Teen zebra finches seek moms approval for their new tunes

first_imgAn adult male zebra finch (center) perches between his mate (left) and his son (right). Teen zebra finches seek moms’ approval for their new tunes Michael Goldstein Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email By Virginia MorellJan. 31, 2019 , 11:00 AM Michael Goldstein It’s hard to imagine a teen asking their mother for approval on anything. But a new study shows that male zebra finches—colorful songbirds with complex songs—learn their father’s tune better when mom “fluffs up” to signal her approval. This is the first time the songbirds, thought to be mere memorization machines, have been shown to use social cues for learning—putting them in an elite club that includes cowbirds, marmosets, and humans. The finding suggests other songbirds might also learn their tunes this way, and that zebra finches are better models for studying language development than thought.“Female zebra finches play an important role in male learning, in some ways even rivaling that of the male tutors,” says Karl Berg, an avian ecologist at the University of Texas in Brownsville, who was not involved in the new study. Previously, scientists knew only that the nonsinging females played some role in song acquisition, because males raised with deaf females develop incorrect songs.Researchers have long known that female brown-headed cowbirds make quick, lateral wing strokes to approve the songs of juvenile males (as in finches, only male cowbirds learn to sing). Most scientists discounted the cowbirds’ social cues as an isolated oddity, because the birds are brood parasites. But cowbirds’ similarities to zebra finches—both are highly social and use their songs to attract mates rather than claim territories—led Cornell University developmental psychobiologists Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael Goldstein to wonder whether female finches also use social cues to help young males learn the best, mate-attracting songs. When the birds were sexually mature at 90 days old, the scientists compared the young males’ songs with those of their fathers. The birds that got female feedback in response to their singing were far more accurate than their peers, with eight of nine belting out melodies more acoustically similar to those of their fathers. “We’ve shown that a young male zebra finch isn’t learning his song via a special imitation box in his head,” Goldstein says. “He’s learning it from his mom, who loves his dad’s song and is already excited and aroused by that song.”Such active learning closely resembles how human infants learn speech, the scientists note, making these finches even better models for studying language acquisition across species. For a young male finch, mom’s approval means he’ll likely be successful at his chief job in life: attracting a mate and reproducing. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country It takes a typical zebra finch 55 days to learn dad’s rhythmic, beeping tune. Carouso-Peck and Goldstein selected nine pairs of zebra finch brothers that were raised by their parents until they were 35 days old and just starting to practice their fathers’ songs. For 1 hour daily over 25 days, each brother sang by himself in a sound chamber equipped with a video monitor and camera. Whenever they sang, a scientist played a video of an unrelated adult female finch erecting her feathers and moving her upper body quickly from side to side; such “fluff-ups” signal that females like a male’s tune.  At the same time, the scientist played the video for the other brother, even if he wasn’t singing. 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147 million partnership to supercharge vaccine development

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019Vaccines to stop the world’s next epidemic could be developed in record time under a $14.7 million partnership using technology developed at The University of Queensland.The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has funded a research consortium to develop a rapid response pipeline to develop and test new vaccines in as little as 16 weeks.The Australia Government has been an early supporter of CEPI by providing a previous contribution of $2 million, and UQ and CEPI are pleased to see a further contribution today of $4.5 million.UQ’s Professor Paul Young and Dr Keith Chappell are leading the project, which has the potential to save millions of lives by targeting existing and new pathogens.”The World Health Organization’s Blueprint list of priority diseases recognises that new epidemics can arise from known and unknown viruses – the latter referred to as ‘Disease X’,” Professor Young said.Related StoriesScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachUM scientists receive $3.3 million NIH contract to develop opioid addiction vaccineMore effective flu vaccine begins clinical trials across the U.S.”These new and emerging pathogens have the potential to reach global epidemic levels.”Dr Chappell said the project was ambitious, as more conventional approaches could take years or even decades.”We aim to be able to manufacture more than 200,000 doses of a new vaccine, demonstrate safety and the likelihood of efficacy, and be ready for field deployment in as little as six months,” he said.Professor Young, Dr Chappell and Dr Daniel Watterson have patented ‘molecular clamp’ technology that provides stability to the viral proteins that are the primary target of our immune defence.”The technology has been designed as a platform approach to generate vaccines against a range of human and animal viruses,” Professor Young said.”We’ve had some extremely promising results so far from trials targeting viruses such as influenza, Ebola, Nipah and MERS coronavirus.”Dr Watterson said the collaboration would act as an insurance policy against deadly outbreaks caused by the emergence of viral epidemics or pandemics.”By rapidly creating vaccines to these new threats, we’ll be able to quickly limit the spread of disease and diffuse potentially catastrophic situations.”Molecular clamp technology has the potential to address some of today’s most devastating diseases and to fundamentally change how we protect ourselves from common diseases.”Source: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/01/partnership-supercharge-vaccine-productionlast_img read more

Toilet seat heart monitoring system

first_imgThe device contains sensors that can measure vital parameters though the legs of the user. The legs contain major arteries that branch out from the aorta and these parameters can be easily measured from these arteries. Essentially the small battery powered device contains anelectrocardiogram, ballistocardiogram, and a photoplethysmogram. It can measure blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, stroke volume or the volume of blood pumped out by the heart, blood oxygen levels, body weight etc.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesSmoking triples the risk of death from cardiovascular diseaseHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresThe device has the capacity to measure at-risk patients’ real-time vitals and provide a feedback. The device at present is priced at around £1,500 and could be helpful for hospitals and clinics feel the researchers. The team from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York believes this device has the potential to prevent countless hospital admissions and save millions of lives. They explain that one in four heart failure patients need to be re-admitted to the hospitals within a month of their discharge and 45 percent need a readmission within 6 weeks of discharge said postdoctoral fellow Nicholas Conn, who was one of the developers of the device. This device could help monitor the patients at home and prevent unnecessary alarm or readmission.The seat device is Wi-Fi enabled and the information from it could go directly to the doctors or health care providers if needed. The health care providers can then decide upon the next course of action, explain the researchers. The researchers add that the device is battery-powered, waterproof and wireless. It does not need any programming or setting up by the user and is thus easy to install and use.They wrote, “This system has the potential to address many of the challenges with in-home monitoring.” They add that no extra effort would be required on the part of the patients and this would make the monitoring more acceptable. They wrote, “Such a device may enable new approaches and capabilities in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including but not limited to those with heart failure… If successful this strategy has the potential to reduce the burden of heart failure and cardiovascular disease on the health care industry as well as improve the quality of life for patients.”The trial of this new device is being made by the firm Heart Health Intelligence and for this around 150 patients with heart disease who have been discharged from the hospital would be included. Conn is the founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 22 2019Researchers have made a gadget that could fit on top of a normal toilet seat and it can also measure the heart beat, blood pressure, blood levels of oxygen and other parameters. This means that this device could potentially detect heart disease victims by catching early signs of heart problems and save lives say researchers.The results of the study titled, “In-Home Cardiovascular Monitoring System for Heart Failure: Comparative Study,” were published in the latest issue of the journal JMIR mHealth. The toilet seat–based cardiovascular monitoring system is completely self-contained, battery-powered, wireless, and cleanable with all sensors and electronics instrumentation integrated inside of the seat. It can measure the electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmogram (PPG), and the ballistocardiogram (BCG). Image Credit: 2019 JMIR Publicationscenter_img Source:https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/1/e12419/last_img read more

