first_imgThe police on Thursday filed a case under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai, who shot to fame with her campaign for women’s entry into the inner sanctum of temples across Maharashtra.Vijay Makasare, 33, of Ahmednagar, filed a complaint against Ms. Desai and her husband Prashant at the Chaturshrungi police station. In it, he alleged that the couple and four others had attacked, robbed and threatened him near Balewadi on June 27. Ms. Desai, accompanied by her husband and four others in a vehicle, intercepted his car and then they snatched his cell phone, he said. Mr. Makasare, a self-proclaimed activist of a backward community, said Ms. Desai told her husband that the cell phone contained “important evidence” against them. Thereafter, two of the accused took over his car and drove it towards the Balewadi stadium. Later, Ms. Desai and her husband beat him with sticks and rods.He alleged that Ms. Desai warned him against filing a case and asked him to stop teaching her how to run her organisation. He also accused Ms. Desai and the others of relieving him of valuables, including a gold chain, and ₹42,000 in cash. The police have also invoked Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in robbery) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.Ms. Desai has denied the charges. “This is a clear case of misuse of the Act… I’m an activist who fights for progressive ideals… We would never dream of stooping to this level. The charges are fabricated, and they reek of a conspiracy against me,” she told The Hindu.She came to know of the case from media reports, Ms. Desai said, and was yet to receive any intimation from the police. “I have been trying to reach the police to get more information, but without success.”last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remote First Nation of Garden Hill in northern Manitoba has been working hard to tackle food insecurity.The Meechim Farm is a self-sustaining community project.It’s creating jobs producing affordable food and teaching youth traditional food practices.It’s even caught the attention of a documentary filmmaker.APTN’s April Johnson has this story.last_img

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first_imgDeutsche Telekom plans to upgrade its DSL network to offer higher speeds and compete more effectively with cable in Germany next year.The telco plans to roll out so-called vectoring technology to improve broadband speeds on its network. Telekom Deutschland CEO Niek Jan van Damme said the upgrade could begin next year if Telekom wins regulatory approval. However, Telekom would not share the vectored DSL lines with rival operators.last_img

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first_imgNetflix added fewer new customers than it had previously predicted in its third quarter, causing the US web streaming firm’s shareprice to slump 25% in after-hours trading.Announcing its Q3 results, Netflix said that domestically it added 0.98 million streaming customers in the quarter, and 2.04 million streaming customers. In its last earnings announcement it had anticipated net additions in these markets of 1.33 million and 2.36 million respectively.Separately, year-on-year customer additions were also down from 1.3 million in Q3 2013 to 1 million in Q4 2014.“As best we can tell, the primary cause is the slightly higher prices we now have compared to a year ago.  Slightly higher prices result in slightly less growth, other things being equal, and this is manifested more clearly in higher adoption markets such as the US,” said Netflix in a letter to its shareholders.“In hindsight, we believe that late Q2 and early Q3 the impact of higher prices appeared to be offset for about two months by the large positive reception to Season Two of Orange is the New Black.”Factoring in these “slightly higher prices”, Netflix said it now expects to add 1.85 million domestic streaming customers in Q4 2014, and 2.15 million international streaming customers.“We remain happy with the price changes and growth in revenue and will continue to improve our service, with better content, better streaming and better choosing,” said Netflix.“There is no change to our view on the long term attractiveness and US market size of Internet television, and no change to our view of the ultimate size of our US membership.”Overall, Netflix ended the quarter with 37.22 domestic streaming customers and 15.84 international streaming customers.Domestic streaming revenues grew 25% year-on-year to US$877 million, while international revenue grew 89% to $346 million – both were in line with forecasts. Net income came in at US$59 million, up from US$32 million for the same quarter last year.last_img read more

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first_imgUS cable operator Charter Communications is to acquire fellow cable providers Bright House Networks for US$10.4 billion (€9.7 billion).Bright House is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States, and serves approximately 2 million video customers in central Floridaincluding Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, and California.Under the new proposed structure, Bright House owner Advance/Newhouse is expected to own 26.3% of New Charter’s outstanding common shares, and it is expected that Charter shareholder Liberty Broadband’s equity ownership will represent 19.4% of New Charter’s outstanding common shares.Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications said, “Bright House Networks provides Charter with important operating, financial and tax benefits, as well as strategic flexibility. Bright House has built outstanding cable systems in attractive markets that are either complete, or contiguous with the New Charter footprint. This acquisition enhances our scale, and solidifies New Charter as the second largest cable operator in the US. I look forward to working with the Bright House team, whom we have known for years, in delivering great products and services to grow our market share.”Steven Miron, Chief Executive Officer of Bright House Networks said, “We are excited about our transaction with Charter. At Bright House Networks, we are very proud of what we have achieved – from the quality of our infrastructure to the level of service our employees provide to customers every day. We share the same vision for the future of our business as Tom and the Charter leadership team, which is to gain market share by offering customers competitive products and excellent service at a tremendous value. Also, our family has known and worked with Tom Rutledge for more than 20 years. Tom managed cable systems that were part of our partnership with Time Warner Cable prior to the formation of Bright House Networks. We think the combination with Charter gives our employees, our customers and Advance/Newhouse the strongest prospects for the future.”last_img read more

