Eerie clip of LAPD helicopters encountering UFO goes viral Video

first_imgPixabayA recent video uploaded to YouTube by popular conspiracy theory channel ‘Third Phase of Moon’ is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. In the video, three Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) helicopters can be seen encountering a black UFO that seems to be staying intact in the sky.Interestingly, the incident happened in broad daylight, and we can clearly see the black UFO staying stationary in the skies just in front of the police helicopters. “Three helicopters and a dot. That’s a UFO right there. The helicopters are facing that dot,” said the unnamed eyewitness who shot the event on the camera.The video uploaded by the Third Phase of Moon soon went viral on YouTube, and it has already racked up more than 40,000 views.”We are wondering if this is a standoff between extraterrestrial existence, a craft from another world and LAPD helicopters. Basically, this might be some kind of Mexican standoff. What the heck is going on in the skies over LA? This video does not look like an edited video, and there are no traces of tampering,” said conspiracy theorists Blake Cousins in the YouTube video.After watching the video, most of the viewers of this conspiracy theory channel admitted that alien life is a reality, and some people even went a step ahead and argued that extraterrestrials are now gearing up for disclosure.”With these helicopters viewing these craft, it makes me wonder what they are and if possible what they are recording from the choppers. We are living in strange times where we are now seeing things in plain daylight, it can’t be ignored or covered up anymore,” commented Damen Rebel, a YouTube user.”They know extraterrestrials exist, it’s obvious. They also do appear to be very hesitant about them. With the immense technology, some aliens have ( in our solar system), then no wonder,” commented Frank Hall, another YouTuber.However, some sceptics suggested that the weird UFO in the skies and helicopters encountering it could be actually a progressing film shooting. Some others claimed that the UFO might be a balloon.last_img read more

The UK TV industry generated revenues of £132 bil

first_imgThe UK TV industry generated revenues of £13.2 billion (€18.9 billion) last year, up 3.1% year-on-year despite changing viewing habits and an increasing reliance on smartphones and tablets, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s twelfth annual Communications Market Report claims that the overall increase was due to gains across all revenue sources – namely a 5.1% increase in BBC income allocated to TV, a 3.9% increase in net advertising revenue, a 1.9% increase in subscription revenue and a 0.9% increase in all other revenue.Pay TV revenue climbed 1.9% from £5.9 billion in 2013 to £6 billion in 2014, but this growth slowed from the 6.5% annual increase in revenue seen between 2012 and 2013.Online TV revenue by contrast has “increased rapidly in the past five years” but still represents only a small proportion of total TV revenues, said Ofcom.Online TV revenues grew by 38% in 2014 to £793m, with income from online TV subscriptions increasing by 53% to £317m.According to the report, the TV is the device that adults said they would miss the most, cited by 37%. However, Ofcom also highlighted changing TV viewing patterns, with most 16-24 year olds found to watch on-demand and catch up programmes on computers and smartphones rather than on a TV connected to a set-top box.Some 57% of young people said they regularly watch on demand and catch-up TV on their laptop or PC, 45% watch on a smartphone, while 40% switch on a set-top box.Ofcom described the UK as a “smartphone society” and said that smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online.Two thirds of people now own a smartphone and using it for an average of nearly two hours every day, according to the report, while 54% of households now also have a tablet, marking a “rapid rise in popularity from just 2% in 2011.”last_img read more

Your Family Entertainmentowned kids channel FixF

first_imgYour Family Entertainment-owned kids channel Fix&Foxi has secured carriage on UAE telecom operator Etisalat’s eLife TV platform, taking the channel to the Gulf state for the first time.The channel will be added to the Etisalat’s eLife TV Western basic package.Rashed Al Abbar, Etisalat’s Vice President Consumer Product Innovation said, “eLife offers the best in entertainment for all ages and audiences by partnering with international channels enriching the content portfolio. The addition of the kids channel Fix&Foxi will add value to the plethora of offerings available today for kids in UAE.”Paul Robinson, EVP International Channels of YFE said, “Fix&Foxi Channel’s blend of high quality, entertaining and learning based programming with good positive values and a strong family appeal will be appreciated by audiences in the UAE and we are honoured to be partnering with Etisalat to bring this channel into their homes.”last_img read more

La Casa de Papel Netflix has secured an exclusive

first_imgLa Casa de PapelNetflix has secured an exclusive talent deal with writer/producer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English language show on Netflix, La Casa de Papel (Money Heist).Under the terms of the deal, Pina, founder of production company Vancouver Media, will produce new series and projects exclusively for Netflix.Other Pina series to date include Locked up (Vis a Vis), The Ship (El Barco) and Paco’s Men – aka Los Hombres de Paco. Projects in the pipeline include Part 3 of La Casa de Papel and Sky Rojo, a female-action drama that is set to start production in 2019.Erik Barmack, VP, international originals, Netflix said: “We are thrilled to be working with such a talented creator and production team. We have full confidence that Alex will continue to break boundaries with his unique vision and storytelling capturing audiences worldwide.”Pina added: “We are living in a moment where series are becoming one of the most relevant cultural movements ever. The possibility of reaching the last corner on the planet and building a world where content of all languages can travel globally is to be part of the dream of thousands of creatives from around the world; productions coming from small places in the world that can reach everyone. We had to be there, beside Netflix, as part of this revolutionary challenge.”last_img read more

