Ghazni (Afghanistan): A Taliban car bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more Sunday, officials said, in a massive blast that came amid ongoing peace talks in Qatar. The Taliban are meeting with US negotiators and Afghan representatives in Doha as the US pushes to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, but violence from the insurgents and the US military has continued apace. Sunday’s suicide car bomb attack hit the eastern city of Ghazni and targeted an intelligence unit, Ghazni provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori said. Wahidullah Mayar, a health ministry spokesman, said 12 people had been killed.
OTTAWA – A group of international scientists meets today to try to convince parliamentarians there is no longer any doubt that common agricultural pesticides are toxic chemicals which are killing off honey bees.In fact, says Jean-Marc Bonmatin of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, neonicotinoid pesticides kill a lot more than just bees, posing a deadly risk to frogs, commn birds, fish and earthworms.The scientists represent a task force on pesticides within the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which in 2015 released a comprehensive review of more than 1,100 peer-reviewed research studies on neonicotinoids.Today they will release an update to the report.Neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, are nicotine-based pesticides commonly used by farmers to help keep everything from field crops to fruit orchards free of pests like aphids, spider mites, slugs and stink bugs.After beekeepers started sounding alarm bells about mass deaths of honeybees, scientists began to zero in on neonics as one of the culprits. Bees were consuming pollen contaminated with neonics as well as flying through chemical-laden clouds of dust from farm fields.But bees, said Bonmatin were only the most “visible part of the problem” because beekeeping is a big business and without bees, billions of dollars of farm crops would go unpollinated.“Beyond honey bees, there are all the wild bees, all these pollinators and behind all these pollinators there are some other invertebrates, the ones living in the soil, flying invertebrates, the ones in the water,” said Bonmatin.“Nobody cares about that. There is no money in these invertebrates. However they are giving a huge service to the quality of soil, to all the ecosystem services that we need.”Research suggest neonics can affect reproduction, growth and movement for these species, as well as make them more susceptible to disease.Bonmatin, vice-chair of the task force, said evidence from Europe suggests these chemicals don’t actually help farmers much. Since Europe clamped down on their use four years ago, there hasn’t been a substantial reduction in farm yields.Lisa Gue, a senior researcher with the David Suzuki Foundation which is involved in the release of the updated report, said Canada has to catch up to Europe and ban the use of all neonics.Since 2013 the European Union hasn’t allowed the use of the three most common neonics in any crops which attract bees and is looking at extending that to additional crops. France is phasing in a complete ban on all agricultural uses of neonics, with the full ban set to take effect next year.A year after Ontario’s bee industry recorded the loss of 58 per cent of its honeybees in the winter of 2013-14, Ontario began phasing in limits on use of neonics but only for corn and soybeans. Quebec proposed similar regulations earlier this year. Vancouver and Montreal have both banned their use entirely within city limits.Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has been studying neonics since 2012 and last fall came to a preliminary conclusion that one of them — imidacloprid — should be banned from use almost entirely after finding it was building up to toxic levels in surface and groundwater and killing aquatic insects that are a source of food for fish and birds.Health Canada isn’t expected to make a final decision until at least December 2018. It is looking at the other two most commonly used neonics and is expected to release initial findings in December 2018 and final decisions in June 2019.Gue said even if Health Canada decides next year to ban imidacloprid that phase-in isn’t scheduled to even start until 2021.“I do have hope policy-makers and regulators in Canada will see the report as a wake-up call,” she said.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.
