Holbrooks plan to develop a fishing pond

first_imgMarch 20, 2018 Holbrook’s plan to develop a fishing pond Correction: The original post stated the pond will be located on the east end of town, it is located on the west side. While mapping the site, the drone took this photo of the CitySubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adcenter_img Photo by Linda KorHolbrook is getting closer to implementing its plan to develop a fishing pond at the west end of the city. Earlier this month Navajo County Engineering Project Manager Jason Owens (left) used a drone to map the topography of the site as part of the engineering preparation. Assisting with the endeavor was Navajo County Surveyor Myron Jasmann (right).last_img

Winslow water rates to change

first_img By L. Parsons Dan Lanning of Willdan Financial Services presented the results of his study on water and wastewater rates to the Winslow City Council last week. In his presentation, Lanning explained a 10-year planSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad Winslow water rates to change July 3, 2018last_img

Listen to this pianoplaying robot hit all the right notes

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) By Frankie SchembriDec. 19, 2018 , 2:00 PM Robots are smarter, stronger, and more complex than ever before, but they still stumble over nuanced motions that most humans take for granted, like adjusting finger pressure and speed to overcome a sticky keyboard or a lagging smartphone screen. To make these subtle adjustments, our brains interpret cues from the environment, and our finely tuned bodies modify our movements.Taking a page from nature, researchers used 3D printing to integrate polymers of different stiffness into several soft, skeletonlike robotic hands. By creating the robot out of elastic materials, the scientists eliminated the need for motors or actuators at every joint, saving power and simplifying the design.The scientists then mounted the skeleton hands on a robotic arm and had them play piano music in several different styles—from bouncy staccato notes to smooth glissando slides, which require the hand to stretch across an entire octave. The entire time, the robot used only its arm motor to drive the movements. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country When researchers used sensors on the keyboard to track the timing and force of the robot hand, they found a close match to the movements of humans playing the same pieces of music. Compared with stiff-fingered robots, whose note hitting tends to be more precise but lacks style, the new robots were capable of more complex musical phrasing, they report today in Science Robotics.The new hands might one day have touch sensors that can help the robot in tasks that require a delicate touch, like picking fruit or feeling for tumors. For humans, they could even be used to create more lifelike prosthetics. But for now, they’re more likely to strike a festive note at your holiday party.center_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Listen to this piano-playing robot hit all the right notes Emaillast_img read more

Apple Unveils Trio of New iPhones

first_imgApple on Wednesday unveiled three new iPhones at an event held in the Steve Jobs Theatre on its Cupertino, California, campus. Along with the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR, Apple introduced the Apple Watch 4.”Our mission started with personalizing technology for the desktop,” CEO Tim Cook told the audience, and it’s “now personalizing it for every aspect of our lives.”Apple aims “to put the customer at the center of everything we do,” he added. The iPhone X is “the No. 1 smartphone in the world,” and has “an amazing 98 percent customer satisfaction [rating].”The Apple Watch is “not only the No. 1 smartwatch in the world, it’s the No. 1 watch,” Cook noted. “Period.” Apple SVP Phil Schiller introduces iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Incremental Improvements The New iPhones All three have cases that are water and dust resistant, to IP 68 for the Xs and Xs Max, and IP 67 for the XR.”If you hang by the pool and drop the iPhone Xs into the water,” Schiller said, “get it out, rinse it, let it dry, and you’ll be fine. We tested it in orange juice … tea, wine and even beer.”All three have 12-MP rear cameras with portrait mode, depth control, portrait lighting, Smart HDR, adjustable bokeh, and 4K video up to 60fps. The Xs and Xs Max have two of these cameras, and the XR has one.All three also have a 7-MP TrueDepth front camera with the same features as the rear cameras except for video capability. None of the upgrades “are earth-shattering improvements, but for someone with an iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus who’s looking to move on after a year or two, these improvements may be enough to get them into the store and part with the better part of a thousand dollars — or more,” Hyers told TechNewsWorld.The specs are good, noted IDC’s Llamas. “I think they’re pushing in the right direction with the XS and Xs Max.”However, the differentiation among the three new models is unclear, he pointed out.”It used to be that when you went to get an iPhone, the only issue was how much memory you wanted,” Llamas said. “Now you have the XR that’s between the size of the S and the S Max. If you go for a 128-GB XR, you’re only a couple of hundred dollars away from the entry-level Xs, and now you have to figure in not just the memory, but also the screen size and various other features as well.” “You’re going to be blown away with the photos you can take with the iPhone Xs camera,” Schiller said. The Xs and Xs Max have one 12-MP wide-angle camera and one 12-MP telephoto camera in the rear, both with optics image stabilization.The phones run on a 7nm A12 Bionic System on a Chip, with next-generation neural engine dedicated neural network hardware.The SoC’s image signal processor, working in conjunction with the CPU, automatically sets exposure, white balance, focus, and other photographic features.The Smart HDR feature takes a four-frame buffer for each shot and merges them into one perfect photo. It also lets users shoot photos while facing the sun.”The HDR screen is key,” said Gerritt Schneeman, senior research analyst at IHS Markit.It’s a “premium feature [that] plays into a key aspect of Apple’s existing UX focus — camera experience,” he told TechNewsWorld.The new cameras’ sound capabilities also drew praise.”We can use stereo rewinding on the iPhone,” noted Todd Howard, game director at Bethesda Game Studios, when demonstrating Blades, the new Elder Scrolls game coming to iOS this fall.”This experience used to be available only on consoles in the living room,” he said.The stereo audio recording offered in the new iPhones “enhances existing content and is clearly different than before,” observed Schneeman.”Content creation — and consumption — is getting richer on these new devices,” Schneeman remarked. “The competition is not following along with this as quickly, if at all.”The new iPhones have a longer battery life than their predecessors, and have a dual SIM card capability, using eSIM.”The dual SIM capability is a smart move and needs to be done,” said Ramon Llamas, a research director at IDC.”They’re responding to the Chinese market and the needs of the enterprise market here in the United States,” he told TechNewsWorld. Apple SVP Phil Schiller reveals the iPhone XR, which features an all-screen glass and aluminum design in six new color finishes. Screens in all the new iPhones extend top to bottom and edge to edge, allowing Apple to use a smaller form factor. The screens are rounded at the edges.The Xs and Xs Max have a Super Retina screen, and the XR an LCD display, which Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, called “the most advanced LCD display ever in a smartphone.” The bionic SoC runs Core ML apps up to nine times faster, with one-tenth the power consumption, said Kaiann Drance, senior director of iPhone product marketing.It also enables augmented reality experiences, she noted. Apple’s developer system has been building AR apps with ARKit 2 and iOS 12.The A12 has an “8-core machine learning engine with a smart compute system that can analyze neural network data and figure out on the fly whether to run it on the CPU, GPU or the neural engine,” Schiller said. “It can process 5 trillion operations a second.” The Bionic SoC and Neural Engine “The newest iPhones are iterative upgrades, and in the case of the XR, an upgrade/downgrade over the iPhone X,” said Ken Hyers, research director at Strategy Analytics. All three new X series iPhones come with 64 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage.The XR starts at US$750, the Xs at $1,000, and the Xs Max at $1,100.The XR can be preordered starting Oct. 19, and it will begin shipping on Oct. 26.The Xs and Xs Max can be preordered starting Friday and will begin shipping Sept. 21. Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. Apple Watch Series 4last_img read more

