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Alaska hires Altamirano, Ildefonso as new coaches

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It gives us pressure to deliver’ “Danny Ildefonso is both one of the best players and best men to ever have played in the PBA. He has always had a tremendous work ethic and has detailed knowledge on how to play the game as a big man. He will surely have a tremendous impact on the development of our big men,” said Compton.Rounding out the new hires for Alaska is Tony dela Cruz, who has now shifted to the coaching after retiring last month.“Tony Dela Cruz has always been one of the smartest players in the PBA and he knows the ins and outs of our system as well as any of our coaches. He is an excellent communicator who has a great relationship with everyone on the team and he will make a very smooth transition into coaching,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter losing key deputies in the offseason, Alaska has enlisted the services of Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso, and Tony dela Cruz to assist coach Alex Compton this upcoming season.“I am really excited about the new coaches we have added to our coaching staff,” said Compton, who lost deputies Louie Alas and Topex Robinson to Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Compton will be renewing his partnership with Altamirano, both of whom formed the grassroots program National Basketball Training Center (NBTC).“Coach Eric Altamirano is a proven winner at every single level he has coached at including the PBA. Alaska gets a veteran coach with tremendous experience and character in Coach Eric, truly a man of excellence,” he said of the seasoned mentor, who last called the shots for Flying V Thunder in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIldefonso, meanwhile, boasts a decorated career being a two-time PBA MVP with San Miguel, before finishing his career with Meralco.He is currently serving as a big man coach for the NU Bulldogs under coach Jamike Jarin. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change

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first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio is likely on his way to a title shot if he goes on to hurdle his Chinese opponent Min Qiang Lan in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.But as much as the Filipino strawweight contender wants to get his hands on the gold, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself especially with a big bout coming up against a dangerous opponent.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Of course, I want the belt but for me, right now, I’m not thinking about getting a title shot just yet,” Pacio told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Tuesday.“I still need to gain more experience for me to get to the level of champions,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacio is supposed to fight Pongsiri Misatit, but the Thai was forced to withdraw due to an injury.ONE announced the opponent change on Friday, giving Pacio’s camp less than two weeks to adjust their game plan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But Pacio isn’t concerned with the sudden change.“I’m not worried because fighters in the international stage are expected to cope up with the changes and that’s how fighters’ mentality should be,” Pacio said.Pacio said there are similarities between his initial foe and replacement in terms of their strengths which is striking, but added that Lan is the more lethal striker than the two.“We saw a video of one of Lan’s fights and he’s better than Pongsiri in striking so I prepared really hard in training and that’s what I’m going to showcase on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMED

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first_imgTFA would like to announce the formation and appointment of the TFA 2007/08 National Indigenous Advisory Committee members. The formation of the charter for the committee is still in the preliminary stages of development, but the committee will be focused on a number of initiatives in Indigenous areas, including the attendance of an Australian team at the 2009 Indigenous World Cup.The Committee members are:Cameron Costello (Chairperson)Aaron AppoBo De La CruzBarry DrawsJo-Ann ShawMichael ZithaTFA would like to congratulate all members on their appointment, and wish them luck for the 2007/08 period.last_img

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: We’re not taking Coppa Italia lightly

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first_imgAC 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 saylast_img

Hispasats control centre Spanish satellite operat

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first_imgHispasat’s control centreSpanish satellite operator Hispasat is renaming its satellites to establish a more logical system of designation based on location and order of arrival in that slot.Satellites that changes position will be redesignated according to their new slot.The change means that Hispasat 1C will become Hispasat 84W-1, while the two satellites at 30° West, Hispasat 1D, 1E and 1F, will become, respectively, Hispasat 30W-4, Hispasat 30W-5 and Hispasat 30W-6.Hispasat AG1 at 36° West, will be known as Hispasat 36W-1.Intelsat 34, for which Hispasat has a capacity agreement with Intelsat, will be known as Hispasat 55W-2.Hispasat’s Amazonas satellites will retain their existing designation, although Amazonas 4A will now be known as Amazonas 4.last_img