BY Adam Jacot de Boinod UNSPOILT and understated L

first_img BY Adam Jacot de BoinodUNSPOILT and understated Lisbon is adorned with tiles on the buildings and cobbles on the streets. She isn’t so much neglected as preserved and worthy of many a setting for films, especially those in black and white. The sea breeze wipes away what little pollution there is from any ‘escape’, as a car exhaust is interestingly called.I spent my first evening at Sr Vinho www.srvinho.com on Rua do Meio à Lapa. This wonderfully authentic venue is almost a museum to the art form of fado with walls lined with guitars and grape tapestries, goblets, clocks and antique artefacts. The raw sincerity of fado, the music and the singing and the words were all for me deep, personal and invigorating.I went the next morning to the neighbourhood of Belém to see Lisbon’s main attraction, the Jerónimos Monastery. Said to have been ‘built by pepper,’ it’s an architectural masterpiece, created from the first flush of cash from the Indian spice trade. The monastery is right next to the pink Presidential Palace whose guards strut from their sentries with impressive pomp. And it’s right next to the Pastéis de Belém, a large, airy bakery-cum-café and a huge hit with the tourists. It makes those lovely egg tart pastries dusted with cinnamon (pastel de nata) the city is famous for.From here I had arranged in advance to board a nearby sailing boat www.lisbonbyboat.com. It made me imagine coming up the Tagus in the city’s famous years now immortalised by the concrete Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém tower whose ‘fire wall’ was complemented with guns from across the estuary. I marvelled at the main bridge as I went beneath it. It spans the estuary and resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and was designed by the same company. It was very life-affirming looking up at the traffic high above that sounded like a long buzzing swarm of bees and across at the enormous statue of Christ protecting the city within his embracing arms but with his back turned seemingly to neglect those living in the south. Credit Emma BallI stayed at the Lapa Palace www.lapapalace.com. The spacious bedrooms have balconies that overlook the outdoor swimming pool, the cascading tiled fountains and the lovely gardens comprising of exotic shrubs and tropical banyan, palm and banana trees. An abundance of green, it’s a healthy oasis with the estuary sparking beyond. Inside a sense of the old time is rounded off by the evening pianist while the breakfast is served in a beautiful basement room with exotic fruits on offer such as mango, papaya and passion fruit.I enjoyed on my last day the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in the north of the city. It houses a collection of fine art and has an impressive array of both Corot and Guardi while the eponymous Turkish founder has bequeathed many amazing Ottoman treasures including Iznik tiles offering an interesting cultural comparison with the local variety.Getting a Lisbon Tourist Card www.lisboacard.org to cover many of the museums, shops and modes of transport is a great idea. With mine I jumped on the trams, surely the best way to experience the city and used as much by locals as tourists, and decked with leather seats, wooden panels with the driver presiding over old-fashion controls.For a different way to explore the city I also took an electric ‘tuk-tuk’ with Hills on Wheels www.hills-on-wheels.com with its high-pitched shrill from its three wheels as it ferried me back to my hotel.Fifteen years ago Portugal wasn’t known for her food. Yes, there was seafood, and ‘casas do frangos’ (houses of chicken) serving grilled chicken with rice, fries and salad. But that was probably about it. Now it’s all changed. I went one evening locally to Tasco da Esquina www.tascadaesquina.com on Rue Domingos Sequeira. It’s part of a new successful chain of three restaurants and it’s highly popular with the locals. Here I chose an assortment of dishes and my sautéed vegetables, mixed salad and fried mushroom blended perfectly.There’s even a progressive vegan movement with new outlets popping up all over the place. I loved Ohlinda www.ohlinda.pt on Calçada da Estrela, with its gluten-free traditional ‘crepe’ tapiocas and exotic fruit juices, all to be savoured from the option of sitting on an indoor swing. And downtown there’s Organi in Chiado www.organi.pt with its logo of ‘vital food, vital energy’ up the steep staircase that is Calçada Nova de São Francisco. The restaurant, with its sugar free menu respecting the environment and chiming with the seasons, prides itself on being a ‘place of harmony not so much restrictive as embracing’. Like the whole of Lisbon in my experience.Classic Collection Holidays (0800 047 1064; classic-collection.co.uk offers 3 nights at Lapa Palace, Lisbon from £959 per person. Price based on 2 adults sharing on a bed & breakfast basis and includes return flights from London Heathrow to Lisbon and private transfers.Adam had further support from www.heathrowexpress.com and www.holidayextras.co.uk who offer airport lounges at all major UK airports and many international destinations).DD Travel Feature….Perfect Portugal was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: BY ADAM JACOT DE BOINODDD Travel Feature….Perfect Portugal ShareTweetlast_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented prospect generator focused on aggressive exploration for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe with a growing pipeline of prospects in Portugal, Kosovo and Germany.Company highlights:Alvalade Project JV with Antofagasta Minerals SA – Copper and Zinc on 1000 km2 project area in the Portuguese Pyrite Belt – 2012 exploration budget of US$ 2.5 million, all provided by Antofagasta, including 6000 meters of core drillingGold exploration in the Erzgebirge Mining District, Germany – 307 km2 exploration license in 1000+ year producing region of tin, tungsten, silver, base metals, and uranium – Increasingly favorable permitting and mining regulations, long mining culture, widespread known gold panning locationsCovas Tungsten JV with Blackheath Resources Inc. – 922,900 mt @ 0.78% WO3 (non NI 43-101 compliant) historic resource – Potential to increase the tungsten resource – New gold target on the projectStrong management including Paul Kuhn, CEO, previously involved with several discoveries around the world, and Mark T. Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information. And so it begins…another precious metals rally in the making…at least that’s what the talk is on the Internet right now.Gold’s low print on Friday came about 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time…and the subsequent rally was only ten bucks…and that came to an end shortly after 10:00 a.m. in London.  From that point, gold gave back half those gains going into the Comex open.The rally that began at that point came to an end at its high tick of the day…$1,667.70 spot…just a few minutes after 11:00 a.m. Eastern time in New York…which was a few minutes after the London close at 4:00 p.m. GMT.  But by the time that electronic trading was done in New York at 5:15 p.m…gold had slid back five bucks from that high.Gold closed at $1,662.80 spot…up $17.90 on the day.  Net volume was on the lighter side…around 112,000 contracts.Silver’s chart looks more or less the same as the gold chart…but the rally during the Comex trading session in New York was far more substantial on a percentage basis…and the high tick of the day [$32.41 spot] came either shortly before, or just after, the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.  From that high, silver gave back a bit of its gain going into the weekend.Silver closed at $32.24 spot…up 65 cents on the day.  Net volume was pretty light…around 31,000 contracts.The dollar index traded mostly flat during early Far East trading, with the high tick [79.74] coming shortly after 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…less than an hour before London opened on their Friday morning.Less than three hours later…and a few minutes after 10:00 a.m. in London…the dollar index had fallen 50 basis points.  Three hours after that…8:00 a.m. in New York…the dollar index had gained back 30 points of that decline…but continued to fall after that, closing almost on its low of the day.  When all was said and done, the dollar index was down 43 basis points from Thursday’s close.If you examine the major dollar index inflection points against the major deflection points in gold and silver prices, you’ll find a perfect match but…as I’ve said for the last three days…the match is almost too perfect.  It looks suspiciously like the same traders buying gold/silver and selling the dollar simultaneously…or doing the exact opposite…selling gold/silver and buying the dollar.  There’s no lag time at all, as the inflection points in both are either simultaneous or within minutes…and the only people who would know the exact price direction of either the dollar index or the precious metals, would be those who are doing those trades at the same time.Talk about insiders gaming the system!  I wish I was making their money.But, as I’ve said before, maybe I’m looking for black bears in dark rooms that aren’t there.Even though both gold and silver were up a decent amount at the open of the New York equity markets, the HUI opened flat…but began climbing from there…reaching it’s high tick a few minutes after 12 o’clock noon Eastern time.  It held that level until about 1:45 p.m…and then declined a few basis points going into the close at 4:00 p.m.  All in all, the gold stocks pretty much mirrored the gold price.  The HUI finished up 1.74% on the day.Well, the silver shares were certainly the stars yesterday…particularly the juniors.  It’s too bad that Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index doesn’t reflect all that, but it still closed up a respectable 3.18%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Friday showed that 29 gold and 113 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday and, as has been the case all year, it was Jefferies as the short/issuer on all 113 contracts…and the Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan were the long/stoppers…with 75 and 31 contracts respectively.  The Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a look…and the link is here.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but an authorized participant withdrew a rather smallish 339,921 troy ounces of silver out of SLV.And, for the first time in a while, the U.S. Mint had a sales report worthy of the name.  They sold 8,500 troy ounces of gold eagles…4,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 275,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 43,500 ounce of gold eagles…23,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,137,000 silver eagles.So far this month, silver eagles are up about 33% over February’s sales month…and gold eagle/buffalo sales are up 120% over the same period.  