River Plate captain Leonardo Ponzio believes team-mate Exequiel Palacios is a suitable player for Real Madrid to signThe 20-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Real in the January transfer window with River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio confirming there has been contact.Palacios is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America and had reportedly captured the interest of several European giants.Now Ponzio believes his young team-mate would fit in well at Real as he has all the required attributes.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He has been with us for almost two and a half years,” Ponzio told AS. “He has become a player in River, in Argentine soccer.“Real Madrid? I believe what ability he has. Of course, you cannot ask him to be the same as Luka Modric. He is 20 years old. He goes to another continent, to another kind of football.“But conditions have to grow. He is very of the palate of Real Madrid. Technically he is good, he has a good footing, individually he is good. But he must keep his head. He has to be calm because he is going to make the jump at any moment.”Real have now travelled the United Arab Emirates for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Kashima Antlers.
Crowds gathered in downtown Anchorage this afternoon to await the arrival of the president. KSKA’s Anne Hillman waited behind the Denaina Center, hoping for a brief glimpse.Download Audio.Amaris Elise Estell-Tate and Lorraine Estell pose with an old friend–the doctor who delivered Amaris. Hillman/KSKAPeople trickled slowly toward the corner of 8th and F. Lorraine Estell walked up with her seven-year-old granddaughter, Amaris, in tow.“I wanna try to get a selfie with him,” Amaris stated with confidence.“With who?” Estell asks her.“The president,” she replies as if it’s the most obvious thing in the world.“What do you think is so cool about seeing the president?” I ask.“Umm… We’re both black, I guess?”“That’s it?” her grandmother presses. “What else?”“I like the president. I like his daughters, too,” she says with more thought. “I learned from them to be yourself and be unique.”Estell smiles in agreement. “Awesome.”As the crowd grew and airplanes flew overhead, police gave directions, nudging people away from the street.“I’d like your cooperation if I could, please,” an officer addressed the crowd as he set out neon green collapsible barriers. “It would make it nice for everyone if we could get back up on the sidewalk. I’m sorry.”As time inched by rumors flew – did they move the cones to let the president’s car through? Did they block off the Hilton? Is that his car? What did the secret service say?“Kinda weird down here,” says Steve Benzler, who waited for more than four hours for a glimpse. “Kind of a carnival atmosphere with helicopters and jets above. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be different and special, so I had to come down and check it out.”A crowd awaits Obama’s arrival outside of the Dena’ina Center. Hillman/KSKAThe waiting continued, and Amarius grew restless. Her grandmother points out members of the secret service.“Where? I can’t see anything,” she whines.Then – eventually – Estelle sees movement from the garage at the back of the convention center, far from where our section of crowd waits.“Three people…” she says. “Wearing plain clothes. They’re wearing hats with a little jacket on. And a bullet proof vest. Oh my gosh!”“Did you see them?” I ask awkwardly trying to peer over the crowd as screams erupt around me.“That was his car! You saw the seal? You saw the seal?” Estell shouts to everyone around.And with that, the president was inside, his press pool walking past. All Estell saw was a small bit of his vehicle, but it was enough…for her.“So what do you think? You just saw it from a distance, but was it still cool?” I ask, having seen nothing.“Still awesome,” she nods. “Still awesome. Yeah. The fact that he’s here is great.”Her granddaughter nuzzles up against her. “I didn’t get to see the president,” she says, voice filled with disappointment.“It’s okay, it’s okay,” Estell says hugging her close.But Amaris was not going to let the moment go by without some sort of splash. As the last of the press walked around the corner, the crowd started to chant. “Obama! Obama!”“Welcome to Alaska!” Amaris belts with all of her might.The crowd erupts in laughter. “What a girl!” Estell says. “You tell him.”
