Energy companies lead US stocks lower as oil prices tumble

first_imgEnergy companies led a broad slide on Wall Street early Friday as the price of U.S. crude oil tumbled to its lowest level in more than a year. Traders are worried that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. A slide in financial stocks also weighed on the market. Retailers were seeing small gains as shoppers look for deals on Black Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,641 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 92 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 24,372. The Nasdaq composite added 9 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,982. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,482.Trading volume could be light with the markets open for only a half day after the Thanksgiving holiday.OIL SLUMP: Crude oil prices tumbled amid worries over rising production, record output from Saudi Arabia and mounting doubts that OPEC will cede to U.S. pressure and elect to cut production at the oil cartel’s meeting next month.The benchmark U.S. crude contract slid 6.1 per cent to $51.30 per barrel in New York. That is the lowest in over a year. The contract gained $1.20 on Wednesday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 4.3 per cent to $59.88 per barrel in London. It lost 88 cents the day before.Experts say the U.S. is increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia and OPEC to not cut production, as the Saudis had indicated they would, at their meeting on Dec. 6. U.S. President Donald Trump may have some leverage by not sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the death of a dissident writer. With oil supply already ample, that could push prices down further.The slide in oil prices weighed on energy stocks. Marathon Oil dropped 3.2 per cent to $15.88.SHOCKER: Tesla fell 1.6 per cent to $332.63 after the electric auto maker said it intends to cut prices for its Model X and Model S cars in China to make them more affordable.BLACK FRIDAY: Traders had their eye on retailers as Black Friday, the traditional start to the crucial holiday shopping season, got underway. Amazon rose 0.8 per cent to $1,528.80. Gap added 0.2 per cent to $25.86.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held at 3.04 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 112.76 yen from 113.06 yen late Wednesday. The euro weakened to $1.1352 from $1.1388. The pound strengthened to $1.2833 from $1.2788.MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe declined as traders weighed the latest developments in Britain’s desired exit from the European Union. Both sides were finalizing the terms of the divorce Friday and expected to sign off on the deal Sunday, though it’s unclear whether the British parliament will pass the deal. Germany’s DAX index slid 0.3 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares lost 0.5 per cent.Earlier in Asia, South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.6 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.4 per cent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 bucked the trend, gaining 0.4 per cent. Shares fell in Taiwan and rose in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Decluttering the energy sector

first_img‘5S’ is a Japanese method of proper housekeeping that generates benefits in the quality improvement process. The five ‘S’s stand for sorting, setting in order, shining/ cleaning/ removing the clutter, standardising, and sustaining. It is high time that Indian thinks of decluttering its energy sector with multifarious pursuits and sustaining it through long-term visionary clean energy optics. The world is driven by energy. The country that has more energy in its kitty is more powerful and rich in terms of serving its citizens better than the ones that have less or none. Also Read – A special kind of bondHere, we are talking about primary energy resources, mainly fossil fuels. With the exploitation of technologies, primary energy sources can be converted into secondary sources. The burning of coal not only gave humanity the steam engine but also the Industrial Revolution. With the application of energy, we won several frontiers and virtually became the rulers of this planet. However, like all proverbial good or great things, fossil fuels are now at their lowest ebb. The reason for this is our dissolute activities, which are also the principal source for primary energy depletion. Also Read – Insider threat managementWe need to contemplate about our bustling primary energy usage. Anyway, eventually, it will vanish, even though we can stretch a bit by employing sustainability in our approach. Then, we need to start with alternatives and as we choked this planet with emissions and discharges, now we need to harness only clean energy. The Indian government has taken a forward-looking step by reducing customs duty of up to 30 per cent on electric vehicles (EVs) since January 2019, especially for domestically assembled EVs. Meanwhile, since 2008-09, clean diesel technology has been promoted and dirty diesel has been discouraged and the Indian government gave signals towards EVs. Subsequently, it upgraded the emission standards and successively promoted hybrid technologies and then focussed on the upgradation from hybrid to EVs periodically. However, the question is: Are our EVs really good in terms of energy efficiency and environmental-friendly practices? The Indian government, as the leader of one-sixth of humanity, has no other choice but to make promises in international fora and commissions. But is our motor industry in harmony with that approach? How long will it take to come out from the somniferous state? What is needed are enforceable guidelines and water-tight deadlines. The motor industry can also think of giving rebate to the customers that partly needs to be absorbed by the government in the form of discounting taxes. There needs to be a big vision and enforceable mission along with a deadline to end dirty fuel usage. If it was possible for Delhi to enforce Compressed Natural Gas, then why not enforce contrived EVs and kick out the dirty fuel altogether? There are around 1.7 million buses in India running with dirty fuel. There is a great opportunity to go for clean energy in this sector. Probably since 30 per cent of its air pollution is generated by motor vehicles through Particulate Matter2.5, recently Delhi tendered for 1000 electric buses, a very good number indeed, but it would dwarf if compared with China where 1.2 million electric buses are making the giant stride for a cleaner globe. Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and a few other cities are running electric buses for the trial purposes. So far, Himachal Pradesh is having a good number (25) of electrical buses in its operation and plans to tender 220 more electric buses in its fleet. China took a quantum leap in 2009 after choking from pollution and earmarked seven strategic industries for future growth. Out of those seven, two were from alternative fuel and EVs. Like China, our motor industry needs to come out from the torpor. We expect the Indian government would lead from the front by giving enforceable guidelines as well as sustained efforts to be imparted for building country-wide electrical charging booths/stations for EVs. We know now that lot of waterways/ferries are opening up, but emphasis should be given to the use of clean fuels, not the dirty fuel anymore. Sustained efforts to be made for cleaning the Ganges and cleaning India for posterity and ourselves. Just remember, Gurugram has been crowned as the ‘most polluted city on earth’. But I believe it would happily like to renounce the title. It can if it adopts a systemic clean energy approach. (The author is an IITD alumnus with two decades of specialisation in the fields of environment, energy, health, safety and quality in India, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

NCLAT seeks Anil Ambani’s reply on HSBC Daisy’s contempt plea

first_imgNew Delhi: The NCLAT has sought a response from Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani within 10 days over a contempt plea filed against him and other officials by the minority shareholders alleging non-payment of dues by one of its group firms. An NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said he would like to hear Ambani and other respondents over the contempt petition filed by HSBC Daisy Investments (Mauritius) and some other minority shareholders of the company over alleged breach of undertaking for payment by group firm Reliance Infratel. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We intend to hear the learned counsel appearing on behalf of the contemnor-respondents (Anil Ambani and others),” the bench said. “They may file short reply within ten days. Rejoinder, if any, may be filed by the appellants within a week thereof,” it added. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)has directed that the matter be listed on May 20, 2019 for admission. HSBC Daisy moved the appellate tribunal over alleged default of payment of Rs 230 crore by Reliance Infratel. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring the proceedings, counsel appearing for HSBC Daisy submitted that the order passed by NCLAT on June 29, 2018 amounts to an undertaking given by the parties in a consent decree over payment of Rs 230 crore and a breach of such undertaking amounts to Contempt of Court. As per the consent terms of the agreement between Reliance Infratel, HSBC Daisy and others, recorded by the NCLAT in its order dated June 26, 2018, the Anil Ambani-owned firm was to pay the amount in the next six months. The six-month period has come to an end following which HSBC Daisy and other nine minority shareholders holding 4.26 per cent stake in Reliance Infratel filed the contempt plea. Earlier, on January 2, NCLAT had disposed of the contempt plea filed by HSBC Daisy on technical grounds. However, the tribunal had given it the liberty to withdraw its plea to approach again with its contempt plea against the officials of Reliance Infratel. HSBC Daisy and other minority investors of Reliance Infratel had moved National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Mumbai alleging oppression and mismanagement after the company had allegedly not taken their consent for selling the tower and fiber assets.last_img read more

Poland’s political leader on unprecedented defensive

WARSAW, Poland — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s most powerful politician who has built his position on a reputation of honesty and anti-communist convictions, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties.The stakes are high, given two crucial elections this year — for the European Parliament in May and for the national parliament in the fall.The scandal broke when Gazeta Wyborcza, a daily newspaper critical of ruling Law and Justice party that Kaczynski leads, published transcripts of secretly recorded business negotiations between Kaczynski and an Austrian developer about plans Kaczynski had to build twin skyscrapers on a plot of land in Warsaw. The plans have been abandoned and the disgruntled developer claims he has not been paid for the work he did.The plot is owned by a foundation that is linked to the ruling party and Kaczynski sits on its board. The foundation, the Lech Kaczynski Institute, is focused on political debate and is named after Kaczynski’s twin brother, Poland’s president who was killed in a plane crash in 2010.Reacting to the scandal, Kaczynski said in an interview that the towers were aimed at making profit and financing the foundation, in line with the law. Commentators say they were also to finance Kaczynski’s political circle and the party.The revelations raise questions because Polish law bans political parties from doing business or drawing profits from it. They also put in doubt the almost ascetic image of integrity Kaczynski has cultivated. The 69-year-old has suddenly been revealed as a shrewd and skilled business negotiator — a far cry from the lifelong bachelor who funds food for stray cats, reportedly had no bank account until a few years ago and is known for saying that “one does not go into politics for money.”In the latest development, Gazeta Wyborcza on Friday quoted testimony that, it said, the Austrian developer, Gerald Birgfellner, recently gave to prosecutors. It quoted Birgfellner as saying that Kaczynski had advised him to give 100,000 zlotys (23,000 euros) to another member of the foundation’s council to obtain his permission for the launch of the construction. The paper quoted Birgfellner as saying he delivered an envelope with half of the amount to Kaczynski’s office and saw him holding it.A government member, Jacek Sasin, called the publication “fake news” aimed at “hunting down an honest politician that Jaroslaw Kaczynski is.”Opposition parties, though, are demanding an investigation into the allegations by prosecutors and by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau that was set up in 2006 by a government that Kaczynski led at the time.The troubles follow separate allegations of corruption of a party appointee, the head of the State Financial Supervision Authority, and of surprisingly high earnings of aides to the head of the state-owned National Bank of Poland.“The party that was to be the yardstick of ethics in politics is mixing business with politics like none other,” Boguslaw Chrabota, chief editor of the Rzeczpospolita daily, wrote in a recent commentary. He said that the latest scandal amounts to a “serious crisis of image” because it “hits at the party’s very heart and brain.” He was referring to Kaczynski, who is considered the most powerful person in the country, guiding the government even though formally he is only a lawmaker.The revelations have exposed Kaczynski as having the decisive voice in the multimillion-euro project to build the skyscrapers, dubbed K-Towers. They also showed Kaczynski as being reluctant to pay Birgfellner for some 14 months of preparatory work on the project that never materialized.Birgfellner, who is the son-in-law of Kaczynski’s first cousin, recorded the talks in Kaczynski’s tightly guarded office.He requested payment of millions of zlotys (hundreds of thousands of euros), but Kaczynski said Birgfellner needed to provide detailed invoices or seek a court order for the payment. The developer felt cheated and notified prosecutors, who questioned him this week.Gazeta Wyborcza published one of Birgfellner’s invoices for almost 1.6 million zlotys (euro 370,000.)Kaczynski cancelled the project last year, telling the Austrian he was fearing it might become a political burden at the time of key elections.In the recordings, Kaczynski is heard saying he is afraid people might assume that he is the one building the skyscrapers “so I must be a very rich man. We cannot allow that.”In an interview for the pro-government Sieci weekly, Kaczynski insisted that “there is nothing there” to blame him for. He said that “no regulation has been broken” and that a lawmaker and party leader is allowed to sit on a foundation board and hold business negotiations. He argued that there are no financial ties whatsoever between the party and the foundation. He is demanding a public apology from Gazeta Wyborcza and threatening a court case.It is the first time that Kaczynski and his party, which stormed to power in 2015 elections on a generous social agenda, find themselves on the defensive. Still, the party remains Poland’s most popular political force with strong support.High on the party’s agenda is the removal from public life of people who collaborated with communist-era secret security. But media have also revealed that a close Kaczynski associate and former head of the foundation, Kazimierz Kujda, who also negotiated with Birgfellner, was an active collaborator in the 1980s.Party members reacted with surprise and Kujda resigned.A spotlight is also on Kaczynski’s most trusted head of office, Barbara Skrzypek, who has some shares in a company owned by the Kaczynski foundation. In the late 1980s she worked as a secretary in the office of communist-era Prime Minister Zbigniew Messner, and later in the office of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, when he served as democratic Poland’s first president.In the past, Kaczynski has reacted quickly to nascent scandals, removing officials in cases of wrongdoing, an approach that has helped maintain his upright image.A prominent party lawmaker, Janusz Sniadek, said party members are taking the media publications “seriously,” especially because they come ahead of the elections, but added that they are nothing but “desperate attempts to show Jaroslaw Kaczynski in a bad light, but in fact they became a certificate of his honesty and adherence to the regulations of law.”“The result of Gazeta Wyborcza’s publication is the opposite of its intentions,” Sniadek told The Associated Press.Rzeczpospolita chief editor Chrabota said he does not fully agree that the tapes show Kaczynski as an honest person because “in business it is a norm that agreements are signed and work done is paid for, rather than a court trial sought.”Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press read more

Haiti UN warns rainy season poses challenge to ongoing anticholera efforts

“The rainy season is coming and this is a great source of concern for us because the more water you have, the more the risk of new propagation of the epidemic,” said Sylvie van den Wildenberg, spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).“MINUSTAH is committed to keep supporting all the humanitarian partners – those in the UN family and indeed the Government of Haiti – in order to respond in the most efficient manner to this new challenge,” she told a news conference in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.Ms. van den Wildenberg spoke a day after the release of a report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 4,500 lives in Haiti since last October. The report concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that he plans to convene a task force to study the report’s findings “to ensure prompt and appropriate follow-up.”Nearly 300,000 Haitians have been sickened since the outbreak started and fresh infections and deaths continue to occur.Ms. van den Wildenberg said tremendous efforts have been made and good results achieved in the fight against cholera, but the country still remains vulnerability to the disease owing to its poor sanitation.An appeal for $175 million launched by humanitarian agencies last year to respond to the epidemic has received only 48 per cent of the requested funding, and she urged donors who made pledges to make the resources available for continuing efforts to fight the disease.The spokesperson also noted that the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, Edmond Mulet, had offered the UN’s deepest sympathies to those affected by the cholera epidemic and the families of those who had died. 5 May 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti will continue supporting all efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the Caribbean country, cautioning today that the forthcoming rainy season could pose fresh challenges because of the risk of contamination of water sources. read more

