Short birth intervals raise mortality risk in babies

first_imgShorter intervals between births are associated with higher mortality rates in babies, finds a new study on macaque monkeys. The study showed “the risk of a short birth interval in rhesus macaque offspring is contingent on the survival of its older or younger sibling, who may constrain the maternal resources available to it,” said Susie Lee, a doctoral student at the New York University. Short birth intervals have long been linked to adverse child outcomes in humans. However, it had been unclear the extent to which the birth interval has a direct influence on offspring mortality in general – that is, independent of the effects of environment and human sociocultural practices on reproductive behaviour. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTo understand this, the team examined around 9,000 birth records from about 1,400 free-ranging rhesus macaque mothers. Short birth intervals preceding or succeeding the birth of an offspring were both associated with higher offspring mortality in macaque monkeys, said the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results are consistent with studies on human birth intervals, suggesting short birth intervals is linked to adverse child outcomes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Despite the extensive body of research showing a relationship between short birth intervals and high offspring mortality in humans, we have lacked studies outside of humans, especially in non-human primates,” said James Higham, Associate Professor at the varsity. “This new research helps fill the gap by clarifying the biological link between birth intervals and offspring mortality in a general evolutionary framework,” he said.last_img read more

Saying no to the Northern Gateway pipeline project

People in Kitimat, B.C. have voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite.The ballot count from Saturday’s vote was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the multi-billion dollar project, a margin of 58.4 per cent to 41.6 per cent.The $6.5-billion project would see two pipelines, one carrying oilsands’ bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat’s port, and a second carrying condensate — a form of natural gas used to dilute the bitumen — from Kitimat back to Alberta.The federal cabinet is expected to release its decision on Northern Gateway by June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saying “no” to the Northern Gateway pipeline project by News Staff Posted Apr 12, 2014 11:23 pm MDT read more

Somalia UN urges steps to ensure future elections not marred by rights

“Insecurity, weak justice institutions, and an insufficient human rights protection system contributed to the lack of accountability for human rights violations throughout Somalia,” the report says, looking back at the 2016 polls and calling for prompt action to bolster human rights protections ahead of the 2020-2021 electoral process.The report – from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR) – details violations and abuses by State security forces, including the police and intelligence agencies, and non-State groups, including Al Shabaab, before, during and after parliamentary and presidential elections held in late 2016 and early 2017.While it documents the killing of 44 clan leaders and electoral delegates during that period, it reveals that only two of these reported killings were investigated and prosecuted.As such, the joint report calls for “prompt, independent and impartial investigations into human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the electoral process.”In addition, the report highlights repeated attacks, intimidation and other forms of harassment against reporters, human rights defenders and political leaders, noting that this violence “impeded the free flow of information” and undermined “the ability of citizens to benefit from and contribute to democratic processes” in an informed manner.“As Somalia continues the arduous task of building institutions and constructing peace, respect for human rights must be at the core of this enterprise,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.”This includes guaranteeing all public freedoms, such as the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and of peaceful assembly and association,” he stressed, adding that “it is essential that victims’ rights to remedy and reparation are respected”.Because conditions for universal suffrage were not in place in 2016, a system of indirect suffrage was used with 275 electoral colleges of 51 delegates each. The colleges elected the 275 members of the House of the People, who then elected the new President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on 8 February 2017.While this system allowed for a more diverse parliament, with half its members newly elected and women’s representation at 24 per cent (compared to 14 per cent in 2012), “more needs to be done” for the next elections, said the report.“Women, persons with disabilities, minority clans and civil society groups had limited or no access to the electoral process as it was a political process based on clan distribution,” said Michael Keating, the head of UNSOM. “Looking ahead to elections due in 2020-2021, we are urging the Government to establish a system of representation that is inclusive of all citizens, based on the one person, one vote principle.”In addition, given that in 2016 the list of candidates included former warlords and a military commander accused of war crimes, the report recommends that candidates be vetted regarding their respect for human rights. read more

Trapped homeowners face sixfigure bills over Grenfellstyle cladding

Thousands of homeowners are trapped in dangerous tower blocks wrapped in Grenfell-style cladding as building owners are refusing to foot the bill for it to be replaced.  Many are now facing financial ruin as the cladding means that their homes have been rendered worthless, leaving them unable to sell, remortgage or secure a homeowners loan to pay for the works privately.  An investigation by The Telegraph has revealed the full extent of the problem for the first time, with up to 20,000 privately owned properties across the country clad in…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Leaseholders across the country are being asked to pay bills which could total hundreds of thousands of pounds per flat just to make their homes fire safe. 

