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A technical fault resulted in an island-wide power cut which lasted for several hours today.The Ceylon Electricity Board said that the power was initially restored but it was interrupted again for several hours. (Colombo Gazette)

“We worked with the Department of Animal Health, local animal welfare groups and sent a team of veterinarians to deliver medical treatment and food aid for animals affected by the disaster. Protecting animals in disasters protects people. Whether they are a source of livelihood, income or companions, animals are an integral part of human communities,” World Animal Protection said. World Animal Protection says animal owners, whether livestock farmers or pet owners can help by encouraging the government to develop plans to prepare and protect animals in disasters. (Colombo Gazette) “One billion of the world’s poorest people depend on animals for food, transport and their livelihoods. Protecting animals helps people rebuild their lives following a disaster. In 2015, the world came together and signed the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. For the first time, livestock were recognised as critical assets that must be protected and reported on in disasters,” World Animal Protection said.Sri Lanka has indicated 2018 will be the year they seriously consider and implement the Sendai indicators, including Indicator C-3: “Direct economic loss to all other damaged or destroyed productive assets attributed to disasters.” World Animal Protection, an international organisation, is currently in Sri Lanka meeting with the Government to discuss how animal owners can better prepare themselves for disasters.The meetings follow a disaster response they launched in late May after floods devastated south-western Sri Lanka. World Animal Protection has saved over seven million animals in disasters over the last 50 years. World Animal Protection is the leading global authority on the issue. They work with people, communities and governments to prepare for disasters and protect their animals in times of crisis. read more

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is confident of winning the Local Government (LG) elections in the North and East despite a major split in the alliance.TNA spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that three political parties will contest the LG elections together on behalf of the TNA under the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi. He noted that while the EPRL has decided to contest the election with the TULF, it is part of democracy.The TNA Parliamentarian also said that some former LTTE members have extended support to the TNA while a few others have formed their own political party. Sumanthiran said that just because some people leave the TNA and contest with others it does not mean the other political parties will win the elections. (Colombo Gazette) He said the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi will contest under the “house” symbol at the LG elections next year. Sumanthiran said the decision was taken at a meeting held in Vavuniya over the weekend. read more

“The armed groups that have so far stood aloof should negotiate and conclude speedily a ceasefire agreement and join the peace process,” the Secretary-General says in his report to the Security Council.At the same time, he notes that the accord that was signed between the Transitional Government of Burundi and the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy and the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People-National Liberation Forces was an important development.The Secretary-General says that he has asked his Special Representative, Berhanu Dinka, to continue to support efforts in helping the Government and all armed groups to reach a comprehensive accord to stop the fighting, warning that any agreement that did not include all armed parties and political movements would be dangerous and “must be avoided.”The parties must also address security sector reform in the context of the ceasefire negotiations, Mr. Annan adds. “Without reaching a common understanding on the broad parameters of such reform, serious obstacles would be encountered in the implementation of the peace agreement,” he cautions.Once such an agreement is reached, the Secretary-General says that he intends to provide the Council with an analysis of the situation and recommendations on the future course of action, including planning for a possible expanded involvement of the United Nations in Burundi.The Secretary-General recalls that the Arusha Agreement calls on the international community to contribute to the consolidation of peace in Burundi by assisting the country in its humanitarian, development and reconstruction efforts.He stresses that the donor community should provide more assistance to Burundi, following on commitments made at various pledging conferences. As for funding humanitarian and development activities, the Secretary-General underscores the importance of the UN’s appeal for helping Burundi in 2003, urging donors to contribute generously to the success of that effort. read more

