AUSSIE DAY AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgIt was Australia Day in Jersey today with the Australian Masters teams winning all three ‘Rest of the World’ finals that they participated in at the 2004 European Championships. The Australian Women’s Masters won the Womens Open division defeating Colonials 3-2. The match was close and exciting, being won in a tense drop off. The Men’s 35 years division ‘Rest of the World’ Championship final was between the two Australian Senior teams with the Masters team defeating the Veterans 4-0. Please click on the link below for detailed resultsSenior Tour Daily DiaryAll photos attached to articles can be viewed by clicking on the following link Senior Tour Photo Gallery Once in the gallery use the scroll down box to visit to the Senior Tour Gallery. The Mens Open ‘Rest of the World’ Final was won by Australia 6-2. The Australian’s gradually improved throughout the tour, saving their best performance for the final. The Men played as a team, refusing to allow the New Zealand University team into the game at any stage. The Australian representatives have produced the goods at the right time once again, both on and off the field. They have been great ambassadors for Australia by educating and assisting all Touch teams participating in the European Championships. Congratulations to all tour members, you have done Australian Touch proud!last_img read more

a month agoDerby fire five past Man Utd U18

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby fire five past Man Utd U18by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18s were thrashed 5-1 by Derby County yesterday.Hit by a three-goal, seven-minute Rams salvo in the first half, it was a blow which the Reds couldn’t recover from, despite Mark Helm’s strike providing a glimmer of hope before the interval. Two further Derby goals after the break put the game well out of United’s reach.The trio of Bjorn Hardley, Calen Gallagher-Allison and Hannibal Mejbri – all 16-year-olds – were called up to make their full Under-18 debuts in place of Connor Stanley, the suspended Reece Devine and Will Fish, who had made an impressive bow for the Under-23s against Fulham the previous evening at Leigh. last_img read more

There are no words to explain it

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe stats are stunning.The UN says one million people will die from suicide this year.In Canada, a 2007 study showed First Nation people kill themselves at twice the rate of the rest of Canada.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has a story about a family and how suicide changed their life.last_img

You Cant Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data Even If You Didnt

The Golden State Killer, who terrorized Californians from Sacramento to Orange County over the course of a decade, committed his last known murder in 1986, the same year that DNA profiling was used in a criminal investigation for the first time. In that early case, officers convinced thousands of men to voluntarily turn over blood samples, building a genetic dragnet to search for a killer in their midst. The murderer was eventually identified by his attempts to avoid giving up his DNA. In contrast, suspected Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, who was apprehended just last week, was found through other people’s DNA — samples taken from the crime scenes were matched to the profiles his distant relatives had uploaded to a publicly accessible genealogy website.You can see the rise of a modern privacy conundrum in the 32 years between the first DNA case and DeAngelo’s arrest. Digital privacy experts say that the way DeAngelo was found has implications reaching far beyond genetics, and the risks of exposure apply to everyone — not just alleged serial killers. We’re used to thinking about privacy breaches as what happens when we give data about ourselves to a third party, and that data is then stolen from or abused by that third party. It’s bad, sure. But we could have prevented it if we’d only made better choices.Increasingly, though, individuals need to worry about another kind of privacy violation. I think of it as a modern tweak on the tragedy of the commons — call it “privacy of the commons.” It’s what happens when one person’s voluntary disclosure of personal information exposes the personal information of others who had no say in the matter. Your choices didn’t cause the breach. Your choices can’t prevent it, either. Welcome to a world where you can’t opt out of sharing, even if you didn’t opt in.Yonatan Zunger, a former Google privacy engineer, noted we’ve known for a long time that one person’s personal information is never just their own to share. It’s the idea behind the old proverb, “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” And as far back as the 1960s, said Jennifer Lynch, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, phone companies could help law enforcement collect a list of all the numbers one phone line called and how long the calls lasted. The phone records may help convict a guilty party, but they also likely call police attention to the phone numbers, identities and habits of people who may not have anything to do with the crime being investigated.But the digital economy has changed things, making the privacy of the commons easier to exploit and creating stronger incentives to do so.“One of the fascinating things we’ve now walked ourselves into is that companies are valued by the market on the basis of how much user data they have,” said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. A company can run along, not making a cent, but if it has a large user base and reams of private information about those users, then it’s valuable — and can be sold for millions. Companies that collect more data, keep that data, and use it to make connections between users are worth more. Sears, Roebuck and Co. may have been able to infer when you bought a gift from their catalog for a friend who lived in another town, but Amazon has more reason (and more ability) to use that information to build a profile of your friend’s interests.We all saw this in action in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. The privacy of the commons is how the 270,000 Facebook users who actually downloaded the “thisisyourdigitallife” app turned into as many as 87 million users whose data ended up in the hands of a political marketing firm. Much of the narrative surrounding that scandal has focused on what individuals should be doing to protect themselves. But that idea that privacy is all about your individual decisions is part of the problem, said Julie Cohen, a technology and law professor at Georgetown University. “There’s a lot of burden being put on individuals to have an understanding and mastery of something that’s so complex that it would be impossible for them to do what they need to do,” she said.Even if you do your searches from a specialized browser, tape over all your webcams and monitor your privacy settings without fail, your personal data has probably still been collected, stored and used in ways you didn’t intend — and don’t even know about.Companies can even build a profile of a person from birth based entirely on data-sharing choices made by others, said Salome Viljoen, a lawyer and fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Imagine new parents signing up for a loyalty card at their local pharmacy and then filling all of their child’s prescriptions there. The information collected every time they scan that loyalty card adds up to something like a medical history, which could later be sold to data brokers or combined with data bought from brokers to paint a fuller picture of a person who never consented to any of this.So does that mean that, in addition to locking down our own privacy choices, we need to police the choices of our friends and family? No, said Cohen, Gillmor and Viljoen. In fact, the privacy of the commons means that, in some cases, your data is collected in ways you cannot reasonably prevent, no matter how carefully you or anyone you know behaves.Take, for instance, Equifax, the credit-rating company that lost control of the data of 143 million people last year. Those people weren’t necessarily members of Equifax. Instead, the company collected data from other companies the people chose to do business with, and much of that business was stuff people can’t get by without, like renting or owning a home. Or, alternately, consider Facebook, again. That company has admitted it tracks the online behavior of people who never intentionally engage with it at all, thanks to partnerships with other websites. (Like many sites, FiveThirtyEight has this kind of partnership with Facebook. Our pages talk to the social network in several ways, including through ads and comments, and because of the embedded “Like” button.) If hounding every person you’ve ever cared about into adopting encryption tools like PGP sounded like fun, you’ll love living in a van down by the river with no internet access.1And I hope you’re prepared to buy the van with cash, because if you need credit, the credit check the dealer runs could hand your information to Equifax again.Instead, experts say these examples show that we need to think about online privacy less as a personal issue and more as a systemic one. Our digital commons is set up to encourage companies and governments to violate your privacy. If you live in a swamp and an alligator attacks you, do you blame yourself for being a slow swimmer? Or do you blame the swamp for forcing you to hang out with alligators?There isn’t yet a clear answer for what the U.S. should do. Almost all of our privacy law and policy is framed around the idea of privacy as a personal choice, Cohen said. The result: very little regulation addressing what data can be collected, how it should be protected, or what can be done with it. In some ways, Gillmor said, online privacy is where the environmental movement was back in the 1950s, when lots of big, centralized choices were hurting individuals’ health, and individuals had little power to change that. “I don’t even know if we have had our ‘Silent Spring’ yet,” he said. “Maybe Cambridge Analytica will be our ‘Silent Spring.’” read more

