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Podcast: Ending AIDS in South Africa, what makes plants gamble, and genes that turn on after death

first_imgListen to stories on how plants know when to take risks, confirmation that the ozone layer is on the mend, and genes that come alive after death, with Online News Editor David Grimm.   Science news writer Jon Cohen talks with Julia Rosen about South Africa’s bid to end AIDS.   [Image: J.Seita/Flickr/Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img

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Test your smarts on viral mutations and scientific luck!

first_img Ebola According to a new study, how much Arctic ice does the average U.S. family destroy in 30 years? Score The older the scientist, the more citations per paper The Science Quiz After running into strong local opposition, a huge telescope planned for construction in Hawaii could move where? As long as their entire body Drink more water Pedal slower Chile’s Atacama Desert Pedal faster The faster you answer, the higher you score! Challenge your friends and sign up for your chance to win a free digital subscription to Science. An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Positron tomography A finless fish Share your score The Cubbies did it! Now, here’s a question for all you math nerds: Given that Major League Baseball has 30 teams, what’s the approximate chance that another team will have a similarly long losing streak? Radio astronomy Ebola. The sheer size of the Ebola epidemic that engulfed West Africa is still a bit of a riddle. Scientists think the virus spread quickly thanks to poor infrastructure and its sudden appearance in major cities, where it jumped easily from person to person. Now, two new studies add another item to that list: 3 months after the outbreak became a full-blown epidemic, the virus underwent a mutation that made it better suited for humans. A marine lizard This one weird trick might help you take in less air pollution on your daily (or annual) bike ride: None of the above. Citations seem to be random. Enter the information below to enter the sweepstakes:Your information has been submitted.An error occurred submitting the email. Please try again later.This email has already been entered.The email submitted is not a valid email.Incomplete form. Please fill out all fields. 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I would like to receive emails about products and services offered by AAAS advertisers.PRIVACY I have read and accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.Submit Stretched end to end, how long is the DNA in the nucleus of a presidential candidate’s cells? Dubstep The older the scientist, the fewer citations per paper Pedal slower. If you try to outpace pollutants by pedaling faster, you might want to reconsider. Despite reducing time exposed to toxicants, active commuters—both walkers and bikers—can actually take in up to four times as much air pollution, because they breathe more heavily when they pick up the pace. To find a sweet-spot speed, researchers built a computer model of 10,000 bikers and walkers, based on commuting data. Their answer for the bikers? A comfortable 13-kilometer-per-hour pace. Research into beard filters is ongoing. How did you score on the quiz? Challenge your friends to a science news duel! Endless, just like this election Zika Cosmic rays Question LOADING The world’s first known four-legged snake might not be a snake at all, according to a new study. What do scientists think it might be instead? China’s Yellow Mountains 80%. The Cubs’ streak of 107 seasons without a championship was unparalleled. But as sports leagues continue to expand, the probability that some team or another will suffer an equally long drought is growing right along with them. If one assumes that in any year each team has an equal probability—3.3%—of winning the championship, then simple binomial statistics predict that the probability that any one team will fail to win a championship for 107 years in a row is 2.67%. But with 30 teams in the league, the chance that some team or another will fail to win the championship for 107 seasons in a row is a whopping 79.7%. In fact, the Cleveland Indians, who haven’t won for 68 seasons, have a decent chance of matching the Cubs’ feat. 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Electron microscopes can magnify objects up to 10 million times, letting scientists peer into the inner workings of our bodies’ smallest parts. But they’ve only been able to see in black and white, until now. The new technique—15 years in the making—uses three rare earth metals, which are layered one-by-one over cells on a microscopic slide. When the metals lose electrons, they are marked with a unique color, either red, yellow, or green. With a few more tweaks, scientists hope to add three or four new colors to the mix soon. Grow a beard As long as their forearm Spain’s Canary Islands. The location of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) remains in the balance over its disputed building permit. But now, at least, astronomers have a backup. 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Now, a new study suggests that one such “coronal mass ejection” in 2015 temporarily weakened Earth’s protective magnetic field, allowing solar plasma and radiation from the same storm to more easily reach the atmosphere. A marine lizard. The fossil is tiny, fragile thing: a squashed skull barely a centimeter in length, a sinuous curving body about two fingers long, and four delicate limbs with grasping hands. In a major paper last year, researchers called this rare fossil the first known four-legged snake. But last week, another team of scientists weighed in, suggesting instead that it’s a marine lizard. As scientists debate the identity of this controversial specimen, the only one of its kind, it now appears to be inaccessible for further study. And paleontologists are mad as hell. A flying iguana New York City’s Trump Tower None of the above. You might guess that, over time, a scientist matures and produces better work, with later papers earning more citations. 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We’ll select a new winner each week. 2000 square meters November 07, 2016 Chikungunya Average 35% November 07, 2016 The Science Quiz Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a FREE digital subscription to Science! Learn More As long as their entire body! How our DNA is bunched into the nucleus is a miracle of packaging, with very deliberate loops and bends that bring specific parts of each chromosome into contact to help control what genes are active. Now, using sophisticated statistics, imaging, and experimental data, biophysicists have a clearer idea about how all this genetic material is squished into such a tiny space. 3% Every Monday, The Science Quiz tests your knowledge of the week’s biggest science news stories. No matter how much you know, you’re still likely to learn something–give it a try!last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal beats Shixian Wang in World Super Series

