Vikhe-Patil to meet Karnataka Home Minister

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first_imgMaharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil will meet the Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara in Bengaluru on Friday and seek his cooperation in raising the demand to ban right wing Sanatan Sanstha, whose name has surfaced in the murder cases of rationalists and journalist in Maharashtra and Karnataka. “I will be meeting the Home Minister with a request to exchange more information regarding Sanatan Sanstha and other right wing outfits. Karnataka investigative agencies have done a remarkable job in tracking down the killers of Gauri Lankesh and have helped Maharashtra police as well. We will explore possibilities of pushing the demand of ban on this organisation,” said Mr Vikhe-Patil. Based on information received from the arrested accused in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested one Vaibhav Raut of Hindu Goraksha Samiti from Nallasopara and two others. These arrests led to Sachin Andure, the alleged shooter in the 2013 murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. In wake of these arrests, Maharashtra’s Minister for State (Home) said a proposal to ban Sanatan Sanstha has been sent to the union government. Mr. Vikhe-Patil has already demanded inquiry into Sanatan Sanstha founder Jayant Athawale as the organisation’s name has been mentioned by investigative agencies.last_img read more


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Massachusetts authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez  for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation, sources tell ABC News.The warrant was prepared after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News.Police were at Hernandez’s home again Thursday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez “destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.The investigator and other law enforcement sources confirmed the security system was smashed intentionally. Hernandez’s cellphone was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, sources added.Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners was hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.“There’s a federal statute in every state that you cannot knowingly destroy evidence. And what [authorities] believe has happened here is that the home surveillance system was destroyed, the cell phone was destroyed, the house was cleaned, and the police think there was evidence that was destroyed because of that,” ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack said.“Now the problem of course is that nobody knows what was in that home surveillance so in some ways it’s difficult for the police to make their case,” Cossack said.Surveillance video from the North Attleborough, Mass., neighborhood of Hernandez shows him with Odin Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed earlier this week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday.In addition, the Boston Globe reported that video images appear to show Hernandez and Lloyd together on Fayston Street in Boston early Monday morning.Hernandez, 23, has been at the center of the investigation since the body of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was found shot in the back of the head Monday in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.Lloyd’s uncle, Ishmael Andrew, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Family members have said Lloyd was never in trouble.Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been re-filed in Florida against Hernandez by a man the tight end allegedly shot in South Florida in February. The lawsuit contends Alexander S. Bradley was shot in the arm but the bullet traveled to his head, causing him to lose his right eye.Video footage by a WCVB-TV chopper showed Hernandez traveling by car to Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. He left the stadium shortly after noon, then was swarmed by reporters after he stopped at a gas station.The Boston Herald reported that Hernandez was told to leave the stadium by staff, who were waiting for him when he showed up for a workout. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the newspaper that he had no idea why Hernandez came to the stadium.“No coaches are here,” said James, who declined further comment to the Herald.Lloyd’s body was discovered in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard, not far from a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez. Police have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide.“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion,” attorney Michael Fee said in a statement.Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a silver mirror cover believed to have been broken off a vehicle and might be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester, where Lloyd was from, and North Attleborough.The NFL is not commenting on the Hernandez situation at this point, a league official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. But the NFL is monitoring developments, as it would in any matter of this nature.Bradley, the man who claims he was shot by Hernandez after the two argued upon leaving a Miami nightclub in February, is represented by New York attorney David Jaroslawicz.Asked whether he has a police report of the incident, Jaroslawicz declined to provide information. According to USA Today Sports, his client was in the hospital for weeks, and “I’m sure the police were there.”A spokesman for Miami-Dade police told USA Today that he was checking to see whether a report was filed.A police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff describes a shooting incident involving a man named Bradley on Feb. 13. The sheriff’s office deemed the case inactive because Bradley refused to cooperate. Hernandez was not named in the report. read more


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New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez says that he has come to an agreement on a “tentative” plan for him to make a comeback to the team.On Friday night, in Rodriguez’s last Double-A rehab game with Trenton, he went 1-for-2 with a home run against the Reading Fightin Phils.He will reportedly play one more game Saturday for Trenton and then return to the Yankees in Chicago on Monday, for their game against the White Sox.“I think it’s possible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Rodriguez said his return to the major league team is definite, barring an act of God.“Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never know,” he said.Rodriguez has missed the entire major league baseball season so far, due to a hip surgery and a Grade 1 quad strain.


