ESPN Caribbean has struck a new five-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for exclusive rights to cricket from 2018 to 2022.ESPN will air live coverage in the Caribbean of all international and domestic cricket played in England and Wales over the next five years. Coverage begins on May 24 with the first of two England men’s Tests against Pakistan, and later this summer a visit from Australia for five one-day internationals and a T20 match, followed by a tour by India for five Test matches, three on-day internationals, and three T20s.The deal also includes the 2019 Ashes, a 2022 West Indies tour and an India return in 2022.ESPN has also acquired rights to coverage of the England women’s team and men’s county cricket including a new eight-team domestic competition set to start in 2020.All five days of the current Pakistan Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London are airing live on ESPN2 Caribbean and streaming live on ESPN Play, ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service. ESPN Caribbean will also televise the May 31 benefit match between the West Indies and the ICC World XI at Lord’s to help rebuild Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by the 2017 hurricanes.The addition of exclusive ECB coverage adds to ESPN Caribbean’s pre-existing Caribbean cricket portfolio, which includes coverage of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20, hosted by the West Indies, the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and Cricket West Indies Super50 Cup.Scott McGlone, ESPN International’s director of programming, said: “We are pleased to announce our first ever agreement with ECB in the Caribbean. ESPN is committed to bringing the very best cricket action to fans in the West Indies and what better way to demonstrate this than our alliance with the ECB, which represents both the storied history of the game and its bright future of growth across all formats. This agreement reinforces our commitment to providing fans in the region with high quality and locally relevant programming.”ECB’s chief commercial officer Sanjay Patel said: “Today’s announcement is good news for Caribbean cricket fans. It means they can enjoy all the action from our domestic and international playing programme across a variety of different platforms – and will help give our national men’s and women’s teams, and our county teams an even greater global profile.”
Source:https://www.iospress.nl/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Heart and lung complications are responsible for much of the morbidity and mortality associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Although regular monitoring of pulmonary function is recommended in order to detect deterioration, compliance with routine testing, such as hospital-based spirometry, is frequently poor. A new study in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes the at-home use of a child-compatible, hand-held device (HHD) that makes monitoring pulmonary function in teens more convenient and provides the data needed for better disease management.”This is the first study that demonstrates that the use of a hand-held device to assess pulmonary function is feasible in adolescent patients with DMD. Pulmonary function data obtained by this method are reliable as shown by comparison to standard spirometry results and participating patients showed a high level of adherence in the use of the device. This new approach to collect pulmonary function data, together with several analyses methods, could be used in the planning of clinical intervention trials with respiratory function endpoints or to improve routine clinical care in patients with DMD,” explained Prof. Gunnar M. Buyse, MD, PhD, Department of Paediatric Neurology, University Hospitals Leuven (Belgium).DMD is a debilitating neuromuscular disease that is usually diagnosed in children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. During the early teenage years, patients with DMD find their mobility impaired and pulmonary function begins to deteriorate. Clinical symptoms include the inability to cough efficiently, poor airway clearance, recurrent respiratory infections and, eventually, respiratory failure necessitating ventilator support. “Safeguarding pulmonary function, therefore, represents a significant unmet need,” said Dr. Buyse.This study was part of a multinational, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III study (DELOS) investigating whether the drug idebenone could improve or delay the loss of respiratory function in adolescents 10-18 years old with DMD. One aim of the trial was to compare assessment of pulmonary function with a hand-held device to spirometry performed in a clinic or hospital.Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingThe results showed that weekly use of the hand-held device was well accepted by adolescent trial participants over the course of a year, with average adherence exceeding 75%. Comparison of values for peak expiratory flow expressed as percent of predicted (PEF%p) collected with the hand-held device with data obtained on the same day with standard spirometry were highly correlated indicating the reliability of this method. Both assessment methods showed that idebenone treatment slowed the decline in pulmonary function compared to placebo.Explanations for the limited compliance to hospital-based pulmonary function testing could be that physicians do not recommend testing, or patients are not followed in specialized neuromuscular centers where pulmonary function tests are available and recommended. Use of a hand-held device would offer an appropriate addition to hospital-based spirometry assessment with the advantage of allowing more frequent collection of pulmonary function data. Another possibility is that teenagers with limited mobility may be resistant to traveling to clinical centers.Advantages of using home-based pulmonary function monitoring include the ability to obtain more frequent assessments, sometimes on a daily basis, which could facilitate early detection of pulmonary function decline. The study also showed that short observation periods (between 2 and 4 weeks) were sufficient to distinguish clinical changes in PEF%p. Finally, this method may prove to be very useful for clinical testing of new therapies for DMD.
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As their collegiate careers wind down, members of the Class of 2012 have set sights on their professional futures. A majority will enter the work force with the strength of a Notre Dame degree backing them up, as statistics show University graduates fare well in job placement. Kevin Monahan, associate director at the Career Center, said he expects this year’s placement statistics to compare well to last year’s strong numbers. “For the class of 2011 last year, 85 percent left Notre Dame with definite plans: military careers, graduate school, post-graduate service or full-time employment,” he said. “Within three months of graduation, that number was in the upper 90s [percent.]” A Notre Dame degree carries great value, according to Monahan, who cited positive feedback from recruiters at Epic, a medical technology company located in Madison, Wisc., which recruited 36 graduating seniors this year. Monahan said the nature of certain sectors of the job market where positions become available and are filled rapidly leads to fluctuations in employment opportunities. “It really depends on the industry,” he said. “Certain industries hire on the ‘just-in-time’ market, like advertising, film, television and communications – they hire when they have need.” While some companies recruit well in advance of graduation, opportunities with those who use this type of hiring schedule are more difficult to anticipate. “If an advertising agency has an opening, they interview you today and ask you to start next week,” he said. Monahan said alumni networking is important in the job hunt, stressing these connections can lead to unexpected opportunities. “Because of the tight time frames, networking is very important,” he said. “You want people to be able to alert you to potential job openings.” The Notre Dame alumni network is especially helpful with “just-in-time” hiring industries, he said. Monahan cited the Chicago-based advertising agency Abelson Taylor as an example. “They have hired about 10 Notre Dame alumni in the past year, and each one has been through networking and referrals,” he said. “They rarely post any openings on their website, because [recruiting is] all done by alumni recommending other alumni.” Regardless of how graduates find job opportunities, Monahan said he is confident members of the class of 2012 will succeed in finding employment. “It’s still a challenging job market for graduating seniors,” Monahan said. “But with the resources available to our students through employer relationships, Career Center counseling and alumni networking, we are confident that all of graduates will be successful in their chosen careers.” Monahan said the Career Center continues to offer its services to seniors after graduation. “We will continue to work with students and young alumni in their job search,” he said. “I want to encourage the graduates, that, if they’re still seeking employment, please reach out to the Career Center. We’d love to help each person build a game plan for their job search.”