U.K. Government Proposes Rules to Allow ‘Three-Parent Embryos’

first_imgThe U.K. government today issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in patients. The technique could allow women who are carriers of mitochondrial disease to have healthy, genetically related children. But it also transfers DNA from one egg or embryo into another, a form of genetic alteration that could be passed on to future generations. Altering the genes of human egg cells or embryos in IVF procedures is now forbidden in the United Kingdom.The procedure has also been under scrutiny this week in the United States as an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration discussed the technique at a 2-day meeting.Mitochondrial diseases occur when the organelles, which provide energy for cells, don’t work properly. Many such disorders result from mutations in the genes that mitochondria carry. 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The resulting embryo carries nuclear DNA from the mother and father and mitochondrial DNA from an egg donor.Studies in animals and in cell models have had enough success that some scientists say they would like to try the technique in patients. In 2011, the U.K. government started a process to evaluate the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the procedure. Those panels gave the technique a cautious green light, and last year the government said it would propose regulations that would allow the technique.The proposal released today would permit the procedure only for women who are highly likely to pass on mitochondrial disease to their children. It also stipulates that the mitochondrial donor would have no claim to parental rights to any resulting child. Donors and recipients would be kept anonymous, although clinics could arrange for meetings if both parties agreed.The draft regulations are open for public comment through 21 May. The Department of Health will take comments into consideration before presenting a final proposal to the Parliament.last_img read more

Awesome Foursome

first_imgA side is only as good as its leader. Now we have heard comments like “my grandmother could have led the Australian sides in the 1990s to victory”, but they belittle the role of a captain in sport. The captain’s role in any international team is absolutely critical. The captain has to bring the best out of his players. His job is not to teach them how to play but to encourage them to give their best. It may or may not result in a match-winning performance on a certain day but pays off in the long run.Mike Brearley, in his Art of Captaincy, has done a wonderful job in highlighting the role of a captain. When a side is habitually winning, as was common for the West Indies under Clive Lloyd and Australia under Steve Waugh, it is easy to miss the importance of leadership. One has to only look back at West Indies cricket before Lloyd took over to see his contribution. He was able to get the players to rise above their inter-island (inter-country) rivalries and perform under the West Indies flag to become possibly cricket’s greatest team ever. Waugh raised the level of Australia a notch when he took over captaincy.Who would have imagined India winning the World Cup in 1983, or Sri Lanka in 1996? But leaders like Kapil Dev and Arjuna Ranatunga were able to rally their forces admirably, winning the small battles as well as the final frontier by beating seemingly invincible teams. In all World Cups, it’s not about winning the first few games but peaking at the right time. Sides such as South Africa have peaked early and then gone on to lose crucial semi-finals. The World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint. The side that plays best when it reaches the quarter-finals with its players peaking at the right time will be the one that comes out on top.advertisementEach successful captain brings something special to the table, something he shares only with his team members. Different captains have different styles. When I became England’s captain, they had hit rock bottom and needed a firm leader to give them a push up. By the end of my reign, they needed a captain such as Michael Vaughan to help them to go out and express themselves in a carefree manner as they did in the 2005 Ashes series. For this World Cup, all captains will be working out their plans. A captain’s success also depends on his equation with the coach. India and England owe a lot of their recent successes to their respective captain-coach combines. The coach is an integral part of a captain’s success.(Top left) Kumar Sangakkara, M S Dhoni, Andrew Strauss and Ricky PontingA lot will rest on the shoulders of the men I consider as the top four captains of this World Cup. M.S. Dhoni has led India admirably over the past few years. He is calm and unflappable under pressure and seems to be enjoying captaincy. The Indians will be under a lot of pressure at home, and Dhoni will have to alleviate the pressure from his boys. That will hold the key to India’s success in the World Cup. His very successful partnership with coach Gary Kirsten will be put to its toughtest test yet.Kumar Sangakkara is captain of a young and strong Sri Lankan side, which is ranked third on the icc’s odi charts. Like Dhoni, he is also going to feel the “home” pressure, but the Lankans have a solid record at home.Ricky Ponting and Australia can never be counted out. The Aussies are no longer a “great” side, but they are still the world’s top-ranked odi team. Ponting has the capability to inspire his boys and lead a final onslaught but it’s not going to be as easy as it was in the previous three World Cups.Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have worked brilliantly as a team and inspired England to become the No. 3 Test team. Despite their recent loss to Australia in the odi series, after retaining the Ashes convincingly, England will be a dangerous side. They can beat anyone on their day and Strauss has his team’s backing to the hilt.The dark horse of the tournament is definitely Pakistan. They may be down in the rankings but can never be underestimated. They have been through much turmoil and scandal. Shahid Afridi and his boys will be itching to set things right.The writer is a former captain of the England cricket teamadvertisementlast_img read more

