RIKEN announces penalties related to stem cell fiasco

first_imgEven though she has already resigned, RIKEN judged Obokata’s actions worthy of dismissal for cause. TOKYO—RIKEN, the network of nationally supported Japanese labs, today handed out disciplinary measures for those involved in the STAP stem cell scandal who remain under its authority.The actions result from nearly a year’s worth of investigations centered on an article and a letter published online in Nature on 29 January 2014 that described a new and extremely simple way of generating stem cells called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP. Nature retracted the papers last July. Even before the retraction, a RIKEN panel found lead author Haruko Obokata guilty of research misconduct for fabricated and falsified images. Investigators also concluded that several of Obokata’s supervisors bore a heavy responsibility for the mess because of their lax oversight. Obokata resigned in December after failing to reproduce her research results. Also in December, a RIKEN investigative team concluded that STAP cells never existed and that indications of pluripotency reported in experiments likely resulted from contamination of cell lines.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)According to a statement released today (in Japanese here), the following disciplinary measures were taken in accordance with RIKEN regulations:Masatoshi Takeichi, the former head of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), has received an official reprimand. He will voluntarily return 10% of 3 months’ worth of salary. Takeichi is still an adviser to CDB, which has been reorganized in the wake of the scandal. Hitoshi Niwa, a co-author of the problematic papers and formerly a project leader, is also receiving a written reprimand. He remains on the staff. center_img For his role in the affair, Teruhiko Wakayama, a co-author who left RIKEN for a position at the University of Yamanashi before the papers were published, should have been suspended for cause, according to RIKEN. RIKEN also revoked his ongoing appointment as an associate researcher.Another co-author who oversaw Obokata’s work, Yoshiki Sasai, committed suicide last August.In a written statement also released today, Takeichi said that as head of CDB he bore “a heavy responsibility” for not catching in advance such unsuitable publications. He “solemnly accepted the punishment” and said he would work to promote research integrity. A RIKEN representative told ScienceInsider that there are a few bits of business related to the scandal still under investigation. One is whether RIKEN should return related research funds to the government. Another is whether to withdraw patent applications on the STAP technique filed jointly with Harvard University. Obokata initiated her work on STAP cells while a postdoc in the lab of Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. RIKEN is also pursuing an action plan to prevent future lapses in research ethics throughout its system.last_img read more

Of 42 Bengal ministers, 9 have criminal cases against them

first_imgKolkata, May 31 (PTI) Out of the 42 ministers in the newly formed West Bengal government led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, nine have criminal cases pending against them and over half of them are crorepatis.According to a report by West Bengal Election Watch, based on analysis of the affidavits, nine of the ministers have declared criminal cases against them out of which seven have serious cases like murder, kidnapping, communal disharmony etc, registered against them.Over half of them (57 per cent) are crorepatis with Jakir Hossain having assets of over Rs 28 crore, the richest among all ministers. He is followed by Disaster Department Minister Javed Ahmed Khan and Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra.Churamani Mahata is the poorest of them all with declared assets worth over Rs 5 lakh.The report said the average assets of ministers is Rs 3.36 crore.The educational qualification of the ministers show that a total of 33 (79 per cent) ministers are graduates or have higher degrees while nine ministers have education qualification of 12th pass or below.The youngest minister is former cricketer and Youth Affairs and Sports minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla, aged 35 years, from Howrah Uttar constituency. PTI NIK MD SRYlast_img read more

Langer defends Australia’s decision to leave out Hazlewood for 2019 World Cup

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to leave Josh Hazlewood out of the World Cup squad, saying the paceman lacked match fitness as he recovers from a back injury.Hazlewood, who partnered left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson during Australia’s 2015 World Cup triumph, expressed his frustration last week at first missing out on a place in the initial squad for England and then being overlooked as Jhye Richardson’s replacement.Richardson, ruled out with a shoulder injury, was replaced by namesake Kane Richardson, with Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile the other pace bowlers picked.”He just hasn’t been playing any cricket,” Langer said in England of the 28-year-old Hazlewood, who has claimed 72 wickets in 44 ODI matches.”He’s come off a second stress fracture in his back and while he’s just starting to get up and running in the nets now – I think he’s played six white ball games in the last 18 months – that’s T20 and one-day cricket.”We know he’s a great bowler. He’s a brilliant bowler, but it was just such bad timing for him.”World champions Australia head into the tournament on the back of an eight-match winning streak, including series wins away to Pakistan and India.Much of the focus on Aaron Finch’s team will follow former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, who are back in the squad after serving 12-month bans for ball-tampering.Both played key roles in the 2015 tournament and have made plenty of runs in the leadup to England, with Warner top scoring in the Indian Premier League and Smith smashing two half-centuries off an understrength New Zealand in an unofficial warmup series in Brisbane.advertisementLanger said both players were champing at the bit.”It’s been hilarious for me, because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunchroom or we’re on the bus playing cards, (Smith’s) just shadow batting the whole time,” he said.”He loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not joking.”They’ve (Smith and Warner) had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”Australia play their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Bristol on June 1. The tournament starts on May 30.Also Read | Steve Smith reminds Justin Langer of Sachin Tendulkar: He’s shadow batting in showerAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibilitylast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9T appears on Geekbench site with Redmi K20 specs and high benchmark score

