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NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is facing calls from within the party for a stronger stance on climate change as he defends his support of the $40-billion LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia.Svend Robinson, the New Democrat candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour in the general election, opposes any new oil and gas infrastructure. Julia Sanchez, running for the party in a byelection in Outremont in Montreal, disapproves of the use of public funds for such projects.Singh is seeking his first seat in Parliament in a byelection in Burnaby South. The leader opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would increase tanker traffic departing from the Metro Vancouver city, but he approves of liquefied natural gas pipeline and export facility.“The LNG project has demonstrated some clear, positive steps around consultation,” Singh said. “There was an exhaustive and pretty thorough consultation around Indigenous communities, First Nations communities and elected bands and chiefs.”“There are people standing up and defending their land who have the right to express those concerns, and there’s still ongoing work that needs be addressed before this project moves ahead.”Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose a Coastal GasLink pipeline that would lead to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat. RCMP arrested 14 people at a blockade last month, sparking national protests.Police later reached a deal with the chiefs to allow pipeline work to continue. Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations bands along the pipeline.Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls. If he wins the byelection Monday and remains leader, he is likely to encounter calls from his caucus for a tougher stance on climate change.Robinson said he returned to politics after 15 years because of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations panel that assesses scientific evidence on global warming. The report concluded temperatures were likely to rise 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2052 unless drastic action is taken.“The most important issue facing our planet and our country today is climate change. We have to effectively put the country on the same kind of wartime footing that we did at the time of the last world war to fight climate change,” Robinson said.“If we are to do that, there can be no new oil and gas infrastructure.”He said his specific concerns about LNG Canada include the increase in emissions associated with the project, the environmental impact of fracking and the importance of respect for hereditary Indigenous leadership.Robinson would not say if he tried to change Singh’s mind on the project. But he said he hopes to influence the NDP’s fall election platform, and if he wins a seat, he will continue to bring his position forward around the caucus table.Julia Sanchez said climate is the key issue she hears about on the doorstep while campaigning in Outremont, the riding previously held by former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.She has proposed a vision she calls the “Great Transition,” which urges an end to subsidies for the oil and gas industry and for public investment in new infrastructure. It also recommends more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets.Sanchez said the NDP has made progress on its position on climate change over the past two years, but the party could go further. She noted LNG Canada benefits from $275 million in federal funding.“I have a hard time seeing how we can justify making massive investments in projects in the oil and gas industry,” she said. “That means we’re not doing investments in renewable energy or … in supporting the transition of workers from the oil and gas industry to other industries.”LNG Canada spokeswoman Susannah Pierce said the project has been designed to achieve the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any large-scale liquefied natural gas facility in the world — about 50 per cent lower than the average facility.The UN report models pathways to keep global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees C, including one scenario that says natural gas use must grow while coal declines, Pierce said in a statement.“Natural gas is clearly a part of the solution, as is natural gas shipped as LNG to Asia from B.C.,” Pierce said.Simon Donner, a geography professor and climate-change expert at the University of B.C., said LNG Canada’s emissions represent a fraction of Canada’s 2030 target. But the project would operate for decades, making it harder for the country to meet longer-term targets, he said.Singh has also faced pushback from the public for his support of LNG Canada. A protester recently interrupted a debate in Burnaby South to accuse Singh of “turning his back on Aboriginal people,” and the leader calmly listened and offered to speak with the man after the event.Singh likely supports the project to align himself with the province’s minority NDP government, said Richard Johnston, a University of B.C. political science professor.“He needs his friends,” Johnston said. “It means that the government of B.C. can be unembarrassed in supporting him in his attempt to get elected to Parliament.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hillary Clinton Faints at 9/11 Memorial, She is Diagnosed With Pneumonia

