Former Bahamas PM warns new Govt to remain “humble” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas May 8, 2017 – Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley says the Free National Movement (FNM) has “stooped to an all time low” following a fake news report accusing her of tampering with ballot boxes.Yesterday, Reckley said FNM incumbent MP for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest had gone to the Central Police Station with two lawyers supposedly to report the fraud. There were also rumors on social media that Reckley and her husband had been arrested for ballot box tampering. “Yesterday he made a total you know what of himself. Very, very disgraceful and had to come back and say there’s no truth to it,” said Reckley.However, assistant parliamentary commissioner, Reno Smith has cleared the air on the issue stating that neither Reckley nor her husband were guilty. “They were in no way present. They were not in the vicinity of the police headquarters at all. On election day all ballot boxes are empties for everyone to see and touch. Even there were secret compartments in the boxes all of the political operatives are allowed to touch the boxes,” Smith said. Smith assured the public that the process is transparent.Reckley said that she has had enough of the FNM’s Grand Bahama campaign which she claimed has been constantly attacking her character.#MagneticMediaNews#MichelleRickley#fakenews Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Forthcoming appointments at ZNS, Training Agency leaked Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, fnm, michelle reckley, Peter Turnquest
Posted: October 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Pedestrian hospitalized with gunshot wound after fight with motorist in Del Cerro October 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 57-year-old man suffered a gunshot to his right forearm while fighting a motorist who almost struck him Sunday morning in the Del Cerro community of San Diego, a police sergeant said.The victim told police he was walking southbound across the street in the 5200 block of Adobe Falls Road when he was almost struck about 1 a.m. by a white, four-door sedan, said San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey.“He exchanged words with the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and a Pacific Islander male exited the driver’s seat,” Tansey said. “The two became involved in a fight, and the victim was knocked unconscious.”The 57-year-old man regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital by an unknown citizen.He realized that he had been shot in the forearm while at an area hospital and was transferred to the hospital’s trauma unit, where he was treated for his injuries, he said.The suspect in connection with the shooting was described as a 6-foot, 2-inch tall Pacific Islander weighing 220 pounds with long hair. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Top Tech Online-Only Pubs:1) CNET 2) IDG News Service 3) PC Magazine 4) TechTarget 5) InfoWorld Best New Pubs: 1) CFO World2) Channelnomics3) Edtech Digest4) Network Computing5) RCR Wireless Top Tech Standalone Blogs: 1) TechCrunch 2) GigaOM 3) Mashable 4) Gizmodo 5) Engadget Top Tech Blogs Associated with Pubs: 1) Bits (The New York Times) 2) All Things Digital (The Wall Street Journal) 3) InformationWeek’s Security Weblog4) Pogue’s Posts (The New York Times) 5) Digits (The Wall Street Journal) PRSourceCode, a service provider for technology public relations, announced today the results of its second annual “2011 Top Tech Publications” survey – the tech PR community’s ranking of the top tech business and trade publications, tech blogs and tech journalists, based on a survey of 146 tech PR professionals in Q1 2011. The survey reveals 80 percent of 2010’s PR pros have shown up again as 2011 winners, displaying loyalty to their top pubs. PR pros have broadened their focus from standard print pubs, recognizing blogs and online-only publications as key sources of media outreach. According to the study, Twitter content is vital, 65 percent of PR pros saying they engage with journalists via Twitter. Top Tech Print Business Pubs: 1) The Wall Street Journal 2) The New York Times 3) Financial Times 4) Forbes 5) Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top Tech Print Trade Pubs: 1) InformationWeek 2) Network World 3) CIO 4) Wired 5) EE Times
