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Doctors strike affect health services in Telugu states

first_imgHyderabad/Vijayawada: Healthcare services at government-run hospitals across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were paralyzed on Thursday as the doctors went on strike to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019. Patients in major hospitals in both the state suffered as doctors boycotted duties except emergency services. The 24-hour-long strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) began at 6 a.m., adding to the hardships of poor patients in the government hospitals where the healthcare services remained affected due to strike by junior doctors for over a week. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The services came to a standstill at Osmania General Hospital, Gandhi Hospital, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Niluofer Hospital, Fever Hospital in Hyderabad, MGM Hospital in Warangal and other government-run hospitals in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Khammam and other towns of Telangana. The healthcare services also came to a halt at hospitals in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Patients at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, Ruia Hospital in Tirupati and other hospitals in Vijayawada, Guntur, Kurnool and other towns were also suffering due to doctors’ strike. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K IMA has 1,500 member doctors in the two Telugu states. The doctors staged protests at their respective hospitals, calling the NMC anti-poor and anti-doctor. They sought amendments to the NMC Bill, which was passed last week by both Houses of Parliament. Doctors and medicos say the Bill will promote quackery as it allows non-MBBS graduates to become licensed practitioners. They believe the Bill would affect the quality of medical education and thereby working against the interests of the poor. Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered the eighth day on Thursday. They intensified the strike by staging ‘maha dharna’ at Indira Park in Hyderabad. “We are fighting for people not for us. This Bill will damage the entire system affecting the people’s interests,” said one of the protesting medicos. The junior doctors said the changes to be brought in medical education would affect its quality and many youngsters aspiring to become doctors will not be able to afford it.last_img read more

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Medical examiner tells couples trial that child died of bacterial meningitis

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A medical examiner who did an autopsy on a 19-month-old toddler whose parents are on trial in Lethbridge, Alta., says there’s no question the boy died of bacterial meningitis.David and Collet Stephan are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel.The pathologist told the judge hearing the case that the autopsy on March 19, 2012, concluded the boy died of bacterial meningitis and a lung infection.The medical examiner said spinal fluid was sent for testing and the cause of death was clear.He said his findings were sent for a peer review, which is automatic when homicide is suspected in a child’s death.The pathologist’s comments have yet to be admitted into evidence at the trial as the defence is questioning his qualifications.Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo testified by video from Indiana.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Security on agenda of G7 meetings in France

PARIS — The world’s security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France.Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.They will then detail joint commitments on fighting terrorism and human trafficking in a news conference.Meanwhile, foreign ministers will kick off their two-day meeting in the Atlantic resort of Dinard. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stayed at home because of domestic duties. Washington sent lower-ranking officials instead.In addition to the U.S., the G-7 includes France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K.The Associated Press read more

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Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of April 8.Brainsway – Jerusalem, Israel, 2.5 million shares, priced at $11.94, managed by Cantor Fitzgerald/Raymond James. Proposed Nasdaq symbol BWAY. Business: Sells medical devices that use magnetic stimulation to treat depression and OCD.B. Riley Principal Merger – New York, 12.5 million shares, priced at $10, managed by B. Riley FBR. Proposed NYSE symbol BRPM.U. Business: SPAC backed by diversified financial services firm B. Riley Financial.PagerDuty – San Francisco, 9.1 million shares, priced $19-$21, managed by Morgan Stanley/JP Morgan. Proposed NYSE symbol PD. Business: Provides a SaaS platform that monitors and alerts buinesses of IT issues.Tufin Software Technologies – Ramat Gan, Israel, 7.7 million shares, priced $12-$14, managed by JP Morgan/Barclays. Proposed NYSE symbol TUFN. Business: Provides enterprise software for managing network security policies.The Associated Press read more

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UN human rights report urges steps to end abuses in Iraq

The report notes the complexity of Iraq’s situation, marked by the political transition, acts of terrorism, detainees reportedly suffering at the hands of occupation forces, as well as extensive loss of life among civilians. On the positive side, “the Iraqi people have been relieved of the massive, systematic and institutionalized violations of human rights that took place under the preceding regime, and that they now have the prospect of arranging for their own democratic governance under the rule of law and in the spirit of international human rights norms,” the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Betrand Ramcharan, says in an introduction to the 45-page document. The report is based on a field visit by UN human rights experts who met in Amman with Iraqis from Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Karbala, Mosul, Ramadi and Sulaymaniya. Among those interviewed was Saddam Salah Abood Al-Rawi, a 29-year old former political prisoner under the regime of Saddam Hussein who was later detained in Abu Ghraib prison by the Coalition Forces. He said he was arrested without being told the charges against him and described horrific abuse, including over two weeks when he was allegedly subjected to torture which at times lasted for up to 23 hours. Mr. Al-Rawi, who has two missing teeth, charged that the Coalition Forces’ abuses included having teeth pulled, kicking, beating, guards standing on his hands and the infliction of mental cruelty, such as telling him he would first be raped by guards and then sent to Guantanamo Bay, if he did not “confess.” He was also kept in solitary confinement for approximately three months. “At the time of a Red Cross visit to Abu Ghraib prison in January 2004, he was warned that if he said anything to the Red Cross visitor that the prison guards would not like, he would never live to regret it,” the report states. When interviewed by the Red Cross visitor, he did not disclose the abuses he endured. “Mr. Al-Rawi said that the ill-treatment which he suffered as a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein was bad, but that during his days in Abu Ghraib as a Coalition Forces detainee he suffered humiliation and mental cruelty, in addition to the physical torture,” the report states. In comments on the report, the United States authorities stated that they were “particularly concerned about these allegations which they considered extreme and inconsistent with other reports.” They added that the charges would be investigated. The report notes that leaders of the countries concerned have condemned rights violations and have pledged to bring those responsible to justice. “It is imperative that this be done, with accountability to the international community.” The report also calls for measures to prevent future abuses, and contains a series of recommendations to achieve this end, including the appointment of an international ombudsman on human rights and humanitarian law who could issue public reports on compliance by coalition forces with international norms of human rights. The experts also stress the need to establish an Iraqi Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On the broader context, the report calls for accountability for human rights in conflict situations and in the struggle against terrorism. “The letter and spirit of international human rights and humanitarian law must be upheld. It is an imperative duty on all involved.” read more

