Press release: HPV vaccine reduces cancer-causing infection by 86 per cent

first_img It is extremely positive to see the impact that the vaccination has had on prevalence of cervical cancer causing HPV infection among vaccinated women. One day we hope to see cervical cancer become a disease of the past and it is only through high vaccination rates that we will get there. For women who have had the vaccine, it is important to remember it does not offer full protection against cervical cancer so attending cervical screening when invited is still important. Read the paper published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. In England, girls aged 12 to 13 years are routinely offered the first HPV vaccination when they’re in school year 8. The second dose is normally offered 6 to 12 months after the first (in school year 8 or year 9). It’s important to have both doses to be protected. Men who have sex with men (MSM) do not benefit in the same way from the girls’ programme. From April 2018, MSM up to and including the age of 45 are eligible for free HPV vaccination on the NHS when they visit GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinics and HIV clinics in England. For more information, comment or media interviews, please contact the PHE press office: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 16 and 18 infections, which cause the majority of cervical cancer cases, decreased by 86% in women aged 16 to 21 who were eligible for the vaccination as adolescents between 2010 and 2016.The surveillance data from England was published today (Monday 18 June 2018) in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Overall, declines were seen across 5 high-risk HPV types, which together cause around 90% of cervical cancer cases, as well as low-risk HPV types.The results suggest that the HPV vaccination programme will bring about large reductions in cervical cancer in the future. Cervical cancer is currently the most common cancer in women under 35, killing around 850 women a year.In addition, the programme has led to a marked decline in genital wart diagnoses. The number of genital wart diagnoses in sexual health clinics fell in girls aged 15 to 17 by 89%, and in boys of the same age by 70%, between 2009 and 2017 as a result of herd immunity. Genital warts are caused by some low-risk strains of HPV, which the current vaccine also protects against.Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations, Public Health England (PHE), said: These results are very promising and mean that in years to come we can expect to see significant decreases in cervical cancer, which is currently one of the biggest causes of cancer in women under 35. This study also reminds us how important it is to keep vaccination rates high to reduce the spread of this preventable infection. I encourage all parents of girls aged 12 to 13 to make sure they take up the offer for this potentially life-saving vaccine.center_img As well as seeing a significant reduction in the high-risk types 16 and 18, the study also showed clear declines in the prevalence of HPV31, HPV33 and HPV45, which are not included in the current vaccine. This builds on existing evidence which suggests the vaccine also offers some cross-protection to unvaccinated women against related HPV types that can also cause cervical cancer.Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: Most HPV infections are cleared by the immune system with no symptoms, but some high-risk types of HPV (16 and 18) cause cervical cancer.The HPV vaccination programme was first introduced in 2008. Over 80% of people aged 15 to 24 have now been vaccinated in the UK and 80 million have received the vaccine worldwide.The study reminds us of the importance of maintaining high take up amongst girls who are offered the vaccine through the school vaccination. The vaccine was found to be less effective in females who receive it in later adolescent years, due to an increased likelihood of prior exposure to the virus through sexual activity.All girls can get the HPV vaccine free from the NHS from the age of 12 up to their 18th birthday. The vaccination programme is delivered through schools, but if girls miss out they can request it from their GP surgery.Background:last_img read more

