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Nomura opens doors for disengaged kids

first_img Share Nomura opens doors for disengaged kids whatsapp DISADVANTAGED kids celebrated a victory this weekend as investment bank Nomura host­ed a graduation ceremony in their own offices for those enrolled in a rigorous pro­gram­me from education charity ThinkForward. The course has a big City backing, including from Barclays, EY, ICG, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and UBS. Go team!■ WANT to see something brilliant? City A.M. managing director Lawson Muncaster is going to abseil down the Lloyd’s of London building on Lime Street. He’s doing it alongside other long-suffering volunteers to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal as part of the run up to City Giving day in September. We’re scared he’ll chicken out if he doesn’t reach his fundraising target of £950, so please donate generously before the treacherous abseil begins on 4 September at www.doitforcharity.com/Lawson. Go on, you’ll really want to see this.■ DO YOU feel like you don’t fit the City stereotype? Are you more Pearly King than diamonds and pearls? Well good news, as today Leadenhall Market will play host to Cockney Opera, cele­brating the music hall tradition and bringing a bit of cultcha’ to the Square Mile. The event will take place just in time for lunch in the Market, with cockney tunes in an operatic style. So get orf your ‘Arris and have a butcher’s! Tags: NULL whatsapp Sunday 16 August 2015 11:00 pm Express KCS Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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Urged on by scientists, NIH will study Gilead’s remdesivir-like compound against Covid-19

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Lab tests have suggested GS-441524 is active against SARS-CoV-2, and it is apparently similar or superior to the effects of remdesivir at levels that do not cause much toxicity, according to the Anderson researchers, who want to run their own tests. They also maintain the compound is more easily synthesized than remdesivir, so it should be easier to create oral versions and make higher doses.Earlier this month, the drug maker explained there were several reasons for pursuing remdesivir instead. These include evidence indicating remdesivir is more effective in test tubes and animal models than GS-441524 in blocking viral replication, and was also more active in lab tests against multiple coronaviruses, include SARS-CoV-2. Yichuan Cao/Sipa USA @Pharmalot Privacy Policy The compound actually made headlines for a different reason earlier this year. GS-441524 has been sold on black markets to repel feline infectious peritonitis, a disease in cats caused by a different coronavirus than the virus that causes Covid-19.advertisement Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Tags Coronavirusdrug development Leave this field empty if you’re human: The company and the researchers sparred over such issues as toxicology findings in both remdesivir and GS-441524. So far, though, the drug maker has not offered to cooperate in their research. A Gilead spokesman recently noted that additional preclinical studies to further compare remdesivir and GS-441524 have begun. [UPDATE: The following day, the spokesman wrote us to say the company has shared available preclinical data with the NIH.]One of the Anderson researchers, Victoria Yan, a graduate research assistant specializing in phosphate chemistry, wrote us that she is “really excited” by the NCATS decision. But she added the researchers are still seeking permission from Gilead to use data on the compound that is on file with the FDA. She is hopeful any data generated by NCATS can support their own investigational drug application to the FDA. In the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, Pfizer turns to a scientist with a history of defying skeptics — and getting results “We are planning to independently test the therapeutic hypothesis for GS-441524 in treating SARS-CoV-2, [which causes Covid-19], and have informed our colleagues at [the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] about our plans for preclinical studies. We expect to conduct these studies quickly and make the results available to the research community for further consideration,” the agency said in the letter. [email protected] The National Institutes of Health plans to independently explore whether a Gilead Sciences (GILD) compound, which some academics maintain is highly similar to remdesivir, but which the company has deemphasized in its efforts, may be useful in combating Covid-19.The compound, called GS-441524, works in the same way as remdesivir to inhibit viruses, according to research that was conducted partly by the company (more here). But the compound has not been tested in humans and, for the past few months, a pair of researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has argued publicly that Gilead ought to run tests.Now, the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is curious. Scientists at the institute have “reviewed the literature and agree that this compound merits further exploration,” according to an Aug. 20 letter sent to MD Anderson researchers and the advocacy group Public Citizen, which recently wrote to the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration in hopes of pressuring Gilead to conduct studies.advertisement By Ed Silverman Aug. 24, 2020 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Related: Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. PharmalotUrged on by scientists, NIH will study Gilead’s remdesivir-like compound against Covid-19 last_img read more

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Road repairs in Ballyroan and safety measures in Cullenagh

first_img Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening By Siun Lennon – 19th October 2018 Twitter Council Community Previous articleInvestment needed, ‘to stop the Midlands to become Ireland’s rust belt’Next articleExciting new Hospitality Traineeship programme is open for applications Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter TAGSCllr Mary SweeneyPortlaoise Municipal District Geograph.ie A number of issues surrounding road repairs and safety issues in the Portlaoise municipal district area came up at this month’s meeting.Councillor Mary Sweeney raised the issues, which included a notice of motion to repair the road at Ballyruin, Ballyroan.“I realise it’s a bit soon to be asking again but the entrance is in a bad condition again,” said cllr Sweeney.Senior engineer Wes Wilkinson responded to her motion, saying: “Road repairs were carried out in Ballyruin Lane in early 2018 – we will investigate this road again and carry out any necessary repairs.”No rumble strips for Ballyroan “It is not appropriate to install rumble strips in an urban area due to nuisance road noise for residents living close by.”This was the response received when asked about installing the strips to the new pedestrian crossing in Ballyroan.Cllr Mary Sweeney asked for, ‘a bit of advance warning’ for drivers approaching the pedestrian crossing, as it is, ‘new and the first crossing in the area’.“Advance warning signs will be put in place on the three approach roads to the new pedestrian crossing in Ballyroan.“Road markings in the area will also be refreshed following the works,” said senior engineer Wes Wilkinson.Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley seconded the motion.Safety measures at Cullenagh New safety measures could be introduced at Cullenagh.Cllr Mary Sweeney raised the motion for the measures, stating: “This road is currently of concern to residents with speeding traffic and no signage in place.”Senior engineer in Laois County Council Wes Wilkinson and cllr Sweeney visited the site on Wednesday morning to see what measures could be implemented.SEE ALSO – ‘Fáilte Ireland has forgotten about Laois’ Facebook Home News Council Road repairs in Ballyroan and safety measures in Cullenagh NewsCouncil Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Road repairs in Ballyroan and safety measures in Cullenagh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

