Delhi Police Special Cell arrests IS suspect

Back then, Mumbai Police had said they suspected these youths to have followed the lead of a fourth, who went missing in October that year and is now suspected to be in Kabul, and joined the terror outfit.

Another suspected Islamic State operative has been arrested in the national capital, police said.
A senior Delhi police official said that on a specific tip-off, IS suspect Mohsin Abraham was arrested and from hios possessio a sum of Rs 85,000 was recovered.
Sayeed’s arrest takes the number of Daesh suspects arrested by Delhi Police to five. According to the police, Sayyed, who is believed to be self-radicalised, was acting as a financier and had allegedly given Rs 50,000 to the four persons who were arrested by Delhi Police from Haridwar last month. He further shared that he was planning to go to Syria and was arrested last night based on a tip-off from a central intelligence agency.
“Mohsin was in touch particularly with Akhlaq ur-Rehman, one of the four persons arrested last month”, Deep added.
Ardh Kumbh pilgrimage started on January 1 this year and will end on April 30. “He had come to Delhi to meet an associate”, said Special Commisioner of Police (Special CP) Arvind Deep.
This is the 23rd arrest in nationwide raids carried out by intelligence agencies, including the National Investigation Agency, Special Cell of Delhi Police and other state police teams.

A Yoda cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there nearly was

We’re looking forward to the April DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a number of reasons, but one of them is to see just what deleted scenes we get from the movie (we looked in more detail at that question, here).

Entertainment Tonight spotted “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey during the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards.
“We’ve covered – or are in the process of covering – some pretty significant events that happen before the film that give people more information about why certain things in The Force Awakens happened and why certain characters have ended up where they are”, Taylor says. For example, one level will explore how Han Solo and Chewbacca managed to catch those deadly Rathtar creatures that are seen in the film.
“We are delighted to return to the Star Wars Universe and continue the journey with the franchise that started it all for Lego videogames. I still struggle to believe that it’s actually possible to do that”.
Looks like the Star Wars powers-that-be were serious enough about having Yoda appear in The Force Awakens that they brought in Frank Oz to provide some voice-over work for the fan favorite character. Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on December 15, 2017.
This trailer proves that LEGO was right: everything is awesome! LEGO Jurassic World was the best-selling game of July 2015, but considering the huge popularity of the Star Wars brand combined with the new story content, it’s safe to say that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens could potentially be the best-selling game in the franchise to date. The title is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros.

Colombia has more than 2100 pregnant women with Zika virus

It has been confirmed that the virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which is also attributed as the source of dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. There are another 200 suspected cases.

The government expects more than 600,000 people to become infected with the Zika virus in Colombia this year, and projects some 500 cases of microcephaly.
Department official Dr. Teresa Foo tells local media that the chances of getting Zika virus in SC are minuscule. The Jamaican Ministry of Health said in a statement a child with the confirmed case of the virus started showing symptoms earlier this month when she returned home from a trip to Texas.
We’re learning more about a virus health experts across the state say is causing “urgent concerns” for pregnant women.
Health officials are advising pregnant women and those planning pregnancy to adopt necessary anti-mosquito precautions, and consider deferring travel.
If they must travel to one of those areas, women should talk to their health-care providers first, the department recommends, and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites.
They should use permethrin-treated bed nets and also wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, preferably clothing that has been treated with permethrin or another insecticide.
According to the WHO, Zika virus was seen initially as just a mild risk to humans.
This January 2016 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked in Brazil to a large number of cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect. While a direct causal relationship has not been established, scientists strongly suspect a link between Zika and thousands of children born in Brazil with abnormally small heads, brain defects and impaired vision. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. For most people, the virus does not cause serious illness.
Aedes mosquitoes are not found in Hong Kong, but the secretary said other species of mosquito present in the territory are also considered as possible carriers of the disease. For controlling the Aedes mosquitos, the MRCU notes, “Help from the public can help to seriously reduce numbers”.

President Barack Obama takes victory lap on economy

“We should be proud of the progress we’ve made”, Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room.

The president said the US has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.
Highlighting new figures showing a drop in unemployment and a rise in wages, President Obama claimed credit for progress in the economy on Friday and condemned Republican presidential candidates who talk down the economy’s performance.
He noted unemployment, deficits, and gas prices are all down, while jobs, wages, and the rate of the insured have all increased.
“Those who are running down the economy and adding to the anxiety don’t seem to have any plausible, coherent recipe other than cut taxes for those who have been doing the very best in this economy and somehow magically, that’s gonna make other folks feel good”, Obama said.
Hours after the Democratic presidential candidates went toe-to-toe on the debate stage in New Hampshire, President Obama used the bully pulpit Friday to take a shot at Republicans for spreading “doom and despair” on the economy – touting new jobs data while defending a proposed oil tax critics say will undermine any economic progress.
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Referring to the proposal to charge a $10-per-barrel fee on oil, Mr. Obama said, “It’s right to do it now, when gas prices are really low”.
Employers added 151,000 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent – the first time the jobless rate has dipped below 5 percent since February 2008. “We’ve got numbers that we can consider”, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said earlier this week.

Owasso Student’s Doodle Makes Cut In ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest

Huff’s Doodle, “Art and Animals”, shows her painting with her cat nearby, which she says she loves to do.

Vote for Anjali’s Google doodle to win the national contest here. This time around, we added a little twist: for the first time in eight years of Doodle 4 Google, there were no restrictions on the medium or materials kids could use to create a doodle.
This morning, the California tech titan is announcing the 53 state and territory winners for the Doodle 4 Google contest for grade-schoolers.
This year’s contest involves redesigning the Google logo with the theme “What makes me … me”. “It’s all of the things that go into being me”. His doodle, “My Creative Rift”, depicts “his love for linking reality with the world of imagination through his artwork”, a release from Google said.
Now, Bandasack’s doodle will compete in a public vote that will determine the five national finalists.
The finalists will travel to Google’s headquarters to meet its team of professional doodlers to see what it takes to launch a Doodle on the Google homepage. The student artist’s school will be awarded a $50,000 Google for Education grant “towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program”.
The panel of judges which included the artist Maser, one of Ireland’s leading visual artists working in the urban environment, Aideen Howard, director of The Ark, a cultural centre for children, and Tomm Moore, co-founder and creative director of Cartoon Saloon, who directed the Oscar nominated film The Secret of Kells and the film Song of the Sea, had the hard task of selecting the 75 finalists from the thousands of entries that were received.

Zika Alarm Rises as WHO Voices Concern

Scott said he has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide at least 1,000 Zika virus testing kits to Florida.

Governor Rick Scott signed the order on Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough, and Santa Rosa counties.
Officials said earlier this week that since some people may show no symptoms of infection, the virus may be more prevalent than previously thought.
Puerto Rico has 22 confirmed Zika cases.
Nevertheless, the CDC advises pregnant women to discuss with their health care providers any potential exposures their male sex partners may have had to the virus.
Officials in North Texas have tested four additional patients for Zika virus and are awaiting the results, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services.
Gov. Greg Abbott also has assembled a task force to determine how state officials should respond to infectious diseases like the Zika virus.
“Seeing a travel-related case of Zika in Nebraska is new but not unexpected”.
Though presence of the Zika virus has been identified in 17 cases of babies with microcephaly, as the condition is known, there is no solid proof that the virus causes it. Babies with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and often have underdeveloped brains. Now the numbers of reported cases of microcephaly are increasing in Brazil and while there is no direct link between disease and abnormalities, the World Health Organization says the causal relationship is strongly suspected.
The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern.
Yesterday the NHS said people who had travelled to countries affected by the Zika outbreak had been barred from giving blood for a month after they returned home.
As the outbreak quickly spreads across the Americas, health ministers from South America gathered in Uruguay to discuss how the region could coordinate its fight against the virus.
So far, 48 cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. All but one of them occurred in travelers infected overseas.
Common symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
It also stressed that “the diagnosed cases of Zika virus in Spain… don’t risk spreading the virus in our country as they are imported cases“.

Leaked Super Bowl 50 commercials

It’s that time of year – the 50th Super Bowl is just days away.

Creativity is a game-changer in advertising.
“The King of Beers has earned another crown by becoming the King of Super Bowl advertising through the creation of ads that so effectively appeal to the largest, most demographically diverse TV audience in the world”, said Peter Daboll, CEO of Ace Metrix.
Sweat streamed the 2015 Super Bowl and was irritated that different commercials played on the streamed game than on television.
At least six financial brands have purchased air time for the television spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers, aiming to establish a place among more mainstream institutions by promising easy and convenient ways to manage your money. In 2011, the same ad buy would have cost an advertiser $3.5 million.
In 2015, YouTube users spent 840 million minutes watching Super Bowl ads _ an increase of 127 percent over 2014.
The single biggest reason why brands pay a premium fees for a Super Bowl spot is reach. Older Millennials (25-34) watched 21 hours and 10 minutes per week in Q3.
Liam Neeson stars in this LG ad that looks more like a trailer for a spy movie. As with that spot, TV news programs replayed “1984” in its entirety, giving Apple exposure that went well beyond the $450,000 paid to run it in the game. The 15-second ad is increasingly common, gradually supplanting the 30-second spot just as it knocked off the full-minute pitch decades ago. Now add in an army of marketers making sure that your message is also being tweeted, Instagrammed, Snapchatted and Woowoo’d – not to forget in-store and event marketing as well – and we’re talking about a $10m campaign. “The Super Bowl is America’s great campfire”.
Blawie says: “Shot by Kinka Usher for BBDO, this ad debuted in the Super Bowl in 1997, and officially kicked off PepsiCo’s Special Edition/Episode 1/Lucasfilm alliance”.
A shift began when Apple and its ad agency Chiat Day chose Super Bowl XVIII to introduce the Macintosh personal computer with a spot called “1984”, directed by Ridley Scott, the English filmmaker known at the time for “Alien”. This year brands will use teaser spots, PR efforts, social media campaigns, celebrities and sweepstakes to engage with consumers, and people will respond.
The advertisement will kick off a year-long campaign to celebrate the success of the franchise.

Health officials: Zika virus case confirmed in Travis County

A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.

Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour said these reports are a reminder to travelers headed to Zika-affected countries, especially pregnant women, to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Another man, who had suffered gunshot wounds, became infected with Zika after receiving multiple blood transfusions that included blood donated by an infected person in April 2015, Carvalho said.
But a recent large-scale outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil has public health experts concerned about suspected links between the virus and severe birth defects, including microcephaly, in which the brain and skull are smaller than normal.
One of the key challenges in terms of measuring the severity of Zika and its believed complications is that the illness shows symptoms in only one of five people who are infected with it. Even then, for most people symptoms are limited to minor, flu-like aches and fever. The CDC will issue guidance soon on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika.
Zika has been spreading quickly in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Aedes aegypti mosquito that is the primary vector of Zika virus infections is present in the southeast portion of the country, including Florida, though in winter the mosquito populations are low.
Dante Langhi, president of the Brazilian Association of Hematology and Hemotherapy, told the AP that an academic paper about the transplant case was slated to be published shortly in a specialized medical journal.
They also carried out fieldwork to investigate the Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rapid onset of muscle weakness caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system and its relation with the Zika virus. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. “With so few cases, and zero reported in areas frequented by tourists, I continue to recommend travel to Mexico both personally to friends and family, and professionally to my customers”. This is the only case of locally transmitted Zika virus infection that has been identified to the continental United States at this time.
“Because this is so knew, we are learning more about Zika daily”, Frieden said during a teleconference Friday, noting that “we can’t make assumptions about how Zika spreads from one individual case”. He says, “We’re in constant contact with the health department”.
Speaking via Skype from Geneva to British broadcaster Sky News, Christian Lindmeier also urged people to “keep everything on a rational level”, because “not every mosquito you see flying around on the wall is an infected mosquito”.

Spain reports first known European case of Zika virus

Pregnant women who have traveled to a country where Zika is spreading can learn how to get tested by calling the state Health Department at 1-888-364-4723.

– The state of Florida has 12 cases of the Zika virus, all of them travel related.
The Zika virus, which has already spread to more than 30 countries, leads to microcephaly, or shrunken skulls, in newborns.
New figures from Brazil’s Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared.
After nine people had been diagnosed with the disease, Florida Gov. Rick Scott immediately declared a state of emergency in the affected counties.
Pathology Queensland’s Townsville laboratory will be enhanced to allow testing for zika, meaning samples will no longer have to be sent to Brisbane.
The CDC also posted interim guidelines for health care providers in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak which can be viewed here. The state has about 500 tests on hand.
“We know that we must be prepared for the worst even as we hope for the best”, Scott concluded.
Zika was first identified in 1947 in Uganda.
The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
In D.C., two of the cases have been reported in 2016 and one in 2015.
Governor Scott is also asking the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to evaluate how much funding they have available for mosquito control. That may change as the seasons change, though.
The Zika virus is linked to a surge in microcephalic infant births in Brazil and is causing concern among public health officials worldwide. However, the link between Zika and microcephaly is as yet unproven.
There is no specific treatment for Zika, and several pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines against it.
“Every European country in which Aedes mosquitoes are present can be at risk”. It said it was reinforcing instructions to blood banks that people infected with Zika or dengue not be permitted to donate blood for 30 days after full recovery from the active stage of Zika infection. But the number of locally acquired cases statewide dropped to six the following year and just one last year. Locally, city officials have been meeting weekly with mosquito control staff. They are beginning a public awareness campaign earlier than usual to urge residents to use insect repellent and drain any standing water where mosquitoes might breed.
“The safety of the blood supply is paramount and it is important we implement any precautionary blood safety measures agreed here as a result of an increasing prevalence of infectious diseases found around the globe”, a spokeswoman said.
Local health officials said on Thursday both those people have fully recovered from the virus.

Solange Knowles Loses Wedding Ring During Mardi Gras Parade

This has got to be a heart-stopping shock to anyone’s system: Solange Knowles lost her engagement/wedding ring in the tumult of a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

Solange designed the ring with jeweller Lorraine Schwartz for her 2014 wedding to Alan Ferguson.
The singer, who was present at the annual parade as the Honorary Muse in the Krewe of Muses, was throwing beads into the crowds when her sparkler slipped off.
The art deco-influenced trinket, which features two diamonds floating adjacently on a thin gold band, was described as her engagement ring when she first debuted it.
And, Knowles lost her trinket in the same city she was married.
She was Honorary Muse in the Krewe of Muses parade at Mardi Gras and the group put out an appeal on social media for the ring.
No sign of Solange’s missing wedding ring…
Think her chances of recovering this ring are slim?