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DNA tape recorder stores a cell’s memories

first_imgIf cells could talk, they’d have quite a story to tell: Their life history would include what molecules they’d seen passing by, which signals they’d sent to neighbors, and how they’d grown and changed. Researchers haven’t quite given cells a voice, but they have now furnished them with a memory of sorts—one that’s designed to record bits of their life history over the span of several weeks. The new method uses strands of DNA to store the data in a way that scientists can then read. Eventually, it could turn cells into environmental sensors, enabling them to report on their exposure to particular chemicals, among other applications.“They’ve done a really exceptional job turning DNA into readable, writable memory inside living cells,” says Ahmad Khalil, a biomedical engineer at Boston University who was not involved in the new work. “I think it’s a very cool new direction for synthetic biology to take.”In the past, researchers have turned cells into simple sensors by switching on or off the production of proteins in response to a stimulus. But each switch could record only one simple piece of information—whether the cell had been exposed to the stimulus—not the duration or magnitude of this exposure. And if the cell died, the information—encoded in a protein—would be lost.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(*)“We wanted a system that would be easier to scale up to collect more than one piece of information,” says synthetic biologist Timothy Lu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “So we started out, as engineers, thinking about what an ideal memory system would look like.”Lu’s team settled on a biological program that rewrites a living cell’s DNA when the cell senses a signal—from a flash of light to the presence of a chemical. Once the DNA is altered, the information remains embedded in the genetic material even if the cell dies. By sequencing the genes of a population of cells that all contain the program, researchers can determine the magnitude and duration of the signal: The more cells have the genetic mutation, the stronger or longer the signal was.The approach, dubbed Synthetic Cellular Recorders Integrating Biological Events (SCRIBE), relies on retrons—which make up a genetic system found naturally in some bacteria that produces single-stranded DNA that the bacteria normally use to alter their host. Lu’s team started with bacterial cells and inserted a retron that would be turned on—producing the unique DNA—only in response to a specific stimulus like a chemical. While the cell is in the process of copying its genetic material, the new DNA would then replace a nearly identical existing gene segment in the cell, changing it slightly.  Lu tested SCRIBE on cells that he engineered to sense light, as well as others that responded to a common biological reagent. In one instance, he made the memory especially easy to read by engineering the cells to mutate an antibiotic resistance gene in response to light. When cells were then grown in the presence of the antibiotic, the researchers could immediately see which cells contained the new gene. The results were confirmed by sequencing the bacteria’s genomes. But SCRIBE, described online today in Science, could be designed to sense other stimuli and cause any desired genetic mutation in return.“There are a bunch of potential applications of this system,” Lu says. “One is being able to do long-term recording of a cell’s environment.” For example, he says, living cells could be left in an area of water for a week, then collected. Sequencing the DNA from the cells could then reveal whether the cells had been exposed to certain bacteria or toxins in the water. SCRIBE could also be a boon to basic researchers, Lu adds. “During development, as you go from a single cell to a multicellular organism, each cell encounters different cues,” he says. SCRIBE could let researchers record what each cell encountered to shape its fate.“What’s neat about this strategy is that you have a lot more diversity and flexibility than other methods to give cells memory,” Khalil says. Because scientists can choose the stimulus—or multiple different stimuli—that they want the cell to record, as well as what gene change they want to use as a marker, the possibilities for applications are wide, he says.last_img read more