Advanced AI and big data methods to tackle dementia

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 13 2018Sports concussions, Parkinson’s disease, and hormone therapy for cancer – all can have memory loss as symptoms. But do the biochemical processes of each type of memory loss have anything to reveal about the memory loss that is part of Alzheimer’s disease?Rong Xu, PhD, recently received a total of $5 million for two projects that will use big data methods for a comprehensive look at a range of factors that may inform the mechanism of Alzheimer’s and related dementia. “Vast amounts of data from seemingly unrelated sources present opportunities to researchers who aim to extract information that would help develop drugs or treatments,” Says Xu, “This is especially true for diseases and conditions that may involve multiple genetic variations and that also have social or environmental influences.”Xu is an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences.Xu’s first project develops artificial intelligence and other advanced, big data computational techniques that will automatically read and understand tens of millions of published research articles and FDA drug profile documents, as well as genomics and other “omics” data sets. These will be used to build large-scale, integrated knowledge bases related to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Through complex calculations, Xu will rank and prioritize relevant findings.Altogether, this large-scale knowledge base will set the foundation to understand the mechanisms of disease, and to identify ways to develop new or reuse existing drugs. While this foundational work is being applied to Alzheimer’s, Xu’s unique methodology can be applied to other diseases.”Our research,” says Xu, “will also apply findings in the laboratory to verify what we learn. Our goal is to uncover more about the mechanism of Alzheimer’s and other diseases that involve memory loss and the breakdown of the neurological system.”Related StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predisposition$4.23 million NIH grant to support development of Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research CenterThe second, related project takes a similarly comprehensive approach to uncover new possible candidate genes to explore, beyond those already understood by the research community as related to various forms of neurodegeneration. In addition to genes, this second project will investigate larger genetic regions and biochemical pathways to assess what merits further study. The team, working in collaboration with Shu G. Chen, PhD, with the School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology, will verify which genes and genetic regions to consider by testing their findings using C-elegans, a type of earthworm with neurological systems that are genetically similar to human systems. This work will accelerate the effort to identify possible new genes and pathways to explore in humans.Xu is an internationally recognized innovator, focused in cutting edge research in biomedical informatics. She develops many complex and inter-related processes to arrive at her findings. These include natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, statistical learning, systems biology, and other computational techniques that can create, integrate, and analyze large amounts of diverse and complex biological and health data – all to better understand the processes that underlie human diseases and discover new drug treatments. Xu earned her BS in biology from Peking University, an MS in biology from Case Western Reserve University, and an MS in computer science and PhD in biomedical informatics from Stanford University. Source:http://casemed.case.edu/cwrumed360/news-releases/release.cfm?news_id=1554&news_category=8last_img read more

Study finds omitted medicine to be the most common medication administration errors

