Let’s ‘ear’ it for Frankie after lucky tumour discovery!

first_imgBallybofey man Frankie Quinn is singing ‘thank you for the music’ after the local Specsavers hearing team made a clever detection that changed his life for the better.When the audiology team at Letterkenny suggested that Frankie Quinn had a hearing screening after his routine eye test, his life was transformed.He did have some hearing issues, but he didn’t know that a noncancerous tumour was part of the problem until that hearing test. Frankie, aged 65, is very active in his community and a keen member of a music band and drama group. Although he didn’t consider his hearing loss a significant health issue, he realised following his diagnosis that he had been suffering in silence. Like many people, Frankie often had to lean over the table to hear a conversation properly or rely on one ear to hear music properly.Audiologist Martina McNulty detected a distinct decline in hearing function and he was later diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma.“Hindsight is a great thing. I only realised what I had been missing out on after being fitted with my first hearing aid,” says Frankie. Patient Frankie Quinn and Specsavers Letterkenny Audiology Director Martina McNultyDuring Frankie’s first hearing screening, Martina discovered that there was a noticeable hearing loss in Frankie’s right ear in comparison to his left ear. She referred him to a GP and from there he was sent to a specialist ENT in Letterkenny and then in Dublin. Frankie’s specialist diagnosed an acoustic neuroma in his right ear, a growth that develops on the eighth cranial nerve, and is monitoring him regularly. Thankfully Frankie’s growth is noncancerous and has not worsened. The specialist wrote to Specsavers Letterkenny to congratulate them on their referral, as the onset of Frankie’s acoustic neuroma may have been missed if Martina did not carry out a full screening.Frankie could not praise Martina McNulty and the team at Specsavers Letterkenny enough for changing his life for the better. Patient Frankie Quinn and Specsavers Letterkenny Audiology Director Martina McNultyFrankie says: “Martina was so welcoming and supportive. The team showed empathy. They were professional and thorough in testing and fitting me with my hearing aid. I can now hear music clearly. “I was afraid my condition may have shortened my life as a singer, but I am now a choir singer and feeling confident. “My acoustic neuroma could have been life threatening and I would have been none the wiser if the Specsavers audiology team didn’t carry out a full hearing screening.”Martina fitted Frankie with a small and discreet hearing aid, using technology best suited to his needs. Frankie is very much a welcomed visitor to Specsavers Letterkenny for his hearing aid adjustments and check-ups. After improving his hearing and quality of life, his message to family and friends is: Get the checks and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.Let’s ‘ear’ it for Frankie after lucky tumour discovery! was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:frankie quinnlast_img read more

CENTURO first new N inhibitor approved in 40 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CENTURO, a next-generation nitrification inhibitor for anhydrous ammonia and UAN from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch), has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and is now available for order in the U.S. The approval marks the first time in more than 40 years that a nitrification inhibitor has received FIFRA registration.“Our team of agronomists, chemists and technology specialists have spent the past nine years working on a technology that could make a grower’s nitrogen investment more efficient. Today, we have CENTURO, which has been scientifically proven to reduce nitrogen loss and optimize nutrient-use efficiency,” said Justin Hoppas, executive vice president of Koch. “Farmers throughout the Corn Belt are facing growing economic and environmental pressures, and we understand fertilizer additives must perform and pay off. CENTURO is now available as one more tool in a grower’s toolbox to increase agricultural efficiencies and optimize their crop nutrition investments.”CENTURO works to protect applied nitrogen and keep the valuable nutrient available in the root zone in its ammonium form where it’s less susceptible to loss through denitrification and leaching. By keeping nitrogen in a stable form for a longer period of time, more of the nitrogen is available to be absorbed by the plant, and there is less potential loss to the environment. In fact, in the first two years of an ongoing study conducted at Iowa State University, CENTURO reduced nitrate leaching by an average of 44% in fall-applied anhydrous ammonia and an average of 23% in spring-applied anhydrous ammonia compared to untreated anhydrous ammonia.“With so much focus on nitrate in our rivers and streams, calls for farmers to curb nitrogen loss are increasing,” said Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association. “Farmers are aware of this challenge and are voluntarily seeking products that can reduce the potential for leaching of nitrates into nearby waterways. Through our research in Illinois, we can confidently tell our farmers that when you use a registered nitrification inhibitor like CENTURO, your nitrogen is in the soil longer so more can be absorbed by the plant.”CENTURO holds the nitrogen in the ammonium form three times longer than without an inhibitor. With fall-applied anhydrous ammonia, more ammonium will be held in the soil throughout the spring, maximizing availability for crop uptake. And with spring-applied anhydrous ammonia, CENTURO helps minimize potential losses to leaching and denitrification from spring rains prior to crop establishment.CENTURO also helps growers significantly improve nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) to increase crop output. Across a two-year study in Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri, CENTURO increased the NUE of anhydrous by up to 25%.last_img read more

Net Neutrality Opponents Outspending Proponents More Than 4 to 1

first_imgTags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Companies opposed to Network Neutrality spent more than 4 times as much money on lobbying last quarter than organizations in support of it, according to a report on new hearings on the subject by watchdog organization Sunlight Foundation. Net Neutrality opponents spent $19.7 million in lobbying in the first quarter of 2010 -supporters only $4.7 million.Net Neutrality is a concept that means internet providers would be prohibited from limiting access to bandwidth based on the content being communicated. Beyond simple democracy, that Neutrality is argued to be important in order that unforeseeable and disruptive innovations can be built using less restricted bandwidth. The next YouTube in someone’s garage, it is said.Opponents of Net Neutrality argue that their substantial investment in bandwidth infrastructure and need to best serve all their customers necessitate that certain high-bandwidth activities be limited in some circumstances.See also: Towards a Value-Added User Data EconomyAccording to Sunlight, organizations supporting Neutrality at the latest Congressional hearings included “Google, Microsoft, Amazon.com and two service providers breaking with their industry, DISH Network and Sprint. Opponents included AT&T, Verizon, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Communications Workers of America and the US Telecom Association.”While the long-running questions about potential legislation and legal rights is an important one, it is conceivable that technology could develop fast enough to change the terms of the debate. MIT scientists, for example, announced today that they have developed an experimental method of data transport that could make the internet 100 times faster. The scientists complain, however, that use cases for such speed improvements are unclear enough that demand, and thus support for their research, remains minimal. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

How Your ISP Will Take Six Strikes At Suspected Pirates [Pictures]

first_imgThe new Six Strikes anti-piracy program major ISPs rolled out last week — officially known as the Copyright Alert System — is geared toward catching those allegedly pirating copyrighted movies and games and, well, inconveniencing them until they stop. It’s framed as an educational tool, but given that the participating Internet service providers are bound by no unifying or mandatory rules, there’s a degree of uncertainty as to exactly what you can expect should you pop up on your ISP’s anti-piracy radar.Wonder no more. Here’s a handy graphic that outlines exactly what we know about how the five major ISPs in the U.S. plan to use the system and how it will affect your Internet use. (Let us know what you think in comments.) Also, following the graphic: How Six Strikes may get you hacked. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?There’s a lot of ambiguity about what happens after six strikes, and neither the ISPs nor the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) have clarified what consequences await customers who get that far. Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told me that “Strike Seven” might simply amount to Big Copyright hauling alleged infringers into court.But there are other big problems. Nazer, for instance, argues that the system’s pop-ups and alerts could easily provide cover for hackers to impersonate ISPs in order to seed malware and launch phishing attacks. “Given the scale of this and the kind of ways they’re looking to contact their customers with emails and browser locks, it may be a particularly attractive target for malware,” Nazer told me.The open-source development blog FunnyMonkey calls Six Strikes “the best phishing opportunity ever” and “a gift to people looking to steal credit card information and other personal information.” Too bad the CCI’s Web site is silent on the risk of would-be phishers impersonating or hijacking its alerts.Lead image modified from this image via Flickr user patersor, CC 2.0Infographic courtesy of Neo Mammalian Studios A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#ISP#piracy#privacy#security#Six Strikes 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts adam popesculast_img read more

We can talk, but can we communicate?

first_imgby Joyce Serido, PhD, MBAA practitioner walks up to a researcher at a conference and says, “How can I use your research in my practice?”As a financial behavior researcher, I am excited to teach people about the new and interesting findings in my field. Many practitioners, and most people, are less enthusiastic – I can tell from the blank stares and glazed expressions I get when I talk about my research. My spouse is more direct. “Why do I care about this”? “What does it mean for me”? “How can I use this information”? To be fair, I respond the same way when he talks about healthcare.It isn’t because we think the information has no value to us. After all both topics are important everyday issues for most people. And it isn’t because we don’t appreciate the other’s expertise. We have different ways of looking at the issue and using the information. That’s the communication barrier.But my research has a direct bearing on the work of practitioners. And I see value in bridging the research-practice gap. Yet our perspectives about financial behavior differ in three key ways:First, practitioners want to know what works; researchers want to know    why things work. Second, practitioners want information that will help them serve their clients; researchers want to discover new knowledge. Third, practitioners want to know how to apply the information; researchers offer general implications for practice.How can I, and other researchers, communicate our findings in ways that are useful to practitioners?Many of the journals where we publish our research now require implications for practice. Unless researchers collaborate with practitioners, or have practiced, the implications are often vague. If you look at the AFCPE® How to Read Research Articles | Worksheet, the last step directs the practitioner to translate research implications into tools they can use in their practice. Unless you collaborate with researchers, or have conducted research yourself, I am guessing that this is a high hurdle to clear.The point is, neither practitioners nor researchers working independently can bridge the gap. And it doesn’t require every researcher and practitioner to collaborate. But we have to start the conversation.A practitioner walks up to a researcher at a conference and says, “I want to work with you to translate your research into tools I can use”…. Dr. Joyce Serido, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.Dr. Serido studies financial behavior at the intersection of family and personal well-being. She received a PhD in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. She is the principal investigator of Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS), a longitudinal study of young adults and their finances. As an Extension Specialist and AFCPE® board member liaison for the Bridging the Gap Working Group, she works with educators and practitioners to develop materials on the connections between finances and young adult well-being.last_img read more

These Portable Technologies Are Going to Change the Video Production Industry

first_imgA new wave of advanced cameras puts state-of-the-art technology in the palm of your hand.There are few industries that move as fast as the film and video industry. It seems like there are game-changing camera releases every few days. Here’s a quick look at the new cameras that are shaking up the status quo this week.The Light L16 CameraAnnounced just a week ago, the Light L16 camera is looking like it might radically change the way we take pictures and shoot video. Instead of taking a picture or shooting video with a single camera, the Light camera is essentially 16 different cameras mixed into one. When you push the shutter button, the Light camera will take 16 pictures — and then stitch them together.Even more impressive is the ability to change the depth of field in post-production. Want to isolate your subject? Just dial up the bokeh slider and watch your background become out of focus. Light released a short lifestyle video showing the Light L16 in action. Check it out:The L16 is scheduled to be available in Spring of 2016 for the price of $1,700. However, there’s no information yet about details like dynamic range or sensitivity. You’ll want to keep an eye on this camera.DJI OsmoDJI is branching out of the drone world with their latest gear announcement, the DJI Osmo. In a nutshell, the Osmo is a motorized 3-axis gimbal stabilizer with a 4K and 120fps HD capabilities.The stabilizer is designed to be small, lightweight, and compact, making it perfect for travel and run-and-gun situations. Using your smartphone, you can monitor the video coming from the Osmo camera via bluetooth.DJI Released a quick video with sample footage shot on the Osmo. The footage isn’t breathtakingly cinematic, but it’s very impressive, given how small the device and camera is.The DJI Osmo will begin shipping October 15th for $650, which is not a bad price for such a powerful tool.The iPhone 6sHalf of this image was shot on an iPhone 6s. The other half was shot on an a7RII. Can you guess which is which?I know what you’re thinking: the iPhone 6s. How could this possibly change the industry? I shared your concerns until I saw this side-by-side comparison video between the new iPhone 6s and the Sony a7RII. Check it out:Note: In the image above, the left side is the iPhone 6s. The right is the a7RII. The iPhone 6s has also been used to shoot a fantastic short film called The Painter of Jalouzi, in which you’ll notice how well the device holds up when capturing the sky. While there’s certainly a way to go, it’s not impossible to think that a film designed for online distribution could be shot on an iPhone, as long as the lighting is good.What do you think of the technologies mentioned in this article? Will they change the industry? Share you thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Jordan Clarkson, Cavaliers celebrate first Filipino Heritage Night

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, who is Filipino-American, celebrates Filipino Heritage Night with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio. Photo from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ official Twitter accountThe Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their first Filipino Heritage Night on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Toronto Raptors.Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson met and interacted with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio, who may have served as the Cavs’ lucky charm.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Heavy underdogs, the Cavaliers stunned the Raptors (48-20), who are one of the top teams in the league, 126-101.Clarkson helped the Cavs (17-50) in the victory, scoring 14 points in 31 minutes off the bench.Collin Sexton led the way for Cleveland with 28 points. Kevin Love added 16 points and 18 rebounds while Cedi Osman had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Naomi Osaka advances in straight sets at Indian Wells View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem We ❤️ our Filipino fans!Ahead of #CavsRaptors, @JordanClarksons had a meet & greet with The Philippine American Society of Ohio! #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/ajN20RSxU0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 11, 2019last_img read more