Fishy tale as Olympic venues face uncertain future

first_imgImage: AFP/Ed JonesThousands of fans will pack the futuristic Gangneung Oval for the Olympic speed skating competition next month. But afterwards, one suggestion is for the cavernous steel-gray structure to store frozen fish. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Balkman wants to bury the hatchet with Santos Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense White elephantA convention center, an indoor amusement park or football field have all been proposed for the speed skating oval, as was a speed skating training center, which came to naught because of the long distance from the existing facility in Seoul.With no purpose in sight and the dreaded white elephant status looming, a local warehousing company proposed packing it with containers of frozen fish caught in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).“It was a media stunt and we did not take the suggestion seriously,” Park Chul-Sin, a Gangwon province official in charge of legacy use, told AFP.The downhill course at Jeongseon was specially built for the event in an undeveloped forest, to the alarm of environmentalists, as no existing resorts had a big enough vertical drop to sufficiently test the world’s fastest skiers.It will be bulldozed and returned to its natural state — but whether the national government will agree to pay the $40 million rehabilitation cost remains unclear.One thing the organizers are sure of is the fate of the newly-built 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang.The $100 million pentagonal structure is largely temporary and will be used only four times — the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and the ensuing Paralympics — before the main grandstand is converted to a museum to the Games and the rest dismantled to make way for a public park.‘Not so popular’Post-Olympics financial woes are commonplace, from Montreal in 1976 — which took 30 years to pay off the debts it incurred for a two-week event — to Rio in 2016. View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img The last Winter Olympics, in Sochi in Russia, came with an eye-watering $50 billion price tag.The costs have made many potential candidate cities drop out of hosting future Olympics: there were only two candidates left, Beijing and Almaty, when the time came to choose the location for the 2022 Winter Games.Closer to home, Incheon in South Korea spent $1.6 billion to build 17 venues for the 2014 Asian Games. When the event was over, the city had accumulated a debt of $1 billion.But Korea Institute for Sports Science senior researcher You Ji-Gon said Gangwon faced particular issues with finding future uses for the venues “due to its remoteness from populated areas and the country’s small winter sports fan base.”The province faces combined annual losses to keep open the speed skating oval, the ice hockey rink and the ice skating arena — which will become a public leisure facility — estimated at a minimum of $10 million.It also remains unclear whether the biathlon, cross country, bobsleigh and ski jump venues will continue to exist, given a lack of local demand. “No matter who manages these facilities, it will be difficult to make them profitable,” acknowledged Park, the Gangwon official, urging the national government to cover the costs. “Winter sports are not so popular in this country.” CCRELATED STORIES:Filipina Greek American aiming fo 2020 Olympic judoWATCH: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics official theme song, dance Plans for an ice hockey team to take over the neighboring 10,000-seat arena fell apart in the wake of the bribery scandal that brought down president Park Guen-Hye.Even the International Olympic Committee has expressed concern, with Gunilla Lindberg, the head of its co-ordinating commission, saying that the issue of the Games’ legacy should be addressed “as a priority.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGangwon province, which includes Pyeongchang, where the ski events will be held, as well as Gangneung, is one of South Korea’s poorest and least populated regions, but was the driving force behind the bid.It made two unsuccessful attempts to secure the Winter Olympics before finally being awarded next month’s event. 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No definitive future use has been identified for the $120 million building on South Korea’s east coast, one of several venues whose legacy — or lack of one — threatens to tarnish the image of the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Now the Games threaten to leave it with a multi-million-dollar headache.Gangwon and the Games organisers built six venues from scratch for the Pyeongchang Olympics and renovated six existing facilities, at a total cost of $800 million.Separately, the country spent more than $10 billion on infrastructure such as railways and roads.“They blindly pushed ahead and pulled it off,” said sports science professor Yu Tae-Ho of Korea University.“But they have no concrete plans about what to do with facilities after the games are over.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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2 inmates reportedly died before fire – Fire Officer

first_imgDeadly prison riotAt Thursday’s hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison fire, discrepancies were found in the testimonies of Chief Fire Officer, Marlon Gentle and Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Clifton Hicken.Gentle, who continued his testimony from Wednesday’s session, posited that based on the reports he would have garnered, a low-order “flash-over” occurred in the building because it was enclosed, and as such, could not have been the only contributory factor to the deaths of two inmates.Commander of ‘A’ DivisionClifton HickenChief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle“The level of injures which those bodies would have suffered – a head dethatched from a body [and] intestines protruding… I believe that in my experience, both of the bodies would have suffered other types of trauma than the fire, meaning that they were subjected to some level of force being applied to them either by striking or stabbing,” he explained.Attorney Christopher Ram objected to these statements being tendered on the basis that “only an expert” could make such determinations.When asked about the Fire Service’s report on the deadly blaze, Gentle stressed that he could not speak to certain aspects of the events as the investigation is still continuing. He also told the Commission that a special unit within the fire service is designated to carry out these investigations. It was revealed that someone by the name of Mr Holder – who is in charge of this investigation – has not yet submitted a statement as confirmed by Commission Counsel Excellence Dazzell.However, in somewhat of a contrast, Attorney representing the Joint Services, Eusi Anderson reportedly said that he has indeed seen this report.Under cross-examination, Attorney Glen Hanoman sought to discredit some of the Chief Fire Officer’s statements as he did not actually witness some of the events of which he testified.“Because you didn’t go in there, your statements are based on reports that you got and not on personal knowledge,” Hanoman pointed out.Also under cross-examination, Gentle was questioned to disclose his knowledge of tear smoke canisters and whether they are “flammable or pyrotechnic”.Gentle responded, “Sir, pyrotechnics fall under the terms of an explosive, that’s not my expertise.” However, when later questioned by Commissioners, the Fire Chief then recalled incidents in the 1997 riots and onwards. He noted one such incident where a tear smoke canister was thrown into Citizen’s Bank and fire investigators were called. He added that fire investigators saw the canister but it did not ignite the areas where it had fallen.“The tear smoke triggered the fire alarms in the Bank… we responded… strangely this device found itself on a soft chair; there was no damage to the chair,” recounted the Fire Chief of the Citizens Bank incident.Commander Hicken, who took the stand in the afternoon session, exhibited some confusion with his recollection of the dates surrounding the March 2-4 riots. He stumbled several times in sequencing his knowledge of events and at one point said that after 01:00h (1:00 AM) on Thursday, March 3, he was not present on the scene.Additionally, at one point, he could not recall on which day and at what time the “big fire” claimed the lives of 17 inmates. However, some clarity was brought under re-examination by Attorney Anderson.When questioned about the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedures by Commissioner Dale Erskine, Commander Hicken opined that the Police exercised too much caution in its approach to the riots and he conceded that there needs to be a revision of the SOPs. He however reiterated that the Prison Directors were the ones in command and as such Police Officers had to exercise restraint.Andrew Holder of the Fire Service is expected to testify sometime today.last_img read more

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Indian Arrival Expo celebrates Indian culture and heritage

