MTF Biologics introduces Flexhd Pliable PRE for prepectoral breast reconstruction

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 1 2018MTF Biologics is expanding its portfolio of innovations for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with the launch of an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) designed specifically for pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedures: FlexHD Pliable PRE. Made from a proprietary process for faster integration, and fenestrated to conform and project naturally, the unique design of FlexHD Pliable PRE will minimize preparation time in the operating room.FlexHD Pliable PRE is being introduced during Plastic Surgery The Meeting, September 28-October 1, 2018, at McCormick Place West in Chicago, IL.”The pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedure is becoming more popular because it can mean a shorter surgery, less pain and reduced recovery time for patients when compared to other methods,” said Tom Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at MTF Biologics. “In talking with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons across the nation, it became clear that a new tissue form designed specifically for the pre-pec procedure would be useful. So, we teamed up with surgeons advancing this area of practice to examine how we could better serve that need, and with their feedback and guidance, FlexHD Pliable PRE was born.”Related StoriesNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsMuscle loss in space travelers could be reduced finds studyAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?The pre-pectoral breast reconstruction procedure is the latest advancement in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. As part of the procedure, an implant is placed over the chest muscle directly under the skin as opposed to under the muscle as is common in most reconstruction procedures. This method eliminates the need to cut into the muscle which may mean a shorter procedure in many cases as well as less pain during recovery, and less animation deformity in the reconstructed breasts longer term.FlexHD Pliable PRE is designed to support and conform to the breast pocket, starting as a two-dimensional pattern that transforms into a three-dimensional shape to promote aesthetic symmetry.”With bilateral pre-pectoral breast reconstruction, time and attention is needed to achieve proper projection and symmetry,” said Aldona Spiegel, MD, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Director and founder of the Center for Breast Restoration at the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, who is the innovator of the design. “FlexHD Pliable PRE can be used as a template for both breasts improving symmetry and efficiency in the OR, helping to achieve more natural results.”Flex HD Pliable PRE will be discussed at a Plastic Surgery The Meeting Satellite Symposium, titled “Evolution of ADM Design for Pre-pectoral Breast Reconstruction,” with Dr. Spiegel on Saturday, September 29, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in McCormick Place West, W470B.It also will be featured at MTF Biologics’ Tissue Experience Station (booth #301) on Saturday, September 29, from 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m.last_img read more

Predicting blood pressure with wearable offtheshelf technology

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 5 2018Engineers at UC San Diego used wearable off-the-shelf technology and machine learning to predict, for the first time, an individual’s blood pressure and provide personalized recommendations to lower it based on this data.Their work earned the title of Best Paper at IEEE Healthcom 2018. To the researchers’ knowledge, this is the first work investigating daily blood pressure prediction and its relationship to health behavior data collected by wearables.When doctors tell their patients to make a lot of significant lifestyle changes–exercise more, sleep better, lower their salt intake etc.–it can be overwhelming, and compliance is not very high, said Sujit Dey, co-author of the paper and Director of the Center for Wireless Communications at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering where he’s a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.”What if we could pinpoint the one health behavior that most impacts an individual’s blood pressure, and have them focus on that one goal, instead,” Dey asked.Dey and co-author Po-Han Chiang, a graduate student in the Mobile Systems Design Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, collected sleep, exercise and blood pressure data from eight patients over 90 days using a FitBit Charge HR and Omron Evolv wireless blood pressure monitor. Using machine learning and this data from existing wearable devices, they developed an algorithm to predict the users’ blood pressure and show which particular health behaviors affected it most.This study affirmed the importance of personalized data over generalized information. While many health databases add large amounts of patient data into one model, considering all patients together to make health suggestions, the personalized information in this study was more effective. For example, one subject’s blood pressure was most affected by the number of minutes they were sedentary throughout the day. Changing that one factor had a significant impact, lowering their average systolic blood pressure by 15.4 percent and their diastolic blood pressure by 14.2 percent in one week. For another subject, the time they went to bed was the most important factor in lowering their blood pressure based on their historical data. When this subject went to bed a total of 58 minutes earlier over the week prior, they experienced a 3.6 percent drop systolic blood pressure and 6.6 percent decrease in their average diastolic blood pressure from the previous week.”This research shows that using wireless wearables and other devices to collect and analyze personal data can help transition patients from reactive to continuous care,” said Dey. “Instead of saying ‘My blood pressure is high therefore I’ll go to the doctor to get medicine,’ giving patients and doctors access to this type of system can allow them to manage their symptoms on a continuous basis.”Dey and Chiang have recently teamed up with clinicians at UC San Diego Health and are working to test their predictive model on a larger sample size, provide one day ahead prediction, and study the long-term effect of health behaviors on blood pressure.last_img read more

Study Integrating behavioral health services into primary care medical settings offers many

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 5 2018In the current issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (Volume 6,Number 3, 2018, pp.131-141, researchers Kendra Campbell, Loren McKnight and Angel R. Vasquez of the Department of Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, USA, describe how integrating behavioral health services into primary care medical settings offers a variety of benefits, including improved continuity of care and access to service, more effective health prevention and management, and clinical cost-effectiveness.Integrated models have not been readily used in rural US settings. With minimal resources, we developed an integrated primary care-behavioral health program in the family medicine department of a semirural medical clinic in Alaska to meet clinic and community needs. The initial program outcomes suggest that this integrated primary care-behavioral health program is helping to address the behavioral health needs of the local population. Our findings suggest that integrated healthcare models are feasible in rural or small-scale settings.Source: read more

