A former Facebook employee told a Delhi Assembly panel that violence in the national capital in February this year could have been easily averted if the social media giant had acted in a proactive and prompt manner.The Committee on Peace and Harmony, headed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha, had summoned the former Facebook employee Mark S Luckie in the wake of several allegations of culpability of the social media platform in the riots in Delhi earlier this year.- Advertisement – “He (Mark S Luckie) also asserted the events like Delhi communal clashes, Myanmar genocide and Sri Lanka Communal violence could have been easily averted had Facebook acted in a more proactive and prompt manner,” read a release by Committee on Peace and Harmony.Luckie, during his tenure at Facebook, has actively worked with various core teams made extremely scathing revelations on the internal functioning of Facebook, thus spilling beans on the entire organisational structure of Facebook globally as well as regionally.During the course of the deposition, Luckie affirmed that there has been repeated interference by the top officials of the Facebook teams including their policy heads at the instance of the political parties upon the content moderation teams which has caused eventual compromise in the execution of their own community standards, read the release.- Advertisement – He alleged that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also partakes in various liaisons with different political parties across the globe in order to earn special benefits or favours as it is of common knowledge that many prominent politically figures seek his indulgence every now and then.According to the Committee on Peace and Harmony, Luckie also spoke about the recruitment process of the top heads of the Company where he signified that for an extremely important post like that of Public Policy Head, persons having cordial government relations or having special political affiliations and who have strong hold on lobbying within the government are preferred, a practice which in itself casts a shadow of doubt on the ”politically agnostic management” stance which Facebook often tries to shields under. – Advertisement –
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Studies: Novel H1N1 affects deep lung tissue, transmits fairly well
Jul 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The novel H1N1 (swine) influenza now circling the globe causes more serious lung disease than seasonal flu strains and sheds from the lung and throat tissue where it reproduces at higher rates, according to two animal studies published today—findings that could explain autopsies and case reports of severe pneumonia as well as the virus’s rapid spread.And while the studies, conducted in ferrets and mice, agree that the new flu passes fairly well between individuals, they disagree over the effectiveness of different modes of transmission.A team from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the virus transmits easily between ferrets housed in cages whose walls are 4 inches apart. But a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the novel virus only transmitted well when the ferrets shared direct contact—a sign, that team said, that the new virus has not yet fully adapted to mammals.The European team, though, warned that the new H1N1 is adapted enough to compete with seasonal flu strains for turf in humans. It “has the ability to persist in the human population, potentially with more severe clinical consequences,” they wrote.Both studies were published online today by the journal Science.CDC/MIT: Deeper infections with novel H1N1In the study from the CDC and MIT group, investigators tested the ability of three different novel H1N1 isolates to cause disease in ferrets and mice and assessed the transmissibility of the new virus in ferrets by comparing it to a seasonal H1N1 virus.Ferrets groups were inoculated intranasally with one of the four viruses, then 24 hours later were either placed in the same cage with flu-naive ferrets to gauge contact transmission or were placed in a cage adjacent to naive animals to test droplet transmission. Researchers monitored ferrets’ clinical signs for 14 days.Investigators measured transmission by assessing viral titers in nasal washes and by detecting viral antibodies in the blood of recovering animals.The animals that received the novel flu viruses lost more weight than the ones that were infected with the seasonal flu strain. Viral shedding patterns were similar for the novel flu groups and the seasonal flu group.Investigators, however, detected high titers of viruses in the lower respiratory tracts of animals infected with two of the three novel H1N1 viruses but not the seasonal flu virus. The group also found the novel flu virus in the intestinal tracts of the novel-H1N1–infected animals, consistent with gastrointestinal symptoms that have been reported in humans infected with the new virus.Direct contact vs droplet spreadIn the transmission comparison arm of the study, the researchers found that the seasonal H1N1 virus transmitted quickly and completely by droplet transmission and direct contact among the ferrets. However, the novel H1N1 viruses did not spread by droplets to all ferrets, and transmission was delayed by 5 or more days in two of six infected pairs.The group wrote that their findings suggest the morbidity and lung viral titers are higher in ferrets infected with the novel H1N1 virus and that, while the virus spread completely among contact group, it did not always spread to the ferrets in the droplet transmission group.”This lack of efficient respiratory droplet transmission suggests that additional virus adaptation in mammals may be required to reach the high-transmissible phenotypes observed with seasonal H1N1 or the 1918 pandemic virus,” the group wrote.In just one of the puzzles presented by the new virus, the CDC-MIT team found that the novel H1N1 lacks two genetic characteristics that normally encourage flu viruses to bind to the respiratory tract and replicate: an affinity for alpha-2,6 receptors in the lungs, and an amino acid substitution in a gene known as PB2 (for polymerase basic protein 2) that allows the virus to replicate at airway temperatures.The lack of those two features suggests that the new flu has not completed its adaptation to humans, and “should be closely monitored as markers for enhanced virus transmission,” the authors wrote.Terrence Tumpey, PhD, the study’s corresponding author and senior microbiologist in the CDC’s influenza division, told CIDRAP News that the study shows that the new virus is transmitting, but not quite as well as seasonal strains. “Seasonal strains transmit like clockwork as soon as we push the cages together,” he added.Researchers who have worked with ferrets during influenza studies can readily tell the difference when they stand outside the cages and listen for sneezes, he said. Ferrets infected with seasonal strains sneeze frequently, those inoculated with avian influenza strains sneeze hardly at all, and those who are sick with the new H1N1 virus sneeze somewhere in between those two levels, Tumpey said.”We think it [the new virus] could still make additional changes to become more transmissible,” Tumpey said. “We need to keep a close eye on the virus and monitor for changes.”Dutch study: High transmission with droplets and aerosolIn the Dutch study, ferrets were inoculated with a novel H1N1 from the first known case in the Netherlands, a 3-year-old child who had developed a fever and respiratory symptoms and recovered. (Genomic analysis showed that the virus from the Dutch child was only minimally different from the California isolate used in the CDC study.)The virus was administered to ferrets, and their course was compared to that of ferrets given a seasonal flu virus isolated in the Netherlands in the 2006-2007 season.Across the board, the ferrets that received the novel H1N1 shed 1.5 times more virus from their respiratory tracts than ferrets infected with seasonal flu. Virus was present in their lungs and trachea, rather than just in their noses, and they also experienced more tissue damage that went deeper into their lungs.In the most striking difference from the CDC group, the ferrets in the Dutch study caught the H1N1 flu from one another “via aerosol or respiratory droplets.” In another difference, the Dutch study did not find any viral replication outside the animals’ respiratory tracts; livers, spleens, kidneys and brains were free of H1N1 on necropsy. (There was no indication the Dutch team did pathology on their ferrets’ intestinal tracts.)Though the ferrets in the Dutch study were moderately ill at most, the authors warned that the novel H1N1’s ability to transmit easily and replicate throughout the respiratory tract could make it a serious health threat in humans. Because seasonal flu strains replicate high in the nose and throat, and avian flu replicates deep in the airways, co-infection with either could product a reassorted virus that causes more serious human disease or picks up drug-resistance factors from currently circulating seasonal strains, they said.Transmission around globe not slowingLending anecdotal credence to the transmissibility of novel H1N1 has been its continued spread among people worldwide. As community spread of the virus takes hold in more parts of the world, the virus is showing up anywhere that groups of people gather, such as:Summer camps. Officials from the Muscular Dystrophy Association shuttered the group’s summer camps after the virus was detected at several locations, prompting the CDC to issue new guidance.Prisons. The virus struck a women’s prison near Miami, sickening at least six women, with more than a dozen other suspected cases, and the virus is suspected at a facility in Queensland, AustraliaAthletic events. Members of a women’s basketball team returning to Iraq were confirmed as the country’s first cases, an Australian athlete was infected with the virus at the World University Games in Belgrade, and flu fears surfaced this week as some Wimbledon players became ill.Cruise ships. Three crew members on a Seattle-Alaska cruise were isolated in their rooms after testing positive for the virus, and a Dutch boat based in Aruba was turned away from different ports in the Caribbean after some crew and passengers began showing symptoms.In addition, earlier this week, health authorities from Saudi Arabia warned high-risk groups to avoid the hajj pilgrimage that starts in late November because the crowded setting could post a flu-transmission risk. And a study that appeared this week in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that of 20 countries that had the highest travel volume to Mexico in 2007 and 2008, 16 had experienced recent novel H1N1 