The Marijuana Advertising Double Standard Is Stifling Our Industry

first_img 5 min read Guest Writer While the future legality of recreational cannabis use is hotly debated at both state and federal levels, there is a broad consensus that medical cannabis is a promising, non-toxic treatment for a variety of illnesses. Despite the fact that 33 states and the District of Columbia now permit the use of medical cannabis, and numerous bipartisan bills that would allocate federal funds to research its effect on treating PTSD in veterans, there remains significant obstacles in promoting via TV and digital ads. As government policy increasingly treats medical cannabis as a promising new treatment worth exploring, media companies continue to operate and make decisions based on misinformation that is becoming harder to justify.There is no clearer example of this than CBS’s rejection of a Super Bowl ad from Acreage Holdings that shared real life stories from people who have been treated with medical cannabis. Rather than working with Acreage Holdings to address what was deemed problematic, CBS simply dismissed the ad as inconsistent with policy. For those of us in the industry, the decision was not a surprise, but I am continually baffled by the double-standard (dare I say hypocrisy?) which is on display.Related: Here’s the Medical Cannabis Super Bowl Ad CBS Refused to RunTo be fair, this is not a CBS problem, but a media problem writ large. Cannabis ads, we now know, are forbidden on television and in traditional print outlets. Even Facebook and Google, the two largest online ad platforms, have banned cannabis companies from making ad-buys. In each instance, cannabis ads are deemed inappropriate, all while advertisements for condoms, Viagra, beer, liquor and dozens (if not hundreds) of problematic, highly-addictive prescription drugs flood our screens and televisions.Big Pharma spent $3.7 billion on TV ads in 2018, featuring nearly 200 different commercials for 70 different drugs. These ads ran hundreds of thousands of times. At the same time, Budweiser, Coors and Heineken are staples of broadcast advertising, and since 2012, even hard liquor has been allowed to advertise, albeit during evening hours. The impact is clear: a 2016 study by Rand Corp found that on average, children are exposed to three alcohol advertisements each day; we now know that Big Pharma marketing was a key driver of the opioid crisis; and, Juul relied on digital ads to purposefully target children. The notion that this is about responsibility is simply untrue.Related: Spike Jonze Directed a MedMen Commercial About Cannabis. And It’s Pretty Epic.This all begs the question: what makes medical cannabis “inconsistent” with policies that have, for years, fueled addiction and substance abuse? These marijuana misanthropes typically argue that we don’t need to normalize another substance that could attract new users. This is misleading for two reasons: first, in states that have legalized recreational cannabis, there are no increases in its use or abuse and among pre-teens and teenagers, marijuana use has remained steady and even fallen in some places; and second, the ads in question are focused on medicinal cannabis, something 85 percent of Americans support. Medicinal marijuana is non-lethal and proven effective and it should be allowed to advertise to consumers to ensure they have all options available to them. So long as you are accepting ad dollars from pharmaceutical and alcohol companies, there simply is no valid, rational argument for rejecting an ad explaining the benefits of medicinal cannabis.Not only do these ad bans deprive Americans of important innovations in health care, they further cement the existing stigma and make serious, fact-based discussions increasingly rare. Our young industry already has proven to be far more ethical than the leading sponsors of addiction mentioned above, and proactive in our efforts to market responsibly. We all have taken steps to ensure we do not market to non-users, and work tirelessly to ensure children do not see the ads. That is why some cannabis advertising companies have found alternative routes, such as advertising through geo-targeting tools like AdLink, to ensure that we promote this increasingly legal product in a safe and responsible way. If CBS and others would be willing to work with us, I am certain we will be able to develop self-regulating standards that inform consumers based on fact, not fear.Related: Baby Boomers Smoking Reefer in Record AmountsMedical cannabis has proven effective in reducing symptoms associated with cancer; it can serve as a substitute to opioids for people who suffer from chronic pain as a result of HIV/AIDS; it can improve the appetite of people undergoing chemotherapy; it is even showing promise as an alternative treatment for our veterans suffering from PTSD. The American consumer, long held hostage to the whims of Big Pharma who pump us full of drugs, deserve to know about natural alternative treatments. They deserve to know that synthetic, often times lethal, prescriptions full of side effects are not the only way to treat illnesses. They deserve to know the truth and it is time for the marijuana misanthropes to work with the cannabis community and not against us. Listen Now February 28, 2019 –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Josh Segal Next Article Image credit: ChrisSteer | Getty Images The Marijuana Advertising Double Standard Is Stifling Our Industry It’s infuriating that networks ban cannabis ads while raking in billions from Big Pharma to advertise drugs with frightening side effects. Advertising Green Entrepreneur Podcast Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. CEO & Founder of AdLooplast_img read more

