10 months agoSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off ban

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin hit with flip-off banby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been hit with a two-match ban.The 29-year-old was charged after appearing to gesture towards the Manchester City fans as he was substituted in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s on December 30.Austin admitted the FA charge in relation to the gesture and will now miss the Saints’ Premier League clash with Leicester and their FA Cup replay against Derby.”Southampton’s Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches with immediate effect following an independent regulatory commission hearing today,” the FA statement read.”The striker admitted his gesture in or around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 target

first_imgMan Utd make Leicester midfielder Maddison top 2020 targetby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made Leicester City midfielder James Maddison their top 2020 target.Maddison will cost around £60 million, three times the price he cost the Foxes when he arrived at Leicester from Norwich City in June last year.The Times says United would be willing to meet that fee to secure the 22-year-old, who has become one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.United scouts have reportedly been tasked with monitoring Maddison this season ahead of a bid for the attacking midfielder next summer.It is understood they are unlikely to make their move in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Food company chairman gets 2 years in prison in fraud case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A former food company executive who admitted feeding inside information to an influential Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison by a judge who said he was motivated by a desire to seem powerful rather than by greed.“This was a crime that enhanced his status as a peacock,” U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel said, ordering Dallas-based Dean Foods Co.’s ex-chairman Thomas Davis to pay nearly $9 million in restitution and to forfeit nearly $1 million for a conspiracy that ran from at least 2008 through 2014.The judge said Davis, 68, “paraded through Dallas as a peacock … when he was a phoney, a fraud and a crook.”“This was not a crime of greed,” the judge said, adding, “It’s a real shame.”Davis had a good upbringing and served in the U.S. Navy before attending Harvard Business School, the judge noted. Afterward, Davis earned more than $1 million annually before getting $10 million when the investment bank where he worked was bought.The judge acknowledged Davis was a pivotal co-operator who testified at trial against gambler William “Billy” Walters. Mickelson had to repay $1 million in stock profits after receiving a tip from Walters but wasn’t charged.Walters was convicted last spring of making more than $40 million through illegal trading and was sentenced to five years in prison. His lawyer said the prosecution hung on a witness’ lies.The judge criticized Davis for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission and going on a $10,000 gambling junket just days after pleading guilty even though he knew he would owe restitution and a forfeiture amount at sentencing. Davis, who must surrender on Jan. 9, apologized.The judge also criticized Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in 2011 from a Dallas-based charity he oversaw to cover gambling debts he accumulated during a trip to a Las Vegas casino.Prosecutors said in court papers the thrice-married Davis had lived a lavish lifestyle that included luxury travel, fancy cars, membership in private clubs and gambling trips on which he spent tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars.Davis spent so much money that he eventually sought and obtained from Walters two loans totalling more than $800,000, which were “essentially forgiven” in return for the inside information he regularly provided to Walters, prosecutors said.The government also said Davis made revelations from the witness stand that prosecutors had not heard before, including the frequency with which he used escort services.Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella told the judge that Davis was a “committed” co-operator who provided information that was “incredibly devastating at trial.”Defence attorney Benjamin Naftalis called his client’s co-operation “extraordinary and crucial.”“He was the key and star witness of the trial,” he said.Davis, addressing the judge, said he was a changed man and was “grateful for my newfound humility.”last_img read more

Construction on new Northeast Elementarys foundation to begin immediately

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District #60’s Board discussed developments on the new Northeast Elementary School during its first meeting of the new school year on Monday.During the meeting, SD60 Assistant Superintendent Doug Boyd explained that construction on the new school’s foundation would start immediately, as the district already hired Yellowridge Construction LTD to manage said construction.“The Northeast school as you are well aware has received approval and will start with soil stipping,” said Boyd. “Our construction management term for this project is Yellowridge, so basically we’ve hired local contractors to do the screening.” The district will now tender a contract for work on the school’s foundation with an award coming in the next few days. Once the district awards the contract, construction will commence as soon as possible.“At this point, it’s only the weather that could give us hiccups or delays.”Boyd added that soil at the new school has already been stripped and moved to Margaret Ma Murray Elementary, where it will be used as a foundation for sod.The new school, which will be built on 86th street and 112th Avenue, is receiving $30.8 million from the province to go towards the project. Northeast Elementary is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021 and will host students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.last_img read more

Approval of legislation eases US government shutdown crisis

first_imgWASHINGTON- US House Representatives approves $1.1 trillion spending billThe Republican led House of Representatives have approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The massive spending measure eases many, but not all, of the automatic spending cuts that took effect last year.The legislation was approved with 359 votes against 67 in House which the Republican-controlled mostly. The document, 1,582 pages in length, covers everything from airports to agriculture and is expected by the Federal government to be funded until September 30. The Democratic led Senate is also expected to pass it this week. Lawmakers from both parties had little taste for an election-year standoff that might have triggered another unpopular government shutdown.last_img read more

Rep Potvin MecostaOsceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training

first_img08Oct Rep. Potvin, Mecosta-Osceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, offered testimony before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development today regarding his legislation to support job training programs at intermediate school districts.Rep. Potvin is the sponsor of House Bills 4750 and 4751, which seek to expand current programs that allow community college-based employment programs to receive funding from income tax revenue. Steve Locke, Director of Career and Technical Education at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District’s Career Center, joined Rep. Potvin in giving testimony and answering the committee’s questions.“This legislation is about expanding opportunities for local job skill training and growing our local business,” Rep. Potvin said. “Our local businesses need access to specialized skilled training as they continue to grow, and our area career tech centers can help fill that need.”Rep. Potvin referenced the Cadillac area’s strong base of manufacturing jobs, and highlighted a number of businesses from Big Rapids, Reed City and Cadillac that could have their employees trained at the local career tech centers instead of having them drive to Traverse City or Grand Rapids.“It’s very important to be able to offer job specific training at local career centers,” Locke said. “In visiting with area manufacturers, there is certainly a growing and continuing demand for skilled workers. It’s inefficient to send employees 50 to 60 miles away to get training when we have the facilities and the certified instructors at the Mecosta-Osceola career center.”The House committee is expected to vote on the legislation in the near future. Categories: Newslast_img read more

