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The government is making it harder for disabled po

first_imgThe government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart  (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.last_img read more

Despite 34 Million in Preorders Lily Camera Drone Canceled

first_img Image credit: LILY January 12, 2017 The ‘world’s first throw-and-shoot camera’ will never get airborne. Reporter at PCMag Next Article RIP Lily: Makers of the “world’s first throw-and-shoot camera” are closing their business and refunding customers who pre-ordered one.Unable to secure financing to manufacture and ship its drone, the startup today announced plans to “wind down the company.””We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our beta program,” founders Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow wrote in a blog post. “At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds.”Bradlow and Balaresque built their first prototype in September 2013 in the basement of a U.C. Berkeley robotics lab, but Lily didn’t make her debut until May 2015.Users simply place a tracking device in a pocket or the waterproof wrist case, throw Lily in the air, and watch as she flies herself, using GPS and computer vision to follow you while shooting video and stills. A lithium-ion battery promised 20 minutes of flight time on a two-hour charge; the drone also has an IP67 waterproof rating.Early-bird buyers pre-ordered the Lily Camera for $899 — $100 off the expected U.S. retail price. As of January 2016, the firm had collected $34 million in pre-sales.”Our community was the drive that kept us going even as circumstances became more and more difficult,” the blog said. “Your encouraging words through our forums and in your emails gave us hope and the energy we needed to keep fighting.”Now, the company is focused on handling refunds, which will happen over the next 60 days.”After so much hard work, we are sad to see this adventure come to an end,” Balaresque and Bradlow wrote. “We are very sorry and disappointed that we will not be able to deliver your flying camera, and are incredibly grateful for your support as a pre-order customer.””Thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to get this far,” they added. “We hope our contribution will help pave the way for the exciting future of our industry.” –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Despite $34 Million in Preorders, Lily Camera Drone Canceled Stephanie Mlot Add to Queue Drones Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

first_img Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag Eric Griffith Image Search is the ability to search on a term and find images related to what you typed. Most search engines offer it, and it’s great. But what if you have an image and want to know its origin? Or find similar photos? That’s called a reverse image search.Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon () and either paste in the URL for an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive or drag an image from another window.Reverse image search on mobileBut what about when you’re on a mobile device and want to do a reverse-image lookup? There are options.With GoogleGoogle built a reverse-image search function into phones and tablets, albeit on a very limited basis.First, you cannot do a traditional reverse-image search with the standard Google app or via images.google.com on mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. The camera icon won’t show up in the search bar (pictured), so there is no way to upload an image for a reverse search on mobile.But the Chrome browser app for iOS and Android does support a reverse-image search workaround. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears; pick “Search Google For This Image” at the bottom. Note: This will NOT work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can also select Open Image. Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com, and paste in the URL — but that’s adding extra steps.With either method, the results of a reverse-image search then appear, with lots of options to narrow your query, such as finding animated GIFs, clip-art equivalents or looking by the color scheme used in the original image.With BingThat other big search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also does reverse image searches. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click it on the desktop, it asks for an image URL, or for you to upload a picture, just like Google does on the desktop.When you click it on any mobile browser, it will tell you to “Snap or upload a pic to search for similar images,” alongside a warning that Microsoft may use your pics to improve its services.This is where things differ from Google — because Bing supports reverse image search of your personal images directly. When you tap that camera icon, you get the option to take a photo, upload from your camera roll or upload from a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Pick one and it uploads and shows results.Oddly, on Safari for iOS, this doesn’t work in landscape mode. Or, if you search in portrait and then turn it to landscape to look at your results, they disappear. Just a bug to be aware of as you reverse search.Sadly, the Bing app (iOS and Android), even on its Image tab, doesn’t facilitate any kind of reverse image search whatsoever.Reverse search your images on mobileIf you have images on your mobile device that you want to reverse search — say, you want to identify a plant or a breed of dog you took a snapshot of on your phone — what do you do?The obvious workaround is upload the image to the internet in some way, find the image while using Chrome on your smartphone, and perform the steps above to reverse search. But that’s a lot of hassle.Instead, go to CTRLQ.org. It will also come up on top of a Google search for “reverse image search,” thankfully, possibly because it uses Google for search results.Click Upload Image and you’ll get the choice to not only upload pics in your Photo Library, but also to take a new picture, or upload from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other service you have running that stores images on your smartphone.Once uploaded, you need to click Show Matches (or upload another image).Finally, you’ll have results from Google to match, as best it can, the image you uploaded from your iPhone or Android-based smartphone of choice.Apps for reverse image searchIf you prefer apps over the browser, go direct to a reverse image search tool that you can keep on your smartphone at all times.Veracity (Free for iOS)Grabbing images from the Photo Library or storage options is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it’s been changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $2.99 in-app purchase.Search by image (Free for Android)You can manipulate an image all you want before uploading via this app to get results from Google, Tineye and Yandex (the latter two being more third-party search services, rated among the best for reverse image search with Google and Bing).Reversee(Free for iOS)This app sends your pics directly into the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for $3.99 and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.Search by image extension($0.99 for iOS)This one isn’t an app you go into, but rather an app that adds an extension to other apps. It will put one of those extension buttons inside Photos and Facebook and other apps, so along with Copy or Send to iCloud, you’ll have an option to Search Image. Results appear in your mobile browser, and come from Google, Tineye and Yandex. Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop, but what about when you’re on a mobile device? Google, Bing, and others have options. Smartphones 5 min read Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img Add to Queue July 20, 2017 60shares Writer Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Clothing Company Named Steve Jobs Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal

first_img December 29, 2017 Clothing Company Named ‘Steve Jobs’ Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal Battle Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read –sharescenter_img Senior Editor Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PCMag Apple isn’t having a very good final week of 2017. Already being forced to admit older iPhones were being purposefully slowed down, followed by an apology and cheap battery replacement offer, now Apple has lost a multi-year Steve Jobs branding legal battle.As The Verge reports, it started back in 2012 when Italian brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato realized Apple hadn’t trademarked the name Steve Jobs, so they did instead. It became their company name with the logo based on the Apple logo by adding a bite mark to the “J” in Steve Jobs. Clothing and accessories were then offered under the brand.As you’d expect, Apple wasn’t pleased with the name of its co-founder being used by someone else, so the brothers were hit with a lawsuit. Apple focused on the logo, but because the letter “j” isn’t seen as an edible item, the bite mark in it wasn’t viewed by the courts as copying Apple’s own logo.Apple lost the fight and the brothers get to keep their trademark and can continue to use the name. However, it’s going to become even more frustrating for Apple as the Steve Jobs brand isn’t going to remain limited to clothing and accessories. Vincenzo and Giacomo are planning to expand the business to offer electronics goods, so we will eventually see gadgets sporting the Steve Jobs name.We could end up seeing a Steve Jobs smartphone and tablet, and most likely they would run Android. If they launch a laptop, Windows 10 and not macOS would be used. But if they did choose to offer such devices, Apple would have a fresh case against them. Apple The Italian company can continue to use the Apple founder’s name and Apple’s logo and plans to start offering electronic devices under the brand. Add to Queuelast_img read more

New sensing tool could aid in early detection of Dengue virus

first_img Source:https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/new-technology-could-detect-dengue-fever-earlier/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 12 2019Dr Paulo Rocha from the University of Bath’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is developing a low-cost integrative sensing tool for early detection of Dengue virus, using a novel platform containing electrical sensors to investigate the behavior of human cells infected with Dengue virus.When someone is infected by the Dengue virus it produces proteins, particularly ‘non-structural protein 1’ (NS1) which is secreted from infected cells. Using a three centimeter squared platform, the Bath-based research team will observe the electrical behavior of human cells in vitro infected by different concentrations of NS1.A better understanding of the electrical behavior of these cells, the researchers believe, will help create a more accurate and sensitive way of detecting the presence of Dengue virus.Related StoriesThe return of the measles: are we going backward?Puzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCExperts find previously unknown bacterial strain of the genus LeptospiraIn the future, it is hoped this research will lead to the development of a low cost, disposable, real-time wearable system for detecting Dengue fever as well as Zika virus and Yellow Fever virus, both of which belong to the same Flaviviridae family. This will be of particular benefit to communities in developing countries where access to healthcare may be limited and Dengue fever is particularly prevalent.Dengue fever is an incurable mosquito-borne tropical disease initiated by the Dengue virus. It is spread by mosquitos mostly in tropical and subtropical areas of the world with symptoms ranging from fever and muscle/joint pains to life-threatening Dengue hemorrhagic fever. Each year it is estimated 390 million dengue infections occur around the world. Of these, 500,000 cases develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever which results in up to 25,000 deaths annually worldwide.A method that doctors currently adopt to test for Dengue fever is by examining the presence of NS1 in a patient’s bloodstream through a simple blood test. However, many people who are infected by Dengue virus may not be diagnosed due to the concentration of NS1 being so low and therefore not detected. This prevents correct diagnosis and the early intervention of drugs to counteract and reduce the effects of the virus.Lead researcher and Assistant Professor in the University of Bath’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Dr Paulo Rocha, said: “If we can detect Dengue fever earlier on, we can ultimately efficiently treat a person’s symptoms and prevent the virus from developing into a more serious infection.”By determining if there is a correlation with a cell’s electrical signal and the presence – no matter how little the concentration – of NS1, we can identify if someone is infected with Dengue virus earlier.”last_img read more