Today we are learning the language in which God c

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first_img“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.last_img read more

What is Caseys Club Let me first share the evo

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first_imgWhat 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.last_img read more

Low oil prices are destabilizing the financial sys

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first_img Low oil prices are destabilizing the financial system. Things could get ugly: fewer stocks are participating in S&P 500’s advance to new highs, and momentum indicators have dropped to their lowest reading in 16 years. China plans to use gold as a primary currency along the new Silk Road. Airbus is suing the NSA for stealing its tech secrets after it came out the US used German spies for industrial espionage. Bitcoin’s original appeal was that it could not be controlled by any government. Now it may be regulated out of existence. George Soros spent $33 million on Fergusson protest groups. The amazing race to invest in Iran has begun. Each year around this time, the spring thaw in northern Canada creates a buying opportunity in mining stocks. Miners must wait for the mud to dry before they restart their drills, so progress is slow and news is sparse. Impatient investors lose interest and sell their shares. This year’s “shopping season” could be epic. Miners have cut exploration budgets to the bone, and it’s unlikely that gold production can keep up with demand. Our Senior Precious Metals Analyst Jeff Clark just reviewed gold producers’ year-end reports, and he found that reserves are already falling. (“Reserves” is a mining term for ore that is economically mineable.) Clark discusses three developments that “paint an ominous picture for new gold supply.” Exploration won’t pick up until gold prices are significantly higher. With the stock market on the brink, that day may not be far off. The West Wants to Impose Oppressive Taxation on Everyone Bankrupt western governments need every penny they can steal tax. That’s why they’re obsessed with eliminating “unfair” competition from tax havens. Powerful western nations are now vilifying tax-friendly countries like the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. How dare a government let people keep more of their own money. What this all boils down to, says Jeff Thomas, is that governments want to destroy our economic freedoms and make us their prisoners. Eliminating tax havens would be a dangerous step in that direction. Robo Advisors Are No Substitute for Judgment Relying on a computer program to build and maintain your portfolio is the hot new thing. But these “Robo Advisors” are no substitute for human judgment, warns Money Forever’s Dennis Miller. There’s no one-size-fits-all investment blueprint. Mimicking stock market indices, for example, might work for a twenty-six year old. But a near-retiree can’t afford to risk his entire nest egg in the stock market. If you want to try automated investing, make sure your robo advisor understands your financial goals. Blips & Bogeys The sudden plummet of LinkedIn’s share price is making tech investors nervous. Zerohedge has forced the CME to bust two traders for “spoofing” the gold market Is Apple screwing the US economy? Russia signs up to $100 billion BRIC ‘IMF-style’ reserve fund. Is the world on course for the biggest mass default in history? Pebble plans to win the smartwatch Wars. But are smartwatches just 21st-century electric can openers? The reshoring of manufacturing jobs could be a boon for US miners. The UK faces Internet rationing, as capacity can’t keep up with demand. Greek ruling party economist says consensual exit from the euro is the only option left. 3D printing stocks crash. Big oil companies crush earnings estimates, leaving energy bears scratching their heads.last_img read more

This year I joined the ranks of 40 million America

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first_imgThis 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.last_img read more