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Bishop Blair Re-appointed Political Ombudsman

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Bishop Herro Blair has been re-appointed Political Ombudsman, to serve for another five years.Presenting the Instruments of Re-appointment, at a brief ceremony, held at King’s House, today (Aug. 25), Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen congratulated Bishop Blair on his re-appointment and for the contribution he has made over the years in that capacity.“We are pleased that your performance was so outstanding,” the Governor-General said.He encouraged Bishop Blair to conduct all investigations into complaints relating to party political issues and perform all other functions set out by the Act. He also implored all Jamaicans to “aid and assist” with the investigations of the Ombudsman, which would ultimately benefit the country.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents Bishop Herro Blair with his Instrument of Appointment as Political Ombudsman for another five years, during a ceremony, held at King’s House, today (August 25).Responding, Bishop Blair said that he was “humbled and honoured” to be re-appointed for another term.“I pledge and promise that for the next five years, I will continue to give human service and I will continue to stand up for Jamaica. I will, by the help of God, use this office to help Jamaica to get a ‘fresh start’ with the help of our political leaders and our politicians,” he said.The Ombudsman emphasised that the country needed citizens who were faithful to the rebuilding of the nation.The role of the Political Ombudsman is to conduct investigations into complaints relating to party political issues and to perform other functions in accordance with the provisions of the Act. The Office of Political Ombudsman was established in 2002.Prior to his re-appointment, Bishop Blair served the nation for the last seven years. RelatedBishop Blair Re-appointed Political Ombudsman Bishop Blair Re-appointed Political Ombudsman Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 25, 2009center_img RelatedBishop Blair Re-appointed Political Ombudsman RelatedBishop Blair Re-appointed Political Ombudsmanlast_img read more

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Job Vacancy rebound latest sign of strength for Queensland economy

first_imgJob Vacancy rebound latest sign of strength for Queensland economy Treasurer and Minister for Investment The Honourable Cameron DickJob vacancies in Queensland rose to their highest level on record in the three months to the end of November 2020 according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the data demonstrated once again that Queensland’s strong health response and the delivery of our economic recovery plan are enabling Queensland’s economic recovery.“Job vacancies increased to 47,900 in the November quarter, according to the ABS,” the Treasurer said.“That’s close to double the 25,200 vacancies seen in the May quarter last year, the period which covered the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland.“Because of our strong health response, we’ve been able to ease restrictions faster and more broadly than other large states, and today’s data underlines that again.“In annual terms, Queensland job vacancies increased by 22% – the highest level on the east coast and well above the national average of 12%.“We know the recovery from COVID-19 has a long way to go, and as the last week has shown it won’t always be smooth sailing. “There will still be businesses that are doing it tough, but this shows the jobs market is continuing to recover.“The willingness of Queenslanders to follow the health advice and keep our community safe puts us in the strongest possible position for what we know will be a journey that will take years to recover from COVID.”The Treasurer said it was particularly pleasing to see the vast majority of job vacancies were in the private sector.“Through the worst of COVID last year we know it was our frontline workers who kept Queensland safe,” the Treasurer said.“As our economy continues to open up, it’s vital we can instil the confidence in the private sector to employ more people, and that’s what these figures show.“44,000 job vacancies, or nearly 92% of those across the November quarter, came from the private sector.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, Australia, Australian, community, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, frontline workers, Government, Investment, jobs, market, Minister, QLD, Queensland, statisticslast_img read more

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Companies House to pause voluntary and compulsory strike off processes for one month

first_imgCompanies House to pause voluntary and compulsory strike off processes for one month We’re closely following the government’s COVID-secure guidance and have reduced the number of colleagues in our offices. This has led to delays in processing correspondence, documents and forms.We’ve temporarily paused our strike off processes so that companies are not adversely affected by these delays.We’ll continue to publish first Gazette notices for voluntary strike off applications to minimise the impact on those who have applied to close their company – but we will not be publishing the second Gazette notice and striking companies off during this period. For companies on the compulsory strike off path, we will not be publishing first and second Gazette notices.Pausing our strike off processes will provide companies with more time to update their records and help them avoid being struck off the register. It’ll also protect creditors and other interested parties who might have had difficulties in receiving notices or registering an objection, or whose objections have not yet been processed.We’ll continue to remind customers about their filing responsibilities during this period. Our digital services are available as normal, and we encourage all customers to file online if you’re able to.You can find your filing deadlines on your company overview page on Companies House service.We’ll conduct a review before the end of the one month period, and we’ll keep customers updated on GOV.UK and on our social channels. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:digital, Government, house, Impact, Internet, online, strike, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