Anglo American rents 16 Komatsu 830E trucks from National Plant for Capcoal

first_imgFollowing the acquisition by National Group’s leading brand, National Plant & Equipment (NPE), of an additional 16 Komatsu 830E electric drive dump trucks into the Australian market, Anglo American took up the opportunity to secure a long-term hire for the 12 new machines and request an additional four machines for their Capcoal Surface Operations. The dump trucks, measuring in at just under 7 m high and 8 m wide each, made news last year when they were delivered and assembled at the National Plant & Equipment site in Yatala in late 2017.NPE states: “The high performing mining truck, which boasts one of the lowest cost per tonne operations, is considered a leader in the 240 t class range. They are of high demand in the Australian market, yet extremely difficult to come by, making the acquisition one of the most talked about in the industry in recent times.” Making the unprecedented purchase, understanding the demand for them in the Australian mining industry, was National Plant & Equipment CEO Mark Ackroyd, who says that “giving mining companies the option to rent these hugely efficient trucks means they can fluctuate with the supply and demand of their projects and not worry about capital expenditure.”Initially transported to the Yatala site for a full build to ensure they were in perfect working order, 12 of the new Komatsu 830E’s have since been mobilised to Anglo American’s Capcoal Surface Operations mine, located in the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. Due to their size and weight, the massive effort required weeks of planning and coordination, including a partial disassembly of the vehicles, coupled with batch deliveries in the cover of night, accompanied by escort vehicles, with final reassembly taking place upon arrival on site. “The 16 Komatsu 830Es is an impressive addition to National Plant & Equipment’s already large and ever-growing fleet. However, it doesn’t stop there with the team already making plans to acquire and expand further in 2018.”last_img read more

Comeback on hold Nearly 75 of people dont want Bertie back

first_img By Rónán Duffy Support for Fianna Fáil is now at 29% in Dublin.Read: Not going away: Bertie sat down for a big weekend interview to talk about his future >Read: Bertie’s potential comeback: What happens now? > Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 10:21 PM Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Dec 8th 2016, 10:21 PM 58 Comments Comeback on hold?: Nearly 75% of people don’t want Bertie back Fewer than one people in five think Fianna Fáil should let him back in. http://jrnl.ie/3129207 center_img Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email1 A NEW POLL has found that almost three-quarters of people do not think Fianna Fáil should allow Bertie Ahern back into the party.Last week a motion was unanimously passed by the Dublin Central branch of Fianna Fáil asking former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon tribunal report.Ahern confirmed that he would be interested in rejoining the party, telling the Sunday Independent that this would only be to help the party win more seats locally.If Ahern were to rejoin, he would have to submit an application where it would likely be dealt with at National Executive level.A new opinion poll carried out by Amárach research on behalf of Claire Byrne Live has found that 73% of people do not think Bertie Ahern should be allowed back into the party.Less than one in five people (19%) said he should, while 8% said they did not know. Source: CB Live/Amarách ResearchAn opinion poll published today found that Fianna Fáil is currently the most popular party in the country with support levels of 30%.As Claire Byrne points out in a blog on the RTÉ website, an important part of Fianna Fáil’s growth comes from its improving support in the Dublin, Ahern’s home town. 14,751 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A Good Move for Melburnians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new advertising initiative to promote the ‘good life’ available to Melburnians who decide to relocate to rural Victoria has been launched this week by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan.Named the ‘Good Move’ campaign, this scheme is based on research recently conducted on Melbourne residents which revealed that many are considering such a move. Mr. Ryan said: ‘The research showed that one in ten Melburnians were considering a move to country Victoria within the next three years and a further 39 per cent would consider it at some stage in the future. This campaign aims to build on that momentum and get people to take the next step.’The television commercials began screening on free to air stations on Sunday, and present real-life examples of Victorians who have recently relocated. ‘In particular, the advertisements highlight some of the reasons why relocating to the country is such a good move for work, family, community and overall quality of life’, Mr. Ryan said. These advertisements follow the recent popularity of the first Regional Victoria Living Expo on 27-29 April at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, which had over 8000 visitors interested in embarking on a rural lifestyle.‘Organisers and exhibitors alike were absolutely thrilled with the success of the expo and the genuine enquiries from people wanting to know more about the opportunities that await them outside the big city.’ For more information about the benefits of relocating to regional Victoria, visit the website www.goodmove.vic.gov.au.last_img read more

