World Twenty20: West Indies in a do-or-die tie against Ireland

first_imgIt is an oft-misunderstood phrase, but given the condition of a few of their players, the ‘luck of the Irish ‘ has struck again. Ahead of their win-or-gohome Group B clash against the West Indies here on Monday, captain William Porterfield revealed that many of the group were battling stomach bugs. “A few lads have gone down with upset stomachs. As long as everyone wakes up well tomorrow morning, hopefully we’ll have a full squad to pick from,” Porterfield said after a practice session on Sunday.It won’t be easy for the motley bunch of professionals and journeymen to contain bighitters like Chris Gayle , Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. Nor will the Caribbean bowlers, who conceded 100 runs in 9.1 overs on Saturday against Australia and allowed them to win when the rain came beating down, try to make things easy for the Irish. Porterfield knows as much but has faith in his personnel.”They can be very destructive but they’ve got the capability of getting out as well,” Porterfield said. “So we’ll be looking to put pressure on them and the first six overs with bat and ball are going to be a crucial part of the game.”Windies skipper Darren Sammy, meanwhile, won’t have a tough job motivating his troops, since the team believes the rain robbed it of a victory on Saturday. His batsmen fired nicely, though, and that pleased Sammy no end. “We back ourselves to set a target and I think we did that. It’s good we achieved our first target with the bat and that is to put lots of runs on the board. We have to believe that we can win this tournament and just do it against Ireland to make sure we qualify to the Super Eights and take it from there,” the skipper said.advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Desiderio schooled by mentor Cabagnot: ‘Coach Alex knows all of my weaknesses’

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Cabagnot took up a coaching position with University of the Phlippines in 2016 and was able to become a teacher to the then third-year Desiderio.Fast forward three years later and the two eventually shared a PBA floor together with Cabagnot taking Desiderio for another round of schooling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Coach Alex knows all of my weaknesses. Our mentor just ate us up,” said Desiderio in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It’s fun having to play against him, after all he was my mentor in college and now he’s my opponent in the PBA.”Desiderio had four points and two assists, both numbers close to his 5.8 points and 2.2 assists a game, but Cabagnot had more–a lot more. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:06Reunited at police station: Activist daughter too weak to recognize pa02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Paul Desiderio learned a valuable lesson in Blackwater’s 93-79 loss to San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup and that’s he still has a long way to go before he can one-up mentor Alex Cabagnot.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Davao del Norte native rules 5K run in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Cabagnot showed Desiderio how it’s done with 19 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, and five assists while playing 24 minutes, which is just four more than the former UP stud.“Of course I kept thinking how I could stop coach Alex because he’s the teacher and I’m the student, but it was still the teacher who prevailed,” said Desiderio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Yanks Take The Cards, 7-4

first_imgST. LOUIS — Shelby Miller opened with two scoreless innings. The next two innings were so rough the 23-year-old right-hander wondered if he had been tipping his pitches.“I don’t know. Just a tough start,” Miller said after the worst statistical outing of his career in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on the night of May 28. “It seemed that especially in the third it was hit after hit.“It kind of got away right there.”Hiroki Kuroda snapped an 11-start road winless streak and Jacoby Ellsbury helped build the early lead with three hits and three RBIs his first three at-bats.John Ryan Murphy added two RBIs for the Yankees, who took two of three without an appearance from Mark Teixeira, nursing a sore wrist, and wrapped up a 5-4 trip. Catcher Brian McCann made his first career start at first base in the finale.Miller (6-4) allowed a career-worst seven runs and nine hits in five innings and left trailing 7-0. Seven of the hits and all of the runs came in the third and fourth.“You just didn’t see a lot of bad swings,” Manager Mike Matheny said. “I really don’t have a good explanation; I don’t think he does, either, at this point.”Ellsbury stole second without a throw in the third and had a wild pitch in the fourth.“It was a slower move to the plate and sometimes that’s the natural reaction when you start giving up a lot of runs,” Matheny said. “Your mind’s on ‘I’ve got to make good pitches here because I’m getting beat.’”Kolten Wong had a career-best four hits and an RBI, Matt Carpenter doubled twice with an RBI and Yadier Molina had two hits and two walks, but the Cardinals stranded 13 runners.Derek Jeter didn’t play in the finale but made a curtain call before the seventh inning after the scoreboard camera focused on him in the dugout and fans responded with another standing ovation.Kuroda (4-3) allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings for his first road victory since last July 25 at Texas. He had been 0-7 since then, the longest drought of his career but is 1-1 away from Yankee Stadium this year.Miller had won five of his previous six starts but has lasted fewer than six innings seven times in his 11 starts. Frequently, they jumped on the first pitch.“His last outing was pretty good, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves,” Matheny said. “He’s got to get back to work.”Ellsbury had an RBI single in the third as five straight Yankees reached safely, and added a two-run single in the fourth. Murphy had a two-run single in the fourth.The Cardinals stranded two in the second and left the bases loaded in the third when Molina popped out to second. Kuroda has allowed just one extra-base hit with the bases loaded in 65 career plate appearances, limiting opponents to 14 hits in 57 at-bats with a double.St. Louis chipped away with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth and Wong’s RBI single off David Robertson in the eighth cut the deficit to three.The first two Cardinals reached in the ninth before Robertson struck out the next three, including pinch-hitter Matt Adams, to earn his 12th save in 13 chances.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Steve Waugh ‘not sure’ if current Indian team is better than the ones he played against