APTN National NewsThe couple who murdered Loretta Saunders are expected to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to killing the Inuk woman.The trial ended before it could get started so a jury never got to hear evidence.More details are emerging, including a confession by one of the killers.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
Allahabad: Tanu Tomar of Baghpat has notched the first position in the Intermediate examination (class 12) while Gautam Raghuvanshi of Kanpur has topped the class 10th board exams of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), the results of which were declared on Saturday.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated the successful students and wished them for their bright future. Tanu Tomar has achieved 97 per cent scoring 489 marks out of 500. She belongs to a farmer’s family and was a student of Shri Ram Shiksha Mandir Inter College in Baraut area of Baghpat district. “She has not only bring honours to her family and the school but to the whole district,” principal Rajesh Tomar said. Over 80 per cent students have passed in the class 10 while over 70 per cent have cleared the class 12 examinations. In all over 58 lakh students have registered themselves for this year’s UP board exams.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The longtime president and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority has been replaced.The authority’s governing board held a special meeting Friday, and Bonnie Allin was ousted from her job.Allin had been CEO of the airport authority since 2002.The authority manages Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield.Danette Bewley has been named interim president and CEO. She has been vice-president of operations and chief operating officer for the authority since 2014.The Airport Authority’s board will begin a national search for permanent replacement for Allin.The Associated Press
Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ government will help struggling media industry Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey speaks during the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, January 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 9:42 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry.Earlier this week, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the government believes in the importance of journalism and is looking at all solutions presented to it during public consultations examining what role it should play in supporting the creation of Canadian content.These comments are a hopeful sign, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey told the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto on Thursday.“We think this government is taking it very serious,” he said in an interview following the meeting.Postmedia was among the companies to testify before the Heritage Committee. Stakeholders’ suggestions included having advertisers pay HST for ads not only on Canadian media companies’ platforms but also those of foreign competitors like Google and Facebook.“If it’s a level playing field for everybody we feel that we could probably survive in that type of a world,” Godfrey said on the same day the company posted its first quarterly profit in nearly four years.During the quarter ended Nov. 30, Postmedia was boosted by a debt restructuring deal which reduced the company’s total debt of $648 million by about $307 million.Postmedia says it earned $17.8 million or 31 cents per share compared with a loss of $4.2 million or two cents per share a year ago.However, revenue fell nearly 15 per cent to $214.9 million during the quarter from $251.1 million a year earlier. Print advertising revenue fell by $31.1 million.The results for the latest quarter included a $78.6-million gain related to the debt restructuring.The company has struggled to be profitable as debt re-payment deadlines neared prior to the restructuring and amid declining print advertising revenue.It has embarked on mass layoffs and merged newsrooms in four cities where it owns two papers in each location in efforts to reduce costs.Godfrey said a plan to reduce salary costs by 20 per cent through voluntary staff buyouts, announced last October, did not materialize enough savings and the company will proceed with layoffs.Postmedia did not indicate how many jobs would be impacted, but a spokeswoman said it expects to reach its salary cost reduction targets during this quarter.Despite ongoing staff reductions, Godfrey defended the company’s decision to award retention bonuses totalling $2.275 million to him and four other executives in an effort to keep key employees during the debt restructuring process.Investors would not have put the money into the plan had they not been able to ensure a strong team would remain to lead the company, he said.He shrugged off the point that one of the executives left the company at the end of November.“But, so far, we’ve kept others,” he said.Godfrey, whose contract was extended last year until Dec. 2018, has no plans to leave Postmedia.“This is probably, maybe the toughest challenge I’ve ever had in business,” he said, “and I’m at a stage in my life that I’d like to see this thing through.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referred to the company as Postmedia Networks Corp.
Glencore’s Kidd Operations and Raglan mine honoured for innovative environmental and community engagement projects. For their innovative projects that raise the bar for corporate responsibility in the Canadian mining sector, the two were recognized with 2016 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Excellence Awards at the CIM Awards Gala in Vancouver this week.The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) awarded Glencore’s Raglan mine with the 2016 TSM Environmental Excellence Award for its successful use of renewable energy with its wind turbine and accompanying storage facility in northern Quebec, the largest in the province. Kidd Operations was recognized with the 2016 TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award for helping local non-profits secure long-term sustainability through its Community Partnerships program in Timmins, Ontario.