EP presidency election Update 2 Sassoli elected EP president

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first_img SharePrint Italian born David –Maria Sassoli has pipped the race for the Presidency of the European Parliament after he raked in 345 votes surpassing the absolute majority votes needed to secure the post. This was announced on Politico who also confirmed that Jan Zahrandil got 160 votes whilst Ska Keller received 119 votes. Sassoli will serve for the first 30 months of the usual EP Presidency mandate.First RoundThe first voting round for the new European parliament (EP) President has concluded with David-Maria Sassoli missing the coveted position for a handful of votes. In the first round, 735 votes were cast. Of these only 662 were valid making the required quota required for election at 332 votes. Italian David-Maria Sassoli received 325 votes, 7 votes short of the amount required. The other candidates received significantly less votes with the Czech Jan Zahradil in second place with 162 votes, Ska Keller placing third with 133 and Sira Rego receiving 42 votes. The candidatesThe four EP Presidency candidates are all coming from different parties. Ska Keller is a member of the Alliance’90/Greens, Sira Rego is a member of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, David-Maria Sassoli belongs within the European Social Democrats ranks and Jan Zahradil is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists.The Office of the EU Parliament based in Malta explained that President Antonio Tajani is overlooking the election procedure and then end his tenure on Wednesday.The new president needs 50% +1 favourable votes from the MEPs to be elected. New candidates can join in the running for the coveted post from now on. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Be Like This Woman Who Moved a Shark With Her Bare Hands

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first_img 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 Zipkincenter_img 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.last_img read more

German Companies Seek Providers to Help with Salesforce Installations and Implementations

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first_img Information Services GroupJohanna von GeyrLens Salesforce EcosystemMarketing TechnologyNewsSalesforce installations Previous ArticleTechTarget Launches SearchCustomerExperience.com to Help Strategic Buying Teams Navigate the Expanding CX Technology LandscapeNext ArticleTektronix Video Merges Into Telestream German Companies Seek Providers to Help with Salesforce Installations and Implementations PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 29, 2019 ISG Provider Lens Report Sees Companies Moving Toward Consolidation of Salesforce Installations Deployed Across Their Organizations Large enterprises and midsize companies in Germany are looking for vendors that can help them consolidate their Salesforce installations and assist them with integrating the company’s continuously changing products, according to a new report published by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Salesforce Ecosystem Report for Germany finds German enterprises and midsize companies increasingly rolling out Salesforce products on a companywide level, resulting in major needs for integration services from Salesforce-focused vendors. Many companies are looking for consolidation of several Salesforce installations deployed over years in separate organizational units, the report says.“The availability of experienced implementation partners has become a critical success factor for the productive use of Salesforce,” said Johanna von Geyr, partner, ISG DACH.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Receives 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardThe report finds two types of providers helping enterprises and midsize companies with their Salesforce installations and implementations. One type, often made up of global providers, has a strong focus on system integration and on Salesforce products, while the second, usually smaller providers, targets core Salesforce functionalities, and in most cases, an agile approach to implementation.Often, German enterprises and midsize companies are looking for Salesforce implementation partners that have a strong workforce in the country. Many German companies prefer to use regional IT providers that can cover both local and global requirements, the report says.The 2019 ISG Provider Lens Salesforce Ecosystem Report for Germany evaluates the capabilities of 19 providers that offer Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud support. Accenture, Bluewolf, Capgemini, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Infosys, NTT DATA and PwC are named as leaders.Marketing Technology News: New Platform from Parabolt Helps Retailers Capture The “Magic Moment” of SalesIn addition, the report looks at apps published through the Salesforce AppExchange Store, recommending 20 apps for cross-industry use, 10 apps for healthcare organizations and 10 apps for manufacturing companies.Marketing Technology News: Conduent Launches Innovation Center to Drive Customers’ Digital Transformationslast_img read more

