Gwyneth Paltrow Addresses Congress On GMO Labeling On Foods

first_imgGwyneth Paltrow joined her mother, Blythe Danner, at Capitol Hill this week to campaign against a bill allowing states to pass individual laws regarding GMO labeling on foods.“My kids are normal American children and they eat everything everybody else eats,” said the Goop founder in her speech. “I’m a home cook and I’m a cookbook author, and I’m a proponent of organic food and healthy food when I can, but we all eat genetically modified food. It’s in the food supply. I also believe I have the right, and we as Americans all have the right to know what’s in our food,”Despite the fact that nine out of 10 Americans support mandatory GMO labeling, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1599, otherwise known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK Act. Not only would it block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, but it would also make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling. If we’re going to stop this reprehensible bill from becoming law, we need to show the Senate and President Obama how serious we are about GMO labeling.Gwyneth Paltrow also presented a petition on behalf of the Just Label It campaign.Just Label It is a project of Organic Voices, which was formed in 2011 to educate and empower consumers by promoting the benefits of organic food and advocating for mandatory GMO labeling. Without labeling, the public cannot make informed choices about what they eat and the marketplace lacks the information needed to make decisions about innovations that meet consumer demand.Celebrity Moms including Sara Gilbert, Jillian Michaels, Jordana Brewster, Constance Zimmer, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Sarah Michelle Gellar have released a PSA to illustrate the concerns moms everywhere have on this issue.Video: Conceal or Reveallast_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces New GrantMaking Partnership With The Elizabeth Taylor

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced a second year of grant awards made in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).With the support of $100,000 in funding from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, EJAF has awarded $330,000 in grants to five organizations addressing the AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States. EJAF is excited about the continued impact this partnership will have in advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States where it is needed most.“Poor access to HIV testing and good healthcare, as well as pervasive inequality for people most vulnerable to the disease, continue to make the U.S. South an epicenter of today’s AIDS crisis,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “This is particularly true for LGBTQ individuals and Black Americans living in the Southern states. A recent CDC report has projected that, if HIV infection rates remain unchanged, half of all Black gay men will test positive for HIV at some point in their lifetime, as well as one in four Latino gay men, and one in eleven white gay men. By making these grants, both Foundations commit to relentless advocacy and investment until we see meaningful and lasting change in the course of this epidemic.”The projects being supported include: • A Birmingham, Alabama center providing a safe, supportive, and affirming space for LGBTQ youth; • A Georgia-based advocacy center focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on young black gay men; • A Jacksonville, Florida organization providing young LGBT people with access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); • A Memphis, Tennessee program supporting the needs of Black gay families; and • An Atlanta-based community organization engaging transgender people of color, the larger LGBTQ community, and supportive allies to advocate for the end of policies that criminalize HIV/AIDS.“Far too many people are denied equal rights and equal access to health care in this country, especially in the Southern U.S. This partnership helps to address the serious inequities that exist in the provision of education, diagnosis, and treatment for the people most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS,” said ETAF Managing Director Joel Goldman. “At The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, we are thrilled to join the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help right this imbalance and address the needs of the hardest-hit areas and populations in the U.S. South.”“In the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began, Elizabeth Taylor was the brightest star in Hollywood, one of the greatest celebrities in the world,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “But she was also willing to get her hands dirty. She stood up for gay people when few others would, and she got right into the nitty-gritty of AIDS policy and fought for the cause, without a moment’s hesitation or thought for her own reputation. Elizabeth was my dear friend, and she remains one of my heroes. I am extremely proud of EJAF’s partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to help carry her great legacy forward.”last_img read more

President against tax concessions for beer and liquor

The President said that the Government is committed to provide all the facilities needed to uplift the living standard of the underprivileged people. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament today he stands firmly against granting tax concessions for beer and liquor.He said the Government had faced criticism for proposing tax concessions for beer. The President said the policy of the Government is to not earn revenue through the sale of cigarettes or liquor.Meanwhile, President Sirisena said that the present Government is an administration which understands the pulse of the underprivileged people.