Kintzer, who says she’s wanted to change the company’s name since she took over in April 2014, jumped on the opportunity to expand the project into a full rebranding. From there, Starfish developed the new logo and redesigned the corporate website. As content publishers jockey for the attention of advertisers and investors, the last thing they want to do is explain how their corporate branding relates to their asset portfolio. That’s why, after 93 years, Reader’s Digest Association is announcing today that it’s changing its name to Trusted Media Brands Inc. The new name gives equal weight to the company’s full suite of brands, which expanded dramatically when RDA bought Reiman Publications for $760 million back in 2002. Chief among those brands was Taste of Home. “The name should have changed when Reader’s Digest bought Reiman,” says Kintzer. “At that point it became a very broad-based portfolio. I look at this as a long overdue change.” The full digital platform attracts 53 million monthly uniques, says the company, and in the last couple of years TMBI has built out an online education platform, called EnrichU, that spans its Taste of Home, Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest brands. “I look at this as the fact that we have all these brands and we’re always in the position of having to explain ourselves,” says Trusted Media Brands CEO Bonnie Kintzer. “That’s not the position you want to be in.” RDA hired creative agency Starfish, which was originally hired to work on an advertising positioning project. During that process, Starfish came up with six building-block terms to describe a common theme that ran through all of RDA’s products (uplifting, enduring, wholesome, trusted, empowering, amplified engagement). “It shows that we are a modern, current company with many brands, and what really runs through our brands is trust,” says Kintzer. “Our customers are trusting us to give them a recipe, health advice and craft ideas. Part of the genesis of this really started before the name change. How do you go to market to position the company with advertisers? What’s the common thread?”
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Should you be worried?It’s hard to say. Patients have reported vaping products that contain a variety of substances, including nicotine and THC, as well as using do-it-yourself “home brews,” finds the Washington Post. At this time, health officials are unsure whether the lung issues stem from the e-cigarette devices or one or more ingredients commonly found in vape juice. “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” says the CDC. At least one Wisconsin man who was hospitalized had purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil on the street, according to news reports. Canva The American Vaping Association is skeptical that traditional vape products are at fault. “With approximately 10 million adults vaping nicotine each month without major issue, it appears much more likely that the products causing lung damage contain THC or illegal drugs, not nicotine,” an AVA spokesperson told CBS News.But health experts like Anne Griffiths, MD, a pediatric lung specialist who saw all four of the reported cases in Minnesota, aren’t so sure. “My sense is this isn’t new,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s new that we’re recognizing it. I really do think the primary cause of these illnesses is what’s been inhaled.”Currently, no one device or cartridge is associated with the reported cases of lung disease. When estimating the scope of the problem, health officials are only counting certain lung illnesses in which the person reports having vaped within three months. Most of the illnesses under investigation involve teens and young adults, a population in which e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: 78% among high school students and 49% among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC. As of 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, report using e-cigarettes. The suspected link to vaping is more bad news for an industry that’s already under fire for targeting teens. In an email to Reuters, industry-leader Juul Labs said, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports.” As the investigation progresses, the CDC is asking clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-related pulmonary illness to their state or local health department. And in a statement last week, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm strongly urged “people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”Read more: Why vaping could give you cavitiesWhat we know about vaping and respiratory healthE-cigarettes have only been available in the US for a little over a decade and, during that time, have gone largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, there’s a huge amount of variability in the market. Together, these two things make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the respiratory effects of vaping. That said, here’s what we know so far: E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than tobacco cigarettes and are considered safer in many respects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaping is not without respiratory risks — especially in people who have no prior history of smoking. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzed all the available research on the public health consequences of e-cigarettes — more than 800 peer-reviewed studies — it concluded that, “studies examining the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the development of chronic respiratory symptoms are completely lacking due to the newness of the product.” The jury is still out on whether vaping causes lung disease, but early research points to potential other problems. Canva However, it did find “conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarette products contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances” like acetaldehyde, acrolein, diacetyl and formaldehyde, which have all been linked to lung disease. And that exposing lungs to these substances could potentially damage the respiratory system or worsen pre-existing lung disease. Although NASEM was unable to identify any research on whether or not vaping causes respiratory diseases, it did find moderate evidence of a link between vaping and increased coughing and wheezing in teens, as well as an increase in asthma exacerbations.Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns, but preliminary research — and the lack of federal oversight — has health organizations like the American Lung Association concerned. “The e-cigarettes currently in the US marketplace have not been systemically reviewed by the FDA to determine their impact on lung health,” the ALA says. “While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of these products, the ALA is very troubled by the evolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.”Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction experts The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 2:19 How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs At least 24 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related respiratory issues since July — many of them young adults. Canva Health concerns over vaping intensify after state and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for suspected vaping-related respiratory issues. Most of the patients admitted to a hospital have reported similar symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue that worsened over time. Some patients also reportedly experienced fever, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. (The FDA is also investigating 120-plus reports of seizures after vaping. Check out this timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies.)In Minnesota, some of these individuals had to be hospitalized for multiple weeks, including stints in the intensive care unit. An 18-year-old man in Florida suffered a collapsed lung after vaping. One Wisconsin man in his 20s even had to be placed in a medically induced coma. It’s unclear at this time whether all patients will fully recover.In a statement issued over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that officials are working with the departments of health in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to investigate these “severe” pulmonary illnesses. Additional states have notified the CDC of more possible cases and investigations are ongoing. According to the CDC, says “there is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.”Read more: Why vaping is so addictive, according to doctors Wellness Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags Comments Share your voice
The Business Secretary has said that nationalisation of the Tata steel works is not the solution to the crisis. Sajid Javid made the comment in a statement issued shortly before he stepped on a plane to return to the UK from Australia.Javid insisted that the government is looking at all viable options to keep steel making continuing in Port Talbot. He added: I dont think nationalisation is going to be the solution because I think everyone would want a long-term viable solution.And if you look around Europe and elsewhere I think nationalisation is rarely the answer, particularly if you take into account the big challenges the industry faces. Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of key ministers on 31 March to discuss the crisis with at least 15,000 permanent jobs under threat. According to analysis conducted by IPPR think tank, some 40,000 jobs could be on the line if no buyer is found.Cameron has resisted calls from the Labour party to recall Parliament despite Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn launching a petition calling on the prime minister to act to protect our steel industry. The petition has garnered over 37,000 signatures.Calls for a bail out intensifyCorbyn was the first senior Westminster politician to travel to Port Talbot, after cutting his holiday short. He warned that the government needs to step in. We need a steel industry in Britain. We need a manufacturing base to our economy in Britain, Corbyn told Sky News.If you leave it to market forces, we will end up with a Chinese-dominated steel industry in Europe, he added. There has to be intervention.Surely the function of government, the function of being Prime Minister or Business Secretary is where necessary to intervene to protect jobs and communities and this crucial industry. The Labour leader added that losing more than a century of steel making in towns and cities across Britain would be unacceptable.His call for intervention was echoed by fellow politicians, who pointed out the governments role in rescuing banks. This industry is as important to Wales, I would argue, as the banking sector is to the whole of the UK, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood told BBC News. If the banks could be bailed out, then the steel industry should be bailed out too, she added.
