August 2019

Hibernation keeps rabies going in bats

first_img Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Host and viral ecology determine bat rabies seasonality and maintenance, PNAS, Published online before print June 6, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010875108AbstractRabies is an acute viral infection that is typically fatal. Most rabies modeling has focused on disease dynamics and control within terrestrial mammals (e.g., raccoons and foxes). As such, rabies in bats has been largely neglected until recently. Because bats have been implicated as natural reservoirs for several emerging zoonotic viruses, including SARS-like corona viruses, henipaviruses, and lyssaviruses, understanding how pathogens are maintained within a population becomes vital. Unfortunately, little is known about maintenance mechanisms for any pathogen in bat populations. We present a mathematical model parameterized with unique data from an extensive study of rabies in a Colorado population of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) to elucidate general maintenance mechanisms. We propose that life history patterns of many species of temperate-zone bats, coupled with sufficiently long incubation periods, allows for rabies virus maintenance. Seasonal variability in bat mortality rates, specifically low mortality during hibernation, allows long-term bat population viability. Within viable bat populations, sufficiently long incubation periods allow enough infected individuals to enter hibernation and survive until the following year, and hence avoid an epizootic fadeout of rabies virus. We hypothesize that the slowing effects of hibernation on metabolic and viral activity maintains infected individuals and their pathogens until susceptibles from the annual birth pulse become infected and continue the cycle. This research provides a context to explore similar host ecology and viral dynamics that may explain seasonal patterns and maintenance of other bat-borne diseases. 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. George conducted a five year field study looking at big brown bats from Colorado. Using data from the study and a mathematical model, the team looked at the incubation period of the virus and the bats hibernation period and determined that three main factors play a role in the survival of the bats. The three factors are a long viral incubation period, the bat’s hibernation, and a large supply of newborn bats in the spring and summer.According to the study, an infected bat will enter into hibernation. This hibernation period slows the body’s metabolism and thus slows the progression of the rabies. This insures that the bat and the virus do not die during this period of time. When spring arrives and hibernation is over, the bats then roost and give birth to their young. This takes place in large colonies, creating a breeding ground for the virus. With numerous bats in one area grooming and nipping at each other, it creates a perfect environment for the virus to spread.When compared to data provided from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on rabies peaks and juvenile deaths in the summer, the teams model seems to hold true.The model also shows that if hibernation were to be taken out of the picture, the virus and the bats would go extinct.center_img Citation: Hibernation keeps rabies going in bats (2011, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-hibernation-rabies.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, infectious disease biologist Dylan George from Colorado State University reports that a bat’s hibernation is what keeps the rabies virus alive and does not wipe out the bat before the virus can spread. Study focuses on bats’ hibernation periodslast_img read more

Valve releases both Steam Machine and SteamOS

first_img NVIDIA delivers massive performance boost to Linux gaming Explore further With all the advertising for Xbox and PlayStation game consoles this holiday season, it might be easy to overlook a relative newcomer to the home game console: the Steam Machine, which runs SteamOS, an open source operating system based on Linux.Executives at Valve have been vocal about their disappointment with Microsoft’s (closed) Windows 8 operating system as it pertains to gamers, suggesting that open source is the better way to go. With this latest move, the company appears to be backing up their words—SteamOS can be downloaded (960MBs) for free. What this means is that anyone that wishes to do so, can download the OS and begin writing games for Steam Machines. And that’s not all, Steam Machines won’t be proprietary either—the company has made specs for the console available to anyone that wants them—also free of charge. The idea, the company says, is to get the gaming industry to move away from proprietary systems to those based on open source software.The company does have a word of caution however, SteamOS is still in beta, which means that not only is it a little shaky, but it’s in a form that requires a great deal of knowledge of Linux. That’s going to change, of course, the company says, so those that aren’t quite so hard-core may want to wait till a more mature front end has been developed and released, hopefully sometime next year.In the meantime, those that are more hardcore—the lucky 300—will be installing the OS on their new consoles, testing prewritten code and of course, writing new code, some of it games, some of it most likely code intended to improve SteamOS itself. If all goes well, at some point in the future, a commercial version of Valve’s Steam Machine will go on sale to the public, as will such machine’s by other makers, all running SteamOS. Once that happens, it’s possible non-professionals may begin writing games for the devices, similar to what has happened with apps makers writing for smartphones. And the gaming world will hopefully be better for it. (Phys.org) —Video game maker Valve Corporation has officially made SteamOS available for download for anyone who wishes to do so. At the same time, the company announced that it has also shipped Steam Machines to 300 preselected beta testers. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Valve releases both Steam Machine and SteamOS (2013, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-valve-steam-machine-steamos.html More information: store.steampowered.com/steamos/ 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.last_img read more

