Baby tyrannosaurs eBay auction sparks outrage

first_img By Colin BarrasApr. 15, 2019 , 11:10 AM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Alan Detrich Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) It’s astonishing what you can buy on eBay. An ongoing auction on the site offers buyers the chance to own what is claimed to be “maybe the only” juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered for a whopping $2.95 million. Paleontologists have condemned the sale for boosting the price of scientifically valuable specimens, and also because a scientific institution—the University of Kansas (KU) Natural History Museum in Lawrence—displayed and promoted the specimen for more than a year.The museum’s actions, which allegedly include studying the skeleton, may have inadvertently helped raise its commercial value, according to an open letter from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) in Bethesda, Maryland. A high price makes it less likely the fossil will be donated to a public collection, which means it may be effectively lost to science.The 68-million-year-old skeleton—nicknamed Son of Sampson—was unearthed in 2013 on private land in Montana. Alan Detrich, who made the discovery with his brother, then approached the KU Natural History Museum with a proposal to loan the specimen. 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According to Detrich, paleontologists connected with the museum then began to study it. Analysis of Son of Sampson’s limb proportions might inform the debate over whether small tyrannosaurs from North America are simply T. rex juveniles or should be recognized as a distinct group named Nanotyrannus.  But paleontologists argue any research is of dubious merit unless the bones are permanently in a public repository and available for other scientists to study. “The issue here is reproducibility in science,” says Thomas Carr, a paleontologist who studies the growth of tyrannosaurs at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.He says his research is crippled by the fact that dozens of known T. rex skeletons are housed in private collections or commercial stock rooms. “There are about 34 specimens I’m aware of that I just cannot study,” he says.David Polly, a paleontologist at Indiana University in Bloomington and a former president of SVP says displaying and examining Son of Sampson boosted awareness and interest in the specimen, with the museum display case effectively acting as a shop window. He argues that the museum’s actions could be interpreted as scientifically endorsing the specimen’s worth and calls the exhibition “a lapse of judgment.”Leonard Krishtalka, the museum’s director, said in a statement that the museum “does not sell or mediate the sale of specimens to private individuals” and that the juvenile T. rex has been removed from exhibit and will be returned to Detrich. Krishtalka says he is unable to discuss the matter further because of legal concerns.Detrich regrets his decision to launch the eBay auction without first informing the museum. “It could have been handled a lot better, and I take full responsibility,” he says. But he adds that no laws prevent private owners from selling their fossils, whether on eBay or elsewhere, or displaying their specimens in museums. (Detrich also produces religious artworks from fragments of fossils, some of which can be viewed on his website, spearofjesus.com).Polly says SVP is all too aware that no laws block such sales or displays. He notes that another privately owned T. rex specimen is now on exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. That specimen has gained fame and earned its scientific stripes from being displayed, he says, also possibly raising its value.It might be too late to save Son of Sampson for science, and Carr mourns the loss. But he says this particular specimen, which appears to be an incomplete skeleton with a shattered skull, may not be the best, despite Detrich’s claims that it is the only known juvenile T. rex.“That’s just spin,” says Carr, who is convinced that all small specimens labeled Nanotyrannus are really T. rex juveniles. He suspects no one will be willing to pay $2.95 million for Son of Sampson. “The asking price is just absurd,” he says.last_img read more

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Cops booked for alleged gangrape of Dalit woman in Rajasthan

first_imgThe brother-in-law of the woman had died in police custody earlier this month, with the family alleging he was murdered by the police.The woman has said in her statement that the policemen beat her brother-in-law throughout the night of July 6 and that he died after 2am. The police say that they had arrested the man in connection with a theft case.“An FIR against the then SHO of the police station and 5-6 other police personnel was lodged yesterday (Saturday) late night on the basis of the statement of the woman. The accused have been charged under relevant sections of the IPC including 376D (gangrape) and relevant sections of the SC/ST Act. The case will be investigated by the CID-CB,” Prakash Kumar Sharma, additional Superintendent of Police, Churu told The Indian Express on Sunday.Following the death of the woman’s brother-in-law in police custody, the SHO, along with one head constable and six constables, had been suspended by the SP. The government had also removed the Churu SP late on Friday night. Explained: Why Rajasthan HC judges don’t want to be called ‘My Lord’ Related News gangrape, Rajasthan police, Rajasthan gangrape, Rajasthan Dalit woman gangrape Rajasthan, Dalit gangrape, Rajatsthan dalit rape case, Indian express news The brother-in-law of the woman had died in police custody earlier this month, with the family alleging he was murdered by the police. (Representational Image)An FIR was registered on Saturday night against several police personnel including a suspended SHO of a police station in Churu district of Rajasthan for the alleged gangrape and wrongful confinement of a 35-year-old Dalit woman, senior officials said on Sunday. Gehlot: Will bring law against mob lynching, honour killing Rajasthan: After brother-in-law died in custody, Dalit woman alleges gangrape by cops 3 Comment(s) Advertising Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur | Updated: July 15, 2019 7:16:37 amlast_img read more

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BJP MLA Surendra Singh Muslim men keep 50 women have 1050 kids

first_img Related News By Express News Service |Lucknow | Updated: July 16, 2019 6:47:23 am Surendra Singh muslim remark, Surendra Singh muslim comment, Sakshi Mishra, Vicky Bhartaul, Rajesh Mishra, UP BJP, inter caste marriage, UP Police, BJP MLA daughter video, india news, Indian Express BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, Surendra Singh.BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, Surendra Singh, has triggered a controversy with his reported remarks that Muslim men keep “50 women” and father “1,050 children”, calling this an “animalistic tendency.” Section 144 in Bengal town after TMC, BJP workers clash Advertising The MLA from Bairiya constituency reportedly said this on Sunday, when reporters asked him to comment on the marriage of Bareilly BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter Sakshi and Ajitesh Kumar.READ | BJP MLA’s daughter, her husband roughed up outside Allahabad High Court“Sawal yeh hai ke Muslim dharm me jo hai aap jaante hai ke 50 aurat rakhiye aur 1,050 bachha paida kijiye. Yeh koi parampara nahi hai. Yeh to ek jo hai jaanwari pravitti hai. Theek hai, prakriti paddhati jo bhi santaan aa raha hai, do aa jaye, teen aa jaaye, chaar aa jaaye, usme koi baat nahi hai (The question is that in Muslim religion, a man can keep 50 women and father 1,050 children. This is no tradition but an animalistic tendency. Naturally, if you have two, three or four children, that is not an issue),” said Singh. A video of his remarks is being circulated on social media, drawing criticism. Eyeing OBC cadre,UP unit chief is a Kurmi When asked about his statement, Singh said: “On Sunday, mediapersons asked me why I am bothered about the marriage between Sakshi and Ajitesh. I said the Dalit man she claimed to have married was not a good person and he has left women in the past, too. When someone asked me that a lot of people marry more than one woman, I told him that this happens only with Muslims”.BJP spokesperson Chandramohan denied having any information on Singh’s statement and said the party has not issued any response in this regard yet. Neeraj Shekhar joins BJP, says country safe under Modi, Shah Advertising 360 Comment(s)last_img read more