Speak truth to power

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ● A popstar, a fallen prince, an oligarch’s wife and a Kennedy walk into a bar. ● It might be the start of a joke. But it is not. However there is a punchline. ● And the punchline is that they talk about speaking truth to power. ● They should know. They are power. ● The popstar was Sakis Rouvas; the fallen Prince, Nikolaos, son of former King of Greece, Constantin; the oligarch’s wife is Marianna Vardinogianni, philanthropist and UNESCO goodwill ambassador. ● She is also the only person in Greece who can snap her fingers and have all the political and economic establishment of the country rush to one of her events. ● The event in question – which was not held in a bar, of course, but at the Acropolis museum, did feature a member of the Kennedy clan. Kerry, daughter of Robert, writer, activist and president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights advocacy organisation.● She was invited by ‘Mrs. Marianna’ – as she is known to her subjects – for the launch of the ‘Speak truth to power’ initiative, an education program centred around her book of the same name, consisting of her interviews with human rights activists all over the world. ● A who is who of the Greek elite attended the launch – former and current ministers, academics, bankers, philanthropists, high-ranking members of the clergy. They might as well have spoken ‘truth’ among themselves and the initiative would have met its target. Mission accomplished. ● In completely unrelated news, the Greek Statistical Agency issued data concerning taxation. It appears that four million Greeks owe about €95 billion in unpaid taxes. What’s interesting is that more than half of them owe no more than €500 each – 500,000 tax ‘evaders’ owe about €10 each. What’s even more interesting is that about 30 percent of the debt is owed by 69 people, who owe more than €100m each in taxes. ● Apparently, they must hold some kind of power. ● A day after Ms Marianna’s gathering, another representative of ‘power’ in Greek was called to ‘speak truth’. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave an interview to Nikos Chatzinikolaou for ANT1 News, in which he presented his idea of truth – mainly, by stating that the reform measures his government agreed to implement are nothing more than leverage to persuade Greece’s lenders for debt relief. ● If this does not happen, they will not be implemented. The journalist was flabbergasted: even though they pass through parliament? “A Sovereign state government can take back the measures”, was Tsipras’ cynical observation. The Power spoke the Truth. And the truth is that it’s all a farce. All that is happening in Greece for the past few years is part of this perverted political comedy. ● The PM’s partner, the other half of the successful comedy duo ‘Government-Opposition’, Kiriakos Mitsotakis, is now playing the part of the one believing in reforms. He’s the one presented as believing that Greece needs to shape up and be responsible, proceed with privatisations, slash wages and pensions, cut public spending, fire public servants, cut corporate taxation to allow for investment, do whatever the lenders tell us to do. ● He even managed to persuade centrists and members of the pro-EU, progressive Left to stand beside him, mostly because they despise Tsipras and his cohort. ● If you believe some parts of the Greek media, Mitsotakis is a modern politician, with fresh ideas, a true believer in free market and progress, who, if he becomes PM, will turn Greece to a modern state.● This week, his party dismissed any idea of separation of Church and State in Greece, assuring the byzantine relic institution that all public life and legislation will not become secular. ● So much for Greece modernization. ● At least, he spoke the Truth to the real Power in Greece.last_img read more

Lèpre une découverte ouvre la voie vers un meilleur traitement

first_imgLèpre : une découverte ouvre la voie vers un meilleur traitement Des chercheurs sont parvenus à mieux comprendre le mécanisme d’infection du bacille de la lèpre.  Cette avancée pourrait déboucher sur une nouvelle piste thérapeutique pour cette maladie qui touche plus de 200.000 personnes tous les ans.La lèpre est une maladie contagieuse causée par une mycobactérie qui finit par atteindre les muscles et par entraîner une neurodégénérescence et une faiblesse musculaire. Elle est donc extrêmement invalidante si elle n’est pas traitée à temps. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), 219.075 nouveaux cas de lèpre ont été déclarés en 2011. Un chiffre en baisse de 46% par rapport à 2004 puisque 407.791 cas avaient été recensés à l’époque.Cette maladie est aujourd’hui traitée efficacement par polychimiothérapie (PCT), un traitement que l’OMS met gratuitement à la disposition de tous les malades depuis 1995. Néanmoins, certaines régions pauvres, isolées et instables, continuent à être frappées par la lèpre, notamment à cause d’un manque de dépistage. La Fondation Raoul Follereau met d’ailleurs en avant le caractère irréversible des lésions causées par la maladie et l’absence de vaccin. Alors que se tiendra prochainement la Journée mondiale des lépreux (les 26 et 27 janvier), une étude publiée dans la revue américaine Cell en révèle davantage sur les mécanismes impliqués dans la maladie.Celle-ci montre que les bactéries responsables de l’infection se propagent en “prenant en otage” certaines cellules nerveuses appelées “cellules de Schwann”. Ces dernières sont ainsi reprogrammées génétiquement par les mycobactéries qui les transforment en cellules musculaires pour pouvoir ensuite atteindre les muscles. “L’étude montre que la reprogrammation de la cellule hôte est peut-être l’événement nécessaire dans une infection précoce de la bactérie pour en favoriser la propagation”, explique l’auteur principal de l’étude, Anura Rambukkana de l’Université d’Edimbourg.Mieux prévenir la progression de la maladie ? À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ? Il s’agit là de la “première démonstration” de l’utilisation par un agent pathogène de la “plasticité génomique” des cellules adultes. En effet, la bactérie de la lèpre ramène les cellules de Schwann à l’état de cellules souches afin de les reprogrammer en cellules différenciées, musculaires en l’occurrence. Ces résultats “fournissent de nouvelles pistes sur la prévention de la progression de l’infection à un stade précoce et sur la reprogrammation des tissus adultes en cellules souches capables de régénérer des tissus endommagés dans le corps”, estime Anura Rambukkana. La prochaine étape est désormais, selon les scientifiques, de parvenir à identifier des marqueurs liés au processus de reprogrammation qui vient d’être découvert. IL deviendrait alors “possible d’empêcher la progression de l’infection et les dégâts au niveau nerveux qui entraîne l’invalidité des malades”.Le 21 janvier 2013 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NY Canada Gunning for Facebook Over Data Protection

