Constable held in connection with July 5 businessman abduction case

first_imgKolkata: A police constable has been arrested in connection with a case of abduction and robbery which happened on July 5. The accused constable, identified as Utpal Kar, was arrested on Wednesday night from Bijpur in North 24-Parganas.Earlier on July 5, a jewellery business owner of Nadia identified as Bablu Nath had lodged a FIR at Muchipara police station, stating that he was abducted by two persons in a SUV, who had claimed to be policemen. He also told the police that they had taken Rs one lakh and gold jewellery weighing about 50 grams and left him near the airport on July 4. During the probe, sleuths identified the SUV and its registration number from CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, on the basis of the SUV’s registration number, police managed to get hold of the driver identified as Nepal Dhar and the owner of the SUV, who were both arrested. During interrogation, he stated that a person identified as Ashish Chandra, who works in the records section of Kolkata Police, was involved in the case. Following the statement by Dhar, Chandra was arrested on July 9. After his arrest, he was interrogated and sleuths came to know that Kar, who is a police constable posted at Lalbazar, was also connected with the case. Since then, police had been on the hunt for him as he had fled. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn Wednesday, police came to know from sources that Kar was hiding in Bijpur. Immediately, a joint team of Muchipara police station and Kolkata Police Detective Department went to Bijpur and nabbed Kar. According to senior police officials, he has confessed his part in the crime. He was absent since October last year without informing concerned superiors. Chandra had been arrested earlier in 2014 for his connection with a cheating case at Sealdah Government Railway Police (GRP). That time, he was suspended and a departmental inquiry was also initiated.last_img read more

Inutero surgery gives baby Sebastian good heartstart in life

first_imgTORONTO – Watching Kristine Barry and husband Christopher Havill cuddle their two-month-old son Sebastian, it’s hard to believe their little guy has been through more major medical procedures in his short life — and even before being born — than many people experience in a lifetime.Weeks before his birth in May, Toronto doctors discovered through imaging scans that Sebastian had not one, but two congenital heart defects — and they knew they had to do something fairly radical to bring him into the world and give him a chance at a full and healthy life.That something was an in-utero procedure to poke a hole in the wall between the upper chambers of his tiny heart, which had developed with no opening, followed by an operation after birth to repair his major cardiac arteries, which weren’t in the proper locations.Scans of Sebastian while in his mother’s womb showed his aorta, the vessel that takes oxygen-rich blood to the brain and body, and his pulmonary artery, which channels blood to the lungs to be oxygenated, were switched — a condition known as transposition of the great arteries, or TGA.Doctors also discovered there were no openings in the walls between either the two upper chambers (the atria) of his heart or the bottom two chambers (the ventricles), which would have prevented his blood from circulating properly after birth. While in the womb, fetal blood is oxygenated through the placenta.“If a baby doesn’t have any holes between the two sides, so the right and left half, the child would be deeply blue, and eventually will die from this condition unless we are able to create the hole after birth rapidly,” said cardiologist Dr. Edgar Jaeggi, head of the fetal cardiac program at Sick Kids Hospital and part of the two-hospital team that cared for Barry and her soon-to-be born baby.“This is a life-threatening condition that could result in rapid brain damage, with the baby doing very poorly and dying from this,” Jaeggi explained.However, after Sebastian’s birth, doctors would have had only a few minutes to open up his chest and repair his heart, requiring full neonatal resuscitation and cardiac surgery teams to be on stand-by.To avoid such a high-risk delivery and the dangers to the newborn, a team of doctors from Mount Sinai Hospital and Sick Kids opted to perform the procedure to create an opening between the upper chambers of Sebastian’s heart while he was in the womb.“It’s pretty intense hearing something like that, that they’re going to do it while he’s still inside of her,” Havill, 27, said Tuesday after he and his wife travelled to Sick Kids from their home in Barrie, Ont., north of Toronto.“It’s something you would think would only happen on a TV medical show, not in real life,” agreed Barry, 25. “Doing the in-utero procedure actually sounded like the best possible thing. In my gut, we knew this was what we wanted to happen, what we needed to do.”On May 18, doctors at Mount Sinai took the first steps, injecting drugs through Barry’s abdomen that put Sebastian to sleep, paralyzed his body to prevent him from moving, and provided pain relief.“The baby obviously has to be in the right position,” said Dr. Greg Ryan, head of the fetal medicine program at Mount Sinai.“Because if the baby is not aligned in-utero, it’s a non-starter, and we’ve sometimes had to wait for two or three days for the baby to come into position where it gives us our best shot — because you have one shot and you need to make that work.”Barry was then transported to Sick Kids across the street via an underground tunnel that connects the two hospitals, where Ryan performed the next part of the procedure under ultrasound-guided imagery, inserting a fine needle through Barry’s abdomen and uterus, then into the upper chamber of Sebastian’s heart and passing it through the wall to the adjacent atrium.A catheter was then fed through the needle and a tiny balloon inserted between the wall, a process that’s similar to balloon angioplasty to open up a blocked coronary artery in those at risk of a heart attack.“Then, essentially, we blow up the balloon in that wall which had been closed,” explained Ryan. “By blowing it up, we could open up a hole in the wall between the two chambers, and this allows the mixing of the blood.“Once we’ve done that, we withdraw the needle and withdraw the catheter out of the baby’s heart,” he said, adding that he believes this is the first time in the world that the in-utero procedure has been performed in a fetus with TGA.Jaeggi said the team waited until Sebastian was almost full-term to do the in-utero surgery — called a balloon atrial septoplasty, or BAS — because doing so earlier might have allowed the hole to close up again.“We wanted the biggest hole closest to delivery,” he said, describing the opening as about 3.5 millimetres in diameter.On May 23, Barry gave birth through a regular vaginal delivery after being induced and Sebastian was born “pink and screaming.”“They always primed us that we would be having a blue baby, so when he came out, I’m like ‘That’s not blue,’” said Barry, recalling her huge sense of relief. “He was here and he looked as babies should when they’re born.”Sebastian had a second BAS procedure after birth to ensure the atrial opening was large enough. Then five days later, surgeons at Sick Kids performed open-heart surgery on the infant to switch his aorta and pulmonary artery into their proper positions.Now weighing 10 pounds and meeting all his developmental milestones, Sebastian is like any other healthy two-month-old, his parents say.“He’s a pretty calm, pretty chill baby. He lets us know when he’s not happy. He still has that very strong set of lungs that he was born with,” Barry said. “We just recently started getting our smiles from him.”“You barely even know that anything had happened to him unless you take off his shirt and see his scars,” added Havill. “He’s just awesome.”The couple say it’s hard to express how grateful they are to the medical teams at the two hospitals.“Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but definitely thanks to them for saving my baby’s life,” Barry said.“It’s just amazing what they’re able and capable of doing.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Grieving First Nations family sent home with wrong casket in Manitoba