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Production-spec Jaguar I-Pace could debut this September

first_img Jaguar‘s very first electric vehicle is rumoured to debut as early as this September.That’s the word from AutoExpress – hat tip to Motor1.com – which suggests the Jaguar I-Pace is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. It’s certainly not unrealistic – having debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the fairly production-ready Jaguar I-Pace concept has already hit some streets in London. Plus, it’s already set to be built in Austria once 2018 rolls around. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Jaguar I-Pace concept RELATED TAGSJaguarFrankfurtFrankfurt Motor ShowNewsAustriaAutomotive ShowsCars and Car DesignCentral EuropeCulture and LifestyleEuropeFrankfurt Motor ShowJaguar Cars Ltd.LondonLos Angeles Auto Show Trending in Canada This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show is scheduled to kick off Sept. 12. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Under the skin, the I-Pace utilizes a 90 kWh battery and two electric motors. All in, the I-Pace produces 400 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. When it isn’t sprinting from rest-to-100 km/h in about four seconds, Jaguar says the I-Pace can deliver approximately 354 kilometres on one charge. advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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How can we stop impaired, distracted drivers once and for all?

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Sgt. Clint Whitney with a driver after she was pulled over, as part of a new distracted driving program that nabbed drivers in Richmond Hill, Ontario, for the media on Wednesday on Wednesday November 22, 2017. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Proponents of an all-autonomous driving world usually cite safety, with a corresponding plunge in death and injury, as a leading reason drivers need to be done away with. I may hate the idea in principle, but they have a point: Drivers are idiots. So how do we stop the worst – the impaired and the distracted – once and for all?Easy: Zero tolerance for booze and drugs, automatic surrender of any handheld device if you’re involved in a collision, and manufacturers must make infotainment systems that require severely limited physical interaction unless the vehicle is in park. Easy.For decades, police and the courts, both the bricks-and-mortar kind and the public opinion kind, have struggled to punish, warn, scare, beg, plead and coerce people into not drinking if they intend to get behind the wheel. You’re allowed to have this many drinks, but not that many. You can blow this but not that. One set of rules if you’re 19, another if you’re 21. The resources that go into campaigns to serve as carrots and laws to serve as sticks continue to meet hard resistance. advertisement Sharing drunk driving checkpoint locations solves nothing We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew Vehicles If we want to. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada The lamest excuses police hear for distracted drivingWe call it impaired driving now, instead of drunk driving, because of the proliferation of both illegal (though, soon not) and legal drugs. We actually establish law on not whether you can drive while impaired, but how impaired you’re legally allowed to be. Scrap that. If you’re behind the wheel, you have to be clean.The lawyers will have a field day, of course. They will argue that the cough syrup your mother gave you when you were seven-years-old has caused you to blow .02 when you’re 35; lawyers are good at that stuff if you pay them enough. So, the courts will get clogged and entrepreneurs will be mass-marketing boozefest morning-after pills that will mask the evidence better than the Russian Athletic Federation. But just like seatbelt usage, we will eventually move into a time when zero is the acceptable norm.Distracted driving is actually a far bigger threat on our roads these days, and it’s only getting worse. The initial attack was on handheld devices, and rightly so. When having a phone in your car started becoming a thing in the early 1990s, nobody – well, at least not I – could have foreseen the total immersion of entire populations into a screen they held in their hand.It doesn’t matter how large the fine, how high the demerits or how extreme the toll. People won’t put their phones down. So, cut to the chase: If you’re involved in a collision, wouldn’t you want to know that the other idiot was texting when it happened? Make everyone hand over their devices. We do this when there is a fatality; why wait?Vehicle manufacturers have crammed so much technology into new cars, drivers now have more decisions than the Apollo astronauts – and they got to the moon. Many of those decisions can be activated by voice command, which should be perfected and all drivers should learn to use. But the only way to actually stop the fiddlers is to remove the ability: Navigation and similar systems should only be able to be set or changed when the car is in park. Not stopped at a red light. Parked.I’ll go one step further. Heating, including seat and steering wheel, and volume controls should be tactile – a button or knob accessible without taking your eyes from the road. If you crash your car while reading your Twitter feed or trying to figure out if that’s Journey or REO Speedwagon playing, you’re merely being human and playing with all the cards the carmaker gave you. They should give you fewer cards.None of these things will be implemented, of course. But just because we can’t make people do the right thing, including saving their own lives, using reason and law, doesn’t mean we should acknowledge the pinhead dancing taking place. We could do more to fight impairment, and we can do more to curtail the distractions. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” See More Videos According to Statistics Canada, one in six drivers charged with impaired driving has already been charged in the past decade. You’d think having a DUI on your record make you just a little ashamed; guess you’d be wrong. So, make it zero. Every jurisdiction has their point-oh-somethings for car seizure, for this charge, for that felony. Everybody argues how many beers it’s okay to have in your belly before you head for home; Ride Check officers debate your “just a glass of wine with dinner six hours ago” as they shine a light in your eyes. Remove the debate. Zero.RELATED ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Live Free Weekend: CU community invited to take a sobriety challenge

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail As part of the fifth annual Live Free Weekend, the University of Colorado Boulder community is being encouraged to take a pledge to forego all alcohol use for 96 hours from Sept. 19-23.Presented by the CU-Boulder student group Oasis and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the pledge also includes no recreational drug use. Alternatively, participants can decide to take a “binge free agreement,” where they agree to be binge-free while abstaining from recreational drug use.“My hope is that people who take the pledge will use it as a chance to stand back and think about how attitudes and behaviors connected to substance use affect our daily lives,” said Matthew Tomatz, substance abuse coordinator at CAPS. “It is a great opportunity to recognize how drugs and alcohol affect us all while offering students many events to connect and socialize without alcohol.”The event will kickoff with a free lunch in the UMC Fountaion Area for people taking the pledge. Hosted by CU Student Government and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the lunch will give people a chance to meet others who are participating in the weekend. More Live Free Weekend events.Live Free Weekend is sponsored by CU Housing and Dining Services, CU Recreation Center, CUSG, CU Volunteer Resource Center, The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer Resource Center (GLBTQRC), Residence Hall Association (RHA), Community Health (A Division of Wardenburg Health Center), Student Veterans Association (SVA), Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Published: Sept. 16, 2013 last_img read more