Rabat – A video posted Sunday on social media shows Hillary Clinton struggling to remain on her feet before she fainted. Her doctor says she was diagnosed with Pneumonia. The short video shows the Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, standing while an assistant is supporting her. The bodyguard moved to the car that had parked close to Hillary, opened the car’s door and headed back to Hillary to take her to the car.At this moment Hillary, who seems standing with huge difficulty, collapse and more security agents surrounded her and carried her to the car. Hillary’s doctor, Lisa R. Bardack said in a statement that has gone viral on Twitter that Hillary was diagnosed with Pneumonia on Friday 9.Statement from Hillary Clinton’s doctor says Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) September 11, 2016“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.”“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” she added.According to the British newspaper The Independent, Clinton’s campaign managers rescheduled her trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was due Monday September 12th. read more

TNA notes positive development on land issue

The president told AFP in an interview Sunday he would give land to civilians displaced by war by the middle of this year.He admitted it was an “ambitious target” but said it was necessary to end what he called an “unacceptable situation”.The land will be in addition to the property being handed back by the military in line with an earlier election pledge by Sirisena. “This is the first time he is giving a timeframe,” TNA spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran told AFP a day after Sirisena made the offer. Sri Lanka’s main opposition today welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena’s promise of land for 100,000 people who were forced from their homes during the long civil war, most of them Tamils, the AFP news agency reported.The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said Sirisena’s pledge to give displaced civilians new plots within six months was a “positive development”, but demanded that the military vacate the private land it occupied. Sirisena, who was elected last January, has won praise for starting to hand back land after the end in May 2009 of one of South Asia’s longest and bloodiest ethnic wars.But he is also under international pressure to do more to ensure reconciliation. “We welcome this as a very positive development but our stand is that the military must vacate all private lands they are occupying.” The civil war pitted troops against guerrillas fighting for independence for the Tamil minority in the north and east of the island.The fighting claimed over 100,000 lives between 1972 and 2009. More than 100,000 people are still living away from their homes more than six years after the end of the war, Sumanthiran said, while another 168,000 live as refugees in neighbouring India. read more

UN will continue dealing with Arafat Annan reiterates

In a statement issued in New York, a spokesman for the Secretary-General recalled that Mr. Annan has “repeatedly and consistently” stated that it is up to the Palestinian people to elect their leaders.The Secretary-General recently made this point during a meeting of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, which comprises the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union.”President Arafat has been elected by the Palestinian people and the United Nations will continue to deal with him in this capacity,” said spokesman Fred Eckhard. “On the same basis, the UN will deal with the leaders elected in the Palestinian elections announced for early next year.”The reports in the Middle Eastern media were prompted by an interview that the Secretary-General gave to Israeli television earlier this week. read more

Top UN rights official pledges to serve those denied protection from rights

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Mr. Vieira de Mello said the task before him was enormous, as he was taking over the post at a very delicate time for human rights. “My job will require speaking out to turn the world’s attention to abuses,” he said. “But it also requires tact and political acumen, as well as the ability to roll up one’s sleeves and get down to work to protect human rights away from the spotlights.”The end goal – “the promotion and protection of human rights for all” – must always be kept in sight, he said.Responding to questions about alleged human rights violations committed by governments under the pretext of the war against terrorism, the High Commissioner said he would continue to raise the issue with the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, as his predecessor Mary Robinson had done, so that the measures adopted did not infringe on the rights of individuals.”To an exceptional threat, often exceptional measures are required,” he said. “What I have said is that these exceptional measures must be taken in transparency, respecting the fact that there are certain fundamental rights which are non-derogable, and that these measures should be of short duration.”Turning to the recent upsurge of violence in the Middle East, Mr. Vieira de Mello said, “I hope that we will revert immediately to this six-week period of relative peace and get down to the real job, let the [diplomatic] Quartet continue.”Asked if he would adopt a lower profile than Mrs. Robinson, who was often an outspoken critic of governments, Mr. Vieira de Mello said he would weigh the need for speaking up depending on the situation; other circumstances might call for more quiet diplomacy. “Judge me on the basis of results, not on style,” he said. read more

