Fake news spreads unabated on social media after polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Posts containing fake news continued to flourish on social media platforms after the end of the Lok Sabha elections that saw the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returning to power with a massive win. Celebrations followed the results that pave the way for Modi to become the Prime Minister of the country for the second consecutive term. Some distributed ladoos to celebrate the victory. A few others spread fake news. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV appA post claiming that “Welcome Modi Ji” has been written on all the city buses of London soon started doing the rounds on social media platforms. The claims were found to be fake by fact-checking platform BOOM. The images used for the posts originated in 2015, when a bus named “Modi Express” was launched by the Indians living in the UK, the fact checkers found. Some even circulated a video on Facebook that claimed that a Gujrati man got so elated with Modi’s re-election that he showered cash on people in Milton, Canada. The caption that accompanied the video claimed that the man made a lot of profit after the share market responded positively to Modi’s re-election. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails BOOM traced the viral video to the Instagram account of a Detroit, US based man. It found that the video, originally shot in New York, was uploaded much before the election results in India were declared and it had nothing to do with the celebration of BJP’s victory. On May 23, the day the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared, a video that showed Modi with his mother went viral on Facebook. While social media users claimed that the video was shot after BJP’s landslide victory in the elections, fact checking website Alt News traced the video to 2014. BOOM also found that following the victory of the BJP, a quote that was falsely attributed to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the past resurfaced on WhatsApp. “I would leave India if Modi becomes the PM of this country,” the actor was falsely quoted as saying in the post that demanded that the actor should now “apologise or leave the country as PM Modi is back”. BOOM traced the quote to a fake tweet and fake news report that celebrated the 2018 April Fool’s Day with the false information. These posts, however, are only the tip of the iceberg. Many more fake posts are doing the rounds on social media with some even falsely claiming that six lakh votes polled in favour of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Kerala’s Wayanad mysteriously disappeared from the records. According to BOOM Founder Govindraj Ethiraj, the spread of fake news reached an “all-time high” in the run up to the 2019 general election. The flow of fake news after the election results suggests that the tide of misinformation on social media is unlikely to stop any time soon. “The biggest challenge to fighting fake new is that over 300 million of the 550 million smartphone and broadband users in the country are low on literacy and digital literacy and are especially gullible,” leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy earlier told IANS.last_img read more

Trans Mountain IPO comes at awkward time for Kinder Morgan

first_imgKinder Morgan’s plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time.In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in BC could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.4-billion project. The recount begins Monday.Alberta’s securities regulator is also reviewing Kinder Morgan’s regulatory filings upon a request from Greenpeace, who said it believes the documents overestimate growth in Asian oil demand and don’t go far enough in disclosing climate change-related risks.The energy giant faces a big hurdle in its goal of raising $1.75 billion in what would be one of the biggest IPOs ever on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It is expecting to complete the offering in the last week of this month.Goldman Sachs analyst Theodore Durbin said in a note the IPO move was a “surprise,” since Kinder Morgan management had previously said a joint venture would be preferred.Adam Scott, a senior campaigner with environmental group Oil Change International, said he took it as a sign that the company was struggling to raise funds when it scrapped plans for a joint venture.“There’s still substantial legal risk to the project,” said Scott. “There’s also reputational risk. I think that may be why there’s no equity firms willing to step up and take a chunk.”Kinder Morgan didn’t respond to a request for comment on financing issues, but said it was moving ahead with all aspects of planning for the project. In filings it said the IPO was the “superior path” over the joint venture.Terry Marshall, senior vice-president of corporate finance at Moody’s Investors Services, said there are advantages for Kinder Morgan with the IPO, including maintaining greater control of the project and the profits that would come from it, as well as likely securing a better valuation.“It’s economically a very attractive project,” said Marshall. “It’s just getting it built in this environment is challenging.”Opponents expand campaign against Trans Mountain The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion launched a divestment campaign earlier this month against 17 banks that fund oilsands pipelines. Those banks include CIBC, BMO, Scotiabank, TD Bank and RBC.“I don’t think it scares people away,” said Marshall. “It’s unfortunate, the banks are well aware of it, but I don’t think those protests, in and of themselves, would prevent the financing from being provided.”Still, Jeffrey Harris, founder of venture capital firm Global Reserve Group, said the potential project risks could change the financial picture for some investors.“They change their expected rate of return, and because of that, some projects that may have gotten funding may not get funding because people see it as a little more risky,” said Harris.“I don’t know anybody who says, ‘Oh my God, Canada, don’t go there.’ It’s not that by any means,” he added. “It’s the change in the economics that will attract capital or not.”Robert Johnston, chief executive of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, said he sees campaigns targeting the financing of Trans Mountain as more of a nuisance than a serious threat.“If the case against Kinder Morgan is that there’s no market in Asia, I think that case would be pretty easy to disprove,” he said.But issues relating to climate change are taking on greater importance at the financial level, Johnston said.“Carbon disclosure is well beyond a hassle. It’s a material risk,” he said. “It’s something companies have to factor into their cost base and be transparent about.”Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said the risk of fossil fuel infrastructure becoming stranded assets is increasing with the rapid expansion of renewable energy projects.“Investing in very heavy, long-term expensive infrastructure for the future needs to be reassessed very thoroughly,” said Amin.Kinder Morgan still has yet to render a final investment decision on the project, which would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, BC. But it has said it is aiming to start construction in September.last_img read more