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Family-Owned Tinte Cellars Welcomes Tinte Estates Vineyard to Its Growing Winery…

first_imgReddIt Share Previous articleAfternoon Brief, May 17thNext articleTEXSOM International Wine Awards Announces 2021 Winners Press Release AdvertisementMay 18th – Located just three hours east of Seattle, Tinte Estates Vineyard is a five-acre vineyard that produces 15-20 tons of quality fruit each year and features seven distinctive blocks planted in European high-density style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, and Mourvèdre are currently being harvested at Tinte Estates Vineyard. “Nearly 50 years ago, Eastern Washington visionary pioneers saw beyond the sea of sagebrush and imagined lush green vineyards nestled on the arid hills of Red Mountain,” said Tim Gamble, who co-owns the Tinte Cellars collective with his wife, Teresa Spellman Gamble. “Now, with more than 2,000 acres of grapevines, the area is lauded as one of the world’s great wine regions.”Tinte Cellars produces approximately 4,000 cases of award-winning Washington wine annually and has two tasting rooms near its winery in Woodinville, Washington, and a third tasting room in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood.“Tinte has grown a great deal since we started three years ago, even amidst the devastating global pandemic,” said Spellman Gamble. “Our passion for Washington wine and our commitment to strengthening the communities that make our wine has fueled us—and continues to do so.” Tinte Estates’ crop of wine grapes will continue to be sold by contract and for the production of Tinte Cellars wine, and Andrew Schultz and the team at Brothers in Farms will continue to manage the vineyard, said Gamble.Tinte Red Mountain Retreat“Our current project is refurbishing the Tinte Red Mountain Retreat,” said Spellman Gamble. “Tinte’s four-bedroom, short-term vacation rental property is nestled in the vineyard and boasts expansive views of Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and the Yakima Valley.”The Tinte Red Mountain Retreat will be available for guests in late 2021.Tinte Cellars does not have plans to open a tasting room on Red Mountain but plans to host pop-ups and vineyard tastings throughout the year.About Tinte CellarsIn June of 2018, co-owners and husband and wife team, Tim Gamble and Teresa Spellman Gamble, purchased Woodinville’s William Church and Cuillin Hills wineries creating the umbrella brand, Tinte Cellars.Community, volunteerism, and philanthropy formed the foundation of Tim and Teresa’s upbringings; their culture. When they established Tinte Cellars, the business needed to reflect those values and their desire to leave the world better than they found it.Each year, Tinte Cellars selects a few nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of all wine sales (right off the top). In 2021, five percent of all retail sales and 10% of all wine club sales will be split equally between Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, Seattle Children’s Behavioral Health Crisis Care Clinic, and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. In addition, Tinte invests in a wide range of programs and activities to enable their customers, employees, and partners to amplify their own positive impact on the world. Since June 2018, Tinte’s philanthropic commitment of cash and in-kind donations to local non-profits exceeded $405,000.00.Winemaking is the bedrock of the charitable giving and the winery operation is the heart and soul of Tinte Cellars.  It begins with building relationships with the growers of these incredible Washington state wine grapes, together nurturing the vines to perfection and harvesting at peak flavor profiles. The winemaker as artist and scientist utilizes the best technologies along with harnessing millennia of winemaking knowledge to craft world-class premium Washington state Tinte Cellars wine.  Tinte Cellars has released the following wines under the Tinte Cellars label: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, William Church Red Blend, Bishops Blend, Cuillin Hills Red Blend, and Rosé of Counoise.Please find details about Tinte Cellars awards and accolades here: https://bit.ly/TinteWineRecognition12_20.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Family-Owned Tinte Cellars Welcomes Tinte Estates Vineyard to Its Growing Winery CollectiveIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessFamily-Owned Tinte Cellars Welcomes Tinte Estates Vineyard to Its Growing Winery CollectiveBy Press Release – May 18, 2021 167 0 Linkedin Twitter Pinterest Facebook Email TAGSTinte CellarsTinte Estates Vineyard last_img read more

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Ambassador Presents Credentials to US President

first_imgStory HighlightsJamaica’s new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, officially presented his Letters of Credence to President of the United States, Barak Obama, during a ceremony held in the oval office at the White House on September 17. In his remarks, President Obama said Jamaica and the United States are tied together by history, culture, family and most importantly, by friendship.He expressed strong support for the Government and people of Jamaica and for the continued development of the special relationship that exists between the two countries. RelatedAmbassador Thomas Takes Up Duties in Washington FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedLiteracy Day Message from the Hon. Arnaldo Brown Photo: Contributed President of the United States, Barack Obama (left), with Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, after he presented his Letters of Credence to the President, at a brief ceremony held in the oval office at the White House, on Thursday, September 17. RelatedJamaica has Made Strides in Gender Equality – Ndombet Assambacenter_img Ambassador Presents Credentials to US PresidentJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements Ambassador Presents Credentials to US President Foreign AffairsSeptember 18, 2015Written by: Derrick Scott Jamaica’s new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, officially presented his Letters of Credence to President of the United States, Barack Obama, during a ceremony held in the oval office at the White House on September 17.In his remarks, President Obama said Jamaica and the United States are tied together by history, culture, family and most importantly, by friendship.He expressed strong support for the Government and people of Jamaica and for the continued development of the special relationship that exists between the two countries.Recounting his visit to Jamaica in April, President Obama said he was heartened by the warm reception he received from the people of Jamaica and pointed out that in the meetings he had with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, great progress was made to deepen and strengthen cooperation in the region.The President said that the town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies reaffirmed his conviction that the young people of Jamaica are poised to lead their country to new and greater heights and that the US continues to value Jamaica as a true leader of the Caribbean.For his part, Ambassador Thomas said that during his tenure, he will work to further deepen and strengthen the relationship between Jamaica and the US.“Over the years, Jamaica and the United States have shared a strong fraternal relationship, which has been to our benefit and it is my firm intention to facilitate as much as possible, the further strengthening of this bond,” he said.Ambassador Thomas noted that the discussions that took place between Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Obama identified priorities for engaging with the United States, including issues such as: energy; trade and investment; competitiveness; youth-related matters; immigration and deportation. These, he said, are key issues he intends to focus on while in office.He noted that the United States remains the country’s most important trading partner and the island continues to attract a significant number of American tourists.Ambassador Thomas said it is his aim to work at increasing the trade ties and tourism arrivals between the two countries, as “we both seek to cement the economic recovery process and increase opportunities for our people.”last_img read more

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Staples Center removes the public’s massive Kobe Bryant memorial

first_imgHomeFeaturedStaples Center removes the public’s massive Kobe Bryant memorial Feb. 04, 2020 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsStaples Center removes the public’s massive Kobe Bryant memorialGuest Author1 year agoKobe Bryant memorialLee Zeidmanstaples center A massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was being dismantled Monday, with an official saying some of the items would go to Bryant’s widow and other family members.The cleanup of flowers, balloons, jerseys, stuffed toys and basketballs began at 4 a.m., Staples Center President Lee Zeidman tweeted. A fence was erected around the site to keep the cleanup out of public view.Fans spontaneously began creating the memorial in a plaza outside the arena as word surfaced that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in suburban Calabasas. The memorial kept growing for a week. Personal messages were written on many of the items.“Truly amazing the outpouring of love from the City of Angels in honor of the 9 who lost their lives 1/26/20,” Zeidman said. By midmorning Monday, he said, more than 1,350 basketballs had been boxed up.Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, had requested items, which were to be cataloged and shipped to the family. Flowers will be composted and spread around plants near Staples Center.Fans were urged to donate to a Bryant foundation rather than bring more gifts and flowers.Associated PressTags :Kobe Bryant memorialLee Zeidmanstaples centershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSnubbing Iowa, Bloomberg charts his own path in 2020 contestMan in LA high-rise fire died from smoke inhalation, burnsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agolast_img read more

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CNN, Coca Cola reveal challenges in adopting mobile solutions

first_img LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 NORTH AMERICA: Retail giant Coca Cola conceded its mobile offering is still very much dispensable, despite recent efforts to make the technology more essential to its brand.Tom Daly, the company’s group director for mobile, speaking on the panel ‘Media, Entertainment and the Video Explosion,’ said mobile was still not at the core of the company’s operations, meaning mindshare internally and for its customers revolves more around TV content for advertising in particular.Despite its struggles, Coca Cola has indeed ramped up its efforts in mobile by adopting Apple Pay and Android Pay in its vending machines, to make it the largest acceptor of NFC payments in the world. It is also working with Ericsson to bring more connectivity to rural markets.“The unfortunate fact is, if everyone turned off all their phones now, we won’t sell one less Coke,” said Daly. “Our mind share is TV, so mobile gets put into the experimental phase. We need to now go beyond this, and make mobile indispensable and irrevocable.”CNNCathy Farr, senior director, mobile and emerging technologies at CNN, echoed Daly’s sentiments for her own division, revealing that “CNN sees itself primarily as a TV company”.cnn“We are exploring different voices as a way to push out our content. Through mobile and even with platforms on apps like Snapchat, we are aiming to be more social in our tone, despite delivering serious news.”Both Daly and Farr also conceded that they had yet to figure out concrete ways to tap into the huge opportunity that exists with its customer and readership data, which also presents a huge opportunity.“We are trying about 10 things and failing on 8 of them,” said Farr. “Data is new and we need to figure out what to do. We can see someone may like entertainment stories, but combining the experience that a company like CNN offers and mixing it in with the important things remains a challenge.” Qualcomm, Ericsson and ZTE weigh in on calls for more US spectrum M360 2015 North America Tags Author CNNCoca ColaM360 2015 NA News AT&T committed to disruption through mobile AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 OCT 2015 center_img Apple, AT&T hail decade long partnership Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Related Previous ArticleQualcomm, Ericsson and ZTE weigh in on calls for more US spectrumNext ArticleEE steps up B2B offensive with set of 4G-based services HomeM360 2015 North America CNN, Coca Cola reveal challenges in adopting mobile solutions Kavit Majithia last_img read more

