first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgCandidates can also check their score by typing ICSE or ISC followed by their 7-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883.ReutersDealing with nervousness or excitement? Put your anxiety aside as the results of ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 examinations were announced on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi. The CISCE, which conducts the exams, declared your results via CAREERS portal, the website of the council. Students can check their results through official websites — www.cisce.org and www.results.cisce.org.Candidates can also check their score through text messages. Type ICSE or ISC followed by their seven-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883.CISEC Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon stated: “The council will announce the results at 3 pm on May 7. The results will be made available through CAREERS portal, the website of the council and through SMS.”Here is an example:Let us assume you are in Class 10 and your roll number is – 1125368.For Class 10 student with roll number 1125368, just type ICSE 1125368 to the number provided (09248082883).WAIT…Follow the steps to download ICSE/ISC results through CAREERS portal:Log on to the official website of CISCE – www.cisce.org and www.results.cisce.orgA link – Results 2019 – opensEnter your unique ID, index number and captcha shown on the screenOMG! Your result is on the screenThe ICSE Class 10 board examinations were conducted from February 22, while the ISC Class 12 examinations started from February 4.last_img read more

first_img Share Hurricane Harvey was a recent example, Turner wrote. “The people of the state of Texas who choose to live in cities expect their cities to be able to respond in the event of the disaster, and cities will not be able to respond if legislation designed to strangle local governments succeeds.”This money-and-things business came up regularly during a debate almost two decades ago over whether to tax sales made over the internet. One member of a federal panel that looked into the question was then-Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk. He took the position that things bought online should be taxed the same way they’d be if the purchases were made in brick-and-mortar stores.“When you are sitting at home in your virtual world and . . . a fire breaks out, do you want us to send a virtual fire truck or a real big red fire truck?” he asked at one point.Everybody wants the big red truck at the virtual truck’s price.Money isn’t always at the center of state policy decisions, but it often overshadows whatever else lawmakers might be talking about.School finance conversations aren’t really about education, although education is the only reason for those conversations in the first place. It’s easier to talk about the state’s spending — whether it’s enough, whether it’s fairly distributed and so on — than to talk about how the quality of public schools here compares with that of schools in other states. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations during a hearing on Harvey relief funding in Houston on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.The dispute between the state of Texas and local governments isn’t always about money, but that’s where the real fighting takes place.Reduced to its essence, the state is arguing about price. The locals are arguing about product. Prices — property taxes are the bane of the moment — are rising too quickly, the state contends, with voters cheering in the background. Those same voters, the local officials argue, are making demands for roads, hospitals, schools, police and other government services.“Things cost money,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote last week in a blunt letter to a Senate committee working on property tax growth limits.center_img One widely touted ranking — the Quality Counts 2016 report from Education Week – put Texas in 42nd place overall. That’s a starting point for a product-quality argument.Another widely touted ranking is the Tax Foundation’s comparison of effective property taxes for homeowners by state. Texas ranked 6th highest nationally in 2016. That’s a pretty good starting point for price-sensitive Texans.That group got a boost earlier this year when Gov. Greg Abbott gathered a set of legislative proposals to limit property tax growth into a package for his re-election campaign. He didn’t propose lowering property taxes; in fact, he said in his proposal that the state needs to raise its share of public education costs, the better to keep local property taxes at bay.But it puts the governor in league with state lawmakers who want to limit how much local governments can raise property tax bills without voter approval. It’s true that the bills are rising fast enough to propel angry voters to town hall meetings and to the polls. Rising property taxes are a legitimate political issue, driven by what elected officials and aspiring officeholders hear from their constituents.The local governments are on the other side of this, however, hearing from those same voters about deficiencies in schools and roads, crime protection and whatnot.Sometimes, push comes to shove. In the days after Hurricane Harvey assaulted Texas, Turner and Abbott locked horns, with the mayor telling the governor that he would have to raise property taxes to cover storm costs unless the state could fork over some relief money fast. That episode ended with Abbott giving the city a $50 million check and Turner backing off his threatened plans for a tax hike.The game is still on, however. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has been loudly promoting limits on local government tax increases. It was a meeting of his Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform that prompted Turner’s “things cost money” letter.Bettencourt and others say rising property taxes are pushing the costs of owning homes out of some people’s reach and forcing long-term residents out of their houses.Local officials like Turner, a longtime state legislator before he was elected mayor of Houston, hear the siren Ron Kirk was listening to during the fight over internet taxes — the one on a big red fire truck.last_img read more

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-cannibalism-spiders-offspring.html Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 Phys.org , Animal Behaviour 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 researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. (Phys.org) — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more

first_imgTwo-and-a-half years after he met with a crippling road accident that cut short his career, veteran Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekuamar was awarded Rs 5.90 crore by a private insurance company as compensation. The documents regarding the award of compensation was handed over to the wheelchair-bound actor at his residence here by top officials of the insurance company. The actor and his family members had earlier clinched an agreement with the insurance company at an Adalat conducted by the District Legal Services Authority. Jagathy met with a major road accident while travelling in a car at Thenhippalam near Kozhikode in March 2012, when he was on his way to a shooting location at Kodagu in Karnataka. This followed prolonged treatment in hospitals.last_img

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to register two separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo. The Commission issued instructions after Supriyo had allegedly snatched a video camera from an official deputed by the Commission who was capturing videos as part of the surveillance that is being carried out by the Election Commission.The district official has been directed to file an FIR for the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAnother FIR would be registered against him as he failed to submit any convincing reply as to why he released and played the controversial theme song of his party after being banned by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a report from the district administrative officials in West Burdwan on the incident in which BJP activists led by Asansol sitting MP Babul Supriyo stormed into the room of an Officer-in-Charge at the local police station and threatened him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA complaint was lodged with the Election Commission following which the DEO has been asked to submit a report on the entire incident that unfolded in Asansol. Supriyo had triggered controversy on a number of occasions since the notification of the Lok Sabha elections. He was earlier show-caused by the Election Commission after he released a theme song for his party. In the most recent incident, Supriyo has been accused of threatening an on-duty police officer at Kulti police station. The BJP leaders in the district claimed that some cops from the local police station ransacked the house of a BJP leader on Saturday evening. Women members of his family were also heckled by the policemen, alleged BJP. Many BJP leaders including women members of the party gheraoed the police post on Saturday night. The police officer told Supriyo that he respects him and urged him to talk properly. But Supriyo allegedly threatened him and said he would not seek any respect from the officer.last_img read more

first_imgThere were long delays on the M6 motorway in one direction following an accident tonight. Highways England and the Central Motorway Police Group, as well as paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service, were called to the Northbound carriageway between Junction 14 (Stafford North) and junction 15 (Hanchurch/Stoke-on-Trent). The carriageway was fully closed from around 6.30pm but one lane is understood to have reopened at around 7.45pm, followed by a second one at around 8.45pm.  The last lane reopened at around 9.35pm. A Highways England spokesman said:  “All lanes have now been opened M6 Northbound J14 Creswell to J15 Hanchurch.Scene has been cleared. Expect delays.” Some motorists reported delays of more an hour. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreMotorway police explain why they shut M6 after finding 27 migrants in lorry   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  . 21:38All lanes openAll lanes have now reopened.21:02Vehicles being recoveredInrix are reporting the vehicles are currently being recoverd. The lorry has been recovered and police are on scene awaiting recovery for the car. Affecting traffic to J14.20:49Latest from Inrix One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Travel time is 60 minutes.Camera suggest lane three (of three) remains closed, after all traffic being held around 18:45. Police and ambulance services are on scene. 20:47Two lanes now reported openWe’re now getting reports two lanes are open.20:34Two lanes remain closedTwo lanes remain closed on the M6.20:18Traffic now expected to return to normal by 11.30pmTraffic England is now reporting traffic is expected to return to normal by 11.30pm. Again though these times do change a lot.20:12Long queues continueLong delays continue (Image: Highways England)20:00Ambulance making its way to the scene tonightAn ambulance making its way to the scene tonight19:55Ambulance service also at sceneInrix, the traffic data company, also reports West Midlands Ambulance Service are at the scene of the collision. We have no word on if anyone has been hurt at this stage.19:49One lane now openHighways England have confirmed one lane is now open.A spokesman said: “Lane 1 has been opened to allow traffic through M6 Northbound J14 Creswell to J15 Hanchurch. Traffic Officers and Central Motoeway Police are on Scene. Expect delays.”19:49Incident expected to clear by 10pmTraffic England are now reporting the road is expected to clear by 10pm. It is worth noting these times often change considerably.19:36Delays of more than an hour now reportedSome motorists are saying they have not moved for more than an hour19:30What we know so farThe M6 Northbound is blocked between J14 (Stafford) and J15 (Stoke-on-Trent)A number of vehicles are involved in the accident, with Inrix reporting a car and a lorryMotorists are reporting not moving for more than 40 minutes19:28Still no sign of movementMotorists are now reporting they have been stuck in traffic for around 40 minutes.19:17Inrix reports lorry and car involvedInrix, the traffic data company, report the accident involves a lorry and a car19:1530 minute delays reportedThere are currently 30 minute delays reported.19:14One of the vehicles involvedOne of the vehicles involved19:09Police making their way to the scenePolice making their way to the scene19:05Number of vehicles believed to be involvedA number of vehicles, including a lorry, are reported to be involved19:04Photo from the sceneTraffic queueing on the M6 this evening19:04Another photo from the sceneAnother photo 18:56Location of the accidentThe affected stretch of carriageway tonight (Image: Inrix)18:55Latest from InrixStationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and accident on M6 Northbound between M6 (Stafford Services) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Just before 18:45 all traffic was held to assist with an accident.last_img read more