“We congratulate Glencore’s Raglan Mine and Kidd Operations for sweeping this year’s TSM Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the company’s leadership in taking emerging environmental technologies and social practices and successfully implementing them at the site-level, paving the way for the wider industry,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “These projects showcase the significant investments in innovation our members are making to protect the environment and to create lasting benefits for the communities where they operate.”Sitting on a plateau 600 m high on the Ungava Peninsula in northern Quebec, Raglan mine is well situated to take advantage of the power of wind. In 2014, the company did exactly that when it completed its construction of a 120-m high wind turbine and storage facility, the largest in Quebec. Like most other northern mines, the off-grid Raglan mine was heavily dependent on diesel to fuel its operations. With climate change considerations, commitments to limit environmental impacts and rising diesel costs, there was a strong business case for Glencore to explore renewable energy solutions. With the mine situated in the Canadian Arctic, which harbours some of the world’s richest wind resource, Glencore set out to diversify its energy mix with wind as a means of improving sustainability, reducing emissions and cutting costs.The project was unprecedented in scale, and was specially designed for severe Arctic climate conditions. The project was a private-public partnership between Raglan, TUGLIQ Energy and the federal and provincial governments. Communities were consulted throughout the project and feedback was acted upon by the company. For example, concerns raised by the Inuit about the potential of blade reflection affecting local fish patterns resulted in Glencore’s decision to move the turbine to another location.In its inaugural year, the 3-MW wind turbine and storage facility has already saved 2.1 million litres of diesel and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5,850 t. Based on these results, Glencore estimates that it will save more than $40 million in fuel-related costs over the projected 20-year life of the wind turbine. This successful pilot project could have transformative impacts across northern Canada, helping to pave the way for the more widespread adoption of greener energy alternatives. It is a fully-developed and tested wind power and storage system that could be duplicated into Aboriginal communities and other northern mining operations in the future.“Raglan is proud to implement a project that promotes renewable energies in Québec’s Arctic region despite the significant technical and logistical challenges involved. Since our facilities are not connected to the hydro network, we have to produce our own electricity. This project allows us to reduce our fossil fuels consumption and, in turn, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, thus enabling us to minimize our environmental footprint”, explained Kristan Straub, Raglan Mine’s Vice President.Glencore’s Kidd Operations, including the concentrator and mine, is Timmins’ largest private-sector employer. Kidd Operations is a major corporate funder in Timmins, and has donated nearly $4 million towards community initiatives since 2007. With an anticipated closure date of 2022, it has re-invented its corporate giving approach to mitigate impacts of its eventual exit and to ensure that it is contributing to long-term capacity building and sustainability in the community.Based on stakeholder feedback and identified local priorities, Kidd developed an innovative social investment program called ‘Community Partnerships’, transforming how the site invests in the community. The new model has Kidd taking a proactive approach to social investment by brokering strategic projects to community partners, moving away from traditional corporate philanthropy. This has enabled Kidd to engage meaningfully with stakeholders to design collaborative, multi-partner projects that contribute to the long-term sustainability of the community at large. An example of this was the offering of Timmins’ first sustainability conference for the local non-profit sector in 2013. What is also innovative about that model is that it measures social return on investment for the major projects supported allowing Kidd to evaluate the reach of its social investments based on financial and social impact data. For example, Kidd was able to determine its C$320,000 investment in a recent expansion project at a local retirement home showed a return of C$1.58 for each dollar that Kidd invested into the project.The success of the Community Partnerships program and its ability to measure social return on investment attracted the attention of Canada’s largest public-sector grantmaker, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). In 2015, Kidd and the OTF launched the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund. This partnership will see Kidd and the OTF each investing C$500,000 into the fund, which will begin making grants when Kidd ceases operations. This collaboration, a first for the government agency, paves the way for future private-public sector partnerships.“Kidd Operations has done lots of work to extend the life-of-mine and we continue to challenge ourselves to go on even further. However, we must also start thinking and planning for ultimate closure and what that will mean for our community. Our Community Partnerships program celebrates our venerable 50-year history of community contributions, but it also looks to the future,” said Steve Badenhorst, Glencore-Kidd Operations’ General Manager. “Social investments made through Kidd’s Community Partnerships Program, including the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund, are aimed at helping community organizations achieve greater self-sustainability beyond closure.”A total of 23 nominations were submitted by mining companies that participate in the TSM initiative, a performance-based program whereby mining operations evaluate, manage and publicly report on critical environmental and social responsibilities. The selection committee, comprised of members from the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) national Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel, selected the finalists based on criteria such as innovation, involvement of and engagement with communities, and project outcomes. TSM performance was also considered as an indicator of the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility.
