Teacher constable among 6 killed in separate road crashes

first_imgMap of DhakaAt least six people were killed and several others injured in three separate road accidents in Dhaka city, Kushtia and Narshingdi districts on Tuesday morning.An on-duty police constable was killed in a road accident near Gabtali bus terminal in the capital around 7:00am.The deceased is Abdul Mazid, 35, a resident of Naogaon district.Witnesses said Abdul Mazid died around 9:00am while undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s emergency unit.Traffic police sergeant Monir Hossain said on-duty Mazid was injured as a truck hit him in Gabtali area.His body is kept in DMCH morgue.Map of NarsingdiIn Narsingdi, according to news agency UNB, a primary school teacher and a young man were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Narsingdi-Raipura road in Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning.The deceased are Fatema Tuz Johora, 24, a teacher of Panchchabati Primary School and a resident of Puranpara area in district town and Bashir Miah, 26, of the area.The accident took place around 8:30am when a Raipura-bound CNG-run auto-rickshaw collided head-on with a truck from opposite direction, leaving Fatema dead on the spot and four others critically injured, said Md Muzaffar Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.Locals rescued the injured and sent them to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital from where Bashir was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition was deteriorating.Bashir succumbed to his injuries on way to DMCH, the OC added.Map of KushtiaIn Kushtia, three people were killed and several others were injured as bus knocked down a battery-run auto-vehicle (locally known easy-bike) in Sadar upazila of the district around 9:45am.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police and witnesses said a bus of SB Paribahan hit the battery-run vehicle after one of its tyres exploded, leaving three people dead on the spot.The injured were admitted to Kushtia General Hospital, the witnesses added.Islamic University police station officer-in-charge Ratan Sheikh said identities of the deceased could not be known as yet.last_img read more

Nobody wants monarchy in Bangladesh says Kamal

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain speaking at a programme organised by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) at Jatiya Press Club on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloStating that the government is in trouble, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Friday warned that it will not be able to run the country for long with ‘falsehood’, reports UNB.”This government is in trouble as it’s running the country staying in power without (proper) election. It’s now making various promises which are very difficult to fulfill,” Kamal said while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) marking the historic first flag hoisting day. “What happened on the night of 29 December? Was it a free, fair and neutral election? What was it actually? I would like to say it’s difficult to run a country of 160 million people based on falsehood and wrong information. It can’t be done, ” said the noted lawyer.Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said there is no disagreement among the people over some basic issues and they all believe that they are the owners of the country.”Nobody wants a monarchy here and nobody wants to see any king or queen here. Bengalee is such a nation which will never accept any king or queen in the country.”He said people now feel some sort of helplessness as the government is not showing respect for them as the owners of the country.”But no one should feel helpless when there are 17 crore people who can play the role of owners of the country. Those who think they have become the country’s owners dividing people they are making a mistake.”The Oikya Front chief said the country’s people ousted the autocratic rulers, including HM Ershad, through their united efforts in the past. “We’ll also get united now and bring the country under our occupation through a democratic and constitutional process.”Mentioning that the country was liberated based on unity of people; he said people’s ownership of the country will also be restored now based on unison among them.Speaking at the programme, JSD president Abdur Rob recalled the memory of hoisting the country’s flag for the first time on 2 March, 1971.Describing the current government as autocratic one, he said it will not leave power easily unless people come up with a united and strong resistance against it.Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Awami League has snatched people’s voting rights on 29 December by using the state machinery.”The Awami League which liberated the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiubur Rahman doesn’t exist in the country. The current Awami League is an associate body of police league.”He said people on Thursday sent out a message to the government that they do not want any election under it by not going to polling stations to cast their votes in the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayoral post.last_img read more

US ponders changes after insider attack in Afghanistan

first_imgIn this 1 July photo, police and firemen work at the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Photo: APIt’s too early to tell if training or other changes must be made in light of an insider attack in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and wounded two others, because there’s some uncertainty about whether the assailant was a disgruntled Afghan soldier or an insurgent infiltrator, says a top officer of US army.Mark Milley, army chief of staff, said Friday that the three soldiers who were shot last weekend were protecting members of the new US advisory brigade that deployed to Afghanistan for the first time just five months ago. He said the Army is moving ahead with plans to create more of the training brigades and use them primarily in Afghanistan, although other locations could be considered in the future.According to officials, the attacker fired on the soldiers at the airfield on the base at Tarin Kowt, in southern Uruzgan Province, a hotbed of Taliban activity. He was taken into custody on the day of the attack on 7 July.It was the first death involving the advisory brigade, and the first insider attack in about a year. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, was shot by small arms fire and killed. The other two soldiers are in stable condition.In a message to the media last Saturday, Taliban spokesman Qari Yosuf Ahmadi said the shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces who acted alone, but the militant group “appreciated” his attack.The military, said Milley, is still trying to determine if the shooter was from the Taliban or another insurgency or just an angry Afghan soldier. Either way, he said, it doesn’t change the mission of the new advisory teams, working closely with their Afghan partners. Those jobs carry risk.”Those guys are out there, and they’re in exposed positons and it is a high-risk situation,” Milley said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. “So casualties are going to occur.”That’s a reminder of the challenges facing US forces in Afghanistan in the 17th year of America’s military involvement there. The Trump administration is trying to boost the capabilities of Afghan security forces and increase military pressure on the Taliban in the hope of forcing them to negotiate a peace.During a surge in the US military presence in Afghanistan under the Obama administration, when American forces had a greater combat role, there were dozens of so-called insider attacks.Despite additional precautionary steps since then, the threat has continued. Last June, there were two insider attacks – in which a soldier in an Afghan uniform turns his weapon on US or other coalition troops – within a two-week period, killing three US soldiers and wounding another seven.Speaking to reporters last month, Scott Jackson, commander of the new security force assistance brigade, acknowledged the possible threat of a friendly fire attack.”I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that pre-empted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems,” Jackson said during a 13 June briefing.Jackson said that when the assistance brigade arrived in Afghanistan, they began vetting the higher-level Afghan forces and steadily worked their way down to the smaller units. That vetting, said Jackson, goes on continually as soldiers rotate in and out of the units, and has not delayed operations.Just six months ago, Jackson was at Fort Benning, Georgia, pulling together the new training brigade, working to make real the vision of senior Army leaders.The idea was formed early last year, as officials recognized the need for permanent military training teams that could be deployed worldwide to help local forces learn how to fight better. The plan was a reflection of the new reality of America at war: Army soldiers advising and building indigenous security forces, not doing the fighting for them on foreign soil.Under the plan, the Army will build six brigades over the next several years. And Milley said Friday that the second brigade is currently doing pre-mission training to replace Jackson’s unit when it’s time for them to come home.last_img read more