Recreating pictures from the past

first_imgWith new age technology, using the camera to capture everyday life is much simpler. But to move a step backward and use technology to express images in monochrome is what ‘36 Shades of Grey’ attempts. To showcase exquisite images clicked by talented photographers, CAMERAunLIMITED is presenting ‘36 Shades of Grey’ a monochrome photo art exhibition where six talented photographers express through evocative images, their individual perceptions of life as they see it.  Ancient ruins, lesser inhabited lands, daily life along with others that form the earth and beyond, come alive sans colour.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the 9th exhibition in the series of an effort to blend the work of established and upcoming photographers, showcasing talent on a common platform. The photo art exhibition has works of Monidipa Dey, a life-science post-graduate by education, a writer by profession and a photographer by passion. Photographer Niraj Gera, who is displaying his works, is a rare breed of talented photographers who says a story through the frames, he points out, “I loves to travel, to places unknown and untouched and capture their inhabitants, their terrain to present a ‘slice of life’ in my work.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInspired by nature, light and its effects on emotions, Rashmi Rai crafts the unseen elements through her lens, in what seems to constitute the “real” in our everyday life. “I take inspiration from the 16th and 17th century Dutch and Italian Masters like Willem Claeszoon and Vermeer,” says Rashmi.Ravi Dhingra, Co-Founder CAMERAunLIMITED and curator of the show says, “Our lives are not quite simple as black and white, there are infinite shades of grey. The complexities of tones bring diversity in our views and our thoughts.”last_img read more

Cultural tribute to Vivekananda

first_imgSwami Vivekananda was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the West. He had also been a ‘pakhawaj’ player and is known worldwide for his contribution in the revival of Hinduism. He is an epitome of Indian culture. To further pay regards to this outstanding individual, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the opening of ‘Vivekanand Auditorium’, housed in the Kathak Kendra, one of the constituent units of the Sangeet Natak Akademi by the push of a button, on Swami Vivekananda’s death anniversary in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The President was received by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture, NK Sinha, Secretary Minister of Culture and Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi. The President, spoke of how the concept of an auditorium or ‘preksha grihas’ was founded as early as in the ‘Natyashastra’, the Sanskrit text on the various forms of performing arts. He spoke about the extraordinary talent of Swami Vivekananda who was himself an established pakhawaj player and hailed from a family of talented musicians. And thus it was only befitting to dedicate this auditorium in the name of Swamiji.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe also said that the Akademi has provided a safe haven to artists and practitioners and a vibrant intellectual space to thinkers and scholars.The Welcome address was given by Aruna Sairam, Vice Chairperson of SNA. NK Sinha spoke about the challenges faced in modern times where speed, technology and quick results are expected by everyone. In this situation one has to nurture and provide support to musician and dancers who train for years in the art forms to provide patrons of these art forms with time, patience and rigorous practice besides sheer courage to surrender one’s entire lifetime to its dedicated pursuit. This auditorium was a humble offering in that direction of support born of deep appreciation and respect to the artists. Dr Mahesh Sharma spoke about how in India we trace our heritage back thousands of years and how through the Guru-shishya parampara owing to the unique history of India, layers of evolution were added to these art forms through diverse new innovations, influences and ideologies. No dance form displays this better than Kathak. He also elaborated  about the importance and role that an auditorium plays in the life of an artist. The auditorium which has been built keeping the best acoustics and architectural principles in mind will provide the students of Kathak Kendra and the artist community with a world class auditorium. The function was marked with a short cultural programme. For the inauguration there was Shunk Vadan, Vedic chants and a song of Swami Vivekananda.last_img read more

Pomegranate juice may help fight ageing

first_imgWhen this molecule gets transformed by microbes in the gut, it enables the muscle cells to protect themselves against ageing and also increases the muscle mass.As we age, our cells increasingly struggle to recycle the mitochondria and are no longer able to carry out their vital function and thus gets accumulated in the cell. This degradation affects the health of many tissues, including muscles, which gradually weaken over the years and leads to age-related various diseases. Urolithin A has been found to re-establish the cell’s ability to recycle the components of the defective mitochondria. “It’s the only known molecule that can relaunch the mitochondrial clean-up process, otherwise known as mitophagy,” said Patrick Aebischer, President, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne– a research institute in Switzerland.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It’s a completely natural substance, and its effect is powerful and measurable,” Aebischer added. For the study, the team tested their hypothesis on the nematode C.elegans – roundworm – which is considered elderly, after just 8-10 days. The lifespan of worms exposed to Urolithin A increased by more than 45 per cent compared with the control group. In the rodent studies, older mice, around two years of age, exposed to Urolithin A showed 42 per cent better endurance while running than equally old mice in the control group. Pomegranate itself doesn’t contain the miracle molecule, but rather its precursor. Depending on the species of animal and the flora present in the gut microbiome, the amount of urolithin A produced can vary.last_img read more

