Andy Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during a press conference following his first round loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Andy Murray has opened up about the personal agony of his battered right hip after losing an epic Australian Open five-setter, saying he can’t even enjoy simple pleasures like walking his dogs.The Scot fought to the bitter end in what could prove his final match before losing a four-hour thriller to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra  I trained ‘too hard’ “I just don’t really know yet. But, you know, if today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish, as well. That’s something that I’ll probably take into consideration.“It was an amazing atmosphere. I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I’ve been able to practice and train.“I’d be okay with that being my last match.”Murray added with a touch of poignancy that he would harbor some regrets if he was forced away from the game he loves.“I practiced hard. I trained hard, probably too hard at certain stages in my career,” he said.“That was something that I would change and do differently if I could go back,” added Murray, despite achievements such as becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and the first player to win two Olympic singles golds.“Like some people have said the last few days, I got everything out of my game and stuff. But I feel like I should have done better, you know, I could have done things differently.“There’s matches here, for example, that I would love to play again, have another opportunity to do that,” Murray said, referring to his record of reaching the Melbourne final five times but never lifting the trophy.“But I have tried my best.” No guaranteed Round of 16 slot even if Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award “It will improve my quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing just, you know, normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on and things.”The former world number one tried to describe his pain, which has become almost unbearable.“Just now, like, going to walk my dogs, playing football with my friends, is like the worst thing I can think of doing,” he revealed.“I hate it because it’s so sore and it’s uncomfortable.”Murray said he would talk to his team, his surgeon John O’Donnell and other players who have had similar operations, such as American doubles great Bob Bryan, before making up his mind.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He now faces a heart-wrenching dilemma — having to decide over the next week whether to battle on through the pain for an emotional farewell at Wimbledon or undergo major surgery knowing it may mean he can never play tennis again.“I mean, I’ll probably decide in the next week or so. But that’s what I was saying the other day, that this might be my last match,” the 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion told a news conference in the early hours of Tuesday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If I go ahead with the operation and I don’t recover well from it, then I don’t play again,” added the Scot who has won two Wimbledons, a US Open, the Davis Cup and two Olympic golds in his storied career.“I’m aware of that. That is the decision that I have to make. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high

first_imgBowler Dale Steyn has held the top spot intest rankings for several years. Steyn will mentor one cricket-mad childfor a day.(Image: Taryn Fritz PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jared StokesSenior account manager, Taryn Fritz PR+27 11 888 8548 or +27 379 2998Emily van RijswijckProteas cricketer and world number one test bowler Dale Steyn is the latest South African star to put his name to the Disney XD Aim High campaign.Steyn will spearhead the third phase of the campaign by spending a day with a lucky South African youngster, acting as mentor and sharing some of his cricketing skills.Aim High is an international campaign that motivates young people around the world by putting them in touch with their heroes in the fields of sport, music, media and entertainment and, in so doing, inspiring them to realise their own potential.Youngsters who have a dream to succeed in any of these fields stand to win the chance to spend time with their mentor and two so-called mini mentors, learning about the attitude that helped them to get to the top. Disney XD plans to offer this unique prize every three months.The programme kicked off in South Africa in July 2011, with Idols 6 winner Elvis Blue as the role model, and the second phase, launched towards the end of the same year, saw popular rugby prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira giving a glimpse into his life as a professional sports star.In the UK stars such as music sensation Jay Sean, Chelsea football ace Daniel Sturridge, England bowler Stuart Broad, and England and Leicester Tigers flyhalf Toby Flood were mentors in 2011.Right-arm fast bowler Steyn, who bowls at speeds in excess of 150 km an hour, was chosen by the Walt Disney Company as he is currently at the height of his career and a perfect role model for youngsters who aspire to enter the international cricket arena.Joining Elvis Blue and the BeastPhase one winner, 12-year-old Khethelo Hlongwa from Durban, spent his day writing and playing music with Elvis Blue.Young Khethelo flew to Johannesburg to be with his hero, and also won a front-row seat to see Blue open for UK superstar James Blunt, who was performing in South Africa at the time.The two mini mentors were award winning music video producer Kyle Lewis and drummer Justin Badenhorst of the jazz ensemble Prisoners of Strange.In phase two, 14-year-old rugby fanatic Ruben van Heerden travelled from Johannesburg to the Shark Tank in Durban to spend his mentorship day playing rugby with Tendai Mtawarira, former Springbok and prop for the Natal Sharks rugby franchise.Also taking part in the second phase of the campaign were photographer Herman Verwey and sports journalist Carlos­ Amato.According to Disney, the object of the campaign is to use world-class performers in various fields to inspire young people to do what they love and love what they do and to aim high in whatever field of endeavour they choose.Steyn says mentors played a huge role in his career. “I had many idols when I was growing up and through hard work and passion I managed to be able to play with them. Hopefully I can inspire someone to get to the dreams that they have set for themselves.”The bowler adds that he’s thrilled to be part of an initiative which inspires children to try new things and think about the numerous opportunities available to them.“You too can do it,” he promises youngsters.To enter, fans simply need to visit the Disney XD Aim High microsite or go to MXit > Tradepost > Entertainment > Disney > Disney XD before 28 April, answer a multiple choice question and then say why they should be selected for this life-changing opportunity.The Steyn RemoverSteyn started his cricket career in the small mining town of Phalaborwa in Mpumalanga, at the edge of the Kruger National Park, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s wildlife reserves.He made his national debut in 2004 and today Cricket South Africa describes him as having the complete package – pace, speed and swing – that makes him a lethal force as leader of the Proteas’ attack.In 2008, after he had taken 80 wickets between October 2007 and August 2008, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him Test Cricketer of the Year.This achievement also earned him the world number one ranking, a position he has held since then. He has also been selected as a member of the ICC Test Team of the Year for the past four years.With a wicket tally of more than 200, Steyn has the highest strike rate of any test bowler with similar figures.One of his best all-round performances to date was in the 2008 test match in Melbourne, Australia, where he showed his mettle not only with the ball but also with the bat. His match-winning score of 76 and partnership of 180 for the ninth wicket with JP Duminy was the cherry on the top of the 10 wickets he took during the match.When not playing for the Proteas he can be seen on the field for the Cape Cobras, based in Cape Town.last_img read more

Ohioans leading soybean industry at the national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmer leaders of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) are leading the way for all U.S. soybean farmers as they take on executive committee positions with the American Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Soy Aquaculture Alliance and United Soybean Board.Bill Bayliss, OSC board member from Logan County, was recently elected chairman of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA). SAA works to promote research and marketing efforts that will help grow the aquaculture industry in the U.S. Bill previously served as vice chairman of SAA.Amy Sigg Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Warren County, was elected to her first term on the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) governing board. She will serve with seven other board members to help lead NBB’s efforts to grow the biodiesel industry through education, communication and policy efforts.

Bret Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Delaware County, was elected to his second term on the American’s Soybean Association’s (ASA) at-large governing board. ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on policy and regulatory issues thanks to support from farmer members.John Motter, OSC board member from Hancock County, was recently elected as Vice Chair of the United Soybean Board (USB), which manages national soybean checkoff dollars. USB will soon implement a new long-range strategic plan that will emphasize soybean innovation among other priorities.last_img read more

Take charge of Games Village preparations: PMO to Delhi govt

first_imgUpset with the Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC), the prime minister’s office (PMO) on Tuesday asked the Delhi government to take charge of Games Village preparations. This comes hours after Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper showed displeasure over the state of Games Village just a couple of days before the participating athletes were to arrive. The central government has asked the state government to fix the problems and make it Games-ready. Union Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar told Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to supervise Games Village preparations and made the Delhi government in-charge of its preparations. Earlier in the day, criticising preparations at the Games Village, Hooper said, “We are disappointed with the condition we find ourselves in. We came to know about this when we paid a visit. Cleanliness and hygiene are great concerns. Electricity and plumbing problems, if any, too need to be addressed. The Village is filthy. One can’t occupy the rooms. There is building dust and rubble and the toilets are not working.” Even New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie had raised an alarm suggesting that the Games be called off. “If the Village is not ready and the athletes can’t come, obviously the implications of that are that it’s not going to happen. In the timeframe that is left, unless there is tremendous effort and energy and problem-solving ability to get it done, I think it’s going to be extremely hard to get across the line,” Currie said.last_img read more

From Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flat

first_imgThe completion of the elevated road over Barapullah drain was delayed by several months but now that the corridor is ready, the wait seems well worth it.Commuters will be able to cover the distance between the Commonwealth Games Village and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in south Delhi in seven minutes flat, thanks to the new road. The journey earlier used to take at least 40 minutes.After missing several deadlines, the elevated road over Barapullah was formally opened for Games traffic on Friday.The four- km stretch is the first such elevated road in the Capital.As of now, it would be exclusively used to ferry Games participants from the athletes’ Village near Akshardham temple to the main venue and back. The road will be opened to general traffic after the Games.State public works department minister Raj Kumar Chouhan flagged off 240 low-floor air-conditioned buses from the Sarai Kale Khan side to the stadium. ” I am proud to dedicate the elevated road to the people of the city. After the Games, it will provide a key link between east and south Delhi,” he said.The road was built by the Gurgaon- based DSC Constructions Pvt Ltd at a cost of `498 crore.The dual carriageway having three lanes each from Sarai Kale Khan to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will ensure a smooth flow of traffic between east Delhi and other parts of the Capital.The corridor would greatly benefit Ring Road commuters coming from east Delhi, NH-24 and DND flyway. They would be able to come straight to the CGO complex and the INA Market through a smooth, traffic- signal free movement, a PWD official said.advertisementlast_img

Hotshots hold fort in tight finish to thwart rallying Beermen in Game 1

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Anthony, Stanley Pringle and Moala Tautuaa and TNT KaTropa gunner RR Pogoy completingthe list of candidates—the top five players in the SP derby—from which voters will choose from.Fajardo led the field with an average of 41.4 SPs per game.The scores:MAGNOLIA 99—Lee 18, Sangalang 17, Barroca 17, Jalalon 16, Reavis 12, Melton 11, Ramos 4, Dela Rosa 4, Pascual 0, Brondial 0, Simon 0.SAN MIGUEL 94—Fajardo 35, Cabagnot 18, Santos 13, Pessumal 11, Romeo 8, Ross 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Standhardinger 2, Nabong 0, Lassiter 0.Quarters: 34-30, 52-55, 80-73, 99-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, who stands to win a record sixth straight Best Player of the Conference award before Game 4 next week, had 35 points and 21 rebounds for San Miguel.Alex Cabagnot had 18 and Arwind Santos 12 points and 15 rebounds for San Miguel, which is shooting to win this tournament for an unprecedented fifth straight time.Fajardo, meanwhile, stayed well ahead of everyone in the statistical points race through the end of the semifinals, giving him the inside track for the BPC.Curiously, the 6-foot-10 center is the only member of the powerhouse San Miguel team tomake the lost of candidates, with NorthPort’s Big Three of SeanADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I talked to my players at halftime and told them that we can’t beat San Miguel in an offensive game, and that we can’t stray away from our identity,” coach Chito Victolero said.“I’m happy that they responded to my challenge to play defense in the second half. And we’re able to limit them under a hundred points. And that’s the key.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Hotshots did all the right things in the stretch, surviving June Mar Fajardo’s mammoth game for the psychological edge going into Fridays Game 2.Ian Sangalang had 17 points and 12 rebounds and held his own against Fajardo when the going was roughest as Magnolia, like it did in these Finals last season, also won the series opener. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia’s defense was at its unflinching best when it mattered and the Hotshots gutted out a 99-94 victory over San Miguel Beer in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup title series on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Orphaned high jumper has message to parents: ‘I am special’ LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READlast_img read more

Finance Minister Says Government Will Continue to Protect the Poor

first_img Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society. “We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.“We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that special attention is being placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute – and the Steps-to-Work Initiative, which targets working-age members of PATH for referral to relevant support services to enable them to seek and retain employment.Mr. Shaw said the programmes have the goal of breaking the chain of inter-generational poverty, adding that this is being achieved by ensuring that the next generation has better tools and better health prospects than their parents.“It also provides for support for those parents who need targeted social interventions to improve their living standards,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw’s presentation was made under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more

Russian researchers create intelligent software system for lung cancer diagnostics

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 1 2019This software analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly markedResearches from Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russian Academic Excellence Initiative participant, in collaboration with the radiologists from St.Petersburg Clinical Research for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological) have developed an intelligent software system for lung cancer diagnostics. This software can be installed on any computer. It analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly marked. Researchers have named the system Doctor AIzimov (AI for Artificial Intelligence) in honor of the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, who developed three famous laws of robotics.At the end of 2018, the first tests of this intelligent system were carried out. The system analyzed anonymized CT images of 60 patients at the Oncological Center. According to the radiologists, the tests were successful, as the system has found focal nodules in lungs of small sizes (2 mm).”Initially, we set up an algorithm to search for nodules starting from 6 millimeters, because radiologists themselves start the treatment of tumors of this size. But the system is so smart that it was able to find nodules of even smaller size”, said the project lead Lev Utkin, the head of the SPbPU Research Laboratory of Neural Network Technologies and Artificial Intelligence.Research team includes the staff of the University (Lev Utkin, Mikhail Ryabinin, and Alexei Lukashin), experts from the St. Petersburg Oncological Center (the head of the Radiology Department Anna Meldo and a radiologist Ivan Prokhorov). The project was supported by the Russian Science Foundation.A new proposed and developed approach to the lung cancer classification using the chord method has been patented within only 3 months. The method of chords uses segmented CT images: points are randomly drawn on the surface of a nodule, after that the points are connected by lines (chords). The length histogram of the chords reflects the shape and structure of the tumor. Although the system examines every nodule from the inside, its external surroundings are also very important. To learn more about the tumor, it is placed in a cube, and perpendiculars are drawn from its edges to the surface of the nodule.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThus, instead of classifying a graphically complex and heavy images of the CT (the size of every CT image is approximately 1 GB), the nodule is represented in the form of compact and simple histograms, which are then analyzed by the Doctor AIzimov system.The scientists have also trained the system to distinguish malignant and benign tumors. “Many different objects may be detected on the CT images, so the main task was to train the system to recognize what each of the objects represents. Using the clinical and radiological classification, we are trying to train the system not only to detect tumors, but also to distinguish other diseases similar to cancer,” comments Anna Meldo, the head of the Radiology Department of the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). The system was trained by analyzing 1000 CT images from LUNA 16 and LIDC datasets. Russian researchers have also collected their own dataset named LIRA – Lung Intelligence Resource Annotated. Currently, the dataset holds CT images of about 250 patients. The scientists are planning to increase the number of images by four times by the mid-2019.With each new CT image, the system self-improves. To speed up the learning and testing processes, the researchers use capacities of the supercomputer center “Polytechnic”. In the future, a patient’s CT images will be transferred to the supercomputer using the Internet. This approach allows to reduce the diagnostic testing time per patient from 20 till 2 seconds. After that a radiologist will receive the marked image instead of the large CT image. It will significantly reduce the time needed for the analysis and diagnostics.The open testing of the intelligent system will be carried out at the beginning of 2019. The system will be at first used at the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). In the future, the project will be extended and more medical institutions will be involved into the intelligent CT image processing. The system will be adapted to analyze the results of the ultrasound and X-ray medical investigation of other organs. All data will be processed by the supercomputer, and the results issued by the system will be sent to doctors for them to make a decision about the treatment. Source:https://english.spbstu.ru/last_img read more

Limited awareness of diabetes hypertension in China remains a major public health

first_img Source:https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 25 2019Awareness and diagnoses of hypertension and diabetes in China has been limited, resulting in compromised treatment, and increased screening did not lead to significant improvements, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Findings are online in the journal BMC Public Health.Until now, there was little information on how individuals with hypertension or diabetes in China first became aware of their conditions and what factors may have contributed to changes in awareness over time.”It does not seem that the screening activities implemented by a national health survey improved awareness and management of these conditions. The persistent limited awareness of diabetes and hypertension remains a major public health concern,” said L.H. Lumey, MD, professor of Epidemiology.Using data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), researchers measured the impact of a screening program for people aged 45 years and older between 2011 and 2015. After 2011, study participants were re-interviewed every two years to monitor any changes over time in their health, economic, or social conditions. Physical examinations were repeated in 2013 and 2015, and participants were asked again if they had ever been diagnosed with hypertension, or diabetes. Over 80 percent of participants interviewed in 2011 continued to participate in 2015.Of the more than 11,000 people screened in 2011, 49 percent were identified with hypertension and 18 percent with diabetes by medical examinations. Over 80 percent of the middle-aged and elderly Chinese diagnosed with hypertension and/or diabetes in 2011 reported in 2015 that they were unaware of having the disease(s). Aware hypertension patients were more likely to be older women, live in urban areas, and have higher BMIs.Hypertension was defined as diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher; a systolic blood pressure of 140?mmHg or higher; or both; or as currently using an anti-hypertensive medication. Diabetes was defined as a fasting plasma glucose level of 126?mg/dL or higher; an HbA1c concentration of 6.5 mg/dL or higher; or a self-report of doctor diagnosed diabetes.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsThere was some improvement in disease awareness between 2011 and 2015, mostly attributed to a medical examination initiated by the study participants themselves (over 75 percent), by their work unit or community (12-15 percent), but rarely (less than 3 percent) by the CHARLS examination. “One possible explanation is that the screening in the health survey was seen simply as an isolated process and not as a tool for follow-up, treatment, or referral,” noted Lumey.Several reasons could explain the limited increase in reported disease awareness in 2015, according to the researchers. Some participants may not have received the physical examination and blood test results from the 2011 survey; they may have not understood the results; or, they may have forgotten the results. “They also may have been unwilling to recognize that they had been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension or failed to take appropriate measures for disease management,” said Lumey. “This will need further study.””While we observed an increase in hypertension and diabetes awareness over time in the CHARLS survey, our results suggest a ‘failure to act on the findings’, and raise important questions about the effective communication of screening results not only in CHARLS but also in other health surveys,” noted Chihua Li of Zhengzhou Central Hospital in China.”Perhaps individuals were expected to take actions by themselves after receiving the screening results,” said Lumey. “But our findings show it is important that increased efforts are made to make sure that participants understand the medical examination results and are motivated to access the appropriate health services where needed. Providing systematic feedback of screening results to survey participants and the monitoring of disease awareness over time will be essential to improve disease recognition and facilitate optimal management.”last_img read more

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

first_img An Air Canada plane flown by overtired pilots nearly lands on a taxiway in San Francisco in 2017. The rules are strict. The Air Canada Flight Operations Manual, for instance, says a pilot who wants to rest must notify the co-pilot and a flight attendant. The pilot can sleep for no more than 40 minutes, and must wake up at least half an hour before the descent for landing. They get the first 15 minutes after the nap to fully awaken, during which they can’t resume actually flying the plane, unless they need to help deal with an emergency.Consumers’ opinionsAs consumer opinion experts, we have conducted a series of studies to see what members of the public think about letting pilots use this CRIP procedure to nap in the cockpit. In general, people are less willing to fly when they know a pilot might be allowed to sleep at the controls, and women are less willing than men. In our research, we find that this is mostly attributed to fear, because they don’t understand the benefits of pilot naps. Some of our earlier work has shown that when consumers understand the value of a new procedure, they’ll feel better about it. It seems likely that explaining to people how better-rested pilots makes a flight safer could help more people feel comfortable flying in a plane where the CRIP procedure is allowed.What do pilots think?In a follow-up study, we asked pilots what they thought about being allowed to rest in the cockpit during flight—and they were much more enthusiastic than nonpilots. Seventy percent of pilots favored allowing CRIP. On average, all participants who completed the survey felt that naps of 45 minutes should be approved, which was closely related to the 40 minutes suggested by scientific evidence. They also recognized the need for the pilot to be awake at least 30 minutes before beginning the descent to landing. Overall, the participants thought there were very few potential problems with CRIP and said it would be useful.However, some pilots did express worry about unintended consequences of CRIP implementation. The airlines, knowing that pilots could take naps during the flight, might be tempted to impose more rigorous flight schedules that would eliminate any benefits derived from CRIP. Lastly, participants commented on how this procedure is already being used by international carriers such as Air Canada and Qantas with success. So far, those companies’ crews have not registered widespread complaints about abuse of scheduling practices, and none of the survey respondents who fly for those airlines complained about this potential problem.Will the US allow it?It is hard to say whether the FAA would ever move to let U.S. pilots nap in the cockpit. The scientific research provides empirical evidence as to its advantages, and while consumers are somewhat hesitant, pilots seem very supportive of it.What is clear is that fatigue in the cockpit remains a threat to the aviation industry worldwide. Given the scientific evidence supporting CRIP to counter fatigue, clearly there is value in considering how it could improve aviation safety. Perhaps it’s time to listen to the pilots we trust to fly these airplanes and let them rest when they need to—within reason, and so they can fly more safely. Explore further Resting in the cockpitIt’s widely known that a short nap can improve a pilot’s alertness. Some planes, such as those commonly used on long international flights, have beds their pilots and other crew can use, but smaller planes don’t have the space. Only flights that are longer than eight hours require an additional pilot to be on board so one pilot at a time can rotate out for rest. On shorter flights, U.S. regulations expect both pilots to remain alert for the entire length of the flight, without any chance for rest during the flight.Some countries, including Canada and Australia, allow for pilots to nap in the cockpit. In an example from China, a pilot was caught napping and faced disciplinary action for napping in the cockpit. The official procedure to allow for pilots to nap in the cockpit is called “controlled rest in position.” CRIP has established policies and procedures to allow pilots to rest. Provided by The Conversation Airline pilots are often exhausted. An extreme example happened in 2008, when a pilot and a co-pilot both fell asleep at the controls, missing their landing in Hawaii—earning pilot’s license suspensions as well as getting fired. More recently, overtired pilots came very close to landing on top of another airplane at San Francisco International Airport in 2017. It’s not uncommon for a pilot for a major commercial airline to, for instance, start work in Florida at 5 p.m., with her first flight departing an hour later for a five-hour trip across the country, arriving in California just after 8 p.m. local time. Then she might get a short break and fly a 90-minute short-hop flight to to another California city. When she lands from this second flight, she has spent six and a half hours of the last nine in the cockpit. She is also three time zones from where she started work, and her body thinks it’s 2 a.m. There’s no doubt she’s tired—and she’s lucky not to have encountered any schedule adjustments for aircraft maintenance or weather delays.The airline industry and the government agency that regulates it, the Federal Aviation Administration, have taken steps to reduce pilot fatigue, but many pilots and others remain worried that two pilots are required to remain awake and alert for the entire flight, though one or both may be dealing with symptoms of fatigue. One possible suggestion is letting pilots take brief naps in the cockpit. As researchers of consumer opinions about the airline industry, we’ve found that the American public is wary of this idea, but may feel better about it once they’ve heard an explanation of how it actually makes their flights safer.Limiting pilots’ work timePilot fatigue can be difficult to predict or diagnose—especially since tired pilots usually manage to take off, fly and land safely. Even when something goes wrong, accident investigators may have little evidence of fatigue, except perhaps the sound of someone yawning on cockpit audio recordings.In 2014, the FAA imposed the first new pilot-rest rules in 60 years, limiting overall on-duty time and flight hours per day depending on when a pilot’s shift starts. The rules also established a process by which pilots can report fatigue without being disciplined by their airlines or the government. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Pilots have reported issues in US with new Boeing jet Citation: Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety (2019, June 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cockpit-airline-safety.html Airline pilots are often exhausted. Credit: christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more