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SecretaryGeneral appalled by deadly wave of bombings in Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the wave of bombings and other attacks that have reportedly killed more than 100 Iraqis and wounded twice that many since Friday in what he called an apparent effort to undermine the newly established government.A statement issued a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General was appalled by the attacks and strongly condemned “this cruel and heartless practice, for which there can be no justification.”Mr. Annan was “particularly disturbed by reports that the perpetrators of these latest crimes have also prevented ambulances from reaching the victims,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General hopes these attacks will not deter Iraqi leaders and citizens from continuing to take part in rebuilding their country as it emerges from war and tyranny,” it added.Through the spokesman, Mr. Annan expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, who reportedly included young children and mourners killed when a car bomb exploded at a funeral. read more

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Reformulation of HIV treatment will save more childrens lives – UN

“Treatment innovations such as this that replace unpleasant and bad tasting medicines are a real breakthrough, accelerating access to treatment for children and keeping our youngest healthy,” said Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé. “It is unacceptable that only 24 per cent of children living with HIV have access to antiretroviral medicines,” he added.Manufactured by Indian generic medicines manufacturer CIPLA, the oral pellets contain an antiretroviral formulation of lopinavir and ritonavir that can be mixed into a child’s food, the joint press release explains.The treatment is heat stable and more palatable than medicines currently available, making it particularly suitable for treating very young children.“This new formulation is a step in the right direction towards saving more lives of children living with HIV,” said Craig McClure, UNICEF’s Chief of HIV/AIDS section. “We expect it to greatly improve treatment access for many more children and support UNICEF’s equity focused programming aimed at reaching the most disadvantaged children throughout the world.”HIV infection progresses rapidly in children and, in highly impacted countries, is a major contributor to child morbidity and mortality. Without treatment, one in three children who become infected with HIV will die before their first birthday. Half will die before their second birthday.Early initiation of antiretroviral treatment in children substantially reduces the risk of death. Many countries have not been able to fully implement this World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation because of the challenge of not having a more appropriate, heat stable and palatable paediatric formulation of lopinavir/ritonavir used as part of the treatment options for children under 3 years of age.Despite global efforts to accelerate access to HIV paediatric care and treatment, fewer than 800,000 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV worldwide had access to antiretroviral medicines in 2013. read more

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Patriots look to continue December dominance against Vikings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The month of December has been a special time for the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.Since the pair arrived in 2000, the Patriots are 64-13 during the final month of the regular season. Brady has been the starter for all but six of those victories — four during his rookie season in 2000 and two in 2008 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener.Still, the 41-year-old quarterback’s 58 December wins are the most in NFL history. His .843 winning percentage is second-best among quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era. Roger Staubach (17-3, .850) is first.Patriots special teams captain Matt Slater is one of the few players left on New England’s roster with enough tenure to appreciate that run and the emphasis Belichick puts on this portion of the season.“As coach says, ‘Football season starts after Thanksgiving,’” Slater said.Just for good measure, Brady is 75-18 in regular-season games played on or after Thanksgiving.Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with Sunday’s matchup with Minnesota.But even after the Patriots (8-3) earned their latest post-Turkey Day win last week over the Jets , Slater said the message coming from Belichick and Brady is far from a state of being content.“I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet,” Slater said. “I think it was a step in the right direction.”That’s not good news for a Vikings team that is in position to make the playoffs, but is also a few losses away from peering in from the outside.Minnesota (6-4-1) has lost four straight regular-season meetings with New England, though the teams haven’t met since 2014. The Vikings have won twice at New England, but their last victory was in 2000 in Belichick’s first year.Running back Dalvin Cook said the Vikings are trying to concentrate on themselves and not the Patriots’ mystique .“We’re going to get caught up in us playing good football, and that’s what we’ve got to focus on,” he said. “Everybody can go into the whole thing of ‘New England this.’ We respect Tom, we respect the Patriots, we respect everything they’ve got going. But it’s more about us at this point, about how we’re playing football and about just the little things we’re doing. We’ve got to go in and focus on those.”Here are some things to watch for in Sunday’s game:TOUGH ON TOM:Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s defences have had some success in minimizing Brady’s impact in some matchups against the five-time Super Bowl champion. Though Zimmer’s teams have lost three of four games against the Patriots, with the Vikings in 2014, as the defensive co-ordinator for Cincinnati in 2010 and as the defensive co-ordinator for Dallas in 2003, the Bengals beat New England 13-6 in 2013 with Zimmer in charge of the defence.Over those four games, Brady has been intercepted only once, but his average against Zimmer’s defences is only 204 passing yards and one touchdown with a 56.3 per cent completion rate.The game at New England for the Vikings is sandwiched between matchups with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, so Zimmer, his staff and his players have had their hands full lately and will continue to into the next month.“Like Belichick said about Rodgers,” Zimmer said of Brady, “I’m glad he’s not in our division.”GETTING THE GROUND GAME GOING:The Vikings have the third-fewest rushing yards in the league this year, after finishing seventh last season. Though the success of their passing game and particular game situations have factored into them falling to 28th in the NFL in attempts after totalling the second-most rushes last year, they’ll need an uptick down the stretch and in the playoffs, if they make it, to keep winning.Attacking the perimeter last week against the Packers was productive, with Cook and Stefon Diggs each taking jet sweep plays for 9 and 12 yards, respectively. There’s another untapped source of rushing yardage that lies with quarterback Kirk Cousins, too.Though Cousins had just 17 yards on six attempts and has never rushed for more than 38 yards in an NFL game, he’s had plenty of opportunities to bolt for a first down this year that he’s passed up in favour of a throw after the pocket has collapsed.“I can’t miss those opportunities when they’re there, and you also can’t go looking for them when they’re not there,” Cousins said. “You just have to play and react instinctively, and when they present themselves be ready to attack.”FAMILIAR FOE:Sunday will be a reunion of sorts for Patriots receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who spent the first four years of his career in Minnesota (2013-16) before being signed by the Raiders the following year.Patterson had a career-high four touchdown catches and was utilized out of the backfield as a rookie in 2013. But he developed a reputation as bad route-runner and barely got any time at receiver in his second and third seasons in Minnesota.He bounced back and had a career-best 52 catches during his final season in 2016.“They’re using him way better than we did,” said Zimmer, who coached Patterson for three seasons beginning in 2014. “I think they use him in a number of different ways. I mean, it’s good to see for him. I wish we would have used him a little bit better.”___AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell in Eagan, Minnesota, contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: and Kyle Hightower on Twitter at Hightower, The Associated Press read more