Few heart care recommendations are based on rigorous study

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first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 15 2019Less than 10 percent of the treatment recommendations U.S. doctors rely on to manage care for heart patients are based on evidence gained from multiple large, randomized clinical trials — the gold standard for obtaining scientific data.In fact, the proportion of well-supported recommendations for heart care has actually declined compared to 10 years ago, when an earlier analysis found a similar dearth of rigorous studies supporting treatment guidelines. The latest study, led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute, appears online March 15 in JAMA.”In 2009, there was a call for improvement in the clinical research enterprise after that earlier study highlighted several deficiencies,” said senior author Renato Lopes, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Duke.”But really, despite some initiatives and a greater focus on conducting randomized controlled trials, the chasm between evidence and the need for evidence has not improved,” Lopes said.”As a matter of fact, the proportion of U.S. recommendations from cardiovascular guidelines supported by high quality evidence actually decreased from 11 percent to 9 percent in the last decade,” Lopes said. “To deliver the health care that our patients deserve, clinical research must be transformed.”Lopes and colleagues, including former FDA commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D., examined the evidence supporting more than 6,300 treatment recommendations issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).These treatment standards are used to define and manage such basic cardiovascular conditions as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and adherence is widely considered to improve patients’ outcomes.Related StoriesRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseThe quality of the data that buttress the recommendations are important to minimize any inherent study biases and confounding factors, which could then affect real patients in real-world circumstances.Guideline writing committees categorize recommendations by the level of evidence supporting them: Level As are based on evidence gained from multiple randomized control trials; Level Bs are supported by a single randomized control trial or non-randomized studies such as observational analyses; and Level Cs are set by expert opinion. The researchers recorded the level of evidence assigned by guideline writing committees in current guideline documents.According to their review, the Duke-led team found that just 8.5 percent of ACC/AHA recommendations relied on Level A evidence, while 50 percent of studies had Level B data and 41.5 had Level C.”Patients should have an expectation that the science behind the care they receive is solid and will result in improved outcomes,” said lead author Alexander Fanaroff, M.D. “Progress in reducing cardiovascular mortality has decelerated over the past several years, so improving the evidence base for treatment guidelines could help forestall this trend.”Califf noted that technology has advanced greatly in the past decade, and more should be done to incorporate the growing ability to capture data and improve clinical research.”Changes in computing and the widespread use of electronic health records have taken away the technical limitations to a much more efficient and scalable clinical research system,” Califf said. “We need to make the changes in the way the system works so that patients and clinicians can have assurance that their decisions are based on high quality evidence.”Source: https://corporate.dukehealth.org/news-listing/few-treatment-guidelines-heart-disease-are-based-rigorous-studylast_img read more

Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path

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first_img Simulated desert, meadow and forest environments generated by the Mississippi State University Autonomous Vehicle Simulator. Credit: Chris Goodin, Mississippi State University, Author provided Lidar beams intersect, scanning the ground in front of the vehicle. Credit: Chris Goodin, Mississippi State University, Author provided Explore further A road washout, as seen in real life, left, and in simulation. Credit: Chris Goodin, Mississippi State University, Author provided At Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, we have taken up the challenge of training algorithms to respond to circumstances that almost never happen, are difficult to predict and are complex to create. We seek to put autonomous cars in the hardest possible scenario: driving in an area the car has no prior knowledge of, with no reliable infrastructure like road paint and traffic signs, and in an unknown environment where it’s just as likely to see a cactus as a polar bear.Our work combines virtual technology and the real world. We create advanced simulations of lifelike outdoor scenes, which we use to train artificial intelligence algorithms to take a camera feed and classify what it sees, labeling trees, sky, open paths and potential obstacles. Then we transfer those algorithms to a purpose-built all-wheel-drive test vehicle and send it out on our dedicated off-road test track, where we can see how our algorithms work and collect more data to feed into our simulations. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The system also simulates the readings of sensors commonly used in autonomous vehicles, such as lidar and cameras. Those virtual sensors collect data that feeds into neural networks as valuable training data.Building a test trackSimulations are only as good as their portrayals of the real world. Mississippi State University has purchased 50 acres of land on which we are developing a test track for off-road autonomous vehicles. The property is excellent for off-road testing, with unusually steep grades for our area of Mississippi – up to 60 percent inclines – and a very diverse population of plants. We have selected certain natural features of this land that we expect will be particularly challenging for self-driving vehicles, and replicated them exactly in our simulator. That allows us to directly compare results from the simulation and real-life attempts to navigate the actual land. Eventually, we’ll create similar real and virtual pairings of other types of landscapes to improve our vehicle’s capabilities. Apple’s secretive self-driving car program suffers first reported crash Provided by The Conversation The Halo Project car can collect data about driving and navigating in rugged terrain. Credit: Beth Newman Wynn, Mississippi State University, Author provided Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the streets. But they work only on well-marked roads that are carefully scanned and mapped in advance. Many paved roads, though, have faded paint, signs obscured behind trees and unusual intersections. In addition, 1.4 million miles of U.S. roads – one-third of the country’s public roadways – are unpaved, with no on-road signals like lane markings or stop-here lines. That doesn’t include miles of private roads, unpaved driveways or off-road trails.What’s a rule-following autonomous car to do when the rules are unclear or nonexistent? And what are its passengers to do when they discover their vehicle can’t get them where they’re going?Accounting for the obscureMost challenges in developing advanced technologies involve handling infrequent or uncommon situations, or events that require performance beyond a system’s normal capabilities. That’s definitely true for autonomous vehicles. Some on-road examples might be navigating construction zones, encountering a horse and buggy, or seeing graffiti that looks like a stop sign. Off-road, the possibilities include the full variety of the natural world, such as trees down over the road, flooding and large puddles – or even animals blocking the way. Collecting more dataWe have also built a test vehicle, called the Halo Project, which has an electric motor and sensors and computers that can navigate various off-road environments. The Halo Project car has additional sensors to collect detailed data about its actual surroundings, which can help us build virtual environments to run new tests in.Two of its lidar sensors, for example, are mounted at intersecting angles on the front of the car so their beams sweep across the approaching ground. Together, they can provide information on how rough or smooth the surface is, as well as capturing readings from grass and other plants and items on the ground.We’ve seen some exciting early results from our research. For example, we have shown promising preliminary results that machine learning algorithms trained on simulated environments can be useful in the real world. As with most autonomous vehicle research, there is still a long way to go, but our hope is that the technologies we’re developing for extreme cases will also help make autonomous vehicles more functional on today’s roads. Citation: Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path (2018, November 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-autonomous-cars-beaten-path.html Starting virtualWe have developed a simulator that can create a wide range of realistic outdoor scenes for vehicles to navigate through. The system generates a range of landscapes of different climates, like forests and deserts, and can show how plants, shrubs and trees grow over time. It can also simulate weather changes, sunlight and moonlight, and the accurate locations of 9,000 stars. A self-driving car heads into the woods. Credit: Matthew Doude, CC BY-ND 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.last_img read more

