Sheffield scientists discover new drug combination to tackle antimicrobial resistance

first_imgSheffield scientists discover new drug combination to tackle antimicrobial resistance News By salil sule on November 13, 2017 Read Article The study was funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Leverhulme Trust.Scientists at the University of Sheffield have demonstrated how a novel combination of drugs could be used to treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria.The new research conducted by Professor Robert Poole and Dr Namrata Rana at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with research partners at the University of Surrey and the University of Würzburg, Germany, explored the use of metal complexes as adjuvants to traditional antibiotics that have become ineffective.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global health. AMR occurs when a bacterium makes antibiotics ineffective. AMR occurs naturally but the misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.The study was funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Leverhulme Trust.This research builds on the University of Sheffield’s position at the forefront of world-class research into infectious diseases. Scientists at the University are developing radical solutions to the global threat of disease and antimicrobial resistance as part of signature research projects such as Florey, Imagine and the Sheffield Antimicrobial Resistance Network (SHAMROK).The study published in the journal, Microbiology, revealed that the “antibiotic of last resort”, colistin, was significantly more effective against a multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli when combined with a triacarbonyl manganese molecule, developed by the University of Würzburg.The University of Surrey have extended this study, funded by a collaborative Research Council grant, and published in PLoS One. Using a large panel of other strains of multi-drug resistant bacteria, they confirmed Sheffield’s findings. Additionally, they found survival rates of 87 per cent in an insect model of infection, when treated with a combination of triacarbonyl manganese molecule and the antibiotic, compared to a 50 per cent survival rate of those given only colistin.Head author of the study, Professor Robert Poole from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology said: “For many years we have been developing an understanding of the modes of action against pathogens of several metal complexes, but these results are particularly striking.“Bacterial infections endanger human health worldwide, a threat that is compounded by the slow development of new antibiotics.“We are approaching an apocalyptic ‘post-antibiotic era’. In 2015, researchers identified bacteria resistant to colistin, a drug that is often considered the last resort, in patients and livestock in China.”Dr Hannah Southam, postdoctoral researcher from the University of Sheffield said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a global health problem. Public Health England estimates that 5,000 people die every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has declared AMR as ‘one of the greatest threats we face today’. One of the greatest concerns is that no new class of antibiotic has been developed for clinical use against Gram-negative bacteria like E. coli for over 40 years.“The lack of antibiotic discovery and development is attributed to many factors such as the high costs incurred by pharmaceutical companies of bringing a new drug to market. Other factors include the limitations and restrictions in the deployment of any potential novel antimicrobial drug brought to market in the attempt to limit resistance to the new drug.” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphacenter_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Postslast_img read more

