Explainer: Strong Quakes Rock Yellowstone

first_imgOn Sunday morning, 30 March, a magnitude-4.8 quake struck Yellowstone National Park, centered about 6.4 kilometers northeast of the park’s iconic Norris Geyser Basin. That temblor, the largest to strike the park since 1980, is part of a series of at least 25 quakes that began in the area on Thursday, 27 March. Besides the main shock, the largest quake in this group measured magnitude 3.3. Is such seismic activity normal?Yes. There have been three clusters, or swarms, of earthquakes beneath Yellowstone in the past 6 months, says Robert Smith, a geophysicist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Sunday’s quake is notable only because it’s somewhat larger than recent temblors. 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(The heat from that molten rock, of course, is the driving force for the park’s iconic geysers.) Sunday’s magnitude-4.8 quake was centered in a region where instruments have measured the landscape rising and falling for the past several months. That connection, too, is normal: A previous period of uplift in the same area between 1996 and 2003 was also accompanied by increased seismic activity. Nevertheless, Smith says, the causes of specific quakes and swarms are difficult to pin down. There have been spates of quakes without uplift, and there have been extended periods of uplift without abnormally high seismic activity.Are these quakes related to those in southern California?Probably not. Although it’s possible for a quake in one area to trigger others along faults in a distant region, the Yellowstone quakes are much more likely to be related to geological changes taking place locally within Earth’s crust.Do the Yellowstone quakes pose a future threat?Unlikely. There’s no sign that the current swarm of quakes is any different from those experienced there in recent months or years, and it doesn’t seem to be linked to any volcanic processes, he notes.What’s next?A field team from the U.S. Geological Survey arrived in Yellowstone on Sunday. They’re assessing the area near the quake’s epicenter to see if the event altered the terrain, and they’ll also check to see if the seismic activity has changed the size or eruption frequency of geysers in the area.last_img read more

Two Chinese nationals among three killed in boiler explosion

first_imgThree persons, including two Chinese nationals, died when a boiler exploded at an animal feed manufacturing unit in Nuh, about 40 km from Gurugram, on Sunday.The deceased have been identified as senior engineer Jhin Jhin Yang, production engineer Jhang Yang and Vicky Rajput, an operator. Vicky was a resident of Sohna in Gurugram.Nuh SP Sangeeta Kalia said the incident took place around 3:30 p.m. when the boiler in Pusilin Biotechnology exploded during repair. “Vicky was carrying out some welding work to repair the boiler and the two Chinese nationals were standing close to him when the boiler exploded, causing a fire. All three were engulfed in flames and died on the spot,” she said. The company, which manufactures and trades in animal and poultry feed, was set up in 2017.Ms. Kalia said preliminary investigation suggested the incident was caused due to lack of proper maintenance of the boiler and the police were trying to contact the management. “A case will be registered against the management in this connection. We are trying to procure documents from them about the periodic maintenance of the boiler,” she said.Five fire tenders from Nuh and Sohna were sent to put out the fire. Locals claimed that the fire tenders took 30 minutes to reach the spot. The bodies were pulled out after the fire was doused and sent to Shahid Hasan Khan Medical College for post-mortem.last_img read more

Tarundeep wins a historic silver, India slip to 10th position

first_imgTarundeep Rai clinched a historic silver medal in archery while star boxer Vijender Singh and three of his colleagues stormed into the men’s boxing finals as India slipped to the tenth position on the 12th day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games here today.Tarundeep had his moment of glory as he became the first Indian archer to win a medal in the men’s individual event on a day which saw as many as six bronze medals coming India’s way. But the failure to win a gold resulted in India going down by two rungs to tenth position on the medals table.The women’s men and women’s squash teams, woman boxers Mary Kom, Kavita Goyat and pugilists Suranjoy Singh and Paramjeet Samota accounted for the bronze medals.With the addition of seven more medals, India’s medal haul went up to seven gold, 13 silver and 26 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medal rostrum in the last edition of the Games in Doha.China maintained their supremacy atop the medals table with a stunning haul of 172-92-86 while South Korea (71-59-81) and Japan (36-66-74) were in the second and third position respectively.After the heart-breaking defeat of the men’s hockey team yesterday, the women’s hockey team added to the gloom by finishing a disappointing fourth in the bronze medal play-off match, going down to Japan 0-1 via golden goal.India, who claimed the bronze four years ago in Doha, were buried by Keiko Manabe’s 78th minute golden goal after both the sides failed to break the deadlock in regulation time.advertisementIt was a mixed day for Indian boxers with four of them managing to storm into the finals and two of them losing their semi-final bouts. But Mary Kom’s defeat in women’s semi-final came as a huge disappointment for the Indian contingent.Vijender outpunched Iran’s Mohammad Sattapour to cruise into the finals and keep himself on course for a gold medal in the 75 kg category. Manpreet Singh also moved into the finals in 91 kg.The 18-year-old Vikas outwitted Uzbekistan’s Hurshid Tojibaev 7-0 to make the finals where he would be facing China’s Qing Hu. Dinesh also had little trouble in dispatching Nepal’s Deepak Maharjan 7-1 and set up a final clash against Uzbekistan’s Elshod Rasulov.However, Commonwealth Games gold medallists Suranjoy Singh (51kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing in the semifinals in contrasting fashion.While Suranjoy lost 5-6 to China’s Chang Yong in a thriller-of-a-contest, Samota was all at sea against Zhilei Zhang before the referee stopped the contest midway through the third round and awarded the bout to the home favourite.Indian woman boxer Kavita Goyat (75kg) lost to China’s Jinzi Li in the semfinals and settled for a bronze medal.Kavita went down 1-5 to Li at the Foshan Gymnasium.Tarundeep turned out to be the hero in archery with his silver medal feat. In a closely fought contest, the Indian archer lost to the Woojin Kim of South Korea 28-28 27-28 29-28 27-28 27-29.Rai gave a vital lead to his opponent in the last set as he shot an eight pointer in his first attempt. And even though the Indian made amends in the next two attempts by scoring nine points each but those did not prove enough to halt the Korean.The other Indian in the fray, Rahul Banerjee ended his campaign on a disappointing note as he could not even make it to the quarterfinals after he surrendered without posing much challenge to Taipei’s Chun Chia Sung.In squash, the women’s team settled for a bronze medal in the Asian Games after slumping to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of favourites Malaysia in the semifinals here today.The Indians were no match for the higher-ranked Malysians as Anaka Alankamony was drubbed 0-3 by Wee Wern Low in the first tie before world number one Nicol Ann David defeated Joshna by an identical margin.The men’s squash team also had to be content with the bronze after going down to arch rivals Pakistan 0-2 in the semi-final.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Vikas Gowda bit the dust after a below-par performance saw him finish fourth in discus throw as Indian athletes drew blank on the fourth day of the track and field competitions.Gowda was competing against three athletes who had better results this season and finished behind all of them with an effort of 63.13m, which is below his CWG silver-winning effort of 63.69m.advertisementThe Indians also disappointed in the men’s long jump finals, with Maha Singh and Ankit Sharma finishing seventh and ninth out of 11 competitors.Indian skeet shooters signed off their Asian Games campaign without a medal after finishing seventh in the men’s team event and failing to qualify for the individual competition.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

April 18, 2008- Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener

first_imgNine years ago on this day, Brendon McCullum played one of the most destructive knocks of Twenty20 cricket when he blasted his way to an unbeaten 158 off just 73 balls to give Indian Premier League a rollicking start.It was the first-ever match of the much-awaited Twenty20 league in India and McCullum came out all guns blazing to give a perfect start to the cash-rich league at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid were pitted against each other. Dravid asked Ganguly’s KKR to bat first after winning the toss.The passionate Kolkata crowd was chanting the name of Ganguly but McCullum stole the show with his blitzkrieg. He was just unstoppable that night, hitting 10 fours and sending the ball out of the park 13 times in his blistering knock to remain not out on 158 off only 73 balls.He held the record for highest score until Chris Gayle struck 175 not out off 66 balls for RCB against the now-defunct Pune Warriors in 2013.RCB bowling attack boasted the likes of Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Jacques Kallis — all three at their peaks that time — but McCullum made a mockery of them at the Mecca of Cricket in India.After the end of KKR innings, the RCB bowling card looked like this: BOWLER OVERS RUNS WICKETS ECONOMY Praveen Kumar 4 38 0 9.50 Zaheer Khan 4 38 1 9.50 Ashley Noffke 4 40 1 10.00 Jacques Kallis 4 48 1 12.00 Sunil Joshi 3 26 0 8.66 Cameron White 1 24 0 24.00The former New Zealand captain shared three fifty-run plus stands and interestingly all of them were dominated by McCullum as KKR reached 222 for three in their 20 overs.advertisementPARTNERSHIPS:1st wicket – Ganguly, who opened the innings with McCullum, scored 10 off 12 balls but was part of the 61-run partnership.2nd wicket – Ricky Ponting then joined forces with McCullum and hit a four and six in his run-a-ball 20. The duo put on 51 runs for the second wicket.3rd wicket – David Hussey too scored run-a-ball 12 but the pair added 60 runs in five overs before the Australian perished.The impact of McCullum’s thunder was such that RCB’s innings never took off and only No.9 batsman Praveen Kumar was able to reach the double figures (18 not out) as the Dravid-led side was bundled out for 82, succumbing to a 140-run defeat.The IPL has come a long way in their 10 seasons so far. It has seen 28 centurions hitting 43 hundreds. Gayle holds the record for the highest individual score of 175 not out and also has most number of centuries (5) in the tournament.Coincidentally, McCullum in all likelihood will bat  tonight against RCB but in Gujarat Lions jersey when the two sides face-off at the Saurashstra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The 35-year-old has hit the top form with a brutal 64 off 44 against Mumbai Indians on Sunday but will history repeat itself?ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Kendra Wilkinson doesnt want son to become a celebrity

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 24 (PTI) TV personality Kendra Wilkinson Baskett says she would support her seven-year-son Hank IV to pursue any profession as long as it has nothing to do with showbiz.The 32-year-old television host says she would want her elder child to explore his talent in some other field, such as being in sports like his father Hank Bassett III, former American football player, reported Entertainment Tonight.”Im telling you right now, (my son) has already been scouted and spotted and seen. The reason why Im working here in Vegas right now is to take him on a trip to Europe to introduce him to real soccer. He will be an athlete, theres no question about it.”Whatever he wants to do, he can do, except for (on Tuesday), he goes I want to be a celebrity. Im like, Stop now! Stop! No! You need to have some talent, meaning, do what I do on stage and put a different muscle in your brain to use,” Wilkinson says.The model is also a mother to daughter Alijah, two. PTI RDS SHDlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton handed five-place grid penalty in Austria

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s hopes of starting the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position for the third year in a row on Sunday have been dashed by a gearbox change that triggered an automatic five place grid penalty.The drop means the Mercedes driver, second in the championship behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, cannot equal Michael Schumacher’s pole position record of 68 at his home British Grand Prix next week.The triple world champion, who is currently on 66 poles and won in Austria last year, will have to wait until Hungary at the end of the month at the earliest.He had been favourite to take the top slot at the scenic Red Bull Ring after dominating Friday’s two free practice sessions with Vettel second fastest.Qualifying is on Saturday after a final practice and Hamilton will be hoping that he is fastest to minimise the drop and that Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas is second to deny Vettel the top slot.A Mercedes team spokesman said the gearbox problem resulted from the previous race in Azerbaijan, where Hamilton started on pole but finished fifth after having to pit to fix a loose headrest.Formula One regulations stipulate that gearboxes must last six races unless a driver fails to finish for whatever reason.The Formula One technical delegate said in a statement he had been informed by Mercedes last Tuesday that the gearbox was damaged and needed changing, a detail the team had kept secret.Hamilton, who had told reporters earlier that pole was the goal, is 14 points behind Vettel after eight of 20 races. Both drivers have won three races.advertisementThe pair clashed in Baku when Vettel drove into the back of the Mercedes while they were behind the safety car and then banged wheels angrily after pulling alongside.Vettel, who finished fourth in Baku, apologised for the incident of “road rage” — and for claiming that Hamilton ‘brake-tested’ him — after a hearing in Paris on Monday.Mercedes ruled out that contact as the cause of the gearbox problems.last_img read more

Olympiakos Advanced to the Champions League Group Stage, Winning 2-1 at Krasnodar

first_imgOlympiakos advanced to the Champions League group stage Tuesday, winning 2-1 at Krasnodar for a 6-1 aggregate victory.The Greek league runner-up will play in its 19th Champions League group-stage campaign.Old rivals Red Star Belgrade and Dinamo Zagreb advanced also to the Champions League group stage after making it through their playoff second-leg games.The former fierce domestic rivalry between the current champions of Serbia and Croatia — which was curbed in 1991 — could now be renewed in Europe’s top competition.Red Star, which won the European Cup in 1991 as the old Yugoslav national league broke up, went through on away goals after a 1-1 draw with visiting Young Boys made the aggregate score 3-3.Fans of Red Star parked a decommissioned Yugoslav army battle tank, used in the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s, outside their stadium for the game. Croatian media said the move was “a clear provocation.”Dinamo advanced 3-1 on aggregate by drawing 1-1 at Rosenborg, leveling in the 71st minute from a rising, left-foot shot by Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Amer Gojak.Dinamo will be in the pot of third-seeded teams and can be grouped with Red Star, which is in the lowest-ranked pot 4 at Thursday’s draw in Monaco.For the second straight year, Red Star is the only team to play through eight games in four qualifying rounds to reach the lucrative group stage.The Serbian team survived a tense end to the game after Young Boys leveled in the 82nd through an own goal by Red Star’s El Fardou Ben Nabouhane. Red Star’s Tomané was then sent off for getting a second yellow card during more than seven minutes of stoppage time.The final places in the 32-team lineup will be decided in three more playoff games Wednesday, including Ajax hosting APOEL after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Cyprus.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash: Beyonce lands in Udaipur for live performance

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s pre-wedding celebrations are on in full swing at The Oberoi Udaivilas and Lake Palace in Udaipur right now, as you read this.The star-studded bash saw almost all big names from Bollywood, politics, sports and business in attendance. The party was a grand success last night and the celebrations continue.Well, to add a lot of rock and pop to the grandest event of the year, American singing sensation Beyonce has arrived in Udaipur to perform live at the function.She was just spotted at the airport and is expected to perform live today.The functions in Udaipur were to take place from December 8 to 9. The wedding will take place at Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s Mumbai residence Antilia on December 12.Stay tuned for all juicy details of the grand celebrations.ALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur: See all inside pics and videosALSO SEE | Isha Ambani wedding celebrations kick off with Anna Seva in Udaipur. See picsALSO SEE: Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding invite is as royal as it gets. Watch unboxing videoALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities: New pics from venueALSO WATCH: Isha and Anand’s regal wedding invitelast_img read more

AVRIL LAVIGNE REVEALS HOW EXHUSBAND CHAD KROEGER HELPED HER THROUGH EMOTIONAL RECORDING SESSIONS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Avril Lavigne’s new album would have been a much tougher thing to piece together if not for her ex-husband Chad Kroeger.The Canadian singer opened up to Stellar magazine about her rocky road back to the top. Lavigne’s battle with Lyme Disease put her career on the backburner and she thought her future as a musician may never again be realized.“There was a time when my health was totally taken away from me, but now to be back — to make a whole entire record and shoot music videos and do photo shoots and start performing again — that makes me really happy,” she said. “I can’t believe how much I missed that. It’s who I am. When I went down, I thought, ‘Well, I guess I’m not going to work anymore, this is over.’” Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement By SHAKIEL MAHJOURI | ET CANADA Advertisement Lavigne, 34, released lead single “Head Above Water” on Sept. 19 from her forthcoming album of the same name. The song and album making process may have been very different if not for the Nickelback frontman.“I remember there was a point where Chad [Kroeger] was recording my vocals and he had to pull me aside because I was going to cry,” Lavigne recalled. “Whenever you cry in the studio, it is never a good thing for the vocal cords; they tighten up and it can completely change the tone.”“He was like “No, no, no, don’t cry!” I stepped away from the mic, went to the bathroom, sat down on the floor and cleared my head,” she continued. “That might be why you can feel the emotion in the track.”Just because they are exes does not mean Lavigne and Kroger do not have an important relationship: “Chad and I are really good friends. We have remained close and he supports me to this day. So it was really special to have him there and helping me.”Head Above Water is scheduled to be released in February 2019 through BMG Record. Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (Getty Image)last_img read more

Concluding Asian trip General Assembly President confers with Pakistani leaders

7 May 2010The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki today concluded a three-nation visit to Asia after holding talks with the Pakistani leadership, including the President and the Prime Minister, that focused on issues related to global peace and development. At a ceremony in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari conferred on Dr. Treki the Hilal-e-Pakistan award in recognition of his contribution for promoting peace, harmony and cooperation.Dr. Treki was yesterday received by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues on the UN agenda, including peace and security, development, UN reform and several other regional and international issues.They said that multilateralism and the role of the UN are central to collective efforts to address global challenges.Dr. Treki invited Mr. Gilani to attend the General Assembly’s high level plenary in September. The session is expected to review progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight poverty alleviation and human development goals that States have committed to make efforts to attain by 2015.The General Assembly President thanked Pakistan for its support to the UN, expressing gratitude for the country’s regular contribution of troops to UN peacekeeping missions.Dr. Treki also had talks with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi with both leaders emphasizing the urgency of a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also discussed the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan and exchanged views on disarmament and climate change.He also briefed the Speaker of the Pakistani parliament Fehmida Mirza on efforts to promote the development agenda at the UN and to revitalize and strengthen the role of the General Assembly.Earlier on his mission to Asia, Dr. Treki visited China and India. read more

UN to present human rights report on conditions in Iraq by end

The document will address the treatment of detainees as well as the military-security situation, including acts of terrorism, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced today.The report will also deal with protection of civilians, displacement, the situation of women and children, freedom of religion or belief, other core rights, oversight and accountability and human rights institutions.The Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, has requested information for the inquiry from L. Paul Bremer, the US Administrator in Iraq, members of the Iraqi Governing Council, and the Foreign Ministers of countries participating in the coalition. He has also contacted concerned international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The team working on the report, which will cover the period from April 2003 to May 2004, plans to visit Amman, Jordan; Beirut and other capitals neighbouring Iraq to conduct interviews on the matter. Should circumstances permit, “the Acting High Commissioner and members of his team would be ready to visit Baghdad for consultations with coalition and Iraqi leaders,” the UN rights office said in a statement released in Geneva.Speaking to reporters there yesterday, UN spokesman José Luis Díaz said long-time human rights expert Jakob Moller would be involved in preparing the report, which will also be released to the press. read more

58hour smooch sets record for worlds longest kiss

first_imgFOR THE SECOND time in three years, a Thai couple has set a new record for the longest kiss, locking their lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds in a Valentine’s Day “kissathon.”Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat from Bangkok emerged victorious Thursday in what organizers said was the longest recorded smooch in history. The milestone must still be verified by officials from Guinness World Records.The pair, who also won the annual contest in 2011, received a 100,000 baht (€2,500) cash prize and two diamond rings.The event began Tuesday with nine couples. The contestants were not allowed to sit, rest or sleep. They also had to go to the bathroom together with their lips locked.Last year’s record, set by two Thai men, was about 50½ hours.This ITN video gives a flavour of the occasion:YouTube/itnnewsAttention girls, everywhere. We’ve been doing it wrong>13 messages you don’t want on your Love Hearts>last_img read more

Création du premier poulet OGM qui résiste à la grippe

first_imgCréation du premier poulet OGM qui résiste à la grippe Des scientifiques britanniques sont parvenus à créer le premier poulet génétiquement modifié capable de résister à la grippe aviaire. Cette technique pourrait éventuellement être utilisée pour éviter la propagation d’autres maladies.Le journal Science publie une étude réalisée par une équipe anglaise qui est parvenue à démontrer qu’il était possible de créer des animaux de ferme génétiquement modifiés pour résister aux maladies virales. La recherche a porté sur des poules. Dans leurs cellules ont été injectés des gènes comportant une infime partie du virus de la grippe aviaire.À lire aussiL’œuf ou la poule, qui est venu en premier ? Les deux, répond la physique quantiqueLes poules en question, quoique malades, ont rendu le virus inoffensif pour les autres volatiles. Pour les scientifiques, les modifications génétiques ne devraient poser aucun problème tant pour les poules que pour les consommateurs de celles-ci. Les virus ne devraient pas plus être dangereux pour les humains.Les chercheurs de l’Université d’Edimbourg estiment que ces OGM sont plus intéressants que la vaccination pour se protéger des maladies puisque la modification génétique reste effective même lorsque le virus mute. En principe, la technique devrait être reproductible sur n’importe quel animal de ferme et concernant n’importe quelle maladie.Autre objectif pour les chercheurs : réduire les coûts de production et augmenter la production de viande d’abattage. Pour justifier cela, ils s’abritent derrière d’autres considérations : “Il y aura bientôt un véritable problème pour nourrir les habitants de la planète au fur et à mesure que la population augmente”. Le 14 janvier 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nearly 1 in 5 US Adults Mistakenly Think They Have Food Allergy

first_img When is a food allergy not a food allergy? When reported symptoms are inconsistent with real life-threatening reactions.While more 10 percent of adults in the US are estimated to have a potentially life-threatening food allergy, nearly twice as many simply mistake intolerance or “other food-related conditions” for allergies, according to researchers.For instance, if I eat melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, even watermelon), there’s a pretty good chance my throat will swell to deadly proportions. Whereas if I ingest nutmeg, I will be relegated to the bathroom with intense stomach pains and loose bowels.One is an allergy, the other a very unpleasant intolerance.“It is important to see a physician for appropriate testing and diagnosis before completely eliminating foods from the diet,” lead study author Ruchi Gupta, from Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University, said in a statement.“If food allergy is confirmed, understanding the management is also critical,” she continued, “including recognizing symptoms of anaphylaxis and how and when to use epinephrine.”In a national survey of more than 40,000 adults, only half of those participants with a “convincing” food allergy (Lurie Children’s Hospital’s word, not mine) had a physician-confirmed diagnosis. Fewer than 25 percent reported a current epinephrine prescription.If you down a handful of peanuts and moments later experience hives, wheezing, nausea, and lightheadedness, it’s hard to argue with the fact that you’re allergic—even without an official doctor’s note.But bloating and skin rashes a few hours after eating certain food, though undesirable, do not necessarily equal hypersensitivity.Perhaps most curious, though, is the researchers’ discovery that nearly half of food-allergic adults developed at least one of their damaging immune responses later in life.“We were surprised to find that adult-onset food allergies were so common,” Gupta said. “More research is needed to understand why this is occurring and how we might prevent it.”Study data indicate the most prevalent food allergens among U.S. adults are shellfish (affecting 7.2 million people), milk (4.7 million), peanut (4.5 million), tree nut (3 million), fin fish (2.2 million), egg (2 million), wheat (2 million), soy (1.5 million), and sesame (0.5 million).The full study was published in JAMA Network Open.More on Geek.com:Nima’s Portable Peanut Sensor Could Save Your Life‘World’s First Digital Dining Plate’ Is a Feast for the EyesFirst Lab-Grown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the Future Stay on target Nima’s Portable Peanut Sensor Could Save Your LifeSiliconSky design GPS-enabled asthma inhaler last_img read more

No cause determined as first phase of hotel fire probe ends

first_imgFire officials announced they have completed the first phase of the Thunderbird Hotel fire investigation but stressed that much work still remains and that no cause has been determined.The first phase involved processing fire damage at the hotel, which was destroyed in a spectacular 5-alarm blaze on Sept. 2. It is being investigated by Portland Fire & Rescue and the federal ATF National Response Team.In a press release issued late Saturday, officials said that personnel and heavy equipment and fire apparatus will be no longer at the scene, but they stressed the investigation “will continue for as long as it takes to identify and follow up on all pieces of information that are related to this fire.”last_img read more

Respiratory Pathogen Found In Alaska Dalls Sheep And Mountain Goats

first_imgPneumonia from Movi can develop as the result of multiple stressors including poor nutritional condition and/or environmental factors such as extreme weather, or high population density. Dale: “We are not aware of any pneumonia outbreaks or die-offs in Dall’s sheep or mountain goats related to this bacterium.” Division of Wildlife Conservation Director Bruce Dale: “Our initial research has confirmed Movi in a small number of Dall’s sheep and mountain goats in relatively isolated areas of the state,” adding that Alaska’s Dall’s sheep and mountain goat populations overall are healthy. The mountain goats were live captured and released in Southeast and on the Kenai Peninsula and showed no sign of illness; only samples from goats on the Kenai tested positive. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-sheep-.mp3VmJennifer-on-sheep-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A strain of bacteria known to cause pneumonia in Lower 48 bighorn sheep has been detected for thefirst time in Alaska Dall’s sheep and mountain goats, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.center_img Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi, for short), described as a respiratory bacteria that can cause disease in susceptible hosts, was recently confirmed in four Dall’s sheep within a sample of 136 and in two of 39 mountain goats. Movi is sometimes found in domestic sheep, goats, and wild sheep and goats in the Lower 48, among other hoofed animals. It has been identified as a pathogen in Lower 48 bighorn sheep pneumonia outbreaks that have resulted in significant die-offs. The Dall’s sheep testing positive for Movi were all in Game Management Unit 13A; all were taken by hunters and appeared healthy. The department plans to continue surveillance for Mycoplasma bacteria, including Movi research in Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, and other Alaska wildlife in collaboration with the USDA Animal Disease Research Unit and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.last_img read more

FCCs new robocall rules target international scammers

first_img2:42 Share your voice Comments The FCC said that the new regulations are part of a multipronged approach to battle “the noxious intrusion of illegal robocalls, as well as malicious caller ID spoofing.” In June, the FCC voted unanimously on a proposal to give mobile phone companies greater power to “aggressively block” unwanted robocalls. Thursday’s votes extends the Truth in Caller ID Act to text messages or international calls as intended under the passage of Ray Baum’s Act last year. The FCC says this law gives the agency authority to broaden bans on illegal spoofing to text messages, calls originating outside the US and calls using voice over IP. The Truth in Caller ID Act, passed in 2009, already prohibits misleading or inaccurate caller ID “spoofing” with the intent to defraud for domestic callers, the agency said. But until now the FCC”s rules didn’t apply to text messages or international calls. Now they do.”Whether it’s neighborhood spoofing, which makes it look like an incoming call is from a local number, or spoofing the number of a company or government agency that consumers know and trust, scammers continue to hide behind spoofed numbers to deceive and defraud American consumers out of money and personal information,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “Today, we rely on new authority provided by Congress in Ray Baum’s Act to update our rules to cover these additional forms of spoofing.” How to stop robocalls The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday on new rules to go after illegal robocallers based overseas. But it’s unlikely to be the final death knell for the scourge of robocalls. Instead it’s yet another tool in the toolbox to deter the onslaught of calls, the agency said.The FCC says it received more than 35,000 consumer complaints about caller ID spoofing in the first half of this year alone. And it doesn’t look like things are letting up anytime soon.The new rules won’t stop anyone from making these illegal calls. Instead, they’re meant to expand the FCC’s authority to go after bad actors. Specifically, the new rules are aimed at closing loopholes in the regulations that prevented the agency from going after offenders based outside the US or scammers who text messages to defraud people.  Tags 2 Mobile Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: FCClast_img read more

State To Defend Merged Gubernatorial Ticket

first_imgThe state says a lawsuit challenging the mechanism that allowed two Alaska gubernatorial candidates to merge their campaigns would derail the November election and potentially disenfranchise voters if it succeeds.Download Audio:The state’s position is detailed in court documents filed this week ahead of oral arguments set for Friday in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and elections director Gail Fenumiai.The lawsuit filed last week by an Alaska Republican Party district chair, Steve Strait, challenges an emergency ruling that allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate bill Walker and run as Walker’s lieutenant governor.Strait maintains that Treadwell erred in his Sept. 2 decision.The combined ticket is seen as a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell than a three-way race.last_img read more

Ken Koelsch wins Juneau mayors seat

first_imgKaren Crane, who received 40 percent of the vote, was on the Juneau Assembly until she resigned earlier this year to run for mayor.“Well, we ran a good campaign,” Crane said. “I want to thank all my volunteers. I had a great team working with me. We had a very positive campaign – we stayed positive throughout. Lot of effort went into this. And I really appreciate all the help and support I’ve had, um, over the entire campaign.”As of election night, election officials reported 1,520 absentee ballots that are expected to be counted by Friday.The election resolves a months-long game of musical chairs on the assembly. Assembly member Mary Becker had been serving as mayor since Mayor Greg Fisk’s death in November. She will return to her regular assembly seat.That puts out Barbara Sheinberg, who was appointed to temporarily fill Mary Becker’s seat pending this election.In Juneau’s form of government, the mayor is a largely ceremonial position. In assembly business, the mayor’s vote carries that same weight as the other eight members. Municipal employees answer to the city manager, who answers to the assembly.The mayor earns $2,500 a month. The term ends in October 2018. Ken Koelsch will be Juneau’s new mayor.Download AudioKen Koelsch addresses his supporters on election night at City Hall, March 15, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Unofficial results from Tuesday’s special election show Juneau voters backed Koelsch with 59 percent of the vote. Koelsch read from a prepared statement before addressing his supporters:“Thank you, Juneau, for your confidence, your turnout, caring about our future. A learning experience to run for mayor. Thank you to my wife, our family, and all the contributors and volunteers who feel like family. Thank you to Karen Crane and her supporters. This has been a good race with people involved on both sides because they care deeply about Juneau. I feel positive about our future. My goal is to unite us as a community. I will work hard for you with honor and with integrity. We have our work cut out for us, so let’s unite.”Koelsch is expected to be sworn in on April 4, after election results are certified.last_img read more