Study provides insights on liver injury in men taking body building supplements

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of signs and symptoms that were often prolonged, difficult to treat, and accompanied by disability and weight loss.All participants in the study, who were enrolled in the National Institute of Health-supported Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, had jaundice (a yellowing of the eyes and skin) and most had generalized itching leading to hospitalization in 71 percent of patients, although none died or needed a liver transplant.Investigators commonly found that the ingested products often contained illicit anabolic steroids not accurately listed on the label.”Anabolic steroids should only be used under the strict supervision of a physician,” said lead author Dr. Andrew Stolz, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. “Patients need to inform their care providers if they are taking any form of nutritional supplement and should be especially leery of bodybuilding supplements, which may contain illicit or USA Drug Enforcement Administration controlled anabolic steroids.”​Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/alimentary-pharmacology-therapeutics/new-insights-liver-injury-men-taking-body-buildinlast_img read more

Food allergy caused by absence of beneficial bacteria in the gut

first_imgBut the study, conducted primarily in mice, also points the way toward treatments that may protect children from developing food allergies — and reverse the disease in people who already have it. The loss of these bacteria acts as a switch that makes children susceptible to food allergy.”Talal Chatila, MD, director of the Food Allergy Program at Boston Children’s and a senior author on the paper The study, which also tested human gut bacteria, was carried out by Azza Abdel-Gadir, PhD, a former postdoc, and Emmanuel Stephen-Victor, PhD, a current postdoc in Chatila’s lab, both first co-authors on the paper, in collaboration with first co-author Georg Gerber, MD, PhD, and senior co-author Lynn Bry, MD, PhD, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.For reasons that remain a mystery, the number of Americans who suffer from food allergy has risen sharply over the last decade to as many 32 million, according to one recent estimate. Nearly 8 percent of children in the U.S. — about two in every classroom — are affected.One hypothesis is that certain Western lifestyle factors — an increase in births by Caesarean section, a decline in breastfeeding, increased use of antibiotics and smaller family sizes, for example — is disrupting the normal microbial balance in the gut, depriving babies of the “good” bacteria that prepare the immune system to recognize food as harmless.Rachid began testing this hypothesis by studying gut bacteria in babies with and without food allergies. Her team collected stool samples from 56 food-allergic patients and 98 matched controls. Gerber and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed those samples for changes in bacterial content. The work revealed that the bacteria in the feces of babies with food allergies were different from those of controls. But did those bacterial differences play a role in their food allergies?To find out, the team transplanted fecal bacteria from the babies into a special strain of allergy-prone mice. They fed the mice small doses of chicken egg protein to sensitize their immune systems to this allergen, then challenged the mice with a large dose.The results: Mice that had been given fecal bacteria from food-allergic babies went into the life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. “The fecal bacteria from food-allergic subjects did not protect against food allergy, whereas the bacteria from control subjects did,” Chatila says.To find out which bacteria might be offering that protection, the team turned to Bry at Brigham and Women’s. Bry provided a mix of six bacterial species from the order Clostridiales, which previous studies had suggested might protect against food allergy. When these bacteria were given to the mice, the animals were protected from food allergy to chicken egg protein, whereas mice given other common bacteria were not. “If you give them the right bacteria, the Clostridia, they’re completely resistant to food allergy,” Chatila says.Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsA bacterium may limit cardiovascular risks of 1 in 2 people, study showsCurved shape of bacteria can make it easier to find foodBry then provided a second mix of unrelated bacteria from the order Bacteroidales. It too was protective. And finally, when the team treated mice that already had food allergy with the Clostridiales or Bacteroidales mixes, they found those therapies completely suppressed the animals’ allergic reactions.Chatila believes the study proves that the loss of protective gut bacteria is a critical factor in food allergy. “At the very least it is a fundamental mechanism. And more likely, in my mind, it is the fundamental mechanism on which other things can be layered,” he says.While previous studies have suggested that certain bacteria can protect against food allergies, Chatila and his colleagues go a step further, describing the specific immunological pathway by which the bacteria act in mice. It begins with a protein, known as MyD88, that serves as a “microbial sensor” in the immune system’s regulatory T cells.”You need the bacteria to give particular signals that are picked up by nascent regulatory T cells in the gut,” Chatila explains. Those signals trigger a chain reaction that changes the gut regulatory T cells into a specific type, known as ROR-gamma regulatory T cells, that protect against food allergies. As a result of this work, Chatila says, “we now have a fundamental concept of how food allergy happens” — a theory he hopes other scientists will now test.Chatila and Rachid believe their findings will eventually lead to new treatments that prevent the development of food allergies in newborns at risk. The treatments might take the form of probiotics — mixes of beneficial bacteria — or drugs that prime the immune system in the same way.And for the millions who already suffer from food allergies, the same treatments may be able to reverse their disease. “Remember,” Chatila says, “in adult mice that had become food-allergic, we could suppress their disease by introducing the good bacteria, which means to us there is the potential to treat somebody with established food allergy and reset their immune system in favor of tolerance.”Ultimately, Chatila cautions, the promising results in mice will have to be duplicated in humans. But that may happen soon. Rachid is already conducting a first-of-its-kind clinical trial at Boston Children’s to test the safety and efficacy of fecal transplants in adults with peanut allergy. And Chatila notes that several companies are already preparing bacterial mixes for clinical trials. “If the race continues with the same intensity, or accelerates, I think you’ll see a product on the market within five years,” he predicts. Source:Boston Children’s Hospital We’re hoping this will lead to a treatment for food allergy, not just a preventative approach.”Co-senior author Rima Rachid, MD, assistant director of the Food Allergy Program in Boston Children’s Division of Immunology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 25 2019A study by scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published today in Nature Medicine, makes a strong case that the national epidemic of food allergy is caused by the absence of certain beneficial bacteria in the human gut.last_img read more