first_imgFacebook claims 1.5M contact databases were harvested by its email verification process, but the total number of people whose information was improperly obtained may be hundreds of millions.It’s time Facebook be held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal info.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 25, 2019Zuckerberg & Co. last week admitted to “unintentionally uploading” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016—a practice they have since abandoned.But, as James’ office pointed out, that’s just an estimation; the total number of folks whose personal data was nonconsensually collected by Facebook “may be hundreds of millions.”“Facebook’s announcement that it harvested 1.5 million users’ email address books, potentially gaining access to contact information for hundreds of millions of individual consumers without their knowledge,” James said, “is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information.”The attorney general is no stranger to enforcing New York consumer protection laws against tech companies: In January, James launched an investigation into Apple over its failure to warn consumers of a FaceTime bug that allowed users to receive audio and video of the callee before they answer.And in March 2018, the office scrutinized Facebook over the reported misuse of user data with Cambridge Analytica.That same scandal has landed the network in hot water with our neighbors to the north.On Thursday, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) revealed that a joint investigation with British Columbia found “major shortcomings” in the social media giant’s privacy practices.Facebook, however, allegedly disputes the findings and “refuses” to implement the privacy commissioners’ recommendations, including to voluntarily submit to audits over the next five years.“The stark contradiction between Facebook’s public promises to mend its ways on privacy and its refusal to address the serious problems we’ve identified—or even acknowledge that it broke the law—is extremely concerning,” Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said.“Facebook has spent more than a decade expressing contrition for its actions and avowing its commitment to people’s privacy,” B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy added. “But when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions, they demonstrate disregard.”The OPC plans to take the matter to federal court to seek an order forcing the company to “correct” its privacy practices.More on Geek.com:Oops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain TextResearchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureRussia Fines Facebook $50 for Violating Data Privacy Law Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on targetcenter_img Facebook’s luck may be running out.New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into the social network’s unauthorized collection of 1.5 million users’ email content databases.Meanwhile, across the border, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada plans to drag the firm to court over a “breach of trust.”“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”last_img read more

County shelves East Fairgrounds development

first_imgAfter hearing concerns from residents and Vancouver city officials, Clark County commissioners on Tuesday decided against opening up 270 acres northeast of the Clark County Fairgrounds for development. Commissioners voted against a proposal that commissioners themselves had asked staff members to research and present.The land east of Interstate 5, identified in the county’s comprehensive plan as East Fairgrounds, will remain in “urban holding,” a designation given to land within the Urban Growth Area to prevent urban development until urban services are available. The East Fairgrounds area sits within Vancouver’s Urban Growth Area and the Discovery Corridor, which local politicians have been touting for the past decade as key to the region’s economic development. The proposal, which had been green-lighted by county staff members who said a traffic study confirmed the area could be developed, had been to open up 240 acres that would be zoned business park and 30 acres that would be zoned light industrial.Reasons for opposing the proposal varied. Residents said they did not want the land to be taken out of urban holding unless it was going to be zoned residential or mixed-use; city officials worried that the land in the Discovery Corridor, which is supposed to attract businesses that offer family-wage jobs, might be wasted if released too early.last_img read more

In Colorado a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

first_imgDENVER — Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to distribute the drug so far this weekend as revelers celebrate the traditional pot holiday of April 20.Public consumption of marijuana is still illegal in Colorado, and sales are regulated.Of the infractions police reported Sunday, 22, including the arrest, were Saturday. The remaining seven citations were recorded as of just before 2 p.m. Sunday, hours before the traditional smokeout at 4:20 p.m.Denver is just one of many cities across the country where 4/20 marijuana celebrations are planned Sunday. Elsewhere, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said his officers would be cracking down on illegal parking, camping, drug sales, underage drinking and open alcohol containers at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill. Officials don’t want the unofficial pot holiday to disrupt Easter Sunday activities in the park.In Boulder, University of Colorado officials closed campus to all but students, faculty and staff on Sunday to ensure no 4/20 celebrations were held. Spokesman Ryan Huff said the tactic was working, with no arrests reported Sunday. The university says marking 4/20 is contrary to its mission of research, teaching and learning, and in the past has seeded a main lawn with fertilizer to keep revelers away.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons CutisPharma Announces New Management Team Appointments

