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first_imgFreeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday urged India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint and avoid any further military escalation.”She said Canada was “gravely concerned” about rising tensions between the two countries.Read it at VOL Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe 2007 World T20 final between India and Pakistan had the most frenetic end possible. The first T20 World Cup trophy was on stake and everything boiled down to the last and final over of the match where Pakistan needed 13 from 6 balls and Misbah-ul-Haq was batting on 37 off 35 balls.Indian captain MS Dhoni trusted rookie Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over, who started off with a wide as nerves got better of him. The first legal delivery was a dot ball but the second went for a six straight down the ground. With just six needed from four deliveries, Pakistan were on course for a historic win but the match had a final twist in the tale.Joginder bowled full and a confident Misbah bent down to scoop it behind the wicket over short fine-leg but couldn’t get the desired connection and S Sreesanth took the catch as India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 by five runs.Harbhajan Singh who was part of the winning side reflected on the win and thrilling end at Salaam Cricket 2018.”Obviously one of the best moments. That feeling of winning the World Cup, I didn’t feel the same even when we won the ODI world Cup in 2011 because when we returned to India after the win, they say Mumbai doesn’t stop for anyone but that day it stood still. Everyone was on the streets. It took us 5-6 hours to reach the Wankhede Stadium from the airport,” Harbhajan said.From World Cup triumphs to debut Tests: Legends recall their most cherished momentsadvertisementWhen asked what if Sreesanth would have dropped the catch, Harbhajan replied: “It’s about luck, Misbah couldn’t execute the shot properly and on that day Sreesanth executed his work properly. Normally he’s not good with the execution. So what happened with Sreesanth after the World Cup in the IPL could have happened on that day only.”Harbhajan was apparently pointing towards the slapgate incident which took place between the duo during the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.Salaam Cricket 2018: HIGHLIGHTSThe duo were involved in a controversy during a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab after Harbhajan allegedly slapped Sreesanth. According to reports, Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth after the latter said something to the Punjab cricketer which he found offensive.Salaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splitsMisbah also spoke about his dismissal in detail during Salaam Cricket 2018. The former Pakistan captain said the dismissal was a result of a poor execution of what was one of his favourite shots.”That’s why they say a match is not over till the last ball is bowled. That’s how cricket is, that you fail to execute your favourite shot. People say there was no pace but I was so confident that time that even I would have scooped a spinner for a six,” Misbah said.”It was one of my favourite shots and I had a lot of command on the shot. So I decided to hit a four and level things but in pressure situations sometimes you are not able to execute things properly. And it’s part of the game.”last_img read more

First it was a video of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe dancing and now a video of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga dancing at a function has gone viral on social media.The video shows Kumaratunga dancing with a group of people and also singing parts of the song being sung by the band in attendence. Recently a video showing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe dancing went viral on social media.The Prime Minister was seen dancing at a wedding ceremony with veteran actress Irangani Serasinghe. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Cloth bags, jars and containers. owners of local businesses say more and more Hamiltonians are saying no to packaging, and instead bringing their own reusable items to purchase bulk food and home goods.Even after a big drop in overall sales compared to last year, The Mustard Seed Co-op says their bulk section is expanding due to the community’s demand for eco-friendly grocery shopping. Kelly Botelho has the story.

As a result of this payment, the US debt to the UN, including dues to the regular budget, peacekeeping and tribunals, now stands at $1.069 billion.Washington owes just over $265 million for the regular budget, $789 million for peacekeeping, and $14.6 million for the operating expenses of two courts set up by the Security Council — the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in Canada and U.S. as part of cost-cutting plan by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 6:13 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Kraft logo appears outside of the headquarters on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Northfield, Ill. Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nam Y. Huh NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs in the U.S. and Canada as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.Spokesman Michael Mullen says the affected workers were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.The company would not specify where other cuts were taking place but said that all the jobs were salaried. It said none of the job cuts involved factory workers.The Kraft Heinz Co. said it had a total of around 46,600 employees before the cuts. That included about 1,900 in Northfield.When the two companies announced the merger in March, Mullen said Heinz had Canadian operations in Toronto and St. Mary’s, Ont., as well as a small office in Leamington, Ont.Kraft had around 2,000 Canadian employees, and according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, three distribution centres and two manufacturing and processing facilities.The job cuts are not surprising, given the reputation of the company’s management on Wall Street.The combination of Pittsburgh-based Heinz and Kraft earlier this year was engineered by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, which has become known for its tight cost controls.Bernardo Hees — a 3G partner — is CEO of the merged Kraft Heinz.Hees had already overseen cost-cutting at Heinz since the ketchup maker was taken over in 2013 in a prior partnership between 3G and Berkshire. That means the cuts announced Wednesday mostly affect people on the Kraft side of the business.Together, the two U.S. food giants own brands including Jell-O, Heinz baked beans and Velveeta that are facing sales challenges amid changing tastes. Their combination was nevertheless seen as attractive because of the opportunity to combine functions like manufacturing and distribution.Executives say they expect to save $1.5 billion in annual costs by 2017.In a statement, Mullen said Wednesday the job cuts are part of the company’s process of integrating the two businesses and “designing our new organization.”“This new structure eliminates duplication to enable faster decision-making, increased accountability and accelerated growth,” Mullen said. He said the savings will free up money to be invested back into the company’s products.Affected employees, who worked in jobs such as sales, marketing and finance, will be given severance benefits of at least six months, Mullen said.Already, Kraft Heinz had been belt-tightening in recent weeks.In a memo to employees dated July 13, Hees outlined a variety of “provisional measures” the company was taking to avoid unnecessary spending. That included instructing workers to print on both sides of paper, reuse office supplies like binders and file folders, and turn off computers before leaving the office.Corporate donations to charities also had to be approved, as did memberships in industry associations, the memo said.At its office in Northfield, the company also stopped providing free Kraft snacks like Jell-O.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi— With files from The Canadian Press read more

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Sri Lankan Government started its special operation on 9 June this year. And while it came to a halt on 15 August, it resumed on 3 September.The agency has since learned that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June, the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.“We believe there are still 102 people of concern to UNHCR in detention, including 38 Pakistanis and 64 Afghans,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told a press briefing in Geneva.He said that when UNHCR met with the Government earlier this month, assurances were given for the immediate release of all asylum-seekers and refugees arrested and detained since June. “While we appreciate the Government’s speedy action to release 71 Pakistani and 2 Iranian refugees and asylum-seekers in early September, not everyone in detention has been released and we are dismayed that the arrests, detention and deportations have resumed,” said Mr. Baloch.As such, UNHCR is appealing to the Sri Lankan Government to refrain from any further arrests and deportations of people of concern and to uphold its responsibilities under international law. “We reiterate our call on the authorities to allow access to the detained asylum-seekers so that we can assess their international protection needs,” he continued, adding that UNHCR stands ready to work closely with the Government to assist and seek durable solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. read more

The ‘Intelligent Mobility’ Report calls for cross industry and government collaboration to enable better mobility through the convergence of intelligent transport systems.Congestion costs the UK around £12bn annually. Capacity of existing UK roads could be increased significantly by optimising vehicle movements using existing technology; in some places by as much as three to five times.The UK has the opportunity to be a worldwide centre of excellence for ‘Intelligent Mobility.A new report out today calls for integrated use of existing technology to improve our transport networks.   Congestion, road accidents and a growing population are all putting a strain on the UK’s transport networks creating a costly and ineffective transport system that also impacts on economic productivity.The report explores the role of Intelligent Mobility and the importance of collaboration between government, infrastructure providers, technologists and the automotive sector.  It has been produced by the joint government/industry Automotive Council to develop an alternative to legislation or building more roads and to promote innovation and is a precursor to the Automotive Council-led Summit on Intelligent Mobility which will be held in April 2012.   UK CongestionAs one of the top 25 wealthiest nations, the UK ranks as the 8th most densely populated and as the 5th most congested. Annually, congestion costs the UK £12bn; road accidents cost £9.3bn, and poor air quality costs between £4.5 and £10.6bn. A growing population, in which a key demographic is older people and their personal mobility needs, is also putting a strain on the UK’s transport networks. It is very costly to meet the continuous demands on our infrastructure but if a solution is not found to congestion, economic activity will be seriously impaired.   Intelligent MobilityThe Automotive Council has used the term ‘intelligent mobility’ to describe the convergence between technologies and transport systems, which up to now have often been developed in isolation, to create a safer, intelligent, highly interlinked transport network.The report states that the key to Intelligent Mobility lies in connecting up a range of independent industries and technologies such as vehicle manufacturing, transport information systems, communications technologies, logistics and distribution and infrastructure management.Call to actionThe UK’s automotive industry stands to benefit significantly from becoming an international centre of excellence and a test bed for the development of intelligent mobility solutions. The UK auto industry is a key non-financial contributor to the UK GDP, directly supporting more than 180,000 jobs and accounting for more than £50bn in annual turnover.  The report asserts that the UK has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this field, if this cross industry collaboration is initiated now.The Automotive Council is planning to hold a summit in April 2012 to bring together all the potential sectors and get the dialogue started.Government and Industry comments:Business Secretary Vince Cable, who also co-chairs the Automotive Council, said:“I welcome new transport related technology developments which help to reduce congestion, pollution and improve road safety.   I am pleased to be working with the Automotive Council to take the first step towards promoting collaboration and innovation between industries in the area of Intelligent Mobility.”Richard Parry-Jones, Chairman of the Automotive Council, said: “Road transport has seen significant technological advances in the last twenty years; digital control of most functions in-vehicle is now commonplace, developments in infrastructure such as in road sensors mean that drivers are now provided with more information to help choose the best route.  However, globally congestion is a growing problem, and accidents, although at a historic low, still occur. New technological developments now present an opportunity to revolutionise the way highways operate by pooling the information carried on board vehicles and using it to understand the position, speed and direction of vehicles in an area to both virtually eliminate collisions and use road capacity more efficiently.The UK needs to lead this transformation, reducing accidents and congestion at home, plus attracting investment and generating exports and jobs. This report provides a strong foundation upon which to build this effort.”John Miles, Chairman of the Automotive Council Intelligent Mobility Working Group and group director at Arup, said: “The concept of intelligent mobility aims to promote the UK as a global centre for the development of new automotive technologies. Intelligent mobility would bring significant benefits to the economy, to job creation and to today’s businesses who rely on today’s transport systems. Business sectors should be encouraged to engage cooperatively in the pursuit of the bigger prize.”    Joe Greenwell, Chairman, Ford of Britain said: “Ensuring a high level of connectivity between the vehicle and ‘the Cloud’ is the next major step in the future of automotive development.  