first_imgBengaluru, Aug 22 (PTI) Indian athlete Sudha Singh, who returned from Rio Olympics with fever and body ache last week, has been undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for a suspected Zika virus. “Sudha Singh arrived here in Bengaluru on August 20 with fever and body ache. She was admitted to one of the chains of Fortis Hospital the same day. The athlete is undergoing treatment and medication for suspected zika virus,” Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Director M Shyam Sunder told PTI. Sudha had participated in the steeplechase competition at Rio. Giving an update on the condition of the athlete, Sunder said officials from health departments of state and central governments visited the hospital and gave the required medical help and advise. The doctors have collected the blood samples of Sudha and have sent them to a virology institute for Zika testing, Sunder said. “The doctors have taken the blood samples to avoid risk factors. Hopefully, it is not Zika that Sudha is suffering from,” he said. As per doctors, Sudha is recuperating and feeling better than when she was admitted on August 20, Sunder said. In May, Sudha broke the national record in womens 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth in the second leg of the prestigious Diamond League Meet in Shanghai. She had qualified for Rio Games during the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi in April, where she clocked nine minutes 26.55 seconds. Before the commencement of the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had issued a detailed advisory to all the athletes and support staff in view of the zika virus scare in Brazil. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can cause crippling birth defects and also affects neurological system. PTI BDN AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe Xiaomi Mi A2 is finally here and it’s every bit as fantastic as the Mi A1 that it replaces. It goes on sale on August 23. While Xiaomi does make some compromises in order to give the Mi A2 a premium design while keeping the price relatively affordable, the phone comes with enough goodies to warrant your attention. The Mi A2, more importantly, gets almost all those things right that you will want to see right in a value-for-money smartphone. This means good performance and outstanding cameras for the price.Yes, the Mi A2 could have done better in some areas, but hey, no phone is perfect.The Mi A2, just to refresh it for you, is an Android One phone. In other words, just like other Android One phones — there are Nokias too made by HMD Global — and pure Android phones like the Google Pixels, the Mi A2 runs a clean “googly” software. Now, this software is one selling point of the phone but that is not all it offers. Here is a quick look at the Mi A2 — for a more detailed impression check out the India Today Tech review of the Xiaomi Mi A2.1. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a looker. There are no two ways about it. The front is big and almost bezel-less and there’s a vertically-aligned dual camera module on the back. The phone comes with U-shaped antenna lines that will be hard to notice unless you’re out looking for them. And yes, it sports an all-metal design that means that the Mi A2 looks and feels like it has been carved out of a single block of aluminium. It can be slippery, but then Xiaomi ships a clear case in the box, so that’s nice too. The Mi A2 is available in a choice of 4 colours in India: gold, blue, black and rose gold.advertisement2. The build quality is fantastic. The Mi A2 is the most affordable phone to ship with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front, which means technically it should hold up well if you happen to drop it screen facing down.3. The Mi A2 comes with a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display that has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. It also gives the phone 403ppi density, which is something that you should not bother about because even 300ppi is good enough. Xiaomi has shaved off bezels around the screen, and that makes the Mi A2 smaller compared to regular 6-inch phones. Also, the Mi A2 uses an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9, as against the more traditional 16:9. The screen is one of the weak spots of the Mi A2, something we noted in the review as well. The Mi A2 screen lacks contrast and it’s brightness levels leave a lot to be desired.4. The Mi A2 carries the legacy of the Mi A1 forward. in other words, it comes with Google software and promise of timely OS updates directly from Google with some help from Xiaomi. It is an Android One phone after all. But there are areas where Xiaomi has tried to improve the Android Oreo that is inside the Mi A2. The phone comes with Xiaomi’s Mi Feedback and Mi Remote apps. The purpose of the Mi Feedback app is to let users report issues with the phone and the Mi Remote app allows users to use the IR sensor in the phone. The Mi Remote app can be uninstalled, the Mi Feedback app can’t. There are three more Xiaomi apps — Mi Drop, File Manager and Mi Store — pre-installed on the Mi A2. Also, the camera app is the one created by Xiaomi and not Google. 5. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Sounds impressive, and works well enough. On paper, the Mi A2 is the most powerful phone at its price in the Indian market right now. And in practice too, it is one fast phone. Basically, if you are worried about the performance of the Mi A2, you shouldn’t. It’s a beast.6. Xiaomi has not brought all variants of the Mi A2 in India. Only the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version is available here. Do note that the Mi A2 does not support expandable storage. The Mi A2, however, gives users unlimited high-quality storage through Google Photos. There’s also Google Drive and Google Docs. All these features come bundled with the Mi A2 because it’s an Android One phone.7. While the 3,000mAh battery inside the Mi A2 lasts one full day, although with some struggle, it can’t match the battery performance of Redmi Note 5 pro. The Mi A2 seems like a step-down in this regard, which is a little disappointing considering Xiaomi phones are known for good battery life.advertisementThe India Today Tech battery loop test gave lasted just 10 hours on the Mi A2. Most users with regular usage will be able to pull one day on the Mi A2, but that’s all that you’re going to get out of it. The Mi A2 India variant supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology but Xiaomi is not bundling a Quick Charge 4.0 compliant charger in the box.8. One big reason to buy the Mi A2, if you are looking for one, isn’t its clean Android software or blazing fast performance. Instead, the reason is the camera performance.The Mi A2 comes with two cameras on the back. One uses a 12-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 486 sensor) and another a 20-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 376 sensor). Both the sensors have a lens with f/1.75 aperture. The main sensor has large pixels while the secondary sensor supports pixel binning that technically results in decent photos in even low light. The dual-camera setup is paired with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. But the star attraction here is how the two cameras can sense ambient surroundings and intelligently switch between the sensors: the 12-megapixel sensor is used in good light, the 20-megapixel sensor kicks in low-light conditions.While the two cameras switch automatically depending on the available light, it is also possible to manually choose the sensor you want to use for a particular shot. It’s safe to say that the Mi A2 offers best dual camera implementation on a mainstream phone right now, even though those who have used the Mi A1 will miss its 2X zoom lens. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash which is the same as the one inside the Redmi Note 5 Pro.9. Xiaomi has launched the Mi A2 in India at a price of Rs 16,999. This is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is only available online.10. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is available for purchase through flash sale model for now although in future Xiaomi may sell it in open sale. For now, Xiaomi is going to sell the Mi A2 once every week (probably more when there is more stock or if there’s a promotional sale) until stocks last. This means that getting a hold of a Mi A2 won’t be easy, at least initially.last_img read more


first_imgUSATSI_8069305_154512258_lowresThe second half of the Missouri State game was messy — and not very fun to watch, I might add — but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn anything from OSU’s only FCS game this season.Five things…1. Florida State isn’t as tight as we thought: That was my big takeaway from Week 2. I get that OSU wasn’t super fired up to follow up that war with the Noles with a FCS clash against a team that vandalized its library fountain but I honestly feel like Missouri State could have done some stuff against FSU and no FCS team should ever be able to do anything against you if you’re the No. 1 team in the country.Not even North Dakota State.2. Daxx can go against FCS teams: He wasn’t perfect but this was big boy stuff.The problem is that I know how JW translates against the Texas’ and FSUs and Georgias of the world. I’m not sure how Daxx translates. Part of me hopes he gets his chance to prove it on Saturday night.3. Special teams are special: In all of the ways. Three blocked kicks, two missed field goals, pooches to Tyreek, Teddy Johnson catching a kickoff. I’m terrified.Speaking of the missed field goals, allow me to stick up for Ben Grogan really quickly. He’s 5/8 so far this year with misses from 51, 46, and 41 and makes from 37, 19, 34, 36, and 37.According to historical data from the NFL (the NFL, not college…because I couldn’t find college) the average points expected on those eight kicks is  about 20.55. And again these are NFL kickers — the best of the best. Grogan has tallied 15 points.It’s not great but it’s not as bad as you think.4. It’s all poison: Glenn Spencer thinks every single thing his players hear outside of what he tells them is poison. Calls from their parents, columns in the Oklahoman, the New Testament, the Old Testament, How to Win Friends and Influence People.All of it.5. The offensive line might be as bad as we thought it would be: Daxx got sacked twice in three quarters on Saturday. It’s true that Walsh probably would have wriggled free and that the offensive line didn’t have to do as much against FSU because of the run option with No. 4 but last time I checked No. 4 was pretty questionable to close out the next 11 games.That means the big fellas up front will have to be quite a bit better than they were on Saturday.GIF via CRFFTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Motorists Advised to Use Caution onGravel Roads Rain is turning gravel roads into frozen surfaces in some partsof Nova Scotia today, Feb. 4. Motorists are advised to avoid travelling on non-paved roads ifslippery conditions exist and are asked to use added cautionduring periods of freezing rain. Department of Transportation and Public Works staff report thatrain is hitting snow-packed roads and bringing frost out of theground where it turns to ice. Motorists are advised to call the local base of the Department ofTransportation and Public Works if they see problem conditions.Local area bases are available by calling 1-888-432-3233. The department provides updated road condition reports threetimes a day, seven days a week in winter by calling toll-free 1-800-307-SNOW (7669) or 902-424-3933 in Halifax RegionalMunicipality. The service is also available online atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran . -30-last_img read more


