Halifax to Host International Conference on Marine Mammalogy in 2017

first_imgMore than 1,500 global leaders in marine mammalogy are coming to Nova Scotia and the new Halifax Convention Centre in 2017 for the international society’s biennial conference. The Society for Marine Mammalogy announced Halifax as the host city today, June 8, in honour of World Oceans Day. This is the first time the conference will be hosted in Atlantic Canada. “This conference will provide a valuable opportunity for our scientists and others who work for the good of marine mammals to better understand the challenges and opportunities for survival these species face in our oceans today,” said Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals will connect experts across government, industry, business and academia to promote collaboration and information sharing. “We’re proud to partner with our local researchers to help bring this conference to Halifax and our new state-of-the-art convention centre,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation tasked with marketing and selling the Halifax Convention Centre. “Events like this highlight the cutting-edge work of our ocean experts and put our province on the world stage.” The successful bid was led by local scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Marine Animal Response Society, together with the Halifax Convention Centre, last September. “We’re very excited that Halifax was chosen to host this prestigious gathering of marine mammal researchers from across the world,” said Tonya Wimmer, biologist, Marine Animal Response Society and local chair for the 2017 Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. “It will be a terrific opportunity to not only learn about innovative and critical research being conducted globally, but also to highlight our city and the high-quality research being conducted right here.” The seven-day event will feature a series of speakers, workshops and poster sessions focused on marine mammal research, conservation and improving the quality of marine research within the scientific community. Delegates will gain exposure to Nova Scotia’s rich ocean expertise, including the region’s advancements in acoustics, behaviour, sensors, instrumentation and other ocean-based research. Nova Scotia is home to the world’s highest concentration of scientists in ocean-related subjects, including Canada’s largest ocean-related research institution, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. The 2015 Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals will be held in San Francisco before leaders in the field from around the world make their way to Halifax in 2017.last_img read more

UN expert urges DPR Korea to urgently address abductions of Japanese

18 January 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to “show a sense of responsibility urgently” in tackling the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens. Of the 17 people officially listed as having been abducted by the DPRK, five have returned to Japan, and the DPRK states that of the remaining 12, eight have died and four never entered the country.“Such claims remain unconvincing and unsubstantiated,” said Vitit Muntarbhorn, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, in a statement at the end of his five-day visit to Japan.He called on the DPRK – which admitted to the abductions at a 2002 summit with Japan – to provide “tangible results and an effective response, with due respect for the safety of the abductees, to return them immediately to Japan, and to act against the impunity of those who perpetrated the crime of abductions.”The expert voiced support for several initiatives to settle the issue peacefully based on international law, and called on the DPRK to commit to resolving the matter substantively through the bilateral track with Japan under the Six Party Talks – which also involve China, Russia, the United States and the Republic of Korea – or other channels.During his trip, his third to Japan, Mr. Muntarbhorn sought to assess the impact of the DPRK’s human right situation on Japan, and met with the Foreign Minister and other officials, representatives of civil society and parliamentarians, among others.His talks with the families of those who had been abducted by the DPRK were “of particular importance,” and he expressed his deep sympathy for “the pain and suffering caused by the human rights violations committed by the DPRK.”The Special Rapporteur highlighted the international dimension of the abductions, given the increasing acknowledgment that the DPRK has abducted nationals of other countries in the past, and appealed for bolstered efforts by the international community to “ensure accountability on the issue and to influence” the nation to settle the issue quickly and effectively. read more

Clinton asks FBI to release full details of new email investigation

A week to go before Election Day and the email controversy that has plagued Hillary Clinton’s campaign has come back to the forefront of the presidential campaign.The F-B-I has announced it’s looking into whether there was any classified information on a device belonging to disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.Weiner is the estranged husband of a longtime Clinton aide and is the subject of a separate investigation for sending explicit text messages to a teenage girl.Clinton has challenged F-B-I Director James Comey to release the “full and complete facts” of the new email investigation. read more

