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Top stories: The origin of the penis, humanlike birdsong, and a Milky Way mystery

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first_imgMystery solved: Where the penis comes fromIt’s not a question a lot of scientists ponder out loud, but it’s key to much of life on Earth: Where does the penis come from? After studying snakes, lizards, mice, and chickens, researchers say they’ve finally solved the mystery.Birds found using human musical scales for the first timeSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans.Astronomers identify mysterious object at heart of Milky WayA mysterious object known as G2 has confounded researchers ever since it was found to be on a near-collision course with the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Now, one team thinks it has figured out what it is: G2 is not a gas cloud but a strange, more stable object formed from a pair of recently merged stars.Older papers are increasingly remembered—and citedThere’s no doubt that scientific papers become obsolete. Although some papers become immortal, the vast majority end up in the dustbin of scientific history. The question is whether the rate of obsolescence has been increasing or decreasing over time. Now, the team behind Google Scholar has weighed in with a study of their own massive index of papers—and it appears that digitization is indeed helping slow obsolescence.Satellites spot hidden villages in AmazonThe Amazon is home to perhaps dozens of isolated tribes who make their living far off the grid. Now, researchers have figured out how to use satellites to monitor these tribes unobtrusively—and keep an eye on the threats they face from drug running, illegal logging, and construction.European genetic identity may stretch back 36,000 yearsAncient DNA from the fossilized skeleton of a short, dark-skinned, dark-eyed man who lived at least 36,000 years ago along the Middle Don River in Russia is challenging the multiple migration model of European ancestry. The new genome data suggest that Europeans today are the descendants of a very old, interconnected population of hunter-gatherers that had already spread throughout Europe and much of Asia by 36,000 years ago.Nigerian virologist delivers scathing analysis of Africa’s response to EbolaOyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, delivered a scathing critique of Africa’s response to the Ebola outbreak during a high-profile scientific meeting in Vienna this week. Chief among his criticisms was the assertion that corruption is hampering efforts to improve health.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak.last_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES(Bcm12)

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first_imgMumbai, April 29 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per 100Mumbai, April 29 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per 100 kgs) Groundnut Kernel 5750 Groundnut Bold 60/70 7400 Javas 60/70: 8900 Javas 70/80: 8600 Javas 80/90: 8400 Kardi 3200 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 6950 Sesame 95/5/1: 6800 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5900 Sunflowerseed 3950 Nigerseed 9350 and Castorseed Bombay 3275.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1150 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 685 Refined 760 Cottonseeds Refined 660 Palmolein Refined 585 Soybean Refined 635 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 870 Rapeseed Expeller 840 Copra White 860 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 930 Castoroil Comm 685 FSG 695 Kandla 660 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 630.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 30,000 Kardi Extraction 13,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q, Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 25,600 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,000 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 37,560 and Castor Extraction 4650. Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 33,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI RHB ABI SRElast_img read more

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No long-term place for CoA in BCCI, says Vinod Rai

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first_imgVinod Rai, the head of the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA), hopes that the BCCI and the state associations will implement the Lodha Committee recommendations by October, adding that he does not see a long-term place for the Supreme Court-appointed committee in the nation’s cricket governing body.The CoA is “optimistic” that it would wrap its job of helping the BCCI and state associations implement the Lodha Committee recommendations by October.”It is still a long haul, but that ends in October,” Rai told ESPNcricinfo, after the committee completed 100 days in the job.”I am very realistic, because I don’t see a place for the CoA in the BCCI in the long term,” he added.Rai further said the CoA wants to provide a structure to the BCCI, which it lacks at present.”We want to provide a structure to the BCCI. It does not have one right now. It is run by individual styles. It is personality-oriented. We will put a structure in place and ensure that there are systems that will make this structure work,” he said.The Supreme Court earlier on January 2 removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective posts of BCCI president and board secretary for their failure of bringing transparency and accountability to the Indian cricket board and their non-compliance of the court’s July 18, 2016 order.On January 30, the apex court had appointed a new four-member BCCI panel of administrators led by Vinod Rai, along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye and former captain of the women’s cricket team Diana Edulji as other administrators.advertisementIt was said that they will function as the new interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of BCCI till the Justice (retd.) R.M Lodha-led recommendations are fully implemented and elections are held.More recently, the Supreme Court-appointed CoA had to step in to resolve the uncertainty around India’s participation in the Champions Trophy, after the board missed the April 25 deadline to submit its squad.In the wake of the ICC proposing a new financial model which reduces the BCCI’s revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million, the latter had deliberately missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad and that there were speculations that they might pull out of the tournament.Last Friday, the CoA, in a strongly worded statement, ordered the BCCI to refrain from taking any decision that might harm the interests of Indian cricket.”It [May 6] was the first time I was meeting the state associations. So that was my opening gambit, to say to them, ‘Look, we need to be in conversation with each other.’ They are all positively oriented, thinking people. The only thing is their thinking and their perspective was exceedingly narrow,” Rai said.”They just did not know that there was an ICC governance model and a finance model. And the finance model, as far as we are concerned, is crumbs.””I told them if the BCCI members had decided to withdraw from the ICC on the basis of the differences on the governance model, the CoA will back them. But not on the finance model. You cannot put Indian cricket at risk,” he added.With the new revenue model getting the nod, BCCI will now have to do with what they have in the eight-year cycle. The England Cricket Board received 143 million dollars while Zimbabwe Cricket received 94 million dollars.The remaining seven Full Members will receive 132 million dollars each. The Associate Members will receive a funding of 280 million dollars. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1.last_img read more

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BlackBerry KEYone quick review: A blast from the past

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first_imgBlackBerry and physical QWERTY keyboards were literally inseparable once upon a time. Every time you talked about a physical QWERTY keyboard-based phone — there were lots and lots of them, once upon a time — the discussion would invariably drift towards a BlackBerry. Ironically, both BlackBerry and physical QWERTY keyboard-based phones are literally non-existent today. And yet, BlackBerry is back, and it’s back with a physical QWERTY keyboard-based phone.The phone in question is called simply the KEYone and with it, BlackBerry — the company responsible for making the physical QWERTY keyboard make sense — is aspiring to make the physical QWERTY keyboard make sense, one more time, even as it aspires to make sense — as a hardware company that can still do phones, albeit a little differently — among fans, enthusiasts and critics.It’s a complete blast from the past situation, if you ask me. But then again, if BlackBerry thinks, going back in the past is what was required to redeem itself, well, might as well sit down and see how that goes. No one did physical QWERTY keyboard-based phones like BlackBerry did after all. But then again, that was a long, long time ago, wasn’t it?The KEYone looks (and feels) nothing like the iconic Curve or the Bold. It looks somewhat like the Passport maybe, but then again, it’s a lot more elongated and a lot more cramped both at the same time. It takes some visual cues from the forgettable chaos, called the Priv, but, other than the physical QWERTY keyboard that sits at the bottom of the screen, there’s no telling that this is a BlackBerry-made phone. A part of it is obviously because it isn’t a BlackBerry-made phone per se.advertisement BlackBerry is back, and it’s back with a physical QWERTY keyboard-based phone It has been sometime that BlackBerry stopped manufacturing its own phones. Instead, going forward, it will focus solely on software, something that it is already very good at. That does not mean the end of BlackBerry-branded phones however. BlackBerry, although it will not make its own phones, will outsource the job to third-party manufacturers. Optiemus Infracom, if you haven’t heard already, is the home-grown telecom enterprise, responsible for manufacturing BlackBerry Android handsets in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This is similar to the exclusive, long-term licensing agreement that BlackBerry signed previously with TCL Communication for global and PT BlackBerry Merah Putih for the Indonesian markets.All in all, BlackBerry now relies on three licensees to make and sell its phones globally. The software that’s inside these phones is, however, in complete control of the Canadian major.The KEYone, launched in India on Tuesday, is the same BlackBerry physical QWERTY-based Android phone with code-name Mercury that was launched globally in February earlier this year by TCL Communication. Optiemus has worked closely with TCL to bring the KEYone to India. Although, this is the same KEYone that TCL launched globally — it comes with more or less the same hardware specs — the KEYone launched by Optiemus in India features a slightly tweaked design, in that it is an all-black phone. BlackBerry is calling it the KEYone Limited Edition Black. This doesn’t mean that only limited quantities of the KEYone will be available for grabs in India though, a BlackBerry spokesperson confirmed to me. The KEYone that is available globally, for your reference, is black with grey/silver highlights on the edges and the keyboard.The USP of the KEYone is its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The design is old-school BlackBerry, which suggests that the phone might have been on the company’s mind long before it hung its boots. It has been under development for a very long time, the spokesperson further added.The QWERTY, just like it was in the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also over 50 app shortcuts. The space bar, meanwhile, gets a new fingerprint scanner up-top that is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.5 seconds. The phone also comes with touch-based navigation keys directly above the keyboard. On the back, the KEYone sports a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo graces the middle while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it, sits at the top. The module, however, sits flush into the body.On the right, the phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker also lies on the right. On the left lies the power button. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.advertisementErstwhile, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a bright and vibrant 4.5-inch 1080p screen with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio (that would be convenient for web-scrolling and emails and not so much for multimedia consumption) and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,505mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (50 per cent charge in roughly 36 minutes).The KEYone comes with a 12-megapixel camera — with a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with f/2.0 “Large Pixel” similar to the one on-board the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.The dual-SIM KEYone — in fact it is the first BlackBerry phone in India to support dual-SIMs — runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and a stock version of it with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications. Just like the Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, the KEYone is also being pitched as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. BlackBerry claims that the KEYone will receive security patches the same day that Google pushes them out.The phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company which, in all its fairness, sounds very reassuring. But chances are, many wouldn’t know (and understand) terms like hardware root of trust or secure bootloader, unless of course you’re a geek or a security professional. Also, the fact that the phone is literally encrypted to the T is hard to tell with a naked eye. But hey, at least you know, they are all there.The phone comes with an app called DTEK by BlackBerry that shows your device security status in real time. It doesn’t exactly seem like the gold standard though, as most of the time, setting up a mere screen lock entails in a ‘fair’ rating for the smartphone. But, that doesn’t mean, the DTEK app is any less useful. The most useful aspect of the app, without a doubt, has to be in the way it allows you to manually control app permissions. It gives you even the most miniscule information about an app and also lets you to directly allow or restrict certain permissions or to uninstall the app altogether, from within the app itself.BlackBerry may not be looking to play the nostalgia card, but, there’s no denying the fact that the KEYone is a very nostalgic phone advertisementJust like the Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, the KEYone seems to have its software in place. It comes with decent hardware as well, and the physical QWERTY is a useful addition, the usefulness of which would depend on the end-user. Then, there’s the nostalgia. “I think that the whole nostalgia thing is very interesting. I only put a small amount of importance to that. I think people remember BlackBerry and they like the memory. I think that a lot of people like the physical keyboard. But I think as new people also get to understand the value of the physical keyboard: how fast you can be on it, and how accurate, I think you will start seeing this move way past just old BlackBerry users,” the spokesperson said.   BlackBerry may not be looking to play the nostalgia card, but, there’s no denying the fact that the KEYone is a very nostalgic phone. Because it was under development during the time when BlackBerry was still alive and kicking in the hardware space, chances are that it might just be the last of its kind. Chances are there may not be another old-school BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY ever. Even if there is, it’s highly unlikely that it would recreate the same magic and the same nostalgia. The KEYone barely does that after all. The KEYone is still first and foremost an enterprise-only phone and the keyboard just adds a third dimension to the whole thing. But that’s about it. Moreover, even the enterprise seems to have moved on over the course of time to newer pastures. As for the KEYone — that is priced at Rs 39,990 — well, it’s still largely a collector’s edition device that you would want to buy if you have not crossed paths with the yesteryear classics like the Bold and the Curve. Watch this space for our full review of the BlackBerry KEYone in the days to come.Also Read: BlackBerry KEYone with physical QWERTY & Pixel-like camera launched in India for Rs 39,990last_img read more

