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Judge threatens to stop Carnival Corp ships from docking in US

first_imgJudge threatens to stop Carnival Corp. ships from docking in U.S. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 11, 2019 MIAMI — A U.S. federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the U.S. as punishment for a possible probation violation. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she’ll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold to attend that hearing. “The people at the top are treating this as a gnat,” Seitz said. “If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention centre for a couple of days. It’s amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality.”Miami-based Carnival has been on probation for two years as part of a US$40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships and lying about the scheme, according to court filings. Despite this, prosecutors say ships have dumped grey water into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits to avoid unfavourable findings, falsified records and dumped plastic garbage into the ocean. The company has acknowledged these incidents in court filings. In a statement after the hearing, Carnival said: “It appears there were some mischaracterizations made by others to the court. We intend to fully address the issues raised at today’s court conference.”Carnival’s Chief Communications Officer Roger Frizzell said “our environmental responsibility has been and continues to be a top priority for the company.”The five-year probation began in April 2017 and requires a third-party auditor to inspect ships belonging to Carnival and its subsidiaries. Carnival owns nine cruise brands and has 102 ships. The court filings say that during 2017 Carnival had a program in place to prepare ships in advance of the audits to avoid negative findings. Seitz ordered the company to stop in December 2017, and it stopped. But federal prosecutors said the practice continued in 2018. Share Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line, Law By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Theres a pretty good chance you are not familiar

first_img There’s a pretty good chance you are not familiar with Adam Shaheen.The Arizona Cardinals, apparently, are trying to better acquaint themselves with him.A tight end from Ashland (it’s in Ohio), Shaheen is an intriguing prospect whom NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reported will have private workouts with the Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The tight end class is one of the deepest we’ve seen in years, but I think Friday morning of draft week — the day after Round 1 ends — there will be teams vying to get near the top of Round 2 to take this tight end.Last season, the 6-foot-6, 278-pound Shaheen caught 57 passes for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns. The previous season, as redshirt sophomore, he hauled in 70 passes for 803 yards and 10 scores.If you are wondering why such a talented and intriguing prospect would attend a small school such as Ashland, Brandt writes that when leaving high school, Shaheen was 210 pounds and wanted to play basketball.When his father reminded him that there were exactly zero 6-foot-6, back-to-the basket forwards in the NBA, he switched sports and went to the closest school to his home.The Cardinals do not necessarily have a clear need at tight end, having just re-signed Jermaine Gresham to a four-year deal. However, they parted with Darren Fells, and 2014 second-round pick Troy Niklas has struggled with consistency and injuries. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Photo by Ashland Universitylast_img read more

Viviana Aguirre 14 knows the air is bad when she

first_imgViviana Aguirre, 14, knows the air is bad when she has to reach for her inhaler once, maybe twice a week.The air in her low-income neighborhood in East Bakersfield, Calif., has been thick with smoke for weeks, she says, forcing her to remain indoors most of the time. It’s hard to tell, she says, whether the smoke is coming from the usual controlled burns in the farmers’ fields surrounding her home — or from the record-breaking wildfires blazing to the north and south of her.”I do see smoke,” Viviana says. “But I see smoke most of the time.”People like Viviana and her family are hit disproportionately when wildfires ignite — because smoke adds another layer of toxic substances to the already dirty air, researchers studying the issue say.”Without a doubt, these communities are at higher risk” when fires break out, says Emanuel Alcala, a health statistician and postgraduate fellow with the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno. “Especially because you already have other environmental hazards: toxic waste sites, poor quality of water, and sometimes no air conditioning.”More than a dozen major blazes still are raging across California, including the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state that has charred nearly 460,000 acres and is now the largest in the state’s recorded history.Fires are also burning in Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Smoke from these blazes has drifted as far as Ohio. Portions of northern Nevada in July recorded some of their worst ozone pollution ever, because of the fires, and officials across the West have issued health warnings to alert sensitive groups — such as young children, older adults and people with respiratory diseases — to the potential risks.In neighborhoods like Viviana’s, which lies within a few miles of dairy farms, packing sheds and oil fields, particulate and ozone pollution already poses a health threat. The air is sullied by a constant, diesel-spewing stream of big rigs as well as by pesticides and dust from agricultural operations.The smell of petroleum and cattle saturates the neighborhood, says Gustavo Aguirre, Viviana’s father; existing pollution creates a noxious brew with the wildfire smoke.”When I go outside just to hang out with my friends, I start coughing and I have to come back in,” Viviana said.About 26 percent of school-age children in the San Joaquin Valley, California’s agricultural heartland, have asthma — the highest rate in the state, according to California Health Interview Survey.Cities in the valley top the list of those with the worst air pollution in the country, according to the American Lung Association. The valley is also home to some of the state’s poorest communities: Seven of the 10 California counties with the highest child poverty rates are there, according to a 2017 report by the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund.”The geography and climate of the valley can trap unhealthy air for days, if not weeks,” says Will Barrett, clean-air advocacy director for the American Lung Association in California.The combination of industrial ozone and fine particulate matter from wildfire smoke becomes trapped between the mountain ranges surrounding the valley and pushes air quality to dangerous levels. “You’re combining two of the most widespread and pervasive pollutants,” Barrett says. “It really is a double whammy.”In southwest Fresno, a San Joaquin Valley community dense with public housing, Maria Garcia, 62, lives within 2 miles of a poultry processing plant, warehouses and Highway 99.Garcia considers herself healthy, but she says a persistent cough this summer left her gasping for air.She compares some of her recent symptoms — such as chest pressure and headaches — to those experienced by her adult son, who has asthma.”My guess is it’s probably the smoke,” Garcia says.Other regions in the state also are suffering. Smoke from the nearby Mendocino Complex fire has drifted into the San Francisco Bay Area, about a three-hour drive south of the flames.A mobile asthma clinic called the Breathmobile provides free appointments and pulmonary function tests for children at East Bay schools with a high number of students enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.”Kids on Medi-Cal have more asthma,” says Mary Frazier, a registered nurse and project director of the Northern California Breathmobile program. “It can be because they are exposed to more triggers. They live in low-income housing, which has some poor indoor-air quality and the houses are near freeways or industry.”When she starts visiting kids again in September after classes resume, Frazier expects to encounter many children who have been coughing and wheezing because of the smoke.Back in southwest Fresno, Gary Hunt, 54, has remained mostly housebound this summer, leaving home only for important errands and medical appointments. Even then, he wears a mask.Pollution from fires is “definitely making a drastic difference,” Hunt says, worsening his asthma and plaguing him with more fatigue, chest pain and headaches.But extinguishing wildfires won’t guarantee relief. There is a meat-rendering plant near his home, and busy state Route 41 is about a quarter-mile away. Both bring trucks — and the pollution they emit — into his neighborhood.”Because of where we are, we don’t really get a break,” Hunt says.Three years ago, Hunt had a severe asthma attack that sent him to the hospital. He had to leave his job as a school maintenance worker and lost his job-based insurance. He enrolled in Medi-Cal but soon learned that not all doctors accept public insurance — which means that getting quick access to care during fire season can be a problem.For instance, he says, he needs to see a pulmonologist — but has to wait three months for an appointment.People who rely on Medi-Cal or those without insurance can in some cases wait up to a year for treatment, says Kevin Hamilton, a respiratory therapist and the CEO of the Central California Asthma Collaborative.Hunt says he is frequently asked, even by physicians, why he and his family don’t move to a healthier community. The answer is that he simply can’t afford to move.”If I could, I wouldn’t be here,” he says. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Updated 355 pm ETA rare condition causing weakn

