Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “On my way to Manila! Excited to get back. #StriveForGreatness🚀” said James in a tweet.READ: LeBron James inspires, amazes fans in Manila FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is James’ third visit to Manila.In 2013, fans even lined up for days just to get a chance to see him for the “Witness History” event. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa READ: LeBron James headed back to Manila for Nike RiseTwo years after, he graced the final day of the the Nike Rise program, where under privileged kids got access to professional training for six weeks at the House of Rise.He is schedule to put on a show for his fans at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James dazzles Manila anew in his second trip to the country. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeBron James couldn’t hide his excitement over his return to Manila.The four-time NBA MVP is on his way to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time PLAY LIST 04:50LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Eze leads Saints in takedown of Heroes in NCAA Season 93 All-Star Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Rugani says Juventus never considered saleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Daniele Rugani says Juventus have never considered selling him.The centre-back was linked with a massive transfer to Chelsea last summer.”Rugani has never been placed on the market by Juventus and that means he has done something right,” agent Davide Torchia told RMC Radio.“Without doubt he will stay at Juve in January. Rugani is an old-fashioned player, committed to his profession and with above all else the desire to improve himself.“Rugani is a reliable player, someone worthy of Juventus, who ensures he is always ready. A player doesn’t stay at Juventus for four years without deserving it.”
AC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightlyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso says they’ll take their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria seriously.Milan also face Juventus next week in Jeddah for the Supercoppa.Gattuso said, “We’re not going on vacation to Genoa, we are taking part in a competition that we really care about.“Last season, we reached the Final of the Coppa Italia and that was a huge disappointment. “It’s true, we are facing a Sampdoria side in stunning shape, but we too will use the best team available to go through.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Matip declares himself fit for Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joel Matip insists he’ll be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday.The defender has missed the Reds’ last two matches against Leicester City and RB Salzburg.”I’m back in training and hopefully I will stay fit,” he said on Thursday. “I’m back in training and I feel good. Of course, if I’m needed, I will be there.”Injuries [happen] to a player. Now I’m back, I hope I stay fit and I can focus on the positives.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: City-based United Bank of India (UBI), which reported losses for the last seven quarters, is expecting to come out of the prompt and corrective action (PCA) list of RBI in the second quarter of the current financial year, a top official of the bank said. “We should be coming out of PCA by the second quarter of 2019-20. Things are happening the way we have strategised,” Ashok Kr Pradhan, MD and CEO of UBI told PTI. Pradhan said that the bank is not growing due to lack of capital. “However, the government has given us capital support. Last year the bank got Rs 5000 crore which will help us to meet the regulatory requirements”, Pradhan said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said that the bank is increasing the asset book by changing the risk-weighted asset portfolio. “The bank is increasing the advance book by managing the risk-weighted exposures. Earlier, the asset book was tilted towards risky assets. Now we are going for AA and AAA rated accounts”. He said that UBI had received around Rs 4500 crore through NPA resolution during the last year. “Our GNPA should be in the range of 15 per cent to 16 per cent by March 2019, down from 21.27 per cent earlier”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Pradhan said “this last quarter we expect to be in profits and continue for the rest of the period quarter-on-quarter”. RBI had imposed PCA on the bank in December 2017 which had led to restrictions on lending, non-opening of new branches and non-recruitment of staff as the cost-to-income of the bank was adverse. The advance book of the bank increased Rs 4000 crore during the last financial year with advances presently touching Rs 73,000 crore. Pradhan said “The target this year for advances should touch Rs 80,000 crore and deposits at Rs 1,35,000 crore”. He said that capital would be required for growth of the bank. “We will raise capital from the market, maybe in the third quarter. “We will also raise Rs 100 crore from the employees through Employees Stock Purchase Scheme”, he said. Since the bank is located in the east, its growth had been constrained due to lack of growth in this part of the country for which it wants to have an ambitious target. In the current fiscal, the retail sector is expected to grow by 20 per cent, MSMEs by 22 per cent to 24 per cent and agriculture eight to ten per cent, he said. “We will be very selective on the corporates and to take exposure in AA and AAA rated accounts”, Pradhan added.