Muscle strain treatment

first_imgAlternative NamesTreatment – muscle strainInformationQuestion:How do you treat a muscle strain?Answer:Rest the strained muscle andapplyice for the first few days after the injury. Anti-inflammatory medicines or acetaminophen (Tylenol) also help reduce pain and swelling. As the pain decreases, you can use heat on the muscle. Stretching and light exercises to bring blood to the injured area can also be useful.Get medical help right away if:You have a lot of swelling with the muscle strain.You cant move your arms, legs, or joints.ReferencesBrinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of Injury to Musculoskeletal Structures: 1. Muscle and Tendon Injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 1, section A.Biundo JJ. Bursitis, tendinitis, and other periarticular disorders and sports medicine. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 271.Review Date:4/13/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma fifty anchors Mumbai’s thrilling five-wicket win

first_imgSkipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 56 guided Mumbai Indians to a five wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a thrilling encounter of the Indian premier League (IPL)  on Monday.Rohit Sharma, who slammed six boundaries and one six in his 37-ball knock, and Jos Buttler (33) were the major contributors to Mumbai’s cause.With this result, Mumbai now sit atop the IPL standings with eight wins and two losses while Bangalore have lost eight matches and are now decidedly out of the play-off race.Chasing 162/8 posted by Bangalore, Mumbai started off on a poor note as opener Parthiv Patel (0) was dismissed on the very first ball of the first over by Aniket Choudhary.While trying to pull a short ball, Parthiv mistimed it and Yuzvendra Chahal took a brilliant catch at short mid-wicket.Incoming batsman Nitish Rana (27) and Buttler then added 61 runs in 7.2 overs to stabilise Mumbai’s innings before the latter was sent packing by spinner Pawan Negi. Buttler played 21 balls and slammed four boundaries and one six.After one over, in-form Rana was also sent back to the pavilion by Negi to reduce the hosts to 70/3 in 10 overs. Rana’s 28-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.Unperturbed by the fall of Rana’s wicket, skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard (17) punished the Bangalore bowlers all around the park as they slammed 28 runs in 3.4 overs before the West Indian hitman was dismissed by Chahal.Krunal Pandya (2) and Karn Sharma (9) also failed to step up to the situation and the latter was dismissed on nine runs while Pandya was retired hurt.advertisementThe fall of wicket brought in all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who along with Rohit Sharma played some good shots to entertain Mumbai’s crowd.In the process, Rohit completed his 50 with a single at the end of the 19th over.With seven runs required in the last over, Pandya and Sharma took singles off the first four balls and then the skipper slammed a boundary to give the hosts a comfortable victory.For Bangalore, Negi scalped two wickets while Choudhary, Chahal and Shane Watson chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, a late surge from Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi helped Bangalore to 162/8 against Mumbai.Joining forces in the 15th over, Negi (35 from 23 balls) and Jadhav (28 from 22) raised a 54-run stand for the sixth wicket to rescue the visitors, who lost the top five players with just 108 runs on the board.South African big-hitter AB de Villiers was the other major contributor with a 27-ball 43 for the Bangalore franchise.Electing to bat, RCB were reduced to 40/2 with skipper Virat Kohli (20) and his new opening partner Mandeep Singh (17) failing to get a decent start for the visitors.RCB’s decision to open with Mandeep backfired as the Punjab batsman after facing 13 balls, failed to get to the pitch of a tossed up delivery from leg-spinner Karn Sharma to be comfortably caught by Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket.One over later, Kohli, who by now had struck two sixes and faced 14 balls, was undone by a slower one from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan which Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma caught at short midwicket.With the team once again in deep trouble, RCB now needed a special from South African star AB de Villiers (43) and Travis Head (12) , who chipped in with a 45-run third wicket stand before left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya ended Head’s 15-ball stay.De Villiers, though raised RCB’s hopes of amassing a healthy total by meting out special treatment to Krunal and McClenaghan before the left-arm spinner once again struck to send back the Protea right-hander.Before being dismissed, the 33-year-old de Villiers faced 27 balls and helped the ball to the boundary on three occasions and thrice over it.In the very next over, medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Australian Shane Watson (3) to further dent RCB’s prospects.Wicketkeeper-batsman Jadhav and Negi then paired up to add a few valuable runs with the Delhi southpaw taking the aerial route twice off Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and once off Bumrah before McClenaghan finished off in style by dismissing the duo off successive balls in the final over.For the hosts, New Zealander McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/34 while Krunal chipped in with two wickets.last_img read more