College Footballs Bloated Bowl Season In 3 Charts

It’s a refrain almost as common as “Merry Christmas” this time of year: There are too many bowl games. While hardcore college football fans don’t mind watching, say, the Miami Beach Bowl on a Monday afternoon a full 10 days before the traditional bowlfest of New Year’s Day (guilty!), there’s also the sense that the bloated bowl season has taken away much of the meaning that used to be associated with playing in college football’s postseason.How much expansion has there been? This season will see a record 39 bowl games played, from the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Compare that to 1968, when there were 11 bowls, or even 1984, when there were 18 — a total that would remain more or less static for more than a decade. But in the late 1990s (perhaps not coincidentally, when the Bowl Championship Series began), the bowl field began expanding rapidly, reaching 20 games in 1997, 25 in 2000 and 32 in 2006.In the chart below you can see the proliferation of the bowl field since 1982, the year cable television money and the departure of the Ivy League from Division I-A ushered in college football’s truly modern era:Some of the bloat is associated with an increase in the number of Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) football teams, to 128 this season from 113 in 1982. (A chunk of these new additions have come in just the past few seasons, as part of what FiveThirtyEight contributor David Goldenberg calls a “recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program.”)But the growth of the FBS only explains a small portion of the bowl explosion. Even as a percentage of all FBS schools, almost twice as many teams will go bowling this season as did in 1996:Economically, there are pros and cons to the inflated bowl field. And these games do matter football-wise, especially to a certain subset of mid-major programs looking for exposure any way they can find it. But, as a natural byproduct of expansion, the caliber of teams in bowls has plummeted over the past three decades.Using an Elo-like estimated version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) pre-bowl ratings, here is the progression of the average, worst, and 25th-percentile teams in the bowl field for each season since 1982:The average rating for bowl-bound teams is barely lower now than it was in 1982, and the fact that it crested in 1996 — right before the bowl boom — suggests that there were enough good teams to support some type of expansion in the late 1990s. (Why this change took place is up for debate, though it could point to the origins of today’s ongoing trend of reduced parity between college football’s haves and have-nots.)However, the trend lines describing the dregs of the bowl field (the minimum and 25th-percentile ratings) show how much the bar for bowl entry has been lowered since that time. Bad teams occasionally made their way into bowls before 1997, but that’s now commonplace, particularly since the number of bowl entrants has grown by 39 percent since 2005.Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl thriller, between Memphis and Brigham Young, showed that less prestigious bowl games can still provide excitement for fans that bother to tune in. But it’s also fair to question whether we really need to see FPI No. 95 South Alabama and No. 97 Bowling Green (both considered to be in excess of 8 points per game worse than an average FBS team) face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — as happened on Saturday. Like so much in college football, the bowls are an as yet incomplete experiment in where to find a happy medium between tradition, money-making and the role of academic institutions in the world of high-profile sports. read more

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Two ambulances break down in Louth in 24 hours

first_imgTHE HSE HAS confirmed that two ambulances broke down in Louth over the course of 24 hours at the weekend.In one case, paramedics were transporting a cardiac arrest patient from their home in Dundalk. They left the house with the patient at 12.07am on Sunday morning and noticed a light activated on the dashboard warning panel en route.They requested another ambulance which the National Ambulance Service (NAS) said was dispatched immediately. It was 1.10am before the patient arrived at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.However the NAS that the patient was cared for by two paramedics while waiting for the replacement ambulance to arrive from Ardee.In a separate incident, an ambulance had mechanical difficulties on Saturday afternoon on return from Dundalk to Drogheda. There was no patient on board at the time. The vehicle was taken to a garage for repair and the NAS said there was no impact on service delivery.The two ambulances involved in these incidents are currently out of service but the NAS said the capacity to respond to emergency calls has not be comprised as a result.This brings the number of ambulance breakdowns in this HSE area to three in the last month. Less than two weeks ago, an ambulance carrying a life support patient lost power on the M1 motorway and the HSE said there would be an investigation into the incident.A paramedic working in the area told they were concerned about patient safety and about the safety of the paramedics driving the ambulances. They said there is a problem with old vehicles in the fleet which have been repaired and repaired again instead of being replaced with newer models.“Unfortunately, I think it will take a tragedy to occur for the National Ambulance Service to act on it,” they commented.Read: Ambulance breaks down with life support patient on board>Read: Crew and patient forced to flee after ambulance catches fire>Read: Crew injured after ambulance crashes into wall>last_img read more

