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Bhima Koregaon clashes: Activists Gonsalves, Ferreira in police custody

first_imgA Pune police team took activists Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves into custody on Friday after a special court here rejected bail pleas filed by them and noted civil rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj.The three activists, who had been under house arrest since August 29, had on September 28 been given four weeks time by the Supreme Court to seek legal remedies. That period ended today.They were first arrested on August 28 along with poet-activist Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha for allegedly having links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and purportedly having had a role in the controversial ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.“Following the court’s rejection of their bail pleas, our teams took Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves into custody from their respective residences in Mumbai,” Pune’s Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bodkhe told The Hindu. “They will be produced before a Pune court tomorrow,” he said.Ms. Bharadwaj was likely to be taken into custody on Saturday morning in keeping with legal rules that prohibit taking women into custody after sunset, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Earlier on Friday, a special court had rejected applications filed by the three activists’ lawyers seeking a week-long extension of their house arrest thus paving the way for the Pune police to take them into custody again.  In a parallel hearing in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court had similarly rejected separate pleas seeking the extension of house arrest sought by Mr. Gonsalves and Mr. Ferreira.In his order rejecting the bail pleas of the three accused, Special Judge K.D. Vadane said that “the investigation against the accused was at a very crucial stage” and that “material collected by the investigating officer prima facie revealed their involvement in alleged unlawful activities against the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of India.”The order took into account the prosecution’s submission of allegedly incriminating letters and e-mails which hinted at the involvement of the three activists in recruiting cadre for the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and purportedly made reference for the need to “assess the damage caused by the seizure of communications by the police”.Arguing against the bail pleas last week, public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had submitted two e-mails to the court that were allegedly “intercepted communications” exchanged between Maoist leader Ganapathy alias Comrade Chandrashekhar and poet Varavara Rao in July.The city police has claimed that the mails were allegedly exchanged after the June 6 arrests of activist Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.Ms. Pawar told the court that the e-mails apparently revealed that top leaders in the Maoist Central Committee (CC) were ‘concerned’ after the June arrest of the five activists and that Ganapathy had allegedly asked Mr. Rao as to how the letters were leaked and how they had found their way into the hands of the Pune police.The contents of the e-mail, quoted by Ms. Pawar in the court, has Ganapathy allegedly urging Mr. Rao to ensure the confidentiality of “this communication channel” and remarking that the five arrests (of Mr. Gadling and the others) had caused a lot of damage to the movement and that urgent steps were needed to boost the morale of the cadre.Ms. Bharadwaj’s counsel had earlier argued that the so-called Maoist communications were of “dubious authenticity”.Similarly, lawyers representing Ms. Sen and Advocate Gadling, during their bail pleas, had also separately submitted that there was nothing in the so-called Maoist communications produced by the Pune police to incriminate the activists and asserted that the supposedly ‘incriminating’ evidence against their clients was “manufactured”. Ms. Bharadwaj, Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves had filed their bail pleas in the Pune sessions court in the second week of October.Earlier this week, the Hyderabad High Court extended Mr. Rao’s house arrest period by three weeks while Mr. Navlakha’s arrest has already been quashed by the Delhi High Court.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police, in June and in August, that led to the arrest of the 10 persons, were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with ostensibly provocative speeches made during the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held on December 31, 2017 — a day before clashes erupted in Bhima-Koregaon.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch — a radical Dalit cultural troupe.The complainant had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted almost eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 social outfits including several Ambedkarite and leftist groups across Maharashtra. Activist Vernon Gonsalves arriving at his residence along with the police, in Pune. File  | Photo Credit: Prashant Waydandelast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 18: Mexico Vs South Korea Preview

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: The Sun)Mexico will look to seal their spot in the knockout stages with a win over Asian Giants South Korea today at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don.Mexico shocked World Cup holders Germany with a 1-0 victory in their first group game, and the second matchday will go a long way to deciding who makes the last 16 of the tournament. The last time South Korea and Mexico met was in 1998, with the El Tri winning it 3-1 in the group stages.If stats are to believed then Mexico looks strong on paper as they have won all of their World Cup games against Asian teams. While on paper South Korea looks quite weak as they are winless in their last seven World Cup games, losing their last three match in a row. The Asian underdogs have failed to score in their last three World Cup games.Mexico feels very comfortable playing with possession of the ball, which means counterattacks and set pieces will matter in this battle. Let’s see how this game unfolds.Here are squads for the game:Meanwhile, in Rostov-on-Don… We have the teams for #KORMEX!#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/fS5ufeqSot— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desire

first_img​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desireby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City loanee Filip Benkovic has admitted that he wants to stay at Celtic for the rest of the season.The 21-year-old is on loan at the Scottish champions, where he has impressed this season.He is a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ team.”I really hope I will stay here until the end of the season,” Benkovic told the Scottish Sun.”It’s not a decision for me but the Leicester coach has said I can stay here and that’s good for me.”I think staying here for a year will make me improve as a player. Coming from the Croatian league to the English Premier League is a very big difference.”I was only there for one month but I saw it was a big step up. I think this step, coming to Scotland, can make me better.”The least I can do is give 110 percent for the coach, the team and the fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months ago​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_img​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri has questioned whether he needs Aaron Ramsey in his squad.Reliable reports in Italy have suggested the player will sign a contract with Juve when his deal at Arsenal runs out in the summer.And it is common for Juventus to sign top players when they are available on cut price or free deals. But their coach Allegri may not want Ramsey.”I can already rely on five top midfielders. They are so good that I need nobody,” Allegri said in a press conference.”Tomorrow [Coppa Italia game against Bologna] we must maintain our focus or we’d have lost a target”. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 hours agoNedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Nedved says Juventus ready to make another Ronaldo-type signingby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus chief Pavel Nedved says they’re ready to make another Cristiano Ronaldo-type signing.Juve held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, where a plan to raise €300m through an increase in share capital was approved.“We’re always ready to seize every opportunity,” vice-president Nedved told reporters.“We’ve talked about development and we want to develop on all fronts, above all the sporting one because it’s a leading part of the club.“And with this, I’ve think I said everything.” last_img read more

