HMD Global will be announcing the India price and availability of the Nokia 5.1 Plus today at 2pm. The phone was first announced alongside the Nokia 6.1 Plus last month, but at the time the company did not reveal the pricing of the 5.1 Plus. HMD is touting the Nokia 5.1 Plus as a gaming phone on account of it being powered by a pretty powerful Helio P60 mid-range processor. The phone will be available on Flipkart and we expect a flash sale model similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus.The Nokia 6.1 Plus has seen a pretty strong response in India with units going out of stock within minutes in the three flash sales so far. The Nokia 5.1 Plus offers a pretty similar design language and software and we expect the response to be similar. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will be priced lower than the 6.1 Plus, perhaps somewhere around Rs 13,000 given the specs on offer, which would help it compete against the likes of the Realme 1 and Redmi 6 Pro.The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch HD+ edge-to-edge display with a notch cutout and 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a compact form factor that’s lightweight and easy to use with one hand, based on our initial impressions. The phone comes with 2.5D curved glass panel on the back and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. As an Android One phone, the Nokia 5.1 Plus runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo with a promise of monthly Android security updates.ALSO READ: Nokia 5.1 Plus quick review: If priced right, would be worth your attentionadvertisementPowering the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a 1.8GHz Helio P60 chipset which will be offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with support for expandability via a microSD card. It supports a hybrid dual SIM slot (nano + micro SIM/microSD), USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The 5.1 Plus also comes with a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 13MP + 5MP configuration with LED flash. Up front, the phone comes with an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The handset also houses a 3,060mAh battery similar to the 6.1 Plus.
Google removes 85 dangerous apps from Android Play Store, check this list to ensure they are not in your phoneGoogle has removed a total of 85 malicious apps from Play Store after security researchers found these apps to be a disguise of an adware familyadvertisement India Today Tech New DelhiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 12:00 IST HIGHLIGHTSThese apps were available in the form of game, TV, and remote control simulator apps.These apps have been downloaded over nine million times from the Play Store.The researchers found another type of fake apps also that exhibited a different type of ad-showing behavior.Google has removed a total of 85 malicious apps from Play Store after security researchers found these apps to be a disguise of an adware family. These apps were available in the form of game, TV, and remote control simulator apps on the Android Play Store.The issue was first reported by the security researchers at Trend Micro. “This adware is capable of displaying full-screen ads, hiding itself, monitoring a device’s screen unlocking functionality, and running in the mobile device’s background,” said the researchers at Trend Micro in the blog.According to the blog post, these apps have been downloaded over nine million times from the Play Store with one of the apps named “Easy Universal TV Remote” has alone been downloaded over 5 million times. It is the most downloaded apps among the list of all 85 adware apps. The app also received multiple comments until the time it was available on the Play Store.Despite coming from different developers and signed by different APK public key certificates, the apps exhibited same source code and shared the same source code.So what harm could these apps actually cause you? Once downloaded and launched, these apps display a full-screen pop-up ad asking you repeatedly to press various buttons to continue. Every new page in the steps would open a new ad page. This would happen again and again until the app finally crashed. Some of the malware apps would disappear after showing that it is buffering . These apps would still run in the background and show up in every half an hour on the device.advertisementThe researchers found another type of fake apps also that exhibited a different type of ad-showing behavior. These apps would track the screen unlocking action and display ads every time user locked the phone’s screen. This is not that Google has removed such click fraud apps from the Play Store. The tech giant in November removed 13 malicious apps from Play Store after they were found to lack legitimate functionality. Later in December, it removed another 22 fake apps for having a backdoor built into them that helped the apps do ad-fraud.Here is the list of some of the malicious apps that you should not have on your phone:– SPORT TV– Prado Parking Simulator 3D– TV WORLD– City Extremepolis 100– American Muscle Car– Idle Drift– Offroad Extreme– Remote Control– Moto Racing– TV Remote– A/C Remote– Bus Driver– Trump Stickers — Love Stickers– TV EN ESPAÑOL– Christmas Stickers– Parking Game– TV EN ESPAÑOL– TV IN SPANISH– Brasil TV– Nigeria TV — WORLD TV — Drift Car Racing Driving — BRASIL TV — Golden — TV IN ENGLISH — Racing in Car 3D Game — Mustang Monster Truck Stunts — TDT España — Brasil TV — Challenge Car Stunts Game — Prado Car — UK TV — POLSKA TV — Universal TV Remote — Bus Simulator Pro — Photo Editor Collage 1– Spanish TV — Kisses — Prado Parking City — SPORT TV — Pirate Story — Extreme Trucks — Canais de TV do Brasil — Prado Car 10 — TV SPANISH — Canada TV Channels 1– Prado Parking — 3D Racing — TV — USA TV 50,000 — GA Player — Real Drone Simulator — PORTUGAL TV — SPORT TV 1– SOUTH AFRICA TV — 3d Monster Truck — ITALIA TV — Vietnam TV — Movies Stickers — Police Chase — South Africa TV — Garage Door Remote — Racing Car 3D — TV — TV Colombia — Racing Car 3D Game — World Tv — FRANCE TV — Hearts — TV of the World — WORLD TV — ESPAÑA TV — TV IN ENGLISH — TV World Channel — Televisão do Brasil — CHILE TVALSO READ | Google removes 13 malware apps from its Play StoreALSO READ | Google deletes 22 Android apps with hidden virus, check this list to see and ensure they are not in your phoneGet 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 byPriya Pathak Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Play StoreFollow AppsFollow fake apps
BALTIMORE — A clash of seasonings is looming in federal court, as Maryland’s Old Bay seeks to protect its trademark in a lawsuit against another spice blend, New Bae.The Daily Record reports Old Bay maker McCormick & Co. sued this week to stop Pittsburgh-based Primal Palate from using the “New Bae” name.The paleo diet-centred Primal Palate launched New Bae as an organic blend in October 2017, touting its suitability for crab legs, fries and Bloody Marys. McCormick asserts Primal Palate has used taglines like “Out with the Old, and in with the NEW” to capitalize on Old Bay’s “fame and goodwill.”The lawsuit says Primal Palate responded to a cease-and-desist by acknowledging New Bae’s name was a “nod” to Old Bay.Primal Palate didn’t respond to the newspaper’s comment request.___Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.comThe Associated Press
Islamabad: Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013. “Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingDam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown. According to the book, Omar listened to the BBC’s Pashto-language news broadcasts in the evenings, but even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a USD 10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes. The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him. At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangA second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room. It was not clear if the search was the result of a routine patrol or a tip-off. Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout. He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.
The government’s decision to suspend cross LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in view of potential misuse of trade routes by Pakistan related elements is a good safety measure. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday evening imposed the suspension with immediate effect following reports of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency being funnelled into the country through these routes. MHA’s decision comes in the wake of NIA’s ongoing probes which have unravelled how LoC trading channels are operated by individuals closely associated with banned organisations fuelling terrorism and separatism. To this extent, it is likely that these operators are working at the behest of such banned outfits and pumping in illicit weapons to spread terror. Considering how India already retracted the most preferred nation (MFN) status following the Pulwama incident, apprehensions exist that LoC trade corridor might be extensively used to evade higher duty. MFN was certainly a boon for the trade relations between neighbouring countries and its absence must have certainly left Pakistan’s export of common goods to a standstill. The LoC trade, meant to facilitate the exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, is allowed through two trade facilitation centres located at Salamabad in Baramulla district and Chakkan-da-Bagh in Poonch district. As per the government’s order, trade at both the centres have been suspended indefinitely while the government prepares stringent regulatory and enforcement mechanisms in place. Prior to this, trade and travel between the two sides were suspended following heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC on April 1 which led three fatalities in Poonch while 24 others, including five security personnel, were injured. However, it had resumed on Tuesday with trucks carrying common goods across LoC into India. But NIA’s probe must have facilitated an insightful review of the decision which has now closed all trade facilities with Pakistan. It may be argued as to why this was not the case since the day India went on a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. In all likelihood, the LoC trade routes may have been utilised to detrimental extents already. Reports received by MHA cite how “the trade has changed its character to mostly third party trade and products from other regions, including foreign countries, are finding their way through this route”. This means that a narrow corridor to India has been available for unscrupulous and anti-national elements to exploit. It would be interesting to see how Pakistan reacts to this development since earlier MFN and now this means Pakistan has to bear the full brunt of the incursions caused by terror outfits operating from its soil. While many may opine that this is detrimental to the relations between two nations, it is to be noted how this is the least concerning when it comes to relations. Presence of JeM on Pakistani soil was a single largest breach of trust that Pakistan has not been able to justify since it had claimed that JeM was banned back in 2002. India is wary of the potential threat to its territories, especially with the ongoing elections. But this threat could not have developed overnight. The timing of the decision attracts curiosity more than it garners apprehension. This sort of threat has been suspected for years as pointed out by Omar Abdullah and acknowledging it the state’s demand for truck scanners at trade points was floated but did not materialise. MHA’s decision cannot be criticised despite what the dissenting politicos such as Omar Abdullah or Mehbooba Mufti may feel. In a bid to safeguard borders from unforeseeable threats, the order puts several traders’ businesses in turmoil. This suspension also adds to the Pakistan policy of current dispensation which has so far projected a different outlook against Pakistan compared to the previous governments. Modi’s national security narrative gets another addition but his commitment towards mending relations with Pakistan certainly takes the back seat. What remains to be seen is whether this trade suspension helps curb whatever apprehensions MHA has cited as per NIA’s probe or does it only surface as a bold statement to reiterate Modi’s ‘nation first’ approach. As much as these safeguards would be appreciated in the light of what happened in Pulwama, it remains to be seen how they are handled to benefit the locals who have been at the receiving end of the Centre’s policies and notifications.
Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that all of the ambassadors she has met with so far from all regional groups have indicated that they see the revised text as a “very good basis for negotiations,” and appealed to them to “maintain the current momentum and spirit of cooperation.”The Durban Review Conference, scheduled for 20-24 April in Geneva, will assess progress in implementing the measures adopted at 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in South Africa eight years ago.Regarding the text, ambassadors told Ms. Pillay that “any fine-tuning or improvements should minimal” and that the “fundamental balances contained in the current text should not be reopened.”They also told the UN official that “this text meets the basic requirements of all concerned, while still being substantive and adding value to the fight against racism, xenophobia and similar forms of intolerance,” she said.When the shortened, but still substantive, version of the text was released last week following consultation with all regional groups and interested delegations, the High Commissioner voiced hope that it would be a “major turning point” in preparations for the Conference. She has acknowledged that the text has been the target of criticism by those who fear a repetition of the anti-Semitic outbursts witnessed in Durban. 27 March 2009The top United Nations human rights official today said she is “greatly encouraged” by the positive reactions to the shorter version of the draft outcome document for next month’s anti-racism conference, calling for efforts towards reaching a consensus to keep pace.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie tumbles, economy sheds 29,000 jobs in April, jobless rate steady at 6.9% TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed sharply lower Friday as jobs data for April showed a big decrease in employment.The loonie fell 0.62 of a cent to 91.78 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy lost a net 28,900 jobs last month against expectations of a gain of about 12,000. It was also a huge turnaround from March, when the economy cranked out 43,000 jobs, which means just 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period.The unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 per cent.The participation rate was a bit lower than expected, coming in at 66.1 per cent versus the 66.3 per cent rate that economists had forecast.The Canadian dollar had charged ahead almost two-thirds of a US cent Thursday to a four-month high in the wake of a positive reading on housing starts.Markets had also been encouraged by China’s April trade data that showed an improvement in exports. Exports rose 0.9 per cent from the previous year, compared with a 6.6 per cent decline in March. Imports also grew after a contraction in March but at a subdued level.On the commodity markets, July copper was up two cents to US$3.08 a pound amid positive inflation news from China.Consumer prices in the world’s second-largest economy rose 1.8 per cent over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4 per cent increase, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy.Oil prices gave up early gains and June crude declined 27 cents to US$99.99 a barrel.June gold bullion faded a dime to US$1,287.60 an ounce. A Canadian dollar coin, or loonie, and an American dollar are balanced on a scale in Quebec City, on April 7, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2014 6:44 am MDT
Brock University doesn’t want to just study youth. It wants to recruit them to help researchers look into the issues they face throughout adolescence.The Brock Healthy Youth Program, or B-HYP, is seeking Niagara-based volunteers aged 14-24 to sit on a new engagement committee.“They are going to be a sounding board,” said knowledge mobilization officer Jayne Morrish. “It’s going to help tailor the research and interpret the findings.”She said B-HYP is set to start its first research program following more than 3,000 Niagara youth over seven years to evaluate how mental and physical health interact during adolescence.B-HYP is focused on youth health and well-being so it is critical that we include youth.“We are interested not only in finding out ways to prevent health problems over time, but also in finding out ways to promote youth health and well-being. Our definition of health is not only the absence of disease but it is a state of physical, mental and social well-being,” said Psychology Professor Teena Willoughby, scientific director of B-HYP.The youth advisory committee will help researchers determine everything from questions to ask, how to best present data, connecting with youth and what issues to focus on.“B-HYP is focused on youth health and well-being so it is critical that we include youth,” Willoughby explained. “It is hard for our study to affect change in adolescents’ lives if we do not have youth participation – we are hoping that the youth engagement committee will help us accomplish this.”Morrish said the research is unique because it will look at physical and mental health together.“You can’t just look at mental health in a silo and you can’t just look at physical health in a silo. You need to look at them together because there are so many connections,” she said.She said the study will be transdisciplinary and includes: Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research, Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being, the Centre for Healthy Development through Sport and Physical Activity and the Centre for Bone & Muscle Health.Willoughby said B-HYP is looking for a wide variety of youth from people currently involved in research projects to those with an interest who want to learn more.Ideally they will find 15 people to sit on the committee, Morrish said.As a member of the B-HYP Youth Committee, youth will get an opportunity to be a part of ground-breaking research on youth, gain valuable volunteer experience and volunteer hours, obtain a reference letter and professional leadership experience for a resume, and receive opportunities for honorariums and other incentives.For more information or to apply visit the website.
Now that Winter Term has come to an end, it’s high season for high school students on campus.Brock has been buzzing with activity over the past two weeks, with secondary students from across Niagara and the GTA taking tours, listening to presentations, participating in lab demonstrations and getting a taste for life on campus.That jam-packed lineup continues this week, with the addition of the popular Scientifically Yours event May 10 and 11, and the Ontario Classics Conference May 10 to 12.“For many high school students, University campuses can seem very intimidating at first,” said Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International. “Some have never set foot on a University campus while others may be the first in their family to apply and attend University. Providing students with a welcoming first impression of Brock is critical to reassuring them that they will have a positive student experience during their time with us.”Included in the many high school events that have happened recently or are scheduled to take place on campus this week are:April 27 — Stamford Collegiate performed at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) as part of In the Soil Arts Festival.May 1 — Grimsby’s Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School was at Brock as part of a Psychology Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) program.May 3 — Brantford’s Assumption College School was at Brock for a Health and Wellness SHSM program; District School Board of Niagara parents were also on campus for an introduction to Brock.May 4 — The District School Board of Niagara’s Programming Contest was held in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science’s computer labs.May 5 — The Department of Dramatic Arts held its invitational and weekend tours for high school students.May 7 — About 500 students from the District School Board of Niagara rehearsed at the MIWSFPA for Music Monday, before performing at the Meridian Centre that evening. May 8 — DSBN Academy held its Grade 11 student visit; Mississauga’s John Fraser Secondary School brought students from the Health and Wellness SHSM program for a campus tour, Health Sciences lecture and lab activity; About 60 Grade 10 and 11 students from Thorold High School, Eastdale Secondary School and Port Colborne High School visited for campus tours, presentations and a Dramatic Arts activity with Professor Joe Norris and his improv students; The Grade 9 drama students from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School performed their original self-produced children’s play in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre for elementary and secondary school students of the NCDSB.May 9 — About 14 students from Pelham’s E.L. Crossley Secondary School will be on campus for a tour, Kinesiology presentation and lab demonstration; the Brock-Niagara French Competition will be on campus all day; Niagara Catholic District School Board students will be rehearsing and participating in workshops at the MIWSFPA for Music Day before performing at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.May 10 — About 42 Health and Wellness SHSM students from Mississauga Secondary School will be on campus for a tour, Health Sciences lecture and lab activity; The Grade 9 drama students from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School performed their original self-produced children’s play in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre for elementary and secondary school students of the NCDSB; The Scientifically Yours event begins; Ontario Student Classic Conference begins.May 11 — Scientifically Yours; Ontario Classics Conference.May 12 — Women’s hockey will host its recruit day; the Ontario Classics Conference will have its final day.Throughout the coming weeks there will be various youth programs and tournaments; the Niagara Principals’ Awards will be presented.Is there an event missing from this list? If so, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHaiti rattled by several aftershocks following earthquakeOctober 8, 2018In “Regional”Haiti braces for deadly stormOctober 4, 2016In “Regional”USAID provides initial US$1.5 million for the Caribbean in wake of Hurricane MatthewOctober 6, 2016In “latest news” Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery, (AP)PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti said 18 people have now been confirmed dead following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country on October 6.The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) in its latest revised statement said that 580 people were injured up from the last figure of 333. The last assessment had indicated that 17 people had died.The authorities said that the civil protection teams and the National Laboratory of Building and Public Works are completing the damage assessment, with the help of several partners.In Port-de-Paix, which bore the brunt of the quake and the several aftershocks, the authorities said that hospital care is now being provided to residents free of cost and that the Immaculate Conception Hospital received a generator with a capacity of 125 kilowatts, a gift from the presidency.It said that the distribution of food aid continues, a treated water storage tank and a hand washing point have been installed in an accommodation site with support from Action against Hunger.“These initiatives complement the implementation of hygiene awareness actions in shelters, with a view to preventing cholera outbreaks,” the statement said.According to the latest evaluations, 11,497 houses, up from 7,430, were either destroyed or damaged and that 90 per cent of them were in the communes of Bassin-Bleu, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Louis, north-west and Gros-Morn.The most affected commune in the north is Pilate where at least 533 homes were affected.
Vancouver firefighters on Friday night were working two nearly back-to-back traffic collisions in different areas, which resulted in a total of nine people being taken to a hospital, one believed injured seriously.In the first crash, at Northeast 94th Avenue and 99th Street, three adults and three children were taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center in four ambulances.About 7 p.m., firefighters and Clark County Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the first crash, north of Padden Parkway and east of Interstate 205 near Sunset Elementary School.Most seriously hurt in the head-on collision was a 39-year-old woman who had been the front-seat passenger of an Acura, with a total of 6 people riding inside, said Capt. Kevin Murray with the Vancouver Fire Department. The woman had to be cut from the wreckage and was rushed to the medical center with injuries that appeared serious.Two other adults in the Acura were transported by AMR Northwest paramedics with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening, Murray said.An infant who was properly restrained in a car seat was believed unhurt.A 6-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl in the Acura were placed on backboards as a precaution and transported to the medical center.“The 6-year-old boy was sitting on the lap of the adult in the back seat,” a very unsafe practice, Murray said. Washington laws require everyone in a vehicle to be properly restrained and motorists who violate the law can be fined.The Acura and a Nissan had collided at the intersection. The 18-year-old driver of the Nissan refused medical treatment.Names were not immediately available. More information should come later from the Sheriff’s Office.At 7:23 p.m. Friday, shortly after the first crash, another was reported in the area of Southeast 192nd Avenue and 34th Street, east of Fisher’s Landing and near Camas.
Monica Lewinsky Before Monica Lewinsky was a household name, she had an affair with a theater production manager at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, which thrust the region into the national spotlight in the 1990s.Lewinsky is back — penning an essay for Vanity Fair’s May 13 issue — but the theater manager, Andy Bleiler, has slipped into obscurity.It appears he’s a technical director and adjunct professor at a Christian college in Tennessee.Bleiler confessed to having a five-year affair with the famous White House intern, resulting in crews from “60 Minutes” and CBS camping out at the school.The two met while Lewinsky was a student a the Beverly Hills, Calif., high school where Bleiler worked. Lewinsky moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. Bleiler left his job at the Beverly Hills school in 1994 and moved to Portland, where Lewinsky started working as his baby sitter.It’s unclear if Bleiler will surface again in Lewinsky’s essay. WASHINGTON — Monica Lewinsky says there’s no question her boss — Bill Clinton — “took advantage” of her when he was president.But she says their affair was consensual and if there was any abuse involved, it came afterward, when Clinton’s inner circle tried to discredit her and the president’s opponents used her as a political pawn.The former White House intern, now 40, writes about her life in the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, out this month. In released excerpts, she says she’s perhaps the first Internet era scapegoat and wants to speak out on behalf of other victims of online humiliation.
Will this weekend’s feel more like fall? Check out the weather forecast.Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:Vigil remembers girl, 7, who died of brain injuryAt the vigil for Stormy Solis on Wednesday evening, everyone shook multicolored glow sticks toward the darkening night sky to remember how the 7-year-old girl was bright and full of life.“Let’s wave to our little light,” Penny Francis, a friend of Stormy’s family, told a crowd of a couple hundred people at Fisher Basin Community Park in east Vancouver. Stormy died Friday morning from a brain injury. She reportedly fell off the swings at Fisher’s Landing Elementary School two days earlier, on Oct. 1., but no one saw the incident during recess. When she came home from school, she complained about being dizzy and was later admitted to the hospital. Doctors at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland took her off life support Friday. Afterwards, her tissue and organs were harvested, including her heart and lungs, benefiting 18 people, Francis said.“That was a really big deal,” she said. “That’s the only thing that’s balanced out our grief.”Read more about the tribute for Stormy Solis.Ted Nugent to get $45K to settle dispute over fair concertControversial rocker Ted Nugent didn’t play a note at the Clark County Fair, but that didn’t prevent him from collecting a settlement worth $45,000. Second grade teacher Cindy Bonnell reads from the book “How to Heal a Broken Wing” by Bob Graham on Wednesday evening during a vigil remembering 7-year-old Stormy Solis.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowTrump taps petrol industry ally for top EPA job Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President-elect Donald Trump has selected a friend of the oil and gas industry to be EPA administrator: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt has fought President Obama’s environmental policies, on behalf of his state, and with other attorneys general.Accusations of fake news and Islamophobia fill Anchorage AssemblyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA controversy has erupted in Anchorage, with accusations about fake news, liberal media bias, and a militant Islamic training camp in Wasilla that does not exist. The issue started online, but within days has spread into city government.Two missing after vessel sinks near Priest RockLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaTwo people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska Tuesday night, forcing crew members to abandon ship.UAF rape victim speaks out following investigation completion Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has completed an investigation of a campus rape case. The university will not comment on the September 2016 case, but the victim is again speaking out.Money management at Mental Health Trust raises concernsAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBack in 1956, Congress set up the Alaska Mental Health Trust to make sure the state could provide mental health care programs to its residents far into the future. Since then, the Trust has had a tumultuous history, and some state leaders fear it could be in danger once more. Legislators are considering a special audit of the Trust and how the Trustees are investing its money.NTSB: 1 dead in plane crash in AlaskaAssociated PressResponders say one person has died in a plane crash on military property in Alaska’s interior.How much oil is really in ANWR? Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ranks as one of the most controversial chunks of land in Alaska. Since Congress set it aside for more study in 1980, environmental groups, politicians and industry have battled over whether to explore for oil there — or to protect the wilderness forever. As the Trump administration gets ready to take the White House in January, the debate will likely flare up again.
Visakhapatnam: Children play a key role in becoming change agents and inspire others in the community, GVMC Commissioner G Srijana said on Wednesday.She was addressing a gathering at a programme organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Plan India and Grama Swarajya Samithi (GSS) as part of their three-year-long partnership in taking forward the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya campaign in State-run schools. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The- three-year-long Urban WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) – Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya project aimed at promoting sanitation, economical use of water and sensitise school children on maintaining hygiene, among others. As part of the project, the GSS members said that scores of schoolchildren gained access to potable water, safe sanitation, among other amenities. USAID senior advisor Anand Rudra said that clean sanitation was a right and should be accessible for all irrespective of their economic conditions. Senior programme manager of Plan India said there was a 15 per cent increase in the school enrollment among girls in 20 schools where the project was taken up.
Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowTwitterBrie Larson and Scarlett Johansson’s friendship goes beyond the sets of Avengers: Endgame. However, it took a while for Larson to recollect how she first met her co-star/friend. The two accomplished actresses shared a couch on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where they discussed a lot of things, including how they first met.In a video shared by The Ellen Tube, Scarlett is seen jogging Brie’s memory to the time when their paths first crossed. Surprised and slightly hurt by Larson’s inability to remember how they first met, the actress asked her Endgame co-star, “You don’t remember how we met?” To this, an uncertain Larson said, “I do. I thought you didn’t…” Johansson then tried to test her memory by asking her if she remembers some of the details on how and where they met. Larson tried her best to find the right answer but sadly couldn’t come up with anything better than “At dinner?”As a form of jest, Scarlett claimed to be affected by Larson’s lack of enthusiasm towards meeting her. She said, “Clearly it made an impression on me but somebody else didn’t care.” Brie Larson finally said, “I didn’t even think about that because I just felt like I was basically a glorified extra and you were Scarlett Johansson.” But Johansson responded with a broad smile, “I noticed you, Brie. I noticed you. You were not a glorified extra.” For those who are unaware of how the two actresses first met, it was on the sets of Don Jon.Back in 2013, Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson worked together in the romcom and even grabbed some food together and converse. Interestingly, while Scarlett Johansson remembers how she first met Brie Larson, the same cannot be said about Mark Ruffalo. Turns out Brie and Mark starred in 13 Going on 30 where she played one of the mean girls. However, it is not surprising that Ruffalo doesn’t remember her as not many people even knew that she was in the film. At the premiere of Avengers: Endgame at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Ruffalo found out that he and Brie go way back.Avengers: Endgame is set to release on April 26. While the movie has already released in the United Kingdom and China, the rest of the world will watch all the heroes take on the purple Titan tomorrow. The film stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin and more.Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowYouTube
© 2019 Science X Network Explore further SDSS r-band image of the central 4′ × 4′ region of NGC 5908. The circles are the location of the IRAM 30m beams with the size indicating the beam size at 12CO J = 1−0 band. The black solid circles have twice the exposure time as the white solid ones. The two dashed circles (“8” and “9”) are taken in the 2018B semester, with “9” has an exposure time comparable to the black solid circles while “8” has much shorter exposure time. Most of the observations are along the dustlane, except for position “8” which is on the galactic center and slightly offset from the dustlane. The scale bar has a length of 20 kpc assuming a distance of d = 51.9 Mpc. Image credit: Li et al., 2019. Citation: Research provides insights into molecular gas in the massive spiral galaxy NGC 5908 (2019, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-insights-molecular-gas-massive-spiral.html Massive spiral galaxies, with stellar masses few times greater than that of the Milky Way, often have relatively low star formation rates (SFRs), even lower than that of our home galaxy. This baffles astronomers, as it is impossible for these galaxies to build up such huge stellar mass with just continuous star formation at this SFR. Hence, some other mechanisms that influence galactic evolution are likely taking place in massive spiral galaxies.In order to gain more insights on this topic, further research on overall content and spatial distribution of molecular gas in galaxies of this type are required. Such studies could disclose how molecular gas builds up the stellar content of these massive objects.With that aim in mind, a team of astronomers led by Jiang-Tao Li of University of Michigan, used the IRAM 30m millimeter radio telescope, located in Spain, to conduct observations of molecular lines of carbon monoxide and its isotopologues from NGC 5908. The target of the observational campaign, carried out under the Circum-Galactic Medium of MASsive Spirals (CGM-MASS) project, is a highly inclined massive spiral galaxy about 170 million light years away from the Earth, with a stellar mass of around 256 billion solar masses and SFR of approximately 3.81 solar masses per year.”In this paper, we focus on the initial results from the IRAM 30m observations of NGC 5908, which has the highest-quality data and is the nearest galaxy in the CGM-MASS sample,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The study found that the total mass of molecular gas in NGC 5908 is about 8.3 billion solar masses, while with the addition of atomic hydrogen, the total cool gas mass is at a level of 13 billion solar masses, which makes it one of the most massive isolated spiral galaxies. However, although these results confirm that the cool gas in NGC 5908 makes a significant contribution to the galaxy’s gas budget, it is still far from sufficient to account for the galaxy’s expected total baryon mass of around 2 trillion solar masses.The observations also revealed that NGC 5908 has a dark matter halo with the mass of approximately 10 trillion solar masses. This, together with other results, indicates that NGC 5908 is one of the most massive spiral galaxies yet known in the local universe, and suggest that it evolved largely in isolation.Furthermore, the researchers found that one of the studied molecular lines and the estimated gas temperature indicate a relatively weak star formation in NGC 5908. The results also suggest that radiative cooling of the hot circum-galactic medium (CGM) or any other external gas supplies are probably insufficient to compensate the gas consumed in star formation.Therefore, analyzing all the results of IRAS observations, the researchers concluded that NGC 5908 is probably now at an early stage after the starburst, with plenty of leftover cool gas. “Since there is no signature of recent triggering of star formation (such as galaxy merger, gas transfer, or enhanced cooling of the CGM etc.), we conclude that NGC 5908 is not completely quiescent, and it may be in the early stage after the previous starburst, before the star formation is completely extinguished and the ejected gas cools and falls back to the galaxy,” the astronomers wrote. More information: Jiang-Tao Li et al. Molecular Gas of the Most Massive Spiral Galaxies I: a Case Study of NGC 5908. arXiv:1904.05413 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.05413 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. Astronomers study star formation and gas flows in the galaxy NGC 1365 In a recently published research, which is part of a broader observational campaign focused on studying massive spiral galaxies, astronomers have investigated molecular lines of carbon monoxide and its isotopologues in NGC 5908. The study, detailed in a paper published April 10 on arXiv.org, sheds more light on properties of molecular gas in this galaxy, what could be helpful to better understand the evolution of such massive objects.
(Credit: Billion Photos/Shutterstock)Whether it’s regulating a burst of anger or calming down a bout of anxiety, taking a deep breath can have a potent effect.There are compelling hints that controlled breathing can improve overall physical wellbeing, but the neurophysiology — the link between our minds and bodies — of controlled breathing hasn’t been very extensively researched. A new study from researchers at Northwestern University and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine begins to delve into the topic by attempting to separate the mechanisms that govern controlled and automatic breathing in the brain.Much of the neurophysiological research into breathing has has focused on the brain stem, the researchers say, which controls automatic processes like our heart rate and blood pressure. That work only captures breathing that’s done reflexively, though. Because we have the ability to take control of our breathing rate, other areas of the brain must be involved as well.A Brain GameSo, to find out how our brains behaved when we get in the driver’s seat and take control of our breathing, the researchers studied patients using intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG). They published their work in the Journal of Neurophysiology.You’ve probably heard of an EEG machine — they measure changes in electric currents inside the brain to give researchers an idea of what brain regions are active at any given time. They rely on electrodes places on the scalp to do this, and because they’re outside the brain, there’s some fuzziness to the data.An iEEG relies on the same concept, but it gathers data from electrodes placed inside of the brain, making it much more accurate. These electrodes are sometimes implanted in people with severe forms of epilepsy as a form of treatment, and the Northwestern researchers drew their subjects from among these patients.To establish a baseline of uncontrolled, normal breathing, the subjects’ breathing was measured while performing a task requiring sustained attention on a computer. The goal was to get patient’s attention away from their breathing and let the brain stem take over. Once this was established, the researchers looked at two types of non-automatic breathing: sped-up breathing and focused breathing.When asked to accelerate their pace of breathing, the researchers say, the subjects experienced more brain activity in the amygdala. It’s an area of the brain usually associated with emotional behavior, and decision-making. The sped-up breathing could be simulating anxiety states, they think, and voluntarily increasing the rate could be triggering mechanisms similar to those activated by anxiety.Under ControlOn the opposite end of the neurophysiological spectrum, controlled breathing is often used to calm anxiety and stress. To call subjects’ attention to their own breathing, the researchers asked them to count how many breaths they took over multiple two-minute periods.Notably, the study only factored in data from when the subjects accurately counted their breaths over the span of the two-minute period. When the subjects did not count correctly, their brain patterns were similar to when their breathing patterns were at rest. But when the subjects focused completely on their breathing to accomplish accurate counts, they seemed to tap into far different regions of the brain.This included the hippocampus and insula — both regions that are related to emotion — as well as the anterior cingulate cortex, which plays a role in the modulation of blood pressure and heart rate.Forward-ThinkingThe work is preliminary, and we can’t draw too many inferences about how breathing is actually connected to cognition yet, but it’s a start. The researchers finding align with other studies that have found signs of activity in these same brain regions, and add to the evidence that areas of the brain linked to higher forms of cognition are also involved with some types of breathing.Therapeutic breathing practices have used control and awareness of breathing for millennia, despite little evidence for or understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms. Studies like this provide a compelling scientific background for controlled breathing exercises.Such information could be beneficial for everyone from yoga instructors to professional athletes to therapists — but there’s plenty of research left to be done. For now, just kick back, relax and take a deep breath.
News | May 08, 2015 Proton Therapy Center Czech First to Employ IBA Motion Management System Universal Beam Triggering Interface can exchange information between proton therapy system and up to four different motion management systems for more efficient therapy May 8, 2015 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT) announced the first clinical use of its Proteus Plus Universal Beam Triggering Interface (UBTI), a new application in the administration of proton therapy. This interface can connect up to four different patient position monitoring and respiratory management systems to the IBA proton therapy system. The Proton Therapy Center Czech, Prague, Czech Republic, treated a patient using the Qfix breathing control equipment Dyn’R SDXTM connected to UBTI for automatic control of the proton beam according to the tumor motion. As respiratory management systems guide the proton beam more precisely to the tumor, they help leverage the inherent strengths of proton therapy. Motion management strategies make it possible to decrease treatment margins so the dose to the tumor can be raised while potential toxicity to vital organs is reduced. UBTI can exchange information between the IBA proton system and up to four different motion management systems in order to automatically hold and resume proton as well as X-ray beam irradiation in conjunction with monitored patient parameters, with very low latency. This automated regulation of beam-on/beam-off periods eliminates the burden of manual irradiation pause and resume, increasing performance and safety of treatments. Integration with UBTI has already been validated for two respiratory management systems: Dyn’R SDXTM and Vision RT gateRT. Both support voluntary breath hold and free-breathing techniques — SDXTM by measuring pulmonary air volume, and gateRT by monitoring skin surface. They are fully compatible with IBA treatment delivery modalities, as beam hold-and-resume is synchronized with delivery cycles so that multiple interrupts do not affect uniformity (in double or uniform scattering) or conformity (in pencil beam scanning) of dose distribution. C-rad has developed an IBA proton system compatible catalyst as well, and others are to follow. The Proton Therapy Center Czech opted for UBTI-driven assistance of SDXTM with deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) to support its clinical protocol. Using a spirometer, the SDXTM monitoring device permits beam irradiation when the pulmonary volume reaches a specified level, previously calculated during patient training, and ceases when the patient relaxes his breath hold. Thoracic and abdominal tumor motion can thus be managed during radiotherapy.Clinicians selected a 48 year-old female with Hodgkin’s lymphoma as the first to receive treatment with UBTI-driven assistance of SDXTM with DIBH. This specific diagnosis was chosen because it affects relatively young patients and leaves them free of respiratory problems, contrary to those with diseases like lung cancer. Treatment was divided into 15 fractions, with a target volume that covers the whole mediastinum and neck nodules. The treatment plan consists of just one field counting about 10 layers, which takes only a few minutes per fraction, each fraction requiring 5 to 7 inspirations from the patient. Computed tomography (CT) imaging and patient alignment are also performed using Dyn’R SDXTM.Ji?í Kubeš, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Proton Therapy Center Czech, said: “Integrating a breathing control device into proton therapy is a huge step for our center. Because the preciseness of dose delivery onto the target volume is highly crucial, mandating little or no internal organ motion, we previously had to exclude treating several indications situated in the mediastinum. Now, thanks to the integration of the SDX breathing control device, proton therapy comes within reach of new patient populations that could not be considered for treatment at our center until today.”For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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