Milan snatch late win against Roma

first_imgPatrick Cutrone gave AC Milan lift-off in Serie A this season as the substitute snatched a 2-1 victory over Roma deep into stoppage time at San Siro on Friday.Stand-out recruits Gonzalo Higuain and Steven N’Zonzi each had goals ruled out via VAR reviews for their respective sides after visiting defender Federico Fazio cancelled out Franck Kessie’s 40th-minute opener.It was a frustrating night in front of goal for Higuain but the ex-Juventus man turned provider in the 95th minute, threading a fine pass for Cutrone to slot home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gennaro Gattuso led raucous celebrations as his team bounced back from last weekend’s chastening 3-2 loss at Napoli, while Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma are now winless since the opening weekend.By the way, it’s full-time!  Sorry, but we’re busy celebrating! A proposito, è finita!  Scusate, stavamo impazzendo per il gol di Cutro! #MilanRoma 2-1 pic.twitter.com/AJdYNFagHL — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018 Milan right-back Davide Calabria fizzed just over Robin Olsen’s crossbar before Roma’s Sweden international goalkeeper was called upon to thwart Higuain and Suso.The breakthrough arrived when Ricardo Rodriguez proved too nimble for Fazio and Kessie caught the left-hand side of Roma’s defence napping – stealing in for a close-range finish.Higuain sloppily lost possession for his opposite number in Roma’s attack, Edin Dzeko, to curl wide in the 49th minute.The pressure was building on Milan and Fazio atoned for his part in the opener with a fine volleyed finish when the ball was worked back into the box after Gianluigi Donnarumma punched poorly from a corner.The Rossoneri thought they had an instant response but replays showed Higuain was fractionally offside when he scampered in between Fazio and Kostas Manolas to finish coolly.N’Zonzi was the next man to fall foul of technology, although the shaky set-piece defending on display from the hosts made Roma appear the most likely winners. Cutrone had other ideas.90’+4′ CUTRONEEEEEEEEEEEEE CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME! / ALL’ULTIMO RESPIROOOOOOO #MilanRoma 2-1 pic.twitter.com/sHvsSf73nO — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018  What it means: Good news for Juventus already Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing understandably stole the headlines but Juventus are confronted by an ambitious chasing pack this season. Among them, Roma have four points from nine and Milan are yet to truly convince, despite this last-gasp victory.Pat on the back: Olsen looking the part Alisson left sizeable gloves to fill at Roma. Olsen might lack the flashy footwork of his Brazilian predecessor but he is proving an instantly reassuring presence and chipped in with fine saves in either half.Boot up the backside: Donnarumma ensures tale of two keepers By contrast, Donnarumma was culpable for Roma’s equaliser. The youngster’s talent is beyond doubt but, as Gianluigi Buffon plays out the autumn of his career in Paris, it is time for him to eradicate such lapses from his game.Key Opta facts- After four Serie A losses in a row against Roma, AC Milan have won two consecutive league matches against the Giallorossi for the first time since 2012.- Roma have earned four points after three league games played, their lowest tally since 2012-13.- Roma have conceded a Serie A away goal for the first time since March (1-1 against Bologna).- Franck Kessie has found the net with his very first shot on target in each of his three Serie A campaigns.What’s next?After a weekend of watching their rivals in action and the subsequent international break, Roma must bounce back at home to Chievo on the same day Milan travel to Cagliari. read morelast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A goes on sale again via Mi.com

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 4, alongside Redmi 4 and 4A goes on sale today, again. Redmi Note 4 is available on Flipkart and Mi.com, while on the other hand the other two devices — Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A is up for sale only via Mi.com. All the three variants of the Redmi Note 4 is available for buying, including 2GB RAM/32GB, 3GB RAM/32G and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.To recall the smartphone was first launched in India, where the 2GB RAM/32GB is priced at Rs 9,999, 3GB RAM/32G costs Rs 10,99, wherein the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variants is available at Rs 12,999. A recently report by IDC states that Redmi Note 4 is the best selling smartphone and most shipped device in India in Q1. The report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.” “About 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017.”Also Read: Moto C Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi 4: Stock Android meets big hardwareRedmi Note 4 is available in four colour variants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver. All the variants are up for sale in India. In terms of specifications, Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper.advertisementOn the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD curved glass display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Further, the device sports an all-metal body and features a 13-megapixel rear cameraand 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone is further backed by a 4100mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review: Redmi 3S Prime HD remasterXiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999. In terms of specifications, the Redmi 4A comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, Snapdragon 425 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While on the camera front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel sensor, while on the front, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Redmi 4A is backed by 3120mAh battery with fast charging support and is coupled with 16GB internal storage which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.last_img read more

Rory McIlroy blows two-shot lead as Li Haotong wins Dubai Desert Classic

first_imgnews Share on Twitter Rory McIlroy Tiger Woods makes cut in PGA Tour return after final hole birdie Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp European Tourcenter_img Share via Email Share on Facebook “This is incredible and gives me so much confidence,” said Li. “Especially after I missed the cut last week. I just want more of this in the future. It was incredible to play with Rory and learn so much from him.” And to come out on top, presumably.Focus will inevitably fall on the wounded McIlroy. His post-round assessment of being “pissed off” was barely necessary. This one stung all right, to the point where McIlroy obviously had little interest in accentuating positives.“If someone had told me at the start of the year ‘You’ll finish third and second your first two events’ I’d say, ‘Yeah, I’d take that,’” McIlroy said. “But being in the positions I’ve been in and having two close calls the first couple of weeks of the year, it’s a little difficult.“The competitor in me is very disappointed right now. I wanted to win. I always want to win and I just didn’t do enough when I needed to.”There has been so much to admire about the four-times major champion’s return to competitive action during two Middle East events played in 40 under. In the cold light of day, this represents a strong start to McIlroy’s latest quest to become the Masters champion, not least after a period seriously disrupted by injury.Still, what sustains golfers of McIlroy’s standing is tournament glory. Having apparently swatted aside the challenge of Li, the 28-year-old produced arguably his worst shot of the week when finding a greenside bunker at the short 11th with only a nine-iron. A bogey was to follow. McIlroy was again profligate with short iron in hand at the par-five 13th. He was to three-putt in passing up a glorious birdie opportunity. McIlroy’s bogey on 16, a hole he commonly plays so well, was damaging in the context of Li’s stunning resurgence. Key to the latter scenario was a birdie putt holed from off the 15th green.“From being two ahead, standing on the 11th tee, to being level going into 16, it was a couple of bad shots, a couple of poor decisions, a couple of mental errors, a few tentative putts out there, as well,” McIlroy added.“I kept leaving myself in places where I couldn’t really give it a run at the hole because they were downhill, down grain, downwind. So I didn’t really leave it in the best spots to be aggressive with my putts.“I tried until the very end, made him win it in the end, which was all I could do, and he played very well on the way in, birdieing three of the last four. I just wish I could get a couple of those holes back.”Tyrrell Hatton had reached the 18th with aspirations of gatecrashing the championship party, only to lash his second shot into the pond. Hatton was to finish third at 20 under, one ahead of Alexander Levy. The biggest move on day four arrived from Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, who claimed a share of sixth courtesy of a 64. With eight holes of the Dubai Desert Classic to play, the storyline was set. Rory McIlroy, back at the scene of his first victory as a professional and in the early throes of what he regards as phase two in his golfing life, led by two from Li Haotong. Two hours later, dejection was writ large across McIlroy’s face as Li celebrated the finest win of his fledgling career.First, to the victor. Li played the event’s final six holes in four under par – and birdied the last two – in what proved a wonderful display of nerveless golf. His winning aggregate of 23 under par is a Desert Classic record. With McIlroy looking on and therefore in a position from which others would have wilted, Li converted from 10ft at the last to take the trophy by one. His Sunday 69 matched McIlroy’s scorecard.Li was already in this year’s Masters and the 22 year old would do well to look at quirks of recent history. The previous two winners of this tournament went on to prevail at Augusta National a little over two months later. Reuse this content Topics Golf Support The Guardian Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Ohio State’s Board Of Trustees Urban Meyer Meeting Has Been Scheduled

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer should be learning his future as Ohio State’s head football coach at some point this week. The school’s investigation concluded on Sunday night and another step toward a final decision has been taken.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the findings of the investigation and what to do with Urban Meyer has been scheduled.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel first tweeted about the news.The meeting is set to take place on Wednesday at 9 a.m. E.T.“The Ohio State Board of Trustees executive session to discuss the Urban Meyer situation is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. There’s still no clarity on when a final decision will come, but that’s the next step that needs to happen. The investigation ended Sunday,” he tweeted.The Ohio State Board of Trustees executive session to discuss the Urban Meyer situation is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. There’s still no clarity on when a final decision will come, but that’s the next step that needs to happen. The investigation ended Sunday.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 20, 2018Ohio State’s president shared the following update on Friday:The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had formed a special, independent working group to direct this investigation. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.Additional details will be shared next week.So, stay tuned. It’s looking like we won’t be getting any official Urban Meyer news until later this week.last_img read more

Commission Issues Investor Alert

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors that FPE Trading and Jean-Smaille Germeil are not registered to sell securities in Nova Scotia. At least one Nova Scotia resident has been solicited to invest with FPE Trading and Jean-Smaille Germeil. The commission is seeking information regarding FPE Trading and Jean-Smaille Germeil. If you or anyone you know has had dealings with either one, please contact Will McDonald at Will.McDonald@novascotia.ca or 902-424-8182 or toll-free at 1-855-424-2499. The commission urges Nova Scotians to use extreme caution when dealing with firms that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in the province without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search: www.securities-administrators.ca/nrs/nrsearchResult.aspx?ID=1325 . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province.last_img read more

