This global map of manure could help save farming as we know

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By Rachel CrowellMay. 7, 2019 , 12:30 PM This global map of manure could help save farming as we know it Stephen Powers/Washington State University To grow the world’s wheat, corn, and beans, farmers need phosphorus—an essential nutrient that comes from bird and bat droppings and rock deposits. But the global supply of easily mineable phosphorus is dwindling; to stave off the coming drought, scientists are exploring an alternative: recycling animal manure for its phosphorus content. Now, they’ve come up with the world’s first map of this underappreciated resource, which shows that most manure is exactly where farmers need it—in their own backyards.To make their map (above), researchers used data on livestock density and calculated the annual amount of phosphorus excreted by cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, and goats globally—as much as a whopping 130,000 kilograms per square kilometer, they report in an upcoming issue of Earth’s Future. (Various estimates put total global production between 15 million to 20 million metric tons per year.) The researchers found “hot spots,” areas in which manure-based phosphorus is a widely available, but underused, on every continent except Antarctica. Unsurprisingly, many of those hot spots are near farming communities and river deltas where agricultural runoff abounds.But reusing old phosphorus is easier said than done. To process pig and cow poo, farmers must break it down with bacteria or use special equipment to crystallize its struvite—the same phosphate mineral that makes up some kidney and bladder stones. These processes are already used by many commercial farms, which together help recycle about half the global supply of manure. But they are costly for small family farms, which supply most food in parts of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The researchers hope their map will encourage countries, including India, Brazil, China, and the United States (which together use 66% of the world’s phosphorus fertilizer), to support phosphorus recycling. Not only would more recycling reduce imports, but it would also help the environment by eliminating manure—and its phosphorus—from the water supply. It could also put a few more years on our phosphorus clock.last_img read more

UK economy probably shrank for first time in seven years

first_imgThe prediction for a 0.1% contraction marks a downgrade from June, when economists only predicted stagnation. The survey came as retail industry reported another drop in sales and said “the picture is bleak.”Second Quarter SlowdownEconomists predict the UK economy shrank for the first time since 2012.united kingdom, uk, economy,  uk economy, britain, britain economy, trade, trade tensions, england, markets, business, uk economy shrinking, world news, indian express news The latest poll follows a dismal week of reports in the UK, with Purchasing Managers’ Indexes showing the dominant services industry barely growing in June, and both construction and manufacturing sectors suffering outright contractions. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney last week warned that global trade tensions, and the growing threat of a no-deal Brexit, had increased downside risks to growth. UK Police’s plan to tackle domestic abuse — blunt knives Official data this week is forecast by economists to show growth rebounded to 0.3% in May, after a contraction of 0.4% in April. Still, such a reading would mean an expansion of 0.8% was needed in June just to return a flat result for the quarter as a whole, according to Bloomberg calculations.In a separate report, the British Retail Consortium reported on Tuesday that retail sales fell 1.6% in June from a year earlier on a like-for-like basis. That’s worse than the average change in the past 12 months, the lobby group said.The worsening outlook, both at home and overseas, has also left investors and economists rewriting their calls for UK interest rates. Markets are now almost fully pricing in a rate cut for mid-2020, while the latest survey shows economists don’t see a move higher until the second quarter of 2021. Brexit: Here’s what potential candidates are offering ahead of race for UK’s PM By Bloomberg | Published: July 9, 2019 2:20:26 pm united kingdom, uk, economy,  uk economy, britain, britain economy, trade, trade tensions, england, markets, business, uk economy shrinking, world news, indian express news Markets are now almost fully pricing in a rate cut for mid-2020, while the latest survey shows economists don’t see a move higher until the second quarter of 2021. (Representational Image)The UK economy probably shrank for the first time since 2012 in the second quarter, according to Bloomberg’s latest survey of economists. Former UK PM Major vows legal action to block suspension of parliament Advertising Advertising Post Comment(s) Related News last_img read more

El Chapo earned USD 12666181704 prosecutors say They want him to pay

first_imgBy New York Times |New York | Published: July 8, 2019 8:51:47 am Post Comment(s) Advertising NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook More Explained Instead of using his testimony, the prosecutors included in their forfeiture filing a sworn statement from his chief financial officer, José Yusti Llano, who offered new details on the innovative ways in which Guzmán, and others in the Sinaloa drug cartel, had paid Caicedo.According to the statement, the Caicedo organization kept an inventory of shipping containers in a warehouse in Mexico City owned by “seemingly legitimate companies.” When Guzmán and his allies were ready to pay for their cocaine, the statement said, they would pack the containers with as much as $5 million in cash and send them to Colombia.At this point, it remains unclear how much, if anything, of the $12.7 billion that the government is seeking from Guzmán will ultimately be recouped.Prosecutors have never publicly revealed if they know where he keeps his assets, and there was little trial testimony on the subject, other than a few passing mentions of houses and apartments in Mexico filled with as much as $30 million at a time. US demands $12.7 billion in judgment against ‘El Chapo’ In his 30-year career as one of Mexico’s wiliest and most successful drug lords, Joaquín Guzmán Loera — better known as El Chapo — made so much money selling drugs that he once owned a pair of yachts, a fleet of Learjets and a private zoo with tigers, crocodiles and panthers. His fortune was vast enough that he was named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires four times.But now the federal prosecutors who convicted Guzmán at his trial this winter in New York have put an actual price tag on his earnings, calculating the amount down to the dollar. And they want him to pay it back.Late last week, the prosecutors filed a forfeiture request against the kingpin, laying out in remarkable detail how he had transformed staggering quantities of drugs into equally staggering profits over the years. Related News el chapo, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, mexico, brooklyn, drug lord, world news, indian express Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, in federal custody on Long Island, Jan. 19, 2017. Loera was convicted on Feb. 12, 2019 after a trial that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs into the United States and plagued Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption. (U.S. Law Enforcement via The New York Times)Written by Alan Feuer From the early 1990s until his arrest in 2016, the prosecutors said, Guzmán handled nearly 600,000 kilograms of cocaine (worth more than $11 billion), 200 kilograms of heroin (worth more than $11 million) and at least 420,000 kilograms of marijuana (worth about $846 million.)Total bill due: $12,666,181,704.As astonishing as these figures seem to be, the prosecutors noted that they were only a “conservative” estimate of the still unknown — and perhaps unknowable — total amount of drugs that Guzmán may have smuggled during his lucrative life of crime.In their 12-page forfeiture document, prosecutors said they had arrived at the numbers by adding up all the narcotics provided to Guzmán by only a few of his many suppliers: Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía, Jorge Cifuentes-Villa and Luis Caicedo, known as “Don Lucho.”Both Ramírez and Cifuentes testified against Guzmán at his trial to devastating effect. But although Caicedo secretly pleaded guilty to drug charges in Brooklyn — and thus was theoretically available to testify — he never appeared on the witness stand. In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file Best Of Express Advertising Star witness against ‘El Chapo’ to be sentenced in Chicago As the forfeiture filing itself suggested, Guzmán was a skilled money launderer. He hid some of his profits in the banking system, some in an insurance company run by an associate and some in debit cards issued by a firm in Colombia called Monodeaux.The kingpin’s future earnings will be severely limited given that he will soon head to prison for the rest of his life. The forfeiture request was filed as part of his sentencing, which is scheduled to take place in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on July 17. Guzmán remains in custody in the high-security wing of Manhattan’s federal jail.On July 3, Judge Brian M. Cogan, who has handled the case from its beginning, denied a motion by Guzmán’s lawyers for a new trial. That motion followed the publication of an article by Vice Media, a few days after the conviction, in which one of the anonymous jurors told a Vice reporter that several members of the panel had read media accounts about the trial, against the judge’s orders. The juror also claimed that the panelists had lied to Cogan when he had asked them if they had followed his instructions.Because of the severity of his crimes, Guzmán faces a mandatory term of life in prison, meaning there will not be many lingering questions when he appears in court to have his sentence handed down. But there may still be some drama.During the trial, the kingpin declined to testify on his own behalf. But like all defendants, he has the right to speak at his sentencing. Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ should get life in prison: US prosecutors Should he do so, it would provide him with his biggest forum yet to describe his life — and possibly his crimes. Advertisinglast_img read more