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 4 2018Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analyzed incidents reported in England and Wales. The most common error category was omitted medicine, followed by a wrong dose or a wrong strength. In half of the reported incidents, the patient was aged over 75. Our findings show that more attention should be paid to the safe administration of medication especially when it comes to older people. It is important to make sure that the patient gets the right dose of medication at the right time and in the right way,”Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher Marja Härkänen, the lead author of the article, from the University of Eastern Finland. Source: http://www.uef.fi/-/kuolemaan-johtaneet-laakkeiden-antovirheet-tutkittiin-usein-laake-jai-saamatta While incident report data are subject to under-reporting, under-reporting may be less likely for errors that result in death, and so this study also represents a useful approach to learning from reported medication incidents. It also highlights the importance of preventing the omission of doses, as these were commonly implicated in our data.”Professor Bryony Dean Franklin from University College London and the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.center_img The study was conducted in collaboration between the University of Eastern Finland, King’s College London, University College London and the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, London. The findings were newly published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.The data for the study was obtained from the National Reporting and Learning System for England and Wales, where medication administration errors were reported between 2007 and 2016. During this time period, health care professionals reported a total of 517,384 medication administration errors in the system. The researchers analyzed incidents reported as resulting in death,  229 cases in total.Incidents resulting in death were most often reported on hospital wards (66%) and in patients aged over 75 years. The drug groups most commonly associated with administration errors were cardiovascular drugs, drugs impacting on the nervous system and drugs for treating infections. The individual drugs most commonly associated with administration errors, on the other hand, were injectable anticoagulants, antibiotics, and analgesics. Nearly one-third of the medication administration errors were omissions, with a wrong dose or a wrong strength as the next most common error categories.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRAccording to Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen from the University of Eastern Finland, medication administration errors are common. “Although all errors do not cause harm to the patient, it is important to work to prevent especially those that do. This requires sufficient human resources and competent staff, as well as technological and digital solutions that promote competence development among staff, and that ensure medication safety.” This study demonstrates the vulnerability of the elderly to missed medication errors and the need for vigilance in avoiding serious consequences for patient safety and quality of care,”Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from King’s College London.last_img read more

BMS survey Only half of GP practice buildings are fit for purpose

first_imgFeb 21 2019Only half of GP practice buildings in England are fit for purpose, with surgeries too small to meet the demands of growing populations, a major survey on practice premises from the British Medical Association (BMA) has found.The survey of more than 1,000 practices in England asked doctors and practice managers about their experiences with property ownership and management. One of the main findings is that eight out of ten GPs said their premises are not fit to meet anticipated future needs.The findings present a snapshot of the GP premises landscape, as well as the issues faced by family doctors, staff and their patients. Key findings include: Source:https://www.bma.org.uk/ When I started in 1991 we had 7,000 patients – that has grown to 15,000. We have been looking for a new site to rebuild for the past ten years but it’s just been impossible. Even back then we realised that we didn’t have enough space and we have continued to grow.I think it does impact patient care and even if we were to have another three more doctors to care for patients and bring down our waiting times, we would have nowhere to put them. We have to optimise our space as much as possible – we even have doctors working in old admin rooms and occasionally in the loft.I would love a bigger building where we can offer all the services that patients need in one place, with district nurses, physios and all staff under one roof. All this talk in the Long-Term Plan of social prescribing and a recruitment drive for more NHS staff but I have no idea where I am going to put them – that is just not happening in my practice.” Our premises were built in 1981 and renovated in 1992. We are a fairly remote practice, with a limited bus service, and the nearest other practice is eight miles away. The population has grown significantly from 4,500 to 8,200 and we simply do not have enough space to provide ample resources for residents here, many of whom are elderly and without access to transport.There is no dedicated area for staff to rest or eat, nor are there any meeting rooms or space for training.NHS England are looking for practices to form Primary Care Networks and share resources such as paramedics and other health professionals. We do not have room to share this resource – we are constantly having to juggle rooms to accommodate our staff. Our dispensary is unable to take advantage of cheaper bulk ordering as we don’t have enough storage space.We have put in two bids to NHS England for funding for a new practice but were told on each occasion we were not a priority despite having the backing of our local group of GPs.” In light of the survey’s findings, the BMA is now urging the Government to use next month’s spending review to invest in GP premises. The BMA is also calling for health bosses to remove bureaucratic barriers that can often prevent practices carrying out the improvements that they need.Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: Only half of practices said their premises were suitable for present needs. Around eight in ten practices said their practices were not suitable for future needs or anticipated population growth. GP premises are on average 35-years-old, having been first built or converted in 1984. Eight in 10 practices are in purpose-built premises. The last significant modification or extension to premises took place in the mid-2000s (2005), on average, pre-dating many of the increases in patient demand and population growth witnessed over the last decade. When asked what would make premises more suitable for present needs, most practices noted that more space is needed, including by extending the premises, more consulting rooms to manage a growing patient list, improving access including for disabled patients, and expanded and improved patient waiting and reception areas. Of those respondents who said they had applied to NHS England for improvement grants, the majority reported waiting in the region of three to six months to receive information on the status of their application. However, some reported waiting more than two years with the process ongoing. Eight in 10 practices leasing from an NHS organization said they had been invoiced with charges that were inaccurate in the last 12 months, with only 5% reporting these issues had been resolved4. Tracey Rymer, practice manager at Byfield Medical Centre in Northamptonshire, said: GPs have been telling us for years that their practice buildings are not up to scratch, and now we have evidence showing just how serious the situation is. Despite their best efforts, GPs and their teams are ultimately limited by space, and cannot meet the growing needs of their patients without an urgent increase in capacity. What is most worrying is how few practices feel their buildings are prepared for the future, with just two in 10 saying they are fit to meet anticipated future demand.Without more space and the ability to add rooms and facilities easily, patients will continue to face long waits for appointments, as GPs and their wider practice staff can only work with what they have.The BMA recently came to a significant agreement with NHS England as part of contract negotiations to expand the primary care workforce – with groups of practices employing pharmacists, physiotherapists and other professionals – but for patients to benefit from this expanded team, they too will require space to work.Our research shows that the solution to this problem is not as simple as partners adding rooms or extending their surgeries to meet demand, with approval processes arduous and NHS grant applications not always running smoothly.GPs who lease their buildings from the NHS face their own set of problems, with rocketing and unwarranted service charges and management fees often not met with adequate maintenance. At a time when GPs are facing extreme financial pressures, these unilateral price rises could push practices to the brink.NHS England is due to publish the findings of its major review into GP practice premises, and we hope that it will provide some solutions to the problems persistently raised by our members.More broadly the government must use next month’s spending review to urgently invest in practice premises – as well as wider NHS infrastructure – to bring facilities up to 21st century standards and ensure that GPs and their colleagues throughout the health service can guarantee the best care now and in the future.” Dr Roberta King, a partner at the Panton Practice in Bournemouth, said:last_img read more

