9 months agoMarseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019 last_img read more

Drewry Many exHanjin Ships to Remain Idle for Some Time

first_imgzoom Some five months after the collapse of Korean shipping group Hanjin Shipping, more than two-thirds of all Hanjin-operated containerships remains inactive, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Although a number of ships was auctioned for a total of USD 460 million so far, Drewry estimates that there remains up to as much as 150,000 TEU of Hanjin-owned ships still for sale.Hanjin’s demise exposed the frailty of container lines in an era of ultra-low freight rates and caused panic among cargo owners with assets aboard their ships. After the logistical chaos has been cleared up, what has happened to those vessels?An immediate impact could be seen on the containership idle fleet, which surged after 98 ships with an aggregate capacity of around 610,000 TEU were suddenly left without employ. The idle fleet went from 904,000 TEU in mid-August to 1.7 million TEU in mid-November.The declining stature of the idle fleet from December onwards is in large part due to some of those ex-Hanjin ships being re-chartered.Four vessels of 15,000 TEU in total have been scrapped, two of which were owned by Hanjin and none older than 20 years, while another 31 ships of 134,000 TEU have found new service elsewhere.Non-operating charterers have managed to find replacement lessors for 30 ships so far. Maersk Line has shown the biggest appetite for the former Hanjin fleet by chartering 11 vessels of 77,000 TEU, the largest being two 13,000 TEU units that were sold at auction to unnamed buyers in December for around USD 131 million apiece, according to unconfirmed media reports. Maersk is deploying the vessels in the 2M Alliance Asia-Europe network.There remain some 63 ex-Hanjin ships with close to 460,000 TEU worth of nominal capacity that are parked up. At least eight vessels should be back on the water fairly quickly.With such a glut of containerships already available and limited demand growth it is debatable just how big a market they can attract even at knock-down prices. The biggest and youngest ships are likely to have the biggest pull, according to Drewry.last_img read more

Rep Griffin hosts district office hours

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her first scheduled office hours of 2018.“Hosting office hours throughout the district will continue to be one of my top priorities in 2018, “Griffin said. “These face-to-face meetings are a great way for me to be accessible and accountable to people in the community.”The office hours for January will take place at the following times and locations:Monday, Jan. 88:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Java Joint, 23890 City Center Circle in Mattawan;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at South Haven Memorial Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven;1 to 2 p.m. at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. #1 in Hartford; and3 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Township Hall, 1590 D Ave. in Kalamazoo.No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-0839 or by email at BethGriffin@house.mi.gov. 02Jan Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,Newslast_img read more

The organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14000 atte

first_imgThe organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14,000 attendees for this year’s event, with 4,900 of those buyers, and 1,500 of the acquisition execs working for digital and SVOD service.Reed Midem said the kids-focused MIPJunior event, which ran on the weekend before MIPCOM, had a record 1,600 attendees, compared with the 1,400 reported last year. There was a 10% uptick in kids buyer numbers, with 630 in town.The 2016 numbers are up year-on-year, with Reed reporting 13,700 last year and 4,800 buyers, 1,300 of whom were from digital services. The 2015 total was the same as 2014, meaning MIPCOM had its best-attended market for several years.At the main MIPCOM event, there were 2,000 companies exhibiting. Japan was the country of honour and there were 500 execs from Japanese companies in town as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a video address to delegates.Also from Japan, Sony Corporation President and CEO Kazuo Hirai gave the opening keynote.On the ground the heightened security efforts were visible, with mounted police and heavily-armed soldiers on patrol, as well as increased bag and security checks upon entrance.The local public were also invited in for two of the drama screenings; Red Arrow’s Mata Hari and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution’sThe Rocky Horror Picture Show. This has been an excellent edition of MIPCOM,” said Reed MIDEM’s Laurine Garaude. “Through the central theme of New Television we have showcased technical innovation, discussed how to reach out to younger audiences who consume entertainment when, where and how they want and brought together traditional television leaders with newer online companies.This year has seen a combination of plentiful deal-making, celebration, exchange of knowledge and keynotes from major industry leaders.”last_img read more

