Joining forces to make a difference

first_imgJoining forces to make a difference Photo courtesy of Cindy TafoyaMembers of the self-proclaimed Let’s Clean Holbrook Squad did just that on Oct. 21 as they tackled The Plainsman building on West Hopi Drive. The group cleared out weeds, removed debris and washed graffiti from windows, making a tremendous difference along one of Holbrook’s main thoroughfares. Those who took time out of their weekend to serve their community included (left to right) Sonya Brinkerhoff, Katrina Jaime, Johnny Jaime, Ray Bazan, Cindy Tafoya, John Jimenez, Sandy King, Theresa Tafoya holding Elijah Jaime, Tany Tafoya, Levi Tafoya, Tamara Bazan, Mayor Bobby Tyler, (not pictured) Pete Tafoya, John Truscott and Doris Gerwitz. Even the little ones helped out, including (in the wheelbarrow) Remy Tafoya, Hayden Tafoya and Adriel Jaime. RelatedSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adcenter_img November 1, 2017last_img read more

Winslow to move forward with public transit plan

first_imgWinslow to move forward with public transit plan December 21, 2017 By L. Parsons The Winslow City Council voted to approve the hiring of a yet to be named transit manager, a generic overview of which transit plan to adopt and the matching $100,000 for theSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img

Real danger to Kashmir is not from Pakistan but from Kashmiri leaders

first_img Shiv Sena, Shiv Sena Saamana, Saamana, Saamana editorial, Saamana editorial Kashmir, Shiv Sena Kashmir, Kashmir Article 370, Article 370 Shiv Sena Mumbai, Mumbai news It criticised Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti for their stand against the abrogation of Article 370. (File)The Shiv Sena on Thursday said that the real danger to Kashmir is not from Pakistan but from Kashmiri leaders who, it said, are the enemies of Kashmiri people. Party mouthpiece Saamana said that the main issue in Kashmir is not the Assembly polls but the abrogation of Article 370. Related News In an editorial in Saamana, it said that the Jammu and Kashmir issue is not in Pakistan but in our country. Justifying the extension of Presidential Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, it said, “The environment in the Valley will be made normal. The main issue in Kashmir is not the polls but the abrogation of Article 370.”It criticised Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti for their stand against the abrogation of Article 370.“The people who are saying — Keep Kashmir independent without following Indian laws and Constitution, we have nothing to do with Kashmir and if you don’t pamper us, we are ready to sit on the lap of Pakistan — need to understand that the government is led by PM Narendra Modi in Delhi. The days of buying peace in Kashmir has gone,” said the editorial. 1 Comment(s) Pachora ready for Aaditya Thackeray’s maiden rally in Jalgaon Maharashtra: Shiv Sena to protest non-payment of farmers’ claims by insurance companies Advertising Shiv Sena’s protest against insurance firms ‘nautanki’: Congress’ Vijay Wadettiwar By Express News Service |Mumbai | Updated: July 5, 2019 9:15:48 am Advertising The Sena said that development works worth crores have been taking place in Jammu and Kashmir under Modi and the previous governments as well. “To generate employment, the industries need to come and tourism business should be run smoothly. To increase the trade and industry in Kashmir, the laws need to be changed and Article 370 needs to be abrogated,” the editorial said.The Sena further said that leaders like Dr Farooq Abdullah have become a burden for the country and Mehbooba Mufti’s hatred against India keeps coming out.“She made a controversial statement on the Indian cricket team’s defeat against England due to the saffron jersey. Her pain is that Pakistan went out of the World Cup due to India’s defeat… Such leaders are the enemies of the Kashmiri people. The real danger to Kashmir is not from Pakistan but from such leaders. Modi has crushed the hood of the Pakistani snake and it is now time to break these scorpions,” it said.last_img read more

Former head of climate change panel to stand trial for harassment

first_img Email Gurinder Osan/AP Photo By Sanjay KumarSep. 18, 2018 , 10:40 AM A court in New Delhi on Friday ordered Rajendra Pachauri, former head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to stand trial on criminal charges alleging that he sexually harassed a former colleague.The woman filed a police complaint against Pachauri, 78, in February 2015, and he stepped down from IPCC that month. Women’s rights and legal activists have since charged that authorities have been slow to act on that allegation and complaints that Pachauri harassed other women.Pachauri, who denies the allegations, faces up to 3 years in prison if convicted. Former head of climate change panel to stand trial for harassment Rajendra Pachauricenter_img 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 Zimbabwe Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The woman who filed the 2015 complaint alleged that after she began to work at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2013, an environmental think tank in New Delhi where Pachauri was director general, he made “constant requests to have a romantic and physical relationship” with her and kissed and grabbed her inappropriately. When she refused his advances, she says, he threatened to retaliate by not giving her work or transferring her. As a result, she quit in November 2015.She gave police thousands of text messages and emails allegedly involving Pachauri. In March 2016, police filed a 1467-page charge sheet against him. That same month, TERI decided not to renew Pachauri’s employment.“The case is absolutely concocted, baseless, without any material, and has been filed to defame Dr. Pachauri,” his lawyer, Ashish Dixit, told ScienceInsider. What’s more, Pachauri filed a pending defamation lawsuit against another woman, who alleged in 2016 that he sexually harassed her a decade earlier while she was working at TERI. That woman also said she resigned because of the harassment.last_img read more