Hickenlooper expanded Medicaid created staterun marketplace to insure nearly all Coloradans

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 17 2019Former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a rare breed in the 2020 presidential race — he’s running as a moderate.On health care, he supports universal coverage and boasts about Colorado’s record-low uninsured rate. But unlike many of his competitors for the Democratic nomination, he opposes “Medicare-for-all,” the single-payer federal system that would guarantee health care coverage to every American.Hickenlooper has been making the rounds on cable talk shows and is trying to distinguish himself as a compromiser. In an interview on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hickenlooper said, “We got to almost universal coverage in health care in Colorado. We expanded Medicaid. We created one of the most innovative exchanges in the country.” His campaign website claims that “nearly 95 percent” of Coloradans currently have health care coverage.We wondered how Colorado’s uninsured rate changed during Hickenlooper’s time in the governor’s mansion and how it compares with the rest of the country.How Did Hickenlooper Do It?The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, authorizes states to expand Medicaid to include health care coverage for all adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Colorado is one of 37 states that have opted to do so.In 2013, then-governor Hickenlooper announced his proposal to expand Medicaid at no cost to the state general fund. Under the ACA, the federal government would pay for the program until 2016, after which states had to pay a portion. Hickenlooper planned to cover future expenses with cost-cutting efforts and existing revenues, including a hospital provider fee rolled out in 2009.After Hickenlooper launched the Medicaid expansion, Colorado’s uninsured rate dropped from 14.3% in 2013 to 6.5% in 2017, according to the Colorado Health Institute.However, about 350,000 Coloradans still don’t have health insurance — one-quarter of whom are undocumented, making them ineligible for public insurance. Also, the price of coverage continues to rise in Colorado, where people pay some of the highest premiums in the United States.Hickenlooper saw Medicaid expansion as a step toward his goal of making Colorado the “healthiest state in America.” But he hasn’t always supported policies that could give more people health care coverage. In 2016, he opposed a ballot measure that would have created a single-payer state health care system called ColoradoCare. Then, he said he’d be open to a Trump administration-backed policy to implement a work requirement for Medicaid recipients.How Does Colorado Compare?Hickenlooper’s Medicaid expansion more than halved Colorado’s uninsured rate. But if a 6.5% uninsured rate counts as “almost universal coverage,” then how many other states can tout that accomplishment?Related StoriesMedicare Advantage overbills taxpayers by billions a year as feds struggle to stop itMedicare going in ‘right direction’ on opioid epidemicKHN’s ‘What the Health?’: All about ‘Medicare for All’According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Colorado’s uninsured rate positions it squarely in the upper half of the pack, with a national average uninsured rate of 9%. (It’s important to note that the Kaiser Family Foundation measured Colorado’s uninsured rate differently, pegging it at 8%. The Colorado Health Institute said its rate is slightly lower because it includes more data on children. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)The foundation lists 20 states with even lower uninsured rates than Colorado, including Massachusetts at 3% and Iowa at 4%.In an email to PolitiFact, Michele Lueck, the president of the Colorado Health Institute, called Hickenlooper’s claim that “nearly 95 percent” of Coloradans currently have health care coverage a “friendly rounding error.”Enrollment Numbers In Decline Nationwide, But Not In ColoradoAbout 300,000 fewer Americans bought insurance through healthcare.gov during the enrollment period in 2018 than in the previous year. Meanwhile, Colorado’s enrollment numbers were up.The Affordable Care Act allowed states to create their own marketplaces to sell insurance plans to people who aren’t covered by their employer, Medicaid or Medicare — which includes about 8% of the total market in Colorado. Twelve states, including Colorado, run their own marketplaces.Some credit lower enrollment across the country to the Trump administration’s policies to stymie the Affordable Care Act. It cut funding for healthcare.gov’s budget for marketing and eliminated the penalty for not having insurance.But in Colorado, nearly 6% more people purchased a plan on Connect for Health Colorado, the state-run marketplace that operates independently of the federal government. While healthcare.gov released fewer ads and shut down weekly for maintenance, Connect for Health Colorado continued to reach out to eligible customers.Our RulingHickenlooper said, “We got to almost universal coverage in health care in Colorado.” Though Colorado is much closer to universal health care coverage than before the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans remain uninsured and other states have even lower uninsured rates. Nevertheless, the state has an uninsured rate of 6.5%, which is close to universal coverage, as Hickenlooper said. The state achieved this by expanding Medicaid and running its own health care marketplace.We rate the claim Mostly True.last_img read more

Febrile seizures following vaccination are selfresolving and not dangerous

first_img Source:https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/04/24/parents-reassured-vaccination-febrile-seizures-not-dangerous.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019New research from the University of Sydney has found the severity of febrile seizures following vaccination is no different to febrile seizures from another cause, such as from a virus, and that the majority of seizures are short-lived, self-resolving and don’t require ongoing treatment.While each Australian child would have received 13 vaccinations by the time they reach two years of age, febrile seizures following vaccination accounted only for 6 per cent of all first febrile seizure presentations to hospital.Febrile seizures are the most common type of childhood seizure affecting approximately 1 in 30 children under six years of age. They are associated with a rise in body temperature and are often caused by a febrile viral illness such as influenza. They are generally short seizures that don’t require treatment. Fever can also occur following a vaccination and can result in a febrile seizure.Related StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenPublished today in Paediatrics, this is the first prospective study to directly compare the differences in severity and outcomes between febrile seizures following vaccination to other febrile seizures.”Febrile seizures are not known to cause long-lasting effects, but they are understandably frightening to parents and carers,” said Dr Lucy Deng, lead author and PhD student from University of Sydney and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS).”In our study of 1022 children with their first febrile seizure, we found no difference between febrile seizures following vaccination and other febrile seizures with regard to the length of the seizure, the risk of having another febrile seizure in the first 24 hours, the length of hospital stay, or the need for seizure medication on discharge.”It is known that some vaccines are associated with an increased rate of febrile seizure at a time when there is a fever peak after vaccination. For example, five to 12 days after a measles-containing vaccine or in the first two days after some influenza vaccines when given together with pneumococcal vaccines.”Senior author Associate Professor Nicholas Wood from University of Sydney and NCIRS said: “We hope this gives parents the confidence to continue vaccinating their children, especially now at a time when there have been cases of both measles and whooping cough and we prepare to enter into the flu season.”In addition to not finding any difference in the severity of seizures, we found 12 percent of children with febrile seizures following vaccination had an infection found on laboratory testing. That is, these children also had a respiratory infection, urinary tract infection or gastroenteritis that may have contributed to the febrile seizure. These children who had both infection and recent vaccination were more likely to stay in hospital for longer compared to those that weren’t found to have an infection.”last_img read more