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National newsA grieving family is speaking out after they returned home with what they believed to be their loved one’s remains only to find out the casket was empty at Red Sucker Lake First Nation in Manitoba.The right casket carrying their loved one’s remains arrived in the community hours later.But the family and members were already devastated by what happened.last_img

Oil and gas companies receive 139 million in royalty credits from BC

first_imgThe Ministry said that the 20 IRCP projects represent $743 million in private sector capital spending and are expected to create more than 1,742 jobs in B.C. Of those projects, five use BC Hydro electricity, resulting in fewer GHG emissions.The seven CIRCP projects saw $78 million in industry spending that will result in an estimated reduction of 0.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.The Province said that companies are required to fully fund and complete an approved project before they can apply to recover up to 50 percent of the project’s cost in royalty deductions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that 27 oil and gas projects in B.C. have been awarded a cumulative total of $139.3 million in royalty credits.In a press release issued back on September 4th, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said that $120 million of the royalty deductions were awarded for 20 new projects under the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program, while a further $19.3 million in deductions were given out for seven new projects under the Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program.The IRC Program facilitates new pipelines and all-season road projects, creating jobs for service-sector employees and supporting upstream-development prospects, while the CIRC Program supports investments in clean technology that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources linked to the exploration and production of B.C.’s oil and gas resources.last_img read more

Mandhana breaks into top 3 in T20I batting rankings

first_imgDubai: India opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Womens Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday. Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati. Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who moved up a spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points. The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less. India captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenMeanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position. But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103. There were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places. The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10. Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35. The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.last_img read more

State police to be in QRTs after sixth phase debacle

first_imgKolkata: Taking lessons from the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal held on Sunday, the Election Commission has decided to include state police personnel in Quick Response Teams (QRTs).There were only Central Force personnel in the QRTs during the sixth phase and the latter, with little knowledge of the location of the booths, took a lot of time to intervene in case of any report of trouble. “There will be state police along with Central Forces in the seventh phase of the elections on May 19,” state Police Observer Vivek Dubey told reporters after a meeting with senior officials in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bengal and the top brass of the state police and Kolkata Police. Sources in the Commission said that there will be at least one civil constable in each QRT in the seventh phase. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDeputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who reached the city on Sunday night, took stock of the poll-preparedness and security measures for the seventh phase of polls in Bengal, in which the nine constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North are going to polls. It may be mentioned that in the fourth and fifth phase of elections, the QRTs with a blend of Central Forces and state police were found to reach troubled places very quickly and bring situations under control. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the sixth phase there were around 547 QRTs and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad-hoc commandants. They struggled to reach places from where sporadic violence was reported as they didn’t have proper knowledge of the geographical locations of the booths. A number of political parties that met Jain also briefed him about the problem. They alleged that clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Jain also spoke with the returning officers who have been deployed for the seventh phase of polls. “All the DEOs and ROs have ensured that there will be no security related issues in the last phase. There has been maximum deployment of forces in the state because the Commission has given special importance to this state. Forces are always deployed on the basis of availability and there can be a situation when all the booths might not be covered by Central forces. But the Commission wants maximum utility of the forces,” Jain said. Later in the day, he visited the model counting centre at Netaji Indoor Stadium. “There will be VVPAT counting this year and so the Commission has made some changes in the counting pattern. The Commission has decided that only after completion of the first round, the counting of second round will start,” a senior election official said. Jain also gave training to all the DEOs and ROs about the counting system and also answered their queries. As per plans drawn up by the Commission till now, 673 companies of Central Forces will be deployed in the seventh phase, with Kolkata getting a share of 146 companies for its two constituencies across 1,576 polling premises – making a provision of nearly 10 personnel for each premise. Another 27 companies of Central Forces are slated to be deployed for the Bidhannagar commissionerate area.last_img read more

