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first_imgBy PTI |Washington | Published: July 16, 2019 11:42:22 am US says cryptocurrency a national security issue US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Reuters File Photo)The Trump administration has came out openly against cryptocurrencies, asserting that bitcoin had been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cyber crime, tax evasion and ransomware. Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Related News Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency needs deep thought and detail: UK regulator That being said, with respect to Facebook’s Libra and other developments in cryptocurrencies, our overriding goal is to maintain the integrity of our financial system and protect it from abuse,” Mnuchin said.In an apparent suggestion to Americans not to invest in cryptocurrencies, Mnuchin said they should be clear why they were investing in them.“There’s a lot of good things to invest in, obviously, we know about, but you know, our number one issue is that one, we don’t want bad actors using cryptocurrencies, and that’s our number one issue,” he said. “I think to a large extent; these crypto currencies have been dominated by illicit activities as backup speculation. We’ll make sure that the general public and investors understand what they’re investing in and, whether it’s the SEC or other regulators, there’s proper disclosures,” he added “This is indeed a national security issue,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at a hurriedly-convened news conference at the White House on Monday.Mnuchin’s serious concerns regarding the growing misuse of virtual currencies by money launderers, terrorist financiers, and other bad players, comes days ahead of representatives of Facebook will go to the Capitol Hill to discuss the proposal for its recently-announced cryptocurrency, Libra.India, meanwhile, has throughout maintained that cryptocurrencies were illegal and it did not recognise such activities. Best Of Express Advertising More Explained Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file Advertising The Treasury Department has expressed very serious concerns that Libra could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers.Cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, had been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, human trafficking, Mnuchin said. “Many players have attempted to use cryptocurrencies to fund their malign behaviour. This is indeed a national security issue.”Asserting that the United States had been at the forefront of regulating entities that provide cryptocurrency, Mnuchin said the administration would not allow digital asset service providers to operate in the shadows and would not tolerate the use of the cryptocurrencies in support of illicit activities.“Treasury has been very clear to Facebook, bitcoin users, and other providers of digital financial services that they must implement the same anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism, known as AML CFT safeguards, as traditional financial institutions,” he said. Advertising Digital currency in India? Government examining pros and cons Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Facebook should not be trusted with ‘crazy’ cryptocurrency plan – US senators Post Comment(s) ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Given the international nature of cryptocurrencies, the official said the US was also going to great lengths to ensure that effective regulation does not stop here at the US border.Last month, led by the United States, the Financial Action Task Force, known as FATF, the global standard setter for AML CFT, adopted comprehensive measures on how countries must regulate and supervise activities and providers in this space.This was a major step towards harmonising international regulations concerning crypto currencies, he said.“We have also had extensive work at the G20, and I will be addressing this again this week at the G7 finance ministers in France. To be clear, the US welcomes responsible innovation, including new technologies that may improve the efficiency of the financial system and expand access to financial services.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 3 2018As we age, we tend to develop a number of chronic health conditions and concerns. Often, managing health problems can mean that older adults may take many different medications. When older adults take five or more medicines (a scenario health experts call “polypharmacy”, it can increase the risk of harmful side effects.Polypharmacy can contribute to serious problems including falls, disability, and hospitalizations. Taking more than five medications is especially common among older adults with heart failure, which is the leading cause of hospitalization for people age 65 and older. Doctors often prescribe several different drugs to improve heart failure, but this can increase your risk of harmful side effects and interactions between your medications. Older adults who have trouble performing routine daily activities are at a particularly high risk for the negative effects of taking a large number of medications.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockSmoking triples the risk of death from cardiovascular diseaseIn a new study, researchers examined whether limitations in older adults’ abilities to perform their routine daily activities were linked to taking multiple medications for heart failure. They published their study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.The researchers examined data from 2003-2014 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They looked at whether limitations in performing routine daily activities were linked to the number of drugs taken by people aged 50 and older with heart failure.People in the study (most of whom were around age 70) had multiple chronic conditions, which included high blood pressure, diabetes, anemia, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, coronary artery disease, prior heart attack, prior stroke, thyroid disease, liver disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, dialysis, high cholesterol, and arthritis. They were also considered to be frail. People who are frail can be weak, have less endurance, feel exhausted, and be less able to function well.Nearly 25 percent of the people in the study had trouble thinking and making decisions (also known as cognitive impairment). Cognitive difficulties were more common among people who also had problems performing their routine daily activities.In the study, 74 percent of the participants took five or more medications. People who had difficulty performing their daily activities took more medications and were more likely to take more than five medications compared to people who didn’t have trouble performing their routine daily activities.The authors suggested that health care providers might not be taking limitations in performing routine daily activities into account when prescribing drugs for people with heart failure. This may unnecessarily expose older people with heart failure to a higher risk of harmful side effects associated with their prescriptions. Source: read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 17 2019Researchers from the Catalonian Institute of Bioengineering (Instituto de Bioingeniería de Cataluña) and the Seville Chemical Research Institute (Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas de Sevilla) have described a new method for the transmission of electrons between proteins that refutes the evidence from experiments until now. This process, involved in the generation of energy in both animal and plant cells, will permit better understanding of the behavior of proteins in the cells, as well as giving a deeper understanding of the energy dysfunctions that cause diseases.