POLICE LOG for July 10 Truck Broken Into Ring Lost At Soccer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, July 10, 2018:A Lockwood Road caller reported a tractor trailer pulled wires off of her house. Police notified Verizon. (7:48am)A 1-vehicle crash occurred on West Street involving an entrapment. Woburn Street at West Street was temporarily closed. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Landscaping damage down to home on West Street. (8:45am)Inbound train blocking Middlesex Avenue/Route 62 at North Wilmington station. (12:36pm)A walk-in party reported his truck was broken into sometime between June 24 and July 8 on Nassau Avenue. (1:49pm)Fire Department responded to a mulch fire at Market Basket on Main Street. (2:42pm)Police requested MassDOT be notified regarding lines on Main Street, near Wilmington Builders Supply. When road is wet, lines can’t be seen, causing traffic to drive on travel into wrong side of road. (9:39pm)A caller reported about 5 juveniles on the Yentile Farm soccer field with flashlights. Police responded. It was a group of adults on the field looking for a ring that was lost on the field during the evening game. The ring was silver with indents and symbols. (10:17pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Maran to Sell Majority Stake in SpiceJet 10 Salary Hike after 3

first_imgPromoter of low cost airline SpiceJet and owner of Sun TV Network, Kalanithi Maran is set to sell his 53.48 percent stake in the loss incurring carrier and is reportedly discussing the matter with former Spicejet director and co-founder A Singh and a few other private equity traders.”Currently we are in our silent period and hence would not be able to comment,” SpiceJet told The Hindustan Times.The carrier has been incurring losses for a while now and is regularly seen introducing new offers to recover the loss. In the first ten days of July, SpiceJet announced 10 lakh tickets for ₹999, valid for travel in various domestic routes between 6 January and 24 October 2015.The airline posted a loss of ₹1,003.24 crore in the previous financial year.”SpiceJet requires around $250 million as on March 2014 to bring books in order,” explained Kapil Kaul, south Asia chief executive of aviation consultancy Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (Capa).”It may require further fund infusion for growth and expansion. Restructuring efforts are not showing results largely due to very complex competitive dynamics and lack of funds to execute it. I expect a significant downsizing post a possible fund infusion,” Kaul added.Meanwhile, SpiceJet has also hiked the salaries of pilots and crew members by 10 percent after three years that came into effect last month, reported The Economic Times.”SpiceJet in the last few years had gone below the market index in terms of salaries to pilots. This will bring it on par with its peers,” said an employee to ET.The low fare airline controlled by billionaire Maran operates more than 330 daily flights to 48 destinations, which includes 41 Indian cities and 7 international destinations.Maran bought majority stake in SpiceJet from its promoter Bhupendra Kansagra and Wilbur Ross in 2010.On Friday at 10 am, stock price of SpiceJet Limited was seen 1.84 percent lower at ₹13.37 per share.last_img read more

IEB forms probe body over Chawkbazar fire

first_imgThe Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on Saturday formed a six-member committee to investigate the fire at Chawkbazar, reports UNB.At least 67 people were killed and around 41 others injured on Wednesday night after a fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through several nearby buildings.Former IEB president engineer Md Nurul Huda has been made convener of the committee, tasked with finding out “proper reasons” of the fire and making recommendations. IEB’s honorary assistant general secretary (academic and international) engineer Kazi Khairul Bashar is the committee’s member secretary.Other members are – IEB central council member engineer Hamidur Haque, professor Monaj Ahmed Noor, engineer Yasir Arafat and engineer Kazi Bayezid Kabir.The committee has been asked to visit the site, collect data, and scrutinise engineering and technical issues. It has to file a full report within the next seven days.last_img read more

UPDATE Identified Shooter That Killed At Least 26 Was CourtMartialed Discharged From

