NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Named Laureus Sport For Good Ambassador

first_imgLaureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, has announced it is joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and naming him its newest Ambassador.As an Ambassador, Mourning will be able to build upon the great work he has done within the sport for development sector in Miami and bring this passion to a worldwide audience. Mourning joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.Mourning was in Miami last week at the Overtown Youth Center to announce his induction into the growing Laureus family; he hosted a Community Day of Health and Wellness, celebrating the impact of sport for development. The Overtown Youth Center is a special place for Mourning, as he co-founded it in 2003 and has contributed to its growth and success since its conception. The Overtown Youth Center, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is an educational and social enrichment center – a safe haven for underprivileged kids in Overtown, Miami. The Center uniquely blends in- school services, project based learning after school services, enrichment programs, parent support, health and wellness support, and post-high school support (up to age 25) for the 400 students it supports.Laureus USA, along with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA), have been collaborating for three years to help improve the lives of Miami’s youth. The pair have teamed up to support the growth of a sport for development coaching force in the community, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth in Miami.“I’m proud to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Overtown Youth Center, an organization that has been impacting thousands of youngster’s lives in Miami. OYC inspires, empowers and enriches the lives of youth and families through enrichment services. I’ve been dedicated to this center and have seen its impact grow. I’m joining the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA as an Ambassador to bring the success we’ve seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe. I believe in the power of sport to change communities,” says Alonzo Mourning.The Laureus Ambassadors, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The organization’s mission is to utilize the power of sport to address social problems through a global program of sports-related community development initiatives. Laureus USA works with numerous organizations around the country to help support initiatives that affect youth such as access to quality coaches and mentors, furthering education, and increasing physical activity and health awareness.“It is my great pleasure to welcome fellow philanthropist and NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning to the Laureus family,” said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. “We are looking forward to working with Alonzo with a joint mission of helping to drive the positive power of sports across the country. Working with the Overtown Youth Center is just the beginning of the difference we would like to make together.”For more information about Laureus USA, please visit read more

Tangier Free Zone Ranks Best Free Zone in Africa

Rabat – Tangier Free Zone was ranked Africa’s best free zone in 2015 by fDi Intelligence, an English-language bi-monthly news and foreign direct investment publication, which provides an up-to-date review of global investment activity.This annual ranking compared more than 80 free zones according to international benchmarks. Ranking measures took into account the free zones’ competitiveness to meet international investors’ needs.Tangier free zone ranked Overall Winner for the region of Africa along with Santiago’s free zone in Latin America and Caribbean, DMCC Free Zone of United Arab Emirates, Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines, and Katowice Special Economic Zone in Poland, according to the Magazine. Tangier free zone’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) tenancy rates increased by 36.4% between 2013 and 2014, creating 12,000 jobs in the zone, according to the publication.The zone’s export turnover increased from €2.6bn to €4bn, with the main target markets being the US, Europe and Africa.The zone was also praised for its skills and training. Provision of a skilled labor force in the zone is ensured through the opening of two new training centers, focusing on automotive and offshoring industries, the magazine highlighted.fDi’s Global Free Zones celebrates those zones that are best at providing good services for investors and improving their offering through reinvestments, expansions or upgrades. read more

Insurance Fees in Morocco to Rise Dramatically Despite Stagnant Wages

Rabat – Owners of passenger vehicles valued at less than MAD 160,000 will have to pay MAD 12,000 instead of MAD 4,500 to have comprehensive insurance.The price increase is due to the compensation the client receives from insurance, reported daily newspaper Assabah in its Wednesday edition.Despite offsets, insurance company profits remain high and do not stop increasing each year. The insurance sector recorded a net profit of MAD 4.33 billion in 2017 and is expected to rise by the end of 2018. The insurance market recorded in 2018 a turnover that exceeds MAD 6.29 billion, up by 5.8 percent compared to 2017.The assurance fee in Morocco is calculated based on tax horsepower, the type of the engine (gasoline or diesel), and the age of the vehicle, among other things.Salaries stagnate, living costs riseAssabah, which first reported the news, noted that the insurance companies’ move is “unwarranted and controversial.” The newspaper suggested that the move is likely to raise eyebrows in various Moroccan sectors, especially given the country’s extremely low minimum wages for employed Moroccans. But another eyebrow-raising element to the move may be consumers’ feeling that their recent demonstrations against relentless commodity price fluctuations and rising costs of living have not been taken seriously by both the country’s authorities and leading businesses.Earlier this year, a nationwide boycott movement manifested Moroccans’ accumulated grievances towards a system which many demonstrators said favors rich business owners over Moroccan consumers. While there were promises that prices would go down, things have remained virtually the same.Read Also: Morocco’s Unions Urge Govt. to Provide Health Insurance for CraftsmenMeanwhile, demands to raise the country’s minimum wages have been met unfavorably by the government. Last month, chief of government El Othmani’s meeting with trade unions’ representatives ended in a stalemate. In France, by comparison, only three weeks of general strike resulted in the French government bending to most of the protesters’ demands. France’s Yellow Vests’ demands were similar to the series of complaints Morocco’s boycott campaign had raised: an aloof and pro-rich government elite, as well as an exponential rise in living costs.The contrast, however, is that France’s popular uprising compelled authorities to–even temporarily–forsake their ivory tower and listen to disaffected and impoverished citizens.“I know I have hurt some of you and I take full responsibility,” President Macron said in a speech earlier this week, as he announced tax cuts and wage raises. While the French President’s late-minute surrender has not fully placated the protesting, many observers have suggested that his move means that at least the government has taken heed of the people’s struggles to make ends meet.In Morocco, however, wages are significantly low and stagnant while taxes and insurance fees are exponentially rising. Moreover, Assabah noted, income deduction to pay for taxes or insurances fees should be based on a given customer’s socio-economic status, or the price of the purchased good. But in Morocco, “insurance fees rise when insurance companies feel like it.” read more