Adoption of new rules drops readmission penalties against safety net hospitals

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 30 2019Readmission penalties against hospitals providing care to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients have dropped 14 percentage points under new rules adopted in 2019 that more equitably account for low-income populations being served, according to a new analysis led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard researchers.Hospitals serving low-income populations have traditionally been disproportionately penalized for hospital readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program designed to reduce health system costs, explained Dr. Ambarish Pandey, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and senior author. The new rules adopted in 2019 instead compare similar hospitals, such as groups of large safety net hospitals.The stratified payment method had the most significant impact among the hospitals serving socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, reducing penalties by 14 percentage points. Across all hospitals, the savings were about 4 percentage points,” said Dr. Pandey, a Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar. “The more equitable distribution of penalties among these hospitals lessens the burden carried by hospitals caring for patients of low socioeconomic status.”The investigation of more than 3,000 hospitals is one of the first to examine the effectiveness of the new rules to help level the playing field by comparing penalties for all hospitals to the reclassified hospitals that serve low socioeconomic status populations for four targeted medical conditions:Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)Heart failureChronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseRelated StoriesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according the latest figuresBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesPneumonia.”The results also show the greatest reductions in readmissions came in heart-related conditions,” said Dr. Pandey, a cardiologist whose clinical expertise focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease.Researchers found the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program:Reduced penalties from 79 percent to 75 percent across all hospitals (a 4 percentage point reduction).Reduced penalties from 91 percent to 77 percent across safety net hospitals (a 14 percentage point reduction)Had the greatest impact on nonteaching, physician-owned hospitals in rural regionsThe research appears in JAMA Open Network. This research was performed in collaboration with investigators from different U.S. institutions including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Northwestern University, and UCLA Health.”Our study findings highlight the benefits of an effective policy modification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),” said Dr. Cian P. McCarthy, lead author from Massachusetts General Hospital.”Dual-eligible patients, those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, represent a complex, high-risk cohort that account for a third of spending in both programs,” said Dr. Muthiah Vaduganathan, co-first author from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The new stratified peer group-based assessment of hospital performance is a welcome initial step and addresses variation in care provided to dual-eligible patients across hospital systems in the U.S.” Source: read more

Erectile dysfunction can affect a mans quality of life but treatable

first_imgOn the spectrum of possible medical problems, MacDonald said although erectile dysfunction may not fall in the life-threatening category, it can seriously affect a man’s quality of life and relationship.”It’s not something people talk about over dinner,” she said. “But it is exceedingly common, so just bring it up to your doctor.”The most common cause is aging, although cardiac disease, peripheral vascular disease and breakdown of the nerves caused by diabetes can also play a role.MacDonald said the easiest and most common treatments are the medications advertised in television commercials for pills such as Levitra, Viagra and Cialis that men can take before intercourse.Related StoriesNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharpMore than 936 million people have sleep apnea, ResMed-led analysis revealsAlthough men who take nitroglycerin for cardiac issues cannot take the pills, and not all of the oral medications are covered by health insurance, there are other options.On-demand dosing of an injectable medication, or use of an external vacuum pump are two options, as well as an intra-urethral suppository tab that dissolves and creates an erection.The penile implant, a surgical solution, includes a pump in the scrotum so a man can control his erections. The surgery treats penile curvature as well as erectile dysfunction.”That’s a really great option for a lot of people because it provides spontaneity and is typically covered by insurance,” she said. “A lot of it is patient preference.”When erectile dysfunction occurs in younger men, it can be a sign of early cardiovascular disease.MacDonald said men should make an appointment to get things checked out and have a frank conversation with their primary care doctor.”That’s the biggest thing in terms of overall men’s health,” she said. “Getting them in the door.”When men come to her office, she encourages them to bring their spouse or partner along for the appointment.”Sometimes it’s hard for people to have these conversations,” she said. “But if it affects you, it affects them. It’s good to sit down as a couple and make the decisions together.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 12 2019By age 50, nearly half of men experience some degree of erectile dysfunction. Advertisements for medications treating the condition have been all over mainstream media for years.Despite this, many men still are not comfortable bringing up the subject during routine check-ups. Because not all primary care doctors inquire about it, many couples suffer in silence.”I think it’s because of the stigma attached to it,” said Dr. Susan MacDonald, a urological surgeon who specializes in prosthetics and treatment of erectile dysfunction at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.When she inquires about their ability to obtain and maintain an erection for the duration of intercourse, many of her patients say they don’t have a problem – until she asks if they would like it to be better. Source:Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Centercenter_img Maybe you can get an erection, but you can’t keep it or it’s not fully rigid. That’s erectile dysfunction, and I can help you.”Dr. Susan MacDonaldlast_img read more

Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech

More information: Seyed Reza Larimi et al. Low-cost ultra-stretchable strain sensors for monitoring human motion and bio-signals, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2018.01.028 Now, a team of researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology.What started as research to create an ultra-stretchable sensor transformed into a sophisticated inter-disciplinary project resulting in a smart wearable device that is capable of sensing and understanding complex human motion, explains School of Engineering Professor Homayoun Najjaran.The sensor is made by infusing graphene nano-flakes (GNF) into a rubber-like adhesive pad. Najjaran says they then tested the durability of the tiny sensor by stretching it to see if it can maintain accuracy under strains of up to 350 per cent of its original state. The device went through more than 10,000 cycles of stretching and relaxing while maintaining its electrical stability.”We tested this sensor vigorously,” says Najjaran. “Not only did it maintain its form but more importantly it retained its sensory functionality. We have further demonstrated the efficacy of GNF-Pad as a haptic technology in real-time applications by precisely replicating the human finger gestures using a three-joint robotic finger.” Provided by University of British Columbia Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics UBC engineers advance the capability of wearable tech. Credit: UBC Okanagan The goal was to make something that could stretch, be flexible and a reasonable size, and have the required sensitivity, performance, production cost, and robustness. Unlike an inertial measurement unit—an electronic unit that measures force and movement and is used in most step-based wearable technologies—Najjaran says the sensors need to be sensitive enough to respond to different and complex body motions. That includes infinitesimal movements like a heartbeat or a twitch of a finger, to large muscle movements from walking and running.School of Engineering Professor and study co-author Mina Hoorfar says their results may help manufacturers create the next level of health monitoring and biomedical devices.”We have introduced an easy and highly repeatable fabrication method to create a highly sensitive sensor with outstanding mechanical and electrical properties at a very low cost,” says Hoorfar.To demonstrate its practicality, researchers built three wearable devices including a knee band, a wristband and a glove. The wristband monitored heartbeats by sensing the pulse of the artery. In an entirely different range of motion, the finger and knee bands monitored finger gestures and larger scale muscle movements during walking, running, sitting down and standing up. The results, says Hoorfar, indicate an inexpensive device that has a high-level of sensitivity, selectivity and durability.The research, partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, was recently published in the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Explore further Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. 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. Citation: Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech (2018, February 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Warsaw taxis hold antiUber go slow