first_imgOur prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017“It’s a small Baptist church. It’s an older building,” one witness who works nearby told MSNBC, adding that she heard “semiautomatic gunfire” from her vantage point about 150 yards away. A man walked into the church during a service late Sunday morning and “began firing,” the local Wilson County News reports, citing county Sheriff Joe Tackitt. The paper notes that Tackitt “confirmed there were multiple casualties and multiple fatalities.”A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told NPR that it “was an active shooter incident.” The Wilson County News later reported that “the shooter has been taken down” — though officials have not yet publicly clarified whether that means he was taken into custody or killed.“While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss.”  2:37 p.m. Federal authorities are responding to a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small community southeast of San Antonio. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has tweeted that special agents from its San Antonio field office have been dispatched to the scene.Special agents from ATF’s Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to a shooting at a church in Sutherland Spring, TX pic.twitter.com/LCyt7EydbZ— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) November 5, 2017 Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017 _ 1:20 p.m. A sheriff says a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, leaving multiple people dead. The Wilson County News reports that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the shooter has been taken down. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were killed and wounded or who carried out the attack. First responders converged on the church in the small town southeast of San Antonio and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals. Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. ___ 1 p.m. Local news outlets report that several people have been shot at a Baptist Church in South Texas. Television stations KSAT and KENS report that there are multiple victims and that there is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. KSAT reports that two Airlife helicopters are also at the scene. A sheriff’s department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment. KSAT has video of several fire and police vehicles at the church and a photo of a helicopter that the station says was arriving to take victims to hospitals. 7 p.m.The Pentagon has confirmed the suspect identified in the mass shooting at a Texas church previously served in the Air Force.In a brief statement, the Pentagon says Devin Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but additional details about his time in the Air Force were not immediately available.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others injured in the attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.———————6:45 p.m.Two sheriff’s vans were parked outside and police officers stood at the gate of a cattle fence surrounding the address listed for the Texas church shooting suspect, preventing a group of waiting journalists from entering.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity have identified him as Devin Kelley.Officials from the Comal County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers declined to comment Sunday evening, or to say if they had raided his home. A few minutes later, the gate opened and two Texas Rangers trucks pulled out.The home is in a wooded area on the rural, western outskirts of New Braunfels, north of San Antonio. It is off a two-lane highway.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 wounded in the shooting.___6:40 p.m.President Donald Trump says the deadly church shooting in Texas is an “act of evil.”Trump is in Tokyo on the first leg of a visit to Asia. He says he has spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state has the administration’s “full support.”Trump says he will continue to follow developments closely while he is traveling through Asia.The president says the “act of evil” occurred as the victims and families were in their place of “sacred worship.”Texas authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded Sunday after a man open fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs southeast of San Antonio. ——-5:40 p.m.Gov. Greg Abbott says 26 people were killed in the attack on a Texas church and that it was the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history.Abbott’s remarks came during a news conference Sunday, hours after the attack on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as Devin Kelley.In a press conference Sunday night, an official from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)  described the scene: Around 11:20 am, the suspect, dressed in black, approached the church and began firing an assault rifle. He then entered the church and continued firing. The FBI is on the scene of a church shooting in Texas. A witness heard about 20 shots fired during Sunday’s service. https://t.co/hhadTYmkdl pic.twitter.com/pBMSNjgSSL— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 5, 2017 4:20 p.m.The wife of the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs says the couple’s 14-year-old daughter was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church.Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter “and many friends” in the Sunday shooting. The text came in response to an interview request sent by The Associated Press to a phone number linked in online records to Frank Pomeroy.Sherri Pomeroy says both she and her husband were out of town and trying to get back to Sutherland Springs, outside of San Antonio.___3:30 p.m.A law enforcement official says more than 20 people have been killed in a shooting at a church in a small town outside San Antonio.The official, who was briefed on the investigation, says the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The official says between 10 to 15 people were also injured but stressed the investigation was early and the figures could change. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive.Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI’s evidence collection team.David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio told NPR’s Noel King that more than 20 people are dead, including the shooter.“This is a blue jeans and working boots kind of church,” Davies said. “It’s a big part of the community.” “I never thought it would happen here. This is something that happens in a big city. I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.” Share President Trump says he is “monitoring the situation from Japan.”May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017 ___6:15 p.m.Texas authorities are offering more details about the timeline of a deadly church shooting.Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin says the alleged shooter was dressed in black, wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest when he arrived at a neighboring gas station around 11:20 a.m.He crossed the street to the church, left his vehicle and started firing a Ruger AR assault-type rifle at the church. Then he entered the church and fired.As he left the church, the shooter met an unidentified area resident with his own rifle who pursued him. The suspect was found dead in his vehicle near the border between Wilson and Guadalupe counties.Martin says it’s unclear if he died of a self-inflected wound or was shot by the resident.Authorities haven’t announced the name of the suspect, only describing him as a white male in his 20s.Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as Devin Kelley.—–6 p.m.A top Texas public safety officer says that 23 of the people found dead in a shooting at a Baptist church were found inside the building, two others were outside and one person was transported but died later.Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the ages of those killed ranged from 5 to 72.He told a news conference that about 20 other people were injured in the attack.The first report of the shooting was at about 11:20 a.m., or about 20 minutes after the church website says the Sunday worship was scheduled to start. 2:15 p.m. A County Commissioner in Texas says he’s been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in an attack at a church, though he says those figures haven’t been confirmed. Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker was later killed. THE LATEST on a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs (all times local): 5.25 p.m.The Associated Press says two officials confirmed that the Sutherland Springs church shooter was Devin Kelley.BREAKING: Two officials tell The Associated Press that the Texas church shooter was Devin Kelley— The Associated Press (@AP) November 5, 2017 President Trump: “All of America is praying” for the victims of the mass shooting at a Texas church https://t.co/W8WdrNLLcI pic.twitter.com/6GelJbUl09— CNN International (@cnni) November 6, 2017 Our deepest condolences are with the victims, families, and all those affected by the tragedy in San Antonio.— Houston Astros (@astros) November 5, 2017 David Martin Davies/ TPR NEWSSutherland Springs residents gather at the Community Building after the shooting at nearby First Baptist church, on Nov. 5th, 2017. ———4.50 p.m.Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, issued a statement after the shooting.“While many of the details are yet to be determined, clearly what happened today in Sutherland Springs is a horrific tragedy. I have spoken personally with Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt, Jr. and Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez, Jr. and offered the full resources of my office to assist in any way possible both now and as we move forward.“… My job now is to make sure that he and the people of Sutherland Springs have access to every resource available to them, and I will make sure that they have everything they need. Sutherland Springs has a special place in my heart. It is one of those unique communities where everyone knows everyone else and supports each other.”Democratic National Comittee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement: “I’m heartbroken by the horrific shooting in Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Sutherland Springs and all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.“No American should ever be afraid to worship. No family should ever face the unbearable pain that too many American families are feeling today. In the last 35 days, we’ve witnessed two of the worst mass shootings in American history. We cannot allow those who wish us harm to so easily turn their hatred into violence. And we must be united in working to ensure that these tragedies become a relic of the past rather than routine.”Unimaginable. Americans should never be afraid to worship. Sending condolences from all of us to everyone affected by the shooting in Texas.— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) November 5, 2017 ——– Lynda Gonzales / KUTTexas Governor Greg Abbott attends a candlelight vigil on Sunday, November 5, 2017 after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, TX. ————-5 p.m.A congregant who wasn’t at a Texas church the day of a deadly shooting says his cousins attended and that family members have been told at least one was killed.34-yr old Nick Uhlig says he didn’t go to the Sutherland Springs church Sunday because he was out late Saturday. He says the cousin who was killed had three children and was pregnant with a fourth. He didn’t know specifics about how the other was doing.Uhlig says the family had just met days earlier for his cousins’ grandfather’s funeral.Also, After big celebrations last week for their World Series Championship, the Houston Astros expressed their condolences to those affected by the shooting ————— 7:05 p.m.More than 100 people gathered after dark on a grassy street corner within sight of the church where the shooting occurred for a prayer vigil.Attendees, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, lit candles while some wept and others hugged Sunday night. They could see the church sign lit up and emergency lights flashing.The vigil across the street from a gas station convenience store where law enforcement officials say the shooter stopped before the attack.Mike Gonzales, who does not attend the church but lives near says: “The people of this church are wonderful people.” Gonzales added, “We’re coming together to pray for them and show the world that now, in the midst of darkness, there is light.”Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 wounded in the attack. AP Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church after a fatal shooting on Nov. 5th, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 9 p.m.An Air Force official says the man identified by officials to The Associated Press as the gunman in the mass shooting at a Texas church was court-martialed in 2012 and discharged two years later.Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says Devin P. Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, 12 months’ confinement and a reduction in rank.Stefanek also says Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack in Sutherland Springs.———7:30 p.m.A U.S. military official says the suspect identified in the mass shooting at a Texas church was a former Air Force member who was stationed in New Mexico at one time.Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says records confirm that Devin P. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The date of his discharge and the circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.The Pentagon also confirmed that Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but didn’t provide additional details.Authorities say 26 people were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack in Sutherland Springs.___7:15 p.m.President Donald Trump has promised his administration’s full support to the investigation of a Texas church shooting that left 26 dead and about 20 wounded.Speaking to U.S. and Japanese business leaders in Tokyo Monday morning during his Asian trip, Trump highlighted that this “act of evil” at a place of sacred worship.Trump says: “Our hearts are broken but in dark times — and these are dark times — such as these, Americans do what they do best.” He says Americans will pull together to help those suffering.Trump says he will continue monitoring the investigation during his 11-day tour.___last_img read more

New Treatment Options Available For Migraines And Headaches

first_imgPexels.comHeadaches — we all have them, from time to time. They come in different forms: tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, headaches brought on by too much caffeine — or too little. There are headaches prompted by — or exacerbated by — stress. And then there are those caused by some unknown, underlying condition.What are the latest research and treatment options available for headaches and migraines? Dr. Julia Jones with the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute joins Houston Matters to answer listener questions. Sharelast_img

EastWest Metro Work for underground tunnel from Esplanade to Sealdah starts next

first_imgKolkata: Construction of the underground tunnel for the East-West Metro railway from Esplanade to Sealdah will start from next Thursday.It will take one year to one-and-a-half years to complete the construction on the most difficult terrain and work will go on, keeping the traffic flow intact. Senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said the construction of the tunnel will be very difficult as there are many buildings more than 100 years old on the route chosen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere are a couple of buildings more than a century old including the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Metropolitan Building and the residence of Rani Rashmoni at Janbazar among others. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) had vacated the old buildings during the construction of an underground tunnel off Brabourne Road and a similar method will be followed here as well. The KMRCL will vacate old premises and rehabilitate the inhabitants. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe underground tunnel will be constructed below S N Banerjee Road up to the Bank of India branch and then Sealdah. The Tunnel Boring machine (TBM) will start digging from next Thursday. As there is heavy flow of traffic in areas around Esplanade special precautionary measures will be taken. Senior civic officials said the physical health of the old buildings has been examined and problems are not likely to occur. The total length of the East-West Metro line is 16.6 km. The elevated corridor is 5.8 km and underground is 10.8 km. An 11 km long tunnel has been constructed under river Hooghly. The construction of the East-West Metro in Salt Lake is complete and the coaches are being given a trial run.last_img read more

Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have seized weapons and drugs after stopping a car on the A34 this afternoon. Acting on intelligence, officers stopped a white Seat Leon on the busy Red Hill stretch of the road between Stafford and Stone. A package was thrown from the vehicle during the incident – with the carriageway closed while police searched for it at around 2.15pm today. Two teenagers were arrested as part of the county-wide drugs operation. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A suspected drugs package was eventually located and knuckle dusters and machetes were also seized from the vehicle. “A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy from Oldbury in the West Midlands were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply (unknown) and possession of offensive weapons. “The suspects remain in police custody and enquiries are on-going.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group, who patrol the M6 and A500 in North Staffordshire, helped to stop the vehicle. A spokesman said: “A stolen vehicle was located on the A34 in Staffordshire Police area. Tactics put in place to prevent a pursuit and vehicle stopped. “Two arrested.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

US local broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast Group

first_imgUS local broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast Group is to create a joint venture with Korea’s SK Telecom to develop broadcast solutions based on the ATSC 3.0 standard for the US and international markets.SK Telecom and Sinclair sign their JV agreementThe two companies will jointly fund and manage a joint venture company within the first quarter of this year, with the aim of developing products that can be marketed in the US later this year.The joint venture agreement follows last year’s memorandum of understanding signed between SK Telecom and Sinclair at CES 2018 to jointly develop leading technology for ATSC 3.0 broadcasting.The two companies plan to actively provide ATSC 3.0 standards-based solutions to all US broadcasting companies and seek other opportunities globally. ATSC 3.0, which enables data communications in broadcasting bands, supports services such as mobile viewing and 4K UHD TV as well as enabling personalised advertising and in-vehicle terrestrial TV broadcasting and map updates“SK Telecom will work closely with Sinclair Broadcast Group to gain leadership in the next-generation broadcasting solutions market in the US,” said Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom.“Sinclair is excited to partner with SK Telecom, a wireless technology leader, to explore and commercialize solutions that optimize the economic value of our spectrum, our broadcast infrastructure, our programming ventures and our emerging OTT platforms. Bringing these assets together in a converged broadcast/broadband platform environment will be a significant value multiplier,” said Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair.last_img read more

