A 66-year-old former teacher and track coach reports he “feels great” with his artificial heart, which was implanted at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.In February, Holbrook, Mass., resident Jim Carelli Jr. became the first person in New England to receive an entirely artificial heart during an eight-hour surgery led by Gregory Couper, surgical director of the Brigham’s Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.Carelli was one of 7 million people in the United States who suffer from heart failure, a condition where the heart enlarges and weakens. This causes poor circulation, shortness of breath, and fatigue, making physical activity difficult. Reduced blood flow to vital organs can cause them to fail and lead to fluid accumulation in the legs due to poor kidney function.Carelli suffered from a rare form of heart failure, cardiac amyloidosis, which, because it affects both sides of the heart, eventually leaves the patient with only one option: a heart transplant. The device, called the Total Artificial Heart, is not intended to be a permanent solution, Carelli’s doctors said, but rather to provide a “bridge” that prevents further organ damage until a transplant heart is available.“For patients suffering from end stage heart failure on both sides of the heart, heart transplantation is the only solution,” Couper said. “This device is life-saving and life-restoring for these patients.”Carelli was joined by two dozen members of the team that tended to him – including two former members of his track teams — at a news conference at the Brigham on Thursday. He walked into the room under his own power, attached by two thick tubes to a large, wheeled unit powering the pneumatic artificial heart.Though he became emotional while thanking the surgical team, Carelli’s voice was otherwise strong and clear during the event. He said he’s resumed exercising and, with the help of hospital physical therapists, has worked up to a mile and a half on the treadmill.“You have to have faith,” Carelli said of the procedure. “This is a big leap of faith. They’re going to remove your heart. There’s no turning back.”Mandeep Mehra, executive director of the Brigham’s Center for Advanced Heart Disease and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said the fatigue marking the early stages of heart failure is often dismissed as a normal effect of aging. Carelli was a runner and golfer until three years ago, when he experienced an irregular heartbeat. After his physicians at New England Baptist Hospital diagnosed him with cardiac amyloidosis, Carelli came to the Brigham.He was admitted several times as his condition deteriorated and began to affect his kidneys. With no hearts available for transplant, he was offered the opportunity for the artificial heart.“It’s not a difficult choice if you want to live, and I want to live,” he said.With the hospital short on options, Carelli probably would have died without the procedure, Mehra said. Though Carelli hasn’t suffered complications from the surgery, things haven’t gone entirely as planned. Restored blood flow hasn’t helped his kidneys as much as physicians had hoped, which means he has had to stay at the hospital for regular dialysis. It also means he now needs both heart and kidney transplants.The artificial heart, which beats 140 times a minute, weighs less than a natural heart but feels about the same, Carelli said. It does sound different, he added, comparing it to a coffee percolator.The first artificial heart successfully implanted was the Jarvik-7 in 1982. Later-generation devices have been implanted hundreds of times. The device used in this case was the first complete artificial heart approved by the Food and Drug Administration, in 2004. Prior to this case, Brigham surgeons relied on artificial devices that aid the heart, called ventricular assist devices, and on heart transplant surgery, which they’ve performed more than 600 times.Though patients have survived on this type of artificial heart for nearly four years, Mehra said they’re hoping a suitable donor heart becomes available within a few months. He also said the hospital performed a second such operation, in April, on a patient who wishes to remain anonymous.
