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Collins’s Plan to Reshuffle NIH Draws More Flak

first_imgThe revolt is spreading against a plan by U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to create a new center on translational medicine by reassigning existing pieces of the $31 billion agency. Today, the top advisory body to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the component scheduled to inherit many of those pieces, agreed to draft a letter expressing its unhappiness with Collins’s plan, which would bust up the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) in the course of creating the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). And NIGMS Director Jeremy Berg, who opposed the new center when an NIH management board recommended it last month, explained in greater detail why he thinks breaking up NCRR is a bad idea. “I’ve never understood how dismantling NCRR solves more problems than it creates,” Berg told members of the NIGMS council during its meeting on the Bethesda, Maryland, NIH campus. Berg compared NCRR to a city’s department of public works, calling it an entity familiar with operating large facilities for the common good, and said it helps researchers from all disciplines. Folding its large programs into NIGMS “would be a big management challenge,” added Berg, who is leaving NIGMS in June as the “trailing spouse” as his wife takes up a position at the University of Pittsburgh. 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But as the NIGMS council discussion made clear, there’s no consensus about where NIH should draw the line between financing basic research to improve understanding of potential targets and helping the private sector push those targets through the drug-development pipeline. “If the reason [to create NCATS] is to derisk opportunities for industry, I think that’s quite bizarre and contrary to the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Yale University chemistry professor Scott Miller. James Stevens, a senior research fellow at Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, also questioned the rationale behind the new center: “If there is any organization that is slower and less agile than industry, it’s the federal government.” Leaving aside that debate, the big issue facing NIH and the biomedical community is whether Collins’s plan is the best use of NIH’s large but still finite budget and the possible threat to existing research activities supported by NCRR that affect the rest of the 27 institutes and centers.”Is there a management logic to splitting them?” asked council member Howard Garrison, who heads up the policy shop for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Bethesda, Maryland. “It seems wasteful and destructive without a vision of why.” Garrison volunteered to draft a letter describing the council’s concerns about how NIGMS would be affected. It would be sent to Collins and the NIH management board as well as to Collins’s boss, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and to the congressional panels that set NIH’s budget. A House of Representatives spending panel has already asked for information on the proposed changes, which would go into effect in 180 days unless Congress intervenes.last_img read more

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Three-Quarters of Coral Reefs Threatened, Report Says

first_imgAnthony R. Picciolo/NOAA/NODC The news for coral reefs just got worse. Today, 75% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened, a new report says, an increase from 58% a decade ago. Local pressures, in particular overfishing, destructive fishing, and pollution from nearby land-based human activity, are paramount, but global warming has caused increased bleaching and ocean acidification, which makes it harder for corals to grow, compounding the problems, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and 24 other organizations concluded in “Reefs at Risk Revisited,” an update of a 1998 report. This news is worse than even a 2008 assessment, “Status of the Coral Reefs of the World: 2008,” which concluded that 46% of reefs were healthy and not under any predictable threat. “Threats have gone from worrisome to dire,” Jane Lubchenco, administrator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said at the briefing in Washington, D.C., about the report. With the help of satellite data, the new analysis looked at reefs on a much finer scale than did the effort in 1998, with a 64 times greater resolution. It evaluated how the 275 million people who live close to reefs will fare if these predictions come true. It concluded that, given the status quo, more than 90% of reefs will be at risk by 2030 and virtually all reefs will be threatened by 2050. Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines are among the most vulnerable countries because local communities depend so heavily on reefs for their food and livelihood. 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About 27% of reefs are in parks and reserves, but only 6% of those are effective, it concluded. It also pointed out that when local threats from fishing, pollution, and so forth diminish, reefs can rebound. But, noted Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., “If we do want to have reefs around by 2050, we are going to have to do something about carbon dioxide” to slow global warming and acidification. Added Lubchenco: “We have a chance to reverse the decline of coral reefs, but the window of opportunity is finite.”last_img read more

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Stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism: Imran

