Batteries in New iPhones Could Have Shorter Life Spans

first_imgConvenience Sapping Battery Life Span? This latest battery flap comes on the heels of Apple’s controversial decision to throttle the processors in older iPhone models with low-capacity batteries.Apple has attempted to quell the uproar over that move by offering battery replacements for older models at the discounted price of US$29.”Apple handled the performance-throttling issue as it has past technical problems, by slowly working its way from denial to actively creating a fix,” King said.”Yes, it could do better, but customers haven’t overly punished the company for past missteps, and I doubt they’ll do much to injure Apple this time around,” he added.”The real problem is that Apple has been pretending that you don’t really need to replace batteries,” said iFixit’s Wiens, “and it’s clear now that the batteries need to be replaced more often than the phones do.” The iPhone X’s battery life hasn’t posed a problem for Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”I have the iPhone X, and I’ve seen really good battery life with it so far,” he told TechNewsWorld.”At CES, I got a full day out of the iPhone X, while many people were jacking their phones into external battery packs,” he continued.”I think wireless charging can be a problem because it’s too easy to drop the phone on the charger multiple times a day,” Krewell said, “but cycle life for lithium-ion batteries is a problem for everyone. Long term, we will need another battery technology for phones, laptops, tablets and cars.”If wireless and fast charging are leading to more frequent fill-ups and reduced battery life span, then it’s more than just an Apple problem, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.”Since battery design is relatively constant and most vendors include fast and wireless charging options, I expect a broader number and range of users will be impacted by this problem,” he told TechNewsWorld. Understated Problem The life span problem isn’t restricted to the latest iPhones, observed Kyle Wiens, cofounder of iFixit, which repairs iPhones and other gadgets.Further, “he’s underestimating how bad the problem is with existing iPhones,” Wiens said of Kingsley-Hughes.”We tend to see people needing to replace their battery every 18 months,” he told TechNewsWorld.The battery life of the iPhone X doesn’t seem to be as long as the iPhone 7, Wiens added. “It seems like the iPhone X doesn’t get as long battery life during the day. That means you’re going to go through more cycle counts charging it.” There was some bad news for owners of the latest iPhone models on Monday.Batteries in the iPhone 8 and X may have shorter life spans than those in prior models, according to an article in ZDNet.The battery in contributor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes’ iPhone 8 Plus was racking up recharge cycles at an alarming rate, he wrote.A recharge cycle occurs when a phone is charged from zero power to 100 percent. Typically, phone batteries begin losing their effectiveness after 500 recharges. Up to that point, they can hold up to 80 percent of their charge. After that, it’s usually downhill for the battery.After only four months, Kingsley-Hughes discovered that his new iPhone had hit 91 recharge cycles, a much faster rate than he’d seen in his previous iPhones. At that rate, the battery would last about 20 months — or less, if wear and tear were factored into the calculations.”That’s scary, doubly so when I consider that this iPhone hasn’t been heavily used in the four months that I’ve had it,” he noted. “And it’s not just me. I’ve heard from other iPhone X and iPhone 8 owners who tell me that their battery recharge cycles are in a similar ballpark.”center_img Based on his past experience, Kingsley-Hughes had expected the battery to last at least three years before hitting the 500 recycle mark, he wrote.As a possible culprit, he pointed to the wireless and fast-charging features of the new iPhones. They make charging more convenient, so the phones are charged more often, resulting in an accelerated recycle count.However, the technologies themselves don’t have an impact on a battery’s life span. Charging a phone with a cord instead of wirelessly, for example, isn’t going to add three months of life to a battery.”There’s nothing specific to wireless charging technology that will have an impact on battery life span,” said Ian Fogg, a senior director at IHS Markit.”How long it is before you hit 80 percent capacity depends on how heavily you use your phone,” he told TechNewsWorld. “If you’re streaming video continuously, that will reduce the capacity of the phone much more quickly than if you’re using it for light Web browsing.” CPU Throttling Problem for Everyone John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

New MacBook Pros Get Major Power Boost

first_imgRichard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. Both update notebooks have Apple’s T2 chip, which debuted in the iMac Pro desktop earlier this year.The T2 supports secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage for greater security. It also enables the Siri voice assistant.”The real-time encryption makes it easier to protect your data,” said Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”I don’t think the Siri aspect is all that important, but it does level the field with Microsoft’s Cortana support,” he told TechNewsWorld.The processors aren’t new. Apple began using AMD Radeon in 15-inch MacBook Pros back in 2016, and the T2 processor in the iMac Pro desktop released earlier this year. MacBook Pros released in 2016 had Thunderbolt 3 ports. “The processor and RAM upgrades are crucial to keeping up with competitors on very premium devices like this,” said Eric Smith, director of tablet and touchscreen strategies at Strategy Analytics.”HP, Microsoft, and even Huawei have all made hay of how much more power their premium laptops have over Apple,” he told TechNewsWorld.Other features include an AMD Radeon Pro graphics card in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Easy on the Eyes Demand and Defection The new MacBook Pro delivers a speed boost for complex simulations and data manipulation. The new MacBook Pros are featured in Apple’s Back to School promotion, which launched Thursday. Purchasers will get educational pricing for the Mac, iPad Pro, AppleCare, select accessories, and a pair of qualifying Beats headphones free with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad Pro.The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at US$1,800 and the updated 15-inch model at $2,400. Both are available at Apple.com, and at select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.A maxed-out 15-inch updated MacBook Pro costs $6,700, according to AppleInsider.That might seem pricey, but MacBook Pros are a critical tool for professionals, Tirias’ Krewell pointed out. “They are not as price-sensitive, and Apple knows it.”Microsoft has a $3,300 Surface Book 2 with 1 TB of storage, 16 GB of RAM and a discrete GPU, Strategy Analytics’ Smith noted. “By leapfrogging many of these specs with an 8th Generation Core i9 processor, it’s not [impossible] that some well-heeled Mac enthusiasts who value a powerful workstation will shell out for this.”The most interesting part of this announcement “was the extension of [Apple’s] portfolio upwards with more build-to-configuration options,” observed Linn Huang, research director at IDC.”This is less about competing with a performance desktop market, and more about Apple tapping into the rapidly growing mobile workstation market, which grew more than 19 percent annually over the past two years,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The $7,000 i9 behemoth is less about moving a typical current MacBook Pro owner up the stack than it is about luring, for example, the Dell Precision Mobile Workstation user back to Apple,” Huang said.The iPhone is Apple’s main revenue generator, so whether Apple will remain committed to the MacBook is a question “only a few in Cupertino can answer,” he remarked.This is the device’s third iteration since its overhaul in 2016, Huang pointed out, and “if we’re still getting component bumps and feature adds in 2020 without a new design, that would suggest some focus is diverting elsewhere.”On the other hand, “if we exclude the iPhone from revenue, the Mac is one of the biggest contributors to Apple’s business,” noted Smith, “and is one of three hardware legs it relies on to make incremental services revenue.”center_img “There’s a lot of pent-up demand out there for an updated MacBook Pro, but there’s also been evidence of Mac users defecting to Windows machines in recent years,” Smith said.The updates “will give Mac sales a little boost over the next year,” he said.Some users might be upset that the MacBook Pros only offer the Thunderbolt port, “but Apple included [up to] four of these,” Smith noted, “and, frankly, it seems a little antiquated to still be complaining about ports that have been around for several years.”The Touch Bar “remains somewhat controversial, and only minor upgrades are available on the non-Touch Bar model,” he said. Also, “it sounds like incremental improvements were made to the keyboard but that some issues persist.” Apple on Thursday announced updated MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch notebooks with a Touch Bar, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, support for up to 32 GB of DDR memory in the larger notebook, a True Tone display, and an improved third-generation keyboard for quiet typing.The 15-inch model comes with 6-core Intel Core i7 and i9 processors rated at up to 2.9 GHz — with Turbo Boost, up to 4.8 GHz. It offers up to 4 TB of SSD storage.The 13-inch model has quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors rated at up to 2.7GHz — with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz. IT has double the eDRAM of its predecessors and up to 2 TB of SSD storage.SSD read speeds are up to 3.2GB/second. Both new MacBook Pros have up to 10 hours of battery life. Pricing and Availability The True Tone screen technology, rated at 500 Nits, supports the P3 wide color gamut, as do the iPhone 7 and iMac Pro.”The TrueTone display is a nice touch for people who sit in front of their screens for hours on end — particularly for creatives, who really strain their eyes with their work,” Smith noted. Security, Siri and the T2 Processorlast_img read more

