NIH responds to calls for investigation of monkey lab

first_imgThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has responded to calls from members of Congress to investigate monkey experiments being carried out at a government lab. Four U.S. representatives—prompted by an aggressive ad campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which claimed that baby rhesus macaques at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development lab of Stephen Suomi were being ripped from their mothers at birth and being mentally traumatized—called on NIH to conduct a bioethical review of the lab.In a letter to the representatives sent late last week, NIH Director Francis Collins said that his agency “takes animal welfare allegations seriously” and that it had recently conducted an investigation into the lab. The review, he wrote, found no major problems with the research, though he did say additional steps would be taken to “further protect and improve animal welfare.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A day before Collins sent his letter, the American Psychological Association wrote to one of the U.S. representatives—Dina Titus (D–NV)—defending Suomi’s work, stating that the research “has enhanced our understanding of and treatments for mental illnesses such as depression, addiction, and autism.”last_img read more

Apparel exports to the US: India posts second-highest growth among top 5

first_imgWhile US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ approach to curb imports of several products might have been a cause for concern to India, the apparel sector seems to be an exception. During the January-November period of 2017, India emerged as the only large apparel-sourcing destination other than Vietnam to post a jump in exports to the US. According to the US government trade data, among the top five apparel exporters to the country, Vietnam posted a 7.42 per cent growth in exports, while India saw its exports rising 2.19 per cent during the period on a year-on-year basis, show data from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (Otexa), under the US Department of Commerce. For India, the growth came despite its overall month-wise apparel export growth declining October and November 2017.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img read more

Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:37Protesters 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 San Miguel’s jovial center raised his fourth MVP trophy during the Leo Awards on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, basically cementing his reputation as the greatest player of his era.Fajardo also did what neither Fernandez nor Patrimonio was able to achieve, and that was to win his fourth MVP in four straight years.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 shutout“I’m thankful to my parents because I’ve achieved so much in life because of them, they are my inspiration,” said Fajardo in Filipino.The 27-year-old edged out San Miguel teammates Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos, TNT’s Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next LATEST STORIES Fajardo accumulated a total of 2,886 points  that include statistics and votes from other players, the media, and PBA officials.And even though he just achieved a feat nobody in the history of the PBA did, Fajardo said he doesn’t want to be remembered for the hardware he collected in his career.“I want to be remembered not just for the championships or awards I won, I want to be remembered for the person I am in the PBA,” said Fajardo. “I want to be remembered as someone who was a good example to the youth. That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.”The Beermen, meanwhile, made history with four players making it to the First Mythical team. Teammates Ross, Cabagnot, Fajardo and Santos was included in the the prestigious selection along with the Kings’ Aguilar .Fajaro had the most points in the First Mythical Team with 753 with Aguilar at far second with 474.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took the legendary Ramon Fernandez 16 years to claim his fourth PBA MVP, while Alvin Patrimonio played nine years to earn his fourth.June Mar Fajardo needed just five.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Beermen Ross, Santos, and Cabagnot had 441, 437, and 423 points, respectively.Castro and Williams, Tenorio and teammate Joe DeVance, Cliff Hodge made up the second Mythical team.TNT’s point guard had 371 points to lead the second team with Tenorio close behind at 348 while Devance had 330.Williams amassed 287 points while Hodge had 262. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA: Pogoy is Rookie of the Year, Ross the Most Improved player View commentslast_img read more