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — CutisPharma, Inc. announced today the appointments of Mike Radice as Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Financial Officer Ron Scarboro’s expanded role as Chief Operating Officer, and Hanok George as General Counsel.“I am pleased to welcome Mike and George to the management team, as well as announce Ron’s expanded role within the organization,” said Neal I. Muni, MD, MSPH, CutisPharma’s Chief Executive Officer. “The depth of expertise and keen insights that Mike, Ron and George bring to my leadership team will be invaluable to the Company as we continue to execute on our goals of pipeline development and bringing new products to market.Mr. Radice has over 30 years of commercial leadership experience across multiple segments of the pharmaceutical industry, including Vice President of Business Development for Publicis Health Solutions, Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations at IQVIA, VP Sales, Marketing and BD at Antibioticos, Inc., and in his earlier career, positions of increasing leadership responsibility in managed markets as well as sales at Allergan and Searle Pharmaceuticals.Mr. Scarboro joined CutisPharma as Chief Financial Officer in September 2018 and has over 25 years of executive financial and operational experience in public and private companies ranging from start-up to $1.5B in annual revenues. Mr. Scarboro’s prior roles include Chief Financial Officer for Clinipace Worldwide, Chief Financial and Information Officer at Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, a leader in pharmacy outsourcing and CFO of M*Modal (NASDAQ: MODL).Mr. George has served in leadership roles at multinational companies operating in the life sciences, IT, technology, and professional services spaces, and as an attorney at national and international law firms, most recently serving in the Office of General Counsel at Eliassen Group.In the past year, CutisPharma has announced several significant Company milestones, including the FDA approval and launch of FIRVANQ (vancomycin hydrochloride for oral solution), acquisition by Novaquest Capital Management, LLC in the first quarter of 2018, and more recently, the undertaking of a significant expansion of its manufacturing operations to accommodate its rapidly growing portfolio of products.About CutisPharmaCutisPharma, Inc., based in Wilmington, MA, is a privately held, specialty pharmaceutical company that has been the industry leader for over 20 years in providing innovative solutions to pharmacists. CutisPharma’s FIRST Unit-of-Use Compounding Kits have benefited millions of patients who are unable to swallow conventional oral dosage forms such as tablets and capsules and whose needs are not served by other commercially available therapies. In April 2018, CutisPharma announced the launch of FIRVANQ® (vancomycin hydrochloride for oral solution), the only FDA-approved vancomycin oral liquid therapy for patients with Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. For more information, visit http://www.cutispharma.com, http://www.firvanq.com or contact us at media@cutispharma.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from CutisPharma.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s CutisPharma Announces New Chief Scientific OfficerIn “Business”Wilmington’s CutisPharma Announces New CFO & Special AdvisorIn “Business”Wilmington’s CutisPharma Announces Partnership With Dr. Reddy’s LaboratoriesIn “Business”last_img read more

Rishabh Pant how much time do you need to perform for Team

first_imgRishabh Pant. TwitterIndian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has reportedly said that he has not been able to focus on scoring big scores every time he goes out to bat. The 21-year-old cricketer said he would like to get a big score but not been able to do so, IANS reported. He mentioned that he wants to play positive cricket and win matches for India as every match is crucial for his improvement as a cricketer.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant told reporters. “I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer,” he added.How much time does Pant need to perform? The youngster has been criticised by cricket fans all over the world for his performances in the recent past. The questions that have come up are how many chances does he need and why is he so irresponsible. The 21-year-old has been blamed for throwing away his wickets playing unnecessary shots and showing lack of maturity when the team needs him.But in the final T20 international match against West Indies, he guided India home along with captain Kohli. The problem is that he is not consistent and he needs to have a much more mature approach towards building his innings and shaping it according to the situations. Moreover, as the Delhi-based lad is going to fill in the shoes of legendary cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s first-choice wicket-keeper, expectations are already high. That is probably creating a lot of pressure on the youngster. So, he needs time to settle down. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rishabh Pant.Twitter/BCCIOn being asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said that everybody is focused on the upcoming match and they want to end the series on a high by winning it. “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high,” Pant said as quoted by IANS. “We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” he further added.Team India beat West Indies by 59 runs in the rain-interrupted second ODI of the three-match series to give India a 1-0 lead. India put up a target of 280 runs for the loss of seven wickets at the end of their 50 overs. In reply, West Indies got bundled out for 210 runs after Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up four wickets to give India an unassailable lead in the series. Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav also chipped in with the ball whereas Kohli topped the batting chart with another century to his name.India will face West Indies for the final ODI fixture on August 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.last_img read more