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OSU hockey players Crosby and Rothgery share special bond since childhood

Current OSU hockey players Maggie Rothgery and Nick Crosby hold up trophies from their time on the Elyria Panthers.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie RothgeryNick Crosby always thought he would “end up with her.”The “her” Crosby, a fourth-year in health sciences and a forward on the Ohio State men’s club ice hockey team, is referring to is Maggie Rothgery, a senior forward on the OSU women’s varsity ice hockey team.What did she think of her current boyfriend way back when?“I always thought he was out of my league,” Rothgery said with a smile.Irony aside, the two have been together for quite some time, even when they weren’t dating.Crosby and Rothgery grew up in Elyria, Ohio, playing on a line under Maggie’s father, and former Buckeye hockey player, Don Rothgery when they were six years old.It was under her father’s tutelage where the two developed their relationship and became the talented players they are today.“They hit it off right away as friends when Nick came in our last year on mite hockey,” Don Rothgery said. “They are two of the nicest people I know. They’ve been friends forever.”Current OSU hockey players Maggie Rothgery and Nick Crosby during their days on the Ohio Flames and St. Edwards Eagles, respectively.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie RothgeryIt was not until their high school years when they officially starting dating. Nick attended St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, while Maggie stayed close to home, attending Elyria High School.Crosby competed for state titles as an Eagle, while Rothgery further honed her skills with the Ohio Flames AAA program.Following graduation, Crosby began his time at OSU while Rothgery took her talents to Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, to play for the Lakers.As one might imagine, the four-hour separation between Columbus and Erie wasn’t easy for the two.“Distance was difficult, but I was very lucky that Nick was willing to come visit me almost every other weekend,” Rothgery said. “The hardest part was that we went from living two minutes apart and seeing each other everyday, to living in completely different states.”After a few years, Rothgery decided to transfer to OSU to become a Buckeye.“I was struggling at Mercyhurst and I knew being closer to Nick, regardless, would be better than the situation I was in there,” Rothgery said. “Mercyhurst just wasn’t the right fit for me and in the times that I visited, I loved OSU. The campus is beautiful and it’s arguably the best education you can get in Ohio, and in the country for that matter.”Now in Columbus, the two continue to have a relationship as solid as the ice they play on.OSU hockey players Nick Crosby and Maggie Rothgery.Credit: Courtesy of Maggie Rothgery“She’s my best friend,” Crosby said. “I’ve talked to some of my friends about it. They say, ‘Usually, when I hang out with my girlfriend, we have to try and find stuff to do.’ We can just go out, play hockey, and have a great time.”Granted, there are challenges that come along with dating and being student-athletes.The two are in the same major, meaning they see each other in class during the day, but homework, practice throughout the week and traveling for out-of-town games on weekends can be tough to work around.“We dedicate a few nights a week to each other,” Crosby said. “That’s pretty much all we get are nights.”With no Big Ten hockey conference established for women, Rothgery has to endure the rigorous travel accompanied with life in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Flights to Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are scattered throughout the season.However, she said having Crosby waiting for her when she returns home is quite the luxury.“It’s nice to date your best friend,” Rothgery said. “He makes it easy. Sometimes I’ll come home and he’ll make me dinner. It’s nice to just relax and have someone to relax with.”Seeming like it has all happened so fast, Rothgery still finds herself in disbelief. Her linemate at 6 years old continues to be right by her side to this day. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State sets tone after win against Cincinnati

Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson (3) sizes up his defender during the second half of the game against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorChris Holtmann has never been one to shy away from big non-conference games. In his time as head coach at Butler, he helped schedule matchups against the perennial college basketball powerhouses. Opponents that would test his teams. Test the resiliency of his roster. Holtmann brought those same ideas with him to Ohio State. When gaining control of the schedule, the second-year head coach planned a home-and-home with Cincinnati, the first time Ohio State has played the Bearcats within state borders since 1920. With the weight of the series history between the Bearcats and the Buckeyes, with the weight of the recruiting implications, Holtmann used this opportunity to test his team like he tested Butler. And Ohio State lived up to the first test, defeating Cincinnati 64-56 on Wednesday, starting the season with a road win in an environment. To senior guard C.J. Jackson, it’s just the kind of person Holtmann is: a resilient and work-hard personality that Ohio State molded into as he built his program. “Once he kind of got his hands on this team, it was so new,” Jackson said. “Last year’s team was kind of established, we were all from kind of another coaching staff, so this team is basically kind of his team, so we all just took after him and that win has a lot to do with coach Holtmann.” Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson knew what was coming first. As the freshmen and the new members of the program became acclimated with Ohio State, this Cincinnati game had been circled on the calendar for months. It was the first opportunity for the Buckeyes to show what they had without the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and without their emotional leader. This was a mentality that Wesson felt as Ohio State neared the first game of the season. “Nobody respects us like they did last year,” Wesson said. “So, I tell everybody just get real disrespectful in your preparations.”  Ohio State came out for its first game of the season already with a chip on its shoulder. For Holtmann’s team, he said the main priority, especially for an unproven team such as this one, is to make an impact defensively, something the Buckeyes showed Wednesday night. The Buckeyes allowed Cincinnati to shoot 27.4 percent from the field, with the Bearcats making 6-of-26 from behind the 3-point line. Even with the announcement of the transfer of junior forward Micah Potter, Wesson and sophomore forward Kyle Young stepped up, both starting at forward with Young backing up Wesson at the center spot, the spot Potter would have had. Wesson and Young combined for 15 of Ohio State’s 33 rebounds. It also gave an opportunity for the new players to show what they could do in a Buckeye uniform. Wesson said a game like this is a good opportunity for the younger players to get a chance to see what this level of play is all about, setting the tone for the remainder of the season. “I feel like having it early for the young guys, they see what college basketball is about, how tough it is, how the trenches are,” Wesson said. And that’s the point. That’s the point of the tough schedule to start the season for Holtmann and his Ohio State team. To test his players early. To see what their flaws are, to see what needs to improve prior to Big Ten play, prior to when important games become more of a reality. Resiliency is something teams don’t normally form after the first game of the season. But it’s something Jackson sees from his teammates day one. “I think we found out what type of guys we got. It’s guys that really care. We can’t really go wrong,” Jackson said. “Everybody is going to make mistakes. It’s a long game and it’s new. We are a new team. New faces. So as long as they give their all, you can’t really ask for anything else.” read more

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Football Urban Meyer looks forward to Big Ten Championship

After defeating Michigan 62-39 on Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer is now preparing Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship where the Buckeyes will take on No. 19 Northwestern on Saturday in Indianapolis. Even with more on the line than just a Big Ten title, Meyer said in his weekly Monday press conference that this game is only special if his team wins it. “I used to say compete for championships in November,” Meyer said. “And [assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti] went a step further and said get to Indy. Now we’re in Indy so go win it.The Buckeyes will face a Northwestern team that lost all three of its non-conference games this season and lost one Big Ten game to then-No. 14 Michigan. The Wildcats have ranked wins against then-No. 20 Michigan State, then-No. 20 Wisconsin and then-No. 21 Iowa.Meyer complimented Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and how he runs his program heading into the championship game. “I think he’s one of the best coaches in college football,” Meyer said. “I don’t “think” he is. He’s one of the best coaches in college football. And his kids plays like that.” Wyatt Davis replaces Knox at right guard After redshirt senior right guard Demetrius Knox left the game in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s win against Michigan, Meyer reiterated redshirt freshman offensive lineman Wyatt Davis would take the start the Big Ten Championship on Saturday against No. 19 Northwestern. “Wyatt Davis was going to get his first start as a Buckeye, and there’s a lot of confidence around here because I’ve been talking about it for five weeks now,” Meyer said. “He’s the next man in.” Meyer likes what he has seen from Davis in practice. “He’s a rugged guy. And he’s been scratching and clawing for playing time ever since probably five, six weeks ago, and has been close,” Meyer said. “But we didn’t want to disrupt the flow of the five guys in there.” Meyer said redshirt freshman Josh Myers, who he described as having a great month and a half of practices, junior Joshua Alabi and redshirt junior Branden Bowen, who Meyer said is “back to almost what he was” after suffering a leg injury last season. Meyer said the Michigan game was the best he has seen the offensive line play, not allowing a sack against the Wolverines, saying the unit has shown a level of consistency over the past few weeks. Now with the Knox injury, Meyer said he has a level of depth at the offensive line he had not had earlier in the season. “Remember about five weeks ago we were down to the last tack, last group of guys, and now we’ve got some depth,” Meyer said. Meyer wants Martell in the game Even with the lack of success for redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell in the Michigan game when he entered in the red zone, Meyer said he wants to try and continue to utilize his skill set in some way. “I’m a Tate Martell fan,” Meyer said. “So I’m pushing it real hard. And we’re going to do what’s best.” Martell recorded one yard on two rushes within the 10-yard line against the Wolverines on Saturday, failing to convert a red zone trip to a touchdown each time he entered the game. Meyer said it’s not just the play of the quarterback. There are other factors that determine the success of that particular red zone package. For the head coach, it is simple why he may continue to use Martell in those kinds of situations. “I want him in the game,” Meyer said. read more

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Luxembourgbased pay TV operator M7 Group has cons

first_imgLuxembourg-based pay TV operator M7 Group has consolidated its M77 Group sister company, bringing the pair’s Belgian, Dutch, Austrian and Czech operations under a single ownership structure.The merger creates a single ownership structure for pay TV operations CanalDigitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen and TéléSat in Belgium, Austria’s AustriaSAT, and Skylink and CS Link in the Czech Republic.last_img

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French service provider SFR has named François Rub

first_imgFrench service provider SFR has named François Rubichon as executive director for human resources, general affairs and corporate organisation.Rubichon, who was previously deputy director-general for Aéroports de Paris, will join the SFR executive committee headed by CEO Jean-Yves Charlier.last_img

