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No changes needed in citizenship bill if Clause 6 implemented properly Sonowal


first_imgGuwahati: The citizenship bill does not require any changes if Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly, says Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the proposed legislation which the top BJP leadership has vowed to bring back if voted back to power. In an interview to PTI, the student leader-turned politician said the bill will be brought after arriving at a consensus with all stakeholders. “It (amending the Act) is not a new thing as amendments were taken up nine times before this also. This is a continuous process since 1950,” he said, adding the BJP will ensure constitutional safeguards to Northeast’s political, cultural, social and linguistic identity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ When asked if the Assam government will request the Centre to make necessary changes in the existing bill to allay apprehensions of the people here, Sonowal said that is not needed if the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly. The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which was signed in 1985 after the Assam Agitation of 1979-85, envisages that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the people of Assam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If Clause 6 is implemented in letter and spirit, then the indigenous people of Assam are well guarded and protected. That was the agenda ought to be taken up on priority by earlier governments, but it was never seriously considered, Sonowal said. “Now the prime minister has taken up the matter with sincerity, commitment and dedication. So, I believe once it is implemented, we have nothing to worry. If Clause 6 is implemented, we have no issue with the citizenship bill, even if it comes in the current form, he added. Several groups and parties have opposed the bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha and seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document. Interestingly, though the BJP top brass has been talking about the citizenship bill in poll rallies, the state leaders have not raised the issue in their meetings and speeches. State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier said that the citizenship bill was a non-issue in the state and the people are more concerned about national issues. Sonowal also took a dig at the proposed ‘mahagathbandhan’ of opposition parties saying the ambitious grouping is dreaming of dethroning Prime Minister Narendra Modi but will “collapse soon” as it does not have any policy on patriotism, integration and service to the nation. He claimed the constituents of this ‘grand alliance’ are together during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections only for their vested interests. “They do not have any policy of integration, service to nation and patriotism. The ‘mahagathbandhan’ is mainly just to get power. They are all with vested interest,” he said. The members usually stay different, but sometimes they come on the same platform but with different self interests, he added. “So, there is no national interest in it. I have not seen any national interest within themselves. That is why, I firmly believe that it will collapse soon,” he asserted. Sonowal was once president of the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which has been at the forefront of the protests against the citizenship bill across the Northeast in the past several months. When told out that the concerns raised by people of Assam and the Northeast were not taken into account while drafting the bill, he disagreed and said the Clause 6 has been taken at the highest level for the first time in the history. “It is Modi ji who has taken it up and ultimately constituted a high-level committee by the Union Cabinet comprising only Assamese people from different fields. It was given very clear terms of references. The committee has been asked to prepare a report on how Constitutional safeguards can be ensured in best possible manner,” he added. The existence of the nine-member committee is in a lurch with its fifth member and chairman M P Bezbaruah withdrawing from it in January. The other four members refused to be a part of it in protest of the Citizenship Bill, are a representative of the AASU, eminent litterateurs Nagen Saikia and Rong Bong Terang along with educationist Mukunda Rajbongshi. On resignation of the eminent personalities from the high-level committee, the chief minister said, “It is because of chaos and unnecessary false propaganda by Congress, Leftists and some section intellectuals and media.” Asked about the BJP’s prospects in Assam in this Lok Sabha elections, Sonowal claimed the saffron party along with its allies AGP and BPF will bag at least 12 seats out of 14 in the state. In 2014, the BJP won seven out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, the Congress and the AIUDF had three MPs each and one member was an Independent. The two BJP allies, BPF and AGP, had no representation in the Lower House of Parliament. Sonowal strongly refuted allegation of Modi failing to fulfill the promises made in 2014 elections, especially on deporting the illegal infiltrators from Assam, and claimed that update work of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and steps to implement the Assam Accord are being done to accomplish the task.last_img read more


Uterus Scam Reluctant Bihar govt sanctions 1288 crore for victims


first_imgNew Delhi: In a major setback to Bihar government, which is led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Patna High Court order forced the state government to cough-up Rs 12.88 crore compensation to the victims of infamous ‘uterus scam’ that was unearthed in 2012.As per the official sources, the Bihar government, which was reluctant to accept any irregularities in the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), finally sanctioned Rs 12.88 crore in March 2019 following the Patna HC order dated September 25, 2018. The incident relates to the forceful removal of the uterus of women and underage girls by ‘doctors’ without taking victims’ consent. Interestingly, some fake the doctors were also in the team that carried out the mass operation. Notably, a total of 702 women, including some unmarried girls, were operated upon to remove their uteruses under the medical insurance scheme for poor families in eight different districts during the year 2012. As per the verdict, the Patna HC had ordered the government in September 2018 to pay compensation within six weeks to all the victims of a uterus scam. An HC division bench comprising Chief Justice MR Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar, while hearing a PIL filed by Veterans Forum for Transparency in Public Life, ordered that all investigations in the scam, if pending, must be completed within six weeks followed by filing of chargesheets against accused doctors and others. The forum was represented by counsel Dinu Kumar. The maximum cases of unauthorized and illegal operations of uterus were registered in Gopalganj (318) followed by Samastipur, where 316 women and girls fell victim of illegal surgery. The orders issued by the state home department to the District Magistrates of the concerned districts stipulated that compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh each be paid to the women between 20 and 40, and those above 40 would be paid Rs 1.50 lakh each. In August 2012, Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) took suo-motu cognizance of reports about irregularities in cases of uterus removal under the scheme. He also sought a report from the state government and an expert committee was formed, following CM’s directive. The scam was exposed when the then Samastipur DM Kundan Kumar had organised special medical camps to re-examine the women, after the administration received complaints about unnecessary surgeries.last_img read more


