Advertising Related News 3 Comment(s) The girl was accompanied by representatives of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee, a local group which helps addicts get treatment. Raja Singh Khukrana, district president of the committee, said that the girl got addicted while suffering from depression after her mother died and her father abandoned her.“We got in touch with her and when she said she wants to leave this habit, we decided to help her,” he added.Moga DSP (City) Paramjit Singh said that girl has been admitted to hospital and her treatment has begun. “If she names any persons or particular sellers, we will file an FIR and arrest them. She has told us that drugs were available at a parlour where she used to work. We will probe that too,” he added. Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published: July 12, 2019 7:23:10 am Punjab minister called ‘parrot’ on FB: PA of Akali MLA, NRIs booked 2 get ‘clean chit’ in Moga encounter case The girl was taken to Civil Hospital where she underwent a medical check-up and other tests. In her statement, she said that drugs are easily available in Moga.“I got addicted to drugs when I was just 12. My mother passed away and after that my father left me as he got remarried. Then I started working at a beauty salon in Moga to arrange money for drugs. I have been taking chitta for five years now. But now I want to leave this addiction. Hence, I have come to ask for help,” she said while talking to the media.Asked how she got addicted to heroin, she said, “Some of my friends introduced me to drugs.” Asked how she got addicted to heroin, she said, “Some of my friends introduced me to drugs.” (File)A 17-year-old heroin addict reached the office of Moga’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) on Thursday and asked for help to leave drugs. Punjab: Rape accused dies after ‘assault’ by minor victim’s relatives, five booked Advertising
US President Donald Trump.Tourism to Cuba will likely drop 8.5% this year in the wake of tighter U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island, the government said on Thursday, and the decline in arrivals will further hurt Cuba’s already ailing centrally planned economy. Related News Best Of Express A boom in tourism over the last few years has helped offset weaker exports and a steep decline in aid from key ally Venezuela that has forced the government to take austerity measures like cutting imports.The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to squeeze that hard currency revenue stream too as part of its attempt to force the Communist government to reform and stop supporting Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.Last month it banned cruise ships and private planes and yachts from traveling to the island and ended a heavily used educational category of travel allowed as an exemption to the overall ban on U.S. tourism. “A large part of the revenues we use weekly… comes from tourism,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel told the National Assembly. “For this reason, we must continue betting on the development of tourism.” But Trump has rolled back much of Obama’s detente and taken additional measures to punish the economy and government.Marrero noted the Trump administration’s decision in April to allow U.S. lawsuits against foreign companies deemed to be “trafficking” in properties in Cuba nationalized after Cuba’s 1959 revolution was also affecting the tourism sector.Several hotel operators and a unit of online travel agency Expedia have been targeted with lawsuits.Cubans working in the tourism sector complain that while the policy targets the government, they are the ones who suffer. Advertising Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield US mulls increasing merit-based immigration to 57% Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Taking stock of monsoon rain Trump says ‘will take a look’ at accusations over Google, China After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan More Explained “These measures sparked a 20.33% reduction in tourist activity,” Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero was quoted as saying by state news agencies in a speech to the National Assembly.The minister estimated 4.3 million people would visit Cuba this year, down from the goal of more than 5 million, and 4.7 million last year.Looser restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba under former President Barack Obama, the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and commercial flights and cruises had caused a spike in U.S. visits to the country.U.S. travelers excluding Cuban-Americans became the second- biggest group of tourists on the island in recent years after Canadians, with cruise travelers accounting for half of them. US House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump Advertising By Reuters |Havana | Published: July 12, 2019 7:30:35 am Advertising “Our income has dropped by 80 percent,” said Carlos Cristobal Marquez, owner of the private restaurant San Cristobal, where Obama dined on his historic trip to Havana in 2016.“Many restaurants will have to close, while others will have a hard time. Trump has said he wants to support the private sector, but he isn’t,” he said. Marrero said the country would continue to develop the tourism sector regardless of the U.S. measures. It is planning new dolphinariums and the country’s first amusement park, for example.Cranes tower around Havana at the construction sites of what are to be the city’s first generation of luxury hotels, in a bid to attract a new type of client. Cuba, which receives just two-thirds of the visitors that neighboring Dominican Republic does although it is twice as large, has traditionally focused on resort tourism or travelers on a medium budget.José Luis Perelló, a former University of Havana professor who studies Cuba’s tourism industry, said the country should not take short-term shifts in U.S. policy too much into account in the long-term development of its tourism industry. Post Comment(s)
Pranav Champion (Source: ANI)Days after a video of BJP MLA from Khanpur, Uttarakhand, Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ brandishing four guns and dancing to a Bollywood song went viral, BJP on Wednesday expelled him from the party for six years. The MLA was suspended last week from the party on grounds of indiscipline and was issued a showcause notice. BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni said the party had taken cognizance of his serial public misconduct and expelled him for six years, PTI reported. “Party sought an explanation from Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion (Uttarakhand MLA) on the video where he is seen abusing&indulging in wrongful acts. Since his reply was not satisfactory as per our disciplinary committee, he has been expelled from the party for 6 yrs,” ANI quoted Baluni as saying.After the video went viral, Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt condemned the inappropriate language used by the MLA and said the party was committed to taking stern action against him.“The inappropriate language that the MLA has used for Uttarakhand in the video is highly condemnable and the party is ashamed. The party has issued a showcause notice to the MLA, asking why he should not be expelled from the party. The party has sought a reply within 10 days. The party has taken the matter seriously and is committed to stern action,” Bhatt said in a series of tweets. Related News Advertising By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2019 4:58:56 pm 12 Comment(s) Auli weddings: Guptas fined Rs 2.5 lakh for littering, open defecation Advertising Uttarakhand legislator Pranav Singh expelled from BJP for six years over video with guns In the video, Pranav is seen having drinks while waving his guns in the air. Other men too are seen dancing with him in the video.Last month, the Uttarakhand MLA was suspended from BJP’s primary membership for three months after a dispute with another party MLA and a complaint of alleged misbehaviour with a journalist, said BJP state media in-charge Devendra Bhasin.A former weightlifter who added “champion” to his name, Pranav won his first Assembly election as an Independent in 2002. In 2007 and 2012, he won as a Congress nominee. In 2016, Pranav was among nine lawmakers who revolted against then chief minister Harish Rawat and switched from the Congress to BJP.The Congress too had demanded that the BJP take action against Pranav. Congress spokesperson Mathura Dutt Joshi said, “This video shows the real face of the BJP. The BJP MLA in the video can be seen using objectionable language for Uttarakhand. This is a condemnable act by an elected public representative. If the BJP does not take any action against its MLA and gives shelter to him, it will prove that the party is anti-Uttarakhand.” Uttarakhand: Suspended BJP MLA seen dancing with guns in video, party issues notice