Tremont Waters’ drive beats Maryland, sends LSU to Sweet 16

first_img“It’s huge for these guys,” Benford said. “They’re the ones that paid the price. They’ve been through a lot. … I give it to these guys. They have taken ownership of this team.”“They trust each other and respect each other, they love each other, and when you have a team like that, you have a chance to win games, he said.Waters finished with 12 points and five assists. Reid added 13 points, and Darius Days chipped in 10.LSU outscored Maryland 34-24 in the paint.The Terrapins (23-11) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to make it a nail-biter down the stretch. Coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone defense, which slowed Waters, and his guys started making shots. They even had a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to play. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Maryland fans had some fun with the allegations.One fan unhappy with the refs yelled “How much did Will Wade pay you?” Others chanted “Where’s your coach?” during timeouts.Regardless, the Tigers advanced in the East without Wade and mired in controversy. They will face No. 2 seed Michigan State on Friday.They also dedicated the season to the memory of Wayde Sims, their teammate shot and killed in late September. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Benford dialed up the final play for Waters, a dynamic sophomore who has been terrific all season.“The players knew exactly what was coming,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We all knew what was coming. It was whether we were going to be able to stop it or not.”The 5-foot-11 Waters got a pick from big man Naz Reid, drove into the lane and somehow got off the winner.“I was in the bottom of the dog pile, and just the feeling, it feels amazing,” said Waters, who laughed off those who questioned whether he traveled. “I’m going to continue to do everything I can to help this team win and just keep pushing for my guys.”Wade could only celebrate from afar. The head coach was banished indefinitely after details emerged about him talking to a recruiting middleman about a “strong ass offer” he made to a high schooler. If true, Wade clearly violated NCAA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Inspired by grieving friend, Florida State rolls to Sweet 16 “I never thought we were going to lose until the kid made the lay-up, to be honest with you,” Turgeon said.Maryland trailed 46-31 with 16 minutes remaining after Turgeon was hit with a technical foul. But the call seemed to ignite — or maybe infuriate — Maryland.Smith led Maryland with 15 points. Bruno Fernando added 10 points and 15 rebounds.BIG PICTUREMaryland entered the postseason with the fourth-youngest team in the country, according to KenPom. Kentucky is the only team in the NCAA field with a younger roster. So the Terrapins could be in position for another run in 2020.“I always grew up watching these type of games, these big-time games,” guard Darryl Morsell said. “So just to be able to be in it, it’s a great feeling, and just to have all these young guys coming back and stuff, it’s just going to make us hungrier.”LSU improved to 13-5 in games decided by 6 points of less, and Waters has been a big reason for the late-game success.UP NEXTMaryland waits to see what Fernando does regarding the NBA. The 6-foot-10 sophomore entered the draft after his freshman season, but returned to school and averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.LSU will play the Michigan State winner in Washington D.C. on Friday. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give third-seeded LSU a 69-67 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.“Great players make great plays, and he made a great play,” interim coach Tony Benford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter Maryland’s Eric Ayala failed to get off a shot from midcourt before the final buzzer, LSU players mobbed Waters under the basket. They could have done the same to Skylar Mays, who scored 16 points and hit a huge 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining that put the Tigers (28-6) up 67-64.Jalen Smith answered on the other end, sending the packed crowd into a frenzy and prompting LSU to call timeout. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LSU players celebrate after defeating Maryland 69-67 in a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s probably the same play suspended LSU coach Will Wade would have called.After all, it worked several times during the regular season. And now it has the Tigers in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Suarez proves class but Gomes a lost cause

first_imgBarcelona Suarez proves worth to Barcelona but Gomes looks a lost cause Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 05:43 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Luis Suarez Andre Gomes Barcelona Split Getty/Goal Barcelona Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División Luis Suárez Opinion The Uruguayan striker did not have a very good game by his standards, but he did net the all-important leveller as the Portuguese struggled again It could have been better for Barcelona and it could have been worse. In the end, a 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid sees the Catalans’ 100 per cent record in La Liga end, but does ensure they remain five points clear of Real Madrid in the Primera Division. All thanks to Luis Suarez.Suarez endured a difficult night in attack for Barca, often out on the left with Lionel Messi more central, and his recent performances have been frustrating for fans and the player himself this term. Nevertheless, he still provided the all-important equaliser near the end.Barcelona 13/2 to beat Olympiakos 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Uruguayan has taken time out through injury this season, worked extra hard to return for his country’s vital World Cup qualifiers and has also been played in a different position under new coach Ernesto Valverde.In addition, he is perhaps the biggest loser following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and the subsequent injury to Ousmane Dembele, which has upset the balance of a Barca attack badly missing some pace and trickery to stretch Atletico on Saturday.Atletico Barca score“It’s possible that he worked excessively [to return],” the striker’s first coach at Nacional in Uruguay, Martin Lasarte, told Goal recently. “He is physically very strong and when he is fully fit, he is like a bull. He is not quite at that level at the moment.”And he added: “Suarez is playing a little more on the wing. He hasn’t scored with the same voracity. But it’s a question of adaptation. For me, he is a centre-forward, but the very best players adapt and that is what he has to do.”Suarez, like Barca, improved as this match wore on. And, in truth, Barca were better when Valverde switched to 4-3-3, having started the match with 4-4-2 and Andre Gomes a seemingly strange selection in midfield.Gomes has good technique and carries the ball forward well on occasions, while he is also physically strong. However, he still does not look like the right fit for Barcelona in this, his second season at the Catalan club.Saul Niguez Atletico MadridLuis Suarez Barcelona Atletico MadridThe Portuguese is not particularly quick and appears to slow down Barca’s attacks. Often, he is too predictable and unfortunately, the team’s performances seem to dip every time he is in the starting XI. It is difficult to see what he offers at this point.The same cannot be said for Suarez. Not including penalties, the Uruguayan has 85 goals in La Liga since 2014-15, more than any other players expect Lionel Messi (102) and Cristiano Ronaldo (87). And on Saturday, his header to cancel out Saul’s superb strike for Atleti dug Barca out of a hole.”He’s a player who can disappear from time to time,” his national coach Oscar Tabarez said recently. “How many times during the last qualifiers did we think about taking him out and then suddenly he improved and scored goals. He’s a player not to be categorised by form.”And with Messi often crowded out and unlucky with one effort from a free-kick that hit the post, the former Liverpool forward’s contribution was vital in the end for Barcelona. The same, however, cannot be said for Gomes.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Cristiano and Neymar would work at Madrid

first_imgTransfers Ronaldo: Cristiano and Neymar would be good together at Madrid Dejan Kalinic 11:36 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) RonaldoNeymar - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo The two stars could coexist at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the legendary Brazilian striker Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar could star together for the La Liga giants.Goal has reported that Neymar, 26, is desperate to move to Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain after just one season with the Ligue 1 champions.That would see him combine with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has enjoyed nine incredible seasons at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Asked if the pair could perform well together, Brazil great Ronaldo said: “Cristiano and Neymar are compatible, of course.”They are two good players, better together than separated.”If Neymar decides at some point that he wants to leave, Real Madrid will have to be careful to bring him in.”Neymar – who starred for Barcelona before his world-record switch to PSG – has also been linked to Manchester United.last_img read more

Ryan Day Made A Huge Recruiting Visit For Ohio State Last Night

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State’s new head coach, Ryan Day, made a pretty big recruiting visit on Wednesday evening.Day, who’s taking over for Urban Meyer in Columbus, checked in with one of the most-important recruits in Ohio State’s 2019 class.Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver committed to Ohio State, was paid a visit by Day and some of the Buckeyes’ staff.“Happy to have the big men on campus stop by tonight,” Wilson tweeted.Happy to have the big men on campus stop by tonight. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Q0YFvfqLet— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) December 6, 2018Wilson revealed after Meyer’s retirement decision that he was still committed to Ohio State. He’s one of the top wide receivers in the 2019 class and keeping him board is big.Day made a couple of other big visits on Wednesday, too.Urban Meyer on Tuesday afternoon: “Ryan’s going to be in four states tomorrow, I imagine. He better be.”Since then, Ryan Day has been to Illinois to visit Nick Broeker; Mentor, Ohio this morning to visit Ryan Jacoby and Noah Potter; and Texas tonight to see Garrett Wilson. https://t.co/IMCgPlYspf— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 6, 2018Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 11 class in the country by 247Sports.last_img read more