UNESCO on Friday was to pick its new head after a cliffhanger election that came as the US and Israel announced plans to withdraw from the troubled UN cultural body.The sprawling Paris-based agency was founded in 1945 when the United Nations was created to prevent another world war.The organisation has seen its share of controversy over the past seven decades.Here are five facts about the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:195 countriesUNESCO, which currently has 195 members, says it aims to build peace through education, science, culture and communication.It is best known for its prestigious World Heritage List of outstanding cultural and natural sites.UNESCO also promotes the right to education for all, sustainable development and efforts to tackle social and ethical issues-particularly in Africa.Heritage sitesThe constantly evolving World Heritage List currently runs to 1,073 cultural and natural sites considered to be of universal value.Among the most well-known are the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, the Old City of Jerusalem, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.UNESCO also currently has 54 sites on its list of World Heritage in Danger, including national parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which are under threat from war, and the fabled Malian desert town of Timbuktu.ControversyIn 2011 US president Barack Obama suspended funding for UNESCO-about 22 per cent of its annual budget-for accepting Palestine as a member.The Jewish state, Israel, and its ally oppose any move by UN bodies to recognise the Palestinian territories as a state, saying the matter can be resolved only in a negotiated Middle East peace deal.In the years since, UNESCO has been the scene of several flare-ups over Arab-sponsored resolutions critical of Israel.In May, Israel was infuriated by a resolution identifying it as “the occupying power” in the disputed city of Jerusalem.In July, the UN body declared the Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank an endangered World Heritage site, further angering Israel while delighting Palestinians.Former president Ronald Reagan first withdrew the US from UNESCO in 1984, accusing it of anti-Americanism and corruption. Washington reclaimed its seat in 2002, under George W Bush.Apartheid South Africa also spurned UNESCO. The country returned in 1994, only after Nelson Mandela became leader.Massive monument rescueUNESCO spearheaded a 1960s campaign to save the 3,000-year-old temples of ancient Nubia, which were threatened by the construction of the Aswan dam.A multinational team of archaeologists, engineers and heavy equipment operators dismantled the Abu Simbel temples block by block and reassembled them out of harm’s way at a cost of $300 million in 2017 dollars (250 million euros).The mammoth project drew international attention to the value of safeguarding cultural heritage.
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTDell Seton adopted protocols to reduce opioid overdoses among new moms.Two-thirds of Texas hospitals offering maternity services are taking part in a statewide initiative aimed at reducing maternal mortality.Texas health officials this week kicked off a project called “TexasAIM,” an effort to get hospitals to use a set of protocols referred to as “safety bundles.” The goal is to standardize how doctors in Texas deal with pregnant women who are at risk of common complications during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth.The state plans to tackle hemorrhage, hypertension and opioid abuse first. All three are among the leading causes of maternal deaths in the state.“Our goal is to have as many hospitals participate that want to participate,” says Dr. Manda Hall, the associate commissioner for community health improvement at the Texas Department of State Health Services.So far, Hall says, 168 hospitals have joined TexasAIM – that’s out of the 242 hospitals in the state that offer maternity services.“We know that there is an opportunity here to really make a difference here in Texas as it relates to maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity,” she says. “So, we are very happy to see the number of hospitals that are here today and participating.”During a meeting in Austin on Monday, hospital leaders from across the state met to discuss how they plan to implement the protocols and what it would look like in their own hospitals.“What it looks like in one hospital may look different in another hospital and that’s OK,” Hall says.That’s especially true because some hospitals already have been using these safety bundles.“We didn’t wait for TexasAIM to come along,” says Dr. John Harkins, a professor at UT Austin’s Dell Medical School and physician with Seton hospitals. “We’ve had these because it is evidence-based, and being an academic teaching center, we were able to get these up and running.”And Harkins says he’s already seeing results.“From my own experience, these things work great,” he says. “They save lives.”A lot of what doctors do is repetitive, Harkins says, and these safety bundles create yet another routine – but this one is backed by science.“Physicians at times are loathe to adopt standardization,” he says. “And you hear things like that, ‘You know, well, each patient you have to treat it like an art, and they are all different’ and that kind of stuff. But in certain things, it’s not an art; it is a science.”Harkins also says there are examples out there in the world of strict routines being safer.“Airline pilots go through the exact same protocols and checklists every single time they land a plane,” he says. “They do the exact same thing every time because they know that that is the safest way to get things done.”Texas health officials say there is evidence that creating protocols in hospitals has curbed maternal deaths in other states. For instance, one of the big drivers behind California’s effort to reduce maternal mortality rates was using new protocols in hospitals. In just four years, the state cut its rate by half. Share
Courtesy of TenarisSteel pipe manufactured in Bay City, TX for use in the oil and gas industry 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share As the Trump Administration slogs through more than 20,000 requests for waivers from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the tariffs are already impacting the energy sector.Case in point: Bill New’s South Louisiana company New Industries, a specialty steel fabricator that builds things like huge pressured tanks for oil and gas companies.At a hearing last week, New told top U.S. trade officials how his 90-person company, which he calls “tiny” compared to oilfield service giants Halliburton and Schlumberger, has struggled with a 25 percent increase in raw steel costs.In an interview, New also said steel supplies have dropped, he presumes mostly because of “panic buying” when the tariffs were first announced.And how do the companies he sells to feel about all this?“Well, they’re not happy about having to pay more,” New laughs. “You know, because I’m certainly passing those increases on to my customers.”The industry group American Petroleum Institute also spoke to officials about the administration’s trade moves last week, telling them the existing tariffs are hitting about 100 products used in oil and gas production, and that future tariffs under consideration would cause more pain.Meanwhile, API adviser Aaron Padilla told officials the industry is worried about how further retaliation from China and the two countries’ strained relationship could hinder oil exports, which are a big part of the administration’s own goal of “energy dominance.”“China receives about 20 percent of total U.S. crude exports but can easily turn to other countries,” Padilla said, according to a transcript of the hearing. Listen
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When the Utah Royals FC unveiled its updated roster on this week, former Louisville standout Gabrielle Vincent was added as a defender to the roster. Vincent earned second team United Soccer Coaches Association all-region honors for the first time in her career. The senior was a starting centerback for the Cardinals all four seasons. She helped guide Louisville to seven shutouts this season, while dishing out one assist. Vincent also served as team captain the last two seasons and helped guide the Cardinals to their best ACC finish and an NCAA Tournament appearance in her final season.Utah Royals FC opens the 2019 season on April 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Washington Spirit. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT with a fireworks show to follow after the match. The Utah Royals FC roster currently stands as follows: 2019 UTAH ROYALS FC UPDATED ROSTER (as of April 13, 2019)GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Melissa Lowder (NTR), Abby Smith DEFENDERS (11): Katie Bowen (INT-NZ), Rachel Corsie, Sam Johnson, Michelle Maemone (NTR), Sydney Miramontez, Rebecca Moros, Maddie Nolf (NTR), Kelley O’Hara (FED-USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Gaby Vincent (NTR), MIDFIELDERS (8): Veronica Boquete, Makenzy Doniak, Gunny Jónsdóttir (INT-IC), Lo’eau LaBonta, Amanda Laddish, Taylor Lytle, Diana Matheson (FED-CAN), Desiree Scott (FED-CAN)FORWARDS (6): Alexandra Kimball (NTR), Christen Press (FED-USA), Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez, Katie Stengel, Raisa Strom Okimito (NTR), Erika Tymrak Print Friendly Version Story Links
‘Synthetic’ chromosome permits repid, on-demand ‘evolution’ of yeast (Phys.org) —A multinational effort to replicate the genome of brewer’s yeast has been launched. Led by Professor Jef Boeke of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, and with teams in China, India, Great Britain and other countries, the goal of the effort is to build artificial chromosomes to replace the 16 normally found in yeast cells. If successful, the effort will mark the first time the entire genome of an organism with a nucleus has been artificially replicated. © 2013 Phys.org Sacharomyces cerevisiae cells in DIC microscopy. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Multinational effort underway to build synthetic yeast using artificial chromosomes (2013, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-multinational-effort-underway-synthetic-yeast.html 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. Explore further Besides the possibility of providing new insights into how chromosomes work, the project hopes to also serve as a means of learning how to program an organism by altering its genetic functions. Yeast with artificial chromosomes, for example, could be programmed to serve as an engine to manufacture antibiotics, vaccines, biofuels, etc., instead of alcohol.A team of scientists successfully replaced the DNA of a bacteria cell back in 2010, but it had no nucleus, meaning it was a much simpler organism. Replicating all of the chromosomes in a yeast cell will require far more effort. For that reason, the work has been split between teams working at various facilities around the world. Each team will design one chromosome on a computer, which will then be sent to a central facility for its actual creation. Once all of the teams have built their chromosomes, a single yeast cell will be stripped of its natural chromosomes to be replaced by their artificial counterparts—giving it an entirely artificial genome. The project is expected to be expensive—the British team alone has received £1m from the U.K government to fulfill its part in the project which is expected to be completed by 2017.The yeast cell was picked for the project because it is a relatively simple organism—it’s one celled and has only 6000 genes. One the other hand, it’s sufficiently complex to further the science of bioengineering. Another plus is that yeast, because of its ability to convert sugars to alcohol, is seen as a becoming a more useful organism if its DNA could be controlled directly by creating new chromosomes in the lab and replacing the ones that nature gave it.