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseHighlights and key takeaways from the 2019 Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM)The production of energy inside living cells is fundamental to correct metabolic function. For that reason, specialized organelles exist that are called chloroplasts in plant cells and mitochondria in animal cells. In these, plants transform the energy of the sun into useful chemical energy – in a process known as photosynthesis – and animals combust food with oxygen from the air to use the energy released during breathing.Both processes involve the transfer of electrons between specialised proteins. For that, it is necessary to have physical contact between them and the consequent formation of a transitory intermediate state to establish the route of transfer. For years, this has been the central dogma in the study of metabolic energy in biology, until the results of a joint project featuring researchers from the Catalonian Institute of Bioengineering, led by the teacher Pau Gorostiza, and the Seville Chemical Research Institute, led by Irene Díaz Moreno and Miguel ángel de la Rosa. This project has managed to show that proteins in aqueous solution can transfer electrons large distances, without the need for direct contact between them, which contradicts the experimental evidence available until now.The finding, published in the review Nature Communications, makes it possible to explain not only the high speed of transfer of electrons, but also the high rates of replacement and efficiency that exist between proteins in chloroplasts and mitochondria. The discovery allows, also, for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that govern the production of energy in biology and, as a result, in the molecular bases of the energy dysfunctions that cause diseases. last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 10 2019A new study funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Navy finds that veterans and service members with a history of combat-related mild traumatic brain injury–compared with those in a control group–have much higher levels of abnormally fast brain waves in a region that plays a key role in consciousness.The findings appeared in the journal Cerebral Cortex in May 2019.Using a neuroimaging process called MEG, the researchers concluded that the fast, or high-frequency, gamma waves were “markedly elevated” in two of the four lobes of the cerebral cortex: the pre-frontal and posterior parietal lobes. Those two lobes affect reasoning, organization, planning, execution, attention, and problem-solving.Dr. Mingxiong Huang, a physicist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, led the study. He’s done a series of papers on brain activity in relation to mild TBI and PTSD and is one of VA’s leading investigators using MEG. The neuroimaging tool can detect abnormal waves in specific areas of the brain.MEG stands for magnetoencephalography. A MEG scanner records magnetic fields created by electrical currents in the brain.Huang says the abnormally fast gamma waves could cause poorer cognitive functioning.”The widespread nature and magnitude of the elevated gamma activity in the mild TBI participants was beyond our original expectations,” he says. “We expected more subtle elevation. The marked elevation suggests there is widespread and pronounced injury in neurons of the central nervous system that play a key role in brain circuitry and activity. This finding offers a new and exciting tool for directly assessing the dysfunctional neurons in people with mild TBI and may explain many of their clinical symptoms and cognitive deficits.”Brain waves are produced by masses of neurons that communicate with each other. Gamma waves are the fastest of brain waves and relate to the simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma waves measure between 30 and 80 hertz, with approximately 40 hertz being typical in humans. Hertz, or Hz, is the metric unit of frequency and equals one cycle per second.Beta waves dominate one’s waking state of consciousness, when attention is directed toward cognitive tasks. Alpha waves are present during quietly flowing thoughts. Theta waves occur most often in sleep when one is dreaming. Finally, delta waves are slow brain waves that are generated in deep meditation and dreamless sleep.Huang was also surprised that brain wave activity was lower in the participants with mild TBI in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is central to the pathology of mood and anxiety disorders. That region is also critical for controlling activity in the amygdala, which processes such emotions as fear, anxiety, and aggression.”We expected to instead see hyperactivity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex of those with mild TBI,” says Huang, who is also a professor in the department of radiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). “This indicates that injury to neurons that transmit impulses between other neurons can also lead to decreases in spontaneous activity in brain waves. This suggests that there were severe injuries to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex.”This is the first study, Huang says, to show that mild combat-related head injuries are likely to result in abnormally high levels of gamma waves in people with chronic mild TBI. The reduced brain activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is also a new finding, he says.Traumatic brain injury is the signature injury from the post-9-11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center estimate that 22% of combat casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan involve TBIs, most of which are mild in severity. Mild TBIs are also called concussions.TBI symptoms include headaches, irritability, sleep disorders, memory lapses, slower thinking, and depression.In recent years, Huang and other MEG researchers have learned that the brains of people with mild TBI generate abnormal slow waves. His latest study expands the knowledge of abnormality to fast gamma waves in people with mild TBI. MEG imaging is a promising marker for detecting specific regions of the brain that are impaired by a mild TBI, with an 85% accuracy rate. More conventional imaging tools, such as a CT scan or structural MRI, have an accuracy rate of only about 5% in detecting mild TBI.