Hurricane Florence is coming Scientists are scrambling to prepare

first_imgNASA Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Here are some snapshots of how scientists up and down the coast are getting ready for what experts say could be one of the most consequential storms to strike the mid-Atlantic region in more than a century.What do whales do in a hurricane?At the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, researchers are pulling small research vessels out of the water, and helping students collect as many data as possible if their in-water experiments are likely to be destroyed by the storm, says lab director Andrew Read. “One of our Ph.D. students has been using exclosures [barriers that exclude animals from study areas] to look at the effects of large rays and small sharks on the structure of seagrass ecosystems,” Read says. “She’ll probably lose most of her exclosures in the storm.”But the hurricane is also providing research opportunities. For instance, Florence could provide a chance to understand how whales behave in the middle of a hurricane. Duke researchers have previously tagged deep-diving whales and will be monitoring their movements via satellite. And Read says Duke microbiologist Dana Hunt is planning a posthurricane study that will examine how bacteria living in waters inside North Carolina’s barrier islands respond to the expected massive influx of saltwater from the storm surge, followed by a huge pulse of fresh water from the rain.At The Duke Forest, a 2800-hectare forested site operated by the university near Durham, North Carolina, staff have been helping researchers either secure or remove their equipment, says Sara Childs, the forest’s director. Air-quality monitors on 30-meter-high towers have been removed, she says, and those at ground level in open fields were fastened more securely.Saving “precious samples”Heather Patisaul, a professor of toxicology at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, sat her research group down this week to make a list of their “most precious samples,” so they could figure out which of the animal tissues used in multiyear studies should be moved to freezers with backup power supplies. Patisaul told her doctoral students to put a priority on anything absolutely essential for their dissertation projects. “I’m also going to have at least two coolers of dry ice at home,” Patisaul says. “So, if our freezers go down, at the very least I can get into campus with those coolers and get our most precious samples on dry ice.” The researchers have also moved computers, microscopes, and tissue-slicing equipment away from windows and off of floors.Ann Ross, a professor of forensic anthropology at NC State, says her lab is taking special precautions to store the human and animal bones they are now examining in their evidence lockers. Because the lab is certified to assist North Carolina law enforcement agencies in their forensic casework, Ross says she’s most concerned about maintaining her lab’s security if the power goes out, which is crucial for assuring an unbroken chain of custody.“It just isn’t worth it”David Eggleston, director of NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, spent all day Tuesday in a truck towing a boat, which he and his team used to retrieve water-based instruments from eight study sites. “It’s always a trade-off between collecting data during the storm and losing equipment,” Eggleston says. The team “rolled the dice with Hurricane Irma” last year and ended up losing a number of expensive sensors, he says.This year they aren’t taking any chances. They are pulling up all their hydrophones, the underwater microphones they use to track fish by listening for their grunts and clicks. Olivia Caretti, one of Eggleston’s doctoral students and the truck’s driver, was using the data to create a soundscape of marine ecosystems.A different team retrieved 15 signal receivers for a second fish-tracking experiment looking at cobia, striped bass, and endangered sturgeon. “It’s tough to make the call, knowing you’ll lose several weeks of data,” Eggleston says. “But we took a look at the size and strength of Florence and said: ‘It just isn’t worth it.’”A surge of gaugesResearchers from four universities are getting ready for Florence by installing wave gages—pressure sensors that can help scientists model the height and shape of storm waves—on buildings in the hurricane’s path. The team installed five gauges in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, earlier this week, and plans to install five more gauges (some of which had to be express mailed from Wisconsin) on nearby Topsail Island.Spencer Rogers, a coastal construction expert at NC State’s North Carolina Sea Grant (NCSG), a collaborative research program involving several colleges, is leading the team, which also includes researchers from the University Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; and the University of North Carolina in both Wilmington and Chapel Hill. Rogers says the researchers are most interested in looking at how buildings are affected by the hurricane’s storm surge, waves, and erosion impact, as well as creating better models of storm surge.Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey, meanwhile, are installing more than 190 temporary storm-tide sensors and water level gauges in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Known as rapid deployment gauges, they are designed to augment the agency’s network of permanent instruments and can be quickly installed on bridges and piers. They will provide real-time information on water levels to the government agencies coordinating emergency responses. The storm-tide sensors will collect information on changes to ocean tides caused by the hurricane and can help emergency responders plan for current damage while improving forecasting models for future storms. Barbara Doll, a water quality and protection specialist at NCSG, is also planning to collect data on the expected extreme inland flooding near the North Carolina coast for an ongoing project with the state’s Department of Transportation. The goal is to develop an early warning system to alert officials to close roads ahead of deadly flooding around the Neuse and Cashie rivers.Watching the storm, in real timeResearchers and others looking to monitor the storm in real time can turn to a web portal run by the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) in Charleston, South Carolina. The group, one of 11 ocean monitoring programs led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be collecting and displaying as much Hurricane Florence information as it can through its online data portal, says Debra Hernandez, SECOORA’s executive director.There are live video feeds from seven beaches on the east coast, weather buoys reporting coastal wind speed, and a high-frequency radar network showing the real-time direction and speed of the hurricane. Hernandez says she and her research partners have some “severe worries” about the safety of their measurement tools out in the field, as the process to get federal funding to replace and repair damaged equipment it is often a lengthy one. They are still waiting on funds to replace some sensors that were lost last year during Hurricane Irma.NOAA and academic researchers are also involved in an effort to use several torpedo-shaped, robotic deep-sea gliders to study the hurricane. The automated vehicles are hardy enough to continue collecting data throughout the storm, says Catherine Edwards, a glider researcher at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. Two gliders are now moving up and down through the water column near the storm, gathering information on salinity and temperature, and providing researchers with a glimpse of what’s going on beneath the surface. “There’s growing recognition that subsurface data is really important for getting ocean predictions correct,” Edwards says. Hurricane Florence is coming. Scientists are scrambling to prepare Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A state of emergency has been declared for much of the United States’s mid-Atlantic seaboard as Hurricane Florence, a swirling spiral more than 550 kilometers wide with winds gusting to more than 225 kilometers per hour, churns toward the coast. Florence is expected to cause life-threatening flooding as it makes landfall on Friday, and 1.5 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia have already been ordered to board up their homes and flee.Researchers at the universities and government facilities in Florence’s predicted path are bracing for the storm. Some are scrambling to protect sensitive samples against power outages and secure expensive instruments from winds and floods. Others are rushing to deploy new experiments to collect as many data as possible before, during, and after the hurricane.ScienceInsider will be tracking how Hurricane Florence affects the research community. Tell us your story—or send us a tip about a story you think we should be covering—by emailing, or tweeting to @ScienceInsider. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email By Frankie SchembriSep. 12, 2018 , 2:30 PMlast_img read more