UN agency distributes seeds to droughtaffected farmers in Eritrea

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is distributing cereal and legume seeds to Eritrean farmers to help restore their productive capacity after they were hit last cropping season by the worst drought in 10 years.FAO said today the 2002 drought severely weakened the productive capacity of farmers and affected all regions comprising Eritrea’s breadbasket. Only 11 per cent of the expected annual cereal was harvested, making it impossible to save the seed required for planting this year. Still suffering from the impact of the border war with Ethiopia, farmers have little cash left to buy seeds, FAO said, noting that often their limited seed stock becomes the only remaining source of food. Under its Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), FAO recently launched a $400,000 project to distribute, starting this June, 400 tons of cereal and legume seeds to about 30,000 families. The agency said it would also provide technical assistance services and inputs to help rural communities resume farming. Though this assistance will go a long way – enabling about 15,000 hectares of land to be cultivated, ultimately yielding about 12,000 tons of food – FAO said that Eritrea needs 16 247 tons of seed to adequately meet its farming requirements.FAO also warned that the food situation in Eritrea was alarming, as nearly two-thirds of the country’s 3.4 million people face severe food shortages and an estimated 1.4 million need emergency food assistance. Unless urgent assistance is provided, about 100,000 farmers would be unable to resume farming this June when the rains are expected to return. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2013 5:10 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,821.83 up 89.44 points):Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.39 per cent, at $28.29 on 8,863,821 shares. The energy sector rose 1.14 per cent to 254.10 points. Earlier in the week, Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. completed its $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 2.73 per cent, at $7.85 on 6,661,636 shares. The gold sector was the biggest drag on the main index, falling 1.34 per cent at 255.99 points as price of the bullion plunged US$17.60 to $1,578.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Its the second double-digit drop for the precious commodity.Katanga Mining Ltd. (TSX:KAT). Unchanged at 79 cents on 6,091,602 shares.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 40 cents, or 2.95 per cent, at $13.98 on 5,620,040 shares. Up 40 cents, or 2.95 per cent, at $13.98 on 5,620,040 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.58 per cent, at $3.12 on 4,699,194 shares.Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Up nine cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $1.80 on 3,863,850 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,133.36 up 2.24 points):CGX Energy Inc. (TSXV:OYL). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 13.79 per cent, at 12.5 cents on 5,242,309 shares.Brilliant Resources Inc. (TSXV:BLT). Mine developer. Up a penny, or 18.18 per cent, at 6.5 cents on 5,186,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:CIBC (TSX:CM). Bank. Down 74 cents, or 0.88 per cent, at $83.14 on 2,751,229 shares. First quarter earnings slid to $798 million as CIBC booked a $148-million loss from the settlement of a contract dispute linked to the collapse of Lehman Bros. in 2008. The profit amounted to 94 cents per share compared with $835 million or 90 cents per share it earned in the same 2012 period. Overall revenue was up at $3.18 billion from $3.16 billion. Out of the big banks that reported, it is the only one that didn’t hike its dividend and it is also the lone bank to report year-to-year decline in profit.George Weston (TSX:WN). Bakery and grocery. Up 92 cents, or 1.25 per cent, at $74.55 on 89,430 shares. Fourth-quarter net income slid 40 per cent amid restructuring and other charges aimed at shoring up its competitive position. Net earnings attributable to shareholders dropped to $65 million or 43 cents per share from $109 million or 77 cents per share in the same 2011 period. Revenue was up 1.2 per cent to nearly $7.73 billion.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 54 cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $64.02 on 3,769,159 shares. Canada’s biggest bank boosted its dividend by five per cent to 63 cents per share, its fourth hike in the past four years. First-quarter profit totalled $2.07 million or $1.36 per share, up from year-ago’s $1.86 billion or $1.22 per share. Revenue increased $7.9 billion from $7.57 billion.TD Bank Group (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 56 cents, or 0.66 per cent, at $84.85 on 2,460,788 shares. The bank boosted its payout by four cents to 81 cents after it reported better first-quarter results compared to the same 2011 period. TD’s profit before adjustment totalled $1.79 billion or $1.86 per share versus $1.48 billion or $1.55 per share. Revenue grew to $5.97 billion from $5.64 billion. read more

