Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2020 Discussion Meet. They are David Glass of Chillicothe, Micah Mensing of Millersburg and Kalyn Swihart of Lima.The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. These young agricultural professionals will compete in the finals as part of the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus Jan. 31. The finalists were named after a preliminary competition at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Meeting in Columbus where they discussed topics impacting the agriculture industry.“The Discussion Meet contest is a meaningful opportunity for young ag professionals to strengthen their skills in working together to solve issues facing agriculture today. I look forward to watching these finalists compete at the finals next year,” said OFBF Leadership Development Program Specialist Kelsey Turner.The winner receives a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to the 2020 OFBF Annual Meeting in Columbus and an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Annual Convention in January 2021 in San Diego.Glass is a Ross County Farm Bureau member, where he currently serves as treasurer. He is employed with Pickaway Progress Partnership, the economic development agency for Pickaway County and its municipalities. He and his wife, Audrey, produce meat, eggs and vegetables for family, friends and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Glass is a graduate of the Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics. He is a board member of the ATZ FarmHouse Foundation Board. The Glass family includes two children.Mensing is an Ottawa County Farm Bureau member. He is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, where he studied production agriculture at OSU-ATI and agriscience education on the Columbus campus. He was named Ohio State Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership (ACEL) Distinguished Senior in 2019. Mensing is a Growing Forward Specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America and is an active member of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program.Swihart is a member of the Allen County Farm Bureau. Along with continuing her studies at the Ohio State University in the fields of agricultural communications and public affairs, Swihart manages a sheep herd of about 40 head. She also has held internships with U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, Growth Energy and Ohio Farm Bureau. She enjoys attending OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals events and has been a part of the YAP Washington, D.C. Experience. Swihart is slated to graduate in 2020.
Out-earning college friendsGarret Morgan, a 20-year-old Seattle-area high school graduate, has found an alternative to the four-year college path he tried and then abandoned. He and other young workers are enrolled in a training program for ironworkers that provides well-paying jobs now and will allow them to earn an associate’s college degree after four or five years.In the mornings, Morgan attends classes at the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers shop near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. When not in class, Morgan works for employers in the area, where he gets $28.36 an hour plus benefits and a pension. He will make more than $50,000 a year while his friends from high school are still attending college classes.“Someday maybe they’ll make as much as me,” Morgan said.Nearly 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees were awarded nationally in 2015. Grads are more likely to have jobs and make more money than those without degrees, but the wage premium isn’t as sharp as it used to be, and the number of students who borrow money to attend college has increased to nearly 70%, with an average debt of $26,300.Many college students also have trouble graduating on time. Three out of 10 high school graduates who go on to a four-year college programs at public universities are still there six years later, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center says. The same is true of 20% of students enrolled in four-year private colleges.Even so, said Chris Cortines, who co-authored the Washington State educational audit, there is an emphasis on the four-year college track.“Being more aware of other types of options may be exactly what they need,” Cortines said. “When you look at the types of wages that apprenticeships and other career areas pay and the fact that you do not pay four years of tuition and you’re paid while you learn, these other paths really need some additional consideration.” RELATED ARTICLES Young Adults and the Construction TradesTackling the Skilled Labor Shortage Even so, many high school students “are not given the information or courses necessary to take advantage of these options,” the Washington auditor’s report said. Students should be encouraged to explore more career options as early as the 7th or 8th grade.“There’s that perception of the bachelor’s degree being the American dream, the best bang for your buck,” Kate Blosveren Kreamer, deputy executive director of Advance CTE, an association of state officials who work in career and technical education, told The Hechinger Report. “The challenge is that in many cases it’s become the fallback. People are going to college without a plan, without a career in mind, because the mindset in high school is just, ‘Go to college.’” Thousands of well-paying construction jobs remain unfilled even as many high school students continue to be shepherded into four-year university programs that take longer than expected to complete and leave them deep in debt, a new report finds. The Hechinger Report, which specializes in reporting on educational issues, focused on an audit of secondary career and technical education programs in Washington state. It found that high school graduates are being encouraged to enroll in four-year college programs even as the cost of a degree is going up and the financial return on a degree is going down. At the same time, many thousands of construction jobs that pay better and take less training are going begging.There are now more than 3,200 slots open for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, and sheet-metal workers in Washington state. Many of these jobs pay more than the state’s average wage of $54,000.The problem extends well beyond Washington’s borders. The Associated General Contractors of America says that 70% of U.S. construction companies have trouble finding qualified workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects construction jobs nationally to increase by 11% through 2026, for a total of 746,600 new jobs. The bureau’s occupation outlook lists a variety of jobs that will pay $50,000 or more and that do not require a college degree. One study estimates there are roughly 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay an average of $55,000 a year and do not require a bachelor’s degree.
MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Jones’ yearlong suspension has ended, and the UFC put him right back in a title shot with Cormier, who dutifully defended the belt during the mercurial ex-champion’s absence. Cormier, an ex-Olympian and family man who also works as a television commentator, sees every flaw in Jones’ makeup.“He’s a guy who can’t stop hurting himself and people around him,” Cormier said. “He’s a talented athlete, but mixed martial arts aren’t just about the best athlete. He’s weak mentally. He’s got problems, and I don’t know if he solved them yet.”Jones plays it cool when talking about Cormier, yet their promotional staredowns have usually devolved into trash-talking and physical drama. They got into an infamous brawl in a Las Vegas casino lobby in 2014 during the early stages of their promotion of the first bout.They exchanged harsh words again this week in a faceoff, but Jones has vowed to be classy after he wins their rematch.“He’s a good dude,” Jones said. “I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to realize that he’s (in) the wrong era. He just happened to come into the sport, he’s 39 years old, and he’s (fighting) a guy who’s in his prime, a guy who’s doing everything in his power to make sure this is his era. I wish he could just swallow that and say, ‘I’m the baddest (man) outside Jon Jones, and I can go to sleep with that.’”The UFC 214 pay-per-view card starts with two absolute corkers: Veteran brawlers Robbie Lawler and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meet after light heavyweight prospects Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir. Even the undercard is strong, featuring fights for Ricardo Lamas, Renan Barao, Aljamain Sterling and Brian Ortega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But the remarkable main event could be the culmination of Cormier’s career or a monumental return for Jones, whose career and life have been severely fractured since their first bout.“It’s pretty cool that it ends here,” Jones said recently, speaking of both his disputes with Cormier and his own winding path back to the top. “There will be no grudge match. There will be no trilogy. Like I say all the time, Daniel Cormier is not my rival. I have no issue with him.”Jones’ biggest issues have always been with himself.Jones reached the pinnacle of his sport when he soundly defeated Cormier in January 2015 to defend his UFC 205-pound title. Practically nothing has gone right in the ensuing 2 1/2 years for Jones, whose capacity for self-sabotage and lousy decision-making surpassed even his incredible MMA talent.The UFC stripped Jones of its title twice — after a hit-and-run accident in which he broke a pregnant woman’s arm, and again after he was revealed to have failed a doping test four days before fighting Cormier at UFC 200 last July.ADVERTISEMENT Everything about Jones’ behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges. When they finally hit the Honda Center cage on Saturday night, he’ll have a chance to show how he really feels.“A guy like Daniel, he has my full, undivided attention,” Jones said this week. “He says that he’s in my head, and that’s exactly where I want him to be, because he is in my head. I think about him all the time. That’s what makes me do the things I do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJones and Cormier are headlining the UFC’s best show of the summer, and likely the entire year, in Orange County.UFC 214 features three title fights and numerous rising stars. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women’s superstar Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If Cormier wasn’t Jones’ bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Instead, the steady Cormier realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 to validate his own title reign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)ANAHEIM, Calif.— Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fight of the year.Jones says he doesn’t even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.ADVERTISEMENT Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal View comments
Ghana’s Mega-Choice Digital Network has signed a 10-year contract with Eutelsat for distribution of its new direct-to-home (DTH) TV service.Mega-Choice, an associate company of Ghana’s first private television network Crystal TV, has taken capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite.It will initially offer its TV service to viewers in Ghana, but plans to extend to other West African markets as part of a second phase of growth.The new platform will offer a mix of free-to-air and pay channels with a particular focus on news and entertainment.Aljazeera English, Crystal TV Prime, Deutsche Welle, E TV Ghana, EWTN Africa and Asia, France 24 English, CGTN, Paradise Music Channel and Metro TV will be among the first free-to-air channels to be available.Its pay TV line-up will include a number of channels from SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group, such as Filmbox Africa, Filmbox Arthouse and Filmbox Action.
Source:https://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/holocaust-survivors-had-higher-rates-of-chronic-conditions-lower-rates-of-death/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower rates of death than a comparison group of individuals insured by the same healthcare services organization in Israel. Biological and psychosocial reasons that may help to explain the findings need more study but researchers suggest unique characteristics of resilience among Holocaust survivors and better health literacy may be among the possibilities.This observational study included more than 38,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel who were born between 1911 and 1945 in Europe and nearly 35,000 people in a control group born in Israel during those same years. Both groups were insured by Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel. The study used data collected from 1998 through 2017 and looked at heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and death.
This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 16 2019If the scores of personal health care devices at the Consumer Electronics Show last week are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush by high-tech companies to capitalize on people’s worries about their health.The latest version of the watch, which was announced last fall, detects a fibrillating heart and a propensity for falls. What other manufacturers learned from that is that you can make money if you can create a worry about a problem that people didn’t realize they had and also create a solution for that worry via a high-tech product. Many of the products at the mammoth annual show seemed to be following that strategy.In A Rush To Brush?Take, for instance, the problem of the length of time it takes to brush your teeth. With Y-Brush, you can cut down that onerous two-minute recommended time to 10 seconds, and supposedly still get your teeth cleaner.Makers of the Y-shaped device say it brushes all your top and then bottom teeth in five seconds each, giving each tooth four times the brush exposure it would get with a typical two-minute tooth-by-tooth brushing regimen recommended for users of a conventional electric toothbrush.The company says its device removes 15 percent more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. And, of course, you’ve freed up an additional 110 seconds in your life each time you brush.The $125 Y-Brush handle and brush will be sold online this year; additional brush heads, which need to be replaced every six months, will cost $25.Know Before You Gotta GoAnother problem: You can’t always predict when you need to go to the bathroom. DFree, a sensor worn a half-inch above the pubis bone, predicts when an individual will have to urinate, giving the wearer a chance to gauge how long they can be away from a toilet.The DFree monitors changes in bladder size and transmits that information to a smartphone app, which sends a customizable alert to the person when it’s time to find a toilet. The company says it doesn’t work for pregnant women or toilet-training toddlers.The unit costs $500, or it can be rented for $40 per month, with the rental price applied to an eventual purchase.Making Health A CinchDetecting falls, now a feature of the Apple Watch, is showing up in other devices. Like in this belt, which also can alert you to weight gain as it senses the belt getting tighter. (Yeah, like old-fashioned belts do.) The Welt smart belt, developed with seed money from Samsung, also monitors the time you spend sitting and the number of steps taken. Connected to a smartphone app (naturally), Welt suggests when a user should stand or change their eating habits and will also send a customized alert after a fall.For Top-Condition Cognition There was no shortage at the show of devices to improve your mental abilities. BrainTap, an app-based subscription series of audio music and vocal stimulations, provides visualization exercises that the company says will retrain your brain to allow you to relax, reduce stress and maximize your ability to lose weight.The company charges $10 to $30 a month for the series, based on whether you need to address only one or more conditions.As an added benefit, the company also sells an oddly priced $547 headset that beams blue light into your eyes. It uses light to stimulate your ears, following precepts of something called auriculotherapy, which employs light to activate, the company says, “the meridians known to directly affect the body’s organs and systems.”EKGs On The GoThe electronics industry seems to believe it can make money convincing people they should be worried about their hearts. A number of products that take a simplified form of an electrocardiogram (EKG) are already on the market, the Apple Watch and Kardia among them. The WitCard, from WitMonki, is a credit card-size device that, by touching two thumbs and one index finger, sends results to one’s health care provider where, using the company’s WitDisplayer portal, EKG readings over time can be compared and appropriate action taken when necessary.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsThe battery-operated WitCard is undergoing trials for European Union certification and approval by the Food and Drug Administration, and could cost about $120.Monitoring Your EnergyEver worry about whether you are burning carbs or fats? Well, now there’s a way. Breathe into the Lumen device each morning to get a reading of your carbon dioxide concentration. Based on that, a phone app determines how yesterday’s sleep, exercise and eating choices affected your ability to burn carbs or fats. Lumen also promises to tell you if you have sufficient energy stores before exercising (and what to do about it), why you feel tired all the time and how to alter your diet to lose weight.The company expects to ship its $249 device this August.Monitoring Your SleepPhilips, the giant electronics company, has become the latest company to soothe our worries about not getting enough sleep. Its SmartSleep, a $400 headband worn in bed, emits audible tones that supposedly detect and boost slow-wave, or deep, sleep — a time when breathing and heart rate are at their slowest.The intent of SmartSleep is to keep the wearer in the deep-sleep zone longer; it does not increase the amount of time one sleeps or help someone fall or stay asleep. And, if you are older, you are out of luck, as the device is recommended for people between 18 and 50. Philips says the slow-wave activity declines as we age and becomes more difficult to detect.A High-Tech Pill DispenserFinally, an obvious problem: how to remember to take multiple drugs multiple times per day. And, of course, there is a just-as-obvious solution: automated drug-dispensing devices.One of the latest products to attempt this is RxPense, which offers high-tech bells and whistles. The machine is loaded with hermetically sealed pill blister cards by a participating pharmacy. Once the card’s bar code confirms it’s the proper one and loaded into the machine, the patient is identified by facial recognition, an RFID bracelet or a PIN, and the proper pill pack, confirmed by the bar code on the packaging, is dispensed at the set time.But wait, there is more. A camera records the dispensed pills and the patient’s removal of them. Missed doses are not dispensed.The RxPense can be leased for $150 a month.The device can’t tell whether the patient has actually ingested the pill. For that, pills will need to include a digestible RFID tag to track its trip through the body. The FDA approved Abilify MyCite, the first drug with a built-in tracking sensor, in 2017.Don’t be surprised to see a device at next year’s show that can tell you where those tagged pills are.
Source:https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/msu-lands-5m-nih-grant-to-connect-dots-between-pesticides-and-parkinsons/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSys”Our battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may depend on early disease identification and intervention, and poor olfaction has been identified as an early warning for these diseases,” Chen said. “This grant will allow us to connect the dots by identifying factors that contribute to poor olfaction among older adults and evaluating how this sensory deficit may progress to early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.”In preliminary analyses, researchers found a correlation between high pesticide exposure and self-reported poor sense of smell. In this project, researchers will objectively assess the olfaction of around 2,200 farmers using a standard smell test.Using a scratch-and-sniff method, participants will need to correctly identify 12 common smells such as smoke, lemon, cinnamon or gasoline. Researchers will then conduct home visits of approximately 450 farmers to assess cognitive function and motor symptoms.”We are trying to put everything into context with the ultimate goal of understanding the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases and factors involved,” Chen said. “This project focuses on pesticides because earlier studies show their potential connections to neurodegenerative diseases. Now we want to define what role they play.”
Source:https://news.rutgers.edu/new-model-icu-care-developed-rutgers-discovers-causes-health-emergencies/20190315#.XJMzASIzbct Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 21 2019A new model for intensive care, developed by Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health System, can help identify preventable – and previously overlooked – factors that often send chronically ill patients to the intensive care unit (ICU).The new process requires the ICU team – including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and others – to truly listen to patients and their families to ensure their needs are being met, according to a recent study in the journal Creative Nursing.The new model, called LOTUS (Leadership, Ownership, Transformation, Unity and Sustainability) differs significantly from the previous model in which all planning was led by the ICU physician, said lead researcher Liza Barbarello Andrews, a clinical associate professor at Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and critical care pharmacy specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.During its first year, the new patient-focused model identified areas where the ICU was not routinely assessing the causes of the health crises that sent patients to the hospital in the first place – missing opportunities to break the cycle of admissions, Andrews said.”Many patients present with life-threatening complications due to failure to take their diabetes or blood pressure medications,” he said. “We would treat the resulting problem, but hadn’t been routinely investigating what led to the issue or designed a solution to prevent it from happening again in the future. Under the LOTUS model, by focusing on the patient perspective we discovered that some patients had received confusing, mixed messages about the medicine from their health-care providers. Other patients were struggling with financial or emotional problems that made self-care difficult.”Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesFeeling safe and good sleep at night matter most to sick kids in hospitalRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsThe LOTUS model empowers ICU social workers to help address those issues with patients and their families to prevent a reoccurrence.Clinicians developed LOTUS at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, following its 2016 merger with RWJBarnabas Health System. The new ICU model replaced an earlier one where patient care decisions were exclusively led by the ICU physician without routine focus on the patient’s own goals or significant input from nurses, pharmacists and other members of the ICU team.Under the old model, there was no formal structure for rounds, the practice where all members of the ICU team assess the patient at intake and through treatment. This lack of standard team structure often resulted in underutilizing individual team members’ expertise.The new illustrative logo for the ICU model is a flower with the patient at the center and the petals – the members of the health care team – overlapping and meeting at the center.”We took a model that was fragmented and sometimes strayed from keeping the patients’ own wishes central to the decision-making process – and developed one that is much more efficient, thoughtful and deliberative,” Andrews said. “The ICU team members feel a real sense of engagement and collaboration and patients and families say they feel listened to.ICU team members said the LOTUS model helped them contribute to better patient safety, decreased mortality and shorter ICU stays. Members of other teams at RWJBarnabas Health System campuses are exploring how the LOTUS concept can be adopted for their ICU teams.
Explore further An elite group of North Korean hackers has been identified as the source of a wave of cyberattacks on global banks that has netted “hundreds of millions” of dollars, security researchers said Wednesday. Cybersecurity firm: More Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed A report by the cybersecurity firm FireEye said the newly identified group dubbed APT38 is distinct from but linked to other North Korean hacking operations, and has the mission of raising funds for the isolated Pyongyang regime.FireEye researchers said APT38 is one of several hacking cells within an umbrella group known as “Lazarus,” but with unique skills and tools that have helped it carry out some of the world’s largest cyber heists.”They are a cybercriminal group with the skills of a cyberespionage campaign,” said Sandra Joyce, FireEye’s vice president of intelligence, in a briefing with journalists in Washington.Joyce said one of the characteristics of APT38 is that it takes several months, sometimes nearly two years, to penetrate and learn the workings of its targets before its attacks, which have sought to illegally transfer more than $1 billion from victimized banks.”They take their time to learn the intricacies of the organization,” Joyce said.Once they succeed, she added, “they deploy destructive malware on their way out” to hide their traces and make it more difficult for victims to find out what happened.Sense of urgencyJoyce said FireEye decided to go public about the threat out of a “sense of urgency” because the group appears to still be operating and is “undeterred by any diplomatic efforts.”The group has compromised more than 16 organizations in at least 11 different countries since at least 2014, according to the FireEye report. Some of the known attacks have targeted the Vietnam TP Bank in 2015, Bangladesh Bank in 2016, Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan in 2017 and Bancomext of Mexico and Banco de Chile in 2018.Joyce said the group appears to have “the scope and resources of a nation-state” but offered no specific figures on how many people it uses. Security researchers say an elite group of North Korean hackers has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from banks worldwide © 2018 AFP Focused missionSome of the information about APT38 was revealed in a US criminal complaint unsealed last month against Park Jin Hyok, charged in connection with WannaCry ransomware outbreak and the attack on Sony Pictures.But Park likely played only a peripheral role in APT38,which “has a focused mission to steal money to fund the North Korean regime,” according to Joyce.FireEye’s new report was based in part on forensic analysis it conducted for the FBI in the investigation into Park, but also from other data the security firm has gathered from its global client base.The researchers said APT38 used techniques including “phishing” emails to gain access to credentials and using “watering holes”—hijacked websites that appear normal but which contain malware that enable hackers to gather more data and access.As part of the scheme, the hackers created fake identities within known nongovernmental organizations or foundations to help move the stolen money, in some cases manipulating the global interbank transfer system known as SWIFT.The report is the latest highlighting a vast and increasingly sophisticated cyber campaign by North Korea for both political and financial ends.In September, a 176-page criminal complaint against Park outlined what officials called “a vast and audacious scheme by the North Korean government to utilize computer intrusions as a means to support the varied goals of their regime.”On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security warned that North Korea is likely behind malware used to hack into and steal money from bank teller machines.The bulletin said officials believe the “Hidden Cobra” malware enabled North Korea to illegally get cash from bank machines in at least 30 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, since 2016. Researchers said that North Korean national Park Jin Hyok, who was named in a US criminal complaint last month unveiled by Justice Department officials at a news conference pictured here, was peripherally involved in an elite bank hacking operation 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. Citation: Elite N.Korean hacker group tied to bank attacks: researchers (2018, October 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-elite-nkorean-hacker-group-tied.html Nalani Fraser, a member of the FireEye research team, said APT38 attacks sought at least $1.1 billion since 2014 and have managed to steal “hundreds of millions of dollars based on data that we can confirm.”FireEye said there appears to be some sharing of resources between hacker groups in North Korea, including those involved in espionage and those in other kinds of attacks.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL February 11, 2019 Maxcure Hospitals, with 51 per cent equity investor, Medicover, the Sweden-based healthcare and diagnostic major, has charted a growth plan focussed on Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and the two Telugu states.The expansion, which began in 2017 with the dilution of 51 per cent for about Rs 320 crore from the holding company, Sahrudaya Healthcare Pvt Ltd, has already seen Maxcure rapidly scale up its presence from 200 beds in 2015 to 2,000 beds at present. It has 11 multi-speciality hospitals, mostly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said G Anil Krishna, Managing Director.A large part of the growth will be met with funds raised from the investor, internal accruals and, going forward, from debt says Anil, whose vision it is to take the group to the top five in the country’s healthcare sector by 2025. “We are betting big on Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in the next three years. Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, and later, Pune, are the prime locations”, he told BusinessLine.Maxcure, which began in 2014 in Hyderabad under the Sahrudaya Healthcare Group and soon took over Mediciti hospitals, has moved into Nashik with a 300-bedded facility and is close to completing a similar sized one in Navi Mumbai. The strategy would be to take high quality, affordable healthcare to tier-2 and 3 cities, he added.The turnover for fiscal 2017-18 was Rs 421 crore and it had done Rs 400 crore by January-end in the current fiscal. Its overall investments have also risen to Rs 500 crore. While each hospital will be a multi-speciality facility with the best medical, para medical and diagnostic care, at two places — Madhapur in Hyderabad and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh — exclusive oncology (cancer) facilities and treatment are also being established, he said.In addition, Medicover has diagnostic facilities in Bengaluru and Mysuru. It has announced its intention to expand its presence in fertility services too. After entering India in 2016 with an agreement to manage the operations of Medicover Fertility India, it has acquired the main shareholder, Medicover Healthcare, Delhi. It has since opened facilities in five cities, with the latest being in Hyderabad. Published on Growth plans to focus on Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh COMMENTS 0 SHARE COMMENT