by kendrafowler Posted Apr 27, 2017 1:56 pm MDT Small business confidence continues to grow in Alberta Alberta (Pixabay) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New numbers show Alberta small business confidence is on the rise.According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, it rose two and a half points in April to 57.9, bringing the province closer to the national average.CFIB’s Business Barometer®: Small business confidence on the rise again https://t.co/5AT0PkApkZ— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) April 27, 2017Amber Ruddy, CFIB Alberta director, said while this is great news, confidence is still fragile.“We’re not out of the clear yet,” she explained. “There are still some concerning indicators including staffing intentions businesses are still looking to. In 23 per cent of cases, they lay off full-time staff, unfortunately, within the next three months.”Ruddy said it’s important to keep the momentum going.“Businesses are doing everything they can within the normal business cycle trying to attract new customer bases, but in order for that positive energy to keep going, we have to make sure that the government doesn’t interrupt with some negative implications on the policy front,” she said.According to the report, 61 per cent of Alberta businesses point to insufficient domestic demand as their top limitation.Nationally, small business confidence gained one and a half points to end the month at 64.4, its highest level since November 2014.The web survey collected 653 respondents from a stratified random sample of CFIB members. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMining industry has to do more to regulate itself – Minister TrotmanJuly 30, 2016In “Mining”Diamond natural gas explosion: Deadline for capping crater extendedJuly 5, 2018In “Business”25 mining deaths in twelve monthsSeptember 15, 2015In “Crime” Two weeks after an underground gas pocket exploded at a residence in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the intense cleaning-up exercise is still ongoing, while officials at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are making preparations for the construction of an apparatus to cap the methane gas that was detected.Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison“If everything goes according to plan then we could be looking at perhaps another week or so to make sure that the site is clear enough for us to get access to do the operational works that were intended. But you know the weather has to be also cooperative,” Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison told this media group on Sunday.He explained that the Commission will have to await the completion of the clean-up exercise for an assessment to be done before work can commence on the construction of the contraption apparatus.“It is intended that we will construct an apparatus, we will construct the conductor casings that we would want to put into the vent; those things will have to be constructed. But I wouldn’t want to preempt what it is exactly that would have to be done because there might be modifications of what is intended and what we observe, after the full clean-up and actually get a good look at the orifice that has been presented to us,” Dennison said.Previously, GGMC’s Senior Petroleum Technologist, Mitchell Prince, had explained in a briefing with the Ministry of the Presidency that the plan is to run two sizes of casings into the orifice to seal it off. He noted that they are going to be using an 18-inch casing on the outside and a four inch diameter casing on the inside, then seal around it with concrete and build a valve at the top.The GGMC Commissioner noted that the cleaning exercise is expected to be wrapped up in a week’s time, the construction and installation of the apparatus will take another two to three weeks to be completed.Questioned about the financing of these works, Commissioner Dennison disclosed that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has made certain materials available to be used for the construction of the apparatus while GGMC will be making provisions for the additional works. He opted not to preempt the cost, saying that “it might be a moving target.”The cleaning exercise is expected to be wrapped up in a week’s timeAt about 18:00h on June 15, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, which lasted the entire night with fluctuating eruptions, as high as 30 feet, of various substances including soot.Local stakeholder agencies had since come together to monitor the situation and tests conducted found traces of Methane gas at the location.According to officials, the gas emanating is does not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area. read more

first_imgMECS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont, has been selected to supply the sulphuric acid production technology for two new plants belonging to Corp Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the world’s largest copper producers. The MECS technology will treat off-gas from the Chuquicamata copper smelter complex in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile.Longtime MECS partner, SNC-Lavalin, will provide detailed engineering, procurement and construction services for the new plants each of which is expected to produce 2,048 t/d of market-grade sulphuric acid. These plants will replace existing facilities which have become environmentally obsolete.“MECS technology for Chuquicamata will be designed and custom-built to address the site’s specific needs, especially achieving world-class low emissions and high reliability,” said Kirk Schall, Executive Vice President, MECS. “We are delighted that our best-in-class sulphuric acid production technology will help Chuquicamata site realize its short- and long-term emissions targets while supporting the sustainable production of the Antofagasta region’s most valuable resources. MECS looks forward to partnering with both Codelco and SNC through start-up and with Codelco throughout the life of the new facilities.”Construction of the two new plants will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed the following year.MECS is a world leader in sulfuric acid plant and environmental technologies, providing engineering design, services and high-performance products for the phosphate fertilizer, oil and gas, chemical and non-ferrous metals industries.last_img read more

first_imgA CALL CENTRE which will deal with queries from customers about Irish Water is to create 400 jobs in Cork.The call centre will be run by Abtran, which received the contract from Irish Water following a tender process. The centre will open in Bishopstown in July with up to 100 employees, growing to 400 by the middle of next year.John Tierney, the head of Irish Water, said the jobs announcement was a “milestone announcement” for Irish Water.“Over the last 12 months, considerable preparatory work has been undertaken to set up Irish Water and we are now moving into a more public and operation phrase,” he said.“The setting up of the call centre will support the start of the national metering programme this summer, as well as the development of an Irish Water customer database in advance of the start of domestic billing.”The jobs announcement was welcomed in Cork. Conor Healy of the Cork Chamber said that the jobs would have a “substantial and welcome impact on local employment and result in wider positive gains for the local economy.”Abtran employs more than 1,100 people in Cork.  An Abtran employee was at the centre of controversy earlier this month when they were suspended from the Local Property Tax helpline amid allegations that they had asked calls for their credit card details.Read: Dublin City Council head John Tierney appointed new boss at Irish Water > Read: You’ll be charged for your water from October 2014 (if the Troika agree) >last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkey and Greece on Thursday announced a series of measures to build confidence between the two countries, including joint military training designed in part to ease years of tension over airspace and sea boundaries and a local arms race.Turkey’s Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the new moves ultimately could help limit arms spending.As well, 10 key ministers, including those in charge of foreign and European Union affairs, and energy and economy would meet at least twice a year, Davutoglu and Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas announced.The ministers said their armies would increase cooperation through joint training and conferences. The move is designed to encourage Turkish and Greek officers, who have for decades regarded each other as potential enemies, to work with each other.The countries have been at odds for years over flight procedures over the Aegean Sea border.“The measures will boost confidence between the two peoples and armies,” Droutsas told a joint news conference with Davutoglu.Greece is suffering from a severe economic crisis and plans to cut defence spending in 2011 and 2012. Responding to a question over whether Turkey would follow Greece’s lead, Davutoglu said that there would be no need for arms spending if the neighbours could build a “common future.”“We have a vision and it is not based on mutual threat but on mutual interests,” Davutoglu said. “If we manage to build a common future, there will be no need for defence spending.”Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas began his two-day visit to Turkey on Wednesday by meeting in Istanbul with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Droutsas reassured the Ecumenical Patriarch that Greece and the Greek Government are always by the side of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the difficult task that it is carrying out. He stressed that he would raise the issues of the Patriarchate’s rights, which also constitute “obligations of Turkey that emanate from the fact that Turkey is a candidate country for accession to the EU.”The Ecumenical Patriarch referred to the special importance attributed by the Patriarchate to the course of Greek-Turkish relations “both for its own existence and the stability and balance in the relations of the two neighbours and allied peoples.”Droutsas then went to Ankara where he has a meeting with Davutoglu and was received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.It was announced that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Athens in mid-May for meetings with the Greek Prime Minsiter, George Papandreou.last_img read more

first_imgJurgen Klopp urged his fans to be peaceful and wishes to avoid the mishappenings which occurred in their game against Manchester City – the Citizens’ bus was destroyed – in the upcoming game against Roma.Liverpool will be facing Roma, who eliminated Barcelona in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League with an aggregate score of 4-3, at Anfield on Tuesday. Usually, the coach has the normal fitness and tactics concerns prior to such a game, but Klopp has some other concerns as well – he is worried the misconducts from outside of the stadium from last time will be repeated.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I think that is really clear, in the stadium do it again and better,” Klopp said before Tuesday’s semi-final first leg against Roma, according to SkySports. “Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show.”