I was the Hot Spot guy: Marnus Labuschagne reveals his best Ashes memory

first_imgI was the Hot Spot guy: Marnus Labuschagne reveals his best Ashes memoryMarnus Labuschagne said he was handling the Hot Spot camera in the Ashes Test in 2010 when Peter Siddle took a hat-trick in Brisbane and he was moving the camera at the time.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 14:33 IST Marnus Labuschagne is likely to slot in the Australian middle order (Reuters Photo)Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne revealed on Monday that he used to handle the Hot Spot camera a few years back and how he is looking forward to make his Ashes debut in the first match on August 1.Labuschagne said he was handling the Hot Spot camera in the Ashes Test in 2010 when Peter Siddle took a hat-trick in Brisbane and he was moving the camera at the time.”One of my coolest memories of the Ashes was I was working for Channel 9 as, like, the Hot Spot guy.”I was moving the Hot Spot camera [in 2010] when Sidds got his hat-trick. I was doing Hot Spot for the game, up on the second level, like moving the camera from side to side and I was there for the hat-trick, that was pretty cool.”I was literally a ring-in. I knew some guy and I got paid to watch the game, so it was a win for me back then. I was getting paid, like $90 a day, to move the camera around,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.Labuschagne is likely to slot in the Australian middle order when they take the field against England in Birmingham on Thursday.”I love bats, I love the gear, I love talking bats, fine details, changes, handle shapes, how the bat taps, the length of the blade,” he said.”I think they have a nickname for me, they call me the ‘Hurricane’ because when I go in all the bats come out, boxes are everywhere. I am feeling every bat, tapping it up. I love it. I love talking about bats.Just before I was in the change-rooms and I went into Tim Paine’s bag and grabbed two bats and was like ‘are these in the trade window?’advertisement”I have my own thing at home that I re-string my bats with, sand them down, I’ve got my own workshop,” Labuschagne said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Marnus LabuschagneFollow Ashes 2019last_img read more

This Baby Bronco RC Car Off-Roads as Well as the Real Thing

first_img 1 of 8 Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser Next Editors’ Recommendations Since Ford released its reimagined Bronco model in the late 1970s, off-roaders and adventurers alike have relished the bigger, badder truck style; larger frame; and mudding capabilities. Today, we get the chance to relive this rugged experience (in bite-sized form) with the Traxxas Bronco Ranger XLT remote control car.Now, I know what you may be thinking — how can we truly pay homage to such an iconic vehicle with such a tiny RC car? By the end of this article, you’ll see what I mean.If you’re not familiar with Traxxas, it’s worth noting that this was the first company to bring fully waterproof RC cars to the market. It was a historic and monumental moment for the remote control world, as it meant you could take your RC anywhere — through the creek, snow-filled hillside, or swampy field — and not worry about damaging any electronics in the process.The Traxxas TRX-4 brandishes an almost unbelievable realism with the same impeccable detailing and extreme off-road capabilities as its inspiration, the 1979 Ford Bronco.The car features everything memorable from the redesigned Bronco model, from the crisp chrome wheels and bumpers to the nostalgic red and sunset paint jobs to the desirable portal axle ground clearance. Other features include remote locking shocks for different terrains, high and low transmission gears, and a fully dependable steel frame. Hell, Traxxas even included a functional spare wheel and tire, an off-road jack, and spare fuel canisters as add-ons for the complete package.Traxxas’ aforementioned portal axle technology sets itself apart from the rest of the off-road RC community much like the Ford Bronco did in the life-sized auto industry. By lifting the truck above the wheels, you get enough ground clearance to climb rocky hillsides and shimmy over boulders with ease.For the avid RC hobbyists out there, or pure fans of the historic Ford Bronco, this pint-sized replica ($480) is a must-have.center_img The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Previous This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV last_img read more

