Timeline How Kulbhushan Jadhav case unfolded

first_img Advertising Post Comment(s) India told ICJ that Kulbhushan Jadhav was “kidnapped from Iran, where he was carrying on business after retiring from the Indian Navy, and was then shown to have been arrested in Baluchistan” on March 3, 2016. Pak informed India only on March 25, 2016. India sought consular access that same day, and repeatedly afterward. On March 21, 2017, Pakistan issued a note verbale saying consular access would be considered in the light of India’s response to its request for assistance in the probe.May 8, 2017India began proceedings against Pak “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” in detaining Jadhav, and in his sentencing to death by a military court. India asked that the death sentence be declared violative of international law and suspended, and that Pak be restrained from giving effect to it and directed to annul the decision — failing which ICJ should declare the conviction and sentencing illegal, and direct Pak to release Jadhav immediately.May 9, 2017ICJ President asked Pak “to act in such a way as will enable any order the Court may make… to have its appropriate effects”.May 18, 2017 Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Sushma to Salve, diplomats to lawyers wrote script By Express News Service |New Delhi | Published: July 18, 2019 2:58:17 am Related News Relieved, gratified, says Harish Salve on ICJ ruling kulbhushan jadhav, kulbhushan jadhav verdict, kulbhushan death sentence, Narendra Modi, icj verdict, india pakistan kulbhushan, Hague, ICJ, Kulbhushan news, pakistan icj, international court of justice, indian naval officer case, pak indian spy, indian spy hearing Jadhav with his wife and mother when they met across a glass partition at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on December 25, 2017.2016-17 Court directed Pak to not execute Jadhav till it takes a final view, and to keep it informed.June 13, 2017September 13 and December 13 set as deadlines for India’s memorial and Pak’s counter-memorial.January 17, 2018April 17 and July 17 fixed as deadlines for India’s reply and Pak’s rejoinder, respectively.February 18-21, 2019Two rounds of oral arguments.July 4, 2019ICJ announced that President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, will read decision on July 17.July 17, 2019ICJ ruled that Pakistan must review the and reconsider Jadhav’s conviction and sentence. The court granted India consular access and legal representation to Jadhav. Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict: Govt, Oppn hail ruling; PM Modi says truth prevailed Advertisinglast_img read more

Researchers discover how body initiates repair mechanisms that limits damage to myelin

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 22 2019Diseases such as multiple sclerosis are characterized by damage to the ‘myelin sheath’, a protective covering wrapped around nerve cells akin to insulation around an electrical wire. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have discovered how the body initiates repair mechanisms which will limit the extent of any damage to this sheath. Their findings, which provide a basis for the development of new drugs to treat multiple sclerosis, have been published in the eminent journal Nature Communications.Multiple sclerosis is the most common autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Estimates suggest that more than 200,000 people are affected by the disease in Germany alone. People with multiple sclerosis experience vision and sensory problems, as well as impaired coordination or even paralysis. These symptoms are caused by the disruption of nerve impulses in either the brain or the spinal cord. This disruption occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath, which is wrapped around the body’s nerve fibers and provides electrical insulation. When the myelin sheath is no longer intact, communication between nerve cells is impaired. Researchers across the globe are searching for new ways to repair the myelin sheath and, in doing so, are looking to reduce neurological symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis. Researchers from Charité have now moved a decisive step closer to this goal.Charité’s research team decided to take a closer look at the body’s innate ability to heal itself, knowing that, under certain conditions, the central nervous system is capable of repairing damage to the myelin sheath. Specific molecular signals enable stem cells to differentiate into myelin repair cells (oligodendrocytes), which reside in a small stem-cell niche in the brain. Once they leave this niche, these repair cells migrate to where myelin damage has occurred in order to restore the affected nerve cells’ electrical insulation. Until now, very little had been known about the molecular signals responsible for initiating this myelin regeneration mechanism. “We have found that the Chi3l3 protein plays a central role in the body’s capacity to produce new myelin-forming oligodendrocytes,” says the study’s first author, Dr. Sarah-Christin Staroßom of Charité’s Institute for Medical Immunology. A researcher at the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Dr. Staroßom explains the protein’s role as follows: “The Chi3l3 protein initiates the differentiation of neural stem cells into myelin repair cells, which restore the electrical insulation around damaged nerve cells.”Using a mouse model, the research team were able to show that a reduction in Chi3l3 levels in the brain significantly impairs the body’s capacity for oligodendrocyte production, while a Chi3l3 infusion leads to an increase in the production of myelin repair cells. The same reaction was observed during an in vitro experiment using human cells. “We hope to use this knowledge to develop a new generation of drugs that can be used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis,” explains Dr. Staroßom. “As a next step, we will study in greater detail whether Chi3l3 or related proteins can be used to reduce the neurological symptoms of patients with multiple sclerosis.” Source: read more

Researchers study link between childhood viral infections and cerebral autoimmune disease

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019Although the exact causes of multiple sclerosis still remain unknown, it is assumed that the disease is triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors. But which? In a mouse model of the disease, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) , Switzerland, studied the potential link between transient cerebral viral infections in early childhood and the development of this cerebral autoimmune disease later in life. Indeed, the brain area affected by viral infection during childhood undergoes a change that can call, a long time later, on the immune system to turn against itself at this precise location, triggering autoimmune lesions. These results, which are published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, provide a first step in answering one of the possible environmental causes of this serious disease.Multiple sclerosis affects one in 1,000 people in Switzerland, two-thirds of whom are women. It is the most common auto-immune disease affecting the brain. Up to date, there is still neither a cure available, nor a clear understanding of the factors that trigger this disease at around 30 years of age. “We asked ourselves whether brain viral infections that could be contracted in early childhood were among the possible causes,” says Doron Merkler, a professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology in UNIGE’s Faculty of Medicine and senior consultant in the Clinical Pathology Service of the HUG. Such transient brain infections can be controlled quickly by the immune system, without the affected individual even noticing any symptoms. “But these transient infections may, under certain circumstances, leave a local footprint, an inflammatory signature, in the brain,” continues the researcher.The childhood: a pivotal moment influencing disease riskThe scientists induced a transient viral infection in a group of adult mice and in a group of mice at a very young age in order to test this hypothesis.Karin Steinbach, a researcher in the same department, explains: The scientists then allowed the two groups of mice to grow older before they were transferred with self-reactive cells, which can target the normal brain structure and are also thought to contribute to the illness of patients with multiple sclerosis. “These self-reactive cells are present in most of us, but do not necessarily induce a disease, since they are controlled by different regulatory mechanisms and usually don’t have access to the brain,” explains Karin Steinbach. Indeed, in the group of mice infected with the virus in adulthood, the transferred self-reactive cells did not gain access to the brain and no brain lesions were observed. However, in those mice that had been infected at a very young age, the self-reactive cells gained access to the brain in adulthood, and migrated to the precise location where the infection had previously occurred. As a result, self-reactive cells started to attack the brain structure in these areas, leading to the development of brain lesions. Why was there such a difference depending on the age at which the mice suffered a prior viral infection?An accumulation of T cells gives the signalRelated StoriesStudy of MS patients shows 18% were given wrong diagnosesEndogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MSObesity linked with greater symptomatic severity of multiple sclerosisDuring their analysis of the brains in the cohort of mice that had overcome the viral infection at a very young age, the researchers observed an accumulation of a sub-type of immune cells: so-called “brain-resident memory T cells”. “Under normal circumstances, these cells are distributed throughout the brain, ready to protect it in case of a viral attack. But here, the cells accumulate in surplus at the exact spot of the infantile infection in the brain,” says Professor Merkler. The researchers subsequently found that these cells produced a molecule that specifically attracts the self-reactive cells, allowing them to access the brain and to cause auto-immune brain lesions. “In order to verify this observation,” continues the professor, “we blocked the receptor that transmits the signal to the self-reactive cells. Indeed, the mice were then protected from developing brain lesions!”A similar phenomenon also occurs in humans”We then looked to see if we could find a similar accumulation of brain-resident memory T cells that produce this molecule in people with multiple sclerosis, and indeed we did”, says Karin Steinbach. By analogy, the scientists suggest self-reactive T cells in humans could gain access to the brain by a similar mechanism as observed in mice, something that requires future studies to elaborate on.”We are continuing our research in this direction. We particularly want to understand why brain-resident memory T cells accumulate in these discrete spots in a child’s brain following infection but not in adulthood,” concludes Karin Steinbach. In the future, the knowledge gained from these studies may help us understand better the possible causes of multiple sclerosis. Source:University of GenevaJournal reference:Steinbach, K. et al. (2019) Brain-resident memory T cells generated early in life predispose to autoimmune disease in mice. Science Translational Medicine. In both cases, the mice showed no signs of the disease and eliminated the infection within a week with a similar anti-viral immune response.”last_img read more

