first_imgNew Delhi: June 16, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi/ Kolkata/Ahmedabad/ Patna/Bhopal/Gurugram/ Agartala/Guwahati/Aligarh/Patiala/ Srinagar/Allahabad/ Thane/ Jammu/Ranchi/Hyderabad/Jabalpur/Moradabad/Mumbai/Ajmer/Dharmanagar/Bikaner/South Dinajpur/ Lucknow/Nagpur: Eid-al-Fitr(B+A)Srinagar: Protest after Eid prayers in Srinagar (B+A)New Delhi: President Kovind depart for a state visitto Greece (B)Mumbai: 98th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan (A)Ahmedabad: International Yoga Day(A)BHubaneswar: ‘Raja’ festival(B)MUmbai: Femina Miss India 2018(A)Bhopal: Gulzar at National poetry competition(a)Dhanbad: Protest demonstration(B)MUmbai: John Abraham during the muhurat ceremonyof ‘Romeo Akbar Walter'(B)Kailashahar: Flood-affected Tripura(B)Patna: International conference on Karl Marx(A)INTERNATIONALHesperia:A fatal plane crash near Hesperia Airport(B)San Miguel Los Lotes: Volcano of Fire in San Miguel LosLotes(B)SPORTSSochi: 2018 soccer World Cup(B+A)New York: U.S. Open Golf Championship(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

first_imgAn estimated 60 tonnes of oil has spilled from the 73,592 dwt bulker Solomon Trader, which ran aground on a reef in the Solomon Islands, local media cited the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.A further 600 tonnes of oil remain onboard the vessel, according to AMSA estimates.The accident was dubbed an environmental disaster, three weeks after the 1994-built vessel dragged anchor and grounded on a reef off Rennell Island, near the largest raised coral atoll in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site.“Australia is concerned about the unfolding environmental disaster caused by the MV Solomon Trader oil spill on Rennell Island. We are exploring all options to assist the Solomon Islands Government to hold the responsible company, owners and insurers to account,” Roderick Brazier, High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, informed via social media.The incident occurred in inclement weather conditions while Solomon Trader was trying to load bauxite from a foreign-owned mine on the island. Unfavorable weather conditions, caused by Cyclone Oma, hampered earlier attempted salvage operations.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Roderick Brazier, High Commissioner to Solomon Islandslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson has questioned the selectors for what he believes is a bias against players coming from small states. Jackson, who has played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, appealed to the selectors in a series of tweets for more transparency in the selection process. “Saurashtra has played the Ranji Trophy final this year, and surprisingly still no player, even after performing at all platforms, get picked for the A series. So is the importance of playing the Ranji Trophy finals zero (sic.),” he said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Or is that small state sides aren’t taken seriously coz in the last 5 years @saucricket has played 3 finals under sitanshu kotaks coaching, (we have some very good performers since recent years with the bat and ball) but did not get the deserved credit (sic). “I am told not to question, but i strongly believe that we represent this beautiful organisation and association and we as players surely deserve to know why, and where we lack, or else our carriers are just going to end wondering why selectors should be transparent (sic),” he said. Despite an average of nearly 50 in first class cricket, wicketkeeper-batsman Jackson has never played international cricket. He later tweeted a screenshot of Ranji Trophy satistics, highlighting the numbers of Saurashtra players.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the FSIN a total of 66 people will receive pink slips by the end of March as a result of funding cuts.APTN’s Larissa Burnoff talks with some former chiefs of the FSIN who weigh in on what is happening to the organizations that represents Saskatchewan First Nations.last_img

first_imgJabalpur (MP): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday claimed that Malegaon blast accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Pragya Singh Thakur stabbed a man in 2001.Thakur’s conduct did not become of a `Sadhvi’ (ascetic or holy woman), the Congress leader said, speaking at a press conference here. “Pragya Thakur has a connection with our Chhattisgarh. Her brother-in-law worked at a warehouse in Bilaigarh (in Balodabazar district),” Baghel said, when asked whether the BJP was playing the ‘Hindutva card’ by fielding her. “She used to carry a knife and stabbed a young man named Shailendra Devagan in the chest with a knife in Bilaigarh in 2001,” Baghel said.last_img