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) With the Indo-Pak cricketing ties in limbo, Pakistani cricketing legend-turned politician Imran Khan today asserted that stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism and said he has raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while hoping for a positive response. “Stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism. You dont boycott a society on the basis of few sick men,” Imran said, when asked about playing cricket amid terrorism from across the border, at Agenda AajTak. “I supported the ban on South Africa once, but that was due to their stance on apartheid and that was a human rights violation. But other than that I believe sport should carry on. It is a matter of lifelong relationship. people to people contact is necessary to build ties. Sachin (Tendulkar) is loved in Pakistan as a Wasim (Akram) is loved in India,” he added. On his meeting with Modi, Imran said, “I told Modi that cricket should happen. Modiji smiled at that question and I couldnt decipher whether it was a yes or no. But I am a positive person and would take that positively”. “We are the first generation of partition children, so we had heard a lot of hate stories. And people like us were on each side of the country. But when I toured India as a cricketer, I realised that we are the same people, who listen to the same songs and have the same tastes. “There is consensus in Pakistan against terror. So we should look to bridge gaps not create distances,” he said. Imran, the politician, also tried to explain the dynamics of modern society, once again stressing the need for people-to-people contact. “Every society has two sections — the right wing and the liberals. Look what Donald Trump had to say against Muslims. So you should not judge a society like Pakistan. When Mumbai attacks happened every Pakistani was sad. “Seeing people go down is always a sad thing for a human being. So acts like these do not reflect the true image or though of the whole nation,” he added. Meanwhile 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who was also sharing the stage with Imran, was more guarded in his stance on Indo-Pak cricket. “Players have no problem in playing against each other, but you cant go against government policy. Boards certainly want to play, but Imran, Kapil and Sachins views do not matter, it is the governments decision which finally counts,” Kapil said. PTI FK FKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Inspiration for arts orgs: Virtual season launch

first_imgA little while back, Kim Witman of the Wolf Trap Opera Company contacted me about helping with her virtual season launch. She asked to do a guest post. I thought this was a very innovative way to engage bloggers, so I’m featuring her here. I hope it inspires other arts organizations to think about how to drum up support in this down economy!By Kim WitmanThanks to Katya for letting me sit in the guest blogging seat today. As we create a mini-internet buzz on the occasion of our 2010 season announcement, I want to merge the topics closest to Katya’s heart: marketing and fundraising. They are inextricably linked in my home non-profit, the Wolf Trap Opera Company (an arm of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts).Why Blog?The reasons I blog (and have since 2004) are not always directly linked to the benefits. My primary motivations for beginning to write were education and frustration. Education, because I knew that a company with a young artist mission such as ours would be able to contribute to the developing careers of many more aspiring artists if we could get as much information as possible to a larger audience. So I began chronicling our annual nationwide audition tour, giving singers a better glimpse into what happens on our side of the table. Frustration, because any of us who believe in our product and our cause know that if we could just get past the propaganda of mainstream marketing, we could spread that enthusiasm to others. And that is where the marketing and fundraising meet.Wolf Trap Members & Priority TicketingOpera doesn’t turn a profit. That’s not a surprise, generally. But it’s not because we’re indiscriminately pouring money down some high-art pit. Chez nous, penny-pinching is something akin to an obsession. The vast vast majority of our budget goes to employ and further the careers of the roughly 100 artists, staff and crew who spend part or all of their summer at the Trap. The amount that we spend on resources other than human ones is a frighteningly low figure. If you click through to my blog, and then to the pages on wolftrap.org (as I hope you will), you’ll find out that tickets don’t go on sale to the general public for about a month. Why the lag? Well, without Wolf Trap members, we simply would not exist. And as one way of thanking those who help us keep on going, if you donate, you get to jump to the front of the line to get tickets. It’s a pretty standard way of operating for NFP performing arts organizations, and it’s really not as prohibitive as you might think. (Here’s some math for you: Membership starts at a tax-deductible $65. That’s a net expense of about three nights’ parking fees at other venues.)The Turk in ItalyWe are committed to bringing variety and richness to our patron’s lives. This summer, Mozart brings us drama, Rossini provides some laughs, and Britten completely transports us into his unique dreamscape. And in the doing, the best of the next generation of performing artists refines their chops. Whether you’re an audience member, a fan, a donor, or all of the above, we appreciate your support. Our world needs many things, and music is one of them.last_img read more

