Tennessee severe risk domestic violence GPS tracking law starts July 1 Attribution+  —  (The Center Square) – A new Tennessee law will require some domestic violence offenders to wear a global positioning tracker as a condition of making bail. The bill was signed into law by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and will go into effect on July 1. Senate Bill 1972 was named for Debbie Sisco and Marie Varsos, who were killed by Shaun Varsos in a 2021 murder-suicide after Varsos was mistakenly released early from jail on domestic violence charges without notifying the victims. The law requires the tracker to be monitored by a center staffed 24 hours a day and seven days a week capable of notifying local law enforcement for violations of any restraining orders. “This bill helps victims of domestic violence know when the perpetrator is nearby in cases involving the most serious domestic violence,” Rep. Clay Doggett, R-Pulaski, told the House. “It streamlines the process to get victims the quickest help when a violation occurs.” Doggett called the pre-trial portion of domestic violence charges a vulnerable and deadly time in a victim’s life. The law requires the accused to pay for the tracker and tracking and applies to cases of aggravated assault such as strangulation or attempted strangulation. ... The Center Square 6 min
An obscure drug discount program stifles use of federal lifeline by rural hospitals CC BY-NC-ND  — This story from KFF also appeared on Stateline. Facing ongoing concerns about rural hospital closures, Capitol Hill lawmakers have introduced a spate of proposals to fix a federal program created to keep lifesaving services in small towns nationwide. In Anamosa, Iowa — a town of fewer than 6,000 residents located more than 900 miles from […] The post An obscure drug discount program stifles use of federal lifeline by rural hospitals appeared first on Alabama Reflector. ... Alabama Reflector 8 min
Alabama task force charts five-year plan to tackle Alzheimer’s disease CC BY-NC-ND  — The Alabama Alzheimer’s Task Force met Wednesday to develop recommendations for the Legislature for a five-year strategy to address Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. The task force, created by a legislative resolution last year, will present the plan to Gov. Kay Ivey and lawmakers at the start of the 2025 legislative session in February, at […] The post Alabama task force charts five-year plan to tackle Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on Alabama Reflector. ... Alabama Reflector 8 min
U.S. 11th Circuit Court rejects Alabama death row inmate’s appeals CC BY-NC-ND  — Barring intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, Alabama will carry out its second execution of 2024 on Thursday. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday denied appeals from Jamie Ray Mills, convicted and sentenced to death for the 2004 murder of Floyd and Vera Hill in Guin. The appeals court said it found no […] The post U.S. 11th Circuit Court rejects Alabama death row inmate’s appeals appeared first on Alabama Reflector. ... Alabama Reflector 8 min
On this day in 1965 CC BY-NC-ND  —  On this day in 1965, Vivian Malone became the first Black graduate of the University of Alabama in its 134 years of existence.  The post On this day in 1965 appeared first on Mississippi Today. ... Mississippi Today 9 min
Deepfakes Underwhelm As Political Parties Rely On Cheap AI Voice Clones CC BY-ND  — Experts told Decode they expect deepfakes in India to get more sophisticated as generative deepfake algorithms are developed for Indian languages. ... BOOM Live 9 min
Georgia Libertarian looks to November after seizing nomination to take on Biden and Trump Attribution+  —  Oliver pushed the U.S. Senate race in Georgia between Warnock and Walker into a runoff in 2022. The Current is an inclusive nonprofit, non-partisan news organization providing in-depth watchdog journalism for Savannah and Coastal Georgia’s communities. ... The Current 10 min
The Newsfeed: The challenges of covering the ongoing war in Gaza Attribution+  —  Topics: Multimedia, Video ... Crosscut 11 min
Your Last Meal | Dan Pashman on his cookbook "Anything’s Pastable" Attribution+  —  Topics: Food, food podcast, Podcast, pasta, interview, celebrity\ ... Crosscut 11 min
WA conservative groups are banding together to dump carbon pricing Attribution+  — Project 42, a 3-year-old nonprofit working to “change the course of Washington state to prioritize free markets, personal liberty and an individual’s right to prosper,” has its fingerprints all over current conservative efforts, including the drive to kill Washington’s new cap-and-invest program.  Washington’s new initiative king Brian Heywood, who financed three anti-tax initiatives destined for the fall ballot, is a member of Project 42’s board. The other two initiatives brought by Heywood and Let’s Go Washington would repeal the state’s new capital gains tax and make the new long-term care insurance payroll tax optional. But that’s just one line connecting the Redmond hedge fund manager, Project 42 and Washington conservative circles.  Heywood is linked to the Washington Policy Center, which provides research to oppose the cap-and-invest program. Project 42 is allied with a legal group involved in lawsuits challenging cap-and-invest. They are allied also with a news website that covers state government and cap-and-invest issues. The nonprofit describes its goal as building a durable conservative infrastructure, but says it does not use its dollars to support political campaigns or committees. So the extent of Project 42’s influence and money injections into those organizations is fuzzy.  Project 42, through its communications branch, does financially support conservative political podcaster Brandi Kruse, an outspoken critic of the cap-and-invest program. Kruse has called for state Senate transportation leader Sen. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, to be recalled by voters because the two disagree about how revoking the cap-and-invest program will affect funding for transportation projects. She also declared that state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz criticized the use of cap-and-invest money to buy scattered bits of forests — an allegation that Franz’s department says is not true. Since January 2023, the cap-and-invest program has brought about $2 billion into the state budget, mostly to support climate change mitigation, health and construction programs. During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers allocated more than $800 million of those dollars to do things like buy electric school and transit buses, install electric vehicle charging stations, support salmon recovery and coastline restoration, buy forest land and restore landscapes destroyed by wildfires. A Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare flame that is part of normal plant operations, in Anacortes, Washington in a 2010 file photo. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo) Polluters including oil companies bid on allowances that determine how much carbon emissions they can emit. The program has been blamed for increases in Washington’s gasoline prices. However, the extent of cap-and-invest’s impact on the gas pump is hazy due to numerous extraneous factors. Cap-and-invest supporters focus on the investments paid for by the program, from new ferries to health and infrastructure projects.  Formed in 2021, Project 42 is intended to be a conservative version of FUSE, said Dann Mead Smith, Project 42’s co-founder and spokesman. FUSE Washington is a progressive organization that identifies causes to support and works to “create change.” Among the aspects of Project 42’s mission, says its website: “Identify core capacities that need to be built or financed” and “Identify, vet and invest in the most effective organizations to build these capacities.” It lists “‘capacity groups’ that we either helped launch and/or are working with.” Some of those groups are involved with cap-and-invest, including: – Future 42: the communication branch of Project 42. It is a paid advertiser on Kruse’s podcast. Kruse said she charges Future 42 the same rate as her other advertisers, but declined to name that rate. Her contract with Future 42 says it does not exert any control over her show. Future 42 approached Kruse on the advertising deal. “They said ‘We really love what you’re doing,’” Kruse said. – Washington Policy Center, a conservative think tank that is involved in numerous issues beyond cap-and invest. It has been a leading research-related critic of the program. It does not receive money from Project 42, said David Boze, the center’s communications director. “Our research is not for sale,” he said. But Project 42 board members Heywood and Steven Gordon each individually donated between $30,000 and $49,999 to the policy center, according to its 2022 annual report. Mead Smith was vice president and president of the Washington Policy Center from 1995 to 2021, when he helped co-found Project 42. He has been finance director and a steering committee member of Let’s Go Washington since August 2023, according to his LinkedIn page. – Citizen Action Defense Fund, a legal organization involved in conservative and government transparency litigation. “The bulk of our cases are unrelated to cap-and-trade,” said Jackson Maynard, the fund’s executive director.  Two of CADF’s cases, though, do pertain to the cap-and-invest program. One in Thurston County Superior Court involves a recently retired state economist who alleges he was ordered to not include Washington’s cap-and-invest costs in an early 2023 transportation department revenue forecast. He says he was also pressured to retire. Last year, CADF lost a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court that claimed putting the cap-and-invest program into the Legislature’s 2022 transportation appropriations package violated the state Constitution. CADF is appealing that case to the Washington Supreme Court. Maynard said neither lawsuit addresses the merits of the cap-and-invest program itself, but instead involves government transparency. Maynard declined to discuss donors to CADF. Mead Smith is a CADF director in addition to his current affiliations with Project 42 and Let’s Go Washington. – The Center Square, which covers state and local government issues as part of a nationwide network of news websites. The editor of The Center Square’s northwest operations did not respond to several emails requesting an interview. Mead Smith did not know why The Center Square is identified as a capacity group.  Other than Future 42, Mead Smith said Project 42 does not have any formal relationship with any of the organizations that Project 42’s website lists as “capacity groups,” saying it’s just a term that Project 42 came up with for organizations that it sometimes works with because they have similar interests. Mead Smith declined to discuss Project 42’s finances, including which groups it gives money to.  “It’s just a loose affiliation. We share ideas,” Jackson said of the capacity groups.  “We’re ideologically aligned,” Kruse said.  Kruse noted that The Seattle Times and Cascade PBS rely on donors for some of their coverage. Kruse’s podcast [un]Divided covers a wide number of issues. But she is especially critical of the state’s cap-and invest program, including cheerleading for the Heywood-led signature drive in 2023 that put an initiative to repeal that program on the ballot this November.  Heywood and Kruse both vehemently oppose the cap-and-invest program because of the increase in gasoline prices. Opponents of I-2117 frequently target the initiative as the child of multimillionaire Heywood. In most cases, Kruse defends him by saying hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians signed the petition that created I-2117. Kruse’s podcast has also gone on the offensive beyond mere policy differences on Let’s Go Washington and I-2117. Liias, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, has posted several tweets claiming that revoking the cap-and-invest program will have a ripple effect on the state’s overall transportation budget, leading to the potential losses of bridge and road projects unrelated to the Climate Commitment Act.  In her podcast, Kruse called for voters to recall Liias because she believes he is lying with the intent to scare voters with falsehoods. Liias responds that the cap-and-invest program provides roughly one-third of the revenue for the huge long-range transportation appropriations package passed in 2022. Passage of that package depended on numerous promises to many legislators on what would be spent where.  If the cap-and-invest program is revoked, the Legislature will lose a huge revenue source and will have to renegotiate countless details of transportation spending, requiring extensive talks on what to preserve in the projects currently funded by cap-and-invest, and what non-cap-and-invest-funded projects would be cut in the effort to compensate for that revenue loss, Liias said. “It’s a case where [if] you pull thread, you create a big hole,” he said. Kruse disagrees with that explanation. “It’s a lie. It’s gaslighting. He still won’t acknowledge it,” she said. She did not contact Liias for his comments prior to calling for his recall. If the cap-and-invest program is revoked in November, $675 million in Climate Commitment Act funds would be cut from the Legislature’s 2023-2025 transportation budget, according to state figures. And transportation is far from the only part of the budget benefitting from cap-and-invest dollars. In another podcast, Kruse criticized the state’s purchase of a 2,000-acre chunk of forest with $70 million in cap-and-invest money, saying even Franz opposed it. In reality, the 2,000 acres is spread among several chunks across five counties that connect pieces of wild lands with each other. “The [Kruse] report was wrong. Commissioner Franz has long believed that we can and must conserve vital habitats while strengthening and growing our working forests. The $70 million the Legislature allocated in 2023 allowed us to achieve both these aims. We were able to conserve 2,000 acres of critical forests adjacent to high-value conserved land which will improve fish and wildlife habitat connectivity and avoid isolated fragments of conservation. It also funded the purchase of more than 9,000 acres of working forests in southwest Washington,” Michael Kelly, spokesman for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, wrote in an email. In an interview, Kruse stood by her story. She did not contact the Washington DNR prior to her story. Topics: Election 2024, Elections ... Crosscut 11 min
Pyu Saw Htee torture, murder civilians in Sagaing’s Pale Township Attribution+  — Four of the 24 villagers held for nearly a week died while undergoing interrogation, according to survivors ... Myanmar Now 13 min
Yangon and Mandalay gold traders stop selling as market price surges Attribution+  — Believing they would not make a profit if they sold at the price set by the junta-run Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs’ Association, gold merchants in Myanmar’s largest cities closed up shop ... Myanmar Now 13 min
Sudan: ‘Noose of war’ tightens on civilians in El Fasher, UN official warns Attribution+  —  The top UN aid official in Sudan warned on Thursday that “the noose of war is tightening its stranglehold” on civilians in El Fasher, expressing her profound distress at the dire humanitarian situation there.  ... UN News 20 min
Iranian, Armenian Officials Pledge Continued Collaboration CC BY  — TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan underscored the importance of continued collaboration with Iran to achieve mutual strategic goals during a phone conversation with Iran's Acting Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri. ... Tasnim News Agency 21 min
Yemen Downs Another US MQ-9 Reaper Drone CC BY  — TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yemen's armed forces announced on Wednesday that they had shot down an MQ-9 Reaper drone belonging to the US military over the central province of Marib, as part of their ongoing pro-Palestine efforts amid Israel's genocidal war in Gaza. ... Tasnim News Agency 21 min
Ukraine Says Naval Drones Destroy Two Russian Boats In Crimea Attribution+  — The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) has said its naval drones destroyed two Russian "Tunets" boats in Crimea. ... Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 22 min
Prison Sentences Of Iranian Women's Rights Activists Upheld On Appeal Attribution+  — Eleven women's rights activists cumulatively sentenced to more than 60 years in prison have lost their appeal, a lawyer for one of the campaigners said on May 29. ... Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 22 min
One-third of world still criminalises consensual same-sex acts: report Attribution+  —  The LGBTQ community faces "relentless opposition" across the globe despite some progress, said a report published on Thursday by an international advocacy group, with one-third of the world still criminalising same-sex acts. ... Radio France Internationale 22 min
Listening to public’s concerns about Mission Health under HCA Attribution+  —  Affiliated Monitors plans six meetings across Western NC in June for public input and education about Mission Health. Listening to public’s concerns about Mission Health under HCA is a story from Carolina Public Press, an award-winning independent newsroom. Our breakthrough journalism shines a light on the critical overlooked and under-reported issues facing North Carolina’s 10.4 million residents. Please consider making a contribution to support our journalism. ... Carolina Public Press 24 min
Using less of the Colorado River takes a willing farmer and $45 million in federal funds CC BY-NC-ND  —  Of all the challenges in setting up a program such as this — funding, pricing, calculating water saved, getting the word out — the biggest may be the attitudes of water users themselves, some of whom have a deep-seated mistrust of the federal government. The post Using less of the Colorado River takes a willing farmer and $45 million in federal funds appeared first on Aspen Journalism. ... Aspen Journalism 24 min
Analysts see signs of strain in North Korea-China ties Public Domain  — Tensions between North Korea and China surfaced publicly this week for the first time in years. The apparent rift between the two allies emerged as North Korea’s attempt to launch a spy satellite interrupted a major diplomatic initiative by Beijing. VOA’s Bill Gallo has more from Seoul, South Korea. (Camera: Bill Gallo) ... Voice of America 28 min
Wai wata ‘yar ƙasar Brazil wadda ta auri dan tsana ta haifi yara uku, shin da gaske ne?  Attribution+  — Da’awa: Wata yar ƙasar Brazil da ta auri dan tsana ta haifi yan Uku  Hukunci: Yaudara ce! Bincike ya nuna cewa babu yadda za’a yi mutum da ’adam ya haifi dan tsana. Cikakken bayani Shafin A yau da ke Facebook ya yi labarin da ke bayani kan wata mata yar kasar Brazil mai suna Meirivone … ... Dubawa 31 min
Let Us Collaborate To Build A New Nigeria, Tinubu Tells Legislators CC BY-SA  — President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has sought the cooperation of the National Assembly to build a new Nigeria that will guarantee future generations a prosperous country. Tinubu in his remarks at the joint session of the lawmakers stressed that those in leadership positions in the country and Nigerians have no choice but to collaborate to build […] The post Let Us Collaborate To Build A New Nigeria, Tinubu Tells Legislators appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 42 min
A greenhouse gas shipping levy is on the horizon CC BY-NC-ND  — A charge on emissions for cargo vessels would become the first global carbon price, but disagreements on system design and starting prices remain The post A greenhouse gas shipping levy is on the horizon appeared first on Dialogue Earth. ... Diálogo Chino 44 min
Gunmen murder Rohingya teacher and student in Bangladesh Attribution+  — The victims’ families believe that the RSO, an armed group known for abducting young Rohingya men from the camps to fight against the Arakan Army, is responsible for the killings ... Myanmar Now 53 min
Grattan on Friday: Government’s pursuit of a hate speech law could take it down another cul-de-sac CC BY-ND  — Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and his “shadow”, Michaelia Cash, are both volatile characters. When they met this week to discuss the government’s draft religious discrimination bill, an incendiary issue in the best of circumstances, sparks flew. After a few minutes, Cash stormed out. The version from her side is that Dreyfus told her to “take a breath”, leaned across the desk and raised his voice. The Dreyfus side says she was the aggressive one doing the shouting. Whatever the truth of this unedifying “she said, he said” dispute, the more important point is that the religious discrimination legislation looks near-dead, albeit not yet cremated. Anthony Albanese promised it at the election, for political purposes, but has since said the government will not proceed without Coalition support. The Coalition hasn’t given a definite yes or no, but is stringing out the issue for its own advantage. If Albanese wants to try a salvage operation, he’ll need to undertake it himself, directly with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton. (The Greens have offered to deal themselves into the play, but that could be an even more difficult route for the government. Their support seldom comes cheap.) From the government’s point of view, there’s little to be gained by attempting to breathe fresh life into this legislation. At next year’s election, the PM can tell the faith communities “well, I tried, but the Coalition wouldn’t agree”. Meanwhile, the government is embarking on another, equally fraught, legislative journey – trying to turn the PM’s promise of action against “hate speech” into law. Albanese said in February he’d asked Dreyfus “to develop proposals to strengthen laws against hate speech, which we will be doing”. The proposed law would cover speech that incites hatred in relation to sex, sexuality, gender, race, and religion. The government claims it would strengthen existing Commonwealth laws. We already have provisions that prohibit urging violence against groups and members of groups – in section 80.2A and 80.2B of the Criminal Code. New offences would be created. The government expects its legislation to be ready for introducing in August. The opposition says it will wait for the details before it declares its position. However, Dutton – who a few months ago said the government should investigate whether stronger laws were needed – was cautious about the issue at this week’s Coalition parties meeting. There would be resistance to the move within the opposition. There are several threshold questions about the pursuit of federal hate speech legislation. Is it necessary? Is it desirable? How practical is it? Is it worth the potentially divisive debate it will bring? A driver behind the legislation is the desire to send signals (of both support and warning) in the present fractured domestic climate, after the Israel-Hamas war has fuelled antisemitism (which was already rising in Australia before the conflict) and Islamophobia. Although there have been calls for new anti-hate speech legislation from Jewish and Muslim communities for several years, the widening of social divisions in the wake of this war has given impetus to these calls. On the other hand, there is not a legal vacuum – there are existing state criminal laws that could be used against, for example, hate preaching, although they haven’t been invoked. The NSW Law Reform Commission, under former NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, is currently inquiring into Section 93Z of the NSW Crimes Act to assess its efficacy. That section proscribes threatening or inciting violence on the basis of race or other attributes. When we consider the desirability of federal hate speech legislation, we quickly run into the freedom-of-speech conundrum. Reasonable people agree the right to freedom of speech is not absolute. Where it intersects with incitement to violence, a clear line has been crossed. But the issues become murky when we examine, for example, the chants “from the river to the sea” and “intifada”. What is actually being said when they are chanted? Education Minister Jason Clare said recently: “I’ve seen people say that those words mean the annihilation of Israel. I’ve seen people say that it means the opposite. I’ve seen people say that they’re slogans that Israeli political parties have used too.” He got a mild put-down from his prime minister, who sees “from the river to the sea” as denying a two-state solution. But Clare is right; the words have different meanings to different people. Also, and importantly, it’s a matter of context. It’s one thing if the words are used to stir up a potentially violent crowd (incitement); it’s another when they’re used by protesters at a peaceful demonstration (free speech). Earlier this month, the Group of Eight Universities asked Dreyfus for advice, in relation to federal law, on intifada and “from the river to the sea”. Dreyfus replied he did not provide legal advice. He then referred them to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, that provides a civil remedy for a public act found likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate on the ground of race. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has lodged two complaints, under 18C, with the Australian Human Rights Commission over inflammatory speeches by two Sydney preachers. The Senate this month passed a motion with bipartisan support that declared “the slogan ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ opposes Israel’s right to exist and is frequently used by those who seek to intimidate Jewish Australians via acts of antisemitism”. The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network immediately claimed, in an open letter to senators, the motion “infringes on the right to freedom of expression by Palestinian Australians and their allies in criticising Israel”. Katharine Gelber, professor of politics and public policy at the University of Queensland, has written extensively on hate speech. She says the existing federal criminal code sections were originally introduced as counter-terrorism measures. “If what the government means to do is remove those provisions and instead have a criminal hate speech law, that might be helpful. Otherwise they might be introducing more confusion,” she says. Gelber is not convinced the phrase “from the river to the sea” would automatically be caught by 18C, let alone by a new criminal provision. “It would be very hard to define a criminal law to include that”. She does believe, however, that a vilification law would be useful in an educative sense - a “line in the sand as much as for prosecution – important even if there was no enforcement”. She says that, in principle, anti-vilification laws in both civil and criminal form have an appropriate role to play in drawing those lines in democratic debate, to ensure people engaged in free speech exercise it in ways that don’t harm others. “One could expect that the prime minister wants to make a symbolic gesture,” she says. In political terms, however, the attempted gesture could bog down in arguments on multiple fronts that pleased none of the major stakeholders in the debate and left the rest of the public thinking the government had, once again, got itself into a cul-de-sac. Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. ... The Conversation 1 hr
Breakthroughs and setbacks on the hunt for a universal snakebite antivenom CC BY-ND  — Snake bites kill tens of thousands of people around the world each year. However, we still use techniques invented in the late 19th century to make antivenom, and each bite needs to be treated with antivenom for that specific type of snake. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, we hear from two scientists whose recent breakthroughs – and failures – could save many more lives and help achieve the holy grail: a universal antivenom. “Antivenom is a very, very old medicine,” says Stuart Ainsworth, an expert on snake antivenom at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Today, it’s predominantly made using a technique developed in the 1890s: a snake is milked for its venom, and then a tiny amount of that venom that’s not enough to be toxic is injected into a large animal, usually a horse. Over a period of months, the animal will start building up antibodies to the snake’s venom. The animal’s blood is then drawn and the antibodies purified out to make antivenom. But Ainsworth explains that the holy grail is a universal antivenom that could work against multiple types of snakebite at the same time. If you’re in Kenya, there’s 26 different medically important venomous snakes. People who get bitten and people who treat people that get bitten are not snake experts … they’re not going to go, ‘Oh, that was an eastern green mamba, or was it a Jameson’s mamba?’ They’re going to say it was a big snake. Developments in modern biotechnology are allowing researchers to use new ways to grow what are called monoclonal antibodies in laboratories. These more potent antibodies have fewer side-effects and can neutralise snake venom toxins without having to immunise herds of animals. Ainsworth and his colleagues had some recent success doing this for a particular type of neurotoxin which targets the nervous system. They did this by hunting through huge libraries of antibodies until they found one that would bind to and neutralise the neurotoxin. It worked when they tested it and the antivenom was able to prevent paralysis and death in mice. For a universal antivenom, what you’re going to need is a cocktail of multiple different monoclonal antibodies that can all do basically the same thing within their class: recognise lots of toxins and neutralise lots of them. Other research teams are also using similar techniques to find antibodies for other types of snake venom. But it’s a long process, and some scientists are hitting unforeseen hurdles. One researcher, Christoffer Vinther Sørensen at the Center for Antibody Technologies at the Technical University of Denmark, thought he’d found a possible antivenom candidate for a venomous pit viper called the Bothrops asper. But when his team simulated a real life envenoming using lab-grown muscle tissue, and then injected the antivenom afterwards, it actually made the venom more potent. “We’ve discovered this new trapdoor you can fall through right before the end goal,” Sørensen explained. He published the failure in a journal article in the hope that other researchers could learn from it. If we could ensure that other researchers maybe only waste one year on their molecules that will fail in the end, then we should get a better antivenom faster in the future. Listen to Stuart Ainsworth and Christoffer Sørensen speaking about their research on The Conversation Weekly podcast, which also features Natasha Joseph, commissioning editor at The Conversation in Africa. A transcript of this episode will be available shortly. This episode of The Conversation Weekly was written by Gemma Ware and produced by Mend Mariwany and Katie Flood. Sound design was by Eloise Stevens, and our theme music is by Neeta Sarl. Stephen Khan is our global executive editor and Soraya Nandy does our transcripts. You can find us on Instagram at theconversationdotcom or via email. You can also subscribe to The Conversation’s free daily email here. Listen to The Conversation Weekly via any of the apps listed above, download it directly via our RSS feed or find out how else to listen here. Stuart Ainsworth receives funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation and the National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animals in Research. ... The Conversation 1 hr
Iran Urges Afghanistan to Adhere to Vienna Convention in Consular Staff Changes CC BY  — TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani called on Afghan officials to adhere to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations when making changes to their consular staff. ... Tasnim News Agency 1 hr
Putin Boasts Of Russia's Hypersonic Weapons, But A Dozen Scientists In The Field Face Treason Charge... Attribution+  — At least a dozen older Russian scientists in the field of hypersonic aviation have been accused of treason since 2018. Lawyers involved in the cases say they are connected to President Vladimir Putin’s well-documented interest in the topic. ... Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 1 hr
EFCC Secured 3,175 Convictions, Recovered N156BN In One Year -Secretary CC BY-SA  — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured 3175 convictions and recovered 156 billion naira between May 29, 2023, and May 29, 2024. Spokesperson for the agency, Dele Oyewale, at the launch of Zero Tolerance Club at the University Abuja, in a statement, said the details were made this known by the Secretary to […] The post EFCC Secured 3,175 Convictions, Recovered N156BN In One Year -Secretary appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 1 hr
Emirate Tussle: CJN Summons Judges Over Conflicting Orders As Kano Bans Protests CC BY-SA  — The Chief Justice of Nigeria, NJC, Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and the Kano State over conflicting orders issued by the court on the emirate tussle. Director of Information of the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye, confirmed the invitation to newsmen in Abuja. Also, the Nigerian Bar Association, […] The post Emirate Tussle: CJN Summons Judges Over Conflicting Orders As Kano Bans Protests appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 1 hr
FG, State Governors Begin Legal Fireworks Over LG Autonomy At Supreme Court Today CC BY-SA  — The 36 States governors have commenced a legal battle at the Supreme Court over the move by the Federal Government to secure autonomy for the 774 local governments in the country. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, is leading the Federal Government’s legal team against the Governors who […] The post FG, State Governors Begin Legal Fireworks Over LG Autonomy At Supreme Court Today appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 1 hr
FG, Labour To Resume Minimum Wage Talks Friday CC BY-SA  — The Federal Government and the Labour are expected to resume negotiation on a new national minimum wage on Friday, May 31, following a breakdown of discussions. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Joe Ajaero confirmed the development following a letter by the Chairman of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage inviting Labour to […] The post FG, Labour To Resume Minimum Wage Talks Friday appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 1 hr
NASENI’s CNG Conversion Centre For Inauguration CC BY-SA  — President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is expected to commission the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, Conversion, Filling, Reverse Engineering and Training Centre, tomorrow, Friday in Abuja. Executive Vice Chair of the Agency, Khalil Halilu, in a briefing, said this marks another NASENI initiative to support Federal Government’s Renewed Hope […] The post NASENI’s CNG Conversion Centre For Inauguration appeared first on Liberty TV/Radio - News - Voice For All! Vision For Alll!. ... Liberty TV 1 hr
Low-wage states with cheap housing dominated the post-pandemic jobs boom CC BY-NC-ND  — More than half of the nation’s jobs created in the past five years have come in two states: Texas and Florida. They’re at the forefront of a job creation revolution in which states with lower wages and a lower cost of living are gaining the highest share of new jobs, according to a new Stateline […] The post Low-wage states with cheap housing dominated the post-pandemic jobs boom appeared first on South Dakota Searchlight. ... South Dakota Searchlight 1 hr
Nigerian presidential aide wrongly claims inflation has fallen during Bola Tinubu’s first year in of... Attribution+  — Dr George Akume claims inflation in the country has reduced due to economic reforms. The data says otherwise. ... Africa Check 1 hr
PWHL Minnesota wins inaugural Walter Cup after 3-0 win over Boston CC BY-NC-ND  — Plus: Attorneys sue over Minneapolis police discipline records; preventable hospital errors increase; cyclist dies in Green Line collision; and more. The post PWHL Minnesota wins inaugural Walter Cup after 3-0 win over Boston appeared first on MinnPost. ... MinnPost 1 hr
Farmworkers face high-risk exposures to bird flu, but testing isn’t reaching them CC BY-NC-ND  —  By keeping tabs on farmworkers, researchers could track infections, learn how dangerous they are, and be alerted if the virus becomes more infectious. The post Farmworkers face high-risk exposures to bird flu, but testing isn’t reaching them appeared first on MinnPost. ... MinnPost 1 hr
Power struggle: Mental health patients caught in middle of fight between elected leaders CC BY-NC-ND  — A year-long spat between Douglas County officials over the Board of Mental Health raises a question: How well is it serving patients? ... Flatwater Free Press 1 hr
Amid ongoing Israeli incursions into Gaza, aid facilities shut ‘one after another’ Attribution+  — With no let up in reported street battles and Israeli bombardment across Gaza on Thursday, UN humanitarians warned that the flow of vital lifesaving aid into the enclave has fallen by more than two thirds since the Israeli military stepped up its campaign in Rafah and seized the key aid conduit. ... UN News 1 hr
Inaction on Israeli War Crimes to Sink Mankind into An Era of Barbarism: Iran’s Speaker CC BY  — TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Parliament speaker warned against the world’s inaction in the face of Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip, especially in the city of Rafah. ... Tasnim News Agency 1 hr
Campesinos bring life back to a deforestation hotspot in the Colombian Amazon CC BY-ND  — Liliana Camargo remembers Cartagena del Chairá as rich in nature. In her memory, the area had the greenest mountains, the freshest water and the healthiest biodiversity in the department of Caquetá in Colombia. In recent years, however, cattle ranching has destroyed a large portion of the town’s forests. The economic needs of the campesinos, driven […] ... Mongabay 1 hr
Early results in South Africa's election show ANC losing majority Public Domain  — MIDRAND — The African National Congress appeared on course to lose the parliamentary majority it has held for 30 years, partial results from South Africa's national election showed, in what would be the most dramatic political shift since the end of apartheid. With results in from 16% of polling stations, the ANC's share of the vote in Wednesday's election stood at 42.6%, with the pro-business Democratic Alliance (DA) on 25.8% and the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on 8.5%, data from the electoral commission showed. If the final results were to resemble the early picture, the ANC would be forced to make a deal with one or more other parties to govern - a situation that could lead to unprecedented political volatility in the coming weeks or months. "There will be checks and balances on the ANC power, but the ultimate risk is that the infighting could make governance ineffective," said Simon Harvey, head of foreign exchange analysis at Monex Europe. He added that the speed at which a coalition could be formed would be an indication of what was to come. "If it is protracted, you may start to worry about a political gridlock going forward," he said. The uncertainty weighed on South African markets. The rand slipped more than 1% against the U.S. dollar to hit its weakest level in four weeks while the wider equity index dropped more than 2% in its worst day in six weeks and the country's international bonds lost as much as 1 cent in the dollar. The ANC has won national elections held every five years since the landmark 1994 election, which marked the end of apartheid and the ascent of Nelson Mandela as president. But since those heady days the ANC's support has declined because of disillusionment over issues such as high unemployment and crime, frequent power blackouts and corruption. Based on the early results, the ANC is projected to have roughly 42% of the vote when the count is over, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research which was providing projections to the state broadcaster SABC. In the previous election in 2019, the ANC won 57.5% of the vote, with 20.8% for the DA and 10.8% for the EFF, on a turnout of 66% of registered voters, which the commission has already said is likely to be higher this time. The Zuma factor Under South Africa's constitution, the newly elected National Assembly will elect the next president. With the ANC still on course to be the largest party, its leader Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to remain as the country's president, although a poor showing could make him vulnerable to a leadership challenge from within party ranks. The early results showed the ANC on 38%, the DA on 27.8%% and the EFF on 10.9% in the key province of Gauteng, which includes the country's business capital Johannesburg and the sprawling townships of Soweto and Alexandra. In KwaZulu-Natal, a populous eastern province where the major city of Durban is located, a new party led by former president Jacob Zuma, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was performing strongly, with 42.7% of the vote versus 21.4% for the ANC. Zuma was forced to quit as president in 2018 after a string of scandals and has since fallen out with the ANC leadership, leading him to throw his weight behind MK. The party, named after the ANC's armed wing from the apartheid era, appeared to be costing both the ANC and the EFF votes, especially in KwaZulu-Natal. By law, the electoral commission has seven days to declare full results, but in practice it is usually faster than that. In the last election, in 2019, voting took place on a Wednesday like this year and final results came on the Saturday. The new parliament must convene within 14 days of final results being declared and its first act must be to elect the nation's president. This means that if the ANC is confirmed to have lost its majority there could be two weeks of intense and complex negotiations to agree on how to form a new government. ... Voice of America 1 hr
Signing a recall petition doesn’t disqualify the judge presiding over an Act 10 lawsuit CC BY-NC-ND  — Reports that Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Frost signed a petition to recall former Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 set off a media storm this week. Frost is presiding over a lawsuit challenging the law that made Walker famous — Act 10, which ended most collective bargaining rights for most public employees in […] The post Signing a recall petition doesn’t disqualify the judge presiding over an Act 10 lawsuit appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner. ... Wisconsin Examiner 1 hr
 An obscure drug discount program stifles use of federal lifeline by rural hospitals  CC BY-NC-ND  — Facing ongoing concerns about rural hospital closures, Capitol Hill lawmakers have introduced a spate of proposals to fix a federal program created to keep lifesaving services in small towns nationwide. In Anamosa, Iowa — a town of fewer than 6,000 residents located more than 900 miles from the nation’s capital — rural hospital leader Eric […] The post  An obscure drug discount program stifles use of federal lifeline by rural hospitals  appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner. ... Wisconsin Examiner 1 hr
America may not be able to survive another take-over attempt CC BY-NC-ND  — On June 22, 2018, the dean of conservative columnists, George Will, provided his advice to the nation in a Washington Post article titled, “Vote Against the GOP this November.” His thesis was simple: Donald Trump was a danger to the nation and to American democracy, and the Republican Congress was equally dangerous in their blind, […] The post America may not be able to survive another take-over attempt appeared first on Daily Montanan. ... Daily Montanan 1 hr
Succession: Inside How Iran Selects Its Supreme Leader Attribution+  — (ANALYSIS) The sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi is unlikely to drastically alter Iran’s foreign and domestic policies, but it has left a power vacuum. As stipulated by the constitution, Raisi was replaced by his first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, as interim president before presidential elections are held in 50 days. ... Religion Unplugged 1 hr
Texas revamps Narcan distribution following delays, unpredictable supply Attribution+  — Texas has tapped more than $45 million in federal funds to get the overdose-reversing drug into the hands of law enforcement, members of the public. But the program has been plagued by supply issues, delays and lack of communication. ... The Texas Tribune 1 hr
Here are the organizations that Ken Paxton targeted using consumer protection laws Attribution+  — Attorneys general have increasingly used their power to pursue investigations targeting organizations whose work conflicts with their political views. Paxton is among the most aggressive. ... The Texas Tribune 1 hr
How Ken Paxton is stretching the boundaries of consumer protection laws to pursue political targets Attribution+  — The attorney general repeatedly uses laws meant to protect against fraudulent or deceptive practices to target hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and LGBTQ+ groups. ... The Texas Tribune 1 hr