US employers post more jobs suggesting hiring will remain healthy layoffs also

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US employers post more jobs, suggesting hiring will remain healthy; layoffs also fall by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 10:28 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in coming months.Job openings rose 2.2 per cent in January from December to 3.69 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Openings had fallen nearly 5 per cent in December, and they remain below November’s level of nearly 3.8 million.Yet the report provided further evidence that the U.S. job market is strengthening. Employers laid off the fewest workers in January than in any month since records began in 2001. And the number of Americans who quit their jobs rose to the highest in more than four years. People usually quit when they have another job, so more quitting suggests it is easier to find work.The biggest increase in job openings was in professional and business services, which includes high-paying fields such as accounting, engineering, and architecture. It also includes temp jobs, which typically carry few benefits. The next-largest gain was in retail.On Friday, the government reported that hiring in February was robust: Employers added 236,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 per cent in January to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent. February capped a fourth-month hiring spree in which employers added an average of 205,000 jobs a month.At the same time, the competition for open positions remains strong. About 12.3 million people were unemployed in January, which means there were 3.3 unemployed people, on average, competing for each job. That’s sharply down from a peak of nearly 7 unemployed people competing for each job in July 2009. But in a healthy economy, the ratio is roughly 2 to 1.The report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, calculates total hiring, layoffs and quits. By contrast, the department’s monthly jobs report measures the unemployment rate and net hiring. Net hiring equals total hiring minus layoffs, quits and other separations.Since the recession ended in June 2009, total hiring hasn’t increased as fast as job openings have. Businesses have been still slow to fill vacancies.The number of openings has increased 55 per cent. The 3.69 million openings in January is only slightly less than the nearly 4 million that were posted each month, on average, before the recession.Total hiring, though, has risen only 17 per cent in the same period. It rose to 4.25 million last month. That’s well below the pre-recession monthly average of about 5.1 million.Still, because employers are laying off fewer workers, net hiring has accelerated in recent months — a sign that employers are confident about their prospects and haven’t been discouraged by tax increases or higher gas prices.Monthly job gains averaged more than 200,000 from November through February. That compares with an average of 154,000 jobs from July through October and only 108,000 from April through June.Other reports also suggest that steady hiring will continue. The ManpowerGroup said Tuesday that its latest quarterly survey of 18,000 U.S. employers found that 18 per cent expect to add jobs in the April-June quarter. That’s up one percentage point from the previous quarter. Only 5 per cent say they will cut jobs, 3 points lower than in the previous quarter.Strong auto sales and a steady housing recovery are spurring more hiring, which could trigger more consumer spending and lead to stronger economic growth. Auto sales rose in January and February after reaching a five-year high in 2012.A big source of strength has been home sales and residential construction: New-home sales jumped 16 per cent in January to the highest level since July 2008. And builders started work on the most homes last year since 2008.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at: read more