first_imgMi 9T is the next Xiaomi phone and it is launching on June 12. So far we have heard a lot about the Xiaomi Mi 9T, thanks to the innumerable leaks and rumours making rounds on the internet. Just a few days ahead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T has been spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site with all the key specs and performance score. Going in line with the past leaks, the Geekbench listing also suggests that the Mi 9T will be a rebranded version of Redmi K20.The benchmark listing reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 9T will run on Android 9 Pie and like every Xiaomi phone the software will be customised by the company’s own MIUI skin. The listing further reveals that the Mi 9T will come packed with 6GB RAM. We believe there will be other RAM models available too. The Geekbench listing notes “davinci” in the motherboard section.To recollect before the launch of the Redmi K20 the phone was spotted on Geekbench with the same davinci codenamed processor. This indirectly suggests that the Mi 9T will come with Snapdragon 730 processor like the Redmi K20. Coming to the benchmark score now. The Geekbench listing reveals that the Mi 9T has managed to score 2,540 in single-core and 6,911 in multi-core.Having said that, until now, it looks like the Mi 9T will sport the same specs sheet as the Redmi K20. This means the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9T will come with pop-up camera mechanism, triple cameras on the back panel and Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 that is announced by Qualcomm only last month. As far as the specs are concerned the Mi 9T aka Redmi K20 includes 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20MP pop-up selfie camera, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera setup, 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, among others.advertisementAhead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T is seen listed on a Bulgaria retail website that reveals the price of the phone. The listing shows the Mi 9T price to be 649 Lev that roughly translates to Rs 25,800. This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We expect, similar to Redmi K20 the Mi 9T will also be available in several RAM and storage variants. Notably, Xiaomi is yet to officially reveal the price of the Mi 9T.In China, the Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The 6GB RAM+64GB storage version comes for 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model comes for 2099 Yuan that translates to Rs 21,000.Notably, the Xiaomi Mi 9T will not come to India. Instead, Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi K20 in the country in the next 6 weeks.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 will go on sale from tomorrow: All you need to know and should you buy itALSO READ | New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India launch by mid-July, will not be rebranded Poco F2 and Poco F2 Prolast_img read more

Panama Canal Gets A Rating from Fitch for 4th Year in a

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The Panama Canal Authority Fitch Ratings has once again affirmed the Panama Canal’s ‘A’ investment grade rating with a stable outlook for its long-term issuer default rating and its senior unsecured notes.The credit rating agency noted that the Panama Canal is “an underlying asset that is critical not only for Panama, but for international commerce, as demonstrated by its stable volume performance, solid competitive position, and well-diversified cargo mix,” causing the Panama Canal volume profile to exhibit high levels of resilience.“Fitch Ratings reaffirming the Panama Canal’s rating for a fourth consecutive year is proof of the waterway’s financial and competitive strength,” Francisco J. Miguez, Panama Canal’s Vice President for Finance, said.Also factoring into its decision, Fitch Ratings highlighted the Panama Canal’s legal framework that provides autonomy to the entity. Fitch Ratings cited the Panama Canal’s “extraordinary legal framework” as contributing to institutional, operational and financial autonomy, as well as sustained profitable operations across administrations.The ratings also reflect the Panama Canal’s ability to modify tariffs that have influenced demand and contributed to steady revenue growth.In May 2019, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised the Panama Canal’s rating to ‘A’ from ‘A-‘, ranking the canal two notches above that of the sovereign foreign currency. In addition, Moody’s Investment Services stated that the A1 rating of the Panama Canal’s reflects its strong performance after the opening of the Neopanamax Locks mid-2016.last_img read more