Meserve, Fisher to lead Overseers

first_imgRichard A. Meserve, J.D. ’75, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science and former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been elected president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for 2012-13.Lucy Fisher ’71, an award-winning film producer and co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment, will become vice chair of the board’s executive committee.Both Meserve and Fisher will be serving the final year of their six-year Overseer terms in 2012-13.  They will assume their new roles following Commencement this spring, succeeding Leila Fawaz, A.M. ’72, Ph.D. ’79, the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University, and Robert N. Shapiro ’72, J.D. ’78, a partner in the Boston-based law firm of Ropes & Gray.“The Overseers bring essential experience and wisdom to the work of the University, and their perspectives assure that Harvard moves ahead with both ambition and care,” said President Drew Faust. “With Dick Meserve and Lucy Fisher, we’re once again fortunate to have two alumni leaders of remarkable accomplishment and strongly complementary backgrounds to guide the board forward during the coming year.”Richard Meserve has been president of the Carnegie Institution for Science since 2003. Based in Washington, D.C., the institution is an internationally recognized scientific research organization with programs in developmental biology, plant biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology.From 1999 to 2003, Meserve was chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In that role, he served as the principal executive officer of the federal agency with responsibility for ensuring public health and safety in the operation of nuclear power plants and the usage of nuclear materials.From 1984 to 1999, Meserve was a partner in the Washington-based law firm of Covington & Burling, with a practice focused on issues at the intersection of law, science, and public policy. He remains senior of counsel to the firm, which he joined as an associate in 1981.After his undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Meserve received his J.D. degree from Harvard in 1975 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1976. He clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court before serving as legal counsel to President Jimmy Carter’s science and technology adviser.Meserve is currently chairman of the International Nuclear Safety Group, chartered by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. He has served on numerous legal and scientific committees, including many associated with the National Academies. Among other affiliations, he is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.Elected to join Harvard’s Board of Overseers in 2007, Meserve chairs the board’s standing committee on natural and applied sciences and serves on the executive committee and the committee on institutional policy. In addition, he serves on the governing boards’ joint committee on inspection, Harvard’s audit committee. Chair of the Overseers’ visiting committee to the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, he is a member of the visiting committee to the Kennedy School of Government and in 2008 chaired the external review of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.* * *Lucy Fisher is co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment, an independent film production company based in California.  Red Wagon’s projects include such motion pictures as “Stuart Little 2” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as well as the Prohibition drama “Lawless” and “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio; the latter two films are scheduled for release this year.Previously, Fisher served as vice chair of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group at Sony Pictures, where she supervised such films as “Men In Black,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Air Force One,” and  “As Good As It Gets.”  The studio set box office records during her tenure.  From 1981 to 1996, she served as executive vice president for worldwide production at Warner Bros., overseeing a wide range of films, including “The Color Purple,” “Malcolm X,” and “The Fugitive.”Fisher’s honors include the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Producer of the Year, Women in Film’s Crystal Award, and Premiere magazine’s Icon Award.  She has been listed as one of Fortune magazine’s 50 most powerful women in American business.Fisher and her husband and professional partner Douglas Wick co-founded CuresNow, an organization dedicated to promoting regenerative medicine and stem cell research, after their daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  They co-chaired the campaign for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which was passed by California voters in 2004 and led to major new funding for stem cell research in the state.As a Harvard Overseer, Fisher is vice chair of the standing committee on humanities and arts and serves on the executive committee and the committee on institutional policy.  A member of the visiting committees to Harvard College, the Graduate School of Education, and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, she is also a member of the advisory committee to the Office for the Arts and founder of the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist program, which annually brings newer artists to the campus.* * *First created as the “Committee as to the colledg at New Towne” by order of the General Court of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1637, the Board of Overseers dates to the earliest days of Harvard College.  It is the larger of Harvard’s two governing boards, the other being the President and Fellows of Harvard College (also known as the Harvard Corporation).  Members of the Board of Overseers are elected annually by holders of Harvard degrees; typically, five Overseers are elected each year to six-year terms.  Drawing on the diverse experience of its members, the board exerts broad influence over Harvard’s strategic directions, provides counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions of the Corporation, and directs the visitation process by which various Harvard Schools and departments are periodically reviewed and assessed.last_img read more

