ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 3 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 23, 2018 and August 29, 2018:Thursday, August 23Corey M. Brennan — Warrant. (Arrest)Irving D. Garcia (33, Lawrence) — Warrant. (Arrest)Enid Kituku (26, Lowell) — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Vanessa C. Moreira (33, Saugus) — Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Pregnant Victim. (Arrest)Nicholas J. O’Connell (21, Wilmington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Expired Inspection Sticker. (Summons)Friday, August 24Paul K. Fleming (57, Tewksbury) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, No/Expired Inspection Sticker, Forge/Misuse of RMV Document, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Tire Tread Depth Violation. (Summons)Saturday, August 25Gregory Mercurio (29, Quincy) — OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation. Mercurio was pulled over at Woburn Street and Andover Street. (Arrest)Sunday, August 26NoneMonday, August 27NoneTuesday, August 28NoneWednesday, August 29None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Amazon plans to buy Uber Eats India business as food delivery action

first_img Amazon Cancels New York Headquarters Plans After Fierce Local Opposition Amazon logoReutersAmazon India is planning to add the India business of Uber Eats to its acquisition cart. Amazon has been competing with top food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato to step into the food delivery business.According to Business Today, the US e-commerce platform is trying to get into the food delivery business seeing the rising trend of digital food catering services in India. The company also aims to attract more users for the prime membership through the acquisition.The company reckons that it can pull in more traffic to its Prime app by acquiring the food delivery business. The addition of food delivery service to the Prime app will help Amazon add daily users and boost the per-day transactions through Amazon Pay app.  Uber EatsREUTERS/Mariana BazoUber Eats is considering a valuation of $300 million. There have been rumours that Swiggy is also in the fray for Uber Eats but it has reportedly run into issues of overvaluation and other concerns.UberEats has been in stiff competition with Swiggy and Zomato and has been enjoying immense client loyalty. Swiggy has been trying to expand its business by stepping into the grocery delivery vertical whereas Zomato is expanding into dining services in exquisite restaurants, pubs and cafes. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:56Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The industry estimate reported by BT states that UberEats was lagging in its popularity as it served only about 2 lakh orders a day compared with about 8 lakh and 6.50 lakh orders delivered by Swiggy and Zomato, respectively.last_img read more

Iraqi forces sweep across Kirkuk

first_imgMembers of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Photo: AFPIraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor’s office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum.The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armoured vehicles, aims to recapture oil and military targets that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the Islamic State group (IS).Iraqi forces thrust into Kirkuk city, capital of the oil-rich province, and took control of the governor’s office, which had been left deserted, the federal police chief said.Thousands of residents fled Kurdish districts, heading in buses and cars towards the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.“We’re leaving because we’re scared there will be clashes” in the ethnically mixed city of 850,000 people, said 51-year-old Chounem Qader.Meanwhile crowds on the streets of Kirkuk’s southern outskirts welcomed Iraqi forces as they entered the city, where they were seen raising Iraqi flags in the place of Kurdish ones.President Donald Trump said the United States was “not taking sides” in the conflict as the US-led coalition urged Kurds and Iraqi forces to focus on fighting the jihadists, on the verge of losing their last strongholds in Iraq.The International Rescue Committee aid group urged all those involved in the fighting to “do everything within their power to protect civilians”.Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s chief diplomat, urged both sides “to seek dialogue in order to preserve Iraq’s unity and long-term stability.”The EU on Monday also approved sending an expert mission to Baghdad to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy.The police called on residents who had fled to return as it said the situation was stable, and late Monday declared a night-time curfew in Kirkuk city.Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of Kirkuk city, after the launch of the operation overnight which triggered a spike in oil prices on world markets.‘Danger of partition’Pumping stopped at Kirkuk’s two main oil fields as Kurdish technicians halted operations and left the wells, an oil ministry official said.A Kurdish health official said at least 10 peshmerga fighters were killed and 27 wounded during fighting overnight.The rapid progress of Iraqi forces suggested that Kurdish fighters were withdrawing with little or no resistance in many areas.Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said its forces had retaken the K1 military base northwest of Kirkuk, the military airport east of the city and the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed region.The operation follows an armed standoff between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army prompted by the September 25 non-binding referendum that produced a resounding “yes” for Kurdish independence.Baghdad has declared the vote illegal.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the operation was necessary to “protect the unity of the country”.“We call upon all citizens to cooperate with our heroic armed forces,” he added.Peshmerga forces loyal to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a political party linked to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, were reported to be withdrawing from areas under their control.The PUK had supported a UN-backed plan for negotiations with Baghdad in exchange for dropping the referendum.‘Declaration of war’Pro-PUK forces were deployed south of Kirkuk, including at oil fields, while fighters loyal to the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) linked to Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani who initiated the referendum, were deployed to the north.As the tension escalated, Trump said Washington was “not taking sides in that battle”.The US-led coalition battling IS called for dialogue between THE Iraqi and Kurdish authorities.“All parties must remain focused on the defeat of our common enemy, ISIS, in Iraq,” said Major General Robert White, a commanding general in the coalition, referring to IS.The coalition said it was aware of reports of clashes but they appeared to be the result of a “misunderstanding and not deliberate”.On Sunday, Iraq’s National Security Council said it viewed as a “declaration of war” the presence of “fighters not belonging to the regular security forces in Kirkuk”, including fighters from Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Ankara, which fears the independence vote by the Iraqi Kurds could spark similar moves by its own Kurdish minority, said it was ready to help Baghdad oust Kurdish fighters from Kirkuk.Long claimed by the Kurds as part of their historic territory, Kirkuk province has emerged as the main flashpoint in the dispute.Polling during the referendum was held not only in the three provinces of the autonomous Kurdish region but also in adjacent Kurdish-held areas, including Kirkuk, that are claimed by both Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan.The Kurds have been in control of six fields in the Kirkuk region providing some 340,000 of the 550,000 barrels per day exported by the regional administration.The fields would provide crucial revenue to Baghdad, which has been left cash-strapped from the global fall in oil prices and three years of battle against IS.last_img read more