Chipotle Cooks Up New Stricter Food Safety Rules Amid E Coli Fiasco

first_img Former West Coast Editor Chipotle Mexican Grill says it’s cleaning up its act in the aftermath of several recent foodborne illness-related outbreaks linked to its food.Scrambling to restore consumer confidence, the fast-casual chain announced today that it is taking “aggressive actions” to roll out stricter food safety practices that it claims go above and beyond current industry norms.“We have carefully examined our operations — from the farms that produce our ingredients, to the partners that deliver them to our restaurants, to the cooking techniques used by our restaurant crews — and determined the steps necessary to make the food served at Chipotle as safe as possible,” the company said in a statement.Related: After Numerous Health Incidents, Chipotle Has a Big Perception ProblemSpecifically, some of those steps include: marinating raw chicken in re-sealable plastic bags instead of in bowls; testing chicken and steak more often; scalding several fresh produce items (including onions) in boiling water to sanitize them before being chopped; and blending cilantro into steaming hot rice to kill microbes in the herb, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, some ingredients, including cheese, will be prepped at centralized locations, then delivered to nearby restaurants. All 64 ingredients that Chipotle uses will be closely scrutinized, the company claims.”Nothing is more important to me than serving my guests food that is safe” -Chipotle founder Steve Ells https://t.co/JmP72mL631— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) December 16, 2015To help implement and uphold its new, more stringent food prep guidelines — and to hopefully overcome the daunting challenge of not being “the food chain most associated with vomiting and diarrhea,” as our own Raymond Hennessey so eloquently put it — Chipotle has partnered with IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. The Lake Forest Park, Wash.-based food safety testing consultancy is tasked with improving Chipotle’s employee food safety training processes.While Chipotle publicized its sweeping protocol changes today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also heralded some big news of its own — the federal agency is officially joining the growing E. coli investigation surrounding the restaurant. The FDA will assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with its ongoing probe.Related: FDA Bans Some Cilantro Imports After Finding Feces and Toilet Paper in FieldsEarlier this week, the CDC said it was looking into the latest E. coli episode connected to the 1,900-location burrito chain. This time, five people who recently ate at the restaurant, identified in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma, have been infected with a rare strain of the bacteria. The incident is the latest in a string foodborne illness outbreaks traced to Chipotle in several states scattered throughout the U.S., some dating back to last summer.In a sweaty appearance on NBC’s Today Show last week, Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells said the new rules would make Chipotle a leader in food safety. “We’re putting in place practices that will not enable this to happen again,” he said, “practices that are so far above industry norms today [that] we will be the safest place to eat.”Related: At Least 80 Boston College Students Sick After Eating at Chipotle Next Article December 23, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Chipotle Kim Lachance Shandrow Add to Queuecenter_img Image credit: Chipotle | Facebook 3 min read –shares Chipotle Cooks Up New, Stricter Food Safety Rules Amid E. Coli Fiasco Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Amplifyai and AdLingo Bring Conversational AI to Display Advertising