British boys to receive HPV jabs

first_imgRelated StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachThe vaccine needs to be taken early, at 11-13 years, before sexual activity begins, as it is not as effective in later adolescence, and a second dose is necessary for full immunization. This second dose is typically given 6-24 months after the first.The vaccine acts to produce a much stronger immune reaction than the virus would, according to Professor John Doorbar of Cambridge. The protection lasts at least 10 years according to global research, but could even be lifelong, says PHE.Few countries offer HPV vaccine to boys, but the US is among them, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommending its use for both males and females before the age of 26 years. This statement last month extended previous recommendations for women to be immunized up to 26 years, but men up to 21.Australia was the first to introduce nationwide HPV immunization. It has been offering the HPV vaccine to girls since 2007, and to boys since 2013. This has reduced HPV infections in young women from 22% to 1%, and the incidence is dropping in boys too. Experts say that this means it will be free of the infection within two decades.Arne Akbar, who heads the British Society for Immunology, commented that this measure would build on the already successfully running girls’ immunization program to extend the protection against HPV-related cancers to boys as well. He said, “We encourage parents of eligible boys and girls to take up the offer and protect future generations against these preventable diseases with the HPV vaccine.”Despite its many benefits, and regardless of the fact that the HPV vaccine has been declared to be safe by the WHO and the U.S. CDC, as well as by a large Norwegian study, several researchers have drawn attention to the small but significant number of immunized people who have reported neuropathic pain syndromes, such as chronic regional pain syndrome. The fact that four years later, the vast majority (93%) of this group remain incapacitated, has led to concern among researchers that adverse effects of the vaccine be properly evaluated before mass immunization programs. Adverse effects may be more common in certain genetic backgrounds, and experts have suggested that this should be properly researched to offer predictive markers that can help decide individuals decide on vaccine use. Journal references: Segal Y. et al., (2018). Vaccine-induced autoimmunity: the role of molecular mimicry and immune crossreaction.. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. doi: 10.1038/cmi.2017.151 Cervantes J. L., et al., (2018). Discrepancies in the evaluation of the safety of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. https://dx.doi.org/10.1590%2F0074-02760180063 Feiring B. et al., (2017). HPV vaccination and risk of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: A nationwide register-based study from Norway. Vaccine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.06.031 Martinez-Lavin M. et al., (2017). Serious adverse events after HPV vaccination: a critical review of randomized trials and post-marketing case series. Clinical Rheumatology. doi: 10.1007/s10067-017-3768-5 Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family. 3D illustration – Credit: Tatiana Shepeleva / Shutterstock By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJul 10 2019From this September, boys of 12 and 13 will receive the HPV vaccine in all UK schools, hopefully preventing mouth, throat, penile and anal cancers caused by this oncovirus.This occurs 11 years after a similar program for girls. The whole HPV vaccine program is now expected to prevent more than 100,000 cancer cases by 2058. This includes over 64,000 cervical cancers, almost 20,000 other cancers in women, and 30,000 cancers in men.The HPV or human papilloma virus causes genital warts, precancerous cervical lesions, and cancers in various regions of the body. It exists in about 150 strains, and easily transmitted by sexual contact, including kissing. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, affecting 79 million people in the U.S. alone. While in over 90% of cases it is cleared naturally from the body, a few strains are capable of persistence and transformation of skin cells into genital warts and cancers of the uterine cervix, as well as of the head and neck. The virus causes about 5% of cancers globally. In the US, National Cancer Institute statistics link 3% of cancers in women and 2% in men to HPV. 10 million doses of vaccine have been distributed to cover 80% of UK women between 15 and 24 years against HPV so far. According to Public Health England (PHE), infections with high-risk HPV 16/18 strains in women between 16 and 21 years have declined by 86%, while in Scotland, experts say precancerous lesions of the uterine cervix have decreased by 71%. Vaccination of boys is bound to further prevent cervical cancers in women by increasing the overall number of immune people in the population, making it more difficult for the virus to spread from person to person. This is known as community immunity.PHE head of immunization Mary Ramsay urged that all children eligible for the program accept the vaccine as soon as possible. She stated: “This universal program offers us the opportunity to make HPV-related diseases a thing of the past and build on the success of the girls’ program.” “Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future.”last_img read more