SecretaryGeneral voices concern about worsening situation in Sudan

In a letter dated 10 August to the Council President, Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng of Ghana, the Secretary-General noted that there had been an upsurge in violence in Darfur in recent weeks.Consequently, civilians were forced to flee an onslaught of indiscriminate killings, rapes, and abductions while humanitarian organizations were unable to assist hundreds of thousands of people in need.The Secretary-General called July “a harrowing month” for relief workers in the region, citing statistics from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showing 36 reported attacks on aid operations and nine staff members killed. “As a result of the fighting and direct targeting of humanitarians, only 50 per cent of civilians affected by the conflict can be reached by humanitarian organizations,” Mr. Annan said, noting that 1.6 million people were either inaccessible or reachable only by putting the lives of aid workers directly at risk.Scores of thousands have been killed and more than 2 million displaced during the three-year-old Darfur conflict.Mr. Annan noted there had been some progress in the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) since its signing in May, though some deadlines for implementing its key aspects had been missed and several rebel groups were not yet parties to the agreement.“Both DPA signatories have violated the ceasefire arrangements, while non-signatories have violated pre-existing ceasefire obligations,” he said. Against this backdrop, the prospects for international assistance operations were bleak, he said, noting that the African Union has indicated that it may not have enough money to keep its 7,000-strong Darfur operation going until its mandate expires at the end of September. The possibility of having the UN take the place of the African Mission in Sudan (AMIS) also remained in doubt, he said, since the Sudanese government continued to oppose a UN mission in Darfur. “While the Government maintains its firm opposition to this plan, the situation on the ground is deteriorating,” he said. read more

Top UN official in TimorLeste praises calm response to violence report

“In the three days since release of the report of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry Timor-Leste has been calm. Indeed very few incidents have been reported,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Acting Special Representative Finn Reske-Nielsen told a news conference in Dili, capital of the small South East Asian nation.“In general, and despite only a few dissenting voices, the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. I am very encouraged by, and appreciative of, the statement by the President, Prime Minister, and Parliamentary Speaker commending the Commission on its wisdom, impartiality and independence.”Mr. Reske-Nielsen said he had also received similar support from other high-level officials, as well as separate remarks by Prime Minister José Ramos-Horta “stressing the importance of judicial follow-up on the report’s recommendations.” Among other findings, the Commission, which was requested by Timor-Leste’s Government, found that although Chief of Defence Force Taur Matan Ruak cannot be held criminally responsible for the shooting of unarmed police officers by defence force soldiers, he failed to exhaust all avenues to prevent or stop a confrontation.It also found that former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri failed to use his authority to denounce the transfer of security sector weapons to civilians in the face of credible information that such transfer was ongoing and involved members of the Government.The crisis, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, erupted after the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces, with the ensuing violence claiming at least 37 lives and driving 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.The Security Council created the expanded UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) in August to help restore order in the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, and one of its key aspects is bringing in UN police officers to rebuild and support the local force. Saying that the last three days have registered the “lowest recorded violence in the recent past,” UNMIT Acting Police Commissioner Antero Lopes told reporters there were now more police on the streets in Dili and its outlying districts and operations would expand further in the weeks ahead.“So by the end of this month, UN Pol (UN Police) and PNTL (the national police force) together will be more than 1,000. That is indeed a milestone, and by early November we will be in a condition to start expanding to the other districts in Timor-Leste,” he said. read more

Boilermakers looking to continue recent home success against Ohio State

Then-senior Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson (28) tackles then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during a game against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Lantern file photoPlaying on the road against Purdue has not been an easy task for the Ohio State football team in recent years. Purdue has won three of the last four games between the two at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., including the teams’ two most recent meetings there, in 2011 and 2009.OSU is heavily favored to reverse that trend with a win when the Buckeyes play the Boilermakers Saturday.While OSU (8-0, 4-0) has not lost a game since the final game of the 2011 season, Purdue (1-6, 0-3) has not won a game yet this season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.The Boilermakers have lost five straight games since defeating Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, Sept. 7 by a score of 20-14.Even with its struggles so far this season, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said he has been “very pleased” with his team’s effort.“Obviously we’re not where we want to be on the win-loss column, but I’m not disgruntled with our football team on how they’ve prepared and how they’ve stayed together,” Hazell said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that will go in different directions at this point in time and that has not happened with us.”Hazell is in his first year as Purdue’s coach, but he is not new to the matchup or the challenges OSU has faced in beating Purdue on the road. During his years as an assistant coach at OSU from 2004-10, OSU only won one of its three games played in West Lafayette.While Hazell said he has not ignored Purdue’s recent success at home against OSU in preparation for Saturday’s game, he said it has not changed the way he looks at this year’s contest.“Every team has its own separate identity,” Hazell said. “It’s about this year, this team and our preparation here.”Hazell is not the only coach on Purdue’s staff with OSU ties. Marcus Freeman, who played linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2004-08 and was a graduate assistant at OSU in 2010, said he expects Saturday to be a “little bit different” coaching against his former team.“I love everything about Ohio State, but on Saturday, it’s about doing what it takes to compete to win,” Freeman said. “It’s not fair for me as a coach to not have my guys as prepared as they can to be successful on Saturday.”If Purdue is going to find a way to end their five-game losing skid and OSU’s 20-game winning streak, preparation and execution will be key, Freeman said.“You can’t do the same things you’ve done for the first six or seven weeks and think the results are going to change,” Freeman said. “So we’ve been on (the players) hard, they got to work harder and then on Saturday, you got to go out and execute. You have to execute the game plan and you have to do your job every single time you’re in the game, and that’s how you become successful.”Purdue has made a number of changes in its effort to turn around. One of those changes came Oct. 2, when freshman quarterback Danny Etling was named starting quarterback.Etling said it is important for the Boilermakers to make a “big step forward” this week.“This is a big week for us,” Etling said. “I think every week’s a big week, but we really need to go out there and play well, and we just need to keep getting better each week.”Etling said it has been a challenge to prepare for the OSU defense because it does a good job of masking its play call.“They really do a great job of hiding what they’re going to be doing until the last possible second,” Etling said. “They’re a very well-coached defense, that’s the best way I can put it. We’re going to have a tough matchup with them but I think that we’re getting coached really well and we have a great gameplan.”After allowing 40 or more points in four of its seven games this season, Purdue has also been making changes on the defensive side of the ball. The Boilermakers switched from a 4-3 defense at the beginning of the season to a 3-4 alignment prior to their Oct. 12 game against Nebraska, Meyer said, which makes the Purdue defense a difficult one to prepare for.“I see a team that’s kind of searching for an identity, and I think they’ve kind of found it on defense,” Meyer said Monday. “They’re all over the place, blitz-a-thon, they weren’t that way the first five games.”Purdue’s new-look defense will be tasked with attempting to slow down an OSU offense that ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense.Hazell said OSU has “four major weapons” on its offense: junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and junior wide receiver Devin Smith.“Their offense stretches the field both horizontally and vertically,” Hazell said.Brown, who worked with Hazell when he was OSU’s wide receivers coach in 2010, said he respects the job Hazell has done so far.“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” Brown said Wednesday. “Obviously you can’t turn a program around in one year. So it’ll take him a couple years, and I think they’ll be back.”Freeman said the OSU offense is “really hard to stop.”“The more you watch it, the more you aggravated at it and frustrated and you get mad as a coach,” Freeman said. “It makes you think exactly how you’re going to try to stop all these guys, ‘cause they have many threats and when you stop one thing, I think they got another thing that comes open. It’s going to be a huge task for our defense.Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon. read more

Unforgettable an oral history of the 2013 hurling championship part 2

first_imgINPHO/James CrombieBrendan Bugler: “Cork are hard to shake off. In the second-half, I started to think ‘God almighty, are they ever going to stop coming back at us.’“They got the killer punches. We played possibly our best game all year but they got the big scores.”Anthony Nash: “After not getting many goals all year, it was strange to get three in a half. Conor Lehane’s was the tonic that we needed. Pa Cronin’s set us up that bit more.I wasn’t thinking about the scoreboard when I got my goal. I ran up to take the free, blocked out everything, and just focused on the strike.Brendan Bugler: “I thought that (Horgan’s point) was it. I was directly behind Brian Gavin, looked up at the big screen and there was 72 minutes gone.I just hoped he wouldn’t blow it. INPHO/Cathal NoonanAnthony Nash: “The wrist work that Hoggy displayed was frightening for the point near the end. When you’re inside there and it’s the 71st minute, you have to think this could be it.”Brendan Bugler: “Domhnall’s point typified everything we were about. We work the ball into the man in the best position. Clare players didn’t panic — Pat (O’Connor) doesn’t get the credit he deserves for that.”Anthony Nash: “It wasn’t as if we switched off. Simply their corner back came up and got a great score of his own. We had to get ready to go again.”Brendan Bugler: “Who wasn’t surprised that Dunny scored it?I ran over afterwards and said ‘how the hell did you go up there?’ But thank God, he did.” Read Part 1 of the oral history here >AugustBY AUGUST, ONLY four counties remained. With the footballers preparing for their own All-Ireland semi-final, Dublin’s dream of a historic double was still alive as the hurlers lined out against Cork.More than 62,000 fans in Croke Park watched an enthralling contest in which 18 different players scored and the sides were level a remarkable 15 times. Cork led by a point at the break and the balance tipped further in their favour when Ryan O’Dwyer was sent off for a second yellow card with 20 minutes to play.But the game hung in the balance until the 66th minute when Pa Horgan pounced on a moment’s hesitation by Gary Maguire and scored the goal that sent Cork through to the All-Ireland final.INPHO/James Crombie Anthony Nash (Cork goalkeeper): “The moment we ran out in Croke Park, the roar we heard was just frightening. We were expecting a huge Dublin turnout but the Cork support that day were just phenomenal.It was like a basketball match with the amount of scores in it. I’d say it was a fantastic game to watch. Lads were knocking over scores from all sides of the field.”Johnny McCaffrey (Dublin midfielder): “Our preparations were very good going into the Cork game. I thought we dealt with it all very well.“The game was so fast from the start and it was hard to realise what was going on. It was a very free-flowing game with so many scores on both sides.”INPHO/Colm O’NeillAnthony Nash: “The goal at that stage was a ferocious boost for us. They were definitely well in the hunt despite having someone sent off. No one wishes for someone to be shown a red card, it’s just about reacting to it.”Johnny McCaffrey: “The goal was the big thing for them. I don’t think the sending-off was as big a deal. It’s so chaotic out on the pitch that it’s very hard to use the spare man. We still had a chance to win the game anyway. Ryan (O’Dwyer) was a loss because he was playing so well.”INPHO/Cathal NoonanAnthony Nash: “It was relief more than anything at the final whistle but also elation at knowing you’re going to play in the main event.An All-Ireland final was a dream for a lot of us. We thought we wouldn’t get there for a long time. We celebrated that we were.Johnny McCaffrey: “Fair play to Cork, they got the crucial scores and deserved to win it. But it definitely was a defeat that hurt.”INPHO/James CrombieWith Cork safely through, the stage was set for Clare and Limerick in the second semi-final a week later. Darach Honan’s goal gave the Banner an early advantage and Davy Fitz’s side never looked back, winning 1-22 to 0-18 to book their place in a first All-Ireland final since 2002.Brendan Bugler (Clare wing-back): “We learnt from our mistake before the Cork game. People were not looking a game ahead, they were just looking to Limerick. Everything was swinging with them after the fantastic year they’d had.”INPHO/James CrombieSeamus Hickey (Limerick wing-forward): “We were well immersed in the hype but we were of the opinion that we were handling it pretty well, certainly as well as we could.“We didn’t believe we were better than we were. We’d put back-to-back performances together for the first time in a long while. We were nothing but positive.”Brendan Bugler: “We got a bit of luck in starting well whereas they missed quite a bit. If they’d tagged on a couple more points in the first-half, it could have been different.”Seamus Hickey: “From the very off, Clare threw a few different things at us — Pa Donnellan to midfield, Conor Ryan going back to centre-back.Then things went wrong in a frighteningly quick series of events. Brendan Bugler : “They’re the games you want to play in. 70,000 people there, one of the highest attendances at a semi-final. There was obvious joy afterwards. A few of the older lads hadn’t played in an All-Ireland final at any grade, so that meant a lot.”INPHO/James CrombieSeamus Hickey: “I went in to the medics room to receive treatment and when I came back out in the second-half, the rot had stopped. We actually started to pick off a few scores.We could make excuses but the truth is that Clare had a hot hand. They came with a plan and executed it.SeptemberAfter a rollercoaster championship, Cork and Clare took centre stage to decide matters on the second Sunday of September.Cork went into the game as slight favourites but trailed 0-12 to 0-10 after a first half that was made to look tame by what followed after the break.As Clare tried to stretch their advantage, Cork continued to claw them back with goals from Conor Lehane, Nash and Pa Cronin.Then with the clock ticking into stoppage time, Pa Horgan’s 10th point of the afternoon seemed to have snatched victory for Cork — but nobody had counted on Clare corner-back Domhnall O’Donovan who picked the most dramatic circumstances to score his first championship point.INPHO/Morgan TreacyBrendan Bugler: “We enjoyed the build-up. I’d only just started a job down in Kilkenny and no one was really saying anything about it there. We had an idea that it would be a free and open game, like all the games we’d played against Cork this year.”Anthony Nash: “We went in a few points down at half-time having been outplayed for a lot of it.Hoggy got a point from near the sideline just before the break. That score gave me tingles down the spine. We dug in and started hurling more like we could do. Straight away when I went down, I knew I’d done some serious damage (Hickey damaged his cruciate ligament).Nothing was going right for us. INPHO/James Crombie“Our shooting wasn’t where it needed to be. We were taking potshots from different places of the field.“Graeme (Mulcahy) had a great chance in on goal but a last-ditch tackle from Pa Donnellan stopped him and Pa Kelly made the save. YouTube Credit: theclareherald0-25 to 3-16: a draw.And so for the second time in as many years, the All-Ireland hurling championship would be decided by a replay. This time, however, it would be played under Saturday night lights in Croke Park.Davy Fitzgerald played his wildcard early, naming 19-year-old Shane O’Donnell in his team just hours before throw-in. It proved to be a masterstroke as O’Donnell scored a hattrick inside the first 20 minutes and finished the day with 3-3, the Man of the Match award, and an All-Ireland medal.O’Donnell’s starring role was just one strand of a classic final which saw Cork claw their way back level having been eight points down before Clare kicked on in a devastating finish, clinching the title for the first time since 1997.Brendan Bugler: “We were delighted after the (drawn) game but it was a big anti-climax. We’d to get ready for another three weeks of training.Anthony Nash: “You’d everything planned in your life for after the final: work is booked off, the banquet is organised, you don’t ever take a draw into consideration. It came to the Monday and it was a strange sensation. All of a sudden you’re back in Cork and training again.”Brendan Bugler: “The management knew we needed goals if we were going to beat Cork. That’s where Shane (O’Donnell) came into it and he made some impact early on. We worked very hard but it was a carbon copy of three weeks beforehand as they kept on pulling it back.INPHO/Donall FarmerAnthony Nash: “For the replay we were chasing the game constantly and hanging in there. Like the Limerick game, lads put in an awful lot of energy to get level, then Clare had a bit more to come up the field again.“We had to chase for a second day and Clare this time were able to get the goals. When you have a lead, your tactics can change, but we had to go free.“If we’d tried to close up shop, we wouldn’t have got the goals. A lot of people come up and say why didn’t you do this or that. But playing in front of 80,000 people, it’s not that easy.”INPHO/Donall FarmerBrendan Bugler: “Conor McGrath’s goal was key. We needed a moment of magic and fair play to him, he produced a phenomenal touch and skill. Even then Nash got a 21-yard free which we’d to stop and Moylan got a goal.“The only time we knew we had 100% won it was when Darach got the goal. The final whistle was amazing.”Seamus Hickey: “I watched the two games with envy. I was doing some commentary for Newstalk at them. When you’re watching two teams you’d already played, you have to be some bit envious.“The standard of hurling on show was unreal. In the immediate aftermath of Patrick Horgan’s point, I was in disbelief that Clare could be about to lose. It took immense character to do what Domhnall O’Donovan did.”INPHO/Donall FarmerJohnny McCaffrey: “I’ve been at the last few finals and was looking forward to them, but I wasn’t looking forward to this because of the way we’d lost the semi-final. You’re thinking that you should be there. I went in to the first game and watched the second one from home.“Looking at the hurling on show, they were amazing games. It would have been strange to see Cork win the first game but that team has serious character. Clare’s class though showed in the end in the replay.”Looking backBrendan Bugler: “It was a whole new experience for us. We enjoyed it and we embraced everything that came with it.“We’re heading into the new year now and we’re going on the team holiday. But when we came back, 2013 is all in the past. This group of players want to build on this.Anthony Nash: “I loved being with the lads for the length of the year, we’d some great experiences.People come up to congratulate you on your season but personally I don’t think it was a great year. To me a great year is ending up with a title.“We’d a good year and gained a lot of experience. But there was no silverware.”INPHO/Ryan ByrneBrendan Bugler: “We’d a fantastic run with the club Whitegate as well to win the Clare intermediate championship. That made the year extra special for me and I was captain.“I hadn’t done a lot of training during the year with them but the very first night back after the All-Ireland, I had a huge incentive to win as I wanted those boys to experience something.”Anthony Nash: “We won with the club in October in the intermediate championship in Cork. It was great for us in Kanturk. You play with your friends and you achieve something with them.“Did it help after losing with Cork? It’s not possible to compare. I view it as two separate teams, two separate competitions.”INPHO/James CrombieBrendan Bugler: “I suppose it was a brilliant year for hurling. The unpredictability of it meant it was a great year.“I don’t know was the standard necessarily higher, it’s been fantastic in other years as well. So many teams were in the mix, and mainly for that fact, I think it made for a great championship.”Paraic Duffy (GAA Director-General): “You’d deal with a lot of people in this job who might not have a huge interest in the GAA. But I have never seen as many people talking about hurling since the All-Ireland finals. Administrators from other sports have been talking about what an incredible game it is.“The only thing that worries me is how the hell do you follow that for next year?! But no doubt this was a very special year.”– Brendan Bugler, Anthony Nash, Seamus Hickey, Johnny McCaffrey and Paraic Duffy were in conversation with Fintan O’Toole; Brendan Maher and Joe Canning were in conversation with Niall Kelly.Read Part 1 of the oral history here >last_img read more

Pulisic Im 100 committed to helping Dortmund with title bid

first_imgChristian Pulisic will continue to give his all for Borussia Dortmund, despite sealing a €64m transfer to ChelseaThe 20-year-old forward will remain at Dortmund until the end of the season as the club bid to win their first Bundesliga title since 2012.Currently, Lucien Favre’s side holds a six-point advantage over reigning champions Bayern Munich and will return to action on January 19 away to RB Leipzig.In a lengthy letter, Pulisic bid goodbye to Dortmund and paid tribute to the club for everything they’ve for him after completing his move to Chelsea.“Liebe Borussen, It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be entering my final months at (y)our world-famous club,” Pulisic wrote on Twitter.“It feels like only yesterday that I arrived in Dortmund as a raw, excited, very nervous but exceptionally proud 16-year-old from a small American town called Hershey. I had no idea what lay ahead but I soon discovered that as a young Schwarzgelben, I would be in the best possible hands.“I would not be where I am today without the club and their belief in giving young players a chance. It’s been an honour and a dream to pull on the black-and-yellow in front of the Sudtribune!DORTMUND, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 26: Christian Pulisic #22 of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Nuernberg at Signal Iduna Park on September 26, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)“Many, many memorable moments stand out – to have experienced all of them before my 20th birthday still feels, at times, like a dream. I would like to thank all those coaches who I have played under and who gave me these opportunities.“And to my amazing team-mates throughout the years: You took me in as a young boy, shared your experience with me, helped me to develop and grow into a professional footballer. For this I sincerely thank you.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“To our unbelievable fans: It’s been a privilege to stand with you on the Sudtribune and to experience how you support your heroes. I feel honoured to have been able to make the trip from being a supporter, to being supported. You have taken me in as one of your own. Thank you.”After thanking Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc and chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke for allowing him to join Chelsea, Pulisic confirmed he will continue to give 100% for the club.Pulisic added: “But for the next six months, it’s all BVB! Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 100 per cent commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.“We all feel that this is ‘our year’ and we are determined to achieve the best possible results in all competitions.“Heja BVB! Christian #22”Liebe Borussen 🖤💛 (🇺🇸🇬🇧)— Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) January 2, 2019last_img read more

Business 20s Quittner Returns to Time

first_imgWhen we last heard from Josh Quittner, he was facing down the demise of his Time Inc. title, Business 2.0, while a fervent group of his Facebook friends were trying to save it. (After Time Inc. refused to sell the magazine to rival Mansueto Ventures—home to Inc. and Fast Company—the company folded it into Fortune.)Now, Quittner’s been poached—cross-company style—from Fortune by Time editor Rick Stengel. Here’s Stengel’s memo:April 16, 2008To: TIME StaffFrom: Rick Stengel I’m delighted to announce that Josh Quittner is coming back to TIME to cover consumer technology with a regular column in the magazine and a daily blog on In his new role as editor-at-large, Josh will apply his singular voice to technology, writing both reviews of new products and features that explain what’s most important to consumers in Techland.Most recently, Josh was the managing editor of Business 2.0 and a writer for FORTUNE. He first had a byline in TIME in 1994 as a staff writer covering technology, back at the very beginning of the Internet. He went on to launch “The Netly News,” first as a website on Pathfinder and later as a column in the magazine. He subsequently served as editor of–twice–as well as tech editor of TIME before moving to San Francisco in 2002 to work for Business 2.0. Prior to coming to Time Inc., Josh worked at Newsday in the early 90s, where he wrote a pioneering column called “Life in Cyberspace.”Josh will continue to work from San Francisco where he lives with his wife, journalist Michelle Slatalla (with whom he has co-written five books) and their three daughters, but I expect he’ll be in the New York offices regularly. Josh is a great mind and a great brand to have back at TIME.We’re fortunate to have him.R.S.last_img read more

Trump Taps Milley for Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a tweet over the weekend, President Trump said he would nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed, Milley would succeed Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, who has served in the position since September 2015. Despite Trump’s early announcement, Dunford is expected to remain in place through September 2019 when his term expires, according to a DOD spokesman. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs is one of several military leadership posts slated to turn over next year, including Adm. John Richardson as the chief of naval operations, Gen. Robert Neller as commandant of the Marine Corps, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, reports Military Times. Trump also will need to select someone to replace Milley as Army chief.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallacelast_img read more

FUN ON THE FOURTH Wilmington Fourth Of July Building Now Open For

first_imgRegistration for many of the festival’s free events also takes place in the building.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: Wilmington Fourth Of July Building Now Open For Ticket & Merchandise SalesIn “Community”BREAKING NEWS: Wilmington Fireworks Postponed To Sunday Night Due To ForecastIn “Breaking News”Wilmington Fourth of July Committee Revamps 5K, Announces 1st Annual ‘Firecracker 5K’ For July 3In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fourth of July Building is now open for meal tickets and merchandise. Cash or check only; no credit or debit cards.The building’s hours are as follows:June 17 to July 2: 10am-2pmJuly 3: 10am-10pmJuly 4: 7am-10pmJuly 5: 10am-10pmJuly 6: 7am-10pmBelow is the design of this year’s Fun on the Fourth official t-shirt, created by WHS student Brenden Ross. Available in adult and youth sizes, the t-shirt costs $15.last_img read more

State economists publish a Where are they now for Alaska high school

first_imgBethel Regional High School students dance at their graduation ceremony in May 2016. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)According to federal data, about one in four high schoolers in Alaska doesn’t graduate, giving Alaska the sixth lowest graduation rate in the country.But what about students who do graduate? What happens to them?Listen nowState economists in the Alaska Department of Labor tracked thousands of Alaska grads and published a “Where are they now?” in this month’s Alaska Economic Trends.“We used the Permanent Fund dividend records in order to match all the different data sets together,” Yuancie Lee, who led the research, said.Of the roughly 7,000 people who graduated from Alaska high schools in 2005, he was able to match about 6,000 of them to data from the state departments of labor and education.This study differs from others because it looks at people who graduated from Alaska high schools, whereas census data looks at all Alaska residents, whether they graduated in state or not.Of the class of 2005, 37 percent went on to finish college within 10 years. That’s for two-year or four-year degrees.“It’s difficult to gauge whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” Lee said. “When you look at census data we’re not that different than what’s expected. … A college education isn’t for everyone.”The data show that, prior to graduation, students who don’t go to college earn more than those who do, but after graduation it flips.Those with degrees start earning more at a faster rate. Three years after graduating, they’re earning about 16 percent more than the average Alaskan.The top 10 employment industries for those with some and no college are roughly the same. College graduates, on the other hand, have a much wider range of occupations.Lee said the Department of Labor hopes to run the study again as more data becomes available.last_img read more

Into the breach Transporting molecular cargo through algal cell walls

first_img Citation: Into the breach: Transporting molecular cargo through algal cell walls (2012, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Algae constitute a widespread, highly varied group of primarily photosynthetic organisms found in many ecological niches. The roughly estimated 300,000 species range in size and complexity from small to very large, and unicellular to multicellular, respectively. Moreover, their properties are equally diverse in terms of applications, having a potentially unique role in medical, materials, energy, bioremediation, and synthetic biological research. That being said, methods for investigating and making use of algal biology have been slow to emerge. Recently, however, scientists at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have devised a general-purpose molecular technique that allows cargoes of various sizes to be transported through the algal cell wall and membrane, thereby accessing the intracellular algal space. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of A significant benefit, Wender adds, was that making non-covalent protein complexes – which often can be quite difficult – proved to be relatively straightforward. “This has value since one needn’t invest in making covalent conjugates – itself often a challenging process,” he adds. “However, showing that the proteins have functional activity was more complex, as both uptake and function needed to be achieved. While technically more demanding, the process worked impressively well. It’s great to be working with such creative and determined coworkers.”Wender also points out that their findings impact several areas of research. “Firstly, in algal research our ability to study and manipulate algae is determined by our ability to introduce molecules into algae that could report back or create change. Some molecules do this on their own, but the vast majority of molecules do not pass through the algal cell wall and membrane.” Mechanical and physical methods – for example, biolistics (gene guns), sonication, electroporation, and glass beads – have been developed to circumvent this limitation. However these are often expensive, encounter reproducibility problems and/or are not readily scaled. “Shooting DNA coated particles into algae is an important technique but it is well quite literally hit-and-miss,” Wender says. “However, we’re now reporting a molecular method in which algae are incubated with a probe connected to a molecular transporter, which enables the resultant conjugate to enter cells, and moreover show that this works for both small molecules and large proteins.” In other words, agents that would otherwise not enter cells are now carried into cells by the molecular transporters. This opens a wide range of chemicals that could be used to study algal function and to use algae in drug discovery, as tools for research including energy research, as agents for bioremediation or as biosensors.Secondly, Wender continues, their findings impact the use of algae as photoautotrophic tools for synthetic biology. “Being able to transform algae allows one to control what they produce and the quantity of what they produce. Algae already produce products of commercial value – and this new technology could be used to enhance those processes.” Of equal imports, he adds, their new technology could be used to induce algae to produce new materials of potential value in research, materials science, and even therapy.Finally, Wender points out that their results will enhance the understanding of biological barriers in the life sciences – specifically, agricultural and medical research. “Biological barriers are of great importance in many areas of science. If a drug, probe or agent does not enter a cell we cannot begin to understand the inner workings of a cell or manipulate it for diagnostic or therapeutic ends. This study now provides a powerful tool to study and manipulate algae.” The cell wall barrier is also found in plants, and so this research has ramifications in agriculture and plant sciences. “We now have a new and molecular way to ferry chemicals across cell walls. We can now communicate with algae.”In terms of planned next steps in their research, Wender concludes, algae represent model organisms for drug discovery, for sensing, for energy research and for bioremediation. “Algae are motile, and therefore can gather and concentrate pollutants. Learning how to control that process is one of many directions with environmental ramifications, and learning how they process drug candidates could be a great way to screen for future therapeutics.” Explore further Stanford University Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry Prof. Paul A. Wender, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists Joel M. Hyman, and Bahram Parvin, and Stanford researchers Erika I. Geihe and Brian M. Trantow encountered a series of challenges in designing and implementing their method of variable-scale algal cell molecular transport and delivery. “We reported for the first time in 2000, based on our systematic reverse engineering of the Tat nine-mer, a nonapeptide sequence from the protein HIV Tat, “ Wender tells, “that the number and spatial array of guanidinium groups is what allows both the Tat protein and Tat peptide to enter mammalian cells. At the time we coined the term molecular transporters, as we realized from our research that this ability to enter cells was not a function of the peptidic backbone but rather the number of guanidinium groups and their spacing. This led to the design of peptoid transporters, non-peptidic transporters, dendrimers and many other guanidinium-rich transporters capable of carrying molecules into cells,” Wender explains. Much of this earlier work focused on getting transporters through the plasma membrane of mammalian cells. At that time, they also showed that these guanidinium-rich transporters will ferry a variety of cargos including peptides, metals, probes, proteins, and nucleic acids (siRNA) into cells. In addition, these transporters were also shown to transport cargo across other barriers such as the skin. “Algae presented a new challenge as they not only have a membrane barrier but also, for many types of algae, a cell wall,” Wender continues. “Thus, our initial task was simply to see if our lead transporter octaarginine, when attached to a fluorescent tag such as fluorescein, would get through both the cell wall and cell membrane of algae.” While the synthesis of this oligoarginine-fluorescein conjugate follows directly from their previous studies, recording uptake of this conjugate into algae proved to be more difficult than working with mammalian cells – because, Wender exclaims, the algae move! Their solution (which Wender unabashedly describes as clever): make small wells for the algae to dock, preventing their motion during the process of recording images. More information: A molecular method for the delivery of small molecules and proteins across the cell wall of algae using molecular transporters, PNAS August 14, 2012 vol. 109 no. 33 13225-13230, doi:10.1073/pnas.1202509109 Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy of cell wall-deficient or wild-type C. reinhardtii treated with Fl, noncovalent mixture Fl+r8, or Fl-r8 conjugate. Graphs of the mean fluorescence from flow cytometry of (A) cell wall-deficient cc-4350 or (D) wild-type C. reinhardtii. Inset in each graph is a representative histogram from a single condition in the flow cytometry data where blue is the noncovalent Fl+r8 control and red is Fl-r8 conjugate, both at 25 μM. Confocal Z-layers of (B) cell wall-deficient and (E) wild-type cells treated with the noncovalent Fl+r8 control have no apparent internalization. Confocal Z-layers of (C) cell wall-deficient and (F) wild-type cells treated with Fl-r8 conjugate show internalization and not surface staining. The letter over the bar graph indicates the treatment conditions used for the corresponding image. (C, F) Scale bar equals 5 μm. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1202509109 Scientists use frogs to battle superbugs Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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

Need for wider debate before lateral entry CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said lateral entries might “dilute the sensitivity” attached to the functioning of the government and the issue needed a “wider debate” among the various stakeholders before it was implemented.She stressed on “…discussion with different stakeholders, including representatives of the All India Services/Central Services,” before its implementation as the officials of joint secretary level is usually involved in framing policies. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that as per the notification of the Department of Personnel Training, individuals working at comparable levels in the private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international/multinational organisations, any state or Union Territory government or working at comparable levels in Public Sector Undertakings, autonomous bodies and universities can apply for three to five years’ contract basis recruitment in 10 senior level posts in departments including Commerce and Civil Aviation Revenue and Economic Affairs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn a tweet on Tuesday, Banerjee stated: “According to the recent media reports, the Government of India has invited applications for appointment to the post of Joint Secretary of 10 important ministries of Government of India through lateral entries. In my view, there is no objection if talented persons join the Central Government to improve its professional competence and efficiency. But I have few concerns about the issue involving various implications.” Stating the significance of the joint secretary level officials and the need to recruits officers through the UPSC, she stated in her tweet: “The officers from All India Services/Central Services presently hold positions of Joint Secretary and equivalent levels in the Government of India. These officers are inducted in government services through transparent recruitment processes by Constitutional bodies like the UPSC. The officers are expected to be politically neutral while discharging their duties. Any shift from such standard will not be good for the nation. Presently, the officers of All India/Central Services have been working in the government with sincerity and accountability and maintaining secrecy, where the paramount interest of the nation remains supreme.” Sharply reacting to the decision of lateral entry, Banerjee mentioned in her tweet: “In view of it, I feel that any deviation from the system, particularly by inducting professionals from non-governmental sector, notwithstanding their talent may dilute the sensitivity attached to the functioning of the government. Therefore, it is necessary to have wider debate and discussion with different stakeholders, including representatives of the All India Services/Central Services, before implementing the proposed induction of lateral entries into senior positions of the government. I thought of sharing this with all of you as it is a matter of concern.”last_img read more

Wetsuits Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend by 2025

first_imgChinaIndiaJapan UKGermany By Product: Direct: +1-971-202-1575 Global Wetsuits Market valued approximately USD 925.4 million in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 5.0% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Wetsuits Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. A wetsuit provides thermal protection for divers and works on the principle that human body is the best source of heat. To help contain this heat underwater, these suits are made with a closed-cell foam material, which is filled with thousands of tiny gas bubbles trapped within the structure. When diver enters the water, the material allows a thin layer of water through the suit, filling the space between diver’s body and the inner layer of material. This layer of water warms up thanks to body temperature and helps keep diver comfortably insulated throughout the dive. Growing occurrence & participation rate of triathlon, rising trends of participation of women in water sports and increasing demand for women wetsuits are the substantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period. Moreover, proliferation of technological advancements is the factor that likely to creating lucrative opportunity in the near future. In addition, wetsuits offers various benefits such as it is flexible & comfortable to do water activities, it improves ability to swim at faster speed, it provide warmth to the swimmer in the cold water and so on. With these benefits, demand of wetsuits is growing among its end-users in all over the world. However, rising adoption of dry suits over wetsuits and seasonality of water sport activities are the factor that limiting the market growth of Wetsuits during the forecast period. Big Market Research The objective of the studyis to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent yearsand to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed toincorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry withineach of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, thereport also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such asdriving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of themarket. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunitiesin micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis ofcompetitive landscape and product offerings of key players. Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestors The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below: Wind SportsSurfingScuba DivingTriathlon U.S.Canada Arena Italian SPAAqua LungBillabongBody GloveBoz WetsuitsC-Skins Wetsuits Ltd.Hyperflex WetsuitsMusto Ltd.Quiksilver Inc.Patagonia 5933 NE Win SiversDrive, #205, Portland, Acquire Discount on this report @ Target Audience of the Global Wetsuits Market in Market Study: Big Market Research hasa range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Ourdatabase of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would helpto find the exact report you may be looking for. Rest of the World By Regions:center_img Europe OR 97220 United States North America Download Sample Copy of this Report @ Latin America Asia Pacific About Us: Historical year – 2015, 2016Base year – 2017Forecast period – 2018 to 2025 Contact Us: Mr. Abhishek Paliwal The major market players included in this report are: The regional analysis ofGlobal Wetsuits Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific,North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America isthe leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share due tofavorable government support to promote water sports and increasing demand forwater activities among people in the region. Further, Europe is estimated togrow as stable rate in the global Wetsuits market over the upcoming years.Asia-Pacific is anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate / CAGR over theforecast period 2018-2025 owing to increasing spending on leisure activitiesand growing consumer interest towards surfing and diving across the region. Furthermore, years considered for the study are as follows: E-mail Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452 BrazilMexicolast_img read more

Use of Observation Stays Over Hospital Admissions Drives Up Costs for One

first_imgNews | Radiology Business | August 28, 2015 Use of Observation Stays Over Hospital Admissions Drives Up Costs for One in Four Medicare Patients Increasing use of observation stays may lead to financial liability for Medicare patients In the midst of a growing trend for Medicare patients to receive observation care in the hospital to determine if they should be formally admitted, a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that for more than a quarter of beneficiaries with multiple observation stays, the cumulative out-of-pocket costs of these visits exceeds the deductible they would have owed for an inpatient hospital admission. According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, there were 1.8 million observation patients nationally in 2012, an increase of 88 percent over the previous six years. The results of the study are available online in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.Observation care is considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service even though patients typically stay in beds in the emergency room or other areas of the hospital while they are tested, treated, and assessed. Using Medicare data to identify hospital observation stays among beneficiaries from 2010 to 2012, the researchers found that on average, patients owed nearly $470 — a significantly lower cost than the standard deductible of $1,100 for an inpatient visit. However, when beneficiaries had to return to observation care within 60 days of a prior observation stay, on average, their cumulative costs more than doubled ($947), and for 26.6 percent of these patients, the costs usurped the inpatient deductible.“While most patients receiving observational care do spend significantly less in out-of-pocket co-payments, those with at least two observational stays within 60 days are potentially facing higher co-payments than if they were admitted,” said the study’s lead author Shreya Kangovi, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Penn Medicine. “Additionally, the design of the Medicare benefit allows several ways in which observation stays may become more costly to patients. For example, Medicare patients are required to pay a percentage of the cost of each service provided during an observation stay, as opposed to a single fixed cost for an inpatient stay.”Kangovi noted that Medicare beneficiaries who return to the hospital frequently are typically of lower socioeconomic status and thus may be disproportionately affected by any increased financial liability.The Penn team found that the number of patients with multiple observation visits within a 60-day period rose by 22 percent between 2010 and 2012.“This could signal that excess cumulative financial liability will be all the more common in the future,” said senior author David Grande, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Penn Medicine. “Some have suggested capping the total out-of-pocket expense for observation care at the inpatient-deductible amount. This warrants further study since observational care is already more costly than inpatient stay for a significant portion of the patient population.”Co-authors are Robyn A. Smith and Raina Kulkarni of Penn and Susannah G. Cafardi of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

History made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express service

first_imgHistory made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express serviceHistory made as Singapore Airlines launch Capital Express serviceSingapore Airlines new ‘Capital Express’ service has officially begun amid a host of celebrations across three countries today after touching down in Wellington this afternoon following its flight from Singapore and Canberra.After departing Changi Airport at 11:00pm on Tuesday 20 September following a special celebratory event, SQ291 landed at a wet Canberra Airport this morning at 08:03am to rapturous applause from all in attendance. More than 200 people watched from inside Canberra Airport’s main atrium, while around another 500 watched this historic landing from within the terminal.Following the historic landing, Canberra Airport’s Aviation Fire Rescue welcomed the Boeing 777-200 with a ceremonial water cannon salute before passengers disembarked and were greeted by a traditional Indigenous welcome party.Those entering the country in Canberra were met by VisitCanberra and provided with a welcome gift, while those travelling on to Wellington joined other travellers in the departure lounge to continue celebrations.After a short stop of just an hour and 50 minutes, SQ291 welcomed those making the maiden trip from Canberra to Wellington before taking off at 09:53 for the second part of the historic flight.History was made just three hours later when SQ291 touched down in Wellington marking the first time Australia and New Zealand’s capital cities have been connected and completion of the inaugural ‘Capital Express’.Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah said the commencement of the new ‘Capital Express’ marked an exciting new chapter in Singapore Airlines long history in Australia.“Today’s launch of the ‘Capital Express’ is also a reinforcement of our commitment to Australia and the entire South West Pacific region,” Mr Mak said.“The opportunities that flights SQ291 and SQ292 will provide government, leisure and corporate travellers alike is exciting.“We are proud to be adding Canberra and Wellington to our network, and today as we begin our operation we look forward to making the ‘Capital Express’ a success.”The historic service is the first regularly scheduled international flight to operate from Canberra airport and holds the honour of also being the first to connect the Australian and New Zealand capitals.Flights will be operated four times weekly with a 266-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft fitted with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats.The new Canberra services will add to Singapore Airlines’ already extensive Australia network, which includes flights between Singapore and Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Regional armSilkAir also serves Cairns and Darwin, while low-cost subsidiary Scoot serves the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.The new Wellington services will complement existing services between Singapore and both Auckland and Christchurch.Singapore Airlines’ network in Australia and New Zealand is further enhanced through its extensive partnerships with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. Fly Singapore Airlinesbook hereSource = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

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the numbers 20 What the president has done is take a good solid first step to unwinding that cycle of violence We have a delicate balance in the United States between public rights and individual rights and every time that we occupy a neighborhood with military equipment not only are we attacking those who might misbehave were attacking those who are innocent This will make police officers safer as well Police officers have told me that the friction between police officers and the general public makes their job very difficult By presenting a friendly face toward innocent members of the public the police cannot only enlist their help but they can also feel safer themselves While the presidents actions are an important step the underlying program that the president has throttled back still exists The Department of Defense still has the legal authority to buy and deliver military equipment to police forces What one president stops another one can start Ill be introducing my amendment again and Im hoping for a different conclusion this year We must make sure that our streets are not war zones As told to TIME Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsIDEAS Dr Jeffrey A Singer practices general surgery in Phoenix and is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute This year marks the first year that women in Oregonand soon in Californiawill no longer have to make an appointment with their primary care provider in order to receive a prescription for hormonal birth control pills They will be able to obtain them directly from their pharmacist This is an important step forward in liberating women from the paternalistic policy of essentially making them pay a tolla doctors office visitfor contraception This added expense and inconvenience drives some women to forgo oral contraceptives and often resort to less desirable methods or no contraception at all Ironically emergency contraceptive or "morning after" pills are available over the counter without a prescription It would be wrong to blame the medical profession for advocating this policy as a way to generate fees For years the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recommended that oral contraceptives be made available over the counter The college’s Committee on Clinical Gynecology reiterated this position in 2012 And this view is shared by 76% of physicians according to a 2015 survey by the University of California San Diego and UC San Francisco While all over-the-counter medications from non-steroidal anti-inflammatories to antihistamines to acetaminophen carry risks of side effects and other dangerous unintended consequences experience has shown that proper warning and education have worked in minimizing abuse and misuse of these products and there is no reason to think that the same wont apply to birth control pills In fact the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology cited among other studies a 2006 report from Seattle showing womens self-evaluation regarding whether or not they should take the pill matched those of doctors about 90% of the timeand that the 10% of the time that they didnt match was mostly because the women erred on the side of caution Many argue that not requiring a doctors visit would mean women would not obtain necessary preventative care But the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states: "Cervical cancer screening or sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening is not required for initiating OC [oral contraceptive] use and should not be used as barriers to access" In fact there is currently a debate among gynecologists regarding the need and benefits of annual pap exams Besides this argument is blatantly sexist Men are not required to get a doctors prescription for condoms as a way of making sure they get a prostate exam Adults are perfectly capable of making their own preventative health decisions and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology concurs with this viewpoint In Oregon and California the new laws require women to obtain a prescription from a pharmacist The pharmacists require the women to fill out a questionnaire and have their blood pressure checked The Oregon law passed last summer The California law passed in 2013 but it has taken a while for the various state licensing boards to settle their turf battles and decide upon which and how California pharmacists can prescribe While these laws are a big step in the right direction they dont go far enough They only replace one barrier with another Ideally women should not need a prescription from a pharmacist for oral contraceptivesjust like they dont need one for the "morning after" pill But that would require action by the Food and Drug Administration or Congress Currently women enjoy that freedom in 102 countries It is debatable as to how many unwanted pregnancies would be prevented by making birth control pills available over the counter What is not debatable is that there will be a lot less spending on unwantedand unnecessaryvisits to the doctors office in order to get a prescription Bypassing the tollbooth of the doctors office is one obvious step we can take to lower health-care spending Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors he spent a week in a body-shaped slot carved out from a limestone rock in the same contemporary art museum in Paris.

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