Clark County Council eyes code changes for cannabis

first_imgAs the Clark County Council continues to reconsider its ban on recreational cannabis businesses, it’s turned its attention to where such companies would be allowed to set up as well as other land-use questions.While the council took another step toward lifting the ban, Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring, an opponent of recreational cannabis, said it wasn’t a done deal and pushed for a more protracted process.“I don’t want to assume we are lifting the ban,” said Quiring.Recreational cannabis businesses have been banned in unincorporated Clark County since 2014, two years after Washington voters legalized the drug. Since then, cannabis businesses have proliferated in Vancouver. Earlier this year, the Clark County Council began taking a second look at the ban after last year’s elections changed the council’s composition.Last month, the council held a work session looking at the law enforcement and public health aspects of legal cannabis. On Wednesday, the council held another work session looking at what changes to the county code would be required to roll back the ban.A draft of code changes presented to the council would allow licensed cannabis producers and processors to operate in areas that have certain agricultural and forest zoning designations. Licensed retailers would be allowed to operate in commercial areas under the draft code.last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hints readiness for transfer

first_imgSwitzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that one day he would be open to a transfer out of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to move to Serie A.Shaqiri who came to Anfield after having from Stoke City in the summer transfer window is still settling to the breath of Liverpool.The 27-year-old Shaqiri netted two goals with two assists so far in nine Premier League games this season, however, he only played four times in the top flight.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by The Sports Review, Shaqiri said:“I had some good times there, and I couldn’t criticise Inter Milan ever.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as Podolski, Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.”Shaqiri has probably opened up door for a move as he claims that he never know what next for his future yet states he is happy at Liverpool FC.“Go back to Italy? I’m fine at Liverpool, but you never know,” he added.He could also feature in Liverpool against Everton on Sundaylast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego FireRescue Veteran as new Fire Chief

first_img Posted: July 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After a three-month national search, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the appointment of Heartland Fire & Rescue Chief Colin Stowell as the next chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).Stowell began his firefighting career at SDFD in 1988 and served in every rank in the department, including Assistant Chief, before leaving in 2016 to lead Heartland Fire.Stowell, who was strongly recommended by both the community and professional interview panels, brings a wide-range of experience that will benefit the department and its more than 1,200 firefighters, lifeguards and support staff.“Chief Stowell was born and raised here in San Diego and spent the majority of his firefighting career protecting our neighborhoods and our residents,” Mayor Faulconer said. “He has the right experience at the right time to continue the major investments we’re making in public safety and lead this department into the future. It’s great to bring Chief Stowell back to SDFD where it all started.”Chief Stowell will take over the department following recent significant investments made by Mayor Faulconer and the City Council, including new firefighting helicopters and the construction or renovation of nine fire stations over the last three years.As San Diego’s Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Stowell oversaw the Emergency Operations division, which includes 48 fire stations, lifeguard services, the training division, emergency medical services, and special operations comprising hazardous materials, air operations, the bomb squad, and fire investigations. He led more than 845 sworn personnel and 240 full-time or seasonal lifeguards.“My career in the fire service began as a member of this great organization. There is no higher honor, personally or professionally, than to have the opportunity to build on this history by leading this esteemed department and its dedicated members in the coming years,” Stowell said. “As Fire Chief, I recognize the critical importance of continuing to provide compassionate and professional emergency services that distinguish this department, and ones that citizens and visitors to our city both deserve and expect. Fortunately, the city leaders and elected officials are tremendous advocates of the fire service in San Diego, and I feel extremely optimistic moving forward with such support and shared commitment to these priorities.”Chief Stowell previously held leadership roles in the SDFD’s operations and emergency medical services divisions. As a Captain, he served as the department’s Wellness Officer and developed the initial concept and procedures for SDFD’s regional Wellness Program. As a Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, he served on the San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management team as Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief.“Colin Stowell is lauded by his peers, and respected by other fire agencies,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate, Chair of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee. “I’m excited for what will come under Colin’s leadership.”Chief Stowell spent the past few years as chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue, which serves the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove. There he has been responsible for management and oversight of 127 sworn and civilian fire department staff, policy administration, development of four separate operating budgets as well as capital improvement projects, contract negotiations and oversight, and emergency management coordination with other city departments.“I am pleased to welcome Chief Colin Stowell back to the City of San Diego. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable manager for our Fire-Rescue Department,” said City Councilmember Lorie Zapf. “I look forward working with Chief Stowell to deliver the best public safety services to the residents of San Diego.”Feedback from community and professional panels were important factors in Mayor Faulconer’s ultimate decision to appoint Chief Stowell.Community and professional officials who participated in the interview process were:Dimitrios Alexiou, Hospital Association of San Diego CountyRonald Cho, Park and Recreation BoardGeorge Durado, San Diego City Firefighters Association Local 145Jim Geering, Chula Vista Fire ChiefStephen Groce, Human Relations CommissionSusan Jester, Citizens Equal Opportunity CommissionRick Robinson, Oceanside Fire ChiefWendy Robinson, San Diego Fire-Rescue FoundationChris Vanos, Teamsters 911Nick Wright, Municipal Employees Association.Chief Stowell will succeed Kevin Ester, who has served as Interim Chief since April when former Chief Brian Fennessy left the department for a similar position in Orange County. Ester will remain in a leadership role within SDFD.The City Council is expected to hold Stowell’s confirmation hearing later this month.Chief Stowell earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University, holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Miramar College and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He is a native San Diegan who lives in San Diego with his wife and two teenage children. Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego Fire-Rescue Veteran as new Fire Chief KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Former Clark County resident was at LAX terminal during shooting

first_imgJoseph James Joseph James, a former Clark County resident and legislative candidate, was just about to leave Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning when a loud sound stopped him in his tracks. James said he had just grabbed his luggage from baggage claim and was heading for the exit when he heard what sounded like fireworks. “As I turned around, I saw about 100 people running as fast as they could toward me, screaming,” he told The Columbian on Friday. “It was terrifying. I could tell that it was some sort of shooting rampage.” James described the scene before police arrived as chaotic. At one point, someone told him the shooter had a bomb, and then he heard there was more than one shooter. Although he later learned neither of those rumors were true, James decided at that moment to hide with a group in Terminal 3 rather than run outside and encounter another shooter.Soon, James saw the first police officer arrive. “He just popped his trunk and he pulled out an assault rifle,” James recalled. “He said, ‘Don’t move. Don’t do anything. Just stay there.’” Then James saw “dozens and dozens” of law enforcement officers flood into the terminal, and he could hear helicopters flying overhead.last_img read more