first_imgUpdated 3:55 p.m. ETA rare condition causing weakness in the arms or legs — and sometimes paralysis — has been confirmed in 62 children so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. One child has died of the condition, called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.At least 65 more cases are under investigation, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. So far, a common cause linking these illnesses has not been found.”There is a lot we don’t know about AFM,” Messonnier said during a teleconference for reporters. “I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness.”The average age of the children is about 4, she said, and 90 percent of cases the CDC has been studying since 2014 have involved patients 18 or younger. Messonnier said scientists don’t fully understand the long-term consequences of the illness: “We know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care.”Since the condition was first recognized by CDC in 2014, the agency has confirmed 386 cases through Oct. 16, mostly in children. AFM appears to be seasonal, occurring mostly in the late summer and fall, but appears in greater numbers every other year. The number of cases in 2018 is on track to match a similar number of cases in 2014 and 2016. But Messonnier cautioned that it would be “premature” to be confident that this year will be the same as the earlier years.It’s possible that some milder cases haven’t been reported by doctors to their state health department or the CDC, but Messonnier believes that number would be small. “This is actually a pretty dramatic disease,” she said. “These kids have a sudden onset of weakness and they are generally seeking medical care and being evaluated by neurologists, infectious disease doctors and their pediatricians and coming to public health awareness.”Possible causes being considered include viruses that affect the digestive system called enteroviruses, and possibly strains of rhinoviruses, which cause the common cold, she said. The CDC is also considering the possibility that environmental toxins could be triggering the sudden muscle weakness. And it is not ruling out possible genetic disorders.Media reports in recent weeks have suggested that a “polio-like virus” might be triggering the condition, elevating fears that it might be polio itself. “Right now, we know that poliovirus is not the cause of these AFM cases,” Messonnier said. She said that CDC has tested every stool specimen from AFM patients. None have tested positive for poliovirus. She also said West Nile virus hasn’t been linked to any of these cases, either.”As a parent myself I understand what it’s like to be scared for your child,” Messonnier said. “Parents need to know that AFM is very rare, even with the increase in cases that we are seeing now. We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness of the arms and legs.”Messonnier stressed the rarity of the condition, emphasizing that it happens in fewer than one in a million children in the U.S. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in 22 states, based on findings from MRI studies and the cluster of symptoms a child has.The CDC says disease prevention steps should be followed, including staying up to date on vaccines, washing hands and using mosquito repellant. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The world is getting greenerThats according to C

first_imgThe world is getting greener.That’s according to Chi Chen, a doctoral student in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. Chen has been mining data collected by an orbiting NASA camera that monitors green vegetation on Earth’s surface, day by day. This week, Chen and his colleagues published a new study showing that the amount of our planet’s land surface covered by green leaves increased between 2000 and 2017. The extent of the global greening is bigger than previously measured using other, less precise instruments. Even more interesting: Chen was able to pinpoint the causes of increasing — or decreasing — leaf cover in particular areas.In some places, changes in leaf cover apparently resulted from weather and climate change. The growing season is getting longer in some temperate areas, and rising carbon dioxide levels may be producing bigger, leafier plants.One large area of Brazil lost vegetation. “I personally checked the data, and that’s because of drought,” Chen says. The most striking changes, though, were the result of human decisions in China and India. Both countries have been getting a lot greener. Molly Brown, a geographer at the University of Maryland, has seen this greening up close. “These are really good examples of how policy can really make a difference,” she says.The greening of India, Brown says, comes from a huge expansion of irrigated agriculture: “Instead of having just crops when it’s raining, they also have a whole six months of cropping and greenness when it’s not raining.”This version of greening isn’t really so great for the environment, though. The irrigation drains groundwater, vegetation is wiped away at harvest time and the extra fertilizer farmers use releases greenhouse gases.In China, though, about half of the new leaf cover that Chen detected appears to be the result of a massive reforestation effort. It’s a government-sponsored attempt to prevent catastrophic dust storms that resulted from earlier deforestation.”They are really doing a good job,” Brown says. They have a large and comprehensive program of tree growing, tree planting, tree maintenance.”Those trees likely will stay in place, capturing dust and also carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas. They’ll store that carbon in wood and roots and soil, doing their part to slow global warming. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Top officials from 13 states are joining Philadelp