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Marlins Tag Scuffling Mets, 10-3

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first_imgNEW YORK — Steven Matz waited more than a week to make his season debut and didn’t even last two innings.Giancarlo Stanton homered to cap a seven-run second against the touted rookie, and the Miami Marlins handed Matz his first regular-season loss with a 10-3 victory over the scuffling New York Mets on April 11.“I felt good out of the gates. The second inning got away from me really quick,” Matz said. “I’ve been pitching since I was eight years old, so (the layoff) is no excuse.”Miami became the first team to render Matz (0-1) ineffective on a major league mound.Pitching with nine days’ rest since his final spring tuneup, Matz only got five outs. He walked his first two batters in the second, and Adeiny Hechavarria grounded a two-run single that caromed off third base.Dee Gordon drove in a run with an infield single, but Matz had a chance to limit the damage when he got two strikes on Christian Yelich with two outs. Yelich, however, stayed back on a breaking ball and hit a two-run single to center.“In the second inning, he just lost a feel for every pitch. He didn’t make, really, any pitches that he needed to make,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “We know he’s better — a lot better — than that.”Stanton then sent an 84 mph change-up to left-center on Matz’s 40th and final pitch of the inning.“I think that’s partially my fault,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “I think his last sequence before, we went hard-hard-soft and then we did it again and he was ready for it.”It was by far the worst big league outing for Matz, the Long Island lefty who grew up a Mets fan about 50 miles from Citi Field.He went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six regular-season starts last year and then pitched pretty well in the postseason, losing only to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series. He did not permit more than three runs in a big league game — including the postseason.No Mets pitcher has won his first five regular-season decisions. “It wasn’t very good,” Matz said. “I will work as hard as I can to get back on track next outing.”New York (2-4) has dropped three in a row, all at home to division opponents.Marcell Ozuna homered and doubled to break out of an early slump, and Hechavarria had three RBIs from the No. 8 spot in Miami’s lineup.By the sixth inning, every Marlins starting position player had a hit and scored a run in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 45 minutes, before a sparse crowd at Citi Field.Handed an 8-0 lead in the third, Jarred Cosart was pulled from his season debut one out short of qualifying for a win. Chris Narveson (1-0) struck out Lucas Duda with two on in a five-run game and worked a scoreless sixth for the win.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Arsenal’s issues have little to do with their squad

