Corn plants appreciate a stress-free summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the next several weeks the upper canopy in Ohio corn fields will look much different, as tassels begin to emerge and extend beyond the top leaves of the plant. This visual change signifies that the corn crop will soon be shifting from vegetative into reproductive growth. The first reproductive growth stage (R1) begins when silks extends outside of the husk leaves and typically occurs two to three days after tassel emergence.The two basic processes that occur during corn reproduction are pollination (transfer of pollen grains from the tassel to the silks) and fertilization (joining of the pollen grain and ovary to create an embryo). Though these processes seem very simple, there is a lot riding on their success. Approximately 85% of the variability in grain yield is related to the number of kernels produced per acre while the remaining 15% of the variability in grain yield is related to the weight of these kernels. Thus, failure in either of these reproductive steps can have a detrimental effect on yield.The most stress-susceptible period in corn is about one week prior to silking and continues for two weeks after silking. The timing of the stress can result in dramatic differences from one field to the next. A very small variation of even just a day or two difference in flowering date or planting date can cause a substantial effect in the success of pollination and kernel set. Water stress is the most common stress factor in corn, although high temperatures and loss of leaf area — from hail, diseases, insects, etc. — can also reduce yield during this critical time especially when coupled with drought stress.Severe drought any time during plant development can have a negative effect on yield potential, but the greatest impact is when drought stress occurs during the pollination and early grain-fill stages. Research at Iowa State University has shown that yields can be reduced by as much as 40 to 50% when corn undergoes four consecutive days of severe stress during the pollination phase. Moisture stress that occurs during the vegetative growth stages or during later grain fill has much less effect on yield. Stress effects from drought that takes place from one week prior to tasseling through the milk stage causes lack of ovule fertilization or kernel abortion. Moisture stress that occurs from the dough stage to black layer will lead to reduced kernel weight.The greatest risk of kernel reduction at pollination is the asynchrony of pollen shed and silking. Drought stress tends to accelerate pollen shed while delaying silk growth, which can result in poor “nick” of the pollen and silks. A single plant will shed pollen for only about five days but because of natural field variability in plant development a whole field may take up to 14 days to complete pollen shed. Silks begin elongating from the ovules of the ear shoot about seven days prior to emerging from the ear shoot. Silk growth occurs by cell expansion, so if a plant lacks the necessary water than silk development will be slowed or halted. Silks that emerge after most of the pollen is shed will not likely be pollinated. Moderate silk delay can cause poorly-filled ear tips, whereas more severe stress can result in ears that are nearly or completely barren.Corn maximizes its growth rate at 86 degrees F during the day and 60 to 65 degrees F at night. When daytime temperatures reach into the 90s, then plant stress results. High daytime temperatures decrease photosynthesis efficiency, which causes the plant to make less sugar that will in turn be used to produce plant biomass and grain. High night temperatures on the other hand can be even more detrimental to corn than high daytime temperatures. Elevated nighttime temperatures increase the respiration rate, causing the plant to spend more energy for the maintenance — energy that could have otherwise been used in dry matter accumulation. The respiration rate of plants increases rapidly as the temperature increases, approximately doubling for each 13 degree F increase. With high night temperatures more of the sugars produced by photosynthesis during the day are lost, which leave less available to fill developing kernels. High nighttime temperatures also result in a shortened grain fill period that will limit the time the crop has to add additional starch to the kernels.Curious to know how successful your corn fields were at pollinating? Follow the steps below and find out.1. Remove the ear from the plant.2. Gently peel the husks from the ear so that the silks are disturbed as little as possible.3. Grab the ear by the base and hold the ear so that the tip is pointing toward the ground.4. Gently shake the ear. Silks will fall from fertilized ovules, while silks of ovules not fertilized will remain attached to the developing ovules.5. Percent pollination is equal to the percent of ovules with no silks attached.last_img read more