Lam says she hasnt resigned because its easy way out

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has never tendered her resignation to China over the anti-government protests that have roiled the city for three months.Lam was asked repeatedly at a news briefing Tuesday about a Reuters report citing leaked audio of her telling business leaders recently that she would quit “if I had a choice.”Lam said she did voice her frustrations during the private meeting but also explained that quitting was an easy way out for her amid the prolonged crisis. She also slammed the recording and leaking of her comments as “unacceptable.”Lam was elected as Hong Kong’s chief executive by a pro-Beijing committee of Hong Kong elites and has come under withering criticism for pushing the widely opposed extradition bill that set off the protests.The Associated Press read more

Security Council shows support for recent moves towards peace in Burundi

In a press statement issued in New York, the Council’s members said they supported the signing of a protocol in Pretoria on 2 November between Burundi’s transitional government and the country’s biggest rebel group, le Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie/Force pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD).The protocol is a supplement to a broader power-sharing protocol, signed early last month, between the Burundian President, Domitien Ndayizeye and the leader of the CNDD-FDD, Pierre Nkurunziza.The Council members added that they welcomed the regional summit starting on 14 November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which is expected to endorse the so-called Pretoria Protocol.According to the protocol, representatives of the CNDD-FDD will enter the government in three weeks and begin integrating the two armies. The CNDD-FDD will also be transformed into a political party.Council members praised efforts by South Africa, especially its President Thabo Mbeki, Uganda, Tanzania and others involved in the Regional Initiative for Burundi to promote peace in the African nation.The members also urged the Forces Nationales de Liberation (Palipehutu-FNL) to join the Arusha agreement peace process immediately. It is the only armed rebel group that has not done so. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 5:41 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,608.82 down 33.15 points):Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 28 cents, or 1.96 per cent, at $14.55 on 9,854,952 shares. The surging BlackBerry maker’s stock traded as high as $15.14 at one point amid news that the Visa credit card system had approved RIM’s method for handling secure mobile payments.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up eight cents, or 2.06 per cent, at $3.97 on 9,015,946 shares. The Supreme Court of Western Australia has approved the company’s merger with CGA Mining.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up two cents, or 0.50 per cent, at $4.04 on 7,367,057 shares.Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd. (TSX:LIM). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 13.08 per cent, at $1.13 on 6,891,577 shares. CIBC lowered its rating of the iron ore producer’s stock to sector perform from outperform.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Unchanged at $2.78 on 5,411,695 shares. Uranium One’s Russian majority shareholder, ARMZ, is hoping to take the company private in a friendly, $1.3-billion deal.CGA Mining Ltd. (TSX:CGA). Miner. Up eight cents, or 2.80 per cent, at $2.94 on 5,005,912 shares. The stock closed higher as its merger with B2Gold got approval in Australia, where CGA is based.RMP Energy Inc. (TSX:RMP). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 4.31 per cent, at $3.33 on 4,780,222 shares. The Calgary-based company lost some of its gains from Tuesday when the stock closed at its highest level ever following news of record fourth-quarter production.TSX Venture Exchange (1,230.20 down 1.59 points):ArPetrol Ltd. (TSXV:RPT). Oil and gas developer. Unchanged at one cent on 11,981,350 shares.Fission Energy Corp. (TSXV:FIS). Up 14 cents, or 21.88 per cent, at 78 cents on 10,114,365 shares. Toronto-Denison Mines (TSX:DML) signed a deal to buy Fission Energy in a stock-swap deal valued at about $70 million that will see the company spin out some of Fission’s assets to a new company. Denison Mines’ stock increased two cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $1.48 on 1,925,203 shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up 96 cents, or 1.88 per cent, at $52.14 on 784,457 shares. The auto parts giant says it expects between US$31.3 billion and US$32.7 billion of sales globally this year. About half of the 2013 total will come from the sale of parts to North American manufacturing operations.Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp. (TSX:PZA). Restaurant chain. Up eight cents, or 0.79 per cent, at $10.27 on 68,170 shares. Pizza Pizza is hiking its monthly dividend by 4.2 per cent to 6.25 cents from six cents, effective with the January payout. On an annual basis, the dividend will increase to 75 cents from 72 cents per share. read more