Break taboo around menstruation act to end disempowering discrimination say UN experts

Worked with the Indonesian Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, producing guidance on menstrual health and hygiene management based on religious teachings, including a comic book and video to share knowledge, and discourage teasing of girls. Distributed almost 100,000 water, sanitation and hygiene kits in Nigeria, including reusable menstrual hygiene pads. In some countries, said the experts, menstruating women continue to be viewed as “contaminated and impure”, often restricted and forbidden to engage in activities like touching water or cooking, attending religious and cultural ceremonies or other community activities.Menstruating women and girls can even be banished to outside sheds according to custom, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of life-threatening illness and attack.“The patriarchal control exerted to constraint women’s behavior and mobility during menstruation undermines their agency and equality” the experts underscored. “When combined with the stigma and shame that women and girls are made to feel during that time, it is truly disempowering.”Many live without any privacy to wash, or access to safe, clean toilets or even separate sanitation facilities at work, or in the classroom, or when they’re visiting other public institutions.Additionally, sanitary hygiene products are often inaccessible or too costly, particularly for those living in poverty and crisis situations As States’ policies rarely address these issues. Vulnerable women can be forced to use improvised, unhygienic materials that may cause leaking and infection, putting their health at serious risk.“Stigma around menstruation has significant health impacts on women’s and girls’ health”, the experts highlighted, pointing out that some providers are prone to dismiss serious issues related to menstruation, citing that it can take several years to diagnose endometriosis and dysmenorrhea – painful disorders that can also affect fertility.Due to stigma and a lack of sexual education, menstruation knowledge remains limited leaving many girls with negative and ambivalent feelings and experiencing psycho-social stress, which also impacts their ability to learn, said the experts.“The stigma and shame generated by stereotypes around menstruation have severe impacts on all aspects of women’s and girls’ human rightsThe stigma and shame generated by stereotypes around menstruation have severe impacts on all aspects of women’s and girls’ human rights – UN expertsIn addition, some countries link the first menstruation cycle to being ready to marry, increasing the risks of adolescent pregnancy, limiting girls’ education and work opportunities.And the situation spirals further in educational institutions and workplaces as a lack of accommodation for menstruating women and girls’ health, such as allowing rest periods, “has an impact on school and job attendance, and thus affects women’s economic participation and advancement, undermining gender equality”, added the experts.Further progress needed“More needs to be done globally to address the menstrual health needs of women and girls and transform the systems, norms and attitudes to support women’s and girls’ menstrual health and well-being” the experts argued, stating that “a global shift in cultures” is needed to respect menstruation, acknowledge it as a human rights issue and “eliminate discrimination, shame and stigma too often attached to it”.,Here’s how the UN is working to reduce discrimination and stigma surrounding menstruation Partnered in Kenya with the Government, civil society and private sector to expand access to a wider range of absorbent materials and ensuring stronger product regulation for health and safety. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) supports sexual and reproductive health services around the world, including by distributing “dignity kits” in communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, that contain menstrual hygiene products and support comprehensive sex education programmes. UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-supported programmes have: Taught more than 10,000 boys and girls in Bolivia about menstrual health and hygiene. Worked with the Ministry of Education in Zambia to integrate water, sanitation and menstrual hygiene management into its strategic policies and plans, including girls’ health at school. Used community outlets and radio stations in Niger to promote, discuss and debate menstrual health, including sketches and songs in French and Hausa. Though outlawed since 2005, girls continue to be banished to sheds in rural Nepal, called “chhaupadi”.  The UN Trust Fund, in partnership with Restless Development Nepal, is combatting this harmful practice by educating young people and dispelling the myths about menstruation. “Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue to lead to exclusion and discrimination of women and girls”, said the independent human rights experts, ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March.Despite recent campaigns by women to challenge menstruation taboos and increasing attention to the issue of menstruation in the media, research, policy-making, and cultural discussion, they underscored the need for “more efforts to address challenges faced by women and girls”. read more