Exmars Profit Triples in 2016 Revenue Down

first_imgzoom Following a series of one-off incomes, including payment for a canceled contract, the Belgian LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar saw its 2016 profit triple to USD 35.8 million, compared to USD 11.2 reported last year.The result has been positively influenced by USD 14.3 million in badwill recognized on the acquisition a share in the pressurized fleet held by Wah Kwong and USD 9 million termination fee paid by Pacific Exploration and Production (PEP) on the Caribbean floating liquefaction unit (FLNG).Although the company’s operating income also increased to USD 123.1 million in the period, against an operating income of USD 115.5 million seen in 2015, Exmar said that its revenue for the year slid to USD 96 million from USD 112.2 million.Despite deteriorating market conditions, the operating result of the LPG fleet in 2016 was USD 34.2 million, compared to USD 17.8 million in 2015. The result has been positively influenced by USD 14.3 million in badwill realized on the acquisition of the remaining 50% in ten pressurized vessels.VLGC earnings in 2016 have recorded a significant drop compared to the previous year, owing to a lack of arbitrage opportunities, a slowing down of US LPG export volume growth and the delivery of 45 vessels.Outlook for 2017 remains difficult due to a pessimistic product market outlook and the expected delivery of 23 more VLGC’s in 2017, according to Exmar.Additionally, the midsize segment has seen major corrections throughout 2016. Difficult product pricing and increased vessel supply have led to sharp reductions in earnings starting in the first half of 2016.In 2016, the company took delivery of three 38,000 m³ ships Knokke, Kontich and Kortrijk, while the fourth LPG ship Kallo was delivered on March 30, 2017.With three additional MGC newbuilds foreseen between July 2017 and January 2018, EXMAR expects to secure employment opportunities for these vessels as they are beneficiaries of the improved capacity, greater efficiency and lower fuel consumption.“After a challenging year 2016 with ample ships incurring idle time both East and West, the fourth quarter 2016 and start of 2017 saw rates creeping up as a result of promising outlook figures and shipping tightness in the East,” Exmar said.The company added that its focus remains on developing term business with first class customers both in South East Asia and Europe.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Continue to Benefit from Government Surplus Items

first_imgStudents, community groups and non-profit organizations across the province, continue to benefit from the government’s surplus property disposal policy. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report was tabled in the legislature today, April 13. The report outlines how surplus materials were disposed of during the last fiscal year. “This government is committed to running a tight financial ship and we are determined not to waste anything,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Our inventory control staff do a great job of getting our surplus items out where they can still do some good.” The main beneficiary in 2010 was the Computers for Schools Program, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of used computer equipment. The list included 2,538 computers, 1,259 keyboards, 815 monitors, 657 printers, and 398 laptops. The equipment was refurbished and put into schools throughout Nova Scotia. Graham Creighton Junior High School in Cherry Brook was one of the schools on the receiving end of the surplus equipment. “The new computers are faster than the ones we had, and they will make it easier to get our work done,” said Justin McCrae, a Grade 9 student at the school. “The computers are very helpful because a lot of students prefer typing their work instead of handwriting.” Non-profit and community groups can apply to receive other surplus equipment. The report lists thousands of items, including chairs, tables, desks and filing cabinets, that were donated to 94 non-profit or community organizations in 2010. The revenue outlined in the report is generated by the sale of surplus land and equipment by public tender or public auctions. The department’s heavy equipment auction was the largest revenue generator, bringing in $561,491. Sale of property, such as land and buildings, brought in $195,568.79, and auctions of other surplus equipment raised $172,721.60. All profits will be used to reduce the provincial deficit, improving Nova Scotia’s bottom line. Surplus items are distributed under the authority of the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Act. The 11 categories of surplus items listed in the report are two-way radios donated to volunteer fire departments and ground search and rescue groups, items sold at public auction, heavy equipment sold at public auction, items sold through public tender, items donated to non-profit, non-government agencies, material sent for recycling, computer equipment for the Computer for Schools program, scrap waste, equipment donated to public school boards and surplus equipment used in school renovations and construction. The full report is available on the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/publications/SCPDR_2010-11.pdf .last_img read more

Constable held in connection with July 5 businessman abduction case

first_imgKolkata: A police constable has been arrested in connection with a case of abduction and robbery which happened on July 5. The accused constable, identified as Utpal Kar, was arrested on Wednesday night from Bijpur in North 24-Parganas.Earlier on July 5, a jewellery business owner of Nadia identified as Bablu Nath had lodged a FIR at Muchipara police station, stating that he was abducted by two persons in a SUV, who had claimed to be policemen. He also told the police that they had taken Rs one lakh and gold jewellery weighing about 50 grams and left him near the airport on July 4. During the probe, sleuths identified the SUV and its registration number from CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, on the basis of the SUV’s registration number, police managed to get hold of the driver identified as Nepal Dhar and the owner of the SUV, who were both arrested. During interrogation, he stated that a person identified as Ashish Chandra, who works in the records section of Kolkata Police, was involved in the case. Following the statement by Dhar, Chandra was arrested on July 9. After his arrest, he was interrogated and sleuths came to know that Kar, who is a police constable posted at Lalbazar, was also connected with the case. Since then, police had been on the hunt for him as he had fled. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn Wednesday, police came to know from sources that Kar was hiding in Bijpur. Immediately, a joint team of Muchipara police station and Kolkata Police Detective Department went to Bijpur and nabbed Kar. According to senior police officials, he has confessed his part in the crime. He was absent since October last year without informing concerned superiors. Chandra had been arrested earlier in 2014 for his connection with a cheating case at Sealdah Government Railway Police (GRP). That time, he was suspended and a departmental inquiry was also initiated.last_img read more

