The Wisconsin men’s basketball will go up against the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center as they look to extend their current five-game winning streak.Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) destroyed Northwestern (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten) by a margin of 23 points when the two teams met in Evanston, Illinois, on Jan. 4.This time around, the two teams couldn’t be going in more opposite directions. While the Badgers are streaking and atop the Big Ten, the Wildcats are continuing to fall. They have lost eight consecutive games and have not won a game since December.Since their loss to Rutgers, Wisconsin has been able to rattle off five straight wins thanks to their efficient play on both sides of the ball.According to Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency rankings, Wisconsin currently leads the nation in offensive efficiency, averaging 125.2 points per 100 possessions. On top of scoring at an efficient rate, the Badgers are also taking care of the ball, as their average of 7.6 turnovers per game is the fewest in the country.In their first outing against Northwestern, the Badgers dropped 81 points on the Wildcats and were led by senior forward Frank Kaminsky, who put together a line of 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in just 24 minutes.Northwestern will look to put forth a better defensive effort this time around, bringing in a scoring defense that ranks in the middle of the Big Ten, as they have given up 63.5 points per game thus far.Defensively, Wisconsin is first in the Big Ten and ninth in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 56.5 points per game thus far.That defense will be going up against a Northwestern team who has struggled to score this season, averaging just 64.4 points per game, which is good for 12th in the Big Ten. Through their first nine Big Ten games, the Wildcats have only scored more than 70 points once in a losing effort to Michigan State.Despite the clear advantage Wisconsin has on both sides of the ball and Northwestern’s recent struggles, NU has showed it is still capable of putting up a decent fight. In a recent road test against Maryland, the Wildcats took then-No. 13 Terrapins to the wire in College Park, but ultimately lost 68-67.Northwestern has shown in flashes that they can compete with better teams, but Wisconsin is not just a better team — they are a much better team, and with proper execution, the Badgers should have no problem taking care of the Wildcats at home.Wisconsin (20-2 overall, 8-1 Big Ten)Big Ten: 8-1, 1st place by two games over Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and PurdueLast game: Defeated Indiana in Madison, 92-78Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 6.5 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.6 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 12.7 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.6 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.8 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Duje Dukan, G – Zak Showalter, F – Vitto BrownNorthwestern (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten)Big Ten: 1-8, last place (14th)Last game: Lost to Nebraska, 76-60Probable Starters: G – Bryant McIntosh (6-5, 4.3 ppg), G – Tre Demps (6-3, 11.9 ppg), G – JerShon Cobb (6-5, 6.2 ppg), G – Scottie Lindsey (6-5, 4.3 ppg), C – Alex Olah (7-0, 11.0 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Vic Law, G – Dave Sobolewski, G – Sanjay LumpkinWho – Northwestern at No. 5 WisconsinWhen – Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015Where – Madison, Wisconsin; Kohl Center (17,230)TV Broadcast – Big Ten Network
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica is intensifying efforts to curtail child labor in the country through a ‘Risk Identification Model’ program being implemented to identify communities where this illicit activity is occurring, in order to facilitate interventions.Director of Child Labor in the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Sacha Deer Gordon, said the initiative will entail creating vulnerability maps that highlight areas where child labor is suspected to be taking place, for monitoring and eventual action.Identify highest probabilityShe said the system will allow the authorities to “identify the highest probability where child labor may occur, and in what sector” and cited a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) study that revealed an estimated 38,000 children are involved in child labor locally.The Director said once the victims are identified, “we put plans in place to interrupt that trajectory”, adding that steps are taken to monitor their recovery, because “we don’t want them to re-enter child labor.”Illegal to employ children under age-13Gordon said that business owners employing children under age 13 to work in their establishments are in breach of the Child Care and Protection Act, which stipulates that youngsters up to the age of 14 years can only be engaged in “light work” for no more than 14 hours per week.The Act further stipulates that children, aged 15, can only engage in full employment if they have completed secondary education.“But they cannot be engaged in hazardous work [below] age 16… and it has to be done under supervision and with proper instructions,” she said, adding that the government continues to discourage child labor, emphasizing that “it is something that we are saying must stop”.The government has already established a National Steering Committee, which meets monthly and utilizes various mechanisms designed to promote child rights.Criminal offence Child labor is a criminal offence, with penalties ranging from J$250,000 or three months’ imprisonment to a maximum of one million dollars.