In Other News San Antonio to Leverage Military Missions to Promote Bioscience

first_imgSan Antonio officials are close to implementing a plan to significantly improve collaboration between the city’s military medical research missions and the region’s bioscience industry. The initiative is intended to boost growth in life sciences firms and jobs by establishing formal alliances between military, educational and private sector entities, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. “We can partner with and leverage these missions to create commercialization opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and to increase the growth of our life science ecosystem,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. … The Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth, N.H., up to $14.3 million to construct a water treatment facility with a dual filtration system to eliminate two types of PFAS chemicals from city-owned wells at the former Pease AFB. The Air Force previously paid for a demonstration project started two years ago of activated carbon filters for two wells at the site now known as Pease International Tradeport, reports Seacoastonline.com. The city anticipates starting construction on the 18-month construction project early next year. … The 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., and all co-located units will shift from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, officials announced Thursday. The realignment will place Holloman, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Fighting Falcon formal training units, under the major command with responsibility for recruiting, training and educating airmen. The change will allow MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators to attend initial training and graduate training within a single command, according to a press release.Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday January 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 3, 2019:#1) Pints & Pages At Pancho’s CantinaThe Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting its monthly Pints & Pages (social book club for 20 and 30-year-olds) meeting at 7pm at Pancho’s Cantina. Instead of discussing a particular book this month, meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.#2) Board Game Design For Teens At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Board Game Design workshop for teens. Have an idea for your own board game? Bring it to life! Over the course of six sessions, you will come to understand the process from start to finish through instruction by a professional board game designer, while you work on your projects at home. Space is limited. Grades 7-12. Registration is full, but there is a waiting list HERE.#3) Lego Building At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. Build a unique LEGO creation.  For Kindergarten & up! No registration required.#4) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#5) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

BSE closes points 16288 up on Feb 18

first_imgBSE closes points 162.88 up on Feb 18120 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 162.88 up on Feb 18120 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 162.88 points up to stand at 29,298.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 56.95 points up to stand at 8,866.30. SUZLON and RTN POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.34% and 15.35% along with PIPAVAVDOC and MRPL with an increase of 14.18% and 9.25% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD and HERO MOTOCORP LTD. with a decrease of 6.78% and 4.94% along with PMCFIN and NMDC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 193.03 points at 19,867.25 while the banking sector is up 105.78 points at 22,088.77 and the reality sector is down at 9.30 points at 1,728.46. The Indian currency is down 0.25% at Rs 62.31 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 162.88 points up to stand at 29,298.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 56.95 points up to stand at 8,866.30. SUZLON and RTN POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.34% and 15.35% along with PIPAVAVDOC and MRPL with an increase of 14.18% and 9.25% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD and HERO MOTOCORP LTD. with a decrease of 6.78% and 4.94% along with PMCFIN and NMDC with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 193.03 points at 19,867.25 while the banking sector is up 105.78 points at 22,088.77 and the reality sector is down at 9.30 points at 1,728.46. The Indian currency is down 0.25% at Rs 62.31 per dollar.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

Cyber Unit to be strengthened to prevent cybercrimes IGP

first_imgInspector General of Police (IGP) Javed PatwariThe inspector general of police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwari on Monday said the Cyber Crime Monitoring Unit of the police headquarters will be strengthened for patrolling cyber-crimes, including the spread of rumours through social media, news agency UNB reports.He came up with the remarks while briefing reporters at the police headquarters on the security measures taken for the Mourning Day to be observed on 15 August and ahead of Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on 22 August.The unit will be strengthened comprising members from other units, including the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special Branch (SB) and Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), said the IGP.Besides, he said, the district police have been directed to form cybercrime monitoring unit in each district.He said several hundred online news portals which spread rumours during the student protests have been identified and a total of 21 cases filed in this connection. “No one will be spared,” warned the IGP.About security measure for the National Mourning day on 15 August and celebration of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the police boss said they have taken extensive security measures for smooth observance of the National Mourning Day as well as a safe and uninterrupted celebration of the Eid.He also said instructions have already given to remain alert and keep vigil to avert any untoward incident during the two programmes.Asked about the current status of fugitive Bangabandhu killers, the IGP said they came to know that one of the killers is now staying in Canada and another is in the USA.”The hideouts of others couldn’t be confirmed as they’ve been changing their locations fast,” he further said.last_img read more

