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Saudi Arabian Student at University of Wisconsin Beaten to Death Outside

Casablanca, Morocco — Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died on Monday October 31st after being beaten to death outside a pizza shop by a 6ft tall white male. Al Nahdi was an international student studying business administration at the University of Wisconsin since 2015.According to NBC News, Alnahdi was attacked outside a restaurant called “Toppers Pizza” in Menomonie, Wisconsin at around 2 A.M. on Sunday. When the police arrived, they found Alnahdi bleeding from his mouth and nose, lying on the street. On Monday, Alnahdi died from the injuries he sustained during the attack. Witnesses told the police the attacker was a 6ft tall white male.  No arrests have been made so far, but the Menomonie Police Department released a statement on Monday saying that the case was being treated as a homicide and that investigators are looking for possible suspects. According to the Daily Mail UK, Alnahdi’s friends believe the attack may have been racially motivated. One of Alnahdi’s best friends and roommate, Tommy Hutson, says, “Everyone has cried themselves out at this point and we are trying to remember the good times.”In a statement, Houston’s Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia said that they “are in the process of appointing an attorney to help locate the attacker and to request the maximum punishment.This 24 year-old, self-sponsored student had decided to attend University of Wisconsin-Stout because he believed Menomonie is a safe town to live in. He had dreams of earning a degree to secure his future and support and family. We trust the authorities will find the offender, and we trust the American courts will ensure a just punishment.” The consulate is also trying to arrange transportation of his body back to his family in Saudi Arabia. read more

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UN relief official tours southern Sudan stresses need for humanitarian access

Arriving in Rumbek, Mr. Oshima got a first-hand look at a UN World Food Programme (WFP) food distribution facility. He also viewed the only primary school for girls in southern Sudan, run by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as a teacher training facility and a hospital rehabilitation project. Afterwards, he met with senior SPLM officials, underscoring the importance of the UN’s humanitarian “Operation Lifeline Sudan” (OLS), and the granting of humanitarian access in line with OLS protocols. Mr. Oshima also informed SPLM officials of the talks on access issues he had yesterday in Khartoum with senior officials from the Sudanese Government. The Emergency Coordinator welcomed the release by the SPLM yesterday of a detained staff member of the non-governmental organization Oxfam. He reminded the group of the need to respect the safety of humanitarian workers and the principles of the OLS protocols. Mr. Oshima also reiterated to SPLM officials Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for the cessation of hostilities, a return to negotiations, and an end to the war for the sake of the people of Sudan. read more

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Molson Coors cheering on Habs but sees weaker hockey impact this year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Molson Coors cheering on Habs but sees weaker hockey impact this year by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 11:03 am MDT MONTREAL – Molson Coors is enthusiastically cheering on the Habs but having just one Canadian hockey team make a playoff run this year is bound to hurt beer sales, the brewer said Wednesday.“The Canadian beer businesses would have been better off with more Canadian teams in the playoffs,” Molson Coors Canada CEO Stewart Glendinning said, noting that Ontario sales were helped by the Toronto Maple Leafs being in the first round last year.The Montreal Canadiens lead the best-of-seven second-round series against the Boston Bruins 2-1. Last year, four Canadian teams — Montreal, Toronto, the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators — made the playoffs with only the Senators reaching the second round.Glendinning wouldn’t quantify the financial impact of the NHL playoffs.“This doesn’t make or break a year, let me clear about that, but it has an impact,” he said in an interview after the brewer released strong first-quarter results.He said any sport success drives sales, including the Toronto Raptors whose basketball playoff run ended in a close seventh game, but hockey is “religion in Canada” and especially important.Glendinning said the Habs success this year will have some impact on sales in Quebec, but won’t necessarily boost consumption in the rest of Canada.The Denver and Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, handily beat expectations as its first-quarter profit surged in part due to an improved performance in Canada despite weakness in the flagship Coors Light beer brand.Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP, TSX:TPX.B) earned $163.4 million or 88 cents per diluted share for the period ended March 31. That compared with $28.5 million or 16 cents per share a year earlier.Adjusting for one-time items, including $63.2 million received for the early termination of a joint venture with Modelo, underlying income more than doubled to $102.2 million or 55 cents per share, compared with $47.5 million or 26 cents per share in the 2013 quarter.Net sales decreased 1.5 per cent to $816 million, but was up 0.3 per cent excluding currency fluctuations. Worldwide beer volume decreased slightly to 11.9 million hectolitres.Molson Coors had been expected to earn 35 cents per share in adjusted profits on $818.4 million of net sales, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Sales in the quarter were helped by the social media success of the Molson Canadian red fridge at the Sochi Olympics, even though the time difference limited the sales benefit of the Winter Games, Glendinning said. The Molson Canadian brand enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of market share growth.“Our strong focus on our core brands, portfolio shift to above premium and value-creating innovation is paying dividends,” CEO Peter Swinburn said during a conference call.In Canada, the company earned $88.3 million in pre-tax income on $347.1 million of net sales despite weak consumer demand and promotional challenges. Underlying pre-tax income increased 20.5 per cent to $35.3 million, while the lower Canadian dollar reduced profits by $2.4 million.Sales to retail decreased 5.7 per cent due to a variety of factors, including weaker consumer demand, promotional challenges and the loss of the Modelo brands. Excluding this brand loss, which represented a one per cent reduction on overall company profits, Molson Coors said its Canadian market share decreased 0.5 per cent as Coors Light lost some ground to Bud Light.Glendinning said two new products will be launched in limited distribution across the country this summer and later in the year. He declined to provide details, but said they are designed to attract non-beer drinkers. The brewer is also introducing Molson Canadian Stone Fruit Cider, a peach-apricot version of its original blend. Cider and ready-to-drink coolers were the only alcohol categories to grow last quarter as beer, spirits and wine all experienced decreases.Overall, he said the brewer performed “relatively well” in Canada last quarter with all brands aside from Coors Light doing well. The brewer gained market share in lower-priced value beers and craft Creemore and Granville Island brands.New advertising will soon be launched to boost Coors Light sales this summer that will attempt to grab people emotionally instead of last year’s focus on cold beer. He also said the brand’s drag can also be partially blamed on some consumers switching to Coors Banquet.Molson Coors plans to invest an extra $40 million this year, raising spending in Canada to more than $100 million on initiatives that cut costs and improve efficiencies.Earnings in the U.S. increased 4.9 per cent to $123.1 million, while Europe swung to a $16.2 million profit as brands gained market share in markets outside Russia and Ukraine, which were hurt by political unrest.Analyst Mark Swartzberg of Stifel Nicolaus said he was encouraged by the 20 per cent increase in EBITDA in the quarter and the company’s capital discipline since introducing a new dividend payout target of 18 to 22 per cent of pre-tax operating income.On the New York Stock Exchange, Molson Coors shares gained $2.16 or 3.6 per cent to US$61.93 in afternoon trading. They were up $2.22 at C$67.52 in Toronto.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

