Simple Blood Test is Being Developed to Predict Breast Cancer Five Years Before Any Clinical Signs of Disease

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBreast cancer could be detected up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it, using a blood test that identifies the body’s immune response to substances produced by tumor cells.Cancer cells produce proteins called antigens that trigger the body to make antibodies against them: autoantibodies. According to new research presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference earlier this week by researchers at the University of Nottingham (UK), these tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) are good indicators of cancer, and now they have developed panels of TAAs that are known already to be associated with breast cancer to detect whether or not there are autoantibodies against them in blood samples taken from patients.In a pilot study, the researchers took blood samples from 90 breast cancer patients at the time they were diagnosed with breast cancer and matched them with samples taken from 90 patients without breast cancer (the control group). They used screening technology (protein microarray) that allowed them to screen the blood samples rapidly for the presence of autoantibodies against 40 TAAs associated with breast cancer, and also 27 TAAs that were not known to be linked with the disease.RELATED: Husband-Wife Duo Has Developed ‘Gene and Cell Therapy’ Cancer Vaccine Now Being Tested on Patients“The results of our study showed that breast cancer does induce autoantibodies against panels of specific tumor-associated antigens,” said Daniyah Alfattani, a PhD student in the group who presented the research at the NCRI Conference. “We were able to detect cancer with reasonable accuracy by identifying these autoantibodies in the blood.”The researchers identified three panels of TAAs against which to test for autoantibodies. The accuracy of the test improved in the panels that contained more TAAs. The panel of five TAAs correctly detected breast cancer in 29% of the samples from the cancer patients and correctly identified 84% of the control samples as being cancer-free. The panel of seven TAAs correctly identified cancer in 35% of cancer samples and no cancer in 79% of control samples. The panel of nine antigens correctly identified cancer in 37% of cancer samples and no cancer in 79% of the controls.“We need to develop and further validate this test,” said Alfattani. “However, these results are encouraging and indicate that it’s possible to detect a signal for early breast cancer. Once we have improved the accuracy of the test, then it opens the possibility of using a simple blood test to improve early detection of the disease.”CHECK OUT: Indonesian Teens Use Native Tree Species to Cure Rats of Breast CancerThe researchers are now testing samples from 800 patients against a panel of nine TAAs, and they expect the accuracy of the test to improve with these larger numbers.“A blood test for early breast cancer detection would be cost effective, which would be of particular value in low and middle income countries. It would also be an easier screening method to implement compared to current methods, such as mammography,” said Alfattani.The researchers estimate that, with a fully-funded development program, the test might become available in the clinic in about four to five years.RELATED: Apples, Tea, and Moderation—The 3 Ingredients for a Long LifeA similar test for lung cancer is currently being tested in a randomized controlled trial in Scotland, involving 12,000 people at high risk of developing lung cancer because they smoke. They have been randomized to have (or not) an autoantibody blood test called ELISA (Early CDT-Lung). Participants who test positive for the autoantibodies are then followed up with a CT scan every two years in order to detect lung cancer in its early stages when it is easier to treat.The CEAC group is also working on similar tests for pancreatic, colorectal and liver cancers. Solid tumors like these, as well as lung and breast cancer, represent around 70% of all cancers.MORE: Broccoli Isn’t Just Good For You; Scientists Find It Holds Molecule That Could Be the ‘Achilles’s Heel’ of Cancer“A blood test capable of detecting any of these cancers at an early stage is the over-riding objective of our work,” concluded Alfattani.“Early diagnosis using simple, non-invasive ways of detecting the first signs of cancer is a key strategic priority for NCRI and something we’d all like to see working in practice,” said NCRI CEO Dr. Iain Frame. “The results from this pilot study for a blood test to detect early breast cancer are promising and build on this research group’s expertise in other cancers, such as lung cancer. It’s obviously early days but we look forward to seeing the results from the larger group of patients that are now being investigated.”Reprinted from the NCRITreat Your News Feed To Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media – File photo by Aldenchadwick, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Babcox Promotes Two Top Executives to Vice President Positions