Members of OSU womens volleyball team celebrate after a play during a game against Florida State on September 6 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to capture its second tournament win in a row this weekend as it heads to Brooklyn, New York, for the Blackbird Invitational.OSU (5-1) is set to take on host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off the tournament. The No. 15 Buckeyes are then scheduled to take on two currently undefeated teams on Saturday, playing Syracuse (5-0) at 10 a.m. and No. 13 Arizona (6-0) at 5 p.m.The Buckeyes are riding a five-match winning streak and are coming off a tournament win on their home floor at St. John Arena, defeating then-No. 14 Florida State twice and Northern Illinois once.Coach Geoff Carlston was happy with the way his team stayed steady and worked together, and said he hopes it carries over to this weekend.“I thought we really played well as a unit this weekend,” he said. “Everyone impacted our team and our wins. In that sense, I think we feel really good about the culture we’ve created.”Carlston said his team has confidence after sweeping the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, but his players are trying to remain grounded as they prepare for conference play.“We really try to stay so in the moment because you’re going to have big wins and big losses in the Big Ten,” he said. “Then the next day, you have to be playing another top 25 team.”Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer echoed the sentiments of her coach when she described the team as confident but focused as it heads into another important set of games.“Two undefeated teams are coming into the tournament, so we’re going to have to play our best again,” Schirmer said. “We can’t let our confidence overcloud how hard we’re going to have to work.”Keys to victoryHeading into the Blackbird Invitational, senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said the key will be the intensity of the back-row defenders.“I thought our back-row defenders did a great job of scrapping,” she said. “I mean, they picked up everything that you could possibly throw at them.”In the D.C. Koehl Classic, junior libero Valeria León had 58 digs en route to a second straight all-tournament performance, while sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree added 24.Mitchell also said the presence of the team’s middle blockers was huge for the OSU offense last weekend and she hoped they continue their high level of play.“Having the middles as a constant presence makes the other teams worry about them a little bit more than they usually do, and that opens up our offense,” she said.Sandbothe earns more honorsOne of the middle blockers to whom Mitchell was referring is junior Taylor Sandbothe, who was named a Big Ten co-player of the week alongside sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Washington of Penn State.“She played at another level this weekend and that’s what I talked to her about,” Carlston said. “And it wasn’t just the game, it was her persona, her personality, how she played the game.”Sandbothe was also named the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament MVP after picking up 42 kills on a .521 attack percentage, along with 16 blocks and three aces.What’s next?OSU will wrap up its nonconference schedule by playing in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, on Sept. 18 and 19.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker’s proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Plan would use payroll tax revenue to finance deferred maintenance projects over a three-year tax collection period, equating to construction boom that will bring down the unemployment rate. Governor Bill Walker I-AK: “I just think one of the best cures for some of our social ills that we have and challenges is a job. It brings focus, it brings a reason to have a lifestyle that’s conducive to keeping that job.” Walker says that putting folks to work in their local communities on these capital projects is an important step for popping Alaska out of its depression. The Homer Ferry Terminal will experience building repairs to the tune of $150,000. Governor Bill Walker I-AK: “I think people feel better about themselves when they get up and go to work and produce something every day.” Parks & Outdoor Recreation in the Kenai area will receive a $150,000 appropriations for KRSMA – Bings Landing. The Kenai courthouse will replace outdated, inefficient Pneumatic controls and equipment with a $193,000 DDC System. The Seward Courthouse Court would receive $95,000 to replace deteriorated flooring, wall and ceiling finishes. At the AVTEC Facilities in Seward, underground fuel tanks will be replaced, along with the gym floor at the Student Services Center, where the locker room and exterior will also be repaired. The Kenai Army Guard Facilities will see $500,000 in lead remediation. DOTPF North Kenai Maintenance Station will have $150,000 to replace siding. Industrial Electrical Building and Student Services Center will both have fire alarm systems upgraded, along with critical campus-wide upgrades and repairs for health, life, and safety. While there are no projects in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Capital Improvement Projects for FY2019 Major Maintenance Grant Fund list, the area would have projects funded in other areas. The Walker Administration plans to appropriate about $700M to decommission and clean up an old microwave site in Homer, and about $2M in roof repairs at Spring Creek and Wildwood Correctional Centers. Story as aired: $900,000 would be earmarked for shoulders and ditches for North Kenai Island Lake Road and Miller Loop Road, $600,000 in repairs for Seward’s Snow River West Channel Bridge, and $64,000 for repairs to the Kenai Spur Road Bike Path. The Kenai Peninsula College campus would see a $934,300 renewal, Kachemak Bay campus is scheduled for a $72,200 renewal, and the Kachemak Bay Library and computer classroom is set for a $150,000 renovation. Repairs will be made to student housing, renovations to the First Lake campus, Industrial Electrical Building will have its roof and flooring replaced, the welding room will receive ventilation upgrades and storage. Audio PlayerDorene-on-bill-walker-on-many-kenai-peninsula-projects.mp3VmDorene-on-bill-walker-on-many-kenai-peninsula-projects.mp300:00RPd Deferred maintenance to be addressed also includes emergency medical service match for Code Blue; weatherization programs; senior citizen housing programs.