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Impact of climate change on sleeping sickness vector population in Africa

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 23 2018LSTM’s Dr Jennifer Lord is first author on a paper looking at the impact of climate change on the vectors of sleeping sickness in Africa.The study, published in PLOS Medicine, is based on 27 years of data from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The mathematical model developed by Dr Lord and co-authors suggests that temperature increases over the last three decades have already caused major declines in local populations of tsetse flies, thereby providing a first step in linking temperature to the risk of sleeping sickness in Africa.Dr Lord said: “If the effect at Mana Pools extends across the whole of the Zambezi Valley, then the transmission of trypanosomes is likely to be have been greatly reduced in this warm low-lying region.” While that is good news for the disease situation in Zambezi Valley, “rising temperatures may have made some higher, cooler parts of Zimbabwe, more suitable for tsetse flies.”Tsetse are blood-feeding insects that transmit trypanosome pathogens which cause the potentially fatal sleeping sickness in humans across sub-Saharan Africa. The parasites also cause a similar disease in livestock, with recent estimates indicating about one million cattle deaths per year.Researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the South African Centre of Excellence for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) at Stellenbosch University, and the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich, developed a mathematical model used in the study. The results, which were only made possible because of prolonged laboratory and field measures of fly densities, provided evidence that locations such as the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe may soon be too hot to support tsetse populations.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapySince the 1990s, researchers at Rekomitjie Research Station, in the park, have been catching tsetse flies from cattle and found that the catches declined from more than 50 flies per animal per catching session in 1990, to less than 1 fly per 10 catching sessions in 2017. Since 1975, mean daily temperatures have risen by nearly 1°C and by around 2°C in the hottest month of November.Professor John Hargrove, Senior Research Fellow at SACEMA, says the effect of recent and future climate change on the distribution of tsetse flies and other vectors, particularly mosquitoes, is poorly understood: “We don’t know, for example, whether the resurgence of malaria in the East African highlands in the 1990s was caused by rising temperatures or by increasing levels of drug resistance and decreasing control efforts.Work carried out on tsetse at Rekomitjie has produced long-term datasets for both vector abundance and climate change. The station is located inside a protected area and has been free of agricultural activities since 1958. As not much has changed other than climate, the data from the site provided the ideal opportunity to develop a temperature-driven model for tsetse population dynamics.The authors highlight that other areas traditionally too cold to support tsetse in large numbers are now potentially warm enough to support larger populations. If this is the case new control measures will need to be developed to protect livestock and humans previously not thought to be at risk. Source:https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/news-events/news/latest-study-climate-change-and-african-trypanosomiasis-vector-populations-inlast_img read more

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New breakthrough may speed up research and drug trials to tackle motor

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Scientists from the University of Sheffield have successfully created zebrafish that carry the complex genetic change known to cause the most common genetic form of motor neurone disease (MND).The breakthrough will help to accelerate pioneering research and experimental drug trials to tackle the degenerative disease.Until now, research to better understand how the disease occurs and the trial of experimental drugs has been conducted on fruit flies or mice models. This has had limited success due to the difference between the human brain and the fruit fly brain, and the time and cost implications of using mice models.For the first time, researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) have successfully created the complex aspects of human C9-ALS/FTD pathobiology in zebrafish models.Related StoriesGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionThis pioneering breakthrough is essential for studying the underlying mechanisms of MND and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).MND, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is a devastating neurogenerative disorder that affects the nerves – motor neurones – in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do.The messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and eventually waste. The progressive disease affects a patient’s ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe. MND affects 5,000 adults in the UK and there is currently no cure.Approximately 10 per cent of MND cases are inherited but the remaining 90 per cent of MND cases are caused by complex genetic and environmental interactions which are currently not well understood – this is known as sporadic MND.The most common known genetic cause of MND and FTD is a hexanucleotide expansion within the first intron of the C9orf72 gene. In this gene there are hundreds and thousands of repetitions of the sequence GGGGCC in patients with MND. This mutation is the largest genetic cause of MND and also the most predominant form of sporadic ALS.Dr Tennore Ramesh, from SITraN at the University of Sheffield, said: “Using zebrafish models for MND research means that we can accelerate studies and our understanding of the devastating disease and other neurological conditions.”Because zebrafish are transparent you can record results of studies much quicker and easier – the research is much less invasive.”Trialing 1,000 drugs on mice models would take more than 10 years, however trialling 1,000 drugs on zebrafish would take only a couple of months.”This will enable us to accelerate research into clinical trials in humans quicker than ever before.” Source:https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/zebrafish-unllock-mysetery-motor-neurone-disease-1.818236last_img read more

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Novel targeted drug delivery system improves conventional cancer treatments