Post Comment(s) Following is a look at how Iran and the United States reached this point of confrontation — and what’s likely to happen next.How did this all start?Like Trump, President Barack Obama doubted the assertions of Iranian officials that they would never seek a nuclear bomb. Both administrations made it a priority to stop Iran from getting one.And both sought to do it through a combination of diplomacy, economic sanctions and military threats — even if Trump’s threats have been far more blunt, suggesting parts of Iran could suffer “obliteration.” But their paths diverged from that point. Obama seemed to hope that ending Iran’s diplomatic and commercial isolation from the West might build incentives for Tehran to be less belligerent toward its neighbors and the United States. (The New York Times/File)What did the Obama administration do? The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Monday that Iran had resumed enriching uranium to higher levels than permitted under a 2015 accord with the United States and other world powers. The step inches Tehran closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear bomb.President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to prevent Iran from developing such weapons.The escalating tensions have rattled the region and the oil market, and last month brought the United States to the brink of a military strike on Iran before a last-minute reversal by Trump. Advertising Advertising Best Of Express UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released With Iran deal teetering on brink, Europeans assess next steps More Explained Obama tried to deal with Iran’s nuclear program without addressing other complaints about Iranian policies, like its pursuit of advanced ballistic missiles or its support for allied militias in other countries around the region (including in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen as well as Gaza in the Palestinian territories).Obama also seemed to hope that ending Iran’s diplomatic and commercial isolation from the West might build incentives for Tehran to be less belligerent toward its neighbors and the United States. In the view of his administration, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the theocratic state created by the revolution of 1979, was a fact of life.The Iranians and their U.S.-backed Arab rivals “need to find an effective way to share the neighborhood and institute some sort of cold peace,” Obama said in a 2016 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.Under the 2015 deal, Obama got Iran to dismantle key pieces of its nuclear program and submit to intrusive inspections. But much of the deal was temporary. The limits on Iran’s development of nuclear centrifuges expire in 2025, and the limits on its enrichment of uranium expire in 2030. Advertising President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to prevent Iran from developing such weapons. (The New York Times/File)Written by David D. Kirkpatrick Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook “What we are facing is a looming confrontation with Iran that is escalating across multiple vectors,” said Mark Dubowitz, a prominent critic of the 2015 deal and chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington group. “But we were going to face the same confrontation eventually, and my view is that you are better off confronting a weakened Iran today than a stronger Iran tomorrow.” Related News In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Tehran was promised relief from suffocating economic sanctions, and no limits were placed on its conventional military or behavior in the region. In international diplomacy, Iran for the first time won the right to enrich at least a limited amount of uranium to at least a low level, sufficient for some civilian uses.Why did Trump reject that approach?Trump and other critics argued, with some evidence, that Iran was exploiting the opportunity to fortify its conventional military and to build up its allied militias around the region. Convinced that Iran’s theocratic rulers would remain implacably hostile to the United States and its allies, the critics argued that Iran would emerge with greater resources to race toward a nuclear weapon, once the deal’s provisions on nuclear fuel enrichment had expired.So after withdrawing from what he called a “terrible” deal last year, Trump embarked on a campaign of “maximum pressure” to force Iran to accept far more comprehensive and permanent restrictions. That campaign consisted of reimposing economic sanctions and, in May, measures to cut off almost all of Iran’s oil sales. Iranian officials have denounced those measures as a form of warfare.Curiously, as some critics have noted, Trump is now approaching North Korea in the same way Obama approached Iran. He has sought to build a personal connection to its leader, Kim Jong Un, tempting him with visions of international investment and economic development if North Korea stops pursuing a nuclear weapon.And in what critics call a further confusion, Trump has sometimes hinted that, even with Iran, he might be willing to compartmentalize the nuclear issue. “You can’t have nuclear weapons. And other than that, we can sit down and make a deal,” Trump said in a recent television interview, summarizing his message to Tehran.How is Iran responding and what are its options?Iran could simply give in. Economic sanctions under Obama helped push Iran to negotiate the 2015 deal, and the current penalties are even more painful. But history suggests that economic sanctions alone may not be enough to coerce a country into surrendering nuclear ambitions. “We will eat grass or leaves, even go hungry. But we will get one of our own,” Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the 1970s-era prime minister of Pakistan, famously declared about his country’s response if its rival, India, developed a bomb. (India and Pakistan are now nuclear powers.)Refusing to capitulate to Trump’s pressure, Iran has said that it has chosen another option: gradually exceeding the limitations on its nuclear activities under the 2015 deal. The Iranians argue that they are still adhering to the deal because in their view, certain provisions authorize them to decrease their compliance if the United States and the other counterparties fail to deliver the promised sanctions relief.Iran’s main audience for those moves are the European powers who signed the deal and still support it. By gradually restarting their nuclear program in staggered increments, Iran’s leaders hope to pressure the Europeans to provide help evading the U.S. sanctions, or at least to drive a wedge between the Europeans and Trump. They said over the weekend that they plan to push ever further over the limits of the nuclear deal in leaps every 60 days unless Western governments honor their end of the bargain.Iran could also retaliate against the United States with conventional military force.Tehran demonstrated its capabilities last month by shooting down an American surveillance drone flying at high altitude. And the United States has also blamed Iran for using naval mines to damage six petroleum tankers in two attacks in the waters around the Persian Gulf.But direct attacks against the United States risk retaliation — Trump only narrowly aborted a missile strike for the downing of the drone. Analysts say it is more likely that Iran would act indirectly, equipping and encouraging client militias in other countries around the region to attack U.S. forces or U.S. allies.Saudi Arabia has already complained of stepped-up attacks on its soil by Iranian-backed militias in nearby Yemen and Iraq. Those actions could hurt Americans indirectly by raising the price of oil.How might this confrontation end?Iran may hope that Americans will elect a new president in 2020 who could revive the deal. But it might not survive that long. Each step Iran takes past the deal’s limits increases the risk that the European countries might restore their own sanctions, effectively nullifying the accord.Either by accelerating its nuclear progress or violent retaliation, directly or through allies, Iran raises the risk of U.S. military action. The Trump administration has said that it would hold Iran accountable not only for direct attacks on American targets but any strikes by Iran’s militia allies.Obama’s bet was that the 2015 deal would build enough trust or financial interest on the part of Iran to make it easier to extend the restrictions. The Trump administration has bet the opposite — that without sanctions a prosperous Iran would grow only more belligerent toward the United States and dangerous to its regional rivals. Hassan Rouhani says Iran ready to talk to US if sanctions lifted Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file By New York Times | Updated: July 10, 2019 9:58:32 am
