Seventeen 4-H members will represent Nova Scotia in dairy and beef classes at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in early November. Participants were selected at the Nova Scotia 4-H Show in September. “We are proud of the 4-H members who will be representing Nova Scotia this year at the winter fair,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “Not only are they knowledgeable about the provincial 4-H program, but they are smart agricultural representatives that exhibit true sportsmanship skills in competition.” Nine dairy members will compete in the Scotiabank Dairy Classic against 4-H members from across Canada. The Nova Scotia participants include Patrick Thomson, Elise MacDonald, Tristan Grant and Daniel MacDonald from Antigonish Co.; Daniel Angus, Cumberland Co.; Brendan Lamb, Kings Co.; Andrea Crowe, Hants Co. and Bridget Wilson, Inverness Co. Brendan Grant of Antigonish Co., will attend as the winner of the Versteeg Memorial Award. This award is presented to a 4-H Holstein member based on a 50 per cent of the conformation of the calf and 50 per cent of their showmanship ability. Eight Nova Scotians will participate in the Scotiabank Classic Canadian Royal Junior Beef Heifer Show with their beef heifers. They are Nathan Greenough and Andrea Carter, Cumberland Co.; Carolyn Van den Heuvel, Antigonish Co.; Jane Ogilvie, Kenna Rousseau, Andre Horsnell from Kings Co., Megan Robertson, Pictou Co. and Rebecca Gilby, Halifax East Hants. While at the Winter Fair the 4-H members will compete in the 4-H showmanship and conformation classes and spend a day enjoying events at the exhibition. The fair is being held from Friday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 12 at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The Scotiabank Dairy Classic Committee and the Scotiabank Classic Canadian Royal Junior Beef Heifer Show Committee obtain sponsorship funding so that 4-H members can attend the Royal Winter Fair.
Kiev: A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from pre-trial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, amid speculation he might be used in a prisoner swap with Russia.Ukraine captured Vladimir Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing of MH17. European lawmakers described him as a “key suspect” and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAn AFP journalist saw Tsemakh being released after appellate court judge Yury Sliva in Kiev ruled to release him, cautioning him to remain available for questioning and not attempt to flee. Tsemakh is a Ukrainian who is believed to have been in charge of an air defence unit in the forces of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic near Snizhne in eastern Ukraine. This is where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in 2014, killing 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens.Though his involvement in MH17 has never been confirmed by Ukraine, 40 European lawmakers on Wednesday asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to make sure he is available to be questioned by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team. Russian and Ukrainian media have reported that Moscow is demanding that Tsemakh be handed over to Russia as part of an expected prisoner swap between two countries.
HAMILTON, N.J. – With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic.That’s because the public cannot speak to the assembled attendees at the meetings. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is meeting one on one with interested parties and allows people to comment online, including typing comments on laptops it provides. People also can hand bureau officials written comments to be included in the record.What they can’t do is get up at a microphone and address the room.That has led drilling opponents on both coasts to hold their own meetings before the official ones begin. The latest took place Wednesday in Hamilton, where one attendee wore a furry red lobster hat with claws protruding from both sides.“They’re dodging democracy,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey’s Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which held a citizens’ hearing before the bureau meeting. “The government works for the people. I understand it’s uncomfortable to have a bad idea and be held accountable for it, but that’s what they’re proposing.”The Republican president’s decision last month to open most of the nation’s coast to oil and gas drilling horrified environmentalists, and many elected officials from both major political parties oppose it. But energy groups and some business organizations support it as a way to become less dependent on foreign energy.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s chief environmental officer, William Brown, said Congress has mandated five-year energy plans since the Arab oil crisis of the 1970s sent prices rising.“The charge is to develop a program that provides for the energy needs of the United States, balancing environmental risk with energy need,” Brown told The Associated Press. “We all know renewable energy is something we should develop more of, but renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately. The people who are going to read your story are mostly using cars.”Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau meeting Wednesday, sending a message to Trump: “You will not drill off our precious shores! No way!”Bureau spokeswoman Tracey Blythe Moriarty said the open house format lets people speak directly with agency staff to learn about the drilling proposal.“We find this approach to be more effective than formal oral testimony,” she said.But many attendees at past meetings disagree.Environmentalists rallied on the steps of the California state capitol in Sacramento before a bureau hearing there, citing damage from a 1969 oil rig spill in Santa Barbara and a broken oil pipe in Refugio Beach three years ago. People upset at not being able to speak publicly chanted “Where’s our hearing?”The bureau set up informational displays at its Feb. 8 meeting, including one titled “Why Oil Is Important.”Before a Feb. 8 meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, drilling foes invoked the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and said they want to ensure that Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promise to exempt Florida from the drilling plan — the only exception publicly announced — remains in place.In Oregon, some meeting attendees said bureau staff were unable to answer their questions about the drilling plan and were frustrated at being directed to a row of laptops to type out comments.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC
2TennesseeJacksonville32:49190.05 1JacksonvilleHouston20:49180.29 Times when teams clearly should have gone for 22017 NFL season through Week 2 2New OrleansNew England45:04-170.10 2DallasDenver414:24-190.05 Magnitude is the amount that a team’s expected win percentage is improved by making the right decision.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group. Teams made the correct decision in four of those 16 cases, for a 25 percent rate. (For comparison: Since 2015, regular season and playoffs combined, teams have gone for 2 points 27 percent of the time in “clear go” scenarios.)Of course, a decision being clear-cut doesn’t mean that it matters a whole lot, but note that even among the decisions with the most significant consequences, teams are still making the wrong choices regularly (most likely because of adherence to Dick Vermeil’s rigid and outdated system that leads them to repeat the same mistakes over and over). In particular, the aforementioned scenarios of being down 4, 8, or 11 points late are both quite clear and quite important.Another significant case is when a team scores to pull within 2: Go for 2! This may seem like an obvious one, but since 2015, teams in this situation have chosen to kick the extra point as late as the fourth quarter (once, which is way too many times), and they’ve done so half the time in the third quarter (6 of 12, and still very bad) and 77 percent of the time in the second quarter (10 of 13, and still pretty bad, especially for such an early decision).This season, teams down 4, 8 or 11 late are holding steady at a 0 percent correct rate, having attempted extra points five out of five times when they “clearly” should have gone for it. That means that over the past three season, they’ve gotten these right exactly zero times in 105 chances.On a slightly brighter note, teams have been down 2 points after a touchdown twice this season — both in the third quarter — and they’ve correctly tried to tie the game both times! It’s not quite the revolution — it isn’t really even shots fired. But maybe, just maybe … 1DetroitArizona33:07-21.28✓ 1L.A. ChargersDenver47:00-41.62 2ClevelandBaltimore24:56-80.24 1ClevelandPittsburgh43:36-52.23✓ 1DetroitArizona49:2740.43✓ Before the Super Bowl in February, we published a fairly comprehensive guide for when to go for 2, simplified into one slightly complicated (but very easy to use once you get the hang of it!) chart. In addition to hopefully demystifying how to judge a lot of borderline situations, we identified some fairly clear-cut cases in which NFL coaches should choose to go for 2 but don’t. Ever.My hope, of course, was that teams would read this (or figure it out on their own) and that we’d see an immediate and cataclysmic shift in 2-point strategy — like going for it when down 4, 8, or 11 after scoring a touchdown late (which are not only real cases, but ones that are usually clear-cut and significant). But, alas, no such luck.The logic is pretty simple: If you can estimate your team’s chances of winning with an X point lead/deficit (X points being how many points you are up or down following a touchdown) and your chances of winning with X+1 and X+2, the decision follows from simple arithmetic. In fact, given that 2-point attempts and extra-point attempts taken from the 15-yard line (under the new rules implemented in 2015) now have roughly the same expected point value (both around 0.95 points), the choice is easier than ever. Simply calculate (or estimate):The improvement in win percentage if your point margin changed from X to X+1.The improvement in win percentage if your point margin changed from X+1 to X+2.If the first number is greater, kick the extra point. If the second is, go for 2.Now, you can estimate or intuit these differences on your own on the fly, or you can use a fancy win probability model like we have,1Specifically, a version of the model built by Brian Burke of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. but the logic is the same.Of course, we’ve taken it a bit further — our chart uses multiple sets of assumptions to create a range for each scenario covering teams that are relatively better or worse at 2-point conversions than our baseline. In case you missed it, here’s the chart:2You should be able to use this chart to pretty accurately assess most decisions you see. If you’re skeptical of the chart, you could intuit your own using the method outlined in that article. 1ChicagoAtlanta47:26-41.33 2PhiladelphiaKansas City40:08-80.05 2ArizonaIndianapolis47:38-41.28 A quick note on reading this chart: It may look a little “loud,” but that’s a feature for looking up scenarios lightning-fast. For a quick approximation, you first look at the minichart corresponding to the point spread (after the touchdown). If the quarter you’re in is shaded bright purple, you probably want to kick; if it’s bright orange, you should probably go for it. If you’re in a rush, you could stop there and be in pretty decent shape.Through the first two weeks of this NFL season, teams have gone for 2 (from the 2-yard line) eight times overall. More importantly, of the 30 times that the numbers say they should have gone for 2, they did so just four times, for a rate of 13 percent. Since 2015, in the regular season and playoffs, teams that should have gone for 2 have done so around 15 percent of the time.Now, of course it’s possible that some teams are better or worse at going for 2 than average, but it isn’t possible that 85 percent of teams are worse than average. I’ve also calculated how often teams should “clearly” go for 2 — meaning situations in which they should go for it even if they are relatively quite bad at 2-point attempts3I set this threshold at a 40 percent expected conversion rate (the same as the bottom of the range lines in the chart above). Or 7.5 percentage points lower than the baseline conversion rate assumption of 47.5 percent. This is a rough best estimate (after discussion with Burke, among others) for how bad teams who are very bad at 2-point conversions actually are). — and there have been 16 such cases through Week 2:4For this season’s scenarios, I’ve analyzed each attempt individually (down to the second), while the chart above is calculated minute by minute, so there may be slight variations between the two. WEEKTEAMOPPONENTQUARTERTIMESCORE AFTER TDMAGNITUDEWENT FOR IT 1N.Y. JetsBuffalo32:00-21.24✓ 1HoustonJacksonville39:09-130.24 1L.A. ChargersDenver48:10-110.43 1BaltimoreCincinnati21:28160.29