Expert consensus published on use of imaging for precise diagnosis of heart

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 22 2019Imaging provides a more precise diagnosis of a heart attack that can be used to individualize treatment. That’s the main message of an expert consensus paper published today in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and presented at EuroPCR in Paris, France.Heart attacks are diagnosed and treated using coronary angiography, an invasive procedure which provides an X-ray outline of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Invasive imaging of the arteries gives more detail but there has been controversy over when to use it.This document seeks to resolve that debate. It promotes the adoption of intracoronary imaging in two major areas: 1) acute coronary syndromes including heart attack and 2) when diagnostic information from angiography is unclear.Which patients and lesions merit imaging? For acute coronary syndromes, advice is given on atypical presentation, complex lesions, and non-obstructive coronary artery disease. The paper provides criteria for assessment of the arteries, interpretation of images, choice of treatment, and guidance during stent insertion (percutaneous coronary intervention; PCI). In the past it was thought that most acute coronary syndromes were caused by ruptured plaque. Intracoronary imaging has identified plaque erosion and eruptive calcified nodules as other causes which may benefit from different treatment. In addition, intracoronary imaging clearly shows thrombus, which angiography may miss or misidentify. Imaging is more accurate, helps guide decisions and facilitates tailored therapy, especially in younger heart attack patients who more frequently have plaque erosion or non-atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.”Senior author Dr Giulio Guagliumi, of the Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy Coronary angiography is often ambiguous during heart attacks which lack an identifiable culprit lesion or have multiple culprit lesions. Intracoronary imaging provides clarity before and during PCI. An ageing population and rising levels of diabetes mean that more lesions causing heart attacks are calcified, which is difficult to detect using angiography and more challenging for PCI. In addition, angiography may be hazy for certain anatomies such as tortuous vessels and aneurysms.Patients referred for PCI increasingly have comorbidities and complex coronary artery disease. Dr Guagliumi said: Intracoronary imaging is particularly useful in complex patient and lesion scenarios and the paper states settings where it would provide maximum benefit – for instance patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes, calcified vessels, long lesions or in-stent restenosis. This ties in with the realities of healthcare, where there is no appetite to spend time and money imaging simple lesions.” Related StoriesResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioDr Guagliumi noted that imaging companies have mainly focused on improving image quality. “More attention should be devoted to making imaging systems more user friendly for clinicians, with automated analysis and classification. There is more to gain clinically through developments in these areas.”He concluded: “The role of intravascular imaging to diagnose acute coronary syndromes, select treatment, and guide PCI will continue to grow. With it we expect to achieve superior long-term outcomes.”The document was written by a panel organized by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and is part 2 of a series on the clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 1 focused on stent selection and optimization criteria. Both documents discuss intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT).Source:European Society of CardiologyJournal reference:Guagliumi, G. et al. (2019) Clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 2: acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions: Endorsed by the Chinese Society of Cardiology, the Hong Kong Society of Transcatheter Endocardiovascular Therapeutics (HKSTENT) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. European Heart Journal. doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehz332.last_img read more

Opinion Australias electric car revolution wont happen automatically

Uptake of EVs in selected countries as percentage of new car registrations by market; showing top, mid and low performers for 2013-2016. Citation: Opinion: Australia’s ‘electric car revolution’ won’t happen automatically (2018, January 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-opinion-australia-electric-car-revolution.html Explore further Last week federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg wrote that as costs fall, Australia will “inevitably” see an electric car revolution. He cited surveys showing up to half of Australian motorists would consider going electric the next time they buy a car.But falling costs alone won’t convert consumer sentiment into actual sales. Our research – partly covered in a previous article on The Conversation – examines how different countries handle the three major issues: vehicle cost, recharger availability, and demystifying the public. Recharge networkOur research shows that the most important factor that affects consumers’ decision to buy an electric car is the availability of a fast recharging network, especially on long trips away from home. This was far more important than the availability of cheaper vehicles, the second most cited barrier to uptake. Even if people can afford the available electric car models, they also need to be assured that they can recharge conveniently and quickly on those long journeys they occasionally make during the year. We need to be ready for this transition.While there have been some commendable efforts to build infrastructure, including by Queensland’s Labor government and the NRMA, there needs to be some federal coordination, for several reasons.First, standards are needed for the recharging plug; there are quite a few types out there, and to avoid having some very unhappy investors this issue needs to be urgently addressed. Second, not all electric models can accept superfast direct current charge in addition to the usual alternating current used in household electricity supplies. Third, having cars with a bigger range doesn’t mean you can do without rechargers on major intercity roads and in country towns. Australia needs a comprehensive network. This means fast chargers with standardised fittings available every 50-100km on highways and in country towns. An app to help motorists find their nearest recharger—without locking them into membership of any particular company – are essential. Why is Australia so slow at adopting electric cars? What about charging at home?While a nationwide network of chargers is important, most people will be recharging their cars overnight. This raises another question: how many people have access to a power point within a few metres of where they park their car? This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Provided by The Conversation Credit: bk1bennett/Flickr, CC BY-ND Electric cars might finally be having their moment in Australia, after British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta approached the South Australian government about retooling Adelaide’s defunct Holden factories into a new manufacturing hub. For people with garages, it is unlikely to be an issue. But apartment living is increasing every year in our big cities, and there are plenty of suburbs where off-street parking is not the norm. Ideally, federal regulations would step in to ensure that apartment-dwellers don’t end up having to be electric car have-nots. We can look to California for an example of legislation that can inspire Australia. Making it easy for people to recharge at night could also allay fears about increasing demand on the electricity grid. If the cost of off-peak power at night is lower than during the peak, people will get into the habit of flicking the recharger switch on when they go to bed.It would make sense to ensure that everybody has access to off-peak pricing; people will then act in their own financial self-interest and recharge at night if they are given the opportunity. In fact getting everyone to go electric as quickly as possible will save us billions of dollars in imported oil. In 2016 Australia imported almost A$15 billion worth of refined petroleum, much of it for road transport. We could fund a lot of infrastructure with the money saved. Dropping costAs Frydenberg pointed out, electric cars are getting cheaper. The cost of batteries, the biggest single factor in the vehicle’s price, is falling. It is reasonable to predict that electric cars will cost the same as their conventional combustion counterparts within a few years.Charging with electricity is also cheaper than filling up with petrol or diesel, especially once home solar is taken into account.There are other hidden costs to conventional cars that we need to take into account. For example, fossil fuels are known to cause cancer and asthma. Australia is currently one of the only developed countries in the world without minimum fuel efficiency standards. This is an astonishing state of affairs.Demystifying electric carsOne of the countries we studied was Norway, which has the highest sales of electric cars by a country mile. Nearly 35% of all new cars sold there in 2017 were electric, and Norway has the densest recharging network in the world. Yet even in this environment, we found that when thinking about buying their next vehicle, Norwegians who had never owned an electric car were three times more concerned about running out of charge. What’s more, Norwegians who didn’t have any friends who owned an electric car were far less likely than others to consider buying one.This highlights the importance of practical exposure to electric cars. We found that providing accurate information about costs, vehicle range and the basic experience of driving an electric car, well before people arrive at the point of sale, is likely to increase their adoption. We can’t rely on the market to create an “electric car revolution” in Australia. Funding infrastructure, creating industry standards, legislating to reward and cheapen less-polluting cars, and educating the public are all part of the challenge. 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