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk”This makes MEG a good functional imaging technique not only for assisting in the diagnosis of mild TBI, but also for assessing the efficiency of mild TBI treatments, such as drugs,” Huang says.However, MEG-based studies are rare, most likely because only 20 to 30 MEG scanners are available in the United States. In addition to VA San Diego, VA medical centers in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have performed MEG research.Recent animal studies have showed that injury to neurons that play a key role in brain circuitry and activity led to abnormal increases in fast brain waves. Thus, Huang and his team believed that by detecting spontaneous hyperactivity in fast brain waves, they could assess the level of injury to brain circuitry. The latter may be directly related to cognitive deficits, he notes.In the study, 25 of the participants were active-duty military or veterans who had fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. They had all sustained at least one mild TBI that resulted in persistent post-concussive symptoms for an average of 20 months. The control group included 35 people with combat experience but with no notable history of concussions.All of the participants were in a resting state during the MEG recordings, which were conducted at UCSD. At the same time, the scientists made major efforts to ensure that the participants were alert. Being drowsy, Huang says, could reduce the high frequency gamma activity and thus lower the sensitivity of the MEG measurements.Huang and his colleagues plan to expand this research from a group comparison to a single-subject-based approach. That will call for using resting-state MEG procedures to investigate where the abnormal gamma waves emanate from in each person with mild TBI. For a person with mild TBI, the abnormal waves may be from just one or two lobes in the cerebral cortex, not from all four, he says.”To achieve this, we’ll need to study more people in both the mild TBI and healthy control groups,” he says.The findings from his most recent study, he says, can be used to help with brain stimulation techniques as a therapy for mild TBI, such as transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Results from the study suggest that effective targets for TES and TMS treatments are likely to be the pre-frontal cortex and posterior parietal cortex.Huang and his team are currently working with two TES companies to gain approval of their brain stimulation instruments by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Dr. David Cifu is the principal investigator at the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, a joint project of VA and the Department of Defense that researches the impact of combat blasts on the human brain. He believes Huang’s findings should be further explored over a long period with many participants.”Dr. Huang and his research group have a history of identifying reasons for persistent symptoms from combat-associated concussions,” Cifu says. “Their most recent study sheds light on another potential cause for increased resting-state gamma activity. While several factors in both the control and concussed groups need to be more fully evaluated, such as the lifetime history of concussions, substance or alcohol use, and mental illness, this is an important observation that should be assessed in a large, longitudinal cohort using a more rigorous approach. That includes blinding the MEG analyzers to the participants’ histories and repeating the MEG procedure at least two times, three to six months apart. I look forward to seeing the findings from this work.”last_img read more

first_imgRelated StoriesHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyProteins such as p53 belong to a specific group, called intrinsically disordered proteins. They are in the focus of the new research training group at MLU. “These proteins are particularly difficult to investigate as they do not possess a defined structure and interact differently with different binding partners,” Sinz explains. However, a detailed knowledge of a protein’s structure is required to understand its function. Therefore, the aim of the new research training group is to unravel the structures and functions of these elusive proteins using state-of-the-art analytical techniques. In eleven subprojects, the PhD students will focus on different aspects of intrinsically disordered proteins, ranging from the development of novel analytical methods to the functional understanding of individual proteins and protein complexes and their roles in the development of diseases. One subproject also aims at developing novel compounds that influence the interactions of an important signaling protein in the human body. So-called RNA-binding proteins, playing a crucial role in oncogenic pathways, are also in the focus of cancer researchers at MLU. The projects combine modern techniques, such as cross-linking/mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, and computer-based structural biology, for the in-depth investigation of intrinsically disordered proteins and their complexes. In many tumors, p53 is mutated and is no longer able to correctly exert its functions.”Professor Andrea Sinz, a Pharmacist at MLU and Spokesperson of the New RTG Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019A new research training group will start conducting research on proteins at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in June 2019. Its research will focus on a specific class of proteins that is responsible for conducting many important functions in the human body and is also involved in the development of major diseases. The research training group (RTG) 2467 “Intrinsically Disordered Proteins – Molecular Principles, Cellular Functions, and Diseases” will receive about four million euros in funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).Proteins are key players in the human body. They are essential building blocks of all human cells and control vital processes. Their malfunctioning is associated with the development of severe diseases, such as cancer. One example is the protein p53 that is often referred to as the “guardian of the genome”. In case the genetic material of a cell gets damaged, p53 activates specific genes that are involved in apoptosis or DNA repair.center_img Source:Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberglast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 3 2019You could call this a neat discovery. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that a tissue-specific, non-coding RNA called NEAT1 has a major, previously undescribed role in memory formation. The findings are presented in a paper published in Science Signaling on July 2.We have long known that DNA contains the instructions -; or the code -; that gives cells the genetic information they need to build and maintain an organism, much as the letters of the alphabet are the code used to make words. RNA is the messenger that transmits the code to individual cells in the form of proteins. However, there are also non-coding RNAs, which do carry instructions to a cell without coding for proteins and whose role -; if any -; has been poorly understood. Recently, science has come to understand that non-coding RNA may play a more important role than originally believed. NEAT1 is a tissue-specific, non-coding RNA found in the hippocampus region of the brain. This brain region is most associated with learning and memory. While it has some association with cancer in other parts of the body, we have discovered that, in the hippocampus, NEAT1 appears to regulate memory formation.”Farah Lubin, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and primary investigator of the study Lubin says that, when NEAT1 is on, or active, we do not learn as well. But when presented with an outside learning experience, it turns off, allowing the brain to learn from the outside stimulus. She uses a car analogy. The engine might be running; but when the brakes are on, the car does not move. You have to take off the brakes and hit the gas to get the car to move.”NEAT1 is the brake: When it is on, we aren’t learning, at least not as much as we might with it off,” Lubin said. “In a younger brain, when presented with stimulus that promotes learning, NEAT1 turns off. Since one of the hallmarks of aging is a decline in memory, we wondered if NEAT1 was implicated in that decline.”Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionLubin says one of the genes that NEAT1 acts upon is c-FOS, which is necessary for memory formation. In an aging brain, NEAT1 is on more than it is in a younger brain, interfering with the epigenetic regulation of c-FOS, which disrupts its memory functions.Using siRNA techniques in a mouse model, Lubin’s team was able to turn off NEAT1 in older mice. With NEAT1 off, the mice demonstrated normal abilities in learning and memory.The next step was to change the level of NEAT1 in younger mice, using CRISPR/dCas9 gene-activation technology. Boosting the presence of NEAT1 in younger mice caused a decline in their ability to learn and remember.”Turning NEAT1 off in older animals boosted memory, while increasing NEAT1 in younger animals diminished memory,” Lubin said. “This gives us very strong evidence that NEAT1 and its effects on the epigenetic control of c-FOS are one of the keys to memory formation. These are significant findings, for not only did we find a novel epigenetic initiator and regulator, we identified a new role for the NEAT1 non-coding RNA. This sets the stage for more research into the potential roles played by other non-coding RNAs.”Lubin says further research should also examine the potential of using the same CRISPR/dCas9 technology to ultimately prevent NEAT1 overexpression in older humans to help boost memory formation. The goal is to find ways to enhance memory due to aging or conditions with memory deficits, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health, one of the National Institutes of Health. Co-authors on the study were Anderson A. Butler, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrated Biology; and Daniel R. Johnston and Simranjit Kaur from the UAB undergraduate neuroscience program. Source:University of Alabama at BirminghamJournal reference:Butler, A.A. et al. (2019) Long noncoding RNA NEAT1 mediates neuronal histone methylation and age-related memory impairment. Science Signaling. read more

Google takes aim at Snapchat Google launched its own “stories” format Tuesday to compete with Snapchat and Instagram with image-driven news articles aimed at mobile phone and tablet users. Google expands speedy news page program © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: Google takes on Snapchat with its own ‘Stories’ format (2018, February 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Content for its “AMP stories” initially comes from outlets like CNN, The Washington Post, Conde Nast, Wired and US People magazine, and is designed to load much faster on mobile devices than conventional articles and videos.”On mobile devices, users browse lots of articles, but engage with few in-depth,” said Rudy Galfi, who is heading the drive at Google.”Images, videos and graphics help get readers’ attention as quickly as possible and keep them engaged through immersive and easily consumable visual information,” he added.”AMP stories” articles fill the screen and are image and video led. Users can tap on the home screen to read further or simply swipe to the next article.Google claims the format, which it is opening up to software developers, gives “novel ways to tell immersive stories” without the “prohibitively high start-up costs, particularly for small publishers”. It was developed with major US media outlets and can also be read on a computer, although its promoters said the immersive effect is better on mobiles.”AMP stories aim to make the production of stories as easy as possible from a technical perspective,” Google said.”The mobile web is great for distributing and sharing content, but mastering performance can be tricky,” it added.But AMP Stories give “gives great editorial freedom to content creators,” it claimed.Snapchat, Instagram and particularly Facebook have all heavily used their own stories formats for full-screen displays of content.Google said it eventually plans to bring “AMP stories to more products across Google, and expand the ways they appear in Google Search.” 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. read more

This 2010 US Air Force file photo shows an X-51A WaveRider hypersonic flight test vehicle under the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress during testing The US Air Force is awarding almost $1 billion to Lockheed Martin to design and develop a hypersonic missile that can be launched from a warplane. © 2018 AFP China to build ‘world’s fastest’ wind tunnel Citation: US Air Force awards nearly $1 bn for hypersonic missile (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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 contract follows repeated warnings from senior defense officials about rapid advances by China and Russia in the field of hypersonic weaponry, where missiles can fly at many times the speed of sound and dodge missile-defense systems.In a statement late Wednesday, the Pentagon said Lockheed will receive up to $928 million to build the new, non-nuclear missile it is calling the “hypersonic conventional strike weapon.””This contract provides for the design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and aircraft integration support of all the elements of a hypersonic, conventional, air-launched, stand-off weapon,” the statement read.On Thursday, Mike Griffin, the Pentagon’s new defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said China had built “a pretty mature system” for a hypersonic missile to strike from thousands of kilometers (miles) away. “We will, with today’s defensive systems, not see these things coming,” Griffin said. Hypersonic weapons can beat regular anti-missile defenses as they are designed to switch direction in flight and do not follow a predictable arc like conventional missiles, making them much harder to track and intercept.Russian President Vladimir Putin in February claimed to have developed a new type of hypersonic missile that is impervious to any Western shield.Gary Pennett, director of operations at the Missile Defense Agency, recently said enemy hypersonic weapons—which could be launched from planes, ships or submarines—would create a “significant” gap in US sensor and missile interceptor capabilities.The MDA has asked for $120 million to develop hypersonic missile defenses, a big increase from the $75 million in fiscal 2018. Explore further read more