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Survey Finds Most Police Officers Support Medical Marijuana

first_img Next Article Image credit: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Add to Queue Survey Finds Most Police Officers Support Medical Marijuana In a sign of the continuing shift in attitudes about legal marijuana, a new survey finds that a majority of police officers now favor allowing the use of medical marijuana.However, the number drops significantly when it comes to the legalization of marijuana for personal use. And one-third of officers surveyed said they still support an outright ban on the use of marijuana for any purpose.Pew Research released the information recently as part of a survey of police officers on a number of issues.Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.For those thinking of investing into marijuana businesses, the survey provides a glimpse into how law enforcement might battle any new legalization efforts. Despite being legal under state laws for a majority of the US population, marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law.Related: 5 Tips for Breaking Into the ‘Budding’ Marijuana IndustryPolice officer surveyThe survey found that, overall, about seven in 10 officers think marijuana should be legalized for at least medical use. The numbers were as follows:37 percent of police officers supported legalizing marijuana for medical use32 percent of police officers supported legalizing marijuana for both personal and medical use30 percent of police officers support a ban on marijuana for any useYounger officers took a more favorable view toward marijuana, with 37 percent saying they support both medical and recreational marijuana.Related: How Cannabis Ecommerce Challenges Are Driving Web InnovationGeneral public surveyWhile the trend toward supporting legalization among law enforcement officers reflects what has happened with voters across the country, the numbers for law enforcement remain below that for the general public.In the same study, Pew reported the following numbers on the same questions asked of adults who do not work in law enforcement. The findings:35 percent supported legalizing marijuana for medical use49 percent supported legalizing marijuana for both medical and personal use15 percent supported a ban on marijuana for any use63 percent of those under the age of 45 support legal marijuana for both personal and medical usePew conducted the study between May and August 2016. They interviewed 7,900 officers in both police and sheriff’s departments. Each department had at least 100 officers. For the general public portion of the survey, Pew interviewed 4,500 adults in August and September of 2016.Related: 4 Cannabis Business Ideas from the Frontier of the Legal Weed IndustryWhile law enforcement attitudes toward legalizing marijuana seems to have relaxed, the nation’s top justice officials have not changed their stance on marijuana as an illegal drug. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency had two chances to review petitions on the legal status of marijuana in the summer of 2016. However, DEA officials decided not to make any changes.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook. Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast February 9, 2017 3 min read Cannabis Softening attitudes among police lags general public acceptance but seems to confirm an inexorable social trend. Listen Now –shares dispensaries.comlast_img read more

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Instagram Admitting a War on Snapchat Rolls Out Face Filters

first_img With yesterday’s arrival of Instagram Face Filters, Facebook and Instagram’s complete and utter dismantling of the Snapchat platform is complete.Instagram is rolling out eight inaugural Face Filters, including furry koala ears, math equations swirling around your head and — most fittingly — an ice crown. To the winner go the spoils.Not five minutes after Instagram announced Face Filters and several other new features — including a Rewind button, Hashtag stickers and an Eraser button — Instagram VP of Product Kevin Weil walked onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City shooting an Instagram Story of the crowd.Weil, the former VP of product at Twitter, has been at Instagram for around 15 months. In that time, the app has switched to an algorithmic feed and rolled out Instagram Stories, which now eclipses Snapchat with more than 200 million daily active users (DAUs) in less than a year. Instagram is also testing location-based Stories (like Snapchat’s geofilters and local stories), but hasn’t yet publicly confirmed that feature.”Face filters are an expected part of a modern camera, so we’re super excited to launch them today,” Weil said. “The first eight filters are live now, and we’ve also launched a handful of other things including a reverse video format, a hashtag sticker allowing you to tag stories the same way you can tag mentions and some other tools like an eraser.”The next question, inevitably, is how Instagram’s Face Filters are different from Snapchat’s. You can get to the filters from the face icon in the right corner of the Instagram app when you’re filming a story. Just like Snapchat, you tap a filter to try it on and there are individual and group filters to use with friends in the frame. Face Filters also integrate with Boomerang by default, and the finished snaps ‘grams can be sent as an Instagram DM or uploaded to your story.”The important thing to us when we launched Face Filters was to do it in a way that was natural to Instagram. There’s a level of craft and attention to detail with each of the eight filters that I think is unique,” Weil said. “One of my favorites is the koala filter. I have 7-month-old twins, I put them on screen and I see two little koalas looking up at me, and the ears twitch the same way a koala’s ears naturally twitch. There’s another feature with a spotlight. As you move around, the spotlight will follow you.”These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.21 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.Instagram admits all-out war on Snapchat.Face Filters are the cherry on top of one of the more deft and almost impressively brazen business moves Mark Zuckerberg has made to get Facebook where it is today.Instagram Stories and now Face Filters are one facet of the strategy. Add that to Facebook’s copycat Messenger Day feature and most importantly, the company’s new Camera Effects augmented reality (AR) developer platform announced at F8, and it amounts to a ruthlessly effective scorched earth copycat campaign. Zuckerberg’s F8 keynote was one long subtweet of Snap Inc., where Zuck didn’t mention the word Snapchat once. Today, he also posted an Instagram video in which he sported one of the app’s new filters and congratulated his team on a “nice job.”That’s not the most important part, though. Facebook has also improved upon every core Snapchat feature, adding features and user experience (UX) polish and opening the camera platform to developers in addition to an active user base with which Snapchat can’t compete. During his TechCrunch Disrupt interview, Weil reluctantly acknowledged that Instagram’s strategy around stories and filters was inspired by and came at the expense of Snapchat.”If we’re being honest with ourselves, this is the way the tech industry and frankly all industries work. Good ideas start out in one place and spread all across the industry,” he said. “Kudos to Snapchat for being the first to stories, but it’s a format and it’s going to be adopted across a wide array of platforms.”Weil likened it to Facebook coming up with the News Feed or Twitter pioneering hashtags, both of which are now widely adopted across apps and social networks. In the same vein, he also drew an interesting parallel with the animation world. Pixar was the first to do computer-animated films, but Weil made the point that just because Pixar was first, we shouldn’t discount all the great films made by a studio like DreamWorks.”It’s not just about the format, it’s about the plot. The storyline. It’s the entire product. It’s not just Instagram Stories, it’s the Instagram feed. Raw moments. Direct, where you’re sharing privately. Instagram Live, where you’re taking people with you throughout the day. It would be silly of us to see a good idea and say that because one person did it we can’t even go near it,” Weil said.To interviewer Josh Constine’s credit, he didn’t let up. Most of Instagram’s product development over the past year and a half has been around features Snapchat has already built. Weil became visibly uncomfortable when faced with question after question about whether it’s honorable to copy other products, what the atmosphere was like after Snap Inc. lost 25 percent of its value following its most recent earnings report, and whether the ends justify the means.”There will be multiple successful players in the industry,” Weil responded. “It’s not about one player going down. It’s about building things of value and asking whether you’re closer to the people in your life because of Instagram.” Add to Queue Associate Features Editor Instagram, Admitting a War on Snapchat, Rolls Out Face Filters Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Rob Marvincenter_img Instagram’s VP of product dishes on the app’s Face Filters, Hashtag stickers, and Rewind button at TechCrunch Disrupt while fielding a barrage of questions about Snapchat. Image credit: via PC Mag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Instagram –shares Apply Now »last_img read more