A solution to fracture for durable solar cells

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first_img Regular silicon solar cells are made of very thin wafers, usually around 200 microns thick. Although they have some ability to flex, they can suffer from cracks – often induced by mechanical forces or thermal stresses. These micro cracks are so small that they are impossible to see with the naked eye, making detection difficult. “In particular micro cracks can be caused by poor handling of the solar cells during their production, by transport or installation damage of the modules or by exposure to various climatic impact factors,” notes Prof. Marco Paggi who has been in charge of the EU-funded project PHYSIC.Building on the pioneering research conducted by another project granted by the European Research Council, researchers working on PHYSIC concluded that all causes of cracking in silicon solar cells are primarily related to the brittleness of the material. Therefore, the industrial trend to reduce the thickness of solar cells to save material can enhance the effect of cracking and be detrimental to the durability of the photovoltaics module.A small stress boosts conductivityTo find a possible remedy for crack growth, researchers took a mechanics perspective on the problem. At the core of their approach was that solar cells are not standalone components, but are rather embedded into a laminate structure composed of various layers of different materials including glass and polymers.The team placed focus on the residual stresses present during the lamination process that are caused by the different thermoelastic properties of various materials. “Careful analysis led to the discovery that exerting a weak residual compressive stress on solar cells after module manufacturing can increase electric conductivity around any crack. Due to these desirable residual stresses, cracks tend to close, letting electric current pass freely through them,” explains Prof. Paggi.By applying an innovative pre-stressing technique on the backsheet material – the last polymeric layer forming the laminate structure that is found opposite to the glass – researchers managed to increase the amount of compressive stresses in silicon and achieve a crack closure for the majority of cracks. Electroluminescence data of cracked solar cells before and after treatment provided clear evidence that the solar cell dark portions become electrically conductive again after the newly proposed pre-stressing technique.Resistance to cracks mattersPHYSIC unveiled a new generation of photovoltaic modules that displays superior resistance against cracking. The project approach hinged on fundamental mechanics principles of composites that have been left unaddressed so far by photovoltaic manufacturers. “Neglecting material degradation issues can prove very harmful for the operation of photovoltaic modules, leading to electric power losses much higher than what is saved by focusing on increasing the solar energy conversion efficiency,” adds Prof. Paggi. Micro cracks in solar cells are a frequent challenge for manufacturers of solar photovoltaic modules. EU-funded researchers introduced an innovative pre-stressing technique to retard the growth of cracks and make durable solar cells. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: A solution to fracture for durable solar cells (2018, December 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-solution-fracture-durable-solar-cells.htmlcenter_img Stretchy solar cells a step closer Credit: PHYSIC Provided by CORDISlast_img read more

Study offers insights on wind development costs taxes

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first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain 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. Philippines approves three new wind farms Taking into account Wyoming’s potential wind generation given modern technology, as well as the existing taxes in Wyoming, wind energy companies building new facilities in the state may be expected to pay as little as $3.05 per megawatt hour in taxes, the study shows. Existing wind facilities using technology from 2008-2010, when most facilities in the state were built, currently pay an estimated tax burden of closer to $4.05 per megawatt hour. Increasing the wind generation tax to $5 per megawatt hour, as has recently been proposed by some legislators, would more than double the total tax load to $6.62 per megawatt hour at new facilities and raise the tax burden to over $7.77 per megawatt hour at existing facilities, making the tax burden in Wyoming the highest of all Western states.”Our conclusion is that this cost change could have a significant negative impact on wind developers’ willingness to consider Wyoming, and undermine the potential use of wind development as an economic diversification strategy,” the economists wrote.Noting the fixed nature of a wind production tax—which causes the tax burden on the overall cost of wind development to increase as the cost of wind energy production declines—they suggest Wyoming consider moving to taxes assessed on a percentage basis, such as income, gross receipts, property and sales taxes.Another problem the economists note is the state’s reliance on a sales tax assessed on wind equipment in Wyoming, even though most other industries choosing to locate in Wyoming would be exempt from such a tax. This raises the cost of development in the state. The economists include an example tax change to show that it is possible to increase taxes collected over the life of a wind farm and reduce the cost of developing wind in Wyoming simply by changing the types of taxes assessed on a wind project.”Wyoming relies on a sales tax for a significant portion of the taxes collected on wind generation in Wyoming and, because the majority of this tax is assessed during construction before facilities are producing output, the tax cost has to be financed with debt. This drives up developers’ costs, because they not only have to pay the tax, but also interest on that tax,” Godby says.The economists show that charging a gross receipts tax—a tax on the production value of electricity generated over the life of a facility—and rescinding the sales tax would lower the cost of wind development by avoiding the debt developers must undertake to pay sales taxes, while increasing the total taxes the state collects. They note their example is not the only way this type of cost and tax revenue improvement could be made.”Increases in property taxes or the use of a gross receipts tax on wind in Wyoming could be preferred to a wind production tax as currently imposed in Wyoming, and could reduce disincentives to wind development while increasing wind tax revenues,” they wrote. “Overall, greater consideration of how tax changes will affect development costs in Wyoming should be seriously considered before new policies are implemented to avoid any unintended consequences of such tax changes.” Explore further Provided by University of Wyoming The study, released by the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, takes into account wind resource estimates, construction and labor costs, and tax policies, concluding that those four states have a significant advantage over other Western states regarding the cost of wind development. But the difference between the cost of development between New Mexico and Wyoming is 10 percent, and that gap would grow to 21 percent if Wyoming were to raise its wind generation tax from $1 to $5 per megawatt hour, as some legislators have proposed.The research is intended to provide policymakers with information on the potential economic development and tax revenue trade-offs associated with wind development. The report may be found on the UW School of Energy Resources website at www.uwyo.edu/ser/research/.”Communities have grappled with trying to decide whether to welcome large-scale wind development and whether to reduce its tax burden in an effort to competitively attract projects, or to take advantage of such development as it occurs to tax it, either to compensate for the local costs wind facilities impose or to supplement local, county and state revenues—especially in regions where traditional revenue sources have been declining,” wrote the authors, UW economists Rob Godby and Ben Cook. “It is important to understand the capital, operating and tax structure of wind developments to appreciate how, for a given tax revenue or incentive change, different cost consequences may occur that affect the attractiveness of a state to wind development.”Wyoming is the only state that taxes generation of wind energy, but wind developers pay a number of taxes in Western states, including business, property and sales taxes. Taxes paid by wind energy companies, taking into account incentives, range from $1.57 per megawatt hour in Colorado to $5.34 per megawatt hour in Washington. Citation: Study offers insights on wind development costs, taxes (2019, March 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-insights-taxes.html A new analysis of state taxation policies regarding wind energy in the West shows New Mexico is the lowest-cost state for wind farm development, followed by Montana, Colorado and Wyoming.last_img read more