first_imgAmplify.ai, the industry’s first enterprise-class conversational AI platform, announced its integration with AdLingo, a conversational advertising platform built within Area 120, Google’s incubator for experimental projects. This partnership will enable Amplify.ai to provide new, innovative display ad experiences with two-way, natural language interactions between brands and consumers, creating a unique method to effectively drive user ad engagement.Brands want to meet their customers and prospects where they are, and with messaging’s rising dominance of digital communication in recent years, brands are increasingly challenged to figure out how to support an ever-growing diversity of messaging-based “conversational surfaces.” Amplify.ai addresses that challenge with one of the industry’s first enterprise-class Conversational AI platform. Core elements of the platform include a common Machine Learning/AI foundation, native messaging-optimized NLP (natural language processing) system, and an abstraction layer supporting any arbitrary conversational surface. Amplify.ai enables persistent conversations across all the leading rich-media communications channels with the ability to seamlessly move from one modality to another; e.g. start a conversation on your desktop computer and move to a mobile device without interruption or loss of context. In addition to the messaging solutions like AdLingo powered by Google’s RBM (Rich Business Messaging) platform, Amplify.ai supports: RCS, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, “Instagram, WhatsApp, native chat on desktop and mobile web and in-app integrations. With Amplify.ai, brands can deploy conversational experiences that dynamically adapt to the capabilities and limits of each channel, supporting the full messaging-based conversational UX spectrum, from text-only to full media-rich-plus-text experiences.Marketing Technology News: Zype Playout Wins a Product of the Year Award for B2B Streaming at NAB Show 2019“Truly conversational interaction is a game-changer for display advertising, enabling deep and effective engagement directly within the ad experience,” said Mahi de Silva, CEO and co-founder of Amplify.ai. “We’re excited to integrate with AdLingo to bring this exciting new capability to both our current consumer brand clients and to many new ones seeking the persuasive power of conversational marketing at superhuman scale.”Marketing Technology News: Vimeo To Acquire Magisto To Power Video Creation For Any Business“Our integration with Amplify.ai enables us to bring conversational experiences globally and at scale with consumer brands,” said Vic Fatnani, co-founder and General Manager of AdLingo. “Through conversational display ads we believe all brands will have the opportunity to create a 2-way communication channel and begin helping their customers in real-time at the moment it matters.”Marketing Technology News: Pegasystems Honored with Multiple Awards for Helping Organizations Digitally Transform Their Business Amplify.ai and AdLingo Bring Conversational AI to Display Advertising MTS Staff WriterApril 18, 2019, 4:12 pmApril 18, 2019 Advertising PlatformAIAmplify.aiMarketing Technologynative messaging-optimizedNewsRBM Previous ArticleBeeswax Announces “Bid Models” to Power Programmatic In-HousingNext ArticleHuawei Announces that the Atlas AI Computing Platform is Ready for Commercial Scalinglast_img read more

Scientists discover molecular link between body weight and earlyonset puberty

first_img Source:https://news.ohsu.edu/2018/10/10/molecular-link-between-body-weight-early-puberty-identified Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Becoming overweight at a young age can trigger a molecular chain reaction that leads some girls to experience puberty early, according to new research published in Nature Communications.Scientists have discovered a molecular mechanism that leads overweight female rats to have early-onset puberty.”Knowing how nutrition and specific molecules play a role in starting puberty early could one day help physicians prevent the condition in humans,” said one of the study’s corresponding authors, Alejandro Lomniczi, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.Girls have been experiencing puberty earlier in life for the last 150 years or so, with 12.5 years being the average age girls start puberty today. Early-onset puberty can lead girls to experience health problems later, including increased incidence of ovarian, uterine and breast cancers, as well as being at a higher risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”Sexting” amongst teens, numbers not decreasing despite preventive effortsBut the human genome – the complete set of nucleic acid sequences in human DNA – hasn’t changed substantially in the past 150 years. So Lomniczi and colleagues are now exploring if the difference might be due to epigenetics, or changes caused by gene expression rather than changes in the genetic code itself. Gene expression is when genes make functional products such as proteins.Lomniczi’s previous research identified two gene families that keep puberty in check when rodents and nonhuman primates are young. This new study builds on that earlier work by specifically examining how gene expression and body weight are involved in puberty in rats.For this study, the team raised three kinds of female rats: overweight, lean and average-sized. While focusing on the hypothalamus, the bottom part of the brain that controls reproductive development, they found that a puberty-activating gene called Kiss1 was expressed differently in each rat type.Lomniczi and colleagues identified the enzyme SIRT1 in the hypothalamus as being a key player in transmitting body weight information to the brain. In overweight rats, there is less SIRT1 in the hypothalamus, allowing the Kiss1 gene to be expressed earlier, leading the rats to undergo puberty early. In lean rats, SIRT1 is higher for a prolonged period of time, taking longer for Kiss1 gene activation, which delayed puberty in those rats.Lomniczi continues to explore the causes of early-onset puberty through animal model studies. He’s also examining how the circadian clock and endocrine disruptors might play a role.last_img read more

AHF urges United Nations to follow own mandate for protecting Ebola response

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019AHF urges the United Nations to follow its existing mandate for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure Ebola-relief efforts can proceed without the threat of violence against healthcare workers, resources and civilians.As the second worst Ebola outbreak in history rages on in Central Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) urges the United Nations Security Council to protect response efforts, healthcare workers and civilians by enforcing its existing UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) mandate to ensure the security of personnel and resources being used to fight the virus.The current outbreak has seen approximately 650 confirmed and probable cases with almost 400 deaths since Aug. 1, 2018. Widespread violence from armed militias continues to wreak havoc on the affected region, stifling contact tracing and vaccination efforts and putting healthcare workers at enormous risk. In addition to Ebola spreading to the rest of the country, the WHO states that there is a “very high” risk of the virus spreading to bordering nations Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.Most recently, the government used the virus as a reason to prevent over 1 million people living in the affected areas from voting in the Dec. 30 elections. This caused violent protests and attacks on Ebola treatment facilities that forced aid groups to suspend operations for days and required patients awaiting test results to be moved to alternate locations. Additionally, international workers in Uganda reported increased numbers of refugees fleeing the DRC after the elections, prompting further concerns of the virus spreading into other countries.Related StoriesMany healthcare workers often care for patients while sick, study findsSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyThe time has come for more to be done to end the current Ebola outbreak. AHF urges the United Nations Security Council to enforce its already-in-place resolution 2049 (2018) and the MONUSCO mandate. With 17,656 authorized troops and police, more can and should be done to ensure peace throughout Ebola-affected areas by following the mandate’s assigned tasks of “preventing, deterring and stopping all armed groups and local militias from inflicting violence on civilians as well as supporting and undertaking local mediation efforts to prevent escalation of violence.””Even though we have seen an improvement in response to this outbreak compared to five years ago when over 11,000 people lost their lives to Ebola, more must be done to protect ongoing efforts in the Congo,” said AHF Africa Regional Policy and Advocacy Manager Alice Kayongo. “Workers are already putting their lives on the line to fight the virus—they should not have to worry about external threats of violence. We implore the UN to do all in its power to stop the violence in the region before this outbreak becomes even worse.”Rampant security issues, the high risk for Ebola crossing borders and instability after recent elections underscore the need for immediate action in the DRC. AHF urges that the United Nations utilize its mandate to protect healthcare personnel, resources and civilians—the world cannot afford a repeat of the disaster that hit West Africa in 2014.​ Source:https://www.aidshealth.org/last_img read more

Sleep mood and stress affect older adults control beliefs

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 29 2019Psychology researchers have found another reason that sleep, mood and stress are important: they affect the extent to which older adults feel they have control over their lives. The findings can inform efforts to improve an individual’s sense of control, which has ramifications for physical, mental and emotional health.”We found that sleep, mood and stress are all important factors in determining a sense of control and in whether older adults feel they can do the things they want to do,” says Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “This finding is important because when older adults begin to lose their sense of autonomy, it can lead to changes in behavior that adversely affect their health and well-being.”Related StoriesPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentSleep quality could be indicator for later Alzheimer’s disease finds studySleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsFor this study, researchers evaluated data on 205 people between the ages of 60 and 94. Study participants provided information on a wide range of psychological variables on eight days across a period of three weeks.The researchers focused on determining which variables, if any, had an effect on two “control beliefs”: perceived competence, or an individual’s sense that her or she could do the things they wanted to do; and locus of control, or sense that they were in control of their own lives. The researchers found that several variables have a significant effect on both beliefs.”We found that sleep efficacy – or the belief that one can get a good night’s sleep – was associated with better control beliefs,” Neupert says.”We also found that positive affect was good for an individual’s control beliefs, while negative affect was bad,” says Shenghao Zhang, a Ph.D. student at NC State and first author of the paper. “In other words, being in a good mood made people feel better about their competence and control, while being in a bad mood made people feel worse about those things.”Lastly, we found that stressful events on one day had an adverse effect on an individual’s subsequent control beliefs,” Zhang says. “These results suggest that the adverse effect of stressful events can last for more than a day. It would be interesting to conduct additional work to determine how long the effects of stress resonate in regard to control beliefs.””We know there are things people can do to improve their mood and to improve their sleep,” Neupert says. “And while sleep and mood are things most people think are important, this study highlights a very specific reason that they are important.”When people think they have little or no control in their lives, they may stop doing some of the everyday things that are important for self-care – because they believe those things don’t matter,” Neupert says. “By acting to improve mood and sleep, older adults may better retain their sense of control and better maintain their quality of life.” Source:https://news.ncsu.edu/2019/01/sleep-mood-affect-how-in-control-older-adults-feel/last_img read more

Putting the smart in manufacturing

Credit: istockphoto.com/chombosan 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. Citation: Putting the ‘smart’ in manufacturing (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-smart.html Explore further Provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison That’s what she hopes to change with a research idea she first published almost two decades ago.During the past 16 years, Shi has visited more than 400 manufacturing companies in the United States, China, Europe, and Japan to personally observe their production processes. “And I have used that insight to develop tools that can make these processes run much more smoothly,” she says.These tools are based on the notion of a “digital twin,” or a computer representation of physical assets (machines and people) and processes that helps managers better operate the systems that connect them.Take, for example, a car manufacturing company with 15 different suppliers, each of which delivers a specific car part. As these parts arrive at the company, they are assembled by people who work in different departments, such as sheet metal cutting, heat treatment, welding, painting and so forth. The overall goal of this manufacturing system is to fill a set number of vehicle sales orders.That’s a classic example of a supply chain: a set of processes that link raw source materials to final consumer products.A company’s goal for making supply chain manufacturing more efficient might include decreasing production downtime due to delivery delays for required parts, and better adjusting to unpredictable events, such as rush orders, machine breakdowns, or defective parts.The technology Shi has developed helps managers meet these goals. With a database system, user software and equipment sensors, it creates a digital twin of what is physically happening at the supply facilities and shop floors. Managers can use that digital representation to visually track the global production progress in real time and adjust workflows as needed. The tool provides continuously updated start times for each assembly stage and constantly refined delivery times for the customers who ordered the cars.”That’s what we mean by smart manufacturing,” Shi says.The technology is helpful for all industries, but is especially important in custom manufacturing. Unlike mass production companies, custom manufacturers typically receive a lower number of highly customized (and more expensive) sales orders and may also experience wilder market swings. This high variability in demand makes planning challenging, and the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to individual orders becomes a critical part of the business model.At the heart of Shi’s technology is a mathematical algorithm she originally published as a research paper in 2000, followed by a book on the subject eight years later. Although the methodology, known as nested partitioning, is not new, its implementation is only now becoming feasible. It relies on ultra-fast computers and wireless technology that connects machines, devices, and people to the internet and to each other: the Internet of Things.To help translate her research into practical applications, Shi formed a spinoff company, LS Optimal, in 1995. Initially conceived for consulting purposes only, it now has several full-time employees in the United States who help industry clients develop and implement smart manufacturing processes.”It was a long time coming, but we’re finally seeing a real paradigm shift in the industry,” Shi says. “By giving manufacturing companies the ability to track the progress of their sales orders in real time and manage their shop floors proactively, they can deliver high-quality products to their customers much faster than before.” Ng aims to bring AI ‘electricity’ to manufacturing “Although smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, many of the companies that make our everyday consumer products still rely on paper trails and manually updated spreadsheets to keep track of their production processes and delivery schedules,” says Leyuan Shi, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. read more

Huntsman Spider Devours Possum in Viral and Terrifying Photos

first_img Eight-eyed huntsman spiders in the Sparassidae family deliver venomous bites with their sharp fangs, paralyzing small prey. Credit: Courtesy of Justine Latton In Australia — where else? — a large spider recently demonstrated the dominance of arachnids over puny mammals, as it chowed down on an unfortunate pygmy possum. Southern Tasmania resident Justine Latton shared her husband’s photos of the gruesome meal on June 14 in the Facebook group Tasmanian Insects and Spiders. He captured the images at a lodge in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park while doing light repair work, Latton said yesterday (June 18) on the radio program “Tasmania Talks.” Members of the Facebook group identified the arachnid as a huntsman (also known as a giant crab spider); these large, long-legged spiders in the Sparassidae family live all over Australia. In the photo, the huntsman hangs head-down from a door hinge and grips its prey by the neck. The dead marsupial — which appears to be a pygmy possum, according to commenters — dangles limply from the huntsman’s mandibles. [In Photos: A Tarantula-Eat-Snake World] The animal commonly known as a possum in North America (actually an “opossum,” which belongs to a different order) can grow to be as big as a cat; were that the case here, the spider would easily be the size of a large dinner plate. But pygmy possums (Cercartetus lepidus) are the smallest possums in the world, measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) long and weighing about 0.2 ounces (7 grams), according to Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. On average, a huntsman spider’s leg span can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm), while their bodies measure about 0.7 inches (2 cm) long, the Australian Museum reported. In Photos: The Amazing Arachnids of the World Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndo In Photos: Tarantulas Strut Their Stuff Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider Latton’s husband was conducting repair work at the lodge when he noticed the spider lurking on the door just above his co-worker’s head, Latton told “Tasmania Talks.” The two captured the spider in an empty ice-cream container and released the huntsman outside the lodge; the arachnid skedaddled and left its possum meal behind, Latton said. Huntsman spiders are ambush predators, and they use their large and powerful fangs to deliver venomous bites. Spiders are commonly thought to suck the liquids from their prey; in reality, they vomit digestive fluid onto their meals, chew the saturated flesh and then slurp up the dissolved nutrients, Rod Crawford, curatorial associate of arachnids at the Burke Museum in Seattle, wrote on the museum website. Huntsman spiders’ usual prey includes many types of insects, reptiles and even other spiders. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that small mammals are also occasionally on the menu. Numerous spider species worldwide are known to eat bats, and researchers recently recorded the first evidence of tropical spiders preying on mouse opossums, in the Peruvian Amazon, Live Science previously reported. Amazon Spiders Hunt Frogs, Fish, Lizards…And MammalsFor small animals in the tropics, spiders and their arthropod cousins are responsible for “a surprising amount of death,” scientists say.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65746-possum-eating-spider-australia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0601:06Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 last_img read more

To quench Chennais thirst three small desal plants to come up in

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 19, 2019 drinking water COMMENT With the city facing one of the worst water crises in recent years, the Tamil Nadu government plans to construct small Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWSO) desalination plants to mitigate the drought situation. The plants of 10 million litres per day (MLD) each are being planned at Triplicane, MRC Nagar, and Kasimedu.Industry sources said that to construct a 10 MLD desalination plant in the city, it would cost around ₹140 crore. The three plants will cost over ₹420 crore. The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, in a Request for Interest, has asked companies to conduct pre-feasibility studies, and draw up Detailed Project Reports for the construction and commissioning of the desalination plants. The project includes erection of intake and outfall arrangements and integration with existing water supply network, operation and maintenance of the plants for five years.Chennai’s total water requirement is 830 MLD. Chennai Metrowater currently supplies about 525 MLD through various sources such as groundwater, reservoirs and desalination plants. This leaves a deficit of around 300 MLD. Water supply to South Chennai is met from Veeranam lake and Nemmeli Seawater Desalination Plant, said a senior Chennai Metrowater official. Chennai Metrowater had set up a 100 MLD capacity seawater desalination plant at Nemmeli in 2013.Last week, Tamil Nadu sought a financial support of ₹5,398 crore from the Centre for combined water supply projects across the State. The projects include desalination plant and connected pipeline works with a designed capacity of 100 MLD to Villupuram and Tindivanam municipalities; Marakkanam and Vikkaravandi town panchayats, and 1,601 rural habitations in ten panchayat unions of Villupuram district. The total project cost is around ₹2,000 crore and expected to benefit 16.78 lakh people.For the Chennai Metropolitan area, two major desalination projects at an estimated cost of ₹7,337.78 crore to supply 550 MLD of water have been taken up and both these projects are expected to be completed by December 2022, says a memorandum presented by SP Velumani, State Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Implementation of Special Programme, to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister for Jal Shakti, seeking financial assistance. Chennai SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Odisha CM for fifth consecutive term