Arsenal Οvercomes Europa Scare, Salzburg Stages Fightback

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Arsenal overcame a scare against CSKA Moscow Thursday to reach the Europa League semifinals, while Salzburg staged a stunning comeback to knock Lazio out with four goals in a 20-minute burst.Played at a time of growing political tension between the Russian and British governments, there was no sign of trouble on the streets outside the VEB Arena in Moscow.CSKA went 2-0 up to put Arsenal under pressure but the London club hit back to draw 2-2 on the night and progress 6-3 on aggregate.Lazio seemed poised to clinch a place in the last four when Ciro Immobile struck in the 55th minute to give the Italian team a 5-2 advantage on aggregate.Salzburg, though, produced a spectacular recovery to become the first Austrian team to reach the semifinals of the competition in its current form.Marseille also qualified after losing the first leg, beating Leipzig 5-2 to win 5-3 overall, while Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon but scraped through 2-1 on aggregate.Thursday’s Europa League fixtures continued a week of dramatic Champions League comebacks, after Roma beat Barcelona and Juventus came close to knocking out Real Madrid.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was a sign European competition is becoming more evenly matched. “The games are very open and everything is possible in every game,” he said.The Europa League semifinal draw will be on Friday.Here’s a look at the action:___ARSENAL THROUGHArsenal had to show some second-half grit to help Wenger move within three games of winning his first European trophy.Wenger’s team initially struggled on a cool spring night in Moscow, going 2-0 down after 50 minutes following goals from Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin.Danny Welbeck came to the rescue with a 75th minute goal before Aaron Ramsey went charging through the middle of the defense to grab Arsenal’s second goal in stoppage time and extend his team’s unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions.Wenger said Arsenal’s three-goal lead from the first leg had led to complacency. “When you have a big difference from the first game, it’s hard to turn up with the same urgency,” he said.Despite the political tension between Russia and Britain over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal last month and this week’s developments in Syria, there was no sign of anger outside the sold-out VEB Arena.The game was the last major European fixture to be played in Russia ahead of the World Cup and highlighted the country’s strategy of flooding city districts with security forces.There was a heavy police presence outside the ground and in much of the surrounding areas, with officers lining the streets and keeping fans in the open by barring access to alleyways.With Arsenal sixth in the Premier League, 13 points off fourth place, winning the Europa League is its best chance of a Champions League spot next season.___SALZBURG ENERGETICThe UEFA organizers had been faced with the awkward prospect of two Red Bull-branded teams, Salzburg and Leipzig, meeting in the semis and a resulting conflict of interest.Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the quarter final second leg Europa League soccer match between FC Salzburg and Lazio in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)But it was the lesser-known of the two clubs that made the semis, with Salzburg taking advantage of a shock Lazio collapse.Munas Dabbur, Amadou Haidara and Hwang hee-Chan were on target for the home team before Stefan Lainer capped a remarkable four-goal flurry when he netted with a diving header in the 76th minute.___MARSEILLE RALLYIn France, Leipzig went into the game against Marseille with a one-goal lead and opened up a 2-0 advantage on aggregate thanks to Bruma’s second-minute goal.Marseille’s Dimitri Payet, right, celebrates scoring his side’s 4th goal during the Europa League quarter final second leg soccer match between and Olympique Marseille and RB Leipzig at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)However, Marseille hit back via an own goal from Stefan Ilsanker and strikes by Bouna Sarr and Florian Thauvin.Leipzig regained the advantage with Jean-Kevin Augustin’s curling 55th-minute shot before Marseille scored again through Dimiti Payet and Hiroki Sakai.___ATLETICO ON TRACKAtletico remains on course for a third European final in five seasons after holding off Sporting.Fredy Montero’s 28th-minute header gave the home crowd hope in Lisbon but Atletico held on with the help of Jan Oblak’s excellent goalkeeping.—By JAMES ELLINGWORTH , AP Sports WriterBy JAMES ELLINGWORTH , AP Sports WriterAtletico’s Diego Godin, left, challenges for the ball with Sporting’s Marcos Acuna during the Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Sporting CP and Atletico Madrid at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn to play Hero Challenge in London

first_imgLondon, Oct 7 (PTI) Ryder Cup winning captain Thomas Bjorn and a member of his European team Thorbjorn Olesen will join four others, including Justin Rose, for the Hero Challenge at Canary Wharf on October 9. The one-hole shootout will be the prelude to the Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath Golf Club and hosted by world number two Rose. Joining Bjorn, Olesen and Rose at Canary Wharf will be English duo Andrew Johnston and Matt Wallace as well as the Irish star Paul Dunne. In July, Matt Kuchar triumphed at the last Hero Challenge in the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle on the eve of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Bjorn, who led Team Europe to a stunning 17½ – 10½ victory at Le Golf National last week, will return to the golf course in a playing capacity for the British Masters and will be making his debut at the Hero Challenge. “The last week has been an incredible one, and a busy one, after The Ryder Cup but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Bjorn. “I’m now looking forward to playing again and the Hero Challenge will be a nice way to ease into the week and have some fun before getting back to the business of competing at the Sky Sports British Masters. “I’m sure some of that enthusiasm and excitement will feed into the Hero Challenge atmosphere, especially being in such an iconic location, and I hope that we’ll be able to put on a show for the fans who attend.”advertisement Olesen, 28, contributed one point to Team Europe’s winning tally following his 5&4 Sunday Singles victory over Jordan Spieth. This will be the third successive season in which the British Masters will be preceded by the Hero Challenge, the innovative event having made its debut in 2016 at The Grove, won by Alex Levy, before 2017 tournament host Lee Westwood emerged victorious at Close House. With the support of Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, a further three editions were played in 2017, at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, the British Masters and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, won by American Patrick Reed, Englishman Lee Westwood and China’s Haotong Li respectively. PTI Cor AHlast_img read more