Look few inches taller with right jewellery

first_imgAlthough clothing and heels play a crucial role in adding a few inches to your height, jewellery is just as important. If chosen correctly, it can make a short woman look taller and slimmer while the wrong choices can make you look even more petite, say experts. Create an illusion that you’re not the shortest girl in the room, even when you’re wearing flats by choosing the right jewellery.4Choose long and narrow danglers to create an illusion of an elongated neck. Long earrings will not only add those extra inches to your height but will also impart a generous dose of glamour to your looks. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Always add those statement pieces that will impart a fairly ‘longer’ look to the entire ensemble. Just make sure you do not add a necklace, ring, earrings, and bangles all at once. If you are wearing a neck piece, go lighter on the ears and so on.4Light-weight and delicate looking pair of earrings in varied geometric shapes like triangles, squares and rectangle can offer a noticeable style statement to short people wherever they go.4Choosing a right ring is also very important for women with petite frame. Opt for rings with slender, narrow-width bands to lengthen the appearance of your fingers. The cut of the gemstone should also be kept in mind. Oval, pear and marquise cut stones give an impression of elongated fingers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Chokers are the hottest trend of the season but one should not go with the flow, rather one should make a wise purchase decision. Since chokers accentuate the strongest features, therefore girls with short height should avoid wearing heavy chokers and bib necklaces as they can compress their overall look. Instead they can opt for a multi-layered necklace or a sleek long chain with bold pendants that suits them the best.4Bracelets or cuffs are one of the most versatile ornaments and can be worn with different outfits to become a signature piece for any occasion. Bold handcuffs can look disproportionate to your height; therefore girls with short height can adorn their wrist by opting for sleek and stylish tennis bracelets.last_img read more

Two arms dealing rackets busted

first_imgKolkata: Two arms rackets were busted on Sunday night at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas and Berhampore. According to sources, police recently came to know about an illegal arms factory functioning somewhere in the Joynagar area. Working on the information, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Baruipur Police came to know that one Abdul Bari Mondal has been operating the factory at his residence at Batra village in Joynagar.On Sunday night, SOG members and police personnel from Joynagar police station raided the house and Mondal was caught red-handed. During search, sleuths recovered three finished firearms, several bullets and apparatus for manufacturing the firearms. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApproximately a month ago, police had nabbed two persons and seized several firearms, along with bullets. It is suspected that Mondal is connected with a big arms dealing racket, which might be operated from Bihar. Seeing this, police have stepped up vigil across the district. Meanwhile, in another incident, SOG of Murshidabad Police recovered 140 rounds of bullet for 9 mm pistols and arrested three persons, including a woman. Sleuths came to know that the bullets were coming from Munger in Bihar and were about to be circulated within the Murshidabad district. It is suspected that a big racket has been operating behind the arms dealing. Sleuths are conducting a probe to trace those who are the prospective buyers of the bullets.last_img read more

2pronged training programme for polling personnel

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to make the polling personnel equipped to perform their duties in a proper manner during the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, two-pronged training programmes would be conducted among all the polling personnel in the state.Apart from training workshops, online trainings may be imparted among them so that they can conduct the elections without any problem. Various training programmes would be conducted among the polling personnel in phases starting from the end of the current month. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSenior ECI officials would conduct training among the polling personnel when the latter would be given a detailed outline on how to perform their assigned tasks and to mobilise the election machinery. There may be an online training where the poll personnel would be given various modules containing several questions related to the procedure of conducting elections. If a poll personnel is able to answer the questions of a particular module correctly, then he/she will be able to proceed to the next module. Attempting the question-answer format will help them clear their confusion regarding poll-related issues. There will be a set of master trainers who will train the participants in various batches. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe programme aims at empowering the trainers of all categories with training techniques and methodologies, thereby ensuring better delivery and interactive training programmes. It may be mentioned that a certification programme had already been conducted among the District Election Officers (DEO) and Returning Officers (RO). Leadership and motivational training have already been imparted among important election officers involved in various processes of the elections. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that around 10 companies of the Central Forces would arrive in the state within March 15. According to sources in the CEO office, the Central Forces would be deployed in various districts as soon as they arrive. They would also be asked to carry out route marches in various places to boost the confidence of the voters. The Central Forces will be deployed well in advance for area domination, route marches in vulnerable pockets and to carry out other confidence-building measures in the districts, an official said.last_img read more