Strong quake causes panic in eastern Indonesia tsunami warning lifted

first_img Advertising Undersea quake south of Indonesia’s Bali causes brief panic By AP |Jakarta | Updated: July 8, 2019 7:34:45 am indonesia earthquake, Indonesia quake, Indonesia tsunami, earthquake in indonesia, indonesia tsunami warning, tsunami warning in indonesia, indonesia earthquake tsunami warning, world news, Indian Express The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado in the Molucca Sea at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).A strong subsea earthquake late Sunday night caused panic in parts of eastern Indonesian and triggered a tsunami warning that was later lifted. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. Face of Indonesia disaster relief efforts dies at 49 The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado in the Molucca Sea at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).The national disaster agency said the tsunami warning that was in place for North Sulawesi and North Maluku was canceled just after midnight, about two hours after the quake hit.It said it was still gathering information but was hampered by loss of communications with disaster officials in North Maluku. Related News Advertising A hospital in Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, was damaged and patients evacuated, according to a local disaster official.The quake caused panic in the city of Ternate in the Maluku island chain, where people ran to higher ground, a witness told The Associated Press.The disaster agency said residents in Manado ran out of their homes in panic. It said residents in North Sulawesi and North Maluku should return to their homes.Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. Indonesian woman jailed for reporting sexual harassment to seek amnesty Post Comment(s)last_img read more

Yes to yoghurt and cheese New improved Mediterranean diet

first_imgImage Credit: Rimma Bondarenko / Shutterstock Dec 11 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Thousands of Australians can take heart as new research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia, affecting 4.2 million Australians and killing one Australian every 12 minutes. Low-fat diets are often recommended as suitable food plans for those seeking to reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) has been shown to deliver significant health benefits.In this UniSA study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers compared the health benefits of a MedDiet supplemented with two to three serves of dairy each day, and a generic low-fat diet.The results show that the dairy-supplemented MedDiet (MedDairy) significantly improved blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, mood and cognitive function.PhD candidate Alexandra Wade says the new MedDairy diet challenges popular perceptions of what is considered healthy.“The MedDiet is fast earning a reputation as the world’s healthiest diet and is renowned for delivering improved cardiovascular and cognitive health,” Wade says.“But it’s also higher in fat, which can be a deterrent for people seeking to adopt a healthier eating plan, especially if they don’t realise the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats.“In Australia, low-fat diets are often recommended for improving heart health and they are still perceived as being healthy.“This study shows that the new MedDairy works better than a generic low-fat diet, ensuring better health outcomes for people at risk of cardiovascular disease.”Related StoriesScientists examine hormonal links between diet and obesityLow-carb diet may reverse metabolic syndrome independent of weight lossDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesImportantly, the MedDairy diet also meets additional calcium requirements recommended by Australia’s national health bodies.A typical MedDiet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate consumption of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods. It also includes 1-2 servings of dairy foods (700-820mg calcium), which is less than half the dairy recommended by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for older Australians.“Living in Australia, we have different dietary requirements, notably a need for more calcium to protect against osteoporosis,” Wade says.“These needs are unmet in the traditional MedDiet, which makes it difficult for people to adopt in the long term.“This study delivers healthier options for Australians by tailoring the nutrients in the MedDiet to meet the needs of a non-Mediterranean population.“In Australia, women up to age 50 years – and men up to age 70 years – should consume 1000mg per day of calcium per day and 1300mg thereafter, which is roughly between 3.5 and 4.5 serves a day.“The new MedDairy diet allows for three to four servings with dairy, which means Australians can more sustainably meet their recommended daily nutrient intakes while also maintaining the significant health benefits offered through the MedDiet.“When it comes down to it, people want to be able to enjoy a colourful, tasty and nutritious diet. And if you’re one of the thousands of people seeking to improve your cardiovascular and cognitive health – look no further than the MedDairy diet.”Notes Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,477 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2017. CVD kills one Australian every 12 minutes. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018, Causes of Death 2017, ABS cat. no. 3303.0, September. Cardiovascular disease affects one in six Australians or 4.2 million people. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016, National Health Survey: First results, 2014-15, ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, March. Data customised using TableBuilder. Source: https://www.unisa.edu.aulast_img read more

Researchers identify cause of inherited metabolic disorder

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 16 2019A new study from BC Children’s Hospital, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an international team of researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first to identify a rarely-seen type of DNA mutation as the cause of an inherited metabolic disorder.Inherited metabolic disorders — where the body can’t break down specific nutrients from food leading to a range of serious health problems — are often caused by a defective gene.In this important study, researchers found an unusual genetic mutation behind three children’s undiagnosed, degenerative conditions: a repeat expansion of DNA. In this specific mutation, the gene appears undamaged but does not function because the DNA adjacent to it has extended several hundred times its normal length.”To detect this kind of DNA multiplication, you can only use whole genome sequencing and have to search through billions of pieces of DNA; it’s truly a search for the needle in the haystack,” said lead author Dr. Clara van Karnebeek. “With our new approach we have finally solved our mystery cases, and we now expect to find the genetic cause of other, as of yet unexplained, genetic metabolic diseases.”To date, DNA repeat expansions have been linked to approximately 30 different diseases.”For kids with rare diseases and their families, finding the root causes of their disorders is tremendously important,” said Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, a co-author of the study. “A diagnosis gives us the potential to intervene, relieves undeserved parental guilt, and provides insights into more common diseases.”For a child with an unexplained medical condition, a diagnosis lays the groundwork for further research that could lead to new interventions such as gene therapy aimed at “turning on” the impaired gene, dietary modification or supplements that provide the nutrients the body is missing. Effective treatment can slow or stop damaging symptoms, improving the quality of life of children with rare disorders and their families.In this study, initial work by van Karnebeek and her research team narrowed the search for the genetic causes of this rare disorder to key areas of the genome. However, after further investigations using exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing, the international research team couldn’t pinpoint the error in the DNA.Related StoriesMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsFungal infection study identifies specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong peopleResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeIt’s here that researchers at BC Children’s took a novel approach. Through in-depth, manual analysis and the use of emerging bioinformatics tools and techniques study co-authors Dr. Britt Drögemöller and Phillip Richmond discovered and confirmed that the gene responsible for the disorder was intact but a repeat expansion error prevented it from functioning.”In our search, we focused on variations that would have been hard to discover through exome sequencing” said Drögemöller. “After months of experimenting with various different analyses, we finally uncovered this novel genetic variant by using new targeted approaches aimed at identifying DNA repeat expansions.””These findings were made possible by a multidisciplinary approach and advances in technology, techniques and software,” said Richmond. “It wouldn’t have been possible as recently as two years ago and, most importantly, it shows us what to look for in other undiagnosed cases.”The gene identified as the cause of this particular disorder is an enzyme that enables the body to turn an amino acid called glutamine into glutamate. More work is needed to determine how exactly this genetic error leads to disease, but it’s likely that either a build-up of glutamine or the lack of glutamate caused the children’s serious developmental delays and disabilities including difficulty with language, speech, balance and coordination.Through collaborations with sequencing consortiums around the world, researchers were able to confirm that this particular repeat expansion was found in only 1 in 8,000 people, establishing the mutation as very rare.Over one million Canadians suffer from a rare disease and in over 50 per cent of these cases, the underlying genetic cause of the illness remains unknown.”We can do better for children with rare diseases. For the 50 per cent who can’t find answers, this discovery and new approach will help us dig in and potentially find the causes of their disease,” said Richmond. Source:https://www.ubc.ca/last_img read more