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first_img Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR specs 5.3 oz.; 150 g Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • Phones £669 Samsung Galaxy S10E 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 3,100mAh 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792×828-pixels Dimensions (Millimeters) 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.33 in 6GB, 8GB Display size, resolution 128GB, 256GB Camera Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Expandable storage Headphone jack Battery See It Single 12-megapixel 438ppi Sprint 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels Video capture Weight (Ounces, Grams) 4K Processor Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI iPhone XR See All Meet the Galaxy S10E, Samsung’s colorful answer to the iPhone XR. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple launched the wallet-friendly iPhone XR last fall and now it’s got a rival. The most affordable iPhone kept most of the features of the iPhone XS, but it was $250 cheaper. On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10E — its answer to the XR. The S10E has most of the features of the Galaxy S10 but costs $150 less.Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR are natural competitors: Both cost $750 and offer quite the flagship value. But there are many differences including screen size, processor power, number of rear cameras and headphone jack.Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.Compare these specs and more below. Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve 7-megapixel with Face ID Power button Apple 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm Price (GBP) Share your voice 10-megapixel Connector Storage Fingerprint sensor Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XR (64GB, black) Comments $749 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019center_img Yes See it 6.8 oz.; 194 g See It Special features Best Buy Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Not disclosed $750 64GB, 128GB, 256GB No Lightning Tags £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) AU$1,199 USB-C RAM Apple iPhone XR Mobile software Pixel density None 326ppi Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 6 $749 Apple A12 Bionic $749 $749 Dimensions (Inches) See It Samsung Apple AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB) Review • iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years Preview • iPhone XR: Why the cheapest 2018 iPhone might be the one you want None (Face ID) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Price off-contract (USD) 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm reading • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Price (AUD) iOS 12 Up to 512GB Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Front-facing camera 4K 64 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more


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first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo Tags Apple iPhone XS See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Lady Gaga YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 7 Best Buy The first batch of over 100 music videos includes The Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, Janet Jackson’s When I Think of You and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, which came out a decade ago. You will also find fresh versions of songs from the Spice Girls, Smokey Robinson, No Doubt, Megadeth and George Strait.The remastered videos are slipping right into the same slots as the original SD versions, and they will keep their view counts. YouTube and Universal expect to roll out 1,000 titles by the end of 2020. You can look for the “remastered” designation in the video descriptions and reminisce over your youthful heyday spent watching actual music videos on MTV. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo $59 at eBay The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $60 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89)center_img I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lady Gaga’s Poker Face is among the newly remastered music videos. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET I’m staring at three women shaking their rears in black vinyl pants. Then bleach-blonde Billy Idol sneers at me in HD. This is the newly remastered music video for Idol’s 1982 hit White Wedding. It’s part of a massive video and audio remastering project from YouTube and Universal Music Group.Remastering won’t save some of these vintage music videos from their own absurdity, but it does make them look better. “Great music videos are works of art that continue to drive cultural influence across generations, and just like priceless paintings or sculptures in museums, from time to time they need some TLC,” YouTube said in an announcement on Wednesday.  0 Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Post a comment $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it $299 at Amazon $999 1:47 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review YouTube TV review: It’s a cable replacement, but it’s not for budget hunters anymore YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to report abuse TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 5 tips for YouTube’s music app See at Amazon Online CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Now playing: Watch this: Tags YouTube happenings Sprint $520 at HP Amazon Comments Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more