Average US price of gas jumps 10 cents per gallon, to $2.44

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up 10 cents a gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks, to $2.44.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the jump follows a rise in crude oil costs.Lundberg says the price at the pump is 15 cents lower than it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.38 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $2.03 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel rose 3 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.04.The Associated Press

Torture reported with growing frequency worldwide – UN experts

Torture is reported with growing frequency from all regions of the world and the lives of individuals and their sense of security continue to be scarred by it on a daily basis, United Nations human rights officials said today in a message ahead of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture being marked on Sunday. The joint statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, the UN Committee against Torture, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture and the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, recalled the obligations of states to take effective measures to prevent all acts of torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.“The importance of prevention cannot be overemphasized,” it declared, reminding states of their obligation to investigate and punish all acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment and strengthen efforts to fight impunity.Recognizing the ordeals of victims and survivors of torture, “both those who have spoken out and those who have suffered in silence,” it urged states to give effect to their obligation to ensure that the victim obtains redress and has an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible. Victims of torture have a right to sue for compensation, including civil compensation, it added. Recalling that the Beijing World Conference on Women 10 years ago recognized that sexual violence and gender-based violence constituted torture where the state perpetrates such acts, consents or acquiesces to them, it highlighted the need to raise awareness of such violence, including domestic violence, and to strengthen measures to prohibit and prevent as well as investigate, prosecute and punish all such acts.“Gender-based violence, including domestic violence, plays a particularly insidious role in teaching and perpetuating a culture of violence,” it added. read more

SMMT 90th Annual Dinner – tickets now on sale

Tuesday 28 November 2006 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, SW1 SMMT 90th Annual Dinner in association with the Financial Times Annual Dinner 2006 tickets now on sale – at 2005 prices! * * * *Early bird discount for bookings before 3 July 2006 * * * * Last November’s SMMT Annual Dinner was a huge hit. The event sold out three weeks in advance and SMMT had to close the door on many disappointed customers. Peter Horbury and Lord Sebastian Coe raised the roof and this year guests can expect similarly high profile – and entertaining – speakers, as well as unrivalled networking opportunities. More details will follow in the months to come. Thanks to unprecedented interest this year, SMMT has already opened ticket bookings for its Annual Dinner 2006. And prices have been held at 2005 rates for those ready to book now. SMMT’s 90th Annual Dinner takes place at the London Hilton on 28 November. We look forward to seeing you there. Here’s how to book your table How to attend: Discounts are available for bookings made before 3 July 2006 and for those booking one or more tables (10 seats per table). There are limited places so please book early. The download below contains a booking form and an outline of sponsorship opportunities to promote your organisation at the Dinner.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Thirteen monkeys killed in devastating fire at Woburn Safari Park

first_imgMonkeys at Woburn Safari Park, where 13 of their number where killed in a fire on TuesdayCredit:Alamy “When firefighters from Woburn and Dunstable Community Fire Stations arrived along with the water carrier from Toddington they found the outbuilding housing Patas monkeys was well alight and its roof had fallen in. ‘They fought the fire using fire hoses while wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from the smoke and fumes. The building was 90 per cent damaged by the fire. “The fire was spotted by security guards on a routine patrol.”An investigation by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service concluded later that the fire started accidentally following a fault in an electricity generator housed in the same building as the monkey house.In the wild, ground-dwelling Patas monkeys are found in the grassland, open savannah and dry woodland of central Africa.They can grow up to 34in (85cm) in length, with a 30in (75cm) tail, and can live for around 20 years.Woburn’s troop of Patas monkeys shares a 16-acre enclosure with other species, but is housed at night during the winter months.The fire at Woburn Safari Park came after a blaze at London Zoo killed one aardvark and four meerkats in December.The blaze has led to the postponement of Tuesday’s planned annual stock-take at the zoo, in Regent’s Park.Every one of the zoo’s animals was due to be accounted for, but the stock-take has now been put on hold until FebruaryThe fire broke out in the animal adventure section of London zoo, destroying the cafe, shop and around half of the adjacent petting zoo, London Fire Brigade said.The world-famous attraction reopened to visitors on Christmas Eve. Monkeys at Woburn Safari Park, where 13 of their number where killed in a fire on Tuesdaycenter_img Thirteen monkeys have died following a fire in an enclosure at Woburn Safari Park. The fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday in the Patas’ monkey house within the African Forest drive-through enclosure of the park in Bedfordshire.The Patas monkeys were killed when the roof on the building they were living in collapsed as a result of the fire.A spokesman for the park said: “Staff and fire crews attended the scene; however, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved.”All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored, but early signs suggest they have not been affected by the fire.Fire crews managed to put the fire out by 4.46am and firefighters said 90 per cent of the building was damaged. A Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at a monkey enclosure at Woburn Safari Park at 2.37am this morning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Lydian receives delivery of major equipment at Amulsar

first_imgMajor equipment components have arrived at Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar gold project in Armenia. Howard Stevenson, Lydian’s President and CEO, commented, “Equipment lead times and delivery logistics present unique challenges for many projects. We are very pleased that our vendors are meeting fabrication schedules and deliveries to site are being well managed.”Major pieces of equipment for the crushing plant, including the jaw crusher, a secondary cone crusher, rock breaker, pan feeders, and screen liners have all arrived at site. The material handling system includes crushing and screening equipment and the overland conveyor, all supplied by Sandvik. Components have been shipping since Q2 2017 as fabrication is completed. Modular steel structures for the overland conveyer and other structural steel components are arriving on site and this will continue throughout Q3 2017.Caterpillar remains on schedule in manufacturing the primary mine mobile equipment. The first phase of equipment, consisting of a 6040 hydraulic shovel, one CAT 994 front end loader, five 789D haul trucks and other equipment, was shipped in July 2017. Deliveries to Amulsar and assembly are expected over the balance of Q3 2017.The gold recovery plant is being fabricated in South Africa by Azmet. Pre-assembled modules have been loaded for shipment later this month. Delivery is expected by late Q3 2017.ABB is supplying all major site-wide electrical and control systems. Fabrication of the main substation and distribution grid, integrated automation and process control by optimised solutions, motors and drive systems is advancing in accordance with the manufacturer’s planned delivery schedules. Electrical transformers are scheduled for shipment this month, with delivery anticipated during Q4 2017.Lydian is a gold developer, focusing on construction at Amulsar, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar presents an opportunity for a large-scale, low-cost operation with production expected to begin in mid-2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia’s largest gold mine, with estimated mineral resources containing 3.5 Moz Measured and Indicated gold and 1.3 Moz Inferred gold. Gold production is targeted to average approximately 225,000 oz/y over an initial 10-year mine life. Existing mineral resources and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the life of mine.last_img read more