BC First Nations band evicts Mount Polley tailings pond owner over water

CHASE — A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled millions of cubic metres of waste in the Cariboo region.The Neskonlith are urging Imperial Metals Corp. to leave their land, which is in the Thompson Okanagan region, about 48 kilometres east of Kamloops near the village of Chase.Imperial Metals is surveying a 211-square-kilometre area for zinc and lead for a project called the Ruddock Creek mine, which is unrelated to the Mount Polley mine.The band issued a statement saying the group will not permit any mining development that would contaminate water or destroy salmon habitat, as elders do not want the area poisoned.The band says it opposes the Ruddock Creek Mine because Imperial Metals failed to protect First Nations land when the Mount Polley tailings pond breached.The Neskonlith was not directly affected by the Mount Polley breach, but it is one of 17 bands that form the Secwepemc (She-whep-m) First Nation, some of which were affected by the accident.Imperial Metals did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Earlier this week, the company said it doesn’t see any sign that the accident will delay the startup of another mine it’s developing in the province.Imperial plans to start operations this year at its $570 million Red Chris mine in the province which, like Mount Polley, will produce copper and gold and place waste in a pond at the site. The accident at Mount Polley, which is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Vancouver, may delay Red Chris by a year, Raymond Goldie, a Toronto-based analyst at Salman Partners Inc., said Aug. 5.“It’s going to be human nature for people to think like that,” Steve Robertson, Imperial’s vice president of corporate affairs, said in an Aug. 9 interview at Mount Polley. “We haven’t received any indication from the government that there will be any change to our ability to go ahead and commission Red Chris.” read more

Abbott is Australias new PM

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office today in a landslide election after incumbent prime minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat, the Telegraph reported.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday called a clear win for the Abbott-led opposition party over Mr Rudd’s Labour in national polls. Meanwhile a government minister said her party had lost the election. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek told ABC after 13 percent of the votes were counted that her government’s loss was no longer in doubt. “The coalition is on a pretty secure 74 seats already. On that basis they’re going to get a majority. I think we can say the government has been defeated,” Antony Green, the state broadcaster’s election analyst, said. She said: “I am a cautious person by nature, but I think that it’s pretty clear it’s a matter of the size of the victory” for the conservative Liberal Party-led alliance.The apparent victory by Australia’s British-born opposition leader would mark a dramatic return to power for the conservative Liberal-National party after six years of shaky Labour rule. Rudd has only been in office for three months after defeating Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, in a leadership challenge. Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as leader during his first term in 2010.Though Mr Abbott ran a strong campaign, Australians have not yet completely warmed to him. read more

Joshua Perry Buckeyes take part in Whipping Childhood Cancer

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it. read more

Facebook pays teen undisclosed damages over naked photograph in first case of

first_img“It now puts the onus on the provider to look at how they respond to indecent, abusive and other such images put on their platform.”Had these images been put in a newspaper or on the TV there would be serious repercussions and those same repercussions should also apply to whatever platform is used in the social media world.”The teenager’s lawyers had likened the posting of the photos to child abuse. They argued that Facebook had the power to block any republication, which should have been a “red-line” issue for the company.The tech giant insisted that it always responded to breaches brought to its attention and took this particular image down as soon as it was notified.Mr MacDermott said police delays in the handling of the case meant officers were unable to prosecute the person who posted the images.Five days had been set aside for the civil trial but Edward Fitzgerard QC, for the girl, told the court on Tuesday that the case had been settled. Facebook will also pay the teenager’s legal costs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Facebook has settled a landmark legal action over a naked photograph of a 14-year-old girl posted on a “shame” page.The social media giant agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the teenager after failing in its attempt to get the action thrown out of court.Legal experts said the case – the first of its kind – could see social media firms face an avalanche of fresh claims for damages and shine a spotlight on their responsibility for inappropriate content.The girl, who cannot be identified, claimed the nude image was obtained after she was blackmailed and was then published as a form of revenge.Her legal team launched High Court proceedings in Belfast after it was allegedly posted on a so-called shame page on Facebook several times between November 2014 and January 2016.She sought damages for misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act.center_img Pearse MacDermott from McCann and McCann Solicitors, which represented the teenager, said the settlement “moved the goal posts” in terms of how social media providers such as Facebook and Twitter respond to indecent and abusive posts and images.“Facebook always said it was up to the individual user to be responsible, not them,” he said.last_img read more