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I would beef for Drogba, fish for Aguero: Vidic

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI) Beef and chicken for Drogba, fish for Aguero — former Manchester United star Nemanja Vidics meticulously planned pre-match diet, back in the day, certainly provides food for thought. Vidic, who had earned a reputation as one of the worlds best centre-backs during his days at Old Trafford, was in the country recently to launch the India chapter of Football For Peace. “I eat more chicken, beef and pasta before the game (when I have to play against (Didier) Drogba but if I play against (Sergio) Aguero I eat fish, you know, right food to maybe lose one or two kilos,” Vidic said, recalling his preparations before lining up against the worlds best in his heydays. Football For Peace, which is supported by the English Premier League and the UK Foreign Office, will identify 10-12 cities in the country as part of its Cities for Peace initiative. Asked about the Premier League initiative in India, the 36-year-old central defender from Serbia had good things to say and sounded optimistic about the future of the sport in the country. “I think its a good project. Because in Serbia, they still dont have great facilities. But I think what the Premier League is targeting is helping these coaches to grow and to give the best possible knowledge to these young kids to grow.” “We need India as a nation to play football because if you have players from India I think everyone would be excited to play in the Premier League. I saw these kids, they are very competitive. I think the future is there,” Vidic said during an interview with actor Ranveer Singh, who is a Premier League ambassador in India.advertisement Vidic played under the iconic manager Alex Ferguson for more than seven years at United, helping the club win five Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and several cup competitions, before the Serbian moved to Italys Inter Milan in 2014. PTI AH APA APAlast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal defeated in Kooyong return but eyes Australian Open

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Support The Guardian Sam Stosur banks first win of 2018 despite showcourt snubbing Reuse this content Australian Open 2018 Rafael Nadal Australian Open Share on Twitter Tenniscenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Australia sport Since you’re here… But more importantly, the Spaniard looked to be moving freely on his troublesome knee.“It was a good test for me and good practice,” Nadal said. “I’m good and I am here so that’s good news and my idea is just to keep practising the next couple of days to be ready for the beginning of the Australian Open.”Nadal hadn’t played since withdrawing from the ATP Tour Finals in mid-November after an opening three-set loss to David Goffin. He was far from his best against world No31 Gasquet but it was a big step forward as he targets a second Australian Open title.Nadal trailed Gasquet 3-0 in the second set after going down a double break but clawed his way back to lead 5-4 only to lose his serve again. His forehand was particularly erratic in the swirling wind at Kooyong.Tournament officials hastily organised the practice match for Nadal after he withdrew from last week’s Brisbane International saying he was underdone.“It was a long year last year so I started my preparation a little bit later than usual,” Nadal said. “It’s good to start having the feelings of playing a match even if it’s not official.”Nadal, who lost the Open final in five sets to Roger Federer last year, will round out his preparation in the Tie Break Tens on Wednesday night in Melbourne alongside Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios. Topics Share on Pinterest Rafael Nadal has made a rusty return to the court at the Kooyong Classic, but plans on being ready for the Australian Open.The world No1 played just his second match in almost three months, losing to Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 in their exhibition outing in Melbourne on Tuesday. Share on WhatsApp newslast_img read more

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Clemson’s Derion Kendrick Thriving After Move From WR To CB