Modi concedes state election defeats ahead of 2019 India vote

first_imgIndian Congress party supporters celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi on 11 December 2018, as vote counting in five Indian states began. India`s ruling party looked set on 11 December for stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls in 2019. — Photo: AFPIndia’s ruling party suffered stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, results showed Tuesday, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before national polls in 2019.The votes held earlier this month and in November were seen as a dress rehearsal for next year when Modi will likely go head-to-head with a emboldened Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party for a second term.”We accept the people’s mandate with humility,” Modi said late Tuesday on Twitter.”I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.””We defeated the BJP today, we will defeat them in 2019 too,” Indian media quoted Gandhi as saying. “Mr Modi sold a vision to the country five years ago. India had the patience to give them five years. But they have failed.”In both the central state of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the west, the chief ministers from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat, while in Madhya Pradesh the outcome was on a knife-edge.In Chhattisgarh, ruled by the BJP for 15 years, initial results showed the BJP winning just 16 seats, down from 49 in the outgoing parliament, trailing Congress on 68 in the 90-seat state parliament.Congress also trounced the BJP in Rajasthan, governed since 2013 by the BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, an unpopular local princess, winning 99 seats ahead of the BJP on 73 — 89 fewer than in the last election.Television footage showed jubilant Congress workers bursting firecrackers and dancing at regional party offices in both states.In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh the BJP also suffered from voter fatigue after 15 years in office, with Congress set to be two seats short of a majority and five ahead of the BJP.In two other smaller states also releasing results Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading.Congress’s five-time Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla was routed by the regional Mizo National Front, a BJP ally. In Telangana the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi won handsomely — at the expense of Congress.- Cow Belt -But it was Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that mattered most for the Hindu nationalist BJP, which swept to power nationally under Modi in 2014.They form part of the “Hindi Belt” or “Cow Belt” region of around 475 million people — more than the United States, Canada and Mexico combined — where the right-wing BJP has its core support base.Before the recent five elections, the BJP ruled 19 out of 29 Indian states either outright or in alliance with local parties. Congress rules just two states, including one in partnership.But the latest results are a blow to the image of Modi as an invincible vote-winner, and puts the 68-year-old on the back foot months before he seeks a second term in office.It also strengthen 48-year-old Gandhi — scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty — with Congress having lost more than a dozen states to the BJP since Modi took office in 2014.The results could also help his party cobble together a grand alliance of smaller parties to take on the BJP next year, with Gandhi at its head.”The message (from voters) is very clear. (Modi) needs to address the main issues of employment, corruption, and damage to economic structures,” Gandhi said on Tuesday.Analysts have linked the BJP’s apparent dwindling support to growing rural distress and unemployment.Nearly 55 percent of India’s 1.25-billion population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, and farmers form an important voting bloc for parties.”The verdict is the cumulative result of the issues faced by people in these states,” Gurpreet Mahajan, a political scientist at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University told AFP.”Victory and defeat are an integral part of life,” Modi said in a second tweet.”Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India.”last_img