Inutero surgery gives baby Sebastian good heartstart in life

first_imgTORONTO – Watching Kristine Barry and husband Christopher Havill cuddle their two-month-old son Sebastian, it’s hard to believe their little guy has been through more major medical procedures in his short life — and even before being born — than many people experience in a lifetime.Weeks before his birth in May, Toronto doctors discovered through imaging scans that Sebastian had not one, but two congenital heart defects — and they knew they had to do something fairly radical to bring him into the world and give him a chance at a full and healthy life.That something was an in-utero procedure to poke a hole in the wall between the upper chambers of his tiny heart, which had developed with no opening, followed by an operation after birth to repair his major cardiac arteries, which weren’t in the proper locations.Scans of Sebastian while in his mother’s womb showed his aorta, the vessel that takes oxygen-rich blood to the brain and body, and his pulmonary artery, which channels blood to the lungs to be oxygenated, were switched — a condition known as transposition of the great arteries, or TGA.Doctors also discovered there were no openings in the walls between either the two upper chambers (the atria) of his heart or the bottom two chambers (the ventricles), which would have prevented his blood from circulating properly after birth. While in the womb, fetal blood is oxygenated through the placenta.“If a baby doesn’t have any holes between the two sides, so the right and left half, the child would be deeply blue, and eventually will die from this condition unless we are able to create the hole after birth rapidly,” said cardiologist Dr. Edgar Jaeggi, head of the fetal cardiac program at Sick Kids Hospital and part of the two-hospital team that cared for Barry and her soon-to-be born baby.“This is a life-threatening condition that could result in rapid brain damage, with the baby doing very poorly and dying from this,” Jaeggi explained.However, after Sebastian’s birth, doctors would have had only a few minutes to open up his chest and repair his heart, requiring full neonatal resuscitation and cardiac surgery teams to be on stand-by.To avoid such a high-risk delivery and the dangers to the newborn, a team of doctors from Mount Sinai Hospital and Sick Kids opted to perform the procedure to create an opening between the upper chambers of Sebastian’s heart while he was in the womb.“It’s pretty intense hearing something like that, that they’re going to do it while he’s still inside of her,” Havill, 27, said Tuesday after he and his wife travelled to Sick Kids from their home in Barrie, Ont., north of Toronto.“It’s something you would think would only happen on a TV medical show, not in real life,” agreed Barry, 25. “Doing the in-utero procedure actually sounded like the best possible thing. In my gut, we knew this was what we wanted to happen, what we needed to do.”On May 18, doctors at Mount Sinai took the first steps, injecting drugs through Barry’s abdomen that put Sebastian to sleep, paralyzed his body to prevent him from moving, and provided pain relief.“The baby obviously has to be in the right position,” said Dr. Greg Ryan, head of the fetal medicine program at Mount Sinai.“Because if the baby is not aligned in-utero, it’s a non-starter, and we’ve sometimes had to wait for two or three days for the baby to come into position where it gives us our best shot — because you have one shot and you need to make that work.”Barry was then transported to Sick Kids across the street via an underground tunnel that connects the two hospitals, where Ryan performed the next part of the procedure under ultrasound-guided imagery, inserting a fine needle through Barry’s abdomen and uterus, then into the upper chamber of Sebastian’s heart and passing it through the wall to the adjacent atrium.A catheter was then fed through the needle and a tiny balloon inserted between the wall, a process that’s similar to balloon angioplasty to open up a blocked coronary artery in those at risk of a heart attack.“Then, essentially, we blow up the balloon in that wall which had been closed,” explained Ryan. “By blowing it up, we could open up a hole in the wall between the two chambers, and this allows the mixing of the blood.“Once we’ve done that, we withdraw the needle and withdraw the catheter out of the baby’s heart,” he said, adding that he believes this is the first time in the world that the in-utero procedure has been performed in a fetus with TGA.Jaeggi said the team waited until Sebastian was almost full-term to do the in-utero surgery — called a balloon atrial septoplasty, or BAS — because doing so earlier might have allowed the hole to close up again.“We wanted the biggest hole closest to delivery,” he said, describing the opening as about 3.5 millimetres in diameter.On May 23, Barry gave birth through a regular vaginal delivery after being induced and Sebastian was born “pink and screaming.”“They always primed us that we would be having a blue baby, so when he came out, I’m like ‘That’s not blue,’” said Barry, recalling her huge sense of relief. “He was here and he looked as babies should when they’re born.”Sebastian had a second BAS procedure after birth to ensure the atrial opening was large enough. Then five days later, surgeons at Sick Kids performed open-heart surgery on the infant to switch his aorta and pulmonary artery into their proper positions.Now weighing 10 pounds and meeting all his developmental milestones, Sebastian is like any other healthy two-month-old, his parents say.“He’s a pretty calm, pretty chill baby. He lets us know when he’s not happy. He still has that very strong set of lungs that he was born with,” Barry said. “We just recently started getting our smiles from him.”“You barely even know that anything had happened to him unless you take off his shirt and see his scars,” added Havill. “He’s just awesome.”The couple say it’s hard to express how grateful they are to the medical teams at the two hospitals.“Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but definitely thanks to them for saving my baby’s life,” Barry said.“It’s just amazing what they’re able and capable of doing.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Grieving First Nations family sent home with wrong casket in Manitoba