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated their first wedding anniversary by issuing a showreel of black-and-white photographs from their May celebrations.The one minute-long video uses images from their personal wedding photographer Chris Allerton, giving fans a glimpse into the previously unseen moments from the day. It includes pictures of the couple signing the register at St George’s Chapel, which was not captured by television cameras. Other pictures show Prince Harry and his best man Prince William walking down the stairs to begin their day, and Meghan holding hands with her mother, Doria. A message published with the picture reads: “Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday as a family of three following the arrival of baby Archie.Their son’s birth came less than a year after the royal nuptials at Windsor Castle, a wedding attended by A-list stars like Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney as well as the Royal Family led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The baby, who is the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Philip, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Harry and William get ready for the big dayCredit:Chris Allerton Meghan Markle signs the register, watched by Archbishop Justin WelbyCredit:Chris Allerton The following year saw the Duchess launch the Grenfell cookbook, a major Commonwealth tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and move to Frogmore Cottage and a baby. A first wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with paper gifts, with couples sometimes exchanging presents featuring a paper ticket.Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland – now a grandmother for the first time – is thought to be staying with the couple and could perform babysitting duties if the duke and duchess choose to have a romantic dinner to mark their anniversary. “Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018.”The selected song ‘This Little Light of Mine’ was chosen by the couple for their recessional.”We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. Archie’s birth was registered on Friday, revealing the couple had their baby at London’s Portland Hospital, a private hospital favoured by celebrities. The bridal party from a different viewCredit:Chris Allerton Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced their engagement following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.Their wedding was seen around the world, with fans travelling to the UK to share their good wishes with the new American member of the Royal Family. “A message from The Duke & Duchess: ‘Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful.'”
…Burnham’s deathFor an administration whose leader, David Granger — not so coincidentally, also leader of the PNC — has vowed to complete the legacy of Forbes Burnham, their “founder leader”, the commemoration of his death was pretty low-keyed. A few members of the National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm of the PNC, laid wreaths at his bust at Kitty, and gave Basil Williams a squeeze-in!Even the Chronic didn’t report on the ceremony! What’s up? The PNC big-wigs were all worn out after their emancipation soirees? Last year, since the commemoration was state-funded and it was announced this largess would be extended to the death anniversary of all previous presidents annually, the event should’ve been even bigger. Was it because the state didn’t bother to fund President Jagan’s death anniversary commemoration over at Babu Jaan in March that the PNC passed up on Burnham’s??But whatever your views on the man, Burnham certainly had an impact on Guyana, and his death anniversary should be cause for reflection. Your Eyewitness could only find a report of the NCW’s commemoration in the Times newspaper – and he wonders if the report was based on a press release from the PNC ladies. After all, it mentioned that “He (Burnham) won re-election in 1968, 1973, and 1978, although his critics accused him of fixing the elections.”!!His CRITICS accused him of fixing the elections?!! What about EVERY team of international observers!! Not to mention England’s Granada TV showing the horses that voted there in 1968 to give the PNC the lead in the overseas vote? For what it’s worth, 1978 wasn’t an election – but the referendum by Burnham NOT to have a referendum to approve his new 1980 Constitution!! The election was in 1980 – which the British Parliamentary Group of observers called “more crooked than barbed wire”!!The death anniversary came hot on the heels of one trade unionist remembering that WPA’s Walter Rodney had dubbed Burnham “King Kong”. One overseas WPA member defended Rodney’s language by claiming it was “done spontaneously at a public meeting on Bourda Green as the army helicopter flew overhead, reminiscent of the movie. Context is important”!!What’s this WPA fella trying to say? That Rodney didn’t mean to ridicule Burnham? What nonsense!! To the masses, Rodney’s most potent weapon wasn’t his Marxist analyses, but his ability to ridicule!! Let’s not forget he also dubbed Burnham “Fat Boy” and “King Midas”.Only that in Burnham’s case, according to Rodney, everything he touched turned to “sh*t”!!Anyhow, the WPA made up to the PNC on Burnham’s death anniversary, since they held an event to reflect on Eusi Kwayana and Emancipation on that day at Buxton.All is forgiven!?…Kwayana?As mentioned above, there was a “Eusi Kwayana Emancipation Symposium” held at Friendship Primary School on Burnham’s death anniversary, Aug 5th. While Kwayana undoubtedly almost singlehandedly ushered in the fight against “mental slavery”, which Bob Marley was to famously sing about so much later, he was also linked to Burnham in one way or another during the latter’s lifetime.When Burnham launched his bid to take over as leader of the PPP from Cheddi, even before the dust from the 1953 elections had settled, it was Kwayana – then still called “Sydney King” – who stood him down – just as he did on two later occasions. But Burnham still accepted Kwayana as one of the founding members of the PNC when that party was launched in 1958.Kwayana finally broke from Burnham in 1973 – after he’d been placed in charge of the Guyana Marketing Corporation to facilitate the rural PNC supporters becoming viable farmers.He was for emancipation in all its forms.…Georgetown foundingThere are some who’re miffed the City Hall Mafia are spending $19 million to commemorate the 175 anniversary of the funding of the Garden City.Your Eyewitness doesn’t know why some people can be so bad-minded. Why shouldn’t the Mayor and her chief sidekick celebrate the launching of their gravy train?It shows gratitude!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Means, ends…August 8, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Mout’ open…March 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Legitimacy…July 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”