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is better than some of the sides that he played against during his days as claimed by India coach Ravi Shastri.Waugh spoke in reference to Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”.”Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview.Also Read – You don’t decide if India is best travelling side in the world: COA tells Ravi ShastriHe understood that Shastri wanted to boost the morale of his team but he felt that sweeping comments could have been avoided.”I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” Waugh said.Also Read – Shastri, Umesh, Dhawan visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple ahead of 5th ODIThe former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den.”Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.advertisementAlso Read – India were at their best after wake-up calls in Vizag and Pune: Ravi Shastri”I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6.Like everyone else, he praised Virat Kohli for his supreme consistency comparing him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.Also Read – Current selection committee cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli: Syed Kirmani”He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen.”Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Don’t take short-cut in life: Sachin Tendulkar passes father’s message to son Arjun

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he followed his father’s advice of not taking short-cuts in his journey and has passed on the same message to his son, who is a budding left-arm pacer.The cricketer’s son, Arjun Tendulkar, played in the recently concluded T20 Mumbai League and shone with both ball and the bat.He was picked up by the Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb for the T20 Mumbai League for Rs 5 lakh and also played in the semi-finals on Saturday held at the Wankhede Stadium.Asked if he advises his son on how to handle pressure, Sachin Tendulkar said, “He is passionate and I have not forced him for anything. I never forced him to play cricket. He earlier used to play football, then he developed interest in chess and now he is playing cricket.””I told him whatever you do in life, dont take a short-cut, which my father (Ramesh Tendulkar) told me, and I tell him exactly the same thing…you will need to work hard and then it is upto you how you fare,” he told reporters here.To another query, the Master Blaster said like other parents, he also expects his son to perform well.”He (Arjun) needs to do what he and his team want to do. It’s [T20 Mumbai League] a very good platform and the ups and downs provide a real-life experience. It is important to learn and develop, its a process,” he said.”Once a student of this game, a student for rest of your life. Thats what I try and tell him. Results will be in Gods hand, but to make an effort is in our hands,” he said.advertisementArjun Tendulkar on previous occasions bowled to the Indian team in the nets be it during the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 or before the T20 versus Sri Lanka in December 2017.Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun was the costliest buy at the Mumbai T20 League auction. Arjun had made his India U-19 debut under Rawat in the Youth Tests in Sri Lanka in 2018.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar advocates 7-run penalty for batting sides breaching rulesAlso Watch:last_img read more

MHI to Collaborate with OMT in Ship Engineering Bussines

first_imgzoom Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has concluded an agreement with Odense Maritime Technology A/S (OMT) of Denmark, a provider of ship design services, on collaboration in ship engineering business. By combining the two companies’ abundant track records in shipbuilding business, MHI and OMT are targeting speedy development of diverse ship types in a quest to expand their licensing business.Under the newly agreed collaborative arrangement, MHI will primarily take charge of developing propulsion performance aspects, including hull form design, model testing, and development of energy-saving devices and propellers. OMT will be responsible largely for the conceptual and basic designs based on MHI’s hull form designs.In addition to container ships – a segment in which both MHI and OMT have abundant experience – plans call for collaborative development of bulk carriers and small and medium size liquefied gas carriers. OMT already enjoys a solid reputation within the Chinese market for its bulk carrier designs. Now, with the adoption of hulls, energy-saving devices and propellers developed by MHI, the two partners aim to create designs offering even higher performance.OMT has spun off from Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. (OSS), a Danish shipbuilder, in 2010 as an independent company dedicated to ship design. OMT has rights to develop business applying the technologies and knowhow cultivated by OSS during a quarter century. OSS is a group company of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, which is renowned as the world’s largest operator of container ships. OSS has a vast track record in the construction of container ships for A.P. Moller-Maersk, bulk carriers, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships and tankers.MHI today is promoting engineering operations as a growth strategy for its Shipbuilding & Ocean Development business, and the new collaborative agreement is part of that initiative. The company aims to use this occasion as a springboard for even more aggressive pursuit of new business opportunities in the future.MHI, February 5, 2014last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_imgKINGS COUNTY: Intersection of Prospect Road and Kentville connector Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Prospect Road and the Kentville connector, with work being conducted from Thursday, Jan. 12, until Wednesday, Jan. 18. A single-lane closure will be in effect during the installation. The traffic signals will be set to flash mode for the first six days of operation and then will begin normal activation. Local area office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 -30-last_img read more