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has told the 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR that the operational role of the UNHCR in Sri Lanka will be phased down.He however said the UNHCR will continue to be committed to supporting voluntary repatriation of some of the refugees of Sri Lanka from India, as well as with the resettlement of the remainder of the internally displaced in their places of origin, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to Geneva said today. Ambassador Aryasinha who noted that in contrast to the considerable difficulty and gloom in the humanitarian crises that continue to engulf many parts of the world today, Sri Lanka’s recent achievements provides confidence and hope. Sri Lanka Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha told the 63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the UNHCR yesterday that those who downplay the significance of Sri Lanka’s post-conflict achievements and constantly keep shifting goal posts, show disrespect not only to Sri Lanka and its international partners whose steadfast commitment to this task has made these achievements possible, but also to those who have at last emerged from the suffering caused by 30 years of terrorist conflict. In his address he detailed the considerable progress made over a little over three years – in IDP resettlement, de-mining, re-integration of ex-LTTE combatants, the shrinking of the high security zones, increase of economic growth in the northern province and operationalization of LLRC recommendations.He said “it lends credence to the position that even the most severe and insurmountable of challenges could be overcome with the political commitment and dedication of the concerned country, and the requisite support provided by the international community. He said Sri Lanka remains ready to share its experience and best practices in post-conflict resettlement and rehabilitation with the international community, and looked forward to strengthening the ongoing cooperation between the UNHCR and member states”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:Target Corp., up $17.47 to $103The retailer raised its full year profit forecast after blowing past Wall Street’s second quarter financial expectations.Lowe’s Cos., up $10.13 to $108The home improvement retailer soared beyond Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts on strong demand for spring goods and sales to contractors.Cree Inc., down $9.23 to $49.01The maker of energy-efficient lighting gave investors a weak forecast as it deals with the fallout from the U.S.-China trade war.Toll Brothers Inc., down $1.65 to $35.26The luxury homebuilder reported a decline in orders for new homes during its fiscal third quarter.Masco Corp., up $1.28 to $40.92The company’s cabinet-making unit has several potentially interest buyers, according to media reports.Fitbit Inc., up 7 cents to $3.02The company signed a deal with Singapore to provide fitness tracking devices as part of a government health initiative.Wells Fargo & Co., up 32 cents to $45Financial stocks rose as bond prices fell, pushing yields higher.Alcon Inc., down $1.91 to $60.51The eye care company’s second quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.The Associated Press read more

first_imgThe ever-turning gears of the processor arms race has taken an evolutionary leap this week as Intel and AMD ready their salvos for the next wave of processors that are sure to have the gearheads among us drooling puddles right on their keyboards. Intel has reveal, their Sandy Bridge-E line of processors is being lead into battle now by the new 3960X Extreme Edition processor.In case you are behind on your reading, the 3960X is the successor to the 990X in the Extreme Edition lineup, passing the torch from Intel’s Westmere architecture. Included in the significant clock speed increase is the addition of four channels of memory and 15MB of cache. Currently, this is more than any other Intel PC chip made today. According to Intel, the memory performance is increased by 114 percent.This hexacore chip is coming to fruition with more fanfare than most things from Intel, including its own line of commercials that started airing recently. Most users would be impressed by out of the gate specs like 3.3GHz default clock speed, capable of bursting to 3.9GHz is additional performance is needed. Who cares about the default clock speed, though? What happens when you crank the 3960X to 11?Custom PC manufacturer Maingear has announced that they will be shipping the Core i7 3960X in three of their headlining desktop builds. The Maingear Shift, F131, and Quantum Shift desktop builds versions of the 3960X will be overclocked up to 5.2GHz reliably. That’ll not only get you the top chip on the market today, but then it’ll ramp up the performance considerably.If you have a burning desire to boost your PC gaming street cred, you can either grab your own 3960X or build a machine with Maingear. The Shift SE starts at about $2700, with nearly every screw in the kit customizable.  If you aren’t ready for a whole new box, the 3960X will run you about $1,000.last_img read more