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PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But amid all that, the Filipinos vow to work and fight harder to keep the Philippines on top of the cage competitions in the region.“No matter who’s in the lineup, we know that we’ll always give our all,” said Ravena.“Every man in front of me will compete. It doesn’t matter if we have one day or one month to prepare, we’re all going to fight. That’s the message we have for these guys and it’s very consistent,” said Reyes. “We might be outplayed, we might be outmatched, we might be outsized, but we’ll never be outfought.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. Photo from Fiba.comOne of the biggest realizations of Gilas Pilipinas from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is that everyone else in the region has caught up in terms of level of competition.Though the Philippines came away with the gold medal in men’s basketball, it faced a tall challenge from regional rivals like Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes admitted that the Philippines should start developing its ranks from the ground-up, and it starts in the biennial games.“We have to continue getting better, not only for our Southeast Asian opponents, but for Asia as well, and not only for Asia, but also for the world,” Reyes said on Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-Go at Marco Polo in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFour-time SEA Games gold medalist Kiefer Ravena echoed those sentiments, noting that unlike before Gilas couldn’t simply just turn it on when it wanted to against quality competition.“Before, we could be lenient in practice and still expect to come out on top. But as they grow and get better, the task of getting a gold medal just gets harder and harder. For us with this type of program, we really have to have the dedication because we already know how tough the opposition will be,” he said. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Despite streak, Cone wary of upcoming tough stretch for Kingslast_img read more

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Malaysian Airlines crash represents double tragedy for Australian family

first_imgFor one Australian family, the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine has represented an almost unbelievable double tragedy.The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands.Malaysian Airline crash: Indian-origin steward among the deadStudents of Al Firdaus high school attend a prayer for their guest teacher John Paulissen who was a passenger on board of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight 17, in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, July 18, 2014. AP PhotoKaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed on Flight 17.”It’s just brought everyone, everything back,” said Greg Burrows, Mann’s brother. “It’s just …ripped our guts again.”All walks of life among Malaysia plane passengersInternational passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Mike Corder of Associated Press adds.Jason Biggs apologises for insensitive Malaysian flight mishap joke Relatives, friends and colleagues paid tribute Friday to victims even before the airline released their names as it scrambled to contact the next of kin of the victims.People hold candles and place flower tribute outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. AP PhotoA Malaysia Airlines official said 189 of the passengers were Dutch. There were also 29 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine from the United Kingdom, four each from Germany and Belgium, three from the Philippines, one each from Canada and New Zealand and four passengers whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, said Huib Gorter, the airline’s regional vice president for Europe told reporters at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.Malaysian plane downed: Putin’s sole interest is to punish Ukraine, says NYT Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which was starting Sunday.advertisementThe Academic Medical Center hospital in Amsterdam said in a statement that two of its staff, including renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, and his colleague Jacqueline van Tongeren were believed to have perished.Modi condoles loss of lives in Malaysian plane tragedy”Joep was a man who knew no barriers,” the hospital said. “He was a great inspiration for everybody who wanted to do something about the AIDS tragedy in Africa and Asia.”A World Health Organization spokesman traveling to the conference was also killed.Most of the victims were Dutch. The flight set off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport during the country’s school summer vacation period and was heading for the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.Malaysian Airline shot down: Tape points finger at Russian separatists In the close-knit fishing town of Volendam, near the Dutch capital, flowers were laid outside a florist’s shop whose owner and her boyfriend also were believed to be among the victims.A handwritten note taped to the storefront above a bunch of orange roses, read: “Dear Cor and Neeltje. This is unwanted, unbelievable and unfair. Rest in peace. We will never forget you.”AI, Singapore flights were close to MH17 before mishap Dutch activist Pim de Kuijer, once a political intern of former Dutch lawmaker Lousewies van der Laan, was also among the dead.On Twitter, Van der Laan called him “a brilliant, inspiring and caring activist fighting for equality and helping AIDS victims around the world.”Obama, Putin discuss Malaysia plane incident A Dutch senator, Willem Witteveen of the Labor Party, also died, the Dutch Senate announced.In Kuala Lumpur, a distraught Akmar Mohamad Noor, 67, said her older sister was coming to visit the family for the first time in five years.”She called me just before she boarded the plane and said, ‘See you soon,'” Akmar said.Students at Sydney Catholic school Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart gathered Friday for a special prayer meeting after it was confirmed that Sister Philomene Tiernan, a 77-year-old teacher, was killed.”We’re absolutely devastated. For me, she’s been a great mentor and she’s also a personal friend,” school principal Hilary Johnston-Croke said, her voice breaking with emotion.Another Australian school, Toorak College in Melbourne, was also affected. Teacher Frankie Davison and her husband Liam were on the stricken flight, the school announced.”Our hearts and sympathy goes out to their children Milly and Sam, and family,” the school wrote. “We are devastated by the news of this tragedy.”advertisementThe Minkema College high school in the central Dutch town of Woerden also lost three pupils, all from different families. It didn’t release their identities.The school’s principal, Alice Timmermans, opened the building for students, parents and teachers to console one another.Australian sports clubs also were hit by the tragedy.Victoria state real estate agent Albert Rizk and his wife Maree Rizk were both killed, leaving a hole in a local football club.Phil Lithgow, president of the Sunbury Football Club, said Albert was a member of the club’s committee, Maree was a volunteer in the canteen and their son, James, played on the club’s team.”They were very lovely people, you wouldn’t hear a bad word about them – very generous with their time in the community, very community-minded, and just really very entertaining people to be with,” Lithgow said.Nick Norris, 68, from the Western Australia city of Perth, and his three grandchildren, Mo Maslin, 12, Evie Maslin, 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, were on Flight 17, said David Harries, general manager of the South of Perth Yacht Club – of which Norris was a member.Harries issued a statement on behalf of Norris’ wife, Lindy, that said Nick was an active sailor.”Nick and Lindy are well loved and respected members of the club who contributed selflessly as volunteers for yachting regattas and events,” the club said in a statement.Nick’s grandchildren were also members of the club, along with their parents.English Premier League soccer club Newcastle United said two of its fans who were flying to watch the team’s tour of New Zealand were also among the dead. The club’s website named the supporters as John Alder and Liam Sweeney.Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said “myself and all the players are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news.”A famous Dutch sporting event, the Nijmegen Four Day Walk, also was hit as it passed through the town of Cuijk on what is normally a festive final day.The town’s mayor, Wim Hillenaar, said a family of four, including two staff at the municipality, was “very probably” killed.”You almost can’t grasp the news,” he said. “It fills us all – municipal workers and colleagues – with terrible grief.”Hillenaar said he wouldn’t hand out flowers to the thousands of walkers who take part in the event as he usually does.In Geneva, the World Health Organization said its spokesman Glenn Thomas, a 49-year-old Briton, was killed.Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the UN health agency, said Thomas was traveling to Melbourne to attend the AIDS conference.Hartl said Thomas “will be remembered for his ready laugh and his passion for public health.”In Amsterdam, grieving relatives of the victims gathered in a hotel at Schiphol, kept away from waiting reporters.Dutch cyclists competing in the Tour de France wore black armbands in a show of solidarity with relatives, while a live radio report of the race was cancelled.last_img read more