Risk of stillbirth increases by continuing pregnancy to 41 weeks gestation

first_imgMore than 3,000 babies are stillborn every year in the UK – a third of these are term babies (37 weeks or beyond) who were considered to be ‘healthy’ prior to their death. Prolonged pregnancy is a known risk factor for stillbirth and women are routinely offered induction of labor after 41 weeks’ gestation. This recommendation is based on evidence of increased stillbirth risk beyond 41 weeks. However, one in three women with a stillbirth at term loses her baby before this period. The magnitude of this risk is not routinely communicated due to a previous lack of robust evidence.Related StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyMaternal obesity may negatively affect children’s lung developmentThe researchers have now analyzed data from 13 separate studies in the UK, US, Denmark and Norway, which included 15,124,027 pregnancies, 17,830 stillbirths and 2,348 newborn deaths.Despite the stillbirth risk figures, delivery before 41 weeks did not increase the risk of newborn death (defined as a death during the first 28 days of life) – the risk was unchanged for births between 38 and 41 weeks of gestation. The risk increased by 87 per cent for deliveries at 42 weeks’ gestation compared to 41 weeks.Professor Thangaratinam added: “This is the largest study of its kind, and finally provides precise estimates of potential risks of stillbirth. Now that we understand the extent to which stillbirth risks increase with each week of pregnancy, we should be incorporating this information in all discussions around delivery plans in pregnant women at term.”We were surprised to see how much poorer pregnancy outcomes were for Black women – they were up to twice more likely to experience stillbirth than White women. Healthcare professionals need to take these added risks into account when developing care plans for these women.”Limitations of the study include variations in the definitions of low risk pregnancy, the wide time-span of the studies, loss of data due to exclusion of studies that did not provide stillbirth estimates in weekly intervals, and potential confounders affecting the outcome. Source:Queen Mary University Of LondonJournal reference:Muglu, J. et al. (2019) Risks of stillbirth and neonatal death with advancing gestation at term: A systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies of 15 million pregnancies. PLOS Medicine. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002838 . While there is an additional risk of stillbirth at 41 weeks, compared to 40 weeks, it is small. Women who prefer not to have medical interventions such as induction of labor may therefore acknowledge this small additional risk, and choose to wait until 41 weeks so that they have more time to go into labor naturally. Meanwhile, other women may prefer to have discussions with their healthcare providers on induction after 40 weeks. So this is all about helping women make informed decisions on timing of delivery.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 3 2019With every week that a pregnancy continues past term (37 weeks), the risk of stillbirth increases, according to an analysis of more than 15 million pregnancies led by Queen Mary University of London.The results, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, also included a small but significantly increased risk of stillbirth in mothers who continued their pregnancy to 41 weeks’ gestation (when women are routinely offered induction of labor), compared to those who delivered at 40 weeks.The researchers say that women who are 41 weeks pregnant should not be alarmed, as the risk is low – equivalent to one additional stillbirth for every 1,449 pregnancies, compared to delivering at 40 weeks.Compared to White women, Black women at term were also found to be 1.5 to 2 times more likely to suffer stillbirth at all gestational ages.Lead Researcher Professor Shakila Thangaratinam from Queen Mary University of London:last_img read more

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

first_img 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. Some lawmakers say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen here at an April congressional hearing on personal data protection, should return to explain its deal allowing smartphone makers to access user information Facebook says Chinese phone makers got access to data (Update) “With over 184 million daily Facebook users in US & Canada, the potential impact on our privacy & national security is huge.”‘Approved experiences’ Facebook, which has been blocked in China since 2009, also had data-access deals with Chinese companies Lenovo, OPPO and TCL, according to the company, which had similar arrangements with dozens of other devices makers. Huawei, which has claimed national security fears are unfounded, said in an emailed statement its access was the same as other device makers.”Like all leading smartphone providers, Huawei worked with Facebook to make Facebook’s service more convenient for users. Huawei has never collected or stored any Facebook user data.”The revelations come weeks after Zuckerberg was grilled in Congress about the hijacking of personal data on some 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy working on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Facebook said its contracts with phone makers placed tight limits on what could be done with data, and “approved experiences” were reviewed by engineers and managers before being deployed, according to the social network.Any data obtained by Huawei “was stored on the device, not on Huawei’s servers,” according to Facebook mobile partnerships chief Francisco Varela.Facebook said it does not know of any privacy abuse by cellphone makers who years ago were able to gain access to personal data on users and their friends.It has argued the data-sharing with smartphone makers was different from the leak of data to Cambridge Analytica, which obtained private user data from a personality quiz designed by an academic researcher who violated Facebook’s rules.Facebook is winding up the interface arrangements with device makers as the company’s smartphone apps now dominate the service. The integration partnership with Huawei will terminate by the end of this week, according to the social network.The news comes following US sanctions on another Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE—which was not on the Facebook list—for violating export restrictions to Iran.The ZTE sanctions limiting access to US components could bankrupt the manufacturer, but Trump has said he is willing to help rescue the firm, despite objections from US lawmakers. © 2018 AFP The world’s largest social network confirmed late Tuesday that China-based Huawei—which has been banned by the US military and a lightning rod for cyberespionage concerns—was among device makers authorized to see user data.Facebook has claimed the agreements with some 60 device makers dating from a decade ago were designed to help the social media giant get more services into the mobile ecosystem.Nonetheless, lawmakers expressed outrage that Chinese firms were given access to user data at a time when officials were trying to block their access to the US market over national security concerns.Senator Ed Markey said Facebook’s chief executive has some more explaining to do following these revelations.”Mark Zuckerberg needs to return to Congress and testify why @facebook shared Americans’ private information with questionable Chinese companies,” the Massachusetts Democrat said on Twitter.”Our privacy and national security cannot be the cost of doing business.”Other lawmakers zeroed in on the concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government, even though the company has denied the allegations.”This could be a very big problem,” tweeted Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican.”If @Facebook granted Huawei special access to social data of Americans this might as well have given it directly to the government of #China.”Representative Debbie Dingell called the latest news on Huawei “outrageous” and urged a new congressional probe.”Why does Huawei, a company that our intelligence community said is a national security threat, have access to our personal information?” said Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, on Twitter. Huawei has been a lightning rod in Washington for concerns on national security but denies any links to the Chinese government Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data. Explore further Citation: Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-facebook-chinese-firm-ire-lawmakers.htmllast_img read more

Recycling of photovoltaic waste boosts circular economy

first_img Citation: Recycling of photovoltaic waste boosts circular economy (2018, October 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-recycling-photovoltaic-boosts-circular-economy.html 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. Credit: ABC Photo, Shutterstock According to the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, 85 percent of PV waste must be recovered and 80 percent recycled and reused, by 2018. The Horizon2020 CABRISS project helped to transform the legal obligations under the WEEE directive into new business opportunities by pioneering a circular economy based on recycled, reused and recovered indium (In), Si and silver (Ag) materials for PV and other applications. Supported by SPIRE (Sustainable process industry through resource and energy efficiency), the consortium comprised 11 companies and 5 research institutes from 9 EU countries working in a public-private partnership. According to project coordinator David Pelletier: “CABRISS focuses mainly on a photovoltaic production value chain, thus demonstrating the cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis with closed-loop processes.” Industrial symbiosis describes a network of diverse organisations for fostering eco-innovation, long-term culture change, and improving business and technical processes. CABRISS developed this process by providing raw materials as feed stocks for other industries.Valuable materials from PV wasteResearchers used three different sources of PV waste in the project. The first involved a novel technique for delaminating and recovering all high-value materials like Ag, In, Si and high-purity glass from PV end-of-life thin film and Si-based PV modules. The second comprised solid waste from PV production, consisting of a mixture of broken Si wafers and cells. The final source is dry Si powder PV production waste, known as kerf, recovered from material lost during the cutting process. Project partners used laser technology to open the thin-film photovoltaic modules without damage, resulting in higher value for the recycled glass. “For Si-based PV modules, an innovative and water-based technology was developed which, unlike conventional shredding technologies, does not break glass resulting in the collection of all materials in Si PV modules,” says Pelletier.Economically efficient and environmentally friendlyThis approach paved the way for high-value, high-yield recycling of PV modules (thin-film and silicon) with economically efficient recovery of all reusable materials. “The result is WEEE-compliant recycling of PV wastes, increasing yield and quality of recovered materials, including silicon, indium, silver, and high-quality undamaged glass,” Pelletier explains.Furthermore, researchers tested innovative cost-effective methods for the extraction and the recovery of Ag and Si. They also demonstrated the possibility of purifying the recovered Si from broken wafers and cells to solar-grade (5N-grade) by pyro- and hydro- metallurgical processes for direct reuse in the PV industry. “Refining of silicon kerf has already led to metallurgical silicon grades of 3N to 4N,” claims Pelletier. CABRISS benefits society by avoiding the environmental impact of landfilling PV waste and the high energy invested in producing virgin Si that has not been used before in manufacturing. It also reduces the environmental impact of the recycling process itself by optimising recycling procedures according to results of the life cycle analysis. “In addition, reports on good practices of waste traceability between PV manufacturers/ PV recyclers will help to improve recyclability opportunities and collection efficiency,” Pelletier points out. An EU-funded initiative has developed methods for recovering valuable materials from photovoltaic (PV) waste such as silicon (Si) for re-use in the industry.center_img How to improve recovery of electrical and electronic equipment waste Provided by CORDIS Explore furtherlast_img read more

Agricultural university to hold Krishi Mela in Dharwad from Sept 2225

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS September 06, 2018 Published on Karnataka agricultural research and technology SHARE The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, plans to hold its annual four-day Krishi Mela from September 22-25. UAS has planned to organise Krishimela-2018 under the theme ‘Consume Millets-Conserve Health’ in collaboration with the Karnataka State Department of Agriculture and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) at the main campus in Dharwad.“This year UAS is expecting more than 10 lakh farmers, farm women, extension workers and rural youth to take part from Karnataka and neighbouring states,” said R R Patil, Director of Extension, UAS-Dharwad.The mega event will provide a platform to showcase and educate stakeholders on the agriculture and allied technologies released by the university and private enterprises. In addition, a millets corner, sale of seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, biofertilisers and biopesticides will be undertaken.During the mela, UAS is to hold a demonstration of farm mechanisation activities by the manufacturers of agriculture implements. “During Krishi Mela, the university would organise bus arrangements within the campus for farmers to visit various crop demonstrations,” said Patil. COMMENTlast_img read more