first_imgThe rich cultural heritage of East Indians was celebrated on Sunday, May 29 when the Hindus for Selfless Service (HSS) held the annual Indian Arrival Expo at the Leonora Synthetic Track’s parking lot, West Coast Demerara (WCD) to bring Arrival Month celebrations to an end.Gupti Jyotish gives a demonstration on the art of potteryThe exhibition and cultural show was attended by a large number of persons who flocked the venue to take an opportunity to participate in the games, enjoy the food and view the cultural presentations that were made. At the event, a number of cultural items were on display including clothes, musical instruments and creative arts, such as pottery and henna. There was also a yoga and medical booth on site which saw visitors being given advice on how to maintain both their physical and mental health. The cultural show featured a number of dances and songs which were handed down from East Indian ancestors.Gupti Jyotish, a potter who hails from Wakenaam in the Essequibo River, was one of the many exhibitors at the Expo. He was on site giving pottery demonstrations, the art of which he revealed was passed down from his great great-grandfather who came too Guyana from India.“I have been doing this for 32 years now. This trade come from India…my great great-grandfather who came from India, and he trained my great-grandfather who trained my grandfather. And the trade was passed on to me. It is a tradition which I passed down to my daughter,” he stated.Henna artists were also present to display the East Indian body artJyotish related that he was skilled in making all forms of clay pots, but specialised in diyas which he would make to order.Another artist, Mr Bheepat, of Uitvlug Pasture, West Coast Demerara, explained that he has been making murtis since he was a child. “Me born and grow up in this. Meh father used to make this since he was six years old and that’s about 40 years now,” he shared.He said his father was taught the art form by his grandfather, an indentured immigrant from India who came to Guyana seeking work. His father maintained the tradition and turned it into a small business. “Everything we make is hand carved,” he boasted.Savitree Singh, a henna artist, explained that her trade was self-taught as she was very fond of drawing and was fascinated by the East Indian body art. “I liked drawing, so eventually to do henna, I saw patterns and practised it. I’ve been doing this for over six years. I do henna for special occasions, especially weddings,” she related.Shanta Ranglall, a member of the event’s Steering Committee, previously explained that while the event was traditionally held to coincide with Arrival Day observed on May 5, the Committee chose to host the Expo on May 29 to end the month of celebration. “The month of May is known as the Indian Arrival Heritage Month, so we chose May 29, to just close the curtain down and end it with the Indian Arrival Expo,” she stated.Public Relations Officer of the Committee, Shri Ram Talmakund related that preparations for the event were not “quite easy”; however, he was pleased with the results.last_img read more

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Bandari’s Wambani named February’s best

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani poses with his trophy after being named the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the monthMOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 7- Free scoring Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani has been named as the February Sportpesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Month. Having scored three crucial league goals that won the coastal outfit six points, the 18-year old won the coveted 49 inch LG television set as well as Sh150,000 in cash shared in a ratio of 2:1 with his Bandari compatriots. A season opening brace against a fancied Sofapaka on Match day one and a solo effort against newbies Wazito FC has propped Wambani among the most influential players in the league so far.Wambani was drawn alongside compatriot Farouk Shikalo, Mathare United’s Crispin Oduor and Meddie Kagere in the final shortlist.Shikalo stepped into the big boots of retired Wilson Obungu and kept four clean sheets goalkeeping for Bandari while the influential Oduor and Kagere scored crucial goals for their teams.Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani receives the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the monthThe Bandari teenage star however, found favour among the football scribes who gave him 18 points.Oduor who’s goal against Sofapaka ranks as the best witnessed so far finished a close second with 16 points while Kagere was a further 2 points down at third place.Other than the four players who made the final cut Mathare’s Francis Omondi and injured Gor Mahia right back Wellington Ochieng were among the nominees.Wambani threw the gauntlet down upon receiving his first recognition for his football heroics, vowing to help his club vie for silverware this year.Bandari are 6th on the log thanks to Wambani’s contributions but the midfielder playing his second top-flight season believes more is yet to come from him.Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani poses with Sportpesa and LG representatives as he receives the February 2018 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month“I’m glad I got off well this season and my prayer and hope is that I get even better because I believe there is more I can show. This award is humbling to me as I did not expect it even though I knew I did well in February.”“It’s an inspiration and my focus is more vivid now. I know I can get to the top and realize my dream of emulating Victor Wanyama and making it big in Europe.” The teenage midfielder saidBandari Coach Ken Odhiambo lauded Wambani and the entire squad for the fine start to the season. The tactician is focus on bettering the coastal outfit’s performance following an underwhelming 2017.“We strengthened with a view of challenging for the title and os far I’m impressed with what the boys have done. Besides the loss to Gor Mahia we have managed to get points from traditionally tough opponents and it’s even better when we do not concede goals. I believe we have the capacity to vie for silverware and probably return to the continental stage.” The former City Stars coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bush brings plan to the border