How Obamacare Medicare and Medicare for All muddy the campaign trail

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 13 2019The health care debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All”? Or will they take up the push to protect the Affordable Care Act?Obamacare advocates have found a powerful ally in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in a recent “60 Minutes” appearance said that concentrating on the health law is preferable to Medicare for All. She argued that since the ACA’s “benefits are better” than those of the existing Medicare program, implementing Medicare for All would mean changing major provisions of current Medicare, which covers people 65 and up as well as those with disabilities.This talking point — one Pelosi has used before — seems tailor-made for the party’s establishment. It’s politically palatable among moderates who believe that defending the ACA’s popular provisions, such as protecting coverage for those with preexisting conditions, fueled the Democrats’ House takeover in 2018.Progressive Democrats argue that the time has come to advance a far more disruptive policy, one that guarantees health care to all Americans. Those dynamics were on full display on Capitol Hill, as recently as an April 30 Medicare for All hearing.But this binary view — Medicare (and, for argument’s sake, Medicare for All) versus Obamacare — oversimplifies the issues and distracts from the policy proposals.”It’s sort of a silly argument,” said Robert Berenson, a health policy analyst at the Urban Institute, of Pelosi’s talking point. “She’s trying to argue the Affordable Care Act needs to be defended, and Medicare for All is a diversion.”As the debate continues, one point should be clear: Medicare for All would not look like the ACA or like Medicare today. Instead, it — or any other single-payer system — would drastically change how Americans get health care.Analyzing Medicare Isn’t That Helpful In Understanding ‘Medicare For All’ Proposals.Medicare for All is complicated, analysts noted, and the phrase is often deployed to mean different things, depending on who is speaking.What’s clear is that the “Medicare” described in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) legislation — the flagship Medicare for All proposal — would create a health program far more generous than traditional Medicare’s current benefit, or even the vast majority of health plans made available through the ACA.Sanders relied heavily on this concept during his 2016 Democratic presidential primary run and recently introduced an updated version in the Senate.To be fair, though, Sanders also sometimes blurs the lines between the programs. In a May 5 appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” he used existing Medicare as part of his sales pitch: “Medicare right now is the most popular health insurance program in the country,” he said. “But it only applies to people 65 years of age or older. All that I want to do is expand Medicare over a four-year period to cover every man, woman and child in this country.”As counterintuitive as it sounds, understanding Medicare as it works today isn’t helpful in envisioning a Medicare for All plan. Unlike with existing Medicare, the proposed health plan would cover things like nursing home care, vision care and dental services. It would get rid of cost sharing — meaning no premiums, deductibles or copays. (Sanders has acknowledged that financing the program would mean raising taxes.)”It’s not Medicare. It’s something different,” said Ellen Meara, a health economist at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.But voters may not grasp the differences between the existing Medicare program for seniors and the hypothetical one being discussed. Pelosi’s comments may add to that confusion. Pelosi’s office did not respond to a request for comment.Prioritizing efforts to bolster the ACA based on Medicare’s current benefit package “is convenient and not necessarily compelling,” Berenson said, adding: “No one is proposing the Medicare benefit package would be taken and applied nationally.”Related StoriesMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsMedicare system aimed at improving care, lowering costs may not be having as much impact as thoughtThat said, many of the presidential candidates have advanced far less sweeping health care options that would lower the Medicare age to 55 or allow people to buy in to the current Medicare program — an approach often referred to as a “public option.” Those would keep the program essentially structured as it is today.The Democratic Health Care Debate Is More Complicated Than These Familiar Words Suggest. Every analyst interviewed for this story floated some kind of concern regarding a Medicare for All system. There’s the issue of how people would respond to losing the option of private insurance — a likely consequence of Sanders’ proposal — and the question of what level of tax hikes would be necessary to finance such a system, particularly if it covers a big-ticket item such as long-term care. There are also concerns about the financial impact for hospitals, often large employers in a community, or for the private insurance industry jobs that would likely disappear.Focusing on current Medicare benefits misses the point, suggested Sherry Glied, a health economist and dean at New York University. When debating the merits of the ACA versus Medicare for All, Medicare’s current generosity is kind of a red herring, she said.Plus, making Obamacare or Medicare for All an either-or debate ignores a sizable political bloc: Democrats who say they support the ACA and see single-payer as a next step. That tension is at play with presidential candidates like Kamala Harris, who frame Medicare for All as an ultimate goal, while also backing incremental reforms.Comparing Medicare To Obamacare Is Difficult Since Each Offers Different Benefits To Different People. The problem is that both Medicare and Obamacare are vast programs. Depending on your income, health needs and the version you sign up for, either one could prove the better choice.”It’s impossible to say the ACA as a concept has more or less generous benefits,” Berenson said.Broadly, the ACA has protections in place that traditional Medicare doesn’t. It caps how much patients pay out-of-pocket, and it has more generous coverage of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. But, in practice, those benefits have proved elusive for many since Medicare generally has a more robust network of participating physicians than many of the ACA’s cheaper plans, which restrict patients to a narrower coverage network.Also, most beneficiaries don’t solely have traditional Medicare.About a third use Medicare Advantage, in which private insurance companies construct Medicare plans with benefits and protections based on factors like company, tier and geography. They, too, are often restricted to narrower networks.More than 1 in 5 traditional Medicare beneficiaries also receive Medicaid coverage, according to figures kept by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and about a third of them buy so-called Medigap plans, which are sold by private insurance and are meant to supplement gaps in coverage.The ACA also encompasses an array of coverage options. Which plans are available in an area and whether earnings qualify a consumer for a government subsidy— a tax break meant to make an ACA plan more affordable — make a significant difference in evaluating whether Medicare or an ACA plan offers better benefits for a particular person or family.Suggesting that one is clearly better than the other, Meara said, is a “gross oversimplification.”But that kind of oversimplification may be hard to avoid, especially in a primary season where health care is a top issue.”The Affordable Care Act is also not one thing, the way Medicare is not one thing,” said Katherine Baicker, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. “So much of health care is more complicated than we can explain in a sound bite.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Pliable microbatteries for wearables