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National newsA grieving family is speaking out after they returned home with what they believed to be their loved one’s remains only to find out the casket was empty at Red Sucker Lake First Nation in Manitoba.The right casket carrying their loved one’s remains arrived in the community hours later.But the family and members were already devastated by what happened.last_img

Oil and gas companies receive 139 million in royalty credits from BC

first_imgThe Ministry said that the 20 IRCP projects represent $743 million in private sector capital spending and are expected to create more than 1,742 jobs in B.C. Of those projects, five use BC Hydro electricity, resulting in fewer GHG emissions.The seven CIRCP projects saw $78 million in industry spending that will result in an estimated reduction of 0.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.The Province said that companies are required to fully fund and complete an approved project before they can apply to recover up to 50 percent of the project’s cost in royalty deductions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that 27 oil and gas projects in B.C. have been awarded a cumulative total of $139.3 million in royalty credits.In a press release issued back on September 4th, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said that $120 million of the royalty deductions were awarded for 20 new projects under the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program, while a further $19.3 million in deductions were given out for seven new projects under the Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program.The IRC Program facilitates new pipelines and all-season road projects, creating jobs for service-sector employees and supporting upstream-development prospects, while the CIRC Program supports investments in clean technology that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources linked to the exploration and production of B.C.’s oil and gas resources.last_img read more

Mandhana breaks into top 3 in T20I batting rankings

first_imgDubai: India opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Womens Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday. Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati. Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who moved up a spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points. The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less. India captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenMeanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position. But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103. There were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places. The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10. Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35. The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.last_img read more