Fred Man Utd must beat Spurs to stay in title race

first_imgManchester United midfielder Fred believes that Monday’s Premier League encounter with Tottenham is a must-win game if they are to retain their title aspirationsWhile only two games have passed this season, United already find themselves trailing their rivals following a shock 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.Speaking ahead of Monday night’s showdown with Spurs, Fred emphasised the importance of bouncing back from their recent setback immediately or else their title chances could come to an early end.“It’s a very important game. This week we’ve been working, focusing on this game, we want to go out and get the win in front of our home fans,” he told Sky Sports.“We know Tottenham are a great team but we need to get the win if we are to aspire to win the league.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Brazil international, who arrived at Old Trafford in June this summer from Shakhtar Donetsk, conceded that United were the deserving losers last Sunday.“The Premier League is a great league and there are a lot of great teams and Brighton were better than Man United,” he admitted.“They got early goals which we didn’t manage to achieve, we improved but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for a win or a draw.“Going into the next game we want to be focused and we want to win so we can stay in the race for the title.”United have not lost back-to-back games in the Premier League since May 2017.last_img read more

Rookie thrown into the fire

first_imgo A cooking fire spread to consume a Sifton-area house on Jan. 10. Donna Franchino, 58, who was trapped in a bedroom, died. Firefighters rescued her from the two-alarm house fire, 15209 N.E. 74th St., but it was too late.o On June 12, firefighters raced to a 12:30 a.m. fire that ripped through six units of Sunpointe Apartments, 900 S.E. Park Crest Ave. The intense heat from the blaze prevented rescuers from getting to the third floor, where hours later they found the body of Gavino S. Rodriguez, 52. Investigators have narrowed the cause to smoker’s carelessness or an electrical fire.o Ten days later, 29-year-old Lacie E. Adams fell asleep with a lit cigarette, which sparked a fire in a two-bedroom unit at Courtyard Village Apartments, 2600 T St.All three people died of smoke inhalation.o On Wednesday, George E. Henderson, 75, was rescued from his burning house and taken to a hospital with critical injuries. He died Friday. The fire, at 7610 N.E. 142 Ave. in the Sifton area, is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office.About a week into his new job as a deputy fire marshal, Zane Norris went to the scene of a Jan. 10 fatal fire.During the next several months, the number of people who had died in fires in Vancouver rose to four.“It was heart-wrenching, seeing the families and the devastation,” he said even before the fourth victim’s death Friday. “It keeps you up at night.”last_img read more

Funding for New Infrastructure Authority Left out of Conference Agreement

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR ADC’s effort to secure a new authority allowing DOD to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects quickly gained momentum this year, with the House and Senate Armed Services committees each including language establishing a Defense Community Infrastructure Program in their versions of the defense authorization bill. And after the Senate last month approved an amendment allocating $20 million for the new initiative during consideration of the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill, the possibility that defense communities could obtain infrastructure funding in the coming year appeared favorable. But, alas, plans to take advantage of the new authority will need to be pushed back until at least FY 2020, after conferees negotiating the final version of a two-bill spending package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles dropped the $20 million allocation from the conference agreement reached Thursday.Given the success enjoyed up until this week by ADC, the association’s Federal Outreach Advisory Committee, and the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses gaining the support of lawmakers to establish and fund a Defense Community Infrastructure Program, the conference committee’s decision comes as a disappointment. Still, ADC and its friends in Congress took a huge step forward this year in seeing the new authority become law, and there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic the coalition will secure funding next year for the program.last_img read more