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Will Medical Cannabis Sales Eventually Surpass Recreational Sales

first_imgMedical Marijuana 7 min read Image credit: LPETTET | Getty Images Contributor Will Medical Cannabis Sales Eventually Surpass Recreational Sales? Subscribe Now Many assume the recreational marijuana market will surpass medical cannabis but there are many reasons to suspect they will be proved wrong. Medical marijuana could become the bigger of the two within a few years thanks to three factors.Here’s what entrepreneurs should know about the difference between these two markets, and how the cannabis industry’s astronomical growth could evolve differently than one might expect.The current state of the cannabis market.Global cannabis sales reached a new high of $12.2 billion in 2018, up from $9.5 billion in 2017, according to a report by BDS Analytics. More than half of that was recreational. Some examples:Colorado: Out of total revenue of almost $1.55 billion, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue, only $332 million was medical cannabis.California: Sales reached approximately $1.2 billion per state data, more than half of which was recreational.Canada: Statistics Canada reported total sales for October through December reached $115 million USD. At the same time, the number of medical marijuana patients grew in Canada.Sales in US states that have legalized weed appear to be moving away from medical cannabis and towards recreational, though this has not held true in Canada, though there are indications it will once the market matures and there is wider accessibility.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaIn the U.S., the legalization of recreational weed has meant a corresponding decline or stagnation in medical cannabis sales. This makes sense for a few reasons. Depending on the state, obtaining a medical marijuana card can be complicated with few doctors willing to prescribe and applications, and medical marijuana patients sometimes must pay a fee.In California, the biggest cannabis market to date, lenient laws created an artificially large medical marijuana market. Today, many of those patients are switching to recreational.The rise of recreational weed has lead to some panic about the future of medical marijuana. Will producers entirely shift their focus away from medical marijuana and to focus on the hottest cannabis products like concentrates vapes, and other high-THC options? Will patients have access to the product they need for target-specific conditions, rather than get you high?There are a few reasons why this will not happen.CBD will be bigger than recreational weed.The recreational market isn’t just booming because people want concentrated THC. In fact, the products with the biggest sales increase in 2018 were high in CBD. The growing interest in medicinal and medical cannabis is a strong indication CBD market will explode in the upcoming years.CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound in cannabis that does not produce a high. ThoughCBD is the second-most popular compound found in weed after THC, it can be found in hemp, too, which is non-psychoactive. This means that it cannot produce unwanted effects, by law.CBD can address a variety of conditions ranging from the severe to the preventative according to a growing body of research and anecdotal evidence. These include both physical conditions including seizures, pain, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. CBD provides a much-needed, non-addictive alternative without negative side effects for pain management and epilepsy These conditions afflict millions of Americans who don’t yet use medical marijuana. The potential market is enormous for all-natural products that can address these ailments.CBD edible sales grew astronomically in 2018. In one year alone CBD gummy sales went up 925 percent, sales of CBD chocolate market increased by 530 percent and CBD tincture, also known as cannabis oil, sales went up 111.5 percent.Most predict that the CBD market will eclipse the recreational cannabis market — something that couldn’t have been predicted at the beginning of the legalization movement. The most optimistic projection comes from the Brightfield Group, which says the CBD market could reach $22 billion by 2022, more is more than the projected recreational cannabis market.Related: New Poll Finds Highest Support Ever for Weed LegalizationBut is CBD medicinal or medical cannabis? Most people take CBD medicinally, not recreationally, with some replacing pharmaceuticals with CBD. Others use it to address conditions for which they never took a prescription, and a growing number use it as preventative medicine.In other words, the distinction between medicinal and medical cannabis is hazy. With more research demonstrating CBD’s effectiveness, cannabidiol could soon be redefined. This is most likely to occur after national legalization — and once Big Pharma becomes more involved.Big Pharma could change the cannabis industry.The American pharmaceutical industry is the biggest industry in the country and it continues to grow. It represents 45 percent of the global pharmaceutical industry, according to Statista. Big Pharma is investing in weed research, a second big reason why medical cannabis could surpass recreational sales. Because pharmaceutical companies are investigating cannabis medicine, CBD could become a more common form of medical marijuana, not just a supplement categorized as recreational.Pharmaceutical companies are putting more resources than ever into CBD research to satisfy the demand for cannabis-wellness. There has already been a breakthrough. Epidiolex in 2018 became the first FDA-approved cannabis-derived medication. It is prescribed to treat two types of epilepsy. FDA reclassified Epidiolex as a substance with a lower likelihood of abuse than recreational cannabis. Though just one drug, Epidiolex has opened the floodgates for other pharmaceutical companies to start exploring medical cannabis.Medical marijuana research is still in its infancy. But in 2018, pharmaceutical companies filed more cannabis patents than ever. Six of the top 10 cannabis patent holders are pharmaceutical companies, according to a recent report. Expect to see many more cannabis medicines available in coming years.Related: The UN Is Moving Toward Ending Decades of International Cannabis ProhibitionCannabis consumer demographics keep shifting.The U.S. baby boomers are the largest generation in American history. There are 76 million baby boomers in the