Crime Down on L.A. Metro System Over Past Five Years

first_img Comments are closed. 1 Comment February 18, 2020 at 11:07 AM Three thousand local marijuana convictions dismissedMalibu Applies for 100-Day Challenge to Receive Funds for Measures to Address HomelessnessYou Might Also LikeBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author1 day ago HarveyMushman says: Don’t believe it…. HomeBad BehaviorCrime Down on L.A. Metro System Over Past Five Years Feb. 14, 2020 at 5:00 amBad BehaviorBriefsCrimeTransportationCrime Down on L.A. Metro System Over Past Five YearsGuest Author1 year agoCrime decreasedL.A. MetroMetro Bus and Rail system Crime on L.A. County’s Metro Bus and Rail system has decreased 17 percent over the last five years, according to new crime figures released by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.Between 2015 and 2019, total Part 1 and Part 2 crimes, known respectively as “serious” and “less serious” crimes, have both fallen on the Metro system. Part 1 crimes have decreased nearly 23 percent and Part 2 crimes have decreased nearly 11 percent. Crime reductions have been observed in all major crime categories, including crimes against persons, crimes against properties and crimes against society. Statistics are reported to Metro regularly by multiple law enforcement partners now patrolling the transit system, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Long Beach Police Departments.Overall, there are approximately 3.9 crimes per million transit rides, a relatively low number that is consistent with that of other major transit agencies across the United States and the rate of crime associated with many local municipalities.The multi-year trend identified in the crime data reveals a steady but significant drop in total crimes due primarily to Metro’s intense focus on improving safety and security for its customers and employees. The agency has implemented several important safety and security initiatives in recent years to improve the customer experience, retain current transit riders and attract new riders to the system.“The Metro system is safe, and we’re making it safer,” said city of Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chair James T. Butts. “As a former law enforcement officer myself, I know that deterring crime takes a long-term commitment and focus. That’s what Metro is now doing. I applaud the agency for putting its customers’ safety first.”Metro instituted a new, multi-agency policing plan in mid-2017. The plan employs a combination of a law enforcement agencies, Metro transit security, private security and in-house fare compliance officers to better protect the Metro system. Since this new plan was implemented, Metro has substantially increased the “felt presence” of law enforcement on the system, which serves as a proven method of deterrence. Metro has also shortened law enforcement response times to reported incidents to about five minutes. The agency has also deployed “surge” operations as needed targeting specific crime trends and suspicious activity inside Metro stations.“Our transit system is certainly not immune from some of the issues found in the rest of L.A. County, but we are now beginning to see the tangible benefits of our multi-agency law enforcement model,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “A single crime on our system is one too many, but we are clearly moving in the right direction. We will remain committed to working toward a future where all of our riders and employee can travel safely on our system 100 percent of the time.”On the security front, Metro continues to build a very robust and collaborative and intelligence-led training and exercise program with multiple stakeholders to train and prevent, mitigate and prepare for hazards in the transit environment. As a complement to law enforcement presence, this advance training methodology allows Metro to increase its ability to deter, detect, delay and deny significant threats. As a result, Metro’s resiliency and strategies for effective response and recovery have increased and undergird the agency’s successful reductions in crime.Metro has regularly deployed its new Thruvision explosive detection system randomly throughout the system to augment its counter-terrorism measures. Riders can also anonymously report safety and security concerns with their smart phones using Metro’s Transit Watch app.For more information about Metro’s safety and security efforts, please visit https://www.metro.net/riding/safety-security/Submitted by Dave Sotero/Joni Goheen, Metro Media RelationsTags :Crime decreasedL.A. MetroMetro Bus and Rail systemshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 commentlast_img read more

India’s Reliance Jio launches free nationwide 4G

first_img India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Related Author Jio profit soars on subscriber gains Joseph Waring After numerous delays, extensive testing and reports that its 4G service wouldn’t be launched until December, Indian mobile newcomer Reliance Jio said its commercial operation starts today across the country’s 22 service regions.Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Jio’s parent Reliance Industries, and India’s richest man, last week unveiled the company’s plans at its annual general meeting and said it would launch a “free welcome offer” for customers from 5 September up until 31 December.The Jio welcome offer gives new subscribers free access to unlimited LTE data and national voice, video and messaging services, including national roaming, until the end of the year. The operator also announced that domestic voice calls to any network across the country would always be free for Jio subscribers, clarifying that that date extends beyond the end of the year.Jio’s cheapest data offer, averaging just over INR50 ($0.7) per GB from January, will be the lowest in the world.Taking a swipe at the incumbent players, which Jio accused of trying to sabotage its entry by deliberately not providing adequate interconnection access, Ambani said: “We expect and hope that following commencement of services, the incumbent operators would fulfill their obligations to provide adequate interconnection.”He went on to say that “in the spirit of putting the customer-first and complete transparency”, it would report its call failure numbers on its website on a regular basis. Over the last year the country’s operators have faced strong criticism from consumer groups and the telecoms regulator about the high rate of dropped calls.Extended testing phaseThe Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) kicked off a war of words a month ago when it claimed the operator was offering a full-blown mobile service disguised as a trial.Over the past few months, Jio has been testing its network, attracting approximately 1.5 million users.Jio said in a statement it informed the Department of Telecommunications, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the security agencies about the start of its wireless services in all 22 service areas today. The company also filed its tariff plans for wireless services with TRAI. “With these steps, the company has fulfilled all the requirements of unified licence for commencement of services,” it said.Ambani said it is targeting 100 million subscribers “in the shortest possible time” and the network will eventually cover 18,000 cities and 200,000 villages in India. Financial analysts estimate it needs 75-80 million subscribers in two to three years, with monthly ARPU of INR180 ($2.70), to break even, the Economic Times reported.The company aims to have its SIMs available at nearly two million retail shops across the country, including more than 1,700 Reliance Retail stores.Jio’s aggressive move will likely start a price war in the country, with major rivals Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular reportedly set to respond with packages that beef up their own data offerings. HomeAsiaNews India’s Reliance Jio launches free nationwide 4Gcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 SEP 2016 Tags Previous ArticleNokia goes into marketing overdrive with 4.9GNext ArticleTelstra hits out at network sharing review Asia Jio to acquire 800MHz spectrum from Airtel for $204M 4G servicesIndiaReliance jiolast_img read more