Lufthansaa Alitalia bid the most promising Minister

Explore further Lufthansa emerged as the number one candidate to take over Alitalia on Monday after an Italian government minister called the German airline’s bid the “most promising”. An Italian minister called Lufthansa’s bid for Alitalia the “most promising” of the three on the table 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. The Italian government has been looking for new investors in its struggling flagship airline since it entered insolvency proceedings last year, hit by competition from low-cost operators.The situation is further complicated by March’s inconclusive general election, from which no new government has yet been found.”Alitalia is still fragile and needs a partner. There’s a chance to work on these offers and arrive at a structural solution that doesn’t cost taxpayers anything more,” Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda told the La Repubblica daily.”Objectively speaking, however, Lufthansa’s offer is the most promising.”It was put under special administration in May after staff rejected plans to cut 1,700 jobs and salaries, and last week was the subject of three expressions of interest, with Britain’s budget airline EasyJet one of the other companies keen.EasyJet presented a “revised expression of interest for a restructured Alitalia, as part of a consortium,” without providing further details.Italian media claimed that private equity firm Cerberus and the American airline Delta were EasyJet’s partners and that the third expression of interest was submitted by Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, who declined to comment when asked about the matter by AFP.However Calenda said that any sale was contingent on a new government somehow emerging from the political deadlock.Two rounds of consultations held by the Italian President Sergio Mattarella came to nothing, as anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and a right-wing coalition led by the far-right League bicker over who should lead a new government and on what terms.”Italianness”The deadline for sale of Alitalia was originally the end of this month, but the government will issue a decree in the coming weeks pushing back that deadline by around six months while Mattarella searches for a solution to the stalemate.”We need a new government, otherwise the investors will not buy,” Calenda said to La Repubblica.However, both the League and the M5S have want to retain the “Italianness” of Alitalia, which employees around 11,000 people.Last week a Lufthansa spokesman told AFP that they had “submitted a document describing ideas for a restructured ‘NewAlitalia'”, while stating that Alitalia as it is today “is not interesting”.The spokesman said that if the document was well received enough “we can imagine further discussions”.The Lufthansa group—which includes Lufthansa, Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines—reported record profits for 2017 last month, celebrating a year in which it ended a dispute with pilots and acquired parts of defunct rival Air Berlin.Net profits rose 33.1 percent to hit 2.36 billion euros ($2.92 billion), higher than the 2.28 billion predicted by analysts and hailed by chief executive Carsten Spohr as the “best result in the history of our company”.However Lufthansa asks that the commissioners responsible for managing Alitalia carry out a profound restructuring before any possible acquisition.Last week Calenda welcomed an improved proposal from Lufthansa, “both in terms of maintaining intercontinental links and staff”.Italian media claim that Lufthansa has lowered the number of aviation jobs it wants removed to 4,000 of the current 8,400. Previously it had reportedly planned on 6,000 redundancies. © 2018 AFP Citation: Lufthansa’a Alitalia bid the ‘most promising’: Minister (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-lufthansaa-alitalia-minister.html EasyJet, two others in running for Alitalia: company read more

Facebooks plan to protect the European elections comes up short

first_img Explore further Though the social network admitted it had been slow to react to the issue, it developed tools for the 2018 US midterm elections that enabled Facebook users to see who was behind the political ads they were shown. Facebook defines ads as any form of financially sponsored content. This can be traditional product adverts or fake news articles that are targeted at certain demographics for maximum impact. Now the focus is shifting to the 2019 European parliament elections, which will take place from May 23, and the company has introduced a public record of all political ads and sweeping new transparency rules designed to stop them being placed anonymously. This move follows Facebook’s expansion of its fact-checking operations, for example by teaming up with British fact-checking charity FullFact. Facebook told us that it has taken an industry-leading position on political ad transparency in the UK, with new tools that go beyond what the law currently requires and that it has invested significantly to prevent the spread of disinformation and bolster high-quality journalism and news literacy. The transparency tools show exactly which page is running ads, and all the ads that they are running. It then houses those ads in its “ad library” for seven years. It claims it doesn’t want misleading content on its site and is cracking down on it using a combination of technology and human review.While these measures will go some way towards addressing the problem, several flaws have already emerged. And it remains difficult to see how Facebook can tackle fake news in particular with its existing measures.In 2018, journalists at Business Insider successfully placed fake ads they listed as paid for by the now-defunct company Cambridge Analytica. It is this kind of fraud that Facebook is aiming to stamp out with its news transparency rules, which require political advertisers to prove their identity. However, it’s worth noting that none of Business Insider’s “test adverts” appear to be listed in Facebook’s new ad library, raising questions about its effectiveness as a full public record. The problem is that listing which person or organisation paid the bill for an ad isn’t the same as revealing the ultimate source of its funding. For example, it was recently reported that Britain’s biggest political spender on Facebook was Britain’s Future, a group that has spent almost £350,000 on ads. The group can be traced back to a single individual: 30-year-old freelance writer Tim Dawson. But exactly who funds the group is unclear. While the group does allow donations, it is not a registered company, nor does it appear in the database of the UK’s Electoral Commission or the Information Commissioner. This highlights a key flaw in the UK’s political advertising regime that isn’t addressed by Facebook’s measures, and shows that transparency at the ad-buying level isn’t enough to reveal potential improper influence.The new measures also rely on advertisers classifying their ads as political, or using overtly political language. This means advertisers could still send coded messages that Facebook’s algorithms may not detect.Facebook recently had more success when it identified and removed its first UK-based fake news network, which comprised 137 groups spreading “divisive comments on both sides of the political debate in the UK”. But the discovery came as part of an investigation into hate speech towards the home secretary, Sajid Javid. This suggests that Facebook’s dedicated methods for tackling fake news aren’t working as effectively as they could.Facebook has had plenty of time to get to grips with the modern issue of fake news being used for political purposes. As early as 2008, Russia began disseminating online misinformation to influence proceedings in Ukraine, which became a testing ground for the Kremlin’s tactics of cyberwarfare and online disinformation. Isolated fake news stories then began to surface in the US in the early 2010s, targeting politicians and divisive topics such as gun control. These then evolved into sophisticated fake news networks operating at a global level.But the way Facebook works means it has played a key role in helping fake news become so powerful and effective. The burden of proof for a news story has been lowered to one aspect: popularity. With enough likes, shares and comments – no matter whether they come from real users, click farms or bots – a story gains legitimacy no matter the source.Safeguarding democracyAs a result, some countries have already decided that Facebook’s self-regulation isn’t enough. In 2018, in a bid to “safeguard democracy”, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, introduced a controversial law banning online fake news during elections that gives judges the power to remove and obtain information about who published the content. Meanwhile, Germany has introduced fines of up to €50m on social networks that host illegal content, including fake news and hate speech. Incidentally, while Germans make up only 2% of Facebook users, Germans now comprise more than 15% of Facebook’s global moderator workforce. In a similar move in late December 2018, Irish lawmakers introduced a bill to criminalise political adverts on Facebook and Twitter that contain intentionally false information.The real-life impact these policies have is unclear. Fake news still appears on Facebook in these countries, while the laws give politicians the ability to restrict freedom of speech and the press, something that has sparked a mass of criticism in both Germany and France.Ultimately, there remains a considerable mismatch between Facebook’s promises to make protecting elections a top priority, and its ability to actually do the job. If unresolved, it will leave the European parliament and many other democratic bodies vulnerable to vast and damaging attempts to influence them. Citation: Facebook’s plan to protect the European elections comes up short (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-facebook-european-elections-short.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. Provided by The Conversation Intentionally false news stories were shared more than 35m times during the 2016 US presidential election, with Facebook playing a significant role in their spread. Shortly after, the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed that 50m Facebook profiles had been harvested without authorisation and used to target political ads and fake news for the election and later during the UK’s 2016 Brexit referendum. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Facebook blocks manipulation efforts in Britain, Romanialast_img read more