Troy Smith earns starting nod for 49ers

Former Ohio State Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith will get the third start of his career — and his first since the 2007 season — when his San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday in London. Cut by the Baltimore Ravens after the last day of training camp on Aug. 20, Smith was claimed off the waivers by San Francisco. He spent the team’s first seven games as the third-string quarterback. “The way that you prepare as a professional athlete, you have to be prepared when your number is called,” Smith told local media in San Francisco after practice Wednesday. “And that’s exactly where I’m at.” Smith faces the difficult task of turning around San Francisco’s 1-6 start. Starting quarterback Alex Smith separated his non-throwing shoulder when he was sacked in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 23-20 loss at Carolina. Backup David Carr took his place and threw a costly interception. “I think Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” coach Mike Singletary told media in a press conference Wednesday. “He’s been studying since we got here and he’s been getting with the coaches as much as he possibly could. He has enough of the offense to play.” Joining the 49ers this offseason, Smith reunited with former OSU and high school teammate Ted Ginn, who was acquired by the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Miami Dolphins. Ginn was one of Smith’s favorite targets in his 2006 Heisman campaign and was on the receiving end of nine of Smith’s 30 touchdown passes. “We just did so much together for so many years and had great success,” Ginn said. “He’s always been big brother and I’ve been little brother. It’s not really going to ever change, no matter how old we get.” Smith said he is prepared to play and knows that things can’t get worse for the struggling 49ers. “I think the easiest way to get through to your teammates is to show that you know exactly what your job is, what everyone expects of you and to go out there and execute,” Smith said. “We have a tremendous group of guys around us and we can do nothing but get better.” Smith has made two starts in his four-year NFL career. He took over for an injured Kyle Boller and went 1-1 in the last two games of the 2007 season. In those contests, he completed 32 of 60 passes, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Singletary hopes Smith can bring some stability to a 49ers team that has been viewed as a disappointment in the shaky NFC West. “The No. 1 thing I like about him … is leadership,” Singletary said. “That is his ability to get everybody on the same page.” Although Ginn is excited to join his Buckeye counterpart in the huddle, he said that it will take time for Smith to shake off the rust. “It’ll take some time,” Ginn told Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. “We can’t expect him to go in and be a Tom Brady. We just want him to go in and be Troy Smith, enjoy his time and make a difference.” read more

Sundance shows off a new trend of AR VR The 359 Ep

first_imgCNET On this podcast, we talk about: Augmented and virtual reality at Sundance using body movements to make experiences feel more natural.Net neutrality’s day in court.Super Bowl ads with tech and geek appeal.  The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Sundance shows off a new trend of AR, VR (The 3:59, Ep. 514) Apple iPhone XS $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo See at Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tags Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Your browser does not support the audio element. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Net neutrality Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR),I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $299 at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Tags See It Sprint Turo Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET The Daily Charge Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $155 at Google Express $6 at Tidal Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 7 0 Boost Mobile Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Wearable Tech Sports Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments See it $60 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displayslast_img read more

Nauert ends bid for US envoy role to UN

first_imgIn this file photo US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert arrives for the release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on 29 May 2018, in the Press Briefing Room at the US state department in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPFormer Fox News anchor and state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday that she has withdrawn from consideration to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.”The past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw,” Nauert said in a statement.The abrupt statement, issued in the evening of a holiday weekend, came after weeks of often mocking criticism of the nomination of Nauert, who had no foreign policy experience until two years ago when she was named state department spokeswoman.Opponents questioned whether Nauert, despite her poise at the podium, had the gravitas and skill to go head-to-head on complex international issues with seasoned diplomats from adversaries such as Russia.President Donald Trump, an avid viewer of conservative-leaning Fox News where Nauert was once an anchor on morning show “Fox and Friends,” told reporters in December that he wanted her to be UN ambassador.Her nomination, however, was never formally submitted to the senate and she has vanished for over two months as she prepared for a confirmation hearing — and, eventually, the top diplomatic job.With Trump’s Republican Party in control of the Senate, her nomination had not seemed to be in serious risk, barring any disclosure that had not been made public.State department spokesman Robert Palladino said that Trump would put forward a new name “soon.”The UN post has been vacant since the start of the year after Nikki Haley, a former governor seen as a rising star in Republican politics, decided to leave after two years in the position.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Nauert in a statement, saying that he had “great respect” for her “personal” decision to withdraw.last_img read more

Rep Glenn votes for local recreation development

first_img House approves projects across the state State Rep. Gary Glenn today announced a Midland park project will be funded as part of a bill recently approved by the House that recommends funding recreational improvements across the state.Glenn, of Midland, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money to fund land acquisitions and development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state. The projects are paid for by a combination of Trust Fund money from gas and oil leases and local matching funds.Glenn said the local project is development of the Emerson Park River Overlook and River Walk. It involves development of 325 feet of publicly owned waterfront on the Tittabawassee River within Emerson Park. The project repurposes an abandoned water intake pump station into a two-story river overlook area, and will include a fishing dock, floating water access dock, boardwalk along the river’s edge, gathering plaza, riverfront park areas and new parking lot. The project also includes removal of invasive exotic plant species from the riverbank, opening up vistas to the river. Emerson Park will serve as a rest stop along the 30-mile long Midland County Pere Marquette“I am very pleased to see this funding – which includes no state taxpayer money – being used to enhance our already outstanding natural resources in Midland County,” Glenn said. “Not only will this provide recreational opportunities for local families, it will also bring visitors to the area and help grow our local economies.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. 20Jun Rep. Glenn votes for local recreation developmentcenter_img Categories: Glenn News,Newslast_img read more