Suicide attack alert sounded

first_imgDarjeeling: There is an intelligence alert from Delhi stating that there are chances of suicide attack on monasteries in Bengal during Buddha Purnima to be observed on May 18.With the recent attacks in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, India too has been keeping a close watch on the situation. On May 10, the Islamic State claimed for the first time that it has established a province in India. Intelligence and security agencies are not willing to buy further claiming that the last militant with ISIS links was gunned down recently in the Kashmir Valley. However, not willing to take a chance the intelligence agencies and security forces have been alerted for Buddha Purnima commemorations.last_img read more

17yearold missing girl found dead in dustbin

first_imgKolkata: The body of a 17-year-old missing girl was found inside a dustbin at Apcar Garden area in Asansol on Tuesday.It is alleged that her parents had received a ransom call during the time she went missing. According to sources, on Saturday evening, the girl had told her parents that she was going for her tuition classes. Since then, she had been went missing. Her parents claimed that they somehow came to know that their daughter got down from the bus in the middle before reaching her destination. Since then her mobile phone has remained switched off. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter a few hours, when she did not come back, her parents got in touch with their relatives and their daughter’s friends but they discovered she had not been to any of them. Later, a missing complaint was lodged at Asansol South police station. While police were trying to locate her, on Monday, the girl’s father received an SMS from her mobile number demanding Rs 15 lakh as ransom. However, when he tried to call on the number he found the phone was switched off. He immediately informed police about the SMS. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThough the police tried to track the mobile number, they failed as the mobile phone was switched off. On Tuesday morning, local residents of Apcar Garden area saw a girl’s body lying inside a dust bin. Police recovered the body and found that it was the girl who went missing. Sources informed that her left wrist was slit. However, a murder case has been initiated and probe is on to nab the accused persons.last_img read more

Greg Cosell breaks down the film on rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott

first_img Advertisement Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson was recently in The Herd, and said that although Ezekiel Elliott has been incredible, a large portion of the credit for the Dallas running game is due to their dominant offensive line. What does the tape say about how much of the Cowboys’ success in the run game is Elliott, and how much is the dominant offensive line?Cosell:A successful run game is always a combination of both. Just focusing on Elliott, he has excellent vision, and runs with patience. There’s no wasted motion with him and he’s deceptively strong with impressive lower body strength. Talent wise, he’s not on the same level as Adrian Peterson in his prime.Ezekiel Elliott’s 32-Yard Touchdown Wins Game Of The Year For Cowboys pic.twitter.com/dvrxInmHUg— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 14, 2016 Greg Cosell stopped by The Herd for his weekly appearance to talk X’s and O’s with Colin, and take the audience inside the film room to breakdown performances from the past NFL week. There isn’t anyone in the business that’s better at explaining “why” players and teams are succeeding or struggling. All steak and no sizzle.Colin asked Cosell what the film tells him about the Week 10 performances from around the NFL.Roll the film.Marcus Mariota outplayed Aaron Rodgers in the Titans 47-25 blowout win over the Packers last week. What does the film say about Mariota’s progression from rookie to second year pro? Colin thinks that Washington has been overlooked and is maybe the most underrated team in the NFL. Washington, led by Kirk Cousins, moves the ball exceptionally well, even though they struggle in the red zone at times. What does the tape say about Kirk Cousins development?Cosell:Jay Gruden is impressive with his pass game concepts, and they have a lot of weapons, which have increased as the season has progressed. Vernon Davis and some other pieces have emerged. Kirk Cousins is a classic orchestrator. He makes certain throws very well, but he has limitations because of his average arm talent. He’s effective at making the throws he needs to make in the context of their offense.Jordan Reed 23 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins. #WASvsCIN #Redskins #nfluk pic.twitter.com/ArI65OfYuF— SportzNow1 NFL (@SportzNow1NFL) October 30, 2016Colin thought the Seattle/New England Sunday night game was one of the best regular season games he’s seen in a long time. Russell Wilson played an incredible game. A large part of the Seahawk offensive attack is predicated on getting him outside the pocket. Are his scrambling and rollouts by design, or improvisation? What does the film say?Cosell:It’s not by design, but they don’t discourage it. They’re happy for him to scramble if it’s there, but they don’t want him to just drop back and run around. They’ve evolved over the last several years as Marshawn Lynch’s role decreased, and now with his departure. They’ve transformed into a predominantly shotgun based, spread passing team, with 3 and 4 wide receiver personnel. When Lynch was there, they were more of an under center, play action team.One of Colin’s other takeaways from the game was that New England’s defensive personnel is average after the departure of Chandler Jones, and most recently linebacker Jamie Collins, who was dealt to the Browns in a midseason trade. What does the tape say about the Patriots defense this year?Cosell:The Patriot defense isn’t as good as they were last year. Chandler Jones was and is a very good player. There’s no way to tell what the situation was that facilitated the Jamie Collins trade, but if you strictly look at the physical talent, you could argue that he’s one of the Top 5 linebackers in the league. That kind of raw ability is tough to replace. The players they’ve replaced them with just aren’t the same level of athlete.1. Lockett release off line gets CB hips going wrong way2. Russell Wilson is very good3. Lockett eating celebration pic.twitter.com/C2bcJ7bXl4— Ben B (@guga31bb) November 17, 2016center_img Cosell:The Titans offense is predicated on base personnel, and they use 2 and 3 tight end formations more than any team in the NFL, with Delanie Walker playing as their hybrid wide receiver/tight end. This week they had a great feel for Dom Capers’ Packer defense that played a lot of man coverage. The Titans were ready to attack in both the run game and in the pass game by creating concepts to defeat the coverage. Mariota has thrown the ball well in the last 2 weeks. He still doesn’t have the responsibility of making a large number of pre-snap reads.The Mariota transformation hasn’t been talked about enough.. For the college spread QB naysayers: 7step undercenter slot fade.. Eyes hold FS pic.twitter.com/IlPiEJf0eq— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 14, 2016 Elliott has the luxury of running behind the Cowboys’ line, is there a running back that has been impressive despite running behind a below average offensive line?Cosell:Jay Ajayi with the Miami Dolphins was an impressive prospect coming out of college, but had a bad knee and some other issues which dropped him in the draft. He’s a big back who runs hard. He’s not as talented as Elliott, but he’s been exceptional this year in Miami.Jay Ajayi is for reals pic.twitter.com/5mfZ5ol8ch— Eric (@EricElizondo8) November 7, 2016Colin thought Carolina was a team that was primed for a second half surge, but they were disappointing in a home loss to Kansas City. Cam Newton has been inconsistent. The success Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota are having has made Colin question Cam. What does the film say about his struggles?Cosell:It’s a year by year league. The last two weeks, they’ve played two defenses in the Rams and the Chiefs who were aggressive and challenged them with their defensive front looks, man blitz schemes, and man to man coverage. Carolina struggled against both. Cam needs a productive run game to be successful, and he isn’t as effective unless the run game is the starting point of the offense. This year they’ve struggled in the running game and so has Newton.Chiefs’ Eric Berry Breaks Several Tackles For Spectacular Pick-Six Interception Off Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/9AHlwzurMS— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 13, 2016last_img read more

VIDEO Two humanlike robots debating each other at a tech conference is

first_imgIf you’ve ever watched any of the Terminator, you know how the whole “can robots live with humans debate” ends up. Despite the prescient lesson that empowered robots will eventually enslave mankind and take over the world, some persist on making Terminators.At the Rise tech conference in Hong Kong, two robots created by a company called Hanson Robotics – a/k/a Cyberdyne – took the stage with and unless you really, really like robots, it was creepy as hell.A moderator from the company – a guy who looks like a cast-off from a Phish tour – led the creepy bots in a Q&A and then had them debate each other.At one point, the weird male robot asks Hippie Dan, “When the robots do most of the work, who will own the robots?’ Advertisement Please don’t kill us Mr. Robot.Here’s the video. The first couple minutes is the Dead Head talking, after that the Robots start the creep show.last_img read more

New Study Glass Fiber Fabric Market Expected to Grow Faster Worldwide

first_imgGet an inclusive research report offering a thorough market analysis and growth outlook of the global Glass Fiber Fabric  Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Glass Fiber Fabric  market based on Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Get a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2954256?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Glass Fiber Fabric industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Owens Corning, Gurit, Jushi Group Co., Hexcel Corporation, BFG Industries, Nitto Boseki Co. Ltd. , and others.The research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Glass Fiber Fabric  market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Glass Fiber Fabric  industry has achieved extensive growth since 2018 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2954256?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Google Maps rolls out with improved Explore functionality

first_imgGoogle Maps rolls out with improved Explore functionality by Martin Brinkmann on June 27, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2018 – 6 commentsWhen you open the Google Maps application on your Android or Apple device right now, you may be greeted with a “New! Swipe up to see what’s nearby” notification that highlights the improved Explore functionality that Google implemented recently.Google did introduce the feature last month actually but the worldwide rollout of them did not start until today.Note: The functionality is only available in Google Maps but not the lightweight Google Maps Go application.Core improvements went into the explore functionality of the application that highlighted places to eat, drink and other places previously. While lists are not new, Google did change the design of the interface and added new filtering options to the listing to narrow the focus of lists. While you can still display the best restaurants in any place, you can also select specific types such as healthy eating, where the locals drink, or upscale dinners, from the list to focus on those.Google displays lists pulled from “local experts” or Google’s algorithms that highlight the best eats and other top places.The two biggest changes, probably, are the new “for you” tab and improvements to the recommendation engine.For You is a new feature that highlights “new” places in the neighborhood. The feature was not enabled yet on my device so that I could not give it a try. It is available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Japan for now.Google highlights new restaurants, coffee bars, and other places of interesting when you open the tab so that you can check them out.The new “your match” feature is only available if you enable location history. Google Maps displays a value in percent that Google states “tells you how likely you are to enjoy a place” based on your preferences.You can set food and drink preferences under Menu > Settings > Exploring Places > Food & drink preferences to add interests such as Japanese, pizza, or notable desserts. Google uses these, things you are less interested in, and your feedback to compute the match score for places.Closing WordsI like the idea of highlighting new places and events to users based on the location. I only wish that exploring would not be restricted to your current location. I tried to use the feature for other locations, e.g. New York and Tokyo, and Google Maps did not display the Explore option. I’d liked it if Google would not block the feature as you could use it to prepare for a trip.Update: it appears that this is possible, at least for some users. So, that is good.Whether “Your Match” is something you really need is up for debate. Google mentions that it sorts lists based on those so that it saves time and that is probably something that some users like and benefit from.Now You: What is your take on the new Explore functionality?Related ArticlesGoogle Maps on Android gets real-time commute infoGoogle Maps’ Wi-Fi Only Mode? Not Wi-Fi Only!How to download map data for offline use in Google Maps for AndroidSummaryArticle NameGoogle Maps rolls out with improved Explore functionalityDescriptionWhen you open the Google Maps application on your Android or Apple device right now, you may be greeted with a “New! Swipe up to see what’s nearby” notification.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

LGBT and black reporters left off White House Christmas party guest list

first_imgChris Johnson, the chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, one of the world’s oldest LGBT publications, is among those uninvited.The first Mr Johnson knew of his awol invite was over Thansgiving.“My first reaction was I assumed it must have been an oversight,” Mr Johnson told The Independent.After emailing White House officials, he was passed between numerous spokespeople, none of which could answer his question.“It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,” he told the newspaper, noting that he had been called on just twice in the last six months.He believes that the issue over the invite is “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people”.April D Ryan, the White House correspondent and DC bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who is black, was also excluded from the invite list.“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ms Ryan told the Washington Post of this year’s party.“I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”Ms Ryan had been invited for the previous 20 years.Reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico have been invited as usual.CNN, however, has opted to boycott the event this year.A spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump said: “As with Christmas parties in past administrations, this is off the record.“This is not meant to be a news event, rather, it is an opportunity for the media and their guests to enjoy a reception at the White House this Christmas season.”It’s not the first time Trump has ignored the LGBT community in recent days. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesUS President Donald Trump ignores LGBT Pride MonthPINK NEWS- President Trump gave a statement to mark World AIDS day that somehow does not feature a single mention of the LGBT community.In a signed statement on the White House website, President Trump has said: “Today, on World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combatting this disease, and we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat.”Trump continued: “Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 76 million people around the world have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS.“As of 2014, 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.”This statement stands in comparison to President Obama’s final World AIDS Day address where he urged then President-elect Trump to maintain HIV/AIDS prevention work and highlighted the impact of HIV on the LGBT+ community.As LGBT+ people are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS, previous presidents have used their World AIDS Day proclamations as an opportunity to reach out to the LGBT community.President Obama explicitly mentioned the LGBT+ community in his 2016 statement, saying: “In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV.“Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk.”Unlike Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Trump did not release any policy information regarding HIV/AIDS prevention during his campaign, prompting concern about funding early on.President Trump’s failure to mention the LGBT+ community in this statement has been met with significant criticism.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Trump White House has excluded LGBT and black reporters from its annual media Christmas party.It is the first time since President George W. Bush that LGBT reporters have been left off the invite list, and the first time in 20 years that black groups have been excluded. last_img read more