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first_imgRisk reduction for Alzheimer’s disease is now more critical than ever due to the continued lack of a cure or effective disease-slowing treatment,”Dr. Joshua S. Talboom, a Postdoctoral Fellow in TGen’s Neurogenomics Division, and a member of Dr. Huentelman’s lab Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Results from a study of nearly 60,000 individuals suggest those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to family history may demonstrate changes in memory performance as early as their 20s.Researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and the University of Arizona gathered the data through an online word-pair memory test called MindCrowd, one of the world’s largest scientific assessments of how healthy brains function.Published today in the scientific journal eLife, study data suggests that those with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, and who are younger than 65, on average do not perform as well as their peers who do not have a family history of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia.The study results suggest that the family history effect is particularly pronounced among men, as well as those with lower educational attainment, diabetes, and carriers of a common genetic change in APOE, a gene long associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk.While family history has previously been associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s, this is the first study of its kind, and in these numbers, that indicates this risk can be detected up to four decades before the typical age of onset. The study looked at 59,571 MindCrowd participants aged 18-85, and the effect of family history was shown across every age group, up until age 65.”In this study we show that family history is associated with reduced paired-associate learning performance as many as four decades before the typical onset of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Matt Huentelman, TGen Professor of Neurogenomics, and the study’s senior authorBecause there is no cure or proven way of slowing progressive memory-loss among those with Alzheimer’s, early indicators of the disease can help those at risk to focus on ways to help stave off dementia. Related StoriesGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer risk”This study supports recommendations underscoring the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and properly treating disease states such as diabetes,” said Dr. Talboom, the study’s lead author. “Our findings specifically highlight the positive effects of such interventions for those with a family history risk of Alzheimer’s, opening the door to the development of more targeted risk-reduction approaches to combat the disease.”In addition, this study underscores the utility of web-based participant recruitment to research studies like MindCrowd, facilitating large sample sizes in a cost- and time-effective fashion, said Dr. Lee Ryan, a University of Arizona Alzheimer’s researcher, who along with the UA’s Dr. Betty Glisky, helped Dr. Huentelman develop MindCrowd. Drs. Ryan and Glisky were contributing authors to the study.”It should be acknowledged that that web-based studies are not without concerns. However, we propose that the advantage of considerably larger sample sizes and enriched participant diversity in online research mostly diminishes the potential disadvantages,” Dr. Ryan said.The MindCrowd study began in 2013. By August 2018, it had nearly 60,000 qualified participants, whose performance is reflected in the study. Today, more than 115,000 people, aged 18-95 — from all 50 states and 150 nations around the world — have completed the MindCrowd assessment.MindCrowd cannot tell you if you have Alzheimer’s. What it does give researchers is a set of data baselines about how people not suffering from the disease perform at different ages; among men and women, among those with quick and slow physical responses, among those who smoke and those who don’t, and among many other demographic, lifestyle and health factors.Establishing these baselines will help researchers to more properly evaluate Alzheimer’s patients and usher in a new era of what the MindCrowd developers describe as Precision Aging.Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disorder that typically presents clinically as deficits in memory and thinking. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and that by 2050 that number will nearly triple to almost 14 million. Source:The Translational Genomics Research InstituteJournal reference:Talboom, J. et al. (2019) Family history of Alzheimer’s disease alters cognition and is modified by medical and genetic factors. eLife. doi.org/10.7554/eLife.46179last_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced criticism for saying Pakistan’s arrest of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai had come after a 10-year search, as the suspected militant had been living in plain view. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarquePakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that is accused by India and the United States of carrying out the Mumbai attacks, on terrorism financing charges. More than 160 people were killed in the four-day militant attacks. Saeed is designated a terrorist by the United States and the United Nations. Trump, who is due to host Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for talks at the White House next week, welcomed Saeed’s arrest and said it was the result of pressure from his administration on Pakistan to get tougher on militants. “After a ten year search, the so-called “mastermind” of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!,” Trump tweeted. But Saeed has been in and out of Pakistan prisons for the last decade and even addressed public rallies. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee countered Trump’s comments with a tweet of its listing the eight times Saeed had been arrested and freed by Pakistan authorities since 2001. “FYI Pakistan wasn’t searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely..” it said and suggested Trump hold the applause till Saeed is convicted by Pakistani authorities. Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said Trump had been ill-advised about Saeed’s case. “Finding him was never an issue. He operated freely and was highly visible. He has been arrested and released many times over. @POTUS shd immediately fire whoever gave him the wrong information,” he said in a tweet, referring to Trump. Pakistan said Saeed was arrested while he was going to a court to seek pre-arrest bail. Saeed has denied any involvement and Pakistani authorities say they have not found any evidence against him either. India says Pakistan’s failure to act against the suspected militant is one of the reasons it won’t resume peace talks with the arch rival. Christian Fair, a South Asia specialist at Georgetown University, said Trump was also wrong to describe Saeed as the “so-called mastermind” of the Mumbai attacks. “@POTUS shows AGAIN that he’s a complete dumbass,” said Fair. Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Michael PerryOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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first_img Nation 07 Jul 2019 Safety drills suggested for Pasir Gudang Related News He said on overall, air quality monitoring conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) last week found the condition has improved and air readings were normal. – Bernama Johor , Disaster Operation Control Centre , Pasir Gudang , Air pollution , Closed {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 07 Jul 2019 Health Ministry to issue statement on death of woman in Pasir Gudangcenter_img Tags / Keywords: Related News JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Disaster Operation Control Centre (PKTK), which was opened in Pasir Gudang, following breathing difficulties and vomiting experienced by students here due to suspected air pollution since June 20, has closed at noon on Friday (July 11).State Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the closure of the control centre at Level 4, Aqabah Tower, was carried out following an improved situation in Pasir Gudang.”However, the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) has been directed by the Johor Baru District Officer to set up an Emergency Assistance Unit which would be activated immediately to address the situation if there is a recurrence,” he said in a statement here Friday night.Mohd Khuzzan said as at 4pm, there were no new cases reported. Nation 23 Jun 2019 Breathing difficulties: Another Pasir Gudang school affectedlast_img read more

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