By Daniel Jepson Guest Contributor and Chris Wood

first_imgBy Daniel Jepson, Guest Contributor and Chris Wood, Senior Analyst In last week’s article on epigenetics, we began with a brief discussion of the enormous expectations that were placed on the Human Genome Project (HGP)—such as, that its results would lead to the end of disease—and how those expectations ultimately went unfulfilled because of course, things are never that simple. More importantly, in this case, genes are only part of the story. To quote briefly from that article: “Little did the community know at the time that the project [i.e., the HGP] would only uncover a small portion of what’s really going on in our genome. They were only scratching the surface. What the architects of that project once dismissed literally as junk surrounding our genes is proving far more vital than anyone ever expected—in fact, it may hold the very keys to understanding evolution itself. When scientists began the HGP, they were expecting to find approximately 100,000 protein-coding genes to account for the complexity of our species. What they found instead was that humans only have about 25,000, about the same number as fish and mice. In fact, according to biologist Dr. Michael Skinner, “the human genome is probably not as complex and doesn’t have as many genes as plants do.” That’s sort of a problem, because if we humans are supposed to be the complex species we hold ourselves out to be, then why don’t we have as many genes as an oak tree? Maybe because genes are only part of the story.“ That article went on to discuss how our epigenome—the second layer of structure above the genome, comprised of methyl groups and histones, that changes throughout our lives—can turn our genes on and off and control the degree to which they are expressed. Cool stuff—and a very important budding area of science. But today we’d like to bring the focus back to the genome itself, more specifically to a study of the genome called ENCODE. When the HGP was finished, all scientists really had was a linear sequence of three billion DNA base pairs—in essence, just a set of boring letters consisting of As, Gs, Cs, and Ts. What was needed was something to bring those letters to life and translate them into an instruction manual for actually building a person; then we’d be better able to understand the roots of disease and generate treatments. It happened on September 5, 2012. That was the day when one of the most ambitious international science projects you may have never heard of revealed the fruits of its labor: a collection of 30 papers simultaneously published in the journals Nature, Genome Research, and Genome Biology. Taken together, they provided the results from a multiyear research endeavor—involving over 400 scientists from 32 labs around the world—known as the ENCODE Project. ENCODE, or the “Encyclopedia of DNA Elements,” was designed to pick up where the HGP left off. It sought to annotate the specific regions of the genome that are used in the various cells of the human body and to catalogue the biochemical products of this activity. A key takeaway from the ENCODE project is that even though our genes only account for approximately 2% of our genome, the bulk of the rest of our DNA—which used to be called “junk DNA” because it was thought to serve no real purpose—actually performs crucial regulatory functions. Think of them as switches attached to a particular gene that determine whether or not it will be expressed. Scientists have long been aware of such DNA configurations, but thought their number was on par with the number of genes. It turns out, however, that there are millions of such regions throughout the genome, linked to each other (and to the protein-coding genes) in an extremely complicated hierarchical network. (The metaphor of a “hairball of wires” was offered by one ENCODE scientist.) But the goodies from ENCODE don’t stop there. “It was one of those too-good-to-be-true moments.” That’s what Ewan Birney, a biologist and leading scientist from the ENCODE project consortium, had to say about one of the insights gleaned by the efforts of his team. Back to the HGP for a moment. Much of the excitement that followed the project’s completion a decade ago had to do with the notion that since we now knew how the genome was “supposed” to look, we could identify the genes whose mutations were responsible for certain diseases and devise an appropriate remedy. As noted earlier, however, things aren’t that simple. Genes are only part of the story. We know that from the results of studies that were designed to correlate genetic mutations with specific diseases (known as Genome-Wide Association Studies, or GWAS). In the majority of cases, it was found that disease-correlated DNA variants lay in the vast noncoding regions of the genome, rather than in the genes themselves. With limited understanding of the actual functional processes performed by this DNA, science has been largely unable to come up with an appropriate remedy in situations where the original DNA message has been altered. But thanks to ENCODE, we may be on the way to overcoming this obstacle. A key finding from the project—the one that caught Birney’s attention—was that many of the mutations associated with disease are located in DNA regions to which the ENCODE project was able to assign a specific functionality. In particular, many mutations were found to be located in areas of our DNA known as “promoter” and “enhancer” regions—sequences that, while not coding for protein themselves, are responsible for turning genes on and off within a cell. “[This] is a really big deal,” said Bradley Bernstein, an ENCODE scientist. “I don’t think anyone predicted that [this] would be the case.” So now a whole host of new possibilities for gene therapy will begin to open up. When we can identify the biological processes in the cell that result from a mutation, it becomes much more likely that we can formulate an effective treatment. ENCODE has already identified several hundred regions of DNA that should be of interest to researchers studying specific diseases, and this number will only increase over the next few years as the huge amounts of data generated by the project continue to be analyzed. The project has also identified the function of many noncoding RNA molecules (i.e., RNA molecules other than messenger RNAs, which are an intermediate step in the creation of a protein). Casey Extraordinary Technology subscribers need no introduction to RNAi, an extremely exciting therapeutic technology that’s based on a particular type of noncoding RNA known as small interfering RNA (siRNA). But you may not have heard of a new approach that’s appeared on the scene in recent years: microRNA therapeutics. MicroRNA (miRNA) is a close cousin of siRNA, and its implications for the biotechnology landscape are no less significant. Since their discovery little more than a decade ago, these little molecules have already been widely implicated in the development of several types of cancer: some miRNAs are overexpressed in cancer cells, while others are missing entirely. Not surprisingly, there has been a widespread effort to leverage this insight into therapeutic remedies, and some miRNA-based products have already entered Phase II trials. As biotech investors, we must remember that tomorrow’s breakthroughs will result from events taking place around us today. In order to stay ahead of the market, we must be vigilant in identifying these causes before their effects have been fully brought to light. The ENCODE project, with its “too good to be true” moments, provides a good starting point. While it has received considerably less public fanfare than the Human Genome Project, for the alert investor it points the way toward a whole host of potential new breakthroughs. To stay up to date with all the fascinating new developments in the world of biotechnology, give Casey Extraordinary Technology a risk-free trial run today.last_img read more

Youve made this mistake before—sometime between t

first_imgYou’ve made this mistake before—sometime between the age of 15 and 25. I can almost guarantee it. And it probably involved a good-looking girl… or boy. Whatever your preference. You took someone for granted and chased after someone new. Then they both dropped you. One big bank is making a similar mistake. Only it’s not chasing tail. It’s chasing customers. A few years back Bank of America began buying every “Bank of Your Little Town” it could. With some 5,000 retail branches across the US, it seemed serious about retail banking. If not, why bother operating all those branches? Meanwhile, it put the moves on Merrill Lynch. Problem is, retail customers just don’t like Bank of America. J.D. Power ranked it dead last in four of 11 regions across the nation this year. And as Bloomberg Business reported, “Bank of America Corp. ranked worst among its peers in retail customer satisfaction in states where it has the most branches, California and Florida….” Part of the problem is that is behaves like an investment bank toward its customers. Back in 2013, Bank of America began phasing out its drive-through windows. A retired bank executive shared a rumor with me: it’s closing drive-through windows to force customers into the branch so they can sell Merrill Lynch products. I’m inclined to believe him. In March, we made a rare trip into a Bank of America branch in Florida to deposit a large check from the sale of our home. The branch manager swooped us into his office and began pitching investment products the minute we walked in. I know; it’s just one example. But they’re hassling long-term customers every day. People don’t like it. But they don’t know there’s a simple, easy-to-execute alternative. First, keep enough cash at your bank to pay your bills. Nothing more. A small local bank that will cover ATM fees when you travel is your best bet. That takes care of your administrative needs. Second, take the remainder of you cash and start your own Bank of Me. This cash should earn a robust return with minimal risk and no hassles. I stand firm in my belief that about one-third of your portfolio should sit in low-risk, liquid, cash-like instruments. But near-negative interest rates negate any safety offered by FDIC-insured accounts. Your cash is just sitting there, withering away. Now is the time to start your own bank. You might be thinking, “This guy is nuts. I’m an engineer (or teacher, fireman, dentist… insert your profession). I don’t have the time or the know-how to start my own bank.” Rest assured, it takes minimal time, and you can bring yourself up to speed right now by reading one special report: Bank of Me. We lay out the process and the specific investments for you. My wife and I took our cash out of Bank of America’s claws. Now we have enough at our local bank to meet monthly expenses. No hassles there, and they call us by name. There’s even a drive-through. And the rest of our cash is carrying its own weight once again. I’d love to show you how to do the same. Click here to learn how to fire your bank.last_img read more