TRUST YOUR GUT


first_imgI’m dating a man I met through a dating site. He’s caring and loves me but I feel he is a miser. Whenever there is a discussion around money, he says, ‘money is not happiness’. I mostly end up paying bills each time. What should I do?D. Sikdar, Kolkata While money is not happiness, it is definitely the key that can open almost all doors of this challenging world. It provides a comfortable life and helps you feel more secure. If your man has an absolutely different vision of the world, then it is better not to waste your valuable time trying to prove otherwise. Many misers preach to their women that money has nothing in common with happiness. This way, they make an attempt to lower their ladies’ sights and impose their concept of happiness. If he is already depending on your wallet, it is a big warning sign. Don’t rush and don’t get carried away. Take time before you decide anything. Good luck! Also Read – Feel what you fear My girlfriend was cheating on me. I know the truth and she is very apologetic now. I love her a lot but don’t know what to do. Please tell me, should I forgive her? Manu Singh, New Delhi Please forgive her if your inner voice is prompting you to do so. Trust your guts. If you feel that letting her go will be the biggest mistake of your life, maybe it will be a wrong idea. If you feel that she is sincerely sorry and you believe that this was a one-time thing, maybe it’s worth trying to stay together to work out a solution. Breaking up with someone you still love is not necessarily the best option, especially if she still claims to love you. Give her a chance and love her even more. Best of luck! Also Read – Homecoming I am divorced. My parents are insisting on remarriage. I really don’t want to mess my life again. I’m 36+. How do I tell my parents to stop worrying? K. Jha, Noida Getting remarried doesn’t indicate ‘mess’. There are too many people around who are happily settled after a bad fallout in their life. It is most important to find a partner who matches your expectations. Someone who will understand your mind and help you overcome the agony of your past. As parents, they are not incorrect in expecting your happiness – but get married only when you think you are ready. I wish you the very best. There is someone in my life. But I’m not sure whether she is the one for me. How does one actually decide on the right partner? Name withheld You have to analyse your relationship. If the majority applies to you, keep her in your life. You’re happy when she’s around. Her absence leaves a void. You know each other’s families. If you’re familiar with her siblings and parents, you’re good to go. Secret relationships may be fun, but anything lasting means you’re joining the family. You are yourself. You are not afraid to tell her your secrets. You can be relaxed and comfortable as you are. You communicate. A healthy relationship is dependent upon communication. Being open, honest, and talk with each other without fear. There is little to no drama. If your relationship feeds off the daily drama, someone is going to crack and it will not last long. You have balance. Find that balance between having both your own lives and being a part of each other’s. You are learning. If you are not learning or growing, then maybe she isn’t the one. You have the same goals. If you both want the same things, share the same ideals and want the same results, you will find success together. She makes the effort to be around you. A one-sided relationship will never work. Both sides need to be interested for a relationship to flourish. You feel safe. If you are continually doubting your partner, seek safety elsewhere. The healthiest relationships are the ones where both feel at home. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more


Egypt parliament polls in February or March ministry


first_imgCAIRO- Egypt is to hold parliamentary elections in February or March, two months after the country votes on a new constitution, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.The official said the schedule, in line with a timetable set out by the country’s interim president, was on track.Preparations for presidential elections will start within two months after the end of the legislative vote, he told AFP. The roadmap for elections was adopted by the interim government shortly after the military overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in July and suspended the constitution.“The target date for the referendum is before the end of December, and parliamentary elections two months later. It would be in February or the beginning of March,” the diplomat said.The parliamentary vote may take place over weeks or even two months, depending on whether the upper house will remain in the amended constitution.A 50-member panel amending the charter has moved to cancel the toothless senate, but the decision is not final.last_img read more


The Nationals Yankees Dodgers And Cubs Cant Possibly Be This Mediocre …


The 2018 MLB season may not even be a month old, but it’s never too early to start overanalyzing how teams have looked so far. That’s especially true this season, when many of the clubs slated to be favorites going into the year have stumbled a bit coming out of the gate. Most of these teams will probably be fine in the end — seriously, it is still very early to know anything about how the season will play out — but just the same, it’s worth checking on which aspects of their struggles should disappear in due time and which might be cause for real anxiety.Washington Nationals (10-12)What’s gone wrong: For a team supposedly built around pitching, Washington currently ranks fifth-to-last in the National League in adjusted ERA — though it hasn’t been the fault of the Max Scherzer-led starting rotation. No, the blame rests with a bullpen that collectively boasts a 5.78 ERA and has performed even worse in clutch situations. (Witness the Nats’ epic meltdown against the Mets last Wednesday.) Some bad early-season defense isn’t helping either, and despite Bryce Harper’s raw feats of power, the offense isn’t hitting enough to make up for the 4.6 runs Washington is allowing per game.Cause for concern? Maybe. The Nats’ bullpen and defense were nothing special last season, either — they ranked 19th and 17th, respectively, in wins above replacement.1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. Closer Sean Doolittle has been fine so far, however, and setup men Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler are not as bad as they’ve looked in the early going. This lineup should get on track, too, when Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton return from injury — or when Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman break out of their April slumps. (We’ve seen Zimmerman hit poorly before, but he rebounded last season and has been hitting the ball hard in 2018, despite his bad results so far.)New York Yankees (11-9)What’s gone wrong: For all their immense hype going into the season, the Yankees have been pretty “meh” starting out, scoring only 13 more runs than they’ve allowed (113 vs. 100). Prized new left fielder Giancarlo Stanton is striking out constantly, particularly in front of the home fans at Yankee Stadium, while the team’s pitching has been average at best. They’re wasting a great start to the season by shortstop Didi Gregorius; he’s looked like an MVP over the past three weeks, but the Yankees barely have a .500 record to show for it.Cause for concern? Probably not. Although Stanton is pressing at the plate like some batters have been known to do in the pressure-packed New York media market, swinging at more pitches overall and whiffing on fastballs over the plate especially, he’s simply too good a hitter to not adjust eventually. (The ball he smoked at home on Friday might be a sign of things to come.) Likewise, scuffling starters Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray should be better than the 7.22 ERA they’ve combined for so far, and a bullpen that ranked second in MLB in WAR last year is due for an improvement. Regression to the mean can work both ways, of course — Gregorius probably hasn’t fully made the leap to MVP level, for instance — but the Yankees should also benefit from better luck going forward: According to BaseRuns, which smooths out differences in the timing of offensive and defensive events, New York has been baseball’s fifth-best team so far, despite its record.Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)What’s gone wrong: For one thing, Los Angeles’s offense is down this year, dropping from second in the NL last year to sixth in 2018, according to adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers miss the production of third baseman Justin Turner, who fractured his wrist in spring training and has missed the entire season, and many of their other top hitters (Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, the now-injured Logan Forsythe, etc.) are off to subpar starts. But an even bigger problem has been L.A.’s bullpen, which ranks 22nd in WAR a year after finishing fifth. Closer Kenley Jansen, usually the best reliever on the planet, sports a 6.23 ERA, and he’s already blown twice as many saves this year as he did all of last season.2Granted, Jansen only blew one save last season. But it was in 42 chances! This year, he’s blown two in five tries.Cause for concern? Sort of. The Dodgers’ hitting issues should sort themselves out eventually — they’re still projected by FanGraphs to score the fourth-most runs per game in the NL over the entire season, and they ought to be even better than that once Turner comes back in May. The bullpen question may be longer-lasting, however, given Jansen’s struggles. Although he brushed off early concerns about his performance (and he recorded a pair of scoreless innings over the weekend), there were questions about Jansen’s velocity in the spring, which have only amplified a month into the season. According to BrooksBaseball.com, Jansen’s sinker is averaging only 93.6 mph this April, compared with 95.7 mph last April and 94.9 two Aprils ago. We know that unexplained changes in velocity may indicate the kind of injury or mechanical problem that leads to cold streaks or prolonged absences, and we also know how important Jansen was to the Dodgers’ bullpen last year (he accounted for 48 percent of their relief WAR by himself). If Jansen suffers a down season, it would seriously affect L.A.’s chances of returning to the World Series.Chicago Cubs (10-9)What’s gone wrong: The Cubs are scoring plenty and they’ve already enjoyed a few memorable moments in 2018 so far, including this ridiculous eighth-inning comeback against the Braves the Saturday before last. But their starting pitching and defense — i.e., the twin cornerstones of Chicago’s 2016 World Series run — have been surprisingly mediocre thus far. Although veteran lefty Jon Lester has basically been his usual solid self, none of the other rotation members have lived up to their previous track records, from club mainstay Kyle Hendricks to newcomers Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood and second-year Cub Jose Quintana. And if Cub pitchers used to generate easily fieldable balls in play, that’s no longer the case: The team is below average in defensive efficiency and ordinary in various other fielding metrics. (When even Jason Heyward is showing up as a negative in the field, your defense has problems.)Cause for concern? Defensively, not really. Heyward may have lost a step in the field — which is worth keeping an eye on — but Chicago started slow on defense last season, too. They eventually managed to finish near the top of the advanced-metric leaderboards when all was said and done. But there might be real cause for concern in the subpar performance of the Cubs’ rotation, even after taking defense out of the equation. Chicago’s starters rank seventh-worst in fielding-independent pitching so far this season, continuing a three-year slide from fourth-best in 2016 to 10th-best last year, and now 24th-best in 2018. The optimist’s case is that this group is too talented to keep pitching so poorly — and walking so many batters, specifically — but the Cubs will have a hard time fending off the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central (much less reclaiming their superteam status) if they don’t start getting a lot more out of their rotation soon. read more


Gallery Ohio State vs Michigan


OSU football coach Urban Meyer high-fives fans as the team enters Ohio Stadium for the team’s game against Michigan on Nov. 26. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes game against the Michigan Wolverines took two overtime periods for a team to come out victorious. OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime to give the Buckeyes a 30-27 win.


