SEA Games: Team PH to field bets in all events

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chef de mission Cynthia Carrion said 100 more key personnel, including the secretariat and medical staff, would join the projected 742-strong contingent during the Aug. 19-30 biennial Games in Kuala Lumpur.“We will finalize the size of our delegation on June 8,” said Carrion, also president of Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. “By that time, we can already pinpoint the athletes who could give us medals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundFilipino athletes are hell-bent on improving on their sixth-place finish in the 11-nation meet.POC president Peping Cojuangco also defended the proposed allocation for a big medical team, saying that they would service the needs of Filipino athletes round-the-clock throughout the billeting and competition areas across Kuala Lumpur. Carrion added that developmental athletes were also included in the roster, which the joint task force of the Philippine Sports Commission and the POC would work on prior to the final submission of names on June 8.Offering 46 gold medals, centerpiece athletics will have 30 Filipino athletes while a total of 20 swimmers will compete in aquatics, which has 60 events.The men’s and women’s teams in football have a total of 40 players while basketball, rugby, volleyball and indoor hockey have 12 players for each gender.Other sports with a big number of athletes are ice hockey (20), lawn bowls (20), cycling (18), gymnastics (18), sepak takraw (17), archery (16) and pencak silat (15).ADVERTISEMENT A sheathed pen, a muted voice for the NBA Finals MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Philippine women’s volleyball team at the SEA Games in Singapore. Photo by Raffy LermaThe Philippines is planning to send a full army of athletes from all 38 sports in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Based on the initial list of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), a total of 493 athletes and 149 coaches will comprise the national delegation, with medal-rich athletics, swimming and team sports such as basketball and volleyball, bringing the most number of participants.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’last_img read more

Tim Tebow struggling in Triple-A, still a work in progress

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Tebow displayed solid improvement in Double-A last year, batting .273 with six home runs, 108 total bases, and 36 RBIs in 271 at-bats over 84 games for Binghamton of the Eastern League before an injury to his right hand ended his season. The step up to Triple-A has been imposing.“Double-A pitching is a lot of younger guys that have good velocity on the fastball but no secondary pitches,” Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “Here, Tim is seeing everything coming at him but the kitchen sink. They’re throwing fastballs hard in on him, they’re breaking balls, they’re elevating. He just hasn’t seen enough of that right now — and they’re throwing strikes.”Perhaps the one number that sticks out most for the chiseled, 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow is that he’s still homerless. That’s a far cry from his Double-A debut last year , not to mention his first professional at-bat .“I think he’s feeling more confident of late. I’m sure he thinks about he hasn’t hit a home run yet or driving the ball,” Syracuse hitting coach Joel Chimelis said. “If you play the game long enough at this level, confidence is a very big thing, knowing that you’re going to go up there and you’re going to hit the ball hard.”“It’s a good sign for anybody to get a hitting streak, a couple of big hits, driving the ball better,” added DeFrancesco. “Now, you’re hoping that the power comes. He’s playing a corner position in baseball, which is offensive production, so he’s going to definitely need to drive some home runs soon. Getting into June you’ve got to be able to put up the numbers.”ADVERTISEMENT The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “I think I’m improving. I’m working, developing,” Tebow said Thursday before the Mets played a night game. “I think I’m getting better, adapting to some really good players, and I think that’s important.”The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is on a first-place team in the International League that’s thrived on its pitching, and Tebow’s offensive contributions have been minimal. In Syracuse’s first 23 games, Tebow had just 10 hits and was batting .130 with 32 strikeouts. A recent surge of hits in six of seven games that included a game-winning, pinch-hit double boosted the average to .158, still last in the league and well below the dreaded Mendoza Line, but encouraging nonetheless.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It definitely helps with confidence,” said Tebow, who turns 32 in mid-August. “More than just confidence, getting into a rhythm. I think sometimes if you’re not in rhythm you can press a little bit, swing at pitches you don’t want to swing at. But when you’re in a rhythm, it just flows a little bit better. I think that’s important.”Since giving baseball a shot three years ago after playing in the NFL for three seasons, at midweek Tebow had these career numbers: a .230 batting average (197 hits in 856 at-bats), 46 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, and 99 RBIs in 258 games. He also had struck out 287 times and walked 81 times and had an on-base percentage of .307, a slugging mark of .340, and an OPS of .647 (OPS is the sum of a player’s on-base percentage and slugging average, a measure of an ability to get on base and hit for power). Tebow’s struggles at the plate have brought out plenty of skeptics who think playing some day in the major leagues for the parent New York Mets is a pipe dream at best, that maybe it’s time to do something else. He just smiles and remains focused on the task at hand, moments like being relegated to batting ninth as the team’s designated hitter in one game an afterthought at best.“I don’t necessarily set goals,” Tebow said. “For me, it’s just being able to really go back and look every day at the film and know that I’m improving and constantly stay kind on that progression plan where I feel like every day, every week, every month, I’m improving. I feel like I’ve done that so far.”Chimelis has worked hard of late to correct Tebow’s swing, which he called “real late” and something that’s easily exploited at this level.“Here in Triple-A the pitching is pretty good,” Chimelis said. “They’ve had a lot of experience, and if they see something in a hitter they’re going to expose it. But within the last week or so, he’s improved. He hit about four balls hard and had nothing to show for it. It’s baseball. It’s so frustrating. You hit the ball right, but you don’t get rewarded.”Just part of the journey.“He’s going to try to beat the odds for sure. It won’t be for lack of effort, I can tell you that,” DeFrancesco said. “One thing to put in perspective, he’s only been playing pro ball three years. He’s climbed very quick. He’s at a level that maybe he’s not ready for at the current time, but the at-bats are going to tell.“It’s just going to take maybe a little more time. He’s not the first guy, if it doesn’t work this year, come back to Triple-A again. There’s been numerous players that have two, three years of Triple-A. Just look at my baseball card, I’ve got three or four at Triple-A. It’s not that easy, and I played my whole life. So give the kid some time and some credit. It’s definitely a work in progress.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Deontay Wilder death threats overshadow title defense Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Syracuse Mets’ Tim Tebow speaks with reporters prior to a minor league baseball game, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Syracuse, N.Y. The former Heisman Trophy-winner and NFL quarterback is struggling with the Syracuse Mets but has begun to come alive at the plate with hits in five of the last six games. (AP Photo/John Kekis)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Six weeks into his latest baseball adventure, Tim Tebow is still struggling to find his stroke with the Syracuse Mets at the top rung of minor league ball.He remains unflappable in spite of the numbers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

M&CC consultations do not cater for regular working folks

first_imgDear Editor,I have noted many advertisements put out by the M&CC regarding  public consultations regarding the garbage situation.  While it good for the M&CC to do these consultations, I noticed that the consultations are at 10 am on the dates and also they are at City Hall.  I tried to get to one of the consultations for an area next to mine (my area was not included in the consultation list by the way), however, I had a work meeting clash that I could not get away from.  This is my point. How serious can M&CC be about talking with citizens if they put the meetings at a time that most cannot attend? Why not hold meetings after work hours or on weekends. Also why not have teams or the councilor representative for areas have meetings within the areas so you ensure a proper engagement. I hope that this can be considered by the council especially for engagements on other issues,  especially those that are directly community related, in the future.Kind regards,Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesarlast_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP seize rifle and find stolen property

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP have released information about an incident that happened on January 18th at a rental property near 92nd Avenue and 9th Street.At approximately 11:00 a.m. last Thursday, the RCMP received a report from a property management company that a previous tenant was seen carrying a rifle out of a rental property. The property manager believed the rifle did not belong to that person.Mounties attended the residence and spoke with the male tenant, who is known to police. The man was unable to clarify whether the gun was a toy, an imitation/replica rifle, or if it was deactivated with no bolt or firing pin. Eventually, he claimed that he had given the gun to a friend, stating that “he wasn’t an idiot” and would not leave a gun laying around for ‘criminals’ to find.- Advertisement -A search of the property by Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ found the rifle lying in the back alley behind the home. The rifle was identified as an M-14 that was intact and useable and was later determined to be a prohibited weapon.“The Dawson Creek RCMP appreciate it when Police Service Dog ‘Dirks’ attends to provide his assistance during discarded property searches like this,” said RCMP Constable. Jaime Ekkel. “His ability to locate hidden objects such as these are beneficial not only to officer safety but to the public’s safety as well.”Mounties say their investigation of this incident and the property’s previous tenants is still ongoing after other stolen property was recovered from the home.Advertisementlast_img read more

Threesome a sure lock at theaters

first_imgI just saw the third movie in the “Ocean’s” franchise and it’s a crowd pleaser, with Al Pacino terrific fun as the villainous casino owner. I see this flick opening bigger than 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven” ($38.1 million) and 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve” ($39.2 million), with a three-day debut of at least $45 million. Helping matters: The stars have been on a worldwide publicity blitz that began at Cannes and included splashy premieres in Hollywood and Las Vegas. CATCHING A WAVE: The biggest rival for box office bragging rights comes from the weekend’s other wide release “Surf’s Up.” The animated feature from Sony has a wide playing field as far as kids go with “Shrek the Third” on a rapid decline. But this movie doesn’t have the pedigree of a Pixar or DreamWorks Animation title so it will likely open in the $30 million range. HOSTEL TAKEOVER? No way. But Lionsgate should enjoy a decent bow for its horror flick “Hostel 2,” which opens in 2,300-plus locations. There’s a target audience for this R-rated sequel, and it will buy plenty of tickets before the film does a big nose dive in week two. The first “Hostel” enjoyed a $19.6 million debut in January 2006. BLOCKBUSTER SLIDES: Sure, they all had gangbuster opening weekends but holdovers “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Shrek the Third,” and “Spider-Man 3” are quickly losing box office steam in the U.S. They will be overshadowed by the trio of new releases and the second weekend of “Knocked Up,” a smash comedy that actually took over the top spot from “Pirates” in weekday grosses. George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in the same a movie. Enough said. Sure, Clooney, Pitt and Damon are superstars who occasionally tank at the box office on their own. Need proof? Think Pitt in “Babel,” Clooney in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and Damon in “The Good Shepherd” in the past year and a half alone. But together, they are a potent box office punch and their “Ocean’s Thirteen” is a lock to push “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” right off the plank and out of first place. UPSWING: Remember how the movie industry’s obit was being written a few years back? Well, never mind. Year-to-date, ticket revenue is at $3.76 billion as of Sunday – a 5.7 percent increase from the same period last year, says box office tracker Media By Numbers. Of course, helping matters is an increase in the average ticket price from $6.55 to $6.79 (yep, that’s a national average). Actual admissions are up almost 2 percent from a year ago. In L.A. a movie ticket can cost up to $14. I think we are contributing far more than our share in keeping movie theaters afloat. (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2 students suspended in school snowball fight

first_img “They’re still there to mandate the rules, and they have to draw the line somewhere.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Anything that disturbs that or disrupts that is inappropriate on a school campus,” Neece said. “Anything that could cause injury, or could cause a student to get upset and instigate a fight, or damage students’ personal property is just inappropriate behavior.” Zavala and Sepulveda were stunned. “The school overdid it. In the handbook it does not say, `Do not bring snow to school,”‘ Zavala said Thursday afternoon. “It’s snow,” Sepulveda said. Zavala’s mother Martha Valdez called the boys’ actions “harmless” but said she supported the decision by school officials. RIVERSIDE – Two Ramona High School students were suspended for bringing dangerous objects to school – snowballs. Seniors Michael Sepulveda and Daniel Zavala, the snowball co-conspirators, made a pre-dawn run to the San Bernardino Mountains to fill their pickup trucks with snow and bring it to school for what they hoped would turn into an annual “bring Big Bear to Riverside” ritual. They were suspended after a school parking lot snowball fight before the start of classes Thursday. Principal Mike Neece said one of his most important responsibilities is maintaining a safe, orderly learning environment. last_img

Chelsea transfer news: Conte eyeing January deal for £15m Netherlands star

first_img1 Stefan De Vrij Chelsea could revive their interest in signing Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij in the January transfer window.Blues boss Antonio Conte was desperate to sign a centre-half in the summer and had failed in attempts to lure De Vrij to Stamford Bridge before the start of the season.Conte went on to land David Luiz in a £32million deal on deadline day but still wants to add another defender to his squad.He is now eyeing a January move for De Vrij, according to Calciomercato.Lazio are readying a new contract offer for the 24-year-old, but a fee of around £15m could be enough to tempt them into selling the Netherlands international.last_img read more

Uploading time a Net imbalance

first_imgIt’s only a matter of time before people will want to retrieve digital media from home while vacationing at a beach house. Yet the ability to upload still lags – in some cases, downloads are 10 to 15 times faster. “The system is a hangover of the old mass media days,” said Paul Saffo, a technology analyst in Palo Alto “Some consumers are uploading a tremendous amount of information and that’s the thing the establishment just doesn’t get.” Cable and phone providers insist they are keeping up with demand, in many cases increasing both upload and download speeds, but they say they haven’t had a huge clamoring for symmetry. “Speed has not been an issue for most of our customers, or we’d hear about them,” said Mark Harrad, spokesman for Time Warner Cable. AT&T Inc. spokesman Michael Coe said customers may indeed be sharing more files, but “the majority of their time is spent downloading. As needs change, we’ll look at offerings that meet customers’ needs, whether it’s symmetric service or it’s just higher upload speeds.” He said AT&T tripled its upload speeds within the past two years, but downloads remain four times faster for its middle-tier DSL service. The gap is wider for higher-priced plans. Even Verizon Communications Inc.’s superfast FiOS initiative brings download speeds 2.5 to 7.5 times faster than uploads. The origins of the imbalance are technical. Too much uploading can interfere with download signals on DSL services, while cable TV providers must squeeze uploading within the broadcast spectrum below television’s Channel 2. But even as engineers overcome the limitations, it’s unclear how much service providers will allocate to uploads. More bandwidth for sharing means less for television, video on demand and the like. “In any kind of revenue-generating model, the consumer is willing to pay to receive something,” said John Chapman, a distinguished engineer with Cisco Systems Inc. “A lot less consumers are willing to pay for the privilege of contributing” video and other media. Phil Leigh, senior analyst at Inside Digital Media, said cable and phone companies both see the Internet as threats to their traditional holds in video and voice. For many Internet users, the imbalance still synchs with their needs. YouTube visitors, for instance, view more than 100 million video clips a day but upload only 65,000. Elsewhere, the few uploads that people do send tend to be small files – an e-mail attachment or text to a discussion board. Furthermore, uploads aren’t often time-sensitive. Internet users can send photos and other items in the background, but want to watch the movie clip right away. Need for speed Americans can usually pay more if they need symmetric services, but many aren’t even convinced they need high-speed service at all, said Maribel Lopez, a vice president with Forrester Research. Sondra Lowell, 62, who uploads several video items a week to promote an independent movie she’s producing in Los Angeles, only recently abandoned dial-up for a low-end DSL plan. “I’m not doing too badly for their pricing,” she said. “It’s not like I’m uploading 100 a day where I really do need the speed.” And faster upload speeds won’t always translate into performance, said Mike Baldwin, senior product manager for Symantec Corp.’s pcAnywhere remote-access software, which can generate data-heavy transfers. Other factors include computer speeds, available memory and bottlenecks elsewhere in the network, even the parts designed for symmetric traffic. But most experts agree that demand for better upload speeds – if not symmetric – will only increase with time. “We hear a lot about the dial-up wait,” said John Horrigan, associate director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. “If broadband providers aren’t planning appropriately to increase uploads speed, broadband wait may be emerging in the next several years.” Dave Burstein, editor of the industry newsletter DSL Prime, said 10 minutes of camcorder footage would take more than eight hours to send at the highest resolution. As more people buy camcorders, he said, they will grow increasingly frustrated. Telecommuters, meanwhile, want to send PowerPoints and other files as quickly as they can to their offices, and emerging tasks such as online backups, video conferencing and telemedicine will tax systems even more, experts say. “Users every year get a little more demanding,” said Jake Soder, director of product management with broadband provider Speakeasy Inc. Broadband options are already better in many countries outside the United States, thanks to better government incentives and fewer rural regions that are difficult to reach. There, residents have access to a wider range of symmetric services. Gary Bachula, a vice president with the super-speedy, next-generation Internet2 network for government agencies and universities, said users in the United States might not even realize yet what they are missing. Service providers, he said, should be nudging customers toward data-intensive applications and realize they will pay more for value. “Cable companies have been busy trying to offer telephone services, and telephone companies are trying to duplicate the cable TV model,” Bachula said. “They should stop focusing on 20th-century services and realize it’s the 21st century. There are exciting new advanced services they could make money from.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe imbalance makes less sense as the Internet becomes truly interactive. Users are increasingly becoming contributors and not just consumers, sharing photos, video and, in Glatfelter’s case, podcasts. In a nod to the trend of user-generated content, Time magazine recently named “You” – everyone who has contributed – as its Person of the Year. It’s a little-known fact because advertisements for cable and DSL services generally focus on download speeds. Glatfelter, like other Internet content providers, is stuck unless he shells out hundreds of dollars a month for business-grade services that provide equal speeds upstream and downstream. More sharing YouTube’s rapid rise in 2006 – and Google Inc.’s November purchase of the video-sharing site for $1.76 billion – “clearly points to symmetric traffic as being important,” said John Cioffi, a Stanford engineering professor and pioneer in DSL technology. Furthermore, people also are increasingly sharing among themselves, rather than through central servers that normally absorb the upload pressures. In recent months, Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. and other movie studios began embracing the BitTorrent file-sharing system to more economically distribute online movies. NEW YORK – Blame the Internet’s legacy systems if Jay Glatfelter falls asleep Thursday mornings. Co-host of an online audio show about “Lost,” Glatfelter must wait about 40 minutes to finish posting his program to the Internet in the hours after ABC’s Wednesday night broadcast. If he were downloading it as his listeners do, the same file would take only a few minutes over a cable modem. “At 3 in the morning, that’s really brutal,” said Glatfelter, 21, who lives in Raleigh, N.C. “It’s an extra 40 minutes and you want to go to sleep.” The information superhighway isn’t truly equal in both directions. Cable and phone companies typically sell asymmetrical Internet services to households, reserving the bulk of the lanes for downloading movies and other files and leaving the shoulders at most for people to share, or upload, files with others. last_img read more