Slack is latest tech company to go public with a twist

first_imgSlack CEO Stewart Butterfield poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange before his company’s IPO, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Explore further “It’s always a little challenging to get this kind of value into the market elegantly. We know it was challenging for Uber,” she said. “These very large IPOs can have a rocky road when they enter the market.”Slack said earlier in June that for the February-April quarter, the company lost 26 cents per share as revenue jumped 67% to $134.8 million.For the fiscal year ending in Jan. 31, 2020, it expects revenue to grow 47% to 50% year-over-year, totaling $590 million to $600 million.Slack is the second major tech company to start trading with a direct listing; Spotify did so in April 2018. More than a year later, Spotify’s shares are trading at $147, about the same price it debuted at. Slack co-founders Cal Henderson, left, and Stewart Butterfield pose for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange before their company’s IPO, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) The San Francisco company’s shares debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $38.50 and rose $1.70, or 4.4%, to $40.20 in midday trading.Slack’s initial public offering is using an unusual approach known as a direct listing. In such cases, a company doesn’t hire underwriters or sell new shares to raise money; it simply lists existing shares. While there is no set price for the listing, Slack said in a regulatory filing that the volume-weighted average price of shares that changed hands in the private market from February through May was $26.38.Slack aims to replace traditional work communication like email with its own messaging platform. Users start “channels,” or a group chat with a specific topic, rather than starting an email string about a subject. Slack says 600,000 organizations in more than 150 countries use Slack. That includes more than 10 million daily active users, who collectively spend more than 50 million hours in active use of Slack in a typical week, on either a free or paid subscription plan, according to the company. By contrast, Facebook has more than 2 billion users. Slack’s listing is the latest in several highly anticipated tech IPOs. Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, video conferencing company Zoom Video Communications and digital scrapbooking site Pinterest have all gone public in recent weeks.They haven’t all been successes. Uber’s IPO in May was the most highly anticipated debut, but it hit a few potholes on opening day, closing down 8%.Kathleen Smith, principal at Renaissance Capital, which researches IPOs, said a direct listing saves the company underwriting fees, but it means the company needs a strong investor relations program since initial shares aren’t being sold at a discount to attract buyers. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange before his company’s IPO, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Tech firm Slack to make market debut, at $26 reference price © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Shares of work messaging platform Slack rose after it started trading under the ticker “WORK.” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange before his company’s IPO, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Citation: Slack is latest tech company to go public, with a twist (2019, June 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-slack-latest-tech-company.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.last_img read more

FTC urged to probe secret surveillance scores used against shoppers job and

first_img Explore further It’s possible your data is being used against you as you shop, travel or apply for jobs and housing, according to a new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Little-known scores rank consumers’ value based on data from Web, apps, loyalty cards 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. The Consumer Education Foundation, a California nonprofit, is urging the FTC to investigate companies’ use of what it calls secret surveillance scores to determine how much to charge certain consumers when they shop online for products or services, or to deny them customer service, jobs or housing.The scores are derived from the stream of personal data collected about consumers and compiled by data brokers, and “transmitted to corporate clients looking for ways to take advantage of, or even avoid, the consumer,” according to the complaint, which was sent Monday to the FTC.”Americans have been hemorrhaging personal information on a minute by minute basis for years,” the group said. It cited various news reports and studies about secret surveillance scores, and used a price-discrimination tool developed by Northeastern University to do its own testing.In its own testing, the group found price discrimination on the websites of Home Depot and Walmart, according to Laura Antonini, policy director for the Consumer Education Foundation. On Home Depot’s website, the group found different prices quoted for paint, light bulbs, toilet paper, caulk guns, halogen floor lamps, screwdrivers and more. On Walmart’s website, it found different prices for paper towels, highlighters, pens, paint and more.”The Home Depot does not use consumer scores to determine pricing,” a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. “Sometimes online national pricing can differ from in-store pricing, which is influenced by factors like vendor location and shipping costs.”Walmart has not returned a request for comment.Also mentioned in the foundation’s complaint are well-known companies including Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz and CheapTickets. Citing studies by Northeastern University and the founder of etracker.com and eBlocker.com, the group says the companies are using secret surveillance scores to charge travelers different prices.Some consumers also are being denied customer service, such as the ability to make returns or even purchases, based on customer-value or fraud scores, Consumer Education Foundation’s complaint says.The group names Macy’s, Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Airbnb, Opentable, Instacart, LinkedIn and Wayfair and others as users of fraud scores. Many of these companies were named in a recent Wall Street Journal report about the practice.”Consumers who are treated as if they are criminals and whose transactions are declined may develop a negative credit score, affecting their ability to obtain credit or loans – a particularly pernicious repercussion of fraud scores,” the group says.In addition, the group takes aim at tenant scores and employment scores based on what it says are “sophisticated formulas” and “AI-driven predictions” that are far from transparent.The Consumer Education Foundation urges the FTC to investigate the use of secret surveillance scores, who they’re affecting and how they are harming consumers. The group provided the FTC with dozens of names of companies that are supposedly using the scores, as well as the data analytics companies that are generating the scores.”Section 5 of the FTC Act authorizes the Commission to investigate and prosecute ‘unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce,’ ” the complaint reads.The FTC has not yet returned a request for comment.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: FTC urged to probe ‘secret surveillance scores’ used against shoppers, job and housing applicants (2019, June 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ftc-urged-probe-secret-surveillance.html ©2019 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

Delhi Congress councillor dumps garbage at NDMC mayor commissioners offices

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 17:39 IST Congress councillor Guddi Devi Monday dumped trash in front of the offices of North Corporation’s mayor and commissioner, alleging poor sanitation in her area. (Representative Image)HIGHLIGHTSCongress councillor Guddi Devi on Monday dumped garbage in front of the offices of North Corporation’s mayor and commissionerThe Malka Ganj ward councillor first deposited dry waste in front of North Delhi MayorShe threw trash as a mark of protest “to draw attention to the pathetic sanitation situation in my ward”Congress councillor Guddi Devi on Monday chose a bizarre way to protest as she dumped trash in front of the offices of North Corporation’s mayor and commissioner, alleging poor sanitation condition in her ward.The Malka Ganj ward councillor first deposited dry waste in front of North Delhi Mayor Avtar Singh’s office soon after the NDMC House was adjourned for the day in the wake of the death of a councillor.She then put garbage right outside the door of the office of NDMC Commissioner Varsha Joshi.Joshi came out of her office after hearing the commotion and ordered a sweeping of the area.There was no immediate reaction from the mayor or the commissioner.Guddi told reporters at the Civic Center, “I did this protest to draw attention to the pathetic sanitation situation in my ward”.”I had gone to a child’s funeral and the bereaved family was sitting next to a mound of filth,” she alleged.”If in my ward, people can live alongside garbage, these big officials should also know what it means to live that life,” Devi said.She claimed that she had raised the issue in the NDMC House too but the authorities did not pay heed.”Number of sanitation workers in my ward has also been reduced,” she alleged.ALSO READ | Delhi newspaper hawkers take charge of cleaning Yamuna river banksALSO WATCH | 1500 evacuated as Yamuna crosses danger mark in DelhiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Delhi: Congress councillor Guddi Devi dumps garbage at North Corporation’s mayor, commissioner officesThe Malka Ganj ward councillor Guddi Devi first deposited dry waste in front of North Delhi Mayor Avtar Singh’s office soon after the NDMC House was adjourned for the day in the wake of the death of a councillor.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Best Deals for Science Lovers

first_imgAmazon’s annual Prime Day will deliver savings on thousands of products for Prime members today (July 16). Live Science is wading through these products so you don’t have to, bringing you the nerdiest picks: from microscope slide collections to DIY robots; from chemistry sets to molecule jewelry. For all you science geeks out there, here’s a look at what we’re watching right now. We will be updating this page throughout the day with our favorite science-y deals. Dinosaur PuppetsHeadbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/59741-amazon-prime-day-science-deals.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Rawr! Stage epic Jurassic battles with three colorful dinosaur head puppets. Though real dinosaurs were feathered, these heads of extinct carnivorous dinosaurs such at T. rex and Velociraptor are made of soft, painted silicon. Prime Day price: $18.95, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Puppets on Amazon.com Anatomy Apron Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, why not wear it on an apron — along with your lungs, liver, intestines and other organs? Soft sculptures in polyester and cotton offer an external view of the organs in the human body, assembled in their correct positions. Prime Day price: $17.99, a savings of 40% for Prime members Buy Anatomy Apron on Amazon.com Newton’s Cradle Enjoy a mesmerizing desktop display of physics in action, with a device known as Newton’s Cradle. The swinging motion of the stainless steel balls demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy as the balls at the end of the row transmit force through the rest of the spheres. Prime Day price: $12.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Newton’s Cradle on Amazon.com Shark Night Light Sharks usually cruise unseen in the dark ocean depths, but this 3D illuminated shark lamp will light up the darkness of your room. The LED light cycles through seven colors and is powered by USB or 3 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $13.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy 3D Shark Night Light on Amazon.com Prepared Human Pathology Slide Set These 12 research-quality slides are a superb educational tool for introducing students to the effects of disease on the human body. They contain tissue samples representing a range of human pathologies, including anaemia, tuberculosis, cancer, fibroma and tumors. Prime Day price: $40.00, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Human Pathology Slide Set on Amazon.com Inflatable Stegosaurus Costume This inflatable costume will transform you into the stegosaurus you’ve always wanted to be. The costume is 100% polyester and is best suited for people of heights between 4 feet 9 inches (1.5 meters) and six feet two inches (1.9 m) tall. Included with the costume is fan for inflation, which requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Prime Day price: $35.19, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Dinosaur Costume on Amazon.com Over-Glasses Safety Goggles Just because you wear prescriptions glasses doesn’t mean you have to compromise safety during your experiments. These durable, scratch-resistant safety goggles will fit comfortably over your glasses, offering protection against splattering liquids or airborne particles. They also filter out 99% of UV light. Prime Day price: $8.52, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Safety Goggles on Amazon.com National Geographic Birds Field Guide Get to know your feathered neighbors with the “National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” the most up-to-date guide available. Beautifully illustrated and packed with information to thrill and delight birdwatchers of all levels, the book describes more than 1,000 species of birds. Prime Day price: $16.32, a savings of 46% for Prime members. Take an additional $5 off the price with promo code PRIMEBOOK19 when spending $15 or more on books offered by Amazon.com. Buy Nat Geo Bird Guide on Amazon.com Caffeine Necklace Show the world how much you love coffee on a molecular level, with this metal alloy necklace that shows coffee’s chemical structure. Also available in silver, gold and rose gold tones. Prime Day price: $11.85, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Caffeine Necklace on Amazon.com Nicola Tesla Patents Art Prints Celebrate the genius of pioneering engineer and thinker Nicola Tesla with a set of six art prints depicting some of his most celebrated inventions, including an electromagnet motor, an electric incandescent lamp and an alternative electric current generator. Prime Day price: $11.24, a savings of 25% for Prime members Buy Tesla Patents Prints on Amazon.com Hummingbird Feeder If hummingbirds are native to the region where you live, you can attract them to your backyard with this easy-to-assemble hummingbird feeder. It can hold 12 ounces (0.4 liters) of nectar and has four feeding stations, and it can be suspended from a pole, pillar or branch. Prime Day price: $10.87, a savings of 36% for Prime members Buy Hummingbird Feeder on Amazon.com Math Formula Wall Clock Math nerds will delight in keeping time with this silent, battery-operated wall clock, which displays math equations to mark the hours. It measures 12 inches (31 centimeters) in diameter and requires one AA battery (not included). Prime Day price: $19.74, a savings of 21% for Prime members Buy Math Formula Wall Clock on Amazon.com Moon Lamp Now you can experience the full moon whenever you like, with a spherical lamp modeled to resemble the lunar surface. The lamp features 16 colors and 4 display modes, which can be adjusted by touch or by remote control, and it will remain illuminated for 6 to 12 hours at a time, depending on the brightness setting. Prime Day price: $18.49, a savings of 26% for Prime members Buy Moon Lamp on Amazon.com Microscope Slide Collection A diverse array of microscopic tissue samples representing plants and animals are at your fingertips, in this 48-pack microscope slide collection. These high-transparency prepared plastic slides are clearly labeled and will provide hours of fascination and discovery for curious minds with a microscope. Prime Day price: $9.80, a 51% savings for Prime members Buy Microscope Slides on Amazon.com Serotonin Molecule Sterling Silver Necklace Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with the regulation of mood, sleep patterns and appetite, and is thought to contribute to feelings of happiness. With this serotonin molecule necklace, you can carry a little happiness with you wherever you go. Prime Day price: $18.39, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Serotonin Necklace on Amazon.com Boom! Combustion Chemistry Kit Who could resist the chance to make something go boom? This kit includes everything an aspiring chemist will need to make colorful expanding liquids; to launch rockets and geysers; and to generate explosive sounds and sparkle effects. Recommended for ages 8 (with adult supervision) and up. Prime Day price: $36.58, Prime members save an additional 20% at checkout Buy Boom! Chemistry Kit on Amazon.com Men’s Science Socks Put your best foot forward (and by “best” we mean “nerdiest”) with these colorful socks, decorated with atoms, beakers, microscopes, and other science symbols. Prime Day price: $8.79, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Men’s Science Socks on Amazon.com Assorted Science Decals Declare your nerdiness to the world by plastering these science decals on everything you own. Each pack contains 50 unique designs that are fade-resistant and waterproof, each measuring around 2 to 3 inches (6 to 8 centimeters) wide. Prime Day price: $5.59, a savings of 20% for Prime members Buy Assorted Science Decals on Amazon.com Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndolast_img read more

