NIH’s $33 Million Alzheimer’s Gamble

first_img A $1.7 million drug discovery effort to identify molecular and genetic risk factors and new therapeutic targets for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, based on data from the Religious Order Study and the Rush Memory and Aging Project. Led by Philip De Jager of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and Harvard University, and David Bennett, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the study will focus on drugs that have completed phase 1 testing, and could be granted $7.9 million over 5 years. A $2.4 million, 12-week phase 1 trial testing the safety and tolerability of the steroid allopregnanolone for treatment of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s, led by Roberta Brinton and Lon Schneider of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Animal studies have shown that the drug can lower amyloid levels, restore cognitive function, and spur the generation of new neurons. A $1.6 million effort to study the complex mechanisms of the disease and identify existing drugs that might be able to be used for Alzheimer’s treatment or prevention, led by Eric Schadt of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The study has the potential to be granted $8.2 million over 5 years. Billions of dollars have been spent on clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs that target amyloid plaques—the hallmark protein tangles that clog brain cells in people with the memory-robbing disease. So far, all have failed, leading some frustrated researchers to say it’s time to move on to other drug targets. Others say the drugs have not yet been fairly tested because they were administered too late, after brain damage is irreversible. Yesterday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is giving $33 million to a study that researchers hope will either revive the amyloid hypothesis, or put it to bed.The new trial—estimated to cost at least $100 million overall, with most of the remaining funds provided by partners in the pharmaceutical industry—will be part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, a large consortium of researchers attempting to identify biomarkers and treatments that can slow or stop the disease. Lead researchers Eric Reiman and Pierre Tariot of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix plan to give a yet-to-be identified anti-amyloid drug, or placebo, to 650 people who carry two copies of the APOE4 gene—a genetic double whammy that confers a 10-fold increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s late in life. All participants will be between the ages of 60 and 75 and healthy, including free of recognized Alzheimer’s symptoms. Roughly a third will likely not have much amyloid in their brains yet, allowing the researchers to track whether the drug affects its accumulation, Reiman says.The Banner trial “is a very reasonable approach” to figuring out whether anti-amyloid drugs can effectively prevent Alzheimer’s disease, says Gary Landreth, a neurologist who studies the disease at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He notes, however, that it is quite unusual that the drug to be used has not yet been identified, given the size of the grant. Given that no anti-amyloid/Alzheimer’s drugs have yet shown any clinical efficacy, “I think this really reflects the state of desperation felt in the scientific community as well as the public at large that we have no effective therapeutics in the face of an ongoing epidemic of AD,” he says. “They are taking a gamble.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The APOE4 trial builds on another trial of an anti-amyloid drug in 300 members of a Colombian family who carry a gene mutation that places them at high risk of developing an early-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease. Rather than wait for the results of that study, Reiman says that he and his colleagues decided to conduct the two trials simultaneously to ensure that any positive results from the Colombian study can be quickly tested into a more representative population—drugs that work for people with early-onset Alzheimer’s might not necessarily help those with late-onset Alzheimer’s, he says.Maria Carrillo, vice president of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, an advocacy group, applauds NIH’s giving the trial a green light: Targeting the APOE4 population will “increase the possibility that participants in the trial will become symptomatic during the period of the study so that the scientists can assess whether the drug intervention is having an impact on delaying or preventing Alzheimer’s symptoms, without having to wait 10 or 15 years or more,” she says.The U.S. government has placed a high priority on tackling Alzheimer’s disease, which is expected to strike 10 million Americans by 2050, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2011 National Alzheimer’s Project Act, for example, has mandated that HHS establish a national plan to prevent or effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. The new APOE study will use up the lion’s share of the $45 million that Francis Collins, director of NIH, has set aside for Alzheimer’s research in fiscal year 2013. (The $45 million total includes a $5 million contribution from the National Institute on Aging [NIA]). According to Neil Buckholtz, director of the NIA Division of Neuroscience, the investment reflects a shift toward trying to prevent the disease before it ravages the brain, rather than reverse its effects, and a commitment to testing the amyloid hypothesis properly. “We believe this hypothesis has not received an adequate test,” he says. He acknowledges, however, that putting so many research dollars into one basket is a “high-risk” strategy.NIH also announced funding for five additional grants to Alzheimer’s research, with a sixth award pending:A $1.5 million trial testing three new anti-amyloid beta drug treatments—gantenerumab, solanezumab, and a third, undetermined drug—in volunteers with an inherited form of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Led by Randall Bateman of Washington University in St. Louis, the international trial will have the potential to gain $6 million in funding over 4 years. A $1.6 million study of the role of the immune system and brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease, led by Todd Golde of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The study has the potential to be granted $7.7 million over 5 years.last_img read more

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U.P. worst hit as rain claims 48 lives in 4 States

first_imgAs many as 48 people died in rain-related incidents, majority of them in Uttar Pradesh, while incessant rainfall in Bihar, where an alert has been sounded, left the streets of state capital Patna and other areas waterlogged and residences of at least two ministers marooned.As many as 35 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh since September 27, the State government said. While 25 of them died on Saturday, 10 lost their lives on September 27. The meteorological department said heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places over eastern UP on September 29.On Septmeber 28, four persons died in a house collapse in Mirzapur and an equal number of people were killed when a wall fell on them in Azamgarh due to heavy rain.Similarly, three persons each died in Ambedkarnagar and Ghazipur due to house collapse and two persons each died in Ballia and Sitapur due to wall collapse. Another two persons died after being struck by lightning in Banda, the statement said.“One person each died in Chitrakoot and Unnao due to wall collapse while another was killed in a house collapse in Bulandshahr. A person died due to snakebite in Unnao and another due to heavy rain in Saharanpur,” it said.On September 27, one person each died in wall collapse due to heavy rain in Sultanpur, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Firozabad and Amethi while one person each died in Prayagraj and Lakhimpur after a tree fell on them.Snakebite claimed the life of two people in Gorakhpur and Firozabad each while one person died in Fatehpur in house collapse, it said.Two persons each were injured in Saharanpur and Mirzapur, while one got injured in Kaushambi due to rain-related incidents, it added.In neighbouring Uttarakhand, six pilgrims from Punjab, who were on their way to the Himalayan shrine of Hemkund Sahib, were killed when a huge rock fell on their vehicle in Tehri district following a landslip triggered by heavy rains, officials said.Also, three deaths each were reported from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while one person died in Jammu and Kashmir.BiharIn Bihar, heavy rains in several parts of the state since September 27 have thrown normal life out of gear affecting rail traffic, healthcare facilities and schools.The residences of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy resembled marooned islands.The weather department has forecast heavy rainfall for the city till September 30. The Patna district administration has ordered closure of all schools till Tuesday, October 1.Nalanda Medical College Hospital premises, the second largest healthcare facility in Patna, was waterlogged as also that of the Gardanibagh hospital.“Localities like Rajendra Nagar and S K Puri are the worst affected,” District Magistrate Kumar Ravi told reporters.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the situation in a video conference meeting with officials who informed him that the state received an average rainfall of 50 mm since Friday with districts like Vaishali and Nawada recording more than 200 mm.The district magistrate said a contingent of NDRF and SDRF personnel was pressed into service to rescue residents from the areas alarmingly waterlogged.East Central Railway officials said rail traffic was suspended on the Darbhanga-Samastipur section in the morning as tracks at some places got inundated due to heavy rain, leaving at least three trains stranded.The NDRF said 18 of its teams have been pressed into service in districts which have received heavy rainfall.RajasthanIn Rajasthan, three students were killed when a wall of a government school collapsed after excessive rainfall in Udaipur district, police said. The incident occurred early morning in Government Middle School, Thobwara. The school, which is situated on the foothills, was waterlogged due to excessive rainfall on Friday (September 27) night, the police said.Meanwhile, three persons, including a police constable, were swept away in the strong currents of a swollen nullah in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh, police said. The incident occurred in the night on Ghansor-Kedarpur Road on September 27.The three bodies were recovered about a kilometre away from the place of the incident.“It was raining incessantly and the water level of the nullah had gone up,” Seoni’s Additional Superintendent of Police Kamlesh Kharpuse said.Other statesMadhya Pradesh has been witnessing heavy rainfall over the last couple of weeks.In Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, a 22-year-old woman was killed after she was struck by lightning. Heavy rains lashed wide parts of the Jammu province, causing waterlogging and traffic jams at many places in the city disrupting normal life.In Himachal Pradesh, parts of the state received light rainfall on Saturday, September 28, which brought the maximum temperature down by two to three notches below the season’s average.Mandi received the maximum rainfall at 36 mm in 24 hours lasting 5.30 pm on Saturday, followed by Kufri (28 mm), Salooni (25 mm), Kandaghat and Bakloh (22 mm each), Baijnath (19 mm), Solan (13 mm), Shimla (12.3 mm) and Manali (11 mm).Meanwhile, River Krishna is in spate again following heavy rain in the upper catchment areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Consequently, the crest gates of major dams that were already full to the brim in Andhra Pradesh had to be opened for the third time in the last couple of months to let out floodwater into the Bay of Bengal.The India Meteorological Department on Saturday forecast heavy to very heavy rain in parts of north Gujarat and the state’s Saurashtra-Kutch belt over the weekend.last_img read more

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Union Budget 2014: Jaitley gives tax gains, promises growth

