Kohls and Paula Deen Make Memorable Ad Impressions in Food Magazines

first_img1. Paula Deen Ventures at the Southern TableMagazine: Cooking With Paula DeenPublisher: Hoffman MediaNoted: 90%Issue-Specific Audience: 3,295,000 3. KitchenAid Major AppliancesMagazine: Food & WinePublisher: Meredith Corp.Noted: 85%Issue Specific Audience: 6,304,000 5. Kohl’s Kitchen ProductsMagazine: Food Network MagazinePublisher: HearstNoted: 82%Issue Specific Audience: 13,147,000 2. Kohl’s Kitchen ProductsMagazine: Food Network MagazinePublisher: HearstNoted: 89%Issue-Specific Audience: 13,147,000 Kohl’s Kitchen Products scored two of the top five most remembered print ads placed in culinary magazines in December, based on data from GfK MRI’s Starch Advertising Research.In the epicurean category, the highest noted ad score—that is, the percentage of readers of an issue who recalled noticing the advertisement—went to a two-page ad for the book “At the Southern Table with Paula Deen,” which appeared in the December issue of Cooking with Paula Deen. It scored a 90 percent.Two separate gatefold ads for Kohl’s Kitchen Products (Food Network Magazine) checked in at 89 and 82 percent, and KitchenAid Multi Major Appliances (Food & Wine) had a score of 85.In fourth place was a one-page, largely black-and-white ad featuring actor Christoph Waltz for the pricey (nearly $400) Dom Pérignon P2 Champagne. Appearing in the December issue of Wine Spectator, the ad was Noted by 84 percent of survey respondents.Along with data on the top ads that consumers noted, GfK MRI also provided the audience for these magazine issues from its Issue-Specific study. These metrics show how each issue performs compared to the magazine’s average issue audience estimates from GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer™ over the two most recent Waves of Survey data. Top 5 Noted Ads 4. Dom Pérignon P2 ChampagneMagazine: Wine SpectatorPublisher: M. Shanken CommunicationsNoted: 84%Issue Specific Audience: 3,975,000last_img read more

Pikes PeakArea Bases Collaborate on Community Partnership Initiatives

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Military installations in Colorado Springs, Colo., are participating in a joint effort to partner with local governments to enhance their missions and increase efficiencies.“The goal is to partner with the local community and other bases to combine similar services and provide quality programs regardless of where those programs are hosted,” said David Clapp, deputy base civil engineer for the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.Earlier this month, the Pikes Peak Community Partnership Initiative held a charter signing at Peterson, reported 21st Space Wing Public Affairs. The effort currently has four partnership initiatives benefitting the bases and community.A joint public works bulk purchase for road deicer and winter chemicals allows area military installations and El Paso County to share costs and take advantage of bulk pricing. The agreement is expected to generate about $73,000 in cost savings and $6,400 in cost avoidance for the Front Range bases over a five-year period.A second initiative is centralizing transition assistance for separating service members, an effort intended to streamline information disseminated to personnel and provide a single location to obtain military and community resources.Under the experiential learning initiative, Pikes Peak Community College and other institutions can partner with local installations to create internships for students in a variety of disciplines. The partnership is increasing the number available internships for the community college and providing valuable on-the-job training for the students. At the same time, it is helping the military bases accomplish needed tasks, according to the story.A fourth partnership allows military providers and nurses the opportunity to train in local hospitals in order to obtain and maintain required credentials and competencies for their specialties, while providing needed skillsets and capabilities to the hospitals.last_img read more

Watch Pokemons Tokyo announcement livestream

first_img Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Could the Poke Ball and the Great Ball in the teaser image offer a clue? Probably not. Pokemon Company/Screenshot by CNET Editors’ Note, May 29, 2019: The Pokemon Company revealed a bunch of new games, including Pokemon Sleep, during Tuesday’s press conference.You might want to Dig your way to Tokyo on Tuesday for the Pokemon Company’s press conference.Failing that, you can watch the livestream of the event at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET/2 a.m. BST/11 a.m. AEST). It’s embedded below.Watch live video from Pokemon on www.twitch.tv”The press conference is expected to cover a number of topics of interest to Pokemon fans,” the company said in a statement, which basically tells us nothing.Since Pokemon is a massive, sprawling franchise, we don’t know if these topics include the games, movies, anime or merchandise. However, we’re unlikely to get any new details about upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield — those Nintendo Switch games are getting their own Pokemon Direct announcement on June 4. Tags 0 We know Japanese developer DeNA plans to launch a new mobile Pokemon game in the coming months, separate from Pokemon Go and Pokemon Rumble Rush . The company might also reveal Rumble Rush’s iOS release. (It’s currently only on Android devices.) The coolest Pokemon collectibles 2:13center_img Now playing: Watch this: 19 Photos Post a comment Share your voice Video Games Culture TV and Movieslast_img read more

Under new management RBI to pay Rs 40000 crore dividend to government

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to give the government an interim dividend payout of as much as Rs 40,000 crore by March.”We are absolutely sure that an interim dividend of more than Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) would be paid before March end,” a sources told Reuters.Another source apparently put the payout some at around Rs 40,000 crore. The report said the final decision on the dividend size would be taken around February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the government’s budget.The move comes at a time when the government is seeking additional funds to bridge the fiscal gap in the run up to the elections.The agency also reports that the move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent change of guard at the central bank. Last month, Former top finance ministry official Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new governor of the RBI.Payouts to the governments was one of the key issues that roiled the relationship between former RBI governor Urjit Patel and the finance ministry.Jalan CommitteeAnother major point of conflict between the RBI and the government was increased restrictions on lending by banks swept into the prompt corrective action (PCA) programme. The government, wary of a credit crunch taking hold over the economy in the wake of the restrictions, was cut up over the RBI move.There were reports that the RBI leadership was wary of transferring a part of the huge central bank reserves to the government. The government later clarified that it was not after RBI reserves. RBI governor Shaktikanta DasIANSHowever, days after Patel quit, the government set up a committee headed by former governor Bimal Jalan to ascertain how much should be the ideal size of the RBI reserve capital, which is meant to deal with unforeseen liquidity crises.The RBI keeps about a fourth of its annual turnover as its capital reserve. As of the end of June 2018, the reserves were Rs 9.59 lakh crore. The finance ministry had sought to halve the reserve size to around 14 percent.The Jalan Committee faces the onerous task of taking a call on this.Both RBI and the finance ministry declined to comment on the development regarding the dividend payment, the agency reported.last_img read more

Spiking DC Violence Spurs Calls for Culture Change

first_imgWith two months left in 2015, as of Oct. 9 the District of Columbia has 120 homicides. That figure is 44.6 percent higher than 2014.Benjamin Crump, President of the National Bar Association.Across the United States, families, cities, and communities are grappling with a culture of violence manifested by tens of thousands killed each year by guns, mass murders on campuses, in workplaces and homes, and domestic violence perpetuated primarily against women.For the last three years, Stephanie E. Myers, national co-chair of Black Women for Positive Change, has spearheaded what is growing into a national effort to combat this pervasive violence. She, along with a number of supporters, kicked off the Week of NonViolence on the steps of city hall in D.C. The week of nonviolence is scheduled from Oct.17 to Oct. 25.“This is a very serious issue facing America,” said Myers at a press conference on Oct. 9. “We want to go on record that like Fannie Lou Hamer, we’re sick and tired of young people killed on the street, sick and tired of little girls murdered in their front yard, sick and tired of people attacking our schools, and sick and tired of law enforcement taking advantage because they have weapons and overstep their authority.”She said events and activities will take place in cities such as Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Alexandria and Hampton Roads, Virginia, and St. Louis, Missouri. These events would include a summit on Oct. 17, workshops and seminars and related activities throughout the week. “I believe that it’s time for families, youth, actors, professionals, athletes to come together and that we can change the culture,” Myers said.The regional steering committee for the week is comprised of Christian ministers and priests, Rabbis, Imams and members of other faiths. Alongside them are businesspeople, government officials, residents, and representatives of civil society.Several members of the committee expressed concern about escalating violence on various levels, including homicides in D.C., domestic violence in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and bullying in Alexandria, Virginia.“[Alexandria] Mayor [Bill] Euille and folks from the DMV are working hard to stop violence,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D). “According the CDC, the leading cause of death [for young black men between the ages of 15-34] is homicide. I don’t know about you, but that’s a crisis. We need, as governments, to use every resource to stem the tide of violence.”“The culture of violence exists in some American communities,” McDuffie continued. “We cannot arrest ourselves out of this, which is why I advocate a health approach using workforce development, educational agencies, and law enforcement.”Benjamin L. Crump, the attorney representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, unarmed teens shot and killed by a vigilante in 2012 and a Missouri police officer in 2014, respectively, said, “We want to bring attention to dialogue to address violence that happens way too often.” Dr. Myers took leadership and action to stand up for the community, stand up for our children. I’d rather see a sermon rather than hear a sermon every day of the week. What she’s doing is not for the media or the government. It’s for the children.”Mel Franklin, chairman of the Prince George’s County Council, said the community has needed to hear some uncomfortable truths for a long time. “Prince George’s County has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the state of Maryland,” he said. “The overwhelming majority of cases is caused by men. It’s something we have to own up to. And make men and boys a part of this. How do we solve the problem and use of violence? We need to add men’s absence [from the home] and our own personal responsibility. We have to roll up our sleeves and think out of the box.”“Domestic violence knows no race class or division, knows no boundary,” Franklin continued. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality . . . This is an opportunity for all of us to join together on an issue that is a clarion call to end violence.”last_img read more

Flair pulls out of Hamilton amid increased competition

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Flair Airlines, Toronto Pearson Airport, WestJet Swoop Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Posted bycenter_img Flair pulls out of Hamilton amid “increased competition” Travelweek Group TORONTO — Facing increased competition from Swoop, Flair Airlines has announced that it will stop serving Hamilton International Airport and add more flights to Toronto Pearson.The Kelowna-based discount carrier said Friday that it will end all service to Hamilton on Oct. 27 as it prepares to unveil its first flights to the U.S.Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Canada’s largest airport. Daily flights from Toronto to Winnipeg will launch as part of Flair’s October-April service, reports CBC. The airline will also add new daily flights between Calgary and Abbotsford, B.C., as well as resume seasonal service to Victoria and Halifax next spring.Flair is expected to announce its first service to the U.S. next week, with flights to six destinations starting in December.The decision to leave Hamilton after two years comes a couple of months after WestJet Airlines launched Swoop, its ultra low-cost subsidiary, that flies from Hamilton to Abbotsford, B.C., Edmonton, Alta and Halifax. It is also recently announced the launch of U.S. service as part of its 2018/2019 winter schedule to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFlair spokeswoman Julie Rempel says the privately-owned airline determined that the market size of the Hamilton area and increased competition from Swoop made Pearson a better option.With file from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In This Issue Weekly jobs report improves

first_imgIn This Issue. * Weekly jobs report improves * Net Worth on the rise * Limited data next week * Scottish voters have spoken And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Scotland Stays… Good Day!  And welcome to Friday morning. As Chris mentioned yesterday, I’ll be taking you into the weekend and then Chuck will be back at it on Monday morning, so there you have it. This will probably end up being a little shorter than usual, more about that in the wrap up, but we’ve had plenty of news headlines and data to inspect over the past few days to keep us busy. Also, I have the pleasure of revealing the big announcement that Chuck previously mentioned, but you’ll have to wait until the end to see it. I’m sure the suspense is already getting to you, so let’s get this party started. Yesterday’s market action was wedged between Wednesday’s Fed meeting and today’s poll results in Scotland, but we did have some domestic economic data to pick through. First, we saw an improvement in the weekly jobs number as initial jobless claims fell to a two month low of 280k and the four week moving average, which tends to be less volatile, fell to 299,500. Continuing claims also saw improvement as the number fell to the lowest level since May 2007 as those receiving ongoing benefits fell to 2.43 million. In other news, the August housing starts and building permits both disappointed as construction fell 14.4% and the forward looking permits fell 5.6%. This report seems to be contradictory to homebuilder confidence gauges that have been on the rise. The dynamic has been shifting toward more multi-family projects, so moderation in this segment last month account for a big part of the disappointment. We also had the Philly Fed index, which measures manufacturing in the area, come in lower at 22.5 but still remains well into positive territory. Lastly, we had household wealth in the US increase by $1.39 trillion in the second quarter to $81.5 trillion according to a report from the Fed. This increase came as no surprise since the equity markets were setting a new record on a daily basis. I saw some economists questioning whether or not the hot stock market is truly fueling the economy. If we use retail sales as a barometer, I guess you could say the effect isn’t nearly as profound. Anyway, the only bit of data this morning in the US is the leading indicators from August, which are still expected to be positive but slower than the previous month. Next week is actually pretty sparse in the data department that will be dominated by the August home sales reports. At this point, the experts are calling for a slight improvement in both the existing and new home sales. We’ll see August durable goods, which the headline figure is expected to fall well short of July but the ex-transportation number is set to rise a little bit so a mixed bag of sorts. Other than that, we get the final revision to second quarter GDP, which the current projections have it rising to 4.5% from 4.2%, and then a handful of secondary data. The currencies actually turned in a decent scorecard yesterday with the Norwegian krone putting up a over a 2% gain. Chris already talked about the basis for the move higher and the Swedish krona ended up with over a 1% gain. One of the reasons whey the NOK has been stuck in the mud was the looming potential for a rate cut, but it seems policy makers have officially taken that scenario off the table so I wonder if the markets will shift toward pricing in a future rate hike. The rand remained as the worst performing currency by dropping nearly 0.5% after the central bank kept rates on hold at 5.75% and said that economic growth had deteriorated while inflation most likely peaked in the second quarter. The currency took another hit after central bank governor Gill Marcus said that she will step down form her post when the five year term ends in November. We could see continued volatility as the markets speculate who might take over. The pound was actually one of the better performing currencies yesterday as traders were pricing in a vote by Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom as the currency hit a two week high. The markets were actually a little more pragmatic than I would have thought since the new world trading patterns like to take the extreme scenario and run with it. Instead, we saw an overall anxious anticipation that lasted through this morning. In the end, we didn’t have any surprises in store for us this morning as just over 55% of Scottish voters opted against pulling out of the UK. As soon as I turned the currency screens on and saw the relative calm, I know the outcome. Prime Minister David Cameron had promised to give more policy making powers to Scotland in the event of a no vote and he pledged a change that would take into account how England and Wales are governed. Once the votes were tallied, he said these commitments would be honored in full. As Chuck has mentioned several times in the past, uncertainty isn’t looked upon too kindly in the currency market so the anxious pressures have been relieved for the time being at least. A vote for independence would have made for some difficult logistics as I’m sure negotiations over North Sea Oil would not be an easy task and not to mention the question as to what currency Scotland would use. As it pertains to the UK, many think economic growth would have taken a hit and then uncertainty as to whether other nations would attempt a similar feat would have increased significantly. But, we don’t have to worry about that right now and the markets will shift focus back to the BOE and the prospects of higher interest rates. Speaking of prospects, it’s with great excitement that we announce the launch of EverBank’s new 3-year MarketSafe BRICS CD. If you believe that good things are on the horizon for the major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (aka the BRICS nations), this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. With our all new MarketSafe BRICS CD, we’ve united the currency indices of these five nations into one bold financial opportunity. The MarketSafe BRICS CD brings together the currency indices of those five nations into one US dollar-denominated CD and seeks unlimited upside potential via a semi-annual pricing structure. As with all MarketSafe CDs, the principal is protected so you would get back all of your deposited principal if the currency indices lose value to the US dollar. While we can’t make any guarantees as to the future economic strength of the countries,  there are factors that suggest the creation of a stronger foundation for growth. This CD doesn’t pay a periodic rate of interest or annual percentage yield, but the full terms and conditions are here: www.everbank.com/brics. Open and fund your CD by October 15th to secure your spot in this innovative financial opportunity.  For What it’s Worth. Chris threw me a link to an interesting article before he jumped on a plane yesterday morning which he found on The Hill. You can read the entire story at http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/218047-house-passes-bill-to-audit-the-federal-reserve, but here is a snippet that I wanted to share. “The House on Wednesday passed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve System. Passed 333-92, the bill would require the comptroller general to conduct an audit of the Federal Reserve’s board of governors and banks within one year and submit a report to Congress on the findings. A total of 106 Democrats joined all but one Republican in support of the measure.” To recap. Yesterday’s data consisted of a better weekly jobs report as new claims fell to 280k and continuing claims fell to the lowest since May 2007. Housing starts and building permits in August both fell more than expected while household net worth for US citizens increased in the second quarter. Next week is shaping up to be fairly quiet as data will be limited. The currencies had a decent day even with the results of the Scottish vote still up in the air. As I came in this morning, Scottish voters decided to stick with the UK so the rest of the day looks to be calm. Currencies today 9/19/14. American Style: A$ .8972, kiwi .8144, C$ .9123, euro 1.2856, sterling 1.6370, Swiss $1.0653. European Style: rand 11.0260, krone 6.3424, SEK 7.1286, forint 241.45, zloty 3.2538, koruna 21.455, RUB 38.4860, yen 108.82, sing 1.2667, HKD 7.7507, INR 60.7950, China 6.1455, pesos 13.2072, BRL 2.3656, Dollar Index 84.604, Oil $92.78, 10-year 2.61%, Silver $18.40, Platinum $1,342.82, Palladium $822.85, and Gold. $1,222.85 That’s it for today. Well, I’m so glad the weekend is here. I just moved into a new house on Wednesday so my life is both literally and figuratively in boxes right now which means time is at a premium for me at this point. I didn’t realize just how much stuff I had until I saw it all in boxes and trying to find a new place for it all. Instead of a nice relaxing weekend, it’s going to be an unpacking marathon but I hope to get it all knocked out so we can get back to the normal routine. It was a busy day on the desk yesterday and I would have to think it’s going to be even busier today since our newest MarketSafe CD is up and running. With that said, I need to hit the send button and get my day started so until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

A disabled peer has called on the government to ha

first_imgA disabled peer has called on the government to hand out fewer “carrots” to employers and do more to enforce existing equality law as it attempts to secure more jobs for disabled people.The plea came after Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, had been explaining the merits of the government’s Disability Confident programme in persuading organisations to employ more disabled people, which now includes organising what he calls “reverse jobs fairs”.Tomlinson was one of three ministers giving evidence to the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, set up by the House of Lords to examine the impact of the act on disabled people over the last five years.But the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured, at the committee hearing) told Tomlinson: “I really don’t want to burst your bubble but as you were talking there I was transported back to my days at the Disability Rights Commission, where we were doing exactly the same things: we held jobs fairs, in fact it was like you were there beside me.“I trained 120 trainers to go round the country to talk to employers about being disability confident when I was working in local government 25 years ago.“What makes you think you will change people’s minds now, and don’t you think it is also time to ramp up the stick?”Baroness Campbell said that disabled people who had given evidence to the committee had made it clear that the government’s carrot-based approach “will not change things substantially”.She said: “We must enforce the law. I think that’s where they feel the government is letting them down.”She added: “I feel there are too many carrots being handed around at the moment, so where are the sticks?”Tomlinson said the government would make a substantial investment in Access to Work, and there were 339,000 more disabled people in work in the last two years, while ministers were reforming the Work Programme and Work Choice through the new work and health unit, with a white paper to be published in the new year on employment support for disabled people that was likely to include demands for “greater local flexibility”.He said: “I accept the point that there has always been business engagement. I don’t think there has been enough with the small and medium-sized employers.”When Baroness Campbell asked if enforcement of the Equality Act would be part of the white paper, Tomlinson said: “Yes.”Nicky Morgan, the education secretary and minister for women and equalities, added: “The first thing we want to do is change cultures and behaviours.“I am not always convinced that sticks and enforcement are the right way to do this. They are a necessary backstop.”last_img read more

A disabled peer has attacked Labours lazy indiff

first_imgA disabled peer has attacked Labour’s “lazy indifference” to disability equality, after it failed to back moves that would have forced bars, shops and restaurants to ensure their premises obeyed laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Peers tried to introduce the measure as an amendment to the government’s policing and crime bill last week, but a vote on the amendment was narrowly defeated because Labour decided to abstain.The amendment was proposed by Baroness Deech, who chaired the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, which concluded in March that there were problems in “almost every part of society” with laws designed to address disability discrimination.The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who sat on the committee, told Disability News Service (DNS) this week that she was “very angry” with Labour for abstaining on the vote.The amendment – backed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Access Association – would have added the need to secure access for disabled people to the duties of licensing authorities.This would have meant that a pub, club, shop or restaurant that wanted a new licence or to renew their existing licence would have had to prove to their local authority that they had made reasonable efforts to make their premises accessible to disabled people.If they failed to do so, the council would have been able to refuse to grant or extend their licence.But when Baroness Deech spoke to a member of staff in the office of Labour’s chief whip on the morning of the debate, she was told that the party would abstain on a vote on her amendment.She told DNS: “I was amazed, and queried this. He said it was because of ‘strategy’ – they had to decide which issues to defeat the government on, and this was not one of them. “So their real reason was ‘strategic’, regardless of the strength of the case, even though the topic was such that one would naturally expect Labour to be supportive.”Labour peers had voted to defeat the government on another part of the bill less than two hours earlier, so there would have been no problem arranging the necessary peers to be in the Lords for the vote, she said.She added: “I am shocked and disappointed. Some of their members rebelled; a few more and we would have been home and dry.”A Labour Lords spokesman claimed that Baroness Deech had approached the whips office “very late in the day” to ask for backing for the amendment, while there had been suggestions during the day that there might be a significant government concession.He added: “Our understanding was that this [amendment] would not lead to major change.”But both Baroness Deech and Baroness Campbell dismissed these claims.Baroness Campbell said that a Labour peer, Baroness Pitkeathley, who also sat on the Equality Act and disability committee, “was up to speed on this amendment and would have briefed Labour on the importance of the vote”.She said there had been “a full debate on a very similar amendment” at the bill’s committee stage, and the amendment had subsequently been altered to “make it less costly and burdensome on the licensee”.And she said that Labour had taken part in a debate on the Deech committee report, which included a recommendation to amend licensing laws to “make a failure to comply with the Equality Act 2010 a ground for refusing a licence”.She said: “For these reasons, I am very angry with Labour for abstaining.“My annoyance stems from what I see to be a lazy indifference and lack of attention to the hard work of all sides of the House of Lords, to find ways to progress disability equality through licensing, within the constraints of our economic situation.“This was a perfect opportunity to do something practical and low-cost which would make an enormous difference.“How could Labour abstain on such a positive amendment?”Baroness Deech told fellow peers last week – Baroness Campbell had been unable to attend the debate because of ill-health – that businesses were not being asked to do anything extra through the amendment, “but simply to put their minds to accessibility”.Such a measure would help the UK to meet its duties under article nine (on accessibility) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and would “shift the burden off the shoulders of disabled people to the local authorities”, she said.The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas said: “Our lives are hard enough now without having to enforce the law too.“This is a golden opportunity to do what many organisations think should have happened years ago – to have licensing officers who are able to take action beyond [just] writing a licensee a letter or having a word in their ear.”The disabled crossbench peer Lord [Colin] Low also backed the amendment, because he said the Equality Act duty was “widely disregarded, placing the onus on the individual to enforce the duty, when enforcement is extremely difficult for the individual on account of its cost and complexity”.The government refused to back the amendment, with Home Office minister Baroness Williams warning that the cost of enforcing it would fall on businesses through increased licensing fees, and that it was “seeking to skew the regulatory regime… and use it for a purpose for which it was never intended” and “potentially puts us on to a slippery slope”.Lord Kennedy (pictured), Labour’s spokesman in the Lords on housing, communities and local government, as well as home affairs, failed to support the amendment.Instead, he suggested that the minister might argue that “there are general duties under the Equality Act 2010 in force already and that adding a specific amendment does not add anything to the statutory requirements already in force”.Peers who spoke in favour of the amendment included the disabled Tory peer Lord Shinkwin, who served on the National Disability Council that advised the Conservative government on the implementation of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).He told fellow peers: “I have to say that 21 years on from the DDA, I am suffering not from my disability but from a sense of déjà vu.“Despite the milestone that the act represented both for disabled people and for the Conservative party, disabled people are still waiting.“The regrettable fact is that the passage of time has not been matched by the passage of progress. The passing of this amendment would help to put that right.”He said: “I know from personal experience that the system is broken because far too many disabled people are still trying unsuccessfully to access many licensed premises.”And he added: “Accepting this amendment would enable the government to prove to disabled people that they mean what they say when they commit to building a country that works for everyone.”Labour’s failure to support the measure led to the amendment being defeated by 177 votes to 135, with only 16 Labour peers rebelling against the whip and voting in favour.last_img read more

JetBlue Defends Decision to Ask Passenger to Replace Booty Shorts Before Boarding

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List JetBlue Defends Decision to Ask Passenger to Replace Booty Shorts Before Boarding Flight. Will the Incident Affect Its Brand? –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue May 31, 2016 Apply Now » Airlinescenter_img Word to the wise, air travelers: JetBlue and booty shorts don’t mix. Maggie McMuffin found out the hard way when the airline recently asked her to slip out of her skimpy striped bottoms and into something less “offensive.”The Seattle-based burlesque performer (Maggie McMuffin is her stage name), a self-proclaimed “panty boss” and “pelvis of justice,” got her knickers in a twist, so to speak, when the airline put the odd ask to her at Logan International Airport in Boston.”The gate lead spoke to me on behalf of the flight crew and pilot,” she tells Entrepreneur. “I was approached a few minutes before boarding. It made me surprised and then angry and embarrassed.” What do you think of @JetBlue asking passenger @MaggieMcMuff to dress more “appropriately”? https://t.co/I9SaDgn228— Kim LachanceShandrow (@LaShandrow) May 31, 2016 Despite feeling disrespected by the unusual demand, and after her suggestion to tie her sweater around her waist was rejected, McMuffin acquiesced to the airline’s request. Complying on the quick to avoid missing her flight, the performer rushed to purchase a pair of $22 loose-fitting sleep trunk-style shorts at a store inside the airport. She slid them on over her “too high to fly” shorts before boarding the flight to Seattle.Related: Porn Accident: US Airways Issues Worst Brand Tweet of All TimeOnce on board, she snapped a picture of herself wearing the baggy floral replacement shorts in the airplane bathroom. She later tweeted the image out. Her tweetpic, along with selfies of her in the original short-shorts shared on KIRO7 (and now just about everywhere else online), ignited an angry backlash against JetBlue. Critics took to social media to lambaste the airline with allegations of blatant sexism. There’s even a fledgling hashtag for the backlash: #BootyShortSupport.@fuckityfuckity Yes. I was told to rebook or find something else so I bought and put on these. pic.twitter.com/RgdIkjApTD— Maggie McMuffin (@MaggieMcMuff) May 30, 2016JetBlue, for its part, tells Entrepreneur that it did not refuse to board McMuffin, only that it requested she change her bottoms. (She was also wearing matching striped thigh-highs and a long-sleeved knit sweater.)“The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight,” says JetBlue Airways director of corporate communications Doug McGraw. “While the customer was not denied boarding, the crewmembers politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption.”Related: Shark Tank Star Daymond John Says This Is the Biggest Branding Mistake of AllCoverage coverage: Look @MaggieMcMuff! Your shorts, indecent for plane, were ok to broadcast on TVs at the airport. pic.twitter.com/QV0rbi8Yv8— Jonny Porkpie (@jonnyporkpie) May 31, 2016McGraw went on to say that JetBlue stands by its decision to ask McMuffin to change and has made two gestures of “good will” to ease the situation. “We support our crewmembers’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a goodwill gesture.”McMuffin says JetBlue offered her a $162 flight credit and confirms that she did receive an apology from the company. “I would appreciate an apology from the pilot,” she says. “I would also like to see JetBlue be more clear with consumers in the future about expectations for them. Dress codes should not be subjective.”From a branding and customer retention standpoint, the incident won’t make so much as a dent in JetBlue’s reputation, nor its bottom line, says veteran airline industry expert Brett Snyder. “This won’t matter, there will be no impact,” the founder and president of Cranky Concierge, a Long Beach, Calif.-based air travel assistance company, tells Entrepreneur.Related: Airport Screening Made 70,000 Miss American Airlines Flights This YearHe points to a similar incident in 2007, when a Southwest Airlines flight attendant asked a passenger named Kyla Ebbert to get off of a plane bound from San Diego to Tucson because her skirt was deemed too short. Don’t recall the incident? It’s probably because “it was quickly forgotten,” Synder says. So was the time Southwest booted Daniel Podolsky from a flight for wearing a T-shirt with the F-word on it.Solidarity and #BootyShortSupport for @MaggieMcMuff @JetBlue shame on you. pic.twitter.com/1IMgLYGBak— Kelly Blackwell (@Kellilicious) May 28, 2016Passenger attire hiccups like these don’t happen often because, as Snyder says, most airlines don’t have a “cut and dry” dress code. “This is usually covered on the ‘Refusal to Transport’ section of the airline’s contract of carriage, and JetBlue has nothing specific. Kudos to Hawaiian [Airlines] for actually having one, but most airlines do not.”He says what happened to McMuffin sometimes occurs when airline employees are forced to make a judgement call at the gate. “Since it’s a subjective rule that’s enforced by gate agents and flight crews, it never gets applied uniformly. Sometimes it will be a combination of dress code and attitude.”Such might’ve been the case with McMuffin. Snyder suspects there’s a bit more to the story than the length of her short-shorts. “The person who is denied boarding always ends up initially coming off as a completely innocent participant, but it can sometimes later come out that he or she was belligerent or drunk or something else.” No matter: “The reality is that any airline has the right to refuse service, so JetBlue certainly has the right to do it.”George Hobica, founder and president of TripAdvisor subsidiary Airfarewatchdog.com, agrees with Snyder. He doesn’t think ordering McMuffin not to wear revealing shorts on a plane will tarnish JetBlue’s brand in the least. “There will be no effect at all,” he says. “However, from photos I’ve seen, [McMuffin] was no less appropriately dressed than some male passengers I’ve seen who wear skimpy gym clothes on board, like cut-off shorts, muscle T-shirts, etc.”Related: Here’s Why JetBlue Wanted New Yorkers to Steal Its Outdoor PostersBrand damage or no brand damage, Hobica says JetBlue is still eating a considerable slice of humble pie. “Well, I’ve seen guys with very skimpy gym shorts on planes — the kinds marathoners run in — and they’ve not been asked to ‘cover up,’ so I would say this is just prudery or sexism on the part of the Jetblue crew. The fact that JetBlue is apologizing, compensating and trying to make this go away suggests that corporate is embarrassed by the whole thing.”As they it should be, says McMuffin. “JetBlue is sending a message that women’s bodies are open to subjective policing on behalf of individual employees,” she says. “What they did also says that if someone is deemed wrong by a single employee, it makes them less than a customer and less than a person.” Former West Coast Editor 7 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Next Article Kim Lachance Shandrowlast_img read more

Omnisend Research Email Newsletters Sent at 8 AM Perform the Best in

first_imgOmnichannel marketing platform built for ecommerce, Omnisend, has released a report analyzing over 2 billion campaigns sent by marketers using the platform.According to the research, timing for email newsletter campaigns was most effective just before the normal workday at 8 a.m. These campaigns earned an open rate of 20.32% and a click-through rate of 7.79%. Orders were highest for campaigns sent at this time too, at over 8 orders per campaign on average. Omnisend  Annual Research on Email Newsletters Analyzing the Best Times to Send Campaigns Finds That Emails Sent at 8 am Perform the Best Omnisend research on best time to send emails. Other successful times for newsletter campaigns were sent around the work schedule. Newsletter campaigns sent between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. had the highest click-through rates and orders. Campaigns sent around 1 p.m. performed well overall.While well-performing open and click through rates were found at other times, they had a lower number of orders compared to the times directly corresponding with the average workday schedule.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersRytis Lauris, CEO and co-founder of Omnisend, had comments on this recent research: “We create these reports to benefit our ecommerce marketers, and this new insight will help guide them in sending their newsletter campaigns. While customers might be ready to open and engage with emails at several points during the day, they’re more susceptible to purchase around their typical work schedule.”While email timing is an important aspect of sending campaigns, it’s just one of many factors to consider for newsletter performance. High-performing subject lines and newsletter content will ultimately influence whether a customer purchases from a newsletter campaign.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceThis report also detailed other timing aspects of sending newsletter campaigns, offering the best times of the week and the most ideal day of the month.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommercecenter_img Omnisend Research: Email Newsletters Sent at 8 A.M. Perform the Best in Open, Click-Through Rate, and Number of Orders PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 6:30 pmJune 26, 2019 email newsletter campaignsMarketing TechnologyNewsOmnichannel Marketing PlatformOmnisendRytis Lauris Previous ArticleInspur Announces 5G Lab Availability in ShanghaiNext ArticleBrandfolder Becomes A HubSpot Connect Beta Integratorlast_img read more

Community choirs for older adults reduce loneliness and increase interest in life

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 9 2018An innovative San Francisco program of community choirs for older adults found that singing in a choir reduced loneliness and increased interest in life, but did not improve cognition or physical function, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.The program — Community of Voices — was a collaboration between UCSF and the nonprofit San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC), as well as the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), that aimed to assess whether art-based social interventions could substantively improve quality of life for older adults.”Our current health and social systems are not prepared to help support our rapidly increasing population of older adults,” said lead author Julene Johnson, PhD, associate dean for research and professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. “There’s a high percentage who experience loneliness and social isolation, and depression also is relatively high. There’s a need to develop novel approaches to help older adults stay engaged in the community and also stay connected.”The nearly 50 million Americans aged 65 and older represented 15.2 percent of the total U.S. population in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and are increasingly diverse, with nearly 22 percent currently from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds — increasing to almost a third by 2030 — and at increased risk for poor health outcomes. Previous studies have shown that social isolation and depression can exacerbate poor health.A potential novel approach is to engage them in the arts, as they can be offered in the community, are relatively low cost to deliver, are engaging, and can be culturally tailored. One option is community choirs, as about 32.5 million U.S. adults regularly sing in choirs.”Thanks to the vision and leadership of UCSF and Julene Johnson, we now have evidence-based research to support the value of choirs for older adults,” said Sylvia Sherman, CMC program director.In the Nov. 9, 2018, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences study, 12 federally supported senior centers in San Francisco were randomized into a weekly group choir program designed to engage adults age 60 and older cognitively, physically and socially. Over a three-year period (February 2012 to August 2015), 390 English- and Spanish-speaking participants were enrolled into either a group that started choirs immediately (208 members), or another group that initiated choirs six months later (182 members). Two-thirds of the participants were from diverse backgrounds, 20 percent reported financial hardship, and 60 percent had two or more chronic medical conditions.Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaThe Community of Voices choirs were led by professional choir directors and accompanists. They identified music repertoire that was culturally tailored for each site, appropriate for older adults with various singing abilities, and challenging enough to facilitate growth and mastery over time. The 90-minute choir sessions included informal public performances.During the study, singers completed memory, coordination and balance tests, and completed questionnaires about their emotional well-being. Researchers assessed outcomes at six months, along with the health care costs.Overall, the researchers found that older adults who sang in a choir for six months experienced significant improvements in loneliness and interest in life. However, no substantial group differences occurred in the cognitive or physical outcomes or for health care costs. The overall six-month retention rate was 92 percent.Each of the 12 choirs created for the UCSF trial program continues to sing as part of CMC’s Older Adult Choir Program.”We were a little surprised not to see improvements in cognitive and physical function, especially because the literature, although small, suggested there should be improvements,” Johnson said. “However, our study is one of the first randomized controlled trials of a choir intervention, whereas the others were cross-sectional or did not randomly assign the participants.”More research is needed on how choirs improve well-being and the potential long-term health impacts, said Johnson, who served on a 25-person panel of the National Institutes of Health and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on music and the brain, with results published in March 2018 in Neuron.”Besides being one of the first arts-based randomized trials for older adults, our trial represents a new direction in translational research designed to address health disparities, in which interventions are designed and evaluated in community settings from the outset,” Johnson said. “These study methods can be a model for future trials to engage and retain diverse older adults in research.” Source:https://www.ucsf.edu/last_img read more

In California doctors accused of sexual misconduct often get second chances

This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018The doctor instructed his patient to stand in front of him. He cupped her crotch and inserted his fingers into her vagina through her clothes, moving his hand repeatedly to her rectal area. Then he squeezed her breasts, according to a formal accusation filed by the Medical Board of California.The patient, accompanied to the appointment by her 4-year-old granddaughter, asked why that was necessary to diagnose a urinary tract infection, according to the documents. He told her to let him do his job.In three other cases, the board alleged that the family doctor, Ramon Fakhoury of California’s Inland Empire, touched patients’ genitals for no medical reason. In 2016, the board handed him 35 months of administrative probation, requiring him, among other things, to have a chaperone when treating females.Fakhoury did not admit to the allegations, according to his attorney, and criminal charges against him were dropped. If he successfully completes probation next year, he’ll be able to practice without restriction.The Medical Board of California put family physician Ramon Fakhoury on 35 months of probation after several patients alleged he had touched their genitals for no medical reason. Until he completes probation, he must have a chaperone present when treating female patients. He did not admit to the allegations. Previously, he faced felony sexual abuse-related charges, which were dismissed after a jury deadlocked. (Courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)With a mission of patient protection and doctor rehabilitation — not punishment — California’s medical board and those in other states make decisions under laws and norms that can seem discordant in the #MeToo era.California is often cited as one of the more rigorous states in overseeing doctors. But, according to the medical board, very few sexual misconduct complaints are reported to the board in the first place, historically under 200 a year. Even fewer result in a formal accusation against a doctor. And when discipline is found to be warranted — typically in fewer than 20 cases a year — the board tends toward leniency, sometimes granting a few years of probation even in instances of severe misconduct, according to a KHN analysis of medical board records.More than a third of doctors sanctioned by California’s board in cases that alleged sexual misconduct received probation in the past 10 years — some more than once. The terms of probation — which is not a criminal court action but places conditions on a physician’s license — often required temporary chaperones, as well as psychotherapy and courses in “professional boundaries” and ethics. (Through probation, the medical board can only place conditions or restrictions on a doctor’s license in civil proceedings; it does not take criminal court actions.)”They love giving second chances” to physicians, said Marian Hollingsworth of San Diego, a frequent critic of the California medical board. “It makes you wonder where their priorities are. … Their first loyalty is supposed to be patient safety and that doesn’t always happen.”The recent, shocking reports about years of abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall — as well as national exposés about physician misconduct by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press —have only intensified concerns about whether sexual abuse is taken seriously enough in medicine.Nassar, accused of abuse by scores of girls and women under the guise of medical treatment, is now serving what amounts to a life sentence. Prosecutors are considering criminal charges against Tyndall in more than 50 cases, and the state medical board has suspended his license while seeking revocation. He has denied the allegations.Larry Nassar sits in court on Feb. 5, in Charlotte, Mich., before being sentenced for three counts of criminal sexual assault. Nassar, accused of abuse by scores of girls and women under the guise of medical treatment, is now serving what amounts to a life sentence. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)And just last week, 17 women sued Columbia University and its affiliated hospitals, alleging that the facilities engaged in covering up decades of sexual abuse by one of its OB-GYNs.Research has shown that many doctors who sexually exploit patients, like other perpetrators of abuse, don’t stop with one victim. They “perpetrate such behavior for years before being stopped,” said the authors of one study.Against this backdrop, California Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed landmark patient protection legislation requiring doctors who are on probation for sexual and other serious misconduct to notify patients of their status and the terms under which they must practice. It will take effect next July. The bill had failed twice before.”It’s time,” said the bill’s lead author, Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). “The #Me Too movement has really made it very clear that there are individuals even in the most respected professions who abuse their authority.”Even as sexual abuse complaints filed with the medical board rose significantly in the past year to coincide with the rise of #MeToo, board officials say they plan no major changes in how the board dispenses discipline in sexual misconduct cases.The #MeToo movement “has not changed us,” said the board’s executive director, Kimberly Kirchmeyer. Cracking down on sexual misconduct has always been “one of the board’s top priorities,” she said.Digging Into The RecordsKHN examined all 135 cases of alleged sexual abuse investigated by the board that resulted in sanctions from July 2008 through June 2018. (The analysis did not include discipline based on proceedings in other states.)More than a third of sanctions were for sexual misconduct with more than one victim, and the vast majority of alleged perpetrators were men accused of exploiting women.Doctors’ licenses were revoked in 39 cases and voluntarily surrendered in 38. Several doctors received public reprimands — a minor sanction.The largest share of sanctions — 49 cases, or more than a third — were for probation.According to the board’s disciplinary guidelines, the minimum probation period is seven years for a doctor found to have engaged in sexual misconduct — whether it is a sexual relationship with a patient, sexualized touching during exams or inappropriate sexual conversation.But those “minimums” were not applied in more than half of the probation cases, according to the KHN analysis. The guidelines allow exceptions based on “mitigating circumstances,” the age of cases, the quality of evidence and other factors.Kirchmeyer noted that the board treats every case as unique and places a high value on a doctor’s remorse and acknowledgment of wrongdoing.In eight cases, KHN found, a doctor sanctioned for sexual misconduct had previously been sanctioned for similar misconduct.Dr. Patrick Mark Sutton, a Pasadena obstetrician-gynecologist, received probation twice — the first time for four years after investigators alleged sexual misconduct in 2002. In 2011, he was placed on probation again — this time for three years — following allegations that he improperly rubbed a patient’s thigh and engaged in inappropriate sexual conversation.He denied all sexual misconduct allegations in 2002 and 2011, admitting only to medical record-keeping violations in both cases.This September, after he had completed mandated ethics and “boundaries” courses, the medical board filed a new accusation against Sutton, saying that he had called a patient “hairy” and asked the patient, who was naked from the waist down under a drape and in stirrups exposing her genitals: “Do you enjoy orgasms? You are a very beautiful woman,” according to the documents. That case is pending.Sutton’s lawyer, Gary Wittenberg, said in an emailed statement that “the allegations in the pending Accusation are untrue and we will prove that in court.”In several cases, the board granted probation knowing the doctor had been convicted of misdemeanor criminal charges stemming from sexual abuse investigations.Fakhoury, the Inland Empire doctor, had faced felony sexual abuse-related charges but was not convicted due to a hung jury, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.His lawyer, Courtney Pilchman, told Kaiser Health News that the criminal charges were dismissed afterward and that the doctor “did not stipulate” to — or admit to — the medical board accusation.By contrast, Ohio’s medical board, upon learning of California’s sanction, in 2012 revoked his state license.Related StoriesGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe number of disciplinary actions taken over the decade is strikingly small given the size of California’s practicing physician population of more than 100,000. Alleged victims of sexual abuse by physicians are significantly less likely to come forward than sexual abuse victims in general, some research indicates.However, numbers provided by the medical board suggest that many of the complaints that are filed — whether by victims themselves or other sources — do not result in formal accusations against doctors. From October 2013 through June 2018, 838 complaints were designated by the board as possible sexual misconduct. During that same period, 74 accusations were filed. (Multiple complaints could be filed about one doctor.)Experts and lawyers familiar with the board offered various explanations: Some complaints may be false. Doctor sexual misconduct can be hard to prove by “clear and convincing evidence,” as required in medical board cases. Accused physicians often hire experienced lawyers who aggressively fight back, leading to delays and deals. Victims may decline to testify or present poorly as witnesses.Some victims, for instance, have psychiatric disorders or believe that they were engaging in a “consensual” relationship, according to medical board documents.Board staff have worked hard to treat alleged victims sensitively, Kirchmeyer said. Expert reviewers are instructed to read complaints as if the person is telling the truth, she said, and the board plans weeklong training sessions to help investigators work better with alleged victims and prepare them for testifying.The cases often drag on. It can take years for victims to come forward in the first place — and more time for cases to wind their way through the state’s complex bureaucracy. Evidence can go stale.”Physicians have to have due process,” Kirchmeyer said. “Anyone can make a complaint about anyone at any time.”Tracy Lystra at her home in Aguanga, Calif. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)’Slap In My Face’Facing what they see as an uphill battle, lawyers from the state Department of Justice, who handle administrative hearings, will sometimes pre-emptively recommend probation — even in serious sexual misconduct accusations — to avoid the possibility a doctor will get no sanction at all from a judge, said Laura Sweet, a former deputy director who retired in 2015.Sweet, who worked for the medical board for 23 years, said the legal process focuses on the doctors and does not always give sufficient weight to the pain of alleged victims. “You’re sending a message that’s potentially minimizing what the victim endured.”That’s how Tracy Lystra sees it, too. In 2013, Lystra sued her Fallbrook, Calif., OB-GYN, Anthony S. Bianchi, alleging that he harassed her with comments about her body and how she aroused him, whispering into her ear as she lay on a gurney before surgery that she looked like a “sexy librarian.” She said the case, which also alleged medical negligence, was settled for $150,000 in 2016. Bianchi, who could not be reached for comment, denied the allegations in court documents.Through her attorney, Lystra filed a complaint to the medical board shortly after settling with Bianchi. This past July, she received a letter from the board saying it would not be able “establish grounds for discipline” against Bianchi in her case, “considering all the evidence and mitigating factors.”Ultimately, she learned that the board had received complaints from other women.In 2014, Bianchi had been put on five years’ probation after the board accused him of making inappropriate sexual remarks to two patients, telling one he dreamed of having oral sex with her and couldn’t stop staring at her breasts. After learning of these cases, another woman came forward, alleging Bianchi several years earlier had blocked his office door with a chair, inserted his fingers into her vagina, exposed his penis and asked her for sex.The board’s penalty was another five years’ probation. But the two probation terms overlap — and Bianchi, who agreed not to contest the allegations as part of the settlements in each case, could go back to work as an OB-GYN without restrictions in 2021. In the meantime, he is not allowed to treat female patients.Learning that Bianchi received such a light punishment — and that the board would not take action on her own complaint — was crushing, Lystra said, noting that it had been so difficult to get anyone, including her family, to believe her.“I really wanted him stopped. It was so disappointing when medical board responded the way it did,” Lystra said.”It was a slap in my face.”MethodologyIn its analysis, KHN requested every sanction for sexual misconduct issued by the Medical Board of California over the past 10 years, the name of each doctor involved and his or her license number. The board responded with 181 actions against 175 doctors from fiscal year 2008-09, beginning in July, through fiscal year 2017-2018, ending in June. (The records were designated by the board as primarily for sexual misconduct but often included other allegations.)KHN used the board’s document lookup search on its website to review its available public records on each doctor. KHN mentioned sanctions outside the 10-year period when records showed the doctors were repeat offenders.The analysis excluded cases in which the board took action in response to sanctions issued by other states’ medical boards for sexual misconduct outside California.For each sanction, KHN determined the number of alleged victims identified in the board’s accusations, their gender, type of sanction, length and terms of probation, type of alleged sexual misconduct and whether the board took note of any previous or concurrent criminal proceedings.KHN also requested the number of complaints the board received alleging sexual misconduct, and how many formal accusations the board filed each year after the allegations were investigated and merited disciplinary action. The board did not have data for all 10 years, but provided the number of complaints received and the number of accusations filed from October 2013 through the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year.KHN’s coverage of these topics is supported by California Health Care Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard FoundationThis story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. read more