first_imgBush did not declare his support for either of Congress’ two competing proposals – one approved by the House that would build 700 miles of fencing and a provision in the Senate bill that would build half that. Instead, he said the decision should be up to the Border Patrol.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“People’s work is making a difference,” the president said. “But we do not have full control of the border.” Bush wants a sweeping immigration overhaul that combines enhanced border-security measures with a guest worker program. But he faces stiff resistance from conservative Republicans, particularly in the House, who prefer a get-tough approach and largely oppose a Bush-backed guest-worker program, which they see as providing amnesty for criminal behavior. House legislation that passed last year would make all illegal immigrants subject to prosecution as felons. While the president visited the U.S.-Mexico border, the Senate continued a heated debate over broad legislation that largely does what Bush wants. “The Senate needs to get the bill out,” Bush said. Eager to win over conservative opponents, the president has been talking increasingly tough. On Monday, he proposed deploying up to 6,000 National Guard troops along the international line to support Border Patrol agents until their ranks can be expanded. On Thursday, he said it makes sense to put up fencing along some parts of the border. SAN LUIS, Ariz. – President George W. Bush peered across this hot, dusty and very busy illegal crossing point Thursday, hoping to offer conservatives balking at a broad immigration bill firsthand evidence that he’s serious about tightening the nation’s 2,000-mile border with Mexico. He said fences would help stop people from sneaking into the United States. The president showed off a section of the border that is seeing a rising tide of illegal immigrants and other smuggling. The United States is responding with increased manpower – including help from the National Guard – and a newly beefed-up enforcement zone that features two layers of tall fencing, a concrete culvert, floodlights, watch towers and camera surveillance. “I think it helps to have the president out here, seeing the part of the area of the country that one time was overrun by people coming in here, that’s beginning to get settled down because of a strategy that’s being employed,” Bush said later in a packed room at the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector headquarters about 30 miles away. last_img read more

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FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL LAUNCH €.5 MILLION FUNDRAISING BONANZA

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known charities has launched its biggest campaign to raise almost €500,000 for Letterkenny General Hospital.The ambitious goal of The Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital is to raise “€21,000 every 21 days” in 2013.Now organisers want the entire community to get behind the project which kicks off on Monday 21st January at 7.30pm in the Conference Room, Floor A, Letterkenny General Hospital. “The aim of our fundraising launch on Monday 21st January is twofold, firstly to highlight the importance of the Friends to the hospital and the benefits it brings to the people of the North West and secondly to ask as many clubs, organisations and individuals to help us to raise €21,000 every 21days in 2013” said Brian McGarvey, Chairperson of the FOLGH.In 2013 the Friends are celebrating 21 years of successful fundraising activities during which time over €5 million was raised by the people of the North West for the people of the North West.The Friends are planning numerous events throughout 2013 to celebrate the 21 years of fundraising including a massive Celebration Ball of which the final details will be released in the coming weeks.“The success of the fundraising of the past 21 years is dependent on the help and support of the people of the North West and we want to build on that success in 2013 and beyond” enthused Mr McGarvey. “The long list of equipment purchased by the Friends for the hospital that has helped provide better healthcare for the people of the North West is truly inspiring and we want to continue this fine tradition for the next 21 years.“We again need the help and support of the people of the North West to fundraise with us and to organise events in their area from Cake Sales to Cycles, Tractor Runs to Table Quizzes, Golf Classics to Gala Nights and Beard Shaves to Bingo…basically any fundraising event. We are trying a new initiative this year by asking groups, organisations, clubs, businesses and any other interested individuals to “partner up” with the Friends in their fundraising activities.”The Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital was established in 1992 and attracted ordinary people from all corners of the North West to help raise the vital funds necessary and oragnisers want to re-establish these links and indeed make new links throughout the North West.The people of the North West benefit greatly from the equipment purchased and the services enhanced by the Friends fundraising and the Oncology Bus is a prime example.The original Oncology Bus was purchased in 2001 to transport patients to cancer treatment hospitals in Dublin such as St.Lukes in Rathgar. The bus was fitted with upgraded seats and tables with a toilet on board which helped to make the journey to and from Dublin more comfortable and many long standing friendships were formed on this twice weekly bus trip.The huge benefit of the Oncology Bus is that it stops as often as the patients require and there is no hurry on the tea break stop.In 2010 The Friends purchased a vital piece of radiology equipment called a SAN (Storage Area Network). This technology allows clinical staff to view CT & MRI scans and X-ray images on their computer screens in a much quicker manner than the old disc system allowed.Whilst this technology allows much faster access to radiology images, it was made necessary by the introduction of the new 64 Slice CT scanner that year. The new CT generates so many detailed images that the old system would have been incapable of coping with the volume of data and without the Friends support for this new technology, treatment of patients would be significantly slower. This was one of the many advances that has allowed Letterkeny General Hospital to develop state of the art diagnostic imaging for the people of Donegal. The Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital are formally launching their fundraising campaign “€21,000 every 21 days” on Monday 21st January at 7.30pm in the Conference Room, Floor A, Letterkenny General Hospital. Everyone is invited to attend.FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL LAUNCH €.5 MILLION FUNDRAISING BONANZA was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Friends of Letterkenny General Hospitalfundraising campaignlast_img read more