first_img Explore further The Italian sports car company profited unfairly from the actor’s legacy in 2017 when it sold “The McQueen,” a limited-edition model in connection with the 70th anniversary of Ferrari-branded cars, said the lawsuit, which was filed this week in a California state court.Ferrari’s vehicle “creates the false perception that the car has been authorized by the family and that its design and details make it an authentic ‘McQueen’ car, deserving of the price premium and value that accrues to licensed and authentic McQueen cars and products,” said the complaint, which was filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles.After lawyers representing the McQueens complained, Ferrari renamed the model “The Actor” but continued to employ McQueen’s likeness on its website and in marketing material, the suit said.Ferrari declined comment through a spokeswoman.McQueen, who was famous for doing many of his own stunts, died in 1980.The suit was filed by the actor’s son, Chadwick McQueen, and the estate of the actor’s daughter, Terry McQueen, on behalf of granddaughter Molly McQueen. The two parties are the co-owners of Steve McQueen’s right of publicity and trademark rights.The McQueen family has worked closely with automakers and motorcycle companies on vehicles that invoke the legacy of McQueen, whose “‘anti-hero persona made him a top box-office draw of the counter-cultural 1960s and 1970s and engendered his nickname ‘The King of Cool,'” said the complaint.The family worked with Ford on a new Mustang that paid homage to the car driven by Steven McQueen in the 1968 movie “Bullitt.” Molly McQueen drove out in the original car during Ford’s launch event at the 2018 Detroit auto show in January.The family’s suit seeks an injunction against Ferrari’s McQueen marketing, an award of all profits gained from the “infringing acts,” financial damages and “the destruction of all marketing, advertising, or promotional materials depicting Steve McQueen’s name, photograph or likeness.” Steve McQueen’s descendants are suing Ferrari for marketing autos around the image of the iconic actor without compensating the family. Citation: Steve McQueen’s family sues Ferrari over trademark (2018, August 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from 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.center_img Scientist offers 6 tips for keeping your workout clothes from smelling permanently bad The family of Steve McQueen is suing Ferrari for using the iconic actor’s image and branding for marketing their automobiles without compensating his family © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

first_img The Microsoft-owned service said Friday it’s partnering with U.S. law enforcement agencies after uncovering fake LinkedIn profiles and other fraudulent activity.Reuters reported Friday that William Evanina, who directs the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, says the U.S. government informed LinkedIn about China’s “super aggressive” efforts to contact members on the site, apparently for the purpose of spy recruitment.LinkedIn said earlier in August it found accounts were being misused to connect with LinkedIn members who work at political organizations. The company then said in a blog post Tuesday it has reason to believe “nation-state actors” were creating fake accounts.China’s foreign ministry told Reuters it disputes Evanina’s allegations. Career-focused LinkedIn tops 200 mn members Citation: LinkedIn says it’s working to combat Chinese spy accounts (2018, August 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. LinkedIn says it’s working to combat Chinese espionage activity targeting users of the online career network. 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.last_img read more

first_img Explore further 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. Despite that retreat, the company, which makes trains, power turbines and factory automation, said Thursday that it had met its fiscal-year goals and was facing a favorable market environment.The Munich-based company said its net profit decreased to 681 million euros ($777 million) from 1.25 billion euros in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue rose 2 percent to 22.6 billion euros while orders were flat at 23.7 billion euros.It also said it met its targets for the year at the end of the quarter, the company’s fiscal fourth. And it proposed to raise its dividend by 10 cents to 3.80 per share and announced a new 3 billion-euro share buyback program to run through 2021, coming on top of an earlier buyback of the same value that had run since 2015.The company said it expected “a continued favorable market environment” and saw “limited risks related to geopolitical uncertainties.”Siemens AG saw 301 million euros in severance costs at its power and gas unit, which suffered an operating loss of 139 million euros due also to sales and price declines. The company’s bottom line was also hit by higher tax costs at its train-building unit, which is in the process of merging with French train-maker Alstom.Siemens shares rose 1.4 percent to 104.18 euros in morning trading in Europe. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Industrial equipment and technology company Siemens says its net profit fell 46 percent in the most recent quarter due to expenses for severance and higher tax.center_img Higher fuel costs clip Lufthansa’s wings in third quarter Citation: Siemens delivers upbeat outlook despite profit drop (2018, November 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser briefs the media during the annual press conference of the copmany in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)last_img read more

first_img Team creates 3-D-printed glucose biosensors Strips of pH-sensitive paper are commonly used to test whether a liquid is acidic or alkaline. Researchers are now working to apply similar principles to create paper sensors that quickly indicate disease biomarkers. Key to this approach is replacing traditional electronic circuitry in the sensors with low-cost plastics that can be manufactured quickly and in large quantities.Bioscientist Sahika Inal collaborated with electrical engineer Khaled Salama and materials scientist Derya Baran to use inkjet technology to produce sensors sensitive to small sugar concentrations in biofluids.Utilizing a commercial ink made from conducting polymers, the team printed microscale electrode patterns onto glossy paper sheets. Next, they printed a sensing layer containing an enzyme, glucose oxidase, on top of the tiny electrodes. The biochemical reaction between available glucose and the enzyme creates electrical signals easily correlated to blood sugar levels.”Paper is porous, which makes it challenging to print conducting and biological inks that are dissolved in water,” says Eloise Bihar, a postdoctoral researcher at KAUST and the first author of the study. “Printing the enzyme is tricky, as well—it’s sensitive to variations of temperature, the voltage applied at the cartridge, and the pH of the ink.” Explore further A technique that enables biologically active enzymes to survive the rigors of inkjet printing presents a promising alternative to routine blood screening finger jabs for diabetic blood sugar levels. The KAUST-led team used this approach to make disposable devices that can measure glucose concentrations in human saliva. A KAUST-led group has developed a technique that enables biologically active enzymes to survive the rigors of inset printing. Credit: 2018 KAUST After optimizing the enzyme-printing conditions, the researchers had another obstacle to tackle. While fluids, such as sweat or saliva, contain enough sugar for monitoring purposes, they also contain molecules, such as ascorbic acid, that interfere electrically with