first_imgTop officials from 13 states are joining Philadelphia in urging a federal court to allow a site to open where people can inject illegal opioids under medical supervision, the latest escalation in a legal battle with the Justice Department that may determine whether such facilities, known as supervised injection sites, can start to operate in America.In Philadelphia, where drug overdoses — most involving opioids — kill three times as many people as homicides, a nonprofit called Safehouse has been working to launch an injection site as a way of combating the city’s opioid crisis.But the Justice Department has mounted a legal challenge to block it before it opens, claiming such a site violates federal drug laws and would enable drug use. A friend-of-the-court brief submitted Wednesday by leaders from five cities — Ithaca, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle — says injection sites, widely used in parts of Canada and Europe, need to be part of the way cities respond to the opioid crisis. “The opioid crisis has taken a major toll on American cities and counties, including ours,” the city leaders wrote. “Despite our efforts, the existing methods of combating the opioid crisis have proven to be too little, or at least too late, for far too many of our residents.” In a separate brief, attorneys general from Washington, D.C., and seven states including Michigan, New Mexico and Oregon also urged the court to allow the injection site to open. “As laboratories of experimentation and the primary regulators of public health, States should be free to adopt cutting-edge medical interventions,” the top state law enforcement officials wrote. The other top state law enforcement officials who signed on to the brief are from Delaware, Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado. The opioid crisis has also resulted in an alarming death rate in the cities that are exploring injection sites like the one Philadelphia is pursuing.In New York City alone, more than 1,000 people die every year from overdoses. “That means more New Yorkers die of opioid overdoses than from homicides, suicides and vehicle crashes combined,” the city leaders’ brief notes. But legal uncertainty and other issues have slowed the efforts to open supervised injection sites. However, city leaders say they believe no other option is able to put a significant dent in lethal overdoses. “These trends have continued despite extensive efforts by local governments and health departments to curb the crisis, including policies to expand medication-assisted treatment, clean needle exchanges, and the distribution of naloxone to first responders and public health workers,” the city officials wrote. Justice Department officials have stated that the idea of a supervised injection site violates so-called crack house laws that make it a crime to own a property where drugs are being used, but Safehouse planners and an alliance of local leaders counter that statutes from the 1980s were never intended to apply to what they view as a medical facility in the midst of a public health crisis. The city leaders write that the sites “would be places where drug users can obtain medical supervision and treatment. The act of allowing drug users to [inject drugs] in a supervised environment where they can be rescued if needed, rather than on the street or in a restroom stall.” A barrage of other briefs were also filed to the federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday both in support of and opposing the proposed site. Among them, one written by a group of 64 current and former law enforcement officials, including former Justice Department officials, claiming that federal prosecutors were “distorting federal drug laws” in trying to shut down the country’s first attempt at opening a supervised injection site.But a group of six neighborhood associations around the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington, the heart of the city’s opioid crisis and the preferred location of the injection site, wrote a brief pleading with the court to not allow the site in their community, fearing such a facility would invite additional crime and drug trafficking. “Law abiding citizens walking to and from work and young children traveling to school face the risk of getting caught in the violence and become targets for the dealers looking to increase their customer base,” wrote the neighborhood group, which filed the brief along with the city’s Fraternal Order of Police.”The police, who are experts in this area, know what Congress knew. They know from bitter experiences that concentrating drug use in a place like the one that Safehouse proposes will bring more addicts, more dealers and more violent crime to neighborhoods that are already suffering,” the brief says.Yet, the brief from the states’ attorneys generals argues that studies have shown that injection sites have proved to save lives in other countries, and that it is time for the U.S. to give the controversial measure a chance. “States that are home to metropolitan areas should be free to experiment with this potentially lifesaving intervention, as well as others, without fear that public health nonprofits or doctors in their jurisdictions will be subject to prosecution,” the group wrote. The case is pending in Philadelphia before U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh, who will rule sometime after a July 22 filing deadline. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

What Googles Mobile OS Will Do for Your Next Cell Phone

first_img November 5, 2007 What Google’s Mobile OS Will Do for Your Next Cell Phone Add to Queue Tom Spring –shares Brought to you by PCWorld Technology 10 min readcenter_img No Google phone exists yet, but the search giant’s announcement of an open platform for mobile-phone apps is a step in the right direction. So when will we see the so-called Android phones from members of the newly founded Open Handset Alliance? We’ll dig into those and more of the key questions surrounding Google’s phone platform in this FAQ. Be sure to check back for updates as the story evolves. (Last updated: 11/07/2007 at 8:20 a.m.)Will a Google Phone ever be made?What has been announced so far?So what is this Android?When will I be able to buy a Google-powered phone?Will other carriers such as Verizon offer Android-based phones?How will Android phones differ from today’s coolest smart phones?Why is a Google mobile platform any better than an existing mobile OS from Palm or Microsoft?Will service providers be able to lock down phones?But with this “open platform” behind the phone, I’ll be able to hack it and customize it anyway, right?What will I be able to customize on an Android phone?What kinds of applications will we see? newWill added customization mean lots of hardware spec confusion when you buy a “Google” phone? newWill I need to know how much RAM, storage, and processing power my phone has? newShould I trust an Android phone? newWill Google phones only be cheap because they’re inundated with ads? newWhat does this have to do with Google’s battle for wireless spectrum? newWill a Google Phone ever be made?Google’s chair and CEO Eric Schmidt won’t officially say. But Schmidt does say that if all goes as planned, we’ll likely see many “Google phones” from a variety of wireless carriers. He also says that once software developers create a mature Android OS, it would be a prime time for Google to release a gPhone.What has been announced so far?The release of the Android platform and the launch of the Open Handset Alliance were the two most substantive news items to come out of Monday’s press conference.So what is this Android?Android is a Linux-based mobile software platform that Google hopes will be the operating system of mobile phones in the future. It will compete with platforms such as Apple’s OS X on the iPhone, the BlackBerry OS, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, and the Palm OS.Google announced the Android platform along with other members of the Open Handset Alliance, a group of 34 hardware and software companies plus wireless carriers committed to creating open standards for mobile devices.The Android platform, according to OHA, is free software available under the Apache open-source license. On November 12, a software developer’s kit (SDK) will release to developers. This will be the first chance for people to see an early incarnation of the OS.When will I be able to buy a Google-powered phone?The first Android phones are expected to be available to consumers in the second half of 2008. The most likely candidates to release Google-powered phones here in the United States are the wireless carriers–Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile–that are part of OHA.HTC and Motorola, both members of OHA, will build phones for the Android platform. Forbes is reporting on an HTC-built OHA reference design code-named Dream featuring a touch screen that swivels to reveal a full keyboard. Apparently HTC is considering a commercial version of the phone and could release such a device as soon as the second half of 2008.Will other carriers such as Verizon offer Android-based phones?Don’t hold your breath for Verizon and AT&T to jump on the Android bandwagon. These carriers say they are worried that the open-software standards could expose users to software attacks or security breaches.Beyond the security issues, wireless carriers have financial considerations, too. A cell phone that allowed customers to use any mobile Web application for free could threaten the revenue of carriers that charge customers for identical applications, such as access to e-mail, games, and GPS features.How will Android phones differ from today’s coolest smart phones?Google says Android will have a browser capable of handling any type of Web content that a desktop computer’s Web browser can handle. That design opens up a treasure trove of possible browser-based services already available to PC users, including contact management, document creation, GPS direction services, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services.Many of these services could be implemented today but aren’t, largely due to the fact that wireless carriers currently offer basic browsers that restrict users to a walled garden of services.Why is a Google mobile platform any better than an existing mobile OS from Palm or Microsoft?In theory, software developers will be inspired to create mobile applications for Android, for two reasons. First, an open software architecture will allow software developers more flexibility in creating features.Second, Android will break the stranglehold that wireless carriers have on bringing new and free applications to customers. Now smaller companies will have more of an incentive to build innovative mobile applications that otherwise might not have reached consumers because the companies lacked the clout to broker deals with wireless carriers.Will service providers be able to lock down phones?According to the Android open license agreement, anyone can modify the OS to suit their needs–including locking it down. Conceivably a carrier could place restrictions on applications, such as VoIP services that took advantage of a mobile phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Being able to receive and initiate calls over VoIP for free on a handset could significantly impact a wireless carrier’s monthly revenue.While Google CEO Schmidt acknowledges that locking is possible, however, he said today that it would be “unlikely” for a carrier to actually do so.But with this “open platform” behind the phone, I’ll be able to hack it and customize it anyway, right?You’ve seen what has happened with the iPhone, right? With an open platform driving all Android phones, hackers should whip up something for any locked-down Android device even more easily. We’d bet that any sufficiently popular locked phones won’t remain that way for long.What will I be able to customize on an Android phone?The Open Handset Alliance platform allows for customization down to the screen you see when you open or turn on your phone. Imagine being able to customize your opening screen with personalized icons, news feeds, weather details, and voice-mail information. Think of a My Yahoo start page for your cell phone. Again, the amount of customization will depend on the carrier.What kinds of applications will we see?Some companies have expressed an intent to develop location-aware services that, for instance, automatically link users to reviews of nearby restaurants. Other services might include a photo application that matches pictures automatically with people you select from your address book. Other applications could include a more robust offering of online real-time multiplayer games.At Monday’s press conference, Google director of mobile platforms Andy Rubin promised the world when it came to applications, stressing that mobile programs would be on a par with apps that people know from the PC-based Web.Will added customization mean lots of hardware spec confusion when you buy a “Google” phone?Yes, but it won’t be anymore complicated than buying a cell phone today. Greg Sterling of Opus Research in San Francisco says with as many handsets expected to run the Android software there are bound to be low and high-end phones.Sterling says that because Android devices rely on third party mobile services and software for advanced features, low-end phones likely will not be able to take advantage of the most resource demanding applications, such as HD video playback. “This doesn’t differ a whole lot from what we have today,” Sterling says.Will I need to know how much RAM, storage, and processing power my phone has?One of the key features of the open handsets that run Google’s operating system is their ability to run applications and services from third-party providers. Just as you can’t run the most system-demanding games on a low-end PC, you won’t be able to run system-taxing mobile applications on low-end Android phones.OHA members say the goal is to maximize handset functionality while keeping system specs as low as possible. However, given that mobile phones are morphing quickly into portable multi-media devices it’s hard to imagine handsets that don’t ship with varying quality displays and storage capacity, for example.Should I trust an Android phone?The Google phones are based on an open operating system, meaning anyone can create software for it. Anyone includes hackers or people with malicious intent who can easily study the OS and create security threats – Trojans, worms, and viruses.But some like Charles Golvin, a wireless analyst at the consultant firm Forrester Research, argue open source software can actually be much less a security risk than closed operating systems like Microsoft Windows. He says the collaborative nature of open software translates into more eyes looking for problems and more hands to fix problems when they are identified.Golvin expects security to be the centerpiece to the Google devices. Companies will need to adapt their policies to deal with the new phones’ security and privacy implications, Golvin says.Will Google phones only be cheap because they’re inundated with ads?No. Google says that it doesn’t believe carriers will subsidize the initial cost or monthly service charges of the phone with advertising. However, over time Google believes this may change. How long we’ll have to wait is anyone’s guess.It’s no secret Google is entering into the mobile phone space to sell ads. But in Monday’s press conference Google said it had no intention of pushing ads on mobile users any harder than it already does with its Mobile AdSense program. Why?Golvin from Forrester points out that mobile phone users are not accustomed to seeing ads on their devices. Google knows this, Golvin says, and won’t risk irritating customers with a mobile ad blitz for cell phones.Google says a cut of the revenue from ads shown on Android handsets will be shared with the wireless carrier. Over time as mobile users become desensitized and mobile ads proliferate wireless carriers will likely reduce monthly fees, Golvin says.What does this have to do with Google’s battle for wireless spectrum?According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, they’re two different initiatives. Android will run well on phones built for any networks.Google is willing to spend $4.6 billion on an upcoming Federal Communications Commission 700MHz spectrum auction. The spectrum is prime wireless real estate for wireless carriers and Google who see it as a perfect opportunity to extend mobile broadband services nationwide.Analysts says this fits into Google’s mobile strategy of extending its reach to mobile phone and beyond. “If Google won the auction it gives them an open road to offer whatever kind of services Google wants,” Forrester’s Golvin says. It’s likely Google would lease the spectrum, if it owned it, to a wireless carrier on the conditions it place no restrictions on Google phones and devices. When will you be able to buy a Google phone? We’ll answer your questions about everything about Android, the Google phone, and the Open Handset Alliance in this evolving FAQ. Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

New York Times to Invest in Startups Through Its Own Incubator

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Brian Patrick Eha The New York Times Co. is going to invest in early-stage media startups through its incubator, timeSpace.An experimental program within the newspaper company, timeSpace provided for three startups to spend the past four months collaborating with Times staffers and receiving crucial insight into the news industry and feedback as they developed their products.When timeSpace was first announced in January, the Times Co. said it would not take equity in startups as part of the incubator program, though it left open the possibility of investing at a later date. Geoffrey Isenman, vice president of corporate development for the Times Co., broke the news at a press event Tuesday.Isenman says the amount of the investment is still being debated, but that each company will receive the same deal. What’s more, the next class of startups at timeSpace will receive the investment at the beginning of their tenure, he says.On Tuesday, the startup founders who formed the incubator’s inaugural class presented their companies. The Times Co. had winnowed a field of about 500 applicants down to three, each of them tackling a specific challenge in the media industry. All three companies were given coworking space on the ninth floor of the Times building, where they worked in the midst of Times staffers whose expertise they drew on while creating their startups.Related: The New York Times Gets Into the Incubator GameFirst up was Delve, a social news reader and recommendation engine designed to keep users on top of trends in their organization and industry. Co-founder and chief executive Sandeep Ayyappan spoke on the difficulty of separating signal from noise in today’s growing flood of information. Valuable insights are lost. Even among coworkers, emails go unopened and tweets go unseen.”You’re only seeing a tiny sliver of all the interesting stuff that your colleagues are finding and sharing,” Ayyappan said. “Delve changes that.”Delve’s platform functions as a private social network for the employees of a given company. Each user receives personalized suggestions for what to read to stay current on her industry. Discussion tools make it easy to share knowledge with colleagues while keeping it away from competitors, and Delve archives everything so that you can find it later when you need it., Ayyappan said.Delve’s mobile app is awaiting approval in the Apple App store, he said.Brian Muller of OpBandit, who presented next along with his co-founder, Blaine Sheldon, wants to help media companies be more relevant to their audiences. The key question, said Muller, is “What do you put front-and-center of all the content that you produce?” To answer that, OpBandit provides an analytics dashboard that tracks engagement metrics and allows site administrators to create alternate versions of each piece of content.Related: Bloomberg Opens $75 Million Venture Capital FundWith OpBandit, a news outlet’s home page could be different for readers in one part of the country than for those in another, or could differ depending on time of day or other factors. For instance, some readers might see a different header image for a story than others. In short, OpBandit aims to promote the right version of the right content at the right time to maximize page views and engagement.The final startup, Mahaya, demoed a product called Seen that represents an effort to curate “the real-time web” in which most news stories live and die. “Our social feeds are the first draft of history” now, having taken over that role from newspapers and cable TV news, said Tarikh Korula, Mahaya’s co-founder. But social feeds are ephemeral; content disappears quickly, never to be seen again. In light of that, said Korula, “We’re trying to create a coherent first draft.”To that end, Seen, which is in beta, tracks public events, scans social media for the best content surrounding them and displays it in a layout that looks like a cross between a Tumblr photo feed and a magazine spread. The content is archived and updated continually throughout the event, so Seen users can keep up on events of interest, everything from the Electric Zoo Festival to protests in Turkey.Eventually, Seen hopes to function like “DVR for anything that happens in the world,” Korula said.For the Times Co., investing in digital startups is not new. Until now, however, it has done so only as an institutional investor at later stages in the life cycle of companies, and has never led a funding round, Isenman told Entrepreneur. That is what makes Wednesday’s announcement such big news.The purpose of the timeSpace investments is twofold, Isenman says. “One is financial, and the second is that notion of having skin in the game, and signaling our commitment.”Related: Inside Nerdist’s Media Empire for the Internet Age The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. New York Times to Invest in Startups Through Its Own Incubator Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read September 11, 2013 –shares Next Article Technology Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

Facebook Gives Away 360Degree Camera Design

first_img Tom Brant Facebook Gives Away 360-Degree Camera Design –shares Facebook’s 360-degree camera setup is a bit different than others on the market. At approximately $25,000, it’s not a steal, but you can build it yourself. And as of this week, you can also edit its design.Facebook on Tuesday uploaded the camera’s design blueprint and stitching code to Github, allowing anyone to improve on or adapt the rig’s specs to their specific needs. “We are very excited to contribute all the hardware designs and software as open source and to continue to iterate on the design, the code, and the whole 360 pipeline in the future,” Facebook research scientist Forrest Briggs wrote in a blog post. “We hope this will inspire others to build their own stereo 360 rigs and, most of all, to capture truly immersive experiences.”Facebook isn’t just doing this out of the kindness of its heart, of course. While it may not make any money off of the camera, open sourcing its design will likely lead to more high-quality, 360-degree footage. Video posted to Facebook is highly profitable, so much so that Facebook is willing to shell out millions of dollars to its most popular content creators.The camera itself is actually a rig composed of 17 different cameras. The stitching software takes the images they capture and transforms them into a stereoscopic 360 panorama suitable for viewing in virtual reality.”This software vastly reduces the typical 3-D-360 processing time while maintaining the 8K-per-eye quality we think is optimal for the best VR viewing experience,” Briggs explained. Next Article News reporter Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: Facebook Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Facebook Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read July 28, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Computer Glitch Delays United Airlines Flights

first_img Add to Queue –shares Last year, Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights and delayed many others after a power outage hit its computer systems. This story originally appeared on Reuters Computer Glitch Delays United Airlines Flights 2 min read United Airlines Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. October 14, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Thousands of passengers were delayed worldwide after a computer glitch temporarily halted departures at United Airlines, the latest in a series of outages to affect rival companies in the industry.”Earlier tonight we experienced an issue with our weight reporting system, which caused system wide flight delays,” the airline said in a statement on its Twitter feed late on Thursday in the United States.”We have resolved the issue and are working to get customers to their destinations as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.”Passengers said they had been forced to wait onboard planes or inside terminals as flights were delayed for several hours.”On the plane for more than an hour, away from the gate and no communication. What’s happening?,” one passenger tweeted.In Paris, passengers complained as check-in lines grew for a flight to New York, a Reuters reporter said on Friday morning.The airline said the problem had been resolved as of 3 a.m. eastern time on Friday.It is the third computer glitch to hit United’s owner United Continental Holdings in recent months and the latest in a series of problems that have tested the reliance on technology of some of the world’s largest carriers.On June 2, 2015, software needed to dispatch United’s flight plan briefly lost functionality.In July 2015, the same airline’s flights were disrupted after a computer problem blocked access to reservations records.The following month, Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights and delayed many others after a power outage hit its computer systems.And in September, a system-wide computer problem at British Airways caused significant delays.After the two previous incidents, United Continental Holdings said in July it had invested in backup plans.But multiple recent outages have prompted some experts and passenger groups to question whether the airline industry has invested enough in technological infrastructure, given new profits from baggage and cancellation fees.(By Ingrid Melander and Tim Hepher; Editing by Keith Weir) Reuters Apply Now »last_img read more

Rice University scientists develop synthetic protein switches to control electron flow

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Scientists at Rice University have developed synthetic protein switches to control the flow of electrons.The proof-of-concept, metal-containing proteins made in the Rice lab of synthetic biologist Joff Silberg are expressed within cells upon the introduction of one chemical and are functionally activated by another chemical. If the proteins have been placed in the cell, they can simply be turned on and off.”This is not a metaphor for a switch, it is a literal electrical switch built from a protein,” Silberg said.The proteins could facilitate next-generation bioelectronics, including complete biological circuits within cells that mimic their electronic counterparts. The possible applications include living sensors, electronically controlled metabolic pathways for chemical synthesis and active pills that sense their environment and release drugs only when needed.The work appears in Nature Chemical Biology. “Biology is really good at sensing molecules,” said Silberg, a professor of biosciences and bioengineering. “That’s an amazing thing. Think about how complex the cell is, and how proteins evolve that can respond to a single prompt in a sea of information. We want to leverage that exquisite ability to build more elaborate biomolecules and use these to develop useful synthetic biology technologies.”The Rice team takes advantage of those innate abilities. “Natural proteins that move electrons more or less act as wires that are always there,” said Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology graduate student and lead author Josh Atkinson. “If we can turn these pathways on and off, we can make cells operate more efficiently.”Rice’s metalloprotein switches – so called for their iron content – are quick, Silberg said. Nature typically controls electron flow by using genetic mechanisms to control the production of the protein “wires.””It’s all transcriptional,” he said. “Even in a fast-growing E. coli bacteria, it takes many minutes. By contrast, protein switches function on a time scale of seconds.”To make the switch – which they use in a synthetic electron transfer pathway – the researchers needed a stable protein that could be reliably split along its peptide backbone to allow for the insertion of protein fragments that complete or break the circuit. They based the switch on ferredoxin, a common iron-sulfur protein that mediates electron transfer in all the domains of life.Related StoriesNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Nanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthAtkinson built switches embedded in E. coli that can be turned on in the presence (or off in the absence) of 4-hydroxytamoxifen, an estrogen receptor modulator used to fight breast and other cancers, or by bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used in plastics.Their E. coli bacterium is a mutant strain that is programmed to only grow in a sulfate medium when all of the components of the ferredoxin electron transport chain – including electron donor and acceptor proteins – are expressed. That way, the bacteria could only grow if the switches turn on and transfer electrons as planned.Silberg said the discovery should lead to custom-designed switches for many applications, including contact with external electronic devices. “It’s why we’ve been so gung-ho about this idea of bioelectronics, a whole field that’s emerging as synthetic biology gets more control over the design,” he said. “Once you can standardize this, there are all kinds of things we can build with cells.”That could include smart pills that release medications only on demand, or gut biome detectors that report on conditions. Or perhaps electrical circuits contained entirely within cells.”We can already map a lot of what electrical engineers do with capacitors and resistors onto metabolism, but until now, there have been no switches,” Silberg said.He suggested multiple switches could also turn a cell into a biological processor. “Then we could see digital parallel processing in the cell,” he said. “It changes the way we look at biology.”The discovery fits with a new initiative led by Silberg and bioscientist and co-author George Bennett and their colleagues to promote training in the field of bioelectronics. Rice recently received National Science Foundation (NSF) support to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program to be administered by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering. It was also part of the discussion at this year’s bioelectronics-focused De Lange Conference earlier this month at Rice and will be a focus of the Gordon Research Conference co-chaired by Silberg and Rafael Verduzco of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Rice, in New Hampshire in June 2019.Source: http://news.rice.edu/2018/12/17/switch-in-a-cell-electrifies-life-2/ read more

Researchers invent graphenebased biosensor to detect stomachcancer causing bacteria

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 20 2019Biosensors are currently used in healthcare to monitor blood glucose; however, they also have the potential to detect bacteria. Researchers at Osaka University have invented a new biosensor using graphene–a material consisting of a one-atom-thick layer of carbon–to detect bacteria such as those that attack the stomach lining and that have been linked to stomach cancer. When the bacteria interact with the biosensor, chemical reactions are triggered which are detected by the graphene. To enable detection of the chemical reaction products, the researchers used microfluidics to contain the bacteria in extremely tiny droplets close to the sensor surface.To get the bacteria to stick, the researchers covered the graphene with antibodies, a common way of anchoring bacteria to biosensor surfaces. However, although antibodies are very small (~10 nm), on the atomic scale and compared with the atom-thin layer of graphene, they are actually quite large and bulky. While the bacteria interact with the antibodies, the graphene cannot detect those bacteria directly as the antibodies on its surface block the signal; this signal blocking effect is referred to as Debye screening.To overcome the Debye screening limitation, the researchers instead decided to monitor chemical reactions being performed by the bacteria in the presence of certain chemicals, which they added to the tiny water droplet. The chemicals produced in the reactions are far smaller than the antibodies and can slip between them easily and reach the graphene surface. By only analyzing the bacteria in tiny droplets generated through microfluidics, the bacteria and their reaction products can be kept close to the graphene surface and the concentration of the reaction products can even be monitored over time. Our biosensor enables highly sensitive and quantitative detection of bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer by limiting its reaction in a well-defined microvolume.”Co-author Kazuhiko Matsumoto, Osaka University Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe graphene sensing surface is able to feedback electrical signals that vary depending on how much of the reaction product is present in the microdroplet and how quickly it is accumulating. These electrical signals can be used to calculate the number of bacteria in the droplet. The graphene is set-up in a field effect transistor (FET) structure, the role of which is to dramatically increase the electrical detection signals from the graphene sensing surface.”Our biosensor is essentially a mini laboratory on a graphene FET. This sensor demonstrates how two-dimensional materials such as graphene are getting closer to being applied in practical medical and healthcare applications,” first author Takao Ono says.The results of the study can be used to create a whole host of these “lab-on-a-graphene-FET” biosensors to detect various different bacteria. The detection of tiny concentrations of bacteria could be achieved in less than 30 minutes; hence, this work represents the possibility of faster diagnoses for potentially harmful bacteria in future. Source:Osaka UniversityJournal reference:Matsumoto, K. et al. (2019) Electrical Biosensing at Physiological Ionic Strength Using Graphene Field-Effect Transistor in Femtoliter Microdroplet. ACS Nano Letters. doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b01335.last_img read more

Broadcom shareholders approve plan to move back to US

Broadcom CEO Hock Tan visited the White House last November where he told President Donald Trump the chipmaker would be moving back to the US Citation: Broadcom shareholders approve plan to move back to US (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-broadcom-shareholders.html Explore further Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid © 2018 AFP Broadcom said Friday that its shareholders overwhelmingly approved a plan to move the computer chipmaking giant back to the United States from Singapore. 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 company, which saw its huge buyout offer for rival Qualcomm blocked this month by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, said that the move will be completed on April 4, subject to approval by the High Court of the Republic of Singapore.Broadcom said more than 99 percent of its shareholders voted in favor of the plan.Earlier this month Trump issued an order barring the proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of Qualcomm, citing credible evidence such a deal “threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”It would have been the biggest-ever deal in the tech sector.Trump’s order made no mention of China, but an earlier letter from the US Treasury Department warned that a takeover might hurt US leadership in 5G, super-fast fifth-generation wireless networks now being deployed, and consequently pose a threat to US security.The presidential action was allowed because Broadcom is a foreign entity, but would not have been possible had it completed its redomiciliation.Broadcom was founded in California but moved its headquarters after a 2015 deal that merged it with Avago Technologies.On March 14, Broadcom said it was withdrawing its offer for Qualcomm. read more

Global collaboration gives rise to 3D printed field test kit

first_imgCredit: Flinders University 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. A three-cornered collaboration between South Australia, Texas and Ethiopia is using 3-D printed technology and design innovation to efficiently diagnose a deadly disease that infects a million people every year. The New Venture Institute is located in the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, a former car factory transformed into an advanced manufacturing hub in Adelaide, a sister city of Austin.Salier said the sister city relationship helped start the conversation. 3D-printed test tube and caps that form part of the test kit. Credit: Flinders University Provided by The Lead Clinical trial to find new treatment for visceral leishmaniasis begins in eastern Africa The kit to diagnose leishmaniasis is being trialled this month by the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a program to revolutionise the way diseases are tested and treated.Working with Austin-based infectious disease virtual incubator PandemicTech and the New Venture Institute (NVI) at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, Dr. Endalamaw Gadisa has been able to quickly iterate his knowledge of a better way to test for leishmaniasis into a practical and cost-effective design.Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread through the bites of sandflies. The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 1 million new cases and 30,000 deaths occur annually, usually among malnourished people living in poverty and or unsanitary conditions. Although it can lead to ulcers and death, leishmanias is curable if diagnosed and treated early.Addis Ababa-based Dr. Gadisa identified several difficulties in testing for the disease in Ethopia, leading to the need for more effective and practical diagnostic equipment. The difficulties with the current system include the cost of a liquid medium (reagent) used for testing, the fragile test tubes used to store the reagent, the challenge of viewing the samples under available microscopes, and the length of time it takes to get results, which can be more than a week.He developed a design for a test tube that requires significantly less reagent (10 microliters versus 25 millilitres) and could provide results in as few as three days, but he lacked the ability to build his prototype in Addis Ababa.Andrew Nerlinger, the director of PandemicTech in Austin, offered to work with Dr. Gadisa as one of the incubator’s original pilot projects, and then brought the problem to Matt Salier, the director of Flinders University’s New Venture Institute in South Australia.”When I eventually described the project to Matt Salier during the South by Southwest conference in March 2017, he offered to collaborate and introduced me to NVI’s Raphael Garcia, who ultimately worked directly with Dr. Gadisa and me on several design iterations resulting in the prototype depicted in the most recent photos,” Nerlinger said. Citation: Global collaboration gives rise to 3-D printed field test kit (2018, July 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-global-collaboration-d-field-kit.html Explore further “Flinders NVI has had an office presence in our sister city Austin for over four years now with our local partner, Tech Ranch. I met Andrew from Endura Ventures as he was establishing PandemicTech and we saw an opportunity to apply our design and innovative manufacturing expertise at Tonsley,” Salier said.Prototyping the design took less than four months and was done on NVI’s Stratasys Objet Connex 3-D printer. This allowed various solutions to be considered through a Design-Thinking process before picking the most suitable one to be designed on CAD software.Salier said the first prototype was created using a clear liquid resin and was produced in three parts: a main body which will hold the fluid, a cork on top to plug the culture tube, and a bottom plug which is removable to clean the culture tube. The main body has a central hole throughout the unit, which the plugs connect to, a design choice that allows the culture tube to be re-usable and cleanable.The design of the main body was refined several times to increase the clarity and durability of the body, the part responsible for allowing diagnosis through microscopic inspection. Different materials were printed for the top and bottom plugs to ensure they could completely seal the main body while remaining easily removable for cleaning and sterilising.The finished kit, which cost less that A$5,000 to develop, is packed in an off-the-shelf Pelican case with foam laser-cut at the university. The pack also comes with special 3-D printed microscopes that attach to a smart phone camera and convert the phone into a powerful 60x magnification microscope that can collect photos for diagnostic purposes. The microscope is made by South Australian education startup company Go Micro that is also co-located at Flinders University at Tonsley.Despite Austin, Adelaide and Addis Ababa all being more than 10,000km apart, Nerlinger said the cost effective collaboration has created reusable high quality prototypes at a fraction of the typical cost “for a neglected disease that causes immense morbidity and mortality in the most austere and resource limited environments in the world”.”We were also excited that NVI was able to match Dr. Gadisa with one of its own technologies, the microscope attachment used on a smartphone that is able to read the results of the leishmaniasis testing,” he said.”The new testing device will allow more patients to be treated earlier and decrease the amount of time it takes to obtain a diagnosis. It will also potentially allow health workers to provide a diagnosis to patients while conducting medical work in the remote regions often most impacted by leishmaniasis.”If the testing is successful then the opportunity exists to build a financially sustainable social impact company around the testing kit that brings together resources from Ethiopia and Australia.”Salier said projects like these were exactly why Flinders NVI was always endeavouring to demonstrate how new technologies and business models could address large-scale problems facing society.”We don’t need more software to solve problems already solved 10 times over, what we do need is innovation which has impact, that creates value by applying new approaches to global challenges.”last_img read more

Diesel fallout and trade headwinds sap Daimler in 2018

first_img Explore further Net profits at the Stuttgart-based group tumbled 29 percent to 7.6 billion euros ($8.7 billion) last year, short of predictions from analysts surveyed by Factset.Unit sales grew 2.0 percent than 3.3 million vehicles sold, with similar growth in revenues, to 167.4 billion euros.But operating, or underlying profit dropped 22 percent, to 11.1 billion euros, after the group downgraded its forecast twice last year.”2018 was a year of strong headwinds—with the ongoing diesel debate, the changeover to the new WLTP test method and the global trade dispute,” chief executive Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.The group added that its profits were sapped by massive investments in developing new models and new technologies like electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as by increased costs for raw materials and currency effects.Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz cars and vans divisions weighed on the bottom line, with operating profit falling 18 percent and 73 percent.Both arms suffered “expenses in connection with ongoing legal proceedings and measures taken for diesel vehicles,” as the group was forced to recall 774,000 vehicles for refits when German authorities discovered software capable of deceiving emissions tests.Meanwhile the Trucks unit reported profits up 16 percent, thanks largely to higher demand from North America.Looking ahead to this year, Daimler forecast it would increase unit sales, revenue and operating profit “slightly” compared with 2018, although it still plans to plough more than 30 billion euros into investments. Citation: Diesel fallout and trade headwinds sap Daimler in 2018 (2019, February 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-diesel-fallout-headwinds-sap-daimler.html German car giant and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler reported Wednesday that costly investments, fallout from the industry’s diesel scandal and trade headwinds compressed its bottom line in 2018. Mercedes sold more vehicles last year, but higher investments and increased costs for raw materials sent profits skidding lowercenter_img © 2019 AFP Daimler profits hit by diesel scandal This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

BJP seeks Rahul Gandhis apology over Rohit Vemula episode

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENTS Published on The BJP today accused the Opposition of deceiving and exploiting the sentiments of the mother of Rohith Vemula, a scholar whose suicide in 2016 had sparked a major political row, for petty political gains and also sought apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi over this.Union Minister Piyush Goyal cited reports that Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula had accused Indian Union Muslim League, a Kerala-based party, of not giving her the promised Rs 20 lakh to attend political rallies where false allegations against the BJP were levelled.“How long opposition parties will continue with such abhorrent tactics for petty political gains. The condition of the family (Vemula) was not good and she was promised money for political reasons so that she could share stage with opposition leaders and level allegations,” he told a press conference.Baseless and wrong allegations were levelled, Goyal said.He said Rahul Gandhi had also shared staged with her and claimed that it should be found out what allurements were offered to her.“The Congress president should apologise,” he said, claiming that opposition parties have been unmasked for their politics based on lies.The BJP condemns this low level of politics and political misuse of such an incident, Goyal said referring to the suicide. “People will not forget these parties,” he said.Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar at University of Hyderabad, had committed suicide in the campus on January 17, 2016. Opposition parties had blamed Vemula’s alleged harassment by groups affiliated to the BJP and the RSS for his suicide, and had launched protests against the saffron party. Union Minister cites reports that Vemula’s mother had accused IUML of not giving her the promised Rs 20 lakh to attend political rallies where false allegations against the BJP were levelled COMMENTcenter_img Rahul Gandhi   –  REUTERS June 20, 2018 SHARE Controversy over caste of Rohith Vemula refuses to die down national politicslast_img read more

Put up traffic lights please

first_img Metro News 01 May 2019 Traffic light timing in Taman Sri Andalas cause of gridlock MOTORISTS using Klang’s Bulatan Berkeley want the district Public Works Department (JKR) to install traffic lights at the roundabout to manage traffic flow and reduce accidents.Klang Consumer Association president Devadass Anjan said feedback from motorists mainly concerned the issue of safety at the roundabout caused by increasing traffic.“Within a radius of 850m to 1.5km from Bulatan Berkeley, there are public and private schools. We have school buses, Klang traffic and motorists from the Federal Highway and the New Klang Valley Expressway via Persiaran Bukit Raja and Jalan Batu Tiga Lama converging at the roundabout.“Most motorists, especially motorcylists, have told our association that it is difficult to navigate the roundabout during peak hours,” he said. Lee says signalised traffic lights would control traffic and reduce the number of accidents.   {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Metro News 04 Jun 2019 Seremban-Kuala Pilah stretch of traffic lights temporarily deactivated Devadass added that with motorists rushing and the high traffic volume during peak hours compounded by school traffic, the number of near misses and minor accidents had increased.He pointed out that the department should consider installing signalised traffic lights similar to the ones at Bulatan Seratus a few hundred metres away, which made it safer for regular motorists and those unfamiliar with the area to navigate. Central Region Tags / Keywords: Motorists are finding it difficult to negotiate Bulatan Berkeley as they exit from Taman Berkeley via Persiaran Rajawali. — Photos: AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star Related News Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Illegal unipole at Bulatan Berkeley to be dismantled Related News Tony Lee, 72, a resident at an apartment block overlooking the roundabout, told StarMetro that traffic lights would help improve safety at the intersection, especially during peak hours.A teacher at a nearby private school who declined to be named described Bulatan Berkeley as “scary” during peak hours.“Some drivers don’t give way and stay dangerously close to other vehicles.“I think if traffic lights were installed people would have no choice but to stop to allow other drivers to pass through,” he said.Resident SH Tan, 48, suggested that the police regulate the traffic in the area until a permanent solution is found. Users have complained that most motorists don’t give way and stay dangerously close to other vehicles at the roundabout.   “Almost everyone is in a rush. And if one motorist moves too slowly, the others blare their horns and this creates a stressful situation,” said Tan.Motorist C. Allan, 49, also said traffic lights would solve the congestion at the roundabout.“Many people don’t understand how to manoeuvre around a roundabout properly. They don’t use their indicators or stay in the correct lane when exiting, and this creates traffic chaos,” he said.Meanwhile, JKR head engineer Syaharidanisman Mohd Johanis said the department would need to conduct a study on the traffic volume before deciding on the best approach to regulate movement at the roundabout.last_img read more