11 killed as train hits microbus carrying bridal party

first_imgSirajganjAs many as 11 people were killed and four others injured as a train smashed a microbus carrying a bridal party at an open level crossing at Panchakohsi in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj on Monday evening.The incident took place around 7:00pm on Monday at the level crossing when 14 people of the bridal party were returning home from Gucchagram village of Ullapara upazila to Sadar upazila of the district after a wedding ceremony there.The deceased are Sirajganj Sadar upazila’s bridegroom Rajan Ahmed, 22, bride Sumaiya Khatun, 21, wife of the bride’s brother Momta Begum, 32, Rajan’s relatives — Shariful Islam, 36, Abdul Momin, 32, Bhasa, 65, Ahad, 25, Tutul, 20, Khokon Mia, 21 and driver of the microbus Shwadhin Sheikh, 28. Also, a child, whose identity could not be known as yet, was killed in the incident.Chairman of local Solop union parishad Shawkat Hossain said that Dhaka bound Padma Express train hit the microbus around 7:00pm yesterday (Monday).The microbus bus was hit at Solop Haatkhola area while it was heading towards from Ullapara to Sadar upazila of Sirajganj district, he added.Bangladesh Railway’s deputy assistant engineer Ashraful Islam said an investigation committee was formed.The committee has been asked to submit a report in this regard within seven days, he added.last_img read more

Texas DACA Recipients Welcome Supreme Court Decision But Want A Permanent Solution

first_imgCraig Hartley for Houston Public MediaCésar Espinosa (right), founder and executive director of FIEL Houston, supports that DACA recipients continue applying to renew their permits, both the one that grants them the DACA recipient status, as well as the one that authorizes them to work legally in the United States.DACA recipients from Texas reacted positively on Tuesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to take a case that could have meant the definitive termination of the program, but noted what they really want is a permanent solution for the uncertain situation of so-called ‘dreamers’ in the form of legislation, an idea they have repeated for months, particularly since President Donald Trump announced back in September that his Administration would end the Obama-era program.DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is a program former President Barack Obama created in 2012.Julieta Garibay, Texas director and co-founder at United We Dream (UWD), expressed her satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision in an emailed statement in the sense it “allows immigrant youth who have had DACA or currently have DACA status that is expiring more time to renew.”However, while noting the decision “is a relief for some in our community,” Garibay’s statement added that “it is not the permanent solution that we fighting for and that immigrant youth deserve.”Óscar Hernández, a member of UWD who lives in Houston and who is a DACA recipient, agreed with Garibay.“I know that our community needs a permanent solution for this situation. So, knowing that DACA is available, it makes me happy that those of us who have it can continue to renew,” said Hernández, but he added: “I also know that there is hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have not been able to apply who would benefit from it and who cannot apply for the first time now. So, it’s still very concerning about what’s gonna happen to the rest of the community.”Hernández was actually a little bit skeptic about to what extent the Supreme Court decision is fully beneficial for the so-called ‘dreamers’. “I don’t know how this is going to affect us moving forward because there is an urgency for there to be a permanent solution to DACA and if they’re gonna continue the process with DACA that might also cause like a bump for us, our fight for this permanent solution, because the [Trump] Administration, like many other people, many Democrats and Republicans, can hide behind “Well, DACA is still available, so why should we solve this problem?” I mean, that’s one of the concerns that I’ve had.”Asked about whether he thinks it is a good idea for DACA recipients to continue applying for renewals of their work permits, Hernández said he thinks it is, among other reasons because the government already has their information inasmuch they had to submit it when they sent their original applications.César Espinosa, founder and executive director of Houston-based Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (popularly known as FIEL, by its acronym in Spanish), a group that advocates for a comprehensive immigration reform, agreed with Hernández in the sense DACA recipients should continue trying to renew their work permits –pertaining to both the DACA recipient status and to be authorized to work legally in the United States–, among other reasons, because he doesn’t think immigration authorities would use the personal information they have about DACA recipients to detain them.“One of the things that had been flying around prior to the decisions made by the courts was that our information was gonna be used to track us down and, up and to this point, we have not seen that,” noted Espinosa, who is a DACA recipient himself, who added that “at the end of the day immigration, USCIS, already has our information.”Espinosa agreed with Hernández in the sense that what his organization wants is a permanent solution.“We can’t be relying on what the court says or we can’t be relying on more, more executive orders. We need something permanent that we can rely on so that we can continue to plan our lives on the long term,” stressed the activist, who nevertheless also made clear that FIEL would not be satisfied with legislation that only took care of DACA recipients because their term goal is a comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a relief to a bigger segment of the undocumented community.In the meantime and regardless of the fact DACA is in a legal limbo, the White House still thinks Congress can do something about the program before the theoretical March 5th deadline the Trump Administration had established.“Absolutely he’s encouraging them to get something done,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during her Tuesday press briefing referring to members of Congress. “We’re still hopeful that something happens on this and Congress will actually do its job,” she added.The Harris County Republican Party has the same opinion as the White House.Vlad Davidiuk, the party’s communications director in the county, said they felt “disappointed that the [Supreme] Court decided to continue holding dreamers in limbo with DACA status,” but added they believe that “the intention and feeling of the [Supreme] Court was to give members of Congress time to work together and find a solution to give ‘dreamers’ an opportunity to emerge from the shadows in which they were left by President Obama’s failed policy.”“The situation will be resolved only when Congress can work together and find a solution, rather than relying on court orders or unlawful executive orders,” emphasized Davidiuk, who specified that –at the county level— the party’s opinion on DACA is that it was “a well-intentioned solution that was done in an ill-proposed way by the previous Administration.”Houston Public Media reached out to the Houston-based group Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement, but, at the time of publication of this news report, they had not responded to a request for comment. 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North 24Parganas mulls tobaccofree schools

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of School Education department of North 24-Parganas have taken a pledge to make all the schools under its jurisdiction tobacco-free. To achieve this goal, teachers at various state government-aided schools would be sensitised about the ill-effects of tobacco and would be made aware about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)-2003 and its implementation at the school level. The teachers would also be trained on how to promote tobacco-free educational institutes for preventing initiation of tobacco consumption among students and also to motivate the school staff, parents to say no to Tobacco. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe District Inspector of Schools in North 24-Parganas with the help of a private hospital organised a workshop for teachers at Prafullanagar Vidya Mandir in Habra in the same district to make the schools tobacco-free. The teachers were trained on how to carry out awareness campaigns among students so that they do not pick up the habit of smoking or do not consume any tobacco products. Workshops would be carried out in various other schools by the School Education department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were more than 200 participants including headmasters/headmistresses and teachers from all secondary schools across two blocks namely Habra-I and Habra-II and two municipalities including Habra and Ashok Nagar-Kalyangarh of North 24 Parganas district. It is to be mentioned that in West Bengal, around 2.3 crore of adults either smoke or use smokeless tobacco; 1.5 lakh people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in West Bengal and 438 children start consuming tobacco daily in the state. The participants were told about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). This Act prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, sale within 100 yards of schools and sale of tobacco-products without statutory warnings. All the participants took part in group exercises to generate ideas and strategies for promoting tobacco-free schools.last_img read more

Mental physical activities lower Dementia risk

first_imgKeeping yourself physically and mentally active in middle age may lower the risk of developing dementia decades later, a study claims. Mental activities included reading, playing instruments, singing in a choir, visiting concerts, gardening, doing needlework or attending religious services, according to the study published in the journal Neurology. “These results indicate that these activities in middle age may play a role in preventing dementia in old age and preserving cognitive health,” said Jenna Najar from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s exciting as these are activities that people can incorporate into their lives pretty easily and without a lot of expense,” Najar said in a statement. The study involved 800 Swedish women with an average age of 47 who were followed for 44 years. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked about their mental and physical activities. Participants were given scores in each of the five areas based on how often they participated in mental activities, with a score of zero for no or low activity, one for moderate activity and two for high activity.The total score possible was 10. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were divided into two groups. The low group, with 44 per cent of participants, had scores of zero to two and the high group, with 56 per cent of participants, had scores of three to 10. For physical activity, participants were divided into two groups, active and inactive. The active group ranged from light physical activity such as walking, gardening, bowling or biking for a minimum of four hours per week to regular intense exercise such as running or swimming several times a week or engaging in competitive sports. A total of 17 per cent of the participants were in the inactive group and 82 per cent were in the active group. During the study, 194 women developed dementia. Of those, 102 had Alzheimer’s disease, 27 had vascular dementia and 41 had mixed dementia, where more than one type of dementia is present, such as the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s disease along with the blood vessel changes seen in vascular dementia. The study found that women with high level of mental activities were 46 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 34 per cent less likely to develop dementia overall than the women with the low level of mental activities. The women who were physically active were 52 per cent less likely to develop dementia with cerebrovascular disease and 56 per cent less likely to develop mixed dementia than the women who were inactive. The researchers took into account other factors that could affect the risk of dementia, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. They also ran the results again after excluding women who developed dementia about halfway through the study to rule out the possibility that those women may have been in the prodromal stage of dementia, with less participation in the activities as an early symptom. The results were similar, except that physical activity was then associated with a 34 per cent reduced risk of dementia overall. Of the 438 women with the high level of mental activity, 104 developed dementia, compared to 90 of the 347 women with the low level of activity. Of the 648 women with the high level of physical activity, 159 developed dementia, compared to 35 of the 137 women who were inactive.last_img read more