UPDATE Trump In Davos Threatens Palestinians Reassures Brits

first_imgPresident Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland, early this morning—one day before he becomes only the second American president to address the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Read more: https://t.co/capXYzH5Jh pic.twitter.com/vJ0VXIi1Of— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 25, 20183 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s bringing a message of “peace and prosperity” to an annual economic summit in the Swiss Alps.Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday for his first appearance at the World Economic Forum.As he arrived at the summit venue, Trump was asked how he likes Davos and replied that he thinks “it’s great.”Asked about his message for the gathering of world leaders, business executives and celebrities, Trump said it’s about “peace and prosperity.”Trump’s attendance at the annual gathering for free-trade-loving political and business elites has raised eyebrows, given Trump’s protectionist leanings.He is the first sitting U.S. president to attend the forum since Bill Clinton in 2000.2:54 p.m.President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are meeting during a summit in Switzerland.The leaders met Thursday during the World Economic Forum in Davos and were expected to discuss the conflict in Syria, U.S. efforts to revise the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea’s nuclear threat.Trump hosted May at the White House days after he took office in January 2017, but the relationship has been strained since then.Trump recently canceled a trip to London for the opening of a new U.S. Embassy. Trump and May last year traded criticism over Trump’s retweets of a far-right group’s anti-Muslim videos.Earlier Thursday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) said the U.S. stands ready to negotiate an “attractive” trade deal with Britain once it leaves the European Union.___11:30 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived in the Swiss Alps to attend the World Economic Forum.Trump flew to the town of Davos by helicopter from Zurich, where he arrived Thursday morning after flying overnight from Washington.The president is scheduled Thursday to hold talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the summit takes place. He’s also scheduled to meet with the forum’s founder, attend a reception and eat dinner with European business leaders.Trump is the first sitting president to attend the annual summit since Bill Clinton in 2000.___10:25 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived in Switzerland to tout his “America First” policies at the World Economic Forum.Trump landed in Switzerland Thursday morning. He is expected to meet with world leaders, attend a reception, host a dinner for European business executives and give a keynote address Friday.Trump comes to the globally minded conference days after signing new tariffs to boost American manufacturers. He is expected to tout the booming economy and recent tax cut legislation.Trump’s is the first visit by a sitting president to summit in Davos since Bill Clinton appeared in 2000.His decision to attend was a surprise, given his protectionist policies. Trump has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and demanded changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.___6:30 a.m.President Donald Trump has a simple message for the world’s economic leaders: America is open for business.Trump is also ready to argue that global cooperation can be part of his “America First” agenda. It’s a pitch he’s preparing to make at the World Economic Forum when he arrives Thursday in Davos, Switzerland.The annual gathering at Davos attracts free-trade-loving political and business elites, who might be surprised that the protectionist-leaning American president will be in their midst. Trump told reporters as he prepared for the trip that he’s going to push for investment in the U.S., touting a booming economy.In Davos ahead of Trump’s arrival, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said America supports free trade and said Trump is looking out for U.S. interests and its workers. Very productive bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin @Netanyahu of Israel – in Davos, Switzerland! #WEF18 pic.twitter.com/2sZM9YI7tJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2018___6 p.m.Melania Trump has visited the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum while President Donald Trump attends an economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.That’s according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. first lady, who tweeted Thursday that Mrs. Trump toured the memorial near the National Mall in Washington. A statement later said Mrs. Trump was honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday. She was paying respect to 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust and millions of other victims of the Nazis.Mrs. Trump said in a statement to the victims and their families that “My heart is with you, and we remember.”The news media was not given prior notice of the visit.The first lady had been scheduled to accompany Trump to the World Economic Forum. But Grisham said earlier this week that the first lady would no longer make the trip due to “scheduling and logistical issues.”Thank you @HolocaustMuseum for a powerful & moving tour that honors the millions of innocent lives lost, and educates us on the tragedies and effects of the holocaust. #WeRemember #AskWhy pic.twitter.com/za8MN6pKRZ— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 25, 2018___4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump says the Palestinians must return to peace talks with Israel to receive U.S. aid money.Trump’s decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital roiled Arab nations and led Palestinians to refuse to negotiate with the U.S. on grounds that America can no longer be an honest broker in the quest for peace. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for their future capital.Trump says U.S. aid to the Palestinians is “on the table” but they won’t get it “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”Trump commented as he opened a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an economic summit in Davos, Switzerland.Netanyahu praised Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.___Donald Trump predicts “tremendous increases” in trade between US & UK after future trade talks between the two countries #Davos2018 #wef18 https://t.co/TRIAXmCi6W pic.twitter.com/VBYAm3NZw3— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 25, 20183:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is trying to dispel the notion that he and British Prime Minister Theresa May don’t get along.Trump says he and May have a “really great relationship, although some people don’t necessarily believe that.” He said it was a “false rumor” and that he wanted to “correct it.”Trump and May met Thursday during the World Economic Forum in Davos.May said the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K. continues.Trump and May last year traded criticism over Trump’s retweets of a far-right group’s anti-Muslim videos.Trump also canceled a trip to London for the opening of a new U.S. Embassy.___Upon arriving at #Davos for the world economic forum, President Trump was asked what his message is for the world..’PEACE’ he replied! #PeaceThroughProsperity #PeaceThroughStrength pic.twitter.com/hiMlk2vZjh— GITMO 🇺🇸 (@President1Trump) January 25, 2018 Photo via Twitter @realDonaldTrumpPresident Donald Trump says his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is already “very successful.”THE LATEST on President Donald Trump’s attendance at the World Economic Forum (all times local):8:57 p.m.President Donald Trump says his Treasury Secretary’s comments favoring a weaker dollar were taken out of context.Steven Mnuchin said this week at a global summit in Davos, Switzerland that “obviously a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities.” Those remarks broke with a twenty-year U.S. policy of speaking in favor of a strong dollar.Trump told CNBC in an interview that the dollar should “be based on the strength of the country.”He says, “ultimately I want to see a strong dollar.”Great press briefing to start the day in @Davos. We discussed many important economic issues. pic.twitter.com/lFxSGvOu8b— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) January 25, 2018___7:53 p.m.President Donald Trump is sitting down with European business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.His dinner guests include leaders from Adidas, Siemens, Nestle, Deloitte, and other companies.Several of the CEOs are congratulating Trump on the tax cuts he signed into law last year. They say it’s encouraging them to invest in the U.S.Trump is also congratulating the CEOs on their success.___7:23 p.m.President Donald Trump says he would consider re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership if he can secure a “substantially better deal” for the U.S.Trump tells CNBC in an interview in Davos, Switzerland that he “would do TPP, if we made a much better deal than we had.” He says, “We had a horrible deal.”Trump directed the U.S. trade representative to withdraw from the sweeping agreement involving the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations shortly after taking office. He said he would pursue individual deals with the other countries.Trump is also trying to re-negotiate the three-way NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico. He says he’ll pull out of that if the U.S. can’t secure better terms.___7:01 p.m.President Donald Trump says his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is already “very successful.”He told reporters on his way between meetings that “we are seeing tremendous investment and today has been a very exciting day, a very great day and great for our country.”Trump is the first U.S. president to come to the forum in Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000. He met Thursday with the leaders of Britain and Israel, Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu, and was due to give a speech to the forum on Friday.Later on Thursday he was due to hold a reception with CEOs and other global executives.Great bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, affirming the special relationship and our commitment to work together on key national security challenges and economic opportunities. #WEF18 pic.twitter.com/FPP8aRDAyt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Robert Muellers Pace Measures Up With Best Prosecutors In Modern History

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty ImagesThen-FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on June 13, 2013, on Capitol HillThe man leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been keeping busy.Special counsel Robert Mueller has been on the job for about nine months. But he has already charged 19 people with wrongdoing — and won guilty pleas from the president’s former campaign vice chairman and his former national security adviser.Scholars who focus on politically charged investigations that may lead into the White House have been taking note.“Robert Mueller’s pace in this investigation really is very similar to some of the best special prosecutors in modern history,” said Ken Gormley, the president of Duquesne University and the author of two books on special prosecutors.These investigations carry special burdens: to move forward quietly, with no leaks, and quickly, to prove guilt or innocence.“The whole point of appointing an independent counsel in these kind of instances is to deal with the fact that there’s a cloud over the highest levels of the executive branch and to restore public confidence, one way or the other,” Gormley said.For many people, the model prosecutor was Archibald Cox, who investigated Watergate for a little more than a year before he was fired.“I’m not looking for a confrontation,” Cox told reporters in 1973. “I’ve worried a good deal through my life about the problems of imposing too much strain upon our constitutional institutions and I’m certainly not out to get the president of the United States.”During his tenure, Cox developed evidence about obstruction of justice by President Richard Nixon. The prosecutor who replaced Cox built on that work, ultimately leading to Nixon’s resignation.Gormley said the current special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, is operating in that same mold.But at the White House, President Trump and his lawyers have been pressing the Mueller team to move faster. So is another familiar figure: former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr.“The American people, I think, want to know, was there collusion,” Starr told CNN last week. “Let’s get that answered. That would be my sense, if I were at the Justice Department.”Starr spent five years and more than $40 million investigating President Bill Clinton. Critics say Starr took too long and wandered away from his original mission. He was far from the only independent counsel to come under attack as a “roving Frankenstein monster,” Gormley said.In the category of “no end,” there was the investigation of Clinton’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros. In 1995, then-Attorney General Janet Reno asked for an independent counsel to determine whether Cisneros should face prosecution for providing false information about payments to a former mistress.“I’m disappointed by that outcome but I’m hopeful that the investigation will be completed expeditiously,” Cisneros told reporters at the time.But any hope Cisneros had for a speedy resolution went bust. The independent counsel in his case, David Barrett, kept working even after the law authorizing his work expired. Cisneros pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was later pardoned by the president. Still, Barrett’s work continued. The final report emerged in 2006, nearly 11 years after he took office.Robert Mueller is a hard-driving former FBI director, not known for dallying in his work. He’s already secured indictments against Russians for running an information warfare campaign aimed at the last presidential election.And yet, Wake Forest University professor Katy Harriger said measuring Mueller’s success will be a challenge.“For some people, success will only be if somehow the president gets impeached,” Harriger said. “And for other people, success is a complete exoneration.”Push away that cloud of politics, she said, and success may be a report or a set of conclusions that most people can believe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Hayes Looks to Raise Fines on Liquor Sales to Minors in Baltimore