South Korea is flashing warning signs of a global

first_imgSouth Korea is flashing warning signs of a global recession… South Korea is known as a “canary in the coal mine” for the global economy. The country is a major exporter of cars, mobile phones, and personal computers. It’s also the 11th-largest economy in the world. It has a bigger economy than Australia, Russia, Spain, or Mexico. Last month, South Korean exports plummeted 15.8%. It was the country’s largest monthly drop since 2009. It was also the tenth month in a row that South Korean exports dropped from the previous year. Many South Korean companies blame the huge drop in exports on China’s slowing economy. China is, by far, South Korea’s largest trade partner. The country sends 25% of its exports to China. •  China’s slowing economy is dragging down the entire region… Last year, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1990. And last month, China’s services sector grew at its slowest pace in seven years. China’s factory output also fell for the eighth straight month in October. Yesterday, Bloomberg Business said China’s manufacturing activity hasn’t been this slow since the global financial crisis. Factory orders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan are shrinking as well. The bad economic data pushed Asia’s major stock markets down on Monday. China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.7%. Japan’s Nikkei Index fell 2.1%. •  U.S. investors also got bad news yesterday… Last month, the ISM Manufacturing Index fell to its lowest level in three years. This index measures the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector. It was the fourth straight month that U.S. manufacturing activity fell. Manufacturing makes up 12% of the U.S. economy. Economists and investors watch the manufacturing sector for clues about where the broad economy is headed… Casey readers know manufacturing profits are falling. Two weeks ago, machinery manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) reported awful third-quarter results. The company’s quarterly sales were 19% lower than a year ago. Caterpillar expects sales to drop again in 2016. It would be the fourth year in a row the company’s sales have dropped. That’s never happened before in Caterpillar’s 90-year history. Caterpillar sells the tractors, bulldozers, and cranes that build the “real” economy. Like South Korea, many investors consider Caterpillar a bellwether for the global economy. Caterpillar’s customers aren’t buying much right now, which points to trouble. •  A weakening global economy is bad for U.S. stocks… Since bottoming in March 2009, the S&P 500 has gained 211%. At 80 months and counting, the current bull market is 30 months longer than the average bull market since World War II. However, E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, says the mini stock market crash in August was the beginning of the end of the bull market. He explained why in a recent issue of The Casey Report. We believe the era of asset prices soaring on a wave of easy credit is over. Last month’s major stock market decline is the start of a very tough time for stocks and the economy… The market has recovered in the past two weeks. But we think it’s only temporary. In other words, we’re in the middle of a “dead cat bounce.” It’s looking a lot like 2007. To fight the global financial crisis, the Fed cut its key rate to effectively zero in December 2008. It has left rates at effectively zero ever since. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money… Seven years of easy money has caused prices to soar. Prices for commercial property, bonds, and stocks have all hit record highs, thanks to the Fed. At some point, the U.S. stock market will fall back down to Earth. When that happens, everything from blue chips to penny stocks will plummet. But overpriced stocks will probably fall the hardest… “They’ll do everything they can to push the price of gold down”… This statement was made by keynote speaker and trend forecaster Gerald Celente at the 2015 Casey Research Summit. Find out what Mr. Celente has to say about gold manipulation… the Federal Reserve’s hidden scheme… and how you can protect yourself from it right here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida November 3, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Double Your Money Guarantee Right now Steve Sjuggerud is urging folks to buy 3 tiny gold stocks with 10X potential. And he’s so certain, that he’s giving a “Double Your Money Guarantee” until MIDNIGHT TOMORROW. Learn more here. Recommended Linkscenter_img — •  The flood of cheap money has sent restaurant stocks soaring… The Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index has gained 256% since the bull market in U.S. stocks started six years ago. And despite a mostly flat market in 2015, restaurant stocks continued to perform well. As a group, they’re up 19% in 2015, compared to just a 2% gain for the S&P 500. Many major restaurant stocks are now very expensive. For example, pizza chain Papa John’s (PZZA) has a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 41 right now…Starbucks (SBUX) has a PE ratio of 35…and burrito chain Chipotle (CMG) has a PE ratio of 38. The S&P 500’s PE is just 22. (A high PE ratio means a stock is expensive.) Yesterday, Bloomberg Business noted that investors are betting against Papa John’s stock. The number of shares being shorted — a bet that the stock will fall — has risen to 5 percent of those outstanding, near the highest level in six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Markit Ltd. The investors are wagering that Papa John’s will have a tough time sustaining its lofty price-to-earnings ratio… E.B. Tucker agrees that Papa John’s stock is way too expensive. I’ve been baffled by Papa John’s for a long time. The stock price trades at 27 times free cash flow. That’s a tremendous premium for a fast food company. That’s what investors pay to own companies that produce groundbreaking cancer drugs or some other life-changing technology. It’s not the price you should pay to own a pizza chain best known for its garlic butter dipping sauce. Bloomberg Business reports that short sellers are also targeting other major restaurant stocks. Shake Shack Inc., the burger chain that went public in January, saw short interest soar after its stock price more than doubled. In that case, investors are betting that its valuation has gotten way ahead of its expansion plans: The chain boasts a $1.65 billion market value despite only having 74 locations as of September. Noodles & Co., which has a PE ratio of 39.1, also is heavily shorted. •  Expensive stocks will fall the hardest during the next crash… According to a useful metric, the CAPE ratio, U.S. stocks are 59% more expensive than their historic average. In fact, U.S. stocks are almost as expensive as they were at their 2007 peak. Since the 2008 financial crisis, global central banks have printed trillions of new currency units (dollars, yen, euros, yuan). Instead of producing real growth, companies and investors have simply used these currency units to buy assets like stocks, oil fields, and office buildings, making these assets very expensive. Almost nothing is cheap right now. This isn’t the time to be aggressive with your portfolio. It’s a time to be conservative. It’s a time to build up a large cash position, so you can buy bargains after the next correction or crash. You might even consider shorting very expensive stocks as a way to profit from the coming downturn. We also think everyone should own some physical gold. Gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance. It’s preserved wealth through every kind of crisis imaginable. It will preserve wealth during the next crisis, too. If you want to truly “crisis-proof” your wealth, we recently published a book just for you… Going Global 2015 is our financial crisis survival guide. It shows you how to preserve and even grow your wealth during recessions, stock market collapses, and every financial disaster in between. Thousands of people have already paid $99 for this important book. Today, we’re offering it to you for just $4.95. We’re practically giving this book away for one simple reason: we hope you’ll do business with us again. And if you read Going Global 2015, we’re confident you will. The strategies and tips in this book could mean the difference between going broke during the next crisis and coming out richer than ever. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Restaurant stocks have pulled away from the rest of the market this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of the S&P 500 versus the Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index. This index tracks the performance of many U.S. restaurant companies. It follows major restaurant stocks such as Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), McDonald’s (MCD), and Panera Bread (PNRA). The chart starts in March 2009, when the bull market in U.S. stocks began. As you can see, restaurant stocks basically tracked the broad market for the past six years. They started to separate from the pack this year. The U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index is up 19% so far this year. The S&P 500 is up only 2%. Many major restaurant stocks have become incredibly expensive during this rally. We think some of these stocks will be the first to fall during the next crash. –last_img read more

