As several people gathered in Faridkot’s Bargari on Sunday to demand action on the third anniversary of the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents, which followed the Bargari sacrilege case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh of ‘failing’ to punish the accused.Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh died in police firing in Faridkot district in October 2015, during protests against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, when the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine government was in power.Twitter war Mr. Kejriwal took to Twitter to hit out at Capt. Amarinder, saying “On 3rd death anniversary of Behbal Kalan victims Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh, I offer condolences to their families. Highly unfortunate that Capt. Amaridner govt has badly failed to punish the culprits of sacrilege of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the murderers of two innocents.”Criticising Mr. Kejriwal for politicising the issue, Capt. Amarinder replied by tweeting, “Stop politicking Arvind Kejriwal. It’s shocking a man in your position talks of subverting law instead of waiting for SIT’s findings. We don’t live in anarchy. In any case who better than you’d know what happens when one doesn’t go by law. Remember your apology to the Badal clan?”The Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission, probing the police firing incident of 2015, in its report tabled in the State Assembly, had said former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was ‘quite aware’ of the situation developing and about the proposed action by the police. ‘Report baseless’The Shiromani Akali Dal and Mr. Badal have, though, denied any wrongdoing and termed the report baseless and hollow.Mr. Kejriwal, who was in Punjab last week, had accused the Congress government of failing to act against all those at fault based on the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s inquiry report on incidents of religious sacrilege in the State.Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema has asked five Congress Ministers, including Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Badal and Charanjit Singh Channi, to resign from their posts.“They (five Ministers) were at the fore front to seek registration of FIRs against former CM Mr. Badal and senior police officers, including former DGP Sumedh Sainin, in connection with the firing incident. But the government has failed to take action and hence they all should now resign,” said Mr. Cheema.He added that AAP MLA H.S. Phoolka has listened to the voice of his conscience and resigned from Vidhan Sabha on this very issue.
October 3, 2011Congratulations to the August 28. 2011 workshop participants upon their graduation:from left:Sean-Paul VonAncken, Milo Pearse from Australia, Kyla Woods from Australia, Ryan Jones, Viridiana Acosta León from Mexico [planning intern].in front:Sasha, and Jenna Dern [construction intern]. [photo: David DeGomez]
06Oct Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours Categories: LaSata News,LaSata Photos,News State Rep. Kim LaSata is inviting residents of Berrien County to talk with her about issues facing Michigan during her October office hours.“Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” LaSata said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my neighbors about how I can better serve them in Lansing.”Office hours take place on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Mason Jar Cafè, 210 Water St. in Benton Harbor.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.
Marco LeonardiMediaset has named Marco Leonardi as the new CEO of its struggling pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium.Leonardi, who is currently head of acquisition and sales rights at Mediaset, will replace Franco Ricci, who has decided to pursue new professional opportunities outside the group.Mediaset said the appointment was to be seen as part of its strategy of making the Mediaset Premium offering ever-more innovative.In addition to Leonardi, Luca Poloni, the media group’s head of procurement, will also join the Mediaset Premium board with responsibility for leading digital transformation.Leonardi contributed to the launch of the pay TV unit in the role of content and marketing director.Mediaset said in January that it was rethinking its pay TV strategy, making pay channels and content available to other operators and opening up its domestic digital-terrestrial pay TV platform to all third-party content players interested in a “quality pay” proposition.Mediaset said it would “remain a non-sport channel publisher with a multi-platform distribution” and would “adopt an opportunistic approach to football rights”.The future of Mediaset Premium remains uncertain. Mediaset is currently in the midst of a long-running legal dispute with French media giant Vivendi over the latter’s decision to pull out of an agreement to take over the loss-making unit, amidst press speculation that the pair could still strike deal.Mediaset has reportedly also been in talks with pay TV rival Sky about an alternative deal that would see Sky take control of the service.
Source:https://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/new-study-finds-inflammatory-proteins-colon-increase-incrementally-weight Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Studies in mice have demonstrated that obesity-induced inflammation contributes to the risk of colorectal cancer, but evidence in humans has been scarce. A new study shows that two inflammatory proteins in the colon increase in parallel with increasing weight in humans. An incremental rise in these pro-inflammatory proteins (called cytokines) was observed along the entire spectrum of subjects’ weights, which extended from lean to obese individuals. In participants with obesity, there was evidence that two pre-cancerous cellular pathways known to be triggered by these cytokines were also activated.The study, while modest in size, provides new evidence that obesity promotes cancer through inflammation. Secondary findings suggest that NSAIDS lower the levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the colon, regardless of a person’s weight. The study is published online in advance of print in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.Led by Joel B. Mason, M.D., a gastroenterologist who studies nutrition and cancer prevention at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University(HNRCA), the study included 42 Caucasian participants. Sixteen research participants were lean, with a BMI between 18.1 and 24.9, while 26 participants with obesity had a BMI ranging from 30.0 to 45.7. The participants were between the ages of 45 and 70 years of age and were undergoing routine screening colonoscopies at Tufts Medical Center.Using blood samples and colonic biopsies, the researchers determined that the concentrations of two major cytokines rose in parallel with BMI. Cytokines are proteins that mediate and regulate immunity and inflammation, among other things. In addition to evidence that they can promote cancer risk in certain tissues, pro-inflammatory cytokines have been identified as actors in insulin resistance and diabetes, as well as inflammatory disorders such as arthritis.In addition to the work analyzing cytokines, the research team studied differences in the mucosal transcriptome between the two sets of research participants, finding changes indicative of activation in two gene expression networks that are pivotal in the development of colon cancer in the participants with obesity.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Our results establish, for the first time, that concentrations in the colon of two major cytokines increase in concert with increasing BMI in humans. The increased concentrations are accompanied by changes in gene activation within the lining of the colon that are pro-cancerous in nature,” said senior author Joel B. Mason, M.D., director of the Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory at the HNRCA.In an effort to identify potential confounding factors, the research team determined that thirteen of the 42 study participants were also regular users of NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. The research team discovered that participants who took NSAIDs at least once per week, compared to those who did not, had lower levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the colon. This pattern was consistent across the two BMI groups.”Observational and clinical trials show aspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer, but it continues to be controversial because of the risk of serious gastrointestinal bleeding. NSAIDs are probably working through multiple avenues, one of which is cytokines. Our observation underscores prior work that has suggested that some NSAIDs reduce the risk of colon cancer, presumed to occur through a reduction in colonic inflammation. Their use, however, has to be weighed against the potential adverse effects,” said Mason.The authors noted that the modest study size and the Caucasian population are limitations of the study, writing “given the cross-sectional nature of this study, the results cannot prove that the observed changes in the colonic transcriptome are due to the rise in cytokines…Observations from this study nevertheless underscore the potential contribution that the establishment of an inflammatory milieu in the colonic mucosa may play in explaining the enhanced risk of colon cancer due to obesity.”In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of death among cancers that affect both men and women, according to the CDC. The American Cancer Society reports that the overall lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 24 2018Bottom Line: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was created under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals face financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.Lower hospital readmission rates for those conditions have been associated with the program but it was unclear if the program was associated with a change in patient deaths. This observational study included 8 million Medicare hospitalizations for heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia before and after HRRP was implemented. Study results suggest implementation of the HRRP was associated with an increase in deaths within 30 days after discharge for hospitalization for heart failure and pneumonia but not for heart attack. More research is needed to understand if the increase in 30-day postdischarge mortality is a result of the program, considering a lack of association with mortality within 45 days of hospital admission. Source:https://jamanetwork.com/
E-commerce giant Alibaba is steering resources towards driverless car technology, its CEO Jack Ma confirmed on Thursday, joining a global race to shape the future of driving. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Despite fresh safety fears after a woman was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle in the US last month, many tech giants like Google as well as automakers are accelerating plans in an industry attracting billions of dollars.The competition is heating up in China, the world’s largest car market, with internet firm and Alibaba rival Baidu recently predicting that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years.Both Baidu and Chinese tech giant Tencent are pursuing the technology, stirring speculation about Alibaba’s plans.”We’ve been doing a lot of research on driverless things,” Ma told reporters on Thursday while on a business trip to Bangkok.”What we want to do is (figure out) how we can make the cars more automatic, more friendly, more like a partner of human beings rather than just a driving tool,” he said. Ma was speaking at a press conference in Bangkok after signing agreements with the Thai government, including a more than $300 million investment in a “digital hub” in eastern Thailand aimed at connecting regional markets.”I believe our children will only work four hours a day and four days a week or maybe three days a week, but they still will tell us they are very busy. Why are they busy? They are in cars,” he added.Ma did not elaborate on the company’s plans but said the purpose was not to commercially compete with rivals Tencent and Baidu.Chinese authorities approved regulations this month to allow for local driverless road tests, according to state-backed media, which reported on Wednesday that Alibaba was adding staff to work on the technology.Self-driving cars hold the promise of being more attentive and quicker to react than humans at the wheels, while also allowing people to use travel time more productively or pleasantly. Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his compnay is doing research on driverless cars © 2018 AFP Explore further China to see driverless cars in ‘3-5 years’: Baidu Citation: Jack Ma says Alibaba ‘doing a lot of research’ on driverless cars (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-jack-ma-alibaba-lot-driverless.html
The dam is to be completed in 2019. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Flowing more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) through the wilderness, the Romaine River in the Cote-Nord region of Quebec is about to hit a literal wall at 51 degrees north latitude with the erection of the fourth and last power station.Once completed, the construction project—which started in 2009—will see the cold, clear waters of one of Canada’s longest untamed rivers flood surrounding lands claimed by indigenous tribes.From a distance, the bright lights at the site where more than 800 heavy dump trucks, drills and giant backhoe loaders are in use look like reflections of stars in the night sky.The teams from Hydro-Quebec are working on two fronts. They are razing a mountain to make room for the power station. They are also erecting a dike 500 meters (1,640 feet) long and 90 meters high that will hold back the water to be used to generate electricity.Quebec has a power surplus, so the government is hoping to sell the power produced here to its American neighbors to the south—and in turn do its bit to help alleviate global warming. Gilbert Pietacho, a foreman at the dam construction site, is also a member of a local indigenous tribe—he says he was against the project at first, because it will flood traditional hunting grounds, but he is now on board Dangers of dam buildingThe construction site extends over several kilometers: there is a full cement factory, an infirmary for workers, offices, a quarry and a dynamite depot.”This is a major project—there are many different stakeholders, many simultaneous activities, and many dangers to manage daily,” including inquisitive wolves and bears, says Christian Guimond, who is in charge of the dam’s construction.Already four workers have died, which forced the public utility Hydro-Quebec to suspend construction in 2017 while it reviewed its workplace safety practices. There’s now a greater awareness of the risks for workers, said Guimond.From atop a nearby mountain peak, he points to a kilometer-long tunnel and a ditch built to divert the raging river in order to start construction of the dam itself on the dry riverbed. Two construction workers get ready to go up in a lift at the massive Hydro-Quebec construction site, which stretches over several kilometers Costing more than Can$6.5 billion (US$4.9 billion), it is among the top 10 largest infrastructure projects currently underway in Canada, ranking behind two nuclear plant refurbishments, three other hydroelectric projects and a new Toronto subway line.For residents of the region, the hydroelectric project has been a mixed blessing, creating jobs in a remote and economically-depressed region but flooding the local indigenous people’s traditional hunting grounds.”I didn’t want it at first, but I needed work… when I got my first paycheck, I changed my mind about it,” said Gilbert Pietacho, a foreman and member of the Innus of Mingan.His father, who is also chief of the small tribe that lives on a reserve on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, is a fierce opponent of the project.The chief has the backing of environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, which have decried huge hydroelectric dams as “ecologically devastating.” “It pains me, makes me sad what we’re doing to nature,” said Patricia Bacon, a 24-year-old Innu who came here to work at the cafeteria in order to pay for her university studies. “But times have changed—every house must have electricity now.” Hydro-Quebec plans to sell the clean energy generated by the Romaine project—the Romaine 4 dam is seen here—to customers in the northeastern United States Export to USOnce fully operational in 2021, the four power plants on the river will cumulatively generate 1,550 megawatts of electricity, enough to power a city or an estimated 1.5 million homes.Since the 1970s, hydroelectricity has supplied 90 percent of Quebec’s power needs.The new Quebec provincial government of Francois Legault, with the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has pledged to build even more dams once the Romaine project is completed.The aim is to export as much power as possible to the United States, saying it would be “the biggest contribution that Quebec could make to the planet.”Other provinces also have big hydroelectric projects on the go, such as Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls, Manitoba’s Keeyask and British Columbia’s Site C. Neighboring Ontario, meanwhile, is spending Can$25 billion to refurbish two aging nuclear power plants. Tajikistan launches giant dam to end power shortage Citation: In Quebec, Canada’s newest hydroelectric dams nearly ready (2018, November 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-quebec-canada-hydroelectric-ready.html A view of Hydro-Quebec’s Romaine 1 dam floor in Canada—the huge construction project, ongoing for a decade, is nearing completion Pierre-Olivier Pineau, an energy specialist at HEC university in Montreal, expressed doubt after visiting the Romaine project about the need for more power plants, pointing to Quebec’s current surplus energy.”In the northeastern United States, there is a great desire to decarbonize electricity production in New England or New York state, so there is a real opportunity for Quebec,” he told AFP.”La Romaine could provide this renewable energy.”However, more transmission lines connecting the power stations to US buyers still need to be approved and built. © 2018 AFP Since the 1970s, hydroelectricity has supplied 90 percent of Quebec’s power needs—the four new plants will generate enough electricity to power a city, or 1.5 million homes Explore further On a frigid night, the roar of heavy machinery chipping away at rock echoes through Canada’s boreal forest: in the far north of Quebec province, four massive hydroelectric dams that will produce “clean energy” for the northeastern United States are nearing completion. A Hydro-Quebec employee looks out over the spillway for the Romaine 3 hydroelectric dam in Quebec—the hope is to attract more and more US customers with the prospect of clean energy
What do other health experts have to say about cellphone usage? The fifth generation of cellular technology, 5G, is the next great leap in speed for wireless devices. This speed includes both the rate mobile users can download data to their devices and the latency, or lag, they experience between sending and receiving information. 5G aims to deliver data rates that are 10 to 100 times faster than current 4G networks. Users should expect to see download speeds on the order of gigabits per second (Gb/s), much greater than the tens of megabits per second (Mb/s) speeds of 4G. “That’s significant because it will enable new applications that are just not possible today,” said Harish Krishnaswamy, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University in New York. “Just for an example, at gigabits per second data rates, you could potentially download a movie to your phone or tablet in a matter of seconds. Those type of data rates could enable virtual reality applications or autonomous driving cars.” Apart from requiring high data rates, emerging technologies that interact with the user’s environment like augmented reality or self-driving cars will also require extremely low latency. For that reason, the goal of 5G is to achieve latencies below the 1-millisecond mark. Mobile devices will be able to send and receive information in less than one-thousandth of a second, appearing instantaneous to the user. To accomplish these speeds, the rollout of 5G requires new technology and infrastructure. The new network Since the earliest generation of mobile phones, wireless networks have operated on the same