Geithner defends terms of AIG bailout citing risky conduct interest rate said

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2014 1:42 pm MDT Geithner defends terms of AIG bailout, citing risky conduct; interest rate said ‘crazily high’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Former top regulator Timothy Geithner defended terms of the U.S. government’s bailout of American International Group Inc., saying Wednesday that the insurance giant’s exceptionally risky behaviour had caused losses that called for strict treatment.The terms included a huge government stake in the company and an interest rate called “crazily high” by a government official.Geithner headed the New York Federal Reserve when it extended an $85 billion rescue loan to AIG in September 2008 as the company veered toward collapse.In trial testimony, Geithner said he and his colleagues at the Fed and the Treasury Department believed that AIG’s dire financial condition was “substantially” the result of its management taking on excessive risk.AIG, which had operations around the globe, buckled after making huge bets on mortgage securities that soured.The government stepped in with a total of nearly $185 billion in aid, which New York-based AIG has since repaid.It was the second day of questioning for Geithner in the trial of a lawsuit brought by former AIG Chairman and CEO Maurice Greenberg. Greenberg is suing the federal government for about $40 billion in damages, asserting that it violated the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment by taking control of AIG without “just compensation” for the shares it received. The government took control of 80 per cent of AIG’s stock in exchange for the bailout aid.David Boies, the attorney representing Greenberg, tried to point out contradictions in Geithner’s statements about AIG’s risk-taking and build the case that AIG was given unfairly punitive treatment by the government compared with other big financial companies receiving aid.As a general policy, Geithner testified, the government imposed losses on shareholders of bailed-out companies that were in proportion to the bad decisions made by their managers.That would appear to explain the big equity stake the government took in AIG and the interest rate on the loan, which was set at about 12 per cent annually. In testimony Tuesday, Geithner had noted the 3.5 per cent rate on the government’s loan to Citigroup Inc., which received a $45 billion bailout. While affirming the necessity of the AIG bailout to avert catastrophe for the financial system, Geithner also acknowledged having said the bailout “wiped out” AIG shareholders.In an Oct. 22, 2008 email cited by Boies, a New York Fed official called AIG’s interest rate “crazily high” and said it was “forced” on the New York Fed “by people that have since punted on all the hard things that came about as a result of the decision to lend” to AIG.Geithner said the “people” likely referred to officials at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington or the Treasury Department.Under later questioning by the government’s lawyer, Geithner refuted the idea that he was forced to set the interest rate and said he settled on it in consultation with the Federal Reserve Board and Treasury.The New York Fed had reduced the rate from an earlier higher level, he said.In a deposition he gave earlier in the suit, Geithner said “AIG had taken much more risk” than other big financial institutions.He testified Wednesday that he had “some direct knowledge” of the risks AIG had taken when New York Fed officials were monitoring the company’s condition in mid-September 2008.But Boies pointed to another statement by Geithner from his deposition: “We had no basis for having any direct knowledge of the risks” because the Fed wasn’t the primary supervisor of AIG.AIG became a symbol for excessive risk on Wall Street and a touchstone of public anger. It was criticized, among other things, for paying millions of dollars in bonuses to executives after it was bailed out.Geithner left the New York Fed when he became Treasury Secretary in the Obama administration in January 2009.On Monday Henry Paulson, a Treasury secretary under George W. Bush, testified at the nonjury trial that the AIG bailout was specifically designed by the government to punish the company. Paulson, who headed Treasury at the time of the rescue, said AIG shareholders should have faced punishment for the company’s troubled balance sheet.Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to testify Thursday at the trial at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington. read more

