Porn hub visitors dropped during 2018 World Cup

first_imgDid you check porn sites during the World Cup matches? You probably contributed to this data that revealed how traffic soared and dropped in adult video sites when the 2018 World Cup was on.New data shows that traffic to porn hub sites dropped during the 2018 World Cup matches in Russia.Apparently, it dropped even more when fans tuned in to watch the final match that gave France their second World Cup victory. France and Croatia were more pronounced as it dropped to 68 per cent.Traffic in Croatia dipped by 46 per cent while France’s 24 per cent. Throughout the match duration, Croatia’s traffic remained low, declining as much as 68 per cent in the first hour, however, it recovered in the second hour of the match, Daily Mail reports.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…In France, traffic continued to decrease throughout the entire match, suggesting that fans in France remained focused in securing victory while upon the conclusion blowing of the final whistle, traffic recovered quickly in Croatia, soaring at about seven per cent above average traffic but remained low even hours later after the match in France.Around the globe, traffic also reduced by approximately 12 per cent during the matches before it recovered and at about four per cent above average shortly after its conclusion.last_img read more

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Teslas Models S and X wont be seeing big changes anytime soon

first_img Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe Model S looks an awful lot now like it did when it debuted in 2012, but that’s not a bad thing. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Most manufacturers would be freaking out about the future if it had models in its lineup that were mostly the same now as they were when they debuted seven years ago. Not Tesla, though. Despite many minor changes and a few technical updates, the Model S of 2019 is not wildly different from the one that debuted way back in 2012. That has led people to wonder if the Model S and its slightly newer sibling, Model X, will be getting a redo anytime soon.The answer to that, according to the Big T’s CEO Elon Musk, is no. The recent mechanical refresh to S and X that we saw a few months ago is the extent of what we can expect for the future. On the one hand, that sounds crazy, but on the other, it’s not like either model looks especially dated. Now playing: Watch this: There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019 2 Musk’s decision makes sense from a business standpoint, too. Why would a company that is so resource-hungry as it is divert funding and personnel away from new models like Y or the Tesla truck to retool relatively low-volume flagship models?Now, Models S and X will continue to get minor updates, both in hardware and of course through software, but Musk also states that we shouldn’t expect even an interior re-do, despite the move away from the S and X’s more traditional interior layout to the more minimal style used on 3 and Y.In the long-term, it’s not clear how S and X fit into Tesla’s grand plans with all the robotaxis and semi-trucks and God knows what else Elon is cooking up. In the meantime though, they won’t be going anywhere, and if our own Tim Stevens’ recent review of the current Model S is anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing.Tesla didn’t had no further comment beyond Musk’s tweets. Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice More From Roadshow Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags 8:35 30 Photos Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

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Watch Virat Kohli mimics Jasprit Bumrahs action and celebration

first_imgBumrah has been the key to Virat-led Indian team’s successGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesThey say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Certainly when it comes from the leader of your team, it must be considered a great compliment. This is exactly what India’s ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah got from his captain Virat Kohli. The pacer from Gujarat was expected to be one of the stars of this World Cup and help India greatly with his bowling. That is precisely what he did and produced another example of his brilliance.But Bumrah isn’t just great but also very unique. His bowling action is one of a kind and generating high speeds from it, as he usually does, is something that has baffled even the most seasoned critics of the game. It’s an action that no coach would suggest to his pupils and few would be willing to accept but somehow, for Bumrah, it has worked very well.The temptation to copy the action proved too much for Indian captain Kohli and he decided to try his hand at it. ICC’s official Twitter page uploaded a video where the skipper can be seen imitating his main strike bowler’s action during one of India’s pre-game practice sessions. This was probably before the start of play on the reserve day of the semi-final between India and New Zealand.Imitation from the captain is the best form of flattery ?#INDvNZ | #CWC19 | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/XXsbmr19GI— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019Twitter/ICCIn the video, Virat can be seen standing near Bumrah and then imitates his run up – including keeping his head tilted to one side as the bowler does. After he delivers the ball, Kohli takes off on a mock celebration, again mimicking his teammate’s style.Unfortunately for both Kohli and Bumrah, the latter’s action would no longer be seen in the World Cup as India lost their semi-final to New Zealand. However, the brilliance of the fast bowler from Ahmedabad would remain a key ingredient of India’s success for a long time to come. With the Test Championship starting in a few weeks, the importance of Bumrah only increases. Kohli clearly knows the value of his main fast bowler.last_img read more

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UPDATE Authorities Arrest Man Who Escaped from Houston Courtroom

first_imgHarris County District Attorney’s OfficeTerry Dewayne Rodgers.The UT Police at Houston took Terry Dewayne Rodgers into custody around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday after he had escaped from a courtroom in downtown Houston on Monday.UT Police at Houston serves the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. According to a tweet from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, “preliminary indications” are that Rodgers “was seeking medical services at a UT System facility.”Rodgers, who had recently been arrested for possession of the controlled substance ecstasy, escaped Monday from the 351st State District Court, located in downtown Houston.Rodgers had been conditionally free on bond on a charge of Assault of a Family Member. Sharelast_img read more

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The best stories are about people not events