US and Iran to clash at UN nuclear watchdog

first_img NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home UN chief saddened by loss of life, destruction due to heavy rains in India, South East Asia More Indians becoming obese, number of undernourished in India decline: UN report By Reuters |Vienna | Updated: July 10, 2019 4:36:16 pm Post Comment(s) Iran has been calling on the European parties to the deal – France, Britain and Germany – to shield its economy from U.S. sanctions, and they have set up a vehicle for barter trade that will be able to handle small amounts. However, they say there is little they can do to ensure the vital oil sales Iran seeks.IAEA inspectors verified on July 1 that Iran’s stock of enriched uranium had gone over the 202.8 kg limit set by the deal, and on Monday that Iran had enriched uranium beyond the deal’s 3.67% purity limit. That is still far below the 20% it enriched to before the deal and the roughly 90% needed to make uranium weapons-grade.Having warned Iran against breaching the deal, the European parties on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” but stopped short of taking action like initiating a process that could lead to the re-imposition of sanctions lifted under the deal. Instead, they said all parties to the deal should meet urgently. Best Of Express In the past two weeks, Iran has breached two limits central to the deal, which as a whole was aimed at extending the time Iran would need to obtain enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, if it chose to, to a year from around 2-3 months.Iran says it is responding to the punishing economic sanctions Washington has imposed on Tehran since it pulled out of the deal a year ago. While Washington says it is open to talks on a more far-reaching deal, Iran says it must first be able to sell as much oil as it did before the U.S. withdrawal.With the two sides apparently deadlocked, Iran says it will continue to breach limits of the deal one by one until it receives the economic windfall the deal promised. Washington meanwhile is seeking to isolate Iran to force it to negotiate. “The international community must hold Iran’s regime accountable,” the United States said in a statement explaining its decision to call the Board of Governors meeting. Any country on the board can call a meeting under International Atomic Energy Agency rules. The meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. (1230 GMT).Diplomats from many other countries on the board, however, said that while there was likely to be fiery exchanges between the Iranian and U.S. envoys at the closed-door meeting, they did not expect the board to take any concrete action.SANCTIONS SHIELDThat is partly because while Iran has breached the terms of the deal which the IAEA is policing, the IAEA is not a party to the deal and Iran has not violated the Safeguards Agreement binding it to the agency.“We did not want this meeting,” a European diplomat said, before adding wryly: “It’s a chance for everyone to express themselves.”center_img Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Advertising US and Iran Deadlock, UN nuclear Watchdog, US and Iran clash at UN nuclear watchdog, US and Iran tensions, Iran, Iran deal breach, US, US sancitions, US and Iran tensions, World news, Indian Express news The meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday today. (File photo)The United States will use an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board on Wednesday to raise pressure on Iran over breaches of its nuclear deal, but diplomats expect no concrete action as parties to the deal considers their next move. Advertising The real cure Related News In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief last_img read more