Opioids are major cause of pregnancyrelated deaths in Utah

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 28 2019Stephanie lay in the Salt Lake County jail bunk bed and thought, “Everything would be better if I just died.”She was a burden to everyone she knew, and no one could trust her. She’d pawned her mom’s wedding ring, stolen her sister’s jewelry. There was nothing she wouldn’t do–or steal–to stave off the desperation, the seizures, and overwhelming sickness that assaulted her body every time she was “jonesing” for heroin. (Stephanie requested anonymity to share her story.)Sexually molested and raped as a child, she’d started using drugs when she was 13, while growing up in Springville and Provo. It wasn’t until she went to prison for drug-related crimes that she decided rather than dying, she wanted to change. “Me going to prison is what saved my life,” says the 37-year-old. She took up healthy habits, running every day in the women’s circular yard.But paroling from prison was one thing, transitioning back into society another. After a stint in the Orange Street halfway house for women, she lived in a tiny apartment with only a blanket and pillow–no food, no TV, or phone–while working as a server in a Mexican restaurant. She met her subsequent husband on Trax. He was working on his recovery from addiction using Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone), medication used in opioid replacement therapy. The couple relapsed and lived off scamming cash from stores with discarded receipts.Two more stints in prison and Stephanie and her partner couldn’t figure out how to turn their lives around. They would buy Suboxone from a dealer on the street, but when she found herself pregnant, she was terrified the state would take her baby away. Her doctor told her to aggressively taper the medication, but that only led to her craving heroin.Stephanie called Marcela Smid, M.D., the medical director of University of Utah Health’s Substance Use in Pregnancy Recovery Addiction Dependence (SUPeRAD), a specialty prenatal clinic for women with substance use issues.”I need to get off this,” she told Smid.”Don’t do anything,” Smid pleaded with her. “Stay on it. You’re stable on the medication and that is the most important thing you can do for you and your baby.”Fast forward 18 months and Stephanie has now been on the same dose of Suboxone for three years. Her one-year old scampers around the living room of her sparsely decorated Sandy home, while her husband is at work. “It’s sad,” she says. “There’s not a lot of help,” for pregnant women who are frightened of relapsing if they go off the treatment medication.While many providers and patients may view methadone or buprenorphine, two types of medications used to treat people with opioid use disorder, as a drug they need to be weaned off, Smid vehemently disagrees. Treating mothers helps to stabilize them and leads to the best outcomes for mother and infant. Addiction has been constructed as a social problem. Medicine is catching up that it’s truly a life-threatening, chronic medical condition.”Marcela Smid, M.D., medical director of University of Utah Health’s Substance Use in Pregnancy Recovery Addiction Dependence The cost of that mistaken perception is evident in a study that Smid has just published entitled, Pregnancy-Associated Death in Utah: Contribution of Drug-Induced Deaths. It highlights the unrecognized price Utah’s mothers are paying in the midst of the state’s opioid epidemic. Mothers who have a history of substance use disorders often relapse in the first year after childbirth. In total 35 Utah women fatally overdosed on drugs (74% were from opioids), between 2005 and 2014, making drug-induced deaths the top cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in the state. The vast majority (80%) of deaths occurred in the late postpartum period, between 43 days and one year after the birth, after most women have had their one postpartum check.Utah has long been in the grip of an opioid epidemic, from 2013 to 2015 ranking seventh in the U.S. for overdose deaths. It also has the highest rate of any state in the nation, at 42 percent, of pregnant women insured by Medicaid prescribed opioids, according to 2007 data.If more postpartum women are not to be lost to drugs, Smid urges that deep changes need to be wrought in terms of both public perception and treatment. “We have a huge problem,” Smid says. “Our moms are dying in Utah, a state which says it values family above all else.”Rethinking addictionSocietal norms may demand complete abstinence from mothers with substance use history to ensure a child born free of addiction. According to Smid, women with substance use issues do try to stop drug use during pregnancy. “Reproductive age women who do drugs, for whatever reason, when they get pregnant, they stop or decrease substance use when pregnant, but once they have their babies, many relapse.”OBGYN providers generally see mothers 1–2 times within the six weeks after the birth. “Six months in and the baby is still screaming, and it takes a toll on moms,” says Smid, in terms of the long-term follow-up with moms. And from the provider perspective, “many don’t know the mom was doing drugs or had a history or was in remission when pregnant because maybe they didn’t ask and the mom didn’t disclose.”While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends ongoing postpartum or “fourth trimester care” rather than the post-birth single visit, the lack of providers nationwide versed in pregnancy and addiction is disturbing. There are only about four double-boarded maternal fetal medicine specialists who are also addiction medicine boarded in the U.S. says Smid, and she’s one of the four. “We don’t have that many people truly focused on pregnant and postpartum moms with addiction, which is incredible since it’s one of our most common conditions. It’s more common than type 1 diabetes.”Smid finds parallels between opioid addiction and diabetes instructive. In both cases, she says 10 to 20 percent of patients with chronic diabetes or opioid use disorder successfully come off their meds. “The vast majority need medication to stabilize their brain. Their bodies lack natural endorphins, or the circuitry is altered so much that natural production isn’t enough to make them stable.”Related StoriesCannabis use during pregnancy may cause premature birthPatients taking opioids for chronic pain could face health care access problemsMaternal prepregnancy surgery linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in newbornsYet none of the women in the study were on methadone or buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. Smid argues that postpartum moms with opioid use disorder history should stay on their medications, stay in therapy, and not taper off, something that even patients have been conditioned to expect.”Do not think about tapering until kids are at least a year old,” Smid says. “Sometimes you don’t ever. Tpering may never be an option for you. You have a chronic life-threatening condition. Your brain may just need it.” She argues that since providers do not typically require patients to taper their diabetes medication, why force them to taper their medications for opioid addiction? “If more people thought about addiction like diabetes, we’d be in a better place. The vast majority of people need to be on medication for the rest of their lives.”Missed opportunitiesWhen Smid would ask patients about their first time on drugs many would say it was when they first felt normal, even happy, like they had emotions like everyone else. “It’s the first time it went from grey to color,” she says. “Your brain doesn’t make enough dopamine. You’ve added a substance that makes you feel great. That’s why it’s called ‘chasing the dragon.’ You want that feeling back.”Patients are at a moderate or high risk of developing addiction depending on their genes. “Most of our patients have family history of addiction that is deep on both sides,” Smid says. “You get exposure to drugs, you experiment with drugs, and if you have that physiology you’re throwing a match into kindling.”The study also highlights how society’s traditional view of people with addictions as shuffling derelicts strung out on the street is far from accurate. “People look at addicts and think they’re living on the streets, popping from one motel room to another,” Stephanie says.While women on State Street, North Temple, and Pioneer Park, living chaotic lives trading sex for drugs, are the most visible example of addiction, they are the minority in terms of reproductive-age women using opioids, Smid says. “The majority of the moms live in houses, they look like the moms in the mommy group. They live in cul-de-sacs, they work, they keep their jobs.”More than half of women who died in Smid’s study were sent home with their babies, Stephanie says, who read the study at University of Utah Health public affairs office’s request. “You don’t get sent home if the hospital or state think there’s a problem.” Which means, Stephanie says, that women are either not being screened for addiction and other histories, or are hiding them from their providers.All that said, Smid notes, Division of Child and Family Services does a full assessment “and determines safety for mom and baby. The perception is that the state takes your baby if you do drugs. That’s not always the case.”Postmortem, Smid found, providers didn’t know their patients had a history of overdose, substance use, and suicide attempts. “We’re not systematically asking every mom. We might ask the mom in Pioneer Park, but do you ask the Cottonwood Heights mom?” Sometimes providers do not ask their patients, because they don’t know what to do, Smid continues. “We have to train our providers in perinatal addiction care. They’re not automatically screening for substance use, mental health conditions and that’s a huge missed opportunity for us as providers to intervene and prevent these deaths. The system also needs to be able to respond to moms and have women-centered treatment facilities where moms can enter treatment with their children.”The study details numerous examples of other missed opportunities to identify pregnant women with drug use history in the system. A quarter of the women had a prior history of overdosing, yet none of them had had counseling regarding preventing overdose or a prescription for Narcan (Naloxone). Despite mental health and drug misuse, most of the women had not received mental health or drug treatment.The lack of screening for drug history is about to change. Smid has been training clinicians at U of U Health to implement the National Institute on Drug Abuse Quick Screen. The screening means providers, through a series of questions about alcohol, cigarette, and drug use, can both learn more about the patient and broach the potentially sensitive topic of prescription and opioid drug misuse. She and the U of U Health team are working to roll-out system-wide screening for every pregnant woman.Stephanie underscores how life-changing long-term treatment and recovery is. “This is like my fifteenth chance and I’m very grateful where I am right now,” she says. “I’m in a better place than I have been in my life since I was 10 years old.” Source:University of Utah HealthJournal reference:Smid, M. et al. (2019) Pregnancy-Associated Death in Utah: Contribution of Drug-Induced Deaths. 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Researchers reveal two metabolic pathways that may play a role in DOHaD