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Dell updates Alienware M17x to its 3rd revision

first_imgAmong all the mobile phones and tablet news from CES, you might be surprised to learn that a company revealed–gasp–a laptop, but Dell did just that. At the show they unveiled the latest revision to the M17x, with a 3D display and Intel’s hot new Sandy Bridge components. It’s an evolutionary step for Alienware’s flagship (and one we saw coming), but it’s also a highly acclaimed system that isn’t in need of an overhaul.Changes from the previous M17x include Intel’s new P67 chipset, and the use of Nvidia GTX 460M, ATI HD6870M, or HD6970M graphics. Of course there are new Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors, but there is also Wireless HD streaming so that you can shift your movies and games over to the big screen at up to 1080p. And the perks don’t end there, the M17x will also have a 3D-capable 1920×1080 display option for users looking for a high-end 120Hz panel.The exterior of the computer seems to be about the same, though the grill pieces on the front corners are now accented with chrome.The M17x will start at  $1,499 and be available as of January 10th.From Dell’s release:Extreme Gaming that Pushes the LimitsAlienware, Dell’s premium high-performance PC gaming brand, is continuing its universal domination with sizzling new additions that take extreme gaming to new heights and ratchet up the hottest gaming system lineup in the industry.“Serious PC gamers and enthusiasts who want an immersive, 3D and high-definition sound experience have found their universe,” said Sam Burd, Vice President of Dell’s Consumer, Small, and Medium Business group.The new M17x is Alienware’s first 3D-capable gaming laptop, offering a realistic, lifelike, mobile gaming experience in a 17-inch display (3D capability requires optional 120Hz w/3D Bundle WideFHD WLED LCD display and NVIDIA graphics card). With its available full HD 120Hz 3D display, the new M17x offers eye-popping stereoscopic viewing for today’s most realistic gaming and mind-blowing 3D Blu-ray movie experiences.Alienware also introduced new models of its Aurora system, Alienware’s first MicroATX desktop with full 3D HD capability and liquid-cooled CPUs (3D-capability requires an optional 120Hz 3D capable LCD display, NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit and a NVIDIA graphics card. For a list of compatible displays visit Both 3D-capable, designed-for-gaming systems feature new, second-generation Intel quad-core processors with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and hyper-threading technology that deliver Intel’s top-of-the-line performance that is faster than the previous generation CPUs. Powerful graphics options, scalable memory and storage options and Alienware’s striking, out-of-this-world design features will leave sweaty-palmed gamers thirsting for more action. via Laptop Maglast_img read more

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Nintendo to release own games digitally on 3DS and Wii U from

first_imgOf all the games hardware companies out there, Nintendo is the one that has dragged its heels the most when it comes to embracing digital content for its platforms. Things have improved significantly over the lifetime of the Wii and with the introduction of the 3DS, but Nintendo’s devices are still playing catch up to rivals.With the launch of the PS Vita, Sony took the step of promising to release every game in digital form day-and-date with the retail version. CEO Satoru Iwata has now confirmed Nintendo will do the same with its first party titles for 3DS and the Wii U when it launches.The move is a significant one, and demonstrates how important digital content distribution is becoming. As for when Nintendo intend to start delivering on this promise, the first game to launch with both digital and retail versions will be New Super Mario Bros. 2, which arrives in August.Nintendo also realizes retailers may not appreciate the games being offered digitally on the same release day as their stock of physical games, and has decided to sweeten the deal for them slightly.Purchasing a digital game can be done via a credit card directly on your 3DS through the eShop, or by using a game code purchased from a retailer. Nintendo is allowing the retailer to set the price of those codes just like they would a physical copy, meaning they can make a profit from them.While that idea should encourage retailers to stock the game code cards, it may back fire if the price of a game on the eShop is always lower than what retailers charge. Alternatively, Nintendo may stick to the RRP through the eShop making the game codes very popular indeed if they prove cheaper.More at GamesIndustry.bizlast_img read more

Coast Guard Recertifies CIRCAC Through August 2020

first_imgIn late 2018, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and CIRCAC created a panel of experts to provide recommendations on pipeline integrity and safety in Cook Inlet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) as meeting its responsibilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). CIRCAC oversees oil transportation and production in the Cook Inlet. The new recertification expires on August 31, 2020 and marks CIRCAC’s 28th consecutive year of being granted recertification without exception. Coast Guard Commander of District 17, Rear Admiral Matthew Bell, Jr., notified CIRCAC of the recertification in a letter dated July 31. In the letter he stated that the “7.1 earthquake in Anchorage served as a reminder that disasters or events can happen at any time and highlighted the importance of the planning and preparation that your organization oversees in promoting safety in Cook Inlet.”center_img More than 200 miles of pipelines move oil, gas, and related products between offshore platforms and onshore facilities within the Cook Inlet. Graham Wood with ADEC: “A panel of experts related to the pipeline and oil industry to discuss the identified risks and how to mitigate them.”last_img read more