First off do you know what LNG stands for If you

first_imgFirst off, do you know what LNG stands for? If you answered “lots of natural gas,” you probably should spend the next three minutes of your life reading this missive. Then you can decide which side of the trade you want to be on. LNG stands for liquefied natural gas. Basically, a really smart nerd figured out how to compress natural gas by about 600 times by turning the gas into liquid. A lot of science went into this process, but we’re not going to cover all that in this article. So, let’s get in to what you really need to know about LNG. The first commercial LNG plant was built in the US in the 1940s, but LNG did not become important until the 1960s, when someone figured out how to ship the stuff across the world in specialized tankers. It was a big game changer, similar to how shale gas development has changed the natural gas paradigm. Now take LNG technology, partner it up with the shale revolution, and you get American LNG (ALNG). Made in the US, it’s better than the LNG in the rest of the world, right? That’s what Obamarama wants you to think. But we’ve dug up the truth, and you won’t want to miss it. Don’t believe everything (or anything) a politician tells you. The US is in big trouble, and there is not a chance that it will become energy self-sufficient by 2030. The next issue of the Casey Energy Report will cover the most important aspects of LNG – how it works, its dirty secrets, and the best part… how to make money from American LNG. We have at least three recommendations that subscribers can buy now to best position themselves to profit from the LNG boom. If you want to learn more about LNG than 99.999% of other investors, I highly recommend you take me up on my free trial offer to read the LNG report, and gain the knowledge that will help you profit in the energy sector today. Additional Links and Reads Earth May Have More Oil Than Anyone Thought (MSN Money) It is no surprise that as technology advances, so does the world’s oil and gas reserves. The discovery of shale gas is probably the essence of this fact, rewarding the United States with hundreds of trillions of cubic square feet of more natural gas. However, all the “easy” reserves have been exploited, and the world must now look toward unconventional and offshore resources. This means a lot higher costs, which in turn will mean higher energy prices. New South Wales Government Approval for Uranium Exploration a Step Closer (The Australian) Australia leads the world in uranium reserves, and it appears the country will utilize it, allowing exploration in the state of New South Wales (NSW). Australia is home to the Olympic Dam project, which is currently the second-largest producing mine in the world, and also hosts a staggering approximately 5.5 billion pounds of uranium resources. However, the expansion has been mired in delays and has run over budget. Could the exploration in NSW be an indication that Olympic Dam’s expansion will take much longer than expected? Greenpeace Finds Oil Muck in Russia (UPI) Russia has no incentive to adhere to strict environmental controls, as none of its consumers really care how the oil is extracted, as long as they have access to the oil. Meanwhile, the Canadian government recently axed Enbridge’s latest bid to construct a pipeline to the west coast, namely because of environmental concerns. This brings up an important question: Are environmentalists really looking out for what is best for the world, or just looking out for what is in their back yard? Canadian “maple leaf” oil adheres to the most stringent environmental policies in the world. More oil from Canada delivered around the world means that the planet is better off environmentally, especially when compared to Russian oil.last_img read more

Some of the worlds smartest investors are cutting

first_imgSome of the world’s smartest investors are cutting back on U.S. stocks…On Monday, Bloomberg Business reported that hedge fund managers cut their holdings in U.S. stocks by $200 billion last quarter. These funds now hold $1.5 trillion in U.S. stocks, down from $1.7 trillion at the end of June.The list of fund managers who trimmed their U.S. stock holdings reads like a “who’s who” of the investing world. It includes David Einhorn, John Burbank, David Tepper, and Stan Druckenmiller.Druckenmiller is one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers. He generated an incredible 30% average annual return from 1986 to 2010. Today, he runs Duquesne Capital.At a conference earlier this month, Druckenmiller said he’s investing with caution right now.I’m working under the assumption that we may have started a primary bear market in July…I can see myself getting really bearish. I can’t see myself getting really bullish.Duquesne Capital cut its holdings of U.S. stocks by 41% last quarter, according to recent company filings.•  David Tepper cut his fund’s position in U.S. stocks by 30% last quarter…Tepper is the founder of Appaloosa Management, a $24 billion hedge fund that’s averaged 30% annual returns since 1993. That’s almost triple the S&P 500’s 11% return over the same period. Tepper has outperformed the market by nailing several “big picture” calls over his career.Tepper had been bullish on U.S. stocks since the global financial crisis. But he recently changed his stance. In September, Tepper told CNBC, “I can’t really call myself a bull.”According to Bloomberg, Appaloosa trimmed its holdings in U.S. stocks by 30% last quarter. The fund now holds $2.86 billion in U.S. stocks, its smallest stake since 2011…when the fund was 25% smaller.•  Tepper sees “all kinds of problems” in the market…Like us, Tepper believes U.S. stocks are too expensive. According to the popular CAPE valuation ratio, U.S. stocks are now 58% more expensive than their historic average.Tepper is also concerned about weak earnings growth. Earnings growth for companies in the S&P 500 has slowed six quarters in a row…As of last Friday, 90% of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported third-quarter results. Based on that data, research firm FactSet reports that S&P 500 companies’ earnings are set to drop 1.8% from last year.The S&P 500 is headed for its second straight quarter of falling earnings…which hasn’t happened since 2009. It means the U.S. stock market is on the verge of an “earnings recession.”Meanwhile, quarterly sales for S&P 500 companies are on track to fall for the third straight quarter. FactSet reports that third-quarter sales for companies in the S&P 500 have fallen 4% from last year. Recommended Links Can you legally remove yourself from U.S. tax code?70-year-old multimillionaire says “YES!” Click here to learn how to get the full story. – The Best Place to Hide Your MoneyIt’s tax-free. Pays up to 37 times more than bank accounts. And you DON’T NEED TO REPORT IT TO THE IRS. No wonder government doesn’t want you to know about this secret account. Click here to discover more… — •  The U.S. stock market is long overdue for a major pullback…The current bull market in U.S. stocks started in March 2009. It’s run for 80 months and counting. That’s 30 months longer than the average bull market since World War II.Bull markets don’t die of old age, but they all die eventually…The rally in U.S. stocks has already lost most of its momentum this year. The S&P climbed 204% from March 2009 through December 2014. But U.S. stocks have gone nowhere since. The S&P 500 is flat on the year.It takes a 20% decline to officially end a bull market. By that definition, this one isn’t technically over yet…though it took a big hit when the S&P 500 fell 11% in just six days in late August. Since then, U.S. stocks have recovered most of their losses, but have not made new highs.E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, thinks the bull market died during the mini-crash in August. E.B. shared that bold call with his readers in September.Last month’s major stock market decline is the start of a very tough time for stocks and the economy…The market has recovered in the past two weeks. But we think it’s only temporary. In other words, we’re in the middle of a “dead cat bounce.” It’s looking a lot like 2007.•  Meanwhile, demand for gold coins is skyrocketing…Sales of U.S. American Eagle gold coins hit a five-year high last quarter.The U.S. Mint produces various sizes of American Eagle coins. They’re the most popular gold coin in the United States.The chart below shows quarterly sales of American Eagles since 2009. The U.S. Mint sold over 12 tons of American Eagles last quarter. That’s the most it’s sold since the second quarter of 2010. It’s also 251% more than the U.S. Mint sold during the same quarter last year.The price of gold has declined 10% this year. The huge spike in American Eagle sales last quarter suggests investors are taking advantage of low prices to load up on physical gold.Casey readers know we think this is a smart approach. Gold is the ultimate form of financial wealth insurance. It’s preserved wealth through every kind of financial catastrophe imaginable. It will do the same thing when the next catastrophe hits…The U.S. stock market looks ripe for a major downturn. Valuations are stretched. Earnings and sales are dropping. And some of the smartest investors on the planet are scaling out of U.S. stocks.A stock market collapse in the coming months is a real possibility. If you don’t already hold a significant amount of gold, consider buying physical gold while it’s still cheap.Chart of the DayHere’s another reason to carefully assess your stock holdings…Today’s chart shows the level of margin debt for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Margin debt is the value of stocks bought with borrowed money.As you can see, margin debt growth accelerated and peaked right before the last two major stock market crashes…Margin debt growth accelerated in the late 1990s. It peaked in March 2000, the same month the S&P 500 topped out. U.S. stocks went on to lose 37% during the dot-com bubble burst.Margin debt growth accelerated again in the mid-2000s. It peaked in July 2007, just three months before the S&P 500 topped out before the global financial crisis. Stocks went on to decline 57%.Margin debt also had a small run-up in 2011 before turning over that May. The S&P 500 peaked right around the same time. Then it declined 19.4%…stopping just short of the 20% threshold necessary to qualify as a bear market.In April, the level of margin debt for the NYSE hit an all-time high of $507 billion. In September, it fell for the third month in a row. The level of margin debt is now 11% below its April record high.At this point, it’s impossible to know for sure if the decline in margin debt is signaling an imminent downturn in stocks. However, we can tell you that the U.S. and global financial markets are far more fragile today than they were in 2011.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaNovember 19, 2015We want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Disabled people have spoken of their horror shock