U.S., according to Pew Research, ranging in age from 54 to 73. That is a large segment of the population that is either eligible for Medicare or soon will be.It isn’t a coincidence that seniors are one of the fastest expanding cannabis users. Not only are seniors spending more on marijuana than ever before, but they’re accustomed to spending a lot on medication. A report found that brand name drug prices have almost doubled in nine years.As a result, seniors are more likely to look for less expensive alternatives, like cannabis. Pharmaceutical companies are incentivized more than ever to create medical cannabis products to appeal to their older demographic.An additional factor in coming years is that contemplated changes to global treaties could create an international medical cannabis market, with CBD specifically exempted from international prohibition. This creates the potential for eventually allowing cannabis producers, such as those in Canada projected to eventually glut domestic markets, to export to newly opened markets. The United Kingdom and Thailand recently legalized medical marijuana, and many European countries are in the process of relaxing their laws.For more developed markets with bigger producers, this translates to massive potential for medical marijuana overseas in markets that are far away from recreational legalization.Related: Why Will Health Insurers Reimburse You for Opioids but Not for Medical Marijuana?Will medical cannabis surpass recreational?Recreational cannabis will be huge but increasing interest in medicinal cannabis, global market growth and involvement from Big Pharma could make medical cannabis the larger of the two markets. For this to happen, however, there are a few things that have to change. Specifically, this would require better accessibility to medical cannabis — more doctors, easier applications and more options when it comes to medication targeting specific illnesses — and a better understanding of how we can use CBD medically. Lastly, for the market to really reach its potential, international expansion of the medical cannabis market needs to be legalized.One thing is for certain: The market for cannabis medications will continue to grow as baby boomers come of age, stigma decreases and continuing research confirms the effectiveness of cannabis for many common ailments. Next Article Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Scott McGovern Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 We are on the brink of a global medical cannabis boom. April 8, 2019last_img read more

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Solid US Retail Sales Point to Firming Economic Recovery

first_img –shares Solid U.S. Retail Sales Point to Firming Economic Recovery Retail Jack Reed can see the recovery taking hold at his family’s 109-year-old clothing store in Tupelo, Mississippi, with sales buoyed in part by the paychecks tied to a Toyota plant up the road and rising confidence that the jobs are here to stay.As retailers nationwide reported a brisk jump in November sales and optimism about the holiday season, Reed said on Thursday that the gears of the U.S. economy seemed to have finally meshed.”There is just less fear from people who feel like they might lose their jobs … Our shoppers seem more confident than they did a year ago,” said Reed, 63, whose chain of four stores clocked a roughly 10 percent jump in sales from Thanksgiving to this week, compared to the year before.In a rural area that counts Elvis Presley among its native sons, the drop in gasoline prices also was leaving more money in people’s pockets.November’s retail advance showed the holiday shopping season was off to a strong start, and dispelled the gloom from a drop in Black Friday weekend commerce. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has traditionally been seen as the kickoff for holiday sales, but analysts say consumers have shifted spending through the month and are doing more shopping online.Coupled with strong job reports and signals of upcoming wage growth, the sales data could boost confidence in the durability of the recovery as the Federal Reserve debates when and how fast to raise U.S. interest rates.Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.6 percent last month after rising 0.5 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported. The so-called core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product. November’s increase exceeded Wall Street’s expectations for a 0.4 percent gain.It also suggested that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, was accelerating in the fourth quarter after slowing in the July-September period.Core November sales were up 4.4 percent from a year earlier, the largest year-over-year increase since early 2012. Over the past 20 years, the average change in December sales is close to the average change in November, and analysts said they expected last month’s momentum to continue.The National Retail Federation said the November result supported its expectation for an overall 4.1 percent jump in holiday season sales – confirming its conclusion that the poor Black Friday showing was a result of a shift in shopping patterns rather than a sign of weakness.Economists at Macroeconomic Advisers boosted their forecast for fourth-quarter economic growth by three-tenths of a percentage point to an annualized rate of 2.4 percent, on the “unexpected strength” in consumer spending. Initial estimates of prior months’ consumer spending were also revised upward.The gains were broad-based. Sales for clothing stores like Reed’s grew a particularly strong 1.2 percentage points over the prior month, while electronics and appliance outlets saw a sizable 0.9 percent gain.Even gasoline stations recorded a better-than-expected result, declining a less-than-anticipated 0.8 percent. Gasoline prices have dropped an average of 67 cents per gallon since the start of the year, saving consumers tens of billions of dollars at the pump.”Perhaps there was an offsetting volume effect, or gas station visitors just spent the extra money on corn nuts, beef jerky and hood ornaments,” RBS Securities economist Guy Berger said.(Reporting by Michael Flaherty; Additional reporting by Howard Schneider and Jason Lange in Washington and Richard Leong in New York; Writing by Howard Schneider; Editing by Paul Simao) Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters December 12, 2014center_img Image credit: Reuters | David McNew This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Hulu Will Offer Live TV in Early 2017