Indigo exLululemon CEOs take aim at sugar call for transparent food labelling

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indigo, ex-Lululemon CEOs take aim at sugar, call for transparent food labelling TORONTO – Two Canadian business leaders want the country’s food industry to use more transparent labels so Canadians know just how much sugar they’re consuming.Indigo’s CEO and the former CEO of Lululemon are making sugar one of their main targets as they fight to change industry standards.Sugar is the enemy, said Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) and executive producer of the 2014 documentary Fed Up, which takes on the sugar industry.Lots of processed food contains high amounts of sugar, she said.“Today, sugar is in everything — everything,” she said during a presentation to the Toronto Region Board of Trade earlier this week. “It’s in ketchup. It’s in canned foods. It’s in the bread we eat.”People have become addicted to sugar, contributing to the obesity epidemic, Reisman said. For her part, she’s prohibited Indigo stores from selling chocolate treats at checkout counters to help hungry customers avoid making sugar-laden impulse purchases.On average, about 13 per cent of calories consumed in Canada come from sugar, according to Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation. That’s at least three per cent too much.The foundation recommends sugar account for no more than 10 per cent of the calories people consume daily, or about 12 teaspoons for an average diet of 2,000 calories a day. The World Health Organization echoes this, but suggests less than five per cent, if possible.Therefore, Canadians need to change the way they eat, Reisman said — and to succeed they need easier-to-understand food labels.Currently, food packages list how many grams of sugar are contained in a single serving size (like half a cup).“You have to be a chemist to understand how much sugar is in the product,” she said.Instead, Reisman is calling for something more “straightforward,” like the number of teaspoons rather than grams.Reisman said she proposed the idea to people she said are responsible for re-labelling. “Guess what? No interest whatsoever.”She was unavailable later to respond to questions about what people she’d met with.The federal government pledged to revamp food labels in the October 2013 throne speech.Last June, Health Canada announced its proposed changes.They include adding what percentage of a person’s daily recommended amount of sugar is contained in a product and grouping all sugars (like fancy molasses) together on the ingredient list. They did not include distinguishing between natural sugars, like those found in fruits and unsweetened fruit juices, and added sugars, which some industry watchers had anticipated.Health Canada is now in the process of reviewing comments from a public consultation on the proposed changes that ended last August.A Health Canada spokeswoman would not provide a timeline for when the new regulations would be published, saying it would take the time it needs.The spokeswoman also said Health Canada could not immediately provide any further details or answer questions about the proposed changes, instead pointing to online information about the public consultation process and the proposed changes, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to his health minister, Jane Philpott.In that letter, Trudeau instructed Philpott that one of her top priorities was to improve “food labels to give more information on added sugars” in processed foods.That kind of transparency in labelling is needed, said Christine Day, the former CEO of Lululemon. She’s now chief executive at Luvo, a company touting nutritious frozen food meals low in sodium and sugar.There are lots of gaps in labelling practices, she said, but sugar in particular stands out.Health Canada’s proposal to include the percentage of a serving’s daily recommended amount of sugar is progress, she said. But added sugars, common in foods like yogurt and granola bars that are typically viewed as healthy, should be listed separately.Day said she has no qualms with doing that for her frozen meal products, which already provide detailed ingredient information.“As Canadians, whether our government’s ready or not to address the labelling issue, I think businesses are ready to provide solutions to consumers,” Day said.———Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter read more

Drug which helps woman survive breast cancer can also stop prostate cancer

Paul Villanti, from charity Movember, said: “It’s very exciting to see results which show how existing treatments such as olaparib could be repurposed to benefit men with the BRCA2 gene mutation. We hope this will give clinicians another weapon in their arsenal in the fight against advanced prostate cancer.” Mammogram  Medics said the treatment – from a class of drugs called PARP inhibitors – could become the first to use gene targeting to fight prostate cancer. They hope the treatment, which works by stopping tumour cells from repairing themselves after chemotherapy or radiotherapy, could be available in Britain within two years.Every year around 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer, causing 11,000 deaths.The study screened the tumours of 592 men, and found more than one in four had alterations in one or more genes linked to damaged DNA, most commonly because of BRCA mutations.Overall, 47 per cent of men with defects responded to the drug, delaying progression for an average of almost six months.The best results were in those with a BRCA mutation, with response rates of 80 per cent. Prof de Bono said he hoped the NHS would fund the treatment in future.“We were delighted to see such strong responses in men with very advanced cancers, where BRCA mutations and other faults in DNA repair genes were present within their tumours. The next phase of the trials is now under way and, if the results look as good as we hope, we should see olaparib starting to reach the clinic for men with prostate cancer in the next couple of years.”In rare cases, men had survived on the drug for 10 years. “We are certainly seeing many men taking them for more than a year,” he said.The study examined progression of disease.But Prof de Bono said he was confident they will show improvements in survival.Professor Ruth Plummer, from Cancer Research UK, said: “These promising results suggest that more patients with a wider range of tumour types may benefit from PARP inhibitors than previously thought.“As we move towards an era of personalised medicine, homing in on specific genetic faults in prostate tumours could provide more options for certain men with the disease. Larger clinical trials are now needed to see if this approach saves lives.” RStudy leader Professor Johann de Bono, from the ICR, said: “Our study is exciting because it shows just how powerful genetic targeting and precision medicine can be. We have shown that by testing for DNA repair mutations we can select those patients with a high chance of responding welland for a long time to the targeted drug olaparib.”“Overall between one in three and one in four men with lethal prostate cancer respond – those with DNA repair defects. That means 3,000 or 4,000 men a year in the UK would benefit from these drugs in the UK,” he said. A pioneering drug that boosts survival for women with breast cancer can stall progression of prostate cancer in men, a landmark study has found.The British trials suggest the treatment – which is also used to treat ovarian cancer – could benefit up to 4,000 men a year, delaying the moment when the disease becomes deadly.Charities said they were “very excited” about the findings from the study by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and the Royal Marsden Hospital.The drug, called olaparib, is already funded on the NHS for women with ovarian cancer fuelled by BRCA gene mutations and will soon be reviewed for its use for breast cancer.The damaged DNA has been dubbed “the Jolie gene” after Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who underwent a double mastectomy and ovary removal to cut her cancer risk.Research has now found that the treatment worked in 80 per cent of men with prostate disease who were suffering from the same mutations.Even though the patients had advanced disease, the drug stalled the disease for an average of eight months. And one in three were free of progression for more than a year. 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. read more

Poll Do you support striking Tesco workers

first_img No (3216) STAFF AT SOME Tesco stores have voted to strike ‘indefinitely’ from tomorrow over issues surrounding the contracts of the company’s longest-serving Irish workers.Today, staff at two stores – Sligo and Ballina – have voted against striking. The move means that a total of 8 stores of the 24 balloted have rejected Mandate’s call for strike.The row centres on the contracts of those employees remaining who have been employed since before 1996, with the retailer claiming that those contracts are no longer fit for purpose. They say that their stores will remain open as usual.They have called on trade union Mandate to call off the strike and accept a recommendation by the Labour Court which affects 250 of the 14,500 staff at Tesco.“Tesco condemns the call by Mandate this morning for customers to shop in competitor supermarkets which do not recognise trade unions.  The suggestion by Mandate this morning that shoppers should stop shopping altogether is equally absurd and highlights their removal from the reality of the retail marketplace.”We’re asking: Do you support striking Tesco workers? Image: PA Archive/PA Images I don’t know (1159) Poll Results: By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3236975 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img Poll: Do you support striking Tesco workers? Staff at nine stores will strike from tomorrow. 63 Comments Yes (10021) Feb 13th 2017, 12:28 PM 28,885 Views Share145 Tweet Email Short URL Monday 13 Feb 2017, 12:28 PMlast_img read more

Trial for triplemurder suspect pushed back to October

first_imgBrent Ward Luyster’s triple-murder and attempted jail escape trial — originally set to start April 17 — was pushed back this morning to Oct. 30 after the court determined the defense will not be ready in time.Vancouver attorney Chuck Buckley, who was appointed to represent Luyster about two weeks ago, said his client’s prior counsel had not started any fact-finding interviews with witnesses. The prosecution said it plans to call 40 witnesses to testify at Luyster’s trial and that there are about 10,000 pages of discovery, or evidence, to review.Luyster — a 35-year-old known white supremacist — is accused of fatally shooting three people and wounding a fourth July 15 at a Woodland home and trying to escape from the Clark County Jail the night of Feb. 12 through a broken cell window. The alleged attempt was interrupted by a corrections deputy conducting a routine perimeter check of the jail.Buckley said it appears that Luyster’s previous attorneys, Bob Yoseph and Ed Dunkerly, spent much of their time preparing a case against the death penalty. Luyster is charged with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder; aggravated murder is the only charge in Washington that carries the possibility of capital punishment.Both attorneys withdrew as Luyster’s counsel during arraignment March 6 after Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis ruled only one could stay on, in light of the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s decision not to pursue the death penalty.last_img read more

