Sunday, August 4, 2013

China's tallest building nears finish in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (AP) ? A topping out ceremony was held Saturday for China's tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai.

At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city's Pudong district is the world's second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet).

Topping out means the final beam has been placed at the top of the building. Once completed next year, the Shanghai Tower will have retail and office space, and a luxury hotel. It was designed by the U.S. architectural firm Gensler.

China's booming economy has fuelled a building frenzy, including some of the world's tallest buildings. The Shanghai Tower replaces the Shanghai World Financial Center ? completed in 2007 ? as the country's highest building.

The Shanghai Tower is the last piece in a group of super-tall skyscrapers in Shanghai's Pudong, which includes the Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower, both among the tallest in the world.

And in the south-central city of Changsha, developers are in the midst of building Sky City, an 838-meter (2,749-foot) structure that would overtake Burj Khalifa.

This summer, China also unveiled the world's largest building in terms of floor space in the western city of Chengdu. The New Century Global Center edged out the previous record-holder, the Dubai airport.


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Increased Risk of Colon Cancer in Men in the Pre-Diabetes Phase

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by Adedayo A. Onitilo, Richard L. Berg, Jessica M. Engel, Ingrid Glurich, Rachel V. Stankowski, Gail Williams, Suhail A. Doi Background Historically, studies exploring the association between type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and Cancer lack accurate definition of date of DM onset, limiting temporal analyses. We examined the temporal relationship between colon Cancer risk and DM using an electronic algorithm and clinical, administrative, and laboratory data to pinpoint date of DM onset. Methods Subjects diagnosed with DM (N = 11,236) between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2009 were identified and matched at a 5?1 ratio with 54 365 non-diabetic subjects by age, gender, smoking history, residence, and diagnosis reference date. Colon Cancer incidence relative to the reference date was used to develop Cox regression models adjusted for matching variables, body mass index, insurance status, and comorbidities. Primary outcomes measures included hazard ratio (HR) and number needed to be exposed for one additional person to be harmed (NNEH). Results The adjusted HR for colon Cancer in men before DM onset was 1.28 (95% CI 1.04?1.58, P = 0.0223) and the NNEH decreased with time, reaching 263 at DM onset. No such difference was observed in women. After DM onset, DM did not appear to alter colon Cancer risk in either gender. Conclusions Colon Cancer risk is increased in diabetic men, but not women, before DM onset. DM did not alter colon cance ...


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Apps of the week: Ember, Cannon Crasha, The Drowning, and more!

Apps of the week: Ember, Cannon Crasha, The Drowning, and more!

It's that time of the week again, when the iMore writing staff comes together to share with you some of those apps we've been using the most this week. Once again we've got a good spread, covering both iOS and Mac, with apps for tracking expenses, a few iOS games, and something to keep the kids busy!

Prey Project - Chris Parsons

No one likes to have their valuables stolen. It's a terrible thing to have happen and thankfully, thus far I've been lucky. That doesn't mean I don't prepare for things like that to happen though. My computer houses a TON of information and honestly, if there was one thing that could be stolen that would be vital it would be my MacBook. Although I hope to never need it, to keep my computer safe I use Prey AKA Prey Project, which offers a free solution for tracking stolen computers, iOS devices and even Android devices. Prey runs in the background waiting to be triggered from an online control panel, should your computer be stolen you can activate it and perform actions on the device such as snap photos, sound alarms, remote lock and even activate Wi-Fi connections. It's lightweight, simple to install and easy to use. Set it and forget it ? and hope you never need it. I encourage you to check it out more.

Ember - Peter Cohen

Ember is to digital images what Evernote is to note-taking - an app that helps you gather all of your images in one place for easy sorting, cataloging and sharing. Sure, you can use iPhoto, Lightroom or Aperture to do the same thing, but those apps are skewed towards photos. Ember helps you grab images from the web, from your iOS devices and elsewhere and provides an easy way to sort through what you're looking for. You can create collections that contain specific images, or Smart Collections that sort based on criteria like rating, tags, originating URL and more. A built-in browser lets you save web pages at widths specific to iPad or iPhone orientations, you can subscribe to web sites that produce photos that inspire you, and sketch feeback right on your images. Once you're done, you can share the images with friends and colleagues using e-mail, AirDrop, Messages, or social media including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and others.