first_imgSaina prevailed 21-17, 21-18 over Shixian in a gruelling women’s singles match.Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal dished out a dominating performance to post a straight-game win over two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang of China and start her campaign on a positive note at the season-ending BWF’s World Super Series badminton final on Wednesday.A 2011 finalist, Saina showed great temperament and good repertoire of strokes to tame the former World No.1 Shixian, who had beaten the Indian four times in their last five meetings.The China Open winner, Saina prevailed 21-17, 21-18 over Shixian in a gruelling women’s singles match that lasted little less than an hour at the Hamdan Sports Complex.Saina kept the Chinese on a tight lease right from the start and the result was an intense battle of nerves. The intensity of the clash was palpable as Saina produced a fast-paced game and engaged Shixian in rallies which drained out the Chinese. After a close fight till 7-7, Shixian picked up a couple of points at the deep backhand corner and forecourt of Saina to open up a slender 10-8 lead.The Indian, however, didn’t panic and gave a brilliant account of her temperament and preparation as she reeled off 10 straight points to move to 18-10.Shixian grabbed three points before Saina produced an accurate smash which was initially called out but a video referral challenge ensured she got the crucial point. Shixian then handed the game point chance to Saina when she hit wide.advertisementThe Indian had a chance to close it next but she hit wide. Shixian then produced a clever shot and exploited Saina’s back hand to grab two more points. Saina then handed over another point to Shixian when she made a judgement error at the baseline.But Shixian hit long next after an intense rally as Saina earned the bragging right. The second game started on a similar note as the lead exchanged hands very frequently with both the players engaging in longer rallies and pushing the other to commit errors.There was not much to differentiate between the two and it boiled down to accuracy in strokes. After a slender 2-0 lead, Saina saw Shixian surge ahead to 8-4. But egged on by the crowd, who chanted ‘Saina Saina’ and ‘India India’, Saina erased the deficit and clawed back at 9-9 with Shixian finding the net.Saina did miss a point after committing a service error but the Indian moved into the interval with her head held high, leading 11-10.The Indian showed good anticipation and kept sending the shuttle back to her opponent’s court, forcing Shixian to commit an error. Her ploy reaped her dividends as Saina lead 14-11 after a point.Saina pounced on each opportunity, gaining points with her sharp net play and from the unforced errors committed by the Chinese. As the match waned, mistakes cropped in Shixian’s game as Saina lead 18-14.Shixian also played some immaculate shots to keep breathing down Saina’s neck but the Indian soon hit a body smash and then produced a deceiving block at the net to move to a healthy four-match point advantage.The Chinese erased two match point after Saina tapped one wide and then failed to breach Shixian’s defence but with her cross court return getting buried at the nets, it was celebration for the Indian.last_img read more

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Mukesh Bansal quits as Flipkarts head of commerce platform

first_imgBengaluru, Feb 10 (PTI) Homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart today announced that Mukesh Bansal, Head of Commerce Platform, is leaving the company, ending his two-year stint which he described as “nothing short of a fairy tale.”Bansal would, however, be an advisor to the company, Flipkart said in a statement.In a development that comes weeks after the rejig at the top level, the company also said that Ankit Nagori, Chief Business Officer, Flipkart, is also moving on to start an entrepreneurial venture in the sports domain.”Mukesh Bansal, Head of Commerce Platform, Flipkart is moving out of his active role to be an advisor to the company,” it added.”Mukesh has played a huge role in making Myntra thenumber one fashion destination and helped build a strongplatform at Flipkart, including Indias strongest leadershipteam,” the statement said.”Ankit has played an instrumental role in introducing newer initiatives at Flipkart and building the marketplace model for the company. Sachin and Binny will be supporting Ankit in his new initiative and will be his first investors,” the statement said.Thanking Mukesh and Ankit for their “invaluable contribution” to the growth of Flipkart, the company has wished them “all the best.”In a top management rejig, Flipkart last month had appointed Binny Bansal as the Chief Executive Officer and Sachin Bansal as the Executive Chairman.During the rejig, Mukesh Bansal was given additional responsibility of the ads business along with head of commerceplatform and Chairman of Myntra – the online fashion retailbusiness acquired by Flipkart for a reported USD 370 million, in 2014.advertisementMukesh, in a letter to employees, said, “My incredible journey with Myntra and Flipkart comes to an end. It has been amazing nine years filled with lot of learning, privilege to work with outstanding people and chance to participate in building future industry of India that will impact hundred of millions of people.”Stating that he never dreamt in “wildest imagination”that will come this far, when he and Ashutosh Lawania started Myntra in 2007, he said, “Whats even more amazing is that it seems we are just getting started and the journey ahead for Flipkart/Myntra is going to be even more fascinating and at the scale that India has never seen before.” (MORE) PTI KSU RA BN STSlast_img read more