Tim Cook will on Wednesday inaugurate a development centre for digital maps in Hyderabad and introduce an accelerator programme for iOS developers in Bengaluru, a source privy to the Apple CEO’s first official multiday visit to India told Bloomberg.Indications weren’t clear if any talk on opening Apple’s first retail store in the country is scheduled. Another source said Cook’s widely-reported meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasn’t finalised yet, as the week will also witness results from five state Assembly elections. CNN Money noted that Modi had met Cook during his visit to Silicon Valley in the U.S. in September 2015.Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Simon Chan noted that Apple isn’t even among the top 10 in terms of smartphone market share in India. Samsung, Micromax and Lenovo are the top three.The $234-billion company’s market share in India is a mere 2 percent. However, in the first three months of the year, India registered a record 56 percent rise in iPhone sales, while globally the company saw its first ever fall in the same period, said Reuters. “I’m encouraged by the results that we’re beginning to see there, and believe there’s a lot, lot more. I view India as where China was maybe seven to 10 years ago from that point of view, and I think there’s a really great opportunity there,” Bloomberg quoted Cook as saying in a latest earnings call.While the rest of the smartphone markets in the world are saturated and seeing decline in new phone sales, India remains the world’s second-largest market by volume, and under-penetrated, said the news agency. Incidentally, Apple is the world’s second-biggest smartphone-maker, said CNN.However, Apple’s pricing of phones in India may be a big deterrent, noted IDC, the research firm. It told Bloomberg that while Apple’s cheapest iPhone, the SE, is priced Rs. 26,600, predictions for the average cost of phones in India in 2018 was expected to slump to Rs. 6,800 â€” half of the world average.Smartphone sales in India rose by 5.2 percent in a year’s time to reach 23.5 million units in the last financial year. Market estimates say the country will clock 1 billion smartphone sales in next five years.India retail entry apart, Apple wants the key issue of India accepting its import of refurbished iPhones in the country to be sorted out. While it also wants to know the benefits Apple could get by bringing assembly and manufacturing to the country selling its Make in India initiative.
American designer Tommy Hilfiger, founder and principal designer of the high-end apparel company, finds his own style limited and boring.When questioned by the media about his personal wardrobe and style, the 65-year-old designer said that he feels it’s more of a uniform. “I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothes. I have 50 white shirts, 50 chinos, 50 pairs of jeans and 25 pairs of white sneakers. Some navy and grey suits and black and brown shoes,” Hilfiger was quoted saying to a magazine by IANS.Hilfiger also said that he felt alienated in school because he was dyslexic. At the age of 17, he says he began to fund his business by running his first shop from the boot of his car.”I came to the conclusion when I was 17 that I should be in business,” he said. “I drove five hours to New York City and I bought 20 pairs of bell-bottom jeans on the streets in the Village. I took them back to my school parking lot, sold them to my friends out of the trunk of my car, and with the profits, I opened my first shop and my business started taking off.” The Tommy Hilfiger brand, which offers a breadth of collections ranging from tailored clothing, sportswear, casual apparel, sportswear, denim, accessories, underwear and footwear, began operating in India through Tommy Hilfiger Arvind Fashion Pvt Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the US premium lifestyle brand and Ahmedabad-based textile company, Arvind Ltd. The unit’s portfolio includes brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, US Polo Assn, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Arrow, Gant and Nautica.Arvind Ltd posted consolidated revenue of Rs 8,581 crore for the financial year ending March 31 2016. The company recently divested 10 percent stake in its brand business arm to Renuka Ramnath-led private equity firm Multiples Private Equity. The value of the stake sale was pegged at Rs 740 crore.
-Terming the Rohingya crisis a national one, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said it wants a national unity to face the problem instead of doing politic over the issue.”We don’t want to do politics over the Rohingya issue. We think it’s a national crisis and we’ll have to tackle the situation uniting the entire nation,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion programme arranged by BNP at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s 10th ‘jail release’ day.The BNP leader said though the government had been playing a silent role over the Rohingya issue, it has now become vocal on the matter as the world community started reacting to it and putting pressure on Myanmar.Making their party’s position clear on the issue, Fakhrul said BNP wants Rohingyas to be given shelter for a temporary period, not permanently, on humanitarian grounds. “Give them food and shelter, and force the Myanmar government to take back its citizens.”He alleged that sending its citizens to Bangladesh by repressing them is an act of aggression by Myanmar against the country’s independence and sovereignty. “The government should take all necessary diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas ensuring their dignity and citizenship.”The BNP leader said the government and its aides have again started a false campaign against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman as people are now taking preparation for the next general election. “There’ll be no use of carrying out propaganda against our leader (Khaleda) since people have given her a place in their hearts.”He alleged that the way Myanmar government is eliminating the Rohingyas, the same way the government is annihilating democratic forces in Bangladesh.Fakhrul alleged that the government is eliminating those who are taking position in favour of democracy and people in a planned way.
