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April retail inflation gallops to 6month high rate of 292

first_imgNew Delhi: Retail inflation inched up to a six-month high of 2.92 per cent in April due to a spike in food prices, including vegetables, meat, fish and eggs, according to the official data released Monday. Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was at 2.86 per cent in the previous month and 4.58 per cent in April 2018, the data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed. The rate of price rise in April is the highest since October 2018 when the rate was 3.38 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraInflation in the food basket was 1.1 per cent in April, up from 0.3 per cent in March. Prices of vegetables rose by 2.87 per cent against a contraction in March. Fruit prices, however, declined in April compared to the year-ago month. Prices in the fuel and light category moved up by 2.56 per cent in April against 2.42 per cent in the previous month. The Reserve Bank mainly factors in the CPI-based inflation while setting the key policy rates. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe Monetary Policy Committee headed by the RBI governor would be meeting early June to decide on its monetary policy. The government has mandated the RBI to maintain retail inflation at around 4 per cent. Commenting on the data, RBL Bank Economist Rajni Thakur said the CPI inflation is moving closer to the inflation trajectory laid out by the RBI’s forecast. Meanwhile, Crisil Research expects the retail inflation to rise 60 basis points (bps) to 4 per cent this fiscal from 3.4 per cent in 2018-19. This base case assumes food inflation rising to 3 per cent from an abnormal low of 0.1 per cent, it added. Deepthi Mathew, Economist, Geojit Financial Services noted that inflation in the country is slowly picking up reaching a six month high at 2.92 per cent for April.last_img read more

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Morocco Only Safe North African Country French Foreign Ministry

New York – The Foreign Affairs Ministry of France ranks Morocco as the only safe country in North Africa for French citizens.According to the French Ministry’s “Centre de Crise et de Soutien” (Center of Crisis and Support) map on “Travel Advice,” which was recently updated following the suicide bombing that shook Istanbul on Tuesday, Morocco is the only recommended country for French nationals to visit south in the MENA region.French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, recommended French citizens traveling abroad to include Morocco in their destinations as its vigilance is considered “normal, according to the “Travel Advice” map published last December 21. The Quai d’Orsay, as the French Foreign Ministry is known for its location in Paris, said that out of 191 countries worldwide, only 40 are considered safe, including Morocco.“The political and security situation allows the organization of professional and tourist trips to Morocco, provided for vigilance, especially when traveling along the southern border with Algeria,” the ministry said in its official website last November.France’s “Travel Advice” map on North Africa ranked Morocco in the “green zone” as the only country with “normal vigilance.”Southern Algeria, Libya and regions in Egypt are in the “red zone” or “formally discouraged” to visit, the French Ministry’s map noted.Northern Algeria and parts of Egypt are in the “orange zone” or “not recommended unless you have a reason” to visit. The same map ranked Tunisia as a country of “enhanced vigilance.”According to the Quai d’Orsay, the most “formally discouraged” countries for French nationals are in the African continent as well war-torn countries in the Middle East, such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.In November 2015, the British Foreign Office ranked Morocco as one of the “safest countries in the world,” recommended for British travelers.The same source said that Morocco’s risk for terrorism threats is lower than in some European countries, including France and Spain. read more

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Libya UN official impressed by pace of returns to cities emerging from