1 Comment(s) Related News Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2019 2:24:10 am Advertising A probe by the Principal Bench had alleged that Mittal had been in connivance with a few lawyers in Patna.This is the first time a serving judge of the RCT has been removed after due process relating to the definition of “misbehaviour” enshrined in the RCT Act.The Railway Board, upon recommendations of the Tribunal, had suspended Mittal from service pending the outcome of the probe. Mittal was formally chargesheeted in December 2018. Since then, he had been defending himself. He was due to retire in August.In case of death in a train accident, a passenger’s family gets Rs 8 lakh as compensation. It is the same in case of permanent disability due to accident or what is defined as “untoward incident” in the Act, like falling off a moving train, etc. Thereafter, there are 36 categories of injuries on the basis of which compensation claims are awarded by the tribunal. The matter had also been referred to the CBI as multiple parties outside the railway system were alleged to be involved in a fake claims racket that was termed the “RCT scam”. (Representational)For the first time, a judge of the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) has been removed after a Supreme Court probe into fraudulent claims to the tune of over Rs 50 crore. President Ram Nath Kovind accepted findings of the probe and ordered the judge’s removal on Thursday. Train carrying water to reach parched Chennai in afternoon today: Railways The probe by Justice U U Lalit found R K Mittal, judge of RCT’s Ernakulam bench, guilty of misbehaviour. The case related to award of compensation claims to fictitious beneficiaries when Mittal headed the Patna bench of RCT. The matter had also been referred to the CBI as multiple parties outside the railway system were alleged to be involved in a fake claims racket that was termed the “RCT scam”.Reported first in The Indian Express in 2018, the Principal Bench of the RCT had sniffed out the irregularities by examining claims records of Patna dating back to several years that were awarded by Mittal as the judge.As per findings of the internal probe of the RCT, scrutiny of nearly 1,000 orders awarding compensation to victims in Patna threw up “disturbing evidence” of alleged irregularities in disbursement of around Rs 50 crore between 2015 and 2017. The probe indicated double filing — and award — of claims for the same accident and a sudden spike in the rate of disbursal of claims and the like. It was also alleged that Mittal ordered an unusually high rate of interest over and above the claim amount. Mittal denied the allegations. Advertising IRCTC Special Tourist Train: Railways’ special Bharat Darshan package for Rs 7,560 Piyush Goyal: Railways won’t be privatised, but investment needed for modernisation
The Ubiquity of Ads What You Get for $40 YouTube TV offers access to more than 60 networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN and FX, for US$40 a month.It now provides local feeds from the four largest broadcasters in more than 90 percent of its markets.Sports and premium networks available for an additional monthly fee include the following:AMC Premier — $5 CuriosityStream — $3 Fox Soccer Plus — $15 Starz — $9 NBA League Pass — $40 ($124 a year) Subscribers cannot fast-forward through ads while watching live TV or video-on-demand shows.However, they can fast-forward through ads in these circumstances:If they have paused a streamed show, until they catch up to the live version of the program; orIf they are watching a recorded program after it has aired on live TV.The ads may not garner much revenue for YouTube.”This is not like inserting ads on YouTube videos,” Goodman said, because the networks control the majority of the ad time.”YouTube TV, like other pay-TV services and local stations, only get two or three minutes of ad time per half hour, out of about seven or eight minutes. So there continues to be a real challenge in making this service profitable,” he explained. YouTube TV Pros and Cons Showtime will be available for an extra $7 a month on specific devices.Most of the programs offered by the service can be viewed on mobile devices, tablets, computers and TVs. YouTube TV currently supports Android L or later, and iOS 9.1 or later.For TVs, subscribers can stream with Google Chromecast or download the YouTube TV app on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, and supported Samsung and LG TVs.NFL live streams can be viewed on subscribers’ computers and TVs using YouTube. They will not, however, be available on mobile devices.Access to local networks will depend on the subscriber’s ZIP code.Subscribers can cancel the service at any time with no penalty, but Google will retain their settings against their possible return.Subscribers must sign in from home at least once every three months to keep their accounts active. They must sign in from home monthly in order to stream major league baseball content.YouTube TV “appears to be pretty complete,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.It’s “a strong alternative to large cable offerings for a fraction the cost,” he told TechNewsWorld.That said, Google “has a bad reputation for mining users for their data, and this may prevent people from signing up — particularly if cable companies go on the advertising warpath, which is likely,” Enderle observed. YouTube TV will be rolling out to an additional 95 markets in the United States, almost doubling its coverage, YouTube announced Wednesday.The streaming video service already covers the top 100 markets in the country, and the expansion will enable it to reach more than 98 percent of households in the U.S., YouTube said. The rest will follow shortly thereafter.There are roughly 120 million TV households in the U.S., but only about 108 million households have broadband, which is a prerequisite for YouTube TV, noted Michael Goodman, research director at Strategy Analytics.”Assuming it can reach 98 percent of broadband households, this means it’s available to 105.7 million households,” he told TechNewsWorld. “This doesn’t mean all these households subscribe to YouTube TV, but they can if they so choose.”YouTube TV will have 1.73 million subscribers by the end of the year, Goodman estimated. It “will continue to be the fourth largest virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) in the United States.” “From the consumer perspective, you get pretty much everything you want from a legacy pay-TV subscription, at somewhere around 25 to 50 percent less, depending on which vMVPD and level of service you choose,” Goodman said.The lack of commitment is another plus, Goodman noted. However, “broadband subscriptions are more expensive, assuming you can even do so, so that mitigates the saving somewhat.”In 2018, 24 million Americans still did not have broadband Internet access at home according to BroadbandNow.Getting ads with a paid service is a minus point for Enderle, especially with the limitations on getting around viewing them. Using YouTube TV YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts for each household, each with its own login and an unlimited personal DVR allowance. Members can run up to three streams simultaneously. Users must be at least 13 years old.Account holders can stream their library wherever they go in the U.S. YouTube TV will keep each recording for nine months.Subscribers cannot access any programs on YouTube TV, whether live or recorded, while traveling internationally. Cord-Cutting Momentum Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. “Throughout the first three quarters of 2018, legacy pay-TV services were out 2.7 million subscribers,” Goodman said, adding that the total could reach 3.5 million when year-end 2018 figures are in.”With the availability of Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV and others, consumers have real choice in the market, and the numbers show they like it,” he remarked. “It wasn’t until the vMVPDs came along that cord-cutting became an issue. Netflix and Amazon never had this effect on legacy pay TV.”However, it’s difficult to judge YouTube TV’s impact on over-the-top services and other vMVPDs because “you’re never comparing apples to apples,” said Michael Jude, program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.The services “have different ideas of what constitutes premium content and offer different bundles,” he told TechNewsWorld.Ultimately, consumers may subscribe to more than one of these services because of the different content they offer, Jude surmised.It’s not likely that Netflix will be affected, Goodman said, because YouTube TV and Netflix “are complementary. They are priced differently, their offer is fundamentally different, and the value they provide is different.”