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 9 2019The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis is supported by multiple human epidemiological studies and animal studies. It states that the nutritional environment in early life makes people susceptible to lifestyle-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart attack, as adults. Many of those diseases exhibit reduced mitochondrial metabolism in the tissues of the body. Now, researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan reveal that two metabolic pathways involved in energy metabolism may play a role in the DOHaD hypothesis.All cells regulate gene expression related to metabolic pathways, and adapt to environmental changes such as fluctuations in nutrition, oxygen supply, exercise, and temperature. Cells in the human body use two types of cellular metabolism, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis. Mitochondrial respiration produces energy for the cell when oxygen is supplied (aerobic), and glycolysis is used when oxygen is scarce (anaerobic). The activity of metabolic genes changes significantly as the method of energy production shifts between these two mechanisms. Some of the most critical changes are due to histone acetylation and methylation (the addition/removal of acetyl and methyl groups) of lysine amino acids. The enzymes deacetylase SIRT1 and demethylase LSD1 are especially important in the regulation of metabolic genes because they remove the acetyl and methyl groups, respectively, of target proteins.Two metabolic pathways, NAD+ -SIRT1 and FAD-LSD1, regulate the function of specific gene sets, and transmit nutrient signals. Recently, Kumamoto University researchers revealed that these two pathways are controlled by dietary vitamins and nutritional hormones, induce metabolic activity, and develop tissue-specific properties in fat and skeletal muscle cells. They found that FAD-LSD1 pathway represses mitochondrial metabolism and induces fat accumulation under obese condition.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaDOHaD theorizes that people affected by malnutrition during early development may have a low birth weight and an increased risk of lifestyle-related diseases as adults. Although the mechanisms behind this have not been clarified, the researchers think that at least two responses work at different times. The immediate response consumes stored energy and prioritizes maintaining life, and the adaptive response “programs” the body to store energy in anticipation of future bouts of starvation. This is considered a natural survival strategy for nascent undernutrition. An adaptive response can easily adjust to undernutrition, but it makes a person more susceptible to lifestyle-related diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, under an excess of nutrition.The NAD+-SIRT1 pathway burns energy and the FAD-LSD1 pathway stores energy, and together they can remodel metabolic tissues. In muscle development, the SIRT and LSD1 pathways selectively promote slow and fast twitch fiber formation respectively, which increases susceptibility to lifestyle-related diseases. Thus, the researchers believe that these enzymes are involved in DOHaD mechanisms. Specifically, that SIRT1 can play a role in the immediate response and that LSD1 can be involved in the adaptive response.Speaking about future activities, research leader Professor Mitsuyoshi Nakao said, “We hope our work will help lead to new disease control and prevention strategies by improving the understanding of lifestyle-related diseases, and the nutrition of young parents and babies during perinatal periods.”This work was posted online in “Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism” on 5 May 2019. Source:Kumamoto UniversityJournal reference:Nakao, M. et al. (2019) Distinct Roles of the NAD+-Sirt1 and FAD-LSD1 Pathways in Metabolic Response and Tissue Development. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism. read more

Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi

Explore further Google is using its logo Thursday to honor a pioneer in geochemistry. The company’s latest doodle pays tribute to Katsuko Saruhashi, born on this day 98 years ago in Japan.Saruhashi is credited with creating a table bearing her name accurately measuring the amount of carbonic acid in water based on its temperature, pH level and chlorinity. The table has served as a critical tool for oceanographers.Saruhashi also developed a technique to trace how radioactive fallout travels across oceans.Google’s doodle features an image of Saruhashi with an oceanic backdrop to symbolize her achievements.Saruhashi was not only the first woman earn a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1957, but the first woman elected to the Science Council of Japan.She also started the Saruhashi Prize in 1981, which recognizes female scientists for research in natural sciences. Google tips hat to Charlie Chaplin with video doodle ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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

Platform for mobile networks would bring services up to speeds of 100

The Metron platform is designed to perform early traffic classification and apply tags to the packets. Then hardware can accurately dispatch traffic to the correct CPU core of a commodity server based upon the tag. “We also exploit our earlier work (called Synthesized Network Functions), to realize a highly optimized traffic classifier by synthesizing its internal operations, while eliminating processing redundancy,” Kostic says.The researchers’ experiments on a 100 gigabit per second ethernet (GbE) network realized services with dramatically lower latency (up to 4.7x), higher throughput (up to 7.8x), and better efficiency (up to 6.5x) than is currently possible. Kostic says the work enables network operators to offer high throughput and low predictable latency – key requirements for future networks. “This is also relevant for popular services such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter.””It shows that popular network services can be provided to billions of users at a high quality, by efficiently exploiting the increasing networking speeds,” he says. More information: Metron: NFV Service Chains at the True Speed of the Underlying Hardware, Georgios P. Katsikas, RISE SICS and KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Tom Barbette, University of Liege; Dejan Kostic, KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Rebecca Steinert, RISE SICS; Gerald Q. Maguire Jr., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, NSDI 18 … resentation/katsikas Making connections faster means getting networks to process data packets in a different way, which is what a team from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, RISE SICS, and University of Liege reportedly have done. In a recent conference paper, the researchers introduced a new platform, Metron, for network functions virtualization, which enables network services to function at the true speed of the underlying hardware.”We are the first to enable modern network services to operate at the speed of the underlying commodity hardware, at wireline speed, thus achieving ultra-high throughput with low predictable latency, and high resource efficiency,” says Dejan Kostic. The researchers believe Metron could help networks meet performance expectations even as demand for services such as high definition video, social media, and cloud-based applications continues to grow.While available specialized hardware can accommodate these speeds, modern networks have adopted a new networking model that replaces expensive specialized hardware with open-source software running on commodity hardware, Kostic explains. “But achieving high performance using commodity hardware is hard to do, and current solutions fail to satisfy the performance requirements of high speed networks.”For one thing, the data uplink and downlink requires a network to take a couple of steps that make a big difference. Each packet of data must be inspected, then it’s directed to servers where it must locate its destination among a multitude of cores, each designed to fulfill a specific service. Even as demand for web services grows alongside countless internet of things applications, a new platform could enable networks to deliver speeds of up to 100 Gbps. Credit: KTH Royal Institute of Technology Even though mobile internet link speeds might soon achieve 100 Gbps, this doesn’t necessarily mean network carriers will be free of data-handling challenges that effectively slow down mobile data services, for everything from individual device users to billions of Internet-of-Things connections. Explore further Nicira promises virtual networks will transform networking An overview of the Metron platform. Credit: KTH Royal Institute of Technology Provided by KTH Royal Institute of Technology Citation: Platform for mobile networks would bring services up to speeds of 100 Gbps (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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

Comcast Fox both raise bids as they reach for Sky

first_img Citation: Comcast, Fox both raise bids as they reach for Sky (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The stakes now stand at 26 billion pounds ($34 billion)—the value of Comcast’s latest offer. That bid came after Fox raised its bid to 24.5 billion pounds ($32.5 billion) earlier in the day.Comcast’s new bid translates to 14.75 pounds per share, or 18 percent more than its original offer. Fox is dangling 14 pounds per share for the 61 percent of Sky that it doesn’t already own, more than 30 percent above its first bid in December 2016.The duel for Sky is unfolding as Fox itself is the object of a takeover battle between Comcast and Disney. Disney said in June it is offering more than $71 billion for Fox’s entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast’s nearly $66 billion offer.Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Italy as well as the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox, which is run by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, still faces significant regulatory battles in Britain. The challenges include the culture secretary’s assertion that Fox would have to sell Sky News to win government approval because of concerns about media plurality.Fox’s bid for Sky is the most recent episode in Murdoch’s long-running effort to take full control of the company.His last bid foundered amid a 2011 phone-hacking scandal, in which journalists working for Murdoch newspapers were accused of gaining illegal access to the voicemail messages of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family. News Corp., which is controlled by the Murdochs, withdrew its bid for Sky soon after.Both Comcast and Fox want Sky in order to amass more programming as they compete for viewers with both traditional TV networks and technology companies such as Netflix and Amazon. This Friday, July 25, 2014, file photo shows a view of the headquarters of the Italian Sky television broadcaster in Milan, Italy. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has increased its bid to take full control of Sky in a prolonged battle with Comcast for the lucrative pay TV service. Fox Wednesday, July 11, 2018 increased its bid to 14 pounds ($18.58) a share as it seeks the 61 percent of Sky not already under its control. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File) Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox ups Sky bid to beat rival Comcast The battle for European pay TV service Sky escalated Wednesday as U.S. rivals Comcast and 21st Century Fox took turns upping the ante in their quest to expand their media empires.center_img Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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

