first_img Related News Royal baby: Kate, wife of UK Prince William, gives birth to a boy; how the day unfolded By Reuters |London | Published: June 30, 2019 7:13:46 am Prince William and Kate to visit Pakistan in the autumn Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (File/Warren Allott/Pool via AP)Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan in the autumn at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said on Saturday.Further details will be provided in due course, their office said. Pakistan’s high commissioner in London welcomed the announcement.🇵🇰 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.Further details will be advised in due course.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 29, 2019“The upcoming Royal Visit is a reflection of the importance the United Kingdom attaches to its relations with Pakistan,” said Mohammad Nafees Zakaria. “The two countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further,” he said Here’s how the new royal baby changes the line of succession to the British crown Anne Hathaway is following Prince William-Kate’s parenting trick. Here’s how it helps Post Comment(s)last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 8 2018European Union funded researchers have launched the first international network to identify and understand problems associated with Internet use, such as gambling, pornography, bullying, excessive social media use. The Manifesto for a European Research Network into Problematic Usage of the Internet is published today in the peer-reviewed journal, European Neuropsychopharmacology.The European Problematic Use of the Internet (EU-PUI) Research Network, which has to date been awarded €520,000 funding from the EU’s COST program (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), has agreed priorities for the study of problems associated with Internet use, what causes these problems, and how society can best deal with them. Identification of these priorities allows robust evidence-based proposals to be developed to feed into the next major round of EU funding, the €100bn Horizon Europe project.Most Internet use is harmless, but recently significant concerns have grown over how Internet use might affect public health, especially mental health, and wellbeing. The World Health Organisation has recognised Problematic Use of the Internet (PUI) since 2014, and it is about to include the new diagnosis of Gaming Disorder in the forthcoming revised International Classification of Mental Disorders (ICD-11), to be released shortly. Nevertheless, research on PUI has been fragmented and mainly at a national level, meaning that it is difficult to understand the international picture, or to work with a big enough group of patients to develop meaningful comparisons. To address this, the COST programme has funded an expanding EU-PUI network, currently including 123 researchers from 38 countries. Plans for the network originated in the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders Network, and the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, and extends to include non-EU experts from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.The Network’s Chair, Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Naomi Fineberg (University of Hertfordshire), said:”This network includes the best researchers in the field, and the network will drive the PUI research agenda for the foreseeable future. Problematic Use of the Internet is a serious issue. Just about everyone uses the Internet, but much information on problem use is still lacking. Research has often been confined to individual countries, or problematic behaviours such as Internet gaming. So we don’t know the real scale of the problem, what causes problematic use, or whether different cultures are more prone to problematic use than others.These proposals are aimed at allowing researchers’ to identify what we know and what we don’t know. For example, it may be that cultural or family factors affect the extent to which people develop problems, but that needs research to determine.Understanding the biological, psychological and social processes underlying problematic usage of the Internet stands to improve prevention and treatment strategies. Ultimately, we hope to be able to identify those most at risk from the Internet before the problem takes hold, and to develop effective interventions that reduce its harms both at an individual and public health level.These are questions which need to be answered internationally. The internet is international, and many of the problems associated with it are international, meaning that any solutions need to be viewed in a global perspective. We need standard methods so we can make meaningful comparisons.Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersGoing teetotal shown to improve women’s mental healthHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance typeThere’s no doubt that some of the mental health problems we are looking at appear rather like addiction, such as on-line gambling or gaming. Some tend towards the OCD end of the spectrum, like compulsive social-media checking. But we will need more than just psychiatrists and psychologists to help solve these problems, so we need to bring together a range of experts, such as neuroscientists, geneticists, child and adult psychiatrists, those with the lived experience of these problems and policy – makers, in the decisions we make about the Internet.We need to remember that the Internet is not a passive medium; we know that many programmes or platforms earn their money by keeping people involved and by encouraging continued participation; and they may need to be regulated – not just from a commercial viewpoint, but also from a public health perspective5″.The team has identified 9 main areas of research, including such things as what PUI really is, how we measure it, how it affects health, are there genetic or social factors, and others.1.What is problematic use of the internet?2.How do we measure problem use, especially in different cultures and age groups?3.How does problem use affect health and quality of life?4.What long-terms studies do we need to show if the problems change over time?5.How can we make it easier to recognise problem use?6.What does genetics and personality tell us?7.Do different cultures, family influences or design features of websites and applications impact on problem use?8.How can we develop and test preventative interventions and treatments?9.Can we develop biomarkers?Naomi Fineberg continued, “We now need to begin to discuss the priorities set out in this paper, both with scientists and the public. We begin with a meeting in Barcelona on 10th October, which is also World Mental Health Day, just after the ECNP Congress, where we will begin to take evidence from the public”.Note; this public meeting will be streamed from 5 pm local time on 10th October from this site: Professor David Nutt (Imperial College, London) said:”As the internet takes up larger and larger parts of our life it is important to prepare for possible negative consequences. This manifesto is a significant step in this direction as it sets out a research programme run by top experts from many European and other countries that will monitor and provide potential solutions to such emergent adverse effects”.Professor Nutt is not involved in this work, this is an independent comment.This publication is based upon work from COST Action CA 16207, supported by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). COST is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. COST Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation. Source: read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 5 2018Researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments.”Alzheimer’s, like breast cancer, is not one disease,” said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor in general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “I think a good drug might fail in a clinical trial because not all the subjects have the same kind of Alzheimer’s.This study, published in the recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry, involves 19 researchers from several institutions, including Boston University School of Medicine, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Indiana University School of Medicine.The researchers put 4,050 people with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease into six groups based on their cognitive functioning at the time of diagnosis and then used genetic data to find biological differences across these groups.”The implications are exciting,” said corresponding author Paul Crane, professor of general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We have found substantial biological differences among cognitively defined subgroups of Alzheimer’s patients.”Identification of cognitive subgroups related to genetic differences is an important step toward developing a precision medicine approach for Alzheimer’s disease.The participants received cognitive scores in four domains: memory, executive functioning, language, and visuospatial functioning.The largest group (39%) had scores in all four domains that were fairly close to each other. The next largest group (27%) had memory scores substantially lower than their other scores. Smaller groups had language scores substantially lower than their other scores (13%), visuospatial functioning scores substantially lower than their other scores (12%), and executive functioning scores substantially lower than their other scores (3%). There were 6% who had two domains that were substantially lower than their other scores.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionThe participants came from five studies, and it took more than two years to standardize the neuropsychological test scores across all the studies in order to detect meaningful patterns. The mean age was 80, 92 percent self-reported white race, and 61 percent were female.The investigators used genome-wide genetic data to find out if the subgroups are biologically distinct.Investigators found 33 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) – specific locations throughout the genome – where the genetic association was very strong for one of the subgroups. These genetic relationships were stronger than the strongest effects found by an earlier and much larger international consortium study where Alzheimer’s disease was treated as a single homogeneous condition.Several years ago, the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project Consortium published the largest genome-wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease and found about 20 SNPs associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk.This study found 33 additional SNPs with even stronger relationships with a single subgroup.The study also found a particularly strong relationship between a particular variant of the APOE gene and risk for the memory subgroup. The APOE e4 allele is a very strong risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease for people with European ancestry, and it also appears to influence which cognitive subtype of Alzheimer’s a person is likely to develop.People can currently find out if they have an APOE e4 allele with direct-to-consumer testing; however, the researchers note that many people with an APOE e4 allele never develop Alzheimer’s disease, and many who don’t carry any known genetic risk factor nevertheless end up with the condition.While world leaders want to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025, so far no one has been able to develop an effective treatment let alone a cure. But this study suggests that thinking of Alzheimer’s disease as six distinct conditions may provide a way forward.”This study is not the end, it’s a start,” said Mukherjee.​last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 17 2019Brain-computer interfaces promise to restore communication for individuals with severe speech and physical impairments. Current brain computer interfaces share many features of high-tech, conventional augmentative and alternative communication systems, but via direct brain link. Choosing the “right” brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical.Jonathan Brumberg, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at the University of Kansas, will present on this subject and demonstrate a variety of brain-computer interfaces in his talk, “Evolution in Technology to Aid and Restore Communication,” at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.Related StoriesResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskWhat: “Talking without Speaking: Overcoming Communication Challenges with Technology,” a scientific sessions panel at AAAS.Who: Jonathan Brumberg, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; brumberg@ku.eduWhen: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Sunday, February 17, 2019Where: Marriott Wardman Park – Thurgood Marshall Ballroom East, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, D.C., 20008Background (panel description): Millions live with developmental or acquired communication disorders that significantly limit their ability to communicate with those around them. People can be left at a loss for words because of disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, or intellectual disability, as well as acquired disorders such as stroke and brain injury. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) helps people overcome communication barriers via a range of high- and low-tech options. No longer simply science fiction, brain-computer interfaces can now be a plausible solution for acquired disorders. Evolving mobile technology has helped to normalize AAC use by making tablet and smartphones central to everyday interaction. However, the attitude that there’s an app for everything creates its own problems. First, basic language challenges, such as aphasia and autism, require well-organized interface designs and partner support for successful AAC use. For people with relatively intact cognitive-linguistic skills, barriers include physical access to devices. The recipe for successful communication for people needing AAC requires the right technology as well as an understanding of user abilities and limitations. While possibilities are endless, considerations about the application of technology must always be at the forefront of AAC implementation practice. The session explores these scientific opportunities and pragmatic challenges.last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019A qualitative study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health yielded nine patient-driven recommendations across circumstances that include changes to insurance, supportive services and financial assistance to reduce long-term, breast cancer-related economic burden.The study appears online March 6 in the journal Cancer.U.S. breast cancer patients experience considerable economic burdens compared with those who have other types of cancer. The financial burdens are often exacerbated for patients who are managing treatment side effects, particularly breast cancer-related lymphedema, swelling of the arms or torso commonly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery.Over 250,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Lymphedema affects nearly 35 percent of U.S. breast cancer survivors, and results in an estimated $14,877 in out-of-pocket costs in the first two years of a diagnosis for patients who develop lymphedema. Previous research suggests that 10 years post-diagnosis, breast cancer survivors with lymphedema have over double the health care costs as those not affected by lymphedema.”No one should have to make a choice between their health and their money. Yet breast cancer survivors face incredibly high prices that can lead to severe financial hardships, even bankruptcy,” says lead author Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology. “These recommendations offer ways to adapt a range of policies and practices that would make it more likely that breast cancer survivors can afford and attain the care they need.”Previous studies of breast cancer patients focused on provider and insurer perspectives on reducing costs, but not the patient, notes Dean. “This study offered breast cancer survivors a voice to tell us what they think should be done to make their lives better,” says Dean.For the study, interviews were conducted with 40 long-term breast cancer survivors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2015. Participants were chosen to ensure a range of ages, lifestyles and severity of lymphedema. Of the 40 participants, 24 had lymphedema. The interviews were designed to better understand the financial problems participants faced after cancer, what types of issues they may have had with insurers, who they asked for help and what they thought should happen so that future breast cancer survivors could avoid high costs.The interviewees offered nine actionable recommendations: Provide assistance with understanding what is covered under insurance and how to navigate changes when switching to a new insurance provider Ensure high-quality insurance that covers required and elective cancer services with low co-pays, premiums and deductibles Expand insurance coverage for lymphedema-specific supplies and lymphedema management, including long-term physical therapy and complementary and alternative medical treatments Address psychosocial costs by expanding support groups and buddy services Expand the availability of home health care services after cancer treatment Provide domestic assistance with household chores, child care and transportation Expand eligibility for financial aid and social services to those who are not in poverty Provide financial counseling or navigation throughout the diagnosis and treatment process Expand policies that protect employment and medical leave to offer more acceptable leave timecenter_img Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedPrevious recommendations included affordable insurance, prompt information on costs and access to financial navigation and peer support. In this study, recommendations include institutional changes and policies that patients see as setting or driving costs.Patient-driven recommendations to keep insurance costs low have been criticized for potentially driving up costs for insurers. As a counter argument, the authors offer an example: In one state, expanding coverage for lymphedema services and treatment lowered patient out-of-pocket costs and lymphedema-related hospitalizations, while having a less than 0.1 percent impact on costs for insurance claims and less than a 0.2 percent impact on insurance premiums after 10 years.Several states (California, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia) have passed legislation that expands lymphedema treatment coverage under existing insurance. Congress has considered, but not yet passed, legislation that would do the same across the nation.Survey participants offered several ideas for changes to private business services and nonprofits. For example, mortgage deferment services, which are currently used for other reasons besides health, could be used to reduce expenses that could then be used for cancer treatment.While many nonprofits currently have charitable assistance programs, study participants suggested that eligibility for assistance be determined by whether or not the patient has access to additional resources, rather than on poverty guidelines. Additionally, physicians and health providers could make referrals for financial counseling services during the course of care.The researchers suggest that without changes, the out-of-pocket costs will continue to pose a challenge for the growing number of breast cancer survivors in the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgThis means that doctors who help these patients should be aware that they have a high risk of bleeding and should therefore not prescribe too much anticoagulant medicine.”Kasper Adelborg, Aarhus University Blood clot in the heart: Forty per cent higher. Blood clot in the brain: Twenty per cent higher. Blood clot in the legs and lungs: over three hundred per cent higher. Bleeding: Two hundred per cent higher. Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerHe adds that with each individual patient there is still a need to weigh up the overall risk of a blood prop and bleeding, which includes taking into account the patient’s age, medical history, other diseases, lifestyle etc. before choosing a treatment.Major preventative potential:The new study, which has been published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, corroborates previous studies, though researchers have not previously looked at the entire group of hematological cancer patients together – and neither were there any studies covering so many years. Additionally, previous studies have either focused solely on blood clots or bleeding.Kasper Adelborg emphasizes that there are major differences in the prognoses for the different patient groups. For example. only a few children develop a blood prop of suffer bleeding in the years after suffering from leukemia, while far more patients with e.g. bone marrow cancer develop blood props and/or bleeding.”The potential for prevention is particularly large in the latter group,” he says.In relation to the population as a whole, the study shows the heightened risk for hematological cancer patients: Source:Aarhus UniversityJournal reference:Adelborg, K. et al. (2019) Risk of thromboembolic and bleeding outcomes following hematological cancers: A Danish population‐based cohort study. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 27 2019New Danish research may help direct focus towards the serious complications that on average every fifth hematological cancer patient suffers. This is according to medical doctor and PhD Kasper Adelborg from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, who has studied the cases of 32,000 hematological cancer patients between the years 2000-2013. Hematological cancer includes leukemia, bone marrow cancer and cancers of the lymph nodes.”This is a broad group of patients with very different disease experiences depending on the type of hematological cancer. Some patients have a particular risk of suffering blood clots, while others have instead a higher risk of bleeding such as e.g. gastrointestinal bleeding,” says Kasper Adelborg, before stating that the new knowledge can be used for even better prevention and individualized treatment:”If a person has a high risk of suffering a blood clot, treatment with anticoagulant medicine can benefit some patients. But anticoagulant medicine is not desirable if the risk of suffering bleeding is higher. This is a difficult clinical problem, but our study can set goals for what carries most weight for each individual type of cancer,” he says.One example is the disease myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a type of bone marrow cancer. Here the study showed that the risk of bleeding within ten years was approx. fifteen per cent, while the risk of suffering a blood prop was lower.last_img read more