A Pair of Shipwrecked WWIIEra Submarines Just Vanished from the Sea Near

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first_imgMore than 100 World War II-era shipwrecks decorate the seafloor around Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore — and now, there are two fewer. According to Dutch media reports, a pair of submarines that sank off the coast of Malaysia in 1941 mysteriously vanished late last week, leaving behind only some broken scraps and ghostly outlines in the sand. The wrecked subs — Dutch vessels named HNLMS O 16 and HNLMS K XVII — also contained the remains of 79 crewmen, which are now missing. [17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth] How does a shipwreck simply disappear? According to Dutch government officials, the subs were likely stolen by scrap-metal scavengers, who have made a habit of pilfering old wrecks from the region. As many as 40 World War II-era ships have been partially or completely dismantled by scavengers, a 2017 report by the Guardian found, resulting in the desecration of the remains of some 4,500 crewmen who went down with their ships. Salvaging a shipwreck usually requires blowing the vessel apart with explosives, then spending days or weeks hauling any valuable metals up onto the surface with a crane. For their trouble, scavengers can come away with millions of dollars’ worth of steel per ransacked ship, plus other spoils, such as copper cables and phosphor bronze propellers, according to the Guardian article. Wartime shipwrecks are protected under international treaties as the unmarked graves of departed soldiers — however, that has not stopped salvagers from destroying the wrecks of the American, British, Dutch, English, Australian and Japanese vessels resting in South East Asian waters. In March 2018, Malaysian officials signed an agreement with the Dutch foreign minister to better protect Dutch war wrecks in Malaysia’s waters. (Parts of Malaysia were once under Dutch colonial rule.) The agreement followed a string of particularly serious shipwreck desecrations; in 2016, the wrecks of three Dutch warships vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia, along with the remains of 2,200 people, the Guardian reported. Shipwrecks Gallery: Secrets of the Deep Originally published on Live Science. In Photos: Diving for a Famed Roman Shipwreck Disasters at Sea: 6 Deadliest Shipwreckslast_img read more

