What’s killing killer whales? Orca report covering a decade of necropsies identifies threats — ScienceDaily

Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats — many stemming from human interactions.

A study analyzing the reports was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The study findings indicate that understanding and being aware of each threat is critical for managing and conserving killer whale populations. It also presents a baseline understanding of orca health.

The study was conducted by a team of marine mammal and orca specialists led by the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and coordinated through the SeaDoc Society, a Washington-based program of the University of California, Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. The lead author, Dr Stephen Raverty, and coauthor, Dr John Ford, are adjunct professions at the University of British Columbia Institute of Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology, respectively.

The whales

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Metairie man indicted on murder charge in caught-on-camera killing of ex-wife’s boyfriend | Crime/Police

A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday handed up an indictment charging a Metairie man with fatally shooting his ex-wife’s boyfriend, a killing that was caught on camera. 

Corey Ivey, 44, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. 

Corey Ivey

Corey Ivey, of Metairie, is charged with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in the July 26, 2020, shooting death of Keith Ellis.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives say Ivey is the man seen on surveillance camera video holding an umbrella while firing several times at Keith Ellis, 51, at the door to Ellis’ Clearview Parkway apartment in Metairie on the morning of July 26. 

Ellis suffered seven gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries. 

Two days

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Nvidia Is Just Killing It

Nvidia (NVDA) reported the firm’s third quarter financial performance on Wednesday afternoon. The results were in my humble opinion, just fantastic. Again. These guys, to put it quite simplistically… are killing it. For the period ending October 25th, Nvidia posted adjusted EPS of $2.91,which beat the street by a ton. The firm generated $4.73 billion in revenue, which was also a beat. That’s 65% earnings growth on 57% sales growth for those at home keeping score. Adjusted gross margin hit the tape at 65.5%, year over year expansion of 140 basis points, while adjusted net income landed at $1.834 billion, up 66% over last year and up 34% sequentially.

Remarking on the quarter, CEO Jensen Huang said, “Nvidia is firing on all cylinders, achieving record revenues in gaming, data center, and overall.” He added, “The new Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU provides our largest-ever generational leap and demand is overwhelming.”


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Philadelphia police release body camera video of Walter Wallace killing

Philadelphia police have publicly released body camera footage and 911 recordings of the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr as they named the officers responsible for the shooting and announced a series of reforms.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Photograph: Yuki Iwamura/Reuters

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Photograph: Yuki Iwamura/Reuters

The Philadelphia police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said the release of the footage on Wednesday night marked the first time in the department’s history that it had done so.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, she said the two officers responsible for the shooting were Sean Matarazzo, 25, and Thomas Munz, 26. She said the officers, both of the 18th district, had been with the department since 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“While this is not a milestone to be celebrated, we truly believe that this is an important step in our commitment to transparency,” Outlaw said, speaking alongside the mayor, Jim Kenney, and district attorney, Larry Krasner.

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IQVIA Killing It In The Drug Trials Business

Imagine a business that cornered the market for managing drug company clinical trials, in the middle of a pandemic. That’s part of the story of IQVIA
IMS Health

The Durham, NC-based company reported third quarter financial results October 20, and raised guidance for the upcoming quarter, too. Business is booming and there is more to come.

Despite the gains, investors should continue to buy shares.

IQVIA operates in a unique business segment. The company helps pharmaceutical firms find participants for clinical trials, and manage the process, including dealing with red tape.

The cost of drug development is mind-bending. Networks of physicians and investigators must be assembled. Patients need to be recruited. Regulatory submissions must be filed. Safety protocols have to be designed, implemented and monitored.

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Cantwell report warns that Google and Facebook are killing local journalism as CEOs testify at Senate

Sen. Maria Cantwell discusses net neutrality at a 2017 town hall in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

The technology industry is pushing local journalism over the edge, according to a new report from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state.

The report released Tuesday predicts that by the end of 2020, newspaper revenue will be down 70% compared to 20 years ago and broadcast revenues will dip more than 40%. The losses have created “news deserts” in 200 counties across the U.S. where there are no local newspapers covering their communities. More than 400,000 newsroom employees have been laid off, 60% of the nation’s local journalism jobs, according to the report.

“Local news has been hijacked by a few large news aggregation platforms, most notably Google and Facebook, which have become the dominant players in online advertising,” the report says. “These trillion-dollar companies scrape local

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Galveston ISD to Install More Than 250 COVID Killing Air Filtration Units Across the District

GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Galveston ISD has partnered with Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) with plans to install 281 biodefense indoor air protection units throughout its 12 campuses and other facilities. A press conference was held at Burnet Elementary School on October 22, 2020 to showcase the state-of-the-art COVID killing devices and hear from its inventor, IVP CEO and famed engineer Monzer Hourani.

“We are tired of having to live like this,” proclaims Hourani. “If you think of all I’ve done and all of my other inventions, then multiply them by one million to compare it to this one. This invention will kill COVID-19, it’s a gift from God.”

The Houston-based company’s air filtration system is proven to immediately eliminate 99.999% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus through the use of heat, UVC light, and HEPA filter technologies.

Galveston ISD is currently installing 79 small classroom units called the

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