Houston Home Cleared In Attempted Confederate Statue Bombing Probe

first_imgSylvester Turner’s Twitter accountHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner getting an update from various agencies on the federal investigation taking place at Albans Street.The Latest on the arrest of a man caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park (all times local):5:50 p.m.Authorities have collected and disposed of hazardous materials found at the home of a man accused of trying to damage a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives.Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña says the materials were disposed of during a small controlled detonation at the home Monday afternoon. Several houses in the neighborhood were evacuated while authorities had collected the materials.Authorities declined to specify what materials they found in the home of 25-year-old Andrew Schneck, citing the ongoing investigation.Deron Ogletree, with the FBI’s Houston office, says investigators are still determining a motive but there are “no indications of any additional threats to the Houston area.”Schneck is charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance and he remains in custody.___4:15 p.m.Authorities continue collecting chemicals and other items found at the home of a Houston man accused of trying to damage a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosive materials.Several houses near the home of 25-year-old Andrew Schneck were evacuated Monday.After Schneck was allegedly caught trying to place explosives on the statue of a Confederate lieutenant, he told authorities he had other chemicals in his home, where he lives with his mother.Houston Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite said “significant hazardous materials” were found. Authorities were expected to detonate the materials.According to court documents, Schneck’s mother told investigators her son uses one of their properties “to conduct his chemistry experiments.”Court documents say Schneck has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.___3:25 p.m.Authorities say a Houston man accused of trying to damage a Confederate statue at a Houston park was caught with two types of explosive materials.According to a criminal complaint, 25-year-old Andrew Schneck had a plastic bottle with what’s likely nitroglycerin, used in the manufacture of explosives.Authorities say he also had a small aluminum tube with a white powder. Tests showed it was Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, used as an initiating or primary explosive.The complaint says when Schneck was confronted near the statue by a park ranger, he tried to drink the bottle with the nitroglycerin but spit out the liquid and then poured it out on the ground.Schneck was arrested Saturday night and made his first court appearance Monday.Philip Hilder, Schneck’s attorney, declined to comment.___1:02 p.m.A Houston man has been arrested after being accused by authorities of trying to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives.Federal prosecutors said Monday 25-year-old Andrew Schneck had been charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance.Authorities say a Houston park ranger on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, located in Hermann Park.Prosecutors say Schneck was caught with two boxes with duct tape and wires and with a bottle containing a liquid made up of compounds used as explosives.Philip Hilder, Schneck’s attorney, declined to comment on Monday.Schneck received five years of probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to improperly storing explosive materials. Sharelast_img read more

iHeartMedia Pride Media to CoProduce Slate of LGBTQ Podcasts

first_imgiHeartMedia is teaming with Pride Media, the media company whose brands include Out, The Advocate and Pride, to co-produce a slate of LGBTQ+ podcasts in 2019-20.The partnership will kick off with “The Outcast,” an iHeartRadio original podcast co-produced with Out Magazine. Hosted by Out Magazine deputy editor Fran Tirado, the weekly podcast will explore queer and queer-adjacent topics pertaining to politics, pop culture, fashion, relationships, money and more, with each episode taking a deep dive into one theme or story. The first episode of the series will launch on July 18.In addition, the iHeartPodcast Network later this month will launch Pride Media’s “Food 4 Thot,” a podcast hosted by four queer men (pictured above) — Fran Tirado, Tommy “Teebs” Pico, Dennis Norris II and Joe Osmundson — who discuss sex, relationships, race and identity. iHeartMedia Entertainment President John Sykes Discusses the Company’s Start-Up Mentality Popular on Variety Pride Media and iHeartMedia companies plan to co-produce more podcasts, to be announced later. The shows will be available on the iHeartRadio app and over 250 different podcast platforms. Related Chelsea Handler Bonds With Alexa in iHeartRadio Smart Speaker Promo ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “A podcast by the world’s premiere queer media brand is long overdue, and I am more than honored to help it along the way,” Tirado said in a statement. “Podcasting and audio storytelling, particularly in the LGBTQ+ space, needs more voices in it. I can’t wait to help elevate and uplift those voices.”Pride Media is pacting with iHeartMedia to tap into its “massive scale,” according to interim CEO Orlando Reece. “We’ve seen the power of podcasting firsthand, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with the leading podcast platform to create shows that we know our audience will love,” Reece said.iHeartRadio features more than 250,000 podcasts, including more than 750 original shows. It’s the second biggest podcast publisher, with a unique U.S. audience of 19.1 million for June 2019, behind NPR at 20.4 million, per measurement firm Podtrac. The company’s No. 1 podcast currently is “Stuff You Should Know,” hosted by HowStuffWorks’ Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant; iHeartMedia acquired HowStuffWorks last year for $55 million.“At iHeartMedia, our goal is to connect exceptional content with diverse audiences,” said Conal Byrne, president of iHeartMedia Podcast Network. “Pride Media has been an authentic voice for the LGBTQ+ community for years, and this partnership would not be possible without their unique expertise.”last_img read more