Governments UN agree on road map to tackle hunger in Horn of

The agreement – the result of Government-led consultations, supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – includes a list of 170 successful projects that can be scaled up and expanded throughout the region, including growing trees, rehabilitating land, and digging water wells and irrigation systems. It caps off months of planning and two days of talks in Nairobi that ended today between officials from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, along with the UN, regional bodies, donors, international financial institutions, research organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). “The hard work starts now,” said Kjell Magne Bondevik, UN Special Humanitarian Envoy to the Horn of Africa. “We have identified what works best and where. The biggest challenge is to scale up successes to extinguish hunger in the Horn rather than just fighting fires each time one breaks out.” More than 70 million people – 45 per cent of the total population – in the Horn live in abject poverty and face food shortages. In the past six years, four major droughts hit the region. “The Horn is hit by some of the world’s most severe food crises and they are coming faster and more furious because of climate change, environmental degradation, political and armed conflicts and a host of other factors,” he said. “We all now need to show the commitment to end this cycle of despair and disaster, which if not stopped could next see over 20 million people in need of assistance.” “In the Horn of Africa to end this scourge, we need to protect and rebuild the livelihoods of the food insecure and enhance their long-term resilience to shocks such as droughts. This is what we hope to do in this comprehensive partnership,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Tesfai Tecle. 26 June 2007The United Nations agencies at the forefront of the battle against hunger announced today that six African Governments and the UN have agreed on a road map to tackle the root causes of rising hunger across the drought-plagued Horn of Africa, warning that the next major crisis could force more than 20 million people into needing emergency assistance. read more

Indian fishermen meet Swaraj want action on Sri Lanka

Union Minister Radhakrishnan said India will soon start deep-sea fishing. (Colombo Gazette) “We have asked Swaraj to initiate legal action against Sri Lankan government as the Navy of that country killed him. We want justice for Bridgo’s family,” said Arulanandam, who led the six-member delegation. She also reiterated the government’s commitment for early implementation of the Rs 1,500 crore package to develop deep sea fishing capacities for fishermen in Tamil Nadu and informed that initial financial allotment in his regard had been made.In the meeting, the fishermen apprised Swaraj about the difficulties they face in fishing in waters between India and Sri Lanka.The delegation also demanded the Centre’s intervention to curb attacks on fishermen and also asked for ensuring release of 139 fishing boats from the custody of Sri Lankan Navy. Swaraj told the fisherman that the Sri Lankan government is conducting a thorough investigation into the killing of the Indian fisherman, official sources said.She assured them that the Centre would closely engage with the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of all Indian fishermen in custody of that country. Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have alleged that he was killed by the Navy/8434″ target=_blank>Sri Lanka Navy. “While carving out a permanent solution for fishermen, we have also asked the government to allow us to take up fishing activities in areas somwhere between Rameshwaram and Nagapattinam to provide livelihood of fishermen,” Arulanandam said. India should initiate legal proceedings against Sri Lanka in connection with the alleged killing of an Indian fisherman in that country, a delegation of Tamil Nadu fishermen demanded today during a meeting with External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Outlook India reported.Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, the delegation also urged Swaraj to extend financial assistance to the family of deceased fisherman Bridgo who was allegedly shot dead on March 6 while fishing in a mechanised boat off Katchatheevu islet. read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes initial talks in Geneva to defuse Ukraine crisis

According to press reports, Ukraine and Russia, backed by representatives of United States and the European Union, agreed today to a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine that reportedly include demobilizing militias and vacating seized Government buildings.In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “encouraged” that all parties were able to agree on a number of concrete and urgent steps aimed at de-escalating the situation and finding a peaceful resolution to this crisis. “He expects all sides, moving forward, to show their serious intention to continue to engage, in a good-faith effort, and to implement the steps laid out in the Geneva Statement, which will contribute to a lasting solution to this crisis,” according to the statement.Mr. Ban “has consistently underscored that constructive and results-oriented dialogue between all concerned will be the only way to achieve a peaceful solution,” his spokesperson said.Briefing the Security Council yesterday, a senior United Nations human rights official urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, who briefed on his two missions to the crisis-torn country in March, emphasized the strong links between chronic human rights violations in Ukraine, the Maidan protests and the tensions in the eastern part of the country.This past weekend, tensions flared in eastern Ukraine as Lugansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk and at least 5 other cities in the region were targeted by uprisings and the seizure of Government buildings. read more