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first_img Convertibles Performance Cars null 8 Photos Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar Share your voice 1:36 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ferrari Ferrari 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 0 Enlarge ImageLike this, but with less roof. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Ferrari 812 Superfast is one hell of a car. I mean, it’s called the freaking Superfast. The one thing that it’s missing, though, is the ability to hear that absolutely bananas V12 yowl without having the sound muffled by a roof — that is to say, it’s missing a Spider version.Though, that may not be the case for long. According to the website FerrariChat, several Ferrari owners have received invitations to see the unveiling of the new model in early September at one of two events. According to a separate report by Motor1 published on Wednesday, all of these invites have gone to European owners, so either there will be a separate series of events for US buyers, or we won’t get this thing stateside, though the latter seems unlikely.As far as official details on potential specs for a Spider-ized version of the 812 go, there basically aren’t any. Seriously, we’ve heard nothing from the folks in Maranello on this one. If we were to put on our thinking caps and hazard an educated guess, we’d expect to see a folding hardtop roof like the Portofino and/or 488 Spider have. We’d be shocked to see any kind of change in power output, given just how potent the standard 812 is already, thanks to its 6.5-liter V12 engine.In any case, we can’t be bothered with the idea of a convertible 812 because the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 already exist and those are — as far as we’re concerned — the coolest Ferraris to roll out of Maranello in decades.Oh, and we’re journalists, so we don’t have Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider money anyway. That’s the other reason we can’t be bothered. More From Roadshow Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is a 986-horsepower hybrid… 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercarlast_img read more


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first_imgBangladesh ParliamentThe 17th session of the 10th parliament will begin on 10 September, which is likely to witness a lively debate over the Supreme Court observation on the 16th amendment verdict.President Abdul Hamid called the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Tuesday exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the constitution, said a parliament secretariat handout.The session will begin at 5:00pm.On Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina while talking about the much-talked-about 16th amendment to the constitution said she has doubt whether other judges of the Appellate Division had the scope of freely giving their opinions.She also said the chief justice might have not given them that scope and many things can be understood after reading the verdict.Mentioning that there were many ‘contradictions’ in the judgment, Hasina said adding she was reading it and taking notes. “I’ll speak about those in parliament.”last_img read more


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first_imgUS Defence Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Chinese Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, on 9 November 2018. Photo: ReutersStanding side by side, top US officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarisation of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending US warships close to islands claimed by Beijing in the strategic waterway.During a round of high-level talks in Washington, the two sides aired in sometimes blunt terms many of their main differences, including a bitter trade dispute, freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific waters, self-ruled Taiwan, and China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority.Two visiting senior Chinese officials also seized the opportunity to warn publicly that a trade war between the world’s two largest economies would end up hurting both sides and to call for keeping channels of communication open to resolve an issue that has unsettled global financial markets.Despite the airing of grievances, the talks appeared aimed at controlling the damage to relations that has worsened in recent months and at paving the way for an encounter between US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina at the end of November.”The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with respect to China,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a joint news conference.Even as the United States and China confront difficult challenges, “cooperation remains essential on many issues,” he said, citing efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme.The meeting paired Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and defence minister Wei Fenghe. The annual US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was originally set for Beijing last month but had been called off amid rising tensions.Pompeo took aim at China over its continued building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs in the South China Sea, where China insists it has sovereignty despite competing claims from some smaller neighbours.“We have continued concerns about China’s activities and militarisation in the South China Sea,” Pompeo said following the talks. “We pressed China to live up to its past commitments in this area.”Yang said China was committed to “non-confrontation” but that Beijing had the right to build “necessary defence facilities” on what it considers its own territory and urged Washington to stop sending warships and military planes close to the islands that Beijing claims.Mattis made clear that this demand go unheeded by Washington, which insists it is acting under international law to preserve access for it and others to the South China Sea.TaiwanResponding sharply to Pompeo’s mention of Taiwan, which China considers a wayward province but which is armed by Washington, Wei said Beijing would defend its claim on the island “at any cost.”But Wei and Mattis agreed on the need to lower US-China military tensions to avoid unintended clashes, with the Chinese general saying confrontation “will spell disaster to all.” Washington has protested to Beijing about recent behaviour by its warships that the US Navy considered unsafe.While Pompeo spoke little about trade in his public comments, Yang said he hoped the two sides would find a mutually acceptable solution on the issue “before long.”China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China’s $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute cannot be resolved.Trump’s administration has also accused China of meddling in US politics ahead of this week’s congressional elections, charges China strongly denies.Reflecting growing US concerns about the Chinese cyber threat, a senior US intelligence official on Thursday accused China of violating a 2015 agreement aimed at stopping cyber espionage through the hacking of government and corporate data.Pompeo also reiterated US criticism of China’s “repression of religious groups,” citing treatment of Buddhists in Tibet and minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups.Yang defended China’s policies in Xinjiang as measures against “ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes” but said it was a Chinese internal affair and foreign governments should not interfere.last_img read more


