Road Test 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SHAWD

Acura’s Most Powerful and Efficient SUVAcura proudly, and rightfully so, will tell anyone listening that the MDX, over its lifetime, is the #1 selling three-row luxury vehicle of all time. It may be parsing categories a bit, but there is no doubt car buyers looking for a premium SUV that can hold up to seven people have taken to the MDX. Now in its third generation, what could make the MDX even more appealing? How about offering a hybrid version that really is sporty.Coming at you with a new grillWhen shopping for a three-row SUV, the top-of-the-list must haves are usually not the ability able to whip around corners and have zippy acceleration—or have fuel-saving hybrid technology. Those may be desired, but play a secondary role to being able to haul extra people and their gear. So, for shoppers looking for a premium family midsize crossover, the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid gives them an option to be just a bit different from the crowd. And maybe have some fun at the same time.MDX Sport Hybrid Drivetrain: Most Powerful, Most EfficientThe 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is powered by a non-turbo V6  and twin, rear electric motors, plus an electric motor in the seven-speed DCT (dual clutch) transmission. What this combination delivers is 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque, along with 0-60 times under six seconds.The Integrated Dynamics System includes four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Managed by a button on the center console, selecting one of the modes instantly results in specific driving dynamics that affect the throttle response, steering, suspension dampers and the exhaust note. The biggest swing is from Comfort to Sport+, where the feel is noticeable during acceleration and ride dynamics. Comfort was the place to be when on the open road cruising the highway, while Sport and Sport+ were where you needed to be on the twisties. Select Sport+ when coming off the line and you get the full advantage of the battery assist for a quick launch.Handling sets the MDX Sport Hybrid apart from its compeittorsThe EPA fuel economy numbers are 26 city/27 highway/27 combined. However, Clean Fleet Report is always up for a challenge and knew we could surpass the EPA numbers by driving smooth and calm. We also knew that fuel economy would be increased by making sure the 1 kW lithium-ion battery was recharged through the regenerative braking.In 335 miles of driving throughout Southern California we averaged 29.6 mpg. So far, so good. But in two, 100-mile highway runs with the adaptive cruise control set at 65 mph, we averaged an impressive 31.5 mpg. So, if you drive implementing the sage advice from my high school driver’s education instructor to “accelerate like there is a raw egg between your foot and the pedal,” you could reasonably get 550 miles down the road before needing to refill the 19.4 gallon fuel tank with 91 octane.Fuel economy numbers reported by Clean Fleet Report are non-scientific and represent the reviewer’s driving experience. If you live in cold weather, high in the mountains, spend time in the city or stuck in rush hour traffic, then your numbers may differ.SH-AWD = Super Handling All Wheel DriveThe “SH” stands for Super Handling, a big promise from a 4,400 lb. SUV.Fuel economy comes from Honda’s unique hybrid systemEngineered with an electronic intelligent power unit and a power control unit, excellent handling characteristics are delivered through the electrified torque vectoring that instantly applies traction to the wheel most in need of grip. Torque vectoring is most effective during accelerating and turning, where the engine torque is split right-to-left and front-to-rear.Whether it be on high-speed freeway onramps or mountain corners, the driver doesn’t sense these torque transitions, except in the positive and predictable handling being delivered. Understeer was non-existent, so it was possible to get back on the gas quickly when hitting the mountain curves hard. The Brits call this “point and squirt cornering,” where you take aim, then using positive braking and a slow entry with quick steering, you can accelerate out of the corner hard and never lose grip or confidence. This describes the MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with torque vectoring perfectly.The mechanical part of the handling includes front MacPherson struts, rear multi-link, stabilizer bars and an active damper suspension system. The 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels were shod with 245/50 R20 high-performance all-season tires. The grip was sure and confident, with the MDX Sport Hybrid feeling planted at highways speeds or aggressive cornering. One can only imagine the grip and handling if the all-season tires were replaced with summer tires.Stopping comes from an electro-server system that seamlessly integrates the regenerative braking with the four-wheel, ABS disc brakes and electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. The stops were straight and consistent, but the brakes, when first starting-out in the morning, were a bit touchy and grabby. After a few miles, the system worked great with smooth and consistent stops.Driving Experience: ExteriorSignificantly redesigned for the 2017 model year, the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid is a carryover, featuring its much-improved Diamond Pentagon Grill. This replaces the clunky, rather blunt nose on the previous models and gets Acura one step closer to the luxury category for the MDX.We think it’s got the looks to back up its performanceThat new grill, centered with a very large emblem, has jewel-eye LED headlights on the outer corners, wrapping-around the smooth fenders. LED fog lights sit on the lower, outer edges of the front fascia. The sides are smooth with an architectural sculpturing on the doors. The roofline, with chrome rails, is near-flat and had a panoramic power moonroof. It ends with a shark fin antenna and a spoiler over the rear hatch window. The few chrome bits and pieces are found on the front grille, accenting the side windows and rocker panels, on the rear lower fascia, the twin exhaust tips and an eyebrow strip below the rear window wiper on the power tailgate. Be sure to look for the blue, subtle “SH” on the rear hatch logo badge, which signifies this MDX is electrified.From the sideview our MDX Sport Hybrid, painted in Modern Steel Metallic and with the Shark Gray machine-finished 20-inch wheels, had a low-slung look. Maybe a lighter body color and brighter wheels will give a different look. Don’t know, but we do know we liked the stance and look of our test vehicle even when sitting still.Driving Experience: InteriorClean Fleet Report was driving the MDX Sport Hybrid with the optional Tech and Advance Packages. The interior, with wood trim, had black, heated, ventilate and perforated, Milano Premium leather-trimmed sport seats with white top stitching. The driver seat had 10-way power and the passenger eight-way power. Both seats had much-appreciated lumbar adjustments.Missing a knob or two, but still highly functionalAs part of the Advance Package, our MDX had second row heated Captain chairs, that were separated by a center console with cup holders and a deep storage area. Access to the third row 50/50 split seats was through Acura’s one touch Smart Slide Walk-in system. With the second row seat slid to its most forward position, it was tight getting into the third row seat. Once in the rear row, even at 5-foot-9, it was tight. Most likely the small of stature will be riding in the outback, probably for short distances. With the rear two rows in the upright position, the headrests tended to obstruct the rearward vision. The simple solution was to lower the third-row seats and remove the second-row headrests. Viola—instant great visibility!The cockpit design is driver-friendly with the gauges in easy-to-read black with white numbers. The usual type of gear shifter was replaced with push buttons, which actually worked quite well. All controls are easy reach, including those for the tri-zone automatic climate system. The heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel contains audio telephone and voice controls. The slide-top center console has a lower area that is huge and can swallow-up smaller items you want to store out of sight.As part of the Tech Package, the MDX Sport Hybrid infotainment system (information and entertainment) was equipped with the 10-speaker ELS Studio Premium audio system that included FM/CD/HDAM with MP3 playback capability. SiriusXM service is included for 90 days. There is an auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology and hands-free phone capability. The system also has the cool Song By Voice feature and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Siri Eyes Free.The letters stand for something real!The infotainment system is spread between two screens, which can be a bit confusing. The top, 8.0-inch, the larger of the two, handles the navigation and vehicle system graphics. Navigation with a 3D view is found in the upper screen and is part of the AcuraLink Real-Time system that offered street and freeway conditions, turn-by-turn and traffic rerouting.The lower touch screen at 7.0-inches is for the radio. It’s too small for our liking and it only had a volume knob. It all seemed a bit outdated compared to other systems we have experienced; adding the channel knob would make the system much easier to use.ConvenienceConvenience features on our MDX Sport Hybrid included idle stop/start, a power lift gate with a rear wiper and cargo-area cargo tie-down hooks. The front power windows had auto up and down and were accompanied by rear door sunshades, power door locks, USB ports, 12V power outlets, including a 2.5 amp in the storage area, rain sensing wipers, folding heated power side mirrors with LED puddle lamps, multiple cup holders and an auto-dimming Homelink rearview mirror.With seats down, the MDX can swallow a lot of stuffBecoming more common and appreciated, was the handy Surround View Camera that gives a downward 360º look at anything that may be in the MDX Sport Hybrid’s surrounding area. You will come to rely on this nifty feature.SafetyThe MDX Sport Hybrid is well equipped with active and passive safety features including seven air bags, a tire pressure monitoring system, collapsible steering column, anti-theft alarm, hill start assist, engine immobilizer and rear view camera. Once on the road, safety systems include lane departure warning, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitor, forward collision and mitigation warning, and road departure mitigation and lane keeping assist.The 2018 MDX has earned a US Government National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, where 5 Stars is their highest safety rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the MDX its top safety pick, for overall crash protection.Pricing and WarrantiesClean Fleet Report’s test 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Advance did not have any options, so the MSRP was $58,150. Pricing excludes the $995 destination and handling and fee.The 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid comes with these warranties:New Vehicle                  Four years/50,000 milesPowertrain                     Six years/70,000 milesHybrid Components    Eight years/100,000 milesRoadside Assistance    Four years/50,000 milesCorrosion Perforation Five years/Unlimited milesObservations: 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWDThe 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is an attractive SUV with a nicely outfitted interior. It is among the most fuel efficient in its class and has the full array of advanced driver safety technology. Configured as either a six- or seven-passenger, the MDX can serve your family well.Three rows; small fries in backThe redesign that took place in 2017 carries-over to 2018, making the MDX more contemporary and helping it compete well in its class. The interior is comfortable, especially for long trips and outings, and has an optional second row entertainment system to keep the back seaters happy and quiet. The MDX Sport Hybrid is a viable option compared to a larger, non-hybrid SUV, as it offers more performance and far better fuel economy.If your family has grown to the point where it needs the space and you don’t want to compromise performance, then by all means visit your Acura dealership and take the MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD for a lengthy test drive. Make sure to ask for an Acura factory trained specialist that will explain the hybrid technology in detail. This is the only way to truly get a feel if going a little bit green is right for you.Whatever you end up buying, Happy Driving! [See image gallery at] Related Stories You Might Enjoy—Midsize SUV MadnessRoad Test: 2017 Acura MDX HybridFirst Drive: 2017 Acura MDX HybridFlash Drive: 2018 Buick EnclaveNews: 2018 Lexus RX 450L HybridEvent: Three-Row SUV ComparisonRoad Test: 2018 Lincoln NavigatorDisclosure:Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition, we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class, which leads us to emphasize electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and diesels. We also feature those efficient gas-powered vehicles that are among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at post Road Test: 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD appeared first on Clean Fleet Report. Source: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles read more