first_imgDisabled people have spoken of their horror, shock and anger at learning of the vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum.Although many disabled people voted for Brexit, the vast majority of leading disabled activists were strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union.One disabled campaigner, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the majority of disability rights campaigners are in or recovering from shock.“There was a very strong campaign showing the benefits of EU membership to disability rights, but now that we have left the EU we know very little about what will happen next.“It feels like the carpet has been pulled out from underneath us and we’re not sure whether the bare boards we’re now looking at are stable.”In a blog for Disability Now, John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, said the day of the referendum would “go down as the blackest day in the modern history for disabled people in the UK and for our human rights”.He said he was “dismayed, horrified and heartbroken about the consequences facing us and it is hard knowing which way to turn”.Miro Griffiths (pictured), a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the vote meant that the connection between disabled people in the UK, their European supporters, policies “that reflect the aspirations of the independent living movement”, and “decision makers that would collaborate with us” had been “severely damaged – possibly beyond repair”.He said: “Disabled people in the UK will become further marginalised as the state begins to dismantle social justice frameworks and destroy the support systems that – currently – do not meet the needs of those who require them.“The most startling factor to consider is that the majority of those who voted unwittingly accepted this.”But Rick Burgess, of Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “I think it’s important not to let the fear and panic the media and politicians are spreading distract us from the fight that is the same today as it was before: to reclaim and reinforce our human rights.“That struggle is probably going to be harder now, so we have to both increase our resolve and to make sure we look after one another.“Our advantage is we have been fighting for many years already, we are seasoned and experienced survivors, we are ahead of many non-disabled people who are only now just waking up to the threat from the far right.”The disabled crossbench peer Lord Low told fellow members of the House of Lords that there was a strong case for a second referendum, as called for in a petition on parliament’s website that by last night (Wednesday) had secured more than four million signatures.He said he believed the “leave” campaign had won the vote on what was “an essentially fraudulent prospectus”.He said: “They said that we could continue to trade with the EU on very similar terms without having to accept freedom of movement.“They said that there would be no adverse economic consequences, but we are already beginning to see them.“They made completely unrealistic promises as to what could be done with the resources saved from our EU contribution, and, most glaringly of all, with breath-taking cynicism and within hours of victory they were maintaining that they never said that Brexit would enable them to reduce the level of immigration.”The referendum result drew immediate support for disabled people in the UK from the two main Europe-wide disabled people’s organisations, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and ENIL.ENIL said it felt “sadness, disbelief and dejection” at the vote, emotions which it said were shared with the UK independent living and disability rights movements.It said: “We are deeply concerned about the prospect of disabled people in Britain being worse off and hit by further cuts.“Although discrimination and inequality affect many disabled people throughout Europe, there are numerous EU initiatives that have had a positive impact on our lives and have created a stronger legal basis to protect our rights.”It said it would “not leave our British disabled brothers and sisters behind and will do everything in our power to support them in their fight for independent living”.It added: “ENIL respects the democratic right of the British people to decide on their EU membership.“However, we are adamant that a strong human rights agenda throughout Europe is better achieved together.“ENIL will continue and intensify its collaboration with disabled people in the UK.”EDF said it accepted the result of the referendum with “regret”, and also promised to continue to work with disabled people’s organisations in the UK.Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF’s president, said: “EDF will continue to promote unity and solidarity within the disability movement all across Europe and will work very decisively on our common values against Euroscepticism, xenophobia, racism and all kinds of discrimination.“From this, we won’t exclude any people with disabilities or their organisations because of political choices.“We will collaborate with all organisations of persons with disabilities in Europe, including the UK, to ensure that Europe does not lose sight of the importance of human rights of all of its people: women, men, children, older people, persons with disabilities and people on the move across Europe and on our borders.”last_img read more

4 Novel Trademark Developments We Saw in 2017

first_imgTrademarks 4 Novel Trademark Developments We Saw in 2017 December 26, 2017 Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Jaia Thomas Image credit: Michael Zagaris | Getty Images –shares Next Article Attorney and Entrepreneur 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Current events quickly morph into trademarking sprees seeking to capitalize on what’s in the news. Guest Writer Add to Queue 3 min read To date, 594,107 trademark applications were filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this year, which is a 12 percent increase from last year. Here are some of the most interesting trademark trends of 2017:Make America…In 2015 the non-profit organization, Donald J. Trump for President, registered the phrase “Make America Great Again” as a federal trademark with the USPTO. This year hundreds of people decided to take Trump’s trademark and add their own twist to it.Related: President Trump Does This Every Morning — and There’s a Scientific Reason You Should, TooCurrently, there are over 150 active or pending trademarks with the phrase “Make America.” Some trademark applications that were submitted this year include: “Make America Date Again,” “Make America Thin Again,” “Make America Fresh Again” and “Make America Smart Again.” Take a knee.For the better part of 2017, debate and controversy surrounding the NFL national anthem boycott dominated the news. Several key phrases were born out of this movement, including the phrase “Take A Knee.” Over the past couple of months, two individuals filed trademark applications to register the phrase “Take a Knee.” And recently, an individual in New York filed an application to register the phrase “Take a Knee America.”Overall, there has been a surge in the number of trademark applications protecting slogans and phrases birthed out of protest movements (e.g. applications were also filed for such phrases “Women’s March” and “Proud to Protest”).Related: Transgender Rights? Citizens United? Should Brands Get Political?The Slants.For years the Asian-American rock band, The Slants, fought for the right to trademark their band name. The USPTO had adamantly opposed registering the name citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits the registration of any trademark that could “disparage or bring into contempt or dispute any persons living or dead.”This summer, the United States Supreme Court overruled the USPTO’s finding and allowed the group to move forward with registration. Since the ruling, there has been an uptick in the number of trademark applications that include or describe a racial trait or characteristic. Some recent trademark applications include: “Proud to be Latino” and “Harmless Black Man.”Social media icons.While many social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter, began trademarking their company names years ago, this year was the year they finally began to receive registration certificates for their icons.Related: What Is a Logo? Just the Beating Heart of Your Brand, That’s All.Instagram currently owns trademarks for their name as well for all their filters, such as Sierra and Hudson, and for their such abbreviations such as “Insta.” But, this year their camera icon was formally registered as trademark and so was Facebook’s thumbs-up like button. Facebook currently has 121 active or pending trademarks whereas Instagram currently has 75 active or pending trademarks. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

This Company Sold 180000 Worth of Actual BS on Black Friday

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This Company Sold $180,000 Worth of Actual B.S. on Black Friday 2 min read It’s safe to say that Cards Against Humanity, the wildly successful card game company, isn’t willing to play into the carnival of consumerism that is Black Friday.Last year, the company offered a “once-in-a-lifetime” price hike that resulted, ironically, in a slight sales increase. But this year, in an even fiercer act of rebellion, Cards Against Humanity removed the game from its online shop entirely, offering, instead, a $6 box of bullsh*t — “literal feces, from an actual bull,” the company’s website read on Nov. 28, according to the CBC.Even though the limited edition black boxes were explicitly labeled ‘Bullsh*t,’ shoppers were seemingly enthralled by the vulgar stunt: all 30,000 packages sold out in 30 minutes.That’s a total of $180,000 spent on animal poop — though the company noted it netted $6,000 after shipping costs, all of which it donated to Heifer International, a non-profit that distributes farm animals to impoverished communities.Related: VIDEO: Watch This Fearless Frenchman Laugh in the Face of Death on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle at 207 Miles Per HourAs some shoppers doubted that the company would actually post feces in the mail, many opened their packages this week with a mix of delight and disgust.  “I don’t think they would fit a card in here,” says this courageous unboxer, who breaks the dried piece of excrement in half to make sure nothing is hidden within. “Honestly, it’s just poop! I don’t know what I was expecting.”The company culled the excrement from a cattle ranch in Texas that sells pasteurized bull feces for shipments, reports Time.“We all really hate Black Friday, it’s just kind of a horrible day,” Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin said. “It comes after this day where you’re supposed to be thankful for what you have, and then it’s just this whole huge media spectacle of people fighting each other to save $50 on a TV.”Related: The Most Outrageous Thing Grant Cardone Did to Get Attention Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Publicity Stunts Geoff Weiss Former Staff Writer Add to Queue December 16, 2014 –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Mice sleeping fitfully help unravel mystery of insomnia

first_img Source:https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/mice-sleeping-fitfully-provide-clues-to-insomnia/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019Genetically engineered mice mimic common sleep problemsMice that sleep fitfully could help researchers unravel the mystery of insomnia.Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis studied mice genetically modified to mimic the genetic disease neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which is associated with sleep problems. They found that the animals, like some people with NF1, slept in short, irregular spurts. Studying these mice could help identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that go awry and cause fragmented sleep patterns in people with and without the disease, the researchers said.”The mice are a tool for us to understand how sleep disturbances arise and how sleep disruption contributes to problems with learning and attention,” said David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, the Donald O. Schnuck Family Professor of Neurology and the study’s senior author. “This could apply both to people with NF1 and others without NF1 who also have sleep problems.”The findings were published Jan. 4 in the Journal of Sleep Research.As many as half of people with NF1 – a condition that causes benign tumors in the brain and on nerves throughout the body – have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Learning disabilities and attention problems also are common in children with NF1, and both may be exacerbated by poor sleep. But doctors don’t know why some children with NF1 develop sleep problems and others don’t, nor can they do much to help them sleep better.”Right now we just treat children and adults with NF1 and sleep problems like we treat patients without NF1 because we don’t understand what causes them,” said Gutmann, who also directs the Neurofibromatosis Center at Washington University.Related StoriesPoor sleep associated with high blood pressureCBT for insomnia delivered via telemedicine is as effective as face-to-face deliveryUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepCo-first author Corina Anastasaki, PhD, an instructor in neurology, bred mice with a mutation in their Nf1 gene similar to what is seen in people with NF1. Then, co-first author Nicholas Rensing and Michael J. Wong, MD, PhD, the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Professor of Pediatric Neurology, fitted onto the mice miniature versions of the caps people wear for sleep studies, enabling them to measure brain waves and identify sleep patterns.Mice normally sleep during the day and, like people, cycle several times from deep, dreamless sleep to REM sleep – or dreaming – and back again. Mice with an Nf1 mutation, however, tended to wake up soon after they entered deep sleep. The result was a fragmented, and probably not restful, day of sleep.”Throughout the whole night and day, they fell asleep and woke up when they shouldn’t have,” Anastasaki said. “They fell into deep sleep, but they didn’t stay there.”Although the mice were engineered to mimic human NF1 disease, they could yield insights about the biological underpinnings of sleep in general, which could help people with sleep problems unrelated to NF1. About a third of American adults report some degree of insomnia, and 15 percent have chronic insomnia that lasts three months or more.”It is hard to study sleep problems in people because there are so many factors that influence how well you sleep – maybe you’re stressed out, maybe you’re sick, maybe you’re taking care of a new baby,” Gutmann said. “But now we have a controlled system that we can use to start looking at which cells and proteins are involved, and which biological factors influence sleep quality. Only when we understand the problem better will we be able to find better ways to treat it.”last_img read more

Researchers identify way to improve common treatment for PTSD

first_img Source:https://dellmed.utexas.edu/news/new-research-identifies-potential-ptsd-treatment-improvement Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 19 2019Researchers may have found a way to improve a common treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less severely to fearful conditions, according to research published in Journal of Neuroscience.The study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School suggests a potential improvement to exposure therapy – the current gold standard for PTSD treatment and anxiety reduction – which helps people gradually approach their trauma-related memories and feelings by confronting those memories in a safe setting, away from actual threat.In a study of 46 healthy adults, researchers compared participants’ emotional reactions to replacing an unpleasant electric shock on the wrist with a surprise neutral tone, instead of simply turning off the shocks. Omitting the feared shocks is the current norm in exposure therapy. The participants’ brain activity was measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Their emotional reactions were measured by how much they were sweating from their hands.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyCompared with simply turning off the shocks, replacing the feared shocks with a neutral tone was associated with stronger activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex – an area critical for learning safety and inhibiting fear. Replacing the feared shock with a simple tone also lowered participants’ emotional reactions to pictures that previously had been associated with the electric shock when participants were tested the next day.”This simple treatment of replacing an expected threat with an innocuous sound resulted in a long-lasting memory of safety, which suggests that the brain may be able to better control its fear response by means of a pretty straightforward, nonpharmaceutical intervention,” says lead study author Joseph Dunsmoor, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School.In the study, Dunsmoor’s team randomly divided participants to two groups – those who had the shock turned off and those who had the shock replaced by a neutral tone. Both groups were exposed to a picture of a face paired with an electric shock on the wrist on day one of the study. The groups were then exposed to the pictures with the shock turned off, or with the shock replaced by the surprising tone. Both groups returned the next day to measure brain activity and emotional reactions to the fear-conditioned pictures.The researchers measured participants’ brain activity to the fear-conditioned pictures using fMRI scans. They also measured participants’ emotional responses to the threat of receiving an electric shock based on the amount of sweat recorded from a hand.”It is well known that the brain learns by surprise,” says Dunsmoor. “Our study suggests that replacing expected aversive events with neutral and unexpected events, even a simple tone, is one way to capture attention so that the brain can learn to regulate fear more effectively.”last_img read more

New personalized prosthetic liners could help more amputees walk again

first_imgWe use pressure sensors inside the liner to check that the pressure is not too high, which could cause skin damage.Secondly we use motion capture technology to check that the movement of John’s lower limbs is symmetrical and we also measure him walking across force plates to ensure there is no overloading in his knee, ankle and hip joints.We’ve found this new liner reduces the pressure on the stump significantly, reducing the risk of skin damage and making it more comfortable to walk.We hope this technology will help many amputees in the future.” The researchers are continuing to test and develop this approach, working with John as well as other volunteers joining the study this autumn, to further improve the process and fit of these liners.They hope to demonstrate this approach is economically viable for use in the NHS and believe this can reduce the burden and costs on the NHS as well as dramatically improve the quality of life of amputees using prosthetics. Source:University of Bath By working closely with the NHS rehab team at the Bristol Centre for Enablement we’ve learnt a lot about the real issues faced by amputees.This project came about from conversations with amputees and prosthetists and is focused on providing a new solution that has genuine potential for adoption for the majority of users – rather than just a lucky few with comprehensive health insurance.” CAMERA Centre Manager, Matt Young, added: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new way of designing and manufacturing bespoke prosthetic liners, in less than a day.This potentially life-changing project combines advances in computer science with an innovative manufacturing process to create affordable new personalized prosthetic liners for lower limb amputees.There are more than 45,000 people in England alone who rely on prosthetic limbs, with more than 5,000 people each year having new lower-limb amputations. For these individuals, the interface between their residual limb (the amputation site) and their artificial limb is of critical importance for maintaining healthy, active lives, and a good fit could make the difference in whether or not they walk again.Following an amputation, a person’s residual limb constantly changes in shape and size during the healing process, which can last between 12-18 months. This variation can result in the liner fitting poorly, leading to tissue damage, causing pain and discomfort for amputees. This is exacerbated by patient activity levels and environmental conditions such as hot weather. This discomfort can lead to patients abandoning their prosthesis and rehabilitation regime, instead being forced to rely on a wheelchair.This project, drawing on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Bath’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department for Health and Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), is a new approach to providing the liners which fit inside the prosthetic socket that attaches to the artificial leg.Amputees must currently return to their NHS prosthetist every time their limb changes size for their socket to be replaced or adjusted; many times in the first year following amputation. By providing a series of personalized liners of different sizes, that all fit within the same prosthetic socket, the frequency of these visits can be reduced, improving patient well-being and saving the NHS time and money.Using a state-of-the-art scanner which quickly captures 3D shape, the research team precisely scans an amputee’s residuum. The scanned data is then used to create a full digital model of the residuum which is subsequently used to design the personalized liner. The liner is then manufactured using a cryogenic machining technique, negating the need for complex and time-consuming molds.At Bath, the researchers are using a soft polymer neoprene-like material – similar to that used in wetsuits – for the liner, which is more comfortable than the silicon liners used by the NHS. The entire process takes less than a day from scanning right through to the physical liner being fitted.Case study: John RobertsThe Bath researchers are currently trialling this approach with an amputee volunteer John Roberts. He was born with one leg shorter than the other, but despite multiple operations, he suffered years of chronic pain before finally electing for amputation in 2017. After lifelong pain, John found living post-amputation a relief, but as his stump healed, it changed shape over time and the socket of the prosthetic limb began to rub, causing blisters and irritation.To help his socket fit his stump, he currently wears multiple socks and a silicone layer, but with the new liner he can just simply wear this next to his skin because it fits perfectly.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?AMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyThis not only gives a more comfortable fit, but makes it easier and faster to fit the limb, meaning John can quickly put on his prosthetic if he needs to get out of bed at night or in the case of a fire.John said: “I’ve been quite active since the amputation, enjoying walking and gardening again, so my stump has changed shape a lot, meaning I have to wear up to six layers of socks to make sure the prosthetic still fits properly.”I’ve had a few issues with rubbing causing blood blisters with my socket. But with this new liner, blisters aren’t really a problem.”The other really good thing is that I can put on my leg quickly in an emergency. I was very impressed with the new liner, it’s amazing what you can do with technology!”To test the new liner, the researchers inserted pressure sensors inside the socket to check the fit of the liner and used motion capture technology to monitor John’s gait.Dr Elena Seminati, Lecturer in Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Bath, said: Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Vimal Dhokia, said: There’s a window of around 18 months where an amputee decides whether to use prosthetics to learn to walk again or use a wheelchair. Unfortunately, this is a time the residuum changes in size and shape as part of the healing process, making it difficult to get a good fitting.Our technology will help achieve a comfortable fit for the patient and really make a difference in helping them walk again and improve their quality of life.”last_img read more

YouTube driving global consumption of music

first_imgIf you are listening to music, chances are you’re on YouTube. Music piracy on increase worldwide: industry group A music consumer report by the industry’s global body IFPI published on Tuesday found that 86 percent of us listen to music through on-demand streaming.And nearly half that time, 47 percent is spent on YouTube.Video as a whole accounted for 52 percent of the time we spent streaming music, posing challenges to such subscription services as Spotify and SoundCloud.But while Spotify’s estimated annual revenue per user was $20 (17.5 euros), YouTube’s was less than a dollar.The London-based IFPI issued a broader overview in April that found digital sales for the first time making up the majority of global revenues thanks to streaming.The report published on Tuesday looked into where and when we listen to music.It found that three in four people globally use smartphones, with the rate among 16 to 24 year olds reaching 94 percent.The highest levels were recorded in India, where 96 percent of consumers used smartphones for music, including 99 percent of young adults.But music does not end when we put away our phones, with 86 percent globally also listening to radio.Copyright infringement was still a big issue, with unlicensed music accounting for 38 percent of what was consumed around the world.”This report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face -– both in the form of the evolving threat of digital copyright infringement as well as in the failure to achieve fair compensation from some user-upload services,” said IFPI chief Frances Moore.The report noted that “96% of consumers in China and 96% in India listen to licensed music”.It did not, however, say how many of those consumers also listened to music that infringed copyrights.Overall, the average consumer spent 2.5 hours a day listening to music, with the largest share of it consumed while driving, the industry report said. Explore further A YouTube;s corporate headquarters in San Bruno, California on April 03, 2018. Gunshots erupted at YouTube’s offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response, before the shooter—a woman—apparently committed suicide.Police said three people had been hospitalized with gunshot injuries following the shooting in the city of San Bruno, and that a female suspect was found dead at the scene. “We have one subject who is deceased inside the building with a self-inflicted wound,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told reporters. “At this time, we believe it to be the shooter.”center_img Citation: YouTube driving global consumption of music (2018, October 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-youtube-global-consumption-music.html © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

BJP TMC clash in Bengals Bongaon over noconfidence motion in civic body

first_img Press Trust of India Bongaon (WB)July 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 19:30 IST Members of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP clashed in Bongaon in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Tuesday over a no-confidence motion in the civic body, police said.There were, however, no immediate reports of any injury or arrest in the incident.Police said bombs were hurled during the clash which took place in front of the Bongaon Municipality office.Following the incident, prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC was clamped and rapid action force personnel were deployed, police said.Patrolling by security forces is on in the area.ALSO READ | Fresh violence in Bengal’s Bhatpara-Kankinara as miscreants ransack maternity home, hurl bombsALSO WATCH | BJP, TMC workers clash in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow BengalFollow West BengalFollow Trinamool Congress BJP, TMC clash in Bengal’s Bongaon over no-confidence motion in civic bodyMembers of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP clashed in Bongaon in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Tuesday over a no-confidence motion in the civic body, police said.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi granted bail in Ahmedabad bank defamation case on Rs 15000

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:43 IST Rahul Gandhi comes out of the court after the defamation case hearing. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Gandhi has been granted bail on a bond of Rs 15,000Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank had filed a criminal defamation suit against GandhiAmit Shah is one of the directors of the cooperative bankRahul Gandhi has been granted bail in the criminal defamation suit filed against him by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel.During the hearing, when the metropolitan court judge asked him if he accepts his crime, Rahul Gandhi said, “I am not a criminal.”Rahul Gandhi was present for the defamation case hearing at the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court.The court granted Rahul Gandhi bail on a bond of Rs 15,000.The defamation suit was filed last year after Gandhi and Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank was involved in a “scam” to swap Rs 745.59 crore in swapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation announcement on November 8, 2016.Union home minister Amit Shah is one of the directors of the ADC Bank.The court issued summonses to the two leaders on April 9 after finding prima facie evidence against them.The complainants said that the Congress leaders levelled “false and defamatory allegations” against the bank.The court had conducted an inquiry under section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before summoning Gandhi and Surjewala.The section deals with inquiry to decide whether there is sufficient ground for proceeding against a person.Gandhi and Surjewala’s allegations were based on the reply given by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to an RTI query of a Mumbai-based activist.ADCB and Patel have denied that the bank exchanged such a huge amount of swapped currency as alleged.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Have not demanded front-row seat for Rahul Gandhi in Parliament: CongressAlso Watch | Is Rahul Gandhi’s strategy now to demonise RSS and play martyr?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Next Rahul Gandhi granted bail in Ahmedabad bank defamation case on Rs 15,000 bondRahul Gandhi has been granted bail in the criminal defamation case filed by an Ahmedabad bank.advertisementlast_img read more