first_imgA Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry has released its decision on mandatory retirement for Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s defined contribution pension plan. Douglas Foster filed a complaint against CBRM for changing his defined contribution plan to allow mandatory retirement just before legislative changes would have allowed him to continue to work past 65. Dennis James, chair of the independent inquiry, found that amendments to Mr. Foster’s pension plan were bona fide, or in good faith, since they were within the legislative exceptions available at that time. This exception permitted mandatory retirement under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. “The commission is pleased that the board chair provided clarity on this legal issue,” said Tracey Williams, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. CBRM is the only municipality in the province that still has mandatory retirement. The decision is available on the commission’s website at http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Meryl Streep doesn’t agree with the term “toxic masculinity”, and says that the use of the expression can be harmful for boys. She made the comment while taking part in a question and answer session for the upcoming second season of ‘Big Little Lies’, in which Streep is a new cast member, reports independent.co.uk. During the talk, which was hosted by Vanity Fair, Streep addressed the topic of toxic masculinity while discussing an anecdote about a male fan who had told actor Nicole Kidman that he enjoyed the show. The three-time Oscar winner explained that she dislikes the term because, in her opinion, all individuals can exhibit toxic behaviour, regardless of gender. “Sometimes I think we’re hurt. We hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity. I do,” Streep said.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Nova Scotia a single mother of three says the band council in Indian Brook has let her down.While houses in the community sit empty, Lorraine Giorgi had to move her family into a tent.APTN’s Tim Fontaine explains why.last_img


Taroudant – A video posted recently on YouTube shows a nine-year-old boy, apparently Moroccan, being abused by a security guard at the main station in Malmö, Sweden.The video shows the guard sitting on the boy’s chest and pressed his gloved hand violently over the boy’s mouth and nose.The guard slammed the boy’s head against the stone floor, while the kid struggled to recite the Shahadah (declaration of faith). A witness told the Swedish website Sydsvenskan that the boy did not seem to understand Swedish, and therefore could not communicate with the security guards.The boy appears to be gasping for breath, and through tears and with a desperate voice he yells out the Muslim Shahada, the first pillar of Islam, which is usually uttered when someone believes they are near death, “I testify that there is no god but Allah and the Prophet Mohammed is his messenger.”The same source added that three police officers arrived later at the scene and handcuffed the boy. When the police officer released the boy, the latter spits in the guard’s face.When several witnesses came to explain what really happened, the police officers did not seem interested in hearing the testimonies. read more


The Secretary-General “commends the Zimbabwean people for a broadly peaceful election day and for exercising their democratic rights,” a spokesperson said in a statement about the polls, held on 31 July. Mr. Ban recalled the commitment made by the incumbent President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for 33 years, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, as well as other political parties, to ensure peaceful elections, the spokesperson said, and he called on them “to send clear messages of calm to their supporters.”In the statement, Mr. Ban added that concerns raised about certain aspects of the electoral process should be pursued through established channels. “These concerns should then be considered transparently and fairly,” the statement continued. “The most important thing is that the will of the people of Zimbabwe is respected.”The UN chief also encouraged the country’s leadership to govern responsibly and inclusively. In the statement, he also encouraged the leadership to pursue policies and reforms that could serve to deepen democratic governance and also spur economic recovery that would benefit all Zimbabweans. read more


first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Brock Lesnar Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman Facebook Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Google+center_img John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lanny Poffo to appear at Ring of Honor Glory By Honor event as special guest Videos Articles Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next FOX 8 in New Orleans is reporting that a tourist attending WrestleMania 34 weekend in New Orleans has contracted the measles. The tourist attended the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony last Friday night at the Smoothie King Center.The Louisiana Department of Public Health has started contacting those in attendance to explain the situation and to monitor any symptoms, which include runny nose, cough, fever and eventually white spots on the inside of the mouth or rashes on the skin.BREAKING: The UK tourist hospitalized with measles was at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony Friday before being hospitalized on Saturday. Attendees are receiving notifications from @LADeptHealth now. We’ll have more on @FOX8NOLA.— Allen Henry (@AllenHenry) April 12, 2018Health officials have started to track any location the tourist visited in New Orleans during WrestleMania weekend, who flew in from the UK. It was also confirmed by FOX 8 that the tourist, whose name was not revealed, remains hospitalized in New Orleans.“Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can spread rapidly amongst individuals who are unvaccinated. In extreme cases, the illness can lead to hospitalization and even death.  The individual found to have measles is now under care in a New Orleans hospital.”The article by FOX 8 revealed additional details about the measles, more specifically for those worried who may have come in contact with the tourist this weekend.“It can take anywhere from 10 to 21 days after a person comes in contact with someone with measles for that person to develop symptoms. These typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body. In some cases, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth two to three days after the onset of symptoms. Common complications for measles include ear infections and diarrhea, seen in about 10 percent of patients.”The Louisiana Department of Health issued a statement on Monday regarding the tourist.WWE has yet to officially comment on the situation as of Thursday.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Post-RAW #50: Celebrating 50 episodes, discussion on RAW from New Orleans Bobby Lashley Ricochet, Baron Corbin advance to the Quarterfinals of the King of the Ring tournament WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTlast_img

first_imgPaulo Dybala is fired up to enter the record books as the all-time top scorer in the history of the Supercoppa when Juventus confront AC Milan today.La Joya as he is fondly called has a knack of scoring in this occasion having found the net three times in Super Cup clashes.That puts him on a par with Samuel Eto’o of Inter, Alessandro Del Piero and Carlos Tevez of Juventus, as well as Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko.Dybala’s strike helped Juve to a 2-0 victory over Lazio in August 2015, and then netted a double in another meeting with Lazio in August 2017, despite losing the tie 3-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….However, the Argentine forward would be looking to go one better when they take on Gattuso’s Milan in Jeddah.Other players who have already found the net twice in the Supercoppa and may likely increase their tally are Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more


first_img Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – They wake up in bushes, eat out of garbage cans and live a life on the edge of sickness. Knowing this, Father Joe’s Villages is going to be making house calls, on the street.“We go to the people, where they are,” says Doctor Jeffery Norris, Medical Director of Father Joe’s Villages.Right now, there are at least 8-thousand people living on the streets of San Diego. At least one in three is suffering from some kind of Chronic disease.“What this will accomplish is reaching the most in need, those who would not normally go to the doctor, those who need the care the most,” says Deacon Jim Varga of Father Joe’s Villages. Dan Plante, May 16, 2019center_img Updated: 6:42 PM Father Joe’s Villages’ new program brings health care to the homeless Posted: May 16, 2019last_img read more


first_img“We’ve experienced explosive growth since I came to work for the company seven years ago,” Rogers wrote in the e-mail, indicating that falling revenue was the reason for the layoffs. “More important, our projections indicate 2009 will be a lean year. We did what was necessary to keep our company profitable and healthy.”Before the cuts, Allison published 20 magazines—including spinoffs D Home, D CEO, D Weddings and other specialty and custom magazines—and six community newspapers. “After all that growth, we’ve had to retrench,” Rogers wrote in the post.One more area D will see cutbacks in is freelance budgets, Rogers says. “What that means is I’ll be writing and illustrating every story in our February issue, for starters,” he wrote in the e-mail. “Expect a magazine focused on every detail of my personal life. Should be a newsstand killer.”Co-founded in 1974 by Allison and fellow University of Texas graduate Jim Atkinson, D has an ABC-audited circulation of 69,550, according to its Web site. The wave of layoffs that has hit consumer and b-to-b publishers hard in recent weeks is hitting regional publishers, too. The company that owns Dallas, Texas-based D magazine laid off 29 staffers, or 19 percent of its 155-person workforce. Of the cuts, 14 came from the magazine, executive editor Tim Rogers wrote in a blog post. In the company’s newspaper division—People Newspapers, which is majority owned by D founder Wick Allison—15 people were laid off and three newspapers were shuttered. None of the magazine cuts came from editorial.Remaining employees took a pay cut, Rogers wrote in the post. In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Rogers declined to comment further on the salary cuts, other than to say that it was up to each division manager to determine the percentage.last_img read more


first_imgThe sequel???? pic.twitter.com/oMaf66dsLI— Stacy (@StacySuperDuper) March 27, 2019Priyanka Chopra usually is pretty cool about memes and parody videos or GIFs of her and shares them on social media, if she finds them creative. Recently, PeeCee had shared a fanmade video of the Jonases and her in their latest single Sucker, in which the song was replaced by Hum Saath Saath Hai, the title song of Sooraj Barjatya’s family movie! She probably later removed that tweet.Even when Twitter made memes of Priyanka Chopra’s trench coat tail at the MET Gala 2017, made by Ralph Lauren, the actress-singer had happily shared it on social media and picked the ones she liked. “**drumroll**  to your creativity! I’ve picked a few of my favourites! Good to know that the dress serves more purposes than just fashion. Hope to continue to stir your creative juices. This is why I love the #MetGala you literally can push the envelope for fashion anywhere! Until next time… #ROFL”, she said on Instagram. Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas dance to Tareefan.InstagramActress Priyanka Chopra and her singer husband Nick Jonas spent some fun time together on a private yacht in Miami, Florida in the US. They were joined in by the other Jonas brothers, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas, along with Joe’s fiancee Sophie Turner who is the star from the hit television series Game of Thrones.In no time, pictures and videos shared by Priyanka Chopra and the Jonases from their holiday went viral, with Sophie Turner and PeeCee in swimsuits. People were craving for more, and then these dance videos from the yacht emerged. Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra.TwitterEspecially fun was seeing Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner dance to Tareefan, the song from Veere Di Wedding. The original stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. Priyanka Chopra even mentions “Yeah, Bebo”, which is Kareena’s nickname, even as Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas groove to the Badshah number. Just as we were getting used to seeing them dance to Tareefan, fan-made Bollywood parody videos emerged on Twitter that shows the Jonas Brothers shake a leg to songs of Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan!I’m crying what have I done pic.twitter.com/c62k5vaiE9 — Stacy (@StacySuperDuper) March 26, 2019 Well, let’s see if Priyanka Chopra shares some of these parodies!last_img read more


first_imgPutting an end to months of speculations, domestic fashion e-tailer Myntra has confirmed that it would shut down its website and be available in an app-only format from 15 May.”This May 15th, 2015, Myntra is taking the first step towards the future of fashion shopping — we move on from the desktop to being exclusively available on the app,” the company said in a statement.The company plans to offer an enhanced “personalised shopping experience” to its users by shifting to app-only format.Flipkart, its parent company, also plans to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform after seeing a 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in the less than 18 months.”We believe fashion is a very personal experience. Your sense of style, the brands you wear, the trends you choose to follow are unique to you. What inspires you to look good changes and evolves every day. The best fashion experience is truly personalised and engaging one that is only possible through the device that is closest to you. A device that understands you — your mobile,” the company told NDTV Profit.Flipkart had acquired online fashion retailer Myntra in a $300-million deal last May. While Flipkart sees nearly 75 percent of its traffic coming from mobile app, Myntra generates 90 percent from mobile platform.Despite being the world’s second most populated country, only 69 percent of India’s population has more than limited access to broadband and mobile internet, said a management consultancy AT Kearney.According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, internet users in the country are expected to go up to 580 million by 2018, with 70-80 percent of them using mobile phones to access the web, The Economic Times reported.”Mobile app users are actually costlier to acquire as the cost of an install is quite high. But we think in the long run, and thanks to more personalised notifications and better shopping experience, the investment pays off. Marketers get improved results by interacting with the consumers in the mobile app format, which offers better long-term value.” Praveen Sinha, co-founder & CEO of Jabong, told Business Standard.By shifting to app-only format, online retailers expect the costs to come down, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for marketing purposes.last_img read more


first_imgIncreased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that may lead to blindness in women, according to a research. Scientists at the University of Birmingham carried out the research which explores the role of hormones known as androgens in the way Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) develops. The IIH is caused by high pressure in the brain with consequences from blindness to incapacitating daily long-term headaches. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIIH was originally identified over 100 years ago yet the cause of the condition has remained unknown, although there has been much speculation about why more than 95 per cent of total incidence is in women with obesity. “For over 100 years the cause of IIH has been unknown. These findings mark a key step forward; for the first time we have found a pattern of androgen dysregulation that is unique to IIH and potentially a driver of abnormal brain pressure in people with the condition,” said corresponding and senior author of the study Alex Sinclair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Taken together this provides the first evidence that IIH may be a manifestation of female androgen excess,” said Sinclair, scientist at the varsity. Once regarded as rare, incidence of IIH is now rising dramatically in line with the global rise in obesity and there has been a 150 per cent rise in incidence in last 10 years. The researchers examined levels of androgens in blood and urine, as well as in brain fluid known as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), in 55 women with IIH aged 18 to 45. They then compared the results with the levels observed in women with obesity of the same age and body mass index, as well as a cohort of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS is a common condition and is classically associated with increased levels of specific types of androgens, which can cause excess hair and irregular periods. The researchers found that IIH patients had a very different profile of raised levels of androgens compared to women of a similar age with obesity and women with PCOS. Most notable were the high levels of the androgen ‘testosterone’ found in the blood in IIH women. Crucially, levels of androgens were uniquely increased in the brain fluid (CSF) of women with IIH. When researchers analysed human choroidal plexus tissue, which is the site in the brain where CSF is produced, they confirmed that androgens could increase the rate of CSF secretion, a driver for increased brain pressure. “These findings implicate androgens as a potential cause of IIH,” said lead author Michael O’Reilly, Hoffenberg Clinician Scientist in Endocrinology and Human Metabolism at the University of Birmingham. “These findings mark a significant step forward in a previously poorly understood disabling condition. Understanding the cause of a disease is a vital step to ultimately refine treatments which improved patient care and outcomes,” said researchers.last_img read more


first_imgCalifornia politician Travis Allen appears on OANN (One America News Network) to discuss this (fake) ‘bible ban’ ‘War on Christianity’Yet, Christian conservatives have apparently dubbed this bill the ‘Must Stay Gay Bill’ and seem to believe it is ‘criminalizing Christian beliefs.’One such Christian conservative is California State Assemblymember Travis Allen. Allen also happens to be running for governor.Allen appeared on the far-right news network OANN to discuss this bill.[embedded content]‘This is essentially criminalizing religious beliefs,’ OANN host Liz Wheeler falsely claims. ‘I don’t mean to speak in hyperbole here, but if this bill were to pass, would this prohibit the sale of the Bible, that teaches these things about sexual morality?’‘Well, literally, according to how this law is written, yes, it would [prohibit bible sales],’ Allen, also falsely, responds.‘This is, you know, PC culture, politically correct culture, gone horribly awry. This is really directly hitting at our First Amendment rights as American citizens. Now the Democrat legislators in this building, right behind me, the California state legislature, they want to tell you how to think, what sort of books that you can read, write and purchase.’Fake newsAccording to Snopes, the idea that this bill would prohibit the sales of bibles is totally false.‘California Assembly Bill 2943 does not mention the Bible, Christianity, or religion at all, so when Allen claimed that the legislation would “literally” prohibit the sale of the Bible, he was stating something that is demonstrably and clearly false,’ the fact checking website wrote.Currently, 12 states, Washington D.C., and various cities around the country have laws banning conversion therapy.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img BackgroundA.B. 2943 was passed by the California House on Thursday, 19 April. The bill won by a 50-13 vote. Its purpose is to expand an existing law which prohibits conversion therapy on minors. These so-called ‘therapies’ are often harmful and increase the risk of suicide among LGBTI youth.The expansion of this bill now protects all people, not just minors, by adding the terms ‘advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual’ to the ‘existing list of unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices,’ according to the bill’s text.‘California legislators rightfully declared that so-called “conversion therapy” is a complete sham and those who offer this deceptive and dangerous practice must be held accountable,’ the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) National Field Director Marty Rouse said in a statement.‘California was the first state to protect minors from being subjected to conversion therapy by state-licensed health care providers, and today’s vote is an important step to protecting all LGBTQ people from this debunked practice. We thank the assembly members who voted in favor of AB 2943 and urge the Senate to swiftly advance the bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.’ Conservative Christians in California believe that a new bill introduced to ban conversion therapy will in effect also ban the bible. Washington State bans gay conversion therapy on minorsHawaii becomes 12th US state to ban conversion therapy for minorsLGBTI ‘conversion therapy’ is quickly being phased out of the United StatesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/these-christians-think-banning-conversion-therapy-is-banning-the-bible/last_img read more


first_img CANCUN — WestJet tipped its hat to its top partners at an annual key client event in Mexico, which took place from April 11-14 at Secrets The Vine Cancun.The three-day conference welcomed partners from across North America, and was attended by key WestJet executives, including Lyell Farquharson, Vice-President, Sales and Distribution.“This event gives us the opportunity to offer our partners insight into WestJet’s vision for the future, and how we’re going to realize that vision,” he said. “The key takeaway is that as we grow into a global leader, we will remain caring at our core. Our people, our culture, our guests and our partnerships are always top of mind.”Gary Gaudry, Maritime Travel; Sherry Scott, HRGTim Paul, WestJet; Richard Job, Flight Centre; George Kalogeris, ExpediaPhil Sproul, Merit Loyalty Services; John Pease, WestJetFarquharson also thanked WestJet’s “generous partner”, AMResorts, for “hosting us at Secrets The Vine Cancun over the past few days.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe airline’s long-term plans for international expansion were a central topic at the event. Other areas of discussion included WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the development of its three hubs (Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver) through enhanced schedules and better connectivity, the growth of premium travellers, as well as airline partnerships. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Posted by Growth & expansion key focus at WestJet’s annual client event Tags: WestJetcenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China? Judge orders Costa Rica gov’t to reimburse ship captain for seized shark fins Could judicial decisions unravel Chinchilla’s conservation legacy? Costa Rica’s airport popular thoroughfare for wildlife trafficking Facebook Comments Kathy Tseng, a Taiwanese-Costa Rican businesswoman, was absolved Monday in a Puntarenas court on charges of illegallylanding 652 shark fins on a Costa Rican dock in 2011. According to prosecutors and ocean conservation groups, the landmark ruling by a Puntarenas judge has opened multiple loopholes for finners looking to skirt the law.Since 2005, Costa Rica has had some form of ban on shark finning, a fishing method popularized due to the disproportionate rise in the value of shark fins – the key ingredient in the Asian delicacy shark-fin soup – when compared to shark meat.To maximize profits by saving room in their hulls, fishermen began slicing off sharks’ fins and dumping the still-breathing animals overboard to bleed-out or be eaten. Finning has had no small part in the huge declines in Pacific shark populations. Biologists say that more than 90 percent of the populations of some shark species have been wiped out in the last 15 years.Shark ‘spining’Tseng’s case involved the first-ever prosecuted use of a technique known as “spining,” where shark spines are kept intact with the fins attached by strips of skin and the remaining flesh cut away. The slice-and-dice finning method was devised to slip through a loophole in Costa Rican law, which requires fins to arrive “naturally attached” to the sharks’ bodies.In September 2011, Tseng’s boat, the Wang Jia Men 89, docked in the central Pacific port town of Puntarenas with 332 shark skeletons. Before the boat docked, Tseng sent an inquiry to the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) to ask what would happen if her ship landed with spined sharks. She claimed the shark meat had been used for bait and as food for the crew. Luis Dobles, Incopesca’s executive director, allowed the boat to dock and unload the rest of its product, but a local prosecutor ordered customs officials to destroy the shark spines with fins. Shark fins attached to the spinal column by strips of skin were seized from Taiwanese boats in Costa Rica in 2011. (Courtesy of Interpol)“This is not shark finning and the law does not say whether the shark body needs to have all of its meat,” Dobles said in 2011. “I applied the law and did not allow them to sell those sharks, which is already a great loss for those companies.”The prosecutor’s office opened investigations of both Dobles and Tseng, who in 2010 also was accused along with two others of human trafficking after authorities discovered 36 Asian slaves working at the group’s fishing company. Dobles’ case is still under investigation and may not go to trial.There have been no further reported incidents of shark spining since the Wang Jia Men 89, but in November, Interpol issued a purple alert warning other countries to be on the lookout for spining.In the weeks leading up to the ruling, ocean conservation groups published press releases warning that a not-guilty verdict could set a bad precedent for finning in the future.