Study Mastectomy does not completely eliminate need for future breast imaging

first_img Source:http://www.mountsinai.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 9 2018The proportion of breast cancer patients who are eligible for breast conservation therapy, yet opt for mastectomy, is increasing, for reasons that include the desire to eliminate future screening and/or biopsy of the remaining breast tissue. A new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has determined that having a mastectomy does not completely eliminate the need for further breast imaging studies.These results, published online in September in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, can help guide breast cancer patients and their physicians in their medical and surgical decision-making.The study, titled “Defining the Need for Imaging and Biopsy After Mastectomy,” is a retrospective review of all mastectomy cases, either one-sided or both sides, performed at The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Dubin Breast Center. Post-mastectomy imaging and biopsy rates were determined. To the researchers’ knowledge, this is the first study to describe the incidence and need for postoperative imaging and biopsy for patients who undergo mastectomy.”Autonomy and choice in treatment are encouraged, and can be empowering for patients. But decision-making can also result in anxiety, fear, and distress. Some patients might choose more extensive surgery with the hope that this will reduce the need for breast imaging and biopsy later, when in fact this is not necessarily the medically beneficial course,” said Soojin Ahn, MD, Assistant Professor of Breast Surgery, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.The researchers identified 185 unilateral (one side) and 200 bilateral (both sides) mastectomy cases performed for breast cancer between 2009 and 2015. The average follow-up period was 30 months (the number of months ranged from 3 to 75). Of the 185 unilateral patients, 19 (10 percent) underwent imaging on that side (all ultrasounds) for concerning physical examination findings, 11 (6 percent) underwent biopsy, and two (1 percent) showed malignant findings. Of the 200 bilateral mastectomy patients, 31 (15.5 percent) required imaging (29 ultrasounds and 2 MRIs), with 76 percent of the ultrasounds performed on the side with previous cancer. Subsequently, 16 (8 percent) of these patients had biopsy, with 11 (69 percent) of the 16 biopsies performed on the same side as the previous cancer. Three (1.5 percent) of the biopsies done on this side demonstrated malignancy, whereas all five biopsies performed on the other side were benign.Related StoriesCUIMC selects MILabs for upgrades to its molecular imaging capabilitiesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsInnovative magnetic nanoparticles show potential for PET/MRI bimodal imaging applicationsDr. Ahn and her colleagues concluded that for 10 percent to 15.5 percent of patients who undergo either a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy, subsequent imaging is required, and 6 to 8 percent ultimately undergo biopsy. The rate of malignancy was found to be low, approximately 1 percent. Nevertheless, enough cases were identified that the researchers concluded that mastectomies do not eliminate the need for imaging and biopsy.”This information is critical for patient understanding and decision-making,” said Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery and Co-Director of the Dubin Breast Cancer. “Physicians and their patients should make their surgical treatment decisions after careful consideration of various clinical factors and realistic expectations for post-operative follow up.”​last_img read more

New solution to stop spread of brain cancer

first_img Source:https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2018/11/univrel-gliomaspread.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 19 2018The tissues in our bodies largely are made of fluid. It moves around cells and is essential to normal body function.But in some cases, this fluid may be doing more harm than good.In people who have glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, this fluid has a much higher pressure, causing it to move fast and forcing cancer cells to spread. And a common cancer therapy, which inserts a drug directly into the tumor with a catheter, can make this fluid move even faster.A team of researchers at Virginia Tech, led by Jennifer Munson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering, may have found a solution to stopping this inevitable cancer cell spread.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaIn an article published on Nov. 19 in Scientific Reports, Chase Cornelison, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech, details the use of a drug that Munson’s team found can block the way cancer cells respond to fluid flow. This work is part of a Munson-led five-year research grant project across multiple universities, examining the role of interstitial fluid flow in the spread of glioma cells. Interstitial fluid is the fluid that surrounds cells in the body.In labs, Cornelison and others on Munson’s team used mice with glioblastoma to test how a particular approach to delivering cancer treatment, called convection enhanced delivery, caused glioma cells to invade the rest of the brain. To block the fluid’s rapid movement and the spread of cancer cells, they tested a drug called AMD3100. The drug, which already has been used in clinics, appeared to be a game changer, Cornelison said.The majority of this research happened at the University of Virginia, where Munson previously worked before she came to Virginia Tech in 2017.This finding could lead to stopping glioblastoma from spreading, Cornelison said.”I am hopeful that since the drug that we used to block flow stimulation is currently used in patients that maybe clinicians, when they do consider using convection enhanced delivery, will combine that with this drug,” he said.Munson has been studying glioblastoma for more than 10 years, with a more recent focus on the role of interstitial fluid flow on cancer cells and the brain.”It [glioblastoma] is so deadly, and there hasn’t been a shift in treatment response in decades. Something needs to change,” she said. “With my expertise and looking at fluid flow, maybe there’s an answer there that we haven’t seen.”Raising awareness of interstitial fluid flow throughout the body is Munson’s aim in her research.”This is a force that isn’t accounted for much in brain tissues,” she said. “My goal is to have more people thinking about this force and that it can actually have effects on cells that we don’t intend.”last_img read more