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 17 2019A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently introduced a novel targeted drug delivery system that can improve the pharmacological and therapeutic properties of conventional cancer treatments. The new technology has dramatically enhanced safety and efficiency through the use of the supramolecularly built protein corona shield as a targeting agent through regulating the interfaces between nanoparticles and biological systems.This breakthrough has been jointly led by Professor Ja-Hyoung Ryu, Professor Sebyung Kang, and Professor Chaekyu Kim in the School of Life Sciences at UNIST. Their findings have been published online in Nature Communications (IF: 12.353) on October 31, 2018.Targeted drug delivery system refers to the method that selectively transports drugs to targeted tissues, organs, and cells through a variety of drugs carrier. Though tens of thousands of drug delivery systems have been developed, the effect has been minimal. This is because hundreds of proteins in the body stick to the drug delivery system (protein corona phenomenon). Because of this phenomenon, even when the drug reaches a target such as a cancer cell, the treatment efficiency is very low, and other side effects have been observed, which may cause toxic side effects.”It was reported that it is possible to alleviate the impact of protein corona on target drug delivery through the formation of protective shield, made up of well-structured special proteins that are highly stable and do not interact with each other,” says Professor Ryu. “The new technology is much like the strategy where you take control of your enemies, using enemies.”In this work, the research team introduced the protein corona shield (PCS) concept for an efficient target drug delivery system. Using recombinant DNA technology, the research team has created recombinant fusion proteins with the enhanced physical stability and cancer-selective targeting ability. This fusion protein, then, was used as a shield to encapsulate the surface of nanoparticle drug carriers, thus constructing PCS nanoparticles (PCSNs).Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryIn principle, nanoparticle drug carriers with a target ligand lose their targeting ability on being coated by blood proteins in a biological environment. However, the new PCS system can inhibit blood protein adsorption to maintain the targeting ability and avoid unwanted clearance by the mononuclear phagocyte system.To understand the interactions between PCSNs and external biological components, the research team has created an environment similar to human biological systems. This has been analyzed via computer simulation. The results showed about 10 times greater therapeutic efficacy in preventing the invasion of unwanted external proteins.They also examined the effect of drug delivery using immune cells and cancer cells. The PCS drug delivery system could kill cancer cells without being caught by immune cells, even after long-term exposure to biological environments. In mouse models of cancer, the team found that the PCSN exhibit lower toxicity, as well as excellent tumor-targeting ability.”Aside from treating cancer, our findings can also be applied to a variety of fields, such as the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, as well as the heat-optical therapy,” says Professor Ryu. “We plan to introduce a platform that will perform various roles while differently designing recombinant proteins in the future.”He adds, “It will be possible to access the universal platform, a long-time goal of nanotechnology. It is also meaningful that we have secured the source technology for a new target-oriented drug delivery system.”Source: https://news.unist.ac.kr/nanoparticle-breakthrough-in-the-fight-against-cancer/last_img read more

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Smartphone app for remote blood pressure monitoring shows promise

first_img Source:http://www.acc.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 7 2019People with both diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure who used a smartphone app to monitor their blood pressure remotely, get tips on healthful living and connect with a health coach saw significant declines in their blood pressure within six weeks, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session.At six weeks, study participants’ systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) declined by an average of 5.4 mm Hg and diastolic pressure (the bottom number) declined by 3.5 mm Hg on average compared with their levels at study entry, said Bimal R. Shah, MD, chief medical officer of the health technology company Livongo, assistant consulting professor at Duke University School of Medicine, and lead author of the study.”We have shown in this pilot study that, in a population with both diabetes and high blood pressure, six weeks of remote blood pressure monitoring–accompanied by education about high blood pressure management and access to health coaches–can significantly improve blood pressure control,” Shah said. “The improvement is comparable to what doctors would expect to see if a patient had started taking a low to moderate dose of a high blood pressure medication.”Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. When the blood vessels become stiff or narrow, the heart has to work harder to pump blood out to the body, leading to an increase in blood pressure. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure increases risk for complications such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.About 1 in 2 U.S. adults has high blood pressure, Shah said, and it’s estimated that only about 54 percent of them have the condition under control. Studies have shown that home blood pressure monitoring, also known as self-measured blood pressure monitoring, can improve adherence to treatment and lead to better outcomes for patients with high blood pressure.High blood pressure is common in people with diabetes. People who have both of these chronic conditions have a fourfold increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease compared with people who have only one of them, Shah said.The study tested a smartphone app developed by Livongo, a company based in Mountain View, California, that combines technology, data science and coaching to help its members with diabetes and other chronic diseases better manage their conditions.The 708 study participants had an average age of 54 years and 53 percent of them were women. At study entry, all of them had diabetes and 63 percent had blood pressure higher than 130/80 mm Hg, the threshold for a diagnosis of stage 1 high blood pressure according to the revised guideline issued in 2017 by ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA). A subgroup (28.7 percent) had blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg, the threshold for stage 2 high blood pressure in the ACC/AHA guideline.Related StoriesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorGenetic variants may be linked with high blood pressure among blacksScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksAll participants received a blood pressure monitor and cuff that connected wirelessly with Livongo’s smartphone app. When participants measured their blood pressure with their smartphones nearby (which they did an average of four times a week), the readings were automatically transmitted to Livongo’s computer servers.After each reading, participants could open the app to review the results and get tips on managing their blood pressure by reminding them to take their medications, follow a healthy eating pattern, be more physically active and drop a few pounds in weight. The app also enabled them to compare their blood pressure readings over time, schedule a call with a health coach, and share their results with family members, friends or health care providers.At six weeks, 40.8 percent of participants had blood pressure below 130/80 mm Hg, while 23.6 percent still had blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg. The study’s primary endpoint was the reduction in systolic blood pressure at six weeks. The secondary endpoint was the reduction in diastolic blood pressure at six weeks.”This was a short study to demonstrate the proof of concept,” Shah said. “With longer follow-up and further coaching, we expect that more participants will see durable blood pressure reductions.”Participants who had the highest blood pressure at baseline were the most likely in multivariable modeling to see reductions in both systolic and diastolic pressure by the end of the study, Shah said. This suggested that regular blood pressure monitoring and awareness of blood pressure levels helped participants remember to take their medication as directed as well as undertake behavioral and lifestyle changes known to improve blood pressure control, he said.A limitation of the study is that it did not include a control group that received usual care for high blood pressure, Shah said. He and his colleagues are planning to conduct a trial in which patients are randomly assigned to either use the app or receive usual care.”The results of the pilot study provide initial data that a holistic program–bringing together remote blood pressure monitoring with patient education and health coaching–can have a significant beneficial effect on blood pressure levels,” he said. “But it will be important to validate these findings in a randomized trial.”last_img read more