first_img Flexible batteries a highlight for smart dental aids In its development of batteries for wearables, Fraunhofer IZM combines new approaches and years of experience with a customer-tailored development process: “We work with companies to develop the right battery for them,” explains the graduate electrical engineer. The team consults closely with customers to draw up the energy requirements. They carefully adapt parameters such as shape, size, voltage, capacity and power and combined them to form a power supply concept. The team also carries out customer-specific tests.Smart plaster to measure sweatIn 2018, the institute began work on a new wearable technology, the smart plaster. Together with Swiss sensor manufacturer Xsensio, this EU-sponsored project aims to develop a plaster that can directly measure and analyze the patient’s sweat. This can then be used to draw conclusions about the patient’s general state of health. In any case, having a convenient, real-time analysis tool is the ideal way to better track and monitor healing processes. Fraunhofer IZM is responsible for developing the design concept and energy supply system for the sweat measurement sensors. The plan is to integrate sensors that are extremely flat, light and flexible. This will require the development of various new concepts. One idea, for instance, would be an encapsulation system made out of aluminum composite foil. The researchers also need to ensure they select materials that are inexpensive and easy to dispose of. After all, a plaster is a disposable product. Fabrication of micro batteries with side-by side electrodes on silicon wafer. Credit: Fraunhofer IZM Explore further Success through segmentationRobert Hahn, a researcher in Fraunhofer IZM’s department for RF & Smart Sensor Systems, explains why segmentation is the recipe for success: “If you make a battery extremely pliable, it will have very poor energy density – so it’s much better to adopt a segmented approach.”Instead of making the batteries extremely pliable at the cost of energy density and reliability, the institute turned its focus to designing very small and powerful batteries and optimized mounting technology. The batteries are pliable in between segments. In other words, the smart band is flexible while retaining a lot more power than other smart wristbands available on the market. Citation: Pliable micro-batteries for wearables (2018, October 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-pliable-micro-batteries-wearables.html In medicine, wearables are used to collect data without disturbing patients as they go about their daily business – to record long-term ECGs, for instance. Since the sensors are light, flexible and concealed in clothing, this is a convenient way to monitor a patient’s heartbeat. The technology also has more everyday applications – fitness bands, for instance, that measure joggers’ pulses while out running. There is huge growth potential in the wearables sector, which is expected to reach a market value of 72 billion euros by 2020.How to power these smart accessories poses a significant technical challenge. There are the technical considerations – durability and energy density – but also material requirements such as weight, flexibility and size, and these must be successfully combined. This is where Fraunhofer IZM comes in: experts at the institute have developed a prototype for a smart wristband that, quite literally, collects data first hand. The silicone band’s technical piece de resistance is its three gleaming green batteries. Boasting a capacity of 300 milliampere hours, these batteries are what supply the wristband with power. They can store energy of 1.1 watt hours and lose less than three percent of their charging capacity per year. With these parameters the new prototype has a much higher capacity than smart bands available at the market so far, enabling it to supply even demanding portable electronics with energy. The available capacity is actually sufficient to empower a conventional smart watch at no runtime loss. With these sorts of stats, the prototype beats established products such as smart watches, in which the battery is only built into the watch casing and not in the strap. There is a new technology gripping the markets of the future – technology to wear. Wearables, as they are known, are portable systems that contain sensors to collect measurement data from our bodies. Powering these sensors without wires calls for pliable batteries that can adapt to the specific material and deliver the power the system requires. Micro-batteries developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM provide the technical foundation for this new technology trend. Mechanically flexible micro battery stripe made from segmented battery cells. Credit: Fraunhofer IZM Customer-tailored solutions Millimeter-sized lithium-ion batteries with interdigital electrodes. Credit: Fraunhofer IZM, Volker Mai Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 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. 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US launches probe of Frances planned tech giants tax

first_img Citation: US launches probe of France’s planned tech giants tax (2019, July 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-probe-france-tech-giants-tax.html © 2019 AFP The probe into unfair trade practices could pave the way for Washington to impose punitive tariffs—something Trump has done repeatedly since taking office. And it adds yet another bone of contention in the transatlantic trade disputes that now also include trade in steel, aluminum, automobiles, aircraft and agriculture.”The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly targets American companies,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.The proposed three percent tax on total annual revenues of companies providing services to French consumers only applies to the largest tech companies, “where US firms are global leaders,” the trade representative’s office said.Some internet heavyweights have taken advantage of low-tax jurisdictions in places like Ireland while paying next to nothing in other countries where they derive huge profits.The so-called Section 301 investigation is the primary tool the Trump administration has used in the trade war with China to justify tariffs against what the United States says are unfair trade practices.Addressing the conundrumThe US Trade Representative’s office will hold hearings to allow for public comment on the issue over several weeks before issuing a final report with a recommendation on any actions to take.Despite the objections to the French tax proposal, however, the statement said the United States will continue to work with other advanced economies to address the conundrum of how to tax tech companies.The United States is pushing for an overarching agreement on taxation through the Group of 20 economic forum, something supported by Google.The company said last month the change would probably mean Silicon Valley tech giants would pay less in the United States and more in other jurisdictions, in a departure from the longstanding practice of paying most taxes in a company’s home country.Group of 20 finance ministers last month also said they “welcomed” proposed measures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a forum for advanced economies, to revamp international rules on corporate taxation.”We will redouble our efforts for a consensus-based solution with a final report by 2020,” they said in a statement.The Computer & Communications Industry Association on Wednesday applauded the US Trade Representative’s move, saying the French tax would retroactively require US internet giants operating in France to turn over a percentage of their revenues from the beginning of this year and violates international trade commitments.”This is a critical step toward preventing protectionist taxes on global trade,” CCIA official Matt Schruers said in a statement.”CCIA encourages France to lead the effort toward more ambitious global tax reform, instead of the discriminatory national tax measures that harm global trade.” “The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly targets American companies,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement Explore furthercenter_img US President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into France’s planned tax on internet services that will hit American tech giants especially hard, officials said Wednesday. 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. Google endorses ‘international tax deal’ for multinationalslast_img read more