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Takeaways: Sharks earn ‘good point’ against NHL’s hottest team

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Joe Pavelski lifted the Sharks halfway out of the grave Tuesday, scoring twice in the third period to salvage a point against the NHL’s hottest team. After Saturday’s debacle in Las Vegas, he and his teammates will take it.The Sharks captain buried a feed from Brent Burns at 11:29 of the third to give his team life. Then, he tied it at 2-2 on the power play, stuffing the puck in from the side of the net with 3:18 left in regulation for his team-leading 15th goal.With a …last_img read more

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Crime in South Africa

first_imgLorraine Kearney and Janine ErasmusCrime hogs the headlines in South Africa, and the country’s reputation as a crime capital stretches far and wide. But according to the South African Police Service (SAPS), crime is on a downward trend. And South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies (ISS) backs this up.On 9 September 2010 the SAPS released the national crime statistics for the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. There were decreases in the three significant contact crime categories of murder, attampted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. For the first time since the establishment of the South African Police Service in 1995/1996, murder dropped to below 17 000 incidents. Metro police staff a road block inJohannesburg, Gauteng.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library)In all but one of the SAPS’s seven contact crime categories, crime decreased over the previous year. Contact crime is defined as violent crime against the person. An increase of 1% was recorded in the incidence of common assault.Of the categories that decreased, murder showed the greatest decline – dropping 8.6% – and assault with GBH the smallest – dropping 0.5%. Aggravated robbery dropped by 7.5%, while attempted murder dropped by 6.1% and common robbery by 4.1%. In total, contact crime dropped by 4.3% compared to 6.4% over the previous period.Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher in the crime and justice programme at the ISS, says the 2010 crime statistics were proof that something positive was happening, and that research should be conducted to identify other factors that had contributed to the improvement in the crime statistics.The results of the ISS’s National Victims of Crime Survey 2003 seem to support the SAPS figures. It found that 23% of South Africans were victims of crime between September 2002 and August 2003, down almost 2% from 24.5% in 1998.It did, however, find that people’s feelings of safety decreased. The number feeling unsafe at night had more than doubled from 25% in 1998 to 53% in 2003.“It is an international experience that about 50% of all crimes are not reported,” Burger says. In its survey, the ISS found that 97% of car thefts were reported, for example. Cars are normally insured and to make a claim, an owner must have a police reference number. On the other hand, only 29% of ordinary robbery was reported.It is estimated that 30% to 60% of rape is not reported, Burger says, adding that women simply do not want to go through the trauma of reporting it and facing a court case if the rapist is caught.Joan van Niekerk, the director of Childline, also has no quibble with the reporting system of counting crimes committed, which looks at the dockets opened, but people are often turned away by the police, she says.“People who know about organisations like us, and are sufficiently empowered, call us. According to research by the Medical Research Council, just one in nine rapes are reported, while Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention research found that one in nine children report crime.These findings may not reflect the current situation, as the ISS has not conducted another Victims of Crime survey since 2003.last_img read more