conducting polymers. Coating the sensor with a nafion polymer membrane that repels the negative charges present in most interfering species enabled measurement of only the relevant glucose levels in saliva samples from volunteers.Experiments showed the top coating gave the sensor an unprecedented shelf life—the enzyme could be kept alive and active for a month if stored in a sealed bag. These results are encouraging the team to expand the capabilities of this approach by incorporating different enzymes into the sensing layer.”Optimization never ends in engineering, so we are trying to make this system more robust to detect other metabolites in biofluids,” says Inal. “We are also looking to integrate printed and self-powered energy devices into the sensors, giving us a more user-friendly platform that eliminates external batteries or wires.” Sahika Inal, Shofarul Wustoni and Eloise Bihar (l-r) inspect a set of the inkjet-printed sensors. Credit: 2018 KAUSTcenter_img Provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Citation: Paper sensors remove the sting of diabetic testing (2018, December 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from More information: Eloïse Bihar et al, A fully inkjet-printed disposable glucose sensor on paper, npj Flexible Electronics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41528-018-0044-y 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.last_img read more

first_img In this Feb. 11, 2019 photo, Rebecca Shutt, left, who works in the New York Police Department’s Office of Crime Control Strategies, speaks in New York. Shutt utilizes a software called Patternizr, which allows crime analysts to compare robbery, larceny and theft incidents to the millions of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database, aiding their hunt for crime patterns. It’s much faster than the old method, which involved analysts sifting through reports and racking their brains for similar incidents. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn’t a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles (11 kilometers) south in Manhattan. Explore further “The real advantage of the tool is that we minimize the amount of leg work and busy work that analysts or detectives have to do and really allow them to leverage their expertise and their experience in going through a much smaller list of results,” said Chohlas-Wood, now the deputy director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab at Stanford University.In the past, analysts worked only with crimes in their precinct, making it difficult or even impossible for them to spot patterns in other parts of the city.”Truthfully, it was inefficient,” Levine said. “It wasn’t a modern way to do these things.”Even with crime rates falling sharply, there were still more than 68,000 robberies, burglaries and larcenies in New York City last year. Traditional techniques are still being used to identify other crime patterns, such as rapes and homicides.To reduce possible racial biases, the Patternizr software doesn’t examine the race of crime suspects when it is looking for crime patterns.The New York Civil Liberties Union said it had not reviewed Patternizr but urged caution as technology is increasingly incorporated into law enforcement.”To ensure fairness the NYPD should be transparent about the technologies it deploys and allows independent researchers to audit these systems before they are tested on New Yorkers,” NYCLU legal director Christopher Dunn said in email. The match, though, wasn’t made by an officer looking through files. It was done by pattern-recognition computer software developed by the New York Police Department.The software, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department’s 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database, transforming their hunt for crime patterns with the click of a button.It’s much faster than the old method, which involved analysts sifting through reports, racking their brains for key details about various crimes and deciding whether they fit into a pattern. It’s more comprehensive, too, with analysts able to spot patterns across the city instead of just in their precinct.”Because Patternizr picked up those key details in the algorithm, it brought back complaints from other precincts that I wouldn’t have known,” said Bronx crime analyst Rebecca Shutt, who worked on the Home Depot case. “That was incredibly helpful. That could have been a pattern that wasn’t made.”The software also found two other thefts committed with a syringe by the same suspect, who was eventually arrested and pleaded guilty to larceny and assault. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Feb. 11, 2019 photo, Rebecca Shutt, who works in the New York Police Department’s Office of Crime Control Strategies, poses for a photo in New York. Shutt utilizes a software called Patternizr, which allows crime analysts to compare robbery, larceny and theft incidents to the millions of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database, aiding their hunt for crime patterns. It’s much faster than the old method, which involved analysts sifting through reports and racking their brains for similar incidents. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Evan Levine, the NYPD’s assistant commissioner of data analytics, and Alex Chohlas-Wood, the department’s former director of analytics, spent two years developing the software before rolling it out in December 2016.The department disclosed its use of the technology only this month, with Levine and Chohlas-Wood detailing their work in the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics in an article alerting other departments how they could create similar software. Speaking about it with the news media for the first time, they told The Associated Press recently that theirs is the first police department in the country to use a pattern-recognition tool like this.”The goal of Patternizr is, of course, to improve public safety,” said Levine, an astrophysicist by academic training. “The more easily that we can identify patterns in those crimes, the more quickly we can identify and apprehend perpetrators.”Levine and Chohlas-Wood were inspired by the work of a New York University team that studied a similar approach to pattern recognition but never produced a workable version. In this Feb. 11, 2019 photo, Rebecca Shutt, who works in the New York Police Department’s Office of Crime Control Strategies, speaks in New York. Shutt utilizes a software called Patternizr, which allows crime analysts to compare robbery, larceny and theft incidents to the millions of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database, aiding their hunt for crime patterns. It’s much faster than the old method, which involved analysts sifting through reports and racking their brains for similar incidents. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The two trained the program on 10 years of patterns that the department had manually identified. In testing, it accurately re-created old crime patterns one-third of the time and returned parts of patterns 80 percent of the time. The NYPD says the cost was minimal because the two developers were already on staff.Like human crime analysts, the software compares factors such as method of entry, type of goods taken and the distance between crimes. Levin and Chohlas-Wood sought out the uniformed officers who had decades of experience identifying patterns using traditional methods. 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. Citation: Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns (2019, March 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Largest police force in the US steps into the drone agelast_img read more