first_imgBefore the moment, King hadn’t even known that his book was in the race. He didn’t know then that his account of four African American men, who were falsely accused of a crime against a white woman in Florida in 1949, would be featured in the top books of 2013. He wouldn’t have imagined that his book would be in line soon to be adapted into a Hollywood film.King received the Pulitzer in the non-fiction category for his book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The book is a well researched history of civil rights case of a former associate justice in the American Supreme court, Thurgood Marshall or as King calls him ‘Mr Civil Rights’, who fought in favour of four African American men, who were accused of raping a white woman. The case led to the Ku Klux Klan waging havoc on the town of Lake County in Florida. Burning African American houses and lynching black men followed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Marshall was even threatened and one of his associates were killed. King’s book brought to light numerous details  of the case with his research on the FBI files and other valuable materials.Gilbert King is a part of a panel discussion in 2015’s Jaipur Literature festival and he was in the national capital one bright Sunday to interact with school students. He talked about his love for writing and photography and why he chooses to write about injustice and his views about other pressing issues in the world. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix On Civil RightsHistory of slavery goes a long way in America and so after Abraham Lincoln the general perception was that the African community was better off now. But there was still segregation and a lot of racism. Around the time of the second world war, suddenly the African American community was deemed ‘equal’ and good enough to be sent to war. They travelled to different parts of the world where they were respected as American soldiers. They fought as equals with passion for their country. So once the war was over, and when they came back to America, they were again pushed back into living in ghettos and as second class citizens. This time they revolted and this resulted into the Klu Klux Klan lynching soldiers and other acts of violence. The county they fought for wasn’t protecting them. There was no society, no police to protect them. And this is when they turned to law. Thurgood Marshall rose as a leader and protector of civil rights then.My book is one of the many cases that remained untold. People didn’t know of all the horrific incidents that took place and writing this book was a matter of conscience for me. It was a crucial case at that time and Marshall rose as a hero. My book is a tribute to a hero.On Racial progress todayThe Internet and camera phones has made it easier to tell stories. For instance something like the Ferguson unrest would not have become this popular had it not been for the Internet, which has brought it to a higher level of consciousness for people. It has  drawn attention.While I was researching for Devil in the Grove, I used to wonder how the world would have reacted if an injustice like this would have been covered on camera. But look at Ferguson case, look at Eric Garner, an African American, who was choked to death by a police officer. A video was recorded and it went viral. But police brutality is somehow justified in our society.Today, we may feel good that we have Barack Obama as the President of the United States but the issue of racial injustice is as crucial as it was then. But having said that, I think the situation has improved a lot. People may point out at the Ferguson incident or the Trevor Martin incident  (17 year old African American who was shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer). To say that the situation is the same is unfair to the leaders who fought for their rights. Back then no one would know about it. Today everyone recognises the issue and that is a victory in itself. You get to the court room today and at least there is a trial.On WritingI was always drawn to underdog stories. I used to read books like the Count of Monte Cristo and I was always interested in crime stories. As a photographer I love the idea of learning new things like a child would see. The enthusiasm came to me as a writer as well to learn and tell stories. Suddenly I was seeing new things, things I had never heard before. My writing is a way to tell people what I am thinking in my head, like a photograph should. As a student I was always distracted. My grades weren’t good and my teachers used to complain that I read other things than the class assigned books. I went about my way and ended up becoming who I am. To aspiring writers I would say, read. And read history. Make yourself comfortable with the structure of a story. Be it writing  a book or just journalism, people want to know the human narrative, the experience. One needs to understand  that the best stories are about people and not about events. They are not about banks, they are about people in the banks.On IndiaMy impression about Indians is that there is a certain joy in people, a certain sensitivity. This is my first trip to India but I have found that people appreciate life in a different way than America. Conversations revolve around families, about reflection on life, simple things unlike the fast paced conversation that I see in America. I think Indians in general and Indian writers observe things in details.I attended the Jaipur literature festival to listen to writers like V S Naipaul. My idea of Indian literature is that it is vast. There are so many Indian books I want to read and there are so many writers who inspired me during the festival. There is so much I take back from here, that a book on India cannot be ruled out.As far as the festival itself is concerned, I believe as writers we are always at our desks. We don’t interact, I don’t teach, so I am always researching and writing and it’s kind of lonely.Such festivals make me meet people I love. People I love reading and for me it’s also about appreciating the fact that ‘Oh my God, I am on the same panel with such renouned writers’.last_img read more

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WB guv convenes allparty meet in wake of postpoll violence

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi has convened a meeting of major political parties on Thursday in view of the ongoing post-poll violence in the state, sources in the Raj Bhavan said. Tripathi has sent a letter to all prominent political parties in Bengal, urging them to attend the all-party meet at 4 pm at Raj Bhavan, they said. Welcoming the move, West Bengal BJP unit president Dilip Ghosh said the state government should have taken the initiative. “We welcome the decision. We have received Tripathi’s letter. We would be attending tomorrow’s meeting,” he told PTI. The Trinamool Congress leadership, however, said it was yet to receive any letter. “Once we receive the letter, we would take a call on it,” said a senior TMC leader.last_img read more

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Rep Eisen announces contact information

first_img15Jan Rep. Eisen announces contact information Categories: Eisen News State Rep. Gary Eisen’s legislative office is open and ready to serve the residents of the 81st District.People can contact Rep. Eisen by calling 517-373-1790 or emailing GaryEisen@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1185 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.“I look forward helping local residents with any concerns or questions they might have regarding state government,” Rep. Eisen said. “I plan to take a common-sense approach to a more effective and efficient government and encourage input from people of the 81st District to achieve those goals.”Nancy Bareham will serve as Rep. Eisen’s legislative director and Jordan Keyser will serve as his legislative aide.Residents can view updates from Rep. Eisen or subscribe to his newsletter by visiting www.RepEisen.com.last_img read more

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Andrés Armas UTECA the body that represents Spani

first_imgAndrés ArmasUTECA, the body that represents Spanish TV commercial terrestrial channels, has called on the next government to limit the amount of advertising on pay TV channels amidst claims that the current rules favour the pay sector.Currently, pay TV channels can air over 12 minutes of advertising per hour, while the free-to-air channels of Atresmedia and Mediaset are restricted.UTECA president Andrés Armas said a change was necessary to ensure competitive equality. The body has called for the government to limit the number of minutes of advertising permitted to channels distributed by operators such as Movistar, Orange and Vodafone.Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC levied a number of sanctions against the commercial channels last year for breaching the advertising limits on their channels.UTECA also rejected calls for the restoration of advertising on public broadcaster RTVE’s channels, arguing that the pubcaster had not taken any measures to restructure its operations and cut costs.Armas has also called on the government to allocate terrestrial spectrum to private broadcasters in a way that does not set limits on the number of channels that can be offered over that spectrum, following the various reversals suffered by terrestrial broadcasters that have had their licences thrown into question by the country’s Supreme Court.UTECA also called for a revision of the law regarding the financing of Spanish audiovisual works by broadcasters, calling for more equal treatment between TV production and support for Spanish cinema.last_img read more