A job for special branch Police pull over learnerdriver with trees spilling

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @roadpoliceBCH @HertsPolRural We guess the drivers idea to camouflage their vehicle didn’t quite work because you spotted them. 😉😊 #NiceWork 👍— Notts Rural Police (@NottsRuralCops) May 9, 2017 @roadpoliceBCH Bet @WYP_RPU haven’t had a whole tree to arrest before!— SEN Books (@SENBooks) May 10, 2017 The incident on Tuesday prompted a flurry of jokes on social media, with some asking if “special branch” was involved in the investigation. @roadpoliceBCH Is that van undercover?— James (@jamesisatweeter) May 9, 2017center_img A learner motorist was pulled over by police for driving with a tree almost completely covering his van.The man’s vehicle could barely be seen beneath the piles of branches on the roof and sticking out of the rear doors.But he was spotted by an eagle-eyed officer who, social media observers quipped, might now be hoping for a promotion to the “special branch”.Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing unit tweeted a picture of the offending blue van: Overweight, in a dangerous condition and not right licence? we will take it off you. Hatfield 412822 412760— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) May 9, 2017 Hertfordshire Police said the driver only had a provisional licence and was alone and unsupervised.The vehicle was seized in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and the driver was reported to the Criminal Justice Department for driving other than in accordance with a licence, and having an overweight and dangerous load.last_img read more

Sir Patrick Stewart urges cannabis treatment for boy with epilepsy

first_imgSix-year-old Alfie Dingley, his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon and actor Sir Patrick StewartCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Alfie Dingley with supporters in Westminster, London Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon and actor Sir Patrick Stewart A number of other high-profile figures have backed the campaign, including Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson. Sir Patrick Stewart has given his support to the campaign for a young boy to be given medicinal cannabis to treat his epilepsy.Alfie Dingley, aged six, suffers from a rare condition and can have up to 150 potentially life-threatening seizures a month.He has been in hospital three times since returning from Holland four weeks ago, where his symptoms improved after he was treated with cannabis oil.His parents, Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon, want the Government to let him use the medication, a banned substance in the UK.Sir Patrick, who uses medicinal cannabis to treat his arthritis while living in California, met Alfie and his family and gave his support to the campaign.He said: “How could one not support Alfie? “Hearing what his life has been and the benefits given to him by being able to use medicinal marijuana.”There has never been a stronger case for the legalisation of medical marijuana.”I have been registered for medical marijuana in California for over three years and have found it immensely beneficial for my arthritis.”I had to have eight steroid injections in my fingers and knuckles, which was about as painful as anything one could imagine, because medicinal cannabis is not available here.”center_img Alfie Dingley with supporters in Westminster, LondonCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Alfie and his parents, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, will hand the 380,000-strong petition to Number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.Mr Dingley said: “Alfie’s condition is worsening, which is obviously a worry.”The steroids have side effects, they make people more aggressive and we’ve seen a change in his behaviour.”We just want our little boy back, our happy little six-year-old playing with his sister.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added: “This is our six-year-old son, we’re not going to put something into him that’s in any way illegal.”What we’re asking for is a medical grade product, made under laboratory conditions, which is bottled and prescribed in the way any pain killer is.”It’s amazing the support we’ve had, Richard Branson came out of the blue and all the support has been amazing from people.”Hopefully things are starting to move in the right direction.”Ms Deacon said: “Alfie is really struggling and really suffering.”The longer this goes on the longer he will suffer and it has to stop.”She added: “It’s really important that the Government understands the importance of feeling in the public domain, we have a lot of public support.”We’re hoping to get some reassurance and clarity on what the Government will do to help us.”last_img read more

Dundalk overcome Cork in topofthetable clash following late drama

first_imgCork City 1 Dundalk 2BRIAN GARTLAND’S 85TH-MINUTE goal gave Dundalk victory and broke Cork City hearts at Turner’s Cross tonight.The home side had only just drawn level through Darren Dennehy when a free kick wasn’t cleared properly and defender Gartland poked home his sixth league goal of the season.The result — City’s first home league defeat since June 2013 — means that the Lilywhites now hold a six-point lead on Cork and St Patrick’s Athletic and the prospect of a first league title since 1995 is becoming ever more realistic.This was a victory based on doing the simple things well rather than anything spectacular, as Dundalk weathered Cork’s early storm and then protected what they had after Towell struck, finishing smartly after Daryl Horgan’s attempted through ball had taken a couple of ricochets.Too often in the first half, Cork were full of endeavour but not always composure and it was not until the closing stages of it that they looked like scoring, Colin Healy firing over from 25 yards and then Mark O’Sullivan unlucky when failing to control Garry Buckley’s cross.Towell, hard-working all through, almost made it 2-0 for Dundalk in the 45th minute, but the outset of the second half saw them still dictating the terms, with too much of Cork’s possession in non-threatening areas.Centre-forwards John O’Flynn and Danny Morrissey were brought off the bench as home manager John Caulfield sought an equaliser, and it finally came on 83 when Darren Dennehy headed home his brother Billy’s free kick. They were not level for long, however.CORK CITY: McNulty; Dunleavy, D Dennehy, Murray, Gaynor (D Morrissey 73); G Morrissey (Kearney 80), Healy; O’Shea (O’Flynn 58), Buckley, B Dennehy; O’Sullivan.DUNDALK: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Towell, Shields; Meenan  (Mountney 71), Byrne (Higgins 60), Horgan (McDermott 77); Hoban.Referee: P Sutton (Clare).Aitricity League results in full:Cork City 1 – 2 DundalkBray 1 – 1 Athlone TownDerry 4 – 0 BohsDrogheda 4 – 0 UCDLimerick 4 – 1 Shamrock RoversSt Patrick’s Athletic 1 – 0 SligoPique: Van Gaal said I wasn’t ‘tough enough’ to be a centre back>Ronald Koeman stands firm and says Schneiderlin’s not going anywhere>last_img read more

OSU fundraising campaign raises 11 billion

first_imgCORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has raised more than $1.1 billion in its funding-raising campaign.The university says it passed its $1 billion goal nearly a year early, and the campaign will continue the rest of this year.The Oregonian reports the money will create scholarships and fellowships for students, endow faculty positions, and renovate dozens of campus buildings.More than 100,000 people have contributed to the campaign so far. And, 177 donors gave $1 million or more.last_img read more

Casinos Austria throws hat into Nagasaki IR ring

first_img“It won’t be a fully wooden construction project, but it will be an amazing facility that has not been seen elsewhere in the world. We do not want to sell the gaudiness of Las Vegas or Macau, but we want to create a more European-style IR that will suit a regional city. We are making our preparations,” Hayashi said.Casinos Austria International is, as its name suggests, 34% owned by the government. Prime Minister Sebastian Kurtz sent a video letter played at the event, stating it would be a great honor to be a part of Nagasaki’s IR.Founded in 1934, the company has business interests in 13 countries. Further, the Austrian capital of Vienna is considered to be a world capital of music and data indicates that it is second in the number of international conferences held in a city, after the French city of Paris.“We know that MICE business is key to a Japanese IR and we bring that know-how to the table,” Hayashi emphasized. He also stated that part of the proposal will be functions such as a long-term stay spa, with a special emphasis on state-of-the-art medical treatment.Taking advantage of its musical tradition, Casinos Austria has also proposed a Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra as a permanent shown in a Nagasaki IR. European operator Casinos Austria International has announced that it will be looking to build an IR facility, which is thoroughly Japanese, if a Nagasaki IR bid is successful.These were the words of Casinos Austria International Japan’s managing director Akio Hayashi, who spoke at the Kyushu Nagasaki Integrated Resort (IR) Business-Connect Seminar held in Nagasaki’s Sasebo city on Thursday. Kengo Kuma, known for his design work on the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. would be in charge of design and architecture. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load Morelast_img read more

Bipartisan effort to enact justice reform taps Outside help

first_imgAlaska lawmakers are grappling with an exploding prison population that has grown by 27 percent over the last decade. Since May, lawmakers have been working with the Pew Charitable Trust on Justice system reforms and have tasked a Criminal Justice Commission with bringing recommendations forward by December.Download AudioThe $240 million Goose Creek prison has only been in operation for three years, but today on APRN’s statewide call in program Talk of Alaska, Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, said the Department of Corrections budget last year was $327 million and DOC is running out of inmate space.“And we know that if we keep this trajectory, we’re gonna have to build a new prison. It should be on the drawing board right now, so we’re in a little bit of a time crunch on looking for the best practices. One of the reasons we invited Pew Foundation up here and it’s a bipartisan effort.”Pew has been working on justice reforms across the nation for decades. They require a bipartisan approach from all three branches of state government. Zoe Towns, the Alaska Program Manager for Pew says after years of incarceration increases, states that are reforming their criminal justice systems are seeing plateaus or decreases in their prison populations.For example, Pew has worked with the state of Texas for a decade. Towns says Texas was looking at adding another 17,000 prison beds in the next ten years, but they decided instead to try a new approach and invested in policy reforms.“And also make a pretty unprecedented investment into mental health programs, drug treatment programs, alternatives that judges and the parole board could use to sanction offenders and hold offenders accountable that didn’t necessarily mean long prison terms and what we’ve seen now in the intervening years is Texas’s prison population has actually stopped growing and began to decline.”She says Texas has closed three prisons and has seen a decrease in crime rates.Jeff Jessee is the CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The organization advocates for improving public policy. He says the authority grants about $20 million per year to try to improve service for mental health, substance abuse disorders and traumatic brain injuries.“Sixty percent of the inmates in the Department of Corrections are trust beneficiaries. They not only tend to serve longer sentences but they recidivate at a higher rate. So we’re very excited about working with both Senator Coghill and the Pew Charitable Trust program because we are also a data driven organization that’s looking to turn the curve on these problems.”Jesse says people re-entering society need three things: safe, affordable housing; good employment; and support for recovery from substance abuse or help addressing mental health concerns.Senator Coghill says tribal courts can also do more. He says he’ll work in the next session to allow tribal courts to handle more problems in their communities.“One of the other things they can do, they can do restorative justice in a way that we have a hard time doing in other courts. Many magistrates have been able to work, up here in the interior, the Tanana Chiefs have worked well with the court system here on tribal diversions. We’re going to try to codify that so that these things actually can help change the way we’re doing things in both our communities and in our jail system.”Sen. Coghill sponsored Senate Bill 91, an omnibus justice reform bill. The recommendations of the Criminal Justice Commission will help shape the legislation in the 2016 legislative session.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday April 3 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowCrude oil leak in Cook Inlet halted successfully; spill volume still unknownElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageState regulators on Monday said a leak from a crude oil pipeline in Cook Inlet was halted successfully.Per-student funding cuts and online teaching on the table in LegislatureAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska schools would see a $69 million dollar cut in the amount of money the state provides based on the number of students each school district serves, called the Base Student Allocation, under the budget proposed by the Senate Finance Committee. The Base Student Allocation would drop roughly 300 dollars per student, from the current level just below 6000 dollars.Child hospitalized after snow slides off roof and buries herDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA child is hospitalized after being buried by snow sliding off a roof in North Pole. Alaska State Troopers report that the 4-year-old girl’s grandmother called Troopers after 1 p.m. Saturday saying the family was searching for the child after a large amount of snow broke free from a metal roof at the their residence.How should Alaska evaluate Tier 3 water protection nominations?Emily Files, KHNS – HainesPeople in four Alaska communities are trying to get the highest level of protection available under federal law for water bodies important to them. Outstanding National Resource Water protection, also known as Tier 3, shields waterways from any significant pollutants. But what happens with pending Tier 3 nominations is an open question.Police say doctor’s death ‘suspicious,’ theft charges filed against friendLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe death of Ketchikan doctor Eric Garcia earlier this week is now considered suspicious after police learned the friend who reported Garcia missing on March 27 had allegedly stolen money and valuable items from Garcia’s home.Fourth man charged in Anchorage fatal shooting deathsAssociated PressA fourth person has been charged in a December shooting that killed two Anchorage residents.Smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season with practice jumpsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksPreparation for wildfire season is underway. Alaska Fire Service spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said smokejumpers have been training and will commence practice jumps this week in the Fairbanks North Pole area, something she said will go on despite this year’s hefty snowpack.Alaskan skiers complete stellar race week in FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA week of high-level cross country ski racing wrapped up in Fairbanks yesterday (April 2) with women’s and men’s marathons. The races, including three National Championship events, showcased the nation’s top Nordic skiers, including numerous Alaskans.Sitka’s electric rates to change seasonallyEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe City of Sitka is facing a tough balancing act, between meeting their debt service on the Blue Lake Dam project and keeping rates reasonable for low-income Sitkans. Some are struggling to pay their electric bill. To address this, the Sitka Assembly decided to implement a seasonal rate structure.last_img read more

PM to insist on implementation of Annan Commission recommendations

first_imgForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali. File PhotoForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday said prime minister Sheikh Hasina will put emphasis on implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission to resolve the persisting Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.She will make the proposal while addressing the upcoming 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.The minister was talking to journalists in the afternoon.“Bangladesh is facing a huge problem regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis. The prime minister will place emphasis on the Rohingya issue while addressing the UN General Assembly against the backdrop of an influx of the Rohingya people,” Mahmood Ali said.“Around 400,000 Rohingya people, mostly women, children and the elderly, have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks,” he added.The minister further said most of the Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh earlier, have been staying in Cox’s Bazar.“Besides proposing implementation of the recommendations of the Annan Commission, she will talk about repatriation of Rohingyas into Myanmar,” he added.In response to questions about how Bangladesh evaluates the UN Security Council’s statement about the Rohingya crisis, the foreign minister said, “We consider this statement as timely and strong.”He also declined to comment on media reports, which said Myanmar rejected Bangladesh’s proposal for creating a safe zone for the civilians of Rakhine state impacted by violence.He, however, said a minister of Suu Kyi’s office wanted to meet him in New York. “I shall meet him as Bangladesh wants to solve the matter [Rohingya crisis].”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to reach New York on 17 September to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.last_img read more