Firefighters respond to wildfire off of Seward Highway

first_imgA 25-acre wildfire began to spread across McHugh Creek about three-quarters of a mile from the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. According to the Department of Forestry, the fire was reported to the Anchorage Fire Department at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.Listen nowCamp volunteer Mike DeCenso was the first to spot the fire and call 911.“The smoke was coming up through the canyons there, so I watched it and figured out it was a real fire on the ground, so I called 911 and got the fire dispatch and they sent out about eight equipment engines,”  DeCenso said late Sunday morning, as he and reporters scanned the hilltop, where billows of smoke indicated the location of the blaze.This aerial photo of a 25-acre wildfire burning in the McHugh Creek drainage south of Anchorage off the Seward Highway was taken at approximately 10:30 a.m. (Alaska Division of Forestry photo)Upon the firefighter’s arrival the fire was about 3-5 acres. DOF firefighters were initially unable to combat the fire due to hazardous terrain, so helicopters and an air tanker began dropping water on the flame Sunday morning.Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett spoke just before noon, standing at the entrance to McHugh Creek parking lot, which was closed to the public and used as a staging point for fire operations.“..and it [the fire]  is being actively supressed by two forestry helos that are doing bucket drops with salt water from the Inlet. A hand crew is being ordered up from Palmer forestry and should be on site in the next hour or so. They will also bring with them some pumps so they can use the water from McHugh Creek to actively work the flanks of the fire. ”The fire is actively burning in beetle-killed spruce, much of which is dead and blown down. This combined with the steep terrain had made access to the fire very difficult.Forestry helicopter dips bucket into Turnagain arm while fighting the McHugh Creek wildfire on Sunday. (Photo by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The helicopters put on quite a show for travelers on the Seward highway, and traffic slowed as passersby stopped for photos of the operation. By early afternoon, an air tanker dispatched from Fairbanks dropped retardant on the blaze.Crockett said the fire does not threaten homes or structures. As to the cause of the blaze:“Unknown. Haven’t checked the site yet, and I can’t speculate until we actually get up and take a look at the point of origin.”Update: 07-18-2016 4:25 p.m.A wildfire about ten miles south of Anchorage is at about 60 acres. State fire officials say the McHugh Fire, which was reported late Saturday night, is burning uphill in difficult terrain. State fire information officer Tim Mowry said they are getting a better understanding of the human-caused blaze.“It’s not necessarily spreading as much as it is we’re just getting a better look at it and figuring out what we are dealing with here,” Mowry said. A lot of times early in incidents these estimates are rough estimates because there is a lot of smoke involved and you are not getting a good look at the fire. Now we have folks on the ground and in the air, and that 60 acres is our latest estimate.”As retardant and water drops continue on Monday, three ground crews are working the perimeter of the blaze and cutting a sawline around the area.The area is part of Chugach State Park, just off the Seward Highway. No structures are threatened by the fire at this time.This story contains contributions from Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage.last_img read more