Did Australia miss its chance to address LGBT abuse in Indonesia

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit over the weekend in Sydney. The summit was for ASEAN members including; Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.Many hoped human rights in the region would be a top priority for discussion.Much of the mainstream media attention was focused on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s growing abuse of power.But LGBTI advocates were also hopeful Turnbull would directly address the LGBT crackdown on the LGBT community with Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull takes a selfie with his wife Lucy (far right) and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and his wife, Iriana. Photo: Instagram/@turnbullmalcolmAdvocates have been concerned about the pending criminalization of homosexuality in Indonesia, the targeting of trans women and ongoing raids at the homes, businesses and social gatherings of suspected gays and lesbians.Australia and Indonesia are close neighbors and share a pragmatic, if at times, tense relationship.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) described Indonesia as one ‘Australia’s most important bilateral relationships’. The two countries regularly hold high-level meetings, an important trade partnership and the island of Bali is an extremely popular holiday option for Australian tourists.Islamic extremismThe ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, represents the interests of LGBTI people in the region. Its regional coordinator, Ryan Silverio, said the increasing persecution of LGBTI people was ‘a symptom of an aggressive rise of Islamic extremism in the country’.‘We are worried that the anti-LGBT rhetoric by government officials and other key figures in society, not to mention leaders of educational institutions, that religious extremism is entering the mainstream of Indonesia’s political, social and cultural domains,’ Silverio told Gay Star News (GSN). GAYSTARNEWS- Australia and other Asian leaders may have missed a golden opportunity to confront Indonesia on the increasing persecution of LGBTI people there. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Indonesia’s police accused of causing ‘anti-gay hysteria’Australian opposition to back plan to enforce campaign laws on same-sex marriage voteCher shuts down Twitter haters after posing for selfie with Aussie PMRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/did-australia-miss-its-chance-to-address-lgbt-abuse-in-indonesia/center_img ‘Should Indonesia pass a law criminalizing LGBT people, we see it as tantamount to bowing down to the will of extremist groups whose values and actions run counter to democratic values Indonesia ought to uphold.’We respectfully call on our leaders attending the @ASEANinAus to address the rise of violent religious extremism in #Indonesia Actions to ensure peace and security in #ASEAN must take into account #LGBTI people. #ASEANinAus #EyesonIndnesia @ASEANSOGIE @AusAmbASEAN @dfat pic.twitter.com/oQWYXx4UYj— Planet Ally (@PlanetAllyApp) March 16, 2018Silverio questioned whether Australia’s millions of dollars of investment to stop Islamic extremism in the region provided ‘direct benefits to LGBT persons who are already caught within the fangs of Islamic extremism.’Please express concern about the increasing violence and criminalization of #LGBT people in Indonesia during the Australia-ASEAN Summit. @AusAmbPH @AusAmbASEAN @DFATFact Sheet: Escalating violence based on SOGIE in Indonesia – The ASEAN SOGIE Caucushttps://t.co/ydxsjmxYmt pic.twitter.com/so9iuFMDyc— Ryan Silverio (@queeringryan) March 15, 2018The Australian Government would not reveal was said in the closed door meeting with Jokowi but the Joint Statement of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit released after the event, made no mention of LGBTI rights.What Australia has said to IndonesiaBut a spokesperson for DFAT told GSN it had raised concerns directly with Indonesian authorities.‘We regularly raise with the Indonesian Government the importance of protecting the human rights of all Indonesians, including LGBTI people,’ the spokesperson said.‘In January this year, Australia and a number of other diplomatic missions made representations to Indonesian authorities in response to proposals to criminalise same-sex sexual relations as part of revisions to Indonesia’s criminal code.‘Australia continues to monitor the situation of the LGBTI community in Indonesia closely.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Malcolm Turnbull and Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. | Photo: Twitter/@ASEANinAuslast_img read more

Meet the actor playing a bisexual superhero in Deadpool 2

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In Deadpool 2, Negasonic Teenage Warhead gets a girlfriendThese are the LGBTI themes in comics we want to see more ofRyan Reynolds wants Deadpool to explore his sexuality in future moviesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-actor-playing-bisexual-superhero-deadpool-2/ The actor behind ShatterstarPlayed by British-Asian actor Lewis Tan, Shatterstar is a character pulled from the Marvel comics universe. In the comics, he is a genetically-engineered, dimension-hopping mutant hero. He is frequently paired with another male X-Man named Rictor. And yes, Shatterstar and Rictor kiss in the comic books.As of now, it’s unclear whether Shatterstar’s sexuality will play a role in the film, but fingers crossed! GAYSTARNEWS- Deadpool 2, the much anticipated sequel to the 2016 smash film Deadpool, hits theaters on 18 May. The upcoming movie features a new character named Shatterstar, a bisexual X-Force member. Model and actor Lewis Tan Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Who is Lewis Tan?Lewis Tan has previously had roles in the Netflix series Iron Fist (also based on Marvel comics) and AMC’s show Into The Badlands.Check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Tan’s Instagram. On top of being an actor, Tan is also a model and sword fighter/boxer. Try not to swoon too hard!last_img read more