Solmar Hotels & Resorts Introduces New Wedding Packages for All Types of Couples

first_imgWith a Myriad of Packages and Venues Across Four Resorts, The Mexican Hotelier Sets the Bar for Destination Weddings in Los Cabos for romantic, adventurous, laid-back and minimalistic couples  LOS CABOS, Mexico (May 6, 2019) – Solmar Hotels & Resorts, the collection of seven all-suite properties in Los Cabos, leads destination wedding offerings in Los Cabos with a new variety of packages at their four most popular properties. Whether it’s an intimate beachfront ceremony with a stunning Baja sunset at Playa Grande Resort & Spa, or a glamorous affair at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas’ the garden, a sensational wedding awaits couples who choose the Mexican hotelier for the treasured celebration. “We’re committed to providing guests Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ top-notch service, gourmet fare and stunning locations for their unforgettable wedding in Los Cabos,” said Ricardo Orozco, VP of Operations of Solmar Hotels & Resorts. “Our comprehensive lineup of packages allows couples with varying tastes celebrate the milestone at our properties,” he added. The carefully curated packages by Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ expert wedding coordinators include the following key elements for a successful celebration of love: A judge for a legal ceremony or minister for a symbolic occasion, wedding bouquet and boutonniere arrangements with local seasonal flowers, and a 20% discount on spa services (products not included). While all celebrations at Solmar Hotels & Resorts are focused on the couple, the hotelier understands that not all brides and grooms are the same and, for that reason, they’ve launched the following four wedding packages to celebrate the happy and unique couples: For the Helpless Romantics: Paradise Package at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa ($2,399 USD) Set in the secluded cove of Los Cabos’ Land’s End, the Paradise package offers couples the backdrop of the majestic Pacific Ocean to proclaim their endless love to one another. A runner of white fabric outlines the bride’s grand entrance and leads to a beautiful gazebo dressed in seasonal flowers overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The package also offers flexible beauty options, as the couple can pick between one makeup and hairstyle session or one deluxe manicure. The newlyweds will also be able to enjoy a 50-minute couple’s relaxing massage at the Sea Cabanas, perched on the slopes of Mt. Solmar. For the Adrenaline Junkies: Rancho San Lucas Package at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa ($5,399 USD) Couples seeking an action-packed package featuring a blend of beach and desert landscapes should look no further than the Rancho San Lucas package. Couples looking for adventure will be thrilled with the property’s saltwater lagoon which encompasses 120,069 ft³ and boasts sand-coated walls and floor along with decorative stones that were extracted from the Baja California Sur region. Additionally, the bride and groom along with all wedding guests are invited to jump off the hotel’s water slide or rope swing to plunge into the lagoon. The wedding entertainment begins with an hour of Harpist or Violinist during the ceremony, and includes 4 hours of DJ service to dance the sophisticated night away. The wedding guests will have a unique souvenir to take home with the one hour photobooth service also offered in the package. Finally, the couple has the choice of one makeup and hairstyle, or one deluxe pedicure, and one deluxe manicure and pedicure. For the Zen Seekers: Inspiration Package at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa ($2,399 USD) Solmar Beach’s sweeping views mark the beginning to ‘I do’ for couples that choose the inspiration package. The ceremony will take place beachside, under a flower laced huppah with soft white fabric overlooking the ocean. The sound of crashing waves of the Pacific will not overpower the ceremony, as the package includes a sound system. The newlyweds will have a chance to relax with their choice of a soothing 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massage or Hydrating facial. The inspiration package takes a special twist for those looking to relive the magical destination wedding experience again, as it includes a one year anniversary gift certificate for two nights. For the ‘Less is More’ Duet: Sweet Package at Solmar Resort ($1,299 USD)The first resort of the Solmar collection offers the Baja charm and minimalist setting that characterizes  the sweet package. In addition to the aforementioned basics, couples will be able to lovingly say ‘I do’ under a decorated huppah with seasonal flowers, and toast to their everlasting love after the ceremony with an included bottle of sparkling wine. No matter which property couples choose to celebrate their union in marriage, Solmar Hotels & Resorts’ variety of packages offer multiple beginnings to a ‘happily ever after’. For more information and reservations, visit www.solmar.com/weddings.  About Solmar Hotels & Resorts Since 1974, Solmar Hotels & Resorts has been welcoming guests to its collection of seven all-suite resorts located in Baja California Sur’s most desired beach destinations. Within the award-winning portfolio is Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa, Grand Solmar The Residences at Rancho San Lucas, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, The Ridge at Playa Grande, Solmar Resort and Quinta del Sol by Solmar. Offering the quintessential, authentic Baja Mexico experience, Solmar Hotels & Resorts prides itself on providing high caliber service standards and warm hospitality.  For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, Instagram @SolmarResorts and Facebook page.last_img read more

MOL Reshuffles US Route, Inks Car Transport Deal

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has restructured its existing US East Coast – West Coast South America route to connect Europe with East Coast South America, via the Strait of Magellan, West Coast South America, and West Coast Central America. The revised service, which offers a direct service from East Coast South America to West Coast South America and West Coast Central America, comes on the back of the company’s new vehicle transport contract.Namely, MOL signed an agreement to provide car carrier services for Toyota Argentina S.A. (TASA) to ports on West Coast South America and West Coast Central America.Vehicles produced at the country’s Zarate plant would be exported to the majority of the Latin American Region, the company said.The first shipment on the newly inaugurated route was launched on August 10 from the Port of Zarate, Buenos Aires.last_img read more