Two St Kilda greats call for the club to go after Luke

first_imgFormer Carlton coach Brett Ratten has been appointed as caretaker, and there is a strong possibility that he will be given the full time job come 2020.However, Thomas, who coached the Saints in 123 games, was adamant that the club should go hard after Beveridge.MORE: Richmond’s Jack Higgins hospitalised for bleeding on the brain”I tell you what, I would take Luke Beveridge (as Saints coach) for a decade,” Thomas told the Herald Sun.”I would do that … 100 per cent. (I’d say) ‘Here is a decade, Bevo, you are a St Kilda person, you understand the club. Your dad, Johnny, knows it back to front. You have grown up with it, you are the man, away you go’.”Then you can make the hard decisions. You are going to have to get rid of some guys, you are going to have to rebuild and maybe trade a few players out.”Just get it right.”If it (a contract extension with the Dogs) is not done, they (St Kilda) should make every post a winner to appoint him.”Beveridge played 45 games with the Saints during his career, and now coaches at the Dogs, where he led them to their 2016 Premiership success.Leigh Montagna, who played under Thomas at St. Kilda, was just as forthright that the club should go after Beveridge.”You’ve got to have a wish list don’t you? You’ve got to start at the top. And the names that we’ve thrown around are (Alastair) Clarkson, (John) Longmire, Ross Lyon. And I just suggested, why not Luke Beveridge?” Montagna said on Fox Sports’ AFL Tonight.”He’s in that basket of being a premiership coach, he’s got a bit of St Kilda blood.” Beveridge has not been offered a contract extension yet, but club president Peter Gordon told the Herald Sun that negotiations had begun.”I know he’s contracted and I’m sure everyone at the Western Bulldogs is happy to have him, but it was just that conversation around that you might as well have your wish list and start at the top and work your way down,” Montagna said.”Luke Beveridge, I rate really highly as a coach and he’s a premiership coach. He’s got the Dogs doing pretty good things lately, but you start at the top and work your way down and you end up getting the best available coach that you can get.” The Saints have begun their hunt for a new head coach following Alan Richardson resigning on Tuesday afternoon.center_img Former St. Kilda player greats Grant Thomas and Leigh Montagna have called for the club to do whatever it can to lure Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge back to Moorabbin.last_img read more

12000 Years Ago a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone

first_img An excavation at the site during 2010. Credit: Lixin Wang The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth Even though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it’s a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said. “It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places,” Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice’s spread, he said. The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, “will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence,” Wang told Live Science. The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said. It’s unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it’s possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations. “Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class,” Wang said. 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Credit: Qian Wang Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic Life Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago — meaning they bound some children’s maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals — making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds. While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls — belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults — that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM). “This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world,” said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. “If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas.” [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65901-china-oldest-skull-shaping.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead. The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

Cong demands JPC probe into retired SC judge Kurian Josephs remark

first_imgAbhishek Singhvi   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics COMMENT The winter session of Parliament is all set to be stormy over retired judge of the Supreme Court Kurian Joseph’s statement that former Chief Justice Dipak Misra was “remote-controlled by an external source”. The Congress has demanded a Parliamentary probe into the affairs of the Supreme Court, particularly on the issues raised by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at a press conference in January this year. The issue is likely to come up in a meeting of all Opposition parties scheduled for December 10.The Congress said the matter should be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. “The Centre, the Prime Minister and the BJP president must tell the people who was remote controlling the Chief Justice,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. “Every citizen has the right to condemn the unconstitutional ways,” he said and added that Justice Joseph’s comments proved the Congress’s stand on the crisis in Supreme Court was correct. The party had initiated an impeachment motion against Mishra, but it was rejected by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. “This also proves that the BJP government does not have any respect for the Constitutional structures of our country,” Singhvi said.“Justice Joseph has in clear and unequivocal terms talked of the arbitrary Bench selection, external influences, by implication remote controls, and political biases injected into the system by the Government of India, by the ruling party,” he alleged.The Congress has been trying to mobilise Opposition parties over the issues in the Supreme Court. The party has also been alleging that the Narendra Modi government is destroying institutions of the country such as the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission.The meeting on December 10 is organised by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A review of the Assembly elections and a discussion on the floor strategy for the winter session is expected to be taken up in the meeting. Similar meeting is likely to take place during the session too, after the announcement of the Assembly election results. COMMENTS December 03, 2018 courts and legal Published on SHARE He said that former CJI Dipak Misra was ‘remote-controlled by an external source’last_img read more

Parag Milk to airlift premium milk brand to DelhiNCR

first_imgLeading private dairy company Parag Milk Foods Ltd expects its farm-to-home brand- Pride of Cows to touch the Rs 200 crore-mark in sales in the next 2-3 years. The company has expanded its distribution to Delhi-NCR.Sold on a subscription-model directly by the company, the premium milk will be airlifted from its dairy farm in Manchar, Pune to cater to the consumers in the Delhi-NCR. So far, the company has been selling the brand to about 34,000 households in Mumbai, Pune and Surat and it has also found traction among celebrities and HNIs.Devendra Shah, Chairman, Parag Milk Foods said, “With the aim to expand the brand’s presence, we have been focusing on increasing the production at our farm. Currently, we have over 3000 Holstien Freisan cows. We believe we have the capacity to cater to 15,000-20,000 households in the Delhi-NCR region in the next one year.”Initially to be made available in South Delhi and Gurgaon region, the company plans to roll out its “by-invitation” subscription model across the Delhi-NCR region in the next few months. “Currently, Pride of Cows is a Rs 80-crore brand. We expect it to grow to about Rs 180- Rs 200 crore in the next 2-3 years,” he said adding that Delhi-NCR is the largest milk market in the country.Priced at Rs 120 per litre in Delhi-NCR, consumers can subscribe to the premium milk on the company’s website or through its app. Shah said, “ In the first six months, we will airlift about 10,000 litres of premium milk from our farm. We only source the milk from our state-of-the-art dairy farm which is equipped with international technology for feeding, milking and processing of fresh milk. We hope to expand this to 20,000 litres in the next six months for the Delhi-NCR region.” To be priced at Rs 120 per litre COMMENT Devendra Shah, Chairman, Parag Milk Foods Ltd. File Photo   –  BusinessLine SHARE SHARE EMAIL Delhi January 17, 2019center_img COMMENTS Published on Parag Milk Foods Ltd SHARE dairy (product)last_img read more