first_imgWalmart reported a jump in first-quarter profits, due in part to a strong performance at US stores Walmart reported a jump in first-quarter earnings on Thursday on increased US store sales and e-commerce growth but warned that higher US tariffs could hit its business. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Walmart profits take hit, but earnings rise as online growscenter_img Citation: Walmart reports jump in profit, warns on tariffs (2019, May 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2019 AFP The world’s biggest retailer, which has been unveiling new “omnichannel” retail ventures including a just-announced next-day delivery service in many US markets, pointed to increased US sales as evidence the strategy was working.But executives joined a chorus of retailers who have warned about tariffs in the wake of the Trump administration’s latest moves in the long-running US-China dispute.President Donald Trump has started a process to impose new duties on about $300 billion worth of additional Chinese merchandise, covering virtually everything China sells to the United States and encompassing household items such as clothing and appliances.”We’re going to continue to do everything we can to keep prices low. It’s who we are,” Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said on a conference call with reporters. “However increased tariffs will lead to increased prices for our customers.”Biggs said it was impossible to generalize about the effects of the potential tariff hikes, saying that the effect of levies varies by good. He declined to comment on specific item categories for competitive reasons.Earnings for the first quarter came in at $3.8 billion, an increase of 80 percent from the year-ago period when results were dented by a one-time earnings hit following US tax reform. Revenues climbed one percent to $123.9 billion.Comparable sales at US stores—a key retail-sector benchmark closely-watched by Wall Street—jumped 3.4 percent, marking the company’s best performance in nine years, the company said.Chief Executive Doug McMillon highlighted the strong US figures, which come as the company ramps up programs to allow customers to pick up groceries that are ordered online and provide more direct delivery of goods.New ventures include voice ordering for groceries and free next-day delivery of frequently purchased items for orders of $35 or more in the United States.Walmart shares rose 1.4 percent to $101.31.International sales weakerThe strong domestic results offset a decline in international sales and profits. The company highlighted a hit from the strong dollar, as well as political headwinds in some Latin American markets that weakened results. International results have also been dented by increased investment in Flipkart, an Indian grocery chain acquired by Walmart last year.Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea praised the results overall.”Price investments are continuing, though improved efficiencies are serving to protect margins,” O’Shea said in written comments.”On the international front, results are negatively impacted by losses at Flipkart, which we continue to believe is a very sound long-term investment in a compelling market.”O’Shea said the effect of tariffs on Walmart would be “limited” because of the extent of its food business and because the company “has the wherewithal both financially and via its vendor relationships to minimize the impact on both itself and its shopping base.” Leading retailers have amplified warnings about the latest Trump threats on China.The latest tariff list is “far too great a gamble for the US economy,” National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay said this week. “Taxing Americans on everyday products like clothes and shoes is not the answer for holding China accountable.”Macy’s also signaled increased anxiety about tariffs in its earnings conference call Wednesday. Chief Executive Jeffrey Gennette said the retailer has largely managed the initial rounds of tariffs in the US-China dispute.But the latest round being discussed is “the big one,” and if it goes into effect, it will “affect a lot of the apparel and accessory categories that are coming in,” Gennette said.last_img read more

first_img Aishwarya Paliwal New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 22:07 IST Representative imageIn an effort to do more for Indian citizens, Facebook is now connecting women entrepreneurs in Indian villages through its platform. Women entrepreneurs across 10 states – Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Telangana and Kerala – will get help from Facebook to expand their businesses by collaborating with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Ajit Mohan, Facebook India’s Managing Director, said, “With the #DigitalBeti programme, our objective is to arm these village-level entrepreneurs with similar digital toolkits that large corporations have access to and unleash their full potential and ability to create economic opportunities for themselves and their communities.”Facebook aims to create a platform with over 14 regional languages to help build a community of these working women across villages in the country.The ministry’s CSC Academy, has joined hands with Facebook to start the ‘Digital Beti’ initiative to train women rural entrepreneurs in more than 3,000 villages across 10 states in India. Both Facebook and CSC Academy will jointly design and develop a curriculum to train 5,000 women entrepreneurs in villages.Common Service Centres act as a fulcrum for delivery of various services. At present there are 3.6 lakh such centres operating across the country and Rs 70,000 crore worth of business is transacted through the network. Apart from providing a platform for essential government and public utility services, CSCs also deliver a range of social welfare schemes, financial services, education and skill development courses, healthcare.Speaking on the topic of Modi government’s efforts in trying to protect citizens’ data by bringing a data protection law, Facebook India said it is engaging with the government on this issue.Ajit added, “We are indulging in consultations with the government on every topic. Facebook has done public consultations also on the issue of data protection. It is clear for us that we are an ally in everything that is happening in India. We will continue to hold talks with the government whenever and wherever possible.”Data protection bill, which lays down the guidelines for social media players like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, is yet to be tabled in Parliament, but sources within the IT ministry say that the bill is ready and will be tabled soon.Also Read | Floods kill over 100 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, lakhs displacedAlso Watch | Motorcycle diaries: What issues women in Uttar Pradesh are facingFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Next How Facebook in 3,000 Indian villages is helping businesswomen establish their productFacebook aims to create a platform with over 14 regional languages to help build a community of these working women across villages in the country.