first_imgFinance Minister Arun JaitleyEvery taxpayer will get tax relief of Rs 5,000 in the Union Budget 2014-15 which was tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday.Among the big announcements was the increase of personal income tax limit from Rs 2 lakh per annum to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum. Similarly, the limit for senior citizens was increased from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.The limit for investments under Section 80C has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh per annum. The deduction for housing loan interest was also revised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Full text of Union Budget 2014 | Opposition slams Union Budget “I do not propose to make any change in the rate of surcharge either for the corporates or the individuals, HUFs, firms etc,” Jaitley said in his speech.Jaitley presented the budget with concerns over economic slowdown while promising bold corrective measures to unburden the poor from rising prices, revive investor confidence and cut excessive expenditure.  “People of India have voted decisively for change,” Jaitley said in what was the maiden budget for himself and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. “Steps I unveil in the budget aim at 7-8 per cent growth over the next three-four years, lower inflation, less fiscal deficit and a manageable current account deficit.” The minister said given the state of the economy today, high inflation, low growth and moderate rise in tax collections, the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of India’s gross domestic product set by his predecessor P. Chidambaram was a “daunting” task.advertisementBudget a ray of hope for poor and downtrodden: PM “But I have decided to accept this target as a challenge,” he said, adding he will seek to further bring down the fiscal deficit to 3.6 percent for the next fiscal and to 3 percent in the year after.He said the country cannot be made to suffer due to indecisiveness and populism and there was an urgent need to revive growth in manufacturing and infrastructure. “We will also examine proposals for more autonomy to banks.”The finance minister said the possibility of a poor monsoon and the Iraq crisis were key challenges with a bearing on both government finances and inflation. But he said the situation will be monitored closely to initiate immediate corrective steps.  “Financial stability is the foundation of our recovery.”Jaitley also promised early introduction of the pan-India goods and services tax, while assuring the domestic and global investment community of predictability in the tax regime to restore confidence about the country’s prospects.The Budget for current fiscal comes against the backdrop of the Economic Survey 2013-14, the annual report card on the state of the nation, which has termed inflation-control, job creation and pushing growth as the three main challenges, while calling for a fresh dose of reforms.Expectations have been high from the budget after Modi came to power with a landslide victory in the general elections, mainly on the promise of ushering in happy days for India’s 1.2 billion people by creating more jobs, providing relief from price rise and reviving growth. Budget 2014: Jaitley says it’s time to implement GSTAmong the various measures, Jaitley announced a national multi-scale programme called Skill India for providing training to youth and their employment, a national irrigation scheme and a smart city with an investment of over $1 billion as part of the larger plan for 100 such projects.He also announced many other schemes, such as one to help farmers realise right prices for their produce, at least four more institutions modelled on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), more money for people’s welfare, many new airports on public-private partnership mode, a target of total sanitation in five years, greater autonomy for banks and higher investments by state-run enterprises.Tax payers could save on their salaries and consumer goods like TVs, soap, footwear, processed food and computers will cost less as the Rs.18-lakh crore (300-billion dollar) maiden budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government promised to arrest price rise, boost investor mood, cut expenditure and restore India’s growth to 7-8 percent in three years.During a 128-minute speech in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with a five-minute break allowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan upon his request due to momentary discomfort, a host of other proposals, both welfare schemes and reformist policy measures, were also unveiled that were aimed at a wide range of stakeholders — from the girl child to senior citizens and overseas investors to the defence forces.advertisementAt the same time, he acccepted as a challenge — given the state of the flagging economy and rising prices — the task to cut fiscal deficit, which indicates the extent to which the government overspends, to 4.1 percent of GDP for this fiscal, and further to 3.6 percent and 3 percent over the next two years.As high expectations ran high from the first budget of the Modi government, after having been voted to power with a landslide victory mainly on promises of “happy days” for India’s 1.2 billion people, Jaitley also made it clear that putting the Indian economy back on rails remained a daunting task needing more than one dose of corrective action.”The steps that I will announce in this budget are only the beginning of a journey towards a sustained growth of 7-8 percent or above within the next 3-4 years along with macro-economic stabilisation,” the finance minister said.”Therefore, it would not be wise to expect everything that can be done or must be done to be in the first budget presented within 45 days of the formation of this government,” he added, setting the agenda for his speech.”We are going in the right direction to overcome challenges faced in the last decade,” echoed Modi while congratulating Jaitley for the budget in which he provided a “new ray of hope for the poor and downtrodden sections of society.”It was also in line with the “government’s vision to create a skilled and digital India,” the prime minister said.We did not want to burden the common man: Jaitley One of the most appealing proposals for the average tax payer was the hike in the exemption limit for individuals below 60 years to Rs.250,000, and Rs.300,000 for senior citizens. Deductions under various heads such as investments in insurance, pension and house rent were also proposed to be raised by Rs.50,000 to Rs.150,000. Interest on housing loans will also get a higher exemption. This apart, the duty-free baggage allowance for Indians returning from abroad is also sought to be raised to Rs.45,000 from Rs.35,000.Farmers will also stand to gain largely with Jaitley’s proposal for an integrated national market for agro-produce that will enable them to sell their crops directly to consumers and earn better prices. The subsidies to them, notably for soil nutrients, have also been enhanced.For industry, he assured that the pan-India goods and services tax will be introduced by the year-end and a fresh view taken on the direct tax code. Retrospective tax, which creates liabilities not planned for and has been a matter of much concern for both domestic and overseas investors, will not be imposed at random. Customs duties and excise rates were also rationalised for a host of sectors.Union Budget 2014-2015: Smart cities and 24×7 power supply, says FMHe also sought to remove the perception of policy inaction and a freeze on economic reforms by hiking foreign equity in insurance and defence equipment to 49 percent from 26 percent, but left for later the much-promised overhaul of the subsidy regime after constituting an expenditure management commission and getting its recommendations.advertisementIn his speech, Jaitley also touched upon areas which few finance ministers in the past have done. Such proposals included new schemes for conservation of sacred rivers, a sports university in Manipur, welfare fund for migrants from Kashmir, conservation of the Himalayas, support for organic farming and a 24X7 channel for northeast and protecting the heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.Budget 2014-15: More IITs, IIMs and AIIMSHe also promised at least four institutions modelled on the premier All India Institute for Medical Sciences and Indian Institutes of Management, and said the union government will look positively at every similar proposal forwarded by states.For the defence forces, he said the allocation was being raised by about 12 percent to Rs.229,000 crore (nearly $40 billion), besides Rs.5,000 crore ($830 million) for the modernisation of the 1.2 million-strong armed forces.Other proposals, with enhanced monetary allocations, covered areas like education, urban renewal, transportation, malnutrition, minorities, infrastructure, food security, capital markets, banking, insurance, state-run enterprises, tourism, war and police memorials, interlinking of rivers, space, sports and bio-tech.As Jaitley was unveiling his proposals, the stock markets swung both ways with a key index gaining more than 300 points at one point, then falling by some 250 points, before closing with an overall loss of around 70 points or 0.25 percent.Industry, nevertheless, welcomed the proposals and said it laid down the requisite ground for a medium-term course correction to revive the Indian economy.The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) complimented the finance minister “on a pragmatic and extensive Budget that lays out a medium term vision for the economy and meets industry expectations on growth and employment creation.”The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) also reacted in a similar vein and said the budget laid the ground for rejuvenating the economy. “There has been a mix of both short-term and long-term measures, geared towards boosting the confidence of all key constituents.”last_img read more

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Photos – The Kassidy Cook Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementKassidy Leigh Cook (born May 9, 1995) is an American diver.Cook was a member of the United States national diving team in 2012.She missed out on competing in the Olympics by 0.4 points on June 23, 2012.In 2016 she qualified for and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, placing 13th in the women’s 3 metre springboard event.Cook is the 5th child of Kevin and Laura Cook and lives in The Woodlands, Texas.She has five siblings: Kevin, Kara, Kelsey, Kylie and Kendall.Cook started diving at the age of four; her sister, Kara, was a diver at Purdue University.Cook trains five hours a day, six days a week.She was a child model before she started diving.The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) named her the 2010 high school girls national champion in its diving All-American program.She graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2013.Cook is currently a junior at Stanford University.Picture courtesy – Kassidy Cook (Instagram)last_img read more

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Indian Premier League: Yuvraj Singh ruled out for two weeks

first_imgStar India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of action in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at least for two weeks, according to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach Tom Moody. Yuvraj had to miss the semi-final of the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 owing to ankle injury. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)The World Cup winning all-rounder landed awkwardly on his left ankle during the game against Australia in India’s final league match of the World T20 in Mohali last month. He struggled to run between the wickets but managed to stitch a crucial 72-run partnership with Man of the Tournament Virat Kohli against Australia. (Also read: Ponting backs Rohit to rediscover golden touch) “Sadly, Yuvraj will be out for a couple of weeks but we don’t know how long that is going to be,” Moody was quoted as saying by iplt20.com. (Also read: Fitness not captaincy the major challenge for Zaheer, Daredevils)”A player like Yuvraj Singh is important to any team. He is not only a match-winner with the bat, but he is a very useful bowler in those middle overs,” he said. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) Moody also said his team were particular about enriching their squad with quality all-rounders. SRH bagged Yuvraj and former Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Deepak Hooda at the IPL auction earlier this year. (Clash of the captains: It’s MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli)”Going into the auction, we were aware that we needed to strengthen our middle order. Hence, we targeted players like Yuvraj and Hooda to give us that depth in our middle order and they complement what we already have in our squad.advertisement”What we are aware of this year is building a great depth and strength in our squad and by securing people like Aditya Tare, Tirumalasetti Suman who has had a lot of IPL experience in the past, we feel that we have got that depth of talent to be able to cover for any circumstance and Yuvraj’s absence is one of them. With Yuvraj being injured at this stage, you don’t know what is around the corner – you need that depth in the squad,” he said.last_img read more

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South Africa call up Elgar to replace injured Rossouw in tri-series

first_imgDean Elgar has been called up by South Africa to replace injured batsman Rilee Rossouw for the rest of the Tri-Nation One-Day International series in the West Indies, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.Rossouw dislocated his shoulder in Tuesdays 47-run victory over Australia at Providence.”Rilee fell awkwardly on his shoulder while fielding the ball on the boundary. He was immediately taken to the local hospital for X-rays which confirmed he had dislocated the AC joint of his right shoulder,” manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.”He will be unable to take further part in this series and will return back to South Africa as soon as possible. The extent of the injury and the recovery period will only be known once he has been assessed and managed by one of Cricket South Africa’s panel of shoulder specialists.”Elgar, 28, last played an ODI for South Africa against India in Mumbai in October. He has played six ODIs previously for South Africa.South Africa and Australia meet again on Saturday in Basseterre in St Kitts & Nevis in the fourth match of the 10-game series.last_img read more

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Shooting federation to assess Rio Olympics performance

first_imgThe National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Thursday announced the setting up of a special Review Committee to “examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner” the causes behind the 12 shooters not securing any medals at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.The committee is also mandated to recommend concrete steps that NRAI must immediately take to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics.The committee has been formed as per powers bestowed on NRAI President Raninder Singh through the constitution of the federation.Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed out on a medal as he finished fourth in the men’s 10m Air Rifle competition, while Jitu Rai was only the second shooter to reach the finals in the 10m Air Pistol. The rest of the shooters failed to get past the qualification rounds.(Also read: I let my country down, I have no excuses to make: Jitu Rai)Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist who has announced his retirement after the Rio Olympics, has been appointed chairman of the committee.The order also states that only in “matters specifically pertaining to the interview or findings/conclusions if any against or in favour of any Olympic team athlete that maybe examined by the committee, the chairman of the committee shall be exempt participation in toto from such tasks by recusal, however upon his own request he too shall make himself available for interview by the remainder of the panel.”The order further states that “for this specific issue only, the remaining members of the commission shall officiate jointly, where majority view shall prevail”.advertisementOther members of the committee include sports administrator Manisha Malhotra, NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia and sports journalists Digvijay Singh Deo and Kamesh Srinivasan. (Also read: Abhinav Bindra blames system for India’s failure to open medals tally)The order empowers the committee to go into a wide range of factors affecting the performance of the athletes.Also, as per the order, the NRAI Review Committee has been asked to submit its report to the office of the NRAI President within a maximum period of four weeks from the issuance of the order.The committee is expected to hold its first meeting on the 30th or 31st of this month and it has also been allowed the use of all available technology to help conduct its work smoothly.last_img read more

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Second accident on Signature Bridge: Man killed after bike skids

first_img(Eds: Adding a word in intro) \RNew Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) A 24-year-old man was killed and his cousin injured after their motorcycle skidded off the Signature Bridge on Saturday, a day after two medical students were killed in an accident there, police said.The deceased, identified as Shankar, was riding motorcycle and his cousin Deepak (17) was pillion rider, a senior police officer said.They were coming from Nangloi and heading towards Northeast district. Timarpur police station was informed about the accident at 8.20 am, he said.Police said the victims where rushed to a nearby hospital, where Shankar was declared brought dead while his cousin Deepak sustained knee injuries, they said.Shankar, a resident of Gaziabad, worked as a salesman and was unmarried, the officer said.Deepak, a resident of Shalimar Bagh told police they were wearing helmets but Shankar’s helmet fell off after skidding and his head hit the divider, he said.With two accidents in two days, the newly-constructed Signature Bridge has become a death trap. Some people have been seen taking selfies by climbing onto the boundary of the bridge.This is the second such accident on the Signature Bridge since its inauguration by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4.On Friday morning, two medical students were killed after they fell off the Signature Bridge here after their sports bike rammed into a divider. PTI AMP KJlast_img read more

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Terry extends Villa contract

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry has signed an extended contract to remain as Aston Villa assistant coach until 2021.The 38-year-old spent his final season as player at Villa in 2017-18, losing in the Championship play-off final to Fulham.But Terry returned to Villa Park when Dean Smith was appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor last October and this time helped the club back to the Premier League, winning at Wembley in May. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the 38-year-old has committed his future to Villa ahead of their return to top-flight action.Smith said: “I am really pleased that JT has extended his current deal as he is a pleasure to work with.”We have had a successful start to our Villa coaching careers and JT has been instrumental in joining myself, Richard O’Kelly and Neil Cutler.”He has complemented the team that we have and I have no doubts he will go on to be a top manager in the years to come.”Our focus now is on the coming season and to try to continue the progress we have had in the past eight months.”Terry was linked to the Middlesbrough manager’s job following Tony Pulis’ departure at the end of last season but insisted he was staying patient.Jonathan Woodgate was subsequently appointed at Boro, including former Tottenham and LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on his staff.Terry’s ex-Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard is reportedly the front-runner for the leading role at Stamford Bridge, having impressed with Derby County, who were beaten by Villa in the play-off final last month.As well as extending Terry’s deal, the West Midlands club has moved quickly in the transfer market, having already brought in a number of signings ahead of their return to the top flight. Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi have been signed from Wolves and Lille respectively after spending the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Villa Park. While winger Jota, who previously worked with Smith at Brentford, was signed from rivals Birmingham this month and Brazilian striker Wesley has been brought in from Club Brugge.And Villa are linked with a number of other players, including Championship stars Neal Maupay and Jack Butland.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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WCJF Hosts Adolescent Mothers Parenting Conference April 16

first_img Endorsed by the Government through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the annual event is one of several activities under the WCJF’s ‘Transformational Parenting: Reshaping Families’ initiative. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) will host the official launch of the inaugural Adolescent Mothers Parenting Conference on Tuesday (April 16), at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. Activities for the conference include testimonials from WCJF alumni, as well as an interactive discussion forum. Story Highlights The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) will host the official launch of the inaugural Adolescent Mothers Parenting Conference on Tuesday (April 16), at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.Activities for the conference include testimonials from WCJF alumni, as well as an interactive discussion forum.Endorsed by the Government through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the annual event is one of several activities under the WCJF’s ‘Transformational Parenting: Reshaping Families’ initiative.The nine-month initiative, which commenced in March and is scheduled to end in November, targets approximately 350 WCJF programme participants, as well as other unattached adolescent mothers, with the objective of empowering them with the appropriate skills for effective parenting.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director, WCJF, Dr. Zoe Simpson, said the conference seeks to equip adolescent mothers with appropriate parenting skills for positive development outcomes of their children.“The conference is positioned within a framework of an overarching parenting initiative that the WCJF is rolling out across the Foundation’s 18 sites islandwide. It will bring all the adolescent mothers from across the island into one space where they can share their experiences and glean additional information on parenting. We are confident this will translate into good practice,” she said.Dr. Simpson noted that the young mothers face a number of challenges that make it difficult for them to cope with the demands of parenting.“We recognise that in a number of instances, these girls have inadequate familial support. The girls are also faced with financial challenges. In a number of instances, these girls are from poor families, and with an additional mouth to feed, the additional medical expenses and welfare needs of the child loom large before them,” she explained.Other challenges she outlined that affect their ability to parent effectively are post-partum depression and limited understanding of the stages of child development.“We have to help them to understand the developmental milestones of the child, what to expect when they get to a certain stage and to understand and interpret the behaviours of the children correctly. Once they understand this is the norm, it will be easier on them we think,” she said.The conference will also seek to train the young mothers in life skills, including time management and how to make good decisions.last_img read more

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NYK Introduces Eight New Boxships

first_imgzoom NYK has reached time charter agreements for eight new containerships, to be built at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Co. Ltd., each capable of carrying 14,000 TEUs.These ships, which will be delivered from February 2016 through January 2018, will have improved fuel efficiency and cargo loadability among today’s container ships of similar size.After delivery, the vessels will be put into service in Asia and Europe as replacements for existing ships, including four 13,000 TEU vessels chartered from Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).NYK will continue its efforts to provide higher quality, more competitive services for its customers through the introduction of eco-friendly ships.About vesselsLength overall: about 364 metersBreadth: about 51 metersDesigned draft: about 15 metersDeadweight tonnage: about 123,000 tonsFlag: Panama nyk, April 14, 2014last_img read more

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Amendments to Municipal Government Act Introduced

first_imgService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations has introduced legislation that allows the province to establish a debt collection system on behalf of municipalities. The amendments will give the province the legal authority to collect debts that are owed to municipalities for public utility bills or by-law infractions. The province will not assume any liability for the municipalities’ debt. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities approached the province about tapping into the effective debt collection services operated through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Once implemented, the program would give municipalities further access to the provincial government’s expertise and services to help them manage their finances,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This, in turn, will help communities remain strong throughout Nova Scotia.” Clarence Prince, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities said municipalities are pleased that the minister is tabling the legislation. “There is about $8 million in outstanding fines owed to municipalities,” said Mr. Prince. “This change is an important first step in assisting municipalities with the collection of this revenue.” Each year, the debt collection unit of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations collects over $15 million on behalf of provincial departments and agencies.last_img read more

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State of emergency cancelled evacuation order lifted amid wildfire near Prince George

first_imgFRASER LAKE (NEWS 1130) — The state of emergency and evacuation order for a community in central B.C. affected by wildfire have been lifted.An evacuation alert is still in effect for part of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.Information Officer Molly Blower with the Prince George Fire Centre tells NEWS 1130 the fire  — 236 hectares in size and about five kilometers east of Fraser Lake — has now been downgraded to ‘held’ rather than ‘uncontrolled,’ and is 50 per cent contained.#BREAKING: The #BCWildfire evacuation order for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako near Prince George has been lifted. BUT there’s still an evacuation alert in effect for one area (see map below). The fire is now 50% contained. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/3lJBapBK30— Lauren Boothby (@laurby) May 13, 2019The blaze forced the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako to declare a state of emergency on Saturday, but it was revoked Sunday evening.Blower says five BC Wildfire firefighters will be patrolling the area overnight, and the more than 40 personnel that were fighting the flames today will return Monday morning, as well as a helicopter.RELATED: Growing wildfire in Northern B.C. believed to be human-causedShe describes the conditions as of Sunday evening.“The weather is still quite dry,” she says. “The winds have reduced, which resulted in the great progress made today.”District chair Gerry Thiessen told NEWS 1130 he was struck by just how early the wildfire season has started this year.“Well certainly the fire came up quite quickly. It started out small. With the wind it gathered momentum.”Thank you to everyone that has kept the people of the Fraser Lake/Lejac area in their thoughts and prayers during another wildfire event. Very thankful for the RDBN and the BC Wildfire Service for all their work today! pic.twitter.com/VGjx7MOvzg— Mayor Sarrah Storey (@northernstorey) May 12, 2019A number of communities around B.C. saw record-breaking temperatures over the last week, including Vanderhoof and Burns Lake — which are on either side of Fraser Lake.The area that was burning is described as being a mixture of both grass and timber.Despite some rain in the forecast on Tuesday for the region, Thiessen says “significant precipitation” is needed.“We’ve gone since almost Christmas — very early in January — since we’ve had significant snowfall. So we need to get moisture into the ground.”Thiessen is urging anyone who plans to be in the backcountry to take extra care due to the dry conditions.The wildfire is believed to be human-caused, but that is still under investigation.-With files from Renee Bernard, Adam Cooper, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Former US energy secretary says communication key for energy project approval