Volkswagen Receives Over 10000 Registrations For ID3

first_imgMore than 10,000 Volkswagen ID.3 1ST edition orders were reserved within 24 hours. Less than 20,000 are left.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

7Eleven Slurps Up 1110 Sunoco Convenience Stores in 33B Deal

first_img Username Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Lost your password?center_img 7-Eleven Slurpee lovers likely rejoiced this morning after learning the Irving company will purchase most of Sunoco’s convenience stores for $3.3 billion. The deal, which will bring the frozen drink to more locations in 18 states primarily along the East Coast and Texas, launches an effort by Sunoco to divest a bulk of its convenience stores so the Dallas-based master limited partnership can focus on its fuel supply business . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Passwordlast_img read more

Chelan PUD Power Outage on Skyline Drive Number 2 CanyonOil Response Teams

first_imgChelan PUD is reporting power is out on Skyline Drive, west to Castle View and up Number 2 Canyon.  The PUD anticipated up to 3 hours to restore power.  The cause is an equipment failure.  The notice was posted around 4:45pm on Chelan PUD’s twitter feed.  Follow Chelan PUD updates on twitter @chelanpudlast_img

How to Accept Our Aging Bodies – Part 2 of 2

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares[Part 1 is here]A man once told me that if he ever suggested to his 89-year-old grandmother that she was old, she would have smacked him.Yes, it is extreme to hang on to such a view at her age, but I’ve seen it myself. Many elders – the majority, I would guess – find the idea of old age so abhorrent and terrifying they deny they are old even when doing so makes them appear sad or foolish or, in some cases, grotesque to others.But it’s not hard to see why they do it. In a thousand ways every day, our culture reminds us that being old is the most terrible thing that can befall any person. And in twice as many ways every day, it unrelentingly promotes the lie that we can maintain a youthful body unto death.”The shame-based approach to aging is heavily reinforced by an American mediascape that loudly and insistently proclaims, ‘You are young. Young is always better than old. Adulthood can last forever, if you want it to.’ In public, we tell each other, ‘You’re as young as you feel!’”So notes geriatrician Bill Thomas.Even though I have never really believed any of this hooey, the repetition is insidious and like so many, I have been a shamed victim of it.All my life, I fought the extra 10-20 pounds my body insisted it wanted. I did pretty well until I retired nine years ago and exhausted from 40 years of constant dieting, just let it go. The result, of course, was a heavy weight gain.As regular readers know, I let it be until early this year fear – make that FEAR – of aging diseases associated with obesity led me to a weight control regimen that is ongoing and, so far, quite successful.However, the cultural shame game about our bodies had kept me from looking at myself naked for many years. I will show you how difficult that is in my home. This is a photo of my dressing room that has lots and lots of mirrors reflecting one another.Dressing RoomMy clothes are behind about 13 feet of sliding doors you can’t see on the left and the door in the back on the right opens into the tub/shower room so you know that at least twice a day I am naked in that room.But until last week, I had seen myself in that natural state – really looked at myself without clothing – only once, about a year or so ago. Do you have any idea how difficult that is with mirrors on two sides of you every day? It takes a lot of shame to work at it that hard.For me, elder advocate that I am, there is a strange division in my mind about this. On the one hand, I unshakably believe – and have done so for many years – that there is nothing wrong with old bodies. I find photographs and paintings of old bodies to be fascinating and attractive.On the other hand, I have not liked to see what time has done to my own body. Bill Thomas again:”Because our culture has conditioned us to focus on our flaws, we naturally concentrate on and worry about the wrinkles, creases, and imperfections we see in the mirror.“Although it can seem hard to believe at first, it is within our power to look into a mirror, study what we see there, and acknowledge, without reservation, that we are no longer young. We can learn to read the story of our lives as it has been written around our eyes and mouth and across our foreheads and cheeks.“We can begin to reinterpret the changes as signs of important signifiers of our unique journey through life.”It had been a couple of years since I had read those words of Thomas’s but they came to mind when, last week, I wondered how my body looks now after losing 25 of the 40 pounds that is my goal. I stood in front of those mirrors for a good, long time taking in the wrinkles, the pudgy parts, the sags and all.No, you are not going to see what I look like naked, but I am going to show you whom I most reminded myself of: the sculpture of “The Old Courtesan” by Rodin that I showed you yesterday, here in another view:The Old Courtesan - RodinI’m a bit more round than she is with more flesh on my bones but with that, our bodies are remarkably similar, even to the apparent strength in her calf, to that little pot belly (which I am determined to lose) and to our breasts. Mine never did amount to much anyway and are almost as droopy as hers.The more I looked, turning here and there, adjusting the mirrors to try different angles, the more I became okay with me. I’m 72 – into my eighth decade now. This is what I look like and it’s been a long, interesting road getting here that I would not trade.Not infrequently on this blog, a commenter will say that he or she feels the same now as 30 or 40 or more years ago. Really? I feel a lot different and glad of it.It would be awful to feel and be the same person I was at 20 or 30 or 40. I hope to god I’ve learned and grown and changed my mind about stupid things I once believed. Bill Thomas agrees:”You must have an intensely personal and private conversation with your own true, aging, self,” he writes. “The time has come to look into the mirror and, finally, make peace with the changes you see on your face and feel in your mind and body.“You are not the person you were when you were 20 years old. You are not the person you were 20 years ago. The fact is that those people vanished a long time ago.”That was readily apparent when I spent personal time with the mirror and guess what? I didn’t faint. I didn’t fall down. I didn’t feel bad when I looked at my naked self. It’s what I am now and there is no point in trying to wish back my 20-year-old body.It would be such a waste of time to spend one moment on such thoughts. Instead, listen to Bill Thomas – he knows what he’s talking about – and be brave:1. ”Stop pining for what is already gone2. ”Start searching for the person you are meant to become“Relinquishing one’s claim on youth is a necessary precondition for exploring life beyond adulthood…“Persistently and deliberately misinterpreted as mere decline, elderhood is actually the rich reward that goes to those who manage to outgrow the frenzied jangle of adulthood and enter voluntarily into a new and much more soulful way of being.”All these quotes from Dr. Thomas are from Eldertopia, his impassioned plea for acceptance of elderhood as a separate time of life from adulthood, published in the 2012 edition of “The Journal” from AARP International.I hope Bill doesn’t mind that I have cherry picked the quotations to go along with what is on my mind this week, acceptance of our elder bodies. That idea plays a supporting role in service to the point of his story but I don’t believe I have misrepresented anything.It is well worth your while to read Eldertopia in full.This post was originally published at TimeGoesBy.netRelated PostsWhy I Write About Growing OldOn Saturday, I posted one photograph with a link to more of elders who are at least 100 years old. The goal of the photographer is to show the beauty in age, and the reason it is necessary for some…The Manifesto Against Ageism is HereAbout eight years ago, Ashton Applewhite began interviewing people over 80 for a project called “So when are you going to retire?” It didn’t take her long to realize that almost everything she thought she knew about aging was wrong. So she wrote a book to set the record straight.Better Late Than Never Oprah, I GuessOprah is trying to change her tune on aging but she’s a day late and an apology short. In a much-touted video on Huffington Post Oprah extols the “blessings” of aging, but if you listen and look carefully her monologue is laced with anti-aging bias.TweetShareShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Research illuminates how online forum may offer suicide prevention support for males