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Amos Genish the Vivendibacked former CEO of Tele

first_imgAmos Genish, the Vivendi-backed former CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM) who was ousted in a dramatic boardroom coup last November, has resigned from the TIM board.Amos GenishGenish, who was removed as CEO after a series of moves engineered by activist investor Elliott Management and its backers, will be replaced as a Vivendi representative on the board by Canal+ France CEO Frank Cadoret.Genish’s departure follows a settlement agreed with TIM whereby the latter will receive a sum of €4.2 million within 30 days, resolving the dispute between him and the company over the circumstances under which his contract was terminated.The latest developments in the TIM boardroom story follow a period when Vivendi was reported to be moving towards some sort of agreement with Elliott and TIM’s other leading shareholder, state fund Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) over the governance of the company.Telecom Italia (TIM) this week revealed that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement with CDP and utility group Enel with a view to starting talks about the possible sale of its fibre network.The discussions will centre around the potential integration of TIM’s fibre network with the Open Fiber infrastructure, owned by CDP and Enel.The sale of TIM’s infrastructure has long been a key goal of activist investor Elliott Management, chiming with the desire of the Italian government for a single fibre network to cover the entire country.last_img read more

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Developing drugs to sell in the US is a complex an

first_imgDeveloping drugs to sell in the US is a complex and costly process. It’s estimated that for every 1,000 compounds discovered in the pre-clinical stage, perhaps only one will make it through the entire FDA approval process to be sold on the market. Navigating this approval process can often take more than a decade; depending upon the source, the average cost of bringing a new prescription drug to market ranges from $1.2 to $1.5 billion. [Ed. Note: This Forbes article claims that the true cost is actually much higher.] But the potential reward from a blockbuster drug can be several billion dollars in sales a year for the remaining life of the patent.Consider that in 2010 alone, the five top-selling biotech drugs on the market (Avastin, Rituxan, Humira, Herceptin, and Lantus) generated revenues of $31.8 billion. These five drugs are all big-pharma products (Roche, Abbott, and Sanofi), but many of the new potential blockbuster drugs are coming out of smaller, more innovative biotech outfits. Obviously, a multibillion-dollar blockbuster drug will affect the value of a small – say $200-million market-cap biotech company – a lot more than it would a $150-billion market-cap big-pharma company like Roche.It’s this potential of uncovering the next blockbuster drug from a relatively small company that makes biotech investing so enticing. But it’s a risky game. Success or failure of your trade can often hinge on one piece of news (at least in the short run). Good news equals big gains, and bad news equals big losses.Companies that aren’t yet selling any products routinely see their stocks swing up 100% or more in a single day on good news from a clinical trial or FDA approval of a drug candidate – or watch them tumble 90% if a drug fails to impress the FDA or results from a trial are anything less than glowing.For instance, on February 22, 2012, an FDA advisory panel voted 20-2 in favor of approval of Vivus’ new obesity drug, Qnexa. The drug still requires approval by the FDA itself (decision date is expected by April 17), which has rejected previous obesity drugs after panel support. But that did not stop shares of Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) from soaring. The stock rose from a close of $10.55 the day before the FDA panel vote to a close of $18.73 the first trading day after the vote (trading was halted on 2/22), a one-day increase of more than 77%. By February 27 (just the third trading day after the FDA panel vote), the stock was trading as high as $25.14, a full 138% above the pre-panel vote close.Vivus is not some lone anomaly, either. Just five days before the news about Qnexa, Corcept Therapeutics (NASDAQ.CORT) announced that the FDA had approved Korlym as a once-daily oral medicine to control hyperglycemia in adult patients with Cushing’s syndrome (a rare and life-threatening endocrine disorder that results from long-term exposure to excess levels of the hormone cortisol); the stock jumped 47% in one trading day, from a close of $3.03 to a close of $4.45 on the news.Then there’s Chelsea Therapeutics (NASDAQ.CHTP). On February 23, 2012, the company announced that the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee (CRDAC) voted 7-4 to recommend approval of Northera for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (a condition which often causes dizziness) in people with central nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s. The stock surged on the news, climbing more than 60% in one trading day.Just to show how extreme it can get, take the example of Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.VNDA). Vanda received FDA approval of its schizophrenia drug Fanapt on May 7, 2009, which resulted in a one-day gain for the stock of over 625%. And just four trading days after that, the stock closed at $12.96, a full 1,100% above its $1.08 close on March 6, 2009.Of course the converse is true as well. When the news is negative, early investors may find themselves holding little more than toilet paper. Take one of the same companies from above, Chelsea Therapeutics, for instance. About two weeks before the stock made a one-day gain of 50%, it suffered a one-day loss of nearly 40% on news from the company that it had received certain briefing documents from the FDA that sparked worries about Northera’s approval chances. The stock fell from a close of $4.99 on February 10, 2012 to a close of $3.11 the next day.And then there’s Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ.OREX). The FDA failed to approve this company’s obesity drug, Contrave, early last year, and the stock fell more than 72% in one day, from a close of $9.09 on January 31, 2011 to a close of $2.50 on February 1.With all this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to post a list of some of the FDA decisions that are coming up in the next few months – in case you are interested in digging into these stocks more and trying to make a play based on upcoming news.[Ed. Note: The following list was checked to ensure accuracy, but it’s possible for the timing on these decisions to change going forward.]Company: MAP Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.MAPP) Drug: Levadex Indication: Orally inhaled drug for the acute treatment of migraine in adults FDA Decision Date: March 26, 2012Company: Affymax (NASDAQ.AFFY) Drug: Peginesatide Indication: Once-monthly injection for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease in adult patients on dialysis FDA Decision Date: March 27, 2012Company: Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) Drug: Qnexa Indication: Extended-release, once-daily capsule for the treatment of obesity FDA Decision Date: April 17, 2012Company: Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) Drug: Avanafil Indication: Orally administered, as-needed pill for the treatment of erectile dysfunction FDA Decision Date: April 29, 2012Company: Protalix BioTherapeutics (NYSE.PLX) Drug: Uplyso Indication: A plant-cell expressed recombinant form of glucocerebrosidase for the treatment of Gaucher disease FDA Decision Date: May 1, 2012Company: Talon Therapeutics (NASDAQ.TLON) Drug: Marqibo Indication: A novel targeted nanoparticle-encapsulated anti-cancer compound currently for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and melanoma FDA Decision Date: May 13, 2012Company: Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.IRWD) & Forest Laboratories (NYSE.FRX) Drug: Linaclotide Indication: A guanylate cyclase type-C agonist for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation FDA Decision Date: June 9, 2012Company: Amarin (NASDAQ.AMRN) Drug: AMR101 Indication: A next-generation omega-3-based triglyceride-lowering therapy FDA Decision Date: July 26, 2012Company: Onyx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.ONXX) Drug: Carfilzomib Indication: A next-generation proteasome inhibitor in development for the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma FDA Decision Date: July 27, 2012While you’re certainly free to throw your hat in the ring and start picking biotech stocks willy-nilly based on what you think a particular news outcome will be, I wouldn’t recommend it. Navigating the universe of biotech is tricky, and even the professionals get creamed.The trick is to put the odds of success in your favor so your wins outnumber your losses. And if you’ll indulge a bit of unapologetic self-promotion, that’s exactly what our team at Casey Extraordinary Technology has done. Sure, we’ve been wrong before. And we’ll be wrong again in the future – but our successes far outnumber our failures. So, if you’re interested in getting to know more about biotech and seeing what companies we like in the space, then sign up for a risk-free trial of Casey Extraordinary Technology. Details here.last_img read more