Voters may experience stifling heat and humidity on May 19

first_imgKolkata: Rains accompanied with thunderstorm will lash some of the south Bengal districts till Friday following which the temperature will continue to rise, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted.The weather office said the last phase of election in the state will be conducted amidst hot and humid condition as the mercury is expected to soar from the next Saturday. “The thundershower will take place in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. There is a possibility of lightning in South Bengal districts. A gusty wind of around 40-50 km per hour speed along with rain will hit West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram districts,” a senior official of the MeT office said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople in the city and other districts had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days. They heaved a sigh of relief after rain and thundershower hit various South Bengal districts in the evening of May 13. People from the districts such as Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura and Malda witnessed moderate to heavy rainfall along with gusty wind on repeated occasions since Monday. It can be mentioned here that the temperature touched 42 to 43 degree Celsius in the Western districts such as Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. Many other districts of South Bengal also had been under tremendous heat spell. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe temperature in the region remained high throughout the day due to the inflow of northwesterly wind to the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal and thereby preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system. A Nor’wester brought the recent heat spell under the control. A thundershower triggered by Nor’wester lashed North 24-Parganas, Hooghly Howrah and adjoining parts of the city late on Monday night. The mercury dipped by a few notches bringing temporary respite to the people. The discomfort level may again shoot up as the humidity is expected to be on the higher side from next Saturday. Various North Bengal districts may however witness hailstorm and thundershower in the next couple of days. A prediction of hailstorm poses a concern for the team garden owners as it may damage the tea production in various North Bengal districts.last_img read more

Noted poets to be conferred with Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

first_imgTo celebrate the creative spirit of Bhubaneswar and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, Odisha Diary Foundation (ODF) and Odisha Media Info Service (OMIS) Private Ltd organise annual Mystic Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) every year, bringing together best minds in the world of literature within and outside of Odisha and India.This festival of verse, music, dance, and discussion dedicated this year to the concept of Bhakti and will be held in Bhubaneswar and Chilka from January 5 -7, 2019 Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNoted poet Ashok Vajpeyi and Harihar Mishra will be conferred with prestigious Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards this year. This was informed by the Mystic Kalinga Festival, Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida. The award has been instituted to recognise and celebrate three prolific writers, poets, and performers in Odia, in one Indian language, and in one international language. The awardees have been chosen keeping in mind their contribution to their specific language and genres. The awards will be announced on January 3, 2019. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAshok Vajpeyi is a noted Hindi poet, critic, essayist and translator, and a dynamic presence in the Indian cultural scene. He is the author of thirty-eight books of poetry and criticism in Hindi and the founder/editor of eight journals in Hindi and English. He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1994) for his book Kahin Nahin Vahin. Harihar Mishra is known for his versatility as a dramatist as well as the writer of prose and poetry. As a dramatist, he has worked on major works such as Chilika Tire for the radio and among his famous poetry books – Dibya Asantosh stands tall. He had won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award way back in 1977 for his drama Ratira Duiti Dena. Prateek Pattanaik will also be felicitated with the Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (Special Citation) during the festival. Prateek Pattanaik is a young researcher of Odia literature and Odissi music. Prateek’s work consists of several projects to create digital documentation of vulnerable cultural practices including performing arts, musical traditions, lesser known monuments, neglected languages, and palm leaf manuscripts. Apart from that, Prateek research and write about Odisha’s ancient culture on the lines of mythology, the arts, and ethnomusicology. It should be noted that for the last three years Mystic Kalinga Festival has set a global benchmark in literary festivals. This year more than 100 celebrities from the world of literature, music, cinema, dance, the theatre will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the theme of ‘From the Carnal to the Cosmic: A Celebration of Bhakti Poetry’. Eminent writers and Odisha’s living legends like Sitakant Mahapatra, Ramakanta Rath, Pratibha Ray, and others will join the festival as guests of honour and speakers. Renowned writer Hindi poet and critic Ashok Vajpeyi will be the keynote speaker of the event and several Sahitya Akademi and Padma Awardees will be joining to discuss how literature transcends boundaries of artificial human creations and emotions. “Mystic Kalinga Festival is a celebration of bhakti. In a festival that is both celebratory and exploratory, the aim is not merely to discuss bhakti, but to distill its very essence. And hence we will see the remarkable diversity of modes and styles at this festival. Poets, dancers, storytellers, and musicians are as integral to this unique event as scholars and academics”, said Mystic Kalinga Festival, creative director, Arundhathi Subramaniam. Mystic Kalinga Festival – Director and Founder, Rashmi Ranjan Parida said, “Literature has the potential to connect a divided society and it can transform self-centeredness to world-centeredness. Kalinga Literature Festival was first launched in 2014 to celebrate this potential of literature. Mystic Kalinga Festival, an international festival of poetry and performances, emerged out of the need to connect to people’s hearts through poems, songs, dances, performances, and meditations”.last_img read more