Monsoon flooding displaces thousands from their homes in Myanmar

first_img Related News Media published photographs showing submerged houses, vehicles and roads in Myitkyina, the state’s capital.Flooding also forced 3,000 people in the western Rakhine state to relocate, the disaster management department said.They included some of the thousands displaced by fighting between the military and the Arakan Army insurgent group since late last year, according to Tun Aung Kyaw, secretary of the Arakan National Party, who visited a camp for several hundred displaced people near the ancient city of Mrauk-U.“The whole camp is flooded and people are desperately in need of immediate shelter and food,” he told Reuters by telephone. By Reuters |Yangon (myanmar) | Published: July 15, 2019 1:46:34 pm Explained: Where are the world’s stateless people? ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Four towns along the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers were in danger of being inundated as the rivers rose, the Department of Disaster Management said. “We are working together with local authorities helping the people and providing food,” said the department’s director, Phyu Lai Lai Htun.More people were expected to be forced from their homes on Monday, she said.Heavy downpours hit the tropical Southeast Asian country during the May-October rainy season, often triggering flooding. The northern state of Kachin was the worst affected, with 14,000 people forced from their homes near the banks of the Ayeyarwady river. Best Of Express myanmar floods, myanmar monsoon, myanmar rain, myanmar rainfall, myanmar heavy rain, monsoon floods, world news, indian express news Flooding also forced 3,000 people in the western Rakhine state to relocate, the disaster management department said. (File Photo)Days of heavy monsoon rain and dangerously high river levels in Myanmar have forced more than 18,000 people from their homes and flooded at least one camp for people displaced by recent fighting, authorities and a politician said on Monday. Advertisingcenter_img Advertising India and Myanmar forces coordinate to destroy NE insurgent camps across border Post Comment(s) Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Myanmar has restricted access to the conflict zone for most international aid agencies.The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a Facebook post it was helping the government respond to the flooding, while the Myanmar Red Cross, aid groups and private donors were also aiding the victims.“We are working closely with authorities and stand ready to support the government’s response,” Knut Ostby, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, said on Twitter. As India builds houses, Myanmar to reach out to Rohingya in Bangladesh Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post last_img read more

China billionaire reportedly arrested over child molestation

first_img Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Advertising In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief By AP |Beijing | Published: July 11, 2019 2:32:23 pm ‘We’re almost extinct’: China’s investigative journalists are silenced under Xi China billionaire reportedly arrested over child molestation A brief notice on the Shanghai prosecutor’s office’s microblog said the Putuo district branch had ordered the formal arrest Wednesday of two people, identified only by their surnames, Wang and Zhou. (Representational Image)Prosecutors in Shanghai have formally arrested two people over child molestation allegations, with state media identifying one as a prominent real estate developer. Advertising Related News The company announced that Wang’s son Wang Xiaosong had been appointed chairman in his place after the father resigned “for personal reasons.”That announcement came on the same day that Shanghai police reported Wang and Zhou had been detained and an investigation opened into allegations that a girl had been molested at a hotel in Shanghai.Police cited the girl’s mother as saying that Zhou, 49, had taken her daughter from Jiangsu province to Shanghai on June 30. Zhou surrendered to police on July 2, a day after Wang, 57, was placed under investigation.The Shanghai city’s official government advisory body announced Monday it had expelled Wang Zhenhua, depriving him of political connections that could affect any future prosecution.center_img NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Best Of Express On its website, Seazen issued a lengthy apology that said in part, “We, just like the public, believe that minors are the future. Anything that harms a minor is a severe offense. Seazen absolutely supports and agrees with the authorities in handling this case.”Child molestation can be punished by up to 5 years in prison, although longer sentences can be issued for additional charges.Chinese media in recent years have reported cases of children being attacked by teachers, relatives and neighbors, although a reluctance to report such incidents by children and their family members, and a lack of resources for conducting investigations, have limited prosecutions to just a few thousand cases per year Among the most vulnerable are the estimated 69 million children left with grandparents or other relatives in rural areas after their parents move to cities to find work. Another Canadian detained in China amid diplomatic chill The case has received prominent coverage in state media, including on national broadcaster CCTV Thursday, highlighting what is believed to be a widespread but underreported crime affecting millions of children in China.A brief notice on the Shanghai prosecutor’s office’s microblog said the Putuo district branch had ordered the formal arrest Wednesday of two people, identified only by their surnames, Wang and Zhou.The official Communist Party newspaper Global Times identified Wang as Wang Zhenhua, formerly chairman of Seazen, one of China’s largest developers. Post Comment(s) China GDP growth slows to 6.2% in second quarter last_img read more

SCOTUS Greenlights Apple App Store Antitrust Lawsuit

first_imgKavanaugh’s Obamacare Moment Kavanaugh maintained that the Illinois Brick case sought to ensure an effective and efficient litigation scheme in antitrust cases.”The Court drew a bright line that allowed direct purchasers to sue but barred indirect purchasers from suing,” he wrote. “When there is no intermediary between the purchaser and the antitrust violator, the purchaser may sue.”Kavanaugh also attacked Apple’s “we don’t set the price” arguments.”Apple’s effort to transform Illinois Brick from a direct-purchaser rule to a ‘who sets the price’ rule would draw an arbitrary and unprincipled line among retailers based on retailers’ financial arrangements with their manufacturers or suppliers,” he wrote.”Apple’s line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits,” Kavanaugh added. “In sum, Apple’s theory would disregard statutory text and precedent, create an unprincipled and economically senseless distinction among monopolistic retailers, and furnish monopolistic retailers with a how-to guide for evasion of the antitrust laws.” Supply Chain Logic With its decision, the Court has sent a message to the tech sector, maintained Jerry Flanagan, litigation director for Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group based in Los Angeles.”Today’s decision is a major victory for consumers and will open the door to litigation against corporations where the public is the ‘end user’ of products and ultimately pay more or are harmed by market manipulation,” he told TechNewsWorld.”Apple and other tech giants will need to be focused on how their business practices affect consumers, not just app developers who can pass costs on,” added Flanagan.Consumers could benefit from an expansion of the Apple app market, but they could be harmed by it, too.”Consumers would have access to more third-party apps outside of Apple’s controlled ecosystem,” noted Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, a technology advisory firm in Campbell, California.”But they do that at their own risk,” he told TechNewsWorld. “It could uncouple the apps from Apple’s stellar security and expose people’s devices to more malware and security threats. “Although Apple is at the center of the Pepper case, the litigation could have ramifications for other online outlets using a business model similar to Apple’s, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California.”At the least, the ruling is likely to make the companies involved in those online outlets rethink and probably revise the way payments are made and managed,” he told TechNewsWorld.”Along with Apple, the ruling was also a slap at the Trump administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a raft of politically involved tech industry titans,” King observed.”That the ruling hinged on the vote of Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, probably shocked quite a few folks,” he said.”This is Justice Kavanaugh’s Obamacare moment,” said Consumer Watch’s Flanagan. “Kavanaugh is making a clear statement he shouldn’t be counted as a rubber stamp for big business.” Apple Gerrymandering In the 1977 case, Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, the Illinois Brick Company made and distributed concrete blocks that it sold to masonry contractors who sold them to general contractors who used them in projects for the State of Illinois.When the state sued the brick company for an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of concrete blocks, which resulted in the state paying more for the building material, it was rebuffed by the Court.The justices at the time ruled that the state could not bring an antitrust lawsuit against Illinois Brick because the state had not purchased concrete blocks directly from the company.While it’s true that Apple doesn’t set the prices for apps, it does sell apps directly to consumers and collect a 30 percent commission on every app sale.”In this case, unlike in Illinois Brick, the iPhone owners are not consumers at the bottom of a vertical distribution chain who are attempting to sue manufacturers at the top of the chain,” Kavanaugh wrote.”There is no intermediary in the distribution chain between Apple and the consumer,” he continued. “The iPhone owners purchase apps directly from the retailer Apple, who is the alleged antitrust violator. The iPhone owners pay the alleged overcharge directly to Apple.”center_img John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John. The United States Supreme Court on Monday gave thumbs up for a class action antitrust lawsuit to proceed against Apple for alleged monopolistic practices at its App Store.In the case, Apple Inc. v. Pepper et al., the consumer plaintiffs maintain the Cupertino, California, company has monopolized the retail market for the sale of apps, and that it used its position to charge higher-than-competitive prices for the software it sells in its App Store.Apple tried to keep the case from advancing in the courts by arguing that it doesn’t set the prices for software it sells at the App Store. The developers of the software set the prices, so the company has only an indirect relationship to pricing.In a previous decision, Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, the Court ruled that antitrust lawsuits could be filed only against a company that had direct control over prices paid by a plaintiff.The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, didn’t buy Apple’s logic.”The plaintiffs purchased apps directly from Apple and therefore are direct purchasers under Illinois Brick,” he wrote.”At this early pleadings stage of the litigation, we do not assess the merits of the plaintiffs’ antitrust claims against Apple, nor do we consider any other defenses Apple might have,” Kavanaugh continued. “We merely hold that the Illinois Brick direct-purchaser rule does not bar these plaintiffs from suing Apple under the antitrust laws.” Dissenting Opinion Not all of the justices agreed with Kavanaugh’s reasoning for the Court’s majority.Justice Neil Gorsuch who, like Kavanaugh, was appointed to the Court by President Donald J. Trump, argued in a dissenting opinion that the majority’s view could open a nasty can of worms.If the 30 percent commission Apple charges to sell through its platform is a monopolistic overcharge, Gorsuch noted, the developers are the ones injured by it.”Plaintiffs can be injured only if the developers are able and choose to pass on the overcharge to them in the form of higher app prices that the developers alone control,” he wrote.”Because this is exactly the kind of ‘pass-on theory’ Illinois Brick rejected, it should come as no surprise that the concerns animating that decision are also implicated,” Gorsuch continued.”Like other pass-on theories, plaintiffs’ theory will necessitate a complex inquiry into how Apple’s conduct affected third-party pricing decisions,” he added. “And it will raise difficult questions about apportionment of damages between app developers and their customers, along with the risk of duplicative damages awards.”What’s more, it is easy to evade the majority’s test for standing in an antitrust case. All Apple has to do is have consumers pay developers directly, then take its 30 percent cut, Gorsuch pointed out.”No antitrust reason exists to treat these contractual arrangements differently, and doing so will only induce firms to abandon their preferred — and presumably more efficient — distribution arrangements in favor of less efficient ones, all so they might avoid an arbitrary legal rule,” he wrote.last_img read more

