ICMR develops costeffective diagnostic test for blood disorders

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major medical development, the ICMR-NIIH, Mumbai has developed a cost-effective point-of-care (POC) rapid diagnostic test for severe Hemophilia A and von Willebrand disease (vWD).According to a senior ICMR official, the development of the rapid diagnostic test would prove to be a great boon for poor patients in general as the working cost of these kits is less than Rs 50 in comparison to existing conventional test for the diseases that cost around Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000. India has become the world’s first country to develop POC test for specific diagnosis of any common bleeding disorder, the official said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHaemophilia A and vWD are the commonest among bleeding disorders. As per the Western data, the incidence of Haemophilia A is 1 per 10,000 male births and that of vWD is around 1 per cent of the general population. “In India, there is no epidemiological data and with translation of this data with respect to the population, the country may have roughly 80,000-1,00,000 severe haemophilia cases, but the total number registered with Haemophilia Federation India (HFI) is only around 19,000,” the official said, adding that lack of awareness, lack of diagnostic facilities, high cost of tests are some of the factors for the underdiagnosis of bleeding disorders in the country. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Both haemophilia A and vWD are underdiagnosed disorders in our country and there are only a handful of comprehensive diagnostic centres for bleeding disorders,” the official said. “The newly developed rapid test kit could be used for the diagnosis of undiagnosed patients/menorrhagia cases/post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), gynaecological complications with bleeding history, recovery of factors in the transfused Haemophilia A patients and also for differential diagnosis of both the diseases,” the official said.last_img read more

SMMT statement on diesel proposals

Responding to recent media reports and campaigns, an SMMT spokesperson said:“Industry is concerned that some criticism of diesel engines fails to distinguish between decades-old diesel technologies and today’s modern, clean, diesel engines. Recent coverage also overlooks the role of policymakers, infrastructure planning, consumer behaviour, and the many other areas of society that contribute to urban air quality issues.“Vehicle manufacturers work tirelessly, and have invested over £1 billion, to reduce and eliminate emissions from diesel engines; vehicles being produced today feature filters that capture over 99% of particulates, resulting in engines that are the cleanest ever produced.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Final Thoughts on the Price American Legion Raptors Season

Photo by Jeff BarrettPrice American Legion baseball head coach Willie Ellington was proud of his team and its effort throughout the summer season, which began in May and concluded mid-July. “I am beyond proud of these guys because they were always the underdog and they never quit,” he said.As far as wins and losses go, it was not the best season for the Price American Legion team. But, as is true in life, it is not always about how one handles success but how one responds in the face of opposition. These boys showed that they have a lot of character and willingness to dig in and stay strong when things did not go their way. In the words of their coach, “It’s how you play the game. And they played the game well.”According to Ellington, Riley Smith had an excellent season on the mound. “He could pitch on any team. He’s got a great attitude, a great arm, a great bat. He’s a great all-around player,” said Ellington.Coach Ellington also went on to highlight a number of other players. Gannon Ward is a great catcher with a great arm and a wonderful bat and attitude. Wylee Sherman has really progressed in his skills and attitude. “Next year, he as the ability to be one of the best players in the league.” Chase Magann also did a wonderful job on the mound and displayed a great attitude, he said.“Thank you to the young men who finished the season,” Ellington concluded. “Thank you to assistant coach Rich Magann and a special thank you to assistant coach Gary Mott for all his help and making sure everyone was at practice. A big thank you to our sponsors: Frank’s Glass Shop, Patricia Baker and Peczuh Printing. We look forward to 2020.” read more