Students from the Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Christian College performed during the celebration. Lt. Governor Meyer told the crowd that his focus is working to regain the trust of Alaskans: “My job as Lt. Governor is elections, and obviously that’s an area that we have a lot of work to do. We are going to get your trust back in elections, and in all areas of government.” Governor Dunleavy, and Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer greeted a crowd of over 100 gathered at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Thursday evening. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s been less than one week since Governor Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office in Kotzebue, and the Kenai Peninsula was his most recent stop on the inauguration celebration tour. Governor Dunleavy: “The same reason that many of us came here, the same reasons still exist here in Alaska, opportunity. We still have the resources, we still have all kids of opportunity here in this great state. My goal is to work with each and every one of you to make this the state we know it can be.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in Columbus, Ga., helped the Army celebrate Fort Benning’s 100th anniversary this past month, but state and local officials continue to look ahead in their effort to support the installation. The state, for example, is proposing to establish a Robotics Center of Innovation at the post, an initiative designed to reinforce Fort Benning’s R&D mission for the infantry, armor and cavalry, reports the Ledger-Enquirer. Autonomous systems have a range of applications for the Army, including clearing areas for troops and military vehicles and transporting heavy loads into combat zones.“Robotics show great promise for everything from logistics to medical to taking some of the load off the soldier, to going in and being able to provide weapons systems to augment the soldier to make sure he has more and more lethality on the field of combat,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military and government affairs at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.Read “Fort Benning 100 Years,” a special series of stories published by the Ledger-Enquirer to celebrate the post’s centennial.Photo courtesy of robotLabo
While Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan sets new records at the box office, its global distributor Eros International has seen its shares rise a whopping 150% in the past one year.Eros International shares rose from Rs 228 on 7 August 2014 to Rs 577 on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, which translates into a gain of over 150%.According to the distributor, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is now the fastest Bollywood film to collect Rs 500 crore globally.Eros said Bajrangi Bhaijaan has earned more than Rs 300 crore in the domestic box office.”Bajrangi Bhaijaan has created box office history. Record continue to be shattered as there is no stopping the film,” Nandu Ahuja, senior vice president at Eros international, told NDTV Profit.Released on July 17, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been a tremendous success at the box office, surpassing most of the previous records set by other films.The film collections were over Rs 100 crore in the opening week itself, a new record for any Bollywood movie. It also collected more than Rs 150 crore in just five days after the release.Directed by Kabir Khan, the film also features Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in key roles. The film was produced by Salman Khan and Rockone Venkatesh and released on more than 5,000 screens worldwide.The film also holds a record for the “highest single day collection” of Rs. 38.75 crore on Day 3 after the release.Eros was also the distributor of other successful Bollywood films this year such as Tanu Weds Manu Returns, and NH10.
Kibria sonReza Kibria, son of former finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, is going to join the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections as a candidate of Jatiya Oikya Front, a BNP alliance led by Kamal Hossain, reports UNB.”My father (Shah AMS Kibria) had dreamt of contesting polls from Habiganj-1 constituency. I want to fulfill his dream. Besides, I want to contribute to development of this neglected area,” Reza, an economist, told UNB.He took the final decision over contesting the polls on Friday and joined Gano Forum of Kamal Hossain.Five people, including Kibria, were killed and 70 others injured in a grenade attack on a public rally of local Awami League at Baidder Bazar in Sylhet sadar upazila on 27 January 2005.
By JAY REEVES, Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams’ Democratic campaign filed a federal lawsuit Sunday asking a judge to delay vote certifications in Georgia unsettled governor’s race by one day and to make officials count any votes that were wrongly rejected.If successful, the suit would prevent officials from certifying county vote totals until Wednesday and could restore at least 1,095 votes that weren’t counted. The campaign said thousands more ballots could be affected.In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters about a suspected run-off during an election night watch party in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign didn’t have any immediate comment on the lawsuit, filed over alleged problems in populous Gwinnett and DeKalb counties in metro Atlanta. But Kemp aides previously said Abrams has no path to victory and called her refusal to concede a “disgrace to democracy.”Abrams’ campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said the state’s numbers can’t be trusted and that 5,000 votes came in Saturday that previously were unknown.“This race is not over,” she said on a conference call with reporters. “It’s still too close to call.”Abrams hopes to become the nation’s first Black woman elected governor, while Kemp is trying to maintain GOP dominance in a diversifying state that could be important in the presidential election in two years.The campaigns disagree how many votes remain to be counted. But no matter which side is right, it’s clear Abrams is trailing and only a limited number of ballots are left to close the gap.“So her margin in those uncounted votes needs to be really high,” Jeffrey Lazarus, who teaches political science at Georgia State University, said Sunday in an interview conducted by email.