Chitra wins gold with seasons best run

first_imgNew Delhi: Asian champion P U Chitra ran her season’s best to win the women’s 1500m gold at the Folksam Grand Prix in Sollentuna, Sweden. Chitra, who won the gold in the Asian Championships in Doha in April, clocked 4 minute 12.65 seconds to finish ahead of Kenya’s Mercy Cherono, who won 5000m gold in 2014 Commonwealth Games, on Tuesday. Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson won the silver in the men’s 1500m clocking 3:39.69. Johnson had, on June 15, bettered his own national record by clocking 3:37.62 at the Next Generation Athletics Meet at Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In another separate competition, national record holder long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won the gold at the Copenhagen Athletics Games in Denmark with an impressive opening round effort of 7.93m. Sreeshankar had jumps of 7.89m, 7.88m and 7.61m in other rounds.last_img read more

Potrelated policing border enforcement efforts to get 274M from Ottawa

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government has earmarked just over $274 million to support policing and border efforts associated with the plan to legalize recreational marijuana use.The government said Friday it is committing $161 million of the money to train frontline officers in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug-impaired driving, provide access to drug screening devices and educate the public.Some of these funds will help develop policy, bolster research and raise awareness about the dangers of drug-impaired driving.Of the $161 million, provinces and territories would be able to access up to $81 million over the next five years. Public Safety Canada is working with provincial counterparts on gauging policing needs to determine how the federal funding will be distributed.The government is devoting $113.5 million over five years to Public Safety, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure organized crime does not infiltrate the legalized system and keep pot from crossing borders.“I am confident that together we will make our roads and communities safer,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement.The money will help with needed training and creation of dedicated cannabis enforcement teams, said deputy chief Mike Serr of the Abbotsford, B.C., police.“So this is, for us, very good news,” said Serr, chair of the drug advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.Serr said he still has questions about ongoing funding and whether more money will be needed down the road.The Liberals are moving to legalize recreational marijuana use by next July, saying it will help keep the drug out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations.The money announced Friday will not start to flow until legislation to usher in the regime for legal marijuana receives royal assent.“This a welcome and overdue first step from the government,” said Ian Jack, a spokesman for the Canadian Automobile Association.“It’s far too early to tell if this will be enough money, in particular for public education — which to us at the CAA is one of the keys on this file.”Many young people think they are as good or better drivers while high as when not, Jack said.“That’s simply not true, and these are the kinds of myths that we need to disabuse people of before marijuana becomes legally available.”Under proposed legislation, police would be able to demand a saliva sample from a driver if they reasonably suspected the person had drugs in their body.Should the saliva test lead police to believe an offence has been committed, they could order an examination by an evaluating officer or the taking of a blood sample.Portable screening devices can detect the recent presence of several drugs, including THC — the active ingredient in cannabis — cocaine, methamphetamines, opioids, benzodiazepines and amphetamines.Finance Canada will consult shortly on a proposed new taxation regime for marijuana, the government said Friday.The RCMP said as recently as December that it’s too early to know how pot legalization will affect organized criminal involvement in the illicit marijuana market.Government officials are collecting data — everything from the street price of pot to how often people light up — to arm themselves in the fight against organized crime’s presence in the trade.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Tunisia denies more allegations of hosting US military base