Interactive map shows every recorded meteorite strike on Earth

first_imgUnless you’ve been living under a (terrestrial) rock, you’re probably aware of the meteorite that exploded in the sky over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last week. In the relatively short lifespan of humans, this is a rare occurrence worthy of near extensive news coverage. When you look at things from the Earth’s perspective, space rocks drop out of the sky all the time. Now there is a cool online tool you can use to see all the recorded impacts since about 2,300 BCE.The impact tracker was created by Javier de la Torre using the mapping software developed by his geo-location company CartoDB. De la Torre used a freely-available cache of impact data posted on the Guardian website as the base of his map. It was a simple matter of dumping the CSV into CartoDB (which uses OpenStreetMap) and doing some tweaks for better visuals. The video above shows the entire process, which took 30 minutes of real time.The result is a slick interactive map that shows the 34,513 location where humans have found meteorites. The size of the halo indicates the approximate size of the object. The data comes from the Meteorological Society and only includes sites where meteorites or craters have actually been discovered. Even with all those dots, we’re surely missing a big chunk that were never found.This isn’t just a pretty picture — you can actually zoom and click on the impact sites to get a little bit of data on the object. You can find out when it was discovered, its composition, and the approximate mass. It’s interesting to note that the highest densities of located objects seem to be in flat or arid regions. Check out the Middle East/Sahara, American southwest/midwest, and Atacama Desert in South America. That’s not surprising as it’s easier to spot meteorites in such landscapes. More populated areas are also denser on this map.The map itself is fun to play with, but you can also see all the meteorites in table format. The data is even exportable as a CSV, KML, SHP, or geojson file. Enjoy, and keep watching the skies.last_img read more

Love against all odds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For months the media have been documenting the refugee crisis, with the majority of images showing heartbreaking scenes of Syrians making their way to the shores of Lesvos. But amongst the children, adults, and elderly experiencing harsh conditions, a recent photograph of a young couple published by Lesvos News has captured the hearts of people across the globe. The pair, who arrived on the Greek island on Wednesday, are captured glancing at one another with a look of relief and optimism.Source: Lesvosnews.netlast_img

Marcus Rashford reaches 100 Premier League games

first_imgAfter his crucial performance against Leicester City last Sunday, Marcus Rashford reached 100 Premier League games at only 21 years of age.Manchester United has Marcus Rashford as one of the most exciting young talents who is doing everything to be part of the best players in the world, the lad has already played his 100th Premier League match and his stats are simply incredible.A report from Diario AS suggests that Real Madrid is eager to sign the English striker next summer but there is a fat chance that the Red Devils will let him go, Rashford is considered one of the cornerstones of the club’s project for the future.Since he started an impressive career in the domestic competition, Marcus has already scored 26 goals and provided 15 assists to his teammates.His numbers in all competitions go even further than that, with 42 goals and 26 assists since Dutch manager Louis van Gaal gave him the opportunity to play his very first minutes for the squad.The most recent performances are the reason several clubs have shown interest in signing Marcus Rashford, but the club is already looking to improve his contract and there was a reason the club decided to give him the number ’10’ jersey at such an early age.Marcus Rashford’s overall Premier League record (this season in brackets):100 Apps (22)26 Goals (9)15 Assists (7)#MUFC #MUFC— RedReveal (@RedReveal) February 4, 2019The type of footballer that Marcus Rashford has become invites us to think about the attacking force that the England National Team will have this year, as they will line him up alongside the likes of skipper Harry Kane, and young sensation Jadon Sancho with Raheem Sterling on both flanks.Manager Gareth Southgate has already been following the latest performances from Rashford and his plans completely involve him on the starting XI, he is the type of player who can decide a very complicated match such as the upcoming UEFA Nations League that is coming against the Netherlands in June.Rashford has all the qualities of a forward who can play in all attacking positions on the pitch, he can’t be limited to a certain spot because that will prevent him from showcasing his abilities to their full extent.His time at Manchester United has given us a better idea of the player he is slowly becoming, Rashford’s connection with Paul Pogba has also helped him immensely as he has transformed into a more regular decisive player since manager Jose Mourinho left the squad.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Youngest players to reach 100 PL appearances for Manchester United 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ryan Giggs (21y, 74d)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Marcus Rashford (21y, 95d)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Wayne Rooney (21y, 201d)🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo (21y, 224d)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Phil Neville (22y, 108d)— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) February 3, 2019Rashford is also the latest of a long list of historic players who made their debut under manager Louis van Gaal, he has everything to be considered amongst a very prestigious list of players who have been very successful such as Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Patrick Kluivert, Bastian Schweinsteiger, among others.Rashford has the potential of becoming one of the most complete offensive players that the Dutch manager ever had the honour of helping with their debut as professionals, it appears that he will get very far with Manchester United or any other club where he decides to play if he ever chooses to do it.Just to put things under perspective, let’s look at other great players at the same age of Rashford.The England international reached 100 matches at 21 years and 95 days old, legendary Ryan Giggs accomplished the same milestone at 21 years and 74 years of age.Cristiano Ronaldo had only scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists at the same age.Wayne Rooney is the player who comes closest to Rashford’s numbers, as the English legend scored 24 goals on his first 100 Premier League appearances.Rashford vs Ronaldo after 100 PL games… 👀— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) February 4, 2019How many goals will Marcus Rashford score throughout his Premier League career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Apples iPhones infringe Qualcomm patent and should be banned ITC judge says

first_img $999 Now playing: Watch this: See It With the second case, an initial ruling in September by Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender determined that Apple infringed one Qualcomm patent related to power management but didn’t infringe two other patents. He didn’t, however, believe iPhones should be banned from sale, saying the statutory public interest factors “weigh against issuing a limited exclusion order” related to the infringing products.But the full panel review, released Tuesday, determined that Qualcomm’s patents weren’t valid, thanks to “clear and convincing evidence” from Apple. “No remedial orders shall be issued, which renders moot any issues of remedy, the public interest, or bonding,” the ITC said. “The investigation is terminated.”Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents and licensing since January 2017, when Apple filed suit against Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying the maker of wireless chips didn’t give fair licensing terms for its technology. Apple wants to pay a lower amount for using Qualcomm technology in its devices. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, responded by suing Apple for patent infringement and seeking a ban on iPhone sales. The company maintains that no modern handset — including the iPhone — would’ve been possible without its cellular technologies.The US isn’t the first court to recommend banning iPhones for infringing Qualcomm intellectual property. In early December, a Chinese court ordered four of Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries to stop importing or selling iPhones because of patent infringement. Later that same month, a court in Munich found that Apple infringed Qualcomm’s technology for power savings in smartphones and ruled that the iPhone maker must halt sales of the device in Germany.In late 2017, in the case that Judge Pender is overseeing, Qualcomm asked the ITC to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel’s 4G modem. Those would’ve included the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus that run on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones that run on networks from Verizon and Sprint use Qualcomm’s modem and wouldn’t have been included in the ban.In that case, Qualcomm initially asserted 88 claims from six patents. The ITC’s decision from September upheld only one claim from one patent. Tuesday’s decision invalidated that single claim. Duking it out in courtEarlier this month, a jury in San Diego determined that Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology. Qualcomm had alleged that Apple used its technology without permission in some versions of the iPhone. The jury awarded Qualcomm the full amount it had requested at the start of the two-week trial.The companies next face off on April 15 for a trial over Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — any handset maker building a device that connects to the networks has to pay a licensing fee, even if it doesn’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Apple and the companies that build its phones, like Foxconn, don’t believe Qualcomm charges a fair rate. That trial, also in San Diego, will last 20 days before being handed to the jury. At the same time, Qualcomm is waiting for a judge’s decision in a US Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that argued the chipmaker is a monopoly. The FTC two years ago accused Qualcomm of forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. Because of the legal disputes, Apple has moved away from using Qualcomm modems in its devices. Its newest phones, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, use only Intel 4G chips.Originally published March 26, 11:25 a.m. PT.Updates, 12:02 p.m.: Adds Qualcomm statement; 2:24 p.m.: Includes second ITC case ruling; 3:49 p.m.: Adds Apple comment; 11:46 p.m.: Includes additional details and Qualcomm statement on the second ruling. ITC says Apple infringes a Qualcomm patent but iPhones shouldn’t be banned What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Apple dealt legal blow as jury awards Qualcomm $31 million 4 takeaways from Apple and Qualcomm’s big patent fight $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. “A complete recommendation on remedy and bond will be forthcoming together with findings of fact and an analysis of the effects of the public interest factors on the issue of remedy,” McNamara wrote. “However, it should be noted that I will be recommending that a limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order, both with certification provisions, issue against Apple.”The ruling isn’t final but will next go to a panel of judges, who should issue a decision by July 26. It then can be examined by President Donald Trump. Qualcomm welcomed the news in the first case.”We appreciate Judge McNamara’s recognition of Apple’s infringement of our hardware patent and that she will be recommending an import ban and cease and desist order,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm general counsel, said in a statement.It said in a press release that “the Commission’s decision is inconsistent with the recent unanimous jury verdict finding infringement of the same patent after Apple abandoned its invalidity defense at the end of trial. We will seek reconsideration by the Commission in view of the jury verdict.”Apple, meanwhile, said in a statement that “We’re pleased the ITC has found Qualcomm’s latest patent claims invalid. It’s another important step to making sure American companies are able to compete fairly in the marketplace.” The company called Qualcomm’s ITC case an effort “to distract from having to answer for the real issues, their monopolistic business practices.” It added that “we look forward to detailing the many ways they’re harming consumers and stifling innovation when we present our case in San Diego next month.” Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comments Phones Components Tech Industry Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple iPhone XS See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy 16center_img Qualcomm 5G Sprint T-Mobile Apple Boost Mobile 2:13 See It Apple reading • Apple’s iPhones infringe Qualcomm patent and should be banned, ITC judge says See also • $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple and Qualcomm have been battling over patents and licensing.  Sarah Tew/CNET The International Trade Commission on Tuesday handed down two rulings in Apple and Qualcomm’s battle over patents. One found in favor of Qualcomm while the other sided with Apple. In one case, a judge said Apple’s iPhones have infringed a Qualcomm patent and should be banned from sale. But a full commission review in a second, separate case said Apple didn’t infringe Qualcomm patents and dismissed that suit. It also said it found that Qualcomm’s patents aren’t valid. In the first findings published Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge MaryJoan McNamara, in an initial determination, said Apple has infringed claim one of Qualcomm’s US Patent No. 8,063,674, which relates to power management in computing devices. The technology improves the performance of the power on/off on a device’s control network and processor while also reducing power consumption and improving battery life. Qualcomm accused Apple’s A10, A11 and A12 chips, which act as the brains of the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS, of infringement. Because of that infringement, McNamara wrote, she plans to recommend that iPhones should be banned from sale in the US. She found that Apple didn’t infringe other patents asserted by Qualcomm and said some of Qualcomm’s patent claims are invalid. See All Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained Sprint Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voicelast_img read more