first_imgFurther demonstrating its desire to see hardware move from the education space to the home space, Makerbot has announced plans to sell a 3D scanner geared towards replicating things you own. The hope is that, alongside one of its Replicator 2 printers, you’ll have a new Makerbot Digitizer.There are dozens of different ways you can scan a 3D likeness of something into your computer. The increase in the popularity of 3D printing over the last few years has made some of these ideas more sensible than others, but all of them require some combination of cash and know-how. This is great if you are already the creative type, working to scan objects to integrate into an existing creation, but a 1:1 copy of something comes up more often than not as a practical home application.Bre Pettis addressed a key issue pretty clearly in a presentation held yesterday. When something breaks in your house, there should be tools out there that allow you to fix those things yourself. Something simple like one of those pegs that hold up shelves on a bookcase, or a handle on a drawer that has fallen apart. If you had 3D scans of these things at your disposal, you could simply print yourself a new one when the time came. Of course, you could also print yourself copies of things you can buy from a store, but for the most part, the concept doesn’t seem to have any diabolical intentions. It’s not like you’re being encouraged to make 3D replicas of toys for your kids, right?There isn’t a ton of information about the Digitizer available yet, but in the meantime the Makerbot team has a website open for you to submit ideas of what you would 3D scan. The Makerbot team will undoubtedly have them available soon from its NYC store, as well as online, sometime soon.last_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email1 By Aoife Barry Short URL Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM 23,941 Views 10 Comments Feb 26th 2017, 9:30 AM WHEN WRITER SARA Baume arrives into the offices she’s carrying with her a proof of her new book A Line Made By Walking, and a stack of photos of dead animals.She proffers some for me to examine. Among the images are a dead rabbit, lying prone on a pile of greenery, and a rook, its folded feathers a striking, shimmery blue.Carrying around photos of roadkill isn’t a habit of Baume’s, but she’s been taking the images as a personal project for a number of years. They’ve been put to good use – the photographs feature prominently in her new book, marking the beginning of every chapter. The rook’s beautiful feathers, scattered with twigs and dew, feature on the front cover.A Line Made By Walking is about death, but also life, depression, being a young adult, discovering your place in the world. It’s Baume’s second novel, the follow-up to the award-winning Spill Simmer Falter Wither, about a lonely older man and his dog.On the face of it, the books aren’t very similar – Frankie, the protagonist in A Line Made By Walking, is 25, finished college and in somewhat of a rut. She moves to her late grandmother’s house to take stock. Spill Simmer Falter Wither’s protagonist is a man called Ray, living in a rural town: the book is about his relationship with his dog, One Eye. But both novels are about isolation and loneliness.Why the recurring themes? “The simple answer is that I’ve always been solitary,” explains Baume, 32, who was born to an Irish mother and English father and spent some of her early years in the UK before her family moved back to west Cork.“I think I’ve thought at times of my life that I’ve been lonely when I haven’t really. And well, Ray in Spill Simmer was very much a version of myself, and a version of the situation that I was living in. But I made him an older man because I wanted him to be someone who more desperately needed to be saved, who didn’t have any sort of opportunities in life. Whereas Frankie has so many opportunities in life she buckles under the weight of them.”The new book, then, is much more obviously autobiographical. Baume draws on her own experience as a young artist trying to find her way in the world, and her own experiences of loneliness; a needing to withdraw to find her inner compass.“I wanted to talk more about what I feel is my generation and this idea that you grow up with the Disney-fied expectations of life. And then… I went to college, I got free education, I got grants all the way through, and then graduated into a society of no opportunity fully qualified,” she says.The younger Baume “struggled to know what to do with that”.Driven by despair and doubtThis book was mostly written in the gap between her first book (which, like this one, is published by Ireland’s Tramp Press) being written and published.“It was totally driven by the same doubt and despair that the first one was,” says Baume. “But the tricky thing was now I’m probably much more anxious about this one.” That’s because, she explains, a first novel “either gets no attention or good attention, in a way”.But eyes are already on her thanks to her first success, so she has a reputation to keep. As the two books are a little different, Baume admits she’s “expecting to be shot down a little bit”.“It doesn’t make sense to me, because to me I’m getting better all the time, I’m improving, it should be a better book, I think it’s a better book,” she says. “But I just go snowblind as in you can’t see the wood for the trees at a certain point. And I don’t necessarily know that it will appeal to the same audience.”‘I didn’t really like her’Editing the book necessitated cutting swathes of text, which was when she made an unexpected discovery. “Much of what I desperately wanted to cut was where Frankie was annoying, or cruel or slightly racist… and it came as a revelation to me that I didn’t really like her,” says Baume, still looking a bit taken aback by the revelation.“Because it’s a version of me and in the same way you want to look back fondly at your younger self. And it was a big step to accept that she’s not you, she’s a version of you at 25.”The book came together once she accepted that Frankie wasn’t Sara. “She is a little; she’s very flawed, and she’s a little irritating and inappropriate, and hopefully that makes her more authentic.”Baume isn’t on social media (“I don’t understand how suddenly it was a thing in everyone’s lives because I didn’t grow up with it”), but through her novels, she is exposing herself to the world, albeit in somewhat of a disguised way. How does that feel?