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24 Nov 2014 
Why Cord-cutters Should Care About Net Neutrality - Yahoo Finance








Why Net Neutrality Matters In extremely simplified terms, failure to preserve net neutrality as policy would be similar to giving larger corporations a version of Disney Worlds controversial Fast Pass. Larger companies will obviously be able to pay for faster Internet delivery to the consumer, while smaller sites will be delivered at a slower rate, and startups will have to feed off the scraps. Lets say for instance that Apple decides that it wants to build its own version of Netflix (its funny to think of Netflix as a scrappy underdog, but next to Apple, it certainly would be). Using its mountains of money and existing entertainment industry connections, Apple could build a streaming library that is appealing, develop original programming and put its famous marketing muscle behind it. In addition to all of those advantages, in a world without net neutrality, Apple could also pay your ISP for faster delivery. Given the choice between the fast and crisp Apple experience and Netflix streaming video that feels like dial-up circa 1996, you will choose Apple, and Netflix would wither away. And in that environment it is almost impossible to imagine a startup succeeding against these stacked odds. Related: A Startup Youve Never Heard of Is Changing the Internet More problematic would be the situation in which your ISP itself decides to become a player. Lets say Comcast (to pick any easy villain) notices the declining subscriber base to its core product and an increase in Internet bandwidth to streaming services. One potential action it could take would be to simply make itself a competitor and ensure that you get its video service at lightning speed while companies such as Netflix or Amazon Prime are throttled. As part of its 2011 deal to buy NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to abide by the FCCs previous net neutrality rules through 2018, but its not completely clear yet what will happen after that. Another, more likely, scenario would be for the ISP to simply shift the cost from its cable package to its Internet service (an inevitable situation that net neutrality policy wouldnt really stop).
Source: Why cord-cutters should care about net neutrality - Yahoo Finance







REMINDER: Canadian Achievements in Health Research & Innovation Honoured at Rx&D Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance




This was the biggest third quarter decline ever, according to Leichtman. Many people, though, are staying put. Comcast ( CMCSA ), the largest cable company, ended the quarter with 22.4 million customers, while top satellite operator DirecTV ( DTV ) had 20.2 million. "The reality is that the pace of cord-cutting remains a drip, drip, drip," said Moffett, a senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson, a research firm, in an interview. "It's not the torrent that has been projected." To be sure, people aren't enamored with the pay TV industry, which has ranked at or near the bottom of the American Customer Service Index for years. Comcast, in particular , has gotten pilloried for customer service mishaps. Critics of the company have raised this issue with regulators as they review its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable ( TWC ). Millennials not only are dropping their cable service at higher numbers but many aren't even signing up in the first place, becoming what the industry calls "cord nevers." According to data from nScreenMedia, 19 percent of millennials don't have pay TV and a whopping 98 percent of those say they have no intention of getting it. That explains why pay TV subscriptions fell for the first time in 2013. "Raised in the interactive media landscape of the web, the passive environment of television is just not that interesting to them," according to NScreenMedia. But that doesn't tell the whole story.
Full story here: Has the "cord-cutter" threat to pay TV been exaggerated? - CBS News







Has the "cord-cutter" threat to pay TV been exaggerated? - CBS News




About the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health research in Canadian academic health centres and promote the value of health research in Canada. By applying the highest standards of scientific excellence, addressing health challenges and establishing partnerships, HRF, one of the leading private health foundations in the country, contributes significantly to the prevention and treatment of disease, to a better health care system and the availability for Canadians to access effective health products. About Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies is the national association representing the voice of Canada's innovative pharmaceutical industry. We serve our membership by advocating for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our memberships' commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. We represent more than 50 companies investing over $1-billion in R&D annually, fuelling Canada's knowledge-based economy, while contributing over $3-billion overall to Canada's economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, we work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner. About The Prix Galien The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and more... innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. The Prix Galien Canada is organized by Innovation Life Canada, a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate Canadian innovation in the life sciences. About Research Canada Research Canada is a national, broad-based alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy.
Read More: REMINDER: Canadian Achievements in Health Research & Innovation Honoured at Rx&D Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance







Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive | TribLIVE




aThey say, aYou can't leave that in me.' Then we explain the risk of removing it and they accept it.a Doctors left the bullet in Jeff Smith because retrieving it would require cutting open his chest cavity. Smith doesn't care. He might carry the bullet for life, but at least he lived. The three Pittsburgh police officers who were fatally shot April 5, 2009, in Stanton Heights weren't as lucky, Smith said. aI got to come home,a he said. aPaul Sciullo, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly didn't get to come home. And now their families are missing them.a aI know it's there' Dom Costa, a trained police negotiator, figured he was 20 to 30 minutes from talking the gunman into surrender. In a heartbeat, everything changed. The suspected drug dealer police had chased into a house in Homewood pulled a gun from his waistband and fired. aThe first bullet went past my earlobe,a Costa said.
Read More: Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive | TribLIVE



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24 Nov 2014 
Why Cord-cutters Should Care About Net Neutrality - Yahoo Finance








Why Net Neutrality Matters In extremely simplified terms, failure to preserve net neutrality as policy would be similar to giving larger corporations a version of Disney Worlds controversial Fast Pass. Larger companies will obviously be able to pay for faster Internet delivery to the consumer, while smaller sites will be delivered at a slower rate, and startups will have to feed off the scraps. Lets say for instance that Apple decides that it wants to build its own version of Netflix (its funny to think of Netflix as a scrappy underdog, but next to Apple, it certainly would be). Using its mountains of money and existing entertainment industry connections, Apple could build a streaming library that is appealing, develop original programming and put its famous marketing muscle behind it. In addition to all of those advantages, in a world without net neutrality, Apple could also pay your ISP for faster delivery. Given the choice between the fast and crisp Apple experience and Netflix streaming video that feels like dial-up circa 1996, you will choose Apple, and Netflix would wither away. And in that environment it is almost impossible to imagine a startup succeeding against these stacked odds. Related: A Startup Youve Never Heard of Is Changing the Internet More problematic would be the situation in which your ISP itself decides to become a player. Lets say Comcast (to pick any easy villain) notices the declining subscriber base to its core product and an increase in Internet bandwidth to streaming services. One potential action it could take would be to simply make itself a competitor and ensure that you get its video service at lightning speed while companies such as Netflix or Amazon Prime are throttled. As part of its 2011 deal to buy NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to abide by the FCCs previous net neutrality rules through 2018, but its not completely clear yet what will happen after that. Another, more likely, scenario would be for the ISP to simply shift the cost from its cable package to its Internet service (an inevitable situation that net neutrality policy wouldnt really stop).
Source: Why cord-cutters should care about net neutrality - Yahoo Finance







REMINDER: Canadian Achievements in Health Research & Innovation Honoured at Rx&D Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance




This was the biggest third quarter decline ever, according to Leichtman. Many people, though, are staying put. Comcast ( CMCSA ), the largest cable company, ended the quarter with 22.4 million customers, while top satellite operator DirecTV ( DTV ) had 20.2 million. "The reality is that the pace of cord-cutting remains a drip, drip, drip," said Moffett, a senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson, a research firm, in an interview. "It's not the torrent that has been projected." To be sure, people aren't enamored with the pay TV industry, which has ranked at or near the bottom of the American Customer Service Index for years. Comcast, in particular , has gotten pilloried for customer service mishaps. Critics of the company have raised this issue with regulators as they review its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable ( TWC ). Millennials not only are dropping their cable service at higher numbers but many aren't even signing up in the first place, becoming what the industry calls "cord nevers." According to data from nScreenMedia, 19 percent of millennials don't have pay TV and a whopping 98 percent of those say they have no intention of getting it. That explains why pay TV subscriptions fell for the first time in 2013. "Raised in the interactive media landscape of the web, the passive environment of television is just not that interesting to them," according to NScreenMedia. But that doesn't tell the whole story.
Full story here: Has the "cord-cutter" threat to pay TV been exaggerated? - CBS News







Has the "cord-cutter" threat to pay TV been exaggerated? - CBS News




About the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health research in Canadian academic health centres and promote the value of health research in Canada. By applying the highest standards of scientific excellence, addressing health challenges and establishing partnerships, HRF, one of the leading private health foundations in the country, contributes significantly to the prevention and treatment of disease, to a better health care system and the availability for Canadians to access effective health products. About Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies is the national association representing the voice of Canada's innovative pharmaceutical industry. We serve our membership by advocating for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our memberships' commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. We represent more than 50 companies investing over $1-billion in R&D annually, fuelling Canada's knowledge-based economy, while contributing over $3-billion overall to Canada's economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, we work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner. About The Prix Galien The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and more... innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. The Prix Galien Canada is organized by Innovation Life Canada, a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate Canadian innovation in the life sciences. About Research Canada Research Canada is a national, broad-based alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy.
Read More: REMINDER: Canadian Achievements in Health Research & Innovation Honoured at Rx&D Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance







Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive | TribLIVE




aThey say, aYou can't leave that in me.' Then we explain the risk of removing it and they accept it.a Doctors left the bullet in Jeff Smith because retrieving it would require cutting open his chest cavity. Smith doesn't care. He might carry the bullet for life, but at least he lived. The three Pittsburgh police officers who were fatally shot April 5, 2009, in Stanton Heights weren't as lucky, Smith said. aI got to come home,a he said. aPaul Sciullo, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly didn't get to come home. And now their families are missing them.a aI know it's there' Dom Costa, a trained police negotiator, figured he was 20 to 30 minutes from talking the gunman into surrender. In a heartbeat, everything changed. The suspected drug dealer police had chased into a house in Homewood pulled a gun from his waistband and fired. aThe first bullet went past my earlobe,a Costa said.
Read More: Shooting victims live with bullets to survive, thrive | TribLIVE



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23 Nov 2014 
Caring For Preemies No Small Task At Dupage, Kane County Hospitals | Naperville Sun








According to the March of Dimes, 450,000 babies are born too soon in the U. S. After rising by 36 percent (from 1981 to 2006), preterm birth rates have declined over the last seven years. But at 11.4 percent, those rates are still higher than most developed nations. That seems to fit Fox Valley statistics. In 2013, the neonatal intensive care unit at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin delivered 295 premature babies, or about 11 percent of all infants delivered there that year. Speaking of local, we arefortunate to have excellent hospitals that are leaders in the field of neonatal care. Presence Mercy Medical Center; and Delnor Hospital, now with Cadence Health and affiliated with Lurie Childrens Hospital, offerLevel II care for low birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or less), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and term infants with medical complications. ShermanHospital, with its 16-bed special care nursery, was upgraded by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a NICU Level IIE (extended capabilities).And recentlyRush-CopleyMedicalCenterwas redesignated a Level III Perinatal Facility, a distinction first earned in 2005. That means, officials say, it offers the highest level of care for high-risk pregnancies and these medically fragile infants, and is the only one at that level inKaneCounty. The 27-bed Rush-Copley facility cares for about 30 babies a month, with more twins than ever before. Not all of these NICU patients are preemies, of course, because full term infants dont always read the rule book, notedKaren Weebach, director of Womens Health Institute at Rush-Copley.
Full story here: Caring for preemies no small task at DuPage, Kane county hospitals | Naperville Sun







Internet TV startup Aereo files for Chapter 11 banktuptcy | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour




Rather, they appear to be an opportunity to make revenue from those currently without pay TV. However, there's a more insidious reason for a station to offer an over-the-top service: to strengthen its hand in fee, marketing, and bundle disputes with pay-TV providers. If over-the-top services become moderately popular, pay-TV providers would find their importance diminished and would have to offer concessions to those networks. So, in a weird way, programmers would prefer their streaming offering to have "Goldilocks" success: not too hot to encourage cord cutting, but just hot enough to elicit concessions from pay-TV providers. Pay-TV provider Comcast appears to be working to strengthen its negotiation hand by its planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The combined entity would boast nearly one-third of all pay-TV subscribers, whichshould allow it to better negotiate exploding content costs going forward. That's important, as (according to financial data firm SNL Kagan) those costs could increase by 8.5% per year until 2018. Right now, the best deal for networks is to remain committed to the status quo. However, it appears many of them are preparing for a future without pay-TV providers. Interestingly enough, they could unwittingly be hastening pay TV's demise in order to improve negotiations against it. Your cable company is scared, but you can get rich You know cable's going away. But do you know how to profit?There's $2.2 trillion out there to be had. Currently, cable grabs a big piece of it.
Full story here: HBO, CBS, and Showtime Are Helping You Cut the Cord: Here's Why They Hope You Don't - NASDAQ.com








Photo Illustration by Andrew Burton/Getty Images Following an unfavorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sided with TV networks, startup Internet company Aereo said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereos technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty, CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement on the companys homepage. And while our team has focused its energies on exploring every path forward available to us, without that clarity, the challenges have proven too difficult to overcome. RELATED LINKS What happens to traditional TV when technology creates new ways to watch? Nearly five months ago, the justices ruled that the online streaming service, which enabled users to watch live broadcast television programming through portable devices, such as tablets, laptops and smartphones, violated copyright law. The ruling required Aereo to pay licensing fees for transmitting programming from broadcast networks, including ABC, NBC and Fox. Kanojia had told Bloomberg that Aereo didnt have a contingency plan should the Supreme Court side with broadcasters. The bankruptcy,Kanojia said recently, would allow the company to maximize the value of its business without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn-out litigation in several courts. cord cutters When it launched in 2012, Aereo offered an alternative for cord cutters who didnt own a TV or pay for cable: Aereo represented a future where we can divorce ourselves from the cable TV model that forces us to pay for a bunch of stuff we dont want to watch, Business Insider said . Instead, the long-term promise of Aereo was a system where TV networks could unbundle themselves from cable and let you subscribe to what you want individually. Although Aereo is no longer a threat to the traditional broadcast model, a tide has turned in the entertainment world.
Read More: Internet TV startup Aereo files for Chapter 11 banktuptcy | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour



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22 Nov 2014 
Reminder: Canadian Achievements In Health Research & Innovation Honoured At Rx&d Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony - Yahoo Finance








Robert Young and Dr. Charles Tator for their incredible achievements in Canadian health my website science and clinical and research work at a ceremony this evening. Dr. Young is credited for the discovery and development of Singulair, which changed the way asthma is treated. Dr. Tator is responsible for cutting-edge work in the field of brain and spinal cord injuries. "For their incredible achievements in healthcare research, which have impacted the lives of many Canadians in improving their health, I am honoured to bestow the Medal of Honour to Dr. Robert Young and Dr. Charles Tator for their vast contribution to research," said Mel Cappe, Chair of the HRF Board of Directors. "Their work and discoveries have helped people the world over more effectively manage chronic asthma as well as prevent needless brain injuries due to concussions." Dr. Robert Young was involved with the discovery and development of montelukast sodium (Singulair), used to prevent asthma attacks.
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Unfortunately, the company's rivals weren't offering any stellar deals either. In fact, what I found was pretty disappointing -- I'm almost certainly going to be paying more over the course of my next service deal than I'm paying now, no matter which option I choose. But the big difference from my last two rounds of Triple Play shopping is that it now pays to build your own bundle from different providers rather than buying all three services from one company. Troy's triple-play history 2012: Goodbye Comcast, hello AT&T An old-fashioned exercise I know, I know, shopping for a Triple Play is so last decade -- a growing number of consumers are content with just having broadband alone. Streaming and online video services such as Hulu and iTunes have made it easier than ever to "cut the cord" and drop pay TV service, while many smartphone users have decided they don't need to have a landline. But my wife and I still value those services. My wife has an older cellphone account with a limited number of voice minutes, and being able to make and receive phone calls on a landline helps her keep those minutes in check. My wife worried about not being able to easily watch events like the Olympics, much of which has been limited to pay-TV customers. I'm worried about being able to tune into local channels, since over-the-air reception in San Jose can be spotty unless you have a giant antenna on your roof. I also enjoy being able to record a game and watch it an hour or two after it starts so that I can zoom through the commercials. You can't really do that without pay TV and a DVR. So, we're going to stick with all three services.
Source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_26938105/wolverton-triple-play-deals-can-be-ditched-la?source=rss







Wolverton: Triple Play deals can be ditched for a-la-carte bundle - ContraCostaTimes.com




Safe Kids Kansas recommends these precautions against kitchen burns: Keep within eyesight of a hot stove. Unattended food on the stove is the number one cause of home fires. Never hold a child while cooking or carrying hot items. Cook on back burners whenever possible, and turn all handles toward the back of the stove. Wear close-fitting clothing in the kitchen. Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of counters and tables. Be especially careful around tablecloths children can pull hot dishes down onto themselves. Tie up the electrical cords of small appliances. A toddler playing with a dangling cord can pull a toaster or microwave down from a countertop. In addition to hot surfaces, hot liquids and sharp objects, the other major hazard in the kitchen is poison. Store potential hazards, such as cleaning products and alcohol (including many baking extracts), in locked cabinets out of reach. Also, install a carbon monoxide detector to alert everyone to get out of the house if there is a buildup of the odorless toxic gas given off by fuel-burning appliances.
Source: Keep children safe in holiday kitchen - News - Fort Leavenworth - Fort Leavenworth, KS - Fort Leavenworth, KS



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21 Nov 2014 
Why Cord-cutting Won't Doom Comcast - Nasdaq.com








cord cutters The reason for this is that even though Comcast is indeed losing video customers, 81,000 of them last quarter, to be exact, it's more than making up for this loss in other areas. Customers ditching their cable packages and opting for streaming television services still need the Internet. Comcast continues to benefit from this, as it added 315,000 high-speed Internet customers just last quarter. Plus, Comcast owns NBC Universal, which is putting up great results itself. Revenue from the NBC Universal segment, which includes NBC and theme parks, is up 9% through the first nine months of the year, thanks largely to its very successful broadcast television network. Even within video, Comcast is still growing revenue because it's able to pass along price increases at a rate that more than makes up for the loss of customers. Not only that, but Comcast's customer mix is shifting. It's losing a lot of single-product customers, 124,000 of them just last quarter. But it's adding even more triple-product customers, 164,000 of them in the third quarter. That's good news not just because there are more customers added than lost, but also because triple-product customers are much more profitable for Comcast because they subscribe to higher-margin bundles. Streaming television is not a Comcast killer With the rise of Internet streaming, it's easy to assume Comcast faces a bleak future in which its customers cancel their subscriptions and opt for Netflix and stand-alone television networks. But Comcast is so large and diverse that losses of video subscribers are more than made up for in additions of Internet subscribers.
Source: Why Cord-Cutting Won't Doom Comcast - NASDAQ.com








An old-fashioned exercise I know, I know, shopping for a Triple Play is so last decade -- a growing number of consumers are content with just having broadband alone. Streaming and online video services such as Hulu and iTunes have made it easier than ever to "cut the cord" and drop pay TV service, while many smartphone users have decided they don't need to have a landline. But my wife and I still value those services. My wife has an older cellphone account with a limited number of voice minutes, and being able to make and receive phone calls on a landline helps her keep those minutes cutting the cord in check. My wife worried about not being able to easily watch events like the Olympics, much of which has been limited to pay-TV customers. I'm worried about being able to tune into local channels, since over-the-air reception in San Jose can be spotty unless you have a giant antenna on your roof. I also enjoy being able to record a game and watch it an hour or two after it starts so that I can zoom through the commercials. You can't really do that without pay TV and a DVR. So, we're going to stick with all three services. But we're not going to stick with any one company. The AT&T divorce Right now, we pay about $125 a month, not including taxes and other government fees after paying about $115 a month for the first six months. For that price, we receive about 300 channels of pay TV; broadband service with 18 megabits per second download speeds, the fastest in our area from the company; and 250 minutes of monthly phone service. I haven't been itching to ditch AT&T.
Read More: Wolverton: Triple Play deals can be ditched for a-la-carte bundle - ContraCostaTimes.com



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