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Del. Antonio Hayes has submitted a bill to the General Assembly to raise the maximum fine for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors in Baltimore City. (Photo courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes)Baltimore City has the lowest maximum fine – tied with Calvert County – for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors. Del. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to double the current maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000.“This bill, like other pieces of my legislation, is really the brainchild of people in communities that I represent,” said Hayes, who tells the AFRO that his bill was spurred by the advocacy of Dr. Marvin Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, on the issue of liquor sales to minors.Currently, in Baltimore City, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC) can impose a fine of up to $500 on an establishment for its first offense of selling alcohol to minors. Subsequent offenses allow a maximum fine of $3,000, and Hayes says his bill, House Bill 868 (HB0868), would simply put the initial fine more on par with the fine for subsequent offenses.Baltimore City’s current maximum fine is well below that of other counties in the state, according to the freshman delegate. In adjacent Baltimore County, the maximum fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors is $2,000. In Prince George’s it is $12,500, and in Montgomery County it is $20,000, says Hayes.“Most liquor stores, $500 is what they do in two to three hours, so it’s not really sending them a message of the importance of [not] serving alcohol to minors,” said Hayes.Cheatham tells the AFRO that there are 15 establishments selling or serving alcohol in the vicinity of his neighborhood, four of which were fined last year for selling alcohol to minors.“What we were seeing was not only violence and crime associated with the liquor stores, but we were beginning to see an uptick in the sale of liquor to young people because they weren’t checking the IDs,” said Cheatham, who says the current BLLC has been more aggressive in policing sales to minors, but that its penalties need more teeth.“Where it is now . . . that’s far too little when you consider you sold liquor to a minor,” said Cheatham.According to Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive secretary of the BLLC for Baltimore City, 44 establishments were fined for selling alcohol to minors in fiscal year 2013, with approximately 75 establishments being fined for, or charged with, selling alcohol to minors in fiscal 2014 (running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015).The process for fining an establishment begins with a police vice operation, generally involving an underage cadet, who attempts to purchase alcohol. If the undercover cadet is not ID’d and sold alcohol (or sold alcohol despite an ID showing the cadet was underage), the police file a report with BLLC who then holds a hearing to determine guilt and the appropriate fine.“Last year [vice] visited approximately 150 locations throughout the city,” said Bailey-Hedgepeth.“The majority of the liquor stores and taverns in the district are responsible establishments,” said Hayes, “it’s just that there’s a couple of bad apples that are not responsible, so this [bill] is really to go after the ones who are not being responsible.”Because HB0868 simply raises the maximum fine that can be assessed against an establishment for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors, the bill has no direct costs for implementation.last_img read more

Grandmother Sues Over Police Shooting of Black 13YearOld

first_imgBy KANTELE FRANKO, Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witnesses say that the White police officer who killed a Black 13-year-old used a racial slur after firing and that a toy gun the eighth-grader had wasn’t visible when the confrontation occurred, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday on the second anniversary of the shooting.The lawsuit filed by Tyre King’s grandmother challenges the police account, characterizing his death as the result of excessive force, racial discrimination and an alleged failure by the police department to properly investigate and discipline officers for racially motivated or unconstitutional behavior.In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, a funeral service card bearing the likeness of Tyre King is carried by a mourner in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)Officer Bryan Mason, Police Chief Kim Jacobs and the city are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.By “tacitly authorizing” their behavior, “the policymakers and those responsible for hiring, training and supervision of police officers within the City of Columbus acted negligently, recklessly, intentionally, willfully, wantonly, knowingly and with deliberate indifference to the serious safety needs of the citizens of Columbus, including Tyre King,” the lawsuit said.A Columbus police spokeswoman said it would be improper to comment on the litigation. The head of the local police union didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment, but the group previously said Mason acted according to policy.Police have said Tyre was in a group of young men who robbed a man of $10 at gunpoint, and Mason was responding.Mason previously told investigators that Tyre tried to pull what appeared to be a real firearm from his waistband and said he fired at the teen when he saw a laser sight on the weapon and feared being shot. It turned out to be a BB gun that police later determined was inoperable.Mason also said the teen didn’t comply with the officer’s commands to “get down.”A grand jury voted not to indict the officer in the shooting, which prompted protests in Columbus and became part of national discussion about police killings of Black males.Mason had been involved in three previous shootings and had been cleared of wrongdoing in each case, including another fatality.Records show Tyre was shot three times, including in the head and torso. An attorney for his family has argued the results indicate he was running away and wasn’t a threat when he was shot. A forensic pathologist who examined his body for his family reached the same conclusion.Mason has said that Tyre spun to his right after the first shot.___Find  Franko on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kantele10 .last_img read more

SAAC Hosts Inaugural Cardinal Games

first_img Print Friendly Version Christine Herring, Senior Woman Administrator, was a member of one of the six staff teams. “The first annual Cardinal Games was a huge success. It was a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, staff and coaches to create multi-sport and department teams to compete against each other.  It’s really special seeing the camaraderie within our department and competitive spirit between our student-athletes.” The other six teams were featured of UofL Athletics staff members from various departments and teams including: administration, marketing, academics, facilities, compliance, football, field hockey and volleyball. “The Cardinal Games was a great way to get the athletics department together for a night of fun-filled competition,” said Funke. “It was a great event put on by SAAC and I’m looking already looking forward to next year!” Story Links Softball’s Celene Funke’s Goon Squad finished the night victorious defeating Winner’s Winner which was composed of primarily football coaches and staff. The first year of the Cardinal Games featured 20 teams with 8-12 people per team. Fourteen of the teams were led by student-athlete captains who had selected their squads in a large draft the week before. The University of Louisville’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the inaugural Cardinal Games event on Monday, April 22 at Cardinal Stadium. Over 200 student-athletes and staff came out for a night full of fun, fellowship and competition. The goal for the day was to accumulate as many points as possible in a series of 11 activities. The games consisted of several bracketed events such as dodge ball, corn hole, spike ball, and kan jam as well as hula hooping, golf chipping, lacrosse passing, and an obstacle course.last_img read more

Kind and Gentle Molecular Machine Could Operate at NearEquilibrium

first_img But R. Dean Astumian, a Physics Professor at the University of Maine, has recently proposed a concept in which molecular machines can operate arbitrarily close to chemical equilibrium at every instant of the cycle, and still perform work at the rate of several micrometers per second against piconewton loads. The study, “Adiabatic operation of a molecular machine,” is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“The main significance is conceptual – it changes the way we think about molecular motors,” Astumian told PhysOrg.com. “Much emphasis has been put on the ‘non-equilibrium’ aspects of the system, but in fact this is not really important. The motion of the rings here arises due to a combination of topology that break spatial symmetry, and the slow external modulation that breaks time symmetry. It is also important to recognize that, in the molecular world, we can truly have motors that operate with nearly 100% efficiency.”Astumian’s example of such a molecular machine is a three-ring “catenane” structure that serves as a rotating motor. The catenane, about 3 nanometers in diameter, consists of one large ring with two smaller rings linked to the large ring, like rings on a keychain. Three binding stations on the large ring provide locations where the two small rings can bind, depending on the interaction energy between ring and station. Astumian gets the small rings to move clockwise from station to station around the large ring, a movement that results in mechanical cycling. Further, he achieves this movement without any heat gain or heat loss and without a change of entropy, but simply by thermal noise due to Brownian motion. This type of “adiabatic” system is arbitrarily close to equilibrium at every point of the cycle.The key to making the small rings move from station to station is by periodically modulating the interaction energy. The rings will bind to the station that requires the lowest interaction energy. This modulation must be done slowly enough not to generate heat, but at a sufficient rate to produce significant work. Slowly modulating the energy of a single molecule is challenging, and Astumian explains that it is nearly impossible to do with chemical systems. However, the net interaction energy for many molecules can be slowly modulated by very slow titrations of pH and redox potential. For example, a condition that is strongly acidic and strongly reducing corresponds with high interaction energy at station 2. Therefore, the two rings will bind at stations 1 and 3. Explore further Molecular machines – tiny machines made of molecules that do mechanical work – are usually thought to operate in a state of non-equilibrium. This makes sense, considering that macro-sized machines operate at non-equilibrium, requiring an additional force to move. On the other hand, equilibrium implies that forces cancel each other out, resulting in an unchanging system, often at rest. Then, by titrating with oxidant to reach a strongly oxidizing and strongly basic condition, the energy at station 1 is highest. So the rings now occupy stations 2 and 3. Astumian explains that the rings could switch to this state by either the ring at station 1 moving clockwise to bind at station 2, or the ring at station 3 moving counter-clockwise to bind at station 2. However, after more modulations, the majority (about 75%) of the movements will be clockwise due to the changing energy levels at different stations. By figuring this probability, Astumian concludes that, every time the small rings move around the large ring, the system will complete one-half of a mechanical rotation.He also mentions that there might be more creative architectures where counter-clockwise motions don’t undo the clockwise motions. He likens this mechanism to a ratcheting screwdriver used to drive a screw. When the ratchet turns counter-clockwise to reset itself, it releases so that it doesn’t undo the forward turn of the screw. Although a molecular machine would use thermal noise instead of external torque, the concept is similar. In the molecular machine, one of the small rings could be fixed to prevent counterclockwise motion.“I would say that the biggest challenge is to arrange the molecules on a surface so that the movement can be used to do work on the outside world,” Astumian said. He added that the chemical structures have already been synthesized by David Leigh at the University of Edinburgh, as the next step in the development of the machines.Astumian also explains that operating this system requires a fine balance between modulating slowly enough so that the system is in chemical and mechanical equilibrium at every instant, but rapidly enough to perform substantial work. While biomolecular motors are often described in “violent” terms, he hopes that this “kindler, gentler” description may be more appropriate for designing more efficient molecular machines.“I plan to extend the theory to explain the mechanism of biological motors,” Astumian said. “While they doubtless do not operate exactly by the mechanism described for the three-ring catenane, I think the flavor of how they operate is much better characterized by this near-equilibrium description than by various biological models involving cars, judo throws, and steam engines.”More information: Astumian, R. Dean. “Adiabatic operation of a molecular machine.” PNAS, December 11, 2007, vol. 104, no. 50, 19715-19718.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Illustration of the possible transitions for a catenane structure that consists of one large ring with three stations for two small rings. The two small rings move around the large ring to bind at a station. Each binding state is favored by a different energetic condition, as indicated. ©2007 PNAS. Image credit: R. Dean Astumian.center_img Citation: ‘Kind and Gentle’ Molecular Machine Could Operate at Near-Equilibrium (2007, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-kind-gentle-molecular-machine-near-equilibrium.html SLAC makes ‘electron camera,’ a world-class tool for ultrafast science, available to scientists worldwide 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

Evidence suggests Neanderthals took to boats before modern humans

first_img Citation: Evidence suggests Neanderthals took to boats before modern humans (2012, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-evidence-neanderthals-boats-modern-humans.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Russian site may show late Neanderthal refuge The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) Explore further The stone “mousterian” tools are unique to Neanderthals and have been found on the islands of Zakynthos, Lefkada and Kefalonia, which range from five to twelve kilometers from mainland Greece. Some, such as Paul Pettitt from the University of Sheffield, suggest they could have swum that far. But that doesn’t explain how similar tools found on the island of Crete got there. That would have meant swimming forty kilometers, which seems extremely unlikely, especially since such swimmers wouldn’t have known beforehand that Crete was there to find.Ferentinos et al suggest the evidence shows that Neanderthals not only figured out how to build boats and sail but did so quite extensively well before modern humans ever got the idea. They say because the tools found on the islands are believed to date back 100,000 years (and the islands have been shown to have been islands back then as well) Neanderthal people were sailing around that long ago. Thus far, evidence for modern humans sailing dates back to just 50,000 years when they made their way to Australia. If true, that would mean Neanderthal people were sailing around in the Mediterranean for fifty thousand years before modern people built their first boat.Others have suggested that hominids have been sailing for as long as a million years; stone tools found on the Indonesian island of Flores date back that far. It could be that both modern humans and Neanderthals were boating around for hundreds of thousands of years and we just don’t have any evidence of it because the boats back then would have been made of wood and evidence of their existence would have decayed to nothing long ago.center_img Journal information: Journal of Archaeological Science (PhysOrg.com) — Neanderthals, considered either a sub-species of modern humans or a separate species altogether, lived from approximately 300,000 years ago to somewhere near 24,000 years ago, when they inexplicably disappeared, leaving behind traces of their DNA in some Middle Eastern people and artifacts strewn all across the southern part of Europe and extending into western Asia. Some of those artifacts, stone tools that are uniquely associated with them, have been found on islands in the Mediterranean Sea, suggesting, according to a paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, by George Ferentinos and colleagues, that Neanderthals had figured out how to travel by boat. And if they did, it appears they did so before modern humans. More information: Early seafaring activity in the southern Ionian Islands, Mediterranean Sea, Journal of Archaeological Science, In Press, Corrected Proof. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.01.032AbstractThis paper summarises the current development in the southern Ionian Islands (Kefallinia and Zakynthos) prehistory and places it within the context of seafaring. Archaeological data from the southern Ionian Islands show human habitation since Middle Palaeolithic going back to 110 ka BP yet bathymetry, sea-level changes and the Late Quaternary geology, show that Kefallinia and Zakynthos were insular at that time. Hence, human presence in these islands indicates inter island-mainland seafaring. Seafaring most likely started some time between 110 and 35 ka BP and the seafarers were the Neanderthals. Seafaring was encouraged by the coastal configuration, which offered the right conditions for developing seafaring skills according to the “voyaging nurseries” and “autocatalysis” concepts. 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

Why AssistantAsApp Might Be the Next Big Tech Trend

first_img 8 min read Whenever I feel uncomfortable writing about a topic, that’s when I know I should write about it. So here goes. This article is about how a new way of designing apps changed my life. But to explain the power of this trend, I need to tell you about poop. That’s the uncomfortable part.For the past five years or so, I’ve struggled with intestinal discomfort. (I’ll spare you the gory details.) I spent countless hours crawling the web searching for a possible diagnosis and tried dozens of different remedies and diets. Nothing seemed to help.Finally, I saw a gastroenterologist. He listened for all of five minutes while I described my symptoms and quickly jotted down a prescription for antibiotics. They worked for a while but soon the symptoms returned. I went back to the doc. A few tests were done and more antibiotics were dolled out. But the problems came back. Then again. And again.After a few cycles, I could see he was running me through a gambit of various gut bug killers until my symptoms stopped or he was out of drugs. I decided I’d rather live with the problem (whatever it was) and hope for the best.Recently however, a chance encounter with a total stranger led me to start using a new kind of app that does things my physician and the specialist never could.Related: People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently.This app helped me get to the bottom of my problem. I’ll explain how later but what makes the design of this app important has implications in all sorts of industries, including outside health care. At its core, the app facilitates a conversation to solve a complex problem with greater ease than ever before.Over the next few years, smart entrepreneurs and savvy designers will use similar techniques to dramatically improve the way they connect and serve their customers.Going NativeApp makers are returning to the roots of what our phones are for. They are after all communications devices. So called “invisible apps” engaging in “conversational commerce” are popping-up in all sorts of unrelated industries.For example, a few weeks ago, my friend Stephen and I chatted at the park while we watched our kids play. As Silicon Valley tech geeks do, we got to talking apps. “Have you started using any good apps lately?” he asked. “Actually, yes.” I said. “Have you heard of Native?” I don’t usually recommend apps, but Native is special.What is Native? It’s a virtual travel agent. If you’re not impressed, neither was I the first time I heard the idea. But when I started using the service, I realized they were onto something.Here’s how Native works: every time I need to do anything related to travel, I just ask Tim to handle it. Tim lives inside Native and while he appears to be a human, I’m not 100% sure he is. For all I know he may be a bot, artificial intelligence, or any number of people working behind the scenes under the persona of the fresh-faced Tim. To be honest, I don’t much care. Every time I need him he’s there, ready to assist me.For example, I recently had to book a gnarly itinerary in and out of two countries using various airline loyalty points. Normally, booking this sort of trip would have taken me hours of comparing prices, flight times, connection difficulty, and frequent flyer point requirements. Instead, I just opened the app and told Tim what I needed in plain English — like sending a text message. Then, I went about my day and an hour later I received a notification from Tim telling me he found the best two options. Would I like itinerary A or itinerary B? I picked one and he booked the flight. Done!I didn’t have to use any dropdown menus, sift through hundreds of options, or spend half an hour attempting to pay for my ticket only to learn that the price I wanted was suddenly not available. Nope! I left it up to Tim to handle everything. Native charges $25 per month. Considering that Tim can complete any and all travel-related requests — from booking me on another flight if I miss a connector to calling the airline to request a seat change — it is well worth the money. Of course, whether Native can actually make money with this business model is an open question.As I described Native to my friend Stephen, a woman pushing her child on the swing next to us interjected. “Excuse me,” she asked, “What app are you talking about?” I showed her Native on my phone. “Funny,” she said “my company does the exact same thing but for health.”Related: 4 Ways to Use Psychology to Win Your Competition’s CustomersThe woman, I would come to learn, was Stephanie Tilenius, CEO of Vida Health. As she explained her app, Stephanie told me “Vida is great for irritable bowel syndrome if you happen to know anyone with that.”Did I ever!I told her I’d be interested in giving her app a try. “We’ll connect you with a coach to help you figure out what’s going on,” she said, and by the time I left the park I had received an invitation to use the service.Meeting MindyDiagnosing a digestive problem is fiendishly difficult. It requires looking back through a detailed log to find what might be causing symptoms that don’t manifest until the food has time to work it’s way through the body a day or so later. Finding a solution involves not only understanding what I ate that might be causing the symptoms, but also what I did not eat that I should have. I had done this sort of detailed record keeping before on my own but it was incredibly time consuming and I always gave up after a few days.I started using Vida. Over the next several weeks, I shared what I ate and how I was feeling with my coach Mindy who, like Tim from Native, was a helpful face on the other side of the app. Like Native, there was no complicated interface to learn. The app felt more like messaging with a friend than diagnosing a health problem.Along with helpful suggestions, Mindy sent me regular reminders to send her snapshots of what I was eating. She also requested I text a number from 1 to 10 to quantify my symptoms — my “poo score,” we called it.Soon, something interesting happened. Mindy started analyzing my diet in ways neither my doctor nor I ever could. She looked at the nutritional content of what I was eating and searched for correlations with how I felt. Like a detective, she was on the hunt for the intestinal who-done-it. She started eliminating suspects from the food line-up and narrowing in on what might be triggering my symptoms by looking for clues in my diet. She told me what I should eat instead and after changing my diet, I’m feeling better.Just the BeginningMindy’s ability to diagnose the source of my problem was something my physician just didn’t have the time or ability to address. Without a way to carefully monitor and analyze what was going in and coming out of my body, how could he? Conversational apps like Vida however are designed to always be accessible; allowing users to send the kind of information a professional can use to provide more insights in less time.Similarly, Native’s highly trained travel agent on the other side of the conversation allows the app to provide just the right itinerary, eliminating all the hours spent sorting and culling travel options I previously had to do myself.This trend is bigger than travel and diet apps. The fact that these two very different services both use what I call an “assistant-as-app” to help users accomplish complex tasks, makes me think there’s more to this trend.How About You?Do you use any assistant-as-app services? Do you have any favorites? Can you think of other products or services that should use the conversational interface but don’t yet? Where would you like to see an assistant-as-app service?Related: 5 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Mobile App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on NirAndFar.com Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 9, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

You Should Be Protecting Your Business from Phony Leads

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 30, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As crimes go, committing digital fraud is pretty easy; you don’t even need to leave your house. If you know what you are doing, the likelihood of getting caught is pretty slim. And you can make a lot of money.Related: How Ad Fraud Ruins the InternetEarlier this year, a group of Russian hackers made between $3 million and $5 million a day with an elaborate digital ad fraud scheme called Methbot, according to White Ops, a digital advertising security company. The criminals created phony domains that looked like reputable publisher sites. They tricked ad exchanges into serving video ads on their fake pages and then used an army of bots to click and view the ads so they racked up income.That sure beats robbing a bank.As entrepreneurs, we have to be aware of digital ad fraud so we can spend our hard-earned ad dollars wisely, and securely. Many companies use affiliate marketing in that they pay sites to help them generate leads, traffic or even sales. Used properly, affiliate marketing can be very successful. In fact, more than 80 percent of brands use it, according to this infographic from Acceleration Partners.While most affiliate partners are above board, there are seedy players who will resort to shady tactics to make more money. Those dubious tactics are wasting entrepreneurs’ time and money and affecting the validity of the leads they are purchasing. Affiliates are paid a set fee for every filled-out form they generate. Sometimes, fraudsters fill out those forms using real contact info they find easily online, e.g., the Yellow Pages, White Pages, websites, social media, etc. The contact info is legit, but the person didn’t actually fill it out and isn’t interested in the offer.To protect themselves, many businesses send leads to lead-validation companies before calling on them. These vendors help clients sift through their leads, to determine what is worth pursuing. Often, validation companies don’t catch this type of fraud. They simply verify that the data is correct, but they don’t check to see if it was actually entered by the person with whom the data is associated.Related: How to Maximize Your Online Sales LeadsBased on my experience working with marketers and the Leads Council, an average of 20 to 30 percent of leads that clear the validation process are actually fake. Sometimes, it can even be much more.Insult to injuryAs if wasting your money purchasing and validating a phony lead weren’t bad enough, the damage for business owners doesn’t stop there. Because the validation company thinks the lead is legitimate, marketers’ next step is to call the person. There is nothing consumers like more than intrusive, irrelevant phone calls, right?. What a way to make a lasting brand impression…Calling people who didn’t submit their information also opens advertisers up to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance issues, which can result in time-consuming lawsuits and hefty fines. The TCPA is intended to protect consumers’ privacy by regulating how marketers can reach out to them. Even if a business uses a third party for its marketing outreach, it is still liable should that third party break the law.For business owners, the first step in protecting themselves from lead fraud is awareness. Many simply don’t realize how prevalent digital fraud is, or they rely solely on lead verification companies to protect them. Adopting the following important two-step process can provide additional protection:1. Analyze.Verifying contact information isn’t enough. Companies need to dive into the analytics and try to understand the environment in which a user’s information was shared. Consider factors like the location of the IP address and the behavior of the user before filling out the form. There are sophisticated analytic tools that can help, such as Mouseflow or you can work with a partner.2. Optimize.Savvy marketers are constantly analyzing and optimizing their marketing tactics, trying to spend more on what is working and less on what is not. When phony leads make their way through the process, marketers’ campaign optimization efforts can be compromised. Dollars end up going to these fraudulent, nefarious channels rather than where they would have done the most good.You need to spot these fake leads, trace them back to their sources and revise your affiliate network accordingly. Are certain partners generating mostly fraudulent leads? Stop working with them. Where things get tricky is when a source is generating a healthy mix of legitimate and illegitimate leads.Many businesses need all the leads they can get. Rather than removing the traffic source completely, they proceed to validate each individual lead and weed out the faulty ones. This is a complicated solution, but it is possible these businesses — or you, if you’re doing this — have a solid system in place for analyzing your leads.Related: 10 Expert Tips for Driving More Marketing Qualified LeadsThe right approach depends on your business and your resources, but it is paramount that all entrepreneurs understand the lead-fraud problem and take steps to protect themselves. You aren’t just wasting ad dollars, you are risking legal action and potentially alienating your prospects with unsolicited phone calls.last_img read more

Frances AB Group is to make its full portfolio of

first_imgFrance’s AB Group is to make its full portfolio of channels available to distribution partners in full HD from today and is shutting down standard-definition transmission of the services.Canalsat will offer four of the HD channels – RTL9, Cine FX, Action and Animaux – to its subscribers.AB Group said the migration had presented a major technical challenge that required significant investment on its part, but that it would position it amongst the major providers of full HD channels in France.Separately, France’s media regulator, the CSA, is to hear an appeal by factual channel Planète to migrate from the pay to the free tier of channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform on June 3.last_img

Longitudinal cohort studies could be a good alternative for early career investigators

first_img Source:http://www.bmc.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 11 2019Compared to experimental studies that require complex infrastructures such as laboratories or clinical trials at multiple centers, studies using a longitudinal cohort (an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same participants repeatedly over a period of time) could be a good alternative for investigators as they begin their early research careers.”The Framingham Heart Study (FHS) is an excellent example of a database to initiate investigations and generate questions that could be followed later by experimental studies,” explains Hugo J. Aparicio, MD, MPH, assistant professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, in a perspective article in the journal Stroke.Related StoriesOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryFunded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, FHS began in 1948, as a database of thousands of participants from Framingham, Mass., who volunteered and shared their medical and personal data to advance clinical knowledge. Over the decades, FHS has helped answer key questions related to cardiovascular and neurological diseases. More than 15,000 participants have been included in FHS studies resulting in nearly 3,700 published articles using the data.According to Aparicio, data from longitudinal cohort studies often contain more detail than administrative datasets, which can result in research with higher quality data that can lead to higher impact publications. In addition, ongoing studies often have well-established research teams and senior investigators with extensive experience. “Access to high-quality data, mentorship and training in the research process are critical for launching a career in clinical research.”However, he cautions that using longitudinal cohort studies does pose some challenges and limitations, including: the way that data is collected makes interpretation of results critical and requires careful insight; loss to follow up when patients drop out of the studies and the difficulty of analyzing rare conditions caused by limited number of participants compared to the total general population.Regardless, Aparicio hopes his perspective article stimulates early career investigators to take advantage of these resources. “Beyond opportunities to publish, joining a research team at a cohort study can open doors for mentorship, expand research skills and help focus and refine your research path.”last_img read more