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How Fear Can Help Your Job Search

first_imgBe very, very afraid – and use that scary energy to propel you onward.We are not talking about a trip to a haunted house or some kids throwing tomatoes at your car. We are talking about being laid off, or the possibility of losing your job faster than a vampire could rip out your throat. Asked what makes them fearful at work, more than a third of workers said fear of layoffs, according to a new CareerBuilder / Harris Interactive survey. (Pay cuts were the second most scary workplace concern, while presenting in front of others and workload tied for third.)It’s a real fear: Almost 1.3 million Americans have lost their paychecks in mass layoffs in the first nine months of this year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.No matter what their career choice, people experience two kinds of fear – the well-founded fear of something threatening right in their path and anxiety, which shows up more vaguely and with less immediacy – the threat of layoffs.“Fear essentially is energy, typically adrenaline that motivates us to take action,” said Larina Kase, a business psychologist and co-author of several books including Anxious 9 to 5.An optimal amount of fear can motivate us to take action, but too much and we may end up stuck, paralyzed with fear, she said. Yet it can be managed and even turned to a motivator.Kase suggests these steps:Understand your fear. Pay attention to the moments when you feel anxious, and what thought flitted through your mind. Then consider the ideas or values or themes behind those thoughts – perhaps a sense of responsibility for your family or worry about losing your home. Come up with a plan. Ask yourself: “How will I handle this?” Consider some alternatives for work, for bringing in money. Give yourself time to come up with solutions. If you’re having trouble with this, “do something invigorating first,” like exercise or listening to your favorite music, she said.Draw your resilience and confidence.  Recall difficulties you handled in the past. Remember the results you achieved and the value you offer. Write down your strengths. Ask people to remind you of your talents.Accept its place in your life. Don’t spend your energy trying to fight off fear. “Harnass it rather than push it away,” said Kase, and focus on what you need to, not the anxiety or concern. Accept that butterflies are normal and move right into the next right steps for yourself.Sometimes it helps to see “Freddie Fear” as a sarcastic slightly evil friend, who can both encourage you to sit before the TV all afternoon, and motivate you to write that next cover letter and move forward in your life. And remember, he is friends with many, many others who are at the networking event or job fair – so they probably won’t even notice when you show up with him tagging along.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Paul Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

first_imgPaul Pogba dedicated France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final victory to the 12 survivors of the Thailand cave rescue mission as the country advanced to their third final in the last five World Cups.The world have breathed a sigh of relief earlier on Tuesday when all the 12 young footballers and their 25-year-old coach were successfully rescued from a cave in Thailand after being stuck there for over two weeks.The entire footballing fraternity came out to applaud the strength of the 12 teenagers and Pogba did not stay behind.After France’s victory Pogba posted a photograph with his teammates celebrating the win yet saying that there was still a job at hand.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECest très bien, mais cest pas fini its great but its not finished #fiersdetrebleus @equipedefrance #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/v7IqcSNYe0Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 10, 2018Immediately after that, he shared a collage of the pictures of all the 12 boys and dedicated the French victory to them. He wrote, “This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong”.This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong #thaicaverescue #chiangrai pic.twitter.com/05wysCSuVyPaul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 10, 2018France beat Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, courtesy a fabulous header from Samuel Umtiti. Even though Belgium made a number of inroads and created many chances, France remained compact and did not allow Belgium to find the back of the net.advertisementFrance also created a number of chances where Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois came in handy. On the other side of the goalpost, Hugo Lloris was equally brilliant.Also read – World Cup 2018: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez ready to accept heartbreakFrance will face either England or Croatia in the final on Sunday.Earlier in the day, English player Kyle Walker also promised to give jerseys to the whole team after their brilliant show of strength and spirit. He took to Twitter to applaud the boys and asked for help to send the shirts out.Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely! I’d like to send out shirts to them! Is there anyone who can help with an address? @England pic.twitter.com/pQYwW4SPh7Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 10, 2018Even Manchester United posted on their social media inviting the 13 members of the Wild Board football team to come and watch the Red Devils play at Old Trafford this season.#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1MsqManchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018In fact, when the rescue operation was still going on, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of young footballers and their coach.”If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests,” Infantino wrote.With the health issues in mind, it is unlikely that the boys will be able to attend the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow but they can at least look forward to travelling to Old Trafford to watch one of the most popular football teams in the world.last_img read more

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Dream Cruises Family Expands with Explorer Dream

first_imgGenting Cruise Lines announced the latest addition to the Dream Cruises family with a 75,338 gross ton, 1,870 passenger cruise ship Explorer Dream, that will join the fleet in spring 2019.Formerly the SuperStar Virgo of sister brand Star Cruises, Explorer Dream will undergo a USD 30 million transformation in March 2019 and sail as the company’s pathfinder marking its first step to become Asia’s Global Cruise Line.Explorer Dream will strengthen the Dream Cruises’ brand in North China with homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin during spring/summer 2019 with a selection of voyages of various durations from Shanghai or Tianjin to Japan, Russia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.“Dream Cruises will be extending its brand recognition to 300 million Chinese in Shanghai and Tianjin/Beijing next summer as well as offering cruises in Australia and New Zealand to its Asian-sourced passengers during winter 2019 – the first time Dream Cruises will be sailing outside Asia,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Executive Chairman of Genting Hong Kong.Taking the first step to evolve Dream Cruises into Asia’s Global Cruise Line by sailing outside Asian waters, in autumn/winter of 2019, Explorer Dream will homeport in Sydney and Auckland where she will embark on 21 seven-night weekly itineraries.“We will be accelerating this vision to develop Dream Cruises into Asia’s Global Cruise Line by utilizing one of Asia’s favourite ships, SuperStar Virgo, and converting her into a brand new sibling alongside Genting Dream and World Dream,” added Tan Sri Lim.last_img read more

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Alberta RCMP investigate theft of boats last seen being towed on rural

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta RCMP are investigating the theft of a fleet of brightly coloured powerboats that were last seen being towed on trailers by pickup trucks down a rural prairie highway.The four boats are all Nautique Super Air G23s — a craft popular with people who enjoy wakeboarding and wakesurfing.The company that makes them calls the Nautique “a legend in the watersports world.”Cpl. Laurel Scott says the thieves made off with the boats and trailers early Wednesday morning from a dealership south of Edmonton.The trucks hauling the seven-metre long boats were last seen on Highway 39 driving east over a landscape better known for canola and wheat fields than bodies of water.The boats and trailers are estimated to be worth $800,000.“What we are hoping now is that maybe someone who was out driving might remember seeing these boats,” Scott said Thursday. “You would think they would stand out.”One of the boats is orange and black, another is green and black. Two are blue with white trim.last_img read more

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WestJet union files complaint over pilot recruitment for lowcost Swoop airline

first_imgCALGARY – The union that represents WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots says it has filed an unfair labour practice complaint over the airline’s recruitment of pilots for Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier slated to begin flying in June.The Air Line Pilots Association, International, says it has applied to the Canada Industrial Relations Board for a “cease and desist” order.It alleges WestJet Airlines Ltd. violated provisions of the Canada Labour Code by directly negotiating with pilots instead of the union over employment at Swoop, thus changing and ignoring well-established rules and policies. WestJet declined to comment on the labour board filing.During a conference call on Tuesday, CEO Gregg Saretsky said he wants to allow pilots from WestJet and WestJet Encore to seek promotions to work at the new airline and that WestJet is negotiating with the union to maintain one seniority list for all of its pilots, thus allowing them to move from one brand to another without losing pay and seniority rights.Swoop is to launch with three aircraft in June and grow to six by September and 10 by the spring of next year, eventually reaching 30 to 40 aircraft on domestic and international flights.The union says it has also asked the federal labour minister to appoint a conciliation officer to help move along stalled negotiations with WestJet to conclude terms of its first contract. WestJet pilots voted to be represented by ALPA last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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First Cobalt to acquire US Cobalt in a friendly stock deal amid

first_imgTORONTO – First Cobalt Corp. says it will take over US Cobalt Inc. in an all-share deal valued at $150 million as it looks to add to its supply of the industrial metal ahead of increased demand.The friendly deal, which requires approval by US Cobalt shareholders, comes as growing investments and demand in electric vehicles has spurred interest in key metals like cobalt, used in the vehicle’s battery packs.As a result, cobalt prices have more than doubled since the start of last year.First Cobalt says the acquisition will help it position itself as a North American-focused cobalt company, as buyers of the metal look to diversify from a widespread reliance on production in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where human rights groups have raised concerns of child labour in mining operations.The company says US Cobalt’s flagship project in Idaho, as well as lithium projects in Utah and Alberta, will complement its own cobalt projects and refinery in Ontario.The rise in cobalt prices has prompted other Canadian mining companies to push ahead on cobalt-related projects sitting on their books, including RNC Minerals looking to spur development of its Dumont nickel-cobalt project in Quebec and Fortune Minerals looking to breath new life into its project in the Northwest Territories.Brazilian miner Vale S.A. already produces cobalt in Canada as part of a nickel concentrate from its Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador, while Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. owns dormant cobalt-related assets in northern Ontario.Companies in this story: (TSXV:FCC) (TSXV:USCO) (TSX:FT) (TSX:RNX) (TSX:AEM)last_img read more

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Judge rules aggregator of AP content not allowed free ride on newsgathering