Neuronal activity in the brain allows prediction of risky or safe decisions

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 9 2018Full risk or preferably the safe option? Based on the neuronal activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, it is possible to predict what action will be chosen next: If the activity of specific neurons remains low, a risk will be taken again at the next opportunity. However, if the activity of these nerve cells increases dramatically, the safe option will be chosen next time round. These are the central findings of researchers from the Center for Brain Research and the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems at the MedUni Vienna, and the NYU School of Medicine in New York, which were recently published in the specialist journal “Neuron”.In an animal model, rats were offered two choices: One path led to the “safe” option and to a small, but reliable portion of food. The other path – the “risk” option – took the animals either to a fourfold portion, or to no food at all. With the risk option, the researchers altered the probability of the animals finding food or nothing at all multiple times during the experiment, and the rats learned to adapt their strategy and risk appetite accordingly. Through the experiment, the study author Johannes Passecker discovered that the decision was predicted by the activity of special nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex, even if unexpected decisions were made in contradiction to previous experiences.Passecker, who conducted the study at the Center for Brain Research at the MedUni Vienna, and has recently started work at Columbia University in New York, explains: “Based on the analysis of the neuronal activity, we were able to predict what decisions the test animal were going to make next. Furthermore, through selective manipulation of the brain activity we were even able to influence the decisions of the animals such that they took a higher risk with their gambles.” This took place with the aid of optogenetic proteins – activatable by means of laser light – which were artificially introduced into the neurons of the prefrontal cortex. When the scientists selectively suppressed the neuronal activity in the prefrontal cortex, the rats took full risks and even ignored sustained failure.New options for the treatment of depression or gambling?Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingThe aim of the researchers now is to precisely identify those synaptic neural pathways and special cell types that are important for changing or sustaining the behavior. The scientists want to understand how such decision signals are developed by the brain and how different areas of the brain gather together the various aspects relevant to the decision-making. With this, it could be possible in the future to better understand and better treat illnesses such as gambling addictions, and also depression.”With depression it stands to reason that the inactivity of the neurons is too great”, explains Passecker. “Many sufferers find it very difficult to change their present situation. Even leaving the safety of the bed in the morning often becomes an insurmountable challenge. “With a gambling addiction, the neuron activity in the prefrontal cortex is also very low. Sufferers persist with the same pattern and are no longer capable of correctly assessing the risk of massive gambling losses and accordingly changing over to the “safe” option. Source:https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2018/news-im-dezember-2018/risk-or-safety-neuronal-activity-in-the-brain-permits-prediction-of-intuitive-decisions/last_img read more

Injection of opioids may increase infective endocarditis risk

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 28 2019People who inject drugs are at a high risk for a number of health issues. In a new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers discovered a significant rise in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious heart infection, among Ontarians who inject drugs. When examining opioid prescriptions in the province, the research team discovered the increased risk of infective endocarditis may be related to the growing use of a specific opioid, hydromorphone.The researchers looked at de-identified Ontario health data for 60,529 hospital admissions related to injection drug use between 2006 and 2015. Of the 60,529 admissions, 733 patients had infective endocarditis. Although hospital admission rates in people who inject drugs were stable over the study period, the risk of infective endocarditis increased from 13.4 admissions to 35.1 admissions every three months.”Rates of infective endocarditis in people who inject drugs have been increasing around the world and our study shows this is true in Ontario,” says Dr. Matthew Weir, adjunct scientist at ICES, associate scientist at Lawson and assistant professor at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. “We wondered if a change in the types of drugs people inject was responsible for this higher risk.”Through further analysis of Ontario health data, the team discovered the increasing risk of infective endocarditis may be linked to a rise in prescriptions of the opioid hydromorphone. The number of hydromorphone prescriptions in Ontario increased from 16 per cent of all opioid prescriptions in 2006 to 53 per cent by 2015. This parallels the timing for increased risk of infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs.The researchers initially suspected the increased risk for infective endocarditis would begin when controlled-release oxycodone was removed from the market in 2011.”We thought hydromorphone prescriptions would increase when controlled-release oxycodone was removed from the market, leading to increased risk of heart infection,” says Dr. Michael Silverman, associate scientist at Lawson and associate professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “However, while the study did show a substantial increase in risk for infective endocarditis, it began in 2010.”Related StoriesResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsTraditional controlled-release oxycodone was easily dissolvable and people who inject drugs did not save or reuse their injection equipment. Controlled-release hydromorphone, the more common form of the drug, is more difficult to dissolve. Since residue of the drug gets left in injection equipment, injection drug users save the equipment for future use or to share with others. Reusing injection equipment allows multiple opportunities for bacterial contamination, increasing the chances that bacteria will be injected when the equipment is next used.Infective endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart becomes infected. It can be a life-threatening illness and research suggests it can be caused by sharing or re-using injection equipment, possibly through the injection of bacteria.”While the timing was not what we expected, we did find a correlation between the rise in infective endocarditis and hydromorphone prescriptions,” says Dr. Sharon Koivu, Lawson scientist and associate professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “Our research is now focused on better understanding the potential relationship between the injection of hydromorphone and risk of infective endocarditis.”The team is conducting ongoing studies that are looking at whether bacteria that cause infective endocarditis are more likely to survive in equipment used to prepare hydromorphone compared to other drugs.”The opioid crisis is one of the most pressing health issues of our time. Our findings not only confirm an increasing risk of infective endocarditis in persons who inject drugs but also offer the first evidence for why it might be happening,” says Dr. Weir. “Through research and collaboration, we hope to further collect the evidence needed to address this global problem.”Source: https://www.lawsonresearch.ca/injection-opioids-linked-increase-bacterial-heart-infectionslast_img read more

Study offers hope to slow down or prevent progression of Parkinsons

first_imgJun 6 2019Results from a study published today looking at a molecule targeting clumps of alpha-synuclein, a key protein linked to Parkinson’s, offers hope that it may be possible to slow down or prevent the progression of the condition in humans.Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been able to investigate the effect of a molecule called anle138b, by developing a new mouse model of Parkinson’s.Funded by the charity Parkinson’s UK, the study looked at the effect of anle138b on the accumulation of alpha-synuclein, a protein known to form sticky clumps, known as Lewy bodies, in the brain. These clumps are associated with the death of nerve cells responsible for producing the chemical dopamine, which allows messages to be sent to the parts of the brain that help co-ordinate movement. This causes the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, including freezing, tremors and slowness of movement.Anle138b has previously been shown to reduce the clumping of proteins in neurodegenerative conditions, including other Parkinson’s models. To further study the potential of the molecule for treating the condition, researchers created a new mouse model of Parkinson’s that mimics the way alpha-synuclein gradually accumulates specifically in areas of the brain typically affected by the condition.At nine-months-old, without treatment, the levels of dopamine in the mouse model brains were already reduced. This reduction was associated with the onset of symptoms, including a subtle change in gait that mimicked some of the early motor symptoms seen in people with Parkinson’s – such as the ‘shuffling’ of feet when walking.When the mice were treated for three months with anle138b, starting at nine-months-old, before significant nerve cell loss had occurred, researchers observed a reduction in alpha-synuclein clumps, restored levels of dopamine in the brain and protection against nerve cell death. This was accompanied by an improvement to the gait of the mice, effectively reversing several of the Parkinson’s like motor symptoms.These promising results published in Acta Neuropathologica today, suggest that if anle138b is given early on before consistent nerve cell death, it can reduce the dense clumping of the alpha-synuclein aggregates, potentially stopping Parkinson’s in its tracks.Lead Researcher, Professor Maria Grazia Spillantini of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, said: Our study demonstrates that by affecting early alpha-synuclein aggregation with the molecule anle138b in a novel transgenic mouse model, one can rescue the dopaminergic dysfunction and motor features that are typical of Parkinson’s.“By using super resolution microscopy, we have been able to see how the compound acts in the brain of the mouse to achieve this effect. This work opens the way for the development of new mechanism-based therapies for Parkinson’s and related disorders.” Source:Parkinson’s UK The evidence from this early stage study builds on our understanding of how alpha-synuclein is involved in Parkinson’s and provides a new model that could unlock future treatments.Additionally, the discovery that targeting alpha-synuclein aggregation early on can restore dopamine levels and rescue cells may prove to be crucial in stopping Parkinson’s in its tracks.Today, we have no treatments that can slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s. It is vital we continue to support world-leading academics, like those in Cambridge, and ensure results like these are turned into future treatments that are so desperately needed for the 1 in 37 of us that will be diagnosed in our lifetime.” Dr Beckie Port, Research Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said:last_img read more

Whats a mind without a body New research adds physiology to computer

Explore further Provided by Pennsylvania State University Though computers are becoming better programmed to process information like our brains do, the power of the human mind is unmatched. But what’s the mind without a body? Credit: iStock Though computers are becoming better programmed to process information like our brains do, the power of the human mind is unmatched. But what’s the mind without a body? 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. Citation: What’s a mind without a body? New research adds physiology to computer models (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-mind-body-physiology.html A new research study being conducted by Frank Ritter, professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), asserts that without a physiological complement, “[A computer program modeling the mind] would just be a brain in a vat.”Ritter’s reasoning for exploring this approach is that a body’s natural needs, state and inclinations inherently influence whatever the mind does.He explained, “All the aspects of a human body—nausea, hunger, emotion—they all support and drive cognition and influence it.”For example, while driving, the brain makes all the decisions about what speed to reach, where to turn. But what if the person driving had been awake for more than 24 hours? The fatigue on their body inevitably influences the ability to drive. Now, thanks to a sub-contract, Ritter and Christopher Dancy, an assistant professor of computer science at Bucknell University and former Penn State IST doctoral student, are exploring that notion by programming a sense of bodily processes within a computer simulation.The researchers are focusing the majority of their efforts on how the mind responds to physical fatigue. Specifically, they are exploring this topic through the framework of ACT-R/Phi, which combines a theory developed by Carnegie Mellon of how the human brain works (ACT-R) with a theory developed at the University of Mississippi of how the body works (HuMod). Built off the results of numerous psychology experiments, the combined ACT-R/Phi program allows researchers to determine how a human would react in different situations.By adding the concept of a body to ACT-R/Phi, Dancy said, “We get a fuller picture of how our normal physiological functions modulate our actions and decisions.”The research is sponsored by the U.S. Army SBIR Program Office through a larger effort with Charles River Analytics. The researchers are focused on the application of ACT-R/Phi to predict, based on the factors the program can measure, how much weight a certain soldier could carry. Using their model, the researchers will apply the concept of fatigue in a more mannered and accurate way.”[This] work will move towards giving a realistic picture of how we might predict a soldier would perform on certain tasks,” Dancy said.The researchers are hopeful their investigation can add a valuable perspective to the fields of robotics and psychology. “Understanding how we transform and transfer information in our mind to make decisions is one part of study of IST in this digital age,” Dancy concluded. Study finds driving speed affected when a driver’s mind ‘wanders’ read more