I would agree with what Ted Butler had to say in one of his recent commentaries, that once this market turns to the upside with some real force behind it, we’ll see some daily sales that will make your eyes water, because the mint has probably been building up inventory over the last six weeks or so…and will be able to fill all orders regardless of size, as they won’t be constrained by current production levels.Thursday was another day of big silver inflows into the Comex-approved warehouses.  They reported receiving 1,215,567 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out an insignificant 10,610 ounces.  When they finally parked the forklifts on Thursday night, the five depositories held 135,850,575 ounces of silver.  The link to that action is here.It suddenly dawned on me yesterday that maybe the reason that silver inventories are climbing at these warehouses is that Jefferies has been bringing in silver to meet its delivery requirements since December 1st of 2011.  From then until yesterdays close, Jefferies has delivered 2,874 silver contracts on the Comex.  That works out to 14.37 million ounces…447 tonnes…and that, dear reader, is a lot.The Commitment of Traders Report came in as Ted Butler expected…however I was hoping for a bigger improvement in silver, but regardless of what I thought, the improvement was pretty substantial, as the Commercial net short position declined by 3,505 contracts…or 17.5 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position in silver is now down to 160.6 million ounces.  That’s pretty low, but about 90 million paper ounces above its late-December absolute low.The ‘1 through 4’ largest Commercial traders are short 188.3 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ Commercial traders are short another 42.3 million ounces on top of that.  Once you subtract all the market-neutral spread trades out of the Non-Reportable category, the ‘1 through 4’ Commercial traders/bullion banks are short a bit more than 43% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  That’s preposterous!!!For the second week in a row, it was gold that showed the biggest improvement, as the Commercial net short position declined by 25,550 contracts, or 2.56 million ounces.  As of Tuesday’s cut-off, the Commercial net short position is now down to 16.6 million ounces.  The ‘1 through 4’ and ‘5 through 8’ Commercial traders on the short side are short 11.4 million and 5.2 million ounces respectively.  And once the market-neutral spread trades are removed, the ‘1 through 4’ Commercial traders/bullion banks are short 28.4% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.  That’s equally as preposterous.Here’s Nick Laird’s up-to-date “Days of World Production to Cover Short Contract” chart that he designed at Ted Butler’s request over a decade ago.  This shows all the commodities that are traded on the Comex in New York.  Notice that the biggest short positions by the four largest bullion banks are in the four precious metals…and how silver stands out “Above the Crowd”…as they say over at Re/Max.(Click on image to enlarge)I got a monster e-mail from Nick Laird late last night…and thought all the charts, plus everything had to say in association with them, was worth posting….so here goes.“The gold oscillator is indicating that the latest move up by gold is a breakout.“There is good probability that gold has finished it’s decline and the next wave should be up and taking out the recent highs at $1,780.(Click on image to enlarge)“On a larger scale, the impending move up – if it is strong enough i.e.. takes out $1,800 & then $1,900 – will then trigger a massive rise out of the triangle shown in the chart below.“This is indicative of a major rise coming in gold – something strong enough to take us up to the mid $2,000’s.(Click on image to enlarge)“The first rise up off the bottom was from $1,520 to $1,790 – a rise of 270 or 17.7%.  We are now down at the retest level and should move up from here so a 270 rise up from $1,640 will take us up to $1,910.“We will in all probability see a larger rise here i.e. larger than 18%.“With that rise we retest the all time highs & break through.  This will trigger the breakout on the Long Term Gold Oscillator giving us the buy signal for the next leg up to $3,500.“The last major wave up took us from $700 to $1,900 in 2.5 years. This major wave up should take us from $1,500 to $3,600 in 1.5 years.“So – a rise from here up to the old highs should occur in the next leg up. This should trigger the buy signal signaling a major move up to the mid $2,000’s. A pullback and then a continued rise into the high $2,000’s – low $3,000’s.“Another pullback and then the parabolic move up to the top of the leg in mid 2013 at around $3,500.  This a possible wave structure for the major rise – a major wave comprised of several sub-major waves.“That will put in a wave up that will fit in with the e-wave chart…(Click on image to enlarge)“So expectations are for a strong move up to be continued by strong moves – large runs up with minor pullbacks moving the market up over 100% from low to high i.e. from $1,500 to $3,500.  If it does take on this stance then it will be affirmative of the plotted advance speculated on in the chart above.“If it doesn’t then one can suspect that we are more likely to follow Martin Armstrong’s path for gold with a soft year this year as gold gathers strength to run up  from 2013 through to 2017.“At the moment I prefer my version & believe that it has good chance to play out. What the market will depend upon is any manipulation that will prevent the above scenario from playing out.“But when I look at the last 12 years I see nothing that has impeded the price and amounted to much in stopping gold’s relentless rise.“So we are fast closing in on a position that if confirmed would mean that you should be fully invested in gold & ready for the rise ahead…and I still prefer bullion over gold stocks for this move up.“I’m still looking for a major bear market in equities & believe that this will weigh heavily upon gold stocks leaving few out performers.“However if we do get this equities correction then gold stocks will become a definitive buy.“So – exciting times ahead of us. – NickFrank Barbera’s The Gold Stock Technician report for Thursday had this to say in its opening paragraph…“This report is unlike any other report we have ever written, as the list of data extremes in the Gold Stocks has grown so rapidly in the last few days, that it is almost impossible to stress how potentially major a low we could be witnessing in the mining stocks at the current time. That a violent upside reversal rally, lies dead ahead, there can be virtually no doubt. Personally, I would not be the least bit surprised to see the Gold Stocks up 150% to 200% over the next 18 months coming off the current lows. There is now historical technical evidence in spades to support the case that we are watching the final day or two of what is likely another major secular low in the group, and a bottom which could easily kick start a major bull market advance. We feel there is very good chance that today was the closing low on GDX, XAU, and HUI. In the past, readings like those now present, have systematically led to major upside advances in the sector, and we see no reason to believe that past precedent won’t repeat again. In this report, which we believe will stand as a seminal update, we summarize our views right up front, and then provide a lot of historical charts to support the case walking down the long list of individual indicators which we track each day. For some, looking at a long list of charts, can be to taxing, and that is why we cut straight to the bottom line on this first page.”This is all well and good.  I’m certainly of the belief that we saw the bottom on Thursday…but how things turn out in the future is…as Nick Laird pointed out in his comments…as always, in the hands of JPMorgan et al.  Supply and demand fundamentals mean nothing when you’re dealing with a managed market.And as much as the wildly bullish part of me wants to believe both Nick and Frank…the ‘born in Missouri’ part of me says “show me”.  Stay tuned.Here’s a chart from a Zero Hedge article that Australian reader Wesley Legrand sent my way yesterday.  It need needs no further embellishment from me…and the link to the hard copy of the story is here.(Click on image to enlarge)These last three charts were sent to me by reader Phil Barlett…and shows just how much monetary pumping at all levels is currently going on at the moment.  It’s already showing up in the real inflation numbers…and certainly before the end of the year, monetary inflation will be noticeable to all…even if official government figures don’t show it.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)In his latest blog, reader Scott Pluschau points out that the Commitment of Traders short/long ratio for the U.S. dollar is now greater than 10 to 1.  I would suggest that his short blog is worth the read…and the link is here.Since it’s Saturday, I have a huge list of stories for you that I hope you have the time to plow through in what’s left of the weekend.A “simple” question:  Is the U.S. stock market a Bubble?  Have the Fed and global central bankers prolonged the U.S. Credit Bubble sufficiently to the point of having again incited Bubble dynamics within our equities market?  Sure looks like it.  As we’ve witnessed repeatedly for twenty-odd years now, every government bailout/policy response to a burst Bubble ends up inflating fledgling Bubbles to full-blown Bubble fruition excess.  From my point of view, U.S. stocks were, at the minimum, a “fledgling” Bubble prior to recent LTRO and concerted global central bank liquidity operations. – Doug Noland, Credit Bubble Bulletin, 23 March 2012Here’s a ‘blast from the past’ that you’ll recognize instantly.  I can’t remember how many times in my life I’ve danced my brains out to this 1978 disco classic.  The link is here.  Enjoy!And so it begins…another precious metals rally in the making…at least that’s what the talk is on the Internet right now after Thursday and Friday’s action.I, like you, would really like that to be the case.  But, as I’ve said ad nauseam in this column for years…it’s all up to JPMorgan et al.  Will they be the short sellers of first and last resort when this rally starts to grow some real legs?  Don’t know.We’re now below the 50 and 200-day moving averages on the all the precious metals…and once prices break over that level, the game will hopefully be on.  At that point we’ll find out soon enough how these rallies will end.Of course there could still be some more down-side price action, but one has to wonder just how much more blood ‘da boyz’ can get out of these precious metal stones.This column has already gone on for too long, but before I sign off, I want to remind you one more time that with the precious metals and their shares still on sale…but for how much longer, nobody knows…there’s still the opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best (and current) recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you in this space on Tuesday.last_img read more

The attorney general of Oklahoma goes to court in

first_imgThe attorney general of Oklahoma goes to court in an unprecedented case this week.The state is charging drugmaker Johnson & Johnson with “a cynical, deceitful multimillion dollar brainwashing campaign” in order to sell opioids, according to The Guardian..The civil case is the first time a pharmaceutical company has gone to court over responsibility for the opioid epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 130 people died every day in 2017 due to opioid-related causes.The case comes amid another landmark lawsuit filed in March against Purdue Pharma LP, the company behind the narcotic OxyContin. “More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family,” CNN reported. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma.More from CNN:Like other suits that have been filed, this one alleges the Sackler family made a fortune by using deceptive marketing to sell addictive and potentially deadly painkillers.“Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic,” the suit says, then naming the eight defendants.“Because they controlled their own privately held drug company, the Sackler Defendants had the power to decide how addictive narcotics were sold. They got more patients on opioids, at higher doses, for longer, than ever before. They paid themselves billions of dollars. They are responsible for addiction, overdose, and death that damaged millions of lives. They should be held accountable now.”What would justice look like for those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic? Who is to blame for the crisis?Produced by Jonquilyn Hill.GUESTSJackie Fortier, Senior health care reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma; @JackieFortierKatie Zezima, National reporter, The Washington Post; @katiezezBrian Frosh, Attorney General, MarylandTom Miller, Attorney General, IowaFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

After Inventing the Checkin Foursquare Pivots With Efforts to Sell its Location

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares The New York-based company’s main business is now licensing its location data to other companies like American Express and Land Rover. Next Article After Inventing the Check-in, Foursquare Pivots With Efforts to Sell its Location Superpowers to Everyone Foursquare has gone through a profound transformation since it popularized the concept of the “check-in” back in 2009.The New York-based company’s main business is now licensing its location data to other companies like American Express, Pinterest and Land Rover. When you use a geofilter in Snapchat or type a venue name into Uber, you’re using Foursquare data.What’s led so many companies to rely on Foursquare’s location technology?For starters, there are the more than 10 billion check-ins that Foursquare’s 50 million monthly users have registered to date. But the company’s real “superpower,” according to founder and chairman Dennis Crowley, is something called Pilgrim. And starting Wednesday, Foursquare is making Pilgrim available to all apps for the first time.“We live in a world today where people are building things based off of basic GPS coordinates,” Crowley told Business Insider during a recent interview. With Pilgrim, Foursquare can give other apps and marketers “specific awareness of context in space” — a “big idea” Crowley said will “take time for people to wrap their heads around.”While traditional GPS can see when a phone enters a mall, Foursquare’s Pilgrim technology is able to understand that the phone is on the second floor of said mall and inside a J Crew store for the second time. It’s by analyzing this data that Foursquare has been able to accurately predict everything from iPhone to Chipotle sales.Crowley envisions other companies using Pilgrim to send notifications like hyper-specific coupons and even create Pokémon Go-like games that “change based upon where you bring your phone.” Foursquare’s main app has been using Pilgrim for years to send custom-tailored recommendations based on where its users go in the real world.For Crowley, who first made his name by selling his location-based social network Dodgeball to Google in 2005, opening up Pilgrim is the culmination of Foursquare’s seven-year history. While the company won’t disclose actual numbers, Crowley said that “revenue is growing nicely” and that the business is in “a really healthy spot right now.”“We always thought that someone would come along and make something like the Pilgrim SDK and we would just use it,” he said. “I don’t think we imagined way back in the day that we would be the company to actually bring this to market.” Tech Reporter for Business Insider Image credit: Foursquare 3 min read Foursquare March 2, 2017 Alex Heath Foursquare’s Steven Rosenblatt (president), Dennis Crowley (founder and executive chairman), Jeff Glueck (CEO). Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Laptop Buying Tips Part 2

first_imgTechnology Laptop Buying Tips, Part 2 Brought to you by PCWorld Add to Queue –shares June 25, 2008 Last week I kicked off a three-part series of articles offering tips for buying a laptop. James A. Martincenter_img 6 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » In the first installment, I compared reader survey results from PC World and Consumer Reports (subscription required) regarding which laptop makers offered the most reliable products, and the best service and support. Lenovo and Apple earned the most kudos in these areas, though there was some variation between the two surveys regarding the reliability of Apple laptops.This week I consider top choices from those vendors (and others), plus the best times to buy a new laptop. Next week I’ll discuss the best places to buy a new laptop; how much should you expect to pay; and ideas for financing your new portable.Lenovo ThinkPad X61Best Buy, PC World Top 10 Ultraportable Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: $1535 and upLenovo’s ThinkPad X61 earned the overall best PCW rating (84) of any Lenovo or Apple laptop currently on any PC World Top 10 laptop chart. (The charts feature power laptops, desktop replacements, and ultraportables.) Only the Micro Express IFL9025, the Top 10 Power Laptops Best Buy, earned a higher rating (85).The ThinkPad X61 is an ideal ultraportable. It weighs only 3.6 pounds, and its extended-life, four-cell battery lasted an impressive 6 hours, 14 minutes in our tests. With a PCW WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 75, it’s the best performing of our currently tested ultraportables. (By comparison, Apple’s MacBook Air earned a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 57.There are a few downsides: The ThinkPad X61 lacks an internal optical drive, and the keyboard has an eraserhead pointing device but no touchpad. Overall, though, we found the X61 to be an excellent choice from a company with solid reliability and service scores.Acer Aspire 5920-6954Best Buy, Top 10 All-Purpose Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: about $800 and upAcer didn’t receive the same high ratings in service and reliability from PC World readers as did Apple and Lenovo. But the company was rated better-than-average in one out of four reliability measures and two out of four service criteria. None of the other laptop makers (aside from Apple and Lenovo) fared as well. Add that to the fact that this laptop earned the highest PCW score (83) of any Acer portable, and the Aspire 5920-6954 is worth adding to your short list.The Acer Aspire 5920-6954’s under-$1000 price tag is compelling. This laptop offers just about anything you’d want in a budget portable, including a roomy hard drive (250GB in our test unit); an HDMI port for high-definition video; a terrific keyboard; and–a rarity for a laptop in this price range–a dedicated graphics processor (nVidia GeForce 8600M GS with 256MB of memory).At 7.3 pounds, the Aspire 5920-6954 is a bit of a back breaker, and its battery life was average, at 3.8 hours in our tests. But it offers good performance (WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score: 70) at a price we love.Apple MacBook ProNo. 6, Top 10 Power Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: about $1950 and upIf you’re a die-hard Windows user who wouldn’t ordinarily consider a MacBook, consider this: The 17-inch MacBook Pro set new speed records last year as the fastest Windows laptop in our tests to date. (The MacBook Pro’s record has since been broken.) Add to that Apple’s excellent ratings for reliability and service in our reader survey, and you’ve got a compelling power laptop.The MacBook Pro earned an overall PCW score of 80, which is very good. The laptop is packed with features, including an elegant design that’s only 1-inch thick, solid graphics performance, and the fabulous Mac OS X Leopard. At 6.6 pounds, The MacBook Pro is among the lightest 17-inch notebooks available.Apple didn’t pack everything into the MacBook Pro. It lacks memory card slots, has only three USB ports, doesn’t offer a cellular broadband option, and comes with an ExpressCard/34 slot instead of a more versatile ExpressCard/54 slot. Battery life was so-so, lasting just 2 hours, 45 minutes on one charge. Still, this gorgeous laptop makes an excellent desktop replacement.When to BuyYou need to consider several factors if you want to time your laptop purchase to get the best deal.Often, laptop prices are discounted in late January to February during inventory clearance, in July and August for back-to-school shoppers, and during the year-end holiday season.Existing laptop models are often discounted when the cheaper-faster-better version is announced or ships. This happens throughout the year, so it’s harder to time. If you have a particular laptop maker in mind, consider researching its product introduction cycles for clues as to when to buy.For example, Apple updates its MacBook Pro lineup approximately every eight to nine months. The first MacBook Pro was announced January 10, 2006, followed by subsequent models nine months later (October 2006), eight months later (June 2007), and then again, another eight months later (February 2008).If history is any indication, then, it’s likely Apple will refresh the MacBook Pro lineup in October or November 2008. Later this year you may find suddenly discontinued MacBook Pro models available at attractive discounts.I’ve covered this topic in more detail in “When to Buy a Laptop.”Mobile Computing News, Reviews & TipsApple’s Tempting iPhone 3G: If you held off on the first-generation iPhone, the new iPhone 3G may finally tempt you. PC World’s Melissa J. Perenson offers five reasons to consider the second-generation smart phone from Apple, including price (the 8GB iPhone is $199, down from $399); the faster Web experience; and improved support for international use.Are Smart Phones Security Risks? A new survey says that smart phones may pose a greater security risk than laptops or mobile storage devices. According to the survey, nine in ten smart phones are given access to company networks without extra security measures. The result: Smart phones can make it easy for thieves who steal them to access confidential information.XM Radio on BlackBerrys: Owners of any RIM BlackBerry with version 4.2 or later of the BlackBerry operating system can now listen to a limited version of XM’s satellite radio service on their handheld regardless of their wireless carrier. Expect to pay about $8 monthly for a service with 20 XM channels, mostly rock and pop.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. 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Glitch Sparks Ongoing Blockchain Outage Mt Gox Resurrects Site to Let Users

first_img Mt. Gox’s website is mysteriously back up and Blockchain.info is frustratingly down. Ah, the roller coaster drama Bitcoin users endure.Blockchain.info crashes, but funds remain unscathed  Blockchain.info, Bitcoin’s most popular Bitcoin wallet and block explorer service, blames a “bug in some database handling code” for causing an ongoing outage. Its site now reads “We Will Be Back Shortly,” and directs visitors to the company’s Twitter feed for updates.  We’re still working on the server issue, & are looking at a phased approach to bring the services online one at time. More updates to come.— Blockchain.info (@blockchain) March 18, 2014 Add to Queue Blockchain Limited Chief Security Officer Andreas M. Antonopoulos said on the company’s blog yesterday that the outage “may last more than an hour.” That was nearly 20 hours ago. A more recent blog post reports that the company is “working around the clock” to fix the problem.Related: ‘I Did Not Create Bitcoin’: 4 Major Takeaways From Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto’s Letter of DenialBlockchain.info houses some 1.4 million Bitcoin wallets, all of which Antonopoulos said are “safe” while the site is offline. He also noted that the “security of funds and the completion of executed transactions” also remain unaffected by the outage.“Unlike other services that have ownership over private keys, Blockchain is superior because it allows users to access their private keys, thus enabling them to have access to their funds under circumstances such as this,” a blog post by the “Blockchain Team” reads.Related: One-Time Bitcoin Exchange Giant Mt. Gox Collapses Amid Insolvency, Trading Allegedly Suspended Addressing mounting customer concerns, the company also posted instructions on how to import Blockchain.info funds into a Bitcoin wallet client called MultiBit. Blockchain.info customers who don’t have a wallet backup are being asked to fill out a helpdesk request.  Mt. Gox resurrects its website…Kind ofMeanwhile, signs of life are showing over at troubled Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. Its website, which went blank last month, is now mysteriously back up and letting users log in and check their wallet balances.But not without a hefty legal disclaimer:This balance confirmation service is provided on this site only for the convenience of all users.Please be aware that confirming the balance on this site does not constitute a filing of rehabilitation claims under the civil rehabilitation procedure and note that the balance amounts shown on this site should also not be considered an acknowledgment by MtGox Co., Ltd. of the amount of any rehabilitation claims of users.Rehabilitation claims under a civil rehabilitation procedure become confirmed from a filing which is followed by an investigation procedure. The method for filing claims will be published on this site as soon as we will be in situation to announce it.So Mt. Gox customers can at last check their balances, but they still don’t know if they’ll ever be able to retrieve their money, even partially. March 18, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: 360b / Shutterstock.com Bitcoin Former West Coast Editor Next Article 3 min read –shares Glitch Sparks Ongoing Blockchain Outage; Mt. Gox Resurrects Site to Let Users Check Balances Kim Lachance Shandrow The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Bitcoin Is Now Tax Free in Europe

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Bitcoin –shares Matt Clinch Bitcoin Is Now Tax Free in Europe Next Article Virtual currencies can be exchanged tax free in the European Union, following a ruling from the highest court in Europe on Thursday.Bitcoin and its alternatives can now be treated in the same way as traditional money, according to the European Court of Justice.It said in a statement Thursday morning that bitcoin transactions “are exempt from VAT (value-added tax) under the provision concerning transactions relating to currency, bank notes and coins used as legal tender.”The ruling comes after a dispute in a Swedish court when David Hedqvist, a Swedish national, applied for permission to operate his online bitcoin exchange. The Swedish Revenue Law Commission initially told Hedqvist that bitcoin was exempt from VAT but the Swedish Tax Authority appealed against that decision.Bitcoin is a virtual currency that allows users to exchange online credits for goods and services. While there is no central bank that issues them, bitcoins can be created online by using a computer to complete difficult tasks, a process known as mining.The ruling paves the way for potentially cheaper transactions within the EU and therefore a boon for the nascent industry. Jonathan Rogers, partner in the financial services regulatory group at international law firm Taylor Wessing sees it as an opportunity for emerging forms of financial services.”(The ruling is) a shot in the arm – bringing growth and consolidation.,” he told CNBC via email.”Greater clarity can now emerge in the debate about how to regulate virtual currencies, leading to increased credibility and consumer confidence; in turn, virtual currencies will have a much greater critical mass in the financial services system.”The price of bitcoin saw a slight increase after the news, rising around 3 percent, close to $8, during Thursdays’ session.In September, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that bitcoin would be classed as a commodity in the country along with gold and oil.The announcement came as the regulator ordered bitcoin options trading platform Coinflip, and its CEO Francisco Riordan, to cease trading due to it not registering and complying with its regulations. It added that it had also filed, and simultaneously settled, charges against the San Francisco-based firm.—CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to this article. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC October 22, 2015 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue 2 min readlast_img read more

Vanderbilt investigators discover link between vascular biology and eye disease

first_img Source:http://news.vumc.org/2019/04/24/big-data-zebrafish-biology-disease/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 25 2019In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease.The research uncovered an unexpected role for the gene GRIK5, and it showcases a new paradigm for using biobanks, electronic health records and zebrafish to discover the genetic mechanisms that contribute to human disease. The findings were reported in the American Journal of Human Genetics.The back-and-forth approach primarily involved two teams of investigators in the Division of Genetic Medicine: Eric Gamazon, PhD, and Nancy Cox, PhD, using computational genetics and large databases, and Gokhan Unlu, PhD, and Ela Knapik, MD, studying gene function in zebrafish.”This iteration between statistical genetics analyses and biobanks and studies in animal models provides a framework that can be used to understand what a gene does within the context of the human phenome — all the diseases and traits included in electronic health records,” said Gamazon, research instructor in Medicine.The studies had their start several years ago when Gamazon and Cox, Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics and director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, developed a computational method called PrediXcan that correlates genetically regulated gene expression with phenotypes. In the current work, they applied PrediXcan to BioVU, Vanderbilt’s DNA biobank and de-identified electronic health records, to generate a comprehensive catalog of associations between gene expression and clinical traits.Among the associations in this catalog, which they call PredixVU, the gene GRIK5 stood out. Reduced expression of GRIK5, which encodes a glutamate receptor subunit, was associated with 18 different eye diseases ranging from retinal detachment to cataract to glaucoma.”This was very unusual — the expectation was that a gene might be associated with four or five disease phenotypes,” said Knapik, associate professor of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology.The relationship of GRIK5 to eye phenotypes was also unexpected, Knapik added. GRIK5 has mostly been studied for its role in brain signaling and cognition.To explore the role of GRIK5 in zebrafish, Unlu used two approaches (CRISPR gene editing and morpholino oligonucleotides) to delete or reduce expression of GRIK5. The most striking finding in the zebrafish with reduced or no GRIK5 was bleeding.Related StoriesGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”This was a complete surprise. There was no previous knowledge that GRIK5 had anything to do with the blood or vasculature,” Knapik said.Gamazon and Cox returned to the databases to search for evidence of patients who have both eye and vascular diseases.They analyzed electronic health records for more than 2.6 million Vanderbilt subjects and found significant comorbidity of eye and vascular diseases, and they confirmed this comorbidity using an insurance claims dataset of 150 million individuals. Unlu and Knapik continued their studies in zebrafish. They used the morpholino approach to reduce expression of GRIK5 in a zebrafish line with glowing green blood vessels and found reduced numbers of blood vessels and other vascular abnormalities in the eye, brain and trunk. They labeled the plasma with nanobeads and found leaking blood vessels in the eye, brain and ear.”Our studies show that not only the architecture of the vasculature but also the function — keeping the blood inside — is compromised in zebrafish with reduced GRIK5 expression,” said Unlu, research fellow in Genetic Medicine.In further computational studies of genotyped BioVU participants, Gamazon and Cox demonstrated an association of reduced genetically predicted GRIK5 expression with comorbid vascular and eye diseases.The researchers propose that reduced GRIK5 expression compromises vascular perfusion to the eye, leading to late-onset diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.Further studies are needed to understand the precise role of GRIK5 in the vasculature — and how defects lead to eye diseases, but the framework from these studies can be broadly applied, Knapik said.”I am a developmental geneticist. We do forward genetics in zebrafish: we make changes in the genome and study the phenotypes that result,” she said. “On the human side, Mother Nature has made changes in our genomes. And the health care system is phenotyping every day and keeping the results in electronic health records. Scientists can now use the approach we’ve demonstrated to understand the mechanisms of human disease.”last_img read more

How to shop for an electric car

first_imgEV-FOCUSED TEST DRIVESWhen you have your short list of cars, make appointments at dealerships for back-to-back test drives. Here are some specific things to note:— An EV is inherently quieter than a gasoline-powered car because its electric motor is dramatically quieter than an engine. But you should still observe how quiet the car is on the highway. Cut the conversation, keep the windows up, and turn off the radio.— Take time to review the car displays that let you monitor the battery, charging and energy usage. They can help you maximize range. Also inquire about smartphone apps that let you check on your vehicle’s charging status.— Get a feel for regenerative braking, which can slow the car significantly as soon as you lift off the accelerator pedal. Most EVs have driver-adjustable levels of regenerative braking, so it might be worth checking your test car to find out which mode it’s in. This undated photo provided by GM shows the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, an electric car that gets 238 miles of range on a charge. (Jessica Lynn Walker/GM via AP) 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. Conventional wisdom says that EVs are impractical if they don’t deliver the range of a conventional car. The figure that’s often cited is 300 miles.But that’s gas-car logic, says Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds and an EV owner. Let’s assume this is your second car, as is most often the case. If you plug in overnight with a Level 2 home charger, all you need is a car capable of meeting your daily driving needs. More range requires bigger batteries, and they raise the price of the car significantly.Here are some affordable EVs that deliver 100 miles or more on a charge (prices include destination fees): the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt (238 miles, $37,495); the 2018 Nissan Leaf (151 miles, $30,875); the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric (124 miles, $30,385); and the 2018 Kia Soul EV (111 miles, $33,145). This undated photo provided by Hyundai shows the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, an affordable electric car that gets 124 miles of range on a charge. (Hyundai North America via AP) This undated photo provided by Nissan shows the 2018 Nissan Leaf. The Leaf has been on the market since 2011 and has received a full redesign for 2018. The Leaf gets 151 miles of range. (Nissan North America via AP) CHECK OUT INCENTIVES AND TAX CREDITSWhile there are lots of incentives and rebates for EV buyers, the federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500 gets the most attention.This credit, however, begins to phase out after manufacturers sell 200,000 qualifying EVs. Tesla hit its 200,000 mark in July, so you would have to take delivery of a Tesla vehicle by December to be eligible for the full credit. GM is expected to sell its 200,000th qualifying car early next year, so Chevrolet Bolt buyers should be poised to act soon, too.Remember that the federal credit is not a discount or rebate. You have to qualify for a car loan and make payments based on the full amount, then file for the credit on your return. CONSIDER LEASINGA way to avoid the tax-credit hassle is to lease the EV. When you do that, the dealer takes the tax credit and applies the savings to your deal.Leasing also shields you from the tendency of electric vehicles to lose more value than conventional cars. Some of the factors depressing EV prices include heavy new-vehicle incentives, low demand and the rapid pace of technological advancements, making new models more attractive.Edmunds says: EVs are steadily becoming more amenable to everyday use. But it’s still vital to study up before you buy or lease one. Citation: How to shop for an electric car (2018, September 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-electric-car.html Even though electric vehicles account for just a fraction of overall car sales, they are slowly gaining favor with buyers, particularly as second cars for daily commuting. This undated photo provided by Kia shows the 2018 Kia Soul EV, an electric car that gets 111 miles of range on a charge. (Kia Motors America via AP) Electric cars have benefits, but likely won’t save you money While you’re researching EVs, you’ll deal with the usual considerations, including price, comfort, cargo space and handling. Edmunds’ Best Electric Cars guide can streamline the research.Shopping for an EV also means rethinking your approach to refueling and how far the car can travel between charges. And you’ll need to learn about charging, electric rate plans, and EV incentives and rebates. It’s manageable, though. You’ll find online resources from carmakers, utility companies, EV owner forums, government agencies and EV advocates such as Plug In America.PLAN FOR CHARGINGMost EV owners charge at home. To power up faster, invest in 240-volt, Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).Dealerships can set you up with both the EVSE and installation, or you can shop online and possibly get a better deal. An average cost for the system and professional installation is about $1,750, but it varies by region as well as the specific location of your electrical panel. This figure doesn’t include the cost of any permits or upgrades that your electric service might need. Get estimates of these costs before you finalize your car deal. A good source for home charger information is GoElectricDrive.org.Visit your utility company’s website to see what charging plan will work best for you. Utilities in areas that are popular for EVs have plans that make charging affordable.RETHINK RANGE Explore furtherlast_img read more

Massive HumanSize Jellyfish Stuns Divers Off the Coast of England

first_imgA pair of divers swimming off the southwestern tip of England hit the jelly jackpot last week after crossing paths with a hulking barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo) — a rarely seen species that can grow about as large as a full-grown human. Luckily, they filmed the whole thing. The divers — biologist Lizzie Daly and underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott — shared the encounter in a Facebook video posted Saturday (July 13) as part of the Wild Ocean Week campaign — a series of videos showcasing the oddities of the deep to help raise money for the United Kingdom’s Marine Conservation Society.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65946-human-size-jellyfish-found-in-uk.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Daly and Abbott were diving off the coast of Cornwall, U.K., when they saw the giant jelly emerge from the murky water. Also called the dustbin-lid jellyfish, the species is characterized by eight puffy arms capped by stinging tentacles and a large, globular head that lends the creature its unglamorous nickname. Barrel jellyfish sometimes wash up on the shore, Daly told Vice, but it’s rare for a diver to swim face-to-faceless-head with one of the massive blobs. [Marine Marvels: Spectacular Photos of Sea Creatures] While the barrel jellyfish is the largest species of jelly found in U.K. waters, it’s a mere shrimp when compared to the lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), the largest known species in the world. This coldwater jelly is known for its galaxy of 1,200 long, trailing tentacles, which can bring an individual creature’s total body length to up to 120 feet (36.5 meters) — which is longer than the average blue whale. This tangle of tentacles is so massive that a single lion’s mane jelly may be able to sting 50 to 100 people in just a few minutes if currents carry the jelly too close to a populated coast — a fun fact that a group of unlucky New Hampshire beachgoers learned the hard way in 2010. Dangers in the Deep: 10 Scariest Sea Creatures In Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures 15 of the Largest Animals of Their Kind on Earth Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoComparisons.orgNew Rule in Rowland Heights, CAComparisons.orgKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndolast_img read more

TN diaspora to act as anchor to sustain initiatives at investors meetTN

first_img COMMENT Published on economy (general) COMMENTS October 09, 2018 Tamil Nadu government plans to tap the goodwill of the Tamil diaspora, individuals and organisations elsewhere to act as ‘anchors’ to follow up and sustain the initiatives taken at the coming Global Investors Meet 2019.This thought came after a recent visit to the US by a delegation led by State IT Minister M Manikandan to woo investors for the forthcoming Global Investors Meet (GIM)in January 2019.Once a visit is over, it is difficult to follow up on the different initiatives. Hence, there is a plan to anchor such visits, said Tamil Nadu IT Secretary Santhosh Babu.Ideally, government officials in important cities like San Francisco, Austin and Seattle can be appointed. However, a lot of individuals and organisations are there who are willing to act as anchors. The IT department is in discussions with The Indus Entrepreneurs, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit supporting start-ups, and individuals. “We would like to do this after GIM 2019,” he said at CII Connect 2018, a two-day conference and exposition on ICT on the theme, Accelerating Progress: Inclusive Digital Growth. Referring to digital strategy, Babu said, it is not only for business but also for governance. For instance, organisations such as Tamil Nadu eGovernance Agency, TN Arasu Cable TV Corporation, TN FibreNet Corporation, TN Virtual Academy and the Electronics Corporation of TN operate in silos and compete with each other. Measures will be taken to coordinate them, go paperless so other departments too follow, Babu said.On providing end-to-end applications of nearly 200 services to citizens online, Babu said compared to other states, Tamil Nadu lags on this. The industry and government should work together to provide service to citizens at their doorstep. “This is our shared dream,” he said. IT Minister Manikandan said the State government plans to establish IT parks at Ramanathapuram and Cuddalore districts and a Centre of Excellence for Fin Tech at the STPI in Chennai this year. There is also a move to create a tech forum to promote growth in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and electronic hardware manufacturing to provide more employment opportunities.Considering the higher mobile penetration, m-Governance is effectively implemented in the State. To procure IT hardware and software at a competitive price for government departments, it has been proposed to develop an e-market portal at a cost of ₹30 lakh, he said.center_img Tamil Nadu events SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more