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img 5 Weird Effects of Bug Bites 9 Weird Ways You Can Test Positive for Drugs Several people in a county in West Virginia recently overdosed from wasp spray, which they used as an alternative to methamphetamine, according to news reports. Police in Boone County say they’ve seen a rise in residents abusing wasp spray to achieve a meth-like high, according to local news outlet WCHS. The practice is believed to have played a role in three overdoses in the county last week, WCHS reported. “People are making a synthetic type [of] methamphetamine out of wasp spray,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin, of the West Virginia State Police, told WCHS. [‘Breaking Bad’: 6 Strange Meth Facts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The practice is known as “wasping,” and it has emerged as a concerning drug trend in recent years, according to a 2018 report from ABC News. Users either combine the wasp spray with meth, or use the spray by itself as a meth substitute. People can crystallize the spray liquid on hot metal sheets, which allows the substance to be inhaled or injected, ABC News reported. Bug sprays contain active ingredients called pyrethroids, which stun and kill insects; but in humans, the chemicals can interfere with nerve signaling, which can lead to abnormal sensations, and in some cases, seizures or paralysis, ABC News reported. The chemicals can also lead to increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, headache, nausea, problems with coordination, and swelling and burning sensations. Police in Boone County are working with medical centers to determine the best treatment for those who abuse the spray, WCHS reported. 5 Lethal Chemical Warfare Agents Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndolast_img read more

first_imgDo you love music? Do you love science? Would you like to go to a festival where both are rolled up into a weekend of family fun? Well look no further, as we’re giving away four tickets (two adults plus two teens (11 to 15 years old) for a weekend of camping and festival-going at BlueDot festival, located at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, United Kingdom. Kicking off on Thursday, July 18, this event will last through Sunday (July 21) and will be jam-packed with science, art and music in the most creative and immersive fashion. Not only will there be talks from the brightest scientists from around the globe, but there will be a selection of world-famous art on display. The main stage will sit in the foreground of the observatory’s Lovell Telescope, which has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for over half a century. Thursday will begin the long weekend of musical acts, including an opening convert from The Hallé. The kick-off will see music acts such as Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest and Ibibio Sound Machine, among many more. Saturday will welcome Kraftwerk 3-D, Jarvis Cocker, 808 State, Sons of Kemet and more. Finally, Sunday will finish with multiple award-winning New Order, John Grant, Gruff Rhys, Anna Calvi, Gogo Penguin and others.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  But it’s not just the music that people travel from around the world to see, and this includes the brilliant scientists and engineers providing brilliantly informative talks about the latest in STEM subjects. Such names include Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sherman, famous science historian James Burke, French-Irish science and history presenter Liz Bonnin and other exciting names in the world of science, including Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell and the director of Jodrell Bank, Tim O’Brien. In between the music and the science, there are opportunities to visit some exciting stalls with a variety of interesting cuisines; there are comedy shows, stargazing, microbrewery, mixology, family events, a deep-space disco and so much more. *Please note that the ticket isn’t valid until 9 a.m. on July 19. To be in for the chance of winning tickets to an unforgettable weekend of science and music, all you need to do is enter here before the July Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Protest October 18, 2018 Published on A woman, said to be a Delhi-based journalist of a foreign media outlet, began trekking to Sabarimala hill amid protests by devotees opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine. Police have thrown a security ring around the woman accompanied by her colleague, a foreigner. However, there is no confirmation regarding her age. Local TV crew said she is in her late 40s and if she climbed the hill, she would be the first woman of the menstrual age group to visit the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa after the Supreme Court order permitting women of all age groups to enter the shrine. COMMENT SHARE Templeslast_img read more

first_imgONGC SHARE SHARE EMAIL ONGC board approves share buy back Representative image   –  Reuters COMMENTS SHARE Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Tripura Asset would soon start extracting natural gas from Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Belonia subdivision of Gomati district following National Wildlife Board’s clearance of its proposal.“We have discovered 10-12 gas bearing wells long back in Trishna Wildlife sanctuary. As the gas bearing zones are in the wildlife sanctuary, we needed permission from the National Wildlife Board. The National Wildlife Board, following recommendations from the state Wildlife Board, has cleared the project on Thursday,” Gautam Kumar Singha Roy, Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura Asset told reporters here.He said that after the state Wildlife Board sanctioned the project on September 17, the state government had taken up the issue with National Wildlife Board.He said ONGC has begun laying the pipeline and the entire process would be completed shortly.The gas extracted from Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary would be transported to the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) owned 100 MW gas-based thermal power project at Monarchak in Sonamura subdivision of Sipahijala district.The official said that the ONGC Tripura Asset has completed the exploration target for 2018-19 three months ahead of schedule.“Our exploration target of 19 wells was completed by December itself and six more wells would be explored in the remaining three months of the current financial year,” Singha Roy said adding that ONGC has augmented 10 lakh standard cubic metres gas this year compared to the last year, which was a record.Singha Roy said that 50 per cent geographical area of the state still remains to be explored and it would be a great achievement if gas is discovered in even 10 per cent area.He said the Tripura unit of ONGC would provide Rs 25 crore to the state government for carrying out Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.center_img Published on An official said ONGC Tripura Asset completed the exploration target for 2018-19 three months ahead of schedule COMMENT RELATED January 12, 2019last_img read more