Prostitutes in ancient Greece led lives of slavery and poverty new book

A new book co-edited by Allison Glazebrook looks at prostitution in ancient Greece.Popular culture depicts them as richly painted courtesans of means, but the life of the average prostitute in ancient Greece was one of slavery and poverty, says Allison Glazebrook.The associate professor of Classics at Brock is co-editor of Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, which will be released Feb. 18 from University of Wisconsin Press. New research in the volume shows that even for many courtesans surrounded by wealth and connections, slavery was the norm and independence was elusive.The book – which has 10 chapters written by 11 contributors – has been in the works for four years, ever since a spirited discussion about ancient brothels at a Classics conference.“We realized we needed to take another look at prostitution and its social history,” Glazebrook said.History is predominantly written by elite men of the time, Glazebrook said. But there are glimpses into the life of the ancient prostitute. One of the richest sources of information about the ancient sex trade is Against Neaira, a famous speech delivered by the prosecution at the trial of Neaira, a hetaera (expensive prostitute). There is also visual evidence and other documents offering glimpses into the world of the prostitute in ancient Greece.The book is important, Glazebrook said, because it offers a well-rounded look at the life of the ancient prostitute. Most started as young girls in slavery, often learning a skill such as dancing or music, and serviced the male Athenian population, which could openly and legally purchase their services. Even prostitutes who gained freedom often derived their wealth from trafficking other women.“It would have been a volatile experience depending on who you came into contact with,” Glazebrook said.With the book, “we wanted to bring more of a reality to prostitution in ancient Greece. We believe the prostitute in ancient Greece was more complex than previously thought.”Studying the prostitute, Glazebrook said, is a fascinating glimpse into a society’s view of women and sexuality. In ancient Greece, girls were expected to be chaste and marry around the age of 12.“The prostitute really represented the opposite of that,” she said. “With the prostitute, we can explore the lives of ancient women. We can look at hierarchies of gender.”Glazebrook co-edited the book with Madeleine Henry from the Iowa State University. The project was supported in part with funding from Brock’s Humanities Research Institute. A number of Brock students worked on the book, including graduate students Helen Taylor and Nicole Daniel, who assisted with editing and indexing, and Tarah Csaszar and Tina Ross, who did some of the illustrations.• Past researcher profiles read more

Julian Assange charged by US for computerrelated offences after being forcibly removed

Julian Assange on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Julian Assange on his way to Westminster Magistrates Court The Wikileaks Twitter account posted: “Ecuador has illigally [sic] terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law.” One of his lawyers, Jen Robinson, tweeted her fears that he would be extradited to the US.His friend, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, posted on Twitter that she was worried about his health. She wrote: “He looks very bad.” She said of those who arrested him: “You are devils and liars and thieves. And you will rot”.The whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden added: “Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.”Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said President Moreno made a “courageous decision”, adding: “it’s not so much that Julian Assange was being held hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy, it was actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorian Embassy hostage.”It was a situation that was absolutely intolerable to them.” Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) April 11, 2019 Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) April 11, 2019 Assange being removed from the EmbassyCredit:Ruptly Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.”I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law”.Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, added: “It is absolutely right that Assange will face justice in the proper way in the UK. It is for the courts to decide what happens next.“We are very grateful to the Government of Ecuador under President Moreno for the action they have taken.“Today’s events follow extensive dialogue between our two countries.“I look forward to a strong bilateral relationship between the UK and Ecuador in the years ahead.”Sweden’s Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren said: “This is news to us too, so we have not been able to take a position on the information that is now available. We also do not know why he is under arrest. We are following the developments.”The Swedish authorities dropped their investigations into sex allegations against Mr Assange, which he had always denied.However, the Swedish woman made the allegations has welcomed his arrest.Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who represents the unnamed woman, said news of Assange’s arrest was “a shock to my client” and something “we have been waiting and hoping for since 2012”.Ms Massi Fritz said in a text message sent to the Associated Press that “we are going to do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened “so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted”. Assange being removed from the Embassy Julian Assange has been charged by the US for computer-related offences after he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police earlier today. He has now been found guilty in a UK court for skipping bail.The Wikileaks founder faces possible extradition to the US after being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he was hiding as a fugitive for seven years.The Metropolitan Police confirmed the 47-year-old was arrested in response to an extradition warrant by the US, as well as for his bail offences in the UK.Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates Court found Assange guilty of failing to surrender, calling him a “narcissist” and suggesting his representations in court have been “shameful” and that the claim he has not had a fair hearing was “laughable”. He has sent Assange for sentencing at the Crown Court, and if guilty he faces a jail sentence of up to 12 months. He will next appear in court on the 2nd of May by video link on the extradition matter. He will next appear on the bail offence at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be announced.The US department of justice confirmed he has been charged with computer crimes, and added in a statement that if convicted he will face up to five years in prison.The statement revealed criminal charges against Mr Assange linked to his role in the release of sensitive diplomatic cables in 2010. Mr Assange was accused of helping Chelsea Manning, the ex-intelligence analyst in the US Army, to break a password to a classified US government computer.  Cracking the password would allow Manning to log on under a different username, according to US prosecutors, lowering the chance of getting caught. Mr Assange is also accused of having actively encouraged Manning to leak more classified information. He once wrote to Manning that “curious eyes never run dry in my experience” when told there was no more material left to reveal, according to the indictment. US prosecutors said Mr Assange faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.For the trial to be heard in America, Mr Assange will have to be extradited from Britain to the US – a move that his legal team will likely fight. The existence of an indictment against Mr Assange had accidentally been revealed in an unrelated court filing in November 2017. In a statement, the Home Office said: “We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America.”He is accused in the United States of America computer related offences.” Assange was stripped of his Ecuadorian citizenship and asylum status and removed from the Embassy earlier on Thursday morning.The court heard the Ecuadorian ambassador called Scotland Yard on Thursday morning and said they would be withdrawing political asylum. Officers arrived at around 9.15am. Shortly after 10am, tried to introduce themselves to Assange but he barged past them and tried to hide in his room. He then resisted arrest while shouting: “This is unlawful.”Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said Assange had been “discourteous and aggressive” during his stay and added that he had broken multiple conditions of his asylum.He said:  “He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.”The most recent incident occurred in January 2019, when WikiLeaks leaked Vatican documents. Key members of that organisation visited Mr Assange before and after such illegal acts.”He also claimed Assange had installed “distortion equipment” in the embassy, and that he had “mistreated guards”.Finally, he said, two days ago the 47-year-old “threatened Ecuador” through Wikileaks.The Wikileaks founder was wanted by the UK police for breaching his bail conditions, after a saga that began in November 2010, when Sweden issued an international arrest warrant for Assange, after authorities in the country questioned him over allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he denied.He claimed he would be extradited from Sweden to the US because of his role in publishing hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.The hacker surrendered to British police in 2012 and was released on bail within 10 days, but breached his bail conditions after an unsuccessful appeal against extradition to Sweden.He was then granted asylum by Ecuador and allowed to remain in the embassy. read more