first_img That talk of Hulu getting into live TV? It’s real.Company chief Mike Hopkins has announced that you’ll see live entertainment, sports and news on the streaming service in early 2017. He didn’t say which networks were involved or what it might cost, but the Wall Street Journal leak had suggested that at least Disney and Fox (including channels like ESPN and FX) were signing on. You’ll hear more about Hulu’s plans over the course of this year, Hopkins says.Hulu is a bit late to the live TV streaming party, as companies like Dish (Sling TV) and Sony (PlayStation Vue) have had a presence for months. However, it has a few advantages. On top of being a veteran in the on-demand TV world, it can point to major TV providers (including Disney and Fox) that have direct stakes in the company — they have a vested interest in Hulu’s success. While those networks still make a big chunk of their revenue from people watching conventional TV, they may steer you toward Hulu if you’ve already cut the cord.There’s more on the way, too. Hulu has revealed that it’s getting into documentaries, beginning with the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary on the first half of The Beatles’ career (tentatively titled The Beatles: Eight Days a Week). You’ll have to wait until the fall to see it, but it’s evident that Hulu wants to rival Netflix’s variety and prevent the next Making a Murderer from going to its competition. 2 min read Next Article 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. Jon Fingas May 4, 2016 Hulu Image credit: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Hulucenter_img –shares Hulu Will Offer Live TV in Early 2017 This story originally appeared on Engadget Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Salsify Announces New GDSN Data Pool Designed for the Digital Shelf

first_imgSalsify Announces New GDSN Data Pool Designed for the Digital Shelf PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 2:44 pmJuly 12, 2019 GDSNMarketing Technology NewsMaster Data ManagementNewsProduct experience managementSalsify Previous ArticleRackspace and Tech Mahindra Partner to Lead with New Go-To-Market StrategyNext ArticleQualtrics Ranked Top 10 Most Innovative Company in 2019 GRIT Report Brand Manufacturers Can Manage and Deliver Content for Retail and Ecommerce Channels from One PlatformSalsify, a product experience management (PXM) platform that helps brands win on the digital shelf, announces a new data pool for GS1’s Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). This expanded capability will allow IT, Master Data Management (MDM), ecommerce, trade, and marketing teams to manage and share their product data with retailers and distributors across the GDSN from a single platform.As the only PXM platform with both product information management (PIM) capabilities and a native data pool that covers GS1’s complete Global Data Dictionary (GDD), Salsify now provides customers with an end-to-end solution for managing and transmitting product content for both traditional wholesale – where GDSN has been vital – and ecommerce channels. The Salsify platform unites the work of all teams involved in bringing products to market, streamlining processes, confirming responsibilities and handoffs through integrated workflows, and providing a single source of truth for all product data. This unified solution results in:Marketing Technology News: UiPath Named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Robotic Process AutomationFaster item setup: The unification of both logistical and top-off marketing data in one platform significantly reduces the time it takes to bring a new product to market.Content refresh at the speed of commerce: Optimizing for SEO, publishing new packaging variations, adding more engaging media such as 360 spins and lifestyle images, and reacting to consumer feedback in ratings and reviews all require frequent updates to product detail pages and product content. Bringing ecommerce teams into the loop with Salsify’s unified solution ensures that rich content that changes frequently can go through the same GDSN that supply chain data does.Compliance with confidence: Salsify maintains the complex requirements for each region and target market, enabling customers to stay compliant with global retailer requirements with a single data pool. The platform’s readiness reports and workflows immediately surface violations and users can assign tasks for remediation.Marketing Technology News: JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”“Our customers have pushed us to unite their offline and online product content processes to serve the need for accurate, complete, and differentiated product experiences everywhere on the digital shelf,” said Jason Purcell, co-founder and CEO of Salsify. “Adding a GDSN data pool to our platform helps bring to life GS1’s original vision of efficient and automated exchange of continuously refreshed product data across the globe.”The Salsify for GDSN data pool is currently in the certification process with GS1. Certification is expected this quarter, with immediate availability thereafter.Marketing Technology News: Valassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech Awardlast_img read more

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New molecular switch may help develop sophisticated photomedications