first_img 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. Polish taxi drivers protest against Uber Hundreds of taxis on Thursday drove at a snail’s pace across the Polish capital Warsaw in protest at the ride-sharing app Uber and other unlicenced competitors. Explore further © 2018 AFPcenter_img Other cab drivers gathered in front of the justice ministry to call for legislation to regulate the industry. Traditional cab operators argue that the Uber app and others like it represent unfair competition because their drivers can dodge the rules and restrictions that regulate professionals.”There are 12,500 legal taxis in Warsaw and around 8,000 to 9,000 unregistered working for Uber, Taxify and a couple dozen other similar app-based operators,” said Jaroslaw Iglikowski, head of the Warsaw Taxi Drivers union. “The app-based operators are taking around 30-35 percent of our overall business and up to 70 percent of night-time fares, especially on weekends,” he told AFP.The protesting cab drivers claim in a petition they gave the justice minister that the country is losing more than 700 million zloty (160 million euros, $190 million) annually in unpaid taxes because of Uber and others like it. The taxis dispersed in the early afternoon before rush hour, as the drivers had promised they would not cause traffic problems for city residents.Uber has become one of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture-funded startups and has expanded its ride-sharing services to dozens of countries. It does not employ drivers or own vehicles, but instead relies on private contractors using their own cars, allowing them to run their own business.The app claims it is a service provider, connecting passengers with these freelance drivers directly and cheaply.But critics and competitors around the globe say this allows it to flout costly regulations such as stringent licensing requirements for taxi drivers, who undergo hundreds of hours of training. Citation: Warsaw taxis hold anti-Uber go slow (2018, October 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Traditional cab drivers say the Uber app and others like it represent unfair competitionlast_img read more

Heating up the electric vehicle market

first_img Provided by CORDIS The EU-funded MAXITHERM project has developed an alternative heating system for electric vehicles that reduces energy consumption, increases range and ensures passenger comfort. Explore further When driving your car on a cold winter day, you probably don’t even think about staying warm. You simply start the engine, adjust the heat and set off. The reason you don’t freeze while driving is that the car’s internal combustion engine produces residual heat that warms up the inside of the vehicle. But as the market shifts towards the electric vehicle (EV), a new problem arises. Lacking an internal combustion engine, EVs are unable to generate residual heat – leaving drivers and passengers in the cold. “To warm up the cabin, energy must be extracted from the car’s batteries, which greatly affects the electric vehicle’s range,” says Ute Maxi, who coordinates the EU-funded MAXITHERM (Innovative textile-based heating system for technical applications with a special focus on Electric Vehicles) project. “This limited range – especially in cold weather – is a significant roadblock to the mass uptake of electric vehicles in Europe.” Hot mats for EVsTo overcome this barrier, MAXITHERM researchers developed an alternative heating system for EVs that reduces electricity use by 30 percent, increases overall range during cold weather and maintains passenger comfort. “The MAXITHERM heating system integrates a technical fabric comprised of both electrically conductive and non-electrically conductive fibres directly into the vehicle’s structure,” explains Rafik Maxi, the project’s technical manager. “The system provides direct and fast heat to passengers and is more cost-efficient than any solution available on the market today.” MAXITHERM heating mats utilise MaxiTex, a patented heating system owned by one of the project’s partners. MaxiTex consists of a special control system and a textile capable of dissipating heat homogeneously over an entire surface. The MAXITHERM mats are placed under a vehicle’s roof and carpets, into the seats and seat backs and along the door panels. “With this system, it is possible to control the heating intensity and the maximum temperature independently,” says Rafik. “The temperature threshold can be set up for each area of the vehicle separately, providing you with maximum flexibility in terms of setting temperature preferences for each occupant.” An attractive solution Ute notes that the prototype vehicle has proved successful, offering high-efficiency and low energy consumption. “We are now monitoring its behaviour under real driving conditions, and this autumn and winter we will be able to measure real values in Germany’s harsh weather conditions,” she says.The project is currently working with a number of automotive manufacturers who are interested in installing the system (or parts of it) into their vehicles. The team is also seeking additional funding to support further upscaling and marketing of the MAXITHERM system. “To a critical extent, we successfully developed a system that could serve as a solution for driving electric cars – or any other means of electric transportation – in cold weather without losing range,” concludes Rafik. “As our solution helps EVs overcome the issue of limited range, MAXITHERM is attracting the attention of some global players in the automotive industry.” Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Citation: Heating up the electric vehicle market (2018, November 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from New car heating technology gives zero emissions 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