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Facebook agrees to 100 million SEC settlement after privacy probe

first_imgFacebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a congressional hearing in Washington, DC, in April 2018.  Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images The Securities Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that it’ll fine Facebook $100 million as part of a settlement in relation to a probe into the social network’s handling of users’ data. The investor protection agency alleged that Facebook’s public disclosures didn’t offer sufficient warning that developers and other third parties, who in obtaining user data, may have violated the social network’s policies or failed to gain user permission. It said that Facebook “presented the risk of misuse of user data as merely hypothetical,” when it knew that the data had actually been misused.The SEC, along with the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies, began probing Facebook in July 2018 following Facebook’s disclosures in March 2018 that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy that had ties to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed personal information of up to 87 million of the social network’s users.”Public companies must accurately describe the material risks to their business,” said Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division. “As alleged in our complaint, Facebook presented the risk of misuse of user data as hypothetical when they knew user data had in fact been misused. Public companies must have procedures in place to make accurate disclosures about material business risks.” Comment Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, wrote that the social network shares the SEC’s interest in transparency, and noted that it’s updated its disclosures and controls accordingly.The FTC also unveiled its $5 billion settlement with Facebook on Wednesday over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook said the agreement “will mark a sharper turn toward privacy, on a different scale than anything we’ve done in the past,” while CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a separate statement that the social network would make “major structural changes” to how it builds products and conducts business.The broad strokes of the FTC settlement have been rumored for months and Facebook has already set aside the money to pay the fine, the largest the agency has levied against a tech company. In 2012, the FTC fined Google a record-setting $22.5 million. Tags Biggest hacks of 2018 Originally published July 23.Update, July 24: Adds Zuckerberg statement. Cambridge Analytica Facebookcenter_img 3:26 1 Security Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicelast_img read more

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Trump administration approves first oil production in federal Arctic waters

first_imgA 3-D rendering of Hilcorp’s proposed Liberty project as represented in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s draft environmental impact statement. (Image courtesy BOEM)Three years after Shell abandoned its oil exploration program in the Chukchi Sea, and with much less fanfare and controversy, another company has taken a big step toward being the first to produce oil from federal Arctic waters.Listen nowThe Trump administration today handed a key approval to the Texas-based Hilcorp for a proposed oil development in the Beaufort Sea, east of Prudhoe Bay.Called the Liberty Project, Hilcorp aims to build a 24-acre gravel island in shallow waters about five miles from shore and drill for oil from there. A pipeline buried beneath the ocean floor will carry the oil to shore.“We consider Hilcorp’s plan to represent a relatively conservative, time-tested approach toward offshore oil and gas development,” Joe Balash, Interior Department’s assistant secretary for land and minerals management, said in a statement. “Using input from North Slope communities, tribal organizations and the public, we have developed a robust set of environmental mitigation measures and safety practices that will be applied to this project.”In a presentation last month in Anchorage, Hilcorp’s Senior Vice President for Alaska David Wilkins noted similar offshore oil developments are already built and operating in the Arctic; the difference is that they are in waters controlled by the state, not the federal government.“This will be the fifth island that has safely and responsibly developed resources offshore in the Beaufort Sea,” Wilkins said.In an emailed statement today, Wilkins said Hilcorp is “pleased with today’s announcement.”“If granted final approvals, the Liberty Project will provide decades of responsible resource development and strengthen the energy future of Alaska and the United States,” Wilkins said.According to Hilcorp, the Liberty Project will produce about 60,000 barrels of oil per day and will operate for 15 to 20 years. The project is planned to start up in the early 2020s.Before the project moves ahead, Hilcorp still needs to receive additional approvals, from agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Hilcorp has so far avoided the level of opposition Shell faced in with its effort in Arctic federal waters, but in comment letters, environmental groups have sent the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management a long list of concerns about the Liberty Project.Among other things, they criticized the agency’s analysis of the risk of an oil spill and Hilcorp’s track record — the state has fined the company several times for safety violations in recent years.EarthJustice associate attorney Jeremy Lieb acknowledged Liberty wouldn’t be the first project of its kind in Arctic waters, “but I don’t think the fact that an accident hasn’t happened yet at sites in state waters is in any way dispositive of the fact that there’s no risk of a spill here,” Lieb said.Lieb did not say if environmental groups are definitely planning on suing the federal government to halt Liberty. He said they still need time to look at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s final decision to see if it’s legally vulnerable.last_img read more

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With Jesse Stuck at Work Preacher Sends Tulip Out

first_imgStay on target After Madame L’Angelle nearly choked the life out of Jesse for trying to escape last week, he spends this whole episode under her thumb. Fortunately, Preacher knew that wouldn’t be much fun to watch for a whole hour. Instead, we got an episode mainly focused on Tulip. It’s about time we saw her in action this season. From season one, Tulip always had the best action scenes. With her forced out of action at the end of last season though, it’s been too long since we’ve seen her fight. This episode starts fixing that.This episode really feels like it’s here to get the entire season on track. As a TV show, Preacher has never been as fast and wild as the comics, but it at least usually had a little more momentum than this season started with. A lot of that’s because Season Two left it in an odd place. Jesse had a small victory over The Grail, sure, but Tulip was dead and Cassidy hated Jesse. It’s a decent cliffhanger, but not the most fun dynamic to start a season. It’s hard to bring us violent hijinks when two of the heroes can barely stand to look at each other. It did promise us Angelville, but in its first two episodes, the season couldn’t make Jesse’s birthplace feel dangerous. That certainly changed last night too.Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and God (Mark Harelik) Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionRight away, the episode knows that Tulip is the character we really want to follow. We’ve watched slow recovery and build-up for two weeks now, and we’re finally getting what we came for. Tulip speeds to The Grail office in New Orleans. You get the feeling everyone involved in this show couldn’t wait to get her back on her own two feet. This really was Tulip’s comeback episode after having spent too long out of action. We get a fun scene of her storming the place, casually beating up the guy sweeping the floors (hey, mistakes were made), and finding the place empty. Having failed God’s command to “get those sonsabitches,” she drives back to Angelville disappointed… until she meets God Himself (still in dog fetish gear) on the way in. And strangely, he looks exactly like the actor who played him back in Season One.Of course, he’s a huge condescending ass about everything. He dismisses everything Tulip points out as “by design,” even her failure to take out The Grail. Basically, He’s just here to send a message to Tulip and Jesse: Back off, everything’s going according to plan. He talks about a test He’s planning for humanity. That could be foreshadowing a larger story coming, but he could just be trying to stop Jesse from pursuing him. Jesse may not have Genesis anymore, but he’s already come too close to getting it back. Either way, Tulip isn’t happy about it. She starts trying to fight back, but He knocks her back to her car with a lightning blast. Yes, I guess this really is God after all.Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionLater, in bed with Jesse, she tells him everything, including how she’s determined to kick his ass. The brief image of her kicking God in the balls might be my favorite moment of the episode. Hey, this is the show that gave Jesus an explicit, extended sex scene, and made His descendant an inbred moron. Did you really think they were going to treat God with respect? Though I do love the fact that when Jesse figured out the man in the gimp suit really was God, he thought it was a test. Now, that really doesn’t seem like the case. Now that we’ve seen him on his motorcycle with a biker chick, God really does appear to be going through something of a mid-eternity crisis. It’s more likely that, rather than testing Jesse, he really was in New Orleans for a little backdoor play.Tulip’s adventure continues while Jesse is out with Jody recruiting glue addicts to be Madame L’Angelle’s customers. For the most part, Jesse’s scenes this episode doesn’t lead to much beyond a few good glue huffing jokes. Because those are always good for a laugh. Tulip, meanwhile, sneaks around a bit and finds a huge drawer full of bloody cloths. She also finally gets some answers from T.C. by, um, agreeing to look at his dingle. It turns out those blood cloths are the contracts Madame L’Angelle uses to enforce debts. They have power over the person who’s blood is spilled on them. That explains why Jesse started choking when Madame L’Angelle started twisting his last week. And to really drive the point home, we see what happened when a husband tried to buy his wife’s blood compact back. As he tore it apart, her body tore in half. It’s gruesome, but it gets the point across.Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and God (Mark Harelik) Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionT.C. gets deadly serious when Tulip starts asking about the compacts. He knows exactly what she’s trying to do. Fortunately for Tulip, he’s not that smart. She offers to touch his dingle, and squeezes the hell out of it to get answers. We see it too. Because apparently, you can show a penis on basic cable TV at 10 p.m. …As long as it doesn’t look anything like a penis. In the brief glimpse of it we do get, it has all these weird growths branching off the tip and sides. It looks like a fleshy dead tree. You know, I’ve been wondering where the gross-out was this season. Whether it remains a quick shock or if we ever find out why his dingle is shaped like that… well, we’ll just have to wait and see. Still, that’s an image that’ll linger for a while.While Tulip’s story drove home exactly what Jesse got himself into by coming here, and why he’s so desperate for the rest of them to leave, Cassidy’s story really lets us know how much danger they’re all in. After Cassidy took a bullet in the last episode, Jody and T.C. are helping to patch him up. They’re also getting suspicious about how fast Cassidy’s healing. Jesse tries to throw them off the scent by taking away his blood packs and reopening his wound. What’s promising about his story is there’s a hint that their relationship will improve. It’s still in the toilet now. Cassidy still loves Tulip and suspects Jesse of trying to keep them apart. But Jesse, for the first time, tells Cassidy that he’s his best friend. Cassidy still hates Jesse, but it’s clear how much that touches him. Then, at the end of the episode, though Cassidy may not appreciate it just yet, Jesse saves Cassidy’s life.Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and T.C. (Colin Cunningham) Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionSee, we find out the reason Jesse was so desperate to get Cassidy to leave. As Cassidy puts together from a picture by the stairs, this family kills vampires. They hang them by a tree and wait for the sun to come up. As soon as we learn this, Angelville becomes 100 percent scarier. Every scene involving Cassidy has an air of tension and dread hanging over it. We’re just waiting for him to be found out. And he soon is. Thirsty for blood, he resorts to draining a chicken outside the house. T.C. sees the whole thing. They bring Jesse out as they tie Cassidy to the tree, and Jesse swears he didn’t know Cass was a vampire. But still, he finds a way to save his friend’s life. Even if he does have to make it much worse for now. After an earlier scene where Jesse’s clearly freaked out by the prospect of The Tombs reopening, we learn what they are. In Madame L’Angelle’s basement, where the soulless are kept, Jesse (in a tophat that readers of the comics will surely recognize) hosts a fighting arena. To live, Cassidy has to fight the pedophile teacher from last week’s episode.Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), Jody (Jeremy Childs) and T.C. (Colin Cunningham) Photo by Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionAngelville is certainly a scarier place thanks to last night’s Preacher. Now that the show has firmly established this season’s setting, I’m excited to see where it takes things. That conversation between Jesse and Cassidy is a promising that they’ll eventually be a team again. Even if it’s going to take a while after Jesse makes him fight soulless zombies. I’m even more excited about Tulip, though. She’s all the way back now, and I can’t wait to see the creative ways she’ll kick ass this season. Especially now that she’s been captured by Madame L’Angelle’s competition, Madame Boyd. I just wish we didn’t have to wait until next week to find out what her deal is.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History last_img read more

New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealed

first_img More information: On the nature of the candidate T-Tauri star V501 Aurigae, arXiv:1702.04512 [astro-ph.SR] report new multi-colour photometry and high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the long-period variable V501 Aur, previously considered to be a weak-lined T-Tauri star belonging to the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region. The spectroscopic observations reveal that V501 Aur is a single-lined spectroscopic binary system with a 68.8-day orbital period, a slightly eccentric orbit (e ~ 0.03), and a systemic velocity discrepant from the mean of Taurus-Auriga. The photometry shows quasi-periodic variations on a different, ~55-day timescale that we attribute to rotational modulation by spots. No eclipses are seen. The visible object is a rapidly rotating (vsini ~ 25 km/s) early K star, which along with the rotation period implies it must be large (R > 26.3 Rsun), as suggested also by spectroscopic estimates indicating a low surface gravity. The parallax from the Gaia mission and other independent estimates imply a distance much greater than the Taurus-Auriga region, consistent with the giant interpretation. Taken together, this evidence together with a re-evaluation of the LiI~λ6707 and Hα lines shows that V501 Aur is not a T-Tauri star, but is instead a field binary with a giant primary far behind the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region. The large mass function from the spectroscopic orbit and a comparison with stellar evolution models suggest the secondary may be an early-type main-sequence star. Water detected in the atmosphere of hot Jupiter exoplanet 51 Pegasi b V501 Aur was detected as an X-ray source in 1996 by the ROSAT space observatory. After the discovery, the source was classified as a possible new weak-lined T-Tauri star (WTTS) belonging to the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region. However, subsequent studies of this star provided evidence of its unseen stellar companion, suggesting that V501 Aur could be a single-lined spectroscopic binary.In the latest study, a team of astronomers led by Martin Vaňko of the Astronomical Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences in Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia, has found that V501 Aur is a single-lined spectroscopic binary star.”The spectroscopic observations reveal that V501 Aur is a single-lined spectroscopic binary system with a 68.8-day orbital period, a slightly eccentric orbit (e ∼ 0.03), and a systemic velocity discrepant from the mean of Taurus-Auriga,” the paper reads.The findings are based on a series of observational campaigns carried out between 1996 and 2016, utilizing telescopes and spectrographs worldwide. These observations allowed the team to reveal more details about the nature of this star.”Information gathered since, as well as observations reported here, paint a rather different picture of the nature of the system that we now describe,” the authors wrote.According to the paper, V501 Aur is a rapidly rotating early K star with a radius of more than 26.3 solar radii. The spectroscopic observations also indicate that V501 Aur has a fairly massive unseen companion, making it a binary star. Moreover, the new evidence shows that V501 Aur is not a T-Tauri star, but is instead a field binary far behind the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region. “The scenario that emerges for V501 Aur, aided by a comparison with stellar evolution models that succeed in matching all observational constraints, is one in which it is a background, non-eclipsing spectroscopic binary projected onto the Taurus-Auriga star-forming region, with a luminous, spotted, and fairly rapidly rotating giant star as the primary, and a likely much more rapidly rotating early-type star as the secondary,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Furthermore, the scientists estimated the mass of this binary system. Their calculations show that the primary star is about four times more massive than the sun, while its companion has a mass between 1.63 to 2.3 solar masses.The findings also indicate that the system is roughly 180 million years old and is located approximately 2,600 light years away.The team concluded that in order to uncover more details about V501 Aur, a detailed chemical analysis of this system should be performed. It could help us reveal its other parameters and improve our knowledge about its evolutionary state. Citation: New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealed (2017, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Astronomers have presented the results of new photometric and spectroscopic observations of the star V501 Aurigae (V501 Aur for short), providing new insights into the nature of this object. The findings show that V501 Aur, previously considered to be T-Tauri star, is most probably a field binary. The study was published Feb. 15 in a paper available on © 2017 Phase diagram for all available data of V501 Aur folded with the average period of P = 55.45 days. Credit: Vaňko et al., 2017.last_img read more

