Fadnavis committed to luring leaders Pawar

first_imgPune: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP ministers of “committing themselves” to poaching leaders from other parties before the assembly election.Pawar also accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of misusing probe agencies and state-run financial bodies to compel leaders to join their fold. “The chief minister and other ministers in the state government have literally committed themselves to this work (luring leaders of other parties). They are making phone calls to leaders of other parties and asking them to join,” the NCP president said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing an example of the alleged misuse of financial bodies, he said: “The sugar mill of (former MLA) Kalyan Kale in Pandharpur was in a difficult situation. The state government, by flouting norms, gave Rs 30-35 crore to it and asked him to join the BJP. Since he wanted to save his factory, he switched over.” Pawar claimed that NCP state women’s president Chitra Wagh, who had announced last Friday that she was quitting the party, was also forced to join the BJP by way of threats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Wagh met me. She looked worried,” Pawar said. “She told me that there are some criminal cases against her husband. In addition to that, an ACB (anti corruption bureau) inquiry has been initiated against their cooperative institution. That is why she asked me to give her permission to join the BJP,” he said. Pawar alleged that Kagal NCP MLA Hasan Mushrif was also made an offer by the BJP, but when he refused, the income tax department carried out raids at his premises in Kolhapur. Pawar added that Satara MLA Shivendraraje Bhosle and Ahmednagar MLA Sangram Jagtap are with the NCP.last_img read more

eBay and NASCAR Launch First Joint Charity Sale

first_imgeBay and NASCAR today launched their first joint charity sale giving fans the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia and once-in-a-lifetime racing experiences.Today, beginning at 3:30pm PT, through Nov. 1, fans can visit eBay.com/NASCAR and bid on 20 items including a chance to see who wins the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series live at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the chance to be a VIP at the 2019 Daytona 500.In addition, fans can win meet and greets with seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano; as well as autographed memorabilia from Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and much more.“NASCAR is synonymous with a truly passionate fan base, and eBay fuels this passion while helping people come together to make an impact,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay Americas. “We understand the apparel, memorabilia and merchandise are ways for fans to show allegiance for their favorite drivers – and show support for causes they believe in. In collaboration with the NASCAR community, eBay is now offering a wide-range of exclusive inventory that helps children finish first through programs of the NASCAR Foundation and our eBay for Charity platform. True to our mission of opportunity for all, eBay brings new ways for the racing community to give back to the next generation of fans.”One hundred percent of the proceeds from each item will benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s programs for children.The NASCAR Foundation believes every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line. Through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the Foundation is making children’s health and medical needs its top priority.“We are thrilled to partner with eBay to provide these very unique items to their customers,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director, Nichole Krieger said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids. Funds raised through this auction will help us provide much needed healthcare services to children in our racing communities across the country.”VIP experiences and signed racing memorabilia available include:Experiences:2019 Daytona 500 VIP Experience2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway VIP Experience with NASCAR Suite PassesRichard Petty Meet and Greet ExperienceiRacing Experience with NASCAR Driver William ByronMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Chase ElliottNASCAR on NBC Sports Behind-the-Scenes ExperienceMeet and Greet with NASCAR Driver Joey Logano2018 NASCAR Champion’s Week Package in Las Vegas, NVMemorabilia:American Ethanol Green Flag autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversMartin Truex Jr. Autographed Side Panel Sheet MetalJoey Logano Autographed HoodDale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Replica Full-Size HelmetTy Dillon Autographed Race-Used FiresuitHelmet Visor signed by Richard Petty and Bubba WallaceParalyzed Veterans of America Hat Autographed by Brad KeselowskiAlex Bowman Autographed DiecastJeff Gordon Autographed 24EVER Framed PhotoNASCAR Replica Hood autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversThe Glass Case of Emotion autographed PosterFull Size Replica Helmet autographed by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series DriversAdditionally, the autographed American Ethanol Green Flag and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Replica Helmet will be available to view at SEMA in Las Vegas from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at booth no. 30219.last_img read more