Ethanol Group Launches Magazine

first_imgThe Ethanol Promotion and Information Council has launched its own magazine; Ethanol Retailer. The group officially announced the launch during the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Florida.The organization says the quarterly magazine is targeted to more than 22,000 independent fuel retailers. Ethanol Retailer will report on ethanol resources, related legislation and technical issues, the group says. According to publisher Robert White, “no other single publication addresses the higher blends of ethanol from a fuel-retailer standpoint.”last_img read more

CPMs fatal fall on cards in Kerala Palakkad sees shocking UDF wave

first_imgPalakkad was widely considered as the most promising constituency of CPI(M) in Kerala. Popularly called the ‘Red Fort’, the constituency has always shown its leniency towards CPI(M). Exit polls had also substantiated this fact as most of the media outlets predicted that MB Rajesh will win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.However, things have now taken an unexpected turn, and as per the latest updates, UDF’s VK Sreekandan is leading in the constituency with a margin of more than 33,000 votes. Political experts believe that CPI(M)’s arrogant politics and the undeniable Sabarimala effect has played a crucial role behind the left front’s pathetic fall.MB Rajesh was the winner from Palakkad constituency in the last two Lok Sabha elections, and the unexpected fall of the MP comes as a real shocker.  In Alathur, UDF’s Remya Haridas is leading with a margin of 27,000 votes. It should be noted that she has overshadowed CPI(M)’s reigning MP PK Biju with a considerable margin.As per the latest updates, UDF is leading in 19 of 20 seats in Kerala. LDF is only leading in Alappuzha. However, the margin of lead in Alappuzha is just 300, and it may change at any time.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

Sania Mirza slams India and Pakistan ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup

first_imgIndia will face Pakistan in the mega clash on June 16, at Old Trafford, Manchester, with the former on a high with two wins in a row in the tournament and the latter have their backs against wall winning only one of four matches played. India will start the match as favourites and will look forward to extend their lead in the number of wins over Pakistan in the biggest cricketing event. Close India vs Pakistan 2017: Cricket fans have their say on the intense rivalry Sania Mirza condemned the advertisements on twitterReutersAs the much-awaited India Pakistan clash in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 coming near Sania Mirza took to Twitter to lash out at the advertisements made by channels of both the countries terming them as cringeworthy.According to the tennis player, who is the wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik it is not necessary to hype up the match by making ads with rubbish content for seeking attention. She stated that making such ads showing low to one another for cricket is not acceptable.Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border seriously guys, you don’t need to ‘hype up’ or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already!It’s only cricket for God sake, and if you think it’s anymore than that then get a grip or get a life !!— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 12, 2019Both the ads have been a topic of debate with the Pakistani Jazz TV advertisement being called ‘cheap’ by the Indians and many people around the world. The ad is a mocking of the state of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman when he was in captivity after he was captured by the Pakistani military. His MiG-21 Bison was downed on February 27 after a day of the Balakotlook strike. The 33 seconds ad features a model who is a lookalike of Abhinandan having the IAF officer’s trademark moustache wearing a Blue jersey identical and answering questions on the camera. Pakistan channel Jazz tv made the add mocking the IAF officerHe is seen repeating Abhinandan’s viral statement “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” in the ad many times as he is asked questions related to India’s playing XI and the team’s strategy if they win the toss. He is also seen sipping tea from a cup as the scene serves as a reminder of the intense questioning and severe beatings the Wing Commander faced. Many twitterattis tweeted that the ad was shameful and cheap.On the other hand, India’s Star TV has been running an advertisement where an Indian supporter describes himself as Pakistan’s “abbu” (father), referring to India’s domination over their arch-rivals in the World Cup.Both the ads did not go down well with Sania Mirza and she condemned them. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Budget 2018 Development schemes in focus