first_imgTwenty newly-elected BJD MLAs also took oath as ministers, including 11 of Cabinet rank Naveen Patnaik, who led his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to a landslide victory in the Assembly elections, took oath as the chief minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term on Wednesday. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Idco Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar.Twenty newly-elected BJD MLAs also took oath as ministers, including 11 of Cabinet rank, at the swearing-in ceremony attended by a host of dignitaries. President Ramnath Kovind spoke to Naveen Patnaik and congratulated him on taking oath as the chief minister. “The President conveyed his good wishes to him and his entire team for the development of the state @Naveen_Odisha, the President’s Secretariat tweeted.Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Patnaik shortly after he took oath. “Congratulations to Shri Naveen Patnaik Ji on taking oath as Odisha’s Chief Minister. Best wishes to him and his team in fulfilling the peoples aspirations. I assure complete cooperation from the Centre in working for Odisha’s progress,” Modi tweeted.Soon after taking oath, Patnaik tweeted: “It’s nostalgic and personal journey for me to reminiscence the past 19 years. Today while I take oath of office for the 5th term, I humbly accept the responsibility that comes with the faith my 4.5 crore family members have reposed on me, yet again.” Union Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said he was hopeful the state government would “proactively support the Centre in uplifting the lives of Odia people.” The BJD, which won 112 seats in the 147-member Assembly in the recently concluded elections, held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, has been in power in Odisha since 2000. It is for the first time that the 72-year-old Patnaik, who won from his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in western Odisha, has taken oath in an open public ground. In 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014, the swearing-in ceremony was held at the Raj Bhavan.Apart from chief minister’s elder brother and businessman Prem Patnaik, sister and noted writer Gita Mehta, around 7,000 dignitaries including captains of industries, writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals attended the event. A large number of BJD supporters and women grassroots leaders as also MPs and MLAs attended the function.The CabinetThe 11 MLAs who took oath as cabinet ministers are Prafulla Mallick, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Niranjan Pujari, Tukuni Sahu, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Arun Sahoo, Sudam Marndi, Pratap Jena, Padmanabh Behera, Sushant Singh and Naba Kishor Das. The nine ministers of state are Padmini Dian, Ashok Chandra Panda, Sameer Ranjan Dash, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Premananda Nayak, Raghunandan Das, Tusharkanti Behera and Jagannath Saraka.The new ministry, which includes two women, is a blend of experienced and fresh faces. The 10 new faces in the Patnaik ministry are Premananda Nayak, Tukuni Sahu, Sameer Ranjan Das, Naba Kishore Das, Padmini Dian, Raghunandan Das, Dibyashankar Mishra, Jagannath Saraka, Jyotiprakash Panigarhi and Tusharkanti Behera.Bikram Arukh, Pratap Jena, Niranjan Pujari, Prafulla Mallick, Ashok Chandra Panda and Sushant Singh are among the legislators who retained their ministerial berths.The council of ministers has four Scheduled Tribe (ST) members – Sudam Marndi, Pramamand Nayak, Padmini Dian, Jagannath Saraka. Similarly, two new ministers belong to Scheduled Caste (SC) – Padmanabh Behera and Tushar Kanti Behera.At least 13 of the 30 districts remained unrepresented in Patnaik’s new ministry. They are Angul, Bhadrak, Boudh, Deogarh, Jajpur, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Sambalpur and Sundargarh. At least nine members, including two women, of the previous ministry have been dropped by Patnaik.The members who have been dropped are Usha Devi, Snehangini Churia (both women), Badri Narayan Patra, S N Patro, Prafulla Samal, Sashi Bhushan Behera, Nrushigha Sahu, Anant Das and Chandra Sarathi Behera. S N Patro, however, is likely to be made the Assembly Speaker. While former Minister Maheshwar Mohanty lost the polls in Puri, Bijayshree Routray did not contest.The BJD won 112 Assembly seats while the BJP 23 and the Congress nine in the just concluded polls. An Independent and the CPI (M) secured one seat each. While Odisha has 147 Assembly seats, polling in Patkura constituency was postponed twice following the death of a candidate and then due to cyclone Fani. May 29, 2019 0 Naveen Patnaik taking oath as the chief minister of Odisha in Bhubabaneswar. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout   –  The Hindu government Kalinga King: Naveen Patnaik sails through the Modi wave Orissa Odisha Governor invites Naveen Patnaik to form govt COMMENTcenter_img RELATED state politics Published on COMMENTS SHARE Patnaik retains Hinjli seat, leads Bijepur by 56,000 votes SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Broadway Box Office Takes a Hit From Power Outage

first_imgWhen the lights went out in much of Midtown Manhattan, Broadway shows and businesses in the area saw their bottom line suffer. In the theater world alone, the losses from Saturday night’s blackout appear to be fairly high, since 26 of the 30 shows currently on Broadway were forced to cancel evening performances. The Broadway League, the industry…last_img

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