More YK Delta tribes protest Donlin Mine as permitting process progresses

first_imgThe proposed Donlin Gold mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)As the proposed Donlin gold mine moves through the permitting process, more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are speaking out against it. Six tribes have passed resolutions against the proposed mine in the past two months; eight have spoken out against it in the last two years.Listen nowNapakiak is one of the tribes. Tribal administrator David Andrew says the village council is worried about possible impacts to salmon.“They were concerned about salmon,” Andrew said. “That’s our life. Salmon, our life.”Subsistence is a way of life for many families in the Y-K Delta. And Donlin would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, built next to the Kuskokwim River. Many residents worry about the impact to subsistence resources.The Y-K Delta is also one of the poorest regions in the state, and Donlin Gold, the company developing the mine, promises jobs for locals. But some tribes think the risks to their food and health are too high to support the project.Minnie Andrew is the assistant tribal administrator for Kongiganak. The tribe passed its anti-Donlin resolution last week, and she says they discussed the potential jobs before the vote.“They were mostly talking about the cons,” Minnie Andrew said. “The pros — it would bring jobs, but the cons are more.”Several of the tribes passing anti-Donlin resolutions did so after the Orutsaramiut Native Council held their first public demonstration against the project in June.And most of the tribes with anti-Donlin resolutions so far live about 100 miles down river from the proposed mine site. Only one tribe on the Yukon River took a stance against it. So far, it’s unclear if any tribes directly next to the mine have passed any resolutions about Donlin.Several of the tribes with anti-Donlin resolutions also signed on to a letter sent to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the mine. However, Walker supports the project.Donlin Gold spokesman Kurt Parkan says the company plans to develop the mine safely and responsibly.“We welcome people’s opinions we know there is a variety of opinions in the community,” Parkan said. “We get a lot of people asking us when the jobs are going to start and we also understand that people have concerns that they don’t think can be adequately addressed.”Meanwhile, Earthjustice, a national environmental group, sent a letter on behalf of four of the tribes asking the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to deny a crucial permit for Donlin.The project needs more than one hundred permits before it can start mining and expects to get the major ones out of the way this year.last_img read more

Student found dead at BC hostel in Challapalli

first_imgVijayawada: The 8 -year-old boy, Dasari Aditya, was found murdered in the BC hostel bathroom in Challapalli village of Krishna district on Tuesday morning. |Aditya is the student of government school studying third standard. Both the school and the hostel are located on the same premises. The boy was found in the bathroom with deep wounds in the neck. The child was in sitting position and the body was resting to the wall in the bathroom. Challapalli police rushed to the spot and began investigation. Locals were shocked to see the child in the pool of blood with deep wounds in the neck.last_img

Study reveals a way to improve chances of winning at rockpaperscissors

first_img Want to win in the NHL? Score first—but not until the third Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Study reveals a way to improve chances of winning at rock-paper-scissors (2014, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-reveals-chances-rock-paper-scissors.html (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers at Zhejiang University in China has found a way for players to improve their odds of winning when playing the hand game rock-paper-scissors. In their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the researchers describe a field study they undertook with a large crowd of volunteers and how it revealed the secret. Scientists in many fields have studied game theory for thousands of years, some to gain military or social advantage, others to better understand human psychology. One game stands out, the hand game rock-paper-scissors, likely because of its simplicity, and because it can be used to make group decisions. Plus, it’s universal, requiring no language skills or preconceived social notions—therein lies its inherent beauty. Also, it’s supposed to be fair, with every player having a 1 in 3 chance of winning any given round. Prior research has suggested that such odds are the case, but now, it appears the experts may have been wrong. In this new effort, the team in China has found that due to human emotion and decision-making strategy, there is a way to better the odds when playing.To find it, the researchers recruited 300 volunteers from the university and divided them up into 60 groups and had them play the game. Winners were given different amounts of money to make sure that all players were trying to win. As the horde played, swapping teams periodically, the researchers filmed the action and afterwards, studied the tape. They found that players had a slight tendency to repeat a wining throw, and, to give up on a throw if they lost using it more than twice in a row. That meant, the researchers report, that in order to improve their chances of winning, all a player had to do was throw down a gesture that would beat the previous winner or throw down a gesture that would beat one of the other two gestures a prior loser had not just used.The researchers note that such predictable play is easy to explain—people naturally continue with a winning strategy and avoid those that don’t work. They call it the “win-stay, lose-shift” strategy, which because most of the people playing use it, results in any given player winning a third of the time—but, not if they know about the strategy used by their opponents, and their opponents don’t. Because the analysis came after the game playing, the researchers didn’t have the opportunity to test their theory that they’d found a winning strategy, but now that the cat’s out of the bag, it’s likely people all over the world will be testing it for them.center_img The Rock-Paper-Scissors game. (A) Each matrix entry specifies the row action’s payoff. (B) Non-transitive dominance relations (R beats S, P beats R, S beats P) among the three actions. (C) The social state plane for a population of size N = 6. Each filled circle denotes a social state (nR, nP , nS); the star marks the centroid c0; the arrows indicate three social state transitions at game rounds t = 1, 2, 3. Credit: arXiv:1404.5199 [physics.soc-ph] Journal information: arXiv More information: Social cycling and conditional responses in the Rock-Paper-Scissors game, arXiv:1404.5199 [physics.soc-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1404.5199AbstractHow humans make decisions in non-cooperative strategic interactions is a challenging question. For the fundamental model system of Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS) game, classic game theory of infinite rationality predicts the Nash equilibrium (NE) state with every player randomizing her choices to avoid being exploited, while evolutionary game theory of bounded rationality in general predicts persistent cyclic motions, especially for finite populations. However, as empirical studies on human subjects have been relatively sparse, it is still a controversial issue as to which theoretical framework is more appropriate to describe decision making of human subjects. Here we observe population-level cyclic motions in a laboratory experiment of the discrete-time iterated RPS game under the traditional random pairwise-matching protocol. The cycling direction and frequency are not sensitive to the payoff parameter a. This collective behavior contradicts with the NE theory but it is quantitatively explained by a microscopic model of win-lose-tie conditional response without any adjustable parameter. Our theoretical calculations reveal that this new strategy may offer higher payoffs to individual players in comparison with the NE mixed strategy, suggesting that high social efficiency is achievable through optimized conditional response. 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