first_imgAbundant red chili crop | AOLThe NDA government has introduced many beneficiary schemes for both urban and rural people. In Union Budget 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley focused on certain schemes to improve the nation and its people in different ways. Union Budget 2018 LIVEHave a look at the schemes the Union Budget 2018 focused on:Sukanya Samriddhi YojanaThe Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana has been launched by the government for securing funds for the education and marriage of the girl child. Till November 2017, 1.6 crore accounts have been opened under the Sukanya Samridhhi Programme launched by the government, the finance minister said in the budget speech.Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)The objectives of this scheme are to supplement agriculture, modernise processing and decrease agri-waste. Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) SchemeThe Pradhan Mantri Saubhagya scheme launched with the mission of power for all. The scheme aims to ensure the electrification of all rural and urban areas by 2018.Kisan Credit CardsArun Jaitley said that the government will expand Kisan Credit Cards to fisheries and animal husbandry in Union Budget 2018. The facility was introduced with a view to enabling farmers to get quick credits. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is a programme launched for providing home loans for economically weaker and lower income groups. Under this scheme, people in low-income groups would be eligible for an interest subsidy on purchase or construction of a house.Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)Free gas connections are being provided under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for BPL households. The applicant should be a woman belonging to a BPL household for getting LPG connections under the PMUY.last_img read more

Health Frontier of Gene Editing to Target Sickle Cell Disease

first_imgAn amalgam of faith, race and genetics is poised to revolutionize the medical industry and the ways scientific researchers contend with illnesses such as sickle cell disease (SCD).This emerging fusion of disciplines has riveted a growing consortium of Black healthcare specialists, scientists, faith leaders and sufferers of various genetic disorders, who are advocating for increased awareness of precision medicine and genome editing. The field is maturing in medicine – among other industries such as agriculture and animal testing – but could potentially lead to a future where disease is permanently eradicated worldwide.Tshaka Cunningham (Courtesy Photo/www.niaid.nih.gov)According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” On a molecular level, genome editing is an assemblage of technologies that allow scientists to change an organism’s DNA, according to the National Institute of Health.“For the first time in our history we have the capacity to really gain an understanding of disease at the genetic and biomolecular level; that is getting down into the cell and understanding what mutations have occurred and understanding how those mutations lead to disease,” Tshaka Cunningham, a molecular biologist, told the AFRO.  Those “technologies allow genetic material to be added, removed, or altered at particular locations in the genome.” Cunningham is also affiliate faculty in the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.The Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine (MCPM), co-founded by SCD survivor Shakir Cannon and advocate Michael Friend, is driving efforts to catapult genome editing technology and genetic engineering to the forefront of Black healthcare initiatives. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the organization has spent more than $1 billion researching SCD since 1972 when the National Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act was passed. However, funding still has not led to a universal cure.Genetic editing may revolutionize the protracted course of SCD treatment and Cannon knows firsthand the medical limitations patients face. His life has been marked with painful, invasive SCD treatments and he suffered a stroke at age 3. He undergoes blood transfusion therapy every three weeks to constrain the disorder’s effect on his body.“For the Sickle Cell Disease community, it would mean a new horizon of hope,” Cannon said. “SCD is a hereditary illness that has been well studied throughout the over 100 years since its initial discovery, but yet has been lacking new root-disease causing therapies. Gene editing provides hope that one day folks who suffer – some of which suffer daily in constant agonizing pain – from SCD may be afforded the liberty of living a happier lifestyle. Not only that, but they could perhaps look forward to living long past the median life expectancy of 42 years of age that those living with SCD are afforded.”Although genome editing will likely become a vital element of future healthcare paradigms, Cunningham said pinpointing exactly when the science will achieve total accuracy is difficult to determine. Should researchers discover a cure for SCD and similar disorders, global disease elimination will require widespread access to treatment, just as small pox has been stamped out due to universal access to vaccines.MCPM has substantial plans to not only pique interest among people of color, but to establish 10 regional centers to engage minorities in precision medicine and genomic research. The centers are slated to open in major cities with the highest prevalence of ethnic diversity based on data from the U.S. Census. Additionally, MCPM aims to found five sequencing centers that partner with institutions which support minority causes, such as HBCUs. They hope to have fully functioning locations by late 2020 and anticipate setting a headquarters location in Baltimore.The non-profit also interweaves religion and ethics into their development model. Faith and religion have been cornerstones of the Black community, Friend said, and the MCPM wants to involve religious community leaders to build trust and confidence with Blacks. Moreover, he hopes religious leaders will help Blacks better understand the positive health implications genome editing may yield.MCPM works closely with Timothy Tee Boddie, general secretary and chief administrative officer of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC). Boddie said his advocacy for precision medicine and gene editing technology is fueled by some of the principles the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King promoted. He believes by using King’s lessons of anti-racism, materialism, and militarism as a platform, the PNBC will “stride towards eradicating racism through addressing health disparities, and economically empowering [African- American] people by ensuring that we are fairly compensated for the contributions we make in the development of new medical treatments and disease prevention.”While MCPM touts the benefits of precision medicine and genome editing, the science also begets questions such as how scientific advances in this area will affect economics; potential adverse health risks resulting from altering genetic material, and how access to treatment will be sustainably accessed by people of disparate incomes.“There are, no doubt, some ethical problems with the misuse of genome editing, in the same way that some people may have almost superstitious reluctance with cremation or organ donation. Again, the key is to be informed and to become more educated about all the pros and cons of such new technologies so that we can make well-informed decisions in which the ends justify the means and the benefits far outweigh the liabilities,” Boddie said.last_img read more