Northern Ireland is Vanity Fairs new cover star

first_img Source: Vanity FairNot content with merely capturing some stunning stills of the countryside, the team at Vanity Fair filmed a few very nice videos with the cast in Northern Ireland too.This behind the scenes short shows us how the whole thing was put together, and features all your favourite characters freezing their backsides off against the backdrop of some rather fabulous scenery. Source: Vanity Fair/YouTubeWe quite frankly don’t know HOW mother of dragons Emilia Clarke managed to answer questions in the cold.Had she no coat? Source: Vanity Fair/YouTubeMore: Sansa opens up about the Red Wedding in new Game of Thrones trailer>Read: Game of Thrones reaches out to multicultural audience with rap album… yes, really> NEVER MIND THE cast of Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland is the real star of the new Vanity Fair cover.Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz flew in to capture the province in all its glory as part of a Game of Thrones themed photo shoot for the magazine.Here is the rather glamorous result.last_img read more

We are hopeful Cochlear implants campaign gets boost

first_imgHe asked the Taoiseach to consult with the Minister for Health and the Cabinet committee on health to secure agreement for the release of the funding for bilateral cochlear implants.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Beaumont Hospital has put forward its business proposal in regard to bilateral cochlear implants.I have spoken to the Minister, Deputy Reilly, about this issue.  He will consider the business proposal that Beaumont Hospital has submitted to the HSE in the hope that these cases can be dealt with efficiently and speedily.“Beaumont Hospital and HSE management have met to discuss the proposition made by Beaumont Hospital,” said the Taoiseach. “The purpose of the meeting and others to follow was and is to identify the options for developing bilateral implementation processes for children.”There is an allocation of €4.1 million this year and the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, will follow through with the HSE and Beaumont Hospital management in developing that process and putting in place clear criteria to see whether we should follow the decision taken in 2009 by the national institute in the United Kingdom on bilateral cochlear implantation.HopefulDeanna said that she and the other parents were delighted to see their situation discussed in the Dáil – but that Billy has have an operation on his existing implant on 3 April. She believes it would be more beneficial for him to have a second implant fitted at the same time.She added:Our problem is going to be there is a good chance they are going to [provide] the newborn babies [with bilateral cochlear implants]. Our fight is going to be the kids that already have one implant.“We didn’t think it would get this far so far, and so quickly as well,” said Deanna of the campaign, adding that Fergus O’Dowd held a meeting with Happy New Ear on Monday of this week.Deanna said the group “are very hopeful” and are glad that government deputies are now supporting their cause.Read: “It’s a shame”: Parents appeal for funding for cochlear implants> A CAMPAIGN RUN BY parents to have children fitted with two cochlear implants instead of the standard one has received a new boost.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is among those who has pledged his support to the Happy New Ear campaign, and met with Deanna Cairns and her son Billy (4) last week after he brought up the issue in the Dáil.PetitionDeanna Cairns spoke to TheJournal.ie in January about the issue, explaining that around 20 parents of children fitted with the implants had joined together to campaign for bilateral implants to become routine.They handed a petition to Beaumont Hospital, which fits the implants, and have been trying to set up a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly. They have now gotten a much-needed boost with the mention of the issue in the Dáil.Deputy Adams brought up the appeal in a Dáil question, telling Dundalk native Billy’s story. He pointed out that internationally it is considered best practice to implant both ears, but that children in Ireland – except the North of Ireland – are only fitted with one as standard.The big problem as the child grows is that the nerves to which the implant should be connected die if they are not being used, which means the hope of a further implant is lost.  These children are in a race against time.last_img read more

Netflix Android app leaks but doesnt really work yet

first_imgFor all you Android phone users waiting for a Netflix app, we have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news. The APK file for the Netflix app leaked onto the Internet last night. The bad news is that it doesn’t really work.Some very resourceful people managed to get a full dump on the LG Revolution, a device that isn’t even available yet. The LG Revolution is the only Android phone with the Netflix app on it, so with the system dump floating around the blogosphere, the hackers have ripped it for all to share.Back to the bad news. The app only allows you to add videos and manage your queue, which isn’t very exciting, since there were other non-Netflix-branded apps out there that could do that before, like Movies by Flixter Inc, or QueueMan for Netflix by Eddie Webb.Android users were hoping for an app that would allow them to stream content. When you try to press “Play” in the app, it switches to landscape mode, returns to the main screen, and then informs you that it “could not reach the Netflix service.” Alas, the wait for a functional Netflix Android app goes on.Droid Life, which has the link to the APK, thinks all it takes is the Netflix team to flip a switch on their end. But other sites, like Engadget, think there’s something between Qualcomm and Netflix. Rumor has it the two companies got together for the DRM/Security setup. That means the app would require specific hardware in the phone’s chipset, and it would only work on devices Netflix intended it to work on.You’ll need Android version 2.2 or higher to run the app. Let us know if you download the APK and try out the Netflix app.Read more at Droid Life. [Image via Android Police]last_img read more

GOG slashes 50 percent off most games for the holidays

first_imgGOG is well known for having some pretty huge sales around the holidays, and this year is no exception. In their own words, the service has announced “virtually the entire catalog” of games they offer has 50% knocked off the price between now and January 2nd.There are a few exceptions, however. Codemasters and Piranha Bytes will not be participating, so games like Cannon Fodder, Second Sight, and the Gothic series will remain full price. The Witcher 2 is only getting a 40% discount ($23.99), and although Activision games are included, those titles will only remain so until December 26. So if titles like King’s Quest, Space Quest, Zork, or Gabriel Knight are on your wish list, pick them up before Christmas.With most games typically selling for between $5.99-$9.99 before the sale, you’re going to pick up a lot of titles for the cost of a single PS3 or Xbox 360 game. This definitely counts as a time to search through GOG’s catalog and pick up those gems you’ve been eyeing for weeks or months. $50 will get you at least 10 games–more than enough to see you through the holidays.As GOG have only just announced this sale, you can imagine their servers are getting hammered. I’d suggest waiting a couple of days if you have problems as the rush will have died down a bit by then.As an additional treat, GOG has also decided to offer a free game to all account holders until the end of tomorrow (10:59am GMT December 14). Log in during this period and Empire Earth: Gold Edition is free to download and play.Read more at GOG and view the full list of games on sale.last_img read more

South Caicos Missing Fishermen Found in Cuba

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cuban military crash leaves 8 dead State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Missing a month, but now found around 390 miles away in the waters of Cuba is the three South Caicos based fisherman who went missing on January 17. The men, said to be Haitian were repatriated to Haiti by Cuban authorities. The trio reportedly works for Ba Parker of South Caicos and when the report came in, it launched a seven day search operation by the marine branch of the Police Force in the White Cay and Caicos Bank areas. There is no official word on the health of the men, but all three are safe now, in their native Haiti and will return to the Turks and Caicos in a matter of days. The reunion of those fishermen and their families is expected to be emotional; one news report shares that the wife of Amos Joseph, one of the missing men who spoke to her husband on Friday night said she never lost hope. Recommended for you At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Related Items:amos joseph, cuba, fisherman, south caicoslast_img read more

Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose

first_img Complaint filed against Imperial Pacific for failure to pay US$15 million annual license fee Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Ma, a graduate of the Beijing Business Management College, is also an investor in and CEO of Beijing Yangguang Zongheng Culture Development Limited. His appointment is for an initial one year term.Ma’s arrival comes as the Commonwealth Casino Commission revealed it plans to impose a fine of US$375,000 on IPI for the late payment of its annual casino license fee.According to the Saipan Tribune, CCC executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero said the fine represents US$25,000 per day for each of the 15 days that the US$15 million payment was late. Imperial Pacific International has strengthened its board with the appointment of Mr Ma Wentao as a non-executive director.The 34-year-old already has ties to the company in his role as a director of American Sinopan LLC, the operator of Saipan’s Casha resort hotel of which IPI holds a 50% stake.last_img read more

WHS Class Of 1979 Announces 40th Reunion On September 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Class of 1979 is holding its 40th Reunion on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury-Andover (4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury). Purchase tickets HERE. Have a question? Please contact Colleen McLaughlin Flynn at 978-853-8504 or colleenroseflynn@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”Wilmington & Tewksbury High School Students To Perform Comedy Shorts On June 21 At WHSIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”last_img read more

Microsoft cancels unlimited OneDrive storage offer following excessive usage

first_imgMicrosoft has cancelled its unlimited OneDrive storage plans enjoyed by Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers over excessive and unprecedented usage by beneficiaries.The software giant offered unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers over a year ago. Earlier this year, the company offered 100GB free OneDrive storage for two years to people who signed up for the Bing Rewards Program in an attempt to take on Dropbox and Google Drive.Microsoft has now decided to drop its unlimited OneDrive storage offer and focus on “delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users”.”Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user, or 14,000 times the average,” it said in a blog post, highlighting the reason for rollback of the offer. Under the new plan, Office 365 subscribers will get only 1TB of storage (previous limit), 100GB and 200GB paid plans will be replaced by a 50GB plan at $1.99 per month, the 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will be discontinued, and free OneDrive storage will be cut from 15GB to 5GB starting early 2016.Office 365 subscribers who have stored in excess of 1TB will be informed of the change and be able to keep the increased storage for at least 12 months. Those not happy with the new plan will be offered prorated refunds. Users with more 5GB of free storage will continue to access the files for one year after the new plan comes into effect in early 2016, after which the 5GB level should be maintained.The company said current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans such as the 100GB or 200GB plans will not be not affected by these changes.last_img read more

2 exbankers arrested on graft charges

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday arrested two former bank officials from Barisal in a graft case, reports UNB.ACC deputy director Md Matiur Rahman of its Barisal district office arrested them from Battala area of Barisal city, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.The arrestees are former manager of Agrani Bank’s Khayerkha branch (Bhola) Md Abdul Mannan and its ex-officer Nurul Alam Talukder.A case was filed against them with Senior Special Judge Court of Bhola for swindling out over Tk 2.6 crore from Agrani Bank.The case was filed under the Penal Code 1860 and the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947.last_img read more

Light rain likely in city Phethai to cause downpour in districts

first_imgKolkata: The city may receive light rainfall in the next 48 hours while some other South Bengal districts have been predicted to witness heavy rainfall on Monday due to impact of the cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’.The cyclonic situation has been caused after the low pressure trough formed over Bay-of-Bengal intensified. The fishermen have been asked not to venture into west, central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal and along the coast of Andhra Pradesh, North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe cyclone will not have any major impact on the state, as it would enter Andhra Pradesh on Monday. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that districts like East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia and Hooghly may receive heavy rainfall on Monday, while other South Bengal districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah and Kolkata may witness light rainfall. Some parts of the city and its suburbs received a little drizzle on Sunday. The sky remained cloudy since the morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDue to formation of the low pressure trough over Bay-of-Bengal, a huge amount of water vapour has entered the South Bengal districts, taking the mercury up by a few notches in the past couple of days. The weather office has predicted that the temperature will go down again from Wednesday. The temperature in the city started going up for the past few days after the western disturbances interrupted the flow of the northwesterly wind that brings the winter chill into the South Bengal districts. Temperature in the city had dropped a week ago as the northwesterly wind started bringing the chill in South Bengal, but went up after the normal flow of northwesterly wind was hampered. A senior official of the Alipore Met office said that there is a prediction of rainfall in some of the South Bengal districts on Monday and Tuesday. The temperature during the day will hover around 21-22 degree Celsius. There may a slight dip in the temperature during night. The city may witness chill during the later half of the week. An alert has been issued to fishermen, asking them not to go out to the sea due to inclement weather.last_img read more

ANC ward candidate shot inside his home

first_imgThe motive for the shooting is unclear at this stage. Cases of carjacking and attempted murder are being investigated by detectives from the Hawks.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! An ANC ward candidate is fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in hospital after being gunned down inside his house in the Peacetown area on Wednesday night.Ward 15 candidate Mr David Mazibuko was surprised by unknown gunmen who opened fire on him in his home.It is believed that after being hit by bullets, Mr Mazibuko attempted to get away from his attackers. However, they continued firing in his direction. Mr Mazibuko played dead as he lay in a pool of blood, and the gunmen stopped shooting.The attackers then stole a set of car keys before fleeing the scene in a BMW.According to neighbours, they heard gunshots going off, one after the other. “It sounded like a Wild West shoot-out! They were obviously making sure the job was done!” exclaimed a resident who lives nearby.Emergency personnel responded to the scene and stabilized Mr Mazibuko before transporting him to hospital.The shooting has sent shock waves throughout the community.Mr Mazibuko is described as a polite gentleman with a big heart and always there to help others. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

US Supreme Court ruled 54 against Apple on its App Store monopoly

first_imgOn Monday, the U.S. supreme court ruled against Apple’s App Store monopoly case allowing iPhone users to move forward with an antitrust suit against Apple. The case involved an allegation that Apple has monopolized the market for iPhone apps by charging third-party app developers a 30 percent commission. In the case of Apple Inc. v. Pepper, the iPhone users argue that this commission on sales through the App Store was passed along to consumers which is an unfair use of monopoly power. The lawsuit was first filed in 2011 by lead plaintiff Robert Pepper and three other iPhone users. Apple claimed that only app developers, and not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit. The company said that consumers were buying their apps from developers— not from Apple. And it was the developers who were setting the prices. However, the court disagreed and in a 5–4 decision, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court voted against Apple, allowing the case to proceed. At the core of the lawsuit is another Supreme Court case from 1977, Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, which established the Illinois Brick Doctrine which says that you can’t sue for antitrust damages if you’re not the direct purchaser of a good or service. Apple had initially argued that the iPhone owners could not sue because they were not direct purchasers from Apple under Illinois Brick Doctrine. The District Court had agreed to Apple’s decision, but the Ninth Circuit reversed, concluding that the iPhone owners were direct purchasers because they purchased apps directly from Apple. “Apple’s line-drawing does not make a lot of sense, other than as a way to gerrymander Apple out of this and similar lawsuits,” the opinion, authored by Justice Kavanaugh, read. Kavanaugh’s opinion was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor. The dissent was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s appointee to the high court. Gorsuch’s opinion was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. This decision is a big blow to how Apple operates. The company’s stock is down by more than 5% since Monday. This lawsuit can potentially disrupt Apple’s sales ecosystem and hit the company with millions of dollars in penalties. The decision could also have ramifications on how other tech giants like Google and Amazon operate. This is considering the fact that after this ruling, users of electronic marketplaces can now bring antitrust suits against companies that operate online stores even if they are buying from a third-party seller. Apple has released an official statement post this lawsuit: Today’s decision means plaintiffs can proceed with their case in District Court. We’re confident we will prevail when the facts are presented and that the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric. We’re proud to have created the safest, most secure and trusted platform for customers and a great business opportunity for all developers around the world. Developers set the price they want to charge for their app and Apple has no role in that. The vast majority of apps on the App Store are free and Apple gets nothing from them. The only instance where Apple shares in revenue is if the developer chooses to sell digital services through the App Store. Developers have a number of platforms to choose from to deliver their software — from other apps stores, to Smart TVs to gaming consoles — and we work hard every day to make our store the best, safest and most competitive in the world. You can read the Supreme court’s opinion here. Read Next Apple convincingly lobbied against ‘right to repair’ bill in California citing consumer safety concern. Apple plans to make notarization a default requirement in all future macOS updates Apple officially cancels AirPower; says it couldn’t meet hardware’s ‘high standards’last_img read more

CHOICE Act Shhh

first_img House Appropriation Subcommittee House of Representatives Regulation 2017-06-30 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News CHOICE Act: Shhh . . . June 30, 2017 636 Views center_img Changes to Dodd-Frank Act made by the Financial CHOICE Act, which was passed in the House earlier this month and now awaits the Senate, could come sooner than expected if a spending bill continues to move through the House. The bill, which was recently pushed through the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee, contains numerous riders that echo requirements from the Financial CHOICE Act, including limiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s supervisory authority by limiting what the Bureau can spend its budget money on. It would also roll back the Volcker Rule, which bars banks from using their own accounts to make what could be considered speculative and risky investments that don’t directly benefit the banks’ customers. Sections of the Truth in Lending Act are also amended. Passing of the spending bill was met with mixed reaction from subcommittee members, and passed on a party-line vote. Representative Tom Graves (R-GA) acknowledged that the bill takes significant power away from the Federal government, which is one of the main goals of the Financial CHOICE Act. Attaching riders to funding and/or budget legislation is an old, yet controversial, way lawmakers  pass legislation that otherwise might not make it through the entire process of becoming a law. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) said of the bill, “This bill embodies the worst of the damage [deregulation] would inflict on American families and the worst of a broken and secretive process.” One such example of the way the bill could loosen regulations on banks would be to reclassify the definition of a small bank holding company by raising the consolidated asset threshold, thereby allowing more institutions to be classified as small banks, and not subject to the same regulations. From the bill:CHANGES REQUIRED TO SMALL BANK HOLDING COMPANY POLICY STATEMENT ON ASSESSMENT OF FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL FACTORS SEC. 919. (a) IN GENERAL.—Before the end of the 6-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall revise the Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement on Assessment of Financial and Managerial Factors (12 CFR part 225—appendix C) to raise the consolidated asset threshold under such policy statement from 23 $1,000,000,000 (as adjusted by Public Law 113–250) to $10,000,000,000.The next step for the bill is to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee, although no further action has been scheduled. You can read the bill in its entirety here. Sharelast_img read more

Rep Alexanders plan to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads is now law

first_img02Jul Rep. Alexander’s plan to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads is now law Measure increases awareness of vulnerable roadway users in driver’s training courseLegislation introduced by state Rep. Julie Alexander to include at least one hour of classroom safety instruction regarding bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in Michigan driver’s training courses has been signed into law.“The driver’s training curriculum will focus on the awareness of bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.  This plan focuses on time devoted to the topic of all roadway users during the 24 hours of class time,” said Alexander, of Hanover.The Secretary of State will now have the ability to fulfill the additional hour requirement in either the first or second segments of drivers training.Bicycle and motorcycle deaths have spiked in Michigan. There were 138 motorcycle deaths in Michigan in 2015, compared to 112 fatalities in 2014. Between 2005 and 2015, Michigan ranked 11th highest for bike deaths per capita in the nation.House Bill 4198 is now Public Act 277 of 2018.### Categories: Alexander News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Reilly sets local office hours for June

first_img State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township invites residents to join him in Oxford and Orion Township for monthly local office hours on Monday, June 17.Rep. Reilly’s office will meet with residents at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Township.Rep. Reilly hosts local office hours on the third Monday of every month. No appointments are necessary to attend. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly’s office at (517) 373-1798 or JohnReilly@house.mi.gov. 14Jun Rep. Reilly sets local office hours for June Categories: Reilly Newslast_img read more