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The Volvo IT Rants and The Importance of a Corporate Internet Policy

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair IntelIntel may be the most enlightened in terms of how it views the way its employees interact online. We particularly find encouraging how the company proposes people engage in online conversations.“Talk to your readers like you would talk to real people in professional situations. In other words, avoid overly pedantic or “composed” language. Don’t be afraid to bring in your own personality and say what’s on your mind. Consider content that’s open-ended and invites response. Encourage comments. You can also broaden the conversation by citing others who are blogging about the same topic and allowing your content to be shared or syndicated.”SummaryOpen policies like those employed by Intel may be the best defense when a rogue employee uses the Internet for nefarious purposes. The impacts can be blunted pretty fast as the conversation can be turned by the many people engaging online who are vested in the outcome. We expect policies like these will be increasingly importlant as more employees use the social web for their peronal and professional work. Tags:#enterprise#news Volvo IT has a policy against using its network to post racist and other defamatory information against individuals. But it is considerably less visible and not nearly as thorough as other corporate policies for posting information to the Internet, on blogs and social networks. The Volvo IT policy is an Adobe PDF file that details pretty clearly what is deemed inappropriate.Earlier this week, Wikipedia banned editing from machines inside the Volvo IT Department for racist remarks left on the pages of two well-known Pakistani Cricket players.From Volvo IT’s policy:“It is not allowed to use e-mail for sending or any other way of transmission for sending or receiving any information which is racist, obscene, offensive, threatening; or which includes harm to minors, hoaxes, malicious code, unwanted advertising, material intended to disturb other’s equipment, or which is sent in a way that includes breach of any person’s rights, copyright, privacy or other rights. It is not allowed to impersonate other users, to distribute pornographic material, to upload, download or distribute child pornography or illegal software. It is not allowed to send or facilitate unsolicited commercial email or bulk emails or to mail bomb, i.e. to intentionally try to impede another person’s use of e-mail services.”Besides this, Volvo IT and the Volvo Group have not developed a detailed policy on best practices for using the Internet. There is no visible information for how employees use the Internet, best practices for blogging and how to conduct oneself on social networks. There is actually little on both sites to show any use of social technologies for its purposes.In contrast, we looked at policies from larg organizations that do have policies. We believe more detailed policies provide the opportunity to better educate employees and can prevent incidents like what happened at Volvo IT.Here are some policies that we found worth highlighting. Interestingly, microblogging has not filtered into these policies in much of any way.Cisco SystemsCisco is considered one of the most advanced users of social technologies. It is increasingly focused on enterprise collaboration technologies. Its policy on posting to the Internet is clearly written by the legal team. And it covers the bases. “Your Internet posting should reflect your personal point of view, not necessarily the point of view of Cisco. Because you are legally responsible for your postings, you may be subject to liability if your posts are found defamatory, harassing, or in violation of any other applicable law. You may also be liable if you make postings which include confidential or copyrighted information (music, videos, text, etc.) belonging to third parties. All of the above mentioned postings are prohibited under this policy.When posting your point of view, you should neither claim nor imply you are speaking on Cisco’s behalf, unless you are authorized in writing by your manager to do so.”IBMIMB provides a thorough guide to posting, embracing the concept of posting online but also being cognizant that an employee’s personal and professional life are now so intertwined. To help matters, IBM created a video for employees about practices to follow. Related Posts alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Young Blood Renews Old Mice

first_imgCould the elixir of youth be as simple as a protein found in young blood? In recent years, researchers studying mice found that giving old animals blood from young ones can reverse some signs of aging, and last year one team identified a growth factor in the blood that they think is partly responsible for the antiaging effect on a specific tissue—the heart. Now, that group has shown this same factor can also rejuvenate muscle and the brain.”This is the first demonstration of a rejuvenation factor” that is naturally produced, declines with age, and reverses aging in multiple tissues, says Harvard University stem cell researcher Amy Wagers, who led efforts to isolate and study the protein. Independently, another team has found that simply injecting plasma from young mice into old mice can boost learning.The results build on a wave of studies in the last decade in which investigators sewed together the skins of two mice, joining their circulation systems, and studied the effects on various tissues. “It’s still a bit creepy for many people. At meetings, people talk about vampires,” says neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University in California, who led one of the brain studies. But he, Wagers, and others think unease will give way to excitement. 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Adds Matt Kaeberlein, a biologist who studies aging at the University of Washington, Seattle, “The therapeutic implications are profound if this mechanism holds true in people.” But that “is the million-dollar question here, and that may take some time to figure out.”The experimental technique of joining mice’s circulatory systems dates back 150 years. Around 2000, then-postdoc Wagers and other researchers in Irving Weissman’s and Thomas Rando’s labs at Stanford revived the method, known as parabiosis, to study the fate of blood stem cells and muscle cells. To their surprise, they found that when old and young mice were joined, the muscle stem cells in old mice were revitalized. Since then, Stanford researchers and others, including Wagers, have published about a half-dozen papers showing that old-young parabiosis can also improve the health of an aging mouse’s liver, spinal cord, and brain.More recently, Wagers’s lab, together with cardiologist Richard Lee’s lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, isolated a specific protein from mouse blood that they think can explain some of the effects. The protein, growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), was known to regulate stem cell activity; it is abundant in young mice but its level drops as the animals age. Last year in Cell, Wagers’s and Lee’s labs reported that injections of GDF11 can reduce the thickening of the heart that typically comes with aging in mice. Today, in a paper in Science Express, Wagers’s lab shows that GDF11 works nearly as well as parabiosis in helping aging mice recover from a muscle injury and boosts their performance on running and grip strength tests.In another study of mice injected with GDF11, postdoc Lida Katsimpardi and others in the lab of Harvard neuroscientist Lee Rubin found that GDF11 also encourages growth of new blood vessels and olfactory neurons in the mouse brain. As they report in a second Science Express paper today, the animals gained a keener sense of smell. In both muscle and the brain, GDF11 appears to work in part by restoring the function of stem cells.So far only two other interventions—the drug rapamycin and caloric restriction—have been shown convincingly to slow or reverse aging in multiple tissues, Kaeberlein says. Wagers points out that GDF11 could be safer than a drug because it’s found naturally in blood. Harvard has filed for patents on GDF11, and Wagers says she and her colleagues are “in the process of talking with people” about commercializing it to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Giving GDF11 itself “would require huge amounts of protein,” Wagers says, so it may be better to use a modified form or to target the GDF11 pathway with a different molecule. “These are tractable problems,” Wagers says. “The most important hurdle was figuring out a pathway to go after.”Temple agrees that GDF11 has therapeutic promise, but she says she will remain cautious until more is known about GDF11’s mechanism. She also notes that some of the “old” mice in the Harvard brain studies were only middle-aged, and whether the effects would hold up in elderly people is unclear. “It’s a matter of where you can step in,” she says. Nor have any studies yet shown that the treated mice live longer.Already, GDF11 has a potential rival treatment. In Nature Medicine today, Wyss-Coray’s lab at Stanford and Saul Villeda and co-workers at the University of California, San Francisco, report that parabiosis can rejuvenate another part of the mouse brain, the hippocampus, where memories are made and stored. Old mice that underwent parabiosis formed more new connections between nerve cells there. Although Wyss-Coray’s group has not yet isolated any rejuvenation factors from the young blood, they have found what might be an alternative. When Wyss-Coray’s team tried a simpler experiment than parabiosis—giving old mice injections of plasma from young mice—they saw similar effects on the hippocampal neurons. The old mice also performed significantly better than untreated animals on tests of learning and memory.Plasma is given routinely to patients, so trials of this approach, unlike those testing a new protein, would not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, Wyss-Coray says. His group has started a company that is planning a small clinical trial that would give Alzheimer’s patients a series of injections of plasma from young donors. In mouse models of Alzheimer’s, they have already seen positive effects, he says.Let a new wave of hope—and hype—begin.View our related Science in the Classroom annotated research paper on rejuvenation of the aging mouse brain.last_img read more

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