CIIYi to hold Entrepreneurship Street Carnival in Bengaluru

first_imgFUTURE.NOW will enable entrepreneurs to connect with industry experts to understand opportunities SHARE November 20, 2018 COMMENT events SHARE SHARE EMAIL Bengaluru CII-Young Indians (CII-Yi) Bengaluru Chapter plans to hold the 7th edition of its Entrepreneurship Summit ‘FUTURE.NOW – Re-position, Re-calibrate, Re-engineer!’ – an entrepreneurship week that will feature thematic evenings hosted by various countries including France, Australia, Sweden, Australia (Queensland) and Switzerland.Laeeq Ali, Chairman, CII Young Indians Bengaluru Chapter said, “The week-long engagement looks at the ‘World at Bengaluru’. Each day would feature a thematic interaction hosted along the interests of geography of the world. These would range from entrepreneur keynotes, curated dialogues, panel discussion and elevator pitches enabling entrepreneurs to redefine and recalibrate themselves to be future proof and relevant globally.”Entrepreneurship SantheFUTURE.NOW will enable entrepreneurs connect with industry experts to understand opportunities in these countries, showcase their ideas and explore collaborations. ‘Entrepreneurship Santhe’ will showcase and celebrate the start-up and entrepreneurship spirit of Bengaluru. Rural artisans and technology entrepreneurs will get an opportunity to showcase their ideas, products and services, while visitors will be able to meet, greet and interact with youth icons, cine celebrities, college students and music bands.The 7-day event scheduled to be held from November 26 to December 2 at different locations in Bengaluru city and will culminate in the ‘Entrepreneurship Santhe’. A one-day, gala entrepreneurship street carnival at MG Road Boulevard hosted jointly the Karnataka Government and various trade bodies. It will feature start-ups with over 100 interactive exhibits and an expected footfall of 5000 plus visitors for the day long festival.KJ George, Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, IT and BT, Science and Technology along with foreign dignitaries including Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development,Govt of Queensland, Australia; Sebastien Hug, swissnex India CEO and Consul General; François Gautier, Consul General of France in Bengaluru; Jean-François Ambrosio, French Trade and Investment Commissioner for South India, Business France and Muthu Kumar, Chairman – CII Karnataka along with incubators, investors and Startups across industries will be attending this first of its kind summit in Bengaluru. entrepreneurship Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Indias largest cancer institute in Haryanas Jhajjar to open in JanuaryIndias largest

first_imgDecember 25, 2018 Union Health Minister JP Nadda said  that the largest cancer hospital in India, the National Cancer Institute in Haryana’s Jhajjar district, would be opened to public by the third week of January.The institute, being considered as a landmark in the field of cancer research in the country, shall lessen the deficit of tertiary cancer care in the northern region.“The National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar would be dedicated by the third week of January,” Nadda said during an event at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.The institute will have 710 beds, out of which 200 beds will be dedicated for translational research on India-specific cancers.The Out-patient Department or OPD services had started last week.There will be different facilities, such as surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anaesthesia and palliative care and nuclear medicine, available at the institute. It will also have the first-of-its-kind tissue repository in India.The institute, which will operate under AIIMS, New Delhi, was approved by the Manmohan Singh administration in 2013 and has been built at a cost of Rs 2,035 crore.There will be 372 units of flats and 1,080 hostel rooms for staff members. A night shelter with a capacity of 800 units meant for patient attendants have also been planned.There are more than 80 lakh cancer patients in the world. Nearly 29 lakh of them are in India. About 11 lakh cancer cases are detected every year.With a view to prevent and cure cancer, the government decided to set up the new institute of advance research activities.The institute, coming up in Badhsa village, will operate on the lines of National Cancer Institute in the US and German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum) DKFZ as a nodal centre for indigenous research, promotive, preventive and curative aspects of care and human resource development.The institute is aimed to plan, conduct and coordinate research on cancers which are more specific to India — like tobacco-related cancers, cancer of the uterine cervix, gall bladder cancer and liver cancers. The focus will be on understanding and analyzing the cause and genesis of these type of cancers, the government has said. COMMENT Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare   –  File photo SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL healthcare industry COMMENTSlast_img read more

SC refuses to stay 10 quota for poor in jobs admissions

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT RELATED February 08, 2019 The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category.The apex court, however, agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued the notice to the Centre on the plea filed by businessman and Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala.“At this stage, we are not inclined to pass any order,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Poonawala, told the bench that his only grievance at this stage was that this quota should not breach the ceiling of 50 per cent as mandated by the apex court.The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, had earlier issued notice to the Centre on similar petitions and on Friday ordered tagging of the fresh plea of Poonawalla with pending ones.Contests backwardness for the purpose of reservationPetitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision.The petition, filed by Youth For Equality through its president Kaushal Kant Mishra, has sought the quashing of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation.Also read: Cabinet approves 10% quota for EWS in general categoryIt said the bill violates basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.In the present form, the upper limit of quota goes up to 60 per cent which violated the decisions of the apex court.Read more: Congress slams govt’s decision to give quota to general categoryReferring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, the petition said the latest amendment completely violated the Constitutional norm that economic criterion cannot be the only basis of reservation.It also said that the amendments fail to consider that Articles 14 and 16 form the basic feature of equality, and that they have been violated with the doing away of the restraints that were imposed on the reservation policy, i.e. the 50 per cent ceiling limit and the exclusion of economic status as a sole criterion.The fresh filed by businessman Poonawalla has sought quashing of the bill, saying that backwardness for the purpose of reservation cannot be defined by “economic status alone”.The top court had earlier refused to stay the Modi government’s decision to grant the reservation but agreed to examine the validity of the constitutional amendment which paved the way for this quota.In poll year, the Modi government has come out with the constitutional amendment bill giving quota benefits to the poor among general category candidates.The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha cleared the bill on January 8 and 9 respectively, and has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. 10% EWS quota due to political will of my govt: Modi Reservationcenter_img However, it agrees to examine the validity of law and issues notice to Centre on the plea filed by a Congress party supporter Published on SHARE courts and legal SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Weekly fuel prices RON97 up 4 sen RON95 and diesel unchanged

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 05 Jul 2019 Weekly fuel prices: RON97 up 4 sen, RON95 and diesel unchanged Related News Nation 28 Jun 2019 Weekly fuel prices: RON97 up 11 sen, RON95 and diesel unchangedcenter_img Nation 03 May 2019 Weekly fuel prices: RON97 down by one sen, RON95 and diesel unchanged PETALING JAYA: The price of RON97 will increase by four sen per litre, while RON95 and diesel prices remain the same for the week, starting Saturday (July 13).The Finance Ministry said the price of RON97 would go up from RM2.53 per litre to RM2.57 per litre.Meanwhile, RON95 petrol and diesel prices remain the same at RM2.08 per litre and RM2.18 per litre respectively.The fuel prices will be in effect from 12.01am on Saturday (July 13) until July 19. Under the Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM) formula, RON95 and diesel should have been priced RM2.27 per litre and RM2.29 per litre, respectively.”However, the prices of RON95 and diesel are capped at RM2.08 and RM2.18 per litre respectively, following the Government’s decision to stabilise fuel prices and to reduce the people’s cost of living,” the Ministry said in a statement on Friday (July 12).It also estimated that the Government would be providing fuel subsidies of RM114.06mil from July 13 to July 19.The weekly fuel pricing mechanism was reintroduced on Jan 5 under the APM.Under this system, weekly fuel prices are announced every Friday and remain in force for one week.last_img read more