Rabat – Recent reports have caused Tunisia to once again reject the allegations of agreeing to host a U.S. military base for the fight against ISIS in Libya, creating more questions for some regarding relations between the U.S. and Tunisia.Reports claiming that Tunisia had begun to obtain U.S. surveillance systems for what would be a U.S. military station in the city of Haouaria have sparked the debate, and many have either expressed denial or support for the idea.According to the Italian newspaper report, the base would serve as a substitute for the Naval Radio Transmitter Facility Niscemi, a U.S. navy telecommunications station in Niscemi, Italy. The Niscemi station’s operations have been frequently interrupted since 2012 after becoming the target of protests from local residents who disproved the installation of MUOS, a U.S. satellite system, for fear of potential environmental and health consequences caused by the radio waves.The reports also suggested that Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi talked about bringing the surveillance equipment to Haouaria during his visit to the United States in May.In response to the allegations, the spokesman of the Tunisian Presidency, Moez Sinaoui, told radio station MosaiqueFM that “Tunisia’s doctrine since independence has been to reject any establishment of a foreign military base in the country.”While logistical support from the U.S. is important to Tunisia, hosting a military base would bring “catastrophic” results for the country, according to Dr. Mazen Cherif, a security expert and head of the Tunisian Center for Global Security Studies.“Tunisia is the world’s top exporter of terrorists… Hosting the U.S. base would only invite more jihad in Tunisia,” said Cherif.Mondher Thabet, a political analyst, also dismissed the allegations saying hosting a U.S. military base has been “off the table” for years.“A U.S. military presence on Tunisian soil is a non-negotiable matter. But I do back logistical, intelligence, technological, and training cooperation with the U.S.,” said Thabet.These claims come soon after a recent report in the Wall Street Journal saying that the U.S. is currently discussing with North African countries about positioning drones at a base on their soil to prevent further expansion of ISIS in Libya.Maj. James Brindle, a Pentagon spokesman, told Al Arabiya News that such a station in North Africa “would be for surveillance, not kinetic” and would be “a sovereign host government facility to which the U.S. is granted access.”“We work closely with our African partners to counter violent extremism, address security challenges and promote regional stability, and will continue to do so,” Brindle stated, also noting that “no final decisions have been made.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

WHO warns betel and arecanut chewing even without tobacco causes cancer

A new cause for concern is aggressive advertising, targeted at the middle class and at children, that has enhanced sales and use of mass-produced, pre-packaged areca-nut products now available in many countries around the world, WHO said in a news release in Geneva. In some parts of India, almost one out of three children and teenagers regularly or occasionally chew these products.A previous evaluation in 1985 had found only that chewing betel quid with tobacco was carcinogenic to humans. The habit is popular not only in Asia but among immigrants resident in the United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, North America and Australia.The new findings are the work of an international group of scientific experts convened by the Monographs Programme of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of WHO.The experts determined that betel quid with tobacco causes oral cancer, cancer of the pharynx, and cancer of the oesophagus in humans. Betel quid without tobacco is now known to cause oral cancer. Areca nut, a common component of all betel quid preparations, has been observed to cause oral submucous fibrosis, a pre-cancerous condition that can progress to malignant oral cancer, leading to the determination that areca nut itself is carcinogenic to humans.Studies among Asian migrant communities have demonstrated a significantly higher risk for oral cancer compared with natives of countries where they have settled. Oral cancers are more common in parts of the world where betel quid is chewed. Of the 390,000 oral and oro-pharyngeal cancers estimated to occur annually in the world, 228,000 – or 58 per cent – occur in South and Southeast Asia.In some parts of India, oral cancer is the most common cancer. Striking evidence has emerged from Taiwan Province of China, where the incidence of oral cancer in men has tripled since the early 1980s, coinciding with a steep rise since the early 1970s and predominantly among men, in the practice of chewing betel quid, WHO said. Tobacco generally is not added to the betel quid in that region. read more

Football Linebackers Jerome Baker and Dante Booker out against Michigan State

Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will be down two of its starting three linebackers. Both Jerome Baker and Dante Booker will be unavailable Saturday against Michigan State due to undisclosed injuries, according to an Ohio State press release.According to the team’s depth chart, sophomore Malik Harrison is Booker’s backup while sophomore Keandre Jones is the backup for Baker. During warmups, Harrison, Tuf Borland and Chris Worley worked with the first-team defense.Baker is tied for the team lead in total tackles with 44 and Booker is tied for fifth with 31. The two are both in the top five for tackles for loss on the team with Booker sitting at No. 4 with five and Baker at No. 5 with 4.5. Baker was named as a Butkus Award semifinalist, given annually to the best linebacker in the country. read more

Tall Players Like Joel Embiid Are More Prone to Injury

This was never supposed to be Joel Embiid’s draft. College stars Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins were expected to be the frontrunners for 2014. But as the NCAA season began, Embiid, a center for Kansas, amazed, prompting his coach to compare him to Hakeem Olajuwon. He was ascendant — the kind of guy an NBA team tanks for.Then came the injuries. Embiid sprained his left knee early in the season and suffered a bone contusion, missing only one game. Later, right before the Big 12 tournament, doctors diagnosed him with a spondylolysis, a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury forced him out of the NCAA tournament but not out of the NBA draft. Many draft boards had him going first, convinced that teams would see the potential beyond the injuries.But last week Embiid had surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his foot. He’s reported to be out four to six months, and with the draft on Thursday there’s no telling where he’ll fall. USA Today now projects that Embiid will be the third pick and an NBA.com consensus mock draft projects him at fifth.Teams may be right to show concern about Embiid’s injuries, in part because of his height. Embiid is listed as 7’ tall by ESPN. Examining recent high draft picks reveals that taller players have gone on to miss a larger percentage of games than their shorter peers. Since 2000, 97 players 6’9” and taller have been drafted by teams with lottery selections (the first 13 or 14 picks in the draft, depending on the year). These players missed 17.9 percent of their potential NBA games (regular season and postseason, where appropriate) to injury over the course of their careers, while the 95 players 6’8” or shorter missed just 13.5 percent. The percentage of games missed generally increases as height increases. Players 7’0” or taller have missed nearly 24 percent of their games.That doesn’t factor in Embiid’s specific injuries. The navicular bone injury is the most troubling. The navicular is one of the tarsal bones located in the mid-foot, and an injury to the area is significant. In Embiid’s case, it required surgical intervention.Other players have had navicular fractures (it was the only injury to sideline Michael Jordan for an extended period of time in Chicago), but it’s been fairly uncommon the last few years. I keep a database of every injury in the NBA for any player who’s played since 2009, including each player’s entire injury history, even if the injury took place before 2009. Only seven affected NBA players out of a possible 900+ in my data set had a navicular fracture.Perimeter players including Jordan and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin both fared well following navicular fractures. But unfortunately for Embiid, the precedent set by big men to suffer the injury doesn’t inspire much confidence. In three of the seven navicular cases (including for perimeter and post players), the fracture reoccurred or additional surgery was needed. All three players (Curtis Borchardt, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Yao Ming) stood 7 feet or taller. There’s another seven-footer, too, whose prognosis we’re not sure of yet: Brendan Haywood suffered a navicular fracture in October 2013 and didn’t play a minute this year for Charlotte. We’ll have to wait to see how his foot holds up.Small sample size, of course, but it begins to tell us what teams might be able to expect from Embiid. And there are always outliers. The careers of Kevin McHale (who played too long ago to be included in my database) and Ilgauskas provide some optimism. McHale bounced back following his injury in the 1987 postseason and played seven more seasons, including four at an All-Star level. Ilgauskas also went on to have a productive career.Then again, that only happened after his third foot surgery, a procedure that involved reshaping multiple bones in his foot. read more

Odyssey begins in Adelaide

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide’s Hellenic festival, Odyssey, officially kicked off last week, celebrating the past 80 years of the Greek Orthodox community in South Australia. Over 300 people headed to Olympic Hallςς for the launch, including Premier Mike Rann and Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond. Event organiser Maria Foundas said the launch was “absolutely phenomenal”. “The older generation, were just blown away by what we’d done,” she said. Olympic Hall will be the hub of the festival, and features a photographic exhibition, A Journey through the Memories, and the finalists in the Odyssey Art Prize, themed Community Spirit. “During the festival it’s going to remain open from 12-6 every day, as what I’m calling, ‘the Odyssey Parthenion,’ so we’re encouraging everyone to come back to Olympic Hall and spend some time here,” she said. The festival runs until November 6 and includes lectures, a tour of a Byzantium church, an opera, and the 17th Greek Film Festival. Full details at: www.odysseyfestival.com.au.last_img read more

Emergency Meeting in Grand Bahama to Prepare for Approach of Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – As Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category Three hurricane nears the Islands of The Bahamas, officials in Grand Bahama are taking the threat of a hit by this storm seriously. On Sunday afternoon, September 3, 2017, Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Peter Turnquest, along with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard held an emergency meeting with all of the relevant government officials, NEMA officials, the GB Red Cross and other agencies to discuss Grand Bahama’s preparedness and response to a possible hit by Hurricane Irma.Also attending Sunday’s meeting were Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of The Prime Minister Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Iram Lewis, all three Commissioners on the Island (for East, West and Freeport), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Emrick Seymour, representatives from the police department, Immigration, Customs, Fire Department, the hospital, Local Government, the GB Power company, and representatives from the Grand Bahama Port Authority.Before hearing from all of the represented agencies, an update on the location, strength and projected path of Hurricane Irma was presented by Grand Bahama Chief Meteorologist, Kirk James. Minister for Grand Bahama encouraged all Grand Bahamians to be prepared, to listen closely to all weather updates and to pray.Grand Bahama was severely affected by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016 and many residents and businesses are still in the rebuilding stages from that hurricane.(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)GETTING PREPARED – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (right) addresses participants of an emergency called meeting at the Office of The Prime Minister on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The meeting was to finalize all plans for hurricane preparedness as Hurricane Irma approaches The Bahamas. Joining Minister Thompson were Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Member of Parliament for East End, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of Youth and Sports & Culture and Member of Parliament for Marco City, the Hon. Michael Pintard; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama Iram Lewis and Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of The Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End & Bimini Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

States job openings at threeyear high

first_imgIn April, job vacancies in Washington state reached their highest point in three years, according to a new report by the Employment Security Department.An estimated 60,087 vacant jobs were available, an increase of 55 percent from a year earlier and nearly double the number that existed in spring 2009. The last time the survey showed a larger number of vacancies was in spring 2008, when there were nearly 75,000 job vacancies.“In order for unemployment to come down, we need more jobs and more hiring,” said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “This survey shows that employment conditions are gradually improving.”Job vacancies hit an all-time high in fall 2006, with nearly 91,000 open positions. That number dropped rapidly the ensuing three years, hitting a low point of 32,037 vacancies in fall 2009.The number of unemployed job seekers declined from a peak of about 337,000 in spring 2010 to around 312,000 at the same point in 2011. At the same time, the total labor force (which includes employed workers and unemployed workers who are actively looking for jobs) also declined, by an estimated 51,926 (seasonally adjusted).last_img read more

Police involved in drug trade

first_imgMilitancy and drugs are the main concern for the law enforcement agencies in recent times. Most people are affected by these two issues.The police is frequently accused of being involved in drug dealing and addiction. Police headquarters have already taken punitive measures against 67 policemen in the first six months of the year.Police headquarters on 31 January this year issued a 10-point directive for the police of all over the country to uproot the drug trade. The first directive was to identify members of the police members who took undue privilege from the drug dealers and take departmental action against them and to file criminal cases against them if necessary.As a result, 67 policemen were punished from January to June this year. It was not known that how many were punished after July as the reports are yet to be submitted.A senior police official involved with narcotics intelligence, on condition of anonymity, said the field level police members are well informed about how, where and who is involved with the drug trade.Speaking with the correspondent, drug traders said policemen are involved with drugs in three ways.One section is taking drugs, another is selling part of the seized drugs using their sources, and another section is helping in drug trade by taking bribes.A number of policemen were arrested for being directly involved in the drug trade. Police are also accused of collecting money from people by threatening them with false cases.Speaking with Prothom Alo on the issue, police headquarter spokesperson, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) (Media) Abdul Alim Mahmud said, the police follows ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drug issues. The policy is same for the accused policemen. Criminal cases are filed against anyone who sells or take drugs.He said a policeman however faces criminal cases as well as administrative cases for being involved with drugs.The majority of the accused are from DhakaA total of 23 of the 67 accused policemen involved with drugs are from different police stations in Dhaka including Gulshan, Wari, Motijheel, Tejgaon Industrial area and riot police. Among the others, 10 are from Jessore, seven from Tangail, four from Bogra, three from Noakhali, two each from Manikganj, Chittagong, Sirajganj, Chapainawabganj and highway police, and one each from Khagrachhari, Sylhet, Habiganj, Jhalkati, Chittagong metropolitan area, Barisal and Sylhet. Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are also involved with the illegal trade. Punitive measures have been taken against them.Five policemen were sent on forced retirement for taking drugs. Two of them are from Khagrachhari and Habiganj.Noakhali police superintendant Ilias Sharif said action was taken against assistant deputy inspector Shimul Kanti Das, constable Shaheen Ahmed, constable Shahnewaz and Rasel after they identified positive in drug tests.Most of the police members from Wari division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) faced punishment in the first six months of this year.Deputy commissioner of Wari division police M Fariduddin told Prothom Alo that a phensydyl addict policeman was arrested along with 43 bottles of phensydyl. A member of tourism police was also arrested with drugs in Wari. Our correspondent visited a number of locations identified as drug trading spots in Dhaka including Chayantika area of Mirpur, Khilgaon and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar where a number of drug traders said they pay police to do hassle-ree business in the area.A drug trader of Mirpur said, “Drug deals are conducted through police informers. The informers collect the bribes for the police. The police informs the drug traders before the drives are launched.”The drug trader use to pay Tk 1,000 to 1,200 per week to police before being jailed.Asked how he went to jail despite negotiations with the police, the drug trader said he was sent to jail as he was not on good terms with police at the time.Locals from Tilpapara area of Khilgaon said the drug traders are on good terms with police. If they are arrested, they serve for a short time and continue business after coming out.A ward commissioner of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) seeking anonymity said “We talk a lot against drugs during our beats or on Open Day. We also hold meetings against drug use. Then we forget. Both police and local representatives keep mum, taking illegal privileges.”Speaking to Prothom Alo, former IGP Nur Mohammad said the police knows where the drugs are coming from and how it is sold. So it is not hard for police to find the people involved with it.Asked about what he did during his tenure as IGP, Nur Mohammad said, “I dismissed the policemen if the allegations against them were proven.” * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Hudalast_img read more

US stresses broken promises on 40 yrs of Iran revolution

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 23 July 2018 shows US president Donald Trump (L) on 18 July 2018, in Washington, DC; and a 2 May 2018, handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows president Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo: AFPThe United States marked the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution by highlighting what it says are the “broken promises” of the Middle Eastern country’s leadership.Tehran launched celebrations Friday to mark the 1979 return from exile of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the revolution that overthrew a centuries-old dynasty.”When he returned to #Iran in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini made lots of promises to the Iranian people, including justice, freedom, and prosperity. 40 years later, Iran’s ruling regime has broken all those promises, and has produced only #40YearsofFailure,” the US state department wrote on its official Twitter account.Khomeini said that “injustices of the past will not continue,” according to the tweet. It quoted a report from the rights group Amnesty International as saying: “The staggering scale of arrests, imprisonment and flogging sentences reveal the extreme lengths the authorities have gone in order to suppress peaceful dissent.”A following tweet said Khomeini promised freedom of expression and freedom of the press — but today Iran “has one of the most repressive media environments,” and the regime “detains dozens of journalists, throws them in prison and threatens their families,” and “blocks the internet and bars access to social media.”In a third tweet, the state department said that while Khomeini “promised material and spiritual prosperity to the Iranian people,” four decades later “#Iran’s corrupt regime has destroyed the country’s economy, desecrated Iran’s noble heritage, and produced only #40YearsofFailure.”The administration of president Donald Trump has been consistently hawkish on Iran and tries to counter what it considers Iran’s “destabilizing” influence in the region.The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and the president pulled the United States from an international agreement meant to check Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions.last_img read more

Kerry Tucker Joins Pocketwatch as First CMO for Kids Media Startup

first_imgPocket.watch, the studio and digital network behind Nickelodeon hit show “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate,” has tapped media veteran Kerry Tucker as its first chief marketing officer.Tucker was previously CEO of Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company set up as a joint venture with WarnerMedia’s Otter Media. Prior to that, she was chief operating officer of the Video Genome Project, a video-metadata company which she helped sell to Hulu in 2016. She also previously served as EVP of marketing at Victoria’s Secret; SVP of marketing, media, and merchandising at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; and VP of business development at CBS Corp.“Kerry has a proven track record as a dynamic, strategic, and innovative leader at both Fortune 500 companies and startups,” Pocket.watch founder/CEO Chris M. Williams said in announcing her hire. “Her experience working with some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Martha Stewart, Victoria’s Secret, and CBS Corporation, will be invaluable during our next stage of growth.” Pocket.watch Sets Projects With MarMar, Onyx Family and Other YouTube Creators Related Before coming on-board as CMO, Tucker previously was an adviser to Pocket.watch for more than a year. “Pocket.watch is completely disrupting kids and family entertainment, and I’m honored to be part of this powerful team,” Tucker commented.In the chief marketing officer role, Tucker is tasked with overseeing the company’s content and consumer products marketing strategy, leading brand positioning, and managing PR and corporate communications. Tucker also will spearhead the launch and promotion of Pocket.watch franchises, including Ryan’s World and Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, as well as Hobby Kids Adventures, the studio’s latest franchise. She will direct strategic and creative marketing, working with Pocket.watch partners, including Viacom/Nickelodeon, Amazon, Target and Walmart. In addition, she will be responsible for creating and executing tentpole campaigns, including back-to-school and holiday marketing initiatives, to support Pocket.watch’s product and toy lines.In addition to Tucker, Pocket.watch also recently hired Mark Gabriel as marketing director. He previously ran brand marketing at Moose Toys, a toy design, development and distribution company, and prior to that worked in global brand marketing at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.Pocket.watch, founded in 2017 and based in Culver City, Calif., is backed by investors including Viacom, Greycroft, Third Wave Digital, UTA, and strategic individual investors including Robert Downey Jr. (through Team Downey) and Jon Landau. Hulu, Amazon Stream Pocket.watch Kids Shows Featuring YouTube Stars (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Ladysmith motorists be warned Petrol price to increase at midnight