Karnataka Speaker trying to prop Kumaraswamys minority govt Rebel MLAs to SC

first_imgNEW DELHI: The 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs told the Supreme Court Tuesday that Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is trying to “prop” the H D Kumaraswamy-led government which has lost the majority and his non-acceptance of their resignations is a violation of fundamental right. They told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is their fundamental right to resign from the membership of the Assembly and the Speaker cannot “frustrate” it by not accepting the resignations. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for these MLAs, argued that once resignation is tendered, “notwithstanding the pendency of disqualification proceeding, has to be decided in its own course and the parameter for this is to see whether its voluntary or under coercion”. “When an MLA says that he wants to resign voluntarily, there is no rule not to accept it. It cannot be mixed up with the disqualification process. If an MLA says he will resign, nobody can compel him to discharge his duty as a member of the Assembly,” he told the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The bench, after hearing the submissions of the counsels representing the MLAs, the Speaker and the Chief Minister, said it would pronounce order Wednesday on the pleas filed by the 15 lawmakers seeking a direction for the Speaker to accept the resignations. Rohatgi said the speaker, by not accepting their resignations, is forcing them to vote in a particular manner during the scheduled trust vote on July 18. “This (resignation) is my right. He (Speaker) cannot force me (MLAs). He is infringing upon my fundamental right to resign and do whatever I want to do,” he told the bench. He argued that the Kumaraswamy-led government “is in minority” and idea behind keeping the resignations pending is to make them vote during the confidence motion. “What will happen if you (MLAs) resign?,” the bench asked Rohatgi. He said that if the resignations are accepted, the MLAs can join other party and may “become a minister tomorrow and then get elected to the Assembly within six months”. He said the Speaker has to only ascertain whether the resignation is voluntary and “nobody has put a gun on the temple (of an MLA) to resign”. Rohatgi said if the Speaker is not accepting the resignations, he is compelling these MLAs to do something against their wishes. “The rule says that decide the resignation now. By not deciding it and keeping it pending, he (Speaker) cannot be said to be neutral and is partisan,” he said. He said there may be several reasons for an MLA to resign from the membership of the Assembly. Referring to the unprecedented midnight hearing in the apex court last year, Rohatgi said that the court had directed the protem Speaker of Karnataka Assembly to conduct a floor test. He said the bench should ask the Speaker to decide on resignations of these MLAs during the day itself and he can later decide the issue of disqualification. He said there is vote of confidence in Assembly on July 18 and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow the whip despite resigning. The bench asked Rohatgi if there was any constitutional obligation on the Speaker to decide disqualification which was initiated after the resignation. Rohatgi responded that the rules say to ‘decide now’ on resignation. “How can the speaker keep it pending?,” he asked. Disqualification proceeding is like a “mini-trial” under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, Rohatgi said, adding that resignation is different and its acceptance is based on single criterion — is it voluntary or not. There is nothing to show the rebel MLAs conspired with BJP, the senior advocate said, adding that the disqualification proceeding was nothing but to scuttle resignation of MLAs. He also told the court that the disqualification proceedings were initiated for not being “a disciplined soldier of the party and for not attending meetings outside the Assembly”. The bench further asked if all the disqualification pleas are on same grounds, to which Rohatgi replied “more or less same”. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. Summing up the arguments, Rohatgi asked the bench to continue with its interim order directing Speaker to maintain status quo on the issue of resignations and disqualification of the MLAs. The counsel for the rebel MLAs also asked the bench that if the House assembles for business, the 15 rebel MLAs be exempted from appearing on the basis of the whip of the ruling coalition. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Exclusive Indias ruling party to revive plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir

first_img World 24 Jun 2019 Kashmir separatists ready for talks, Indian government says Related News Nearly 7 million people live in the Kashmir Valley, 97% of them Muslim, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and armed police deployed to quell an uprising against New Delhi’s rule. About 50,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the last three decades, according to official figures.Madhav said that a previous BJP-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir state had considered building either separate or mixed resettlement townships, but had been unable to make headway. “No consensus could be built around any one view,” he said.The construction of segregated enclaves has little or no support from the region’s local political parties, Muslim leadership and groups representing the Hindus who fled.India’s federal home ministry, which would be involved in any such building activity in the Kashmir Valley, did not respond to a request for comment.A blueprint unveiled by the state government in 2015 had proposed self-contained, heavily guarded colonies for returning Pandits, complete with schools, shopping malls, hospitals and playgrounds. Separatist groups in the region had opposed the project, with some likening it to Israeli settlements within Palestinian territories.The plan eventually stalled, particularly after the BJP’s alliance with a major regional party collapsed in June 2018, leading to the state coming under New Delhi’s direct rule. New state elections are likely before the end of the year.AFTER STATE POLLThe BJP is confident that it will win the upcoming state poll, Madhav said, adding that the resettlement plan would be back in play.”I am sure when we come back to power, we will again take it up and try and see if a solution can be found,” he said.Unlike the last time, the BJP isn’t looking to come to power through alliances, Madhav said, freeing itself of major regional parties that represent the region’s Muslims.The issue of Hindu resettlement in Kashmir has long been on the agenda of the BJP, but appears to have received fresh impetus after the party’s second successive general election victory in May.The BJP won 303 out of 542 seats on offer, handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi another five-year term in the Hindu majority nation.After living side-by-side with Kashmiri Muslims for centuries, Pandits fled for safety after a sharp rise in killings and attacks by Muslim militants when the insurgency flared in 1989.One of the largest migrations since India’s independence from Britain in 1947, many Pandits settled in refugee camps around Jammu. Only around 800 Pandit families now remain in the Kashmir Valley, according to some estimates.CAGED ZONEBut there is widespread opposition to any push for separate townships for returning Hindus in the Kashmir Valley, ranging from separatists to Kashmiri Pandit leaders.Sanjay Tickoo, a Pandit community leader who has continued to live in Kashmir, said the idea of building exclusive settlements with enhanced security was an unrealistic solution that would invite a backlash. “Is it possible to live in a caged manner, in a caged zone, with security?” he said. “I have to move out of that township, I have to work, I have to earn. I cannot get everything in that township.”The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the unified separatist movement in Kashmir, met some Kashmiri Pandits last month and found that there was a consensus against separate settlements, its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.”If you put them in separate colonies, in settlements and under barbed wire, that kills the whole purpose of trying to build, again, a community, which is based on mutual trust and respect,” Farooq, also considered the region’s spiritual leader by many Kashmiri Muslims, said in an interview in Srinagar.Leaders from the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, the two main regional parties in Kashmir, said they supported the return of Hindus but were opposed to separate townships. (Additional reporting by Fayaz Bukhari in SRINAGAR; Editing by Martin Howell and Raju Gopalakrishnan) World 13 Jun 2019 Militants kill five Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir attack Related Newscenter_img World 08 Jul 2019 Rights violations in contested Kashmir continue unchecked, U.N. report says {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) – India’s ruling party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a senior leader said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.Ram Madhav, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary responsible for Kashmir, said his Hindu nationalist party was committed to helping bring back some of the estimated 200,000-300,000 Hindus who fled the Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of an armed revolt that began in 1989.The scenic mountain region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, and territory in the west that is controlled by Pakistan. The rival nations both claim the region in full.”Their fundamental rights of returning to the valley have to be respected. At the same time, we have to provide them proper security,” Madhav said in an interview, referring to the Kashmiri Hindus, also known as Pandits.last_img read more

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first_img Related News Iskandar, who is featuring in the Games for the first time, said he was warming up for his event on Wednesday when he learnt that his name was not in the start list.“I was shocked and sad as I was looking forward to competing in the Games. I approached team manager Malik Tobias and asked him on why my name was not listed and he had no answer.“My three other teammates were also baffled when they found out their names were not in the list. All Malik told us was not to make any comments,” said Iskandar, who is pursuing a sports science degree at Universiti Malaya.Iskandar, who holds the national record of 5.31m, said that the incident was a setback ahead of his preparation for the SEA Games in Manila, Philippines, from Nov 30-Dec 11.“I was hoping to qualify for the SEA Games at the University Games. Now, I’ve one more tournament left and I’ll focus on qualifying at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil (from Aug 16-18),” said Iskandar, who will return home on July 16.The athletes for the World University Games are selected by a joint committee consisting of Masum, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) and the National Sports Council (NSC). Malik, a two-time SEA Games gold medallist in 1999 and 2003 and who still holds the national decathlon record, is a sports officer at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Associate professor Dr Rushdan Mohd Jailani, who is the head of the Malaysian contingent for the Games, said a report has been made on the incident and it would be sent to the special officer of the Education Minister.“We’ve submitted a report. We will update,” he replied via WhatsApp. KUALA LUMPUR: Keep it on the hush!This was the reply given by team manager Malik Tobias when national pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi asked him why his name was not in the start list for the World University Games in Naples, Italy.Iskandar and three other national track and field athletes – woman triple jumper R. Kirthana and 200m sprinters Russel Nasir Taib and Muhd Aqil Yasmin were barred from competing in their respective events on Wednesday because Malik, the Combined University Sports Council (Masum) official, did not confirm their entries 24 hours before their events.When pointed out about the blunder, Malik told the athletes not to make any comments. Athletics 10 May 2019 Prabudass hopes Japan trip will pay off as he eyes spot for SEA Games Pole Vault Athletics 26 Apr 2019 MAF’s athletes more like at sea than ready for SEA Games Related News Athletics 30 May 2019 It has got triply tough for Kirthana to earn her SEA Games ticket {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: In shock: Malaysian pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi was warming up for his event in the University Games in Naples on Wednesday when he was told his name was not on the start list.last_img read more

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