DETECTIVES ARE APPEALING for information after a 20-year-old man was shot in a punishment-style shooting in North Belfast.The victim was reportedly shot in his left leg shortly before 1am.His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The incident took place in the Havana Walk area.The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended the scene and the man was taken to a nearby hospital.Police are calling for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area, or knows anything about this incident, to contact the Criminal Investigation Department in Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.If someone would prefer to provide information anonymously, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
AMD has this week launched the next generation of FirePro professional graphics cards based on the Cayman GL. The two cards drop the ATI tag and simply go by the names AMD FirePro V5900 and FirePro V7900.The FirePro cards are aimed at the professional market, those of us who need to run AutoCAD with certification or must have the best performance they can out of a package like Maya. The Radeon HD range is for consumers, and while equal or even outgunning the FirePro cards in specs, the FirePro line is always going to be the choice for specific and specialist tasks, otherwise there would be no point AMD releasing them.AdChoices广告This latest update brings support for Eyefinity, PowerTune, and GeometryBoost technologies. Eyefinity allows the V5900 to support up to 3 displays (2 DisplayPort 1.2 and 1 DVI), and the V7900 up to 4 (4 DisplayPort 1.2). PowerTune allows for dynamic power use optimization meaning performance when it is required, and a low-power graphics solution when it’s not.With GeometryBoost the cards offer up very fast geometry transforms by processing two primitives per clock cycle. So in a package like AutoCAD larger models will be dealt with a lot more efficicently and therefore can be significantly more complex than previous FirePro cards could handle.As for the specific specs, here’s the main features of the two cards:AMD FirePro V5900512 Stream Processors2GB GDDR5 RAM (64GB/s bandwidth)2560 x 1600 max resolution75W maximum power drawAMD FirePro V79001280 Stream Processors2GB GDDR5 RAM (160GB/s bandwidth)2560 x 1600 max resolution150W maximum power drawBoth cards have support for DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1, Shader Model 5.0, and Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Linux. The V5900 starts at $599 and the V7900 is almost double that at $999 and upwards. In terms of performance, the guys over at HotHardware managed to get their hands on both cards and performance was excellent, especially with the V7900. Both cards easily outperformed the cards they are replacing, and give the Nvidia Quadro line some decent competition.Read more at the AMD press release and Icrontic
Neymar was left fuming with referee Bjorn Kuipers after receiving a yellow card in the final moments of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-1 Champions League draw at NapoliKuipers decided to book Neymar after getting into an argument with the Brazilian as he prepared to take a free-kick.Neymar was unhappy with the space between himself and the Napoli players’ wall as he prepared to take the free-kick.Therefore, Neymar attempted to advise Kuipers over this – but instead fell into an argument with the match official.Upon receiving his yellow card, Neymar sarcastically applauded Kuipers afterwards.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“The referee told me something he shouldn’t and it was disrespectful,” said Neymar, according to Goal.Spanish defender Juan Bernat had given PSG a half-time lead in the dying moments at the Stadio San Paolo.But Napoli equalised through Lorenzo Insigne’s controversial penalty after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.
News SoundCloud: Profitability Will Take Years Twitter Email Facebook When Will SoundCloud Be Profitable? soundcloud-profitability-will-take-years A regulatory filing spells out the long road to profit that SoundCloud hopes to travelPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm Streaming music is succeeding as top services Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify are adding millions of paid subscribers, but the struggle to get into the black and see profit is crucial, especially for the long-term survival of streaming service SoundCloud.An online platform that has helped new stars such as Chance The Rapper and Kygo rise to international prominence, SoundCloud is beloved but love won’t pay the bills. Investors came to its rescue in August to save the nearly shuttered service but SoundCloud’s millions of free users have diminished somewhat and the two tiers of SoundCloud Go premium have not reached the point where it’s profitable.Digital Music News uncovered a German regulatory filing spelling out the tough realities for SoundCloud moving forward. Converting free users to paid subscribers is SoundCloud’s road to survival. Depending on the rate of that growth, fresh investment could be needed “to generate sufficient cash to cover the planned expenditures.”Given the power and scope of the big-league majors, additional music subscriptions are most likely to be a second thought. But fans need to wrap their heads around supporting multiple premium services for many of their favorites to survive long-term.With August’s Investment, SoundCloud Fans Celebrate Its SurvivalRead more