Kerrey: Let’s re-emphasize critical thinking

first_imgWe live in a country where 75 percent of the populace can name all Three Stooges, but fewer than half can identify a single Supreme Court justice. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey made that observation early in Friday’s Harvard Institute for Learning & Teaching (HILT) conference, “Implementing the Science of Learning to Advance the Art of Teaching.” For Kerrey, that statistic is the perfect proof that the nature of education needs to be rethought.The three goals of the annual conference are to promote dialogue across Harvard’s campuses about education innovation, to provide examples of experimental approaches and research studies that generalize across academic fields, and to expand the network of Harvard constituents who are improving educational practice.Both Kerrey and another guest, Stephen M. Kosslyn, have been involved with San Francisco’s Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, which aims to replace traditional classroom education with a cognitive learning approach geared to critical thinking and reasoning. Kerrey is Minerva’s executive chairman and Kosslyn its founding dean in 2012.To begin the keynote plenary session at Wasserstein Hall, moderator Claudine Gay, dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, invoked a quote from “Academically Adrift” by Richard Arum and Joseph Roska, a book that inspired some of Minerva’s work: “Remarkably little learning happens on most college campuses.” Both panelists were then asked if they agreed with the quote.,“The one thing we can be sure of is that things will change,” Kosslyn said. “And we need to teach students how to adapt to the changes around them. Artificial intelligence is on the rise, but not everybody is going to become a data geek. The human part is still central. So what do people do that would be really hard to automate?” The answer, he suggested, was in “softer skills” such as leadership, negotiation, and creative analysis. “We should be teaching the kind of things that are not likely to be displaced by AI.To that end, he said, students at Minerva are prompted to complete “real world” experience. “We have no labs, no beakers, and all the classes are taught via platforms on computer. What we care about is that students might (instead) get some experience in a real lab, like over the summer, where they might actually do some experiential learning,” Kosslyn said.Students, he suggested, should behave more like Harvard professors, doing real-life research to augment their classroom learning. “The deal is to figure out how to systemize that, how to build it into the DNA so it is part of the institution.”Kerrey said that he was particularly interested in teaching students to be part of a democratic society. This, he said, also involved critical thinking and creative argument. “Learning something that requires you to confront an audience that disagrees with you — that’s one of the central challenges of democracy.”During a breakout discussion afterward, Kerrey was asked if he considered Harvard to be part of a “bubble” of New England higher education. “I don’t think we should be defensive about living in a New England bubble, other than that I’m a Yankee fan,” he responded. “The great thing about Harvard, and all of higher education, is that knowledge gets disseminated, it becomes available. That means you don’t need to be teaching the same laws of thermodynamics that I learned 20 years ago.”Audience members laugh along with the panelists. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe senator also re-emphasized the need for broad-based creative discussion. In one of many literary references, he noted that T.S. Eliot, a Harvard alumnus, was a young man when he wrote “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” one of the great screeds about advancing age. “If you went to Washington and took 100 random people out of their offices, the median age would be in the late 20s. One of the most difficult things for young people is to engage with people older than themselves, and we need to encourage younger people to have these discussions.”Harvard President Larry Bacow’s opening remarks at the conference emphasized the need to meet new educational challenges. “Working with technology has forced us to think much harder about how we organize information. The faculty is focused in a very deep way on how we can help our students learn, how we can adapt our teaching. And I think we’re a much better institution as a result.”The seventh annual conference hosted more than 300 faculty members, academic professionals, students, and researchers with representation from all Harvard Schools.While the first set of breakout sessions continued the morning plenary discussion, giving attendees an opportunity to ask pointed questions and reflect on faculty and student implications for building an intentional university, the second set of concurrent breakouts provided an outlet for participants to gain insights, resources, and strategies to apply learning science principles in their own contexts.last_img read more

Knight reviews author’s life

first_imgAuthor and Historian Louise W. Knight spoke about her newest book, “Jane Addams: Sprit in Action,” at Saint Mary’s Tuesday. She led an engaging discussion on the life of Addams and her accomplishments in Stapleton Lounge. Sister Kathleen Dolphin, head of the Center for Spirituality, introduced Knight. “She engages the general reader,” Dolphin said. “This is not an easy task. However, she does it well.” Knight’s second book on Addams includes a full biography as well as her “secret side” growing up in Cedar Town, Ill., and being the youngest of five. Addams co-founded the Hull House in Chicago and is the author of 10 books, Knight said. “She knew she wanted to be a medical doctor and live among the poor,” Knight said. Addams attended Rockford College in Illinois — a small women’s college for girls of wealthy families — in hopes of becoming a doctor. According to Knight, two months after graduation, her father died leaving her in a haze. After one year of medical school she had a nervous breakdown partly due to her father’s death and the realization that the medical career was not for her. The images of joy among the catacombs in Rome “took her breath away,” Knight said. Visiting Rome instilled a new drive in Addams and inspired her to develop the Hull House in Chicago, she said. After convincing a friend to help, the two acquired a property in an immigration neighborhood. “The settlement house was a social effort to take college educated men and women and place them in a working class neighborhood,” Knight said. The idea was to cross class lines, as well as to fulfill her lifelong dream of living among the poor, she said. The settlement house transformed her life. According to Knight, she learned that poverty affects the soul just as much as materialism. She herself was ferociously anti-materialistic, even though she came from a wealthy family, she said. Addams wrote, “The best teacher of life is life itself.” She was committed to social action and embraced union reforms, Knight said. Jane Addams can be described as a “visionary and profit,” according to Knight. She was hated by many but loved by many more. This was Knight’s third and final lecture at Saint Mary’s.last_img read more