first_imgJustyn Ross celebrates with Clemson teammates including Derion Kendrick after touchdown.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)When Derion Kendrick arrived at Clemson, he was listed as an ‘athlete’ but the recruiting services. And he was an elite one at that.The former five-star player was ranked No. 26 overall in the class. He began his career at wide receiver, after excelling there in high school, but has switched sides.Kendrick is now at cornerback for the Tigers, and just a few weeks into the move he may very well lock up a starting job. Right now, the coaching staff says he’d be penciled in there.Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said as much when asked about Derion Kendrick recently.From The Charlotte Observer:“If you said name the starters today, you’re picking two, he’s one of those two starters today,” Venables said. “When that decision was made, really he’s just taken off. Very natural, got great instincts, very tough, competitive, incredible transitional movement… He’s still learning a lot of the nuances and intricacies of what we do. But it comes very easy to him.”Cornerback A.J. Terrell returns as one of the team’s starters from last year’s national championship-winning Tigers club.Kendrick is vying for the other job, along with Kyler McMichael, Mario Goodrich and LeAnthony Williams. As of today, he has the upper hand.While many guys might prefer playing offense, Kendrick doesn’t seem to mind the switch, even after a solid 15 catch, 210 yard season as a freshman:“I’m going to go hard at whatever I do… I don’t really have a preference. As long as I’m on the field it doesn’t really matter,” Kendrick said. “The biggest thing to learn is just the basics of the whole defense, that’s it. I really knew everything about corner and stuff from high school, so it really comes natural.”If he continues to develop there, Clemson is going to be even more dangerous than we may have already assumed. Surprise, surprise.[The Charlotte Observer]last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Human Rights Inquiry Begins

first_imgAn independent board of inquiry will consider a complaint of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual harassment. The complainant claims that while employed at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, his coworkers and a supervisor sexually harassed him over a six-year period due to perceptions of his sexual orientation. He claims the harassment was severe and also included physical contact. A preliminary motion was granted by board chair Cheryl Hodder to ban publication of the complainant’s name, his family members’ names, and any other identifying features. Further, any verbal or documentary evidence introduced at the hearing cannot refer to them by name. The hearing will be held Monday, July 20, to Friday, July 31, at the Wandlyn Inn, 7270 Highway #1, Coldbrook, near Kentville. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. Boards of Inquiry are the final stage in the human rights complaint process. They are independent, public hearings into complaints of discrimination.last_img read more

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Sealdah station gets states first executive lounge

first_imgKolkata: The executive lounge opened by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Sealdah station has become very popular among the passengers within a week of its inauguration.Only of its kind in eastern India, the facilities of the lounge can be availed for two hours against a payment of Rs 100. Drinking water and tea and coffee are given free of cost to the passengers. They can have their breakfast and lunch or dinner at the adjacent restaurant. If the bill at the restaurant is more than Rs 500, a concession is given to the passengers occupying the lounge. They can also take rest at the lounge and freshen up there. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaDebashis Chandra, general manager, IRCTC, Eastern India, said the lounge has become very popular among the passengers who come to the city in the morning, do their work during the day and catch the train in the night to go back to their homes. They keep their luggage in the cloakroom and go out for work. IRCTC proposes to open a similar executive lounge in Siliguri soon. Sumita Ray, who came from Siliguri to the city for a day to attend a seminar, said: “I was really touched by the cleanliness and décor of the executive lounge. The cloakroom is spacious and safe. I welcome the move.” IRCTC officials said in the past one week, the response of the passengers has been very positive and many had inquired about it.last_img read more

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Ahmed alRaissouni Blames Saudi Arabia Egypt UAE for Death of Mohamed

