Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Disaster Relief In Japan

first_imgNews Facebook Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Flood Relief yoshiki-donates-10-million-yen-disaster-relief-japan NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Yoshiki: X Japan Email Yoshiki Donates 10 Million Yen To Disaster Relief In Japan Twitter In the wake of devastating flooding, the X Japan founder provided generous and much needed support Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 16, 2018 – 4:47 pm International music superstar Yoshiki has sprung to the aid of his native country in the aftermath of heavy downpours and flooding that has caused extensive damage in western Japan. The celebrated musician has donated 10 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own charitable foundation, Yoshiki Foundation America.  “I just saw the news in the U.S. and I pray for those who passed away,” Yoshiki said in a statement. “I truly hope the damage caused by heavy rain will not spread anymore.”The damage in western Japan is staggering, with a death toll surpassing 210 victims and warnings circulating of even more landslides to come. The devastation has been intensified by a heat wave that hit southern Japan, meaning Yoshiki’s generous support is coming at a critical time for those battling to survive the disaster.This is far from the first time Yoshiki has opened his heart and his wallet to help in the wake of a natural disaster. Last year he donated $25,000 to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and he lent another $100,000 to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares for disaster relief for hurricane survivors in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In 2016 he donated 10 million yen to earthquake disaster relief in Kumamoto.Those seeking to support the flood relief efforts in Japan can donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society. For more information on Yoshiki Foundation America, please visit the organization’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Save 15 on a tiny selfcontained Spotify player

first_img 4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags MP3 Playerslast_img read more

Admin backed attacks on Rangamati indigenous community NHRC member

first_imgNHRC member Banchita Chakma speaking at a meeting on Universal Periodic Review Photo: Prothom AloNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Banchita Chakma said the local administration had support for attacks on the indigenous community of Langadu upazila in Rangamati.The office-in-charge of the local police station and others were present at the time of attacks, but they did not take any action.The NHRC member made this allegation at a meeting on the rights of the indigenous people. Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Organisations on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) organised the meet at The Daily Star building on Sunday.On 2 June, at least 200 houses of indigenous people in Langadu upazila were torched. This took place after police recovered the body of Nurul Islam Nayan, organising secretary of Sadar union unit Jubo League.Citing her own experience, Banchita Chakma said, “I was the principal of Rangamati Government College in 2012. Police were deployed to ensure our security. Attacks on hill people were carried out in presence of the police. The attackers were never brought to trial.”She said the criminals repeatedly launch attacks on indigenous people as the perpetrators were spared after the crimes.Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum (BIPF) general secretary Sanjeeb Drong said the government is tricking indigenous people with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.The government should remember that too many tricks may invite trouble, he warned.Jatiya Adivasi Parishad president Rabindranath Saren presided over the meeting in which Kapaeeng Foundation (KF) project coordinator Babul Chakma presented the keynote paper. Falguni Tripura moderated the event.last_img read more

Study shows genes may play a role in promiscuity

first_imgCaptive Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata at Bodelwyddan Castle Aviary, Denbighshire, Wales. Image: Arpingstone/Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent study, in what is likely to stir some controversy, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have shown that finches in the wild, normally a monogamous type of bird, tend to cheat on their “spouses” and what’s more, it appears to be an inherited trait; but that’s not the end of it, the researchers also suggest in their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that such inherited traits may also exist in other species, including man. It has actually been known for quite some time that finches tend to stray, and while the male behavior seemed clear and well understood, the female behavior was somewhat of a puzzle. The males, by straying were spreading their seed around, thus keeping things in the finch world, richly diversified. But why would the females go along with the whole game, as there didn’t seem any reward for them?To find out, the team, led by Wolfgang Forstmeier, studied 1,554 zebra finches over five generations; taking DNA samples along the way. In addition to studying their natural behavior, they also swiped the eggs from some nests and deposited them in others to make sure the birds weren’t learning their errant behavior from a parent.What they found was that male finches with a father that strayed, were more likely to stray themselves, regardless of whether that father was around to help raise them. They also found the same was true for the females, a surprising result, but one that makes sense when you consider that if birds in any given area are to remain diversified, at least some of the females are going to have to stray as well; but not all, as clearly finches benefit from having nearly monogamous mates to help raise their young.The authors, even as they step out on a limb to suggest the same traits may hold true for human beings as well as for birds, immediately backtrack, making it clear they realized that there is far more going on when people stray, than when birds do so. Even so, it’s an interesting idea; one some people might use after learning about the results of this study, when looking for a rationale to excuse their behavior. More information: Female extrapair mating behavior can evolve via indirect selection on males, PNAS, Published online before print June 13, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1103195108AbstractIn many species that form socially monogamous pair bonds, a considerable proportion of the offspring is sired by extrapair males. This observation has remained a puzzle for evolutionary biologists: although mating outside the pair bond can obviously increase the offspring production of males, the benefits of such behavior to females are less clear, yet females are known to actively solicit extrapair copulations. For more than two decades adaptionist explanations have dominated the discussions, yet remain controversial, and genetic constraint arguments have been dismissed without much consideration. An intriguing but still untested hypothesis states that extrapair mating behavior by females may be affected by the same genetic variants (alleles) as extrapair mating behavior by males, such that the female behavior could evolve through indirect selection on the male behavior. Here we show that in the socially monogamous zebra finch, individual differences in extrapair mating behavior have a hereditary component. Intriguingly, this genetic basis is shared between the sexes, as shown by a strong genetic correlation between male and female measurements of extrapair mating behavior. Hence, positive selection on males to sire extrapair young will lead to increased extrapair mating by females as a correlated evolutionary response. This behavior leads to a fundamentally different view of female extrapair mating: it may exist even if females obtain no net benefit from it, simply because the corresponding alleles were positively selected in the male ancestors. Explore further Citation: Study shows genes may play a role in promiscuity (2011, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-genes-role-promiscuity.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Infidelity pays off for female Gouldian finches 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

Connect With Locals on Trafalgars NEW 2019 Europe Britain Program

first_img Trafalgar, a world leader in travel for over 72 years is excited for clients to ‘Connect With Locals’ with the launch of their 2019 Europe & Britain program. Canadians clients can now experience ‘The Good Life’ and discover the vibrant cultures across the continent and the fascinating people of these incredible place along with some “locals only” hidden gems.No matter which trips clients choose to explore, they will be introduced to the local people for a first-hand cultural immersion. From local artisans, family-run establishments or Trafalgar’s exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ dining experiences in local’s homes, guests will uncover the real, rich soul of Europe and Britain.Clients can truly connect with the areas and people they are visiting during the following ‘Connect With Locals’ trip highlights:Best of Switzerland During Trafalgar’s 9-day Best of Switzerland trip, clients will enjoy Swiss hospitality with local, Claudine Conne of Domaine Champ de Clos and her daughter on the vine-clad hills slopping down to Lake Geneva. They will share stories of the many years they have tended their vines, sample their harvested wines that are never exported and produced only for locals and get to taste iconic Swiss cheeses and cured meats that have been handmade directly from farm to table. Irish Highlights Throughout Trafalgar’s 7-day Irish Highlights adventure, clients will have the incredible experience of meeting Catherine Fulvio of Glenealy Farmhouse, a local Irish cooking icon and discover her three-generation historic family home. She has written four cookbooks, won Cookbook of the Year in Ireland, and made three cooking series, along with cooking on NBC’s Today Show in the USA. They will enjoy her culinary expertise as they devour some of her traditional Irish fare ending in a slow baked apple and carrot cake signature dessert.Scenic Scandinavia and its FjordsEmbarking on Trafalgar’s 14-day Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords guided holiday, clients can enjoy the Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Bergen, Norway dating back to the 1500s. They will enjoy a guided walking tour of the farm, learning about their farming region and farm’s history, before enjoying a delicious meal of typical Norwegian cuisine.For more information on Trafalgar’s ‘Connect With Locals’ experiences, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit Trafalgar.com/en-ca and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and, Twitter. Posted by Tags: Trafalgar, Trafalgar Spotlight ‘Connect With Locals’ on Trafalgar’s NEW 2019 Europe & Britain Program Sharecenter_img Saturday, October 6, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Iran agents in Latin America