first_imgAug 14 2018New research illuminates how some men and boys who are contemplating suicide are finding emotional support in an unexpected place: Reddit.Sometimes referred to as the “front page of the Internet,” Reddit is a social news aggregation and discussion website that’s especially popular among young adult males.The website includes several topic-specific subreddit discussion forums, one of which is SuicideWatch. The regulated space allows people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts to post anonymously about what they are going through and receive emotional support from other users.As of this month, SuicideWatch has more than 96,000 subscribers.University of Arizona sociology doctoral student Darla Still has been analyzing the content of anonymous posts made to SuicideWatch to learn more about what individuals go through when contemplating suicide and how they express those thoughts and feelings to others.Among her early findings, which she presented today at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, is that the SuicideWatch subreddit may provide a unique source of gender-specific support for men and boys.Although Reddit does not identify users by gender, Still focused on a subset of posts in which gender was implied by the posts’ content. For example, users wrote things like “I am a joke of man,” or referred to instances in which they’ve been told to “be a man” or “man up.”Responses to those posts often contained gendered language of their own, like, “Hey, bro, I’ve been through that before,” or, “What’s bothering you, man?”Still suggests that the use of that type of gendered language is meaningful.”It’s about knowing that you’re not the only one who’s going through what you’re going through, and being able to identify that you’re not alone,” she said. “We see this as a space where men may be a little more at ease to be vulnerable and express those emotions because of the screen and the anonymity.”Related StoriesBiden calling ACA ‘breakthrough’ for mental health parity highlights gapsInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairStill decided to focus on posts by males because while females are twice as likely as males to attempt suicide, males are three times more likely to die by suicide.Men also underreport mental health symptoms, and many scholars have theorized that men have more difficulty openly expressing emotions than women due to the ways in which they are socialized with masculine norms.”If you think about stereotypical masculinity theories, men are socialized to believe that expressing emotions is weak,” said Still, who presented her work with her collaborators Amelia Blume, a UA sociology doctoral student, and Charlene Hack, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the UA in 2017.”Our main goal was to bring attention to this issue and try to move away from the stigma that men, in particular, face,” Still said.Males who feel uncomfortable talking about their emotions with loved ones or mental health professionals – or those who are unable to do so – might find an alternative or supplemental option in posting anonymously online, Still said.Still’s initial findings were based on an analysis of 3,125 posts collected between mid-October 2017 and early January of this year.Going forward, she will continue to analyze 165,000 posts and more than 1 million comments submitted to the SuicideWatch subreddit between 2009 and 2017. She hopes to gain a better understanding of what both men and women go through when contemplating suicide and how an online forum might offer support.”We know that men underreport mental health symptoms, so this is giving us a better understanding of the suicidality experience of what men go through, and what’s specific to men in comparison to women,” Still said. “The fact that this space on Reddit is there – we don’t know, but maybe it’s helped somebody.” Source:https://www.arizona.edulast_img read more

Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDSep 13 2018The Zimbabwe government has declared emergency in the capital city of Harare after 20 people died of cholera. According to the health minister Obediah Moyo, the state is grim with around 2,000 cases of cholera being reported across the country and the disease spreading fast.Moyo said on the 11th of September (Tuesday) in a statement, “We are declaring an emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain the cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on, to get rid of the problem as quickly as possible.” He was visiting the regions of the city that have been worst affected with the disease. According to Moyo broken sewers and poor disposal of the wastes have lead to contamination of the drinking water sources in Harare. This has led to the outbreak of the disease in the city. There have been burst sewers in highly populated regions of suburbs of Budiriro and Glenview. From there the disease has spread to four other provinces. The government has closed the schools temporarily and also banned the sale of meat and fish in the affected regions to combat the outbreak. The government and the police are enforcing laws to stop urinating and defecating in public and is sending out text messages, verbal communication via audio and audio visual media to the general public to prevent spread of cholera and typhoid. People are being made aware of the signs and symptoms to look for and when they are to seek medical help. They are given tips on how to prevent cholera and typhoid infections. The UNICEF at present is assisting the Zimbabwe government with resources to combat the outbreak. UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe Mohamed Ayoya said in a statement, “We have also alerted our regional offices and headquarters because we know this is a very serious issue, which will need quite huge investments to contain the outbreak. We are working very hard to help the government.” Calvin Fambirai, head of Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights has urged the government to step up the condition of the waste disposal systems especially in the regions that are thickly populated to prevent the water bourne disease now and in the future. Fambirai said in a statement, “The conditions that necessitate the spread of cholera and typhoid in Zimbabwe have not changed since the 2008 outbreak. They have worsened because there is no political will to tackle it.” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said in a statement to Reuters, “Partners are already there and are establishing a cholera treatment centre. WHO is preparing material for patients care as well and is mobilising cholera experts.”Related StoriesCurved shape of bacteria can make it easier to find foodRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerCholera is a bacterial disease caused by fecal bacteria Vibrio cholerae. It is contracted by consuming food and water that has been contaminated with the bacteria from infected persons. Poor sanitation and hygiene is responsible for its spread. The disease is typically characterized by acute diarrheal illness which may lead to severe dehydration and may even be fatal. In 2008 over 4,000 people died of cholera in Zimbabwe says the World Health Organization. The disease is more common in developing nations and those that are densely populated and economically backward. Poor water treatment systems and poor sanitation and hygiene practices are conducive to spread of cholera among these populations.Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa called cholera a disease of “inequity”. He said, “It’s an ancient disease, which has been eliminated in many parts of the world. Every death from cholera is preventable. We have the knowhow and today countries have shown that they have the will to do whatever it takes to end cholera outbreaks by 2030.”The President of Zimbabwe in a tweet said, “My thoughts & prayers are with those suffering from the cholera outbreak, and the loved ones of those we have lost. In order to contain the outbreak & mobilize resources we have declared a state of emergency in Harare, and are working closely with our international partners. I urge all residents of affected areas to exercise extra care with their hygiene & follow the instructions of the authorities as we seek to contain & overcome this outbreak. We are working tirelessly to control the situation and hope to communicate progress in due course.” 3d illustration of cholera pathogens. Image Credit: Christoph Burgstedt / Shutterstock Source: read more