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first_imgArsenal Arsenal are better than last season – but boardroom uncertainty remains Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) HD Arsene Wenger Arsenal BEN STANSALL Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Opinion The Gunners have improved since their defeat at Anfield but matters off the pitch look like they could be about to take centre stage again Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was right when he said Arsenal have improved their squad depth from last season. Two new summer signings in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette were acquired in positions the Gunners desperately needed to strengthen, and keeping hold of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez provided a boost to a supporter base who faced Europa League football for the first time in almost two decades.Gazidis’ comments are largely worded in a way to get everyone onside and it’s understandable that the former MLS chief wouldn’t want a repeat of last season’s negativity, which saw the campaign clouded in questions over manager Arsene Wenger’s future and protests surrounding the Frenchman’s contract situation that the man himself described as a “distraction”.Arsenal 8/1 to beat Brighton 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pessimism, however, is always bubbling away on the surface and the reaction after Arsenal’s recent 4-0 defeat against Liverpool certainly wasn’t unprecedented. As they string together an early run of positive results in all competitions, a familiar theme appears to be playing out, in which the Gunners bounce back from an early-season loss to put on an impressive spurt of form.Cynics would argue that the annual Arsenal collapse won’t get into full throttle until a tricky set of fixtures present themselves at the turn of February.But one positive to come out of the club’s Europa League campaign is that the squad depth is shown in such a way that an entire second string are getting competitive games and pushing for regular starting spots.“We have at least two teams, two good teams,” said striker Olivier Giroud.“We’ve got a lot of competition in the team. It’s nice for everybody because we need to be focused and competitive. It keeps the focus high and always improves us.“It’s always nice to have good players alongside you and to push you forward. Trust me, we’ve a very good team on paper tomorrow.”StrongestReserveFour first-team players left the club over the summer but all departures were ones that Wenger sanctioned. The likes of Jack Wilshere remained and now he is one of several fringe players benefiting from Arsenal’s participation in the Europa League – and the Englishman is beginning to look like the midfield maestro who ran the show against Barcelona six years ago.The recent clean sheet away to Chelsea proved that Arsenal are capable of putting in a different type of performance when required. However, the main problem with Wenger’s sides over the years has always been consistency and being able to maintain their level during key periods in the season.Ultimately, though, Arsenal’s issues run much deeper than squad depth.The results since moving to the Emirates Stadium both at home and abroad point to a lack of organisation and strategy at board level, with little to no culpability on the head of a manager who has failed to mount a genuine title challenge for the best part of a decade.KroenkeWenger would have been hard placed to find a supporter who didn’t want him to sign a central midfielder over the summer, but Arsenal’s transfer business proved fruitful overall. The incomings were of the highest quality and the outgoings were the right ones. It’s at board level where things really need changing and supporters should be concerned that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has made an offer for Alisher Usmanov’s shares in the club.If Usmanov accepts, the American will own over 97% of the shares and would then be able to register Arsenal in the US. It would mean no more Annual General Meeting – where fans can voice their concerns – and a decreased transparency in the financial affairs. Kroenke owning the entirety of Arsenal Football Club could prove the final nail in the coffin for the north London side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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The Weather Forecast For Maryland-Texas Isn’t Looking Very Good

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first_imgtexas maryland weather forecast looks badMaryland and Texas are currently in a weather delay. The Terrapins and the Longhorns have been in a delay for 40-plus minutes. Here’s the latest on what’s happening.The underdog Terrapins are currently leading the Longhorns by a couple of points midway through the fourth quarter, but it’s unclear when this game is going to get back underway.Maryland tweeted the following update shortly after 3 p.m. E.T.“BREAKING: Due to lightning in the area the @TerpsFootball vs. Texas game is currently in a weather delay,” Maryland announced.BREAKING: Due to lightning in the area the @TerpsFootball vs. Texas game is currently in a weather delay.— Terps Gameday (@TerpsGameday) September 1, 2018The forecast moving forward isn’t looking too good, unfortunately. We could be in line for quite the delay.The radar shows that storms are moving right in the direction of FedEx Field in Landover, Md.Storm headed right for @FedExField pic.twitter.com/RfRmOHAraD— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) September 1, 2018Several thunderstorms are being seen in the area. Fans and reporters at FedEx Field were being cleared out of the stadium, according to those on seen.Stay tuned for more weather updates for the Texas-Maryland game. It’s being televised on FOX Sports 1, though the network has cut away to other games and studio coverage during this weather delay.last_img read more

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Iowa Football Lands In-State LB Ethan Hurkett

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first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Iowa football team has been working tirelessly to attract the top recruits from the state. Despite stiff competition from in-state rival Iowa State, it appears the Hawkeyes’ efforts are paying off.According to the Quad-City Times, three-star linebacker Ethan Hurkett has verbally committed to Iowa football. Hurkett then addressed the decision in an interview with the publication.“Iowa is where I’ve always wanted to go, and when the offer came, I really didn’t have to think too long about it,” Hurkett said. “I talked about it with my parents, but the conversation was pretty short. They offered. I said ‘yes’ and that was it.”Per the report, Iowa was not the only top program recruiting Hurkett. He had interest from Notre Dame, Iowa State, Northwestern, and Purdue among others as well.Hurkett’s commitment gives Iowa three of the top four in-state recruits from the Class of 2020, adding to a six-man class so far. Combined with four-star quarterback Deuce Hogan, the Hawkeyes currently have the No. 17 ranked recruiting class nationally and the No. 5 class in the Big Ten Conference.Per 247Sports, No. 2 in-state recruit Josh Volk is projected to choose the Hawkeyes as well.Iowa State, on the other hand, was only able to get the fifth- and sixth-ranked recruits, though are the favorites to land the seventh.As for the Hawkeyes’ upcoming recruiting class, The Dispatch-Argus also revealed that wide receiver Alec Kritta will be joining Iowa football as a walk-on.Iowa’s Class of 2019 is ranked No. 40 nationally, and No. 9 in the Big Ten by 247Sports.[Quad-City Times]last_img read more

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Aprés Ski and More: A Drinker’s Guide to Aspen

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first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Even though this is a list about drinks, we have two words for you describing why you should visit Aspen Kitchen: Clothesline Bacon. One of their signature appetizers, you get thick cut candied bacon literally hanging from a miniature clothesline. That enough should get you to go to Aspen Kitchen, but beyond that, the restaurant offers a rooftop patio to take in the beautiful mountain vistas and a cocktail menu that features drinks like The Honey Badger, made with Breckenridge Vodka, lemon, apple cider, and cinnamon agave.Hooch How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations There’s no two ways about it that, Jimmy Yeager, proprietor of both Jimmy’s and Jimmy’s Bodega, is one of the major tastemakers in Aspen. His decades in the industry as well as his love and expertise for and about agave spirits have made both establishments must-visit spots in town. At Jimmy’s, you’ll find an American-style bar and grill with a great selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. At Bodega, you’ll get the chance to indulge in all things agave, as Jimmy hand picks the tequila and mezcal selection. On top of that, Bodega also has a great raw bar and an extensive wine list.Aspen Kitchen Located in the Hotel Jerome, the Living Room is meant to be just as the name implies—a relaxed, homey environment, if your idea of home is the type of place where you can get some nice cocktails or a glass of wine when you want it. There are numerous options for seating, depending on how many people you’re with, and the small plates menu allows for perfect pairing for the bar’s signature cocktails, like the Irishman’s Teapot, a drink made for two which contains Jameson Black Barrel, Giffard Peche de Vigne, honey, lemon, and tea.Eric’s/Aspen BilliardsTechnically, Eric’s is the bar in the front, but the real attraction is Aspen Billiards, located in the back of the establishment, where there are multiple pool tables (rented by the quarter hour), as well as shuffleboard. On top of all that, you can get drinks from Eric’s, allowing you to fully enjoy playing a couple of games of eight ball with friends at the end (or beginning) of a long night. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar You won’t see it on first glance, since Hooch is located down a flight of stairs under a restaurant, but if you know where to go, you won’t be disappointed. The best way to describe Hooch is, perhaps, “Rustic Chic.” Low-lit with chandeliers in the Colorado equivalent of a speakeasy, Hooch is a great place to go for high quality craft cocktails with farmhouse-style shareable plates. If you’re looking for a straight pour, Hooch also has a hefty list of American, Japanese, and Scotch whisk(e)y (plus a few Irish and Canadian options to boot).The Living Room If you’ve never been to Aspen, certain images come to mind. Mountains, skiing, maybe even Dumb & Dumber.What you may not know is that the food and drink scene is as lively as the neon colors on everyone’s ski suits. From high-quality cocktail bars to everyday places to throw back a beer and a shot, this resort town has a little bit of everything. Below, check out some of the must-see places for beer, wine, and booze.Jimmy’s (and Jimmy’s Bodega) Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipeslast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Kings County

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first_img Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Berwick Bridge Berwick Bridge, Route 360, north of Berwick, will be reduced to one lane for repairs from Thursday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 15. Traffic control consists of a flashing light. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30-last_img

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Some of Detroits new streetlights dimming burning out

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DETROIT — Officials say some of Detroit’s new LED streetlights are prematurely dimming and burning out in parts of the city and thousands more could fail.The Detroit News reports a letter from the Public Lighting Authority’s law firm says problems were discovered last fall with units made by San Jose, California-based Leotek Electronics USA that were “charred, burned, or cracked.” The lighting authority sued Monday in federal court.Leotek made about one-third of Detroit’s new lights and they were expected to last at least a decade. It acknowledged problems in a letter to the lighting authority, apologized and pledged to work with Detroit to correct problems.The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Leotek.The last of Detroit’s 65,000 new LED streetlights were installed in 2016 as part of a $185 million program that was hailed as a success in the city’s turnaround efforts.___Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/The Associated Press read more

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Heeding UNICEFs calls Mexico makes progress towards free birth registration

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Many indigenous families, who already live in places with high levels of social exclusion, are unable to obtain birth certificates as they are not free throughout the country. However, some states are starting to provide them free of cost.“This is one further step in our efforts to support Mexico in achieving universal birth registration,” said UNICEF Representative in Latin America Susana Sottoli. “Only through prompt registration, children can enjoy the right to an identity and to equitable access to all services. And only if this is provided for free, this can become a reality.”The promotion of birth registration is essential to facilitate access to basic services such as education and health care. “Our role as UNICEF is to support society and governments uncover the predicament of children who are not registered, identify where they are, and ensure their registration through various strategies, guaranteeing their right to a name and a nationality, and subsequent access to health, social and education services,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative in Mexico Javier Alvarez.UNICEF is currently working with the national statistical bureau to analyze the situation of birth registration in every municipality in the country. While 93.4 per cent of children are registered, certain states such as Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla – all places with indigenous and rural communities and a low level of human development – have a low registration rate. In Chiapas, for example, only 61.7 per cent of children were registered by their first birthday in 2009.The agency has focused its work in the country on helping improve the legal framework, promoting birth registration in social policies such as health and education, and developing awareness initiatives, particularly through radio in indigenous languages, as well as improving access to registration in isolated areas. 2 December 2011Thousands of children from indigenous communities in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca received birth certificates after sustained calls from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for free birth registration. read more

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TSX racks up minor gain commodities mixed amid economic growth concerns

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Toronto stock market was little changed Monday with buyers unwilling to step up after further signs of global economic malaise sent stocks sharply lower last week.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.05 points to 12,086.6, led by advances in the gold sector after the group fell more than 10 per cent last week.The Canadian dollar was 0.03 of a cent lower to 97.41 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed amid data showing that sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales were down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million, from 4.95 million in February. February’s figure was revised lower. Sales in March were 10.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.“The market is becoming more sensitive to economic news,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company. “When markets do appreciate considerably over a short period of time, they need to get that much more attractive evidence to keep that momentum going.”The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 7.27 points to 14,540.24, the Nasdaq composite index added 21.93 points to 3,227.99 while the S&P 500 index was up 4.64 points to 1,559.89.Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar posted first-quarter profit of $1.31 a share on revenue of US$13.2 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected profit of $1.36 a share on revenue of $13.8 billion. Caterpillar also cut its 2013 outlook.However, the reduced outlook wasn’t entirely unexpected and there were some bright spots. Sales in China rose compared to a year ago. And the company is “becoming more optimistic” on the U.S. housing sector. It says it plans on buying back shares — about $1 billion worth — for the first time since 2008. Caterpillar shares gained $2.05 to $82.48.Meanwhile, substantial losses on commodity markets dragged the resource-heavy TSX last week into negative territory for the year after data showing a weakening Chinese economy and a downgrade of global economic growth by the International Monetary Fund raised demand concerns. The main index lost 2.2 per cent last week and is down about three per cent year to date.“We’re in the late innings of this commodity boom,” added Pashootan. “We’re scratching our heads saying, ’When will commodity prices go back up?’ Well, we’re thinking of the days when China was expected to grow at 10 or 12 per cent a year. They’re at eight and revising down.”Earnings disappointments also led U.S. futures to their worst week of 2013 with the Dow giving back 2.13 per cent even though the blue chip barometer is still up 11 per cent year to date.The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.55 per cent as bullion prices advanced with the June contract in New York ahead $25.60 to US$1,421.20 an ounce. Bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years last week, falling seven per cent amid a growing conviction that inflation is firmly under control. Buying gold as a hedge against inflation has supported gold prices to record highs of almost $2,000 back in 2011. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 64 cents to $29.23.The energy sector also provided lift, up one per cent while the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 52 cents to US$88.53 a barrel after prices fell three per cent last week. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 34 cents to $29.88.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) released earnings a couple of hours ahead of schedule. The rail company posted net earnings of $555 million or $1.30 a share, down from $755 or a year earlier as it dealt with extreme cold and heavy snow in Western Canada, which hampered operations, congested the network and constrained volume growth. Ex-items, earnings were $519 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, one cent ahead of forecasts, and its shares were down 46 cents to $98.02.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) tumbled 39 cents or 13 per cent to $2.61 after earlier going as low as $2.46. The carrier said it estimates it had a $260-million net loss in the first three months of this year, down from $274 million in the first quarter of 2012. The company said it issued the preliminary report ahead of the full results and analysis on May 3 to comply with disclosure rules as it explores a range of debt financing options.The base metals sector led decliners, down 1.2 per cent as copper prices continued to hover at 18-month lows. The metal, widely viewed as an economic barometer because of its use in so many applications, fell two cents to US$3.13 a pound on top of a six per cent slide last week. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 23 cents to C$16.42.The financials sector was off 0.25 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 51 cents to $60.94. Risk sentiment had been higher earlier in the morning after a weekend meeting of the G20 countries gave its approval for Japan’s aggressive monetary policy.The Bank of Japan plans to end a long spell of deflation by buying more than seven trillion yen (US$70 billion) of bonds a month with a view to increasing inflation to two per cent within two years. However, the moves have depressed the yen, which has stirred up concerns that Japan’s real goal is to weaken the yen as a way to gain trade advantages.It is a heavy week for earnings news from corporate Canada. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) reports Wednesday. Major TSX resource companies handing in earnings include miners Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B), Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN), Sherritt Resources (TSX:S), Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX), gas company EnCana (TSX:ECA), and oil companies Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO). read more

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Syria UN officials urge humanitarian access to thousands trapped by intense fighting

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“The continued failure by parties to the conflict to protect civilians across Syria means that women, men, and children continue to be killed, injured and displaced across the country,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement. She urged commitment by all parties “to stop actions that result in loss of civilian lives, to allow access for aid organizations, and to respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” Ms. Amos noted, adding that she and colleagues in the humanitarian and human rights community have publicly and frequently called for the violence to stop. Ms. Amos noted that hundreds of people have reportedly been killed, injured or taken hostage in attacks in Homs, Aleppo and other areas of Syria in the last two days alone. Aid officials – at risk to their own lives – are trying to get to civilians caught in the fighting, Ms. Amos said. “They need our support to be able to safely reach all people in need, wherever they are in Syria,” she urged. “Their job is to be neutral and impartial and it remains vital that efforts to provide humanitarian aid are separate from political agendas.” Meanwhile, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged “immediate safe access” to families caught in the fighting in Al Waer neighbourhood of Homs where some 400,000 people are believed to be living in partially constructed buildings, schools and other public buildings.UNICEF has been aiding partners to distribute nutrition and basic hygiene supplies and clean water, but new checkpoints are preventing more supplies from entering the area. “We call on all parties to facilitate immediate safe access to these families so we can provide life-saving assistance, and to allow those families currently trapped in Al Waer who wish to leave to do so in safety and in dignity,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “Cannot all those involved agree that the innocent women and children in Homs, and across Syria, should be spared all possible suffering?”Mr. Lake said the situation of women and children in Homs “is rapidly deteriorating” with reports of intense daily clashes, and rocket and mortar strikes causing many casualties. Water and electricity are still available but vegetables, milk and other essentials are in increasingly short supply. UNICEF warned that its own emergency supplies “will run out within days”.Some 5,000 people are killed monthly in the conflict, and an average 6,000 flee every day from the country, according to the UN figures presented last month to the UN Security Council. Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children. read more

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Brock Media Clips for Nov 30

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Later school start may help teens get needed sleep: Research from Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Karen Patte about the effects of later school start times on adolescents was featured in a Reuters UK article.Cannabis still has mystery, Canada’s first weed-only academic researcher says: Brock University post-doctoral fellow Yang Qu was quoted in a CTV article that discussed his upcoming appointment as the country’s first Research Chair on cannabis health by the University of New Brunswick.Why can’t Ottawa get military procurement right?: An analysis on military spending policy that appeared on the CBC website quoted Associate Professor Michael Armstrong, who said current challenges could have been avoided with more precise language.Ice Wine Weather: A story on CHCH about the uncharacteristically early harvest of Icewine grapes in the Niagara region featured an interview with Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.Is Niagara ready to play the sports tourism game?: The effects of hosting large and small sporting events in Niagara were examined in a St. Catharines Standard article that featured quotes from Associate Professor of Sport Management Julie Stevens.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Mens basketball 2018 fourstar recruit Luther Muhammad commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to pile up commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, receiving the commitment of four-star guard Luther Muhammad Friday. The Jersey City, New Jersey, native is the third recruit in the class to announce his intentions to join the Buckeyes in 2018, joining four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington Jr.The Wait Is Over. @The_Unguarded pic.twitter.com/4w9SEJIc0x— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017Listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Muhammad is regarded as the 71st-best prospect in the nation, 14th-best point guard and fifth-best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.The product of Hudson Catholic High School had also reportedly received offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and others. Ohio State would have had a class of seven prospects, but guards Dane Goodwin and Torrence Watson and small forwards Darius Bazely and Justin Ahrens all decommited from the Buckeyes, earlier this year. read more

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Courts to hold extra September sittings to work through backlog

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first_imgTWO MORE of the country’s highest courts have announced they will hold extra sittings in September to help clear a growing backlog of cases.The Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal will both sit during the month of September, a month when the courts are traditionally in recess.Non-priority cases sent to the Supreme Court currently face a four-year wait to be heard, as a result of a growing load of appeals from lower courts, while cases sent to the Court of Criminal Appeal are unlikely to be heard for 15 months.Despite the delays, the Supreme Court’s calendar does not foresee any sittings between July 31 and October 7, under a historical convention in which regular sittings are not held in the months of August and September.Chief Justice Susan Denham said the extended sittings were “a pro-active measure by the judges of these courts to tackle the significant delays before an appeal can be heard.”The growing caseload at the Supreme Court has also led to Government plans to appoint two extra judges to the Supreme Court, giving it a total of nine ordinary members in addition to the Chief Justice and President of the High Court.There are also plans to hold a referendum to create an extra Court of Appeal which would take cases appealed from the High Court, leaving the Supreme Court only to deal with constitutional cases or matters of major public importance.Chief Justice Denham said the extra courts and judges would “provide permanent and sensible relief of the current logjam.”Justice minister Alan Shatter welcomed the extra sittings.“This measure on the part of the judiciary will also alleviate the delays and help to ensure that citizens’ right of access to justice is upheld,” he said.The High Court had previously indicated plans to sit through September to deal with its own growing backlog of cases.Read: New judges to deal with courts backloglast_img read more

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Alzheimer découverte de 5 nouveaux gènes impliqués

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first_imgAlzheimer : découverte de 5 nouveaux gènes impliqués Des chercheurs anglais et britanniques sont parvenus à identifier de nouveaux gènes qui augmenteraient le risque de développer la maladie d’Alzheimer. C’est un pas en avant dans l’identification de la maladie. Mettant en commun leur travail, deux équipes de scientifiques français et britanniques ont révélé la découverte de cinq nouveaux gènes de prédisposition à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Publiée hier dans la revue Nature Genetics, l’étude se rajoute aux précédentes recherches qui avaient déjà permis d’en identifier cinq.À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireTravaillant séparément, les deux équipes européennes ont analysé le génome de 59.176 individus dont 19.870 déjà atteints de cette maladie qui affecte la mémoire et le comportement. Ainsi, ils ont pu constater la fréquence de mutations de cinq gènes qui n’avaient jusqu’ici pas encore été impliqués. Les recherches ont également pu confirmer le rôle d’un autre gène déjà découvert. Publiée simultanément dans la revue, une troisième équipe de chercheurs, cette fois-ci américaine, a conduit des recherches semblables qui ont abouti à l’identification de quatre des gènes.Désormais, on connait donc 10 facteurs de susceptibilités génétiques. Une avancée remarquable dans la connaissance des causes de la maladie mais aussi dans l’espoir de développer des tests de dépistage plus précoces et plus efficaces. En recherchant des mutations de ces gènes de prédisposition, les chercheurs pourraient alors évaluer le risque d’un individu de développer la maladie. Aujourd’hui, près de 800.000 personnes en seraient atteintes en France. Un chiffre qui pourrait quasiment doubler d’ici 2030 selon l’association Alzheimer disease international (ADI), d’où l’importance de tels travaux.Le 4 avril 2011 à 14:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon

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first_img35th annual Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney Mark Mathis, Lauren Phinney, September 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Mark Mathis and Lauren Phinney were celebrity waiters in this year’s Firefighters and Friends Celebrity Waiters luncheon.On behalf of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, we would like to invite you to be a part of our special 35th Annual “Firefighters and Friends-Celebrity Waiters Luncheon” sponsored by The San Diego City Fire Fighters on Friday, September 21st, bayside at The Coronado Island Marriott Resort. The event is truly Southern California sun, ocean breezes, good food, and stars … both national and local.Last year’s luncheon was a smashing success with close to $56,000 raised and we’re out to make the 35th annual event even bigger and better. We realize that some of you have schedule conflicts prohibiting you from participation, but we want to make sure to invite you should your schedule change.As a celebrity waiter, you’ll be joined by your counterparts in the motion picture, television and radio industries and the sports world, plus the San Diego City Fire Fighters as they entertain, cajole, extort, and yes … even serve our hungry attendees.center_img Posted: September 21, 2018 Updated: 5:10 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2018 Commodity Classic Boasts Impressive Schedule of Educational Sessions

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first_imgEducation is a hallmark of Commodity Classic and this year’s schedule is one of the most robust in recent memory.The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  Attendees can register for all three days or register for one day only.Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic, said that every educational session was selected by farmers, for farmers. “We’re continuing to look for new ways to be more efficient, to learn more about our crops, how to sell our crops, how to market our crops,” he said. “Commodity Classic is a means of putting this all together under one roof. It’s farmer-led, farmer-focused, so we know what the average person that comes needs to understand and what’s on their mind.”The educational line-up for 2018 features a wide range of presentations and topics including:Early Riser sessions begin at 7 a.m. each morning.  This year’s sessions include a live taping of U.S. Farm Report, a forecast for 2018 commodity prices, and a panel featuring some of the nation’s top-yielding farmers.Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on farmers.  Topics of this year’s Learning Centers include soil health, cover crops, pollinators, marketing, farm policy, trade, and various sessions on improving yields.What’s New sessions are concurrent 40-minute presentations showcasing innovations and services from leading agribusinesses.Mini What’s New sessions are like “speed dating,” allowing a number of companies to give back-to-back 5-minute presentations on key innovations and products.  Attendees can discover more by visiting the companies’ booths on the trade show floor.The Commodity Classic Main Stage is located right on the trade show floor and is presented by Commodity Classic and Successful Farming®. This year’s programming includes information from Ag PhD’s Hefty brothers on fertility and weed control; Learning Center sessions on pesticide resistance and increased yields; a keynote address on the impact of women in agriculture; a cooking demonstration; a panel discussion featuring agribusiness executives; and a number of presentations from Successful Farming® editors ranging from marketing to machinery maintenance to efficient farm shop design.Since many sessions are concurrent, registration also allows attendees to access videos of key educational sessions they may have missed on the days for which they were registered. Videos are available within a few weeks following Commodity Classic.“I hope that the show helps you raise questions about the way you do things”, said Paul Taylor, an Illinois farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. “Are we doing this the best way to survive, to be profitable, to be conscientious to our neighbors, to our environment, and are we going to be profitable and sustainable in the long term? That’s what we want the agricultural producers to be.  We want them to survive, we want them to be profitable, and we want them to be well versed in not only the topic but the technology of the day.”In addition to an impressive schedule of educational sessions, the 2018 Commodity Classic includes inspiring speakers, a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation. Review the complete schedule and register online at www.commodityclassic.com.  Hotel reservations should also be made through that website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

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