If you go to the hospital for medical treatment an

first_imgIf you go to the hospital for medical treatment and scientists there decide to use your medical information to create a commercial product, are you owed anything as part of the bargain?That’s one of the questions that is emerging as researchers and product developers eagerly delve into digital data such as CT scans and electronic medical records, making artificial-intelligence products that are helping doctors to manage information and even to help them diagnose disease.This issue cropped up in 2016, when Google DeepMind decided to test an app that measures kidney health by gathering 1.6 million records from patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The British authorities found this broke patient privacy laws in the United Kingdom and put a stop to it.But the rules are different in the United States. The most notable cases have involved living tissue, but the legal arguments apply to medical data as well. One of the best examples dates back to 1976, when John Moore went to UCLA to be treated for hairy cell leukemia.Prof. Leslie Wolf, director of the Center for Health, Law and Society at the Georgia State University College of Law, says Moore’s doctors gave him good medical care, “but they also discovered there was something interesting about his cells and created a cell line from his cells without his knowledge,” she says.”And what complicated things even more is they asked Mr. Moore to travel down from his home in Seattle to L.A. multiple times, for seven years, to get additional cells without telling him they had this commercial interest in his cells.”Moore sued. In 1990, The California Supreme Court decided that he did not own his cells, but found his doctors had an obligation to inform him that his tissue was being used for commercial purposes and to give him a chance to object. Moore reached a settlement following his court battle, “but Mr. Moore certainly felt betrayed through the process,” Wolf says.The most famous case of this nature involves a Maryland woman, Henrietta Lacks. Back in 1951, doctors at the Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore collected cells from her cervical cancer and turned them into the world’s first immortal cell line, which grows perpetually in the lab and is used widely in research. As documented in Rebecca Skloot’s book and an HBO biopic starring Oprah Winfrey, the family learned only much later what had transpired and received no compensation. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health came to an agreement with her family guiding the use of her genetic information, but the family has continued to raise the issue.While those fights were about living tissue, “in a certain sense whether it’s cells or [digital] bits and bytes, it’s all information about an individual, at some level,” says Dr. Nabile Safdar, a radiologist at Emory University and author of a recent paper discussing the issue of patients’ rights as it pertains to their medical scans.This information is increasingly being used in research, and that in turn can easily end up being used to develop a commercial product that’s worth millions. Are the patients entitled to a cut?”That’s a question that I think we need to figure out,” Safdar says. “And if were a patient and my data were used to develop something that was being shared outside as a product, I’d want to know.”That’s not how it’s usually done. At many research hospitals, patients routinely sign a paper, in that huge stack of admission paperwork, giving permission for the institution to use their personal data for research.”For someone to sign away the rights in perpetuity for their data to be used for all possible research applications in the future, that’s something I think would deserve a lot of scrutiny, and that’s not something I would agree with,” Safdar says.Here’s a current example. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine are mining years of CT scans that were performed initially to care for patients. Those patients signed a form saying it was okay to use that data for research. And the research has been approved by the university’s institutional review board, which is charged with weighing the ethics of research projects, says Dr. Karen Horton, director of radiology.Horton is now using some of this data to teach computers how to recognize pancreatic cancer. She says part of their agreement is that the data are stripped of all information that could identify an individual patient, “so there’s no [privacy] risk to a patient to have their images used to train the computer.”And Horton says technically, the data don’t belong to the patients. “Right now as the law defines it, your medical images are property of the health system,” she says. “You don’t own the image.”But Wolf, the law professor and ethicist at Georgia State, says she’s not sure that’s a strong argument. “Yes, they [the doctors] created the scans,” she says, “but certainly the patient has rights related to the scans,” such as the right to view them and of course to decide at the outset whether they can be used in research.It generally takes thousands of scans from many individuals to develop a commercial product, so no single person’s data is especially valuable on its own. Overall, Wolf says, patients don’t have much of a legal argument here, but there is an ethical issue.”My own concern is not that it is problematic per se,” she says. But, “I don’t think we’ve done a really good job of letting people know that this is in fact what we do with their data.”She cites lawsuits where blood samples that had been taken at birth ended up being used for research.”One of the moms in the case said if ‘I had been asked I think I would have said yes,’ but it was the sense of not even being asked, and having the data used,” Wolf says. “People generally will agree, but they want to be asked, at least at some level.”And Safdar says there are times when people might, indeed, want to object to how their data are being used.”There’s a wealth of information in a CT scan or an MRI,” Safdar says. Looking at features such as liver fat, artery clogs and brain atrophy, researchers might calculate a probability for how long that person is likely to live.These algorithms are generally called “black boxes,” because there’s no way to know how they reach their conclusions. And if the computer algorithm “spits out that you have two months to live, there are implications for employment, for insurability, for all kinds of things that impacts that person’s daily life,” Safdar says. “That worries me a little bit, especially when it’s not clear how that black box is making those decisions.”And what if the algorithm has actually baked in an unconscious prejudice of some sort, he asks, such as about race, age or sex? “When that same model, when trained [to work] on a specific group of people, is now applied to a totally different group of people, it could make totally erroneous decisions.”These issues are becoming more pressing as these AI-based products start coming to market.You can contact Richard Harris at rharris@npr.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

SESSION IV Symposium Responsibility of Youth to

first_imgSESSION IV: Symposium: Responsibility of Youth to Build a Culture of PeaceTwo of the youngest Members of Parliament in their respective countries, a beauty queen, a government official representing his Ministry, and two National Directors for youth ministries affiliated with the sponsoring organizers made for a powerful and exciting closing symposium. It was lively, interactive and educational. One of the key concepts was that peace cannot come via force. We need to create a good culture in order for peace to blossom. Put another way, everyone participates in peace-building; it is not a spectator sport. With this closing session, the seminar ended on a high, hopeful note.Moderator: Mr. Koji Matsuda, President, YSP JapanPresenter: Mr. Naokimi Ushiroda, National Director of Youth and Students, FFWPU USAPanelists:  Hon. Christopher De Venecia, Member of Parliament, Philippines, Hon. Dave Ahmadshah Firkano Laksono, Member of Parliament, Indonesia, Mr. Arunchat Kuruwanich, Subcommittee on Promotion of Children and Youth Council, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand, Ms. Asmi Shrestha, Miss Nepal World 2016, and Ms. Mica Camara, Oceania Youth Director.“Youth for Peace Rally” held at the IMPACT Arena – June 13thThe day after the program at the United Nations Conference Centre, there was a Youth for Peace Rally on June 13th for 12,000 students at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok. Working with the Ministry of Education, more than half the audience were students from schools in the capital city, Bangkok. The remainder of the audience were guests of the Universal Peace Federation and its affiliated organizations from Thailand, Asia, Oceania and the Greater China region.In the audience were the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, 2 former Cabinet Ministers, 7 incumbent Members of Parliament, 5 Governors, 4 Vice-Governors, 6 high-level government officers, a total of 55 heads of universities, 220 school principals, 4 military officers, 66 community leaders, and 57 NGO leaders. The largest international group was from Cambodia (800), then Philippines (120), Nepal (112), Korean religious leaders (91), and Singapore (62).Following a video about the 21 years of Pure Love Education in Thailand, the Director of Pure Love in Thailand, Mr. Jakrin Iamsam-ang, addressed the rally theme, “Solving Social Problems, Building Healthy Societies.” Schools will build on this and create Pure Love Clubs so students can have the support networks needed to keep their promise to remain pure until married.On behalf of the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Opening Remarks were given by the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong. Then, Dr. Robert S. Kittel, President of YSP International, presented the vision of YSP, lead the Pure Love pledge and introduced the YSP Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who then gave her Inaugural Remarks.The Deputy Prime Minister was gracious and encouraging, saying “I would like to express my admiration to the UPF – Thailand and the affiliated organizations and the Ministry of Education for carrying on this very beneficial project for young people” who he said “were important” for the future of the nation.Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong continued, “I would like to express my gratitude for the vision of the [YSP] founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who loves and cares for young people…” He then restated YSP’s mission statement, noting it was “a network for young people who have dedicated themselves for the establishment of sustainable world peace and mutual prosperity through living for the sake of others, building families of True Love, and contributing to the society.”True Mother spoke without notes, as she normally does, and chose the topic, “The Providence through Human Civilization, Asia’s Mission in Heaven’s Providence.” She began by pointing out the different approaches to life taken by the East and West. Whereas Western civilization sought to develop primarily through materialism, the East placed a higher emphasis on spirituality. As a result, four main religions have emerged from the Asian cultural sphere.Mother Moon explained that the root of problems we face today actually originated in our first human ancestors. They fell from God’s grace due to “greed” and ended up with “self-centered hearts.” However difficult and painful this was, God didn’t give up, but has worked throughout history to restore humankind back to our original state of goodness. In this providence Jesus had a central role to play but needed to get married to complete his mission. For Jesus to fulfill his responsibilities as the “Last Adam” he needed to find the Last Eve. Unfortunately this did not happen 2,000 years ago, so this element of his mission was postponed until the Marriage Supper of the Lamb at the second coming.The YSP Founder emphasized that, “Human power cannot solve all the difficult problems being faced around the world. Only God, the true owner, the Heavenly Parent, can solve them.”She mentioned that together with her husband, Father Moon who passed away five years ago, they are taking on the mission and responsibility of True Parents. Over their lifetimes together they have put more effort and resources into solving the fundamental problems of the world than any couple in history.Directly addressing the Asian youth in the audience, she challenged them saying, “When through you—the 12,000 young people gathered here today—that light from the East appears and you all become one in leading the culture of heart based on filial heart and ride on the strong wave from the Pacific Civilization, which True Parents opened, and advance toward the world, you also become the lamp, the light and savior to all people of the world.“Will you do this work? This path alone gives hope to Asia and this will open the kingdom of heaven on earth, one family under God, a world of freedom, equality, peace, unity and joy centered on God.”True Mother ended on a positive note encouraging the youth and students, explaining, “The united world that we all wish for is not distant. When you practice true love, living for the sake of others as True Parents teach, in your families and nation, that place becomes the kingdom of heaven on earth.”The motivation for the Ministry of Education to co-host the event and the purpose for schools to send students to the Youth for Peace Rally was for them to understand the importance of purity prior to marriage. Several elements of the program addressed this issue, including:Recreational Games by Pure Love Power Team (20 min.),Video Presentation “21 Years of Pure Love Thailand” (7 min.),Inspirational Message: “Solving Social Problems, Building Healthy Societies” by Mr. Jakrin Iamsam-ang, Director, Pure Love Thailand (15 min.),Video Introduction “Youth and Students for Peace” (YSP) (7 min.),Pure Love Pledge led by two Thai students: Mr. Chollakot Chaisitdamrong and Miss. Wern-i Chin. By Robert Kittel, YSP InternationalThe Government of the Kingdom of Thailand gave its full support for the launching of the Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) by: sending two Cabinet Ministers, including the senior-most Deputy Prime Minister who came on behalf of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha; mobilizing 6,000 students from 200 schools, and officially co-hosting the 2-day program.YSP is a global network of young people dedicated to building a world of lasting peace and mutual prosperity by living for others, creating families of true love, and contributing to society. It builds on the values of filial piety, supports inter-generational families and cultivates a sense of social responsibility.The first event, on June 12, was at the United Nations Conference Centre, ESCAP1 Hall in Bangkok which seats nearly 1,200 people. However, throughout the day approximately 800 international guests coming from 35 nations attended, along with more than 900 guests from Thailand making for a total of 1745 participants. The theme was, “The Role of Youth and Students in Creating a Culture of Sustainable Peace.”The following day, on June 13, over 12,000 participants, mostly students, joined in a Youth for Peace Rally held at the IMPACT Arena with the theme, “Pure Love: Solving Social Problems, Building Healthy Societies.” Participants made a public pledge of loyalty, filial piety, purity and service to others.United Nations Conference Centre, ESCAP Hall – June 12thThe Chief Guest and conference host was Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, MD., Minister of Education, from Thailand. The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Sun Jin Moon, International Chair of the Universal Peace Federation, who spoke on behalf of her mother and YSP Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin spoke in English and said, “The end goal of education must be character, nothing less. And the key to achieve character is only through love.” He went on to explain that love in the cognitive realm becomes truth, in the realm of action it becomes right conduct, and manifested in feelings love becomes peace.The Honorable Minister continued saying, “I am very pleased that your movement, your programs, tap into the foundation of character that is love. Therefore, the Thai government will continue to support all activities, from any movement in fact, that promotes the spreading of love because when love manifests as understanding then nonviolence is there automatically.”Dr. Sun Jin Moon, a graduate from Harvard University, encouraged young people to achieve distinction in their career choices and especially to cultivate universal virtues and values. She said, “In addition to the acquisition of the skills required for excellence in a career, it is also equally important, if not more important, that we develop our moral character by cultivating virtues such as empathy, and living for the sake of others.”Holding back her tears Dr. Moon continued, “Thus, my parents placed family at the core of their global vision of peace. In fact, it is by building families of true love, raising children of good character, guided by the principle of living for the sake of world peace that we contribute to sustainable peace.”Dr. Robert Kittel, the newly appointed YSP international president, highlighted the four loves that are learned in the family: 1) Parents’ love for their children called parental love; 2) Children’s love for their parents called filial piety; 3) Siblings’ love where brothers and sisters love each other; and 4) Conjugal love between husband and wife.He then stressed the role youth and students play in creating a culture of sustainable peace, saying, “Of these four loves, it is the role of youth and students to take responsibility for two of them. First, they are responsible for filial piety or children’s love. Secondly, they are responsible for the pure love between brothers and sisters. The other two loves—the parental love and the conjugal love—are reserved for couples, that is, for spouses (husband and wife) and for parents (father and mother).”Other speakers at the Inaugural Session included: Gen. Terdsak Marrome, President, UPF-Thailand, who paid tribute to Thailand’s late Monarch, HRH King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and gave Welcome RemarksHon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education from Sri Lanka, began by noting that 75% of the global youth population live in developing countries. He emphasized that “to inculcate a communal responsibility among all our people” and share a best-practice in Sri Lanka where they developed “an effective vehicle for the youth to express their views through the institution called ‘Youth Parliament” consisting of 225 elected youth representatives to foster democratic ideals.Hon. Dr. Pen Pannha, MP, Member of the Permanent Committee and President of the Commission on Legislation and Justice of the Cambodian National Assembly, reminded everyone that, “Ending wars is an enormous and difficult task for us all. But maintaining and ensuring peace – particularly strengthening the culture of peace – is a duty to be fulfilled before we achieve complete sustainable development.”Additional Congratulatory Remarks were also given by: Dr. Chung Sik Yong, Regional Chairman, UPF-Asia, Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, President, UPF International, Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, Government of Sri Lanka, Dr. Pen Pannha, Chairman of the Commission on Legislation and Justice of the National Assembly, Cambodia, and Mr. Kamol Thananopavarn, President of Youth Federation for World Peace-Thailand, served as MCSESSION II: The Principles of Sustainability and the Responsibility of Youth in Nation-BuildingThis session first sought to identify the basic principles of sustainability. In essence, it pursued a common understanding of the meaning of being good which is in harmony with the world’s great religious teachings. The concept is simple; it is live for the sake of others. This was the motto that Father Moon adopted throughout his life. The opposite is also true; living for myself is selfish. Having a universal definition of goodness helped lay the foundation for appreciating the role and responsibility of youth in nation-building. Students, and indeed everyone, needs to understand this element of building good character and work to make it a social and cultural norm.Moderator: Ms. Lily Lin, President, Women’s Federation for World Peace, AsiaSpeaker:  Dr. Robert S. Kittel, President YSPPanelists:Mr. Juan Jr. Romero Araojo, Chief, Youth Formation Division, Department of Education, Philippines, Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Former Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Nepal, Gen. Charan Kullavanijaya, President, National Defense College Association of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, Thailand, and Hon. Dr. Nem Sowath, Director General, Ministry of Defense, Cambodia.SESSION III: Preparing for a Successful Future: The Importance of Marriage and FamilyThis session discussed the importance of marriage and family for both public and private well-being. These institutions are associated with a wide range of emotional, economic, health, educational, and safety benefits that help local, state, and federal governments serve the common good. Cohabitation and same sex marriages do not provide the same bond of love and support that the traditional family consisting of father, mother and children does. This is because the level of commitment—or willingness to sacrifice— is fundamentally weaker in cohabiting relations. To help revive marriage and family, speakers appreciated Father and Mother Moon’s initiative of building world peace through the Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremonies.Moderator:Mr. Richell Jalipa, Lecturer, International Peace Leadership College, PhilippinesPresenter: Mrs. Ursula McLackland, Secretary-General, UPF AsiaPanelists: Hon. Netani Rika, Chairperson, Standing Committee, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Fiji, Dr. Chu Wu-Hsien, Chairman, National Religious Federation, Chinese Taipei, Ms. Meenakshi Sharma, Founder & Director, Vishwa International Academy, India, and Prof. Yoshio Kawakami, Professor Emeritus, Tezukayama Gakuin University, Japan. The highlight of the program was the launching of YSP which was a 2-step affair. First the “Resolution and Launching: Youth and Students for Peace” was signed by three VVIPs: Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, Gen. Air Chief Marshal  Prajin Juntong, and Gen. Terdsak Marrome.Then Mother Moon and the Deputy Prime Minister struck the gong three times marking the official launching of YSP.Throughout the program professional entertainers and motivational speakers kept the audience spellbound. These included:Tong-il Moo Do martial arts performance,SYNERGY – Mr. Muraki Masahiro and Mr. Yano Hyoshin, inspirational speakers from Tokyo University,Mr. Saharat Manitayakul, inspirational speaker,Song for Peace – Nueng,Music for Peace by Mr. Tadakuni Sano, Secretary General of YSP Japan,Music by Apple Heaven, andThe Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea.center_img Youth and Students for Peace Launching for Asia, Pacific and Greater China Regions in Bangkok, Thailand   —   June 12-13, 2017last_img read more