radio-frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. But as more users crowd the network and demand more data than ever before, these radio-wave highways become increasingly congested with cellular traffic. To compensate, cellular providers want to expand into the higher frequencies of millimeter waves. Millimeter waves use frequencies from 30 to 300 gigahertz, which are 10 to 100 times higher than the radio waves used today for 4G and WiFi networks. They’re called millimeter because their wavelengths vary between 1 and 10 millimeters, where as radio waves are on the order of centimeters. The higher frequency of millimeter waves may create new lanes on the communication highway, but there’s one problem: Millimeter waves are easily absorbed by foliage and buildings and will require many closely spaced base stations, called small cells. Fortunately, these stations are much smaller and require less power than traditional cell towers and can be placed atop buildings and light poles. The miniaturization of base stations also enables another technological breakthrough for 5G: Massive MIMO. MIMO stands for multiple-input multiple-output, and refers to a configuration that takes advantage of the smaller antennas needed for millimeter waves by dramatically increasing the number of antenna ports in each base station. “With a massive amount of antennas — tens to hundreds of antennas at each base station — you can serve many different users at the same, increasing the data rate,” Krishnaswamy said. At the Columbia high-Speed and Millimeter-wave IC (COSMIC) lab, Krishnaswamy and his team designed chips that enable both millimeter wave and MIMO technologies. “Millimeter-wave and massive MIMO are the two biggest technologies 5G will use to deliver the higher data rates and lower latency we expect to see.” Is 5G dangerous? Although 5G may improve our day to day lives, some consumers have voiced concern about potential health hazards. Many of these concerns are over 5G’s use of the higher energy millimeter-wave radiation. “There’s often confusion between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation because the term radiation is used for both,” said Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at Pennsylvania State University. “All light is radiation because it is simply energy moving through space. It’s ionizing radiation that is dangerous because it can break chemical bonds.” Ionizing radiation is the reason we wear sunscreen outside because short-wavelength ultraviolet light from the sky has enough energy to knock electrons from their atoms, damaging skin cells and DNA. Millimeter waves, on the other hand, are non-ionizing because they have longer wavelengths and not enough energy to damage cells directly. “The only established hazard of non-ionizing radiation is too much heating,” Foster said, who has studied the health effects of radio waves for nearly 50 years. “At high exposure levels, radio frequency (RF) energy can indeed be hazardous, producing burns or other thermal damage, but these exposures are typically incurred only in occupational settings near high-powered radio frequency transmitters, or sometimes in medical procedures gone awry.” Many of the public’s outcries over the adoption of 5G echo concerns over previous generations of cellular technology. Skeptics believe exposure to non-ionizing radiation may still be responsible for a range of illnesses, from brain tumors to chronic headaches. Over the years, there have been thousands of studies investigating these concerns. In 2018, the National Toxicology Program released a decade-long study that found some evidence of an increase in brain and adrenal gland tumors in male rats exposed to the RF radiation emitted by 2G and 3G cellphones, but not in mice or female rats. The animals were exposed to levels of radiation four times higher than the maximum level permitted for human exposure. Many opponents to the use of RF waves cherry-pick studies that support their argument, and often ignore the quality of the experimental methods or inconsistency of the results, Foster said. Although he disagrees with many of the conclusions skeptics have about previous generations of cellular networks, Foster agrees that we need more studies on the potential health effects of 5G networks. “Everyone I know, including me, is recommending more research on 5G because there’s not a lot of toxicology studies with this technology,” Foster said. For the proponents of 5G, many believe the benefits 5G can provide to society far outweigh the unknowns. “I think 5G will have a transformational impact on our lives and enable fundamentally new things,” Krishnaswamy said. “What those types of applications will be and what that impact is, we can’t say for sure right now. It could be something that takes us by surprise and really changes something for society. If history has taught us anything, then 5G will be another example of what wireless can do for us.” Additional resources: Learn more about previous generations of cellphones and why 5G is the next step. Although 5G will require more base stations, they’ll be much smaller and require less power than traditional cell towers. Credit: Shutterstock Find out if 5G is available in your area.