Trinamool Congress leader set on fire in Cooch Behar

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader from Cooch Behar was set on fire by some unidentified miscreants. The victim has been fighting for his life at a local hospital. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged the involvement of BJP in the attack. According to the police, the incident took place at Bakshirhat area of Cooch Behar on late Saturday night. The victim, Mahiruddin Mia, was returning home from the local party office on his motorcycle at around 11 pm, when some miscreants stopped him on his way. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the bike and it caught fire due to the incident. They then overpowered the victim and sprayed petrol on his body. Without wasting any time, the miscreants then set him on fire. Attracted by the screams of the victim, the local residents rushed to the spot to his rescue. They doused the flames with a help of a blanket. The victim, however, had received critical injuries in the attack. The incident has triggered tension among the local residents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe was rushed to a local primary health centre and later shifted to a private hospital, where he has been undergoing treatment. The miscreants had fled from the spot before the local people arrived.According to the hospital doctors, his condition is stated to be serious. According to the police, the victim was a booth president of Trinamool Congress and he had been instrumental in the victory of Trinamool Congress in the area.The district Trinamool Congress leaders said that some local BJP leaders were unleashing a reign of terror since the election took place. A few incidents of clashes between BJP and Trinamool Congress have taken place in the past few days. It is speculated that BJP leaders might have engaged professional criminals to murder the victim. Trinamool Congress districts leaders have demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.Local BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed it as result of factional feud within Trinamool Congress. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Numismatic Society of Calcutta to organise 3day Mudra Utsav

first_imgKolkata: Numismatic Society of Calcutta (NSC) — the apex body of numismatists in the state is all set to organise the 21st annual conference and exhibition of coins titled ‘Mudra Utsav’ from December 21-23 at a banquet hall of a leading confectionery chainin Ballygunge. The three-day event will have its theme on Mahatma Gandhi as this year marks the 150th birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’. “Special emphasis of our exhibition will be given on the coins, medals, tokens and paper-money issued in commemoration of the great soul of India — Mahatma Gandhi,” said Ravi Shankar Sharma, secretary of the NSC, which is the apex body of numismatists, imparting knowledge in the field of research and collection of coins and its allied subjects since 1985. There will be around 70 stalls of numismatists coming from all over the world as well as India. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDue to the paucity of space, the exhibition committee has decided that the exhibits will be displayed within 15 cabinets. The exhibits will have a wide collection of coins from the Sultanate period, the Janapadas, gold coins of the Gupta and the Kushan and coins of Republic India. The exhibition will remain open to the visitors from 11 am to 6 pm and there is no entry fee for the viewers. It may be mentioned that numismatics is a hobby among many school and college students. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the past, the society organised exhibitions of coins in various schools and colleges both within the state and outside the state. The response of such exhibitions was to give impetus to people collecting coins; the society has decided to distribute a free gift to school children those who will attend the exhibition. NSC is an organisation for collection, preservation and research on coins whose principal activity includes organising annual exhibition, seminar and lecture, publishing of newsletter and journal at regular intervals. Through its 33 years of journey, the society is functioning as a building block for the young and the new collectors, enriching their knowledge in coins and notes by the experienced scholars of our society, thereby preserving history.last_img read more