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first_img Share Jesse Costa/WBURMady Ohlman, who lives near Boston and has been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit a point when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes the will to liveMady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink.“I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalls. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor.“But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?”She wanted to be dead, she says, glancing down. A wisp of straight brown hair slips from behind an ear across her thin face.At that point, says Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs, she says — for more than three years.“And doing all these things you don’t want to do that are horrible — you know, selling my body, stealing from my mom, sleeping in my car,” Ohlman says. “How could I not be suicidal?”For this young woman, whose weight had dropped to about 90 pounds, who was shooting heroin just to avoid feeling violently ill, suicide seemed a painless way out.“You realize getting clean would be a lot of work,” Ohlman says, her voice rising. “And you realize dying would be a lot less painful. You also feel like you’ll be doing everyone else a favor if you die.”Ohlman, who has now been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit the same point, when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes their will to live. Ohlman is among at least 40 percent of active drug users who wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.Measuring suicide among patients addicted to opioidsMassachusetts, where Ohlman lives, began formally recognizing in May 2017 that some opioid overdose deaths are suicides. The state says confirmed suicides are only about 2 percent of all overdose deaths, but Dr. Monica Bharel, head of Massachussett’s department of public health, says it’s very difficult to determine the person’s true intent.“For one thing, medical examiners use different criteria for whether suicide was involved or not,” Bharel says, and the “tremendous amount of stigma surrounding both overdose deaths and suicide sometimes makes it extremely challenging to piece everything together and figure out unintentional and intentional.”Research on drug addiction and suicide suggests much higher numbers.“[Based on the literature that’s available] it looks like it’s anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose that may be actual suicides,” says Dr. Maria Oquendo, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association.Oquendo points to one study of overdoses from prescription opioids that found 54 percent were unintentional. The rest were either suicide attempts or undetermined.Several large studies show an increased risk of suicide among drug users addicted to opioids, especially women. In a study of 5 million veterans, women were eight times as likely as others to be at risk for suicide, while men faced a twofold risk.The opioid epidemic is occurring at the same time suicides have hit a 30-year high, but Oquendo says few doctors look for a connection.“They are not monitoring it,” says Oquendo, who chairs the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. “They are probably not assessing it in the kinds of depths they would need to prevent some of the deaths.”That’s starting to change. A few hospitals in Boston, for example, aim to ask every patient admitted about substance use, as well as about whether they’ve considered hurting themselves.“No one has answered the chicken and egg [question],” says Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, a family physician who runs the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass. Is it that patients “have mental health issues that lead to addiction, or did a life of addiction then trigger mental health problems?”With so little data to go on, “it’s so important to provide treatment that covers all those bases,” Mahaniah says.‘Deaths of despair’When doctors do look deeper into the reasons patients addicted to opioids become suicidal, some economists predict they’ll find deep reservoirs of depression and pain.In a seminal paper published in 2015, Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case tracked falling marriages rates, the loss of stable middle-class jobs and rising rates of self-reported pain. The authors say opioid overdoses, suicides and diseases related to alcoholism are all often “deaths of despair.”“We think of opioids as something that’s thrown petrol on the flames and made things infinitely worse,” Deaton says, “but the underlying deep malaise would be there even without the opioids.”Many economists agree on remedies for that deep malaise. Harvard economics professor David Cutler says solutions include a good education, a steady job that pays a decent wage, secure housing, food and health care.“And also thinking about a sense of purpose in life,” Cutler says. “That is, even if one is doing well financially, is there a sense that one is contributing in a meaningful way?”Tackling despair in the addiction community“I know firsthand the sense of hopelessness that people can feel in the throes of addiction,” says Michael Botticelli, director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center; he is in recovery for an addiction to alcohol.Botticelli says recovery programs must help patients come out of isolation and create or recreate bonds with family and friends.“The vast majority of people I know who are in recovery often talk about this profound sense of reestablishing — and sometimes establishing for the first time — a connection to a much larger community,” Botticelli says.Ohlman says she isn’t sure why her attempted suicide, with multiple injections of heroin, didn’t work.“I just got really lucky,” Ohlman says. “I don’t know how.”A big part of her recovery strategy involves building a supportive community, she says.“Meetings; 12-step; sponsorship and networking; being involved with people doing what I’m doing,” says Ohlman, ticking through a list of her priorities.There’s a fatal overdose at least once a week within her Cape Cod community, she says. Some are accidental, others not. Ohlman is convinced that telling her story, of losing and then finding hope, will help bring those numbers down.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more