Wouldbe drone entrepreneur grounded by regs

first_imgAsh Churchill. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)A Homer business owner wants to use a drone to take pictures and shoot video of properties in Homer. But, restrictions on drone piloting hurt his chances of making the business work.Download AudioAsh Churchill owns a quadcopter. It’s an unmanned aerial vehicle or a drone. He flies it as a hobby regularly and that is perfectly legal.“It is probably about a square foot, has four blades, [a] single battery lasts about 20 minutes. It carries a standard GoPro camera and the camera is connected to the drone by what you call a gimbal,” said Churchill.The gimbal holds the camera steady in flight. Churchill wants to use the drone in his new photography business. That is illegal.“About a year and a half ago my wife and I were looking for a property to purchase in Homer and just looking on the internet at hundreds and hundreds of properties [we] realized the extremely low quality of property photos in general,” said Churchill.Churchill is nursing a coffee in the corner of a local coffee shop. He is an Australian native and his business is called AC Productions. He started his one man operation this summer. His plan was to sell aerial photographs and video of properties around Kachemak Bay to real estate companies. He already had an interest in photography and real estate.“That in correlation with the properties around Homer being hard to get to, especially vacant land, combined with the drone capabilities… I just saw a niche that couldn’t be ignored,” said Churchill.Churchill hasn’t been able to follow through with his idea though. To fly a drone commercially the pilot has to get a special exemption.The federal regulations on drone piloting are murky. Federal agencies insist they’re working on safely introducing drones into the country’s airspace, but it’s taking longer than drone pilots like Churchill would like.Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a written statement that the FAA has made important steps toward a 2012 Congressional order that the agency bring drone use under rule of law by September this year.The FAA missed that deadline but Kenitzer said they are finalizing a set of rules that are scheduled to be published this coming spring. There’s also a new database the agency requires drone pilots register to by February 19th and they’ve approved 3,000 commercial exemptions to businesses. That’s the same exemption Churchill needs.He also has to get a pilot’s license.“The drone that I fly at the moment retails at around $1,000. [With] the regulations going the way they look to be going it’ll cost you around $5,000 purely just to be able to fly it. That’s before even purchasing it,” said Churchill.Churchill says the cost and restrictions are pushing him towards giving up on his drone and just relying on still photography and videos taken from the ground. And he says that’s what the FAA probably wants.“I think what’s brought about these regulations is trying to slow down the amount of drones being sold and being used. And also because of the severity of the implications of somebody misusing these drones,” said Churchill.Churchill also believes drone pilot’s rights aren’t being considered. As an example he criticizes the FAA’s plan to make the names and addresses of drone pilots who register with the agency public.“I’m all for having regulations, guidelines…I’m of the opinion that at this point the regulations are borderline ridiculous,” said Churchill.Churchill is a month away from taking his citizenship exam and he says the conflict over FAA drone regulations often reminds him of a citizen’s rights when confronting his or her government.FAA’s Allen Kenitzer said in his statement, film and video production are among the drone uses the FAA has approved for commercial exemptions.CLARIFICATION: In the original version of this story we stated using a drone as part of a business would be illegal if the business owner did not receive an exemption from the FAA. That is correct, according to Michael Drobac, an attorney consulted by KBBI. Drobac is a senior policy advisor with the Washington, D.C., law firm Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP. However, this is a developing area of law and there are others who disagree. Attorney Peter Sachs argues the FAA does not currently have the legal authority to label commercial drone use illegal.last_img read more

Yukon king salmon run predicted to be weaker than average this year

first_imgState and federal fishery managers have released the 2016 outlook for salmon runs in the Yukon River drainage.Download Audio“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.The Yukon king run is again expected to come back weaker than average this year, with a similar array of fishing restrictions as years past. No commercial fishing opportunities are planned, and subsistence fishing will be significantly restricted, though possibly a bit more open than the past few years.The predictions for summer chum on the Yukon call for an average to above average run, meaning directed commercial openings with selective gear types like dip nets, beach seines and live release fish wheels are likely to occur, targeting the abundant summer chum while allowing king salmon to escape to their spawning grounds. Beach seines will be officially regulated on the Yukon for the first time this year, after the Board of Fish in January set limits to a beach seine’s length, depth and mesh size.Fishery managers expect a lower than average fall chum run up the Yukon this year, but not low enough to threaten escapement needs or subsistence harvests.Fish and Game Yukon Fall Season Fishery Manager Jeff Estensen said that computer models predict a fall chum run size of around 660 thousand fish, based on escapement data from 2011 and 2012, when most of this year’s returning fall chum were born.“That forecast is below average for an even year,” Estensen said. “It is important to note that over time even years tend to be lower in abundance than odd years. The average run size in even years is about 800,000 fish, so even if we hit the upper end of our forecast range, it would still be slightly below average.”As Estensen explained, the Board of Fish passed a proposal in January that makes it slightly harder to open commercial fishing on Yukon fall chum, raising the commercial fishing trigger point from 500,000 to 550,000 fish.“And what that means is that we cannot allow a commercial fishery drainage-wide on fall  hum unless we are projecting that the run size will be greater than 550,000 fish,” Estensen said.In contrast to fall chum, the coho run on the Yukon is predicted to be average or above average, in keeping with strong coho returns over the past two years. Last year’s commercial harvest of Yukon coho was the largest on record.But Estensen said that if the fall chum run is not strong enough to permit commercial openings, then fishermen seeking the higher-priced coho will be largely out of luck.“Up through August 31st it’s a fall chum commercial fishery,” Estensen said. “Any kind of commercial openings are solely based on the assessment of the fall chum. So if you were ever able to run into a situation where we couldn’t fish for fall chum, we would not be able, under the current regulations we have in place, to have a directed coho fishery.”Commercial openings to target coho salmon happen from September 1stthrough the 10th, according to the Fish and Game Yukon River Coho SalmonManagement Plan.This year will also see the introduction of a pink salmon commercial fishery on the lower Yukon. Pinks have been caught and sold as bycatch in other fisheries for years, but the Board of Fish created a new set of regulations specifically applying to pinks, allowing the use of 4 and three-quarter inch mesh nets from June 15th to July 31stin the District 1, at the mouth of the Yukon.Pink runs on the Yukon alternate between strong runs in even-numbered years, and weaker runs in odd-numbered years.Fish and Game has never officially tried to count Yukon pink salmon, but during the last even-year run in 2014, almost a million pinks were estimated to have passed the Pilot Station sonar station.last_img read more

Human rights violations in Kashmir says Mamata on World

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged of human rights violation in the Kashmir region while asserting that the subject of human rights was very close to her heart. “Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in Kashmir,” the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) chief tweeted on Monday. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Adding that the subject was very close to her heart and she had in past also taken to the roads for the cause, she said, “Human rights is a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups.”Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has started easing restrictions in the region after days of heightened security measures following the abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Banerjee had been critical of the Centre’s move on Jammu and Kashmir and said that the “process of scrapping” Article 370 of the Constitution was wrong. Earlier, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin had outlined that no inter-governmental organisation in the world has ever said anything about Indian democracy or India’s commitments towards human rights. Advertise With Us “We are the country who started issues of apartheid at the UN. India was the country which (worked for) changing the charter of human rights declaration. Our constitution is an open book and if there are any issues these will be addressed by our courts. We do not need international busybodies to try and tell us how to run our lives,” he said in reply to a question about human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir after a closed-door meeting held at the United Nations Security Council on developments in the state.last_img read more

73000 Rohingyas flee into Bangladesh amid deadly violence

first_img.Myanmar urged Muslims in the troubled northwest to cooperate in the search for insurgents, whose coordinated attacks on security posts and an army crackdown have led to one of the deadliest bouts of violence to engulf the Rohingya community in decades.Aid agencies estimate about 73,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from Myanmar since violence erupted last week, Vivian Tan, regional spokeswoman for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, told Reuters on Sunday.Hundreds more refugees on Sunday walked through rice paddies from the Naf river separating the two countries into Bangladesh, straining scarce resources of aid groups and local communities already helping tens of thousands.The clashes and military counteroffensive have killed nearly 400 people during the past week.The treatment of Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that violence against Muslims amounted to genocide.It marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a smaller Rohingya attack on security posts prompted a military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses.“Islamic villagers in northern Maungtaw have been urged over loudspeakers to cooperate when security forces search for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists, and not to pose a threat or brandish weapons when security forces enter their villages,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Sunday.ARSA has been declared a terrorist organisation by the government. The group claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on security posts last week.In Maungni village in northern Rakhine, villagers earlier this week caught two ARSA members and handed them over to the authorities, the newspaper added.The army wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that Rohingya insurgents had set fires to monasteries, images of Buddha as well as schools and houses in northern Rakhine.More than 200 buildings, including houses and shops, were destroyed across several villages, the army said.While Myanmar officials blamed the ARSA for the burning of the homes, Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh and human rights watchers say a campaign of arson and killings by the army is aimed at trying to force the minority group out.More than 11,700 “ethnic residents” had been evacuated from northern Rakhine, the government has said, referring to non-Muslims.In Bangladesh, authorities said at least 53 bodies of Rohingya had either been found floating in the Naf river or washed up on the beach in the past week, as tens of thousands continue to try to flee the violence.A senior leader of al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has called for attacks on Myanmar authorities in support of the Rohingya.Former colonial ruler Britain said on Saturday it hoped Suu Kyi would use her “remarkable qualities” to end the violence.last_img read more

Osama Bin Ladens son killed

first_img.Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, chosen heir to the leadership of Al-Qaeda, has been killed, US media reported Wednesday citing American officials.NBC News said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the place or date.The New York Times subsequently cited two US officials saying they had confirmation that he was killed during the last two years in an operation that involved the United States.Questioned by reporters in the Oval Office, president Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the NBC report.”I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.Both reports suggested that bin Laden may have been killed well before the US State Department announced a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019.The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing the reward.Sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad, he had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the department said.Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership.US forces also found a video of the wedding of Hamza to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran.Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have never been pinpointed. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.The group behind the deadly 11 September, 2001 attacks on the United States, Al-Qaeda’s prominence as a radical Islamist group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of the Islamic State group.But the proliferation of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.Groomed to leadAt his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, Hamza learnt how to handle weapons, and ranted in his thin voice against Americans, Jews and “Crusaders” in videos uploaded online.In 2016 Al-Qaeda released a video message in which he urged Islamic State and other jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.””There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims,” he said.In a later message that year he called on Saudi youth to overthrow the kingdom’s rulers, telling them to enlist in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to gain battlefield experience.In 2017 he was placed on the US terrorist blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Osama bin Laden’s former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.”With the Islamic State ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement,” former FBI special agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote at the time of his blacklisting.last_img read more

Las Vegas Gunmans Girlfriend Returns To US For Questioning

first_imgTwitter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department This photo provided by the Twitter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley.The Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returned to the U.S. overnight after a weekslong trip abroad and was met by investigators seeking to question her for clues to what drove Stephen Paddock to slaughter 59 people from his high-rise hotel suite.More than two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the question of why someone with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a country music festival was unanswered.Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines at the time of the Sunday night bloodbath, was met by FBI agents at the Los Angeles airport late Tuesday, according to a law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who has called Danley a “person of interest” in the attack, said on Tuesday that “we anticipate some information from her shortly” and that he is “absolutely” confident authorities will find out what set off Paddock.The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself as police closed in on his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.Danley’s sisters in Australia said in a TV interview there that they believe she couldn’t have known about Paddock’s murderous plans, and that he must have sent her away so she wouldn’t interfere.The sisters — whose faces were obscured and their names withheld — said Danley is “a good person” who would’ve stopped Paddock had she been there.“She probably was even (more) shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us,” said one of the sisters, who live near Brisbane.Whatever Paddock’s motive, authorities said he planned the attack methodically, not only stockpiling nearly two dozen guns in his hotel room but setting up cameras in the peephole and on a service cart outside his door, apparently to watch for police coming for him.During the rampage, a hotel security guard who approached the room was shot through the door and wounded in the leg.“The fact that he had the type of weaponry and amount of weaponry in that room, it was preplanned extensively,” the sheriff said, “and I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did and his actions, which is troublesome.”FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaking at a cybersecurity forum Wednesday in Boston, said investigators are busy “reconstructing the life, the behavior, the pattern of activity of this individual and anyone and everyone who may have crossed his path in the days and the weeks leading up to this horrific event.”Asked if investigators had determined why Paddock carried out the attack, he said, “We are not there yet.” He suggested that was a surprise and unusual.“This individual and this attack didn’t leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks,” McCabe said.Also Wednesday, President Donald Trump was set to arrive in Las Vegas to meet with public officials, first responders and some of the 527 people injured in the attack. At least 45 patients at two hospitals remained in critical condition.Paddock had been stockpiling guns since 1982 and bought 33 of them, mostly rifles, over the past year alone, right up until three days before the attack, Jill Snyder, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told CBS on Wednesday.He had rigged 12 semi-automatic rifles with devices that allowed the guns to fire like an automatic weapon, she said. Authorities previously disclosed that he had such “bump stock” devices with him at the hotel.Snyder said authorities would not have been notified of the rifle purchases but would have been informed if two or more guns were bought at one time.Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation told the AP on condition of anonymity.Investigators are still trying to trace that money and are also looking into a least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, the official said.___Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines; Brian Skoloff, Regina Garcia Cano and Sally Ho in Las Vegas; Brian Melley and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles; and Eric Tucker, Sadie Gurman and Tami Abdollah in Washington contributed to this report.___ Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Harris County Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Doctors For Opioid Epidemic

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Listen to the News 88.7 In Depth report here: Listen Harris County’s lawsuit is not the first of its kind. Lawsuits of this nature have been popping up across the country. Upshur County, in East Texas, filed a similar lawsuit in September. Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is a national trade association that represents wholesale distributors, some of whom are involved in the lawsuit.In a statement, HDA spokesman John Parker said:“As distributors, we understand the tragic impact the opioid epidemic has on communities across the country. We are deeply engaged in the issue and are taking our own steps to be part of the solution – but we aren’t willing to be scapegoats. Distributors are logistics companies that arrange for the safe and secure storage, transport, and delivery of medicines from manufacturers to pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and others based on prescriptions from licensed physicians. We don’t make medicines, market medicines, prescribe medicines, or dispense them to consumers. Given our role, the idea that distributors are solely responsible for the number of opioid prescriptions written defies common sense and lacks understanding of how the pharmaceutical supply chain actually works and how it is regulated.We are ready to have a serious conversation about solving a complex problem and are eager to work with political leaders and all stakeholders in finding forward-looking solutions.” AmerisourceBergen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., also involved in the suit,  provided Houston Public Media with statements:Janssen Pharmaceuticals: Responsibly used opioid-based pain medicines give doctors and patients important choices to help manage the debilitating effects of chronic pain. At the same time, we recognize opioid abuse and addiction is a serious public health issue that must be addressed. We believe the allegations in lawsuits against our company are both legally and factually unfounded.  Janssen has acted in the best interests of patients and physicians with regard to its opioid pain medicines, which are FDA-approved and carry FDA-mandated warnings about possible risks on every product label. According to independent surveillance data, Janssen opioid pain medicines consistently have some of the lowest rates of abuse among these medications, and since 2008 the volume of Janssen opioid products always has amounted to less than one percent of the total prescriptions written per year for opioid medications, including generics.  Addressing opioid abuse will require collaboration among many stakeholders and we will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to support solutions.- William Foster, spokesperson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AmerisourceBergen: AmerisourceBergen and other wholesale drug distributors are responsible for getting FDA-approved drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers to DEA-registered pharmacies, based on prescriptions written by licensed doctors and health care providers. Our role in doing so is quite widespread across different therapies, with the distribution of opioid-based products constituting less than two percent of our sales. We are dedicated to doing everything within our power as a distributor to mitigate the diversion of these drugs without interfering with clinical decisions made by doctors, who interact directly with patients and decide what treatments are most appropriate for their care. Beyond our reporting and immediate halting of tens of thousands of potentially suspicious orders, we refuse service to customers we deem as a diversion risk and provide daily reports to the DEA that detail the quantity, type, and the receiving pharmacy of every single order of these products that we distribute. We are committed to collaborating with all stakeholders, including in Texas, on ways to combat opioid abuseTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.: Teva is committed to the appropriate use of opioid medicines, and we recognize the critical public health issues impacting communities across the U.S. as a result of illegal drug use as well as the misuse and abuse of opioids that are available legally by prescription. To that end, we take a multi-faceted approach to this complex issue;  we work to educate communities and healthcare providers on appropriate medicine use and prescribing, we comply closely with all relevant federal and state regulations regarding these medicines, and, through our R&D pipeline, we are developing non-opioid treatments that have the potential to bring relief to patients in chronic pain. Teva offers extensive resources for prescribers, patients and pharmacists regarding the responsible pain management and prevention of prescription drug abuse. Teva also collaborates closely with other stakeholders, including providers and prescribers, regulators, public health officials and patient advocates, to understand how to prevent prescription drug abuse without sacrificing patients’ needed access to pain medicine.Marc Fleming, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, said while there is an issue in Harris County, there’s responsibility and blame all around.“From a societal stand point, to the individual patients, to unscrupulous doctors that enable these patients with unethical prescribing of these medications,” said Fleming.Allison LeeMarc Fleming, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, said responsibility and blame reaches further than only the pharmaceutical companies.Fleming also said there are many factors contributing to opioid abuse; one being lyrics to popular songs referencing prescription medication abuse.“These medications are commonly talked about in some of these lyrics, and so forth.” said Fleming. “One of my concerns is that we have a generation of kids that has grown up very accustomed to taking medications. So there’s nothing taboo, for this generation, about taking a medication.”Fleming said if damages are awarded to Harris County, it would be best spent in rehabilitation, and other alternatives to help pain management; like yoga and physical therapy.“Does your insurance cover that? Typically not,” said Fleming. “How are you going to pay for that? These are things that are not being addressed.”Lawyers say a trial date could come in the next year. Share Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced Wednesday his office has filed a lawsuit against 21 drug manufacturers and distributors, four doctors and one pharmacist because of the opioid epidemic. All of them operate in Harris County. The companies Purdue Pharma L.P., Cephalon Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. are three of the defendants and they are referred to in the lawsuit as manufacturers, distributors and sellers of opioids in Harris County and the rest of the United States.The doctors the county is suing are: Gazelle Craig, Arun Shmma, Karin Sharma and Richard Arthur Evans. The lawsuit also lists pharmacist David Devido as one of the defendants.The lawsuit contends the “defendants knew that the use of opioids had the potential to cause addiction and other health maladies” and adds that “driven by profit, defendants engaged in a campaign of lies, half-truths, and deceptions to create a market that encouraged the over-prescribing and long-term use of opioids even though there was no scientific basis to support such use.” (Find the document of the lawsuit at the bottom of the story).As for the impact the opioid epidemic has in Harris County, the lawsuit indicates that opioid prescribing rates in the county “historically have been above average and as high as 79.4 prescriptions per 100 persons.” The lawsuit adds that “of the more than 33,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States in 2015, 2,588 were in Texas” and adds that “Harris County bore its share of this burden, with 318 (12.3%) of these deaths occurring in the county.”During a news conference held in downtown Houston, Ryan blamed pharmaceutical companies for promoting opioids too widely. You can watch it below: center_img Being addicted to painkillers, or opioids, is a serious health issue in Houston and nationwide.In October, President Trump even declared the opioid crisis a “national public health emergency, under federal law.” It’s the first presidential administration to do so.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid prescribing has fueled the epidemic. It said nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription. And a recent government report said the US economy lost over 500 billion dollars from opioid abuse, in 2015.When it comes to the question of who should pay for the losses, Harris County has said that the drug companies should; just like tobacco companies were made to pay for smoking-related health care and prevention.“It’s exactly pharmaceutical’s tobacco moment,” said lawyer Tommy Fibich. He’s one of the several lawyers representing Harris County against the pharmaceutical companies mentioned in the lawsuit.“These are the most addictive drugs on our planet. They knew that. They promoted them in a way that caused people to be addicted to them,” said Fibich. “The problem is the companies that manufactured opioids went against every statue in law designed to protect the consumer.”Allison Lee“I would never say the pharmaceutical companies dropped the ball,” lawyer Tommy Fibich said. “The pharmaceutical companies blew up the ball, and kicked it out to the public, for it to explode.”Fibich said the regulations in place should have worked, but they weren’t enforced.“The manufacturers and distributors, primarily, managed to disregard them. They did it with impunity. And everybody was making so much money that they were willing to do it and take the risk,” said Fibich.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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Doctor Who Out of Tune in Creaky Horror Story

first_img This article contains spoilers for “Knock Knock,” episode four of Doctor Who season 10.Knock knock. Who’s there? A regrettably impotent episode of Doctor Who season 10.The fourth chapter in showrunner Steven Moffat and star Peter Capaldi’s final series, “Knock Knock” felt like a valiant attempt at something great—which, like poor old Mrs. Fletcher, fell and couldn’t get up.I was a college student. I was an online magazine reporter living in New York City. I understand the struggle of finding suitable housing on a nearly non-existent budget.But I can’t conceive of the willingness of Bill, who, as effectively demonstrated over the last few weeks, should be smart enough to know the difference between legitimate rental and a haunted house whose inhabitants are consumed by woodlice.Bill’s uninvited seventh roommate (via BBC)Back on Earth after some “exciting TARDIS action,” Bill Potts returns to her regularly scheduled life: looking for a student houseshare.Discouraged by a string of less-than-savory properties, the sextet are approached by a stranger on the street, asking if they’d like to move into his secluded wooden mansion.After a cursory glance at the rental agreement, the new flatmates divvy up rooms and start unpacking. The ever-inquisitive Bill, however, is at an uncharacteristic loss for words. Simply wanting to fit in, to have a place of her own, she signs the lease without question.Then drafts the Doctor to help her relocate (the TARDIS Moving Company has a nice ring to it) without even offering to buy him pizza and beer.Instead, Bill tries to show him the door—embarrassed by the legendary lecturer skulking around her new home and new friends, to whom she introduces him as her “grandfather” (a nod to Susan Foreman, companion, and granddaughter of the First Doctor).But the snoopy Time Lord has other plans and hunkers down for the night with Bill’s Little Mix playlist and a working theory on the creaky co-op.What was that sound? (via BBC)The episode unfolds as any conventional horror story would: Unsuspecting group enters a trap, thinly sketched characters knocked off one by one, a villain emerges victorious, remaining characters defeat the villain and continue ordinary, PTSD-fueled lives.In this case, the villain is the dodgy landlord, played by David Suchet (famous for his role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot), who blows through the seemingly sealed house at his leisure, enigmatically striking a tuning fork upon the walls.When Bill and her housemates come under attack from the creepy-crawly Dryad insects, the owner reminds his tenants that “you came here, you signed a contract. And now, it’s time to pay.”As is the case with so many Doctor Who evildoers, the old man—leader of a nightmarish alien woodlice army (think Ant-Man but more disturbing)—is merely trying to keep his dying mother alive. By feeding human prey to his house to energize the lice, which sustain the wooden girl (his eternally youthful mum) in the attic.Outed as a vulnerable boy who loves his mother, the sinister patriarch gets the ultimate punishment: death by roach hoard.David Suchet as the Landlord (via BBC)From first-time Who writer Mike Bartlett (creator of BBC series Doctor Foster), “Knock Knock” tries unsuccessfully to be a switched-on hipster version of the 2007 masterpiece “Blink.” Whereas Moffat a decade ago introduced a truly inventive, truly terrifying concept (I still get goosebumps walking through statue gardens), Bartlett simply turned an everyday phobia up to 11—with chilling effect. Unfortunately, simply filming at the same location as the original Weeping Angels (the Fields House in Newport, South Wales) didn’t rub off enough good juju to make this episode stand out in an otherwise stirring season.But we all agree that Missy is in captivity behind that blinking vault wall, right?Viewers in the UK can take a second listen by tuning into BBC iPlayer with a pair of headphones to experience “Knock Knock” in utterly creepy 3D sound via the network’s first binaural audio mix.“It’s virtual reality for your ears,” the BBC boasted.Missed episode three of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “Thin Ice,” as well as our review of Class episode “Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Review Dragon Quest Builders 2 Is Two Great Tastes in One

first_img Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller’Metal Wolf Chaos XD’ Is the Hell That Is America Stay on target The original Dragon Quest Builders is one of this generation’s surprise hits. It took the basic premise of Minecraft and combined it with one of the world’s biggest JRPG franchises. The result was a unique game that fans of Minecraft and Dragon Quest could enjoy. We now have a sequel in the form of Dragon Quest Builders 2.Like the previous installment, Dragon Quest Builders 2 has a story. You start as a builder on board a ship commanded by monsters called “The Children of Hargon.” Though their religious order despises builders, the monsters keep the young hero around because of their usefulness. A storm destroys the ship and the hero finds themselves in a place called the Isle of Awakening. The hero soon befriends a fellow castaway named Malroth, who has a nasty case of amnesia. Together, the two set off on a grand quest that has them visiting strange new lands and encountering quirky characters.The basic loop of Dragon Quest Builders 2 is visiting new islands, helping the locals with their problems, and using the knowledge gained to build up your kingdom. In some ways, each island serves as a tutorial for building different structures. For example, one of the first islands shows you how to create a farm. Because of that, most of the game feels like an extended tutorial. Those who have played the original may find this frustrating, but it’s a good solution for newcomers.AdChoices广告There is very little in the world you can’t use for your building projects. Trees, grass, stones, water, mud; everything is at your disposal. Frequently, I had to contain the urge to harvest/collect everything in my path to keep the story moving. It is rather cool how the entire world is at your disposal, and it is something which serves players who wish to build their structures outside of the main story.The Isle of Awakening and all home bases have work stations for crafting. As you progress, you’ll learn new recipes that allow you to create different items. While you can technically build a structure out of simple blocks, it is more satisfying to build one made out of bricks, wood, marble, and more. Adding furniture, beds, and lights also give each home or castle a dash of life. Some may find the number of options overwhelming. But if you’re a person who truly enjoys creating then you’ll appreciate all the tools at your disposal.As you progress, you’ll gain blueprints that help you forge larger, more elaborate structures. It’s all relatively straightforward. You find a patch of land, plop a blueprint over it, and follow the instructions. While this process doesn’t allow room for creativity, it serves as a way to help less imaginative players feel a sense of accomplishment. As with building materials, having a repertoire of blueprints gives you flexibility and options when constructing your little towns.Dragon Quest Builders 2 is also an RPG. Your character gains levels and becomes stronger over time. Combat is one way to level up. Fighting monsters is as simple as bashing them with your forged weapons. Combat is the weakest aspect of the game since there is little to no strategy involved. Every monster has a tell which lets you know when it’ll strike. It’s all a matter of waiting for it to attack so you can go in and counter-attack. You gain experience and materials from monsters, which in turn helps with construction. I could have done without combat, but I also understand its inclusion. This is still a Dragon Quest title, after all. Facing challenging bosses also adds tension to the narrative. I’m not sure how the developers could have improved the real-time combat without it overshadowing crafting. Thankfully, most encounters are optional and brief.Each island not only gives you new building materials but extra allies. Like the mainline Dragon Quest games, characters add life to the story through their varying personalities. Mechanically, allies serve to help maintain your settlements. This is an aspect some players may not find appealing since it wrests control away from them. I didn’t mind having NPCs doing mundane things like plowing fields or cooking. Considering how complex settlements become, it’s good to have settlers who run things for you while you go off to handle more important tasks.The game’s online component is a neat idea that isn’t fully realized. After progressing past the first part of the story, you and up to three users can play together. This involves having players entering your game or you visiting theirs. All of you can build whatever you desire within the massive sandbox which is the Isle of Awakening. While playing with others is fun, it feels too disconnected from everything. You cannot bring others to help you through the main campaign. But if you like building with others and enjoy sharing your creations, multiplayer has its perks. Personally, the ability to take snapshots and share them online is the most appealing aspect.Dragon Quest Builders 2 won’t blow you away with its presentation. It has a simplistic art style at best. This isn’t an issue since the graphics do a serviceable job of bringing the whimsical world to life. The contrast between anime-inspired characters and the blocky world they inhabit certainly makes for interesting visuals. Graphically, it is a perfect blend of Minecraft and Dragon Quest. The music and sound effects come straight out of Dragon Quest. While not as great looking as Dragon Quest XI, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is pleasing to the eye.One of the perks of being a video game reviewer is trying titles outside my comfort zone. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is one such game. While I can’t say I am now a fan of sandbox building games, I have a better understanding of the genre’s appeal. There is a certain zen-like state one enters when creating that the title captures beautifully. You’re given the tools to create whatever you desire. Conversely, you’re given a guiding hand if you desire it. If you’re looking for a focused Minecraft experience, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is worth trying out.Get Dragon Quest Builders 2 at AmazonMore on Are the Game You Should Check Out in July 2019Play These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’Review: ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ Is Bloody Awesomelast_img read more

Proposed Quantum Computer Consists of Billions of Electron Spins

first_img Researchers develop optical technique for controlling electron spins in quantum dot ensembles Explore further The physical setup of the quantum computer consists of a superconducting transmission line cavity coupled to an ensemble of electron spins and a transmon Cooper pair box. The cavity dimensions allow 100 billion electron spins to be coupled to the cavity mode, which could be used to make hundreds of physical qubits. Image copyright: J.H. Wesenberg, et al. With this issue in mind, scientists have recently proposed a quantum computing scheme that uses an ensemble of about 100 billion electron spins. They show that hundreds of physical qubits can be made from these collective electron spin excitations. The researchers, Janus Wesenberg from the University of Oxford, and coauthors from Oxford, Yale University and the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have published the proposed system in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The system can also perform qubit encoding and provide one- and two-bit gates for quantum computing. In the setup, the electron spins are coupled to a superconducting transmission line cavity. In turn, this cavity is coupled to a transmon Cooper pair box that carries out the gate operations.“A single electron spin only interacts very weakly with its environment: this makes it a good quantum memory, except that it is very hard to initialize or read out,” Wesenberg explained to “In the ensemble register we make use of the fact that the collective interaction between an ensemble of billions of spins and a microwave cavity is greatly enhanced by the so-called superradiant effect. This makes it possible to transfer a microwave photon (carrying a qubit), from the cavity to the spin ensemble in a few tens of nanoseconds compared to a significant fraction of a second for a single spin. Once the photon has been transferred to the ensemble, it lives as an delocalized excitation. “The state of the system is a quantum superposition of each spin being excited, that is, flipped relative to the very strong magnetic field that has been applied to the system. There is an infinite number of ways in which a single excitation can be superpositioned in this way, and these can be described in terms of spin waves. By applying a magnetic gradient pulse, we can transfer an excitation that lives as one kind of spin wave to another kind of spin wave.”As Wesenberg added, the study brings up two independent new ideas. “Firstly, there is the idea to couple an ensemble of electron spins to a stripline resonator,” he said. “While this is a novel idea, it is a straightforward extension of previous work (by Peter Zoller and many others), on coupling ensembles of polar molecules, Rydberg atoms etc. to such stripline cavities. The main advantage of using electron spins is that they can simply be smeared onto the stripline substrate without any need for complex trapping arrangements. Secondly, there is the idea of using the holographic principle to address a large number of modes in the ensemble by means of a controllable magnetic gradient. This is a relatively straightforward extension of work by one of the authors (K. Mølmer), on holographic storage.”As the scientists explain in their study, one of the advantages of this setup is that a large number of spins can be controlled without requiring single spin measurement. Depending on the materials used, the system could achieve spin coherence times of up to tens of milliseconds, which could be used to build a solid-state device.“The immediate plan is to demonstrate experimentally that this works,” Wesenberg said. “First in the semi-classical setting (which is essentially electron spin resonance spectroscopy), and later in the quantum regime. Experiments to this end are underway at Yale and Oxford.”More information: J.H. Wesenberg, et al. “Quantum Computing with an Electron Spin Ensemble.” Physical Review Letters 103, 070502 (2009). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.070502Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — While researchers have already demonstrated the building blocks for few-bit quantum computers, scaling these systems up to large quantum computers remains a challenge. One of the biggest problems is developing physical systems that can reliably store thousands of qubits, and enabling bits and pairs to be addressed individually for gate operations. Citation: Proposed Quantum Computer Consists of Billions of Electron Spins (2009, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Study suggests midmantle holds as much water as Earths oceans

first_img(—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan and Germany has found evidence that suggests the middle of Earth’s mantle holds as much water as the planet’s oceans. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their theory and their experiments to try to prove them correct. © 2017 Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth’s middle mantle Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists are convinced that the uppermost part of the mantle and lower part closest to the core are relatively water free. This is because the materials they are made of can’t to store water very well. The layer in between (at 410 to 660 kilometers below the surface), however, has been a topic of debate, with some believing it is also nearly water free and others suggesting it could harbor massive amounts of water. This is because the mid-mantle is dominated by the minerals wadsleyite and ringwoodite, which are known to be able to hold a lot of water. In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle the debate by using logic and lab experiments.The team notes that prior research has shown that the viscosity of the middle zone of the mantle is lower than that of both the upper mantle and lower mantle. To figure out if the middle zone is holding water, the researchers used this information and conducted lab experiments meant to replicate such conditions. They created synthetic ringwoodite to represent the middle mantle and bridgmanite to represent material from the lower mantle. They then used a technique that involved measuring dislocation mobility to infer viscosity and then added water to the ringwoodite. They report that doing so reduced its viscosity and matched measurements taken of the real mantle—this suggests that the real-world middle mantle does, indeed, hold water. By adjusting the amount of water added to their synthetic mantle and calculating changes in viscosity, they were able to estimate how waterlogged the real-world minerals are. They then used that information to calculate how much water is in the entire mid-mantle. They report that it is very nearly equal to the amount of water in all of the world’s oceans.More testing will have to be done, of course, but if scientists can prove without doubt that the middle mantle is filled with water, it calls into question theories that suggest water arrived on Earth from comets.center_img Citation: Study suggests mid-mantle holds as much water as Earth’s oceans (2017, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science Advances TEM images of ringwoodite and bridgmanite before and after annealing. (A) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite before annealing (ρi = 11.0/μm2). (B) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite after annealing for 12 hours at 2000 K (ρf = 0.87/μm2). (C) Dark-field image of bridgmanite before annealing (ρi = 8.43/μm2). (D) Dark-field image of bridgmanite after annealing for 24 hours at 1600 K (ρf = 4.32/μm2). Rw., ringwoodite; Brg., bridgmanite. Credit: Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 More information: A nearly water-saturated mantle transition zone inferred from mineral viscosity, Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 , open question for solid-earth scientists is the amount of water in Earth’s interior. The uppermost mantle and lower mantle contain little water because their dominant minerals, olivine and bridgmanite, have limited water storage capacity. In contrast, the mantle transition zone (MTZ) at a depth of 410 to 660 km is considered to be a potential water reservoir because its dominant minerals, wadsleyite and ringwoodite, can contain large amounts of water [up to 3 weight % (wt %)]. However, the actual amount of water in the MTZ is unknown. Given that water incorporated into mantle minerals can lower their viscosity, we evaluate the water content of the MTZ by measuring dislocation mobility, a property that is inversely proportional to viscosity, as a function of temperature and water content in ringwoodite and bridgmanite. We find that dislocation mobility in bridgmanite is faster by two orders of magnitude than in anhydrous ringwoodite but 1.5 orders of magnitude slower than in water-saturated ringwoodite. To fit the observed mantle viscosity profiles, ringwoodite in the MTZ should contain 1 to 2 wt % water. The MTZ should thus be nearly water-saturated globally.last_img read more

If consumer wants luxury condoms whats the issue HC to Centre

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday questioned the Centre on its decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms saying what was the issue if consumers are willing to pay for premium or luxury male contraceptives.A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw posed the query to the government while hearing a plea by pharma firms Reckitt Benckiser and JK Ansell Ltd (JKAL) who have challenged the government’s decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAdditional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, responded that condoms are currently in the national list of essential medicines and there can be no gradation, of luxury and ordinary, where drugs are concerned. The pharma firms have in their pleas contended that their products are ‘devices’ not ‘medicines’ and thus would not fall under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO). Therefore, no cap can be put on the prices, they said.last_img read more

Concerted effort to force TMC workers to stay away from politics or

first_imgKolkata: The sole purpose behind the ‘Reign of Terror’ unleashed by the BJP in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara on Thursday is to scare the Trinamool Congress workers and force them to either join BJP or keep themselves away from politics in the entire Barrackpore sub-division.Bhatpara, which is otherwise a peaceful area in North 24-Parganas, became the epicentre of violence since Arjun Singh joined the BJP from TMC shortly before the general elections. Singh, who was nominated as a BJP candidate from Barrackpore, defeated the sitting Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi. Following Singh’s victory, Trinamool Congress MLAs from Bijpur and Noapara, Subhrangshu Roy and Sunil Singh joined the saffron party. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPawan Singh, Arjun’s son, won the Bhatpara by-election by defeating Madan Mitra. Partha Bhowmick, Trinamool Congress MLA from Naihati, is putting up a lone battle. In Barrackpore sub-division, the TMC has control over Naihati, Jagatdal, Barrackpore, Panihati and Barranagore. Manas Mukherjee of the CPI(M) is the MLA from Kamarhati. BJP has taken control over Bhatpara, Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities while the state government has deputed an administrator in Naihati municipality. Locals alleged that the BJP has deployed a large number of Hindi-speaking outsiders to create trouble in the area. They are putting pressure on the Trinamool rank and file so that they stay aloof from politics. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently visited Naihati to cheer up the party workers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe outsiders are putting enormous pressure on the Muslims as well. They have allegedly told the Muslims that they will give them full protection if they join BJP. An uneasy calm prevails in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara like Jagatdal, Kankinara, Naihati where most of the shops have downed shutters. The slum dwellers have kept themselves indoors. Despite the Chief Minister’s instructions, the police have taken a softer stand against the outsiders. Jyotipriya Mallick, TMC president, North 24-Parganas demanded that the outsiders should be arrested immediately. “Bhatpara is a peaceful area but the BJP is turning it into a trouble-torn zone. The police have been instructed to arrest the criminals,” he said.last_img read more

Help Astronauts Poop in Space

first_imgNovember 29, 2016 Everyone poops. But not everyone must do so while wearing a spacesuit in a complete vacuum.The NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched a competition to crowdsource ideas for how astronauts can safely defecate inside a pressure suit.On the International Space Station, two toilets use a fan-driven suction system, which collects and stores solid waste until it can be disposed of. In case of emergency, crew members may be relegated to their suits, which provide clean air, shelter, water and enough nutrients to survive short-term (up to 6 days).This isn’t much of an issue, as the ISS operates only 250 miles above Earth — a three-hour-or-less trip home. But as NASA sets its sights on interstellar missions, new refuse tech is needed.”As humans push beyond low-earth orbit to travel to the moon and Mars, we will have many problems to solve — most of them very complex, technical problems,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio said in a video. “But some are as simple as ‘How do we go to the bathroom in space?'”The old standby solution — an absorbent diaper — works for liquid waste, but makes for an uncomfortable space walk if you have to go number two; given enough time, infection or sepsis can set in, harming or even killing astronauts.NASA last month launched its Space Poop Challenge on open prize platform Hero X, encouraging folks to design an in-suit system that collects human waste and routes it away from the body, hands-free. The solution will be incorporated into the orange Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES), adapted for long-term missions of up to six days.”It isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary for survival,” Mastracchio said.Interested inventors have 21 days to enter for a chance to win $30,000 and bragging rights. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20; winners will be announced on Jan. 31.”Even though this technology is being developed for space flight, like many NASA technologies, it will have applications here on Earth,” Mastracchio said. “Your ideas may not only save a crew of astronauts, but many people here on Earth.” 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Gay kiss in Love Simon wins Best Kiss at MTV Movie Awards

first_imgLove, Simon just won Best Kiss at the MTV movie awards. | Photo: Twitter/LoveSimon Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018Two years in a rowLove, Simon is a gay coming out story set in suburban USA and is the first major studio film to have a gay male protagonist. The film has been a worldwide smash.Congratulations to @NotNickRob and @KeiynanLonsdale for winning “Best Kiss” at the #MTVAwards! #LOVESIMON #LoveIsLove— Love, Simon (@lovesimonmovie) June 19, 2018Last year, Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jermone won best kiss for the Oscar winning movie, Moonlight.Other same-sex kiss wins have gone to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair for their Cruel Intentions. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger  also won for their love story in Brokeback Mountain.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The cheesy but adorable Ferris wheel kiss in Love, Simon won for best smooch at this year’s awards.Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale – who came out as queer on the set of the film – accepted the award. His costar was not able to accept the award because he was filming another movie.‘I just want to say to every kid: You can live your dreams and wear dresses; you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are,’ he said in his heartwarming speech.He then went on to say: ‘You can live your dreams and you can believe in magic; you can live your dreams, and you can be yourself.’Lonsdale accepted the award while wearing an etheral white dress, and ombre long gold coat. He sported a gold tiara on his forehead, over his bleached blonde hair.The crowd cheered when Lonsdale gestured to himself while saying ‘you can live your dreams and wear dresses’.#MTVAwards: @KeiynanLonsdale wins Best Kiss saying “you can live your dreams and wear dresses” Keiynan Lonsdale perfectly responds to troll telling him to stop wearing dressesKeiynan Lonsdale, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga among LGBTI MTV Movie & TV Awards winnersQueer actor Keiynan Lonsdale announces break from The FlashRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : For the second year in a row, a same-sex kiss has taken out Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

New cartel arises from Mexicos assault on big drug lords

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — It has the drugs and distribution system of a traditional cartel — and it has the modern weapons and audacity of an army. After attacking federal forces, downing a military helicopter and shutting down streets in Mexico’s second-largest city last week, the New Generation Jalisco cartel is now the main enemy in the country’s fight with drug cartels.In just a few years, New Generation has grown from being an offshoot of the powerful Sinaloa cartel to one of Mexico’s strongest criminal groups in its own right, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, whose Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains a “black list” of drug trafficking organizations. New Generation “just bought the ticket to being enemy No. 1.”___Associated Press writers Katherine Corcoran in Mexico City and Alfredo Pena in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Why do they need bosses when they’re their own operators?” said a Tamaulipas state official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. “(Gang) soldiers are deciding to be generals without the permission of anybody.”Antonio Mazzitelli, representative in Mexico for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, said fragmentation generates more violence as small groups try to expand their territory, where they kidnap and collect extortions to make up for cash they once made running drugs.In the long run, the better-structured and quieter cartels are the ones that survive, he said.“The first principle for a drug trafficking organization is to minimize risk, to use violence in a very hidden way and operate through corruption,” Mazzitelli said.Unlike the old major cartels, New Generation is willing to wage war on the state and federal government. The younger drug lords like to show off their money and flaunt their power, even if it brings a direct assault from the government.For that reason, the May 1 clash may be the beginning of the end of New Generation, said Valdes, the former intelligence agency director.“The drug business is not going away while we have such a large demand in the United States, but that does not give immortality to any particular group,” he said. When Coronel was killed in a July 2010 federal operation, the New Generation fragment started to grow. One reason, some speculate, is that Oseguera, alias “El Mencho,” was very close to Coronel and may have inherited his contacts. He also maintained a good relationship with the Sinaloa cartel. Others say New Generation has been able to take advantage of suppliers and distributers who have worked in the area for decades, even predating Coronel.Whatever its source, the strength of New Generation surprised many on May 1 when federal authorities mounted an operation, reportedly targeting Oseguera: The cartel responded almost immediately with roadblocks and arson attacks in Guadalajara and two dozen other cities. It used an RPG to force down a military helicopter carrying 16 military personnel and two federal police officers, killing eight people.New Generation’s expansion in just five years has not been replicated by any other of the cartel fragments. On the contrary, many areas are seeing the violent fallout of factional infighting. Sinaloa sub-groups battle each other in the northern states of Sonora and Baja California Sur. Knights Templar, La Familia and Beltran Leyva factions fight for control of the lucrative and growing opium paste business in the southern state of Guerrero. Gangs affiliated with the Gulf cartel are warring along the Tamaulipas border with Texas. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Generation has its origin in that fragmentation.While it has operated for years, it surged in public notoriety last week after it waged brazen attacks in and around Guadalajara, a major technology and manufacturing hub and the capital of Jalisco state, which is a popular retirement spot for U.S. and Canadian expats. But the city, some 290 miles (460 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, is also where Mexico’s largest drug cartels were born.Leaders of the original Guadalajara cartel were captured in the 1980s, provoking a surge in what Valdes calls the first generation of cartels, many of which still exist, including Sinaloa, Beltran Leyva, Gulf, Zetas and Juarez cartels. But hits on their leaders have left all but Sinaloa as just remnants of their former selves.In little more than a year, the government has arrested Sinaloa’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Beltran Leyva’s Hector Beltran Leyva, Juarez’s Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, Knights Templar’s Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, and the Zetas’ Omar Trevino Morales. It killed Knights Templar leader Nazario Moreno.Such blows have allowed New Generation to grow. Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval told Mexican media Wednesday that he warned the federal government more than a year ago that its attacks on a rival cartel, the Knights Templar, would strengthen New Generation but the reaction by authorities was insufficient. “The attorney general, overall, made three changes in his delegates but honestly with zero results,” Sandoval told Universal television. “In this matter, from the attorney general there was nothing. Same with the federal police. Zero.”According to the U.S. Treasury Department, New Generation is mainly devoted to trafficking cocaine and methamphetamines. Working with an associated group known as Los Cuinis — a phonetic rendering of “The Queenies” — the cartel has a presence in at least eight of Mexico’s 31 states and connections in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia. A U.S. indictment in 2013 said New Generation leader Nemesio Oseguera and his brother-in-law, Cuinis leader Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, move multi-ton quantities of cocaine from South America to Mexico and facilitate its transport to the U.S., earning at least $10 million a year.The indictment charged them with running a criminal enterprise and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.New Generation has its origin in the now-defunct Milenio cartel and it later operated as an affiliate of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, the Sinaloa cartel leader who was responsible for the group’s methamphetamine division. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Its quick rise reflects a rapidly changing organized-crime landscape in Mexico as the government targets top leaders of established cartels. More than any other criminal group, New Generation has taken advantage of the government’s top-capo strategy, strengthening and grabbing territory from other cartels as they are weakened.“You’re talking about a powerful, large organization with grand logistics, well-made structures, a strong group of assassins, and dedicated and qualified people with high-caliber weaponry,” Guillermo Valdes, a security expert and former director of the Mexican intelligence agency, told The Associated Press. “It’s a new cartel, a second generation born in a restructuring process.”The strategy of hitting top leadership began in 2006 under President Felipe Calderon and has continued under his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto. As a result, large organizations have been fragmented, leaving smaller, leaderless groups to fight among themselves over control of local organized crime activities and drug-smuggling routes to the north.When Calderon was in office, there were five major cartels. 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