthan Royals would, however, take positives from that match with Rahul Dravid cracking 66 of 51 balls and sharing a 92- run opening wicket partnership with Shane Watson.They will look up to Warne usual in the bowling department and to extract the best out of his players at the home conditions with his tactical moves. Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Johan Botha and Ashok Menaria will have to fire in tandem while batting.Chennai, on the other hand, look formidable with likes Michael Hussey, Murli Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and skipper MS Dhoni capable posting big scores and chasing down stiff targets.last_img read more