Its time for The Walking Dead to put up or shut up

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 At the end of this season, The Walking Dead will have given us 99 episodes. The season 8 premiere will be the 100th. When TWD producer and director Greg Nicotero gave that fact during The Walking Dead panel in a packed-to-the-gills Madison Square Garden (during this year’s New York Comic-Con), it struck me how little of this post-apocalyptic reality we’ve actually seen in that time; how narrow and frustrating a scope we’ve all been living in as viewers. In this great big world full of zombies, The Walking Dead has given us over 4,000 minutes of television and all we’ve seen is Atlanta, a whole bunch of Georgia forest, some small towns here and there, and now a chunk of Virginia. All following the same cast of rotating characters, picking them off conveniently when the plot needs a boost instead of tying them into something bigger.This upcoming season is set up to finally be different. I really, truly hope The Walking Dead is about to give us the kind of season showrunner Scott Gimple has been promising since he took the wheel and began righting Frank Darabont’s ship. After a clown car of inept showrunners steered the show far too deep into schlock and facepalming predictability, Gimple has done a half-decent job of bringing some depth, complex plotting, and actual surprises back to the show. But Scott, it’s season 7. It’s time to stop stalling. The Walking Dead is one of those shows that has somehow always managed to Godfather Part III me the handful of times I’ve been ready to give up on it. After the Sophia farm quagmire, the horde attack pulled me back in. After all that goddamn nonsense with The Governor, we got Terminus, the arrival of Abraham, and a much-needed infusion of fresh blood. After forcing Beth’s death in the show’s maddening m/o of developing a character just to ax them, Alexandria and the show’s larger end-game kept me invested. That end-game is what I want from season 7. Though before we even get to that, there’s Gimple’s crutch of stalling to deal with. What I want to focus on this season is the fact that the show has finally developed a post-apocalyptic world of warring, bartering city-states. After framing a show about the zombie apocalypse largely through tunnel vision with brief glimpses of a bigger picture, now we’ve got Alexandria, the Saviors, the Hilltop, disparate bands like the Wolves, and the introduction of The Kingdom (fyi: I’m not comics reader. I just know there’s a guy named Ezekiel with a big ass tiger, who isn’t a fan of Negan). I want to see a new society forming and fighting with zombie gore and well-drawn characters as the backdrop, not the soap operatic foreground mired in convention and pandering to what the fans think they want. If you want to kill Daryl, kill Daryl. Fanboys and girls be damned. Riot away.That means not pulling any more shit like the the Negan bat cliffhanger. Season 6 wasted a handful of episodes with cat-and-mouse stalling because Negan, his trusty bat Lucille, and a caved-in skull is what Gimple wanted to end the season on. It’s an iconic comics scene, or so I’m told, so I suppose I’m not going to begrudge holding it off. But to leave us on yet another cheap cliffhanger? After faking us out shamelessly with Glenn and Daryl in the few episodes before? Enough, man. I don’t even care who dies. I really don’t.Whether the opening scene of season 7 sees Glenn, Daryl, Maggie, Abraham (okay I’d be sad about Abraham, he’s a boss), or someone else entirely having his or her head brutally caved in with a barbed wire baseball bat, it doesn’t matter. Get it over with. Then get on with the business of fleshing out Negan and the Saviors, The Kingdom, and immersing us in the new world it’s taken seven seasons of wandering to build to. I have a piece of advice for Gimple and the TWD writers’ room: throw your old tricks and narrative crutches away, and treat every episode like a finale. No more stalling. Because if this season doesn’t turn UP and finally put all the pieces stacked on the board into grand motion, I’m out. The show doesn’t need my Nielsen blip. It’s already AMC’s ratings stocking horse and one of the most popular shows on television. But if you want the TV viewers budgeting in time for Westworld, Black Mirror, Atlanta, and a slate of much better shows this fall to make time for The Walking Dead this season—particularly that last bastion of discerning viewers who against our better judgment haven’t abandoned the show yet—this season is your last chance. Don’t squander it.Now, what say you, Gimple, Andrew Lincoln, and company:  Are you ready to stop dicking around?Gimple and the cast talk season 7 at NYCCIf you’ve made it through my opening soliloquy about why I think this is the make-or-break season for The Walking Dead, I thank you. I needed to let that out. At The Walking Dead panel in MSG during this year’s New York Comic-Con, we got some answers. Just a few, and cryptic ones at that, but the show looks to finally be expanding its universe…while at the same time clinging to its cliffhangersModerated by TWD super fanboy, felt-tied fake nerd/hipster jamoke, and Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, the panel was so big the chairs took up the whole of the stage. Andrew Lincoln couldn’t make it, but onstage were Gimple, Nicotero, producers Gale Ann Hurd and David Alpert, comics creator Robert Kirkman, and cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yuen, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Austin Nichols, Alanna Masterson, and Negan himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Here’s what we found out:The universe is finally getting bigger: According to Hurd, this season the show finally has its own real universe. She and Gimple called out actor Khary Payton’s portrayal of The Kingdom leader Ezekiel in particular—and his pet tiger, Shiva—as a major step to broaden the world.We’re going inside the Saviors: Producer David Alpert and Gurira (Michonne) talked about how Negan is different from The Governor or any other villain the show has faced. “He’s the sign of a new world; a bigger, stronger bad,” said Alpert. Negan has a deeply entrenched infrastructure with multiple outposts, explained Gurira, and a culture around his people with the “we are all owned by Negan” philosophy of his followers. Gurira called the Saviors “a whole new order in which Negan reigns as a demagogue.”Morgan added that Negan believes he’s doing the same thing everyone else is in this new world order, he’s just doing it better. Plus, he’s doing it with showmanship. “The world is his stage, and he owns it,” said Morgan. “Negan comes in to flex his own brand of Barnum & Bailey justice.The walkers are getting…weirder? Against all odds, Kirkman said the show has come up with some even creepier, stranger, and more disgusting zombies this season. In keeping with the narrative thread of zombie bodies decaying more and more each season, this isn’t much of a surprise.Rick might be about to lose his right hand: In a sneak preview of a scene from the upcoming premiere, we found out that obviously, Rick didn’t die. In the aftermath of the beating, Rick, in shock, says he’s going to kill Negan. Makes sense. Typical Rick response.Except Negan doesn’t tolerate those kinds of shenanigans. After taking Rick’s axe and waxing poetic about the importance of “right-hand men,”  Negan drags Rick by the collar into a trailer brandishing the axe. Even if he Rick comes out with all limbs attached, he’s about to get his ass whooped one way or the other.The head at the end of the bat.  I’ve spent a lot of time bemoaning this damn cliffhanger, but at least it’s almost time to dispense with it.  When it came to clues to who it might be, the panel gave us one big red flag: Maggie.Giving credence to a theory from Dustin Rowles, one of my favorite entertainment conspiracy theorists, Lauren Cohan didn’t say a word until near the end of the panel. When she finally did, she couldn’t get a word out without crying.“I can never say how [Maggie] would have handled [Negan’s trap] differently. It’s jarring in that it was completely unexpected. We were knocked off our feet, and to the ground,” said Cohan.Maggie definitely fits the “right-hand man” profile, if we’re talking hierarchically. She’s the political face of Rick’s regime. The one he ceded negotiating power to because he trusts her and knows he’s too hotheaded. Losing Maggie would be a gut punch not solely because of the brutal, unforgivable violence against a pregnant woman, but because it’s also a huge blow to Rick’s leadership that gives Negan even more power over Alexandria.Cohan went on, through tears, to talk about how much this show and these people mean to her, and how privileged she feels to be a part of it. Read into that what you will, but given what we know about the gut-wrenching reactions the cast had to the scene, Maggie’s unfortunately not a bad guess.The kicker in all this is that AMC and The Walking Dead still deal in the currency of cheap twists, and here we are talking about the head at the end of Negan’s bat anyway. The whole charade is beneath where the show could be at this point in its run, and they still guard even hints of spoilers like state secrets.Before the panel officially started, the entire theater had to put their phones away. Why? So they could show some NEW PROMOS. One for each character shown back-to-back, starting with “Beginnings” and an early shot from the character’s first appearance, and then a dramatic “…is this the end?” Spaced out on TV the promos may have worked, but shown in overdramatic repetition, they were straight-up silly. Just like this “twist,” manufactured not from genuine plot development—that’s what got the gang on their knees before Negan—but by withholding information for all this cheap hype. Those promos were not worth putting our phones away for by any stretch, but AMC insisted.This season of The Walking Dead has the board stacked to realize the full potential of its premise and its cast of very talented actors. Although the way they’ve handled the Negan kill reveal makes it terribly plain that the show is still missing the point. Stay on targetlast_img read more