YouTube Punishes Homophobic Racist Pundit Following Internet Furor

first_imgYouTube does not endorse or support the viewpoints expressed in videos on its platform, it said.YouTube declined comment when approached by various reporters on the issue.It did offer to explain its decision on background to The Verge, which is owned by Vox Media, but editor-in-chief Nilay Patel turned down the offer because YouTube would not go on the record.”I believe that YouTube missed an opportunity here to be more transparent in the way it interprets and enforces its stated policies,” said Dan Goldstein, president of Page 1 Solutions.Like other social media platforms, YouTube “has an obligation to clearly state its policies on harassment and privacy,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Once stated, it must enforce them, or users won’t respect the boundaries.”YouTube did not shut the door on further action Tuesday, tweeting “there are other aspects of the channel that we’re still evaluating. We’ll be in touch with any further updates.” YouTube’s Response YouTube on Tuesday responded with a tweet stating an in-depth review of Crowder’s flagged videos found language “that was clearly hurtful,” but it went on to say that “the videos as posted don’t violate our policies.”As an open platform, “it’s crucial for us to allow everyone … to express their opinions within the scope of our policies,” YouTube said. Opinions “can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.” YouTube’s Policies Internet Reacts YouTube on Wednesday demonetized the account of right-wing commentator Steven Crowder following widespread indignation over its initial response to his attacks on Vox host Carlos Maza.Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization. We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies. More here:— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 5, 2019Crowder for years has attacked Maza, host of Vox’s Strikethrough series. Crowder’s homophobic and racist comments often spurred mass social media attacks and other abuse against Maza.Maza repeatedly flagged Crowder’s vitriolic YouTube videos, but his reports apparently went unheeded until late last month, when he posted a tweet that went viral.Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video “debunking” Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity. Here’s a sample:— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019 YouTube “updated its policies to a simpler and more transparent system because of complaints from creators that the community guidelines strike system felt inconsistent and confusing,” CEO Susan Wojcicki said last month.Every creator would get a one-time warning providing the opportunity to learn about YouTube’s policies before being penalized, she added.YouTube on Wednesday tweeted that it had suspended the monetization of Crowder’s channel “because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.”Demonetizing Crowder’s channel “was a subjective call, likely driven by an assessment of the political situation,” Jude suggested.”Many conservative organizations regard YouTube as being liberal and intolerant of conservative views,” he said. “Perhaps this was a way for YouTube to demonstrate that it tolerates both sides.”Users and advertisers who object to YouTube’s approach can simply “vote with their feet,” Page 1’s Goldstein said. “Ultimately, these companies will only change if failure to change will negatively impact their financials.” YouTube’s initial tweet in response to Maza sparked widespread outrage.Just say you make towering piles of cash off hate and be done with it. Stop insulting our intelligence— Ashoka Mukpo (@unkyoka) June 5, 2019Hi, @TeamYouTube.Your policies are bad.Please change them so that you AT LEAST demonetize harassers (instead of the harassed, as you do now).Thanks in advance.— Arthur Bárbaro (@ArthurBarbaro) June 5, 2019Surely anything that constitutes hate speech – which is not protected in law under free speech – should be in violation of your policies?— Folarin Akinmade (@A_King_Made) June 5, 2019And to be clear, Crowder is a hundred percent using hate speech. For the slurs alone, this isn’t in question— Folarin Akinmade (@A_King_Made) June 5, 2019″Your policies are bullsh*t then,” tweeted Melissa Dunphy, whose handle is @mormolyke.”Calling someone ‘Lispy sprite’ is harassment,” tweeted Julian Nader Saliani, whose handle is @salianij. “Saying ‘you’re being given a free pass as a crappy writer because you’re gay’ is harassment. Calling someone ‘Little queer’ is harassment. Calling someone ‘Mr. Gay Vox’ is harassment.”Media stories about YouTube’s initial response on Tuesday were overwhelmingly negative.Crowder on Monday posted what he called an apology on YouTube, but he used the video to level a broad round of insults against numerous targets, couched in disingenuous poker-faced sarcasm. Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. YouTube’s harassment and cyberbullying policy bars content or behavior intended to maliciously harass, threaten or bully others, including the following: Revealing someone’s personal information — although posting widely available public information, such as a public official’s office phone number, is allowed;Content deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone;Content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person;Content that incites others to harass or threaten individuals on or off YouTube; andSexualizing or degrading an individual who is engaged or present in an otherwise non-sexual context.YouTube will remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on various attributes, including the following:EthnicityGender identityNationalityRaceSexual orientationCrowder’s attacks on Maza appear to have breached both policies.However, what one person considers hurtful another might think of as spirited debate, said Michael Jude, program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.YouTube should “define a standard that satisfies everyone,” he told TechNewsWorld, but “I don’t think that’s possible given the subjective nature of what they’re attempting to control.” Seeing Through the Transparency Claimlast_img read more

Seeing disfigured faces evokes negative behavioral and brain reactions

first_imgJudgements on attractiveness and trustworthiness are consistent across cultures, and these assumptions based on facial beauty are made extremely quickly. On the other hand, people with facial disfigurement are often targets of discrimination, which seems to extend beyond the specific effects of lower overall attractiveness and may tie in more with the pattern of results with stigmatized groups. In order to right any discrimination, the first step is to understand how and why such biases exist, which is why we set out to uncover the neural responses to disfigured faces.”Study’s lead author Anjan Chatterjee, MD, a professor of Neurology, and director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics Neuroimaging studies show that seeing attractive faces evokes brain responses in reward, emotion, and visual areas compared to seeing faces of average attractiveness. Specifically, attractive faces evoke greater neural responses as compared to faces of average attractiveness in ventral occipito-temporal cortical areas, which process faces and other objects. Additionally, attractiveness correlates with increased activations in the anterior cingulate cortex and medial-prefrontal cortex-;areas which are associated with rewards, empathy, and social cognition.The researchers set out to evaluate the behavioral and brain reactions to disfigured faces and investigate whether surgical treatment mitigates these responses. In two experiments, the researchers used a set of photographs of patients with different types of facial anomalies, before and after surgical treatment, to test whether people harbor a “disfigured is bad” bias and to measure neural responses.In the first experiment, a behavioral study with 79 participants, the researchers tested if people harbor implicit biases against disfigured faces and if such implicit biases were different from consciously aware, self-reported explicit biases. The behavioral experiment consisted of an implicit association test (IAT) and an explicit bias questionnaire (EBQ) to identify whether people have a negative bias for disfigured faces. For the IAT, the researchers used the set of before and after photographs as a stimulus. The EBQ consisted of 11 questions which query conscious biases against people with facial disfigurements. While the team found no indication of an explicit bias, they found that non-disfigured faces were preferred in the IAT. This bias was particularly robust for men.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sIn a follow up functional MRI (fMRI) study with 31 participants, researchers tested brain responses to the same picture pairs. Participants judged the gender of each photograph they viewed. The researchers found increased neural responses in visual regions of the brain (the ventral occipito-temporal cortical areas) and decreases in regions associated with empathy (the anterior cingulate and medio-prefrontal cortex).In sum, the authors found that people have implicit negative biases against people with disfigured faces, without knowingly harboring such biases. The diminished neural responses in the anterior cingulate cortex suggests that people are less empathetic when looking at individuals with disfigurement-;this is also a potential neural marker of dehumanization, as diminished neural responses in the anterior cingulate cortex is also observed in response to other stigmatized people, such as the homeless and drug addicts.”The emphasis of attractiveness and its association with positive attributes highlights the pervasive effect of appearance in social interaction. Chatterjee said. “While we found that corrective surgery mitigates negative social and psychological responses to people with facial anomalies, we are also exploring alternative strategies to minimize bias towards people with facial conditions.”Source:Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaJournal reference:Chatterjee, A. et al. (2019) Behavioural and Neural Responses to Facial Disfigurement. Scientific Reports. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019People with attractive faces are often seen as more trustworthy, socially competent, better adjusted, and more capable in school and work. The correlation of attractiveness and positive character traits leads to a “beautiful is good” stereotype. However, little has been understood about the behavioral and neural responses to those with facial abnormalities, such as scars, skin cancers, birthmarks, and other disfigurements. A new study led by Penn Medicine researchers, which published today in Scientific Reports, uncovered an automatic “disfigured is bad” bias that also exists in contrast to “beautiful is good.”last_img read more

Study analyzes high capacity of A baumannii to persist on various surfaces

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 16 2019The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country analyzes the high capacity of A. baumannii, the possible cause of recurring outbreaks in ICUs, to persist on various surfaces.A group in the Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology at the UPV/EHU has conducted an in-depth study into the capacity to survive of the Acinetobacter baumannii bacterium as well as the strategies it uses to survive. This bacterium is responsible for many outbreaks of hospital or nosocomial infections, which arise in intensive care units. It is capable of surviving long periods of time in liquid media as well as on solid surfaces, even when up against the action of disinfectants.Acinetobacter baumannii is a well-known pathogen responsible for recurring outbreaks of serious hospital or nosocomial infections across the world. It causes all kinds of infections, ranging from pneumonia to blood infections in people admitted to hospital and above all in those in intensive care units. The Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology of the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Science and Technology ran a piece of research to explore and assess “the capacity of this bacterium to persist in various conditions that may be similar to those found in the hospital environment, the survival strategies it uses and its capacity to resist disinfectants”, explained Maite Orruño-Beltrán, PhD-holder in Biology and one of the lead authors of this study. The results of the study have been published recently by the Journal of Hospital Infection.For their research they used “four strains of A. baumannii obtained from standard culture collection as well as from clinical isolates from the Hospital de Valdecilla”, said Orruño. To conduct the survival studies, we incubated the strains for 30 days without nutrients at various temperatures (20 and 37 degrees) and in various media (in liquid and on different solid surfaces). We also checked the effect exerted by various disinfectants routinely used in hospitals. From time to time we gathered samples to determine how many remained cultivable and/or viable”.Orruño-Beltrán, Study Lead Author Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsSurviving for periods of up to 90 dayLeaving disinfectants on one side, they found that the survival of these bacteria was affected by temperature and by the surface on which they had been placed. As the researcher stressed, “above all, we found that those kept at 20 degrees on solid surfaces resisted 30 days in a cultivable state without any apparent changes. We even extended some experiments to 90 days and the population still remained cultivable”.The bacteria that remained at 37 degrees displayed reduced survival. “That temperature is the optimum one for growth, but not for survival when they are deprived of nutrients. In these conditions bacteria in general withstand lower temperatures better,” explained Dr Orruño. As they were able to confirm in the research, at that temperature the surviving bacteria adopted two survival strategies: “Some moved to a state known as viable but nonculturable. In that state although the bacteria are unable to grow, they remain in a dormant state from which they could recover if conditions become favorable again. This state could be of considerable importance, because many techniques for detecting microorganisms are based on their cultivability and, therefore, do not detect the presence of these bacteria, which can however retain their pathogenicity,” said the researcher.The second strategy that some strains developed was that many of the cells lose viability, they may be dead cells, “but a more or less significant fraction of the population remains cultivable by using the nutrients from the cells that have died off”.With respect to the effect of disinfectants they found that even though the vast majority of the cells stopped being cultivable, Acinetobacter baumannii was not eliminated from the surfaces studied and a considerable fraction retained viability (they were not dead cells). This phenomenon could entail risks since we could regard the disinfection procedure as having been sufficient, but some bacteria remain on that surface as potential spreaders of diseases. Source:University of the Basque CountryJournal reference:Bravo, Z. et al. (2019) Analysis of Acinetobacter baumannii survival in liquid media and on solid matrices as well as effect of disinfectants. Journal of Hospital Infection. read more