MeToo Court grants bail to Priya Ramani in defamation case by M

first_img#MeToo: Union Minster MJ Akbar sues journalist Court takes cognisance of Akbar’s defamation case against Ramani A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to journalist Priya Ramani, who was summoned as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted the bail on a bond of Rs 10,000.The court had earlier directed Ramani to appear before it after noting that the allegations made against Akbar were “prima facie defamatory” and he denied all the accusations as “false and imaginary”.Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. He has denied the accusations. His name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India last year. Akbar, who resigned from the Union Council of Ministers on October 17, was in Nigeria when his name came up. Multiple women came out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by him when he was a journalist. Published on MJ Akbar (file photo) SHARE COMMENT MJ Akbar wilts in the face of #Metoo crescendo, resignscenter_img COMMENTS February 25, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED crime, law and justice inquirylast_img read more

Priyanka meets Azad offers support to his struggles

first_imgMarch 13, 2019 Priyanka Gandhi Vadra COMMENT COMMENTS Amid reports that Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad will contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Congress general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met him at a Meerut Hospital on Wednesday. Azad was admitted in hospital after the UP Police arrested him allegedly for violating model code of conduct.Talking to reporters after the meeting, Vadra said no political matters were discussed. When asked whether Azad will be a Congress candidate, she said she did not want to politicise the meeting. “A young man is struggling, he is raising his voice and wants society to hear his problems. This government is so audacious that it tries to repress his voice. It doesn’t want to hear the problems of youth. They have not given any jobs to youth. When they raise their voices, they are repressing it,’ she said and added that she came to express solidarity with Azad.The meeting is significant, particularly after the BSP’s decision to not have any truck with the Congress in the upcoming elections. The Congress, on the other hand, is trying to reach out to other Dalit mobilisations such as the Bhim Army. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital, in Meerut   –  PTI Indian National Congress SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE All India Congress Committee (AICC)last_img read more

19 Kudla youths stranded in Kuwait all set to return on Wednesday

first_imgMANGALURU: After months of ordeal, as many as 19 youths from Mangaluru stranded in Kuwait due to a job fraud are all set to return to India, on July 18. Sources in the Indian Embassy in Kuwait told TOI that currently 42 members are awaiting their visa and other cancellations to return home. Among them 19 are from Mangaluru. On Tuesday, visa of 15 Mangalureans was cancelled with temporary exit and rest will be cancelled on Wednesday. Two out of 44 stranded youths in Kuwait, had left for India and reached the country on Sunday. Mohandas Kamath, an expat working in Kuwait, said among 42 youths, 19 are from Mangaluru and rest hail from Andhra Pradesh and other states. All the 19 youths from Mangaluru will start their journey on Wednesday around 8.30pm (Kuwait time) and reach Mumbai early on Thursday. From Mumbai, they will board a bus to reach Mangaluru. “We are making all arrangements for their safe travel without any hassles,” Kamath told TOI. It may be recalled that several youths were trapped in Kuwait for the past seven months due to alleged job fraud by a blacklisted recruitment agency. Their plight was revealed after a video went viral on social media, in which the stranded youths were heard saying they went to Kuwait on employment visa through the city-based placement agency. However, after landing in Kuwait, they realized that they were conned. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Cheng preparing hubby for a comeback

