News That Matters

Tag: &#039a

Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Animals' popularity 'a disadvantage'

Science
The world's most popular animals are in more danger than we realise, according to a new study.A survey of the public's perceptions suggests many people are unaware that the animals they consider "charismatic" are under threat in the wild. These include lions, elephants, tigers and other animals which frequently appear in branding and advertising.Researchers suspect the animals' media ubiquity may lead people to think they are prospering in the wild.The findings were published by an international team of scientists in PLOS Biology.Charismatic speciesThe notion of "charismatic" species has cropped up recently in conservation biology, explains Dr Franck Courchamp, the study's lead author."There is a regular claim that the most charismatic species are diverting most of the time and resources [...
Chanda Kochhar 'a huge beneficiary' of Videocon loan, says whistleblower

Chanda Kochhar 'a huge beneficiary' of Videocon loan, says whistleblower

Finance
A day after the ICICI Bank cried foul over the controversy surrounding the loan sanctioned to Videocon Group, Trustee, Indian Investors Protection Council, Arvind Gupta, on Friday, said that the evidence in the case clearly shows the bank's CEO, Chanda Kochhar, being a beneficiary of the loan. "Evidence shows strong links that Chanda Kochhar and her family are a huge beneficiary of this loan. Government should order investigation and audit to check why loan was given to a sinking company," Gupta told ANI. Deepak Kochhar, who is Chanda Kochhar's husband, is an indirect beneficiary of the loan granted to Videocon, according to Gupta. "Venugopal Dhoot transferred money from Videocon Group to Supreme Energy, in which he had 90 percent shares. He promoted it and later transferred it to Deepak K...
Obama: North Korea's nuclear program is 'a real threat'

Obama: North Korea's nuclear program is 'a real threat'

World
March 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of North Korea's nuclear weapons program while visiting Japan on Sunday.Obama described North Korea and the actions of its leader Kim Jong Un in regards to developing nuclear weapons pose "a real threat" to the rest of the world, during a speech in Tokyo as part of a four-nation tour of Asia and Oceania."Pyongyang has consistently pursued the development of nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Un is not shy about announcing his intentions to produce even more nuclear weapons, test nuclear weapons and develop the delivery system capabilities that pose a significant threat not just to the region but around the world," Obama said.He also said the North Korean government's isolationism minimizes possible leverage, making negotiati...
Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

Hackers behind 'a billion' dodgy web adverts

Technology
Hackers are using the web's advertising networks to trick people into downloading malware using fake security updates and Adobe Flash.Many internet users will be familiar with tech support scams and fake software updates suggesting they download Adobe Flash.Good anti-virus software from a reputable vendor will catch this malware as well, as one of the benefits of it being so widespread is that it is easy to detect.Image:The redirection flow of the advertisements. Pic: ConfiantThe largest criminal operation trying to infect people using these advertising networks in 2017 - which bought over a billion ad impressions - has been detailed in a new report by Confiant.According to the cybersecurity company, a criminal organisation called the Zirconium Group created and operated 28 fake advertisin...
Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

Health
Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.Many women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it said.The health watchdog NICE is expected to recommend that the implants be banned.Around 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS and mesh manufacturers, saying they have suffered from painful complications. When a prolapse occurs, doctors sometimes insert a mesh into the wall of the vagina to act as scaffolding to support organs - such as the uterus, bowel and bladder - which have fallen out of place. Hundreds of women have reported problems with this plastic mesh, which is made of polypropylene.However another smaller device made from the same mater...