In This Issue   No taper talk   Second quart

first_imgIn This Issue. *  No taper talk *  Second quarter growth *  ADP on the rise *  Third time is a charm And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Let’s hurry up and wait some more… Good day.and welcome to the month of August as well as another Thursday morning. The month of July ended up with more twists than a good thriller novel, but at the end of it all, the Fed was the main character and it looks like this will continue to be the case. It’s all about the Fed. What will the Fed think about this or that? How will the Fed react to this or that? Every bit of data is scrutinized as to how it would impact the Fed’s view on tapering. As data exceeds or falls short of expectations, the markets will continue their erratic behavior until the Fed is not so mysterious in their ways. Unfortunately, the Fed meeting did nothing to address any of the question marks that have been present in the markets for the better part of a month and a half. The statement following the meeting contained no new language on the conditions for maintaining the current pace of asset purchases. These statements are so open ended and can be interpreted in several different ways, but I think most economists would still consider this a dovish environment. The Fed did refer to the pace of growth as modest instead of moderate as it had in the past while they also acknowledged that housing has been strengthening but mortgage rates have been on the rise. The biggest change came by way of saying the committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2% objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it does anticipate that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term. This was apparently a nod to St. Louis Fed president Bullard who was banging the drum on the dangers of inflation running too low. Both you and I know that real world inflation is much, much higher than the government’s calculation, but they feel this low inflation could hamper growth. At the end of the day, all of the pomp and circumstance for tapering got pushed once again, so don’t expect any slowdown in market volatility for at least another month. Actually, at this point it’s actually closer to another six weeks since the next meeting will take place on September 17 and 18. If the Fed is concerned about higher interest rates via bonds and if they do decide to taper in Sept, who is going to be lining up at the door to buy such a low yielding asset. Will the Fed heads now shift focus toward doing what’s necessary to keep mortgage rates down? I guess we’ll need to stay tuned. Moving on to GDP, we had the initial reading of second quarter results come in much higher than expected. It’s still nothing that would light any fires, but the 1.7% annual pace beat the expected result of 1.0% as well as the first quarter’s revision down to 1.1% from 1.8%. So, let me get this right. First quarter GDP is at 1.1% and second quarter GDP is at 1.7%, so where is this progress that economists are pounding their chests about and justifying an imminent taper. From a realist standpoint, why would the Fed decide to taper in September when GDP yielded a sub-2% rate for a third straight quarter unless they are trying to cut deficit spending. As nice as it would be to say, I don’t think the latter is the case. When the bar is set low, its easy to get excited. Consumer spending slowed in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter, but I didn’t see any headlines bringing light to that bit. I saw where the revisions made to the way GDP is calculated added 0.6% to the 2012 bottom line, so now the economy grew 2.8% last year. In the end, we still have two more revisions before the third quarter results arrive, but if history is a guide, revisions haven’t exactly been friendly. Then again, the calculation is now different so we shall see. In the precursor to jobs jamboree Friday, payrolls as reported by ADP came in much higher than expected by rising to 200k. We also saw the June report get revised upward by 10k to 198k. The report indicated that manufacturers, construction companies, and other goods producing industries increased by 22k while payrolls at service providers climbed 177k.Thats great news to see employers added 200k workers in the month of July, but we need to know what kind of jobs we’re talking. There’s a big difference between part-time, lower wage positions compared to full time jobs that would contribute to self sufficiency and a money spending lifestyle the country needs to survive. While the spot light was solely on the US yesterday, we will see it shift across the pond as both the ECB and BOE have policy meetings going on as I write. The dollar finished the day lower, but it was interesting to watch it move throughout the day. After we had the US economic reports, the dollar shot up and gold was, at one point, down $20 as traders were getting juiced up on the better than expected data. Once the Fed statement failed to address any tapering plans, or really anything of any importance for that matter, we had a nice little turning of the tide. The Norwegian kone and Swedish krona finished the day in positive territory by close to 0.75%. There wasn’t any data to push them to the top, so it looks as though the big sell off after Swedish GDP disappointed may have been overdone. The rest of the currencies in positive territory had less than 0.5% gains on the day while the euro was able to retain the 1.33 handle as I walked out the door last night. The paring back of the dollar helped, but the number of people unemployed in the eurozone fell for the first time in two years. Since we’re only talking 24k people compared to the 19 million out of work, it didn’t impact the unemployment rate. A currency that has been seeing a lot of red, the Brazilian real, came to the surface for some air and actually appreciated a fraction of a percent. It was a very ugly morning for this currency yesterday as it fell to 2.3016 and marked the weakest point since April 2009. It looks like the Brazilian central bank is trying to defend the 2.30 handle as they intervened in the currency market three times yesterday morning and succeeded in propping the real to about 2.28. Higher inflation remains a problem in Brazil so a weaker currency helps fan the flames of inflation, hence the government action. As I came in this morning, the dollar is up pretty much across the board as the market is waiting for the ECB to do its thing. It’s similar to what we saw yesterday prior to the Fed meeting in that traders want to remain on the cautious side in case policy makers overplay the stimulus card. We did see a eurozone manufacturing report break into the positive side of 50 by rising to 50.3 in July. Other than that, just playing the waiting game. For What Its Worth.”In the end, I abandoned my initial aversion to holding gold,” concludes N. Gregory Mankiw in The New York Times. Mankiw is about as establishment as it gets – a “New Keynesian” who runs the Harvard economics department and was chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. A few weeks ago, a friend asked him if gold belongs in his investment portfolio. “My instinct was to say no,” but instinct wasn’t enough. So Mankiw dug a little deeper and made several shocking discoveries. To wit: .               “All the gold ever mined amounts to 174,100 metric tons. If this supply were divided equally among the world’s population, it would work out to less than 1 ounce a person.” .               “Its price is largely uncorrelated with stocks and bonds. Despite gold’s volatility, adding a little to a standard portfolio can reduce its overall risk.” Yes, we know. Your mouth is agape at such revelations. Wrote Mankiw, “A small sliver, such as the 2% weight in the world market portfolio, now makes sense to me as part of a long-term investment strategy.” Well, it’s a start. We also had Richard Russell, the dean of newsletter men who begain penning his Dow Theory Letters in 1958 which was the same year Mankiw was born say “I like the way [gold is] acting,” Mr. Russell has noticed the gold stocks – represented by the GDX ETF – are now trading above their 50-day moving average for the first time all year. “Since the miners tend to move before bullion,” he concludes,” I consider this action bullish for the whole gold universe.” To recap.The question marks prior to the Fed meeting still remain as there was no mention of tapering stimulus measures. The statement following the FOMC meeting is still dovish, while the Fed voiced concern about low inflation (government calculated) and rising mortgage rates. Second quarter GDP came in much higher than expected but remained below 2% for a third straight quarter. Personal consumption also fell while the ADP jobs report says we added 200k workers in July. The BOE and ECB meet today, so we’ll see if there are any sound bites. Norway and Sweden topped the list yesterday while the Brazilian central bank had to intervene three times in one day. Currencies today 8/01/13. American Style: A$ .8983, kiwi .7945, C$ .9706, euro 1.3228, sterling 1.5223, Swiss $1.0739, . European Style: rand 9.8776, krone 5.9266, SEK 6.5691, forint 225.86, zloty 3.1990, koruna 19.6025, RUB 33.0310, yen 98.76, sing 1.2719, HKD 7.7558, INR 60.4437, China 6.1778, pesos 12.7407, BRL 2.2746, Dollar Index 82.05, Oil $106.91, 10-year 2.60%, Silver $19.85, Platinum $1,440.55, Palladium $732.45, and Gold. $1,324.00 That’s it for today.I had a very nice surprise at the office yesterday as all of the folks in the St. Louis office threw a baby shower for me as well as the others who either recently had or will soon have a new edition. I am blessed to be surrounded with such a wonderful group and for that, I am thankful. Thanks again to all involved. The MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and much like the Fed meeting, there was a lot of chatter leading up to it but there wasn’t much action once the dust settled. That about does it for me today. Until tomorrow, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Reports have surfaced that tout replacements to pl

first_img Reports have surfaced that tout replacements to platinum and/or palladium. However, these are mostly research projects and are at least two to three years away from commercial viability (some will never make it). It’s quite the dilemma. One of the major reasons we’re so bullish on platinum group metals—palladium, in particular—is because of the intractable problems with supply. But most of the producers are backed into corners, with few options for improving their outlook. There’s simply no way for these metals to avoid a long-term production deficit due to the deep-seated problems with the companies that produce them. So, how to invest? Since we’re talking about profiting from a metals bull market, we could just buy bullion—and we have indeed recommended doing so to our readers. But to really maximize your leverage to the upside (and avoid more risky futures and options), a stock in a company that produces the metal is normally the way to go. Unfortunately, as above, the pickings are slim. For us to invest in a PGM producer, the company would have to be: Outside of South Africa and Russia. The problems with miners in both countries are numerous and difficult. Making money. Many producers are not profitable at current prices because production costs are so high. And they won’t come down when the strikes end—they’ll go up, due to higher wages. Have a strong growth profile. We want a company that can capitalize on burgeoning demand, which would add further leverage to our investment. Have strong management (of course!). The last thing we want is a team with no experience navigating a volatile market such as this. Does such a stock exist? It’s a tall order, but it turns out that the answer is: Yes. The company we recommend in this area meets all the criteria above—and is the safest speculation in this space. We consider it so safe, in fact, that we just “graduated” it from the International Speculator to BIG GOLD. How’s This for Leverage? This profitable mid-tier producer is perfectly positioned: it’s not so small that we’re purely speculating on some uncertain game-changing event, and yet it’s small enough to generate much larger share price gains than would be possible for one of the major mining companies. On the other hand, it’s big enough to catch the attention of mainstream investors. Here are seven reasons why we’re excited about this company and the leverage we think we’ll get by owning shares… #1: Big, High-Grade Assets The company has two distinct but closely related mine sites. These alone will support the company’s growth for many years. However, only nine miles of an estimated 28 miles of known mineralization has been developed between them—essentially one-third of one giant mineralized structure. Management thinks it has an additional 102 million tonnes of undeveloped resources waiting to be dug up. And get this: the average grade of their proven and probable reserves is 0.45 ounces per tonne, the world’s highest-grade PGM deposit. Of these, 78% is palladium, a very attractive figure since we’re even more bullish on it than platinum. At the right metals prices, this company could double or triple production and still maintain a very long mine life. #2: Growing Production and Low Costs The company grew 2013 production by 10,000 ounces, but has yet to use all its milling capacity. It currently uses about 3,600 tonnes per day (tpd) of its 6,000 tpd total capacity. The company is working to increase ore production this year, which is good timing for us. With a much cleaner balance sheet and a forecast of $800-$850 per ounce for all-in sustaining costs (AISC) in 2014, the company looks poised to make money in the current price environment—and a lot of money in the supply squeeze we anticipate. #3: Recycling Business In addition to mining, this company recycles depleted catalyst materials to recover palladium, platinum, and rhodium at its smelter and base metal refinery. It’s been doing this since 1997, and business is booming. Pre-tax earnings last year rose a whopping 233% over 2012. And management says it will expand this end of their business over the next few years. #4: Strong Financial Performance This company reported over a billion dollars of revenue last year, up nearly 30% from 2012. It finished the year with a very strong working capital position of almost a half billion dollars. #5: Unique North American Operations The company is one of only a few PGM producers in North America. Nearly all other PGM mines operate in South Africa (Impala, Amplats, Lonmin, etc.) or Russia (Norilsk). Therefore, this company is more stable than most that mine in other jurisdictions. #6: Upgraded Management A prior management team made a poor investment in Argentina a few years back, which led to major changes in the board of directors and top management last year. The new president and CEO is a 21-year industry veteran and has experience in both M&A and mine optimization. He’s already corrected past mistakes, and we’re happy with the direction he’s taken the company. The technical people on the ground seem competent and are getting admirable results. And finally… #7: We’ve Been There! Our Chief Metals Investment Strategist Louis James conducted a due diligence trip to the company’s operations last year, and says: I liked the story when I visited and considered it to be the company to buy in a safe mining jurisdiction. But I didn’t want to bet on the team in place at the time. Flash forward and now it’s under new management, which is very focused on cutting costs and expanding the core business. The company’s results for 2013 were quite impressive, and I expect them to get better going forward. I’m convinced this company is uniquely positioned to benefit from potential supply shortages. Coupled with a likely rise in demand from the global auto industry in the years ahead and this stock is a very attractive play. Here’s a picture from his visit. Platinum demand in India is expected to grow 35% this year. The Russian government has been reportedly buying palladium from local producers, since it appears its stockpiles are near exhaustion. Exports ticked higher last month, but that was likely in anticipation of potential sanctions. Existing stockpiles of these metals have dwindled. Based on prior estimates from Citigroup, only nine weeks of palladium and 22 weeks of platinum supplies remain—and half of those are in Russia. Standard Bank projects that stockpiled material from South African producers will run out in a month or less. The key point is that platinum and palladium supply is in a structural deficit. Prices will pull back when the strikes end—and that is your opportunity. The bull market in these metals is really just getting underway. And we have the primo pick in the space. The shares of this stock would have to climb 50% just to match its 2011 highs—and that’s without the platinum/palladium supply crunch we’re speculating on. As you’ve surmised by now, I can’t give away the name of this stock in fairness to paid subscribers. But you can get it by giving BIG GOLD a risk-free try. You’ll receive our full analysis and specific buy guidance, along with an exclusive discount on a popular gold coin in the June issue. And, if you want the absolute safest way to invest in PGMs, check out the options recommended in the May issue of BIG GOLD. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the newsletter, simply cancel during the 3-month trial period for a full refund—no questions asked. Whatever you do though, don’t miss out on the best stock pick in the PGM bull market. Start your no-risk subscription to BIG GOLD right now. Holdings of physically backed palladium ETFs continue to hit record highs. In less than two months, a half million ounces were added to ETFs. Fund holdings will likely continue to climb and push the palladium market further into deficit. Pay dirt: this is what the company’s palladium-platinum mineralization looks like before blasting. You can see the closely spaced holes that will be blasted a fraction of a second before the surrounding ones—in successive waves—so the ore is blasted inward. This high-grade resource in a safe and stable jurisdiction is the heart of our speculation. The Only Stock to Buy, in a Market Backed into a Corner Johnson Matthey, the world’s leading authority on PGMs, estimates the platinum market will register a deficit of at least 1.2 million ounces this year. This would be the largest shortfall since it first compiled data in 1975. While it will take an enormous amount of time and expense to recover from the strikes in South Africa, that’s only the first layer of problems for the industry: According to consultancy GFMS, 300,000 ounces of platinum and 165,000 ounces of palladium could be lost after the strikes end, as it will take time and money to ramp up to full capacity—if that’s even possible since some mines have been damaged. The Implats CEO said it will take his company at least three months to return to full production, and they’ve already put the development of three new replacement shafts in the Rustenburg area on hold. Anglo American announced just last week that it plans to sell its platinum operations. Some recyclers announced they are holding back on sales, as they believe prices will move higher. Auto sales in the US, China, and Europe, the three biggest regions by consumption, were up 12% through May over 2013.last_img read more

As head of New York Citys correctional health ser

first_imgAs head of New York City’s correctional health services, Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years overseeing the care of thousands of inmates in the jails on Rikers Island. Though he left Rikers in 2017, what he witnessed on the job has stayed with him.”What’s important to consider about jail settings is that they are incredibly dehumanizing, and they dehumanize the individuals who pass through them,” Venters says. “There is not really a true respect for the rights of the detained.”Venters is now a senior health and justice fellow at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. In his new book, Life and Death in Rikers Island, he describes a number of traumatic outcomes related to what he says was subpar medical care at the jail complex, including the death of Carlos Mercado, a man with diabetes who was denied insulin during the intake process.”This type of death really shows, in a very stark way, how jails confer health risk to people,” Venters says. “For a person to know that they are insulin-dependent — to report that and then for any state institution to fail to act on that, really puts the onus and responsibility for this man’s death directly on the jail system.”During his tenure at Rikers, Venters pushed to improve the electronic medical records system, allowing health data from the jail to be shared with outside agencies, including the Department of Justice. He sees it as a first step in a larger effort to address abusive conditions and improve inmate care.Working at Rikers, Venters says, “left me with a zeal to continue this work all over the country. … The problems of Rikers are in many cases the problems of jails and prisons everywhere in the United States.”Interview highlightsOn his first time at Rikers IslandI happened to go there for the first time on a day where there was a very strong snowstorm. As someone was showing me around some of the facilities, the snow was coming down so quickly it really did seem like a scene from a sci-fi movie. I couldn’t believe that the structures looming up one after the other were real. [And] the yelling coming out — the two biggest and most well-constructed facilities at the time on the island were these big buildings that look like hotels. But they were built for solitary confinement, so people [were] screaming and yelling out of those big structures, through this very thick snowfall. It left an indelible impression on me.On not being able to find patients who need medical care because of delays in paperwork and an antiquated paper logging systemPatients would be moved from one housing area to another, and sometimes their move would be updated a couple of days later. Somebody would have to type it into a computer system. But it would mostly be updated on a paper-based log. Since I left they’ve started implementing some wristbands that could be scanned, but it’s the same problem — an officer has to do something, [and] you have to affirmatively track it.So for us with a big health service — thousands of patients on medications every single day — we had pharmacy technicians, psychologists [and] nurses who were working hard just to find the patients who had missed medicines — who could be facing a life-threatening event if they miss that medicine. It was so routine that we couldn’t find our patients that there was no thought that we could find everybody who didn’t get their medicine today. But we would make short lists of the people who missed medicines that were what we would call “life-sustaining medicines,” or who could face a very dire health outcome, and that expenditure of energy for that purpose would become revealed when patients had very bad outcomes.On tracking data about inmates sustaining injuries from correctional officersOne data point that’s really incredible to consider is that there was a time when, if an adolescent was in a violent conflict with someone in Rikers Island, if the conflict was with a correctional officer they were more likely to sustain a blow to the head than if the conflict was with another inmate. It’s stunning, because obviously correctional officers have enormous amounts of training about avoiding blows to the head. … And also you would think that most inmate fights start with a shot to the head. But that data point alone … we could only do because we had developed this injury surveillance system. But it was one of many that we pushed to the D.O.J.On what data revealed about solitary confinementThe other big data set that we found very, very helpful is we did a large-scale analysis — I think the first-ever large scale analysis — of exposure to solitary confinement. We looked at 225,000 jail admissions and we found that the people … exposed to solitary confinement had about seven times higher risk of being a self-harm cohort. That is to say, to physically harm themselves. That data set … helped us really push the Department of Corrections to move from wanting more solitary confinement for mentally ill people, to actually eliminate the practice of solitary confinement for persons with serious mental illness.On the conditions of solitary confinement units, where raw sewage often overflows because of clogged toiletsIt is horrific but also dehumanizing. It really reflects quite well the end result of the practice of solitary confinement. That is to say, you have officers trying to act as if they are conducting normal business. You have patients with mental health problems who are decompensating [– functionally deteriorating under the stress –] or simply doing extreme things to try and get out of there. You have health staff coming on and off those units as quickly as they can, because while they want to protect their patients, they also are seeing this day after day after day. …I’ve been inside these cells to talk to patients multiple times when they’ve smeared feces all over the inside of the cell. Or they’re working to light a fire inside their cell. It’s just very, very extreme behaviors and any one of these observations should be enough to reaffirm that this is a horrible practice– that we should have never built this unit and we need to back away from its use everywhere.On if he believes Rikers Island should closeThe closing of Rikers is absolutely necessary. It’s not sufficient to transform the criminal justice system in New York City to become more humane, but it’s necessary. The jails that are in operation are crumbling. If you’re a correctional officer, almost anywhere you work, any housing area, any hallway, any intake pen is so dilapidated and falling apart that inmates easily can arm themselves — and do for their own protection — with bits of hardened material that are broken off from walls; from pipes; from ceilings.I think the other important element to this is that we have much more work to do to lower the jail population. We’ve made great strides in New York City, more than most big cities have. There were probably [22,000 to] 23,000 people in the jails when [Rudolph] Giuliani was mayor. It’s now under 8,000, so really incredible progress. But there is much more work that can be done to create alternatives that involve treatment for people with serious mental illness, and also to really develop supportive housing, which is an important element to why people cycle in and out of jail. [There’s] a lack of stable housing. [Housing] can also involve treatment for addiction and for mental health problems.Roberta Shorrock and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for Shots. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

What sounds like music to us may just be noise to

first_imgWhat sounds like music to us may just be noise to a macaque monkey.That’s because a monkey’s brain appears to lack critical circuits that are highly sensitive to a sound’s pitch, a team reported Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.The finding suggests that humans may have developed brain areas that are sensitive to pitch and tone in order to process the sounds associated with speech and music.”The macaque monkey doesn’t have the hardware,” says Bevil Conway, an investigator at the National Institutes of Health. “The question in my mind is, what are the monkeys hearing when they listen to Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony?”The study began with a bet between Conway and Sam Norman-Haignere, who was a graduate student at the time.Norman-Haignere, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, was part of a team that found evidence that the human brain responds to a sound’s pitch.”I was like, well if you see that and it’s a robust finding you see in humans, we’ll see it in monkeys,” Conway says.But Norman-Haignere thought monkey brains might be different.”Honestly, I wasn’t sure,” Norman-Haignere says. “I mean that’s usually a sign of a good experiment, you know, when you don’t know what the outcome is.”So the two scientists and several colleagues used a special type of MRI to monitor the brains of six people and five macaque monkeys as they listened to a range of sounds through headphones.Some of the sounds were more like music, where changes in pitch are obvious.Other sounds were more like noise.And Conway says it didn’t take long to realize he’d lost his bet.”In humans you see this beautiful organization, pitch bias, and it’s clear as day,” Conway says. In monkeys, he says, “we see nothing.”That surprised Conway because his own research had shown that the two species are nearly identical when it comes to processing visual information.”When I look at something, I’m pretty sure that the monkey is seeing the same thing that I’m seeing,” he says. “But here in the auditory domain it seems fundamentally different.”The study didn’t try to explain why sounds would be processed differently in a human brain. But one possibility involves our exposure to speech and music.”Both speech and music are highly complex structured sounds,” Norman-Haignere says, “and it’s totally plausible that the brain has developed regions that are highly tuned to those structures.”That tuning could be the result of “something in our genetic code that causes those regions to develop the way they are and to be located where they are,” Norman-Haignere says.Or, he says, it could be that these brain regions develop as children listen to music and speech.Regardless, subtle changes in pitch and tone seem to be critical when people want to convey emotion,” Conway says.”You can know whether or not I’m angry or sad or questioning or confused, and you can get almost all of that meaning just from the tone,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

GitHub is giving administrators and developers new

first_imgGitHub is giving administrators and developers new improvements for efficiency and flexibility in the latest release of Enterprise 2.10. GitHub Enterprise is an on-premises version of GitHub that provides businesses with a streamlined workflow, code collaboration, compliance capabilities, deployment and centralized permissions. The latest release features the new GitHub GraphQL API, which allows developers to create tools with greater access to data, request data, and get updates in real-time. The release also makes it easier to find and organize repositories with topics, improves project boards, and refines the review process. The 2.10 version allows repository admins to manually tag their repositories, add relevant data, and group repositories by languages, project or teams to make them easier to organize, maintain and find. The project boards also focuses on organization with new improvements for tracking and review. “When projects get complex with multiple contributors and phases, it can be difficult to keep track of what’s getting done and who’s doing it. Now teams can see a rich history of all activity (and the teammate behind each action) in one place with project board history,” Avinash Sridhar, GitHub staffer, wrote in a blog post. In addition, admins can disable project boards if they aren’t in use, and restore them at any time. For the review process, GitHub added review filters to pull together pull requests still in review, unreviewed pull requests, and approved pull requests. Admins can now also specify who has permission to dismiss reviews as well as leave, manage, request and limit reviews.Other updates include: improvements to Git LFS 2.0, new API rate limiting options, ability to trace changes, and TLS protocol options.last_img read more

IBM is announcing new tools for building artificia

first_imgIBM is announcing new tools for building artificial intelligence, blockchain, data and cloud solutions. The company announced the release of more than 120 code patterns designed to help developers better search for open source code.“These patterns do the dirty work for the developer – they are curated packages of code, one-click GitHub repos, documentation and resources that address some of the most popular areas of development, including AI, Blockchain, Containers and IoT. These patterns will help developers get right to the task at hand, giving them more time to innovate and build,” Angel Diaz, vice president of developer technology and advocacy at IBM, wrote in a post.In addition, the company announced its enterprise Bot Asset Exchange solution. The new solution supports bot developer communities by providing ready-to-use, domain-specific conversation logic. Users can also use the exchange to deploy IBM Watson Conversation bots to their desired platforms, according to the company.“The exchange is built on the principles of community and leverages a shared economy, so developers can learn from one another, while earning prizes and recognition through a point system for active users. With the market for chatbots exploding – and only expected to continue to rise – this exchange gives developers the ability to quickly discover, configure and deploy their own bots,” Diaz wrote.The tools are built on a three-pronged strategy: code, content and community. For the community part, the company also introduced the IBM Coder Community designed for developers building IBM technology. The community will be available to all developers for free.last_img read more

Disabled activists are calling on the Department f

first_imgDisabled activists are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release secret reports which could prove whether it has been engaging in a propaganda campaign to demonise disabled people in the media.DWP has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will not release documents compiled by its own communications department that describe the impact of its briefings to the media on disability benefit reform.DWP initially denied that any such documents existed, but DNS has discovered that a monthly report is compiled describing the impact of its press releases and other media briefings.These reports could reveal how DWP has briefed mainstream newspapers – including the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Daily Express – on its social security reforms, and how it judged their subsequent coverage.Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.After DNS lodged a freedom of information request in August, asking “whether the department keeps a record of which actions by DWP communications have led to the publication of welfare stories that appear in the media”, DWP initially insisted that no such reports existed.It also denied keeping any record of complaints the department made about social security-based news stories that have appeared in national newspapers over the last five years.Following a fresh request by DNS on 19 September – after discovering a reference to monthly impact reports on a former press officer’s social media profile – DWP has now admitted that it does hold “some of the information” DNS is seeking.But it is now claiming an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act because, it says, releasing the information would “prejudice the commercial interests” of both DWP and “third parties”.DNS has asked DWP to review this decision, and plans to appeal to the Information Commissioner if it does not release the reports.A spokesman for Disabled People Against Cuts said: “It is very much in the public interest to know the extent to which the DWP have been engaging in a propaganda campaign to demonise disabled people in the media.“We already have evidence that this has and is taking place, and we require full disclosure – nothing less is acceptable.”A DWP spokeswoman appeared to suggest that the two FoI requests had asked for different information – which was why DNS was originally told such documents did not exist – and insisted that it did not hold a record of “DWP communications” work*.Asked what the commercial interests were that would be damaged by releasing the reports, she said: “You’ve already asked for a review into this [freedom of information] response.“You will receive the appropriate response once the correct processes have been followed.”And asked if the reports would show that the department had been engaging in a campaign to stir up hostility towards disabled people in the media in order to justify government cuts and reforms to disability benefits, she said: “We disagree with the premise of this question.“DWP press office and communications directorate is proud of the work we do to promote the interests of disabled people.“We promote schemes such as Access to Work, and through our Disability Confident campaign we have helped to dispel myths about employing disabled people and have highlighted the valuable contribution they make to the workplace.“We are particularly proud of our recent work with campaigning groups to persuade the Premier League to make all their stadia accessible by August 2017.”DWP has been the subject of a string of complaints from disabled activists and politicians over its communications with the media over the last five years.In 2011, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith was criticised by the work and pensions select committee for “pandering to the Daily Mail” and sending out misleading press releases about incapacity benefit reform.Duncan Smith protested then that he was unable to control how the media covered welfare reform stories, but promised DWP would improve the way it dealt with statistics on disability benefits.Just 24 hours later, he provided quotes to selected news organisations – including the Mail – suggesting that thousands of disabled people were receiving disability living allowance they were not entitled to.In 2013, Esther McVey, at the time the Conservative minister for disabled people, claimed in the Mail on Sunday that coalition plans to abolish working-age DLA had led to a huge increase in applications by people desperate to claim the benefit before it was replaced by the new personal independence payment.The article talked of an “extraordinary ‘closing-down sale’ effect, with rocketing claims as people rush to get their hands on unchecked ‘welfare for life’ before McVey’s axe falls on April 8”.But the interview was based on government figures which actually showed the number of working-age claimants fell by more than 1,600 in the relevant three-month period.The following week, Duncan Smith repeated the claims, even though his department had been alerted to McVey’s use of the misleading figures.And last year, the disabled Tory peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, who heads the equality watchdog’s disability committee, was asked by members of the all-party parliamentary disability group if the hostile rhetoric of his party’s ministers had helped fuel hate crime.Ministers have repeatedly blamed the tabloid press for whipping up hostility towards disabled benefit claimants, and insist that they have done everything they can to “stop the rumour mill”.*By 9pm this evening (19 November), DWP had not been able to clarify how these two requests were differentlast_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the UK’s first accessible shopping day because of its close links with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and fears that CCTV footage could be used to dispute disability benefit claims.Purple, the social enterprise formerly known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People, has secured the support of DWP for next week’s Purple Tuesday event but has denied that there is any “hidden agenda”.Tuesday’s (13 November) event has also secured at least 14 high-profile partners, including retailers M&S, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Argos, and shopping centre owners such as intu and Landsec.One of the partners, intu – which owns and runs shopping centres across the country – today (Thursday) refused to promise not to pass CCTV footage from the event to DWP, while Sainsbury’s has refused to answer questions.Purple is hoping to engage with another 500 retailers across the country, all of which will be asked to make at least one pledge to improve the experience of their disabled customers and show a video to their staff that describes five ways they can improve their customer service for disabled people.But Disability Labour, which represents disabled people who are members of the Labour party – but is independent of the party itself – has called for a boycott of the event.It has raised fears that those companies taking part could pass CCTV pictures from the day to DWP to use against disabled people who have made benefit claims.It highlighted how Sainsbury’s has previously admitted that it occasionally passes CCTV pictures to DWP.Fran Springfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, said: “Disability Labour are deeply concerned that the DWP, which harasses and persecutes disabled people on a daily basis, will use video footage to identify if claimants are shopping, what they’re purchasing and even how far they are walking.”She said the potential of retailers sharing CCTV from the event with DWP was a “huge concern” for disabled people.Springfield said: “I don’t trust DWP any further than I can throw them because of the way they have treated people.”She said Disability Labour was “dismayed” at the involvement of retailers in the campaign.Kathy Bole, co-vice chair of Disability Labour, said: “Sainsbury’s already has form in relation to sharing CCTV footage to spy on disabled benefit claimants.“Their surveillance of disabled people has led to increased distress and isolation.”Disabled People Against Cuts said it supported Disability Labour’s concerns because it had been told of a small number of cases in which disabled people had lost their entitlement to benefits in transferring from disability living allowance to personal independence payment after being found to be “able to go shopping in their wheelchairs”.Mike Adams (pictured), chief executive of Purple, said he was concerned that the boycott would “frighten the living daylights” out of retailers who had been prepared to “put their head above the parapet” and support the Purple Tuesday campaign.He said: “If I had hands, I would throw them up in the air.“I do understand the concerns and I do understand the worries that there might be a hidden agenda. There really, really isn’t.”Purple Tuesday was a “totally independent campaign initiative”, he said, which had received “not one penny” from DWP.He said: “I am frustrated because I thought we had been absolutely clear that this is not government-led or involved or paid for in any shape or form.“There is no agenda. This is absolutely about getting disabled people to be seen as customers and making sure that retailers are aware and understand how you can improve the shopping experience of disabled people.“I would urge them to seriously rethink the boycott. I think it is counter-productive to what we are trying to achieve.”He said there had “never been any conversations” about the sharing of CCTV footage and that “absolutely nothing” DWP had said had led him to believe that it would be using CCTV from the event as evidence to use against benefit claimants.More than 80 per cent of Purple’s board are disabled people, and the organisation provides training for employers, and works with disabled people to find jobs, recruit personal assistants and manage their direct payments.Adams said Purple Tuesday was “an initiative that has been crafted, created, coordinated and delivered by a disability organisation”.He said Purple Tuesday was about awareness-raising on the day itself, but also about “what then happens for the following 365 days”, while a call had gone out to disabled people to describe their “good and bad” retail experiences.He added: “I think it is incredibly important that society understands and sees disabled people as real valued people who have money to spend and who deserve by absolute default a right to a good customer experience.“It is my view that if businesses improve their customer services, more disabled people will spend their money with them, and that will drive business to want to reflect in their workforce their consumer base.“That is an approach that I am hoping will start to really make inroads into some of the inequality… on employment, education, well-being.“I think it goes hand-in-hand with the work that we do to support disabled people on a day-to-day basis.”DWP said that any claims that it would use CCTV footage from the event as evidence that disabled people were not eligible for certain benefits were “categorically untrue”.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We have not provided funding to Purple but we have worked closely with them to facilitate Purple Tuesday and ensure it is a success.”Sainsbury’s had refused to comment on the boycott call by 1pm today (Thursday), and also refused to say if it had ever shared CCTV footage with DWP to use as evidence to justify rejecting a benefit claim.It also refused to promise that it would not share such footage from Purple Tuesday with DWP.An intu spokesman said: “Purple is one of many different organisations we work with in order to identify new ways to improve our physical spaces, customer service and employee support, so that we can ensure intu shopping centres are accessible destinations for all.“We are unaware of any links between Purple Tuesday and the DWP and we think it would be a shame if the event is boycotted because of the valuable insight and awareness it is creating for this important cause.“Like other organisations, intu is governed by current legislation which means that we would only share CCTV footage with individuals and public authorities in line with GDPR [data protection] requirements and under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.“These requests are always fully scrutinised in line with current legislation.”But he refused to pledge that intu would not pass CCTV footage from Purple Tuesday to DWP.An M&S spokeswoman said the retailer had “never shared CCTV footage with the DWP to use as evidence to justify rejecting a benefit claim”.She added: “As we don’t share footage with the DWP, we won’t do it on Purple Tuesday.”She said: “Purple Tuesday is a great opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges our disabled customers face so that we can improve the shopping experience for them.“The accessibility of our stores and website is extremely important to us and we’re delighted to support it.”A Landsec spokeswoman said the company “would not share any CCTV with the DWP, unless we were served with a court order to do so”.She added: “Landsec is committed to making its retail destinations as accessible as possible, for the sole reason that we believe in creating spaces which everyone is able to enjoy equally.“While we recognise that, for the retail industry, Purple Tuesday is a move in the right direction, rather than a complete solution, we’re pleased to be able to raise awareness of the importance of disability access.”last_img read more

Albanian sought by US arrested in cybercrime market probe

A statement issued Monday said Aldo Ymeraj was arrested in the Albanian capital, Tirana, on an international warrant from the United States.Ymeraj is among 36 people who have been indicted in the U.S. for allegedly being part of the Infraud Organization. The U.S. Justice Department alleges the organization was an online forum where stolen credit card numbers, bank account data and other personal information were sold and purchased.Thirteen of the wanted suspects were arrested last week in the U.S., Thailand, Australia, Britain, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia. All are expected to face extradition. 36 indicted in global cybercrime ring that stole $530M Explore further Citation: Albanian sought by US arrested in cybercrime market probe (2018, February 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-albanian-sought-cybercrime-probe.html Police in Albania say they have arrested a 25-year-old citizen who is accused of being part of a cybercrime organization that U.S. authorities allege cost consumers and businesses more than half a billion dollars. © 2018 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. read more

Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

This June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. The shift announced Tuesday, May 15, 2018, will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation instead of being locked into an arbitration hearing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) SoftBank’s acquisition of 15 percent of Uber closes Citation: Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-uber-shifts-policy-alleged-sexual.html Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation, rather than being locked into an arbitration hearing.The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all civil settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential, giving victims the choice of whether they want to make their allegations public.Nothing in Uber’s previous policy prevented its riders and drivers from asking police to open criminal investigations into their accusations.Uber’s new approach represents a conciliatory step from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about rampant sexual harassment in Uber’s workforce, a cover-up of a massive data breach , dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets .Khosrowshahi has vowed to “do the right thing,” repair the damage from previous missteps and lure back alienated riders who defected to rivals such as Lyft.Not to be outdone, Lyft announced Tuesday it would also scrap its rules binding passengers and drivers to private arbitration and confidential settlements in civil cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.While applauding Uber for making a “good decision,” Lyft also made a veiled reference to the legal pressures that may have contributed to the change.Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the New York law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women who allege they have been raped, sexually harassed or abused in other ways by Uber drivers.The letter , sent on behalf of 14 women, called upon Uber’s board to drop the arbitration requirement to shine a light on abusive conduct.”Silencing our stories and the stories of countless other female victims emboldens predators by failing to hold them accountable,” the letter asserts. “This vicious cycle perpetuates senseless violence.”Jeanne Christensen, a Wigdor partner, congratulated Uber for shedding the arbitration policy, a move she said “will begin a process to reduce future suffering by women passengers.But she said in a written statement Tuesday that Uber continues to fight against class-action status for the 14 women she represents, showing it is “not fully committed to meaningful change” because victims are more likely to pursue claims as part of a group.The changes governing sexual misconduct come a month after Uber announced it will do criminal background checks on its U.S. drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning help in emergencies. It’s an effort to reassure its riders and address concerns that it hadn’t done enough to keep crooks from using its service to prey on potential victims.Giving victims of sexual assault or perceived sexual harassment more options sends an important message that Uber is taking the issue more seriously, said Kristen Houser, a spokeswoman for Raliance, a coalition of groups working with Uber to prevent sexual abuse on its service.It may also spur more complaints. For example, Houser said riders may now be more emboldened to report inappropriate behavior, such as when a driver asks them out for a date.”You want people to report lower level infractions so you can nip them in the bud before they become bigger problems,” she said.By the end of the year, Uber will also start to publicly report incidents of alleged sexual misconduct in hopes of establishing more transparency about the issue throughout the ride-hailing and traditional taxi industries.”We think the numbers are going to be disturbing,” said Tony West, a former government prosecutor during the Obama administration who became Uber’s chief legal officer after Khosrowshahi took over. Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. 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

After This Young Monkey Got Hit by a Car Monkey Strangers Comforted

first_img Precious Primates: Images of Chimeric Monkeys Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Shares: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndo Pipo ended up hanging out with the MonkeyWatch group for four months, long after his injuries appeared to have healed, according to Campbell. During that time, he was “fully integrated” into the new group’s social structure and got along with them before eventually departing and returning to his home group. This finding is also good news for Barbary macaques as a species, Campbell wrote. There are only about 10,000 individuals left in the wild, and their numbers have fallen significantly in recent years. Poaching is a significant problem, with monkeys removed from the wild and sold into the pet trade at 150% the rate the population could sustain, according to a 2008 study in the journal Traffic Bulletin. Efforts to restore wild Barbary macaque populations rely on the hope that young poached macaques, often very young monkeys, can be returned to groups they weren’t born into, where strangers can take care of them. (Adult males of this species especially love babies and often “sandwich” them in three-way male-baby-male group hugs, Campbell wrote.) But up until this point, researchers had assumed that only baby monkeys and very young juveniles were candidates for this sort of rehabilitation. Pipo’s case suggests, Campbell wrote, that older juveniles might also be able to return to the wild to live with groups of strangers. Photos: Adorable and Amazing Guenon Monkey Faces Image Gallery: Sneezin’ Snub-Nosed Monkeys Even monkeys know it’s right to care for strangers in need. (Or maybe their parents just didn’t teach the helpers about “stranger danger.”) In a new paper published in the July issue of the journal Primates, scientists document for the first time Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) fostering an older juvenile macaque — a stranger to them — after finding him lost and hurt on the side of the road days after he had been struck by a car inside a park in Morocco. The monkeys groomed and cared for the injured juvenile, named Pipo and almost 3 years old, and socialized with him until he was healed and ready to return to his own group. The observation was surprising, study author Liz Campbell, a zoologist at the University of Oxford, wrote in the journal article, because “intergroup encounters at this [national park in Morocco] range from immediate withdrawal by one group to lengthy, sometimes aggressive, contests.”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https://www.livescience.com/65917-macaque-comfort-monkey-child.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Researchers had never seen monkey strangers getting along like this before. [8 Human-Like Behaviors of Primates] That was good news for Pipo. After a car struck him on March 20, 2018, Campbell wrote, he retreated to a nearby tree while other members of his home group looked on. “Several group members displayed affiliation towards him, and a juvenile sat with him and groomed him as he appeared to be losing consciousness,” she wrote. “At approximately 17:35 (1 hour before sunset), his group left for their sleeping trees, but Pipo was left behind in the tree.” The next day, Pipo was nowhere to be found, Campbell wrote, and she and her colleagues assumed he had died. But on March 22, she wrote, “he was found in the same tree, alone and screaming repeatedly. He later left the tree to feed on the ground but continued screaming intermittently, then returned to the trees.” Left: Pipo screams from the tree days after being abandoned. Right: Pipo sits on the ground. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) This seemed to attract the attention of another group of macaques. “At 14:40, a neighbouring group (MonkeyWatch Group) arrived,” Campbell wrote. “A juvenile approached Pipo, inspected his injuries, and groomed him. Approximately 20 min later, an adult male also approached and groomed Pipo. When MonkeyWatch Group left the area later in the day, Pipo left with them. He did not scream again after MonkeyWatch Group arrived.” The young monkey from the neighboring group grooms Pipo and appears to inspect his injuries. Credit: Liz A. D. Campbell/Springer, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) last_img read more

Saddened by induction of Congress MLAs into party loyal BJP worker quits

first_imgSaddened by induction of Congress MLAs into party, loyal BJP worker quitsA BJP worker publicly resigned from the party, directly blaming its decision to induct 10 Congress MLAs – one of whom has been chargesheeted for the rape of a minor – for his exit.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 11:25 IST Pranav Sanvordekar’s open resignation letter uploaded to Facebook on Friday has gone viral. (Photo: IANS)Days after re-enrolling into the BJP as part of its nationwide membership drive, a young BJP worker on Friday publicly resigned from the party, directly blaming its decision to induct 10 Congress MLAs – one of whom has been chargesheeted for the rape of a minor – for his exit.Pranav Sanvordekar’s open resignation letter uploaded to Facebook on Friday has gone viral.”I am extremely saddened by the events (which) occurred during the last 2 days… I cannot be a part of this organisation anymore even if the decision is for the betterment of the party… If I keep quiet now, it would be like suffering thousand deaths which I already have… The party may have succeeded in safeguarding the interest of the government,” Sanvordekar said in his Facebook message.Sanvordekar has been with the BJP for 18 years and was a part of the state BJP’s communication cell, regularly present at media briefings and issuing communications on behalf of the BJP.Since Wednesday’s surprising induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP, several party workers like former state president and Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, even senior state leaders have already expressed disgust at the development.Late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal too has maintained that the Goa BJP was walking on a different path, compared to the days when Parrikar was alive and there was no element of trust left.Sanvordekar said he began his career in the BJP in 1999 writing election slips, and painting roads with BJP insignia. But added that a lot had changed within the BJP since.”Have been defending the wrong doings of the party publicly but had been fighting out internally been even when Manohar bhai was alive and after his demise…” he said.Sanvordekar told IANS that one of the newly-inducted ex-Congress MLAs Atanasio Monserrate, who was chargesheeted for raping a minor girl last year, should be sacked from the party.Monserrate, who contested the May 2019 bypolls for the Panaji seat on a Congress ticket and had defeated the local BJP candidate, is now tipped to be a minister in the Pramod Sawant-led Cabinet.READ | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesALSO READ | Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedALSO WATCH | Karnataka crisis: BJP denies poaching chargesFor 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow BJP Nextlast_img read more