Documentary Examines the World of Organ Transplants and Houstons Role In It

first_img 00:00 /09:58 Listen Pixnio X As home to the Texas Heart Institute, Houston is a major hub for organ transplants, and the institute is featured prominently in a new NOVA documentary on PBS called Transplanting Hope.The documentary takes an inside look at how transplants work, follows stories of both donors and recipients, and shows how scientists are aiming to end the organ shortage.In the audio above, Ernie Manouse talks with director Niobe Thompson about the making of the film and Houston’s role in the process.Transplanting Hope airs on Houston Public Media, TV 8 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Coming To A Gulf Of Mexico Near You A Dead Zone The

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/KUTResearchers say a build up of algae in the Gulf of Mexico could be as large as the Massachusetts.An oxygen-sapping, fish-killing swath of algae is headed to the Gulf of Mexico this summer.Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the so-called dead zone is the result of agricultural activity, which courses through the Mississippi River Delta and spawns a massive bloom of algae that kills marine life. The buildup happens every summer, but researchers predict this year the dead zone could be as large as 8,766 square miles – roughly the size of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.NOAA says higher than average amounts of rainfall along the river’s watershed could make this year’s dead zone especially aggressive.And, the agency warns, larger masses of algae could continually form each summer as heavy rainfall becomes the norm over much of the region and Texas, in particular. In an announcement of its forecast, NOAA’s director of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Steve Thur, said that was also a central finding in a multiagency climate assessment and that the rain could increase the dead zone, known in science speak as a “hypoxic zone.”“The assessment predicts an increase in the frequency of very heavy precipitation events in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Southeast regions, which would impact nutrient input to the northern Gulf of Mexico and the size of the hypoxic zone,” Thur said.The forecast, however, is just that: a forecast. Thur said it’s possible the model, which also uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey, could overestimate the mass of the algae bloom in the Gulf, as it did last year. But, while the dead zone was smaller than anticipated last year, it was because the bloom was jilted by an overactive hurricane season.NOAA expects this year’s Atlantic Ocean hurricane season to follow a similar pattern.NOAA has previously found these dead zones lead to stunted growth in Gulf shrimp. That ecological impact becomes an economic one for shrimpers, who haul in smaller shrimp, which net less money. Sharelast_img read more