Caterpillar says its 621H, 623H and 627H wheel tractor-scrapers are designed to deliver superior productivity and enhanced operator comfort and efficiency through the use of increased power and capacity, new structures, electronic controls and ergonomic design. The new H Series designs change the way wheel tractor-scrapers look, run and ride-and increase their capabilities to move material at the lowest cost per tonne.H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers build on the proven durability and productivity of previous models with use of innovative technology. Sequence Assist and Load Assist automate many of the operator’s most demanding tasks, and when combined with Cat Grade Control, the new systems unburden veteran operators and help less experienced operators reach high productivity levels quickly. With the H Series introduction, Caterpillar is offering the 621 in a push-pull configuration for the first time. The system enables two scrapers to work together when loading, rather than requiring a push tractor. Other scraper models have proven that the push-pull configuration is the low cost solution in many applications.The new H Series machines replace the equivalent G Series machines when commercial production begins in August of this year. Each of the three models will be available with engines that meet US EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB emissions standards and with engines for use in other regions.The 620H Series maintain the G Series configurations. The 621H is a single-engine, open bowl machine; the 623H has an elevating scraper and a single engine; and the open-bowl 627H has twin engines-one on the tractor and one on the scraper-and all wheel drive. Capacities are increased 1.5 m3 to 18.3 m for the 621H and 627H. The new bowl design is easier to load than the G Series bowl and has proven to enhance production. The 623H bowl maintains 17.6 m3 capacity, but the elevator is stronger, more powerful and easier to adjust. The result is greater reliability and durability.The new H Series wheel tractor-scrapers feature a more powerful engine in the tractor, and a more powerful engine in the scraper of the 627H. The Cat C13 engine in the tractor produces 304 kW-18% more power compared to the G Series. And the C9.3 on the 627H scraper produces 216 kW, an increase of 19% from the G Series machine. The new torque converter coupled to the scraper engine is designed to put more power to the ground.New software ensures integrated performance of the engine and transmission. The eight-speed planetary powershift transmission hardware is the same as the G-Series unit, but new controls and software drive greater performance. The system manages the torque converter and transmission to provide smooth operation, which enhances operator comfort and extends component life. Performance on grades and coming out of the cut is noticeably better through sustaining torque through shift points. On flatter hauls, shift points are optimised for a balance between fuel economy and performance.Complimenting the new power train and higher capacity are wet disc service brakes. The new brakes are similar to Cat off-highway truck brakes and deliver predictable and durable stopping power. The H Series machines also introduce engine compression retarding and the elimination of hydraulic retarding. Engine compression retarding can be modulated within low, medium or high ranges to optimise cycle times.Caterpillar offers three new integrated technology options on H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers. Sequence Assist is available on all three models and uses integrated software and position sensing cylinders to automate many of the tasks an operator performs when loading, hauling and dumping. The operator simply sets preferences for bowl and apron height and subsequently pushes a button to ready the machines for loading, then for hauling, then dumping, and then the return to the cut. The system automatically sets the cushion hitch, bowl height, apron, ejector and elevator. Sequence Assist comes with a convenient load counter for tracking material moved.Load Assist is available on the 621H and 627H models. It builds on Sequence Assist by loading the bowl with the push of a button. As the machine enters the cut, the operator can activate Load Assist so the system takes over control of the cutting edge height, limiting tire spin based on integrated sensors and GPS technology to ensure consistent and full bowl loads. The operator is responsible only for the throttle and steering. Load Assist helps make inexperienced operators productive very quickly.Cat Grade Control is available on all three models and is designed to work seamlessly with Sequence Assist and Load Assist. Using satellite positioning technology, the system ensures cut protection by limiting how deep the scraper will dig. The optional system is available from the factory and fully integrated into the machine. The system also puts the site plan in front of the operator for increased efficiency and elimination of rework. Another benefit of Cat Grade Control is site mapping using the scraper.The new cab is designed specifically to accommodate the tasks involved with operating scrapers. It’s 21% larger than the G-Series cab, which gives the operator more room for movement and allows more window area for an expansive view of the work area. Also new and designed specifically for scrapers is the Cat Advanced Ride Management System. This new system, which is in testing and will be available soon after H Series machines go into commercial production, is a seat suspension that dampens vibration and prevents end-stroke shock loads.As part of the improved ergonomics, the steering column and pedals align with the right front post of the cab. This puts the operator in a more comfortable position when the seat is turned 30o. A T-handle implement control is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand and is aligned with the seat armrest for comfortable operation. The new wheel tractor-scrapers also feature multi-function hydraulics. The optimized hydraulic system, which uses piston pumps rather than vane pumps, enables the operator to operate the apron, ejector and bowl height control at the same time for faster cycle times. An integrated dash group offers displays for the optional Work Area Vision System (WAVS). Cameras on the machine provide views of the cutting edge, right side and rear. The system enhances safety and provides a new way to see the cutting edge during loading and to see to the rear of the machine when performing push-pull work with another scraper.An optional powered access ladder facilitates getting in and out of the machine. The ladder raises and lowers, tucking up under the cab when not in use.A new cushion hitch configuration also enhances operator comfort. The 620 Series hitch has two accumulators-one high pressure and the other lower pressure. The high pressure accumulator softens the ride when the machine is loaded, and the lower pressure accumulator optimizes dampening an empty bowl.
Stay on target CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, is defending his actions as “safe and ethical.”“For this specific case, I feel proud, actually,” He told the audience of Wednesday’s Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, as reported by The New York Times.The only thing the scientist apologized for, in fact, was that the news had “leaked unexpectedly.”According to the Associated Press, He allegedly revised embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments.“Two beautiful little Chinese girls, named* Lulu and Nana, came crying into this world as healthy as any other babies a few weeks ago,” he boasted in a YouTube video.The girls are home now with mom Grace and dad Mark.Grace began her pregnancy via in vitro fertilization (IVF)—but with a twist: After inseminating her eggs, an embryologist sent in “a little bit of protein,” plus instructions for a gene surgery intended to protect the girls from future HIV infection.Only one pregnancy has so far been successful, but another may be on the way, according to New Scientist.Speaking at the Hong Kong conference, He said that “there is another potential pregnancy,” but it is still at an early stage.This week’s announcement set the scientific community alight; an angry mob of researchers carried proverbial pitchforks and torches, calling He’s conduct unethical, the Times said.The Southern University of Science and Technology, from which the scientist is on non-paid leave from teaching through January 2021, heard the news “through media reports.”“The university was deeply shocked by this event and has taken immediate action to reach Dr. Jiankui He for clarification,” it said in a statement.SUSTech made it very clear that the project was conducted off campus (though He has a lab at the school) and without official approval. An independent committee is expected to investigate the incident and release its results to the public.China’s National Health Commission also wasted no time ordering an investigation into the claims.“For the sake of people’s health and scientific principles, NHC will follow the matter closely and make public the investigation results in a timely manner,” the agency said.In its current form, CRISPR/Cas9 is poised to become the gene-editing tool of the future.The technology is banned in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped rogue Chinese researchers like He.* Names of the twins and their parents have been changed by the He Lab for privacy reasons.More coverage on Geek.com:New Genetic Test Lets IVF Patients Screen Out Risky EmbryosGenome Editor CRISPR Targets AIDS Virus HIVScientists Use Low-Key CRISPR Technique to End Marfan Syndrome
The Italian Lega Serie A club, together with legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, is working towards the prevention of violenceWith the presence of legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, Inter Women’s captain Regina Baresi and WeWorld Onlus, Internazionale Milan is launching a campaign to “Show Violence The Red Card.”The initiative is being promoted together with the Italian Lega Serie A, to combat violence against women in the world.“Violence is a cultural problem. In order to solve this problem, our sons need to be taught the right values and that they need to show respect,” the retired Inter keeper told the club’s official website.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Youth academies can contribute to shaping athletes and men, but what they learn from their families should underpin everything.”“Violence against women is something I feel strongly about,” Regina Baresi, captain of Inter Women’s first team added.“I’m happy to be here again this year and in particular to be able to make my own contribution in highlighting such an important campaign.”
India is home to 58% of world buffalo populationReutersSanctions-hit Russia is turning to India for supply of buffalo meat just days ahead of President Vladmir Putin’s visit to India.”Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor together with Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry has included Indian buffalo meat producers to the register of organisations and individuals involved in the production, processing and storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan),” the Russian veterinary regulator said, reported Businessline citing a PTI report.Russia and India have deep economic and defence ties but efforts to boost trade to $20bn by 2015 remain stuck at just half the forecast.Indian companies have been permitted to start exports from 4 December, with local Russian companies making necessary efforts for the import and distribution, reported Itar-Tass, the official Russian news agency.India is set to receive a permanent inspector, representing the Russian veterinary regulator to exert control over consignments of buffalo meat destined for the regional Customs Union.India will replace Russia’s traditional suppliers from Central and Western Europe, who are suffering retaliatory sanctions from Russia in the face of Western and European Union sanctions over Russia’s role in the breakup of Ukraine.Export of other agricultural products including poultry, powdered eggs and dairy is expected to provide a fillip to the local producers.Russia is the world’s largest importer of tea, and India the second largest producer, but the high price of Indian tea has stifled Russian purchases, allowing Sri Lanka and Kenya to become major players in the Russian import market.Russian market has been made available to Indian exporters after a significant gap, say sources in New Delhi.India is home to 58% of the world’s buffalo population, with about 88 million buffalos.The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) lists India as the largest buffalo meat exporter, with 14.49 lakh (1.5 million) tonnes exported, helping bring valuable foreign exchange to the tune of 26,457.79 crore in 2013-14.More deals are expected to be announced, coinciding with Russian President Putin’s visit to strengthen bilateral strategic ties.
ABCD: American Born Confused DesiTwitterYoung actor Allu Sirish has announced the release date of his upcoming Telugu movie ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, which will hit screens a week after superstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi.Allu Sirish is one of the young actors from the noted mega family in the Telugu film industry. Unlike other star kids, he has made it big with low budget films. He is all set to return with his next movie ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi, which is a remake of 2013 Malayalam comedy film of the same name starring Dulquer Salmaan.ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi is about two spoilt brats from New York, who are tricked into going to Kerala. How they rebuild their lives from scratch, when they get into trouble there forms the crux of its story. Its promos have struck a chord with the audience and generated a lot of curiosity about the film.Allu Sirish took to his Twitter account today to announce the release date of his upcoming movie. The elated actor tweeted, “Please mark the date on your calendar. ABCD – American Born Confused Desi arrives on the 17th May 2019. Trailer will be out soon. See you soon at cinemas!”ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was initially slated for release in the cinema halls in March, but it was said to have been postponed to avoid its clash with Lakshmi’s NTR and few other movies. Now the movie will have to compete with Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi, which is slated for worldwide release on May 9.The Malayalam version of ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was made on a budget of Rs 4.5 crore and it has collected about Rs 12.5 crore at the box office. Now, its Telugu version is also made on a small budget, but it should be seen whether the movie would get a much-needed big break to Allu Sirish.
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThe 2017-2018 school year is just about done. In a couple of weeks, the school bell will ring for the last time, and children will excitedly begin their summer break. Even though children are happy to be done with school, parents will need something for them to do. Many churches are offering activities, including summer camps to keep children busy during the summer. Rehoboth Light of the World Church is one church dedicated to giving children a memorable summer experience.Camp Rehoboth begins June 25 and runs to August 3, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m. Children between the ages of 5-12 will experience free breakfast, free lunch, Bible lessons, academics, sign language, dance, tae kwon do, arts and crafts, swimming and weekly trips. Founded in 2005, Rehoboth Light of the World Church has been operating Camp Rehoboth for 8 years.Rehoboth Light of the World Church (Courtesy Photo)First Lady Tammy Long is the director of the summer camp and is there with the children every day. Her love for children stems from her 19-year career in the Baltimore City Public School System. She believes that the camp is successful because of the family environment created between the children and staff. “At Camp Rehoboth we do our best to create and maintain a safe, welcoming, wholesome environment for children and youth to participate in a wide variety of activities and experiences that foster human and spiritual development to benefit individuals, families, community and church. Some children enter as “strangers” and they leave with a new family…and friendships that will last a life time. Together we create a family, not by blood, but by choice.”The staff of Camp Rehoboth go out of their way to make sure each child has an unforgettable summer. Long said, “Our goal is that by the end of their Camp Rehoboth experience, the campers, as well as our teenage staff, grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually to utilize the full potential of God’s gifts to them for positive participation in the Kingdom of God. Camp Rehoboth gives us the opportunity to plant seeds that will bear fruit for a lifetime.”This year, the camp theme is heroes. Each week campers will learn about heroes in the bible, Black History heroes, play with some comic heroes and take on weekly community service projects where they will become heroes.The vision of Rehoboth Light of the World Church is to grow people through the Word, Worship, and Witness. Camp Rehoboth is one way they fulfil the vision. For more information call (410) 417-7592.
By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROAs the 2020 race for Presidency of the United States unfolds, climate change is amongst one of the most pressing issues that the candidates are being asked to share their plan of action for. Americans across the United States are collectively acknowledging the climate crisis that has been unfolding over the years, 53 percent of Americans identify global warming as an “urgent problem that requires immediate government action,” according to a 2018 survey conducted by Langer Research Associates. Accordingly to the Union of Concerned Scientists, people of color are being disproportionately affected by global warming due to alarmingly high exposure of PM2.5, a dangerous air pollutant. (Courtesy Photo)While the collective consciousness in America and throughout the world is building around the climate crisis, there is an urgent need to recognize that people of color in America are disproportionately left the most vulnerable to the effects of global warming and climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have released a new study that highlights the disproportionately detrimental implications of air pollution on Asian American, Latino and African Americans in the District of Columbia. The UCS Air Quality Report looks at the alarmingly high exposure of PM2.5, a dangerous air pollutant. PM2.5 is an air pollutant that is about 2.5 microns or less. The pollutant can be emitted into the air through the burning of both diesel and gasoline fuel. Due to its size, PM2.5 can spread rapidly and easily into one’s bloodstreams and can cause short term effects including irritation, sneezing, coughing and trouble breathing. The air pollutant is also known to put people in jeopardy of long term health effects including respiratory and cardiovascular issues, some of which have resulted in hospitalization and deaths. Children, the elderly and people with a history of respiratory and heart problems are at higher risk if exposed to PM2.5. The report will provide more detail about the exposure levels of PM2.5 in these communities of color in Washington D.C. in addition to more details about the source of exposure, a way forward for a more environmentally friendly transportation system and the District’s involvement in the Transportation & Climate Initiative.For more information about the Union of Concerned Scientists, you can visit www.ucsusa.org.
In the 200 free, Bartosz Piszczorowicz posted a time of 1:34.51, while Marcelo Acosta registered a 1:35.70. Fellow sophomore Nicolas Albiero earned the Cards’ third individual A final spot in the 100 back after finishing 14th in the 100 fly (45.53) for a spot in the B final. In the 100 back, he took third in his heat with a time of 44.93 to place sixth overall and qualify for his second straight NCAA A final in the event. AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team qualified to six finals, earning four swims in the A final on the third morning of competition at the NCAA Championships. Following a highly successful morning session, the Cardinals will compete in all six of tonight’s contested swimming events. Story Links In the final event of the morning, the Cardinals sealed another A final swim in the 200 medley relay as Mitchell Whyte (21.12), Somov (23.63), Harting (19.97) and Andrej Barna (18.85) raced to a time of 1:23.57 to place third, marking the fifth straight year Louisville will compete in the A final in the event. Friday Finals Heat Sheet Zach Harting qualified for the first NCAA A final of his career in the 200 free, cutting nearly a second from his best time to finish seventh with a time of 1:32.41, solidifying him as the second-fastest performer in Louisville history. Whyte also competed individually in the 100 back, stopping the clock in a time of 45.55 to place 19th overall. Sophomore Nikos Sofianidis put up a personal-best time of 46.00 in the event. Just minutes later, Evgenii Somov qualified for his second consecutive A final in the 100 breast after tying for seventh with a time of 51.93. At last year’s NCAAs, the sophomore finished seventh overall to earn All-American honors. Friday Prelims Results Also qualifying to finals for the Cards was Daniel Sos, who secured a spot in his first NCAA B final with a 16th place finish in the 400 IM in a season-best time of 4:42.77. The Cards return to the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for tonight’s finals at 7 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Version
Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 Animal Crossing: New Horizons got an adorable first trailer. Tom Nook can now afford voice acting. It seems as if players build a community on a deserted island, complete with crafting elements. The game got delayed to next March, but the updated mechanics give us hope for a richer Animal Crossing experience.Meanwhile, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is still coming this year. Luigi explores haunted hotel with his high-tech vacuum, complete with new functions like bursting and slamming ghosts. New multiplayer elements include co-op play with his slimy doppelganger Gooigi and teaming up with friends in the ScareScraper.Pokemon Sword and Shield already got a big blowout last week, but we did learn you can store Pokemon in the Poke Ball plus to train them. Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Mario Maker 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 didn’t get much news since they are out so soon. But we did learn about DLC based on X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Marvel Knights for that game already looking better than the new Avengers game.And even the third-party announcements were stacked, especially rare for a Nintendo conference. The Spyro Remaster, Alien: Isolation, and The Witcher 3 of all games are coming to Switch. John Romero of all people, taking a break from new Doom levels, is making a strategy game called Empire of Sin. Netflix is releasing a tactics game based on Dark Crystal. Collection of Mana is available now complete with a game that has never been released in America. Resident Evil 5 and 6 flesh out the franchise’s presence on the platform.Travis Strikes Again must have sold enough because No More Heroes 3 comes exclusively to Switch in 2020. There’s a new Panzer Dragoon game coming. Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 were no shows, but new looks at Astral Chain and Daemon X Machina scratched that itch for Platinum Games and sci-fi action. And there’s a new Contra game but it looks kind of bad. Sorry, Konami.But what a show! What a system! For more on E3 watch these trailers. Stay on target I feel like if I don’t write down all the bombshell Switch announcements from Nintendo’s E3 2019 showcase, I’m going to convince myself that they didn’t actually happen. It was all a dream, and not the good kind of dream like the Link’s Awakening remake coming this September with an added dungeon editor like it was Super Mario Maker but for Zelda.But this wasn’t even the most exciting Zelda news. As we hoped, Nintendo is developing a direct sequel to its launch title masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And they closed out the show with a brief moody teaser. It’s probably years away though, but at least rhythm Zelda spin-off Cadence of Hyrule is out this Thursday.As much as there are enough JRPG anime sword boys in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including The Hero from Dragon Quest makes sense as a way to honor the grandfather of the entire genre. That character is coming this summer, right before Dragon Quest XI comes to Switch. Even crazier though is that the next step of the Nintendo/Microsoft bromance is Banjo-Kazooie joining the battle this fall, complete with a Rare reference.
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | September 27, 2016 Elekta Expands Partnership with Radiology Nonprofit Radiating Hope Long-term goal of collaboration will make radiotherapy accessible for all patients regardless of geography News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more September 27, 2016 — Elekta announced that it has expanded its partnership with Radiating Hope, a volunteer organization that provides radiation equipment to resource-constrained countries. The organization also educates medical physics and radiation oncology personnel in those countries to help better serve their patient populations.Radiating Hope believes that no patient should be denied potentially life-saving treatment simply because the technology is not affordable. Consequently, it cooperates with hospitals and clinics around the world to take care of their replaced equipment, refurbish the machine and then ship it to a developing country.Funds are raised through a number of mountain climbing events, with diverse destinations including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp. Proceeds go toward the purchasing or refurbishing of radiation equipment for use in developing countries.“Radiating Hope has a mission to improve cancer care, specifically radiation oncology care in areas of the world where treatment can be hard to find,” said Tom Ladd, executive director of Radiating Hope. “We are very grateful for the support and partnership of Elekta in helping us to fulfill our mission. With Elekta’s guidance and involvement, Radiating Hope has been able to place radiation machines and equipment in Senegal, Tanzania, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. The stronger partnership with Elekta will allow Radiating Hope to continue to support the areas of need in which we are engaged, particularly in Latin America and Africa. We look forward to working and partnering with Elekta for many years to come in order to bring needed treatment where, today, there is none.”A recent publication in Lancet Oncology estimates that a global scale-up of radiotherapy capacity in 2015–35 from current levels could lead to saving of 26.9 million life-years in low-income and middle-income countries over the lifetime of the patients who received treatment.For more information: www.elekta.com, www.radiatinghope.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Last month, the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce held its 6th annual meeting and announced its new board of directors. Pat Hundley will be passing the presidency to Luis Garro, but Pat will remain chairman and founding father. Luis is joined by Vice President Alfredo Mora, Secretary Christina Truitt, Treasurer Brad Sanson, Vocal Nancy Leiton and Vocal Gabriela Arias.The new office administrator is Carmen Juliana Mesén. The chamber continues to focus on having a safe, clean beach, networking and promoting business and tourism. Lisle Head is spearheading the marketing committee and spoke about new plans for the chamber website, as well as added benefits for chamber members. Currently, the chamber’s office is located in the Pacific Center in front of Cable Tica. Check out the new site at www.jacochamber.com and sign up to become a member or call 2643-2853 for info. At the meeting, Vice Mayor Karla Gutiérrez also spoke about the municipality’s plans for a new civic center. Jacó has been nominated as one of seven provinces to be included in the central government’s plans to implement civic centers to train and invest in youth. The municipality hopes to begin construction in 2013. For more information, contact the municipality of Garabito at 2643-3038.The Garabito 10K Punta Leona 2012 Race will be held Saturday, Aug. 4. The cost is ₡8,000 ($16). Sign up before July 28 at the Macrobiótica Store in Jacó. For more, check with the Sports Committee of Garabito Municipality at 8848-3233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This weekend Teatro Jacó is featuring its first production of the July Comedy Series: Faye Laye’s Beauty Shop. It will be held through July 9. For tickets, call 2630-9812. Last month’s Cabinas Las Olas Summer Soulstice was a success. Master surfer Craig “Tequila” Scheiber won his first “soul surfer” title. Felix Murillo from Galería Murillo did an amazing job painting a short board for the main prize and raffle. Local prize winners included Soledad Giacobbe, Christian Arcaz and Little Princess Sofi. The results of the solstice were as follows: Best Men’s Wave: Anthony Segura. Best Women’s Wave: Evie Johnston, Best Grom Wave: Manuel Mesén, Best Master Wave: Rafael Deturris, Best Air: Derek Dygert, Best Barrel: Anthony Flores, Best Wipeout: Glender Goodness. –Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments No related posts.
Tackling Discrimination in Housing According to NPR, a proposal from HUD on the Fair Housing Act would target “disparate impact,” or unintentional discrimination. Critics of the proposed rule have stated that it would limit the ability to fight discrimination in housing.”It’s important because it allows us to really get at discrimination that’s not intentional,” says Nikitra Bailey, a lawyer with the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending on NPR.According to Roger Clegg, President of the Center for Equal Opportunity, “There are always going to be racially disproportionate results for any policy.””If you have a landlord who says, ‘I’m not going to rent to people with a history of violent crime,’ ” Clegg says. “The fact that that has a racially disproportionate result does not make it discrimination.”According to NPR, HUD says it can’t comment on the proposed rule yet. But in an earlier statement, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said the department “remains committed to making sure housing-related policies and practices treat people fairly.”According to an article by economist John Wake in Forbes, the black homeownership rate is not vastly different now than what it was when the 1968 Fair Housing Act became law.Wake notes that black homeownership increased by 20% from 1950 to 1970, before housing discrimination was outlawed. Since the Act, however, the rate has remained flat. Wake offers some possible explanations.Wake notes that, as a form of compromise, the Fair Housing Act did not include strong enforcement powers.“Just four months after the Fair Housing Act was signed into law, the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 was signed into law,” Wake said. “It included the soon to be infamous Section 235 program from FHA that let lower-income people who couldn’t qualify for other mortgages get these new subsidized mortgages with down payments as low as $200 and subsidized, below-market interest rates as low as 1%.”HUD’s proposal is expected to be released sometime in August. 22 hours ago 86 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Fair Housing Act HUD< Discrimination 2019-08-01 Seth Welborn Share
A British resident of Avgorou, Famagusta, aged 77 died on Monday evening after the moped he was driving was hit by a car.According to police, the moped was hit by a car driven by a 47-year-old man on Karyon street in Avgorou, at around 6.45pm. The driver, who was trying to make a right turn, cut off the moped that was coming from the opposite direction and caused the pensioner to be thrown from his vehicle.He was taken to Famagusta general hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Brito, police said, was wearing a protective helmet. The 47-year-old was given a breathalyser which showed zero alcohol consumption.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today!Yahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Hepatitis C – Research About Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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