59 believe they do not require pensions advice

first_imgOver half (59%) of respondents believe they do not require pensions and retirement advice when planning to make a withdrawal from their pension pots, according to research by Money.co.uk.The study, which surveyed 669 over 55-year-olds with a pension, also revealed that just one in five (20%) of respondents that are making a withdrawal plan to take advantage of Pension Wise’s free 30-minute advice session. These respondents also cite this as a reason for not paying for the service of an independent financial advisor (IFA).The research also found:One in five (20%) respondents are willing to pay for financial advice when they make a withdrawal from their pension. This figure falls to 13% for male respondents.When asked why they feel they do not need financial advice, 28% of respondents think it is a waste of money, 27% cannot afford it and 15% want to access their money quickly without the ‘hassle’ of taking advice.Of those respondents that are planning to pay for advice, 82% say they are doing so because they want to ensure that they get such a major financial decision right.Respondents are willing to pay an average of £253 for financial advice, while 60% say they would pay £200 or less for it.Around a third (38%) of respondents making a withdrawal say they fully understand the tax implications of doing so.Hannah Maundrell, editor-in-chief Money.co.uk, said: “Our concern is that people will rush into a decision without fully researching the long-term impact or costings, simply because they need cash fast. After all, many people making a withdrawal from their pension are doing so to keep up with day-to-day living expenses.“Looking before you leap and all those other clichés really are the name of the game, especially when you’re gambling a financial future that you’ve worked so hard to save for.”Matthew Brown, private client partner at Thomas Miller Investment, added: “The research from money.co.uk highlights a very important issue, especially for employers who are funding workplace pensions at vast expense. “Thirty eight per cent of respondents did not feel that they understood the complex tax rules and options at retirement. Not only will an incorrect decision at retirement be very costly for the individual but their employer may well end up effectively wasting thousands of pounds of contributions.”last_img read more

XS Platinum Agent Doesnt Appear at Arraignment

first_img(Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service)An arraignment was held Wednesday in federal court in Anchorage for XS Platinum Inc and two employees indicted on charges of violating the Clean Water Act.Download AudioTwo individuals appeared in court, but Kevin Feldis, a first assistant US Attorney, and Chief of the criminal division, says the company itself did not.“Although their registered agent in Delaware was served and accepted service of the summons ordering them to appear, they did not appear in court. The United States in response filed a motion seeking an order that they appear in court and if they don’t appear, we may be seeking sanctions or other penalties,” said Feldis.The judge has a range of penalties, including charges of hundreds or thousand of dollars per day. Three company officials who are Canadian and Australian citizens are also facing charges but have not yet been arraigned.XS Platinum owned and operated the Platinum Creek mine from 2008 to 2012. The company and its leadership are accused of polluting the Salmon River with mine discharge, which was documented on aerial surveys flown by Togiak Refuge staff in 2011. Located near Goodnews Bay, the area has a history of platinum mining throughout last century.The indictment says the company used wastewater ponds that leaked into the river and dug a ditch to direct wastewater into nearby Squirrel Creek. The company never bought a clarifier, used to recycle water, despite telling regulators it would do so.This is the first federal criminal case involving environmental crimes in Alaska. Feldis says there is a strong federal component, as the mine was on Bureau of Land Management land and affected a waterway.“The indictment alleges that the conduct that occurred, the types of discharges, and the nature of those, are are violations of federal law,” said Feldis.Two of the accused, Robert Pate and James Staehli, both residents of Washington state, were in court and entered not guilty pleas. A trial date is set for March 9th.An earlier version of this story stated that three defendants did not appear in court. Those company officials have not been officially summoned. XS Platinum, the company, is also facing charges and its registered agent did not appear.KDLG’s Dave Bendinger contributed to this story. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner first reported this story.last_img read more