first_img Related News Asean+ 16 May 2019 Sammi Cheng seen in public for first time after Andy Hui was caught kissing Jacqueline Wong Related News Found in Translation Asean+ 19 Apr 2019 Sammi Cheng breaks silence as she forgives husband Andy Hui Compiled by C. ARUNO and CLARISSA CHUNG CANTOPOP queen Sammi Cheng is said to be preparing husband Andy Hui for a comeback this month after his career stalled due to a cheating scandal, China Press reported.Citing a weekly magazine in Hong Kong, it quoted Hui, 52, as saying that Cheng was “no longer angry with me”.Hui was photographed jogging with his good friend Edmund Leung, who is also a singer.center_img Tags / Keywords: Asean+ 01 May 2019 Andy Hui scandal: Does post by Sammi Cheng mean he is no longer in the doghouse? {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} A source close to the couple revealed that Hui, who would be appearing as a special guest in all 13 of Cheng’s concerts beginning yesterday, was also preparing himself for a return to the industry. A few weeks ago, Cheng, 46, uploaded a photo of herself exercising at a gym, which also had Hui’s reflection on a mirror. The same source told the magazine that it was an attempt by Cheng to gauge if fans had actually forgiven Hui. “It is common knowledge that Sammi is really worried about Andy. She wants everyone to accept him. “Such a good wife is hard to find,” the source said.Cheng had made repeated postings on Instagram, stating that she had forgiven her husband, and urged fans to respect her decision.In April, Hui was caught canoodling with 30-year-old actress Jacqueline Wong in the back of a taxi. The footage went viral online, prompting both artistes to make a public apology and take a hiatus from work.> A confused first-time flyer ended up climbing onto a baggage carousel at Turkey’s Ankara Esenboga Airport, thinking that was how she was supposed to board the flight, the same daily reported.CCTV camera footage showed the woman clambering onto the carousel from the check-in counter before losing her balance and falling face down on the machine.Shocked airport staff managed to stop the carousel before the woman was transported into the baggage sorting area.The woman later admitted that it was her first flight and she thought that was how both baggage and passengers were loaded onto the plane.> Oriental Daily reported about consumers complaining that paper straws were a poor substitute for plastic straws, which had been banned by the Selangor government. Consumers complained that paper straws tended to peel off and turn soggy. Since the ban started on July 1, many food and beverage outlets in the state had begun to replace these with paper straws to the disappointment of customers.“In the beginning, there was not much difference between plastic and paper straws. “But after a while, the liquid seeps into the straw and the mouth-feel changes,” said a woman, who only wanted to be known by her surname Xu.Xu added that she preferred to bring along her own metal straw because her drinks tended to end up with bits and pieces of paper in it. In an experiment, the daily obtained paper straws from various eateries and put them in both hot and cold drinks, and found that after 15 minutes, the straws would turn soggy. After 30 minutes, they would start to disintegrate.The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.last_img read more

Quake of magnitude 61 strikes north of Japans Okinawa USGS

first_img Related News SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck north of Japan’s islands of Okinawa on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said. AdChoices广告There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 257 km (160 miles), about 346 km (215 miles) north of Naha, the capital of the prefecture. (Reporting and editing by Clarence Fernandez) World 07 Jul 2019 7.1 magnitude quake strikes in eastern Indonesia, tsunami warning issued World 24 Apr 2019 Magnitude 6.1 quake hits India’s Assam region – USGS World 09 Jul 2019 In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Now Mehul Choksi blames untimely typhoon in Antigua for delayed courier to

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:01 IST Mehul Choksi is wanted for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore. (File)HIGHLIGHTSMehul Choksi says he couldn’t send documents due to untimely typhoon Antigua and BarbudaMehul Choksi said once the situation came under control, he sent the documents through courier on June 24Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi is an accused in PNB fraud caseFugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi, accused in the PNB fraud case, has claimed that he was unable to send documents to his lawyer in Bombay to challenge a court’s January order in the Bombay High Court within the mandated 30 days due to an “untimely typhoon” in Antigua and Barbuda.A special court in Mumbai had in January dismissed applications filed by Mehul Choksi for cross-examination of witnesses in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.After the plea was dismissed, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) looked to declare Choksi a Fugitive Economic Offenders under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act.Mehul Choksi is at present based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua. India has sought his extradition from that country and an Interpol arrest warrant has also been issued against him.In an application filed in the Bombay High Court, Mehul Choksi said he was unable to courier the required legal documents due to typhoon and so wanted to now challenged the order in the high court.”It wasn’t easy for the applicant and his counsel to co-ordinate with each other and take necessary and immediate recourse for filing of the present application. However, the counsel took all possible efforts to co- ordinate with the applicant and get the signed vakalatnamas from Antigua. However, the counsel failed to get vakalatnamas within the limitation period due to untimely typhoon at Antigua which created chaos and also interrupted the courier service,” Mehul Choksi’s application stated.Mehul Choksi added that once the situation in Antigua came under control, he sent the documents through courier service on June 24.Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are the two key accused wanted by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore in collusion with a few employees of the government-run lender.The multi-crore fraud came to light in early 2018. Both Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi had fled the country before that. On July 8 last year, when Mehul Choksi landed in Antigua’s capital St John’s, he used his newly obtained Antiguan passport for the first time and acquired the citizenship.On Thursday, ED attached assets worth Rs 24.77 crore in India and abroad of fugitive diamond jeweller Mehul Choksi, accused in the fraud case.The attached properties include three commercial assets based in Dubai, a Mercedes Benz car and a number of fixed deposits in bank accounts in the country and outside, the agency said. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 24.77 crore, it said.(with inputs from Munish Chandra)READ | ED attaches Dubai properties of Mehul Choksi worth Rs 24.77 croreWATCH | Choksi will soon be extradited to India?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Mehul Choksi Now, Mehul Choksi blames untimely typhoon in Antigua for delayed courier to Bombay lawyerFugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has blamed typhoon in Antigua and Barbuda for being unable to send documents to his Bombay legal team.advertisement Nextlast_img read more