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In a windowless classroom at the John J Moran med

first_imgIn a windowless classroom at the John J. Moran medium-security prison in Cranston, R.I., three men sit around a table to share how and when they began using opioids.For Josh, now 39, it was when he was just 13 years old. “I got grounded for a week in my house, so I grabbed a bundle of heroin and just sat inside and sniffed it all week.””I started using heroin at 19,” says Ray, now 23. “I was shooting it. It was with a group of friends that I was working with, doing roof work.””At 26 years old, I experimented with heroin,” says Kevin, 50. “I wasn’t the person that I wanted to be. Once I put that in my system, I felt like this is what I’m supposed to do and this is what I’m supposed to feel like.”This group therapy session is part of a $2 million program the Rhode Island Department of Corrections launched in 2016. These men are all serving prison sentences for crimes driven by their drug addiction — including robbery, shoplifting and possession of controlled substances. NPR agreed to only use their first names so they could speak frankly about illegal behavior.They are among the approximately 275 inmates and pretrial detainees getting medication-assisted treatment behind bars.The program is central to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s strategy to reduce opioid overdose deaths in the state. Today, Rhode Island remains the only state to screen every individual who comes into the correctional system for opioid use disorder, and to offer, along with drug counseling, all three types of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat addiction — methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.While prisons have long offered medication-assisted treatment to small subsets of inmates, such as pregnant women, many prisons in the U.S. do not offer it at all, despite the fact that it’s considered by physicians to be the most effective treatment for opioid addiction.The criminal justice reform bill currently before Congress would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons to assess its capacity to provide medication-assisted treatment to inmates who are dependent on opioids, and to draw up plans to expand access to medically aided treatment “where appropriate.” But the bill leaves open who would determine when and where the medication is appropriate.”It’s just ludicrous that we have a whole population of people who are by and large incarcerated because of their disease, and we have an effective medication treatment for the disease and we don’t give it to them,” says Dr. Josiah Rich, director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.Rich was one of the experts tapped by Raimondo to identify where best to direct resources to bring down the state’s overdose deaths. He made the case for a prison program, given the high death rate among people recently incarcerated.”This is a population of the most severely impacted, the most advanced stages of opioid use disorder — the people who have taken the greatest risks and gotten caught up in the system,” Rich says. While in prison, the inmates’ opioid use usually ends, and so does their ability to tolerate high doses of the drugs without overdosing.”Then you get released into a very stressful situation with a lot of triggers, and you typically relapse,” Rich says. “And if you relapse back to the same level you were using, you’re set up for overdose and death.”This is what drove the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to offer medication-assisted treatment not just to people coming into prison, but also to those who began serving their sentences before the program existed. Eight to 12 weeks before their release, inmates with histories of addiction are offered methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to ease their transition back to society, beginning with very low doses.”Even if somebody has not used in many years, they may still have changes in their brain,” says Dr. Jennifer Clarke, the Department of Corrections medical programs director. “The cravings are always going to be there. So, if somebody’s going back to the same old neighborhood, chances are they’re going to be exposed to the same people as when they were using drugs.”So, providing the medication before someone gets out really helps to prevent a relapse,” Clarke says.The possibility of relapse is top of mind for the men in group therapy. They have friends who have overdosed and died after serving time.Kevin has just a few weeks left in his sentence, one of many that he’s served in his adult life. “It feels good, but I’m nervous. I always get nervous,” he says. “As soon as I walk out the gates — my feet, when they hit the pavement outside of here, I have to get busy immediately.””You worry about the drug aspect once you hit the street,” says Josh who has also served multiple sentences for drug-related crimes. “Many times, I’ve gone out of here and overdosed repeatedly. Not on purpose, just accidentally, trying to hide from the pain, hide from myself.”This time, Josh says, the treatment program has given him a way to focus on a different way out.”I still have to fight the other drugs,” he says. “But at least I have something to help with one of the ones that’s brought me closer to death than anything else.”The program inside the prison is run by CODAC, a behavioral healthcare organization that also runs substance abuse treatment programs outside the prison, with locations across Rhode Island. Prisoners who enter the program remain clients when they exit prison, with treatment outside typically paid for by Medicaid. Discharge planners from CODAC help the inmates get organized for that transition.”I already have counseling appointments lined up, doctors appointments lined up,” says Ray, who is scheduled to be released in December. In prison, he’s been taking buprenorphine, which he’ll continue the day he gets out. “I really don’t want to use heroin again.”Early reports from the program are promising. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry last spring, researchers found that overdose deaths among people who had recently been imprisoned dropped sharply in the first six months of 2017 as compared to the same period the year before — nine deaths, compared to 26.Researchers continue to track outcomes and are interviewing inmates and correctional staff to learn more about how well the program is functioning.There have been hurdles to overcome, says Lauranne Howard, substance abuse coordinator for the Department of Corrections, starting with resistance from security staff about the use of buprenorphine in the program. Buprenorphine itself is an opioid, though less potent than street drugs in many of its effects, and sometimes ends up sold or given to people outside its intended use.”The reaction was, why are you going to bring in a medication that we’re working real hard to keep out? And that’s a legitimate concern,” Howard says.In response, the program has made some changes. CODAC’s Leslie Barber, who directs the prison program and runs the group therapy sessions, says they launched the program using buprenorphine pills, which take awhile to dissolve.”We compromised by switching to the films which, although more expensive, dissolve quicker,” she says. CODAC says the buprenorphine pills cost approximately $4 each, while the films cost approximately $8 each.A number of other states have taken notice and sent corrections officials to Rhode Island to learn from their experiences. Clarke points out that Rhode Island has the advantage of being a small state with a combined jail and prison system, so that everyone who is incarcerated comes to the same campus.”Places like Rikers Island [in New York City] have all three types of medication for opiate use disorder, but they can’t start people who might have a prison sentence, because they’re going to be sent to a different facility, and they don’t have the same opportunities to continue treatment that we have,” Clarke says.Patricia Coyne-Fague, acting director of corrections for Rhode Island, recognizes that even with this program, people will stumble and make mistakes — even end up reincarcerated. Still, she defends the $2 million annual expenditure with the argument that the program saves lives.”Sometimes there can be a negative attitude about whose lives we are saving,” she says. “But everybody belongs to somebody. And so, while they may have committed a crime and deserve to be incarcerated, they’re still human beings. And if we can keep people from dying, that’s a good thing.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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How to Watch the Rio 2016 Olympics Online

first_img August 5, 2016 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. Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMag The 2016 Rio Olympics are going to be something to watch, from the unfolding controversies to the uplifting stories of athletes making their way to Brazil.There are 19 days of Olympics viewing, from women’s soccer on Aug. 3, two days before the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony on Aug. 21. Daytime programming will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., primetime 8 p.m. to midnight, late-night from 12:35 a.m. to 1:35 a.m., and replays from 1:35 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Despite the games bringing together competitors from around the world, coverage is not so universal. The International Olympic Committee will not show the games on its YouTube channel until they are over, but there are other options.NBCOlympics.com has live streams, replays, and all sorts of extras, but you have to be a cable TV subscriber to access it all. NBC will again allow viewers to watch 30 minutes of video before signing in, though.Other countries will have coverage that you won’t see on NBC in the US. If you want to watch any of the over 100 broadcasters worldwide, you can use a VPN service, like Hola, but proceed at your own risk.NBC SportsThe NBC Sports app contains coverage from NBC, NBC Sports Network, and the Golf Channel. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows.Telemundo DeportesThe Telemundo Deportes app has Telemundo’s coverage to go. It’s available for iOS and Android.StreamingFor watching the games from the comfort of the couch, you can use a set-top box or gaming console. The NBC Sports app works on Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and Xbox. There is no app for Chromecast, but you can cast your browser to your TV. For PlayStation users, you have to subscribe to PlayStation Vue.SlingIf you’re a Sling Blue customer, then you get live coverage from NBC (if it’s available on Sling in your area) NBCSN, Bravo and USA. As with all Sling services, you can watch on your computer, mobile device, set-top box and gaming console. Image credit: PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Chandra Steele 32shares Next Article Olympics How to Watch the Rio 2016 Olympics Online Senior Features Writer, PCMag Add to Queue 2 min readlast_img read more

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NICE Robotic Process Automation Named a Leader in Everest Groups PEAK Matrix

first_img“Reference clients appreciate NICE for its product vision and flexibility in incorporating client feedback,” states the Everest Group report. “Clients have also indicated high level of satisfaction, particularly for its attended automation capabilities and support in developing automations for complex use cases.”“This is the second year that NICE has achieved a leading position in Everest Group’s RPA Product PEAK Matrix™ assessment,” said Sarah Burnett, Executive Vice President at Everest Group. “Factors that contributed to NICE’s position included good customer feedback, as well as its continued investments in innovation and its products, such as the launch of Automation Finder, enhancements to its Automation Watcher and Shape Analysis, and capabilities for both attended and unattended RPA.”Marketing Technology News: DTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilities“Our leadership positioning in this year’s report is yet another validation of the strength of the NICE RPA offering,” said Barry Cooper, President, NICE Enterprise Group. “It highlights both our ground-breaking innovation in Robotics as well as our success in delivering business value to our customers. We look forward to continue leading the market with our strategic vision.”Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ assessments provide the analysis and insights that enterprises need to make critical selection decisions about global services providers, locations, and products & solutions within various market segments. Product, service and solution providers look to the PEAK Matrix to gauge and calibrate their offerings against others in the industry or market. Leading organizations around the globe trust these comparative assessments because of their unbiased evaluation of factors such as vision, capabilities/functionality, talent availability, market success/impact, and cost.Marketing Technology News: Speedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services NICE Robotic Process Automation Named a Leader in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix for Second Consecutive Year Business WireJuly 16, 2019, 7:15 pmJuly 16, 2019 NICE scores high on both ‘Vision and Capability’ and ‘Market Impact’ axes in leading analyst’s RPA Technology Vendor Assessment 2019 report NICE announced that its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) offering has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix, part of their RPA Technology Vendor Assessment 2019 report. The NICE solution was selected based on ”the assessment of the market impact and overall vision & capability of technology vendors.”The versatile and scalable NICE Robotic Automation solution uniquely and seamlessly combines both desktop (attended) and robotic (unattended) automations in real time. This optimizes the collaboration between human employees and robots and contributes towards authentic digital transformation within organizations. NICE’s experience of over 17 years, combined with the successful implementation of complex projects with over 25,000 robots in a single enterprise, have driven expertise in true digital transformation initiatives NICE RPA’s desktop automation solution, NEVA (NICE Employee Virtual Attendant), allows employees to automate routine activities and guides them through complex manual processes when they need it. NEVA sets up every employee for success, helping to improve engagement as well as customer experience. Barry CooperMarketing Technology NewsNewsNICEPEAK MatrixRPASarah Burnett Previous ArticleStreaming Wars; Lion King beats Rise of Skywalker Ahead of Disney+ launchNext ArticleCredorax Partners With Cisco To Boost Payments Gateway To The Next Level Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Marketlast_img read more

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Antiparasite drug may improve longterm prognosis of Chagas patients

first_imgNov 2 2018Benznidazole associated with lower mortality rates and better clinical outcomes when administered in early stages of diseaseResearchers have found that the anti-parasite drug benznidazole may improve the long-term prognoses of patients with chronic Chagas disease, according to a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Clareci Silva Cardoso at the Federal University of São João del-Rei, Divinópolis, Brazil, and colleagues from the SaMi-Trop study, a project funded by NIAID/NIH. Related StoriesCancer mortality at an all time low finds reportAlmost 3 million deaths linked to low fruit and vegetable intake, warns studyReplacing a small amount of red meat with healthier foods may improve life expectancyCaused by exposure to the protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi, Chagas disease is a leading cause of cardiopathy and death in Latin America. An estimated 5.7 million people in Latin America are infected with Chagas, yet few treatments exists, and among known treatment options, specific therapeutic benefits are not well understood. Researchers in Brazil observed 1,813 patients who had tested positive for T. cruzi infection for two years, comparing clinical outcomes of those who had previously received benznidazole treatments with those who had not taken benznidazole.The authors found that Chagas patients treated with benznidazole while still in the early stages of disease, had improved clinical and parasitological outcomes after a two-year follow-up period. Compared to the untreated group, researchers observed lowered mortality rates, lower parasite counts, and a lower risk of Chagas-related heart disease.This is one of the most comprehensive studies of this kind demonstrating a marked clinical benefit from benznidazole. According to the authors, further research is necessary to learn more about the appropriate dose and duration of treatment. However, despite the study’s limitations, the researchers recommend using benznidazole to treat early-stage Chagas disease. “Because there are millions of untreated ChD patients in the world and no new treatments are available for the foreseeable future, it is reasonable to consider treating all Chagas disease patients without advanced cardiopathy with benznidazole, especially those who are less than 50 years of age.” Source:https://www.plos.orgcenter_img Unilateral painless periorbital swelling: “Romaña’s Sign,” associated with acute stage of Chagas disease. Credit: Schmunis, CDC, 2007 (Public Domain)last_img read more

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Common medications to treat heartburn linked to increased risks for kidney failure

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 19 2019Common medications prescribed to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers are linked to increased risks for kidney failure and chronic kidney disease, found a recent University at Buffalo study.Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid, increases the risk of chronic kidney disease by 20 percent and raises the risk of kidney failure by four times. Risks were highest among people at least 65 years old.The research, published in February in Pharmacotherapy, is one of the first large, long-term studies to examine the effects of PPIs on kidney function. Researchers examined the health data of more than 190,000 patients over a 15-year period.Related StoriesChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patients”This study adds to a growing list of concerning side effects and adverse outcomes associated with PPIs,” says David Jacobs, PharmD, PhD, lead investigator and assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.”Given the increasing global use of PPIs, the relationship between PPIs and renal disease could pose a substantial disease and financial burden to the health care system and public health.”PPIs are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S., with an estimated 113 million prescriptions filled in 2008, costing patients nearly $14 billion, says Jacobs.Due to acid reflux and related conditions only requiring short-term treatment with PPIs, he adds, up to 70 percent of patients overuse these medications without benefit and are subjected to unnecessary adverse effects.The prevalence of PPI use in the U.S. could have a devastating effect on public health. Because these drugs are still considered safe, education and deprescribing initiatives are needed to raise awareness among health care providers, says Jacobs. Deprescribing may involve reducing dosage or stopping usage.Data for the investigation was gathered from medical insurance and prescription claims from a Western New York insurer. Researchers examined medical history from 1993-2008 of adult patients with no history of kidney disease.Kidney health was compared between patients who underwent PPI therapy and those who were unexposed. Examined PPIs included esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole (commonly known by brand names as Vimovo, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix and Aciphex, respectively). Source:buffalo.edu/news/releases/2019/03/0220.htmllast_img read more

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US military investing 2 bn in next generation artificial intelligence

first_img Explore further 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. The Pentagon’s research wing said Friday it was investing $2 billion to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence with “human-like communication” skills. A military robot deployed with NATO troops in Latvia is inspected by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in July 2018. Citation: US military investing $2 bn in ‘next generation’ artificial intelligence (2018, September 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-military-investing-bn-artificial-intelligence.htmlcenter_img The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, will use the money to fund around 20 existing projects over the next five years and launch new ones over the next 12 months seeking a higher level of machine learning, the agency’s director Steven Walker told reporters near Washington.”We are making multiple research investments aimed at transforming computers from specialized tools to partners in problem-solving,” said Walker, referring to the new generation of machines as “AI Next.””We want to explore how machines can acquire human-like communication and reasoning capabilities, with the ability to recognize new situations and environments and adapt to them,” he said in a statement.The current generation of smart machines and robots cannot be easily updated when new technology appears, and researchers want them to learn to update themselves, he said.The new smart machines will be designed to help speed up security clearance vetting or accelerated accreditation of software systems, the agency said. Most of DARPA’s research, which is entirely funded by the Pentagon, is focused on technologies that can be used in combat, such as drones that are becoming ever more autonomous.Another use could be DARPA’s Blackjack project, which aims to develop a constellation of low-orbit satellites that will communicate with one another and can continuously cover military operations.”We will be looking at, under that program, to help satellites be able to communicate and develop a corporate behavior,” Walker said. AI has already been weaponised – and it shows why we should ban ‘killer robots’ © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

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HDK government completes a tumultuous 100 days

first_imgSHARE September 04, 2018 Karnataka Published on COMMENT COMMENTScenter_img Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy   –  Department of Information politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL The announcement of a 34,000-crore loan waiver for farmers, a poll promise of the JD(S) and the Congress, was perhaps the highlight of the 100-day HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka.The measure was announced during the government’s first Budget in July, weeks after the government was formed in May. That aside, the Kumaraswamy government has been battling one crisis after another. The first among them was the separate statehood demand for North Karnataka, a controversy that could have been avoided had the Chief Minister been more prudent with his speech. Instead of an immediate apology, which could have doused the fire, the JD(S) was seen explaining itself, and the Congress was left squirming.The Cabinet expansion exercise also invited bad press, as certain key leaders from North Karnataka were left out. There were revolts, and agitations by supporters which kept tugging at the tenuous link between the JD(S) and the Congress.Much like Congress chief ministers before him, Kumaraswamy, too, had to rush to the Grand Old Party’s high-command in Delhi before each major decision was taken. While this might appear comical, it shows that the formation of the coalition government, with a JD(S) leader at the helm, came with several riders. Kumaraswamy also acknowledged it at a public event to felicitate him on his appointment as Chief Minister. “While you may be happy thinking your brother has become the Chief Minister, let me tell you that I’m not. I’m swallowing my pain, which is nothing more than poison, without sharing it. I’m not happy with the situation.”Kumaraswamy’s predecessor, Congress leader Siddaramaraiah, wasn’t keeping to himself either. He kept writing several letters to the government seeking reversal of certain budgetary provisions.While the results of the urban local bodies show the popularity of the Congress-JD(S) formation is intact, it will in no way influence the results of the Lok Sabha elections next year, as the equations played out there will be quite different.Kumaraswamy has had his ups and downs so far, but the voters will be watching how he negotiates the period leading up to the general elections.His loan waiver announcement has been met with much scepticism. The numbers don’t really add up. The fiscal deficit has only increased. During the Siddaramaiah government’s tenure, the fiscal deficit was 2.6 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). As per the latest estimate, and after the loan waiver, it could go up to 2.9 per cent; in value terms, it will be about ₹40,750 crore, an increase of ₹7,250 crore from the previous estimate of ₹33,500 crore. As the State is bound by the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2002, the fiscal target has to be under 3 per cent of the GSDP. The government has been prudent enough to spread the loan waiver over the next four years as the revenue surplus has to be maintained at 1 per cent of the GSDP. Cutbacks on the anvilHowever, the fiscal deficit is almost certain to breach the 3 per cent mark in the next few years because the government has to begin investing more on welfare measures over the next few years if it wants to remain popular.The government hopes to make up for the deficit through hikes in excise duties on liquor and fuel, and through cutbacks on several other welfare measures. It has reduced expenditure on animal husbandry, medium irrigation projects, fisheries, storage and warehouse. There has been a decreased allocation of at least 61 per cent in medium irrigation projects, something which should be a cause for concern as these investments will have to return at some point in time. “By doing these things, you are increasing long-term risks. The money has to come from somewhere,” says Kshitija Joshi, an economist at the National Institute of Advanced Studies.When the coalition partners chose Kumaraswamy to head the government, he was seen as a more acceptable leader among the lot but the tag may not long last if the chief minister does not show results soon. The BJP is keeping a watch on the developments from the sidelines and so are the ever-increasing number of rebels.last_img read more

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Its time to get serious about singleuse plastics

first_img World 13 Jun 2019 G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia Related News THE plastic straw “ban” has been in effect in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan since Jan 1, and in Selangor since July 1, but apart from signs in eateries stating that straws are only available upon request, there has been no marked decline in the number of straws used and disposed of. In many eateries, straws are given by default. When I asked the staff why, the response was that customers often scolded them and insisted on having straws. So, inserting straws by default would save them the additional trip to and from the drinks counter.This clearly shows that the straw ban is merely an advisory and would have no actual impact on reducing plastic production, consumption or waste in Malaysia. It also looks like it’s just a publicity exercise by government agencies to create the impression that they are doing something about the issue of plastic waste. There is no binding force to this advisory, no enforcement of the restriction on use of plastic straws, and no penalties or charges for those who continue to use them. Japan 12 Jul 2019 Nine deer die after eating plastic bags at famed park in Japan Related Newscenter_img The ban neither reduces the demand for plastic straws nor increases the push for reusable alternatives such as steel or bamboo or compostable plant-based or paper straws. This is because no alternatives are offered and no fee is charged for those who insist on being given plastic straws. The risible advisory is also ineffective because plastic straws, as well as other single-use disposable plastic and polystyrene products, are still available for sale in retail outlets and supermarkets. Furthermore, the ban does not extend to hawker stalls, catering services or even beverage shops such as bubble tea shops. A March 2019 survey by YouGov Omnibus reports that although 91% of Malaysians expressed the opi­nion that environmental conservation is important, 22% admitted to using plastic straws and 24% to using plastic bags daily. From the survey, it is also clear that although the participants were aware of the need to reduce the use of single-use items such as plastic bags and straws, 44% believed that the onus is not on them but on the government to protect the environment. This survey, as well as findings from outreach work done by va­­rious environmental NGOs in Malaysia, reveals that there is no lack of environmental awareness in Malaysia, only lack of a sense of responsibility. Knowing this to be the predominant mindset among Malaysians, the government’s half-hearted attempt to limit the use of plastic straws is doomed to fail. However, recalcitrant and apathetic consumers are not even the main reason for the doomed “no plastic straw” campaign. Like the one against the free distribution of plastic bags, it is and will remain ineffective because the focus is almost entirely on consumers and end users. The onus is on consu­mers to give up straws and single-­use plastic and find their own alternatives. Compliance is higher among urban and educated populations, but for lower income indivi­duals, any charge or ban on plastic bags and straws is only seen as another burden. In the battle against plastic waste, the government’s focus needs to shift from the end users to produ­cers and businesses. There is currently insufficient pressure on plastics manufacturers to declare their plastic use, set plastic reduction targets, and redesign products and packaging to use less plastic. The existing government campaigns have no effect on the production levels or profits of plastics manufacturers. They love these types of “awareness” and “voluntary reduction” campaigns because there is no obligation on them to reduce production. If a campaign or initiative fails, they can blame consumers for failing to comply with advisories, littering, being ignorant or recalcitrant, and for not recycling enough. Plastics manufacturers also love initiatives such as beach clean-ups and recycling drives because it creates the impression that they are doing something to address the issue of plastic waste without actual­ly reducing production or changing the way they do business. More and more resources will then be poured into awareness and education campaigns and recycling drives in schools, when the crux of the problem is that our planet cannot cope with the amount of plastic already in the biosphere plus those that will continue to be produced. The World Economic Forum re­­ports that we use 20 times as much plastic as we did 50 years ago, and this will continue to rise with higher incomes and industrialisation. Worldwide, plastic production and use is growing at a 10% rate, but in the developing world and most Asian countries, it is growing much faster than that. This is more than the existing waste management infrastructure can handle, leading to over nine million tonnes of plastic being dumped into the oceans each year. What the plastics industry does not want us to know is that recycling is not the solution. Most single-­use plastic products are never designed to be recycled; they are designed for low cost, light weight and convenience. As a result, even the best global efforts can only achieve a 10% to 20% recycling rate. Even when collected and separated for recycling, the low grade and low recyclability of these single-use plastic items means that they will be landfilled and burnt. Existing recycling technology isn’t good enough largely because of limitations in how plastic can be sorted by chemical composition and cleaned of additives. Most plastic materials that are recycled are shredded and reprocessed into lower-value products such as polyester carpet fibre. Only 2% are recycled into products of the same quality. As long as decision-makers keep the focus on consumer behaviour, plastics manufacturers can continue to flood the market with low-grade, non-recyclable plastic packaging and products. The Pakatan Harapan government began their term saying the right things and showing determination to end the scourge of plastic waste in Malaysia. Yet, despite many promising announcements, there has been no concrete and measurable action taken to reduce plastic production and waste, apart from more “awareness” campaigns. For awareness and educational campaigns to work, there must be a corresponding ban on the production, import, sale and use of single-­use plastic packaging, a higher focus on and incentive for switching to reusable and compostable alternatives, and setting of reduction targets for manufacturers and businesses. Science journal reported in 2015 that Malaysia is among the top eight highest offending ocean plastic polluters globally. Malaysia signed the December 2017 UN resolution on microplastics and marine litter, but it has not really treated the issue with urgency or done anything with measurable outcomes to date. Consumer awareness campaigns and “request a straw only if you really need one” advisories are not measurable because no targets can be set or measured for such campaigns. Holding X number of roadshows and issuing X number of public service announcements cannot be translated into X tonnes of plastic waste reduced. One of the most effective ways to bring about an actual and measurable reduction in plastic waste within a definite timeline is to get manu­facturers and businesses to set and meet reduction targets. Due to consumer and investor demands, many companies are under pressure to disclose their annual plastic packaging use, set reduction goals, and transition to recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging and products. However, companies should not just be focusing on facilitating and encouraging recycling but also on reducing the amount of plastic used, and designing their products and packaging out of recycled plastic or compostable materials. This is the kind of measurable reduction target we want to see in this country. Malaysia cannot achieve pollution and waste reduction targets by waiting for consumers to do the right thing while protecting manufacturers and the plastics industry. Karnataka state in India has banned several types of single-use plastic items and manufacturers from producing these products. Kenya has implemented a nationwide ban on plastic bags, which also covers distributors and produ­cers. Vanuatu has outlawed plastic bags and many single-use plastic items, and is moving towards banning disposable diapers. Malaysia must move beyond advising customers to ask the waiter or go to the counter if they need a straw, and calling this measure a ban.WONG EE LYNNPetaling Jaya {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 29 May 2019 CAP: Ban all plastic waste importslast_img read more

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Story of Simon Oran Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villages

first_img Satyajeet Kumar New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:36 IST Photo for representationIt is rare in life that we get to see people who are larger than life, making sacrifices for the greater good.One such person who has come into the limelight is Padma Shri awardee Simon Oran. His story is somewhat similar to Dasrath Manjhi of Bihar.Dasrath Manjhi is the man on whose life the film Manjhi: The Mountain Man starring Nawasuddin Siddiqui was based.While the nation lauded Manjhi’s efforts to carve a road out of a mountain and came to be known as the “mountain man”, most people are unaware of Simon Oran.Simon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand. His efforts earned him the name “waterman”.However, though his actions have benefitted the larger community, he himself is weighed down by poverty.For his contribution to environmental protection, water conservation and rain water harvesting, Simon Oran was felicitated with the Padma Shri by the then President Pranab Mukherjee.However, his days in glory were short-lived.The man, who dared to brave mountains, is proud of his medal and certificate but has been living a life of hardships.Simon Oran has always stood up for social causes but the other side of his life has a different story.Oran lives in a thatched house, the roof of which leaks during the monsoon. However, he does not have a BPL card.He is also under debt. He had taken a loan to dig a pond.Despite his financial troubles, Oran holds his head high with pride and does not ask for help from the government or any other agency.He says that villagers have been making efforts since 1961 to preserve water and not let it flow away.The entire area where he lives is dependent on agriculture which requires a huge amount of water. Oran was able to mobilise the people of many villages to contribute in the water-saving campaign.The collective efforts eventually paid off and a canal was built by carving mountains which led to the construction of three dams to fight the water woes. Now, the situation is under control and all one sees are the lush green fields.The people still conserve the forest by taking turns to guard it. Simon Oran’s wife stays with him but she looks tired, having battled poverty all along. Her face talks about the miseries of the life they lead in financial scarcity.Simon Oran is the parha raja which means the chief of 51 villages, according to the tribal institutional provision which is also recognised by the state government. Oran commands a great respect and easily motivates people towards his cause. Irony is such that while he is known for his efforts in social causes, Oran himself struggles on the personal front.Also read: Headless bodies of 2 children found in Jharkhand village, mentally unstable man heldALSO WATCH| Blast from the past: When dosa king P Rajagopal was convicted of murderFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Story of Simon Oran: Going hungry to bring water to Jharkhand villagesSimon Oran managed to build canals and constructed three dams by drilling through mountains in Bero region of Jharkhand.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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