Young and Unorthodox, Flathead GOP Candidates Mount Challenges on Dems

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. House District 3In the Republican stronghold of Flathead County, it’s become an election-year anomaly for Democrats to win a bid for state political office, which is just one reason the tight race in House District 3 between incumbent Democrat Zac Perry and Republican newcomer Taylor Rose is drawing considerable attention.Perry, 38, a self-proclaimed blue-dog Democrat from Columbia Falls, was elected in 2014 in a district that covers the communities of Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse, Martin City, and Coram — typically characterized as one of the most conservative house districts in the state.Rose, 29, is a social conservative running to unseat Perry. He has gained attention in the region for his unorthodox platform, which aligns with traditional GOP values on some fronts, but also strays into less conventional territory on others.Chief among the latter is his former involvement with the now-defunct organization Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), with which he was affiliated during his time attending college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. YWC was a controversial anti-multiculturalism group that some human-rights advocacy organizations have called “radical right-wing” and accused of promoting a “white nationalist” agenda. And while Rose acknowledges the group leaned right of other conservative, issue-specific groups like the College Republicans, its members weren’t on the “radical fringe,” he said.Still, liberal-leaning blogs in Montana and beyond have characterized Rose as a “white supremacist,” while advocacy groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Montana Human Rights Network say his stances opposing multiculturalism, mass immigration and refugee resettlement is soft-peddled, coded language for white nationalism.Rose is quick to distance himself from those claims, which he calls baseless, instead saying that his work at YWC was geared toward preserving and defending the cultural values of Western civilization, and represent an ideology that he dismisses as analogous to white nationalism and consistent with his pro-Christian beliefs and his conviction that “the rising tide of Islam in the West is a threat to the values of Christianity.”“I am not affiliated with white supremacist groups or leaders,” Rose said. “To say otherwise is slanderous. YWC was a cultural group, not a racist group. We defined Western civilization by the classic definition of ancient Greeks and Romans, and we were pro-Christian. We did not say it was exclusively white. We were also very critical of Islam, but that is an ideological issue, not a racial issue. I can promise you that Liberty University would not have tolerated a white power group on its campus.”But Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network, said her group has serious concerns about Rose’s candidacy, as well as the insidious nature with which beliefs like his are creeping into mainstream electoral politics, a rhetoric she believes has been elevated by the ascendancy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who continues to enjoy popularity despite a flood of incendiary remarks that have been characterized as undisguised racism and sexism.“I see Taylor Rose and his candidacy as one of the most overt examples of white supremacy moving into the political sphere in Montana right now,” she said. “I think Taylor Rose’s candidacy is no different than David Duke (formerly of the Ku Klux Klan) running for the Legislature, and I think people would be correct to make that comparison.”Rose called the notion that he could be compared to someone like Duke “preposterous,” and noted that his support from mainstream GOP candidates and elected officials like U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Whitefish, as well as his endorsement by the Flathead County Republican Party, is proof that the accusations don’t add up.“I was open about my past involvement with YWC, and I was vetted by the Republican Party,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that I am a mainstream candidate, but I’m not on the fringe either. The minute you reject multiculturalism, you become a target for the left, and that is what’s happened here.”In addition to the endorsement from Zinke, Rose has received campaign contributions from Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and state Sen. Mark Blasdel, R-Somers, as well as endorsements from groups like the National Rifle Association and the Montana Family Foundation, both of which are conservative stalwarts in mainstream Montana politics.He also served as a regional field director for the Montana Republican Party in 2014, when Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines was running for election, and in 2015 worked in the Montana Legislature as an assistant to the GOP majority in the senate.According to Rivas, the fact that Rose has drawn support from and served in the state’s mainstream GOP channels is evidence of a paradigm shift in electoral politics, triggered in part by Trump’s candidacy.“None of us predicted that we were going to have a presidential ticket that elevated hate rhetoric to this level, and giving (Rose) entrée to one of the two mainstream political parties in the state and essentially turning their heads and shrugging at his white supremacist activity is deeply unsettling,” she said. “This is exactly how marginal ideas make their way into the mainstream.”Perry, who has remained on the sidelines as reports about Rose’s past activities crop up on the Internet, said his campaign is focused on core values like rebuilding the economy, job growth, access to health care, and access to public lands.Still, he said he has concerns about Rose’s past activities.“I think that his previous affiliations are concerning and certainly some of his activities and background is concerning, and I would just encourage voters to do their own research,” Perry said. “We are focused on what we bring to the table.”As for Rose, he believes he’s breathing new energy into the state GOP, and his candidacy is complemented by another young contender’s bid in a nearby district.“There is a reason that the two most contested races in the Flathead include conservative millennials,” Rose said. “The Republican party needs a fresh new face.”House District 5The open seat for House District 5 — which covers Whitefish and the surrounding area, and is currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Ed Lieser, who is not running for reelection after a single term — features a race between longtime Whitefish School Board trustee Dave Fern and recent Whitefish High School graduate Chet Billi.The race is interesting on several levels, not the least of which is Billi’s youthfulness, which, at 18, he has held up as a key strength in order to freshen the face of the state Republican Party.Before he entered the race for HD 5, Billi made headlines by launching a ballot initiative that would have allowed public school teachers with a concealed weapons permit to carry a weapon inside a school classroom.At the time, Billi, then a junior at Whitefish High School, said he believed more guns would make schools safer places, and would be instrumental in preventing school shootings. Billi said he believes tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012 could have been prevented had a staff member been armed.A longtime gun enthusiast, Billi said he came up with the idea of a citizen’s ballot initiative and submitted the proposal with the Secretary of State, but failed to gather the requisite 24,175 signatures from 5 percent of registered voters in the state. Instead, he gathered 30 signatures, and the initiative qualified in zero of the 34 legislative districts needed.The defeat did little to stanch Billi’s enthusiasm for joining the political process, however, and he announced his decision to join the race for the liberal-leaning HD 5 a year ago.With 24 years on the Whitefish School Board, including chairmanship and serving on the Montana School Board Association, Fern is running to replace Lieser, and held up his seven terms as a school board trustee as evidence of his high level of understanding about public school funding.Fern said as a school board member, he was surprised by Billi’s conviction that allowing guns in schools would serve as more of a deterrent to school shootings than gun-free zones and crisis-response protocols.“As a school board member, I did have concerns,” Fern said.Mail-in ballots go out Oct. 14 and the election is Nov. 8. Emaillast_img read more

News / Terminal operators under fire from shippers over high fees for releasing Hanjin containers

first_img By Gavin van Marle in Hamburg 08/09/2016 The fall-out from the bankruptcy of South Korean line Hanjin continues this week as more forwarder groups and shipper representatives turn on terminals refusing to release Hanjin containers to customers unless they pay high charges.The Hong Kong Shippers Council is the latest seeking legal advice on “how to force Hong Kong terminal operators to withdraw unreasonable container release charges”. Shippers there are understood to have been charged $1,260 per box by operators.A statement from the organisation said: “This arrangement is not acceptable, as cargoes belong to shippers [and] the beneficial cargo owners are not shipping lines. Therefore, terminal operators have no right to hold a lien over cargoes; they have no right to withhold containers and ask shippers to pay to them what is owed by the shipping lines.”However, the HKSC accepted that consignees would be liable for terminal handling charges (THCs). And the level of these charges appears to be varying wildly.The Loadstar has received reports that Felixstowe, the UK’s largest box port, was requesting shippers pay a £2,000 deposit on boxes they collect and levying a £460 per box THC.While some forwarders claim the charges are too high, UK forwarder association BIFA noted that a lawyer thought these fees would be “likely judged fair and reasonable”, and in line with actual costs.One forwarder said he was impressed with the speed with which Felixstowe had provided a solution. It is thought that Felixstowe can release boxes which have been approved by Hanjin.In contrast, London Gateway is requesting a more modest £500 deposit per 20ft and £700,per 40ft, while its THC is £130 per box. The port’s operator, DP World, appears to have developed a global policy on the bankruptcy of Hanjin and what to do with the thousands of containers trapped around the world.A DP World spokesman in Dubai said: “Following Hanjin Shipping’s decision to file for court protection, we have been working with our customers and partners to minimise impact on world trade. The filing for receivership is still at an early stage and we note that the exact form of the proposed restructuring plan is still unknown.“We recognise the importance of our role as a global trade enabler to the supply chain, so while protecting our interests, our main focus is limiting any disruption to service for our customers to continue the smooth flow of goods across our global network,” he added.In Rotterdam, terminal operator ECT and the four shipper groups that last week brought a legal action against it for levying unfair charges, yesterday resolved their differences.Shippers will now pay a €500 THC per dry container and €600 per “special”, such as reefers and flat-racks, as well as a deposit of €1,000 per dry container and €5,000 per special. The charges are set to last until the end of this month.An ECT statement said: “There was commotion in the market about the costs that were charged for this. The consultation between the parties has led to mutual understanding. The parties recognise that this exceptional situation – a major shipping line encountering these kinds of problems – leads to additional costs. The parties have agreed to a procedure in which all the stakeholders bear part of the extra burden.“This essentially ensures that the cargo flow will remain moving. A time-consuming and costly process has been avoided for those parties waiting for their cargo.”One senior industry source said forwarders should bear in mind that it was “the consignees’ problem – the fees are not for forwarders to pay, they must act in consultation with the client”.Some estimates suggest there is as much as $14bn of cargo stranded in Hanjin containers in the global supply chain.center_img © Rogerashford last_img read more

Married Same-Sex Couple Turns in Revoked License

first_img MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA CHANGE.ORG / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA CHANGE.ORG / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA A same sex-married couple delivered a revoked license and a petition in protest to a Sandy Springs Driver Services office Thursday. The license of one of the newlyweds was issued by the same office earlier this year, but last month Georgia’s Department of Driver Services asked her to give it back.??:??Shakira McCollum-Tucker was with her wife Danielle by her side as she handed in her revoked license to a manager inside the office.“I’m floored…The fact that you’re telling me I’m Tucker that’s fine, but I know in my heart I’m McCollum-Tucker.”Then Danielle delivered a petition with 10,000 signatures gathered on the website Change.org.“We’re hoping you guys will change this discriminatory policy.”The manager promised to deliver the petition to the appropriate person within the agency.Shakira legally married Danielle in Boston this past summer. Shortly after, Shakira was able to place her married name on her Georgia license. But last month, Georgia’s Department of Driver Services asked for the license back unless Tucker could bring in a passport with her new name or go through a court-ordered name change. Outside the Driver Services Offices, Shakira said it’s something she will eventually do but she shouldn’t have to.“Why do I have to spend the one hundred and whatever it is to get a passport but no one else does? Why do same-sex couples have to do that.”Georgia’s Department of Driver Services declined to comment. However in the letter, the department said,“The Department of Driver Services (DDS) has identified an issue with the driver’s license issued to you on August 15, 2013 that negatively affects the validity of this credential. The DDS is prohibited from recognizing or accepting documents relating to a same-sex marriage, union or divorce therefrom granted in another state pursuant to verbiage found in Article I, Section IV, Paragraph I of the Constitution of Georgia.”That section of the Georgia constitution says:Recognition of marriage.(a ) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state .(b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate  maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties’ respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.Danielle tried to go to the same driver services office and get her name changed in September but was turned down. CHANGE.ORG / PBA MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA Related Stories MICHELLE WIRTH/WABE NEWS / PBA ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 123456 Sharelast_img read more

Atlanta Activists Grieve, Protest Police Shootings

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories 1:01 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Activists and family members held a joint memorial service Georgian victims of violence and officer involved shootings. 1:01As protests continued in Baltimore and other parts of the country over what some say is excessive use of police force, Atlanta protesters held back to back demonstrations this past weekend. A helicopter hovered overhead as more than 300 protesters took part in a mock funeral procession on Saturday. Their destination? Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur. Inside were family members of three men shot and killed recently by Atlanta-area police. Felicia Thomas spoke about the day her son, Nicholas Thomas, was killed by Smyrna officers. Police say they were delivering a warrant at his job in March when he tried to escape in a car.“I saw that Maserati, with [what] seemed like a hundred bullet shots. All on the side of the car,” Felicia Thomas said.The service was organized as a memorial for black people killed in Georgia.Bridget Anderson, the girlfriend of Anthony Hill, told the story of how they fell in love. Hill was suffering a bipolar episode near his apartment in March when neighbors called 911. He was not wearing clothes. Hill was shot by a responding DeKalb police officer. DeLisa Davis spoke about her brother Kevin Davis, who was killed in December after calling 911 to help his injured girlfriend.    “Kevin, I want you to know that we haven’t forgotten about you and we never will,” DeLisa Davis said. On Sunday, many of the same people demonstrated at Cumberland Mall in Atlanta where Nicholas Thomas was shot. Activists shut down traffic outside before staging a die-in inside the mall.The GBI is still investigating the officer-involved shooting deaths of Nicholas Thomas, Kevin Davis and Hill.  ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Why Ga. Has The Second Highest Number Of Counties In The US

first_img This legislative session, a bill came up to recreate Milton County, which was absorbed into Fulton County during the Great Depression. That bill didn’t go anywhere, but it did get WABE thinking about counties.Georgia has 159 of them, and that’s more than just about every other state. In fact, only Texas has more.Where did all of Georgia’s counties come from?When you ask a group of Georgians how the state ended up with 159 counties, there’s a story you’ll probably hear: Georgia’s counties were designed so that farmers in a mule-drawn wagon could get to the courthouse and back within the course of a day.According to this explanation, counties would have to be really small and so Georgia, a pretty big state, had to create a lot of them.“That’s really an apocryphal story, as far as I know,” said Glenn Eskew, a history professor at Georgia State University. “I’ve never seen any law in the state code that stipulated that.”Eskew says the mule drawn wagon explanation, even if not factual, does tell us something about why many of the state’s counties were created.“In Georgia, the population was so rural and spread out, that by having a structure of the county government, you were able to connect the very disperse, rural population with some governmental entity,” he said.But there is more to the story than that.“One reason I think that Georgia has so many of these things, 159, was not just so that the citizens would be able to get access to government, but also so that rural Georgia would be able to control the state,” Eskew said.See, starting in the late 1800s, a political system was taking shape. It was called the County Unit System.The way it worked was candidates in Georgia won not by number of votes, but by number of counties they carried.“There was a saying back in the old days in the County Unit System that pine trees counted more than people when it came to electing a governor,” said Tom Crawford, a longtime political journalist and editor of the Georgia Report.That’s because counties had a set amount of votes, almost regardless of population. And that meant more counties equaled more power.As the County Unit System went into place, lawmakers created more counties — a couple dozen — so that by the 1930s rural counties outnumbered urban areas 15 to one.“That’s why for years rural counties dominated both the legislature and the governor’s office,” said Crawford. Former Georgia Gov. Eugene Talmadge even boasted about never carrying a county with a streetcar in it, Crawford added.Is 159 Counties Too Many?This changed in the 1960s when the Supreme Court ruled one person had to equal one vote and thus the County Unit System was unconstitutional.By that point, Georgia’s constitution had put a limit on the state’s counties — no more than 159.Now, some are asking if we really need that many. One person who’s skeptical is Randy Evans, a partner at Dentons law firm and a Republican National committeeman for Georgia.“With each county, you have a whole set of government,” Evans said. “So you have county commissioners, you have a sheriff, you have a clerk. You have all of this governmental infrastructure, which to the average taxpayer is pretty expensive.”In his view, Georgia today really only needs about half the county governments it has.Evans said he thinks many state politicians agree. It’s just that it isn’t as easy to get rid of counties as it was to create them.“Every governor that I’ve worked with just notes and says it’s virtually impossible to take away any political fiefdom,” Evans said.“You go to any county commissioner and say suddenly, we’d like to take your county and six other counties and create a community county here, where you have a consolidation of government,” Evans continued. “It’s very difficult to take that away after they’ve worked that hard to get elected.”But rural counties don’t have the same power they did during the County Unit System. Some have lost half their population.“We have a series of counties in the state that are on economic hard times; we continue to monitor that,” said Ross King. He’s the executive director of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia — the counties’ lobbying voice.Over the years the ACCG has provided more help to counties, and the group itself has grown. King says, a few decades ago, the group had 6 people on staff. Now, it has 86.Some counties today do make ends meet by sharing services, King says. A few have even merged with cities, like Clarke County did with Athens.“And to this point, we have 8 consolidated governments that are in place,” King said. “There’s not been any serious discussion about county-county consolidation, but I dare say that that is something that will be looked at as time moves on.”So, that means 159 counties … for now. Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 4:35 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Sharelast_img read more

Steam Library overhaul to focus on organization, events

first_imgSteam Library overhaul to focus on organization, eventsComing changes include new developer tools, customizable “collections,” more from Steam LabsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 4th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleValveValve will soon introduce an overhaul to the look and functionality of game libraries on Steam.Coming in an open beta on September 17, user Steam libraries will gain a new look and feel with a focus on developer-driven updates and user-driven library organization. The new update will do away with Steam’s former list-based library format in favor of a more visual style that presents games in rows shaped by both user choice and Steam’s own recommendations.Prominently featured at the top will be a “What’s new” row promoting games that have recently seen updates. Games appearing in the view will be based on which titles in a library have new updates, but will also appear algorithmically based on player behavior and interest, to prevent a series of constant small updates from keeping a game pinned to the top of a feed.Games appearing in this row will directly link users to a new “Events” page (replacing the old format for game updates) that developers can use to broadcast in-game events, tournaments, announcements, updates, and any other messages they want to share with players. These pages will be controlled by developer tools that allow scheduling events, embedding videos and images, broadcast and livestream support, and email notifications to players who are opted into receiving them.The new Steam library homeThis page will also be accessible both on the game’s store page and elsewhere the title appears across Steam. While the library features won’t appear until the open beta next week, the new events features are rolling out today.Along with a section dedicated to games with updates, Steam libraries will also prominently feature a “Recent Games” row allowing quick access to games users most recently played, and a “Recent Friend Activity” row recommending games played by friends. Weight will be given to games multiple friends are playing at once, or situations where friends suddenly all start playing a different game together (indicating a recent update).The new events pageAt the heart of the update is a new feature in the Steam Library called “Collections,” which will appear alongside the other rows and is an upgraded version of the libraries former categories. Collections can be customized by users in various places, including directly from the library using a new drag and drop functionality. Users can also filter their games by certain criteria such as hardware support, number of players, tags, genre, and features, and then turn the games meeting those criteria into their own collection. Those collections can then be placed in different locations on the Steam library page for quick access.Collections, which will replace Categories and come with more new featuresFinally, individual game pages in the library will receive a visual update to focus on what friends are doing in that game, though all other information currently there (such as achievements, community hubs, and updates) will still appear.In a PAX West presentation last week showing off these new features, Valve also gave a brief update to the recently-introduced Steam Labs feature, where the company is currently testing three discovery-related experiments: Micro Trailers, the Interactive Recommender, and the Automatic Show.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Valve will soon be rolling out a new iteration of Micro Trailers that will go beyond the currently-available set of 100 titles and generate the same six-second trailers for all games across Steam, as well as allow users to browse for micro trailers by tag or genre.This is in addition to two brand new experiments on the way. One is an update to the current Steam search results page, which will appear as a Steam Labs experiment for now rather than an actual search results update. The new search results page will include features such as narrowing results by price, filtering by discounts, the ability to hide games already in a user’s library or wishlist, improvements to filtering by tagging, and infinite scroll.The second is being made in partnership with Defender’s Quest developers Lars Doucet, and will be another project focused on discoverability with a focus on “game discovery as entertainment.” Valve said users can expect to see this Labs experiment in the “near future.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Indian landfill: The Ultimate Trash Kingdom

first_imgIndia is the 5th largest economy in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the 3rd largest economy in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), a fast-developing nation. It is witnessing a massive boom in industrialization, urbanization and population explosion which is putting a surmounting pressure on the nation’s resources and generating a proliferating amount of waste (Economy of India, 2020).India being the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.3 billion is witnessing a strong declining thrust on the nation’s resources. Therefore, if optimum resource utilization is not taken into consideration, it may lead to an increase in waste generation and pollution, thereby contributing to downfall in the economy. Not only can it downgrade the economy, but also take a toll on the environment and the health of the citizens through harmful emissions. Thus, it is of utmost importance to keep an eye constantly on the utilization and recovery of resources to address the problem associated with municipal solid waste.Municipal solid waste is generally a combination of household and commercial refuse which is generated due to heavy consumerism pattern. The continuous indiscriminate disposal of municipal solid waste is accelerating and is linked to poverty, poor governance, urbanization, population growth, poor standards of living, low level of environmental awareness and inadequate management.The towns and cities of India are still not able to cope up with the uncontrolled urbanization, massive industrialization. It would not be factually wrong if we state that India lacks basic amenities like a proper sewage system, drainage system and integrated solid waste management approaches. With urbanization, there is an influx of population from the rural areas to the urban landscape which thereby contributes to upgrading in lifestyle, consumerism pattern and fashion choices. All these factors have led to a drastic change in the amount of waste generated over the years lately. This has also led to an increased burden on the government, local authorities and the urban local bodies to manage the collection, processing and disposal of waste.According to (Das et al., 1998) in India, more than 90% of the MSW generated finds its way to the landfill sites, often in the most unhygienic manner possible. The landfilling process of the municipal solid waste management (MSWM) is the most unorganized one, albeit the most used one. The entire process is in omnishambles.In India the meaning of landfilling process has changed to simply dumping the waste in areas outside the city without taking any kind of sanitary measures. The landfills are meant for reducing the exposure between human and environment from toxic waste but it takes a toll on the human as we are exposed to the problems associated with the waste directly i.e from the soil and the groundwater pollution.The improper segregation or lack of segregation facility at the waste generation site causes the accumulation of toxic waste mixture in landfills. The disposal of these toxic chemicals leads to the exposure of rag pickers to these chemicals. The rag picker’s only means of income is by collecting waste but they are not aware of the fact that these waste will be toxic for them, their health as well as their surrounding. The most vulnerable people are the one’s living near the landfills cause it may collapse anytime and thereby claim lives.The chaotic landfills act as a ticking bomb and could create havoc by catching fire anytime. The mountain of waste catches fire when it surmounts the saturation point and no longer withstands the heat due to pilling up of waste.The health problems related to various emissions from landfills include high PM10 exposure, breathing problems, bacterial infections, asthma, elevated cardiovascular risk, and other infections. In India scenario, open dumps are highly prevailing which causes the breeding of mosquitoes, flies, rats, cockroach, and other pests. Some diseases are very common in the population living near the landfill site such as plague, histoplasmosis, murine typhus, malaria, dengue, West Nile fever, etc. as they are caused by the pests breeding in the landfills. Besides potential health hazards, there are concerns regarding the flow of toxins in the food chain of birds and animals, fires and explosions, vegetation damage, unpleasant odour, landfill settlement, groundwater pollution, air pollution and global warming.“The methane released from landfills has a great global warming potential which is 23 times greater than that of the same amount of carbon dioxide” – (EIA, 2003)Waste generation in India:Every year, 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal waste is generated. India produces 277 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, according to a 2016 estimate.In India, 77% of waste is disposed of in open dumps, 18% is composted and just 5% is recycled.A significant 34% of all waste is generated by just 16% per cent of the world’s population, largely from high-income countries, but more than one-third of this waste is recovered through recycling and composting.In low-income countries the problem is of waste mismanagement — over 90% of waste is not disposed of correctly, leading to higher emissions and risk of disaster (World Bank’s ‘What A Waste 2.0’ report, 2018).Such an increase in the amount of waste generated has not only laid a burden on the resources of the nation, but has also become a threat to the health, safety and environment of the nation. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to address this problem at the grass-root level.Challenges faced while addressing the problem of MSW in India:Lack of Funding to address the MSW problemCommunication gap between central and state governmentFailure of waste-to-energy recoveryImplementation of rules and regulationsThere is a prevalence of loopholes in the municipal corporations at every stage of waste management i.e from source to disposalThere is a lack of manpower and an insufficient number of professionals in the waste management technology field.Lack of research and development for new technological practicesCONCLUSIONWaste generation has tremendously increased in the past decade and reached 62 million tonnes each year in India. Out of 62 million tonnes of waste, only 43 million tonnes are collected annually and only 28% of it was treated. The rest is dumped in landfills. It is estimated that, by 2030, the waste generation will increase to 165 million tonnes. India is on the verge of becoming the most populated country in the world. Considering the population explosion being a primary factor, it is directly proportional to the amount of waste generation. If the improper treatment of waste and dumping persists, soon the whole country will be under the muck.WAY FORWARDWe the young generation should be aware of the environmental issues and happening in our own country. If we do not address the current dilemma of waste, who will? Young minds and researchers are working in this field to address the problems and even coming up with alternative technologies for more sustainable treatment of MSW, but proper implementation is a myth. There is a prevalence of legal loopholes in every stage of waste management. To save our leftover pristine environment there should be the implementation of ‘GREEN PROTOCOL’ in every state of India. Authorities should buck up and honestly take charge of the whole situation of the blame game between state and the central government.If Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha can show the way to waste minimization by decentralizing of waste then why can’t the rest of the country follow the footsteps? Every state can be a pioneer on zero waste if we the people take hold of consumerism pattern and by proper implementation of government policies. Remember, it starts with us and ends at the trash kingdom. Waste should be considered as a resource which can be utilized to extract energy. This notion can only solve the problem related to landfills.It’s time to go to the Trivandrum and Alleppey way!last_img read more