Tacomabased Snopes debunker of fake news is locked in a nasty legal

first_img Citation: Tacoma-based Snopes, debunker of fake news, is locked in a nasty legal dispute (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from That was easier said than done, however, because by that time, Proper Media had become a part owner of Bardav. Soon after starting work on the Snopes website, Proper Media persuaded Mikkelson’s ex-wife, Barbara, who’d finalized her divorce from Mikkelson in 2015, to sell her half interest in Bardav for $3.6 million to Proper Media’s five members.Indeed, Proper Media’s intent all along had been to acquire Snopes and add it to a “portfolio of media sites,” said Proper Media co-founder Drew Schoentrup. But Mikkelson had not been willing to sell his own half share in Bardav.Schoentrup and Fox say the relationship was initially successful, and led to a tripling in Snopes’ advertising revenue. But it soured when Mikkelson began to “chafe” under criticism from Proper Media over his high salary and his spending, Schoentrup and Fox say.Mikkelson then tried to wrest control of the company by “conspiring” to persuade two of Proper Media’s minority stakeholders to “cross the street” to join Bardav, Schoentrup and Fox say. With their shares, Fox said, Mikkelson “then believes he is in a position to run the company as he sees fit, without any oversight from anyone else.”Mikkelson scoffs at the conspiracy claims. Proper Media “pissed off their own partners and drove them away,” Mikkelson said. “That had had nothing to do with me.”How this case concludes will depend in no small part on whether a court buys the idea that Proper Media was a partner or a vendor.Both sides insist they expect to prevail. Fox says Proper Media expects the court to agree that Mikkelson conspired to split Proper Media’s ownership stake, and thus had no authority to terminate the deal.Mikkelson, for his part, notes that the California courts have already sided with him several times, not least in ordering Proper Media to return ad revenue to Bardav.A trial date had initially been set for October but is now expected to begin no earlier than spring of 2020.In the meantime, despite the legal fight, Snopes now has a staff of 15, Mikkelson says, and is tackling more complex and important varieties of fake news.Recent projects include exposes of faux news sites, such as the Tennessee Star, that “purport to be local newspapers (but) are actually being run by political operatives who aren’t disclosing their financial connections to various entities,” Mikkelson says. Had it not been for the litigation, he adds, “we could have been doing much more of that” rather than “debunking the latest dumb photo.” ©2019 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img prevails in tentative court ruling over finances, ownership After more than two decades battling internet hoaxes, retouched photos, and other fake news, David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes, faces a much larger and more existential adversary. Since 2017, Mikkelson has been locked in a nasty legal dispute with former business associates over control of Snopes, the pioneering fact-checking website that Mikkelson launched with a former wife in 1994 and which he now runs with his current wife from their house in Tacoma, Wash.The dispute, which is playing out in the California courts, has generated claims and counterclaims of financial mismanagement, conspiracy and embezzlement. Mikkelson stands accused of, among other things, using company funds for “lavish” vacations, while he in turn levels accusations of fraud.It has also been so costly that, by Mikkelson’s account, Snopes and its parent company, Bardav, might have gone under without help from GoFundMe campaigns, and Snopes hasn’t been able to operate at full capacity, even as demand for internet fact-checking grows by the week.”We could have had a larger staff of more fact checkers and more editors,” said Mikkelson from his home near the University of Puget Sound, where he relocated in 2016 from California. “We could have put more resources into developing the technological tools that we use.”But officials with Proper Media, the San Diego-based web and advertising-services firm that worked for nearly two years to build up Snopes’ site traffic and ad revenues, say it was Mikkelson himself who drained the company’s coffers.Indeed, the dispute between Proper Media and Bardav arose “because there was a sense that David is siphoning money from the business to fund a fairly extravagant lifestyle,” said Stephen Fox, a Dallas-based attorney representing Proper Media.The case, which may not go to trial until next spring, will likely turn on the precise nature of the relationship between Proper Media and Bardav.Mikkelson claims Proper Media was no more than a vendor that Bardav hired in 2015 to modernize the Snopes website and boost advertising, in return for a percentage of monthly ad revenues. By 2017, Mikkelson says, “the bulk of the desired website development had been completed” and he decided to terminate the agreement.last_img read more