“To put it simply, she’s running out of votes.”The Associated Press has not declared a winner. AP will reassess the race Tuesday, the deadline for counties to certify election results to the state.Unofficial returns show Kemp with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million total ballots, or a 58,875-vote margin over Abrams that has narrowed slightly as votes were counted. Libertarian Ted Metz received about 37,000 votes in the three-way contest.Kemp’s lead is enough for an outright victory if totals remain the same, but it’s a tight race considering the large, 61 percent turnout.Abrams campaign leaders said she needs to get the margin down to about 22,000 votes to force a runoff, and they sent a fundraising email to supporters Sunday saying at least 30,823 votes remain to be counted.The Kemp campaign contends far fewer votes remain, less than 18,000, and that Abrams mathematically can’t force a runoff.Allegations by Abrams supporters of voter suppression, long voting lines and other balloting problems are hard to ignore given Kemp’s “aggressively partisan conduct as secretary of state,” said Michael Kang, who teaches election law at Northwestern University’s law school.“That said, I think the Abrams campaign still faces an uphill battle in first convincing a court about the need for a recount and second, having the recount net enough votes to force a runoff.As a general matter, recounts rarely end up changing the outcomes of elections,” Kang, who previously taught at Emory University in Atlanta, said in an email interview.Each of Georgia’s 159 counties must certify final returns by Tuesday, and many have done so already. The state must certify a statewide result by Nov. 20.Audrey Haynes, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, said Kemp’s best move is to let the process play out.“The bottom line is that if the votes are there, they are there. If not, then there is less recourse for continued delay. But if he acts to limit the ability to fully determine that question, then there will be a bit of a cloud not only hanging over him, but the state as well,” she said by email.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics
“We are looking at the heavens, and using the very biggest things to help up predict what will happen with the very smallest things,” David Toback tells PhysOrg.com. Toback is a professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he believes that there is a way to combine cosmology and particle physics in a way that can help us learn more about the universe. Explore further Tracking down dark matter Citation: Looking for neutralinos at the Large Hadron Collider (2008, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-neutralinos-large-hadron-collider.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. “We’re interested in the dark matter question,” Toback continues. “Our current best guess is that the particles we know and love only make up about four percent of the stuff in the universe. Twenty-three percent of the universe is dark matter. The rest is dark energy. But I’m interested in dark matter, which should be made of particles. We want to know the properties of the bulk of the matter in the universe. This is a question that interests both cosmologists and particle physicists.”Toback and his colleagues at Texas A&M, Richard Arnowitt, Bhaskar Dutta, Alfredo Gurrola, Teruki Kamon and Abram Krislock, have been working on a model that allows them to use information obtained from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to predict the amount of dark matter left over from the beginning of the universe. Their work is published in Physical Review Letters: “Determining the Dark Matter Relic Density in the Minimal Supergravity Stau-Neutralino Coannihilation Region at the Large Hadron Collider.”“Our goal is to see whether our understanding of particles in the universe, the theory of supersymmetry, is correct. If it is, it will explain one of the most important questions in particle physics and cosmology in one fell swoop,” Toback says.Supersymmetry is a theory that predicts that all elementary particles with spin are paired to other particles whose spin differs by half a unit. “One of the things that makes it special,” Toback says, “is that supersymmetry is a theory that predicts new particles. And one of the particles predicted is called a neutralino.” Neutralinos are thought to be heavy and stable, and they represent the leading candidate to explain the amount of cold dark matter indirectly detected in the universe. The problem is that no one has been able to measure dark matter directly yet. This is where the LHC comes in. This $6 billion project is scheduled to begin operation later this summer, smashing protons into each other. The LHC is the largest and highest energy particle accelerator in the world, and Toback thinks that there’s a good chance that neutralinos could be produced from the collisions between protons. The data produced by the LHC will be made available to scientists around the world, including the team at Texas A&M.“If our results are correct we now know much better where to look for this dark matter particle at the LHC,” Toback explains. “We’ve used precision data from astronomy to calculate what it would look like at the LHC, and how quickly we should be able to discover and measure it.” He and his colleagues have even gone so far to be show that with their measurements with LHC data they would be able to predict the amount of dark matter in the universe. This could be compared to what is seen from the WMAP satellite. “If we get the same answer,” he continues, “that would give us enormous confidence that the supersymmetry model is correct. If nature shows this, it would be remarkable.”Toback says that the work he is doing with his peers at Texas A&M could make a connection between particle physics and cosmology. “If this works out, we could do real, honest to goodness cosmology at the LHC. And we’d be able to use cosmology to make particle physics predictions.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Reciprocity, a renowned business networking forum celebrated International Women’ Day with theme of this year as – “Be Bold for Change”. Every person can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we all can be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.With some distinguished Panelists – Gowri Ishwaran, Padmashri and Founder Principal of Sanskriti School, Meera Balachandran, founder Principal of Ramjas School R K Puram and Monica Sagar, Principal Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon – Reciprocity put up some strong questions regarding women empowerment in our country to which the panelists gave a fitting reply: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Gender bias begins at home when parents express preferential treatment and intent for the male child.- Educate the men at home to think equally in order to be fair – What a man can do, a woman can too. Bring in this culture from the start at home.- If we feel that our conditioning plays a role in who we are today, then also be informed that we alone have the power to change our conditioning. We carry a responsibility as women not just for ourselves but for all other fellow women too because when we change, we influence other women and that can truly change the world!- When we say ‘women’, the word oppression comes to mind instantly. If not oppression, role playing comes to mind. Our message to you all – go do what your heart says. Even if that means defying conventions!- Women don’t have to fit into a man’s world. They are capable of making their own world, their own way!
India International Centre will come alive with ‘Romancing Nature’, an evening of Tagore songs by Kamalini Mukherjee. The event will be presented by SEHER in association with India International Center on June 7, at 7 pm at C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi.Mukherjee is known for Rabindra Sangeet across India and Bangladesh. Paying an ode to Tagore’s love for nature, Kamalini, a student of South Point school, Kolkata aspires to take Tagore’s music to a wider international audience, cutting across generations and geographical boundaries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concert will reflect Tagore’s creative impulses which were deeply influenced by nature and the environment in which he lived. To him, nature is an entity much bigger than the individual parts of beauty that make it up. It is a moving spirit; a source of inspiration he drew much of his philosophy from. Kamalini has performed extensively in India, US, Canada, and Bangladesh. In 2013, she went to Mauritius on a mission to teach and spread Tagore’s music as a joint initiative between Government of Mauritius and UNESCO, in commemoration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. The evening’s concert will be a tapestry of Tagore’s songs to illustrate the deep connection between the poet and nature.
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates with cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) after intercepting a pass in the end zone in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Now, Pro Football Focus writer Gordon McGuinness has put together his ranking of the top ten defensive players in the NFC. Cardinals make up 20 percent of the list, with defensive back Tyrann Mathieu coming in at number-four and cornerback Patrick Peterson landing eighth.On Mathieu, McGuinness writes:What truly makes Mathieu special is just how good of an all-around player he is, and his success has spawned a search by other teams for a player like him in the draft every year. His run-stop percentage, our signature stat that tracks the percentage of plays where a defender makes a tackle resulting in a defensive stop, was the best among cornerbacks last season. He also had the third-best pass-rushing productivity rating among cornerbacks at 21.8, racking up a sack, two hits, and eight hurries on 39 pass-rushing snaps. In two of his three seasons in the league, he has graded positively in coverage, against the run, and as a pass-rusher.Mathieu was in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award until he tore his right ACL intercepting a pass in a road win over the Philadelphia Eagles in December. Without him on the field, the Cardinals went 2-2.The third-year player from LSU finished the season with 89 total tackles, one fumble recovery and a team-high five interceptions, including a pick-six in a Week 3 win over San Francisco. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories On Peterson:The highest single-game yardage total allowed by Peterson last year was 56 against the Bears in Week 2; after that, he didn’t allow more than 50 yards in a game until he gave up 52 yards in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Packers. Considering that he spent a lot of time covering the best receivers in the NFL, that’s a fantastic stat to back up his claim as one of the best CBs in all of football. That included allowing just two receptions for 26 yards against Steelers WR Antonio Brown.Peterson elevated his game in 2015, a season in which he made his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. The fifth overall selection in the 2011 draft had 35 tackles and two interceptions despite being challenged infrequently by opposing quarterbacks.McGuinness’ top ten also included three members of the Seattle Seahawks — cornerback Richard Sherman (third), defensive end Michael Bennett (fifth) and safety Earl Thomas (ninth).The Minnesota Vikings also had two representatives in safety Harrison Smith (seventh) and linebacker Anthony Barr (10th).Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was ranked as Pro Football Focus’ best overall player in 2015, topped the list. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the heels of a fantastic 2015 season that ended one step short of a Super Bowl appearance, it’s no surprise the Arizona Cardinals have been showered with offseason accolades.In the past week alone, different writers have decided the Cardinals have the fifth-best offensive triplets in the league, the fourth-best defensive trio and that David Johnson will be the fifth-leading rusher in the league in 2016. One ESPN scribe said Tyrann Mathieu is the most versatile defender in the entire league, another concluded Arizona’s receiver and running back groups are among the best and at NFL.com, Adam Schein says the Cardinals are the team most likely to follow the footsteps of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and win their first title this season.