Socialists in lead but without clear majority in Spain election

first_imgSpain`s prime minister Pedro Sanchez of the Socialist Workers` Party (PSOE) speaks to supporters while celebrating the result in Spain`s general election in Madrid, Spain on 28 April.Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez looks set to regain power after his Socialists overcame a historic challenge by right-wing nationalists in elections on Sunday, a result he portrayed as a morale booster for the European Union.The Socialists gained seats in one of Spain’s most hotly contested elections in decades, which featured the rise of far-right party Vox whose ultra-nationalist campaign echoed political trends across Europe where traditional parties have ceded to anti-immigration and eurosceptic forces.However, the rise of Vox also splintered the right-wing vote, further fragmenting Spain’s political landscape and playing into the hands of the Socialists which won an almost 50 per cent increase in seats.”The Socialists have won the general election,” Sanchez declared, smiling broadly as he addressed jubilant supporters at party headquarters in Madrid. Outside, hundreds celebrated in the street, waving red party flags and chanting ‘Long live Spain’ and ‘Long live Socialism’.”Social democracy has a great future because it has a great present and Spain is an example of that. We will form a pro-European government to strengthen and not weaken Europe,” he added.The result is likely to come as a relief for supporters of further European Union integration ahead of 26 May elections for European Parliament amid fears that Vox could have gained a share of power in Spain.Vox secured one in 10 votes and 24 seats, the first far-right party to get a sizeable presence in parliament since the country’s return to democracy in the late 1970s, but it did not get the kingmaker role it was looking for.Far left-wing party Podemos immediately offered to open coalition talks with Sanchez, though the two parties together cannot command a majority.”I have expressed to him … our willingness to work towards a coalition government,” Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias told supporters in Madrid. Forming such a coalition “will take much time and I would ask for your patience”, he added.The Socialists and Podemos are set to fall around 11 seats short of a parliamentary majority, but bridging the gap would require Sanchez to also rely on Basque nationalists and other small parties.It was unclear in the early hours of Monday if he would also require the support of separatist lawmakers from Catalonia, the country’s richest region where a push for independence flared into violence two years ago.”Pedro Sanchez is in a good position,” said Pablo Simon, a political science professor at Madrid’s Carlos III University.A government deal would be complicated and certainly not be clinched before next month’s European Parliament elections, he added.The Keys to PowerSanchez appears to have two options to put together a coalition.If he wants to rule with Podemos, near-final voting data showed he would need the support of smaller parties to at least abstain.According to Sunday night’s count, he would require one Catalan separatist lawmaker to abstain but some seats were too close to call. The picture may still change when the count is finalised in the first two weeks of May.If Sanchez does not need to rely on Catalan separatists, who brought down his minority government, he may have more political freedom to deal with the Catalan independence movement. The issue was at the heart of the election campaign and has at times unnerved euro zone investors and the rest of the EU.Alternatively, Sanchez could turn to center-right Ciudadanos. Together, the Socialists and Ciudadanos would have an outright majority.Though he and Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera have sharply different views on Catalonia and both ruled out forming an alliance during the campaign, speculation persists that the pair could yet strike a coalition deal. Rivera repeated after the election that he would be in the opposition.Spaniards cast their votes in numbers close to record highs with campaigning dominated by national identity and cultural values like women’s rights rather than the economy.This is the third national election in four years, after the first two eroded the decades-long dominance of the two biggest parties, the Socialists and the conservative Popular Party (PP).By party, Sanchez’s Socialists led with 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament. The PP stood at 66 seats, centre-right Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) at 57 seats, Podemos at 42 and Vox at 24.The big loser was the PP, which lost more than half its seats in the lower house of parliament and also lost control of the senate to the Socialists.In Spain, issues like mass immigration or euroscepticism that have dominated political discourse elsewhere have been eclipsed by the question of national unity and the threat posed by the Catalan independence movement.The economy, one of the euro zone’s star performers, took a back seat in campaigning across the political parties.last_img

Metro Tries Out New Safety Technology On The Light Rail Lines

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X – / 4Earlier this year, two people were hit and killed by trains just a few days apart. But the close calls are harder to measure. The transit agency has released several videos showing people walking or riding directly into the path of a train.To try to cut down on those incidents Metro is rolling out a new warning system, developed in conjunction with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. As for how it works, a bluetooth signal from the train sets off an audible warning at the rail stop. Metro CEO Tom Lambert says they’re trying it out at two locations, Main Street Square and Hermann Park.“We expect to learn more lessons from this as we look to apply it at additional locations along the corridor,” adds Lambert.And they may expand the technology in the future according to Metro board member Jim Robinson.“Are there applications of this that can be put on people’s cellphones?” asks Robinson. “If they had the application on the cellphone and they were a motorist it would warn them the train was nearby.”Along with the new warning system, Metro says it’s also working on possible design changes at the Hermann Park and Med Center rail stops. last_img read more

CPIM MLA joins TMC

first_imgIn a jolt to the CPI(M) ahead of next year’s Assembly polls, CPI(M) MLA from Khandaghosh on Thursday joined the TMC accusing its leadership of failing to reach out to the masses.Nabin Chandra Bag along with other CPI(M) leaders from Bardhaman district joined the TMC in the presence of senior ruling party leaders Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas.“He has decided to join the TMC to become part of the developmental work ushered in by our party leader Mamata Banerjee,” Chatterjee said.Bag said he was unhappy with the CPI(M)leadership as the party had completely lost touch with the masses.The CPI(M) leadership is yet to officially react to the development.last_img read more