Suncor snags majority control of Syncrude with 937M Murphy Oil deal

CALGARY – Suncor Energy is buying another chunk of Syncrude in a $937-million deal that will give it majority control over the massive oilsands project.The Calgary-based energy giant said Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy Murphy Oil Corp.’s five per cent stake in the mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta.The deal will increase its interest in Syncrude from just under 49 per cent to nearly 54 per cent.Suncor completed its acquisition of another Syncrude partner, Canadian Oil Sands, last month following a bitter hostile takeover battle that came to a peaceful resolution in January.That all-stock deal was worth $6.9 billion at the time of the acquisition, including $2.6 billion in the target company’s debt. It increased Suncor’s Syncrude stake from 12 per cent to 49.Suncor, which has vast holdings elsewhere in the oilsands, has made no secret of its intention to scope out bargain deals during the prolonged downturn in oil prices.It has argued that with a larger ownership stake, it can marshal more resources to improve operations at Syncrude, which has experienced a litany of outages in recent years.“This transaction is a strategic fit for our portfolio given the quality of the resource, our existing interest in Syncrude and the potential for value creation,” CEO Steve Williams said in a release.The deal increases Suncor’s oilsands production capacity by 17,500 barrels a day.“This growth gives us even more leverage to oil prices as they recover,” said Williams.The deal is expected to close by the end of June, provided it receives approval from the Competition Bureau, among other conditions.Also Wednesday, Suncor posted a first-quarter operating loss of $500 million, versus an operating profit of $175 million a year earlier.Net earnings, which take into account some unusual items, were $257 million, lifted by a foreign exchange gain. A year earlier, Suncor posted a net loss of $341 million, driven by a foreign exchange loss.Company-wide production rose to 691,400 barrels a day for the quarter, from 602,400 barrels a year earlier, with the increase largely due to the increased stake in Syncrude following the COS acquisition.Cash operating costs per barrel in the oilsands averaged $24.25 during the first quarter, an improvement from $28.40 a year earlier.– Follow @LaurenKrugel on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story; an earlier version had an outdated value for the COS acquisition by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2016 6:25 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A pedestrian is reflected in a Suncor Energy sign in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Suncor snags majority control of Syncrude with $937M Murphy Oil deal read more

Wiener sausages back for sale in IKEA

first_imgIKEA Group is committed to serving and selling high quality food that is safe, healthy and produced with care for the environment. “The trust of our customers is of outmost importance for us. We do not tolerate any other ingredients than the ones stipulated in our recipes or product specifications. WIENER SAUSAGES ARE back for sale in IKEA stores in the UK and Ireland.The sausages were affected by a precautionary sales stop due to DNA tests for horsemeat. According to IKEA, none of the numerous DNA analysis made on the wiener sausages shows any indications of horse meat.Wiener sausages will be available in stores from tomorrow morning, both in the bistro area and the Swedish Food Market, said the Swedish furniture giant.Anders Lennartsson, IKEA Food Services AB said:center_img Our supplier (Dafgård) does not produce meatballs and sausages on the same production line and the sub-suppliers of the meat raw materials are not the same. The meat raw material in the wiener sausages has never been supplied by the suspected sub-supplier.Meatballs were also taken off sale, and this sale stop is still valid. Lennartsson said that the company is closely following its supplier’s actions to find the root cause of presence of horse meat in meatballs.Read: Ikea withdraws Wiener sausages as they await horsemeat DNA tests>last_img read more

Visits to ancient sites fall

first_imgTourist visits to Greece’s ancient sites and museums fell sharply in 2008 compared to 2007, according to the Greek National Statistics office. The number of visitors to Greece’s museums fell by 18.7 percent, while the number of people who saw the country’s ancient archaeological sites dropped by up to 30 percent. The Acropolis in Athens was the most popular tourist site in 2008. The decrease in visitors is likely to continue, as experts predict the country should expect the biggest drop in the flow of tourists for the last 30 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Number of abandoned dogs skyrocketing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Animal rights groups in Greece are in dire straits over a combination of major funding cutbacks, dwindling donations and a rising number of strays, especially dogs. Hundreds of dogs of all ages and breeds are being picked up by these groups after being found tied to benches, trees and lampposts, obviously abandoned by owners who feel they can no longer afford to feed and care for them. “The situation is completely out of control,” says Christiana Kalogeropoulou, a representative of not-for-profit group “Every effort made in the past to change people’s mentality and make the state take some responsibility for the situation has been all but forgotten.” According to Grigoris Gourdomichalis, head of the Environmental Association for the Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus, local authorities have stopped funding animal rescue efforts since 2009, with his group, which is the largest of its kind in the country, having received no money from the state in the past three years, even though it is legally entitled to subsidies of 70 per cent of its annual budget. “It makes sense given that for a decision to be executed it needs to be approved by the ministries of Interior, Finance and Agricultural Development. It takes nine days for a single decision to move up one rank on the ladder,” said Gourdomichalis. The group continues to feed, inoculate and neuter strays in the 18 municipalities it covers in Athens and Piraeus, but Gourdomichalis said, “We are carrying out our duties with extreme difficulty at a time when the number of strays on the streets is skyrocketing and there is a distemper epidemic, which is one of the leading causes of canine deaths.” The City of Athens is also trying to keep its stray protection program alive even though the funding for its shelter has been reduced to 190,000 euros from 500,000 two years ago. According to the city’s deputy mayor for the environment, Angelos Antonopoulos, the City of Athens collected 457 strays from the streets of the Greek capital in 2011 and has provided medical treatment to 305 dogs. A veterinarian by trade, Antonopoulos says that while pet abandonment is on the rise due to the economic crisis, there is one upside as a rising number of people are opting to adopt a stray rather than buying a dog from a pet shop or a breeder. “People are becoming a lot more aware of the issue,” said Antonopoulos. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Google dévoile la répartition des revenus AdSense

first_imgGoogle dévoile la répartition des revenus AdSenseÉtats-Unis – Pour la première fois en six ans, Google a levé le voile sur la façon dont sont répartis les revenus publicitaires générés par sa régie AdSense.Le géant de la recherche sur Internet a décidé de jouer la carte de la transparence en dévoilant les taux de rémunération accordés aux sites qui utilisent sa régie AdSense.Sur le blog du service de publicité, la firme rappelle qu’il existe deux principaux services AdWords. Le premier, AdSense for content, permet d’intégrer des publicités dans les pages de contenus, tandis que le second, AdSense for search, les inclut dans les pages de résultats d’un moteur de recherche.Concernant AdSense for content, Google indique reverser 68% des revenus aux sites publiant des annonces sur leurs pages. Un taux qui n’a jamais changé depuis sept ans. Quant à AdSense for search, le taux du chiffre d’affaires redistribué est de 51%, et ce depuis 2005.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)”La proportion restante que nous percevons reflète les coûts d’exploitation et les investissements dans les développements pour améliorer la plate-forme” précise Neal Mohan, chef de produit Google. Et d’assurer : “Bien sûr, nous ne pouvons pas garantir que le partage des recettes ne changera jamais (il est par exemple possible que nos coûts changent de façon importante), mais nous n’avons pas de plan en ce sens”.La soudaine volonté de transparence de la firme de Mountain View intervient quelques semaines après qu’une plainte a été déposée devant l’autorité de la concurrence italienne par les éditeurs de presse. Ces derniers dénoncent le manque à gagner engendré par la publication de leurs contenus sur Google News.Le 25 mai 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Star Trek Picard show names premiere director

first_img CBS Star Trek Zip me up, Scotty: 50 years of Star Trek uniforms Captain Picard is expected to boldly go once more sometime at the end of 2019. Like Discovery, the show will stream on CBS All Access in North America. Among the executive producers are Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman, author Michael Chabon and Stewart himself.Discovery is currently in the middle of its second season, featuring the return of another Trek icon, Mr Spock.  Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 91 Photoscenter_img 0 null When Captain Picard takes the helm once again, we now know who’ll be helming his first adventure.Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart is set to reprise his role as the iconic Jean-Luc Picard in a forthcoming new TV show, and CBS All Access has revealed the first two episodes will be directed by experienced writer and director Hanelle Culpepper. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Culpepper will jump forward from the prequel series Star Trek: Discovery to the far future for Picard’s as yet untitled return. She’s previously directed various action-packed shows like Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Empire and Mayans MC. Culpepper has also taken charge of two episodes of Discovery, including season 1’s Mirror Universe episode Vaulting Ambition. And now she’ll be the first woman to direct the premiere of a new Star Trek show. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photoslast_img read more

Diesel spill cleanup continues south of Fairbanks

first_imgCleanup work continues today near Birch Lake south of Fairbanks where a tractor-trailer tank loaded with 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned Monday, spilling the fuel into a ditch that runs between a small wetland and the Richardson Highway. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, the crews are trying to keep fuel from seeping into the wetland or the lake.Listen nowlast_img

The Human Genome Project and how it could change modern medicine

first_imgNational Human Genome Research Institute Director Dr. Eric Green (National Institutes of Health photo)Before the current popularity of looking for your ancestors through websites that offer DNA testing, there was a large scientific undertaking called the Human Genome Project. It started in the mid 90s and wrapped up in 2003. It was controversial in some communities because people feared it was an effort to steal their genetic information, or worse, create bio targeted weapons.Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, says those fears were unfounded. He says the project’s signature accomplishment was reading out the three billion letters that make up the human genome sequence. Dr Green gave the keynote address at a Southcentral Foundation conference in Anchorage last week.He spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend and said the sequencing was successfully completed in 2003, but he says that was really just the start of understanding the blueprint of human DNA:Listen nowGREEN: We’re interested in each of our genome sequences and in particular we’re interested in how we differ. It turns out that if we lined up our genome sequences we differ about one out of a thousand letters — we’re 99.9 percent identical. We are very different in many things about our health, our well-being, features, etc. And so, it’s all of those differences, or most of those differences are coded in that .1 percent of the letters that are different between it. And so the real interest is not so much how are we the same. The real interest is how are we different. In particular, I can tell you as a physician, and particular working at the National Institutes of Health with a health focus, we’re particularly interested in which are the differences amongst peoples’ genomes that play a role in their health and influence on human disease.TOWNSEND: So talk a little bit about that. What was learned or what is still being learned from this undertaking, and how does it help in the understanding of disease?GREEN: So the journey to understand the human genome began 15 years ago when we had in front of us the first sequence. That journey is far from complete by any means, but we’ve made a lot of progress in 15 years. Most importantly we’ve gotten extremely good at being able to read out genomes now much more cost effectively. I’ll give you some numbers. That first human genome sequence generated by the Human Genome Project cause something like a billion dollars. Now the cost for sequencing the human genome is down to just a little over a thousand dollars. It’s a million fold reduction. What that has allowed us to do is to go out and sequence literally hundreds of thousands of people’s genomes and catalog all the differences.TOWNSEND: And is it, at its most basic, the trying to better understand what — I guess normal human biology is probably inadequate — but just a deeper understanding of individual biology?GREEN: That’s absolutely right. You know, when genomics is being used in research to understand disease, it’s giving us brilliant insights about what’s broken when you have a patient with hypertension what’s broken in the pathways that lead to diabetes, but when we talk about genomic medicine, that’s that’s not just biological knowledge that’s knowledge about an individual. So much of our differential drug response is scripted in our genomes in subtle spelling differences in what turned out to be the pathways that metabolize drugs. And so either, it’s there’s certain medications that you’re better or worse to take or at least the dosage might be higher or lower depending. So there’s a big word for this pharmacogenomics. It’s just pharmacology and genomics. It is not making new medicines for each patient, but rather picking the best medication off of a list of possible medications and using that or adjusting the dose based on that. That’s not hypothetical that’s here and now for a handful of medications. I predict that list will grow because we’re learning more and more every day about the genomic variants that influence drug metabolism and how that influences the best choice of medications that’s here and now.TOWNSEND: I’m so glad you raised that because I wanted to ask a question about a friend of mine who is going through treatment for cancer and has transitioned from chemo and radiation to immunotherapy. Is that part of what you’re talking about? Is immunotherapy informed by genomics.GREEN: It can be informed by genomics. Immunotherapy is slightly different in that it’s basically harnessing your body’s natural immune tools to basically go out to cancer and there’s some spectacular exciting advances. But if you take a step back from that, what we’re starting to use genomics for is to take each patient’s individual cancer and instead of just trial and error will try this and we’ll try this, what we’re hoping will come out of it, by doing genomic studies of that tumor, from that patient, better knowing upfront, based on the unique genomic changes that have taken place, whether this therapeutic option or that therapeutic option is the most effective way to go.TOWNSEND: Dr. Green, you’re giving the keynote address at the annual Southcentral Foundation’s conference on the NUKA system of care. What do you plan to focus on in in your talk?GREEN: So I think the overarching goal of my talk is to really just describe this journey, and actually it’s plural it’s journeys. It’s my professional Journey that as I was just laying out of sort of going from a freshly-minted physician scientist, and then training in pathology and then having this ability to walk down this path of genomics, which is turned out to be a remarkable remarkable adventure. But then the journey of genomics and seeing it go from something that once upon a time had some skepticism around it, to now, in a very short period of time, delivering on its first major promise: the Human Genome Project. And now having the herculean task of trying to change something as complicated as medical care.last_img read more

Sri Lanka falsely identifies American Muslim activist Amara Majeed as ISIS terrorist

first_imgAmara MajeedtwitterThe Sri Lankan government has been slammed for releasing a photo of American Muslim activist and author Amara Majeed and claiming that she is an ISIS terrorist involved in the Easter Sunday attacks.The events unfolded after photos of six suspects were released by Sri Lanka to seek help from locals. Amara’s photo was circulated to claim that she was a terrorist named Abdul Cader Fathima Qadiya.Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had released the photos. They later clarified that Amara’s photo was incorrectly used by the department to identify Qadiya. They have acknowledged that it was a mistake and apologised to Amara. In 2015, she was featured in BBC’s 100 Women, an annual project which highlights inspirational and exceptional women. During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, she had written an open letter accusing him of being “a demagogue who is capitalizing on Americans’ fear and paranoia”, reports BBC.While Sri Lanka witnessed one of the worst attacks in the past decade, the nation was severely slammed on social media for their negligence towards the intel on a possible terror attack. Who is Amara Majeed?Amara is an American Muslim activist from Baltimore. She is the founder of ‘The Hijab Project’ and author of the book ‘The Foreigners’, which combat stereotypes about Islam.She has now responded on Twitter, “Please stop implicating and associating me with these horrific attacks. And next time, be more diligent about releasing such information that has the potential to deeply violate someone’s family and community.” last_img read more

Baobab Studios Launches John Legend Facebook Karaoke Filter for Crow The Legend

first_imgWith the launch of the face filter, Baobab wanted to give audiences without VR headsets another chance to experience the world of “Crow: The Legend” in a more immersive fashion, according to CEO Maureen Fan.The release also helps Facebook as the social network aims to better compete with the social video app TikTok, which has gotten extremely popular with teenagers for its karaoke and lip sync functionality. In November, Facebook even launched a TikTok clone called Lasso to experiment with similar short-form videos. 20th Century Fox-backed Baobab Studios launched a new face filter on Facebook Tuesday that lets you sing along to a John Legend song: The “Crow: The Legend” augmented reality (AR) filter turns your face into that of Crow, the feathered hero of Baobab’s latest animated VR film.The filter uses eye, mouth and eyebrow movement recognition to match up Crow’s facial expression with your own, Animoji-style. It features an exclusive John Legend song from the animated movie, and gives users the chance to either lip sync along, or sing their hearts out in a karaoke mode that includes the lyrics as sing along-subtitles.Baobab Studios released “Crow: The Legend” on Oculus-based VR headsets in November. The 21-minute film is based on a Native American tale and features a star-studded voice cast including Oprah Winfrey, Constance Wu and Diego Luna. John Legend not only plays the main character, but also performs an original song, and signed on as executive producer for the project.“Crow: The Legend” has also been available as an animated 2D film on YouTube, where it has now been viewed more than 3 million times across various channels — including 2.9 million views from fans of YouTube star Liza Koshy, who voiced one of the characters in the film. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Portal speedrun world record now stands at 8 minutes 31 seconds

first_imgAnyone who’s played the first Portal knows it’s not a long game, but a new world record sees Portal being completed in 8 minutes and 31.93 seconds, about 50 seconds faster than the previous record.Back in 2010, Portal Done Pro set the world record for completing Portal. DemonStrate’s time was 9 minutes and 25.567 seconds, but sadly for him, his time has been beaten by almost a minute. The new speed run named Portal Done Pro-er, was completed by several different gamers who did a few sections each to make up the overall record time.The time of the run is measured from the point where the cross-hairs first appear and when the last of GLaDOS’ cores is destroyed. The majority of time seems to be spent in lifts, and no cheats or hacks are used in either run but players take advantage of many different glitches, the details of which are listed in a Google Docs document written by the team. It details walkthroughs of each section although you’d have to understand a fair bit about glitching to get what they’re talking about.The team, made up by a few members of SourceRun, started speed running the chambers in April this year, but took a break between then and June. The majoirty of the run was done in the space of just two weeks.The video is so fast it’s hard to tell what’s going on in a number of places. It seems a lot of glitches exploit being able to fire portals through normally inaccessable floors. The final boss is also glitched so all the cores appear in their places at once meaning GLaDOS doesn’t even have time to finish her speech before she’s utterly destroyed.Will anyone else be able to beat this new record?via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Hot air conditioner cause of Playa del Carmen fire

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A fire alarm from an apartment building on Fifth Avenue Thursday was due to the overheating of an air conditioning unit.On Thursday morning, Playa del Carmen firemen rushed to an apartment building on Fifth Avenue with Constituyentes in front of Quinta Alegría square where they quickly put out a fire.Juan Carlos Medina Sosa, director of Civil Protection in the municipality, said they initially thought it was a restaurant fire, but realized it was an apartment.“At first we thought it was the restaurant that is on the side, but no, it was an apartment where the fire was caused by an overheating of an air conditioner,” he said.He explained that the damage was not sever enough to warrant closure seals for the building, but did say that the owners of the property have been requested to show up in person for documentation and regulations.He added that in the event they do not show up at the Directorate of Civil Protection, they will then proceed to place closure seals, leaving the owners to potentially pay a 10,000 peso fine for the fire.During the fire, nearby staff were evacuated from businesses. There were no injuries reported.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wotif predicts solid growth

first_imgWhile Jetset TravelWorld cautions of a challenging economic environment impacting its business, Wotif says it expects to see its profit after tax jump between nine to 13 percent for the FY12 compared to the prior year.In a shareholder update, the online company has predicted its profits to climb between $55.5 million and $57.5 million during the 2012 financial year from $51 million during the financial year last year.Although the company said numbers could change on completion of its final accounts, the figures do include unaudited management account for the first three months of 2012. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Versace to build casino resort on Macau

first_imgItalian fashion icon Versace will build a new luxury casino resort in Macau, providing the global brand greater access to China’s lucrative luxury market. SJM Holdings received official approval in May this year to build a 2000-room resort on Macau. Versace and Macau casino operator SJM Holdings signed a joint statement for the construction of a five-star Palazzo Versace hotel as part of a resort complex SJM is building in the former Portuguese Colony, reported. Source = ETB News: P.T. The construction costs and completion date have not yet been revealed. Fashion icon to gain greater access to affluent Chinese visitors. Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal, pulling in $US38 billion in casino revenue last year, owing to the rising number of affluent mainland Chinese visitors. The Palazzo Versace in Macau will become the third property owned by the Italian fashion house, with a hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast and another currently under construction in Dubai. SJM’s resort, located on the Cotai Strip, has been modelled as Asia’s version of the Las Vegas Strip.last_img read more