Sutton Foster Led Violet Begins Performances on Broadway

first_imgThe journey begins for Sutton Foster tonight as the Roundabout Theatre Production of Violet begins preview performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28. The Tony winner leads a cast that includes Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell and Alexander Gemignani. The musical will officially open on April 20. Alexander Gemignani Related Shows Joshua Henry Sutton Foster View All (4) Violet Star Files View Comments Directed by Leigh Silverman, Violet follows a young woman’s Greyhound bus trip from North Caroline to Oklahoma. She travels in the hopes that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. The musical follows her quest for beauty amidst the race and image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Violet features a score by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Additional cast members include Annie Golden, Ben Davis, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Emerson Steele and Rema Webb. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Colin Donnelllast_img read more

Pecan Crop

first_imgExpectations are high for this year’s Georgia pecan crop, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells. Despite Hurricane Hermine’s presence in south Georgia on Sept. 2, which led to damaged pecan trees throughout south and southeast Georgia, from Thomas County through Screven County, Wells projects this year’s crop to yield more than 100 million pounds. (Kyle Dawson is an intern at the UGA Tifton Campus.) “It’s one of the better crops we’ve had in a while,” Wells said.One reason for Wells’ optimism is Georgia’s lack of rain this summer. The lack of moisture meant a sharp decline in pecan scab disease pressure. Scab results from a fungal pathogen that overwinters in the tree. When temperatures warm up in the spring, the fungus becomes active and produces new spores, which are spread by rain and wind.Georgia’s drought-like conditions this summer meant few, if any, spores were spread from one tree to another.“As long as the farmers had irrigation, many places actually benefitted from the lack of rain because they didn’t have much scab and they didn’t have to go out and spray as often,” Wells said. “It’s a little variable on the disease side, but overall, it’s been a fairly dry year.”It was dry until the first days of September, when Hurricane Hermine moved through Georgia and dropped more than 5 inches of rain in some counties. Wells said the storm damaged pecan trees on a path starting in Thomasville, Georgia, then went east and later north as far as Screven County. Wells said Berrien County, Georgia, experienced the most damage due to wind. “There were some growers in the Berrien County area who had more than 1,000 trees laid down because of the wind,” Wells said. “Most of these trees were 15 years old and younger.”The 15-year-old trees tend to blow over more often because they have enough foliage to catch a lot of wind, but don’t have a strong enough root system to hold the trees in place, according to Wells. However, the wind doesn’t have to blow the tree over to cause damage.“Most of the growers I’ve heard from have reported about 30 percent of the nuts being blown or shaken out of the tree by the wind,” Wells said. “There’s also a lot of large limbs down.”With the combination of strong winds and heavy rainfall, pecan trees are vulnerable to damage. Even if the trees stay upright, the nuts in the tree that are nearing harvest time can be damaged.“In the past, storms have come through and, even if nuts stay on the tree, they sometimes can get beaten around so much that it damages the nut,” Wells said. “Wind can also disrupt the root system, which has a delayed, negative effect.”last_img read more

Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy, warns of more problems for U.S. coal sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Moody’s Investors Service on April 13 downgraded all long-term ratings for Contura Energy Inc.The action included a downgrade of Contura’s corporate family rating from B3 to Caa1. Moody’s also downgraded Contura’s senior secured term loan rating from Caa1 to Caa2. Contura’s outlook is rated “stable.”“Contura has idled the majority of its mines due to weak market conditions. Moody’s expects that demand for metallurgical coal will weaken further in the near-term as blast furnace steel producers adjust to reduced demand due to the coronavirus,” said Ben Nelson, Moody’s senior credit officer and lead coal analyst. “The rating action is entirely driven by macro-level concerns resulting from the global outbreak of coronavirus.”The coal sector is one of the most significantly impacted sectors from the “severe and extensive credit shock” created by the pandemic, the Moody’s note said.“Moody’s expects a very challenging year for the coal industry in 2020 — including meaningful reduction in industry-wide demand for metallurgical coal and thermal coal in the next few months driven by an unprecedented shock to the economy due to the coronavirus outbreaks,” the note said.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Anticipating ‘very challenging year’ for coal, Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy Moody’s downgrades Contura Energy, warns of more problems for U.S. coal sectorlast_img read more

Brother of Hate Crime Victim Condemns Trump in Patchogue

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The brother of slain Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero condemned Donald Trump’s fundraiser in Patchogue Thursday just blocks from where his brother was killed in a vicious hate crime nearly eight years ago, calling it a “slap in the face” to his community.Standing several yards from where his brother was fatally stabbed in 2008, a quivering and teary-eyed Joselo Lucero said his brother came to the United States seeking a better life. But instead of living out his dream, his life was taken by Joseph Conroy, a knife-wielding 17-year-old, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for manslaughter as a hate crime. Six others were convicted of lesser crimes.“This is [not] easy for me,” a visibly emotional Joselo told about 100 people who came out for a vigil in memory of his brother. “This is a terrible day. How do you think I’m feeling with this? My mom died because of consequences with that. I don’t want something like this to ever happen. I hope—I hope this village take this message right, because for the last seven years I’ve tried to build this village, I tried to build this community, I tried to be a bridge in between my community and between the immigrants and between the local people.”“But what [do] I have?” an anguished Joselo cried out, prompting tears from the crowd. “I have a slap in my face…Donald Trump came four blocks away. He uses the rhetoric against immigrants, he uses hate speech, he uses the power to humiliate women. Why do we allow him to do that?”Lucero’s vigil attracted a diverse group of supporters, including several members of local clergy. The gathering was in response to Trump’s fundraiser with the Suffolk County Republican Committee at The Emporium, a local music venue. The event sparked outrage from members of the community because of Trump’s view on immigration.There were multiple events throughout the day protesting Trump’s presence, including a demonstration about 50 yards away from The Emporium, where people chanted “Dump Trump,” “We say no to hate,” and “Long Island, united, will never be defeated!” A nearby venue also held a “Make America LOVE Again” concert that doubled as a fundraiser for a charity dedicated to Lucero.This was Trump’s second LI appearance in as many weeks ahead of next Tuesday’s crucial presidential primary. Trump is the front-runner for the GOP nomination but he may not end up with enough votes to clinch the nomination outright, which is why the New York primary is so pivotal. Multiple polls show Trump with an insurmountable lead in New York.There was little mention of the upcoming primary at Lucero’s vigil, however.Joselo Lucero, brother of hate crime victim Marcelo Lucero, called Trump’s visit in Patchogue a “slap in the face.” (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Holding a sign that blared “Stand Against Racism,” Francisco Fuentes, an artist from Central Islip, said people in the community have serious concerns with Trump’s anti-immigrant message.“It’s very important for the whole Spanish community to let them know they’re against any message of hate and racism,” Fuentes said through a translator.Retired Rev. Al Ramirez credited Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and others for helping the community heal after Lucero’s slaying. But he speculated that giving Trump a platform in Patchogue could derail hard-earned progress.“There’s been a lot of progress made,” Ramirez told the Press. “You have to give credit to Paul Pontieri; I think he’s a made tremendous effort to create unity, greater understanding, bring people together…clearly, even the police department, I believe, has taken positive steps, [but] they still have a lot of work to do.”“If they have taken, perhaps, eight steps forward,” he added, “what has just happened, has taken them seven steps back. They’re back in the beginning.”Speaking at a microphone, Father Ron Richardson, a retired Roman Catholic priest, reminded everyone why they had come out on this sun-splashed day.“His life was taken from him solely because he was an immigrant,” Richardson told the crowd congregating on Railroad Avenue.Richardson lamented the divisiveness ripping through the US today, saying his hope for a more “supportive society” has been replaced with “a hardening of our collective hearts.”Rabbi Steven Moss of B’nai’ Israel Reform Temple in Oakdale and chair of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission encouraged those gathered to stand united.A vigil set up for Marcelo Lucero at the site of his slaying. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)“That piece of Earth, that concrete to my right is holy,” he said of the spot where Lucero was killed.“Say no to violence, no to hate speech,” he added, before leading the crowd into a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”A more spirited rally took place down the street from The Emporium with protesters carrying signs comparing Trump to Hitler and raising banners that barked “Dump Trump.”Unlike the demonstration in Bethpage last week, Thursday’s protest did not spark confrontations between those rallying against Trump and those supportive of his cause.Standing along a police barricade, Cynthia Roethgen of Lindenhurst said she fears Trump’s message about immigrants could inflame tension.“Sadly, I believe that we’ve had racism dampen down in this country, it never really went away, and he’s just ignited it again,” Roethgen said. “I don’t think that’s what we need.”Roethgen said she has recently discussed Trump’s presidential run with two people from Germany who told her they are frightened by what they hear.“This is reaching the world,” she said, “and he’s scaring a lot of people.”Beth Rosato, a lifelong resident of Patchogue, said the community had come a long way since Lucero’s death only to have to relive it once again thanks to Trump.“I think it’s either extremely insensitive or its extremely manipulative, and neither one of those things is right,” she said. “It’s a slap in the face to Patchogue. All the work everyone’s done to heal from the wounds and to have him come here, it’s not right.”Before he gave his impassioned speech to scores of supporters, Joselo said he was hoping to leave people with a positive message.As he walked through the parking lot, various people expressed sorrow for his loss, shook his hand and gave him a hug.“It doesn’t matter where he came from,” he told the crowd of supporters. “He was my brother, he was my life, he was my father, he was my friend.”last_img read more

Must-have home gadgets you can buy now » Gadget Flow

first_imgFall is a great time to upgrade your home and make it more comfortable for you and your family. So today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite must-have home gadgets. And the best part is, all of these products are available to buy right now.It’s always nice to spruce up your home before winter and the holidays arrive. Luckily, there are so many great products that can make your home cozier, more secure, and convenient. That’s why today we’re rounding up some of our best must-have home gadgets you can buy now.Related: 2020 Ultimate smart speaker guide for your home- Advertisement – As you can see, there are so many great ways you can upgrade your home for this season and all those to come. Do you have any home gadgets that you can’t live without? Let us know about them in the comments. Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. Awair Element Air Quality TrackerAwair Element air quality tracker in a work setting Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth Speaker Moona Active Cooling Pillow PadThe Moona Active Cooling Pillow Pad will help you stay cool throughout the night if you sleep a little too warmly. It features an active thermoregulation system that keeps your pillow cool and comfortable all night. The Nest Thermostat Smart temperature Control 2020 comes at a cheaper price tag than previous Nest models. It’s also simpler to operate and doesn’t automatically learn your daily routine.Philips Hue Iris Table LampThe Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp is another great item on our list of must-have home gadgets. It provides rich, ambient lighting in beautiful colors. What’s more, it has super-low dimming options. Control this lamp via Bluetooth or pair it with the Hue bridge. AmazonBasics Humidifier Aroma Diffuser Meural WiFi Photo Frame Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso Grinder Meural WiFi Photo FrameMeural WiFi Photo Frame digital picture frame with a photo The Meural WiFi Photo Frame allows you to easily send your favorite photos from your phone to the frame. This way, you can keep your memories with you instead of hidden away on your phone. Vifa Stockholm 2.0 Wall-Mountable SpeakerThe Vifa Stockholm 2.0 Wall-Mountable Speaker made our list of must-have home gadgets because you can hang it on the wall. It also integrates perfectly with other Vifa devices for a whole-home sound system. Its gorgeous design comes in Nordic-inspired colors.ēdn SmallGarden Indoor Connected GardenThe ēdn SmallGarden Indoor Connected Garden lets you grow fresh herbs and other greens in your kitchen. Best of all, this gadget is easy to manage since it connects to Wi-Fi. The app lets you know when your SmallGarden needs to be watered and when your produce is ready for harvest. Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth Speaker Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso GrinderEureka Mignon Silenzio espresso grinder in a kitchen – Advertisement – Level Touch Keyless Door Lock Nest Thermostat Smart Temperature Control 2020- Advertisement – Comcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi ExtenderThe Comcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi Extender is on our list of must-have home gadgets because it speeds up the internet throughout your house. With tri-band Wi-Fi radio, it makes sure fast speeds reach all your devices. Yves Béhar FORME Life Connected Fitness MirrorThe Yves Béhar FORME Life Connected Fitness Mirror is one of our must-have home gadgets that helps you stay fit. It has a built-in weight-training system and connects you to life-sized trainers.Elo at-Home Hot Stone Spa ExperienceThe Elo at-Home Hot Stone Spa Experience although this product is for preorder, we couldn’t resist mentioning it here. This set gives you hot-stone therapy right at home. The hand-shaped volcanic stones relieve tension and sore muscles. The customizable light rings set the mood. Awair Element Air Quality Tracker Comcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi Extender Moona Active Cooling Pillow Pad Comcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi Extender Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent OutletEve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter intelligent outlet in a child’s room Level Touch Keyless Door LockLevel Touch keyless door lock on a front door Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth SpeakerBang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth speaker on steps Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp Elo at-Home Hot Stone Spa Experience AmazonBasics Humidifier Aroma Diffuser ēdn SmallGarden Indoor Connected Gardenēdn SmallGarden indoor connected garden on a countertop The items on this list are in-stock and ready to buy. There’s a lovely WiFi photo frame that lets you easily display the albums from your smartphone. And a humidifier that adds moisture to your air as well as relaxing aromas. So have a look at the roundup below for some of the best devices you can currently buy to make your home the place you want to be.Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth SpeakerFirst up on our list of must-have home gadgets is the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 Bluetooth Speaker. This speaker gives you an authentic listening experience and offers a satisfying bass range. ēdn SmallGarden Indoor Connected Garden Comcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi ExtenderComcast Xfinity xFi Pod Wi-Fi extender on a desk Elo at-Home Hot Stone Spa ExperienceElo at-home hot stone spa experience in a darkened room Awair Element Air Quality Tracker Philips Hue Iris Table LampPhilips Hue Iris table lamp on a piece of furniture Elo at-Home Hot Stone Spa Experience Moona Active Cooling Pillow PadMoona Active Cooling Pillow Pad on a nightstand AmazonBasics Humidifier Aroma DiffuserAmazonBasics Humidifier aroma diffuser on a desk Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent OutletThe Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet lets you manage your appliances from anywhere. Simply connect this outlet to a HomePod or Apple TV to monitor your appliances and track your energy consumption. Eve Energy Smart Plug & Power Meter Intelligent Outlet Meural WiFi Photo Frame Level Touch Keyless Door Lock Level Touch Keyless Door LockThe Level Touch Keyless Door Lock is one of our must-have home gadgets that’s great for home security. It lets you enter your home with a fingerprint. It also has plenty of safety features, including auto-lock, which locks your door automatically after a specified period of time. AmazonBasics Humidifier Aroma DiffuserThe AmazonBasics Humidifier Aroma Diffuser adds helpful moisture to the air in your home. And for relaxation, you can add scents to the unit, such as jasmine, lavender, and more. Moona Active Cooling Pillow Pad Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso GrinderAnother must-have home gadget is the Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso Grinder. This coffee grinder is quiet and has a distraction-free interface that won’t bother anyone in the house who might still be sleeping. Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp Awair Element Air Quality TrackerThe Awair Element Air Quality Tracker monitors your home’s temperature, humidity, Co2 levels, VOCs, and PM2.5. Its compact size blends seamlessly into your home’s decor. ēdn SmallGarden Indoor Connected Garden Meural WiFi Photo Frame- Advertisement – Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso Grinderlast_img read more