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Parking lot driving lanes to be reduced for pedestrian safety

Several driving lanes through Brock parking lots will close this week to improve pedestrians’ safe use of crosswalks.Beginning Friday, May 18, three north-to-south driving lanes affecting Zone 1, Lot A Reserved and Lot E2 parking lots will be permanently blocked. (See diagram below.)The improvement will reduce the amount of pedestrian crossings drivers have to navigate at the busy crosswalk that leads from main campus to East Academic.“Less driving lanes near the crosswalk means less opportunity for cars to interact with pedestrians,” said John Dick, Grounds Manager for Facilities Management.The driving lane leading from the north entrance of Zone 1 off of University Road East (near the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Circle) will still be available, as well as the lane furthest to the east, parallel to Glenridge Avenue. read more

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Mike Trout Finally Has Some Help

For years, the story of the Los Angeles Angels has been one of how far a singular talent — future Hall of Fame outfielder Mike Trout — could drag a group of otherwise unspectacular players. The answer was usually “not much further than 85 wins” — and even fewer in recent seasons. This year’s Angels are turning that narrative on its head, however, and it’s not just thanks to the emergence of two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani. Going into its game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, L.A. has begun the season as a case study in how successful a team can be when a player of Trout’s skill is finally surrounded by a handful of worthy teammates.Trout, of course, is just as good as ever. If it seems like we write about his otherworldly consistency every season, that’s because every season he somehow finds a way to keep adding to his legend. This year, Trout is once again the betting favorite to win the American League’s MVP award, and he leads the AL in’s version of wins above replacement (WAR).1According to an average of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs’ systems, which I prefer to use because it evens out the quirks of each method, Trout ranks third behind Oakland’s Matt Chapman and Didi Gregorius of the Yankees. But honestly, does anyone really believe either will be able to stave off Trout for long? Once he gets that .244 batting average on balls in play straightened out (his career BABIP is .353), this will end up looking like a vintage Trout season — which is to say, the kind of year you’d expect to see out of the greatest player ever.(Yes, here comes the GOAT talk again: With 146 games remaining this year, Trout needs just 7.6 more WAR to catch Ty Cobb as history’s greatest position player through age 26. Over the previous three seasons,2One of which included significant time lost to injury. Trout has averaged 7.9 WAR per 146 team games, so he has a good chance to be back in his familiar perch before season’s end.)The Angels have been spoiled by Trout for so long that it’s easy to take his greatness for granted. That’s especially true because he plays a sport in which the best player on the planet can really only improve a team’s record by something like seven or eight wins over league average in a 162-game season. LeBron James, by contrast, added about 20 wins above average to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season3Using’s Box Plus/Minus metric. James had a +9.6 BPM this season while playing 76.7 percent of Cleveland’s available minutes. According to this BPM explainer, that means James was worth 7.4 points to the Cavaliers’ scoring differential per 100 possessions, which translates to 19.9 wins above average after multiplying by 2.7 to convert between scoring margin and wins. (Incidentally, the fact that Cleveland “only” won 50 games speaks volumes about the quality of King James’s teammates this year.) in roughly half as many games. While elite basketball players can carry mediocre teammates far, baseball’s superstars need more help. This year, Trout is finally getting that help.Last season, shortstop Andrelton Simmons was the only one of Trout’s teammates to play at a substantially above-average clip, according to WAR.4Using the same average between FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference’s numbers, Simmons produced 3.9 more wins than an average AL position player. Behind him among non-Trout Angels were pitchers Yusmeiro Petit and Blake Parker at 0.9 wins above average apiece. But this season, Trout has 11 teammates on pace for 2.0 or more wins above average and seven on track for at least 3.0: Ohtani, Simmons, Justin Upton, Tyler Skaggs, Rene Rivera, Jefry Marte and Zack Cozart. Even the legendary Albert Pujols, who was infamously the worst player in baseball last season according to WAR, has been much better this year, tracking for a shade over 2.0 WAR per 162 games.The result has been the best team in baseball by WAR in the early going and easily the best performance by a set of Trout teammates in any season of his career: Some of these early standouts are more likely to stay hot than others. In large part because of his outstanding work with the glove, Simmons has been one of the best (and most underrated) shortstops in the game for years. Upton5Who didn’t join the Angels until a trade at least year’s deadline. and Cozart were very good last season as well. Ohtani’s stellar raw skills and versatility mean he’ll probably keep contributing throughout his rookie season. And Pujols’s hideous 2017 numbers might have been an aberration after all. Other players, such as Skaggs, Marte and Rivera, might fall off pace, given their track records. But even if a few of Trout’s teammates do come back to earth, this is still looking like the strongest Angels team Trout has had to work with in a while.Fittingly, no team has tacked more points onto its FiveThirtyEight power rating since preseason than L.A. has so far. It’s not like we’re rating the Angels ahead of the defending world champion Astros in the AL West or anything yet — Houston is still a solid 53 percent favorite to win the division. But Los Angeles should at least pose a fight. And that’s more than the challenger in this division has been able to say in a while: Over the past decade, no division has been decided by more games on average than the AL West, whose average winner was clear of the runner-up by 9.8 games per season. With Trout playing like, well, Trout, and his teammates giving him the support he deserves, the Angels look like a team to be reckoned with again.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Selwyn looking for zinc upturn in a couple of years

first_imgSelwyn Resources says of the zinc market: “One message is clear, most analysts are in agreement that post 2011, zinc supply will be in shortfall and higher prices are on the way. Macquarie (April 2008) has forecast a rise in zinc price to $1.50 some time in the next five years; some of us think it will come sooner than that. Remember, zinc peaked at $2.09/lb in November 2006 and can do it again.”The low zinc price is taking its effect and by the end of the second half of this year, supply and demand may well be in balance, according to Selwyn. Zinc mine production consists of a few large mines and many small producers. Historically there has been little discipline to manage supply. Recently there is evidence of modest efforts to reduce zinc concentrate supply; largely in an effort to reduce losses. Price response has included early shutdowns (Lennard Shelf, Balmat), reduced development and the mining of higher grades (Myra Falls – Breakwater, Endeavor – CBH, Broken Hill – Perilya) and project delays (Perkoa-AIM). As the reporting of operating losses increases (SRA – East Tennesse, Blue Note – Cariboo) more reductions in supply may occur and help to rebalance the zinc market.The timing of the return to supply balance will determine how big an inventory overhang will be built in the coming months; before some of the major mine depletions kick in; the first of which is Brunswick in Q1 2010 (235,000 t annually). Perhaps the bigger question is zinc consumption due to economic slowdown in US, Japan and Eurozone.In the first half of the year, market concerns were on possible significant decrease in China’s output and consumption due to snowstorms, the Sichuan earthquake, power disruptions and possible smelter cutbacks. American Metals Markets recently reported that loss of Chinese production may only total 40,000 t and it is now widely expected that post Olympics output and consumption of zinc in China may make up these losses. There is ample smelter capacity in China and new additions in progress; the key going forward will be availability of concentrates.Perhaps the key determinant of supply balance will be whether mines having cash operating costs higher than current low zinc prices, shutdown. As the cash cost curve indicates significant production could be lost during a prolonged period of low zinc prices. The initial response (Lennard Shelf, Balmat and Endeavor, CBH) has removed approximately 120,000 t on an annualized basis; but more cuts are likely.The full report can be read on read more

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Un trou noir sapprête à engloutir un nuage de gaz au centre

first_imgUn trou noir s’apprête à engloutir un nuage de gaz au centre de la Voie LactéeNotre galaxie, la Voie Lactée, abrite en son centre un trou noir qui s’apprête à engloutir un gigantesque nuage de gaz. Celui-ci s’en rapproche à près de 8 millions de kilomètres par heure, a indiqué hier l’Observatoire austral européen (ESO).Dans un article mis en ligne par la revue scientifique britannique Nature, une équipe d’astronomes dirigée par Reinhard Genzel (Institut Max Planck, Allemagne) révèle qu’elle a pu observé un phénomène fantastique grâce au Très Grand Télescope (VLT) de l’ESO : un nuage de gaz se rapprochant du trou noir actuellement situé au centre de notre galaxie.”Il s’agit de la toute première observation de l’arrivée d’un tel nuage à proximité d’un trou noir supermassif”, indiquent les scientifiques. La vitesse du nuage découvert a quasiment doublé au cours des sept dernières années, atteignant déjà près de 8 millions de kilomètres par heure (2.350 km/seconde). Or, plus le nuage, principalement constitué d’hydrogène et d’hélium, se rapproche du monstre, plus sa vitesse va augmenter sous l’effet de l’énorme attraction gravitationnelle du trou noir. Les bords du nuage se disloquent déjà à l’heure actuelle.Il progresse sur une orbite très allongée et, durant l’été 2013, il s’approchera à 40 milliards de kilomètres de “l’horizon des événements” du trou noir. Il s’agit de la limite au-delà de laquelle tout ce qui s’y passe reste inaccessible. Personne ne sait exactement ce qui s’y trouve, aucune matière ni aucune lumière ne pouvant s’en échapper pour nous l’apprendre.Un nuage de gaz trois fois plus massif que la TerreÀ lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteLe trou noir, “Sgr A*” (Sagittarius A étoile), situé au cœur de la Voie Lactée, est quatre millions de fois plus massif que le Soleil. Situé à 27.000 années-lumière de la Terre, le trou noir supermassif de la Voie Lactée est le plus proche d’entre eux. De son côté, le nuage de gaz ionisé que ce monstre cosmique s’apprête à avaler est environ trois fois plus massif que la Terre. Sa température, qui atteint déjà 280 degrés centigrades, devrait grimper à plusieurs millions de degrés lorsque le gaz tourbillonnera tout près du trou noir avant d’être englouti. Les rayons X émis par la matière spiralant autour d’un trou noir révèlent à distance les repas de ces ogres du cosmos.”Ces deux prochaines années s’annoncent passionnantes. Elles devraient nous fournir de précieuses informations concernant le mouvement de matière autour de ces étonnants objets massifs”, se réjouit Reinhard Genzel.Le 16 décembre 2011 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Is Oregon producing too much cannabis

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it.U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened the unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided states with legalized weed on how to avoid federal scrutiny.The meeting included representatives from 13 other U.S. attorney’s offices, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. U.S. attorneys from California, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Alaska and Montana attended in person.Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, told guests that Williams has assured members of her administration that “lawful Oregon businesses remain stakeholders in this conversation and not targets of law enforcement.”The marijuana industry has been watching federal prosecutors in states with legalized weed like Oregon closely since Sessions rescinded the so-called Cole memo. U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana is legal under state law now face the delicate question of how to do their jobs and hew to the federal ban.last_img read more

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Carnival cruise ship with overboard passenger back in port

first_imgCHARLESTON, SC (WSVN) – A cruise ship is back in port, Thursday, after a female passenger went overboard, earlier this week.According to officials, the tragedy occurred early Wednesday morning aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship, about 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama Island.Witnesses said 32-year-old Rina Patel of Interlaken, New York, had been on the 11th deck of the ship when she apparently jumped overboard.The Coast Guard searched for hours but was not able to find her.The cruise ship had left Nassau, Bahamas, and was en route to Charleston, South Carolina.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Delta cuts Juneau back to seasonal service

first_imgIf you’re planning a trip to Seattle after August, the price of plane tickets may go up. Delta Air Lines is stopping all flights to Juneau next fall, to return in May of 2017.Download Audio(Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO – Juneau)The airline competition has meant hot ticket prices, but Delta says the community’s reception has been chilly, so far.If you booked a flight between September to January through Delta, your chances of arriving in Seattle late were about four out of 10, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s about three times Alaska Airlines’ rate.But Delta’s Vice President in Seattle Mike Medeiros  said that’s not the reason the airline decided to stop its fall and winter flights.“Had nothing to do with weather. It’s purely commercial nothing to do with the operation,” Medeiros said.He said, at least on the Seattle side, ticket sales were good.In Juneau, “Candidly, it’s been poor. And yet we know that folks are traveling. It takes really both points of sale for a market to be successful,” he said.For about 20 years, Alaska Airlines held a monopoly as Juneau’s only major airline provider. Delta arrived on the scene in the summer of 2014. Then, last year, the company announced year-round service to Juneau.With the increased competition, ticket prices plummeted — sometimes by half. Medeiros said he knows the community was appreciative.“However, while they’re appreciative of lower fares … local residents haven’t really supported Delta in a way that we really need them to continue the service,” Medeiros said.So he thinks Delta dipped its big toe into somewhat tepid water. But travel analyst Scott McMurren said it’s not uncommon for airlines to operate seasonally in Alaska.Look at larger hubs, like Anchorage, he said.“Airlines like Condor and Icelandair and jetBlue and Sun Country, Air Canada’s another one. They only come in May and leave in September,” McMurren said.For the consumer, the downside to all this means ticket sales could fluctuate dramatically.McMurren thinks prices will spike after Aug. 31 when Alaska Airlines goes back to being the city’s only major airline — at least for the season.“And the reason I think that is because that’s what happens in Sitka and Ketchikan after Delta stops flying there and Alaska is the only carrier. That’s what happens,” McMurren said.After August, he estimates ticket prices could jump between 50 to 100 percent.Medeiros said Alaska Airlines is what’s familiar to the customer base. But he’s not sure why Juneau hasn’t been more receptive to competition.“There’s an extreme loyalty factor in the state of Alaska because that’s all they had,” Medeiros said.And — at least next fall and winter — one major airline is all there will be.last_img read more

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Syria peace talks end with clear agenda set

first_imgA Syrian man waters herbs on the roof of his damaged building in the Syrian rebel-held town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. AFP file photoThe Syrian regime and opposition have agreed a “clear agenda” to seek to end the country’s six-year-old war, the UN mediator said Friday at the end of sometimes fractious and slow-moving talks in Geneva.Veteran envoy Staffan de Mistura said he hopes to invite both sides back to Geneva later this month for a new round of talks, which will include the issue of counter-terrorism at the request of Damascus.“The train is ready, it is in the station, it is warming up the engine. Everything is ready, it just needs an accelerator,” he said at the end of nine days of talks in the Swiss city.“I believe that we have a clear agenda now in front of us,” he told reporters, adding: “We did discuss procedure, .. but we also discussed substance.”Seventh year of warThe Geneva negotiations, the first since last April, were the latest effort to seek to end a conflict that began in March 2011 with protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its seventh year begins on March 15.Since then more than 310,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have fled the country, fuelling instability in neighbouring countries and creating Europe’s biggest migrant crisis since World War II.The warring Syrian sides have been joined in Geneva by envoys of key parties including notably Russia, a major ally of Damascus.But as in previous talks the focus was almost exclusively on the agenda.Under UN Security Council Resolution 2254 they should be framed in three “baskets” or areas of discussion: governance, constitution and elections.But Damascus pushed hard for counter-terrorism strategy to be added to the agenda, against fierce resistance from the opposition who said the Syrian regime was “stalling” the talks to avoid engaging with political transition.Astana, Geneva talksThe Geneva peace talks are running in parallel with negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan, which are focussed on maintaining a fragile ceasefire brokered in December.A new Astana meeting is expected to take place before the next Geneva talks. “Astana and Geneva are complementing themselves, and reinforcing each other,” said the UN envoy.The main opposition High Negotiating Committee (HNC) said the latest Geneva talks were “more positive” than previous rounds.“We are closing this round without (a) clear result… but I can say this time was more positive,” HNC delegation chief Nasr al-Hariri told reporters.“It was first time we discussed in an acceptable depth the issues of the future of Syria and political transition,” he added after the talks, the fourth mediated by de Mistura.The antagonism has been clear in briefings after each session of talks with de Mistura, with the Syrian regime delegation chief Bashar al-Jaafari lashing out at “terrorists” in the HNC.The HNC meanwhile lamented the lack of a genuine “partner for peace”.The talks had hardly begun last weekend when they were rocked by a suicide assault which killed dozens in Syria’s third city Homs, triggerig a demand from al-Jaafari that terrorism be made a “priority” in Geneva.No direct talks yetSpeaking at the end of the talks, the UN mediator conceded that for the moment face-to-face talks are unlikely. “We will pursue that when we feel the moment is right,” he said.But he held up a photograph of the opening ceremony of the talks last Thursday, when both sides gathered in the same room, albeit only to hear a welcome address by de Mistura.“This picture is much more than iconic. It is highly symbolic. This was a very special moment,” he said, adding: “A psychological barrier was broken”.And he added: “I know there are still people in Syria who still believe that there is a military option or a military solution.“That is fantasy,” he said, adding that only a “political solution that addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people” would ultimately prevail.last_img read more

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Blizzard extends Black Friday game sale to January

first_imgBlizzard decided to get in on the action again this year by cutting the price on some of its games last week as part of a Black Friday Sale promotion. The games on offer included digital download copies of World of Warcraft and StarCraft II.You could pick up World of Warcraft for $4.99, a $15 saving, and the Mists of Pandaria expansion for $9.99 (usually $39.99). For StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the base game was reduced from $39.99 to $19.99. Heart of the Swarm also got the same discount down to $19.99. Digital Deluxe editions for both games also got a nice price cut.That sale was only meant to last until Monday, but the post has been updated to announce that the promotion is being extended to January. You’ll now be able to enjoy the cheaper pricing until 11:59pm PST on January 1st.This extension is probably a reaction to two things: masses of players leaving World of Warcraft this year and the boost in game sales such a large price cut brings.As I have said before, the majority of the money Blizzard makes on WoW doesn’t come from the initial game sales, it’s the subscription players pay every month. If a $5 copy of the game bumped subscriptions to the game up a few thousand last week, it makes perfect sense to keep offering it for the rest of the holiday season.The same logic works for StarCraft II. Anyone who enjoyed playing previous StarCraft games purchased Wings of Liberty ages ago. Sales like this bring new players, and those players are more likely to purchase new entries in the StarCraft series in future and at higher price points if they find they enjoy playing the game.last_img read more

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Blood test for cancer biomarkers using an electrochemical clamp assay

first_img Journal information: Nature Chemistry Most methods of studying cell-free nucleotides involve DNA sequencing or PCR studies. Both of these have drawbacks. DNA sequencing is expensive and patients often have to wait several weeks for results. PCR requires extensive sample preparation and modifications to make it sufficiently selective for point mutations. To improve upon these techniques, Jagotamoy Das, Ivaylo Ivanov, Laura Montermini, Janusz Rak, Edward H. Sargent, and Shana O. Kelley from the University of Toronto and Montreal Children’s Hospital have developed a method that selectively identifies mutations common in lung and skin cancer with little-to-no sample preparation. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.Over the past two decades, cancer genomics has made great strides in identifying genetic markers for certain cancers. Two examples used in the current study are the KRAS and the BRAF markers. KRAS has several mutations associated with it that are indicators of lung, colorectal, and ovarian cancer. BRAF mutations are most notably associated with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Many genetic cancer markers involve a point mutation on a particular gene. Point mutations are difficult to detect because they are in such small quantities in blood compared to normal cell-free nucleic acids, or wild type. One way that scientists have made PCR more sensitive is by using genetic “clamps” called Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNAs). These are strands of a complementary nucleotide sequence that bind to wild type sequences and consequently, amplifying the target sequence. Das, et al. combined this PNA clamp technique with an electrochemical probe to make a fast, selective, and cost-effective sensor. The first designed a clamp system to select for particular mutations in the KRAS gene. KRAS has seven mutations that are associated with lung cancer. Their model system included clamps for all of the other possible mutations except for 134A, their target mutation, and it had clamps form wild type sequences. DNA mutations get harder to hide Citation: Blood test for cancer biomarkers using an electrochemical clamp assay (2015, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2015 More information: “An electrochemical clamp assay for direct, rapid analysis of circulating nucleic acids in serum” Nature Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2270AbstractThe analysis of cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs), which are present at significant levels in the blood of cancer patients, can reveal the mutational spectrum of a tumour without the need for invasive sampling of the tissue. However, this requires differentiation between the nucleic acids that originate from healthy cells and the mutated sequences shed by tumour cells. Here we report an electrochemical clamp assay that directly detects mutated sequences in patient serum. This is the first successful detection of cfNAs without the need for enzymatic amplification, a step that normally requires extensive sample processing and is prone to interference. The new chip-based assay reads out the presence of mutations within 15 minutes using a collection of oligonucleotides that sequester closely related sequences in solution, and thus allow only the mutated sequence to bind to a chip-based sensor. We demonstrate excellent levels of sensitivity and specificity and show that the clamp assay accurately detects mutated sequences in a collection of samples taken from lung cancer and melanoma patients. They designed an electrochemical probe functionalized with complementary nucleic acid strands to various target sequences. The functionalized probe is a nanostructured microelectrode made from using nanolithography to insert palladium-coated gold deposits on silicon-coated wafers. The nanostructured microelectrodes were functionalized with PNAs that were specific to the 134A mutation sequence. Once the target sequence binds to the probe, it is read using an electrocatalytic reporter pair (Ru(NH3)63+ and Fe(CN)63-). Based on the electrochemical signal, their probe selectively bound the 134A mutation sequence without binding wild type sequences.To optimize their clamp assay, Das et al. tested whether their system could detect all seven mutations in KRAS in a non-purified, complex mixture of complementary mutant target, non-complementary mutants, the wild-type sequence, total human RNA and the clamp cocktail. They found that all seven mutations can be selectively detected using their system based on which PNA is omitted from the mixture.The next step was to see if the wild type PNA clamp needed to be included in the system for selective detection of point mutations. They tested a mutant positive patient sample and a healthy donor sample, and tested with the wild type clamp included and excluded. The authors determined that without the wild type clamp, they could not achieve sensitivity at the desired levels. They then evaluated the sensitivity of their clamp assay by looking at the electrochemical signal relative to varying concentrations of RNA in the solution. They found a limit of detection of 1 fg μl-1 and a turnaround time of five minutes. Finally, to demonstrate that this clamp assay was applicable to other mutations, they tested for biomarkers in the BRAF gene. The BRAF studies worked similarly to the KRAS studies, demonstrating the general applicability of this technique.After establishing the integrity of their clamp assay system, Das et al. then tested whether their system could detect cell free nucleic acids from serum retrieved from patients with lung cancer and patients with melanoma. These samples were compared to healthy donors and validated using an established PCR clamp method. Importantly, they tested both purified samples and samples taken directly from the patients without any purification. Their clamp assay identified 3/14 lung cancer patients as positive for KRAS and 4/9 melanoma patients as positive for BRAF in both the purified and non-purified samples.This work illustrates a new method for detecting cell free nucleic acids using peptide nucleic acid clamps and a nanostructured microelectrode chip. It is sufficiently sensitive and selective to detect cancer biomarkers in patient blood. Compared to other methods it is cost effective, minimally invasive, and requires little sample preparation. (—Researchers have found an innovative way to detect cancer biomarkers in a person’s blood. Nucleic acids, the components of DNA and RNA, are typically located within the cell. However, sometimes these nucleic acids can be found circulating in the blood. Cancer patients tend to have more of these cell-free nucleic acids in their blood. A small portion of these cell-free nucleic can contain mutations associated with certain cancers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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How IndustrialScale Extraction Will Make CBD Accessible to Everyone Who Needs It

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 17, 2019 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. 4 min read Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 People are getting excited about cannabidiol (CBD), and I am thrilled to see demand grow well beyond the core of true believers who have been touting its benefits for years. But the price of high-quality CBD is still too high for many who need it, and that is in large part a function of supply.So I was intrigued when I heard about the Draconis Extraction Technology (DET) patented commercial-scale ethanol extraction process.Paul Baskis is the brains behind this technology. A scientist and designer with expertise in carbon transformation and soil science, he brings more than 30 years of process development, wastewater treatment and compound isolation experience to the problem of how to make broad-spectrum, winterized, de-waxed, solvent-free CBD, and make it at a scale that puts it within reach of more consumers.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD Boom“I design large systems,” Paul told me when I called him at his office in Kentucky, where DET is getting ready to build their first industrial-scale extraction facility. “It’s what I do.” This extractor will handle a minimum of 25 tons of biomass per day, which exceeds by several times the maximum capacity for commercial CO2 extraction.The vision driving this quest for industrial-scale extraction is all about people who need CBD.“A lot of ex-military people are dealing with ongoing health problems,” said Tommie Baskis, DET director and CEO. Draconis offers licensees turnkey service that includes security and risk assessment and employs a large number of veterans in those roles.“I’m thinking of them when I say you have to start with a really good crude that is affordable for the people who have PTSD, pain, neurological issues and so on. You have parents trying to help a sick child, people dealing with addiction; I want everyone to be able to afford CBD and right now very few people can. In order for it to be affordable, you have to extract it on an industrial scale.”Right now the average price for broad-spectrum CBD is about $350 per 1000 milligrams. We know that people are using it for support with an array of health problems, from PTSD and anxiety to insomnia and chronic pain, but many sufferers simply can’t afford it. Let’s say you’ve found that your most effective dose is 5 mg per pound of body weight per day, and you weigh 180 pounds. That $350 bottle of CBD is going to last you only 11 days.However, Paul’s tech would push extraction costs down and lower the price by boosting the supply of CBD extract dramatically without sacrificing quality.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical Marijuana“I worked on the design to create a very clean crude,” he said. “It’s so pure that you can use it in a vape pen without leaving any residue. It has a good taste. From there, if you’re doing CO2 extraction, you can easily purify it into isolates, and you get 10 to 20 times more isolate out that if you started with raw hemp.”One of the fascinating things about Paul’s design is that instead of removing and disposing of “waste,” it purifies out waxes and oils for sale as products in their own right. The waxes can be used in cosmetics, for example. Even the pulp comes out dry, de-waxed and ready to be used for paper, fabric or bioplastics.If there is no buyer for the pulp, Paul’s design can work with an optional system add-on that produces fuel to run the extractor and, as a final by-product, a carbon-based fertilizer that keeps fixed carbon in the soil, and enhances microbial growth and soil structure.Max Le Pera, Vice President of Draconis, places these features in the context of the company’s environmental ethic. “Sustainability and circular economy are becoming increasingly important aspects of global business,” Le Pera noted. “The Draconis extraction technology and re-purposing of biomass residual are in direct alignment with these principles.”Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand AmbassadorsDET is just one example of the coming green tech explosion sparked by the legalization of hemp in December of 2018. This and other innovations are going to make it possible for more farmers to grow, process and profit off their hemp crops; for employment and population growth to rebound in rural communities, and for more people to gain better health. To find out about new developments in industrial hemp and events near you, follow The Hemp Biz Conference on Facebook. I’ll see you there. Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Cancun tow truck driver dies in collision

first_imgThe accident was recorded around 7:00 a.m. on Avenida José López Portillo in the Cancun suburbs when the driver of the flatbed tow truck, who was loaded with a damaged car, hit the pole at excessive speed. Inside was an unidentified 21-year-old male driver from the Gruas Abimerhi tow truck company. 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) Cancun, Q.R. — The driver of a tow truck has died after the vehicle he was driving hit a metal pole, crushing the front of his truck. center_img The tow truck was leaving the city of Cancun and heading toward Mérida when he lost control and smashed into the metal post. Members of the Cancun fire department were called to the scene to help remove the body from the twisted metal. last_img read more

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Yemen officials Saudiled coalition strike kills 25 people

first_img Comments   Share   SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies struck a poor residential area in the capital of Sanaa on Monday, killing 25 civilians and wounding at least 50, according to the rebels and medical officials.The strike hit the slums of the Sawan neighborhood in eastern Sanaa early in the morning, said the rebels, known as Houthis.Smoke billowed from the struck area in Sawan, which is located just hundreds of meters (yards) from a military camp used by the rebels. Hospital officials said there were women and children among the casualties. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories People gather at the site of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 13, 2015. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels and their allies struck several Yemeni cities on Sunday, with combat raging near the strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait despite a declared truce, military and security officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Airstrikes also hit other parts of Sanaa and 10 Yemeni provinces on Monday, according to local officials.The strikes and ground fighting in Yemen have continued for the third day since the start of a U.N.-brokered truce between the rebels and the country’s internationally-backed government in exile and its allies. The Saudi-led coalition has said it is not bound by the truce because of a lack of commitment by the Houthis.In Sawan, several buildings were partially destroyed and ambulances were seen ferrying the wounded while rebel gunmen cordoned off the area. Ahmed Nasser, a resident who lives nearby said he heard the explosion and stayed indoors, fearing more strikes.Yemen’s conflict pits the Iran-allied Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against an array of forces, including southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants as well as loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is backed internationally.On the ground, security officials said clashes continued between the Houthis and their rivals in the cities of Aden and Taiz. Fighting also resumed between the two sides in Marib, according to military and tribal officials. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.The Saudi-led coalition launched the airstrikes campaign in March against the Houthis, who seized Sanaa and other parts of the country. More than 3,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the strikes began and as the ground fighting continues.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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Dream Hotel Group Signs Third Location in Thailand

first_imgDream Hotel Group Signs Third Location in ThailandDream Hotel Group Signs Third Location in ThailandDream Hotel Group today announced its third location in Thailand with the ceremonial signing of Dream Resort and Spa Na Jomtien Pattaya in partnership with Wise Power Land Co. Ltd. The 200-key resort hotel is located on the stunning white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Thailand, just a 90-minute drive from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport, 15 minutes from the Utapao International Airport and home to a thriving resort community with more than 9 million visitors every year, including local holiday makers and international travelers from Russia, China and Europe.Slated to open in August 2018, Dream Resort and Spa Na Jomtien Pattaya features 200 ocean view villas, rooms and suites and multiple dining and nightlife venues, including a specialty rooftop bistro, sunset bar and signature Dream Sky Bar, as well as a 12000 sqft wellness spa and fitness center, and VIP access to the hotel’s 27-meter yacht for private excursions.“I’ve been in the luxury hotel and real estate business all my life,” said Eric Lai, Chairman, Wise Power Land Co. Ltd. “I am pleased to partner with Dream in bringing its leading edge lifestyle brands to Thailand’s rapidly growing eastern seaboard and look forward to taking resort luxury here to a new level here in my homeland.”“Eric Lai is a true innovator in resort and leisure real estate and we look forward to a long association with him in the years to come,” added Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group.Dream Resort and Spa Na Jomtien Pattaya marks the third location in Dream Hotel Group’s ever expanding Asia Pacific portfolio, joining Dream Bangkok and Dream Phuket Hotel and Spa.Dream Hotel Group plans to open more than 30 hotels and resorts worldwide across all its brands – Dream, Time, The Chatwal and Unscripted – over the next four years, continuing to solidify its burgeoning portfolio worldwide.About Dream Hotel GroupDream Hotel Group is a hotel brand and management company with a rich, 30-year history of managing properties in some of the world’s most highly competitive hotel environments. Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels brands, Dream Hotel Group encompasses three business lines: Proprietary Brands, Hotel Management and Dining & Nightlife. The Company is committed to the philosophy that forward-thinking design, service and guest experiences should be available across market segments. Dream Hotel Group is dedicated to offering travelers an authentic connection to their chosen destination through a truly original approach. www.dreamhotelgroup.comSource = Dream Hotel Grouplast_img read more

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