State police to be in QRTs after sixth phase debacle

first_imgKolkata: Taking lessons from the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal held on Sunday, the Election Commission has decided to include state police personnel in Quick Response Teams (QRTs).There were only Central Force personnel in the QRTs during the sixth phase and the latter, with little knowledge of the location of the booths, took a lot of time to intervene in case of any report of trouble. “There will be state police along with Central Forces in the seventh phase of the elections on May 19,” state Police Observer Vivek Dubey told reporters after a meeting with senior officials in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bengal and the top brass of the state police and Kolkata Police. Sources in the Commission said that there will be at least one civil constable in each QRT in the seventh phase. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDeputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who reached the city on Sunday night, took stock of the poll-preparedness and security measures for the seventh phase of polls in Bengal, in which the nine constituencies of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North are going to polls. It may be mentioned that in the fourth and fifth phase of elections, the QRTs with a blend of Central Forces and state police were found to reach troubled places very quickly and bring situations under control. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the sixth phase there were around 547 QRTs and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad-hoc commandants. They struggled to reach places from where sporadic violence was reported as they didn’t have proper knowledge of the geographical locations of the booths. A number of political parties that met Jain also briefed him about the problem. They alleged that clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Jain also spoke with the returning officers who have been deployed for the seventh phase of polls. “All the DEOs and ROs have ensured that there will be no security related issues in the last phase. There has been maximum deployment of forces in the state because the Commission has given special importance to this state. Forces are always deployed on the basis of availability and there can be a situation when all the booths might not be covered by Central forces. But the Commission wants maximum utility of the forces,” Jain said. Later in the day, he visited the model counting centre at Netaji Indoor Stadium. “There will be VVPAT counting this year and so the Commission has made some changes in the counting pattern. The Commission has decided that only after completion of the first round, the counting of second round will start,” a senior election official said. Jain also gave training to all the DEOs and ROs about the counting system and also answered their queries. As per plans drawn up by the Commission till now, 673 companies of Central Forces will be deployed in the seventh phase, with Kolkata getting a share of 146 companies for its two constituencies across 1,576 polling premises – making a provision of nearly 10 personnel for each premise. Another 27 companies of Central Forces are slated to be deployed for the Bidhannagar commissionerate area.last_img read more

BC First Nations band evicts Mount Polley tailings pond owner over water

CHASE — A First Nations band in British Columbia has issued an eviction notice to the company that owns the Mount Polley tailings pond, which spilled millions of cubic metres of waste in the Cariboo region.The Neskonlith are urging Imperial Metals Corp. to leave their land, which is in the Thompson Okanagan region, about 48 kilometres east of Kamloops near the village of Chase.Imperial Metals is surveying a 211-square-kilometre area for zinc and lead for a project called the Ruddock Creek mine, which is unrelated to the Mount Polley mine.The band issued a statement saying the group will not permit any mining development that would contaminate water or destroy salmon habitat, as elders do not want the area poisoned.The band says it opposes the Ruddock Creek Mine because Imperial Metals failed to protect First Nations land when the Mount Polley tailings pond breached.The Neskonlith was not directly affected by the Mount Polley breach, but it is one of 17 bands that form the Secwepemc (She-whep-m) First Nation, some of which were affected by the accident.Imperial Metals did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Earlier this week, the company said it doesn’t see any sign that the accident will delay the startup of another mine it’s developing in the province.Imperial plans to start operations this year at its $570 million Red Chris mine in the province which, like Mount Polley, will produce copper and gold and place waste in a pond at the site. The accident at Mount Polley, which is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Vancouver, may delay Red Chris by a year, Raymond Goldie, a Toronto-based analyst at Salman Partners Inc., said Aug. 5.“It’s going to be human nature for people to think like that,” Steve Robertson, Imperial’s vice president of corporate affairs, said in an Aug. 9 interview at Mount Polley. “We haven’t received any indication from the government that there will be any change to our ability to go ahead and commission Red Chris.” read more

Abbott is Australias new PM

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office today in a landslide election after incumbent prime minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat, the Telegraph reported.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday called a clear win for the Abbott-led opposition party over Mr Rudd’s Labour in national polls. Meanwhile a government minister said her party had lost the election. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek told ABC after 13 percent of the votes were counted that her government’s loss was no longer in doubt. “The coalition is on a pretty secure 74 seats already. On that basis they’re going to get a majority. I think we can say the government has been defeated,” Antony Green, the state broadcaster’s election analyst, said. She said: “I am a cautious person by nature, but I think that it’s pretty clear it’s a matter of the size of the victory” for the conservative Liberal Party-led alliance.The apparent victory by Australia’s British-born opposition leader would mark a dramatic return to power for the conservative Liberal-National party after six years of shaky Labour rule. Rudd has only been in office for three months after defeating Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, in a leadership challenge. Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as leader during his first term in 2010.Though Mr Abbott ran a strong campaign, Australians have not yet completely warmed to him. read more

Joshua Perry Buckeyes take part in Whipping Childhood Cancer

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it. read more