New Uber Service Focuses on Getting Folks to the Doctor

first_imgUber on Thursday introduced Uber Health, a new service designed to provide reliable transportation specifically for healthcare-related needs. The program, which is currently in beta, will offer healthcare providers a way to order rides for their patients to help them keep their appointments.Uber Health addresses a growing problem, especially with seniors and others who lack good transportation options for visits to doctors or clinics.As many as 3.6 million Americans miss doctor appointments due to lack of reliable transportation, suggests data from the Community Transport Association. This problem is especially troublesome for those with chronic illnesses.The new Uber service is designed to provide a flexible ride schedule for both patients and caregivers. Rides can be scheduled immediately when needed — much like the traditional Uber service — but they also can be ordered up to 30 days in advance and scheduled along with follow-up healthcare appointments. There will be an option for providers to schedule multiple rides using a single dashboard.The service meets HIPAA standards, according to Uber. Click Image to Enlarge Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter. The Uber Health service could extend awareness to a segment of the community who may not even understand the concept of ride sharing.”Uber Health address a clear and identified need among Americans,” said Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics.”Many Americans are infirm and unable to afford going to the hospital using an ambulance, and currently many are choosing regular rideshare or taxi services to get to the hospital,” he told TechNewsWorld.Uber Health could offer a more affordable and, more importantly, dependable service to those individuals.”Certainly, giving patients more transportation options and ensuring people get to appointments is valuable,” said Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insights at the Local Search Association.”This would be primarily aimed at people who don’t have the Uber app themselves and might otherwise have trouble getting to healthcare providers,” he told TechNewsWorld. One question that may need to be addressed is how this service will respond to ride requests from the seriously ill — it’s unlikely that drivers would be qualified to provide any healthcare.”These services — and drivers — are not trained nor properly insured to transport sick people, opening up Uber drivers to the risk of lawsuits,” cautioned Entner.However, Uber Health is not really intended to be a substitute for an ambulance, Sterling pointed out.”Because it’s largely controlled by the medical provider, I don’t see people using it in that way, and patients are already at greater risk using the traditional Uber service in that way,” he suggested.”This isn’t a replacement for emergency services,” said Entner, “but Uber Health can provide the necessary services to get you to a doctor or hospital at a lower cost.”In the future, there may not even be a driver at all.”It could become autonomous in the future,” said Sterling, “but I would imagine the company wouldn’t introduce that until long after it was proven in other contexts.”center_img Uber Health gets around the technology gap for low-income patients and seniors who do not own a smartphone, which typically is required to order a ride from Uber or a competing service. Uber Health rides can be ordered via text message instead of using an app, and patients also can receive ride information via a landline.Uber Health currently is undergoing a beta test with more than 100 healthcare organizations in the United States. Early testers include hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, senior care facilities, home care centers and physical therapy providers. Adams Clinical, Manhattan Women’s Health, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center and Yale New Haven Health are among those participating in the test. Ambulance Chasing Filling the Voidlast_img read more

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds have lower levels of vigorous physical activity

first_imgThere are clear differences in the amount of vigorous physical activity a child does depending on their socioeconomic and ethnic background. Although individually, these differences are small, at a population level they are likely to make a difference. Changes to reduce existing gaps in vigorous intensity activity could help reduce existing inequalities in levels of obesity in children.”Senior author Dr Esther van Sluijs The team say that there are many factors that might explain the differences, including access to or the cost of participating in sports activities, and a parent working longer, inconsistent work hours within a low-income job. There may also be differences in home and family support for physical activity between ethnic groups.”Children from different backgrounds can face a number of barriers preventing them from participating in sports or other types of vigorous physical activity,” adds Dr Jean Adams. “We need to find more ways to provide opportunities for all children to get involved in vigorous activity”Source:University of CambridgeJournal reference:Love, R. et al. (2019) Socio-economic and ethnic differences in children’s vigorous intensity physical activity: a cross-sectional analysis of the UK Millennium Cohort Study. BMJ Open. doi.org/10.17863/CAM.39188. When we look at overall physical activity we don’t see clear differences between children from different backgrounds despite clear inequalities in obesity. To investigate this further, we looked at whether overall physical activity was hiding inequalities in the intensity with which that activity is performed that might explain these patterns.”Rebecca Love, a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the, University of Cambridge Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 28 2019Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.The patterns mirror inequalities seen in levels of childhood obesity, suggesting a need for a greater focus on the promotion of vigorous physical activity, particularly for those children from more disadvantaged backgrounds.Over the past four decades, the global prevalence of childhood obesity has increased tenfold. Obesity in childhood is associated with illness and early death in adulthood, so tackling childhood obesity is increasingly a public health priority for governments.There are also widening inequalities in obesity prevalence. By age 11, UK children from disadvantaged families are three times as likely to be obese than more advantaged children. There are also stark ethnic and racial differences in levels of childhood obesity, with higher rates of obesity within certain ethnic minorities including children from Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds.Evidence suggests that more vigorous intensity activity – such as running or swimming – is more strongly linked with reduced waist circumference and body fat than moderate intensity activity. International guidelines say that children should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity for at least 60 minutes per day. The researchers studied data from almost 5,200 children aged 7 years who were part of the Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal study of children born in the UK between September 2000 and January 2002. The children were given accelerometers and their activity measured for a minimum of ten hours for three days. The results are published today in the journal BMJ Open.The team found that the higher the level of education attained by the mother, the more minutes of vigorous intensity activity her child was likely to have, accounting for time spent in moderate physical activity. Children with mothers with high levels of education accumulated three minutes more vigorous activity per day then those with low levels of education. Similarly, the team found significantly more time spent in vigorous intensity activity incrementally with increasing household income.Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenIntensity differences were also apparent by ethnicity. White British children perform on average more than three minutes more daily vigorous physical activity in comparison to children from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds. Children from ‘other ethnic groups’ also accumulated 2.2 minutes fewer daily vigorous intensity activity overall.It is suggested these differences are relevant on a population level and changes to reduce differences in vigorous physical activity could have population implications for inequalities in adiposity in UK children. The differences were consistent in both boys and girls.last_img read more

Study assesses potential negative effect of Ochratoxin A on embryonic development

first_imgOchratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by different species of fungi of the Aspergillus and Penicillium genera, which is in common food items in human and animal diets, especially in cereals, but also in coffee, cocoa, beer, grapes and wine, or in the meats of animals who have eaten cereals with this mycotoxin.”María ángeles García Esparza, Professor and Principal Researcher, CEU UCH Pharmacy Department Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 11 2019The study shows that the presence of Ochratoxin A affects survival and decreases the proliferation of human cells in the embryonic phaseResearchers of the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Elche and Valencia (Spain), in collaboration with the Príncipe Felipe research centre and the University of Valencia, have assessed the potential negative effect for embryonic development of a mycotoxin, namely Ochratoxin A, which is in foods such as cereals and derived products.Their study, the first to use an in vitro human cell line to assess its effects, has been published in a special edition of international scientific journal Toxins. Members of this research team had already assessed the negative effects of this mycotoxin on the neuroregenerative capabilities of the adult brain in previous studies. Until now, a majority of studies on Ochratoxin A had focused on studying its relation with kidney diseases, but very few studies has assessed its effects on embryonic development. “This study is the first to use an in vitro human cell model, which is even more reliable to determine the toxicity in humans than experimental animal models,” highlights the CEU UCH professor.Effects on embryonic developmentMembers of the research team published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, the toxicity of Ochratoxin A in the neuroregeneration process of the adult brain, assessing its effect on neural cells in experimental animal models. In this new study, an assessment model of the toxicity of Ochratoxin A in a human cell line has been designed, by way of in vitro cultures, to assess their impact in the first phases of embryonic development. “The results confirm that the presence of this mycotoxin affects survival and decreases the proliferation of human cells in the embryonic phase,” highlights doctor García Esparza.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk”In the study – she adds – we have also observed the negative effects of Ochratoxin A in apoptosis, the process that leads to the destruction of damaged cells, and which is key for the appropriate embryonic development. Furthermore, the presence of this mycotoxin also increases oxidative stress, which affects the viability of cells and produces damage to their DNA.” The study, published in Toxins, confirms the results of previous research conducted in experimental animal models in these two dimensions but, as the CEU UCH professor highlights, “this is the first to analyse the effects of Ochratoxin A on an in vitro pre-natal human cell model, showing the severity of the toxic effects described in the early phases of embryonic development.”Research teamThe research team was comprised of professors of the Departments of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Elche and Valencia, María ángeles García Esparza, José Miguel Soria and Ivan Zipancic, who also has the collaboration of Slaven Ecreg, Francisco Javier Rodríguez and María Amparo Pérez Aragó, from the Príncipe Felipe research centre (CIPF) of Valencia; and Misericordia Jiménez and Eva María Mateo, from Valencia University (UV).The research relied on funding of the Aids for the Consolidation of Research Indicators project of the Banco Santander-Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera programme, awarded to researchers García Esparza and Soria, and with funding from the Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, awarded to UV researcher Misericordia Jiménez.The article “Assessment of Toxic Effects of Ochratoxin A in Human Embryonic Stem Cells” has been published in a special edition of journal Toxins, of the first quarter, addressing the toxicological effects of mycotoxins on cells.Source: Asociación RUVIDJournal reference:Erceg, S. et al. (2019) Assessment of Toxic Effects of Ochratoxin A in Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Toxins.doi.org/10.3390/toxins11040217.last_img read more

Study finds lower risk of Type 1 diabetes in children vaccinated against

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 13 2019Vaccinating babies against a virus that causes childhood “stomach flu” greatly reduces their chance of getting so sick that they need hospital care, a new study shows.But the study also reveals a surprise: Getting fully vaccinated against rotavirus in the first months of life is associated with a lower risk of developing Type 1 diabetes later on.As a group, children who received all recommended doses of rotavirus vaccine had a 33 percent lower risk than unvaccinated children of getting diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – a lifelong disease with no known prevention strategies or cure.A team from the University of Michigan made the finding using nationwide health insurance data, and published their results in the journal Scientific Reports.The study provides strong post-market evidence that the vaccine works. Children vaccinated against rotavirus had a 94 percent lower rate of hospitalization for rotavirus infection, and a 31 percent lower rate of hospitalization for any reason, in the first two months after vaccination. Rotavirus hits infants and toddlers hardest; it can cause diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration or loss of fluids.Yet the study finds more than a quarter of American children don’t get fully vaccinated against rotavirus, and that the rate varies widely across the country. Less than half of children in New England and Pacific states were fully vaccinated. Two-thirds of children in the central part of the country were fully vaccinated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that infants receive the multi-dose vaccine starting no later than 15 weeks, and finish receiving it before they are eight months old. Infants receive the vaccine in oral drops.Type 1 diabetes relationshipThe paper’s authors, led by epidemiologist Mary A.M. Rogers, Ph.D., caution that they cannot show a cause-and-effect relationship between rotavirus vaccination and Type 1 diabetes risk. The new result echoes the findings of a study of Australian children published earlier this year, which found a 14 percent reduced risk of Type 1 diabetes after the rotavirus vaccine was introduced in that country. That study, and the new one, suggest that a childhood vaccine may lead to a lower risk of a later chronic condition.It also fits with laboratory studies showing that rotavirus attacks the same kind of pancreas cells that are affected in people with Type 1 diabetes.The death of insulin-producing cells, called beta cells, means people with Type 1 diabetes depend on injections of insulin, and multiple daily checks of their blood sugar, for life. If the condition is not managed well, people with Type 1 diabetes may develop problems with their kidneys, heart, eyes, blood vessels and nerves over time.Data-driven discoveryRelated StoriesResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careThe U-M team used anonymous insurance data from 1.5 million American children born before and after the modern rotavirus vaccine was introduced in 2006. In nearly all cases, the vaccine was free, with no copayment, to the family of the infant. The total lifetime cost of caring for an individual with Type 1 diabetes has been estimated in the millions of dollars.The risk was especially lower among children who received all three doses of the pentavalent form of the vaccine than those who received two doses of the monovalent form. The pentavalent rotavirus vaccine protects against 5 types of the rotavirus while the monovalent vaccine protects against 1 type.Children partially vaccinated – that is, started the vaccine series but never finished it – did not have a lower risk of Type 1 diabetes.More than 540,000 of the children in the study and born after 2006 received the complete series of rotavirus shots; nearly 141,000 received at least one dose, and more than 246,000 did not.Another comparison group, born in the five years before the vaccine was available, included nearly 547,000 children.In absolute terms, Rogers and her colleagues report that eight fewer cases of Type 1 diabetes would be expected to occur for every 100,000 children each year with full vaccination.Type 1 diabetes, once called “juvenile diabetes,” only affects a few children out of every 100,000, so having such a large pool of data can help spot trends, says Rogers, an epidemiologist who worked with internist Catherine Kim, M.D., M.P.H. and statistician Tanima Basu, M.S. Rogers and Kim are members, and Basu is a staff member, of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which provided the data used in the study.”Five years from now, we will know much more,” says Rogers. “The first groups of children to receive the rotavirus vaccine in the United States are now in grade school, when Type 1 diabetes is most often detected. Hopefully, in years to come, we’ll have fewer new cases – but based on our study findings, that depends upon parents bringing in their children to get vaccinated.”Source:Michigan Medicine – University of MichiganJournal reference:Rogers, M.S. et al. (2019) Lower Incidence Rate of Type 1 Diabetes after Receipt of the Rotavirus Vaccine in the United States, 2001–2017. Scientific Reports. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44193-4. This is an uncommon condition, so it takes large amounts of data to see any trends across a population. It will take more time and analyses to confirm these findings. But we do see a decline in Type 1 diabetes in young children after the rotavirus vaccine was introduced.”Rogers, an associate professor in the U-M Department of Internal Medicinelast_img read more

Pesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescents

first_img Source:University of California San Diego School of MedicineJournal reference:Suarez-Lopez, J.R. et al. (2019) Associations of acetylcholinesterase activity with depression and anxiety symptoms among adolescents growing up near pesticide spray sites. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.06.001. Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Adolescents exposed to elevated levels of pesticides are at an increased risk of depression, according to a new study led by Jose R. Suarez-Lopez, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The study was published online (ahead of print) in June 2019 in the journal International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.Suarez-Lopez and colleagues have been tracking the development of children living near agriculture in the Ecuadorian Andes since 2008. In this latest study, they examined 529 adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17. Ecuador is the world’s third-largest exporter of roses, with much of the flower production located near the homes of participants. Like many other agricultural crops, flowers are routinely sprayed with organophosphate insecticides, which are known to affect the human cholinergic system, a key system in the function of the brain and nervous system.Related StoriesPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptomsTo test exposure levels of children, the research team measured levels of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in the blood. Pesticides such as organophosphates and carbamates exert their toxicity by inhibiting AChE activity. Past studies have shown that cholinesterase inhibition is linked to behaviors of anxiety and depression in mice, and a few existing studies in humans have also suggested such a link; however, pesticide exposure assessment in past studies had been only established by self-report of exposure and not using biological measures.The results confirmed their hypothesis: teens who had lower AChE activity, suggesting greater exposure to cholinesterase inhibitors, showed more symptoms of depression assessed using a standardized depression assessment tool. Notably, the association was stronger for girls (who comprised half of all participants) and for teens younger than 14 years. Agricultural workers and people in these communities have long offered anecdotal reports of a rise in adolescent depression and suicidal tendencies. This is the first study to provide empirical data establishing that link using a biological marker of exposure, and it points to a need for further study.”Jose R. Suarez-Lopez, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California San Diego School of Medicinelast_img read more

Researchers estimate the prevalence of chronic pain among cancer survivors

first_imgThis study provided the first comprehensive estimate of chronic pain prevalence among cancer survivors. These results highlight the important unmet needs of pain management in the large, and growing cancer survivorship community.”Changchuan Jiang, MD, MPH, Corresponding Author and Medical Resident, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Specific types of cancer–such as bone, kidney, throat, and uterine–also had a higher incidence of chronic and severe pain that restricted daily activity. Chronic pain was more prevalent in survivors who were unemployed and had inadequate insurance.Chronic pain is one of the most common long-term effects of cancer treatment and has been linked with an impaired quality of life, lower adherence to treatment, and higher health care costs. This study is important because a better understanding of the epidemiology of pain in cancer survivors can help inform future health care educational priorities and policies.Researchers from the American Cancer Society, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the University of Virginia were part of the study team. Source:The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of MedicineJournal reference:Jiang, C. et al. (2019) Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors in the United States. JAMA Oncology. doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1439. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019More than 5 million cancer survivors in the United States experience chronic pain, almost twice the rate in the general population, according to a study published by Mount Sinai researchers in JAMA Oncology in June.Researchers used the National Health Interview Survey, a large national representative dataset from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to estimate the prevalence of chronic pain among cancer survivors. They found that about 35 percent of cancer survivors have chronic pain, representing 5.39 million patients in the United States.last_img read more

Human pancreas on a chip could help identify possible cause of CFRelated

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 16 2019Scientists created human pancreas on a chip that allowed them to identify the possible cause of a frequent and deadly complication of cystic fibrosis (CF) called CF-Related Diabetes, or CFRD.It may be feasible to also use the small two-chambered device, which features bioengineered human pancreatic organoids to study the causes of non-CF-related conditions such as type 1 and 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, who report findings in Nature Communications.First, however, the scientists want to see if their device can help people with CF-;a genetic lung disease caused by a mutation in the CFTR gene. The mutation leads to a water and salt imbalance on cell surfaces that clogs the lungs with thick mucus.As people with CF get older, they become increasingly at risk for CFRD, according to Anjaparavanda Naren, PhD, the study’s principal investigator and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (Division of Pulmonary Medicine). Making matters worse is that until now there hasn’t been an effective way to study CFRD in the lab to look for better treatments. Mouse models of CF don’t faithfully recreate CF-Related Diabetes in the lab, and it wasn’t possible to study the disease at the depth we achieved in this study. Our technology closely resembles the human pancreas and potentially may help us find therapeutic measures to manage glucose imbalance in people with CF, which is linked to increased illness and death.”Anjaparavanda Naren, PhD, the study’s principal investigator, Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center The in vitro chip technology can be used to study CFRD and glucose imbalance in specific individuals with the condition, creating the potential for diagnosing different disease manifestations on a highly personalized basis. The chip can help assay variability in the glucose measures of different people, determine correlation of glucose levels with the CFTR mutation type, and test small-molecule interventions.Chipping away at CFTR conundrumRelated StoriesIntermittent fasting may protect against type 2 diabetesSmall bioengineered implant promises long-lasting relief from Type 1 diabetesNew discovery may help predict recurrence of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumorsAlthough mutations in the CFTR gene are known to cause cystic fibrosis, its role in CFRD is unclear. To answer that question, the researchers started by isolating pancreatic ductal epithelial cells and pancreatic islets donated by surgical patients.The ductal organoids were cultured in a transparent dual-chamber called a microfluidic device, which contained specific biochemical solutions to generate the pancreas-on-a-chip. Ductal epithelial cells were cultured in the top chamber and pancreatic islet cells were in the bottom chamber, separated by a thin layer of porous membrane that allowed the different chambers to interact.The cells grew and expanded into three-dimensional pancreatic organs that mimicked cell-to-cell communications and fluid exchange, similar to the function of a naturally developed human pancreas.When the researchers tested pancreas-on-a-chip by disrupting CFTR gene expression, it impaired cell-to cell communication, fluid exchange and negatively affected endocrine function. This caused an insulin deficiency and recreated the CFRD disease process similar to that observed in the pancreas of a person, Researchers said this confirmed that the CFTR gene has a direct role in regulating insulin secretion and causing diabetes in people with CF.Microfluidic devices have existed since 1979. But innovations in their design and functionality, especially since the advent of organoid technology, now allow researchers to bioengineer human organ tissues and mimic the function of natural organs in a laboratory setting.Next stepsThe research team, which includes study first author and research associate Kyu Shik Mun, PhD, now will use the devices in a pilot study to test FDA-approved drugs that modulate CFTR gene expression. The goal will be to determine how well different CFTR drugs can slow or reverse lab-simulated CFRD. Source:Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterJournal reference:Mun, K.S. et al. (2019) Patient-derived pancreas-on-a-chip to model cystic fibrosis-related disorders. Nature Communications. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11178-w.last_img read more

No plans to delay livestreams despite NZ massacre Facebooks Zuckerberg

first_img Zuckerberg, in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” broadcast on Thursday, also said he had confidence in measures put in place by Facebook to prevent interference in next year’s US presidential election.Zuckerberg said a delay on livestreaming “might” have limited views of the Christchurch attacks, which were streamed on Facebook Live by the self-avowed white supremacist who carried them out.The attacks left 50 people dead and sparked criticism of Facebook in some quarters for providing the online tool which allowed the assailant to livestream the carnage in two New Zealand mosques.Zuckerberg said putting a delay on live streams would “fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people.”Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together,” he said.”One of the things that’s magical about livestreaming is that it’s bi-directional, right?” Zuckerberg said.”So you’re not just broadcasting,” he said. “You’re communicating. And people are commenting back. So if you had a delay that would break that.”Facebook has previously pledged to tighten livestreaming rules including barring its use by people who have engaged in hate speech or violated the network’s community standards.The social network is also investing in software to quickly identify edited versions of violent video or images to prevent them from being shared or re-posted.Zuckerberg expressed confidence in measures Facebook has put in place to prevent interference in US elections such as that which occurred in 2016.”I’m confident in where we are now,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot since 2016, where obviously we were behind where we needed to be on defenses for nation states trying to interfere.””After 2016, when we saw what Russia tried to do in interfering in the election, we’ve implemented a lot of different measures,” he said.”There have been a number of major elections since 2016 where the results have been relatively clean on this front,” he said.Zuckerberg said measures put in place include verifying advertisers running political ads and creating an archive of all the political ads on the platform.The Facebook CEO said bad actors would still try to interfere in elections despite the company’s best efforts.”What I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger and to build the right partnerships with other folks in the industry and in the intelligence community and help keep this safe.” © 2019 AFP 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. Facebook to tighten live stream access after mosque attacks Citation: No plans to delay livestreams despite NZ massacre: Facebook’s Zuckerberg (2019, April 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-livestreams-nz-massacre-facebook-zuckerberg.htmlcenter_img Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the platform does not plan to put a delay on livestreams Explore further Facebook is working to prevent livestreams of terror attacks such as the one in New Zealand but it does not plan to introduce a delay on live feeds, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.last_img read more

Kerala man awarded 3 life imprisonments for rape murder of niece

first_img Press Trust of India KollamJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 18:43 IST Image used for representation purpose.A POCSO court in Kollam on Wednesday awarded three life sentences, besides 26 years of rigorous imprisonment, to a 25-year-old man, who brutally raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece on September 27, 2017.The convict, who will have to undergo the sentences separately, has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 3.20 lakh to the family of the victim.The judgment was delivered by Kollam additional sessions judge E Baiju, who is in charge of the POCSO (protection of children from sexual offences) court here.The court had, on Tuesday, convicted Rajesh for various offences — murder, rape, unnatural sex, abduction and showing disrespect to a dead body.The prosecution case was that the convict had strangled his niece and raped her after taking her to a rubber plantation at Kulathupuzha, where he had abandoned the body.The convict used to live with the victim and her family at Anchal here.On the day of the incident, the girl was on her way to a tuition centre along with her grandmother when Rajesh assured them that he would drop her at her destination.However, he took the girl to the rubber plantation, about 16 km away, in an autorickshaw and committed the crime.Police had launched a hunt for the victim on the basis of a missing complaint from her mother.Rajesh was subsequently nabbed from a forest at Kulathupuzha, where he was hiding.The girl’s relatives were present in the court on Wednesday.Also Read | Rattled by spate of rape cases, Rajasthan govt to include awareness on crime against women in schoolbooksAlso Read | Rajasthan: Police hunt for man who raped 7-year-old daughter for three monthsAlso Watch | Jaipur minor rape: CCTV footage shows abduction of 7-year-old girlFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next Kerala: Man awarded 3 life imprisonments, 26-year rigorous imprisonment for rape, murder of niece in KollamThe convict, who will have to undergo the sentences separately, has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 3.20 lakh to the family of the victim.advertisementlast_img read more

Manny Machado rips MLB analysts over Jake MarisnickAngels beef

first_imgManny Machado had some choice words for MLB Network analysts’ commentary on the Angels-Astros game Tuesday night.Machado blasted Eric Byrnes and Dan Plesac in how they discussed the Angels’ revenge plunking of Jake Marisnick, who broke Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s nose and gave him a concussion in home-plate collision last week. Marisnick was calm about being hit and helped calm his Astros teammates when tensions rose. Byrnes and Plesac defended Marisnick, which drew the ire of Machado for what he perceived as a double standard.”F-king Plesac,” Machado said on Instagram live. “Oh my God. This guy. Plesac and Byrnes – biggest tools out there. I don’t know what they’re talking about over there. They gotta talk about something at least. They gotta protect their people.” Related News MLB wrap: Indians win, Twins lose as AL Central gap now smallest in 2 months Angels plunk Jake Marisnick; Astros unhappy about Jonathan Lucroy payback MLB trade news: Blue Jays acquire Wilmer Font from Mets Interestingly, Machado and Byrnes have had spats in the past, with Byrnes being highly critical of Machado and blasting him when Machado stepped on the Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar’s foot in the postseason in October.Machado, who was with the Dodgers at that time, also drew the ire of critics when he said he wasn’t “Johnny Hustle” when it comes to running the bases.Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres during the offseason. He has a .269 average with 23 home runs and 62 RBIs in 91 games in his first season with San Diego. Marisnick was given a two-game suspension for his hit on Lucroy. Machado said the analysts were “protecting” Marisnick, adding the situation would be far different if he were the one who collided head-first into a catcher.”They’re protecting that guy,” Machado said. “Was it dirty or not? I don’t know. Did he have to make a decision real quick? Yeah, he did. But if it was me? I would’ve got probably 20 games. Twenty games, 100 percent.”But you know Byrnes, he knows everything about the game … talking about they threw at his head. What about when I got thrown at my head? Nobody was backing me up. They were saying that I deserved it. I deserved to get thrown at my head. God forbid somebody else gets thrown [at]. They back it up. That’s what this game is coming to now, guys like that.”last_img read more

Distracted Kindergartners May Earn Less As Adults

first_img 25 Scientific Tips For Raising Happy & Healthy Kids Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoQuizGrizThe Average Person Would Only Last 2 Days!QuizGrizUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndo If you’re wondering why your salary is so low, it bears asking: Were you inattentive as a kindergartner? According to a 30-year study, children who were distracted kindergartners earned less money, on average, in their early 30s than their more attentive classmates did. While these findings may seem discouraging (after all, aren’t kindergartners known for being rambunctious?), the researchers see it another way. “Early behaviors are modifiable,” they wrote in the study, “making them key targets for early intervention.” [11 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Their Baby’s Brain]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65752-kindergarten-behaviors-linked-to-salary.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  In other words, if this behavior is caught early enough, perhaps children can learn to become more attentive over time, which could help them later in life, the researchers said. Even so, these results are correlational, meaning it’s not clear if one feature actually causes another. And, according to an expert not involved in the study, it’s unclear why the link between inattention and lower salary exists. Distracted kids In the study, researchers pulled data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Kindergarten Children to see what behavioral ratings teachers gave 2,850 kindergarteners living in Canada. Nearly all of the children (96%) were white and ages 5 or 6 when the ratings were taken in 1985. Children were rated as inattentive if they met the following criteria: They lacked concentration, were easily distracted, had their head in the clouds and lacked persistence. Then, about 30 years later, the researchers took the average of these children’s tax returns filed from 2013 to 2015. After adjusting for participant IQ and family background (which included factors such as the parent’s education levels, ages, employment status and whether the family structure was intact or not), the researchers found a significant pay gap between the inattentive and attentive students. At the time of follow up, the average salary for men was $27,500 and $15,200 for women (in U.S. dollars). The teachers had rated the children on a sliding scale; for each 1-unit increase in inattention the children received, the men earned about $1,271 less a year, while the women were paid $924 less annually. Moreover, kindergarten ratings of physical aggression (fighting, bullying, kicking and biting) and opposition (disobeying, refusing to share materials, blaming others, being inconsiderate and acting irritable) were associated with lower earnings (about $700 less annually), but only for the boys. On the flip side, kindergarten boys who were more prosocial (behaviors that included stopping quarrels, inviting bystanders to join in a game and helping people who were hurt) earned an average of $476 more a year as adults than less prosocial boys, the researchers found. “The association between childhood behaviors and future earnings is not surprising,” the researchers wrote in the study. “Children who fight with their peers, are careless in their work, do not attend to instructions and do not complete assignments are likely to underperform in school and subsequently in the workplace as adults, which may be associated with lower earnings.” [5 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Bullying] An outside take Don’t banish rule-breaking Johnny to the low-wage bin just yet, though. This study has several strengths and a few weaknesses, said Jessica Agnew-Blais, a medical research council postdoctoral research fellow at the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved with the research. It’s important to know that “this association between childhood behavior and adult earnings can be identified quite early in schooling — already by kindergarten,” especially because “this could allow for better early intervention,” Agnew-Blais told Live Science in an email. However, the study leaves many questions unanswered. For instance, “What level of inattention symptoms mean a child should screen positive, i.e., receive an intervention?” Agnew-Blais asked. “Would there be any negative effects of being identified as needing additional support, for example stigma? … These questions go beyond the scope of the current study, but would be important to consider if children were to be screened for these problems.” It would also be helpful to know the exact cause of this link between inattention and lower earnings later in life, she said. For example, “Is it through peer relationships? Educational problems? Poor social support? Poorer mental health in adulthood?” Agnew-Blais asked. “This is not really a weakness of this study, per se, but an area for future research.” She added that while some support programs — such as Sure Start in the United Kingdom and Head Start in the United States — indicate that early intervention can help children later in life, these types of programs aren’t always available. “Sadly, funding is being cut for exactly these types of programs in many countries,” Agnew-Blais said. The study was published online yesterday (June 19) in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Top 10 Stigmatized Health Disorders 9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurtlast_img read more

Law Commission brings out consultation paper on common code

first_imgjustice and rights COMMENT Patriarchal mindsets must go On the day its term comes to an end, the Law Commission issued a consultation paper today on personal laws, which discusses introduction of new grounds for ‘no fault’ divorce, changes to provisions on alimony and maintenance and uncertainty and inequality in age of consent for marriage. Instead of a full-fledged report on a uniform civil code, the law panel preferred a consultation paper as it had little time at hand to bring out a comprehensive report.Panel Chairman Justice B S Chauhan (retd) had earlier said instead of recommending a uniform code, the commission might suggest “piecemeal” changes in personal laws. Now, it will be up to the 22nd Law Commission to bring out a final report on the controversial issue which has generated a heated debate in the recent past. The Law Ministry had on June 17, 2016 asked the panel to “examine matters in relation to uniform civil code”.“The issue of a uniform civil code is vast, and its potential repercussions, untested in India. Therefore, after detailed research and a number of consultations held over the course of two years, the Commission is presenting its consultation paper on reform of family laws in India,” the consultation paper said. Various suggestionsUnder the Hindu law, the paper discusses problems with provisions such as restitution of conjugal rights and suggests the inclusion of concepts such as ‘community of property’ of a married couple, abolition of coparcenary and rights of illegitimate children. Under the Muslim law, it discusses the reform in inheritance law through codification of Muslim law on inheritance and that it gender just. The paper also discusses the rights of a widow, and the changes to general laws such as introduction of community of (self acquired) property after marriage, inclusion of irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce. For Parsi law, there are suggestions relating to protecting married women’s right to inherit property even if they marry outside their community. The paper also suggests the expansion of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015, to make it into a robust secular law that can be accessed by individuals of all communities for adoption. There are suggestions for amending the guidelines for adoption and also a suggestion to alter the language of the act to accommodate all gender identities. The paper discusses lacunae within custody and guardianship laws, statutory or customary, and suggests that the ‘best interest of the child’ has to remain the paramount consideration in deciding matters of custody regardless of any prevailing personal law in place. Although the sixth schedule provides for exemptions to states in the North East and tribal areas, the panel suggests that efforts of women’s organisations in these areas be acknowledged and relied upon in this regard to suggest ways in which family law reform could be aided by the State even when direct intervention may not be possible. Since a number of these issues such as polygamy, nikah halala, settlement of a Parsi wife’s property for benefit of children, as well as the law on adultery among others are under the consideration of the Supreme Court, they have been discussed in the paper but comprehensive changes on some of these issues have not been suggested at this stage. Muslim clergy decries debate on divorce, civil code Centre to Muslim Law Board: don’t link triple talaq to Uniform Civil Code Published on August 31, 2018 A blow to patriarchy RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