Mumbai cricketer hacked to death

first_imgMumbai: A cricketer-cum-coach from Bhandup was attacked with choppers near a petrol pump shortly before midnight, police said here on Friday. Rakesh Panvar was with his girlfriend when three unknown persons pounced on them near Mahavir Petrol Pump in north-east Mumbai. According to a police official, bleeding profusely and seriously injured Panvar was rushed to Mulund General hospital where he was declared brought dead. “We have registered a case of murder against three unknown persons and a manhunt is on,” said the official.last_img read more

A QuickSketch profile of BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver

first_imgVANCOUVER – A sketch of B.C. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver:Age: 55.Born: Victoria.Education: Bachelor of science in mathematics and physics from the University of Victoria in 1983, a masters in advanced studies in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987.Academic career: Weaver was a lead author on four scientific assessments by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the body that shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. He has been a University of Victoria professor for 20 years and has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers.Political career: Weaver says former party leader Jane Sterk asked him to run three times before he agreed. In 2013, he became the first Green elected to B.C.’s legislature and in 2015 he won the leadership.Current riding: Oak Bay-Gordon Head.Quote: “I’m trying to inspire voters.” — Weaver speaking late in the campaign as he accused the NDP of voter suppression by suggesting the only way to defeat the Liberals is to vote for the NDP and not the Greens.last_img read more

Firm tied to Facebook scandal says its work similar to traditional campaigning

first_imgOTTAWA – The co-founders of a Canadian firm tied to the international Facebook data controversy argued Tuesday that their seven-employee political consultancy has never broken the law — and only offers electoral support comparable to traditional door-knocking, phone canvassing and lawn signs.In testimony before a parliamentary committee, Jeff Silvester of B.C.-based AggregateIQ also insisted his company’s services, which he said include digital ads, website creation and software development, are already widely used by Canada’s major political parties.“We are not data harvesters by any stretch of the imagination and, certainly, we don’t do psychographic profiling or profiling of any other type,” he told the House of Commons committee.“We’re not psychologists, we’re tech guys.”Silvester also described AggregateIQ’s services as straightforward, saying they help political customers craft messages for online political ads and to effectively manage data that they’ve already collected themselves.“We are not a practitioner of the so-called digital dark arts,” he said.In recent weeks, however, allegations have surfaced that say the firm has been involved in something much bigger.The appearance by Silvester, AggregateIQ’s chief operating officer, and CEO Zack Massingham came a couple of weeks after their Victoria firm was suspended by social-media giant Facebook following reports of its alleged connection to British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.AggregateIQ is also under investigation by privacy commissioners in Ottawa, B.C. and the United Kingdom for its alleged role in the controversy that has engulfed Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of improperly using private Facebook information from millions of users to influence voters and give the “Leave” side a win in the U.K.’s 2016 Brexit referendum.Cambridge Analytica has also been accused of using private Facebook data to help Donald Trump’s winning 2016 U.S. presidential bid.The Cambridge Analytica controversy has forced policy-makers and regulators around the globe to consider how to better protect users’ online data. Facebook estimates the personal information of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was accessed by Cambridge Analytica without authorization.AggregateIQ was connected to the scandal following allegations made by Canadian data expert and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who was once a friend and colleague of Silvester and Massingham. Wylie worked for Cambridge Analytica.Last month, Wylie told the media committee of the British parliament that he believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases when it worked on the Leave campaign. He said the data could have been used to micro-target voters in the narrow referendum that eventually produced a win for the campaign fighting for Britain’s exit from the European Union.Wylie said it was “incredibly reasonable” to say that AggregateIQ had a very significant role in the Leave side’s victory. He also told Britain’s Observer newspaper that the companies shared underlying technology and had a working relationship so tight that Cambridge Analytica staff often referred to the Canadian firm as a “department.”On Tuesday, while under questioning by MPs, Silvester maintained his company did contract work for Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL, but that it had never been part of either firm.AggregateIQ has never violated laws in Canada or abroad, nor does it retain or share any data provided to it by clients, he said.Silvester compared AggregateIQ’s work to the campaign efforts of volunteers and of political candidates themselves to woo voters.“The ads that we show — it’s the digital equivalent of an ad on someone’s lawn or on a street corner,” he told the committee on access to information, privacy and ethics, which has been holding hearings on the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.“You choose where you want it go, you put your message on there and people drive by and see it. And it’s the same for the Internet and same with going door to door and the same with making phone calls.”MPs peppered Silvester and Massingham with questions about allegations of their firm’s connection to Cambridge Analytica. Many committee members seemed unconvinced by the responses.“I just would say as the chair of this committee … I think we’re all saying the same thing and we’re all concerned — something doesn’t smell right here,” said committee chair Bob Zimmer, a Conservative MP.In a news conference that followed the committee meeting, Silvester told reporters his company creates software for clients that’s similar to tools designed for and used by Canada’s three major political parties.For example, he insisted it enables volunteers to enter voter information they collect on door steps on tablets rather than with paper. It’s more reliable, faster and helps them avoid duplicating efforts during the rush of election campaigns.“We’ve got nothing to hide — we make websites, we make software and we do online advertising,” Silvester said.“We’re confident we’ve done nothing wrong and we feel that at the end of this, once everything all works out, that that will come to the fore.”When asked about his relationship with Wylie, he said the last time he spoke to him was September 2017 when they exchanged pleasantries and had what he called a “great conversation.”“It’s somewhat baffling to me that he would be saying these things — I don’t know why he’s saying them,” said Silvester, who’s known Wylie since 2005 and helped him land a job in the office of former federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion.Wylie continued working for the Liberal leader’s office under Michael Ignatieff until 2009, when his contract wasn’t renewed.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,314.42, down 14.54 points)Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Up two cents, or 3.28 per cent, to 63 cents on 30.3 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 24 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $12.14 on 12.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.61 per cent, to $4.86 on 12.8 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $4.92 on 10.7 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 57 cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $75.63 on 10.2 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 45 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $42.24 on 9.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Goose. (TSX:GOOS). Manufacturing. Up $18.02, or 30.04 per cent, to $78.01 on 1.5 million shares. The luxury parka maker reported stronger-than-expected earnings and announced plans for three new stores in North America. Fourth-quarter profit amounted to $8.1 million (seven cents per diluted share) compared with a loss of $23.4 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $124.8 million, up from $51.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier.last_img read more