Sprint TMobile Agree to Merger Thats Poised to Change the US Telecom

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “This combination will create a fierce competitor with the network scale to deliver more for consumers and businesses in the form of lower prices, more innovation, and a second-to-none network experience — and do it all so much faster than either company could on its own,” said Legere in a statement.Legere broke the news on Twitter Sunday morning with a video that featured him as well as Claure. In the video, the duo made the case that the merger was essential to advance 5G, a next-generation wireless networking technology that promises not only faster speeds for mobile devices, but that could ultimately replace fixed-line internet access.The merger could significantly change the power dynamic in the U.S. mobile market: T-Mobile and Sprint have been the No. 3 and 4 in the U.S. mobile market, respectively. Combined, the two companies will have more than 125 million subscribers. AT&T ended 2017 with more than 141 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., whereas Verizon led the pack with 150 million subscribers.While remaining a distant third, T-Mobile has long enjoyed an outsized role in the U.S. mobile market. For instance, the company was first to introduce unlimited data plans, forcing other carriers to follow suit. Legere’s combative personality also allowed the company to style itself as an underdog taking on incumbent carriers.But what truly sets T-Mobile apart from AT&T and Verizon are their different takes on the media business. Both AT&T and Verizon operate their own TV services, and have long invested aggressively into online media businesses. T-Mobile and Sprint on the other hand have traditionally been focused on their core businesses.Verizon acquired AOL in 2015, and doubled down on online media with the acquisition of Yahoo last year. The company has also been looking to make inroads with mobile-first media audiences with its Go90 video service, and plans to launch an internet-based TV service sometime this year.AT&T is already operating an internet TV service with DirecTV Now and has also been investing into online video businesses through Otter Media, a joint-venture with the Chernin Group. The company also struck an agreement to acquire Time Warner last year, and is currently defending the merger in court. After years of negotiations, it’s finally official: Mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to join forces in a mega-merger, the two companies announced Sunday. The all-stock transaction, which puts the value of the combined company at $146 billion, is poised to significantly change the U.S. telecom and media landscape.The combined company will be known as T-Mobile and led by T-Mobile CEO John Legere. T-Mobile’s current COO Mike Sievert will serve as president and COO of the combined company. Sprint CEO Marcello Claure will serve on the board of the new company, but not have any active management role. Joining him on the board will be Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son. T-Mobile is also keeping the combined company on its books.T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42% stake in the new company, whereas Sprint majority owner SoftBank will hold 27%, with the rest held by public shareholders. If approved, the transaction is expected to close by early 2019. Compared to these massive deals, T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s media buying sprees have been relatively small thus far. T-Mobile acquired broadband-delivered cable TV upstart Layer3 TV in December, and at the time announced plans to launch a nationwide internet TV service in 2018. And Sprint acquired a 33% stake in Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal a little over a year ago.This could potentially help both companies with regulators, who are expected to take a very close look at the proposed merger. Both the FCC and the Justice Department opposed a merger between the two companies four years ago, arguing that it would reduce competition and harm consumers. However, both agencies are under new leadership, and President Trump is generally seen as less opposed to big corporate mergers.On Sunday, Legere and Claure made the case that their industry had significantly changed over the past couple of years. “In reality, this industry is no longer just four wireless companies,” Claure said. Instead, AT&T had become the biggest TV provider in the U.S., and cable operators like Comcast were increasingly launching their own wireless services. “It’s not the big four anymore. It’s the big seven or eight,” he said. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Squeezed Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors

first_imgLaser interferometer gravitational wave detectors use laser light to measure the distances between mirrors. And light, being an electromagnetic (EM) field, is quantum in nature. EM fields contain quantum noise, fluctuations that make the beams less “sharp,” so to speak. Fluctuations mean that the physical parameters describing the beam are not fixed, but instead have built-in uncertainty or fuzziness, which limits the sensitivity of a gravitational wave detector.The researchers in this study, from several institutions in the U.S. and Australia,* seem to have found a solution to this problem: using “squeezed” light. When light is squeezed, the fluctuations of one parameter, such as the light wave’s amplitude, can be reduced at the expense of increased fluctuations of another parameter, such as its phase. The amplitude is a measure of the number of photons in the light beam, while the phase describes its location in time. Quantities corresponding to amplitude and phase are called quadratures, and quantum mechanics allows the uncertainty in one quadrature to be reduced as long as the uncertainty in the complementary quadrature increases.In this case, the scientists squeezed one quadrature of the light, decreasing its quantum noise. While the noise of the other quadrature is necessarily increased, it is a quadrature they don’t need to measure. By injecting the squeezed EM field in their prototype detector, the scientists were able to make it 44 percent more sensitive.“The significance of this work is that it forced us to confront and solve some of the practical challenges of squeezed state injection—and there are many,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala, the team’s leader. “We are now much better positioned to implement squeezing in the kilometer-scale detectors, and catch that elusive gravitational wave.” she added.Gravitational wave detectors work, in general, by interfering two laser beams that have traveled very long distances. The beams travel down two arms that form a 90 degree angle. While each arm is up to 4 kilometers in length, mirrors reflect the beams back and forth multiple times, effectively increasing the arm length to a few hundred kilometers. If a gravitational wave from deep space alters the length of each arm, the change to the laser interference pattern will be measurable.Existing gravitational wave detectors are so sensitive that they have already approached the quantum limit. They include the two LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory) facilities in Washington and Louisiana, both operated jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology; and Europe’s largest gravitational wave detector, Virgo, located in Italy.The researchers say that the next generation of gravitational wave detectors, such as Advanced LIGO, the planned upgrade to both LIGO facilities, will boast some impressive improvements, but further advancements will have to rely on quantum techniques such as squeezing.Citation: K. Goda, O. Miyakawa, E. E. Mikhailov, S. Saraf, R. Adhikari, K. McKenzie, R. Ward, S. Vass, A. J. Weinstein, and N. Mavalvala Nature Physics advance online publication, 30 March 2008 DOI:10.1038/nphys920*Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; and The Australian National University, Canberra, AustraliaCopyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Part of the light-squeezing experimental setup. Photo taken by research-team member Keisuke Goda. Citation: ‘Squeezed’ Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors (2008, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-gravitational-detectors.html Aerial view of the LIGO interferometer in Hanford, Washington. Photo courtesy LIGO Laboratory. Pair of supermassive black holes discovered on a collision coursecenter_img Explore further A research collaboration has taken steps toward improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors, devices designed to measure distance changes as minute as one-thousandth the diameter of a proton. Scientists hope these detectors can one day further verify Einstein’s theory of general relativity and even open a new window into the strange workings of the universe. 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. Gravitational waves, such as those emitted by extremely massive astronomical sources like neutron stars and black holes, can change the distance between two objects—even if that distance change is almost incomprehensibly small—by altering the shape of spacetime. Devices that can sense gravitational waves are among the most sensitive position meters ever built, but, right now, their abilities are inherently limited by quantum mechanics.last_img read more

Study of zircon crystals casts doubt on evidence for early development of

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are Rossby waves to blame for Earth’s magnetic field drifting westward? Scientists have long been curious about the development of the Earth’s magnetic field—it is believed to be part of the process that made life possible on the planet because it shields the atmosphere from the solar wind. But it is not known when it first appeared. Scientists believe that the field exists due to the spin of the Earth’s metal core, but that theory was tested when researchers found something intriguing when studying zircon crystals from Jack Hills in Western Australia. The crystals were found to be between 3.3 and 4.2 billion years old, suggesting they could offer evidence of conditions when the planet was still forming. They noted that the crystals were magnetic, suggesting that they had been magnetized by a planetary magnetic field. But prior research has suggested the Earth’s core did not harden until much later—thus, the magnetic field would have been created by a liquid core. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have found evidence that suggests the crystals could have become magnetized much later than their creation date, casting doubt on their use as evidence of a liquid core-generated magnetic field.The researchers found nano-sized holes in the crystals that appeared to have resulted from radiation damage. That allowed magnetite to accumulate within the tiny holes long after the crystals had developed. The researchers note that magnetite is very easily magnetized (hence its name) and will retain magnetism for very long periods of time, as long as it is not exposed to temperatures above 550°C. This finding suggests that the magnetism in the crystals could have developed long after the crystals formed—and it prevents them from being used as evidence for the existence of a planetary magnetic field during its creation stages.center_img More information: Fengzai Tang et al. Secondary magnetite in ancient zircon precludes analysis of a Hadean geodynamo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811074116 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study of zircon crystals casts doubt on evidence for early development of magnetic field (2019, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-zircon-crystals-evidence-early-magnetic.html A combined team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of California has found evidence that casts doubt on the use of zircon crystals as evidence of early development of the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing they conducted on the crystals and what they found.last_img read more

