Study finds link between maternal diet rich in nuts and childs neurodevelopment

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019Nuts are known to help reduce the risk of hypertension, oxidative stress and diabetes and they may exercise a protective effect against cognitive decline in older age. To this list of beneficial health effects, we can now add new evidence from a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by “la Caixa”. The study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found links between a maternal diet rich in nuts during the first trimester of pregnancy and improved neurodevelopment in the child.The study was carried out in Spain and included over 2,200 mother and child pairs enrolled in cohorts belonging to the INMA Project located in Asturias, Guipuzcoa, Sabadell and Valencia. Information on maternal nut intake was obtained from questionnaires on eating habits, which the mothers completed during the first and last trimester of their pregnancy. The children’s neuropsychological development was assessed using several internationally validated standard tests 18 months, 5 years, and 8 years after birth.Analysis of the results showed that the group of children whose mothers ate more nuts during the first trimester of pregnancy obtained the best results in all the tests measuring cognitive function, attention capacity and working memory.”This is the first study to explore the possible benefits of eating nuts during pregnancy for the child’s neurodevelopment in the long term. The brain undergoes a series of complex processes during gestation and this means that maternal nutrition is a determining factor in fetal brain development and can have long-term effects, explains Florence Gignac, ISGlobal researcher and first author of the study. “The nuts we took into account in this study were walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pine nuts and hazelnuts. We think that the beneficial effects observed might be due to the fact that the nuts provided high levels of folic acid and, in particular, essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. These components tend to accumulate in neural tissue, particularly in the frontal areas of the brain, which influence memory and executive functions.”Related StoriesPuzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenThe benefits described in this study were observed in the group of mothers who reported the highest consumption of nuts–a weekly average of just under three 30g servings. This is slightly lower than the average weekly consumption recommended in the healthy eating guide published by the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC: Guía de la alimentación saludable), which is between three and seven servings per week. “This makes us think that if the mothers consumed the recommended weekly average the benefits could be much greater,” Gignac explains. Estimated nut consumption in Spain is more than double the European average (4.8 g vs. 2.2 g).The study also analysed the mothers’ nut consumption during the third trimester of their pregnancy, but in this case either no associations were observed with the neuropsychological outcomes or the associations found were weaker. “This is not the first time we have observed more marked effects when an exposure occurs at a specific stage of the pregnancy. While our study does not explain the causes of the difference between the first and third trimesters, the scientific literature speculates that the rhythm of fetal development varies throughout the pregnancy and that there are periods when development is particularly sensitive to maternal diet” explains Jordi Júlvez, ISGlobal researcher and last author of the study.”In any case”, adds Júlvez, “as this is the first study to explore this effect, we must treat the findings with caution and work on reproducing them in the future with more cohort studies as well as randomised controlled trials”. Source:http://www.isglobal.org/en/last_img read more

Robin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals New math promised on Medicare

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 3 2019As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them.The goal of the proposal, unveiled by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma last month, is to bump up Medicare’s reimbursements to rural hospitals, some of which receive the lowest rates in the nation.For example, Alabama’s hospitals — most of which are rural — stand to gain an additional $43 million from Medicare next year if the federal agency makes this adjustment.”We’re hopeful,” said Danne Howard, executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Alabama Hospital Association. “It’s as much about the rural hospitals as rural communities being able to survive.”The proposed tweak, as wonky as it is, comes with considerable controversy.By law, any proposed changes in the calculation of Medicare payments must be budget-neutral; in other words, the federal government can’t spend more money than previously allocated. That would mean any change would have a Robin Hood-like effect: increasing payments to some hospitals and decreasing them to others.”There is a real political tension,” said Mark Holmes, director of the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Changing the factors in Medicare’s calculations that help hospitals in rural communities generally would mean that urban hospitals get less money.The federal proposal targets a long-standing and contentious regulation known in Washington simply as the “wage index.” The index, created in the 1980s as a way to ensure federal Medicare reimbursements were equitable for hospitals nationwide, attempts to adjust for local market prices, said Allen Dobson, president of the consulting firm Dobson, DaVanzo & Associates.That means under the current index a rural community hospital could receive a Medicare payment of about $4,000 to treat someone with pneumonia compared with an urban hospital receiving nearly $6,000 for the same case, according to CMS.”The idea was to give urban a bit more and rural areas a bit less because their labor costs are a bit less,” said Dobson, who was the research director for Medicare in the 1980s when the index was created. “There’s probably no exact true way to do it. I think everybody agrees if you are in a high-wage area you ought to get paid more for your higher wages.”For decades, hospitals have questioned the fairness of that adjustment.Rural hospitals nationwide have a median wage index that is consistently lower than that of urban hospitals, according to a recent brief by the Sheps Center. The gap is most acute in the South, where 14 of the 20 states account for the lowest median wage indices.Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that the index may not accurately reflect local labor prices and, therefore, Medicare payments to some hospitals “may not be appropriately” adjusted for local labor prices. More plainly, in some cases, the payments are too low.In an emailed statement to KHN, Verma said the current wage index system “has partly contributed to disparities in reimbursement across the country.”CMS’ current proposal would increase Medicare payments to the mostly rural hospitals in the lowest 25th percentile and decrease the payments to those in the highest 75th percentile. The agency is also proposing a 5% cap on any hospital’s decrease in the final wage index in 2020 compared with 2019. This would effectively limit the loss in payments some would experience.Related StoriesMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsDelaney’s debate claim that ‘Medicare for All’ will shutter hospitals goes overboardSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsDobson, a former Medicare research director, said he expects “enormous resistance.” (The CMS proposal is open for public comment until June 24.)HHS Secretary Alex Azar, foreshadowing how difficult a change could be, said during a May 10 Senate budget hearing that the wage index is “one of the more vexing issues in Medicare.” It’s problematic, agreed Tom Nickels, an AHA executive vice president, noting in an emailed statement that there are other ways “to provide needed relief to low-wage areas without penalizing high-wage areas.”It’s this split that appears to be dictating the range of reactions.The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s Michael Sroczynski, who oversees its government lobbying, questioned in an emailed statement whether the wage index is the correct mechanism for providing relief to struggling hospitals. The state’s hospitals have historically been at the higher end of the wage index.In contrast, Tennessee Hospital Association CEO Craig Becker applauded the proposed change and said the Trump administration is recognizing the “longstanding unfairness” of the index. Tennessee has been among the hardest hit with hospital closures, counting 10 since 2012.In Alabama, where four rural hospitals have closed since 2012, Howard said that without the change she “could see a dozen or more of our hospitals not being able to survive the next year.” Indeed, Howard said, hospitals in more than 20 states could gain Medicare dollars if the proposal passes and “only a small number actually get hurt.”Kaiser Health News asked the Missouri Hospital Association, in a state where most hospitals do not stand to gain or lose significantly from the rule change, to calculate the exact differences in hospital payments under the current wage index formula. Under the complex formula, a hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif., an area at the top end of the range, received a Medicare payment rate of $10,951.30 — or 70% more — for treating a concussion with major complications in 2010, compared with a rural Alabama hospital, at the bottom end, which received $6,441.76 to provide the same care.Even more, MHA’s data analysis showed that the lower payments to Alabama hospitals have compounded over time. In 2019, Medicare increased its pay to the hospitals in the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area for the same concussion care. It now stands at $13,503.37 — a nearly 23% increase above the 2010 payment. In contrast, rural Alabama hospitals recorded a 3% payment increase,  to $6,646.80, for the same care.For Alabama, addressing the calculation disparity could be “the lifeline that we’ve been praying for,” Howard said. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Facebook to train 65000 in French job schemes

© 2018 AFP Facebook said Monday that it will train 65,000 French people in digital skills in free schemes to help women set up businesses and the long-term unemployed get back to work. Citation: Facebook to train 65,000 in French job schemes (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-facebook-french-job-schemes.html The internet giant also announced that it will pour an additional 10 million euros ($12.2 million) into artificial intelligence in France by 2022, without saying how much it will invest in the training schemes.The US social network will work with 50,000 jobseekers in a partnership with the national unemployment agency, helping them with their computer skills, until late 2019, a company statement said.At the same time it will work with 15,000 French women hoping to start their own companies, in an expansion of the She Means Business campaign already present in several countries.That scheme will give 3,500 women intensive free computer training across various French cities, with another 11,500 women given access to an online course.”These initiatives are part of a pan-European programme, with Facebook hoping to train a million people and business founders by 2020,” the internet giant said.Its artificial intelligence investment will meanwhile allow Facebook to double the number of researchers at its AI hub in Paris—one of four worldwide—to 60.”Facebook wants to play a key role in France’s ambition to become the international champion of AI,” the social network said. France fines Facebook for data protection breaches Facebook announced that it will pour an additional 10 million euros (8.9 million euros) into artificial intelligence in France by 2022 Explore further 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. read more

General Motors reports 52 bn loss on charge for US tax reform

General Motors sees another solid year of sales this year, despite posting a loss last year largely due to the US tax reform, as it launches the revamped Chevrolet Silverado Citation: General Motors reports $5.2 bn loss on charge for US tax reform (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-motors-bn-loss-tax-reform.html GM reported a net loss of $5.2 billion in the fourth quarter due to a $7.3 billion non-cash charge from the remeasurement of deferred tax assets because of US tax reform—a change other major companies also have had to contend with. Revenues in the final quarter fell to $37.7 billion, down 5.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.The tax impact also led to an annual loss of $3.9 billion, after solid profits in 2016.But GM pointed to strong sales in the US, China and South America that helped it achieve higher operating earnings compared with the fourth quarter of the prior year.The automaker reported a dip in North American car sales overall, where the US market in 2017 retreated from the record-setting performance of 2016 but remained at a high level. Car sales rose significantly in China and South America, offsetting the near complete absence of sales in Europe after the company sold its the Opel/Vauxhall brands in Europe to the PSA Group.US tax reform has led to a number of losses among large corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Caterpillar in the fourth quarter. Still, there is broad consensus among US companies, including GM, that tax cuts will benefit the economy long-term.Solid year expectedExcluding those items, GM’s earnings translated into $1.65 a share, better than analyst forecasts.GM said last month that it expects another solid year in car sales in 2018 when it will launch revamps of best-selling vehicles such as the Chevrolet Silverado. Pickups and other large vehicles, which have big profit margins, have become the backbone of US car sales amid a period of relatively low gasoline prices.GM also has scored points with Wall Street for making strides in its autonomous driving program. It is targeting 2019 for deployment of autonomous vehicles commercially, though it has not said when its overall spending on autonomous technology will be profitable.The automaker plans to invest $1 billion in 2018 on autonomous car technology, an increase from the $600 million last year. “We believe this is a huge opportunity if you’re first at scale,” GM chief financial officer Chuck Stevens told CNBC Tuesday morning.GM shares rose 2.4 percent to $40.50 after the results were announced. A huge one-time charge for US tax reform pushed General Motors quarterly earnings into the red, but the automaker said Tuesday that earnings were better-than-expected when the tax hit is excluded. 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. GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018 © 2018 AFP Explore further read more

Streaming platform Hulu could be wild card in FoxDisney megadeal

Walt Disney Co.’s deal for much of the film and television assets of 21st Century Fox could help remake the streaming platform Hulu a legitimate rival to Netflix. Will Disney’s streaming service roar – or squeak? “While the Netflix machine remains the clear leader and poised to increase its market share both domestically as well as internationally we believe Disney will invest a billion-plus in Hulu over the next three years with its live programming being a potential difference maker.” The Emmy-winning show “The Handmaid’s Tale” starring actress Elisabeth Moss has helped raise the profile of streaming television service Hulu The proposed $52 billion deal has drawn attention for potentially turning over to Disney another major Hollywood studio and key television operations in the US and overseas.But if streaming video represents the future, Hulu could be the key.Created in 2008, Hulu has garnered comparatively little attention as the number three streaming platform in the US market, behind Netflix and Amazon.Hulu was created by the major broadcast operators to counter the growing influence of Netflix. But Hulu’s structure has been a handicap. Disney Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal each own 30 percent, with Time Warner holding the remaining 10 percent.The deal announced in December would give Disney a 60 percent stake and, according to analysts, greater ability to build a winning platform.”Hulu never made sense to begin with,” said analyst Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research.”The concept that the networks needed to come together to form this consortium probably held it back more than anything else. They’re probably better not working in a consortium-like model.” 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. Walt Disney Co. would strengthen its streaming television offerings by gaining control of the Hulu platform as part of a $52 billion deal for film and television assets of 21st Century Fox Disney’s firm control of Hulu would probably lead to the exit of Comcast’s NBCUniversal to establish its own platform, according to Wieser.Hulu has an estimated 17 million subscribers—up from 12 million a year earlier—compared with over 100 million for Netflix.New directionsBut Hulu has made gains in the past year as it ramps up original content, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a winner of eight Emmy awards. Hulu has also indicated it may start expanding to international markets to step up its challenge to Netflix.Daniel Ives of the research firm GBH Insights said allowing Disney to take a controlling share in Hulu “significantly changes the strategic direction” for the platform.Ives noted that Hulu could complement the streaming services which Disney expects to launch in the coming years—one for general content and another for sports.”From a content perspective having the Disney machine and (chief executive Bob) Iger behind Hulu makes it a much more competitive platform over the coming years as this will be a two-head monster with Disney’s streaming service slated for 2019 and Hulu as a standalone,” Ives said. Explore further Triple threatIger said in December that he wants to launch a streaming service which is a “destination” for children’s programming which will come from Disney itself as well as its ABC television unit and the Fox television entities.During Disney’s earnings call this week, Iger said the regulatory review for the Fox deal was underway in various jurisdictions and said the tie up would offer a boost to the media-entertainment group.Adding the Fox assets, Iger said, will deliver more content and the production capabilities and talent to produce even more. It will enhance our direct-to-consumer initiatives with platforms, technologies, brands and existing customer relationships to build on.”Hulu would complement that with programming for a more general audience and with its ESPN sports service, Disney could offer a “triple threat” to rivals.Wieser said it remains unclear if Disney’s strategy of streaming services targeted at specific audiences will work. It will also face competition from streaming services offered by broadcast group CBS and Time Warner’s premium video channel HBO.”Maybe customers ultimately prefer services that are tailored somewhat rather than broad,” Wieser said. “And by taking so many kicks at the can they’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t.”Hulu is also promoting its “Live TV” option which offers a bundle of channels as slimmed down option for viewers not seeking a large cable or satellite package.”This is going to be a heavyweight fight over the coming years with Hulu playing a central role in Disney’s ability to gain market and mind share versus the iron fortress and empire of streaming, Netflix,” Ives said. © 2018 AFP Disney CEO chief Bob Iger—shown here with Mickey Mouse preparing to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017—has said he wants to launch a streaming service which is a “destination” for children’s programming Citation: Streaming platform Hulu could be wild card in Fox-Disney megadeal (2018, February 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-streaming-platform-hulu-wild-card.html read more

Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling

first_imgIn this April 6, 2018, photo, Adrienne Kosewicz, owner of Play It Safe World Toys, poses for a portrait in her home office in Seattle. Kosewicz pays $3,600 a year for tax collection software to handle payments and reports to her home state, Washington. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they’ll comply. What’s that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax There are still many unknowns. The ruling upheld a South Dakota law that exempts sellers with $100,000 or less in sales in the state. Other states are free to set their own thresholds, and it’s not known what they might be or how long it would take for all the states to weigh in, says David Campbell, CEO of TaxCloud, a provider of tax compliance software. It’s also not known if Congress might set a uniform ceiling that all states would have to adhere to. Citation: Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling (2018, June 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-online-sellers-comply-sales-tax.html Explore further In this April 6, 2018, photo, Adrienne Kosewicz, owner of Play It Safe World Toys, poses for a portrait in her home office in Seattle. Kosewicz pays $3,600 a year for tax collection software to handle payments and reports to her home state, Washington. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) In this April 6, 2018, photo, Adrienne Kosewicz, owner of Play It Safe World Toys, poses for a portrait in her home office in Seattle. Kosewicz pays $3,600 a year for tax collection software to handle payments and reports to her home state, Washington. Her Seattle-based online business sells through Amazon, which handles computation and collection. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) The decision allows states to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales tax from customers in other states—for example, a retailer in Utah who sells goods to a customer in New York would have to calculate and collect the New York sales tax. The ruling potentially means thousands of small businesses that never collected sales tax except in their home states will be responsible for tax in some 10,000 state and local jurisdictions nationwide.The ruling has angered many small online retailers and advocates for small companies because it will increase their expenses, mostly from the cost of software and services to help sellers collect the taxes and send the money to state authorities. But brick-and-mortar retailers who have had to collect tax simply because they have a store, office or warehouse in a state say the court has leveled the playing field, as online retailers will no longer have an advantage created by tax-free shopping.The decision overturned two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that allowed companies without a physical presence in a state to avoid collecting sales tax. The internet has changed retailing, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the new decision, said, “each year, the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality.” Kennedy also noted the existence of software that “may make it easier for small businesses to cope” with compliance.Some internet retailers are shrugging and making plans to adhere to the new rules.”I’ll do what needs to be done and get it taken care of,” said Dave “Lando” Landis, owner of Rocker Rags, a New Mexico-based online seller of clothing with photos and logos of rock musicians. “It’s not something that needs to be a panic situation.”Adrienne Kosewicz who pays $3,300 a year for tax compliance software for sales in her home state, Washington, expects that collecting taxes in other states will raise costs by a manageable 10 percent at her Seattle-based online business, Play It Safe World Toys.The cost can be reduced for retailers who sell to customers in the 24 states that participate in the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement, a plan aimed at simplifying tax collection. Under the agreement, retailers can use a sales tax compliance service of their choice without charge for transactions in the participating states, according to Craig Johnson, executive director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. Kosewicz says for her, sales may not reach the threshold in each state.States also still must announce dates by which retailers must be in compliance, says Scott Peterson, a vice president at Avalara, a manufacturer of tax collection software. He suggests retailers consult with their accountants to determine the states where they should be in compliance.The tax compliance software and services are designed to work with the programs retailers use to process their sales transactions. They are linked to databases that track tax rates in the 45 states that charge sales tax, and in the thousands of counties and municipalities that have their own taxes.But using the compliance services won’t be without complications, says Jamie Yesnowitz, an accountant specializing in state and local taxes with the firm Grant Thornton.”It’s not as easy as pushing a button,” because businesses will need to make decisions about where they’re going to collect tax, Yesnowitz says. If a company doesn’t expect to reach the threshold in a state, it may decide not to collect tax.Owners will also have to absorb the costs of complying, or pass it along to customers—something they want to avoid.”There must be another piece of overhead someplace else to reduce,” says Bob Cuddihy, owner of True Citrus, a Baltimore-based online seller of drink mixes, water bottles and apparel. He’s concerned about consumers cutting back their purchases when they see they have to pay sales tax, but he also believes in time they’ll get used to the added cost. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Owners who have never collected out-of-state sales tax will need to get up to speed. Betty Lou Kranz initially worried about being able to stay in business if she had to track tax rates in hundreds of jurisdictions where her Port Jervis, New York-based company, The Pretzel Princess, sells candy and snacks.”I will be learning a lot in the next couple of months,” Kranz says.The ruling also concerns some small business advocates, who see it as government interference in business. “It’s taxes and regulation all combined in one unfortunate tax,” says Raymond Keating, chief economist with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.But to brick-and-mortar stores, the ruling righted a decades-old imbalance that favored internet retailers and led to the demise of thousands of merchants.”They’ve been getting an unfair advantage for 20 years. As much as I like the internet, real harm has been done,” says Mike Brey, owner of two Hobby Works stores in Maryland. Brey, who also has an online business, has closed three stores. He plans keep building his internet business, and expects his company will eventually pass whatever thresholds are set in all the states.Businesses that aren’t traditional retailers hope they’ll get back lost sales. Among them: veterinarians who write prescriptions for medicine and special food that clients have been able to buy tax-free online.”Vets all over the country have lost a lot of income for a long time,” says Dr. John de Jong, owner of Newton Animal Hospital in Massachusetts and president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He estimates his practice loses more than $75,000 in sales annually to online stores. 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

China probes suspected customer data leak at Accor partner

first_img Explore further Shanghai police said they were investigating a suspected data leak at NASDAQ-listed Chinese hotelier Huazhu Group, the local partner of France-based AccorHotels. Huazhu, one of China’s biggest hoteliers, said the release of the data had caused a ‘vicious impact’, and that it was conducting an internal investigation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFPcenter_img China’s Alibaba under fire over use of customer data Huazhu, one of China’s biggest hoteliers, released a statement on Tuesday saying it had alerted police to reports that the company’s internal data was being sold online, asking them to investigate.Chinese media reports said the data included guest membership information, personal IDs, check-in records, guest names, mobile numbers, and emails.Police in Shanghai said in a statement that they were looking into the case.Huazhu’s website said it operates more than 3,000 hotels in more than 370 cities in China, including the AccorHotels brands Ibis and Mercure.Shanghai-based Huazhu formed a long-term alliance with Accor in 2014 to help the French hotel group develop the Chinese market.Huazhu said the release of the data had caused a “vicious impact”, without giving specifics, and that it was conducting an internal investigation.The sale of personal information is common in China, which last year implemented a controversial cybersecurity law that requires services to store user data in China and receive approval from users before sharing their details.Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba came under fire earlier this year over its handling of user data in an episode that underscores growing concerns for privacy in the hyper-digitised country.Alibaba’s online-payments affiliate Ant Financial was forced to apologise after users said they felt misled into allowing its Alipay service to share data on their spending habits with Ant’s credit-scoring arm and other third-party services. Citation: China probes suspected customer data leak at Accor partner (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-china-probes-customer-leak-accor.htmllast_img read more

Facebook Google to pay Washington 450000 to settle lawsuits over politicalad transparency

first_imgTech giants Facebook and Google will pay Washington state more than $450,000 to settle twin lawsuits filed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson accusing the companies of failure to abide by state laws on political advertising transparency. Washington state sues Google, Facebook over campaign ad data The lawsuits have already had some effect, as Google stopped accepting political ads for state and local races in Washington days after the complaint was filed in June. In stopping those ads, the company cited emergency rules issued by the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) that clarified that the state law applies to digital firms, which must make information about political ads available as soon as they are published, including viewership data and the geographic areas targeted.In a statement Tuesday, Google maintained the company had never violated Washington’s law, but pulled back after the stricter PDC interpretation was put in place.”At that point, we paused accepting election advertising in Washington because our systems weren’t built to comply with these new requirements. We’ve rolled out several features this year to ensure transparency in U.S. federal elections and we are looking at ways to bring these tools to the state level as well,” said the statement supplied by company spokeswoman Alex Krasov.Google’s settlement with the state specifies it continues to deny “all material allegations” made by Ferguson’s lawsuit.Meanwhile, Facebook has continued to accept political ads in Washington, with the company pointing to its voluntary efforts to disclose more information even while its attorneys argued the state regulations were pre-empted by federal law.A Facebook spokeswoman, Beth Gautier, said Tuesday the company is pleased the lawsuit has been resolved.”We’re working hard to protect election integrity and prevent foreign interference. We believe all ads should be transparent on Facebook and aren’t waiting for legislation to authorize political advertisers and house these ads in a public archive,” Gautier wrote in an emailed statement. She said the company is still looking at how to address Washington’s disclosure requirements.Facebook’s searchable public archive of political ads was launched in May. But Ferguson said the information provided by the archive has not been adequate to comply with Washington’s rules—failing, for example, to provide enough information on who bought ads and the precise amount of payments.The state’s ad restrictions apply to state and local races, but not to federal contests such as congressional elections.While the bulk of political-ad spending still goes to television, cheaper online ads have proliferated in recent years. Political committees and candidates in Washington reported more than $5 million in payments to Facebook and $1.5 million to Google related to advertising, Ferguson’s office said, citing documents filed with the PDC. Explore further ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the settlements, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, the companies did not admit any violations of state law, but agreed to pay $200,000 each to end the legal disputes. They’ll also cover the state’s legal costs, with Google paying $17,000 and Facebook $38,500.Ferguson’s office filed the lawsuits in June, citing longstanding state law that requires media companies to collect and make public detailed information about political ads. Those requirements have long applied to television stations, newspapers and billboard owners, but the state’s lawsuits said Facebook and Google had failed to comply.”This resolution sends a powerful signal to the industry that you are accountable to Washington state laws. You must follow them,” Ferguson said in an interview Tuesday, adding that his office will monitor the companies’ behavior going forward.The move to make the tech firms fully comply with Washington’s disclosure laws arose after an editor for Seattle publication The Stranger asked the firms to provide the ad information required by state law in 2017, but was rebuffed.Following up on that reporting, Conner Edwards, a Thurston County political consultant and former Republican legislative aide, filed citizen-action complaints, prompting Ferguson’s lawsuit.Edwards said Tuesday he was not impressed with the settlement amounts for the multi-billion dollar tech companies.”It just seems pretty low. I am pretty shocked by that, honestly,” Edwards said, questioning whether the state gained any assurances of compliance by the companies.Edwards also questioned whether Ferguson should have recused himself from the cases, pointing to past political donations to Ferguson’s election campaigns, including $5,300 from Facebook and $5,800 from Google.Ferguson said he stopped taking all corporate contributions in January 2017. He said he takes Edwards’ criticisms “with a grain of salt” and that the size of the settlements was proper given the allegations. Ferguson added: “If there is not full and complete disclosure going forward, Facebook and Google will hear from my office again.” Citation: Facebook, Google to pay Washington $450,000 to settle lawsuits over political-ad transparency (2018, December 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-facebook-google-washington-lawsuits-political-ad.htmllast_img read more

How artificial intelligence can help in the fight against human trafficking

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For Lopresti, the time is ripe to move beyond our reliance on good—but fortuitous—observations to uncover crimes of human trafficking. It’s time, he says, to leverage technology to support trained law enforcement in tackling this complex issue.”Finding a solution to the problem of human trafficking is not just a technical one. It also involves social policy and political,” he says. “As a researcher, if you don’t understand this, you could come up with a solution that you think is elegant mathematically but is totally irrelevant in the real world. So that’s why we wanted to be in the same room with the social scientists and the policy makers.”Since 2015, Jennifer Gentile Long, a graduate of Lehigh and chief executive officer of Aequitas—a resource for prosecutors working on cases of human trafficking and gender-based violence— and Lopresti have collaborated on computer-science-based efforts to help AEquitas manage and make use of the large amount of text data in legal documents to support the organization’s work in helping prosecutors build stronger cases.The conference, which was co-hosted with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, the Alan Turing Institute, Tech Against Trafficking, University of Nottingham Rights Lab, and Arizona State University Global Security Initiative, kicked off what organizers plan to be a multiyear collaboration around the issue.”It was amazing to see experts in all these fields come together and try to coordinate efforts so that people are working toward solutions, not working haphazardly,” says Long. “They are making a true impact on this crime—identifying victims at points where they are missed, providing opportunities to leave and find safety, identifying perpetrators, and looking at policy in a coordinated effort. And it’s so great to see Lehigh, in a way, sitting at the head of the table.”During the conference’s closing session, survivors of human trafficking shared their stories with attendees.”It reminded everyone,” says Lopresti, “that even though we are talking about information, data, and policy, which all seem abstract, the data is real people. You can’t treat a problem like this abstractly.””Technology alone can’t solve the problem,” adds Long, “but when we combine it with training efforts to develop highly skilled, trauma-informed investigators and prosecutors, we can enhance victim identification and safety.”Mining the data for hidden evidenceLopresti’s participation in the global discussion around modern slavery follows his work outside the university on a local level, through his involvement with the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) in Allentown, Pa., a city of more than 120,000 located near Bethlehem, where Lehigh University is located.Launched in 2013, the RIIC has “revolutionized” the way area police departments “analyze and share collected data to solve crimes,” according to the office of Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin.”I had no idea in our own backyard this was happening,” Lopresti says. “But the same reason that drives Amazon to build a big warehouse in this region of the country—accessibility to large populations—is why this region, known as the Lehigh Valley, is also a hub for human trafficking, drug trafficking, gangs, and some very serious criminal activity.”Lopresti, who is an expert in document analysis and pattern recognition, is working with RIIC Director Julia Kocis , prosecutors, law enforcement officials and other Rossin College computer science and engineering faculty members—Jeffrey D. Heflin, Sihong Xie, and Eric P.S. Baumer—to help overcome the challenges of turning vast amounts of data, primarily from police incident reports, into something useable, despite limited resources.”If an expert sits down and reads enough of these, he or she will find a common thread—this person is related to this place, which is related to this activity, which is related to this other person,” he says. “The trouble is, they’ve got millions of these reports and just don’t have enough time to read through them. We’re developing natural language techniques, text mining and data mining techniques that are oriented to processing lots of data to identify patterns of behavior that would reflect illegal activities related to human trafficking.”Kocis presented their work at Code 8.7, emphasizing the “wealth of evidence that’s evidence hiding within freeform text and unstructured data that AI techniques can help identify.” According to the Lehigh County DA’s office, “Efficient access to this information will place law enforcement in a better position to help victims, investigate and prosecute traffickers and deter buyers.” “It is often misidentified as a single, isolated crime, like prostitution or a drug offense,” says Dan Lopresti, professor and chair of the department of science and engineering at Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. “And unless you put together the pieces, you don’t realize there is a much bigger picture.”A group of computational researchers, experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and other members of the technology community is joining forces with policy experts, law enforcement officials, activists and survivors to help put the pieces together.”Imagine the techniques that Google and Facebook are using to make a profit—understanding people, the way they connect, what their interests are, what they might buy or the activities they engage in,” says Lopresti. “We can apply those same techniques—data mining, text mining, what’s called graph mining—AI that’s being used for legitimate and really profitable purposes, to track these illicit behaviors.”Although traffickers have embraced the internet and social media platforms to recruit potential victims and advertise to customers, Lopresti says, the same networks provide opportunities for rooting out criminal activity.As a member of the Executive Committee of the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC), Lopresti helped organize a two-day conference at the United Nations in February called Code 8.7: Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery. The conference brought together top researchers, policy makers, social scientists, representatives of the tech community and survivors for a deep dive into the topic.The name Code 8.7 refers to Target 8.7 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals which seeks to end forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking by 2030, and the worst forms of child labor by 2025. The crime of human trafficking—defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as modern-day slavery that “involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act—is notoriously difficult to prosecute. Provided by Lehigh Universitycenter_img Explore further Citation: How artificial intelligence can help in the fight against human trafficking (2019, April 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-artificial-intelligence-human-trafficking.html New data dashboards launched to inform policymaking on modern slavery and child laborlast_img read more

Delhi schools to get Philips air purifiers

first_imgTo improve the indoor quality in Delhi’s school classrooms, Philips India on Thursday announced to install over 10,000 units of air Purifiers in 200 public and private schools across Delhi NCR.After the launch in Delhi NCR, Philips also plans to introduce Air Purifiers to schools in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow in a phased manner. “With this initiative, we hope to make a difference to the lives of Delhi’s school children by helping in significantly improving the air quality in the classrooms. This will undoubtedly lead to the raising of healthier students who, in turn, will be better prepared for the challenges ahead,” said Gulbahar Taurani, Marketing Director for Philips Personal Health Indian subcontinent. Philips ‘Made for India’ offerings find ready market on foreign shores RELATED air pollution COMMENT Published on August 09, 2018center_img COMMENTS students SHARE Philips sees brighter scope in smart lighting SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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first_img COMMENT COMMENTS Prime Minister Narendra Modi   –  REUTERS national politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 07, 2018 Published on SHARE India might not figure among the top 10 countries in a list compiled by advertising major WPP, but Brand Modi is giving global political and business leaders a run for their money, says a senior executive of the company.At Davos this year, WPP launched ‘The Best Countries’ list, along with Pennsylvania University’s Wharton School.“We have seen a distinctive change in Brand India,” David Roth, CEO, The Store WPP (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia) told BusinessLine. “People have started seeing India as a better place to do business in than ever before. Many also see India as a much more thriving dynamic economy,” he said.For the first time in the history of the study, the agency also looked at how country leaders were perceived, with respondents asked to rank political and business leaders.While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau topped the list, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump was the least liked.“Prime Minister Modi is viewed on the positive, though some countries’ chiefs are viewed negatively. As an ambassador for Brand India, he is doing all the right things. He is ticking all the right boxes,” Roth pointed out.Switzerland, Luxembourg and Panama topped the list of countries seen as being ‘open for business’ in the WPP survey of 21,000 people around the world.Though business leaders saw India “as a more inviting and easier place to do business”, Roth said there was still a long way to go for India to be termed business-friendly.While the US ranked 43rd on the ‘open for business’ list, the UK came 20th.“If there is a report card and the result is ‘doing good’ or ‘can do better’ India is on the right trajectory,” added Roth. “Modi has brought a little bit of buzz, a little bit of star quality, and all the policies have helped.” Pointing out that three years ago, India was not on many CEO’s agenda, given that “it was too difficult to do business in, and the uncertain regulation framework,” Roth says the perception is now changing. “Many want to be here. They know India is a big market and poised for massive growth. What Brand Modi has done is open people’s eyes to what India can offer.”He went on to add: “Many businesses are putting India in their ‘let’s look at’ list, as opposed to ‘too difficult to do business’ list.”last_img read more

Abuse at Bihar shelter homes SC holds Rao and CBI legal advisor

first_imgIn a punishment reminiscent of a classroom rebuke, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered then acting CBI Director M Nageswara Rao and agency’s legal advisor S Bhasuram to sit in the courtroom till the rising of the court after holding them guilty of its contempt.The apex court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on each of them.It held them guilty of its contempt for wilfully disobeying its order by transferring CBI Joint Director A K Sharma, who was probing the Bihar shelter home sexual assault cases, as additional director general of CRPF on January 17.“In our considered view, it is a case where contempt has been committed by both the then acting CBI Director, M N Rao, and the director prosecution (of the agency)” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.Holding them guilty of contempt of court, the bench, comprising justices L N Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, said, “We could not have done anything else.”It said, “We have heard Rao and Bhasuram for commission of contempt of court and we impose one lakh fine and sentence them till the rising of the court“.“Go to one corner of the court and sit down till the rising of this court,” the CJI said.Before passing the order, the bench told Rao and Bhasuram they have been held guilty of contempt of court and it was not accepting the unconditional and unqualified apology tendered by them.It also gave option to Rao and Bhasuram to say something as the sentence for them could be 30 days in jail.“Do you have to say something” the bench asked them.At this point, Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for CBI and its officers, requested the court to look into other options as per the law and sought leniency for them.“To err is human, to forgive is divine,” Venugopal said.Also read: Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case: SC terms as ‘horrible’ and ‘scary’ details placed before it by CBIRejecting the defence of the two officers, the bench said though they have tendered an unconditional and unqualified apology, “we don’t agree with the contentions raised by them“.During the hearing, the bench observed that Rao was aware of the apex court direction that the CBI officer probing the shelter home sexual assault cases cannot be transferred without its consent.However, his “attitude is ‘I have done what I thought was required’,” the bench said.“This is a blatant contempt of court. If this is not contempt of court then what is,” asked the bench.The court had on February 7 come down heavily on the CBI for transferring Sharma out of the agency in violation of the court’s order.It had also taken note of the violation of two earlier orders and issued contempt notice to Rao. sexual harassment RELATED The apex court has ordered that insolvency proceedings not commence against the defaulting companies.   –  The Hindu SHARE February 12, 2019 Bihar shelter home case: SC pulls up CBI for transferring probe officer SHARE SHARE EMAIL crime against women courts and legal COMMENTS Published on COMMENTlast_img read more

Demand of Congress regional parties for separating Jammu Kashmir exposed PM Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi   –  THE HINDU SHARE political campaigns Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday targeted the Congress and regional parties, including National Conference and PDP, saying their demand for separating Jammu and Kashmir from India has been exposed like Pakistan’s nuclear threat had been “deflated”.Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, he said addressing a poll rally here in support of Union minister Jitendra Singh, seeking re-election from the Udhampur seat.Modi said the BJP is duty-bound to party’s ideologue Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who raised tricolour on this land and scarified his life asserting that “Ek desh mein do vidhan, do pradhan aur do nishan nahi chalenge (a single country cannot have two constitutions, two prime ministers, and two national emblems)”.“In the recent past, you saw how ‘mahamilawat’ of the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP got exposed. What was in their hearts for decades and for which they were working clandestinely has come out in the open. Everyday they are threatening to separate Jammu and Kashmir from India, talking about bloodshed and a separate prime minister. Earlier, Pakistan also used to warn India of its nuclear weapons but it was deflated,” Modi said.The Prime Minister raised the issue of surgical strike and air strikes, and questioned the Congress for doubting the capability of the Indian Army. He accused it of demoralising security forces by seeking revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and their withdrawal from the state.‘Another jumla’Modi accused NC and PDP leadership of causing destruction in Jammu and Kashmir and said the key for the state’s brighter future lay in removing these two families from power. “I want to tell those who have occupied the seat of power for the last three generations, including Abdullahs and Muftis, that it is ‘Modi jo na bikta hai, na darta hai aur na jukta hai’ (Modi is not for sale, is not afraid and not ready to bow). Bring all your family members on field and abuse Modi as much you want but you will not be able to disintegrate the country. Shyama Prasad’s ideology is ‘wachan patra’ (agreement) for us and it is carved in stone which cannot be removed by anyone,” Modi said.He said this was the BJP’s commitment and the nation’s chowkidar (watchman) is connected to this ideology as well. “The Congress and its alliance partners can do their best but they will find Modi standing before them like a wall,” he said.Taking a dig at Modi, NC Vice President Omar Abdullah shared a picture of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Modi hugging each other after cobbling an alliance in 2015 on his Twitter account. “This is how much Modi ji believes what he says. Look how happy he is to seal an alliance with one of the families he wants to rid J&K politics of,” he said, sharing the picture.“We have to rid J&K of these two political families”, says Modi Ji in 2014 & then promptly goes and makes not one but TWO members of the Mufti family CM of J&K. In 2019 Modi Ji says ‘we have to rid J&K of these two political families’. Another jumla Modi ji?” the former Chief Minister tweeted.‘Biggest enemy’Amid chants of ‘Modi Modi’, the PM, in his over 38-minute speech, targeted the Congress, the NC and the PDP, saying the parties continuing family rule have not inherited Jammu and Kashmir.“The founder of our Constitution (B R Ambedkar) made it clear, during his address in Punjab way back, that family rule is the biggest enemy of the country. Today is his birth anniversary and the real tribute to him is to vote against the parties following family rule,” he said.He said Mukherjee, supported by local leader Prem Nath Dogra, challenged anti-national forces and asserted that a single country cannot have two constitutions, two prime ministers, and two national emblems, he said.Modi, who started his speech in Dogri, said the heavy turnout of voters in the first phase of elections on April 11 in Jammu and Baramulla constituencies is a setback to terrorists, their mentors and those parties championing their cause.“I visited the entire country after starting rallies last month and witnessed an intense wave in favour of the BJP. Surveys by various agencies also make it clear that the BJP will get three times higher seats than the Congress in this poll and it is not possible for the Congress to save itself,” he said. “The Congress stopped the armed forces from taking tough measures against terrorists. They were apprehensive that if they give a go-ahead and a situation like 1962 emerges, the Congress’s boat will sink.”Modi claimed the Congress never understood the strength and capability of the Army. “We used the force for national security but for the Congress, the Army is just an instrument for minting money,” he alleged. He alleged the party got “malai” (kickbacks) for defence deals and it was least concerned about the forces.He claimed that even today the Congress is raising questions on surgical and air strikes to shield its failure to act and to save their vote bank.“India had never emerged as a strong country at global level, but the situation has changed. The days are gone when Indian government was cowed down by threats. This is a new India and we will kill terrorists (in their safe heavens) and expose people (supporting them),” Modi said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL April 14, 2019 Published on COMMENTS Elections 2019 Jammu and Kashmir COMMENTlast_img read more

Govt presents awards to King and Queen

first_imgGenuinely surprised: Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah feeding each other pulut kuning during a surprise birthday celebration at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur as Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah look on. — Bernama Nation 11 Jul 2019 It’s work as usual for the birthday boy Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah later surprised Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali with an impromptu birthday party.The Prime Minister appeared to be genuinely in the dark when the special cake along with a pulut kuning dish were brought into the room to mark his 94th birthday, which was on Wednesday.Dr Siti Hasmah celebrates her 93rd birthday today.Their Majesties then joined in when those present began to serenade Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah with the Happy Birthday song during the cake-cutting ceremony.The piano-shaped cake in black and white was decorated with flowers, a miniature violin, a piece of musical note and books – perhaps a reflection of Dr Mahathir’s well-known love for reading and Dr Siti Hasmah’s passion for music.Dr Mahathir and his wife of 63 years then fed each other a slice of cake witnessed by Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah. — Bernama Metro News 18 May 2019 King and queen break fast with the public Related News Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/govt-presents-awards-to-king-and-queen/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0601:06 center_img Nation 12 May 2019 King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs Related News KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia by the government.At the same ceremony held at Istana Negara yesterday, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara.The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15 and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31. AdChoices广告The King’s installation is scheduled to be held on July 30. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Man in Audi performs stunts outside Parliament Watch

first_img Next Man in Audi performs stunts outside Parliament | WatchPolice are currently looking for the driver of the Audi which was spotted performing stunts in the early hours of Saturday in front of Parliament.advertisement Arvind Ojha New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 21:39 IST The whole incident was captured on a CCTV camera. (Photo: Screengrab from the video)HIGHLIGHTSThe incident happened at around 4 amPolice are currently looking for the driver of the AudiAn investigation, in this case, is underwayA man in Audi was spotted performing stunts in front of Parliament on Saturday morning. The incident happened at around 4 am at the heavily guarded Vijay Chowk area where the Prime Minister’s Office is only at a short distance.Police are currently looking for the driver of the Audi which was spotted performing stunts in the early hours of Saturday in front of Parliament. The police are yet to find the registration number of the vehicle.AUDI PERFORMS STUNTS NEAR PARLIAMENT: WATCHThe whole incident was captured on CCTV. In the CCTV footage, the Audi driver is seen circling the police kiosk two times before disappearing from the scene.Eyewitnesses claim that there were no police or security personnel present at the scene when the incident happened.Police have said that a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered and the CCTV footages from the Raj Path and the Raisina Road are being scanned to identify the car and the driver.A massive manhunt has been launched to nab them. An investigation, in this case, is underway.Also Read | Ranchi death reminds what not to do on escalatorsAlso Read | Chennai students climb, fall off moving bus while celebrating Bus Day | WatchAlso Watch | Watch: Audi spotted performing stunt at Delhi’s Vijay ChowkFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

US to seek rollback of Indian tariffs on some agricultural products

first_img Reuters New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:32 IST Raw almonds being crushed inside a factory. (File photo: Reuters)United States will seek rollback of Indian tariffs imposed on some agricultural products such as almonds when the two sides meet on Friday, a senior Indian government source told Reuters.A delegation led by Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson, will meet Indian officials to try to re-start negotiations on the tariffs, which were response to the US removing some trade privileges from Indian products.US President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on India to do more to open its markets, saying this week on Twitter that its high tariffs were “unacceptable”.The United States would seek a rollback of some of those tariffs, and India would in return seek better access to the US market for Indian farm products, said the Indian official who is aware of the agenda for discussions. He declined to be named.India was unlikely to immediately commit to any changes to foreign investment rules for foreign e-commerce firms such as Walmart’s Flipkart and Amazon, the official said. The rules have forced the twoAmerican companies to rework their business strategies for India.Walmart told the US government privately in January that India’s new investment rules for e-commerce were regressive and had the potential to hurt trade ties, Reuters reported on Thursday.Also read | India had field day: Trump slams India once again over tariffs on US productsAlso read | Will increase information-sharing, interoperability with Indian Armed Forces: US GeneralAlso watch | PM Narendra Modi and Donald Trump meet on sidelines of G20 SummitFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Indo US relationsFollow AgricultureFollow US marketFollow Indian tariff levelsFollow Donald Trump Next US to seek rollback of Indian tariffs on some agricultural productsUS President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on India to do more to open its markets, saying this week on Twitter that its high tariffs were “unacceptable”.advertisementlast_img read more

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