New bacterial species may help fight obesity and metabolic disorders

Source:https://www.eufic.org/en Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 17 2018The MyNewGut project has discovered new bacterial species and strains in healthy people that seem to be effective against obesity, metabolic and mental disorders related to stress and obesity (e.g. depression). They do so by influencing the endocrine and immune pathways that have an impact on both our physical and mental health.The bacterial strain ‘Bacteroides uniformis CECT 7771’ has shown pre-clinical efficacy on metabolic and immune dysfunctions in obesity, for example reducing serum triglyceride levels, glucose intolerance and body weight gain as well as inflammationBifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 was shown to reduce depressive-like behavior associated with obesity in pre-clinical trials. A Bifidobacterium longum strain has been demonstrated to have a positive impact on perceived stress, sleep quality and cortisol release in a double-blinded placebo-controlled intervention trial in humans.These strains could potentially be next generation probiotics that could in the future be used to help tackle obesity and depression.How diet has an influence on the gut microbiotaDiet appears to be a major factor that influences the composition of the human gut microbiota. MyNewGut experts have conducted several human intervention trials to investigate dietary health effects potentially mediated by the microbiota and they are publishing a range of position papers that will show evidence on how we could inform future dietary recommendations. MyNewGut partners have specifically looked into the role played by proteins, fats and fibers on the gut microbiota.High intake of proteins or a high fat diet may harm the gut microbiotaMyNewGut partners found out that high protein consumption, which increases protein fermentation in the large intestine, generates some of the toxic metabolites (products of metabolism) linked to diseases such as colorectal cancer.A high fat diet, especially when rich in saturated fatty acids may have negative effects on the gut microbiota, characterized by a lower number of microbes and a lower variety of microbial species. High-fat diets rich in omega 3 or omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids do not seem to negatively affect the microbiota, whereas the effects of monounsaturated fatty acids are less consistent.High fat diets are associated with depressionStudies of the MyNewGut partners showed that Western diets rich in saturated fat resulted not only in obesity, but also in depression-like behavior. The depression-like behavior associated with diet-induced obesity depended on the gut microbiome, because the effects were blunted by antibiotic-treatment. In high-fat diet fed mice, using the same mouse model, MyNewGut also showed that a bacterial strain (Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765) reduces depressive-like behavior associated with obesity, acting through the gut-brain axis. These results are only a starting point, and new research would have to confirm the findings in humans.Related StoriesLSU Health researchers to investigate link between breast cancer and obesity in real timeUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyMaternal obesity may negatively affect children’s lung developmentThe role of the gut in metabolic healthStudies in animal models conducted by project partners have revealed new mechanisms whereby the microbiota could impact metabolic health. MyNewGut partners showed that peptidase activity (DPPIV) responsible for the degradation of enteroendocrine hormones produced in the gut, which regulate appetite and glucose homeostasis (like glucagon-like peptide I [GLP-I]), are of bacterial origin. This means that the presence of specific bacteria producing these new enzymes can adversely influence appetite, food intake and body weight gain.Gut microbiota: we are all different The MyNewGut project has also explored innovative interventions, including Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) for restoring dysbiosis-associated disorders. In FMT, the microbiota of a healthy donor is transferred to an individual suffering from some form of dysbiosis.In MyNewGut studies, the donor’s microbiota was transferred to human subjects with metabolic syndrome. In these studies, the responsiveness to treatment depended on the individual’s gut microbiota profile, suggesting a need for personalized intervention strategies. This study demonstrates that the individual’s microbiota directly impacts neural systems that could mediate the impact of food intake on metabolic health.The impact of early life microbial imbalance on healthMyNewGut partners investigated whether effects of environmental factors in early life and childhood also impact health outcomes in later stages of life in humans. For example, they conducted a longitudinal study in children to determine the role of the microbiota, the lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) and other individual factors (immune and metabolic profile) in the development of overweight.The study revealed that specific microbiota configurations were indeed correlated to inflammatory markers and dietary patterns, and subsequently to the development of obesity.MyNewGut has also discovered that dietary changes which favorably influence the microbiota may have a higher and longer-lasting effect during stages of development, and this emphasizes the importance of diet during early life for long-term health in adulthood. read more

MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than other drug users

first_img MDMA users reported feeling significantly greater emotional empathy, and computer tasks revealed greater cognitive empathy, compared to people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA (there was little difference between the MDMA group and the alcohol-only group) All participants showed declines in mood and self-esteem in response to social exclusion, but there were no differences between the three groups. The levels of empathy and social pain in MDMA users were consistent with “normal psychosocial functioning”. Source:http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_704161_en.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only.Users of MDMA reported feeling much more empathy – and were better at identifying the emotions of others on a computer task – than people who took multiple drugs not including MDMA.The other drugs were cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy) is known to increase empathy for a short period, and these findings about longer-term effects could have implications for possible medical uses.MDMA is a Class A banned drug in the UK and is not currently licensed for any medical use.Lead author Molly Carlyle, of the University of Exeter, said: “We recruited long-term but mild users (a minimum of ten times), in order to reflect doses that may be used for medical purposes,”It has been suggested that MDMA, combined with therapy, might be an effective treatment for psychological trauma and alcoholism, but it has previously been suggested that MDMA may cause heightened social distress. Our findings indicate that isn’t the casein our study, MDMA users were better able to understand the emotions of others and had better emotional empathy than people using other drugs, and on a similar level to those who only drink alcohol.”The study’s 67 participants completed a questionnaire about their own empathy, and took computerised tasks in which they had to identify emotions on the faces of others. They also reported how strongly they felt emotions based on seeing others in emotional states.Related StoriesStudy: One in five university students affected by problematic smartphone useCannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabisUCR biomedical professor to investigate how body’s cannabis-like molecules influence obesityThe researchers wanted to measure both cognitive empathy (the ability to understand the emotions of others) and emotional empathy (experiencing emotions due to the emotions of others).The study says:center_img The findings contradict previous suggestions that long-term MDMA use may cause heightened social distress.Professor Celia Morgan, senior author of the research, said: “Our study suggests that mild MDMA use is not associated with any problems in how we function socially. Instead, it seems to make people better at empathy when compared to drug users who don’t use MDMA, with a suggestion of better empathy compared to alcohol users.”We cant say whether differences in empathy are due to taking MDMA, or whether there were already differences in the people who use MDMA and those who don’t before they started taking the drug. But importantly this study suggests that MDMA may be used safely as a treatment without side effects on these crucial social processes.”last_img read more

Common metric may not accurately assess kidney function of Indian patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A common metric for monitoring kidney health may not accurately represent the kidney function of Indian patients. However, tweaks to an older assessment formula may better measure kidney health in this patient population, according to new research presented today at the 2019 American Physiological Society (APS)/American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Conference, Control of Renal Function in Health and Disease in Charlottesville, Va.Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well the kidneys remove waste from the blood. It is used in clinical settings as an indicator of chronic kidney disease. The gold standard to measure GFR requires use of radioisotopes. Because of that, doctors usually test patients’ blood for a waste product called creatinine and then enter those results into a formula with other factors such as age, sex and weight to determine an estimate of GFR. There are multiple formulae to estimate GFR, but the most common are based on data from Western populations.Related StoriesMetabolomics may be key to identifying diabetes-related kidney diseaseResearchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donorsIndigestion remedy improves survival in people with late-stage CKDNoting that many developing populations have higher fat-to-muscle tissue ratios for a given body mass index, researchers sought to determine the more accurate method to estimate GFR in Indians. They used the gold standard radioisotope method to measure GFR in 24 healthy Indian volunteers, 11 men and 13 women. They then evaluated different estimation formulae based on the radioisotope results. This included variations of the formulae using measures of lean mass in place of body weight. They determined lean mass via dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. DEXA scans measure tissue density and are also commonly used to measure bone density and test for osteoporosis.The researchers found the closest agreement to the radioisotope results came from the Cockcroft–Gault formula, with a substitution of lean mass in place of weight. The Cockcroft–Gault formula was developed in 1973 and is less used today than two newer formulae called the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation, neither of which provided results that were as accurate in this study as the modified Cockcroft–Gault formula.The researchers note that a larger study is necessary to fully validate this method, especially considering the added use of a full-body scan. However, “use of body composition parameters for estimating GFR may improve clinical practice in Indian patients,” they said.Anjali Kulkarni, MD, of BARC Hospital in Mumbai, India, will present the poster “Improvement in estimates of GFR by using lean mass as compared to body weight in Indians: pilot study” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Pavilion III of the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Va. Source:American Physiological Societylast_img read more