A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters File PhotoSome 647,000 new arrivals of Rohingyas were reported as of 12 December, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) report released on Wednesday, reports UNB.The increase in the number of refugees is not as a result of a significant influx of refugees across the border, but instead due to strengthened assessments, said the UN Migration Agency.The full report and dataset will be available in the coming days.This report, produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners, covered the 8-11 December period.
Randi Weingarten tries to deliver a teddy bear and other items for children to federal agents at the port-of-entry, Tuesday on 26 June 2018, in Fabens, Texas, along the international border where immigrant children are being held. The group tried to deliver items to the children housed in tents at the facility but were turned away. Photo: APA judge in California on Tuesday ordered US border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order issued Tuesday by US district judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn’t want to be with the child. He also requires the government provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters – hundreds of miles away, in some cases – under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally entering the USAmid an international outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. A Department of Homeland Security statement over the weekend on reuniting families only seemed to sow more confusion.”The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance_responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”The ruling was a win for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in March involving a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.”Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.The Justice and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. That is only six fewer children than the number in HHS custody as of last Wednesday. Democratic senators said that wasn’t nearly enough progress.Under questioning, Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it will take to reunite families. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.At a Texas detention facility, immigrant advocates complained that parents have gotten busy signals or no answers from a 1-800 number provided by federal authorities to get information about their children.Attorneys have spoken to about 200 immigrants at the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, since last week, and only a few knew where their children were being held, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.”The US government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is “scrambling to undo this terrible thing that they have done.”A message left for HHS, which runs the hotline, was not immediately returned.Many children in shelters in southern Texas have not had contact with their parents, though some have reported being allowed to speak with them in recent days, said Meghan Johnson Perez, director of the Children’s Project for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides free legal services to minors.”Things might be changing now. The agencies are trying to coordinate better,” she said. “But the kids we have been seeing have not been in contact with the parents. They don’t know where the parent is. They’re just distraught. Their urgent need is just trying to figure out, ‘Where is my parent?'”The decision comes as 17 states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite children and parents. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, DC, in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education and social services costs. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the multistate lawsuit.”The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance.”In a speech before the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration for taking a hardline stand on illegal immigration and said the voters elected President Donald Trump to do just that.”This is the Trump era,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws again. We know whose side we are on – so does this group – and we’re on the side of police, and we’re on the side of the public safety of the American people.”After expressing reluctance in May to get too deeply involved in immigration enforcement decisions, the judge who issued Tuesday’s ruling was clearly influenced by Trump’s reversal last week and the Homeland Security Department’s statement on its family reunification plan Saturday night, which, he said, left many questions unanswered.”This situation has reached a crisis level. The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. People are protesting. Elected officials are weighing in. Congress is threatening action,” he wrote.Outraged by the family separations, immigrant supporters have led protests in recent days in states such as Florida and Texas. In Los Angeles, police arrested 25 demonstrators at rally Tuesday ahead of Sessions’ address.Outside the U.S. attorney’s office, protesters carried signs reading, “Free the children!” and “Stop caging families.” Clergy members blocked the street by forming a human chain. Police handcuffed them and led them away.Later, protesters gathered outside the hotel where Sessions gave his speech. As the attorney general’s motorcade arrived, the crowd chanted, “Nazi, go home.”Weissert reported from Harlingen, Texas. Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington; Gene Johnson in Seattle; Robin McDowell in Austin, Texas; Amy Taxin in Santa Ana, California; and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays his respects in front of the body of former chief minister of Goa and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his funeral in Panaji on 19 March 2019. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi will fight to retain his Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) seat while BJP president Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, BJP leader JP Nadda announced on Thursday.The Gandhinagar seat is currently held by veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, who has been winning the seat consecutively from 1998.Among the prominent leaders announced in BJP’s first list, which had 184 names across 20 states, were union ministers Rajnath Singh, who will contest again from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Maharshtra, V K Singh from Ghaziabad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur Rural), Satyapal Singh from Baghpat, UP, and DV Sadananda Gowda from Bengaluru North.All are sitting MPs from these seats.Textiles minister Smriti Irani will again face Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, while film actress-turned politician Hema Malini will contest from her Mathura seat.Union minister Babul Supriyo will fight to retain his Asanol seat of West Bengal, where he will face Trinamool Congress’s Moon Moon Sen. The BJP has also fielded Bengali film actress Locket Chatterjee from Hooghly, West Bengal.BJP’s Kerala strongman Kummanam Rajasekharan, who recently quit as Mizoram governor, will fight against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvanthapuram, while Union minister KJ Alphons will contest from Ernakulam.The BJP also fielded its Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan from Thoothukudi from where DMK’s K Kanimozhi is contesting.Nadda, who had announced that India’s state minister for home affairs Kiren Rijiju will contest from Arunanchal East, later corrected himself, saying he would be contesting from Arunachal West.The BJP also fielded Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who had quit Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal to join it, from Kendrapara.Nadda also announced that candidates for all the 17 seats it will contest in Bihar have been cleared by the party’s Central Election Committee and sent to the state election panel.
– / 4The Near Northside neighborhood is home to about 25,000 people and about a third live below the poverty line. The Houston Health Department said the neighborhood just north of downtown struggles with a lot of issues, including the condition of its housing stock. It’s estimated about 92 percent of the homes in the neighborhood are in need of lead paint abatement.The United States banned lead in household paints in the 1970’s but some older homes still have it. And officials say 25 percent of Near Northside children who were tested showed elevated lead levels in their blood.Efforts to improve the neighborhood’s health and safety will now benefit from a new $250,000 grant from the national “BUILD Health Challenge.” The Near Northside project was one of 19 around the country chosen for the grants. Along with the Houston Health Department, the non-profit housing corporation Avenue and the Memorial Hermann Health System are also participating.Avenue Deputy Director Jenifer Wagley said Near Northside is just one of Houston’s old neighborhoods that continues to struggle with ongoing problems.“Even before Harvey it was hard for people to have safe, affordable housing,” said Wagley. “After Harvey the crisis has only intensified.”Wagley explained that one of the things they’re working on in Near Northside is identifying homes that have cracked and peeling lead paint. Neighborhood volunteers have been walking in the blocks to talk to residents about remediation programs that could help.“We are standing in the midst of what I think is an amazing circle right here,” added Wagley. “What does it take to really transform people’s health? How do we improve health outcomes? Should your zip code dictate how long you can live?”The Near Northside effort is also looking at other projects that could improve the neighborhood’s health, like adding more green space for recreation. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:00 Listen Share
Altice USA Pools Cheddar, i24 News Resources to Expand U.S. Coverage Cheddar Acquired by Cable Operator Altice USA for $200 Million CuriosityStream launched in 2015 as the brainchild of Hendricks, the founder of cable’s Discovery Channel. The service offers an array of documentary and factual programming for $3 a month or $20 a year.John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of CuriosityStream, commented: “Today, consumers are beginning to view on-demand streaming services that dependably deliver movies, general television entertainment and factual content, such as Netflix, Hulu and CuriosityStream respectively, as standard viewing requirements. It is only natural that forward-leaning distributors such as Altice USA are finding ways to bundle top streaming services into their universal customer offerings.”CuriosityStream content will also be added to Altice’s roster of on-demand programming distributed via its set-top boxes.“With today’s announcement, nearly 5 million more households will be treated to thousands of the world’s best factual programs across all non-fiction genres including science, nature, history, technology, current events, lifestyles, human adventure, and more,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CuriosityStream president and CEO, Related Altice USA has set a deal with John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream to expand distribution of the science- and history-focused subscription streaming service.The deal will make CuriosityStream available to all Altice USA’s 4.9 million customers across 21 states, including a big cluster serving New York and Connecticut. Altice also plans to add the CuriosityStream app to its digital operating system.“We’re always looking at ways to enrich the customer experience, which is why we are pleased to bring CuriosityStream’s rich 4K visuals and storytelling to our Optimum and Suddenlink customers as a value-added benefit,” said Hakim Boubazine, Altice USA co-president and chief operating officer. “Whether through traditional video or digital streaming offerings, our platform enables the delivery of all types of content to our customers so they can access what they want, when they want it.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Journal information: Animal Cognition Citation: Study suggests virgin male mice prefer watching violence to watching sex (2016, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-virgin-male-mice-violence-sex.html To better understand why humans behave the way they do, scientists sometimes study the behavior of other animals—in this case, the researchers set up experiments with common house mice to learn more about what drives them to make behavioral decisions.The researchers conducted two main types of experiments. In the first, test mice were shown a loop of video on an iPhone that randomly depicted mice sniffing, fighting or having sex with one another. Those mice were then transferred to a cage that had side pockets that mice could enter and stay for as long as they liked—the attraction was video playing on an iPod. Two such trials were conducted, one where mice could watch either sniffing or sex, the other where they could watch either fighting or sex. The team found that on average, the mice spent 41 percent of their time watching sex compared to 34 percent sniffing in the first exercise and 40 percent of their time watching fighting versus 35 percent watching sex in the second—this indicates, the team claims, that the mice prefer to watch fighting most, then sex, then sniffing. Subsequent trials involved showing different clips of the same types of activities and offering rewards to the mice when they learned to recognize the difference between behaviors, to prove that they were responding to specific activities and not just the images in one video.In the second series of exercises, the researchers once again allowed the mice to choose the same type of videos, but this time the mice got an injection of morphine as they entered their miniature theater. Not surprisingly, the researchers found that the mice tended to come back to that theater no matter what was playing. © 2016 Phys.org Serotonin plays active role in the sexual preference of mice Credit: martha sexton/public domain More information: Shigeru Watanabe et al. Preference for and discrimination of videos of conspecific social behavior in mice, Animal Cognition (2016). DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-0953-xAbstractWe showed mice videos of three conspecific social behaviors, namely sniffing, copulation, and fighting, in pairwise combinations using iPods and evaluated preference as determined by time spent in front of each iPod. Mice preferred the copulation video to the sniffing video, the fighting video to the sniffing video, and the fighting video to the copulation video. In Experiment 1a, we used a single video clip for each social behavior but used multiple video clips for each social behavior in Experiment 2a. Next, we trained mice to discriminate between the fighting and copulation videos using a conditioned-place-preference-like task in which one video was associated with injection of morphine and the other was not. For half of the subjects, the fighting video was associated with morphine injection, and for the other half, the copulation video was associated with morphine injection. After conditioning, the mice stayed longer in the compartment with the morphine-associated video. When tested with still images obtained from the videos, mice stayed longer in the compartment with still images from the video associated with morphine injection (Experiment 1b). When we trained mice with multiple exemplars, the subjects showed generalization of preference for new video clips never shown during conditioning (Experiment 2b). These results demonstrate that mice had a preference among videos of particular behavior patterns and that they could discriminate these videos as visual category. Although relationship between real social behaviors and their videos is still open question, the preference tests suggest that the mice perceived the videos as meaningful stimuli. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers working in Japan has found via experiments they conducted, that male virgin mice prefer to watch videos of other mice fighting with one another, than videos of mice having sex. In their paper published in the journal Animal Cognition, Shigeru Watanabe with Keio University, Kazutaka Shinozuka with the RIKEN Brain Science Institute and Takefumi Kikusui with Azabu University, all in Japan, report on behavioral experiments they conducted with house mice and what they believe their findings suggest about mouse behavior.