See glass half empty Your diet may be in trouble

first_imgAre you a glass half full or a glass half empty person? When it comes to dieting, your answer could change how many calories you drink, according to a study published this month in PLOS ONE. Food psychologists have previously found that people drink less and feel more satisfied when they use a tall, skinny glass rather than a short, wide one, because the human brain perceives height more readily than width. Now, researchers suggest a more nuanced reality: The difference also has to do with where you focus your attention when you pour that drink. When the scientists asked people to pour an amount of lemonade that they deemed equivalent to a shot into a glass, the participants poured less into a skinny glass and more into a wide one of the same volume, as expected. But when the team asked the participants to leave a fixed amount of space at the top of the glass, the participants poured more lemonade into the skinny glass, because the same visual bias tricked them to overestimate the amount of space left unfilled in the skinny glass. So if you are on diet, remember to view the glass half full when you use a slender glass.last_img read more

Early jellyfishlike creatures sported armor

first_imgToday, sea creatures known as comb jellies have soft bodies like jellyfish, but their ancestors projected a tougher image: tooling up with hard body parts, probably as protection from predators. In a new analysis of fossils, researchers looked closely at more than three dozen specimens from 520-million-year-old rocks in southern China. Like their modern-day relatives, the ancient creatures had saclike bodies and propelled themselves through the water using eight rows of hairlike structures called cilia. But the ancient species—three that are new to science and three that were previously known but are now being more fully described based on the new analysis—also included eight stiff struts (depicted in white in the artist’s reconstructions above) and eight rigid plates that surrounded a buoyancy-sensing organ called a statolith. (Side views of four of the species are depicted at second from right and in the top row; oblique views of the same creatures are seen at far right and in the bottom row.) It’s not clear what the struts and plates were made of: Although they likely included chitin (the same substance found in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans such as shrimp) or a similar material, they could also have included minerals such as carbonates, the researchers report today in Science Advances. Regardless of their composition, the hard parts may have provided both support for soft tissues and protection against predators. And these creatures may have desperately needed protection, the researchers say: They lived in a shallow, subtropical ocean at a time when predators and their prey were locked in an evolutionary arms race. Sadly, the armor didn’t save these ancient comb jellies: They were part of a lineage that apparently died out long ago.last_img read more

Special series on the new Congress Meet Ro Khanna representing the heart

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Tuesday: Representative Jodey Arrington (R–TX), who directed commercial activity at a major university expanding its research capacityWednesday: Represantative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D–IL), who ran a university startup begun by an academic with an entrepreneurial bentToday: Representative Ro Khanna (D–CA), who defeated fellow Democrat Representative Mike Honda in the race to represent a district in the heart of Silicon ValleyFriday: Honda discusses what he learned in his 16 years in Congress.Khanna knows Silicon ValleyRo Khanna wasn’t even alive when President Lyndon Johnson died in 1973. But the new Democratic member of Congress from California’s Silicon Valley thinks that the country needs someone with Johnson’s mastery of the legislative process, first as Senate majority leader and then president, to enact progressive policies based on the best scientific evidence.“Of course it would be great to have more scientists in Congress,” says 40-year-old Khanna, who last month handily defeated eight-term Democratic incumbent Mike Honda after narrowly losing to him in 2014. “But what I’d love is to have another Lyndon Johnson in Congress who makes climate change his first priority. We need people who know how to work the system and the institution.”A Yale University–trained lawyer with an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago in Illinois, Khanna comes to Washington, D.C., next month after two previous unsuccessful attempts to win a seat in the House. He’s never been a legislator, but he has a keen interest in technology policy. From 2009 to 2011 he promoted U.S. exports at the Department of Commerce, and after leaving the Obama administration he worked on intellectual property issues at the Silicon Valley, California, law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati and wrote a book on advanced manufacturing.Khanna’s ties to the tech industry even became a campaign issue, with Honda running a controversial ad that showed an Asian-American actor appearing to kowtow to corporate lobbyists. Honda says he was trying to make a larger point. But one reason the charge didn’t stick might have been how Khanna ran this year’s campaign.“The last time I talked a lot about economic policy and what we needed to do to remain globally competitive,” he says. “But this time I focused more on community issues, telling stories and connecting with people. I tried to get into people’s hearts rather than just their minds. [In 2014] I was too academic.”He offers similar advice to the leaders of Silicon Valley, many of whom are now his constituents. (Intel, Yahoo, Apple, eBay, and Tesla have headquarters or operate large facilities in his district.) “One thing I want to do is get Silicon Valley to think harder about those who have been left behind by the technology revolution,” he says. “It has created huge winners for those who are able to understand it and are adept at it. But it has also displaced a tremendous number of jobs. This election was all about people crying out that ‘We’re not part of this new economy. It’s not working for us.’ And policymakers need to look at the displacement that has occurred—jobs that have been automated or that have gone offshore—and ask, ‘What are we doing about it?’”His answer? It starts with retraining those whose skills are outdated, he says. Moving farther upstream, he supports universal access to college, and improving elementary and secondary education to prepare students for college and the workforce. “And if the Republicans aren’t going to offer solutions, then we as Democrats need to step up,” he says.Basic research backerKhanna’s view of the government’s role in funding research aligns with mainstream Democratic thinking. He also shares it with undergraduates at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he is a lecturer in the economics department. “First of all, we need far more federal investment in basic university research,” he says. “According to Richard Levin, an economist and the former president of Yale, it’s one of three things you need to be competitive [along with free markets and fair competition]. The idea goes back to Alexander Hamilton. Even Herbert Hoover was all about aggressive government investment in basic research.”But since 1980, he says, “we’ve been living with this myth that somehow government investment in research has not been critical to economic growth. It’s just naïve to think we can transition to this new economy without a strong government investment.”Two other areas where that investment is critical are advanced manufacturing, which he defines as “making the machines that make the products,” and modernizing the nation’s infrastructure, which President-elect Donald Trump has said is one of his priorities. Both are potential areas of bipartisan agreement, he says, and the latter must be more than giving tax breaks to companies and wealthy investors. “Private financing to build things is not sufficient,” he insists.Khanna doesn’t expect to see the next Congress move in the right direction on reducing carbon emissions, another priority for the rookie legislator. “I’m obviously in favor of a carbon tax,” he says. “And I think climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet. But the new administration will have people in senior positions who are climate deniers, and they will have great sway on this issue. So we need to continue to make the case [for cleaner energy sources], and link it to economic competitiveness. But I’m not naïve about what it will take.”Because of his interest in economic policy, Khanna says he’d love a seat on the House budget committee. “But I’m not presumptuous. Freshmen get the last pick.” He says he would be “open” to serving on the science committee, noting his admiration for the work of Representative Zoe Lofgren (D–CA), a senior member of the committee from a neighboring district who backed him over Honda.Khanna was one of only eight new members to defeat an incumbent in the general election. And although he takes pride in that achievement, he is already feeling pressure to deliver for his constituents. “The current dysfunction in Congress is caused by an inability to find common ground and get things done,” he says. “And at some point the voters will get sick of that and start to throw out the incumbents.” Starting next month, Khanna will be one, too. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img Republicans retained control of both houses of Congress in last month’s election. But that doesn’t mean the 115th Congress that convenes on 3 January 2017 is identical to its predecessor.Fifty-six new members of the House of Representatives will take their seats (42 Republicans and 14 Democrats) along with four new Senators (three Democrats and one Republican). Although none has a science Ph.D., a few have significant ties to the research community.This week, ScienceInsider is profiling three new members of the House with research connections, and one friend of science who is leaving. Emaillast_img read more

China tightens its regulation of some human gene editing labeling it highrisk

first_img In the wake of the shocking news that one of its scientists had produced genetically altered babies, the Chinese government this week issued draft regulations that would require national approval for clinical research involving gene editing and other “high-risk biomedical technologies.” Although some Chinese researchers welcome the move to tighten oversight, there are worries that the rules could impose a burden on areas of genetic research that are not so controversial.“I am happy to see the national regulations regarding new biomedical technologies; I think this makes relevant policy more clear,” says Wei Jia, a medical oncologist who is involved with an ongoing trial using gene editing to modify cancer patient T-cells at the Affiliated Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School in China.The regulations are in response to the late November 2018 claim by He Jiankui, then of Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, that he had altered the DNA embryos in a way that would give the babies and their descendants resistance to HIV. This approach is called germline engineering—it can involve changing DNA in embryos or sperm or eggs—and is banned in many countries, by law or regulation. He’s effort, using a technique called CRISPR, resulted in twin girls born last fall; one more baby, he said, is on the way. The experiment earned He worldwide condemnation for prematurely using a still glitchy technique that might negatively affect the babies’ development and health in a medically unnecessary and unjustified intervention. By Dennis NormileFeb. 28, 2019 , 11:50 AM China tightens its regulation of some human gene editing, labeling it ‘high-risk’ Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) In January, a preliminary investigation found that He deliberately sidestepped regulations, dodged oversight, and used fake ethical review documents, according to Chinese media. (No official report was ever publicly released.) But as the scandal unfolded over the past 3 months, many Chinese ethicists and researchers noted that the most relevant regulations date back to 2003 and need updating in light of CRISPR’s emergence and other research advances.The new rules cover experiments that involve gene editing, the transfer of genes or attempts to regulate gene expression, the use of stem cells, and other “high-risk” technologies in humans or in human organs or embryos that would be implanted in a person. All would require approval by a yet-to-be-specified agency under the State Council, the country’s highest administrative authority. Research involving human subjects using low- or medium-risk technologies—which will be defined later—will need institutional and provincial approval. The 16-page document also gives requirements for informed consent by trial participants and the information needed on applications. It also states that conflicts of interest or lack of clarity on funding sources will be grounds for rejecting a proposed trial.The regulations specify a range of legal penalties, including warnings, fines, a lifetime ban on participating in clinical research, and criminal charges, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. The National Health Commission posted the draft regulations on its website on Tuesday and will accept comments from the public until 27 March. There is no date given for when the new rules might take effect.      Wei Wensheng, a molecular biologist at Peking University in Beijing, says regulation of what is now “a chaotic situation” in China gene editing has been needed. In particular, he adds, it is “very reasonable to set tight regulations on germline editing.” But Wei notes that the same national approval will now be required for clinical research relying on editing somatic cells, such as those in the blood, that are not passed on to future generations. “On paper, there is basically nothing wrong” with this requirement. “But in a practical sense, if it takes too long to get permissions, it could be a bottleneck that will slow down research,” he says. “It depends on execution, on how they handle each case.” Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwecenter_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Black Students Lead Calls To Fire Elizabeth Lederer

first_imgYep, it’s time for Lederer to feel the heat, too. Furthermore, if she is still employed at the New York County DA’s office, how many other lives has she ruined in those many decades?In 2002, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise were exonerated by the New York State Supreme Court only because a fellow inmate came forward to confess — even though there was never any DNA evidence linking them to the crime. Linda Fairstein and even our current president still insist they are guilty.Watch the powerful trailer for “When They See Us” below, which is available on Netflix.SEE ALSO:‘It’s Above Me Now’: Hotel Clerk’s Video With Racist Guest Goes Viral‘Who Said I Can’t Say Ni**a?’: Blackface Video Of High School Student Sparks OutrageMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s Clothes New statement released from the @ColumbiaLaw Black Law Students AssociationStudents call for #CentralPark5 prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer to be fired from her Lecturer in Law positionAlso call on the law school to center anti-racism in its curriculum and pedagogy— Barred and Boujee (@AudreLawdAMercy) June 11, 2019 Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ A Disturbing Timeline Of 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis Going Missing After Being Left With Her Stepfather More By NewsOne Staff Central Park 5 , Elizabeth Lederer , Linda Fairstein , Manhattan District Attorney’s Office , When They See Us Derion Vence, Maleah Davis, Brittany Bowens See Also: A Timeline Of Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Killing Botham Jean In His Own HomeAccording to Vulture, Elizabeth Lederer still works for the New York County DA’s office and has been employed there for 40 years. But she is also a lecturer at Columbia University. The miniseries has led to demands for her to be terminated, but Columbia University has remained silent.Now, the Columbia Black Law Students Association has called for the school to fire Lederer.“Since Lederer’s integral role in the case has received a national spotlight, there have been multiple efforts urging Columbia Law School to take action,” a letter from the group read in part. “In 2013 a petition was circulated, which gained thousands of signatures and demanded the removal of Lederer. Instead of taking decisive action to address the issue, Columbia Law School simply removed the Central Park jogger case from Lederer’s online bio.”The letter continued: “Now, with the release of Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us on Netflix, Columbia’s inaction on this subject shows a disconnect between the values Columbia purports and the actions the Law School takes. Another petition, circulated by our brothers, sisters, and non-binary friends at Columbia University Black Students’ Organization, has gained thousands of signatures and again demands for the removal of Elizabeth Lederer.”They were also calling for the school to include anti-racism in its curriculum and pedagogy. See the letter in full below: Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family Ava DuVernay‘s “When They See Us” has successfully canceled the career of Linda Fairstein, who has been in a frenzy for days after she has been dropped by or resigned from several companies. However, as we all know, it was a corrupt and complicit legal system that stole the innocence of Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise.Another person who locked up the five children was Elizabeth Lederer, the lead district attorney on the case. She was brilliantly played by Vera Farmiga in the new Netflix miniserieslast_img read more

Baby Lottery – Infants used to be Raffled in Paris

first_imgBaby Lottery. Yes, you read that right. In 1911 Paris, would-be parents — not biologically blessed or for whatever reason not being able to have children of their own — could acquire a precious bundle of joy by relying on the luck of the draw. The event was the brainchild of a foundling hospital (basically, a children’s home) as a way to find homes for their littlest orphans. Though the idea of a “Loterie de Bébés,” as it was called, may seem kind of bizarre — not to mention, more than a little distasteful — when you consider the time in which it was held, the lottery may actually have been a humane idea.Orphans by Thomas Kennington, oil on canvas, 1885.Back in the day, children were considered almost expendable, and those who weren’t taken in by orphanages often faced a dismal fate, like something straight out of a Dickens’ novel: a life on the streets, with many starving or freezing to death during brutal winters.Paris, 1900.The state-run orphanages created in the 17th and 18th centuries to help save these children were far from ideal.For one thing, no one was monitoring these institutions to ensure that the children entrusted in their care were being treated well.Sister Irene and children at New York Foundling Hospital.In America, the institutions weren’t officially policed until 1912, with the creation of the United States Children’s Bureau. This agency was founded to investigate all aspects of child welfare, such as infant mortality, orphanages, abuse and neglect, and child labor.I’ve Got A Secret – Samuel J. SeymourAnd it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that large cities began finding alternatives for group orphanages — namely, a foster care system and private adoption agencies.But flawed though these early orphanages may have been, they at least gave abandoned children a fighting chance, in the form of a roof over their heads, a bed, and warm meals.Belgian Orphans leaving Paris for country homes.What’s more, many offered some kind of a training to help the youngsters survive outside in the real world, usually as a mechanics-helper or a domestic servant.The Paris Foundling Hospital devised the baby lottery as a charity fundraiser – and as a way to place babies with responsible parents.Ultimately, they had better lives than those who ended up in workhouses — slaving away on factory assembly lines, fighting over scraps of food, crammed into beds with other children, or suffering the repercussions from an alarming lack of hygiene.Boy’s orphanage.Some children, at the mercy of drunken adults, were assaulted regularly.And, as a 1912 article published in Popular Mechanics, of all places, would point out, the Paris Foundling Hospital that devised the baby lottery had its heart in the right place — making sure that the babies were placed with responsible parents and directing dollars made from the event to worthy causes.Loterie de Bébés, illustration.Or, as Popular Mechanics put it: “The proceeds of the raffle were divided among several charitable institutions. An investigation of the winners was made, of course, to determine their desirability as foster parents.”Read another story from us: A mysterious Coney Island showman saved the lives of thousands of American babiesIf nothing else, the baby raffle would shine much-needed light on a societal problem that desperately needed to be addressed. And find a place, for a lucky few, to call home.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

CBI books recently sacked IT Commissioner S K Srivastava

first_img Best Of Express It is alleged that Srivastava as Commissioner, Income Tax (Appeals), Noida passed 104 backdated orders in June, 2019 — the month he was given forced retirement by the government, the officials said.The agency has booked him under the Indian Penal Code sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for obtaining undue favours.The orders were backdated to December, 2018, the CBI alleged.Among these, 13 orders were not of his jurisdiction, the agency has alleged.Srivastava was given compulsory retirement on June 10, 2019, but these orders were uploaded on the Income Tax Business Application (ITBA) between June 11 and June 13 by alleged misuse of RSA token, a kind of access system in the department, the agency alleged. LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? According to the records, the orders were dispatched on June 7, 2019 — three days before the government sacked Srivastava, but they were sent on June 14, 2019, the agency said.The CBI said searches were carried out at 13 locations, including a boutique in Vasant Kunj allegedly run by Srivastava’s wife, residence of Amar Das whose services were used by the officer to write orders, two Chartered Accountants Anil Prahlad Kumar and K P Garg in Ghaziabad and Nehru Place, Delhi, respectively. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Antrix-Devas deal, Antrix-Devas deal case, Devas top officials absconding, CBI Antrix-Devas deal, ED Antrix-Devas deal, india news Sources in the agency have said the searches were initiated after registering a case against him for alleged cheating, forgery and obtaining undue favours. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)The CBI has booked Income Tax Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, who was recently sacked by the government, for allegedly passing backdated appeal orders to obtain undue benefits, officials said Saturday. Related News Advertising Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach center_img Searches were carried out by the agency at his residence and office.The search operation, which started on Friday morning and continued till Saturday, took place at 13 locations in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad, including at Srivastava’s Pandara road residence and Noida office, they said.The CBI has claimed to have recovered from Srivastava’s residence jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, Rs 16.44 lakh in cash, watches approximately valued at Rs 10 lakh, over Rs 1.30 crore of bank deposits in the name of the former officer as well as his family members, incriminating documents related to two immovable assets and a bank locker. By PTI |New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2019 8:19:01 pm Day after CBI raid, office of company under the scanner remains deserted Post Comment(s) CBI recovers Rs 2.15 crore in raids at agriculture ministry official’s residence Advertising CBI probe against Rajendra Kumar: Cong distances itself from allegations on award of contracts last_img read more

Andhra farmer suicides Jagan announces Rs 7 lakh compensation

first_img Jagan Mohan Reddy orders demolition of Rs 5 crore hall built by Chandrababu Naidu Related News Andhra Pradesh: Jagan Mohan Reddy forms panel to probe TDP-era contracts Jagan Reddy govt to raze Rs 10-crore building from TDP’s tenure By Express News Service |Hyderabad | Published: July 11, 2019 2:40:02 am Post Comment(s) He added that the previous state government, led by Chandrababu Naidu, had compensated only 391 families.Addressing district collectors in a video-conference, Jagan asked them to visit the families along with the local MLA, verify details and pay the compensation as soon as possible. “The previous government did not provide any support to farmers in distress. But my government is not like that. All the district collectors must reach out to the families and give them courage and assurance that this government will take care of them. This is a people’s government. As soon as the facts of the suicide are verified, the families should be paid the ex-gratia,” Jagan told the DCs.Cautioning DCs and other officials that the compensation amount must not fall into wrong hands, he advised them to ensure that the amount reaches the families directly, and not through intermediaries. Advertising Andhra pradesh farmer suicide, Andhra pradesh, farmer suicide, farmer suicide cases, Jagan Mohan Reddy, Indian express Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan ReddyAndhra Pradesh government will pay ex-gratia compensation of Rs 7 lakh each to families of 1,513 farmers who allegedly committed suicide due to crop loss or crop failure between 2014 and 2019, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said on Wednesday.last_img read more

35 cows killed as lightning strikes Prayagraj shelter Officials

first_img prayagraj cow shelters, cow shelters, cow shelters in prayagraj, cows dead in prayagraj, cows dead in up, up cows, india news, Indian Express Chief Veterinary Officer, Prayagraj, Dr Chandan Singh, said, “The autopsy report of the animals stated death occurred due to a lightning strike.” (Representational Image)A total of 35 cows were killed after lightning struck during heavy rains at a government-run temporary cow shelter in Bahadurpur area of Prayagraj Thursday, district officials said. The carcasses were buried after an autopsy, they said. Running out of space, government gaushalas turn away cattle Rajathan government spent Rs 138 cr for care of bovines Advertising Chief Veterinary Officer, Prayagraj, Dr Chandan Singh, said, “The autopsy report of the animals stated death occurred due to a lightning strike.”In Kannauj last month, five animals died at a cow shelter home and several became ill. People had staged a protest outside the shelter home.In Kanpur Dehat, seven cows and calves died and five other animals fell ill at a temporary cow shelter in Kanpur Dehat in April this year.Following directives of the state government, over 4,000 temporary cow shelters were opened across the state. These temporary shelters have kept nearly 2.25 lakh cows and progeny. The government directed district officials to ensure cow sheds are self-reliant and all facilities should be provided to the animals in order to protect them. A team led by District Magistrate, Prayagraj, Bhanu Chand Goswami, visited the spot and veterinary doctors were also called to check on other affected animals.Chief Development Officer, Prayagraj, Arvind Singh, said there were 344 animals at the cow shelter. “We were told by the caretaker of the shelter that on Thursday morning, 22 animals died in the lightning strike. A team of officials, along with veterinary doctors, went to the spot. During treatment, 13 other animals died a few hours later.”“We have shifted the remaining animals to other cow shelters nearby,” said Singh. Advertising 3 Comment(s) Related News By Express News Service |Lucknow | Published: July 13, 2019 7:54:43 am Chhattisgarh horror: In 2 more gaushalas, dozens of carcasses, starving cows last_img read more

Earthquake measuring 66 rattles Southern California in US

first_imgBy AP |San Francisco | Published: July 4, 2019 11:43:52 pm Maine earthquake rattles northeastern US Advertising california earthquake, earthquake in southern california, southern california earthquake, us earthquake, us news, world news, There are no immediate reports of damage. (File photo)A large earthquake has rattled a large swath of Southern California. There are no immediate reports of damage. Related News Strong 6.0 quake rattles Washington Earthquake risk to US reactors larger than thought The quake measured with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Wednesday morning near the town of Ridgecrest, California, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.People from the desert to the Pacific coast in Southern California reported feeling it. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

August Adds Wireless HD Video Doorbell to Smart Home Line

first_imgJohn P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John. Better Video Quality The new View has some disadvantages. The battery will have to be recharged periodically, for example. To fill in gaps during recharges, a second battery likely would have to be purchased.”There are also no advanced analytics which can detect people or packages,” IHS Markit’s Kozak noted.”There is no option to select recording zones, either,” he continued. “This is especially useful if there is a busy street or other objects or shadows that could create false alerts.”While the redesign is a step forward for August, View is still larger than the latest units from its competition, Kozak pointed out.”What August lacks is the wider security aspects of Ring,” said San Jose, California-based Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research, a high-tech research and advisory firm.”Ring has created an organized community of people who share crime- and security-related videos,” he noted.”Another aspect of Ring I like is its integration into the Amazon Alexa ecosystem,” Krewell added. “I can use the Amazon Echo Show to see video from the Ring doorbell.” Along with package delivery to the home, video doorbells dovetail nicely with another trend: access control to the home.Amazon offers delivery of packages directly into the home, for example. Grocery stores offer similar delivery services.”Smart devices give you a way to share doorlock codes and use video confirmation for your dog walker and your plumber and any other third-party service that might need access to your home,” Russell noted.”Video doorbells and smart locks will pave the way for a whole new level of third-party services that will be coming into the home.”Consumer interest in the smart home continues to rise. In 2018, device revenue in North America grew by 56 percent. In 2019, growth is expected to be similar, said Kozak.”This growth and adoption is the result of consumer awareness driven mostly by inexpensive smart speakers, such as Amazon’s Echo Dot and the Google Mini,” he observed.Another driver is the expansion of platforms and portfolios.”Consumers will soon be able to buy an Arlo SmartHub to control lights and other devices in the home,” Kozak said.”Consumers could also connect many smart home devices directly to a smart speaker,” he added. “These advances in portfolios, as well as efforts by retailers such as Best Buy to educate consumers, has helped sustain strong growth.” August on Tuesday introduced a new smart doorbell to its product lineup. The August View, priced at US$230, is a wireless doorbell that can stream sharp 1440p HD video. It supports two-way audio, so you can talk to guests via an Internet connection.The View can be paired with August and Connected by August smart locks. That means you not only can speak to visitors remotely, but also can let them into your house. That functionality can be handy for accepting package deliveries when you’re not home.August has designed the View to be slim and sleek for location flexibility. The eight interchangeable faceplates will satisfy a variety of home aesthetics. The faceplates include four made of metal — satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, satin brass and midnight gray — and four in solid colors — black, blue, red and white.Other features include instant motion alerts when someone approaches the doorbell, minimal fisheye distortion, zoomable video to improve identification of package thieves or unwanted visitors, a rechargeable battery, and a wireless chime. Growth of Home Access Controlcenter_img The August View has a number of features that distinguish it from the smart doorbell competition and should endear it to consumers.”Most other video doorbells on the market today are only 1080p, with the exception of Nest Hello, so this is a differentiator for August,” observed Blake Kozak, lead analyst for smart home research at IHS Markit, a research, analysis, and advisory firm headquartered in London.”Being battery-powered is also a differentiator, since most of the competition has moved to requiring constant power,” he told TechNewsWorld. “For homes without an existing doorbell, this is a real advantage.”In addition, August View will include short video clips for free, which is a big differentiator from top players Ring and Nest. However, another competitor, SkyBell, offers no fees for cloud storage of video, Kozak noted.”August View will win points with consumers for having a few ‘free’ elements, but a monthly subscription fee is still required for full capabilities,” he added.The wireless chime included with View also separates the doorbell from the pack.”A chime is usually an add-on extra, something you’d have to pay extra for,” said Brad Russell, an analyst at Dallas, Texas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.”August is trying to offer more value for less money and compete more effectively against Ring in the consumer channel,” he told TechNewsWorld.View also supports Alexa and Google Assistant, two major voice command technologies.”Support of Google Assistant can be a potential advantage for View,” said Ross Rubin, the principal analyst with Reticle Research, a consumer technology advisory firm.”That’s something the leader in the field, Ring, probably won’t be doing any time soon, since it’s owned by Amazon,” he told TechNewsWorld. Video doorbells are one of the fastest-growing products in North America, Kozak observed.”Within three years, it is expected there will be more annual sales of video doorbells than consumer video cameras, such as Arlo and Nest,” he said.”They’re very, very hot right now,” said Russell.In a recent Parks Associates survey, 25 percent of participating U.S. broadband households said they intended to buy a video doorbell in the next year — the highest percentage for any smart home device.The purpose of the video doorbell has evolved since they were introduced in 2015, Russell noted.”Their initial primary value proposition was to scare off would-be burglars by acting like you’re home when you’re anywhere in the world,” he said.That changed “with e-commerce and Amazon delivery to the home and all this package traffic. That’s really become one of the primary value propositions of video doorbells — picking up packages off the porch before someone steals them,” Russell continued.”The value of the video doorbell is more than talking to guests that show up on your doorstep,” he added. “That’s what’s driving adoption.” Some Drawbacks Package Delivery Essentiallast_img read more

Novel approach focuses decisionmaking on older patients own health priorities

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 4 2018In a pilot project, researchers at Yale, New York University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine have shown that an innovative approach to health care for older adults with complex health needs can be integrated into a real-world clinical practice. Known as patient priorities care, the approach helps patients and clinicians focus decision-making and health care on what matters most — namely patients’ own health priorities.This approach could improve health care and outcomes for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions, the researchers said. The research was published in two articles by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Most older adults who seek health care have multiple chronic conditions, and juggle multiple medical appointments, medications, and tests. The medications, often prescribed by different doctors, can cause troubling adverse effects. Older patients also vary in their health priorities, defined as both their health outcome goals (what they want from their health care) and their healthcare preferences (the healthcare activities they are able and willing to do).To bridge the gap between what older patients value most in their lives and health, and the health care they experience, the Yale team and their project collaborators developed a novel method to help patients identify their health priorities and help clinicians translate these priorities into decision-making and care options. At a primary care practice in central Connecticut, the researchers trained facilitators to elicit detailed health information from participating patients in one or two structured conversations that together took about 30 minutes.The patient information obtained by the facilitators went far beyond facts typically collected on a patient form. It described the patients’ values, health goals, helpful versus burdensome care, perceptions of health trajectory, as well as a specific “ask” — one problem the older adults considered most critical to achieving the health priorities that they most wanted their clinicians to focus on.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairAfter documenting the patient priorities on a template, the facilitators transmitted the information through the electronic health record (EHR) to the primary care providers who used them to align care and treatment with what matters most to patients. These primary care providers and their partnering cardiologists were trained in how to consider the priorities in their decision-making and align their health care with these priorities. The research team and members of the primary care practice worked together to embed patient priorities care into the EHR and the clinical workflow.At the end of the pilot project period, the research team found that the process of identifying, transmitting, and acting on patient priorities, while challenging, was achievable in a busy primary care practice.While more research is needed to test the approach in different settings, said the investigators, the findings demonstrate that patients and clinicians can participate in current care planning based on patients’ priorities.”Improvement in patients’ most-desired health outcomes and the avoidance of unwanted healthcare would support a move to patient priorities-aligned decision-making for older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Such a move holds promise for reducing care burden and fragmentation and ensuring that healthcare is focused on what matters most to this large patient population,” said senior author Dr. Mary Tinetti, chief of geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine.The research team also concluded that the process they developed could be adopted by other health teams. Tools and resources for patients, clinicians, caregivers, and health systems are available at read more

