first_imgSpeculations about the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar suffering yet another split were put to rest on Thursday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the NDA will contest the assembly polls next year under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Leaders of the JD(U), headed by Mr. Kumar, erupted in joy as snippets of an interview given to a news channel by Mr. Shah were beamed, capping weeks of bad blood between the two parties.“The gathbandhan (coalition) is atal (unshakeable). The NDA will contest assembly polls under the leadership of Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Nationally, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will continue to lead the coalition,” Mr. Shah was shown as having said in the interview, to be telecast later in the day.“An-ban (bickering) is a sign of a healthy coalition. But matbhed (difference of opinion) does not necessarily mean there is manbhed (mental rift),” Mr. Shah added. The statement may also came as a disappointment to the opposition Grand Alliance which had been expecting a break-up among the alliance partners in view of the fact that Mr. Kumar has served as the chief minister for three consecutive terms and the BJP — under the aggressive leadership of Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah — is planning to expand its footprints in Bihar.JD(U) national general secretary and state minister Shyam Rajak came out with a flurry of tweets thanking Mr. Shah.“I wish to thank the top leadership of BJP @AmitShah1 @narendramodi for having dispelled many doubts by speaking about fighting the next assembly polls under the leadership of @NitishKumar. It is a slap on the face of the opposition which was enjoying (the recent bickering),” he said.“Those wishing the disintegration of JD(U)-BJP alliance will disintegrate themselves since we have forged the coalition on an idea — that is to uplift 12 crore people of Bihar to which we have been devoted,” Mr. Rajak added. Disgruntled JD(U) leader Ajay Alok, who had, of late, become critical of his own party on a number of issues, also appeared sobered down as he tweeted, “Amit Shah’s statement would make the NDA rock solid and disappoint those who had other expectations. Only Nitish Kumar has the capability to further strengthen the NDA. Jai Bihar!” Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose LJP is a junior partner in the Bihar NDA, seemed to have heaved a sigh of relief as he remarked in Samastipur — where he is canvassing for his nephew Prince Raj before the by-election — “We always said there is no confusion over leadership in the NDA.”“Please go and ask the opposition what they have to say about this since all their hopes have hinged on the possibility of our disunity.” The NDA had made a clean sweep in Bihar in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, winning 39 out of 40 seats. The BJP and the LJP won 17 and six seats respectively, while the JD(U) succeeded in bagging 16 out of 17 that it had fought. Among the opposition parties, only the Congress managed to win a seat while Lalu Prasad’s RJD — which has ruled the state for over a decade and still has the highest number of MLAs — drew a blank. Shortly after the NDA’s spectacular victory in the polls, the opposition sensed an opportunity when Mr. Kumar decided against having a party representative in the Union cabinet. Add to that, JD(U)’s opposition to the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious legislations like the triple talaq bill and the one on reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir further fueled speculations of the party’s growing unease with the BJP’s ideological hard line. RJD national vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had held out an olive branch to the JD(U) chief after the elections, urging him to return to the anti-BJP front which lacked a credible leadership.Mr. Singh has, however, been snubbed on this account by Lalu Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav, leaving the veteran leader sore. He said that he expects the 29-year-old to “realize the significance of what I am saying in six months”.Recently, outbursts of Union minister Giriraj Singh — known to share cold vibes with the Bihar Chief Minister over water-logging in Patna had also triggered a war of words between state-level leaders of the BJP and the JD(U).Mr. Kumar had, however, made it clear in one of his speeches “there is nothing amiss in the coalition and those trying to create mischief will be in trouble”.last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Klopp confirms Salah back for Genk; TAA, Matip outby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will return to action against Genk on Wednesday.However, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) will miss the trip to Belgium.Klopp told the club’s website: “It’s absolutely good to have him (Salah) back.”The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”He added: “Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.”It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].”Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in.The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant program for flood risk mitigation projects. Smaller amounts would go to small business loans and to aid farmers suffering crop losses.The request followed lobbying by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pressed the White House for far more. There are sure to be attempts to add to the measure as it advances through the House and Senate.“This request does not come close to what local officials say is needed,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.Even before the measure was delivered, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate.” Cornyn worked in September to nearly double Trump’s initial request for Harvey aid and has been battling with the White House behind the scenes.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either.”She said Texas “should step up” and provide state money to the rebuilding efforts. But she said damage assessments in Puerto Rico hadn’t been completed yet and additional requests were expected.The measure arrives as lawmakers and the White House face numerous budget-related issues by year’s end, including a deadline of Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Top Capitol Hill leaders are also negotiating bipartisan spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies in hopes of passing a catchall government funding bill. They are also seeking to renew a popular program that provides health care to children from low-income families.And there’s a tax bill that is Republicans’ top priority. GOP leaders have appeared wary of tackling other budget-related issues while the tax legislation was taking shape but time is running low and coming weeks are likely to bring a burst of activity. Talks on increasing tight “caps” on agency budgets have centred on a GOP plan for a two-year, $182 billion increase that still falls short of demands by both defence hawks and Democrats seeking more for domestic programs.Rossello has requested $94 billion, including $18 billion to rebuild the island’s power grid and $31 billion for housing. The White House anticipates sending another request focused on the needs of the island territory but hasn’t indicated when that would be.“Because Hurricane Maria occurred more recently, damage assessments are ongoing,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.Mulvaney also asked lawmakers to consider $59 billion in spending cuts to pay for the aid, including $44 billion from benefit programs by extending automatic cuts known as sequestration over the 2025-2027 budget window.Texas and Florida officials also expressed disappointment. Abbott, the Texas governor, submitted a $61 billion request to Trump last month for Harvey-related damages, including ambitious requests for flood control and navigation projects. He called the White House request “completely inadequate.”The Florida congressional delegation asked for $27 billion. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement that the request “doesn’t come close to providing what is needed. People are hurting and they desperately need our help, yet this request has no money to provide housing for evacuees and barely any money for Florida’s citrus growers. That’s unacceptable.”“Congress needs to pass a more robust disaster bill that actually provides the funding needed to help people recover,” Nelson said.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress had “proven its commitment to aid those suffering from the natural disasters of the fall.” Ryan said the House would “review the request and work with the administration and members from affected states to help the victims get the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”__Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years.Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors.The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post.The maker of Viagra and the advanced breast cancer drug Ibrance has been dealing for several years with declining revenue as patents expired and generic competition began for a series of big-selling drugs, as have many other drugmakers. For Pfizer, those drugs include Viagra, blood pressure pill Norvasc and high-cholesterol pill Lipitor, which had reigned as the world’s top-selling drug for nearly a decade.The success of Ibrance, other recent cancer drugs and pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 have revenue growing again, and Pfizer shares have risen about 22 per cent so far this year.Read, who started working at Pfizer in 1978 as an auditor, spent much of his tenure as CEO trying to pull off mega-acquisitions, the strategy that had enabled Pfizer to leapfrog to the top among U.S. drugmakers. But Read failed on deals to acquire first Allergan and then AstraZeneca, primarily to be able to move Pfizer’s headquarters — just on paper — to lower-tax countries in Europe.The New York company said in July that it was again reshaping its business, this time into three units: Innovative Medicines; Established Medicines, which handles older drugs that have lost protection; and Consumer Healthcare. It said Innovative Medicines will bring in most of the company’s revenue and has strong growth potential, due partially to an aging population that will create growing demand for new medicines.A couple of weeks after announcing the business reorganization, Pfizer reported a second-quarter profit that surged 26 per cent in a performance that beat Wall Street expectations.But Pfizer drew the ire of President Donald Trump in early July when it announced price hikes for about 40 of its drugs — shortly after Trump promised without any grounds that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary price cuts by mid-June. Those cuts never came and most drugmakers have continued to hike prices, but Trump publicly shamed Pfizer on Twitter for its increases, leading the company to reverse them, but only until January at the latest.The 56-year-old Bourla just became chief operating officer in January. He also has run the drugmaker’s vaccines, oncology and consumer health care business.Read, 65, became CEO in December 2010 and has served as board chairman since 2011.When he took over, Pfizer’s share price was just $16.72, after steadily declining by more than one-third during the 4 1/2-year tenure of his predecessor, Jeffrey Kindler — a key reason Pfizer’s board forced Kindler out suddenly.On Monday, Pfizer shares climbed 20 cents to $44.27.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at, based in Trenton, covers the pharmaceutical industry. Murphy reported from Indianapolis.last_img read more