PostSecret Shuts Down Paid iPhone App Due To Malicious Content

first_imgjon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Identity#privacy#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Along with Sunday morning’s secrets, PostSecret founder Frank Warren announced that the $2 PostSecret iPhone app is now closed. Warren received complaints from users, Apple and the FBI about bad content on the anonymous art app. He says that users, moderators and his own family were threatened, citing two specific incidents he can’t discuss further. Launching the app now displays only one secret announcing the closing.Whereas submissions to the PostSecret blog are curated by hand, the app was an experiment allowing any iPhone user to generate secrets instantly and anonymously. Warren says that users shared over 2 million secrets, and that “99%” of them “were in the spirit of PostSecret.” The app launched in September, becoming the best-selling app in the U.S. and Canada overnight. It is now gone from the iTunes store, the Android version never arrived, and the PostSecret App website no longer loads. The PostSecret app was a brave thing to try. Even though it was clunky and slow, we praised it for the privacy and anonymity it provided, allowing users to submit secrets without fear. Unfortunately, this anonymity proved too much for volunteer moderators to handle.“The scale of secrets was so large,” Warren says, “that even 1% of bad content was overwhelming for our dedicated team of volunteer moderators who worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week removing content that was not just pornographic but also gruesome and at times threatening.” In my experience, that 1% figure sounds a bit conservative. The chances of seeing something gross were pretty good on any given night.Warren says that he had to remove the app from his own daughter’s phone weeks ago. Bullies and creeps overloaded the app, and Warren and the moderators were unable to find a solution. At one point, the moderator team tried pre-screening 30,000 secrets a day, but they couldn’t stem the tide of unsavory secrets.Warren calls the now-defunct PostSecret app a “good faith experiment,” but it’s also an unfortunate lesson in the necessity of curation. It raised the privacy bar for app developers, but it opened up a Pandora’s Box of backwardness in doing so. The app was rife with penis pics, vicious attacks and other disturbing messages. It was a valiant attempt to allow millions more to share their secrets, but for now, the PostSecret project will go back to its roots as a hand-curated blog.Those who paid for the app can take comfort in the fact that their $1.99 supported an organization with good intentions.Did you use the PostSecret app? What did you think of the experiment? How do you feel about the app shutting down? Share your thoughts in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

U.K. to Open Patient Data and Boost Life Science Funding

first_imgAs part of a suite of measures to support the country’s life science sector, the United Kingdom plans to increase researchers’ access to medical patient data and funnel £180 million ($280 million) to a new fund designed to help turn basic science into marketable treatments, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. The moves also include £50 million ($78 million) for a London-based “cell therapy technology and innovation center,” and £60 million ($93 million) to develop the secure system that would allow researchers access to anonymized patient data from the National Health Service (NHS). NHS plans to change its constitution to allow patient data to be open to researchers by default, with an opt-out option for individuals. The ability to take advantage of NHS data will be a boon for research in the United Kingdom, said Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust. The more patients who are involved in research, the greater the public benefit, he said in a statement, adding that a patient once told him, “giving my anonymous data is the most painless thing I can do to help others get better.” Some have raised privacy concerns about the data access plan, which is why the U.K. government will hold a public consultation on the idea before moving ahead, but Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, also applauds the proposal. “Most people believe the info they give their doctor is used to improve health services to all. That’s part of the contract within the NHS. Some people would be quite horrified when [they] find you’re not able to access that information. If you’re suffering with a disorder, I’m not even allowed to look at the database to find that you could be approached about a trial that you might benefit from that,” says the former head of the U.K. Medical Research Council. “I’m delighted that he’s [Cameron] starting the debate. It’s long overdue for us to have that discussion. Maybe society will decide they don’t like it. 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