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first_img No peak in sight for evolving bacteria Explore further Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH © 2015 Phys.org One of the foundations of evolution is that organisms change due to challenges they face in their environment, as new challenges arise, those adaptations that best suit the situation are favored, leading to an improvement in fitness. Some prior research has suggested that such adaptations would follow a hyperbolic curve—evidence from this long term effort, suggests that a power-law curve might be more accurate, at least in one such case.The LTEE began in 1988 when a team of researchers at the university, led by Richard Lenski, took a single sample of e. coli, separated it into 12 separate identical flasks held in identical environments and then watched and to see how they might evolve over the years. Periodically, samples have been removed and studied with some being put into deep freeze for later study. Over the past 27 years, the bacteria has produced thousands of new generations—one reached 50,000—offering the researchers a unique opportunity to see evolution in action.In comparing the current generations with the thousands that came before them, the team acknowledged that they fully expected that increases in fitness would level off, and perhaps stop altogether because of the unchanging environment in which they lived—there were no new challenges and all of the samples lived almost exactly the same way. The team did note that there were differences in degrees of sustained fitness among samples in the flasks, but they were minor. They also noticed that while the increases in fitness had slowed over the years, it did not appear to be on a course that would show it stopping at any point. Thus, they suggest it appears to follow more of a power-law curve than anything else. For that reason, the researchers have advised that the experiment continue, allowing future researchers to see if the bacteria will offer any other surprises. Citation: Long term study shows bacteria continue to show sustained fitness in unchanging environment (2015, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-term-bacteria-sustained-unchanging-environment.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Richard E. Lenski et al. Sustained fitness gains and variability in fitness trajectories in the long-term evolution experiment with , Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2292AbstractMany populations live in environments subject to frequent biotic and abiotic changes. Nonetheless, it is interesting to ask whether an evolving population’s mean fitness can increase indefinitely, and potentially without any limit, even in a constant environment. A recent study showed that fitness trajectories of Escherichia coli populations over 50 000 generations were better described by a power-law model than by a hyperbolic model. According to the power-law model, the rate of fitness gain declines over time but fitness has no upper limit, whereas the hyperbolic model implies a hard limit. Here, we examine whether the previously estimated power-law model predicts the fitness trajectory for an additional 10 000 generations. To that end, we conducted more than 1100 new competitive fitness assays. Consistent with the previous study, the power-law model fits the new data better than the hyperbolic model. We also analysed the variability in fitness among populations, finding subtle, but significant, heterogeneity in mean fitness. Some, but not all, of this variation reflects differences in mutation rate that evolved over time. Taken together, our results imply that both adaptation and divergence can continue indefinitely—or at least for a long time—even in a constant environment. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working on Michigan State University’s Long-Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE) has found that even after nearly thirty years living in an unchanging environment, generations of Escherichia coli continue to show improvements in fitness. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes the nature of their long term experiment and their surprise at the continual evolution of the simple bacteria. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Blast_img read more