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 5 2018A team of Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center researchers received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to test a potential therapeutic antibody that could block breast cancer growth with fewer side effects, opening up potential for future drug development. The team will deploy innovative molecular imaging tools to study a crucial mechanism that appears to drive tumor development.The study aims to find better ways to treat metastatic breast cancer that could replace current therapies, some of which have life-threatening side effects. Core to the work is Hollings Cancer Center researcher Nancy DeMore, M.D., a leading expert in angiogenesis and therapeutics created for breast cancer.Angiogenesis, a key phase in malignant growth, involves how blood vessels form, develop and create a network to perfuse different types of solid tumors. Tumors need a blood supply to receive their nutrients and also as an escape route to metastasize to other organs, explains Ann-Marie Broome, Ph.D., director of HCC’s Small Animal Imaging Center, who’s also involved with the study and part of MUSC’s Department of Cell and Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.”We have a great team assembled to study this. The power of molecular imaging is clear. We believe that if you can see it, you can dissect its mechanism of action then treat it and attack it. That’s the greatest impact I see for translational imaging studies. That’s why I’m excited.”Traditional chemotherapeutic drugs kill rapidly dividing cancer cells, but they can also destroy or damage many healthy cells. Developing less toxic interventions requires changing the target from rapidly-dividing cells to one that is specifically expressed in tumors and not in normal tissue.DeMore’s laboratory is studying the role a novel angiogenesis factor, a protein known as secreted-frizzled-related protein 2 (SFRP2), plays in breast cancer. “The SFRP2 protein is overexpressed in tumor vessels, and later we found that it was overexpressed in a wide variety of tumors, including breast cancer,” said DeMore, who holds the BMW Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at MUSC.The thought is to inhibit reactions downstream from SFRP2, selectively blocking tumor blood vessels from growing and reducing toxicity to normal tissue.In preclinical studies, DeMore’s laboratory discovered that a SFRP2 protein has a novel function. The protein activates a mechanism called calcineurin/NFAT, which is critical in blood vessel and tumor growth.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerNow the Hollings Cancer Center team seeks to test whether the calcineurin/NFAT mechanism, rather than other potential mechanisms, is driving breast tumor growth, and whether tumor development can be blocked by targeting this pathway. The researchers have developed a novel humanized antibody that has already proved effective in blocking the calcineurin/NFAT pathway and tumor development in cultured human cell models of breast cancer.”We hope to find out whether our antibody inhibits tumor growth through the calcineurin/NFAT pathway instead of other pathways,” DeMore said.The researchers plan to study the humanized antibody in an animal model to learn whether it disrupts the calcineurin/NFAT mechanism, preventing in vivo tumor growth while leaving normal tissue unaffected. Broome said the antibody recognizes a protein found on blood vessels.”By impacting angiogenesis and blood vessel stability within tumors, we can alter the way these tumors are able to survive in the presence of that antibody. We’re creating a fine balance between cutting off the nutrients and normalizing the vasculature so that the tumors are less likely to progress.”The researchers will use real-time fluorescence imaging systems to highlight and reveal interactions among protein pathways within tumors that have not been seen using other methods. “The fluorescent systems, which are one of the most sensitive imaging tools available, give us faster, clearer images and more specific answers to the questions that we are asking,” Broome said. “It’s not enough just to know that there is a therapeutic response to the antibody. We want to know why and where there is a response.”The researchers will corroborate fluorescence imaging findings with other modalities, such as computed tomography (CT) images and bioluminescence tools. Tracking SFRP2 pathways with innovative imaging tools could eventually help clinicians track tumor growth and monitor response to chemotherapy. Another aim of the study is to combine the humanized antibody with other drugs commonly used for breast cancer and look for an additive or synergistic effect.The DOD grant also supports a related study by Shikhar Mehrotra, Ph.D., investigating whether SFRP2 may also play an important role in immune cell function.A potential treatment is not yet available for human studies, but the team plans to obtain funding for further drug development that could lead to a Phase I clinical trial. Source:http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/newscenter/2018/hcc-metastatic-breast-cancer/index.html
Feb 15 2019MedUni Vienna study in the top journal “The Lancet”The conformance of genetic characteristics is essential for the long-term function after kidney transplantation. This is the central result of a recent study in the top journal “The Lancet” with more than 500 patients after kidney transplantation, conducted by a global consortium led by Rainer Oberbauer and his colleagues Roman Reindl-Schwaighofer and Andreas Heinzel from the Division of Nephrology and Dialysis at MedUni Vienna. Source:https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2019/news-im-februar-2019/tissue-match-on-genome-wide-level-leads-to-longer-preservation-of-kidney-graft/ “It was already clear that the conformance in one area of the major histocompatibility complex on chromosome 6 explains a significant part of transplant survival,” illustrates Oberbauer, “but even if the donor organ and recipient in this region matched perfectly, about 20 % of the transplants were still lost in the first five years.” The team at MedUni Vienna has now discovered that this is likely to be caused by a lack of conformance in a large number of other genetic regions. “We were able to confirm this experimentally by the determination of donor-specific antibodies against these non-conforming regions,” emphasise the authors of the study.Related StoriesStudy: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychologicalNew study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosaResearch highlights persistent gaps in quality of care for patients with chronic kidney diseaseThe results suggest that a genome-wide analysis of donor and recipient should be carried out prior to transplantation of living donor kidneys in order to check the tissue match – and that an exchange with other living donor couples might be advantageous if the conditions are not optimal. “At the MedUni Vienna, this has been done routinely and with very good success for several years now in the case of poor tissue conformance in the main histocompatibility complex”, Oberbauer states.At the same time, the study also showed that the recipient’s immune system produces antibodies against the “foreign” proteins after kidney transplantation, which also “nibble” at the lifespan of the organ used and damage it.The importance of the HLA systemThe main histocompatibility complex is a gene family that produces immune proteins (the histocompatibility antigens or HLA system). These proteins are responsible for immunological individuality and play a major role in the tissue compatibility of organ transplants. Therefore, in the spirit of personalised medicine, the aim is always to achieve a high degree of correspondence between the HLA characteristics of donors and recipients. The more similar the characteristics, the lower the risk of a rejection reaction. Nevertheless, after five years around 20 percent of transplants fail, after 15 years the figure is 50 percent. With the findings of the current study, which stresses the enormous importance of genetic characteristics, these rates could be significantly improved in the future.