Hightech brain surgery improves quality of life for people with Parkinsons disease

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 9 2018A high-tech form of brain surgery that replaces scalpels with sound waves improved quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease that has resisted other forms of treatment, a new study has found.Further, the University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers conclude their study offers “comprehensive evidence of safety” in terms of the approach’s effect on mood, behavior and cognitive ability, areas largely neglected in previous research.”In our initial study that looked at the outcomes of focused ultrasound surgery in Parkinson’s disease, we primarily described post-operative improvements in motor symptoms, specifically tremor,” said Scott Sperling, PsyD, a clinical neuropsychologist at UVA. “In this study, we extended these initial results and showed that focused ultrasound thalamotomy is not only safe from a cognitive and mood perspective, but that patients who underwent surgery realized significant and sustained benefits in terms of functional disability and overall quality of life.”Focused Ultrasound and Parkinson’s DiseaseFocused ultrasound, as the procedure is known, has already been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of essential tremor, the most common movement disorder. That approval came after a pioneering international study led by UVA neurosurgeon Jeff Elias, MD. He and his colleagues have since demonstrated the technology’s potential in reducing tremor in people with drug-resistant Parkinson’s disease. The goal is to use focused sound waves to interrupt the faulty brain circuits responsible for the uncontrollable shaking associated with the disease.The new study looked at the effects on 27 adults, all with severe Parkinson’s tremor that had not responded to previous treatment. The study participants were initially divided into two groups. Twenty received the procedure, while seven received a fake procedure, to serve as a control group. (The seven in the control group were later offered the opportunity to receive the real procedure, and all but one did.)After receiving the procedure, study participants reported improved quality of life at both three months and 12 months. “After surgery, patients experienced significant improvements in multiple aspects of quality of life, including their ability to perform simple daily tasks, emotional well-being and the sense of stigma they experienced due to their tremor,” Sperling said. “Our results suggest that post-operative improvements in tremor lead to very meaningful improvements in day-to-day functioning and, subsequently, to better overall quality of life.”The Effects on Mood and MemoryRelated StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemThe study was notable for its in-depth examination of the psychological and cognitive effects of the procedure, areas that have received relatively little attention in previous research.The researchers found that mood and cognition, and the ability to go about daily life, ultimately had more effect on participants’ assessment of their overall quality of life than did their tremor severity or the amount of tremor improvement seen after the procedure.”A person’s perception of their quality of life is shaped in many different ways,” Sperling said. “Mood and behavioral symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and apathy, often have a greater impact on quality of life than the measurable severity of one’s tremor.”The only cognitive declines seen in participants followed through the study were in how quickly they were able to name colors and think of and speak words. The cause of this was unclear, though the researchers suggested this could be a result of the natural progression of Parkinson’s. (Focused ultrasound is being tested to address the tremor associated with the disease, not its other symptoms.)The researchers noted that their study was limited by its small size and the fact that participants’ medication dosing varied, among other factors.To become available as a treatment for medication-resistant Parkinson’s, the approach would need approval from the FDA. UVA’s new research is an important step in that process. Source:https://newsroom.uvahealth.com/2018/11/05/scalpel-free-surgery-improves-quality-of-life-for-people-with-parkinsons-study-finds/last_img read more

Exposure to chemical in weedkiller Roundup raises risk of some cancers study

first_img Source:http://www.washington.edu/news/2019/02/13/uw-study-exposure-to-chemical-in-roundup-increases-risk-for-cancer/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Exposure to glyphosate–the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup–increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.Various reviews and international assessments have come to different conclusions about whether glyphosate leads to cancer in humans.The research team conducted an updated meta-analysis–a comprehensive review of existing literature–and focused on the most highly exposed groups in each study. They found that the link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is stronger than previously reported.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemTheir findings were published this month in the online journal Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research.”Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic,” said senior author Lianne Sheppard, a professor in the UW departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Biostatistics. “As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is.”By examining epidemiologic studies published between 2001 and 2018, the team determined that exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by as much as 41 percent. The authors focused their review on epidemiological research in humans but also considered the evidence from laboratory animals.”This research provides the most up-to-date analysis of glyphosate and its link with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, incorporating a 2018 study of more than 54,000 people who work as licensed pesticide applicators,” said co-author Rachel Shaffer, a UW doctoral student in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.”These findings are aligned with a prior assessment from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which classified glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ in 2015,” Shaffer said.Glyphosate first was introduced as an herbicide in 1974. Usage in the agricultural industry has soared, particularly since the mid-2000s when the practice of “green burndown” was introduced, in which glyphosate-based herbicides are applied to crops shortly before harvest. As a consequence, crops are now likely to have higher residues of glyphosate.Researchers say more studies are needed to account for the effects of increased exposures from green burndown, which may not be fully captured in the existing studies reviewed in this new publication.last_img read more

Opensource solution for multiparametric optical mapping of the hearts electrical activity

first_img Source:https://mipt.ru/english/news/open_source_solution_researchers_3d_print_system_for_optical_cardiography Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019An international research team from the George Washington University, U.S., and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, has developed an open-source solution for multiparametric optical mapping of the heart’s electrical activity. The technique involves monitoring multiple parameters at once — for example, both electrical excitation and the changes in the intracellular calcium concentration. This technique is a useful tool for enhancing our understanding of the mechanisms behind cardiac arrhythmias. The 3D models of the mapping system components and the source code for data analysis are openly available, enabling other research groups to benefit from the new solution. The study was published in Scientific Reports.Cardiac excitation-contraction involves numerous interacting phenomena, primarily electrical excitation and the variation in calcium concentration. Normally, excitation is initiated by a group of cells in the right atrium, called the sinoatrial node, and spreads through the cardiac conduction system to the atria and ventricles (figure 1). Abnormalities in propagation, known as arrhythmias, are a leading cause of mortality in Russia and other developed countries.Optical mapping is currently the leading technique for investigating the mechanisms behind arrhythmias. This technique is based on perfusing ex vivo whole heart or a slice of cardiac tissue with fluorescent dyes. A number of intracellular parameter changes could be tracked this way using high-speed cameras. The high cost of the equipment and the technical challenges of monitoring multiple parameters of the sample at once and processing the associated signals prevent more widespread use of optical mapping in the biological community.To address this, the authors of the paper developed an open-source and expansible system that simultaneously tracks cardiac electrical excitation and intracellular calcium dynamics. Every system component, excluding cameras, lenses, and pumps, was 3D-printed. Since the designs of all components are now openly available, any laboratory can recreate a similar tool. The authors calculated that this could save other researchers up to $20,000, compared with commercially available products. Along with the designs, the team open-sourced the code of their Matlab-based RHYTHM software for signal processing.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmias”We made it a priority that physiologists would have access to the software, because they may lack the programming skills needed to code in C++, for example,” comments study co-author Roman Syunyaev, a leading researcher at MIPT’s Human Physiology Lab. “The current version of the software has a number of modules for analyzing the action potential and calcium transients [figure 2]. But the architecture allows one to add a new module to enable simultaneous measurement of metabolic changes (NADH concentration), for example.””Although the excitation propagation in the heart muscle is associated with an interaction between multiple complex phenomena, it is usually the case that researchers can only measure one parameter. Studies using multiparametric mapping are still uncommon,” adds Syunyaev.”Our laboratory maintains an open data policy,” says professor Igor Efimov of the George Washington University, who also heads the Human Physiology Lab at MIPT. Not many research teams nowadays can afford the expensive equipment for optical mapping. Now they can use our designs to recreate an affordable system just like the one we used. And they can process the data with RHYTHM. A further advantage of our tool is that it offers the freedom to design new experiments on diverse samples.”last_img read more

Amsterdam University Medical Center wins MR Solutions Image of the Year 2019

first_imgJun 12 2019The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular research image. Preclinical image submissions came in from most of MR Solutions’ users across the world. The winners which were presented at the ISMRM conference in May were chosen by a panel of leading academics who examined images from MRI, PET or CT – or a combination of imaging modalities. MR Solutions’ preclinical MRI and PET imaging systems won the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Innovation in 2016 and 2019. The company has over 30 years’ experience and in excess of 2000 installations across the world. Its scanners are renowned for their excellence in terms of superior soft tissue contrast and molecular imaging ability.MR Solutions operates from its global headquarters in the UK, with offices in the USA and distributors in all the major markets for maintenance and service coverage across the globe. We want to thank our user group for all their imaging contributions. Researchers using our preclinical imaging systems are producing amazing results – this will help to progress our scientific understanding at molecular level and ultimately aid better treatment for patients in the clinic.” Source:MR Solutions The winning submission was carried out by Amsterdam PhD researcher, Gustav Strijkers. This technique was used in cardiac research to produce a high fidelity 3D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse. The exceptional quality and accuracy of the cardiomyopathy research significantly advances the preclinical imaging sector in the battle to better understand heart muscle disease and treatment.Related StoriesMR Solutions leads the way in developing helium free MRI systemsMR Solutions to showcase latest multi-modality MRI systems at EMIM 2019Interactive preclinical PET-MR workshop demonstrates benefits of multi-modality imagingThe submission from Sydney Imaging Core Research Facility came a close second place for the high quality MR abdominal image of a pregnant Sprague Dawley rat. The resulting image showed multiple embryonic implants and was ranked for image clarity, research interpretation and understanding.The third place submission by the Centre Georges François Leclerc center in France was a PET-MR whole body image of an eight week old BALB/c mouse showing a CT26 xenograft tumor. This displayed a clear breakdown of the metabolic, hypoxic and necrotic regions of the tumor. Additional axial images showed further localized information on the high and low uptake areas of 18F-FMISO using a 2T signal.Nicky Doughty, CEO and Director at MR Solutions was delighted with the imaging submissions:last_img read more

Broadcom raises hostile bid for Qualcomm to 121 bn Update

Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is seen at a November 6 White House meeting with President Donald Trump, at which Tan announced plans to move the chipmaking company back to the United States Broadcom raised its bid for rival computer chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday to $121 billion, offering the richest-ever takeover effort in the tech sector in an effort to become the dominant player in the fast-growing market for connected devices. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, seen in December. has said he sees “no path to value” in a tie-up with rival chipmaking giant Broadcom Explore further Qualcomm to reviewQualcomm said in a statement it had received the new proposal and would evaluate it “consistent with its fiduciary duties” and “in consultation with its financial and legal advisors.”Up to now, Qualcomm has rejected the tie-up, with CEO Steve Mollenkopf arguing last year there was “no real path to value” with Broadcom.Mollenkopf, in comments in December, maintained that Qualcomm, the leading global supplier of smartphone chips, is well-positioned for emerging technologies for connected devices and 5G, or the fifth generation of wireless networks.If completed, the deal would be the largest-ever in the tech sector and create a powerful player in the booming sector fueled by growth in smartphones and an array of connected devices from cars to wearables. Any merger deal would need to pass muster with Qualcomm shareholders and could face regulatory scrutiny in the United States and other markets.Broadcom said its offer stood whether Qualcomm’s $47 billion bid for Dutch rival NXP was completed or is terminated. European regulators this month said they had approved the merger subject to conditions.The Singapore-based firm said it was prepared to pay a “significant” fee to Qualcomm if the two companies agree but the deal is blocked by regulators.It also said it would offer a “ticking fee” giving Qualcomm shareholders extra cash if the deal is not consummated within a year.Broadcom’s November 6 proposal followed a visit by its CEO to the White House, where he met President Donald Trump and announced plans to move the tech company back to the United States from Singapore.Broadcom moved from California in 2015 after a merger with rival Avago Technologies.The move by Broadcom comes with Qualcomm facing a series of investigations by antitrust authorities around the world over its dominance in the market for smartphone chips, and a legal tussle with Apple over royalties. Qualcomm rejects Broadcom’s nominees to board Singapore-based Broadcom, which has begun a process to reincorporate in the United States, called the hostile bid its “best and final offer.”The price hike steps up the pressure on California-based Qualcomm, the dominant producer of chips for mobile devices, which is set to hold its annual shareholders meeting next month.In a letter to Qualcomm board members, Broadcom chief executive Hock Tan called the offer “extremely compelling compared to any other alternative available to Qualcomm” and called on the board to open talks on the proposal. But he said the deal would be off the table if it fails to win approval next month by shareholders.The new bid represents $82 per Qualcomm share, up from a previous offer of $70 a share, and was said to be 50 percent higher than Qualcomm’s share price before the tie-up was proposed in November.With Qualcomm’s debt included, the deal’s value would be some $146 billion.”We continue to hope you choose to engage with us for the benefit of your stockholders,” Tan said.”However, we will withdraw this proposal and cease our pursuit of Qualcomm immediately following your upcoming annual meeting unless we have entered into a definitive agreement or the Broadcom-nominated slate is elected.”Broadcom last year proposed a slate of 11 new Qualcomm board members as part of its effort to win approval. © 2018 AFP Citation: Broadcom raises hostile bid for Qualcomm to $121 bn (Update) (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-broadcom-qualcomm-billion.html 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. read more

CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebooks privacy failures

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Citation: CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook’s privacy failures (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-ceo-zuckerberg-facebook-privacy-failures.html No need. “That was pretty good,” he said of the exchange with Cruz.For the most part, his careful but generally straightforward answers, steeped in the sometimes arcane details of Facebook’s underlying functions, often deflected aggressive questioning. When the going got tough, Zuckerberg was able to fall back on: “Our team should follow up with you on that, Senator.”As a result, he found it relatively easy to return to familiar talking points: Facebook made mistakes, he and his executives are very sorry, and they’re working very hard to correct the problems and safeguard the users’ data.As for the federal Russia probe that has occupied much of Washington’s attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s team, but “I know we’re working with them.” He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using U.S. aliases and politicking on U.S. soil. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders’ access to people’s personal information. He also said the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014—actions that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case. Life-sized cutouts depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wearing “Fix Fakebook” T-shirts are displayed by advocacy group, Avaaz, on the South East Lawn of the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, ahead of Zuckerberg’s appearance before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) An aide to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg closes a binder of notes left on the table as Zuckerberg takes a short break from testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) An aide to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg closes a binder of notes left on the table as Zuckerberg takes a short break from testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to work with lawmakers to examine what “regulations you think are necessary in your industry.”Absolutely, Zuckerberg responded, saying later in an exchange with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that “I’m not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad.”Ahead of the hearing, John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, “This is a serious matter, and I think people expect us to take action.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo, Alex Brandon) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Zuckerberg says company working with Mueller probe (Update) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) At times, he showed plenty of steel. After aggressive questioning about Facebook’s alleged political bias from Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, Zuckerberg was asked if he was ready to take a break. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Explore further In all, he skated largely unharmed through his first day of congressional testimony. He’ll face House questioners Wednesday.The 33-year-old founder of the world’s best-known social media giant appeared in a suit and tie, a departure from the T-shirt he’s famous for wearing in public as well as in private. Even so, his youth cast a sharp contrast with his often-elderly, gray-haired Senate inquisitors. And the enormous complexity of the social network he created at times defeated the attempts of legislators to hammer him on Facebook’s specific failures and how to fix them.The stakes are high for both Zuckerberg and his company. Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on some 87 million users. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday.Although shaky at times, Zuckerberg seemed to gain confidence as the day progressed. An iconic figure as a billionaire entrepreneur who changed the way people around the world relate to each other, he made a point of repeatedly referring back to the Harvard dorm room where he said Facebook was brought to life. Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system.Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been “clearly a mistake.” He said Facebook had considered the data collection “a closed case” and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission. He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.Separately, the company began alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that “one of your friends” used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.In the hearings, Zuckerberg is trying to both restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated.Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida said he believes Zuckerberg was taking the congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.” 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. During some five hours of Senate questioning Tuesday, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign.Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg’s company had a 14-year history of apologizing for “ill-advised decisions” related to user privacy. “How is today’s apology different?” Thune asked.”We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company,” Zuckerberg conceded, and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in “good and healthy” ways.The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company’s stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that: Facebook shares surged 4.5 percent for the day, the biggest gain in two years. read more

Twitter shares plunge in black week for social media

first_img © 2018 AFP Shares in Twitter tumbled 20.5 percent to close at $34.12 despite a record profit for the short messaging service, as financial markets focused on the new realities for social media firms moving to curb abusive behavior and boost privacy.The woes for Twitter came a day after Facebook lost an unprecedented $120 billion in market value following its earnings report that sent investors into a panic over cooling growth for the social network star.Twitter said it posted a best-ever profit of $100 million in the second quarter, following a loss of $116 million a year earlier. Revenue rose 24 percent to $711 million.But the San Francisco-based firm said its base of monthly active users fell by one million from the past quarter to 335 million in the period amid a purge of fake and abusive accounts and a crackdown on toxic “bots.”Twitter said it also expected user numbers to drop in the current quarter by a figure in the “mid-single-digit millions.”The fall in users is a result of “prioritizing the health of the platform, and, to a lesser extent, GDPR,” Twitter said, referring to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations that limit how internet firms can handle user data.Wall Street ‘off guard’Analyst Daniel Ives at GBH Insights said markets have abruptly begun to consider “a new risk factor that has been introduced”—how security and privacy affects the bottom line.”It got the Street off guard in terms of the magnitude of the effect it had on earnings,” Ives said.Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor who specializes in social media, said the market is coming to grips with a tougher picture for the sector as companies seek to curb manipulation and abusive conduct while coping with new regulations on privacy and data protection.”What you’re seeing is a market correction as the industry adjusts for increased operational expenses as governance and ethical business expectations have been raised globally,” she said.”Social media is not going anywhere. What has changed is that the public and regulators are no longer buying into (the) rhetoric and myths that social media is too big to moderate.” Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered Twitter shares took a pounding on Friday after it reported a decline in its user base, extending a stock market bloodbath for what had been a sizzling social media sector. Citation: Twitter shares plunge in black week for social media (2018, July 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-twitter-plunge-black-week-social.htmlcenter_img Explore further Chief executive Jack Dorsey said the past quarter’s results reflect investments “in the long-term health” of Twitter, noting efforts to weed out abusive and inappropriate behavior.”We’ll continue to invest heavily in making Twitter a healthier place because that’s the right thing to do,” Dorsey told analysts on a conference call.New tools to fight abuseDorsey noted that Twitter is investing in “new tools to address problem behaviors that distort and distract from the public conversation.”In recent weeks, Twitter has stepped up efforts to weed out accounts that promote violence or hate speech, and some reports suggested the move could lower the user base by millions.Earlier this week, Twitter said it had removed more than 143,000 apps from its service since April in a fresh crackdown on “malicious” activity from automated accounts.Twitter shares had more than doubled over the past year as it showed signs of sustaining profitability after years of losses.But a lingering concern has been the stalled user base, with Twitter struggling to move beyond its core group of celebrities, journalists and politicians.Both Twitter and Facebook moved to crack down on bots and fake accounts after learning of efforts to manipulate the social platforms during the 2016 US presidential election.Dorsey told analysts that Twitter had a “solid quarter” and suggested that daily usage was a better measure of its future growth. Twitter said daily active users rose 11 percent from a year ago, without giving a specific figure.Analysts say Twitter has been on a more sustainable track a year after it explored a sale of the company, although its user base is far below that of the 2.2 billion of Facebook and the billion-plus for Facebook-owned Instagram.But some say Twitter’s unique position as a real-time network that allows users to follow news and events will eventually pay off.Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research Group said efforts to curb fake accounts “should be viewed positively because these efforts improve Twitter’s position with regulators and with advertisers, who see the user base as higher quality when purges occur.”RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said in an upbeat note this week that Twitter is “one of the largest and most influential social networks” and provides “meaningful value to users.” This document is subject to copyright. 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A Pair of Shipwrecked WWIIEra Submarines Just Vanished from the Sea Near

first_imgMore than 100 World War II-era shipwrecks decorate the seafloor around Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore — and now, there are two fewer. According to Dutch media reports, a pair of submarines that sank off the coast of Malaysia in 1941 mysteriously vanished late last week, leaving behind only some broken scraps and ghostly outlines in the sand. The wrecked subs — Dutch vessels named HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII — also contained the remains of 79 crewmen, which are now missing. [17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth] How does a shipwreck simply disappear? According to Dutch government officials, the subs were likely stolen by scrap-metal scavengers, who have made a habit of pilfering old wrecks from the region. As many as 40 World War II-era ships have been partially or completely dismantled by scavengers, a 2017 report by the Guardian found, resulting in the desecration of the remains of some 4,500 crewmen who went down with their ships.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65894-dutch-wwii-era-submarines-vanished.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Salvaging a shipwreck usually requires blowing the vessel apart with explosives, then spending days or weeks hauling any valuable metals up onto the surface with a crane. For their trouble, scavengers can come away with millions of dollars’ worth of steel per ransacked ship, plus other spoils, such as copper cables and phosphor bronze propellers, according to the Guardian article. Wartime shipwrecks are protected under international treaties as the unmarked graves of departed soldiers — however, that has not stopped salvagers from destroying the wrecks of the American, British, Dutch, English, Australian and Japanese vessels resting in South East Asian waters. In March 2018, Malaysian officials signed an agreement with the Dutch foreign minister to better protect Dutch war wrecks in Malaysia’s waters. (Parts of Malaysia were once under Dutch colonial rule.) The agreement followed a string of particularly serious shipwreck desecrations; in 2016, the wrecks of three Dutch warships vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia, along with the remains of 2,200 people, the Guardian reported. Shipwrecks Gallery: Secrets of the Deep Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndo In Photos: Diving for a Famed Roman Shipwreck Disasters at Sea: 6 Deadliest Shipwreckslast_img read more

Low visibility disrupts flight operations at Delhi airport

first_imgFILE PHOTO SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 25, 2018 COMMENT COMMENTS Low visibility conditions on Tuesday disrupted flight operations at the Delhi airport and departures were put on hold for two hours, an official said. Three international and one domestic flights have been diverted so far while arrivals have not been stopped, the official added. The minimum visibility required for take off is 125 metres. According to the official, since the Low Visibility Take Off (LVTO) requirement is not being fulfilled, departure of flights were on hold for two hours from around 0715 hours. Departure of flights resumed at 0916 hours. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest in the country and on an average sees more than 70 flight movements per hour. This includes both arrivals and departures. center_img Airport Published on Delhi SHARElast_img read more

Restoring power and telecommunication facilities in Odisha are top priorities Cabinet Secretary

first_imgNDRF personnel prepare for emergencies in view of Cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.   –  PTI SHARE Orissa NDRF personnel prepare for emergencies in view of Cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.   –  PTI COMMENTS Published on May 05, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL PK Sinha, Cabinet Secretary   –  Ramesh Sharma Restoring power and telecommunication facilities are the top priorities in relief efforts in the Fani-Cyclone affected areas, according to directives issued by the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC).The committee under Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has directed the Ministry of Power and Department of Telecommunications to coordinate with Odisha Government for the same.“Power Ministry has moved DG sets of 500 KVA, 250 KVA and 125 KVA capacity and also provided Workmen Gangs, who are engaged in restoration of power lines and towers. Senior officials of Power PSUs have been stationed in the affected areas to oversee restoration operations. Neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been requested to provide additional assistance to Odisha, particularly power,” an official statement said.“Sixty per cent of affected telecom towers are expected to be operational by evening and diesel supplies are being provided to make them functional using DG sets in the absence of regular power supply. Sufficient stocks of diesel and other fuels are available in Odisha,” the statement added.Relief measures in the cyclone FANI affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh were reviewed by the committee  with the States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned on Sunday.“Odisha informed that power and telecommunication facilities are gradually being restored in the Cyclone affected areas. Major damages to the power transmission and distribution systems are reported in Bhubaneswar and Puri. Mobile services have been restored partially. In both the cities, about 70 per cent water supply will be restored by today evening. Odisha also requested for supply of storage water tanks,” the statement said.Sinha also suggested that Public Sector companies in Power and Oil and Gas sector contribute towards relief efforts under their CSR funding. The Ministry of Steel has provisioned about 3,500 steel electric poles and additional quantities are being arranged. The manufacturing of additional poles has also been undertaken.Railways have reintroduced 85 of the 138 cancelled trains. The main line to Bhubaneswar has commenced operations while Puri will be ready to receive trains in about 4 to 5 days. Flight operations to Bhubaneswar resumed with 41 flights operating yesterday, even though the local airport suffered extensive damage.The Defence Ministry through special transport planes and helicopters moved medicines and other relief material. Naval and Coast Guard vessel near Odisha coast have enough water supplies to be supplied to affected areas. cyclones PK Sinha, Cabinet Secretary   –  Ramesh Sharma COMMENTlast_img read more

More candidates with criminal charges for 2019 Lok Sabha polls ADRMore candidates

first_imgnational elections COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Elections 2019 The 2019 Lok Sabha election saw a rise in the number of independent candidates, as well as contestants with criminal cases. The proportion of wealthy candidates, too, has risen since the 2014 Lok Sabha election, with an overwhelming majority of the candidates of the two national parties falling in the category of crorepatis. However, the richest candidate this time is Ramesh Kumar Sharma, an independent contesting the Pataliputra constituency in Bihar. He declared assets worth ₹1,107 crore.Of the 8,049 candidates contesting the elections this time, 43 per cent — or 3,435 individuals — are contesting as independents. The total number of contestants has dipped about 2.5 per cent from 8,251 in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, but the total number of independents has risen about 6 per cent from 3,235 candidates.The data on candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) based on the declarations in their affidavit, also show that the number of individuals associated with criminal cases has risen to about 19 per cent.Of the 7,928 affidavits analysed, 1,500 candidates declared that they have criminal cases against them. The ADR said it could not analyse affidavits of 121 candidates for various reasons, such as lack of clarity in the filing and delay in availability.While some cases are minor in nature, 1,070 candidates declared serious criminal cases such as rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women, up from 908 in 2014 and 608 in 2009. Further, 39 per cent of the Congress candidates, and 40 per cent of the BJP candidates, 50 per cent of the Nationalist Congress Party candidates, 58 per cent of the CPI(M) candidates and 22 per cent of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidates have declared criminal cases.The analysis of candidates’ data further shows that there were 265 constituencies across the country where three or more candidates with declared criminal cases were contesting, up from 245 in 2014 elections and 196 in 2009.Assets declaredOn wealthy candidates, the ADR data found that 881 candidates, or 11 per cent, had declared assets worth ₹5 crore or more, and another 678 had declared assets worth ₹2-5 crore. At the pan-India level, 29 per cent of the candidates are crorepatis, but for the BJP and the Congress, the proportion is as high as 83 per cent. The CPI(M) saw a jump in the proportion of crorepati candidates to 36 per cent from 18 per cent in 2014.The number of women candidates saw only a marginal rise to 9 per cent from 8 per cent in 2014. There are 716 women candidates contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha election. 63 per cent voting in Phase 6; violence mars polling in Bengal Odisha Lok Sabha results to come late due to assembly vote counting Published on Lok Sabha SHARE Lok Sabha election 2019, Phase 7: Supreme Court dismisses plea to advance poll timing May 13, 2019 RELATED 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more