Rabat – The head of the International  Union of Muslim scholars, Ahmed Al Raissouni has released a statement mourning the death of former former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died after collapsing in a Cairo court on Monday, June 17.The news ofMorsi’ sudden death shocked the Arab world, with several public figures and leaders mourning his death.Morocco’s Al Raissouni, who described Morsi as a “martyr,” was among the well-known figures who blame Egypt of  the ousted president’s death. In the statement issued on June 17. Al Raissouni accused the Egyptian regime of killing the ousted president, who was Egypt’s first democratically elected President.“Six years ago he was tortured in prison. Six years ago he was taken to the so-called trials. Six years ago they killed him part-by-part,” wrote Al Raissouni.Read Also: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Dies After Court SessionPointing fingers at the Egyptian regime, Al Raissouni said that the example of Morsi was a “stigma to all parts of Egypt, except for the treacherous ring governing” in the country.“These traitors and assassins have no brow and now place to put  a new stain. They are a disgrace to Arabs, Muslims, and humanity,” Al Raissouni said.In his statement, Al Raissouni accused Egyptian political elites of selling Morsi as well as“legitimacy, and democracy.”“The case of Mohamed Morsi is a disgrace and a condemnation to the silent and gloating Arab presidents. It is a disgrace and a condemnation to Al-Azhar, and all its scholars and to its so-called sheikh the ‘Grand Imam.’”In addition to Egypt, Al Raisouni also blamed Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the death of the imprisoned ex-president.“The case of Mohamed Morsi constitutes a disgrace and a treacherous plot for criminal conspirators of Al Saud and Al Nahyan families who are involved in the killing of the martyr Mohamed Morsi.”Al Raissouni also accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of killing innocent people in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and other Muslims.Al Raissouni was not the only public figure to condemn the death of Morsi. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Egypt’s “tyrants” for the death of Morsi.“History will never forget those tyrants who led to his death by putting him in jail and threatening him with execution,” said Erdogan.A close ally to Morsi, Erdogan added. “May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace.” The United Nations also expressed condolences to Morsi’s family through its spokesman Stephane Dujarric.Malaysia, Qatar, Palestine’s Hamas have also expressed condolences to the family of the deceased. read more

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UPFA gets most number of votes in Ratnapura

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) got the most number of votes in the Ratnapura District and secured 6 seats during the 2015 Parliamentary election.The UPFA got 323,636 votes (51.19%) while the United National Party (UNP) got 284,117 votes (44.94%) and secured 5 seats. Independent Group 011040.02%0 United People’s Freedom Alliance323,63651.19%6* United People’s Party4650.07%0 People’s Liberation Front21,5253.40%0 Independent Group 05500.01%0 Frontline Socialist Party2630.04%0 Nawa Sihala Urumaya350.01%0 Okkoma Wasiyo Okkoma Rajawaru Sanvidanaya600.01%0 * Including a bonus seat. Independent Group 03390.01%0 United National Party284,11744.94%5 Independent Group 04740.01%0 Sri Lanka National Force250.00%0 Independent Group 02350.01%0 Jana Setha Peramuna490.01%0 Nawa Sama Samaja Party410.01%0 Our National Front3790.06%0 TOTAL POLLED655,22280.88% Democratic Party7870.12%0 Independent Group 06790.01%0 Sri Lanka Labour Party200.00%0 Bodu Jana Peramuna4130.07%0 TOTAL VALID VOTES632,19696.49% REJECTED VOTES23,0263.51% REGISTERED NO OF ELECTORS810,082 PARTY/GROUP NAMEVOTES OBTAINEDPERCENTAGENO OF MEMBERS read more

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Long Point causeway completion by 2021