Government NSHA Outline Next Steps for QEII New Generation Project

first_img a new QEII Cancer Centre that provides all cancer care services in one location. Services will be relocated from the VG site to the Halifax Infirmary site. an expanded inpatient care centre with over 600 hospital beds, 28 operating rooms, 33 intensive care beds and 15 intermediate care beds. a new outpatient centre that will deliver services that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital, bringing clinics together in one location, and be home to the QEII Eye Care Centre. a new innovation and learning centre that will see three learning and training labs together under one roof to support distance education and strengthen the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s research and teaching mandate. The redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre is a once in a generation opportunity to rebuild and improve the way health care is delivered in Nova Scotia. Today, Oct. 4, government and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) unveiled a milestone in the redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The QEII New Generation project will result in better care, reduced wait times and cancer services offered at one location. A major expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site is the biggest component of the project. “The Halifax Infirmary is the heart of the redevelopment of the QEII,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The new facilities will have the most advanced equipment and technology to handle the most complex care in Atlantic Canada. This will help reduce wait times, provide continuous uninterrupted care, as well as help recruit and retain doctors, nurses and other health professionals.” The expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site will include: Dr. Drew Bethune, medical director, provincial cancer care program, NSHA, highlighted the importance of providing all cancer care services at one site. “Right now, some of our sickest patients are being transferred from one site to another for treatment,” said Dr. Bethune. “Offering everything at one location means that will no longer be necessary. The new centre will also lead the way for innovation and research in cancer treatment.” The QEII New Generation project also includes the development of a new community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake. It will offer a more convenient location for the thousands of Nova Scotians who have to travel to Halifax for certain care or services. Most of these services will also remain at the Halifax Infirmary site for people who live in Halifax and will continue to use the Infirmary as a community hospital. “The QEII Health Sciences Centre is a resource for all Nova Scotians – and indeed Atlantic Canadians,” said NSHA president and CEO Janet Knox. “In addition to providing excellent care, the QEII is a leading academic and research institution supporting the development of future health professionals and shaping the future of health-care delivery through world-class research and innovation. This plan will ensure we’re better positioned to do all of that and more today and for generations to come.” Funding for construction to expand the Halifax Infirmary site and develop the community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake will be through a public-private-partnership (P3) using the design-build-finance-maintain model. A request for qualifications will be issued this fall for a partner to do the design build, finance and maintenance of the project over a 30-year period. Other components of the QEII New Generation project, like the expansion and renovations to the Dartmouth General Hospital, are well underway. Renovations of an unused operating room and existing operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor were completed in February 2018. The redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre will support the eventual closure of the Centennial, Victoria and Dickson buildings. For updates on QEII New Generation, go to HealthRedevelopment.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

Shantanu Sen files Rs 10 cr defamation case against promoter

first_imgKolkata: Member of Parliament Dr Santanu Sen has lodged a civil defamation case of Rs 10 crore at Calcutta High Court as well as a criminal defamation case at Sealdah Court against promoter Sumantra Chowdhury, who allegedly maligned Dr Sen by giving false allegations with “ulterior motives”.Dr Sen also condemned the way he was maligned in the society. He is also the National President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). He also raised protest against the mudslinging on a person like him, who holds high esteem in the society. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn a press statement Dr Sen said: “My fight is against this practice of maligning a reputed person in the society without any evidence. It is against the culture of Bengal too. A person takes years to earn respect in the society. The hard earned respect of a person is reduced by this type of allegations.” Dr Sen also pointed out that it takes years for a person to prove his/her innocence. A person who is a victim of such false allegations undergoes mental and emotional agony until he proves his innocence through a prolonged process, he stated. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe MP has also sent across a message that he will continue his fight till the end. It is evident that Dr Sen has not taken the allegations lightly and will eventually prove his innocence, as claimed by him. It may be mentioned that Chowdhury had brought some allegations against Dr Sen a few days ago, which created a furor in the city. Following the incident, Dr Sen had hinted about filing a lawsuit against the promoter.last_img read more

UN Chief Guterres Managing National Borders Cannot Be Based On Any Form

first_imgRefugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.“Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.The UN chief made a particular mention of Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, that, he noted “for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations.”Further stating that countries have the right and the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations, Mr. Guterres cautioned that this cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality, noting that doing so “is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based.”He also warned that it could “trigger widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organizations we all want to fight against” and that “blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.”At the start of the regular noon-briefing at UN Headquarters, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Mr. Guterres is currently on his way back to New York from the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and he had had the opportunity to express his disagreement with the United States Executive Order on refugees.The statement follows the US President’s signing last Friday of an Executive Order that, among things, suspends the US refugee programme for 120 days and, according to the media, bars entry of refugees from several mostly Muslim countries, including Syria, until further notice.last_img read more

MSC Macoisiere Offer New Cruises from Morocco to Brazil

By Shaquile GoffRabat- Beginning November 20, Moroccans will be able to book a cruise to Brazil. Macroisiere, a Moroccan online cruise reservation business, reached a deal with MSC cruises, the largest privately owned cruise service in the world. The cruise service agreed to add Casablanca as a stop on one of its itineraries to meet the growing demand of wealthier Moroccans for luxury vacations. Moroccans will be able to sail on a 12-day cruise from Casablanca to the cities of Santa Cruz and Tenerife in the Canary islands, before crossing the Atlantic and stopping in the Brazilian cities of Salvador, Ilheus, and Rio de Janeiro. Moroccans also receive a complimentary return ticket from Brazil to Morocco courtesy of Royal Air Maroc.   Read Also: Morocco, France Forge More Cooperation on Security, MigrationThe MSC Poesia is making the inaugural trip. It set sail from Marseille, France, on November 12, and will conclude its journey on December 2.Casablanca has previously been a popular sightseeing destination for European cruises,  but this is the first time Moroccans will have an opportunity to join the journey from Casablanca and travel via cruise ship from Morocco to Latin America.The decision comes as Morocco attempts to modernize its business and entertainment industry through foreign investment.The companies also predict Moroccans will receive the new route well because Brazil does not require Moroccan citizens to get a visa before entry, according to Moroccan business magnate Ismael Belkhayat. read more

Alberta Securities Commission levies 54million in fines in massive fraud

CALGARY — The Alberta Securities Commission has slapped fines totalling nearly $54-million on two companies and three men.The watchdog says Dennis Morice, Milowe Brost, Gary Sorenson, The Institute for Higher Learning and Merendon Mining perpetrated a systemic massive fraud.Merendon Mining must pay $38.6-million to the ASC and pay $70,000 in costs, while IFFL faces $10 million in penalties and must pay $85,000 in costs.Morice has been ordered to pay a total of $200,000, Bross nearly $3.09-million and Sorenson $2.07-million.In addition to the financial penalties, all involved also face a variety of bans.The ASC says investment fraud is reprehensible and completely unacceptable and undermines public confidence in the whole capital market.

Wall backs new oilsands foreign investment rules wants potash uranium included

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2012 5:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wall backs new oilsands foreign investment rules; wants potash, uranium included REGINA – The man who led the fight against a foreign takeover of PotashCorp. is supporting the federal government’s new rules that restrict state-owned enterprises in the oilsands.“I think it’s just a clear signal to send out that foreign investment is welcomed here, but it’s different if it’s a government-owned enterprise, without distinguishing countries,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday.In fact, Wall said, Ottawa should go farther.“We think if it makes sense for the federal government to restrict state-owned enterprises from other countries in terms of these takeovers in the oilsands, that it would make sense just to be explicit about that restriction extending to potash — where we actually have a greater proportion of the worldwide reserves than we do in oil — and in uranium,” he said.Prime Minister Stephen Harper ended months of uncertainty on Friday by approving a $15.1-billion foreign takeover bid of Calgary-based Nexen (TXS:NXY) by the China National Offshore Oil Co., or CNOOC. Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he was satisfied that the deal would be a net benefit to Canada.The Alberta government’s reaction to the Nexen deal has been somewhat more tempered than Wall’s. Although happy about its approval, the province has indicated it will seek greater clarity around the updated rules and what they mean to future transactions. Concerns and questions have also been raised in the Alberta oilpatch.The net benefit test was an argument Saskatchewan used in 2010 when it opposed Anglo-Australian miner BHP Billiton’s (NYSE:BHP) US$40-billion proposed takeover of Saskatoon-based PotashCorp. (TSX:POT), the world’s leading potash producer.Wall vehemently opposed the deal on the grounds Saskatchewan could lose billions in revenue from taxes and royalties. The premier painted the proposed takeover as anti-Canadian and said the country’s strategic interests would be at risk if the province sold most of its potash industry to an international company.Ottawa rejected the takeover after concluding it failed to benefit Canada.Wall said Tuesday that the Nexen deal was different.“Because of the size of the takeover here, it wasn’t strategic. It didn’t warrant that estimation,” he said.“You know we went through three filters to come to our conclusion on potash. If we were analyzing it as we did the potash deal — mind you, it was more cursory than say Alberta would have done it — we just didn’t see it meeting that same test.“And there weren’t state-owned enterprise rules going into it, so this company acted in good faith.”But Wall also said a case could be made for loosening rules for private firms as long as there are limits on takeovers where the Canadian company involved controls a strategic asset, such as potash.The premier also said the federal government should relax non-resident ownership restrictions on the uranium industry. Current regulations cap foreign ownership of uranium mines at 49 per cent.Saskatchewan is the largest uranium-producing region in the world, accounting for about 30 per cent of annual world production.“We have companies like Rio Tinto that are not state-owned enterprises that wish to build uranium mines in the province, so we think if the federal government replaced the provision with this policy restricting state-owned enterprises from takeovers of uranium investment, we could solve both problems.” read more