Telco SoftBank first-quarter profit rises 4%, buoyed by enterprise and internet businesses

first_imgJapanese wireless carrier SoftBank Corp on Tuesday reported a 4 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit, beating analyst estimates, supported by its enterprise and internet businesses.April-June profit reached 280 billion yen (US$2.6 billion). That compared with the 262 billion yen average of two analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv.A fall in profit at its consumer business was offset by growth in enterprise as it benefits from growing demand for teleworking services amid the coronavirus outbreak. SoftBank is making a major push into online retailing through companies it controls. Z Holdings Corp last week said operating profit from e-commerce topped its media business for the first time and online fashion retailer Zozo Inc reported a big profit jump as shoppers shift online.Parent SoftBank Group Corp has cut its stake in the telco to 62.1 percent from 67.1 percent as Chief Executive Masayoshi Son sells assets to fund a record 2.5 trillion yen share repurchase plan.The buyback has fuelled a divergence in market valuation, with SoftBank Corp’s share price languishing below its 1,500 yen initial public offering price from December 2018, even as its parent’s shares rocket to two-decade highs.SoftBank Group reports its earnings on Aug. 11.Japan’s third-largest wireless carrier maintained its forecast of flat operating profit of 920 billion yen for the current financial year ending March 2021.Separately on Tuesday, the telco said it had under-reported 3 billion yen of income during the financial year ended March 2019, entailing additional taxes.Topics :last_img read more