Covenant House seeks to help prevent sexual crimes

first_imgCovenant House in downtown Anchorage. (Hillman/KSKA)Homeless youth are often targets for human trafficking. That means they’ve been forced to trade sex to meet their basic needs, like food, clothing, and shelter. Covenant House, a youth shelter in Anchorage, aims to protect young people from the predators, but the facility used to inadvertently contribute to the problem. Now, they’re solving it. And it all starts with a door.Download AudioAccording to Covenant House International, about 25 percent of homeless youth are survivors of human trafficking. Alison Kear is the executive director of the program in Anchorage.“Their soul is so in need of attention and love that any attention by someone can really allow them to be preyed upon,” said Kear. “Someone may say let me take you to get your nails done, let me take you to get your hair done. And suddenly they find themselves in a situation where they can’t leave.”She says she learned about the severity of the trafficking problem about seven years ago during a presentation by the FBI and the Anchorage Police Department.“And in this presentation they said the number one spot that young people were victimized or recruited from was Covenant House,” Kear said. “And when I got over my shock and anger and sadness, I was committed, as were they, to change that.”Kear says part of the solution was creating a place where young people felt safe and wanted to hang out. The shelter’s old, dark, cramped facility near Town Square Park wasn’t exactly inviting. When the nearly 30-year-old organization built a new one about two years ago, they wanted input from the young people who use the facility on ways to get more kids in the door. One person told Kear to think about the placement of the –literal- door.“We might have the courage to walk into your building, but there are people that watch us doing this,” said Kear. “But if you make this across the alley and you put a lot of cameras on there, then we know that we’re safe when we walk into your space.”So that’s what they did. Covenant House employee Jenifer Lachance says she loves it.“So it pulls the youth away from the traffic but it also allows us the opportunity to monitor who comes down this alley,” Lachance said. “And so when we’re seeing a particular vehicle come down this alley over and over again, staff become aware of it and then it’s something that we watch. And if we need to report it to APD, we will.”Lachance leads me past the door toward the spaces where the kids hang out, like a music room filled with ukuleles and an art room stocked with supplies. We wander into an airy gym with a towering rock wall. Lachance says all of these spaces provide the youth with outlets for their stress and frustration.“So a great example would be a youth who is feeling trapped because they are stuck here in the shelter, and they just want to leave,” said Lachance. “Instead of them having to leave and run around outside, this space allows them, if it’s late at night, let’s go to the gym, let’s go shoot some hoops, let’s go climb the rock wall. It’s a great alternative.”Lachance knows about needing outlets. She first came to Covenant House more than a decade ago. She says she was an angry 15-year-old who had been sent to live with her aunt, and it wasn’t working out.“Both my parents said, ‘We don’t want her.’ Which was heartbreaking for me,” Lachance said. “I truly felt unwanted, unworthy, and kind of forgotten about, to be honest. And the staff at Covenant House reminded me daily that I was worth it. And that I did mean something.”She says she maintained her relationships with Covenant House staff even when she left Alaska for school and Americorps.Kear says those are the types of relationships that will ultimately keep young people safe from traffickers. And the organization’s new building attracts three times the number of kids who used to go to the old place. Kear says they serve about 2,500 individuals per year – some just drop in, others stay the night. While they’re there they can get help finding a job or a jacket or a medical check up.Kear says she can’t say for sure if the new resources and the new space are reducing the number of people who are trafficked, but….“There is an uptake in us being able to catch the perpetrators,” said Kear. “There’s an uptake in us being able to engage a young person and keep them safe from it.”More kids are walking through the door.last_img read more

Experience tea served in kulhads across railway stations

first_imgNew Delhi: Soon, your favourite cup of tea may be served in eco-friendly ‘kulhads’ across all major railway stations, stalls at bus depots, airports and malls across the country, with Union Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari writing to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard. Currently, caterers at two railway stations, Varanasi and Rae Bareli, use terracotta-made ‘kulhads’, glasses and plates. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “I have written a letter to Piyush Goyal to make use of kulhad mandatory at 100 railway stations and also suggested airports and state transport undertakings having tea stalls at bus depots to make the use of kulhads mandatory. We will also encourage malls to have kulhad tea stalls,” Gadkari said. The Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME said the move is expected to provide a huge market for local potters and also help conserve the environment by eliminating the use of paper and plastics to serve beverages. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Gadkari said he has also instructed the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to supply equipment for large-scale production of kulhads as their demand increases. “We distributed 10,000 electric wheels to potters for making kulhads last year. This year, we have set a target of distributing 25,000 electric wheels,” KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena told PTI. Advertise With Us Under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the government has been distributing electric wheels to potters to increase their productivity. In 2004, then railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had introduced ‘kulhads’ to boost the pottery industry and also give passengers a taste of eco-friendly cups. He had made it clear that hot beverages should be served only in ‘kulhads’.last_img read more

