POLICE LOG for October 3 Incident At Dog Park Texting Leads To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, October 3, 2018:Equipment was reported stolen from Koch Membrane on Main Street. (1:09pm)Police received report of a male and female fighting in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts on Ballardvale Street. Male got into his vehicle and left, but then returned. Police advised both of their 209A rights. Both claimed there was no issue. (2:23pm)A caller reported her dog was in an altercation at the Town Dog Park. Dog had small puncture wound. Caller obtained license plate number of dog’s owner, who refused to give any information. Caller requested a follow-up from the Animal Control Officer. (4:23pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Lowell Street. Both drivers refused medical attention. One vehicle towed. One driver was cited for texting, following too closely, and speeding. (6:41pm)Police called to Yentile Farm after dog was seen on soccer field. Dog’s owner was advised of park rules. (7:48pm)3 motorcycles were involved in a crash on Chestnut Street. No injuries noted. 2 motorcycles towed. (10:42pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi 2 Shivani Surve spits on Parag Kanheres face viewers

first_imgBigg Boss Marathi 2 contestants Shivani Surve, Parag KanhereColors MarathiEver since Shivani Surve has entered into Bigg Boss Marathi 2 house, she has had been constantly targetting Abhijeet Bichukale for every other reason. Last night, she created ruckus when she misunderstood Abhijeet’s point over who will cook that night. She later got into a heated argument with Veena which Abhijeet thought that the fight was staged to grab viewers’ attention. But Shivani crossed all her limits when she spat on Parag Kanhere’s face in the bathroom area.During the last few minutes of the episode, Shivani can be seen poking Parag intentionally be it by throwing her footwear in his path or splashing water on his face. Parag looked visibly angered by Shivani’s behaviour but he managed to keep his cool. But Shivani was unstoppable and it looked as if she had already thought of troubling Parag as soon as she comes across him.When both Shivani and Parag landed in the bathroom area, Parag was seen washing his face while Shivani was seen brushing her teeth leaving the water tap completely open. Shivani then started splashing water on Parag’s face and sportingly joined the act saying that it would’ve been better if she could also apply soap to his face. After which, Shivani spat the toothpaste foam on Parag’s face.Shivani’s disgusting act left Parag fuming with anger. However, he kept his composure and asked Shivani, in a mild tone, to do such thing again when he would not be wearing the mic.Not just Parag, but even Bigg Boss Marathi 2 viewers have disapproved of Shivani’s behaviour and called it pathetic. Take a look.I agree that Parag was wrong, काही गरज नव्हती Abhijit वर personal comment चीBut whatever #Shivani did with #Parag that was more pathetic ही बाई खरच Psycho आहेShe need doctor @manjrekarmahesh #BiggBossMarathi2 #BiggBossMarathi— Pri (@pri_vedi) June 1, 2019#BiggBossMarathi2 #BBMarathi2  Ho God Is #shivani normal What is that screaming on #parag s face Putting her leg while he is walking Spilling and throwing water on him Does she even know that there is a world outside Her parents would be feeling ashamed of her — ❤HONEST GIRL❤ (@BiggBossAddict) May 31, 2019Just a question for all the pseudo feminism – just imagine the act done by #shivani at washroom with parag was done by a boy what will u call it ? “Areee aurtooo ki respect Karna nhi ata n all blah blah shit ” @manjrekarmahesh #BigBossMarathi2 #BBMarathi2 #BBMarathi— amrita pawar (@Amritapawar2) May 31, 2019If sum1 has faced difficulties in life, he/she becomes humble and more aware of others prob.. #Shivani behaving the worst..#BiggBossMarathi2 — True Colors (@bhatnagar_an) May 31, 2019last_img read more

8 Iranian sites added to UNESCO heritage list

first_img.UNESCO on Saturday added eight pre-Islamic Iranian archaeological sites to its World Heritage List, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital.The sites collectively appear on the worldwide list as the “Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars region (Islamic Republic of Iran)”.A province in modern-day Iran’s south, Fars was the cradle of the Sassanid dynasty, which appeared at the start of the third century.After the fall of the Parthian empire, the Sassanids ruled territory that, at its peak, stretched from the west of Afghanistan to Egypt, before falling to the Arab conquest under the Umayyad caliphate in the middle of the seventh century.”These fortified structures, palaces and city plans date back to the earliest and latest times of the Sassanian Empire,” UNESCO said.With the latest addition, Iran now has 24 sites on the heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.last_img read more

8 get life term for killing 3 policemen

first_img8 get life term for killing 3 policemen in PabnaA speedy trial tribunal in Rajshahi sentenced eight members of an outlawed party to life term imprisonment in a case filed for killing three policemen in Bera upazila of Pabna in 2010, reports UNB.The convicted are — Jahurul Islam, Hashem alias Khokon alias Bacchu, Joson Mollah alias Javed, Nizam Fakir, Rafiq alias Joita Rafiq, Ayub Ali, Shukur Ali Sarder and Jahangir Alam alias Kana Alam.Among them, Jahurul and Bacchu were tried in absentia.The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each, in default, to serve one year more in jail.According to the prosecution, sub-inspector Kofil Uddin, nayek Wahed Ali and constable Shafiqul Islam of Dhalarchar police outpost, were shot dead by the outlaws at Maldar Hat badh in Bera upazila on 20 July 2010.Constable Rashidul Islam filed the case with Bera police station on the next day.Later, police pressed chargesheet against 15 people.After examining all the records and witnesses, tribunal judge Anup Kumar Roy, handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.Four accused died during the trial.last_img read more

WATCH Apollo 11 Command Module Other Rare NASA Artifacts Arrive In Houston

first_img Share Space Center Houston is the first stop for the exhibit “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.”Inside glass containers and between motion sensors are more than twenty rare artifacts that tell the story of humanity’s first steps on the moon.The display includes the container that held a lunar sample and even a space survival kit.Houston Public MediaChester Vaughan, a NASA technician during the Apollo era, said the exhibit makes him proud. He looks fondly at the rust-colored command module.“It’s still a beautiful machine,” Vaughan said. “The first time I saw it was before it launched, so it looks a lot different than it did then. There’s a lot of memories everywhere I look.” The artifacts are almost 50 years old now, but even small details have been preserved. If you go to the case with astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s helmet and gloves… look closely. You can actually see a reminder on the gloves to take that now iconic photograph of a footprint on the moon.The exhibition is open through March 2018. last_img read more