The Rebirth of the Personal Computer

first_imgRob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. It is interesting that Lenovo is doing the old Jobs “one more thing” better than Apple is at the moment. I remain flabbergasted that Tim Cook effectively has thrown out virtually every practice that made Apple the power it was in the early part of this century and instead has been running that company into the ground.That certainly has given companies like Lenovo an opportunity, and they have been stepping up with a series of laptop improvements that should, when complete, make tomorrow’s laptop so different from today’s laptops that they’ll likely have a different name.Lenovo’s “one more thing” is a coming foldable screen laptop that is semi-hardened to military specifications, can fold down to something that is nearly in the size class of a smartphone. It gives up almost nothing in performance, while having all-day battery life and a persistent (likely 5G) connection.Unfolded, it has a 13.3-inch OLED screen that has no visible seam when opened, making it the closest thing to a perfect e-book I’ve every seen.The presenters brought this out at the end of the Lenovo Accelerate keynote, and I doubt there was a single person in the audience who didn’t want the damn thing. They’ll have to wait, though, because it isn’t due until 2020.This wasn’t the only announcement at the event, however, and I think the blend of the things that Lenovo showcased eventually will result in an even more revolutionary result. The Microsoft HoloLens is a wearable computer, if you think about it, and Microsoft’s Virtual Windows effort shifts much of the load from the device to the cloud, both anticipating a very different future.Well, Lenovo was on that page with its own ThinkReality line of wearable AR computers. Just like Microsoft, it studied the initial users of the HoloLens solution and built an offering to address the resulting needs. You could argue that both Lenovo’s initial ThinkReality offering and HoloLens II are effectively second-generation offerings.What makes the Lenovo offering different is that the company made both the battery and the controls remote, and it reduced the cost while bundling in a programing solution that is simple and will work with hardware other than Lenovo’s. This lowers the weight of the device and increases the amount of time you can use it (because you can swap out the four-hour battery).Lenovo isn’t as advanced as Microsoft with either its breadth of solutions (Microsoft has a collaboration solution with Spatial, for instance) or its gesture-based user interface (though this is coming).Still, I think this is going to lead to a class of wearable computers that will let users define the size of the virtual display, wear the device for extended periods, increasingly use a voice interface (which certainly will promote office-based noise canceling headphones), and perhaps eliminate the need for smartphones, tablets and PCs as we know them. Other than Microsoft, Lenovo is the only PC company that is solidly on this merged path. Like the failed IBM TransNote and the impressive HP Spectre Folio, Lenovo’s new foldable laptop will be covered in leather. I now have two leather-covered notebooks — that HP Folio and a Microsoft Surface Book covered in leather. (It’s from Toast, which also offers a wood cover that I’ve used — I like the leather much more.)Leather makes a notebook, particularly one you want to use as a tablet or e-book, far more comfortable to carry. It is a much bigger difference than you think, and having experienced it with two products, I have a hard time wanting to carry a notebook not covered in leather.The one exception would be a notebook covered in open weave real carbon fiber like that used in high-end exotic cars. I’m big car guy (we recently moved from a house that had a three-car garage to a smaller house with a six-car garage, because I feel I got my priorities straight).Other PC makers, including Lenovo, have used carbon fiber in the past, but they tend to paint over it, losing the carbon fiber cool factor. Well, Lenovo is going to get carbon fiber right in one of its coming Halo notebook products, and it won’t be the last to do so.Granted, this may play to a mostly male audience, but that same audience generally chases high-performance notebooks as well, and since I’m in that group I’m certainly excited. I went to Lenovo Accelerate last week and feasted my eyes on one of the most innovative PCs I’ve ever seen. However, as I absorbed the rest of Lenovo’s announcements, I realized I was looking at just the tip of what could be a significant coming change in personal computers — one that could eclipse every change we have seen so far.I’ll share my thoughts about that change and then close with my product of the week: the Lenovo Smart Tab — another innovative product from Lenovo that blends the features of an Amazon Echo with a tablet. New Materials Wearable Computers Now one of the features that HP has made very popular is the electronic security screen. HP stepped out aggressively with what I still think is one of the most important security offerings brought to market. It recently improved that offering to reduce power and display a black screen to the unauthorized observer rather than a bright white screen.What a security screen does is polarize the view so that only the person sitting directly in front of the screen can see what is on it. This is particularly useful if you are watching almost any current movie, and the obligatory but typically unnecessary sex scene pops up unannounced. However, it also prevents someone from seeing the confidential crap a lot of executives work on while flying or in public spaces.There are folks who book seats on planes specifically to see what an executive is working on. The last time I checked, these efforts were mostly to try to get an illegal jump on the stock market, but with state players trying to steal intellectual property and large companies once again forgetting the risks of IP theft, this exposure is more problematic than most realize.What Lenovo showcased was the first smart implementation of a security screen I’ve seen. You see, a lot of folks who have the screen don’t turn it on, because it reduces power and screen brightness. What one of the equipped Lenovo laptops does is watch for illicit viewers and then automatically fire up the screen — both protecting the data and privacy, and alerting the user that someone potentially is trying to steal the IP they are working on. This kind of active defense likely will define the next wave of personal computers and even smartphones, as we adapt to the world of state-funded IP theft and blackmail. Foldable Screen Laptop Wrapping Up The base has enhanced Dolby Atoms sound, making this a decent source for music in the bedroom or kitchen (another ideal place for it). The only addition I’d make is some kind of integrated leather cover to provide better protection from a drop and make it easier to hold for extended periods.The Lenovo Smart Tab comes in two configurations with different core memory: the P10 and the M10. The P10 is the flagship with a 7000 mAH battery and up to 4 GB of memory, and four speakers in the base. The M10 has a lower-resolution camera (I don’t use a tablet camera myself) a far smaller 4850 mAH battery, and up to 3 GB of memory.The price difference is significant, with the M10 around $190 and the P10 around $300, or around $110 more. It may be worth it for the far larger batter and at least a GB more memory, though.Oh, and both have a fingerprint sensor for secure login, something my Fire tablet currently lacks. Also, both will take up to a 256 GB micro-SD card, which should piss off Apple iPad users more than it likely does.This product won the Best of Innovation award at this year’s CES. This is one of the few tablets with built-in GPS, making it handy if you want to use it in the car to navigate. Since it meets a need I didn’t even know I had until I saw it, the Lenovo Smart Tab is my product of the week. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. I use my Amazon Fire tablet a lot, and it typically resides near my bed where I have it charging. I have an Echo right above it for questions and alarms. It would be nice to have just one device that does both so I could free up some real estate on my relatively small end table. That is basically what the Lenovo Smart Tab is. It is a tablet wedded to a base, which performs like an Amazon Echo Show when docked and a tablet when undocked. It gives you a decent-sized screen for videos, for music lyrics, weekly forecasts or news. Lenovo Smart Tab M10 I’m really only touching the tip of the iceberg of change, because behind this hardware is not only the coming wave of cloud-based personal computing and gaming, but a coming wave of virtual AIs that will be visible in these ever-more-common AR headsets.This is one of the areas that Microsoft likely is going to jump on pretty hard, because it has been talking about rendering Cortana for some time, and it would be so cool to be able to talk to a physical rendition of your AI (not sure how Google is going to deal with this because talking to the Google logo isn’t going to be anywhere near as much fun as talking to a rendered Cortana, Alexa or Siri). Lenovo works with both Amazon and Microsoft, suggesting it might give you your choice first.The bottom line is that I saw the future of the PC at Lenovo Accelerate, and that future is exceeding cool. 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