Complaints filed against Vancouver police for targeting Downtown Eastside with bylaw infractions

first_imgAPTN National NewsVancouver police are targeting the poor people of Downtown Eastside with an abundance of bylaw infractions from jaywalking to public urination according to newly released information.According to a report, 95 per cent of some bylaw offences have been enforced exclusively in the troubled neighbourhood.Statistics show that 1448 tickets were given out in the Downtown Eastside under the Street and Traffic Bylaw over the last four years, with the next closest neighbourhood, the downtown core, receiving only 28 according to information obtained through a Freedom of Information request by two Vancouver organizations.The infractions range from vending, jaywalking, public urination/defecation and spitting.Wally Oppal, head of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, recently agreed in his final report that issuing such tickets creates a barrier between police and the poor.Oppal recommended police and the city should reduce the number of tickets they give out.As a result complaints have been filed against the police department alleging discrimination hoping to have them follow Oppal’s recommendations.“These tickets have many negative consequences for people in our community; increasing stress and anxiety among already marginalized people because they have a ticket they cannot hope to pay,” said Aiyanas Ormond, community worker with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), who along with Pivot filed the complaints.last_img read more

Screen time before bedtime may not harm teenagers

first_imgSpending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, may not damage young people’s mental health, finds a new research challenging previous notions on screen time. The study casts doubt on the widely-accepted relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The research examined more than 17,000 teenagers and found that adolescents’ total screen time per day had little impact on their mental health, both on weekends and weekdays. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt also found that the use of digital screens 2 hours, 1 hour or 30 minutes before bedtime didn’t have clear associations with a decrease in adolescent well-being, even though this is often taken as a fact by media reports and public debates. “We found little clear-cut evidence that screen time decreases adolescent well-being, even if the use of digital technology occurs directly before bedtime,” added Professor Andrew Przybylski, at the University of Oxford. The team analysed data from Ireland, the US, and the UK and used a rigorous methodology to gather how much time an adolescent spends on screens per day, including both self-reported measures and time-use diaries.last_img read more

Ending visit to Sudan UN Security Council mission heads to Chad

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the mission, led by the British Ambassador to the UN, Emyr Jones Parry, also met with the UN country team and representatives of various non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Overall, three years of fighting in Darfur among government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands of people and displaced some 2 million others amid charges of massacre, rape and other atrocities against civilians. A small African peacekeeping mission known as AMIS has reduced some of the violence in Darfur but more troops, equipment and training are required to address the problems of the region, which is roughly the size of France.The Security Council is considering a transition to a United Nations force to be deployed in conflict-wracked Darfur. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is already stationed in the southern part of the country helping to implement a peace agreement that ended a separate conflict there.The Council delegation was travelling to Chad’s capital, N’djamena, today and then on to refugee camps in Abeche and Goz Beida sheltering those who fled the violence in Darfur. The members would also visit internally displaced Chadians.The team is scheduled to go next to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where it will meet next Monday with President Joseph Kabila and his vice-presidents, before returning to UN Headquarters in New York.Meanwhile, the first wave of southern Sudanese refugees to return home from the DRC crossed the border at Morebo this week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The convoy carried 224 of the 2,600 Sudanese refugees who have been living in the DRC.UNHCR noted that they have received only $10.6 million of the $75 million required for the repatriation process, which usual includes travel, stopping at transit centres and giving the refugees tools, food and reintegration allowances.The 21-year-long rebellion in southern Sudan destroyed roads, schools, boreholes and homes, killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions. UNHCR has been working in the region to clear roads of mines and rehabilitate facilities for the returnees. read more