first_imgWASHINGTON,D.C – As Iran chooses a new president this week, the activities of its powerful intelligence services have also been kicking into high gear across the globe. The U.S. State Department’s annual terrorism report, released May 30, headlined the “marked resurgence” of Iran’s terrorist activities — and with good reason. “Iran and Hizballah’s terrorist activity has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa,” the report reads. And that’s before we even get to Iran and Hezbollah’s active support for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown against his own people.But that’s not all. Closer to the United States, Iran not only continues to expand its presence and bilateral relationships with countries like Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, but it also maintains a network of intelligence agents specifically tasked with sponsoring and executing terrorist attacks in the Western Hemisphere.The same day the State Department released its report, highly respected Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who served as special prosecutor for the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, released a 500-page document laying out how the Iranian regime has, since the early 1980s, built and maintained “local clandestine intelligence stations designed to sponsor, foster and execute terrorist attacks” in the Western Hemisphere.Nisman found evidence that Iran is building intelligence networks identical to the one responsible for the bombings in Argentina across the region — from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Colombia to Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.Nisman’s 2006 report on the AMIA bombing already demonstrated how Iran established a robust intelligence network in South America in the early 1980s. One document, seized during a court-ordered raid of the residence of an Iranian diplomat north of Buenos Aires, included a map denoting areas populated by Muslim communities and suggested an Iranian strategy to export Islam into South America — and from there to North America. Highlighting areas densely populated by Muslims, the document informed that these “will be used from Argentina as [the] center of penetration of Islam and its ideology towards the North American continent.”Nisman concluded that the driving force behind Iran’s intelligence efforts in Argentina was Mohsen Rabbani, an Iranian who lived in Argentina for 11 years and played a key role in the Islamic Republic’s intelligence operations in South America. Rabbani, the primary architect of the AMIA plot, reportedly had come from Iran for the express purpose of heading the state-owned al-Tawhid mosque in Buenos Aires, but he also served as a representative of the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture, which was tasked with ensuring the quality of Argentine meat exported to Iran. The Argentine prosecutor reported that Rabbani began laying the groundwork for his spy network after arriving in the country in 1983. Indeed, just prior to his departure for South America, Rabbani met Abolghasem Mesbahi, an Iranian intelligence official who would later defect, and explained to Mesbahi that he was being dispatched to Argentina “in order to create support groups for exporting the Islamic revolution,” according to Nisman’s 2006 report.Rabbani advanced his vision of the “Islamic revolution” through a variety of means — including the execution of two large-scale attacks in Argentina. In 1992, Iran and Hezbollah bombed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people. Two years later, they targeted the AMIA Jewish community center, killing 85 people. Based on Nisman’s investigation, in 2007 Interpol issued six “red notices,” which request international cooperation to arrest and extradite a suspect, for the key players behind the AMIA bombing. Two of those red notices were for Mohsen Rezaei and Ali Akbar Velayati, both of whom are running for president in Iran’s upcoming election.Rabbani’s terrorist activities in South America, however, did not wane despite being indicted in Argentina. According to Nisman and U.S. District Court documents from the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, Rabbani helped four men who were plotting to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2007 and who sought technical and financial assistance for the operation, codenamed “Chicken Farm.” All four men were ultimately convicted in federal court.The four men first sought out Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat al-Muslimeen, and Adnan el-Shukrijumah, an al-Qaida operative who grew up in Brooklyn and South Florida and fled the United States for the Caribbean in the days before the 9/11 attacks. Unable to find Shukrijumah, the plotters “sent [co-conspirator] Abdul Kadir to meet with his contacts in the Iranian revolutionary leadership, including Mohsen Rabbani,” according to a news release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.One co-conspirator was Kareem Ibrahim, an imam and leader of the Shiite Muslim community in Trinidad and Tobago. During cross-examination at trial, Ibrahim admitted that he advised the plotters to approach Iranian leaders with the plot and use operatives ready to engage in suicide attacks at the airport. In one of the recorded conversations entered into evidence, Ibrahim told Russell Defreitas — a plotter who was a JFK baggage handler and a naturalized U.S. citizen — that the attackers must be ready to “fight it out, kill who you could kill, and go back to Allah.”Documents seized from Kadir’s house in Guyana demonstrated that he was a Rabbani disciple who built a Guyanese intelligence base for Iran much like his mentor had built in Argentina. In a letter written to Rabbani in 2006, Kadir agreed to perform a “mission” for Rabbani to determine whether a group of individuals in Guyana and Trinidad were up to some unidentified task.In the 1990s and 2000s, Rabbani also oversaw the education and indoctrination of Guyanese and other South American Muslim youth, including Kadir’s children, in Iran. Kadir was ultimately arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran. He was carrying a computer drive with photographs featuring himself and his children posing with guns, which prosecutors suggested were intended as proof for Iranian officials of his intent and capability to carry out an attack.In 2011, not long before the last defendant in the JFK airport bomb plot was convicted, evidence emerged suggesting Rabbani was still doing intelligence work in South America. An April 2011 article in the Brazilian magazine Veja, citing documents from the FBI, CIA, and Interpol, reported that Rabbani “frequently slips in and out of Brazil on a false passport and has recruited at least 24 youngsters in three Brazilian states to attend ‘religious formation’ classes in Tehran,” according to an article in the Telegraph.In the word of one Brazilian official quoted by the magazine, “Without anybody noticing, a generation of Islamic extremists is appearing in Brazil.”The growth of this Iranian extremist network in South America has immediate repercussions for the security of the United States. The same day that Nisman and the State Department released their reports, an Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in an Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington restaurant. In the assessment by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, this plot “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”Strangely, one of the countries most vulnerable to this terrorist threat appears more interested in placating, rather than opposing, the country responsible. In February, Argentina approved a deal with Iran for a joint “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 AMIA bombing — a step that insults the Argentine victims of the attack and makes a mockery of the rule of law. Of course, Nisman, Argentina’s own special prosecutor, left no doubt in his 2006 report and his latest 500-page report about the truth of who was behind the bombing — Iranian agents.The State Department has it right: There has indeed been a “marked resurgence” of Iranian state sponsorship of terrorism over the past 18 months. But as the new Nisman report drives home, here’s an even more disturbing fact — Iran has run intelligence networks in the United States’ backyard to “sponsor, foster and execute terrorist attacks” for decades.Matthew Levitt directs the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is the author of “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.” Levitt served as an expert witness in the JFK airport bomb plot criminal trials in the Eastern District of New York.© 2013, Foreign Policy Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Sweden and Hungary show the greatest level of medi

first_imgSweden and Hungary show the greatest level of media concentration amongst 11 countries surveyed by the European Audiovisual Observatory in a new report, Converged Markets – Converged Power? Regulation and Case Law.Which country shows the greatest level of media concentration depends on the measure used. Taking the combined audience share of the four main media groups in each country analysed, and using date provided by Eurodata TV World-wide, Sweden shows the greatest level of concentration with the top four groups holding 91.9% of the market.Taking the power of the top three European groups as the measure, Hungary shows the greatest concentration, with RTL group holding almost 30% of the daily audience. The three largest European media groups are ProSiebenSat.1, RTL Group and TF1 Group.last_img

Which billiondollar unicorn startups will go ex

first_img Which billion-dollar ‘unicorn’ startups will go extinct? Will Yemen become Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vietnam’? Larry Summers: The US may just have lost its role as underwriter of the global economic system. Is coal dying? Or can India make up for falling Chinese coal demand? Are you a terrorist? No? That’s exactly what a terrorist would say… Governments have long used “the war on terrorism” as a justification for stealing our freedoms. Now the French government is using terrorism as an excuse to impose capital controls. Terrorists like to use cash, you see. So French citizens who make cash payments exceeding €1,000, or withdraw more than €10,000 in a month, will have to answer to the money laundering authorities. Think this can’t happen in the US? Think again. A series of transactions that exceed $5,000 could get you reported for “suspicious activity,” warns Jeff Thomas in Doug Casey’s International Man. The trend toward a cashless society is clear. Soon, using any cash at all will arouse suspicion. Of course this has little to do with terrorism. Digital currency is easier to track, making it easier for a government to squeeze every last tax dollar out of its citizens. Digital currency is also more convenient for the government to steal right out of your bank account when the next financial crisis hits… just like the government of Cyprus did in 2013. When Will Brazil Hit Rock Bottom? Things are going from bad to worse in Brazil. Investors were hoping that its oil industry could blunt the pain of the collapse of its credit-fuelled boom. But cheap oil has crushed that dream. The stats are really ugly. Brazil’s currency has lost 40% of its value since early 2014, and its central bank has given up defending it. Consumer and business confidence are in the toilet. Inflation is running at 8%. Interest rates and taxes are rising. Utility and transportation tariffs are soaring. And the labor market is deteriorating. Not surprisingly, Brazil is facing a deep recession this year. It also must deal with the murky politics of Petrobras, which could lead to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. The scandal also threatens to put a stop to virtually all of the country’s civil construction projects. Like any country in crisis, Brazil is on our radar. But Casey Report Editor Dan Steinhart doesn’t like what he sees yet. The problem: unrepentant Marxists are still in power there. Gold: A Barometer of Financial Fear Don’t get distracted by misleading headlines about “Peak Gold.” Global gold production has not peaked and we’re not going to run out of gold, says Louis James, our chief Metals & Mining strategist. Louis adds that there’s no case for Peak Gold because, “[T]he supply of pure gold in easily tradable forms in private and public hands all around the world dwarfs mine supply almost to insignificance.” It’s true that high-grade discoveries are becoming rarer. But technology will always find ways of getting stuff out of the ground more cheaply, or recycling it more efficiently. The real limiting factor to the supply of gold is political and economic instability in many of the places where gold is found in the ground. With the Fed painted into a corner and respected analysts talking about a multi-decade global depression, gold bulls are perking up. The price of gold is really nothing more and nothing less than a barometer of financial fear. Is a College Degree Worth It? Going to college used to be a no-brainer. Not anymore, due to the incessant rise in college costs. But Dennis Miller, editor of Miller’s Money Forever, explains that college can still be a worthwhile investment… IF (and that’s a big ‘if’) you pay for it the right way. Blips and Bogeys The world’s second largest gold reserves remain untapped in the Philippines. Could that change? Oil didn’t fall off a cliff in response to the ‘tentative’ Iran nuclear deal. Instead, it gained 3% after Saudi Arabia raised Asian oil prices. The case for gold on the basis of currency fundamentals. A neat explanation on why less energy equates to lower GDP. Why Europe hates American tech companies Turkey is turning into a basket case. A rare interview with Barrick chairman. Tesla pushes its luck on Twitter. Ukraine’s economy has already fallen 15% this year. Just who is going to pay for that? Is Greece preparing to reintroduce the drachma? Amazon takes on Yelp and Angie’s List as it expands into home services. NSA spying to cost US IT companies $47 billion in the next 3 years. Google-backed Bitcoin exchange is shutting down… just as high frequency traders are starting to trade bitcoin. Artists install Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park. NYC immediately covers it up.last_img read more

Particledepleted diesel exhaust may worsen allergyinduced lung impairment

first_img“The take-home message,” said Dr. Carlsten, “is that technologies that remove particulate matter from diesel exhaust cannot be simply assumed to be beneficial to health, especially in susceptible populations.”Source: http://www.thoracic.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Air pollution from diesel engines may worsen allergy-induced lung impairment more when tiny particles are filtered from the exhaust than when they are not, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.This surprising result may be due to the fact that some particle-depletion technologies, including the one used by the researchers, increase the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the exhaust. NO2, which is subject to national air quality standards, has been shown to reduce lung function and may be a cause of asthma in children.In “Particle Depletion Does Not Remediate Acute Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Allergen,” Denise J. Wooding, MSc, and co-authors report on a randomized, controlled study of 14 non-smoking adults who were sensitive to at least one of three common allergens.”We previously demonstrated that diesel exhaust augmented allergic responses as well as airflow declines in those genetically susceptible, but we wondered if removing particles from the exhaust would lessen these effects,” said senior study author Chris Carlsten, MD, MPH, professor, head of respiratory medicine and Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the University of British Columbia.In this cross-over study, all 14 participants at various times were exposed in a laboratory to air with just the allergen, the allergen plus diesel exhaust and the allergen plus filtered diesel exhaust. They all also breathed air with no diesel exhaust or allergen, which served as the control.Related StoriesFood allergy caused by absence of beneficial bacteria in the gutComprehensive gene activity database could significantly reduce animal useNovel method can help clinicians identify individuals most in need of PrEPAfter each exposure, the participants underwent a commonly used test called methacholine challenge to determine how a patient responds to an inhaled allergen. Neither they nor those conducting the study were aware of which exposure they had undergone before being tested.The researchers also measured numbers of white blood cells, which marshal the body’s immune response but can “overreact” to allergens, causing breathing problems.The study found: The particle-depleted diesel exhaust produced by HEPA filtration and electrostatic precipitation generated higher NO2 levels than unfiltered diesel exhaust. Exposure to filtered diesel exhaust and allergen impaired the amount of air participants could forcibly exhale in one second (FEV1) more than allergen alone and more than unfiltered diesel exhaust and allergen. Increasing levels of white blood cells were associated with declining FEV1 scores, suggesting that white blood cells “play a meaningful role in reducing lung function in the context of these exposures.” The effects of filtered diesel exhaust on lung function and on white blood cells were more pronounced in those participants who were genetically susceptible to oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body.last_img read more

In Mauritius sugar cane means money renewable energy

first_imgCloud on horizonHowever there are clouds on the horizon in the form of a drop in sugar prices since the European Union ended quotas in 2017, and increases in production in Thailand, Brazil and India, which together have put pressure on the island’s farmers.Jacqueline Sauzier, secretary general of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture said falling sugar prices were “a fatal blow to the local sugar industry.””The number of small farmers has fallen from 26,000 in 2010 to 13,000 in 2018,” said Agriculture Minister Mahen Kumar Seeruttun.The question is whether Mauritius will be able to produce enough sugar cane to meet its target for renewable, bagasse-based electricity.Some sugar producers are hoping that preferential treatment might provide an answer.”Mauritius is a small, vulnerable island. We do not have the capacity of Thailand, Brazil and India, but we are an efficient producer because we value the entire sugar production chain,” said D’Unienville.”We need protected access to preferential markets. Small countries should have quotas as a priority because we are very vulnerable,” he said. Citation: In Mauritius, sugar cane means money, renewable energy (2018, December 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-mauritius-sugar-cane-money-renewable.html In Mauritius, around 60 percent of the island’s electricity is  generated by four sugar companies, each running its own thermal power station © 2018 AFP Far out into the Indian Ocean where it is forced to be self-reliant, the island nation of Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugar cane, for electricity. Cuba to use sugar cane in new electricity plant The cane stalks are crushed to extract juice for sugar. They are then soaked to extract the last juice. Finally, the stalks are fed into a thermal power station “Electricity is available 24 hours a day, on demand, without having to wait for the wind or the sun, since we can store bagasse as we would oil and coal,” said Jacques D’Unienville, Omnicane’s manager.And the carbon dioxide greenhouse gas produced by the burning? It is captured, according to D’Unienville, and used to add the fizz to soft drinks. The leftover, crushed sugar cane stalks and tips—dry fibrous material known as “bagasse”—is burned to help power Mauritius and reduce its reliance on coal and oil.Electricity from sugar cane now accounts for 14 percent of the island’s needs and, when combined with other renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydro, provides nearly a quarter of daily consumption.”The government’s goal is to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 35 percent by 2025,” said deputy prime minister Ivan Collendavelloo who is also energy minister.”The 35 percent is not far off; we will have 11 solar parks by next year and at least two wind farms,” he said. “Independent producers in the sugar industry will continue to provide the largest share of renewable electricity from bagasse,” he added.In Mauritius, around 60 percent of the island’s electricity is generated by four sugar companies, each running its own thermal power station.The plants run on coal for part of the year then switch to sugar cane byproducts when harvest season comes. Power 24/7At the end of November, the harvest is in full swing in the fields surrounding the Omnicane company, in the south of the island.Heavy trucks pulling huge trailers are lined up next to an immense warehouse to unload their cargo of fresh-cut sugarcane. During the harvest, 8,500 tonnes are sent daily to this facility—a total of around 900,000 tonnes for the year.The cane stalks are crushed to extract juice for sugar production. They are then soaked to extract the last juice and then heated to dry.Finally, squashed and dried, the stalks are fed into a thermal power station where they burn at 500 degrees Celsius, fuelling turbines that produce electricity for the plant and the national grid. Electricity from sugar cane now accounts for 14 percent of the Mauritius’ needs and, when combined with other renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydro, provides nearly a quarter of daily consumption Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Smart selfpowered knee implants could reduce number of knee replacement surgeries

first_img Knee replacement surgery is the most common joint replacement procedure, with the number of surgeries increasing every year. Many of those surgeries are done to replace an older implant or one that has worn out. Increasingly, this surgery is being performed for younger, more active patients who are faced with a dilemma. When they undergo the surgery, they are expected to remain physically active for their overall health, but that activity can also wear down the new implant. Often, doctors don’t know if patients are overexerting themselves until they begin to develop symptoms. By that point, the damage to the implant has already been done. For a young patient, going through knee replacement surgery every five or 10 years is a daunting task, but finding the perfect balance of activity levels to maintain the integrity of the implant has been equally daunting.Researchers decided it was time to create smarter knee implants that could monitor changes in activity as they happened. Assistant Professor Sherry Towfighian from Binghamton University served as the lead principal investigator on the study, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”We are working on a knee implant that has built-in sensors that can monitor how much pressure is being put on the implant so doctors can have a clearer understanding of how much activity is negatively affecting the implant,” said Towfighian.The sensors allow doctors to tell patients when a certain movement has become too much for the implant so patients can quickly adjust and avoid further damage to the implant. It helps them find the sweet spot of activity for each particular patient. Smart knee implants may soon be a reality thanks to research conducted by a team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. They used triboelectric energy, a type of energy that is collected from friction. Once someone walks, the friction of the micro-surfaces coming into contact with each other can be used to power the load sensors.Associate Professor Emre Salman from Stony Brook University designed the circuit and determined that it would need 4.6 microwatts. The preliminary testing showed the average person’s walk will produce six microwatts of power, more than enough to power the sensors. This part of the research was complemented by Assistant Professor Ryan Willing from the University of Western Ontario, who worked on the implant design and the package of the sensor.These smart implants will not only give feedback to doctors but will help researchers in the development of future implants. “The sensors will tell us more about the demands that are placed on implants, and with that knowledge, researchers can start to improve the implants even more,” said Towfighian.Towfighian is hopeful that the combination of activity sensors and a self-powered system will increase the life span of knee implants and reduce the need for follow-up surgeries. For young patients looking at the possibility of knee replacement surgery, this development has the potential to be life-changing.The research was published in Smart Materials and Structures. Smart knee implants may soon be a reality thanks to research conducted by a team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Credit: Binghamton University, State University of New York While the sensors solved one problem, they brought in another. The researchers did not want to power the sensors with a battery that might need to be replaced periodically and therefore, defeat the purpose of a smart implant. Instead, they worked on an energy harvesting mechanism that can power the knee implant from motion. Wathiq Ibrahim, a postdoc in Towfighian’s group, developed a prototype of the energy harvester and tested that under a mechanical testing machine to examine its output under equivalent body loads. 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. OSU Wexner Medical Center first in US to implant device for knee osteoarthritiscenter_img Explore further Provided by Binghamton University Citation: Smart, self-powered knee implants could reduce number of knee replacement surgeries (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-smart-self-powered-knee-implants-surgeries.html More information: Alwathiqbellah Ibrahim et al, A smart knee implant using triboelectric energy harvesters, Smart Materials and Structures (2018). DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aaf3f1last_img read more

Robots reading feelings

first_img Provided by Case Western Reserve University Citation: Robots reading feelings (2019, April 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-robots.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. Explore further Teaching robots how to interact with children with autismcenter_img “Woody,” a low-cost social robot, is reading the emotions on the human’s face, based on the algorithms being developed by researcher Kiju Lee and her team at Case Western Reserve University. Credit: Case Western Reserve University Robots are getting smarter—and faster—at knowing what humans are feeling and thinking just by “looking” into their faces, a development that might one day allow more emotionally perceptive machines to detect changes in a person’s health or mental state. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University say they’re improving the artificial intelligence (AI) now powering interactive video games and which will soon enhance the next generation of personalized robots likely to coexist alongside humans.And the Case Western Reserve robots are doing it in real time.New machines developed by Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Case School of Engineering, and graduate student Xiao Liu, are correctly identifying human emotions from facial expressions 98 percent of the time—almost instantly. Previous results from other researchers had achieved similar results, but the robots often responded too slowly.”Even a three-second pause can be awkward,” Lee said. “It’s hard enough for humans—and even harder for robots—to figure out what someone feels based solely on their facial expressions or body language. “All of layers and layers of technology —including video capture—to do this also unfortunately slows down the response.”Lee and Liu accelerated the response time by combining two pre-processing video filters to another pair of existing programs to help the robot classify emotions based on more than 3,500 variations in human facial expression.But that’s hardly the extent of our facial variation: Humans can register more than 10,000 expressions, and each also has a unique way of revealing many of those emotions, Lee said.But “deep-learning” computers can process vast amounts of information once those data are entered into the software and classified.And, thankfully, the most common expressive features among humans are easily divided into seven emotions: neutral, happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, surprise and fear—even accounting for variations among different backgrounds and cultures.Applications now and futureThis recent work by Lee and Liu, unveiled at the 2018 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media Conference, could lead to a host of applications when combined with advances by dozens of other researchers in the AI field, Lee said.The two are also now working on another machine-learning based approach for facial emotion recognition, which so far has achieved over 99-percent of accuracy with even higher computational efficiency.Someday, a personal robot may be able to accurately notice significant changes in a person through daily interaction—even to the point of detecting early signs of depression, for example.”The robot could be programmed to catch it early and help with simple interventions, like music and video, for people in need of social therapies,” Lee said. “This could be very helpful for older adults who might be suffering from depression or personality changes associated with aging.”Lee is planning to explore the potential use of social robots for social and emotional intervention in older adults through collaboration with Ohio Living Breckenridge Village. Senior residents there are expected to interact with a user-friendly, socially interactive robot and help test accuracy and reliability of the embedded algorithms.Another future possibility: A social robot who learns the more-subtle facial changes in someone on the autism spectrum—and which helps “teach” humans to accurately recognize emotions in each other.”These social robots will take some time to catch in the U.S.,” Lee said. “But in places like Japan, where there is a strong culture around robots, this is already beginning to happen. In any case, our future will be side-by-side with emotionally intelligent robots.”last_img read more

No weapon formed against you shall prosper Neymar appears in Barca shirt

first_imgNeymar has added fuel to rumours of a Barcelona return by posting a video containing an image of himself in the club’s shirt – alongside a cryptic message from the Old Testament. Just two years after leaving Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer, the Brazilian is angling for another transfer. PSG sporting director Leonardo has since said Neymar was free to leave, provided the club’s valuation for the Brazil star was met, but insisted the Ligue 1 champions had not received a real offer from Barcelona. And on Saturday Kia Joorabchian, the agent of Philippe Coutinho, added a further dimension to the saga by claiming that his client was unwittingly being used as a makeweight in Neymar’s possible repatriation. Neymar himself has preferred to let those around him do the talking, keeping a guarded silence – biblical hints excluded.center_img Catalunya appears to be his favoured destination, as a battle rages between himself, Barca and PSG over his future. And while there is little sign of a resolution on the horizon, Neymar made his latest move on Saturday with a bizarre video uploaded on Instagram. MORE: Manchester United scrape past Perth Glory | ‘Painful’ – Channel Seven slammed for Manchester United coverageThe clip shows Neymar in black and white and unmistakeably wearing a Barcelona shirt. And it is accompanied by a passage from the Bible’s Book of Isaiah which seems to hit out at the star’s critics. The full text of Isaiah 54:17, printed in full in Portuguese in the video, reads as follows: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper,And every tongue which rises against you in judgmentYou shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord.”Neymar keeping everyone guessing on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/yOtOuPIQb6- Get French Football News (@GFFN) 13 de julio de 2019While Neymar stops short of clarifying at whom the biblical broadside was aimed, it would appear to be related to his current transfer impasse which is becoming more bitter by the day. At the start of July, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu risked PSG’s wrath by confirming reports Neymar wanted out of Parc des Princes, while admitting the Ligue 1 champions did not want to sell. PSG hit back by sanctioning their star for missing the start of pre-season training last Monday, while the player’s father insisted his delayed return had been agreed in advance as he took in Brazil’s victory in the Copa America.last_img read more

Govt tracked and implemented projects worth Rs 12 lakh cr lying in

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS COMMENT Published on economy (general) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the work culture prevailing under the previous government and said that after 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth ₹12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files“.Addressing a rally in state capital Imphal, he alleged that under the earlier government projects worth ₹100 crore used to be completed at an escalated cost of ₹200-250 crore, and this misuse of national wealth made him impatient.So, Modi said, he developed a system named “Pragati” in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the Centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.He said that after coming to power in 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth ₹12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files“.The prime minister inaugurated eight key development projects and laid foundation stones for four schemes in the state.“The ‘atke-latke-bhatke’ (pending and forgotten) work culture prevailing during the previous government created a big loss for the country,” Modi claimed.He claimed that earlier elections used to be won merely by “laying foundation stones” and “cutting ribbons” somewhere, and giving rewards elsewhere.He said that after assuming power in 2014, he felt “bechain” (impatient) about this and made an attempt to change the work culture.Modi said he developed a system in the PMO in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.Invoking Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, he said that Manipur, where the INA led by Bose had formed the first provincial government of Independent India, will now show a way to the New India.Governments for the last 30-40 years had kept Manipur far away from the benefits of development, the PM alleged.“I am happy to be here where unity prevails among diversity”, he said. Manipur has a BJP government since March, 2017.He lauded the role of women in the state since the freedom movement and also praised the achievements of ace boxer Mary Kom.The prime minister said the projects which he had inaugurated were expected to improve the lives of the people in the state. “Go to hills and villages of the state. You will find the Manipur government has reached the far-flung areas,” he said.In the northeastern region, the government has built 2,500 km of national highways and 300 km in Manipur alone in last four years, he said.“My government’s policy is transformation by transportation. All the state capitals of northeast states will be linked by the railways,” he said.Chandel district of Manipur is among the top 100 aspirational districts of the country in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he said.No genuine citizen will be left out of NRC, assures PMSilchar (Assam), Jan 4 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday assured the people of Assam that no genuine citizen will be left out of the NRC and hoped that the citizenship bill will be soon get Parliament’s nod.“I am aware of the problems and difficulties faced by many during the NRC (National Register of Citizens) process but I assure you that no injustice will be done to any genuine Indian citizens,” he told the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh Rally at Kalinagar near here.“The government is also moving ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. It is linked with emotions and related to peoples’ lives. It is not for the benefit of anyone but a penance against the injustice and many wrongs done in the past. I hope the Bill will be passed soon in Parliament,” he said, flagging off the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in the Northeast.Modi also spoke about his government’s decision to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord “hanging” for 35 years.“Now the road is clear to safeguard social, cultural and linguistic identity of Assam.“I am indebted to the people of Assam for voting for the BJP in the recent panchayat elections and I am committed to repay this debt by ensuring the development of the state,” he said.Recalling his inauguration of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel in upper Assam on December 25, Modi said “I am fortunate to be with the people of Assam for the second time in 10 days. The Barak and Brahmaputra valleys are a source of inspiration not only for the state but also for the country”, Modi said.The prime minister arrived at Silchar in Cachar district from imphal as a part of his first phase of poll campaign, wherein he is scheduled to address rallies in 20 states in 100 days before the model code of conduct comes into force.The BJP and its allies is setting the target to win 21 out of the 25 parliamentary seats in eight states in the region and in Assam the party hopes to win at least 11 of the 14 seats.In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had made massive in roads in Assam winning seven of its 14 parliamentary seats and in the 2016 assembly polls the party emerged as the single largest party with 61 seats while its alliance partners AGP and BPF had won 14 and 12 seats respectively. January 04, 2019 SHARE Manipurlast_img read more

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Thinking about the details makes you more likely to follow through. who is black. and undermine U. which pushed hard for the creation of the integrated photonics IMI “We certainly support the RAMI legislation” he says using the acronym for the bills’ title Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act But the Pentagon’s recent announcement means “we have a bird in the hand” says Hausken who praises Obama for “doing [IMIs] within the existing budgetary authority” Still the legislation could lead to additional centers in related fields Both the House and Senate bills would give the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) the authority to spend $300 million over 10 years to stand up four or more centers for manufacturing innovation Both also would create a $10 million program to support regional innovation clusters and require outside experts to conduct a quadrennial assessment of the nation’s progress in meeting its goals to improve US manufacturing Appropriators have signaled their support with language in the 2014 omnibus bill that funded NIST and every other federal agency The only reason the bill did not include money for NNMI the lawmakers wrote earlier this year was because the proposal had not yet “been considered or approved by the Congress” That language was an implicit acknowledgement that House and Senate lawmakers must first reconcile their differences on how to fund the network The House bill would shift $250 million from an existing program within the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) that supports advanced manufacturing technologies aimed at lowering energy costs and promoting renewables (The remaining $50 million to operate a program office and conduct relevant studies like the quadrennial review would come from an existing NIST account that provides technical support to industry) In contrast the Senate bill would create a $300 million fund for NIST to be offset by taking money from some unspecified federal account The choice of moving money from EERE by House Republicans is deliberate Its programs are a perennial target for opponents of the administration’s climate and energy policies The shift would potentially drain the EERE program: Its current budget includes $81 million for the type of facilities represented by the IMIs (The White House’s 2015 budget for the program asks for $190 million) The shift in funds also allows Republicans to keep their pledge to fund new activities only by tapping programs deemed a lower priority “The NMI [Network for Manufacturing Innovation] will not increase spending” asserted Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) chair of the House science committee with oversight of both agencies during the 15 September House debate on Reed’s bill That requirement was a hard pill for House Democrats to swallow “The shifting of funds was the price that had to be paid for winning GOP support” explains Ken Scudder Honda’s communications director “Fortunately the offset is spread out over 9 years and the secretary of energy would have the discretion to decide how much to transfer The secretary is unlikely to act in a way that would decimate the department’s programs” The provisions in the bill on where the money would come from could create a problem down the line warned Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) the science panel’s ranking Democrat In general appropriators view such language as an infringement on their ability to allocate federal dollars In the floor debate Johnson called it “an unnecessary obstacle … that could make it difficult to stand up and sustain this program” In the end however she and her fellow Democrats decided that the bill was too good an opportunity to pass up “I strongly support this legislation and I urge all of my colleagues to do the same” Johnson declared Minutes later on a voice vote they did Three days after the House acted participants in the four regional centers already operating came to Washington to tout their accomplishments and build momentum for NNMI and RAMI In welcoming them to the Capitol Hill event Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker described the bipartisan legislation as an essential piece of the administration’s plans for advanced manufacturing “These institutes present a clear reminder that making this bill the law of the land would spur more innovation continue the comeback of American manufacturers and send an unmistakable message to our competitors around the world—that America is open for business” Pritzker told attendees “That is why [passing] the RAMI Act is so critical” ?

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but later reduced it to N20 million following negotiations. on Friday 5th January this year the curfew time of 8:pm to 6am was imposed as against the one of 10pm earlier enjoyed in the state. An outcry ensued, After two years, sorry about that CNBC we’re in a Republican primary here” Read Next: Candidates Fail to Catch Fire at Third Republican Undercard Debate Contact us at editors@timecomSitting on the plush blue carpet on the floor of the US House of Representatives Representative Katherine Clark remarked to Representative John Lewis the civil rights icon who helped lead the Selma-Montgomery marches in 1965 that this sit-in must surely be "cushier" than his first Indeed he replied gravely with a hint of a smile it was It was through Clark’s actions that Lewis and dozens of other Democratic members found themselves sitting on the House floor protesting the GOPs refusal to hold votes on two gun-control provisions in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history But though this was her first sit-in Clark is no stranger to civil disobedience Clark won her Massachusetts seat in December 2013 in a special election to replace Ed Markey who was headed to the Senate One of the first people she met coming to Congress was Lewis "He came over and introduced himself and said to please call him John I was tongue-tied" Clark told TIME in an interview "I was so in awe that I got to serve with him and that his kindness and generosity extends to everyone even the very very newest member of Congress" The two struck up a friendship and Clark would make a point to visit with Lewis whenever he came to her district which wasnt infrequently Clark represents Harvard Tufts and a host of other schools where Lewis was often invited to speak Clark accompanied Lewis to Selma to mark the 50th anniversary of the march last year And they would often chat during votes So it wasnt unusual when last Thursday Clark approached Lewis during a vote on the House floor Clark was frustrated The House was set to hold yet another moment of silence for the victims of a mass murder perpetrated by a mad man wielding a gun She wanted to do more US Rep Donna Edwards "I wanted to do something to keep gun violence in the forefront of not only the American people but more specifically members of Congress and he suggested in his words that we do something dramatic and he suggested having a sit-in and it really went from there" Clark recalled Clark worked for two years right out of law school in Chicago doing in part civil rights cases and she took part in an anti-KKK protest when she lived in Denver that turned into a riot But this was her first experience engaging in civil disobedience on the floor of Congress "When you have John Lewis such an icon of the civil rights fight for justice you know that good things are going to happen" she said Lewis has credited Clark for the sit-in US Rep Donna Edwards Though the sit-in has ended for now Lewis said not to count them out Lewis and Clark are not done pioneering a path for passage for those two gun-control measures which would close a loophole in background check for gun purchases and ban those on the FBIs terrorism watch list from purchasing weapons Letter delivered to Speaker Paul Ryan June 22 2016 Justin Unga "Our goal is that when the House is in session and we have the possibility of bringing up that vote that we are there being vocal about this issue and that we keep this momentum going" Clark said "I think we have spoken loudly and I think the American people have answered" Given that 90% of Americans support the two provisions Lewis and Clark are confident that as the old political adage goes where they are sitting America stands Contact us at editors@timecomWhen it comes to smartphone apps Neither man was wearing a seatbelt, and biosafety operating practices and procedures in place to protect its workers and the public from exposures to pathogens,"It’s kind of like Christmas every day,VeAnn said nothing seems to phase Kert, District Judge George O’ Toole Jr. and play an active part in the African Leadership Forum.

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