CALGARY — The former U.S. secretary of energy in the Obama administration says there are no easy answers when it comes to winning public support for critical energy infrastructure projects.American nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, who was energy secretary from 2013 to 2017, gave a speech in Calgary focusing on the need for innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while still ensuring a supply of energy needed to maintain the North American standard of living.He says there’s no “cookie-cutter solution” to overcome public opposition to projects such as the Energy East pipeline cancelled Thursday by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).Moniz says the key to winning social licence to build is listening to the community and educating it about the liabilities and benefits the project might offer.He says the recent interest by China in improving its greenhouse gas emissions will have an indirect benefit for Canada in that it will drive a resurgence in world demand for liquefied natural gas.He expects that will translate into at least four more new U.S. LNG export facilities in the next five years, some possibly sourcing Canadian gas, and could provide a market for a Canadian LNG industry.Although about 20 LNG projects have been proposed for British Columbia, only one small project has been approved and two large projects have been cancelled or put on hold because of deteriorating global LNG prices.“I do expect the LNG market to grow substantially. There is a little bit of an oversupply for a few years but longer term, I think it will be a big market,” Muniz said.“For Canada, well, obviously it’s a question of getting product on the water, so there are routes through the United States but Canada has to figure out how to get it either west or east or south.”He says the boom in shale oil and gas production in the United States makes it important for Canada to diversify its energy customer base by finding more routes to ocean export points. read more

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UN disaster relief fund makes first donations for underresourced emergencies

The newly launched United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today announced its first disbursements for the world’s most under-funded emergencies, with 12 States, 11 of them in Africa, benefiting from a total of $32 million.The Fund, which has so far received $254 million of its $450 million target reserve, was launched two months ago to jump-start relief operations and save thousands of lives that would otherwise be lost to delay under the then-existing Central Emergency Revolving Fund, with only $50 million in resources.A third of CERF’s resources is reserved for making up shortfalls in chronically under-funded emergencies, and today’s allocations cover long-term refugee crises and other impacts of instability and insecurity due to civil or regional conflicts.UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, who manages the Fund, said the beneficiaries would be Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe, all in Africa; and Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.Forty countries and two private sector donors have so far contributed to the Fund.CERF made its first donations in March, when the UN World Health Organization (WHO) received $1.7 million to strengthen immunization campaigns, augment disease surveillance and train more health professionals in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, and another $200,000 for emergency health and sanitation aid in Côte d’Ivoire. But these were not specifically for long-term under-funded emergencies.“Too often, aid resembles a lottery in which a few win but most lose based on considerations other than need,” Mr. Egeland said in March at the launching of the CERF, which was approved by the General Assembly in December as another milestone in the UN reform process. “We must move from lottery to predictability so all those who suffer receive aid,” he added.Underscoring the importance of the new enhanced mechanism, UN officials note that under the old revolving fund it took four months between the lifting of access restrictions in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and the commitment of funds for the relief appeal. In the meantime, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) climbed to 1.6 million and mortality rates rose above emergency levels. read more

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Is artificial intelligence a threat to civilisation

first_imgArtificial intelligence risks being exploited by terrorists to mount driverless car crashes and cyber attacks because the technology is being rapidly developed without thought for its downsides, Oxford and Cambridge researchers have warned. Dr Shahar Avin, part of the research group, explains the risks we face today and could face in the future.last_img

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North Koreas Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorth Korea ‘ready for nuclear attack’ amid show of forceApril 15, 2017In “World”North Korea rocket launch: UN Security Council to have emergency talksFebruary 7, 2016In “World”North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other madSeptember 22, 2017In “World” State media showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bombSEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korea will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down its atomic test site, it said Saturday in a move immediately welcomed by US President Donald Trump.Pyongyang’s declaration, long sought by Washington, will be seen as a crucial step in the fast diplomatic dance on and around the Korean peninsula.It comes less than a week before North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, ahead of a much-anticipated encounter with Trump himself.The North had developed its weapons in what he called a “great victory”, and so “no nuclear test and intermediate-range and inter-continental ballistic rocket test-fire are necessary for the DPRK now”.“The mission of the northern nuclear test ground has thus come to an end,” he added at the gathering of the central committee of the Workers’ Party, according to the official KCNA news agency.The party decided that nuclear blasts and ICBM launches will cease as of Saturday — the North has not carried any out since November — and the atomic test site at Punggye-ri will be dismantled to “transparently guarantee” the end of testing.Within minutes of the report being issued, Trump tweeted: “This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit.”Pyongyang has made rapid technological progress in its weapons programmes under Kim, which has seen it subjected to increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, the United States, the European Union, South Korea and others.Last year it carried out its sixth nuclear blast, it’s most powerful to date, and tested missiles it said are capable of reaching the US mainland.Kim and Trump traded threats of war and personal insults as tensions ramped up, and even when there was an extended pause in testing, US officials said that it could not be interpreted as a halt without an explicit statement from Pyongyang.South Korean envoys have previously cited Kim as promising no more tests, but Saturday’s news is the first such announcement directly by Pyongyang.“Certainly this is a positive development,” said Daniel Pinkston of Troy University. “It’s a necessary but not sufficient step in North Korea returning to its past non-proliferation commitments.”The formal declaration of an end to testing comes after Kim stated in his New Year speech that the development of North Korea’s nuclear force had been completed.In the same address, he said he had a nuclear button on his desk, prompting Trump to tweet that he had a bigger one of his own.Events have moved rapidly since then, catalysed by the Winter Olympics in the South, and Seoul is now pushing for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War, raising hopes that a settlement could finally be reached on the peninsula.But there is a long way to go and Moon himself acknowledged this week that the “devil is in the details”.The US is seeking the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the North, while according to Moon, Pyongyang wants security guarantees, leaving much room for negotiation. The North has long demanded the withdrawal of US troops from the peninsula and an end to its nuclear umbrella over South Korea, something unthinkable in Washington.For its part, Pyongyang has been relatively reticent about the process, making its first official reference to contacts with the US only last week, when KCNA said Kim had discussed “the prospect of the DPRK-US dialogue”.But the leader told the Workers’ Party meeting: “A fresh climate of detente and peace is being created on the Korean peninsula and the region and dramatic changes are being made in the international political landscape.”For years, the impoverished North has pursued a “byungjin” policy of “simultaneous development” of both the military and the economy.But Kim said that as it was now a powerful state, “the whole party and country” should concentrate on “socialist economic construction”, in what he called the party’s “new strategic line”.Several factors have driven the Korean rapprochement, including the North feeling that it can now negotiate from a position of strength, concern about the belligerence of the Trump administration, and the looming impact of sanctions.Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies told AFP: “This is in effect a declaration of abandoning the byungjin policy for the sake of economic development.”“The North will now engage in negotiations with the US to obtain the normalisation of ties, guarantee against attempts to undermine its regime, and the lifting of sanctions which are essential for developing economy and improving people’s livelihoods,” Yang said. read more