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Jeff Stankard has been with Babcox since June 1999 and is now responsible for Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, TechShop, Tomorrow’s Technician and Servicio Automotriz magazines as well as the autocarepro:news e-newsletter. Prior to joining Babcox, Stankard spent 15 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Stankard received his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Akron. Both Cira and Stankard will continue in their current roles in addition to serving as vice presidents of Babcox.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. center_img With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  AKRON, OHIO – Babcox, a business-to-business media company serving the automotive aftermarket and truck fleet markets, is pleased to announce that Chief Financial Officer Greg Cira and Group Publisher Jeff Stankard have been promoted to vice president positions within the company. Bill Babcox remains chairman, president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Greg Cira has served as CFO of Babcox since 1992 and is responsible for all corporate operational needs including financial reporting, human resource issues and legal matters. Prior to joining Babcox, he spent eight years with Ernst & Young. Cira has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Bowling Green State University and is also a CPA. last_img read more

UC President Janet Napolitano And Triad’s Thom Mason Present $599,600 Grant To LANL Foundation

first_imgNew Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales spoke on behalf of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the event. The Foundation is assessing and filling gaps in the LANL Scholars program, increasing scholarship funding for applicants with financial need, as well as initiating a pilot program to provide on-campus and online support services for LANL Scholars throughout their college careers. “The investment by Triad in education in the region allows LANL Foundation to help teachers achieve certifications that strengthen their practice and increase their pay, to increase academic success for more college students, and to grow a STEM ecosystem in Northern New Mexico that improves STEM education, collaboration and job opportunities,” LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks said. “We are thrilled to be entrusted with this partnership with Triad and will work hard to make positive change for our students and their families.” Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s mission to “inspire excellence in education and learning in Northern New Mexico through innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy” has received a major boost with a $599,600 grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC. “Throughout our long affiliation with Los Alamos, the University of California and our partners have always recognized the importance of giving back to the communities surrounding the lab. After all, vibrant, thriving and resilient communities and workers are essential to the lab’s future work and success,” Napolitano said at the event. Coronado High School STEM Challenge team conducts research along the Rio Chama and works to engineer a real-time aquatic detection system. www.lanlfoundation.org/coronado-stem-challenge. Courtesy/LANLF “The LANL Foundation has provided robust education and learning opportunities in Northern New Mexico for more than 20 years,” Napolitano said. “Their focus on expanding K–12 STEM education, building the leadership and capacity of local teachers, advocating for excellence in schools and supporting college access for New Mexico students remains a vital asset to this community.” LANL FOUNDATION News:Triad grant supports K-12 STEM education, teacher growth and LANL Scholars program “There are some things that we can’t do with federal funds, and these contributions are part of our Community Commitment Plan. As Triad, as the contractor that manages the lab,” Mason said. “It’s a corporate commitment to do some of the things you can’t do with federal funds, and that includes things like the Scholarship Program that the LANL Foundation runs, and the RDC activities on workforce development. They’re tied to diversifying the regional economy and, in some cases, may be supporting things that are kind of outside the areas where the lab is working, so we can’t use our federal funds for that. But as a corporate citizen in the community, Triad can use our corporate resources in a philanthropic mode to help round out the story.” The grant was one of two announced during the event as part of Triad’s Community Commitment Plan, which leverages direct community investments in education, economic diversity and philanthropic giving. The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) also received $200,000 to support workforce development at six regional colleges and universities in Northern New Mexico. Stories about LANL Foundation’s work in education may be found at www.lanlfoundation.org/impact. Work to increase interest and opportunities in STEM involves the creation of a Northern New Mexico STEM Hub to boost collaboration among local and statewide programs, inclusion in the national STEMx™ Network, career pathway mapping, funding for high schools teams to participate in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, and grant funding for high-impact STEM programs in the region. Los Alamos National Laboratory Director and Triad President Thom Mason explained that Triad’s Community Commitment Plan builds on the positive impact in the region that comes from the Laboratory’s support for education and economic development projects, and from its own procurement and hiring. University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano made the Triad grant announcement at a community event Sept. 12. UC is a partner in the Triad consortium, along with Texas A&M University and Battelle Memorial Institute. LANL Scholar Caitlyn Cruz creates sustainable environmental change for her community. www.lanlfoundation.org/caitlyn-cruz. Courtesy/LANLF “The Regional Development Corporation and the LANL Foundation have long been champions for building stronger communities right here in Northern New Mexico. For that we are grateful,” Morales said. “As key partners in educational development with LANL, I believe that today’s financial commitments to bolster these community outreach activities will yield real success, not only with student achievement, but, more importantly, with student engagement.” With the grant, a comprehensive status report on challenges, gaps and opportunities in the teaching profession is being conducted. In the interest of growing and retaining local teachers, LANL Foundation is funding National Board Certification for Teachers (NBCT) in Northern New Mexico school districts and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification for classroom paraprofessionals and educational assistants. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification needs and teacher training options also are being researched for possible support. University of California President Janet Napolitano, right, and LANL Director and Triad President Thom Mason, left, present funding to LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks and board members Bill Wadt, Denise Thronas, Nan Sauer, Billie Blair, Tania Sanchez, Elmer Torres, Wilmer Chavarria and Hervey Juris during a recent event. Courtesy/LANLF Melisha Martinez, TESOL certification candidate, builds skills to better serving dual-language students at La Tierra Montessori School www.lanlfoundation.org/melisha-martinez. Courtesy/LANLFlast_img read more