India activates strategic ITBP command from JK

first_imgNew Delhi: India operationalised its strategic ITBP command in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh-Ladakh district on Monday after moving it from Chandigarh as part of a plan to counter the ever-increasing Chinese military buildup in the region. The North West frontier of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India border in peace times, is headed by an Inspector General (IG) of Police-rank officer, which is equivalent to a Major General in the Army. “We are operational from the Ladakh region beginning April 1 and the force headquarters in Delhi has been informed,” ITBP IG Arvind Kumar told PTI from Leh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Indian tricolour and the force flag were unfurled to herald the new move and the frontier will be operating from the existing premises of the ITBP sector headquarter, another official said. Sanctions have been received to create more buildings and logistics for the new command and Director General (DG) S S Deswal, the force chief, is expected to visit the formation soon. The PTI had first reported in January that the frontier has been ordered to move from its base in Chandigarh ‘lock, stock, and barrel’ to be operationalised at the new location from April 1. The distance between Chandigarh and Leh is 960 km. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KLeh district in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir is the base for the 14 Corps of the Army headed by a Lt General-rank officer and the new shift will allow a better interaction between the two forces “for strategic and defence planning”, the official operations blueprint had said. The Army, which carved out a separate Corps in Leh after Jammu and Srinagar following the Kargil intrusion in 1999, has been demanding operational control over the ITBP.last_img read more

Exxon Chevron gain on results Amazon falls on forecast

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Amazon.com Inc., down $92.50 to $1,626.23The e-commerce giant gave a weak outlook for the current quarter, citing the potentially negative sales impact of new rules in India along with overall higher costs.Cigna Corp., down $5.75 to $194.06The health insurer reported weaker-than-expected quarterly revenue and it may have to contend with regulations that would cut prescription drug rebates from its pharmacy benefit management unit.Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., up 84 cents to $39.03The Indian generic drug maker reported a jump in revenue because of growth in emerging markets.Exxon Mobil Corp., up $2.64 to $75.92The energy company beat Wall Street forecasts for the fourth-quarter as volatile oil prices pushed revenue higher.Merck & Co., up $2.02 to $76.45The drug developer beat Wall Street’s quarterly profit expectations on a boost in sales of cancer treatments.Symantec Corp., up $1.89 to $22.91The cybersecurity company beat Wall Street’s quarterly forecast and raised its guidance for the current quarter.Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., up $2.46 to $51.59The defence contractor’s quarterly profit and revenue topped forecasts and the company increased its quarterly dividend.Honeywell International Inc., up $1.08 to $144.71The industrial conglomerate beat Wall Street forecasts for the quarter on strong demand from aerospace and defence sectors.The Associated Press read more

Litter wardens suspended after woman fined £80 for feeding ducks

first_imgBut earlier this month the entire team of ten litter wardens were suspended while chiefs at Maidstone Borough Council conducted a “review” of the contract with Kingdom Security.A spokesman for the council confirmed the review was “in part” due to the improper fine for feeding ducks.Alison Broom, chief executive of the council, said: “”It was decided at an operational level that the litter enforcement service would be reassessed with the aim of ensuring that Kingdom Security is providing the best response to our priority of providing a clean and safe environment.”In July this year, two men were threatened with fines for “dropping cigarette butts” in the Detling area of Maidstone as they put up a church fence.The men said they had put their cigarette butts in their wheelbarrows and the warden decided against the fine. But footage of the incident was uploaded onto Facebook and viewed nearly 300,000 times.According to the council nobody has lost their jobs as a result of the review and that the jobs have merely been ‘on hold’ since September 16 while the review takes place.Local Richard Brand, 43, said: “I thought I hadn’t seen these litter wardens hanging around for the last couple of weeks.”They usually wander around Maidstone town centre and pounce on anyone – I saw one of them speak to an old lady who accidentally dropped a receipt as she came out of a shop.”Three people went over to speak to the warden and he didn’t issue the fine in the end – but they are like vultures most of the time.” Over-zealous litter wardens have been suspended by a local council after a woman was given an £80 fine for feeding the ducks.The unnamed woman was handed the on-the-spot penalty after she was caught throwing breadcrumbs near the River Loose, in Maidstone, Kent.The warden insisted he “couldn’t see any ducks” and fined her for littering.Following an appeal in front of Maidstone Borough Council, the fine was cancelled and the town’s entire litter patrol taken off the streets for retraining.The council has used a team of litter wardens from private firm Kingdom Security since 2011, during which the group has issued more than 20,000 tickets. Since September 2015, the litter wardens have handed out 2,116 penalties worth just under £170,000 – half of which goes to the council and the remaining funds paid to Kingdom Security. In July this year, two men were threatened with fines for “dropping cigarette butts”Credit:Friends of Richmond Park/ SWNS In July this year, two men were threatened with fines for “dropping cigarette butts” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Polish League Round 12 Poor Wisla lose in Olsztyn