New Jersey Voters Likely Just Approved Legalized Marijuana

first_img Subscribe Now New Jersey Voters Likely Just Approved Legalized Marijuana 3 min read Guest Writer Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, was emphatic about his commitment to legalizing marijuana. He won by a wide margin. November 16, 2017 New Jersey may have decided more than just the governor’s race in the election held this month. They have put the Garden State on the path to becoming the eighth U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales. As pointed out last month, a vote for Democrat Phil Murphy meant a vote for creating a state-regulated adult-use marijuana industry. During the campaign, Murphy promised to sign a bill creating a legalized marijuana market in New Jersey during his first 100 days in office. That bill already is moving through the state Legislature.And this hasn’t been a kind of, maybe sort of thing. Murphy has been clear about his intentions on marijuana.“The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” Murphy said after winning the Democratic primary earlier this year. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.”Murphy won 56 percent of the vote, with 42 percent going to Republican Kim Guadagno.Related: Jeff Session’s ‘Guidance’ Cited by Maine’s Governor In His Veto of Legal Marijuana BillWhat happens nextMurphy will be inaugurated governor in January 2018. The bill legalizing recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey is still working through revisions in the state Legislature.The “within 100 days” promise actually originates with Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney, who controls which bills come before the full Senate, has vowed to have the bill before Murphy within the first 100 days of his administration.For his part, Murphy has said he will sign it. His argument is that criminalization of marijuana has destroyed many lives, particularly in minority communities. In the final debate before the election, he said New Jersey has the dubious honor of having “the widest white, non-white gap of persons incarcerated in America.”He blamed much of that on low-end drug crimes involving marijuana. On his website, Murphy also said that legalizing marijuana would free police to focus on more violent crimes.In all of this, Murphy is the polar opposite of his predecessor, Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Christie often railed against legalized marijuana. During the run-up to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he vowed to “crack down and not permit” legalized marijuana if elected president.Related: Cannabis Industry Rallies to Overcome Unique Legal Barriers to Recovery From Northern California FiresVirginia decriminalizationThe victory of Democrat Ralph Northam in the Virginia’s governor’s race also could lead to changes in that state’s marijuana laws. While stopping short of legalization, Northam has argued that possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized. He has addressed the issue from the standpoint of racial discrimination and the financial impact on the state.In a letter to the Virginia State Crime Commission sent earlier this year, Northam wrote that marijuana laws and enforcement have been “disproportionately harmful to communities of color.” He also noted the state spends $67 million on marijuana law enforcement, which he noted is enough to send 13,000 more kids to pre-K school.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. dispensaries.com Add to Queue –shares Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Image credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | Getty Images Cannabis Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

Epazz Is Developing a Bitcoin Sharing and Blockchain Social Media App Called

first_img cloud-based business softwarecryptocurrency mobile appsEpazzMarketing TechnologyNewssocial media appWebbeeo Previous ArticleLocal Media Consortium and Centro Deliver Media Automation for Digital PublishersNext ArticleRed Roof Chooses Medallia to Transform its Customer Experience and Drive Retention Epazz Is Developing a Bitcoin Sharing and Blockchain Social Media App Called Webbeeo to Provide Users Better Privacy Than Leading Social Media Apps PRNewswireJuly 1, 2019, 3:32 pmJuly 1, 2019 Epazz, Inc., a leading provider of blockchain cryptocurrency mobile apps and cloud-based business software solutions, announced that the company is developing a Bitcoin sharing and blockchain social media app called Webbeeo. Webbeeo’s goal is to provide better privacy to users than the leading social media apps by using blockchain technology. The technology would allow users to have greater control of their data. Additionally, Webbeeo will use Epazz’s Bitcoin Wallet to allow users to share Bitcoin over the network. Webbeeo is currently in alpha testing with a beta release coming by the end of the summer.In its early version, Webbeeo shares many of the features of the leading social media apps. And when the company integrates the patent-pending blockchain storage technology into the platform later next month, it will boast greater privacy than other social media sites.Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New CustomersWebbeeo allows users to store data in and retrieve it from the blockchain, making it unnecessary for users to store data on their mobile devices. Only users have access to their data (and not third parties such as social media platforms), which is encrypted for increased privacy and protection. The company is using an open platform to speed up the launch of the beta site.Webbeeo’s Social Media Blockchain Decentralized Platform removes intermediaries, allowing users to have more control over their data and how they connect with others. Users control the platform as well as how their groups use the platform. The app will be available in the Apple App Store and on Apple Play.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and MarketingEpazz CEO Shaun Passley, PhD, stated, “We wanted to take advantage of the climate to hopefully attract a user base before the climate shifts. We have been working on a social media platform with the goal of providing enhanced privacy to the public. This is something we know the public wants. We believe in getting the site to the public even as a beta release to attract users. Once our blockchain storage technology is integrated, only the user will have access to their data via crypto key.”Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVlast_img read more

CRC incidence rates among young adults across Europe increasing by 6 every

first_imgThe highest increase in incidence was found in adults between 20-29 years of age. Therefore, identifying those young adults at high risk of CRC is essential to ensuring early diagnosis and optimal patient outcomes.” Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskTraditionally considered a disease that affects people over the age of 50, CRC is the second most common cancer across Europe, with approximately 500,000 new cases every year and incidence rates higher in men than women. Studies have found that young-onset CRC is often more aggressive and more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage than CRC in older populations.“The cause for this upward trend is still unknown, although it may be related to increasingly sedentary lifestyles, obesity and poor diets, all of which are known colorectal cancer risk factors”, added Dr Vuik. “Increased awareness and further research to elucidate causes for this trend are needed and may help to set up screening strategies to prevent and detect these cancers at an early and curable stage.”Strong evidence supports that screening for CRC reduces incidence and mortality rates, although many CRC screening programmes in Europe commence at the ages of 50 and 55. Inequalities in the type of screening offered, as well as participation and detection rates, are currently present throughout the continent. Dr Vuik adds: Oct 23 2018Colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates across Europe in adults aged 20 to 39 years increased by 6% every year between 2008 and 2016, new research has shown. Data from 20 European national cancer registries was used to analyze trends in incidence rates of young adults with CRC across Europe over the last 25 years. For colon cancer, incidence rates increased by 1.5% per year between 1990-2008 and, more substantially, by 7.4% annually between 2008-2016. For rectal cancer, incidence rates increased by 1.8% per year from 1990-2016.In adults aged 40 to 49 years, overall CRC incidence rates increased by 1.4% every year from 2005.Presenting the research for the first time at UEG Week Vienna 2018, Dr Fanny Vuik explained: We are aware of investigations in the North American population that demonstrates that colorectal cancer is increasing in young adults. In Europe, however, information until now has been limited and it’s worrying to see the startling rates at which colorectal cancer is increasing in the young.” Source:https://www.ueg.eu/last_img read more

Scientists develop new method to detect viral RNA without special equipment

first_img Source:http://news.ifmo.ru/en/science/new_materials/news/8055/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 3 2018Scientists from the SCAMT Laboratory of ITMO University developed a method to detect viral RNA without special equipment. The sensor is based on a polymerization reaction: if the sample contains traces of the target virus, then under the ultraviolet irradiation the liquid-sensor turns into a gel. The results of such an analysis can easily be detected even by people with limited vision. As the required reagents are widely available and resistant to temperature extremes, the method can be used in difficult field conditions. The results are published in RSC Advances.Currently, methods for detecting bacteria and viruses by their genetic material, DNA or RNA, are mainly based on changing the color of the sensor solution. These methods require special equipment for accurate measurements and the materials used must be stored under special conditions. Therefore, it is not always suitable for work in difficult climatic conditions or in mobile laboratories. Chemists from ITMO University suggest solving this problem by means of an alternative diagnostic method.Related StoriesStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesNew research could help design algae that produces fuels and cleanup chemicalsThe new method is based on a polymerization reaction, in which the liquid substance, acrylamide, turns into a gel in the presence of a detectable substance such as viral RNA. The polymerization is triggered by free radicals generated on titanium dioxide under ultraviolet irradiation. Although usually hydrogen peroxide server as the initiator of radical polymerization, it is unsafe due to the tendency to detonation. Moreover, the peroxide also decomposes in the light and should be stored only at low temperatures. So that scientists have replaced it with a stable solution of titanium dioxide. Its advantage is a stability upon storage or transportation and unpredictable temperature varying.”The advantage of our method is that it can be used in remote regions, as well as for conducting rapid tests in mobile laboratories. It does not require any electronics, except for a portable ultraviolet flashlight with a 365 nanometers wavelength, which we specially selected to make the radiation as soft and harmless as possible. The result of the analysis can be defined literally by touch: the gel is either polymerized or not. Therefore, it can be used by people with visual impairment. At the same time, the sensor turned out to be not only reliable and convenient, but also very accurate,” noted Yulia Lanchuk, the first author of the study, researcher at the SCAMT Laboratory.For this study scientists carried out tests using only one RNA in order to prove the conception. The future plans of the laboratory include the development of the sensitivity of the sensor to diagnose a whole set of infections by both RNA and DNA.last_img read more

Vitamin D is essential for preventing preeclampsia

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 9 2019A new study suggests vitamin D may reverse impaired cell interactions in the blood vessels that occur in preeclampsia- a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. The finding is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology- Cell Physiology.Preeclampsia can threaten the life and future health of both a pregnant person and their offspring. Damage to the maternal endothelium-;the lining of the blood vessels-;is a feature of the condition, reflected by a reduced number of specialized cells (endothelial progenitor cells, or EPCs) that circulate in the blood and help with the repair of the endothelium. Dysfunction of fetal umbilical vein endothelial cells and fetal EPCs may also occur in preeclamptic pregnancies. Umbilical vein endothelial cell samples-;taken immediately after delivery of the baby-;are often used to study the regulation of endothelial cell function.Related StoriesVitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, study findsTaking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may ‘reduce likelihood’ of asthmaWinter prevents the Swiss population from producing daily doses of vitamin DVitamin D plays a role in regulating the cardiovascular system. Previous studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D have been linked to the development of preeclampsia, which is classified as a cardiovascular disease. Researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Magee-Womens Research Institute studied the effects of vitamin D on the interaction between EPCs and umbilical cord endothelial cells-;which facilitate endothelial repair-;in women with preeclampsia.They found the EPCs and umbilical vein cells did not integrate and communicate as well with each other as when they were exposed to endothelial cells from healthy pregnancies. However, when the EPCs and umbilical vein cells were treated with vitamin D, these impaired interactions were reversed. “We found a stimulating effect of vitamin D on cell-cell interactions that may be important for endothelial homeostasis and repair,” the researchers wrote.”Even though vitamin D deficiency is only one risk factor for [preeclampsia], sufficient vitamin D status at conception and throughout pregnancy might improve maternal and offspring vascular health in pregnancy and thereafter. Whether the observed cellular changes persist in the neonatal period and childhood and are a possible early marker of an increased cardiovascular risk of the progeny of [preeclamptic] pregnancies has to be investigated by further studies,” the researchers wrote. Source:American Physiological Society (APS)Journal reference:Brodowski, L. et al. (2019) The role of vitamin D in cell-cell interaction of fetal endothelial progenitor cells and umbilical cord endothelial cells in a preeclampsia-like model. American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology. doi.org/10.1152/ajpcell.00109.2019.last_img read more

BJP MP writes to Delhi LG cites 54 cases of illegal mosques

first_imgBJP MP writes to Delhi LG, cites 54 cases of illegal mosques in West DelhiWest Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Varma said he personally conducted surveys of graveyards and land of Delhi urban shelter development board (DUSIB), gram sabha land, Delhi development authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and even the land under flood department of the Delhi government.advertisement Milan Sharma New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 18:29 IST In his letter, the BJP MP has cited 54 instances of illegal mosques in West Delhi. (Representational photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSBJP MP West Delhi has written to Delhi LG over cases of illegal mosques in his constituencyIn his letter to Delhi LG, the BJP MP cited 54 instances of illegal mosques in West DelhiParvesh Varma said he personally conducted surveys of graveyards and the land of DDA, MCD and othersIn a fresh letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, BJP MP West Delhi Parvesh Varma has submitted a list of mosques which have been built illegally in his constituency.In his letter, the BJP MP cited 54 instances of illegal mosques in West Delhi.Parvesh Varma said he personally conducted surveys of graveyards and the land of Delhi Urban Shelter Development Board (DUSIB), Gram Sabha land, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and even the land under flood department of the Delhi government.Parvesh Varma further stated that such land was meant for community centres, parks, dhalao ghars (concrete structures meant for the collection of garbage) and community toilets.MP Parvesh Varma submitted a comprehensive list of his own survey naming areas such as Narela, Sultanpuri, Bawana, Mangolpuri and even areas that fall in South Delhi constituency of RK Puram and Rohini in the North Delhi zone.Parvesh Varma further requested the Delhi LG to constitute a committee of district magistrates and heads of all the above mentioned departments to submit a status report by conducting their own survey in all constituencies of Delhi. He has requested the report be submitted in two months.Earlier in June, the Delhi minority commission had taken cognisance of the BJP MP’s letter and formed its own five-member fact finding team to survey the claims made by him.The committee members alleged that Parvesh Varma was not willing to meet them. “Since he got a list and raised the concern, he should share the narrative with us. The committee has also written to the MP. It has been 10 days. Even Manoj Tiwari did not responded to our communications,” Ovais Sultan, chairman of the fact finding committee under the Delhi minority commission, said.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari’s office has said that they have not received any letter of correspondence in this regard.Sources say that the team visited several places that are on the list. “There are mosques that are as old as 200 years, built in 1702. Historically, this area used to be Muslim dominated one before the partition. After the displacement, the population got mixed up.”The fact finding team is likely to submit its report next week.Also Read | Muslims fear displacement from Jama Masjid area as Agra Metro project moves forwardAlso Read | Supreme Court rejects plea seeking women’s entry into mosquesAlso Watch | Muslim clerics slam Nusrat Jahan for visiting Iskcon temple For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow MosquesFollow West Delhi Nextlast_img read more