Urban Meyer Buckeye offensive line one of the best in the country


Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. read more


Redknapp on Englands World Cup hopes Were going to win it


first_imgHarry Redknapp is feeling very optimistic over England’s World Cup prospects due to the fact that there are no “outstanding teams” at the tournamentThe Three Lions secured a convincing 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Thursday at Elland Road with Marcus Rashford scoring a spectacular 25-yard strike to open the scoring before substitute Danny Welbeck sealed the victory by heading in the second goal.Despite the upcoming World Cup featuring the likes of Spain, Brazil and champions Germany, Redknapp is certain that this summer’s tournament holds no clear winner and feels that even the young and inexperienced England squad may be able to capitalise on this and secure an unexpected title.“We’re going to win it, let’s go for it,” said Redknapp, according to talkSPORT.“Don’t start talking about getting out of the group and all that, let’s have a go!Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“There are no outstanding teams in this year – it’s wide open.“I couldn’t pick a winner; Brazil, Spain, Germany…I don’t think any of them are where they have been in the past.“So why can’t we do a miracle?“It’s happened before, it can happen again.”England will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.last_img read more


Skippings leading independents into 2016 General Elections


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – Disgruntled PDMs and PNPs and PPPs are reportedly who will compile a slate of candidates of independents in time for the 2016 General Elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Explained initially on radio and then in a newspaper article featured in the Turks and Caicos Weekly News. The stunning headline reads: ‘Skippings is Back’ and the report allows the former People’s Democratic Movement Party leader and former Chief Minister to say that and I quote: “Our intention is to contest the election – we can do that as an independent group collectively and if it becomes necessary we will form a party.” The politician who gave up leadership of the PDM after an unsuccessful bid on the national ticket as an at large 2012 General Election candidate says the group will determine if he runs with intent on becoming Premier of the country. In the lead up to the last run off, Oswald Skippings dubbed himself a national politician and ran at large securing 2,902 votes and placing eighth of 12; not among the first five At Large candidates who would go on to become House of Assembly representatives. It begs the question, since the electorate so recently demonstrated insufficient support of his candidacy, what has given Oswald Skippings the confidence to return to the fray? The preacher and veteran politician told the publication: “I was called on and call out by a whole lot of people who are hurting…” His PDM party has issued no formal comment on this new development. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:general election, oswal skippings, Pdm, pnp, ppp Recommended for youlast_img read more


People on the Move 012508


first_imgThe Atlantic’s Justin Smith has been promoted to president of Atlantic Media. Previously, Smith served as president of the company’s consumer media division. He will now also oversee the National Journal and Government Executive groups.Randy Siegel was named president of local digital strategy for Conde Nast parent Advance Publications. Previously, Siegel served as president of Parade Publications, publisher of Parade magazine.The McGraw-Hill Companies appointed Terri D. Austin vice president of diversity and inclusion, to be responsible for implementing a company-wide diversity strategy. Most recently, Austin served as chief diversity officer for AIG. Time Inc.’s Fortune named Robert Festino design director. Previously, Festino served as art director at Bon Appétit and art director at ESPN the Magazine.Sacramento, California-based e.Republic promoted Marina Leight to the newly-created position of vice president for strategic initiatives, working closely with recently acquired Governing magazine. Previously, Leight served as vice president of education for e.Republic’s Converge platform and the Center for Digital Education.New York Magazine named Claude Brodesser-Anker West Coast editor of NYMag.com’s Vulture blog. Brodesser-Anker has written about media and entertainment for Variety, Wired and TMZ. Kristen Schultz Dollard was named digital director for Conde Nast’s Self.com. Most recently, Dollard served as digital editorial director for Rodale International.Hearst named Kassie Means associate publisher of Country Living magazine. Most recently, Means served as vice president and associate publisher at Cooking Light. Her appointment is effective February 1.Philadelphia Inquirer executive online editor Chris Krewson was named editor of Variety.com. Krewson replaces Dana Harris, who will serve as editor of Variety’s paid information product, the company said.The Reader’s Digest Association appointed Piper Goodspeed Eastern account manager at Taste of Home. Most recently, Goodspeed served as executive director of food and beverage at Self magazine.Time Inc. named Jennifer Mirsky was named managing editor of realsimple.com. Mirsky recently served as editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle at Meredith Interactive.Former Time Inc. and Conde Nast regional director Andrew Davis was named executive vice president of sales and marketing at b-to-b media company NetWorld Alliance. Davis also served as the founding publisher of Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan and Atlantan Brides.last_img read more


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resident Concerned Over Taxes Town Debt Is Voting


first_imgTo the Residents of Wilmington,I urge all of you to vote on April 27th.I am voting for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo to fill the two three-year Selectman (or Select Board) seats. This is a critical election for all Wilmington residents with three of the five positions open. The town needs Board members who possess strong leadership, critical decision-making and encourage transparency at every level of Town Hall. Rob and Suzanne check all those boxes for me.Excessive taxation of Wilmington residents is my personal hot-button. The website Zillow.com tracks tax history. From 2008 to 2018 our taxes increased by 75.4% to $7,941. Based on the answers given during the Candidates Night at WCTV.org (Free Cash), I was curious to see what our current Board of Selectman are paying in taxes, and I am disappointed to report that three of the four Board members are below the 2018 average single-family tax bill of $6,335.69. So, when your tax bill does not rise in proportion with the rest of the town, I see why you miss the point that taxes are too high. We need Board members who recognize that filling up the Free Cash coffers is not in the best interests of this town, especially when it is not being used to pay down the ever-rising $197.5M debt.If you know about the $84.9M debt that Wilmington owes the town workers retirement fund by 2040, and the additional $112.6M for Other Post-Employment Benefits “OPEB” then count yourself among the handful of people who realize that “over the next three decades an average family of four would have to pay more than $30,000 in taxes” according to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Town Manager, Jeff Hull, feels that a $1M annual contribution is a generous allocation in our budget, even though our expenses for OPEB just increased $7.8M in one year. We need Board members who will fight for the town workers’ benefits and approve a budget that will give taxpayers a chance to meet the obligations that have been accumulating for decades.On April 27th I urge you all once again to vote for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo.Geoffrey WoodLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: If You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New Resident Calls For Change, Supports Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Rob FasuloIn “Government”last_img read more


Inside the worlds first Google Shop


first_img Google has launched what it calls a world-first smartphone experience in central London as the search giant looks to cement its presence on the high street.The Google Shop will see customers able to experience devices ranging from Nexus smartphones and tablets, Chromebooks, Chromecasts and Android Wear smartwatches as well as experience some of Googles other online services.The store allows customers to experience an interactive Google Maps experience on a large curved display, as well as creating their own Google Doodles on an interactive wall.The first Google Shop will be located in the Currys/PC World store on Tottenham Court Road with two similar installations planned for later this year. The shop is seen as a step-up from the current partnerships the company has in place with retailers in the UK where it has a limited presence within over 400 stores across the country.Retail storesSpeaking to IBTimes UK at the launch Google UKs marketing director James Elias said this was the biggest and boldest evolution of [Googles] store-in-store strategy to date but when asked if this was just a gateway to building its own standalone stores, Elias said the company had no plans along those lines.Apple announced earlier this week, on 9 March, that the company now had over 450 retail stores worldwide with aggressive plans to expand that number in China in particular. The company saw some 120 million people pass through the doors of its stores in just three months to the end of December, giving some idea of the revenue generating potential of the stores.Google is a very different business and while it has some hardware in the form of Nexus devices, these are built in partnership with the likes of HTC and Motorola and therefore the potential revenue gain for the search giant is not as instantly obvious as for Apple.Elias said that while the company was hoping the new Google Shop would help drive some revenue, it was as much about the experience, adding that the store wants to become part of the community with classes about how to stay safe online being held at the store in the future. Closelast_img read more


MacKenzie Bezos pledges to donate half her 36 billion fortune to charity


first_imgMackenzie Bezos has decided to give half of her fortune to charity.MacKenzie Bezos, the former wife of Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, pledged on Tuesday to give half of her $36 billion fortune to charity, following a movement founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Bezos, whose former husband is the world’s richest man, was one of 19 people on Tuesday to join the “Giving Pledge,” a campaign announced in 2010 by Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s Buffett and Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates. It calls for the super-rich to give away more than half their fortunes during their lifetimes or in their wills.WATCH: MacKenzie Bezos, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pledges to give half of her $36 billion Amazon fortune to charity https://t.co/0hO0FNJA47 via @ReutersTV pic.twitter.com/EK7nC4BmDg— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) May 28, 2019 “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement dated Saturday. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care.”MacKenzie Bezos became the world’s third-richest woman, according to a Forbes Magazine, acquiring a 4% stake in Amazon worth about $36 billion when she and Jeff Bezos announced their divorce settlement on April 4.Jeff Bezos, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $131 billion this year, was quick to support his ex-wife’s new philanthropic endeavour.”MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her,” he said on Twitter. “Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ’em, MacKenzie.”Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes list of world billionaires, is not among the 204 wealthy “Giving Pledge” signatories from 23 countries who come from a wide range of fields, including finance, technology, healthcare and real estate development.Other Forbes top 10 billionaires who have not joined the “Giving Pledge” are Bernard Arnault, head of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (LVMH.PA); Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim; European fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.The pledge that signatories make is “a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract,” the campaign said on its website.last_img read more


BNP to bear Khaleda treatment cost at United


first_imgKhaleda ZiaAs jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia declined to take treatment at the government’s facilities, authorities may consider her admission at a private hospital if a decision is made as to who will bear costs.Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday said it will bear the expenses required for treatment of the former prime minister at private United Hospital.Saying this, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged the government to take Khaleda Zia to the United Hospital in the city’s Gulshan area, without any delay.”Khaleda Zia has fallen seriously ill as the government has not taken adequate measures for her treatment,” he told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.After visiting Khaleda Zia in jail on Saturday, member of 4-member personal physicians, FM Siddique told newsmen that Khaleda Zia suddenly fell down on 5 April.She might have suffered a mild stroke, the physician said.Since then, BNP has been demanding that Khaleda Zia be admitted to United Hospitla for her treatment.Already, the family of Khaleda Zia sent a letter to the home minister seeking the ministry’s permission for her treatment at the United Hospital, reports UNB.Shamim Iskander, younger brother of Khaleda Zia, submitted the letter to the home ministry on Tuesday.He mentioned in the letter that that all the expenses of her treatment will be borne by him.Inspector general (Prisons) brigadier general Syed Iftekhar Uddin earlier on Monday said it would require a decision from higher authorities to admit Khaleda Zia at a private hospital.”So Khaleda Zia will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Tuesday,” he then said.However, Khaleda Zia declined to go to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).The IG prisons had also said if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is admitted to a private hospital, a decision should be taken as to who would bear the cost.   BNP leader Mosharraf warned that the consequence would not be good should the treatment of Khaleda Zia be delayed for political vengeance.Khaleda Zia has been kept at an abandoned building of former jail in the city’s Nazimuddin Road area, since her conviction in a graft case on 8 February.last_img read more


UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime


first_imgThis file photo taken on 4 April 2017 shows an unconscious Syrian child receiving treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. AFPUnited Nations investigators on Thursday blamed a sarin gas massacre on Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as the United States renewed its warning that he has no role in Syria’s future.The expert panel’s report and tough remarks by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson overshadowed the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month.More than 87 people died on 4 April this year when sarin gas projectiles were fired into Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the Idlib province of northwestern Syria.Images of dead and dying victims, including young children, in the aftermath of the attack provoked global outrage and a US cruise missile strike on a regime air base.Syria and its ally Russia had suggested that a rebel weapon may have detonated on the ground but the UN panel confirmed Western intelligence reports that blamed the regime.“The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017,” the report, seen by AFP, says.The report will increase pressure on Assad’s regime just as Washington, in the wake of battlefield victories against the Islamic State group, renews calls for him to step down.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments to reporters came during a visit to Geneva in which he met UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is trying to convene a new round of peace talks next month.The secretary said US policy has not changed, but his remarks represented tougher language from an administration that had previously said Assad’s fate is not a priority.“We do not believe there is a future for the Assad regime, the Assad family,” Tillerson said.“I think I’ve said it on a number of occasions. The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how should that be brought about.”Russia, which is running a parallel peace process with Iran and Turkey in a series of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana, reacted coolly to Tillerson’s remarks.“I think we should not pre-empt any future for anybody,” said Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who on Tuesday had vetoed a US attempt to extend the gas attack probe.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UN panel’s report had reached a “clear conclusion” and urged the “international community to unite to hold Assad’s regime accountable.”“I call on Russia to stop covering up for its abhorrent ally and keep its own commitment to ensure that chemical weapons are never used again,” he said.Civil warDe Mistura hopes to convene an eighth round of Syrian peace talks between Assad’s regime and an opposition coalition in Geneva from 28 November.These will be focused on drafting a new constitution and holding UN-supervised elections in a country devastated by several overlapping bloody civil conflicts.Assad’s regime has been saved by Russian and Iranian military intervention and he insists that he will not stand down in the face of what he regards as “terrorist” rebels.But Western capitals, the opposition and many of Syria’s Arab neighbors hold Assad’s forces responsible for the bulk of the 330,000 people who have died in the conflict.In addition to chemical weapons attacks against his own people, his government is accused of overseeing the large-scale torture and murder of civilian detainees.The previous US administration often said that Assad’s days were numbered, but then president Barack Obama decided not to use force to punish his chemical weapons attacks.His successor, President Donald Trump, did order one missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to a chemical attack.But US policy has otherwise focused solely on the defeat of the Islamic State jihadist group, driving it out of its last bastions in eastern Syria’s Euphrates valley.Tillerson said, however, that he hopes a way to oust Assad will “emerge” as part of de Mistura’s UN-mediated talks.‘Moment of truth’He argued that the UN Security Council resolution setting up the peace process already contains a procedure to hold elections that Washington does not think Assad can win.“The only thing that changed is when this administration came into office, we took a view that it is not a prerequisite that Assad go before that process starts, rather the mechanism by which Assad departs will likely emerge from that process,” he said.Earlier, de Mistura had told the UN Security Council that with the defeat of the Islamic State, the Syrian peace process had reached a “moment of truth.”“We need to get the parties into real negotiations,” the envoy said.Seven rounds of talks have achieved only incremental progress toward a political deal, with negotiations deadlocked over Assad’s fate.The opposition insists any settlement must provide for a transition away from Assad’s rule but, as government forces make gains, there is little likelihood of a breakthrough.last_img read more


DIG Mizan arrested on charges of bribery


first_imgSuspended DIG Mizanur Rahman in the court. Photo: AsaduzzamanSuspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman was shown arrested in a case over bribing an official of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.Dhaka senior special judge AKM Emrul Kayesh passed the order after accepting a petition filed by the ACC.On 16 July, ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah submitted a petition for showing DIG Mizan arrested in the case.Lawyer Ehsanul Haque Samaji stood for DIG Mizan while Mosharraf Hossain Kajal and Tapash Kumar Pal represented the ACC and the state respectively.ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah filed a case against suspended DIG Mizanur Rahman and ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office under the Anti-Corruption Commission, over Tk 4 million bribery scandal on 16 July.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.The ACC on 24 June filed a case against four people, including DIG Mizanur Rahman, for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information.According to the case statement, the ACC found that DIG Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 32.8 million while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 million in his wealth statement.last_img read more