Public say they are relying more on reputable news brands to counter

first_imgThe report also reveals patterns of social media use that are significantly different in the global South. Whereas social media, especially Facebook, are dominant in many western countries, the messaging application WhatsApp has become a primary network for discussing and sharing news in Brazil (53 percent) Malaysia (50 percent), and South Africa (49 percent). People in these countries are also far more likely than in the West to be part of WhatsApp groups with people they don’t know—a trend that reflects how messaging applications can be used to easily share information at scale, potentially encouraging the spread of misinformation. Meanwhile public and private Facebook Groups discussing news and politics are also popular in Turkey (29 percent) and Brazil (22 percent) but are much less used in Western countries such as Canada (7 percent) or Australia (7 percent). Report lead author Nic Newman said, “The move to private and group-based messaging has happened really fast. It offers more control for users but also makes it harder to spot and counter misinformation—especially in countries with lower digital literacy, a weak media or less robust institutions.”The report also reveals how online users in many countries are spending more time with WhatsApp, Instagram and YouTube than this time last year. Few users are abandoning Facebook entirely, though, and it remains by far the most important social network for news.The business of journalismDespite the efforts of the news industry, we find only a small increase in the numbers paying for any online news—whether by subscription, membership, or donation. Growth is limited to a handful of countries mainly in the Nordic region (Norway 34 percent, Sweden 27 percent) while the number paying in the U.S. (16 percent) remains stable after a big jump in 2017. Even in countries with higher levels of payment, the vast majority only have ONE online subscription—suggesting that winner-takes-all dynamics are likely to be important. One encouraging development is that most payments are now ‘ongoing,’ rather than one-offs.In some countries, subscription fatigue may also be setting in, with the majority preferring to spend their limited budget on entertainment (Netflix/Spotify) rather than news. With many seeing news as a ‘chore,’ the report suggests that publishers may struggle to substantially increase the market for high-priced ‘single title’ subscriptions.Reuters Institute Director and report co-author Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen says,”The good news is that those publishers who produce truly distinct, valuable, and trusted journalism are increasingly being rewarded with commercial success. The bad news is that many people find that much of the journalism they come across is neither valuable, trustworthy, or worth paying for.”As more publishers launch pay models, over two-thirds (70 percent) of our sample in Norway and half (50 percent) in the United States now come across one or more barriers each week when trying to read online news. The fear is that increased friction could put people off news entirely, especially those who are already under-engaged or can’t afford to pay.Pivot to audio picks up pacePodcasts appear to be reaching critical mass as a consequence of better content and easier distribution. Over a third of our combined sample (36 percent) now say they have listened to one or more podcasts in the last month, with almost one in six (15 percent) saying they have consumed one about news, politics, or international events.In the UK, younger age groups, who spend much of their lives plugged into smartphones, are four times more likely to listen to podcasts than the over 55s—and much less likely to listen to traditional speech radio. Under 35s consume half of all podcasts despite making up around a third of the total adult population. Lead author Nic Newman says, “Our research shows that the core appeal of podcasts is the ease of use, and the ability to listen while doing something else. But for younger users, they also provide more authentic voices and the control and choice they’ve become used to.”Audio prospects may be further boosted by the rapid adoption of voice-activated speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Reach for any purpose has grown from 7 percent to 14 percent in the UK over the last year, from 9 percent to 12 percent in the United States, and from 5 percent to 9 percent in high-tech Korea. However, the proportion using smart speakers for news is declining as mainstream audiences come on stream. Less than four in ten access any news via their device in an average week in the U.S. (35 percent) and UK (39 percent) and just a quarter in Germany (27 percent) and South Korea (25 percent). Facebook news use declining, WhatsApp growing: study Public concern about misinformation is making some people more careful about the brands they choose and the content they share online, according to the eighth annual Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. Explore further The report, which is based on a YouGov online survey conducted with 75,000 people in 38 markets, says that changing behaviour is most apparent with those that are younger and better educated, rather than older or less privileged groups.While some consumers may be turning to more credible news sources, the report has mixed news for publishers looking for sustainable business models after decades of digital disruption. Paid online models are starting to work in some countries, but mainly for a few big publishers. Single title subscriptions, it argues, are unlikely to work for many consumers, who wish to access multiple brands in a frictionless way or do not see sufficient value in paying for news at all. Other highlights:How consumers in many countries are spending less time with Facebook and more time with WhatsApp, Instagram, and YouTube than this time last yearThe growth of news avoidance. In the UK more than half of avoiders say the news brings down their mood while others say they feel powerless to affect events The continuing growth of podcasts and their popularity with younger groupsMisinformation and changing behaviourPublic concern about misinformation remains extremely high (55 percent average across 38 countries) and has grown significantly over the last year in some countries, despite the attempts of platforms and governments to contain it. One consequence of this concern seems to be a greater awareness and affinity with trusted news brands. Across countries over a quarter (26 percent) say they have started relying on more ‘reputable’ sources of news—rising to 40 percent in the U.S. A further quarter (24 percent) said they had stopped using sources that had a dubious reputation in the last year. (The interpretation of ‘reputable,’ ‘less accurate,’ ‘dubious,’ and other subjective terms were left to respondents to determine.)Qualitative research with younger news consumers in the U.S. and UK confirmed that behaviour was shifting.Apart from the young, behaviour seems to have changed most in countries where concern about misinformation is highest. Almost two-thirds (61 percent) in Brazil and 40 percent in Taiwan said they had decided not to share a potentially inaccurate story in social media after recent elections that were marked by misinformation—compared with just 13 percent in the Netherlands, the country with the lowest level of concern in our survey. Citation: Public say they are relying more on ‘reputable’ news brands to counter misinformation (2019, June 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Provided by University of Oxford Public say they are relying more on ‘reputable’ news brands to counter misinformation even as economic pressures mount for many publishers. Credit: Shutterstock 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

Juno Finds Mysterious Unexpected Currents Crackling Through Jupiters Magnetosphere

first_imgThere are turbulent, unexpected currents crackling through Jupiter’s atmosphere, producing brilliant auroras. Juno, the NASA probe that has orbited the gas giant since 2016, passes over Jupiter’s polar regions ever 53.5 days, collecting data on the magnetic forces that produce ultrabright auroras above the huge planet. In a new paper, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, researchers working with Juno’s data discovered that the electric currents passing through Jupiter’s magnetosphere — the region of its atmosphere richest with magnetic field lines — don’t act as expected. The probe found less direct current — current that constantly flows in one direction — than physicists predicted. It was only about 50 million amperes, an incredibly powerful current, but not as high as theoretical models of Jupiter’s magnetosphere suggested would be present. That finding suggests that “alternating current” — current that flickers back and forth — plays a much bigger role in producing Jupiter’s auroras than anyone realized, the researchers wrote. On Jupiter, as on Earth, auroras are a product of whirling currents in magnetic fields interacting with high-energy particles from the sun. [10 Places in the Solar System We’d Most Like to Visit]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 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  “These observations, combined with other Juno spacecraft measurements, show that alternating currents play a much greater role in generating Jupiter’s aurora than the direct current system,” Joachim Saur, an author of the paper, said in a statement. On Earth, we typically think of alternating and direct currents (AC and DC) in terms of electronics. Famously, in the late 19th century, inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla disagreed sharply over which method should be used to deliver power to electrical devices. DC power doesn’t convert as easily between different voltages, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), so Tesla wanted to turn the more-easily convertible AC into the standard. Edison, guarding his DC-dependant patents, resisted the change and spread misinformation that AC was more dangerous, according to the DOE. Tesla won out in the end, and AC became the standard for U.S. power plants. However, according to the DOE, direct current has regained favor as more battery-powered devices have come to market. Your lights are probably running on AC power, but there’s a good chance the device you’re reading this on relies on DC. (That’s why your laptop requires an AC adapter.) In the space around Jupiter, the proportion of AC to DC isn’t determined by feuding pre-modern inventors, but by the behavior of ions in the planet’s atmosphere. Jupiter has powerful currents than Earth for several reasons, including its huge size, its fast rate of spin and the excess of charged particles (ions) pumped out from volcanoes on the moon Io. That such a large proportion of those currents are AC seems to be a result of turbulence in the planet’s magnetic fields, the researchers wrote. Turbulence in this sense refers to the disordered way in which the magnetic fields’ shape and directionality fluctuates. And that turbulence is producing different effects at each of Jupiter’s two poles. In the time Juno has orbited Jupiter, the planet’s north pole has experienced about half the current of the south pole, the researchers wrote. That seems to be a result of the much more complex arrangement of magnetic field lines in the north, which interrupts the flow of currents. In the south, they wrote, the magnetic field lines are “smoother.” The effects of those differences are visible in the two poles’ auroras, they noted. In the north, the auroras tend to be more widely dispersed, with a structure of “filaments and flares.” In the south, the auroras tend to be more structured, with a “bright arc” extending out from the main oval where auroras occur. This research on Jupiter’s powerful magnetic fields, the researchers wrote, could inform their understanding of Earth’s weaker magnetic field — humanity’s main protection against harsh solar particles. Some researchers already suspected turbulence produced a significant proportion of currents around our planet. This work seems to lend credence to that idea. 5 Mars Myths and Misconceptions The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder 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 BookUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndo Science Fact or Fantasy? 20 Imaginary Worldslast_img read more

Chamber calls for more foreign flights at Madurai

first_imgLack of direct air service to international destinations from the city restricts growth, says TNCCI industry association SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE airlines and aviation COMMENTScenter_img Published on COMMENT October 02, 2018 Tamilnadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the Civil Aviation Ministry to include Madurai airport as a ‘point of call’ to facilitate foreign airlines to operate direct flights to Madurai.Highlighting the passenger potential from Madurai and other southern districts of Tamil Nadu, Chamber President N Jegatheesan said the lack of direct air service to international destinations restricted industrial, export and economic growth besides tourism development of the region.As of now, Madurai is directly connected to Dubai, Colombo and Singapore only by domestic airlines. The new terminal building was inaugurated in 2010. Since the airport is a point of call with Sri Lanka, SriLankan Airways is operating a direct flight in the Colombo-Madurai sector.Foreign investors will consider investing in this region, only if there is sufficient air connectivity, he said and appealed for early action for operating direct passenger and cargo flights to Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE by foreign airlines.last_img read more

Amid chants of Modi Modi 17th Lok Sabha commences

first_imgLok Sabha COMMENT COMMENTS File photo   –  V_V_Krishnan Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Pragya Singh Thakur tweaks her oath, Rahul Gandhi makes a belated entry SHARE June 17, 2019 17The dominance of saffron, Sanskrit, Bharat Mata Ki Jai and an MP rounding up her oath with a chant from Durga Saptashati was as conspicuous as the absence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the first half of the first day of the 17 Lok Sabha .Rahul Gandhi finally made it to the House and took oath but not before many in the treasury benches demanded to know “where is he”. Gandhi tweeted his arrival before he actually walked in: “My 4consecutive term as Member of the Lok Sabha begins today. Representing Wayanad, Kerala, I begin my new innings in Parliament by taking my oath this afternoon, affirming that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India.”The depleted strength in the Opposition benches was resurrected briefly when accused in the Malegaon blast case and now BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur sufficed the name of her spiritual guru with hers while taking oath.She mentioned Swami Purna Chetnanand Avdheshanand Giri as a suffix to her name while taking oath, drawing sharp reactions from the Opposition while the treasury bench strongly supported.The pro tem Speaker finally ruled that only the name written in her election certificate issued by the returning officer would go on record.Thakur took the oath in Sanskrit and ended it with a loud slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Several MPs, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik, Ashwini Chaubey, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, took oath in Sanskrit.BJP MP from Sirsa, Haryana, Sunita Duggal, rounded up her oath with a chant from Durga Saptashati.Modi chantThe ceremonial silence observed by the new members as soon as the House assembled this morning was broken by loud chants of “Modi Modi” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” when the Secretary General invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take oath. The panel of presiding officers — Kodikunnil Suresh, Bribhushan Saran Singh and B Mehtab — was sworn in immediately afterwards. Kodikunnil Suresh is reported to be a strong contender to lead the Congress in the Lok Sabha.While Rahul Gandhi was not in the House in the morning, former Congress President Sonia Gandhi was seated in the front row.Smriti Irani’s entrySonia duly greeted Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani who got the loudest and the longest applause, having defeated Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.As soon as Smriti Irani’s name was called for oath-taking, BJP members including the PM, Home Minister Amit Shah other Union Ministers and MPs enthusiastically thumped their desks.While the Prime Minister and most of Union Ministers took oath in Hindi, DV Sadananda Gowda and Prahlad Joshi took oath in Kannada, Harsimrat Kaur Badal took oath in Punjabi. Union Ministers Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Raosaheb Patil Danbe took oath in Marathi, Jitendra Singh in Dogri, Babul Supriyo in English, Rameshwar Teli in Assamese and Debashree Choudhury in Bangla.BJD leader Mehtab took oath in Odiya.last_img read more