Google parent hit by higher costs names new chairman

Shares in Alphabet slid 2.3 percent in after-hours trade on the results, highlighting concerns about rising costs for the online giant and profits weaker than expected.Alphabet reported a loss of $3 billion for the fourth quarter as it set aside $11 billion for taxes. An estimated $9.9 billion was for taxes on repatriated earnings.The California tech giant said revenues in the last three months of 2017 rose 24 percent from a year ago to $32.3 billion and cited “great growth” for the company.The company used the earnings report to announce it had named board member and former Stanford University president John Hennessy as chairman, replacing Schmidt, who announced his departure in December.Hennessy has been a board member since 2004 and lead independent director since April 2007.In the earnings report, Google remained the key driver of revenue and profit for the company, which has reorganized into new divisions for self-driving vehicles, life sciences and other so-called “moonshot” projects.The Google segment accounted for $31.9 billion in revenue and delivered an operating profit of $8.8 billion.”Overall, we are interpreting the quarter’s results favorably if only because they were ahead of our conservative expectations,” Pivotal Research group senior research analyst Brian Wieser said in a note to investors.”Alphabet reported good 4Q17 results which were generally consistent with our long-term views on the company.”Excluding the tax provision—following the lead of other multinationals taking advantage of a favorable rate to repatriate earnings—Alphabet would have posted a profit of $6.8 billion.”Our momentum reflects a relentless focus on users, advertisers and enterprise customers, as well as the benefits of our commitment to long-term investing,” chief financial officer Ruth Porat said.’Other bets’Porat said Alphabet was pleased with the progress of its “other bets,” which include the life sciences unit Verily and a new cybersecurity division called Chronicle. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Google parent company Alphabet on Thursday reported a quarterly loss to set aside funds to pay taxes on repatriated profits, and named a new chairman to replace outgoing Eric Schmidt. Google parent Alphabet reports $3 bn loss on tax provision Explore further Citation: Google parent hit by higher costs, names new chairman (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-google-parent-higher-chairman.html © 2018 AFP The units, born of an X lab devoted to “moonshots,” delivered revenue of $409 million, up from $262 million a year earlier. The loss from those projects narrowed to $916 million from $1.1 billion.Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he expects more diversification at the company, which has relied on the internet search engine and its related advertising revenues.”As we’ve consistently emphasized, alongside the continued momentum in our advertising business, we are focused on building a second wave of growth within Google over the medium and long-term, which includes the rapidly growing revenue businesses in Google, cloud, hardware and YouTube,” Pichai told a conference call.Google on Thursday expanded its YouTube Go application tailored for emerging markets to more than 130 countries, promising to deliver local, relevant video despite spotty or unreliable mobile data networks. More than 1.5 billion people watch videos at YouTube each month, and a subscription YouTube TV service was recently made available on Roku devices.Smart home devices by Nest, another subsidiary, boasted a strong holiday season, and ended the year in 12 new countries more than doubling its markets from the year 2016, according to Google.Google executives also said that progress at its self-driving car unit Waymo was “accelerating,” and that it was the first company to have a fleet of cars navigating public roads without humans in the driver seats.They declined to discuss how they planned to make money at Waymo, saying it was still early days for the unit o Google.A billion-dollar trade secrets trial pitting Alphabet-owned Waymo against Uber starts Monday, with jurors finally getting to hear evidence rival attorneys have spent months dueling over.The case stems from a lawsuit filed last year by Waymo—previously known as the Google self-driving car unit—which claimed former manager Anthony Levandowski took a trove of technical data with him when he left to launch a competing venture that went on to become Otto and was later acquired by Uber. 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. read more

Smart electricity meters are here but more is needed to make them

Across most of Australia, the electricity industry is in the midst of a major rollout of so-called “smart meters” led by retailers – your household may very well have one already. Currently the federal government’s Energy Made Easy website (run by the Australian Energy Regulator) does not let consumers compare tariffs and services in a timely and user-friendly way. There are proposals to reform the website, and there is no shortage of good existing examples on which it might be modelled, such as the Victorian government’s Switch On and the North American Green Button initiative.Getting involvedIt is not enough that these tools simply exist; consumers must be actively encouraged to use them. This involves a wide-ranging, effective and ongoing consumer education campaign. While there are highly active energy “prosumers” who generate and sell their own power and actively monitor and manage their energy use, most households do not fall into this category. Most customers need information and encouragement to take up opportunities arising out of smart meter data. This will require much better communications by governments, retailers, networks, consumers and community organisations as an integral part of the smart meter rollout.No one left behindElectricity is an essential service, and policymakers need to ensure that the benefits of smart meters flow to everyone, not just the most switched-on customers. Even with the help of the tools and campaigns described above, there are those who may still miss out on the benefits – such as, for example, vulnerable consumers who engage with smart meters but end up making poor choices through a lack of financial or digital literacy. What’s more, remotely read meters make it easier to disconnect users, which again is likely to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of the community. Adequate consumer protections need to be built into the smart meter rollout. This involves ensuring that hardship provisions in the National Energy Customer Framework, concessions, and information provision keeps pace with developments in the metering market. The retailer-led rollout is likely to be slow and could lead to a highly uneven patchwork of meters across Australia, and therefore uneven customer benefits. There are many reasons for this. Existing “dumb” meters have a long useful life and regularly last more than 30 years (some are more than 40 years old!); there is a lack of scale in the deployment by retailers who do not have contracts with all customers in a local area; certain customer groups may be deemed “uneconomic” by retailers and not offered new meters; and households in areas with poor mobile network coverage (most likely rural and regional areas) are unlikely to be offered a smart meter. Such a large-scale rollout of new meters, which is piecemeal in some places and not in others, is bound to be difficult and there is no perfect model. The market for smart meters is in its infancy and needs careful monitoring and evaluation as it develops. But policymakers nevertheless need to get on the front foot and guarantee simple access to smart meter data and services for all consumers; actively encourage and demonstrate to consumers how these services can lower their electricity costs; and most of all ensure that no one is left behind in this emerging market. 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. ‘Confusion and resistance’ slows down UK smart meter rollout With the exception of Western Australia and the Northern Territory (and Victoria which has them already), all new and replacement meters will now be smart. This means that instead of simply recording electricity use for later checking, they can give retailers detailed consumption data, measured at 30-minute intervals or less – and also allow the supply to be turned on or off remotely.Retailers can also offer to upgrade select customers’ existing meters to smart meters (again with the exception of Victoria, which has a blanket rollout), and consumers are free to accept or decline (except where a broken or ageing meter is being replaced).This is an important testing ground for the soon-to-be legislated Consumer Data Right, which aims to give consumers better access to their own data, which in turn will help them save money.But our research has found that under the current policy settings consumers are not getting the full range of benefits from the smart meter rollout, for a few main reasons. Getting smart on billsThe main consumer benefit of a smart meter is to reduce electricity bills. But to do this, consumers need easy access to their daily electricity usage data, which can then be translated into useful information that enables them to compare tariffs. Consumers ought to be able choose such value-added services from third party providers by granting access to this data. But consumers cannot currently access their daily electricity usage data when they need it free of charge. There is no common data format nor a simple way to authorise third-party access to the data, thus creating extra costs for third parties. Retailers can charge a fee to access consumer data, effectively blocking rival companies that might be offering cheaper retail tariffs. But if consumers themselves could allow third parties to access their metering data, subject to security and privacy protections, it would give those consumers a much wider choice of tariffs and services. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 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Samsung Electronics Q4 profits slump along with global demand