SpaceX The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. A droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, then attempts to catch the fairing with a giant net. We’ve seen SpaceX capture a fairing on its most recent launch and before that we’ve seen it fail a few times. It seems practice makes perfect and it’s finally getting the hang of nabbing the nosecone like a ship-sized Mark Waugh stationed in the slips (that’s one for our Aussie readers).A New Zealand-based spaceflight company, Rocket Lab, announced on Tuesday it would also begin attempting to reuse rockets. It won’t be capturing any fairings, but it will try and snag the first stage booster from the sky with a helicopter. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos Share your voice Number two. SpaceX SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, offering a free ride for the AMOS-17 communications satellite. It was the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster and to get the satellite to orbit SpaceX had to do away with the booster — so we don’t get to see SpaceX pull off another dazzling booster return. However, we have got the next best thing: A droneship capturing the rocket’s fairing.Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, posted a video of the daring fairing capture to Twitter on Tuesday. 0 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
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Huawei’s prominence in 5G technology makes it difficult for countries like India that want extensive deployment of the technology to ignore the Chinese company. HuaweiPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government may seize the initiative to lead the world on the 5G technology platform by partnering telecom equipment maker Huawei. US President Donald Trump has banned the Chinese giant citing national security concerns and warned allies and other nations not to allow Huawei. Trump has also threatened to blacklist companies selling or supplying US-origin technologies or products to Huawei or its associates.Huawei has said it is ready to sign “no back door” agreement with the Indian government to discourage espionage, and urged the government to enter into similar agreements with other makers of telecom equipment. The Modi government has been watching the developments closely though Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said earlier that the government has not taken any decision regarding Huawei participation in 5G trials. The minister had said the 5G trials would start in a short while followed by spectrum sales.”We are proposing to the Indian government that we are ready to sign “no-back door” agreement. We encourage other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) also to sign this kind of agreement with the government and telecom operators,” a PTI report said quoting Huawei India CEO Jay Chen. “Back door” in technology products refers to an arrangement with the government or with any third party to share data in an unauthorised manner with mala fide intention. Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath as Union Minister at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Prasad has said the 5G trials will begin soon.IANSThe telecom department had come up with security guidelines in 2011 to certify equipment that telecom operators install in their network to ensure they are free from malicious software. Under the guidelines, telecom companies face hefty fines for failing to ensure compliance with the law. However, the government has not set up the labs needed to examine security issues in the hardware and software that telecom providers employ.The US government’s allegations are based on its interpretation of the law in China that warrants its companies to share data with the country’s intelligence for national security. Chen claimed that Huawei had researched Chinese law on its own and with the help of big legal firms based in the US, UK, and Australia, the report says.”They did some comparison. The Chinese intelligence law says that citizens and companies are supposed to cooperate if there is some national security threat but they never asked to share data or cooperate for state spying. Similar laws exist in the US, UK, Australia, and India too,” according to Chen.Indian telecom service providers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea extensively use equipment that Huawei has supplied. With the introduction of 5G, more networks may have to install the Chinese company’s equipment, according to sources. Some officials in the Indian government believe that Huawei has been caught in the escalating US-China trade war.
People queue for voting in Khulna city. Photo: Focus BanglaVote rigging in Khulna City Corporation elections reached to the extent that even a minor boy was found voting for ruling Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek on Tuesday.After visiting several centres in Khulna city, this correspondent found a man coming out of a polling station with his son, a student of class II. Both of the father and son had indelible ink marks on their fingers.Asked about the ink, the man said, ”My son has cast his vote, too.”And the second-grader said, ”I voted for boat and Tipu uncle (the AL-backed ward councillor Ali Akbar Tipu).”Both the father and son were found in front of Nurani Bahumukhi Madrasa centre, under ward 25. A member of the election commission in the centre was also allegedly harassed by the ruling AL influentials.AL-backed candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek visited Platinum High School station under ward No. 11 around 12:00pm. After his visit, around eight to 10 AL activists entered the centre and started ballot stuffing in the presence of presiding officer Sheikh Abu Md Mushfequl Morshed.When some journalists started recording the ballot stuffing scene, the presiding officer drove them away, saying, ”We have some restrictions.”Visiting PTI polling station around 2:00pm, it was seen a voter, Sadia Parveen, could not cast her vote as someone else had already done so.”They said I had already cast my vote and told me to go somewhere else,” Parveen told Prothom Alo.