“I look at Twitter and I find it fascinating because people create a picture of themselves, and then that’s what they follow through with in the things that they like and the things they are interested in, and in a way writing a novel is a little bit like that, only I’m not creating a flattering version of myself at all,” laughs Baume.It is using things that I know, that I’m interested in, things that I feel, and then building fictions around them. And so I’m exposed to a degree but at the same time I’m very clear that it’s not true. It’s true and not true and no one knows precisely what is and what isn’t and I don’t think that there’s anything there that I wouldn’t be happy to fess up to.The quarter-life crisisThe book looks at treatments for depression, with the protagonist choosing not to take medication. Baume says she was slightly worried about tackling this angle of the ‘quarter-life crisis’.“People are for the first time saying maybe the use of medication isn’t the first way to treat 25-year-olds who are depressed, who haven’t really experienced much of life,” she says of discussions she tapped into while writing the book.“I think Frankie is very much a version of that, she’s lost and confused and disappointed in life, and bereaved in a way, not by the loss of her grandmother quite so much as the loss of her own potential, the grief of failure or perceived failure, even though her life has barely begun,” says Baume.And so she’s suffering from that, and I think it’s a common condition and I’m not condemning the use of anti-depressants or anything like that, I think some people do need them, but lots of people don’t and are being steered in that direction to the detriment of their future.“Life is a series of small compromises,” adds Baume, after underlining that she’s not anti-medication, but very much pro being realistic about life.Eventually you get to a place where you are content. But no one tells you that, everyone tells you that you can do anything, you can achieve all of your dreams and everything is going to be perfect. And it never will be.‘I will make certain sacrifices in my life’Baume lives somewhat of an isolated life herself. She and her partner live frugally on an old farm in west Cork, “drive a shit car”, don’t plan to have children, and eke out an existence on not much money.“The way we are at the moment, the priority is for neither of us to have to work a day job,” she explains. “And not that I’m not so naive as to think anyone would give us day jobs. So it’s all just about like making the money go as far as possible. We don’t go on holidays, we don’t go out for fancy meals, or buy clothes.”“As far as I’m concerned I will make certain sacrifices in my life,” she says. Sacrifices that she’s willing to make in order to live a life that’s about ”just following your nose, living an adventurous life and not travelling much necessarily”. Source: Tramp Press“Agnes Martin, the painter, said an artist’s life is adventurous, one new thing after another. And she pretty much lived in the same place in the desert in New Mexico for much of her life, but adventure for her was through what she thought and the details and how her mind worked… So that’s the only objective.”Baume’s written in the past about the cost of being a writer, and how for most novelists it is far from a lucrative job. She’s also on record saying that writing itself is a painful process. It’s not like art for her: “With writing it’s idea, idea, idea – there’s no point where you stop and your hands take over. And that’s harder.”“I’d like not to be a one-book wonder,” she says. “But as I say I’m not going to continue writing.”That’s the interesting thing about Baume – she defies convention in many ways, and her next move is not to hole herself away to sweat blood while writing a third novel, but to return to her first love, art. Sculpture, to be more precise.She will continue essay writing, and writing about art. It’s an interesting move, but, then, Baume is an entirely singular person, and her approach – where her art, be it literary or visual, takes precedence over a need to do what it is a writer ‘should’ be doing – is wholly her own.This entire thing, the two novels, the success, the literary kudos, came as a surprise to her. But it also showed her what’s achievable when you put your shoulder to the wheel.“I always had this vague notion of ‘oh I’ll write a book and then I’ll get published and then other opportunities will grow’. And lo it did, it’s working out OK so far,” she says.And if I had at some point gone ‘nah it’s ridiculous, I’ll just work in the bank’, I’d still be working in the bank. You just have to assume that things will grow.A Line Made By Walking, by Sara Baume, published by Tramp Press, is out now.Read: ”Irish readers are like no others in the world”: How these homegrown publishers are making waves>Read: This author’s one-sentence novel is the best Irish book of 2016> ‘Everyone says you can achieve your dreams and life will be perfect – but it will never be’ Writer Sara Baume tells us what inspired her second novel, about a young woman’s quarter-life crisis. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAllostreaming : bloqué, le site n’a pas dit son dernier motEn réaction à la procédure engagée fin 2011 par des ayants-droits contre Allostreaming et trois autres sites “Allo”, les moteurs de recherche, et Google le premier, les ont déréférencés. Mais Allostreaming n’a pas dit son dernier mot. Après avoir annoncé sa fermeture, le site réapparaît sous un nouveau nom de domaine.Déréférencé par Google, Yahoo et Bing, Allostreaming a fait ces adieux aux internautes. “Nous vous annonçons avec regret la fermeture définitive de ce site. Cette fermeture est principalement due au déréférencement de notre site par les moteurs de recherches (google, yahoo, bing) aussi par la pression exercée par les ayants droits sur les fournisseurs d’accès pour bloquer le site” déplorent les administrateurs du site. Fin 2011 en effet, trois syndicats représentant des ayants-droits du cinéma et de la vidéo ont lancé une action en justice contre quatre sites de streaming,,, et, réclamant leur blocage par les moteurs de recherche. Mais ces derniers n’ont pas attendu que la justice rende sa décision – elle doit le faire en mars prochain – pour déréférencer les sites. “Mais des dizaines de sites avec un service similaire et une communauté encore plus active existent toujours; il suffit juste de faire une simple recherche sur un moteur de recherche de votre choix” rappellent les administrateurs d’Allostreaming. De nouveaux noms de domaine ont en outre déjà été crées pour contourner le déréférencement des moteurs de recherche, comme iAlloShowTV ou iAlloStreaming.Le 20 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgEva Joly s’oppose à la recherche d’hydrocarbures en MéditerranéeEn visite à Marseille lundi, Eva Joly, candidate écologiste à la présidentielle, s’est opposée au renouvellement du permis de recherche d’hydrocarbures en Méditerranée dénonçant pour l’environnement d’un forage pétrolier. “Je suis venue dire que renouveler ce permis, c’est folie furieuse”. C’est ce qu’a expliqué lundi Eva Joly lors d’un déplacement à Marseille. La candidate écologiste à la présidentielle a en effet appelé le gouvernement de ne pas renouveler le permis de recherche d’hydrocarbures en Méditerranée. Des opérations qui présenteraient un risque important pour l’environnement local selon elle. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureau”L’idée de faire du forage dans une mer fermée, entre 1.200 et 2.000 mètres, est pure folie. Les conséquences d’une fuite seraient irréparables sur la faune et la flore, il y a eu déjà par l’effet des ondes acoustiques de nombreux cétacés échoués de façon anormale l’année dernière. Nous devons développer les énergies renouvelables, et non pas nous acharner à trouver les dernières gouttes d’énergie fossile”, a précisé la candidate citée par l’AFP.  C’est à la mi-avril que le gouvernement doit décider si oui ou non il prolonge le permis de recherches d’hydrocarbures liquides ou gazeux, dans les Bouches-du-Rhône et dans le Var. Un permis qui avait été accordé en 2002 à la société TGS-Nopec avant de passer 4 ans plus tard, entre les mains de la société Melrose Mediterranean Limited, jusqu’en novembre 2010. “L’absurdité, c’est que le permis est encore valable parce que l’administration a 18 mois pour statuer”, a relevé Eva Joly selon qui, le permis a été cédé en grande partie à la société Noble Energie France, “dont nous ne connaissons pas les actionnaires”. Outre son appel au gouvernement, l’ancienne juge a également interpellé pour une “mobilisation des Marseillais” sur le sujet lors d’une grande manifestation au Fort de Brégançon, résidence officielle du président de la République, organisée le 8 avril et baptisée “le Trafalgar des pétroliers”. Selon une réponse du ministère de l’Ecologie publiée le 17 janvier au Journal officiel, “le dossier est en cours d’instruction”, précise l’AFP.Le 14 février 2012 à 19:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of new state laws take effect as of midnight.  They range from protecting our oceans to harrassWwment in the workplace.What’s more, many are a  reflection, directly or indirectly of events that took place in 2018.And so we begin with the MeToo Movement because the poster child for for the decades-long issue of secrecy– employers settlements with harrassed workers only if they signed non-disclosure agreements– was and remains Harvey Weinstein. In 2019, such secret settlements are prohibited.We talked a lot in 2018 of the issue of plastics in our oceans– in the new year, in a full-service restaurant, you’ll only be given a plastic straw if you ask for one.Guns:  The minimum age for purchasing a rifle or shotgun in California has been raised from 18 to 21.The new law also mandates a lifetime gun ban for anyone convicted of a serious domestic assault.New Year’s Eve always brings a lot of focus on drinking and driving.  A DUI Conviction in 2019 means an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Local attorney Vik Bajaj in studio on Good Morning San Diego: “An ignition interlock device does not allow a vehicle to start unless driver blows into breathalyzer and the reading is less than what the alcohol level is for that jurisdiction.”The glut of animals at animal shelters and the issue of euthanasia because of overcrowding is also being addressed, along with the issue of so-called puppy mills.Retail pet stores are banned from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless the animal was obtained from a public animal control agency or animal shelter:And the state is catching up with local cities on the minimum wage:  $11 an hour for small business, $12 dollars businesses with 26 or more employees. KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 Posted: December 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Hundreds of new state laws in 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe (Longview) Daily NewsA Battle Ground man died Saturday while fishing along the Columbia River in Woodland.The 59-year-old was alone at Lions Day Park when “he fell in somehow,” Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Tory Shelton said.A passerby found his body on the shore and attempted to revive the man, Shelton said. The sheriff’s office and Woodland police responded to the scene just before 1 p.m. A fishing pole was floating in the water near the man, whose car was parked nearby, Shelton said.There were no witnesses, he said.The county coroner’s office will determine the cause of death, and authorities will release the man’s name after his family has been notified, he said.last_img read more

first_imgSaturday will mark Pearson Air Museum’s Open Cockpit Day, an event where visitors can sit in antique planes. And, weather permitting, pilots will provide free airplane rides for children from 8 to 17.Open Cockpit Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St. It gives people an opportunity to climb into the cockpit of select vintage aircraft and experience it from a pilot’s perspective.If weather permits, pilots from the Hillsboro, Ore., chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will give free airplane rides to children on a first-come, first-served basis. A parent or legal guardian must be present to give written permission. Families should arrive early to register children for the free plane rides because slots fill up quickly.Regular museum admission will apply: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, active military with ID, and students ages 6 to 17; children 5 and younger are free.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Cobas 6000 auto analyser machine has been installed at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Monday.A fully automated modular biochemistry analyser, Cobas 6000 can perform a combination of routine biochemistry, Electrolytes and special biochemistry tests at the sametime. This analyser can deliver reports of 1,200 tests per hour.It can perform 1,200 different tests with a single sample. As a result, reports of blood tests would be given to the patients in less time. As there is a huge number of patients visiting the hospital for various tests, the machine will help the hospital authorities to cater to more number of patients in a better way. It may be mentioned that CMCH is the first hospital in the state to have such an automatic machine that performs tests on a large-scale in less time. The approximate cost of the machine is around Rs 2 crore. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe machine was inaugurated at the central pathology building of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital by Dr Nirmal Maji, who happens to be the Chairman of Rogi Kalayan Samity of the hospital in presence of the Principal, medical super of the hospital. According to the hospital sources, there is a provision to enhance the capacity up to 2,000 samples per hour only with an addition of another module to the machine. According to a hospital doctor, various tests including that of Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Electrolyte, platelet, RBC, WBC, HIV and cancer can be done by the advanced machine. In addition, the machine will be able to do general biochemistry tests like sugar, uric acid, various hormone tests and tumor marker tests. The main purpose behind installing the costly machine at CMCH is to ensure that the patients get their blood tests done in minimum possible time. The people would be able to get the benefit at completely free of costs.last_img read more

first_imgTufangunj: Speaking to voters at a rally here on Wednesday afternoon, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee urged them to ensure that the deposit of the BJP candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls is forfeited.”We should take a pledge to ensure defeat of the BJP candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Ensure that their deposit is forfeited,” Banerjee told the people. He said people trust Trinamool Congress because they know that at times of distress they will get workers of the party beside them. “Whether in case of natural calamity or disaster in the family, our workers and leaders always stand beside aggrieved people. We do it throughout the year. But the BJP workers come only during the time of election. They are like seasonal birds and you will never find them after the poll,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said it is the duty of all the workers and leaders of the party to fulfill Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream of winning 42 out of 42 seats in Bengal. “Work hard, go to people and listen to their grievances and try to assist them,” was his advice to the party workers. He urged party workers to fight unitedly against BJP and oust Narendra Modi. “We want a secular government at the Centre and not the one that believes in hate, division and inciting one group against the other,” he maintained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCriticising BJP, the Trinamool Youth Congress leader said: “BJP is nominating people who have been rejected by Trinamool and thrown out of the party. The candidate from Cooch Behar has 11 criminal cases against him. He was thrown out of Trinamool. BJP had welcomed him and fielded him as a candidate. This is a party which gives protection and shelter to criminals and mafias.” Banerjee said in the past five years, the people of India have seen the performance of the Central government. “Modi’s announcement of ‘Acche Din’ was a hoax. People have lost jobs due to demonetisation. The youths have not got jobs and unemployment is soaring. There has been economic depression. On top of this, BJP is setting Central agencies against those who have raised questions. Never in the past has India seen such a vindictive and corrupt government,” he added. He said the people of Bengal do not believe in mixing politics with religion. “Religion in Bengal means tolerance and acceptance. We do not believe in division in the name of religion. BJP will get a befitting reply during the polls,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgBabies to order. Andrew crotty/Shutterstock.comWhen Adam Nash was still an embryo, living in a dish in the lab, scientists tested his DNA to make sure it was free of Fanconi anemia, the rare inherited blood disease from which his sister Molly suffered. They also checked his DNA for a marker that would reveal whether he shared the same tissue type. Molly needed a donor match for stem cell therapy, and her parents were determined to find one. Adam was conceived so the stem cells in his umbilical cord could be the lifesaving treatment for his sister.Adam Nash is considered to be the first designer baby, born in 2000 using in vitro fertilizaton with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, a technique used to choose desired characteristics. The media covered the story with empathy for the parents’ motives but not without reminding the reader that “eye color, athletic ability, beauty, intelligence, height, stopping a propensity towards obesity, guaranteeing freedom from certain mental and physical illnesses, all of these could in the future be available to parents deciding to have a designer baby.”The designer babies have thus been called the “future-we-should-not-want” for each new reproductive technology or intervention. But the babies never came and are nowhere close. I am not surprised.I study the prediction of complex diseases and human traits that result from interactions between multiple genes and lifestyle factors. This research shows that geneticists cannot read the genetic code and know who will be above average in intelligence and athleticism. Such traits and diseases that result from multiple genes and lifestyle factors cannot be predicted using just DNA, and cannot be designed. Not now. And very unlikely ever.Designer Babies Are NextThe inevitable rise of designer babies was proclaimed in 1978 after the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, as the next step toward “a brave world where parents can select their child’s gender and traits.” The same situation occurred in 1994 when a 59-year-old British woman stretched the limits of nature by giving birth to twins using donated eggs that were implanted in her womb at a fertility clinic in Italy.The response was the same in 1999, when a fertility clinic in Fairfax, Virginia, offered sex selection of embryos to screen against diseases that only happen in boys. In 2013, when 23andMe was granted a patent for a tool that predicts the likelihood of traits in babies based on DNA of two parents, the question of patenting designer babies was raised. In 2016, when the U.K. permitted a woman to donate her healthy mitochondria to a couple using IVF to conceive a child, raising the number of parents to three, fears of unnatural children rose again. Last month, when Genomic Prediction, a New Jersey company, announced its DNA screening panel for embryos would also assess the risk for complex diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease that are caused by multiple genes, fears of engineering babies with high IQ or athletic prowess emerged.The same issues arose on Nov. 26 when He Jiankui reported at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong that he had successfully edited the DNA of twin baby girls born last month.The designer baby doom scenarios have not evolved with the technology. It’s been the same story for decades. It’s the same “desirable” traits and the same assumption that parents want to select these traits if technology allowed. But no one seems to be questioning whether these traits are solely a product of our genes such that they can be selected or edited in embryos.Wondering about designer babies was understandable in the early days, but repetition of these supposed fears now suggests lack of understanding of how DNA, and the genes they encode, work.Picking the trait and writing the genetic code is a scenario that has been forecast since the birth of the first test tube baby.olga boat/Shutterstock.comDesigning Favorable Traits Isn’t EasyAlthough there are exceptions, DNA generally differs between people in two ways: There are DNA mutations and DNA variations.Mutations cause rare diseases like Huntington’s disease and cystic fibrosis, which are caused by a single gene. Mutations in the BRCA genes substantially increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Selecting embryos that do not have these mutations removes the entire or main cause of disease – women who don’t have BRCA mutations can still develop breast cancer through other causes, like all women.Variations are changes in the genetic code that are more common than mutations and associated with common traits and diseases. DNA variants increase the likelihood that you may have a trait or develop a disease but do not determine or cause it. Association means that in several large study populations, a DNA variant was more frequent among people with the trait than those without, often only slightly more frequent.These variants don’t determine a trait, but increase its likelihood by interacting with other DNA variants and nongenetic influences such as upbringing, lifestyle and environment. To design such traits in embryos would require multiple DNA changes in multiple genes and orchestrating or controlling relevant environment and lifestyle influences too.Let’s compare it to driving a car. DNA mutations are like the flat tires and the failing brakes: technical problems that make driving problematic, no matter where you drive. DNA variations are like the color and the type of car, or other features of the car that may affect the driving experience and even might create problems over time. For example, a convertible is a delight when driving on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard on a breezy summer evening, but cruel when crossing a high mountain pass in midwinter. Whether features of the car are an asset or a liability depends on the context and that context might change — they are never ideal all the time.Another HurdleThe gene that encodes red hair also raises the risk of skin cancer.Andreshkova Nastya/Shutterstock.comMost DNA mutations do nothing else other than cause the disease, but DNA variations may play a role in many diseases and traits. Take variations in the MC1R “red hair” gene, which not only increases the chance that your child will have red hair, but also increases their risk of skin cancer. Or variations in the OCA2 and HERC2 “eye color” genes that are also associated with the risk of various cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. To be sure, these are statistical associations, reported in the scientific literature, some may be confirmed; others may not. But the message is clear: Editing DNA variations for “desirable” traits may have adverse consequences, including many that scientists don’t know about yet.We can see this in the analysis of He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies. By trying to make the babies resistant to HIV, He might have greatly increased susceptibility to infections by West Nile virus or influenza.To be sure, even though complex traits such as intelligence, athletics and musicality cannot be selected or designed, there will be opportunists who will try to offer these traits, even if totally premature and unsupported by science. Like Stephen Hsu, the co-founder of Genomic Prediction who said about his offer to test embryos for polygenic risk, the risk of a disease based on multiple genes, “I think people are going to demand that. If we don’t do it, some other company will.” And also He said: “There will be someone, somewhere, who is doing this. If it’s not me, it’s someone else.” People need to be protected against this irresponsible and unethical use of DNA testing and editing.Science brought incredible progress in reproductive technology, but didn’t bring designer babies one step closer. The creation of designer babies is not limited by technology, but by biology: The origins of common traits and diseases are too complex and intertwined to modify the DNA without introducing unwanted effects.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

first_imgTwo individuals, 15 and 21, were charged in writing on Friday and released in connection with rioting and car arson earl on New Year’s Day, police said.Famagusta police arrested the two on Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of arrests to eight for the incident.Officers responded to a public disturbance call just after midnight on Tuesday in Xylophagou, where youths had assembled with their cars.At the appearance of the police, the youths started throwing stones at them, damaging police vehicles.Police on Wednesday arrested two 15-year-old males on suspicion of taking part in the incident. Officers later arrested three more individuals, aged 21 and 16, in connection with car theft and arson.The car had been stolen at around 11pm on Monday while parked outside the home of its 27-year-old owner. It was taken while he was unloading stuff and had left the keys in the ignition, police said.It was found burning some four hours later at the location where the youths had assembled earlier on Tuesday. The vehicle, estimated to be worth around €500, was destroyed.  You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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