Team demos new atomic effect for potential isotopic battery

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. Citation: Team demos new atomic effect for potential isotopic battery (2018, February 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Scientists said this significant scientific achievement marks a step in the quest to find and access alternative energy sources far beyond those possible with chemicals for new types of batteries.This result is reported as a Letter in the February 8 issue of the journal Nature.”Efforts are underway to develop new tools for the Army of the future, whether in enhancing the ability to understand the battlespace, better protecting the Soldier, or moving more quickly and efficiently,” said Dr. James Carroll, a team leader in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Power Components Branch. “However, without sufficient energy and power, none of these improvements are feasible. Thus, there is clearly a strong motivation to expand the Army’s access to energy and new power sources. For example, this drives research into improved chemical batteries with Army-specific capabilities to lighten the burden for Soldiers; however, research is also underway to determine the feasibility of accessing energy stored by isotopes at 100,000 times the density that chemicals can provide. One can say we are trying to push beyond a ‘chemical limit’ for entirely new types of batteries.”Carroll and the ARL team are hoping to accomplish this by exploring a non-chemical class of materials, namely radioisotopes that store energy in non-fissionable materials. In this new result, they demonstrated in a test of a specific isotope of molybdenum that energy could be stored in an excited form of those nuclei that lasts for about seven hours, and that energy could be released on a much shorter time scale by a new process involving the atomic shells around that nucleus. Creating a “hole” in an atomic shell, a free electron falling into that shell transferred just the right (small) amount of energy to the nuclei and, like a switch, caused a controlled release of the greater stored energy. The fascinating science behind this process was what attracted other researchers from the U.S., Europe, and Australia to join in this experiment.The emphasis of the team at ARL focuses on learning more about basic energy-release mechanisms that may, in the deep future, support new types of power sources. It was as part of this effort that the electron-nuclear mechanism was demonstrated for the first time, an example of how the ARL focus dovetails with pure scientific research.In the near term, the main impact is fundamental in providing the first evidence for this effect that can be used to evaluate theoretical models to understand the process, and new experiments are being prepared to characterize the process further. In the long term, the researchers hope that this mechanism may provide a practical means of providing a new type of batteries and power sources for Army needs. Journal information: Nature A multinational research team led by Army scientists successfully induced a controlled release of stored isotopic energy using a physical effect involving atomic electrons that was proposed more than 40 years ago but never before demonstrated experimentally. Army scientists discover power in urine More information: C. J. Chiara et al. Isomer depletion as experimental evidence of nuclear excitation by electron capture, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/nature25483 The cover image is an artistic impression of the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture. A highly stripped ion, illustrated here as an atomic nucleus with a single orbiting electron, captures an incident electron into a vacant orbit. Under the right conditions, this capture transfers a small amount of energy into the nucleus, which subsequently emits a much larger amount of energy in the form of gamma rays. Credit: ARL’s James J. Carroll, William Parks and Eric Proctor Provided by U.S. Army Research Laboratory Explore further read more

Workplace software startup Slack valued at 71 bn in new funding

first_img Explore further The latest capital round makes Slack one of the most richly valued “unicorns,” or startups with private funding worth at least $1 billion.Slack, which offers real-time messaging for the workplace, said in its announcement it has more than eight million daily active users and more than 70,000 “paid teams” that subscribe to its premium services.”The way people work is changing, and we are committed to delivering the best product and experience for our customers in this new era,” a Slack statement said.”Our mission is to make people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive, and we are grateful for the support along the way.”Slack, created in 2013, has been a leader in the new segment but faces competition from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and others offering workplace collaboration tools.Analysts say Slack has found a niche, especially among small- and medium-sized businesses, where employees can face information overload from email.The latest funding is led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic, joined by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Wellington Management, with Baillie Gifford and Sands Capital and existing investors, Slack said.It previously raised some $841 million. Slack, the workplace collaboration software startup that aims to fuel a move away from email, said Tuesday it raised $427 million to give it a valuation of some $7.1 billion. Co-founder Stewart Butterfield of Slack, whose funding lifted the valuation of the software startup to more than $7 billion, is seen at the VivaTech trade fair in May 2018 in Paris Slack’s messaging service sets sights on big businessescenter_img © 2018 AFP 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. Citation: Workplace software startup Slack valued at $7.1 bn in new funding (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

NIST Blockchain provides security traceability for smart manufacturing

first_imgBlockchain technology could help deter digital threats in smart manufacturing systems. Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) needed a way to secure smart manufacturing systems using the digital thread , so they turned to the new kid on the block … blockchain, that is. According to a new NIST report, the security system better known for underpinning Bitcoin and other digital currencies not only provides tamper-proof transmission of manufacturing data, it also yields something just as valuable to its users—traceability of that data to all participants in the production process.”Because blockchain gives us both capabilities, we can build trustworthiness into digital manufacturing networks,” said NIST mechanical engineer Thomas Hedberg, one of the authors of the report.Blockchain, first used for Bitcoin a decade ago, is an expandable list of records, or blocks, that each contain data representing an individual transaction by members of a network. Each block consists of the data set, a time stamp, a cryptographic hash (an algorithm serving as a “cybersecurity fingerprint”) and the hash of the previous block to mathematically link the two together. Therefore, each block in the chain is connected to the one after, the one before and all the way back to the original transaction (known as the genesis block). This means that the information contained in any block cannot be altered without changing all subsequent blocks and alerting the record-keepers in the network that foul play has occurred.The digital thread was created to replace two-dimensional design and fabrication information, what we know as blueprints, that has traditionally guided a product through its manufacturing lifecycle. However, it requires humans to interpret, translate, re-enter and transmit data at each step. Processes using the digital thread method rely instead on a set of three-dimensional, digitized instructions that can be electronically exchanged and processed from start to finish, saving time, money and the risk of human error. Because the steps in the process are aligned chronologically, just like financial transactions, blockchain is extremely well-suited to provide a digital thread network with the same protection it gives to cryptocurrencies.”In other words, if I’m a manufacturer making a part for a product and I receive the specs for that part from the designer who’s upstream in the process, blockchain ensures that I can trust the data actually came from that person, is exactly what he or she sent, and was not interfered with during transmission,” said NIST research associate and computer scientist Sylvere Krima, the lead author of the new report. “Because the chain is tamper resistant and the blocks are time stamped, a blockchain is a robust solution to authenticate data at any point during the product lifecycle.” Blockchains in real time Explore further In their report, Hedberg, Krima and co-author Allison Barnard Feeney describe potential digital threats to smart manufacturing such as product data theft, tampering and corruption. They then show how blockchain can help reveal and thereby deter these threats, which could each produce catastrophes in the manufacturing process.”For instance, we give the example of product data being sent by a designer to one manufacturer who then must transmit updated data to a second manufacturer for further product processing,” Hedberg said. “If a data thief, someone we call a ‘bad actor,’ grabs the file from Manufacturer 1 and attempts to send Manufacturer 2 a fake data file to cover his crime, Manufacturer 2 will know something’s wrong because the true file’s blockchain fingerprint won’t be there.”The NIST report also details codes and statements in the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a standardized system for computer modeling, that are needed to successfully apply blockchain to a smart manufacturing network.”Following our reference information model will enable users to authenticate everything within their blocks: where are the data coming from and going to, who is executing the data exchanges, when are the exchanges taking place, what is being exchanged, and how are the exchanges being conducted,” Krima said.”The goal of this reference model is to secure the digital thread for smart manufacturing while enhancing collaboration and establishing trust between production partners,” Hedberg said.To further illustrate blockchain’s value to smart manufacturing, a second NIST report features case studies from three different industrial sectors—additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and pharmaceutical—showing how the cybersecurity and traceability system would work for each.To further illustrate blockchain’s value to smart manufacturing, a second NIST report features case studies from three different industrial sectors—additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and pharmaceutical—showing how the cybersecurity and traceability system would work for each.center_img Provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology More information: Sylvere Krima et al, Securing the digital threat for smart manufacturing:, (2019). DOI: 10.6028/NIST.AMS.300-6 Citation: NIST: Blockchain provides security, traceability for smart manufacturing (2019, February 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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.last_img read more

GE lost billions by misjudging renewables report

first_img Fuel subsidies defy green trend amid rising climate alarm © 2019 AFP Citation: GE lost billions by ‘misjudging’ renewables: report (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Investors in General Electric, once one of the world’s most valuable companies, lost tens of billions of dollars after the Paris climate deal as it failed to adapt to the pace of the green energy transition, new analysis showed Thursday. A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said GE had lost a “simply staggering” $193 billion (172 billion euros) in just three years to 2018—amounting to almost three quarters of its market capitalisation.The Cleveland-based research group said GE and its principal shareholders misjudged the falling price of renewables as the world transitions to cleaner energy and suffered from a collapse of the gas turbine and thermal power construction markets.”GE assumed wrongly that demand for natural gas and coal would continue to track global economic growth,” they said, accusing GE of “an epic failure of corporate governance.”The 2015 Paris accord enjoins nations to work towards limiting global temperature rises to “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 Farenheit) and to a harder cap of 1.5C if possible.To do so, governments must commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions—the leading source of which is burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal for power.As the price of renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar fell in recent years, the IEEFA said GE has been left with billions in stranded fossil fuel-related assets as cheaper alternatives curbed industry demand for coal and gas.The company also failed to account for increasing energy efficiency, driven largely by renewables, which decoupled energy demand from global economic activity, according to the report.In particular GE’s power division, which in 2016 equated to half of the company’s pre-tax profit, continued to invest in gas turbine units even as global demand fell, the report said.”The world is transitioning away from fossil fuels—particularly expensive imported thermal coal and gas—into low-cost, zero-pollution domestic renewables such as wind and solar,” said Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA’s director of finance.”This is where the smart money is, but GE failed to pick the trend.”A global divestment movement is underway calling on pension and hedge funds, among others, to end investment in upstream fossil fuel projects. Hundreds of institutions in control of over $6 trillion in assets have joined the initiative.When contacted by AFP, a spokeswoman referred to comments made by CEO Larry Culp to an energy conference last month, when he acknowledged there was “a lot of self-help required” to manage the company’s assets.”Some people would suggest that the gas business is dying (and) there are certainly structural challenges afoot,” Culp said.”We just don’t think gas is going to zero in the near to medium term, right? So it really puts the onus on us to continue to innovate, continue to serve.”center_img 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. General electric has lost billions in market value since the 2015 Paris accord Explore furtherlast_img read more

This Common Sugar Substitute Can Be Deadly for Dogs FDA Warns

first_img 20 Weird Dog and Cat Behaviors Explained by Science You should always be careful about what you let your dog eat — case in point, a common sugar substitute found in everything from chewing gum to peanut butter can be deadly for man’s best friend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This week, the FDA warned pet owners about the dangers of xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the substance is safe for humans, it can be poisonous for dogs. Over the last several years, the agency has received reports of dogs being poisoned by eating foods that contain xylitol. Many of the poisonings occurred when dogs ate sugar-free gum, the FDA said. But xylitol can also be found in other food or consumer products, including sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods, sugar-free (or “skinny”) ice cream, toothpaste, cough syrup, and some peanut and nut butters. [These 7 Foods Cause the Most Pet Deaths]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  When dogs eat xylitol, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and causes a rapid release of insulin, the hormone that helps sugar enter cells. This insulin spike may cause dogs’ blood sugar levels to plummet to life-threatening levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia, the FDA said. In humans, xylitol isn’t dangerous, because it does not stimulate the release of insulin. Signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs — including vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking or standing, seizures, and coma — typically occur within 15 to 30 minutes of consumption, and deaths have occurred in as little as 1 hour, the FDA said. To protect your dog, the FDA recommends checking food labels for xylitol, particularly if the product is advertised as sugar-free or low sugar, said Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian at the FDA. “If a product does contain xylitol, make sure your pet can’t get to it,” Hartogensis said in a statement. This also applies to products you might not think of as food, such as toothpaste, which your dog might still attempt to eat. And if you give your dog peanut or nut butters as a treat or vehicle for pills, you should also check the label to make sure the product doesn’t contain xylitol, the agency said. 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Dog Ownership 11 Ways Your Beloved Pet May Make You Sick Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoNature's BlendNever Let Your Dog Eat These 3 FoodsNature’s BlendUndolast_img read more

Karnataka Cabinet clears release of ₹4500 cr for ring road project

first_imgNovember 19, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The Karnataka Cabinet on Monday approved the release ₹4,500 crore for land acquisition and to pay compensation to farmers to complete the long-pending Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) in Bengaluru.The PRR, which connects half the city’s western-eastern-southern suburbs, is a 65-km road project with a width of 100 metres. When completed, it will connect Tumkuru Road and Hosur Road through Ballari Road and Old Madras Road.Land acquisitionBriefing reporters after the Cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Law and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said, “The Cabinet had already approved project. Today, the Cabinet approved releasing money for land acquisition (1,810 acres).”The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is the implementing authority for PRR. The BDA is planning various initiatives to cut cost on land acquisition. It is planning elevated corridor or surface road. A decision on this is expected shortly.For the project, BDA has already floated tenders for technical advice and once the agency is finalised, the project will be taken up for execution.Lift irrigationThe Cabinet also approved ₹100 crore lift irrigation project to fill 30 tanks in Hoskote taluk through evacuation of treated sewage water from KR Puram STP plant.For setting up Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Raichur, the State government had already given its approval. “Today the Cabinet has decided to allot 65 acres of land to setting this premier IT institute,” said Gowda.The Cabinet approved to increase bed strength at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research (a Government-run autonomous institute) to 1,150 with a budget of ₹45 crore. Government cleared the proposal to release ₹22.5 crore and the remaining balance, the hospital is expected to fund through its internal accruals. Karnataka SHARE Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, addressing a press meet at Vidhana Soudha. Photo: K Murali Kumar   –  The Hindu Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Exsoldier bailed must stay away from stepdaughter

first_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Case probed under rape, Perak exco member out on bail The accused was charged under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act.Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Norsyazwani Ishak asked the court not to release the accused on bail. She said if the court allowed bail, it should impose strict conditions.Lawyer Joseph Mathews asked the court to grant bail as the accused was prepared to comply with the court’s conditions.“The accused is a retired government servant and suffers from heart-related diseases and is a diabetic.“His son who is here will pay the bail amount,” he said.Junaidah then set bail at RM8,000 in one surety, and told the accused to report at the Lukut police station on the 15th of every month.She also fixed Aug 19 for re-mention. Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Perak exco member accused of sexually assaulting maid; police report lodged SEREMBAN: A 64-year-old former soldier charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter was told by the judge not to go near or contact the victim as one of the conditions for bail.“The family of the accused should also stay away from the girl who is in Form Five,” said Sessions Court judge Junaidah Mohd Isa.The accused had earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting the girl who is 16 years and 10 months old.He allegedly touched the girl’s private parts and breasts and kissed her body at their home in Bandar Springhill in Rantau near Port Dickson around 9pm on July 6.center_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Arrested: Perak executive councillor accused of sexually assaulting maid Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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