Obviously will Lars Walther, the coach of the Polish champion, Wisla Plock, have to cnange motivation song of his team. Wisla lost second match in the Polish Championship, but this time that wasn’t Vive Targi Kielce. Champions League team had a bad day in Olsztyn, where home team Warmia celebrated a big win and unexpected two points – 24:23..Warmia Anders Group Społem Olsztyn – Orlen Wisła Płock 24:23 (10:13) Warmia AGS Olsztyn: Kotliński, Sokołowski – Gujski 6, Malewski 5, Jankowski 4, Wuszter 3 (3k), Bartczak 2, Swat 2, Rumniak 2, Zyśk, Żółtak, Ćwikliński, Garbacewicz.Orlen Wisła Płock: Wichary – Kubisztal 5, Syprzak 4 (4k), Toromanović 4, Zołoteńko 3, Spanne 2, Kavaš 2, Bäckström 1, Kwiatkowski 1, Chrapkowski 1, Paczkowski, Rajković, Wiśniewski, Eklemović, Twardo.Standings: 6MMTS Kwidzyn11605287:28612 7Nielba Wągrowiec11506299:32710 2Orlen Wisła Płock12912364:30619 10NMC Powen Zabrze11308266:2846 3Tauron Stal Mielec12714344:33615 11Jurand Ciechanów11308275:3216 Polish handball leagueWisla Plock handball 8Miedź Legnica12408291:3498 5Chrobry Głogów11614294:30113 12Warmia Olsztyn122010276:3264 9Zagłębie Lubin11317297:3147 1Vive Targi Kielce121200453:29824 4Azoty Puławy12543301:30114 ← Previous Story Great Britain wins in the first match at the Olympic Handball Arena Next Story → Men’s EHF CL (Round 6): Easy job for THW Kiel in Belgrade read more

Young Greek of the Week

first_imgNameTiffany Papaemanouil, 18, Year 12 SACE graduate, and winner of 9 medals at the 2009 Pan Hellenic Games.Greatest achievementsMy performance in the Australian Short Course Championships. I placed fourth in Australia in the 200m and third in the 100m individual medley. This competition saw my first medal positioning in an open age event. Your future goalsTo one day represent my country on the gold medal podium at the Olympic Games but in order to reach that I must strive to achieve smaller goals such as qualifying for the Commonwealth games or other Australian open teams. Best moment of my lifeWhen I was around the age of 15 and I won my first Australian Age medal – it made me realise why swimmers train up to 20 hours a weeks for a race that only lasts a few minutes. One word that describes you best MACHINE!Persons I most admireAustralian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice whose accomplishments I want to emulate. My parents for putting up with getting up at 4am for my training sessions. Most embarrassing momentWhen I was in school and I was leaning back on my chair and one of my friends behind me was like, “Wow Tiff look at your arm muscles! Show me your stomach muscles!” All I remember is standing up in the class when everyone was taking notes and it was dead silent and going to flex my stomach when all of a sudden I let rip so loud that even the teacher commented. If I could say anything to the Greek community… I want to make the community proud by being the first Greek female swimmer to win Olympic gold.Favourite place to go or hang out at I really love the movies! I love watching a real scary horror or action movie. Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment: Russian Roulette-Rihanna.Favourite Greek foodDolmades. I once had a competition with my cousin who could eat the most. By the end I had eaten 80 and she had eaten 83 – one hour later and we both weren’t feeling too good!I can’t live without… Videos. I watch movies when I am bored, travelling, in between swimming sessions and races or when I just need to pass the time.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Contribute more funding to swimming. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