Nvidia GeForce 41616 with Windows 10 version 1809 support

first_imgNvidia GeForce 416.16 with Windows 10 version 1809 support by Martin Brinkmann on October 04, 2018 in Hardware – 8 commentsNvidia released a new driver for its GeForce video cards today that introduces official support for Windows 10 version 1809 which Microsoft released on October 2, 2018.Some users who upgraded earlier versions of Windows 10 to the latest reported issues that they experienced during and after the upgrade. Reports indicate that personal files may be deleted for some users and that there are also some graphics related issues that users experience.The new video card driver for Nvidia cards may resolve some of the graphics related issues that users experience after the upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809. Users who upgraded to the new version of Windows 10 already may want to update their devices to the new Nvidia driver if they experience issues after the upgrade that are graphics related.The updated driver is available as a standalone download on the Nvidia GeForce website and also as part of GeForce Experience’s automatic update mechanism.The driver introduces support for the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 that Microsoft released on October 2, 2018; this includes support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR).Microsoft introduced support for DirectX Raytracing in the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 promising that it would deliver support for a “new class of real-time graphics techniques”.The new graphics feature works out of the box on hardware that supports it according to Microsoft, and games that make use of it are not far away either.Nvidia’s GeForce 416.16 driver fixes the following issues:Black square glitches in Quake HD Remix with soft shadows enabled.Performance drop in Rainbow 6: Siege with temporal antialiasing.Driver error nvlddmkm on resume from S4.Missing 4K bitrate playback resolution when using USB-C HDMI connections.The following issues are still open in the driver:Mouse cursor shows brief corruption when hovering over links in Firefox.Two Surround related issues with Windows Defender Application Guard and Microsoft Edge.AV Receiver switches to 2-channel stereo mode after 5 seconds of idle.DPC watchdog violation errors when using multiple GPUs on motherboards with PLX chips.Crash of Windows Media Player under certain circumstances.The new driver adds or updates profiles for the following games:BasingstockeBattlefield VDivinity: Original Sin IIImmortal: UnchainedJurassic World EvolutionPhoenix PointSeven: The days Long GoneElder Scrolls: Online (3D Vision)Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (3D Vision)Tip: use NVSlimmer to install only the Nvidia driver components that you require or use a manual method to do this instead. As always, make sure you block the installation of Telemetry as good as you can during installation and disable Telemetry that Nvidia installs afterward if something slipped by.Now You: Do you use Nvidia cards? What’s your experience with these devices?SummaryArticle NameNvidia GeForce 416.16 with Windows 10 version 1809 supportDescriptionNvidia released a new driver for its GeForce video cards today that introduces official support for Windows 10 version 1809 which Microsoft released on October 2, 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Supercharging the BandAid Five futuristic bandages that could take wound healing to

first_imgToday’s bandages are pretty good at covering up wounds, sealing them off from infectious bacteria and allowing the body to go to work patching up the damage. But could there come a time when bandages play more of an active role in accelerating healing and fighting infection, so we can peel them off and get on with our lives sooner? A number of research groups around the world have already produced promising experimental versions of futuristic bandages that could take our healing game to the next level. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting examples. How to improve today’s typical wound dressing is a problem researchers are coming at from all kinds of angles. This includes everything from using body heat to hurry things along, to hydrogels that deliver medicine to the site, to bandages that take their cues from the healing properties of scabs. Amid all this exciting progress, there are two mechanisms in particular that are providing promising paths forward. One centers on the notion that electrical currents can be harnessed to speed up healing by killing off bacteria and promoting blood flow to the site. This has long been explored as a way of accelerating wound healing, but one 2015 study started to give the idea real substance. staff reporter, 360Dx, 2018 The other revolves around fluctuating pH levels in fluids at the site of a wound. By sneaking sensors into wound dressings that can monitor these biomarkers, scientists are coming up with inventive ways to not only track the progress being made behind the curtain, but even deliver medication automatically as it is required. Here are five experimental prototypes that you won’t be seeing in the clinic any time soon, but do leverage these technologies to demonstrate what wound dressing could look like further down the track. Electrifying the Band-Aid A wound treated via electrical stimulation (right) versus one left to heal normally (left), after 10 days healing time, as part of a 2015 study at the  University of Manchester  University of Manchester  We recommend A prototype of the bandage developed by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MITUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln The prototype smart bandage developed at Tufts UniversityNanoLab – Sameer Sonkusale, Tufts University Back in 2015, scientists at Washington State University published a paper detailing what they described as an electronic Band-Aid. The device consisted of a conductive carbon fabric that could be fed with an electrical current, which generated hydrogen peroxide that served to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The team tested out the tech on pig tissue against the multi-drug resistant bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii, where it reduced the population to 1/10,000th of its size within 24 hours. Powered by the human body Blood Assay Can Predict Latent TB That May Become Active in Children, Study Finds Back in 2017, we looked at a smart bandage that also used gels to contain tiny doses of different medicines, with a built in micro-controller sending a voltage through certain fibers to selectively release the drugs inside. These could be triggered automatically by fluctuating pH levels or even glucose, or alternatively, has the capacity to be triggered wirelessly by a smartphone.”This is the first bandage that is capable of dose-dependent drug release,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor and team member Ali Tamayol said at the time. If a wound has turned chronic, sensor areas on the Flusitex bandage will glow when exposed to UV lightEmpa/CSEM Grail Raises $900M in Series B Round FDA Releases Discussion Paper on LDT Regulation After Gathering Stakeholder Feedback A University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers fits a smart bandage around the wrist of graduate student Yin LongSam Million-Weaver While the potential of using electricity to promote wound healing has been explored through clunky electrotherapy units and the like, last year scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison published research describing a decidedly more portable option. With a band wrapped around the patient’s torso embedded with nanogenerators to harvest energy from the movement of the ribcage during breathing, the system could provide power to an electric bandage. During experiments, this healed skin-thick wounds in lab rats within three days, compared to the 12 days it took a control group. A bandage that glows when it’s time to go Google Analytics settings Singapore Team Develops Sequencing Method to Calculate Fetal Fraction for Targeted Prenatal Tests Leaning on pH levels for wound monitoring is one thing, but could such an approach be used to deliver medicines as needed? Last year, a team at Tufts University demonstrated how such a thing could be possible through a smart bandage with a built-in sensor to measure pH values of the wound. A built-in microprocessor uses these readings to determine if an infection of inflammation is present, with higher levels again indicating that all is not well. If that’s the case, it heats up antibiotic gels that release drugs in response to the threat. Bringing the smartphone into the mix Privacy policy Before (L) and after (R) images show the population of bacteria (green) was drastically reduced following the application of the an electrified scaffoldWashington State University Danaher Q1 Revenues Rise 7 Percent 360Dx, 2017 Turna Ray, 360Dx, 2017 FDA Issues Warning Letter to Becton Dickinson Over Facility Violations staff reporter, 360Dx, 2017 360Dx, 2017 Powered by I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Monica Heger, 360Dx, 2017 Monitoring the progress of a wound presents something of a dilemma for clinicians, as repeatedly peeling back the dressing for a look invites a greater risk of infection. Back in 2017, scientists in Switzerland demonstrated a bandage that glows when the wound becomes chronic. This is based on the idea that pH levels of the wound’s fluids spike at eight and then settle on five or six if it is healing healthily, while a steady seven or eight indicates a chronic situation. The bandage has custom-made molecules within it that light up only when pH is at 7.5, while anything else means the dressing can be left in place. A drip-feed of on-demand medication Yes Nolast_img read more

5 tips to take the perfect selfie

first_imgTaking selfies is a trend on every social network, young or old it doesn’t matter!Have you ever snapped a photo, assuming that your hair and makeup were ‘on point’, only to later find you had flyaways and smeared eyeliner?Of course you can always delete the selfie and take another, but you might as well check yourself out first so you have lots of good selfies to pick from!Here are 5 tips on how to take the perfect selfie:1- Background check: An important element in taking pictures is to pick a good, clear background. We’ve all seen those photo fails where someone has taken a selfie in a dirty bedroom with piles of clothes or in the bathroom while someone’s taking care of business. Ooh, not a good idea!2- Be still: This is especially important when you’re taking a selfie, since you can’t rely on someone else with two steady hands to snap the photo. You’re usually trying to pose, make sure you’re in good lighting and trying to steady a wobbly arm all at the same time. Multi-tasking rules! 3- Edit: When taking pictures, there’s nothing wrong with editing them! Use a filter for a cool vintage feel, crop out some of the photo you don’t like or create a fun collage! Using a filter doesn’t always mean you’re trying to hide something or you’re not being you; it can add a special something to an otherwise plain photo!4- No mirrors: Whenever you take a selfie, you don’t want to have a mirror in the picture or take a selfie when you are staring into a mirror. You can often see the phone you are using and overall, they typically don’t look that great!5- Be confident: Be confident and have fun; it’ll show in the photo and you’ll have tons of fun taking the pictures when you’re being yourself and letting loose!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Costa Rican Facebook user files formal complaint against ruling National Liberation Party

first_imgNo related posts. José González Chacón, who manages a comical Facebook page titled “Humor a lo Tico,” filed a formal complaint on charges of attempted bribery against the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) this week. The complaint was filed with Costa Rica’s Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) on Monday.González, who uses the byline “JoSé,” recently posted a series of accusations, along with audio files, of an alleged conversation in which a PLN campaign worker offered him money in exchange for publishing Internet memes attacking rival presidential candidates. The contact also allegedly tells González to leave PLN presidential candidate Johnny Araya out of the fray.“Since the TSE will not accept my online complaints, as they were made on a social network, I decided to file a formal complaint at the TSE, and I’m also presenting the relevant evidence,” González told reporters at the TSE’s facilities in downtown San José on Monday.González referred to a series of screenshots and recorded telephone conversations with a man identified only as “Rayner,” who presented himself as a PLN campaign representative.In his complaint, González detailed the alleged offer of a monthly fee of ₡100,000 ($200) in exchange for publishing attacks against other candidates.But PLN campaign manager Rolando González last week denied any involvement in the case and called it a “smear campaign aimed at discrediting Araya and his party.”Article 279 of the country’s Electoral Code defines a “crime against a voter’s self-determination” for those who “through the use of gifts, promises of gifts, violence, or threats try to induce or attempt to induce a person to adhere to a particular candidate, to vote in a certain manner or to refrain from voting.”TSE officials on Monday evening forwarded the complaint to the TSE’s General Directorate of Elections and Political Party Financing, which now must determine possible legal responsibility for those involved, TSE lawyer Andrei Cambronero told The Tico Times.If the TSE determines a violation was commited, those involved would face legal charges before a penal court, according to Article 285 of the Electoral Code.If found guilty, perpetrators could serve up to 12 months in prison, or up to six years in prison if the defendants are public employees.In his Facebook posts, José González also said that the PLN has been creating messages and Internet memes on similar comedy pages, which have widely circulated in recent days and mostly target Broad Front Party candidate and current lawmaker José María Villalta. Facebook Commentslast_img read more