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Expanding scope of stimulants to better treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 22 2019A comprehensive new review of the expanding scope of stimulants available to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) serves as a valuable guide to clinicians as they choose from among the many new drug formulations and technologies available to treat this complex disorder. The wide-ranging review is published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Entitled “New Formulations of Stimulants: An Update for Clinicians,” the article was coauthored by Ronald Steingard, MD, Child Mind Institute (New York, NY), Sarper Taskiran, MD, Child Mind Institute and Koc University School of Medicine (Istanbul, Turkey), Mark Stein, PhD, University of Washington (Seattle), Daniel Connor, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Farmington), and John Markowitz, PharmD, University of Florida (Gainesville).Related StoriesChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionExperts release scientific statement on predicting survival for cardiac arrest survivorsAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasThe manuscript is designed to provide a guide to newer stimulant formulations. Following a brief review of ADHD and the two most common stimulants used for treatment – amphetamine and methylphenidate — the authors focus on the rapid growth in new formulations of these drugs. They explain novel delivery systems such as orally dissolving tablets (ODT), chewable tablets, extended release (ER) liquid formulations, transdermal patches, and novel “beaded” technology and suggest how to use them in clinical practice. In addition, the authors look at the advances in our knowledge regarding individual variability with regards to response and metabolism that has contributed to a more nuanced approach to treatment.Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and President of the Child Mind Institute in New York, states: “New Formulations of Stimulants: An Update for Clinicians,’ written by Ron Steingard, MD and colleagues is an essential guide for pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists who treat children and teens with ADHD.” Source:Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.last_img read more

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Major Xerox investor sues to block takeover by Fujifilm

One of Xerox’s biggest shareholders filed suit to challenge the US photocopier and printer maker’s planned takeover by Japanese technology firm Fujifilm. © 2018 AFP Fujifilm says to slash 10,000 jobs at Fuji Xerox subsidiary Darwin Deason who along with Carl Icahn controls 15.2 percent of Xerox shares, filed suit against Xerox and Fujifilm on Tuesday, alleging fraud.Xerox said the allegations are “without merit” and that it will “vigorously defend itself.”Under the planned deal, Xerox would be absorbed by an existing joint venture known as Fuji Xerox, falling under the control of Fujifilm, which until now held a 75 percent stake in the joint venture.After the transaction is completed, Fujifilm would hold 50.1 percent of Fuji Xerox, compared with 49.9 percent for current Xerox shareholders, who also would receive a special cash dividend of $2.5 billion. The Xerox board pushed for this deal even though, Deason said, it is not in the interest of the company or its shareholders. The 77-year-old billionaire also said Xerox made a secret deal in 2001, allowing Fujifilm to exit the Fuji Xerox joint venture if Xerox were taken over by any investor other than the Japanese firm.Deason argues this clause prevented the Xerox board from seeking another buyer and this in turn harmed the company’s shareholders.Xerox said the suit was groundless.”After having considered all strategic alternatives available to the company, Xerox’s Board of Directors remains steadfast in its belief that the combination with Fuji Xerox is the best path to create value for the company and its shareholders,” the company said in a statement.”It is unfortunate that Mr. Deason is seeking to interfere with Xerox shareholders’ right to decide and is relying on meritless legal claims. Xerox has fully disclosed the joint venture agreements, and the company will respond to Mr. Deason’s legal claims through the appropriate legal channels in due course.” 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. Under the planned deal, Xerox is to be absorbed by an existing joint venture and will fall under the control of Fujifilm Explore further Citation: Major Xerox investor sues to block takeover by Fujifilm (2018, February 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-major-xerox-investor-sues-block.html read more

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Fantastically Preserved Viking Boat Grave and Skeletons Unearthed in Sweden

first_img Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen Photos: Vikings Accessorized with Tiny Metal Dragons Archaeologists recently unearthed two Viking burial boats in Uppsala, Sweden — one of which was exceptionally preserved and held the remains of a dog, a man and a horse. The Vikings sent a handful of their powerful elites to the afterlife in boats laden with sacrificed animals, weapons and treasure; the funeral practice dates back to the Iron Age (A.D. 550 to 800) but was used throughout the Viking age (A.D. 800 to 1050), according to a statement. These richly appointed graves have been discovered across Scandinavia. For example, archaeologists had previously found one such burial boat in Norway that had evidence of human remains and one in western Scotland that contained a slew of burial items such as an ax, a shield boss, a ringed pin, a hammer and tongs. The elites who were given such elaborate send-offs were also often buried with animals, such as stallions.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65892-viking-burial-boats-discovered-sweden.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  These burial boats were typically built with overlapping wooden planks (called “clinker built”) and had symmetrical ends, a true keel and overlapping planks joined together, said Johan Anund, the regional manager for The Archaeologists, an archeological organization working with the National Historical Museums in Sweden. Archaeologists have also found other, simpler boat structures, such as logboats, which are like a dugout wide canoe, Anand told Live Science in an email. [Photos: A Man, a Horse and a Dog Found in Viking Boat Burials] The remains of the dog and the horse were nestled in the bow of the well-preserved boat, while the remains of the man were found in the stern. “We don’t know much” about the man yet, Anund said. But analysis of the skeleton will reveal how old he was, how tall he was and if he had any injuries or diseases. Anund’s group may even be able to figure out where the man grew up and where he lived for most of his life, Anund said. As for the animals buried with him, they could have been sacrificed to help the dead person on the “other side” but could also be there to show the man’s status and rank, Anund said. It’s common to find horses and dogs in such burials, but also big birds like falcons. Archaeologists also found other items on the boat such as a sword, spear, shield, an ornate comb, and leftover wood and iron nails that were likely used in its construction. The other boat was badly damaged, probably because a 16th-century medieval cellar was built right on top of it, according to the statement. Some human and animal bones were still preserved on the damaged ship, but they seem to have been moved around, making it difficult for archaeologists to say much about them, Anund said. Archaeologists discovered the ships, the well and the cellar after a plot of land outside Uppsala was marked off to become a new building for the vicarage of Gamla Uppsala parish. They excavated the boats last month and some of the finds will go on display at Gamla Uppsala museum and the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. Live Science Editor-in-Chief Jeanna Bryner contributed to this story. Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark Editor’s Note: This article was updated to correct the fact that “clinker” boats meant the boats were made of overlapping wooden planks. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo23andMeCould a DNA kit from 23andMe help you learn more about your health?23andMeUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoComparisons.org2019: Little-Known Rule in Rowland Heights, CAComparisons.orglast_img read more

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Actor and former Rajya Sabha MP Nandamuri Harikrishna dies in road accidentActor

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL It was a tragic end for Nandamuri Harikrishna, the man who drove the famous ‘Chaitanya Ratham’, the colourful campaign vehicle of his father NT Rama Rao, on which he rode to power in Andhra Pradesh in 1983. Harikrishna, the actor and former Rajya Sabha MP, who would have been 62 in September, died in a highway road accident early this morning. The vehicle which he was reportedly driving, turned turtle about 100 km from Hyderabad in Nalgonda district. One of the five sons of the late CM of AP, NT Rama Rao, Harikrishna is also the brother-in-law of the present AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He began as a child actor, donned the role of a hero and produced the block buster Dana Veera Sura Karna featuring NTR as hero.Road accidents have been haunting the Harikrishna family. In a strange coincidence, Janakiraman, one of Harikrishna’s sons, died in a road accident in the same district in December 2014. He was driving a Tata Safari, which crashed into a tractor trolley leading to his death.During the 2009 election campaign for the Telugu Desam Party, Jr NTR, another of his sons and one of the top stars in Tollywood, escaped a car accident with injuries. human interest Published on COMMENT SHARE celebrity August 29, 2018 death Andhra Pradesh COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Plan longterm strategy to make Odisha manufacturing hub of south Asia

first_imgSHARE CM Patnaik list out schemes to attract investments Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked industry captains to plan a long-term strategy for investment in Odisha to help it rise as a manufacturing hub of South Asia and promised all support to them.“I propose that each of the industry captains present here, plan a long-term strategy for investment in the state over the next 10 years,” Patnaik said at the plenary session of the ‘Make in Odisha Conclave 2018’ here.Noting that Odisha offers vast opportunities, the Chief Minister said, “We can work together towards developing Odisha as a manufacturing hub of South Asia. Dedicated teams would be appointed by the state government to handhold the implementation of your long term plans. I assure you of unmatched facilitation support from my government.” Stating that the first edition of the ‘Make in Odisha Conclave’ held in 2016 was a huge success, Patnaik said there were 124 investment intents, worth over Rs 2 lakh crore and employment opportunities for more than 1 lakh people. “You would be glad that about two-thirds of these projects are in various stages of implementation,” he said. Describing Odisha as a leading mineral producer, Patnaik said the state is today the aluminium capital of South Asia, accounting for well over half of the country’s production. It is also the steel hub of India, contributing to about a quarter of the country’s steel production.“With a view to give further impetus to certain key manufacturing sectors, we have laid down the ‘Odisha Industrial Development Plan: Vision 2015’ with a target of attracting investment of Rs 2,50,000 crore and creation of 30 lakh job opportunities in six identified focus sectors by 2025,” he said.The state has also launched a progressive Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing policy to capitalise on the competitive advantages of Odisha’s existing ecosystem to attract investment in this high potential sector, he said.Targeting port-led development, the state has been planning a chain of ports along the East Coast Economic Corridor, Patnaik said adding that apart from Paradip and Dhamra, deep water ports are being developed at Subarnarekha and Gopalur. SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Reliance Ind to invest ₹3,000 cr more in Odisha COMMENTS Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (File photo)   –  Kamal Singhcenter_img Tata Group’s investment in Odisha to cross ₹ 1 lakh crore soon COMMENT November 12, 2018 Published on Orissalast_img read more

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GDP data revision NITIs role raises eyebrows some feel it was best

first_imgNITI Aayog 0  Sen said the “integrity of CSO has been dented in the eyes of users“.“We have always had a system that data CSO brings out is completely removed from the political interference. Even the Prime Minister would get to know of the numbers just before they are released. Now to do that alongside NITI Aayog, which is a political institution like the (previous) Planning Commission was, is essentially diluting the integrity of the CSO,” he added.When a political institution releases national statistical data, it puts a huge question mark on the credibility of the data and the political independence of the statistical agencies, Sen noted.“The credibility of CSO has been badly dented, not because of the data but because of the manner in which the release has been done,” he said.Sen, however, said he could not comment on the numbers as the statement put out does not give him a feel for methodology adopted in calculations.Just months before the general elections, the country’s economic growth rate during the previous Congress-led UPA regime was lowered Wednesday, shaving off over 1 percentage point from the only year when India posted double-digit GDP growth post liberalisation and from each of the three years with 9-plus per cent expansion.Recalibrating data of past years using 2011-12 as the base year instead of 2004-05, the CSO estimated that India’s GDP grew by 8.5 per cent in the financial year 2010-11 (April 2010 to March 2011) and not at 10.3 per cent as previously estimated.Similarly, 9.3 per cent growth rate each in 2005-06 and 2006-07 was lowered to 7.9 per cent and 8.1 per cent, respectively, while 7.7 per cent rate was now estimated for 2007-08 instead of 9.8 per cent.This was done after disregarding an August discussion paper by the National Statistical Commission — the autonomous body that helps in collection of data by India’s statistical agencies — calculating the back series that put the growth in the UPA years using the new base year at much higher than previous figures had shown, breaching even the 10 per cent mark in two years. This was hurriedly rejected by the government as being inaccurate and a draft for seeking comments.“The revised ‘New Series’ computed by the ministry of statistics/Niti Aayog has completely undermined the NSC (National Statistical Commission), the autonomous body for deciding data transparently,” Congress party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.In January 2015, the government moved to a new base year of 2011-12 from the earlier 2004-05 for national accounts. The base year of national accounts had been revised earlier in January 2010. Former Finance P Chidambaram called the GDP revision at hatchet With eyebrows being raised over the involvement of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in releasing revised Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) era, some in the government feel the controversy could have been totally avoided by keeping the think tank out of the announcement.The NITI Aayog had hosted a news conference by its Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava to announce the so-called back-series data.The new numbers show India’s economic growth rate averaged 6.7 per cent during the Congress-led UPA regime as compared to 7.3 per cent under the present government. Previous numbers had put the average growth rate during the 10-year UPA rule at 7.75 per cent.While the government has maintained that the Central Statistical Office (CSO) – the agency responsible for the number crunching – is an independent agency, a joint press conference by Kumar and Srivastava raised eyebrows, including by former finance minister P Chidambaram.A top source in the government said the controversy could have been avoided by keeping out the NITI Aayog from the announcement press conference.He believed that the NITI Aayog had no role in calculating the GDP numbers, which was the job of CSO. The announcement too should have been left to the CSO alone.Chidambaram called the revision a “hatchet job” by the NITI Aayog, while former chief statistician Pronab Sen questioned the involvement of the Aayog.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on his part defended the revision saying the CSO was a highly credible organisation that “maintains an arm’s length distance from finance ministry.To those criticising the numbers, he said, “I don’t think any service is being rendered by people who choose to discredit a highly credible organisation like the CSO because its data is based on facts and the revised formulations which is a continuous exercise because every time you try and improve upon the formulations to make them more representative of the real state of economy“.Opposition Congress, however, found the revision odd.The earlier numbers were calculated by the National Statistical Commission. Has the Commission been disbanded?— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 28, 2018  Chidambaram also said that Chief Statistician Pronab Sen is absolutely correct and that the NITI Aayog has nothing to do with tabulation of data“.Former Chief Statistician Pranab Sen is absolutely correct. Niti Aayog has nothing to do with tabulation of data.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 28, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL gdp Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram   –  The Hindu November 29, 2018 COMMENT Published on   CI wonder if Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar will agree to a debate the data than telling journalists that their questions are “undeserving of an answer”.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 28, 2018 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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₹1800cr bribe BJP Congress spar over Yeddyurappas alleged diary₹1800cr bribe BJP Congress