Gotham Showed its Hand Revealing the Joker

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Jerome Valeska is not The Joker. We’ve known that for a while. While that information could have been disappointing, Cameron Monaghan’s performance was so good; it didn’t matter. While last night’s episode didn’t completely nail its big reveal of the Clown Prince of Crime, I’m happy to know Monaghan’s not going anywhere. And he has some great moments in this episode. The choas begins with the interim mayor of Gotham meeting with the city’s political elite in a meeting that you just know is going to turn bad from the beginning. And sure enough, all the villains are here to kidnap the mayor. Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Firefly, The Mad Hatter, even the Penguin has joined Jerome’s cause, it seems. We get another terrifying display of the new Joker Toxin, just in case that nightmarish smile had left our dreams since last week. It’s exactly what you want Joker Toxin to look like.It doesn’t just freak us out, either. Penguin isn’t as on board with Jerome’s plan as he first appears. He contacts Gordon, warning him of Jerome’s plans. At least as far as he knows what they are. The little information Penguin has isn’t all that useful right now, but at least there’s one criminal element Gordon can count on. Jim doesn’t have much time to process the new information before Bullock interrupts with Jerome’s location. The clown has interrupted a street music festival, threatening to start blowing off heads if he doesn’t get what he wants. He means it too. When Gordon refuses to bring him his brother and Bruce Wayne, he sets off some explosives around a hostages neck. This season of Gotham gets especially brutal.Michelle Veintimilla and David Mazouz (Cr: FOX)Meanwhile, over at Wayne Manor, it’s Bruce’s birthday. Things are starting to look a little more like Batman. At least, they are in the garage. Alfred got him a new car. It’s not quite the Batmobile, but it is fast, black and bulletproof. It’s a start, but it looks too much like an actual car. Maybe it’ll be outfitted with some wings and sharp edges to make it look more bat-like at some point. Unfortunately, Gordon interrupts the celebrations to ask for his help. Jerome is going to keep decapitating people if he doesn’t see his brother and Bruce. Fledgling vigilante that he is, Bruce agrees to be used as bait. They’ll carry a device that’ll disable Jerome’s remote-controlled explosives. From there, Gordon hopes the GCPD snipers will take care of things. We’ve all been watching this show long enough to know this is going to go horribly wrong. Almost instantly, it turns out.Jerome saw the sniper play coming. (Duh.) His men were waiting for the police to take their positions before shooting them all with sawed-offs. There’s no backup coming, either. Gordon had already sent Bullock with a team to investigate an attack at a chemical lab. Jerome’s accomplices are creating more Joker toxin. I like that we finally get an episode with all these villains working in concert. Their stories have felt disjointed the last few weeks, and we’re finally starting to see their plan take shape. That’s enjoyable; I really like this aspect of the episode. I’m not a fan of Jerome’s seemingly psychic nature, though. I can accept predicting the Snipers, that’s a total Joker move. But predicting Penguin’s betrayal, and warning the other villains offscreen… it’s not so much calculated as convenient. It feels cheap. Like Penguin is only in the group at the beginning because Gordon needed to find out about the Toxin somehow.Robin Lord Taylor and Ben McKenzie (Cr: FOX)The show does use him well in the end, though. Even if the way it gets there is suspect. After knocking him out, the rest of the villains put him on the blimp with the toxin for some reason. I guess they’re expecting the blimp to crash and kill both Penguin and the pilot? It’s a lame justification for getting him on the blimp, but on the bright side, we get to see him be a hero for once. It’s fun to watch him panic as he steers the Toxin-filled blimp to the river. It’s even better when Gordon lets him stew up there while they weight to get a replacement pilot up there.But let’s talk about the big moment of the episode. The death of Jerome. It’s a weird time to kill off such a major character, but it appears he never really was meant to be the big bad of his half of the season. We’ve known for a while now that he was never meant to be the actual Joker. Just a prototype. This episode introduced the actual Joker. I’m not thrilled with the way this played out. For such an unpredictable character, this was a remarkably predictable way to introduce him. After Jerome falls to his death just to mess with Gordon (which I gotta admit is a very Joker way to go), his brother returns home with the promise that Bruce Wayne will fund his research. He finds a package that says it’s from Wayne Industries, but come on. We know it’s from Jerome. For a brilliant scientist, this dude is shockingly dumb. He opens the package, and a jack-in-the-box sprays him in the face with a special blend of Joker Toxin. One that permanently turns him into an insane, laughing clown.Donal Logue (Cr: FOX)So, I get that the whole point of Gotham is showing us the origins of all the Batman villains. But this was the one villain we didn’t need or want a backstory for. Having the Joker, the scariest villain Gotham’s ever seen, be some dude forced to take after his brother? There’s no way for that not to be lame compared to what we’ve seen in the comics and movies. Jack Nicholson’s gangster take on the character has since been overshadowed, but I’d vastly prefer a riff on that version to this. At least his Joker had agency in his actions. This is where Gotham explains too much, and takes some of the terror out of character. And as much as I love the way the Toxin looks on this show, I vastly preferred the smile being created from cuts and scars. It was generally more unsettling. That’s not to say this development is all bad. It’s still Cameron Monaghan playing the role, and he’s a great Joker. This character’s past is also slightly more of a mystery. Jerome spent the last couple episodes hinting that he was just as much of a monster as a child. Maybe that uncertainty will make this new character a better Joker than I expect. In any case, Gotham has its joker. That on its own is pretty cool.And then there’s Barbara’s story. She’s the head of the League of Shadows now, which gives the Sirens a little more confidence. A group of thugs who show up to murder her and Tabitha are quickly brought down with some well-placed ninja stars. Those won’t ever not be cool.  But the story can’t just be Barbara sending assassins after whoever crosses her path. As cool as that would be, the show does have to continue Ra’s Al Ghul’s story. They lead Barbara to a secret chamber where she finds… an old painting of a woman with her face. Yeah, I’m not so sure about this plot, you guys.Erin Richards (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)It doesn’t get much better from there. Maybe I’m just done with Ra’s Al Guhl on this show, maybe it just hasn’t done anything interesting with the character, but this is the only storyline that’s not clicking at all. Tabitha expresses some doubts about this whole League of Shadows business, and is violently thrown out of the group. After a weirdly prolonged beat-down, another group of men shows up. They want Tabitha to help them take down Barbara because they actually serve Ra’s Al Guhl. Yeah, this plot lost me a while ago. The constant introduction of new Ra’s Al Guhl followers, no but for real this time, is exhausting. Maybe it’ll get better next week, as it appears to be a main focus of that episode. Some real time dedicated to fleshing it out might do this story some good. And it appears tied to Bruce Wayne’s evolution into the Dark Knight. So that could be fun.Though I have mixed feelings about the way they introduced the Joker, the way the episode got there was enjoyable. It totally fits that a Gotham City street music festival would be as bleak and depressing as it was before Jerome took it over. The hostage situation was fun and gruesome, even if Jerome’s plan made absolutely no sense in the end. Was his intention to get all his henchmen killed, commit suicide and turn his brother with a gassed up jack-in-the-box? Because that’s a really bad plan. Gotham can sometimes feel like the writers are making it up as they go without bothering to check back to see that everything ties together. That was basically this whole episode. It was nonsense, but at least it was fun nonsense.center_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

PlayStation VR will ship with an 8game demo disc

first_imgSome of you may be too young to remember, but back in the late 90’s to early/mid 2000’s, companies used to put out demo disks. These usually contained a good variety of titles for a specific console or from certain publishers. They were a great way for folks to get a taste of what they would be buying into. It seems that demo disks aren’t completely a thing of the past as Sony will be packing one into its upcoming PlayStation VR peripheral.As you can see from the gallery and descriptions below, the PlayStation VR demo disk will have a nice variety of titles to sample. Even though the PlayStation VR unit costs $400, it actually costs a bit more than that when you include other necessary things like Move controllers and the PlayStation Camera. No matter how you slice it, buying a PlayStation VR isn’t cheap, so having a demo disk is a great way to assure buyers that their hard-earned money wasn’t wasted. Battlezone1/8The classic Atari game is reborn in VR. Like the original Battlezone, you take control of a tank that has to destroy other tanks. The first person perspective of the original works great in VR, and with the new, stylized graphics, the game has truly been brought into the modern age. Battlezone will test player’s endurance with intense VR experiences.<><> By the end of the year, Sony plans to release nearly 50 titles for PlayStation VR. The company is clearly putting a lot of effort into this VR venture, but it remains to be seen if audiences will ultimately stick it out with VR. After all, it has been reported that sales of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have stalled. This could be seen as a bad omen for the PlayStation VR, but it could also mean that folks are waiting to buy the comparatively inexpensive Sony unit.The future of VR is still up in the air, but we should have a better understanding of the overall state of VR by the end of the year.last_img read more

Yeast rewired to mate when starving

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 Citation: Yeast ‘rewired’ to mate when starving (2010, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — New research has found that the mating habits of the dairy yeast depends on the levels of nutrients available as well as the availability of cells of the opposite “sex.”center_img Fungus found in humans shown to be nimble in mating game More information: Intercalation of a new tier of transcription regulation into an ancient circuit, Lauren N. Booth, et al., Nature 468, 959–963 (16 December 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09560 The researchers, led by Lauren N. Booth of the University of California, San Francisco, carried out a series of experiments on three species of yeast: the baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dairy yeast (Kluyveromyces lactis) and human pathogen yeast (Candida albicans). All three species have three cell types: the haploids a and α, both of which carry a single set of chromosomes, and the product of their mating, the diploid a/α. They also produce haploid spores which are formed when the diploid divides.The a and α “sexes” mate by fusing together and combining the two sets of chromosomes to form the diploid cell type, which is externally virtually identical to the haploids. In this condition all the mating genes are suppressed and it no longer secretes mating factors, which are secreted constantly in the haploid cells.Each of the cell types has specific genes controlled by specific proteins. In the a cells the genes express a factor “MATa1,” and the equivalent in the α cells is MATα2. In the diploid the factors combine to form a complex a1/α2 and this blocks the expression of the four genes involved in mating and the genes specific to the a and α cell types. The new research has discovered that the dairy yeast has evolved a different form of regulation.In S. cerevisiae diploids the genes specific to the a and α cell types are regulated by the a1/α2 complex, which binds to the DNA near the genes it shuts down. Among the proteins expressed by the genes is an intermediate regulatory protein called RME1. In C. albicans the process is the same but RME1 is not present. In K. lactis RME1 is present and is shut down by the a1/α2 complex, but in this yeast RME1 is the only gene regulated by the complex, and it is RME1 that regulates the expression of the other genes.The differences in regulation of gene expression might have little effect since regulation of the genes in each case depends on the presence of the a1/α2 complex. RME1 is not just regulated by the complex, however, and is also regulated in response to levels of nutrients and is activated in starvation conditions. This means that in all three yeast species the “decision” to mate depends on there being haploids of the opposite type present and secreting the a or α mating factors, but in K. lactis the nutrient levels also have an influence, so that in starvation conditions mating is more likely. Mating is a necessary step in the production of spores, which can ensure the yeast’s survival in hard times.The researchers said a reorganization in a relatively recent ancestor K. lactis produced the indirect suppression of the mating genes by RME1. The overall logic of haploid specific genes active in the a and α cells and off in the diploid is preserved, but the “rewiring” integrated nutritional signals into the mating decision.The paper is published in the journal Nature.last_img read more

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction Shatrughan reminds BJP

first_imgRebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has been at unease with the party leadership, on Tuesday virtually dared the party to take action against him.Reacting to reports that the party leadership was planning to take action against him after the Bihar assembly elections for his recent statements, seen as anti-party, the 69-year-old actor turned MP from Patna Sahib on Tuesday made a series of comments on the twitter.”After some unofficial news channel reports-and there’s nothing official about it – people are seeking my reactions on unconfirmed and unofficial report that BJP will take action after the Bihar elections. I will not comment on unofficial report spread by vested interests. However one shouldn’t forget Newton’s third law ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction’,” tweeted Sinha who is said to be miffed at being “sidelined” in the party and the government. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIA top party leader had on Tuesday hinted at action against Sinha. “We will deal with him after the counting of votes,” he had said, when reporters asked him about what the party planned to do with him in the wake of his recent comments.Sinha had recently praised Chief Minister of eastern Indian state of Bihar Nitish Kumar, who has come under severe attack from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a man of development. He had held a long meeting with Nitish on a day the Prime Minister had attacked the Bihar CM at a big public meeting in Bihar. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHe had also asked the party to announce a chief ministerial candidate in Bihar, while on another occasion he suggested that Ram Vilas Paswan could be the NDA candidate for the top post.”I believe we should have announced our CM candidate. Not putting forward a candidate is a result of some confusion in our own camp,” he had tweeted on Monday. Sinha had said on Monday, “In my personal capacity and in the larger interest of BJP in general and NDA in particular, I strongly suggest the able, capable, acceptable, respectable and secular Ram Vilas Paswan as the potential/consensus CM candidate of Bihar from our side.”  He added, “The only desirable and advisable personality from our side who will be acceptable to all of us is Ram Vilas Paswan. The ultimate decision of course lies with the party and its parliamentary board.” Sinha had also created unease in BJP by meeting Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal earlier this month.”Had a very pleasant and heart warming meeting with Sri. Arvind Kejriwal and family at their home,” he had said.In his praises for Nitish earlier, actor-turned-politician had said, “Being a product of healthy politics with JP, Atalji, Nanaji Deshmukh, Advaniji as my mentors, I avidly support clean politics.” He said, “Welcome our friend Nitish Kumar’s pledge not to field candidates with criminal background. Hope, wish and pray that others will follow.” In another tweet earlier, he had said, “Humbled and touched by Nitish ji’s glowing compliments in calling me the pride of Bihar. I am fond of him as a friend and a much-respected leader of the masses. Political opponents are not enemies. We can differ in political views but there can be no personal enmity.” Sinha’s name also cropped up in the controversy over his alleged signing of a petition to the President against the execution of Mumbai terror attack convict Yakub Memon, which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lamented had “embarrassed” the party and which made him “extremely sad” that he had gone against the party line.Sinha, however, challenged the party that he never put his signatures on the petition and asked his friends in the party to verify the facts before sharing their “deep embarrassment” in public.”These reactions are only aimed at pulling each other down and send wrong messages to our detractors,” he had said.last_img read more