Dell Technologies has a 30-year history of innovation and leadership in mainframe storage. That legacy of innovation and leadership continues today with Dell EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape release 5.3. This release adds Amazon S3 cloud support, supporting IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, 3-site automated tape failover and a new graphical user interface for the DLm8500. These new features were announced at SHARE Virtual 2020: Power-on Reset, along with the new DLm2500 for feature rich, yet cost-effective mainframe storage.In supporting IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, we’re leveraging our award-winning all-flash, PowerMax 8000 as well as PowerProtect DD series of deduplication storage and optionally, object storage using Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). All of these products combine to ensure that your physical (or virtual) tape requirements for mainframe data protection are exceeded, whether you need to stretch your tape to cover newer requirements, commit data to the cloud while saving on mainframe CPU costs or simply, finally, say goodbye to cumbersome, complex physical tape.DLm Virtual Tape enables Amazon AWS and Amazon GovCloud via S3Dell Technologies recognizes that your mainframe storage strategy must increasingly leverage your organization’s expanding cloud infrastructure in order to reduce costs. Ideally, this is done using capacity within an existing cloud infrastructure and offloading physical or virtual tape data identified as requiring long-term retention. According to Gartner¹, “by 2025, 35% of data center mainframe storage capacity for backup and archive will be deployed in the cloud to reduce costs and improve agility, which is an increase from less than 5% in 2020.”In the years since DLm first wrote to the cloud, Amazon has expanded their cloud offering, tailoring AWS to include US government users with an offering known as “Amazon GovCloud” which DLm now supports in this release, making it easier for US federal agencies with mainframes and an AWS account to store their data.PowerMax 8000 with DLm Virtual Tape and Dell EMC ECS helps eliminate costly mainframe CPU usage Until IBM created “Transparent Cloud Tiering,” movement of data across tiers of storage using Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) consumed a considerable amount of mainframe CPU cycles (aka MIPs) each time data was moved between storage tiers to (ultimately) the lowest cost storage, originally, physical tape, but now, ideally, the cloud. This movement of data has never been an efficient use of the mainframe. Transparent Cloud Tiering aligns with Gartner’s most recent recommendations for mainframe tape to:“Reduce billable MSU consumption and license costs by offloading mainframe backup and space management functions to non-billable zIIP engines and cloud storage.” 1Now, Dell EMC PowerMax 8000 and DLm users can also make use of Transparent Cloud Tiering², fully compatible in operation with IBM’s implementation. With Dell EMC IBM-Compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, a Dell EMC Rest API Proxy running on the mainframe communicates with HSM and directs the movement of data on PowerMax storage to and from the DLm, and ultimately onto Dell EMC ECS cloud object storage while associated metadata is updated in the cloud. This implementation of PowerMax and DLm (and optionally ECS for the cloud repository) not only results in the elimination of mainframe CPU cycles (MIPS) to move the data from the storage tier to the tape tier and finally to the cloud tier, but also leverages a fast FICON tape interface while giving users an on-prem. vs. cloud option for data.DLm automated failover is also enhanced with additional multitenancy and 3-site capabilityDLm continues to evolve its support in a multiplicity of environments, helping to leverage your investment to be more than just “tape replacement”. Unlike other virtual tape systems, DLm’s “multi-tenancy” and “shared storage” capability enables your organization to use virtual tape to satisfy the simultaneous needs of multiple departments’ demand for their own “unique” tape, with their own set of specifications like RPO/RTO or tape addressing. If you’re a storage service provider, you’ll probably recognize that DLm can help you generate more profit with a single investment by meeting the individual needs of several customers.Now, DLm 8500 and Dell EMC GDDR automated failover version 5.3 expand on the ability to automate the failover of DLms to a 3rd asynchronous site, which is a common configuration for DR.Simplifying mainframe virtual tape operations and sharing storageAlso being introduced in this release, DLm8500’s simple, intuitive graphical interface; the ideal operational interface for companies that may need to stretch their existing storage administration staff to cover more systems or may be re-assigning non-mainframe staff to manage mainframe tape operations. From the new “dashboard” to a consolidated view of tape volumes and tape libraries, the DLm8500’s GUI makes tape operations a simple matter of “point and click.”¹ Gartner, Inc. | Cloud Storage Management Is Transforming Mainframe Data, September 2020² Use of IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering is limited to non-production data; other restrictions on replication apply. Contact us for more details.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An attack on a gay Louisiana teenager is now being prosecuted as a hate crime. Police initially said they didn’t see evidence of a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and nearly a month in the hospital. Chance Seneca pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after allegedly choking White with a cord and slicing open his wrists. Prosecutors added the hate crime charge last week. Seneca’s attorney said his client would also plead not guilty to the hate crime charge. The two teens met on Grindr, a dating app for gay, bisexual and transgender men.
State Auditor Tom Salmon released the following statement yesterday announcing that he is forming an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for US Senate against Senator Bernard Sanders. Re-elected last November to a post he originally won as a Democrat, the now Republican has already announced he will not seek another term as state auditor.‘Our nation is in crisis. Millions of Americans face prolonged underemployment, unemployment, and despair. From Washington to Wisconsin we see the effects of poor planning and lots of unproductive blame. Here in Vermont, teachers are on the verge of a strike in some parts and paying property taxes has never been more difficult. America’s decades long spending binge has reached a tipping point. As an auditor and accountant, I understand that our economic survival is threatened by the massive deficits and debt we are accumulating. As a father, I understand it is my generation’s responsibility to solve these problems now so that ours is not the first generation of Americans to leave to our children a country weaker, less prosperous and less hopeful than the one we inherited.”I understand that a campaign against an incumbent like Senator Sanders is no easy task. At the same time, I believe that no one is entitled to reelection year after year after year. No one is entitled to any office. Democracy only works when our elected officials are held accountable each and every election cycle through vigorous debate, an airing of the facts, and an examination of the record.”Over the next several weeks, I will consider more formally whether or not I can make a positive difference, whether running for the Senate is right for my family, and whether Vermonters are eager for fresh leadership, new ideas, and a different approach to finding solutions. Also, the next few months will see my family undergo changes as a son departs for the Air Force and a Daughter graduates from High School.”Tom Salmon, 47, is the three-term Vermont Auditor of Accounts, a statewide elected position. He is a certified public accountant and licensed teacher, and an E6 in the US Navy (Seabees) Reserves who served in Iraq in 2008-2009. He lives in St Johnsbury with his wife, Leslie, and their four children.
Financial institution (FI) call centers, or perhaps more aptly named “contact centers,” are innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to meet changing consumer expectations.Originally, the automated call distribution (ACD) system would route a call to the first available agent. This approach was later improved with skills-based routing (SBR), in which calls would flow based on organizational logic, such as subject matter or issue type. If a caller indicated a need for help with card services, the system would identify the list of agents trained to handle such a call and put the caller in line for the next available agent from the specialized list.This traditional approach relies on straightforward, objective decision criteria and has received only cursory updates in the past 20 years. Recently, however, advances in AI and Big Data have enabled routing based on more complex criteria. AI is increasingly being used to develop the most mutually beneficial course for each consumer conversation. continue reading » 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The holiday season is in full force. And while this time of year brings more business opportunities for credit unions, it also brings more risks. Member scams, transaction risks, and loan application fraud attempts all ramp up during this purchase-heavy time of year. It is important your credit union stays alert to these fraud threats and continues to put fraud education in front of employees and members. Review and share the following holiday-related scam education to keep the season merry and bright for you and your members during this holiday season and into 2020! ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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Face masks will have to be worn at all times out of doors in the Italian capital Rome and the surrounding Lazio region, local authorities ruled on Friday in an effort to counter rising coronavirus infections.Italy on Thursday registered more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since the end of April. Lazio accounted for some 265 of those cases and has been increasingly concerned by the growing contagion. A number of other Italian regions, including Campania centred on Naples, have already made mask wearing obligatory outdoors. Previously, masks had to be worn only in closed public spaces, such as shops and cinemas. “Most of the cases are tied to the lack of respect in using masks and in social distancing,” Lazio’s health chief Alessio D’Amato told reporters on Friday as he announced the new measure.Italy was the first country in Europe to be slammed by COVID-19 and has the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain, with almost 36,000 people dying since the outbreak flared in February. It has registered 317,409 cases.Thanks to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, the government managed to get the contagion under control by the summer.Cases have slowly picked up over the past two months but Italy is still seeing far fewer daily infections than elsewhere in Europe, with France, Spain and Britain all registering thousands more cases per day.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ruled out any return to a nationwide lockdown, but officials have said tighter restrictions might have to be applied in future to limited areas to contain any localised flare-ups.Topics :
Taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, prohibiting abusers from possessing firearms and requiring them to turn in their guns after a final protection from abuse order is in effect.Drafting a state budget that allowed for the first deposit into the Rainy Day fund in more than a decade and bolstered the state’s economy and focused on the workforce through education and skills training.A historic liquor reform bill to enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction, including removing Sunday restrictions and state-mandated holidays, providing options for flexible pricing, and allowing restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores to sell limited quantities of alcohol.Also, Gov. Wolf has joined a group of bipartisan governors in support of protecting pre-existing conditions in health care and laying out a blueprint to improve our nation’s health care system, among other initiatives.Watch the livestream here at 7:00 p.m. today. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 28, 2019 Government That Works, National Issues, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf will participate this evening with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on a PBS “NewsHour” livestream roundtable conversation titled, “Divided Nation, United States: Navigating Today’s Partisan Waters.” PBS’s Judy Woodruff will moderate the conversation at Baltimore’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre.“I’m looking forward to this conversation with my fellow governors,” Gov. Wolf said. “I espouse bipartisanship because that’s what gets things done to help Pennsylvanians. It doesn’t really matter which side you’re on if you’re working to do the right thing. And we’ve been able to ignore party lines to accomplish a lot in the commonwealth.”Gov. Wolf’s bipartisan accomplishments include:Working across party lines on a pension reform compromise bill that contains long-term changes and adds stability to the system, lowering costs and saving the commonwealth up to $20 billion over 30 years.Demonstrating his commitment to education by fully restoring $1 billion in education funding cuts made in the previous administration, providing unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and creating PAsmart with a first-of-its kind investment in workforce training and apprenticeship programs.Leading a fight against the heroin and opioid crisis, including support for grandparents raising grandchildren due to the opioid crisis and implementing 45 Centers of Excellence treatment centers across the state.Focusing on criminal justice reform, including signing:The country’s first and only Clean Slate law, allowing for individuals to petition the courts for their records to be sealed if a person has been free from conviction for 10 years for an offense that resulted in a year or more in prison and has paid all court-ordered financial debts.A law that extends the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under the previous law.A sentencing reform law to eliminate drivers license suspensions for non-driving infractions. Governor Wolf to Participate in PBS NewsHour Livestream Roundtable Conversation
SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WILSTON This house at 38 Cramond Street, Wilston sold at auction for $1.03 million.LUCY Martin and Mawson Croaker returned to Australia from Chile on separate international flights and had planned to be together in Melbourne when their former Brisbane home went to auction on Saturday.Instead, Ms Martin was in lockdown in Melbourne with their son Finn, 7, while Mr Croaker, who returned a few weeks later, was diverted to Sydney after Melbourne closed its airport to international arrivals. He heard about the auction result while in mandatory hotel quarantine.“Either way, we’re handling this so much better than Chile is,” Ms Martin said.“You have to get a permit from the police to leave your house over there.” It was a wet auction day in Brisbane on Saturday.The four registered bidders included Libby and Jeremy Davis from New Farm who came with their 18-month old daughter, resuming their property search this month after taking a break during Queensland’s COVID-19 lockdown.“There’s not many going on to market at the moment,” Mrs Davis said.“We went to another property not long ago but it was under the new Brisbane runway flight path so it was too noisy. We only looked at this one last weekend.” Meet the smart home on steroids Umbrellas or raincoats were a prerequisite to leaving home in Brisbane on Saturday and that did not stop 30 people attending the auction of 38 Cramond Street, Wilston. Noel Gibson and Denise Pickering were looking for a home closer to the city that could accommodate older children and loved the separate downstairs living space.“We’ll probably retire to the Sunshine Coast but at the moment, the city is where we want to be for the next 15 years or so,” Mr Gibson said.Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker accepted an opening bid of $800,000 from a phone bidder in Stafford and bids continued in $25,000 lots until $950,000 with Mr Gibson and Ms Pickering in front. Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker at 38 Cramond Street, Wilston“Tell a joke or something,” Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Mcmillan said as he and lead agent Jessie Hall left to negotiate with parties privately.“The Brisbane Broncos,” Mr Parker replied, taking the edge off auction nerves. “At least they’re consistent.”“It’s pretty nerve-racking,” Ms Pickering said. “We first saw this house about five weeks ago. Going to auction means there’s just so much time to think about it. The advice we got was don’t bid first and if it doesn’t happen, it was not meant to be.” Denise Pickering of Ferny Hills and Noel Gibson of Kedron.But after 12 months looking for their first home together, Ms Pickering and Mr Gibson agreed to increase their bid to $1.03 million. The four-bedroom house with an inground pool on a 405sq m corner block was announced on the market and sold unchallenged for that price. It last sold in 2011 for $715,000. The crowd congratulates the new owners of 38 Cramond Street, Wilston.“We’ve done a lot of renovations since we bought it in 2011,” Ms Martin said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours ago“We put the pool in, renovated the bathroom and ensuite, put in built-in wardrobes, plantation shutters, did the concrete driveway and put bi-fold doors along the deck. Bi-fold doors open out to the deck. The main upstairs living areas.“We wanted a bit more but considering what’s happening at the moment, we are happy with the result.” The upstairs bathroom.The family moved to Chile in South America two years ago before being transferred to Melbourne this year.Ms Martin said she was looking forward to her family being reunited after her husband is released from quarantine on Wednesday.“But I think he’s thinking of coming up to Brisbane to see his friends for a few days before he comes to Melbourne and into lockdown with us.”The sale of their Brisbane house makes Cramond Street at Wilston the busiest street for home sales in the inner-north suburb. Three houses have sold on the street this year.Ray White Wilston agent Jessie Hall said she had 40 active buyers looking for homes in this area with budgets ranging from $500,000-$1.5 million. MORE PROPERTY NEWS FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK