Facebook Launches Vanish Mode on Messenger and Instagram; Latter Also Gets Reels and Shop Buttons

first_imgMosseri said that Instagram’s home screen hadn’t been updated in a big way for quite a while, but the way people create and enjoy culture has changed. “The biggest risk to Instagram is not that we change too fast, but that we don’t change and become irrelevant,” Mosseri said in the post.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – The new ephemeral messaging feature on Instagram and Messenger differs from WhatsApp’s recently introduced ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature. While those messages can be screenshotted, and are readable for seven days, Vanish Mode chats will disappear after they have been viewed by the receiver, the sender will get a notification if someone takes a screenshot of the chat before it vanishes.Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a bunch of other countries. It will roll out on Instagram and in other countries soon.As mentioned above, Instagram is also going through a considerable redesign and its head Adam Mosseri has written a blogpost to explain the changes. The platform hopes that the Reels tab will give people an opportunity to “share their creativity with the world and have a chance to break out and find an audience”. The shops tab, on the other hand, will feature personalised recommendations, editors’ pick curated by Instagram’s @shop channel, shoppable videos, and new product collections, for a closer integration with brands. The tech giant has said that the Shop tab would make it easier for users to get inspired by creators, shop through Instagram, and support small businesses.- Advertisement –center_img Instagram and Facebook Messenger are getting their own version of ephemeral messaging with the introduction of Vanish Mode. Disappearing messages were once a Snapchat signature, although now versions of this exist across platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram. Instagram has also brought changes to its homepage. The Reels tab, which was launched recently in India, is now being expanded globally, and a Shop button is also being added to the navigation bar and will push the notification button for likes and comments to the top-right corner of the homepage.Facebook had announced Vanish Mode back in September. It’s now coming to Messenger and Instagram and will let users send messages on the DMs without it staying in the chat history. You can swipe up on the existing chat thread to turn on this feature. A simple second swipe up can bring you back to regular chat mode. Facebook noted that only people you’re connected with can use vanish mode in a chat. It also doesn’t seem to apply to group chats, and will only work in a private, one-on-one chats. Instagram already has a feature which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear once they have been viewed and the addition of Vanish mode for texts makes its messaging functionality even more similar to Snapchat.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Encouraging results reported for injectable flu drug

first_img Sheridan said no significant differences in any of the efficacy end points were seen, which “was expected given the active control, small sample size, and exploratory phase 2 nature of this study.” Oct 28 news release about outpatient studyhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=343466 In the other trial, hospital patients who were seriously ill with flu were treated for 5 days with either IV peramivir or oseltamivir, with similar results in both groups, including no deaths and a median of 4.0 days to hospital discharge, the company said. Oct 27 news release about hospital studyhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=343132 Clinical stability was a composite measure based on temperature, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, systolic blood pressure, and heart rate. For ethical reasons, the study included no placebo arm. In addition, both peramivir groups had significant improvements in a composite symptoms score, starting as early as 24 hours after treatment, the statement said. The drug was well-tolerated, with adverse-event profiles similar for the treatment and placebo groups. Hospital studyThe inpatient study was designed primarily to assess how long it would take patients with serious or life-threatening flu to become clinically stable with 5 days of treatment with peramivir or oseltamivir. The study was conducted at centers in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. “This phase 2 study was a critical test of peramivir, which demonstrated for the first time that a single administration of this potent neuraminidase inhibitor can be effective in treating seasonal influenza,” Dr. William P. Sheridan, chief medical officer of BioCryst, said in the news release. Secondary outcomes for all groups included no mortality, no clinical relapse, a median of 4.0 days to hospital discharge, and a median of 10.8 days to resumption of normal activities, the company reported. Sep 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Trial of injectable flu drug yields disappointing results” Sheridan also said that the zero mortality in the study is “an important finding worthy of follow-up,” given that a previous epidemiologic study showed a mortality rate of 10% in 219 patients who were not treated with neuraminidase inhibitors. See also: Page with link to recording of Oct 27 BioCryst teleconference (free registration required)http://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=60565 Peramivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the licensed antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which is taken orally, and zanamivir (Relenza), inhaled as a powder. In response to questions, he said the study was not designed to show differences between peramivir and oseltamivir. He said peramivir is important because it permits parenteral treatment of flu patients, adding, “At the ICAAC meeting the need for a parenteral drug for influenza has come up several times already. Also there’s concern about resistance to existing drugs, including oseltamivir.” The primary end point was time to alleviation of symptoms, which was 81.8 hours for the placebo group. The respective times for the 300-mg and 600-mg peramivir groups were 59.1 and 59.9 hours, both of which were significant reductions, the company said. Oct 31, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. reported encouraging results this week in two phase 2 trials of its injectable antiviral drug, peramivir, a potential new treatment for influenza. In one study, a single intravenous (IV) dose of peramivir in outpatients ill with flu reduced the duration of their symptoms by about 22 hours compared with a placebo group, a statistically significant difference, according to BioCryst, based in Birmingham, Ala. Neither set of results has yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The company described the inpatient study in a press release and a teleconference on Oct 27; the outpatient study was reported in an Oct 28 press release and a poster presentation at the 46th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobials and Chemotherapy/Infectious Diseases Society of America (ICAAC/IDSA) meeting this week in Washington, DC. Outpatient findingsThe outpatient study was sponsored and conducted in Japan by Shionogi & Co. Ltd., which in 2007 bought from BioCryst the rights to develop and market peramivir in Japan. “The time to clinical stability was 25.3 hours for all groups combined, with no statistically significant differences across treatment groups,” Sheridan reported during the Oct 27 conference call (a recording of which is available online). In the news release, Dr. Michael Ison of Northwestern University, principal investigator in the study, said, “This landmark study provides us great insight into the course of treatment for patients who are hospitalized for influenza. The results indicate a potential role for antiviral therapy, which is critical as currently there are no antivirals approved for patients hospitalized for acute serious or potentially life-threatening influenza.” The new findings come 13 months after the company reported disappointing results in an earlier phase 2 trial of the drug. In that study, flu patients who received injections of peramivir did better than a placebo group, but the difference was not significant. The company said at the time that the use of shorter needles than were used in an earlier trial probably resulted in inadequate doses. The study involved 296 patients who tested positive for influenza within 48 hours after symptom onset, BioCryst reported. The volunteers were divided into three groups, with 99 receiving 300 milligrams (mg) of peramivir IV, 97 receiving 600 mg of the drug IV, and 100 receiving an IV placebo. The investigators enrolled 122 patients who had flu confirmed by polymerase chain reaction. Of these, 41 received 75 mg of oseltamivir twice daily, 41 received 200 mg of IV peramivir twice daily, and 40 received 400 mg of IV peramivir twice daily.last_img read more

Charities: Shorten up fund-raising events

first_imgTwo recent examples: One had two speakers and lasted over two hours. The second had 15 honorees and lasted one-and-a-half hours. While organizations are doing their best to raise money, there’s a growing insensitivity to audience attention span. “The mind can absorb only what the seat can endure.”The message to meeting planners is tighten up your formal programs to 45 minutes or less. Recognize a few key people — maximum of three. Don’t overkill a good thing. Please find a way to better facilitate a larger group of people.We’re happy to support you, but please have pity on the time we are lending you. Run a tight program. Start on time, have an end time and end on time, particularly the cocktail hour. Silent auctions are OK as they are. Live auctions must be limited to seven items or less.Neil GolubSchenectadyThe writer is executive chairman of the board of Price Chopper.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments This is an important message to charitable organizations holding fund-raising events and galas. The formal part of most programs, including speakers and honorees, is getting too long. There’s too much talk. Audiences giving up their free personal time are getting turned off with long, drawn-out events. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

COVID-19 task force issues call for 4,000 more medical workers

first_imgAndre said that students in their final year of medical school would form the “second front line” in preventing the spread of COVID-1 by providing “medical and [mental health] consultations through an online platform”.The COVID-19 task force is working in collaboration with various universities and NGOs. Anyone interested in volunteering may sign up through the task force’s official website.Earlier on Thursday, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim called on medical school students across the country to join the task force’s volunteer program.“Our country is currently at war against an invisible enemy that is moving fast and threatening human lives. Therefore, I ask all people to join the fight to defeat this enemy,” Nadiem said on Thursday in Jakarta during a COVID-19 video conference with students.Indonesia’s nationwide figures at the time of publishing stood at 893 confirmed cases, with 103 new case and 78 deaths. The country recorded the highest number of deaths on March 26, with 20 people dying of the disease. (aly)Topics : The COVID-19 rapid response task force has said that Indonesia needs an additional 1,500 doctors and 2,500 nurses to treat COVID-19 patients amid the surge in cases across the archipelago.“Indonesia currently needs around 1,500 doctors, especially pulmonologists, anesthetists and general physicians, as well as 2,500 nurses,” COVID-19 task force volunteer coordinator Andre Rahadian said at a press briefing on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.In addition to more doctors and nurses, Andre said that hospitals urgently needed more laboratory staff, administrative staff and ambulance drivers.last_img read more

Wood Group profit falls 86 pct on low North Sea activity and exceptional costs

first_imgOilfield services firm Wood Group reported an 86 percent drop in its profit for the first half of the year, citing, among other factors, weak contribution from the North Sea activity.The UK-based company posted a profit of $6 million, down from $45 million in the first half of 2016.  Profit for the period was impacted by exceptional costs of $47.6 million.This included $25.2m in respect of costs relating to the acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler, comprising advisory fees of $19.7 million and underwriting fees in respect of new debt facilities of $5.5 million.Revenue fell to $2.27 billion, down from $2,56 billion a year ago.Presenting its result on Tuesday, Wood Group said there was a sense of recovery in certain markets despite tough conditions in the oil and gas sector overall.“Robust performance in the West including, improved activity in offshore greenfield project engineering and commissioning and modest improvement in US onshore activity, was more than offset by weaker activity in the East, where we have seen a significant reduction in projects & modifications work, particularly in the North Sea,” Wood Group said.The company expects to complete the proposed acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company expects the merger will deliver significant cost synergies of at least $170 million.To remind, the proposed merger had risen competition concerns in the UK, in the supply of engineering and construction (E&C) services and operation and maintenance (O&M) services on the UK continental shelf, however this has now been resolved, in principle.Namely, in order to address the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) competition concerns, the companies have recently offered to sell off almost all of Amec Foster Wheeler’s assets which contribute to these services in its upstream offshore oil and gas business in the UK.According to a statement by Wood Group on Tuesday, the CMA has recently approved in principle the proposed remedy.last_img read more

Superb commentary on John Key and the Mai Chen smacking analysis

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 November 2014OPINION: If there is one dreadfully boring topic in the news this week it is most certainly anything to do with the latest Labour leader.It is exhausting, truly, to be going through this all again. It seems there is more politics in the Labour Party than there is in Parliament, and it is long since time that changed.I have no idea how Andrew Little will fare, and, to be honest, after more than half a decade of Labour leadership incompetence, I don’t care.Until his party shows any sign of being serious about using the wages I pay them to make New Zealand a better country, I’m not going to waste my breath discussing them.I have more important things to think about – like who is going to hold Prime Minister John Key to account while Labour uses our money to destroy itself? He needs to be.This is a man whose greatness is also his biggest downfall. Key is uncannily able to pick the public mood, but he uses popularity as his moral compass.If enough people think it is right, Key will agree with them. If what is right isn’t particularly interesting to you and me, Key won’t worry about setting it straight.Take the report Family First commissioned from one of the country’s foremost constitutional law firms on the anti-smacking amendment. The results came out this week.But before we look at them let’s see if the amendment has stopped or slowed violent parenting. According to a 2013 report by the dreadful Child Poverty Action Group, incidents of physical violence against children have increased every year since 2008, although 2011/2012 saw a tie in statistics.According to a 2013 presentation published on the Office of the Children’s Commissioner website, substantiated abuse cases (violent, sexual or otherwise) have increased every year to 2012.According to the Child, Youth and Family (CYF) website, that increased again in the 2013 year.According to the Ministry of Social Development’s white paper for vulnerable children, substantiated abuse cases (of all kinds) were on the increase between 2007 and 2012.Put simply, the amendment hasn’t stopped or, from what I can tell, even slowed child abuse trends. Bad parents are still parenting badly.The difference is in what Chen Palmer found – that now good parents are being punished for parenting well.According to the report, “statements made by politicians to the effect that ‘good parents’ will not be criminalised for lightly smacking their child appear to be inconsistent with the legal effects of the amendments to section 59 . . .”That means the politicians got it wrong: The amendment does not achieve what they intended it to. Key promised if that was the case he would repeal it. He won’t, because he knows he can get away with it on this one.– NARELLE HENSONhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/63416408/More-politics-in-the-Labour-Party-than-in-Parliamentlast_img read more

Direct Florida to Dominica flight being discussed

first_img 261 Views   one comment LifestyleLocalNewsTravel Direct Florida to Dominica flight being discussed by: – June 25, 2018 Minister for Tourism and Culture, Senator Robert TongeA direct flight from Florida to Dominica might become a reality in 2018 as discussions continue with between Government and the relevant stakeholders. Tonge stated that this direct flight is being discussed with a view to addressing the issue of air access into Dominica.This challenge, which has been a regular complain from visitors, was brought under scrutiny following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Senator Tonge said while government has invested in improving infrastructure at the main airport, and is committed to building an international airport, they continue to aggressively pursue options to secure and improve airlift into Dominica.“In the interim, the government is committed in investing to improved airlift into Dominica and partnering with existing and new airlines. We have lobbied LIAT, because after the storm our access to Dominica was severely impacted,” Tonge stated.He informed that discussions are ongoing with various airlines, and government is hopeful for confirmation of the direct flight later this year.“We hope to finalize agreements with Air Antilles this winter season to provide same day access with the Norwegian Flights, that have all grown to love based on the price, from the French islands into Dominica,” he said.Visitors or citizens can now travel from France via Air Caribe straight to Guadeloupe and connect into Dominica on the same day.Senator Tonge added that a lot of these interventions “are not things that we made up ourselves” but rather because government has listened to the stakeholders.“And our job is to try and put them in place and God’s willing this year, we will have a direct flight from Florida to Dominica,” he noted.Tonge stated that these interventions were made possible through the increased tourism subvention approved by government and is looking forward to the realization of the direct flight from Florida to Dominica which will improve access into the island.“I can assure you that this is not an election gimmick, but it is an initiative that you have recommended and the air access committees have recommended to ensure we are creating the economic space to make things work for you,” Senator Tonge added. Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Ripley County Community Foundation ‘Small Grants’ give $3,000 back into the community

first_imgBatesville, In. — The mission of the Community Foundation is to assist Ripley County charitable organizations in fulfilling their goals of making Ripley County a vibrant place to live, work, and visit. Our granting opportunities are a vital part of that mission and energy. It is a privilege for the community foundation to be able to be a part of the charitable initiatives taking place throughout Ripley County.Small grants awarded $3,000  in grants to the following eight organizations serving Ripley County.From left; Amy Streator, Jane Yorn and Stuart LampingSafe Passage, Inc.:  $ 500 for Special Events EquipmentMilan 54, Inc.: $ 350 for Capital Campaign MaterialsTown of Osgood: $ 500 for Chairs for Town HallTyson Library Association, Inc.: $ 200 for Electronic EquipmentTown of Milan Park: $ 500 for Refurbishing Playground EquipmentSoutheastern Career Center: $ 500 for Yearbook expensesRipley County Drug Awareness Coalition: $ 200 for “Speak Out” ProgramHoosier Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America: $ 250 for Marketing to GirlsSmall Project Grants are available throughout the year for amounts up to $500.  Applications are now being accepted for the next Small Project Grant Cycle. These are due in our office by 4:00 pm on June 1. Grant guidelines and all applications are available online at: rccfonline.org or please call 812-933-1098 or 877-234-5220 with questions or for more information.From left; Tony Wood, Tammy Wilhoit & David Bultmanlast_img read more

Duke delivers opening night PASS feature win

first_imgAfter taking a weekend off, the PASS sprinters tackle their first two-race weekend on April 6 and 7, at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday and Sunday at BAPS Motor Speedway. Duke made a low-side pass of Kyle Ganoe just past the halfway mark in the race and worked lapped traffic over the final circuits to grab the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win. Ganoe held on for a runner-up finish, followed by hard-charging John Walp, Jeff Weaver and Devin Adams. SPRING RUN, Pa. (March 23) – 2016 Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion Ken Duke Jr. gave notice that he’ll be in the hunt for a second championship in 2019, winning the season-opening feature event Saturday at Path Valley Speedway. Ken Duke Jr. topped the March 23 opening night feature for the Pennsylvania Sprint Series at Path Valley Speedway. (Photo by Paul Wilson) The race went under caution one last time when Reigle damaged his steering in an encounter with an infield marker tire. Duke pulled away when the green flew again and worked traffic to perfec­tion until the checkered flag.center_img On the restart, Duke passed Reigle, then chased down Ganoe. Ganoe had grabbed the early lead from the pole, with outside front row starter Dave Grube spin­ning on the first lap. That moved Cale Reigle into second and that pair led the field for the first nine laps until a red flag for Kyle Keen’s tip-over after an incident with Austin Graby.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Kyle Ganoe; 3. John Walp; 4. Jeff Weaver; 5. Devon Ad­ams; 6. Jared Zionkowski; 7. Kassidy Kreitz; 8 Daren Bolac; 9. Nick Sweigert; 10. Jake Frye; 11. Keith Prutzman; 12. Dave Grube; 13. Doug Dodson; 14. Cale Reigle; 15. Austin Graby; 16. Kyle Keen.last_img read more

Thelma Clara Deamron

first_imgThelma Clara Deamron, 89, of Versailles, formerly of Dillsboro passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Thelma was born Monday, February 24, 1930 in Ohio County, the daughter of Martin and Martha (Thomas) Knigga.  She married Clifton Deamron July 1, 1950 and he preceded her in death February 25, 2014. She graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1949.  Thelma formerly worked in the housekeeping department for Dillsboro Manor.  She was a former active member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Dillsboro,  enjoyed spending time with her family, was active at school with her children, former PTA president and girl scout leader.  She enjoyed her flower beds, gardening and canning vegetables.Thelma is survived by sons: Terry (Diana) Deamron of Greenwood and Ricky (Sandra) Deamron of Greensburg; daughters: Marsha Ann (Michael) Back of Cross Plains and Linda (Ronald) Sniegowski of Aurora; sister Lucille Combs; brother-in-law Marvin Cutter; 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Helen Cutter and brother-in-law Lehman Combs.A service celebrating her life will be held 10 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro with Pastor Keith Allhandes officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 5-7 PM Tuesday, April 9 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Thelma to Oakdale Cemetery.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more