Pro-independence activist Edward Leung walks inside a detention centre before leaving for the High Court for a sentencing hearing in Hong Kong, China on 11 June. Photo: ReutersA former rising star in Hong Kong’s radical youth opposition was sentenced to 6 years in jail on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years.Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating Hong Kong’s independence from China, had earlier been found guilty of rioting in a 2016 overnight protest that turned violent. He had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.About 130 people, mostly police, were injured when masked protesters tossed bricks and set trash cans alight to vent their anger against what they saw as mainland Chinese encroachment on the city’s autonomy and freedoms.It wasn’t immediately clear if Leung would appeal against the sentence.Leung appeared calm upon hearing High Court Judge Anthea Pang announce the sentence, while murmurs of disbelief rippled through a crowd of about 150 activists and supporters watching a live broadcast outside the courtroom.Pang condemned the “severe violence” of the riot, which she said had caused danger to those at the scene, and which warranted the imposition of a strict deterrent sentence.“The court absolutely does not allow livelihood or political disputes to be expressed through acts of violence,” she said.Two other defendants in the case, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, were jailed 7 and 3.5 years respectively for rioting.Leung has supported Hong Kong’s outright secession from China given Beijing’s perceived erosion of the “one country two systems” principle granting the city a high degree of autonomy since it was handed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.The controversial politician, then a student of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, came to public prominence after the violent protests, and a run for public office during a by-election for a legislative council seat that year. He was barred from running for another election later that year.China has repeatedly slammed the independence movement, fearful of the idea catching on in the mainland. President Xi Jinping warned last year that any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty would be an act that crosses a “red line”.Although the court case does not deal directly on the issue of independence, the sentencing is likely to be interpreted as a broader warning against the city’s young radical activists.Leung’s sentence came one week after two other pro independence activists and former lawmakers were sentenced to one month in jail for assembling illegally in the legislature while still in public office.
Share blackwaterimages/Getty ImagesIf the White House approves a proposal to change how the government collects race and ethnicity data, white people in the U.S. may be asked to check off boxes about their ethnic background. But on this 2010 Census form, answering “white” was enough to respond to the race question.“White” has been a constant of the U.S. census.Other racial categories for the national headcount have come and gone over the centuries. But “white” has stuck ever since U.S. Marshals went door-to-door by horseback for the first census in 1790, tallying up the numbers of “free white males” and “free white females,” plus “all other free persons” and “slaves.”Census takers determined who counted as “white” or any other race. That changed in 1960, when U.S. residents were first allowed to self-report their race. Since then, just answering “white” has been enough to respond to the race question.But the upcoming census in 2020 may ask those who identify as white to explore their family tree to share their ethnic background as well. Anyone who checks off the “white” box could also mark boxes for groups such as “German,” “Irish” and “Polish” or write in another option.That change depends partly on whether the White House approves proposals to modify how the federal government collects race and ethnicity data. They originated when President Obama was still in office, and now it’s up to the Trump administration to approve or reject them. If approved, the Census Bureau may move forward with this new way of asking people of all races about their identities on the 2020 questionnaire.Friday is the deadline for the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which sets standards for this kind of data for all federal agencies, to announce its decisions on the proposals. Any policy changes would come at a time of heightened awareness of white nationalist calls against multiculturalism and growing partisan divides over issues about race in the U.S.Research by the Census Bureau suggests the proposals could produce a more accurate count in 2020. In a report released in February, the bureau’s researchers write that the suggested changes are responding to a public “call for more detailed, disaggregated data for our diverse American experiences as German, Mexican, Korean, Jamaican, and myriad other identities.”‘It could change the discussion’ Asking white people about their ethnic background is not a new concept for the census. Recent census forms, including the questionnaire used in 2010, have asked all recipients about their ethnicity specifically in terms of “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.” A question about a person’s ancestry or ethnic origin was first included in the 1980 Census and remained on some forms as recently as 2000. Past forms have asked for a person’s place of birth, the countries where the person’s mother and father were born and languages spoken other than English.Those questions about ancestry and ethnicity, though, were presented separately from the race question. Asking about race and ethnicity together in a combined question may seem like a minor, technical detail. But some scholars who study white identity say it could have major implications.“I think it could change the discussion,” says historian Nell Irvin Painter, who wrote The History of White People. “Masses of Americans think of their census racial identification as their real identification, as if it carried more than just policy implications.”The federal government has distilled whiteness into a bureaucratic definition to collect information for redrawing legislative districts, enforcing anti-discrimination laws and measuring health effects. Since 1977, “white” in government data describes anyone “having origins in any of the original peoples” of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. (Another proposal the White House is considering could reclassify people of Middle Eastern or North African descent as a distinct racial group separate from “white.”)‘Whiter than others’For many white people, though, whiteness today has more to do with their experience living in the U.S. than their ties to “original peoples.”