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest on July 20 saw many popular reggae acts gracing the stage, including the return of the legendary Buju Banton.The promoters of the annual festival ensured that night 2 got off to an early start, following a delay in performances on night 1 that caused Jamaican authorities to bring the show to an abrupt end at 8:00 am on Sunday morning, leaving many patrons disgruntled.On Sunday night, the 21-year-old reggae musician Tessellated opened the show at 8:30 pm, performing a slew of songs which included his hit “Pine and Ginger”.Tessellated was followed by new-school reggae acts Warrior love band, Jovexx and Kemar Highcon.2010 Digicel Rising Star winner and winner of the 2018 season of X-factor made his Sumfest debut, soothing the crowd with his smooth vocals and recalling his difficult journey to international fame.Reggae acts Jah9 and Etana, the only two women billed for the night, also kept the crowd rocking with their individual, soul-filled reggae performances.Popular reggae act Protoje chose to be somewhat political during his set. While performing his politically-charged hit song “Blood Money”, which speaks out against criminal and political corruption in Jamaica, the grammy-nominated artist freestyled a new verse, making mention of the recent Petrojam scandal and the marches against abortion laws by local churches. Coincidentally, he performed “Blood Money” just as Prime Minister Andrew Holness was seen making his way to the crowd.Protoje also brought out his famous friends, songstress Sevana, Lika Ike, Jesse Royal, Agent Sasco and headliner Chronixx to perform their many collaborations.The first “B” of the three headliners, Beres Hammond delivered a stellar performance, even sharing his stage with Beenie Man.Hammond was followed by other Digicel Rising Star Winners, Romaine Virgo, who again called Agent Sasco to perform their collaboration, “Fade Away” and later, Christopher Martin.Walking to the stage like a champion, was the final headliner of the festival and the man of the year, Buju Banton, who made his return to the Sumfest stage after more than 10 years since his last performance.He stormed the stage, performing an energetic rendition of his 2006 hit “Me and Oonu” as the crowd roared. As he got comfortable on stage, the Gargamel took his shoes to be better able to dance and move around.Later during his performance, Banton performed a light-hearted freestyle, calling on the Jamaican government to legalize marijuana. “Mr. Holness, remember mi give you a spliff. And me ask you inna your office fi legalize it”, the artist joked.Buju Banton was the last performer of the night, delivering a brilliant 90-minute set to bring the 2019 Reggae Sumfest to a close at 6:00 am this morning.
(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Patients are encouraged to seek only “evidence-based” treatments for disease, but a look behind the scenes of clinical trials reveals some of the same human foibles that plague any science: shortcomings in honesty and transparency.Finding cause-and-effect relationships in medical science is notoriously difficult. Supposedly, the path to reliable findings is to use randomized clinical trials, where a proposed new therapy goes through three distinct phases of testing on large numbers of people. Sounds good in theory, but what happens when investigators find less-than-full disclosure and potential conflicts of interest? Those issues were addressed in Science Insider recently. Violations are, unfortunately, more common than expected.We’ve heard of studies funded by tobacco companies that prove cigarettes are safe. Give a researcher enough money, and it’s tempting (though not necessarily guaranteed) his or her findings will corroborate the company’s claims. How are conflicts of interest avoided? How are standards for reporting maintained? Science Insider attended a recent International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication in Chicago, and reported some red flags: (1) “Published trial results often differ from those initially posted“; and (2) “Potential conflicts of interest often go unreported.”The honor system, such as merely deploying forms asking researchers to list all conflicts of interest, is insufficient. Despite years of reminding researchers how important it is to maintain transparency about potential conflicts, many still fail to disclose them. Often it is left up to the researcher’s own judgment whether such conflicts are “relevant” to the trial. Ignorance of the need for high standards, the Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication found, is sadly widespread.Although most of the doctors disclosed relationships they had with the firm funding the published research, fewer than half shared relationships they had with industry competitors. And despite all the talk in recent years about conflicts, 16% who had a financial tie to a sponsor or drug manufacturer leading the study didn’t report it. One example cited by Rasmussen: a physician who was an advisory board member and speaker for AstraZeneca, maker of the drug being covered by the paper, who declared he or she had no conflicts.“I was actually very disappointed” by this, says Vivienne Bachelet, editor-in-chief of the journal Medwave in Santiago, who was not involved in the study. In her country, she says, the “level of awareness is just nil” about conflicts of interest. Medical societies in particular get substantial funding from drug companies but almost no one—the societies themselves, drug regulators, or the individual doctors—see this as something that should be disclosed, Bachelet says. “If they’re not disclosing over there,” in Denmark, “what’s to be expected in Chile?”Regarding publication discrepancies, a survey of thousands of papers revealed frequent inconsistencies between public reports and journal publications about results of primary endpoints (main purposes of the trial) and secondary endpoints (serendipitous findings):For 21% of the primary endpoints, what appeared in the journal wasn’t exactly the outcome described on ClinicalTrials.gov, and in 