Norfolk County has pencilled in 2021 as the year for completing an ambitious rebuild of the Long Point causeway between Port Rowan and Long Point.The shifting timeline for the $11-million project is causing some frustration and anxiety in the Port Rowan-Long Point area, Norfolk council heard this week.“We had a sign there once that said completion by 2018,” Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele said Tuesday.“Then the sign was changed to 2019. Now we’re hearing 2021. We don’t want the public to lose faith in our ability to get things done.”Complicating matters is the fact that the previous council agreed to rebuild the causeway and the old wooden bridge near George Lane simultaneously.Plans were to replace the bridge in 2025. But that was before it began to fall apart in the spring of 2018. Public works has concluded that significant savings are available by combining the bridge and road reconstruction into a single tender package.Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, said the county could be rewarded for its patience.Ottawa and Queen’s Park are due to announce another major round of infrastructure funding. Baird said the causeway project could be well positioned to capitalize on this support.“We feel this would be a great candidate because we are moving to shovel-readiness,” Baird said.Baird added the project is about to enter the design phase, something that could take six to eight months to complete.Baird said council and the community’s vision for a renewed causeway will be committed to paper at this point. After that, Baird suspects construction will go to tender in the spring of 2020.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp has also received feedback.There have been three open houses so far regarding the rebuild. The most recent was held during business hours Jan. 17. Chopp told council the scheduling was inconvenient for some who wanted to be there.“I got a ton of email and feedback that people weren’t able to attend and get their questions answered,” she said.Masschaele said many are concerned over the safety of the temporary bridge installed near George Lane. Baird said the rig mat decking is safe and that county staff inspect the causeway daily for safety issues.Baird added that two-way traffic will be maintained while the new bridge is constructed. This will be achieved with a temporary, parallel structure.“There will be a degree of complexity,” Baird said. “We will be effectively building two bridges. It’s something we’ve never done before.”Factoring in the recent installation of 12 eco-passages on the causeway —  portals which allow wildlife to pass between Long Point Bay and the Big Creek marsh under the road — and “this project is not very simple,” Baird added.Projects in ecologically-sensitive areas of Ontario require an environmental assessment (EA). Norfolk has contracted this to Parsons Inc. of London. The EA was completed March 29 and has since entered a 30-day public review period.“The study is being undertaken to address deteriorating road and bridge conditions as well as transportation needs along the causeway,” the original county notice said.“Recommendations developed for the corridor will consider the environmental sensitivity and cultural heritage significance of the area as well impacts to local residents and cost.”A Parsons representative has been invited to speak at the April 23 meeting of Norfolk council. Council members will share their questions  at this time.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Chinas financial news magazine says celebrity TV reporter taken away by prosecutors

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China’s financial news magazine says celebrity TV reporter taken away by prosecutors by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2014 6:28 am MDT BEIJING, China – A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China’s financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his boss was detained on suspicion of taking bribes during an ongoing investigation into high-level corruption at China’s biggest state-run network.Quoting an unnamed insider, Caixin.com said on its website that prosecutors took Rui away directly from the workplace without notifying the news program. Caixin said Rui had been scheduled to appear on the nightly newscast Friday, and his absence was conspicuous, as a second microphone remained on the set. The show is usually anchored by two people.In May, CCTV’s financial news director Guo Zhenxi was detained. A few months earlier, a former CCTV vice-president also has come under corruption investigation.Rui has interviewed many world leaders and business magnates and is known for his nationalistic streak. He has more than 10 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog page.In 2007, he protested the presence of a Starbucks shop at Beijing’s Forbidden City and helped start a grassroots movement that eventually kicked the U.S. brand out of the historic site.He raised eyebrows in 2009 when he claimed he could represent the entire Asia at a news conference for President Barack Obama.Rui is believed to be close to Guo. In a 2009 profile of Rui in the New York Times, Guo praised Rui as “our star anchor” and said that his newscast was, for the first time, “examining the health of the nation with a television program.” read more

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Caterpillar upgrades room and pillar mining equipment manufacturing

first_imgCaterpillar is updating and upgrading room and pillar mining equipment manufacturing facilities in Houston, Pennsylvania. The facility, located south of Pittsburgh, currently manufactures continuous miners used in underground coal and soft rock mining, and it is being readied to manufacture the Cat® room and pillar coal transportation products now made in Pulaski, Virginia. Additionally, the Cat HW300 Highwall Miner, now built in Beckley, West Virginia, will be assembled in the Houston facility. The facility updates will be completed in third quarter. Investment in these mining machines, which came to Caterpillar in the acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011, includes more than the facility upgrades in Houston. Caterpillar continues to conduct significant research and development directed to new products and technology.“There’s no doubt that the underground mining segment is a key component of Caterpillar’s growth strategy, and we’re putting all the building blocks in place now to ensure our underground program is everything our dealers and customers need it to be,” said Paul Mulley, Product Manager for room and pillar and the highwall miner. “We’re funding programs that will create long term facility, product and customer benefits. Even as the updates to the facility are made, we have the industry’s best engineering talent working on new products, we’re integrating proven Cat components into many models, and we’re pursuing new technologies that customers have been asking for.”The Houston facility upgrades are substantial and will first and foremost address manufacturing and assembly areas. Jim Johnston, Facility Manager for all Caterpillar room and pillar manufacturing locations, explains: “Our changes will improve work flow and provide our employees with a brighter environment, and we’re physically separating manufacturing from assembly areas to help ensure the highest quality. New flooring surfaces in the plant will also promote contamination control. In addition, new pre delivery inspection areas and a test track are planned. All of these changes will help us deliver the highest quality products built for high productivity and long life.”The Houston facility already uses the Caterpillar Production System, proven to drive quality and efficiency in Caterpillar plants around the world. Additionally, all new products are being developed using virtual validation tools that help ensure ergonomic, efficient and safe assembly procedures. On the line, the team uses new visual management tools that facilitate assembly and help ensure global Caterpillar standards are being met.“Our goal is to deliver underground mining equipment that provides the best value for customers worldwide. We are taking advantage of a slow period to make significant changes to our business and to position Caterpillar well for the future. We are also working with our dealers to be able to provide our underground customers the unparalleled support they expect from Caterpillar,” said Robert Droogleever, Segment Manager for all underground products at Caterpillar. “Being the best means not only developing new products and technologies, but also making continuous product improvements to the models we currently offer—and, yes, making some difficult decisions required to develop into a stronger business.”The Caterpillar portfolio of underground products also includes longwall and hard rock mining equipment. Cat longwall products, such as the new EL1000 Shearer, are designed by the talent in the engineeringCenterofExcellencelocated inLünen,Germany. The hard rock segment is also hard at work on new product introductions, including the rock cutting head that was announced at MINExpo 2012.In addition to the Houston plant, Caterpillar manufactures underground products in plants located in Australia, Germany, China, Thailand and the Czech Republic.last_img read more

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Cars stolen for major robberies Anglican Bishop family victims of crime

first_img Related Items:#BishopBoyd, #heist, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If there was any doubt, it can be erased because criminals are definitely stealing people’s cars to commit serious crimes and there was another example of that this morning in Nassau.    A Nissan Note was stolen around 5am from a security guard who was on duty.  Police report that three armed men tied up the guard and took his vehicle.Fifteen minutes later, another security guard was tied up and robbed of cash, his cell phone and his green 2009 Pontiac … the trio arrived on that scene in the Nissan Note in a brazen #heist where they got away – in both vehicles – with an entire safe.   Cell phone video of the safe was in circulation today; the person capturing the image was in shock at the size of the safe which she said was on Podoleo Street.Later  in the day, there was a report of a robbery at Thompsons Trading by a group of criminals who robbed Temple Christian School and stole the vehicle of Anglican Arch Bishop Laish Boyd.    The wall of the school’s office was hacked open and torn to bits.   Police confirmed that #BishopBoyd was not in the vehicle at the time it was stolen, but his driver was.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Gattuso accepts responsibility after Milans 00 draw

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso accepted full responsibility for their lacklustre goalless draw at Frosinone today in the Serie AThe Rossoneri were made to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Benito Stirpe with Patrick Cutrone, Franck Kessie and Gonzalo Higuain wasting great opportunities.In the end, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came to the rescue in stoppage-time to deny Ciano from handing Frosinone a shock winner to settle the score at 0-0.But still, Milan have now gone five matches without a victory and four league games without finding the net for the first time since 1984.“In the first half we had a bad game,” said Gattuso, according to Football-Italia.“Against Fiorentina we created and we played better, here we gave the first half to Frosinone. We didn’t do well, and they won every 50-50.“To reach our objective of Champions League qualification we can’t play the way we did in the first half.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“You can’t face an important match the way we did today, giving 45 minutes to your opponents.“We’re not in a good period and the results aren’t coming: I cannot accept a performance like the one in the first half.“My concern is my team, I’m not thinking about my own position. I’m judged by results and I’ll put my face forward.“I’m the captain of this ship, so it’s only right that I take all the responsibility.“It’s important for me to understand how to make my players play their best, because right now they’re performing below their means.“There’s no tranquillity and they look nervous, that’s what I need to think about. As for the rest, anything can happen.”The Rossoneri will next host SPAL on Saturday at the San Siro.last_img read more