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Orange, DT unveil smart speaker; 5G gathers pace

first_img Author Justin Springham AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 DEC 2018 Related Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Tags Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more Home Orange, DT unveil smart speaker; 5G gathers pace Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund 5Gartificial intelligenceDeutsche TelekomOrange Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market The CEOs of Orange and Deutsche Telekom took centre stage at this year’s ShowHello event in Paris, as the operator giants unveiled their joint smart speaker product, an initiative they argued is critical to Europe playing catch-up in global digital innovation.Orange chief Stephane Richard (pictured) and Deutsche Telekom boss Timotheus Hoettges showcased the smart speaker, branded Djingo by Orange markets and Magenta by Deutsche Telekom. The voice-controlled gadget is the result of a 150-employee strong collaboration by the operators.While Hoettges gave little detail on availability in Deutsche Telekom’s markets, Orange’s Richard said Djingo will be available in France from early 2019 with prices starting at €49. In a post-event media session, deputy Orange CEO Ramon Fernandez said the company plans to roll it out across all of its European markets, starting with Spain shortly after its domestic debut.Orange is pitching Djingo as a controller for all its connected home services and it will also provide access to Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa.The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered voice assistant is not confined to the smart speaker: it will also be included in other Orange devices (for free), including the remote control for Orange’s TV set-top box, via a software upgrade.Orange is also talking up a range of partnerships with companies such as Deezer, OUI.Sncf, Radio France and Meteo France.AI warningRichard and Hoettges did not mince their words when justifying the need for both companies to pool resources on the smart speaker.“Right now Europe has lost the first half of digitalisation. Our economy faces challenges from big internet players in US and also China as well. But Europe is about to lose even the second half if we don’t do something about it,” warned Hoettges. “The second half is all about data, cloud and AI- based services. Only 4 per cent of the world’s data is stored on French or German company clouds. We have to do something about it.”He continued: “The European Union needs to assert itself in the fields of European technology and connected cities, plus the infrastructure around 5G. These are the key enabling technologies that will guarantee wealth of the future. In China 91 per cent of all companies believe in the potential of AI. In the US it’s 97 per cent. In Germany only 51 per cent believe AI will make their business better. We cannot afford to have this negative connotation.”Richard added that Europe is well placed to fight back based on its principle of democracy and privacy (he cited GDPR as a positive example): “Europe has a long history of excellence in internet research, a flourishing environment of innovative start-ups. Let’s fight for prosperity and to grow our businesses and we will ensure Europe grows.”The Orange chief also revealed the operator is set to open an ethics committee focused on data use and AI, chaired by the CEO and open to external membership.Richard’s comments echo those made earlier this year at the GSMA’s Mobile 360 Europe event, where he argued that Europe must find a way to muscle in on AI development by the US and China or face falling behind on a truly transformative technology.5G gains speed5G was naturally a big focus at the event too, with the operator announcing it will “install” the technology in 17 European cities (across France, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Romania, although not Moldova) in 2019 ahead of commercial release in 2020.French cities confirmed for 5G trial action include Lille, Paris, Marseille and Nantes.An onstage demo showed off a 5G broadcast (ultra-high definition) via a connected drone at an Orange Lab in Chatillon.Analyst Paolo Pescatore noted: “The arrival of 5G allows telcos to differentiate via a converged smart network, benefiting from AI and machine learning.”“This will increase efficiencies and allow for a smarter network to serve users with a personalised offering.”Security and privacyOther new initiatives touted by Richard at the event include a plan to enable consumers to link Orange’s Connected Home objects to its ADSL wireless router (Livebox) to manage them remotely (Connected Home is compatible with Orange devices and IoT products from Philips Hue, Bosch and Netatmo).Also in early 2019, Orange will launch security service Protected Home in partnership with Groupama, which will see houses connected to a video surveillance centre that triggers a call-out and contacts a law enforcement agency if required.Finally Richard talked up Orange’s efforts to protect customer data. The operator supports the GSMA’s Mobile Connect digital identity service, with Richard stating the industry needs to strike a balance between freedom and security: “More and more aspects of life are connected but there can be a dark side and people who want to cause harm. I’m not fear mongering but understanding the more fragile parts of our society will help us protect our freedom.”Richard also stressed that the data managed by smart speaker Djingo and Magenta will be stored on European soil.Clearly, Richard is pushing Orange to recognise the value of its customers’ data assets and the need to protect that data. It is breaking into new markets to make the most of this data. He noted that the new Orange Bank service now has 200,000 customers in France and the operator used the ShowHello event to push a new voting app (using blockchain) which acts as an anonymous ballot box for communities. Orange also unveiled new smart patient care services.“That’s how we are protecting your identity: bank, medical and even your vote,” stated Richard. “We innovate because you trust us. We use data to innovate so it makes a lot of sense to be entirely open about this.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleSmartphone market set for recovery after weak 2018Next ArticleInterview: Nokia last_img read more

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Bacteriophages, Budding Yeast, and Behe’s Vindication