North Korea Designed A Nuke So Did This Truck Driver


first_img Share Meredith Rizzo/NPRJohn Coster-Mullen has reverse-engineered America’s first nuclear weapons and has self-published a book on his findings.This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months after a report that some intelligence officials believed North Korea had successfully “miniaturized” some of its nukes in order to fit them on top of missiles.The apparently rapid progress alarmed politicians and pundits, and it worried average Americans, many of whom hadn’t thought much about nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War.But a 71-year-old truck driver named John Coster-Mullen wasn’t surprised. Nuclear weapons are not particularly “hard” to design and build, he says. “Compared to what they do in manufacturing today for making a light bulb, these are simple. They really are,” he says.Coster-Mullen is an unlikely judge of North Korea’s nuclear progress. He works nights for a major trucking firm, delivering merchandise to big box stores. Before that, he worked as a photographer. He never graduated from college.But for the past 24 years, he has had an extraordinary hobby. He has carefully re-created detailed designs of America’s very first nuclear weapons: Little Boy, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, and Fat Man, the one that fell on Nagasaki.Meredith Rizzo/NPRThe self-published Atom Bombs: The Top Secret Inside Story of Little Boy and Fat Man compiles research, drawings and archival photos of the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs.Atomic minutiaeOn the day we meet, Coster-Mullen is wearing a rumpled suit jacket with a patterned atomic tie. His unbroken way of speaking is cluttered with minute details of the bomb: The threading on Little Boy’s nose cone (it was two threads per inch); the gold foil used at the center of the Fat Man design (physicists debated for hours about how many thin sheets to use).It would be easy to write him off as an eccentric, but experts do not. “He knows a lot,” says Johnpierre Paglione, a physics professor at the University of Maryland who recently invited Coster-Mullen to give a lecture about the bomb as part of his class on the Manhattan Project.“The impressive thing about the work, to me, is how much information he was able to curate over time,” says Jeffrey Lewis, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.It all began in 1993 with a scheme to make a little money.“The 50th anniversary of the bombs was coming up, and I thought I could make little replicas of the bombs and sell them,” Coster-Mullen recalls.To him it made sense. He’d grown up at the dawn of the Atomic Age and loved making models. He figured some like-minded baby boomer might buy them. Some companies were already making models of the bombs, but Coster-Mullen noticed their versions contained small errors in the tail design and elsewhere. He thought he could do better.“I’m a perfectionist. I want everything where it should be,” he says.APA 1965 image shows a replica of a Fat Man nuclear bomb, the type dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, on view for the public in Los Alamos, N.M.To make his models, he drove 1,300 miles to Los Alamos, N.M., the birthplace of the atomic bombs. The museum there has accurate, full-scale replicas of Little Boy and Fat Man that he could work from. As he designed his models, he decided he’d write a brochure to go with them.“The brochure turned into a 431-page book,” he says.Coster-Mullen never sold a single model, but he has been adding to his bomb brochure ever since, building up what are basically complete specs for America’s first nuclear weapons. He has traveled the country, and the world, to glean all sorts of supposedly secret details.“Nobody leaked anything to me,”he says. “I found all this information was hiding in plain sight.”Like the time he went to a lecture by someone who’d worked on the development of the bombs. At the end of the talk, the man held up a special commemorative paperweight, which had been made using a mold. “The mold they poured the plastic into was the same mold they poured the plutonium into to make the cores,” says Coster-Mullen. The paperweight was a perfect copy of one hemisphere of a Fat Man-type bomb’s nuclear core.Coster-Mullen ran up after the lecture, made a few quick measurements and got what was once highly classified information.Meredith Rizzo/NPROn private land in the western U.S., Coster-Mullen found this fragment of what he believes is bomb casing from a test version of the Fat Man design.He also spends a lot of time poring over declassified photographs and documents and thinking about how the pieces they describe fit together. “I’ve had a lot of those ‘Ah ha!’ moments where it suddenly hits you,” he says.Public secretsCoster-Mullen lives for those “Ah ha!” moments, and they’ve added up to a very complete diagram of each bomb. I tried to contact several former nuclear weapons designers about the accuracy of his work. None of them wanted to comment publicly on it.But Alex Wellerstein, a historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology who specializes in nuclear weapons, says Coster-Mullen’s work is the “gold standard.” “His view of how the bombs worked is the most compelling I’ve seen,” Wellerstein wrote in an email.Lewis says Coster-Mullen’s odyssey shows that nuclear weapons just aren’t that hard to understand. “If a truck driver from Milwaukee can roughly replicate one, then that tells you that there is nothing mysterious about them,” Lewis says.“Anyone who thinks that ignorance is going to be an effective prohibition on a small nation attaining nuclear weapons should take heed of John’s work,” agrees Wellerstein. “There’s more information out there than most people realize. And it has been out there for a long time.”In fact, many small nations have put together nuclear weapons designs over the years. In the 1940s and 1950s, Sweden had a bomb program that produced a complex design, Lewis says. Australia also is believed to have worked on a weapon design, as did Iraq under Saddam Hussein.The real challenge is getting the uranium or plutonium needed to make the design a reality. “The hard part is creating the nuclear fuel. That requires a nation-state,” Coster-Mullen says.For all its limitations, North Korea is such a state. It has the reactors and centrifuges needed to make bomb-grade fuel.In the end, Lewis says, the only way to halt North Korea’s progress may be to somehow convince the country’s leaders that it’s in their best interest to stop it themselves. That seems to have worked in the case of Iran, where a nuclear program was frozen in exchange for sanctions relief and other financial incentives.North Korea, which has already developed nuclear weapons, is a considerably more difficult case, Lewis concedes. But if nothing is done, he expects their progress to continue apace.“I think we watch too many superhero movies; we imagine that we can physically prevent people from doing this,” Lewis says. “But it is so easy.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


Bad Times at the El Royale Tops Studios TV Ad Spending


first_imgIn this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bad Times at the El Royale.”Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $5.16 million through Sunday for 721 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Sept. 17-23. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox focused on reaching a male-skewing, football-loving audience, spending heavily across programming including NFL Football, College Football and South Park, and on networks such as NBC, Fox and CBS. Just behind “Bad Times at the El Royale” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” which saw 471 national ad airings across 24 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.02 million. $4.37M – Night School $5.02M – First Man TV ad placements for Universal’s “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” (EMV: $4.43 million) and “Night School” ($4.37 million), along with Amazon Studios’ “Life Itself” ($3.98 million), round out the chart. Notably, “First Man” has the best iSpot Attention Index (104) in the ranking, getting 4% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×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 Impressions: 223,406,767Attention Score: 88.42Attention Index: 68National Airings: 721Networks: 28Most Spend On: NBC, FOXCreative Versions: 7Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.77MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 09/04/18 $3.98M – Life Itself $4.43M – The House With a Clock in Its Walls Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tvcenter_img Popular on Variety Impressions: 212,376,460Attention Score: 92.43Attention Index: 104National Airings: 471Networks: 24Most Spend On: NBC, FOXCreative Versions: 9Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.65MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 06/08/18 Impressions: 390,547,682Attention Score: 91.93Attention Index: 98National Airings: 1,179Networks: 44Most Spend On: ESPN, NBCCreative Versions: 34Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $21.31MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 07/13/18 $5.16M – Bad Times at the El Royale 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 09/17/2018 and 09/23/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Impressions: 252,730,499Attention Score: 91.55Attention Index: 94National Airings: 763Networks: 31Most Spend On: NBC, ESPNCreative Versions: 23Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.28MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 06/05/18 Impressions: 272,807,309Attention Score: 92.01Attention Index: 99National Airings: 738Networks: 22Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 26Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.32MStudio: Amazon StudiosStarted Airing: 03/13/18last_img read more


New type of bioegradable nanogenerator for use inside the body does not


first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology and Beihang University, both in China, has developed a biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator for use as a life-time designed implantable power source in an animal body. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances the team describes their nanogenerator, its possible uses and the ways it can be tweaked for use in different applications. 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. Scientists have been working on developing internal devices for many years and several have been created and are now in use inside human patients—the pacemaker is the most well known. But to date, all such devices suffer from the same deficit—none run using an internal power source, which means they must rely on batteries. While batteries are convenient, they tend to run out of power, which means a patient must undergo a surgical procedure to have them replaced and surgical procedures by their very nature are risky because they open the body to possible infection. A better way, as the researchers with this new effort point out, would be to have implantable devices running off a power source that is generated inside the body, such as capturing heat or making use of the movement of blood. The new device they have created generates electricity via triboelectricity—where electricity is generated when two materials touch each other and then separate, one of the common ways that static electricity comes about.The new device consists of two strips of multi-layered material. One of the strips has a flat film outer layer, the other strip has nanometer sized protruding rods on its exterior—when the two strips meet and then pull away, a tiny amount of electricity is created. The layers are kept apart by blocks of a biodegradable polymer; electricity is generated as parts of the body moves in a way that causes the two strips to come into contact and then to pull apart—over and over.Testing of the device showed it was capable of producing a power density of 32.6 milliwatts per square meter, which they found was enough to power a neuron-stimulation device used to steer the way neurons grow. The team claims their device has paved the way for a new generation of internal devices, noting that not only is it biodegradable, but it can be tuned to self-destruct over days, months or even years. Similar devices, they note, could be made to work by utilizing the power from a person breathing or from their heart beating. Photographs from BD-TENG at various stages of the degradation time line suggest that devices encapsulated in PLGA were initially resistant to mass degradation. However, after 40 days, significant mass loss and structure disintegration was initiated. Near-total mass loss was observed at 90 days. Credit: Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501478 Journal information: Science Advances Explore furthercenter_img Citation: New type of bioegradable nanogenerator for use inside the body does not need external power source (2016, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-bioegradable-nanogenerator-body-external-power.html More information: Q. Zheng et al. Biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator as a life-time designed implantable power source, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501478AbstractTransient electronics built with degradable organic and inorganic materials is an emerging area and has shown great potential for in vivo sensors and therapeutic devices. However, most of these devices require external power sources to function, which may limit their applications for in vivo cases. We report a biodegradable triboelectric nanogenerator (BD-TENG) for in vivo biomechanical energy harvesting, which can be degraded and resorbed in an animal body after completing its work cycle without any adverse long-term effects. Tunable electrical output capabilities and degradation features were achieved by fabricated BD-TENG using different materials. When applying BD-TENG to power two complementary micrograting electrodes, a DC-pulsed electrical field was generated, and the nerve cell growth was successfully orientated, showing its feasibility for neuron-repairing process. Our work demonstrates the potential of BD-TENG as a power source for transient medical devices. © 2016 Phys.org Team builds implantable piezoelectric nanoribbon devices strong enough to power pacemaker (w/ Video)last_img read more


Supportive spouses boost wellbeing


first_imgPeople with supportive spouses may experience more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being, and better relationships, a study suggests. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US found that people with supportive spouses were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges. “We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points — such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends — matter a lot for their long-term well-being,” said Brooke Feeney, lead author of the study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers brought 163 married couples into the lab and gave one member of each couple a choice: either solve a simple puzzle, or they were given an opportunity to compete for a prize by giving a speech. They then recorded the couples’ interactions as they decided whether to take on the challenge.Participants with more encouraging partners were substantially more likely to decide to compete for the prize, while those with partners who discouraged them or expressed a lack of confidence more often chose the simple puzzle.last_img read more