Study suggests much more water on the moon than thought Update

first_img Get a change of view of Mercury’s north pole A trio of researchers at the University of California has found evidence that suggests there is far more ice on the surface of the moon than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Lior Rubanenko, Jaahnavee Venkatraman and David Paige describe their study of similarities between craters on Mercury and craters on the moon and what they found. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further More information: Lior Rubanenko et al. Thick ice deposits in shallow simple craters on the Moon and Mercury, Nature Geoscience (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0405-8 Journal information: Nature Geosciencecenter_img Citation: Study suggests much more water on the moon than thought (Update) (2019, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Conceptual illustration of permanently shadowed, shallow icy craters near the lunar south pole. Credit: UCLA/NASA Prior researchers using data from the Arecibo Observatory and also NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft found evidence of ice on Mercury. As part of this new effort, the researchers studied depth/diameter ratios of 2,000 craters on the planet using Mercury Laser Altimeter data. In so doing, they found that permanently shadowed craters became less shallow in higher latitudes—an indication of ice.Back in 2009, as part of the LCROSS mission, researchers allowed an empty stage of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launch vehicle to crash into the floor of a crater close to the moon’s south pole. Testing of the debris cloud by sensors aboard the Shepherding Spacecraft, showed evidence of water and ice, along with other material.The researchers with this new effort believed it was likely that there was more ice on the moon than was shown during the LCROSS impact study—likely existing in shadowed craters similar to those that had been seen on Mercury. To find out, they carried out a parallel crater study, similar to the one they had conducted for Mercury. In this case, they studied 12,000 craters on the moon using data from the LRO. They report that they found “a similar morphological trend” in craters on the south side of the Moon, near the pole. They suggest this indicates that such craters likely harbor thick ice deposits along with other materials similar to those that are believed to exist on Mercury. The researchers suggest that if this is indeed the case, then there could be up to 100 million metric tons of ice in such craters, which they note is double the amount of previous estimates based on data from the LCROSS impact study. The researchers conclude by suggesting that future Moon missions include the use of probes that can be used to study the shaded craters to confirm their suspicions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgIndividuals perceive objects with similar features (i.e., color, orientation, shape) as a group even when those objects are not grouped in space. An explanation for this phenomenon — termed similarity grouping — is that features are selected one at a time, and spatial areas that contain that feature are amplified even if they are not contiguous. If features are selected one at a time, though, similarity grouping must be serial (e.g., a green group cannot be formed at the same time as a red group). Yu and colleagues offer support for this hypothesis by showing that individuals do not underestimate the number of objects in a visual display when these objects are grouped by similarity cues (e.g., same color, orientation, or shape) but do underestimate the number when the objects are grouped by spatial cues (e.g., proximity). Because the number-estimation task requires simultaneous selection of the entire display, it prevented similarity grouping, impeding the underestimate created by grouping from occurring. Participants showed the same pattern of results when they had more time to process the displays and when grouping was stronger (i.e., cued by two similar features). Hence, similarity grouping seems to produce only one group at a time, which allows individuals to choose a grouping that best serves their current goals. Similarity Grouping as Feature-Based SelectionDian Yu, Xiao Xiao, Douglas K. Bemis, and Steven L. Franconeri Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Despite normal intelligence and schooling, many children in primary school struggle with becoming efficient readers, showing developmental dyslexia. Perry and colleagues used a computational model that learned to read the same way children do to investigate how the core deficits of dyslexia determine individual reading abilities. The model is taught grapheme-phoneme correspondences, and then it decodes words that already have a phonological representation but not an orthographic representation. Finally, in a self-taught process, the model uses orthography and phonology to strengthen letter-sound connections and improve the efficiency of decoding and, therefore, the ability to read irregular words and nonwords. The authors found that this model simulated the differences among children’s reading abilities better than models that emphasize only one component of reading difficulties (e.g., deficits in perception of phonemes, deficits in letter-position coding, or general processing inefficiency). The model indicates that increasing vocabulary tends to be more beneficial for reading irregular words than for reading nonwords; whereas increasing phonological processing shows the opposite pattern, and increasing orthographic efficiency helps reading of all word types. These results suggest that the deficits that cause dyslexia are multidimensional, and the results could pave the way for developing personalized computer models to guide the design of individually tailored interventions to improve reading. As if by Magic: An Abrupt Change in Motion Direction Induces Change BlindnessRichard Yao, Katherine Wood, and Daniel J. Simons Understanding Dyslexia Through Personalized Large-Scale Computational ModelsConrad Perry, Marco Zorzi, and Johannes C. Ziegler Magicians claim they can hide their method for a trick in plain sight by using a sudden change in movement direction that attracts attention. Yao and colleagues tested this claim that a sudden directional change in movement induces change blindness (i.e., failure to notice a change in a visual stimulus). Participants saw an array of Gabor patches (circular objects that appear striped) that traveled together in a straight line before suddenly changing direction. A random Gabor patch in the array changed in orientation either when or after the array changed trajectory, and participants were asked to report which patch changed. Participants were worse at identifying the target patch when it changed during the trajectory change. This effect occurred both when the change in trajectory was curved and when it was an abrupt angle. Eye-tracker data showed that participants rarely made a saccade (a rapid eye movement) at the moment of the change, indicating that saccades were not the cause of change blindness. The sudden change in movement of the array seems to have hidden the orientation change among the Gabor patches. This change blindness occurred while the object was in full view and shows how little disturbance is needed to mask an obvious change.last_img read more

Isabella led college football with 1698 receiving

first_imgIsabella led college football with 1,698 receiving yards last season, including 13 touchdowns. But within those numbers, Pro Football Focus says that arguably his most dangerous ability is his speed working down the field.His best route is the go, and the numbers show just how deadly he is by simply outrunning defensive backs.Isabella was a pick-your-poison kind of guy when it came to his route tree. He was dominant on screens, incredibly efficient on hitch routes but was the only draft-class receiver who came close to (Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s) production on go concepts. On 22 targets, Isabella racked up 597 yards on 13 receptions, as every single one of his go route receptions moved the chains (seven first downs) or scored six points (six touchdowns). Isabella is more than just a slot weapon, and his downfield ability on go routes proves just such.Related LinksLike Kyler Murray, Cardinals’ Andy Isabella is an undersized underdogCardinals loved work ethic, speed of receiver Andy IsabellaCardinals draft WR Andy Isabella with 62nd pick from Josh Rosen tradeThe even better news is that Isabella’s new quarterback, rookie No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray, produced while throwing to go routes at Oklahoma last season.Of the Heisman winner’s 4,361 passing yards, 925 of them on 39 receptions were accumulated on that specific route, per PFF.The targeted passes averaged 21.7 yards past the line of scrimmage, but Murray had a 62% adjusted completion percentage on such throws (the statistic “accounts for incompletions outside the quarterback’s control”). In other words, Murray was plenty accurate on go routes. Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Andy Isabella works out during an NFL football rookies camp, Friday, May 10, 2019, at the team’s’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 5 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img The Arizona Cardinals promise that rookie Andy Isabella isn’t a one-trick receiver.Standing 5-foot-9, he profiles as a water-bug slot receiver who can make quick work in small spaces.Isabella does, however, have some juice. He ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the day he was drafted that Arizona would ideally want Isabella to move around.“He had a lot of production inside and outside and that’s what’s exciting to us, is his ability to play on the outside and create space,” Kingsbury said. “He’s dangerous on the inside as well. But he’s a guy that showed he could do both at a high level.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And that’s likely why selecting Isabella with the 62nd overall pick felt so necessary to the Cardinals.last_img read more