Four killed in a series of Nepal blasts

first_imgNepalFour men died and seven were injured Sunday in three separate explosions in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place.A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the explosion at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.Two more were injured when an explosive they were carrying on a motorcycle in the outskirts of Kathmandu exploded.Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.”We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security,” police spokesman Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.Pokharel said that seven people have been arrested so far.The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.Nepal has enjoyed a relatively peaceful environment since the end of a decade-long civil war which concluded with a peace deal struck in 2006.But some former guerrillas, have broken away, accusing its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.In February, the group was implicated in an explosion that killed one person outside the office of a telecom company Ncell, part of Malaysia-based Axiata Group Berhad.The government outlawed the group following the incident, banning their activities.last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Monday

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APPresident Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, pauses while speaking at the Homeland Security Department in Washington, D.C.1. WHAT IS PENCE IS WARNINGThe U.S. vice president travels to the zone dividing North and South Korea and warns nuclear-armed Pyongyang “the era of strategic patience is over.”2. EX-SOUTH KOREAN LEADER INDICTEDNo court date has been set for Park Geun-hye, who is facing trial on corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life.3. MANHUNT CONTINUES FOR FACEBOOK MURDER SUSPECTPolice in Ohio urge residents in surrounding states to be on alert for Steve Stephens, who they said shot and killed an elderly passerby in Cleveland and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on the social media site.4. OVERCOMING OPIOIDS: QUEST FOR LESS ADDICTIVE DRUGSA host of novel medicines are in testing, from drugs that target more specific pathways and types of pain to ones that make recovering from surgery easier.5. OPPOSITION CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF TURKISH REFERENDUMThe deputy chairman of CHP cited irregularities in the conduct of the vote that granted sweeping powers to President Tayyip Erdogan.6. WHY BATTLE FOR WESTERN MOSUL IS A GRINDMuch of the fighting in this part of Iraq’s second-largest city takes place between houses so close that they almost touch, putting Iraqi security forces in the crosshairs of the Islamic State group.7. ABSENCES, FITNESS, ATMOSPHERE — NEW WAYS TO TRACK SCHOOLSStates are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores.8. HOW CHILDREN CONSUME TVA new Nielsen study finds that viewers aged 2-11 averaged 76 hours of TV each month and spent just 26 1/2 hours watching video content on multimedia devices, and 15 hours on a PC.9. READY, SET, ROLL!Thousands of children are heading to the White House for its biggest social event of the year: the annual Easter Egg Roll.10. MEB KEFLEZIGHI SET FOR LAST BOSTON MARATHONThe four-time Olympian won in 2014, the year after the finish line bombings, and plans to retire from competitive racing after the New York City Marathon, which he also won in 2009.last_img read more

Tripura has highest no of manual scavengers

first_imgTripura has the highest percentage of manual scavenger with 2.50 per cent of its rural population still engaged in this menial work, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011.Successive governments since independence have tried to eradicate this through legislation but this is still prevalent, though in very small percentage, across the country.All India average for manual scavenger in rural India is 0.10 per cent, or 18.06 lakh, across the country. Tripura (17,332) is followed by Mizoram with 0.92 per cent of population still pursuing manual scavenging.As many as nine states and one union territory of Delhi has zero number of manual scavenger. The states which have eradicated this are Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Manipur and Assam. As far as percentage of legally released bonded labour is concerned, the all India average is 0.12 per cent or 2.06 lakh.Tripura again has the highest percentage of legally released bonded labour with 7.31 per cent or 50,716. This is followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 0.7 per cent. With regard to Primitive Tribal Group, the census revealed that 0.59 per cent of the total population falls under this.last_img read more

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