HMCTS shuts heavily criticised divorce centres

first_imgThe government is closing some of its regional divorce centres as a result of work shifting online, the Gazette has learned. HM Courts & Tribunals Service has closed centres in Stoke, Wrexham and Port Talbot, and will begin closing venues in Bradford and Nottingham.The regional centres opened in 2015 but have been heavily criticised by senior judges for delays and inefficiencies. A question mark over their future emerged last year, when family division president Sir Andrew McFarlane said the centres were being phased out and replaced by an online system based in the national Civil and Family Service Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. At the time a government spokesperson said no final decision had been made on the divorce centres. This week’s announcement, sent to family law ‘stakeholders’, confirmed their fate.HMCTS has been digitising the divorce application process as part of the government’s wider £1bn modernisation programme. Yesterday’s announcement states that 40% of new work is now issued online and processed in the service centre. From December the online service opened to lawyers.HMCTS says: ‘That shift has allowed us to start reducing our number of regional divorce units where the paper petitions have been issued and processed since 2015. Earlier this year we closed our venues in Stoke, Wrexham and Port Talbot. We have informed staff that we now intend to begin the process of closing our venues in Bradford and Nottingham with a view to having them closed over the next few weeks, starting with new applications.’Centres in Newport, Liverpool, Southampton and Bury St Edmunds will remain open. HMCTS says: ‘Later this year we anticipate that all new divorce petitions will be issued either directly online or via a digital by default process where petitions are lodged at a central point and then scanned onto our digital platform.’Once the ‘digital by default’ process has been rolled out, HMCTS says the work will be processed by the service centre, which will continue to deal with all calls relating to the divorce process in the first instance.HMCTS says: ‘Our four remaining regional divorce units will remain as we reduce the legacy work already in the system. As that work reduces we will consolidate the remaining paper work into the venue in Bury St Edmunds with the [service centre] dealing with all new cases. At that point any legacy work will be transitioned into the Bury St Edmunds venue which will be our longer-term legacy site dealing wih legacy work and the small amount of work that does not have a digital journey. This includes at this stage dealing with judicial separations, contested applications and nullity applications.’Financial remedy centres are currently being set up across the country. HMCTS encourages solicitors to make Form A contested applications to the centre where the action will be processed ‘and therefore delinked from the divorce process’.last_img read more