Spotifys Daniel Ek Quotes Daft Punk in DayBeforeIPO Blog Post

first_img Popular on Variety Lots of people have asked me how I feel about tomorrow’s listing. Of course, I am proud of what we’ve built over the last decade. But what’s even more important to me is that tomorrow does not become the most important day for Spotify.It’s the day after, and the following day that matters — and all those days to come. Because that’s when we will continue the hard and important work of our mission: To unlock the potential of human creativity — by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.Spotify is not raising capital, and our shareholders and employees have been free to buy and sell our stock for years. So while tomorrow puts us on a bigger stage, it doesn’t change who we are, what we are about, or how we operate.This is why we are doing things a little differently.Normally, companies ring bells. Normally, companies spend their day doing interviews on the trading floor touting why their stock is a good investment. Normally, companies don’t pursue a direct listing. While I appreciate that this path makes sense for most, Spotify has never been a normal kind of company. As I mentioned during our Investor Day, our focus isn’t on the initial splash. Instead, we will be working on trying to build, plan, and imagine for the long term.Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we stumble. The constant is that we believe we are still early in our journey and we have room to learn and grow.I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs as we continue to innovate and establish new capabilities. Nothing ever happens in a straight line — the past ten years have certainly taught me that. My job is to ensure that we keep our foot on the pedal during the ups, so that we don’t become complacent, and that we continue to stay the course with a firm grip on the wheel during the downs.We have a lot to do — we are only in the second inning — and I’m more excited than ever for the future. Remember, tomorrow is just another day in our journey to fulfill our mission.Harder, better, faster, stronger. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 On Monday, the day before Spotify goes public on the New York Stock Exchange, cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek posted a letter on the company’s website. Most of what he wrote he’s said multiple times before, most recently at the “Investor Day” last month — “Tomorrow does not become the most important day for Spotify. It’s the day after, and the following day that matters — and all those days to come,” etc. — but he signs off with a quote from Daft Punk: “Harder, better, faster, stronger,” although which definition of “harder” is most accurate will be seen in the coming months.The text of his letter follows in full:Tomorrow, Spotify becomes a listed public company on the New York Stock Exchange. And it feels like the right time to pause and acknowledge the thousands of Spotify employees around the globe who helped build out the Spotify ecosystem while staying true to who we are and what we believe. You make me proud to come in and learn and work alongside all of you.last_img read more

Juvenile Justice Boards set for additional role

first_imgJuvenile Justice Boards are set to a play major role in effective implementation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, which was introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, though they have huge pendency of cases.The Bill provides that in case a heinous crime has been committed by a person aged between 16 and 18 years, it will be examined by Juvenile Justice Boards, which will have psychologists and social experts on its panel, to assess if the crime was committed as a ‘child’ or as an ‘adult’. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAccording to government data, as many as 45,258 cases were pending before 612 Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) in the country and 8,210 cases in 626 Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) till September 2014.Delhi has maximum number of pending cases of 1,759 in the CWCs, followed by Rajasthan (1,657), Kerala (992), Tamil Nadu (818) and Chhattisgarh (663). While many states have district- wise CWCs and JJBs, Delhi has seven CWCs and two JJBs for its nine districts and Chhattisgarh 17 JJBs in 27 districts. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSimilarly, with 12,831 cases Gujarat has the highest number of pendency in JJBs, followed by Rajasthan (8,647), Chhattisgarh (6,840), Tamil Nadu (5,066) and Odisha (4,735).According to a parliamentary committee report, majority of child care institutions were marred by complaints of poor infrastructure and staff behaviour and high rates of abuse perpetrated by adults in child care homes and institutions.last_img read more