first_imgCOMMENTS corruption & bribery COMMENT The BJP’s Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa on Friday rubbished as “atrocious and malicious” the allegation that he had paid ₹1,800 crore as a bribe to the party’s top brass, after the Congress demanded a Lokpal probe into the issue. The Congress, meanwhile, renewed its chowkidar chor hai (watchman is a thief) tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The sharp exchanges began with Congress leaders Motilal Vora, Rajeev Shukla and Randeep Surjewala demanding a Lokpal inquiry into a report by The Caravan magazine, which quoted an alleged diary of Yeddyurappa that maintained accounts of bribes paid to top BJP leaders.“All ‘chowkidars’ of the BJP are thieves. NaMo. Arun Jaitley. Rajnath Singh,” tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.BJP President Amit Shah fought back on Twitter, asserting that the Congress is relying on “forgery” in desperation. “The Congress campaign is in a shambles. Now, even forgery can’t save them. A few loose sheets given by a Congress minister is only as credible and reliable as Rahul Gandhi’s leadership skills,” he said.The ruling party simultaneously fielded Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to take on the Congress. “Since morning, we were eagerly waiting for Rahul Gandhi’s press conference. If it was such a big expose, why did he personally not address the media? The Congress is desperate and it has lost its balance. It is now resorting to falsehood, misrepresentation and trying to spin a web of lies,” he said.CBDT statementIn a statement, the CBDT said that during a search of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar’s premises on August 2, 2017, some loose papers were given to the raiding party. “They were a xerox copy of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Legislator’s Diary pages of 2009 [when Yeddyurappa was chief minister] with details of numerical entries against some individual names. The original… was never given.”When it confronted him on October 19, 2017, the CBDT said Shivakumar stated that “this was a copy of diary, written by Mr. BS Yeddyurappa, and the payments paid on behalf of Mr BS Yeddyurappa to legislators, and received from various leaders, MLAs, Ministers when they were in power.”The CBDT said that since the original was not available by DK Shivakumar, a And since the original diary has not been supplied, the forensic analysis of Yeddyurappa’s handwriting and signatures was is not possible, noting that the documents “were given by the person who was being raided for tax violations”. Published on BS Yeddyurappa March 22, 2019center_img BJP SHARE SHARE EMAIL national elections politics SHARElast_img read more

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Andhra CM goes on schemerenaming spree

first_imgSHARE RELATED Published on COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL The burden of Navaratna promises stares at Jagan Mohan Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose YSR Congress scored a landslide victory over N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP), renamed and reviewed various schemes and policies of the previous government. The Jagan government, which was sworn in on May 30, renamed the NTR Vaidya Seva (a scheme named after TDP founder NT Rama Rao) as ‘YSR Arogyasri’ (after former CM YSR reddy). In 2009, when YS Rajasekhara Reddy was re-elected as the Chief Minister of the united Andhra Pradesh, he gave the credit to the three healthcare services — Rajiv Arograsri, 108, and 104. In his first review after taking oath, he gave a funding and expansion boost to them. YSR, who first got elected in 2004 defeating Chandrababu Naidu, was close to Sonia Gandhi and named several schemes after Rajiv Gandhi. These include the Rajiv Arogyasri, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and the Rajiv Gruhakalpa (housing for the poor). When Naidu won the State with the help of the BJP in 2014, post the bifurcation, he resorted to naming schemes after NTR. The scheme, which was first launched in April 2007 with an outlay of ₹164.7 crore under the CM relief fund, provides medical cover to lakhs of families that fall below poverty line.Anna CanteenThe popular ‘Anna NTR Canteen’ was also renamed as as ‘Rajanna Canteen’ (Rajanna being the popular name of YS Rajasekhara Reddy). Chandrababu Naidu launched the Anna Canteen in July 2018, with the intention of serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at mere ₹5 to the common man. The management of the canteens was handed over to Akshaya Patra Foundation. A total of 2013 Anna canteens in the 110 municipalities were envisaged. The scheme was a copy of the popular Amma Canteens that J Jayalalitha had introduced in Tamil Nadu. Naidu planned the three meals to cost ₹15 per day. It was NTR, who during his first innings of 1983-89, launched the ₹2 per kg rice to feed the poor. The 46-year-old Jagan, who has unveiled his Navaratnas (nine gems), which include a host of welfare schemes, has a list of schemes that include pensions, midday meals, unemployment allowance etc that stand to be renamed.Jagan started the implementation in right earnest from the oath-taking ceremony itself on May 30, by announcing that the pension scheme for senior citizens will be henceforth known as the “YSR Pension Kanuka” (YSR pension gift) instead of the “NTR Bharosa” (NTR support). He also raised the monthly pension from ₹2,000 to ₹2,250, later raised to ₹3000 per month within three years. He also announced a massive hike in the salary of ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers from ₹3,000 per month to ₹10,000. political development June 04, 2019 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. File Photo   –  The Hindu COMMENTSlast_img read more