‘Blow the whistle on reckless driving’

first_img6 October 2011South African motorists and members of the public should report reckless driving and unroadworthy vehicles by phoning 0861 400 800, Transport Minister Sbusiso Ndebele said at the launch of this year’s Transport Month campaign in Karino near Nelspruit this week.“As we had serious accidents on our roads as from August until September, we urge passengers to also get involved in ensuring their safety by dialling our toll-free number, 0861 400 800, when they see something wrong,” said Ndebele.He also issued pamphlets to passengers and urged them to blow the whistle on drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or whose vehicles are unroadworthy.“Passengers must not keep quiet when their driver is reckless. They must be aware that road safety is their business. We have decided to engage with the education department to ensure pupils are also safe. Parents must also not allow their kids to be transported in vehicles that are not roadworthy,” he said.Checking one million vehicles a monthNdebele, who was accompanied by provincial public works, roads and transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu, said his department’s main concern was the escalating road carnage in South Africa.He said he believed the campaign, which involves the Cross Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA), Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the police, would bear fruit.Ndebele added that the department aims to check at least one million vehicles per month, 250 000 weekly and 40 000 on a daily basis. “Our targets are drunken driving, recklessness and negligence, un-roadworthy vehicles and overloading,” he warned.Ndebele and the various law enforcement units conducted a road block in Karino until late Tuesday night.They issued 302 summonses, impounded 57 taxis and buses and fined their owners R500 each. They also discontinued 41 unroadworthy vehicles, including 19 that were first sent to a testing ground.Promoting public transportNational department spokesman Sello Tshipi said the Transport Month campaign started in September 2005 as Public Transport Month, where commuters were encouraged to use public transport.“The main objective of the campaign is to promote the use of public transport as well as to combat the high traffic volume which has an adverse impact on the environment due to the high emission of pollution,” said Tshipi.After the launch, the department rolled out a series of activities that will take place during October Transport Month.This campaign includes monitoring scholar transport systems, High Occupancy Day to promote public transport, clean-up campaigns at taxi ranks, donation of bicycles, patching potholes, National Youth Service graduations and opening new roads.“During the October Transport Month, the department will also conduct a number of law enforcement operations,” said Tshipi.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Yahoo Mobile Announcements at CES

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces richard macmanus What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Yahoo issued a slew ofpress releases today, at CES, all about their mobile Internet services. The main news isthe launch of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 (now availablefor java-based handsets) and Yahoo!oneSearch. This comes on the back of recent initiatives by Google, which appears tobe leading the Mobile Internet and search space right now – over half of US users go toGoogle for mobile search, according to M:Metrics, withYahoo in second place. So, not to be outdone, Yahoo has ramped up its Go brand for mobileand introduced the new oneSearch product – which essentially creates an on-the-fly portalpage for each search query.Yahoo also made several joint announcements with key operator and device manufacturerpartners, related to the two product launches: with Nokia,Opera,Blackberry(RIM), Samsung and 3Group. In addition, Yahoo says it is working with Sony on a release for “BRAVIAInternet Video Link”, one of Sony’s new digital home initiatives.Go 2.0 betaThe launch of the beta version of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 introduces a newmobile-optimized search UI and product design. The main design feature is the iPod-like“carousel”, which allows you to navigate around the various Yahoo! Go widgets. The Yahoo! Go 2.0 beta is being promoted via a partnershipwith Motorola’s new MOTORAZR maxx V6 and MOTORAZR V3xx devices. Beginning in the firsthalf of 2007, Yahoo! Go 2.0 will be pre-loaded on select new mobile devices fromMotorola. Yahoo! Go 2.0 is also availableto download onto “more than 70 other mobile devices from major manufacturersworldwide and use it on most wireless networks.”oneSearchAs of now, Yahoo! oneSearch is available only on the Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 beta.However according to thepress release, by the end of January 2007 Yahoo! plans to have oneSearch availableacross all their Mobile Web and SMS services. As well, Yahoo! oneSearch will roll out inadditional country and language versions in the coming months. More details at the Y!Search Blog.Mobile Internet Search Hots UpAs mentioned at the top of this post, Google is currently leading the charge in theMobile Internet search space, with various international mobile deals inked (particularlyinn Asia, where mobile is very big) and an apparent lead in the behind-the-times USmobile market. So these announcements by Yahoo are in a sense a game of catch-up, atleast in public perception. Expect there to be many more announcements and improvementsin mobile search before the year is out though, from Yahoo, Google and MSN. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#CES 2006#conferences#mobile#web#Yahoo last_img read more

User Ignorance Causes Cloud Security Leak; Accounts, Passwords Revealed

first_imgAnd Why Me?A spokesperson for Amazon pointed out that snapshots were private by default and users must choose to share them. According to Amazon, “in general users understand this feature very well as this is no different than users explicitly choosing to share their data by any means.” However, as we’ve seen, users are obviously making their data inadvertently public. Amazon said they were updating their documentation “to provide more explicit guidance on this feature,” and that they would be “reaching out to the few who may be unknowingly sharing their snapshots.”The question, though, is: Is it too easy to accidentally make your data public – and whose role is it to play data cop?This leads to me, at 1 a.m., and finding security leakage with Amazon’s cloud customers while doing unrelated housekeeping. Look, I’m anything but an IT Security guy; I’ve got enough on my plate to worry about. For god’s sakes, I have 6 kids! Moreover, I’m an outspoken supporter for moving companies to the cloud – and I exclusively recommend Amazon’s cloud because of its reliability and features. Why is it me that finds this security issue – one that has been open since January of this year if the Snapshot dates are accurate.This tells me that there is a pattern about to be replayed: That the users on the cloud today are a motley crew. That we need more supervision and hand-holding – whether we like it or not. That powerful services like CloudKick and CloudSplit need to be encouraged to add security as a top-priority feature. And we need to budget for their services and embrace their boring, yet hyper-important role as perimeter guard and security inspector.If I were to try to keep this security problem in the bag – and avoid alerting the community – I would be fostering a sense of complacency that is antithetical to the marketplace needs. The cloud is so young that when we find a problem we need to admit it and find real, workable solutions. Since the cloud represents new ways of doing things, it gives us new ways of getting in trouble, and we need a lively forum for nipping these issues in the bud and laying a framework for ongoing success.What Now?If you are on Amazon’s cloud, I can’t stress enough that you need to immediately go to your AWS Management Console. Check at a minimum that your Snapshots, for every Region, are marked PUBLIC only if you mean them to be available to ALL other Amazon Web Services users. I’ve already checked mine. If you find data that you did not intend to make public, you need to engage your security team to remove the snapshots from the public and mitigate any data exposure.Hopefully this gets chalked on the wall as a lesson learned – and we continue our march to the cloud with a deeper appreciation of our security support needs. This isn’t about calling people out. I work in the cloud and am passionate about its development. These mistakes could very well have been ones I made – or any other cloud user. To move the cloud forward we need to encourage a dialog about our new found power, new paradigms and new needs in the cloud. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#security#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… At 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning I was doing routine maintenance on my personal Amazon Web Services account and instead found myself looking at something I had no right to be seeing: A database with 800,000 user accounts to the e-card site CardMaster.com. Along with that were the database passwords and back end of a major U.S. Public Broadcasting Service news show website (Gwen Ifill’s Washington Week), including daily updates from panelists on the stories they cover.I wish I wasn’t the person to find this. I founded one of Amazon’s earliest dashboards. My consultancy is on Amazon’s European Customer Advisory Board. But this highlights a significant issue in the cloud today: There is a whole new user profile acting as developer and administrator. We are becoming empowered with amazing tools – and being given enough rope to really hang ourselves.Guest author Jonathan Siegel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the cloud applications consultancy ELCTech.com as well as a handful of cloud startups. Jonathan’s book, Electric Connections, is due out in June of this year.I am an early adopter, business builder and owner of a cloud consultancy. On Sunday morning I went to clear out my personal Amazon Web Services account of excess files after seeing huge usage numbers from a report by CloudSplit. For those technically inclined, I was clearing out my S3 buckets and moving the few files that I wanted to save into an EBS disk instead.My EBS disk ran out of space and I went to use a feature called EBS Snapshots. Snapshots are like a tape backup of your EBS disk drive. That’s when I noticed something odd: My EBS Snapshot account was filled with hundreds of snapshots, when I knew I had only made a handful. I wondered, Why do I have access to these backups? Were these backups made by my teammates? Shared snapshots from Amazon? Or something else… How Did This Happen?Amazon is the largest and longest running public cloud computing platform. It has pushed the boundaries of technology infrastructure for us users. In fact, it has given us tools that are more powerful than anything we previously had available in our own small datacenters. This is great, because before we needed to hire trained Cisco or NetApp administrators in order to do basic tasks as our websites scaled. This was expensive and added another step – a delay – to our deployments. Amazon’s infrastructure commoditizes much of this technology into simple Web calls; paste some XML to Amazon and your website gets a full incremental backup to live-networked NAS. But as Stan Lee has warned us: With great power comes great responsibility.By giving programmers control of the network and storage, we’ve empowered developers to take on system administration chores. This power has come too quickly or is being digested too lightly – as my discovery has shown.In the case of PBS’s Washington Week there was quick acceptance of the issue. “It was human error and nothing personal was exposed,” said Kevin Dando, PBS’s Director of Digital Communications. “Although we weren’t aware of the issue initially, it was easily corrected. Because of Amazon’s strong audit capabilities we could pinpoint the error and fix it quickly.”Despite numerous attempts we were unable to reach CardMaster.com.This highlights a deeper issue in the cloud today: Despite what you may think, cloud security is not sexy. We are seeing products that address the baseline needs of cloud functionality, like Amazon’s dashboard and the support sites for the cloud. They focus on the sexy: deploying mobile apps, auto-scaling, grid processing and other buzz-word-friendly features. But the dirty truth is that the cloud has a whole new user profile acting as administrator and needs a new set of tools and expectation management to ensure that little mistakes make little problems and not big ones.Remember: This is not something that Amazon did wrong. This is an intentional switch thrown by Amazon’s users that allowed their data to be public to any other Amazon user. The users did not mean to hit that switch and it’s unclear whether those users would have found this issue without my notification.This is the switch in Amazon’s Web Console. It can be more subtle when packaged deep within cloud-assisting tools: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What I saw were backups of Enron emails, a genomics database and then two made my stomach turn – a database for 800,000 user accounts to CardMaster.com and the database and site files for the Washington Week website. Yeah, the Enron emails are a non sequitur and the genomics database was likely meant to be public. But the other two, there’s no way they were intended for the public, yet here they were – marked as public and available to me or any other Amazon cloud user. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trump’s effort to roll back auto efficiency rules could hinge on debate over safety