Photo of Sea Stars Butt Goes Viral Spoiler Thats No Butt

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first_img Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures Saw a thicc ass starfish at the aquarium today pic.twitter.com/NwF0xYabHQby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo — あかり(AKARI) (@Babyshoujo) June 30, 2019 Vermilion sea stars (Mediaster aequalis) are known for their vivid red-orange color and the symmetry of their five arms. But one individual quickly gained internet fame for a body part that isn’t usually associated with starfish: a shapely rear end. Twitter user @Babyshoujo recently photographed and tweeted an image of the “thicc” starfish as the animal clung to a rock in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The sea star’s prominent derrière has captivated hundreds of thousands since the photo was shared on June 30. Quite a few commenters drew comparisons to the “SpongeBob SquarePants” starfish character Patrick Star, who often proudly displays his prominent, rounded bottom. However, experts were quick to point out that the “butt” isn’t quite what it seems. [In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Sea]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65864-sea-star-butt-aquarium.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Vermillion sea stars are found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean, with their range extending from Baja California north to Alaska, according to the Georgia Aquarium. Though sea stars are often referred to as starfish, they are not fish. They are echinoderms, the group that also includes sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins. And no, sea stars don’t have “butts”; they have a centrally located anus, but they don’t have human-like buttocks, as the cartoon Patrick Star does. What we’re seeing in the photo are the contracted muscles of the starfish’s arms as they grip the rock, Nate Jaros, curator of fish and invertebrates at the Aquarium of the Pacific, told USA Today. Because the sea star’s body is vertically aligned, gravity causes the creature’s internal structures to “slump,” and that produced the shapes resembling the human buttocks in the picture, Jaros explained. Previously, in March, social media users were intrigued by a similar illusion of thiccness in a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) in Finland’s Korkeasaari Zoo. The monkey, named Bea, appeared to be heavily muscled, her biceps as rounded as the sea star’s butt at the Pacific Aquarium. However, the so-called buff monkey’s bulk was really just fluffy fur, zoo representatives told Live Science. In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’ Originally published on Live Science. In Photos: Sick Sea Stars Turn to Goolast_img read more

India presses OPEC for responsible pricing of oil

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first_imgpetroleum SHARE No going back on fuel price deregulation: Pradhan SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED OPEC Published on Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the summit in New Delhi on Monday Kamal Narang Kamal Narangcenter_img Sentimental issues pose a challenge not oil supply position: Pradhan India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, on Wednesday pressed OPEC to move to responsible pricing of oil and gas saying the recent spike in rates are far detached from market fundamentals and are hurting importing nations. A combination of crude oil climbing to four-year high and rupee dipping to its lowest level against US dollar has sent retail petrol, diesel and cooking gas (LPG) rates to record high. The relentless price rise has wiped away tax cuts done by the government to give relief to consumers. At the annual institutional dialogue between the world’s third-largest oil importer and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave the cartel, which accounts for 45 per cent of the world output, a perspective of an importing country.“(I) met OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo at the 3rd India-OPEC Energy Dialogue (and) raised the issue of surging crude prices which is hurting oil importing countries like India. I sought responsible pricing, which is in the best interests of both producers and consumers,” Pradhan said.‘Important partner’India imports over 83 per cent of its crude oil needs. Of the crude oil imported, about 85 per cent of comes from OPEC nations. Also, 80 per cent of gas imports come from those countries. India believes OPEC has a major role in shaping oil prices and availability and the current high oil prices dent the economic development of many countries and threaten already fragile world economic growth. Pradhan said he also expressed concerns on global trade practices limiting the affordability of energy. Barkindo, he said, reaffirmed India as an extremely important partner for OPEC and called for further strengthening India-OPEC relationship. “He said OPEC will help to develop it as a model for developing countries,” Pradhan said. The OPEC secretary general said Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and the organisation’s kingpin, has assured that it is “committed, capable and willing” to ensure there will be no shortage in the oil market. October 17, 2018 COMMENT Facing crude price hike headwinds for the past 1 year: Pradhan COMMENTSlast_img read more