Windows 10 GPU performance in Task Manager

first_imgWindows 10: GPU performance in Task Manager by Martin Brinkmann on December 28, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: January 22, 2018 – 4 commentsMicrosoft added a bunch of smaller features and improvements to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.One of the new features displays the GPU performance in the Task Manager provided that a compatible driver is installed.You can launch the Windows Task Manager with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc. If this is the first time opening the Task Manager, you need to switch from the — completely unusable — default display mode to the full Task Manager by clicking on “more details”.GPU PerformanceGPU is displayed as a column under Processes. I checked multiple devices running Windows 10, and the GPU and GPU Engine columns were displayed each time by default.The first you need to do is make sure that the Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10 is installed on the device (or a newer version).Tap on the Windows-key, type winver and hit the Enter-key. Doing so opens a small About Windows window that lists the version among other things. Make sure the version is at least 1709.You can try and right-click on another column to see if GPU is offered as an option there. If it is, select it and the GPU and GPU Engine columns should be listed.The reading of GPU data needs a particular driver version. If it is not installed, you won’t get the functionality either.Tap on the Windows-key, type dxdiag.exe and hit the Enter-key.Switch to the Display tab.Check the Driver Model value under Drivers on the page that opens. It needs to be at least WDDM 2.0.The GPU listing in the Task Manager adds another reading to the default management application on Windows 10. You can use it to find out if a game maxes out GPU, or if other processes impact video performance on the device.Microsoft did not only add GPU as a column under processes but also under Performance. The performance tab lists values of the CPU, memory, disks or networking, and now also the GPU.GPU values include memory utilization and total memory, driver details, and historical data. Handy to find out if the GPU is a bottleneck on the device; this can be the case if the available memory is maxed out whenever you play a game, or if GPU usage hits the 100% load mark regularly.While you may notice GPU performance issues directly on Windows PCs, for instance when you get frame drops, low frame rates, or prolonged load times, it may sometimes be important to find out more about those. While Windows 10’s Task Manager won’t provide you with all the details, a quick look at the GPU history may reveal if the card lacks memory, power, or both.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: GPU performance in Task ManagerDescriptionThe Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lists GPU performance of any process and the GPU performance history in the Task Manager.The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lists GPU performance of any process and the GPU performance history in the Task Manager. We take a look at the feature, and help you troubleshoot it.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Chinchilla Train route to Alajuela will be ready in a year

first_imgOn Monday, President Laura Chinchilla announced that a new train route connecting San José with the province of Alajuela will be ready on April 11, 2014, a projected delay of four months. Chinchilla made the announcement during an official inauguration ceremony for the project in Alajuela.Officials from the Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) previously said the train would be set to begin next December, but construction delays postponed the route’s opening.“This project is part of my administration. We already built the train to Belén [Heredia], and now we’re almost there with [the train to] Cartago,” the president said.Also on Monday, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) announced fare prices for train service from the capital to the province of Cartago. The new fare will cost ₡495 ($0.99), and seniors will ride for free.INCOFER had requested a ₡570 ($1.15) fare, but both technical and financial studies done by ARESEP concluded that the cost should be lower, because the type of train that will provide the service is different from  that proposed in the initial project.Trains are expected to begin operating along the new Cartago route later this month or in early May.Two cars with a capacity of 90 passengers per trip will cover the San José-Cartago route. INCOFER estimates that some 5,400 passengers per day will use the new service.The route is 19.8 kilometers (12.3 miles), and trains will make 12 daily trips, Monday through Friday. The first train will leave Cartago at 5:30 a.m., and the last one will depart from San José at 6:40 p.m. The schedule was designed to meet passenger demand during peak hours in the mornings and afternoons, officials said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Fun, action on Alajuela Museum tour Kid-friendly “Tales of Kings” plays in Alajuela Alajuela smokers have new reason to quit Alajuela Celebrates 228th Anniversarylast_img read more