Iraq UN mission concerned at upsurge in people displaced by recent violence

“Displacement is not a phenomena exclusive to any specific region, ethnicity or creed. Indeed, displacement since the 22 February bombing of the (Shiite) Samara shrine has equally affected all of Iraq’s diverse communities on a nationwide basis,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement.“While addressing the immediate needs of Iraq’s internally displaced is critical, UNAMI stresses the need to focus on developing mechanisms to allow for the safe and dignified return of displaced Iraqis to their homes. Achieving this will be central to Iraq’s long-term stability,” it added.In an effort to support the Iraqi government in meeting the emergency needs of these people, the UN and its partners have distributed assistance to over 12,500 of the most vulnerable recently displaced families. It is estimated that there are 1.3 million IDPs in Iraq, nearly 5 per cent of the total population. While many were displaced as long ago as the early 1980s, the last four months of increasing violence and relentless sectarian tensions have resulted in the sudden mass increase. In the last fortnight alone, 3,200 families have fled Ramadi to neighbouring towns as a result of the military operations there. read more

Ukraine Alarmed by surging violence UN rights chief urges greater effort to

As she urged all sides to do more to resolve the crisis, especially in towns which have seen a recent surge in violent protests, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to armed opposition groups to “stop all illegal actions, including detaining people and seizing public buildings in violation of Ukraine’s laws and Constitution.” She added that these “organized and well-armed groups” should lay down their weapons, free arbitrarily detained persons, and vacate occupied public and administrative buildings.Ms. Pillay also called on the Government to ensure that military and police operations are undertaken in line with international standards. “It is extremely important that the authorities themselves demonstrate full respect for the rule of law and scrupulously protect the human rights of all, including the Russian-speaking population,” the High Commissioner said.She also called on authorities to carry out “prompt, transparent and comprehensive” investigations into events in Odessa and Donetsk eastern regions, where dozens of people have been killed in recent days.Briefing reporters in Geneva, Ms. Pillay’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, said the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) is calling for authorities to undertake “inclusive and participatory dialogue” and to take “serious steps to halt the rhetoric of hatred and confrontation, before the situation spirals totally out of control”.Ukrainian officials have announced that the presidential election will be held later this month. It was originally scheduled for May of next year, but was brought forward following the political crisis in the country. The upcoming polls “represent the best opportunity for Ukraine to begin the process of reconciliation and stabilization,” Ms. Pillay said. She urged authorities to permit genuine peaceful demonstrations, both as a matter of international law and “as a release valve for people’s legitimate fears and frustrations”. The High Commissioner also emphasised the need to create an environment where freedom of expression and opinion are fully respected, allowing journalists the space to work.OHCHR teams are currently monitoring the human rights situation from five locations in the country and are due to publish their next report on 15 May. read more

The NFL Should Let 14 Teams In The Playoffs Instead Of Just

The NFL playoffs begin Saturday, and if recent reports are any indication, this season could mark the end of the 12-team postseason era. In March, the league will vote on whether to expand its tournament field to 14 teams for the 2015 season — after which the floodgates may open for further expansion in subsequent seasons.This is not necessarily a bad thing. The NFL playoffs are a TV ratings bonanza, and it doesn’t seem as though our appetite for football is waning (despite a trying year off the field). Plus, teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans — all of which missed the playoffs this season despite winning records — make a case for creating more playoff spots. (And the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers hosting a home playoff game makes the case for re-seeding the field.)But which expanded format is best? As I’ve done in the past, I’ll take the perspective that the best format is the one that sees the most deserving team win the most often, using a Monte Carlo simulation to test playoff fields of various sizes.More specifically, I generated random preseason Elo ratings for every team (based on the historical distribution of real-life preseason Elo ratings) and simulated the real-life 2014 regular season schedule 1,000 times — an exercise similar to that performed by Doug Drinen in this classic post at the blog. For each of those simulations, I tracked the regular season standings, seeding the teams within each conference using simulated point differential as the tiebreaker.The preseason ratings represent the starting talent levels for every team, but they can go up or down depending on the simulated game outcomes, in accordance with the Elo formula. For instance, a team assigned an initial Elo below the league-average mark of 1500 could tear off an improbably great regular season and finish above 1700. That would be used as the team’s strength rating going into the postseason.For potential expanded fields of 14, 16, 20, and 32 teams, I tracked how often the most talented preseason and end-of-regular-season Elo team won the Super Bowl, as well as the average preseason and pre-playoff Elo ratings (and rankings) of the simulated Super Bowl champs. For comparison, I also ran this test for contracted fields of 2, 4, and 8 teams, as well as the current 12-team setup.Here’s a little more to help decipher that chart. When the playoffs contained just 2 teams, the average simulated Super Bowl winner had an Elo of 1565.3 before the season, which gave it an average ranking of 9.2 among the NFL’s 32 teams. Also, 12.8 percent of those Super Bowl winners were ranked No. 1 in the preseason. After the regular season was simulated, those teams averaged an Elo rating of 1690.1, with an average ranking of 2.5 within the league, and they led the league in post-regular season Elo 44.7 percent of the time. Finally, following the Super Bowl the average winner from our two-team-playoff universe had an Elo rating of 1711.6.Comparing those categories across all formats, the irony is that a BCS-style two-team playoff produces the most talented champion from the perspective of both preseason and end-of-regular-season Elo ratings. But since that’s clearly neither realistic nor desirable, it appears the 14-team bracket is the superior option. On average, it yields the most talented team of any expanded format, and enables that team to win the Super Bowl with quite a bit more frequency — perhaps due to first-round byes only being given to the top seed in each conference.Interestingly, a 14-team bracket also yields the best average post-Super Bowl rating for the champ among any format tested, expanded or not. (Granting that the current 12-team setup sees the better regular-season team win more often.) Based on this research, then, a 14-team playoff seems to strike the best balance between letting teams settle things on the field and putting the most deserving teams in a position to succeed. read more

Dog suicide bridge mystery solved by pastor who says smell of mink

The pastor, who runs a local centre for women in crisis, moved into the nearby Overtoun House with his wife almost 20 years ago and said that he had seen several dogs suddenly dive off the bridge.Despite Scotland being the “kind of a place where there is a lot of the supernatural” it is the smell of small mammals scurrying in the gorge which sends dogs into a frenzy and leads them to break off their leash.However Paul Owens, a religion and philosophy teacher, disagrees with the theory. Mr Owens has researched the dog deaths for 11 years and has even written a book about mystery, “The Baron of Rainbow Bridge: Overtoun’s Death Leaping Dog Mystery Unravelled”.He told the newspaper that a ghost “is behind all of this”. He even went as far as to identify it as, ‘The White Lady of Overtoun’ – the often-sighted ghost of a local woman who died in 1908 and never got over the death of her husband.In his book he also argued against the findings of David Sands, an animal behaviourist, who said that it was dogs’ limited perspective as well as a possible ‘scent theory’ that lured dogs to jump – yet even he admitted that the bridge had a “strange feeling”. For decades it has stupefied locals. One moment, they are out enjoying a walk. The next they are hurling themselves off a 50 foot bridge and plunging to their deaths on the jagged rocks in the gorge below.Now a pastor claims to have solved the mystery as to why hundreds of dogs have reportedly committed suicide by falling off a rural bridge: the scent of small mammals.Since the 1950s, Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland, has played host to a bizarre trend of canines leaping off it. Befuddled and grieving residents of the town, which is north west of Glasgow, have blamed everything from witchcraft to paranormal activity.However they remain united in their insistence that the historic stone structure is now known as the ‘dog suicide bridge’. There is even a sign telling walkers to keep dogs on the lead.Yet decades after the first recorded dog death, a Texan pastor living in a nearby manor believes he has the answer to expunge such supernatural theories.“The dogs catch the scent of mink, pine martens or some other mammal and then they will jump up on the wall of the bridge,” Bob Hill told The New York Times. “And because it’s tapered, they will just topple over.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hundreds crowd library terrace to share in eclipse experience

first_imgWhen Eugene Messer watched the 1979 eclipse, it wasn’t a mob scene like this year’s event.He went to the replica Stonehenge monument near the Maryhill Museum of Art, where Druids in costumes danced around chanting and burning herbs, he said.“They brought the sun back,” Messer of Vancouver said. “They were sure they did.”While Messer didn’t travel to the path of totality this time, he was happy to wait on line a few hours Monday morning to secure a good spot on the fifth-floor terrace at the Vancouver Community Library. The library was one of the most popular spots in the city for watching the eclipse on Monday, as an estimated 650-plus people visited, according to Jamie Bair, experiential learning librarian. The library had 400 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses to give out, all of which were gone about a half-hour after the library opened at 9 a.m. Some had lined up at 7 a.m.“It was imperative to us when we heard about the eclipse in January to plan something,” Bair said. “We have access to all these resources and we have room on the terrace and the lawn. We thought it was a great place for people to come together and learn.”On Monday, the library also had the NASA-TV stream of eclipse coverage playing in the Columbia Room when guests first walked into the building, along with a display of related books. In the lead-up to the eclipse, Bair said there was a noticeable increase in patrons taking out books about astronomy.The library also had paper plates on hand Monday to help make the eclipse glasses more adjustable.Kids, and adults, all over the library were walking around Monday morning with plates hanging off their faces. Some families, such as Renee Jacobson, Will Jacobson and Lorelei Jacobson of Vancouver, brought homemade eclipse viewing boxes. Will Jacobson made their viewing boxes out of Kix and Raisin Bran cereal boxes. Renee and Will Jacobson wanted to bring Lorelei, 3, out to see her first eclipse and create a memory they could all share.last_img read more

Valverde explains Messis Clasico role

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde revealed that he decided to drop Lionel Messi to the bench due to the “discomfort” he was experiencing.The Argentine forward has named on the bench for the first leg of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final tie against rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday night at Camp Nou due to a thigh injury.In Messi’s absence, Barcelona struggled to get past the Real defence after going a goal down early on through Lucas Vazquez.Valverde introduced Messi into the game on the 63rd-minute after Malcom had equalised for Barcelona.But the 31-year-old struggled to make an impact with the Catalan giants being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in the first leg.“Leo is fine,” said Valverde, according to Marca. “But we prefer not to take risks in this time [of the season].“He had some discomfort and we decided it was for the best.”On the other hand, Malcom unexpectedly proved to be the star man for Barcelona in his Clasico debut after struggling for regular game time this season.The Brazilian winger made the most of the rare starting opportunity Valverde gave him and deservedly capped off a fine performance by scoring the equaliser.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It was a difficult test because it’s a very special match,” said Valverde. “Malcom was connecting with his teammates very well.”The return leg between Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.To progress to the final, Barcelona will need to score at least one goal in order to retain their hopes of a fifth straight Copa del Rey title.“We have to score, it’s simple,” added Valverde.“The tie is open.”Next up for Barcelona is a trip to the San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday as they bid to maintain their six-point lead at the top of the standings.📷 Our captain 💙❤️— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Updated Star Magazine Discontinues SlimFast Ads After BBB Challenge

first_img FTC guidelines on native advertising — which NAD references in complaints against both AMI and SlimFast — require that all forms of advertising, including native, be presented in a way that makes it clear to readers that the source of the content is an advertiser, and not the publication itself. Most importantly, no ads should appear similar in format to editorial content, and native ads should be clearly and conspiculously labeled “advertisement,” “sponsored,” or any of a number of other acceptable terms.  Online, however, a number of dubious articles, purportedly written by editorial staffers but almost certainly part of a paid SlimFast campaign, proliferate throughout AMI’s portfolio of websites, including,, and The absence of proper labeling on these stories is particularly notable given the presence of other articles on the same sites that clearly lie more in the realm of compliance, like this one for OK!, a series of workout tips sprinkled with product recommendations and labeled “promoted content.” We are very concerned about the defamatory headline and implication in your article, that falsely states AMI “pulled” SlimFast ads after a challenge from the Better Business Bureau. AMI did no such thing, and the press release by the NAD does not state otherwise. Rather, as both the press release and AMI’s statement make clear, AMI agreed to “discontinue” the advertising campaign in question. In fact, AMI received the NAD inquiry after the SlimFast advertising campaign at issue had concluded. Thus, while disagreeing with NAD’s position (as AMI’s statement in the press release makes clear), AMI saw no purpose in challenging NAD’s position because the ad campaign had been concluded. Referencing, specifically, the September 26, 2016 issue of Star, a December 21 decision by NAD reads, “The cover page referred readers [to pg. 58] of the magazine for an article titled, ‘Snack Your Way to Slim.’ … This cover story and article appeared to be editorial content but were in fact advertisements for SlimFast.” Additionally, “Sponsored Content” labels have since been added to the online posts referenced above. ► Further reading: A follow-up Q&A with NAD assistant director Laura Brett. Update: In response to this story, AMI provided the following statement. In response to a complaint filed by the Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Divsion (NAD), AMI announced that it will no longer run SlimFast advertisements in Star using a format considered by NAD to be insufficiently differentiated from editorial content, misleading readers. NAD and the Better Business Bureau may have done AMI and ​Slim-Fast a small favor by allowing them to be proactive in discontinuing the ads; the FTC — which has come after everyone from Lord & Taylor to Instagram influencers in enforcement of its native ad policy in recent months — has the authority to levy fines of as much as $16,000 for each individual violation. It’s the first time NAD, which typically reviews claims made in advertising, has held a publisher responsible for the way native advertising is presented, according to a spokeswoman. This story was updated on Friday, January 13 at 12:50 pm. In addition to Star, American Media, Inc. publishes OK!, Men’s Fitness, and The National Enquirer, among others. The current January 16 issue of Star contains a two-page advertorial-style spread promoting various SlimFast products with a small “Advertising” label in the top-right corner.center_img Click to enlarge. AMI did not, however, “pull” any ads for SlimFast. The suggestion that it did damages AMI’s reputation not only with SlimFast, but with all of its advertisers because it falsely suggests that AMI believed it did something wrong or unlawful, which it does not. Cameron Stracher American Media, Inc. has agreed to discontinue certain advertisements that ran in weekly celebrity magazine Star amid claims that they don’t live up to industry transparency standards. The Sept. 16, 2016 cover of Star. “While the advertising itself was for SlimFast, the magazine was promoting the product on behalf of SlimFast when it published what appeared to be editorial content, but was, in fact, advertising,” the NAD spokeswoman explains to Folio:. “Any third-party that ‘persuad[es] the audience of the value or usefulness of a . . . product’ engages in ‘national advertising,’ as we define it, and is considered to be an advertiser for that product.” General Counsel — Media A deliberate misrepresentation of the source of the material, according to the FTC, is likely to affect consumers’ choices regarding the product advertised. In other words, readers are more likely to trust claims made in a publication’s articles than in its advertisements. Click to enlarge. In response, an official statement from AMI reads, “While American Media, Inc. respectfully disagrees with some of the concerns expressed by NAD, it appreciates NAD’s efforts and agrees to discontinue the challenged practice.” A second article, promoting SlimFast’s high-protein meal-replacement shakes, similarly resembled editorial content despite actually being a paid advertisement, according to NAD. Though presented as unbiased copy, the articles in question included claims directly from SlimFast marketing, like “clinically proven to lose weight and keep it off,” and “the superfast slim-down secret.”last_img read more

1 EME centre goes on green drive

first_imgSecunderabad: To contribute towards the ongoing drive, to address environmental issues and improve the ecology in the country, a tree plantation campaign was organised at 1 EME Centre, Secunderabad. In the first phase, 300 trees were planted here on Sunday.The plantation drive was done in collaboration with Mahaveer International, a Hyderabad-based NGO. The 300 trees planted include trees like peepal, neem and silver oak as well as fruit bearing trees such as pomegranate, custard apple and black plum. Brigadier Sandeep Bhalla, Commandant, 1 EME Centre planted a silver oak tree in the presence of a large number of military officers, JCOs, jawans and their families.last_img read more

Disney and Google join list of potential bidders for Twitter

first_imgWith Twitter (US code: TWTR) likely to follow Linkedin into the arms of a tech giant with deep pockets, the question is: whos next on the shopping list of tech behemoths like Google, Apple and Microsoft?To recap: the business-focused social networking company Linkedin (LNKD) was bought up by Microsoft earlier this year for $26.2bn (Chart 1), while the core business of former internet pioneer Yahoo! (YHOO) was snapped up by US telecom company Verizon for $4.8bn.On Friday, Twitters share price surged by over 17% to over $23 per share (Chart 2) on the back of rumours that either Google or were about to bid for the company.This is a classic case of an industry in the throes of consolidation: that is, fewer and fewer large companies buy up smaller rivals in order to dominate the business landscape. In this case, we can see that the internet landscape in being increasingly dominated by Google, Facebook and Microsoft.Lets take a quick look at each of the mooted bidders for Twitter, and examine why they might find Twitter an interesting business to absorb.Google/Alphabet (GOOGL): Beef up social networking footprint given Google+ also-ran statusWhy would Google be interested in buying up Twitter, to add to its stable of internet-related acquisitions such as Youtube (online video), Doubleclick and Admob (both in online advertising)?Well, lets start with the obvious. Google has singularly failed to compete effectively with Facebook in the social media space, allowing Facebook to dominate. Buying up Twitter would be one way for Google to grow its social media footprint massively in one go.The main revenues at Twitter come in the form of advertising revenues: well one thing is clear, that Google is a market leader in the online advertising space, and so could certainly find growth from synergies with Googles existing online ad businesses, including of course Youtube.Financing a potential buyout of Twitter at, lets say, $26 per share which was Twitters IPO price and well above the current $23-odd level would cost around $19bn. For a company of Googles size and considerable power, who have over $78bn in the bank currently, even a $19bn should not prove too heavy a burden, representing less than 4% of the value of (CRM) – a second suitor from the online software is an online business software company that operates Customer Relationship Management software for its business clients. This is basically an online database where a companys employees can store their notes about all discussions between themselves and their various clients, track the amount of client contact that employees have and thus measure their productivity.Twitter would be a much bigger morsel for to swallow, given that $19bn would represent nearly 40% of Salesforce.coms current size.Twitter has what is potentially a very valuable user database that could exploit in their own business; but it is difficult to see them competing on price with Google, given the tech giants hugely superior financial muscle.Microsoft (MSFT): still absorbing LinkedinMicrosoft is another technology giant that, like Google, has struggled to reach critical mass in the consumer internet space, with its search engine Bing notably struggling to compete with market leader Google.In addition, Microsoft is still in the process of absorbing business-focused social media pioneer Linkedin, which cost Microsoft a hefty $26bn just recently. The fit between business software leader Microsoft and Linkedin is obvious to see, given Linkedins focus on business social networks.So it is difficult to see the Redmond, Seattle-based software gorilla taking another big bite in the social media space just yet, given the risks of indigestion.Disney (DIS): Does this make sense?Last but not least, the US TV and film giant Disney has expressed interest in buying Twitter. The reasoning behind such interest is perhaps hard to see at first.It perhaps becomes a little clearer when you consider that Twitter recently broadcast NFL American Football night games over the internet, a business that Disneys ESPN TV sports division knows very well.Add in the fact that Twitters founder, Jack Dorsey, sits on Disneys board of directors, and the reasons for Disney potentially bidding for Twitter become somewhat clearer. Financing for such a deal is quite doable for Disney too, given a relatively low debt-load.But the real question is whether Disney, a traditional media player, is well-equipped to get the best out of this social media player.Previous internet and media marriages have ended in messy divorce in the past – just think of the AOL/Time Warner merger back in the heady days of 2000 or News Corp. buying up Myspace (where is Myspace today?). For that reason, I dont think a successful Disney bid is likely.Most likely outcomes for Twitter: Google takeover, or stays independentIn my humble opinion, the most likely outcomes for the loss-making Twitter are the following:Google pays between $26 and $30 per share to buy Twitter in a deal agreed by the Twitter management;Twitter rejects all takeover offers and decides to continue to go it alone, resulting in a share price drop of up to 40% from current levels.Two final questions: who else could be bought, and what can investors buy?Which internet company could be the next in line to be bought up by a bigger player? I would look at eBay which – post spin-off of the Paypal division into a separately-listed company – is now a cheap internet company, with valuable growth in the form of Stubhub, an online sales platform for concert, sports and theatre tickets (Chart 4).Otherwise, I still believe that the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index in the US is worth investing in, to capture the growth in all these businesses. This can be accessed in the UK with the Powershares EQQQ Nasdaq 100 UCITS ETF (UK code EQQQ).last_img read more

Another madrasa principals aide arrested

first_imgJabed Hossain, Shahadat Hossain and Nur Uddin Photo: UNBA team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has arrested a close aide of madrasa principal Siraj ud Doula in the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, reports UNB.The PBI team arrested Jabed, who is also the student of the madrasa, from Rampur area in Feni town around 9:30pm on Friday, said Moniruzzaman, additional superintendent of PBI (Feni).A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has arrested two more close aides of madrasa principal Sirajuddoula in the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.Earlier, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa unit Chhatra League president, was arrested from Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh. Shahadat Hossain Shamim is also a close aide of madrasa principal.A PBI team also arrested Nur Uddin from Mymensingh district on Friday and Moksud Alam, a councillor of Sonagazi Municipality and acting general secretary of Awami League’s local unit, and also a member of the governing body of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa, from the capital on Thursday night.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her.Nusrat Jahan lost her battle for life on Wednesday night, five days after the incident at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.Twelve people have so far been arrested in connection with the arson attack.last_img read more

Fuelfree nanomotor is powered by ultrasound and magnetic fields

first_imgThe magneto-acoustic hybrid nanomotor has dual propulsion modes: an acoustic field (ultrasound) operates on the nanomotor’s gold nanorod segment, while a magnetic field operates on the nanomotor’s helical segment. Credit: Li, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The researchers, led by Professor Joseph Wang at the University of California, San Diego, have published a paper on the new class of nanomotors in a recent issue of Nano Letters. As magnetic and acoustic fields are biocompatible and commonly used in medicine, the fuel-free nanomotors could be especially useful for biomedical applications.The nanomotor can respond to both types of fields due to its bisegmented design: the gold nanorod segment responds to ultrasound, and the nanohelical magnetic segment responds to magnetic fields. The entire device is approximately 3000 nm (3 µm) long.As the researchers explain, using different fields to power a single device offers the potential for rapid reconfiguration of the device’s operation. For example, switching between the two different fields rapidly changes the direction of motion because the fields act on opposite ends of the device. In addition, tuning the amplitude of the ultrasound waves or the frequency of the magnetic field enables rapid speed regulation, while applying a rotational magnetic field induces a torque that results in corkscrew motion.Using fields instead of fuel for power also gives the nanomotor the advantage of being able to operate in highly ionic environments, such as seawater and blood. These media typically interfere with the propulsion mechanisms of chemically powered nanomotors, which often rely on the electric-field-induced motion of electrophoresis. Explore further Citation: Fuel-free nanomotor is powered by ultrasound and magnetic fields (2015, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Play Nanomotors can rapidly change direction and speed under different strengths of magnetic and acoustic fields. Credit: Li, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society When several of the new nanomotors are placed in close proximity, the researchers found that they exhibit swarming behavior similar to the collective behavior seen in some biological systems, such as schools of fish. The researchers observed three different states of switchable collective behavior, depending on the applied field: stable aggregation with ultrasound only, directional swarm motion with magnetic fields only, and a swirling swarm vortex with both fields. In the future, the broad scope of operations offered by the magnetic and acoustic actuations could lead to an even more intriguing possibility: smart nanovehicles that autonomously reconfigure themselves in response to changes in the environment or their own performance in order to achieve a predetermined mission. This ability could prove especially useful for biomedical applications, such as imaging, drug delivery, and diagnosis. Other applications may include nanoscale manipulation and assembly in the wider field of artificial nanomachines. Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Jinxing Li, et al. “Magneto-Acoustic Hybrid Nanomotor.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01945center_img © 2015 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen New study shows the dynamics of active swarms in alternating fields (—Nanoscale motors, like their macroscale counterparts, can be built to run on a variety of chemical fuels, such as hydrogen peroxide and others. But unlike macroscale motors, some nanomotors can also run without fuel, instead being powered by either magnetic or acoustic fields. In a new paper, researchers for the first time have demonstrated a nanomotor that can run on both magnetic and acoustic fields, making it the first magneto-acoustic hybrid fuel-free nanomotor. 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

Konica Minolta Unveils New Ultrasound Technology at RSNA 2016

first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morecenter_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more November 1, 2016 — Konica Minolta announced it will be introducing a series of new ultrasound accessories and technologies at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Chicago.Among the new introductions will be:The HL18-4 hockey stick linear transducer for musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain management applications. The hockey stick probe reaches difficult-to-access areas easily with its small footprint and maneuverability. The clinician can evaluate joints in the fingers and ankle more readily with the probe’s angulation, improved control and greater contact with the anatomy. The high-frequency probe provides excellent resolution in the near field for tissue differentiation and visualizes color flow with outstanding Doppler sensitivity, according to Konica Minolta;The SONIMAGE HS1 Rheumatology report package is an efficient way to track and organize ultrasound images. Still images along with real-time clips can be stored and assigned to each joint. The RA protocol is integrated and customizable. It can be operated from a foot switch, allowing the user to move rapidly through the exam without taking their hands off of the probe; andThe SONIMAGE HS1 Simple Needle Visualization (SNV) feature incorporates an advanced algorithm that utilizes both the in-plane and out-of-plane methods to improve needle visibility, especially in steep angle approaches. The resulting clarity of the needle enables increased accuracy in needle placement, making the portable ultrasound system an ideal solution for pain management guided injections.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | November 01, 2016 Konica Minolta Unveils New Ultrasound Technology at RSNA 2016 Highlights include new transducer, rheumatology reporting and Simple Needle Visualization upgrades for the SONIMAGE HS1 ultrasound system 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.last_img read more

Pakistan suspends death penalty during Ramadan

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He later lifted the ban entirely, and since then about 150 inmates have been hanged in Pakistan.Pakistan’s military has intensified a military campaign against local and foreign militants since the Taliban school attack in Peshawar.The military killed 20 suspected militants in airstrikes Friday in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, the army said.June 15 marked the first anniversary of a major ongoing military operation in the North Waziristan tribal region. The military says it has killed 2,763 militants since launching the operation in North Waziristan and elsewhere, while losing 347 soldiers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif temporarily suspended the use of the death penalty during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Friday, the government said.Sharif ordered a pause to observe “the sanctity of the holy month,” according to a statement released by the premier’s office Thursday evening.In December Sharif’s government partially lifted Pakistan’s moratorium on executions, specifically for terrorism-related cases, following the Taliban attack on a school in the city of Peshawar that left 150 people dead, mostly children. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

NPLs drop in January as 90 loans rise CBC says

first_imgThe value of non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system dropped by €176.3m in January compared with December to €23.7bn, the lowest since the end of 2014, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.The monthly reduction of bad loans in January was mainly on a €152.6m drop of corporate non-performing loans to €11bn, the central bank said in a statement on its website. The bulk of corporate non-performing loan drop concerned credit to small and medium size enterprises. Household non-performing loans fell by merely €6.1m to €12.1bn.Total credit fell in January by €392.3m in a month to €50.1bn, the central bank said. The amount of 90 days past due loans rose in January by €186m to €17.6bn.The non-performing loan ratio in the system was 47.2 per cent in January, while the share of cured restructured loans was 72.4 per cent, the bank supervisor said. The amount of restructured loans dropped by €68.2m to €13.4bn.Since December 2014, when the central bank introduced the current methodology for defining non-performing loans which includes a minimum 12-month probation period for restructured loans, total non-performing loans fell by almost €3.7bn while total credit decreased by €7.1bn.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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