first_img The science is clear that air pollution kills people, particularly particulates. You would have to estimate what a fleet of nationwide heavier vehicles would mean in terms of mileage or heavy pollution, and do the same for lighter vehicles. By Scott Waldman, E&E News, Zack Colman, E&E NewsAug. 1, 2018 , 1:20 PM Trump’s effort to roll back auto efficiency rules could hinge on debate over safety David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo William Schlesinger, Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Originally published by E&E NewsThe battle over car rules is a math problem, and it might have life-or-death consequences.At issue is how President Donald Trump’s administration will estimate potential fatalities in new cars that meet stringent standards on fuel efficiency established under former President Obama.The White House is making a central argument: More fuel-efficient cars and trucks will cost more money, so drivers could purchase fewer of these safer new models. The result? 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By slashing the social cost of carbon, which places a monetary value on damages caused by greenhouse gases, the White House might be suggesting that its effort to allow more gasoline to be used in cars won’t incur a significant cost on the environment and people’s health.”It’s hard to say what the logic is or what the thought is from the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] in the Trump administration,” said Carla Bailo, president for the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine fuel economy committee. “I can’t say that they’re looking into it holistically and looking at all those factors. But what I can say is that they should be.”The Trump administration is expected to announce its weakened car rules tomorrow, according to a source who’s knowledgeable about the timing. The Obama administration set a goal of 54.5 mpg in passenger vehicles by model year 2025. Trump’s plan would freeze the standard at 2020 levels, or 43.7 mpg, according to a leaked draft obtained by The New York Times. In practical terms, the change would reduce real-world fuel economy from about 36 mpg to 30 mpg.The plan also considers revoking a provision that allows California to exceed federal vehicle standards. A dozen other states and the District of Columbia use California’s standards.Critics of improved fuel efficiency have long argued that it leads to higher rates of death. The Trump administration contends that its proposal would avert nearly 1000 fatalities from crashes annually, while increasing oil consumption by 500,000 barrels per day, according to the leaked draft, which is a month old.The corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, program is shared between two agencies: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA, which is the latecomer. It began jointly administering the program with NHTSA under Obama, after a decision by the Supreme Court gave EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes. Before then, these gases, which cause the planet to warm up, were not monitored by the government. The highway administration had always seen CAFE as a motorist safety program, not an environmental one.EPA wrested primacy away from NHTSA under Obama, and it began emphasizing the environmental effects of fuel efficiency over safety, said John Graham, dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.Yet he noted that most of the benefits—up to 85%—from the Obama-era standards came from the expected fuel savings that motorists would experience over the lifetime of their vehicle. Societal gains from reducing pollution or thwarting climate change were far from central to making the math work. He said the efficiency targets will do little good for the environment if they’re too expensive to get on the road in the first place.”CAFE is not a public health regulation,” said Graham, who is a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board. “It’s possible that global air pollution will be worse with the higher fuel efficiency target.”All of these assumptions, however, involve complex arithmetic laced with value judgments.Perhaps the murkiest of these involve how potential car-buyers would respond to higher vehicle prices, resulting from more fuel-efficient technology requirements. The Trump administration appears to heed the findings of behavioral economists who believe that consumers undervalue future fuel savings when purchasing cars. That means they might not buy the newest, and safest, cars and trucks on the market.”There is some evidence, I think, supporting that tighter standards are going to delay turnover,” said Joshua Linn, at senior fellow at think tank Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C.Over the last 10 years, Linn said, every percentage-point increase in standards resulted in a 0.2% drop in new vehicle demand.Bailo said the concerns about slower fleet turnover are unjustified. She also noted that automakers are building cars for international markets, where escalating fuel efficiency requirements to confront climate change are the norm.”The customer, year over year, they expect the fuel economy to go up. That’s a natural expectation. And automakers are working on a global platform,” Bailo said. “This is just the way things are going.”The arguments about a slower turnover of the car fleet wouldn’t alone justify weaker standards, Linn said. That’s where the Trump administration’s move to lower the social cost of carbon could help tip the balance. The draft proposal noted that the social cost of carbon would account for only domestic, not global, health