Georg Charpentier, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, who visited the cities on Tuesday and yesterday, noted that an estimated 60 per cent of the population displaced by the fighting had returned to Bani Walid and Sirte.He voiced his admiration of the strong resilience amongst residents and the local council’s striving to tackle the prevailing humanitarian challenges.“Following the liberation of Bani Walid and Sirte in October and the progressive return of their populations over the last months, the two cities now need more attention and concrete action to accelerate their full return to normalcy,” Mr. Charpentier, who is also the deputy head of the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL).“Public infrastructure, housing, education and health facilities need to be rehabilitated, reconstructed and reactivated, intense and focused reconciliation efforts also need to be encouraged in these two cities.”During his visit to the three cities, Mr. Charpentier met with members of the local and military councils, as well as representatives of the local population and viewed houses and public facilities that were destroyed during the conflict.He also visited a local warehouse in Bani Walid to see the distribution of relief supplies, including food aid by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Beneficiaries included residents and people from the other countries.The violent uprising in Libya, which led to the overthrow of Mr. Qadhafi’s long-standing regime, caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands of others, including many foreign nationals and refugees. 5 January 2012A senior United Nations official who has visited the Libyan cities of Bani Walid, Sirte and Misrata, which saw some of the most intense fighting during last year’s military campaign to oust Muammar al-Qadhafi’s regime, said today he was impressed by the rate of return of displaced residents to their homes. read more

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Gildan Activewear hires new finance chief — for the second time this

MONTREAL — Gildan Activewear is hiring a new chief financial and administrative officer, for the second time this year.Rhodri Harries, 51, who has been CFO for Rio Tinto Alcan, will be Gildan’s No. 2 executive — a position that Gildan has been trying to fill since longtime CFO Laurence Sellyn told the company that he intended to retire by mid-2015. Sellyn returned to the CFO’s post on an interim basis in February after his previous replacement, James Kehoe, resigned after about a month to take the CFO’s position at his former employer, Kraft Foods Group Inc. Gildan said Wednesday that Sellyn will remain for a short time to ensure an orderly transition to Harries. Harries originally joined Alcan in 2004 and held various finance positions with the aluminum company after it was acquired by Rio Tinto. He became CFO for Rio Tinto’s aluminum business in 2014. Gildan reports its first-quarter results on May 14. Its net earnings are expected to decrease nearly 27 per cent to US$58 million despite higher revenues at US$631 million, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. read more

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Scoring Woes Continue for Carbon Soccer

The Carbon Dinos had a hard time finding the back of the net during two games earlier this week.First, on Tuesday, the Dinos hosted Maeser Prep in Price. Maeser came roaring out of the gates, notching three goals in the first half to take a 3-0 advantage into the break. Neither team was able to connect with the back of the net in the second, giving Maeser Prep the road win.Carbon then took to the road on Thursday for a game against American Leadership Academy. The Dinos’ scoring struggles continued in the first half as they blanked, giving ALA the 2-0 lead at halftime. Carbon responded with a goal of its own in the second half, but it was not enough as ALA added two more to the board to take the 4-1 win. read more

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Gold prospecting in Sudan with the Multitec 9000 drilling rig

first_imgThe compact, modular, Multitec range have been Dando’s best-selling rigs over the last year. The Multitec 9000 in particular has proven desirable for miners and prospectors conducting exploration and grade control programs. The power and capability of the rig, the company reports, “coupled with its small size and low operating and servicing costs, prove a compelling alternative to traditionally larger, less efficient machines that require substantial capex investments.”Weihai Donaqbao Mining, operating in Sudan, recently purchased a track mounted Multitec 9000 with accompanying trailer mounted Doosan 700 cfm/300 psi compressor for prospecting a concession in Gedaref State.Targeting gold deposits, the project currently has two stages. The first is for forty-five, 4” RC boreholes between 100 and 150 m, drilled at angles between 60o and vertical depending on the orientation of the formation. Stage two is for H wireline core drilling to provide further information in select areas.Features that come as standard on the rig lend the Multitec 9000 to projects like the one in Gedaref State. A hydraulic mast dump provides angle drilling from 45o to vertical and the high speed, high torque rotary head supplied with the rig allows it to be used for both conventional and wireline coring, RC drilling, DTH hammer drilling and open hole boring with either mud or air flush. The rotary head stroke enables the loading of 3m rods, while the hydraulically deployed mast extension saves tripping time through pulling two rods at once using the winch.Despite its 10 t of pullback and 142 hp turbo-charged diesel engine, the Multitec 9000 is mounted on a compact crawler unit that is only 1,420 mm wide when tracking. The rig is also offered as a truck mounted unit on a heavy duty 4×4 truck, or on a trailer or standard skid to be mounted on a customer’s own truck. A hydraulic load-sensing system ensures that oil is delivered to the components that are working hardest, while reducing pressure to inactive components. This improves overall efficiency and reduces wear and maintenance costs.last_img read more