MakerLab becoming a hub of 3D printed shell implants for injured pets

first_imgCredit: Northern Arizona University These days, you can 3-D print toys, full-size skeletons, Halloween masks, art projects, mechanical parts and building blocks. You can also print tortoise shells—or, as the MakerLab at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library did recently, implants for damaged tortoise shells to help a couple of local pets survive. Tortoises Daisy and Tim check each other out at the vet’s office. Credit: Northern Arizona University David Van Ness and Kathleen Schmand scan the pieces that broke off Daisy’s shell. Credit: Northern Arizona University Bioengineers unveil surprising sensory and self-healing abilities of seashore creatures Everyone was feeling pretty good about moving forward when Schmand got another referral from Canyon Pet Hospital. Daisy had a new friend, a 1.5-pound Mojave desert tortoise named Tim who’d lost a chunk of shell to a curious gnawing puppy, leaving his liver exposed.”Both tortoises were at high risk of infection and sepsis and so had to endure bandage changes every three days for about two months before the wounds were clean and healthy enough to cover with implants,” DeMuth said.Van Ness, See and Schmand met with Tim’s owner in the MakerLab with their scanning tools. This was harder to create because they weren’t scanning a broken-off piece, Van Ness said, so he had to get more creative in the design. He debated using plasticine, an oil-based modeling clay, to sculpt the needed piece onto Tim’s shell, then scan the sculpture of it and use that as a base. It turned out to be unnecessary, though, as Tim’s shell is healing.”He needs a little bit of armor that can be left on for a shorter period of time,” Schmand said. “He’s healing at a really fast rate.” 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. Explore further Dr. Tereza DeMuth, a veterinarian at Canyon Pet Hospital, approached Cline Library staff with her dilemma—a 75-pound tortoise who’d survived a car accident but had two holes in her shell. Left open, Daisy was exposed to infection and potential damage to her spine. The holes were bandaged, but they required frequent changes, and it wasn’t Daisy’s favorite thing. Typically, prosthetic fixes to a tortoise shell could cost hundreds of dollars.3-D printing, however, opened up some new, much less expensive options. Kathleen Schmand, director of development and communications for Cline Library, Andrew See, head of user services for the library, and art professor David Van Ness, the director of the New Media Art program, went to the pet hospital to meet Daisy.Van Ness did laser scans of Daisy’s broken shell pieces, which produced a model of the same size and proportions. He then used a program called ZBrush to touch up the scans. That’s how it worked in theory, anyway. In practice, there were a few attempts to get the size right and a couple of different scans, including attempting to fit the pieces on and learning they didn’t have all the missing pieces to begin with.”It’s really that process of prototyping—printing out what you think is going to work and then actually measuring it against the reality and adjusting it,” Schmand said.They looked at a couple of different options for printing materials, eventually settling on polylactic acid (PLA), which is a biodegradable, environmentally friendly material. Van Ness said they considered chitosan, a material made of ground-up shrimp and cricket shells, which would be similar in structure to the tortoise shell. But that material and the necessary equipment is harder to get, and with their time frame, they opted for the PLA, which is used in the all of the library’s 3-D printers. Citation: MakerLab becoming a hub of 3-D printed shell implants for injured pets (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from It will degrade over time, Van Ness said, which for art would require some additional intervention. Since Daisy’s shell pieces will need to be replaced every year or so, they’re less worried about the material’s longevity.The cost for this prosthetic—about $20, including the multiple prints they had to make. Provided by Northern Arizona University For all the humans involved, this is an exciting development. Van Ness, who was a consultant for the library as they designed the Maker Lab and whose students are the most frequent users, sees it as one more link bridging art and science, a connection around which he has built his career. He spends as much time with 3-D sculpting as he does more traditional sculpting, and this experience demonstrates the value of new media to all sorts of industries.Schmand is thrilled with every opportunity to try something new in the MakerLab. Professors have printed replicas of human bones from centuries ago, she knows of doctors who have used 3-D printed anatomically accurate hearts to show pediatric patients what will happen during their surgeries, and a student has printed a blood vessel to describe what an aneurysm looks like.”The opportunities are limitless,” she said. “You just never know what you might get approached with to recreate or produce.”For DeMuth, it’s good to have one more tool in her arsenal to help her patients heal.”Unlike in human medicine, our animal patients come in a very diverse range of shapes and sizes, so having the ability to create materials tailored to each unique individual makes this a very exciting time to be in veterinary practice,” she said.As for Daisy and Tim, both are responding well to treatment. For the rest of her life, Daisy will have the two implanted pieces on her shell—a little reptile bling, if you will—and she’ll be able to go home and run around the yard like she did before the accident. (Tortoises, contrary to popular opinion, are not slow. Daisy escaped from the yard once.) As Tim’s shell continues to heal, he will eventually lose the cast entirely.last_img read more

Innate fingerprint could detect tampered steel parts

first_imgResearchers using magnetic signals have found unique “fingerprints” on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Management shift begins at US nuclear weapons lab David Mascarenas, a research and development engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, used Barkhausen noise to find unique-looking ‘fingerprints’ in steel that could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry. Credit: Furhana Afrid at Los Alamos Laboratory Provided by Los Alamos National Laboratory More information: David Mascareñas et al, Barkhausen noise as an intrinsic fingerprint for ferromagnetic components, Smart Materials and Structures (2018). DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aae762 “Magnetic signals provide a wide range of possible national security applications,” said David Mascareñas, a research and development engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author of the study published recently in the journal Smart Materials and Structures. “It’s a promising phenomenon that we hope to leverage to uniquely identify different pieces of artillery.”In the research, funded by the U.S Department of State, researchers applied Barkhausen noise, a magnetic phenomenon, to two types of steel—conventional steel and an abrasive-resistant type of steel used in mining equipment. A sensor measured electromagnetic signals by repeatedly scanning the different kinds of steel over a period of time. Researchers compared the signals from those two sets of scanned images and found signatures that were instrinsic to each type of steel.The variations that occur from the production of various kinds of steel are reflected as distinct fingerprints. “They seem to be repeatable,” said Mascareñas.That intrinsic signature could help to discover counterfeit or low-grade steel parts in construction by looking for differences in the electromagnetic signatures. “It could also help solve that big problem in that industry,” said Mascareñas.Future research could involve studying other types of steel and developing a handheld sensor for treaty verification.Publication: Barkhausen noise as an intrinsic fingerprint for ferromagnetic components, in Smart Materials and Structures.Authors: David Mascareñas, Michelle Lockhart, Thomas LienertFunding: U.S Department of State—Key Verifications Assets Fund.About Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. Explore further Citation: Innate fingerprint could detect tampered steel parts (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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

PM accuses TMC of graft Mamata asks him to do squats if

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT It has become a free-for-all in Bengal this poll season. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi retorted to Mamata Banerjee’s slap jibe by accusing the Trinamool Congress of corruption, the latter fired a fresh salvo at Modi, asking him to do “100 squats” if allegations were proved false. Over the last few days, the war of words between PM Modi and the West Bengal Chief Minister has taken a turn for the worse.Modi recently made a reference to tolabaazi — a Bengali slang for organised extortion racket — and the involvement of Trinamool leaders in it. Since then, Banerjee’s attacks on the PM have been personal. She has on different occasions called Modi a “liar”, “person drenched in blood” and “someone who does not take care of his wife”.‘Slap, a blessing’Modi hit back at Mamata Banerjee’s “slap of democracy” remark on Thursday, saying the “slap” will be “blessing” for him, especially when it came from someone whom he considered didi (elder sister). Banerjee had raked up a controversy when she said the PM deserves a “slap of democracy”. The comments came during a public rally in Purulia, 300 km from Kolkata.“I was told Didi (Mamata Banerjee) wants to slap me. Didi, o didi, you are like my elder sister. I respect you. Your slap is a blessing for me. I take it in my stride,” Modi said during his rally in Purulia on Thursday.The Prime Minister added that Banerjee should also have the courage to slap her party members who were allegedly involved in Ponzi-scheme scams, and tolabaazi (extortion rackets).“You should have shown the courage and slapped those party members of yours involved in ponzi scheme scams or tolabaazi,” he said. Earlier in the day, while speaking at a rally in Bankura, 220 km from Kolkata, Modi said the TMC supremo was “scared” of defeat.Squat challengeModi, at both his rallies, took a fresh dig at Banerjee and her party and alleged they were involved with coal mafias. The PM claimed that mafias were depriving the mine workers of their remuneration.“The TMC is running a mafia-raaj in the coal mines. And these coal mafias are depriving workers of their rights,” he said at Bankura.Retorting to the remark, Banerjee asked Modi to prove the charges. If proven, she will withdraw the candidature of all 42 nominees, or else the PM will have to “do 100 squats in public”, she said.“If you can prove that even one of my 42 candidates has links to the coal mafia, I will withdraw their candidature. But, if proven false, you will have to apologise and do 100 utthak-baithak (squats) in public. I dare you,” she said. May 09, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi   –  PTI Published on West Bengalcenter_img SHARE elections politics BJP COMMENTSlast_img read more

Ram Vilas Paswan files papers for Rajya Sabha bypoll in Bihar

first_imgLok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan filing his nominationpapers in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar   –  PTI politics COMMENT SHARE June 21, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha by-poll in Bihar in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.The by-poll has been necessitated after Paswan’s cabinet colleague and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad gave up his seat upon his election to the Lok Sabha.Paswan, who arrived here from New Delhi around noon, drove straight to the State headquarters of his party before heading towards the State Assembly premises.Apart from Nitish Kumar, Union Minister of State for Home and State BJP chief Nityanand Rai accompanied Paswan to the Vidhan Sabha, where the Lok Janshakti Party President filed his nomination. Paswan had not contested the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, leaving his pocket borough Hajipur for his younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras, who retained the seat for the LJP. He was re-inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet on May 30.Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha for his third consecutive term last year, resigned from the Upper House upon his election to the Lok Sabha from Patna Sahib seat.The last date for filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha by-polls, being held in three States, is June 25; and scrutiny will take place the following day. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is June 28, while polling and counting of votes will be held on July 5.‘A foregone conclusion’The NDA in Bihar, comprising the BJP, the Janata Dal (United) and the LJP, has a comfortable majority in the State Assembly and Paswan’s election to the Rajya Sabha is therefore being seen as a foregone conclusion.While announcing the seat-sharing arrangement in Bihar NDA for the general elections, it was said that Paswan would be sent to Rajya Sabha from wherever the first election is held. Bihar COMMENTS Published onlast_img read more

Suicide car bomb targets hotel in Somali port city two journalists confirmed

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 20 Jun 2019 Kenyan court convicts three for aiding deadly Islamist attack on university World 23 Jun 2019 Three al Shabaab fighters killed in Kenya after attack on police MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomb went off on Friday at a hotel in Somalia’s port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming regional election and was followed by gunfire, police said, adding that the death toll could be high.A journalists’ group said it had confirmed two reporters among the dead.The militant Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, claimed responsibility for the attack. It said its fighters had battled their way into the hotel after a suicide car bomb attack.One police officer said the gunfire had died down about an hour and a half after the explosion. Residents said the attackers were still in the hotel at 2000 GMT.center_img Related News “… but we believe the militants are still in the building. We have not confirmed the death toll, but there were many people inside, and there may be a high death toll,” police captain Abdullahi Isak told Reuters by phone.Major Mohamed Abdi, another police officer, told Reuters earlier that local elders and lawmakers were meeting at the Hotel Asasey when the attack happened.Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said the militant group had been behind the attack.”First we targeted (the hotel) with a suicide car bomb and then armed mujahideen (guerrilla fighters) stormed the hotel. We are still fighting inside the hotel,” he said.”There are many dead bodies inside the hotel, including a dead white man. We control the hotel now.”Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper in Kismayu, told Reuters: “There were many people including officials and elders, mostly from one clan, who were discussing the coming Kismayu election.” Nur was referring to elections in the city due sometime in August.Somali Journalists Syndicate said in a statement that two journalists based in Kismayu had been confirmed dead in the attack.”Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayu and Hodan Naleyeh, female TV journalist and founder of Integration TV (are) both among (those) killed,” Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the syndicate’s secretary general, said.It said Naleyeh had recently returned from Canada.”The deaths of Hodan, 43 and Sahal, 35, become the first journalists killed in the country this year,” the statement said.State-run Somali National News Agency said in a statement Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire had condemned the attack.Al Shabaab was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.It was driven out of Kismayu in 2012. The city’s port had been a major source of revenue for the group from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other illegal imports.Kismayu is the commercial capital of Jubbaland, a region of southern Somalia still partly controlled by al Shabaab.It remains a major security threat, with fighters frequently carrying out bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps defend the Somali government. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Gareth Jones and David Gregorio) World 15 Jun 2019 Roadside bomb kills Kenyan police near Somali borderlast_img read more

Dont play with fire Johor Bersatu Youth tells Syed Saddiq

first_img Related News Less than 24 hours later, state Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement on the same day, saying Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Syed Saddiq to seek audience with Johor palace on youth age cap issue Related News JOHOR BARU: The youth age cap issue seems to be causing more harm than good for Pakatan Harapan with Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Armada chief Norul Haszarul Abu Samah criticising Putrajaya’s move.Although he did not mention names, it was clear that Norul Haszarul’s barbs were aimed at Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also Bersatu Armada chief.He told the minister not to play with fire by interfering in Johor affairs.He added that the age cap issue was still being debated, and in his view, the state government’s handling of the matter was correct.”This state is sovereign with a prosperous and united rakyat where the rejection of the age cap is not a political sentiment but in line with the Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030 in line with the Mentri Besar’s statement.”We, in Johor, have our own way in deciding the path where it does not need to follow the ways of others,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.Norul Haszarul added that this was a reminder to all ministries not to make hasty decisions and to always practise an open door policy by listening to the views and suggestions of all stakeholders, particularly the youths at grassroots level.He said so far seven states had rejected the motion pertaining to the youth age cap.According to him, Johor aside, Sarawak, Selangor, Perlis, Pahang, Kelantan and Kedah were also retaining the youth age limit at 40.He urged Syed Saddiq to focus on his ministry and leave state affairs to those who were well-versed in them.”I urge the minister in question to stop complaining or sulking and ask help from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin each time he fails in his duties.He said they had more pressing matters to attend to than to entertain the minister’s “personal agenda”.On July 8, Johor had announced it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its polices as those between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.Johor, at the time, joined Selangor and Sarawak in maintaining the youth age cap at 40.On Tuesday (July 9), the Johor government changed its stand to lower the youth age limit to 30.center_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor makes a ‘U-turn’, agrees that youth age cap should be 30 Nation 10 Jul 2019 Johor Youth Council tells Syed Saddiq to stop interfering in state affairs {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Pioneering the wellness concept for offices in Malaysia

first_img A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND office development, designed based on the concept of wellness, is coming up in one of Petaling Jaya’s most prime locations.Apart from a Wellness Tower within the development, which will consist of a wellness medical centre, medical suites and a wellness hotel, the entire Onyx Icon City development will have unique features designed to improve the well-being of its occupants.Among the features are a network of electronic filters set up to help remove air contaminants, ensuring fresh air within the office building, and the use of electromagnetic field shielding paint on walls to deflect radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation.Healthy alkaline water sources located in the buildings aim to help occupants recharge, while the building’s façade glazing system will allow direct sunlight to flow in, enhancing focus, efficiency and productivity. AdChoices广告The 10-acre project is set to be the country’s first commercial development to adopt a total wellness concept in its design, a concept that Mah Sing Group Bhd CEO Datuk Ho Hon Sang says is “the future of architectural design”.While wellness – which is among the components of sustainable development – is already widely incorporated in developments elsewhere in the world, the concept is still at its infancy in Malaysia.“Architectural design is moving into an era of designing with wellness in mind. This is because wellness leads to sustainability,” he tells StarBizWeek in an interview.Many developers, both local and overseas, have been incorporating sustainable features into their developments for years, in order to reduce the building’s impact on human health and the environment.Futuristic design: Ho says the Onyx Icon City will have a concept that is ‘the future of architectural design’.Sustainable architecture encompasses various elements apart from wellness, such as increased efficiency and moderation in the use of resources such as energy, water and building materials.Moving forward, Ho says other projects by Malaysian developers will undoubtedly begin featuring wellness elements, as awareness about its importance and benefits continue to rise.Onyx Icon City will be located next to Mah Sing’s earlier Icon City integrated development, fronting the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) and Federal Highway.Unlock exclusive insights, analyses, and curated news on the economy on The Star Online’s Business section with Starbiz Premium.SubscribeLog In Property , StarBizProperty Drop-off zone: An artist’s impression of the drop-off area of Mah Sing Group’s Onyx Icon City. Corporate News13 Jul 2019IJM contract termination likely due to deadline issueCorporate News13 Jul 2019Alliance Bank to undergo streamlining?Corporate News13 Jul 2019Yinson continues to draw interest Tags / Keywords: More Stories Economy13 Jul 2019Much to benefit from Malaysia-China tiesBanking12 Jul 2019Fed’s Williams joins with other officials leaning toward rate cutsOil & Gas11 Jul 2019OPEC action and trade truce may give oil the lift it needslast_img read more

No more reprieve for illegal immigrants in Sabah

first_img Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 102 illegal immigrants arrested in Langkawi PETALING JAYA: There will be no extension to the recently concluded regularisation exercise for undocumented Indonesian and Filipino workers and dependents in Sabah.Sabah Immigration Department director Datuk Musa Sulaiman (pic) said nothing could be done for those who missed the June 30 deadline.“They are now subject to Immi­gration action,” he said when contacted in Kota Kinabalu.More than 120,000 undocumented Filipino and Indonesian workers in Sabah were registered during the three-month programme, which began in April. AdChoices广告The bulk of the 123,575 workers and dependents registered were Indonesians at 95,226, with Filipinos accounting for 28,349. The regularisation programme was for employers to legalise their Indonesian and Filipino workers in the plantation and agriculture sectors and dependents, provided their embassies issue them with passports and birth certificates.“The statistics show that the programme was a success,” Musa said.He said the next step would be for the employers concerned to submit the passports of their foreign workers and dependents to the department for screening by Sept 30.Once the employers paid all the necessary fees, he said the foreign workers would be issued with temporary work passes, with dependents getting social visit passes.Philippine Ambassador to Malay­sia Charles C. Jose, in an interview with The Star last week, said the embassy sent a special team to visit plantations with the highest number of Filipino workers to issue them passports and papers so that they could be registered under the programme.Estimating between 400,000 and 500,000 illegal Filipino workers in Sabah, the envoy said some 14,249 Filipinos had been assisted so far.Jose also said that the embassy received pleas from plantation owners asking their Filipino workers to be issued with passports. Nation 07 Jul 2019 Manila’s other champion Related News Nation 05 Jul 2019 Over 120,000 illegals register for regularisation programme in Sabah {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

ITBP mulling over idea of having allwomen mountaineering team

first_img Next ITBP mulling over idea of having all-women mountaineering teamAn ITBP spokesperson said, seeing the growing interest of women personnel in adventure sports, they are mulling over the idea to have an all-women mountaineering team.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 12:00 IST File photo for representation.With the rising interest of women in adventure sports, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is mulling over the idea of having an all-women mountaineering team.An ITBP official here said: “We have observed that women personnel are showing keen interest in adventure sports such as mountain climbing and trekking. A group of 14 women undertook an advanced course training in mountaineering from the Mountain and Skiing Institute (M&SI) in Auli, Uttarakhand. There is an idea to have a dedicated all-women mountaineering team.”These women, between the age group of 20 and 30 years, underwent an extensive and rigorous training for six weeks at the institute, where they learned about the techniques of mountaineering and trekking and also how to carry out search and rescue operations in difficult and hostile conditions.As a part of their advanced training course, they also successfully climbed an unnamed peak around 17,000 ft high near Mana post in Uttarakhand.”They have been imparted various trainings including rock craft, ice craft and snow craft besides survival techniques in high altitudes,” officials added.They also undertook a cleanliness drive around the Badrinath Temple and the Alaknanda ghats in Uttarakhand.ITBP Deputy Inspector General Aparna Kumar had set the trend by completing ‘Seven Summits’ challenge by scaling Mount Denali peak in North America on June 30.The ITBP started recruiting women personnel in January 2017 and since then these personnel have been posted along the India-China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. It has also opened combat roles for women officers.ALSO READ | How ITBP braved avalanche risk, stench of bodies to recover remains of Nanda Devi climbersALSO READ | 2 Indians die in Mount Everest traffic jam. Mountaineer’s photo goes viralALSO WATCH | This California couple just tied the knot atop Mount EverestFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ITBPFollow MountaineeringFollow Mountain ClimbingFollow Uttarakhandlast_img read more

Robert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth icon

first_imgRobert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth iconRobert Vadra ended his note by saying that he extends his support to Rahul Gandhi and that no position is required to for social service.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 11:38 IST Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has posted a heartfelt note for him on Facebook. (Image: PTI)Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has posted a heartfelt note for him on Facebook, praising him for being a youth icon.He also thanked him for being a great example of moral character and willpower for him. He ended the note by saying that he extends his support to him and that no position is required to for social service.He stated, “There is so much to learn from you, Rahul. The Indian populace, which comprises 65 per cent of the young – (under 45 years), looks up to you and other young leaders for direction.” Meanwhile, amid the ongoing Karnataka crisis, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uses “money power” and “intimidation” to topple governments. He accused the saffron party of doing the same in Karnataka.Sixteen MLAs have resigned and two independents have withdrawn support to the 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka.”BJP uses money power or threat to topple governments wherever it can. You saw this first in Goa, in the Northeast, and now are trying to do the same in Karnataka. It is their way of functioning. They have money, power, and they use it. This is the reality,” Gandhi told reporters.Also read | BJP toppling govts with money power, threats: Rahul GandhiAlso read | Rahul Gandhi granted bail in Ahmedabad bank defamation case on Rs 15,000 bondAlso watch | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Robert VadraFollow Rahul Gandhilast_img read more

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Allegations Stracek’s actions "created officer and public safety issues are based on unsupported speculation and conjecture and not fact" Police employee morale is low attributable in part to poor communication on all levels Further the department has a longstanding and continuing pattern of sergeant and officer resistance even prior to Stracek’s tenure as chief "The behind-the-scenes complaining and undermining behavior of some PD employees adversely impacts the work environment of others" the report saidFor Councilor Roger Maki the report confirmed the council’s misstep"The only thing we accomplished was losing a good police chief" said Maki the lone councilor at the emergency meeting who voted against the suspension and investigation of the chiefCouncilors Kerry Kolodge and Adam Bailey were out of town and didn’t vote Hallback and Councilors Steve Langley David Bjerkness and Jeff Rock voted for the suspension’We accomplished nothing’Bjerkness explained his vote for Stracek’s suspension in March"Hearing of the vote of no-confidence in the emergency meeting was the first time that I was made aware of a major issue between law enforcement management and staff" he said "Though it lacked detail it escalated my concern to a level where I thought a brief ‘timeout’ was necessary to better understand the concerns I honestly believed the ‘vote of no-confidence’ was a call for intervention not a call for termination"Kolodge said the city lost a valuable community leader"If you are a supporter of (Stracek’s) and a supporter of quality policing the loss was huge" Kolodge said "We accomplished nothing by this process and at significant expense to the taxpayers of Cloquet"Rock offered a statement about the investigation of Stracek and a council meeting June 6-7 that saw the city and the police chief reach a formal separation agreement"What I can tell you is that I am glad this is over and that we all worked very hard on this issue to do what was best for the city" Rock said "Remember the council was unanimous with its decision"The council publicly declared the police chief exonerated of allegations and immediately reinstated him to his post after the seven-hour June council meeting — though Stracek also agreed to retire the next day and received six months of pay as part of the separation agreementQuestionable behaviorThe investigative report concluded some councilors and Cloquet Police Department staff may have worked together to create a scenario which could lead to Stracek’s dismissalIn the report Soldo notes differences between efforts to unseat the previous police chief Wade Lamirande and StracekPreviously the City Council backed Lamirande in his "good faith efforts to change the organizational practices and culture"However in Stracek’s case Soldo said "this investigation revealed that the objective (confirmed by multiple witnesses) of the current complaint and demand for investigation was to create an event and opportunity by which an organized faction of police department employees and City Council members could vote to terminate Chief Stracek’s at-will employment"Kolodge Maki and Bjerkness said they were not involved in an effort to oust Stracek and are unaware of which city councilors were involved The statements from Hallback and Rock did not address the questionIn her report Soldo did not name councilors who allegedly were involved although she does name the mayor — Hallback is a retired Cloquet police officer — as someone who had advance knowledge of the union voteSoldo writes that "the investigation revealed that one month or more prior to the March 15 2017 union meeting (a commander) and one or more City Council members had knowledge of the behind-the-scenes organization of a union meeting and potential vote of no-confidence and did not inform Chief Stracek of such knowledge"Further she criticized sergeants within the department"The unfortunate irony is that during this investigation some sergeants reported that the chief could have prevented a vote of no-confidence if he had simply met with the sergeants and offered them an opportunity to discuss their concerns with him" she wrote "Yet not a single sergeant (by their own admission) approached Chief Stracek when all acknowledged that any time they sought him out in his office to discuss an issue he was cordial invited them in and listened to them"The investigation refutes the Teamsters’ public statement in March that the no-confidence vote was "a last resort" to express concerns Soldo saidBjerkness said everyone involved strives for public safety excellence"Yet we failed each other" he said "The City Council city administration police department leadership as well as the Teamster membership The resignation of Chief Stracek is not a solution it is a reaction"The city of Cloquet has not begun its search for a new police chiefHis question was tied to Senate Bill 2336 which would reduce the state’s extraction tax by 2 percentage points from 65 to 45 percent on wells drilled after 2017 Wells created prior to 2017 are not eligible for the tax breakDistrict 18 Democrat Sen Connie Triplett spoke out against the bill saying oil companies came into North Dakota knowing what its tax structure is and legislators shouldn’t be giving them breaks in an attempt to keep them from leaving"The people who are for this are in the pockets of oil companies" she said "We don’t have to give this money away"Her remark drew a round of applause from the audience of about 30Legislators speaking in favor of the tax break pointed out the companies have invested millions in the state so far This has created a wealth the state can use to fund other projects District 43 Republican Sen Lonnie Laffen said"We need to create a corporate environment that is friendly to do business in" he saidThe next committee hearing for the bill is scheduled for Feb 20 The city’s final legislative forum will be at 9:30 am March 23 in City Council Chambers at City HallCall Jewett 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Republican lawmakers, the Special Adviser on Education to Ambode, Robnik said, In fact,上海后花园AD,twitter. " Joshi alleged. Republican Rep. which was allegedly carried out by an expelled former student left 17 people dead and at least 16 people injured It was the 18th school shooting of 2018 not even two full months into the year Trump offered “prayers and condolences” to the victims’ families in the immediate aftermath of the high school shooting adding that “No child teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school” He later tweeted about the alleged shooter calling him “mentally disturbed” and urging the public to “report such instances to authorities again and again” So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem Must always report such instances to authorities again and again Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15 2018 Trump’s address will begin at 11 am ET on Thursday You can watch the speech live in the video above The President will address the nation at 11am today on the tragic shooting in Parkland Florida Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 15 2018 Write to Jamie Ducharme at jamieducharme@timecomIslamabad: A Pakistani group linked to the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was denied permission on Wednesday to register as a political party just weeks before national polls officials said File Image of Hafiz Saeed founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Reuters The Milli Muslim League (MML) was launched in August 2017 to contest the 25 July elections which will be only the second democratic transfer of power in Pakistan’s history But the group was blacklisted by the US in April as Washington ramped up pressure on Islamabad to crack down on extremist groups operating in the country On Wednesday the Election Commission officially rejected their application to register as a political party "The Election Commission of Pakistan today rejected the registration request by the Milli Muslim League as a political party" spokesman Altaf Ahmad told AFP He said that a detailed order would be issued later stating the reasons for the commission’s decision The MML was founded by charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a wing of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) LeT is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead and brought nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war Six Americans were among those killed during the three-day rampage in Mumbai when gunmen who arrived by sea fought pitched battles with Indian commandos JuD head Hafiz Saeed operates freely in Pakistan despite a $10 million US bounty on his head Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and United Nations over his alleged role in the attacks and is accused of links to the Al-Qaeda terror network and Taliban militants He has denied involvement in terrorism and the Mumbai attacks Pakistani officials to begin seizing JuD assets this year following a vote by members of the Financial Action Task Force — a global anti-money laundering watchdog — to place Pakistan on a list of nations which are not doing enough to combat terror financing The task force is due to meet again in June " he said. then a hijacking. Unproductive day for America.

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