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A federal judge ordered an Internet news clipping service to stop reselling stories from The Associated Press, saying the ability of news organizations to perform an “essential function of democracy” was jeopardized when a company is allowed to “free ride” on the costly work of others.Media observers say the ruling against Meltwater U.S. Holdings Inc. and its Meltwater News Service, if upheld on appeal, could provide strong protection for the news industry as it struggles to survive in an Internet age.U.S. District Judge Denise Cote rejected Meltwater’s claims that its use of Web stories drawn from a scan of 162,000 news websites from more than 190 countries was a fair use of copyright-protected material.“Through its use of AP content and refusal to pay a licensing fee, Meltwater has obtained an unfair commercial advantage in the marketplace and directly harmed the creator of expressive content protected by the Copyright Act,” Cote said.She said in a ruling released to lawyers in the case Wednesday and to the public on Thursday that investigating and writing about newsworthy events worldwide was expensive, and copyright laws permits the AP to earn money to pay for it.“Permitting Meltwater to take the fruit of AP’s labour for its own profit, without compensating AP, injures AP’s ability to perform this essential function of democracy,” Cote wrote.In a statement, Meltwater called the ruling “at odds with a variety of prior decisions that have paved the way for today’s Internet,” and said it would appeal.The judge noted that commercial Internet news clipping services like Meltwater perform an important function for their customers, but that “does not outweigh the strong public interest in the enforcement of the copyright laws or justify allowing Meltwater to free ride on the costly news gathering and coverage work performed by other organizations. Moreover, permitting Meltwater to avoid paying licensing fees gives it an unwarranted advantage over its competitors who do pay licensing fees.”Meltwater is a 12-year-old electronic news clipping service that helps its clients monitor how they are covered in the press. In its lawsuit, the AP alleged that Meltwater News had been pilfering current and past material from the AP and other news providers without paying licensing fees.George Freeman, a media law expert in private practice at Jenner & Bloch, called the ruling “one of the most solid and comprehensive that we’ve had in this very important field.”Richard Stim, a San Francisco attorney and author of “Getting Permission: How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off,” said the ruling is special because most lawsuits against news aggregators get settled out of court.“It gets a case out there that makes it easier to push people into licensing agreements,” he said. “That’s its ultimate business function. That’s why everybody settles. They don’t want a case out there that gives (content owners) the ammunition to say, ‘Last time we did it, we won in court.’ “Even on appeal, the case will provide an important precedent, he said.“The appeal may or may not go the same way,” Stim added. “For people who follow these things, there’ll finally be some judicial decisions.”Dwayne Buttler, an expert on copyright law and an endowed chair at the University of Louisville, said Cote’s ruling was likely not the final word on the matter, since various appellate courts are in disagreement on the subject.He also cautioned that works that are more factual than creative are given less protection by U.S. copyright law, which does not protect facts or ideas from copying.“Newspapers are on the borderline of protectability,” Buttler said.The judge rejected Meltwater’s claims that it operates like a search engine.“Meltwater News is an expensive subscription service that markets itself as a news clipping service, not as a publicly available tool to improve access to content across the Internet,” she said. “Instead of driving subscribers to third-party websites, Meltwater News acts as a substitute for news sites operated or licensed by AP.”Cote praised the operation of legitimate search engines.“These interests are complementary. The Internet would be far poorer if it were bereft of the reporting done by news organizations and both are enhanced by the accessibility the Internet provides to news gathered and delivered by news organizations,” Cote said.She also defended the creativity necessary to write the first paragraph of a story, known as a “lede,” saying Meltwater “misses the mark” when it argues that ledes are teasers and not summaries of news.“If anything, the observation emphasizes the creativity and therefore protected expression involved with writing a lede and the skill required to tweak a reader’s interest,” Cote said.Meltwater said it believes Cote misapplied the fair-use doctrine.“Meltwater is especially troubled by the implications of this decision for other search engines and services that have long relied on the fair-use principles for which Meltwater is fighting,” the company said.Jorn Lyseggen, Meltwater’s founder and chief executive, said the company was considering options and looked forward to appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.AP CEO Gary Pruitt said the ruling was important for the AP and “others in the news business who work so hard to provide high-quality original news reports on which the public relies.”“For years, all of us have been hearing that if it is free on the Internet, it is free for the taking. The judge in this case just rejected that argument,” he said.Earlier this year, The New York Times, USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc., the McClatchy Co. and Advance Publications Inc. said in court papers that their businesses would be jeopardized if Meltwater was permitted to continue as it had.The publishers said the ability of companies to distribute their content without paying licensing fees jeopardized their websites and other digital businesses that generate revenue through advertising, subscriptions and licensing fees.One of Meltwater’s competitors, BurrellesLuce, joined in a friend-of-the-court brief to say that it operates at a disadvantage because it pays to license content that Meltwater takes for free.The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge supported Meltwater in a court brief.Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America in Arlington, Va., which joined an amicus brief on behalf of news companies, called the ruling a “monumental decision” that recognizes the value of newsgathering in society.“The significant costs associated with global, national, regional and local newsgathering cannot be sustained if news organizations cannot protect the integrity of our publishing process,” she said.Meltwater was founded in 2001 in Oslo, Norway. According to the company’s website, it has more than 800 employees working in 55 offices around the world.___Associated Press Business Writer Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Judge rules aggregator of AP content not allowed ‘free ride’ on newsgathering by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 10:09 am MDT read more

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Sanofi recalls all epinephrine injectors from US market due to possible dosing

Sanofi recalls all epinephrine injectors from US market due to possible dosing error by The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2015 4:21 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This product image provided by Sanofi shows Auvi-Q epinephrine injectors. Sanofi on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 said it is recalling hundreds of thousands of the injections used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. (Sanofi via AP) BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors in North America used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug.The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly 490,000 packs of the devices, the company said in a press release. Most packs include two injectors.The company’s Canadian subsidiary, Sanofi-aventis Canada, announced it was realling all Allerject products in Canada for the same reason.“As of Oct 26, 2015, Sanofi US and Canada have received 26 reports of suspected device malfunctions from an estimated 2,784,000 units distributed in North America,” the Canadian company said in a news release.“Specifically, in Canada, nine suspected device malfunctions were reported out of an estimated 492,000 units distributed.”It said none of these device malfunction reports have been confirmed, but that patients had described symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction.“No fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases,” it said.Sanofi’s product competes with Mylan’s EpiPen, which is a staple of first-aid care. Both products are used to treat allergic reactions caused by insect bites and stings, foods, medicines or other substances.About 200,000 people in the U.S. have Sanofi’s injector, according to company estimates.“As this is a life-saving device, it is important that consumers understand not only to return the recalled device, but to get a replacement epinephrine auto-injector first,” said a company spokeswoman in an emailed statement.Auvi-Q auto injectors were distributed throughout the U.S. through pharmacies, hospitals and wholesalers. The Paris-based company said it has kept the Food and Drug Administration abreast of the recall. The agency approved Auvi-Q in August 2012.___On the Web: www.Auvi-Q.com— With files from The Canadian Press read more

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UN deeply concerned by desperate situation facing thousands of Iraqis fleeing Ramadi

“With thousands on the move and competition for transport, journeys that would normally take a few hours are taking days,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. Even when they reach a camp for the displaced, “conditions are tough,” continued Mr. Spindler, with temperatures reaching 47 degrees [Celsius].” UNHCR is giving out fans as well as sleeping mats, jerry cans and plastic sheets to help reinforce the shade, he said.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that some 85,000 people have fled Ramadi, in Anbar governorate, and surrounding areas, since fresh fighting between militants and pro-Government troops erupted in mid-May, and in total, more than 180,000 people are estimated to have been displaced from the Ramadi area since hostilities began in early April.“Many people are still on the move and UNHCR, alongside others in the humanitarian community, is striving to locate them and provide life-saving assistance,” Mr. Spindler said.“Displaced civilians still face serious obstacles at various checkpoints out of Anbar into neighbouring provinces, as local authorities impose restrictions,” he said, adding that Babylon and Kerbala governorates were closed to displaced people from Anbar.Mr. Spindler said the Bzebiz bridge, the main entry point from Anbar into Baghdad, was closed for four days at the start of this latest exodus from Ramadi, leaving many people stranded in soaring temperatures as they waited to have sponsorship arrangements processed. “While the bottleneck at the bridge has now eased, our monitoring teams report that the requirement for displaced people to have a local sponsor in Baghdad remains a concern,” he said.According to UNHCR, this requirement “hampers swift access to safety, leaves people waiting in searing heat without proper shelter and makes the displaced vulnerable to exploitation.”UNHCR said it is urging the authorities to address this problem and more broadly to ensure freedom of movement and swift access to safety of all displaced Iraqis citizens.“Onerous requirements for other documentation have also been a concern,” the spokesperson said. “UNHCR’s partners have spent days helping 600 vulnerable people – many with serious medical conditions or living with disability – get access to Baghdad governorate.”Unable to move to other provinces, thousands of displaced people congregated around the city of Al-Khalidiya, which is east of Ramadi and also the scene of fighting in recent weeks. Some people are moving north towards the cities of Kalar and Kirkuk. Adequate shelter is one of the key needs for thousands of displaced people, who are out in the heat for long periods, the refugee agency noted, and said it is focusing on providing shelter for the displaced.“The United Nations advocates for the respect of the fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and access to safety for all Iraqis in flight,” Mr. Spindler said. “Being able to reach a place of safety makes the difference between life and death for desperate displaced people on the move.” read more

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Broad ranging summit to cover diverse industry issues

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has today revealed details of four parallel sessions covering finance, exports, low-carbon commercial vehicles and remarketing that will be part of its International Automotive Summit in Westminster on 28 June 2011.The panel ‘Securing finance and investment’ will be chaired by Richard Parry Jones, Co-Chairman of the Automotive Council, who will outline the Council’s objectives in this field. Ian Henry of AutoAnalysis will present the ‘Invest Now’ report, commissioned by SMMT, which highlights the strength of the UK automotive sector and provides qualified reasons why now is an excellent time to invest. Richard Hill, Head of Automotive Sector at RBS, will explore how businesses can develop a positive, constructive relationship with their bank. While, the final member of the panel, Nick Rodgers, Chief Executive of Ipso Ventures, will present on how companies can be appealing partners for venture capitalists.Companies looking to expand abroad won’t want to miss the, ‘Reaching new markets: opportunities for overseas investment’ session. It will be chaired by Ian Lockhart, Head of Automotive at UKTI, who will explain how UKTI can help SMEs in their activities overseas. Ian will be joined Professor Mark Jenkins, Director of Research and Professor of Business Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, who will outline the importance of strategy in developing new markets. Delegates will also benefit from the legal expertise of Thomas Thorelli of Thorelli & Associates, who will reveal how companies can most successfully enter the US market. Nick Cunningham of Wragge & Co will give an overview of the legal precautions companies should take when entering developing markets such as India and China.Michael Hurwitz, Director of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, will explore how government is supporting the transition to cleaner commercial vehicles as part of the, ‘Implementing a low-carbon commercial vehicle fleet’ session. Andrea Thompson, Managing Director of Leyland Trucks, will chair the session and examine the issue from the manufacturer’s perspective. Peter Harris, the Director of Sustainability for Europe at UPS, will explain the company’s  ‘Measure, manage, mitigate’ approach to reducing emissions and how other businesses can apply similar principles.‘The evolving world of vehicle remarketing’ session will be a must for companies involved in the remarketing industry. Sponsored by Manheim Remarketing, one of the company’s experts will share the stage with a colleague from BCA.Further details and tickets to the SMMT Summit are available at www.smmtsummit.co.uk, by calling 020 8267 5657 or e-mailing smmt.summit@haymarket.com. Delegate numbers are strictly limited, tickets cost £250 for SMMT members and £400 for non-members.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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OSU outduels Michigan to win Dual

In the 100-meter dash, OSU freshman Matt Terrell and senior Stephen Robinson took first and second place respectively, with Terrell posting a time of 11.05 seconds. Robinson also won the 200, finishing in 21.81.  Buckeye senior Jeff See set two Dual meet records, in the 1500 at 3 minutes, 44.71 seconds, and the 3000 at 8:22.37.  Along with the sprinting victories, the Buckeyes also won a number of field events.  Freshman Korbin Smith took the top spot in the long jump, sophomore Matt DeChant won the shot put, freshman Heath Nickles won the pole vault, and senior Ryan Blake was victorious in the high jump.  Even OSU football coach Jim Tressel recognized the significance of this event, as he spoke to the track team the night before the event, Simms said.  The team used a few other tricks from the OSU football squad, breaking into the song“Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes during the meet’s final event, as the Buckeyes pulled away in the 4×400-meter relay.  The band continued the song through the Buckeyes’ victory lap, as OSU claimed the Dual pennant for the fourth time in the last five meets. For Ohio State, the victory lap was the slowest but sweetest lap of the day Saturday. The OSU men’s track team defeated Michigan in “The Dual” 116-84, the largest margin of victory in the meet since it began in 2008. Coupled with a victory at the indoor Dual in January, OSU also became the first school to win both events in the same year.  The Buckeyes won 13 of the 19 events held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, including the 400-meter hurdles.  Senior Elon Simms won the event, and junior Aaron Roberts overtook second place down the final stretch in one of the more exciting races of the day.  “‘The Dual’ is a special meet,” Simms said after winning the hurdle event.  Simms, a graduate student in social work, was injured in a previous year during his undergraduate work at OSU, so he still has eligibility to compete this season.  The importance of the rivalry is right below the Big Ten Championship, and The Dual is a good indicator of where the team is in the Big Ten, Simms said.   read more

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Parents patrolling streets help deter Stockholm rioters

first_imgPARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS have been patrolling the streets of Stockholm’s immigrant-heavy suburbs to help quell riots that have raged for almost a week, serving as a successful deterrent to troublemakers and winning praise from police.“They have helped a lot in reducing the unrest,” Stockholm police spokeswoman Karin Solberg told Swedish news agency TT.Sweden has since the 1980s had a network of volunteers called “Nightwalkers”, usually made up of parents who walk the streets of their own suburbs in groups on weekend nights, talking to youngsters and simply making their presence known.With their distinctive neon yellow windbreakers, their presence is aimed at deterring neighbourhood kids from getting into trouble.They have no special authority to intervene if trouble arises, are armed only with flashlights and wear no uniform other than their colourful jackets.In the six nights of riots that have left cars and buildings torched in Stockholm’s immigrant-dominated suburbs, the volunteers’ mission has been to protect schools, libraries and youth centres.“We have changed our strategy. In the beginning, we would walk around in the neighbourhood. Now we stay put,” explained Aleks Sakala, a 44-year-old IT consultant from Kista who was on Nightwalker duty on Friday night.Kista is a mixed suburb, known as Stockholm’s Silicon Valley for its high-tech industry, where telecoms giant Ericsson has its headquarters. But it is also home to a large low-income immigrant population.Triggered by deathIt also borders Husby, where the riots broke out on 19 May, triggered by the fatal police shooting of a 69-year-old resident after the man wielded a machete in public.Local activists said the shooting sparked anger among youths who claim to have suffered from police brutality and racism.Sakala spent the night between Friday and Saturday outdoors in the courtyard of a Kista nursery school, keeping an eye out for troublemakers under the moonlight.The nursery school is “an ideal target”, he said.“There are bushes around where you can hide, places where you can’t be seen from any dwelling, and wood in the structure that will burn easily,” he said.About 100 Nightwalkers were out in Kista, easily visible in the dark with their neon jackets.Meanwhile no police officers were to be seen, despite an announcement of police reinforcements brought in from other parts of the country. Police have from the beginning tried to avoid confrontation and clashes with the rioters.Shortly after midnight, a police patrol car pulled into the Kista nursery school parking lot, leaving again shortly afterwards.David, a 46-year-old Nightwalker, said residents needed to take responsibility for their neighbourhoods.“Police are not here to guard buildings. They don’t have the means, and it’s not their role,” he said.“I’d rather live in a society where citizens protect themselves, rather than in a society that needs police for everything. That is democracy and freedom,” added Sakala.The Nightwalkers are not always successful. On Thursday night, rioters torched a nursery school in Kista where Sakala’s son is enrolled. The damage was extensive.A group of four young women patrolling Kista on Friday night told Sakala that “everything’s calm.” He reminded them that “just before the nursery fire everything was perfectly calm too.”© AFP, 2013Schools torched in fifth night of Sweden riots over ‘police brutality’last_img read more

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Paul Murphy promises he wont talk about his upcoming trial at Jobstown

first_img SEVEN WATER PROTESTERS accused of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton have told a court they will not speak about the trial at an upcoming protest rally.Solidarity TD Paul Murphy (33), together with Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39), Michael Murphy (53) and four other men are due to go on trial next month on charges arising out of the alleged false imprisonment of then Tánaiste during a water protest in Jobstown on 15 November 2014.The case was listed today after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday it had concerns about a campaign in respect of the trial and a rally being held in the city this weekend.Sean Guerin SC, defending Paul Murphy, said his client was prepared to make an undertaking to the court that he would not speak on the subject matter of the trial during this rally.He said also that the raising of the issue had given the defendants time to reflect on the limits on the freedom of expression around a forthcoming trial.He told the court that Murphy had been on bail for 18 months since he was charged and during this time no issues had ever arisen.Lawyers for the other accused told the court their clients had instructed them to give the same undertaking as Murphy. Judge Melanie Greally said she was relieved to see that such a responsible position was being adopted by the accused.Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, told the court that on the day the jury panel arrives, the accused and the supporters should take into consideration the fact that the courthouse had only one way in. Some supporters in the packed courtroom began shouting “no” and “no way” to this.Judge Greally said she didn’t know what these exclamations were about.“But I can assure you that anybody present here who is seen acting in any way seen intimidatory of likely jurors or actual jurors will be met with the most severe of consequences,” she said.The trial is due to begin on 24 April when a jury will be selected. The court heard that there is some consideration for having a specially enlarged jury panel if the trial will take a number of months but that this will be unnecessary if the trial runs within the scheduled six weeks.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoingRead: Finally: Water committee close to a deal on the future of charges > Image: Sam Boal Friday 31 Mar 2017, 6:15 PM Paul Murphy promises he won’t talk about his upcoming trial at Jobstown protest rallies Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of seven people charged with falsely imprisoning Joan Burton. Short URL Share27 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3317816 No Comments Mar 31st 2017, 6:15 PM Image: Sam Boal By Declan Brennan 9,466 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gov Brown signs bill granting San Diego a electric vehicle plan

first_img Posted: September 19, 2018 Gov. Brown signs bill granting San Diego a electric vehicle plan Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, September 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A bill giving cities in San Diego County and the county itself the authority to establish a neighborhood electric vehicle transportation plan was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.Existing law allowed Orange County to establish a neighborhood electric vehicle transportation plan, provided it complies with traffic rules and laws enforced by the state’s Department of Transportation and the California Highway Patrol.Orange County also has to submit a report on the plan to the Legislature by Nov. 1, 2020. SB 1151 allows San Diego County and its cities to do the same.“(Neighborhood electric vehicles) offer residents mobility choices and they are an innovative way to help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said the bill’s author, Sen.  Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “I thank the governor for signing my measure into law, which in the long run will improve San Diego County’s quality of life.”The bill received support from environmental groups and local agencies including the Sierra Club, Center for Sustainable Energy, 12 cities in the county and the San Diego Association of Governments.“By allowing cities and the County of San Diego to plan for the full use of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, SB 1151 will help to expand mobility choices, enhance connections to transit beyond the first and last mile, and reduce drive-alone trips and greenhouse gas emissions,” said SANDAG Chairman Terry Sinnott.A neighborhood electric vehicle is defined as a motorized vehicle with four wheels that can reach at least 25 mph and operate on a street with a speed limit of 35 mph or fewer. last_img read more

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Felida house destroyed by blaze fireworks suspected cause

first_imgA 1970s ranch-style home in Felida was heavily damaged by fire early Saturday morning, and fireworks are the suspected cause of the blaze, a Clark County Fire District 6 battalion chief said Saturday. No injuries were reported.Battalion Chief Todd Iremonger said a crew was dispatched at 2:46 a.m. Saturday to what was reported as a barkdust fire but turned out to be a structure fire.The occupants of the rental home, 100 N.E. 108th St., were out of town. The owner of the property lives across the street, and the occupants were notified.The family — two adults and one child — returned home later Saturday to find their home destroyed and were assisted by the American Red Cross, according to a news release.Kim Upham, a volunteer with the Red Cross in Portland, said the family has renter’s insurance, which will cover the cost of temporary lodging.last_img read more

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