Honda net profit surges 70 on US tax cuts brisk sales

Japan’s third largest automaker logged net profits of 1.06 trillion yen ($9.7 billion), up 71.8 percent from the previous year, with sales of 15.36 trillion yen, up 9.7 percent.Motorcycle sales were particularly strong, growing 15.3 percent from the previous year, it said.Honda reported its US corporate tax bill was down 346 billion yen ($3 billion) thanks to tax cuts introduced by President Donald Trump’s administration.Operating profit edged down 0.9 percent due to factors including currency exchange rates, revisions in the firm’s pension system and settlement costs for class-action lawsuits.But the company said it was “a de facto rise” in operating profit of 11 percent.For the current year to March 2019, Honda expects net profit to drop by 46.2 percent to 570 billion yen, chiefly due to a higher yen.It forecasts sales will edge up 1.6 percent to 15.6 trillion yen.A higher yen makes Japanese carmakers less competitive in foreign markets and deflates profits when repatriated.”The Japanese auto industry benefited from US tax cuts for the fiscal year,” said Satoru Takada, an analyst at TIW, a Tokyo-based research and consulting firm.”Foreign exchange gains also contributed to their earnings but the impact is decreasing as the yen has gotten stronger recently,” he told AFP ahead of the Friday earnings report. Japan’s Honda revs up annual net-profit forecast Honda, Japan’s third largest automaker, has reported improved results thanks to US corporate tax cuts and brisk sales 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. © 2018 AFP Honda Motor on Friday said its annual net profit grew more than 70 percent thanks to strong growth in sales of its cars and motorcycles, as well as US corporate tax cuts. Explore further Citation: Honda net profit surges 70% on US tax cuts, brisk sales (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-honda-net-profit-surges-tax.html read more

US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs

first_img Citation: US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs (2019, July 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-media-sector-braces-brutal-year.html Job losses are accelerating in the US news media amid more newspaper closings and difficulties in monetizing online news sites The consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas reported this week that media companies, which include movies, television, publishing, music, and broadcast and print news, announced plans to cut 15,474 jobs so far this year, of which 11,878 of which were from news organizations.That is nearly three times more than the 4,062 cuts announced in the media sector in 2017 and the highest total since the economic crisis in 2009.”Members of the media, especially journalists, have had a tough few years,” said Andrew Challenger, vice president of the Chicago-based firm.”Many jobs were already in jeopardy due to a business model that tried to meet consumer demand for free news with ad revenue. As media outlets attempted to put news behind pay walls, in many markets, consumers opted not to pay.”Some of the notable events this year included the closing of the Youngstown Vindicator, the only daily in the Ohio city, with 144 jobs lost, and the sale of the New Orleans Times-Picayune resulting in the loss of most of the 250 newsroom jobs.But the troubles have also impacted the digital sector with BuzzFeed cutting 200 employees in January and Verizon eliminating 800 jobs in its media division, which includes Yahoo, AOL, and HuffPost, the Challenger report noted.The report noted that media companies have been unable to keep pace with Facebook and Google in tailoring ads for customers based on their interests, making it hard to generate online revenue.It also noted that a rise in browser ad blocking extensions has made it increasingly difficult to monetize online news.”Job cuts and consolidations are likely to continue until these companies are able to find ways to create growth in revenue streams,” Andrew Challenger said.He added that subscription-based models will only work if news organizations can convince consumers of the importance and value of their news.”Another possibility for media companies is to monetize users’ personal data, as Facebook and Google have,” he said.”There are obvious ethical implications and potential legal issues, however, especially as privacy laws begin to pass in various jurisdictions across the country. Ultimately, the quality of the country’s news will start to decline if we as users refuse to pay for it.” © 2019 AFP 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.center_img Media group study finds Google makes billions from news Explore further The struggling US media industry is facing its worst year for job layoffs in a decade as news organizations continue to cut staff and close shop, according to a new survey.last_img read more

Former JPMorgan senior banker pleads not guilty to HK bribery charges

first_imgHONG KONG (Reuters) – A former JPMorgan (JPM.N) Asia investment banking vice-chair, Catherine Leung, pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery in a Hong Kong court on Thursday. Leung was charged in May by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption with bribing the then chairman of a potential client, a logistics company, by employing his son at the U.S. investment bank. While Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog did not name the company or the chairman at the time, the prosecution in the Leung case said on Thursday that she had “offered advantages” to Keng-lam Ang, chairman of Kerry Logistics Network Ltd (0636.HK). Leung did that in anticipation that Ang would return the favour by influencing Kerry Logistics and its parent Kerry Properties Ltd (0683.HK) to give business to JPMorgan, the prosecution alleged in its summary of facts. Leung did not comment when approached by Reuters outside the court room. Ang and his son could not be immediately reached for comment via their current employer. Spokespeople for Kerry Logistics and Kerry Properties did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for JPMorgan declined to comment and instead referred to the bank’s statement made when Leung was charged in May that said: “This is a historical case, which J.P. Morgan reached agreement on and settled in 2016”. JPMorgan agreed to pay U.S. authorities $264 million in 2016 (here) to resolve allegations it hired the relatives of Chinese officials – dubbed “princelings” – to win banking deals. The bank did not admit or deny the charges. As part of its settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, a Hong Kong unit of the bank admitted to making quid pro quo hiring agreements with Chinese officials to win investment business. U.S. authorities at the time said JPMorgan’s Asia unit created an elaborate programme, called “Sons and Daughters”, that allowed clients and influential government officials to recommend potential hires. “BLINK BLINK, NOD NOD” Leung was vice-chair of Asia investment banking when she left JPMorgan in February 2015. She first joined JPMorgan in 1994, according to her LinkedIn profile, and left to join rival Merrill Lynch in 2001, before rejoining JPMorgan in 2002. In 2009, Kerry Properties (0683.HK) decided to spin out and list Kerry Logistics (0636.HK) in Hong Kong. Leung liaised with top company executives for the IPO and other services that JPMorgan could offer, the prosecution summary showed. Having considered the existing and potential business opportunities from Kerry Logistics, Leung allegedly sought to offer the chairman’s son, Ang Ren-yi, a job with JPMorgan under the bank’s “Sons and Daughters” programme, the summary said. Kerry Logistics is “close to mandating banks for their IPO. We are a strong contender. Blink Blink nod nod, can we find a place for his son …”, Leung allegedly wrote in an internal email to her colleagues on Jan. 10, 2010. Leung arranged interviews for the son and persuaded her colleagues to hire him, the prosecution summary said, adding that Ang Ren-yi was given a job contract starting from June. 28, 2010 as an analyst with the bank in Hong Kong. Ang Ren-yi resigned from JPMorgan on Oct 28, 2011. JPMorgan ultimately did not get a role in the Kerry Logistics IPO in 2013. Management of Kerry Logistics said they did not allow Ang, or any employee, to accept advantages from JPMorgan staff as rewards for showing favour to JPMorgan, the document shows. Leung’s trial has been set to start on Feb. 25, 2020, and will continue for eight days, Glen Kong, prosecutor, said. Kong asked the judge to consider merging Leung’s case with that of another ongoing investigation as the two share a similar witness list. No arrests have been made in the other case but the suspect, currently in mainland China, is likely to return to Hong Kong, Kong said. Details of the case were not available. Judge WK Kwok did not immediately make a decision about merging the two cases. Reporting by Alun John and Felix Tam in Hong Kong; Writing by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Himani SarkarOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Rafale controversy Reliance Entertainment denies any quid pro quo deal with French

first_img We have no role in selection of Reliance Defence for Rafale deal: Govt RELATED Published on September 26, 2018 politics Cong’s Singhvi draws filmi links to Rafale deal; reiterates JPC probe SHARE Reliance Entertainment has denied the allegations that it has made any payment to actress-producer Julie Gayet, partner of the former French President Francois Hollande.Refuting what it termed “deeply shocking” allegations, Reliance Entertainment said it has not signed any agreement with Julie Gayet or her company, Rouge International, nor made any payment to either parties in relation to the film nOmber One.“It is deeply shocking that, to serve narrow political interests, baseless allegations have been made by deliberately distorting facts and falsely attempting to co-relate a normal business course payment of a relatively small amount of €1.48 million to the supply of 36 fighter jets from France to India valued at nearly €8 billion,” the company said in a statement.Reliance Entertainment said that “in the ordinary course of its global film business in which it has financed more than 50 international films,” the company has participated in a film project, through one of its partners, French financing firm Visvires Capital. In January 2016, the Anil Ambani-led company announced a partnership with Gayet’s Rouge International and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily to produce nOmber One. A spokesperson for Reliance Entertainment said no payment has been made to either Gayet or her company for the film. COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTlast_img read more

Sitharaman defends Rafale dealSitharaman defends Rafale deal

first_img COMMENT Published on defence Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman countered the Congress allegations of denying HAL jobs which could have come from the Rafale deal. Addressing reporters here, she asked whether there was any agreement between HAL and Dassault during the UPA rule. An irate Sitharaman claimed that the entire campaign around Rafale was on falsehood and half-truths. She added that the UPA had ignored the desperation of the Indian Air Force. Sitharaman also said that between 2006-2010 only eight annual orders for LCA could be done by HAL. “Now we have doubled it to 16,” she said. SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img SHARE September 30, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img

BJD to raise special category status for Odisha in Parliament

first_imgOrissa Published on December 09, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. (file photo)   –  Kamal Singh SHAREcenter_img politics The Biju Janata Dal MPs will raise the demand of special category status for Odisha and a number of other issues during the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to start from December 11, a senior party leader said on Sunday. The BJD Parliamentary party meeting presided over by party chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chalked out the strategy to be adopted by the regional party MPs during the winter session of Parliament. “The party will demand special status for Odisha in both the Houses of the Parliament,” said BJD spokesman and MP Pratap Deb after the meeting held at Naveen Niwas here Sunday. Deb said the BJD was opposed to the Centre’s stand that the special category status could not be accorded to any state as per the recommendation of the Niti Ayog. “The norms can be changed as the state deserved to get the special category status,” Deb said. The BJD leader said the party MPs will raise several other issues including 33 per cent reservations for women in Parliament and state Assemblies and would demand financial assistance for cyclonic storm Titli-hit districts in the state during the session.Apart from special category status and women reservation matters, the BJD MPs will also raise issues like Polavaram, Chhattisgarhs barrage on Mahanadi, SC/ST scholarship funding pattern change, state’s demand of running a special train in name of Bauxi Jagabandhu and farmers issues during the session, he said. COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

ED rubbishes claims of inaction against Nirav Modi

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has rubbished media reports that said the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had confirmed to Indian authorities by March 2018 that absconding diamantiare Nirav Modi, wanted in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, was in the UK.“In this connection, it is submitted that no such formal or informal communication was received by the ED from the UK authorities. The said fact is evident from the reply received from the National Central Bureau (Manchester), UK (which is the nodal agency in the UK for matters relating to Red Corner Notice (RCN)) in June, 2018 in response to ED’s request for publication of RCN against Nirav Modi wherein NCB–Manchester had requested Indian authorities to provide them with intelligence suggesting that Nirav Modi is in UK,” said a press note issued by ED. On the contrary, ED said on record that the UK government has been slow to respond to certain requests raised by the former and that the Indian authorities are still waiting for UK’s response. ED said that it had also sent a request under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to the UK Authorities on March 17 for collection of relevant documents and other details. ED said while they want Modi to be extradited as soon as possible, the consistent stand of the UK government regarding execution of warrant is that non-bailable warrant (NBW) can only be executed through an extradition request and not through any letter rogatory (LR) sent under MLAT. While ED had sent the first NBW on March 5 last year, it said that this was not acted upon by the UK government.“Simultaneously, a request was made by ED to the National Central Bureau-India, which functions under the Central Bureau of Investigation , for publication of RCN against Nirav Modi. On the basis of the said request, the RCN was published on June 29 last year, by Interpol against Nirav Modi. Thereafter, the request for extradition was sent to UK Government on July 31,” the press note explained. March 12, 2019 Published on SHARE On the contrary, ED said on record that the UK government has been slow to respond to certain requests raised by the former and that the Indian authorities are still waiting for UK’s response Enforcement Directorate economic offence File Photo of Nirav Modi.   –  Special Arrangement PNB fraud SHARE SHARE EMAIL fraud COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Disruption by Congress in RS continues House adjourned till 2 pmDisruption by

first_imgPublished on COMMENT Karnataka crisis triggered by Rahul’s exit, claims Rajnath Singh Rajya Sabha SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 09, 2019center_img politics Karnataka RELATED Uproar by opposition Congress over developments in Karnataka stalled pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with practically no business conducted in the House. As the protest by Congress members continued, the House was again adjourned till 2 PM. Within minutes of Assembly of the House, Congress members stormed into the well shouting slogans against the ruling BJP at the Centre, which it has blamed for instigating a rebellion within the Congress-JD-S government in Karnataka. Congress members were shouting slogans to imply that democracy was being killed in reference to developments in Karnataka. TMC members too trooped into the well against privatisation of public sector units, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn proceedings till 1200 hours. When the House re-assembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, there were almost similar scenes with slogan shouting Congress and TMC members trooping in the Well. Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings, made repeated efforts to persuade protesting members to return to their seats so that the Question Hour could be conducted. However, his appeals went unheeded and the House was adjourned till 2 pm. Before adjourning the House till 2 pm, he told protesting Congress members that the Chairman had allowed them to raise the Karnataka issue during the Zero Hour, but it was not availed. The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs. The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Earlier during the Zero Hour, Naidu said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Congress member B K Hariprasad, seeking suspension of the listed business to take up the Karnataka issue. “I am not allowing it,” he said, prompting Congress members to rush to the well shouting slogans. Naidu also said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Dola Singh of TMC but it cannot be allowed as the same had been raised through a Zero Hour mention on June 21, the first day of the session. COMMENTSlast_img read more

New York City Homeless Shelters Get Warm Welcome

first_imgThe opening of a homeless shelter in New York City has at times led to local opposition, heated protests and even lawsuits. But some residents have taken a different tack, by welcoming shelters to their communities with open arms. In 2017, Ivan Braun, a 74-year-old resident of the Kingsbridge neighborhood in the Bronx, helped found Welcoming Neighbors, a group created as a direct response to local opposition over plans to open a shelter called Broadway Family Plaza. Mr. Braun said he was inspired by Give Me Shelter BK, a group…last_img

Storm Barrys threat to New Orleans heightened by climate change scientists

first_img Related News Metro News 2d ago Raising awareness of climate change NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to flood New Orleans and threaten lives along the Mississippi River, is being fueled by warmth in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely exacerbated by climate change, scientists said on Friday.While no single storm can be linked directly to climate change, the trend of warming air and seas around the globe has caused conditions that scientists say will, on average, make storms stronger and rainier. “The real increased threat from a warming climate is an atmosphere that’s capable of producing higher intensity precipitation events,” said Jill Trepanier, an expert in extreme climatic and weather events at Louisiana State University.She said warmer air in the Gulf of Mexico will likely add fuel to the storm, while warmer ocean temperatures there will fill it with vast amounts of evaporated water that can lead to dangerous flooding. AdChoices广告Louisiana officials have warned residents that Barry, expected to make landfall on Saturday, could inundate areas along the lower Mississippi with up to 20 inches (51 cm) of rain. The lower Mississippi has already been running at flood stage for months after the so-called “bomb cyclone” and other storms starting in March that dumped huge volumes of rain on Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri – which flowed down the Mississippi and could further feed moisture to Barry, scientists said.. “The water over land actually helps the storm,” Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, a federally funded office, said about the double-whammy. Residents were ordered to evacuate some nearby areas, but New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said no evacuations were ordered from the city. Cantrell, a Democrat, said at a news conference she believes climate change is making storms worse. “It’s real. We’re seeing it through the country and the world.”The city is particularly vulnerable to storms because it is “below sea level, protected by levees and pumping systems that remove rainwater, which cannot drain naturally,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in 2016 on its website, an entry moved to a web archive by the Trump administration.Not all storms will be wetter as a result of climate change, but on average more of them will https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0673-2, scientists said.In a recent record wet storm, Hurricane Harvey flooded the Houston area in 2017, killing 68 people and causing an estimated $125 billion in property damage. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed the New Orleans region and killed 1,500 people with high winds and levee-bursting floods.”We might have four or five times as much warming over the coming century as the last, so these kinds of weather events are likely to get much, much worse,” said Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University.Development in the New Orleans region, a major oil hub, has made the area more vulnerable to storms, with the removal of wetlands which help protect coasts. Trepanier said the city has made some advances to protect against storm surge, but when storms meet river flooding it makes for a “more combined and complicated risk.” TOXIC SITES AT RISKPresident Donald Trump, a Republican, has cast doubt on mainstream climate change science and announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris agreement, an international accord to fight climate change, saying it burdens the country with costs.He boasted about his administration’s environmental record at a speech at the White House this week, but did not mention climate change, and he has rolled back Obama-era regulations targeting carbon emissions.The EPA, which is in change of toxic waste sites and was forced to address flooded sites that released dangerous chemicals into waters during Hurricane Harvey, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Barry. Green group Environment America said there were more than 100 Superfund environmental cleanup sites and 17 oil refineries in the path of the storm. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner; additional reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington and Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; editing by Richard Valdmanis and Jonathan Oatis) Nation 08 Jul 2019 Environment group holds climate change rally in KL Related News World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. Democratic lawmakers declare climate emergency {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Cheng preparing hubby for a comeback