Family allege medical neglect led to death of threeyearold

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high at MR Bangur Hospital following the death of a three-year-old girl whose family members have alleged medical negligence against the hospital authorities.The family members have lodged separate complaint with the hospital superintendent and the local police station each. The victim, Aradhya Chakraborty (3), a resident of Raipur village in Bishnupur, was brought to the hospital on May 12 after she suffered burn injuries. It is said hot tea fell on her chest. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaShe was initially taken to another hospital in the city and later shifted to the burn unit of MR Bangur Hosital with burn injuries. She had been under medication since her admission. The family members of the victim alleged that one of the doctors at the hospital administered an injection on the patient on May 19 after which her heath condition started deteriorating. The patient had started shivering soon after she was administered the medicine. The patient’s condition turned worse on Monday and eventually she died on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe exact cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. The body has been sent for the post-mortem examination. The family members of the victim brought the charges of glaring medical negligence and demanded action against those who were found guilty. They also demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident. Priyanka Chakraborty, the mother of the victim later went to the local police station and lodged a written complaint in this regard. Another complaint was registered with the hospital authorities. A probe has been initiated. A chaos broke out on the hospital campus following the incident. The family members also staged a demonstration at the hospital to protest against the alleged medical negligence by the hospital doctors. The situation was later brought under control by the security personnel of the hospital.last_img read more

US to help Puerto Ricans who lost jobs after hurricanes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans who lost their jobs after hurricanes Maria and Irma can start applying for disaster unemployment assistance after the U.S. doubled the 26 weeks of benefits.The National Employment Law Project said Wednesday that more 10,000 Puerto Ricans are eligible and that lump-sum payments could total nearly $30 million, with individual payments ranging from $2,000 to $3,000.But legal advocates say the conditions set by Puerto Rico’s government will make it hard for many to apply. They say workers have to provide documents in person and that internet options are unavailable.Advocates are trying to reach out to families that qualify but worry they won’t reach many given that more than an estimated 130,000 people fled Puerto Rico after the two major hurricanes hit the Caribbean in September 2017.The Associated Press read more