“Today we are learning the language in which God created life.” That’s a quote from US President Bill Clinton on June 26, 2000 when a rough draft of the human genome was announced to widespread, international fanfare. Clinton was certainly not the only one to make big claims about the Human Genome Project (HGP). Journalists and politicians throughout the developed world heralded that the results would lead to “the end of disease.” Of course, things are never that simple. Little did the community know at the time that the project would only uncover a small portion of what’s really going on in our genes. 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. Clinical geneticist Marcus Pembrey thought so… and long before the genome was ever mapped. Back in the early 1980s, Pembrey headed the clinical genetics department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where he treated families with unusual genetic conditions. According to Pembrey, “We were constantly coming across families which didn’t fit the rules and didn’t fit any of the patterns that genetics were supposed to fit.” The most tantalizing example was the paradox shown by two incredibly rare and separate genetic disorders: Angelman syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. These two completely different diseases were eventually chased down to their genetic roots. Astonishingly, they were both caused by the same genetic defect, a certain sequence of DNA that was deleted from chromosome 15. How could this be? How could the same deletion, the same genetic abnormality, cause two completely different diseases? When Pembrey dug into the inheritance pattern for the conditions, he came across something remarkable. It was the origin of the mutation, not the change alone, that determined which disease would manifest itself. We all receive a set of chromosomes from each of our parents. If the deletion was on the chromosome 15 that the child inherited from the father, then he or she would be born with Prader-Willi syndrome. If, however, the deletion was on the chromosome 15 that the child inherited from the mother, he or she would be born with Angelman syndrome. It’s as if the chromosome 15 knows where it came from. This might not sound profound. But what Pembrey stumbled upon showed for the first time in humans that there is more to inheritance than simply the coded sequence of DNA, and that something other than genes was being passed between generations. Discoveries like Pembrey’s helped spawn a budding area of science—epigenetics—that aims to answer just how much of “us” comes from outside our genes. Epigenetics could help explain how a complex human, capable of language and mathematics and philosophy, can be created with only 25,000 genes. It could help us better understand what causes disease and provide us with a wealth of new opportunities for drug discovery and development in areas such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders. The best way to begin to explain epigenetics, which literally means “on or above genetics, is with an analogy. Think of your genome—your DNA—as like the hardware of a computer. Your epigenome is much like the software, which tells the hardware what to do. It’s the epigenome that tells our cells what sort of cells they should be – a skin cell, a heart cell, etc. All these cells have the same genes, but your epigenome decides how much or whether some genes are expressed in different cells in your body. Here’s a very simplified explanation of how this works: The human body contains billions (if not trillions) of cells. Each of these cells (apart from red blood cells and reproductive cells) contains your DNA, the blueprint of your genetic code. But just because the cells have the DNA doesn’t mean that they know what to do with it. So they receive outside instructions from organic compounds called methyl groups. The methyl groups bind to the DNA in different ways and tell it things like “don’t express this gene” or “do express this gene.” They also bind differently to a skin cell versus a heart cell, for example; that’s one of the ways that a skin cell knows it’s a skin cell and a heart cell knows it’s a heart cell. In addition to methyl groups, epigenetics is also controlled by histones, proteins that function basically like spools that the DNA wraps itself around. These histones can change how tightly or loosely the DNA is wound around them. The more tightly wound, the less the gene can express, and vice versa. In other words, methyl groups act like gene switches, turning them on and off, while the histones are more like a dial that controls the volume (i.e., the degree to which the gene is expressed). Distinct methylation and histone patterns exist in every cell to tell it what to do, which constitutes a sort of second genome that we call the epigenome. What’s particularly interesting about the epigenome is that, unlike the genome, it’s dynamic. While epigenetic instructions do pass on as cells divide, they can change throughout your life based on environmental factors, what we eat, and how we live—and these changes can apparently (though not conclusively proven yet) be passed on to our children and our children’s children. Since these epigenetic tags decide what genes get expressed and to what degree, the implications of a dynamic epigenome are profound. As geneticist Randy Jirtle puts it: “We’ve got to get people thinking more about what they do. They have a responsibility for their epigenome. Their genome they inherit. But their epigenome, they potentially can alter, and particularly that of their children. And that brings in responsibility, but it also brings in hope. You’re not necessarily stuck with this. You can alter this.” At the end of the day, epigenetics might sound like sort of a buzzkill because if the current thinking is right, it would make it tough to ever enjoy another guilt-free French fry, cocktail, or fine cigar. But with the bad comes the good. For example, mounting evidence suggests that certain types of cancer and other diseases are caused by misplaced or missing epigenetic tags; scientists are hard at work developing drugs to silence some of those “bad” genes that were supposed to be turned off in the first place. We’re already seeing the archaic days of genetic modification give way to much more subtle and precise forms of genetic medicine, like the temporary genetic suppression available in the first generation of RNAi therapies just now coming to market—a trend we have followed to great profitability in Casey Extraordinary Technology. Now, we can only hope that epigenetics follows the same amazing curve of advancement that the HGP unleashed for genetics. If it does, the possibilities are extraordinary.
What is Casey’s Club? Let me first share the evolution of Casey Research and why I think if you’re a serious speculator, you need to be part of Casey’s Club. A little over a decade ago, I was a Casey subscriber. At the time, there was only the International Speculator, and the firm was made up of only Doug Casey and David Galland. But as I got to know the power players in the industry, I learned that the savvy speculators made their millions investing via private placements (PPs) and clip and collect warrants. Out of the gates, investors in PPs have an advantage over investors who buy in the open market. First off, you pay no buying commission to your broker when you buy via a private placement. More important, by buying into a PP, the investor gets exposure to warrants. A warrant is essentially the right to buy a stock for a predetermined period of time at a fixed cost. In the Casey Energy Confidential, we recommend both buying in the open market and private placements. In an energy market where investors are getting slaughtered, we made money in 2014. How? Warrants. And we don’t even include the warrants in our portfolio performance until the warrant position is sold and gains are realized. In 2014, I sent out 59 alerts to Casey Energy Confidential subscribers. Let’s use an example of a stock we made great money on in 2014. On October 29, 2013, I sent out an alert for subscribers to buy Blackbird Energy (BBI.V) in the open market under C$0.06 or in the private placement. The PP units were priced at C$0.09 with a full, five-year transferable warrant priced at C$0.15. In the summer of 2014, Garth boarded a bus with other industry experts, including Frank Holmes, Stephen Quin, Marcel de Groot, Nolan Watson, Amir Adnani, Paul Matysek, and many others, along with many Casey’s Club members, for a day trip that I organized to two operating mines in British Columbia. During this trip, I put together a booklet of every company and president who joined me on the bus trip that day. The Casey’s Club members who joined the trip literally got to sit beside and watch the best in the business talk about their companies, their goals and challenges, and most important, got to know the key players in the industry. I put together that trip not because it’s my job, but because I love this business, and it was a fun way to spend a Saturday in the summer. Now, the only oil and gas executive I invited on this specific trip was Garth Braun, and as with all the executives, I called up Garth and asked him to give his pitch to everyone on the bus. I stated while on that bus that I believe Garth’s company, Blackbird Energy, would at least double, and everyone should consider investing in it. I clearly explained that we took a big chunk of the late-2013 financing, and our subscribers made over 300% gains in a choppy market, including the warrants. Garth’s stock went up over 100% shortly after that bus trip, and the only people on the bus who had heard of the company were the Casey’s Club members who read the Casey Energy Confidential alert in late 2013, and the subsequent updates. I think BBI will go higher, for all the reasons you will see on the video link above. Our Casey Energy Confidential subscribers made a good score on an early-stage oil company in a market where energy stocks have suffered. When you join Casey’s Club, you get access to all of my favorite PPs that Doug and I are writing checks for at the same price as not only us, but other industry experts. This is how retail investors, stock brokers, and fund managers can get exposure to what I’m doing in the resource sector. Some may look at what Casey’s Club costs and think it’s pricey. I see it as completely the opposite. I would have paid many times the price a decade ago to have access to what Rick Rule, Doug Casey, and other industry experts are doing with their own money. It didn’t exist then, so I started including the best available private placements in addition to the other services the alerts provide. The first newsletter in the world to recommend participating in PPs in the junior resource sector was mine, which I started in 2007. If you’re a serious speculator, I believe you owe it to yourself to try out Casey’s Club and see what I’m doing. The markets are awful, but it’s your choice if you want to make the markets work to your advantage and get exposure to full five-year warrants like the Blackbird example above. You may think you’re a contrarian, but to succeed you need to take action, and I’m offering you a chance to get in on the deals that I am doing, at the same price. It’s your portfolio, so do yourself a favor and try it out. Here’s a video with the president of Blackbird Energy, Garth Braun, for everyone to see not only the current success the company has achieved, but how Casey Research was the first firm to initiate coverage on Blackbird Energy.
This year I joined the ranks of 40 million Americans who are family caregivers as I began to care for my 81-year-old father. As a physician, taking on this role has given me the chance to experience what so many of my patients and their families encounter.As I’ve learned, no one is prepared to become a caregiver. It just happens.My dad had been in good health until this past February when he had two disastrous falls, resulting in a subdural hematoma which nearly killed him. Fortunately, a neurosurgeon was able to drain out most of the blood under his skull, beginning a long, slow recovery process.For several weeks my dad was “complete assist,” meaning he required help for everything: changing position in bed, dressing, eating, and bathing. He couldn’t even stand up, let alone walk.Fortunately, this stage mostly played out in both the hospital and at an acute rehabilitation facility — so there were many hands on deck in the help department. But as my father improved, and was transferred to lower levels of care (skilled nursing followed by assisted living), it became clear that family members would have to pick up the slack.We’ve been fortunate that many of Dad’s friends learned of his condition and have made genuine offers of help. The outpouring has been overwhelming enough that my family and I reflexively went into ‘cocoon mode,’ trying to shield my father from overexertion and fatigue so that he can focus on recovery.Say yes to helpOne thing I’ve learned is that when help is offered, it’s important for caregivers to accept it.”Make sure you ask for a little bit of help as soon as the crisis hits,” says Katy Butler, journalist and author of the memoir Knocking on Heaven’s Door, about her journey assisting her elderly mother in caregiving for her father. He’d suffered a major stroke at age 79.”Right after a crisis, friends and family rush in and say, ‘Is there anything I can do?’ And you’re often so overwhelmed you can’t even think — but strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of it.”Caregiving for a loved one can be so overwhelming that Butler suggests looking for help in “bite-sized pieces.” For example, if someone offers a meal, suggest a specific time and accept that generosity. Further, maybe it could be a recurring offer at the same time each week!Get help managing help.In A Beginner’s Guide to the End, authors BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger warn that accepting offers of help can itself be a challenging task. They suggest that you find a friend willing to help you organize your tasks — like regular health care appointments, getting groceries, or house cleaning — and assign them to other willing friends and family. And don’t forget, one other task you might need a friend for is just to be there for you — to be a listening ear if you’re feeling down. Asking a friend to sometimes call just to check in on you is another way to accept help.Know what to pay forYou can look for paid help in bite-sized pieces too. Hiring help isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Butler found that her father benefited from water aerobics. He looked forward to it, and it was an activity that would get him out of the house a couple of times a week. So she made it a priority to get him there. Eventually, she was able to rely on a medical van service to take him to and from the pool–which was a huge relief to both her and her mother.Bedtime was another piece of her father’s day where Butler and her mother looked for help.”At night they would both be exhausted…and they would descend into my father’s misery,” she says. “I heard him whimpering and my mother would be shouting at him. It was just too much for both of them.”Thus Butler decided to outsource bedtime to an aide at $25 an hour. That’s a luxury to be sure, but one that paid dividends in family harmony. Butler notes that it was more affordable because it was only a few hours per day, rather than full-time care.Look for a programIf your loved one has care needs that exceed your capacity and they can’t left alone all day, an excellent and affordable option might be a PACE program: Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. These are government-funded community programs that provide transportation, daily activities, nutrition, medication and therapy all under one roof.But PACE programs only operate in 31 states, so make sure to find out if there’s one in your area.Even if there isn’t a PACE program nearby, talk with your loved one’s health care team (probably a social worker or case manager) about subsidized programs for the elderly or care-dependent in your area. Many are grant-supported. You could also look for a geriatric care manager who can help coordinate and organize care and other support services. Schedule your own health care Caregiver stress is a well-known phenomenon and good one to avoid; it can lead to higher rates of anxiety and depression, and fuel a sense of burnout.To minimize the likelihood of caregiver stress, be sure to take care of your own needs: See your own doctor or therapist, be mindful of your hobbies, be it yoga class or working out. Maintaining activities you enjoy and having me time allows for reflection and recharging.The main takeaway is do your homework: Find out what resources exist, what you and your loved one can afford, and take as much help as you can get.And even though caregiving is serious business, don’t forget to savor the moments of joy that do come your way. When caring for her father with advanced dementia, Debbie Mefferd looked forward to the moment each day when he’d ask her if “the drinking light was lit.” She’d pour him his daily sweet and dry vermouth with a twist of lemon on the rocks and together they’d sit on the porch, enjoying the breeze. “It resembled a conversation and a little bit of normal life. And I thought it was a very good thing,” she told me.Savor those small moments. You and your loved one will be happier for it.John Henning Schumann is an internal medicine doctor and serves as president of the University of Oklahoma’s Tulsa campus. He also hosts Studio Tulsa: Medical Monday on KWGS Public Radio Tulsa. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlassHospital. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
2 min read Be Like This Woman Who Moved a Shark With Her Bare Hands Entrepreneur Staff Register Now » If you see an obstacle in your path, don’t panic. Add to Queue Image credit: Global_Pics | Getty Images –shares Nina Zipkin Problem Solving October 11, 2017 No matter how prepared you are, the life of an entrepreneur will always be met with unexpected challenges. So how should you proceed when you encounter an obstacle?You can panic or run away. Or you can take a page out of the playbook of Melissa Hatheier, a real estate agent from Sydney, Australia, who was called upon to handle a potentially scary situation.Related: How to Never Let Fear Hold You Back AgainWhen confronted with a small Port Jackson shark, instead of fleeing the scene, Hatheier simply picked it up and plopped it back into the ocean, where it belonged.”He was pretty distressed and bumping into things, so I just followed him around for a bit … I just thought I would try and catch him. I just dived on him,” Hatheier told Australia’s ABC News. “I thought, as long as I keep my hand near its fins it couldn’t bite me; I wouldn’t have grabbed it by the tail though. I wasn’t really scared but I wouldn’t have done it with a great white [shark].”So the next time you run into a problem, assess what’s required, steel yourself and coolly, calmly get on with it, one step at a time. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.