Ionic framework announces Ionic 4 Beta

first_imgIonic has been a popular UI library among web developers because of it being completely framework-agnostic. Now they have announced the much anticipated Ionic 4 Beta release with a focus on performance, build time improvements, theming and multi-framework capabilities, and more. Although the release is in beta, Ionic invites developers to try testing and migrate their existing ionic- angular apps. You need to install the latest version of the Ionic CLI (4.0.0) using: npm install -g ionic Since v4 is still in beta, creating projects with it requires a flag when starting a new Ionic app: ionic start myApp tabs –type= angular Your v4 beta app will be created using ng cli conventions and the new Ionic 4 components. Let’s talk about the features Ionic 4 comes packed with. Focus on Web standards Ionic 4 has been rebuilt using standard Web APIs, and each component is packaged as a standards-compliant Web Component. With this standardization, the framework will now rely solely on APIs browser’s native support keeping the public API for each component stable. The Ionic team has also developed and open-sourced a Web Component compiler Stencil, to use Web Components for each component more easily. Ionic 4 completely embraces modern Web APIs such as Custom Elements, CSS Variables, and Shadow DOM. Updates for Angular This release also adopts new Angular tooling and features following Angular standards and conventions to make Ionic 4, Angular’s leading mobile solution. Angular developers can now use the Angular CLI directly for Ionic apps. ionic-app-scripts are now replaced with Angular CLI and Router. Changes to Documentation Ionic 4 comes with a completely redesigned Ionic Framework documentation. The documentation increases load and navigation performance, making it easier to update and maintain. There are more examples and previews along with more code snippets. The new docs are built with Stencil. Other improvements New Ionicons 4.0 with reduced sizes, and brand new icon forms reflecting the latest iOS and Material Design styles. Ionic Native 5.0 Beta has been upgraded to be framework independent. Check out the new Native API Docs CLI 4.0, is heavily refactored offering powerful Cordova integration with livereload, custom schematics for generators, and support for multiple projects. New CLI Docs, provide more information in a cleaner and easier to read layout. Shadow DOM, makes it easy to reduce the amount of client-side code by embracing native browser APIs and web-standards. Additionally, Shadow Dom helps in easily consuming Ionic components from any web app by encapsulating its styles. You can learn more about the Ionic 4 Beta release in the Ionic 4 beta docs. The Migration Guide and the Installation guide are also available. Read Next Ionic ComponentsCreating Our First App with IonicHow to use SQLite with Ionic to store data?last_img read more

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