benefits. That, Linn said in a recent paper, could reduce the value of climate benefits from the Obama-era car rules by 87%.”You’re setting the social cost of carbon essentially to zero,” Linn said. “You’re making this a policy about consumers being better off. There’s no consideration of social benefits.” Read more… EPA cannot discount the air emissions part of the equation when weighing whether to roll back the vehicle efficiency rules, said William Schlesinger, a member of the agency’s Science Advisory Board and the former dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Any attempt to justify the rollback with traffic fatality numbers must also incorporate premature deaths from air pollution, he said. Millions of people worldwide die from air pollution, which is supported by an extensive body of research that can’t be ignored when weighing regulations related to one of the major global sources of that pollution, Schlesinger added.”The science is clear that air pollution kills people, particularly particulates,” he said. “You would have to estimate what a fleet of nationwide heavier vehicles would mean in terms of mileage or heavy pollution, and do the same for lighter vehicles.”But that’s a hard case to make. Showing the risks of climate change, stemming from tailpipes, is a lot more difficult than counting the number of traffic fatalities, said Jeff Holmstead, a former EPA air chief under President George W. Bush.”They’re just completely different issues. The data on traffic fatalities is much more obvious,” said Holmstead, who is now a lawyer at Bracewell LLP, headquartered in Houston, Texas.Even traffic deaths aren’t entirely clear. Bailo noted that 94% of accidents are caused by human error. Factors like weather and road conditions matter, too.CAFE opponents have been shifting their criticism after research had thrown cold water on their first line of attack: “down-weighting.” That’s the idea that automakers would focus almost entirely on making cars and trucks lighter to meet fuel marks. Those lighter vehicles are inherently less safe if involved in a crash with older, heavier models that would still be on the road, according to opponents of the CAFE program.But that rationale has largely been debunked, said David Greene, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Tennessee and a member of the National Academies fuel economy committee.”The problem with that argument is that it didn’t take into account that all of the light-duty vehicles would be made lighter and the cars weren’t made smaller,” he said. That leads to a simple physics equation—if all cars are lighter, there’s less kinetic energy involved in any crash. Therefore, the force between two vehicles is reduced when they collide.The Obama-era standards incentivize reducing mass in the heaviest of vehicles to reduce the spread between vehicle weights across all classes, said Tom Wenzel, a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL’s) energy efficiency standards group in California.Wenzel’s research has replicated recent NHTSA studies showing that carmakers can reduce mass while maintaining a vehicle’s footprint—the space between four wheels—and cause the same number of deaths, or possibly fewer. He was looking into whether a shrinking weight disparity between vehicles on the road also led to fewer fatalities, but the Energy Department stopped funding his research into that question last year.”I don’t think anyone was trying to prevent this from being analyzed,” Wenzel said. “We’ve done this study for many years. We’ve kind of resolved the issue that mass reductions do not inherently increase fatalities.”In addition to a fight over the validity of the administration’s safety analysis, the rollback could be legally vulnerable if it attempts to claim that car emissions are not a big contributor to greenhouse gas inventory, said Margo Oge, who headed EPA’s transportation office under Obama. In 2017, the transportation sector accounted for more greenhouse gas emissions than power plants. It was the first time.”They would have a pretty big legal challenge that they are not paying the right attention on the analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions,” she said. “They are going to have to say that the emissions from cars are not endangering public health and the environment, which they cannot do, downplaying climate analysis and air pollution.”A “massive court battle” is on the horizon between the federal government and California, plus the states that use its emissions standards, as a result of the rollback, said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.The way the administration accounts for greenhouse gases as a result of increased fuel consumption will be a major part of that case. He said the only way the administration would succeed in court is with a serious quantitative analysis that also considers air pollution levels and mortality rates related to them alongside traffic fatalities. If the administration hasn’t done that work, then it seems impossible to make a legally sound claim that traffic deaths would overcome deaths related to air pollution from more auto emissions, he said.”Emissions are the central focus of the Clean Air Act, and so any decision that is founded on the Clean Air Act necessarily has to take a serious look at air pollution,” Gerrard said.Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2018. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net President Donald Trump’s plan to reduce auto fuel efficiency requirements rests, in part, on the controversial claim that stiffer rules produce more fatal car accidents.last_img read more

YTT: Last time they met

first_imgRelated LinksLast time they met On the eve of the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman, we are rewinding back the clock to the previous Youth Trans Tasman Series played back in 2015. Our Aussie youth teams took on the battle for the title against New Zealand in our own backyard at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla.Our under 18’s and 20’s team displayed nothing but class and skill defeating the Kiwis and taking the 2015 title with a 4-0 series win. The Aussie’s dominated the tournament winning 11 out of the total 12 games played. Wow! Our under 18’s and 20’s team displayed nothing but class and skill defeating the Kiwis and taking the 2015 title with a 4-0 series win. The Aussie’s dominated the tournament winning 11 out of the total 12 games played.This is how it all went down back in 2015. 18s Girls  Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 5 defeated New Zealand 1 Australia 4 defeated New Zealand 0 18s Boys New Zealand 9 defeated Australia 8 Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 4 Australia 5 defeated New Zealand 4 20s Girls Australia 12 defeated New Zealand 1 Australia 15 defeated New Zealand 3 Australia 13 defeated New Zealand 3 20s Boys Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 2 Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 7 With the 2017 series now on New Zealand ground, the Aussie’s will be looking to fight hard to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy. Livestreaming will be available with the 17’s mixed tapping off day one at 8:00am AEDT. To watch the livesteam click here. Keep up-to-date with all of the action from the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigo

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted some relief after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.Valverde says he is looking forward to the break that is to come and he wants his team to keep winning in 2019.”We broke their defensive line well in the first half,” he said after the match.”They wanted to reduce the space inside, but the room was behind their defence and that’s where the first goal came from.”In the second half we were more tired, we didn’t have the ball as much and we wanted to play very fast.”Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi’s incredible chemistry was on show again as the pair combined for another goal.”Alba and Messi understand each other perfectly and it keeps on working,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more