The Game Changer Digital Chocolates Trip Hawkins

first_img A Brief History of Play Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » 13 min read Trip Hawkins is running late for his interview at the headquarters of Digital Chocolate, the social and mobile game company he founded in San Mateo, Calif., but that’s OK, because the delay gives me time to try and beat Hawkins at one of his own games: Tower Bloxx.The goal in Tower Bloxx, one of DC’s most popular downloads for the iPhone and Facebook, is simple but addicting: Stack as many building blocks as high as you can without toppling them (and see how you score against your friends). The catch is that both the blocks and the tower are swaying randomly across the screen. With persistence and some finger-to-eye coordination, I finally, successfully drop the 68th block. A cheesy photo of Hawkins boots up on the screen and a congratulatory message proclaims, “This guy might be in the Video Game Hall of Fame, but he’s no match for you.”The Hall of Fame is just one milestone of Trip Hawkins’ gaming legacy. Three years before Apple introduced the iPhone, he was pimping something he called “social apps.” In a speech at a 2005 wireless industry event in San Francisco, he predicted that these apps would become a multibillion-dollar opportunity that would bring sweeping changes to the entire industry. But back then, with Facebook strictly a college phenomenon and Twitter still a year from inception, no one paid much attention.Obviously, times have changed. A recent report by market research firm NPD Group found that nearly 57 million Americans (approximately 20 percent of the country) over the age of 6 have played a game on a social network, but the real kicker is that more than a third of those were new to gaming.All of that action is keeping Hawkins, Digital Chocolate’s CEO, busy these days. When he arrives for the interview–lanky, tan and dressed casually in a loose-fitting button-down and a pair of jeans–he quickly settles into a chair across the conference room table and gives an easy smile, ready to get on with it. It’s early afternoon, and he’s already attended to a couple of visitors, run several errands, jumped on three conference calls and processed about 100 e-mails. “I’ve outgrown the need for assistants,” he quips.An Experienced UnderdogTo fully appreciate the irony in that statement, one would need to be familiar with Hawkins’ résumé. In the early ’80s, he left his post as director of product marketing at Apple Computers to start Electronic Arts, the video game giant known for mega-hits like Madden NFL, The Sims and Rock Band. Under his direction, the company transformed games (at the time, often cartridges sold in plastic bags) into the high-budget products that grace retail shelves today. The “E for Everyone” rating? Cover art and liner notes? Putting games on CDs? That was all him.Hawkins left EA in 1994 to create a new video game console called 3DO. Later told by EA’s board that he couldn’t be chairman of both companies, he stuck with The 3DO Co., “the child in intensive care having open-heart surgery.” Ultimately, that venture couldn’t compete with the PlayStation and Sony’s superior budget and, after a few lackluster business moves that only prolonged the inevitable, 3DO went bankrupt in 2003.Still, Hawkins wasn’t done. “I had an appetite for entrepreneurship,” he says, and so that same year, he rounded up some venture capital ($44 million to date) and founded Digital Chocolate. The private company now employs more than 300 workers around the globe, but compared with EA’s thousands, it means Hawkins is back to being one of the little guys. And that seems to suit him just fine.”I’ve never been content with a straightforward job,” he says, “and I think you’ve got to keep that sense of urgency, even after you’ve experienced some success.””It’s an incredible thing,” says Scott Steinberg, founder of tech and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global in Seattle. “After sitting on top of the world, [Hawkins] is paving his path to success all over again, learning as he goes and trying to figure it out like everybody else.”Upping the ScoreIf Digital Chocolate’s 2010 progress is any indication, Hawkins is well on his way to figuring it out. He reels off some impressive stats: 50 million-plus iPhone downloads last year, almost 10 million users on Facebook and cracking the top five list of game developers in number of users (alongside Zynga, Playdom, Crowdstar and EA). In fact, since DC started a push on Facebook in February, its revenue run rate (daily revenue) is better than it has ever been in the past six years, he says.A reason DC is succeeding in a chaotic market, Steinberg says, is Hawkins’ ability to constantly reinvent himself–an important trait for a guy who has a tendency to arrive at markets years before everyone else.He doesn’t stay fixed on a single business model,” Steinberg says. “Facebook is completely different from mobile phones, but he pursued the opportunity aggressively, essentially creating a new line of business.”In fact, Steinberg adds, probably the only reason DC hasn’t gotten the accolades it deserves is because it hasn’t had a hit like Restaurant City or FarmVille.Ironically, that’s only because Hawkins was ahead of the game on that, too.”The same year I talked about social apps,” Hawkins says, “I pitched this multiplayer game idea about farming, where you had plots of land to plant crops on and you could go to your neighbors’ plots to water theirs. The investors laughed so hard they convinced us we were crazy.”Pay to PlayDecades in the gaming industry has led Hawkins to this theory on why people play: Everyone has an inner gamer, and people play because it’s healthy and socially rewarding. “You can elevate your status for much less money and far less effort than in real life,” Hawkins says. “The only difference now is that there are so many more outlets than online poker and fantasy baseball.”The Gaming RaceTrip Hawkins’ Digital Chocolate is rapidly catching up with the top developers in terms of users–its growth rate p0wns.ZyngaMarch 2010 users (millions): 238August 2010 users (millions): 233Growth rate: -2.1%EAMarch 2010 users (millions): 51August 2010 users (millions): 55Growth rate: 7.8%Playdom March 2010 users (millions): 39August 2010 users (millions): 44Growth rate: 12.8%Crowdstar March 2010 users (millions): 34August 2010 users (millions): 43Growth rate: 26.5%Digital Chocolate March 2010 users (millions): 1.8August 2010 users (millions): 10Growth rate: 455%Source: appdata.comNowhere is that difference more obvious than in the incredible growth of virtual economies, which some experts predict will be worth $6 billion by 2013. Already, NPD reports, 10 percent of social gamers have spent money on games, and 11 percent say they plan to do so in the future.”Monetizing virtual goods is the way forward,” agrees Mihir Shah, chief revenue officer of Offerpal Media, a company based in Fremont, Calif., that helps developers like Zynga and DC monetize virtual currencies and special items. The freemium model allows more people to play and get hooked, he says, and since it’s now so easy to make micro-transactions of just a buck or two, gamers will pay for a deeper experience.Shah says DC is fortunate with Hawkins at the helm. “He really understands social gaming mechanics and how to get new users, and there’s secret sauce there,” he says.But if you ask Hawkins about that secret sauce, it doesn’t seem like much of a secret. He’ll come right out and explain it to you.”A really good game is one that makes you sincerely want to play with your friends, and not because one of you is spamming the other,” he says, pointing out examples of addicting games across various mediums, like Texas Hold ‘Em, Trivial Pursuit and Guitar Hero.A great social game will be original, multiplayer and browser-based, running on a quality platform like Facebook, he adds. And, it should provide players with some kind of emotional connection. He cites Nintendo’s Pokémon card game as an example. “When you go adventuring with a Pokémon that keeps bailing you out, you can get attached,” he says, “and that’s why people willingly spend thousands of dollars on a single card.”New Ways to PlayHawkins is acting on that by developing NanoVerse, a virtual goods platform that currently supports two strategy card games, NanoStar Castles and NanoStar Siege. The idea is for players to buy NanoStar packs, or groups of different characters that can be played across a range of games, so that players develop connections with the characters as though they’re companions or teammates.Hawkins is also positioning DC toward platform independence. He’s often stated that the most successful games will be cloud-based, because “omni-gamers” will want access to the games they paid for on any platform, console and mobile device. And with companies like Google, Disney and Yahoo! entering the field, interoperability is the logical conclusion.”Sure, there’s a lot of blah blah blah about ownership now,” Hawkins says, “but if you look at the past, how silly was it that at one point you couldn’t send SMS texts to people on other wireless carriers?”Some skeptics have referred to Nano-Stars as “Trip’s Folly: The Sequel,” but he shrugs it off. “Entrepreneurs will always be surrounded by people who think you’re nuts,” he says. “In high school, even my mom said to me, ‘I’d always hoped you’d do something more socially redeeming than games.’ I wasn’t bothered because I had faith in my ideas and confidence in my creative capacity.”He says he felt the same way while making countless sales calls to retailers during the first years of EA. “The number of obstacles is infinite,” says Hawkins, “and if you don’t have that degree of faith, you should just not bother.”He’s always done better with the long term in mind, he says, and it’s no different with DC. “I’m committed to making this a bulletproof company that doesn’t need to raise any money,” he says. “But I also look forward to the day I can have a diverse personal life, where I don’t have to carry a company on my back.”As for when that might be, Hawkins pauses for a beat and recalls the moment he realized EA had made it. “I was driving my car, and I said out loud, ‘You know, I don’t think they can screw it up, even if I’m not there.’ I have a great management team at DC, so we could be in the same place in a few years.”  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1962A group of MIT students (who also coined the term “hack” for a project without a constructive end) creates SpaceWar!, the first digital computer game.1971Computer Space debuts as the first video arcade game, featuring a black-and-white monitor where players control a rocket ship and do battle with two flying saucers.1972The first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, hits home with black-and-white graphics, no sound and no ability to keep score. In a precursor to video game violence, it features an add-on electric rifle.1975Atari engineers scale down its table tennis arcade game Pong into a home version. (Beer pong champs take note: The original Pong was developed by Computer Space creator Nolan Bushnell as a game “so simple any drunk in a bar could play.”)1984Russian scientist Alexey Pajitnov develops the first version of Tetris. Electronic Arts holds the exclusive license on mobile devices for Tetris and has sold more than 100 million copies for cell phones alone since 2005.1985″It’s-a-me, Mario!” The Nintendo Entertainment System introduces the world to Super Mario Bros., still one of the best-selling games of all time.1989The Nintendo Game Boy, a video game you can put in your pocket, leaves gamers drooling over the battery-powered possibilities. People have a reason to ignore others in public long before mobile texting.1995After Nintendo and Sony can’t agree on terms for Sony to make a CD-ROM add-on for Nintendo, Sony develops PlayStation on its own. The CD-ROM-based console makes it cheaper and easier for developers to create games. Sony scores.1996The Nintendo 64 introduces the world to GoldenEye 007, the first-person shooter game that’s based on the 1995 James Bond film and is considered one of the best shooting games of all time.1999The Sega Dreamcast debuts as the first console with a built-in modem and Internet support for online gaming. Sega sells 225,000 units within the first 24 hours of release, a record broken a year later by the PlayStation 2.2001The Xbox is Microsoft’s first venture into video game consoles. It spawns Xbox Live, which lets online gamers play with or against each other, and the first Halo game. Young men everywhere ignore their girlfriends.2004Pasty teenagers everywhere unite over the Internet to play World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. With 11.5 million players, WOW is said to be the leading cause of lack of friends IRL (in real life).2006The Nintendo Wii lets gamers interact with their consoles and control the game using physical gestures. By the end of 2009, the Wii leads the video game industry with sales of 71 million total units.2008The debut of the Apple App Store gives smartphone users even more ways to procrastinate. Among the most popular paid apps for 2008: Koi Pond, Pocket Guitar and iBeer. Yeah, there really is an app for everything.2009U.S. retail sales of video games reach $19.7 billion in revenue, with $10.5 billion from software and $9.2 billion from hardware. The Nintendo Wii sells 3.8 million units in December and sets a record for monthly game system sales in the U.S. Seriously, does anyone even go to work anymore?2010Mobile ushers in a new way of gaming life, with the debut of a FarmVille iPhone app, an extension of the wildly popular Facebook game. Gartner predicts worldwide mobile gaming end-user revenue will surpass $5.6 billion this year and reach nearly $11.4 billion by 2014.–Michelle Juergen  October 20, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves says Pentagon chief

first_imgRelated posts:Guantanamo closure plan suffers setback over US site for detainees 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. military prison inGuantanamo Bay should be shut down before President Barack Obama leaves office, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, saying the facility is a “rallying cry for jihadi propaganda.”He said the Department of Defense was actively searching for an alternative detention facility.“This is not something, in my judgment, that we should leave to the next president,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon.He said he and the White House were on the same page when it comes to closing the prison, as Obama promised to do before being elected and which he is now making a final push to accomplish.“As long as this detention facility remains open, it will remain a rallying cry for jihadi propaganda,” Carter said. “It’s expensive and not something the president wants to leave to his successor.”He said defense officials had been assessing Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, and the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina as possible destinations for prisoners.“We will also be assessing other sites in the coming weeks,” he added.Any transfers of the prisoners to sites within the continental United States are likely to be highly controversial in Congress, but Carter said his department is working on putting together a concrete plan for lawmakers to consider.“Our responsibility is to provide [Congress] with a plan that they can consider that is a responsible one so that people … can make up their minds,” he said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch M

first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchMiners are destroying the planet.Anyone investing in resource companies has heard this before. Companies that dig stuff out of the ground get a bad rap. Environmentalists love to hate them.But I’m not talking about traditional resource companies. I’m talking about cryptocurrency “miners.”In a minute, I’ll tell you why some people believe crypto miners pose a grave threat to the economy. I’ll also show you how to turn this public relations nightmare into fat profits.But first, I need to address the elephant in the room. Recommended Link Say Goodbye to Stocks, Say Hello to One-Click Payouts (Every Week) Stocks are DEAD. But thanks to a PhD physicist and engineer – you can now click a single button on your computer every Monday morning. Then, as long as a specific event happens during the week (which has a 93% chance of happening), you can automatically make as much as $11,000 or more. You have to see this. — • What the heck is a cryptocurrency miner? A lot of people have trouble wrapping their heads around this idea, and that’s because cryptos aren’t tangible. They’re digital assets.So you obviously can’t mine them the same way that you would copper or gold. Instead, people mine cryptocurrencies by using computers to solve complex math problems. If you do this successfully, you earn a reward and get paid.But here’s the thing. These computers don’t do anything that complex. They basically just guess numbers until they get lucky.In other words, they use brute force. And that requires a lot of computing power and energy.• And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT… Today, mining one bitcoin requires about as much energy as a four-person house in Germany consumes in one year.That’s a big problem.After all, a lot of people are mining bitcoin right now. As a result, experts estimate that bitcoin miners will use 130 terawatts of energy this year. That’s as much energy as the entire country of Argentina consumes in a year.That alone is reason for concern. But get this… The problems that miners solve to mine bitcoin will become exponentially more difficult over time. So each new bitcoin requires more energy to mine than the last. • Not only that, but bitcoin is just one cryptocurrency… There are thousands of others just like it. And many of them must be mined into existence.This is why many environmentalists hate cryptocurrencies. They think that crypto mining will end up boiling the oceans.But here’s the thing. The massive amounts of energy required to mine cryptos isn’t just a potential threat to the environment. It’s a huge problem for the miners. And there’s a simple reason for this…• Consuming massive amounts of energy isn’t cheap… In the United States, it costs around $4,758 to mine a single bitcoin. In Brazil, it’s $6,741. In Japan, it’s $8,723. That’s higher than bitcoin’s current price.Now, you could mine bitcoin for much cheaper if you went to Iran, Venezuela, or Ukraine. But then you’d have even bigger problems to worry about.• So, many crypto miners are turning to renewable energy…That’s because renewable energy is becoming dirt cheap.Solar energy, as I explained on Friday, is now less than half as expensive as coal power. The cost of wind power has plunged in recent years, and is now competitive with coal and natural gas.The same goes for hydroelectric and geothermal energy. In fact, one of the world’s largest crypto miners has set up shop in Iceland to take advantage of the country’s cheap geothermal power. Other miners have flocked to America’s Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the region’s cheap hydroelectric power.This trend is only going to continue. After all, bitcoin miners already use about 0.5% of the world’s electricity. Within a few years, they’re projected to consume 5% of the world’s electricity.In other words, we’re talking about a 10-fold increase in energy demand.Of course, I should be clear about something. I expect the crypto community to find other ways to reduce how much energy it consumes. But that won’t happen overnight.So, expect more crypto miners to turn to renewable energies in the future. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the crypto market fueled the next explosive demand for renewable energy.• Almost no one else is talking about it…Instead, they’re focusing on the bad news (the massive energy demand of cryptos) while ignoring the massive investing opportunity in renewable energy.Of course, this won’t stay a secret for much longer. Soon, other investors will connect the dots. When that happens, everyday investors will buy renewable energy stocks hand over fist.You’ll want to get in front of that. So consider investing in renewable energy companies if you haven’t yet. You can easily do this by buying the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN). This fund invests in a basket of renewable energy companies. It’s a safe way to bet on this trend without taking on any company-specific risks.Regards, Justin Spittler Buenos Aires, Argentina May 21, 2018Reader MailbagToday, another fan of John Hunt’s recent essay: “Mr. Sociopath Goes to Washington”…I found John Hunt’s essay on politicians as sociopaths to be one of the best I’ve ever read! It’s a key ideological component in illustrating the true nature of the members of the political process – a process that is so toxic to our very existence.—JamesAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Doug Casey just found a crypto guru worthy of Casey Research subscribers…This bright young German has been involved with digital currencies since he invested in e-gold in the late ’90s—long before the current blockchain breakthrough.And like Doug, he’s a truly an “international man.” He made so much money from cryptos; he dropped everything and traveled the world for five years. And now, he has an important message… A frank conversation about cryptos on Doug Casey’s porchFor the next few days, you have the rare opportunity to listen in on a series of private conversations between Doug and his new, handpicked crypto expert. On his back porch, they had a vigorous discussion about the future of cryptos… including the best way to profit from them now. Today we’re making these conversations available to you and other loyal Casey members for FREE. Click here to listen in now. — Recommended Linklast_img read more

Voters in three traditionally Republican states su

first_imgVoters in three traditionally Republican states supported ballot measures to extend Medicaid benefits to more low-income adults. The results highlight the divide between voters, even in conservative states, who generally support providing health benefits to the poor, and conservative politicians who have rejected the expansion, which is a central part of the Affordable Care Act. With the approval of the measures in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska, about 300,000 low-income people will gain access to health care coverage, according to estimates from government agencies and advocacy groups in those states.”People are enthusiastic about Medicaid expansion because they recognize that it’s both good for health care but it’s also a compassionate thing to do,” says Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, which worked to get the questions on the ballots of the four states. “And it’s a financially sound thing to do. It’s a fiscally responsible thing to do.” The Fairness Project is funded by the SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, a California health care workers union. Voters in Montana, however, appeared to reject a proposal to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to continue funding the state’s expansion of Medicaid, which is set to sunset next year, leaving 100,000 Montanans at risk of losing coverage. Before the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, the government health insurance for the poor and disabled, was reserved mainly for pregnant women, children, low-income seniors and people with disabilities.Since the law passed, 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, have expanded access to childless adults whose incomes are below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That cutoff is $16,753 for a single person and $34,638 for a family of four.Maine voters approved an expansion in 2017, but Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, has resisted implementing the law, even vetoing a $60 million funding bill that passed the Legislature. LePage was barred by term limits from seeking another term. Democrat Janet Mills, Maine’s governor-elect, has pledged to expand Medicaid on her first day in office. One person who stands to gain coverage in Utah is Grant Burningham, of Bountiful. “Most of us are ecstatic,” he said, referring to his friends who worked to get the measure passed. “We were all together and hugging and kissing last night.”Burningham has spent the past several years working for this day. A former financial adviser, he became seriously ill after having a severe reaction to a medication in 2001, lost his job, his home and his health care. Burningham now has a place to live, and hopes that access to health care will help him get back on his feet. Still, he’s a bit wary that members of the Utah Legislature will try to do something to derail the results before the expansion of Medicaid can be implemented next spring. “We had a win last night. But we still have the fourth quarter to go through,” he said. “A lot of us are deadly sick and we’ll still wait until April (after the state’s legislative session ends) to turn in our applications.”Utah has come close to expanding Medicaid several times in recent years. But those efforts were blocked by conservatives in the state’s House of Representatives. Burningham says it was necessary to put the question directly to voters “because so many of our politicians have been out of touch with their constituents.”That’s why voters had to step in, says The Fairness Project’s Schleifer, who helped organize the campaign to put the measure on Utah’s ballot. “This election proves that politicians who fought to repeal the Affordable Care Act got it wrong. Americans want to live in a country where everyone can go to the doctor without going bankrupt. Expanding access to health care isn’t a blue state value or a red state value; it’s an American value,” Schleifer said in a statement.Utah will pay for its share of expansion costs by increasing the state’s sales tax by 0.15 percentage points to 4.85 percent, which works out to about 1.5 cents for every $10 residents spend on nonfood purchases. The federal government pays for 90 percent of the health care costs incurred by those who get Medicaid benefits through the expansion measures. RyLee Curtis, campaign managers for Utah Decides, an advocacy group that campaigned for the expansion, says many of the 150,000 Utahans who will benefit are employed, and about a third are parents. “They’re working one or more jobs and they’re unable to afford health care coverage,” she says. Nebraska and Idaho also had Medicaid questions on ballots in their states. In Nebraska, about 90,000 people are now eligible for coverage. And a study by two University of Nebraska professors, commissioned by the Nebraska Hospital Association, concluded that the expansion would cost the state about $148 million over three years but bring $1.36 billion in federal health funding into the state over the same time frame. The Nebraska analysis is one of several that suggest expanding Medicaid can also help improve employment in a state by supporting health care jobs.In Idaho, Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, endorsed the expansion initiative a week before Election Day. Montana, voters appeared to reject a ballot measure to continue that state’s expansion, which originally passed in the state’s legislature in 2015, but included a built-in expiration date. The Montana measure would have continued funding for Medicaid expansion with a combination of taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes. The tobacco industry strongly opposed the measure. Tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, contributed about $17 million on cash and loans to Montanans Against Tax Hikes, which opposed the measure, according to the state’s Campaign Electronic Reporting System. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The minister for disabled people has admitted to c

first_imgThe minister for disabled people has admitted to complete ignorance about the model that lies at the heart of his government’s programme of disability benefit reforms.Justin Tomlinson (pictured) was asked what his thoughts were about the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of disability in a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the all-party parliamentary disability group on Tuesday.Ministers have repeatedly spoken of how the BPS model is central to their disability benefit reform programme, and successive governments have relied on it to justify slashing disability benefits for more than a decade.Ellen Clifford, from Inclusion London, told the meeting – while Tomlinson was out of the room voting – that the BPS model would be “underpinning” the government’s health and work green paper, which will be published later this year.She said that comments by new work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb earlier in the meeting about the need for closer integration between work and health showed that this green paper would also be based on the BPS model.She said BPS was a “punitive” approach which “locates the problem within the individual” and had been shown to be “not an effective way of supporting disabled people into employment”.In response to her question, which was read to him on his return from voting, Tomlinson said that the BPS name sounded “really impressive”, and added: “I will let somebody much greater than me decide what’s the right thing.”He then added: “I’m afraid I don’t even know what it is.”Earlier this month, new research by three disabled academics concluded that the BPS model “does not represent evidence-based policy”, and was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.BPS under-pinned Labour’s new out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA) and its work capability assessment (WCA), which was introduced in 2008 and has since been linked repeatedly to health relapses, episodes of self-harm, and even suicides and other deaths, among those who have been assessed and found fit for work.It has also “played a key role” in the tightening of eligibility criteria for ESA and other disability benefits by the subsequent coalition and Tory governments, and the introduction of the new personal independence payment and universal credit.The three academics said in their research that the BPS model argued that it was “the negative attitudes of many ESA recipients that prevent them from working, rather than their impairment or health condition”, essentially branding many benefit claimants “scroungers”.This allows supporters of BPS – including a string of Labour and Tory government ministers – to draw a distinction “between ‘real’ incapacity benefit claimants, with long-term and incurable health conditions, and ‘fake’ benefit claimants, with short-term illness”.Clifford said after the meeting that the minister’s ignorance about the BPS was “really concerning”, because it had been pivotal to the government’s policies on disability benefits and was the “fundamental model on which welfare reform is based”.She said: “Since 2010, that model has not only failed disabled people but caused untold avoidable suffering and harm.“His response suggests that he doesn’t actually know what he is doing.”last_img read more

The solicitor general has agreed to appeal the all

first_imgThe solicitor general has agreed to appeal the allegedly “unduly lenient” sentences handed down to three people jailed for offences connected with the murder of a disabled man who was imprisoned and tortured to death.But the solicitor general, the Tory MP Robert Buckland, has refused to appeal against the sentence handed to James Wheatley, the man who murdered 24-year-old Lee Irving (pictured).His decisions have caused further confusion about the law on sentencing disability hate crimes, and its application by the criminal justice system.Wheatley, 29, from Kenton Bar, Newcastle, repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on Irving in attacks that took place over nine days, leaving him with multiple broken bones and other injuries.After he died, his body was taken on a pushchair through a housing estate and dumped on a patch of grass near the A1.Wheatley was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life in prison, and will have to serve at least 23 years.But if the murder had been dealt with by the judge as a disability hate crime, he would have had to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison.Three other defendants – Wheatley’s mother Julie Mills, 52, girlfriend Nicole Lawrence, 22, and lodger Barry Imray, 35 – were also jailed for offences connected with Irving’s death, Mills to eight years, Lawrence to four years, and Imray to three.Northumbria police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had treated Irving’s death as a disability hate crime, but the judge had instead increased Wheatley’s sentence on the less serious basis of Irving’s “vulnerability”, after deciding there was not enough evidence to prove any of the offences were motivated by disability-related hostility.Lee’s aunt, Lisa Irving, told Disability News Service that the family were “immensely thankful that the attorney general has decided to reopen this case”.She joined with the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) late last year to write to the attorney general to ask him to appeal the sentences on the grounds that the offences were disability hate crimes*.She said last night (Wednesday): “The trial was particularly harrowing for our family and friends to endure, though it was important we attended and showed our support.“This concluded with what we believed to be inadequate sentencing, not just for Julie and Nikki, but for James also.”She believes that Imray, who himself has learning difficulties, was probably a victim of disability hate crime himself and was forced by Wheatley to help him cover up his crimes.She added: “To be told the motivation for the murder was not Lee’s disability is hard to comprehend.“Lee was targeted, manipulated and isolated because of his disabilities.“Someone without Lee’s condition would have been able to potentially spot signs of danger, as well as able to remove themselves from any harmful situation.“Make no mistake, this was very much a crime motivated by disability.”She added: “No words will ever portray the hurt and anguish [of] Lee’s death to the full extent, but it is imperative that the correct sentences are handed out for our sense of closure and justice, as well as a deterrent for others, so it is particularly disappointing that James’ sentence has not been re-examined.”CPS also wrote to the attorney general late last year, “to seek leave to appeal the sentences of Barry Imray, Julie Mills and Nicole Lawrence, on the grounds that the original sentences did not adequately reflect the severity of their offending”.But a CPS spokesman had failed to say by 1pm today (Thursday) whether part of its argument was that the offences should have been sentenced as disability hate crimes, and why it did not seek leave to appeal Wheatley’s sentence.Anne Novis, a DHCN coordinator who leads for Inclusion London on disability hate crime, said she was disappointed that the Wheatley sentence had not been referred to the court of appeal, although she welcomed the decision to look again at the sentencing in the other cases.She said the case highlighted the continuing confusion in the criminal justice system about its treatment of “vulnerability” and disability hate crime.She said she hoped that the issue of disability hate crime would be addressed in the appeal hearing, but she added: “Being so disappointed in the past around sentencing, I wouldn’t get my hopes up in respect of a just outcome.”A spokeswoman for Buckland has declined to say whether disability hate crime played any part in the decision to appeal.She confirmed that the sentences for Mills, Lawrence and Imray had been referred to the court of appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, with the hearing set for 7 March.She added: “After careful consideration, the solicitor general has decided not to refer the life sentence passed on James Wheatley to the court of appeal. “He concluded that the minimum term of 23 years to be served by the offender before he will be considered for release would not be increased by the court of appeal.”She said she could not comment on “the arguments in respect of the three sentences”, which “will be set out by counsel at the court of appeal hearing”.*Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murderslast_img read more

Will Snaps New Original Series Help the Company Bounce Back After a

first_imgSnapchat Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Will Snap’s New Original Series Help the Company Bounce Back After a Tough Year? Image credit: Thomas Trutschel | Getty Images Add to Queue 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. October 10, 2018center_img Enroll Now for $5 Snap today unveiled its latest batch of original series for the social platform, including its first ever foray into scripted programs.One is a reality show called Endless Summer about teen influencers living in Laguna Beach, Calif., made by the creators of mid-aughts reality show juggernaut Laguna Beach. Another is a mystery series called Class of Lies about two friends who solve cold cases with their true crime podcast from a writer of The CW’s Riverdale. A third is a supernatural comedy called The Dead Girls Detective Agency based on a series of YA novels by Suzy Cox and a fourth is a college comedy from the Duplass Brothers called Co-ed.The slate of six new shows, with an additional six on the way, seem tailored to Snapchat’s gen Z fan base and in another context, wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on networks such as MTV, Freeform and The CW. But as tailored for the Snapchat audience, they are all filmed vertically and each episode is roughly five minutes long with six-second commercial breaks.Related: In Leaked Memo to Snap Employees, CEO Evan Spiegel Argues Snap’s Competitive Advantage Is That It’s Not a Social Media CompanyUsers also have the ability to swipe up from an episode and use Lenses to explore scenes and interact with different objects and characters. The company will also continue its partnerships with NBCUniversal and Viacom through 2019, noting in the statement about the new crop of series that Viacom will be creating 10 new Snap Originals as well as syndicating more than 500 episodes of its network’s shows for Snapchat.The plan to create more original content was alluded to in a lengthy leaked memo from Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel in which he wrote about the lessons learned from the company’s not-so-well received redesign earlier this year. The move, which he admitted was “rushed,” led to the loss of 3 million users in the second quarter of 2018.Spiegel’s plan according to the memo is to expand into international markets including Brazil, India and Mexico and become profitable in 2019, but it seems that the original series announcement didn’t do much for Snap’s stock price, which dropped to $6.73 a share as of press time, the lowest it’s ever been since its IPO price of $17. Next Article Nina Zipkin Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand A recent leaked memo from CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel laid out the path forward for the business. –shareslast_img read more

Hijacker Selfie Guy Hero Idiot or Both

first_img Hijacker Selfie Guy: Hero, Idiot or Both? March 30, 2016 –shares By now you may have seen the selfie that broke the Internet in a way that a photo of Kim Kardashian’s butt could only dream. When EgyptAir Flight 181 was hijacked on Tuesday, passenger Ben Innes decided to literally smile in the face of imminent death. The 26-year-old British health and safety worker asked his would-be murderer if he would pose for a selfie. Hijacker Seif El Din Mustafa obliged.Innes told British newspaper The Sun, “We were sitting around waiting. I thought, ‘Why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway.”Reaction on social media has ranged from heralding Innes as a hero to labeling him a moron who could have gotten everyone killed. So which is it? We asked Sergeant Major (Retired) Karl Erickson, a former Green Beret who serves as Director of Special Projects at T1G, an elite military training facility.”The gentlemen that shot the selfie has a blatant lack of situational awareness and no self-preservation instincts, but what he did is actually brilliant,” says Erickson. “If that hijacker was a real terrorist and he escaped, you couldn’t ask for a better photo to help track him down. It has precise facial features, you could get his exact height and build comparing him to the selfie taker. It’s perfect.”Erickson continues, “Psychologically, this is a big step in building a rapport and camaraderie with the terrorist. You let them know that you are a human being, not just a statistic that will increase their body count to get on the news. If they see you as a person, you are less likely to be the person they take outside to shoot or behead in front of the cameras.””At T1G, we teach people in hostage situations to not be the hero. We tell them to be ‘the grey man.’ Just sit there and turn your brain into a recorder. Observe how many terrorists there are, what they are armed with, where they tend to stand. Often a handful of hostages are released in standoff situations, and if you are one of them, you are an invaluable intel tool for the assault force who is trying to save everyone else. In keeping with all that, this guy’s selfie is priceless.”Related: This Navy SEAL’s Safety Checklist Could Save Your Life on Your Next TripInnes’ intention likely wasn’t to provide evidence for law enforcement. But the photo is a challenge to all of us to selfies in a different light, beyond mere self-promotion.  Apply Now » Next Article Add to Queue Social Media Dan Bova Image credit: Ben Innes | Enhanced by Entrepreneur The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Editorial Director Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Effective hand hygiene key to reducing hospitalbased infections

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDApr 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 30 second application of a six-step hand washing and hand rub regimen that could keep infections away. New research titled, ‘Simplifying the WHO protocol for hand hygiene, three steps and 15 seconds: a randomized crossover trial’ and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April suggests hand rubs could achieve the same in a three step procedure for 15 seconds. Before touching a patient After touching a patient After touching a patent’s surroundings Before a clean procedure After exposure to body fluids/wounds Image Credit: Santypan / Shutterstock Alcohol based hand rubs are widely used in hospitals and other set ups for infection control. This hand hygiene could be a crucial measure to prevent and reduce the spread of infections. There are no studies evaluating the best practice that could reduce infections. The WHO recommended six-step hand rub technique is effective in killing bacteria. This study shows that a simple 15 second three step hand rub could be just as effective in killing bacteria as well as improved user adherence.Dr Sarah Tschudin-Sutter and colleagues from University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, tried their 15 second three step hand rub regimen in a randomised cross-over trial. They recruited 20 healthy participants between ages 18 and 51 years. They were randomly assigned to four different techniques of hand rubs including; Six-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds Six-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds Three-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds and Three-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds All participants were in turn assigned to each of the groups.Results revealed that three step technique for 15 seconds was as effective as reducing bacteria counts on the hands of the volunteers as 30 second three or six step regimen.Professor Tschudin-Sutter in a statement said, “The time pressure and heavy workload experienced by healthcare workers reduces compliance with hand hygiene standards. Our findings suggest that shortening hand rubbing time and simplifying the technique for use of hand rub could be a safe alternative that is easier to fit into their busy routine, could enhance the overall quality of hand hygiene performance, and have a positive effect on adherence. Further studies are needed to validate the performance of the shorter application time in everyday clinical practice.”The team agrees that the study could not make blanket statements about the three step regimen’s ability to stop transmission of microbes unless studied in actual clinical settings.Hand hygiene and reduction in Staph infectionsIn 2009 the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) was implemented and since then there has been a significant improvement in reduction of Staph infections in healthcare facilities. The results of this new study titled, ‘Improved hand hygiene compliance (HHC) is associated with a significant reduction in rates of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (HA Sab) in Australia’s 132 largest hospitals: outcomes of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI)’, were presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April.Related StoriesKey research takeaways from ECCMID 2019Spotlight on ECCMID 2019: Detecting Disease & Managing InfectionsEurope under major threat from vector-borne diseasesThe report suggests that there have been a significant improvement in hand hygiene and its adherence among Australian health care workers. This has reduced the risk of transmission of often fatal healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus infection. The researchers noted that for each 10 percent rise in adherence to hand hygiene guidelines, there was a 15 percent reduction in the incidence of S. aureus bloodstream infection among the 132 largest public hospitals of Australia as was seen from the study. These hospitals cater to over 15 million patients-days across the nation in 2016-17, they add. This translates to more than three quarters of inpatient care for the Australian population.The team was following up the WHO campaign called “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” that would reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.These five moments include; Professor Lindsay Grayson from Hand Hygiene Australia, and study leader said, “Hospital-acquired infections are a major concern for hospitals around the world and S. aureus is among the most dangerous. The risks to patients are enormous, as are the associated hospital costs. Despite robust evidence supporting improved practices for hand hygiene, securing compliance is notoriously difficult, and few national programmes have been sustained in the long-term.” The researchers and experts say that S. aureus is the main Gram positive bacterium that leads to hospital-acquired infections. Some of these such as endocarditis, acute pneumonia, and sepsis might become fatal and good hand hygiene could keep them at bay.The team for this study looked at outcomes of the NHHI for eight years since it started. The timeline for the study was from January 2009 to June 2017. Three times a year hand hygiene moments were observed and recorded. The impact of this programme was assessed using linking of the data on hospital based S. aureus infections.Results showed that hand hygiene compliance moments (observed) was 64 percent (36,213 of 56,978 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygeine) in 2009. The numbers came to 84 percent (494,673 of 586,559 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygiene) in 2017. The team looked at adherence to the hand hygiene moments among doctors, nurses and allied staff. They found that compliance to hand hygiene was 10 to 15 percent lower among medical staff compared to nursing staff over the 8 years of the study. Further every 10 percent increase in hand hygiene compliance reduced the S. aureus infection by 15 percent they found.  Cases of S. aureus infection declined from 1.27 new cases per 10,000 bed-days in 2010-11 to 0.87 per 10,000 bed-days in 2016-17.Professor Grayson said in a statement, “The National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative has achieved impressive results, both in terms of improving healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance and its association with reduced rates of healthcare-associated staphylococcal bacteraemia. Few national programmes have become successfully integrated into national health-care structures.”last_img read more

Renault tries to reassure partner Nissan on Fiat plans

first_img Renault and Nissan representatives were meeting outside Tokyo on Wednesday along with officials from the third partner in their alliance, Mitsubishi Motors.The alliance has been rocked by the arrest of its former head, Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan chief who faces four charges of financial misconduct and has been pushed out of all his executive roles.And the partnership was shaken further this week by news that Renault is studying “with interest” a 50-50 merger proposal with Fiat Chrysler (FCA), a prospect that took Nissan by surprise.In a brief statement, the alliance said their operating board meeting on Wednesday included “open and transparent discussion on FCA’s recent proposal to Groupe Renault.””The meeting also discussed and positively concluded several current operational alliance matters,” the statement added, after the meeting at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama.Arriving in Japan on Tuesday, Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard offered an optimistic assessment.”I think that all the recent events are very good for the alliance, and I will make sure that Nissan and Mitsubishi will take great advantage of the news,” he said.But Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has received news of the proposed tie-up more cautiously.”From the standpoint of Nissan’s interests, we need to look a little closer to see what sort of contractual relationship the deal would create,” the Nikkei business daily quoted him as saying.Renault has for years tied its strategy to its partnership with Japanese automaker Nissan, but Ghosn’s arrest and Nissan’s resistance to a closer partnership appears to have prompted rethinking at the French firm.The merger with Fiat Chrysler is backed by the French government, which owns a 15 percent stake in Renault, and Italy’s deputy premier also enthusiastically endorsed the deal.Renault holds a 43 percent stake in Nissan, which in turn owns 15 percent of its French partner and would not be able to block it from proceeding with the Fiat Chrysler merger. © 2019 AFP Renault and Nissan representatives were meeting outside Tokyo on Wednesday along with officials from the third partner in their alliance, Mitsubishi Motors Renault officials on Wednesday sought to reassure the firm’s alliance partner Nissan over a possible tie-up between the French automaker and Fiat Chrysler, which could up-end the auto industry. Old partner Nissan left sidelined by Renault-Fiat mergercenter_img Citation: Renault tries to reassure partner Nissan on Fiat plans (2019, May 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-renault-reassure-partner-nissan-fiat.html 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.last_img read more

Assam floods School building collapses in seconds as Brahmaputra water level crosses

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:07 IST The primary school in Tengaguri area in Morigaon district collapsed within a few seconds due to the rising water level in Brahmaputra.Another year, another monsoon — Assam has been hit once again by the monsoon floods. The flood situation in the state has gone from bad to worse as the Brahmaputra river is now flowing above the danger level in many districts.On Saturday, a video of a school buidling collapsing in the Brahmputra in Morigaon district emerged. The primary school in Tengaguri area in Morigaon district collapsed within a few seconds due to the rising water level in Brahmaputra, news agency ANI reported. No casualties have been reported so far.Currently, the Brahmaputra at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, while the Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj are flowing above the danger mark.The flood situation in Assam continued to deteriorate with one more person losing his life on Saturday, taking the toll to seven, as over 14 lakh people were affected by the deluge across 25 districts of the state.At present, 2,168 villages are under water and 51,752 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, according to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA),Massive erosion has been reported at several places of Chirang, Barpeta, Sonitpur and Bongaigaon districts, the report added.At present, over 14.06 lakh persons have been affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cacha and West Karbi Anglong districts, the ASDMA said.Barpeta is the worst hit with 5.22 lakh people suffering, followed by Dhemaji (1.38 lakh people) and Morigaon (nearly 95,000 persons).Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been hit at various places in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kamrup, Barpeta, Baksa, Kokrajhar, Hojai, Darrang, Biswanath, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Dhubri, Majuli, Sivasagar, West Karbi Anglong, Hailakandi, Golaghat and Bongaigaon districtsThe NDRF and SDRF have rescued 848 persons in the last 24 hours across the state, while 4,476.74 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 7,907.11 litres of mustard oil have been distributed along with tarpaulin, water pouches and other essential items.Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him about the latest flood situation in the state.Sarbananda Sonowal said 24×7 flood control rooms have been activated across the districts and that he is monitoring the situation personally.ALSO READ | Assam floods: Sheshnag in trouble as Brahmaputra water hisses over danger mark in GuwahatiALSO WATCH | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Assam floods: School building collapses in seconds as Brahmaputra water level crosses danger mark | WatchThe flood situation in Assam worsened as the Brahmaputra river is now flowing above the danger level in many districts. On Saturday, a video of a school buidling collapsing in the Brahmputra in Morigaon district emerged.advertisementlast_img read more

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