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Braun Strowman postsurgery photo Heyman discusses WWE reach

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Twitter Marvin Washington Seth Rollins May 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm Videos Articles Videos Articles Daniel Bryan Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society …Gah! And that’s what it looks like AFTER surgery? o.O Videos Articles Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img 2 COMMENTS Braun Strowman post surgery photoAfter feuding with Roman Reigns, it was revealed that Braun Strowman would need legitimate surgery for what is claimed to be a shattered elbow. It was reported by WWE that Strowman is expected to be out for six months. Strowman took to social media to reveal the after effects of his surgery. WhatsApp May 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Heyman discusses WWE reachIn addition to out of character thoughts on Finn Balor, Paul Heyman also discussed his thoughts on the reach of WWE. After his appearance on Raw, he was receiving messages from all over the world, including places as far away as Australia and he credits this to the the presentation of WWE and how they distribute their content. So still, even to this day, it amazes me the sheer power of WWE’s distribution. Sneak into Grand Rapids, Michigan just to deliver a message on behalf of Brock Lesnar, and within moments getting texts and emails and messages from Australia (and dozens of other counties around the world) Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Jeffery Adam Phillips Pinterest WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Umm…. Heyman is only 4 years older than me? Wow. Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Bears reaffirm commitment to Vancouver

first_imgThe city of Milwaukie, Ore., wants a Class A baseball team from the eight-team Northwest League, but a spokesman for Short Season LLC said Monday the Yakima Bears are committed to trying to move to Vancouver.On Tuesday, the Milwaukie City Council will hear an update on the city’s goal of landing a minor league team. In April, the city council called minor league baseball a “high-priority economic development initiative.”Both the Bears’ bid to move to Vancouver and Milwaukie’s efforts to land a team are part of a rush to fill the largest metropolitan market without a professional baseball team. Kenny Asher, director of Community Development & Public Works for Milwaukie, said Monday he spoke in January to owners of all the Northwest teams, with the exception of the owner of the Eugene Emeralds. Ron Arp, a spokesman for Short Season LLC, said Monday the Bears are committed to negotiating with Clark County. The Bears have exclusive negotiating rights in the Portland market until mid-September, Arp said. Under a proposal to build a $22.7 million stadium at Clark College, the college would provide the land and parking spaces.The multiuse stadium would be used by Clark College and community teams, as the Bears would only use it for 38 baseball games a year.County commissioners voted 2-1 last week to continue negotiating with the Bears’ owners, who have proposed a 70-30 public-private split for capital costs and offered to pay ongoing maintenance and operations costs.last_img read more

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Rivers bill would tax medical pot

first_img State Sen. Ann Rivers acknowledges she’s going boldly where no Washington state Republican has gone before: she’s introduced a bill about medical marijuana that also raises taxes on some parts of the industry.The La Center Republican’s proposal would create new licenses for those who grow, process and dispense medical cannabis, and the state’s Liquor Control Board would oversee those licenses, as well as increase regulations for medical pot.Through the initiative process, voters gave medical marijuana users the green light in 1998. Complicating matters, voters last fall approved Initiative 502, which legalized recreational pot use for people 21 and older, and that initiative came with its own set of rules.When it comes to recreational pot, I-502 imposes a 25 percent tax on sales in the industry. It also requires the state’s Liquor Control Board to license recreational marijuana growers, producers and retailers.By contrast, the current medical cannabis rules don’t impose any taxes on the industry or require Liquor Control Board licenses. In local jurisdictions that allow it, medical marijuana groups can create community pot gardens with up to 45 plants and dispense medical cannabis to up to 10 patients. They must keep documents on their premises that prove their patients have a doctor’s approval. Sen. Ann Riverslast_img read more

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