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Update: Petrol price to increase this coming WednesdayAnother fuel hike is devastating news, with motorists always hoping that the petrol price will drop instead of increasing on a monthly basis. Maybe a price drop will be on the cards at the end of October? We can only hope!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Sad and disappointing news to share with Ladysmith motorists so early in the morning is that the fuel price will be increasing at midnight (Wednesday).Fuel is going up by 26.3 cents per litre, and diesel is expected to rise by 37.8 cents per litre.So fill up your petrol tanks during the course of today (Tuesday, October 3).Also read: Petrol price to increase once againlast_img read more

SAAs Australasia operations in top five

first_imgSource = South African Airways SAA’s Australian operations received some well-deserved recognition at a special ceremony in Johannesburg last week. At a glittering black tie event, awards were given for the global airline’s best performing stations both on the African continent and around the world. SAA’s Head of Australasia Thevan Krishna was on hand to receive an award for Australia which is in the top five. “We’re delighted to have been given this recognition following a successful year for SAA in the Australasian market. Our passenger numbers in the last fiscal year grew smartly despite continued pressure on international airlines, Thevan said. Thevan is pictured with the award certificate at the ceremony held at SAA’s main hangar at Oliver R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).last_img read more

Standard and Poors Announces SPIVA Award Winners

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Standard and Poor’s””:www.standardandpoors.com/ has revealed the inaugural winners of its recently launched “”SPIVA Awards””:http://www.spindices.com/spiva program. [IMAGE]The new initiative is granted by “”S&P Indices””:www.standardandpoors.com/indices/main/en/us, and the organization plans to extend the awards, which honor excellence in research on the topic of index-related applications, on an annual basis.This year’s first place SPIVA Award recipients are Yuliya Plyakha, Grigory Vilkov and Raman Uppal, and the team of researchers was selected for the $50,000 prize based on their comprehensive, comparative evaluation of equal-weighted portfolios and value-and-price weighted portfolios within S&P’s Indices. The winning paper, titled “”Why Does an Equal-Weighted Portfolio Outperform Value-and Price-Weighted Portfolios?”” used a broad array of statistical techniques to demonstrate the relative outperformance of equal weighting as driven by the built-in alpha of equal weighting approaches, in addition to the higher exposure to well-known systematic value and size factors.Plyakha and Vilkov are currently with “”Goethe University””:www.uni-frankfurt.de/english/ in Frankfurt, Germany, while collaborator Uppal is part of the “”Edhec Business School””:www.edhec.edu/ in London. The second place winners in S&P’s contest are based stateside, and the team of California researchers was recognized with an honorable mention for their proposal of a new measure of liquidity risk that uses exchange traded funds. The recipients of the honorable mention included George Chacko and Sanjiv Das of “”Santa Clara University””:www.scu.edu/, as well as Rong Fan of “”Gifford Fong Associates””:http://gfong.com/, and the group won $25,000 for their paper, “”An Index-Based Measure of Liquidity.”” Their awarded work focused on a new metric that would utilize long ETFs and short the underlying components of that ETF, and the team presented research that examined multiple types of bonds, from emerging market bonds to mortgage-backed securities.Commenting on the winning papers, David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee for S&P Indices, said, “”Both of these papers address major issues currently facing investors. The winning paper on the outperformance of equal weighted portfolios brings extensive empirical research to bear on debates of the last ten years concerning how to weight indices. The analyses show how well recognized size, value and momentum effects lead to equal weight performance results. The second paper uses ETFs in an innovative approach to measuring liquidity to recognize heightened market risk.””The SPIVA Awards program seeks to acknowledge researchers from around the world who are exploring innovative techniques targeting the enhancement of the use of indices in the financial markets. The winners are selected by a jury of academics and industry experts, each of whom are chosen by S&P Indices. March 21, 2012 440 Views Standard and Poor’s Announces SPIVA Award Winnerscenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-03-21 Abby Gregory Sharelast_img read more