first_img Tags / Keywords: Related News Compiled by C. ARUNO and CLARISSA CHUNG CANTOPOP queen Sammi Cheng is said to be preparing husband Andy Hui for a comeback this month after his career stalled due to a cheating scandal, China Press reported.Citing a weekly magazine in Hong Kong, it quoted Hui, 52, as saying that Cheng was “no longer angry with me”.Hui was photographed jogging with his good friend Edmund Leung, who is also a singer. Asean+ 16 May 2019 Sammi Cheng seen in public for first time after Andy Hui was caught kissing Jacqueline Wong Found in Translation {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img A source close to the couple revealed that Hui, who would be appearing as a special guest in all 13 of Cheng’s concerts beginning yesterday, was also preparing himself for a return to the industry. A few weeks ago, Cheng, 46, uploaded a photo of herself exercising at a gym, which also had Hui’s reflection on a mirror. The same source told the magazine that it was an attempt by Cheng to gauge if fans had actually forgiven Hui. “It is common knowledge that Sammi is really worried about Andy. She wants everyone to accept him. “Such a good wife is hard to find,” the source said.Cheng had made repeated postings on Instagram, stating that she had forgiven her husband, and urged fans to respect her decision.In April, Hui was caught canoodling with 30-year-old actress Jacqueline Wong in the back of a taxi. The footage went viral online, prompting both artistes to make a public apology and take a hiatus from work.> A confused first-time flyer ended up climbing onto a baggage carousel at Turkey’s Ankara Esenboga Airport, thinking that was how she was supposed to board the flight, the same daily reported.CCTV camera footage showed the woman clambering onto the carousel from the check-in counter before losing her balance and falling face down on the machine.Shocked airport staff managed to stop the carousel before the woman was transported into the baggage sorting area.The woman later admitted that it was her first flight and she thought that was how both baggage and passengers were loaded onto the plane.> Oriental Daily reported about consumers complaining that paper straws were a poor substitute for plastic straws, which had been banned by the Selangor government. Consumers complained that paper straws tended to peel off and turn soggy. Since the ban started on July 1, many food and beverage outlets in the state had begun to replace these with paper straws to the disappointment of customers.“In the beginning, there was not much difference between plastic and paper straws. “But after a while, the liquid seeps into the straw and the mouth-feel changes,” said a woman, who only wanted to be known by her surname Xu.Xu added that she preferred to bring along her own metal straw because her drinks tended to end up with bits and pieces of paper in it. In an experiment, the daily obtained paper straws from various eateries and put them in both hot and cold drinks, and found that after 15 minutes, the straws would turn soggy. After 30 minutes, they would start to disintegrate.The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item. Asean+ 01 May 2019 Andy Hui scandal: Does post by Sammi Cheng mean he is no longer in the doghouse? Related News Asean+ 19 Apr 2019 Sammi Cheng breaks silence as she forgives husband Andy Huilast_img read more

5 employees suspended for remaining absent from duty in JKs Rajouri

first_img5 employees suspended for remaining absent from duty in J-K’s RajouriA team of officers of the district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departments located at the district headquarter and found five employees absent without leave.advertisement Next Press Trust of India JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:57 IST Government offices inspected including Geology and Mining office | REUTERS image for representationHIGHLIGHTSA team of officers of district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departmentsFive employees from different departments were suspended in RajouriThey were suspended for remaining absent from dutyFive government employees of different departments were suspended for remaining absent from duty on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said.A team of officers of the district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departments located at the district headquarter and found five employees absent without leave, they said.The government offices inspected are the Animal Husbandry Department, Sales Tax office, Geology and Mining office, Excise and Taxation office, IWMP office, Child Development Project Office, General Provident office, District Forest office (Social Forestry), Cooperatives office, Fisheries Office and the Pollution Control Board office.The employees were placed under suspension, they said.Also Read | Amit Shah’s mission Kashmir banks on newly elected panch, sarpanch for developmentAlso Read | Preparing to hold Jammu & Kashmir elections by end of 2019, says Amit ShahAlso Watch | India Today investigation: Know what is happening in Jammu & KashmirFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Jammu and KashmirFollow Rajourilast_img read more