Music at its highest note

first_imgAfter travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, the festival came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on 29 November.The second day of the festival brought along some thunderous performances. From the band, Dinosaur Pile Up (UK) rocking the audience to Alo Wala (Denmark) who delivered an explosive dance floor experience. One of India’s biggest musical bands Indian Ocean played from their latest album Tandanu musicians like Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, and Vishal Dadlani. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Composer Amit Trivedi took on the stage which left the audiences asking for more. The Vaccines took the whole festival to a musically high note.Alongside an amazing music experience, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle! The first day of the festival witnessed Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock and The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor. A major international act including American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also marked.At this year’s edition, festival goers get delectable food options to dive into with specially curated food stalls, and even an exclusively created Bacardi NH7 Weekender ice-cream flavour by Hokey Pokey! This year, over 100 artistes played at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.last_img read more

Doctors encounter all nature of odd things in thei

first_imgDoctors encounter all nature of odd things in their daily lives. Sometimes the stories end up as more than coffee-room chatter. Consider a case that spills over from the clinical to the culinary: the hot pepper and the horrible headache.Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran has a knack for ferreting out odd events like this. On nine separate occasions, he has turned an unusual observation into a published case-report in the medical literature. But the story of the Carolina Reaper pepper and the thunderclap headache “is the most interesting one which we encountered,” he says.He was recently doing his residency at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., when an otherwise healthy 34-year-old man came to the emergency room with a terrible headache. It had come on incredibly suddenly – like a thunderclap.It turns out the man had been in a pepper-eating contest and had eaten a whole Carolina Reaper, which is high on the list of the hottest peppers in the world. Right away he developed one of these “thunderclap headaches.” (Doctors actually use that term.) Gunasekaran says the man went home for a while but then was seized by another headache so painful it sent him to the emergency room.Doctors ran a battery of medical tests and, ultimately, a brain scan called a CT angiogram, “which showed some narrowing of blood vessels in the brain,” Gunasekaran says.That could explain the patient’s symptoms. The heat-inducing chemical in peppers, capsaicin, can trigger that kind of reaction, along with other sorts of discomfort.The man was admitted to the hospital to treat his prolonged headache. Gunasekaran wasn’t his doctor, but caught wind of the story and decided to write it up for a journal called BMJ Case Reports. His research led him to YouTube, where, no big surprise, there are plenty of videos of people trying to eat whole Carolina Reaper peppers.Search for yourself, but suffice it to say there’s plenty of bravado, followed by human utterances left best undescribed, self-recrimination, and at least in one case, an ambulance ride from London’s Leicester Square to a hospital.The ambulance ride aside (the victim blamed an undiagnosed pepper allergy), Gunasekaran’s conclusion was that most people don’t suffer dire consequences from eating these peppers.The published case-report was a new one to Todd Schwedt, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and an expert on thunderclap headaches.”I had never heard of one being triggered by a Carolina Reaper or any other chili pepper,” Schwedt says.Thunderclap headaches are really no joke.”Folks will describe this as if they felt like something exploded in their head or they got hit in the back of the head,” Schwedt says. “So it’s really how quickly it becomes very severe that makes it a thunderclap headache.”One can linger for weeks, he says. About 1 in 4 of these headaches is triggered by constricted blood vessels — typically caused by something other than a hot pepper. That situation usually resolves gradually on its own. But sometimes these headaches can be the result of a dangerous event, like a burst or torn blood vessel in the brain.”When someone has a thunderclap headache, it should be considered an emergency, and it needs to be evaluated urgently,” Schwedt says.The pepper-eater’s story had a happy ending. Five weeks later, the New York man returned to the hospital for another scan and the blood vessels in his brain were back to normal.Gunasekaran has also moved on in his medical career. His residency over, he now practices internal medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he is staying alert for more curious cases to report.To contact Richard Harris, email rharris@npr.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”.United Response, which provides a range of support services to about 3,000 disabled people across England and Wales, this week announced the appointment of management consultant Malcolm McCaig (pictured).McCaig has been a non-executive director of Unum UK since July 2009 and was appointed to chair the company’s board last year.But Unum has spent decades attempting to influence UK government policy on welfare reform and is blamed by many disabled researchers and activists for pushing successive governments to make the process of applying for out-of-work disability benefits harsher and more stressful.Those policies have been closely linked to the deaths of countless benefit claimants and with causing significant harm to the physical and mental health of many others.Campaigners argue that Unum has spent years trying to undermine the social security system to boost the market for its own income protection insurance (IPI) policies.In 2011, Unum launched a major UK marketing campaign to promote the need for IPI policies, just as the coalition began its three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing claimants of old-style incapacity benefit through the new work capability assessment (WCA).United Response this week celebrated the appointment of its new chair, describing him as “a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion” who would be “a major asset to the organisation”.But Mo Stewart, the disabled researcher who has done most to raise concerns about Unum’s influence on welfare reform*, described McCaig’s appointment as “an insult to the chronically ill and disabled people being coerced and intimidated by the DWP, who used Unum as advisers for welfare reforms that have caused death, despair and destitution for those in greatest need in the UK”.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) described the appointment as “a betrayal of all the disabled people and their families who have suffered under the work capability assessment”.A DPAC spokesperson added: “More than that, though, we consider it active collusion in Unum’s interest in replacing the UK social security net with an insurance system from which they will profit and disabled people will be harmed.“Given Unum’s history in the US of denying disability in order to avoid pay-outs this is a truly disgraceful appointment.”Rick Burgess, another leading disabled activist, said: “Given Unum’s reputation in being a ‘disability denial factory’ and its role in abusive disability welfare changes, this appointment is completely inappropriate, unless of course United Response plans on replicating Unum’s approach to disabled people.”It is also not the first time Unum has courted links with the disability sector.Two years ago, the Mental Health Foundation was heavily criticised for launching a partnership with Unum that aimed to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and encourage employers to safeguard the mental health of their employees.Unum’s links with the UK government date back to the 1990s, when Peter Lilley, social security secretary in John Major’s Conservative government, hired senior Unum executive John LoCascio to offer advice on how to cut the number of claimants of long-term sickness benefits. A detailed memo submitted to the Commons work and pensions committee in 2002 by a director of Unum – then known as UnumProvident – called on the Labour government to “ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so”.And in 2005, Unum bragged in a document that it had “always been at the leading edge of disability assessment and management”, and that government policy was now “moving in the same direction” as “our views and understanding” and was “to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates”.Three years later, in 2008, the Labour government introduced the WCA.Stewart said McCaig’s appointment “disregards the history of this American corporate giant, the fact that they were official government advisers from 1992 regarding ‘welfare claims management’ which influenced the introduction of employment and support allowance and the notorious WCA”.She also pointed out that Unum was accused of operating a “disability denial” agenda by a professor at Yale Law School and was identified by the American Association for Justice as being the second worst insurance company in America.In 2005, California’s insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, described Unum Provident as “an outlaw company” that had “engaged in a strategy to increase its bottom line at the expense of its customers”.The company has previously admitted widespread criticism of its past actions in the US, mainly over its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people, a record also mentioned five years ago in a Commons debate on the WCA.Unum also sponsored Cardiff University’s Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research for four years.That research, said Stewart, led to the fatally flawed biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment on which the WCA is based.Unum has repeatedly dismissed claims that it pushed the government to introduce the WCA system, and two years ago even claimed that it “never has lobbied on the topic of welfare reform or related matters”.United Response failed to respond to the concerns about Unum.But Tim Cooper, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Malcolm is an outstanding individual whose background and vast experience will prove invaluable in leading United Response and helping it achieve its vision.“We undertook an extensive recruitment process resulting in an incredibly strong shortlist of candidates, and Malcolm’s skill set and demonstrable understanding of the charity led to his appointment.”*Stewart’s book, Cash Not Care, details Unum’s influence over successive UK governments, and how it led to the introduction of the WCAlast_img read more

Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting Smores and Drinking Whiskey While

first_imgElon Musk Image credit: Shutterstock The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted a late-night Instagram video of himself around a campfire. October 27, 2017 Add to Queue 1 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Caroline Cakebread Register Now » Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting S’mores and Drinking Whiskey While Lip Syncing Johnny Cash Just because he’s a billionaire CEO with dreams of colonizing Mars doesn’t mean Elon Musk doesn’t like to party.Last night, at around 2:44 a.m., Musk posted an Instagram video of himself sitting by a campfire roasting a marshmallow, a glass of whiskey in hand while he rocked out to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” For a 46-year-old father of five, his performance was rather impressive. Earlier in the evening, he posted a photo of a group of eight people huddled around a campfire on the Gigafactory roof. The factory is located on 3,000 acres near Sparks, Nev., and it’s likely a mean spot for stargazing.Rather esoterically, his video caption included “Also, hotdog or not hotdog?” It’s hard to tell whether he was referring to his curiously long marshmallow or asking his followers whether or not he should roast one next. We will never know.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider Next Article last_img read more

What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries

first_img Add to Queue Since California legalized recreational marijuana, I’ve been curious how its new cannabis market has evolved. So I decided to clear my calendar recently for a road trip up and down Southern California’s highways, visiting as many storefront dispensaries as possible. As a CEO in the cannabis space, with a company that develops software for dispensaries, I wanted to learn just what these retailers have been experiencing in this transition from the “gray market” to a new era of hyperregulation and compliance — and what it all means for the future. Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal CannabisSophisticated shopping All over the state, retailers are creating familiar and welcoming environments like you might find at popular high-end stores like Sephora, where the floor plans lend themselves to multisensory browsing experiences. Customers are often encouraged to touch packaging and smell cannabis products as they shop, appealing to connoisseurs as well as novice consumers who might not yet know exactly what they want.  Related: How MedMen Became the Starbucks of PotChanging consumersMore people are shopping at dispensaries for the first time. Also, in California, it’s not just college students or millennials buying cannabis; older adults and seniors are increasingly choosing it for both medicine and recreation. Across the board, consumers expect high standards of quality and purity from their purchases.Premium product, premium pricesThere are more products than ever to choose from. In fact, California dispensaries are inundated with requests to work with brands offering flower, edibles and other infused products, technology and security solutions, and much more. The stream of vendors is so endless, many dispensaries have special procedures to meet with potential partners.Strong cannabis brands have emerged—like Cookies, Henry’s Original, Flow Kana, Marley Natural, Viola, and Lowell Herb Co., just to name a few. However, these products can cost up to six times more than similar ones in other legal markets, like Colorado. Why? Consumer costs are driven up in California by a combination of high taxes, high demand, limited licensed providers, and a supply chain with kinks still to be worked out.Related: The No. 1 Hurdle Facing California Cannabis EntrepreneursThe black market flourishes Legalization has not stopped the black market from thriving. There are still tons of illicit shops operating quietly in California. Because they aren’t complying with the state laws, they’re able to charge a lot less than licensed dispensaries do. In urban areas, pop-up black market events are popular among consumers looking for cheap product. Compliance confusionSince legalization, applicants and licensees have received nothing but mixed messages and postponed due dates from regulators. All licensed retailers are now required to track and trace both their inventories and activities with a software program called METRC. Yet basic definitions are still being clarified by way of emergency regulations, and cannabis operators are expected to comply immediately or risk shutdown. Shakeout ahead Retailers will have to consolidate or diversify their offerings to stand out from their competition. But the larger issue is regulation. I foresee retailers having trouble adopting and leveraging the compliance-based tools because current workflows are not yet established to scale. Many of these businesses need to write SOPs (standard operating procedures) for the first time, or make adjustments to their intake process for packages. There will be a lot more at stake with increasing regulations. For example, dispensaries are going to get audited, and many license holders will risk being shut down because they aren’t ready to comply with METRC.At this point, from what I’ve seen, California retailers need to spend less time focusing on cool features and trends, and put more emphasis on learning how compliance works and what it means for their business. There is a general lack of concern surrounding the transition toward a regulated market. The mindset is: We’ve done this for years. Wake me up when the government starts cracking down. My professional opinion: It’s time to wake up.Related: You Can Legally Buy Marijuana in California But Selling It Legally Is TrickyMy tour isn’t over yet – follow Flowhub’s journey and peek inside California’s cannabis market by following #CAonFlowhub on Instagram. Next Article The first leg of my journey up the coast has taught we where Cali thrives and where it nose dives. Image credit: ROBYN BECK | AFP | Getty Images January 2, 2019 Magazine Contributor This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » CEO of Flowhub Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our iOS App California What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries –shares Kyle Sherman Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 4 min readlast_img read more

Infosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation Wins Partner Excellence

first_imgInfosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation; Wins Partner Excellence Award at PegaWorld 2019 Sudipto GhoshJune 5, 2019, 3:37 pmJune 5, 2019 Infosys is a Strategic Partner for Pegasystems Inc. At the PegaWorld 2019, Pega recognized Infosys’ valuable contribution to Digital Transformation processes for clients and partners. Infosys helped Pegasystems to implement large-scale complex Digital Process Automation platforms and solutions.Infosys and Pega bring a robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.In an official press release, Infosys revealed that the ‘company’ is a key catalyst in the design and execution processes of innovative Digital Process Automation on the Pega Platform TM. It stated, “With its strong Pega credentials, solutions and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision, by bringing robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.”Recognition for Infosys Based on Expertise in Digital Process Automation Platforms Pegasystems recognized Infosys at the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for excellence in growth and delivery.Infosys won the Pega partner excellence award in recognition of their innovative practice development and continued investment in the growth of a strong delivery practice.Infosys has implemented countless transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies since 2006. Currently, backed by its strong Pega credentials, solutions, and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision.Infosys has redesigned its practice from traditional Business Process Management (BPM) to Digital Process Automation Practice by stitching services across BPM, case management, real-time decision making, robotics, AI and ML. Infosys Digital Process Automation goes beyond process automation to enable true digital engagement. It entails simplifying the business process and enabling the straight-through process across organizations, with access to real-time information and recommendations with digitized operations to support the end-to-end customer experience.With over 17+ years of experience in delivering high-quality process management services to close to 200 customers, Infosys continues to drive Digital Transformation journeys in the modern era.Recently, Infosys BPM was also named a winner in the HfS Blueprint Grid: Retail Customer Engagement Services Report 2018.Then, Infosys McCamish Systems, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys, was also positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Life Insurance Policy Administration Systems (PAS) for North America.This recognition from various institutions and partners demonstrates Infosys’ current roadmap for the Digital Transformation ecosystem.center_img crmdigital process automationDigital TransformationNewsPega PartnerPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleInfobip Launches Rich Communications Services With Google to Businesses in MexicoNext ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security Controlslast_img read more

Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth

Facebook troubles worsened late Thursday with the leak of a two-year-old memo from a high-ranking executive hinting that the social network was determined to grow despite risks to users. Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: Leaked Facebook memo questions cost of growth (2018, March 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-leaked-facebook-memo-growth.html 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. Facebook continues to be battered by a data breach involving Britain-based Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign The 2016 memo published by news website Buzzfeed was written by veteran Facebook executive Andrew Bozworth, considered part of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle.”The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is ‘de facto’ good,” the memo read.The memo pointed out that connecting people can lead to good outcomes, such as finding love or preventing suicide.It could also have negative consequences, Bozworth reasoned.”Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies,” the memo read.”Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”Bozworth is known to be an outspoken defender of Facebook, and unabashed in expressing his views.”I don’t agree with the post today and I didn’t agree with it even when I wrote it,” Bozworth said in a statement to AFP.”The purpose of this post, like many others I have written internally, was to bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion with the broader company.”In response to an AFP inquiry, Zuckerberg referred to Bozworth as a talented leader who says provocative things, the leaked memo among them.”This was one that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly,” Zuckerberg said.”We’ve never believed the ends justify the means. We recognize that connecting people isn’t enough by itself. We also need to work to bring people closer together.”Even if the Bozworth memo was meant solely to get colleagues to grapple with tough issues, it hints that Facebook executives were aware of risks associated with connecting and sharing on the social network.The leak of the memo came as Facebook continued to be battered by a data breach involving Britain-based Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Facebook faces probes on both sides of the Atlantic over the hijacking of 50 million users’ personal data by the firm.The firestorm has raised new awareness on how personal data is stored and shared by internet platforms and marketers.Facebook has begun to produce documents and wants to be “cooperative” with a New York investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data breach, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said Thursday.On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission, a US consumer protection agency, said it had opened an inquiry into Facebook’s privacy practices, including whether the company violated an earlier agreement with the FTC on how it handles user data.Facebook signed a consent decree with the consumer agency in 2011 settling charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then allowing it to be shared and made public. Facebook cooperating with New York probe: prosecutor read more