importations from the country.Commenting on this community spread during the summer months, influenza expert William C. Schaffner, MD, told CIDRAP News, “This transmission in summer camps reminds us that not all summer camps are rural, with kids living in open cabins. There are many summer camps that resemble school—my grandchildren just went to theater summer camp; other kids go to computer or music summer camps.”That plus the fact that this is a new virus, in a completely susceptible population, namely children and young adults, is clearly contributing to this ongoing transmission. I don’t mind saying the degree of transmission has surprised me and frankly most of my colleagues also.”Schaffner, professor and chair in the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, added “I think the ongoing transmission this summer and what we know is happening in the southern hemisphere—in Argentina and in Australia and New Zealand—is going to be a harbinger of what is going to happen this next influenza season in the United States.”We all anticipate that H1N1 will be a dominant if not the dominant influenza strain.”Maines TR, Jayaraman A, Belser J, et al. Transmission and pathogenesis of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza viruses in ferrets and mice. Science 2009 Jul 2; early online edition: [Abstract]Munster VJ, de Wit E, van den Brand JM, et al. Pathogenesis and transmission of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus in ferrets Science 2009 Jul 2; early online edition: [Abstract]See also:Khan K, Arino J, Hu W, et al. Spread of a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus via global airline transportation. (Letter) N Engl J Med 2009 Jul 9;361:212-4 [Full text]
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz GUEST BLOG: Help Us Develop a Plan to Protect and Serve PA’s Seniors
GUEST BLOG: Help Us Develop a Plan to Protect and Serve PA’s Seniors Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Healthcare, Human Services, Seniors, The Blog Did you know that Pennsylvania has more than 2.9 million residents age 60 and older? By 2020, the population of older Pennsylvanians is projected to increase by 25%.The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is committed to protecting this growing population of seniors and to providing the best possible services to all of our aging residents. So that we may continue to receive federal funds which support the array of programs and services which help older Pennsylvanians age in place, my department is currently seeking comment on our proposed State Plan on Aging.The plan that we are currently developing will cover October 2016 to September 2020. By completing this plan, the department will receive federal funds. These funds are used for vital services such as:support services,nutrition programs,disease prevention,health promotion initiatives,caregiver support programs,and elder rights protection activities.As part of our plan development process, department staff has engaged in vital conversations with the public: including the vast network of area agencies on aging and the Pennsylvania Council on Aging.We held seven Community Listening Forums across the commonwealth, where we sought input on aging services in Pennsylvania.All of these elements were brought together to create a draft State Plan.This draft contains the goals, objectives, and strategies developed during the planning process thus far. Our draft builds upon my department’s foundation of prevention and protection. The goals include the efforts that the Department of Aging puts forth in order to carry out our objectives:promoting existing services,improving access to services,enhancing the quality of services,and empowering the workforce.Now, we need to hear input from you about our draft so that we can design and submit a final plan that best reflects and responds to the needs of older Pennsylvanians.To comment on our draft plan, please visit aging.pa.gov and click on ‘State Plan.’ Under ‘Event Info,’ click on ‘Public Hearings.’ Directions for the different ways to offer comment are listed here. All comments must be received by May 24, 2016.You can also make arrangements to attend a public hearing near you. Public Hearings are scheduled forMay 18th in Allegheny County,May 19th in Dauphin County,and May 24th in Philadelphia County. By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary, Secretary of Aging May 18, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz GUEST BLOG: Beer Sales Reform Measure Benefits Consumers and Family-Owned Businesses
GUEST BLOG: Beer Sales Reform Measure Benefits Consumers and Family-Owned Businesses SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 19, 2017 By: Senator Chuck McIlhinney Free The Six-Pack, Government That Works, Liquor Reform, The Blog Senator McIlhinney is the Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and played a critical role in creating both the liquor modernization law and the new law pertaining to beer distributors.2016 saw some of the most dramatic changes to liquor and beer sales in Pennsylvania’s history, including a sweeping modernization bill approved in June that expanded the number of retailers that are permitted to sell various types of alcohol.Although these historic reforms offered consumers an unprecedented new level of convenience, the law left beer distributors at a significant competitive disadvantage. Coupled with the growing number of grocery stores that are now offering beer for sale, new retailers began siphoning off business from distributors, who were still shackled by antiquated laws regarding the type and quantity of products they were allowed to sell.An additional reform measure approved by lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Wolf in October helped level the playing field for beer distributors and provide even more options for consumers. The new law, which went into effect this week, allows beer distributors to sell beer in different quantities, including six-packs and growlers. The law also allows consumers to mix and match individual bottles to sample a wider variety of available products.The end result is a law that offers broader options for consumers, helps local beer distributors remain viable in the new marketplace, and supports small brewers by allowing more people to sample locally brewed products before committing to buying an entire case.It’s rare in public policy to balance every competing interest in a way that benefits all parties. It is extremely encouraging that the changes we’ve made over the past several months to all of Pennsylvania’s liquor and beer sales laws seem to be an exception to that rule. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Two-bedroom duplex design comes with stylish beauty salon and gym
1/47 Treeview Drive, Burleigh Waters.A STYLISH beauty salon and gym helped seal the deal for the buyer of this Burleigh Waters duplex. The two-bedroom duplex at 1/47 Treeview Drive sold for $507,500 last week and while it might only have two-bedrooms Josh Willat from Ray White Robina said its attraction was all in the stylish design. The previous homeowners ran their business from home The beauty salon has its own private entrance from the house “It goes to show that living in a duplex doesn’t mean you have to cut down on space which was the biggest draw card for this place in particular,” Mr Willat said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“The previous owners were a small family with a two-year-old daughter and ran a beauty business from home. “The door in the salon opens to a gym so it is a really flexible space.” The duplex was designed to bring in light Mr Willat said the space was originally a garage that had been converted into two separate areas.“The couple have done it up and styled it well, they put a big deck around it and there are two separate entrances so it feels like a private space,” he said. 1/47 Treeview Drive is close to the Treetops Plaza Shopping Centre and has easy access to the M1“It would be perfect to run your home business from and a lot of younger buyers were keen on doing that.” The design also comes with low maintenance gardens and bi-fold doors to the front deck and the garden. “With two outdoor entertaining areas and your own wood fired pizza oven, this property provides a vibrant feeling that is hard to find.”
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Hamptons haven offers the best of coastal living
The result is a Hamptons-inspired home on the waterfront that embraces the coastal lifestyle. “We did a full renovation on it,” Mr Maxwell said. “We got a lot of enjoyment out of it.”They are moving to start a new renovation project.Jamie Harrison and Mitch Palmer of Ray White Broadbeach/Mermaid Waters are marketing 35 Allandale Entrance at offers over $1.599 million. 35 Allandale Entrance, Mermaid Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 35 Allandale Entrance, Mermaid Waters. 35 Allandale Entrance, Mermaid Waters.IT was once a brick house with a peach and mint green palette but after an extensive renovation, this Mermaid Waters home exudes opulence. Owners Martin and Sophie Maxwell, who bought the property at 35 Allandale Entrance three years ago, stripped it right back to the bare bones in an effort to transform it into their dream home.
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz EIP Wraps Up Pre-Trial Tests of Ambient Subsea Lifter
Ecosse IP (EIP) has recently completed pre-trial tests of its newest product, the Ambient Lifter (AL10T), in Buckie Harbour, UK. These tests form part of the development of EIP’s new range of subsea lifting products, the company said.The recent tests follow on from trials completed in September 2018 in which the Ambient Lifter successfully lifted 5Te from the seabed. Building on the results of last year’s harbour trials, the engineering team at EIP has scaled up the Ambient Lifter, increasing the lifting capacity from 5Te to 10Te and adding an ROV garage and docking interface to form an integral element of the subsea solution provided by EIP’s Ambient Lifter product range.The tests are a pre-cursor to full harbour trials scheduled for March 2019, which are being supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).Dorothy Burke, EIP managing director, said: “We are delighted with the way in which the Ambient Lifter performed during these tests: the scaled-up model AL10T performed well, successfully demonstrating it can be manoeuvred with the integrated ROV and can lift a 10Te weight. A full harbour trial is scheduled for March with clients and trade organisations planned to attend. We are delighted the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is supporting our next trials and also look forward to working with Oceaneering and Aleron on the next phases through to commercialization.”
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Real Madrid plot fresh £70m transfer bid for United star this summer
Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… United would demand £70million for De Gea, 29, who only signed a new £375,000-a-week contract in September. Real are one of the few clubs who could afford the fee and his wages and United could be willing to cash in if the Spaniard indicates he wants to leave as a consequence of Real’s renewed interest. De Gea’s form has come into a question with another high-profile error in last Sunday’s draw at Everton. Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, was already being talked about as a possible replacement for De Gea next season. Henderson, 22, has won rave reviews with the promoted Blades who are banging on the door of European qualification. De Gea almost moved to Real in the 2015 summer window before the deal collapsed as the paperwork was not lodged in time due to a fax problem. The keeper hails from the Spanish capital and started his career at Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford in 2011. He has gone on to make 393 United appearances and until last year was regarded as world No 1. But a lack of concentration saw him let Ismaila Sarr’s tame effort go through his hands in the defeat at Watford. Then on Sunday, he delayed a clearance and hit it at Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin before the ball rebounded back into the net. Zinedine Zidane wants De Gea to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid Read Also: Ramos reveals secrets to his success at Real Madrid De Gea will return for tomorrow’s Manchester derby but the Goodison blunder was the seventh he has made leading to a goal since the start of last season. His new deal is due to run to 2023 with the option for the club to extend a further year. But Real’s renewed interest may now suit the player and the club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid plan a fresh bid to sign Man United shot-stopper David De Gea this summer. SunSport understands Real boss Zinedine Zidane remains a huge fan of Manchester United’s keeper and wants him to replace Thibaut Courtois.
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Antique eyes becoming PH’s native ‘lechon’ capital
River tubing is anenvironment-friendly sport where guests ride on used inner tubes of vehicletires while floating on the water. The bid to become the country’s native“lechon” capital is one of the activities lined up for the Northern AntiqueRiver Festival on Oct. 26-27. (With areport from PNA/PN) She said that some of the roastednative pigs prepared in the province are organic and cultured. “The provincial government, throughthe ‘Sacada’ desk, had been distributing native pigs, which they could breed,to the sugar migrants as livelihood assistance. To help them find a market,Antique is being launched as the native lechon capital,” APTO consultant JuanCarlos Perlas said on Thursday. While the office has no exact figureas to their number, native pigs are plenty in Culasi, Tibiao, Laua-an, andSibalom towns. The Antique Provincial Tourism Office(APTO) with the Antique Eco-Tourism Association (AETA), will offer around 15 to20 native roasted pigs for free taste in Barangay Tuno, Tibiao, Antiquetomorrow. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said the provincewould like to be recognized as one of the progressive provinces in WesternVisayas while creating tourism-related activities to further attract touristswho come to nearby Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. Provincial veterinarian Dr. Romeo Magdatosaid native pigs are either black or spotted black and weigh from three to fivekilograms in 45 days compared with white or upgraded breed that can reach up to10 kg in 45 days. The native “lechon” will be served afterthe 1st Karay-a Kulinarya Cooking Challenge that will be participated by around12 hotels and restaurants in the province. Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao says the province would like to be recognized as one of the progressive provinces in Western Visayas while creating tourism-related activities to further attract tourists who come to nearby Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. PNA.GOV.PH He added that many opted for thenative “lechon” because it is known to be more flavorful and has less fat. Native pigs are also not capitalintensive because they only eat “kangkong” (water spinach) and “camote” leaveswhile the upgraded breed eats commercial feeds. “Right now, Antique has three to fivepercent in terms of tourists coming from Boracay. It’s inspiring to hear themsay that we are blessed, lucky in the Philippines that we don’t have to buildmillions of pesos worth of water parks,” Calawag said. AETA president Flord Calawag said thefestival will kick off with the 2nd National Extreme River Tubing Raceelimination at the Malumpati River in Pandan, Antique today. Calawag that added the festival as awhole will help promote Bugang and Tibiao rivers as a recreational attractionfor water activities, such as extreme tubing and kayaking. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province isgearing to become the “Native Lechon Capital of the Philippines,” a moveexpected to create livelihood opportunities for sugar migrants and hoggrowers. “We thought of an idea, like promotingAntique as the Native Lechon Capital of the Philippines so that the spillovertourists in Boracay could come to Antique where there is the best tastingnative lechon,” she added.
Category: wfdfymautuvzduuz Robbery scene quickly turns real
Crawfordsville, In— A film crew (Montgomery County Production)ended on the wrong side of police in Crawfordsville Wednesday.A robbery scene was being filmed at the Back Step Brewing Company on North Green Street around 7 p.m. A passerby saw the activity and called 911.Because the film crew did not inform police about the filming multiple units responded to the scene.When police arrived they observed the suspect, later identified as Jim Duff, backing out of the establishment wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. When police told the suspect to drop he turned toward police. At that point, one shot was fired by police at Duff. Duff dropped the weapon, took off the mask and told police it was a movie set.Duff was held by police until the story could be verified.