first_imgTV technology group Kudelski has named Joe Chernesky as senior vice-president of intellectual property.Chernesky will report directly to chairman and CEO André Kudelski and will lead the worldwide intellectual property business unit and related activities for the group.Chernesky was previously vice-president and general manager of global licensing sales at Intellectual Ventures, a global invention capital company.last_img

first_imgSky Deutschland has secured the live broadcasting rights for the UEFA Europa League up to and including the 2017/18 season.The new rights deal becomes effective as of the 2015/16 season and includes TV broadcasting rights, as well as the rights for internet, IPTV, and mobile use in Germany and Austria.Sky Deutschland also has the rights for UEFA Champions League and will continue to exclusively show all the matches of the German and Austrian football teams.“We are convinced that the recent great results of the German teams in the international club competitions will further increase the attractiveness of the UEFA Europa League. With the long-term extension of the rights, football fans in Germany and Austria can rely on Sky remaining the Home of European top football in future,” said Carsten Schmidt, Sky Deutschland’s chief officer sports, advertising sales and internet.last_img read more

first_imgSony has added 3D movie support to PlayStation VR in the latest software update for its PlayStation 4 games console.Sony said in a blog post that version 4.50 of the PS4 system software will let users watch 3D Blu-rays via PlayStation VR, with the addition of stereoscopic 3D support.The update also adds external hard disk drive (HDD) support to the console, so that users can plug USB 3.0 HDDs of up to 8TB in size into their PS4 to store additional content.last_img

first_imgEuropean and US telcos are experiencing contrasting fortunes, with Europe’s players seeing prices rising thanks to their ability to sell converged bundles of TV, broadband and telephony while US operators suffer from increasing wireless competition, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s.According to a report on the sector by Moody’s US telcos’ revenue growth will slow and free cash flow will decline this year, while European telcos will see sustained growth after a period of decline.“US telcos’ revenue growth will slow and free cash flow drop by 2% in 2017 as price pressures intensify with the proliferation of wireless unlimited price plans and ongoing challenges in the wireline segment. In Europe, however, telcos look set to enjoy a sustained period of growth into 2018 after several years of decline with revenues expected to climb by up to 1.5% as consumer spending strengthens and high-speed data demand grows,” said Carlos Winzer, senior vice-president at Moody’s.According to the report, Telecommunications – Europe and US: Divided by an Ocean and a Cycle, market consolidation is likely to happen both in the US and Europe as players seek to consolidate or diversify to secure cash-flow growth in a mature market. Moody’s predicts consolidation between wireless, wireline and cable operators in Europe, but points out that this will take time due to regulatory constraints and limited financial strength.While European telcos need to prioritise paying down their debts in the wake of the downturn, US telcos have also accumulated large debts after a period of easy credit and are likely to enter a phase of prolonged contraction in cash flow and deteriorating credit metrics, according to the report.last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 28 2018Incorporating genetic diversity into a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease resulted in greater overlap with the genetic, molecular and clinical features of this pervasive human disease, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study also suggests that adding genetic diversity may be key to improving the predictive power of studies using mouse models and increasing their usability for precision medicine research for Alzheimer’s. This research comes out of the newly established Resilience-Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium (Resilience-AD) and was published online Dec. 27, 2018 in the journal Neuron.”This is the first study to show that you can replicate many of the molecular features of Alzheimer’s disease in a genetically diverse mouse model,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “It points to a strategy for better use of mouse models for precision medicine research–both basic and translational–for Alzheimer’s disease.”Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out simple tasks. As many as 5.5 million Americans age 65 and older are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.A key tool among the multiple efforts to find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s, mouse models allow researchers to explore genetic, molecular and even behavioral aspects of disease that can’t be done in humans. The researchers, led by Catherine C. Kaczorowski, Ph.D., an associate professor and Evnin Family Chair in Alzheimer’s Research at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, and her graduate student, first author Sarah Neuner, noted that mouse models with Alzheimer’s mutations are important for defining high-risk as well as protective genes and disease mechanisms, and to efficiently test new potential interventions and therapeutics.In this study, the researchers tested the idea that including more real-world genetic variation into a mouse model of Alzheimer’s would improve the translatability of the model–meaning that findings would be more likely to parallel the many complex features of the human disease. To do this, they combined a well-established mouse model of familial Alzheimer’s (5XFAD) with a genetically diverse set of mice. All members of this family of transgenic mice therefore carry the high-risk human familial Alzheimer’s genes but otherwise have very different genetic make-up. The detailed analysis of this new panel of mice (referred collectively as AD-BXD), showed a high degree of overlap with the genetic, molecular, pathologic and cognitive features of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, in the presence of identical Alzheimer’s risk genes, the differences in genetic background led to profound differences in the onset and severity of the pathologic and cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchThrough a series of comparative analyses, the research team also discovered that one mouse strain, C57BL/6J, commonly used to generate Alzheimer’s transgenic mouse models, harbors resilience factors that lessen the impact of Alzheimer’s risk factor genes. This new finding has two important implications. First, it suggests that Alzheimer’s mouse models with this genetic background may not be suitable for testing of novel therapeutic agents and may explain the poor predictive power of drug screening studies using the current Alzheimer’s transgenic mouse models. Second, by using the AD-BXD panel, the protective genes from the C57BL/6J strain and their mechanisms can be precisely identified leading to new candidate targets for Alzheimer’s prevention.The authors noted that the AD-BXD panel represents a new tool for better understanding the heterogeneous nature of normal aging and Alzheimer’s, and for precisely identifying molecular factors that lead to resilience to genetic and environmental disease risk factors.”The ability to model genetic diversity and its impact on multiple aspects of disease risk and resilience in transgenic mice in a robust and reproducible way will enable the research community to learn a lot more about the complex nature of Alzheimer’s a lot faster,” said Suzana Petanceska, Ph.D., program director in the NIA Division of Neuroscience, who oversees the Resilience-AD program. “This new resource adds to the series of new NIA/NIH programs generating data, analytical and research tools needed to enable more efficient and predictive drug development for Alzheimer’s.”Kaczorowski’s team is one of 10 multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams supported through the Resilience-AD program, one of a series of NIA-supported open-science consortia. Resilience-AD, launched in 2017, aims to address why and how some individuals remain dementia-free despite being at high genetic or biomarker risk of Alzheimer’s. The program was developed to generate deeper mechanistic understanding of how genetic and environmental factors interact and lead to cognitive resilience in individuals who are at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease and to identify novel therapeutic targets for pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic prevention strategies.​last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019A frontline chemotherapy drug given to patients with pancreatic cancer is made less effective because similar compounds released by tumor-associated immune cells block the drug’s action, research led by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center found.The chemotherapy drug gemcitabine is an anti-metabolite. It’s similar to normal metabolites taken up by the cell, but once inside it kills the cell by disrupting its functions — like a Trojan horse. In pancreatic cancer, tumor immune cells release metabolites that are nearly identical to gemcitabine, and these block the activity of the drug in malignant cells, the researchers found.These insights could be used to predict which patients will respond to gemcitabine therapy, as well as shed new light on other types of cancer where immune cells may be playing an important role in resistance to chemotherapy, according to findings published recently in Cell Metabolism.”Why does gemcitabine work pretty well in some cancers but not in pancreatic cancer, that’s the big question my lab was trying to answer,” says study senior author Costas Lyssiotis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the U-M Medical School.Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal types of cancer. It’s typically aggressive and doesn’t respond well to traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatments. And although progress has been made in recent years, five-year survival rates are still in the single digits.”Malignant cells often only make up about 10 percent of a tumor,” says study first author Christopher J. Halbrook, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Lyssiotis lab. “The remaining 90 percent are other types of cells that support the growth of that tumor — like structural cells, vasculature, and immune cells. Our work has been focused on the interaction between malignant cells and immune cells.”Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerLarge contingents of immune cells known as macrophages are often found in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most prevalent type of pancreatic cancer. And while macrophages were known to prevent the activity of gemcitabine chemotherapy, exactly how the immune cells did this had been unclear.Lyssiotis and his collaborators at U-M and in Scotland investigated the interaction between malignant cells and tumor-associated macrophages, finding the immune cells released a host of compounds known as pyrimidines, which are metabolized by the malignant cells.One of these compounds, deoxycytidine, has a chemical structure that’s very similar to gemcitabine and directly blocks the activity of the chemotherapy drug in the malignant cells.”Deoxycytidine basically outcompetes gemcitabine,” Lyssiotis says, adding that the physiological reason underlying the immune cells’ release of the pyrimidines is still unclear.After genetically and pharmacologically depleting the number of tumor-associated macrophages in mouse models, the team showed that the tumors were less resistant to gemcitabine — offering a clue toward potentially making patients’ tumors more responsive to chemotherapy.The researchers also looked at data from patients with pancreatic cancer and found that patients whose tumors had fewer macrophages had responded better to treatment.”When we think of personalized medicine, we often think about what’s going inside of the malignant cells, what specific genetic mutations a patient’s tumor may have,” Lyssiotis says. “In our case, we’re thinking about, ‘What does this tumor look like as a whole? What does its ecosystem of cells look like?’ And hopefully we can use an understanding of the interaction between different types of cells to develop new approaches to treatment.” Source: read more

Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the offices in central London, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Cambridge Analytica, has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) The offices of Cambridge Analytica (CA) in central London, after it was announced that Britain’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s computer servers, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Denham said Tuesday that she is using all her legal powers to investigate Facebook and political campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica over the alleged misuse of millions of people’s data. Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA via AP) “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting. We ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” Nix said during a secretly recorded meeting with the undercover Channel 4 News reporter.The broadcaster aired the comments as Cambridge Analytica’s board of directors announced Nix’s immediate suspension pending an independent investigation.The board cited recent allegations by a former employee that the firm improperly used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts to help Trump , as well as unguarded comments Nix made during his meeting with the journalist he thought was a client.British officials are investigating Cambridge Analytica for its handling of personal data. The company has denied wrongdoing.The Channel 4 reporter posed as a wealthy potential client interested in hiring Cambridge Analytica to influence campaigns in Sri Lanka. Nix claimed to have met Trump “many times,” but did not provide details.As part of a sales pitch, Nix said the firm sent emails with a “self-destruct timer” during the Trump campaign to make its role more difficult to trace. Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the offices in central London, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Cambridge Analytica, has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) UK seeking warrant to access Cambridge Analytica servers (Update) Citation: Cambridge Analytica: We designed Trump campaign strategy (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Channel 4 also quoted Mark Turnbull, another senior figure at Cambridge Analytica, as saying the company could create “proxy organizations” to feed negative material about opposition candidates onto the internet and social media.Turnball said “charities or activist groups” were useful for such a purpose. The unflattering material could be spread through the internet, but without branding or other identifiers that could be traced back Cambridge Analytica.The company said it has complied with all regulations and is cooperating with British information officials. Chief Executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA) Alexander Nix, leaves the offices in central London, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Cambridge Analytica, has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) 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. The chief executive of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica told a reporter posing as a potential client that his company played a big role in getting Donald Trump elected, a British news program revealed Tuesday. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. “So you send them and after they’ve been read, two hours later, they disappear,” the broadcaster recorded him saying. “There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing.”He also said U.S. officials would not investigate his foreign clients because “they have no jurisdiction.”In another segment from its undercover investigation broadcast Monday, Channel 4 News showed Nix suggesting the company could tarnish political rivals by offering them large amounts of money or tempting them into compromising sexual situations. He suggested incriminating videos could be posted on the internet.He responded by saying he was the victim of media harassment and has denied misleading British authorities or inappropriate information. Explore further read more