Newly elected state Rep. Diana Farrington, R-Utica, is joined by her husband, Jeff, as she is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the swearing-in ceremonies. People can contact Rep. Farrington by calling 517-373-7768, by email at DianaFarrington@house.mi.gov or by mail at N-794 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing MI 48909.##### Categories: Diana Farrington News,Diana Farrington Photos,News 11Jan Rep. Farrington administered ceremonial oath of office
Categories: Alexander News Legislator will serve as vice chairState Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, was today named vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard.“It’s an honor to be given this opportunity to serve a committee that is so relevant to Jackson County,” said Alexander, who owns and operates a third-generation dairy farm. “Agriculture is a major industry in our state and it contributes greatly to our economy and job creation.”The House Agriculture Committee is responsible for deliberating on all policy related to the agricultural industry in Michigan. This includes, but is not limited to, issues regarding Right to Farm, agri-business and agri-tourism.Alexander was also appointed to serve as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure, Local Government and Education Reform Committees.“As a former middle school teacher, I look forward to serving as a member of the Education Reform Committee,” said the freshman legislator. “Every child in Michigan deserves a quality education and we will work together to ensure that we are paving the way for student success across the state.”Alexander also noted that her experience as a Jackson county commissioner would lend her well as a member of the Local Government Committee. As a county commissioner she gained experience with road commission efforts, which she believes will provide her with a good background as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.House committees will begin holding their first meetings in the coming weeks.### 26Jan Rep. Alexander will play key role in House Agriculture Committee
Pay TV operators and others are now embracing the world of OTT and multiscreen video, but the business models have in many cases still to be worked out. As more premium video services are made available over unmanaged networks to multiple devices, operators will face a growing threat of internet piracy. How aware are operators of the threat and what measures do they think are necessary to protect their business?In August 2013 DTVE carried out a survey of over 160 industry professionals on their perceptions of multiscreen video business models and the threat of internet piracy. We also looked at service providers’ concerns and the ways in which they might be addressed. Multiscreen Video and Piracy: The Big Picture provides key insights into industry perspectives on piracy, its impact on service providers and ways to tackle the threat posed by the illicit consumption of content.
ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALDerryobesityType 2 DiabetesWESTERN TRUSTWestern Trust staff Choose to Lose an incredible 111 stone! ShareTweet The latest NI Health Survey (2017/18) reports that 64% of adults are now overweight or obese; a figure that continues to rise. It says that it’s well documented that carrying excess body weight not only increases our risk of developing high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers, but also impacts negatively on our mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem.Zoe Fletcher, Western Trust Project Lead Dietitian with the Community Food and Nutrition Team commented: “Most staff members spend approximately half of their waking hours at work; therefore the workplace provides an ideal opportunity for educational and behavioural change, encouraging staff to look at their diet and health whilst being inspired and empowered by a network of friends and colleagues.” TWO hundred employees from all areas of the Western Trust, including Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, recently completed the ‘Choose to Lose’ 12 week work-based weight loss and healthy lifestyle programme.Collectively they lost almost 111 stone (704kg) and 10 metres from their waist lines – that’s the height of two giraffes!The Trust says that obesity remains one of the most important public health challenges facing Northern Ireland today. Zoe added: “Positively, all staff that participated in the programme intend to continue the diet and lifestyle changes they made and all would recommend to their colleagues. “Following such positive feedback, Choose To Lose for Trust staff will run again later this year. “Details will be advertised via Trust Communications and TWIST West. “Congratulations and well done to all who took part!”Western Trust staff Choose to Lose an incredible 111 stone! was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: