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What Weve Learned Since Going 20

first_imgThe balancing act between horizontally-oriented public conversation and top-down editorial control has already proven to be the primary editorial challenge at our new site. At times the flow of good user content is so fast that our staff’s best stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Yet shutting off the UGC spigot would kill what’s best about the site and lessen the importance of the community. The perfect balance is elusive, and how well any site handles these conflicting impulses will be the measure of its success.Make Contributions Fine Grained, Non-OverlappingWhile we love the diehard fans who upload five-minute, edited videos, the vast majority of our readers still spend just a few minutes on the site. We knew that Freeskier.com had to accommodate the needs of every potential community member, whether he has one minute or one hour to participate. So we’ve created options ranging from simple social editing functions like voting on stories and commenting, to mid-range efforts like posting photos, to very large time commitments, like posting edited videos.So far, our audience posts photos over videos at a ratio of more than 10-to-1, and most readers still come to view one piece of content, rank it with a thumbs up or down, post and comment and leave. User contributions at Freeskier.com are fine grained, and no one’s contribution depends on another user’s efforts. This combination keeps a broad swath of readers involved.Niches Can SucceedOur readers will continue to spend time at MySpace and Facebook, and we will continue to integrate our site with the social-networking giants. At the same time, the Freeskier community is a place where our readers can be big players in a small group. Facebook may be a digital global metropolis, but we’re striving to make Freeskier.com a tight-knit ski town where everyone knows each other. Patrick Crawford is VP of editorial and online at Storm Mountain Publishing – publishers of Freeskier Magazine, Freeskier.com, Snowboard Magazine, and Snowboard-mag.com. He holds an M.A. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a youth-driven, niche title for skiing enthusiasts, Freeskier Magazine was uniquely positioned to experiment with blending online community orientation with traditional media production. Our readers (and staffers) are mostly men in their 20s, tech-savvy computer owners, a generation all but born with cell phones and video cameras in their hands. They’re so comfortable with forward-looking technologies that when we launched a video podcast last fall, we logged over a million downloads in the first year. So this fall we upped the ante with a relaunch of Freeskier.com in an attempt to fuse the community features of Facebook, the social editing of digg.com, the video-sharing of YouTube and traditional content production. A little over a month after launch, the preliminary results are coming in, and we can begin to assess the lessons learned. Balance Your Community’s Voice and Your ContentOne of the primary challenges in opening Freeskier.com to readers was to maintain a spotlight on our own stories and video without relegating user generated (UCG) content to some obscure corner of the site. Social editing sites like digg.com succeed precisely because they allow content from the smallest bloggers and the biggest news outlets to compete for attention on a level playing field. In order to replicate some of social editing’s egalitarian vibe without losing our own voice, we opted to sort most content on the site by type (video, stories, photos), rather than by author. Most pages of Freeskier.com display content from readers and editors side-by-side, signaling to readers that their best efforts will be treated equally with our best work, and hopefully motivating them to contribute high-quality material. At the same time, only content “promoted” by our edit staff appears on our homepage, which gives us the opportunity to highlight good UGC when appropriate, and to ensure that prominent positioning is allocated to specific stories and projects when needed. last_img read more

The 2 features your home blood pressure monitor should have

first_img Omron HeartGuide puts blood pressure on a watch Wellness 1. An upper-arm cuff should be your first choice  When it comes to at-home monitoring, new guidelines from the AHA only recommend the use of upper-arm cuff oscillometric devices that have successfully passed validation protocols. (Oscillometric devices automatically detect and analyze pulse waves so you don’t have to rely on someone to listen with a stethoscope.) Although other options — like wrist and finger cuffs and wearable sensors — exist, upper arm cuffs are the most accurate, says Yale Medicine cardiologist Erica S. Spatz, MD. The AHA recognizes validation protocols from the following organizations: the German Hypertension League, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the European Society of Hypertension and the British Hypertension Society — with the BHS protocol’s being the most complex and thorough. A new international universal validation protocol is being developed that may become the new standard, so keep an eye out for that. Qardio Arm blood pressure monitorThe Qardio Arm wireless blood pressure monitor has passed British and Irish Hypertension Society validation protocols.  Qardio Many blood pressure monitors currently being sold haven’t been validated. So before you buy one, check to make sure it has. You can find a list of validated monitors — like these from Qardio and Omron — on the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Dabl Educational Trust websites. Another important factor is if the person who will be using the blood pressure monitor is a child, pregnant or has atrial fibrillation or a large arm circumference, the monitor you buy should also have been validated within these populations.  2. Find a cuff that fits These days home blood pressure monitors come with a lot of bells and whistles, like smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity, but the most important feature to look for is a cuff that fits your arm, properly compressing the brachial artery. “All too often, the fit of the blood pressure cuff is imperfect,” Spatz says. “This can result in under- or overestimation of the blood pressure — and many people may be misdiagnosed [with hypertension].” But here’s the good news: “Guidelines exist for how large a cuff one needs based on the length and circumference of your arm,” says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD, co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center. “When you visit your doctor ask them what size cuff is appropriate for you.” You can also take the measurements yourself or with the help of a pharmacist.  “The first step is to measure the circumference of the upper arm; use the middle of the upper arm around the bicep,” Spatz says. “Take the circumference, in centimeters, and multiply it by 80% to get the right length and 40% to the get the right width of the bladder cuff. The bladder of the cuff is the part that fills with air, not the extra length of Velcro.”  And then use these AHA guidelines: blood-pressure-arm-cuff-sizes Target:BP “Upper arm cuffs come in an extra-large size, which should fit most large arms,” Haythe says. “If it’s too small, your doctor may recommend a thigh cuff to be used on the upper arm.” According to the AHA, there is data showing this method can be accurate, but research is limited.  If you have larger arms that are significantly wider near your shoulder than your elbow, you may also want to get a cone-shaped or “contour” cuff. Research finds that using standard cylindrical cuffs can produce inaccurate measurements because the variation in arm size causes the bladder to expand irregularly. If an extra-large cuff does not fit, the AHA recommends measuring your blood pressure at the wrist. Although measuring at the wrist tends to be less accurate than the upper arm, a meta-analysis shows it tends to be better than the forearm or finger.  contour-cuffAn example of a contour-style blood pressure cuff.  Medline “Arms come in all shapes and sizes, and people with obesity should not feel bad about having a difficult time finding the right cuff size,” Spatz says. “It is really unfortunate that the cuffs have not evolved to match different arm sizes.” If you do end up needing a wrist-based blood pressure monitor, again, check that it’s been validated. And then follow these instructions, with one change: “Rest your elbow on a table and bring the cuff to the level of your heart, as when reciting the pledge of allegiance,” says Spatz. Keep your arm relaxed and your hand resting against your chest until the reading is complete.  Read more: 10 accurate blood pressure monitors you can order online Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It Now playing: Watch this: • Adorama The American Heart Association recommends that people with hypertension measure their blood pressure at home. Canva The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram app is clear indicator that medical devices are moving out of the doctor’s office and into our homes. And for the most part, that’s a good thing — health and fitness products let people keep tabs on various vital signs without having to pay for an office visit. One wellness area that’s particularly hot is blood pressure. Organizations like the American Heart Association recommend that people with high blood pressure measure it at home and the heart health industry has stepped up to help make that happen.  From a blood pressure cuff that doubles as a smartwatch to smartphone apps that measure your systolic and diastolic blood pressure using just the tip of your finger, monitors are becoming more compact and easier to use. But, the AHA warns, that doesn’t mean they’re accurate. But before you buy just any old home blood pressure monitor, here are two big things cardiologists want you to know.  $399 Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $399 $349 Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch?center_img See All $349 Apple The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch reading • The 2 most important things to look for in a blood pressure monitor Apple Watch Series 4 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  Post a comment See it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 18 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 0 Tags Share your voice 2:58 Applelast_img read more

Over 270 dead in Colombia mudslides

first_imgAerial view of a neighborhood destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa. ReutersThe Colombian government on Monday declared a state of economic emergency in the town of Mocoa in southern Colombia, after mudslides left more than 270 people dead, including 43 children.”We have the toll of the people who have unfortunately died,” said President Juan Manuel Santos, as he revisited the scene of Friday’s disaster.”The latest is 273 people died and 262 are injured,” he said. Earlier he said that at least 43 children were among the dead.Santos was to spend the night at a nearby military base and on Tuesday would continue coordinating the emergency response.The president said reconstruction would begin, dismissing risks of further mudslides, but he warned that the country faces rainy weather until June.Santos has flown into the disaster zone for three straight days to oversee the relief effort. He declared an economic emergency Monday to free up relief funds, amplifying the public health and safety emergency he had already declared.The mudslides occurred Friday after heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow, spewing earth, rocks and tree debris over the area.Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.Mocoa was home to 70,000 people, according to Sorrel Aroca, the governor of Putumayo department. The Red Cross estimated about 45,000 people in Mocoa were affected by the mudslides.Hopes of finding survivors were fading Monday as some 200 people remained missing.Rescuers clawed through mud and timber as relatives desperately sought loved ones.People, houses swept awaySurvivors told of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed Mocoa late Friday.Some watched as their children and relatives were swept away.Among them was Ercy Lopez, 39, who was left hanging on a tree after the deluge tore away her home.Lying on a mattress in a shelter for survivors, she said people were still searching for her 22-year-old daughter Diana Vanesa.”The hopes of finding her alive are slim now,” she said.Debris was everywhere in the remote Amazon town: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and odd shoes sticking up out of the mud.Survivors gathered at the local hospital and at the cemetery to search for family members and friends.Yulieth Rosero had just buried her sister, but was holding out hope of finding her seven-year-old nephew, Juan David Rueda.”I found his little brother, William. He’s alive. He’s in shock, injured and has no clothes, but he’s OK,” said Rosero, 23.Hundreds of rescuers were working at the scene of the disaster, using mechanical diggers in the search.Locals said it was never safe to live so close to the three rivers that overflowed after days of torrential rain.Wilson Chilito, 22, said he scrambled onto the roof of a house from where he watched “people, fridges and houses” being swept away.He lost his sister, mother-in-law and at least two other relatives.”This was foreseen for a long time,” he told AFP as he packed up belongings from his home, his boots full of mud.Founded in 1563, “the town has about 10 rivers running through it,” said Mocoa Mayor Jose Antonio Castro, quoted by newspaper El Espectador.”That means it is not a place where a town should be located.”- Vomiting mud -Carlos Acosta had survived by clinging to a tree branch.”I was dying due to a lack of air — so what did I do? I stuck my finger in my mouth and vomited a lot of mud,” Acosta, 25, told AFP.”I sneezed out mud until I could breathe again.”He could not save his three-year-old son, Camilo, however.The two were swept away together. But Acosta was knocked unconscious, and when he woke up the child was gone.Residents began burying their loved ones as the identified bodies were returned. A mass funeral was held at a local cemetery, where workers toiled to dig enough holes for the piles of coffins.Santos said the mudslide destroyed a local aqueduct and knocked out power to much of the surrounding area.He said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up to avoid epidemics of diseases such as cholera.Colombia’s worst disaster was a volcanic eruption in 1985 that triggered a landslide and destroyed the city of Armero, killing 25,000 people.last_img read more

Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPPalestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart. Oppressive conditions “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.Boycott movement The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.Clash of interests Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said. Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’l Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’lCap: In this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPTlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demandsAFP . Jerusalem Palestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart.- Oppressive conditions -“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.- Boycott movement -The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.- Clash of interests -Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said.last_img read more