JapanSouth Korea feud deepens with disputed accounts of trade meeting

first_img South Korea 11 Jul 2019 Moon slams Japanese comments over sanctions World 09 Jul 2019 South Korea rejects Japan media reports on transfer of material to North Korea Related News SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – A row between Japan and South Korea escalated on Saturday, with contested accounts of a frosty meeting the day before that had failed to make progress on a dispute that could threaten global supplies of microchips and smartphone displays.Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, saying it had broken an agreement on what the two sides would disclose from the Friday discussions on Japan’s curbs of exports to Korea of some materials used to make high-tech equipment, said Japanese trade ministry official Jun Iwamatsu. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) also disputed a Korean official’s statement that Seoul had asked Japan on Friday to withdraw the restrictions.But a Korean trade ministry official shot back that Seoul had “clearly demanded Japan withdraw its trade restrictions at yesterday’s meeting, and there should be no disagreement over that matter with Japan.” Related Newscenter_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} He told Reuters the two sides had discussed what they would disclose but that there was no agreement.”I am frustrated,” said the Korean official, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.Japan recently tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing what it has called “inadequate management” of sensitive items exported to South Korea, as well as a lack of consultations about export controls.But the dispute also appears to be rooted in a decades-old wartime disagreement. It comes amid deep frustration in Japan over what Tokyo sees as Seoul’s failure to act in response to a South Korean court ruling ordering a Japanese company to compensate former forced labourers from the Second World War. In the Friday talks, South Korean officials expressed regret over Japan’s export restrictions and asked Tokyo to remove them, participant Han Cheol-hee, a trade ministry director, told reporters as he was leaving Japan on Saturday.In response, Iwamatsu, director of METI’s trade control policy division, told a hastily arranged news conference: “We’ve checked the record of the meeting … We found no clear comment asking for the withdrawal.”Iwamatsu said the two sides had agreed on what they would disclose from the talks but that the Korean official went beyond the agreement. “We believe this is something that affects our relationship of trust,” he said.One reason for the sensitivity over characterising the talks could be a Japanese fear that if Korea can assert that it used consultations and unsuccessfully sought to have Tokyo withdraw the curbs, Seoul could justify escalating the matter to the World Trade Organisation.”The nature of the meeting is not a consultation, but an occasion where Japan gives explanation after getting a request from the South Korean government,” Iwamatsu said. “Therefore we would like to correct an expression from a South Korean official that the meeting can appropriately be described as a consultation for problem solving.”Friday’s talks began with two negotiators from each side facing off in stony silence in a small meeting room, without greeting each other and with the Japanese officials not standing or bowing when their Korean counterparts entered.A Japanese official later explained that the bureaucrats had earlier met and exchanged greetings. South Korean media, however, reported there was a “cold reception” for their officials, and that the meeting took place in a room that looked like a “garage”. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin in Seoul and Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by William Mallard/Jacqueline Wong/Ros Russell) Japan 10 Jul 2019 Japan, S. Korea step up trade disputelast_img read more

Portugals Socialists extend lead before October election poll

first_img World 29 Apr 2019 Spain’s Socialists ahead in election but no clear winner as voting ends – opinion poll World 09 Jul 2019 Spain’s Socialists won’t seek to form government if lose July votes Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newscenter_img World 11 Jul 2019 Portugal PM says open to new alliance with far left LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s ruling Socialists extended their lead over the opposition in an opinion poll released on Friday three months before a parliamentary vote, putting them closer to winning a majority after years of solid, if slowing, economic growth.The survey by ICS/ISCTE pollsters for Expresso weekly and SIC television channel put the centre-left Socialists of Prime Minister Antonio Costa at 38% of voting intentions, up 1 percentage point from the previous poll in March. The main opposition Social Democrats were far behind on 23%, having dropped two points, and their traditional allies from the conservative CDS-PP were on 5%, a sharp 3 points lower. The two parties had governed together before the last election in 2015, presiding over a period of tough austerity they had to impose under an international bailout. The poll also showed the Socialists, whose combination of fiscal discipline with economic growth has won praise from Brussels and ratings agencies, may have more options this time if they fail to clinch a majority. Although growth has slowed somewhat since 2017, which marked the strongest expansion since the turn of the century, it is still expected to outpace the euro zone’s average, and the government expects to post the country’s first budget surplus in at least 45 years in 2020.In the current legislature, the Socialists had to rely on the backing in parliament from two far-left parties, the Left Bloc and the Communists, the former being more prone to compromise than the latter.With the Bloc rising to 11% of voting inventions, their support alone, be it via a deal in parliament or a coalition, would be enough for the Socialists to have a majority in the house, even considering the poll’s margin of error of 3.5%.The threshold for a parliament majority can vary but usually 42% of the vote would be sufficient.The Communist party was not far behind on 8%, meaning it could also become the Socialists’ single, if less likely, ally.Another potential kingmaker is the People-Animals-Nature party (PAN), which has recently won a seat in the European Parliament after garnering 5% of the vote in May on a wave of concern about climate change and the environment.The opinion poll put PAN at 4% of voting intentions for the Oct. 6 election.The pollsters surveyed 801 people between 15 and 27 of June. (Reporting by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)last_img read more

Climate activists find warmer reception at shareholder meetings

first_img Metro News 2d ago Raising awareness of climate change Related News Nation 08 Jul 2019 Environment group holds climate change rally in KL {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. Democratic lawmakers declare climate emergency BOSTON (Reuters) – Climate activists found companies more receptive to steps like cutting emissions or buying clean power this year, a new tally of shareholder resolutions shows, a trend proponents said undercuts the case for proxy rule changes sought by business groups.Of the 145 climate-related proposals filed for this year’s springtime annual meeting season, 39 percent led to deals and were withdrawn, according to Ceres, a Boston-based advocacy group that coordinates and tracks the resolutions. Last year the rate was 36 percent, and 21 percent in 2015.For instance restaurant parent Yum! Brands Inc in April agreed to track its emissions and to identify ways to reduce them, leading activists to withdraw a shareholder proposal before a shareholder vote, a company spokeswoman confirmed.Executives are more inclined to compromise as extreme weather shows the impact of climate change, said Rob Berridge, Ceres’ director of shareholder engagement. AdChoices广告”The weather is worse, so the climate for these climate proposals is better. Companies are more receptive,” he said.For a graphic click here : with climate resolutions, those focused on other areas like director nomination rules have also found traction, said John Roe, head of ISS Analytics, part of proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services.ISS data shows among the roughly 820 resolutions of all types filed in each of the past three years, withdrawal rates were 23% in 2017, 31% in 2018 and 30% so far in 2019. ISS’ data does not capture how withdrawals were tied to deals. The counts by ISS and Ceres both include mainly U.S. companies.Stephen Giove, partner at law firm Shearman & Sterling who represents large companies, said executives prefer to settle in private rather than confront shareholders at annual meetings, especially after high-profile wins for activists at several energy companies. In several areas “There’s now more leverage on the side of the proponents,” Giove said. The trends match how companies have responded to other criticisms, such how some banks have pulled back from private prisons and gunmakers.The tallies will inform a debate over proposed rule changes sought by business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable to make proxy resolutions harder to file. Representatives for each group did not comment on Ceres’ tally.A regulatory filing shows staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could recommend rule changes next April.Danielle Fugere, president of activist organisation As You Sow, said rule changes are not needed. “Its become very clear that shareholders appropriately care about climate change,” she said.Fugere cited resolutions by her group calling for grocer Kroger Co to report on renewable energy use, winning 25% investor support in 2017 and 31% in 2018. This year she said As You Sow made a deal with Kroger and withdrew the proposal. Via e-mail, Kroger Group Vice President Jessica Adelman said the company spoke with As You Sow about cutting energy use and that it is getting ready to set a new carbon reduction commitment.”We always engage with investors,” she said. (Reporting by Ross Kerber in Boston; Editing by David Gregorio) Related Newslast_img read more

Ghaziabad Harassed by classmates Dalit student commits suicide

first_img Indo-Asian News Service GhaziabadJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 13:55 IST Image for representation (Source: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSThe boy committed suicide after being harassed by his upper caste classmatesHe hanged himself at his home in Shastri Nagar area of GhaziabadVipin shared his plight with his mother Bhagwati DeviA 3rd-year Dalit student of Law at Ghaziabad-based Inmantec Institute committed suicide after being harassed by his upper caste classmates — a girl and three boys, police said on Saturday.According to the police, Vipin Verma (20) hanged himself at his home in Shastri Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Thursday, but the FIR was lodged by his father Police Constable Virendra Kumar at the Kavi Nagar police station late on Friday night.Police said, Neha Chaudhary and his friends Anu, Ankur and Arun had been harassing Vipin since June 14 over his Dalit identity. Vipin shared his plight with his mother Bhagwati Devi, who consoled him and asked him to focus on his studies.According to the FIR, Bhagwati Devi then shared the problem with her husband, who contacted the group over phone on Thursday to resolve the issue. The group assured Virendra Kumar not to harass his son again.But that very evening between 5 and 6 p.m., Vipin hanged himself at his home.Virendra Kumar in his complaint said: “I am a Dalit and the accused are influential persons of higher caste, so my complaint was delayed and the accused are still at large.”However, Superintendent of Police – City Shlok Kumar said: “We have registered the complaint, investigation is underway. We will arrest the accused soon.”Also read | Varanasi: BHU guards stop Dalit student from using toiletAlso read | JDU Dalit leader found hanging inside Bihar police station, 3 cops arrestedAlso watch | Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor 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 Dalit studentFollow DalitFollow GhaziabadFollow Suicide Next Ghaziabad: Harassed by classmates, Dalit student commits suicidePolice said, Neha Chaudhary and his friends Anu, Ankur and Arun had been harassing Vipin since June 14 over his Dalit identity. Vipin shared his plight with his mother Bhagwati Devi.advertisementlast_img read more

Meghalaya becomes first state to have water policy

first_img Asian News International ShillongJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:30 IST Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma with his cabinet on Friday. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSThe draft was passed following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinetThe policy intends to achieve sustainable development: Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone TynsongTynsong said committees will be formed at village level to address the issue of groundwaterAmid the water crisis in the country, the Meghalaya cabinet became the first state to approve a draft water policy to address water issues, conservation, and protection of water sources in the state.The draft was passed on Friday following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinet.Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister, said, “The policy intends to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation. This will improve health and livelihood and reduce vulnerability among the people. This will also assure of good governance for present and future generations through integrated water resources management and environmental sustainability.””Issues such as the protection of catchment areas and river pollution have also been outlined in the policy. Community participation is what we are looking for in as we want to reach to the villages with this policy,” he said.Tynsong also said that the committees will be formed at village level and the issue of groundwater will also be catered through this policy. Also, the department will also monitor the quality of the water to check if it has a high content of iron or if it’s acidic.The government will soon notify about the policy.ALSO READ | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightALSO WATCH | Tamil Nadu remains on edge as state struggles to endure water crisisFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Meghalaya becomes first state to have water policyThe policy intends to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill allows to file complaint in case

first_imgRajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill, allows to file complaint in case of security breachWith the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.advertisement Siraj Qureshi AgraJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:25 IST Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019The people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identityAadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led governmentThe Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will allow the voluntary use of the 12-digit identification number as identity proof for Indians to open bank accounts and also get a mobile phone connection.Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens by Narendra Modi-led government has been the centre of major controversies in the past due to privacy concerns or logistical issues in getting a new card.With the passage of the Bill, the people are now allowed to file complaints in cases of impersonation or disclosure of their identity.However, sources said modifications in the cards made earlier are proving to be very difficult in the absence of an adequate number of Aadhaar Kendras.Although the banks and the post offices have been asked to fill in as Aadhaar centres, it is a fact that most of these banks and post offices do not have the facility of making a new card or rectifying an old one.Commenting on the passing of the Aadhaar Bill, social activist Deep Sharma said that it will be a major relief if simple tasks like opening a bank account or getting a new phone number could be accomplished without showing an Aadhaar card.Deep Sharma also said that the UPA government had introduced Aadhaar as a way to transfer subsidies and other government benefits directly to the people, but the BJP government made it a universal identity document and there were many cases of security breach.Jan Suvidha Kendras, opened to make Aadhaar cards, were closed without any announcement and the task was given to banks and post offices where the government employees were already overburdened with work that they showed no interest in making or modifying Aadhaar cards.Only 10 per cent of the people who went to the post office or the bank for a modification in their Aadhaar card or for a new card, actually got it done, the social activist further said.ALSO READ | Aadhaar Bill seeking its use as ID to open bank accounts passes in Lok SabhaALSO WATCH | All you need to know about the recent Aadhaar updateFor 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 byPrakriti Sharma Nextlast_img read more