National Geographic Renews Legal War Over Digital Archive

first_imgLawyers for National Geographic were in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta late last week to argue what they have been arguing for years: that the Complete National Geographic, a pioneering CD-ROM project the magazine released in 1997, does not violate the intellectual property rights of freelance photographers whose work first appeared in print.“It’s the archive that’s at stake,” Angelo Grima, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for the National Geographic Society, said during a panel on digital rights at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Magazines 24/7 conference at the Hearst Tower Thursday. “We’ll go to the Supreme Court if we have to, because our archive is that important to us.”The litigation, now entering its 11th year, has seen more twists than a John Grisham novel. The 11th Circuit first ruled in 2001 in favor of Jerry Greenberg, a freelance photographer whose work had appeared in National Geographic (in 1962, 1968 and 1971) and then on CD. Subsequent cases in the 2nd Circuit ruled in favor of National Geographic. In 2004, a Florida judge awarded Greenburg $400,000 in damages; National Geographic appealed. Last year, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit overruled the 2001 decision in favor of National Geographic, but Greenburg asked for—and was granted—a full court review. National Geographic was forced to pull the 30-disc CD-ROM set off the market five years ago. Grima anticipates the court will take three to five months to come to a decision.The New Yorker Looks On It’s a case that the New Yorker is watching very carefully. Condé Nast released the magazine’s complete digital archive on DVD (“The Complete New Yorker”) in 2005. Playboy and Rolling Stone released DVD versions of their own archives last year.“There’s always been this tension between what we get and what contributors retain,” said Edward Klaris, Condé Nast’s vice president of editorial assets and rights. Klaris pointed to columnists whose New Yorker pieces are turned into books or films. “The balance is [writers] get to exploit their work, and we do too.”“We went ahead with the New Yorker project knowing some risk,” Klaris admitted. “The magazine has some very deep-pocketed contributors,” but largely received their support, he said.Grima told FOLIO: that if National Geographic was to win the latest case—and assured the ruling would hold—the company would likely update the archive to put it back on the market.The case also has implications for other potential platforms for magazine archives—namely, the Internet. If the court rules against National Geographic in Atlanta, Klaris said, magazines would be hard-pressed to distribute their archives on DVDs in that region or, technically, over the Web—where Klaris sees digital archived versions of magazines going.Going forward, both executives said, digital rights are clearly defined in their contracts with freelancers.The Greenberg case bears a striking resemblance to Tasini v. the New York Times, a landmark 2001 Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of freelance writers seeking digital rights. Greenberg’s attorneys have argued that the precedent set by the Supreme Court in the Tasini case should support their client’s copyright claims against National Geographic.last_img read more

Watch 22yrold man stabs girl slits his throat over love

first_imgMangaluru: A young man stabbed a girl and attempted to kill himself in what police suspect to be a love affair, in Deralakatte area of Mangaluru in Karnataka on Friday. Identified as 22-year-old Sushanth, the man came by bike and stabbed the girl, Diksha (20). After stabbing the girl, he slit his own throat in an attempt to commit suicide, the police said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A video recording of the incident has gone viral on social media sending shock waves across the state.Horrifying! A youth stabbed a girl and attempted to kill himself in the middle of a road at Deralakatte in the outskirts of Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The boy apparently resorted to the drastic step after she rejected him. pic.twitter.com/oTcBC78VmC— Karthik.K (@Karthik_K_94) June 29, 2019Both were immediately rushed to a hospital here. “One Sushanth, 22, stabbed a girl Diksha, 20, and later slit his own throat. A love affair may be the reason behind the incident. We have visited the spot and need to investigate it further,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said.last_img read more

Delhi To Scrap Cars Over 15 Years In A Move To Reduce

first_imgIndia’s environment court, the National Green Tribunal, has banned vehicles older than 15 years from the streets of New Delhi.The capital of the world’s second most populous country has been named the world’s worst polluted city by the World Health Organization.A government study estimates vehicle pollution accounts for almost three quarters of overall air contamination in teh capital, which gets exacerbated in the winter months when fog and vehicle emissions produce smog in record levels.While no incentive has been offered for abandoning the older models , the benefits of such a move cannot be ignored.The affected vehicles come from an era when India opened up her economy to global entrants, which saw Germany’s Opel, Ford Motors, Hyundai and Daewoo from South Korea, Honda and Toyota from Japan, Peugeot from France, Fiat from Italy, Rover from UK, among others.Until then, Indians were limited to the Hindustan Motors produced Ambassador or the Premier Padmini based on the Fiat 1100D, and the Maruti Suzuki 800, part of Japan’s Kei Car regulations for small vehicles. ReutersThe newer entrants took many a misstep and a few manufacturers left the country without ever tasting success, some by virtue of poor product choice and others due to poor management.The vehicles manufactured in the late 90’s had many a novelty, but hardly any safety features and their build quality was still in keeping with the benchmark of the then Indian car manufacturing, which was negligible. Except for the Maruti 800, which saw a 30-year long production run, other vehicles have seen spare parts dry up, and with it, the engineering talent that goes in maintaining the cars.Today, the country is one of the world’s fastest growing car markets. Every manufacturer, including luxury and sport cars, has a presence across the country.Delhi, by itself, is the largest market, accounting for 17% of all vehicles being sold in the country.If the ban is followed by strict and rigorous implementation, it would drive down the price of used cars, which could end up in semi-rural and rural areas. India continues to remain a country with low penetration levels of vehicle ownership. Statistics suggest that used cars are traded in the ratio of 1:1 of new cars.The vehicle market remains buoyant, while still not seeing heady days; it has recovered much since the Narendra Modi government came to power. India is also an export hub for manufacturers, earning the nation much valuable foreign exchange. ReutersAir pollution is a significant health hazard causing respiratory infections, heart disease, COPD, stroke and lung cancer.The WHO said Delhi had the world’s highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM2.5, following a study this year of 1,600 cities across the globe.The government, while in no condition to provide cash incentives, could consider cuts in tax and excise duties, allowing for a reduction in the entry cost of cars. The current drop in crude by as much as 40% and a helpful rate cut by the Central Bank should benefit the car buying market not only in the capital, but across the country.last_img read more