Journalist who helped reveal Panama Papers is writing a book

Journalist who helped reveal Panama Papers is writing a book by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2016 2:02 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who helped bring the Panama Papers to light is working on a book about his findings.Henry Holt and Company told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Jake Bernstein’s “Secrecy World” will come out in 2017. According to Holt, Bernstein will offer “the first full picture” behind the millions of leaked records that show how the world’s richest use shell companies and other tactics to avoid tax obligations.Bernstein was a key part of the team assembled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which led the yearlong probe into the documents.In a statement issued through Holt, Bernstein said, “The Panama Papers herald a new dawn of collaborative journalism whose impact is only beginning.” read more

Field hockey Ohio States Maddy Humphrey hoping to end career on a

Senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) leads the Ohio State field hockey team in goals, points, and shot percentage. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey never intended to play field hockey. But she decided to give it a shot in seventh grade since her best friend’s family was greatly involved in the sport.Humphrey, now one of the most decorated players to come through the Buckeyes’ field hockey program, had participated in other sports, including soccer. But the thought of playing field hockey had never entered Humphrey’s mind. The moment she picked up her stick, though, everything changed.“I just really enjoyed field hockey when I first started,” Humphrey said. “I continued through high school and played travel ball, and that’s what got me here.”Of all the sports the Virginia native played, soccer best prepared her for her career in field hockey — perhaps a little too well. “Playing soccer is the first and foremost thing that got me ahead of the people I was playing with,” Humphrey said. “It’s such a similar game. When I started field hockey, I didn’t have to learn about the game because it’s so similar to the way soccer is played. I just had to learn how to play with my stick and not my feet.”When she stepped on campus in 2014, it was clear Humphrey could be a star for the Ohio State coaching staff. Humphrey was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times and led the Buckeyes with 32 points (12 goals, eight assists) her freshman season.It was a clear sign of things to come for Humphrey, who said she has tried to involve her teammates in the offense.“Throughout the years, I’ve tried to bring people with me instead of just me being the attacking force,” Humphrey said. “When I get all my teammates on board, it excels my skills even more because I have all that support behind me.”With much of her final season left to go, Humphrey has already compiled many accolades.She’s been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s second team All-West Region (2014), first team All-West Region (2016), and the second team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016).While those honors are nice, being selected three times to USA Field Hockey’s Young Women’s National Championship, the most exclusive tournament in the United States for high-level field hockey athletes, will always stand out in Humphrey’s mind.“Getting the elite training was big,” Humphrey said. “That pool of girls are the most skilled and competitive in the country. Having that experience, learning from each other, learning from coaches, it’s all really shaped the way I play. Learning from all the different coaches and having such great diversity all come together at this one elite event really broadens all those athletes’ skill levels.”This year, Humphrey has continued her trend of leading the team offensively.Humphrey leads Ohio State in goals, points and shot percentage. At times, she’s been the lone source of offense, which was the case when her two-goal effort wasn’t enough in a 3-2 overtime loss to Northwestern Friday.Jarred Martin might’ve just been named head coach at the end of the 2016 season, but he understands how much Humphrey has meant to Ohio State field hockey.“Maddy is an elite player,” Martin said. “She will go down as one of the best OSU field hockey players to ever put a jersey on. What she does on the field, what she does at practice — he intensity and speed she plays with, it’s special. When she gets on the field, she’s a game-changer.”Although Ohio State has yet to finish with more wins than losses in a season since she arrived, it has not been the result of a lack of effort from Humphrey through the past three seasons. There’s been no shortage of effort left on Buckeye Varsity Field.Sitting with a 4-3 record with four games remaining before the Buckeye Invitational, Humphrey hopes that when her days at Ohio State are over, she is remembered as someone who was there for her teammates rather than just a great player.“I would say an elite team player because I want to set that standard for my teammates to rise with me,” Humphrey said. “Being an elite person and a team player is the best way to be an athlete on the field because you bring everyone into the same goal. That’s what I want to be remembered as, just someone who was there for their teammates and tried to bring them up to be elite.” read more

Football Ohio State falls to No 13 in College Football Playoff poll

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust like last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State finds itself on the outside looking in. The distance from the top four, though, has grown considerably. The Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) checked in at No. 13 in Tuesday’s playoff rankings, tumbling seven spots after their 55-24 loss to Iowa Saturday. Georgia (9-0), Alabama (9-0), Notre Dame (8-1) and Clemson (8-1) continued to occupy the top four spots, while Oklahoma (8-1), which beat Ohio State in Week 2, remains at No. 5. Of the six Big Ten teams in the top 25, undefeated Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 8. Penn State, which followed its loss to the Buckeyes with a loss to Michigan State, fell seven spots to No. 14. One of the conference’s biggest surprises, the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rose from No. 24 to No. 12.After their upset of the Buckeyes, the Hawkeyes entered the rankings at No. 20.Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff rankings.GeorgiaAlabamaNotre DameClemsonOklahomaTCUMiamiWisconsinWashingtonAuburnSouthern CalMichigan StateOhio StatePenn StateOklahoma StateMississippi StateVirginia TechCentral FloridaWashington StateIowaIowa StateMemphisNorth Carolina StateLSUNorthwestern read more

Sydney Uniare Australian handball champions

← Previous Story Tatran Presov wins regular part of SEHA GAZPROM SSL Next Story → NICE HANDBALL STORY: Wisla fans with Hungarian flag for Veszprem… Sydney Uni HC has edged one step closer to qualifying for the IHF Super Globe, the club world championships in Qatar. The team of German coach Philipp Enders beat club St Kilda HC in the final of the Australian club championships 34:28. With this title, Sydney Uni qualifies for the Oceania Club Championships in June, where the continental representative for the IHF Super Globe will be determined.Over the last weekend Sydney Olympic park was host to the Australian Handball Club Championships, in which the four best club teams met to crown the national champion, but also determine Australia’s representative at the Oceania Club Championsships which will be held in New Caledonia in June. As the defending Oceania club champions, Sydney Uni certainly started as favourites into the tournament – not least because of the international experience the club has gained over the last two years.Coach Philipp Ender’s team absolutely fulfilled expectations in the group phase of the tournament – having unmatched depth to its squad and playing fast, direct handball. All three opponents were beaten relatively clearly – St Kilda 30:22, Hills HC was only able to keep up for one half before going down 32:21, and Logan Wizards were disposed of 30:16. There was no indication that Sydney Uni would be seriously challenged when meeting St Kilda again in the final. But the reality was very different.The team from Melbourne had done their homework and offered much more resistance than in the earlier encounter, drawing from the tactical maturity of their experienced players. Lead by former National team player VeliborVujaklija and Serbian BratislavStankovic, a formerly player of Nis, Bologna and Partizan Belgrade in the ECL, they played very cleverly and to their strengths. With an aggressive defence on Sydney Uni’s left they successfully stopped the flow in Enders’ team, and forced Sydney Uni into unprepared shots. Sydney was somewhat unlucky with several hits to the post too – and whatever was on target was taken care of by former Sydney Uni goalkeeper Thomas Gerstch. The result was a 5 goal deficit just before half time – not what anyone had anticipated.The boys in blue and gold picked themselves up in the second half though, putting their game plan to practice – hard defence, good rotation and flow in attack, plus fast starts. 15 minutes from the end, Sydney Uni had overcome the deficit and one could sense that St Kilda was strugglingto keep up with the pace and intensity. Just as the game was about to tip though, Sydney Uni missed their ‘big points’ again – which left the game in open right up to the wire. Sydney Uni was eventually even lucky to save a draw into overtime when St Kilda missed a fast break just 15 seconds from the end.Sydney Uni’s superiority in terms of fitness, pace and agility finally came to fruition in overtime, during which Enders’ boys created a margin of six goals and were finally able to celebrate their title.Coach Philipp Enders stated after the final: “All in all we were certainly the best team of the tournament, but boy the final was hard work. After being unlucky with many of our shots, fate was on our side in the dying seconds of regular time.” He asked to consider the youth of his team though, saying that “Llorente, Aubard, Gavidia, Matic, Lennstrom und Szklarski are all just 21 to 24 years old – they have certainly learned a lot today!” He attributed the victory to the fantastic team spirit, adding with a smile: “If your team consists of such a diversity of players – Australians, French, Spanish, Germans, Poles, Swedish, Iranians and Argentinians – you can’t necessarily expect that they get themselves out of such a pickle. But we have a really good bunch of guys here, and they dig deep for oneanother.”As a result, Enders is quite confident for the Oceania Club Championships in New Caledonia in June, where Sydney Uni will be contesting the continental ticket for the IHF Super Globe. “We have good depth in our squad, particularly since there’s 2 or 3 more signings we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. The only question mark is our right back, where we’re still looking for a strong left handed shooter.”Additionally, the club wants to step up its marketing in order to create an even more professional environment for handball in Sydney. “We’re getting so much attention now in Europe and the Middle East” he says, “we’re really hoping we can get a sponsor on board who’d like to benefit from the broad media exposure internationally – and who’s keen to be part of our exciting endeavour.”Sydney Uni can be contacted via info@sydneyunihandball.com australia handballsydney handball read more

CLUB NOT GIVEN LICENCE Veselin Vujovic wont be coaching Qatar Foundation

One of the best handball players of all times, Veselin Vujovic, won’t be working in Qatar in the upcoming season, as was previously reported. The reason is that the newly formed club “Qatar Foundation” did not get licence for the upcoming season, thus not competing at all, leaving Vujovic without job for the moment. He worked last season in UAE and won the Macedonian league in 2012/2013 with HC Vardar. handballqatar foundationrakometrukometVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen with test win over Japan Next Story → BREAKING: Niklas Landin to THW Kiel!

Canadian judge resigns over keep your knees together comment in sexual assault

first_imgCanadian judge resigns over ‘keep your knees together’ comment in sexual assault trial Judge Camp had said in a 2014 trial that “pain and sex sometimes go together”. Image: Shutterstock/sebra Short URL Mar 10th 2017, 3:54 PM Image: Shutterstock/sebra A CANADIAN FEDERAL judge has announced his resignation over a controversy sparked when he asked a woman in a sexual assault case why she couldn’t keep her “knees together.”The Canadian Judicial Council had earlier asked the Minister of Justice to dismiss Judge Robin Camp, who then issued a statement declaring his resignation.Camp oversaw a 2014 trial in which he told the woman that “pain and sex sometimes go together.”He also asked the 19-year-old “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together” to defend herself against her alleged attacker.“I would like to express my sincere apology to everyone who was hurt by my comments,” Camp said in his resignation statement.In its recommendation the council said Camp’s conduct “seriously undermines public confidence in the judiciary.”By his statements, the Judge clearly failed to meet high standards Canadians rightfully expect of their judges.Since the 1971 creation of the Canadian Judicial Council, just three judges have been forced to resign following the committee’s recommendation.- © AFP 2017Read: Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamationRead: Department destroyed report on National Museum management, Dáil hears http://jrnl.ie/3281157 Friday 10 Mar 2017, 3:54 PM Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,861 Views last_img read more

UFC Que Choisir pourrait porter plainte contre Free Mobile

first_imgUFC Que Choisir pourrait porter plainte contre Free MobileEdouard Barreiro, répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir, a relevé sur le plateau de l’émission Arrêt sur images un abus de langage dans les conditions générales de l’offre d’abonnement à Free Mobile. L’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir envisage de s’en prendre à Free Mobile si une clause n’est pas retirée du contrat par l’opérateur de téléphonie. Edouard Barreiro, répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir pointe du doigt l’article 4.3 des Conditions Générales d’Abonnement (CGA) qui contient la mention : “le service est conditionné à une utilisation non abusive, en bon père de famille”. M. Barreiro note sur le plateau d’Arrêt sur images que “cette expression est dans le code civil pour d’autres pratiques. Et là, les opérateurs téléphoniques se l’accaparent mais des huissiers ont démontré que cela ne voulait strictement rien dire pour cette activité là”. L’UFC-Que Choisir souhaite qu’à la place Free précise que l’offre est illimitée mais que l’utilisateur “n’a pas droit à plus de 199 opérateurs dans le monde”. Le répresentant d’UFC-Que Choisir ajoute “je ne sais pas si on va ré-attaquer ou si on va d’abord discuter (…) On a envoyé un petit mail à Free d’abord pour poser les questions. Je n’ai pas de réponse d’ailleurs. Je lance un appel.” Edouard Barreiro a tout de même admis que l’offre de Free Mobile est “canon”. Le 16 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County seeks applications for homeless, anti-poverty programs

first_imgClark County Community Services is accepting funding applications for 2019 services addressing homelessness and anti-poverty programs that help people become self-sufficient.About $1.5 million is available for Homeless Crisis Response System services dealing with permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, targeted prevention assistance, interim housing, and outreach and engagement, as well as the established Rent Well and SOAR programs.Another $390,000 can go toward Community Action anti-poverty programs addressing health, behavioral and social health, income and asset building, employment, education and support services.Contracts will begin July 1, 2019.Pre-applications are online at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/applications. For assistance or more information, contact Rebecca Royce at rebecca.royce@clark.wa.gov.Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-submittal meeting, which will be held Monday at the Public Service Center, room 679, at 1300 Franklin St. The meeting for Homeless Crisis Response is 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and the Community Action meeting will follow from 11 to 11:30 a.m.Pre-applications are due by Oct. 31 and full applications are due Dec. 7.last_img read more