6%, the Yale group suggested that this difference influenced how the results would be interpreted.For secondary endpoints, the difference was even more dramatic: Of more than 2000 secondary endpoints listed across the trials, just 16% appeared the same way in both the public database and the published article along with the same results. Results for dozens of secondary endpoints were inconsistent. “Our findings raise concerns about the accuracy of information in both places, leading us to wonder which to believe,” Becker said.The director of ClinicalTrials.gov at the National Library of Medicine called the website a “view into the sausage factory” of how research results are reported.Speaking of randomized clinical trials (RCT), Nature reported that little more than half of them produce treatments better than the standard of care – and that’s as it should be, given that RCT outcomes are unpredictable. Progress is incremental but steady. There’s no question that cancer patients are surviving much longer on average than they were a couple of decades ago, thanks to clinical trials.The slowness of the process, though, is frustrating to patients, especially those with cancer, who can’t wait a decade for all three phases to complete before government approval is given. Medical Xpress raised the question of whether clinical trials are always necessary. Sometimes phase III (comparing the new treatment with the standard treatment) might be superfluous if a new therapy has already shown benefit, and patients are out of options. Another recent trend is toward individualized care based on genetic screening or specific tissue sample characteristics. Trends like that may not jive with randomized clinical trials, because each patient is treated as a unique case (a sample of one). Alternatives to RCT may need to be devised for such new developments.In the philosophy of science, nothing like peer review or RCT (as practiced) is set in stone. As practices and findings change, policies and procedures need to keep in step with them. One thing that should not change, though, is a scrupulous insistence on honesty.Update 9/14/13: Medical Xpress reported that leading medical societies in Britain and America are poised to start publishing negative findings. This is important, be knowing what doesn’t work can be just as important as knowing what does. “It is ethically correct for pharmacologists working in academia, industry and the health services to publish negative findings,” the head of the British Pharmacological Society said. “Openness not only ensures that the research community is collectively making the best possible use of resources, but also that clinical trial volunteers are not unnecessarily exposed to likely ineffective or potentially unsafe treatments when evidence may already suggest that the drug target in question is flawed.” The lack of openness about negative results can waste time and resources if researchers unknowingly repeat a failed trial. “Historically, negative findings have tended to remain unpublished,” one journal editor noted with apparent regret. Another expert feels that all clinical results, both positive and negative, should be in the public domain.No science can survive without honesty. We are often told that science is self-checking. The problem is that the checking is inconsistent, and often found out long after damage has been done. This is shameful. In medical clinical trials, people’s lives are on the line. How can the public have confidence in findings, when they lose confidence in the honesty of the researchers? Miracle treatments are promised that might actually be hyped by the drug company funding the research, or the researcher is on the company’s board, but refuses to disclose the conflict of interest, considering it (in his opinion) “not relevant.” Then there is the temptation to announce breakthroughs to advance one’s career or the reputation of the institution. Now we hear about the actual very low rate of honest reporting. To put it mildly, “What they found was not particularly encouraging.”This is not to disparage the many honest, hard-working individual researchers with pure motives, or the reputable institutions that succeed in finding and helping patients with new effective treatments. It just goes to show that scientific research is nothing without honesty. The answer is not to run from “evidence-based” research toward unproven alternative therapies, many of which have even less evidence and are riddled with deeper conflicts of interest (such as hyped claims motivated to sell a product). There are quacks who prey on the desperate, but conspiracy theories alleging collusion with drug companies to keep alternatives off the market are sometimes a ploy to mislead by undermining the credibility of competition. In the morass of potential pitfalls, is anything better than clinical trials? The answer is to improve the system: require independent checking for compliance, publicly humiliate violators, and financially punish institutions found culpable.Randomized clinical trials offer the best hope for establishing cause and effect in medical research, but sometimes the anecdotal reports of alternative treatments have merit; we should remain open to them and check them with a skeptical yet inquiring eye, weeding out conflicts of interest as best we can, investigating the reasonableness of the correlation. As these reports show, “evidence-based” reports sometimes fail to live up to their ideal. Honest researchers will keep an open mind about alternatives. There’s much human beings do not know. Things that work for some individuals do not always work for others.One other lesson: if correlations are this difficult to establish in humans, of which there are 7 billion to test, how much more error-prone are claims about the unobservable past supposed millions of years ago – especially when certain researchers have a conflict of interest to maintain their secular worldview?