first_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they’re planning a trip. Lyft to bring autonomous rides to Boston with partnership Citation: Lyft offers electric vehicle options for riders, drivers (2019, February 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from The ride-hailing company is launching the feature first in Seattle and then in other cities. The option will show up when passengers are choosing between available Lyft vehicles and it will not cost more for riders than traveling in a car with an internal combustion engine.Lyft is also rolling out electric vehicles in Seattle and Atlanta in the fleet of cars that it rents to Lyft drivers who don’t own their own vehicles.The company met with driver and rider groups in the Pacific Northwest and “the number one thing on the list for passengers and for drivers was green vehicles,” said Jon McNeill, chief operating officer of Lyft.”The cost per mile for an electric is half that of a gas car, and so as we were working on this further, we said this is an excellent way to bring down cost for drivers,” McNeill said.Seattle also has more drivers of electric and hybrid cars than other markets, and Lyft has “tens of thousands” of drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles nationwide, McNeill said, declining to release more specific numbers. “It’s a significant portion of our fleet, and we want to make it a very significant part over time,” he added.Asked whether there are enough green vehicle drivers for customers to reliably have the option, McNeill said that given the density of electric and hybrid vehicle drivers in Seattle, he is not concerned.”It will be interesting to see from a consumer perspective, if you want to be picked up by an electric vehicle, what if the wait’s 10 minutes longer? Because not everyone’s going to be driving one of those,” said Steven Polzin, program director for mobility policy research at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research.Seattle has policies that encourage shared mobility and the city has worked hard to discourage ownership of single occupancy vehicles, said Sharon Feigon, executive director of the Shared Use Mobility Center. “I would think this helps encourage demand (for electric vehicles),” Feigon said.The move comes as Lyft prepares to go public sometime this year.Uber, which is also preparing for an IPO, launched a feature in June that lets passengers know if they are riding in an electric vehicle. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

first_imgStudents of Osmania University demand jobs, filling up of teacher’s posts SHARE SHARE EMAIL universities and colleges COMMENTS Published on November 26, 2018 COMMENT Osmania University’s Arts College   –  KVS GIRI employment regional elections Telangana SHARE “We want jobs. Where are the promised jobs Mr Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao?” These were slogans students raised when they saw a senior politician/Minister of the ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) on the campus of Osmania University.It has been four and a half years since Telangana became a separate State and KCR promised one lakh jobs. We are still hearing about the notifications and the selection process for the teachers’ jobs, grumbled a group of hopefuls.The University, which turned 100 in 2018, went through an agonising, lacklustre centenary and was in a state of Cold War with the Chief Minister, losing out on hosting the prestigious Indian Science Congress and getting a pittance out of the ₹200-crore promised for the development.During 2009-14 the sprawling campus was turned into a fortress by the police, as the highly charged and motivated student community breathed fire into the separate-statehood movement during 2009-14. It was the hub of political activity.But in the last few months, as the KCR government pushed Telangana into an early election, the University seems uncharacteristically subdued. Police posts are visible, but the energy in the student groups appears dissipated and is reflected in isolated groups of protests and demands, mostly reactive as security is making it difficult, complained students.The Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali said the government is serious on providing jobs to students but needs more time. The process is on and opportunities in the private sector are also being explored.The Minister’s comment elicited a sharp response from Madhu Yaski Goud, a Congress leader and one of the national secretaries. The KCR government is not bothered about the students’ future, their sacrifices for the Telangana struggle.. Instead, it is targeting them and is pushing the University into a deeper crisis. Neither has the University received the deserved funding nor the support to grow, especially in the centenary year, he criticised.Political mileageWhile the issue of employment continues to simmer, the TRS has provided a political opportunity to the University leaders during the agitation. Balka Suman, a PhD student of English, became an MP from Pedhapalli in Karimnagar. Two others — Pidamarthi Ravi and G Kishore unsuccessfully contested from Sattupalli in Khammam district and Thungathurthi in Nalgonda.The party has been encouraging youth leaders from the University with roles.It made C Rakesh, Chairman of the Technical Services Corporation and E Anjaneyulu Gowd a member of the BC Commission, in addition to Ravi in the SC Corporation, said Kondal, the TRS youth-wing leader from the University.He said the government made attempts to provide jobs but hurdles and delays have resulted in discontent among the student community. The major employment providers such as the Group 2 services notification landed in litigation while in the case of the DSC it got delayed. A few hundred students got recruited in the police force, where the TRS government did maximum recruitment of over 19,000, he added.For the December 7 elections, the TRS has again given tickets to all the three candidates with Suman shifting from the Parliament to the Assembly. On the other hand, major parties such as Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have given nothing. The BJP has fielded Kalyan from Devarakonda. Rahul Gandhi, AICC president met student leaders twice — Delhi in 2017 and in August in in Hyderabad.Universities ScenarioThe teaching, research and education in the universities in Telangana, especially in the best and the oldest Osmania University, can be described as pathetic. While at least half a dozen new universities have been created since 2014, the KCR government has not made a single recruitment in the Osmania and Kakatiya Universities, both played a crucial role in the agitation.Against the sanctioned strength of 1,294 permanent teaching staff for the Osmania University, the number has dwindled to just 494 . “The Stategovernment has not made a single recruitment since 2014 and the University is making do with part time/contract-based teachers,” said Satyanarayana Battu, president of the OU Teachers Association..The last recruitment for 170 posts were made in 2013. Similarly, the Kakatiya University, Warangal, with a sanctioned staff of 390 runs on just 140 regular teachers. The University Grants Commission (UGC) norms prescribe that the part-time/contract staff percentage should not exceed 10 per cent, but the government doesn’t seem bothered at all, said the, Association.With neither jobs for graduates nor recruitments to vacant posts happening, it does not require much study to understand which way the quality of higher education, research and skill sets in the youngest State of the nation is heading.last_img read more

first_img Tennis 17h ago Vintage Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final Related News Tennis 16h ago Ageless Federer enjoys turning the tables on great foe Nadal LONDON (Reuters) – Rewarding as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month’s French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission.In the end, however, it became mission impossible as he lost to inspired Roger Federer in Friday’s blockbuster semi-final.Not since 2010, two years after his epic final triumph over Federer proved the king of clay had mastered grass, has the Spaniard been the last man standing at Wimbledon.Since that win over Tomas Berdych it has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Mallorcan. AdChoices广告After losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has never contested a title decider on Centre Court, suffering shock losses to the likes of Lukas Rosol, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller, not to mention Nick Kyrgios.Last year he was close, losing an epic semi to Djokovic when victory would have left him facing an exhausted Kevin Anderson in the final — a virtual open goal.This year Nadal was irritated by being dropped to three in the seedings for this year’s tournament, despite being ranked two — meaning he would likely have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to get his hands back on the Challenge Cup.That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fuelled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.Most observers marked him down as favourite against eight-time champion Federer — especially with a 24-15 career record, a 10-3 advantage in Grand Slam play and a 4-0 record in semi-finals at the majors.But Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.FRUSTRATIONWith Djokovic awaiting in the final it would have still been a tall order for Nadal to claim his third Wimbledon crown and move to 19 Grand Slams in total — one behind Federer.At 33, Nadal knows he may not get many more chances and he could not hide his frustration on Friday.”I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam. Just have to accept that was not my day,” he said.”I played a great event. Today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever. Last year I had chances. I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win one more time here.”Nadal admitted he was disappointed with his performance, despite playing his part in some spellbinding passages of play.”I didn’t play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserves it,” Nadal said of only his fourth loss in 14 Grand Slam clashes with Federer.”He was doing a lot of things well. Honestly, I didn’t have the great feelings that I had the other days. I was not able to open the court as the other days.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Tennis 2d ago After 11 years, Federer and Nadal renew Wimbledon rivalry Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more