first_imgSamsung Electronics is the world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker Citation: Samsung Electronics Q4 profits slump along with global demand (2019, January 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-samsung-electronics-q4-profits-slump.html Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker, reported a slump in fourth-quarter net profits on Thursday, blaming a drop in demand for its key products. © 2019 AFP But it projected overall earnings to fall this year, “due to weaker performance by the memory business”.The net profit figure came in below analyst estimates, according to Bloomberg News.Samsung Electronics shares closed down 0.54 percent. Greg Roh of HMC Securities & Investment said that “sluggish” sales of DRAM chips—used in computers and servers—and weaker prices were behind Samsung’s “weak” fourth-quarter performance.”The first half of this year will be even more challenging,” he told AFP, projecting operating profits to fall more than 30 percent year-on-year during the period.China callingSamsung confirmed that it will roll out foldable smartphones and 5G devices this year.It said it was “reorganising” its mass-market line-up “to better promptly respond to rapid changing market trends and the needs of target customers”.While it leads the global smartphone market with a 20 percent share, “Samsung is losing ground to Huawei, Xiaomi and other Chinese rivals in the huge China and India markets”, Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics said in a report after the South Korean firm flagged the figures earlier this month.In a bid to attract consumers in China, Samsung launched a series of mid-range phones last year, including the Galaxy A6s priced around $200 and designed by a Chinese manufacturer, which the company said it had never done before.But that did little to restore its sales in the world’s largest smartphone market, where it once had a 20 percent share but has seen that tumble to less than one percent in the third quarter. Last month, it announced the closure of its factory in Tianjin.Samsung is not the only tech giant troubled by weak Chinese sales. Apple said in an earnings report Tuesday that its revenue plunged almost 27 percent in the Greater China region in the most recent quarter.The South Korean titan’s reputation suffered a major blow from a damaging worldwide recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone over exploding batteries in 2016, which cost the firm billions of dollars.The group’s heir, Lee Jae-yong, was also embroiled in a major corruption scandal that ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye, and he spent nearly a year in jail for bribing her close confidante.The 50-year-old—the son of the current, ailing chairman Lee Kun-hee—was released from prison in February last year after several of his convictions were quashed on appeal. Explore further Net profits in the October-December period were 8.46 trillion won ($7.6 billion), it said, down 31 percent year-on-year.The firm is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung Group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate business in the world’s 11th-largest economy, and it is crucial to South Korea’s economic health.It has enjoyed record profits in recent years despite a series of setbacks, including a humiliating recall and the jailing of its de facto chief.But now the picture is changing, with chip prices falling as global supply increases and demand weakens.It also has to contend with increasingly tough competition in the smartphone market from Chinese rivals like Huawei—which surpassed Apple to take second place last year—offering quality devices at lower prices.”Unfavourable business and macroeconomic factors led to slower performance in the final quarter,” Samsung Electronics said in a statement, when “earnings were affected by a drop in demand for memory chips used in data centres and smartphones.”It expected demand for chips to stay weak in the January-March period, “due to seasonality and macroeconomic uncertainties”.Weakening overseas demand for memory chips—one of South Korea’s key trade items—is bad news for its export-driven economy. Bank of Korea governor Lee Ju-yeol said earlier this month that Asia’s fourth-largest economy could face a “considerable burden if the prolonged downturn continues in the semiconductor industry”. And Samsung’s net profits fall comes as China’s economic growth slows, exacerbated by a trade dispute with the United States.Samsung barely mentioned the Asian giant in its earnings statement, but pointed to “global economic volatility” as a cause for “rapidly shrinking” chip demand.The company’s display businesses, it said, would be hit by “slow sales of premium smartphones”, increasing competition, and “large-scale capacity expansions in the industry”.For the full year 2018, the firm reported record net profits of 44.3 trillion won, up 5.1 percent year-on-year. 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. 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In America highspeed train travel is off track

first_imgCalifornia’s suspension this week of a high-speed rail project underscores the up-hill battle the modern mode of transport faces in the United States—including myriad cultural, political and economic obstacles. © 2019 AFP Long gone are the days of the 19th century gold rush, when Americans raced to build transcontinental rail links and conquer the nation’s vast expanse.Today modern rail transport is decidedly off track: it has weak political backing and Americans prefer driving or flying while other industries are opposed. Freight companies in particular are not keen to share rail lines with passenger trains.”We have a Congress polluted by special interest money … that has been working for years to stop/prevent any rail investment,” said Andy Kunz, head of the US High Speed Rail Association, pointing to the oil, aviation and auto industries in particular.While in a few short years China has spent hundreds of billions to build the world’s largest high-speed network, the United States has yet to enter the high-speed rail era.California’s newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he was indefinitely suspending plans to complete a 520-mile (830-kilomter) high-speed rail link between Los Angeles and San Francisco, saying it was too costly and taking too long.”There’s no doubt that our state’s economy and quality of life depend on improving transportation,” Newsom said in his first state of the state address.But with costs up 20 percent (now at $77 billion) and the project’s horizon already pushed back (completion is now slated for 2033, instead of 2029), Newsom said that for the moment only a segment linking the towns of Bakersfield and Merced would be completed in the heavily agricultural Central Valley.Main foe: the American car”The Central Valley was phase 1 all along … Nothing has changed with that,” said Kunz.He said he expected California would ultimately have its own high-speed rail network once the Bakersfield-Merced link proved its viability and Americans got a taste of a mode of travel already so popular in Europe, China and Japan.California is America’s largest economy and its most populous state, with about 40 million inhabitants.And in a 2008 referendum, voters approved partial financing of $10 billion for the Los Angeles-San Francisco route.”California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars,” President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday.”Whole project is a ‘green’ disaster!”But Kunz said California’s rail plans were in the national interest, a means of easing congestion on roads and at airports and reducing pollution.But in the United States, regional governments have hesitated to finance costly projects that sometimes run into legal hurdles.”It is extremely difficult for the government to force individuals to sell their land,” said Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.While authorities may use “eminent domain,” or the compulsory sale of private assets to complete infrastructure projects, US law places constraints on such powers and projects can wind up in protracted court battles.Furthermore, the vast expanse of the United States means even high-speed rail is sometimes not practical, Kirkegaard added.”It doesn’t mean there are not areas which could benefit from it,” he said.But he noted that in an urban sprawl like the greater Los Angeles area—which is almost three times the size of Belgium—spending 90 minutes just to get to the train station could be prohibitive in itself.Above all, Americans love their cars, emblems of personal freedom, something encouraged by the sustained recent drop in fuel prices.”There is no doubt that the car, and its importance over many decades for infrastructure, is the problem for shifting towards more public and mass transportation with high speed trains,” said Kirkegaard. Explore further California nixes plans for high-speed LA-SF rail linecenter_img A higher-speed Acela passenger train pulls out of Washington’s Union Staton Citation: In America, high-speed train travel is off track (2019, February 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-america-high-speed-track.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Taiwans new carrier StarLux signs deal with Airbus for 17 planes

first_imgStarlux chairman Chang Kuo-wei, right, joined Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus, for a signing ceremony in Taipei 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 deal included five A350-900s and 12 A350-1000s with ten options, which are scheduled to be delivered from late 2021, the companies said. StarLux, founded in May 2018 by Taiwan’s EVA Airways former chairman Chang Kuo-wei, is set to operate regular international flights starting in 2020. “The aircraft purchase deal today is one of the largest in Taiwan … We promise to all that we will use the latest equipment, ” Chang said at the signing ceremony in Taipei. The company declined to disclose financial details of the deal, which is the largest single purchase of Airbus planes in Taiwan. According to Airbus list prices it is worth nearly $6 billion, though aircraft manufacturers usually offer discounts on large orders. StarLux has also leased ten Airbus A321 neos, set to be delivered from October, which will fly its initial routes from Taipei to Southeast and Northeast Asia, a company statement said. StarLux aims to serve over 20 destinations in Asia and North America by the end of 2024 with a fleet of 27 aircraft, according to the statement.It would be the first airline in Taiwan to fly the A350-1000. In 2015 EVA signed a deal worth more than $6 billion for 26 Boeing jetliners while Chang was chairman, making it the biggest ever single commercial plane purchase in Taiwan. Taiwan’s new StarLux Airlines signed a deal on Tuesday worth up to $6 billion for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft in one of the island’s biggest single commercial plane purchases. © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further British Airways announces huge Boeing order Citation: Taiwan’s new carrier StarLux signs deal with Airbus for 17 planes (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-taiwan-carrier-starlux-airbus-planes.htmllast_img read more

Army researchers identify new way to improve cybersecurity

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Many cybersecurity systems use distributed network intrusion detection that allows a small number of highly trained analysts to monitor several networks at the same time, reducing cost through economies of scale and more efficiently leveraging limited cybersecurity expertise; however, this approach requires data be transmitted from network intrusion detection sensors on the defended network to central analysis severs. Transmitting all of the data captured by sensors requires too much bandwidth, researchers said.Because of this, most distributed network intrusion detection systems only send alerts or summaries of activities back to the security analyst. With only summaries, cyber-attacks can go undetected because the analyst did not have enough information to understand the network activity, or, alternatively, time may be wasted chasing down false positives.In research presented at the 10th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics March 12-15, 2019, scientists wanted to identify how to compress network traffic as much as possible without losing the ability to detect and investigate malicious activity.Working on the theory that malicious network activity would manifest its maliciousness early, the researchers developed a tool that would stop transmitting traffic after a given number of messages had be transmitted. The resulting compressed network traffic was analyzed and compared to the analysis performed on the original network traffic.As suspected, researchers found cyber attacks often do manifest maliciousness early in the transmission process. When the team identified malicious activity later in the transmission process, it was usually not the first occurrence of malicious activity in that network flow.”This strategy should be effective in reducing the amount of network traffic sent from the sensor to central analyst system,” said Sidney Smith, an ARL researcher and the study’s lead author. “Ultimately, this strategy could be used to increase the reliability and security of Army networks.”For the next phase, researchers want to integrate this technique with network classification and lossless compression techniques to reduce the amount of traffic that needs to be transmitted to the central analysis systems to less than 10% of the original traffic volume while losing no more than 1% of cyber security alerts.”The future of intrusion detection is in machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques,” Smith said. “However, many of these techniques are too resource intensive to run on the remote sensors, and all of them require large amounts of data. A cybersecurity system incorporating our research technique will allow the data most likely to be malicious to be gathered for further analysis.” ARL scientists may have identified a way to improve the cybersecurity of distributed network intrusion detection. Credit: U.S. Army Provided by The Army Research Laboratory Citation: Army researchers identify new way to improve cybersecurity (2019, April 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-army-cybersecurity.htmlcenter_img Researchers enable real-time forensic analysis with new cybersecurity tool With cybersecurity one of the nation’s top security concerns and billions of people affected by breaches last year, government and businesses are spending more time and money defending against it. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Army’s corporate research laboratory also known as ARL, and Towson University may have identified a new way to improve network security. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Volvo enables transplantation of over 3000 trees to facilitate development worksVolvo enables