Immunization is the only sure way to avoid getting measles. Those aged between 29 and 50 will only have had one measles vaccination and are not considered immune.Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunizations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated. People between the ages of 29 and 50 can expect to get a measles vaccine from their general practice in a week or two.”Dr. Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health The Canterbury district health board said in a statement, “Unimmunized people who come within two meters of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90% chance of contracting measles.”According to the reports, the first case was reported in Canterbury in February. The cases have mainly been appearing among those who were born before 1969 and those who are not fully immunized.To combat the outbreak, around 3000 and a further 18000 doses of measles vaccine have been sent to Canterbury this week. During the coming weeks, a total of around 100,000 doses of vaccines will reach Canterbury.According to the ministry of health in New Zealand, all cases of measles reported since 2012 have come from travelers who spread the disease to unvaccinated locals. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 12 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)New Zealand is facing a serious outbreak of measles with 25 confirmed cases. A nationwide alert has been sounded and vaccines against the viral disease are being sent to the affected areas.GrooTrai | ShutterstockThe outbreak is the worst that the nation has seen in recent years and is likely to spread over the coming weeks. Around one-fifth of the individuals living in the affected region of Canterbury are unvaccinated.In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said “It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community”.New Zealand’s third-largest city, Christchurch and the areas around it are running short of vaccines, putting more and more children at risk, say officials. The first measles vaccine is administered around the age of 12 months when the risk of getting the infection is at it’s highest.The advent of anti-vaxxer groups (people who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children against vaccine-preventable infections), has resulted in a number of sporadic outbreaks of measles across developed nations around the world.Vaccine conspiracy theories, as well as fears of vaccines linked with autism in children, are clear to see on social media and other areas of the internet. Such messages are deterring many parents from getting their children vaccinated. The World Health Organization recently warned that anti-vaccination organizations are one of ten major global health threats this year.Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ramon Pink said that the disease was now “widespread” and the unimmunized or those who are inadequately immunized are at risk.
The Lullaby Trust tweeted, “Tomorrow marks the start of #safersleepweek, our annual campaign to raise awareness of SIDS and safer sleep. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter throughout the week to see what we’ve got planned, and follow the hashtag to spread the word!”The charity is collaborating with the Public Health England (PHE), UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and Basis to develop guidelines for parents and health care providers to promote safer sleeping in babies. They are promoting open and non-judgemental conversations with parents about sleeping habits, co-sleeping and other risk factors.One of the key advises is to ensure space around the baby clear of pillows and duvets. The advice is to allow the baby sleep in its back and no pets or other siblings and children should be allowed to sleep with the baby. A baby should not be left alone on an adult bed or on the sofa or an arm chair.Co-sleeping is an absolute no for babies born prematurely or before 37 weeks of pregnancy or babies born with a body weight of less than 2.5 kg (5½ lbs). Co-sleeping needs to be discussed with all families. We know from talking to parents that if they are told not to co-sleep they will then feel they cannot discuss what actually happens.As a result they will not get important advice on how to co-sleep more safely. It is a reality that even if parents do not plan to co-sleep, many still fall asleep with their babies unintentionally.Babies can and do die in high risk co-sleeping situations. If given the right advice, parents can prepare for planned and unplanned co-sleeping that will help to mitigate those risks and reduce the chance of SIDS”.Jenny Ward, Acting CEO of The Lullaby Trust Source:https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/co-sleeping/ By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 12 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)According to a survey of 8551 people, 40 percent of parents are not following safe co-sleeping practices with their babies, and this is significantly increasing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sirirat | ShutterstockThe survey was carried out by charity, the Lullaby Trust to mark “Safer Sleep Week”. The charity discovered that around 76 percent of parents co-sleep with their babies at some point in time. Of these parents, around 40 percent admitted to sleeping in dangerous places with their babies such as on the sofa, smoking around them or sleeping next to them after consuming alcohol. Such circumstances put babies at a serious risk of SIDS, say experts.Sleeping with a baby on the arm chair or on the sofa is one of the commonest and most preventable risk factors. The charity noted that 25 percent of the parents who took the poll slept in such manners with their babies on more than one occasion.Sleeping with a baby on the sofa or arm chair may raise the risk of SIDS by 50 times says the report. They found that in one third of the cases – around 33 percent – the co-sleeping was accidental and unplanned. This means that the adult with the baby might have dozed off in a risky situation for the baby.The survey also showed that around 12 percent of the participants in the study smoke while in bed with their babies and 9 percent admit to have taken alcohol before sleeping with their babies. Both of these as well as taking drugs can raise the risk of SIDS in the babies. Statistics reveal that annually around 133 babies die of SIDS due to co-sleeping conditions.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Joshua Grigaitis fills a cooler with bottles and cans in one of the city’s oldest bars.It’s Saturday night, and the lights are low. Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. The place has all the makings of a swank boozy hangout.Except for the booze.Pop’s Blue Moon bar, a fixture of this beer-loving city since 1908, has joined an emerging national trend: alcohol-free spaces offering social connections without peer pressure to drink, hangovers or DUIs. From boozeless bars to substance-free zones at concerts marked by yellow balloons, sober spots are popping up across the nation in reaction to America’s alcohol-soaked culture, promising a healthy alternative for people in recovery and those who simply want to drink less.”We evolved as social creatures. This is a good trend if you want the experience of companionship and social culture but don’t want the negatives,” said William Stoops, a University of Kentucky professor who studies drug and alcohol addiction. “It can help people make better choices.”A federal survey shows nearly 67 million Americans binge drink at least monthly, meaning women down four drinks during a single occasion, men five. Midwestern states have some of the highest binge-drinking rates in terms of both prevalence and intensity, putting millions of people at risk.Research links excessive alcohol use to fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancers of the breast, liver, colon, mouth and throat as well as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, dementia, anxiety and depression. Nearly half of murders involve alcohol, according to studies. Drinking kills about 88,000 people annually, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Such diseases and social ills cost the nation an estimated $249 billion a year.Even one drink a day is unhealthy, said Dr. Sarah Hartz, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. “If you’re going to drink, know it’s not good for you.”For Grigaitis, 41, who also goes by Joshua Loyal and is co-owner of the bar, tying all his fortunes to alcohol was “weighing on my soul” after 20 years in the business. He cut way back on his own drinking and began holding boozeless Saturday nights in January, offering hop water, nonalcoholic beers and drinks infused with cannabis-derived CBD.”I love everything about the bar business — except the alcohol,” he said. “The nonalcoholic beverage movement is a growing group. I’m making a decision to choose this and I’m proud of it.”Chris Marshall, who founded Sans Bar in Austin, Texas, in 2015, got sober in 2007 and was working as a counselor when a client shared how difficult it was to navigate the social world without alcohol. The client’s relapse and subsequent death was his call to action.Sans Bar held a national tour this year with pop-up events in St. Louis, Portland, Ore., and Anchorage, Alaska, and opened a permanent location in Austin. It draws a largely female crowd all along the sobriety spectrum, from those in recovery to the “sober curious.” People gather for hours to sip handmade mocktails, talk, dance and listen to speakers and sober musicians.”If you closed your eyes on a Friday night, you’d think you were in a regular bar,” he said. “This is not about being sober forever. This is about being sober for the night.”Alcohol’s Pervasiveness: ‘The Wallpaper Of People’s Lives’Alcohol has become so ubiquitous that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear T-shirts announcing “Mama needs some wine” or “Daddy needs a beer.””It’s normalized,” said Boston University School of Public Health professor David Jernigan. “It’s like the wallpaper of people’s lives.”Elsewhere, in Rock Hill, S.C., the high-end secondhand store Clothes Mentor served margaritas at its annual clearance sale. Nearby, Liberty Tax served the tequila drink when customers went in to finish their taxes last April. And a dentist’s office that treats adults and children hosts after-hours drop-in events that include wine. None of those businesses responded to requests for comment.”Culturally, we know it’s not OK to hand out opioids when you’re getting your hair or nails done, yet alcohol kills more people than opioids, and businesses will hand it out,” said Alexandra Greenawalt, director of prevention at the nonprofit addiction treatment center Keystone Substance Abuse Services in Rock Hill.Washington, D.C., has 2,055 outlets that sell alcohol — one for every 315 people, which Jernigan said is high. Some low-income, primarily African-American neighborhoods have few retail outlets other than liquor stores and convenience stores selling beer and wine.Related StoriesOne pint of beer or large glass of wine can compromise person’s sense of agencyPeople use executive control processes to ignore cues that signal something rewardingStudy: One in five university students affected by problematic smartphone useLothorio Ross, 38, started drinking at about 17 while on fishing trips with his father. Now homeless in D.C. and coping with alcoholism, he said, he can get alcohol on credit from some liquor stores. But he said he’s trying to quit with the help of the nonprofit Father McKenna Center and reminding himself what life used to be like.“Up until I started drinking in my teens, I was having fun,” said Ross. “So, you can have fun without drinking; it is possible.”Outside major cities, entertainment often revolves around alcohol. Social worker Stephanie Logan-Rice said she grew up in Aberdeen, S.D., where her mother drank herself to death, succumbing to liver cirrhosis three years ago at 56.Logan-Rice was in sixth grade when she realized her mother was drinking wine or vodka out of Tupperware glasses or plastic water bottles.”I just thought it was normal,” she said.When Logan-Rice, 39, got to high school, she drank from beer bongs in cars during lunch with friends and went to cornfields for keg parties. The drinking continued when she moved to Minnesota for college. In her 20s, she drank every day.She finally quit five years ago. She now has two children her mother didn’t live long enough to meet.Since giving up booze, Logan-Rice said, she has seen alcohol in unexpected places — even an assisted living facility that offered bottles of wine as door prizes when she attended an early-afternoon presentation about hospice care.”I get it if I go into a restaurant,” she said. “But not an assisted living place.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Declining A Drink: Recovering Alcoholics, The ‘Sober Curious’ And The Health-ConsciousAmerica’s pervasive alcohol culture has pushed people to find creative ways to socialize soberly.In South Carolina, the Keystone treatment center hosts events for local college students at Winthrop University featuring nonalcoholic beverages.In Washington, D.C., members of a growing sober LGBTQ community organize dry reading groups and rafting trips and alcohol-free nights out instead of hitting gay bars. Tom Hill, a vice president at the National Council for Behavioral Health, who is gay and in recovery, said those activities create a “sense of socialization and camaraderie to replace what they had.”Nationally, sober raves such as Daybreaker morning dance parties have caught on, fueled only by dancing.Still, Devra Gordon, a behavioral health therapist in nearby Fairfax County, Va., said she advises people who are grappling with substance abuse to attend concerts and raves with just their sober friends — and they should attend recovery meetings before and after. The meetings help avoid falling into a “euphoric recall” and romanticizing past substance use, she said.“Having fun and drinking alcohol is an illusion,” said Cortez McDaniel, who is recovering from alcohol and drug abuse disorders and heads services at the Father McKenna Center. “We have to stop believing the lie, and then we have to start practicing something different.”At Pop’s Blue Moon, Jaclynn Rowell, who reads tarot cards for customers, said the health benefits of no-booze nights are a big draw. And many are happy to avoid awkward questions about religion, pregnancy and sobriety that can arise at regular bars when someone asks why they’re not drinking.Stephanie Keil, 39, spent two hours with friends there on a recent Saturday night and said she’d love to see more boozeless bars.Though she drinks now and then, places like these help her responsibly navigate nightlife in the city where Budweiser was born.O’Donnell reported from Washington, D.C.; Ungar reported from St. Louis.
The minimally invasive device is suitable for neonates right through to adults.”Strategic Professor John Arkwright, research leader, expert in using fiber-optic technologies in medical diagnostics Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 9 2019A tiny fiber-optic sensor has the potential to save lives in open heart surgery, and even during surgery on pre-term babies.The new micro-medical device could surpass traditional methods used to monitor blood flow through the aorta during prolonged and often dangerous intensive care and surgical procedures – even in the tiniest of patients.The continuous cardiac flow monitoring probe, under development at Flinders University, is a safe way to give a real-time measurement of blood flow. Professor Arkwright says the device has the potential to be a game-changer – particularly for very young babies, which are particularly susceptible to sudden drops in blood pressure and oxygen delivery to their vital organs.”It’s a far more responsive measurement compared to traditional blood flow monitoring – and without life-threatening delays in the period ‘snapshot’ provided by current blood flow practices using ultrasound or thermo-dilution.”Neonatal expert and co-investigator Dr Scott Morris, from the Flinders Medical Centre Neonatal Unit and Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health, says the new sensor-catheter device promises to deliver accurate blood flow information in critically ill patients, from pre-term babies to cardiac bypass patients.Related StoriesRadiometer’s ABL9 blood gas analyzer awarded Red Dot Design AwardDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustInnovative microfluidic device simplifies study of blood cells, opens new organ-on-chip possibilities”This tiny device, which could even be used in pre-term infants, has the potential to be far superior to the intermittent measure of averaged blood flow delivered by traditional methods which generally only show time averaged flow every 30 minutes or so,” Dr Morris says.A provision patent has been filed for the device, which is seeking industry partners for further development.Chief investigator Albert Ruiz-Vargas hopes the device will be picked up for further development, and introduction into regular intensive care and surgical procedures.”The proof-of-concept prototype is potentially a low-cost device which has passed initial testing in a heart-lung machine,” Dr Ruiz-Vargas says.”It can be inserted through a small keyhole aperture in the skin into the femoral artery in individuals where heart function is compromised and is so small it can even measure small changes in flow in the tiny blood vessels of infants.”It’s a simple design, which can give readouts similar to a pulsating heartbeat response on a laptop or nearby screen.”For the first time, the Flinders researchers have found an effective model to continuously measure intra-pulse blood flow using a fiber-optic sensor which has the potential to advance monitoring in a medical setting.They say more research is now required to determine how the sensor will behave under more physiological conditions and to examine different encapsulations to comply with human safety. Source:Flinders UniversityJournal reference:Ruiz‐Vargas, A. et al. (2019) Optical flow sensor for continuous invasive measurement of blood flow velocity. Journal of Biophotonics. doi.org/10.1002/jbio.201900139.
EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The EU parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee wants to question Facebook’s chief privacy officer and the vice presidents for advertisements and global public policy.The committee said Friday that global public policy vice president Joel Kaplan will attend Monday’s hearing, but he will only be accompanied two members of Facebook’s public policy team.Committee Chairman Claude Moraes said “we had expected to hear from other speakers.”Moraes said “it will be up to members to see if Facebook’s answers will be sufficient, convincing and trustworthy.”Initially, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined to appear before the assembly but finally attended last month. In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Some business leaders including Zuckerberg are condemning the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally, but it’s unclear what impact – if any – they will have. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Citation: EU lawmakers miffed over new Facebook snub (2018, June 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-eu-lawmakers-miffed-facebook-snub.html European Union lawmakers are unhappy that Facebook is refusing to comply with their request to send two senior officials to testify at a hearing into the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Explore further 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.
Today, a Robocall Summit hosted by the Federal Communications Commission will serve as a progress report on what major phone carriers are doing to protect you from those incessant robocalls interrupting your life. How T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint fight robocalls on their network When can we have this?The FCC expects providers to have the SHAKEN/STIR standard implemented by the end of the year, and carriers are trying to validate calls from other networks by October. Effects can be seen now, as most providers offer free services that identify potential robocalls, like T-Mobile’s scam likely feature.Why are they doing this again?Robocalls are the No. 1 consumer complaint to the FCC. Americans received 4.5 million robocalls per day just in the first half of July, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Robocall software is cheap and easy to operate, making it a simple way to scam people out of thousands of dollars.Where can I get it?Unfortunately, SHAKEN/STIR will only work in the U.S. because it is a U.S. solution. Even though a lot of robocall scams do come from outside the country, most illegal telemarketing originates from the U.S.And the unknown …Robocallers have a tendency to adapt to new measures aimed to stop them, says summit attendee Jonathan Nelson, director of product management at robocall blocking software company Hiya, and it is unclear what the future of robocalls might look like.”We have seen many times over the years that they will innovate in this arms race against spam detection services, and they are certainly planning right now how they’re going to behave to try and continue their campaigns,” said Nelson. “I’m really hoping during this session we can start that conversation of what do we think will be next? How are they going to move and how can we get ahead of them this time?”He thinks robocallers might try to get their numbers verified or move their operations overseas.Nelson estimates only 30% of potential scam calls will be verified because of the technological and geographical limits but says it will be easier to trace the location of robocallers as more calls are verified. He thinks eventually, crackdown operations on robocallers will go from days and weeks to minutes. Citation: FCC Robocall Summit: Your guide to new SHAKEN/STIR caller verification (2019, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-fcc-robocall-summit-shakenstir-caller.html (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further All the major carriers will be there, along with other industry professionals. The people in the room all have a role in developing what’s called the SHAKEN/STIR standard. But you don’t have to attend to get a grasp of how SHAKEN/STIR is going to alert you to robocalls.This is everything you need to know about SHAKEN/STIR:What is SHAKEN/STIR, anyway?SHAKEN/STIR stands for Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs and the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited. It’s a mouthful.Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember what it stands for; just know that it’s meant to protect you from all these annoying calls.Basically what SHAKEN/STIR does is verify calls that are coming to your phone. Robocallers have turned to “neighborhood spoofing”—or replicating a number within your area code that looks familiar to you so there’s a better chance of picking up the phone. Once you pick up the phone, they know your line is active and, therefore, you are likely to get more calls.How does it work?SHAKEN/STIR will verify with a symbol such as a check mark or a company logo that the person calling you is, indeed, authentic and calling you from the number on your screen. While call verification doesn’t block robocalls from reaching your phone, it gives you more information to make a decision to answer the call. It also tracks where the call is originating, identifying potential scammers.The standard will not be a foolproof solution to robocalls on its own but will help deter them and with a combination of other tools, might put an end to them.Who is going to get it?The FCC mandated the major phone carriers uphold this new standard to not only verify the calls within their network but also the calls coming from other networks. Along with other industry professionals, such as robocall blocking technology developers, they are working on ways to limit consumers from receiving robocalls.All of the providers have signaled their intent to meet the standard to the FCC but also currently provide tools to their customers to block robocalls. Unfortunately, SHAKEN/STIR also requires modern phone systems such as 4G to work, so older landlines will not have the protection. 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.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “The installing of renewable energy sources is becoming increasingly important across the world, and this trend is expected to continue over the coming years,” explained Alberto Berrueta-Irigoyen, researcher at the NUP/UPNA’s Institute of Smart Cities (ISC). “Renewable technology has in recent years overcome various technological pitfalls, and after achieving a competitive price with respect to conventional energy sources, the main challenge today is to manage its variable generation caused by fluctuations in solar radiation or wind. That is why the solution is to store the electricity produced in lithium batteries.”The challenge involved developing precise mathematical models of the electrical and thermal functioning of the battery and its degradation, which Berrueta then incorporated into a mathematical optimizer that calculates the best way of managing the battery. “If it is used in an excessively intense way, it degrades more quickly. By contrast, if it is used in a way that is too relaxed, the benefit obtained is severely reduced. The algorithm seeks a compromise solution between the benefit obtained from the battery and its degradation,” said Berrueta.For the tests, mostly carried out in the laboratories of the Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics and Renewable Energies (INGEPER) research group of the NUP/UPNA, he used a commercial 5.3 kWh (kilowatt hour) battery, developed for use in renewable energy systems. These tests served to quantify the precision of the mathematical models and to confirm that they functioned correctly.Berrueta says, “While major companies such as LG or Tesla continue their hectic race to achieve cheaper cells offering better performance and which can be used for manufacturing batteries, the aim of the INGEPER research group I belong to is to position itself at the forefront of research relating to the ageing mechanisms that affect lithium batteries as well as the design of strategies for controlling and managing the battery or battery management system, which are key tools in the development of the lithium battery sector in Navarre.”The applications of this research include, among other things, the development of optimizers that allow profits on the investment of large wind turbines and photovoltaic plants with lithium batteries to be maximised by means of the smart management of their operation; the design of a battery management system for light electrical vehicles (such a bikes and skateboards); the measuring of the most important features of the cells offered by various manufacturers for the purpose of selecting the most suitable ones for each application; and the reuse of batteries from the automotive sector by adapting them to the particular requirements of renewable generation plants. Explore further A novel approach of improving battery performance In his Ph.D. thesis, Alberto Berrueta has investigated the physical mechanisms that govern the functioning of lithium batteries and their influence on a battery that functions when connected to a renewable facility. He also explored the way in which these batteries degrade, and has proposed a new management system. Citation: Increased performance and lifetime of lithium batteries in renewable energy facilities (2018, September 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-lifetime-lithium-batteries-renewable-energy.html More information: Alberto Berrueta et al, Combined dynamic programming and region-elimination technique algorithm for optimal sizing and management of lithium-ion batteries for photovoltaic plants, Applied Energy (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.06.060 Provided by Elhuyar Fundazioa Credit: CC0 Public Domain
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. Lufthansa hits Q1 turbulence from rising fuel costs © 2019 AFP Explore further “We have made a non-binding offer for Condor, with the option of extending it to all Thomas Cook airlines,” a spokesperson told AFP.Tuesday was the deadline set by Thomas Cook for possible buyers to declare their interest in Germany-based Condor and Thomas Cook Airlines, which flies from the UK and Scandinavian countries.The group announced a possible sale in whole or in part in February as part of a “strategic review”.Struggling with financial woes, the tourism group hopes to use income from a selloff to fund new investments in its hotels and in digitisation.The carriers boast 103 planes and carried 20 million passengers in 2018, delivering an operating profit of 129 million pounds ($169 million, 151 million euros) even as the Thomas Cook group as a whole made a loss.Condor’s fleet could be especially appealing to Lufthansa chiefs as they look to build up long-haul routes at no-frills subsidiary Eurowings.But within Europe, Lufthansa has already faced competition concerns from the European Commission over its acquisition-driven growth.Brussels put limits on its buyout of parts of Air Berlin after the former homegrown rival went bankrupt in 2017.Lufthansa has also bolted on smaller carriers like Brussels Airlines or Germany-based LGW in recent years.Shares in Lufthansa were down 1.7 percent around 1230 in Frankfurt (1030 GMT) at 20.48 euros, while Thomas Cook gained 11.7 percent in London at 24 pence. Citation: Lufthansa eyes Thomas Cook’s Condor with buyout offer (2019, May 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-lufthansa-eyes-thomas-cook-condor.html European airline giant Lufthansa said Tuesday it had offered to buy carrier Condor from British parent company Thomas Cook, opening a new chapter in its fast-paced growth through buyouts. Lufthansa has checked in with Thomas Cook to buy Condor
Such is a key finding from a mobile technology and home broadband survey of U.S. adults released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.Pew found that 37% of respondents indicated that when using the internet they primarily do so on a smartphone, nearly double the 19% who answered the same way in 2013.And 45% of the non-broadband crowd say that their smartphone lets them do everything they need to do online, up substantially from the 27% who said so in 2015.In fact, Pew reports the share of non-broadband users who say their smartphone is the most important reason for not having a high-speed internet connection where they live has nearly doubled over the same time period, from 12% to 23%.For sure, some people cited the affordability of broadband as the reason for their reluctance. But the percentage of non-broadband adopters who cited price as a barrier, dropped from 33% in 2015 to 21% today.In the meantime, while the growth of smartphone use for a cyber-connection has grown across all age groups, young adults are more likely to reach for a handset when they go online. Fifty-eight percent of 18-to-29 year olds mostly use the phone for such a purpose, up from 41% in 2013.As you might expect, income levels are also a factor in whether people subscribe to home broadband. The report found that 73% of U.S. adults say they subscribe to broadband internet services at home, but the number climbs to 92% among adults in households with incomes of $75,000 or more annually. By contrast, in households where the yearly income is south of $30,000, the share of broadband subscribers drops to 56%.That 36-point gap in broadband adoption between the highest- and lowest-income groups is substantially larger than the 24-point gap in smartphone ownership between these groups, the report says.Educational differences show a nearly identical pattern.Among other findings: Some 46% of smartphone owners say when using the internet, they mostly do so on their phone, compared to 34% six years ago. During the same period, the share of smartphone users who say a desktop, laptop or tablet computer is their primary device for going online has fallen from 53% in 2013 to 30% today. And roughly one-quarter of smartphone users say they equally use a cellphone or a desktop, laptop or tablet computer when going online, up from 12% in 2013.Meanwhile, 6-in-10 of the folks without broadband indicated that they have never had high-speed internet service at home in the past, compared to about one-third who have. And fully 80% of non-broadband users say they would not be interested in having broadband at home in the future, while 18% think this is something they would consider.The survey was conducted from January 8 through February 7 of this year, among a nationally representative sample of 1502 adults 18 or older. Citation: How do you go online? More of you are choosing phone over home broadband, Pew survey says (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-online-home-broadband-pew-survey.html You get your internet at home by subscribing to a high speed broadband service, as do a majority of your fellow Americans. That is unless you’re among the 1 in 4 adults who’ve ditched or passed on home broadband. And many of you who’ve come to that decision have found what you deem a suitable substitute: your smartphone. 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. (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Smartphone, internet use at record high in US: survey
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 19:33 IST Former Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar joined BJP on Tuesday. (Photo credit: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSNeeraj Shekhar, son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, joined the BJP on TuesdayNeeraj had been contesting Lok Sabha polls from his father’s pocket borough BalliaAfter Chandra Shekhar’s death in 2007, Yadav had fielded Neeraj Shekhar from the seat on a Samajwadi Party ticketNeeraj Shekhar, son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, joined the BJP Tuesday in the presence of its general secretaries Bhupendra Yadav and Anil Jain, a day after he quit Samajwadi Party and also resigned from Rajya Sabha.Neeraj had been contesting Lok Sabha polls from his father’s pocket borough Ballia and won twice in 2007 and 2009 but lost in 2014.The SP then sent him to Rajya Sabha and he was not fielded in the recent Lok Sabha polls by the party.BJP sources said the party is likely to nominate him as its candidate for Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.Though Chandra Shekhar was not in Samajwadi Party, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had never fielded any candidate against him from Ballia.After Chandra Shekhar’s death in 2007, Yadav had fielded Neeraj Shekhar from the seat on a Samajwadi Party ticket.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis Live Updates: Will take decision after SC’s verdict, says Speaker Ramesh KumarALSO READ | Ahead of trust vote in Karnataka rebel MLAs asked not to leave Mumbai hotelFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Former PM Chandra Shekhar’s son Neeraj Shekhar joins BJPNeeraj Shekhar had been contesting Lok Sabha polls from his father’s pocket borough Ballia and won twice in 2007 and 2009 but lost in 2014.advertisement Next
SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Nestlé India has rolled out ‘All Day Breakfast’ truck in Delhi NCR. This pilot initiative breakfast truck will travel across various localities of the NCR region from 9 am to 7 pm.‘All Day Breakfast’ truck from the house of Nestlé India continues with the promise of providing Indian consumers with healthy and tasty all-day breakfast options. The truck will offer products from its newly launched breakfast cereals range, NESPLUS, as well as a variety of other brands such as Grekyo, Nescafe, Nestle A+ Milk, Maggi Noodles, Maggi Dips and Milo.Commenting on this initiative, Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestlé India, said, “With the launch of Nestlé India’s ‘All Day Breakfast’ truck, we will be able to offer nutritious and delicious breakfast choices to our customers in Delhi NCR on-the-go. The truck is in line with our strategy of putting forward new concepts and offer good food for people on the move.” new project October 10, 2018 COMMENTS Published on Nestle India Ltd The truck will offer products from its newly launched breakfast cereals range, NESPLUS, as well as a variety of other brands such as Grekyo, Nescafe, Nestle A+ Milk, Maggi Noodles, Maggi Dips and Milo. COMMENT