Shared electric scooters surge overtaking docked bikes

NEW YORK — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road.And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars in the U.S.According to a new report released Wednesday by the National Association of City Transportation Officials, riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018, eclipsing the 36.5 million trips on shared, docked bicycles.Riders also took trips on 3 million dockless pedal bikes, which can be picked up and dropped off anywhere, and 6.5 million dockless electric bikes in 2018, but the report notes those numbers are declining.One reason for electric scooters’ fast growth: companies are jockeying for strategic position in the so-called micromobility revolution, where consumers are embracing shared scooters and bikes for short trips and exploring alternatives to car ownership buoyed by the ubiquity of smartphones.Riders took 84 million trips on micromobility services in 2018, more than double the number from the year before, according to the report. Electric scooters helped drive that trend, with more than 85,000 of them available for public use in the U.S. compared with 57,000 station-based bikes.To be sure, scooter companies face challenges from every direction, including vandalism, theft, rider injuries, intense competition and aggressive regulations in cities across the country.Yet the industry persists and venture capitalists, ride-hailing companies and traditional auto manufacturers have poured millions of dollars into the fledgling business.The original bike-share systems in the U.S. developed after cities invited them in, said Kate Fillin-Yeh, director of strategy for the National Association for City Transportation Officials.“In the last year-and-a-half, it’s a very different animal,” she said. “The companies are in some cases trying to beat each other to the market.”Bird, a Santa Monica-based scooter company launched in late 2017, raised $418 million and rang up more than 10 million rides in its first year. Lime, which offers shared bikes and scooters, clocked more than 12 million rides and $467 million in investment in its first 15 months.Car manufacturers and ride-hailing companies are taking notice, and some have made their own plays in the space with larger ambitions than scooters alone.Uber bought Jump Bikes, an electric bike and scooter company that operates in about two dozen cities, and last year it invested $30 million in Lime, which is in more than 100 cities worldwide.Ford, which bought scooter company Spin in November, said deploying electric scooters will help the company eventually roll out autonomous vehicles by building critical relationships with U.S. cities as they work together to craft regulations and build out infrastructure.“In this next revolution of micromobility, the cities are taking a more active stance in how they’re going to participate,” Sunny Madra, vice-president of Ford’s mobility businesses, told The Associated Press late last year. “By doing this now in advance of autonomous programs and other forms of mobility that will come up, this is a great way for us to make sure that we’re a part of the transformation of mobility.”If it seems like electric scooters popped up overnight, that’s because they did. Several companies distributed them throughout cities without permission or permits, reminding local officials of when ride-hailing companies such as Uber launched in their markets years ago without warning.But cities learned from that experience and have been more aggressive about regulating scooters. San Francisco, for instance, kicked out Bird, Lime and Spin and instituted a competition for permits, ultimately awarding them to relative underdogs Scoot and Skip and capping the number of scooters they could deploy. New York City does not allow shared electric scooters, although legislation has been introduce to change the rule.As a condition for operating there, many cities are requiring scooter companies to share their troves of location data, which show where the scooters are and the routes they take. That can be valuable to plan bike routes and docking stations or to understand traffic patterns.It also raises questions about user privacy. The location data provided to cities is not linked to names, emails or other directly identifiable information, but “if you take enough GPS data points and begin attaching other data sets, it can be used to identify specific individuals,” said Regina Clewlow, CEO of Populus, a company that helps cities securely access data for policy and planning while protecting privacy.Another consequence of electric scooters is head injuries. Dr. Vishal Bansal, director of trauma surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, noticed many riders were getting on scooters at night intoxicated, without wearing a helmet, taking “30, 40 years of what we’ve learned about injury prevention and has just thrown it out the window,” he said.“If your head hits concrete at 20 miles an hour, you are not going to get up,” said Christopher Ziebell, emergency room medical director at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin. “These have little tiny wheels on them, so it doesn’t take much for a rider to go flying off.”Some industry watchers wonder how long the electric scooter phenomenon will last. Veteran auto analyst Maryann Keller calls the billion-dollar valuations that have been reported for some scooter companies nonsensical. Scooters are a capital-intensive business, and there are few ways to differentiate from competitors’ models, making it hard for companies to stand out, she said.“These little fads come and go,” Keller said.For those wishing for the scooter fad to go, they might have to wait a little longer.___Follow Cathy Bussewitz on Twitter: @cbussewitzCathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more

Open Canada to more foreign airline service to boost consumer choice group

OTTAWA — Canada’s airline industry should be opened up to allow more competition from foreign airlines, a consumer group said Wednesday.[np_storybar title=”Why Canadian airports are so expensive and inefficient” link=””%5DGovernment taxes and fees have long carried the blame for the noncompetitive nature of Canadian airports and for the bleed of nearly 5 million passengers a year in search of cheaper flights south of the border. But not everyone agrees taxes and fees are the primary source of what ails the air travel industry in Canada.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]The Consumers’ Association of Canada says Canada’s current policy protects the dominant domestic airlines and limits consumer choice.Association president Bruce Cran says it will use recent polling data to support its call for the federal government to bring about change in Canada’s aviation industry.The telephone survey of about 1,000 people in late January and early February found a large majority of responses were in favour of more foreign competition.Consumers want choice and competition for their travel dollarAmong other things, the Harris/Decima survey found 61% of respondents agreed that foreign airlines should be allowed to compete with Canadian carriers.The survey also found 77% agreed that foreign airlines would give consumers more travel options and 69% agreed they’d lead to lower costs.“Consumers want choice and competition for their travel dollar,” Cran said in a statement Wednesday.“The CAC will use this public opinion data to renew our call for Canada to adopt a dramatically different approach to international aviation,” he added.“It is time to open Canada’s skies and welcome foreign carriers into this market to compete for the business of Canadian travellers.”The survey of 1,015 people in Canada was conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4.Canadian Press read more