“This is such a fantastic football club, such an outstanding football family known for fantastic atmospheres around the world, so we don’t need to throw whatever at the bus of the opponent’s team.”last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoSome foreign policy and security analysts do not see any risk of creating irritants in Bangladesh’s relations with India, for Dhaka’s closer economic cooperation with Beijing.They conform to the prime minister’s views that India should not worry about Bangladesh’s relations with China and said Bangladesh is not a party to China-India inter-state conflict.A former diplomat, two professors of International Relations and a security analyst made similar observation when Prothom Alo sought their comment on prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s overtures to India.Dhaka’s growing cooperation with Beijing is meant only for Bangladesh’s development, Hasina told a visiting Indian media delegation on Tuesday.“Bangladesh’s cooperation with China is mainly on the economic front. China is a development partner of Bangladesh,” said Imtiaz Ahmed, a professor of International Relations at Dhaka University.Former ambassador Humayun Kabir thinks such relations do not appreciate conflict, rather than bringing positive impact on the relation between the two players.“We must focus on our own interest instead of looking at the issues from the points of views of India and China,” he insisted.Amena  Mohsin, another DU professor  of International Relations, mentioned that there are steps that involve China in this region. “But no foreign policy can be centring on only one country; it involves many nations,” she said.The analyst, however, pointed out that through her statement, the prime minister apparently tried to give an assurance to India.M Sakhawat Hossain, a former brigadier general, termed both China and India as Bangladesh’s partners in its development programmes.Acknowledging India’s concern about China in the region, he pointed out that China is making its presence in the subcontinent stronger. He cited China’s growing cooperation with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.Despite conflicting relations between the two countries, Shakhawat believes, China’s economic cooperation with Bangladesh has no geopolitical implications. “We have no border with China. The prime minister might have tried to assure India of that reality,” he added.Human Kabir said, “We need economic development and we want peaceful atmosphere in this region.”Professor Imtiaz observed that Bangladesh is not a party to the “kind of rivalry” that China and India are engaged in.“Bangladesh’s growing relations with China do not in any way suggest that Bangladesh is going against India,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina addresses a programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital marking historic May Day. Photo: PID Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged both employers and workers to maintain cordial relations among them avoiding any mayhem in their workplaces, according to UNB news agency.”I just want cordial relations to prevail between owners and workers,” she said while addressing a programme arranged by the labour and employment ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital marking historic May Day.Hasina asked the workers not to engage in any anarchy in their workplaces at the instigation from any outsider.”Mayhems break out when one pays heed to any instigation from any outsider. I’m warning all so that such thing never happens,” she said urging them to give special attention to their workplaces so that those are not destroyed in any way as those provide them and their families with livelihoods.Sheikh Hasina also requested the owners to be cordial with their workers.Chaired by state minister for labour and employment Md Mujibul Haque (Chunnu), the programme was addressed, among others, by chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and Employment Monnuzan Sufian MP, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, ILO representative Gagon Rajbhandari, president of Jatiya Sramik League Sukur Mahmud and president of Bangladesh Employers Federation Kamran T Rahman.Labour and employment secretary Afroza Khan delivered the welcome address.At the programme, the prime minister handed over financial assistance to two ailing workers, families of four workers killed in accidents, and four meritorious children of workers.last_img read more

first_img X Here’s what you need to know: • The bathroom bill now heads across the Capitol, where it faces a less-receptive audience. The Senate spent eight hours debating the bathroom bill Tuesday — a proposal that’s seen everything from tear-filled testimony to fiery protests at the Capitol this year — eventually approving it on a 21-10 vote. The bill would regulate bathrooms in public schools and government buildings, based on the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate or other forms of state-issued identification. The latter was a provision author state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst added to the legislation on the floor, and while the expansion would help transgender adults who can’t switch their birth certificates, it likely wouldn’t do much for transgender children who want to use school restrooms that match their gender identity. As senators verbally sparred on the floor, public and law enforcement officials held a press conference against the bill.  • Dan Patrick kept his promise for another late night in the Senate. After the upper chamber approved the bathroom bill, senators waded through other high-profile items, such as legislation regulating do-not-resuscitate ordersand ending the state’s practice of collecting membership dues for certain public employees. The Senate also approved a bill to pump funds into teacher bonuses and retirement benefits — slashing a controversial provisionmandating school districts foot the tab on teacher pay raises along the way — and passed another that would ban taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers in the state. Make that 14 bills the Senate has passed related to Abbott’s 20-item special session agenda.  00:00 /00:41 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneSen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, is congratulated by Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, after the passage to engrossment of the “bathroom bill” during a long session in the state Senate, on July 25, 2017. The Texas Legislature has taken a major step towards restricting transgender bathroom access in public schools.The Republican-led state Senate gave its final approval to the bathroom bill  after more than nine hours of debate. Only one democrat voted for SB3.The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain fate. While social conservatives led by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick dominate the GOP in the upper chamber, the pro-business wing of the party holds greater sway in the lower one. House Speaker Joe Straus has spoken out publicly against bathroom legislation, warning of potential boycotts that could hurt the Texas economy. Listen Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The police have filed a new case under non-bailable section against Shankar Chakraborty, president of BJP’s North Dinajpur unit, who is in judicial custody now.Chakraborty was arrested from Domohona area for intervention in police work. Following the death of two former students in Islampur firing on September 23, Chakraborty held a rally and threatened police. He said the policemen should be tied to the trees and beaten up. No water should be given to them and urged people not to cooperate with police. He was arrested and produced before Raigunj SDJM Court. The Court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody.Meanwhile, the police have filed another case under non-bailable section for organising rallies without police permission. Chakraborty had organised rallies on August 29 when state BJP president Dilip Ghosh had visited the area.last_img read more

first_imgChronic fatigue syndrome is a crippling condition that’s poorly understood. But a new blood-based test may soon help doctors accurately diagnose it. (Credit: Shutterstock).Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that leaves its suffers with many questions but few answers. CFS’s causes are poorly understood, there’s no cure, and there isn’t a definitive way to screen for it.Now, scientists say they’ve taken a big step toward developing a test to diagnose this confusing and complex disorder that leaves patients with symptoms that range from extreme exhaustion, chronic pain, persistent brain fog, and more.In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say they’ve created a blood-based test that can accurately diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. The test not only provides a biological basis for this mysterious condition, but it may also help pinpoint effective treatments in the future.Cellular StressIn the study, scientists took blood samples from 40 people, half of whom had CFS. Researchers say they could spot who had chronic fatigue and who didn’t just by observing how their blood cells behaved under stress.The test relies on an approach called “nanoelectronic assay,” which measures a cell’s electrical response. By dropping people’s cells in plasma and exposing them to stress via a salt bath, researchers could tell who had CFS by  the electrical activity that their cells emitted.When exposed to that chemical stress, the cells belonging to people with chronic fatigue showed big spikes in electrical activity, while cells from healthy people remained stable. These changes in electrical activity indicate difficulty coping with cellular stressors.It’s unknown why the cells of people with CFS respond poorly to the salt bath stress test, but it’s one step closer in understanding this crippling condition that affects around two million people in the United States alone.Unraveling the MysteryThe cause of CFS is unknown, but a number of theories have emerged in recent years — from overactive B-cells to viral infections. There is no cure for CFS, and finding treatments to manage the symptoms often involves a lot of trial and error. But researchers say the test may also help researchers pinpoint effective treatments by allowing them to see how blood samples mixed with therapeutic drugs responds to stress.Next, researchers will try their blood test on a larger population of people.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J South Africa is still reaping the benefits of hosting the World Cup earlier this year, experiencing a 12 percent increase in visitors during September 2010 compared to last year. According to a Ministry of Tourism World Cup survey there was a nine percent increase in perceptions of South Africa with World Cup attendees classing it as a safe travel destination, Mail and Guardian said. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said two thirds of World Cup visitors rated the country as an extremely good host while the further third said it was a good country. “More than half the tourists who had attended the other World Cup events in the past also felt that South Africa was a better host than other countries they had experienced,” he said. Firm Grant Thornton director of auditing Gillian Saunders said hosting the World Cup was “definitely worth it”. According to the survey hosting the World Cup would boost tourism into the country for the next three to four years. Mr Schalkwyk said the event also promoted the country as a good destination for business travel. The Minister added the government was preparing to launch a National Conventions Bureau to host international conferences and conventions. South Africa welcomed 309,000 tourists during the World Cup.Close to 40 percent of visitors to South Africa during the World Cup period between 11 June 2010 and 11 July 2010 were from other parts of Africa, 24 percent came from Europe, 13 percent visited from Central and South America while 11 percent of visitors were from North America.last_img read more

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img The quarterback competition has not been very…competitive. Bothquarterbacks have put together good practices; Both quarterbacks havestruggled during practice. Neither QB seemed to pull away from the otherduring the Red & White Practice on Saturday. Before the night practice, Kolbhad put together a couple of nice practices and John Skelton looked erratic.But Skelton seemed to have a better night at Lumberjack Stadium thanKolb. Although he was working with the twos, Skelton seemed moreaccurate and completed some nice passes. He did not throw aninterception. And this might be the most important criterion used toevaluate the competition.Kolb threw two interceptions in Team Pass (11-on-11). Both picks wereproducts of deflections. Patrick Peterson picked off a ball that was tipped atthe line of scrimmage, stepping in front of Andre Roberts on whatappeared to be a curl route (4-route). The other pick came off a scramble,with Kolb moving to his left, that bounced off the arms of Ryan Williamsand into the arms of William Gay. Kolb also seemed to struggle at times infinding receivers.It seems clear that the Cards defense is ahead of the offense at this pointin training camp and that’s no surprise. Traditionally, that’s the way campunfolds and it has everything to do with initiative: the offense must act andthe defense reacts. The onus is on the offense to execute the play, to forcethe action, and if there is a single breakdown the odds of running asuccessful play evaporates. The night practice ended with a goal-line scrimmage. This is a thing ofbeauty. Twenty-two bodies jammed inside 20-square feet. Cramming thismanybodies into such a confined area is hazardous to your health. The smellalone is one of the nastiest things about it, an odor you’ll never forget. It’slike playing a game of Twister with sumo wrestlers and bad hygiene.Although I have no idea who played well and who didn’t, the defense did anice job and seemed to control the line of scrimmage.The offense has work to do, which is normal for this time of year, and thedefense seems to be building on last year’s successes. Reps are at apremium as the Cards prepare to play New Orleans on Sunday. And oncethe Hall of Fame Game is played we’ll all have a much better idea of wherethis team is and where it needs to go.Disclaimers suck buttermilk but are necessary when film and play calls arenowhere to be found. But based on what I saw the Hall of Fame Game can’tcome soon enough. – / 21 Disclaimers are something I’m not particularly fond of, but in certainsituations they are imperative. This is one of those situations: evaluatingthe Cardinals night practice at Lumberjack Stadium without the aid of filmand without the comfort of knowing the play call is a non sequitur, a logicalfallacy.Having said this, the Cardinals offense is going to be a work in progress.Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have not distinguished themselves from theother and no one expected them to do so at this point of training camp.The running back situation is a little gimpy with Beanie Wells rehabbing hisknee and Ryan Williams slowly making his way back from a torn patellasuffered during last year’s training camp. The offensive line has two newstarters and is learning to play together; and this component of a footballteam is usually the last to come together. So far, the receivers have flashedand appear to be one of the deepest positions on the team. But there is something else: the defense seems to have a swagger and isplaying with the conviction of knowing they could be something special.This defense has weapons.David Carter was a beam of light in the night. He might be listed as abackup to Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell and Dan Williams but theCardinals really have four starters on the D-line. Carter is the perfect suband can play anywhere across the board. It takes a football player to becapable of playing over a tackle, guard or center and David Carter is afootball player.Sam Acho is developing his pass rush. I saw Acho use a couple oftechniques that were impressive, but during one-on-one with the O-line Isaw him do something special. Acho has developed a spin move that is asgood as I’ve seen an outside backer execute. Every pass rusher needs a“go-to” move, and the quickness and technique Acho displayed has methinking there’s much more to Sammy than meets the eye. This kid shouldhave a very good season.Bobby Massie caught my eye in one-on-one as well. O’Brien Schofield hasworked Massie pretty hard the past week and even embarrassed him.Massie didn’t get beat once in the drill and seems to be using his handsand technique better. He shut O’Brien down.last_img read more

first_imgTony-winner Sammy Williams from ‘A Chorus Line’ dies at 69 FILe – In this Feb. 16, 1999 file photo, Sammy Williams rehearses a song from the show “Too Old for the Chorus” at the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Burbank, Calif. Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of “A Chorus Line,” died of cancer in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 17, 2018. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jill Connelly, File) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 3:39 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sammy Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of “A Chorus Line,” has died. He was 69.Family spokeswoman and friend Brandee Barnaby says Williams died of cancer Saturday in Los Angeles.Williams won best featured actor in a musical in 1976 for the role of Paul in “A Chorus Line.” The pioneering musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch told of the inner lives of actors auditioning for a big show. Paul was a young Puerto Rican performer starting to feel comfortable about being gay.Williams had other earlier smaller parts on Broadway in “Applause” and “The Happy Time.” He was later a choreographer, director and actor in Los Angeles, who appeared in “Follies” at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2012.last_img read more

or a star her age like Miley Cyrus works with Woody Allen Personal is exactly what it is for my sister and for women everywhere with allegations of sexual assault that have never been vindicated by a conviction Tonight the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister) He’ll have his stars at his side Kristen Stewart Blake Lively Steve Carell Jesse Eisenberg They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions It’s not the time it’s not the place it’s just not done Read more: Cannes: Woody Allen Praises ‘Cafe Society’ Star Kristen Stewart That kind of silence isn’t just wrong It’s dangerous It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward It sends a message about who we are as a society what we’ll overlook who we’ll ignore who matters and who doesn’t We are witnessing a sea change in how we talk about sexual assault and abuse But there is more work to do to build a culture where women like my sister are no longer treated as if they are invisible It’s time to ask some hard questions Farrow’s investigative reporting series “Undercovered With Ronan Farrow” airs on NBC’s ‘Today’ This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsDerived from bacteria mitochondria are our cells’ energy-producing powerhouses Now a Massachusetts company is convinced that these microscopic cylinders are also key to conceiving a baby and it has persuaded several groups of physicians outside the United States to test that controversial premise in women with fertility problems More than 10 women are pregnant via the firm’s proprietary in vitro fertilization (IVF) method which adds a bolus of a woman’s own mitochondria to her mature egg Meanwhile the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has erected roadblocks in front of a fertility specialist and a stem cell biologist who want to clinically test the mitochondrial hypothesis in the United States The duo would like to harness a different IVF strategy: swapping out a woman’s mitochondria by transferring chromosomes from her egg into an egg from another woman The technique called mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) was just legalized in the United Kingdom to prevent rare genetic diseases But even before that the two researchers applied for permission to use it in women who are struggling to conceive FDA said it needs far more data before allowing the work to proceed A central question for both IVF strategies is whether faulty or aging mitochondria actually drive infertility and whether correcting that problem restores eggs to health OvaScience the Cambridge-based biotech firm says the results it presented at a meeting in San Francisco last week answer that In one small cohort of women with fertility issues the company achieved a pregnancy rate of 35% “We are so excited” says Michelle Dipp OvaScience’s CEO That enthusiasm is far from universal John Eppig a reproductive biologist at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine says he is “highly troubled” that the company has already made the leap to human pregnancies No published animal studies with a control group have been done to test whether this approach can improve fertility—let alone whether it is safe for offspring Eppig says “What are the consequences” of adding mitochondria to an egg cell he asks “We really don’t know” G GRULLN/SCIENCE MRT the technique legalized in the United Kingdom is in some respects even more of a lightning rod because the resulting baby with mitochondrial DNA from a donor and the rest of its DNA from mom and dad would have three genetic parents It has prompted intense debate on both sides of the Atlantic The United Kingdom approved MRT in February but not for infertility: It’s permitted only to prevent babies from inheriting potentially fatal mutations harbored by the DNA in their mother’s mitochondria (Most DNA is in the nucleus but each mitochondrion also has some) In the United States there are no laws prohibiting MRT but FDA hasn’t given anyone a green light to try it Last year the agency asked the Institute of Medicine to weigh the pros and cons of MRT The institute’s second meeting starts tomorrow and it’s expected to issue a report in 2016 FDA has flexed its muscles in this arena before In 2001 it stopped physicians from squirting cytoplasm which contains mitochondria from a healthy woman’s egg into the egg of a woman who had been unable to conceive But before FDA stepped in 17 babies were born most healthy but not all Now teenagers they are often cited as proof of mitochondria’s value in fertility “All we’re doing is copying that exact same concept” Dipp says albeit with a woman’s own mitochondria “Adding mitochondria improves IVF success rates” Yet one of the physicians who led the cytoplasmic transfer effort nearly 20 years ago contends it’s impossible to draw such a clean conclusion This was “a pilot experiment not a randomized study” says Jacques Cohen a clinical embryologist at Reprogenetics a company in Livingston New Jersey Cohen and his colleagues were certainly encouraged that several women who had failed many in vitro fertilization cycles were able to have a baby But he points out the numbers were small there was no control group and cytoplasm contains a lot of factors beyond mitochondria that could explain any success the method had Evidence that faulty mitochondria impede fertility remains preliminary agrees Jennifer Kawwass a reproductive endocrinologist at Emory University in Atlanta who has studied the safety of IVF More important she says: “We also don’t know the degree to which fixing it improves anything” Stem cell biologist Ali Brivanlou of Rockefeller University in New York City one of the investigators who asked FDA to permit MRT in infertile woman says human tests are the best way to resolve the issue At this point he adds “one can make the argument that it is almost unethical not to provide care” to women who would welcome it The pushback against MRT is emotional not science-based adds fertility specialist Norbert Gleicher of the Center for Human Reproduction six blocks away who is working with Brivanlou and would treat any women involved The technique has produced seemingly healthy offspring in monkeys Furthermore Gleicher notes “we manipulate eggs and embryos in many other procedures” FDA is wary however The agency wrote that MRT “has not been sufficiently established … to support a first-in-human study” according to communications provided by a lawyer assisting Gleicher and Brivanlou FDA didn’t completely shut the door requesting additional lab studies of human eggs and animal studies to demonstrate safety and effectiveness It also said that any clinical test of MRT would need stringent cell-processing guidelines strict enrollment criteria and ideally a control group The agency recommended following babies into adulthood and tracking their own offspring if possible Brivanlou and Gleicher say that many of the demands are too costly for them or any fertility center (FDA declined to speak with Science about the case) Dipp says OvaScience believes it doesn’t need FDA’s blessing to try its treatment called Augment in the United States although the firm is in a “low-level ongoing dialogue” with the agency It’s already offering Augment in Canada Turkey and Dubai Physicians isolate “immature” eggs from a small piece of tissue removed from the lining of a woman’s ovaries They extract mitochondria from the cells and deliver them to the IVF clinic where they’re injected along with sperm into a woman’s mature eggs The resulting embryo is transferred into the woman as in traditional IVF “The Augment procedure shows real promise” said Robert Casper of the Toronto Centre for Advanced Reproductive Technology in Canada during a conference call last week at which OvaScience discussed its results Out of 26 women treated at Casper’s clinic 17 had embryos fertilized and transferred In nine a pregnancy took hold All of these women were 40 and under all had failed between one and three IVF cycles and they often had poor-quality eggs or embryos “This population would probably have a pregnancy rate less than 10%" if they had another IVF procedure Casper said At the San Francisco meeting doctors from Turkey also reported one ongoing pregnancy with Augment But Glenn Schattman a fertility specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City says OvaScience’s results are “not that impressive” Many of his patients have failed two IVF cycles at another clinic before they reach him yet many get pregnant Schattman considers a control group essential Cohen agrees that OvaScience’s technology warrants a randomized trial though he acknowledges it’s difficult to control all the variables in IVF such as age But the company has no such plans “The fertility [industry] just doesn’t do trials” Dipp says As for MRT Gleicher is considering offering that option outside the United States Kawwass notes that infertile couples themselves may demand it “Once an intervention has any hope” she says “they want the intervention”Physicists have gotten really good at taking pictures of tiny things With the help of high-energy x-rays created by synchrotrons and powerful lasers they’ve imaged everything from chemical nanostructures to proteins to living cells But they kept hitting a wall when it came to creating 3D images of single biological particles like viruses Two-dimensional images were easy All they had to do was record the diffraction patterns that were produced when pulses of ultrabright x-ray light traveled through the particle and they’d get a snapshot of the molecule or organism But 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