NTPC inks pact with Karnataka department of technical eductionNTPC inks pact with

first_imgSHARE COMMENTS COMMENT September 05, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img power and distribution Published on National Thermal Power Corportion’s (NTPC) Kudgi Super Thermal Power Project based at Kudgi in Vijayapur district, as part of CSR initiative, has signed a MoU with the Karnataka Industrial Training and Employment office, Bengaluru.G Sathyavathi, Karnataka Commissioner for Department of Technical Education, and Jayanarayanan, Head-HR, NTPC, signed the MoU.The MoU envisages reservation of 20 per cent of the seats in government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Vijayapur which will enable local students in and around Kudgi project of NTPC to get ITI training.The entire cost of the training fee, tuition fee and all other expenses will be borne by NTPC Ltd. The agreement is signed for a period of five years. NTPC has also agreed to provide new equipment for the training at ITI, Vijayapura to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore. Out of this, more than 50 lakh worth of equipment have been already handed over to ITI. One of these equipment is a unique machine – welding simulator which costs Rs 13 lakh.last_img read more

Six IT companies inaugurated in AP

first_img COMMENT Six small-scale IT and IT-enabled services companies were inaugurated on Wednesday by State IT Minister N. Lokesh near Amaravati and in the city.He said the companies would generate 500-600 jobs. The state government was making efforts to create the right ecosystem for attracting the bigger IT companies also, but it would take sometime. “In the united state of AP, Hyderabad was promoted as the hot IT destination and it was almost non-existent in the rest of the state. We have to change all that now,” he said.The setting up of these IT companies was facilitated by AP Non-resident Telugus Society (APNRTS). Ravi Vemuru, the president of the society, said 87 IT companies had started operations in the Amaravati area. “Our endeavour is to bring in more IT companies, urging more NRIs from the state to invest here in IT,” he added.TCL Corpn. to set up unit in Tirupati According to a press release, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will lay the foundation stone for the manufacturing unit of TCL Corporation, the Chinese consumer electronics company, at Tirupati on Thursday. The unit is being set up at a cost of Rs 2,200 crore, with a job potential of 8,000. It will manufacture TV panels.A Chinese delegation also met the Chief Minister, offering to set up a steel plant in the state. computing and information technology Published on December 19, 2018center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

Congress MLAs tirade against party leaves leaders redfacedCongress MLAs tirade against party

first_imgPublished on Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has issued a show-cause notice to senior Congress leader and Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig.KPCC General Secretary V Ghorpade on Tuesday issued a notice to Baig for his tirade against the Congress, AICC leader KC Venugopal, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC Working President Dinesh Gundurao.The Congress has initiated strict action against Baig for violating party orders to not air views in public and for his outburst before the media.Ghorpade in his notice said, “By making statements before the media and causing discomfort to the party by expressing your displeasure publicly, you have violated the party’s principles. Your conduct has dented party’s prestige.”The notice further said, “On failing to reply within a week to the notice, a disciplinary action will be taken against you.”Baig, a four-time MLA who represents Shivajinagar Assembly constituency in Bengaluru, is a senior Muslim leader. In his first such outburst against the party, Baig said, “Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, his indulgence in dividing religion and blaming particular religious leaders, and his style of functioning have contributed for the party’s debacle in the 2014 Assembly election and now in the Lok Sabha polls as per the exit poll prediction.”He further demanded resignation of Siddaramaiah and Gundu Rao for owning moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance. “If they have any morality, both leaders should step down instead of waiting for us to demand their resignation.”Baig said, “I am pained after reading exit poll survey report. As a Congress worker, I am expressing my opinion on behalf of all party workers, who were disappointed over the party’s poor performance only because of the arrogance shown by some leaders, including Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao”.Baig also came down heavily on AICC leader Venugopal and termed him a ‘buffoon’. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 21, 2019 COMMENTcenter_img state politics Senior Congress leader and Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig. File Photo   –  The Hindu parties and movements COMMENTSlast_img read more

Sabah cracks down on fish bombing

first_imgThe operation comes after the July 5 incident where a local dive instructor and two tourists from China were killed by a blast from a fish bomb at a dive site off Pulau Kalapuan in Semporna.ACP Pajeri said the authorities also enforced various laws, including the Maritime Shipping Ordinance, during the operation which also checked the Sem­porna town fish market.All those arrested and boats seized were taken to the Semporna marine police base.“We will be continuing our actions to wipe out fish-bombing activities in the Semporna waters,” he said, adding that continuous checks in the market would help reduce the incidents of bombed fish being sold. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Authorities crack down on trading of fish from bombing method Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fish-bombing cases rise to 30 in six months Nation 11 Jul 2019 Pump boats seized, illegals nabbed in fish bomb crackdown in Semporna Related News Taking stern measures: Seized pump boats used by foreigners being towed back to the Semporna Marine Police base. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KOTA KINABALU: Sixteen illegal immigrants and seven pump boats were detained in a major marine police sweep in Sabah’s eastern Semporna waters to wipe out fish-bombing activities.It is a joint operation with the state Fisheries Department at fish markets and the sea area of Semporna, said Region 4 (Sabah) Marine Police commander Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali.The operation was to check pump boats (small boats fitted with water pumps as engines) usually used as a sea transport by villagers on the islands and non-­citizens in the district that borders southern Philippines.Authorities seized three unre­gistered pump boats and four registered boats being used by illegal immigrants in the area, said ACP Pajeri.last_img read more