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From Gorakhpur to Muzaffarpur a tale of rising death tolls and unprepared

first_imgepidemic and plague Children showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome undergoing treatment in Muzaffarpur, on Monday   –  – COMMENT COMMENTS Uttar Pradesh June 17, 2019 Published oncenter_img Bihar healthcare industry SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE As the death toll of children dying from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur crosses 100 in over two weeks, it brings back disconcerting memories from Gorakhpur, about two years ago.Over 70 children had died in a matter of days at Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, a tragedy that raised questions involving the government hospital where it occurred, its doctors and the alleged short supply of oxygen cylinders.Lack of preparednessThe two incidents are similar, as they reflect the State’s lack of preparedness to tackle seasonal encephalitis, say experts, urging health authorities to have standard operating procedures (SOP) that kick in before the worrisome months arrive.And yet, Muzaffarpur’s outbreak is different, as it is not the classical infectious encephalitis that occurs in some States in the monsoon months, says V Ravi, Senior Professor and Head (Neurovirology), NIMHANS. Over the years, the mid-summer encephalitis outbreak in this region has been linked to a toxic ingredient in the lychee fruit coupled with low blood sugar in children.AES may be caused by organisms (bacteria, virus), toxins etc and are treated/managed depending on the causative agent.And though lychee has many good properties, problem arises when children have it on an empty stomach. “Children pick up fruits from the ground and bite the seed too that has the toxin. Schools are closed for summer, so children don’t get their midday meals. They end up going to sleep on an empty stomach. The toxin and low blood sugar are fatal for the child,” explains Ravi, who has about four decades of experience working on encephalitis cases and is presently wrapping up a five-year study on its prevalence in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. The study is funded by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. “It is dramatic, as the child slips into a coma and dies the next day,” he says.When the lychee-link came to light, there was a campaign to alert parents. This resulted in no cases last year. However, communication failed this year, says Ravi. The authorities should have alerted parents in April on the lychee-linked encephalitis and told them to ensure their children had a meal before sleeping, he adds.On the type of encephalitis that can be treated with doxycycline, he says, “It is gratifying to see a child close to death, get up and walk instead. It is most gratifying. But there is no paediatric syrup of this medicine.” He added that pharmaceutical companies don’t show interest as “encephalitis is the king of orphan diseases”.Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director with the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, underlines the need for an SOP in hospitals. There needs to be a good diagnostic setup to identify the cause and trained clinical staff to deliver quality care. Health administrators too need to have a preventive strategy, she added.last_img read more

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Ratnadeep opens its first store outside its home base in Bengaluru

first_img COMMENT SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL retailing Targets to have 100 stores pan India & achieve ₹1,000 crore turnover this fiscalcenter_img Bengaluru July 11, 2019 Hyderabad-based food and grocery retailer, Ratnadeep Supermarket Pvt Ltd, which operates 54 stores in Telangana, opened its first store outside its home base in Bengaluru’s upmarket locality, Indiranagar on Thursday. The ₹623 crore company plans to open five more stores in Bengaluru in Whitefield, HSR Layout, Kanakapura Road and Mahadevapura in the next 60 days. With aspirations to become a national supermarket chain, the company plans to open 45-50 stores at an average size of 4,000–4,500 sq ft with an investment allocation of ₹75 crore–₹80 crore in FY 2020. And plans to hire 900 employees, out of which 60 per cent will be women, ending this fiscal with a total headcount of 4,000 employees. “Ratnadeep is neither a discount store nor a premium store, it is a ‘right pricing’ store which is enabled through local sourcing. All the in-store elements of our first 5,000 sq ft store in Bengaluru are focused on customer comfort and convenience, including spacious aisles, cool lighting, easy to spot signages, six checkout counters, etc and will be open for customers from 7am to 10.30 pm” Sandeep Agarwal, Managing Director, Ratnadeep Supermarket Pvt Ltd, told BusinessLine. The store was set up at a capex of ₹2,500 per sq ft excluding stocks and offers an assortment of 11,000 SKUs across categories spanning breads, staples, fresh fruits and vegetables to frozen foods, dairy products, cleaning and toiletries, among others. “We aim to have a total of 100 stores nationwide by 2020 and will fund the expansion through internal accruals and partially through institutional debt. In addition to opening five more stores in Bengaluru in the next two months, we are also opening 10-15 stores in Tier-II cities of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh” said Agarwal.The company has three dedicated warehouses totalling 2 lakh sq feet in Medchal, Telangana and a 15,000 sq ft in Sarjapur, Bengaluru and are in the process of opening a second warehouse for fresh fruits and vegetables in Hoskote, Bengaluru. Currently, 12 per cent of the company’s ₹60 crore turnover per month comes from fresh fruits and vegetables and around 15 per cent of its turnover comes from its private label brand Excella for staples including cereals, dry fruits, pulses, whole and ground spices, rice, wheat flour etc. Ratnadeep has grown its revenue from ₹390 crore in fiscal 2016-2017 to ₹623 crore last fiscal. “We expect to reach a turnover of ₹1,000 crore by the end of 2020 and plan to be a major national player in the next three years with 500 plus locations in multiple formats across the country” said Agarwal. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Anwar meets Dr M discusses Penang fishermens grouses over PSR

first_imgPETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim met with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya on Friday (July 12) and discussed Penang fishermen’s grouses over the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.On his Facebook page, Anwar described the project as a “mega project that has impacted the lives of the fishermen”.”The project has a large impact on the environment and the lives of the fishermen,” said Anwar.He added that he had conveyed the fishermen’s wishes to meet with Dr Mahathir over the issue. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Nation 05 Jul 2019 Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme The PSR project involves the development of three man-made islands with a total size of over 1,800ha, with parts of the islands to be put up for sale.The proceeds from the sales would then be used to fund projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), a RM49bil mega project aimed at solving traffic congestion on the state’s island side.Prior to this, a large group of fishermen from various associations from Penang and Perak staged a protest against the PSR project and the sand mining project in Perak.In their joint-memorandum, the group expressed disappointment and questioned the speedy approval of PSR’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Department of Environment (DoE) on July 5 – less than a month after the feedback submissions deadline.The group said several non-governmental organisations and technical experts had submitted separate feedback letters to the DoE on why the project should proceed.”Instead of upholding the importance of public participation, the DoE’s treatment of the EIA process ignored valid concerns and objections, as if the public does not deserve any explanation,” said the memorandum.The memorandum was submitted to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.It was reported that the Penang state government had assured that it would go through the conditions of approval for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report before holding another meeting with the state’s fishermen association.Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the meeting with the association would discuss the compensation package for the fishermen, which was among the conditions stipulated for approval of the EIA.Note: This article has been amended to reflect the actual details of the meeting.center_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: Govt to look into fishermen’s grouses over Penang reclamation project Corporate News 05 Jul 2019 UOB Kay Hian cautious about Penang South Reclamation project Related Newslast_img read more

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Rosberg happy to see Hamilton break all records

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} If Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s current team mate and battered title rival, wants any tips — not that Rosberg feels the Finn needs any help from him — then he can expect plenty of sacrifice and suffering.Rosberg revealed that he spent up to eight hours a week with a sports psychologist during that 2016 season, undergoing the mental equivalent of boot camp to beat the one man with the same machinery.”Two hours every second day of mental training. It was a huge process and just gave me so much and that’s one of the big reasons why I ended up being world champion,” said the German, who retired days after winning his title.Son of 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg started working with the psychologist in 2007, after a debut season with Williams, but ramped it up significantly for that final campaign.”I just dedicated my whole every single breathing second of my life to winning that next race and becoming world champion,” he said.”Lewis drove me to go searching for ways to be better than I ever thought I could be because he’s the best of all time, or going towards the best of all time.”So of course to beat him you need to rise above everything you have. It’s the only way to win.”And at the end of the weekend, there is no switching off and forgetting either.”That is the tough thing about F1. It affects your wife, your mum and dad. It is not like you go home and it is all done,” said Rosberg, happy to have closed that chapter in his life.”It affects everybody. That is why it is so intense. The suffering and the joy goes all the way to your home. That never stops.”MOTIVATIONHamilton is heading for a sixth championship, one short of Schumacher’s career tally, and has 79 career wins compared to the Ferrari great’s 91.The Briton already holds the record for pole positions and has won more than half the races since the V6s were introduced in 2014.Compatriot Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, told reporters he could see Hamilton winning 10 titles before he was done but Rosberg said that would depend on the 34-year-old’s other interests.”Equalling Schumacher’s record has to be a motivation. He has this historic chance and he realistically knows he can do it. He has the car, he has the team and the regulations are not changing before 2021,” said the German.”He can equal him next year, in terms of championships, and beat him on race wins and become the best of all time. That has to be hugely motivating. It has to be. It is such an opportunity.”Rosberg, at Silverstone to promote a behavioural science programme with beer brand Heineken’s ‘When You Drive, Never Drink’ campaign, said Bottas had come back strongly from a poor 2018 season but could not afford to let the momentum slip.”He’s been struggling as of late, a little bit back to the Valtteri of last year lately, so he always needs to be careful,” he said.”If there’s too many of these last year Valtteris, then you’re going to be out.”And Lewis just gets more and more confidence and then he’s off and away again. He needs to try to keep fighting and not allow Lewis to get that self confidence.”Rosberg said the real Hamilton rarely turned up in practice — “Lewis just can’t really be bothered on Fridays” — but Saturday and Sunday was another story.”I always used to work so hard on Friday, and do the setup of the car, and then this guy comes and finally commits himself and with his natural talent, very often also taking all the setup work that I’ve done, and just out-qualifying me. “It’s horrible.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis) SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg can see Lewis Hamilton smashing Michael Schumacher’s records to become Formula One’s most successful driver, and the Briton’s former Mercedes team mate says he feels pretty good about it.The German is the only man to beat Hamilton over a season in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014 and the more success Hamilton has, the more lustre it adds to his own achievement.”It is definitely not a bad thing when I see him (Hamilton) going on to become the best of all-time and beating Schumacher’s records,” the 2016 champion told Reuters at the British Grand Prix on Saturday.”It makes me think “OK, Nico, you have done quite a good job.”center_img Related Newslast_img read more

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Air strikes on Syrian rebel enclave intensify monitor

first_img World 10 Jul 2019 Exclusive: New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria investigations Related News Syria’s eight-year war has killed half a million people, driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, inspired a wave of militant attacks around the globe, and dragged in regional and world powers. Aid agencies say the scale of bombardment in the north west risks further humanitarian disaster. Hundreds of thousands of people have already fled towards the Turkish border. While both Idlib city and Maarat al-Numan were heavily targeted by airstrikes in earlier phases of the war, they have not been a major focus of bombardment in recent months, with the military more focussed on hitting areas near the front lines. There was a surge of violence this week on the area of Tel Hamamiyat on the southwestern edge of the enclave, where pro-government al-Watan newspaper and rebel statements reported major fighting. A spokesman for the local government controlling most of the enclave, which is held predominantly by jihadist factions, said Friday prayers had been suspended in several cities due to the air strikes. More than two months of Assad’s Russian-backed assault in and around Idlib province have yielded little or no military gains, marking a rare case of a campaign that has not gone his way since Moscow joined his war effort in 2015.Turkey, which backs some rebel groups in northwest Syria and controls an adjacent zone along its own border, agreed a truce last year with Russia to reduce warfare around the enclave. Those areas, and the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates river which is held by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups, are the only parts still out of Assad’s control. (Reporting by Angus McDowall in Beirut and Sarah Dadouch in Istanbul; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne) Related News World 07 Jul 2019 Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead – rights groups, rescuerscenter_img World 10 Jul 2019 Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden BEIRUT (Reuters) – Air strikes targeted rebel-held cities in northwest Syria on Friday, a war monitor reported, widening bombardment of the last major insurgent enclave to areas that had mostly escaped it. The strikes killed three people in Idlib and three in Maarat al-Numan, two of the largest cities in the region, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Another nine people were killed elsewhere in the enclave, it said. President Bashar al-Assad’s government, backed by Russia, has waged a major assault against the northwestern enclave since the end of April in a battle the Observatory says has killed nearly 2,450 people. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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