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first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. March 7, 2014 — Pink Breast Center of Paterson, N.J., is the first U.S. healthcare facility to install the Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition, a new premium mammography system from Siemens Healthcare. The Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition ensures greater patient comfort while lowering radiation dose up to 30 percent compared to its predecessor model without compromising image quality.“Pink Breast Center of Paterson is thrilled to offer the Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition to our patients,” said Lisa Sheppard, M.D., medical director at Pink Breast Center. “The ability to offer women a significantly lower radiation dose during their mammogram is a major benefit. Additionally, my patients repeatedly report less discomfort during breast compression thanks to the Prime Edition. An improved patient experience may convince more of them to return for future potentially life-saving mammograms.”The Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition lowers patient radiation dose by up to 30 percent compared to its predecessor model, the Mammomat Inspiration, depending on the thickness of the patient’s breast tissue. This dose reduction is possible because the system replaces the scatter radiation grid common to conventional mammography with Siemens’ revolutionary Prime (Progressive Reconstruction, Intelligently Minimizing Exposure) algorithm for progressive image reconstruction. The Prime algorithm enables lower radiation doses that are sufficient to generate high-quality breast images.The Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition also boasts features that foster a more positive patient experience. The system’s Opcomp function applies compression only as long as the patient’s breast is soft and pliable, stopping at the point of optimal compression. Additionally, the MoodLight LED panel can be illuminated with selectable colors to create a more relaxing environment.The Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition mammography system is based on Siemens’ Mammomat Inspiration platform for screening, diagnostics and biopsy, which has been available since 2010.For further information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Morocco breaks up cell allegedly planning attacks

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The statement said the cell planned to host IS fighters traveling to Morocco so that they could carry out attacks on security personnel and other targets to destabilize the country.The men would be traveling on foreign passports. On Friday, security forces announced the arrest of a Syrian carrying a Tunisian passport with alleged links to the Islamic State group.Police said Tuesday the men arrested also had links to former al-Qaida members who fought in Afghanistan.Morocco’s internal security forces frequently announce the arrest of small cells of IS sympathizers but the group has not been able to carry out an attack on Moroccan soil yet.Last year, Morocco boosted its state of alert citing IS plans to attack the country and placed foot patrols of army and police around tourist sites and public areas.The attack in June on a Tunisian beach resort that killed 38 foreign tourists has raised alarm in Morocco as well. That attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities announced Tuesday the dismantling of an eight-man group that they say had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and was planning attacks inside the country.The Interior Ministry statement said the suspects were arrested in the northern cities of Tangier and Taounate as well as in the towns of Khouribga and Bouznika to the south and were in contact with the radical group based in Iraq and Syria. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Four benefits of having a wireless security system How do cataracts affect your vision? Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Rep Johnson takes oath for third term

first_imgDawn Johnson watches her husband, state Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, take the oath of office from Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. with the help of their family friend, Jim Keysor of Harrison. The ceremonial swearing-in took place in the House chamber on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The third-term lawmaker represents Arenac, Clare, Gladwin and part of Osceola counties. Residents of the 97th House District can contact Johnson toll free at 1-855-JOELJ-97 (1-855-563-5597); by email, joeljohnson@house.mi.gov; through his website, www.repjoeljohnson.com; or by mail, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48933. 15Jan Rep. Johnson takes oath for third term Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photoslast_img