Ember also has the screen capture capabilities of Littlesnapper, the Realmac app that Ember replaces, which makes it terrifically useful if you create tutorials or other content that relies on screen captures to get the point across. Realmac just released the software last week but they've already updated it with new features like new keyboard shortcuts, easier movement of snaps between collections, and more.

Cannon Crasha - Joseph Keller

Cannon Crasha is a castle defense game that's easy enough to grasp, though you'll need to spend some time in order to master it. Your castle trades cannon fire with a castle on the opposite side of the map. You earn coins throughout each level that you use to buy everything from new types of ammunition to various soldiers that you can deploy during play to different defensive structures. Your goal is to knock the health meter of your opponent's castle down from 100 to 0 before they do the same to you. The game features a 40-level campagin mode, as well as an arena that can pit you against AI in custom games, a wave-based survival mode, and goal hunt mode. There is also a multiplayer mode, allowing you to play a friend either on one device or two. Cannon Crasha does have an in-app purchase component, allowing you to buy large amounts of coins for use in-game. Cannon Crasha is a universal game for iPad and iPhone, and costs $0.99 on the App Store. If your a fan of castle defense, then you should definitely check this one out.

The Drowning - Simon Sage

After much anticipation, The Drowning has finally landed on iOS. Though this first-person shooter game has all of the similar free-to-play trappings we're used to, the control scheme is decidedly unique. Instead of leaning on the tired old dual virtual joystick paradigm that straight-up doesn't work well on mobile, you actually employ more finger-friendly techniques. For example, in order to fire, players tap two fingers on the screen, and your shot goes off directly between them. Getting around is really easy - tap on the ground, you'll find a path to that spot. Tap a button at the bottom in the middle to do a 180-degree turn, or swipe for more subtle changes. Things get pretty advanced when using this in conjunction; for example, tapping on a spot to start moving, then doing a 180 turn so you can keep an eye on things while backing up. This is genius. It promotes a different skillset than most are used to, and takes a step in the right direction to making touch-friendly FPS titles. Beyond the controls, I'm really digging the gritty zombie apocalypse feel, mainly since it has a very interesting twist to the old formula.

Reading Rainbow - Rene Ritchie

My godchildren, all 4 and 7-year olds of them, are currently, fiercely in love with Reading Rainbow. Yes, that LeVar Burton PBS show we all remember from the television of our youths has been re-imagined for the iPad of their youths. They love that they can choose books, that they can return the ones they've finished through a delightfully skeuomorphic slot and choose another one to keep their virtual backpacks full.

They have range of mountains, and each mountain has a genre, including family, action, fantasy, and non-fiction, with new content coming all the time. The books are interactive, full of sound and animation, and at the end they're rewarded with stickers they can put on their virtual islands.

It's educational, it's entertaining, it's a classic, and it's just one more example of why the iPad is the best, most accessible computing appliance in history. If you have kids, point them at the Reading Rainbow, and you'll all be dazzled.

xPence Plus - Ally Kazmucha

I have a thing for expense tracking apps. I'm not quite sure why but I find myself wanting to try new ones and switch between them occasionally. xPence Plus is another great one for the iPhone that works as a series of customizable colored grids that show different categories for expenses. You can edit and create new ones labeled however you want. When you add an expense, it will automatically filter into the category you assign. The main grid view gives you a nice picture of what you're spending and on what. xPence Plus is divided into four easy to use categories: expenses, income, statistics, and settings. Each category will give you a nice picture of where your money is going and how fast you're spending it compared to how fast you earn it.

xPence Plus supports recurring transactions such as monthly rent or mortgage payments as well as photo attachments for times you'd like to attach receipts to something. The only catch is that you can only track so much for free. If you need to track more than 4 categories, you can upgrade to the pro version as an in-app purchase for $2.99 for unlimited transactions and categories. You can also only track up to 10 expenses at a time using the free version. The pro option removes this limitation. Even at $2.99 it's a great buy for what you get.

Your picks

So, those are our picks for the week, but what about yours? Found a great app you think others might like? Share it with us and the community in the comments below!



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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Freedom of information in Venezuela: How hard is it to collect data?

Unlike many countries where national statistics agencies make household surveys public, Venezuelan researchers find even the most basic data is restricted.

By David Smilde,?WOLA / August 2, 2013

??David Smilde is the moderator of WOLA's blog:?Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights.?The views expressed are the author's own.

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Dr. Anitza Freitez is Professor of Demography and Director of the Economic and Social Sciences Institute at the Universidad Cat?lica Andr?s Bello. I recently sat down with her to talk about a little discussed aspect of transparency and freedom of information: the access policy researchers have to public information.

There is a lot of discussion these days regarding the importance of freedom of information in a functioning democracy. But that discussion usually focuses on budgets, yearly reports, financial accounts, and who has influence on governmental decisions. What is at issue with respect to policy research?

For us to carry out relevant research we need access to databases. Yet, our National Statistics Institute [INE] has progressively restricted the supply of information. While in other countries their household surveys are available on web pages that anyone can have access to, here that is not the case. The administrative registry where you find the numbers of births and deaths?information that is vital, for example, for understanding reproductive patterns of vulnerable populations and health issues?is not open, or is open only to a minimal degree. Yearly mortality ledgers, information on morbidity, epidemiological alerts?all of that information has been increasingly restricted.

We went for a whole year in which the Ministry of Health decided not to publish the epidemiological alert, which is the compulsory registry of certain diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, dengue that every health center is obliged to report on a weekly basis. It was taken off the Ministry?s web page because they claimed that it was being used for purposes other than research.

On migration issues, the Identification and Immigration Service (SAIME) put a note on its web page that said that entrance and exit numbers from the country were of exclusive access to agencies of public administration. Therefore, since the 1990s we do not know the annual migratory balance of Venezuela. We do not know how many Venezuelans leave and how many foreigners come in, their nationality or whether they stay.

We can look at almost any issue and we will find the same scarcity and lack of access to information: problems with its availability, the timing of its availability, and what is made available. In the year 2010 a national demographic survey was conducted with the support of the United Nations Population Fund, but that survey was kept shelved and still today we do not have access to it. Just yesterday we were handed the 2011 Census, and the data is limited to already calculated indicators and charts. But what we need is access to the raw data so that we can generate the indicators that we need according to the goals of our research and according to the segment of the population we are looking at.

And why is this happening? Why is the government limiting access to this type of information?

This is a government that is very sensitive to criticism. When you do research you don?t do it to sweeten the pill for whoever is in government, but to show what is being done well, to diagnose situations, to identify problems that need interventions. That?s what universities are for. Institutions that do research need freedom of information; they need information without censorship.

And what they want to give you are charts, not the data?

Charts, and there is very little you can do with them. They generally reflect an average of the country that says very little about how to guide interventions. We need to go down to the regional level and distinguish socioeconomic segments. It?s really no use if you give me a chart with only basic cross-tabulations. They come as PDFs or as images, and you end up having to transcribe the information or cracking those files if you can.

But is there not a legal framework for this?

According to the law, the information produced by public institutions is public domain and everyone should have access to it. The restriction of epidemiological alerts gave rise to appeals to international organisms by human rights groups and especially by organizations that work with HIV patients. There was a ruling that forced the Ministry of Health to again publish the alerts on its webpage.

And have they complied?

They have. But the issue is how they have complied. They put up the information for one week?because the information has to updated weekly. But at any given moment I should be able to find there 52 weeks of the epidemiological alert. However they upload some weeks, they take down others. Or when they are there you can?t download the files.