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Ed Woodward refuses to give updates on Man Uniteds managerial plans

first_imgExecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reiterated that Manchester United will be not be giving any updates on their search for a permanent coach during their campaign.The Red Devils fired Jose Mourinho in December following a poor start to the season, which left United down in sixth-place and 11 points adrift of the top-four in the Premier League.The Portuguese’s relationship with players and staff members had deteriorated with youngsters struggling to develop under Mourinho’s watch.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since thrived at Old Trafford with 10 wins in his opening 12 games in charge.While the Norwegian’s unbeaten start came to an end on Tuesday in their 2-0 first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in their last-16 Champions League tie, Solskjaer is reportedly in the running for the permanent managerial vacancy.Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane have all been linked with United in recent months as well.But Woodward wouldn’t budge when it came to discussing United’s managerial search while in a conference call with investors today.“I’m not going to get into [that],” said Woodward, according to FourFourTwo.“We communicated around December time around what we were doing, with Ole coming in, and what was happening.“The next communication will be when we have something to announce regarding the manager. We’re not going to give updates part way through.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.In regards to reports suggesting United will recruit a sporting director, Woodward appeared to cool off the rumours by instead reflecting in the importance of United’s “overall structure”.“Lots has been written about this,” he said.“Looking at our structures and how we should strengthen all areas of the club is something we do on a continual basis.“We’ve done a lot of changes in the football side in the last four, five years, particularly in the academy, where we’ve materially increased investment and we’re seeing the quality of that now coming on.“On the football side, we’ve invested around the recruitment side, the player-care side, [there is] continued investment with facilities, medical and sports science, so the evolution is continuing.“It’s not necessarily that visible to the outside and, in some respects, you get a multi-year return later on [rather] than an immediate impact.“The evolution of the football side is continuing. With regards to the overall structure, we’re looking at that and ways we can make it stronger.”Next up: Chelsea away in the #EmiratesFACup. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/yLOxIIMrD8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img read more

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Book gives voice to homeless women

first_imgIn 1984 Desiree Hellegers came to groovy, forward-thinking Seattle, the city that grew Starbucks and Microsoft, and went to work at homeless shelters in the shadow of the Space Needle.Just as she was struck by the disconnect between Seattle’s glitter and its grit, Hellegers was struck by the disconnect between the clinical forms she had to fill out every day and the powerful language homeless women used to describe their lives and struggles.“To me it raised questions about … the complexity of the stories homeless people tell about their lives and that very clinical way they’re represented in media accounts and public policy debates,” she said.This fall Hellegers, now an associate professor of English and a founder of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver, published the true, terrible and sometimes triumphant stories of 15 women who have been homeless in Seattle.“No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance” is based on years of interviews that Hellegers conducted and recorded with women who “talked about their lives on their own terms,” she said.last_img read more

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Hialeah High School placed on lockdown

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hialeah high school was reportedly  placed on lockdown, Monday.According to Hialeah Police, Hialeah High School, located at 251 E. 47th St., was placed on lockdown, just before noon, due to someone calling and threatening to shoot people.7SkyForce HD hovered over the high school and students were seen walking on and around the campus.School board officials later lifted the lockdown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of March 10 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 10, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Richard Charles “Dick” Boulton, 89Samuel A. deWahl, 31Frederick J. Lena, 76Gordon L. Siteman, 98Alan R. Surette, 66Evelyn C. Tomeo, 96Previously Lived In Wilmington:James Henry Clancy, Jr., 79Catherine E. (Leverone) Souza, 99Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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ADP India holds 20th anniversary fete

first_imgHyderabad: ADP Private Limited celebrated its 20th company day with a flash mob and unveiling of a special 20 years logo. They organised several engagement activities for their associates, such as the 5K & 10K Spirit Run, World Cup India match screening and Zumba workshop across all work locations.last_img

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Infosys shares rally ahead of Q3 results Reliance up 3 TCS hits

first_imgIndian stock markets ended with gains on Wednesday, tracking Asian and European stock markets. The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 24,854, up 172 points, or 0.70%, while the NSE Nifty was up 52 points at 7,562.The markets shrugged off negative macroeconomic data released on Tuesday, which showed that retail inflation for December was up at 5.61% from 5.41% in the previous month while industrial output contracted by 3.2% in November after rising by 9.8% in October.Stock markets across Asia, except China, gained on news that China’s trade data for December was not so bearish as expected. The country’s exports fell 1.4% on a year-on-year basis, but was far better than the 6.8% decline registered in November 2015, Reuters reported.Imports dropped 7.6%, falling for the 14th straight month, but far less than 11.5% forecast by economists, Reuters added.The Sensex witnessed a day of high volatility, with the 30-share benchmark index opening with gains but later correcting sharply to touch an intraday low of 24,402. The index recovered later to touch a high of 24,956, before closing the day at 24,854.The recovery was led by index heavyweight Reliance Industries, which gained about 3.09% to close at Rs 1,077.35, and Infosys, which will announce its third quarter results on 14 January. The stock closed with a gain of 3.08% at Rs 1,082.35. Reliance Industries will declare its December quarter results on 19 January. Other Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Mahindra, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC, Sun Pharma and Bajaj Auto.Stocks that put pressure on the index included Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel, Lupin, Wipro and TCS, which declared its third quarter results on Tuesday. The TCS stock touched a new 52-week low on Wednesday of Rs 2,258 but recovered later to close at Rs 2,280.Bharti Airtel said on Wednesday in a regulatory filing with the BSE that the company will sell its operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone to Orange. However, Bharti Airtel did not disclose the terms of the deal.Banking stocks hit a new 52-week low on Wednesday, with State Bank of India, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank registering a new low despite ending the day with moderate gains.last_img read more

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In Texas Lawmakers Have To Live In Their Districts But Good Luck

first_img Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneThe House Chamber at the Texas Capitol on August 16, 2017, the morning after the end of the special session.Almost every election cycle, certain candidates for the Texas Legislature and Congress face allegations they don’t live in the districts they’re trying to represent. And this year is no different.Deanna Metzger, the Republican who will challenge state Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, this fall, faced allegations that she actually lived in Fort Worth. According to an investigation by WFAA, the home in Dallas County where Metzger registered to vote had been vacant for more than a year. (Metzger told the television station that she met all the requirements to represent the district.)One of the most heated residency debates in recent memory came in 2010 when Brian Birdwell of Granbury won election to the state Senate. The fact that Birdwell, a Republican, voted in Virginia in 2006 established him as a resident of that state, Democrats argued in a lawsuit at the time.Texas’ 5th Court of Appeals ultimately sided with Birdwell — which is common. According to Harold Cook, a Democratic political strategist based in Austin,most residency challenges that are brought to court are ultimately shot down.“The law is what it is and those [challenges] hardly ever prevail,” Cook said.That’s especially true for state legislative candidates because the state law that defines residency requirements is hardly cut and dry.“Residency is the squishiest concept in Texas jurisprudence,” said former Texas Ethics Commissioner Ross Fischer. “It’s completely subjective.”Under state law, a candidate has to live in the district he or she hopes to represent for a year before election day. For most local offices, like a city council or school board seat, candidates have to live in the district for at least six months prior to election day.If a candidate wants to file suit claiming her opponent doesn’t live in the district, the case is notoriously hard to prove.That’s because residency is legally defined as a state of mind rather than a physical presence, Cook said.“You can claim as your residence wherever you intend to return to and live some day. It’s not a question of where is the pillow that you lay your head on every night,” Cook said. “That would be the common sense answer to a ‘where do you live’ question.”There are also some instances where a candidate doesn’t have to live in the district continually in the year or so leading up to an election. A college student who lives in one district but goes to college in another can run for office in his hometown even though he’s been at school for nine months, for example.“You don’t always have to have continuous residence as long as you intend to return to your former residence when you’re done with public business,” said Hugh Brady, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “As long as you have an intent to return, you can vote and run for office.”“It’s pretty hard to knock somebody out of the race unless they just have no connection whatsoever with the area,” he added.Lastly, candidates can own a piece property or a business in a district and then claim that district as their residence.“Some people who run for office, particularly wealthier candidates, will have several residences,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “That opens up the possibility that they can run in the district of their choice, or they might buy a second or third residence in order to position themselves for a future run in a district that they don’t live in full time.”On the federal level, the U.S. Constitution requires U.S. House members to be at least 25 years old, have been a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years and live in the state they represent. There’s no rule that says they have to live in the district they’re running to represent. Changing that would require a constitutional amendment, Fischer said.“The idea is that the framers of the constitution wanted the members of the U.S. House elected uniformly,” he added, “and not with different requirements from state to state.”The Washington Post documented in 2017 that U.S. Reps. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, both lived outside the districts they represent in Congress. But that was “a political problem, not a legal problem,” Fischer said.The bottom line: To run for a seat in the U.S. House, you must live in Texas. To run for a seat in the state Legislature, you have to have been a resident of the district you’re trying to represent for at least one year prior to election day. But it’s notoriously difficult to disprove someone’s residency claim.last_img read more

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Moneywise Wealth Health and Digital Empowerment Summit

first_imgOn Dec. 3, The Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation will be hosting their 6th annual Moneywise Wealth, Health and Digital Empowerment Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Education Association Auditorium, 1201 16th Street NW, directly across from Metropolitan AME Church. The Moneywise Wealth, Health, and Digital Empowerment Seminar is free. However, pre-registration is required and seats are limited. To register, visit goo.gl/9ekg7M or eventbrite.com. All online registrants will receive a free copy of the CFED e-Book: “What’s It’s Worth:  Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation.”last_img read more

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Encounters with familiar strangers play overlooked role in human interactions

first_img © 2016 Phys.org The researchers, Di Liang, Xiang Li, and Yi-Qing Zhang, at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have published a paper on their analysis of familiar strangers in a recent issue of EPL.”This is the first work to identify familiar strangers from other human relationships and explore their special encounter patterns, which may inspire further studies on this common but overlooked relationship and its potential applications,” Li told Phys.org.Although researchers have known about the general concept of familiar strangers for several decades, no work has specifically investigated these encounters. Instead of being identified as such, familiar strangers are typically lumped together with general strangers and therefore regarded as “harmful noise.” The new study shows that this assumption is far from the truth. The researchers classified human relationships into four types: in-roles (who include colleagues, classmates, and others who we are acquainted with and see on a regular basis), friends (those who we are acquainted with, but do not see regularly), strangers (those who we are neither acquainted with nor see regularly), and familiar strangers (those who we see regularly but are not acquainted with). By analyzing two Wi-Fi datasets and one dining hall data set from college campuses, the researchers classified all of the instances when two individuals were at the same place at the same time into one of the four types of human relationships. They found that strangers made up the largest percentage of relationships, followed by familiar strangers. Both types of strangers greatly surpassed the percentage of social acquaintances, with in-roles being the third most common relationship type, followed by friends. The researchers also found that, while the number of social relationships an individual can maintain is conventionally thought to be limited by the Dunbar number, which is 150, strangers and even familiar strangers do not face such a limit. The analysis shows that the number of familiar strangers an individual may encounter on a regular basis is much larger than the Dunbar number, and seems to be primarily affected by the behavioral patterns of the population as a whole. As might be expected, encounters with familiar strangers tend to occur in a frequent and periodic manner, since they are often a result of individuals’ daily or weekly routines briefly overlapping. This high regularity and stability of encounters with familiar strangers makes these encounters highly predictable, potentially providing a useful tool for predicting important nodes in networks with unknown topologies. This ability could, in turn, help researchers predict the risk of disease epidemics, which could influence immunization strategies. Familiar strangers, in particular, could be prime targets for controlling the spread of contagious diseases. “The encounters of familiar strangers are highly predictable, which may help to optimize robust network paths for information sharing,” Li said. “Besides, given a reliable trust between familiar strangers, when assessing the ‘risk’ of an individual in disease spreading, it would be more accurate if we identify or predict his/her encounters with familiar strangers, instead of only considering the strong relationships, such as friends and co-workers. Therefore, we can design new target means on the generalization of an acquaintance immunization strategy against a pandemic.”In the future, the researchers plan to continue to improve the familiar stranger classifier performance and further investigate the potential applications, including human mobility prediction and information diffusion. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Explore further Friends are no better than strangers in accurately identifying emotion in emails More information: Di Liang, Xiang Li, and Yi-Qing Zhang. “Identifying familiar strangers in human encounter networks.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/116/18006center_img Citation: Encounters with ‘familiar strangers’ play overlooked role in human interactions (2016, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-encounters-familiar-strangers-overlooked-role.html (Left) Researchers have classified four types of relationships based on low or high encounter regularity and low or high level of acquaintance. (Right) The results from three datasets on human encounters show that we encounter more familiar strangers than people with whom we are highly acquainted (both in-roles and friends). Credit: Liang et al. ©2016 EPL (Phys.org)—According to a new study, there are more familiar strangers in our lives than friends, coworkers, and all other acquaintances combined. Encounters with familiar strangers, defined as pairs of individuals who repeatedly encounter each other but have never been acquainted, has so far been overlooked in research on human networks. The new study finds that familiar strangers may play a significant role in processes such as information sharing and disease spreading. 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

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Listening to FM while driving is also dangerous

first_imgListening to traffic reports on the radio could be so dangerous for your driving that you could even miss an elephant standing by the side of the road, warns a study.“Anything that draws our attention away from driving can be problematic, even if it’s auditory like listening to the radio or having a hands-free phone conversation,” said one of the researchers Gillian Murphy of University College Cork in Ireland.The researcher applied a prominent theory of attention, Perceptual Load Theory, to driving, a task where attention is crucial. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Perceptual Load Theory states that we have a finite amount of attention and that once that capacity is maxed out, we cannot process anything else. To test whether paying attention to radio traffic reports can be bad for our driving, Murphy asked 36 people to drive a route in a full-sized driving simulator while listening to a traffic update on the radio.While driving, 18 participants were asked to complete a simple task and 18 to complete a complex task.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe simple task was to listen for when the voice giving the update changed gender. While the complex task was to listen for news of a particular road.The study found that only 23 per cent of the drivers undertaking the complex task noticed a large, unexpected visual stimulus – an elephant or gorilla by the side of the road.By contrast, 71 per cent of the drivers undertaking the simpler task noticed it.Drivers undertaking the complex task were also worse at obeying road signs, remembering which vehicle had just passed them and even at driving itself. Their speed, lane position and reaction times to hazards were all affected.The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Nottingham in Britain.“Road safety campaigns are so focused on telling us to keep our eyes on the road, and this is certainly important, but this research tells us that it’s simply not enough. We should focus on keeping our brains on the road,” Murphy said.last_img read more

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Pale Moon 2840 released security and stability update

first_imgPale Moon 28.4.0 released: security and stability update by Martin Brinkmann on February 19, 2019 in Internet – Last Update: May 02, 2019 – 89 commentsA new version of the desktop web browser Pale Moon was released today for all supported operating systems. Pale Moon 28.4.0 is a major development, stability, and security release according to the release notes.The new release comes a month after the release of Pale Moon 28.3.0 and is the second major Pale Moon release of the year.Existing Pale Moon users should get the new version automatically if the automatic updating system is turned on. A click on Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon > Check for Updates runs a manual check; Pale Moon should pick up the new version when you activate the option to download and install it over the existing installation.The new version is also available on the Pale Moon website and you can install it over an existing version to upgrade or anew.Pale Moon 28.4.0Even though Pale Moon 28.4.0 is listed as a major development release, its primary focus is on security and stability improvements.Several known security vulnerabilities are addressed and fixed in the new browser version.The security issues CVE-2018-18506, CVE-2018-18356, CVE-2018-18335, and CVE-2019-5785 have been addressed in the new version.The developers have implemented several defense in depth protections that harden the browser against potential exploits. These security improvements are implemented regularly in new versions of the web browser.The new Pale Moon version addresses some video playback issues and uses the new ffmpeg decode API which should help with frame drops.Advanced users get full control over TLS 1.3 cipher suite preferences on about:config; there it is possible to disable them individually.Load about:config in the Pale Moon address bar to get started. Select that you will be careful, and search for security.tls13 to display the available suites. Double-click on any to toggle its value. A value of True means it is enabled and thus used by Pale Moon, a value of False that it is disabled and not used.The remaining changes improve certain functionality, e.g. background processes, and therefore also stability of the web browser.Check out the entire release notes of Pale Moon 28.4.0 here.Now You: Have you tried Pale Moon recently?SummaryArticle NamePale Moon 28.4.0 released: security and stability updateDescriptionA new version of the desktop web browser Pale Moon was released today for all supported operating systems. Pale Moon 28.4.0 is a major development, stability, and security release.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Condom use declines as more gay men use PrEP

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) But MSM were engaging in a number of HIV prevention methods including testing regularly. There was also a greater understanding of ‘U=U’, resulting in less condom use. U=U is the fact that people living with HIV whose viral loads were undetectable were not able to pass on HIV to sexual partners.STIs, PrEP and condom useTwo of Australian’s leading HIV organizations condemned media reports that PrEP was to blame for the rising rate of STIs.ACON and AFAO (Australian Federations of AIDS organizations) spoke out about a number of misconceptions.They said data has shown there to be little change in the incidence of STIs in people on PrEP, apart from a slight increase in chlamydia.‘The increases in STI notifications are likely to be due to a combination of a real increase in infections as well as improved testing rates,’ ACON and AFAO said in a statement.‘Improved testing helps identify people with undiagnosed STIs who may otherwise go untreated, and potentially transmit their infection.‘Testing and diagnosis can lead to an increase in people with STIs who are notified and treated, and in turn notify, their sexual partners to interrupt the spread of STIs.’Keep using PrEPACON applauded gay men for their ‘continued use of condoms more than 30 years into the HIV epidemic’. That was especially ‘at rates that exceed that of the general population’.But the organization warned that fear mongering around PrEP had to stop.‘To not utilise PrEP as a new prevention tool for fear of triggering an increase in STIs would be bad public health policy,’ ACON said.‘Studies have consistently shown that PrEP is extremely effective at preventing HIV transmission, and trials… have continued to demonstrate excellent public health outcomes.‘What is important is that gay men continue to use a HIV prevention strategy every time. In a contemporary response, this includes the use of PrEP. HIV is incurable and life long – driving down HIV transmissions is a key public health priority.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A unique study has shown condom use among men who have sex with men (MSM) has declined sharply. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The report published in The Lancet found consistent condom use with casual partners had declined in Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney.There were many reasons found for the decline, including the increased use of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP is a daily pill that people can take and is proven to be highly effective at preventing HIV transmission.Titled ‘Community-level changes in condom use and uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis by gay and bisexual men in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia: results of repeated behavioral surveillance in 2013–17’, was released this week.It found that even though MSM were still pretty good at engaging in effective HIV preventative measures.Condom use in the state, New South Wales (NSW), dropped from 46% in 2013 to 31% in 2017. But condom use was still relatively high among MSM at 70%.The access to PrEP in Australia has grown rapidly over the past few years as state governments run local trials of the medication. In April, the Federal Government also agreed to subsidize PrEP to make it more affordable and accessible.New HIV cases in Australia and especially in NSW have been on the decline in the past few years. There has been a jump among some populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in northern Australia.PrEP isn’t the only reason condom use has declinedAuthors of the study found there were multiple reasons that MSM were using condoms less.They noted ‘fatigue’ from ongoing sexual health vigilance since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was one cause.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Condoms can help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (Photo: Durex | Facebook) Chinese gay men flock to Thailand for PrEPNew HIV diagnoses at all time high in New ZealandWhy you can’t put rising rates of gonorrhea and syphilis just down to PrEPRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/condom-use-declines-as-more-gay-men-use-prep-in-australia/last_img read more

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A52 reopened after stolen car overturns

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are searching for the driver of a stolen car after it overturned on the A52 Werrington Road. The accident happened shortly before 1pm today (April 22) near to the junction of Brookhouse Lane in Bucknall, outside of the Rainbow Chinese takeaway. The road has now been reopened. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “At 12.43pm we were called to a 4×4 which had overturned on Werrington Road. The driver got out of the car and ran away. The car had been stolen from the Longton area earlier. The accident has closed the road (Picture: Andrew Tomkinson) “Dog support officers have been deployed to make an area check in a bid to trace the male driver.” For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Read MorePolice helicopter scrambled in hunt for driver who ran off after hitting parked cars Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @Sotlive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

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WestJets YYZLGW route to get 7879 Dreamliner starting Oct 23

first_img CALGARY — WestJet’s winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announced this morning, includes new upgraded service for the airline’s Toronto-London (Gatwick) route.WestJet says adding one of its Dreamliners to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centres.The daily Dreamliner service is set to start Oct. 23 as an upgrade to WestJet’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the 767.As part of the schedule update, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate flights between Calgary and Maui up to four times weekly starting Oct. 31, and between Calgary and London four-times weekly starting Oct. 27.“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” says Brian Znotins, WestJet’s VP Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWestJet’s Dreamliner offer 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy.Meanwhile last Friday’s inaugural departure of flight 10 means WestJet is now the only airline to operate a nonstop route between Paris and Calgary.The launch of the new Calgary-Paris service capped a whirlwind week of airline acquisition talks that included private equity firm Onex buying WestJet for $3.5 billion plus debt (May 13), and Air Canada and Transat in exclusive discussions that will likely see Canada’s largest airline buying Transat for a proposed $520 million (May 16).WestJet’s newest route, along with its codeshare partnership with Air France, provides new access between Western Canada and Europe.Canadian business and leisure travellers now can fly to and from 11 cities across Europe including Rome, Venice, Athens and Lisbon through WestJet’s Air France codeshare partnership from Paris.On the Calgary-Paris leg, the flight departs at 7:35 p.m. arriving in Paris the next day at 12:20 p.m. On the return, a 2:20 p.m. departure puts passengers back in Calgary at 3:45 p.m. Flights operate four times weekly.Flight 10 is the second of three 787 Dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and selection of Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“WestJet’s first nonstop flight from Calgary to Paris opens up a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada and easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We are proud to be Calgary’s biggest airline and will continue to invest in our operations and infrastructure to benefit the economy, tourism and markets in Calgary and Western Canada.”All flights between Calgary and Paris are operated on WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins.By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 67 nonstop destinations with an average of 975 flights per week from YYC.“From downtown Calgary to Paris’ Champs-Elysees in about nine hours, we’re excited for this new direct flight to France,” said Rob Palmer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance, of The Calgary Airport Authority. Tags: WestJet Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Posted by WestJet’s YYZ-LGW route to get 787-9 Dreamliner starting Oct. 23center_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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