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Light-activated switches are too small to be seen by the naked eye, but the molecular systems are hard at work in research related to drug design, adaptive materials and data storage. To unlock the promise of new generations of medical therapies and memory systems, researchers must first overcome the drawbacks of the microscopic devices that can be difficult to produce and lack versatility.Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a new molecular switch based on the hydrazone functional group that combines the most important properties of the current class of light-activated switches and solves many of the problems associated with them. The newly-developed molecule is easy to make, simple to work with, shows “on-off” fluorescence emission toggling, and can be used to write, read and erase information in both the liquid and solid state.Looking into the future, switches like these may potentially be used for the development of sophisticated photomedications that deliver drugs with cellular-level precision. In years to come, hydrazone switches might also lead to the development of high-density memory devices with the volume of a speck of a dust.As detailed in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Dartmouth’s hydrazone system, “packs most, if not all, the desired, targeted and sought-after traits from photochromic compounds.””This is a switch that can do it all,” said Ivan Aprahamian, an associate professor of chemistry and head of the research team at Dartmouth. “What we developed is a new tool that combines all the good properties of known switches without their side effects, and in a simple, straight-forward design.”Similar to flipping a physical switch, photochromic switches rely on lights of different wavelengths to move molecules between the “on” and “off” positions. The fluorescent feedback produced during the switching process can be used to store and read huge amounts of data at microscopic scale and even provide signals about where a medication is being delivered after the drug enters into a patient’s body, an important tool for drug targeting.Related StoriesCharacterizing and Isolating (Bio)macromolecular Structures using MALSExperts discuss 5G health risks as network switches on in the UKComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTo toggle the switch in the Dartmouth study, researchers used a “blue light” operating at the same 450 nm wavelength of a laser pointer to write the information by activating the switch. A second 365 nm ultraviolet wavelength was used to erase the information by turning the switch off.In the paper, the researchers demonstrated that the switch works in both water and fetal bovine serum buffer–a frequently used bio-medium–confirming that the molecular system can be useful as a drug delivery tool.In addition to performing well in solution, the researchers found that the hydrazone switch also works on solid-state films. Molecules that go through large structural changes usually do not operate in solid state without complex manipulation. This added functionality allows it to be used effectively for data storage.”Such an on-off fluorescence response in both solution and solid state for photochromic compounds is highly unusual,” said Baihao Shao, a PhD student at Dartmouth and the first author of the study.The team was able to use both single-photon and two-photon light sources to operate the new switch. The near infrared, two-photon system allows the light to penetrate tissue deeper and makes it safer for use with humans. Two-photon activation also allows for 3D microscopy techniques that are important for advanced data storage.The research paper notes that the hydrazone switch has a half-life of 75 years in solution at room temperature. In solid state, the switch’s memory could be indefinite. Such stability is another key feature that adds to its overall functionality for long-term data storage.”We are extremely excited by the results as well as the reception it is getting from the scientific community. Based on these and yet unpublished results, we feel that this technology has the promise to be truly transformative,” said Aprahamian.During the experiment, some erasure did occur during reading as the excitation light also results in slow switching, creating a challenge that the researchers are working to minimize. Source:https://news.dartmouth.edu/last_img read more

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Whats the best time of the day to lose weight

first_imgResearchers have found that late afternoons and early evenings are the best time to lose weight as the metabolic rates are the highest around that time. The results of the study titled ‘Human Resting Energy Expenditure Varies with Circadian Phase’, is published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. For this study the seven participants (aged 38 to 69 years) were made to stay inside a special laboratory with no clues about time of the day for 37 days. They were not given access to windows, phones, clocks or the internet. Each night the bedtime for the participants was shifted by four hours. It was similar to be travelling across four time zones to the west each day for three continuous weeks. Their sleep wake cycle as well as food and exercise was also tightly regulated by the researchers. This helped the researchers alter the body’s circadian rhythm or clock. Now metabolism and metabolic rates at different times of the day was analyzed. The study results revealed that 10 percent extra calories could be burnt in the late afternoons and early evenings as the metabolic rates are the highest around that time. The body temperatures were lowest around middle of the night and highest in the late afternoons and early evenings.According to the team of researchers, this study shows why shift workers tend to be irregular in their sleep and eating schedules and tend to gain weight. Shift workers are at a greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cognitive problems as well as cancers, as has been seen in several previous studies. The researchers explain that the body’s circadian clock could be governing the metabolism and metabolic rates.Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosa’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesKirsi-Marja Zitting, of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, one of the team members said that they were surprised that same exercises and exertions at one time of the day worked at burning calories differently than when performed at a different time of the day. “Because they were doing the equivalent of circling the globe every week, their body’s internal clock could not keep up, and so it oscillated at its own pace,” Zitting said.Jeanne Duffy, co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, added that this study showed that it was not only what we ate and how much we exercised that determined how many calories we would burn but the “when” was also very important. “Regularity of habits such as eating and sleeping is very important to overall health,” she said. She explained that 10 percent extra calories could be burnt if exercised in the later afternoons and early evenings compared to middle of the night. It means that a person can burn 130 extra calories with no added effort, she said. She went on to explain that if this was happening each day, the resultant accumulative effects can also be estimated. It is thus important to keep the body’s internal clock in synchrony with the external environment for good heath she said. “Regularity is really important,” she said.As the next step the team would connect the effects of sleep time, duration and regularity and its effect on weight gain. Source:https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)31334-4center_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 8 2018Image Credit: WindNight / Shutterstocklast_img read more

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