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Former Kansas Football Player Found Dead

first_imgBrandon Bourbon cheers from the sideline.Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]last_img read more

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How Optimism May Have Led The Nuggets To Fire Coach Brian Shaw

In a bit of not-very-surprising news, the Denver Nuggets announced Tuesday that they fired head coach Brian Shaw after fewer than two full seasons at the team’s helm and with a winning percentage below .400.According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Shaw was fired in part because he lost the Nuggets’ locker room. “He really never connected with these guys,” Broussard said in a television interview Tuesday. In an ESPN.com story, Ramona Shelburne reported that Shaw had complained to management about the “maturity and professionalism” of a few of Denver’s players. So certainly Shaw’s relationship with his roster didn’t help his chances of remaining the team’s coach. But our research has also found that performance relative to expectations is a major determinant of whether an NBA coach can keep his job. And in Shaw’s case, he might have been undone by unrealistic expectations before the start of the season.Back on Oct. 10, the sportsbook Bovada released its over-under win totals for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Denver was listed with an expectation of 41.5 wins. That wasn’t out of step with other preseason Vegas odds. On Oct. 1, the Westgate casino pegged the Nuggets’ over-under at 40.5 wins. And the online book Bwin listed 44.5 as the team’s over-under in August. The prevailing wisdom of Vegas seemed to call for Denver to finish around .500 this season.Instead, the team is on pace for about 28 wins — whether you look at our power ratings or Basketball-Reference.com’s season simulator. Our model predicts that such a performance in the face of a 42-win Vegas over-under will get a coach fired about 68 percent of the time. In that light, it seems neither surprising nor unjust that Shaw was given the ax.But the advanced stats weren’t nearly as high on Denver as Vegas was. Our preseason projections, driven by the same estimates of player talent that fuel our weekly in-season power ratings, looked at the relatively weak supporting cast around Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari (including a poor bench) and called for Denver to win only 34 games this season.You might think there isn’t much difference between undershooting your projections by six games and missing them by 14, but a coach in the former scenario traditionally gets fired only 46 percent of the time. In other words, had Denver’s preseason expectations been more realistic from the get-go, Shaw’s odds of being fired would conceivably have gone from greater than two-thirds to less than one-half.That still would have left Shaw with essentially a coin flip’s chance of being Denver’s coach next season, and it’s also worth noting that the aforementioned locker-room drama probably lowered Shaw’s probability of retaining his job at any given level of underperformance. But the difference between a realistic preseason expectation and an overly optimistic one doubtlessly hurt Shaw as well. read more

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Jade Clarke Shortlisted as Regional Finalist in CTOs Caribbean Primary School Writing

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The nation’s Top GSAT Student, Jade Clarke of Precious Treasures International Academy, has been shortlisted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as one of three regional finalists in this year’s Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition.The CTO’s Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition for 2017, the CTO Year of Adventure in the Caribbean, was launched by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board at the end of March. Held in every CTO member country for children within two age groups – 8-10 years and 10-12 years, the competition sought to encourage both creative and formal writing submissions related to strengthening sustainable tourism development in the region.The competition featured two distinct entry streams: the Formal Writing Stream included works that count as either essays or prose, while the Creative Writing Stream included works that count as poems or short stories. Participants were eligible to submit an entry for one stream only.The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board submitted all five entries received from primary schools in Grand Turk and Providenciales. Subsequently, CTO reviewed all the entries from its member countries and shortlisted Jade’s work as a regional finalist in the Formal Writing Stream for ages 10 – 12.  Other regional finalists in this stream include Gabriella Lewis of Atwell’s Educational Institute in Trinidad & Tobago, and Royel Pemberton of Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in St. Kitts & Nevis.“I am extremely proud that Jade has been named as one of CTO’s finalist in the Formal Writing Category and I must express thanks to the Primary Schools that participated in this Competition,” says Blythe Clare, Tourism Training Manager and Writing Competition Facilitator. “Special thanks to the teachers and parents who worked with the students and I look forward to their continued cooperation and support.”CTO will determine the eventual winners based on the following criteria: knowledge of tourism, originality of ideas, expression of self, organization of thoughts, and grammar. Winners will be presented with a special Certificate of Recognition from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and honoured with an all expenses paid trip for them and a parental chaperone to attend and participate in special activities at a major CTO Conference in 2017.Press Release: TCI Tourist Boardlast_img read more

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Immortalised in rock

first_imgArt is timeless. Its imprints can be found at any place at any point in time. The pictorial depiction of human-made markings on natural stone, popularly known as rock art, is the most ancient form of expression.These rock art images are a source of cultural communication between the past and the present.With a view to spread awareness and address the urgent need to preserve this art form, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts along with Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is organising an International conference on rock art 2012 along with an exhibition and workshops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The exhibition is an initiative which will help in understanding the roots of rock art and the journey since then, helping people to relate their theoretical knowledge with practical. India is fortunate in possessing one of the three largest concentrations of this world heritage. The conference is relevant with respect to research and learn and develop documentation programme of rock art,’ said Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe theme of the conference will centre on the following themes: concept and methodology, interpreting rock art, documentation and conservation amongst many.‘Experts and scholars from India, France, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Douth Africa, Australia, Poland, USA, Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, China and many other countries will address the issue and challenges for preservation of rock art,’ added Khanna. Rock art festival will feature an exhibition of Indian and global rock art from to synthesise people about the unique nature of rock art. The exhibition partly will feature global rock art which will be divided in zones showing art forms of different continents. There are pieces rock arts related to pre-historic era ranging between 4,000 and 12,000 BC at display too.The Indian wing will also exhibit various tribal art forms that shows continuity of the tradition of rock art. The art forms will include Saura (Odisha), Warli (Maharashtra) and Rathwa (Gujarat). During the workshop, the rock art scholars and artists across the globe would demonstrate the journey of rock art, techniques and materials used for its depiction along with similarity and their differences in the art form across the countries.‘A cave like set up has been designed on the lines of Bhimbetka, an archaeological World Heritage site located in Raisen District in Madhya Pradesh to give a first hand experience and focus of the exhibition,’ said Khanna.DETAILAt: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts C.V Mess JanpathWhen: 7 December- 25 January Timings: 10 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

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Why do people develop high blood pressure

first_imgEarly life changes in brain activity and blood flow may be the reason why people tend to develop abnormally high blood pressure, or hypertension, researchers said.High blood pressure is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.It is also often called the silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and the arteries.In 90-95 per cent of people, high blood pressure has no identifiable cause, yet it is a risk factor for diseases of the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, and other parts of the body, said a group of researchers at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in Experimental Physiology, the team investigated physiological changes in a rat model called ISIAH, short for inherited stress-induced arterial hypertension.These rats develop high blood pressure at four to six weeks of age, and this is sustained throughout their lifetime.The researchers compared the high blood pressure rats to a control group with normal blood pressure. As the mice in high blood pressure group grew older, changes in rates of blood flow in certain arteries were observed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition, changes were found in the brain activity, specifically a decrease in the prefrontal cortex – the brain region associated with cognition, decision-making and working memory – as well as an increase in the hypothalamus – an area of the brain that controls mood and appetite.”The study of early physiological changes may help clarify the cause of high blood pressure. Understanding this could help us prevent the disease early on,” said led author Alisa Seryapina from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics.last_img read more

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Girl mounts on molesters bike gets him arrested

first_imgKolkata: A youth identified as Subodh Sharma was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl on Monday night at the Survey Park area. Sharma was detained by local residents and he was reportedly beaten up by them.According to the police, on Monday, around 10:45 pm, the girl was returning home, which is close to the incident spot. While she was walking down the road, Sharma, who was riding a bike, moved towards her from the opposite direction. While passing by her Sharma allegedly stared at her. But the girl did not pay attention. However, the girl saw that Sharma took a U turn after he passed by her. This time while passing by her he pulled her clothes and tried to quickly escape from the incident site. However, the girl spontaneously got on the pillion seat of the bike while he was trying to escape and started screaming. Sharma realised that he could be caught so he bit her on the finger to set himself free. Her finger started bleeding but she kept on shouting. Hearing the girl scream, local residents came out of their homes and nabbed Sharma while he was trying to escape. He was immediately caught and the girl was rescued. Later, she was rushed to a local hospital for first-aid. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocal residents beat up Sharma for molesting the girl. Later, Survey park police station was informed. After sleuths reached the spot, Sharma was handed over to the police. The girl along with her parents went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Sharma. Based on the complaint a FIR was initiated under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC.last_img read more

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Bad Karma PayPal President Reports Stolen Credit Card

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » February 12, 2014center_img In a karmic twist, just weeks after PayPal allegedly helped to compromise the credit-card data of one of its users, the company’s president, David Marcus, has now reported his very own theft.The PayPal chief tweeted on Monday, “My card (with EMV chip) got skimmed while in the UK.”Marcus also continued to deny PayPal’s involvement in the recent incident in which the company allegedly divulged the last four credit-card numbers of the California web developer Naoki Hiroshima, who was being extorted by hackers for his twitter handle, @N.Related: Swallow This ‘Password’ Pill to Unlock Your Digital Devices“That actually didn’t happen,” Marcus shot back to one commenter who raised the issue.But nobody, it seems, is immune from the recent wave of hackings that has inundated thousands of consumers, leading retailers and web companies nationwide including Target, Neiman Marcus, GoDaddy, Michael’s and Yahoo.Marcus added that his information had been stolen by hackers “at the hotel I was staying at. They then cloned it and went on a shopping spree.”Related: Extortion Over $50,000 Twitter Handle Sets a Chilling PrecedentOf note is that Marcus’s card featured EMV technology (a small chip that generates new codes for every transaction), which is pervasive throughout the rest of the world. Though many believe EMV could be the solution to America’s recent hacking woes, Marcus’ incident goes to show that no card is entirely infallible.Ever the marketer, Marcus used the incident as an opportunity to promote his company. “Obfuscating card data online, on mobile, and now more and more offline remains one of PayPal’s strongest value props,” he tweeted.Related: The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack Them Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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