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Editor’s note: Darwin Devolves: The New Science about DNA that Challenges Evolution is currently being sold by preorder. The limited-time offer includes a new 41-part online course with Michael Behe, a bonus chapter, and an exclusive, national conference call. You can and should preorder here right now.It’s been known for some time that bacteria evade antibiotics by mutating the target of the antibiotic, often at a cost to themselves. Mutating the target can lead to a loss or reduction in some function for the bacterium, but because that cost is more than offset by the bacterium’s survival in the face of the antibiotic, the mutation is beneficial for the bacterium. Thus even though a mutation causes a loss of some function, that loss can also be beneficial, as long as it leads to a greater growth rate or more reproductive success. In the case of the bacterium, the mutation is beneficial only as long as the antibiotic is around. This phenomenon is well known to geneticists. They put it to use in the screens and selections they use to identify mutations that affect some trait. Challenge bacteria with a bacteriophage infection, for example. (I’ll bet you didn’t know that bacteria have their own little viruses, called bacteriophages, that make them sick and kill them.) Any members of the bacterial population that have the right inactivated cell surface protein will be immune to the phage — the phage can no longer bind to its target protein. The surviving mutant bacteria have a loss-of-function mutation, in that their cell surface protein is incapacitated, but it can also be described as a beneficial mutation, which it also is, in the context of a phage infection. Not Lost on BeheThis observation and pattern was not lost on Michael Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and author of Darwin’s Black Box, The Edge of Evolution, and the forthcoming Darwin Devolves. In 2010 he published a paper in The Quarterly Review of Biology, “Experimental Evolution, Loss-of-Function Mutations, and the First Rule of Adaptive Evolution.” In the paper, he summarized years of work by geneticists on numerous bacteria and viruses, and laid out this principle, the First Rule of Adaptive Evolution:Break or blunt any functional coded element whose loss would yield a net fitness gain.He detailed study after study, analyzing the mutations that were beneficial and then classifying them as loss of function, gain of function, or modification of function. Most proved to be loss of function. The reason is simple. It is much easier to damage or destroy an existing function than it is to build a new one. In the above example, the cell surface protein is a bridge for the phage to infect the bacterium. The available choices are to disable or eliminate the bridge, to modify it so it is no longer a bridge, or to make something new that diverts the phage from the bridge or destroys the phage. Building is very hard, even impossible in the face of an immediate threat. Modifying is also hard because there are limited ways of modifying the protein so that the phage does not bind but the protein is preserved. However, there are many ways to disable or eliminate the cell surface protein.Behe was pointing out an inconvenient truth. Much of evolution occurs by loss of function — as long as breaking or blunting that coded functional element (losing its function) actually helps the organism survive or reproduce better. But this is a one-way road. Many kinds of mutation such as deletions, insertions, and rearrangements can be essentially irreversible, unless the missing encoded functional element can be restored from elsewhere by something like horizontal gene transfer.Lang and DesaiIn the years since that paper was published, many cases of beneficial loss-of-function mutations have come to light. With the acceleration of genome sequencing more and more evidence has been accumulating. In 2014, a review article appeared in a special volume of Genomics devoted to experimental evolution. It outlined what could be learned from the many genomic studies to date. Gregory Lang and Michael Desai described many “adaptive mutations,” meaning mutations that helped the organism or cell grow faster or reproduce more. One could also call these beneficial mutations, and they did. They noted this:Most long-term evolution experiments thus far have been performed in bacteria or haploid yeast populations, where, in most environments, there exist a number of loss-of-function mutations that provide a selective advantage. Given the large target size for these types of mutations, loss-of-function mutations often predominate the spectra of mutations recovered from long-term evolution experiments. Some of these loss events are neutral, attributable to mutation accumulation in the absence of selection for function, such as the reduction of catabolic breadth in E. coli[17], [18], [43]. However, many loss-of-function mutations have been confirmed to provide a selective advantage. For instance sterility in yeast provides a selective advantage by eliminating unnecessary gene expression [41]. The availability of beneficial loss-of-function mutations and the large target size for these events ensure that these mutations will come to dominate experimental evolution over short time scales. Over long time scales or in specialized conditions, mutational spectra may shift towards gain of function mutations. In diploid populations, we may also see a shift in the mutational spectrum away from loss-of-function mutations, towards dominant or overdominant mutations [24], [54]. However, there is currently only limited data describing the mutations that occur during experimental evolution in diploids, leaving the exact nature of this shift unclear. [Emphasis added.] Lang and Desai clearly acknowledge that loss-of-function mutations dominate experimental evolution in bacteria. They hold out hope that in diploid populations, gain-of-function mutations may become more common, which would be useful for evolutionary progress. However, as they acknowledge, the exact nature of the shift, if it occurs, is unclear. Note: Cancer is not a good model for asking this question in eukaryotes, because the gain-of-function mutations in cancer do not produce structures or traits that lead to anything beneficial for the organism.Not Just BacteriaIn fact, we have evidence that it’s not just bacteria that can benefit from the reduction or elimination of a gene if the resulting loss of function increases fitness. It can even happen just because a gene product is no longer needed. In the cases listed below, eukaryotic organisms reduce or eliminate gene expression when they are not needed, or when an adaptive advantage is gained:Blind cave-dwelling animals have lost elements necessary for eye development. Yeast lose the ability to reproduce sexually when grown for many generations using exclusively asexual reproduction.Ant species without wings have lost them through gene inactivation. Polar bears differ from brown bears because of loss-of-function mutations in several key genes.Cetacean evolution appears to have occurred, at least in part, by a loss-of-function mutations in key genes.Take note. Evolution by loss of function means loss by point mutation, insertion, deletion, or rearrangement of DNA, and it may be in an irreversible way. It means blowing up bridges rather than building them, to use Behe’s cogent metaphor. Those yeast can no longer reproduce sexually. Whales are not going back on land. Polar bears might recover lost function by interbreeding, and if they are lucky. Perhaps those yeast could recover the sexual reproduction they lost by horizontal gene transfer. Maybe. It depends on the organization of those genes.That brings me to a very recent study published in Cell, “Tempo and Mode of Genome Evolution in the Budding Yeast Subphylum.” I will quote their summary in full. Budding yeasts (subphylum Saccharomycotina) are found in every biome and are as genetically diverse as plants or animals. To understand budding yeast evolution, we analyzed the genomes of 332 yeast species, including 220 newly sequenced ones, which represent nearly one-third of all known budding yeast diversity. Here, we establish a robust genus-level phylogeny comprising 12 major clades, infer the timescale of diversification from the Devonian period to the present, quantify horizontal gene transfer (HGT), and reconstruct the evolution of 45 metabolic traits and the metabolic toolkit of the budding yeast common ancestor (BYCA). We infer that BYCA was metabolically complex and chronicle the tempo and mode of genomic and phenotypic evolution across the subphylum, which is characterized by very low HGT levels and widespread losses of traits and the genes that control them. More generally, our results argue that reductive evolution is a major mode of evolutionary diversification.In plain English, these authors sequenced the genomes of 332 yeast species, and established a tree of relatedness based on those genomic sequences. They then inferred what metabolic traits the metabolically complex ancestor of all those species must have had. They report, based on their phylogeny, that the subsequent diversification of the different yeast genera occurred by “widespread losses” of metabolic traits and the genes that encode them. There was little horizontal gene transfer. They say that “reductive evolution is a major mode of evolutionary diversification.” Note: budding yeast are eukaryotes that reproduce both sexually and asexually. So evolution by loss of function is not just a bacterial or viral thing.Two LessonsTwo things leap out at me. First, the ancestor was complex, the descendants reduced. Second, the loss of genetic information, at least as far as each genus of yeast is concerned, is irreversible. This is not the standard evolutionary story.But maybe it ought to be. Here’s a 2013 paper, in Bioessays, by Yuri Wolf and Eugene Koonin, called “Genome reduction as the dominant mode of evolution.” They list a number of prokaryotic and eukaryotic groups that share these features: a complex ancestor and evolution by reductive evolution. Behe is vindicated, but he is not standing still. He has continued to work on his ideas: the limits of evolution, and loss of function as the main mode of evolution. This leads directly to the topic of his new book to be released next February, which is called, of all things, Darwin Devolves. Imagine that.Photo: Budding yeast, by Mogana Das Murtey and Patchamuthu Ramasamy [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Ann GaugerSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureDr. Ann Gauger is Director of Science Communication and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.Follow AnnProfile Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended Tagsadaptive mutationsantsbacteriabacteriophagesBioEssaysbudding yeastCell (journal)cell surface proteincetaceansDarwin DevolvesDarwin’s Black BoxdeletionsEugene KooninevolutionFirst Rule of Adaptive Evolutiongain-of-function mutationsgeneticistsGenomics (journal)Gregory Langhorizontal gene transferinsertionsloss-of-function mutationsMichael BeheMichael Desaimutationspolar bearsreductive evolutionSaccharomycotinaThe Edge of EvolutionThe Quarterly Review of BiologyvirusesYuri Wolf,Trending Evolution Bacteriophages, Budding Yeast, and Behe’s VindicationAnn GaugerNovember 26, 2018, 3:52 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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The Big Fix