This connectivity will not only enable communication and entertainment services to be provided during the journey, but it will also help to navigate our route, smooth traffic flow and reduce accidents, emissions, and congestion.  This challenge is a major focus of attention for the Ford motor company and its Executive Chairman, Bill Ford.”Jerry Hardcastle, VP Vehicle design and Development, Nissan said The “Connected Vehicle” has the potential to create new benefits and values with regard to energy, safety and the environment.  In order to maximise these benefits it is necessary to expand the scope of development to other industries and infrastructures beyond the vehicle.”Dr. Bernhard Blaettel Director Mobility Services BMW Group said “Mobility is more than just about owning a car it’s about flexible usage and offering the right mix of mobility services. We aim to deliver sustainable, innovative mobile solutions that improve urban mobility – inside and outside of the car. It’s our goal to help shape the cities of the future. We aim to deliver smart services and seamless mobile experiences that focus on what the consumer requires to make the journey from A to B as hassle free as possible”.To download the report, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgEcuador could remove Julian Assange from its embassy in London where he has been seeking asylum for more than five years.The country has stated for the first time that it is looking for a mediator to help it remove the WikiLeaks founder from its embassy in Knightsbridge.Assange has been hiding in the building since 2012 in order to avoid arrest over now-dropped Swedish rape charges. He remains over fears he will be extradited to America and put on trial for WikiLeaks publishing leaked secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Tuesday that sometimes notable asylum cases require mediation by a third party.She told reporters the situation is “not sustainable”, commenting: “No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out.”  “A person cannot live in those conditions for ever,” she said.The London Metropolitan Police has previously said he will still be arrested if he leaves the embassy, because he failed to surrender to the court in 2012.The UK has also refused to guarantee that he will not be extradited to the US. A UK Government spokesperson said: “The Government of Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan and Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards unveils the Children’s Court Plaque. (DPI photo)As the first ever Juvenile Court opened its doors to the public this morning (Wednesday), plans were announced to erect similar structures outside of the capital city of Georgetown in the coming year.According to representative from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Sylvie Fouet, the Court will be expanded.Magistrates Dylon Bess and Annette Singh will preside over the daily sessions. They have already received training overseas in this regard.Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards,  pointed to the importance of the new court and how juveniles will be sentenced using the new legislation, the Juvenile Justice Act.The Juvenile Justice Bill was passed in the National Assembly back in April. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan noted how pleased he is to launch the new Court. He noted that in the bill, there are measures in place to ensure that the court is a last resort for the child. However, should a matter reach to the court, imprisonment for the juvenile is not an option.“Our Government wants to see an Act which reflects this modern philosophy of juvenile justice; one which strengthens the justice system for juveniles and makes it more responsive to them and their situation,” Mr Ramjattan said.Two more Children’s Courts are expected to be commissioned in Berbice and Essequibo next year. More such courts are also expected to be established in all the Magisterial Districts across the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChildren’s Court to be established after passage of new Juvenile Offences Bill – Acting ChancellorFebruary 21, 2018In “latest news”Magistrates, Judges to undergo training on Juvenile Justice ActJanuary 22, 2019In “Court”Govt committed to expanding access to justice -President Granger at commissioning of new High Court wingJuly 28, 2017In “latest news” read more

The EHF Executive Commitee confirmed list of countries in which will be held European Championship in younger in summer 2018.Six nations to host in 2018The organisation of the EHF’s Younger Age Category events scheduled for summer 2018 was agreed, with the events to be played as follows:M18 EHF EURO to Croatia (Varazdin and Koprivnica)M18 EHF Championship to Austria (Tulln)M18 EHF Championship to Georgia(Tbilisi)M20 EHF EURO to Slovenia (Celje)M20 EHF Championship to FYR Macedonia (Skopje)M20 EHF Championship to Montenegro (Podgorica) ← Previous Story Martin Hausleitner will be new EHF Secretary General! Next Story → Kielce with -5 from Montpellier read more

first_imgSOUTH AFRICAN MEDIA has today defied a government warning and splashed pictures of President Jacob Zuma’s private home which was controversially revamped using millions of dollars of taxpayers money.State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele had yesterday warned media to stop publishing photographs or footage of Zuma’s rural home, arguing that doing so was in violation of security laws.“No one including those in the media, is allowed to take images and publicise images even pointing where the possible security features are,” he said.“It is not done anywhere. We have not seen the images of the White House showing where the security features are. It is not done in any democracy,” said Cwele.But newspapers ignored the warning and today splashed on their front pages pictures of Zuma’s lavishly-refurbished homestead, photographs that have previously run in the media with no government repercussions.The Times had on its front page an aerial picture of the thatched-roof compound under the headline “So, arrest us”.The Star also had a picture of the homestead, but with a red X imposed across it and a caption “Look away! What ministers don’t want you to see”.The editors’ association said it was “disappointed and shocked” at Thursday’s order.It vowed to continue publishing the pictures, “not with the intention to endanger the life of anyone, but to continue our role as watchdogs of public expenditure,” said Adriaan Basson of the South African National Editors’ Forum.“We believe it is of immense public interest to keep on reporting this grotesque public expenditure of over 200-million-rand on the private residence of a sitting president,” Basson told AFP.The government’s decision to spend over 20 million dollars of taxpayer money to revamp Zuma’s private property has sparked public anger amid an economic crunch in a country where 10 million people live on social grants and many have only tin shacks for their homes.The splurge in the verdant hills of Zuma’s political stronghold was first publicised late last year.The security upgrade to Zuma’s house in rural Nkandla in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal included a helipad, underground bunkers, fencing and a clinic.- © AFP, 2013Read: Nelson Mandela still ‘quite ill’ and cannot talk > Video: ‘Jacob Zuma’ fish and chips ad banned by South African broadcaster >last_img read more

first_imgUne femme malvoyante rédécouvre le monde grâce à des lunettes révolutionnairesFatiha est malvoyante depuis que sa rétine à commencé à s’étioler. Mais la vie de cette femme de 46 ans vient de changer grâce à des lunettes futuristes. Grâce à elles, cette habitante de Nancy vient de redécouvrir le visage de ses enfants.Avec une vue de moins d’1/20e aux deux yeux, Fatiha Gervasoni doit s’aider d’une canne blanche au quotidien. Devenue malvoyante depuis que sa rétine a commencé à s’étioler, cette femme de 46 ans vit tous les jours dans une nébulosité opaque, raconte l’Est républicain. Elle perçoit ainsi le clair, le foncé, les contours “mais pas de manière distincte”. Appui administratif au pôle formation du siège local d’ERDF, à Villers-lès-Nancy, elle doit réaliser son travail à l’aide d’agrandisseurs et de logiciels de travail sophistiqués.Mais ceux-ci lui laissent tout de même des “limites importantes, nos propres logiciels d’entreprise n’étant pas toujours compatibles avec les outils d’agrandissement”, raconte Fatiha Gervasoni. Toutefois, depuis 6 mois, la vie de cette femme a complètement été révolutionnée grâce à un prototype de lunettes particulièrement innovant. Conçues par Essilor, ces lunettes à réalité augmentée sont équipées d’une caméra. Elles lui permettent de zoomer sur l’objet ou la personne qu’elle veut voir grâce à une télécommande. Lorsque le zoom est maximal, il prend une photo qui s’affiche sur le verre de lunette, transformé en écran. L’image peut alors être encore agrandie pour la voir tout à fait nettement. Voir “normalement avec les détails”Pour Fatiha, l’invention est une véritable révolution. “C’est comme une deuxième naissance”, a t-elle déclaré à l’AFP. Les lunettes lui permettent, pour la première fois, de voir “normalement avec les détails” les choses qui l’entourent mais aussi et surtout ses proches. “Tout devient plus limpide. Je redécouvre mes proches, à commencer par mes deux enfants, et leurs expressions du visage, sans zones d’ombre”, a t-elle décrit. “J’ai pu voir toutes ces petites mimiques que je n’ai jamais perçues parce que je ne les connaissais qu’à travers mes doigts. Je pouvais voir leur regard droit dans les yeux et leur visage qui s’éclairait”, a t-elle surenchéri pour Europe 1. Bien que “je les touche sans cesse, les approche le plus près de mes yeux, mais là, oui, j’ai découvert quelque chose que j’ignorais d’eux…””Je ne pouvais pas imaginer à quel point je pourrais être enchantée et déstabilisée. J’ai l’impression de mettre un pas dans un monde que je ne connais pas, le monde des voyants”, a t-elle encore confié.Un prototype en phase de testL’équipementier ophtalmologique Essilor a passé une convention avec ERDF et GRDF pour trouver des volontaires qui accepteraient de tester ses lunettes parmi les salariés malvoyants des deux entreprises. C’est ainsi que Fatiha a été sélectionnée. Depuis 6 mois, elle s’est rendue régulièrement à Paris, accompagnée de sa fille, pour procéder à des tests et des ajustements avant que les lunettes ne lui soient confiées pour un usage quotidien à son travail. C’est là qu’elle a constaté leur remarquable efficacité.À lire aussiL’haemolacria, quand les yeux se mettent à pleurer du sangD’ici quelques temps, Fatiha pourra aussi en bénéficier chez elle, tout en effectuant un compte-rendu hebdomadaire de ses sensations nouvelles. “C’est tout bête, mais je pense souvent à la sensation que ça me fera de pouvoir enfin introduire un fil dans le chas d’une aiguille…”, a t-elle ajouté pour l’Est Républicain. Néanmoins, il ne s’agit d’un prototype qui n’est qu’en phase de test et doit encore être perfectionné. Après Fatiha, trois autres personnes également malvoyantes sont devenus testeurs de ces lunettes innovantes.  Des lunettes à perfectionner  “Nous sommes très en amont dans la recherche. L’idée c’est, pour les personnes à très basse vision, d’optimiser le peu de vue qui leur reste”, a résumé une porte-parole d’Essilor interrogée par l’AFP. Le coût des lunettes n’a pas été dévoilé, la société ayant simplement précisé qu’il avait été pris en charge par l’employeur de Fatiha. Si les bénéfices apportés sont “spectaculaires”, certains points restent à améliorer. Par exemple, les lunettes ne peuvent pas être utilisées en déplacement.”Il faut aussi que je reste bien droite et immobile, je ne peux pas les utiliser en marchant”, a constaté la testeuse. De plus, les lunettes disposent d’une faible autonomie, à peine une heure, et n’offrent qu’un champ de vision très limité. Par ailleurs, elles ont également tendance à fatiguer rapidement celui qui les porte. Pour Fatiha néanmoins, la révolution est bel et bien là, elle est ainsi certaine que les lunettes permettront “à terme d’aider absolument tous les déficients visuels”.Le 3 décembre 2013 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgHealth cash plans are policies employers can offer their staff to reimburse the partial or full cost of everyday health treatments such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs), dental appointments and hospital inpatient care. They are a preventative way of offering employees health and wellbeing benefits, whereas private medical insurance (PMI) covers the treatment of curable, short-term conditions or accidents, such as outpatient procedures and diagnostic tests.Different needsHealth cash plans also sit well alongside other healthcare benefits, including PMI, and although the two differ, employers may opt to offer both to cover all manner of employees’ needs.Paul Gambon, sales director at Medicash, says: “Health cash plans cover the everyday health needs of employees, whereas PMI is [used in] the eventuality should something more severe, [such as] a long-term health condition, occur.”Successfully implementing a health cash plan requires employers to align their plan with employees’ healthcare needs by identifying which staff would benefit most from cover. This can be conducted through methods such as face-to-face conversations and staff surveys.Deciding which option is best for an organisation and its employees is also dependent on both parties’ budgets. Peter McAndrew, sales director at health cash plan provider Health Shield Friendly Society, says: “Cash plans are great if an organisation can’t afford PMI for all.”Innovating benefits In recent years, innovations in the cash plan market includes the addition of options such as EAPs and extending access to services such as Best Doctors, which allows employees to obtain medical advice about health complaints.Some corporate healthcare providers also offer employee wellbeing support, for example, Health Shield enables employees to claim for nutritional therapy and Indian head massage. Options such as these reflect the diverse range of health and wellbeing issues that cash plans can now cover.Brian Hall, managing director of BHSF, says: “The [employee benefits] industry needs to accept that PMI and health cash plans are very different, but both have a place. Comparing them is like comparing a speed boat with skis; both can be good but have very different purposes.”Combining benefitsOnce employers have analysed employees’ healthcare needs, they must decide which benefits are most suitable for them. It may be that offering both PMI and a health cash plan is the best fit for an employer’s workforce. Gambon says: “The two are often combined because they fit together really well to cover everything.”Investing in a bespoke health cash plan can encourage employees to engage with benefits their employer is offering through the process of selecting what is most suitable for them. However, this can be expensive and may not be an option for smaller organisations or those with tighter budgets.Cost implicationsFrom the employers’ perspective, health cash plans are a cost-effective way to support everyday healthcare needs. They can also help employers to alleviate the financial strain of healthcare provision, as well as help to reduce sickness absence and boost staff retention and morale.McAndrew says: “Cost is the main driver of the health cash plan’s popularity because it is an inexpensive way to cover an entire workforce. Cash plans look at everyday healthcare needs and they’re more holistic. The big differentiator is price.”The fact that employees tend to utilise cash plans more often than PMI on a day-to-day basis, due to the nature of their cover, can boost their engagement with these. Paul Shires, executive director, sales and marketing at Westfield Health, says: “The average employee claims twice a year on their cash plan, which is a really great and easy way to get good engagement, plus health cash plans are much more affordable than PMI.”Employers therefore need to carefully calculate their healthcare budget to ensure that what they offer will have the intended effect and meet objectives at the desired cost.Issues such as the ageing workforce, available budgets and employees’ different lifestyles and personal situations, mean that choice is essential when considering a health cash plan or PMI. Employers need to take employee data into careful consideration when creating a healthcare strategy, so that all employees’ needs are recognised. Sarah Brannan, senior consultant at Xerox HR Services, says: “Employers have to appeal to an increasingly diverse workforce with different needs, so if they look at employee data they can work out what their workforce’s main healthcare issues are.”Business objectivesAccording to LaingBuisson’s Health cover UK market report 2015, published in June 2015, there were 3.94 million PMI policies at the start of 2015, compared to 3.97 million in 2014. The research also found that employer-paid PMI policies fell by around 14,000 in 2014. Employers should look at what other organisations offer staff, and therefore what their existing and potential employees will expect of them.Gambon says: “Which one is most suitable for an organisation depends on its nature, budget and staff in terms of age profile and salaries. Both PMI and health cash plans promote health and wellbeing, but whichever one an employer chooses must depend on what the organisation is trying to achieve or improve. Both need to be well communicated, with a particular focus on explaining what they entail for workers.”Health cash plans could become even more inclusive in the future as corporate healthcare providers expand to offer cover for a broader range of treatments and services. Their design is also becoming more flexible to help employers better manage health budgets, and employees to manage their health. But while cash plans could offer a cost-effective, viable alternative to private medical insurance for some employers, it is essential that employers consider their budget, employee demographics, and the options on offer when considering whether to opt for PMI, a health cash plan or both within their healthcare and wellbeing strategies. Viewpoint: Health cash plans and PMI proactively support staffThe National House Building Council’s (NHBC) health and wellbeing strategy is supported by benefits that help to attract and retain talent. We want to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to wellbeing, ensuring that our employees are well at work and as productive as possible, and to support them if they become ill.We offer various health benefits, including gym membership and bikes via salary sacrifice, an employee assistance programme (EAP), mini health checks, eye tests and part-funded hearing aids. We also offer private medical insurance (PMI) alongside a cash plan that employees fund.Cash plans are cost-effective and straightforward, and employers can tailor them to suit the workforce demographic, hence they have a wide appeal. They are all about prevention; employees do not need to be ill to claim. A cash plan helps employees to meet their everyday health needs and to take responsibility for their own health.However, in cases of serious illness, which are often unexpected and expensive, PMI is a valuable benefit. PMI gives employees quick access to diagnosis and treatment when they need it most. Employers can tailor the cover to suit the demographic of their workforce. At NHBC, we have added enhanced musculoskeletal cover to help reduce related absence. But PMI cover comes at a cost, and a peak in claims can make the benefit increasingly expensive.PMI and cash plans can be integrated and complement one another, and, as with all benefits, the employer should align these to the objectives of its health and wellbeing strategy, monitor trends in the organisation, then adapt what is on offer to suit the changing needs of the business and employees. Most importantly, employers need to market what they are offering to drive take-up.Louise Neilson is reward manager at NHBC Boston College health cash plan offering helps to reduce sickness absenceBoston College offers a health cash plan to all of its 450 employees, irrespective of their level of seniority or the number of contracted hours they work. Its health cash plan, provided by Westfield Health, has helped to reduce staff sickness absence rates by 28%; employee absence rates for the entire workforce fell from 4,114 days in 2011 and 2012 to 2,955 days in 2013 and 2014.The plan also enables staff to pay towards health resources they may not otherwise have access to, such as acupuncture and osteopathy, as well as an employee assistance programme (EAP).Tim Millington, human resources manager at Boston College, says: “There is no doubt that there are some additional benefits to PMI compared to a health cash plan.“[But] further education has suffered badly under the austerity measures introduced over the last few years, and we have to recognise people’s financial restrictions at the college.”Millington adds that Boston College’s health cash plan adheres to employees’  needs effectively, and explains that budgetary constraints mean the college cannot offer PMI as well. “We have found the cash plan to be a very well-received employee benefit offering excellent value for money for [employees], and providing great results in staff engagement and staff absence,” he explains.center_img Need to know:Considering cost and employees’ needs is vital when choosing between health cash plans and private medical insurance (PMI).Health cash plans sit well alongside other healthcare benefits, including PMI.Cash plans have been developed to meet the increasingly diverse needs of organisations and their staff.last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Plot detailsLarson described her character to EW: “She can be aggressive, and she can have a temper, and she can be a little invasive and in your face. She’s also quick to jump to things, which makes her amazing in battle because she’s the first one out there and doesn’t always wait for orders. But the (not) waiting for orders is, to some, a character flaw.”The film begins with Danvers as a part of the elite Kree military team Starforce, which is led by Jude Law’s enigmatic commander. Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos, leader of the Skrulls, and to say much more about the two groups would spoil the fun.opw-06977-r-2Talos (Mendelsohn, far left) leads the Skrulls. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios The film is set in the 1990s, which may explain why in that postcredits Infinity War scene, Nick Fury is reaching out to her on a pager, not a smartphone. (Speaking of the 1990s, star Brie Larson was almost born in that decade — Oct. 1, 1989 — which makes some of us feel as ancient as an unopened bottle of Zima.) Why the 1990s? Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says all will be revealed in the story, but also told the Toronto Sun the time period would feel fresh. “It allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before, and tapping into a ’90s action genre was fun for us,” Feige said. Even the movie’s website is decked out in all the 1990s web craziness we used to see online, with rainbow text and random flashes and more.And Captain Marvel executive producer Jonathan Schwartz told ComicBook.com that the 1990s-set film pays homage to other 1990s action films. “If you think about movies like RoboCop or Total Recall or Terminator 2 or Independence Day I think there are common action movie threads you can tease through those movies which are what we’re trying to pick up on in this movie,” he said. In the scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) find themselves in the middle of the Thanos-sparked chaos as half the universe’s population disappears. Fury manages to use his pager and apparently sends a message to Captain Marvel just as he, too, disappears into dust. Since her film arrives before the next Avengers films, it would seem she’s got an important role to play in Avengers: Endgame, possibly saving the universe from an invasion of the Skrulls. Marvel Studios Who is Captain Marvel?Captain Marvel? Not exactly the best-known superhero ever. But her film is the 21st in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if she’s going to get that kind of postcredits attention, fans had best brush up on her dossier. You can dive deep into her background and history with this explainer. A short version: This iteration of the character, Carol Danvers, was created in 1968, and was an Air Force pilot, CIA agent, security director for NASA and writer. She’s also struggled with alcohol, like Iron Man Tony Stark, and her personal battles were depicted in numerous comic book issues. captain-marvel-crop.pngCaptain Marvel may not be as well-known as some superheroes, but the film has given her new attention. Marvel Studios Her superpowers came from a Kree alien named Mar-vell, the original Captain Marvel, and include flight, super strength, the ability to absorb and use energy, and to shoot energy blasts and lasers from her hands. And — spoiler ahead — she has an extra power that could be a game-changer, co-star Samuel L. Jackson revealed. Stop reading here if you don’t want to know…”Now we know that we need something that’s as powerful as Thanos,” Jackson told Entertainment Tonight. “And at some point, we’ll find out how powerful she is and all the things that she’s capable of. She’s one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so…”Yep, time travel, which is something those Avengers from Infinity War could sure use about now. Numerous characters have taken on the Captain Marvel name, and even DC Comics has had an (unrelated) Captain Marvel character (aka Shazam), though to date the Marvel universe doesn’t have a “Captain DC.” Witness the rise of a hero in Marvel Studios’ @CaptainMarvel on Digital and @Movies_Anywhere May 28 and Blu-ray June 11. Pre-order now: https://t.co/yXuiocKb8l #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/7jAPKrroTN— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 8, 2019 3:04 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 33 The future is female! Here’s your exclusive first look at @BrieLarson as @CaptainMarvel, the galaxy’s newest — and most powerful — star: https://t.co/EKfHhGIhUa pic.twitter.com/xhD00bdfF0— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 5, 2018 1:57 This article was first published May 1, 2018, and is frequently updated as new information is released. TV and Movies With Infinity War, the MCU adds insult to DC’s injury Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer: Size-changing battles and a giant ant Now playing: Watch this: Bladder basicsIn the wake of reports that Avengers: Endgame is three hours long, it was kind of comforting to learn that Captain Marvel isn’t pushing fans’ bladders to such an extent. It’s just 2 hours, 5 minutes long. The film is rated PG-13 (no surprise), for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.”Connection to Avengers: EndgameWhy does Captain Marvel matter so much? It all goes back to that Infinity War scene. 2:17 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Review-bombing controversyEven before most fans had a chance to see Captain Marvel, some people posted negative feedback on review site Rotten Tomatoes, a process some have dubbed “review-bombing.” Some comments focus on Larson’s remarks to Marie Claire magazine about seeking to ensure a diverse group of critics was able to see her film. “Larson has made it clear … men need not attend this movie,” said one comment. What did Larson actually say? She said she’s noted that press covering her films were “overwhelmingly white male.” After that was confirmed by a USC study, she said “moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive.” She’s also spoken out to support underprivileged girls seeing the film.Larson was asked about the reaction to her statement after the review-bombing started and told Fox 5 in Washington, DC, that she wasn’t trying to take away access, only to give more of it.”What I’m looking for is to bring more seats up to the table,” Larson said. “No one is getting their chair taken away. There’s not less seats at the table, there’s just more seats at the table.” Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Powerful women of the Marvel universe As for Captain Marvel herself, you may know star Larson best from her Oscar-winning role as a kidnap victim forced to bear and raise her son in captivity in 2015’s Room. She also starred in 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. dbr1520-cmp-v710-1032Enlarge ImageTwo-eyed Nick Fury (Jackson) is staring someone down.  Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Backing her up in the film are some familiar faces for Marvel fans, and a few new ones. Samuel L. Jackson will play a young (pre-eye patch) Nick Fury (as you saw above). Producer Jonathan Schwartz told Mashable that the film is “almost a two-hander” between the Captain and Fury. And don’t call him Nick. “Everybody calls him Fury, even his mother,” Jackson told Mashable.Clark Gregg is returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, who’s dead in the modern Marvel movie timeline, but alive in the 1990s-set film.  Lee Pace returns as Ronan the Accuser, a fanatical member of the Kree alien race last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. (In August 2018, Pace posted what appears to be a vacation video where he’s wearing a Captain Marvel hat and sporting a cute, scruffy vacation beard.)opw-16329-r-2Enlarge ImageDirector Anna Borden (right) shows off her moves to Law (left) and Pace as Ronan (center). Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Djimon Hounsou returns as Korath, a Kree ally of Ronan and feared intergalactic hunter, who also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. Gemma Chan plays Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist. She’s not super-fond of Carol.opw-16473-rEnlarge ImageFrom left to right: Leader of Starforce (Law), Ronan (Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto), Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Jude Law plays the commander of Starforce and Danvers’ mentor. He and Mendelsohn aren’t quite as they seem.Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos, the leader of the Skrulls. Annette Bening plays Dr. Wendy Lawson, who passes on something very special to Carol.Carol also has a cat, named Goose (a change from the Chewie name of the comics). Her purr-fect pal turns out to be something special beneath that soft fur coat.null Marvel Studios Cast Brie LarsonSamuel L. JacksonBen MendelsohnAnnette BeningDjimon Hounsou Lee PaceLashana LynchGemma ChanAlgenis Perez SotoRune TemteMckenna GraceClark GreggJude LawRobert Kazinsky ReviewsHere’s what reviewers are saying.Soaring tale of self-discovery”Captain Marvel was worth the wait. It’s two hours of pure female empowerment packaged with all the visual power you’d expect from a Marvel blockbuster. Brie Larson is fierce and effortlessly cool as a fighter-pilot-turned-space-warrior trying to discover who she really is. And it doesn’t hurt that Hole, Elastica and Nirvana set the beat with some of the biggest hits of the ’90s. Grunge looks good on Marvel.”  —Patricia Puentes, CNETRight movie, wrong time”Most of the elements introduced in Captain Marvel seem like set-up for future Captain Marvel movies, not for immediately looming events. And if Captain Marvel isn’t set-up for Endgame, then why are we watching it right now?”  —Michael Rougeau, GameSpotGreatest strength is its biggest weakness”Captain Marvel is a fine rollout for a character who will likely be dropping by many an Avengers movie for years to come. But as a film it’s only halfway there, filling in nerdy details about the larger cosmic concerns of the Marvel world but failing to stage one outstanding set piece in the process.”  —David Sims, The AtlanticMessy origin story with clever twists”Captain Marvel is all over the place, careening from far-flung laser-spraying cosmos to the car-chasing streets of ’90s Los Angeles. This latest Marvel Studios expansion pack stars Oscar winner Brie Larson as an amnesiac. (She’s haunted by memories of Annette Bening, as all the best humans are.) So the main character doesn’t know who she is, and the movie around her has a similar problem. Captain Marvel only figures itself out toward the end, when a couple twists I won’t spoil sharpen the spanning saga into a motley-crew errand of mercy.”  —Darren Franich, Entertainment WeeklyBrie Larson packs a punch”Captain Marvel, the first Marvel adaptation both to star a woman and to be co-directed by a woman, is an obvious, crude, and transparent film. And it’s also quite enjoyable and evocative — most of the time.”  —April Wolfe, The WrapStan Lee tributeMarvel Comics leader Stan Lee died in November 2018 at age 95, but he isn’t forgotten in the company’s films, including this one. Lee is famous for making cameos in Marvel’s movies, and his appearance in Captain Marvel is even more special. Not only does he make his traditional appearance during the movie, but he’s honored the very second the film begins with a neat montage.”We did want to kind of have a moment and tribute to Stan Lee in this movie, obviously,” director Anna Boden told Metro. “It was something that came from Marvel and when they showed it to us, there was not a dry eye in the house. It was really emotional.” On Feb. 6, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted that Captain Marvel will be the company’s first film to skip Netflix and instead head to the Disney Plus streaming service. Iger shared that news in a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Deadline reported. (More info on Disney Plus is here, but if you love Marvel and Star Wars movies, better rejigger the budget to soon include another subscription fee.)Box officeCaptain Marvel opened March 8 and quickly showed her superpowers at the box office. As of May 7 the film had blasted past $1.1 billion globally, earning $421 million domestically and $699 million internationally. It claimed the second biggest global opening weekend totals for a superhero film, trailing only Avengers: Infinity War.The film nabbed various places on the all-time lists, including the third-biggest domestic March debut of all time and the seventh-biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe debut ever. Of the MCU films, only the Avengers films, Black Panther, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War have opened better. 26 Photos More Marvel More powerful than Thanos?Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently told Cosmic Book News that Captain Marvel is the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”She’s one of the most popular characters in our comics, she’s one of the most powerful characters in the comics, and will be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Feige said. Who’s the captain now? From the moment the postcredits scene rolled in Avengers: Infinity War, it became obvious it’s Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).  Spoilers ahead.Home videoMissed it at the theater? Captain Marvel is now available in digital form and on Blu-ray. The streaming version can be ordered on Amazon. It’s priced at $19.99 to buy, with bonus features, for the HD version.The home version includes a variety of features, including one called The Origin of Nick Fury, and one feature titled Hiss-sterical Cat-titude, all about the feline/Flerken star Goose. There are also six deleted scenes and a gag reel.See on AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products linked from this page. Now playing: Watch this: Captain Marvel trailer shows Carol Danvers’ backstory,… 32 Photos Captain Marvel second trailer packs a punch Comments On Feb. 25, Rotten Tomatoes changed its site so that readers could no longer leave comments on a movie before the film was showing in theaters, but the company president told CNET the changes were not solely spurred by the Captain Marvel controversy.Once the film did open, the audience score swerved up and down as some of those review-bombers likely returned to post amid honest reviews that were both negative and positive. But less than a week after the film opened, the audience score sat at 63 percent liking the film, while the Tomatometer, which summarizes critics’ reviews, was at 79 percent. Now playing: Watch this: Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

first_img ‘Red Dead Online’ Is a Great Multiplayer Experience Ruined b…Watch: Rockstar’s ‘Red Dead Redemption’ Is a Game To P… Stay on target Red Dead Redemption was one of the most celebrated games of the last generation. Despite it being more or less Grand Theft Auto with horses, its vast open landscape, immersive gameplay, and enthralling story made it a legendary title overnight. It should come as no surprise that many folks are eagerly anticipating the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 this fall.As you may know, the original Red Dead Redemption was never released on PC — a fact which has irked the PC community for years. Thanks to a group of dedicated modders, the Western game is finally coming to PC.For the past two years, a group calling itself White Team have been working hard on bringing the entire Red Dead Redemption map into Grand Theft Auto V. According to a FAQ posted on GTAforums, the map is based on the Xbox 360 version of the game. The team is adding parallax occlusion mapping and tessellation where it is needed. They are also working on higher definition textures and a day-to-night cycle.Given the daunting nature of this endeavor, the team is looking for help. “We are mostly looking for programmers who are able to help us reverse engineer the file formats,” posted modder, Jestic. “We are also looking for scripters who are able to remake any of the game’s original content over to GTAV, think mini-games and certain mechanics such as Dead Eye Targeting.”The map is intended to be used in FiveM/FiveReborn and similar third-party online clients. It shouldn’t be used in GTA Online, according to the developers. Right now, there is no solid release date for this mod. The team hopes to have it available this summer just before Red Dead Redemption 2 drops. A trailer will be released at that time, so expect us to post that when it goes live.last_img read more

first_imgWow, what a change in the weather! Although the rain was so welcome, the bowlers who were playing in last weekend’s ‘Champ of Champs’ tournament had a hard time, having to come off the greens while the lightning was around. Then it was back on the greens to complete their games.The conditions were extremely difficult, but still some excellent bowls was played, with some games going down to the wire.The club had a lovely big fire, so when the bowlers came off the greens, there was somewhere for them to try and dry off and warm up.Our Midlands players put up a good fight, especially Khanyisile, a 13-year-old African boy from Estcourt, who astounded everybody by getting to the semi-finals. He out-bowled all his section, consisting of many senior men who have bowled longer than this child has been alive.In heavy rain, Khanyisile played very well, but unfortunately his opponent beat him 21-13. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Our Midlands lady, Annelie from Harrismith, made it to the finals, but alas lost to Alice from Newcastle. So the ‘Champ of Champs’ for 2016 are: ladies – Alice Howells from Newcastle; men – Barry Matlow from Richards Bay.Please once again have Eric Robinson in your thoughts and prayers, as he begins his treatment at Hilton Hospital. Hurry and get well, Eric. You are missed very much.“See You On The Greens!”DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 19, 2019 Third FDA Clearance Announced for Zebra-Med’s AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts Zebra Medical Vision announced it has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for… read more “Determining the best path for progress in Alzheimer’s disease research has been as challenging and complicated as the disorder itself,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “These recommendations support a research framework that empowers all stakeholders — including those with the disease or at risk for developing it — to engage in the vital effort to find treatments.”The recommendations will be used to update and expand specific milestones for achieving the prime research goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease — that of finding effective therapies to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.For more information: www.nih.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 14, 2019 SyMRI Software Receives FDA Clearance for Use With Siemens MRI Systems SyntheticMR announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical use of its SyMRI Image and SyMRI… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more May 8, 2015 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released recommendations that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda. Developed at the recent Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention, the recommendations provide the wider Alzheimer’s research community with a strategy for speeding the development of effective interventions for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. These recommendations call for a change in how the academic, biopharmaceutical and government sectors participating in Alzheimer’s research and therapy generate, share and use knowledge to propel the development of critically needed therapies.In the recent past, Alzheimer’s research has rapidly expanded with the introduction of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared nuclear imaging agents to visualize beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. Prior to these agents, the only definitive confirmation of Alzheimer’s was a post-mortem brain biopsy.“Alzheimer’s research is entering a new era in which creative approaches for detecting, measuring and analyzing a wide range of biomedical data sets are leading to new insights about the causes and course of the disease,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “In these times of significant fiscal constraints, we need to work smarter, faster and more collaboratively. These recommendations underscore the importance of data sharing and multidisciplinary partnerships to a research community that looks to the NIH for guidance on the way forward.”More than 60 leading Alzheimer’s and chronic disease experts from academia, industry, nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups joined to develop the research recommendations. Convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with support from the Foundation for NIH, the Feb. 9–10, 2015, meeting drew 500 participants onsite, with another 500 participating via videocast.The recommendations, which are to be considered by the National Advisory Council on Aging at its meeting on May 12 and 13, outline new scientific approaches to address critical knowledge gaps and propose ways to harness emerging technologies to accelerate treatments for people at all stages of the disease. They also identify infrastructure and partnerships necessary to successfully implement the new research agenda and strategies to empower patients and engage citizens.Overarching Alzheimer’s disease research themes includeUnderstand all aspects of healthy brain aging and cognitive resilience to inform strategies for Alzheimer’s disease prevention;Expand integrative, data-driven research approaches such as systems biology and systems pharmacology;Develop computational tools and infrastructure in order to enable storage, integration and analysis of large-scale biological and other patient-relevant data;Leverage the use of wearable sensors and other mobile health technologies to inform discovery science as well as research on Alzheimer’s disease care;Support and enable Open Science in basic, translational and clinical research;Change the academic, publishing and funding incentives to promote collaborative, transparent and reproducible research;Invest in the development of a new translational and data science workforce; andEngage citizens, caregivers and patients as equal partners in Alzheimer’s disease research. 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