first_imgSHARE Partners with IWST to host silviculture meet Volvo Trucks and Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) in the last year has enabled transplantation of 3,000 plus trees for various government and non-government institutions.Kamal Bali, President & Managing Director Volvo Group India said company facilitated transplantation connected with various 100 plus organizations as a part of the development projects.“While the transplantation was on various research projects to ascertain survival of transplanted trees were jointly initiated and papers are being published on a regular basis,” he added.Characteristics of about 50 species in different agro-climatic zones with regards to transplantation have been documented. The institute is diligently working towards forming policy on tree transplantation and a committee regarding the same has already been formed.Surendra Kumar, Director, Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST), said, “we are hosting the “14th National Silviculture Conference which commemorates 100 years of evolution of silviculture and forestry priorities in the country.”“Among various path-breaking ideas that will be shared during this event, we are also exultant to assimilate our joint initiative of “Green Cover Retention” with Volvo into this prominent event,” he added.Talking about environmental care, Bali said “Environment is one of the core values at the Volvo Group, is a key contributing factor of sustainable transport in India. Volvo Trucks along with Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) under Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Ministry of Environment and Forest, had embarked on an ambitious project for exploring ways to retain our existing green cover.”As part of this the first edition of “Green Cover Retention: The Critical Need, Policy and Practices-2017” was organised last year. Enthused by the positive energy of the participants we have mooted to embrace the concept under a larger umbrella of the National Silviculture Conference which is in its 100th year of actuality, and is a flagship congregation of eminent dignitaries aiming at the study, cultivation, and management of trees. In effect the “Green Cover Retention-2018” will have wider scope.” October 30, 2018 COMMENTS Published on eventscenter_img corporate social responsibility Volvo COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Bulandshahr violence Key accused Yogesh Raj arrested say police

first_img COMMENT Published on SHARE UP CM’s ‘hate speeches’ led to Bulandshahr lynching: Opposition SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Yogesh Raj, a key accused in the mob violence in Bulandshahr in which a police inspector and a civilian were killed, has been arrested, police said Thursday.Raj, the local convenor of Bajrang Dal, was on the run ever since the violence broke out in Siyana tehsil of the district on December 3, 2018.He was arrested around 11.30 pm on Wednesday from the Khurja T-point on National Highway 91, the police said.On Wednesday, Satish and Vineet, accused of violence, and Azhar, accused in the cow slaughtering case, had surrendered in the local court in Bulandshahr.An official said the police were gathering evidence related to their involvement in the cases and legal proceedings were underway.“Yes, Yogesh Raj has been arrested. He is undergoing medical examination and would be produced in the local court later today for legal proceedings,” Circle Officer (Siyana) Raghvendra Kumar Mishra told PTI Thursday morning.Working on a tip-off about his movement from Khurja to Bulandshahr, Raj, whose name appears on the top in the FIR on December 3 violence, was nabbed by the police, officials said. With his arrest, the number of accused held in connection with the violence has gone up to 31, they said.Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar of Chingrawathi village were killed in the mob violence that broke out in Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village.Two cases were lodged at the Siyana Police Station the next day, one for violence, in which the police had turned complainant, and the other for alleged cow slaughter, on a complaint by Raj.Twenty-seven people, including Raj, were named in the FIR, while 50 to 60 unidentified people were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 307 (attempt to murder), 302 (murder), 124A (sedition), 147, 148, 149 (related to rioting), 332, 33, 353 (related to voluntary assault on public servant to obstruct them from performing their duty), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others). They were also booked for destroying public property, among others.On December 5, two days since the violence, a purported video of Raj surfaced on social media in which he had claimed innocence and said he was sure of being cleared of all accusations.However, his statements on the sequence of events on December 3 in the purported video were contrary to what he had stated in the complaint for cow slaughter based on which an FIR was registered against seven people, including two minors, of Nayabans village January 03, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Powergrid Jabalpur Transmission commissions new line

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd COMMENT January 03, 2019 Published on The transmission system is put under commercial operation with effect from January 1, 2019. Representative imagecenter_img SHARE power and distribution COMMENTS Strengthens link with Vindhyachal-V Powergrid Jabalpur Transmission Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, has successfully commissioned the Vindhyachal Pooling Station-Jabalpur Pooling Station 765kV Double Circuit Transmission line.The project, secured through Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB), is part of the Transmission System Strengthening associated with Vindhyachal-V and has been established on a Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (BOOM) basis.The transmission system is put under commercial operation with effect from January 1, 2019.The 765kV D/C transmission line is one of the longest transmission lines comprising more that more than 750 circuit km. The line traverses through seven districts in Madhya Pradesh. Despite severe Right of Way and hindrance by miscreants during the construction, the transmission line was successfully commissioned with the meticulous coordination with all stakeholders including support from the administration.The project was reviewed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Pragati and was followed up by regular monitoring by the Project Monitoring Group and the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Power for its commissioning.The transmission system facilitates supply of power with reliability and security and more than 2,500 MW power flow has been recorded on commissioning of the Transmission line.Beyond Jabalpur Pooling Station, dispersal of power is through existing/planned transmission network under Inter-State Transmission System, according to a statement.last_img read more

Ecstasy and agony over Rahuls Wayanad entry

first_imgKerala politics Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE Rumours over Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s candidature from Wayanad seem to thrown the State Congress unit into a tizzy. T Siddique of the Congress, who was named candidate after prolonged infighting, promptly stood down when his mentor, senior leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy announced that Gandhi might pick Wayanad as a second seat. Rahul Gandhi did not answer related queries in New Delhi on Monday where he unveiled the minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest people of the country. ‘No convincing answers’The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee or its office-bearers are not able to come up with convincing answers either, though Chandy told newspersons in Kottayam on Tuesday that he was still optimistic. Confusion persists in the All-India Congress Committee over not having confirmed a candidate for Vadakara, where senior leader and sitting MLA K Muraleedharan has already started campaigning. Speculations are rife that Siddique could be rehabilitated in Vadakara in the event of Gandhi announcing his decision — in which case, Muraleedharan would be retained as MLA from Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram. March 26, 2019 elections Congress President Rahul Gandhi   –  Kamal Narang Kamal Narang COMMENTSlast_img read more

NHRC registered 136 cases of death in police custody in 201819 minister

first_imgNEW DELHI: NHRC has registered 427 cases relating to alleged deaths of accused in police custody and 5,049 cases pertaining to deaths in judicial custody. Minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy, in a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said that cases of deaths in police custody registered by NHRC in 2018-19 were 136 and of those in judicial custody, 1,797. The corresponding number of cases involving alleged deaths in police custody and judicial custody in 2017-18 were 146 and 1,636 respectively and in 2016-17, 145 and 1,616 respectively. Reddy said that NHRC had recommended disciplinary action against 20 erring public servants during the last three years in such cases. However, no record of the cases of conviction is maintained by the commission. NHRC also carried out visits to various prisons from time to time for monitoring the conditions of undertrials and prisoners. NHRC has also made efforts to sensitize officials through workshops, seminars and camps, the MoS told the Lok Sabha. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more