March 19 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Sole

first_imgMarch 19, 2010 Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Soleri Windbells Handmade in Arizona, Soleri windbells are offered at discounted prices in the Arcosanti Gallery only March 19 – 28, 2010. [image & text: Cosanti Foundation] A limited time sale on Soleri bronze windbells will be offered in the Arcosanti Gallery from March 19 – 28, 2010, including 20% off a wide selection of bells. Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix near exit 262 off of Interstate 17, Arcosanti is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arcosanti offers visitors remarkable architecture in a serene desert setting. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Walking tours are offered several times per day, the Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, and a visitor hiking trail presents an opportunity to see splendid views of the Arcosanti site perched upon a colorful desert mesa. Call 928-632-7135 or visit www.arcosanti.org for maps or additional information. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation] Each one of a kind Soleri windbell is handmade in Arizona using the techniques developed by Italian architect and Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri. This sale is only offered once per year, only applies to in-store purchases at Arcosanti, and cannot to be combined with any other discount. [photo: sue & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more

Brett Sappington Some 57 of consumers in US broad

first_imgBrett SappingtonSome 57% of consumers in US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top video service like Netflix or Hulu Plus, according to Parks Associates. The research, released ahead of the NAB show in Las Vegas next week, claims that the average US broadband household now spends US$9 (€8.40) per month on Internet video, up from US$7 in 2012.“The number of hours watching video content continues to rise, exceeding 36 hours per week in 2014, with Internet video accounting for 37% of that time, or approximately 13.3 hours a week,” said Brett Sappington, director of research, Parks Associates.“Rather than cannibalising the consumption of broadcast, pay TV, and packaged media content, internet video is increasing overall consumption levels for video,”Parks Associates claims that more than 75% of streaming media player owners have an OTT subscription and that homes with children spend on average 90% more on OTT services and digital video.The research also predicts that almost 50 million streaming media players will be sold worldwide in 2017.last_img read more

Sperm quality not affected by one course of postoperative treatment for early

first_img Source:https://www.esmo.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 25 2019First study to investigate long-term effect of postoperative chemotherapy or radiotherapy on sperm count and concentrationMen with early stage testicular cancer can safely receive one course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy after surgery without it having a long-term effect on their sperm count, according to a study published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology today (Monday).Although it is known already that several rounds of chemotherapy or high doses of radiotherapy given to men with more advanced testicular cancer can reduce sperm count and concentration, it has been unclear whether a single cycle of chemotherapy or radiotherapy would have a similar effect in men with stage I disease.Dr Kristina Weibring, a cancer doctor at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, who led the study, said: “We wanted to examine in more detail if postoperative treatment, given to decrease the risk of recurrence after the removal of the tumorous testicle, would affect the sperm count and sperm concentration long term in testicular cancer patients with no spread of the disease. To our knowledge, no such study has been done before.”This is important to find out, since treatment with one course of postoperative chemotherapy has been shown to decrease the risk of relapse substantially, thereby reducing the number of patients having to be treated with several courses of chemotherapy.”Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 40. When it is diagnosed, all patients have the testicle containing the tumour removed, a surgical procedure called orchiectomy.In this study, 182 men aged between 18 and 50, diagnosed with stage I testicular cancer and who had had an orchiectomy within the past five years, took part in the study between 2001 and 2006. They were treated either in Stockholm or Lund. After surgery, they received radiotherapy (14 fractions of 1.8 Gy each, up to a total dose of 25 Gy) or one course of chemotherapy, or were managed by surveillance, meaning there was no postoperative treatment. They provided semen samples after orchiectomy but before further treatment, and then six months, one year, two years, three years and five years thereafter. From 2006 onwards, radiotherapy was no longer used as a standard treatment in Sweden because of the risk of causing secondary cancer.”We found no clinically significant detrimental long-term effect in either total sperm number or sperm concentration, irrespective of the type of postoperative treatment received,” said Dr Weibring. “Among men who received radiotherapy, there was a distinct decrease in average sperm number and concentration six months after treatment, though not in those who received chemotherapy. However, sperm number and concentration recovered in the radiotherapy group after six months, and continued to increase in all groups up to five years after treatment.Related StoriesResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemLiving with advanced breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumors”I am very excited to see these results as I wasn’t expecting sperm to recover so well after postoperative treatment. I didn’t expect as negative an effect as if the patient had received many courses of chemotherapy, since it is much more toxic, but I was not sure how much the sperm would be affected by one course.”With the results of this study we can give the patients more adequate information on potential side effects from postoperative treatment. Testicular cancer patients are often young men wanting to father children at some point, and we find, in many cases, that the patients are afraid of the potential risk of infertility caused by chemotherapeutic treatment. These findings should provide some reassurance to them.”A well-known problem for men diagnosed with testicular cancer is an impaired ability to create sperm. A condition called testicular dysgenesis syndrome, characterised by poor semen quality among other things, may play a role in this and is also associated with a higher risk of developing testicular cancer. In addition, the orchiectomy and the cancer itself may also affect sperm quality. The removal of one testicle does not necessarily affect a man’s sperm count and concentration as the remaining testicle can compensate.Dr Weibring concluded: “Our results are promising but more studies are needed, and we still recommend sperm banking before orchiectomy as a number of patients may have low sperm counts at the time of diagnosis that persists after postoperative treatment. In addition, the type of testicular cancer and whether or not it will need further treatments are unknown factors before the orchiectomy. Assisted reproductive measures may be necessary for these patients regardless of any treatment given.”Editor-in-chief of Annals of Oncology, Professor Fabrice André, Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France, commented: “This study, together with other research efforts, explores the paths to recovering a normal life after cancer. The finding that one course of chemotherapy has minimal impact on sperm count offers hope for thousands of patients worldwide, but we all must keep in mind that these data are preliminary and will require validation before we can use them in clinics. The next step will be to establish how to predict the toxic effects on sperm count of different chemotherapy regimens.”last_img read more

Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues

Explore further © 2018 AFP Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is seen at a November 2017 White House meeting with President Donald Trump where he announced the Singapore-based firm would be reincorporating in the United States 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. Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was cutting its offer price for mobile chip maker Qualcomm in the wake of the US firm’s increased bid for Dutch rival NXP. Broadcom reduced its offer to $79 a share, which would still be the largest-ever deal in the tech sector if completed at an estimated value of nearly $117 billion.The move came amid a closely watched hostile bid for Qualcomm which could reshape the fast-evolving sector of chips for smartphones and connected devices.A Broadcom statement said the offer was reduced because “Qualcomm’s board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP’s activist stockholders.”Qualcomm, the dominant maker of smartphone chips, has moved to fend off Broadcom’s hostile takeover efforts and last week rejected the latest offer of $82 a share as too low. The California company on Tuesday raised its offer for NXP to an estimated $43 billion, aiming to alleviate concerns of some NXP investors and seal the tie-up which would make a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm less enticing. Broadcom said Wednesday it remained committed to acquiring Qualcomm and its cash-and-stock offer would revert back to $82 per share should Qualcomm fail to acquire NXP.The Singapore firm accused Qualcomm’s board of acting against shareholder interest “by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP’s activist shareholders.””Broadcom remains confident that Qualcomm’s stockholders will continue to support its proposal to acquire Qualcomm,” Broadcom said in a statement.Qualcomm is due to hold an annual meeting March 6 at which Broadcom has nominated six people to replace the majority of Qualcomm’s board of directors.Broadcom’s original offer for Qualcomm came days after CEO Hock Tan visited the White House and told President Donald Trump the company would be moving back to the United States. Citation: Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues (2018, February 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-broadcom-adjusting-buyout-qualcomm.html read more

House panel says Facebooks Zuckerberg to testify April 11

In this April 18, 2017 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The leaders of a key House oversight committee say Zuckerberg will testify before their panel on April 11. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file) Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the Facebook’s “use and protection of user data.” Announcement of the hearing date comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections. Walden is the committee’s Republican chairman and Pallone is the panel’s top Democrat.”This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online,” Walden and Pallone said.Their committee is the first of three congressional panels that requested Zuckerberg’s testimony to announce a hearing date. The Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees also have called for Zuckerberg to appear before them.Walden and Pallone said last month that they wanted to hear directly from Zuckerberg after senior Facebook executives failed to answers questions during a closed-door briefing with congressional staff about how Facebook and third-party developers use and protect consumer data.Zuckerberg said during a March 21 interview on CNN that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress, but only if he was the right person to do that. He said there might be other Facebook officials better positioned to appear, depending on what Congress wanted to know. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook’s top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the “right witness to provide answers to the American people.” This March 28, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is asking users whether they think it’s “good for the world” in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Citation: House panel says Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify April 11 (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-house-panel-facebook-zuckerberg-testify.html Explore further The data was gathered through a personality test app called “This Is Your Digital Life” that was downloaded by fewer than 200,000 people. But participants unknowingly gave researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.It’s far from certain what action, if any, the GOP-led Congress and the Trump administration might take against Facebook, but the company will almost certainly oppose any efforts to regulate it or the technology business sector more broadly.As do most large corporations, Facebook has assembled a potent lobbying operation to advance its interests in Washington. The company spent just over $13 million on lobbying in 2017, with the bulk of the money spent on an in-house lobbying team that’s stocked with former Republican and Democratic political aides, according to disclosure records filed with the House and Senate. The company sought to influence an array of matters that ranged from potential changes to government surveillance programs to corporate tax issues. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 amid a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant, the panel announced Wednesday. Their call represented the first official request from a congressional oversight committee for Zuckerberg’s appearance as lawmakers demanded that Facebook explain reports that Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.The company, funded in part by Trump supporter and billionaire financier Robert Mercer, paired its vault of consumer data with voter information. The Trump campaign paid the firm nearly $6 million during the 2016 election, although it has since distanced itself. Other Republican clients of Cambridge Analytica included Sen. Ted Cruz’s failed presidential campaign and Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon who also ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016. 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row read more

From catfish to romance fraud how to avoid getting caught in any

first_imgAustralian singer-songwriter Casey Donovan opened up again last night about the six years she thought she was involved in a relationship with a man she never met, someone called “Campbell”. We asked catfish why they trick people online—it’s not about money The Australian Idol winner told the Andrew Denton: Interview show, on Channel 7, how she was a victim of catfishing – a cruel hoax in which someone creates a false identity to play on the romantic emotions of a person by pretending to be someone they’re not, either online or, in Donovan’s case, over the phone.”Hope kept me there,” she told the program. “To think that no-one could actually do that to another human being and to think of all the shit I’d already encountered in my life, to be at that point and to […] just have everything fall apart, it really hurt.”Donovan has spoken about her case before and there are many others who have been catfished – just do a quick search of YouTube.There are some similarities between catfishing and online romance fraud, something I’ve been involved in studying for more than ten years.So is there anything we can do to avoid being deceived by both? They play with your heartMy research on romance fraud has focused on the use of online deception to destroy both the hearts and wallets of victims worldwide.Latest figures on romance fraud in Australia show victims lost more than A$24 million in 2018 cases reported to ScamWatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. About A$19.5 million were loses reported by women.While catfishing arguably uses the same types of deception and manipulation as romance fraud, the ultimate end goal is different. Those who catfish others online usually don’t have a financial motive.Unfortunately, there are no known statistics on the prevalence of catfishing, so the extent of this type of victimisation is largely unknown. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore further This same sense of emotional harm is evident in the case of those who are catfished. The same issues around acknowledgement of victimisation and reporting are consistent. Many victims likely do not ever realise they are involved in a relationship with someone who doesn’t exist or who has been lying to them. If they are aware, it is also likely that many do not report or disclose to family or friends. The level of embarrassment, shame and stigmatisation experienced by victims is likely to be similar. How it worksThe techniques used by catfish are similar in many ways to what we know about romance fraud.The same social engineering techniques, the same grooming process that seeks to develop trust and rapport with the victim. The same level of patience used by offenders to maintain the ruse for weeks, months, and even years in the case of Donovan. Nobody sets out to be a victim of online deception, whether it is catfishing or romance fraud. These perpetrators identify a weakness or vulnerability in a potential victim, and exploit this by whatever means necessary.Why do people catfish?There is limited research as to why individuals engage in online deception, across both catfishing and romance fraud. For romance fraud, there is a strong argument that offenders are motivated to defraud victims for financial reasons.There is also emerging links of romance fraud to global organised crime networks. But this does not hold for catfishing. Rather, the small amount of research that explores the reasons fuelling catfish activities, link to a perpetrator’s feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, escapism, and a desire to explore their sexuality through a different persona.These are all focused on the offender themselves, rather than being concentrated on any victim characteristic. Given the extent of the harm incurred by online deception, it is imperative to gain a better understanding of the factors which motivate those behind both romance fraud and catfishing. How not to get caught in a scamOnline deception is difficult to guard against. How can you convince someone that the person they are in love with is not real?In the case of romance fraud, all prevention messages revolve around the inevitable request to send money. But in the case of catfishing, this message is redundant. But there are similar signs to look out for. A refusal to meet in person or sometimes to communicate via other social media platforms. Inconsistencies in the stories used by those who perpetrate these acts. A gut feeling that something is not quite right. On the US television documentary series Catfish, hosts Nev and Max use a range of techniques to try to find the real identities of those who are behind the online catfish.Sometimes, a simple reverse image search on pictures used by the catfish may provide answers. Ultimately, looking for love or friendship online comes with risk, in the same way that driving to work each day carries with it an understood level of risk.But we should not disengage from social media or communicating online. Instead, we need to take precautions to reduce the likelihood that we become victims to online deception, in the form of either catfishing or romance fraud. Citation: From catfish to romance fraud, how to avoid getting caught in any online scam (2019, May 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-catfish-romance-fraud-caught-online.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain While the statistics on romance fraud are problematic – the 2018 ScamWatch figure is up $4.1 million on the year before – it is still officially recognised as a form of fraud and a legitimate form of victimisation. Catfishing itself is not a crime. It is only the deception associated with it that can be classed as fraud, and is therefore criminal.A catfish capturedEarlier last month, Lydia Abdelmalek was found guilty in a Melbourne Court of stalking six people.Adbelmalek was also a catfish. In her case she took on the persona of Australian actor Lincoln Lewis to deceive several women online. The depth of her deception and the extent of her harassment and ongoing threatening behaviour to her victims tragically resulted in one of her victims taking her own life.Abdelmalek is to be sentenced in June.Victim violationThe sense of violation and betrayal is common across both romance fraud and catfishing. In romance fraud, it is termed the “double hit” of victimisation, whereby the emotional loss is actually more severe and traumatising than the financial loss itself. Provided by The Conversation 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

Pentagon postpones press briefing on Russian missile system delivery to Turkey

first_img Related News Related News The briefing was supposed to take place earlier on Friday with senior leaders on the Pentagon’s response to the parts of the Russian made S-400 being delivered to Turkey.The Pentagon added that Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper had spoken with his Turkish counterpart for about 30 minutes on Friday, but did not provide details on the discussions. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Richard Chang) World 11 Jul 2019 U.S. Air Force finds no evidence of misconduct by top general World 10 Jul 2019 Turkey rejects Greek, EU claims that drilling off Cyprus illegitimatecenter_img WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday it had indefinitely postponed a press briefing on Turkey accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defence system. World 11 Jun 2019 Russia says to deliver missile defence system to Turkey in July {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more