Wireman dies from electrocution in Kampar

first_img Related News Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Charity bazaar in aid of children’s programmes this Sunday {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “Paramedics from the Malim Nawar health clinic who arrived at the scene confirmed his death,” he said in a statement here on Saturday (July 13).Hasron Nazri said that a post-mortem at the Kampar Hospital at 8pm confirmed the cause of death was due to electrocution and an investigation was being conducted. – Bernama IPOH (Bernama): A wireman was electrocuted while working to replace a utility pole at KM16.5 of the Ipoh-Kampar Road near here on Friday (July 12) evening.Kampar district police chief Supt Hasron Nazri Hashim said the victim Mohamad Kamil Mohamed, 28, and eight other workers from a private company in Chemor were replacing utility poles in the area from Tuesday.”Mohamad Kamil, from Padang Rengas, was electrocuted when working with four others to install a power cable on a pole.”His workmates failed to save him and contacted 999 at 5.20pm. center_img Related News Nation 23 Apr 2019 Bone fragments at Gua Kandu in Gopeng confirmed to be human bones, say cops Nation 15 Jun 2019 Moo: Internet the way for singers to go globallast_img read more

Open audition Ukraines comedian president invites citizens to run in July poll

first_img Related News World 09 Jul 2019 Top EU officials visit Kiev, pledge more aid for war-torn east Ukraine Now he is following his showbiz role model into politics because Zelenskiy, vowing to scrub Ukraine’s parliament clean of corruption and nepotism, invited members of the public to run on his party’s ticket at a parliamentary election on July 21.Zelenskiy caused a political earthquake with his landslide victory in the presidential election in April. He appealed to voters as an everyman outsider, making a virtue out of his lack of political experience, and struck a chord with Ukrainians fed up with how their country has been run since independence in 1991.Ukraine has some of the worst poverty levels in Europe and Hryshchuk said Ukrainians had reached “boiling point” where they want to vote in anyone but the old politicians. “The meeting was very emotional,” Hryshchuk told Reuters.”And this is normal, because, once again, when people have been given promises for 27 years and nothing was done … they are ready to project onto any person who comes to them and says, ‘I want power’, all that is bad in their lives, and they dump it on this person.”Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party, named after a TV comedy series where he played a fictional president, is on course to win most seats in the parliamentary election, according to surveys of voter intentions.At stake is the chance to form the government of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its role in a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed 13,000 people. Zelenskiy currently shares power with a government and parliament dominated by people loyal to his predecessor. If he wins control of parliament, he has pledged to implement anti-corruption measures such as stripping lawmakers of immunity from prosecution and pro-business policies like lifting a moratorium on the sale of farmland. He has also promised to find a peaceful solution to the eastern conflict and offered to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks.UNORTHODOX CAMPAIGNINGZelenskiy won big in April by departing from traditional politics, relying on comedy gigs, social media savvy and crowdsourcing policy ideas to climb the polls, while eschewing rallies. His team hopes to reprise that unorthodox campaign success and bringing people like Hryshchuk on board is an example. Hryshchuk was one of around 3,500 people who applied to run for Zelenskiy’s party through a specially created website.”Previously – especially for young people – guys understood that everything was decided for them and in many respects this was true,” said the head of Zelenskiy’s party, Dmytro Razumkov.With Zelenskiy’s candidacy, “a completely different category of our fellow citizens appeared, who believed that they too could influence this process,” he told Reuters. “And today, many of them are standing next to us, and I hope that they will be represented in parliament.”To be sure, Zelenskiy has faced scrutiny about some of his appointments and his business connections to Ihor Kolomoisky, a powerful tycoon whose TV channel 1+1 was a platform for Zelenskiy’s presidential campaign. Nevertheless, no current or former lawmakers were allowed to run for Zelenskiy’s party. After applying, Hryshchuk was interviewed about his background, family, political views and ambitions, before being given training at Zelenskiy’s headquarters on how to campaign.”Before it was announced that I would be a candidate, I decided with my friends: ‘Roman, let’s go to Google, and look at the search history that comes up when we Google your name, because it will never be so beautiful and clean,'” Hryshchuk said. “So, I have something to lose.”BREAD FOR EMPTY BOTTLES Hryshchuk is contesting a constituency with a large student population in the Solomianskyi district of Kiev. Voters can set up meetings with him through messenger apps like Viber.He holds public meetings three times a day, and uses Facebook to target specific groups to encourage them to attend. Via his campaign website, Facebook users can download a frame they can put on their profile picture to show support.The election takes place in summer when classes at the university have finished. To try and get students to stick around and vote, Hryshchuk said he planned an initiative called SolomaCouchserf where residents offer students to stay overnight in their apartments on election day so they can go to the polls.Millions of Ukrainians, including university graduates, have moved abroad in search of better paid jobs. After a sharp devaluation of the hryvnia currency, in dollar terms, Ukrainians earn $50 less per month than they did before the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The average salary is less than $400 a month and the average pension is around $115.A July survey for the International Republican Institute found 18 percent of Ukrainian voters needed to save money to buy food. A further 31 percent had enough for food but needed to save or borrow money to buy clothes and shoes.”The first time you return from Europe, you want to cry,” Hryshchuk told Reuters. “Recently, my wife and I went on a cruise and saw pensioners from all over Europe on holiday. And then I meet with a Ukrainian grandmother who came to a meeting, and after the meeting said: ‘I’ll go collect some bottles to buy bread.'” (Additional reporting by Sergiy Karazy and Valentyn Ogirenko. Editing by Carmel Crimmins) World 10 Jul 2019 Party of Ukraine’s new president leads parliamentary vote race KIEV (Reuters) – A comedian and entrepreneur, 29-year-old Roman Hryshchuk had only been in politics for a few weeks when he found himself in front of a semicircle of voters in a park in western Kiev, fielding questions from a testy audience.One woman in a pink hoodie repeatedly asked whether he would sell his television production business if he became a lawmaker, and then asked where his campaign office was so she could visit him. Another voter heckled that Ukraine’s president didn’t appear to know what the capital of Canada was, after his team mistakenly said it was Toronto in a statement. At one point, a tipsy man loudly waded into the meeting and was escorted away.As a student, Hryshchuk worked as a stagehand on the comedy shows of the man who went on to become Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. center_img World 08 Jul 2019 Ukraine’s president ready to meet Russia’s Putin in Minsk Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Former England striker Crouch announces retirement

first_img Cricket 08 Jul 2019 Australia will be underdogs against ‘World Cup favourites’ England – Lyon (Reuters) – Former England striker Peter Crouch announced on Friday his retirement from football after more than two decades as a professional.The 38-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Stoke City striker spent last season at Burnley but his contract ended last month.Crouch was capped 42 times by England between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals and appearing at two World Cups, while he reached the Champions League final and won the FA Cup at Liverpool.”If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals, I would have avoided you at all costs,” he wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/petercrouch/status/1149618414534574080. AdChoices广告”It’s been an absolute dream come true. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and helped me stay there for so long.”Crouch had hoped to continue his playing career but said he had found it difficult to accept a bit-part role.”My ambition was to play until I was 40, so it is scary saying the word ‘retirement’,” he wrote in a column for The Daily Mail.”To go from being a regular starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes off the bench has been hard to accept. “I will be 39 in January but I am physically fit and could have carried on. What I didn’t want to be was someone who was thrown on to have balls smashed up to them.” (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) Related News Related News Football 07 Jul 2019 Sweden pounce on sloppy England to clinch third place at World Cup Football 15 May 2019 Crouch’s Burnley future undecided as three senior players exit {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more