The Vaulter Bandit arrested

The bank robber police dubbed ‘The Vaulter Bandit’ due to his ability to leap over cashier desks to steal money is now behind bars. Jeffrey James Shuman was arrested while on vacation in Switzerland and is now back on Canadian soil.Police say “The Vaulter Bandit” robbed 21 banks across Canada, 17 in the GTA in a span of 5 years including a Scotia Bank off Stone Church road in Hamilton in 2010. Shuman, who has American and French citizenship, wasn’t new to robbing banks he served 9 years in American prison after robbing 15 banks in Florida and Tennessee during the 90’s. Paroled in 2004, he fled the U.S with 3 years remaining in his sentence.Police say they were able to identify Shuman as the vaulting bandit after retrieving some DNA left at the scene of his most recent robbery last May. However, Shuman had already escaped to Europe.“A lot of surveillance when he went into Switzerland and that’s when Swiss authorities took him into custody.”Shuman was arrested in September and ordered to be extradited back to Canada in February. On his flight back police believe Shuman faked a heart condition in an attempt to delay the 30 charges awaiting him in Canada. The plane landed in England, where Shuman was given medical clearance to continue flying.Shuman is set to make a video appearance in court March 11. read more

Machine Crushes Beer Bottles Into Sand to Save New Zealand Beaches

first_img Drink beer, save the environment. That’s the rallying cry of DB Breweries, a New Zealand-based company helping to combat the global sand shortage.The firm, as reported by AdWeek, built a fleet of machines that crush empty glass bottles into a sand substitute, used to save the nation’s “pristine beaches.”Sand is used in everything from construction to pharmaceuticals; a major ingredient of mortar, plaster, concrete, and asphalt, businesses often collect beach sand in bulk. As a result, according to DB, two-thirds of the world’s beaches are retreating.“Amazingly, the answer to the sand shortage could be to drink beer,” the company said in a promotional video (below).The machines—likely for use in bars and restaurants across the island—recycle empties right before your drunken eyes. Push the container through a bottle-shaped hole, then watch as a vacuum system removes silica dust and plastic labels, leaving behind pure glass sand. Each bottle produces 200 grams of powder substitute in about five seconds.DB BreweriesDB Export Beer Bottle Sand will be distributed for roading projects, commercial and residential construction, even golf bunkers. The brewery is currently finalizing a two-year deal with DryMix, New Zealand’s largest producer of bagged concrete, AdWeek reported.DB Breweries“Kiwis, we love our beaches, and we love our beer,” Sean O’Donnell, marketing director at DB Breweries, said in the video. “So wouldn’t it be great if you could have a beer and do something for the environment? I mean, that’s pretty exciting.”Tipplers can look for the “Drink DB Export, save our beaches” label on the neck of local beer bottles—a reminder to salvage the container.“We can’t solve the problem alone, but we knew we could do more to help,” O’Donnell told AdWeek. “We’re proud to launch an initiative that can help us do our bit to protect our beaches for future generations.”This recycling program follows 2015’s successful “Brewtoleum” campaign, in which DB turned leftover yeast from the brewing process into clean-burning, conflict-free biofuel.You can bring recycled flare to your own home too. Why wait?! Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on targetlast_img read more

23andMe To Share Consumer DNA With Big Pharmas GSK

first_img British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and personal genomics firm 23andMe inked a four-year deal to use human genetics as the basis for fighting disease.The goal of the collaboration, according to a joint press release, is to “gather insights and discover novel drug targets driving disease progression and develop therapies for serious unmet medical needs based on those discoveries.”I’ll give you a moment to chew over that mission statement.Meanwhile, big pharma is scouring more than 5 million customers’ saliva.Alongside their spit samples, 23andMe users are asked for consent to use their DNA in scientific research—an opt-in clause now extended to drug discovery and development.“Participating in 23andMe’s research is always voluntary and requires customers to affirmatively consent to participate,” co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki promised.Those who agree will be “de-identified,” so GSK cannot single out individuals. Both companies, meanwhile, have “stringent security protections” for collecting, storing, and transferring information.But that’s not enough to ease some security advocates’ minds.“If people are concerned about their social security numbers being stolen, they should be concerned about their genetic information being misused,” Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, told Time magazine.“This information is never 100 percent safe. The risk is magnified when one organization shares it with a second organization,” he continued. “When information moves from one place to another, there’s always a chance for it to be intercepted by unintended third parties.”That’s a chance GSK and 23andMe are willing to take—in the name of saving lives.“This collaboration will enable us to deliver on what many customers have been asking for—cures or treatments for disease,” Wojcicki said in a statement.Together, GSK and 23andMe are focused on R&D activities that will improve target selection for the discovery of better precision medicines; support identification of patient subgroups most likely to respond to targeted treatments; and allow more effective recruitment of patients for clinical studies.“We know that drug targets with genetic validation have a significantly higher chance of ultimately demonstrating a benefit for patients and becoming medicines,” according to GSK Chief Scientific Officer Hal Barron.GSK also made a $300 million equity investment in its new partner.For more on DNA testing visit our sister site PCMag for their complete round-up and recommendations.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later last_img read more

Smith says PPP is dead

first_img Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Recommended for you No medical report yet in Capron death Related Items:dead, dr. edward smith, ppp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jan 2016 – In an exclusive interview, Dr. Edward Smith of the People Progressive Party revealed to Magnetic Media that his party is essentially, dead. “Well I will be honest with you, the PPP party at this time, it is basically defunct. And specifically the reason why, the PPP party was intended to represent all, that means Turks and Caicos Islanders, Haitians, Americans, Bahamians you name it but somehow along the way, the leadership has lost its way.” Smith said he is being courted by two of the three political parties; and while he refrained from saying who he is leaning more toward when it comes to possibly running in the 2016 General Elections, he made it clear that it is not the governing PNP. Murdered father of two, shot in the headlast_img read more

National Fire Prevention Week This Week

first_imgDuring this week Alaskans are encouraged to ensure their homes and businesses are equipped with properly functioning fire safety equipment, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. The national slogan for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  Alaska State Fire Marshal David Taylor, Director of Fire and Life Safety: “The vast majority of the injuries and deaths experienced in Alaska due to fires were preventable and that is simply unacceptable. We can do better. It is imperative that Alaskans protect their homes and families by using simple fire prevention measures like supervising all their cooking and being cautious of electric heaters and wood burning stoves.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享National Fire Prevention Week began on October 7, and runs through October 13. In the state of Alaska, fire is a serious public safety concern. In 2017, there were 799 residential structure fires reported in Alaska, which resulted in 18 deaths, more than 50 civilians injured, and 31 firefighter injuries. Property losses were estimated at over $33.6 million, according to the Department of Public Safety. last_img read more

Smaller companies surpassed their larger counterparts in CSR spend last fiscal Crisil

first_imgSmaller companies spent more on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the last fiscal, ending March 2015, than their larger counterparts, according to a report by Crisil.About 1,300 listed companies in India fell under the “mandatory 2% CSR spend” ambit, of which as many as 75% formally reported CSR activity, spending on average 1.35% of their net profit — or well below the mandatory 2%, Crisil said.”Smaller companies were relatively more enthusiastic about spending on CSR activity compared to their larger counterparts in the 2015 fiscal. Clearly, they are not short on altruistic, society-building motivation. This also reflects a broad-basing of CSR activity in India Inc,” said Crisil in a report.Over 90% of the companies had opted to spend on CSR despite a 50% tax break on donations to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, the report said.Private sector companies have been as socially responsive as their public-sector peers, and ended up spending marginally more than the latter.Crisil said another Rs 5,200 crore could have been spent had all companies met the 2% norm, which would have taken the cumulative expenditure to Rs 12,000 crore for FY2015.For the bigger companies, the challenge is the large size of their spending mandate, so they need considerable time and effort to conceptualise and design processes to maximise outcomes, it said.Companies in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh had spent more on CSR than those in industrialised states.”Other than industrialised states such as Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, where companies have performed well in terms of CSR spending, it is heartening to see companies based in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh spending more than the national average,” Crisil said.last_img read more

Govt gets another week to publish judges conduct rules

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Sunday extended time for the government up to December 10 to issue a gazette notification on lower court judges’ conduct rules, reports UNB.A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order following a time-petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam in the morning.The SC also set 10 December for the next hearing on the matter.On 30 November, law minister Anisul Huq said his ministry had sent the draft of the gazette to the Prime Minister’s Office. Once the PM gives consent to the draft, it will be sent to president’s office, said the minister.After the president’s approval, the law ministry will issue the much-awaited gazette notification, he added.On 6 November, Anisul Huq, after a meeting with acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, said the gazette notification would be issued before 3 December if the president permits.On 5 November, the apex court extended time for the government up to 3 December to publish the gazette notification.With this, the Appellate Division extended time for at least 30 times in the last one year.The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.On 2 December 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.last_img read more