Traditionally, EEG brain scans are used to diagnose medical conditions such as epilepsy or sleep disorders. More recently, EEG brain scans have been introduced as a way to detect emotions which opens doors beyond the medical field. Researchers are looking into e-learning applications, and developers of virtual games are exploring the possibilities of emotion-based e-gaming. Such application domains require real-time emotion detection, which can be achieved through wireless EEG headsets.Challenges in EEG electrode placement, and user comfort for long term usage are the key deterrents in using EEG signals beyond clinical purpose. Imec’s EEG headset combines user comfort with its cutting-edge low-power technology, active high-quality EEG dry-electrodes from Datwyler and advanced software to accurately monitor in real time frontal EEG signals that are related to emotional state. The system contains a headphone jack and is Bluetooth (r) compatible for music streaming. With the integration of music playback, the system can not only measure, but also influence the emotions of the person that is wearing the headset. With the help of Artificial Intelligence our headset can learn the personal musical preferences of the wearer and compose and playback, in real-time, music that fits his preferences and influences his emotions to achieve the wearers’ desired emotional state. The machine learning algorithms to achieve this were developed by Osaka University under the Center of Innovation (COI) Program integrating personalized emotion classification and real-time music composition into the system.”Imec’s extensive expertise in this domain is a result of nearly a decade of work in creating circuits and compact systems for wearable EEG monitoring,” stated Chris Van Hoof, senior director connected health solutions. “Leveraging the expertise of our project partners: Osaka University and Datwyler, we could develop a new type of EEG headset that will be vital for clinical research on emotion estimation in therapeutic environments or for neurofeedback through aural stimulation for relaxation, cognitive enhancement and memory improvement purposes. Since the headset is pre-fitted with electrodes, this eliminates the need for expertise in electrode placement and can be used on a regular basis with minimal setup time. We’re excited about how the headset can be leveraged in the gaming community to develop enhanced and more immersive games.” “Our expertise in machine learning and personalized emotion classification helped us to build a unique EEG system that links music that is offered through the headphones with emotional changes,” stated professor Masayuki Numao from the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) ,Osaka University. “We have achieved this Brain Melody system by combining model-based emotion recognition with techniques for real-time music composition and musical expression.””We are excited to be part of imec’s endeavour in creating the paradigm shift in wearable EEG monitoring,” says Ronny Vrijens, Head of New Product Development at Datwyler Pharma Packaging International. “Together with imec, we have significantly improved the reliability, EEG signal quality, and ease of integration of the dry electrodes used in this new EEG headset.” Explore further Citation: EEG headset for emotion detection (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Jan. 9-12, 2018, imec and Holst Centre will demonstrate a prototype of an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that can measure emotions and cognitive processes in the brain. The headset is a major breakthrough in emotion measurement for therapeutic, learning and gaming applications. Wireless EEG headset for emergency room and intensive care unit patients Provided by IMEC Credit: IMEC 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

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. The social media giant said it is barring ads for “financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency.”Initial coin offerings or ICOs are a way for companies to raise funds by selling investors cryptographic assets.Fraud is common in the world of red hot digital currencies such as bitcoin.This week, for instance, the US Securities and Exchange Commission shut down an initial coin offering by a Texas company called AriseBank.AriseBank was accused of relying on celebrity endorsers such as boxer Evander Holyfield and social media to cheat investors out of $600 million of its goal of $1 billion for a currency it called “AriseCoin.”In a blog post announcing the news, Facebook product management director Rob Leathern hinted that Facebook may modify the new policy at some point to allow bona fide crypto-related businesses to advertise again.”We want people to continue to discover and learn about new products and services through Facebook ads without fear of scams or deception,” Leathern wrote. “That said, there are many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith.””This policy is intentionally broad while we work to better detect deceptive and misleading advertising practices, and enforcement will begin to ramp up across our platforms including Facebook, Audience Network and Instagram. We will revisit this policy and how we enforce it as our signals improve,” he added. As Bitcoin, other currencies soar, regulators urge caution Facebook wants people to use the network “without fear of scams or deception” © 2018 AFP Facebook says it is banning all ads related to cryptocurrencies in an effort to fight scams. Citation: Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

© 2018 AFP Citation: Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecast (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The aerospace giant reported that earnings surged 56.9 percent from the first three months of 2017, rising to $2.5 billion. Revenues rose 6.5 percent to $23.4 billion.The upbeat report sent the company’s share price higher, and reflects the health of the airline industry as flying becomes much more common in the Middle East, Asia and other developing regions.A big player in China, Boeing has often been seen as vulnerable to a trade war between Washington and Beijing, a possibility that topped Wall Street’s list of worries earlier this month but has receded of late amid softer rhetoric between and the prospect of talks in coming days.Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said he was encouraged that the US planned to send a high-level trade team to Beijing. President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to China soon.”We know aerospace is very important to both countries and while some initial statements have been made about potential tariffs, none of those severe actions have been implemented,” Muilenburg said on a conference call with analysts and reporters. “And we’re frankly encouraged by the continuing dialogue and we’ve heard from leadership in both countries that both are seeking to find negotiated positions that will be productive for both countries.”Muilenburg said Boeing’s supply chain had not been significantly affected by tariffs on aluminum and other measures that have been implemented.Cargo demand risingIn the quarter ending March 31, Boeing notched higher commercial plane deliveries compared with the year-ago period. Planes with gains included the narrow-aisle 737 and the 787 “Dreamliner.” The aerospace giant has been consulting with customers on launching a possible “middle market” plane that would fall between its narrow-body model, which carries up to 200 people, and its wide-body design, which typically flies around 300.The company said it would raise production for the Boeing 767 plane to three a month from 2.5 due to strength in the cargo market as industrial demand picks up.Earnings in Boeing’s defense division were lifted by strong weapons volume. The company won new business from Kuwait and said it was on track with the KC-46 tanker program, a US Air Force transport aircraft contract that has led to unexpected cost increases in prior quarters.A report earlier this month by the US Government Accountability Office warned that deliveries of the first fully capable KC-46 tankers could slip to May 2019 from the current timetable of October 2018, citing a number of risks to the timeframe that need to be mitigated.But Muilenburg said the company was making “steady progress” on the project and towards delivering the first 18 tankers this year.Iranian deliveries delayedOther key questions surrounding Boeing include the status of talks with Brazilian company Embraer on a potential collaboration that must be blessed by the government in Brasilia.Boeing also could be impacted if President Donald Trump scotches the nuclear agreement between Iran and major governments that opened the door to commercial plane sales in the sanctions-constrained country.Muilenburg said Boeing has delayed deliveries of 777 planes to Iran in line with the US government process and its targets for 2018 had not accounted for them.”The plan that we outlined for your is not dependent on the Iranian orders,” he said. “If those orders do come to fruition, if we do ultimately deliver airplanes, those represent opportunities for us.” Shares climbed 2.3 percent to $336.58 in midday trading, the biggest gainer in the Dow. Boeing profits jumped, and the company upgraded its earnings forecast for this year Wednesday amid a strong commercial aviation market and as executives expressed optimism the US and China will avoid a trade war. 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. High product, labor costs lead to decline in Boeing’s profit The Boeing logo on the first Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplane is pictured during its rollout for media in March 2017 read more

first_img___SCREEN TIMEFully open, there’s plenty of real estate on the Galaxy Fold’s main screen, which measures 7.3 inches (18.5 centimeters) diagonally. It’s great if you want to take and review photos, watch videos or read e-books without squinting. Multi-tasking is also possible with up to three apps open at the same time. Wide open, the Fold felt more like a small tablet than a smartphone, which suggests that one possible market is people who want both kinds of devices but don’t want to buy two.As with anything that folds, there’s a crease. It runs down the center of the screen and is visible at certain angles, though I didn’t really notice it when using the apps. Samsung developed a new adhesive to glue the composite polymer screen together, and promises it can withstand being opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years. Citation: New Samsung handset: Innovation hinges on folding screen (2019, April 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. When Samsung said this year it would launch a smartphone with a folding screen, the big question was whether the innovation was something people actually wanted or needed. ___OPEN AND SHUTClosed, the Galaxy Fold is about 6.3 centimeters wide and 16 centimeters long (2.5 by 6.3 inches). It felt like holding a TV remote control, but heavier. The phone’s two panels are held shut by magnets, so a bit of force is needed to get it open. With a little practice I was able to do it one-handed by jamming my thumb between the two sections to pop them apart.Samsung spent nearly five years working on the hinge, which went through more than 1,000 prototypes. It uses cogs and gears to give it a smooth feel and has two open positions. First, it unfolds to 140 degrees—handy if you want to put it down on your desk but still need to angle part of the screen for a video call, for example. Bend it further and the screen silently and solidly opens to a flat position. To close the phone, you click it out of the open position and snap the sides shut. The Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone is seen in its folded position, during a media preview event in London, Tuesday April 16, 2019. Samsung is hoping the innovation of smartphones with folding screens reinvigorates the market. (AP Photo/Kelvin Chan) Is the Galaxy Fold a gimmick to help sell more smartphones in a slowing market or a true breakthrough that will change how we use our devices?Major manufacturers have in recent years been largely updating smartphones with marginal improvements like better cameras and face scanning technology, so skepticism has been high.The South Korean electronics company this week offered the media a hands-on preview ahead of the release in the U.S. this month, and the first impression is that a folding screen in some circumstances might be a useful innovation—but at a cost of almost $2,000 it won’t be a mass market product anytime soon.___WHY A FOLDABLE SCREEN?As people increasingly use their phones to do data-hungry tasks like view photos on Instagram and watch movies or TV shows on YouTube or Netflix, Samsung says the case for a folding phone has become clear: People want bigger screens but they also want a phone they can carry around in their pocket.Skeptics might say that folding phones are a sign that the smartphone industry has run out of good ideas and fallen into an innovation malaise. Samsung isn’t alone. Little known Royole started selling its FlexPai in China last year while Chinese tech giant Huawei announced its own folding phone, the Mate X, days after Samsung’s announcement. Explore further The Latest: Samsung’s foldable phone will cost nearly $2000 The Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone is seen during a media preview event in London, Tuesday April 16, 2019. Samsung is hoping the innovation of smartphones with folding screens reinvigorates the market. (AP Photo/Kelvin Chan) The Fold has a second screen, a long, narrow display, on one of its outer panels, so you can continue using apps while it’s closed. I tried out a few—YouTube and car racing game “Asphalt”—that transitioned seamlessly between both screens. It could, for example, be useful to consult Google Maps in detail on the big screen before setting off, then put it in your pocket and quickly check the directions en route. But I’m still not convinced that “app continuity” is something I need.The phone’s specs have been available to app makers for a while and the company says most should only need a few tweaks to run properly on its Android operating system. Hundreds of apps have already been “optimized” for the Fold but Samsung won’t say how many until it’s released.___CAMERAS AND MOREThe Galaxy Fold has no less than six cameras. Three lenses on the rear, another on the cover next to the second screen, and two more inside, including a selfie camera. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the right side, which can be used when it’s both open and closed. Inside, the battery is split in two, one in each panel, and it has enough juice to wirelessly charge another device, such as the wireless earphones included. It’s not clear if the bigger screen needs more power—Samsung hasn’t given any battery life estimates, saying only that it may vary.___WHENThe Galaxy Fold is set for release in the U.S. on April 26, priced at $1,980. It goes on sale in some Europe markets on May 3. A model holds a Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone to her face, during a media preview event in London, Tuesday April 16, 2019. Samsung is hoping the innovation of smartphones with folding screens giving a large interactive space or smaller usual screen, reinvigorates the market. (AP Photo/Kelvin Chan)last_img read more

first_imgFRANKFURT (Reuters) – SAP (SAPG.DE) told investors not to expect a major improvement in margins before next year as the German business software group reported a 21% decline in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, sending its shares sharply lower. FILE PHOTO: The logo of German software group SAP is pictured at its headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph OrlowskiEurope’s most valuable tech firm reiterated its forward guidance and CEO Bill McDermott expressed his “absolute commitment” to meeting a strategic goal of expanding margins by 5 percentage points through 2023. Shares fell 10% at the open as revenue and operating profit came in below expectations, weighed down by one-off costs and weakness in Asian markets. That hurt broader sentiment after weak results overnight from streaming service Netflix (NFLX.O). Knut Woller at brokerage Baader Helvea said growth momentum had cooled after a strong start to the year. But, in a flash note, he said he still saw SAP on track to meet its yearly targets – as long as economic conditions don’t deteriorate further. Investors, including U.S. activist fund Elliott, had driven SAP’s shares to all-time highs after management launched an efficiency drive in April, and are keen to see evidence that it is starting to pay off. They also anticipate major share buybacks, to be announced at a capital markets day in November, with JPMorgan seeing potential to return between 11 billion and 20 billion euros (10-18 billion pounds) to shareholders over four years. LICENCE REVENUE SLOWS The spring quarter was, however, marked by a 5% decline in licence revenue, the result of trade tensions that took their toll on Asian markets in particular. Until now, software companies have suffered less from the escalating trade dispute between the United States and China than companies in the semiconductor and auto industries that have issued a slew of profit warnings. Software licences and support, SAP’s legacy business, still account for more than half of its revenue and the bulk of its profit. But because most revenue on new deals is recognised up front, it is more volatile than the company’s smaller, but faster-growing cloud business. In the cloud, a 4-point expansion in gross margins and a fourth consecutive quarter of 40% growth, showed that SAP’s operational performance was on track, McDermott said in an interview: “We’re very happy with the direction this is moving.” That trend is being supported by SAP’s growing partnerships with ‘hyperscale’ cloud computing giants Amazon (AMZN.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Google (GOOGL.O). Such remotely hosted services are subscription based, making them easier to forecast than “lumpier” software licences. That, in turn, helped SAP lift its share of predictable revenue by 3 percentage points to 69% in the quarter. It targets a 71% share next year and 75% in 2023, part of a drive to make the business, based in the Rhineland town of Walldorf, a safer long-term bet for investors. McDermott, 57, said he was not unduly concerned by the dip in licence fees. Experience showed that clients in wait-and-see mode often come back with bigger orders later as they reconfigure supply chains in response to changing conditions. “As people see the need to reorient supply chains, or think differently about the regulatory environment, they tend to broaden the spectrum of what they buy from us,” he said, adding that such deals “tend to get bigger”. ONE-OFFS WEIGH Operating profit of 827 million euros(745.05 million pounds) was hit by charges from a restructuring that will see more than 4,000 staff leave SAP, the $8 billion acquisition of customer sentiment tracking firm Qualtrics and cash-settled staff bonuses. Year-on-year comparisons would become more favourable in the second half of the year, CFO Luka Mucic said, adding that he expected a “very meaningful step upwards” in profitability from next year. SAP competes in areas such as finance and logistics, known as Enterprise Resource Management, with Oracle (ORCL.N), which recently reported stronger-than-expected earnings. It competes with Salesforce (CRM.N) in Customer Relationship Management. After adjusting for one-offs, SAP’s operating profit at constant currencies rose 8% in the second quarter – in line with revenue growth but below Eikon Refinitiv estimates. Adjusted operating margins were flat at 27.3 percent. SAP reiterated its guidance for adjusted operating profit to grow by between 9.5% and 12.5% this year. Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Michelle Martin and Jason NeelyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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The findings, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, lend support to a model of dark energy known as Chameleon Theory. Hints of dark energy were first discovered in the late 1990s, when cosmologists measured the light from distant supernovas and realized that the stars were dimmer than expected, suggesting that the fabric of spacetime was not only expanding, but accelerating in its expansion. Physicists proposed the existence of a force that worked in opposition to gravity, pushing things away from one another, rather than pulling them together. [The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]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  Most researchers subscribe to the idea that dark energy is what’s known as the cosmological constant, a type of energy pent up in the vacuum of space itself, Baojiu Li, a mathematical physicist at Durham University in the United Kingdom, told Live Science. “This simple model works very well practically, and it is a straightforward addition to the cosmological model without having to modify the law of gravity,” he said. The problem is that leading physics theories predict that the value of the vacuum’s energy should be 120 orders of magnitude higher than what cosmologists observe from actual measurements of dark energy in the universe, said Li. So physicists have sought out alternate explanations, including Chameleon Theory. The theory proposes a new force, atop the four already known, mediated by a particle called the chameleon particle, according to an explainer in Sky and Telescope magazine. The chameleon force would act like dark energy, driving apart galaxies in the cosmos. But having an unexpected fifth force comes with its own dilemma — how come our instruments have never before seen such a particle? The theory suggests that chameleon particles, like their reptilian namesakes, can blend into their surroundings to evade detection. Rather than changing color, these particles change mass. In high-density environments, such as that near Earth, they have a high mass and are therefore difficult to detect. This is why we don’t see the effects of chameleon particles on our solar system, but rather only on extremely large cosmological scales, where, overall, matter is sparse, according to the theory. In order to test Chameleon Theory, researchers have run powerful computer simulations, spinning virtual dark matter — an as-yet-unknown substance vastly outweighing visible matter in the universe — with the four known forces plus chameleon particles to create celestial structures like our solar system, according to a statement. But until now, processing-power limitations have meant that the models could not include ordinary, visible matter, like protons and electrons. Li and his colleagues used supercomputers to finally include the ordinary particles alongside everything else and produce galaxy-scale structures. “The simulations show that realistic galaxies, like our own Milky Way, can form despite the complicated behavior of gravity in [Chameleon Theory],” Li said. The team hopes further modeling will reveal ways to distinguished the theory from other hypotheses about dark energy, he added. So do these ideas challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity, as has been widely reported? “Challenge is a strong word,” Jeremy Sakstein, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who was not involved in the work, told Live Science. To test general relativity, it’s useful to have competing theories, he added, and this new research represents a step toward making predictions about what these alternatives might see on cosmological scales. 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first_imgVisakhapatnam Chennai June 06, 2018 SHARE The Andhra Pradesh Planning Board Vice-Chairman, C Kutumba Rao, has questioned the claims of some BJP leaders on the funds released for the Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor and alleged that “the leaders are indulging in a deliberate misinformation campaign to malign the TDP Government in the State.”He was speaking to the media here on Wednesday. He challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman, G V L Narasimha Rao, to ask the Centre to release a white paper on the funds released and the status of Visakhapatnam-Chennai corridor. He said the Centre failed to release funds for the development of the corridor and it was showing a partisan attitude towards the State.Objecting to the comments of G V L Narasimha Rao that a stock market expert (Kutumba Rao) had been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of AP Planning Board, Kutumba Rao said that “it is the privilege of the Chief Minister to appoint experts of different walks of life to different posts.” Infrastructure and construction Andhra Pradesh COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published onlast_img read more

first_img SMEs (small and medium enterprises) will be allocated about 100 acres of land in the Model Plastics Park being developed by the Telangana government at Mankhal-Thummalur on the outskirts of Hyderabad, said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce & IT.The exclusive park was launched in 2017. The state has been proactive in meeting the demands put forth by the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Plastics Manufacturing Industry (TAAPMA). It provides employment to about three lakh people, he said at a curtain raiser meet on IPLEX 2018, a four-day international expo to be held in August.About three lakh people are employed in the plastics industry, which is one of the growing sectors in the state. There has been a 50 per cent increase in consumption of raw material, It is also an industry with a low entry barrier, thus, offering opportunities to different sections of the poor as well, he added.Ban no answerGiven the many benefits and business potential of plastics in packaging and other applications, a ban on it is not the solution, felt Gowra Srinivas, President, Federation of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI).The need is to create an effective after-use plastics economy. From 15 million tonnes in 1964, global production has surged to 311 million tonnes in 2014. It is projected to double to over 600 million tonnes in the next 20 years, he said.Plastics don’t mean carry-bags, though there are over 100 products made out of the the polymer. There are about 20,000 plastic units in and around Hyderabad. Most of them are unorganised, with only 2000 in the organised sector, said Anil Reddy Vennam, a leading player from the industry.He argued in favour of the judicious use of plastics and responsibility in disposing, recyling, etc, instead of a ban, which was not warranted. They should be conserved and recycled with appropriate measures announced by the government and industry associations.Venu Gopal Jasti, Convenior, IPLEX 2018 and President of TAAPMA said the event is rotationally held once a year in major centres of South India — Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi. It provides a common platform for participants in the plastics industry- manufactures, dealers, buyers and end-users. SHARE Telangana COMMENT July 12, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL plastics and synthetics Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgAugust 06, 2018 DMK President M. Karunanidhi (File photo). SHARE RELATED COMMENT Transient setback in Karunanidhi’s health, vital signs stabilising Published oncenter_img COMMENTS Karunanidhi continues to be under intensive care; TN CM visits him The condition of ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has “declined” and keeping his vital organs functioning remains a “challenge”, Kauvery Hospital said today, indicating the next 24 hours could be crucial.The 94-year-old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister was being continuously monitored and treated with active medical support, a press release issued by the hospital said.“There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments,” it said.“His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” Executive Director of the Hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in the terse two-paragraph release.Soon after the news of a decline in Karunanidhi’s condition spread, hundreds of his supporters gathered outside the hospital, including a large number of women, some failing to control their tears, others waving at the TV cameras, preparing for an overnight vigil at the facility in downtown Alwarpet.Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure, which stabilised following medical intervention.The hospital had, however, said on July 31 that an extended stay could be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.A host of dignitaries and political leaders, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi have visited the hospital over the last few days to inquire about the condition of the DMK veteran  people SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL corruption & bribery Published on INX Media case: Apex court refuses to interfere with Delhi HC’s Karti Chidambaram’s bail order Delhi court extends interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram, son SHARE RELATED October 11, 2018 COMMENT The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday said it has attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in India, UK and Spain in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, an action termed “bizarre and outlandish” by him. The central probe agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for attachment of agricultural land and bungalow in Kodaikanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu and a Rs 16 crore flat in south Delhi’s Jorbagh which is in the name of Karti and his mother Nalini. Karti, the ED said, has a 50 per cent share in this property. In the United Kingdom, the ED attached a Rs 8.67 crore cottage and house in Somerset (in the name of ASCPL) and a tennis club valued at over Rs 14.57 crore located in Barcelona, Spain have also been attached as part of the same order, the agency said. Karti, through his official twitter handle, reacted to the order and said, “A bizarre and outlandish provisional attachment order which is not based on law of facts but on crazy conjectures. This is meant only to grab headlines”. The “order will not withstand judicial scrutiny, review, appeal. Will approach the appropriate legal forum,” he said. Fixed Deposits worth Rs 90 lakh, kept in a bank in Chennai, in the name of Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited (ASCPL) have also been attached, the central probe agency said. The assets are in the name of Karti and ASCPL, the firm allegedly linked to him, it said. “The attached assets collectively amount to Rs 54 crore,” the ED statement said. “Investigation conducted so far shows that for FIPB approval, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea met the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram so that there was no hold up or delay in their application. P Chidambaram asked for his son’s business interests to be kept in mind. ED identified payments of Rs 3.09 crore by Peter Mukerjea to ASCPL and associated entities controlled by Karti P Chidambaram through manipulated debit notes. During investigation, it was admitted that debit notes were raised on the directions of Karti Chidambaram to show some transaction which in fact did not occur,” the agency alleged. It said the money so received by associated entities was channeled back into ASCPL. “The funds received by ASCPL were invested and ASCPL also purchased shares of Vasan Health Care. A part of these shares were sold at a profit of nearly Rs 41 crore. ASCPL also earned Rs.18.49 crore from sale of shares in another company for an amount of Rs 29.49 crore. These funds arising from sale of laundered property is also property involved in money laundering,” it said. Officials said they will get issued Letters Rogatories (judicial requests) from a competent court for legal formalisation of the attachment of the foreign assets after they were provisionally attached on Thursday under section 5 of the PMLA. The ED had registered a PMLA case in this deal case on the basis of a CBI FIR and had alleged that irregularities took place in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union finance minister. The agency had grilled Karti in this case in the past. It had registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), the ED’s equivalent of a police FIR, against the accused named in a CBI complaint, including Karti, INX Media and its directors Peter and Indrani Mukerjea. COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgThe historic, laid-back Nawabi city of Hyderabad has its unique hum. It is a Muslim-majority constituency with a sizeable population of other communities.The constituency has been a stronghold of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) from 1984 and the incumbent candidate, Asaduddin Owaisi, a three-time MP, is seeking his fourth term from the seat. Over the years, the BJP has continued its relentless contest against the AIMIM but in vain. BJP’s candidate J Bhagavanth Rao is hopeful of doing well in an election which is skewed in favour of the AIMIM due to the strong Muslim voter base.Muslim preponderanceThe Hyderabad Parliamentary constituency has seven Assembly segments of Charminar, Chandrayangutta, Goshamahal, Yakutpura, Bahadurpura, Malakpet and Karwan. Barring Goshamahal, the BJP was routed in all the seats in the recent Assembly elections.Hyderabad constituency has total voter base of 19,57,772 — 10,12,369 men, and 9,45,271 women. In 2014, Asaduddin polled 5,13,868 votes against 3,11,414 votes by the BJP candidate.The split in the Opposition votes due to TRS candidate Pusthe Srikanth and the Congress plays a key role in consolidation of votes for the AIMIM. The Congress has fielded Feroz Khan.During an interaction, Owasi said he would win on the development agenda and his priority was to build a new Osmania Hospital building, to strengthen the sewerage network, making parts of the southern city flood-proof, improving the road network and local infrastructure among others. He is confident that the Hyderabad metro rail line, that is expected to run up to the Falaknuma Palace in the Old City, will be taken up after the polls.Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, Asaduddin’s father, had represented the Hyderabad constituency and nurtured it for six terms and the baton was taken over by Asad. His younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi has been a legislator.The BJP candidate Bhagavanth Rao believes people will support him as they want a powerful national leader such as Narendra Modi and will vote for the development agenda. He called upon voters to back the BJP so that Hyderabad could be taken up for faster development.One of the biggest challenges, particularly in the Charminar area, is the legacy infrastructure and the burden it has to take on as the city and the population grow. The challenge is to develop the civic infrastructure while retaining its heritage.Apart from nurturing the Hyderabad constituency, Asaduddin has fielded candidates in Aurangabad in Maharashtra and Kishangunj in Bihar, seeking to expand the MIM party base. COMMENT April 09, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE national electionscenter_img Hyderabad COMMENTS Elections 2019 Published onlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:16 IST Hardoi BJP MLA Shyam Prakash has made controversial remarks on BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter marrying a Dalit boy.Shyam Prakash blamed Rajesh Mishra’s daughter and used casteist slurs in his post. He said, ” Whoever is praising the BJP MLA daughter’s marriage to a Dalit boy and blaming the father in TV debates will only understand it if their own sister, daughter marry outside their caste.”Shyam Prakash, however, later removed the derogatory casteist slur from his post.Shyam Prakash also attacked the Dalit boy in his post and said, “The boy’s actions have put a blot on the entire Dalit community.” Prakash urged the Dalit community to protest against it. Sakshi, the daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra, whose viral video gripped the country this week, on Friday made an emotional appeal to her father with whom she spoke while sitting in the studios of Aaj Tak TV.Sakshi, in her viral video, had said she was being threatened by her father and “his men” because she had married a Dalit man. On Friday, Sakshi appeared on Aaj Tak TV and while in the studio, spoke to her father over call.”I had so many dreams and wanted to study. I used to tell my father to take me to work but he never took me seriously,” Sakshi said in a trembling voice. In an emotional message, Sakshi asked her father to change his thinking and requested him not to discriminate.Sakshi claimed that her father never let her step out of the house. “He [Sakshi’s father] had no clue what was happening with us. My brother and mother used to harass me when you were in the office,” Sakshi added.When called, BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra alleged that his family was being harassed. As Sakshi spoke with her father on Aaj Tak, she broke down and apologised to him. Rajesh Mishra said he wished she finds happiness in life but disconnected the call soon after.THE CASESakshi and her husband Ajitesh had earlier filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking protection to “live a peaceful life” as a married couple.The next hearing in the case has been fixed for July 15 as Sakshi Mishra and her husband Ajitesh were not present in the court.Sakshi Misra (23) had uploaded a video on a social media platform last week, making her marriage with Ajitesh Kumar (29) public.In another video, she alleged there was a threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate.The couple asked for security, contending that there was a threat to their life from the BJP MLA, who was “unhappy” with their marriage as Sakshi was a Brahmin and Ajitesh a Dalit.The petitioners prayed that police or Rajesh Mishra do not disturb them in “their pAlso read: BJP MLA’s daughter, Dalit partner likely to marry in court next weekALSO WATCH| Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Now Hardoi BJP MLA defends Bareilly colleague’s anger at daughter marrying Dalit boyShyam Prakash, however, later removed the controversial word from his post.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNo tiffin for Mumbaikars for 2 days as Dabbawalas take part in Pandharpur pilgrimageLord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part. advertisement Asian News International MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:51 IST Mumbaikars will not receive their lunchboxes on Friday and Saturday as the city’s beloved Dabbawalas will be off duties to take part in the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.The tiffin services will resume from Sunday.”The Tiffin services will be halted on July 12 and July 13, ” said President of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, Subhash Talekar.The Dabbawalas will also offer prayers to saint Gyaneshwar later in the day and will then proceed to Pandharpur.Besides Dabbawalas, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also offered prayers at Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur in the early hours of Friday.Lord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted about Pandharpur and its connection with Ashadhi Ekadashi. “The beautiful town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra has a special link with Ashadhi Ekadashi. Know more in this video,” he wrote alongside a video featuring hoards of pilgrimage and the majestic puja of Lord Vitthal.The occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu across many states in India. Some also observe fast to seek prosperity and attain moksha later in life.Also read: Air India may ban pilots from bringing own food after fight over washing lunchboxALSO WATCH| Gold tiffin, diamond-studded teacup stolen from Hyderabad’s Nizam MuseumFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Nextlast_img read more

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