Thank you.

Translated by Hugo P?rez Hern?iz


The Christian Science Monitor has assembled a diverse group of Latin America bloggers. Our guest bloggers are not employed or directed by the Monitor and the views expressed are the bloggers' own, as is responsibility for the content of their blogs. To contact us about a blogger, click here.


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Online Dating - Not Just For Young Singles, Baby Boomers Love It ...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Google Sync support for Windows Phone to be kept alive until December 31st

Google Sync support for Windows Phone

As it turns out, yesterday wasn't the last opportunity to get your Windows Phone chatting with Google Sync. At the final hour, El Goog decided it wasn't the right time to block new connections for contact and calendar syncing -- the end date has been postponed again, this time to December 31st. That should leave plenty of time for all handsets to receive the GDR 2 update, letting CalDAV and CardDAV take over syncing duties so that Google Sync can finally retire with a clear conscience.

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Lawyer: No harassment training provided for San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO The attorney for San Diego's embattled mayor says the city failed to provide Bob Filner state-required sexual harassment training and therefore should pay to defend him against a lawsuit by his former communications director, who alleges he asked her to work without wearing panties.

Filner's lawyer Harvey Berger made the argument in a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith one day before the City Council voted unanimously to deny Filner funds for his legal defense. Local media published parts of the letter Wednesday.

Berger said the training was scheduled but the city trainer canceled and did not reschedule.

"While, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, many might argue that `you don't need a weatherperson to tell you which way the wind blows,' and an adult male should not need sexual harassment training," Filner may not be facing a lawsuit today if he had undergone the classes, Berger wrote.

"This is not an excuse for any inappropriate behavior which may have occurred, but having conducted sexual harassment training many times over the years, I have learned that many ? if not most ? people do not know what is and what is not illegal sexual harassment under California law. There is a very, very good reason for mandatory sexual harassment training; if nothing else it makes people think about the subject, and how they interact with their fellow employees," Berger wrote.

Filner is facing allegations of unwanted advances from at least eight women, including his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed a lawsuit July 22 against the mayor and the city. In the lawsuit, McCormack alleges Filner asked Jackson to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked, and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear.

The accusations have prompted a recall effort and a chorus of calls for Filner to resign, including from seven of nine City Council members.

Dealing a double rebuke to its mayor, the council voted unanimously Tuesday to sue Filner to require the mayor pay for any damages or attorney fees out of his own pocket if the city is held liable. It also moved to deny Filner funds for his legal defense.

"His employers, San Diego taxpayers, did not have to bail him out for the mess he created," City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said.

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Under state law, Filner cannot accept more than $440 a year in donated services from his attorney, and campaign money can be used only to defend against alleged violations of the state's campaign finance law, said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

He can, however, create a legal defense fund, Ravel said.

Filner, who is 70 and divorced, said Friday he would enter two weeks of "intensive" therapy Aug. 5, defying calls from his own party leaders to resign. The former 10-term congressman is less than eight months into a four-year term. He is San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years.

Besides the sexual harassment allegations, Filner also is facing questions over a June trip to Paris.

Filner declined for weeks to say who paid for the trip, and the chairman of San Diego's city audit committee expressed concern.

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The mayor later said the $9,839 in travel expenses were covered in part by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities to attend a conference. He said the group was a nonprofit, which would have allowed him to accept the trip as a gift.

Internal Revenue Service spokesman Bruce Friedland told U-T San Diego on Tuesday that the organization is not designated as a nonprofit.

Filner said Wednesday the group had told him incorrectly it was.

The Washington, D.C.-based Iranian American group's vice chairman, Ross Amin, told U-T San Diego on Monday that he was not sure what kind of tax-exempt organization the group was, but he said, "We are a nonprofit organization."

Amin said he would forward questions about the group's nonprofit status to "the right department to answer technical questions."

Contacted again Tuesday, Amin said he had not received any more information.


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