Read the horrifying and homophobic letters sent to a gay US politician

first_imgHe made a Facebook post with images of the hand-written letters on Tuesday (26 June).‘DEAR BIGOTS,’ he wrote in all-caps. ‘When my Office gets letters like this, I’m reminded of today’s Marriage Equality anniversary and of last night’s Democratic National Committee #LGBTQ Gala.’Sims continued: ‘My PRIDE in being a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities is so much greater than any nastiness or aggression you’ll ever send my way because of it. This is a battle you can’t win.‘My communities are stronger than you, more resilient than you, and have more reasons than ever before to FIGHT for our country!’He concluded with the hashtag #YouAlreadyLost and also asked Facebook to keep the post up as a ‘reminder of what Pride looks like for far too many people’.Sims’ FB post | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsHe posted the same to Twitter as well.Despicable languageBoth letters are full of truly horrifying and despicable language. They are posted below.WARNING: The first contains numerous profanity and slurs.Letter #1 | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsThe letter begins: ‘To the dick sucking f*ggot Brian Sims.’A majority of the letter is about sexual activity, such as commenting on Sims’ beard ‘so your f*ggot partners will feel like they are fucking a vagina when they bang your face’.It also refers to Sims as a ‘weak minded no moral piece of shit’ and to Philadelphia as a ‘shit hole city’. GAYSTARNEWS- Gay rep Brian Sims: ‘Some of the most intense misogyny I see towards women comes from gay men’Far-right leader claims Trump exposé was made up by ‘gay sociopath’UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/homophobic-letters-gay-politician/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . WATCH: Hunky gay Pennsylvania lawmaker does carpool karaoke to The Little Mermaid The second letter is shorter but no less horrifying, as it talks about ‘more Pulse Nightclub incidents’.Letter #2 | Photo: Facebook/Brian SimsAccording to Philly Voice, Sims also posted an image of the envelope, although it appears to be gone now. It reportedly read: ‘Retired USA sniper.’Threatening government officials is a felony under US federal law. It is a Class C or D felony and typically carries a maximum punishment of 5-10 years imprisonment.An outspoken civil servantSims has long been an outspoke figure, both as a liberal politician and an LGBTQ activist.Recently, he made headlines with a Twitter post welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Philadelphia. His welcome involved giving Pence the middle finger.OFFICIAL WELCOME: @MikePenceVP let me be the first to officially welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love and to my District! We’re a City of soaring diversity. We believe in the power of all people: Black, Brown, Queer, Trans, Atheist, & Immigrant. So…get bent, then get out! pic.twitter.com/G9eLrXgeVn— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) June 19, 2018More from Gay Star NewsThis gay politician shut down a homophobic bigot by calling the troll’s grandmothercenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Brian Sims | Photo: Facebook/Brian Sims Brian Sims, an openly gay Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, revealed his office recently received hateful and homophobic letters. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

16 beautiful pictures of samesex brides on their wedding days

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- ckid, cktst, ps/analytics Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies. _asc, _auc, _smb_api_session, address_bar_tracking, atrk.gif, ckid, cktst, gs_chn_id, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, gsHideBar, LSW_WEB, ps/analytics, trackedUrl _asc, _auc, address_bar_tracking, trackedUrl Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Let Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoLGBT tourism: 10th edition of GNETWORK 360Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade and tourism: A violent NO by Dictator ErdoganRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/16-beautiful-pictures-of-same-sex-brides-on-their-wedding-days/ _smb_api_session, _smb_api_session, gs_trk_id, gs_user_id, LSW_WEB eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

American woman carrying drugs arrested at Cancun airport

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: An American woman has been arrested at the Cancun International Airport after she was found carrying drugs into the country.A woman from New York has been arrested at Terminal 3 in the Cancun airport after federal authorities found her tennis shoes stuffed with bags of marijuana.The woman, who has been identified as Jenifer Lidia N, was traveling on Jet Blue from New York. Upon a search of her luggage, police found three pair of tennis shoes stuffed with plastic bags of marijuana.The American woman was placed at the disposal of the police authorities along with the marijuana.UPDATE: The State Attorney’s Office reports that after hearing the evidence against Jennifer N, she will be held in pretrial detention at a state prison. There was no word as to how long prosecutors requested to build their case.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more