“The ethnicity component for whites is pretty much meaningless now for people that have been in the U.S. for so long their ethnicity is so diluted,” says Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University in Philadelphia who studies whiteness.Gallagher adds that some white people from families with long histories in the U.S. may connect with a “dime-store ethnicity” — an identity they can pick and choose to emphasize from their family trees. It allows white people, he says, to connect with the American immigration story without much, if any, social cost.“At one time if you’re Italian or if you’re Irish in the U.S., it meant quite a bit in terms of having access to resources. That is just no longer the case,” he says.Still, Gallagher worries about the timing of this proposed change to how the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in light of growing attention on white nationalist groups.“This was done basically through a lens of multiculturalism that allowed whites to embrace their own ancestry, as well as other groups doing the same thing. How it could get used in this climate, I think, is a little different,” says Gallagher.“[The alt-right] people are going to mark ‘German’ or they’re going to mark a category that allows them to connect to this idea of Europe,” he says. “But that’s a very small part of the population.”Terry Blastenbrei of Kansas City, Mo., who has identified as white on the census, shares those concerns.“We see some folks as whiter than others as it were. And so that’s, I think, a potential issue that we could see develop if we start breaking it down even further,” says Blastenbrei, who works as an operations manager for what he describes as progressive political campaigns.Still, if ethnicities are added under “white” on the 2020 Census, Blastenbrei says he would consider checking off multiple boxes.“A lot of people assume by looking at my last name that I’m probably German, but I come from so many different backgrounds,” he says, citing ancestors from other European countries including Luxembourg, France and Poland.A ‘bad idea’?For Painter, the historian, drawing ethnic distinctions among white people on the 2020 Census could be seen as harkening to earlier ideas about white identity that valued Anglo-Saxon heritage.“That is a throwback to the early 20th century when educated Americans and non-educated Americans thought there was more than one white race,” she says, referring to days when skull measurements were used to determine racial superiority among white people.Painter does not approve of the government asking white people about their ethnic backgrounds in 2020. The state of white identity today, she adds, is “utter confusion,” largely undefined between two poles of being white – either sharing the extremist views of white nationalists or not having a race in order to be an individual instead.“Given that white identity operates most easily in the shadows, that is to say it’s not queried, I think bringing it out and asking people to dwell on it is a bad idea,” Painter says.But Karen Brodkin, an anthropologist who wrote How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America, would welcome the changes to the census.“I would rather be named and visible in all of my diversity,” says Brodkin, who says she would check off the “white” box and write in “Jewish” on her census form in 2020.Brodkin is concerned that the specified check boxes and suggestions for ethnicities under “white” as currently proposed by the Census Bureau are all from western Europe except for “Polish.” The bureau’s researchers chose the options based on the largest groups from Europe currently in the U.S. As their February report notes, “The categories included in the questionnaire generally reflect social definitions recognized in [the U.S.], and do not attempt to define groups biologically, anthropologically, or genetically.”Still, Brodkin says Jewish identity may be hard to fit into the boxes the Census Bureau is considering. The bureau is not allowed to require people to report their religious affiliation. But some Jewish people who identify as white on the census consider their ethnicity as Jewish, which census participants would have to write in themselves.“I think the debate would be, ‘Gee, we’re not really white,’ ” Brodkin says. “Another would be, ‘I’m Sephardic … and there’s no place for me here.’ “The Census Bureau must submit the final wording of the upcoming census questions to Congress by the end of March 2018.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most widely used chemicals in products of everyday use like plastic water bottles, metal food cans and thermal receipt paper. The findings showed that mothers who exposed their foetus to BPA increased their risk of developing a high fat mass index –a measure of body fat mass adjusted for height, per cent body fat, and waist circumference – by the age of seven. A whopping 94 percent of women in the study had the chemical in their urine and their school-aged children showed increased measures of body fat. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, children exposed to higher concentrations of prenatal BPA had higher levels of adiposity. BPA, which is also one of the endocrine disrupting chemicals may alter the baby’s metabolism and lead to an early formation of fat cells in their body, the researchers said.“The study provides evidence that prenatal exposure to BPA may contribute to developmental origins of obesity as determined by measures of body fat in children as opposed to the traditional indicator of body mass index, which only considers height and weight,” said lead author Lori Hoepner from Columbia University in the US. Further, the association between BPA and fat mass index and waist circumference was higher in girls, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, there was no association found between prenatal BPA exposure and body fat outcomes in boys, the researchers noted in the paper published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.In addition, the chemical has also been linked to several health outcomes such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, early puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity and heart disease in adults. “The evidence that prenatal BPA exposure is associated with measures of obesity in children may be an important underlying factor in the obesity epidemic,” said one of the researchers, Andrew Rundle, associate professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.For the study, the team analysed urine samples and child body composition from 369 mother-child pairs, from pregnancy through early childhood. Height and weight were measured for children at age five and age seven.
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The cabinet depth is a mere 48.5 mm. This minimalist design combined with a fully flat surface makes for a seamless visual experience, reducing eye movement in a multi-monitor setup. Furthermore, the EV2750 is available in a new white color to blend in with modern desktop and office environments (black also available).The 27-inch screen uses an LED-backlit in-plane switching (IPS) LCD panel with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 with 100 percent sRGB color gamut coverage. Its 178-degree viewing angle minimizes color shift. The typical brightness is 350 cd/m2 and the contrast ratio is 1000:1.The EV2750 has one DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D input terminals for compatibility with various input sources. With picture by picture, content from two inputs can be displayed at once.The monitor obtains Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light Content Certification by TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification body. 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Damage to both organs often occur at a subclinical stage, or before signs and symptoms of disease are evident. A substance, or marker, in the blood indicative of subclinical heart disease and brain diseases like stroke and dementia could speed the initiation of treatments and lifestyle changes, potentially slowing or even reversing the disease’s course.One promising marker is N-terminal Pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), a protein released into the blood in response to cardiac wall stress. Blood serum levels of NT-proBNP rise when heart failure worsens and drop when it gets better. While previous studies have shown a link between heart disease and brain disease, less is known about the association between NT-proBNP and the entire spectrum of imaging markers of subclinical brain damage, like brain volume and white matter integrity.Researchers from the Netherlands recently investigated this association in 2,397 community-dwelling middle-aged and elderly non-demented people without a clinical diagnosis of heart disease. The patients were drawn from the landmark Rotterdam Study, an ongoing, population-based study of more than 10,000 people from a suburb of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.When the researchers compared serum levels of NT-proBNP with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, they discovered a clear association between higher NT-proBNP levels and brain damage.“We found that higher serum levels of NT-proBNP were associated with smaller brain volumes, in particular with smaller gray matter volume, and with poorer organization of the brain’s white matter,” said Meike W. Vernooij, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a neuroradiologist at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam.The findings imply a close link between the heart and brain even in presumably healthy individuals, Vernooij said.There are several hypotheses to explain the link between cardiac dysfunction and subclinical brain damage, according to Vernooij. For instance, decreases in blood flow could lead to cerebral microvascular damage or problems in the function of the blood-brain barrier, a network of blood vessels that allow essential nutrients into the brain while blocking potentially harmful substances. Inflammatory factors associated with cardiac stress could also harm the barrier, leading to increased permeability and damage to the brain.While NT-proBNP is currently used in a clinical setting to rule out heart failure, it is too early to say if it can play a similar role for subclinical brain damage, as the new study only looked at people at one point in time.“We cannot rule out that the observed subclinical brain damage led to increased levels of NT-proBNP,” Vernooij said. “However, from a biological perspective, and based on animal studies, it is more likely that cardiac dysfunction affects brain changes rather than vice versa.”Further research, including follow-up brain MRI studies and measurements of NT-proBNP, will be needed to clarify the relationship between cardiac dysfunction and subclinical brain disease, the researchers said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiologyReferencesZonneveld, H.I., Ikram, M.A., Hofman, A., Niessen, W.J., et al. “N-Terminal Pro–B-Type Natriuretic Peptide and Subclinical Brain Damage in the General Population,” Radiology. 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