“This case needs to be strongly sanctioned in order to send an example,” the Comission for the Conservation of Sharks wrote in a press release. “That is the only way to avoid opening the door for similar cases in the future.”The verdictAccording to the case’s prosecutor, Tatiana Chaves, Judge Franklin Lara absolved Tseng of all charges, saying she had not broken the law. The judge ruled that because Tseng did not unload and sell the finned sharks, she had not committed a crime.However, during the trial, both defense expert witnesses backed out of testifying. Incopesca biologist José Miguel Carvajal chose not to testify after the prosecution warned him that taking the stand could endanger his job at Incopesca due to a conflict of interest. Environmental consultant Moíses Mug failed to show up in court.The Tico Times has reached out to the defense’s lawyers and is awaiting comment. The judge involved in the case cannot comment until after the sentencing date.Prosecutors and ocean conservation groups fear that Monday’s ruling will effectively allow shark finning to continue unsanctioned, and, according to Chaves, the implications extend beyond spining, affecting finning legislation in general.“With this reasoning the judge is permitting ships to arrive to shore with shark fins,” Chaves told The Tico Times. “As long as they do not unload them, it means they have not committed a crime.”Chaves told The Tico Times the judge’s reasoning also calls into question finning operations at sea, such as last week’s seizure of more than 150 fins from a Costa Rican boat in the country’s South Pacific. If the fins must be landed for a crime to have been committed, then fishermen caught in the act of finning may not be culpable.According to environmental groups, the verdict weakens the strong stance Costa Rica has recently taken on marine conservation, a position that won President Laura Chinchilla the Shark Guardian Award from international shark conservation group Sharkproject.“It’s another slap in the face of the conservation movement,” said Randall Arauz, president of Pretoma, an ocean conservation group in Costa Rica. “We are going out to the world showing ourselves as a world leader in shark-finning legislation, and then we show the world that when it comes to our domestic policies we are still ruled by the shark finning industry.”Though Tseng was absolved of finning, prosecutors can still appeal the decision within 15 days of the ruling.“Oh, we will be filing an appeal,” Chaves told The Tico Times. “Our war with this woman is not over yet.”last_img read more


first_imgAustralian surfers have been uncontactable by phone after a rogue wave monstered the Indonesian coast, sweeping them hundreds of metres inland. The three-metre tsunami hit Indonesia’s southern island of Pagai early this morning, where surfers from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast were surfing with Australian surf travel company The Perfect Wave, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Speaking from Australia, The Perfect Wave director Jamie Gray said their boat ‘The Midas’ collided with another boat when the tsunami hit, sending it into flames. Mr Gray told 3AW he had established email contact with an agent in the area this morning who assured him everyone was safe.”His boat ‘D’Bora’ has gone and picked up our ‘Midas’ guests who ran into a boat called ‘Freedom’, which caught on fire. Obviously the tsunami has come along and shifted the boats off anchor and they’ve run into each other,’’ he said.”I don’t know how one of the boats has lit up. By the looks of things they’ve all been washed into the jungle area, they’ve all climbed trees and by all accounts everyone seems to be okay, but I can’t get a hold of them by phone.’’ The area is prone to earthquakes and aftershocks were to be expected, Mr Gray said.”It’s around that Ring of Fire. It’s a very volatile area.’’ Charter boat operator of the ‘MV Midas’, Rick Hallett, said he and others had leapt from the boat as the three-metre wave hit, just before another boat was hurled into it and exploded into flames. Mr Hallett said several people were carried 200 metres inland, while others scrambled up trees, but amazingly no one was lost. The tsunami was triggered by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit off the western coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island at 1.42am today. Felt in five towns, the quake centered about 78km southwest of the Pagai Selatan in Mentawai Island, with a depth of 10km, according to the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. Initial reports had said a tsunami watch for local areas was issued, but lifted within an hour.Aussies assumed OKA DFAT spokesperson said there were no reports of Australians being injured or missing, the SMH reported.”We are concerned about early reports that a large wave crashed into a charter boat in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, causing the boat to crash into another boat, which then burst into flames.  All those on board are reported to be safe,” the spokesperson said.Indonesian evacuation orderedEarlier today, Indonesian authorities ordered the mass evacuation of about 19,000 Indonesian villagers in Java as eruption fears rise. The densely-populated island is particularly threatened by increasing seismic activity. The state office of volcanology had upgraded its alert level to red, signalling an eruption could be imminent.”The magma has been pushed upwards due to the escalating seismic energy, and it’s about a mile below the crater,” a government volcanologist warned. Merapi – whose name means “Mountain of Fire” – has been blanketed with clouds since the morning and is the most active of 69 volcanoes straddling the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”Merapi’s deadliest eruption occurred in 1930 when more than 1300 people were killed. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more