first_imgLawmakers went to Helena to clean up the freewheeling medical marijuana industry, which most agreed had grown too big, too fast, with little oversight. Instead, the legislation they passed is so convoluted it’s unclear what, if anything, it fixes. Some of the new rules took effect over the weekend. And the assumption by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, is that they would immediately repeal the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ authority to issue medical marijuana cards. But that department disagrees. Apparently, the law is so vague that the agency believes it still has the responsibility to issue cards under the old, less restrictive rules, until June 20. And health officials say they have a 60-day backlog of applications to work through and will be adding people to the list of about 30,000 Montanans who already use medical marijuana (that’s more than 3 percent of the state population). Before the Legislature convened, an interim committee came up with several major proposals to overhaul the Medical Marijuana Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by the state’s voters in 2004. Those included requiring background checks for growers and sellers of medical marijuana and making license holders provide quarterly financial reports and submit to audits. For users, it would cap the amount of medical marijuana they could purchase each month and two physician certifications would be required to a get a card. Those proposed new rules made sense. But Republicans in the House didn’t think so. They ignored the interim committee’s recommendation and sent Gov. Brian Schweitzer a bill that repealed the law altogether. They knew the governor would veto it. And he did. With time running out in the session, lawmakers then cobbled together a plan that essentially turns the medical marijuana law into a grow-your-own system that eliminates providers from making profits and limits them to three patients each. Schweitzer compared the proposal to communism and quipped, “There is a guy who thought of that system first, his name is Karl Marx.” Yet he let the legislation, which he called “one of the worst-crafted bills in this Legislature,” become law without his signature. And now the inevitable lawsuit has been filed. State District Judge James Reynolds has already ordered the state to not enforce rules in the legislation that ban medical marijuana providers from advertising their products. A separate motion has been filed to strike down the law altogether on constitutional grounds.The brief reads, in part, “in a feeding frenzy that can appropriately be dubbed its moment of ‘reefer madness,’ the Montana Legislature spent considerable time in repeated attempts to undo the enactment of the people.”Lawmakers here may have become jittery after federal agents raided dispensaries across the nation, including several in Montana. Those providers have sued the government, claiming the raids violated their rights under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. I have argued previously – while acknowledging that the Medical Marijuana Act needed an overhaul – local municipalities and the state are disingenuous to attribute a crackdown to their fear of the federal government. Keep in mind that our politicians have proposed legislation that would selectively ignore other federal laws involving health care, guns and law enforcement authority.These new medical marijuana rules are arguably the most restrictive of the 14 states that have legalized medical marijuana. Medical marijuana advocates are now gathering signatures with hopes of overturning the legislation and putting the issue on the 2012 ballot. Senate Bill 423 – for all intents and purposes – was aimed at killing the industry. But it’s unclear if lawmakers even got that right. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more