Researchers identify a more effective treatment for cancer

first_img Source:https://www.mountsinai.org/about/newsroom/2019/mount-sinai-and-ibm-researchers-uncover-key-to-greater-efficacy-in-cancer-treatment Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019Researchers from Mount Sinai and IBM have discovered a novel clue in explaining how cancer cells with identical genomes can respond differently to the same therapy. In a Nature Communications paper published today, researchers reveal for the first time that the number of mitochondria in a cell is, in great part, associated with how the cancer responds to drug therapy.Cancer is the second-leading cause of mortality worldwide, with approximately one in six deaths across the globe attributed to the disease. While treatments for cancer continue to improve as technology advances, researchers and clinicians have been unsuccessful in explaining the diversity of responses in cancer cells to treatments of oncological disease. In many cases, cancer cells with matching genetic makeup will respond differently to the same treatment. Mount Sinai and IBM researchers combined computational and biological methods to uncover a clue to this behavior.Cells die when met with bacteria, malnourishment, or viruses. But also, to promote normal function, our bodies eliminate billions of cells each day–a process known as “programmed cell death” or apoptosis. Mitochondria, often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell because of their ability to produce cellular energy, can also act as a catalyst in the activation of programmed cell death, and certain anti-cancer drugs work by activating this process. This function encouraged researchers to explore the hypothesis that cancer cells with identical genetic makeup, but different quantities of mitochondria, may have varying susceptibility to death if exposed to the same drugs that promote apoptosis.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsIn exposing various types of cells to six concentrations of a pro-apoptotic drug and measuring the abundance of mitochondria within the surviving cells, Mount Sinai and IBM researchers discovered that surviving cells had a greater amount of mitochondria than untreated cells. This strongly suggests that cells with fewer mitochondria are more likely to respond to certain drug treatments.To analyze this data, researchers used a mathematical framework called DEPICTIVE (an acronym for DEtermining Parameter Influence on Cell-to-cell variability Through the Inference of Variance Explained) to quantify variability in the survival or death of cells due to mitochondrial abundance. Overall, the framework determined that the variability of mitochondria explained up to 30 percent of the varying responses to the pro-apoptotic drug.”Enhancing our understanding of the relationship between mitochondria variability and drug response may lead to more effective targeted cancer treatments, allowing us to find new ways to tackle the problem of drug resistance,” said Pablo Meyer, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Team Leader of Translational Systems Biology at IBM Research, and co-corresponding author of the publication. “The outcomes of this study were truly multidisciplinary, and only made possible by the strong scientific collaboration established between Mount Sinai and IBM.”last_img read more

Wanda stock skyrockets after 54bn Tencent tieup

Hong Kong shares linked to troubled Chinese conglomerate Wanda surged 52 percent Tuesday after the company announced a $5.4-billion stake sale and retail tie-up with investors including internet giant Tencent. Explore further It is the latest move by Wanda boss Wang Jianlin—once China’s richest man—to sell off parts of his real estate empire following a rapid diversification that left the firm mired in debt and under the scrutiny of government regulators.Wanda Group will sell 14 percent of Wanda Commercial Properties, China’s largest shopping mall operator and the group’s flagship, for 34 billion yuan ($5.4 billion).Led by Tencent, the buyers will include leading retailer Suning, ecommerce company JD.com, and real estate giant Sunac, Wanda said in a statement late Monday.The hook-up with the likes of Tencent and JD.com signals a change in strategy for Wanda—moving away from property development and wading into the rapidly evolving Chinese retail sector.The news sent the Hong Kong shares of its hospitality arm Wanda Hotels—its main publicly-listed entity—skyrocketing.The stock leapt 52 percent early Tuesday before falling back to HK$1.72, up 27 percent, just before noon.The group said Wanda Commercial Properties “will stop engaging in property development and will transform into a company solely focused on commercial management.” Wanda would look to take the company—which will be rechristened Wanda Commercial Management—public “as soon as possible.” Wang had delisted Wanda Commercial from the Hong Kong exchange in 2016 due to low valuations.The conglomerate’s statement said Wanda Commercial would combine its “vast shopping mall assets” with the retail and internet power of Tencent, Suning, and JD.com, to “jointly build a ‘new consumption’ model in China that will integrate both online and offline services.””This represents one of the world’s largest single strategic investments between Internet companies and brick-and-mortar commercial giants,” Wanda said.Those plans would likely put them in competition with Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce titan that is pressing ahead with plans to extend its influence in the bricks-and-mortar sphere. Wanda Group had diversified rapidly in recent years from commercial property into entertainment, theme parks, sports and other sectors, but is now squeezed by debts run up through a series of massive, high-profile foreign acquisitions.Wanda and other Chinese conglomerates that expanded quickly overseas have come under official scrutiny as Beijing clamps down on capital flight and skyrocketing debt.Wanda has been selling off assets after reports said authorities advised banks to avoid loans to the group.Among other divestments, last year it sold dozens of hotels and other projects to Sunac and real estate firm R&F Properties for around $10 billion. © 2018 AFP Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba (Update) Wang Jianlin, once China’s richest man, has been selling off parts of his real estate empire following a rapid diversification that left the firm mired in debt Citation: Wanda stock skyrockets after $5.4bn Tencent tie-up (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-wanda-stock-skyrockets-54bn-tencent.html 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. read more

Lok Sabha passes NIA Bill

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In Parliamentary Party meet Rahul reiterates his decision to quit as Congress

first_imgAmid the leadership crises in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reportedly told the Congress Parliamentary Party that his decision to quit as party president is final.The Congress Parliamentary Party, headed by Sonia Gandhi, met this morning in Parliament precinct where the issue of Rahul Gandhi taking sole responsibility for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha election was reportedly raised.Some MPs, including Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tiwari, have reportedly told him that the blame for the party’s defeat cannot be taken by just one individual. Simultaneously, there was a sit-in outside Rahul Gandhi’s house by Youth Congress members who urged him to reconsider his decision. Joined by senior leaders — Shakti Singh Gohil and JD Seelam — they shouted slogans demanding Rahul’s return.‘Rahul, a strong leader’“Indian Youth Congress firmly believes that only Rahul Gandhi is capable of providing strong leadership and pose resistance. While it is a fact that the Congress party has suffered a setback at the national level, this had happened in the past too and the party has sprung back with renewed energy every time. The victory of communal forces has led to apprehension and concern in the minds of all those who believe in secular and democratic values. In such a situation, Rahul Gandhi should lead the party,” said a statement issued by the Youth Congress.This is not the first time Rahul Gandhi has repeated his resolve to quit. There have been multiple meetings of the Congress top leaders since the party lost heavily to the BJP in the May 23 elections. Following the election results, Rahul offered his resignation during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee on May 25. While the CWC rejected the offer, Rahul has remained firm. It was initially decided that he would continue for a month till the party finds an alternative. But now at the end of the month, the Congress still remains rudderless.Meanwhile, the it is facing relentless attacks and gibes in both Houses of Parliament with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself leading the blistering charge. Besides the PM’s attack, other BJP MPs, too, have been openly questioning the Congress on the leadership crises. “Does the Congress have a President? Does anyone know?” asked BJP MP from Hazaribagh Jayant Sinha during the debate on the motion of thanks to the President in the Lok Sabha. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Published on June 26, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more