Increased earnings, better life The programme has made a huge difference to the income and overall social status of the farmers, adds de Beer. The rand value for the area’s 2010/11 season is estimated at almost 70-million (US$8.9-million), of which 90% is earmarked for export. The genetic improvement aspect has also brought about significant change to the quality of the wool produced in the area. With help from the NWGA, farmers from areas bordering the Ciskei and Transkei have gradually been building up the genetic quality of the local herds with superior breeding rams. To date, almost 28 000 rams have been introduced into local herds over a nine-year period. Partnering with emerging farmers Far removed from the rolling green hills of the beautiful Transkei and Ciskei, lies the Hantam district of the Great Karoo, a semi-arid farming area in the Northern Cape, known for its delicious mutton. It is here that farmer Gawie van Wyk and his brother-in-law Jannie van Heerden set up the Jagpan Vennootskap Boerdery in 2007, a mentorship project with emerging farmers. “Our motivation was to make a contribution, to do something to help. I grew up in the area and know the people very well,” says Van Wyk, who is also NWGA’s production adviser in the district. Located 120km from the small town of Carnarvon, the initiative has already won accolades from the Rural Development and Land Reform Department for its financial systems. “We lay great emphasis on the financial management of the farm,” says Van Wyk. Van Wyk and Van Heerden are mentoring four famers – Patrick Sacco, Jan Moolman, Dirk Sacco and Ismael Louw. Three of the group have never farmed commercially before, and for the moment all of them are still part-time farmers. With the exception of Louw, the others still hold down nine to five jobs during the week, with farming activities restricted to the weekends. A business model that works Jagpan’s business plan is simple and ensures success for all three parties – the state, the emerging farmers and the two mentors. The state has allowed the partners to lease the land for a seven-year period at no cost, but with commitments to manage and maintain it. At the outset of the project four years ago, the state donated 400 Dorper ewes to the initiative. These are locally-bred sheep, developed by cross-breeding the Dorset Horn and Blackhead Persian varieties. The breed is well suited to hot, dry areas and is known as a fast-growing meat producer. The Dorpers were run with 400 ewes belonging to Van Wyk and Van Heerden. The 800 sheep were farmed as a unit with a 50% profit share going to the trainees and 50% going to the two mentors. The emerging farmers are required to build up their own flock to 800 ewes within seven years. As this happens, Van Wyk and Van Heerden gradually reduce their own ewe numbers and their percentage of the profits accordingly. The farm is already running 600 of its own Dorper ewes. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. After experiencing two excellent years the farmers had a tough season in 2010, losing a lot of sheep to Rift Valley Fever. Van Wyk believes the emerging farmers may not have been able to sustain their efforts were it not for the mentorship and support provided during this difficult period. But he sees a promising future. “By the end of the seven years, they’ll be self-sustaining,” he believes.Transkei and Ciskei The Transkei and Ciskei are two of the four formerly independent homelands created under the apartheid government in the 1970s. The other two homelands were Bophuthatswana and Venda. The Ciskei and Transkei are now part of the Eastern Cape Province. The Transkei boasts some of the most spectacular seascapes in South Africa, many of which remain largely untouched, prompting the use of its other popular name, the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is a favourite tourist spot for the more adventurous as roads can be sub-standard in places, but awards the visitor with places like the Hole in the Wall and Wavecrest, the southern-most mangrove swamp in the world. Inland, visitors are treated to the sight of soft rolling hills dotted with homesteads still built in traditional fashion, with clay walls and thatch roofs. The area’s inhabitants, the Xhosa people, live mostly off subsistence farming and the local tourism industry. The Ciskei region is home to Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape. The area is poor and most inhabitants exist on subsistence farming. The Ciskei has a small stretch of pristine coastline, offering great opportunities for hiking, such as the rewarding Shipwreck hiking trail, which allows hikers the opportunity to really “rough it”. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 7 October 2011 South Africa’s black emerging farmers are beginning to find their feet in the tough environment of commercial farming, with success stories being recorded in the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. The majority of the 17 000 wool sheep farmers living in the former Transkei and Ciskei regions – located to the north and south of the Kei River in the Eastern Cape, respectively – are small farmers, running herds of 20 to 30 sheep on average. On their own, these farmers would struggle to make a sustainable living but thanks to a mentorship and support programme offered by the National Wool Growers Association of South Africa (NWGA), these same farmers are now serious players in the wool export industry. The NWGA’s Training and Development for Communal and Emerging Wool Farmers programme aims to pool resources and establish ongoing mentorship. Started in 1997, it has helped to increase the bale volumes of the region’s farmers from just over 222 000 kilograms in 1997 to a hefty 2.9-million kilograms over the last season. “We teach them everything from shearing their sheep, to classing the wool and packing it properly into bales,” says Leon de Beer, GM at the Port Elizabeth-based NWGA head office. “We also introduce them to wool brokers.” The programme follows a five-tier approach: Providing infrastructure development and upgrading of shearing stations and facilities;Giving ongoing development and training;Mentorship assistance with local, established farmers;Help with all marketing-related aspects; andGenetic improvement of the local herds with the gradual introduction of superior rams.
PUTRAJAY—The Malaysian SEA Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30.The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We hope to finish second in the Para Asean Games with 103 golds. Thailand will be favourite to become overall champion,” said Khairy.In the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, Malaysia finished overall third with a medal haul of 52-58-37 in 336 events in 15 sports. Thailand was the overall champion with a haul of 95-76-79 followed by Indonesia with 81-74-63. Malaysia’s best ever performance in the Asean Para Games was also in 2001. The hosts then won 143 golds to become overall champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports.The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports.Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analyzing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports associations. Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It is a realistic target, one which we can achieve. It is also the same number of golds we won when we hosted the Games in 2001 to become overall champions,” said Khairy.Khairy, however, did not reveal in detail which sports were expected to contribute to the gold medal tally.“I am not going to reveal it. That will put unnecessary pressure on the athletes. The other reason is that people will start analyzing and criticizing sports associations which do not meet their targets in the Games,” said Khairy.Although Khairy would not reveal the expectations from the sports associations, most of the gold medals are likely to come from athletics, aquatics, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, karate, lawn bowls, sailing, silat, waterskiing and squash.Khairy added that for the Asean Para Games, which will be held from Sept 17-23, a target of 103 gold medals has been set. There will be 16 sports in the Para Games, but with 479 events.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES
Southridge MallThe Bon-Ton Stores Inc. will open a barber shop at the Boston Store in Southridge Mall in Greendale.Photo of BuzzworX barber shop.BuzzworX will offer men’s haircuts, bear/mustache trims, children’s haircuts and express facials, from $10 to $45 beginning Wednesday in the former salon space on the store’s second level. Women’s hair, nail and waxing services are also available.“We’re excited to offer this new updated salon experience for men inside Boston Store at Southridge,” said Therese Spehar, director of salon operations for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., “Barber Shops are a growing trend and the new talent and services will make BuzzworX a destination for customers grooming and beauty needs.”The grand opening will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Guests will be given complimentary hair linings and hot shaves plus 20 percent off all services and services that are booked during the event. Salon hours are Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.The new barber shop is a signal Bon-Ton is not planning to close the Southridge Mall Boston Store, despite the company filing for bankruptcy in February.Bon-Ton has announced plans to close 47 stores this year, including nine stores in Wisconsin. So far, the only store in the Milwaukee area that is slated to close is the Boston Store clearance store on South 27th Street in Milwaukee. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe